2018-05-13: Social Media Postees

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What Would a Mother 'Food' Cow Tell Us About Her Children?
Dr. Marc Bekoff, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-13
Cows are loving mothers, but they are terrorized and abused by our cruel, inhumane factory farm system. | The science behind bovine sentienceCows are truly amazing and extremely interesting beings. Also known as steak, burgers, beef, veal and leather–and global producers of all sorts of dairy products–many people see them only as food items, mere products of one sort or another, rather than as highly sentient and intelligent individuals with markedly different personalities. For example, cows display a full range of personalities including boldness, shyness, sociability and gregariousness, and are temperamental. Neuroscientist Lori Marino and Florida State University PhD student Kristin Allen address the cow intelligence in a 2017 paper, " The Psychology of Cows," which was published in the journal Animal Behavior and Cognition (and which I summarized in " Cows: Science Shows. . .
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Why Does The American Right Hate Iran So Much?
Steven Hurst | iranian.com | 2018-05-13
Now Donald Trump has finally backed out of the Iranian nuclear deal, the rest of the world is trying to understand the thinking that went into his decision. High up the list of factors is a longstanding American unease about Iran in general. But while most Americans don't like the Islamic Republic of Iran, some dislike it […] | The post Why Does The American Right Hate Iran So Much? appeared first on The Iranian.
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Colombian Human Rights Defenders Need Protection
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-13
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Merkel Decries Iran Deal Pullout as She Accepts Italian Peace Prize
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
ASSISI, Italy–German Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull his country out of the Iran nuclear accord was making the situation in the Middle East "even more difficult" and warned Europeans to be skeptical of "easy" solutions promised by populists. | Speaking while in Italy to receive a peace prize, Merkel cited the recent escalation of Israeli-Iranian hostility that quickly followed Trump's announcement about the Iran accord as a reason for concern. | She said Germany was closely following the developments between Iran and Israel, saying that was "yet another reason for further effort to resolve the conflict." | The German leader made her remarks at St. Francis' Basilica, in Assisi, the saint's hometown, where Franciscan friars awarded her the St. Francis Lamp for peace. Merkel was honored for the welcome Germany gave to Syrian war refugees,…
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I Lived In Iran Under US Sanctions–Killing The Deal Is A Big Mistake
Mina Jafari | iranian.com | 2018-05-12
I wasn't supposed to be American. But the 1979 Iranian revolution changed that. Instead, I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. Six years ago, after graduating from the University of Maryland with a double major in Persian Studies and Government & Politics, I decided to move to Iran. Most of my friends […] | The post I Lived In Iran Under US Sanctions–Killing The Deal Is A Big Mistake appeared first on The Iranian.
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May 1968: The Posters That Inspired a Movement
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
The movement produced an important visual language for protest that still resonates half a century later. | The uprisings that took hold of France in May 1968 provided a blueprint for the kind of widespread social unrest capable of unifying students and factory workers. Beginning with protests over university reform, action escalated quickly to widespread strikes and occupations. The country's leaders feared an actual revolution could be about to take place. The movement also produced an important visual language for protest that still resonates half a century later. While often aesthetically crude in design, posters were pasted up in the streets calling for solidarity in the fight against capitalism. Emanating from the printing room of Paris' École des Beaux Arts, a group calling itself Atelier Populaire ("Popular Workshop") subsequently produced the posters. They called them "weapons in the service of the struggle". This. . .
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WATCH: Mike Pence Says More Americans Believe in God Now That Trump is President
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
"Facts are facts," Pence also insisted. | Vice President Mike Pence delivered the commencement address to graduating students at a small, private, ultra-conservative Christian college in Michigan Saturday afternoon. Many consider the former Indiana governor a devout Catholic, and his speech certainly supported that perception. The Vice President told the Hillsdale College graduating class that because Donald Trump is now president, more Americans believe in God. "Faith in America is rising again because President Trump and our entire administration have been advancing the very principles that you learned here in the halls of Hillsdale College," Pence said. "The principles that have always been the source of America's greatness and strength. ""Facts are facts," Pence also insisted. "Faith is rising across America. "Hillsdale happens to have major ties to the family of Betsy DeVos. The college "considers itself a trustee of. . .
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Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What Went Wrong in the 2016 Presidential Election in Brand New Interview
Dan Brook, Truthout | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
"The Sanders campaign, the most remarkable feature of the '16 election by far, broke with the long-standing pattern of reliance on wealth and corporate power. " | Noam Chomsky is an exceptionally influential figure. Author of well over 100 books (as well as many articles, letters, speeches and interviews) published over the past 60 years, Chomsky is integral to cognitive science, modern linguistics, philosophy, mass media criticism and political analysis — especially of US foreign policy, the military-industrial complex, capitalism and imperialism. Chomsky is a defender of free speech and is one of the most cited authors. This interview first appeared at Truthout. com. Chomsky was kind enough to take some time out of his extraordinarily busy schedule to give what he described as "much too brief" responses to Truthout's questions. Dan Brook: Worker-owned cooperatives (co-ops) seem to be a hybrid between capitalism and. . .
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Trump Welcomes N. Korea Plan to Blow Up Nuclear-Site Tunnels
