2018-05-16: Social Media Postees

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5 LGBTI activists to look out for this IDAHOTB 2018
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-17
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…
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Blowback: The Costs of War Continue to Soar in the Trump Era
Tom Engelhardt | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America's war on terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that's at least $23,386 per taxpayer. | Keep in mind that such figures, however eye-popping, are only the dollar costs of our wars. They don't, for instance, include the psychic costs to the Americans mangled in one way or another in those never-ending conflicts. They don't include the costs to this country's infrastructure, which has been crumbling while taxpayer dollars flow copiously and in a remarkably — in these years, almost uniquely –…

Blowback: The Costs of War Continue to Soar in the Trump Era

Girls Assaulted by Doctor Win $500 Million Settlement
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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…
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Iran To Produce 400 Two Seater Electric Vehicles
Tadeh Alexani | iranian.com | 2018-05-16
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 […] | The post Iran To Produce 400 Two Seater Electric Vehicles appeared first on The Iranian.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls: War, Peace and John McCain
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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EU Chief Blasts Trump in Push to Save Iran Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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…
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NYT's Thomas Friedman Explains How Trump Screwed Up the Israel Embassy Deal: 'They're Laughing at Him&#039
Sarah Burris, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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,. . .
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Ronan Farrow Says Rex Tillerson Admitted to Him That He Didn't Actually Know How to Do His Job
AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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'…
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Can Palestinians Be Killed by Israelis? Or Do They Only 'Die'?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
Social media is outraged by the language Western media use to describe the peacefully protesting Palestinians shot in cold blood by Israeli snipers. | The post Can Palestinians Be Killed by Israelis? Or Do They Only 'Die'? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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America Recedes from Dominance in Afghanistan and Iraq
Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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. . .
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Pulling Out of Iran Nuke Deal Makes US Look Awful
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Senate Panel Backs Gina Haspel for CIA Chief
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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. | The post Senate Panel Backs Gina Haspel for CIA Chief appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela, US Press and Politicians Dream of a Coup
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2018-05-16
When are elections free and fair, according to corporate media? When the US government says they are. | The May 20 Venezuelan presidential elections pit Hugo Chavez's successor, President Nicolas Maduro, against opposition challenger Henri Falcon. Maduro has called for the United Nations to observe and oversee the contest. Despite calling for elections throughout 2017, many local opposition groups, together with the US government, have demanded no observers should come, arguing that it would "validate" the elections, and have preemptively decided they will not recognize the victor. Miami Herald ( 5/2/18) | The US State Department ( 2/8/18) has cast doubt on the validity of the elections, claiming they represent a "dismantling" of Venezuela's democracy, as "they do not have the agreement of all political parties." That the country is ruled by a dictator presiding over fake elections is taken as…
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Iran Celebrates National Ferdowsi Day
Mehr News | iranian.com | 2018-05-16
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. | The post Iran Celebrates National Ferdowsi Day appeared first on The Iranian.
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Making Development Anthropology More Public: A Study of Displacement and Resettlement by the World Bank
Katalina Khoury | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Of Babies, Marriages and Illiberal Democracies
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Warriors Not Victims: George Jackson and Fay Stender
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
"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…
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When Homes are Built in the Dark and Demolished in Daylight
Dennis Webster | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Ex-White House Staffers Can't Find Jobs After Working For Trump: 'Not Everyone Can Get a Gig at Fox News'
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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. . .
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Palestinians bury those gunned down by Israel
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-16
Palestinians buried their dead yesterday as thousands of people took part in protests to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or "Catastrophe"–the mass expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their land that accompanied the foundation of Israel in 1948. At least 61 people were killed on Monday when Israeli troops fired on unarmed …

Palestinians bury those gunned down by Israel

They Want War With Iran, They're Settling For Economic War
Esfandyar Batmanghelidj | iranian.com | 2018-05-16
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 […] | The post They Want War With Iran, They're Settling For Economic War appeared first on The Iranian.
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It's the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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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| Sort of knew I shouldn't bring the shortwave. That'll teach me to donate to NPR. Just can't resist a "thank you gift." Will crank it tomorrow. |
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| Wish I hadn't turned on the radio. BBC…
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Charles Busch's 'Die, Mommie, Die!' is apotheosis of campy gay melodrama
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-16

Charles Busch’s ‘Die, Mommie, Die!’ is apotheosis of campy gay melodrama

Trump and his GOP Congress: Complicit in crimes against democracy
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-16
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" …

