2018-05-15: News Headlines

JVFP (2018-05-15). American Jews Stand Against the US Embassy Move and Israel's Mass Killing of Protesters in Gaza. mintpressnews.com WASHINGTON — As the ceremony to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is taking place, Israeli military forces are killing Palestinian protesters in Gaza. In moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, U.S. President Trump is cementing the U.S. — Israeli partnership to annex Jerusalem and further repress Palestinian rights. | "This is the ongoing Nakba," said Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace. "The celebration of annexation, even as Palestinians — the vast majority of whom are refugees — are being gunned down simply for protesting for their basic rights to live in dignity and freedom, could not illustrate more clearly the continuing catastrophe that Israel is imposing on Palestinians. Still worse, it's doing so with the full collusion of the U.S." | The scenes of celebration at the new embassy, even as Israeli military forces use deadly violence against protesting…

Geoffrey Fattig (2018-05-15). The Korean Massacre the U.S. Needs to Apologize For. mintpressnews.com

| Singapore has been chosen to host the unlikely summit between U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in early June. The choice for the summit venue went against Trump's preference for the meeting to take place at the Peace House in Panmunjeom, where the world had been captivated just weeks before by the amicable scenes of Kim walking hand-in-hand across the Military Demarcation line with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. | Given that Panmunejom embodies of the division of the Korean Peninsula, it is regrettable that U.S. and North Korean negotiators opted for the southeast Asian city-state instead. This is because the root of the nuclear issue stems largely from the decision by American military officers to divide the Peninsula at the 38th Parallel in the aftermath of World War…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-15). Professional Anti-LGBT Bigot Tony Perkins Appointed to U.S. Religious Freedom Commission. alternet.org The independent body has a history of advancing the agenda of America's Evangelical Christian movement. | Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has just been appointed to a two-year term on a federal government commission tasked with investigating and reporting on international religious freedoms violations. Perkins will be a commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom ( USCIRF), an independent body that has a history of advancing the agenda of America's Evangelical Christian movement. U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the appointment of Perkins to the USCIRF, according to a statement from FRC. Perkins for decades has headed the Family Research Council, a far right wing faith-based organization that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of active anti-gay hate groups. He and his organization have a long history of spreading false information about LGBTQ people. Related Stories: Media Outlets Are Having Trouble Keeping Up with Hate Crime Reports in Trump EraMeet the Wildly Bigoted Pastor Trump Sent to Jerusalem to Open the New EmbassyCNN Reveals Michael Cohen's Blatant Lie About Trump Ties to Russia

Joe Emersberger (2018-05-15). Ecuador Under Lenin Moreno: an Interview With Andres Arauz. counterpunch.org I explained in other articles on Counterpunch (here, here and here) that Lenin Moreno won Ecuador's presidency in 2017 by campaigning to continue the "Citizens Revolution" of former president Rafael Correa (a leftist who was in office from 2007 until 2017) but upon taking office immediately shifted policy sharply to the right. Below is a More

Robert Fisk (2018-05-15). In the Middle East, All Sides are Staring at Each Other With Increasing Concern. counterpunch.org In the West, it's easy to concentrate on each daily drama about the Middle East and forget the world in which the real people of the region live. The latest ravings of the American president on the Iran nuclear agreement — mercifully, at last, firmly opposed by the EU — obscure the lands of mass More

Renee Parsons (2018-05-15). Trump / Israel Collusion on Syria. counterpunch.org Considering the sequence of recent events in the Middle East, it is obvious that the circumstances regarding the US withdrawal from the nuclear accord with Iran were carefully thought out in advance, as a pre-arranged strategy to pave the way for escalating Israel's conflict with Iran and the war in Syria. In presenting their own self-serving narrative More

Staff (2018-05-15). Seattle to Tax Big Companies to Help the Homeless. truthdig.com The debate over who should pay to solve a housing crisis exacerbated by Seattle's rapid economic growth comes after weeks of tense exchanges with businesses such as Starbucks and Amazon.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-15). New Poor People's Campaign launches coast to coast in 37 states. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Callie Greer knew how to get a crowd's attention: She wailed for her dead daughter, killed by poverty in the state of Alabama. The Selma resident brought her grief, symbolizing that of tens of thousands of mothers nationwide whose children die because their families lack enough money to live on, to the launch of the […]…

Mehr News (2018-05-15). Kite Festival In Qazvin, Iran. iranian.com A large gathering of people in Qazvin, northwest of Iran, brought their colorful kites out last Friday to enjoy their weekend with family members and friends.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-15). Laborers' O'Sullivan: "No single answer' to funding U.S. infrastructure needs. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Saying "there's no single answer" to funding U.S. infrastructure needs, Laborers President Terry O'Sullivan endorsed a variety of approaches — some pushed by GOP President Donald Trump and Congress' ruling Republicans and others long-time union and Democratic favorites — to raising funds to rebuild the nation's crumbling roads, bridges, subways, airports and bus systems. O'Sullivan […]…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-05-15). My Home is Beit Daras: Our Lingering Nakba. counterpunch.org When Google Earth was initially released in 2001, I immediately rushed to locate a village that no longer exists on a map, which now delineates a whole different reality. Although I was born and raised in a Gaza refugee camp, and then moved to and lived in the United States, finding a village that was More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-15). Lawsuit: Trump uses census citizenship question to raise campaign cash. peoplesworld.org

Dartagnan, Daily Kos (2018-05-15). It's Not Our Job to Understand 'Trump Voters&#039. alternet.org All of these objects of our concern are male, most often white male. But they are no longer the majority, and that's the point. | Rebecca Solnit, whom the New York Times once tagged as the "Voice of the Resistance" (I'm not sure the "Resistance" has a single, or even a particular "voice," but be that as it may. . . ) is an American writer and contributing Editor at Harper's magazine. This past month she wrote an essay for the Literary Hub which correctly flags one of the most persistent and pernicious myths propagated by the media and other cultural markers in this country–that there is a hardscrabble, homespun "Real America" out there that we as liberals need to be paying more attention to. That this explains why we liberals fail to connect with the needs and outlooks of those who occupy. . .

