2019-05-13: News Headlines

Daniel Kovalik (2019-05-13). US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage. counterpunch.org As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, "every time the US 'saves' a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery." Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see More

Telesur (2019-05-13). Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food. globalresearch.ca After the water was suddenly shut off in the Venezuelan embassy in the United States located in Washington, D.C. Saturday morning, CODEPINK activists are being stopped by local police from bringing in food to those inside. | Electricity inside the building …

Embassy Protection Collective (2019-05-13). Embassy Protection Collective Releases Statement on 34th Day of Venezuelan Embassy Standoff. mintpressnews.com "The Embassy Protectors will not barricade ourselves, or hide in the embassy in the event of an unlawful entry by police. We will gather together and peacefully assert our rights to remain in the building and uphold international law."

Alastair Crooke (2019-05-13). Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran. mintpressnews.com Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle's PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of 'hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick.

Gareth Porter (2019-05-13). Bolton Is Spinning Israeli 'Intelligence' to Push for War Against Iran. globalresearch.ca John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser's announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new …

Scott Ritter (2019-05-13). Is America Ready for John Bolton's War with Iran? globalresearch.ca National Security Advisor John Bolton's announcement this week that the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region seemed perfectly framed to put America on a war footing with …

teleSUR (2019-05-13). US Navy in Persian Gulf is a Target not a Threat: Iran. telesurenglish.net A senior commander from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards stated on Sunday that the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported. | RELATED: | US Deploys Missile; Claims Iran And Proxies May Launch Attack | The IRGC commander's comments came in response to the recent buildup of U.S. forces and missiles in the Persian Gulf region. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton anno…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-13). Israel's Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza. mintpressnews.com The latest attack on Gaza was meant to serve the interests of all of Netanyahu's possible coalition partners and in order for Netanyahu to keep his partners happy, he needs to persistently keep pounding the enclave.

Bill Meyer (2019-05-13). Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival shows films about the Palestinian struggle. peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Two compelling films about the Palestinian struggle were featured at the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival this year. The award-winning Gaza is a visually stunning documentary enhanced with a heart-rending musical score, and one of the most emotionally powerful representations of the hardships of a people living in an area that is only 7 miles …

Morning Star (2019-05-13). Guaidó requests U.S. military assistance to overthrow Venezuelan government. peoplesworld.org Self-declared Venezuelan "president" Juan Guaidó ordered his political envoy in Washington this weekend to open "direct communications" with the U.S. military on removing elected President Nicolás Maduro. Guaidó, the unelected chief of the defunct National Assembly, declared himself interim president in January but has failed to unseat the government, with rallies in support of the …

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Defected Venezuelan General's Call for New Coup Gets No Support. telesurenglish.net The defected air force general, Ramon Rangel, issued a video Monday attempting to convince the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rise up against legitimate President Nicolas Maduro and support the illegally self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | The Bolivarian Revolution Metes Out Poetic Justice | The defector's call was met with dead silence from the Venezuelan Armed Forces, prompting him to blame the "communist dictatorship" in Cuba. | "We have to find a way to get r…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-13). Guaido 'Open' to Accepting a US Offer to Invade Venezuela. globalresearch.ca After last week's US-backed coup failed to install Juan Guaido in power in Venezuela, Guaido remains keen to be supported by the US, and told Italian newspaper La Stampa that he would "probably accept" a US offer to invade….

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Guaido Hits Hard Times, Begs US Military For Help. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan coup leader Juan Guaido is hitting hard times now after failing to gain the support of the people and military of the Bolivarian Republic. Guaido has gone as far as instructing his agents in the U.S. to beg for military support to help seize power in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Defected Venezuelan General Colossally Fails to Rally Support for Another Coup | According to the Associated Press, Guaido asked Carlos Vecchio in Washington to immediately open u…

RT (2019-05-13). Guaido asks US military for meeting to plan 'restoring democracy' in Venezuela. rt.com Officials loyal to the US-backed self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido have requested a meeting with US Southern Command to begin planning a military intervention in Venezuela, after multiple failed attempts to take power.

plenglish (2019-05-13). US Sanctions Against Venezuela Limits Access to World Market. plenglish.com Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) US government's hostile measures against Venezuela has reached on Monday their maximum expression in the international financial market to hinder Caracas" access to the importation of basic goods for social programs.

