2018-05-05: News Headlines

Vicky Peláez (2018-05-05). The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? globalresearch.ca From our archives. This incisive and carefully researched article was first published by Global Research ten years ago in March 2008. | Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form …

Staff (2018-05-05). Court Reverses Murder Conviction of Kennedy Cousin. truthdig.com In a stunning decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturns the verdict in the trial of Michael Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow. Skakel was originally found guilty in 2002 in the 1975 bludgeoning death of a girl.

RT (2018-05-05). NSA triples spying rate on Americans' phone calls, collects 530mn records in 2017. rt.com The NSA has tripled its surveillance of Americans' phone chatter, collecting over 534mn phone call records and text messages last year, despite pressure for more restrictions and transparency, a new official report has revealed.
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RT (2018-05-05). US reactivates 2nd fleet to rival Russia in North Atlantic 'great power competition'. rt.com In a major realignment from fighting terrorism to great power rivalry with Russia, the US Navy is re-establishing its Second Fleet. The command had been responsible for the North Atlantic Ocean before it was deactivated in 2011.
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Greenpeace (2018-05-04). Species at Risk: Canada's Boreal Caribou Habitat Unprotected. globalresearch.ca On April 30th, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada released the first ever section 63 report under the Species at Risk Act, (SARA), where the Minister found that outside of protected areas, provinces and territories have …

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-05-04). Peace With North Korea: Not an Impossible Dream. counterpunch.org Calls for talks made by China and Russia, as well as the worldwide outcry for them, outweighed U.S. threats of war and got the two Koreas to sit down and speak and dialogue to prevailed over the cannons, at least for the moment.. Trump's aggressiveness had to give in to reason, and what seemed less More

teleSUR (2018-05-04). Pence Outlines Interventionist Plans in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Ramping up interventionist rhetoric and policy against progressive governments in the region, United States Vice President Mike Pence said working for "freedom" in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela is a priority for Donald Trump's administration during a ceremony in which new U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Trujillo, was sworn in. | "We will stay by the side of those who long for freedom and we will confront their oppressors," Pence said during the event in the White House. | During his speech the U.S. vice president singled out Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Of Cuba he said the island continued to live "under tyrannical legacy," using terminology and rhetoric used by right-wing Cuban Americans against the communist government of Cuba. | Later it was Nicaragua's turn. Pence accused Daniel Ortega's government of "brutally repressing" peaceful protesters, a common allegation used…

Robert Koehler (2018-05-04). Peace and the Nuclear Paradox. counterpunch.org Whenever the topic is nuclear weapons, I remain in a state of disbelief that we can talk about them "strategically" — that language allows us to maintain such a distance from the reality of what they do, we can casually debate their use. Consider, in the context of the sudden rush of alarming news that More

WTWJ (2018-05-04). FARC Leader Santrich faces extradition; Colombian peace process in peril. peoplesworld.org On April 9 prospects for peace in Colombia took a hit. That day agents of the Colombian state agents arrested FARC leader Jesús Santrich. He faces extradition to the United States. Santrich began a hunger strike immediately; at this writing he's in a hospital. In a message sent from Bogota's La Picota prison, he bade farewell to […]…

Susan Block (2018-05-04). Incel Therapy, Bonobo-Style. counterpunch.org Come with me down a rabbit hole of hate. It's a hellish, harrowing, blood-stained journey, but it just might lead to a bonoboà´sque way of life that is peaceful, egalitarian and sexy. Last Monday, a single white 25-year-old male drove a van down a busy street in Toronto, veering into a crowd of people, killing 10 and More

Daniel Ross, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-04). How the U.S. Military Played a Role in America's Obesity Crisis. alternet.org Seventy percent of products found in a typical supermarket have origins in the military's food experiments. | There's no avoiding the debris of modern living on a trip to your local grocery store—rows and rows of foods and products that, if not ready to eat, are designed and packaged to be prepared quickly and to last an age. Makes sense, right? Busy lives require time-saving measures. But it turns out that a considerable quantity of these items exist as a result of food-preservation experiments first conducted by the military, at the nexus of which is the Natick Soldier Systems Center, the U. S. Army's food science lab in Massachusetts. What's more, the military has partnered for decades with private corporations and state universities in order to refine these innovations and to disseminate them as widely into civilian life as possible—a partnership with a. . .

Christopher Brauchli (2018-05-04). The Method of Missouri's Madness. counterpunch.org Missouri is back. It encounters the death penalty repeatedly, and its encounters serve as reminders of what a great country we live in. We are willing to endlessly discuss and litigate how best to implement the death penalty. One of our greatest attributes is that in proper circumstances (and before an execution takes place), the person More

Abel Cohen (2018-05-04). Why Don't You Hate America, Even a Little? counterpunch.org Shooting and raping everyone because we're just so free! Can't be helped neither, because dead Connecticut kindergarteners and Columbine christians are just the price we must pay for freedom. Several generations of rape victims too. And if this isn't really happening‚Ää—‚Ääit's actually just crisis actors paid by the gun control lobby and ugly feminists making More

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-04). Trotskyist Delusions: Obsessed with Stalin, They See Betrayed Revolutions Everywhere. consortiumnews.com The trouble with some Trotskyists is they're always "supporting" other peoples' revolutions, says Diana Johnstone. Their obsession with permanent revolution in the end provides an alibi for permanent war. By Diana Johnstone Special to Consortium News I first encountered Trotskyists… Read more →