Economic Policy Institute (2018-05-15). "Right-to-Work" in Missouri would hurt black workers the most. peoplesworld.org Two new fact sheets by EPI Director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy Valerie Wilson and Research Assistant Julia Wolfe explain why the passage of a so-called "right-to-work" (RTW) law in Missouri would disproportionately hurt black workers. RTW refers to laws that prohibit unions from collecting any fees from nonunion members in […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-15). Qatari Investor Confirms Michael Avenatti's Report He Met with Transition Officials at Trump Tower. alternet.org The investor's spokesperson said he met Trump's team but not Michael Flynn. | Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, the head of a division of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, met with President Donald Trump's transition team in 2016, according to a statement his spokesperson gave to CNN. This confirms a report from Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, who asserted that Al-Rumaihi has attended such a meeting. However, the spokesperson denied that Al-Rumaihi met with Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, as Avenatti had claimed. A source told CNN that Al-Rumaihi did briefly meet Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, one of the people sued in the case Avenatti represents. "Mr. Al-Rumaihi was at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016," the spokesperson told CNN. "He was there in his then role as head of Qatar Investments,. . .

AJBH (2018-05-15). Transition in Cuba Means a Continuation of the Revolution. counterpunch.org Havana, May Day. In the darkness, with the moon still high over the statue of Jose Marti in the Plaza of the Revolution, a million Cubans and internationalist friends began gathering in the Avenida Paseo to march in solidarity with the workers and oppressed of the world. But this year the energy and strength of More

Will Solomon (2018-05-15). 'Some of My Plaques, They Still Say Kanye'. counterpunch.org In light of all this furor surrounding Kanye it's worth noting a few things. First, Kanye clearly isn't joking. This isn't a big 'troll.' There may be elements of irony, but the guy is serious (as serious as he can be). His absurd megalomania has been amply demonstrated for years. People love him for it More

The Conversation (2018-05-15). Privacy Watch: Recreational DNA Testing May Reveal a Lot More Than Who Your Ancestors Were. alternet.org Once the genie is out of the bottle, it isn't going back. | Aggressive marketing techniques and the popularization of "gifting" recreational ancestry tests has led more consumers than ever to the world of personal genetic testing. Yet, the recent arrest of the Golden State Killer suspect has heightened concerns about privacy and ethics because of the way law enforcement Genetic genealogy companies mostly stick to ancestry information — but the raw DNA data they provide. . .

Juan Cole (2018-05-15). How Iran And Muslims Saved Jews When Rome Excluded Them From Jerusalem. iranian.com The move of the Trump administration of the US embassy to Jerusalem is intended, according to the president, to signal a recognition of the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This move is controversial because Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem is not recognized in international law. The 1947 partition plan suggested in the UN […]

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-05-15). Fox & Friends Whines That The View Was 'Mean' to Tomi Lahren After Joy Behar Called Out Her Racist Hypocrisy. alternet.org Tomi Lahren said that America doesn't want immigrants with "low skills," but pointing out that's her exact family history is "mean. " | Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren lashed out at her critics after a genealogist revealed the conservative pundit's family was made up of the same type of immigrants she now wants to ban. Lahren's ancestors from Norway and Germany arrived with few skills and spoke their native tongues for decades, according to research conducted by journalist Jennifer Mendelsohn. "One woman over the weekend who took it upon herself to research my family history in hopes of digging up some kind of a 'gotcha' moment, a 'gotcha' angle to validate illegal immigration and open borders and what she found was really shocking, guys," Lahren told "Fox & Friends. ""She found that my family, who came here in the 1800s from Norway. . .

Conn Hallinan (2018-05-15). Turkey's president: Short term victory, long term trouble. peoplesworld.org When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a presidential and parliamentary election June 24—jumping the gun by more than a year—the outcome seemed foreordained: the country is under a state of emergency, Erdogan has imprisoned more than 50,000 of his opponents, dismissed 140,000 from their jobs, jailed a presidential candidate, and launched an attack […]…

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-15). Trump Makes Clear That His Administration's Real National Security Policy Is China First. alternet.org Weird annunciation aside, the president appears to be a huge fan of the nation he bashed on the campaign trail. | The nation's top counterintelligence official warned the Senate Intelligence panel Tuesday that Chinese telecom giant ZTE presents a major national security risk, starting with U. S. consumers. NBC News writes: Under questioning by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. , [Bill] Evanina said U. S. intelligence agencies are on record as assessing that Chinese telecommunication firms are used as a vehicle by the Chinese government to conduct espionage. And, answering a question from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. , he said he would never use a ZTE phone. In February, six intelligence chiefs advised U. S. consumers against buying smart phones produced by Chinese companies, including ZTE specifically, and in April, the Pentagon pulled the phones from the shelves at U. S. military bases. ZTE is the firm Donald Trump has. . .