Trump and his GOP Congress: Complicit in crimes against democracy

Israel Snipers Train Their Weapons On International Press
Frank Sellers | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
Three separate journalists, not for Palestinian news outlets, have reported being attacked by Israeli forces. While Israel says that it carefully considers each shot fired, if believed, would leave no other conclusion than that the IDF was intentionally trying to harm or liquidate journalists covering the conflict on the Israeli border. Specific information was reported by an Al-Jazeera reporter, who gave the following report to France24 news: | On Monday, protests at the Gaza border left 60 Palestinians dead and more than 2,000 wounded. Many images show people attacked by tear gas drones and injured by live bullets fired by Israeli snipers. Some videos suggest that the Israeli army is intentionally aiming at journalists covering these events. | In this video below, Al-Jazeera journalist Hoda Abdel-Hamid, a three-time Emmy award winner, hunches down as a bullet whizzes near her. She is…

Israel Snipers Train Their Weapons On International Press

NYT Edit Board Are Last Humans on Earth Who Believe US Neutral in Israel/Palestine Conflict
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2018-05-16
The fact that the United States favors Israel in its decades-long "conflict" with the Palestinians is not a subjective or abstract question; it's a well-established empirical fact. The US gives over $3 billion a year in military aid to Israel (more than the US spends on aid for the last seven countries it's bombed combined), and defends it from sanction almost uniformly at the UN Security Council. Israel's support from the US Congress borders on sycophantic. The US, on the other hand, gives no military aid to Palestine, and opposes resolutions that even acknowledge Palestine exists–much less support its resistance to Israeli occupation. The US gives some aid to the Israeli-approved and corrupt Palestinian Authority, but this largely serves to buy off the docile and unpopular PA. New York Times editorial ( 5/14/18): "For generations…
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Latina/o Immigrants in the Racist Era of Trump
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Package-Bomb Caused Southern California Blast
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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…
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Ozone-Eating Chemical Emissions on the Rise
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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. | The post Ozone-Eating Chemical Emissions on the Rise appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Good when she's bad: Bawdy bard Mae West's 'Sex' appeals
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-16

Good when she’s bad: Bawdy bard Mae West’s ‘Sex’ appeals

Painting "The Return" — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border
Ramona Wadi | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
"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 | The post Painting "The Return" — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border appeared first on MintPress News.

Painting “The Return” — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border

No One is Coming to Save Us, Except Ourselves
Mark Harris | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Pharma Paid and Trump Delivered
Martha Rosenberg | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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.
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Bill Gates Has Given $44 Million to Shape Education
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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. | The post Bill Gates Has Given $44 Million to Shape Education appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Kill and Kill and Kill
Saree Makdisi | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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.
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'Trump Was Lying Then or Is Lying Now': Michael Avenatti Slams the President's Latest Disclosure
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
"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. . .
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Paul Ryan Is Lying to the Public About His Real Position on DREAMers–He's Actually Trying to Deport Them
Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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. . .
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What the United States Could Learn from Venezuelan Democracy
teleSUR | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
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? | The post What the United States Could Learn from Venezuelan Democracy appeared first on MintPress News.

What the United States Could Learn from Venezuelan Democracy

Imagining Alternatives to More War in Syria
John Reuwer, M.D. | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Hizbollah's Victory And The US-Iran Conflict
Gary Leupp | iranian.com | 2018-05-16
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 […] | The post Hizbollah's Victory And The US-Iran Conflict appeared first on The Iranian.
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Lawsuit: Trump Using New Citizenship Question on Census to Raise Campaign Cash
Mark Gruenberg | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
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. | The post Lawsuit: Trump Using New Citizenship Question on Census to Raise Campaign Cash appeared first on MintPress News.

Lawsuit: Trump Using New Citizenship Question on Census to Raise Campaign Cash

Senate Intel Committee Splits from Nunes-Led House Panel — Agrees Putin Interfered in 2016 to Help Trump
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
"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. . .
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Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead vs. the UFC: Round 1
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-16
It's round one in Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead versus the UFC, and the judges have given a point to the organized fighters. Receiving a letter last week from a National Labor Relations Board regional director, Smith's attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, was asked to be prepared to present his evidence against the UFC "as quickly as …

Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead vs. the UFC: Round 1

The White House Just Completely Eliminated Its Top Cybersecurity Job
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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.
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Imprisoned for a Day: a Personal Reflection
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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The Commercial Heavens
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea's Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations
James Carey | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
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. | The post Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea's Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations appeared first on MintPress News.

Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea's Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations

'Poverty Is Violence': First Day of Action of the Poor People's Campaign (Photo Essay)
Michael Nigro | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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…
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Mueller Subpoenas Social Media Expert Who Worked With Longtime Trump Adviser Roger Stone During The Campaign
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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}. . .
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Trump's Newly-Released Financial Report Provides More Evidence That He Lied About Stormy Daniels
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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. . .
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Here Are the 5 Biggest Bombshells from Senate Transcripts on the Trump Tower Meeting
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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. . .
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Fox News Guest Seriously Says Three-Fifths Compromise Gave 'Humanhood to Black People&#039
Media Matters Staff, Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Sanders Institute Offers a Fix for Our Abysmal Voter Turnouts
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
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. | The post Sanders Institute Offers a Fix for Our Abysmal Voter Turnouts appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Voice of the Wilderness: the Life of Stewart Brandborg
Kevin Proescholdt | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Twitter to de-rank 'trolls,' provokes conservative anger over 'censorship'
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Zambia: Musician and activist 'Pilato' must be released immediately and unconditionally
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Bahrain: Citizenship of 115 people revoked in 'ludicrous' mass trial
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Coups R US: RT documentary looks at US 'humanitarian' interventions & regime changes
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Anti-Islam Movement Has New Rallying Cry — Let's Delete Verses of the Quran
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
You think life is bad for Muslims in Trump's America? Spare a thought for the Muslims of France. | Over the past few years, they have been collectively blamed, and punished, for a series of horrific terror attacks carried out in France by so-called jihadists. The latest, a knife attack in Paris by a man shouting "Allahu akbar," killed one person and injured four others last weekend. | While anti-Muslim bigotry has become a hallmark of the Republican right in America, in France it is a truly bipartisan affair. Islamophobia is peddled by the left and right alike, with both socialists and conservatives falling over one another to defend French secularism, or laàØcité, by demonizing French Muslims. | Consider: Successive French governments have criminalized the face veil and banned the headscarf in schools. French mayors have targeted…
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Germany/Russia: Merkel To Meet Putin
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
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.
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USAF test-fires nuclear-capable Minuteman III ballistic missile (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Viet Nam: Serious health concerns for prisoner of conscience: Trần Anh Kim
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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.
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Ukraine: Radical Groups Disrupt LGBTI Event
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
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,"
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Red alert: Hawaii volcano threatens nearby air traffic (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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KENYA: EVICTING THE FOREST GUARDIANS
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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Malaysia: Release of prisoner of conscience Anwar Ibrahim a momentous day for human rights
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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.
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Somaliland: Men convicted for exercising freedom of speech: Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud and Boqor Osman aw Muhamed Mohamed
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud and Boqor Osman aw Muhamed Mohamed have been convicted for publicly exercising their rights to the freedom of expression.
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Bill Aimed at Saving Community Banks Is Already Killing Them
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
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…
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USA: Another blow for truth and accountability: Senate Committee approves Haspel nomination to CIA Director
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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.
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Somaliland: Deux hommes condamnés pour avoir exercé leur droit à la liberté d'expression
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
Mohamed Kayse Mohamoud et Boqor Osman aw Muhamed Mohamed ont été déclarés coupables d'avoir exercé publiquement leur droit à la liberté d'expression.
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Public outrage as top Baltimore cop charged with tax evasion
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Ukraine: The Authorities' Inaction Emboldens Rising Violence by The Far-Right
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur50/8434/…

USA: Intellectual disability claim as execution set: Clifton Williams
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr51/8429/…

