2018-05-16: News Headlines

amnesty.org (2018-05-17). 5 LGBTI activists to look out for this IDAHOTB 2018. amnesty.org 17 May is the International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. Here are 5 brilliant lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex activists (LGBTI) who are making waves while taking a stand for their rights. | | Alessandra — "Winning against transphobia also depends on a change in the general attitude of the people." | Time and again, Alessandra Ramos Makkeda has been faced with the words: "We don't accept your kind here." She is a trans-woman and LGBTI activist in Brazil, the country with the highest murder rate of trans people in the world. According to a local NGO, 64 trans people were murdered there in 2018, as of 1 May. In 2017, the world recoiled in shock as a video of the torture and murder of a Brazilian trans woman went viral online; the assailants were…

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-05-16). NYT's Thomas Friedman Explains How Trump Screwed Up the Israel Embassy Deal: 'They're Laughing at Him&#039. alternet.org Our 'Art of the Deal' president made a really bad one. | During a Tuesday conversation with CNN's Anderson Cooper, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said that President Donald Trump made a terrible deal, essentially giving away the farm, on any chance of Middle East peace. Friedman explained that the Hamas violence and deaths seen in reaction to the embassy moving to Jerusalem were the radical Palestinian response, but he wondered what Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing to work with moderate Palestinians to achieve peace. "What have the Israelis been doing with the good Palestinian leadership, [Palestinian President] Mahmoud Abbas," he continued. "Where is the Israeli imaginative, peaceful creation? Neither Hamas or Bibi have any peaceful end on the table right now. It is a tragedy, two bald men fighting over a cone. "Trump had promised peace in the Middle East,. . .

AlterNet (2018-05-16). Ronan Farrow Says Rex Tillerson Admitted to Him That He Didn't Actually Know How to Do His Job. alternet.org The former secretary of state was stunningly honest. | Journalist Ronan Farrow's latest book The War on Peace is causing waves for its frank interview segments with individuals who have had positions of power in national diplomacy efforts. During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Farrow discussed the surprisingly open comments from President Donald Trump's shortlived Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "Tillerson, if he had any logic, knew that he was going to be fired on some level," Farrow said. "Maybe that's why he's so frank in this book. He basically says 'I didn't know what I was doing, I wasn't experienced enough for it. '"Farrow also took shots at the current state of the U. S. State Department, saying that it's "apparent to anyone looking at the State Department" that it has morphed into a catastrophe resembling a "dumpster fire. " Watch the clip below. Related Stories: New Yorkers Were Not Having This White Racist Who Freaked Out After Hearing Spanish in CafeHere Are the 5 Biggest Bombshells from Senate Transcripts on the Trump Tower MeetingFox News Guest Seriously Says Three-Fifths Compromise Gave 'Humanhood to Black People'

Howard Lisnoff (2018-05-16). For Whom the Bell Tolls: War, Peace and John McCain. counterpunch.org More>

Staff (2018-05-16). EU Chief Blasts Trump in Push to Save Iran Deal. truthdig.com SOFIA, Bulgaria—A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders gathered to count the likely economic damage U.S. policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran nuclear deal. | In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe's biggest ally, EU Council President Donald Tusk said, given Trump's recent decisions, "someone could even think 'with friends like that, who needs enemies?'" | Trump has bewildered the Europeans by threatening to slap tariffs on EU steel and aluminum exports and reneging on an agreement to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, which the EU believes is vital to world security. Trump has also broken with a key international principle of Middle East peace efforts by moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. | Tusk's remarks, just hours…

Staff (2018-05-16). Can Palestinians Be Killed by Israelis? Or Do They Only 'Die'? truthdig.com Social media is outraged by the language Western media use to describe the peacefully protesting Palestinians shot in cold blood by Israeli snipers.

Staff (2018-05-16). Girls Assaulted by Doctor Win $500 Million Settlement. truthdig.com LANSING, Mich.—Michigan State University on Wednesday announced a $500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. | The deal surpasses the more than $109 million that Penn State University paid to settle claims by at least 35 people that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused boys, though the Nassar settlement involves far more victims. | Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator. Under the agreement, $425 million would be paid to current claimants and $75 million would be set aside for any future claims. | The statement doesn't indicate how much money each victim would receive. It also doesn't say how Michigan State will pay the bill. | Michigan…

Tadeh Alexani (2018-05-16). Iran To Produce 400 Two Seater Electric Vehicles. iranian.com The head of the Azad University of Qazvin branch, Morteza Mousakhani, announced that a knowledge-based company working with the university has received the license to release 400 two seater electric vehicles into the market. He added that these cars are planned to enter the market in five stages and the university has received the full […]

Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-16). America Recedes from Dominance in Afghanistan and Iraq. alternet.org A women's rights advocate and the journalist who threw his shoe at George W. Bush are among the leaders defining Iraq's political future. | It's worthwhile to note that in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where the United States launched wars in 2001 and 2003, the United States is on the back foot. In one, Afghanistan, the Taliban has made significant gains in the western part of the country. It continues to bedevil the government in Kabul as well as the U. S. forces in the country. Parliamentary elections have not been held for three years. They have been set for October of this year, but will likely be postponed once more. No elections can be reasonably held in this climate. In the other, Iraq, the parliamentary elections of May 12 appear to be won by the Sairoon (On the Move) list, which is headed by. . .

