2018-05-06: News Headlines

Daryl G. Kimball (2018-05-06). Trump Hurtles Toward Three Nuclear Crises. globalresearch.ca One year into the unorthodox presidency of Donald Trump, the United States faces an array of complex and dangerous foreign policy challenges that require principled leadership, pragmatism, patience, and smart diplomacy. | So far, Trump has not exhibited any of …

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-06). The "Arab NATO" to Make Syria's "Internal Partition" a Reality. globalresearch.ca The possible deployment of Saudi-led GCC and other fellow "coalition" troops to northeastern Syria would formalize the de-facto "internal partition" of the Arab Republic and represent the fulfillment of the RAND Corporation's plans to "contain" Iranian influence in the region, …

Peter Korzun (2018-05-06). Global Warfare, US-NATO Military Escalation, Looming Dangers. globalresearch.ca The month of May is always associated with V-E Day. The sentiments of "never again" were strong 73 years ago, in 1945 when the UN was founded. Since then Europe has put a huge amount of effort into creating a …

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-06). Consortium News' Comments Policy. consortiumnews.com As some readers have objected to their comments being blocked or removed we republish here our updated Comments Policy. At Consortium News, we welcome substantive comments about our articles, but comments should avoid ad hominem attacks, abusive language toward other… Read more →

Staff (2018-05-06). Armed Teachers, Cops at Schools Linked to 30 Gun Mishaps Since 2014. truthdig.com In some cases the weapons were accidentally fired, and in others the firearms came within the reach of children or other unauthorized people, an AP review finds.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-06). Saudi Arabia: Thousands Held Arbitrarily. hrw.org Then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony at King Faisal Air College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (Beirut) — Saudi Arabia is detaining thousands of people for more than six months, in some cases for over a decade, without referring them to courts for criminal proceedings, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia's attorney general should promptly charge or release all criminal defendants and stop holding people arbitrarily. | Human Rights Watch analyzed data from a public online Interior Ministry database, which revealed that authorities have detained 2,305 people who are under investigation for more than six months without referring them to a judge. The number held for excessively long periods has apparently increased dramatically in recent years. A similar Human Rights Watch analysis…

Rami Elhanan (2018-05-05). Israeli Society very much Needs Remembrance Days. Peace and Reconciliation. globalresearch.ca This article was published on April 24, 2010 by Occupation Magazine. | Shalom and good evening, | My name is Rami Elhanan. Thirteen years ago, on the afternoon of Thursday the fourth of September 1997, I lost my daughter, my Smadar, in …

Wol-san Liem (2018-05-05). U.S. and Korean Workers Call for Lasting Peace in Korea and End to U.S. Militarism in East Asia. globalresearch.ca Report by Wol-san Liem | After a hassle with cancelled flights, a US Labor Against the War delegation arrived in Seoul May 1. They will spend a week in Korea showing solidarity for Korean workers and peace-loving people's fight for peace …

Christopher Anders (2018-05-05). U.S. Senators Have a New Plan to Expand Indefinite Detention and Endless Global War. globalresearch.ca Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse with this Congress, a bipartisan pair of senators have teamed up to write the single most dangerous piece of unconstitutional legislation of this Congress. | Last week, Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and …

Diana Johnstone (2018-05-05). Trotskyist Delusions. Split into Rival Tendencies. globalresearch.ca I first encountered Trotskyists in Minnesota half a century ago during the movement against the Vietnam War. I appreciated their skill in organizing anti-war demonstrations and their courage in daring to call themselves "communists" in the United States of America …

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-05-05). Devin Nunes Calls for John Kerry to Be Arrested By the FBI: 'Send In the G Men'. alternet.org Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made his demand to imprison the former Massachusetts Democrat under the Logan Act, | The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is calling for former Secretary of State John Kerry to be the very first person every arrested under a constitutionally dubious 1799 law. Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made his demand to imprison the former Massachusetts Democrat under the Logan Act, which could theoretically result in three year in federal prison. The allegations followed a new Boston Globe report on former Secretary of State Kerry working to save the Iran nuclear deal. Staff (2018-05-05). 3 Degrees of Warming Could Double Europe's Drought Risk. truthdig.com Research suggests that the worst droughts will last three to four times longer than they did in the last decades of the last century.

