2018-06-01: News Headlines

Franklin Lamb (2018-06-01). Syrian Students: We pray the "Mother" of our Revolution is Scylla. counterpunch.org Damascus University Were one to credit the notion that Bashar Assad, Ali Khamenei, Hassan Nasrallah, some Gulf countries, Israel, the USA and several countries in the West, among others, are Stepmothers of ISIS and coddled them to varying degrees since the March 2011 Syrian Revolution—Well, who's the Mother? Spending a spring afternoon with a group More

Katalina Khoury (2018-06-01). A Decolonized Praxis: an Outsider's Rudimentary Deconstruction of Black Civilization. counterpunch.org I am an anthropologist in that I have been trained in and study, in both university and professional work settings, the science of qualitative variables. This entails conducting interviews, participant-observation, focus groups, archival and literature-based research, surveys, and other anthropological research methods in a reasonably objective manner. I come to the topic that is the More

Ishmael Reed (2018-06-01). The Segregated Media Says It's All Roseanne's Fault. counterpunch.org Beginning in 1968 and until 2005, I held classes in Literature and writing at the University of California at Berkeley. Once in a while, I ran into a student who tried to get a rise out of me by writing a racist story or making a racist comment. I'd instruct the class that they could More

Robert Fantina (2018-06-01). Palestine and the World Community: What's Next? counterpunch.org It is just two weeks since U.S. President Donald Trump defied nearly the entire international community, and his own military advisors, and moved the U.S. embassy in Apartheid Israel to Jerusalem. Israel celebrated this event by killing 60 unarmed, peaceful Palestinians who were participating in a demonstration to demand their internationally-guaranteed right of return. These More

Mel Gurtov (2018-06-01). Who Is Kim Yong-chol? counterpunch.org General Kim Yong-chol is arriving in New York to discuss North Korea's denuclearization with top US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo whom Kim has met twice. The meetings promise to be difficult because Kim has a reputation as a tough negotiator who is very familiar with intelligence and weapons issues. Kim may also More

Joseph Natoli (2018-06-01). Damage Done. counterpunch.org "My own view is that however ferocious the current hour feels, American history tells us that the people, when properly engaged in politics, have always managed to survive even the most divisive of presidents and the most depressing of eras." — Jon Meacham "Civilization is the agreement, slowly arrived at, to let the abyss alone." More

Roger Harris (2018-06-01). Venezuela Defies the US Empire Reelecting Maduro. counterpunch.org The Venezuelan people reelected Nicolás Maduro for a second presidential term on May 20. A US-backed political tide of reaction had been bucked, which had swept away previously left-leaning Latin American governments — often by extra-parliamentary means — in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Honduras, and even Ecuador. The US and the rightwing opposition in Venezuela More

Gary Leupp (2018-06-01). Trump is Alienating Europe, and This Is a Good Thing. counterpunch.org Thesis: the main achievement of the Trump administration to date has been to alienate European allies, in particular Germany, France and Britain, thus weakening the Atlantic Alliance. Originally concerned by candidate Trump's questioning of NATO's continuing relevance, they have been satisfied by Trump's re-commitment to the alliance (even as he moans about the member countries' More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-06-01). Badge of Impunity. counterpunch.org What does it take to awaken a somnambulant media these days? Getting shot in the back 8 times by trigger-happy cops while standing in your grandmother's backyard while holding a cell phone? That was the fate of young Stephon Clark on the night of March 18 in the Meadowview neighborhood of Sacramento, whose ghastly murder More

Missy Comley Beattie (2018-06-01). Very Little or No Hope. counterpunch.org A few weeks ago, I wrote an article, one I didn't submit. I'd given it to my son to read. His response was: "You need to see a psychiatrist." No, I'm not depressed. I'm worried, anxious—about our planet, the future for my children and yours. I read the other opinion pieces here, the writers who More

Colin Todhunter (2018-06-01). From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery. counterpunch.org The father of modern public relations and spin, Edward Bernays was a cold, cynical manipulator of mass perception. He knew that by shaping people's desires in a certain way, governments and corporations could sell just about any notion to the masses and manipulate them at will. Whether it was whipping up fear about the bogeyman More

Paul Edwards (2018-06-01). The Bully's Pulpit. counterpunch.org Efforts at taxonomy of the creature Trump have failed. Vituperation and execration have exhausted their utility. Define the beast by its behavior. Taking him at his word—absurd, of course—that his actions are intended to make America great again—has to show what that must mean for him. His triumphs, then: to favor obscene wealth in taxation; More