Ted Rall (2018-05-16). Pulling Out of Iran Nuke Deal Makes US Look Awful. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the nuclear weapons deal that President Obama cut with Iran brings with it a number of negative ramifications. First and foremost, this unilateral act of reckless brinkmanship increases the chance of war. That's unconscionable. By the way, Iran isn't like Afghanistan or Iraq: it's More

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-05-16). Fox News Guest Seriously Says Three-Fifths Compromise Gave 'Humanhood to Black People&#039. alternet.org This came after he told another panelist to "just shut up. " | From the May 15 edition of Fox News' The Ingraham Angle: LEO TERRELL: Let me just simply say this, Laura, since I love history and government. When this constitution was created, me, because I was black, I was considered three-fifths of a human being. KEVIN JACKSON: That's just nonsense. TERRELL: He's absolutely right about the historical shame of blacks being considered property when this country was created. [. . . ]JACKSON: First of all the Three-Fifths Compromise was essentially what this particular gentleman doesn't understand was it was to give humanhood to black people. Spike Lee learned that and it was an embarrassment to him. So all this nonsense about America, look, where do you want to live? Related Stories: Here's Why Demands to 'Respect' Trump Voters Are a Trap — And How Democrats Can Win AnywaySpike Lee Goes Off on 'Motherf*****' Trump at Cannes for Failure to Denounce Hate GroupsMedia Outlets Are Having Trouble Keeping Up with Hate Crime Reports in Trump Era

Norman Solomon (2018-05-16). It's the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible. truthdig.com I've written many hundreds of columns. The one below has caused me the most uncertainty about going public with it. | I'm accustomed to writing about facts, quotes, documented history, while offering assessments. But this piece extrapolates from the current zeitgeist, going into realms of events that must be speculative and—until too late—unprovable. | Diary | So lucky to be here. Tiny island of dreams. | The serenity is unbelievable, except I want to believe it. Bluest waves with silver froth. Sun through the palms is damn near orgasmic. And solitude! If I can't finish the book here, it'll be my own fault. |

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Saree Makdisi (2018-05-16). Kill and Kill and Kill. counterpunch.org Two spectacles unfolded in Palestine on Monday. In Gaza, Israeli army snipers shot and killed 58 Palestinians—including six children—and injured almost three thousand others amid scenes of smoke, fire, teargas, dust, agony and blood. At exactly the same time, to the tinkling of champagne glasses at a glittering reception barely fifty miles away in Jerusalem, Jared Kushner and an elegant Ivanka Trump oversaw the opening of Donald Trump's new embassy there. The juxtaposition of these two contemporaneous scenes encapsulates at a single glance the entirety of Zionism's murderous conflict with the Palestinian people. More

Chris Wright (2018-05-16). Imprisoned for a Day: a Personal Reflection. counterpunch.org In a world defined by social atomization, bureaucratization, and ant-like regimentation along institutionally sanctioned channels that exist but to uphold hierarchies of power, it is practically a moral obligation for anyone who wants to be fully human to break out of his bubble and, if possible, experience the world as "the other" does. In particular, as More

John Wojcik (2018-05-16). Trump and his GOP Congress: Complicit in crimes against democracy. peoplesworld.org Rudy Giuliani, the newest addition to President Trump's legal defense team, has added his voice to the list of Republicans demanding that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrap up his investigations of the president and those around him, claiming, as did Vice President Pence last week, that there has been no finding of proof of "collusion" […]…

Jonah Raskin (2018-05-16). Warriors Not Victims: George Jackson and Fay Stender. counterpunch.org "All my life I've done exactly what I wanted to do just when I wanted, no more, perhaps less sometimes, but never more, which explains why I had to be jailed." — — George Jackson, 1970 | Her name and her reputation are now largely forgotten, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Fay More

Staff (2018-05-16). Package-Bomb Caused Southern California Blast. truthdig.com LOS ANGELES—An explosive package targeted an office in a Southern California medical building, causing a blast that left a woman dead and three other people injured, two officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. | The explosion happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday in Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) south of Los Angeles. The blast blew siding off the walls, exposing insulation and framing and shattering windows at the two-story building that houses medical offices. | The two officials said the explosion appeared to be an intentional act caused by a package that specifically targeted the office where the blast occurred. | A woman was killed and three other people were injured in the explosion. One of the officials said one of those people was believed to be the target. | The officials were briefed on the investigation but not authorized to…

Katalina Khoury (2018-05-16). Making Development Anthropology More Public: A Study of Displacement and Resettlement by the World Bank. counterpunch.org Development anthropologists embody a niche existence that is not always easy to navigate. There are naysayers and antagonists to the discipline on all sides of the political field; the hegemonic scientific and economic communities overwhelmingly discount the value of social science and the knowledge it generates; and policymakers often do not prioritize development issues. Development More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-16). Senate Intel Committee Splits from Nunes-Led House Panel — Agrees Putin Interfered in 2016 to Help Trump. alternet.org "There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with out 2016 elections. " | The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday split from their colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee, agreeing with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help then-candidate Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. The announcement of the completed review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian activities in the 2016 U. S. elections was announced in a press release from committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) on Wednesday. "We so no reason to dispute the [IC] conclusions," Burr said. "There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with out 2016 elections. Committee vice chairman Mark Warner (D-CA) agreed the ICA conclusions "were accurate and on point," adding Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the interference. . .

Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos (2018-05-16). Paul Ryan Is Lying to the Public About His Real Position on DREAMers—He's Actually Trying to Deport Them. alternet.org The outgoing majority leader's actions clearly demonstrate that he wants them gone. | In January 2017, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan assured a frightened Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient and her young daughter that they had nothing to worry about: "I want you to know that DACA has helped me. Do you think that I should be deported? " the woman asked, standing alongside her daughter. "No," Ryan replied. "First of all, I can see that you love your daughter and you are a nice person who has a great future ahead of you, and I hope your future is here. The young mom does indeed deserve the chance to have a great future, and that future should be here in the only country she's ever known as home. Ryan, on the other hand, was full of shit: Ryan in a closed-door meeting. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-16). Lawsuit: Trump Using New Citizenship Question on Census to Raise Campaign Cash. mintpressnews.com Republican President Donald Trump — days before his Commerce Department announced the Census Bureau's citizenship questions — used his approval of the query as a tactic to raise campaign cash.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-16). Ex-White House Staffers Can't Find Jobs After Working For Trump: 'Not Everyone Can Get a Gig at Fox News'. alternet.org The president said he would hire the "best people. " He never said that's who his staffers would be working for. | Working for the White House is often a career goal for the politically-inclined, the kind of job policy nerds dream about during their high school civics classes. But, as the conservative Washington Examiner reports, working for President Donald Trump's administration might be more of a career-ending move than a strategic undertaking. "During my time there I was thinking: 'Is this experience going to hurt me or help me? '" a former administration aide told the Examiner. "He is a polarizing president. Some people love what he says and some people hate it. "Another person said that staffers who are not considering the impact the Trump name may have on their resumes "are king of stupid. ""The people who have left on their own terms are. . .

Ramona Wadi (2018-05-16). Painting "The Return" — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border. mintpressnews.com "Everyone resists in their own way — the revolutionary youth with slingshots and stones, the photographer with the camera, and the artists with their pencils. All of us are delivering the same message to the world: we have the right to get our homeland back." – Artist Amna Alsalmi

Mark Harris (2018-05-16). No One is Coming to Save Us, Except Ourselves. counterpunch.org I first heard of the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano years ago from a Chicago associate, a medical editor for whom I had once worked. He was a generation ahead of me in age, a former monk with a taste for flea markets, literature, and theater. He actually wasn't much interested in politics, beyond a general concern for human More

Staff (2018-05-16). Bill Gates Has Given $44 Million to Shape Education. truthdig.com According to an Associated Press analysis, the spending paid for research aligned with his interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in writing Tennessee's new education plan.

James Carey (2018-05-16). Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea's Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations. mintpressnews.com With all of these parties coming into negotiations surrounding the DPRK, one question that is important to ask is, what does Pyongyang hope to achieve? The US media often asks the question, yet fails to provide an answer based on what North Korea actually says.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). 'Trump Was Lying Then or Is Lying Now': Michael Avenatti Slams the President's Latest Disclosure. alternet.org "You can't reconcile this disclosure with what he previously stated to the American people on Air Force One. " | Michael Avenatti phoned in to MSNBC Wednesday and slammed the contradictions in President Donald Trump's statements about a hush money payment to the porn star who says she had an affair with him back in 2006. Avenatti represents Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, in her lawsuit against the president and his attorney Michael Cohen to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed in October 2016 in exchange for $130,000. Trump and Cohen initially denied that the president had any involvement in or knowledge of the payment, but it has since been revealed that Trump did reimburse Cohen for the payment. On Tuesday, Trump filed a financial disclosure form that admitted to such a payment to Cohen in 2017. The fact that Trump previously did. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-16). Here Are the 5 Biggest Bombshells from Senate Transcripts on the Trump Tower Meeting. alternet.org The massive document dump creates more questions than it answers. | The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday released transcripts and hundreds of pages of related materials from interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and other key players in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Here are the 5 biggest bombshells from that release. 1. A Mysterious Blocked CallerAfter speaking with Emin Agalarov, who set up the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Donald Trump Jr. made an 11-minute phone call to a blocked number—and told the Senate Judiciary Committee he can't remember who he spoke with. As CNN's Jim Sciutto highlights, Democrats have noted that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testified that then-candidate Donald Trump's "primary residence has a blocked number. "2. 'Admitting' CollusionAfter news of the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower meeting became public, participant "Ike" Kaveladze received an email from an "unknown. . .

Ilana Novick (2018-05-16). Sanders Institute Offers a Fix for Our Abysmal Voter Turnouts. truthdig.com Open primaries, early voting and automatic voter registration are just three steps that states can take, according to the progressive think tank founded by the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-16). Trump's Newly-Released Financial Report Provides More Evidence That He Lied About Stormy Daniels. alternet.org The president keeps highlighting his own dishonesty. | President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen $130,000 for the hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, according to the president's just released government financial disclosure form. The form is required by law, and it must include any debts of $10,000 or more. The Office of Government Ethics released the report Wednesday afternoon, and separately stated that Trump should have disclosed the payment. NBC News reports: "In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as 'reportable liabilities' . . . in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump's attorneys, Michael Cohen," a note at the bottom of Page 45 of the 92-page report states. "Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be. . .

Alvaro Huerta (2018-05-16). Latina/o Immigrants in the Racist Era of Trump. counterpunch.org President Donald J. Trump represents an existential threat to immigrants in the United States. Trump's immigration rhetoric and policies consist of racist, xenophobic, enforcement-only and divisive (i.e., "us-versus-them") political positions. Moreover, Trump's domestic positions on immigration interconnect with his foreign diplomacy based on isolationist and unilateralist policies. While former U.S. presidents espoused (and implemented) similar More

Staff (2018-05-16). Ozone-Eating Chemical Emissions on the Rise. truthdig.com In 1987, countries around the world agreed to phase out chlorofluorocarbons, and emissions fell. But in 2013, a study shows, they began rising again around China, Mongolia and the Koreas.