Gerrard Bonello (2019-05-13). Viewing Venezuela through a Fairy Tale Lens. globalresearch.ca On May 1 the Washington Post published an article entitled " Venezuela's opposition put together a serious plan. For now it appears to have failed."[1] By doing so it has presented its readers with a gripping fairy tale. …

plenglish (2019-05-13). Government Guarantees well-being of Venezuelan Emigrants Abroad. plenglish.com 13 de mayo de 2019, 16: 37Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government cares about the welfare of its citizens abroad despite the economic blockade imposed on the country by the United States, the Foreign Ministry remarked.

RT (2019-05-13). Welcome to coup university: A Pentagon scholar's guide to overthrowing governments. rt.com With the Venezuela crisis making regime change once again the talk of the town in Washington, the US Special Operations Command has published a paper chronicling the highs and lows of seven decades of foreign interference. |

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-13). Interview With Abby Martin And Robbie Martin Of Media Roots Radio On Venezuela. shadowproof.com On this week's "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast, we have a crossover episode with "Media Roots" radio. In the first part of the show, we talk with Abby Martin and Robbie Martin of Media Roots about some of the projects they're involved in currently. Abby tells us about "Empire Files." Robbie mentions…

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-13). The Plot to Kill Venezuela. commondreams.org A mural of former Venezuela President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013). The U.S. government and the Venezuelan oligarchy first tried to overthrow Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in 2002. Nearly twenty years later, they are still at it. (Photo: Univision) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Federico Fuentes (2019-05-13). Venezuela's crisis: a view from the Communes. mronline.org Federico Fuentes explores grassroots communal organisation, and the tension between popular power and sectors of the government. | Source

plenglish (2019-05-13). Venezuelan Gov't Moves Forward in Rectification Process, Maduro Said. plenglish.com 13 de mayo de 2019, 16: 47Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has assured on Monday that the Bolivarian Revolution advances in the process of rectification of errors in the methods of government, taking into consideration proposals made by the people.

ACLU (2019-05-13). I've Been to Guantanamo. It's No Place for Kids. aclu.org The Administration's proposal of sending immigrant children to Guantanamo Bay is dangerous and inhumane. | Over the last year, the country has been shocked by reports of the inhumane treatment of children and families in immigrant detention. Now, the Trump administration appears to be increasing the scope and severity of its immigrant detention scheme by potentially detaining immigrants at Guantanamo Bay. | News broke last week that the Defense Department awarded a $23 million dollar contract to construct a "Contingency Mass Migra…

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders Back Rashida Tlaib Amid Trump Attack. telesurenglish.net Many progressives and activists like congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Shaun King, etc., came forward in defense of congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after she was attacked by the United States President Donald Trump for her comments on Holocaust. | RELATED: | 'Hands off Ilhan': Black Women in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar | Tlaib, in an interview on Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast Saturday said her ancestors, Palestinians, had to suffer to create a safe haven for the Jewish people. | "There's,…

Eric Zuesse (2019-05-13). 'Humanitarian' Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers. globalresearch.ca Unlike a regular corporation, the corporations that manufacture and sell weapons to their government are virtually 100% dependent upon their government and its military allies, for their own success; their markets are only those governments, not individuals (such as is …