Dana Cook (2018-06-01). "What is Going On in My Country?" RFK's Assassination, 50 Years Later. counterpunch.org Barely two months after civil rights leader Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis on April 4, 1968, the New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedywas gunned down in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen on the night of June 5, after having won the California primary. George Carlin, Lauren Bacall, Andy Warhol, Sammy More

Howard Lisnoff (2018-06-01). Back in the USSR? No, It's Actually Back in the U.S. counterpunch.org Yes, readers, it's official, the U.S. is a country with all kinds of hate. I opened the Internet on Memorial Day thinking about my father-in-law, Bill Solomon, who said that he fought in World War II to stop Hitler. He was wounded in battles in North Africa and on D-Day, but never really wanted anything More

Erik Molvar (2018-06-01). Not So Fast With That Wyoming Grizzly Hunt. counterpunch.org The Wyoming Game and Fish Department just authorized a plan to open a grizzly bear hunting season this September. Not so fast. A federal judge in Missoula could place the Yellowstone grizzly population back under Endangered Species Act protection before then, with a hearing on several lawsuits (full disclosure: including one by Western Watersheds Project More

John W. Whitehead (2018-06-01). Whose Country Is This? Is the Constitution Even Welcome Here Anymore? counterpunch.org "The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread. When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out 'stop!' When crimes begin More

John Feffer (2018-06-01). Trump's Korean Shell Game. counterpunch.org Conmen always keep up a patter. While they're extracting the wallet from your pocket, they maintain a nonstop monologue so that you focus on their mouth and not what they're doing with their hands. Beware the voluble stranger. Donald Trump has always been a talker. Even before he discovered Twitter, Trump was constantly bending people's More

Jonah Raskin (2018-06-01). Eric Mann: Public Organizer. counterpunch.org "I think that the left has a lot to offer today, if you don't jump too far ahead and don't think you're anyone's vanguard." — Eric Mann, Los Angeles May 28, 2018 Eric, I know that you're written a dozen books, including most recently "Playbook for Progressives," and that you're now writing about your own More

Martha Burk (2018-06-01). Long Live the Litigators. counterpunch.org Shortly after Donald Trump was awarded the presidency by our perverted and antiquated electoral system, I got desperate calls from some normally non-political family members and friends. They wanted to know what they could do to counter the governing debacle they knew would come. Most asked where they could give money. I had only one More

Louis Proyect (2018-06-01). The Secrets of Katyn. counterpunch.org Now rentable on iTunes, Amazon and other VOD platforms for $5.99, "The Last Witness" is a narrative film about the Katyn massacre of 1940. This joint Polish-British production is well worth seeing both for its dramatic power and for its probing examination of how England served Stalin's Great Russian chauvinism by covering up the massacre More

Andres D. Medellin (2018-06-01). Yanga: The Forgotten Rebellion Against Colonial Rule in Mexico. counterpunch.org At the beginning of the 17th Century, hiding in the coastal highlands of Veracruz in New Spain (the territory which encompasses Mexico at present), the members of the palenques (communities of escaped slaves) attacked both merchants and soldiers, with weapons that were captured from their erstwhile Spanish slavers. Spain was unable to contain the resistance for more than More

Jill Richardson (2018-06-01). Unlearning Racial Bias Takes Time, But It's Worth It. counterpunch.org Starbucks recently closed its stores for a one-day racial bias training for all its employees. Unfortunately, I think there's a good chance it won't make much difference. How can I say so confidently that a day of training will have no effect? Because I teach sociology of race at the college level. I know what it takes More

Robert Hunziker (2018-06-01). Toxic Chemicals — PR Nightmare. counterpunch.org More>

Sam Pizzigati (2018-06-01). How Life-Affirming Tales of Modest Multi-Millionaires can Reinforce a Troubling Message. counterpunch.org Sylvia Bloom died in 2016, an unknown 96-year-old. Now the world knows all about her. The New York Times recently profiled the remarkable fortune Sylvia Bloom quietly accumulated over the course of her 67-year career as a legal secretary. That fortune totaled over $9 million. And Bloom has now left the bulk of that wealth, the Times reveals, to help children More

James Munson (2018-06-01). Sanctioning Venezuela: Pain For Pain's Sake? counterpunch.org As heartbreaking as it is for Americans to think one country might (might) meddle in another's affairs, we've been meddling in Venezuela's. The US wants regime change, and has since Hugo Chavez put most Venezuelans, the poor ones, on radar. But on what grounds? Anarchy? Tyranny? Corruption? To read and believe the hype, Maduro has More

John Dassieu (2018-06-01). Smokescreens Fuel the Art World. counterpunch.org In the artworld of today, the more an artist is outspoken about what he is failing to observe right in front of his bright nose, the more his mouth seems great, the more he is considered a brilliant and valuable artist. But a true artist doesn't need to exist through endless immature rhetoric that resonates More

