2019-05-09: News Headlines

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-05-09). MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Govt Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration is violating international law and harassing American journalists in plain sight. These actions are sadly taking place in a country that prides itself on upholding the First Amendment to its Constitution, which should be protecting press freedom.

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Anti-War Activists Confront Guaido Backers at Venezuela Embassy. telesurenglish.net Clashes ensued Wednesday evening at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. between representatives of the international NGO Code Pink who have barricaded themselves in the embassy and supporters of the right-wing Venezuelan opposition outside. | RELATED: | Police Arrest Second Top Venezuelan Opposition Lawmaker | Opposition groups prevented basic commodities such as food from entering the embassy on May 8. The Collective of Protection of the Embassy threw a backp…

RT (2019-05-09). US cuts off power to Venezuelan Embassy with activists besieged inside. rt.com The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC was plunged into darkness after the US authorities shut down power in the building. The anti-coup activists hunkered down inside say they are not leaving despite the blackout.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-09). 'Dangerous and Appalling': US Defenders of Venezuelan Embassy Demand Secret Service End Illegal Water and Power Shutoff. commondreams.org What is happening at the embassy, said one activist, is "a microcosm of the what is taking place in Venezuela as the U.S. continues to try and orchestrate a coup." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

John McEvoy (2019-05-09). Sanctions kill. Top US economist says 'the world needs more journalists willing to report' that fact. thecanary.co In April 2019, two leading economists at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) produced a revealing study regarding the impact of economic sanctions on Venezuela. The economists, Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs, estimated that US sanctions killed 40,…

Eds. (2019-05-09). The Atlantic illustrates everything that's wrong with media coverage of Venezuela sanctions. mronline.org "Trump's Venezuela Policy: Slow Suffocation," an Atlantic report (4/17/19) by Uri Friedman and Kathy Gilsinan, passed up a rich opportunity to expose the humanitarian pretexts for economic intervention, and instead exhibited the worst tendencies of corporate media coverage of U.S. policy in Latin Ame | Source

Riaz Malik (2019-05-09). Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems. mintpressnews.com Will Democrats stop wasting their time rehashing conspiracy theories and actually start opposing Trump on Venezuela? On mass surveillance? On tax breaks to the wealthy? On defense spending?

RT (2019-05-09). Establishment media suddenly against war… because Trump. rt.com Mainstream media and Democrats are suddenly concerned about President Donald Trump's hawkish advisers, questioning his administration's policy on Iran and Venezuela. Has the US rediscovered peace, or is something else afoot?

Jesse Jackson (2019-05-09). President Trump's Insatiable Appetite for Regime Change. commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton talks to reporters about the security and political turmoil in Venezuela and called for a peaceful transition to a government controlled by acting President Juan Guaido, outside of the White House West Wing on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-05-09). Venezuela's Public, Private Banks To Exchange Currencies. plenglish.com Caracas, May 9 (Prensa Latina) By derogating the Foreign Exchange Law and the new economic policy of opening to free exchange in Venezuela, public and private banks will carry out operations with legal currencies, reported on Thursday MP Jesus Faria.

F. William Engdahl (2019-05-09). A Chinese Caribbean? Washington Not Happy About "New China Focus" in Cuba, Venezuela and Panama. globalresearch.ca As it becomes clear that the Trump Administration support, so far unsuccessful, for regime change in Venezuela is also very much about targeting the huge financial presence of China with the Maduro government, recent news of a major Chinese oil …

Press TV (2019-05-09). Venezuela Accuses UK of Denying Venezuelans Food, Healthcare by Blocking Gold Deposits. globalresearch.ca Britain is denying millions of Venezuelans food and healthcare by blocking access to the South American country's gold deposits at the Bank of England, says Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. | Speaking during a visit to Moscow, the Russian capital, …