John Steppling (2018-05-15). The United States Doesn't Need Jewish Help to Wage War. mintpressnews.com Nobody needs to lead the United States into war. They do that all by themselves and in fact, it is almost the primary thing they do these days.

Tom Clark (2018-05-15). Bloody Gina is the Nice Lady Who Lives Next Door. counterpunch.org Just think about it. This woman is in charge of torturing you. And this is her. The real her. With this sick grim little I swallowed your goldfish smile. She says she is just a normal middle class American. Like, no big deal, right? This makes things a whole lot worse, you're thinking. She's torturing More

Dean Baker (2018-05-15). Krugman on Drugs. counterpunch.org I was glad to see Paul Krugman's short post explaining some of the economics of the US government negotiating drug prices with the drug companies: the route Donald Trump rejected. I thought I would add a few more points. First, the monopoly profits earned by the drug companies provide a powerful incentive for rent-seeking. This More

Eric Ortiz (2018-05-15). Palestinian Protesters Willing to Die for Human Rights (Video). truthdig.com "Sooner or later, we will enter our lands, and we will free it, and we will kick the occupiers out of our land," said Abu Mohammed about the Great March of Return.

Jack Random (2018-05-15). The Death of Fair Trade. counterpunch.org Much has been said on trade policy since Donald Trump became leader of the free world. Trump boldly pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership — which of course never was ratified and never took effect. He announced that NAFTA and CAFTA were dead and promptly pulled back from that position by suggesting that everything More

Staff (2018-05-15). Egypt Arrests Critic for Insulting President. truthdig.com CAIRO—Egyptian police detained an activist known for his harsh criticism of the government on charges including insulting President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, a rights lawyer said Tuesday. | Fatima Harb, the wife of Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that prosecutors summoned her husband for an investigation into accusations of disseminating false news and insulting the president, among other charges. | The prosecutors, she said, set his bail at 50,000 Egyptian pounds, or about $2,810, late Monday. It has been paid but authorities have refused to let him return home, she said. | Rights lawyer Doaa Moustafa said Harb's whereabouts are unknown. Shady el-Ghazaly Harb was one of the young leaders behind the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. | The arrest is the latest in a heavy crackdown on opposition by el-Sissi who led the military's 2013 ouster of Egypt's…

Kim Scipes (2018-05-15). Gary's Steel Academy: "Gary is Not a Dump, Our Education is More Important Than a Dump!" counterpunch.org Over 80 students, teachers and supporters of the Steel City Academy in Gary, IN, rallied and protested Thursday night, May 10, first at the United Steelworkers of America #1014 hall and then later at the Steel City Academy campus on 35thAvenue, both in Gary. Emotions were high as the efforts were to convince IDEM to More

Joe Lauria (2018-05-15). U.S. Media Whitewashes Gaza Massacre. iranian.com Typical of the mindset of corporate media reporting on what happened in Gaza on Monday as Israeli soldiers killed more than 50 protesting Palestinians, is this tweet from CNN. It says: "Death toll rises to at least 52 people during clashes along the border fence between Israel and Gaza, Palestinian officials say. More than 2,400 […]

Mr. Fish (2018-05-15). Gaza. truthdig.com

Staff (2018-05-15). U.S. Turns Screws on Top Iranian Bankers. truthdig.com The Trump administration designates Valiollah Seif, head of Iran's central bank, a terrorist and says it will impose worldwide sanctions on anyone doing business with him.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-15). Here's How White House Staffers Are Defying a West Wing's Phone Ban to Leak About The President. alternet.org The administration installed lockers for cell phones, and two men conduct surprise sweeps for unauthorized devices — but staffers still leak. | As a candidate, Donald Trump loved leaks—once even invoking the self-described "transparency" site WikiLeaks in an effort to find dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ("no collusion"). As president, leaks—which have come from top White House aides and even Trump himself—are less impressive; in a tweet Monday, he likened leakers who speak with reporters to "traitors. "As CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported Tuesday, the Trump administration is trying to frame the latest White House leak scandal, which features a top official joking about the death of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as a "leaking problem" as opposed to a character void in the West Wing. "Over the last 16 months, the Trump administration has gone to great lengths to stop. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-15). Judge Slaps Down Paul Manafort's Challenge to Mueller Indictment: 'Falls Squarely' Within His Authority. alternet.org The judge made it clear that the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's authority is wide. | U. S. District Judge Amy Jackson on Tuesday denied President Donald Trump's one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort in his request to dismiss the charges brought against him by the special counsel. Jackson ordered that Robert Mueller's authority under the special counsel guidelines is wide enough to cover investigation of Manafort, given he was Trump's campaign chairman. She cites the instructions drafted for Mueller by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, which instruct the special counsel to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign. "She writes: Manafort was, at one time, not merely "associated with," but the chairman of, the Presidential campaign, and his work on behalf of the Russia-backed Ukrainian political party and connections to other Russian figures are matters of public record.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-15). U.S. Media Whitewashes Gaza Massacre. consortiumnews.com As Israel killed more than 50 Palestinians in cold blood protesting the American embassy move on Monday, U.S. corporate media failed to accurately report what happened in Gaza, once again meekly protecting the government line, argues Joe Lauria. By Joe… Read more →

Joe Lauria (2018-05-15). How American Media is Whitewashing Israel's Massacre in Gaza. mintpressnews.com As Israel killed more than 50 Palestinians in cold blood protesting the American embassy move on Monday, U.S. corporate media failed to accurately report what happened in Gaza, once again meekly protecting the government line.

