2018-05-17: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2018-05-17). United Nations Celebrats 70 Years of Human Rights — And Condoning 70 Years of Israeli Massacres. mintpressnews.com The noble ideas behind the creation of the United Nations and the Declaration of universal Human Rights have in the last 70 years been corrupted to the point of non-recognition.

Media Matters (2018-05-17). Here's What You Need to Know About the Right's Theory That the FBI Planted a Spy in the Trump Campaign. alternet.org Conservative media has been pushing a new theory in recent days. | In recent days, many on the right have pushed the claim that the FBI "infiltrated" President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign with a "mole. " The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired a former British agent who compiled an intelligence dossier about Trump's connections to various Russians. The claim also builds off of a recent squabble between the Department of Justice and the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), over the release of classified information. Here is what you need to know about the story's origins: On January 2, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the founders of the research firm Fusion GPS, claimed in an op-ed that the FBI had a source "inside the Trump. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-17). NC teachers demand more money for schools, better pay. peoplesworld.org RALEIGH, N.C.—At least 20,000 North Carolina teachers, decked out in the now-familiar #RedforEd T-shirts, descended on the state capital building in Raleigh on May 16. They demanded more funding for the schools so they can teach their kids, better pay for themselves and support staffers, and an end to the corporate tax cuts that robbed […]…

Don Fitz (2018-05-17). Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl: Reality and Unreality. counterpunch.org With the escalating doom of climate change hovering over us, it is tempting to push nuclear horror to the back of our minds. To those of us who grew up in the 1950s, it was omnipresent. Nuclear war could not exist without nuclear power and on April 26, 1986 the world experienced a form of More

James Heddle (2018-05-17). Yucca Redux and the Nuclear Shell Game. counterpunch.org On Thursday, May 10, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 2018 — HR 3053 — by a vote of 206 to 179, with 94 Democrats and 85 Republicans voting 'Nay.' Now, what some Nevadans have dubbed, 'The Screw Nevada Bill 2.0,' will go to the Senate, perhaps in this Session. More

Victor Grossman (2018-05-17). Dangers and Divisions. counterpunch.org In these weeks the world seems like a tightrope walker, teetering above Niagara Falls or, worse yet, the fiery crater of the Kilauea volcano. A Donald-Bibi drama is being staged; each is playing his part on cue. Only days after Netanyahu's press conference attack on Iran, Trump tore up the US copy of the Iran nuclear More

Garret Martin (2018-05-17). US And Europe Face An 'Increasingly Loveless Marriage' After Trump's Iran Deal Withdrawal. iranian.com Beyond its potentially dramatic consequences for Middle East stability, Trump's May 8 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has also damaged the United States' relations with its European allies. France, Germany and the United Kingdom worked with the Obama administration to barter the United Nations-approved Iran agreement in 2015. Now, the three European signatories must figure out […]

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-17). 'Die-Hard Trumper': Journalists Finger Man Who Threatened to Report Workers to ICE Because They Spoke Spanish. alternet.org After a video of a man in a Manhattan restaurant yelling at a manager for workers allegedly speaking Spanish went viral, four journalists say they have identified him. | The Intercept columnist Shaun King via Twitter says seven of the man's former classmates verified he's the person King tracked down: Dear Midtown Manhattan Attorney Aaron M Schlossberg,7 of your college classmates from @JohnsHopkins & @GWtweets contacted me and said this is you & they aren't surprised. I am asking the New York Bar Association ( @nysba) to also look into your bigoted hate here & across NYC. t. co/8pF1nzQtDu— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 16, 2018King took to Twitter earlier Wednesday in an attempt to ID the man who, in the video that went viral, threatened to report the Spanish speaking workers to immigration authorities, saying he assumed they were probably. . .

Whitney Webb (2018-05-17). US Coalition Killed Nearly 12 Times More Civilians in Mosul than did ISIS. mintpressnews.com A new study published in the journal PLOS Medicine found that 373 of 505 reported civilian deaths resulting from intentional violence were attributable to the U.S.-led coalition, while just 22 were attributable to the infamous terror group.