Kevin Proescholdt (2018-05-16). Voice of the Wilderness: the Life of Stewart Brandborg. counterpunch.org On April 14th, wilderness legend Stewart M. "Brandy" Brandborg broke camp one last time from his home in Hamilton, Montana, and headed over the Divide. He was 93. Brandy was a giant in the wilderness movement, and the last surviving architect of the 1964 Wilderness Act. A wildlife biologist by training, Brandy conducted groundbreaking field More

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-16). The White House Just Completely Eliminated Its Top Cybersecurity Job. alternet.org The new national security adviser said the role isn't necessary anymore. | Less than two years after Russia penetrated state election systems, the White House has eliminated the cybersecurity coordinator position on the National Security Council. A memorandum circulated by an aide to the new national security adviser, John R. Bolton, said the post was no longer considered necessary because lower-level officials had already made cybersecurity issues a "core function" of the president's national security team. Can someone please ask John Bolton if he's eliminating all the other top-level jobs overseeing things that are also done by lower-level officials? Including the things he thinks are important, like, uh, bombing countries? I didn't think so. Bolton appears to think he's still living in the George W. Bush years, the last time he was in government: Mr. Bolton has virtually no cyber-related experience.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-16). Mueller Subpoenas Social Media Expert Who Worked With Longtime Trump Adviser Roger Stone During The Campaign. alternet.org The move suggests the special counsel is honing in on Stone's link to WikiLeaks. | Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a social media expertwho advised Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential campaign, Reuters reports. Jason Sullivan, who worked for Stone's pro-Trump political action committee, received the subpoenas last week, and provide insight into Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. As Reuters notes, Mueller is likely probing how much Stone knew about a hack orchestrated by the Russian government and disseminated via WikiLeaks. Stone has denied any wrongdoing. As Reuters reports, "Mueller also has been probing whether anyone associated with the Trump campaign may have helped Assange or the Russians time or target the release of hacked emails and other social media promoting Trump or critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. " | p. p1 {margin: 0. 0px 0. 0px 0. 0px 0. 0px; font: 11. 0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} | p. p2 {margin: 0. 0px 0. 0px 0. 0px 0. 0px; font: 11. 0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 13. 0px} | span. s1 {font-kerning: none}. . .

Gary Leupp (2018-05-16). Hizbollah's Victory And The US-Iran Conflict. iranian.com 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 […]

Staff (2018-05-16). Senate Panel Backs Gina Haspel for CIA Chief. truthdig.com Winning support from eight Republicans and two Democrats on the Intelligence Committee, her confirmation vote by the full Senate could take place before the end of the week.

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj (2018-05-16). They Want War With Iran, They're Settling For Economic War. iranian.com On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Valiollah Seif, governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist," accusing him of moving " millions of dollars on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to Hezbollah." OFAC's move opened a new front in the […]

John Reuwer, M.D. (2018-05-16). Imagining Alternatives to More War in Syria. counterpunch.org Last month we read of yet another missile attack on Syria paid for by U.S., British, and French taxpayers as "punishment" of the Assad regime's alleged used of chemical weapons. We could ask who made these governments judge, jury and executioners, or how this punishes a dictator safe in his palace, but a more useful More

Mehr News (2018-05-16). Iran Celebrates National Ferdowsi Day. iranian.com Iranians gathered on May 16th to pay tribute to Hakim Abul-Qasim Ferdowsi in the city of Mashhad. Ferdowsi, a renowned literary figure whose "Shahnameh" is considered as the world's longest epic poetry written by a single poet.

Martha Rosenberg (2018-05-16). Pharma Paid and Trump Delivered. counterpunch.org How high are Pharma's prices? Novartis wants $475,000 a patient for its new cancer therapy. Hep C drugs cost $95,000 for a course of treatment. The immune drug, Actimmune, costs $52,321.80 a month. The parasite drug Daraprim costs $45,000 a month. And the gallstone drug Chenodal costs $42,570 a month. More

Daniel Warner (2018-05-16). Of Babies, Marriages and Illiberal Democracies. counterpunch.org Newspaper front pages are showing pictures of a British royal baby and preparation for a royal wedding in one of the world's oldest democracies while in Poland, Hungary, Austria and other countries serious questions are being raised about the decline of democracy. Why are people so fascinated by the birth of Prince Louis Arthur and More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-05-16). The Commercial Heavens. counterpunch.org Politicians have been clambering to the top extolling something that has yet to exist. Scientists are claiming a job boom that has yet to transpire. Much fantasy and speculation dominate the creation of Australia's Space Agency, an organisation that remains inchoate despite being launched on Monday by the appropriately named Michaelia Cash. Former CSIRO boss More

Ed Rampell (2018-05-16). Good when she's bad: Bawdy bard Mae West's 'Sex' appeals. peoplesworld.org here.