Fariba Pajooh (2018-05-15). New US Sanctions Will Make Iranians Sicker. iranian.com Sanctions against Iran are almost as old as I am. I was born in early 1980, and international sanctions against Iran began during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s as most global and regional powers supported Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in his invasion of the country. My father was injured and exposed to chemical weapons […]

Kavaljit Singh (2018-05-15). Argentina's Peso Crisis, Capital Flows and Financial Fragility in Emerging Markets. counterpunch.org On May 4, the Banco Central de la Republica Argentina, the country's central bank, raised policy interest rates to a whopping 40 percent to stem the rapid depreciation of the national currency, the peso. The surprise rate increase was the third in a week after the central bank failed to halt the decline in the More

Jeremy Brecher (2018-05-15). The New Poor People's Campaign: Seeds of a Non-Party Opposition? counterpunch.org This Mother's Day a convergence of unlikely bedfellows launched a Poor People's Campaign — echoing the Poor People's Campaign Martin Luther King, Jr. initiated half a century ago aiming to "transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society." Is there a strategy that can make that aim more than a vain hope? Today, millions More

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-15). Trump Seriously Follows Pence Around Just to Make Sure VP Doesn't Get More Media Attention. alternet.org The president's schedule is primarily about adulation. | If anyone ever harbored the notion that Donald Trump's travel schedule had anything to do with international diplomacy or even helping the Republican party through the midterms, forget about it. The chief motivation behind public appearances of the pettiest and most pitiful of all presidents primarily revolves around making sure he upstages his vice president, Mike Pence. When Pence was slated to keynote the National Rifle Association convention that Trump never even planned on attending, for instance, Trump suddenly wanted in, writes Politico. That led to a change of plans in the West Wing, according to two people familiar with the arrangement, and nearly a week after the NRA announced Pence would speak, the president was added to the schedule to speak moments after Pence. It wasn't the first time Trump has changed his. . .

Steven Sahiounie (2018-05-15). The Real Syria: Constitutional, Non-Sectarian, Resistant. mintpressnews.com If any country, including the U.S., had armed terrorists embedded in neighborhoods, and holding civilians hostage for years, and targeting unarmed civilians constantly, it too would be using its own military and security forces to fight the terrorists in order to liberate the captive civilians.

Staff (2018-05-15). Shift in U.S. Policies Triggers Concern in Mideast. truthdig.com As a former State Department and Pentagon official describes it, "Traditionally we've tried to play a role of fireman in the Middle East. Now we're playing the role of arsonist."

Staff (2018-05-15). Israel Facing Backlash Over Gaza Violence. truthdig.com Turkey expels Israel's ambassador, Ireland and Belgium summon their Israeli envoys and leading European countries and the U.N. human rights office call for an investigation of the bloodshed.

Jonathan Cook (2018-05-15). Israel Repurposes Old Nakba Myths to Justify the Massacre in Gaza. counterpunch.org On Monday and Tuesday, Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years ago as the new state of Israel was built on the ruins of their homeland. As a result, most Palestinians were turned into refugees, denied by Israel the right to return to their homes. More

John Steppling (2018-05-15). The Anti-Imperialism of Fools. counterpunch.org "God never spoke to an Arab." — Benjamin Disraeli, 1847 "Remembrance is, so to speak, interwoven with forgetfulness. That is why the Jewish historian Yosef Yerushalmi has pointed out that the opposite of "forgetfulness" is not really "remembrance" but "justice". — Carlo Ginzburg "We don't care who will win the election, Palestinian or Israeli. We More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-15). North Korea Threatens to Abandon Summit With Trump Over U.S.-South Korea Military Drills. alternet.org The regime has already suspended talks with South Korea, according to multiple reports. | President Donald Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be in peril as the regime has reportedly abandoned talks with South Korea and is threatening to scuttle the summit with the United States over ongoing military drills. Talks between North and South Korea were planned for Wednesday, local time, but the South Korean outlet Yonhap reports that those meetings were abruptly canceled Wednesday morning. North Korea's state-run media reportedly called the joint U. S. -South Korean military drills a provocation, despite the fact that the continuation of these operations had been reported as a precondition of further talks by the South Korean national security adviser in March. Because of these "provocations," the North Korean regime may cancel the summit planned with Trump, which has been widely hailed. . .

Staff (2018-05-15). 55 Die in Gaza Protests as Israel Fetes U.S. Embassy Move. truthdig.com In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces attack Palestinians at the Gaza border, while a few miles away Israel and the U.S. celebrate the new embassy in contested Jerusalem.

Gary Leupp (2018-05-15). Hizbollah's Victory and the U.S.-Iran Conflict. counterpunch.org Among the things that the Iran deal critics demand is a broader, better deal that curbs ballistic missile construction and prevents Iran from supporting "terrorists." The media never questions the proposition that Iran in fact supports such people. Who are these terrorists? Hizbollah in Lebanon tops the list. (Hamas is usually next, and then the Houthis of Yemen, the Shiite militias in Iraq, the Syrian Arab Army, etc. Even the Revolutionary Guards a division of the Iranian military, is listed by the State Department as a "terrorist organization.") More

Staff (2018-05-15). Sports-Bet Ruling May Help Sanctuary Cities. truthdig.com The Supreme Court's robust reading of the 10th Amendment and a limit on the power to force states go along with Washington's wishes could spell trouble for the Trump administration.