Andrew Levine (2018-06-01). Democrats are From Hell; Republicans are From Hell's Lowest Circle, and Trump is From Somewhere Else Altogether. counterpunch.org For nearly three decades, the right has been going after the Clintons — first mainly Bill, then mainly Hillary — for all the wrong reasons. The right reasons are the many ways that the Clintons and those who think like them — that would be most Democrats — are like Republicans. More

Gerald Coles (2018-06-01). Billionaires Want Poor Children's Brains to Work Better. counterpunch.org Why are many poor children not learning and succeeding in school? For billionaire Bill Gates, who funded the start-up of the failed Common Core Curriculum Standards, and has been bankrolling the failing charter schools movement, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, it's time to look for another answer, this one at the neurological level. Poor children's malfunctioning brains, More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-06-01). Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western Nations. counterpunch.org On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine on the struggle, aspirations and history of the Palestinian people. But, More

Ricardo Vaz (2018-06-01). "Pueblo a Pueblo": Building Food Sovereignty in Venezuela. counterpunch.org San Agustín is a neighbourhood that starts close to the centre of Caracas and then runs up the hills. With an Afro-Venezuelan majority, it is known for its music, artistic talent and cultural riches, and more recently for the cable car that connects San Agustín to the centre of Caracas. Nevertheless, our visit to San More

Donald Kaufman (2018-06-01). California Senate Backs Strict Guarantees of 'Net Neutrality'. truthdig.com The Electronic Frontier Foundation calls the bill "a gold standard for states looking to protect net neutrality." The measure is unlikely to cause any smiles at AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

Sam Husseini (2018-06-01). "Arrested Development" as Allegory for U.S. Political Institutions. counterpunch.org Stephen Walt‚Äè, professor of international relations at Harvard, several years ago remarked that "Arrested Development" is both a "great show and a terrific description of U.S. political institutions." Recent events involving the actors perhaps illustrate the limits of parody: A show about the people with no self awareness hardly precludes such behavior among at least the More

Geoff Dutton (2018-06-01). Franking Privileges: Barney and the Jet Set. counterpunch.org Remember good old Barney Frank, the loudmouth former legislator from Massachusetts' 4th District? (Even after 50 years in the Bay State, he still talks Joisey.) He's gay and proud (having first out himself privately in the late 70s and then publicly in 1987), and still sports a progressive patina that over time has become a More

Ilana Novick (2018-06-01). People With Severe Mental Illness Die 15 to 30 Years Before Other Americans. truthdig.com There's a hidden factor increasing American mortality rates, one that goes beyond race, ethnicity, location or even socio-economic class. It's the presence of serious mental illness, Dhruv Khullar reports in The New York Times' TheUpshot blog, and it's killing more Americans than we think. | It's a widening gap, and one, Khullar writes, "That has been growing, but it receives considerably less academic study or public attention." | He continues, "The extraordinary life expectancy gains of the past half-century have left these patients behind, with the result that Americans with serious mental illness live shorter lives than those in many of the world's poorest countries." | Khullar also challenges claims that those with mental illness more frequently die by their own hand. In fact, he writes, "they're much more likely to die of the same things as everyone else: cancer, heart disease,…

Richard Klin (2018-06-01). When He Was Good: Grappling With Philip Roth. counterpunch.org One of my bookshelves is entirely filled with the works of Philip Roth. Although an avid reader of his work, there are a host of other writers whose work I love more. My Roth-heavy bookshelf is indicative of many things: a long and prodigious output, for one. His oeuvre was enormous. Much of it was More

Jarrid Green (2018-06-01). A Future for Homeownership. counterpunch.org At this point, it's no secret that America has an affordable housing problem. Home ownership, long the staple of the "American Dream," is increasingly a privilege enjoyed only by the wealthier and whiter. For many young people, the opportunity their parents had to build stable wealth through home ownership seems like a cruel joke in More

David Underhill (2018-06-01). Waffle House Serves History Scrambled: Arrest of Chikesia Clemons Follows Familiar Recipe. counterpunch.org Only saturation in Clorox could create somebody whiter than me. By ancestry, upbringing and appearance I'm as standard Euro white as any American can be. Yet there I was—almost the only white face in a packed black church, in a black neighborhood squeezed between the railroad tracks and the swamp and known as the Blackjack, More

Ralph Nader (2018-06-01). Professional Societies: Corporate Service, or Public Services for You! counterpunch.org They call themselves non-profit professional societies, but they often act as enabling trade associations for the companies and businesspeople who fund them. At their worst, they serve their paymasters and remain in the shadows, avoiding publicity and visibility. When guided by their better angels, professional societies can be authoritative tribunes for a more healthy and More

