2019-05-08: News Headlines

The New Arab (2019-05-08). Senior Trump Adviser Uses Fake Video to Defend Israel's Attacks on Gaza. globalresearch.ca An advisor to US President Donald Trump has been caught red handed using fake videos to attack Palestinians, even as Israeli airstrikes killed 24 civilians in Gaza over the weekend. | Katrina Pierson, senior advisor to Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, …

PNN (2019-05-08). Israel Damaged over 800 Gaza Homes in Three Days. globalresearch.ca Deputy Housing Minister in Gaza Naji Sarhan said that 130 residential apartments were completely destroyed, while 700 others were partially destroyed in the three day Israeli strikes on Gaza. | In a statement, Sarhan said that the emergency staff of the …

United Nations (2019-05-08). Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official. un.org Millions of dollars in emergency funding is needed in Gaza to save the shattered limbs of some 1,700 people who have been seriously injured in demonstrations against Israel along the border fence, a top UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday.

WSWS (2019-05-08). Canada's Liberal government abets US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela. wsws.org Last week Canada proclaimed its support for Guaidó's coup attempt and stepped up its efforts to bring to power a far-right, pro-imperialist regime in Caracas.

Eds. (2019-05-08). U.S. State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin. mronline.org The Grayzone has obtained a list of "key outcomes" on Venezuela deleted out of apparent embarrassment by the State Department. It boasts of wrecking the nation's economy, destabilizing its military, and puppeteering its political opposition. | Source

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-08). Will the Trump Regime Attack Venezuela and Iran? globalresearch.ca Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations. | Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton….

plenglish (2019-05-08). Venezuelan Justice Investigates Those Involved in Attempted Coup. plenglish.com Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and the Public Ministry of Venezuela are carrying out an investigation to determine those involved in the attempted coup d"état on April 30, when five people were killed.

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-08). Failed 'coup' actually a corporate fake news story designed to trick Venezuelan soldiers and the public. nationofchange.org we now know the truth: the whole thing was a fraud staged at the instigation of Washington in hopes that the Venezuelan people and rank-and-file troops would fall for the trick and think a coup was underway.

Staff (2019-05-08). What Is Happening at the Venezuelan Embassy Is an Outrage. truthdig.com Right here in Washington DC an unprecedented showdown is unfolding. Venezuelan supporters of self-declared interim president Juan Guaido have been trying to take over the Venezuelan Embassy. This goes against international law, the wishes of the government in control in Venezuela, and the dogged determination of a group of US citizens called the Embassy Protection Collective, who have been living in the Embassy since April 15. | A takeover of the embassy of a sovereign nation whose government holds power and is recognized by the United Nations would be illegal according to the 1961 Vienna Conventions on Diplomati…

RT (2019-05-08). Pence lifts US sanctions from Venezuela's defector general, hopes to inspire more turncoats. rt.com The US has lifted sanctions from a former Venezuelan spy chief, who recently defected from President Nicolas Maduro's side. US Vice President Mike Pence hopes this incentive will prompt others to defect as well.

TeleSUR English (2019-05-08). US Venezuela Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert. venezuelanalysis.com UN expert Idriss Jazairy stated that unilateral measures are against the U.N.'s Declaration on the Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and cooperation among States.

Atilio A. Borón (2019-05-08). Trump, emulating Hitler. mronline.org Against this plan led today by Trump and his collaborators, free peoples from all over the world are on the front line with Venezuela. Therefore, international solidarity with their struggle is an inescapable moral imperative for all women and all men of good will. | Source

Jennifer Matsui (2019-05-08). A Permanent, Soylent-Based Solution to Capitalism. counterpunch.org The architects of "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran know only too well that their interventions never bring about anything beyond chaos, destruction and death. Our Overlords are not deluded, pie-in-the-sky dreamers but clear-sighted, rational merchants of nightmares. Where we see endless despair and violence as a result of their meddling, they see a surge More

plenglish (2019-05-08). China Reaffirms Respect for UN Charter on Venezuela Issue Resolution. plenglish.com Beijing, May 8 ( Prensa Latina ) China reaffirmed Wednesday its call to respect the basic principles of the UN Charter in any initiative to resolve the situation in Venezuela, stressing that internal affairs belong to its government and people.