Dennis Webster (2018-05-16). When Homes are Built in the Dark and Demolished in Daylight. counterpunch.org Recently burnt grass crunches under foot. Beneath the ash, green shoots are beginning to reappear. But it is not the only new growth. It is early afternoon on Friday 11 May. Around 30 people move swiftly across a large and vacant piece of land owned by the Witwatersrand Gold Mining Trust. They are mapping out More

teleSUR (2018-05-16). What the United States Could Learn from Venezuelan Democracy. mintpressnews.com Vice President Mike Pence called on Venezuela to suspend its upcoming elections, only months after having clamored for them to be held. But is the United States really the model democracy it claims to be?

Michael Nigro (2018-05-16). 'Poverty Is Violence': First Day of Action of the Poor People's Campaign (Photo Essay). truthdig.com Editor's note: To document the Poor People's Campaign, Truthdig has launched its first fully reader-funded project. Please help us provide firsthand accounts of this activism by making a donation. | The Poor People's Campaign began Monday in Washington, D.C., as thousands of activists joined the Revs. William Barber II and Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the campaign, as well as leaders of the Women's March and other public figures. More than 200 people were arrested. | Truthdig correspondent Michael Nigro's photo essay on the beginning of the protest, which is focused on the theme "Somebody Is Hurting Our People: Children, Women and People with Disabilities in Poverty," is part one of our exclusive coverage. | PHOTO ESSAY | 26 photosThe Poor People's Campaign: 'Poverty Is Violence' | Inspired by Martin Luther King's first iteration of the movement, the new…

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Burundi: Referendum marred by harassment and intimidation. amnesty.org A constitutional referendum in Burundi that could extend the president's term in office has been severely marred by a government crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said ahead of Thursday's vote. | President Pierre Nkurunziza may be able to remain in power until 2034 if a proposed amendment to the constitution is adopted, but the run-up to the referendum has been tainted by violence and increasing repression of dissent. | | "Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the country since 2015 in fear for their lives — including many leading activists and…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-16). Ukraine: Radical Groups Disrupt LGBTI Event. hrw.org Kyiv police waiting outside the venue where an Amnesty International event was disrupted by members of radical groups. Kyiv, Ukraine. May 10, 2018. | © Tanya Cooper/Human Rights Watch | (Kyiv) — Members of radical nationalist groups violently disrupted a May 10, 2018 discussion in Kyiv about LGBTI rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite the intruders' aggressive behavior and threats of violence, the Kyiv police did not remove them from the event or the premises, and the owner of the site canceled the event. | A Human Rights Watch researcher was due to speak at the event, which was open to the public, and was there during the incident. | "It was clear from the way the police responded that nationalists can get away with this kind of violent and disruptive behavior in Ukraine,"

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Zambia: Activist held immediately after returning home: Fumba Chama. amnesty.org Fumba Chama, affectionately known as Pilato, was arrested on 16 May on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka. He had been forced to flee the country on 5 January after receiving threats on his life from members of the ruling Party, Patriotic Front.

RT (2018-05-16). USAF test-fires nuclear-capable Minuteman III ballistic missile (VIDEO). rt.com The US Air Force has test-fired its Minuteman III ballistic missile with the goal of verifying its "readiness and effectiveness." Developed during the Cold War, the missile is capable of carrying three nuclear warheads. |
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RT (2018-05-16). Senate Intelligence Committee votes to advance Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA director. rt.com Gina Haspel is a step closer to becoming the next CIA director after the US Senate Intelligence Committee voted to advance her nomination. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-16). Gambia: Ex-President Tied to 2005 Murders of Ghanaian and Nigerian Migrants. hrw.org A paramilitary unit controlled by then-Gambian president Yahya Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaian, Nigerian, and other West African migrants in July 2005. | (Accra) — A paramilitary unit controlled by then- Gambian president Yahya Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaian, Nigerian, and other West African migrants in July 2005, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said today. | Interviews with 30 former Gambian officials, including 11 officers directly involved in the incident, reveal that the migrants, who were bound for Europe but were suspected of being mercenaries intent on overthrowing Jammeh, were murdered after having been detained by Jammeh's closest deputies in the army, navy, and police forces. The witnesses identified the "Junglers," a notorious unit that took its orders directly from Jammeh, as those who carried out the killings. | "The West African migrants weren't murdered…

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Zambia: Musician and activist 'Pilato' must be released immediately and unconditionally. amnesty.org The arrest of musician and activist Fumba Chama, also known as 'Pilato', is a shocking demonstration of how far the Zambian government is prepared to go to strangle all criticism and crack down on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today. | | Pilato was arrested at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport this afternoon on his return home after spending four months in Johannesburg, South Africa. He left Zambia in early January after receiving threats in response to his song Koswe Mumpoto (rat in the pot), which was interpreted as criticising President Edgar Lungu and his ruling Patriotic Front (PF) ministers. | A warrant for Pilato's arrest was issued on 5 February after…

Ryan Grim (2018-05-16). Qatari Investor: Michael Cohen Asked Me For a Million Dollars. theintercept.com In the blink of a Michael Avenatti tweet, Ahmed al-Rumaihi has suddenly found himself internet-famous. It began on Sunday evening, when the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels posted a screenshot of video footage from Trump Tower's lobby, recorded on December 12, 2016. | Viral speculation followed, with online detectives identifying al-Rumaihi, the former head of a $100 billion wing of the Qatari sovereign wealth fund, in the image and linking him to a Russia-Qatar deal to sell a portion of the oil company Rosneft, which had been referenced in the Steele dossier, a set of raw intelligence reports compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. | From there, Slate took over, headlining a piece late Monday night: "Michael Cohen's Meetings With Michael Flynn and a Qatari Diplomat Might Be the Key to Unlocking the Steele Dossier."

