2018-05-11: News Headlines

David Yearsley (2018-05-11). Imperial Pomp. counterpunch.org No work of music has a greater lock on a single ritual than Edward Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance March no. 1 does on American graduations. Cock an ear in the direction of high school and university campuses across this country in May or June and its impossible not to hear the strains of this late-colonial hymn to More

Clark T. Scott (2018-05-11). Applauding Plowshares Into Swords. counterpunch.org About a week ago I attended a graduation convocation ceremony at the Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Ames Iowa. Within this event there were about 15 department and interdepartmental programs representing various majors from "Agricultural Systems Technology" to "Agronomy" to Environmental Science" to "Genetics" to "Animal Ecology" and beyond. The More

L. Michael Hager (2018-05-11). Is Massachusetts Turning Red? counterpunch.org By L. Michael Hager* Massachusetts has a proud record of investing in its communities and people. It created the first pubic park, the first public schools and the first public transportation system. It was the first state to legalize marriage for all and the first to offer universal health care insurance. By traditional voting standards as well, Massachusetts More

Nicole Braun (2018-05-11). Adjuncts of the World, Unite! counterpunch.org School teachers across the U.S. are striking for many reasons, from atrocious working conditions to low pay. Polls show that most Americans support these teachers' strikes. What many people may not know is that similar protests are taking place at colleges and universities across the country. Graduate students, adjuncts, and lecturers are quietly engaging in direct actions More

Meteor Blades, Daily Kos (2018-05-11). Climate Science-Denying Trump Regime Silently Killed NASA Carbon Monitoring System. alternet.org This move jeopardizes plans to verify the national emission cuts we agreed to make. | Wise leaders facing a crisis want to suss out every bit of solid information they can about the parameters of that crisis and its potential impacts. But America today is led not by the wise but rather a brigade of numbskulls. And when it comes to the biggest crisis humans have faced since the species arose in Africa 200 to 300 millenniums ago, not only do they not care about gathering data, they don't even accept the consensus that there is a crisis. Or, in the case of the brighter numbskulls, they accept it, but they prefer to pad their wallets by doing the bidding of the extractive industries and their captive disinformation hubs like the Heartland Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute. Malignant corruption reigns. In this regard the. . .

Jim Naureckas (2018-05-11). Who's Reacting to Iran Deal Pull-Out? Why, It's Women in Chadors, Walking Past Anti-US Mural. fair.org Adam Johnson (FAIR.org, 10/21/17) called the "Woman in Chador Walks by Anti-US Mural" image "one of the most overused and toxic stock photos." Documenting its ubiquity in online US coverage of Iran, Johnson argued that the cliche photo of "one or two Iranian women clad in black chadors, faces usually barely visible, walking past a mural of the Statute of Liberty with a skull face" was intended "to lazily tie together US-bashing and perceived subjugation of women, reinforcing the image of Iran as a country defined by misogyny and seething hate for the West." | Iran is big in the news now, as the Trump administration pulls out of the multinational agreement about Iran's nuclear energy program and generally tries to ramp up hostility toward Tehran (FAIR.org, 5/9/18). And so we're once again seeing a raft of news reports illustrated with…

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet (2018-05-11). Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds. alternet.org A window into a tempting tendency in human nature. | I once had a conversation with a libertarian friend who insisted that freedom was the answer to everything, ironic since he was getting married the following week. "Freedom to have sex with others while married? " I asked. "Of course not," he said. "Freedom for your children to do whatever they want? ""No, that's different," he said. "Freedom for everyone to have a nuclear bomb? ""No, that wouldn't be good. ""Freedom for people to steal? ""No, that has to be controlled. ""You don't really think that freedom is the answer to everything," I said. "The real question is what to constrain and what to let go free. The question in social engineering is the question in all engineering. It's a question of tolerances: What to constrain with tight tolerances and what to let run free with loose tolerances. That question is. . .

Juan Cole (2018-05-11). Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran. iranian.com It is understandable that observers are alarmed about an Iran-Israel conflict in the aftermath of the violation by Trump of the 2015 Iranian nuclear enrichment treaty. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu worked hard to undermine the treaty in the US, using cut-outs such as allegedly corrupt casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who bought the Republican Party […]

Wim Laven (2018-05-11). Dangerous Fallout when Trump Blows Up Deals. counterpunch.org Trump's detonation of the Iran Deal is a monumental disaster. On the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Deal), dozens of retired generals and admirals, in an open letter, said: "There is no better option to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon … Military action would be less effective than the deal, assuming it is More

Joseph Natoli (2018-05-11). That's the Problem: Nothing Proves Anything. counterpunch.org We are out of the Iran nuclear deal because nothing anyone said to President Trump proved anything to him. We saw this on day one when no amount of visual and statistical proof could convince him that he did not have the largest crowd in inauguration history but about one third of what he claimed. More

Patrick Cockburn (2018-05-11). If Europe Wants to Remain on the World Stage, It Must Resist Trump on Iran. counterpunch.org "Iraq is at the muzzle of the gun," says Ali Allawi, Iraqi historian and former minister, speaking of the increased turmoil expected to follow the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. It is not only Iraq which is in danger: an escalating confrontation between the US and Iran will affect the whole region, but More