'No focus on Russian activities' – Donald Jr. on Trump Tower meeting in interview transcripts
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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'We'll see what happens' says Trump as N. Korean summit put in limbo
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Ecuador's Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as "Torture"
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
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…
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#FreeLiuXia
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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Senate Intelligence Committee votes to advance Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA director
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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'Raw, silent beauty': Astronaut captures spectacular lightning storm from space (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Gazans Have the Right to Invade Israel — At Least If You Believe One of Israel's Justifications for the Six-Day War
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
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. | The post Gazans Have the Right to Invade Israel — At Least If You Believe One of Israel's Justifications for the Six-Day War appeared first on The Intercept.
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Burundi: Referendum marred by harassment and intimidation
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Scott Pruitt's Policy Director at EPA Met with Hundreds of Industry Representatives, Emails Show
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
The emails of former EPA senior counsel Samantha Dravis show more than 90 meetings with industry, compared with one environmental or public health group. | The post Scott Pruitt's Policy Director at EPA Met with Hundreds of Industry Representatives, Emails Show appeared first on The Intercept.
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The art of disaster: 5 times Trump kept election promises, but probably shouldn't have (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Russia Press Freedom Reversal Shows FIFA Has Leverage and Should Use It
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
Last week, leading German sports journalist Hajo Seppelt got an unpleasant surprise: Russia denied him an entry visa to report on the 2018 World Cup — even after FIFA, the powerful soccer governing body, had green-lighted his application. Seppelt works for ‚ÄéGerman public broadcaster ARD and has reported on the sports doping scandal in Russia. | Journalist Hajo Seppelt. | © Hajo Seppelt/Twitter | It is unacceptable for Russia to reject a journalist for doing their job. | Hosting the World Cup means you play by the rules, and article 3 of FIFA's statutes and its Human Rights Policy make clear that press freedom and access are central principles. Indeed, media freedom is one of the baseline requirements for World Cup hosts. | Furthermore, when much of FIFA's funding comes from the…
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Qatari Investor: Michael Cohen Asked Me For a Million Dollars
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
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."
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Libya: Shameful EU policies fuel surge in detention of migrants and refugees
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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. | …
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Zambia: Activist held immediately after returning home: Fumba Chama
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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.
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War Crimes and Collective Punishment: Gina Haspel, Torture, and the Massacre in Gaza
Intercepted | theintercept.com | 2018-05-16
Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | As Jared and Ivanka partied, Palestinian civilians were being slaughtered. This week on Intercepted: Blacklisted academic Norman Finkelstein discusses his meticulous, scholarly documentation of the collective punishment of Gaza, "the largest concentration camp in the world." The son of two Nazi concentration camp survivors, Finkelstein is an incendiary academic whose work has infuriated the Israeli government for decades. His latest book, "Gaza: An Inquest Into its Martyrdom," has not been reviewed in a single U.S. newspaper. He talks about the latest massacre in Gaza, the history of U.S. support for Israel's war crimes, and why he believes Iran is out-maneuvering Netanyahu. Palestinian nursing student Yousef Mema gives an on-the-ground report from Gaza and shares…
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Gambia: Ex-President Tied to 2005 Murders of Ghanaian and Nigerian Migrants
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
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…
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Tucker Carlson goes bananas after ex-cop claims AR-15 can shoot 150 rounds in 15 seconds (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Ukraine: Violent disruption threatens Equality Festival
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-16
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.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur50/8424/…

Found some grenades? US Air Force offering $5k reward for missing munitions
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-16
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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Iran — America's Playbook of War Reopens
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/iran-americas-playbook-of-war-reopens/5640563

'They See Glory': Trump's Evangelical Base Sees Doomsday Prophecy in Gaza Violence — and They're Thrilled
Jared Yates Sexton, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-15
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. . .
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American Jews Stand Against the US Embassy Move and Israel's Mass Killing of Protesters in Gaza
JVFP | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-15
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…

American Jews Stand Against the US Embassy Move and Israel’s Mass Killing of Protesters in Gaza

Malaysia's Elections: The Trust Deficit, the 1MDB-Najib Money-Laundering Scandal and the BN Defeat
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/a-historical-perspective-on-malaysias-elections-the-trust-deficit-and-the-bn-defeat/5640502

The 2017 "Abolish Nuclear Weapons" Nobel Peace Prize and the Doomsday Clock — The End of Nuclear Weapons or the End of Us?
Dr. Lachlan Forrow | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/the-2017-abolish-nuclear-weapons-nobel-peace-prize-and-the-doomsday-clock-the-end-of-nuclear-weapons-or-the-end-of-us/5640566

Is Putin's Strategy Finally Beginning to Work?
DPCR | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/is-putins-strategy-finally-beginning-to-work/5640496

Why Israel Will Not Continue along the Same Path for Another 70 Years
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-15
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. …
globalresearch.ca/why-israel-will-not-continue-along-the-same-path-for-another-70-years/5640524

Oklahoma GOP Candidate Denies Advocating Euthanasia for Poor and Disabled People
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-15
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. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/oklah…

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