plenglish (2019-05-13). Interactive Dialogue with Candidate for President of General Assembly. plenglish.com United Nations, May 13 (Prensa Latina) On occasion of the upcoming election of the president for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, an interactive dialogue with the candidate, proposed by Nigeria, is being held on Monday.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Headlines for May 13, 2019. democracynow.org Sweden Reopens Julian Assange Sexual Assault Case, Seeks His Extradition, Pompeo to Discuss Iranian "Threats" in Europe as U.S. Ramps Up Military Presence, Saudi Oil Tankers Damaged in "Sabotage Attack" off UAE Coast, 187 Countries, Not Including the U.S., Agree to Landmark Deal Curbing Plastic Waste, U.S.-China Trade Talks End Without Deal, Increased Sanctions, Pentagon Redirects $1.5 Billion To Fund Border Wall, Afghanistan: Gunmen Kill Ex-Broadcast Journalist and Gov't Adviser Mina Mangal, Pakistan: Attack on Hotel Kills at Least 5, Burkina Faso: Gunmen Kill 6 People, Incl. Priest and Burn Down Church, At Leas…

Raúl Capote (2019-05-13). Does the U.S. Have the Right to Impunity? globalresearch.ca The United States Army has established a long history of war crimes, beginning with the genocide of native peoples in the North America, through those committed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, more recently. | Usually, the U.S. government, the armed forces, …

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Saudi Ship Prevented From Loading Arms Cargo In France. telesurenglish.net A Saudi ship, prevented by rights groups from loading an arms cargo at the French port of Le Havre on Friday, arrived at the Spanish port of Santander early on Monday. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Says 2 Tankers Were Targeted In 'Sabotage Attack' | It was not clear what the Saudi ship was doing in Santander or how long it would stay docked there. | Spain's interior ministry said they had no information regarding the ship. The defence and foreign ministries were not immediately ava…

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Saudi Arabia Says 2 Tankers Were Targeted In 'Sabotage Attack'. telesurenglish.net Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Monday that two of his country's oil tankers were targeted by a "sabotage attack" near the United Arab Emirates (UAE). | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia, Kenya Release 100s of Ethiopian Prisoners | Al-Falih confirmed that two Saudi oil tankers did suffer heavy damage, but no oil leaks or casualties were reported. | "Fortunately, the attack didn't lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures…

Tom Coburg (2019-05-13). Prosecution of Assange may be severely compromised under English law, agrees barrister. thecanary.co A barrister and adviser to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argues that any intended prosecution of him by the US or Sweden may have been severely compromised. And as such, that would invalidate any extradition request from either of those countries. | Consequences of US political interference: | Commentary on Assange and WikiLeaks by US politicians has been rife. For example, CIA chief Mike Pompeo described WikiLeaks as a…

plenglish (2019-05-13). Russia Confirms Lavrov-Pompeo Meeting in Sochi. plenglish.com Moscow, May 13 (Latin Press) Despite the suspension of an initially scheduled stop in Moscow from the visit of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to this country, the Russian Foreign Ministry has clarified on Monday that all the meetings in Sochi remain full time.

Gregory Elich (2019-05-13). How Madeleine Albright Got the War the U.S. Wanted. globalresearch.ca Twenty years have passed since the U.S.-orchestrated NATO attack on Yugoslavia. As the United States readied its forces for war in 1999, it organized a peace conference that was ostensibly intended to resolve differences between the Yugoslav government and secessionist …

Justice for Assange (2019-05-13). The "Swedish Allegations" Concerning Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca The Facts | There is widespread media misreporting about allegations made against Julian Assange in Sweden in 2010. Here are the facts: | First, Assange was always willing to answer any questions from the Swedish authorities and repeatedly offered to do …

The New Arab (2019-05-13). 'Conditions for Surrender': Palestinian FM Slams Trump Peace Plan. globalresearch.ca Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Thursday voiced opposition to US President Donald Trump's so-called ' Deal of the Century', saying the terms amount to "surrender" for Palestinians. | "This is not a peace plan but rather conditions for …

