2018-05-08: Social Media Postees

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President to Announce Decision Tuesday on Iran Nuclear Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-08
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump is set to reveal his decision on whether to keep the U.S. in the Iran deal on Tuesday, a move that could determine the fate of the 2015 agreement that froze Iran's nuclear program. | The announcement is set to cap more than a year of deliberation and negotiation that has at times pitted Trump against some of his closest aides and key American allies. Trump is facing a self-imposed May 12 deadline over whether to uphold the 2015 nuclear agreement, which he long has criticized. The president has signaled he will pull out of the pact by the deadline unless it is revised, but he faces intense pressure from European allies not to do so. | "I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2: 00pm," Trump tweeted Monday. | The president…
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VIPS Call on Trump Not to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-08
As Donald Trump announces his decision at 2 pm Tuesday on staying in the Iran nuclear deal, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity urge him in this memo exclusive to Consortium News not to base his decision on fabricated evidence…. Read more ?…
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Kanye West is a race traitor, declares Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-08
Kanye West is abandoning his black roots by embracing President Donald Trump and "white freedom," says author and activist Ta-Nehisi Coates, the latest celebrity piling onto the rapper over his political views. …
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Him too? NYC Attorney General who sued Harvey Weinsten resigns after abuse allegations
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-08
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, famed for prosecuting disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assaults, is now being accused of violence by four women. He says consensual role-play is what took place. …
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Key Iran-Contra player Oliver North to be new NRA president
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-08
The National Rifle Association has announced its new president will be Oliver North. The retired US Marine colonel gained notoriety as the man behind the 1980s 'Iran-Contra' weapons export scandal. …
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Afghanistan: Insurgent Attacks on Civilians Escalate
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-08
Increased insurgent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have left victims' families and survivors in dire need of financial, medical, and psychosocial support. The Afghan government should ensure programs to assist victims of attacks by the Taliban and Islamic State-linked armed groups reach those in need. | (New York) — Increased insurgent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have left victims' families and survivors in dire need of financial, medical, and psychosocial support, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Afghan government should ensure programs to assist victims of attacks by the Taliban and Islamic State-linked armed groups reach those in need. | "Insurgents who detonate bombs in mosques or at busy intersections with the intent of inflicting maximum civilian casualties are committing war crimes," said Patricia Gossman, senior Afghanistan researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of…
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Another Transgender Woman Killed in Pakistan
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-08
A member of the transgender community applies make up as she prepares for Shakeela's party in Peshawar, Pakistan on January 22, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters / Caren Firouz | The latest killing of a transgender woman in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) province exemplifies the government's failure to take measures to protect the rights of its transgender citizens. | On May 4, assailants fatally shot Muni, a transgender woman, after she could not provide smaller currency for a 1000 rupee note (US$9) that could be "showered" upon transgender women invited to dance at a wedding. This was the latest of several recent attacks on transgender women in the province, the fourth killing in 2018 and the 57th since 2015, according to local activists. | Central has been the K-P government's failure…
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That's just Rudi: State Dept disowns Trump lawyer's comment on regime change in Iran
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-08
The US State Department has been forced to publicly distance itself from the US President's old friend and new lawyer, Rudi Giuliani. He stirred controversy last weekend by saying the US leader is planning regime change in Iran. …
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'Save Barnes & Noble': Twitter worried parts of US will be left without bookstores
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-08
'Save Barnes & Noble' started trending on Twitter on Monday, after an article in the New York Times highlighted the financial woes of the bookstore chain, igniting fears it may fold and leave parts of the US without a bookshop. …
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History Lesson for Democrats: Think Winning Elections, Not Impeaching Trump
Bill Blum | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
On a steamy day in July 1787, in the midst of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the 55 state delegates who would come to be known as the Founding Fathers turned their attention to the issue of presidential impeachment. | Many weighed in on the subject, both pro and con, but none more memorably than Benjamin Franklin, who argued that the new nation's charter should include a means for peaceably ousting a president who had "rendered himself obnoxious." The alternative, Franklin quipped, was assassination. | George Mason of Virginia also famously spoke out during the impeachment deliberations, asking, "Shall any man be above justice? Above all, shall that man be above it who can commit the most extensive injustice?" In the end, all but two state delegations–from South Carolina and Massachusetts–voted to incorporate an impeachment process in the Constitution. | As…
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Nobel Nonsense: Nominating Donald Trump for the Peace Prize
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
It seems like rich nonsense, but should peace be attained on the Korean peninsula, with arrangements entrenched to ensure durability as opposed to unconvincing window dressing, President Donald Trump might well join the list of frauds and charlatans who have obtained the Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination for the 2019 prize came in a letter…
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What Do US Pundits Know About North Korea That 88% of South Koreans Don't?
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2018-05-07
"The pundits who shape the US media's coverage of North Korea were spinning the summit, and Kim's outreach in particular, as a dangerous, even ominous, event" (The Nation, 5/2/18). | According to a recent poll, 88 percent of the South Korean public viewed the recent peace summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in as a success. In addition, 65 percent of South Koreans trust Kim Jong-un on his pledge to denuclearize, and Moon Jae-in's approval ratings have shot up to 86 percent. Broadly speaking, recent developments between North and South Korea have been met with widespread optimism and praise from the South Korean public. | Reading US media, one would hardly know any of this. As journalist Tim Shorrock noted last week in The Nation ( 5/2/18), the response in US media was…
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Under the radar, Trump is pushing for full-scale Mideast war
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
While the mass media focuses on the latest daily scandals emanating from the White House, a leader of the secular left in Iran says President Trump is stepping up plans for an attack on that country which could trigger a devastating regional war with horrific implications for world peace. In an exclusive interview with People's …