plenglish (2019-05-08). US is Acting in Venezuela like the ' West Cowboy ', Spanish FM Says. plenglish.com Madrid, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Spain"s Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, accused Wednesday the United States of behaving like a "cowboy" in Venezuela and demanded a solution to the political conflict in that country through peaceful means.

plenglish (2019-05-08). President Maduro Ratifies Commitment to Red Cross Principles. plenglish.com Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday praised the work carried out by the International Red Cross and ratified the Executive"s commitment to cooperate with the agency.

Medea Benjamin (2019-05-08). Social movements under intense attack despite Colombia 'peace plan'. nationofchange.org This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | With Venezuela occupying the small bandwidth our media has for news about Latin America, there is virtually no information about Colombia, where a horrible wave of violence in the past two years has taken the lives of hundreds of social movement leaders and activists around the country, especially in places such as Cauca, Antioquia, Santander and Arauca. That's why Colombia's social movements organized the Humanitarian Refugee Convergence, w…

plenglish (2019-05-08). Plans Against Cuba, Venezuela are Interfering, Diaz-Canel Denounced. plenglish.com Havana, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said today that US plans against the Caribbean island and the Venezuelan people are perverse and highly interfering.

plenglish (2019-05-08). Venezuela ¥s Armed Force Rejects US Meddling. plenglish.com 08 de mayo de 2019, 15: 49Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) rejected on Wednesday statements made Tuesday regarding Venezuela by the Head of the US Southern Command, Admiral Craig Stephen Faller.

United Nations (2019-05-08). FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict. un.org "I want the war to stop, I want to go home and I want to go to school" – the melancholy words of a 15-year-old Ola who has been caught up in the civil war in Yemen; her story is one of many which features in a photo exhibition called Caught in Conflict put on by the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) in the United States.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2019. democracynow.org Iran to Suspend Part of Nuclear Deal Citing U.S. Sanctions, Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq As U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, UN Rapporteur Slams U.S. For Using Sanctions to Precipitate Humanitarian Disasters, 1 Dead, 8 Injured in Colorado School Shooting Near Columbine, NYT: Trump's Tax Records Show He Lost Over $1 Billion Between 1985 and 1994, House Prepares to Hold Barr in Contempt as Justice Dept. Advises Trump to Invoke Executive Privilege, Georgia Enacts One of Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Bans, Uber & Lyft Drivers Strike Ahead of Uber's Wall Street Debut, Tens of Thousands of Teachers in Oregon to Wa…

United Nations (2019-05-08). Sahel crisis reaching unprecedented levels, warn top UN humanitarian officials. un.org Repeated and increasingly sophisticated armed attacks in the Sahel and food shortages linked to last year's severe drought, have reached unprecedented levels, putting the future of a "whole generation" at stake, three top UN humanitarian officials said on Wednesday.

Ryan Grim (2019-05-08). The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer. theintercept.com Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…

WSWS (2019-05-08). Arizona students demand release of classmate detained by immigration agents. wsws.org Over 200 high school students in Tucson, Arizona walked out of school Monday to protest the detention and deportation of their classmate, Thomas Torres.

Aída Chávez (2019-05-08). Sen. Ron Wyden Demands Answers From DHS and Private Intel Firm Over Spying on Anti-Trump Immigration Protests. theintercept.com Homeland Security distributed information about protests collected by spies for hire. An influential senator on surveillance issues wants to know why.