David Krieger (2018-05-11). Violating the Iran Deal: Playing With Nuclear Fire. counterpunch.org President Trump has demonstrated yet again why he lacks the understanding, intelligence and temperament to be president of the United States. By violating the Iran nuclear deal, he is undermining the security of the U.S., our allies and the world. There are many good reasons that the U.S. should have remained in the agreement, but More

Mel Gurtov (2018-05-11). Breaking the Iran Deal: The Delusion of Victory. counterpunch.org Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has undoubtedly been sipping champagne these days in celebration of his successful effort to lobby Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal. Netanyahu's crude interventions to change US policy had been rebuffed by President Obama, but in Trump Netanyahu found a similarly singleminded partner who cannot see the long-term security problems More

Tarek Dika (2018-05-11). The Coming American Assault On Iran. iranian.com The new American strategy on Iran is to dismantle the nuclear deal and lay the groundwork for a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Mike Pompeo, Trump's most recent Secretary of State, recently visited Saudi Arabia and Israel, and in both countries he focused almost exclusively on Iran. As yesterday's early morning bombing of Iranian targets in […]

Staff (2018-05-11). AP: Trump Never Intended to Honor Iran Pact. truthdig.com Interviews with multiple U.S. officials and advisers make it clear that America's closest allies would fail to persuade the president to accept even a toughened-up version of the nuclear deal.

Howard Lisnoff (2018-05-11). Chaos or Community? counterpunch.org Racism remains a major force in the US. Those who employ the dog whistle of race on the right have known how effectively race can work as they vie for power. Nixon knew it with his southern strategy and Reagan knew it when he launched his first successful bid for the presidency in 1980. His More

Franklin Lamb (2018-05-11). Palestinian Refugees Suffer Setback in Lebanon's Parliamentary Election. counterpunch.org Shatila Camp, Beirut Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have no right to vote and that has never been a significant issue with them. As refugees they are not citizens of Lebanon and have never sought naturalization. Rather, their focus continues to be on acquiring at least some elementary civil rights pending full return to their own More

Mike Luckovich (2018-05-11). Cyber Bully Initiative. truthdig.com

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-11). Federal worker unions and retiree groups blast Trump pension cuts. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Two top federal worker unions and a federal employee retiree group are blasting a Trump administration plan to cut pensions for past and present federal workers by $143.5 billion over the next decade. The cuts, which would hit retirees as well as current feds, would — combined with Trump's pay freeze — also harm future […]…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-11). The Coming War Against Iran. consortiumnews.com We've been through this before: the trumped-up threat from Iraq based on false evidence in 2003 is the harrowingly similar model to what is emerging for Iran in 2018, argues John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou I spent nearly 15 years… Read more →

Brett Wilkins (2018-05-11). The Dark Side of Israeli Independence. counterpunch.org On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence. Each May 15, Palestinians solemnly commemorate Nakba Day. Nakba means catastrophe, and that's precisely what Israel's independence has been for the more than 700,000 Arabs and their five million refugee descendants forced from their homes and into exile, often by horrific violence, to make way for the More

Douglas Valentine (2018-05-11). Trump's Penis: Is It Presidential? counterpunch.org Donald Trump's sex life is nobody's business but his own. And maybe Melania's, if her Pre-Nuptial Agreement (PNA) stipulates that she can sue his fat ass for divorce and receive a huge percentage of his rumored wealth if he cheats on her, too often. Like the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Trump's fixer, Michael Cohen, signed with More

MPND (2018-05-11). Interview: Western-Trained Brazilian Troops Deepen Nightmare for Homeless Women of Rio. mintpressnews.com Thirty days into the army intervention in Rio and it has become clear that the situation has only worsened. Military operations are concentrated in the favelas, amplifying the use of repression against the poor, black population. So many beautiful lives are lost.

ANIS SHIVANI (2018-05-11). The Aesthetic Meaning of Trump's Wall. counterpunch.org "Your door is shut against my tightened face / And I am sharp as steel with discontent." — Claude McKay, "The White House" "I pity the poor immigrant / When his gladness comes to pass." — Bob Dylan, "Pity the Poor Immigrant" In the context of NAFTA, we must think of the Wall on the southern More

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-11). The AT&T Executive Who Authorized $600,000 in Payments to Cohen Was Just Forced Out. alternet.org The exit was framed as a retirement. | After Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti revealed that several companies paid President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen millions of dollars for access, several have declared the decisions a "big mistake. "Among them, AT&T, who has just forced out their top DC exec responsible for authorizing $600,000 in payments to Cohen. The NY Post says AT&T "told employees in a memo that Bob Quinn was retiring — but an insider said Quinn was booted after the embarrassing revelation about the payment," according to a Wall Street Journal report. "There is no other way to say it — AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake," company CEO Randall Stephenson told employees in a company-wide email. AT&T's general counsel, David McAtee will take over for Quinn. "David's number one priority is to ensure every one. . .