Renee Parsons (2018-05-05). Florida's Senate Race: Does It Matter? globalresearch.ca 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 …

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-05). Take Your Pick: Chinese or American Missiles in the South China Sea? globalresearch.ca China's reported deployment of anti-ship and cruise missiles to its reclaimed islands in the South China Sea was the inevitable action of a country that chose to act first in order to thwart its American adversary from doing the same …

Michael Kowalchuk (2018-05-05). New York City's "Shelter-industrial Complex": Makes Money over Rising Homelessness. globalresearch.ca Featured image: A woman living in the New York City subway. Liberation News photo. | Picture the Homeless, a NYC-based organization that advocates for the rights of homeless people and affordable housing solutions, recently published a report that highlights the inadequacy …

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-05-05). Donald Trump Cozies Up to the NRA at Annual Conference. alternet.org Trump addressed the gun lobby at the annual convention of the National Rifle Association in Texas | On the heels of a week of unraveling, President Donald Trump capped it off by recommitting his loyalty to the National Rifle Association. Indeed, he paid a visit to the gun lobby's annual conference on Friday, for the fourth consecutive year in a row. The visit marked his first remarks to the NRA since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February which killed 17 people and spurred a national movement demanding tighter gun control laws in America. "Thanks to your activism and dedication, you have an administration fighting to protect your Second Amendment and we will protect your Second Amendment," he said on Friday. "Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never ever be under siege as long as I. . .

Colin Todhunter (2018-05-05). Agrochemicals and Institutional Corruption: Pleading with the Slave Master Will Not Set You Free. globalresearch.ca Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the 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 …

Michael Averko (2018-05-05). Western Chauvinism Against Russia Gone Berserk. globalresearch.ca For you non-sports minded Russia watchers, the ethically flawed antics of the IOC (International Olympic Committee), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and Western mass media at large, highlight a predominating anti-Russian bias that have a definite bigoted aspect. Having personally penned …

Staff (2018-05-05). Mueller Team Questions Trump Friend Tom Barrack. truthdig.com The California real estate investor is interviewed as part of the federal investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-05-05). American History for Truthdiggers: Counterrevolution of 1787? New Constitution, New Nation. truthdig.com In establishing a centralized government, American elites struggled to find a balance between a top-down system and a system of the people. The arguments that raged in the late 18th century linger with us today.

Mike Luckovich (2018-05-05). Mueller Interview. truthdig.com

South Front (2018-05-05). Militarization on Russia's Doorstep: Washington Confirms Delivery of Javelin Anti-tank Missiles to Ukraine. globalresearch.ca The US State Department has confirmed the delivery of anti-tank missile systems Javelin to Ukraine. | "They have already been delivered," a US State Department official said on April 30 in response to an RFE/RL query on the handover of Javelins….

Staff (2018-05-05). Nearly 1,600 Reported Arrested in Russian Anti-Putin Protests. truthdig.com MOSCOW—Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as president protested Saturday in scores of cities across the country — and police responded by reportedly arresting nearly 1,600 of them. | Among those arrested was protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is Putin's most prominent foe. | Police seized Navalny by the arms and legs and carried the thrashing activist from Moscow's Pushkin Square, where thousands were gathered for an unauthorized protest. | Police also used batons against protesters who chanted "Putin is a thief!" and "Russia will be free!" | Demonstrations under the slogan "He is not our czar" took place throughout the country, from Yakutsk in the far northeast to St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad on the fringes of Europe. | The protests demonstrated that Navalny's opposition, although considered beleaguered by Russian officials and largely…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-05). Protests Sweep Japan to as Right-Wing Government Pushes for Further Militarization. mintpressnews.com Japan's citizens are enraged by the nationalism gripping the former imperialist power. Inflammatory public displays by right-wing lawmakers along with a precipitous increase in the purchase of US weaponry have sparked massive protests.