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month. Trump welcomed the "gracious gesture." | In a statement carried by state media, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said all of the tunnels at the country's northeastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion, and observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed. | Kim had already revealed plans to shut the test site by the end of May during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month. Analysts say that while the closure of the site is important, it doesn't represent a material step toward full denuclearization. | "A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is…
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Thousands Of Iranians Take To Streets, Enraged By 'Insane' US Foreign Policy
Julia Conley | iranian.com | 2018-05-12
Cities across Iran saw thousands of demonstrators pouring into the streets to express fury over President Donald Trump's violation and abandonment of the 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration, Iranian officials, and several other world powers. twitter.com/ajplus/status/99492554506545… Protesters in Tehran and other cities carried posters which read, "Mr. Trump, you are talking nonsense," as they echoed Iranian […] | The post Thousands Of Iranians Take To Streets, Enraged By 'Insane' US Foreign Policy appeared first on The Iranian.
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Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Pullout Reflect Epic Bipartisan Failures
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
Editor's note: Scott Ritter was a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. | President Trump made it official Tuesday, announcing that he would be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action, or JCPOA. "The agreement," he said in his speech, "was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complies, the regime can still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time. The deal's sunset provisions are totally unacceptable. If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East." | The sunset provisions of the JCPOA are among the least understood aspects of that agreement. Prior to signing the JCPOA, Iran operated more than 20,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium to use in its indigenous nuclear…
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Watch: HBO's Bill Maher Confronts Rep. Duncan Hunter About McCain Insults
Nicole Karlis, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Hunter is a military veteran and Maher was curious what he thought about a former Trump aide who said that John McCain was 'dying anyway. ' | Duncan Hunter, a California Republican House representative, braved a Bill Maher interrogation on Friday night. Indeed, on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Maher surprisingly decided not to interrogate him about the federal probe for alleged campaign-finance violations he's facing. Instead, he wanted to talk about President Donald Trump–and the insults that have been reportedly surfaced from the White House about Republican Arizona Senator, John McCain. "I'm very impressed that you showed up," Maher said to Hunter. "You're a Republican, you're one of Trump's first supporters. "Maher continued by taking Hunter's temperature about the insults that have been made about McCain who is currently battling brain cancer. Kelly Sadler, a White House aide, reportedly distastefully joked about Sen.
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Poor People's Campaign Aims to Bring MLK's Dream to Fruition
Emily Wells | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
A movement to bring poverty to the center of the political agenda kicks off Monday, and Truthdig is launching a reader-funded drive to help the website cover the story. | The post Poor People's Campaign Aims to Bring MLK's Dream to Fruition appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Can Artificial Intelligence Help Find Alien Intelligence?
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Scientists are considering whether artificial intelligence (AI) could help us search for alien intelligence in ways we haven't even thought of yet. | In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), we've often looked for signs of intelligence, technology and communication that are similar to our own. But as astronomer and SETI trailblazer Jill Tarter points out, that approach means searching for detectable technosignatures, like radio transmissions, not searching for intelligence. Now scientists are considering whether artificial intelligence (AI) could help us search for alien intelligence in ways we haven't even thought of yet. 'Decoding' intelligenceAs we think about extraterrestrial intelligence it's helpful to remember humans are not the only intelligent life on Earth. Chimpanzees have culture and use tools, spiders process information with webs, cetaceans have dialects, crows understand analogies and beavers are great engineers. Non-human intelligence,. . .
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42 Die in Week's Israeli Strikes in Syria, Monitor Says
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
BEIRUT–A wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria this week killed 42 people, including at least 19 Iranians, a Syria war monitor reported Saturday. | The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll from attacks early Thursday has risen from 23 to 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers, including three officers. | In total, 42 people, including 19 Iranians, were killed over two days of strikes — from Tuesday to Thursday — according to the Observatory. | Israel's defense minister called on Syria's President Bashar Assad on Friday to clear his country of Iranian forces based there — warning that their presence will only bring more trouble to the already war-ravaged country. | Avigdor Lieberman's comments were followed by threats from an Iranian cleric that Tel Aviv or Haifa would be in danger…
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Iran's Oldest Document On Cinema Unveiled
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-05-12
Iran's oldest film document ever found was unveiled during a special ceremony at the Film Museum of Iran on Wednesday evening. The document is a decree issued by Qajar king Mozaffar ad-Din Shah (1853-1907) on February 11, 1900, in which he assigned the renowned royal photographer Mirza Ahmad Khan Sani os-Saltaneh the task of buying […] | The post Iran's Oldest Document On Cinema Unveiled appeared first on The Iranian.
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A Surprising Bullying Battleground: Senior Centers
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