Consortiumnews.com (2018-06-01). Bolton Flunky Fleitz Raises Stakes for Iran. consortiumnews.com From the Archive: Islamophobe & Bolton pal Fred Fleitz has been named chief of staff for the National Security Council. Fletiz was a danger a decade ago in the Bush administration and is even more so now, recalls Ray McGovern…. Read more →

Kim Ives (2018-06-01). Jovenel MoàØse in Taiwan: How the Republic of China Is Buying Haiti, Again. counterpunch.org From May 26 to Jun. 1, 2018, Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse and First Lady Martine MoàØse are heading a 30-person delegation on a "state visit" to the renegade Chinese island province of Taiwan, which calls itself the Republic of China (ROC). Only 18 of the world's 195 states recognize the ROC. That number was 20 More

Staff (2018-06-01). A 'Full Frontal' Slur, and Then an Apology to Ivanka. truthdig.com Comedian Samantha Bee's on-air remark—which the White House calls "vile and vicious"—agitates the culture warriors again while the Roseanne Barr flap is still echoing.

Roy Eidelson (2018-06-01). Authoritarians, Plutocrats and the Fight for Racial Justice. counterpunch.org On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump routinely lashed out at protesters brazen enough to disrupt his choreographed rallies. In Birmingham, Alabama, he shouted, "Get him out of here. Throw him out!" The next day he added, "Maybe he should have been roughed up." In Burlington, Vermont, Trump ordered his security personnel to "Throw them out into the cold…Don't give them their coats. No coats! Confiscate their coats." In Las Vegas, Nevada, he told the crowd, "I'd like to punch him in the face" and reminisced about earlier days when demonstrators would be "carried out on stretchers." More

Kaveh Afrasiabi (2018-06-01). India's Hidden Message To UN On Iran. iranian.com In a remarkable and somewhat unprecedented rebuke of the US administration, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced that India will not respect unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran and will recognize "only the UN sanctions." Bound to raise tensions with Washington, India's brave decision reflects both India's political evolution and the primacy of her own […]

Reverend Aaron (2018-06-01). Jordon Peterson's Public Tantrum of Inner-Turmoil. counterpunch.org Jordon B. Peterson: The little known Canadian college professor who made his entre into the broader public perception by throwing down a public freak out over the use of pronouns and how to avoid being a complete piece of shit when you use them. That is to say, no one had ever heard of this More

Roy Morrison (2018-06-01). The Challenge of a Trump Era: What's Coming Next? counterpunch.org How do we move on from the soul killing and depressing depths of a Trump era? Undoubtedly, the wanton excesses of the political, economic, moral, and social carnage of a Trump presidency is leading to countervailing and healing responses. Now's not the time for half measures, or a liberal restoration, but for pursuing new pathways More

Ron Jacobs (2018-06-01). Badass Tragedy. counterpunch.org The hallmark of any great country song is tragedy. In other words, when a calamity (or series of calamities) leads to the downfall of one or more of the song's protagonists. Usually, the tragedy is presented as a series of events out of the singer's control. In large part, the lack of control is related More

Nick Pemberton (2018-06-01). Ivanka's Full Frontal. counterpunch.org Good my lord, You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I return those duties back as are right fit: Obey you, love you, and most honor you. — Cordelia, King Lear Last Sunday Ivanka Trump posted a curiously timed photo of herself nuzzled up to her son with the caption "Sunday Morning." This came More

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Harley-Davidson workers' anger grows over impending Kansas City plant closure. wsws.org Fueling outrage is the company's brazen display of corporate greed, showering investors with hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends and stock buybacks.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Japanese and Russian leaders meet to discuss economic and security concerns. wsws.org The summit between Abe and Putin highlighted the cracks emerging between Tokyo and Washington.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Trump administration takes major step toward global trade war. wsws.org The European Union said it would take immediate steps to retaliate, warning of a 1930s-style depression.

Lee Fang (2018-06-01). Leaked Emails Show Google Expected Lucrative Military Drone AI Work to Grow Exponentially. theintercept.com Google reportedly played down the size of the contract in discussions with uneasy employees, but leaked emails show the company expected revenue to grow rapidly.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Remembrance Day in Sri Lanka exposes dead end of Tamil nationalism. wsws.org Tamil National Alliance officials were thrown out of the memorial of the May 18 massacre that ended of the Sri Lankan Civil War, as mass anger rises against the TNA.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). One million Indian bank employees and thousands of Sri Lankan railway workers strike. wsws.org Industrial action has erupted across the subcontinent against government austerity measures.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). The New York Times and the murder that wasn't. wsws.org The response to the staged murder of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko stands as an exposure of the US media.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). YouTube removes "drill" music videos at request of London's Metropolitan Police. wsws.org On the basis of a few isolated cases, an entire musical genre is being targeted on the basis that it is responsible for what is described as a "surge" in knife crime in London.

