Daily Archives: May 3, 2019

2019-05-03: News Headlines

Michaela Malone (2019-05-03). San Diego PSL stands with workers everywhere on May Day. liberationnews.org Carrying signs printed with the words "Hands Off Venezuela," members of the PSL and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also stressed the need for solidarity with working class Venezuelans…

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). ACTU must heed lesson of past elections. greenleft.org.au Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

Paul Dobson (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro. globalresearch.ca Venezuela's judicial authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following his escape from house arrest early Tuesday morning. | Caracas' Fifth Court revoked Lopez's house arrest Thursday and ordered his immediate detention, indicating that once …

Maicol David Lynch (2019-05-03). Venezuela on the cusp of a coup: An eye-witness visitor reports. peoplesworld.org CARACAS, Venezuela—"I don't care for Maduro as a leader, but I'm all for socialism!" This was the response I received time and time again from the so-called "opposition" to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) headed by Nicolás Maduro during my 14-day visit in the country last month. I was sent to Venezuela as …

plenglish (2019-05-03). Venezuela Repudiates Interventionist Position of Panama's Gov't. plenglish.com 03 de mayo de 2019, 15: 59 | Caracas, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza repudiated on Friday the position of Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, for attacking Venezuela "to please its bosses from the North."

plenglish (2019-05-03). Use of Spanish Embassy to Instigate Coup in Venezuela Criticized. plenglish.com Madrid, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela"s Ambassador to Spain, Mario Isea, has stronglycriticized on Friday Leopoldo Lopez ¥s use of Spanish Embassy in Caracas since Tuesday to instigate a coup d ¥état against the Venezuelan Government.

plenglish (2019-05-03). Venezuelan Authorities Prepare National Dialogue for the Weekend. plenglish.com 03 de mayo de 2019, 14: 04Caracas, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The preparatory meeting for a great national day of dialogue in Venezuela brought together in Caracas social organizations and authorities on Friday after the call made by President Nicolas Maduro.

Peter Koenig (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt. dissidentvoice.org In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …

WSWS (2019-05-03). German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela. wsws.org In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.

Walter Smolarek (2019-05-03). Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks. liberationnews.org Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-03). We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth. mronline.org n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source

Staff (2019-05-03). Why Won't the Mainstream Media Call It a Venezuelan Coup? truthdig.com By refusing to acknowledge efforts to oust Maduro for what they are, the political press has again proved itself a stenographer for power.

Eric Zuesse (2019-05-03). U.S. Government Plan, Dated 23 February 2018, for Coup in Venezuela, Now Leaks Out. globalresearch.ca A detailed plan from "UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND" dated "23 FEBRUARY 2018" was issued with the title "PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP 'MASTERSTROKE'" and is here presented complete. | This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who

Alan Macleod (2019-05-03). MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions killed more than 40,000 in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

Carla Stea (2019-05-03). "Psychopath Capitalism": US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The U.S. maneuvers to destroy the Maduro government's UN accreditation, and replace it with their puppet Guaido are horrifying and Machiavellian, and, quite realistically, since the US has absolutely no scruples, nor any respect for international law, there is an ominous possibility that they may succeed.

RT (2019-05-03). 'We saw this playbook in Iraq': Ilhan Omar shoots back at VP Pence in socialism spat. rt.com Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has fired back at Vice President Mike Pence, after Pence accused her of "choosing socialism over freedom" by opposing regime change in Venezuela. |

Staff (2019-05-03). Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…

Edward B. Winslow (2019-05-03). US Imposes Illegal and Deadly Sanctions on Venezuela in David vs. Goliath Battle. globalresearch.ca "We are complicit in crimes against humanity when we know about them and when we don't stop them." — Jacob Appelbaum | The unilaterally issued economic sanctions that the US leveled against Venezuela in 2017 and this year violate international laws …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-03). Pointing to Disastrous History of US Intervention, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela. commondreams.org "I will do everything I can to see that U.S. troops do not get involved in a civil war in Venezuela." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-05-03). Media lies in service of war for regime change in Venezuela. wsws.org As top Trump administration officials make increasingly explicit military threats, the corporate media acts as a propaganda service for imperialist intervention.