Lena Moffitt (2018-05-11). Raising the Flag on the Corruption of Ryan Zinke. counterpunch.org The media's been swirling around the many scandals involving Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, and rightfully so. But there's another scandalous member of Trump's cabinet who's bending ethical standards and attacking our environment: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Like Pruitt, Ryan Zinke is misusing taxpayer dollars, promoting industries he's supposed to regulate, and remaining completely More

DeWitt Kennard (2018-05-11). DACA and the Dreamers From El Salvador. counterpunch.org The total number of the world's displaced people is at an all-time high. Fear of persecution caused by war, race, religion, or political affiliation is a force that drives these people from their homelands. El Salvador, a country that lost about 25 percent of its population to migration during its civil war, is one of More

Rick Sterling (2018-05-11). New Film Gives an Iranian Perspective on the Battle Against ISIS in Syria. mintpressnews.com The movie comes from Iranian screenwriter and film director Ebrahim Hatamikia. Two award winning Iranian actors, Hadi Hejazifar and Babak Hamidian, play father and son pilots trying to rescue civilians besieged and attacked by ISIS forces in eastern Syria.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-05-11). Watch Meghan McCain Offer Surprising Response to Trump Aide Who Dismissed Her Father As 'Dying&#039. alternet.org "[I]t is not how you die. It's how you live. " | "The View" host Meghan McCain said she wasn't terribly troubled by a White House staffer mocking her father's cancer, because she said the diagnosis had given her a new perspective on life. Her father, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), had urged his Senate colleagues to reject Gina Haspel as CIA director due to her oversight of torture, and Trump administration aide Kelly Sadler said his opinion was irrelevant because "he's dying anyway. ""First, (what) I just want to say is don't feel bad for me or my family, we're really strong," McCain said. "There's so much more love and prayer and amazing energy being generated towards us than anything negative at all, and I feel so blessed. My dad's actually doing really well right now, and I believe in the power of prayer, and. . .

CounterSpin (2018-05-11). Tim Karr on Net Neutrality Fight, Mark Trahant on Indian Country Today. fair.org The FCC has posted notice that net neutrality rules—the ones that keep service providers from favoring websites that give them money, and slowing down or "throttling" your access to websites that don't pony up—will disappear on June 11. Since abandoning the fight for an open internet is not an option, what do we do now?

Louis Proyect (2018-05-11). Capitalism: a Horror Movie. counterpunch.org As part of its special series celebrating the 200thbirthday of Karl Marx between May 18-22, the Anthology Film Archives will be screening "Capitalism", a 320-minute, six-part documentary that is both supremely intelligent and briskly entertaining, on May 20th at 3: 45. Directed by Ilan Ziv, the founder of Icarus Films, it is like no other film More

Staff (2018-05-11). AT&T Top Lobbyist Out After Hiring Michael Cohen. truthdig.com Senior executive Bob Quinn to retire; CEO Randall Stephenson said the company made a "big mistake" in hiring President Trump's personal lawyer as a political consultant.

Katherine Krueger (2018-05-11). WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism. fair.org As the war over Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency has waged on this week, we've been gifted an incredible batch of corporate media apologias for the CIA's decades-long legacy of torture, extrajudicial killings and civil liberties violations. Perhaps most remarkably, these outlets have spent hundreds of words arguing that Haspel should be confirmed as the next director of the CIA—despite having overseen a black site prison where detainees were brutally tortured, and directing the destruction of evidence of this illegal and inhumane practice—because it's the feminist thing to do. | This was the perfect line for the Trump administration's Haspel push—a notion informed both by the Republicans' elementary understanding of identity politics and their obsession with calling out perceived liberal hypocrisy: After all, how could any self-respecting Democrat vote against a woman to usher the United States' international spying…

Staff (2018-05-11). Latest Gaza Border Protest Turns Deadly. truthdig.com One protester is killed and 146 wounded in the seventh weekly action aimed at shaking off a decade-old blockade of the Palestinian territory. More protests are expected.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-11). Sanders: Make card-check the law, outlaw "right to work" peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Bernie Sanders, Mark Pocan and their congressional allies want to make joining unions and funding them a lot easier. Which is why the Independent senator from Vermont and the Democratic U.S. representative from Wisconsin, a Painter, introduced — or in Sanders' case, reintroduced — the Workplace Democracy Act. The bill, dropped in the hopper on […]…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-05-11). Roaming Charges: The Torture Never Stops. counterpunch.org In a Wednesday morning tantrum, Trump threatened to take away press credentials from the White House press corps. Good. A credentialed press is an obedient & captive press, ever fearful of losing its precious access. Credentialing by the government is itself an abridgment of press freedom, a form of censorship. More

Andrew Moss (2018-05-11). Fear and Opportunity in Immigration Politics. counterpunch.org With each passing week, the battle of words over immigration intensifies, as Trump administration officials continue honing their favorite rhetorical weapon: fear. This past week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that people crossing the border illegally will be charged for criminal offenses instead of facing civil deportation proceedings, and that they will be separated from More

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-11). House Republicans Want to Straight-Up 'Break' the Actual System of Law Itself. alternet.org They're trying to dismantle the legal system. | House Republicans are attacking the Department of Justice and by extension the special counsel's Russia probe on so many fronts it's impossible to keep track. Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows's new tact is to push for a federal audit of Robert Mueller under the guise of oversight in order to get an unredacted copy of the "scope memo," which lays out the boundaries of his Russia investigation. The Washington Post writes: Meadows, speaking Thursday during a taping of C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" that is to air Sunday, said he believed the audit is required under federal law and could not be completed without an unredacted copy of the memo written in August 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. [. . . ]Meadows and fellow Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has pushed for weeks to. . .