Stanley L. Cohen (2018-05-04). The Apprentice: the Education of Mohammed bin Salman. counterpunch.org Like an empty rap of Kanye West, Mohammed bin Salman relishes his meteoric rise to the world stage where he is known simply as MBS. Shifting between traditional look and Gucci flash, depending on his imperial sale of the moment, he enjoys the trappings of endless wealth and political power without understanding, let alone exercising, any of its sophisticated, nuanced responsibility. Nor has he displayed an expansive mark of humanity in his reach for autocratic role. More

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-04). The Latest Act in Israel's Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign. consortiumnews.com Benjamin Netanyahu's stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too, says Gareth Porter in this Consortium News exclusive report. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News… Read more →

John Laforge (2018-05-04). Russian Sea Monsters: Rudderless Reactors on the High Seas. counterpunch.org Did you hear the one about the Exxon Valdez, Fuku-Chernobyl, Gulf Oil Titanic? Yeah: Russia floated two nuclear reactors on a bargeto power oil rigs in the Arctic Ocean and nothing went wrong! Unsatisfied with trouncing Japan at the Winter Olympics, 14 gold medals to four, Moscow wants to topple Tokyo as Oceanic Polluter No. More

Ralph Nader (2018-05-04). Wake Up to Trump, Distraction and War with Iran. counterpunch.org In mid-May, super-war hawks Donald J. Trump (worried about the Mueller investigation), John Bolton, Trump's new unconfirmed national security advisor, and new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are likely to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord. This would open the way for Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Congressional allies to push for More

Scott Ritter (2018-05-04). Bibi's Information Warfare Operation Against America. truthdig.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu understands the power of framing a story. On April 29, he gave a televised presentation and revealed, in dramatic fashion, the existence of an alleged archive of documents, drawings and photographs that proved Iran once had a program dedicated to the acquisition of a nuclear weapon, contrary to public claims that senior Iranian officials made in the past. | The relevance of Netanyahu's message is up for debate. Most observers acknowledge the exposé may prove embarrassing to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran, which together certified in December 2015 that all issues pertaining to the so-called "possible military dimensions" of the Iranian nuclear program had been resolved. But there is unanimous agreement that nothing in Netanyahu's presentation shows Iran is operating in violation of its commitments under the agreement reached with the…

Adeyinka Makinde (2018-05-04). Netanyahu's Iran Speech in Context: Irony, Hypocrisy and the Undeclared Hijacking of U.S. Foreign Policy. globalresearch.ca The recent presentation made by Binyamin Netanyahu purportedly detailing a secret Iranian programme aimed at acquiring a nuclear weapons capability is the latest in a long-term effort on his part to obtain United States assistance in destroying Iran. But the …

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). Trump, Netanyahu Keep Taking Shots at Iran Deal While Rest of World Shakes Its Head. mintpressnews.com Trump has raised the hackles of global powers by marching lock-step with Israel, which has persistently tried to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal while ironically claiming that Iran is building its arsenal to menace its neighbors.

Gareth Porter (2018-05-04). Netanyahu's Evidence Wasn't Just Old, Some of It Was Fabricated. mintpressnews.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim in his theatrical 20-minute presentation of an Israeli physical seizure of Iran's "atomic archive" in Tehran would certainly have been the "great intelligence achievement" he boasted if it had actually happened. But the claim does not hold up under careful scrutiny, and his assertion that Israel now possesses a vast documentary record of a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program is certainly fraudulent. | Netanyahu's tale of an Israeli intelligence raid right in Tehran that carted off 55,000 paper files and another 55,000 CDs from a "highly secret location" requires that we accept a proposition that is absurd on its face: that Iranian policymakers decided to store their most sensitive military secrets in a small tin-roofed hut with nothing to protect it from heat (thus almost certainly ensuring loss of data on CDs within a few years)…

George Wuerthner (2018-05-04). The National Forests Should be Off Limits to Logging. counterpunch.org Logging, conducted ostensibly to "thin the forest," "reduce fuels" or for so-called "restoration," causes a net loss of carbon from forest ecosystems. One of the best strategies for reducing CO2 levels is by protecting our forests. Yet few environmental groups, even those who focus on climate change, advocate for the reduction of logging on federal More

Staff (2018-05-04). Dozens of Palestinians Hurt in Protest on Gaza-Israel Border. truthdig.com Thousands stage a sixth weekly protest in a campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory that has led to widespread hardship and desperation.

George Ochenski (2018-05-04). Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans. counterpunch.org Late last week President Trump blasted Montana's senior U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for releasing damaging information on Ronnie Jackson, Trump's personal physician and his nominee to head the massive Veterans Administration. Jon Tester might lose his bid for re-election, just like any other politician, but it will not be because Montana's veterans turn on the More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-04). Sarah Sanders 'Cursed and Yelled' at the White House Counsel in a Heated Episode over the Administration's Falsehoods: Report. alternet.org A new report from the Washington Post details the struggles the press secretary undergoes to keep the White House on message. | Press secretary Sarah Sanders ended up in a screaming match with White House counsel Don McGahn over the administration's disastrous handling of allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter back in February, according to a new report by the Washington Post. Reporters Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, and Philip Rucker found that the press secretary screamed and cursed at McGahn and refused to do her job unless provided with more information about the Porter situation. The story details Sanders' struggle in a White House so often producing misleading information, falsehoods, and outright lies. It comes after a particularly dark week for the press secretary, following a briefing which prompted CNN's Jim Acosta to say of Sanders, "It felt as if her. . .