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'. greenleft.org.au Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…

plenglish (2019-05-03). UN Stresses: 'Use of Force Isn't the Solution in Venezuela'. plenglish.com United Nations, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, believes that the use of force and violence is not the solution to what is happening in Venezuela, stressed her spokeswoman, Monica Grayley.

Fight Back (2019-05-03). New Yorkers celebrate May Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On May 1, hundreds of people in New York City celebrated on International Workers' Day. The day was kicked off in Harlem, where a rally for the laundry workers was held as they demanded better working conditions. The day continued at a Trump Tower on Wall Street. Hundreds gathered near the Stock Exchange under the banner "No walls in the workers struggle." | Speeches centered on the different struggles workers are currently facing in the United States and abroad. Many of the speakers also brought up Venezuela and how we need to keep fighting against U.S. intervention. | Once the program ended, th…

Bertha Mojena Milián (2019-05-03). U.S. Lies to Justify Further Attacks on Cuba. globalresearch.ca In statements to the press on Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, reiterated that "Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela" | *** | "There are no …

RT (2019-05-03). Heavy water and uranium enrichment: US imposes additional nuclear sanctions on Iran. rt.com The Trump administration will sanction any assistance to expand Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr and ban exports of heavy water and any further uranium enrichment, the State Department has announced.

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-03). Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar. liberationnews.org Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."

John McEvoy (2019-05-03). Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil. thecanary.co On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-03). The US/NATO Orchestration of the 2014 Maidan Coup in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 9 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, …

Whitney Webb (2019-05-03). Anti-War Voices on Both Sides Warn of Coming CIA Provocation to Kill Guaidó, Blame Maduro. mintpressnews.com With Guaidó rapidly losing momentum and credibility after Tuesday's failed coup, López and his U.S. backers may turn on their own if they think it will benefit or energize their cause or if it could be used to set the stage for foreign military intervention.

RT (2019-05-03). Three-way deal: Trump says China wants to join nuclear pact with US, Russia. rt.com China is interested in joining a nuclear "pact" with US and Russia to reduce the number of nuclear warheads, US President Donald Trump said.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Roger Waters on Palestine: "You Have to Stand Up for People's Human Rights All Over the World" democracynow.org After a judge ruled a panel can move forward Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on "Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights," we speak with one of the event's scheduled participants: Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. He says he welcomes the lawsuit that challenged the event, because "what it does is it serves to shine a light on the predicament of the Palestinian people."

Connie Huynh (2019-05-03). #PeoplesWave Rises Up For #MedicareForAll. nationofchange.org We just took a huge step towards | Medicare For All: the House Ways and Means Committee has announced they | will hold, for the first time, hearings on the Medicare For All Act Of | 2019, introduced this spring by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Sen. | Bernie Sanders (VT). | Ways and Means plays a decisive role in whether or not Medicare for All advances to the floor for a vote. | Who made this happen? You did. People's Action members from all across the country — nearly a thousand — came to Washington, D.C. this weekend to demand Medicare For All. We took the streets because people — our peopl…

Linda G. Ford (2019-05-03). Black Women Political Prisoners of the Police State. counterpunch.org The Rev. Joy Powell says she was "raped, railroaded and bamboozled" by police. Her crime? Being a poor black woman who faced off against the police—protesting their violent brutality against black people in Rochester, NY. Once she defied them, she was warned, then targeted and framed for serious crimes. A few weeks ago, Australian Julian More