SAN FRANCISCO — The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. | It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens. | Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young. | "There's the clique system just like everywhere else," said Betsy Gran, who until recently was assistant director at San Francisco's 30th Street Senior Center. "It's like 'Mean Girls,' but everyone is 80." | After the cafeteria exiles and karaoke brouhahas, the 30th Street Center teamed up with a local nonprofit, the Institute on Aging, to develop an…
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Mad Magazine's Clout May Have Faded — But Its Ethos Matters More than Ever Before
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
The magazine taught its readers to never swallow what they're served. | Mad Magazine is still hanging on. In April, it launched a reboot, jokingly calling it its "first issue. "But in terms of cultural resonance and mass popularity, it's largely lost its clout. At its apex in the early 1970s, Mad's circulation surpassed 2 million. As of 2017, it was 140,000. As strange as it sounds, I believe the "usual gang of idiots" that produced Mad was performing a vital public service, teaching American adolescents that they shouldn't believe everything they read in their textbooks or saw on TV. Mad preached subversion and unadulterated truth-telling when so-called objective journalism remained deferential to authority. While newscasters regularly parroted questionable government claims, Mad was calling politicians liars when they lied. Long before responsible organs of public opinion like The New York Times and the. . .
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A Psychologist Explains the Thinking Error at the Root of Science Denial
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
This widespread rejection of scientific findings presents a perplexing puzzle to those of us who value an evidence-based approach to knowledge and policy. | Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus but controversy among laypeople: climate change, biological evolution and childhood vaccination. On all three issues, prominent members of the Trump administration, including the president, have lined up against the conclusions of research. This widespread rejection of scientific findings presents a perplexing puzzle to those of us who value an evidence-based approach to knowledge and policy. Yet many science deniers do cite empirical evidence. The problem is that they do so in invalid, misleading ways. Psychological research illuminates these ways. No shades of grayAs a psychotherapist, I see a striking parallel between a type of thinking involved in many mental health disturbances and the reasoning behind science. . .
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Jeff Sessions Revealed This Week That He Would Begin Inflicting Terror Across America — But Nobody Paid Attention
Sophia Tesfaye, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
There is a reason why Jeff Sessions continues to endure the indignities heaped upon him by President Trump and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. , chair of the House Intelligence Committee. | Ever since his days as an Alabama prosecutor during the War on Drugs era, Trump's attorney general has been dead set on cracking down on poor people in a return to tough-on-crime law enforcement. There probably has been no better week for the fulfillment of that agenda than this one. This article was originally published at SalonOn Monday, Sessions made official the Trump administration policy of ripping children from their families, if they crossed the U. S. -Mexico border. On Tuesday, he traveled to Tennessee to taunt the 97 workers who were arrested during a recent immigration raid at a local meat processing plant. "I'm not shedding tears about them," Sessions said of the. . .
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White Supremacists, Online Misogynists and the Rise of the Far Right: How to Fight a Rising Tide of White, Male Resentment
Conor Lynch, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Angry young white men, the "incel rebellion" and an age of worldwide reaction. | If there is one thing that seems to unite the most extreme political reactionaries throughout the world, it is their gender. Whether it's alt-right white supremacists marching in Charlottesville with their tiki torches, misogynist "incels" and men's rights activists who believe feminism is the root of all their problems, or Islamic extremists who aim to restore the caliphate, one thing is constant: they are overwhelmingly male. It is hardly surprising that men are more susceptible to the allure of reactionary politics, considering that it's much easier for men to romanticize the past than it is for women (or any previously oppressed or mistreated group, such as LGBTQ people). Patriarchy has long been the norm in Western and non-Western societies and cultures, and thus women are less inclined to feel. . .
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Hawaii Volcano Has Scientists Looking to Mainland's West Coast
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
The coast is home to an 800-mile chain of 13 volcanoes, and although experts say no eruption seems imminent, the situation could change fast. | The post Hawaii Volcano Has Scientists Looking to Mainland's West Coast appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Macron Defiant After Paris Stabbing Is Claimed by Islamic State
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
After a knife-wielding man kills one person and injures four, the French president says his nation will not yield to "enemies of freedom." | The post Macron Defiant After Paris Stabbing Is Claimed by Islamic State appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Media Debate Best Way to Dominate Iran
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2018-05-12
The New York Times' Bret Stephens ( 5/8/18) is glad Trump canceled the Iran deal because that allows the US to threaten Iran with "economic ruin and possible war." | The debate in the New York Times and Washington Post over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran deal, revolves around which tactics America should use to dominate Iran. | At one end of the spectrum of acceptable opinion is the view that President Trump was correct to withdraw from the deal because it supposedly failed to handcuff Iran to a sufficient degree. At the other is the far more common perspective, which is that Trump should have remained in the deal because it is an effective tool for controlling Iran. | In the New York Times, Bret Stephens (…
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GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-12
Adelson's perspectives on U.S. foreign policy, particularly towards Iran, are alarming, given that his influence on U.S. politics is set to grow in the wake of his latest mega-donation to the Republican party. | The post GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC appeared first on MintPress News.

GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC

Sasha Abramsky on the Decline of Empathy and the Future of Democracy (Audio and Transcript)
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
Robert Scheer speaks with the journalist and professor about his latest book, on how fear has contributed to demagoguery. | The post Sasha Abramsky on the Decline of Empathy and the Future of Democracy (Audio and Transcript) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Colin Kaepernick: "Lawful Lynching" Of Black People Must End
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-12
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How Trump Made 'Fake News' in the 1980s
Sean Deveney, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Using the press to achieve his PR goals is a skill Trump mastered in New York decades ago | Donald Trump needed a tax break. In 1981 he was in the process of building his second major New York City project, the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. As part of putting up the new skyscraper, he had applied to the city for an abatement of $20 million, which was intended to be a gift from the taxpayers given to developers for their willingness to build middle- or lower-class housing in areas defined as "underuti ≠lized. " But anyone who had ever strolled New York's streets over the past five or six decades knew Fifth Avenue was hardly an underuti ≠lized area. It was as well-trafficked and upscale a slab of real estate as you could find anywhere in the country, let alone New. . .
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These Should Be the End Times for American Patriotism
Sam Haselby, Aeon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
It is time to start treating American patriotism — the most deadly form of identity politics — as a question, not an answer. | Patriotism is the organising passion of modern political life in the United States yet its vitality defies obvious explanation. The country has no national education system. There's neither compulsory military nor civil service. No government agency distributes the ubiquitous US flags, nor enforces observance of the rituals to country performed at schools and sporting and political events throughout the country. Despite lacking the classic machinery for inculcating patriotism and spreading it among the people, American patriotism is a norm in the true sense: at least within the US itself, it exists in a place without question. One of the conceits of American patriotism — that it is a salubrious version of the pernicious nationalism that other countries have –. . .
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Trump Team May Be Focusing on Odd, Obscure Iran Plan
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
National security adviser John Bolton reportedly has authorized distribution of a white paper produced by Jim Hanson, a self-proclaimed expert "practitioner of the art of war." | The post Trump Team May Be Focusing on Odd, Obscure Iran Plan appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Media Debate Best Way To Dominate Iran
Gregory Shupak | iranian.com | 2018-05-12
The debate in the New York Times and Washington Post over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran deal, revolves around which tactics America should use to dominate Iran. At one end of the spectrum of acceptable opinion is the view that President Trump was correct to […] | The post Media Debate Best Way To Dominate Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
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Is the Impeachment of Donald Trump Really Coming? Republicans Definitely Think So
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Republicans' main midterm strategy is to drive their voters out with impeachment-dread. How will Democrats respond? | On Thursday night in Indiana, President Trump made another one of his "jokes" about extending his presidency beyond eight years. He was talking about how he had wanted to move the U. S. embassy to Jerusalem and was told that might take 10 years. It's not the first time he has alluded to staying in office past 2024. (It goes without saying, in his world, that he will be re-elected in 2020. ) Speaking before a group of GOP donors last March he talked about Chinese president Xi Jinping saying, "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll give that a shot someday. "It's always hard to know how to take. . .
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Here's the Real Reason Tech Billionaires are Prepping for Doomsday
Jason Rhode, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
A misanthropic view of humanity guides the tech aristocracy — and it's trickled into their vision of the future. | If you pay attention to what Silicon Valley's best and brightest are up to, you know about tech survivalism. The digital elite are preparing for the Apocalypse, and have been for a while. As Evan Osnos wrote in his New Yorker feature, "Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich,"Survivalism, the practice of preparing for a crackup of civilization, tends to evoke a certain picture: the woodsman in the tinfoil hat, the hysteric with the hoard of beans, the religious doomsayer. But in recent years survivalism has expanded to more affluent quarters, taking root in Silicon Valley and New York City, among technology executives, hedge-fund managers, and others in their economic cohort. The Guardian noted that the end-of-days obsession could be traced back to a. . .