Renee Parsons (2018-05-04). Florida's Senate Race: Does It Matter? counterpunch.org In recognition that the two party system is little more than an innocuous venue for the election of empty vessels on both sides of the political spectrum, the 2018 Senate race in Florida is one such prime example. Florida print media, in an effort to build readership, has referred to the race as the "clash More

Staff (2018-05-04). Judge Poses Pointed Questions on Manafort Charges at Hearing. truthdig.com ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge on Friday asked pointed questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's authority to bring charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and suggested that prosecutors' true motive is getting Manafort to "sing" against the president. | Manafort's lawyers argued at a hearing in Alexandria that the tax and bank fraud charges are far afield from Mueller's mandate to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any coordination with Trump associates occurred. | "I don't see what relationship this indictment has with what the special counsel is investigating," U.S. Senior Judge T.S. Ellis III, a Reagan appointee, told government lawyers at Friday's hearing. | The Virginia indictment alleges Manafort hid tens of millions of dollars he earned advising pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine from the Internal Revenue Service, money earned from 2006 through 2015. The indictment accuses…

Ben Swann (2018-05-04). Video: Who's Funding the White Helmets? globalresearch.ca And yet our media and government act as if the information coming from the White Helmets is coming from an impartial observer. When in fact, it appears to actually be coming from an organization that is being funded with an agenda to see the Syrian government overthrown.

Gabe Ortiz, DailyKos (2018-05-04). The ACLU and Immigrants' Rights Groups Have Filed for ICE Documents About Detained Pregnant Women. alternet.org Approximately 500 pregnant women were detained by ICE in 2016. | The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council and the Women's Refugee Commission have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to access Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents relating to the detention of pregnant women. Approximately 500 pregnant women were detained by ICE in 2016, and with ICE "determined to continue this cruel and unnecessary practice," those numbers could surge, and with deadly results: Their stories are harrowing. One 31-year-old asylum seeker was detained when she was four months pregnant. Shortly after her arrest, she began to experience severe pain and bleeding. She pleaded with detention authorities for medical care, but she was ignored. Instead, she was transferred from a Border Patrol holding facility to an ICE detention center in southern California, and miscarried. Another 23-year-old asylum. . .

C. L. Cook (2018-05-04). The Fault in Our Stars: Requiem for a Hollywood Fat Cat. counterpunch.org Let's all give it up for the #MeToo movement. Sexual assault and abuse is a scourge older than Methuselah. Since the beginning of recorded time, Patriarchy has made a Hell on Earth for women and girls. It continues to do so, and the fact Harvey Weinstein's career immolation served to spark awareness and activism going More

Joshua Frank (2018-05-04). Nestlé's Profits Trump Clean Water in Flint. counterpunch.org Screw the people of Flint, or so goes the mantra of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), which last month approved a controversial permit that will allow Nestlé to pump and bottle 400 gallons of fresh water per minute from the state's White Pine Springs, near the Osceola Township. Meanwhile, back in Flint, residents More

Paul Street (2018-05-04). Against Holocaust Denial. counterpunch.org Photo source Ben Tilley | CC BY 2.0 | Recently I read an "anti-Zionist" Internet rant posted by a person who questioned the historical accuracy of the well-known and heavily documented fact that many millions of Jewish people were genocidally murdered by the German Nazi Third Reich. | The rant-maker was on solid empirical and moral ground in denouncing the despicable behavior of the United States-backed Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) towards Palestinian people in the Israeli-Occupied Territories and particularly in Gaza. Israel's abuse of the Palestinians — recently including the open sniper-slaughter of unarmed protesters on Israel-Gaza border — is one of the most egregious human rights atrocities of our time. It's hard to fathom the murderous immorality of how Israel molests the people trapped in the open-air prison that is Gaza and how Israel mistreats the Palestinians more broadly.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-04). AFL-CIO launches study of state of work and of unions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Saying workers are buffeted by automation, globalization and robotics, which threaten high joblessness, and firms robbing them of bargaining power to fight back and get jobs in the looming new economy, the AFL-CIO launched a year-long study of the state of work and the state of U.S. unions. Replying to a mandate from […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-04). Here's Why the New Bombshell About Trump's Attorney's Stockpile of Credit Will Look So Suspicious to Law Enforcement. alternet.org "I think they're going to be looking into . . . bank fraud, about whether Cohen was misstating the reasons he needed [the money]. " | Late Friday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen secured $774,000 worth of cash as the 2016 campaign progressed — funding that is likely tied to the hush money payment made to Stephanie Clifford. Cohen has said he paid Clifford, a porn star better known as Stormy Daniels, $130,000 just days before the election, which some argue raises serious questions about campaign finance laws. The Journal reports that Cohen obtained this credit "as he sought to fix problems for his boss," first in December 2015 and then again in February 2016 — a point at which it was becoming clear that Trump was a serious contender for the presidency. If, as seems possible, Cohen. . .