Peter Koenig (2019-05-09). Venezuela — A Risk to Dollar Hegemony — Key Purpose Behind "Regime Change" globalresearch.ca After the new coup attempt — or propaganda coup — Venezuela lives in a state of foreign imposed insecurity. The failed coup was executed on 30 April by Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed and Washington-trained and endorsed "interim President", and …

teleSUR-ne-EF (2019-05-09). Sanders, AOC Plan Radical Offensive on Wall Street. telesurenglish.net United States Senator Bernie Sanders and House member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have proposed legislation that would cap interest rates on credit cards and other consumer loans at 15 percent. | RELATED: | AOC Says She Follows Democratic Leadership on Issue of US Intervention in Venezuela | The proposal, introduced Thursday, also calls for…

teleSUR (2019-05-09). US Embassy in Jerusalem 'Officially Open': Mike Pompeo. telesurenglish.net The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the country's embassy in Jerusalem is "officially open" almost a year after the embassy building was inaugurated. | RELATED: | Delusional 'Deal of The Century' Leaked: Palestinians Lay Down Arms, US Intervention in Gaza | Pompeo said that the r…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-09). Headlines for May 9, 2019. democracynow.org House Judiciary Votes to Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt of Congress, Senate Panel Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr. to Testify About Russia, Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions on Iranian Metal Exports, Bodies of 4 Migrants Found in Arizona as Trial of Humanitarian Aid Volunteer Wraps Up, New York Bill Would Allow Congress to Obtain Trump's State Tax Records, Trump Laughs and Jokes as a Supporter Suggests Shooting Migrants, Maryland Judge Approves Supervised Release for White Nationalist Accused of Terror Plot, Five Killed in Kabul, Afghanistan as Taliban Attack U.S. Nonprofit, Pakistani Taliban Claims…

United Nations (2019-05-09). 'Abhorrent' ambulance attack in Libyan capital imperils life-saving work, warns UN. un.org An attack on an ambulance in Tripoli on Wednesday that has critically injured the head of emergency services in Libya's war-torn capital, along with two paramedics, has been strongly condemned by UN humanitarians.

Elliot Sperber (2019-05-09). The Double Scapegoating of Ilhan Omar. counterpunch.org The Double Scapegoating of Ilhan Omar Nazis scapegoat Jews This isn't news. And neither is this: Scapegoats' deaths Protect the rich, And help the status quo — The order wreaking reeking Rotten poverty for most, And chopping to pieces, And cooking, the globe — Or didn't you know? The rich are protected when rage is More

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Glenn Greenwald (2019-05-09). Watch: Interview With Democratic Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard. theintercept.com Ever since Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American elected to Congress — she has instead become a thorn in the side, and frequent critic, of those same leaders. | Gabbard's transformation from cherished party asset to party critic and outcast was rapid, and was due almost entirely to her insistence on following h…

teleSUR (2019-05-09). US Seizes North Korean Coal Ship as Tensions Mount. telesurenglish.net North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles Thursday in its second such test in less than a week, and the United States announced it had seized a North Korean cargo ship as tensions again mounted between the two countries. | U.S. President Donald Trump said "nobody is happy" at the missile launches, which South Korea said were likely a protest by Pyongyang against Trump refusing to ease economic sanctions on the North. | Meanwhile, the country's foreign ministry said Wednesday that North Korea's "strike drill" last week was "regular and self-defensive," | "The recent drill conducted by our…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-09). Waging War on Iran without Turkey? Is Turkey Sleeping with the Enemy? The Russia -Turkey -Iran "Triple Entente" globalresearch.ca While US-Turkey military cooperation (including US air force bases in Turkey) dates back to the Cold War, Turkey is sleeping with both Iran and Russia. Trump's response takes the form of both military threats and economic sanctions coupled with financial manipulation of foreign exchange markets directed against Turkey's Lira.

Rev. William Alberts (2019-05-09). The Militarization of Empathy. counterpunch.org The militarizing of empathy is repeatedly employed by mainstream media in their airing of heartstring-pulling stories of soldiers' surprise homecomings. There are the soldiers dressed in disguises: like the father, after a year in Afghanistan, arriving home in a fire truck, decked out in firefighting gear and gas mask. Kneeling before his two daughters, he took off his gas mask, and the surprised daughters cried out, "Daddy!," and hugged him, "with tears of joy," much to the delight of a gathered crowd. More

Paul R. Pillar (2019-05-09). Bolton's War. Escalating US Hostility against Iran. Seeking a Pretext for War. globalresearch.ca National Security Advisor John Bolton, aided by his comrade-in-arms Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is doing everything possible to instigate a war with Iran. Naked aggression as a means of starting such a war may be too much …

plenglish (2019-05-09). Iran's Actions Seek Compliance with Nuclear Deal. plenglish.com Tehran, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Ambassador at the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that by withdrawing from parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), his country seeks compliance with what the pact establishes.