William Blum (2019-05-13). "US-Gate"? Overthrowing Other People's Governments: The Master List of U.S. "Regime Changes" globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note | This incisive list countries by the late William Blum was first published in 2013, posted on Global Research in 2014. | In relation to recent developments in Latin America and the Middle East, it is worth recalling the …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-13). Battle for India: Russia's S-400 vs. America's THAAD. globalresearch.ca There's no doubt that India is one of the most geostrategically positioned countries in the world today and that its tilt one way or the other in the New Cold War could have major hemispheric reverberations for this global competition. …

Douglas Valentine (2019-05-13). The CIA: Keepers of the Hit Lists. War Crimes as Policy. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in May 2013. | In February the Guardian and BBC Arabic unveiled a documentary exploring the role of retired Colonel James Steele in the recruitment, training and initial deployments of the CIA advised and funded Special …

Matt Franklin (2019-05-13). UN Decides to Control Global Plastic Waste Dumping. globalresearch.ca Today, 187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste from one country to another. The amendmentsrequire exporters to …

Sufyan bin Uzayr (2019-05-13). Tashkent, Uzbekistan: The City with 2200+ Years of Written History. globalresearch.ca Visiting Central Asia had been on my bucket list for quite a while. So when I finally got the chance to head to Kazakhstan, I decided to take a pit-stop on my way there. This is how I got to …

Norwegian Refugee Council (2019-05-13). More People Displaced Inside Their Own Countries than Ever Before. globalresearch.ca A record 41.3 million people are displaced inside their own countries because of conflict and violence, according to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). | The number of people living in …

(2019-05-13). Trump EPA Seeks to Slash Pesticide Protections for Imperiled Wildlife. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a set of proposed changes that would dramatically reduce protections for the nation's most endangered plants and animals from pesticides known to harm them. The proposals ignore the real-world, science-based assessments of pesticides' …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-13). The Taking of America 123. The Deep State Thrives on Money and Power. globalresearch.ca The above title was influenced from Joseph Sargent's 1974 classic The Taking of the Pelham 123. In the film (remade again in 2009, and not bad actually) gunmen hijack a NYC subway train and hold the passengers of one car …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-13). The U.S.' Welcome of China on Afghan Peace Process Headed for Win-win Results. globalresearch.ca "We welcome the positive role of Russia, China, and any other country in the Afghan peace process", a U.S. State Department official said on Friday, an unexpected announcement considering the increased trade tensions between the U.S. and China after Washington's …

plenglish (2019-05-13). 'Brazilians Deserve to Live in a Better, Fairer Country', Lula Says. plenglish.com Brazilia, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ensured that Brazilians deserve to live in a better and fairer country, through a message sent to greeting to the Union of Metallurgists of the ABC that celebrated its 60th anniversary.

WSWS (2019-05-13). "Act now" on trade or it will get worse, Trump threatens China. wsws.org The increasingly belligerent US rhetoric is being matched by action expected to target another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods with tariffs of 25 percent.

teleSUR (2019-05-13). China Snubs Trump, Hikes Tariffs on US Goods. telesurenglish.net China said on Monday it would impose higher tariffs on most U.S. imports on a revised US$60 billion target list, hitting back at a tariff hike by Washington on US$200 billion of Chinese goods in a further escalation of a bitter trade war. | The retaliation comes as U.S. President Donald Trump signals his intent to slap tariffs on all Chinese imports if Beijing does not give in, suggesting a prolonged standoff between the world's two largest economies that could roil global markets for weeks or months to come. | A total of 5,140 U.S. products will be subject to additional tariffs of 5 percent, 10 percent, 20 p…

Negin Owliaei (2019-05-13). Uber Drivers Strike As Execs Make Millions Off IPO. commondreams.org A small group of independent drivers and supporters protest against Uber and other app-based ride-hailing companies near the Wall Street Charging Bull, May 8, 2019 in New York City. The protests in more than a dozen cities come ahead of Uber's anticipated Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) which could put the ride-hailing firm's calculation as high as $91.5 billion. Drivers are seeking higher wages and better rights as employees. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-13). Cozy Visit With Far-Right Autocrat Denounced as Trump Praises "Tremendous Job" of Hungary's Viktor Orban. commondreams.org President Donald Trump welcomed far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orb√°n at the White House Monday, drawing outrage from progressive quarters. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