Juan Cole (2019-05-08). Pompeo in Baghdad to Pressure Iraq to Join Press Against Iran; Iraq Declines. commondreams.org Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are known, serial, dedicated liars.(Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Vern Loomis (2019-05-08). The Quiet Coup. dissidentvoice.org Does William Barr appear to be easily manipulated? Do you really think he lacks inner strength? James Comey thinks so (James Comey: How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Bill Barr). How about Mike Pompeo and Stephen Miller? Does Donald Trump have them acting out of character? Do you think Lindsey Graham does his bidding out of …

Janelle Velina (2019-05-08). Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War. The Role of Osama bin Laden and Zbigniew Brzezinski. globalresearch.ca Read Part I from the link below. | Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War | By Janelle Velina, April 30, 2019 | Below is the second half and conclusion of "Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War". While the previous sections examined the economic roots …

Jean Périer (2019-05-08). Will Washington be Held Accountable for Its War Crimes? globalresearch.ca For more than a decade, the United States has been steadily increasing the scale of its illegal military operations across the Middle East, resulting in hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths. | Eighteen years ago, the US invaded Afghanistan under the …

RT (2019-05-08). Trump asserts executive privilege over Robert Mueller's report — DOJ. rt.com US President Donald Trump has invoked executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and other materials subpoenaed by the House Democrats, the Justice Department has said.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-08). 'This Kind of Obstruction Is Dangerous': Ahead of Barr Contempt Vote, DOJ Threatens Executive Privilege to Block Full Mueller Report. commondreams.org "The department's decision reflects President Trump's blanket defiance of Congress's constitutionally mandated duties," said House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Samuel Sillen (2019-05-08). Remembering 1945: No compromise with fascism, whatever form it takes. peoplesworld.org The following article appeared in the May 8, 1945 issue of the Daily Worker under the headline "The Worst Crimes in History." It was printed on the day that the Nazis surrendered in Germany, thus ending World War II in Europe. In the piece, author Samuel Sillen says the best memorial to the millions killed …

plenglish (2019-05-08). Brazilian Justice Analyzes Whether Temer Must Return to Prison. plenglish.com Brasilia, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian justice is analyzing on Wednesday whether former President Michel Temer (2016-2018), former Minister Wellington Moreira Franco and former Colonel Joà£o Baptista Lima must return to prison for acts of corruption.

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-08). 'Shame on Uber:' Drivers on strike worldwide protesting 'poverty wages'. nationofchange.org On Wednesday, days before Uber was set to go public, drivers of both ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft, went on strike across the globe. The drivers are standing in solidarity to protest the "poverty wages" and weak worker protections. | Strikes are planned in all major cities around the world including the United States, Brazil, Australia, Chile. Nigeria, Costa Rica, and Nairobi, according to the New York Taxi Work Alliance (NYTWA). | "This is an act of solidarity with drivers across the country, and really across the world, who are suffering with poverty wages," Bhairavi Desai from the NYTWA said | The d…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-05-08). Iran to Even the Nuclear Score with the US. globalresearch.ca It is going to be 30 years in another six months since the USS Abraham Lincoln, named in honour of the 16th US President, was commissioned on Nov.11, 1989 as the 5th Nimitz-class aircraft carrier of the American Navy. Now, …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-08). Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Doomed? globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, Iran announced the suspension of some of its JCPOA commitments, short of withdrawing from the nuclear deal altogether. More on this below. | Trump's year ago pullout greatly jeopardizes the deal's sustainability over the longterm, what its hardliners aim …

Akela Lacy (2019-05-08). Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders For Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran. theintercept.com A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

RT (2019-05-08). New Iran sanctions: Trump threatens anyone trading aluminum, iron, steel & copper. rt.com The US has imposed sweeping new sanctions on anyone who trades with Iran in iron, steel, copper, aluminum and related products, escalating the economic blockade of Tehran as the nuclear deal continues to unravel.

Staff (2019-05-08). Russia Blames U.S. for Endangering Iran Deal. truthdig.com TEHRAN, Iran — The Latest on Iran's decision to step away from embattled nuclear deal (all times local): | 2: 30 p.m. | Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the situation surrounding the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord has been complicated by "irresponsible behavior" from Washington. | Lavrov is meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Moscow on Wednesday. The nuclear deal will be at the top of their agenda after Iran announced it would suspend some of its commitments in response to U.S. sanctions. | Lavrov says they will discuss the "unacceptable situation" that has been ex…

Whitney Webb (2019-05-08). Trump's "Deal of the Century" Will Use Sanctions, Military Threats to Force Palestinian Acceptance. mintpressnews.com Recently leaked provisions of the plan include threats of US sanctions & military force if Palestinians reject the plan and a requirement for Palestinians to pay the Israeli Defense Forces for protection.

plenglish (2019-05-08). MPs Denounced Anzoategui Governor For Misappropriation of Funds. plenglish.com 08 de mayo de 2019, 15: 40Caracas, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Deputies of the Legislative Council of the state of Anzoategui, accompanied by representatives of the people, denounced the opposition governor Antonio Barreto for misappropriation of funds, reported this Wednesday in the local press.