Conn Hallinan (2018-05-17). Erdogan and Turkey's Elections. counterpunch.org When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a presidential and parliamentary election June 24—jumping the gun by more than a year—the outcome seemed foreordained: the country is under a state of emergency, Erdogan has imprisoned more than 50,000 of his opponents, dismissed 140,000 from their jobs, jailed a presidential candidate, and launched an attack on More

Whitney Webb (2018-05-17). Report Traces "Neutral" Syria War Observer SOHR Funding to UK Foreign Office. mintpressnews.com Groups like Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the White Helmets have successfully convinced large swaths of the Western public that they are independent, fair and accurate, even though the sources of their funding betray conflicts of interest and ulterior motives.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-17). Fox News' Judge Napolitano Pours Cold Water on Giuliani's Claim A Sitting President Cannot Be Indicted. alternet.org The Fox News legal analyst has a reality check for President Donald Trump. | Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Thursday laid out why the argument that a sitting president cannot be indicted may not be the all clear Donald Trump's legal team hopes it is. Napolitano was speaking to Fox & Friends about a claim made Wednesday by Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, that special counsel Robert Mueller told the president's team they are following Department of Justice guidelines that say a sitting president cannot be indicted. "I don't know what Bob Mueller told Rudy Giuliani, but there are actually two memos in the DOJ—one says the president can be indicted, the other says the president cannot be indicted," Napolitano said. The Fox News legal analyst noted that many of the people who have pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe thus far spoke. . .

David Stansfield (2018-05-17). What Palestinians? counterpunch.org One of the young Israeli men who were picking fights with young Palestinian men on the ancient streets of East Jerusalem a few days ago, assured a BBC journalist that there were no Palestinians in the city — or anywhere in Israel for that matter — in fact there were no Palestinians anywhere, they had More

Paul Street (2018-05-17). How the Left Can Gain Footing in White America. truthdig.com Near the end of his life, the great civil rights and anti-war leader and democratic socialist Martin Luther King Jr. wrote that the "real issue to be faced" in the United States was "the radical reconstruction of society itself." These words have never been truer than they are today, when the profits system threatens to end livable ecology in the historical near term. | It will be difficult, if not impossible, to carry out King's reconstruction without backing from millions of white people in what is still very much the world's most powerful state. While the U.S. population becomes less Caucasian with each decennial census, the nation is still supermajority—69 percent—non-Hispanic white. The nation's physical and related political geography is whiter still, thanks to a political system that overrepresents America's disproportionately white rural and exurban regions and states. | How might a…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-17). DOJ Lawyer Who Drafted Special Counsel Regulations Explains Why Giuliani's Mueller Claim is Bad News for Trump. alternet.org Neal Kaytal knows a thing or two about the special counsel investigation — he wrote the rules governing it. | Neal Kaytal—who served as the Acting Solicitor General of the United States and drafted the rules guiding special counsel Robert Mueller—on Wednesday explained why Rudy Giuliani's claim that Mueller said he will follow Department of Justice guidelines may not bode well for President. Giuliani on Wednesday said Mueller told the president's legal team the special counsel will not indict a sitting president. But, according to Kaytal, that assurance may not mean much for Trump. " Why did Mueller say this? " Kaytal asked on Twitter. "Is it because Trump's lawyers said they were thinking of taking 5th [Amendment privilege] against self incrimination, and Mueller said there can be no incrimination? ""If so, the DOJ policy against indictment of a sitting President may actually hurt Trump,. . .

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-05-17). Michael Avenatti 'in the Process of Vetting' Two More Women Who Claim They Received Hush Payments from Trump. alternet.org President Donald Trump finally admitted the Stormy Daniels payout on his financial disclosure forms, but the hits just keep on coming. | Attorney Michael Avenatti revealed that two more women claim they signed hush money agreements with President Donald Trump's longtime attorney — and for much more money than the $130,000 paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels. The attorney said he's confident the women's claims are solid, although they're not yet his clients and he's not certain they'll agree to come forward publicly as Daniels has. "They're not fully vetted, but there are at least two I think are on solid ground," Avenatti told MSNBC's "Morning Joe. " "I think that as the evidence rolls out over the coming months disclosures are going to be made that my client was not alone as relates to these payments. "He told co-host Mika Brzezinski that these two women. . .

Emily Wells (2018-05-17). Administration's Plan for Immigrant Children: Send Them to Military Bases. truthdig.com The Department of Health and Human Services is surveying military sites to house children who are separated from their parents at the border or who arrive unaccompanied by an adult.