James Wright (2019-05-13). Deep down, we all know Andrew Marr and Andrew Neil can only boost the far right. Here's why. thecanary.co Deep down, we know BBC presenters Andrew Marr and Andrew Neil can only boost the far right. And it's not simply because Neil opts for 'gotcha' questions while interviewing extreme conservative Ben Shapiro; or because Marr allows Nigel Farage to volley off romantic…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's "Far-Right, Hindu Nationalist" Agenda. democracynow.org In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also…

plenglish (2019-05-13). Iran Concerned over Sabotage at Emirati Port. plenglish.com Tehran, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The government of Iran on Monday expressed concern over the sabotage explosions on four commercial vessels at Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), near the Strait of Hormuz.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy: A U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be "Biggest Mistake It Has Ever Made" democracynow.org On Sunday night Arundhati Roy delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as part of the PEN World Voices Festival. She reads an excerpt of the lecture. "Over these last few years, given the wars it has waged, and the international treaties it has arbitrarily reneged on, the U.S. Government perfectly fits its own definition of a rogue state," Roy said. "And now, resorting to the same old scare tactics, the same tired falsehoods and the same old fake news about nuclear weapons, it is gearing up to bomb Iran. That will be the biggest mistake it has ever made."

Whitney Webb (2019-05-13). With the US-Iran War Ball Now Rolling, Could an "Accident" or "False Flag" Serve as Pretext? mintpressnews.com Certain forces in the U.S. and Israel have been actively pushing for war with Iran for years and have a track record that demonstrates little inhibition about using an "accident" to start it.

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-13). D is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy. counterpunch.org "When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility." More

Richard M. Lerner (2019-05-13). Are the Democrats Channeling Neville Chamberlain…or George Santayana? counterpunch.org Accommodating a pathological narcissist does not lead to peace in our time. Ignoring the lies, hateful speech, and antidemocratic actions of an amoral psychopath will not preserve a republic. Such acts enable fascism to flourish. These statements are not opinions about what will occur if the Democrats in the House of Representatives of 2019 fail More

Edward J. Martin (2019-05-13). Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism. counterpunch.org Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) — had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right — from the 1980s of More

Thomas Knapp (2019-05-13). Let's End the War on Unapproved States of Consciousness. counterpunch.org On May 7, voters in Denver, Colorado narrowly approved a measure de-criminalizing "magic mushrooms" — mushrooms containing the consciousness-altering compound psilocybin. The measure, National Public Radio reports, "effectively bars the city from prosecuting or arresting adults 21 or older who possess them. In the ballot language, adults can even grow the fungus for personal use More

Wim Laven (2019-05-13). Tired of the Smack Talk. counterpunch.org I'm angry, our system is supposed to work for us, but it doesn't! I'm tired of being told that elected officials are supposed to represent their constituents, and watching their persistent inaction and failure. One of the interesting features of English language is the labels that are provided for groups of animals; perhaps the pride More

David Swanson (2019-05-13). Why Are These Facts So Stubbornly Forbidden? counterpunch.org Like you, I've had countless experiences of pointing out a new fact to someone, and seeing them acknowledge it and incorporate it into their thinking and their talking from that point forward. I've even had this experience with public petitions pushed on powerful people. But, I've also had a different experience. There are some facts More

Yves Engler (2019-05-13). Canada's Minister of Defence is an Arms Pusher. counterpunch.org Would it surprise you to learn that Canada's minister of defence is an arms pusher? Last Friday members of Mouvement Québécois pour la Paix interrupted a $135-a-plate luncheon to confront defence minister Harjit Sajjan. At an event sponsored by SNC Lavalin, Bombardier, Rio Tinto, etc., we called for cutting military spending, for Canada to withdraw from NATO and an end to weapons More