RT (2018-06-01). Florida court awards $0.04 to family of man killed by cop inside his own garage. rt.com A family in Florida is seeking justice after a jury awarded them a total of 4 cents in compensation for the death of their father, killed in his own garage by police officers who arrived on a noise complaint.
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amnesty.org (2018-06-01). Tunisia: Truth and Dignity Commission Must Be Kept Alive. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Impoverishment pushes another New York City taxi driver to suicide. wsws.org In the five months from the beginning of the year, five taxi or livery drivers have committed suicide due to dramatic income declines caused by competition from ride-share companies.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). 1968: The general strike and the student revolt in France. wsws.org Fifty years ago, in May—June 1968, a general strike brought France to the brink of proletarian revolution. This eight-part series describes the events and draws the political lessons for today.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Facebook blocks ads in midst of US primary elections. wsws.org As part of the campaign against "Russian influence," Facebook implemented new advertising rules that heavily favor established candidates.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). The anti-worker program of Italy's new populist and neo-fascist government. wsws.org The policies adopted in the new government's program reflect the neo-fascist character of Lega as well as the law-and-order approach of the Five Star Movement.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Migrant children, increasingly separated from their parents, fill US detention centers. wsws.org The spike in child detentions is the result of a new policy announced last month to criminally prosecute all undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border.

RT (2018-06-01). Google lists California Republicans as 'Nazis,' blames Wikipedia 'vandals'. rt.com Google admitted to an over-reliance on public sources to shield itself from accusations of political bias, after its automated algorithm listed 'Nazism' among the California Republican Party's ideologies, triggering a scandal.
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wsws.org (2018-06-01). Fed eases "Volcker Rule" limits on bank speculation. wsws.org The move is the latest step in a systematic campaign to lift even the mild restrictions on bank activities imposed after the 2008 Wall Street crash.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Naomi Klein promotes pro-war, pro-austerity NDP as antidote to populist far-right. wsws.org Under conditions of a global resurgence of the class struggle, Klein has intervened in the Ontario election campaign to try to refurbish the NDP's tattered "left" credentials and resuscitate illusions in the failed national-reformist perspective.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Ellicott City, Maryland hit by major flood, one reported dead. wsws.org The Baltimore suburb was still recovering from a similar flood two years ago when it was inundated by heavy rains on Sunday.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Israel deepens crackdown on human rights advocates, opponents of government's policies. wsws.org Professor Katherine Franke, along with three other human rights activists, were deported from Israel as part of a crackdown on all opposition to Israeli government policy.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-01). UAE: Award-Winning Activist Jailed For 10 Years. hrw.org (Beirut) — The UAE should immediately release Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights activist, and vacate the 10-year prison sentence issued against him for crimes that appear to violate his right to free expression. Ahmed Mansoor speaks to Reuters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 30, 2011. | © 2011 Reuters | Authorities arrested Mansoor, who won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award in 2015 and is a member of Human Rights Watch's Middle East advisory committee, on March 20, 2017. He was held in an unknown location for more than a year with no access to a lawyer and only very limited family visits and was sentenced on May 29, 2018. | "The UAE has exposed itself as a brutally repressive place more interested in sending rights defenders to rot in jail than…

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Australian "terrorist weapon" was a modified fly swatter. wsws.org The belated police admission raises further questions about the supposed bomb plot and the "war on terror."

RT (2018-06-01). US warns against attacking its troops after Assad says they'll leave Syria 'one way or another&#039. rt.com US troops are not leaving Syria and any attempt to remove them by force will be met with an armed response, a top Pentagon official said, reacting to Syrian President Bashar Assad's RT interview.
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wsws.org (2018-06-01). French rail workers strike at a crossroads. wsws.org As the unions begin calling to put an end to the strike, the strike must be taken out of the hands of the unions and waged on an independent, revolutionary perspective.

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Australian students support June 17 Sydney rally demanding freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org "The governments know that by attacking Assange, it will have a ripple effect. They want every single student who is against war to be intimidated."

wsws.org (2018-06-01). Argentina's Socialist Workers Party (PTS) denounces Brazilian truckers strike. wsws.org The PTS labeled the strike as right-wing, solidarizing itself with the government's repressive measures.