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Fox News' Judge Jeanine Claims Trump is Fulfilling 'Biblical Prophecy' By Moving Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Pirro's bonkers rant on the subject included many extreme statements — such as making broad declarations about Shiites and Sunnis. | Judge Jeanine Pirro is on location in Jerusalem tonight, where the United States will open a new embassy tomorrow. The move from Tel Aviv to the city Israel claims as its capital is seen as a provocation to Palestinians. Tel Aviv has long been the internationally agreed upon capital of the Jewish state, with Jerusalem being considered neutral territory between Jewish Israelis and the Palestinian people who also claim it. Other presidents have announced that they planned to move the embassy but didn't–Trump shocked many by following through. Pirro's bonkers rant on the subject included many extreme statements, such as making broad declaration about Shiites and Sunnis. The move, she said, "Sent a huge signal to Iran, and Shiite Muslims, that we stood with. . .
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Trump Supporters 'Tricked by the Devil' are Now Facing Financial Ruin: 'I Feel So Stupid'
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Eddie Devine voted for Trump, but worries he may go out of business. Here's why. | Small business owners who supported Donald Trump are complaining about troubles hiring foreign seasonal labor the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The newspaper interviewed multiple landscaping business owners who claim they are unable to hire Americans for the same wages. Eddie Devine voted for Trump, but worries he may go out of business if he is unable to continue hiring 20 foreign workers a season though the H-2B visa program. "I feel like I've been tricked by the devil," Devine admitted. "I feel so stupid. "Devin says Trump's policies are more about race than economics, noting that Trump properties in New York and Florida rely upon the H-2B visa program for 144 jobs a year. "I think there's a war on brown people," he argued. "I want to know why it's. . .
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Women on the 2018 Ballot are Busting Perceptions of Motherhood and Leadership
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Motherhood is taking center stage in US politics. | Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first United States senator to give birth while in office has been seen on Capitol Hill with her newborn nestled in her lap. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Maryland's Krish Vignarajah and Wisconsin's Kelda Roys, made waves with campaign ads that, in addition to touting their capabilities as leaders, also show them nursing their babies. A Democratic congressional candidate in New York, Liuba Grechen Shirley, was just granted permission from the Federal Election Commission to use campaign funds to cover the cost of child care while she runs for office. Plus, women are running for office in record numbers this year. Among their many experiences, roles and identities, many are emphasizing being a mom. What does this acknowledgment of motherhood tell us about U. S. politics today? As I have. . .
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Fire-breathing Disney dragon bursts into flames during parade (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
A fire-breathing dragon went up in flames during a parade at Disney World, Florida on Friday. Onlookers remained calm during the incident, apparently under the mistaken belief that it was part of the show. …
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Navy SEAL team leaders suspended over alleged sexual misconduct
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
Two Navy SEAL leaders, deployed in Africa, have been sent back to the US after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against the officers. …
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Cambodia: Release Ex-Radio Free Asia Journalists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-12
Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, former journalists of the Radio Free Asia (RFA), sit inside a police vehicle as they arrive for a bail hearing at the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on April 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Samrang Pring | (New York) — Cambodian authorities should drop fabricated espionage charges against former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin and immediately and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch said today. Their arrests six months ago on November 14, 2017, were part of Prime Minister Hun Sen's ongoing crackdown on the media, civil society groups, and the political opposition that have caused many former RFA and other journalists, activists, and opposition members to flee the country. | "Ahead of July's national elections, Prime Minister Hun Sen has…
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Reps or Dems, all US govts are 'oppressive,' says Chelsea Manning
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
All US governments are oppressive, regardless of whether they're run by Republicans or Democrats, activist Chelsea Manning said during a rally for J20 defendants in Washington DC. …
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PHOTOS of strange winged creature prompt 'angel' sighting debate online (POLL)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
A small community in northern Michigan believes it has been touched by an angel after a motion-sensor camera captured a mysterious object apparently looming over a parked vehicle. People online, however, remain unconvinced. …