Dean Baker (2019-05-13). Getting to Medicare-for-All. counterpunch.org I had the opportunity to testify last week before the House Rules committee on Medicare for All. Incredibly, this was apparently the first time the topic had been explicitly addressed in a congressional hearing. In my testimony, I argued that a Medicare for All program would be affordable, but the key factor was reducing the More

B. Blake Levitt (2019-05-13). Fiber Broadband and Small Cells: An Unholy Municipal Alliance. counterpunch.org In the rural northwest corner of Connecticut where I live in the gracious foothills to the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, our 27-town Council of Governments (NWCOG), urged on by the well-intentioned local group "Northwest ConneCT," is encouraging towns to embrace "fiber broadband" in their new plans of conservation and development and build out municipally owned More

Yoav Litvin (2019-05-13). Uncle Ben Shapiro, and Me. counterpunch.org Ben Shapiro is trending on Twitter after thoroughly embarrassing himself in an interview with BBC right-wing journalist Andrew Neil. The highlight of the interview came when Shapiro ignorantly pleaded with Neil to admit he is "on the left". In response, the Brit chuckled in characteristic fashion and said: "Mr. Shapiro, if you only knew how ridiculous that statement is, you wouldn't have said it."It went downhill from there. And fast.In essence, Shapiro was not "destroyed" by Neil. He literally destroyed himself. More

Elliot Sperber (2019-05-13). In Defense of the Satanic. counterpunch.org In Defense of the Satanic Satan, the name, stems From "one who opposes" Opposes belief And submission to dogma For Satan the serpent Distributed knowledge Transgressing the order. Evicted from Eden Avoiding those doomed to attack him And fear him He sailed off to Crete Where the serpent was lauded By all the Minoans Who More

Ted Rall (2019-05-13). Long-Form Journalism is the Future of Print. counterpunch.org Journalism is in trouble. Writers of articles pointing this out typically argue that this is really bad for democracy or America or whatever. Anyone who disagrees is too stupid to read this so I won't bother to repeat this obviousness. Such writers also point out contemporaneous evidence of the media apocalypse; here are the three More

Staff (2019-05-13). House GOP Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 Challengers. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. | Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice from Houston with Iraq combat experience and three Ivy League degrees on his resume. They are part of the GOP drive to gain at least 18 seats in the 2020 electi…

David Bacon (2019-05-13). The Social Movement Photography of David Bacon: Iraq Under Occupation. progressive.org Iraq had one of the most radical labor movements in the Middle East before the reign of Saddam Hussein. After the U.S. invasion in 2003 Bacon traveled to Iraq to learn what had become of the workers. He did not anticipate what he saw.

Lou Martin (2019-05-13). Documentary 'Moundsville' digs deeper into Appalachian 'Trump country'. peoplesworld.org The 2018 documentary Moundsville drops viewers into the West Virginia town with no introduction. Instead, the film takes us directly into conversations with local residents, the mayor, a former mayor, retirees, a couple of historians, young entrepreneurs—a dozen or so people from all walks of life. They talk about the town's history, the prehistoric burial mound for …

Juan Cole (2019-05-13). The Earth Just Eclipsed a Terrifying Threshold. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration measures atmospheric carbon dioxide at its Moana Loa observatory. You can see that on May 11 we were just about at 415 parts per million of CO2. A couple of days this week, we've gone over 415. When I say that, you should run screaming like a tsunami is coming over the horizon with mayhem on its mind. 415 is bigger than a million tsunamis. We put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when we drive gasoline aut…

Staff (2019-05-13). Louisiana's Million-Dollar Charter School Scam. truthdig.com This story was produced by FOX8 WVUE, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WWNO New Orleans Public Radio as part of Reveal's Local Labs initiative, which supports lasting investigative reporting collaborations in communities across the United States. | Since 2007, Carlie Care Kids has run a child care out of a couple of nondescript converted townhouses in Terrytown, Louisiana. N…

RT (2019-05-13). Washington requested Trump-Putin meeting — report. rt.com Washington has reportedly requested a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, according to Russian newspaper Kommersant. If confirmed, a meeting could take place on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit. |