Michael Carmichael (2018-05-31). RFK's Son Robert Francis Kennedy Jr: I Don't Believe Sirhan Did It. globalresearch.ca As a witness of the broadcast of RFK's victory speech and the virtually simultaneous announcement of his assassination at the Ambassador Hotel while I was serving as a university coordinator for RFK for President, I feel a heavy sense of …

truth-out.org (2018-05-31). Barr the Bigot: How Racism Exposes the Authoritarian Strain. truth-out.org Roseanne Barr interviewed by Dana Weiss during the 7th Annual Jerusalem Post Conference at Marriott Marquis Hotel on April 29, 2018. (Photo: Lev Radin / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Truthout readers like you made this story possible. Show your support for independent news: Make a tax-deductible donation today! | Six years before Disney's ABC network decided to give her another shot at television glory, Roseanne Barr ran for president as the Peace and Freedom Party's nominee after losing the Green Party nod to Jill Stein. Just before the 2012 election, Barr said something horrible and ignorant about transgender people on Twitter and wound up in a shouting match with the world. | Sounds familiar. | The consternation was considerable at the time. Barr had spoken at Occupy rallies and campaigned on a progressive Green Party platform,…

Staff (2018-05-31). Putin's Big Economic Conference Is a Big Deal This Year. truthdig.com The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum was the largest ever, with 17,000 guests, including Emmanuel Macron of France, Shinzo Abe of Japan, Wang Quishan of China and IMF General Director Christine Lagarde.

truth-out.org (2018-05-31). Noam Chomsky: Building Spaces of Resistance. truth-out.org The Instinct for Cooperation is a graphic novel that incorporates Noam Chomsky's political analysis into real-life stories from those on the front lines of the US's struggle for economic justice and human dignity. In his conversation with Noam Chomsky, Jeffrey Wilson discusses the importance of group action to achieve revolutionary goals. An admirer of Noam Chomsky, Jeffrey Wilson interviewed him and then created a graphic novel, with Eliseu Gouveia, on the implications of creating spaces of resistance. Get the book by clicking here. | Capitalism atomizes society into individuals who accept the status quo. In his conversation with Noam Chomsky, Jeffrey Wilson discusses the importance of group action to achieve revolutionary goals. | Copyright (2018) by Jeffrey Wilson. Not to be republished with permission of the publisher, Seven Stories Press.

Shane Quinn (2018-05-31). "I Have a Nuclear Button, … And My Button Works" Trump Is Far More Dangerous than Hitler? globalresearch.ca In early January this year, American president Donald Trump singled out his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un when writing, "…please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger and more powerful one than …

Frank Sellers (2018-05-31). Germany Commits to Iran's Economic Development, Further Proving Trump's Sanctions Aren't Working. mintpressnews.com Despite Trump's best efforts to isolate Iran through the imposition of sanctions both on Iran and any government or business doing commerce with Iran, its partners in the JCPOA, which Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a few weeks ago, are committed to preserving both the nuclear accord and their business ties with Iran. | German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, speaking before the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, has indicated that Germany committed to improving Iran's commercial ties and economy as long as Iran remains compliant with the deal. | trend News Agency reports: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Berlin is prepared to help Iran improve its economy and business ties while Tehran remains committed to a landmark nuclear agreement it signed with major powers in 2015, Press TV reported. | "We will continue to make efforts to fulfill…

truth-out.org (2018-05-31). John Bolton Names Professional Islamophobe and Bush Official Fred Fleitz to National Security Staff. truth-out.org A longtime senior staffer at an anti-Muslim think tank has been named by National Security Adviser John Bolton as his new chief of staff. Fred Fleitz formerly served as Bolton's undersecretary of state in the George W. Bush administration. He now joins the Trump administration from the Center for Security Policy, a think tank founded by former Reagan administration official Frank Gaffney. The Southern Poverty Law Center designated the organization an anti-Muslim extremist group. We speak with Eric Levitz, associate editor for New York Magazine's "Daily Intelligencer," whose recent piece is headlined "Bolton Installs Anti-Muslim Wingnut as NSC Chief of Staff." | TRANSCRIPT: | NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to the longtime senior staffer at an anti-Muslim think tank who has been named by National Security Adviser John Bolton as his new chief of staff. Fred Fleitz formerly served as Bolton's undersecretary of…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-05-31). Qingdao SCO Summit: "Secret Meeting" between Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un? globalresearch.ca The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will hold its 18th annual summit meeting in Qingdao, Shandong Province on June 9-10, barely a few days before the (scheduled) Kim-Trump Summit in Singapore on June 12-14. The SCO meetings will be chaired by …

Emile Schepers (2018-05-31). To understand the immigration crisis, follow events in Central America. peoplesworld.org On May 23, a 19-year-old Guatemalan indigenous woman, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, was shot dead by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the 97 percent Latino town of Rio Bravo, Texas. She had come to the United States without papers because there was no way for her or her family to advance economically in her […]…

Lynn Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking (2018-05-31). Meet the Economist Behind the One Percent's Stealth Takeover of America. alternet.org Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions. | Ask people to name the key minds that have shaped America's burst of radical right-wing attacks on working conditions, consumer rights and public services, and they will typically mention figures like free market-champion Milton Friedman, libertarian guru Ayn Rand, and laissez-faire economists Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. James McGill Buchanan is a name you will rarely hear unless you've taken several classes in economics. And if the Tennessee-born Nobel laureate were alive today, it would suit him just fine that most well-informed journalists, liberal politicians, and even many economics students have little understanding of his work. The reason? Duke historian Nancy MacLean contends that his philosophy is so stark that even young libertarian acolytes are only introduced to it after they have accepted the relatively sunny perspective. . .

Dean Baker (2018-05-31). NYT's 'Economic Logic' Ignores Italy's Economic Reality. fair.org A vote for the euro is a "vote for the right thing," reports the New York Times' Steven Erlanger ( 5/29/18)—"but it's impolitic to say so." | A New York Times article ( 5/29/18), discussing the possibility that Italy will leave the Eurozone, told readers that this decision would defy economic logic. It noted the various downsides for Italy of leaving the euro, and then told readers: As demonstrated by the Brexit vote, which numerous analyses showed would not be good for Britain's health, economic logic does not always prevail. | It's not at all clear that "economic logic" would dictate that Italy is better off in the euro than outside it. Italy's economy has stagnated as a result of having little control over its fiscal, monetary or exchange rate policy. It has consistently performed far worse than "experts" had projected. For…

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2018-05-31). Is Barney Frank Really a Reliable Source on Rolling Back Dodd-Frank Bank Reform? He Works for a Bank. alternet.org Former Massachusetts congressman is a liberal icon whose name is on the bill. He's also a well-paid bank director. | The House of Representatives voted last week to roll back key provisions of the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a 2010 law that increased regulatory scrutiny of banks following the 2008 financial crisis. President Trump signed the new bill executing the partial rollback into law last Thursday. This article originally appeared at FAIR. org. One of the many provisions of the original Dodd-Frank law subjected banks with more than $50 billion in assets to annual economic "stress tests" to gauge their potential for collapse in the event of an economic crisis. The rollback bill raises that threshold to $250 billion, which would exempt at least two dozen "small" banks, including SunTrust, BB&T, Charles Schwab and American Express.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-31). A Middle East with No Master. consortiumnews.com The American abandonment of diplomacy in the Middle East has allowed its clients to pretty much do what they want leading to an ongoing realignment in the region, says Chas Freeman. By Chas W. Freeman Jr. Time was, the countries… Read more →

Robert Fisk (2018-05-31). In the Middle East, Putin Has a Lot to Thank Trump For. counterpunch.org Vladimir Putin will have paid very close attention to the location of the Syrian artillery battery where four Russian soldiers lost their lives at the weekend. The desert around Deir ez-Zour remains a dangerous place — politically as well as physically — in which the Americans and Russians play an extremely risky game of war. More

Jake Johnson (2018-05-31). Trump Announces Full Pardon for 'Openly Racist' Right-Wing Propagandist Dinesh D'Souza. mintpressnews.com President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday that he will fully pardon the " openly racist" right-wing propagandist Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2014 and has— in just the past yearmocked school shooting survivors, circulated anti-semitic lies, and suggested that the white supremacist Charlottesville rally was " staged." | May 31, 2018 | If there was any lingering doubt left that Trump's pledge to 'drain the swamp' in Washington was nothing more than campaign rhetoric, today's pardon of Dinesh D'Souza, a confessed campaign money launderer, should bring those doubts to a close. t.co/j1KxE79XiE | — Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) May 31, 2018 | Preet Bharara, who prosecuted D'Souza as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was quick to respond to Trump's tweet on Thursday, noting

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-31). AFL-CIO launches 'Join a union' ad campaign. peoplesworld.org FreedomToJoin.org. The…

Peter Certo (2018-05-31). Trump Loves Goods from China — As Long as they Make Him Richer. mintpressnews.com Donald Trump built no small part of his political brand railing against Chinese industry—so much so that The Huffington Post once published a supercut of the president sneering the word "China" dozens and dozens of times, for three full minutes. | While Trump's highly charged language about China "raping our country" showcased the president's usual xenophobia, the part about lost jobs spoke to real economic pain that other politicians appeared to ignore. The message played well in parts of the country—like my home state of Ohio, and much of the Midwest besides—that suffered grievously as prosperous industries pulled up their stakes and moved factories to other countries, China chief among them. | Despite wild policy fluctuations on other fronts, Trump has been uncharacteristically consistent on this point. For the last few months, he's been stoking a possible trade conflict…