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Buy your future overlord: Creepy robot dog SpotMini up for sale soon
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
The dog-like robot that can open doors and haunt humanity's dreams is now coming to a home near you. …
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Oliver North Worked With Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists. Now He'll Be President of the NRA
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2018-05-12
The NRA constantly tells us that we need guns to protect ourselves against drug gangs — which makes their choice of Oliver North both hilarious and sordid. | The post Oliver North Worked With Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists. Now He'll Be President of the NRA. appeared first on The Intercept.
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Mass ICE Raids Leave a Trail of Misery and Broken Communities
Alice Speri | theintercept.com | 2018-05-12
A month after dozens of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents surrounded a meatpacking plant in Morristown, Tennessee, and detained 97 men and women who worked there, the tight-knit rural community is still reeling, but the initial shock has seeped into a quiet pain, as families adjust to lives without work and their loved ones. | As those shipped to immigration detention facilities across the country started appearing before judges for bond hearings this month, some families were reunited, though still facing deportation proceedings, while others braced for long separations. As of Thursday, 20 of those arrested on April 5 were released — but many more remained in detention. "Tragedy continues to unfold," said Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. "Some families are getting really terrible news." | The Trump administration has promised more worksite immigration enforcement.
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Navy SEALs Face Sexual Assault Charges and Drug Investigation
Matthew Cole | theintercept.com | 2018-05-12
The commanding officer and the senior enlisted adviser of a Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL team deployed in East Africa have been relieved of their duties because of allegations of sexual assault and harassment. In addition, 11 members of other East Coast SEAL units tested positive for drugs and face disciplinary action, according to a Navy official and two members of the special operations community. | "A commanding officer and command master chief assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit have been relieved of their duties overseas due to alleged misconduct," said Commander Tamara Lawrence, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare, the Navy SEAL command. "Naval Special Warfare and NCIS have initiated investigations as appropriate." | According to two current Navy SEAL consultants familiar with the case, the investigation into the commander and his senior enlisted adviser concerns allegations of sexual assault…
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Meet NASA's robot helicopter of Mars (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
A robot helicopter will fly the skies of Mars as part of the 2020 mission, NASA has announced, hoping to replicate the success of the Wright brothers on the red planet. …
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'They're trying to kill him': Pamela Anderson wants Kanye's help to free Assange
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
Actress-turned-activist Pamela Anderson has become one of the most vocal allies for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and now she wants Kanye West's help in setting him free. …
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Britain Should use Erdogan Visit to Speak out on Human Rights
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-12
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, January 28, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Despite the sharp deterioration in human rights under his leadership, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan, is being accorded a state visit to Britain next week, including a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and with the Queen. Undoubtedly, May would prefer the discussion focus on investment, trade, and Syria, but the scale of repression underway in Turkey makes it impossible to ignore. She should use the moment to urge an end to the Turkish government's brutal crackdown on opponents and critics. | The visit comes ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 in which Erdogan seeks to renew his mandate with greatly enhanced powers. The elections…
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Applauding Plowshares Into Swords
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Is Massachusetts Turning Red?
L. Michael Hager | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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 is clearly a blue-state. In…
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Adjuncts of the World, Unite!
Nicole Braun | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Imperial Pomp
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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'Blues in the Night' goes low down to lift you high
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–One of the common misperceptions about African-American culture in the United States is that it is so indelibly imbued with Christianity. It's easy to see where this comes from: Some of our most vivid images of the civil rights movement are of pastors preaching out the good news of equality and human rights. …