Jason Holland (2018-05-17). Just Another Day in a Collapsing Empire. counterpunch.org May 14th was quite a day for the empire, the shit show on full display exhibiting lots of swagger in its death throes. The people on the inside are the last to know. They don't see it but everyone else does. The rest of the world can see the toxic death culture, they see the More

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-05-17). Every Day in Trumpland Feels Like a Mescaline Flashback — Because We've Been Here Before. alternet.org Trump's lies, duplicity, hypocrisy and criminality are worse than Nixon's | In just the last few days: Jared and Ivanka gave happy-talk speeches at the Grand Opening of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, sharing the stage with two Trump-loving, Jew-hating, Muslim-hating, Catholic-bashing conservative Protestant "ministers," James Hagee and Robert Jeffress, who were called upon to offer up "prayers" blessing the new embassy. At the same moment, less than 40 miles away, along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, 52 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israel Defense Forces in demonstrations against the embassy opening. The man who berated China as a "currency manipulator" and for its unfair trade practices and theft of American jobs during his campaign , lifted trade restrictions on the Chinese telecommunications giant, ZTE, which had been sanctioned by the Department of Commerce only a month ago from using. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-17). Trump Marks Year Anniversary of Mueller Probe by Once Again Accusing Obama of Spying on Him: 'Bigger Than Watergate!&#039. alternet.org From "wire tapping" Trump Tower to "spying" on his campaign, Trump can't quit the Obama "deep state" conspiracies. | President Donald Trump on Thursday once again accused former President Barack Obama of performing clandestine spy operations during the 2016 presidential campaign. May 17, 2018The tweet, which recalls Trump's unsubstantiated claim that Obama "wire tapped" Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election, followed a bizarre post congratulating America on being in the "second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History. ""The only Collusion was that done by Democrats who were unable to win an Election despite the spending of far more money," Trump wrote Thursday morning. Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History. . . and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction. The only Collusion was that done by Democrats who were unable to win. . .

Vincent Kelley (2018-05-17). White People Against Fascism: a Contradiction in Terms. counterpunch.org On May 19th, 2017 18-year old Devon Arthurs shot two of his roommates dead in Tampa, Florida. All three were formerly involved in the same Neo-Nazi group, Atomwaffen Division ("Atomic Weapons Division"), before Arthurs converted to Salafist Islam and killed his roommates for "disrespecting" his new faith. After murdering them, he went to a smoke shop down More

Jonathan Cook (2018-05-17). West's Failure to Act Will be Cause of the Next Gaza Massacre. counterpunch.org Photo by James N. Mattis | CC BY 2.0 | Nazareth. | The contrasting images coming out of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday could not have been starker — or more disturbing. | Faced with protests at the perimeter fence in Gaza, Israeli snipers killed dozens of unarmed Palestinians and wounded more than 2,000 others, including children, women, journalists and paramedics, in a hail of live fire. Amnesty, the international human rights organisation, rightly called it a "horror show". | Such horror is now so routine that TV anchors could only headline the news as the worst day of bloodshed in Gaza in four years, when Israel massacred civilians in its last major military assault. | Already gasping from the chokehold of Israel's decade-long blockade of Gaza, local hospitals are now collapsing from the weight of casualties. | A…

Staff (2018-05-17). The Quest for Energy-Hungry Artificial Ways to Keep Ourselves Cool. truthdig.com One of the ironies of increasing climate change is the cooling crisis: the hotter the planet becomes, the greater our demand for ways to cool down. And most often, in rich countries, that means switching on the air conditioning, which in turn means using more electricity and emitting more fossil fuels to escape the heat we've emitted by burning so much already. | Just how serious that irony is in practice is clear from a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on the future of cooling. The Agency's executive director, Fatih Birol, sums up the problem in his foreword: "The world faces a looming 'cold crunch.' | "Using air conditioners and electric fans to stay cool accounts for nearly 20% of the total electricity used in buildings around the world today. And this trend is set to grow as…

Will Podmore (2018-05-17). The EU, Manufacturing and Brexit. counterpunch.org Tom Brown's Tragedy and Challenge: an Inside View of UK Engineering's Decline and the Challenge of the Brexit Economy is an absolutely splendid book, full of ideas about how Britain can succeed as an independent country. Tom Brown worked in engineering businesses for his entire 45-year career. Throughout the book he stresses the vital importance of More

Staff (2018-05-17). The Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later. truthdig.com On May 17, 1968, along the main road that runs through the Baltimore suburb of Catonsville, Maryland, a group of Catholic activists stood around a small fire, praying and singing.