Under the radar, Trump is pushing for full-scale Mideast war

Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East
John Feffer | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
The president giveth and he taketh away. | Donald Trump is a stern and wrathful leader. He thinks nothing of raining down fire and fury upon the enemies of his "chosen people." Indeed, he even flirts with ending the world if he doesn't receive due respect and the requisite number of burnt offerings. But he can also reward his followers, and those who curry his favor, with positions of power and untold riches. | This month, Trump will appear as both of these avatars. By meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump promises to wave his hand and create peace where before there was nothing but strife and dissension. At the same time, Trump the Destroyer has pledged to take the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal and bring the world that much closer to apocalypse. | It's a…

Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East

A Quantum Dialogue on the Meaning and Purpose of Existence
Julian Rose | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Dialogue between a master (A) and his pupil (B): | B: The Universe, or what is referred to as 'space', seems to be a kind of ethereal void, populated here and there by stars, planets, occasional meteors, comets and such like….
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Caravan Migrants Remain Hopeful, Brave in Fight for Legal Asylum
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
The 300 asylum seekers who arrived at the U.S. border on April 29 after a month-long, 2,000-mile journey have another grueling struggle ahead of them, according to the immigration attorneys who are donating their time to represent them. | More than three-quarters of asylum claims from Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans between 2012 and 2017 were denied, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, and this year's caravan of asylum seekers are facing a climate made even more hostile by the xenophobic Trump administration. | Once the asylum applicants–who traveled in a caravan to the Tijuana-San Ysidro border from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala–establish that they face a credible fear of persecution in their home countries, their ordeals are just beginning. | Colleen Flynn, an immigration attorney with the National Lawyers Guild's Los Angeles chapter, told Truthout that because of…
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Idaho State University Lost a Dirty Bomb's Worth of Plutonium
Andrew Tarantola | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Well this isn't good. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency tasked with administering the nation's supply of fissile materials, announced on Friday that Idaho State University may be subject to fine for losing a gram of weapons-grade plutonium. While …
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NATO in Afghanistan: A Dagger Struck Into the Heart of Asia
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
On April 27 the NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg issued an ultimatum to the Taliban fighting the US and NATO allied forces that have invaded and occupied Afghanistan; negotiate–meaning surrender-or be destroyed. Taking his cue from the Nazi diktats in the …
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Stemming the Tide of Evangelicalism — and Preventing the Next Billy Graham
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Current trends suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party — and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than it is at present. | At the time of Billy Graham's passing, American evangelical Christianity looks to be in steep decline, at least judging by numbers. The proportion of white Americans who identify as evangelical has fallen from 23 percent of the population in 2006 to 17 percent in 2016. Furthermore, a recent survey shows that evangelicalism is aging: Only 8 percent of whites ages 18 to 29, versus 26 percent over 65, identify as evangelicals. Current trends, then, suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party, and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than. . .
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Netanyahu's "Nuclear Chutzpah"
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
'Chutzpah' is a wonderful Yiddish word that means outrageous nerve, or unmitigated gall. | This week's Chutzpah Award goes to Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Standing in front of props of data files and cd's, Netanyahu claimed Israel's renowned Mossad …
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The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12
Peter Van Buren | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
The chance of terminating Iran's nuclear program is held against the risk of full-on war in the region. The United States is playing with real fire if it walks away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on May 12. | The post The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12 appeared first on MintPress News.

The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12

Planning for Aggression: Netanyahu's Nuclear Archive
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
It all seems like an effort to confirm offensiveness and instability, to be appalling in order to be relevant. The Israeli prime minister, handicapped by domestic travails and a watchful Knesset, is very keen to push the Iranian demon into …
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The Fate of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Israel Has Begun the Countdown to May 15
Norman Finkelstein | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Finkelstein comments: A few days ago I wrote this to several correspondents: | Trump has to renew/not renew the Iran agreement every 120 days. It's true that back in January 2018 he said the next renewal date would be decisive. But …
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Tensions Mount as White House Prepares for Nomination of Torture Authority Gina Haspel
Derrick Broze | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
With less than a week until the nomination hearing of CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, the White House is working hard to defend the nominee's career. | The post Tensions Mount as White House Prepares for Nomination of Torture Authority Gina Haspel appeared first on MintPress News.

Tensions Mount as White House Prepares for Nomination of Torture Authority Gina Haspel

Devin Nunes Tells Fox & Friends That He Will Seek to Hold Jeff Sessions in Contempt of Congress
Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
"The only thing left that we can do is we have to move quickly to hold the attorney general of the United States in contempt, and that's what I'm going to press for this week" | From the May 6 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends Sunday: ED HENRY (CO-HOST): I also understand that you have some news about [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions. REP. DEVIN NUNES (CHAIRMAN, HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE): Well, yeah, this is the ongoing problem here with this special counsel, we found out Friday from the judge, it kind of looks like this whole investigation has gone off the rails. Now, what we've been investigating in the House Intelligence Committee is the FISA abuse and other matters involving the beginning of what is called a counterintelligence investigation. Now, remember, they opened up this counterintelligence investigation — I think it is really. . .
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Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Every nation worth its salt has a deep state, a loose network of rich and powerful players who ratify, veto or formulate state social, economic and military policies. Whether monarchy, dictatorship, or constitutional republic, no government worthy of the name lacks for a shadowy unelected elite with hands on the tiller and in the till,…
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Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North Named President of NRA
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
He will be the biggest celebrity to lead the group since the late Hollywood leading man Charlton Heston, who once famously declared that his guns would have to be taken "from my cold, dead hands." | The post Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North Named President of NRA appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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French Railworkers on Strike. The Role of Intellectuals: Collective Resistance against Social Regression
Étienne Balibar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
The philosopher Étienne Balibar is one of the figures behind the solidarity fund in support of striking railworkers — a fund that now stands close to ‚Ǩ1 million. Responding to questions from workers who are taking part in the rolling …
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Henry and problem parenting in 'The Americans'
Carole Avalon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
Remember Henry Jennings? The intelligent, if unobservant, son of super spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, he's known all along that his parents are not easy to understand. One (Philip) usually more gregariously loving, the other (Elizabeth) caring, yet somewhat remote. Due to the unpredictable growth spurts experienced by Keidrich Sellati, the actor portraying Henry, he's …