John Davis (2018-05-11). Modernity's Long Twilight. counterpunch.org While Marx expected the industrial proletariat to spearhead the socialist revolution, it is now left to those who resist the burning of the last of the planet's fossil fuel — which continues to engorge the hyper-capitalism of the early twenty-first century — to usher us into the gloaming: the dappled shadowland of Modernity's long twilight More

Richard Moser (2018-05-11). The People Made the First New Deal. Can the People Make Another? counterpunch.org The kind of electoral victories we need will take far more than standard electioneering and Facebook debates. Let's look at what it took to create the New Deal so we can see just how challenging the task ahead is. During the Great Depression massive organizing efforts and protest movements were necessary just to reform the two-party system. New Deal history strongly suggests that the current dementer v. demexit debate is largely a waste of time until we organize movements powerful enough to upset the existing order. More

Pete Dolack (2018-05-11). If You Incentivize Pollution, You Incentive Death. counterpunch.org The cost of pollution in human lives is often abstract due to the long-term nature of such deaths. The cost, however, is quite concrete: A new report estimates that 4.1 million people died as a result of ambient air pollution in 2016. And that's a conservative estimate. Globally, only five causes of death took a More

Simon Floth (2018-05-11). Another Aptly Anti-Assange Article. counterpunch.org The antithesis of all journalistic decency has finally come to the dead end which he has relentlessly pursued for more than a decade. Ecuador has withdrawn both Assange's internet access and his accessibility to visitors for more than a month now. Naturally his enraged supporters are invoking a UN estimate of two weeks solitary confinement More

Sazzad Haider (2018-05-11). Xi Jinping: The Emergence of Chinese Ultra-Nationalism? counterpunch.org Chinese leader Xi Jinping started his second term as President last month and delivered his speech with a nationalistic appeal stating China's desire to take up its "due place in the world." Xi seems to be taking the long way to achieve Chinese superiority all over the world. Xi began his new tenure in an More

Dan Corjescu (2018-05-11). Marx, Science, and Values. counterpunch.org That Marx was a great, ground breaking revolutionary thinker is no longer at issue. The more interesting question is why some of his predictions did not come to pass. Many have tried to answer that question from Gramsci to Adorno to Habermas to Wallerstein. The questions are almost always the same: Why hasn't capitalism collapsed? More

Robert Fantina (2018-05-11). Iran, the U.S. and EIKO. counterpunch.org Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has violated the internationally-recognized JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), to the dismay of most of the world, and even most of the U.S.'s military experts, Iran can once again expect sanctions. This, of course, puts the U.S.'s European allies in an awkward position, since those that are signatories More

Graham Peebles (2018-05-11). The Shame of Injustice. counterpunch.org Poverty is the greatest cause of death and illness globally; it strangles the lives of billions of people, denying the expression of innate potential, condemning men, women and children to live stunted uncreative lives of interminable suffering and drudgery. Whilst the numbers living in extreme poverty (the World Bank calculates this to be living on More

Staff (2018-05-11). Trump Aide Mocks McCain View: 'He's Dying Anyway'. truthdig.com Kelly Sadler was discussing the ailing senator's opposition to the president's pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, at a White House meeting Thursday, two people present tell The Associated Press.

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (2018-05-11). Narrative On Iran Defective At Its Core. iranian.com President Trump's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) comes as the culmination of years of flawed conversations about Iran's involvement in the Middle East. Yesterday, he stated that the deal was "defective at its core." In reality, the actual core defect lies in the political narrative on Iran in the United States, […]

Ben Lilliston (2018-05-11). A Farm Bill Lost in Never-Never Land. counterpunch.org As financial stress rises, suicide hotlines are spreading across farm country. Four straight years of low income, rising debt, and now fights with major trading partners are taking their toll on farmers and rural communities. Worse, Congress seems to be pretending these hardships don't exist. The Farm Bill, passed every five years, is the nation's More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-11). Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change. mintpressnews.com "On May 20, without fail, presidential elections will take place in Venezuela and the people will defend their right to decide with votes, without interventions of any kind. The whole world will witness a new popular expression which will reaffirm the democratic character of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela."

Ramzy Baroud (2018-05-11). Eclipsing Factionalism: The Missing Story from the Gaza Protests. counterpunch.org The Gaza border protests must be understood in the context of the Israeli Occupation, the siege and the long-delayed 'Right of Return' for Palestinian refugees. However, they should also be appreciated in a parallel context: Palestine's own factionalism and infighting. Factionalism in Palestinian society is a deep-rooted ailment that has, for decades, thwarted any unified More

Bob Lord (2018-05-11). Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises. counterpunch.org In just a few months, we've seen teachers in five states walk out of the classroom to protest their abysmal pay. Stingy state budgets are mostly to blame for low teacher pay and poor school conditions, but there's a federal tax connection, too. Unfortunately, last year's Republican tax plan could make keeping good teachers in More