Staff (2018-05-15). Journalist and Novelist Tom Wolfe Dies. truthdig.com The white-suited wizard of "New Journalism" chronicled American culture before writing such novels as "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "A Man in Full." He was 88.

Whitney Webb (2018-05-15). Trump's Plan to "Liberate the Country from Opioids" Instead Liberates Big Pharma from Oversight. mintpressnews.com Ironically, it will be the areas of the country that voted Trump into power that are set to suffer the most from Trump's decision to keep the DEA toothless, suggesting that Trump cares more about protecting corporate profits than protecting his base.

Whitney Webb (2018-05-15). Is Netanyahu Playing a Geopolitical Chess Game to Drive a Wedge Between Russia and Syria? mintpressnews.com Was Putin's alleged "green lighting" of Israeli missile strikes on Syria an intentional ploy on the part of Netanyahu to spread distrust between the Russia, Syria, and Iran?

RT (2018-05-15). Ann Coulter calls for Israel-style border killings in America. rt.com Drawing inspiration from the conduct of the Israeli military at the Gaza border, conservative pundit Ann Coulter took to Twitter to call for similar shootings of migrants at the US-Mexican border. |

Zaid Jilani (2018-05-15). No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer Defends Israeli Military Actions in Gaza. theintercept.com Amid a growing chorus of condemnation of Israeli violence by American lawmakers this week, the House's second-highest ranking Democratic, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, defended Israel's violence against Palestinian protesters and stood by the Trump administration's controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. | "Israel's in a tough situation. It's trying to defend its borders," Hoyer said in response to a question from The Intercept at a pen-and-pad session on Tuesday with reporters on Capitol Hill. "All the world would hope that it would be done so in a peaceful manner, but when you have a terrorist organization in front of you, that is historically and continuing to use violence, that makes it very tough." | Hoyer, the minority whip, was referring to a threat he claimed Israel faces from Hamas. But it was unarmed civilian protesters, not militants,…

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Pakistan: Human rights under surveillance. amnesty.org Amnesty International's report on the surveillance of HRDs in Pakistan reveals that Pakistani civil society is under attack by a malicious digital campaign. Diep Saeeda, a well-known Pakistani HRD, has been targeted by digital attacks; the first suspicious messages received after she began campaigning for the release of "disappeared" activist Raza Khan. Diep and other activists were targeted with extremely personalised messages that included malicious links or attachments that, when opened, would either attempt to infect their devices with malware, or direct them to fake Google or Facebook login pages designed to steal their passwords.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Soudan: Condamnation à mort d'une jeune fille mariée de force et victime de viol. amnesty.org Noura Hussein Hamad Daoud (19 ans) a été condamnée à mort le 10 mai pour avoir tué son mari en situation de légitime défense parce qu'il avait tenté de la violer une deuxième fois. Le 29 avril, un tribunal soudanais l'a déclarée coupable de l'homicide d'Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad. L'affaire de Noura montre que l'État soudanais ne fait rien pour lutter contre les fléaux que sont le mariage précoce, le mariage forcé et le viol conjugal. Noura Hussein Hamad Daoud, une jeune fille de 19 ans, a été déclarée coupable d'homicide…

RT (2018-05-15). 'Torture & war crimes': Former Gitmo detainee challenges waterboarding-apologist Green Beret. rt.com Waterboarding is an illegal and torturous practice, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee told RT after one Green Beret tried to justify the enhanced interrogation technique in support of Gina Haspel's CIA appointment.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). South Korea: Plans to introduce alternative service for conscientious objectors must be realized. amnesty.org Amnesty International welcomes the decision of the South Korean government to consider plans of introducing an alternative to compulsory military service. While long overdue, this is a measure that is critically needed to end decades of human rights violations.

RT (2018-05-15). Bolton wants all of North Korea's nukes shipped to US in exchange for 'security assurances'. rt.com President Donald Trump's national security adviser wants North Korea to ship all of its nuclear weapons to a US lab in Tennessee, to make sure Kim Jong-un follows through on his promise to dismantle the program.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-15). Russia: Repression, Discrimination Ahead of World Cup. hrw.org The Russian and Brazilian football teams play a pre-World Cup international friendly match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on March 23, 2018. The FIFA World Cup final will be played at this stadium on July 15 2018. | © 2018 Ashley Kowalski | (Berlin) — The FIFA World Cup starting on June 14, 2018, will take place during the worst human rights crisis in Russia since the Soviet era, Human Rights Watch said today. FIFA should use its leverage with the Russian authorities to address labor rights abuses, restrictions on fundamental freedoms, and an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders. |

RT (2018-05-15). Impunity ensured: US blocks UN call to probe Israeli crackdown on Palestinians. rt.com A damning UN Security Council draft statement on Israel's use of force against protesters at the Gaza border was blocked by the US. Nearly 60 people were killed as the new US Embassy opened in Jerusalem.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Sudan: Forcibly married, raped Girl sentenced to death: Noura Hussein. amnesty.org Nineteen year old, Noura Hussein Hamad Daoud, was sentenced to death on 10 May for killing her husband in self-defence after he tried to rape her for a second time. The Central Criminal Court of Omdurman in Sudan, on 29 April, found her guilty of the murder of her husband Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad. Noura's case highlights the failure of the Sudan government to tackle the tragedy of early and forced marriage as well as marital rape.