Staff (2018-05-17). Ebola Enters 3 Health Zones in Congo. truthdig.com KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Ebola outbreak has spread to a city, the capital of the northwestern Equateur province, a worrying shift as the risk of infection is more easily passed on in densely populated urban areas. | Two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones, which includes Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Bikoro, the rural area where the outbreak was announced last week, said Congo Health Minister Oly Ilunga. | One sample proved positive for the deadly Ebola virus, he said. This brings to three the number of confirmed Ebola cases. A total of 44 cases have now been reported, including 23 deaths, the World Health Organization reports. Among those are three confirmed, 20 probable and 21 suspected cases. | "We are entering a new phase of the…

Roger D. Harris (2018-05-17). On the Eve of Venezuela's Elections, the US Empire Isn't Sitting Idly by. mintpressnews.com "I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves." | — US National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, 1970

RFE/RL (2018-05-17). As Currency Crisis Worsens, Iranians Begin To Invest In Gold. iranian.com Iranians are reportedly investing in gold after the Central Bank of Iran last week issued strict limits on the amount of foreign currency travelers can take out of the country amid a deepening currency crisis. With exchange offices forbidden to sell foreign currency and new rules limiting the amount of foreign currency travelers can take […]

Staff (2018-05-17). Returning Otters to Undersea World Failing in Their Absence. truthdig.com Wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to an undersea world that's falling apart in their absence.

Dan Corjescu (2018-05-17). The Great Divergence? counterpunch.org The long-term growth of an advanced economy is dominated by the behavior of technical progress —Martin Weitzman Innovation is the outstanding fact in the economic history of capitalist society — Joseph Schumpeter The role of humans as the most important factor of production is bound to diminish in the same way that the role of More

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-05-17). Beyond Flint: Contaminated Drinking Water is Everywhere in America. alternet.org Agricultural runoff is poorly regulated and turning many waterways across the country into dangerous cesspools | The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, became a national news story, and for good reason. Republican leaders in the state were finally forced to take steps to stop the poisoning of Flint's drinking water with lead and other toxins, foisted on the community as part of a short-sighted cost-cutting measure. Despite improvements, the future of Flint's water supply is uncertain, but at least that story has brought increased attention to the problem of lead in water in many large cities, including Chicago. The grim reality, however, is that the problems with American drinking water are diverse and widespread, even if most aren't quite as severe as what happened in Flint. Agricultural waste in particular is poisoning water, especially in rural areas, creating a myriad of. . .

Ajamu Baraka (2018-05-17). Israel Commemorates Nakba with Mass Murder at the Gaza Fence. counterpunch.org One of the essential features of European colonialism were the boundaries drawn between Europeans and so-called Western civilization and everyone else. Even during the European enlightenment, the accepted philosophical justifications for human inequality in Western liberal thought meant that women, the colonized, the enslaved and non-property holders occupied different rungs on the ladder of humanity and were excluded from demanding same inherent rights as the White, male bourgeoisie. More

Jon Jeter (2018-05-17). How Elites Teach Their Own Children How to Think, and Other Children What to Think. mintpressnews.com The yawning gap between the kind of schools that America's ruling class chooses for its own children, and the curriculum it increasingly imposes on other people's children provides compelling evidence that the plutocrats and policymakers do not view education as a ladder to help lift up the masses, but rather as a tool for reproducing inequality.

Staff (2018-05-17). The Steps Trump Has Taken to Undermine Student Debt Reform. truthdig.com In the 16 months since President Donald Trump took office, the nation's student debt burden has soared by $110 billion, to an astonishing $1.41 trillion. | The number of student debtors has continued to grow as well — to 45 million Americans, up 2 million since Trump's inauguration. | And last week, the administration began what reformers fear is the dismantling of an Obama-era initiative to crack down on lending abuses — an effort that in 18 months had forced the student loan industry to give back $750 million for alleged unfair and abusive marketing and collection practices. | The administration insists its reorganization of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's student loan office was routine: There was "no functional or even practical change" to the unit's mission of protecting and informing students, an agency spokesman said. | But critics said it…

Staff (2018-05-17). Confirmation Vote for CIA Chief Brings Out Democratic Rift. truthdig.com The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel, as support from red-state senators bumps up against a more liberal flank.

Matthew Vernon Whalan (2018-05-17). An Interview with Norman Finkelstein: "I'm Not Betraying the Legacy of My Parents in Order to Make Myself Palatable." counterpunch.org Norman Finkelstein is among the leading scholars on the Israel-Palestine conflict in the United States. His work primarily focuses on the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the Nazi Holocaust. For decades, he has advocated for a two state solution on the June 1967 borders, a "just solution to the refugee question," an end to the Israeli settlements More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-05-17). An Affront to History: Giro d'Italia's 'Sport-Washing' of Israeli Apartheid. counterpunch.org For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro d'Italia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from the city of Jerusalem on May 4. The inherent contradictions in that decision are inescapable. Italy is a country that has experienced a ruthless forging occupation and was ravaged by fascism More

Staff (2018-05-17). When the President Calls Latinos 'Animals,' Should We Hear Echoes of the SS's Undermen? truthdig.com Trump again calls some undocumented migrants in the U.S. "animals," a term that functions similarly to the Nazi technical term "Untermensch" or underman, subhuman.