Franklin Lamb (2018-05-04). Syria's New "Law Number Ten" Devastates Sunni Refugees. counterpunch.org Just seven days remain until the 5/11/2018 deadline for 12-13 million Syrian refugees fleeing the continuing carnage in their country to prove property ownership and hopefully avoid the current regime auctioning it. These millions, the majority of whom are Sunni and many suspected of wanting a new government, stand to lose their homes and property More

Norman Ball (2018-05-04). The Interminable Advance of World War 3. counterpunch.org The current war-shrieking is irrevocably lashed to the over-extendedness of the West's aggregate balance sheet. Somewhere in the basement of the NY Fed the Mother of All Spreadsheet's (MOAS) burgeoning cells are starting to acquaint, of necessity, with scientific notation. A key leverage point has been reached if not surpassed. The terminal cycle in a More

Staff (2018-05-04). Trump Sets North Korea Summit, Keeps Details Secret. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump offered his latest teaser Friday for a historic U.S. summit with North Korea: The time and place have been set but he's not saying when and where. | Trump also pushed back on a report that he's considering the withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea. | Earlier this week, Trump expressed a preference for holding the "big event" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone or DMZ between the two Koreas. He also said Singapore was in contention to host what will be the first summit of between a U.S. and a North Korean leader. | "We now have a date and we have a location. We'll be announcing it soon," Trump told reporters Friday from the White House South Lawn before departing for Dallas. He's previously said the summit was planned for…

Dr. àÅgota Duró (2018-05-04). Medical Assistance for Korean Atomic Bomb Survivors in Japan: (Belated) Japanese Grassroots Collaboration to Secure the Rights of Former Colonial Victims. asia-pacificresearch.com

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-05-04). Right-Wing NRATV Guest Makes Racist Claim That Black People Have an 'Enslaved Mentality&#039. alternet.org His outrageous comments included a jab at the Democratic Party. | From the May 3 edition of NRATV's Stinchfield: GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): So what do you make of all this Kanye stuff? Truthfully, I was surprised, it was well thought out and you look at some of these liberal outlets. They called it a rant, they called it unhinged. I actually thought what he had to say was fairly interesting. BRANDON MORSE (REDSTATE): Most of what he had to say was actually really great to hear. It was just overshadowed by his slavery comments. The slavery comments, however, if you actually just — following what he was saying was, what he was talking about was the mentality of being enslaved and how that's a choice, that's something you can break free from. It was not easy to get that from what he was. . .

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-05-04). Trump And Giuliani Try a New Strategy: Doubling Down on Total Idiocy. alternet.org Not knowing is the new knowing. | Donald Trump's most visible attorney was back on the air on Wednesday to "clarify" what he said the previous two days by throwing over them a blanket claim of ignorance. President Donald Trump only recently found out that he reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement with adult performer Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 election, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed Thursday. . . . "I don't think the president realized he paid him (Cohen) back for that specific thing until we (his legal team) made him aware of the paperwork," he said. Giuliani said the president responded, "'Oh my goodness, I guess that's what it was for. '"Which, of course, is a reversal of Giuliani's claims earlier that Trump was aware that Cohen was being paid back for the Daniels payments, and that. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). May Day Repression Reveals Savagery of U.S. Colonialism, Resilience of Puerto Rico's People. mintpressnews.com The island remains a stomping ground for U.S. corporations and the U.S. Armed Forces, which maintain significant military infrastructure across the island. Meanwhile, the over 3 million citizens on the island are denied their basic rights to self-determination.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-04). 'Rudy Giuliani Will Be Out of Here In Two Weeks': MSNBC Contributor Explains How the Former NYC Mayor Is Already a Disaster for Trump. alternet.org In his first few weeks on the job, the former mayor has already made the president look like a liar. | MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch made a bold but plausible prediction on Friday about the future of President Donald Trump's legal team: Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and one of the newest members of the team, will be gone in two weeks. While it would be a stunning turn of events, there's a lot of reason to think Giuliani's fate might already be sealed. This week, Giuliani undermined Trump's claims to not know anything about a hush money payment to a porn star who says she had an affair with the president. Giuliani revealed, for the first time, that Trump actually reimbursed his attorney, Michael Cohen, for the hush money and suggested it was done to help the president's electoral. . .

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson (2018-05-04). This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing. counterpunch.org Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump's call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal that would triple the rent some of America's poorest families have to pay before they get housing assistance. Housing advocates are appalled. If they're pushed out of public housing, many low-income families could face More

Elise Gould (2018-05-04). Jobless rate drops, but for the wrong reason. peoplesworld.org

Chris Cole (2018-05-04). U.K. Ministry of Defense Accidentally Reveals British Reaper Drones Firing Thermobaric Missiles into Syria. globalresearch.ca The Ministry of Defence has revealed for the first time — seemingly accidentally — that British drones are firing thermobaric weapons in Syria. The disclosure comes in an Freedom of Information (FoI) response to Drone Wars detailing the use of …

Global Research News (2018-05-04). Selected Articles: Washington's War on Western Minds. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Telesur (2018-05-04). US Stresses Interventionist Plan in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela. globalresearch.ca "We will stay by the side of those who long for freedom and we will confront their oppressors," Vice President Mike Pence. | Ramping up interventionist rhetoric and policy against progressive governments in the region, United States Vice President Mike …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-05-04). May Day 2018 and the Escalating Struggle to Defeat Austerity. globalresearch.ca Despite the propaganda of the ruling class in the United States and the entire capitalist world suggesting that the impact of the Great Recession of 2007-2010 has been completely reversed, poor and working people are still suffering from the lack …

Colin Todhunter (2018-05-04). Agrochemicals and Institutional Corruption: Pleading with the Slave Master Will Not Set You Free. counterpunch.org Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and Health Commissioner Vytenis Andruikaitis. As set out below, she asks these top officials some very pertinent questions about the EU's collusion with the agrochemical corporations. 1) In authorising glyphosate on More