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Sudanese Armed Forces Use Teargas to Disperse Protesters. telesurenglish.net Sudanese police and Rapid Support Forces used tear gas Monday to disperse dozens of protesters in Khartoum North and removed barriers they had set up on the main street leading to the heart of the capital. | RELATED: | Protests in Sudan After Army Wants Islamic Law in Constitution | The dispersal came as stalled talks between the opposition and the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) resumed. | The protesters had gathered to pile pressure on the ruling Transitional Mili…

David Keppel (2019-05-13). 13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War. thenation.com 13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War…

plenglish (2019-05-13). Colombian Social Movements Ask UN to Protect Magistrates. plenglish.com Bogota, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Defend Peace Movement asked the United Nations for measures to protect high court judges, victims of pressure and threats in the context of key decisions for peace.

Murtaza Hussain (2019-05-13). His Visa Was Stamped, His Papers in Order. Then He Was Targeted By a Secretive CBP Task Force. theintercept.com Abdikadir Mohamed has been in ICE custody for 17 months, ever since he was flagged by a little known entity called the Tactical Terrorism Response Team.

Eds. (2019-05-13). Trump continues Obama's war on whistleblowers, arrests another alleged Intercept source. mronline.org This outrageous explosion of watchlisting — of monitoring people and racking and stacking them on lists, assigning them numbers, assigning them 'baseball cards,' assigning them death sentences without notice, on a worldwide battlefield — it was, from the very first instance, wrong. | Source

Conn Hallinan (2019-05-13). Contrary to NY Times, Spanish vote not so great for EU. peoplesworld.org There were several lessons to take from last month's Spanish elections, some special to Spain, others that resonate continent-wide. Since the 28-member European Union is preparing to vote on the makeup of the European Parliament at the end of May, those lessons are relevant. On the surface the outcome seemed pretty straightforward: Spain's Socialist Workers …

Michael Winship (2019-05-13). The Curse of Donald Trump. commondreams.org Our ex-presidents should come forward to try to break the spell…

Stephanie Luce (2019-05-13). Trump's tariff war with China—Who is it good for? peoplesworld.org Donald Trump voiced the real concerns of many Americans when he spoke of the need to bring jobs to communities and to end unfair trade deals. By blocking the Trans-Pacific Partnership, pushing a re-negotiation of NAFTA, and increasing tariffs on a range of imports, Trump has appeared to finally take seriously the needs of unemployed …

Denis Rogatyuk (2019-05-13). After Assange, Ecuador's Lenin Moreno escalates persecution of critics and perceived foes. thegrayzone.com The US-backed, neoliberal Ecuadorian leader is persecuting Swedish software developer Ola Bini for his political sympathies, censoring critical media, and…

John Feffer (2019-05-13). The threat of political climate change. nationofchange.org It's time for a movement to counteract Bannon's Movement, a global coalition that joins people and politicians in a united, international effort to respond to the true global problems — climate change, endless war, and economic inequality — that threaten to overwhelm us all.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-13). World 'Not on Track" to Curb Global Warming to 1.5 ∞C Threshold: UN Chief. commondreams.org "The paradox is that as things are getting worse on the ground, political will seems to be fading." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-05-13). Escalating U.S.-China Trade War Sends Stocks Plunging. truthdig.com NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved sharply lower Monday on Wall Street and extended the market's slide into a second week as investors seek shelter from an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. | The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index each fell more than 2% as investors sold trade-sensitive shares. Chipmakers led the big declines in technology while heavy equipment makers Deere and Caterpillar drove losses in the industrial sector. | The world's largest economies had seemed on track to resolve the ongoing trade dispute that has raised prices for consumers and pinched corporate profit margin…