RT (2018-05-16). 'No focus on Russian activities' – Donald Jr. on Trump Tower meeting in interview transcripts. rt.com The 2016 Trump Tower meeting set up to reveal dirt on Hillary Clinton "infuriated" Jared Kushner, was a "waste of time" and had nothing to do with Clinton, according to transcripts of interviews with the meeting's participants.
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Jon Schwarz (2018-05-16). Gazans Have the Right to Invade Israel — At Least If You Believe One of Israel's Justifications for the Six-Day War. theintercept.com In a speech available on the IDF's website, Israeli diplomat Abba Eban argued that blockades are acts of war that justify an armed response.

RT (2018-05-16). 'Raw, silent beauty': Astronaut captures spectacular lightning storm from space (VIDEO). rt.com Ever wondered what lightning looks like from space? Well, wonder no more because NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold has released extraordinary footage showing numerous flashes lighting up North America.
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RT (2018-05-16). Tucker Carlson goes bananas after ex-cop claims AR-15 can shoot 150 rounds in 15 seconds (VIDEO). rt.com An on-air spat between Tucker Carlson and an ex-cop running for congress spiraled out of control after the Fox host tore apart the candidate's dubious claim that an AR-15 can fire 150 rounds in 15 seconds.
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RT (2018-05-16). Coups R US: RT documentary looks at US 'humanitarian' interventions & regime changes. rt.com In the new RT documentary Coups R US, prominent American journalist Stephen Kinzer examines the rationale and impact of Washington's interventions, from complacent colonialism in Hawaii to regime change in Libya.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-16). Germany/Russia: Merkel To Meet Putin. hrw.org German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Kay Nietfeld, Pool | (Berlin) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 18, 2018 in Sochi is a crucial opportunity to press for the release of a wrongfully detained Russian human rights defender and to raise other key human rights issues, Human Rights Watch said today. | The human rights defender, Oyub Titiev, director of the leading Russian human rights organization Memorial in Grozny, Chechnya, has been held since January 9. | "A phone call from President Putin to the Chechen authorities could ensure Oyub Titiev's freedom," said Wenzel Michalski, Germany director at Human Rights Watch.

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Somaliland: Deux hommes condamnés pour avoir exercé leur droit à la liberté d'expression. amnesty.org Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud et Boqor Osman aw Muhamed Mohamed ont été déclarés coupables d'avoir exercé publiquement leur droit à la liberté d'expression.

RT (2018-05-16). Public outrage as top Baltimore cop charged with tax evasion. rt.com The resignation of the Baltimore Police Commissioner, charged by federal prosecutors for failing to file federal tax returns, has sparked fierce public debate over how the issue has been handled and the mayor's credibility. |
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RT (2018-05-16). 'We'll see what happens' says Trump as N. Korean summit put in limbo. rt.com The will-they, won't-they dance between the US and North Korea took another turn on Wednesday as President Donald Trump said he'll insist on denuclearization should the mooted summit take place.
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amnesty.org (2018-05-16). USA: Another blow for truth and accountability: Senate Committee approves Haspel nomination to CIA Director. amnesty.org On 16 May 2018 the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted ten to five in support of Gina Haspel's nomination to the post of Director of the CIA. The nomination will now go to the full Senate. It should vote against Gina Haspel's confirmation.

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Ukraine: The Authorities' Inaction Emboldens Rising Violence by The Far-Right. amnesty.org The authorities in Ukraine have consistently failed to prevent and punish violence by "far-right" groups, which has grown steadily since at least 2015. The victims of this violence and threats of violence, including women and LGBTI rights activists, "left-wing" political activists, Roma families, and other individuals and groups targeted by member of "far-right" groups, remain vulnerable to further attacks, intimidation and harassment. The Ukrainian authorities must respond to this issue with clear policy of "zero-tolerance" of such violence and immediate actions that seek to bring the perpetrators to account and protect the victims.

Glenn Greenwald (2018-05-16). Ecuador's Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as "Torture" theintercept.com Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, in an exclusive interview with The Intercept on Wednesday morning, denounced his country's current government for blocking Julian Assange from receiving visitors in its embassy in London as a form of "torture" and a violation of Ecuador's duties to protect Assange's safety and well-being. Correa said this took place in the context of Ecuador no longer maintaining "normal sovereign relations with the American government — just submission." | Correa also responded to a widely discussed Guardian article yesterday, which claimed that "Ecuador bankrolled a multimillion-dollar spy operation to protect and support Julian Assange in its central London embassy." The former president mocked the story as highly "sensationalistic," accusing The Guardian of seeking to depict routine and modest embassy security measures as something scandalous or unusual. | On March 27, Assange's internet access at the Ecuadorian Embassy in…

RT (2018-05-16). Red alert: Hawaii volcano threatens nearby air traffic (VIDEO, PHOTOS). rt.com Ash and fiery projectiles exploding from the Kilauea volcano have forced Hawaii authorities to issue an aviation red alert warning pilots to steer clear of the erupting shield crater.
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David Dayen (2018-05-16). Bill Aimed at Saving Community Banks Is Already Killing Them. theintercept.com After initial reluctance, House Republicans have finally reached an agreement to move forward on a bipartisan bank deregulation bill that the Senate passed in March. Its stated aim — to help rural community banks thrive against growing Wall Street power — appears to have been enough to power it across the finish line. | But banking industry analysts say the bill is already having the opposite effect, and its loosening of regulations on medium-sized banks is encouraging a rush of consolidation — all of which ends with an increasing number of community banks being swallowed up and closed down. | "We absolutely expect bank consolidation to accelerate," Wells Fargo's Mike Mayo told CNBC the day after the Senate passed the deregulation bill in March. The reason? Banks no longer face the prospect of stricter and more costly regulatory scrutiny as they…

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Somaliland: Men convicted for exercising freedom of speech: Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud and Boqor Osman aw Muhamed Mohamed. amnesty.org Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud and Boqor Osman aw Muhamed Mohamed have been convicted for publicly exercising their rights to the freedom of expression.