Amy Goodman (2019-05-08). Trita Parsi: John Bolton has wanted war with Iran for 20 years. Now could be his best chance. nationofchange.org In a statement on Sunday night, Bolton said the move was intended to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-08). Iran Urges Diplomacy as Trump White House Ramps Up 'Wildly Reckless' Threats of War. commondreams.org "Iran is acting on its warnings that it cannot uphold the agreement unilaterally. As such, Trump has initiated a chain reaction that will make America and the world less safe." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-08). Suit reveals US, S. Korean govts were sex traffickers of Korean women. liberationnews.org So-called "comfort women" and their advocates advance their struggle in court.

plenglish (2019-05-08). South Koreans Ratify Support for Peace Policy towards DPRK. plenglish.com Seoul, May 8 (Prensa Latina) A large majority of South Korean citizens describe the government"s policy regarding the promotion of peace with North Korea as positive, local media stress.

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-05-08). NATO and the Culture of War: Ireland's History of Resistance. globalresearch.ca This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO with the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949. Established as a peacetime alliance between the United States and Europe to prevent expansion of the Soviet …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-08). The Myth of a Disunited and Dysfunctional Palestine Is an Israeli Invention. mintpressnews.com The myth of the disunited and dysfunctional Palestinian is very much an Israeli invention that precedes the inception of Hamas, and even Fatah. This Zionist notion, which has been embraced by the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, argues that 'Israel has no peace partner'.

Mark Taliano (2019-05-08). NATO Is Endangering Us All. globalresearch.ca When Canadians support NATO, they are supporting ISIS and al Qaeda. They are also supporting international illicit drug trafficking, a source of covert funding for covert war crimes. | In Syria, the proxies are al Qaeda, ISIS, and their affiliates, commanded …

Vanessa Beeley (2019-05-08). Syria Testimonies: "The White Helmets Are More Dangerous than Any Terrorist" — Retired Schoolteacher, Mesyaf. globalresearch.ca "The White Helmets are more dangerous than any terrorist". | Find out why by listening to this important testimony from the town of Mesyaf that has recently been under attack from Israel and the Israeli-backed terrorists in northern Hama and Idleb. …

Steven Sahiounie (2019-05-08). Syria Military Operation to Liberate Idlib Has Begun. Estimated 40,000 Terrorists in Idlib. globalresearch.ca The zero-hour has arrived in Idlib, as the long awaited military operations to clear the last remaining terrorist-controlled area in Syria has begun. It is estimated that there are 40,000 terrorists, some with their families, and they comprise many …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-05-08). It 'Was Sport' to Dodge Taxes, Admits Trump, After NYT Details Epic Business Failures. commondreams.org In response to a bombshell New York Times report detailing that President Donald Trump posted higher losses on his tax filings during certain years in the 1980s and 90s than perhaps "any other individual" in the country—more than a $1 billion over a decade—president confirmed Wednesday morning that what he was really up to at the time was creating a massive "tax shelter" for himself — something he said "was sport" that wealthy developers like him played with their tax returns and financial dealings. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Billion Dollar Loser: NYT Report on Trump's Taxes & Massive Losses May Prompt Fraud Investigation. democracynow.org We look at a major exposé from _The New York Times_, which obtained tax information on Donald Trump that shows his businesses lost $1.17 billion from 1985 to 1994. While Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, printouts from his official IRS tax transcripts for a 10 year period ending in 1994 show that in multiple years during that stretch, Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual taxpayer in the country and paid no federal income taxes for eight of the 10 years. "Almost every two cents of every dollar reported as losses one year, by everyone in the United States, were…

commondreams (2019-05-08). Senate Confirmation of Export-Import Bank Directors Means Billions More Dollars in Federal Fossil Fuel Financing. commondreams.org ______________________________…