‘Blues in the Night’ goes low down to lift you high

Violating the Iran Deal: Playing With Nuclear Fire
David Krieger | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Breaking the Iran Deal: The Delusion of Victory
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-05-11
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 […] | The post Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
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Who's Reacting to Iran Deal Pull-Out? Why, It's Women in Chadors, Walking Past Anti-US Mural
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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The Coming American Assault On Iran
Tarek Dika | iranian.com | 2018-05-11
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 […] | The post The Coming American Assault On Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
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That's the Problem: Nothing Proves Anything
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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.
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Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds
Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
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. . .
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If Europe Wants to Remain on the World Stage, It Must Resist Trump on Iran
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
"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…
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New Film Gives an Iranian Perspective on the Battle Against ISIS in Syria
Rick Sterling | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-11
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. | The post New Film Gives an Iranian Perspective on the Battle Against ISIS in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

New Film Gives an Iranian Perspective on the Battle Against ISIS in Syria

House Republicans Want to Straight-Up 'Break' the Actual System of Law Itself
Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
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. . .
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Marx, Science, and Values
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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?
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A Farm Bill Lost in Never-Never Land
Ben Lilliston | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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An Ideology of Self-Righteousness
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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The Financialisation Hypothesis and Marxism: a Positive Contribution or a Trojan Horse?
Stavros Mavroudeas | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Another Aptly Anti-Assange Article
Simon Floth | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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DACA and the Dreamers From El Salvador
DeWitt Kennard | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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The Shame of Injustice
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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What Else is Washington Hiding About US Participation in Yemen?
Randi Nord | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-11
The recent news about Green Berets deployed along the Saudi border highlights the ever-growing U.S. role. So, what else is Washington not disclosing about the US in Yemen? | The post What Else is Washington Hiding About US Participation in Yemen? appeared first on MintPress News.

What Else is Washington Hiding About US Participation in Yemen?

WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism
Katherine Krueger | fair.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Republicans Are Scrambling to Find Votes for Their Farm Bill–It's Probably Doomed
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
The votes just aren't there. | The Republican House leadership is intent on forging ahead with a farm bill that isn't guaranteed at this time to pass the House, and almost certainly cannot pass the Senate. Vulnerable Republicans don't like it because it will open them up to a charge that they're trying to make more people go hungry. Nihilistic Republicans–and the interest groups that amplify them–don't like it because it either helps farmers who aren't their constituents to much, or doesn't help their own farmers enough. But Speaker Paul Ryan and team are plowing ahead with a vote planned for next week: As of Thursday afternoon, Conaway had not secured support from a number of Republican lawmakers after several days of meetings. But he told reporters that he is convinced that they will come around. The date of the floor debate. . .
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Dangerous Fallout when Trump Blows Up Deals
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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:…
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Remembering the 1968 East Los Angeles high school blowouts
Miguel Roura | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
As I walked into the student quad at Los Angeles City College the morning of March 8, my attention was grabbed by this short, long-haired dude with John Lennon rimmed glasses shouting into a megaphone as he stood on an eating table. "At this moment, students at East Los Angeles high schools are preparing a …

Remembering the 1968 East Los Angeles high school blowouts

Raising the Flag on the Corruption of Ryan Zinke
Lena Moffitt | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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An Open Letter to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
Tim Cook, CEO Apple, Inc. One Apple Park Way Cupertino, CA 95014 Dear Mr. Cook: Last week, you announced the largest single stock buyback in corporate history, amounting to $100 billion. Probably no more than you and two other Apple executives made this decision prior to receiving the expected rubber stamp from your congenial board…
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Roaming Charges: The Torture Never Stops
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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.
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'F— the NRA': Here's How A Democratic Candidate Forced a TV Station to Air His Daring Gun Control Ad
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
The station said it was required by federal law to run the ad, despite Pat Davis' swearing. | Democratic congressional candidate Pat Davis wants you to know he does not like the National Rifle Association, and he has found the most straightforward way to make that fact clear to voters. In an ad he forced the local New Mexico TV station KRQE to run on Friday, Davis has a strong opener. "F— the NRA," he says straight to camera. "Their pro-gun policies have resulted in dead children, dead mothers, and dead fathers," he goes on. "I'm Pat Davis, and I approve this message. Because if Congress won't change our gun laws, we're changing Congress. "Davis is currently an Albuquerque city councilor. KRQE General Manager Bill Anderson issued a statement explaining that he believes federal law required him to run the 15-second ad. "We received. . .
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Xi Jinping: The Emergence of Chinese Ultra-Nationalism?
Sazzad Haider | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Domestic violence allegation sidelines Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star pitcher
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
All-star closer Roberto Osuna, 23, of the Toronto Blue Jays was charged with assaulting a woman, according to multiple Toronto Police Service reports, Tuesday, May 8, and was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball. But that suspension isn't a real "punishment." Osuna will go on the restricted list and will continue to receive …