RT (2018-05-16). Found some grenades? US Air Force offering $5k reward for missing munitions. rt.com An armored box containing US Air Force grenade rounds is missing and could be lying idly somewhere in the countryside of North Dakota.
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amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Malaysia: Release of prisoner of conscience Anwar Ibrahim a momentous day for human rights. amnesty.org The release of long-time Malaysian opposition leader and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Anwar Ibrahim is a landmark moment for human rights in the country, the organization said today. | Anwar, who has twice been imprisoned on politically motivated "sodomy" and corruption charges, received a royal pardon following last week's election win for the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad. Amnesty International has campaigned on Anwar's case for 20 years. | "Anwar should never have been jailed in the first place, and his long overdue release is an important step towards the restoration of justice and human rights in Malaysia after so many years of political persecution by previous governments," said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General. | "This day should go down as a landmark moment for human rights in the country, but the new government must not stop here.

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Ukraine: Violent disruption threatens Equality Festival. amnesty.org The Ukrainian Police in the western Ukrainian town of Chernivtsi have advised the organizers of the Equality Festival to move it away from the city centre to an undisclosed location because far-right groups have threatened the event and are set on disrupting it. The police also claim that they are unable to offer a sufficient number of officers to protect the festival despite reports that members of different far-right groups from across Ukraine are planning to travel to Chernivtsi for the festival.

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Viet Nam: Serious health concerns for prisoner of conscience: Trần Anh Kim. amnesty.org Trần Anh Kim was convicted and sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment for "carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the Peoples' administration" in 2016. At 69 years of age, his health is deteriorating and according to his wife, "may not survive his lengthy imprisonment" as authorities have denied him adequate medical care. A prisoner of conscience, Trần Anh Kim must be immediately and unconditionally released.

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Libya: Shameful EU policies fuel surge in detention of migrants and refugees. amnesty.org A surge in migrants and refugees intercepted at sea by the Libyan authorities has seen at least 2,600 people transferred, in the past two months alone, to squalid detention centres where they face torture and extortion, Amnesty International said today. | The global human rights organisation accuses European governments of complicity in these abuses by actively supporting the Libyan authorities in stopping sea crossings and sending people back to detention centres in Libya. | "The EU is turning a blind eye to the suffering caused by its callous immigration policies that outsource border control to Libya," said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Director. |

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). USA: Intellectual disability claim as execution set: Clifton Williams. amnesty.org Clifton Williams is due to be executed in Texas on 21 June for a murder committed in 2005. The courts have rejected the claim that he has intellectual disability. His lawyers are seeking further review on this issue, as well as pursuing executive clemency.

RT (2018-05-16). The art of disaster: 5 times Trump kept election promises, but probably shouldn't have (VIDEO). rt.com Donald Trump has been hailed as a leader who keeps his promises. But the horrific violence and diplomatic rows in the wake of the US embassy's move to Jerusalem illustrate how not all campaign pledges are created equal.
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Sharon Lerner (2018-05-16). Scott Pruitt's Policy Director at EPA Met with Hundreds of Industry Representatives, Emails Show. theintercept.com The emails of former EPA senior counsel Samantha Dravis show more than 90 meetings with industry, compared with one environmental or public health group.

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). Bahrain: Citizenship of 115 people revoked in 'ludicrous' mass trial. amnesty.org Responding to the news that a court in Bahrain yesterday revoked the citizenship of 115 people and handed 53 of them life sentences on terrorism-related charges, Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International, said: | "The sheer scale of this mass trial is ludicrous; it is hard to believe that justice can have been delivered through a fair trial process when this number of people are simultaneously sentenced. | "This is one of the most severe rulings yet, and is further proof that the Bahrain authorities have no regard whatsoever for international fair trial standards. | | "The…

amnesty.org (2018-05-16). #FreeLiuXia. amnesty.org

RT (2018-05-16). Twitter to de-rank 'trolls,' provokes conservative anger over 'censorship'. rt.com Twitter's announcement that it will limit the visibility of tweets from what it calls 'troll accounts' was met with anger by conservatives and free-speech advocates, who see it as another turn of the screw towards censorship. |
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amnesty.org (2018-05-16). KENYA: EVICTING THE FOREST GUARDIANS. amnesty.org

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2018-05-15). Malaysia's Elections: The Trust Deficit, the 1MDB-Najib Money-Laundering Scandal and the BN Defeat. globalresearch.ca The significance of the fourteenth General Election goes beyond Malaysian shores. 9th May will be remembered as the day when the multi-ethnic population of a country ousted the world's longest ruling coalition through the ballot-box in a peaceful atmosphere …

Jared Yates Sexton, Salon (2018-05-15). 'They See Glory': Trump's Evangelical Base Sees Doomsday Prophecy in Gaza Violence — and They're Thrilled. alternet.org For Trump's most fanatical supporters, this is all part of the struggle against the Antichrist. | As the United States officially moved its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday, clashes in Gaza cast a dark pall over the ceremonies, which featured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, videotaped remarks from President Donald Trump and a speech by the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The violence — which resulted from Israeli forces firing on protesters and has so far cost more than 50 lives and more than 2,700 injuries — was a stark contrast to the pomp and circumstance celebrating what some have called a bold move by President Trump. Others, of course, have criticized it as a needless provocation. Critics of the decision worry it will effectively derail efforts to broker a peace between Israelis and Palestinians, in order to please. . .