RT (2019-05-09). Trump says John Kerry should be charged under Logan Act for contacts with Iranians. rt.com President Donald Trump said that former Secretary of State John Kerry should be charged under the Logan Act, an 18th century law, for his conversations with Iranians, blaming him for messing up his communication with Tehran.

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-09). Pandering to Israel Means War with Iran. globalresearch.ca The United States is moving dangerously forward in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to provoke a war with Iran, apparently based on threat intelligence provided by Israel. The claims made by National Security Advisor John Bolton and …

Juan Cole (2019-05-09). Pompeo in Baghdad to Pressure Iraq to Join Press Against Iran; Iraq Declines. globalresearch.ca US secretary of state Mike Pompeo made a surprise four-hour visit to Baghdad on Tuesday in connection to the panic he is trying to trump up, along with US national security adviser and Sheldon Adelson plant John Bolton about Iran …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-09). Shocking UN Report Warns up to a Million Species are at Risk of Extinction Due to Human Activity. democracynow.org An alarming new report by a panel of leading scientists warns that human activity is causing the disappearance and deterioration of wildlife at a rate that could represent an existential threat to humanity within our lifetimes. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services released its conclusions earlier this week, and found that one million plant and animal species could go extinct in the foreseeable future unless current trends are reversed. The study estimates the global extinction rate is "already at least tens to hundreds of times higher than it average…

commondreams (2019-05-09). Castro, Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders, and Warren To Appear On Stage At MoveOn's "Big Ideas Forum" June 1 In San Francisco. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Fight Back (2019-05-09). Stocks fall as Trump threatens to reignite trade war. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Tuesday, May 7, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell almost 500 points, or close to 2%. This came following President Trump's tweets on Sunday threatening to escalate the trade war with China on Friday if he couldn't get a trade agreement done. While the U.S. stock market largely shrugged off this news on Monday, statements by his economic advisors convinced investors that his threats are for real. | Trump threatened to raise the 10% tariffs, or taxes, to 25%, on about half of goods imported from China. In addition, he threatened to place 25% tariffs on almost all other Chinese-made good…

Sam Biddle (2019-05-09). Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon's Child Data Collection Practices. theintercept.com Last year, a coalition of privacy advocates and child psychologists warned against putting an Amazon Alexa speaker anywhere near your child on the fairly reasonable grounds that developing minds shouldn't befriend always-on surveillance devices, no matter how cute the packaging. Now, a group of privacy researchers, attorneys, and U.S. senators are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon's alleged violations of COPPA, a law protecting the littles…

Helen Buyniski (2019-05-09). When We Were the 'Good Guys': US Keeps Invoking World War II to Validate New Wars. globalresearch.ca Americans are sick of fighting a 20-year war against an undefined enemy they can't seem to beat. With morale and recruitment scraping bottom, the world's best-funded military reckons that, if it can't win, it can at least look like a …

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-09). US and NATO Sink the INF Treaty with Russia. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 13 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, …

David Krieger (2019-05-09). Imagination and Nuclear Weapons. counterpunch.org Einstein believed that knowledge is limited, but imagination is infinite. Imagine the soul-crushing reality of a nuclear war, with billions of humans dead; in essence, a global Hiroshima, with soot from the destruction of cities blocking warming sunlight. There would be darkness everywhere, temperatures falling into a new ice age, with crop failures and mass More

Norman Solomon (2019-05-09). Joe Biden likes Republicans so much because he's so much like them. nationofchange.org Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as " a decent man" and Mike Pence as " a decent guy" | merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current | frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion | to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald | Trump an "aberration" — is consistent with Biden's political record. It | sheds light on why he's proba…

RT (2019-05-09). Ex-US intelligence analyst charged with leaking top-secret drone war docs. rt.com In the latest chapter of the US' crackdown on whistleblowers, a 31-year-old intelligence contractor is facing charges for leaking 17 secret documents to an unnamed journalist, which could result in up to 50 years in prison.