Janine Jackson (2018-05-17). 'Most Americans Say They Want Protections for the Open Internet'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Tim Karr about the fight for net neutrality for the May 11, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Kelly Macias, Daily Kos (2018-05-17). Police Officer Caught on Video Saying Man 'Didn't Do Anything' Before Arresting Him. alternet.org Body camera and cellphone footage continue to show us that a culture of lying and misconduct is rampant in the profession of policing. | When it comes to police misconduct, we are often told that it's just "a few bad apples" and that the profession of policing is still an honest and trustworthy one. Yet, it's getting harder to believe that with so many instances of police brutality and misconduct repeatedly being caught on camera. From abusing unarmed, handcuffed suspects, to making up arrest charges, to actually murdering innocent people, there are many reasons for us to feel unsafe around police and to question how they are doing their jobs. One recent incident occurred in Maryland after body camera footage showed one officer telling another officer that a man "didn't do anything" only to arrest him later anyway. As written by

RT (2018-05-17). 'Strangled, waterboarded & shot with crossbows': 10 children tortured by parents in California. rt.com In a horrific case of domestic torture, a California couple routinely beat, strangled, "waterboarded" and fired crossbows and BB guns at their 10 children, prosecutors have told a court.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-17). Central African Republic: Crucial Court For Victims. hrw.org Congolese Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (R) and the five other judges of the Special Criminal Court (SCC)—which is to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic since 2003—sit at the National Assembly in Bangui, having been sworn in on June 30, 2017. | © 2017 Saber Jendoubi/AFP/Getty Images | (Nairobi) — Recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country's new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country's conflicts, Human Rights Watch said today. A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that the court will need more support from the United Nations and government donors to prosecute grave crimes, including widespread killings, rape and sexual violence, and destruction of…

amnesty.org (2018-05-17). Lebanon: Crackdown on Beirut Pride an "outrageous attempt to deny human rights of LGBTI people" amnesty.org The Lebanese authorities' disruption of activities planned for Beirut Pride Week is an outrageous attempt to deny the human rights of LGBTI people, Amnesty International said today. The authorities cancelled events within the program launched to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), and briefly arrested Beirut Pride Week's organizer Hadi Damien. | "The shutdown of Beirut Pride and the arrest of Hadi Damien is a blatant case of state harassment. The Lebanese authorities must stop cancelling events to celebrate LGBTI rights, and ensure freedom of expression and assembly for the LGBTI community, " said Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International. | | "They must also stop arresting those…

RT (2018-05-17). USS Milwaukee fires Longbow Hellfire missiles in 1st 'fully integrated' test (VIDEO). rt.com The US Navy successfully test fired four surface-to-surface longbow hellfire missiles during live-fire drills which simulated the USS Milwaukee striking approaching hostile small boat targets farther toward the horizon.
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RT (2018-05-17). 'Worst person possible': Gina Haspel closer to top CIA job as Senate committee votes for nomination. rt.com Gina Haspel is "the worst person" to lead the Central Intelligence Agency due to her first-hand torture experience, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern told RT. If approved by the Senate, she'll likely continue the practice, he says.
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amnesty.org (2018-05-17). Yemen: Fierce new offensive displaces tens of thousands of civilians from Hodeidah. amnesty.org Yemeni civilians are struggling to stay alive amid fierce ground and air attacks in the raging battle to retake western coastal governorates from Huthi armed group control, and the worst could be yet to come, Amnesty International warned after carrying out a field investigation in the south of the country. | The organization interviewed 34 civilians who arrived in Aden after the clashes displaced them from several villages and towns in Hodeidah Governorate between January and early May. They spoke of terrifying mortar attacks, air strikes, landmines and other dangers amid the new offensive as forces loyal to the internationally recognized Yemeni government, supported by ground troops and air cover from the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, attempt to rout Huthi forces. | "The human impact of this fresh military offensive on Yemen's western coastal areas is clear in the distressing stories shared by civilians…