True Publica (2019-05-08). Money Laundering — Why the UK Does Not Prosecute It. globalresearch.ca A study by the CCP Research Foundation — which analyses banks' so-called 'conduct costs' — revealed that the biggest 20 banks worldwide, including the biggest four in Britain, had paid or set aside £264 billion for fines in the five …

Cathy Bussewitz (2019-05-08). Digital picket line: Uber and Lyft drivers on strike today. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK (AP)—Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are turning off their apps to protest declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. Organizers are planning demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities Wednesday, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, as well as some …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-05-08). All Hail the Ride-Share Strike. truthdig.com The ride-hailing company Uber is making its initial public offering (IPO) on Friday. Executives are hoping for a whopping $91 billion valuation, which The New York Times said would be one of the largest in tech-industry history. Uber says it has set aside about 3% of its shares for its drivers and will also be handing out "driver app…

Staff (2019-05-08). Wall Street Drives Racial and Gender Inequality. truthdig.com The people who sell fancy sports cars and high-end Swiss watches look forward to the time of year when the big Wall Street banks hand out their annual cash bonuses. | According to new figures, those bonuses added up a whopping $27.5 billion last year. That's a lot of Rolexes. | Unfortunately, this huge payout also means the reckless bonus culture that crashed our economy in 2008 is still flourishing. | And there's another reason we should be disturbed: These Wall Street payouts drive racial and ge…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-08). Panama's Win-win Cooperation with China Will Continue Under Cortizo. globalresearch.ca Laurentino Cortizo narrowly won Panama's elections on Sunday to become the country's next president-elect, prior to which he implied in an exclusive interview with Reuters that the U.S. needed to re-engage the region otherwise it risks being replaced by China. …

Shane Quinn (2019-05-08). The "Pro-Western Revolution" in Ukraine Has Been a Fascist-infested Fraud. globalresearch.ca The great deception of "a real democracy" in the Ukraine, which the New York Times insisted on 31 March 2019, shows little sign of relenting. For five years, Western populations have been consistently misled through skewed and slanted reporting, assuring …

Stephen Sefton (2019-05-08). The West — Full Spectrum Dementia: Bogus News Media, Corruption of Academic Research, Irrational Lies Fed into the Educational System. globalresearch.ca "The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information." — Henry Wallace, New York Times, April 9th 1944. | Journalism has never been free of propaganda. News has always been …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-08). Sri Lanka Slammed the "Indo-Pacific" Concept as a Threat to China and Russia. globalresearch.ca Somewhat surprisingly, tiny Sri Lanka has emerged as the loudest voice in South Asia opposing the "Indo-Pacific" concept that New Delhi and Washington are jointly pursuing, pointing out how it's "aimed at restraining China and even the Greater Eurasia by …

South Front (2019-05-08). Video: Volodymyr Zelensky, the Donald Trump of Ukrainian Politics? globalresearch.ca Introduction | The parallels between the successor to Poroshenko and the current occupant of the White House are striking. Neither has had significant prior experience with national politics prior to launching a bid for the supreme executive office of their respective …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-05-08). Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug. globalresearch.ca Retired USAF lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski writes in an article posted at Lew Rockwell's website that Julian Assange is receiving the same treatment as suspected terrorists while in captivity at "Her Majesty's Prison Service" at Belmarsh. | The FBI, Pentagon, and …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-08). Full Metal Empire. Ain't War Hell? globalresearch.ca A must see film, from 1987, is Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. This movie follows a group of young Marines from Parris Island boot camp right smack dab into 'The Shit' that GIs called Vietnam. There are literally countless scenes …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-08). Lowering Standards: Australian Universities, English Requirements and Student Cash Cows. globalresearch.ca There are no protests on the streets and no effigies of university officials being burned by protesting students today. There are no protests outside the officers of the over-remunerated Vice Chancellors and their various henchpersons. | It is business and malpractice …