RT (2018-05-15). US imposes new sanctions on Iranian individuals and bank — treasury department. rt.com The US has imposed fresh sanctions on an Iranian bank and individuals, the department of the treasury has announced.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Help get Wang Quanzhang home to his family. amnesty.org Five year old Quanquan thinks his dad is a hero. But he hasn't seen him in almost three years because he has been detained by the Chinese Government.: | Wang Quanzhang is a human rights lawyer from China who has spent years defending the rights of others – and risking his safety to do it. One day, almost three years ago, he was taken by the Chinese authorities and his family does not know for sure where he is or even if he is alive… | But Quanquan and his mother, Li Wenzu, are trying to save Wang Quanzhang and get him home safely. To mark 1000 days since her husband went missing, Li Wenzu began a 100km march from Beijing to Tianjin where she thinks he might be. Though Li Wenzu was stopped by the authorities, she thinks that the only reason…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-15). To Free a Human Rights Defender in Russia's Chechnya. hrw.org Today, my late friend's daughter published a video calling on the public to petition Russia's President Putin to free Oyub Titiev, the Chechnya director for Russia's leading human rights organization, Memorial. Titiev has been jailed since January, pending trial on trumped-up drug possession charges. | My late friend, Natasha Estemirova, was Chechnya's most prominent rights defender. In summer 2009, a group of security officials kidnapped her in Grozny and killed her. I was in Chechnya for her funeral. The pain of seeing my best friend's body, riddled with bullets, was eclipsed only by the horror of looking into the eyes of Lana, her 15-year-old orphaned daughter. Oyub Titiev at a court hearing in Grozny, Chechnya, May 4, 2018. | © 2018 Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch | Now Lana, 24, is trying to…

RT (2018-05-15). All aboard the deportation bus! Georgia governor candidate launches campaign tour. rt.com A Republican candidate in Georgia unveiled his "Deportation Bus Tour," a campaign gimmick that will see him tour the US state's sanctuary cities drumming up support for his tough immigration policies. |

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). KENYA: EVICTING THE FOREST GUARDIANS. amnesty.org

Cora Currier (2018-05-15). Gina Haspel and the Fiction of a Feminist CIA. theintercept.com Since the announcement of Gina Haspel as the Trump administration's nominee to lead the CIA, the White House, the agency, and its defenders have leaned heavily on the fact of Haspel's gender, singling out its historic significance, and suggesting that she ought to be supported because of it. They use it to undermine critics who believe that the most salient thing to consider about Haspel is her role overseeing a CIA black site prison in Thailand, where people were tortured, and her role in the destruction of videotapes of interrogation sessions. | White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted last weekend that "any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite," while Trump's tweets often mention she's "a woman." | There's obvious hypocrisy in the Trump administration claiming to support…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-15). Iran: Looming Execution of Dervish Member. hrw.org (Beirut) — The Iranian judiciary should immediately halt the looming execution of a member of the Gonabadi Dervish community, Human Rights Watch said today. Iran should also release all Dervish members arbitrarily detained since February 2018. Police Forces at the scene of the clashes, Tehran, Iran February 19, 2018. | © 2018 Majzooban-e-Noor | The authorities arrested more than 300 members of the Dervish community on February 20 following clashes when the authorities violently repressed a peaceful protest in Tehran. The clashes left dozens injured and three police officers and another security force member dead. On March 18, after an unfair trial that lasted three sessions, the authorities sentenced Mohammad Sallas, 46, to death on charges of killing the police officers by driving a bus into a crowd of security officers. | "Iranian…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-15). CNN Reveals Michael Cohen's Blatant Lie About Trump Ties to Russia. alternet.org The lawyer denied any relationship existed between Trump associates and Moscow. That wasn't true. | As the pressure against President Donald Trump's lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen mounts, CNN's KFile revealed Tuesday that Cohen made a blatantly false claim about the president's ties to Russia back in January 2017. KFile reviewed Cohen's appearances with Fox News host Sean Hannity and found that on Jan. 11, the lawyer said on Hannity's radio show that neither the Trump campaign nor anyone around Trump had any ties to Russia. He made explicit and broad claims on this topic, which were particularly relevant as the Steele dossier, which alleges extensive connections between Trump associates and the Kremlin, had just been published. In no uncertain terms, Cohen said there had been no "relationship" or "activity" between the Trump team and "anybody in Russia" since the 2013 Miss Universe. . .