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Will a Torturer Become CIA Director?
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-07
Gina Haspel faces a confirmation hearing on Wednesday to become CIA director despite her record of supporting torture, which even the Pentagon admitted does not work, says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News The Senate Intelligence Committee… Read more ?…
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Karl Marx: The Political Activist We Need More Than Ever
Kevin Zeese | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
The lessons of Karl Marx show that our tasks are to heighten class conflict by exposing the reality of abhorrent inequality and create new systems to replace failing capitalism. | The post Karl Marx: The Political Activist We Need More Than Ever appeared first on MintPress News.

Karl Marx: The Political Activist We Need More Than Ever

Former GOP Official Suspended from Radio Station After Horrific Rant Against 'Homosexual Lifestyle&#039
Noor Al-Sibai, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
His suspension appears to be indefinite. | After accusing a local high school of promoting "destructive" homosexuality, a former GOP leader in Wyoming has been suspended from his job at a talk radio station. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Wind River News Network host John Birbari — a former chairman of the Fremont County Republican Party — was conducting his weekly interview with the local superintendent when he started blasting the official for a pro-LGBT mural at a high school. "Do you think that the Riverton High School should be promoting homosexuality? " Birbari asked Fremont County School District Superintendent Terry Snyder about the mural, which featured a rainbow flag and the phrase "love is love. " The superintendent responded with a message of tolerance, but Birbari pressed on. "You know there are certain diverse elements of individuals that are certainly fine," the host said, "but. . .
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Kellyanne Conway and Trump Jr. Seem to Forget About Trump's Accusers as They Joke About Schneiderman's Resignation
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The president stands accused of sexual misconduct and abuse by more than a dozen women. | As some of those who are close to President Donald Trump celebrated the resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Monday night over allegations of physical assault by several women, they seemed to forget that the president himself stands accused of assault and sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, shared her joy at Schneiderman's downfall by sarcastically retweeting a post of his that challenged Trump. t. co/a3NPal4z9X– Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) May 8, 2018Donald Trump Jr. sent out several tweets mocking the attorney general, including this one: Was it the excessive use of eyeliner that gave it away? Totally normal! t. co/bDuOJWVqN8– Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 8, 2018As many pointed out, however, these petty jibes show a complete. . .
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Trump Signals Cooperative Approach With Mueller Is Fading
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
Tweets are fresh evidence that the cooperation with the special counsel that had been advocated by the president's legal team for months has gone by the wayside. | The post Trump Signals Cooperative Approach With Mueller Is Fading appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump Disregards Caravan Migrants' Legal Right to Apply for Asylum
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
The 300 asylum seekers who arrived at the US border on April 29 after a month-long, 2,000-mile journey have another grueling struggle ahead of them, according to the immigration attorneys who are donating their time to represent them. | More than …
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Melania Trump Just Released a Pamphlet to Combat Cyber Bullying–The Content Is Copied Verbatim from Obama's
AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
She released a pamphlet that was mostly a verbatim copy. | First Lady Melania Trump released a booklet of "lessons" for children about online behavior as part of her new "Be Best" campaign. The campaign is intended to "encourage positive social, emotional, and physical habits," while the booklet released today offers tips about to "help kids act thoughtfully and kindly. "While the most helpful way to encourage positive online behavior would be banning her husband from Twitter, the pamphlet is inoffensive. There's only one problem: the Trump administration didn't make it. President Barack Obama's FTC is responsible for almost all of the content. Even the imagery is copy-pasted. The only difference between the two pamphlets is reportedly the intro. See a screenshot below via The Rude Pundit. Fun fact: The White House trumpets "Talking with Kids about Being Online" as "a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and. . .
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The NRA Helped Promote a Gun from Russia That Can Pierce U.S. Soldiers' Body Armor
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The organization's moral bankruptcy knows no bound. | American gun culture has a split personality: half the time we're supposed to believe that gun culture is pure American patriotism, and the other half of the time the claim is that citizens need to be heavily armed to take on the American government. Whichever claim is more convenient for the gun lobby at any given moment. But mostly, the National Rifle Association just f'ing loves guns, the way Donald Trump loves the look of his name in big gold letters. And if that means helping a Russian gun manufacturer promote a gun that the U. S. military says poses a danger to American troops, the only real question is . . . is it a really cool gun? David Corn reports: In late 2016, the US Army released a report noting that the Russian. . .
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Trump ends TPS for Hondurans; stokes racist frenzy over "caravan"
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
On Thursday May 4, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced the impending end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for some 57,000 citizens of Honduras now living in the United States. The timing of the statement is highly suspicious. It comes as the Trump administration has been whipping up a nationalistic frenzy over a …

Trump ends TPS for Hondurans; stokes racist frenzy over “caravan”

The real Bosox curse was racism, not the Bambino
Harvey "Sluggo" Wasserman | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
The Boston Red Sox have finally decided to atone for two of the most racist, self-destructive snubs in sports history. Like so many other bigoted decisions, the team–and the town–paid a fearsome price. And it did NOT come from the infamous "Curse of the Bambino." That one happened in 1920, when my dad was a …