David Macaray (2018-05-11). Flag-Burning. counterpunch.org Not to question the motives or earnestness of those good people who engage in it, but doesn't publicly burning the American flag in protest of government policy seem just a tad too….well, self-aggrandizing? A tad too self-congratulatory? Given that little or nothing is being risked by these "arsonists," doesn't it even reek a bit of More

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-05-11). Republican Senator Tells Elderly Supreme Court Justices to Immediately Resign So Trump Can Stack Court. alternet.org "[I]f you're thinking about quitting this year, do it yesterday. " | Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, makes crystal clear what the Republicans' ultimate agenda is. They'll put up with anything and everything from the occupier of the Oval Office to the end of remaking the entire federal judiciary, starting at the top. Grassley is calling for Supreme Court justices to retire immediately so they can get replacements made before the midterms elections. "I just hope that if there is going to be a nominee, I hope it's now or within two or three weeks, because we've got to get this done before the election," he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. "So my message to any one of the nine Supreme Court justices, if you're thinking about quitting this year, do it yesterday. " [. . . ]Grassley said there. . .

M. G. Piety (2018-05-11). Reflections on Mother's Day. counterpunch.org My father said he had no memory of his mother, none that is, except for one very vague, shadowing memory of being held by a woman who was standing at a stove, cooking something. He was the third of what would eventually be five children. His mother was seventeen when he was born. Alice Eugenia More

Stavros Mavroudeas (2018-05-11). The Financialisation Hypothesis and Marxism: a Positive Contribution or a Trojan Horse? counterpunch.org Introduction The Financialisation Hypothesis (FH) is a popular argument in contemporary Heterodox Economics, Marxist Political Economy but also in Mainstream Economics. Its basic thesis is that modern capitalism has undergone a radical transformation during the last three decades. The financial system, through a series of innovative mechanisms, has conquered capitalism's commanding heights, became independent from More

Michael Doliner (2018-05-11). Consulting With My Advisers. counterpunch.org The other day I was sitting around with my closest advisers, when, just for the heck of it, we started batting about the idea of going to war with Iran. "Iran? Isn't that kind of close to Saudi Arabia?"Tom asked. Dick googled it up. Sure enough there was Saudi Arabia, just a little bit of More

Cydney Hargis, Media Matters (2018-05-11). Violence Against Women Is a Gun Issue—Just Not in the Way the NRA Wants You to Believe. alternet.org The gun lobby is spitting in the face of evidence. | After multiple reports of physical abuse came out against former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the National Rifle Association's media arm, NRATV, used the reports to falsely claim the solution to violence against women is more gun ownership. In reality, the presence of firearms in households where there is domestic violence drastically increases the likelihood that women who live there will be killed or injured. A May 7 New Yorker article reported that four women say Schneiderman committed "nonconsensual physical violence" against them. According to the article, he "repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent," as well as choked them. Just hours after the story broke, Schneiderman announced his resignation. NRATV wasted no time using Schneiderman's reported abuse of women as a. . .

James Munson (2018-05-11). Making the World Safe for Precarity. counterpunch.org Annually, since 1978, the World Bank has published a self-graded report card, with targets for growth, hokum about reducing poverty, and Xswhere to dig in the coming year. A draft of their rather bizarre 2019 WBR is now available, titled the 'Changing Nature of Work'. In the course of time our fear has risen from More

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2018-05-11). America Just Sent a Destructive Message to North Korea By Nuking the Iran Deal. mintpressnews.com Trump may believe he is sending a strong message to North Korea that he will not hesitate to reimpose sanctions and walk away from a deal if he has to, but the reality is that he has actually sent a very destructive message to both North Korea and Iran that the U.S. can't be trusted.

MBGP (2018-05-11). Author of Trump's Iran Regime Change Blueprint is Actually a Right-Wing Troll. mintpressnews.com The white paper was produced by Jim Hanson, a self-proclaimed expert "practitioner of the art of war" who is virtually unknown in Washington. Hanson has a prolific presence on Twitter, where he operates under the handle, "Uncle Jimbo."

Julia Conley (2018-05-11). Trump's Message to Immigrants: If You're Poor, Now or Ever, You Don't Belong Here. mintpressnews.com Immigrants applying for green cards would be considered a "public charge" and would likely be passed over if they've used—or are deemed likely to use—government resources including Medicaid and SNAP benefits

Ron Jacobs (2018-05-11). An Ideology of Self-Righteousness. counterpunch.org Rolf Petri begins his introduction to his new book A Short History of Western Ideology by quoting Samuel Huntington from his too-often-quoted essay titled "The Clash of Civilizations." The essence of that essay was simple: the future of history will be the struggle between different earthly civilizations. More to the point, the likely conflict would More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-11). 'Decency Hit Rock Bottom': Joe Biden Lambastes Trump White House's 'Trail of Disrespect' Toward John McCain. alternet.org The former vice president did not hold back. | Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday released a scathing statement condemning Kelly Sadler, the White House aide who on Thursday dismissed Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) opposition to Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director because "he's dying anyway. ""People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom in this administration," Biden wrote. "It happened yesterday. " | Biden has a longstanding friendship with McCain, who was diagnosed almost a year ago with the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma. Biden's son, Beau Biden, was killed by the disease in 2015. "John McCain is a genuine hero—a man of valor whose sacrifices for his country are immeasurable," Biden wrote. "As he fights for his life, he deserves better—so much better. "Biden described Sadler's language as "the epitome" of Trump's White House. "Given this White House's trail of disrespect toward John. . .