RT (2018-05-15). Dark transparency: How accountability tool turned into instrument of corruption. rt.com Transparency in politics is usually seen as a crucial element to a functioning democracy, but the flip side to that openness and accountability is the corruption that it inadvertently enables. |

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-15). Sudan's Many Nouras. hrw.org A woman carries water in Al Fashir, capital of North Darfur, Sudan, September 6, 2016. | © 2016 Reuters | International media has rightly focused on the case of Noura Hussein, a 19-year-old Sudanese woman sentenced to death for killing her husband — whom she'd been forced to marry — as he tried to rape her. | The court which tried Noura apparently had no regard to the fact that her husband had previously raped her violently with the help of his family members, or that she was forced into the marriage by her own family at just 16. Instead, it convicted her of murder and sentenced her to death by hanging after the man's family opted for death over diya, or compensation. The United Nations and rights groups have appealed for clemency, and…

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Kenya: Families torn apart: Forced eviction of Indigenous people in Embobut forest. amnesty.org Families in Embobut forest, in the North Rift Valley of Kenya, are losing their homes, livelihoods, and access to cultural practices. They belong to the Sengwer Indigenous People and Embobut is their ancestral home. The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has been carrying out forced evictions in the forest since the 1980s; however on Christmas Day 2017 it began a new campaign, burning 341 houses and leading to the killing of one Sengwer man and the hospitalisation with gunshot wounds of another.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Pakistan: Campaign of hacking, spyware and surveillance targets human rights defenders. amnesty.org Human rights defenders in Pakistan are under threat from a targeted campaign of digital attacks, which has seen social media accounts hacked and computers and mobile phones infected with spyware, a four-month investigation by Amnesty International reveals. | In a new report released today, Human Rights Under Surveillance: Digital Threats against Human Rights Defenders in Pakistan, Amnesty International reveals how attackers are using fake online identities and social media profiles to ensnare Pakistani human rights defenders online and mark them out for surveillance and cybercrime. | | "We uncovered an elaborate network of attackers who are using sophisticated and sinister methods to target human rights activists. Attackers use cleverly designed…

RT (2018-05-15). 'Appalled & disgusted': Twittersphere slams 'pro-Israel' US media coverage of Gaza protests. rt.com The Gaza protests have been making headlines across the world, but many people have hit back at US media outlets for a lack of coverage and an alleged pro-Israel bias.

RT (2018-05-15). No more fire & fury? US dangles carrot at North Korea, like it did before. rt.com Less than a year after Donald Trump's notorious "fire and fury" threat against North Korea, the US is now offering aid and investment if Pyongyang ditches its nukes. The progress seems remarkable… if you have a short memory.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Uganda: Hundreds left homeless by forced evictions. amnesty.org Ugandan soldiers have been forcibly evicting communities in the Apaa area in northern Uganda since 15 March. So far, more than 250 homes have been burnt and destroyed, leaving hundreds of people, including children homeless. The evictions have been carried out by the authorities in violation of the constitution and international human rights law.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Russian Federation: Peaceful protester in pre-trial detention: Mikhail Tsakunov. amnesty.org On 7 May, Dzerzhinsky District Court in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, remanded Mikhail Tsakunov in pre-trial detention until 4 July for alleged use of violence against a police officer. If found guilty, Mikhail Tsakunov could face 10 years in prison. However, the charges against him contravene publicly available video footage.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Kenya: Sengwer evictions from Embobut Forest flawed and illegal. amnesty.org The Sengwer Indigenous people of Embobut Forest, Kenya are being forced from their homes and dispossessed of their ancestral lands by the grossly flawed, illegal and violent actions of the Kenyan government, Amnesty International said in a new report launched today. | The report, Families Torn Apart: Forced Evictions of Indigenous People in Embobut Forest, Kenya, looks at the implementation of the government's 2013 decision to relocate and resettle all residents of Embobut Forest in order to reduce deforestation. | | "The Sengwer people were never genuinely consulted nor was their free and informed consent ever obtained prior to their eviction. This is…

RT (2018-05-15). 'Ultimately done damage': Haspel condemns CIA torture in attempt to win over Democrats. rt.com Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director, has penned a letter admitting that the spy agency should not have carried out the post-9/11 torture and detention program. |

Frederico Fuentes (2018-05-14). Venezuelans Value Peace and Democracy. counterpunch.org 'Venezuelans have time and again shown the world how much they value democracy and free elections', said Venezuelan activist Eulalia Reyes de Whitney. Campaigning is well underway for Venezuela's May 20 national vote to elect the nation's president and representatives to municipal councils and state legislatures. The elections are being held in the context of More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Meet the Wildly Bigoted Pastor Trump Sent to Jerusalem to Open the New Embassy. alternet.org His views are extremely Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT and anti-Mormon. | President Donald Trump selected Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress to speak at the opening of the new U. S. embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, apparently disregarding — or perhaps because of — his intensely bigoted beliefs about Mormons, Jews, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community. The opening of the embassy was accompanied by the mass killing of more than 50 Palestinian protesters and the wounding of at least a thousand more, according to reports. The White House's casual disinterest in Israel's responsibility for these deaths is congruous with Jeffress' bigotry toward Muslims and non-Christians. Leeanne Naramore of Media Matters for America posted a video showing a compilation of some of Jeffress' most degrading comments. In multiple clips, Jeffress classified the whole of Islam as a "cult" — a label he likewise applies to Hinduism and. . .