WSWS (2019-05-09). Trump issues full pardon to former lieutenant who executed prisoner in Iraq. wsws.org The act of clemency for a war criminal was a calculated gesture to ultra-right and fascistic elements inside and outside the US military.

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2019-05-09). NATO and the Culture of War: Ireland's History of Resistance. dissidentvoice.org 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 Union, NATO has grown in size and and changed from a defensive force to an …

Olivia Rosane (2019-05-09). US dismisses climate change at Arctic Council Summit: Pompeo says melting sea ice brings 'new opportunities for trade'. nationofchange.org The U.S. objections come as the Arctic just experienced its five warmest years on record, and is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world.

àÅngeles Maestro (2019-05-09). Did U.S. troops liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp? workers.org The author is a leader of the Red Network, a communist organization in the Spanish state. Translation by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto. In many European countries, people celebrate the victory of the allied troops over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. This is especially important now as . . . | Continue reading Did U.S. troops liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp? at Workers.org

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). 'Free Clarrie O'Shea': When unions broke the rules to change them. greenleft.org.au Fifty years ago, an industrial penal powers dispute provoked the biggest strike wave in Australia's post-war history. | On May 15, 1969, Clarrie O'Shea, Victorian secretary Australian Tramway & Motor Omnibus Employees' Association (ATMOEA), was jailed for refusing to pay fines imposed under the anti-union penal powers of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act. | Over the next week, more than 1 million workers went on strike to demand freedom for O'Shea and the repeal of the penal powers. | Tribune, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Australia at the time, reported on May 21, 1969: "The long struggle…

Mark Karlin (2019-05-09). Why Does Trump Like Communist Vietnam? Because It's Capitalist. globalresearch.ca 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 …

William Hartung — Mandy Smithburger (2019-05-09). Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget. counterpunch.org In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam More

South Front (2019-05-09). Video: Syrian Army Liberates Another Town in Northwestern Hama. globalresearch.ca By May 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies had repelled a series of counter-attacks by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces keeping control of all the positions captured in northwestern Hama. Especially intense clashes took place near Tell Ottman …

plenglish (2019-05-09). Colombia: FARC Party Demands Release of Jesus Santrich. plenglish.com Bogota, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Thirteen months after the incarceration on Thursday of the FARC leader Jesus Santrich, congress people from that political party demanded his release as a gesture of hope for peace in Colombia.

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Brazilian Court Orders ex-President Michel Temer Back to Prison. telesurenglish.net A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered that former President Michel Temer be jailed again over an ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption. | RELATED: | Brazil's Temer Closed 130 Community Radios Before Leaving | Temer has been charged six times in connection with various corruption investigations. The court decision on Wednesday relates to an alleged corruption scheme involving a nuclear power plant operated by Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of state-run Centrais Eletricas…

plenglish (2019-05-09). Brazilian Universities Call General Strike. plenglish.com Brasilia, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Students, professors and workers from Brazilian public universities called a general strike on May 15 to protest against budgetary cuts announced by the Government, the website Brasil de Fato reported on Thursday.

Eug√™nio Bucci (2019-05-09). Bolsonaro Is a Threat to Brazil's Democracy. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-05-09). TFA Head: Deforestation Leading Planet to 'Ecological Collapse'. telesurenglish.net The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) is making an urgent call to put an end to deforestation, which has destroyed forest cover equivalent to the surface area of Nicaragua, in 2018 alone. | RELATED: | 2018 Sees Deforestation of 12M Hectares, Brazil Leads in Losses | "We have to act now and we must do so with much more urgency," TFA Director Justin Adams said at the end of the organization's annual meeting in Bogota, Colombia this week. | Adams stressed that urgent attention is re…

plenglish (2019-05-09). Brazil: PT Condemns Fake News against Ex-Presidents Lula and Rousseff. plenglish.com Brasilia, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The Workers" Party (PT) of Brazil on Thursday condemned the attacks, based on fake news, against former Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, on social networks.