Eric London (2019-05-08). Trump Floats Proposal to Cancel 2020 Elections. globalresearch.ca On Sunday, Donald Trump re-tweeted a post by the arch-reactionary evangelical preacher and prominent Trump confidant Jerry Falwell, Jr. calling for the president to extend his term from the constitutionally mandated four years to six. | Referring to the Democratic Party-led …

Jack Rasmus (2019-05-08). How Accurate Are the US Jobs Numbers? counterpunch.org The recently released report on April jobs on first appearance, heavily reported by the media, shows a record low 3.6% unemployment rate and another month of 263,000 new jobs created. But there are two official US Labor dept. jobs reports, and the second shows a jobs market much weaker than the selective, 'cherry picked' indicators on unemployment and jobs creation noted above that are typically featured by the press. More

Jonah Raskin (2019-05-08). How Legal Cannabis Came to Contra Costa County. counterpunch.org When Greg Kremenliev moved to Contra Costa County in 1983, he didn't realize the depth and the intensity of the local opposition to cannabis. Nor did he foresee that his home county would become a battleground in the long, protracted war between prohibitionists on the one hand, and on the other hand pot smokers who believe in the right to self-medicate and who remind their fellow citizens that cannabis became legal in 2016, and that the industry is now regulated by Sacramento bureaucrats and local officials. An hour or two from downtown San Francisco at rush hour, Contra Costa can feel like it's not really a part…

Lance Olsen (2019-05-08). Adult Lifestyles Sentence Kids to 1,000 Years of "Deadly" Heat Waves. counterpunch.org Sixteen year old Greta Thunberg's School Strike for Climate generation seems likely to witness the beginnings of a grueling, traumatizing, brutal, heat-driven reversal of the human population boom. Why? Because we've continued to pack the atmosphere with a little more CO2 with almost every move we make in utterly normal daily routines, thus forcing heat higher More

Thomas Knapp (2019-05-08). Don't Let Measles Hysteria Defeat Freedom. counterpunch.org As of May 3, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ministry of Health reported 1,510 cases of Ebola and 1,008 deaths to date in the country's current outbreak. Partial blame for the government's inability to contain the outbreak goes to armed attackers who believe that international health workers are there to intentionally spread the disease, not More

Dean Baker (2019-05-08). Krugman v. Sanders on Medicare-for-All. counterpunch.org Last week Krugman devoted a column to dismissing the Democrats septuagenarians (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders) as not being prepared to deal with the presidency in today's political environment. Part of his indictment of Sanders was an unwillingness to compromise, most notably on health care reform. As Krugman put it: "For Sanders, then, it seems More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-08). Infantalising Memes: Ending Subscriptions to PewDiePie. counterpunch.org It should have been just another cheap and sordid episode best respected by being ignored. But this is a time which has embraced without qualification the Marshall McLuhan message about the medium being the irrepressible message, we are left with discussions about the vacuous rather than the substantial; the obtuse rather than the subtle. The More

Kenneth Surin (2019-05-08). Reading the Tea Leaves on Ukania's Local Quasi-Referendum on Brexit. counterpunch.org Last week elections were held for town, city, and county councils in England (London apart) and the north of Ireland. No local elections took place in Scotland and Wales. More than 8,400 seats in 248 councils, part of a 4-year election cycle, were contested in England, and 462 seats in Northern Ireland. The elections were More

Shamus Cooke (2019-05-08). Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism? counterpunch.org After decades of neoliberal torment it's easy to yearn for capitalism's tranquil past, a simpler time that delivered stability, fairness, and progress. This mythology around a golden age of U.S. capitalism is regularly conjured up by Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reference the New Deal-era programs that delivered democratic reforms and a massive investment More

Nick Licata (2019-05-08). Trump is Not a Tyrant, He Just Admires Them. counterpunch.org President Trump is not a tyrant, but he doesn't shy away from admiring them. And, that should give one pause in feeling secure that our nation's leader is committed to sustaining the world's longest running democratic republic. For those who don't see his lack of understanding how a democracy functions, they should consider his statements More

WSWS (2019-05-08). Former Australian PM denounces anti-China witch-hunt of intelligence agencies. wsws.org Paul Keating's outburst highlights the degree to which Australia and its military and security agencies have been integrated into the US war drive against China.