Chris Hedges (2018-05-14). Killing Gaza. globalresearch.ca Israel's blockade of Gaza—where trapped Palestinians for the past seven weeks have held nonviolent protests along the border fence with Israel, resulting in more than 50 killed and 700 wounded by Israeli troops—is one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. …

Prof. James Petras (2018-05-14). Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea. globalresearch.ca Introduction | For some time, critics of President Trump's policies have attributed them to a mental disorder; uncontrolled manic-depression, narcissus bullying and other pathologies. | The question of Trump's mental health raises a deeper question: why does his pathologies take a specific …

Michael T. Klare (2018-05-14). Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War. globalresearch.ca With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years …

Shane Quinn (2018-05-14). Hitler's Racially-driven Disregard for Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca Adolf Hitler is indeed one of the most hated individuals in world history, whose genocidal policies were responsible for killing tens of millions of people. Yet there is a little known irony regarding the Fascist dictator. As the atomic scientists …

Global Research News (2018-05-14). International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Verification Chief Resigns following Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-05-14). High Alert for Palestinian Slaughter and Conflict with Iran. counterpunch.org There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the US has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the 70th anniversary of the More

Patrick Cockburn (2018-05-14). If Europe Wants To Remain On The World Stage, It Must Resist Trump On Iran. iranian.com "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 […]

Louisa Willcox (2018-05-14). The Fate of Bear 399 (and Other Grizzly Matriarchs). counterpunch.org It is impossible not to think of your Mother on Mother's Day. In the bear world, many of us have been blessed to be in the company of the quintessential Grizzly Bear Mother: Jackson Wyoming's bear matron and rock star, known only by her number in the sequence of bears captured by researchers: 399. Yes, More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). 'They Felt They Had Nothing to Lose': NBC Reporter Explains Why Gaza Residents Risk Death to Protest. alternet.org "If you imagine it as a prison, with Hamas as the warden, it is a very difficult place to live. " | As Israeli soldiers killed dozens of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday and wounded, top officials in President Donald Trump's administration celebrated the opening of the new U. S. embassy in Jerusalem, not all that far away. The images of ceremony and celebration along with protest and bloodshed reveal the fundamental divide that is crucial to understanding the position Gaza is in — and why this kind of violence breaks out. On "The Rachel Maddow Show" Monday night, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel gave a brief explanation of what life is like inside Gaza and why residents are willing to protest even when they know they'll be met with violent opposition. "The Gaza Strip is a relatively small area, maybe double. . .

CP Editor (2018-05-14). CounterPunch Spring Fund Drive. counterpunch.org Dear CounterPunchers: We are holding a short Spring fund drive, which we have never had to do before, because the price of running the site is growing fast. With our increased readership (which is a good thing!) our bandwidth and web costs have gone up substantially in the past few years. So, if you can spare a few extra dollars this month, we'd greatly appreciate the support. | Make a Tax-Deductible Donation Today! More

Ron Jacobs (2018-05-14). Liars Club: Ollie North and General Kelly. counterpunch.org Oliver North is a liar. He was also part of a conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine. Furthermore, he was part of another conspiracy to build, arm and train mercenaries to fight a public/private enterprise known as the Contra war in Nicaragua. He is a shameless egocentric maniac loved by several million US television viewers who watch his nonsensical FOX series War Stories. More

James M. Dorsey (2018-05-14). Saudi Arabia Versus Iran On The Football Pitch. iranian.com Saudi Arabia's bitter rivalry with Iran has spilled onto Asian soccer pitches with the newly created South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF) reflecting the kingdom's bid for regional hegemony, including domination of soccer. Saudi Arabia's most recent victory on the pitch was evident in the absence in SWAFF, formed by a merger of the West Asian and […]

George Payne (2018-05-14). Is Torture Immoral or Not? What Say You, Ms. Haspel? counterpunch.org According to the New York Times, in late 2002, Gina Haspel was dispatched to oversee a secret C.I.A. prison in Thailand code-named Cat's Eye. While she was there, C.I.A. contractors waterboarded al-Qaeda suspects including Abd al-Rahim al-Nashir, the man accused of orchestrating the bombing of the American destroyer U.S.S. Cole off the coast of Yemen More

Ty Joplin (2018-05-14). Mapping Erik Prince's Private Mercenary Empire. globalresearch.ca His journey from hiring mercenaries to help bolster …

Dennis Morgan (2018-05-14). Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You). counterpunch.org In the age of globalization during the last quarter of the 20thcentury, the English language achieved global hegemony as the "lingua franca" for international communication. It is no small coincidence that during this same time, after the end of the Cold War, the US rose as the sole and dominant superpower with stated aims to More

Alexander Mercouris (2018-05-14). The EU Will Not Stand By Iran. iranian.com Ever since Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. would pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("JCPOA") with Iran and would unilaterally impose across-the-board sanctions on that country, a procession of European leaders including the leaders of the U.S.'s most powerful European allies — Britain, France and Germany — have publicly declared their […]

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). 'All of Those Babies Are Dead': MSNBC Guest Chokes Up Discussing Trump's Disastrous Foreign Policy. alternet.org "There are a lot of folks who are dead today. For what? " | In a rare moment for cable news, MSNBC guest Eddie Glaude Jr. became choked up and emotional as he discussed the mass killing in Gaza Monday. Israeli soldiers fired upon Palestinian protesters in the wake of the newly opened U. S. embassy in Jerusalem, killing more than 50 people and wounding thousands of other demonstrators, according to reports. As the discussion on "Meet the Press Daily" veered toward the domestic political consequences of President Donald Trump's foreign policy actions, Glaude, a professor of religion and African American studies, could barely contain his reaction. "All that's important, and all of those babies are dead," Glaude said. "All of those people are dead. They're dead. And we're talking about racehorses. . . I mean, the politics. I mean, there are a lot of folks. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-14). The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony. consortiumnews.com Commentators on both right and left bemoan the decline of American global power under Donald Trump, but is that such a bad thing? asks Paul Street in this commentary. By Paul Street There are good reasons to bemoan the presence… Read more →

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