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-05-05). Watch: Alan Dershowitz Calls Lawyer Richard Painter 'Un-American and a Liar' in Bizarre Tirade. alternet.org The MSNBC segment exploded. | Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz was shut down on MSNBC Saturday after launching a bizarre tirade against former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter. Dershowitz is a prominent defender of President Donald Trump, the original topic of the segment with host David Gura, before it descended into chaos. While answering a question about Robert Mueller interviewing longtime Trump confidante Tom Barrack, Dershowitz said the special counsel, "has a mixed reputation, when I was in Boston with regard to four innocent people who spent their life and two of them died in jail. "Painter immediately interrupted Dershowitz. "That is not true, that's not true, you can't say that about him, do not — that is not true professor," Painter blasted. "That's a lie, do not assault his reputation, that's just not true. He's a good man. "In response. . .

Thomas Scripps (2018-05-05). UK Media Told to Conceal Connections Between Sergei Skripal and MI6. globalresearch.ca Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, has published evidence suggesting that a D-notice has been issued to the press to protect MI6, hiding its connections to the Russian double-agent, Sergei Skripal. According to the Conservative government …

Wilfredo Perez Bianco (2018-05-05). May 20 Elections: The Structure of Venezuela's Electoral System. globalresearch.ca On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25th time that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when …

Craig Murray (2018-05-05). Freedom No More. England's Local Elections. globalresearch.ca As I write, with over 75% of all yesterday's English local election results in, Labour has a net gain of 55 councillors compared to the high water mark of the 2014 result in these wards, while the Tories have a …

Staff (2018-05-05). Scheer Intelligence: Betsy West, Julie Cohen on Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Audio and Transcript). truthdig.com Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks with the documentary filmmakers on how they captured the life and career of the Supreme Court justice.

Jonathan Cook (2018-05-05). 2018: When Orwell's 1984 Stopped Being Fiction. globalresearch.ca This is the moment when a newspaper claiming to uphold that most essential function in a liberal democracy — acting as a watchdog on power — formally abandons the task. This is the moment when it positively embraces the role …

Eric Holthaus, Grist.org (2018-05-05). This Water War Will Decide the Fate of 1-in-8 Americans. alternet.org The Colorado River sustains about 40 million people and millions of acres of farmland. | Lake Mead is the country's biggest reservoir of water. Think of it as the savings account for the entire Southwest. Right now, that savings account is nearly overdrawn. For generations, we've been using too much of the Colorado River, the 300-foot-wide ribbon of water that carved the Grand Canyon, supplies Lake Mead, and serves as the main water source for much of the American West. The river sustains one in eight Americans — about 40 million people — and millions of acres of farmland. In the next 40 years, the region is expected to add at least 10 million more people, as the region's rainfall becomes more erratic. An especially dismal snowpack this past winter has forced a long-simmering dispute over water rights to the fore, one that. . .

Salim Lamrani (2018-05-05). Five Questions and Answers Concerning the Presidential Elections in Cuba. globalresearch.ca 1. Who is the new Cuban President and how was he elected? | The new Cuban President is 58 year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel. He was born on April 20th, 1960, one year after the advent of the Cuban Revolution. After graduating …

Staff (2018-05-05). Marx's Hometown Unveils Huge Statue on His 200th Birthday. truthdig.com The celebratory uncovering of the 14-foot bronze figure sparks criticism by some who blame Marx for crimes committed by social revolutionaries in Russia, China and elsewhere in the name of communism.

CP Editor (2018-05-05). Inside a Lost African Tribe Still Living in India Today. counterpunch.org

Richard C. Cook (2018-05-05). Religion and Geopolitical Strife Helped Create the World Crisis; Spirituality Shows the Way Out. globalresearch.ca The world is in a depth of crisis that extends well beyond the more obvious outbreaks of geopolitical strife. | Regardless of who, if anyone, is a "good guy" or a "bad guy," science and technology have allowed collective humanity to …

Jim Naureckas (2018-05-05). How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role—in Multiple Media. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Mr. Fish (2018-05-05). Crash Course. truthdig.com

Prof. James Petras (2018-05-05). De-Briefing Academics: Unpaid Intelligence Informants. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Over the past half-century, I have been engaged in research, lectured and worked with social movements and leftist governments in Latin America. I interviewed US officials and think tanks in Washington and New York. I have written scores of …