John W. Whitehead (2018-05-31). Whose Country Is this? Is the Constitution Even Welcome Here Anymore? globalresearch.ca "The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of …

Andrea Germanos (2018-05-31). 'Major Win': California Senate Passes Bill Restoring Net Neutrality. globalresearch.ca Featured image: The California state Senate votes Wednesday on SB 822, which would restore net neutrality protections. (Photo: Free Press/ Free Press Action Fund/flickr/cc) | Update: The California state Senate on Wednesday voted to pass a bill restoring net …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-31). Roseanne Says She 'Begged Like 40 Motherf—–s' to Keep Her Show on the Air. alternet.org "I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything. . . " | Even after pledging to leave Twitter — and then quickly breaking that promise — Roseanne Barr returned to the medium Thursday night to reveal that she "begged like 40 motherf—–s" to keep her show on the air that ABC canceled earlier this week. The network pulled the plug on her highly rated sitcom after she tweeted a racist attack on former adviser to President Barack Obama's former aide Valerie Jarrett. Within hours of the tweet drawing a backlash, ABC announced that the show, which had been revived after having ended back in the '90s, would be canceled. "I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do. . .

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Daniel Lazare (2018-05-31). The Spooks Spooking Themselves. mintpressnews.com With the news that a Cambridge academic-cum-spy named Stefan Halper infiltrated the Trump campaign, the role of the intelligence agencies in shaping the great Russiagate saga is, at last, coming into focus. | It's looking more and more massive. The intelligence agencies initiated reports that Donald Trump was colluding with Russia, they nurtured them and helped them grow, and then they spread the word to the press and key government officials. Reportedly, they even tried to use these reports to force Trump to step down prior to his inauguration. Although the corporate press accuses Trump of conspiring with Russia to stop Hillary Clinton, the reverse now seems to be the case: the Obama administration intelligence agencies worked with Clinton to block " Siberian candidate" Trump. | The template was provided by ex-MI6 Director Richard Dearlove, Halper's friend, and business partner. Sitting…

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-05-31). Did Trump Just Accidentally Reveal He Wrote Melania's Suspiciously Trump-Like Tweet? alternet.org Melania Trump hasn't made a public appearance in three weeks. | Some suspiciously similar phrasing is raising some eyebrows about whether President Donald Trump is writing tweets on behalf of his wife. As highlighted by Politico reporter Kyle Cheney, Trump's Thursday morning tweet attacking the media for its Russia probe coverage begins with the same phrasing as a Wednesday night Melania Trump tweet attacking the media for asking questions about her whereabouts. "The corrupt Mainstream Media is working overtime not to mention the infiltration of people, Spies (Informants), into my campaign! " Trump wrote on Thursday, rehashing his baseless claim that former President Barack Obama implanted a "spy" in his campaign. A tweet from Melania Trump on Wednesday, meanwhile, read, "I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing. "Some media reports have been questioning Melania Trump's whereabouts, as she hasn't made a public appearance of any kind for the past three weeks. Check out both tweets below.

Nathan Park (2018-05-31). International Migration, From Transit to Integration: A Moroccan Initiative for Community Development. globalresearch.ca International migration from sub-Saharan Africa towards Europe and the United States has significantly increased over the past decade. These migration trends, especially towards Europe, directly influence migration patterns to other North African countries. | The specific migration pull and push factors …

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-31). 'Inappropriate and Inexcusable': Samantha Bee Apologizes for Calling Ivanka Trump a 'Feckless C*nt&#039. alternet.org The comedian said she deeply regrets using the word to describe Ivanka Trump. | Comedian Samantha Bee on Thursday apologized to Ivanka Trump after she described the first daughter as a "feckless c*nt" during Wedensday's "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. "In a statement from TBS, Samantha Bee apologizes to Ivanka Trump. pic. twitter. com/elcO4eW165— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 31, 2018"I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night," Bee wrote on Twitter. "It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it. "The apology came after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders demanded TBS kick Bee off the air for her "vile and vicious" remark about Ivanka Trump. "The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious. The collective silence by. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-31). Our Dad's Pledge to You, the Reader. consortiumnews.com "The core responsibility of a journalist is to have an open mind toward any information you might find, to have no agenda, and to have no preferred outcome. In other words, I don't care what the truth is. I just… Read more →

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