The real Bosox curse was racism, not the Bambino

India's Top Court Just Dealt a Devastating Blow to Monsanto
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The company officially can't claim patents on its cotton seeds. | In an another legal blow to Monsanto, India's Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Delhi High Court's ruling that the seed giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton seeds, in the country. Monsanto's chief technology officer Robert Fraley, who just announced that he and other top executives are stepping down from the company after Bayer AG's multi-billion dollar takeover closes, lamented the news. Fraley tweeted, "Having personally helped to launch Bollgard cotton in India & knowing how it has benefited farmers . . . it's sad to see the country go down an anti-science/anti-IP/anti-innovation path. . . "Monsanto first introduced its GM-technology in India in 1995. Today, more than 90 percent of the country's cotton crop is genetically modified. These crops have been. . .
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Celebrating Leonard Bernstein's centennial: Music and politics in comprehensive exhibition
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The Skirball Cultural Center is currently hosting the most comprehensive museum presentation ever on the great American artist and political progressive Leonard Bernstein. It celebrates the centennial of his birth on August 25, 1918. Leonard Bernstein at 100 is curated by the GRAMMY Museum, and this is the exhibition's West Coast debut. It …

Celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centennial: Music and politics in comprehensive exhibition

Malaysian Elections: $681 Million into Prime Minister Najib's Personal Bank Account by a Mysterious Saudi Prince
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
The only way PM Najib Razak could win this election on May 9 is by fraud and manipulation of the elections of results. | The outgoing PM is desperate. A state of emergency is also contemplated. | The grassroots support of the …
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'Michael Cohen Is Going to Flip': Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Explains Trump and Giuliani's Desperate Legal Strategy
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
"They know what's coming next," Michael Avenatti said. | Michael Avenatti said Monday that Rudy Giuliani and President Donald Trump's most recent legal strategy can only be explained as an attempt to get ahead of damaging information that they know is coming out soon. "What we've witnessed over the last four to five days has been their effort to get out in front of a story that they lost track of," he said to Ari Melber on MSNBC's "The Beat. " Avenatti, who represents Stephanie Clifford (better known as Stormy Daniels) in her lawsuit against the president over a hush money agreement that was designed to keep her silent about an alleged affair she had with Trump, said, "They know what's coming next. "He was referring to the recent media blitz by Giuliani, who recently came on board the president's legal team, in which. . .
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White Fear Elected Trump: Political Scientist Diana Mutz Explains the 'Status Threat' Hypothesis
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The evidence that racism, sexism and nativism motivated Trump's voters is overwhelming. | Bad ideas have a life all their own. Speaking last Saturday at a rally in Washington Township, Michigan, Donald Trump was in rare form. He worked his audience into a fever pitch with threats to shut down the government and punish the Democrats and his other enemies. He spread more irrational fear about a "caravan" of "illegal immigrants" who will somehow "invade" America. He grossly exaggerated his policy successes, which is nothing new, and in ominous tones targeted "Hispanics" in one of his tirades, to which his almost uniformly white audience responded with a mix of boos and disdainful silence. Despite the news media's obsession with the "white working class" and its purported "economic anxiety," that did not seem to be the prime motivating factor for Trump's supporters at this. . .
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Giuliani Apparently Blindsided the State Department and Meddled in North Korean Diplomacy at a Crucial Time
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Giuliani said three U. S. captives in North Korea would be released, but it hasn't happened. | In addition to throwing President Donald Trump's legal strategy into chaos last week. former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani also bizarrely dipped his toe into foreign policy by announcing the imminent release of three American prisoners by the Kim regime in North Korea. Despite Giuliani's announcement, though, no official plans for such a release have yet been announced. On Monday, the State Department distanced itself from Giuliani, NBC News reported. Giuliani "speaks for himself and not on behalf of the administration on foreign policy," department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. Over the weekend, Giuliani also boldly said that Trump is "committed to" regime change in Iran. As one of the newest members of Trump's personal legal team — meaning he's not a White House or government employee –. . .
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John McCain's Scorching Takedown of Trump In His Upcoming Autobiography
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
McCain says Trump gives "the appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values. " | John McCain is reportedly very close to succumbing to brain cancer at age 81. The Arizona senator has not been in Washington all year, instead staying at his ranch in the Arizona mountains. He's been talking about his joys and regrets, and also preparing for the release of an autobiography called The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations–which may make some waves given his scorching takedown of Donald Trump. The Arizona Republic, the McCain-friendly newspaper in Phoenix, has an advance copy of the book. Trump is slammed, the paper reports. McCain says Trump gives…
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Who is Afraid of Venezuelan Democracy?
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
It is astounding, and sinister, that the European Parliament on May 3 passed a resolution (492 in favour, 87 against, 77 abstentions) demanding that Venezuela suspend the presidential elections slated for May 20. Do these European countries think that they are still colonial powers that can demand anything from other countries? Does European arrogance stretch to…
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Here's How ICE Sent Children Seeking Asylum to Adult Detention Centers
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
Two teens fleeing violence in war-torn countries sought asylum in the U.S. A Texas dentist's report helped ICE send them to adult detention centers. | The post Here's How ICE Sent Children Seeking Asylum to Adult Detention Centers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Scheme to Let OPCW Name Perpetrators of Alleged Syria Chemical Attacks
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | The OPCW is untrustworthy, its findings notoriously serving Western interests, functioning as an imperial agent. | Last October, Russia blasted the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative …
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Trump Congratulates Putin on His Fraudulent Win While Pence Slams Venezuela for Its 'Fake Election&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The administration's blatant hypocrisy was on clear display Monday. | The hypocrisy of President Donald Trump's administration on human rights and democracy abroad made for a stunning display Monday. At the day's White House press briefing, Sarah Sanders read a statement from the president congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on the beginning of his fourth term, echoing the well-wishes that Trump controversially gave to the authoritarian leader right after the election. Yet mere minutes after Sanders' press briefing wrapped up, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a video from a speech he gave earlier in the day, condemning the upcoming "so-called elections in Venezuela," which he said will be a "fraud and a sham. "Many observers indeed believe the Venezuelan elections to be largely rigged in the Maduro regime's favor, and undemocratic regimes warrant scrutiny and criticism. But Putin's Russia is hardly a beacon. . .
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As Russia's Military Shrinks, US Navy Forms a New Fleet to 'Counter' Them
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Featured image: A US aircraft carrier in the Atlantic (Source: author) | Russia's military spending has been declining in recent years, and is expected to shrink even more in the next few years. Despite this, the US seems to have no …
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US Navy Resurrects Its Cold War-Era Atlantic Fleet to Counter Russia
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
In a stunning surprise, the United States Navy announced Friday that it would reactivate its Second Fleet to counter the increasing threat from Russia. | Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said the fleet, deactivated in 2011, could oversee …
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Independent Media Under Attack: Your Support Is Essential
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Dear Readers, | Our call for donations sent out last Monday reached just under 50,000 of our newsletter subscribers and was visible to our 1 million monthly website visitors, and yet only 20 donations were made. If you value Global Research …
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Trump 'Snapped' at Hannity and Giuliani for Saying He 'Funneled' Stormy Daniels Payment Through a Law Firm: AP
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Some have compared Giuliani's media blitz to Anthony Scaramucci's wild — and brief — tenure at the White House. | President Donald Trump grew angry with both Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani after a television appearance last week in which both men said that the president had "funneled" a hush money payment through a law firm, according to the Associated Press. He "snapped' at them for using this particular word, the AP found, which he reportedly felt could have legal consequences. Trump was broadly supportive of Giuliani's media blitz initially, the AP reports, but he is now beginning to sour on the campaign. Since last Wednesday, Giuliani, one of the newest members of Trump's legal team, has appeared on multiple news networks and given out interviews an statements to numerous outlets. In the process, Giuliani contradicted Trump's previous assertion that he had no. . .
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Will Turkey Leave NATO? "You Can't Control Us" — Turkey Threatens to Retaliate if US Blocks Sale of 116 F-35s
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Featured image: Turkish Prime Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu | In the latest sign that Turkey is seriously considering leaving NATO as its relationship with the security bloc (and the US in particular) continues to deteriorate, Turkish Prime Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on …
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Trump and Netanyahu May Not Want War With Iran, But They May Fall Into One Anyway
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Iran has an exaggerated reputation in the Middle East for Machiavellian cunning and an ability to outmanoeuvre its enemies. Britain used to be regarded in the same light in the region: its most ill-considered actions were admired as devilishly clever plots when all it was doing was taking advantage of the blunders of its opponents. |…
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Malaysia Elections: Saudi Royal Family Gave $681M to Prime Minister Najib Who Banned Shia Islam
Newsrescue | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Of relevance to the upcoming Malaysian elections on May 9 2018, this article first published in Feb 2016, confirms that the outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak received close to $700 million dollars in his personal account from the House of …
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Fox News Guest Explains Why Tucker Carlson's Claim that Trump Shouldn't Speak with Mueller Is Ridiculous
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
"If we can't trust our president to not perjure himself . . . that's a problem. " | Fox News hosts and guests have, by and large, urged President Donald Trump not to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the Russia investigation, for fear that Trump will end up committing perjury. But on Monday, one guest, Democratic strategist Joel Payne, pointed out how ridiculous this position is on Tucker Carlson's show "Tucker Carlson Tonight. "Carlson argued that no lawyers, no matter their political background, would recommend talking to FBI as a part of an investigation unless the subject was compelled. 'They're terrified of . . . getting busted on a perjury charge for misspeaking to a federal agent," Carlson said. "Tucker, if you and I can't agree on the fact that the president should be willing to go in front of the FBI and tell his honest-to-God. . .
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The Blurred Line Between War and Business
Julian Vigo | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Featured image: Then-Vice President Dick Cheney introduces President George W. Bush at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball in Washington in 2005. (David Bohrer / White House) | In 2009, Rand Paul called out Dick Cheney for supporting the invasion …
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Outsiders in Lebanese Politics Make a Small Win Look Big
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
A grass-roots movement of activists, journalists and other political newcomers say their one-seat victory in Lebanon's 128-seat national assembly is cause for celebration. | The post Outsiders in Lebanese Politics Make a Small Win Look Big appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump Swaps Funds after Deciding Syria Recovery not as Useful as Arming Rebels, Including Former ISIS Fighters
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
When the dust settles, the Trump administration will have cut funds for rebuilding the parts of Syria it helped destroy and instead allocated those funds for arming extremist elements that seek to transform northeastern Syria. | The post Trump Swaps Funds after Deciding Syria Recovery not as Useful as Arming Rebels, Including Former ISIS Fighters appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump Swaps Funds after Deciding Syria Recovery not as Useful as Arming Rebels, Including Former ISIS Fighters