WSWS (2019-05-13). The class struggle in the United States and the fight against war. wsws.org We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 Online International May Day Rally delivered by Niles Niemuth.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). PATRICK LAWRENCE: A Week of Dangerous Developments from Iran to North Korea. consortiumnews.com The increasingly aggressive moves by Trump's hawkish advisers give the impression of a palace coup, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Neoconservative hawks in the Trump administration, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary… Read more →

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). PEPE ESCOBAR: Iran Squeezed Between Imperial Psychos and European Cowards. consortiumnews.com Berlin, Paris and London assumed Tehran could not afford to leave the JCPOA even if it was not receiving any of the promised economic rewards. Now the EU3 are facing the hour of truth, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar… Read more →

Andrea Germanos (2019-05-13). French Activists Successfully Block Saudi Ship From Loading Weapons. theantimedia.com (CD) — A human rights organization called it a "victory for mobilized civil society" when a Saudi cargo ship left France on Friday without a planned batch of weapons. France, along with other Western countries including the U.S. and U.K., has been supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, which is leading the coalition bombing Yemen. In so doing, say human rights campaigners, …

ILWU (2019-05-13). ILWU Rally To Defend Howard Terminal & Port of Oakland. indybay.org Port Of Oakland Offices | 530 Water St. | Oakland…

Abolish J.R.O.T.C. (2019-05-13). Pro-War S.F. School Board Intends to Destroy Arnautoff mural. indybay.org The pro-war San Francisco Unified School District's Reflection and Action Working Group voted 12 to 1 to destroy Victor Arnautoff's outstanding, realistic historical mural at Washington High School in the name of promoting SFUSD values, which values certainly include their promotion of the military in our public schools known as Junior Reserve Officer Training or J.R.O.T.C., which has been protested over the years to no avail.

UPWA (2019-05-13). "Free Lunch" Billionaire A's Owner Fisher Offering Free Food For New Stadium. indybay.org Broadway & Waters St. | Oakland…

Jason Ditz (2019-05-13). Venezuela's Guaido Wants Direct Line to Pentagon. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido confirmed this weekend that his diplomats are seeking to open a direct line of communication with the US military, and would use them for "coordination" of possible military action to impose regime change. Guaido said having direct lines of communication between him and the Pentagon would put more pressure on President Maduro …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-13). Denouncing DeVos, Warren Vows to Appoint Education Secretary With 'Real Teaching Experience,' Not Conflicts of Interest. commondreams.org In her latest pledge to lead an administration that would fight for working Americans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday announced that she would only consider former public school teachers to be her education secretary should she be elected president in 2020. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

DLI (2019-05-13). 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…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-13). No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing. indybay.org The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-13). Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Offer State Department a Peaceful Resolution to Standoff. consortiumnews.com Activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington have written to the State Department offering a way to peacefully end the standoff between themselves and an argy mob of Guaidó supporters. Activists who have lived inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington… Read more →

Staff (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's Far-Right Agenda. truthout.org In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have a…

Staff (2019-05-13). CO2 Levels Hit 415 Parts Per Million for First Time in Over 3 Million Years. truthout.org Atmospheric levels of carbon registered 415 parts per million over the weekend at one of the world's key measuring stations, a concentration level researchers say has not existed in more than 3 million years — before the dawn of human history. | Taken at the Mauno Loa Observatory in Hawaii by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the measure continues the upward trend of atmospheric carbon concentration that lies at the heart of the global warming and climate crisis: | 415.26 parts per million (ppm) CO2 in air 11-May-2019 t.co/MGD5CTru41 First daily baseli…

Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (2019-05-13). Oakland VegFest 2019. indybay.org Lake Merritt Amphitheater…

Tyler Durden (2019-05-13). Twitter Admits to 'Inadvertently' Collecting, Sharing Location Data Due to "Bug" theantimedia.com (ZH) — Twitter announced on Monday that it 'inadvertently" collected and shared iOS location data due to a software bug. In a blog post, the company admitted: "We have discovered that we were inadvertently collecting and sharing iOS location data with one of our trusted partners in certain circumstances," adding "Specifically, if you used more than one account on Twitter …

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