amnesty.org (2018-05-17). KENYA: EVICTING THE FOREST GUARDIANS. amnesty.org

Mark Fiore (2018-05-17). Jared, Boy-Peacemaker! (Video). truthdig.com If I didn't know better, I would think the Trump administration is trying to hasten the End Times — in the biblical sense, not in the ending-the-Mueller-investigation sense. The crew assembled for the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was one for the crazytown record books. | TrumpCo. is apparently leaving the rapture-hastening to honored evangelical guests, pastors Robert Jeffress and John Hagee, who between them have called for pre-emptive war on Iran, blamed hurricanes on homosexuals, attributed Hitler's rise to God's divine plan for Jewish people and other Bible-thumping insanity too numerous to list here. | With a front row lineup that included Benjamin Netanyahu, Sheldon Adelson, Steve Mnuchin and Jared Kushner, the ceremonial opening of the embassy seemed to be the diplomatic equivalent of peeing on…

amnesty.org (2018-05-17). Challenging power: Raising the profile of women human rights defenders. amnesty.org In May 2018, we will run a global edit-a-thon event called "Brave: Edit" where volunteers edit and upload hundreds of profiles of woman human rights defenders to Wikipedia in multiple languages. Featuring these women from all over the world on Wikipedia will help put a spotlight on their personal stories, their brave work and the challenges they face. This document contains biographical information regarding just some of the brilliant women human rights defenders which we will be adding to Wikipedia.

RT (2018-05-17). Did Trump just call illegal immigrants 'animals'? rt.com President Donald Trump has once again made headlines, for supposedly referring to illegal immigrants as 'animals' during a White House roundtable on California 'sanctuary city' policies.
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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…

amnesty.org (2018-05-17). #FreeLiuXia. amnesty.org

RT (2018-05-17). Who framed President Putin? CIA veteran hints at culprit, slams Senate-backed 'collusion' tale. rt.com A Senate committee thinks it's a viable scenario that Vladimir Putin ordered the manipulation of US elections to install Donald Trump as president. A CIA veteran of 55 years believes it's more likely the spy agency framed Russia.
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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'

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). 'Amateur Hour at the White House': CNN Host Explains Why Trump's Negotiating Skills Are Far from Stellar. alternet.org "Trump's negotiating style seems far from being this masterous strategic approach that he's often claimed it is," Fareed Zakaria said. | President Donald Trump has billed himself as the master deal maker, but when it comes to his actual negotiating skills, it seems there's much less there than it first appears. As the administration's efforts to set up a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un — a move the president has already suggested he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for — have begun to encounter difficulties, Trump's deal-making skills are really being put to the test. And in CNN host Fareed Zakaria's view, Trump has already made some basic mistakes. "Trump's negotiating style seems far from being this masterous strategic approach that he's often claimed it is," Zakaria told Anderson Cooper on "Anderson Cooper 360. " "It seems somewhat impulsive. "He referred to. . .

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). 'Let's Go! Make Your Way Out!': Listen to a White House Staffer Scream at Journalists for Asking Trump Questions. alternet.org A recording seems to show that the hostility toward the press is not limited to presidential tweets. | Television reporter Jamie Dupree posted audio of White House reporters trying to ask President Donald Trump questions as they were escorted out of a cabinet meeting by a yelling staffer. "Alright, let's go! Make your way out, let's go! We're leaving! " an unnamed staff screamed at the reporters as they tossed out questions on various topics of the day. You can listen to audio recording of the interaction posted by Dupree. Trump has largely avoided major press conferences as president, and he almost universally declines to be interviewed by any network that isn't actively supportive of him. He does occasionally answer questions lobbed at him by reporters during media sprays while meeting with his Cabinet or inviting the press into the Oval Office. The public is not. . .

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 […]

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

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

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-16). 'Tantamount to a Criminal Referral': Ex-OGE Head Explains Why Trump's Financial Disclosure Lie Was a Big Mistake. alternet.org Walter Shaub also recalled when Trump's lawyers asked for a special favor while filing his financial disclosure forms. | Former director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Walter Shaub on Wednesday explained the significance of a letter that accompanied President Donald Trump's 2017 financial disclosure report sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. OGE Acting Director David Apol sent the letter to Rosenstein after Trump acknowledged a payment to his lawyer Michael Cohen. The president had previously failed to report that on his financial disclosure form. ". . . You may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing regarding the President's prior report that was signed on June 14, 2017," Apol wrote. Shaub, who resigned from the OGE last year, detailed why Apol's letter is a very big deal for Trump. "This is a very big development and apparently the Office of Government. . .