teleSUR (2019-05-09). UN Investigating UAE's Role in Libya Airstrikes. telesurenglish.net United Nations officials announced Monday that they are currently conducting an investigation into the United Arab Emirates' role in a missile-strike offensive against Tripoli, Libya launched by the Libyan National Army. | RELATED: | Mayham Plagues Libyan Capital as Death Toll Rises to 432: WHO | An initial report was filed to the agency's Security Council noting that…

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Macron: No Bet on Both Sides, France Supports Sarraj in Libya. telesurenglish.net France's President Emmanuel Macron Wednesday called for an unconditional truce in Libya as Marshal Khalifa Haftar continues his armed offensive against Tripoli's government led by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj. | RELATED: | …

Madlen Davies (2019-05-09). How Major Banks Turned a Blind Eye to the Theft of Billions of Pounds of Public Money. globalresearch.ca Major banks enabled fraudsters to steal billions of pounds of public money through VAT scams, allege documents obtained by the Bureau. A decade later, tax authorities are still chasing the money through the courts. | Traders in London facilitated the so-called …

Telesur (2019-05-09). 1,000 Israeli Soldiers to Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops, Police on Border Protection. globalresearch.ca A multilateral military treaty between Honduras, Israel, and the United States will see the deployment of 1000 Israeli soldiers at Honduras. They will train the Armed Forces of Honduras (FFAA) and National Police (PN). | The main mission of the troops …

Christopher Black (2019-05-09). Moscow Victory Parade, Commemorating May 9, 1945: Surrender of the Government of the Third Reich. globalresearch.ca On February 2nd, 1943, the 6th German Army, under the command of Field Marshall Von Paulus, and elements of the 4th Panzer Army, surrendered to the Red Army at Stalingrad. This stunning victory is considered the turning point in …

Prof. Claudia von Werlhof (2019-05-09). Climate Disruption: It's Not Due to CO2. globalresearch.ca Professor Claudia von Werlhof wrote to Greta Thunberg. In this letter Von Werlhof tells that the disruption of the global climate is not due to CO2. | Following questions arose from this letter for Silvia Terribili, who asked …

Hans Stehling (2019-05-09). Government Now Implicitly Accepts Liability for 72 Deaths in Grenfell Tower, West London. globalresearch.ca After two years of denial, evasion and procrastination, this government has finally accepted ultimate responsibility for the atrocity of multiple deaths in Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, West London on 14th June 2017. | The government-controlled fire-regulations to which all buildings in …

(2019-05-09). Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Wants EPA Ban on Wildlife-killing 'Cyanide Bombs'. globalresearch.ca More than 99.9 percent of people commenting on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reauthorize sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s support a ban on these "cyanide bombs," according to an analysis released today. | Cyanide bombs inhumanely and …

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Saudi Arabia, Kenya Release 100s of Ethiopian Prisoners. telesurenglish.net According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia, 1,400 Ethiopians who were serving prison sentences in Saudi Arabia had been released by the Arab nation's government Wednesday. | RELATED: | Guess, Calvin Klein Ethiopian Workers Worst Paid in the World | Along with the release of the prisoners, which comes at the beginning of Ramadan, the Saudi government has announced a 75 percent decrease in jail time for Ethiopians. The announcement followed discussions between authori…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-09). Gig Economy Drivers Strike: Uber Has Built Its $90 Billion Empire on an Anti-Worker Model. democracynow.org The New York Taxi Workers Alliance helped organize the Uber and Lyft strike in New York City on Wednesday. We speak to the group's executive director Bhairavi Desai.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-09). Striking Driver Speaks Out: Uber & Lyft Are "Slave Systems" That Exploit Workers. democracynow.org Uber and Lyft drivers in cities around the world went on strike Wednesday to protest low wages and poor treatment of workers just days before Uber's initial public offering, which could value the company at up to $90 billion dollars. But while Uber prepares for what could be one of the biggest IPOs in history and executives plan to take home millions, drivers say their conditions are worse than ever. Drivers in Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Sà£o Paulo, New York and other cities temporarily halted work Wednesday to demand Uber and other rideshare companies like Lyft treat drivers like full-time employees r…

Amy Goodman (2019-05-09). Billion dollar loser: NYT report on Trump's taxes & massive losses may prompt fraud investigation. nationofchange.org "Almost every two cents of every dollar reported as losses one year, by everyone in the United States, were recorded by Donald Trump."