Dr. Lachlan Forrow (2018-05-15). The 2017 "Abolish Nuclear Weapons" Nobel Peace Prize and the Doomsday Clock — The End of Nuclear Weapons or the End of Us? globalresearch.ca The awarding of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) may mark a turning point in efforts to ensure that humanity survives the nuclear-weapons era. The urgency of ICAN's work was recently highlighted …

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…

True Publica (2018-05-15). Iran — America's Playbook of War Reopens. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Tero Varjoranta | Almost universally missing from the UK's mainstream media coverage of the current Iran crisis is the fact that the UN's most senior nuclear inspector has unexpectedly 'resigned.' AP News 12/05/18: The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog says …

DPCR (2018-05-15). Is Putin's Strategy Finally Beginning to Work? globalresearch.ca I have explained Russian President Valdimir Putin's Christian practice of turning the other cheek to Western provocations as a strategy to convey to Europe that Russia is reasonable but Washington is not and that Russia is not a threat …

Hans Stehling (2018-05-15). Why Israel Will Not Continue along the Same Path for Another 70 Years. globalresearch.ca The logic is inescapable. In 1917 when the British government of David Lloyd George issued the Balfour Declaration, his then cabinet consisted predominately of either Nonconformist or Evangelical Christian churchgoers whose beliefs were governed by the texts of the Bible. …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-15). Oklahoma GOP Candidate Denies Advocating Euthanasia for Poor and Disabled People. alternet.org Christopher Barnett claims his Facebook account was hacked and that offensive posts were added by someone else. | Oklahoma Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Barnett apparently made repugnant comments over the weekend advocating euthanasia for poor and disabled people who are unable to support themselves — but he now argues that the remarks were fraudulently made in his name. The issue first erupted when a series of posts and comments raised the disturbing ideas on Barnett's campaign Facebook page. The remarks have since been removed, but several outlets and others documented them before they were taken down. The comments came in reply to an initial poll posted on the page asking: "Should a person be required to apply for 2 jobs a week if receiving Food stamps and take any job offered to them to gain employment and if they refuse, they lose their. . .

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-15). North Korean Regime Says Trump Will Be a 'Failed President' If He Insists on Denuclearization: Report. alternet.org The announcement signals a major setback in the United States' diplomatic efforts. | Undermining months of hope ahead of a promised summit between the United States and North Korea, the regime announced late Tuesday night Eastern Time that it will abandon the talks if Washington insists it must unilaterally disarm, according to multiple reports. It said that President Donald Trump will be a " failed president" if he follows the paths of his predecessors, who insisted that North Korea could not be permitted to have nuclear weapons for the long term. Trump and Kim Jong-un are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12. On the country's state-run media, a spokesperson said that North Korea would not accept "Libya-style denuclearization," Reuters reported. Many observers have noted that the fate of Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed after having voluntarily given up Libya's nuclear. . .

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

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-15). Israel, 200 armas nucleares apontadas para o Irà£o. globalresearch.ca A decisà£o dos Estados Unidos de sair do acordo nuclear iraniano — assinado em 2015, por Teerà£o, pelos 5 membros permanentes do Conselho de Seguranàßa da ONU e pela Alemanha — provoca uma situaàßà£o de extremo perigo nà£o só para …

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-15). MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Can Barely Believe the Outrageous Story of the Military's Missing Box of Grenades. alternet.org The people who are supposed to be in charge of U. S. nuclear weapons couldn't keep track of. . . a box of grenades. | Try as she might, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow could not wipe the expression of bafflement and disbelief off her face as she reported an outrageous story of a missing box of grenades Tuesday night. "This is how the gods welcome me home from vacation," she said. Here are the basics: The Air Force is now offering $5,000 for any help with the return of a box of grenades that the 91st Missile Wing Security Forces team lost in its travels between two nuclear weapons sites in North Dakota. The box apparently fell off the back of a truck. About 100 officers were sent out to the road where it was likely misplaced, but they've had no luck in recovering the explosives. Don't be. . .

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-15). Israele, 200 armi nucleari puntate sull'Iran. globalresearch.ca La decisione degli Stati uniti di uscire dall'accordo sul nucleare iraniano — stipulato nel 2015 da Teheran con i 5 membri permanenti del Consiglio di sicurezza dell'ONU più la Germania — provoca una situazione di estrema pericolosità non solo per …

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

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

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-05-15). Don't Claim Trump's Doing Nothing — He's Destroying the Federal Government as We Know It. alternet.org Trump is draining the swamp — of anyone remotely competent or qualified. Rebuilding government may be impossible | His "ethics reform" plan was: First: I am going to re-institute a 5-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for 5 years after they leave government service. I am going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order. Second: I am going to ask Congress to institute its own 5-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs. Third: I am going to expand the definition of lobbyist so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know they are lobbyists. Fourth: I am going to issue a lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a. . .

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