Domestic violence allegation sidelines Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star pitcher

Israel Wants Its Own War in Syria
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-11
Hard as it may be to believe, at the moment of writing these words I am at the airport about to embark on a trip which will culminate in Mashhad, Iran. At the same time, Israeli army spokesperson is tweeting that twenty rockets launched by Iranian Quds brigades stationed in Syria were intercepted by the Israeli "Iron Dome." The rockets, so the IDF claims, were aimed at IDF posts in the Golan Heights and sirens were sounded to alert the people living on the Golan Heights to go into bomb shelters. It seems that once again Israel got what it wanted: Its own war in Syria. | The shock that spread around the world as the president of the United States stood and declared that he was going to unitarily pull the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action…

Israel Wants Its Own War in Syria

Zora Neale Hurston's 'Barracoon' is a powerful posthumous act of resistance
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
"If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it."–Zora Neale Hurston Novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was a leading voice in the Harlem Renaissance. A social, intellectual, and cultural explosion taking place from the 1910s to the 1930s, centered in Harlem, New York City, the "New Negro …

Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Barracoon’ is a powerful posthumous act of resistance

Palestinian Refugees Suffer Setback in Lebanon's Parliamentary Election
Franklin Lamb | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken
Kristine Mattis | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Fear and Opportunity in Immigration Politics
Andrew Moss | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Europe: Sorry, Iran, Trump Says We Can't Do Business with You
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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The People Made the First New Deal. Can the People Make Another?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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.
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Neoliberal Defenestration and the Overton Window
Stephen Martin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
'It is difficult to get Artificial Intelligence to understand something, when the Research and Development funding it depends upon its not understanding it'– Paraphrase of Upton Sinclair. defenestration (diÀêÀåf…õn…™Ààstre…™ É…ôn) n the act of throwing a person or thing out of a window [C17: from New Latin dƒìfenestrƒÅti≈ç, from Latin de- + fenestra window The freedictionary.com 'If there is such a phenomenon as absolute evil, it consists of treating another human being…
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Trump's Penis: Is It Presidential?
Douglas Valentine | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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With Help, Things Can Get Better
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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)…
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Flag-Burning
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Official Trump policy: Take refugee kids away from parents
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
What many defenders of immigrant and refugee rights have suspected for a while has now been confirmed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: The Trump administration is deliberately separating migrant parents from their minor children as a means of deterring not only unauthorized entry into the country, but also to make people think again before requesting …

Official Trump policy: Take refugee kids away from parents

Conservative Writers Have Found a Weird New Argument to Claim that They're Oppressed
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
What on earth is the "Intellectual Dark Web? " | Despite the fact that Republican politicians are in charge of Congress and the White House while a conservative-leaning majority reigns in the Supreme Court, conservatives are nevertheless convinced that "the Left" is using political correctness to quash their ideas. This pattern of thought is nowhere more evident than in the writings of National Review writer David French, who Friday published a story defending a recent article — written by the New York Times' Bari Weiss — about the "Intellectual Dark Web. "The web is a "network" of iconoclastic thinkers who include people like Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and Ayan Hirsi Ali. Despite these individuals' relative success, the idea of the Intellectual Dark Web is that they are somehow kept down by oppressive political correctness and excluded from legacy media outlets. French argues,. . .
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Reflections on Mother's Day
M. G. Piety | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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An Urgent Appeal to Try Preventing War
Barry Barnett | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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Capitalism: a Horror Movie
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
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…
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The Coming War Against Iran
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-11
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 ?…
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Trump's Message to Immigrants: If You're Poor, Now or Ever, You Don't Belong Here
Julia Conley | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-11
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 | The post Trump's Message to Immigrants: If You're Poor, Now or Ever, You Don't Belong Here appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump's Message to Immigrants: If You're Poor, Now or Ever, You Don't Belong Here

Captain Charles Moore: Oceanic Muckraker
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
"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…
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