Climate Change 10-Year Check-Up
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Ten years ago Kevin J. Surace delivered a fascinating TED talk entitled "Worst Case Climate Change." Based upon credits at the end of his speech, data for his talk came from the following sources: — Fred Pearce, With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear — Tipping Points in Climate Change (Beacon Press, 2007) — John…
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Sessions Wants to Imprison As Many People As Possible on Gun Charges While Opposing New Gun Laws
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The attorney general's priorities are clear. | Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions is opposed to passing stronger gun laws, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to put a lot of people in prison on gun charges. Sessions has started a push to prosecute low-level gun offenses, a move that has absolutely nothing to do with post-Parkland activism: Mr. Sessions is putting into action his own long-held views on criminal justice, forged as a United States attorney in Alabama during the drug war. They reflect a philosophy popular among conservatives and long backed by the gun lobby: that the effective enforcement of existing laws can reduce crime without resorting to the passage of additional legislation. "I believe very strongly in enforcing gun laws," Mr. Sessions said in an interview with the far-right Breitbart News this year. "I believe there's no value in. . .
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Twilight Zone America: Woody Allen Meets Rod Serling
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Baby boomers should recall the cutting edge television series ( 1959-64) The Twilight Zone. Creator Rod Serling, who wrote many episodes himself, was a genius! The shows had this surreal and fantasy aspect to them, revealing all the flaws …
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Plight of the Rohingya: Ethnic Cleansing, Mass Rape and Monsoons on the Way
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-07
Dennis J. Bernstein spoke with filmmaker and human rights activist, Jeanne Hallacy, just back with horror stories from Myanmar and the massive Rohingya camps of over 700,000 in neighboring Bangladesh. By Dennis J Bernstein The English-language Bangkok Post reported on… Read more ?…
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Ex-Con Who Calls Black People 'Negroes' Skyrockets to Top of West Virginia Poll After Racist Campaign Ad
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Candidate for US Senate Hopes to Face Democrat Joe Manchin as Republicans Fear Another Roy Moore Race | Republican voters in West Virgina's primary race to choose a candidate to face Democratic U. S. Senator Joe Manchin appear to be getting ready to choose a conservative former convict who calls Black people "negroes" and Asians "China people. "Don Blankenship, a divorced 68-year old coal baron who was convicted after 29 people died in one of his mines spent a year in jail for conspiracy before running for the U. S. Senate. He's now in first place among three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Tuesday's West Virginia primary election. In this campaign ad Blankenship uses the phrase "China people" and refers to the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,. . .
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Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality
Sam Pizzigati | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Mexico rates as one of the world's most unequal major nations, and the party of the presidential candidate topping the polls pledges to confront those concentrating the nation's "economic and political power. | The post Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality appeared first on MintPress News.

Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality

Trump Disregards Caravan Asylum Seekers' Legal Rights
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-07
As Central Americans fleeing oppression in their countries remain stalled in appalling conditions at the U.S. border, Donald Trump ramps up the xenophobic rhetoric, reports Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn The 300 asylum seekers who arrived at the U.S. border… Read more ?…
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Former Playmate Says She Watched Trump Have Sex with Best Friend While His Fiance Was Pregnant
AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The cheating reportedly occurred in 1993. | German model Elke Jeinsen, a former Playboy playmate, told the Daily Mail she watched Donald Trump have sex with fellow Playmate Barbara Moore in 1993. "We were sitting there sexy-dressed and Barbara got slowly sexy undressed," Jeinsen recalled. "She was beautiful and he was totally into her and he helped undress her. We were Playboy girls, we were used to being sexy and playing. ""I was sitting there half undressed, not naked but in lingerie, and then they started kissing and making out," she continued. Jeinsen described the experience as "strange," because she was not included in the sex, despite being a part of the conversation prior. ""Then I didn't get any attention anymore, they slipped under the covers and they had sex so I left the room," Jeinsen said. Marla Maples, Trump's then-fiance, was pregnant with their daughter Tiffany at that time. Related Stories: Melania Trump Just Released a Pamphlet to Combat Cyber Bullying–The Content Is Copied Verbatim from Obama'sAmerican Traitor Oliver North Will Become the New NRA PresidentSessions Wants to Imprison As Many People As Possible on Gun Charges While Opposing New Gun Laws…
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Jeff Sessions Says Border Agents Will Separate Undocumented Kids from Their Families
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
"If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border. " | Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered a full-throated endorsement Monday of separating parents and children when they cross the U. S. -Mexican border illegally, adding "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border. "Sessions spoke at a law enforcement conference in Arizona and warned of the "massive influx of illegal aliens across our Southwest Border," even though — as President Donald Trump himself has pointed out — the number of unauthorized border crossings has fallen sharply in recent years. Sessions said that separating children and parents who illegally cross the border is just an extension of the common practice of separating any other children from their parents during an arrest. The policy ostensibly wouldn't apply, for example, to people who enter the United States and apply for. . .
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Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription
Geoff Dutton | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Whether monarchy, dictatorship, or constitutional republic, no government worthy of the name lacks for a shadowy unelected elite with hands on the tiller and in the till, influential persons with inherited or recent wealth. | The post Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription appeared first on MintPress News.

Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription

Selected Articles: Militarization, "War is Good for Business"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
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, …
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Kilauea volcano claims more than two dozen homes in Hawaii
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07

Kilauea volcano claims more than two dozen homes in Hawaii

Is the Washington Post Opposed to the European Union?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
That is what readers of its lead editorial must be wondering. The editorial criticized Trump's trade policies, pointing out that the policies are creating uncertainties for businesses. It then notes that Trump appears to view uncertainty as being a positive outcome:…
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Australian Scientist, 104, Arrives in Switzerland for Assisted Suicide
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
David Goodall hopes that his premeditated death will send a message to legislators back in his home country, where assisted suicide is illegal at the federal level. | The post Australian Scientist, 104, Arrives in Switzerland for Assisted Suicide appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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US Issues Trade Ultimatum to China
Nick Beams | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
US representatives issued a series of demands in Beijing during talks on May 4, ranging from an insistence that China take no action against US measures undermining its development of high-tech industries to the impossible ultimatum that it cut its …
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Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster?
Paul Rosenberg, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era? | Congressional primaries in California are less than a month away, with at least seven Republican-held seats seriously in play this November (according to Cook Political Report, and targeted by Swing Left), the most of any state. Four of those seats are in or adjacent to Orange County, once the home of Richard Nixon and the epicenter of conservative power, where Democrats now hold a numerical advantage. But there's a perverse twist. Thanks to California's nonpartisan "jungle primary" — in which the top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation — Democrats could conceivably be shut out in as many as three of those races. Two Republican incumbents are retiring — Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Ed Royce –. . .
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Karl Marx as Activist
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
In 1848, Marx wrote, "philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it." On this 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx we focus on Marx as a political activist, rather than what he is best known for, an economist and philosopher who wrote some of the most…
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From Targeted Assassinations to Sniper Fire, How Israel Eliminates Palestinian Resistance
Ramona Wadi | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Its view is that, for Israel to survive, Palestine's possibilities must be wiped out, whether the means used are targeted assassinations, sniper fire, or precision targeting of a civilian population. | The post From Targeted Assassinations to Sniper Fire, How Israel Eliminates Palestinian Resistance appeared first on MintPress News.