DDS (2018-05-05). The Maiming Fields of Gaza. globalresearch.ca Since 30 March 2018, Palestinians civilians living as refugees and exiles in Gaza ever since they were driven out from Palestine have been gathering in mass, unarmed demonstration about their right of return to the homeland they lost in 1948. …

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-05-05). Generation Z Finds Its Rebellious Spirit in Lobbying For Gun Reform. alternet.org Generation Z finds its rebellious spirit in lobbying for gun reform | A little over 10 years ago, when I was a teenager in the Midwest, I thought being rebellious meant smugly smoking cigarettes before cheerleading practice. It never occurred to me that teenage defiance could be part of something bigger, like skipping class to persuade state legislators to support common-sense gun laws. Yet Generation Z has grown into this uprising of their own, the fight for stricter gun control laws — a movement induced by this year's Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — is also this cohort's way of defying teenage stereotypes. In the fight to save lives from gun violence, they're also rewriting what it means for teenagers to revolt. In April, a press release floated into my inbox with the subject line "Bay Area. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-05-05). Stormy Daniels Appears on SNL's Opener As Cohen and Trump Try to Get Their Lies Straight. alternet.org The sketch started with Ben Stiller's Michael Cohen going to a payphone to call Trump and Rudy Giuliani. | The actual real-life Stormy Daniels made an appearance on Saturday Night Livetonight, joining game of phone tag featuring almost everyone involved in the unfurling Trump scandal for the cold-open. The sketch started with Ben Stiller's Michael Cohen going to a payphone to call Trump and Rudy Giuliani. "Hey what's up, Amigo? How you holding up in prison? " Trump asks Cohen. "I'm not in prison," Cohen says. "Oh, give it a couple weeks," Trump says. "Guys can we please just decide on one lie and stick to it? " Cohen asks. In order to get their lies straight they need to talk to a lot of people—including Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Jimmy Fallon and Scarlett Johansson appeared as Jared and Ivanka. And then Stormy shows up—the real-life Stormy—to deliver a memorable performance. Watch below.

RT (2018-05-05). Dude, where's my plutonium? Idaho loses weapons-grade sample. rt.com Idaho State University is facing a $8,500 fine from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for losing a gram of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium.
RT.com

RT (2018-05-05). 'Shaking side to side': Hawaii's massive 6.9 quake captured on VIDEOS. rt.com Terrifying, rumbling, ripping through houses; steaming cracks in the ground, and panicking locals — the powerful earthquake with aftershocks that hit the Big Island of Hawaii has been captured on videos.
RT.com

RT (2018-05-05). Popular teacher 'forced' to resign after nudging & slapping student to 'wake him up' (VIDEO). rt.com A South Carolina teacher was "forced" to retire after a video of her trying to wake up a student by pulling his hair while standing on his desk emerged online. Some students and parents, however, have rallied behind the teacher.
RT.com

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.
RT.com

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.
RT.com

RT (2018-05-05). 'I'm starting a candy company & it's gonna be amazing': Musk goes full Willy Wonka in Buffett spat. rt.com Tesla CEO Elon Musk has vowed to start a candy company, in what appears to be a bizarre trolling response to comments made by fellow billionaire Warren Buffett.
RT.com

RT (2018-05-05). Football star, leading man, communist, outcast: RT dives into life of black icon hounded for beliefs. rt.com Paul Robeson rose from poverty and early loss to become one of the most famous performers in the world. But his prickly activism and a Soviet connection cost him his career, but not his legacy.
RT.com

RT (2018-05-05). Tugging at heartstrings: 5yo girl born with one hand plays violin thanks to 3D-printing (VIDEO). rt.com A Florida girl born without a left hand has been granted the gift of music after an engineering student created a 3D-printed prosthetic to help her learn to play the violin.
RT.com

RT (2018-05-05). Not-so-special relationship: 4 times Trump damaged old bonds that link US & UK. rt.com For one who claims to love the UK, Donald Trump seems to have made a habit of attacking the country in the past 18 months — and did so again Friday, when he told a Texas crowd that knife crime had turned London into a "warzone."
RT.com