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

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

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 […]

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.

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). 'These Aren't People — They're Animals': Trump Unleashes Racist Anti-Immigrant Rant During Meeting on Sanctuary Cities. alternet.org "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. " | President Donald Trump engaged in deeply disturbing rhetoric about immigrants on Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting on immigration, echoing some of the worst and most dangerous language he used on the campaign trail. "We're taking people out of the country, you wouldn't believe how bad these people are," he said. "These aren't people, they're animals. "Denying the humanity of certain groups — as well as wildly exaggerating their rates of committing crimes, as the president frequently does — is a rhetorical technique often used to promote racist and bigoted ideas. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly read a poem at his rallies called "The Snake. " He used the image of the snake as a metaphor for the supposed danger that refugees posed to the United States, despite little evidence to back up this fear-mongering. Many pointed out. . .

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

Joseph Neese, Salon (2018-05-16). Watch: Stephen Colbert Imagines How Those Late-Night Calls Between Donald Trump and Sean Hannity Play Out. alternet.org "We can talk about Putin," the president tells the Fox News host on the imaginary phone call — and that's not all | President Donald Trump and Fox News' biggest star, Sean Hannity, frequently partake in pillow talk, according to an instantly- nymag. com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/sean-hannity-donald-trump-. . . >viral story published by New York magazine earlier this week | – itself | released just before bedtime on Sunday. The pair's not-so-secret bromance is reportedly maintained | by virtue of | late-night phone calls, which | routinely hit the White House switchboard after Hannity's 9 p. m. ET broadcast wraps. Albeit the duo | is said to be | be known to chat "multiple" times | a day. The magazine's Olivia Nuzzi elaborates in her reporting: Hannity admits to advising Trump, but on the air, he's repeatedly mocked suggestions that he functions as an unofficial chief of staff and criticized the "fake-news media" for not bothering to. . .

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

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

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-16). Giuliani Announces to News Networks That Mueller Told Him a Sitting President Can't Be Indicted. alternet.org The claim by the president's lawyer doesn't appear to have been corroborated by the special council's office. | President Donald Trump's top attorney defending him in the Russia probe has just told news networks that Robert Mueller says a sitting president cannot be indicted. Rudy Giuliani told CNN and NBC News, among others, late Wednesday afternoon. Justice Dept. policy, based on both Nixon and Clinton era memorandums, is that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Robert Mueller, who works for the DOJ, was likely expected to honor that convention. But that does not mean he cannot issue a report recommending indictment, or that an Attorney General could not make the decision to try. And that does not mean that an indictment after Trump were to leave office couldn't happen either. Also, Giuliani has in recent times had trouble discerning fact from fiction, so his claims could be made-up or mistaken. Related Stories: Republicans Push for End to Mueller Probe As Investigation Prepared to Enter Second YearTrump's Racist Statements May Destroy His Case As 9th Circuit Hears DACA AppealTrump's Newly-Released Financial Report Provides More Evidence That He Lied About Stormy Daniels

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

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" […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). 'Michael Cohen Will Lead to the Downfall of this President': Michael Avenatti Explains Why a New Report Is So Bad For Trump. alternet.org In a financial disclosure form, Trump seemed to confirm that he reimbursed his lawyer for the Stormy Daniels hush money. | Michael Avenatti said that the newest financial disclosure report from President Donald Trump reveals that his team realizes he's been backed into a corner in the Stormy Daniels case, making it more likely that he will not be able to complete his first term. And the key to Trump's legal exposure, Avenatti said, is Trump's lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. "Michael Cohen will lead to the downfall of this president," Avenatti said to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on "Deadline: White House. " "He will not serve out his full term. "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. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). Law Enforcement Official Says More Evidence of Michael Cohen's Suspicious Dealings Has Gone Missing. alternet.org "We've accepted this as normal, and this is not normal. " | There's even more evidence of suspicious financial activity carried out by President Donald Trump's attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, according to an anonymous law enforcement official who spoke with the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow. But this evidence, the official said, has bizarrely disappeared from the Treasury Department's database of Suspicious Activity Reports. In a new article, Farrow identifies the official as the same person who initially released documents showing Cohen's shady dealings through the shell company Essential Consultants, LLC. This information was first released by attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn star Stormy Daniels, in her lawsuit against the president and Cohen. The documents showed that Cohen received large payments after the election from multiple companies, including one backed by a Russian oligarch. But the official. . .