WSWS (2019-05-08). India's election and the revolutionary program to oppose austerity, war and communal reaction. wsws.org The BJP's turn to militarism and unabashed communal reaction is animated, above all, by its fear of growing social opposition.

United Nations (2019-05-08). Around 52 million in Near East, North Africa, suffering chronic undernourishment, new UN food agency report reveals. un.org Hunger continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have worsened in the Near East and North Africa region (NENA), which is likely to affect food security for years to come, warned the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday.

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-05-08). Russiagate Zealotry Continues to Endanger American National Security. thenation.com Russiagate Zealotry Continues to Endanger American National Security…

WSWS (2019-05-08). The Christchurch terror attack and the promotion of fascism by the ruling elite. wsws.org We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online rally delivered by Tom Peters.

WSWS (2019-05-08). Anti-Muslim witch-hunt after terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Alongside a vicious campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda, hundreds of people have been arrested in house-to-house police operations.

WSWS (2019-05-08). Australian fascist group tried to recruit Christchurch terrorist. wsws.org The latest revelation further discredits claims by the Australian and New Zealand governments and police that Tarrant was a lone gunman whose attack could not have been prevented.

Middle East Eye (2019-05-08). Iran Quits Parts of 2015 Nuclear Deal and Lays Down 60-Day Ultimatum. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Iran President Hassan Rouhani has announced that Tehran is pulling out of key commitments under a 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the United States. Rouhani said Iran would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad and threatened to resume production of higher enriched uranium …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-08). Pledging to Treat Opioid Epidemic 'Like the Public Health Crisis That It Is,' Warren Unveils CARE Act. commondreams.org Vowing to hold the billionaire family whose pharmaceutical company fueled the opioid epidemic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah Cummings on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping plan to help end the crisis which kills tens of thousands of Americans per year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-08). Chelsea Manning Says She'll Never Testify Against WikiLeaks, Seeks Release From Jail. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been held in detention in Alexandria, VA for the last two months on "contempt" charges for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks. On Monday, her legal team issued a new legal argument seeking release. The argument is seen in an 8-page legal filing, which at its core is that she is never going …

Roya Brake & Rebekah Padilla (2019-05-08). Families Belong Together | Peaceful Action Protest. indybay.org WALNUT CREEK: | – South Side corner of Ygnacio Valley Road and N. Civic Drive | – Iron Horse Trail Bridge above Ygnacio Valley Road (please plan to use effectively large signage in this area)…

AutumnSun (2019-05-08). Ross Camp Santa Cruz Tuesday 5-7-2019. indybay.org Today with only a couple camp residents now in the area. Heavy equipment is being brought in and the police have closed off the area, including the footbridge!

Peter Maiden (2019-05-08). The People's Dispensary Fresno Cannabis Town Hall. indybay.org The Cannabis Town Hall was held at the First Congregational Church in Fresno on May 6, offering perspectives on jobs in the marijuana business, especially for people of color whose communities bore the brunt of the Drug War and who have trouble finding a living wage.

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (2/2). therealnews.com Progressives have been notoriously bad a countering the right-wing fear/security narrative, says Charles Derber. The trick is to address the real dangers, of climate change, economic insecurity, and war…

Staff (2019-05-08). Why Does Trump Like Communist Vietnam? Because It's Capitalist. truthout.org Before Donald Trump's February summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, The Washington Post ran an article headlined, "The US wants North Korea to follow the 'miracle' of Vietnam's path." | "In light of the once-unimaginable prosperity and partnership we have with Vietnam today, I have a message for Chairman Kim Jong Un: President Trump believes your country can replicate th…