Kate Aronoff (2018-05-05). Top Republican Plans to Use Fossil Fuels to Make Puerto Rico "the Energy Hub of the Entire Caribbean" theintercept.com Puerto Rico could become "the energy hub of the entire Caribbean area" under a vision laid out by Rob Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, who visited the island. | Bishop is not thinking of wind or solar. | In a press conference held in San Juan on Friday, with Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón — a nonvoting representative to the U.S. House — Bishop, R-Utah, said he had been consulting with oil and gas companies in Washington about how to bring more natural gas to the island. | "Puerto Rico could be a headquarters for the entire Caribbean area," Bishop said in response to a question from The Intercept. "That could be a source of energy not just for Puerto Rico, but it could be a source of export for that kind of energy to other places as…

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

Thomas Knapp (2018-05-04). Trump: For Whom the Nobel Tolls? counterpunch.org Sure things don't exist in international relations, but we seem to be witnessing an impending settlement of the nearly 70-year-old Korean War. Kim Jong Un recently became the first ruler of North Korea to officially visit the South, where he conferred with president Moon Jae-In. De-nuclearization and a peace treaty look like real possibilities. Kim More

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

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…

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

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 […]…

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

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)…

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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. . .

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

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

The Conversation (2018-05-04). Study Suggests Sexism Literally Causes Physical Illness. alternet.org Misogyny has negative health impacts. | Recent social movements such as the Women's March, #MeToo, #TimesUp, #BalanceTonPorc (#OutYourPig), and #SayHerName draw attention to the broad spectrum gender-related violence that is pervasive in the United States and around the world. Social science research takes a different form than protests, but paints a similar picture. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men in the U. S. experience contact sexual violence in their lifetime. Contact sexual violence is defined as being made to have sexual intercourse with someone else, being sexually coerced, or having unwanted sexual contact. Other types of sexism, including gender discrimination and sexual harassment, are even more frequent. A 2016 report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates that between 25 percent to 85 percent of women in. . .

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Chuck Collins (2018-05-04). My Advice to High School Grads: Learn a Trade. counterpunch.org In the classic 1960s movie The Graduate, a family friend offers Dustin Hoffman, the recent graduate, one word of advice: "plastics." My advice for today's high school graduates: "learn a trade." Unfortunately, there's a historic stigma about "voc-ed," the result of snobbery toward certain occupations. Yes, there's also the shameful practice of tracking low-income whites and More

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

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.

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…

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. . .

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. . .

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 […]…

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

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 […]…

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 […]…

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. . .

Olivia Alperstein (2018-05-04). How Elites Scam Americans Out of Housing. counterpunch.org The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben "I've Never Had to Worry about Affording Housing" Carson, wants to triple the rent that low-income American families pay for federally subsidized housing. Yep, this is the same guy who spent $31,000 of taxpayer money on a table and chairs. He's trying to make it harder for 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

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

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. . .

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.

Gary Leupp (2018-05-04). Trump's Explanation for the Hush-Money. counterpunch.org Trump's most specific discussion to date about the Stormy Daniels hush money, via tweet: "Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These More

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…

Grace Bennett, Media Matters (2018-05-04). The NRA Seriously Had Sexist Tucker Carlson As Featured Speaker at Women's Leadership Forum Luncheon. alternet.org The news out of the group's annual meeting reads like satire. | The National Rifle Association's annual meeting began on May 3 in Dallas, TX, and will continue until May 6. According to the NRA's website, the event "features 15 acres of the most spectacular displays of firearms, shooting and hunting accessories in the world. " On May 4, convention guests could choose to attend the Women's Leadership Forum Luncheon with featured speaker Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host and a professional and virulent sexist. The NRA's decision to host Carlson as a featured speaker is impressively tone-deaf given his long record of belittling women, dismissing sexual harassment, and ridiculing women's issues, but is perhaps unsurprising given the NRA's own history of sexism. Carlson often spends his show bemoaning the plight of men (often white men),. . .

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

Last Process: 100 Citations 2018-05-06 07:16:06 GMT

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *