2018-05-09: News Headlines

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-09). Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring. mintpressnews.com "Deliberately provoking the other party at a time when conditions on the Korean Peninsula are moving in the direction of peace and reconciliation can be regarded as nothing other than a dangerous attempt to pour cold water on the mood for dialogue … and take us back to square one." — DPRK Foreign Ministry

Laura Flanders (2018-05-09). Could Ida B. Wells Have Exposed Lynching on Your Newsfeed? fair.org If Ida B. Wells had depended on Facebook, would we ever have had a National Lynching Memorial? | Two stories collided in my head this week. One of which was the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama—this country's first major effort to confront the vast scope of the racial-terror lynchings that ravaged the black community under a pervasive, prevailing culture of white supremacy. It is the first because, until now, that same majority culture of white supremacy hasn't wanted to look. Ida B. Wells (photo: Mary Garrity) | At the memorial, a special place is set aside for Ida B. Wells, the crusading journalist who forced Americans to pay attention to these murders. Over a lifetime made shorter by repeated attacks, she documented and publicized the killings, collecting names, dates and descriptions. | She wrote editorials for…

Hans Stehling (2018-05-09). Trump and Netanyahu Collude to Damage NATO, Risk Middle East Instability and Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's White House default on the politically vital Iran deal, that was so painstakingly negotiated in conjunction with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in order to preserve world peace, has been done on the instructions of, and …

Global Research News (2018-05-09). Selected Articles: The US-Israel Alliance Is a Threat to World Peace. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Jan Oberg (2018-05-09). The U.S. Just Declared War on Iran. counterpunch.org Against all common sense, moral considerations and international law, U.S. President Donald Trump tonight decided to place the United States outside the international so-called community and isolate itself, not Iran. He withdrew the United States from what is one of the most important negotiated peace-oriented agreements that have ever been signed: the one that prevents More

Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-09). Trump Has Now Opened the Door to War Against Iran. alternet.org The U. S. and its allies may find themselves in yet another unnecessary military conflict. | So, there it goes. Trump did what he promised. He took the United States out of the "Iran deal. " It was possible that Trump was merely bluffing. He has done this before. He has suggested a policy and then done the very opposite. But on Iran, all the signs pointed toward this madness. For it is, indeed, madness. Just after he did so, the Israelis bombed an Iranian facility inside Syria. This is not Israel's first attack on Iranian assets inside Syria. Nonetheless, it was very provocative that Israel attacked just two hours after Trump's dramatic withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 Iran deal. What do Trump and his allies hope will happen with this withdrawal? Already, as uncertainty gripped Iran and its creditors over the past. . .

Trevor Evans (2018-05-09). The Family-Party-State Nexus in Nicaragua. globalresearch.ca In 1979 a popular uprising led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) overthrew the U.S.-backed Somoza-family dictatorship which had ruled Nicaragua since the 1930s, and in 1984 the Sandinistas and their presidential candidate, Daniel Ortega, decisively won the …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-09). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — Flotta Usa con 1000 missili nel Mediterraneo. globalresearch.ca La Truman — superportaerei lunga oltre 300 metri, dotata di due reattori nucleari — puà≤ lanciare all'attacco, a ondate successive, 90 caccia ed elicotteri. Il suo gruppo d'attacco, integrato da 4 cacciatorpediniere già nel Mediterraneo e da alcuni sottomarini, puà≤ …

Eric Ortiz (2018-05-09). Obama Blasts Trump's Decision to Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal. truthdig.com The Iran nuclear deal was signed on Barack Obama's watch as president of the United States. On Tuesday, he was not happy to see Donald Trump withdraw from the 2015 agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was meant to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. | Obama wrote a 942-word response on Facebook, calling the decision "a serious mistake" that could lead to war with Iran. | Read Obama's full post below: There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That's why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place. | The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working—that is a view shared by our European…

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-09). Video: The Art of War: The B61-12, America's New "Nuclear Parcel Bomb" globalresearch.ca The new B61-12 nuclear bomb — which the US is preparing to send to Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and probably other European countries — is now in its final stages of development. | This was announced by General Jack Weinstein, …

Zero Hedge (2018-05-09). Trump Pulls US Out of "Unacceptable, Defective" Iran Deal; Obama Slams Decision as "So Misguided" globalresearch.ca Summary | President Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran | Trump is reinstating sanctions on Iran, but didn't explain how that will play out | The deal "should have never never been made," the president says | Trump …

Jamie Merrill (2018-05-09). Trump Breaks Landmark Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, in the most significant foreign policy move of his presidency so far. | In a blow to US allies who support the deal, Trump said: | "I …

Daniel McAdams (2018-05-09). War Codes in Trump's Iran Proclamation. globalresearch.ca Today President Trump announced that he was canceling US participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA) otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal. The president's assertions were ludicrous and factually incorrect, but the neocons who were no doubt …

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-09). John Bolton Has Advocated the "Libyan Model" for North Korea's Denuclearization. Is Pyongyang Surrendering its Deterrence Capabilities? globalresearch.ca The new US National Security Advisor John Bolton controversially advocated the so-called "Libyan model" for North Korea's denuclearization. | While he was indeed speaking about the technical aspect of this example in having the North African country completely surrender all of …

Morning Star (2018-05-09). Trump's Iran decision makes world more dangerous, says atomic expert. peoplesworld.org U.S. President Donald Trump made the world a more dangerous place by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, former atomic adviser Mohamed el-Baradei warned today. Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, el-Baradei called the decision to withdraw from the agreement "a tantrum and an act of bravado" by Trump. He warned that […]…

Tony Cartalucci (2018-05-09). America Planned to Break "Iran Nuclear Deal" Years Before Signing It. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Iran Nuclear Deal," officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed on 2015 now under threat by a backtracking US — was billed at the time of its signing as a historic agreement that provided …

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-09). Trump Vindicates Iranian Hardliners and Victimizes Ordinary Citizens. consortiumnews.com Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iranian nuclear deal only strengthens Iranian hardliners, hurts average people and drives up the potential for a devastating war, argue Trita Parsi and Ryan Costello. By Trita Parsi and Ryan… Read more →

Margaret Kimberley (2018-05-09). Trump and Israeli Collusion. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's decision to exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement on Iranian nuclear capability is in keeping with his doctrine of joining Israel at the hip of the United States. Fealty to the state of …

Craig Murray (2018-05-09). Trump's Act of American Hubris. EU Opposition to Repeal of Iran Nuclear Agreement. globalresearch.ca The United States is so far doing virtually no trade with Iran anyway. In 2017 total US exports to Iran were just 138 million dollars, and total imports a mere 63 million dollars, figures entirely insignificant to the US economy. …

Kelly Macias, Daily Kos (2018-05-09). Police Were Called on Black Filmmakers Leaving Airbnb—Apparently Just Because They Were Black. alternet.org A neighbor called after the renters didn't respond to her wave. | The last few weeks have proven that black people can't do anything while black without scaring or provoking the ire of some very fragile white people. We can't get coffee, we can't golf, and we most certainly can't rent from Airbnb and ignore white people we don't know. Failing to wave at an elderly white woman in a residential neighborhood became the most recent reason that the police were called on three black women who were simply leaving their Airbnb rental in Rialto, California. The San Bernadino Sun explains what happened: Officers were dispatched to a call of a possible residential burglary in progress at 12: 36 p. m. April 30 at a home in the 2600 block of West Loma Vista Drive in Rialto. The caller told police. . .

Staff (2018-05-09). What Do U.S. Pundits Know About North Korea That Most South Koreans Don't? truthdig.com Recent developments between North and South Korea have been met with widespread optimism and praise from the latter's public. Judging by U.S. media coverage, one would hardly know this.

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-05-09). Trump Just Publicly Threatened to Throw Media Out of the White House for Not Being Nice Enough to Him. alternet.org The president mused about it on his favorite social media platform. | Donald Trump floats a simple proposal to start the morning. The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018 | It's a very neat equation. Anything negative about Trump is automatically "Fake. " So rather than have Sarah Huckabee Sanders run out every day and face, you know, questions . . . wouldn't it be simpler to just take away the media's credentials? Except, of course, for Fox News and select alt-right websites. Free up some space for the Enquirer. Considering the facts only beginning. . .

David Rosen (2018-05-09). Thin Red Line: Flirting v Harassment. counterpunch.org The New Yorker just dropped the dime on NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, reporting that four women have accused him of sexual and physical abuse. Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, publicly accused the prominent "progressive" of repeatedly hitting them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. More

AlterNet (2018-05-09). Watch Kamala Harris Shoot Down Evasive Gina Haspel Answers About the Morality of Torture. alternet.org The nominee was given nowhere to hide. | Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) put her skills as a prosecutor on full display during Wednesday's hearing for President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA. Nominee Gina Haspel has faced intense scrutiny over her role in the Bush-era interrogation program that was found to include torture among its techniques. President Barack Obama famously acknowledged the U. S. role in torture publicly during Bush's presidency and committed to banning it. Harris wanted to get down to the basic moral question of torture as Haspel kept resorting to legalese when asked about her past role. "So one question I have not heard you answer is, 'Do you believe that the previous interrogation techniques were immoral? '" Harris asked. "It's a 'yes or no' answer. ""Senator, I believe that CIA did extraordinary work to prevent another attack on this country giving the legal. . .

Sam Husseini (2018-05-09). Gina Haspel and Torture: Not Just Immoral, But a Tool for More War. counterpunch.org With the nomination of Gina Haspel to be director of the CIA, there's rightfully some interest in her record regarding torture. Of course, there are questions of legality and ethics and with respect to torture and it's possible as some have argued that the motivation of Haspel and others in overseeing torture and covering it up may be simple sadism. More

Staff (2018-05-09). U.S. Allies Lament Trump's Decision to Pull Out of Iran Deal. truthdig.com Nations like Israel and Saudi Arabia that loathed the deal, however, see the action as a sign that the U.S. is returning to a more skeptical, less trusting approach to dealing with adversaries.

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-09). Russia's Grand Strategy in Afro-Eurasia. Skillful Diplomacy. What Could Go Wrong? globalresearch.ca Russia's 21st-century grand strategy is all about becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia through the skillful diplomatic management of the hemisphere's multiple conflicts, though the greatest danger to this vision comes not from the US' Hybrid Wars, …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-09). House dumps GOP anti-construction worker scheme, again. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—In what is a perennial battle, a bipartisan coalition of representatives once again defeated right wing Republican Steve King's scheme to cut construction workers' pay by dumping the Davis-Bacon Act. The 172-243 vote came during debate April 26 on legislation renewing the Federal Aviation Administration for another several years. Workers picked up another win […]…

Chris Winters, YES! Magazine (2018-05-09). We Can Solve the Housing Crisis—But We Need to Erase Some Traditional Boundaries. alternet.org It's time for a new American dream. | For Julia Rosenblatt, the solution to affordable housing was to move in with friends and family—more than 10 people under one roof. Rosenblatt, a co-founder of the HartBeat Ensemble theater group in Hartford, Connecticut, had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in local activist communities. The year was 2003, the United States had launched a war in Iraq, and the post-9/11 environment was making her think differently about what kind of life she was going to have for herself and her family. An initial group of about 20 people liked the idea of creating an intentional community: living together with a shared set of goals and values to have a life that would be more meaningful, less harmful to other communities and the environment—and more affordable. In 2008, six people moved into one house. The. . .

Staff (2018-05-09). Iran Sanctions May Hit European Firms, Boeing Hard. truthdig.com Major companies could see billions of dollars in commercial deals canceled, although the ultimate impact remains unclear due to the possibility of renegotiations and exemptions, experts say.

Kenneth Surin (2018-05-09). The UK's Windrush Immigrant Scandal. counterpunch.org Prime Minister May's most recently disclosed piece of skullduggery was her policy while Home Secretary (i.e. interior minister) in 2014 of creating a "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants, while at the same time introducing targets for reducing immigration. | Ensnared in this heartless policy is the so-called "Windrush generation". The steamer Windrush arrived in London in 1948, bringing several hundred workers and their families from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands, as a response to the UK's post-war labour shortages. More

Gary Leupp (2018-05-09). How Will Europe React to Trump's Dumping the Iran Deal? counterpunch.org People are asking how Iran will respond to Trump's announcement about U.S.withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by Iran, the U.S., UK, France, Germany, China and Russia in July 2015. I wonder how Germany, the world's fourth largest economy, will react. Last month in her summit with Trump, Angela Merkel reiterated German strong More

Cesar Chelala (2018-05-09). Trump's Decision on Iran Deal Spells Disaster for the Middle East. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the deal with Iran creates, unnecessarily, a new source of tension in a region besieged by conflicts. Given the level of legal troubles that President Trump is facing now, his decision could be based to some extent in creating the conditions to fog his personal drama. President More

Dominique Jackson, Raw Story (2018-05-09). WATCH: Maryland Cop Kills Groundhog For 'Not Responding' to Orders. alternet.org The sheriff said that the groundhog was "causing vehicles to stop and creating a hazard. " | A Maryland police officer shot a groundhog that was blocking traffic, reports CBS News. The video first spread on Twitter and people were disgusted that the police would kill a harmless animal. Obviously the animal wasn't hurt. . looked more scared and disoriented. . doesn't this county or city have an animal control office that would have been more equipped to handle this defenseless animal? Shame on this officer. Should be charged w animal cruelty. — Dave Holmes (@CollinTaylorInc) May 8, 2018Warning, groundhogs: Carrol County police will shoot you dead if you do not comply with instructions. — Sean Gallagher of @ArsTechnica (@thepacketrat) May 8, 2018The sheriff said that the groundhog was "causing vehicles to stop and creating a hazard. "The department released this statement: "The deputy was traveling on. . .

Staff (2018-05-09). Seattle Debates Business Tax for Homelessness. truthdig.com SEATTLE—Seattle's latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive the city's economic boom. | But the measure has sparked intense debate — even shouting matches in otherwise reserved Seattle — over who should pay to solve the housing crisis exacerbated by that growth. | The City Council is proposing a tax on employee hours to raise about $75 million a year for affordable housing and homelessness services. Nearly 600 large employers making at least $20 million in gross revenues would pay about $500 a year per worker. | Amazon, the city's largest employer, would take the biggest hit. | Supporters insist the online retailer and others that have benefited from Seattle's prosperity and contributed to growing income inequality and skyrocketing rents can and should pay. | Businesses and others say the so-called head…

Steve Early (2018-05-09). Can Buffy the Bernie Slayer Win in Pro-Sanders District? mintpressnews.com A well connected and well-funded corporate Democrat dubbed "Buffy the Bernie Slayer" while serving on Hillary Clinton's campaign is trying to edge out progressives in a heavily Pro-Sanders District.

Aidan O'Brien (2018-05-09). France is at War With Macron, Not Syria. counterpunch.org I walked across Paris the week after France bombed Syria. It was a city at war but it felt like a city on holiday. It was a colonial war hence the festive feeling, I guess. | The locals tanned themselves in the parks, cafés and bistros that define this bastion of civilization – while the tourists packed the museums. The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo bewitched everyone. And the aperitif on the sidewalk tasted like sex. It was bourgeois Paris at its best. More

CP Editor (2018-05-09). Journey Into an Active Volcano. counterpunch.org

Massoud Nayeri (2018-05-09). U.S. Secret Military Operation in Yemen: A Perfect War Crime! globalresearch.ca After the tragedy of 9/11, the question of the U.S. military response to win the "War on Terror" in the Middle East and beyond was publicly discussed and justified by the elite in Washington. After the occupation of Afghanistan in …

Brian Kalman (2018-05-09). Military Incompetence? Failed Performance of April 14th US-UK-France Missile Attack against Syria. globalresearch.ca Like so many others that watched the unfolding U.S.-led cruise missile strike on Syria in the early morning hours of April 14th, I was amazed by the brazen and ill-conceived nature of such an undertaking. Not only was …

Robert Roth (2018-05-09). What's Really Happening in Syria: Who Started the War, Who Can You Trust to Tell the Truth? globalresearch.ca This article, first published on GR in January 2017, provides an understanding of the history of the war on Syria, from the outset in mid-March 2011. | The U.S./NATO line | If you try to follow events in the mainstream media (MSM), …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-05-09). Malaysia Unofficial Election Results: Tun Mahathir Next Prime Minister of Malaysia? globalresearch.ca Unofficial results of Malaysia's general election point to a victory of the opposition led by Tun Mahathir Mohamad. | First reports confirmed that "The opposition is gaining ground in the ruling party's eastern stronghold of Sarawak state, and TV networks report …

Tom Engelhardt (2018-05-09). Extremists R Us. counterpunch.org They are the extremists. If you need proof, look no further than the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the latest wave of suicide bombings has proven devastating. Recently, for instance, a fanatic set off his explosives among a group of citizens lining up outside a government office to register to vote in upcoming elections. At least 57 people died, including 22 More

AlterNet (2018-05-09). Maryland 'Deplorables' Threaten Liberals with Armed Attack if Trump Is Impeached. alternet.org The sign's owner reportedly agreed to change it after a conversation with the sheriff. | Maryland residents were disturbed when a billboard appeared on Solomons Island Road in Calvert County that seemed to threaten opponents of President Donald Trump with an armed insurrection. "Hey liberals," reads the billboard. "Better get your guns if you try to impeach President Trump. From all of your deplorables in Calvert County. "The Calvert County Sheriff's Office has reportedly been "flooded with phone calls" regarding the sign. "I hate that billboard," one woman said, explaining that it frightened her son. "I think it's very threatening. I don't like it at all. ""I'm a Republican but I think it's a little offensive," Kelly Mazzella offered. Fellow conservative Michelle Rinker said she "love[d]" the threatening billboard. The sign's owner will reportedly change the sign after he returns to town, following a discussion with the sheriff.

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-09). Swiss Pharmaceutical Giant Admits $1 Million in Cohen Payments—Mueller Is Scrutinizing Them. alternet.org This story keeps getting worse for the president's embattled fixer. | A Swiss pharmaceutical company admitted to paying more than $1 million to Michael Cohen's company, Essential Consultants LLC, in a statement released Wednesday. The one-year contract extended from March 2017 to February 2018—payments special counsel Robert Mueller has been looking into. From the Novartis statement: With the recent change in administration, Novartis believed that Michael Cohen could advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters, including the Affordable Care Act. After the initial meeting in March 2017, Novartis said it quickly "determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to US healthcare policy matters" and decided not to further engage with him. But they said they were already locked into a. . .

The New Arab (2018-05-09). Israel Will Assassinate Syria's Assad if He Allows Iran to Operate in Syria? Israeli Minister of Energy. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Yuval Steinitz | Israel will assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he continues to allow close ally Iran to operate in Syria, the Israeli energy minister has warned. | Yuval Steinitz made the warning to Israeli news website Ynet on …

Jesse Jackson (2018-05-09). Trump's "new deal for blacks" was dealt from the bottom of the deck. peoplesworld.org it doesn't count millions who have given up looking for work and have dropped out of the work force. Only if the economy continues to grow and unemployment continues to decline are we likely to see wages starting to improve. | The big problem, however, is that most of the jobs are simply lousy. Virtually all of the new jobs aren't secure—they are part-time, short-term contract jobs, with variable hours, few benefits, and low wages. Not surprisingly, African Americans are more likely to be caught in these kinds of jobs than whites are. | Like most Americans, African Americans find that the costs of what they need are rising faster than their wages are. Paychecks don't buy what their paychecks used to buy. Health care costs are exploding. College debt is now higher than credit card debt and auto debt. Housing costs are…

Dennis J Bernstein (2018-05-09). The Rohingya, Facing Turmoil in Exile, Welcomed Back to Myanmar With Words but Not Action. mintpressnews.com 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.

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-05-09). Intelligence Officials Are Worried Devin Nunes Would Endanger a U.S. Citizen's Life to Hurt Mueller. alternet.org Even the president appears to acknowledge this. | It seems as if Devin Nunes is protecting Russian oligarchs and endangering U. S. sources . . . and yes, there is a name for that. But it's also possible that Nunes is only protecting Nunes. Maybe it's time for the DOJ to check and make sure that Devin Nunes hasn't been on the receiving end of a "funnel. "The House Intelligence Committee and the Department of Justice remain locked in a conflict over a single issue: No one trusts Devin Nunes. Last Wednesday, senior FBI and national intelligence officials relayed an urgent message to the White House: Information being sought by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes could endanger a top-secret intelligence source. The reason it could endanger that source is that Nunes has demonstrated that he is willing to leak, distort information, and collaborate with the White. . .

Staff (2018-05-09). 3 Americans Detained in North Korea Coming Home. truthdig.com President Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way back from Pyongyang with the detainees, who "seem to be in good health."

Staff (2018-05-09). Tourism's Climate Footprint Soars. truthdig.com Previous estimates of tourism's climate footprint have fallen far below the mark. Between 2009 and 2013 it increased four times more than earlier estimated, according to a comprehensive new study. | By 2013 the worldwide tourism industry was spilling an estimated 4.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributing about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. World tourism is now growing faster than international trade. | Scientists from Australia, Taiwan and Indonesia who explored the link between leisure and global warming report in the journal Nature Climate Change how they calculated the carbon footprint of the tourism business, in what must be one of the most complex studies of the global holiday sector ever undertaken. | "Our analysis is a world-first look at the true cost of tourism — including consumables such as food from eating out and souvenirs…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-05-09). Eclipsing Factionalism: The Missing Story From the Gaza Protests. mintpressnews.com Palestinians, disenchanted with factional division, are laboring to create a new political space, independent from the whims of factions; because, for them, the real fight is that against Israeli Occupation.

Staff (2018-05-09). No, Iran and Hezbollah Haven't Taken Over Lebanon. truthdig.com Given all the talk of Donald Trump pulling out of the Iran deal in part because of Tehran's supposed regional dominance, Lebanese election results will probably be entangled with this policy.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-09). Nurses' campaign for Medicare for All gets boost from Sanders. peoplesworld.org

AlterNet (2018-05-09). White Yale Graduate Student Reported Black Classmate for Napping in Common Room. alternet.org This is reportedly not the first time the white student called the police on a black individual. | A black graduate student at Yale spent more than 15 minutes being interrogated on her own campus because a white classmate reported her to campus police for napping in a common room. Lolade Siyonbola's name was misspelled in the school's system, leading to the lengthy interrogation. "I deserve to be here; I paid tuition like everybody else; I am not going to justify my existence here," Siyonbola told one of the officers. "I am not going to be harassed. "The white student who reported Siyonbola is said to have called the police months prior when she witnessed a black friend of Siyonbola lost in the building. "I have every right to call the police," the unnamed student said as she filmed Siyonbola in the most recent. . .

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-09). VIDEO — A Arte da Guerra. A Frota USA com 1.000 mísseis no Mediterrâneo. globalresearch.ca A distribuiàßà£o estratégica do grupo naval do porta-aviàµes USS Harry S. Truman, interveio ao mesmo tempo que o bombardeio tripartido da Síria. Esta armada, incluindo uma fragata alemà£, acaba de entrar no Mediterrâneo com poder de fogo incomparável. Segundo a …

Liya Wang (2018-05-09). History is Contemporary: Ishmael Reed's "Conjugating Hindi" counterpunch.org Ishmael Reed's new novel Conjugating Hindi (published by Dalkey Archives) is provocatively historical and inspirationally contemporary. Set in Oakland, California, 2017, the story dramatizes how the old sin of slavery returns under a new president "who pretended to be champion of the Middle Class," but whose "heart was with the rich". Under such a circumstance, artists and More

Tsvetana Paraskova (2018-05-09). Actors Allegedly Paid to Support New Orleans Power Plant. globalresearch.ca Actors have been hired and paid to sit through public hearings for a proposed power plant in New Orleans, The Lens reports, citing interviews with some of the actors and screenshots of Facebook messages about the acting gig. | According …

ZeroHedge.com (2018-05-09). Mnuchin Reveals Trump Hopes His Iran Gamble Can Score Him a New Deal. mintpressnews.com Is Trump really willing to alienate countless European and world powers that will continue trading with Iran, especially since the latest sanctions cover every major aspect of Iran's economy?

Eric A. Gordon (2018-05-09). Two coming-of-age films: New York in the 1970s and Paris today. peoplesworld.org Two new films depicting a young person's coming of age are showing on screens now or soon: Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Le Brio. Boom for Real is an absorbing documentary about the rebel New York City artist of the late 1970s and '80s, and Le Brio is a […]…

Steve Early (2018-05-09). Flush With Cash: Will Buffy the Bernie Slayer Win in Pro-Sanders District? counterpunch.org In a political culture shaped by big money, entrepreneurial candidacies, single-issue campaigning, and union dis-unity, you can run but not hide from crowded fields of Democrats. In many current primary races, they are all claiming to be "progressive," even as they raise and spend millions of dollars competing against each other—money that might have been More

Dean Baker (2018-05-09). Correcting Krugman: Health Care Exchanges Need Healthy People, It Doesn't Matter If They Are Young. counterpunch.org I generally agree with Paul Krugman's columns, and this is the case with his recent piece on Republican efforts to kill Obamacare. However, there is one point where I have to take issue. Krugman tells readers: "G.O.P. sabotage disproportionately discourages young and healthy people from signing up, which, as one commentator put it, 'drives up the cost More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-09). Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin Says He'll Vote for Gina Haspel Despite Her History with Torture. alternet.org The West Virginia senator's vote all but guarantees that Haspel will be confirmed as CIA director. | West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin will vote to confirm Gina Haspel as CIA director, despite her history of involvement with the agency's torture methods — euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation" — carried out during President George W. Bush's administration. The majority of Senate Democrats are expected to vote against Haspel, who is currently serving as the acting CIA director. Haspel's involvement in torture, as well as in the destruction of tapes that documented these practices that have since been deemed illegal, became a flashpoint of controversy following her nomination by President Donald Trump. Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul is the only Republican expected to vote against the nomination, and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is not expected to vote as he is out of town due to poor health.

Katharine Quarmby (2018-05-09). Press Freedom in Britain: Getting Darker. globalresearch.ca Britain leads the way in Europe — but not in a good way. It has a worse record on press freedom than all other European nation states except Italy, trailing others such as Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. | In the …

Dr. Cesar Chelala (2018-05-09). Trump's Decision on Iran Deal Spells Disaster for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the deal with Iran creates, unnecessarily, a new source of tension in a region besieged by conflicts. This move was heartily supported by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and opposed …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-09). Monica Lewinsky Was Disinvited from Event with Bill Clinton Because Women Still Pay for Men's Behavior. alternet.org The Huffington Post reports that the magazine Town & Country told Lewinsky not to come to its philanthropic summit. | Monica Lewinksy reported Wednesday that she had been disinvited from an event on "social change" because President Bill Clinton had decided to attend. After Lewinsky made the comments on Twitter, the Huffington Post reported that the event in question was a "philanthropic summit" held by the magazine Town & Country. Lewinsky made the remarks addressed to the "world," apparently declining to name the host of the event: May 9, 2018Since Clinton's infamous affair with Lewinsky in the '90s, which led to his impeachment and trial in the U. S. Senate, the former White House intern has become a public speaker and activist. She addresses issues of bullying and social shame, drawing from her own experiences in the public eye and her harsh treatment by federal. . .

Telesur (2018-05-09). China-DPRK Relations: Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping Meet in Dalian. globalresearch.ca Chinese President Xi Jinping held a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Dalian, China on Monday and Tuesday. | The two leaders, along with several officials from each country, held a luncheon and discussed pressing issues on China-North …

RT (2018-05-09). Man proposes to girlfriend during Immortal Regiment march in NY, RT talks to couple (VIDEO). rt.com Thousands took part in the Immortal Regiment march in New York to honor the Soviet war heroes who defeated the Nazis. One man took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend, who feels as strongly about the event as he does.
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RT (2018-05-09). Victory is 'only prize I want': Trump laughs off Nobel question (VIDEO). rt.com US President Donald Trump played Mr. Modesty, laughing off a question about getting the Nobel Peace Prize and saying that while "everyone thinks" he deserves one, he's only interested in negotiating a nuclear-free Korea.
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David Dayen (2018-05-09). This New Tool Helps You Turn Off Facebook's Surveillance and Reclaim Some Privacy. theintercept.com An activist group made a how-to guide to opt out of as much Facebook ad targeting and surveillance as possible. But it's still a pain.

RT (2018-05-09). 'I worked for her, she's not right for job' — Ex-CIA officer Kiriakou to RT on Haspel nomination. rt.com Gina Haspel is set to win her Senate nomination by a small margin, regardless of the declassification of torture files, former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou told RT, calling this "the single worst pick" in DC.
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RT (2018-05-09). No torture? Haspel pledges no reintroduction of post-9/11 interrogation program. rt.com Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director, says that the intelligence agency will not restart a detention and interrogation program under her watch. |
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George Joseph (2018-05-09). Plainclothes NYPD Cops Are Involved in a Staggering Number of Killings. theintercept.com At around 4: 41 p.m. on April 4, Saheed Vassell was shot and killed on the southwest corner of Utica Avenue and Montgomery Street, in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The first police officers on the scene — and the ones who appeared to fire the first shots — were three members of an anti-crime unit dressed in plainclothes and one uniformed officer from another unit. Responding to 911 calls about a man with a gun, they had arrived in a black Chevrolet Impala. | Footage from the moments after the shooting, initially obtained by the Village Voice, shows that at least nine plainclothes officers were on the scene. Several of the plainclothes cops were taking aggressive action to clear the area of onlookers. One of the officers in the video is wearing a hat emblazoned with a…

RT (2018-05-09). UN is 'abusive' and 'bullying' Israel — Haley. rt.com US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says she "just started yelling at everybody" when she saw how UN members were constantly "bullying" Israel for things like its settlement push into Palestine and crackdown on Gaza protesters.
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RT (2018-05-09). Hawaii volcano: NASA pictures reveal massive gas plumes and growing fissures (PHOTOS). rt.com NASA has released satellite images showing massive sulfur dioxide plumes released by Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, which has triggered a fresh evacuation order after erupting for five days straight.
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Sam Biddle (2018-05-09). You Can't Handle the Truth About Facebook Ads, New Harvard Study Shows. theintercept.com When you tell people you've been tracking them across the internet, they freak out and avoid buying your product, research at the Harvard Business School found.

RT (2018-05-09). US soldier found guilty of sabotaging Humvee paradrop that went viral (VIDEO). rt.com An American soldier has been found guilty of sabotage and destruction of US Army property after an investigation determined he had cut the parachute straps of three Humvee vehicles that were destroyed in a 2016 training exercise.
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RT (2018-05-09). Uber and the US Army team up to make flying cars. rt.com The US Army and ridesharing company Uber have signed an agreement to develop technology that could be used for flying cars — or military aircraft.
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RT (2018-05-09). 'Israel lobby calling the shots in Trump's rollback policy on Iran' — Max Blumenthal. rt.com President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is a result of a lobbying effort by American Jewish billionaires and recycled, cooked-up intelligence touted by the Israeli PM, journalist Max Blumenthal told RT.
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RT (2018-05-09). 'Mistake of historic proportions': Trump takes heat from Dems & Republicans for quitting Iran deal. rt.com President Donald Trump has come under fire from both his political opponents and fellow Republicans for pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, with lawmakers arguing the move will embolden Iran and make the US less secure.
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RT (2018-05-09). 'Russian hackers' could have affected 2016 election in a few states, but didn't — Senate committee. rt.com The first interim report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election found no evidence of votes being manipulated by Russia's alleged 'malicious' activity.
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RT (2018-05-09). Pompeo returning with 3 US prisoners from North Korea – Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump tweeted that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is returning from the Korean Peninsula with three freed political prisoners. Trump also said that the date for his meeting with Kim Jong-un has been set.
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RT (2018-05-09). Mattis vows US will continue working with allies on Iran, but will they want to cooperate? rt.com US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says the US intends to continue working with its allies to prevent Tehran from gaining nuclear weapons. However, he might not find allies that are willing to help.
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RT (2018-05-09). Trump threatens credentials of 'fake news' networks over negative coverage. rt.com US President Donald Trump threatened news networks with having their credentials revoked on Wednesday morning, as he took to Twitter to complain about negative coverage of his administration. |
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RT (2018-05-09). Azealia Banks vows 'never' to return to Israel after 'racist' treatment in Tel Aviv. rt.com American rapper Azealia Banks has tweeted out a lengthy list of her grievances with Israeli people after she says she was racially and sexually harassed on a trip to Tel Aviv. |
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RT (2018-05-09). Soros spends big on leftist candidate in San Diego district attorney elections. rt.com Billionaire liberal financier George Soros has spent $1.5 million supporting a leftist candidate in San Diego's district attorney race, as part of an ongoing campaign to reshape the US justice system in his progressive image.
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RT (2018-05-09). Former CIA analyst dragged from Haspel hearing by Capitol Police after anti-torture protest. rt.com Former CIA analyst and anti-war activist Ray McGovern was forcibly removed from the US Senate hearing where Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director, was answering questions about her record on torture. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-09). New Philippine Prison Chief Threatens Killings of Jailed 'Drug Lords'. hrw.org Ronald Dela Rosa talks to President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang presidential palace in metro Manila, Philippines, January 19, 2017. | © 2017 Romeo Ranoco/Reuters | The Philippines' new Bureau of Corrections Director Ronald Dela Rosa has a killer attitude toward his new job. | Literally. | Dela Rosa, who retired last month as director general of the Philippine National Police, exhorted prison guards this week at Manila's New Bilibid Prison to summarily execute imprisoned "drug lords." | "You're afraid of drug lords? If they can kill you, you can also kill them because they're in prison. You're afraid of dying? I hate cowards," Dela Rosa told guards according to press accounts. | Dela Rosa's comments were no surprise. As police chief, he deployed the forces that have waged President Rodrigo Duterte's…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-09). ASEAN Lawmakers Decry Indonesia's 'Rising Tide of Intolerance'. hrw.org Muslim protesters hold an anti-LGBT rally outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia on February 2, 2018. | © 2018 Antara Foto / Irwansyah Putra | The Indonesian government's failure to address growing intolerance for religious minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has drawn renewed criticism from Southeast Asian lawmakers. | The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), a nongovernmental grouping of current and former elected representatives from Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries, warned this week that a "rising tide of intolerance" against those vulnerable minorities "threatens Indonesia's democratic success." The organization called on the Indonesian government "to put human rights at the center of efforts to address religious hatred and vigilantism." | The APHR's criticism comes at a time…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-09). Protest Leader Becomes Armenia's Prime Minister. hrw.org Newly elected Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan meets with supporters in Yerevan, Armenia May 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure | "No more bribes, no more monopolies, human rights will be protected, rule of law will prevail!" said protest leader Nikol Pashinyan, in his speech before Armenia's parliament voted him as the country's new prime minister. This follows weeks of protests across Armenia, as tens of thousands demonstrated against the country's outgoing president, Serzh Sargsyan, who tried to hold power by becoming prime minister following his two presidential terms. | The mood is festive in Armenia, as the public largely sees the unfolding events as history-in-the-making. They see it as a new beginning for this post-Soviet country, which is in an unresolved conflict with a neighbor and plagued with rampant corruption, poverty, and…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-05-09). Democrats in a New York County Refuse to Pledge Loyalty to Candidates Just Because Party Endorses Them. theintercept.com Progressives on the Chemung County Democratic Committee viewed the proposed loyalty oath as an attempt by establishment Democrats to silence dissent.

RT (2018-05-09). More Americans now believe Russia investigation is 'politically motivated' — poll. rt.com A majority of Americans now say that the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election is politically motivated, according to a new poll. |
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amnesty.org (2018-05-09). Colombian Human Rights Defenders Need Protection. amnesty.org

John Feffer (2018-05-08). Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East. counterpunch.org 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 More

John Wojcik (2018-05-08). Increasing war danger, Trump pulls out of Iran nuke deal. peoplesworld.org Disregarding the implications for the peace of the world, President Trump declared today that the U.S. is pulling out of the historic nuclear accord with Iran. The decision deals a powerful blow not just to the prospects for world peace but to the economic interest of almost every major country in Europe. Trump's declaration leaves […]…

Laura Flanders (2018-05-08). What if Ida B. Wells Depended on Facebook? counterpunch.org If Ida B. Wells had depended on Facebook, would we ever have had a National Lynching Memorial? Two stories collided in my head this week. One of which was the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama—thiscountry's first major effort to confront the vast scope of the racial-terror lynchings that ravaged More

Julie Wark (2018-05-08). Still Alive / Still Life. counterpunch.org Review of Juliane Okot Bitek, 2016, 100 Days, The University of Alberta Press When humans slaughter other humans on the grand scale, a big question arises. But if people ignore the slaughter, they'll certainly ignore the question and the answer it conceals. What does humanity mean? Dictionaries are comforting. They tell us that humanity is More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-08). 'Giving the Middle Finger to Our Closest Allies': MSNBC Guest Has a Chilling Prediction for Trump's Withdrawal from Iran Deal. alternet.org Trump announced the unilateral withdrawal from the deal against the wishes of U. S. allies. | MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan offered a dour prediction for the future of President Donald Trump's decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Fulfilling a deeply contentious campaign promise, Trump made the announcement from the White House that the United States will no longer be a party to the multilateral agreement that was designed to keep the Iran regime from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Aside from Israel, the United States' allies almost universally opposed the withdrawal, and many feared that China or Russia will step in to lead the way forward with Iran. "I think that we're going to look back on today as the most isolationist move made by a U. S. president in the . . . post World War II era," Jordan said. "I think this. . .

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-05-08). Republicans Snuck an Obamacare Sabotage Into the Farm Bill. alternet.org They'll stop at nothing. | It wasn't enough for Republicans to attack just poor people with their latest iteration of the farm bill, which would take nutrition assistance away from many working poor families, but they also went clean air, clean water and clean food. Add to the list, and we should have seen this coming, Obamacare sabotage. It calls for $65 million in loans and grants administered by the Department of Agriculture to help organizations establish agricultural-related policies modeled on " association health plans. "But the idea is not without skeptics. "I don't know that anyone at the Department of Agriculture, with all due respect, knows a darn thing about starting and maintaining a successful insurance company," said Sabrina Corlette, a professor and project director at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. [. . . ]Under the. . .

Binoy Kampmark (2018-05-08). Planning for Aggression: Netanyahu's Nuclear Archive. counterpunch.org 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 the spotlight, making the case that the wily mullahs in Tehran are not to be More

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