The Conversation (2018-05-04). Those New Employment Numbers Trump Is Bragging About Look Great Because They Don't Tell the Full Story. alternet.org Students, retirees and others not in the labor force are excluded | The latest jobs report has gotten a lot of analysts, policymakers and talking heads once again asking whether the U. S. is at full employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 4 that the U. S. unemployment rate fell to 3. 9 percent, which is the lowest level since December 2000. The unemployment rate includes anyone 16 or older who is actively searching for work in its calculation, which means students, retirees and others not in the labor force are excluded. Does this mean the economy is at full employment? What is full employment anyway? To the typical person on Main Street, the idea of full employment usually means everyone in the country is working, which would imply a jobless rate of essentially zero. This has never happened. The lowest unemployment. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-04). Russian Billionaire Who Attended Trump's Inauguration Was Questioned by Mueller's Team: Report. alternet.org Viktor Vekselberg's business partner also reportedly donated a large amount to Trump's campaign. | President Donald Trump's inauguration crowd may not have been the biggest in history, but it did feature some interesting characters, including, according to the New York Times, an influential and Kremlin-tied Russian billionaire named Viktor Vekselberg. On Friday, the Times reported that Vekselberg has been stopped and questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. The billionaire was stopped at an airport in the New York area while he was leaving from his own private plane, the report said. The reporters saw no indication that Vekselberg is suspected of wrongdoing; however, he has at least two curious connections to the world of Trump. First, he reportedly attended a dinner in 2015 with former Trump. . .

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-05-04). Watch Joy Behar Shut Down Meghan McCain's Ridiculous Excuses for Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Lies. alternet.org The press secretary isn't a victim. | "The View" host Meghan McCain offered a litany of excuses for her friend Sarah Huckabee Sanders — but co-host Joy Behar didn't want to hear them. The White House press secretary insisted she offered "the best information that we have at the time" after Rudy Giuliani revealed President Donald Trump and Sanders had been lying for weeks about a hush money payout to porn actress Stormy Daniels. "There seems to be no narrative, or at least cohesion within the surrogates," McCain said. McCain said Sanders would be the first to admit the White House lacked message discipline, and she defended her friend as a good person. "I have always liked Sarah Huckabee Sanders," McCain said. "She is actually very shrewd in politics. She ran her dad's ground game in the Iowa caucus, and she has been very respected in. . .

Dov Waxman (2018-05-04). As Israel Turns 70, Young American Jews Turn Away. mintpressnews.com For many, their problem with Israel is not just its current prime minister, its government's policies and its nearly 51-year-long occupation of the West Bank. It is also Israel itself that they are uncomfortable with, specifically its identity as a Jewish state.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-04). On This Day in Consortium News: May 4, 2004, Apocalypse Again. consortiumnews.com We begin a new feature, looking back at articles published years ago on Consortium News on the current date. This article by Nat Parry, published on May 4, 2004, is about the madness of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The… Read more →

Louis Proyect (2018-05-04). Nicaraguan Contradictions. counterpunch.org Last Friday my friend Michael Meeropol asked me what I thought was going on in Nicaragua. He had read an article on Portside titled "Nicaragua: Next in Line for Regime Change?" that alluded to similar events in Libya, Syria and Venezuela, "where extreme right-wing political minorities conspired with foreign elites to overthrow the national status More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-04). MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Points Out a Key Part of the Mueller's Team's Fraught Day in Court that People Missed. alternet.org Everyone focused on the fact that the judge was critical of the special counsel — few noticed the crucial part of Mueller's team's response. | Special counsel Robert Mueller's team appeared to have a tough day in court on Friday as Judge T. S. Ellis was sharply critical of the prosecutors' grounds to bring their case against Paul Manafort — but perhaps the most important and informative part of the exchange went largely unnoticed. The judge pushed the prosecutors on why they were bringing the case focusing on bank and tax fraud and against Manafort, President Donald Trump's one-time campaign chair, when it was so far afield of the original mandate that led to the creation of the special counsel. As MSNBC's Rachel Maddow noted, the judge's question was a good one: "If the Michael Cohen case can just become a local prosecution case in. . .

DVBS (2018-05-04). Did the Cold War Ever Really End? globalresearch.ca The official end of the Cold War era in 1989 brought during the first coming years a kind of international optimism that the idea of the "end of history" really could be realized as it was a belief in no …

Nick Pemberton (2018-05-04). Bush Ethics: The New Democrats. counterpunch.org Democrat Al Franken agreed to resign from his post as a Minnesota Senator after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. When Franken was ousted I remarked that I would shed no tears for him, and that remains the case. But Franken was perhaps the target of a Republican smear campaign. Donald Trump's former campaign More

Nick Licata (2018-05-04). Seattle's Legacy of Student Protests: an Interview with Kit Bakke. counterpunch.org As spring arrived thousands of teens left their schools across the country to "March For Our Lives" to call upon politicians to change laws to improve school safety, stop mass shootings and end gun violence. Young people leading movements isn't new. In fact, back in May of 1970, I arrived in Seattle to 6,000 students More

Stephen Martin (2018-05-04). Disabusing Big Brother's Dark Cloud. counterpunch.org I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS What? How'd you manage that one? Zuck: People just submitted it. Zuck: I don't know why. Zuck: They "trust me" Zuck: Dumb f*cks Mark Zuckerberg , — chatting with an unnamed friend. Over the last 12 months, I have seen five different managing directors refer to their More