Staff (2018-05-11). Haspel Says CIA Won't Torture Again as Agency Veteran Ray McGovern Is Dragged Out of Hearing. truthdig.com Haspel, President Trump's pick for CIA director, tries to wiggle out of relentless questioning about whether she thinks torture is immoral, let alone illegal.

Brian Terrell (2018-05-11). Two Interrogations, Gina Haspel and Adolf Eichmann. counterpunch.org On May 9, Gina Haspel, Donald Trump's choice for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified at her Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, DC. Some senators questioned her about her tenure, in 2002, as CIA station chief in Thailand. There, the agency ran one of the "black sites" where suspected al-Qaida extremists were interrogated using More

Barry Barnett (2018-05-11). An Urgent Appeal to Try Preventing War. counterpunch.org Of all the "mistakes" that Donald Trump has made since being selected president (not elected — see articles, books and films by Greg Palast, Harvey Wasserman and myself on how the Republican Party, Robert Mercer and others stole the 2016 election for Trump — not any Russians), the withdrawal of the United States from the More

Gary Leupp (2018-05-11). Europe: Sorry, Iran, Trump Says We Can't Do Business with You. counterpunch.org Dear Iran: We regret to inform you we will have to cancel that $ 12 billion deal with you to provide civilian airliners for your people by Airbus. Airbus has been informed by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that its existing license to do business in Iran "will be revoked." The U.S. ambassador to Germany More

Kristine Mattis (2018-05-11). The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken. counterpunch.org Remember that silly game we used to play with fortune cookies from Chinese restaurants? Maybe people still play it. It's the one where you read your fortune and tack on "… in bed" to the end of the sentence — like, "You will soon meet a mysterious stranger … in bed." The supplemental phrase usually More

Jill Richardson (2018-05-11). With Help, Things Can Get Better. counterpunch.org About a month ago, my life changed practically overnight. I've had migraines nearly every day since 1995. There are all kinds of other quirks about my body too. I needed at least 10 hours of sleep, and I couldn't get up before noon. I was hungry all of the time. I had (and still have) More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-11). Mueller Asking Witnesses About Millions of Dollars to Trump's Inauguration From Donors With Ties to Russia. alternet.org The special counsel's team appears to be following the money. | Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked witnesses about millions of dollars with of donations made to President Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee, ABC News reports. Mueller's team is reportedly asking about donors with ties to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Real estate tycoon and longtime Trump confidant Tom Barrack, who was interviewed by the special counsel "months ago," oversaw the committee's fundraising effort—and doubled the amount of money Barack Obama brought in for his inauguration. According to ABC News, investigators have asked witness directly about donors, including billionaire investor Leonard Blavatnik and Columbus Nova head Andrew Intrater. In 2015, Blavatnik, who holds dual U. S. and British citizenship, began pumping $6. 35 million to GOP political action committees. According to the Center for Responsive Politics," just as Trump was on the. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-11). Israeli Attack On "Iranian" Targets In Syria A Sign Of Tel Aviv's Frustration, Fear. iranian.com Immediately after Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA on Tuesday, Israeli officials began accusing Iran of positioning its forces in preparation for an attack. The alleged activity was cited as a justification for a new round of airstrikes on Syria targeting a military base in Kisweh. [dropcap]A[/dropcap]n hours-long exchange of fire between the Israeli military and […]

Jonah Raskin (2018-05-11). Captain Charles Moore: Oceanic Muckraker. counterpunch.org "Recycling is a myth. We are making more junk than we can reuse. Today, we only recycle 3% of the total production of our garbage." — Captain Charles Moore The reporters who built their reputations in the Golden Age of Muckraking raked muck on dry land, not at sea. Ida B. Wells, Ida Tarbell and More

Sam Biddle (2018-05-11). Experts Say Keep Amazon's Alexa Away From Your Kids. theintercept.com What's the best way to keep adults from questioning the use of a deeply problematic product? Get them started when they're too young to question anything. Amazon has a new addition to its line of voice-commanded artificial intelligence Alexa assistants, marketed for use by children as young as 5 years old, who can barely grasp a box of juice, let alone digital privacy. Now, a coalition of children's privacy and psychology advocates are warning parents away from Amazon's latest, cutest device, saying it could normalize surveillance and harm children's mental development. | The Echo Dot for kids is functionally identical to the Echo Dot for adults, except that it's brightly colored and inexplicably costs $30 more than the grown-up version. Cosmetics aside, Echo Dot is still an AI-powered microphone that listens constantly for an activation keyword, relays a user's voice to remote servers…

Deconstructed (2018-05-11). Is Trump Trying to Start a War With Iran? theintercept.com Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a presentation purporting to reveal new intelligence on Iran's nuclear program last week, many suspected he had an audience of one in mind: Donald Trump. And on Tuesday, the president cited the Israeli intel as one of the key justifications for his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Does this move us one step closer to war with Iran? Has John Bolton taken the helm of U.S. foreign policy? On this week's Deconstructed podcast, Tommy Vietor, who served as spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council under President Obama, breaks down Trump's latest and scariest political gambit. | Tommy Vietor: I mean, there's just no…