RT (2019-05-03). Foreign Affairs Committee chair cited Saudi talking points in Yemen debate, now he lobbies for them. rt.com In 2017 during a House debate on the Yemeni war, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee cited almost verbatim the talking points provided by a lobbying firm serving Saudi Arabia. Now he is working for one such firm.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-05-03). Black News Weekly. naacp.org BET: Black 22-Year-Old Software Engineer Murdered By White Neighbor Months After Court Denied Request For Protective Order A 22-year-old Baltimore resident was gunned down by his 53-year-old white neighbor just months after trying to obtain a protective order against the man. According to ABC 11, Tyrique Hudson was fatally shot in the stairwell of his apartment complex …

Chris Wright (2019-05-03). The Coming of American Fascism, 1920—1940. counterpunch.org Fascism is usually thought of as a quintessentially and almost exclusively European phenomenon, as having begun with Mussolini, culminated with Hitler, and been eradicated in World War II. The U.S., in particular, is thought to have been largely immune to it, given the absence of mass movements similar to Nazism or Italian Fascism. But there More

Al-Masdar News (2019-05-03). Forgotten War: Death Toll in Yemen to Reach 233,000 by End of Year. globalresearch.ca The death toll from the ongoing war in Yemen will reach a staggering 233,000 if it continues until the end of 2019, a new report from the United Nations said. | According to the UN report, of the 233,000 estimated deaths …

Linda Ford (2019-05-03). Black Women Political Prisoners of the Police State. dissidentvoice.org The Rev. Joy Powell says she was "raped, railroaded and bamboozled" by police. Her crime? Being a poor black woman who faced off against the police—protesting their violent brutality against black people in Rochester, NY. Once she defied them, she was warned, then targeted and framed for serious crimes. A few weeks ago, Australian Julian …

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'. greenleft.org.au Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-03). On #WorldPressFreedomDay, a Reminder: Only 9% of Humanity Lives in Nations That Respect Reporters' Rights. commondreams.org As the international community celebrated #WorldPressFreedomDay on Friday, a leading global nonprofit warned that only 9 percent of humanity lives in countries with good or satisfactory levels of press freedom. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Thomas S. Harrington (2019-05-03). Elections in Spain: Regime Maintenance Disguised as Democratic Vitality and the Possibility of Change. counterpunch.org In last Sunday's Spanish elections, Pedro Sánchez's Socialist Party (PSOE) considerably expanded its presence in the country's Parliament, while the Popular Party (PP), which for more than two decades has quite purposefully and successfully driven the country's arena of "thinkable thought" toward the hard right, had its poorest electoral showing in years. The other big More

United Nations (2019-05-03). UN-backed intercultural dialogue forum urged to keep working to 'bridge gap between the like-minded'. un.org As a United Nations-baked intercultural forum drew to a close in Baku, Azerbaijan, the participants agreed that the journey to a better world, fuelled by the discussions over the past two days, including the important input by youth, will continue moving forward.

WSWS (2019-05-03). The manufactured case of Long Beach "terrorist" Marc Steven Domingo. wsws.org The arrest of the Afghan war veteran has the characteristics of an entrapment operation by the FBI and other police agencies.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-03). Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next? globalresearch.ca Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the …

WSWS (2019-05-03). The Labor Party tries to "save capitalism" wsws.org The ruling elite is terrified that the emerging support for socialism can become a conscious turn toward revolutionary Marxism.

Dora Taylor (2019-05-03). Oregon Teachers Walking off the Job May 8 Want Us All to Do Better. progressive.org "My labor is mine and mine alone to give or withhold, Siegel tells me. "This day of action is a small step toward waking up the working class to the real power they possess when they organize and act in solidarity."

plenglish (2019-05-03). Peru ¥s Andean Summit To Issue Regional Energy Integration. plenglish.com Lima, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Summit of the Andean Community of Nations to take place in Peru will discuss advances towards energy integration on the 50th anniversary of such organization, Minister of Energy and Mines, Francisco Ismodes, said.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-03). 'A Massive Chill On Investigative Journalism': First Hearing In Julian Assange's Extradition Case. shadowproof.com The first procedural hearing in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition case was held in the United Kingdom. It was very brief, and Assange appeared via video link from Belmarsh prison. "I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected…