From Targeted Assassinations to Sniper Fire, How Israel Eliminates Palestinian Resistance

15 is too young for life without parole, especially if you're innocent
Mark Maxey | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
LITTLE, Okla.–"Daddy, I didn't do it," said Robert Mitchell to his father. Robert didn't blink an eye when he answered Charles "Gabby" Mitchell's question. Had Robert Wayne Mitchell, 15 years of age on September 4, 1992, murdered 90-year-old neighbor Myrtle McGeehee? The boy did not lie, but Oklahoma justice fell short for this Native Indigenous …

15 is too young for life without parole, especially if you're innocent

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Homage to Gil Scott-Heron
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
The performance artist and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron was wrong when he said in 1970, "The Revolution will not be televised." But perhaps he was only wishful thinking and expressing what he wanted and not what he actually saw and heard around him. More likely, he was being ironical and commenting on the wacky world…
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House of Cards: Trump's Accumulating Worries
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
The White House is more and more looking like a house of cards. After 16 months the staff is demoralized, in disarray and divided, some prone to leak embarrassing news to the press. (Trump in January banned personal cell phones in the West Wing, indicating that he mistrusts everyone around him.) While Trump is reported…
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Why America Needs War
DJRP | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
GR Editor's Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on Iraq, by historian and political scientist Jacques Pauwels. The article largely pertains to the presidency of George W. Bush. …
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American Traitor Oliver North Will Become the New NRA President
Hunter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Yes, the Iran-Contra scandal one. | Imagine the thought process that went into the decision to elevate one of the most notorious criminal actors in modern Republicanism to a top spot in the National Rifle Association. NRA just announced: Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret. ) will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated this morning. — Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) May 7, 2018 | Oliver North, for you youthful types, was a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, a Reagan administration scheme to smuggle arms to Iran in violation of American law, funneling the secret proceeds to Nicaraguan rebels–also in violation of American law. He was convicted for destroying evidence and obstructing the resulting congressional inquiry, convictions which were overturned after courts ruled that Congress had given him immunity. . .
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Junot Diaz and the Rot That is Bourgeois Culture
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Photo source Embajada de EEUU en la Argentina | CC BY 2.0 | Seven months after Harvey Weinstein's downfall, the #MeToo moment of reckoning is still going strong. The latest powerful asshole to be felled by its revelations is the writer Junot Diaz, who, as the New York Times notes, has repeatedly sexually and verbally harassed women, including students. Diaz's initial response to the allegations was less than compelling: "I take responsibility for my past," he said. "That is the reason I made the decision to tell the truth of my rape [as a young child] and its damaging aftermath." In other words, 'the reason I'm an asshole is that I was raped a long time ago, and I wrote about it in the New Yorker last month to preempt inevitable allegations of my being an abusive prick.' | Apart…
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Here's Why Baby Boomers Are Getting Divorced
Jocelyn Crowley, Aeon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The reasons are surprisingly old-fashioned. | At first, Kathy, 53 years old, spoke to me calmly, but as the minutes ticked away, her voice started to crack. Her husband had a long-standing problem with alcohol. The couple, married for more than 25 years, had one son, and tried to keep the marriage together by seeing a therapist. But there came a decisive moment when she could no longer keep the relationship going. She told me: 'I discovered a hotel receipt and went and counselled with our priest at that point. [The hotel receipt] was for the Oriental Fantasy suite at [this hotel] at 11 o'clock on a Tuesday morning and I'm quite certain I wasn't there at the time. ' At that point, she knew that her marriage was over. Kathy experienced a mid-life or what is also known as a 'grey divorce'. A. . .
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With Latest AUMF, Democrats and Republicans Unite to Make War Making Easy
Kate Harveston | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Washington D.C. ( GPA) — "War. What is it good for?" asked Norman Whitfield in 1969. Thousands of cover versions later, we finally have an answer: It's one of the most heartbreaking things you'll ever learn about human civilization. | The supposed social benefits of war are one of the very few points on which Democrats and Republicans in Congress stand united. This is most likely because both parties regularly receive vast sums of money from privately owned defense contractors. The political campaign cycle in 2012 alone saw $16.4 million and $11 million in donations to GOP and DNC candidates, respectively. | With this vast and outrageous conflict of interest fully understood, let's turn our attention to the American Senate's most recent proposal for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF — along with who really…