Maha Ahmed (2018-05-11). Aided By Palantir, the LAPD Uses Predictive Policing to Monitor Specific People and Neighborhoods. theintercept.com A new report details the Los Angeles Police Department's use of algorithms to identify "hot spots" and "chronic offenders" and target them for surveillance.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-11). Tanzania's Clawback on Rights. hrw.org Tanzania's President John Magufuli leaves after inspecting a guard of honour during his official visit to Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya | Tanzania's President John Magufuli took office in October 2015 promising to stamp out government corruption and to be accountable to ordinary citizens. Instead, in a country that had been considered a leader in the region on human rights, he has restricted free expression, association, and assembly. | On Thursday, 65 independent organizations sent the president a letter urging him to protect "rights which are crucial to civic space." The groups highlight recent cases of harassment of journalists, human rights activists, and opposition politicians and say that recent laws and regulations criminalize freedom of expression on both social and traditional media. | The range of concerns raised in Thursday's letter illustrate…

RT (2018-05-11). 'He's dying anyway': WH official in hot water after mocking cancer-battling Senator McCain. rt.com A White House official reportedly mocked John McCain's health status after he opposed Trump's spy-chief nominee Gina Haspel. Officials were forced to respond after furious reaction from both the senator's family and social media.
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Zaid Jilani (2018-05-11). West Virginia Republican Said Teachers Won't "Have Any Significant Effect" On Elections. Then They Voted Him Out. theintercept.com In West Virginia, a Republican state senator who opposed labor rights predicted the teacher strike would have little political impact. Then came primary day.

RT (2018-05-11). Date from hell: Woman arrested for stalking, threats, and 65,000 texts to online dating match. rt.com Jacqueline Claire Ades took to online dating to find love and settle down. After obsessive stalking, threats, and 65,000 text messages to her match, she's now imprisoned in Arizona awaiting trial.
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RT (2018-05-11). 'Shy but intelligent': Fish with 'human teeth' caught in South Carolina (PHOTO). rt.com Nature conservationists in the US have freaked out a whole host of people on the internet by posting an image of a bizarre giant fish with "human-like" teeth.
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Matt Kennard (2018-05-11). Business Is Booming for the U.K.'s Spy Tech Industry. theintercept.com Driving into Cheltenham from the west, it is hard to miss the offices of Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, the United Kingdom's surveillance agency. The large, doughnut-shaped building sits behind high-perimeter fencing with barbed wire and many levels of security. The facility — used to eavesdrop on global emails and phone calls — is located on the edge of the sleepy Gloucestershire town, which feels like an incongruous location for one of the world's most aggressive spy agencies. | Cheltenham has a population of just 117,000 people, and GCHQ's presence has turned the area into one of Europe's central hubs for companies working in the fields of cybersecurity and surveillance. GCHQ says it employs almost 6,000 people in Cheltenham and at some smaller bases around the U.K., although the agency has in recent years secretly expanded its workforce, reportedly employing thousands more staff.

amnesty.org (2018-05-11). Colombian Human Rights Defenders Need Protection. amnesty.org

RT (2018-05-11). CIA veteran McGovern dragged from Haspel hearing tells RT details of his arrest (VIDEO). rt.com Former CIA officer Ray McGovern has been released by a court after being dragged out of Gina Haspel's Senate confirmation hearing. He told RT the arrest caused him injury and that he had taken the hearing's chairman "at his word."
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RT (2018-05-11). Female student strips during thesis presentation in 'fight for equality'. rt.com After her outfit was questioned by her female professor, a Cornell University student stripped live on Facebook during her thesis presentation and invited others to join in.
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RT (2018-05-11). Trump's environment czar Pruitt in trouble over ethics. rt.com The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who is under scrutiny for his lavish spending habits at taxpayers' expense, must answer to ethics concerns, the White House has said.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-11). The 2018 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. hrw.org | Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center & IFC Center June 14-21 | (New York) — The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will present 15 timely and provocative films, from June 14-21, 2018, that shine a bright light on bravery and resilience in challenging times. In a year when women collectively raised their voices against discrimination and abuse, Human Rights Watch will present films offering incisive perspectives and critical insights on human rights issues impacting people around the world. 12 of the 15 films are directed or co-directed by women. | Now in its 29th edition, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center. All screenings will be followed by in-depth question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers, film subjects, Human Rights Watch researchers, and special guests. | This year's…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-11). Brazil: New Evidence of Army Role in Rio Ambush. hrw.org A military vehicle is pictured during an operation after violent clashes between drug gangs in Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 23, 2017. | © 2017 Bruno Kelly/Reuters | New accounts by witnesses suggest that the killers of a group of people in a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro on November 11, 2017, were members of the army special forces, Human Rights Watch said today. | Human Rights Watch interviewed two witnesses and reviewed witness accounts from case files indicating that the clothing and gear of the killers were the same as those of the army personnel who arrived on the scene minutes later. | "Today marks six months of suffering for the survivors and for the families of those killed in Complexo do Salgueiro," said Maria Laura Canineu, Brazil…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-11). On Mother's Day, Let's Not Forget US Moms Locked Away. hrw.org Women in the David L. Moss Correctional Center attend a parenting class, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2017. | © Family & Children's Services | As Mother's Day approaches, we should not forget an entire group of moms who are often ignored: the 214,000 women incarcerated in the United States, most of whom are moms with minor children. | Tanisha's case (not her real name) is tragically typical. A 25-year-old Black mother-of-four, she was incarcerated in Oklahoma County Jail, following a domestic dispute in 2017. She said that although she believed she would ultimately be exonerated, after a month in jail she could no longer bear being separated from her young children, and accepted a guilty plea to get home. She left jail with a US$900 bill for her stay, a felony conviction, and five years…