WSWS (2019-05-09). Greens offer bogus climate pledges while pleading for another partnership with Labor. wsws.org The "plan" of the Greens is not about saving the environment and the planet but handing billions of dollars to supposedly "green" companies.

Norman Solomon (2019-05-09). Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them. counterpunch.org Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as "a decent man" and Mike Pence as "a decent guy" merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald Trump an "aberration" — is More

Martha Rosenberg (2019-05-09). Metal and Rubber with Your Chicken? No Problem Says Tyson. counterpunch.org Rubber and metal are some of the recent surprise "ingredients" found in Tyson chicken. In January, 36,420 pounds of Tyson chicken nuggets were recalled due to rubber contamination. In March, a recall for possible metal contamination of ready-to-eat Tyson chicken strip products began which continues—now encompassing 12 million pounds. Tyson Foods is the world's second More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-09). A Matter of Independence: Equinor and Drilling the Great Australian Bight. counterpunch.org Such companies advertise themselves as slick and professional, the best in the business, all things to men, women and everyone in between. They insist that we can all have that vast cake of wealth and eat it too. Equinor, a Norwegian multinational beast of an energy company with its headquarters in Stavanger, has been doing More

Jack Rasmus (2019-05-09). Why Government Jobs Stats are Inaccurate. counterpunch.org Reply to Doug Henwood's Apology & Defense of Government Reports In his reply to my just published article, 'What's Wrong with Government Job Statistics', Doug Henwood, a 'left' New York intellectual who has for years accepted without question government reported stats as 'gospel truth', has taken the opportunity to challenge my analysis. The nub of More

George Wuerthner (2019-05-09). Kick the Cows Out of Point Reyes National Seashore. counterpunch.org Point Reyes National Seashore was established in the 1960s by the purchase of private ranches. The public paid fair market value for these lands. Livestock operations were to removed over a 25-grace period. But time and again the ranchers refused to leave OUR property. Surprisingly Representative Jared Huffman, ordinarily good on environmental issues, has sponsored More

Manuel García, Jr. (2019-05-09). The Melting of the Fortress of Solitude. counterpunch.org The American dream is the eternal one: wealth by luck, power by wealth, and freedom from responsibility by power. The American nightmare is our most democratized experience: impoverishment by design, powerlessness by impoverishment, and the shackling of the powerless to responsibility for the crimes of wealth.We live in a mediocracy, the mark of failure is success. To be fully human is to fail at being a successfully commodified robot. More

teleSUR (2019-05-09). Chile: House of Reps Approves Same-Sex Couple Adoption. telesurenglish.net Chile's House of Representatives approved a reform to its adoption law Wednesday that could allow same-sex couples to adopt children. | RELATED: | Chile: Ex-Pinochet Agent Gets 10 Years For MIR Leader's Murder | The text was approved by 104 votes, while 35 were against it, and four abstained, say sources within the House. | The Movement of Homosexual…

Emily Apple (2019-05-09). The UK's 'hostile environment' just received a major legal blow. thecanary.co On 3 May, the Home Office received a major blow to part of its ' hostile environment' policy. | Under an amendment to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, asylum seekers ca…

WSWS (2019-05-09). Pompeo lays down the law during UK visit. wsws.org The US secretary of state's remit was to demand that the UK government toe the line in backing the geo-strategic imperatives of US imperialism… or else.

RT (2019-05-09). Can 'America First' survive John Bolton? rt.com After more than two years into his administration, President Donald Trump may be beginning to realize his National Security Advisor John Bolton could be anathema to his stated 'America First' foreign policy.