With Latest AUMF, Democrats and Republicans Unite to Make War Making Easy

That Woman: Recollections of Golda Meir
Uri Avnery | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Ben-Gurion said about her: "The only thing Golda knows how to do is to hate!" Golda Meir did not hate me. That would be an understatement. She detested me. The way I speak, the way I dress, the way I look. Everything. Once, in the middle of a speech in the Knesset (I believe it…
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Giuliani Takes Cash to Speak to Terrorist Cult; Media Find This Unnoteworthy
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2018-05-07
Politico ( 5/5/18) referred to Giuliani's audience as "a group that aims to promote democracy" rather than as a front for a cult responsible for a string of bombings. | As FAIR ( 1/11/18) has noted before, US media–in an effort to find images of Iranian "dissidents"–routinely normalize the fringe group Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), despite the fact that it has virtually no support or legitimacy in Iran. This was seen again this past week when a number of major outlets reported on a speech Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani gave at an MEK conference; the outlets failed to note that the group is widely loathed inside Iran, and seen as an illegitimate cult by experts across ideological lines. | The MEK has next to no support in Iran itself, where it's hated for working with Israeli intelligence and fighting…
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May 1945: Nazi Germany Surrenders, but… on May 7, 8, or 9?
DJRP | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
After the Casablanca Conference of January 1943, the Americans, British, and Soviets had agreed that there would be no separate negotiations with Nazi Germany with respect to its capitulation.
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Death Threats Against Abortion Providers Nearly Doubled in 2017: Report
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Anti-abortion extremists feel emboldened. | Violence and intimidation against abortion clinics are on the rise, a new report from the National Abortion Federation finds. While Republican politicians are looking to shut down clinics through government action, anti-abortion extremists are in the streets blockading clinics, threatening providers, and generally creating an atmosphere of fear for women exercising their right to choose: The report found that there was an overall decrease in acts of vandalism against clinics but a significant increase in activities aimed at disrupting services and intimidating patients and providers. Acts of trespassing increased from 247 in 2016 to 823 in 2017, instances of obstruction tripled to 1,704 and threats of death or other harm nearly doubled to 62. [. . . ]The one attempted bombing in 2017 involved a pipe bomb that did not explode after being placed in an abortion clinic in. . .
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The Shooters in the Rye
Robert Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
The recent slaughter in Toronto has many people chattering away about "Incels", or involuntary celibates. Several people have taken to Twitter to offer explanations via links to sites in the "manoverse" — that is, web pages dedicated to the notion that men are somehow the real victims of gender discrimination and, more specifically, misandry. Many of these sites hoist the Incel flag as a way to demonstrate their bona fides to a supposed terrorist army of young (or youngish) men whose self-alleged sexual frustration has reached murderous proportions. |…
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New York's AG Eric Schneiderman Resigns After Multiple Women Accuse Him of Abuse
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Eric Schneiderman has become a hero to many on the left, but four women are now accusing him of serious violent abuse. | In the age of President Donald Trump, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been a prominent figure in the resistance. He has frequently challenged the administration's most controversial moves in court, and he threw his weight behind the women coming forward as a part of the #MeToo movement and even stood up to Harvey Weinstein. But on Monday night, the New Yorker revealed that Schneiderman's mantle as a champion for liberals and women appears underserved: Four women, including two who spoke on the record with the magazine, have made credible allegations of physical abuse against the attorney general. After the allegations were published, Gov. Andrew Cuomo — also a Democrat — called on Schneiderman to resign. Shortly thereafter, Schneiderman. . .
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This week in history: The city of New Orleans founded in 1718
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07

Watch: John Oliver Documents Rudy Giuliani's Descent From 'Person of the Year' to Trump's Incompetent Lawyer
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
John Oliver dug deep into Giuliani's past, from his racist policing policies to his latter gigs as a narrator for AMC's Mob Week. | Rudy Giuliani is a weird dude. The former New York mayor married his cousin, has a bizarre hatred of ferrets and once announced he was divorcing his wife on television without warning her. But when 9/11 happened, Giuliani's brave and steady hand made him a national hero–and Time magazine's Person of the Year. On Sunday, John Oliver dug deep into Giuliani's past, from his racist policing policies to his latter gigs as a narrator for AMC's Mob Week. Why does he get along so well with Trump? They are "two versions of the same person," Oliver said. "When you look at all of this in total you realize that Giuliani's role as Trump's lawyer isn't aberration–everything in his life. . .
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The Giuliani News No One Is Talking About
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
Was Donald Trump starved for cash in fall 2016, when 62 million voters cast ballots for a candidate who told them repeatedly that he was "rich–really, really rich"? | The way that Trump "funneled" hush money to a porn actress just 11 days before the election sure makes it look that way. This would be consistent with four decades of Trump claiming vast wealth, but not being able to pay his bills as they come due. | As you read what follows keep two thoughts in mind: | First, would any billionaire need months to pay a $130,000 bill? | Second, there is not now and never has been a shred of verifiable evidence that Trump is or ever was a billionaire, a myth I first demolished using his own net worth statement prepared for a lawsuit in spring 1990. | Trump called…
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Lessons learned from the Arizona teachers strike
Joe Bernick | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
TUCSON, Ariz. — The weeklong strike by Arizona teachers ended in a pretty handsome victory for teachers and supporters. They won a 19 percent salary increase over three years which is quite something for hard working teachers grown accustomed to tiny raises, if any, that never kept up with the cost of living. Yet some …

Lessons learned from the Arizona teachers strike

Poor People's Campaign: Barber says war and racism tightly linked
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
WASHINGTON–Saying he wants the new Poor People's Campaign to "promote an agenda of truth," its leader, the Rev. William Barber, is now explicitly linking U.S. militarism and wars to racism and a distorted U.S. economy. Echoing Dr. Martin Luther King 51 years ago, Barber declares that unless the U.S. turns away from its militaristic path, …

Poor People’s Campaign: Barber says war and racism tightly linked

As Israel Prepares for War with Iran, Regional Powers Scurry to Take Sides
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Powerful forces are arising in parts of the Middle East that are no longer sympathetic to western 'priorities' nor are they particularly sympathetic to Israeli proxy-hegemony, which they see as disruptive of regional stability. | The post As Israel Prepares for War with Iran, Regional Powers Scurry to Take Sides appeared first on MintPress News.

As Israel Prepares for War with Iran, Regional Powers Scurry to Take Sides

If Europe Can Unite Over Eurovision, Why Not Safe Schools?
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-07
| Millions of viewers will be drawn to Portugal this week for a tradition unlike any other: the Eurovision Song Contest that started more than 50 years ago to help unite Europe after the devastation of World War Two. | Today more than 43 countries join in a dramatic, emotional, occasionally quirky, but never boring competition that still brings Europeans together. The contest is designed to force people to look beyond their own borders — you can't vote for your own country. | Away from the dance floor, on the floors of parliaments and the United Nations, countries in Europe are also uniting around another effort to protect and rebuild nations from the devastating effects of war. The Safe Schools Declaration is a non-binding agreement that schools should be safe, even during war. Countries agree to work…
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