CounterSpin (2018-05-04). Ellen Schrecker on the New McCarthyism. fair.org Media…

Dan Corjescu (2018-05-04). Kafka's Laws of Modern Day Totalitarianism. counterpunch.org We live in a world of mass surveillance. A world directed by elites for elites. However, for most of us, our daily lives are expressed by the French saying metro, boulot, dodo (metro, work, sleep). Yet, at any time for anyone and for any reason the seeming safety of everyday life could change in an instant. Franz Kafka More

John Klyczek (2018-05-04). Cognitive-Behavioral Workforce Conditioning through Online Adaptive-Learning Technetronics. globalresearch.ca Seven years before he was appointed as US National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski published Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era. In this 1970 futurist treatise on American political science, Brzezinski forecasts how "[t]he …

Chris Wright (2018-05-04). Our Passive Society. counterpunch.org Sitting alone in my room watching videos on Youtube, hearing sounds from across the hall of my roommate watching Netflix, the obvious point occurs to me that a key element of the demonic genius of late capitalism is to enforce a crushing passiveness on the populace. With social atomization comes collective passiveness—and with collective passiveness comes More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). As IDF Uses Gaza Protesters for Shoot-to-Maim Target Practice, Israel Argues Human Rights Don't Apply to this "War" mintpressnews.com The manner in which protesters, including children, have been injured — live ammunition fired at the groin, neck, limbs, and abdomen — suggests that Israeli troops intentionally aim to inflict maximum physical harm on the civilian participants in the marches.

Kerry Eleveld, DailyKos (2018-05-04). Trump Is an Unrepentant Liar—The Mainstream Media Is Finally Calling Him One. alternet.org The president isn't just mixing up his facts. | Donald Trump is a liar. The media is catching on. From a New York Times analysis piece by Peter Baker: As of last week, the American public had been told that President Trump's doctor had certified he would be "the healthiest individual ever elected. " That the president was happy with his legal team and would not hire a new lawyer. That he did not know about the $130,000 payment to a former pornographic film actress who claimed to have had an affair with him. As of this week, it turns out that the statement about his health was not actually from the doctor but had been dictated by Mr. Trump himself. That the president has split with the leaders of his legal team and hired the same new lawyer

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-04). House Republicans Don't Want to Talk About the Funding for Trump's Creepy Military Parade. alternet.org As many children in America go to bed hungry, the president wants to throw a parade to boost his fragile ego. | Donald Trump wants a military parade to make himself feel big and manly, and House Republicans are prepared to give him what he wants: The display in Washington would be authorized under the Republican-proposed draft for the annual defense policy measure, according to a bill summary released Friday. The measure is scheduled to be taken up by the House Armed Services Committee on May 9. Yay! Trump's pretensions to dictatorship are poised to come to life! One small issue, though: A committee Republican spokesman said Friday that specific funding for the parade isn't set in the legislation. Eh, funding is never a problem when it comes to Republican priorities. But you can bet that at the same time as the money for Trump's. . .

Michael Berkowitz (2018-05-04). 'The Chinese Exclusion Act': PBS documentary shows commonalities with current immigration struggles. peoplesworld.org Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns' documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act is the story of the welcome that the United States gave to Chinese immigrants. There is much to be learned from this excellent history of how the self-proclaimed "nation of immigrants" treated the would-be Chinese settlers. The film does three things extraordinarily well: It describes […]…

Vicki Batts (2018-05-04). Japan to Build Roads Out of Radioactive Fukushima Dirt. asia-pacificresearch.com

Stanley Cohen (2018-05-04). The Miseducation of Mohammed bin Salman. mintpressnews.com Perhaps, when next in New York City, Crown Prince bin Salman's time would be better spent were he to stop and ask people of color, Native Americans, the LGTBQ community, immigrants, refugees, the elderly, unwell and US Muslims about America's cultural influence.

Jim Naureckas (2018-05-04). How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role—in Multiple Media. fair.org New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way. | "When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?" he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and large-format photography. One thing that's not conveyed via any medium, though: Seven years ago, the United States and its allies used military force to overthrow Libya's government. The country has been in almost continual civil war since then, which you would think would be crucial in explaining "how the city came to that." But apparently you don't think like a New York Times bureau chief. | The thing is, when President Barack Obama—egged on by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—called for an attack on Libya, the…

Martin Billheimer (2018-05-04). Frankenstein's Burden. counterpunch.org Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay? — John Donne The certainty that an objective science will always win out looks pretty doubtful by now, given how convincingly the unscientific takes on the guise of the scientific. There is certainly a scientific language, but we are confused about what Science is itself. It More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-04). 'Trump Lives in the Eternal Now': Gen. Hayden Explains the Dangers of Trump's Ignorance of History. alternet.org Trump's apparent inability to grasp context and history makes managing world affairs extremely risky. | President Donald Trump apparent lack of interest in world affairs and his impulsivity may pose serious risks to American efforts abroad, as Gen. Michael Hayden and HBO host Bill Maher pointed out on "Real Time" Friday night. Responding to a viewer's question about how U. S. intelligence operations are being protected from a president who reportedly leaked sensitive information to the Russians, Hayden, who has headed up both the NSA and CIA, noted that there's not much of a buffer. Whoever is elected president gets access to the nation's secrets. Maher argued that Trump doesn't actually even seem to care about intelligence briefings, focusing instead on "whether Nordstrom is selling Ivanka's shoes. ""And that's one of the challenges we have," Hayden said. "Michael Gerson, one of Bush (W. )'s speechwriters, said. . .

Brian Cloughley (2018-05-04). Another Major Reset in US-Pakistan Relations is Taking Place. counterpunch.org In February 2018 Pakistan's foreign minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, visited Moscow where his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, said that Russia is "planning to continue giving practical assistance in strengthening the counterterrorism potential of your country." This was a welcome statement and decidedly different from the intentions of the US President whose first tweet of the year comprehensively insulted More

Michael Hudson (2018-05-04). "Creating Wealth" Through Debt: the West's Finance-Capitalist Road. counterpunch.org Volumes II and III of Marx's Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today's Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized. More

Federico Pieraccini (2018-05-04). As US Military Effectiveness and Diplomatic Efforts Fade into Irrelevance Many Countries Start Ignoring Washington. globalresearch.ca Diplomatic work continues in some of the areas with the highest geopolitical tensions in the world. In recent days there have been high-level meetings and contacts between Turkey, Iran and Russia over the situation in Syria; meetings between Modi and …

Jill Richardson (2018-05-04). Want to Attract Women? Try Not Hating Us. counterpunch.org The recent attack in Toronto by a man who identifies as an "incel" has called attention to the disturbing and flourishing online incel community. "Incel" stands for "involuntarily celibate." These are straight men who, frustrated by their lack of romantic success, channel their feelings into hatred of women. Some even resort to violence. In Toronto, More

Staff (2018-05-04). Iowa Governor Signs Strictest Abortion Regulation in U.S. truthdig.com Kim Reynolds signs a law banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or at around six weeks of pregnancy—setting the state up for a lengthy court fight.

Daniel Warner (2018-05-04). Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: Why Should We Believe Either of Them? counterpunch.org In times of rapid change, what was true yesterday is not necessarily true today. For example, the leader of North Korea has threatened to wipe out Seoul and reduce it to rubble while the government of South Korea has confirmed it has a plan to assassinate President Kim Jong-un. Nonetheless, on April 26, 2018, amid More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-04). Arizona teachers win, vow to keep marching through November. peoplesworld.org PHOENIX—Led by a happily blaring brass band, thousands of Arizona teachers rallied once again on the steps of their state capitol building in Phoenix to hail their legislative win for funds for their schools, kids, and books and better pay for themselves and their support staffers — and to vow they'll keep marching through this […]…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-05-04). Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers. counterpunch.org + Rudy the Truth-Teller: Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels Non-Disclosure Agreement and repaid Michael Cohen on the installment plan; the NDA was meant to suppress the Daniels story prior to the 2016 election; James Comey is a pervert and pathological liar; Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly clear him in Russia probe; More

Kelly Macias, DailyKos (2018-05-04). Video Shows Miami Cop Kicking Handcuffed Man in Head—Officer Is Still Being Paid. alternet.org Policing in this country is out of control. | In a speech last year, Donald Trump said he thinks the police should be rougher with people during arrests. But we know that they are plenty rough already—and very often without cause. It seems like every day a new video emerges of police misconduct and brutality toward the people they are supposed to protect, especially when they are people of color. And because today is a day that ends in "y", yet another video showing police abuse toward a black person has come out, this time in Miami. The latest from BuzzFeed: A Miami police officer has been relieved of duty after he was caught on video kicking a defenseless, handcuffed man in the head. The incident happened Thursday morning after two officers pursued a Jeep Cherokee that was suspected. . .

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-05-04). Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia's Citizens. asia-pacificresearch.com

Ben Swann (2018-05-04). Who is Funding the Syrian Civil Defense? mintpressnews.com The White Helmets have ties to organizations that are being funded by governments that have been seeking, and right now continue to, seek to overthrow the Assad government and to establish a new regime in Syria.

Julie Wark (2018-05-04). Anything Can Happen Anywhere to Anyone at Any Time. counterpunch.org Review of Pankaj Mishra, 2017, Age of Anger: A History of the Present, Allen Lane. In a recent brief article titled "On Rages, Disgusts and Nauseas" the Argentine philosopher María Julia Bertomeu evokes Aristotle's thoughts on anger when discussing the nauseating, infuriating "constant lying" of her country's rulers, and singles out some important distinctions Aristotle More

Ali Mohsin (2018-05-04). Pakistan: Missing Persons Issue Swept Under Rug as Pashtun Anti-war Movement Spreads. asia-pacificresearch.com

The New Arab (2018-05-04). US Commandos Deployed on Yemen Border to "Help Saudis Against Houthis" globalresearch.ca A team of elite US Green Beret commandos deployed to the Saudi border of Yemen last year to help find and destroy Houthi rebel missile caches, the New York Times reported on Thursday. | The Army special operations soldiers arrived in …

Dean Baker (2018-05-04). If NYT Likes Stronger Copyright, That Doesn't Make It 'Free Trade'. fair.org New York Times ( 5/3/18) | Many folks in the media seem to think it is part of their job to promote trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—not only in opinion pages, but in the news section, too. The New York Times ( 5/3/18) gave us yet another example of this effort in a piece on a hotly contested congressional race in Washington. | At one point, the piece tells readers that the TPP "would have reinforced the nation's embrace of free trade." This is not true. | The TPP had relatively little to do with free trade, in the sense of reducing tariffs and other traditional trade barriers. The United States already had trade agreements with six of the other eleven countries in the pact, and trade barriers were already low with most of the other countries. | The…

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-05-04). This Confederate Defender Just Got Schooled by One of Robert E. Lee's Relatives. alternet.org "If you have to say you aren't racist after making a statement. . . Welp. " | "Robert E. Lee freed his slaves (which he never purchased-they were inherited) in 1862," the Facebook message-sender told Lee. The person went on to inform the general's descendant that Lee "freed his slaves several years before the war was over, and considerably earlier than his Northern counterparts. ""PS," the sender continued. "You are not a good man. ""There was [sic] black soldiers in the Confederate army and I am a white southerner and I am not racist at all," the message continued. I received this Facebook message from a concerned North Carolinian after @SarahBlakeWBTV's piece last night. | 1. A little slavery is still chattel slavery. | 2. Inherited slaves are still enslaved persons. | 3. If you have to say you aren't racist after making a statement. . . Welp.

Ron Jacobs (2018-05-04). Korea, an Alternative History. counterpunch.org For decades, consumers of the US media have been fed a series of repeated lies concerning the status of northern Korea. Tales of mass starvation and brutal torture are told over and over, occasionally updated but essentially the same as those told when Washington first realized it could not defeat the national forces headquartered in Pyongyang. More

Staff (2018-05-04). Arizona Students Back in Class After Six-Day Teacher Strike. truthdig.com The state's educators win a 20-percent pay raise by 2020 after a walkout that was part of a bubbling national uprising over low pay and school funding.

Nino Pagliccia (2018-05-04). Venezuelan Consul: Transparency is at the Heart of the Electoral System for the May 20 Elections in Venezuela. counterpunch.org On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25thtime that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. Venezuelans take great pride in this fact in a region that has seen far More

David Yearsley (2018-05-04). The Musical Tastes of Spring. counterpunch.org All traces of snow are at last gone from the picturesque nineteenth-century cemetery in Ithaca, New York. Down below in the nearby the Cascadilla Gorge the creek gathers momentum from late-arriving spring's rain. Just beyond the graveyard the fraternity brothers will soon emerge from their beer-soaked dens to bask in the spring sunshine and advertise More

Tom H. Hastings (2018-05-04). NRA/Trump: Stay the Bloody Course. counterpunch.org Trump, in his annual suck-up to the NRA, says that if we have any gun control we will have to ban vans and trucks, the latest weapon of terrorists. Is he clinically thick? Or just pandering? Vans and trucks are used all day long for work, to bring goods and services to people, and are More

Staff (2018-05-04). Hawaii Volcano Sends More Lava, Sulfur Gas Into Communities. truthdig.com PAHOA, Hawaii — The Kilauea volcano sent more lava into Hawaii communities Friday, a day after forcing more than 1,500 people to flee from their mountainside homes, and authorities detected high levels of sulfur gas that could threaten the elderly and people with breathing problems. | The eruption that began with lava flying into the sky from a crack in a road continued with reports of molten rock spurting from several volcanic vents. Neighborhoods downhill from the vents were at risk of being covered up. At least two homes were destroyed, officials said. | Julie Woolsey lives on a street where a vent opened up and channeled lava to within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of her house. When it appeared, she freed her chickens, loaded her dogs into her truck and evacuated with her daughter and grandson. | "We knew we were building…

Dylan J. Plung (2018-05-04). The "Japanese Village" at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah: An Unexamined Context to the Firebombing of Japan. asia-pacificresearch.com

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-04). MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Explains Trump's Thoroughly Corrupt Idea for Transforming the Justice Department. alternet.org "Effectively, what the President's saying is he doesn't want an actual Department of Justice. " | President Donald Trump's consistent and strident attacks on the Justice Department suggest not only a frustration with its current leadership but a desire to completely undermine the purpose of the institution, according to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. Wallace made her case for the president's corrupt view of the department's purpose Friday on her show "Deadline: White House. ""There's something so profoundly disturbing about the frame," she said. "The frame we should all stare at. . . is that this president wants exactly what he described to the New York Times in an interview at Mar-a-Lago. He wants 'his guys,' he wants his Roy Cohn, running the U. S. Department of Justice. "Evan McMullin, a former intelligence officer and presidential candidate, agreed. "Effectively, what the President's saying is he doesn't want an actual Department of. . .

Andre Gunder Frank (2018-05-04). Coup d'Etat in Washington and "The Dollar Paper Tiger", Fiery Dragon in Asia and the Pacific. globalresearch.ca Editor's Note: We bring to the attention of our readers this essay by the late Professor André Gunder Frank, one of the World's leading and most distinguished political economists. First published by Global Research in 2004. | From the very …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-04). Trump Makes Ridiculous Comparison Between Gun and Car Safety During His NRA Speech. alternet.org The president said we'd have to outlaw motor vehicles if we "outlaw" guns. | Speaking before a gathering of the National Rifle Association, President Donald Trump tried to defend gun rights Friday by comparing firearms to automobiles — but he actually demonstrated the exact opposite point of the argument he was trying to make. "It seems that if we're going to outlaw guns, like so many people want to do — Democrats! " he said. "Then we are going to have to outlaw, immediately, all vans and all trucks, which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorists. "Aside from the fact that no mainstream Democratic figures have even come close to advocating for abolishing gun ownership, and aside from the fact that trucks and vans serve many beneficial purposes while guns' primary purpose is to injure and kill, this argument actually. . .

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