Staff (2019-05-09). House Panel Votes to Hold AG Barr in Contempt. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Latest on Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report (all times local): | 10: 50 p.m., May 8, 2019 | The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. | The vote Wednesday capped a day of ever-deepening dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump, who invoked executive privilege to block lawmakers from the full report on Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. | Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York declared the action by Trump's Justice Department a clear new sig…

plenglish (2019-05-09). Putin Reiterates Call to Create Global and Indivisible Security (+Photos). plenglish.com Moscow, May 9 (Prensa Latina) President Vladimir Putin on Thursday reiterated his call to the rest of the world to establish cooperation for a global and indivisible security, as well as showing willingness to fight jointly against terrorism and extremism.

RT (2019-05-09). AG Barr hit with new subpoena as Dems struggle to extract unredacted Mueller report. rt.com Attorney General William Barr is facing a second House subpoena, this one from intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff, as Democrats double down on their quest for the unredacted Mueller report and the evidence behind it.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-09). A Constitutional Crisis? House Panel Holds AG Barr in Contempt as Trump Claims Executive Privilege. democracynow.org The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over his refusal to turn over the unredacted Mueller report and the underlying evidence to lawmakers. Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has issued a subpoena to the Justice Department for the unredacted report. This all came after the White House invoked executive privilege to prevent the full report's release to Congress and to bar former White House counsel Don McGahn from providing documents to Congress related to the Mueller probe. We speak with Ian Millhiser, a columnist for ThinkP…

Middle East Eye (2019-05-09). Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran. theantimedia.com (MEE) — One year after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump imposed strict new sanctions on the country, just hours after Tehran announced plans to pull out of parts of the landmark accord. The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a new round of sanctions that will target Iran's metals trade — iron, steel, …

Toby Blome (2019-05-09). 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.

Roya Brake & Rebekah Padilla (2019-05-09). 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)…

DLI (2019-05-09). Mafia Don Twits another tantrum ahead of crucial trade talks. indybay.org 2 days before the crucial trade talks between China and the USA(the 2 largest economies in the world), "Mafia Don"(ald) T-rump threw another Twitter tantrum, by threatening to charge 10% – 25% tariffs on $200 Billions' worth of imports from China. This additional gouging would be on top of last year's unilateral tariff on $50 Billions' worth of Chinese goods coming into this country. But really, what kind of lunatic would poison the mood of these delicate negotiations–practically at the eleventh hour–by publicly humiliating the incoming Chinese delegation? The world has rarely seen such a blustering buffoon, at…

Staff (2019-05-09). Anya Parampil from Inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. therealnews.com The Real News Network interviewed Anya Parampil, a journalist with The Grayzone, live from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. where activists with the Embassy Protection Collective are preventing the Venezuelan opposition from taking over the embassy.

Tyler Durden (2019-05-09). Facebook Co-Founder's Shocking Admission: "It's Time to Break Up Facebook" theantimedia.com (ZH) — As the FTC prepares to slap Facebook with a $5 billion fine — expected to be the biggest fine the agency has ever levied, and the largest incurred in Facebook's history — one of the company's co-founders has published an op-ed in the New York Times calling on the government to intervene and break up …

AutumnSun (2019-05-09). Ross Camp Eviction, 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!

Staff (2019-05-09). The Government Isn't Reuniting Migrant Children With Legal Guardians. truthout.org This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast.When they arrived at the U.S. border June 1 seeking asylum, 5-year-old Esdras and the woman he called his "mamita" were split up by immigration officers. | "I cried so much," Marta Alicia Mejia said. "I thought, 'My God, why would they separate me from the…

Peter Koenig (2019-05-09). Venezuela: A Risk to Dollar Hegemony. dissidentvoice.org After the new coup attempt — or propaganda coup — Venezuela lives in a state of foreign imposed insecurity. The failed coup was executed on 30 April by Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed and Washington-trained and endorsed "interim President", and the opposition leader, Leopoldo López, who was hurriedly freed from house arrest by Guaidó with a …

RT (2019-05-09). TYT's Uygur discovers 'direct evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion… Twitter says 'huh?'. rt.com Donald Trump is reportedly irritated that John Bolton failed to deliver a quick and easy victory in Venezuela. But one US journalist says it proves the US president is taking direct orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jake Johnson (2019-05-09). Iran Urges Diplomacy as US Ramps Up "Wildly Reckless" Threats of War. theantimedia.com (CD) — In the face of belligerent threats of war from the Trump administration, Iran on Wednesday took what some observers described as rational steps to reduce compliance with the nuclear accord to pressure European nations to live up to their end of the deal. "The path we have chosen today is not the path of war, it is the path of diplomacy," …