RT (2018-05-11). Suspect in custody after California police respond to high school shooting reports. rt.com A 14-year-old hispanic male has been taken into custody after police responded to a reported active shooter at a high school in Palmdale, California. |
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RT (2018-05-11). Careening truck knocks into two highway poles & sends them flying into traffic (VIDEO). rt.com A highway traffic camera has captured extraordinary footage of an out-of-control pickup truck mounting the central concrete barrier of a highway and barrelling into two light poles, sending them hurtling into oncoming traffic.
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RT (2018-05-11). Worst meddler ever? 'Russian' Facebook ads 'trolling US election' went completely unseen. rt.com As US politicians accuse Russia of planting divisive Facebook ads during the election, they're unwilling to acknowledge that many of those ads weren't seen by a single soul, or were mere reprints of reports in US mainstream media.
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Alex Emmons (2018-05-11). U.S. Moves Forward With Multibillion-Dollar "Smart Bomb" Sale to Saudi Arabia and UAE Despite Civilian Deaths in Yemen. theintercept.com Last month, warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen repeatedly bombed a wedding party in the northern part of the country, killing more than 20 people, including the bride, and injuring dozens of others. In the days that followed, local media published a photograph of a bomb fragment with a serial number tying it to the U.S.-based weapons manufacturer Raytheon. | Now the State Department is taking preliminary steps toward a massive, multibillion-dollar sale of similar weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, three congressional aides, a State Department official, and two other people familiar with the sales told The Intercept. | The State Department has yet to announce the exact details and dollar value of the package, but it is said to include tens of thousands of precision-guided munitions from Raytheon, the same company that was involved…

Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung, Tom Dispatch (2018-05-10). Here's How Saudi Arabia Took Donald Trump for a Ride. alternet.org "Think of the Saudi-Trump relationship as the love affair from hell. " | It's another Trump affair — this time without the allegations of sexual harassment (and worse), the charges and counter-charges, the lawsuits, and all the rest. So it hasn't gotten the sort of headlines that Stormy Daniels has garnered, but when it comes to influence, American foreign policy, and issues of peace and war, it couldn't matter more or be a bigger story (or have more money or lobbyists involved in it). Think of it as the great love affair of the age of Trump, the one between The Donald and the Saudi royals. And if there's any place to start laying out the story, it's naturally at a wedding, in this case in a tragic ceremony that happened to take place in Yemen, not Washington. On Sunday, April 22nd, planes from. . .

Ajamu Baraka (2018-05-10). Black Alliance for Peace Says No to "War with Iran"! globalresearch.ca The decision by the Trump administration to breach the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—better known as the Iranian nuclear agreement—moves the United States once again into a dangerous situation in which the United States might directly or indirectly be involved …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-10). Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan Reveals How North Korea's Kim Jong-un 'Duped Trump&#039. alternet.org The former intelligence agency head says Kim has been "masterful" in his manipulation. | Former CIA Director John Brennan threw cold water on anyone celebrating the progress President Donald Trump has made toward peace with North Korea in recent months, arguing that despite appearances of improved relations, the president is being manipulated by Kim Jong-un. "We are now on the eve of a summit meeting between the president of the United States, the most powerful person in the world, and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, who is a bloody and murderous despot, who has wanted to have the world stage before with an American president," Brennan said to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on "Deadline: White House. ""And what has he actually given for that? " he asked. "Well, over the last year and a half or so, he accelerated the program. He has now. . .

DPCR (2018-05-10). For Economic Truth Turn to Michael Hudson. globalresearch.ca Readers ask me how they can learn economics, what books to read, what university economics departments to trust. I receive so many requests that it is impossible to reply individually. Here is my answer. | There is only one way to …

Jon Jeter (2018-05-10). US to Iran, North Korea: We Get Nuclear Weapons and You Don't. mintpressnews.com Lost in the debate over Trump's announcement Tuesday that his administration planned to walk away from an agreement limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions is a fundamental question: If the U.S. has nuclear weapons, why can't Iran or North Korea or yes, even Brazil possess their own?

Shireen Hunter (2018-05-10). How Iran Should Respond To Trump's Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal. iranian.com The day that everyone was dreading arrived yesterday when President Trump announced that the United States will no longer adhere to the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). Before and after his announcement various commentators have discussed the implications of his decision for America's position in the world, its relations with […]

Daniel Larison (2018-05-10). Bolton's Pathetic Case for Reneging on the Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca John Bolton makes the weakest possible case for Trump's decision to renege on the nuclear deal with Iran: | He decided that this deal actually undermines the security of the American people he swore to protect and, accordingly, ended U.S. participation …

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