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

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?

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen Reportedly Asked Qatari Government for $1M in 2016. alternet.org The Washington Post and the Intercept both confirmed the report on Wednesday. | President Donald Trump's lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen asked the Qatari government for $1 million in exchange for access to the incoming administration back in December 2016, multiple reports confirmed Wednesday, raising more questions about Cohen's post-election efforts to cash in on his boss's win. The Intercept reported the request as confirmed by Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, who was an investor with the nation's sovereign wealth fund. Al-Ruhmaihi said Cohen asked him for the money, but he never agreed to make the payment. In the recently disclosed details from the shell company Cohen used to accept payments from multiple companies after the election, including one backed by a Russian oligarch, there was no mention of any firm connected to Al-Ruhmaihi. In response to the Intercept, Cohen denied making the request. The

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

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.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-16). Documents expose right-wing effort to destroy public worker unions. peoplesworld.org

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 […]

Dina Radke, Media Matters (2018-05-16). The U.S. Senate Just Voted to Save Net Neutrality—Mainstream Media Was Too Trump-Obsessed to Care. alternet.org This is a really big deal, but you wouldn't know it from the reporting. | Today, senators voted on a resolution to undo a 2017 move by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end net neutrality regulations, but major television and print media outlets have devoted little more than a few mentions to the issue. This dearth of coverage may stem in part from the distraction of President Donald Trump, as since his election, media outlets have been laser-focused on his statements and actions. Several significant Trump-related stories did break today, but it's nonetheless obvious that media outlets have done little to address their Trump obsession and prioritize the many other issues that matter to Americans. Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon to give their users equal access to all internet content. Upending. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). Rudy Giuliani Says If Trump Campaign Colluded with the Russias 'They Would Have Used It&#039. alternet.org The president's lawyer's appearances on Fox News continue to be. . . bizarre. | Appearing on Fox News Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani, who is somehow still President Donald Trump's lawyer, made a perplexing admission for someone who is supposed to be defending the president. Discussing the fact that multiple members of Trump's campaign met with Russian representatives in order to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton, Giuliani dismissed any allegations of wrongdoing out of hand. "There's nothing illegal about that," he said to Laura Ingraham. "Even if it comes from a Russian or a German or an American, it doesn't matter. And they never used it, is the main thing. They never used it — they rejected it. If there was collusion with the Russians, they would have used it. "Aside from admitting that the Trump campaign was more than willing to collude with the Russians. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). Trump Doesn't Want to Prep for the North Korea Summit: Senior Administration Official. alternet.org "He doesn't think he needs to" prepare, a senior administration official told Time in a new report. | President Donald Trump doesn't think he needs to do much prep work for his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to a new report from Time magazine citing an anonymous senior official. The official reportedly told the magazine that Trump doesn't think he needs to prepare, despite the immense complexity such negotiations will inevitably entail and the vast stakes in play. Some aides are reportedly working to plan time in the president's schedule for dealing with Kim, but there's been no coherent strategy for getting Trump ready to face the challenge. Though the report only relies on one source, another unnamed official provided a comment that is almost as damning. This person said "there is a robust, whole-of-government effort underway to prepare. . .

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

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

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

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. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-16). 'They Never Say Sorry': MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Chides the New York Times over Pseudo-Apology on Trump Election Story. alternet.org "This is a big moment in American journalism. " | It seems the New York Times may be trying to express some regrets about one of its most controversial articles in recent years. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow pointed out that in a portion of the Times' blockbuster and extremely detailed Wednesday report about the origins of the Russia investigation — called by the codename "Crossfire Hurricane" — the outlet gave something close to a mea culpa. It relates to the story headlined "Investigating Donald Trump, F. B. I Sees No Clear Link to Russia," which was published just over a week before the 2016 election. The story noted that the FBI had started an investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016, yet it said there was no "conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. "

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

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). 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). 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…

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). 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). 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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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). Bangladesh: Skirting the Issues at the UN. hrw.org Tear gas is seen while police take their position in the street of Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Mohammad Ponir Hossain | (Geneva) — The Bangladesh delegation to the United Nation's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on May 14, 2018, failed to respond to pressing human rights concerns in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. | The law minister, Anisul Huq, speaking for the government, highlighted only what the government considered to be positive steps and glossed over concerns about critical issues such as enforced disappearances, secret and arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, and a crackdown on freedom of speech and association. Bangladesh should show its commitment to human rights by giving full consideration to recommendations from other countries and accepting those that would significantly improve its…

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