MintPress News Desk (2019-05-09). MintPress, Grayzone Journalists Endure US Gov't Blackout and Siege at Venezuelan Embassy in DC. theantimedia.com (MPN) — MintPress News journalist Alexander Rubinstein and a reporter for The Grayzone, Anya Parampil, are besieged inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, and have been since March 30, in an egregious attack against press freedom. On Wednesday evening, events took a turn for the worse as the Metropolitan DC police cut off the power and water to the …

Staff (2019-05-09). Trump and Kushner Middle East Peace Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Further Occupation. therealnews.com Phyllis Bennis discusses the recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the real nature of Kushner's supposed "deal of the century"

Labor Video Project (2019-05-09). Drivers United Will Never Be Defeated! Uber/Lyft Global Day of Action in San Francisco. indybay.org Hundreds of UBER/Lyft drivers and their supporters joined a global day of protest at the headquarters of UBER in San Francisco on May 8, 2019. Drivers said they are being driven to slave labor conditions while an IPO will make more billionaires from their labor.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-09). The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 2 —The Leak That 'Exposed the True Afghan War'. consortiumnews.com The Afghan Diaries set off a firestorm when it revealed the suppression of civilian casualty figures, the existence of an elite U.S.-led death squad, and the covert role of Pakistan in the conflict, as Elizabeth Vos reports. This is the second article in… Read more →

Staff (2019-05-09). House Panel Holds Barr in Contempt as Trump Claims Executive Privilege. truthout.org The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over his refusal to turn over the unredacted Mueller report and the underlying evidence to lawmakers. Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has issued a subpoena to the Justice Department for the unredacted report. This all came after the White House invoked executive privilege to prevent the full report's release to Congress and to bar former White House counsel Don McGahn from providing documents to Congress related to the Mueller probe. We speak with Ian Millhiser, a columnist for Thi…

Staff (2019-05-09). More US Pressure on North Korea Is Not the Path to Denuclearization. truthout.org On Friday, when the news broke of North Korea's missile test, two dominant myths immediately circulated in both mainstream and social media. One was that U.S. diplomacy with North Korea was failing, because North Korea had once again proved that it couldn't be trusted to keep its promise. The other was that more pressure was needed to force North Korea's denuclearization. But these narratives — which cut across partisan lines — fail to address an obvious fact: The U.S. policy of maximum pressure has not achieved its desired aim to denuclearize North Korea. To the contrary, U.S. policies of aggressi…

Peter Bolton (2019-05-09). Coup supporters in Washington try to smear peace group with misleading video. thecanary.co As The Canary previously reported, the Venezuelan embassy in Washington is currently under siege by coup supporters. Peace activists of the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside since the last remaining diplomatic staff left last month. But now, coup backers have sought to smear these activists with…

unitedEditor (2019-05-09). Trump's achievements in pressure on Iran: from economic sanctions to military confrontation. uwidata.com Exactly a year ago, on May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump took a pivotal decision on pulling his country unilaterally out of the international nuclear agreement on the Iran nuclear deal brokered by international mediators — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Trump claimed that the Administration of his …

David Mattson (2019-05-09). Stuck in Yellowstone With the Grizzly Sardine Can Blues Again. counterpunch.org We can't support any more bears. We've got bears coming out of our ears. We've reached carrying capacity. Such is the purported state of grizzly bears in Yellowstone. Sound familiar? It should. For those of you who have been paying attention to the rhetoric relentlessly voiced by agency spokespeople for the last 6 years, you More

Joshua Sperber (2019-05-09). Yelp and the Myth of Consumer Power. counterpunch.org If you wait tables for a living, chances are that the website Yelp has affected how you think about and even perform your work. Restaurant managers and owners regularly, sometimes daily, pore over their Yelp reviews and — depending on the content of those reviews — praise, reprimand, and even fire servers who can be identified from customers' online comments. More

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.

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