Staff (2019-05-08). Russia-China Alignment Challenges U.S. Hegemony. therealnews.com Trump's China tariffs and aggressive military build up is pushing Russia and China to seek a closer relationship which serves China's growing global influence — Prof. Richard Sakwa joins Sharmini Peries…

Staff (2019-05-08). New York Times Report on Trump's Taxes May Prompt Fraud Investigation. truthout.org We look at a major exposé from The New York Times, which obtained tax information on Donald Trump that shows his businesses lost $1.17 billion from 1985 to 1994. While Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, printouts from his official IRS tax transcripts for a 10 year period ending in 1994 show that in multiple years during that stretch, Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual taxpayer in the country and paid no federal income taxes for eight of the 10 years. "Almost every two cents of every dollar reported as losses one year, by everyone in the United State…

Staff (2019-05-08). Bail Reform Should Include Efforts to End Pretrial Incarceration. truthout.org Bail reform is a struggle at the very center of criminal legal reform, but recent proposals to reform bail have failed to effectively address the pervasive problems wrapped up in pretrial detention. Bail reform measures generally seek to reduce the number of people held on pretrial incarceration, and to dismantle the $2 billion-annual-for-profit bond industry that the cash bail system is built on. Some proposals are well-meaning but don't go far enough. While eliminating cash bail, as some have attempte…

Toby Blome (2019-05-08). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE. indybay.org BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Buses 10, 70, 80 | and SF Muni Bus 28 stop at the bridge (SF side). | Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. | 11: 45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. | Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends to converge in the middle for World Peace. Then march to the SF side for rally.

The Grayzone (2019-05-08). America in Denial: Dr. Gabor Maté on the Psychology of Russiagate. theantimedia.com (GRAYZONE) — Mental health expert and best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté sits down with The Grayzone's Aaron Maté to analyze how Russiagate was able to take hold of U.S. society following Donald Trump's election. TRANSCRIPT AARON MATÉ: It's The Grayzone, coming to you from The People's Forum in New York City. I'm Aaron Maté, here with another …

Owen Walsh (2019-05-08). Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism—a Word They Can Barely Pronounce. fair.org by Owen Walsh Tulsi Gabbard being challenged on The View ( 2/20/19) by Ana Navarro: "Why are you so against intervention in Venezuela?" | Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has not garnered much press coverage since announcing her bid on February 2; she's the 13th-most-mentioned Democratic candidate on TV news, according to FAIR's most recent count ( 4/14/19). | But when corporate media do talk about the Hawaii congressmember, they tend to reveal more about themselves than about her…

RT (2019-05-08). Ex-NATO commander pushing Cold War xenophobia to line his pockets — Jimmy Dore to RT. rt.com Why is retired US Admiral James Stavridis writing Cold War propaganda in TIME magazine in 2019? The answer is simple, says comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore: he makes bank doing it.

Ned Rosch (2019-05-07). What I Saw in Gaza Changed Me Forever. mintpressnews.com Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism is a powerful collection of 40 essays by Jews from diverse backgrounds. Each describes a personal journey from a Zionist worldview to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build a society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence. In this excerpt from the essay "Palestine and my Journey of Self-Discovery," Ned Rosch describes the deep impact of a visit to Gaza in 2014, shortly after the intensive bombings of Israel's "Operation Protective Edge." | The great Indian writer Arundhati Roy wrote, "The trouble is that once you see it, you can't un…

Alison Weir (2019-05-07). The Media's Israel-Centric Reporting of the Death Toll in Gaza. mintpressnews.com Media have published a number of reports on the recent violence that emphasize Israeli deaths, begin with Israeli victims, largely ignore the year-long killing of Gazans, and frame Israeli actions as strictly defensive.

Fight Back (2019-05-07). FRSO Venezuela delegation meets with trade union leader. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – The delegation from Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) met with Jacobo Torres, May 6, the international relations coordinator for the Central of Bolivarian Socialist Workers (CBST) and a member of the international relations commission of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). He also is a delegate for the working class in the Constituent National Assembly (ANC). | They met Torres at one of the work stations of Corpoelec, the state-run electricity company that provides power to the entire country. In March, far-right terrorists, with the support of the United States, attacked…

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