Pete Dolack (2019-05-03). Big Corporations Pay No Income Tax, Unlike You. counterpunch.org Telling you that Donald Trump lied, or that the one percent continue to succeed in their incessant class warfare, ranks in the astonishment department with being told the Sun rose in the east this morning. Do we really need more evidence? Necessary or not, more evidence continues to be delivered. The latest delivery comes courtesy More

WSWS (2019-05-03). Call to free Julian Assange raised in Taiwan on Labor Day. wsws.org The Free Assange Group explained to Taiwan workers that WikiLeaks served as a deterrent to war and was a tool for peace.

Matthew Cole (2019-05-03). How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback. theintercept.com When Erik Prince arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game. | Bin Zayed had convened a group of close family members and advisers at the luxurious Indian Ocean resort for a grand strategy session in anticipation of the…

Ted Rall (2019-05-03). The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic More

Staff (2019-05-03). My FOIA Crusade Against a Law-Breaking CIA. truthdig.com On April 29, my attorney Dan Hardway filed a petition for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review my case, Morley v. CIA. When I filed this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit 16 years ago, I sought certain files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. | The JFK story still resonates, albeit more faintly than it once did. Kennedy was a popular liberal president who, at the time of his death, was challenging the country to embrace civil rights and "a strategy of peace" to end the Cold War. Detested in the…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-03). China-Laos Economic Relations. The Broader Strategic Implications. globalresearch.ca The Chinese and Laotian Presidents signed an action plan to build a community of shared future earlier this week after the latter's trip to the People's Republic to attend the recent BRI Forum. These two nations might seem to be …

Staff (2019-05-03). You Can't Tax the Rich Without the IRS. truthdig.com This article was co-published with The New York Times. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a plan to tax "ultramillionaires," as she calls them. Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to expand the estate tax. Rep. Alexandr…

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-03). Iran Designates as "Terrorists" All US Troops in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed a bill into law on Tuesday declaring all US forces in the Middle East terrorists and calling the US government a sponsor of terrorism, says Reuters. | The bill was passed by parliament last week in …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-03). Islamic State Celluloid. dissidentvoice.org Nothing turns on the charlatan class of terrorism expertise than a video from an elusive, unknown destination, adjusted, modified and giving all the speculative trimmings. In reading, E.B. White suggested the presence of two participants: the author as impregnator; the reader as respondent. In the terrorism video, the maker consciously penetrates the shallow mind of …

South Front (2019-05-03). Video: Turkey Sponsored Militants Claim Russians Killed in Hama, Attack Hmeimim Air Base. globalresearch.ca On May 1, the Turkish-backed coalition of militant groups, the National Front for Liberation, claimed that its members had killed 4 Russian servicemembers with mortar shelling in the village of Braidij in northern Hama. | The reports came amid a new …

ACLU (2019-05-03). What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America. aclu.org For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…

Olivia Rosane (2019-05-03). 500,000 bees killed by Texas arsonist. nationofchange.org Police are looking for an arsonist who burned several beehives in | Alvin, Texas, leading to the deaths of more than half a million bees, CNN reported Wednesday. | The | hives belonged to the Brazoria County Beekeepers Association, which had | 24 colonies at the site in total. The hives were discovered burning | early Saturday morning by a sheriff's deputy, who extinguished the | flames. Some of the bee boxes had also been tossed into a pond on the…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-05-03). Trump's Abortion Lies Are Going to Get Somebody Killed. truthdig.com In examining the flood of lies that spills out of President Donald Trump's mouth on a daily basis, arguably the most egregious are his claims about abortion—and specifically, about so-called "late-term abortions." Trump has repeated several times in the past a myth created by anti-abortion activists. For example, during his State of the Union address in January, he said, "Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Sri Lanka: Behind the Easter Sunday bombings. greenleft.org.au On April 21 (Easter Sunday) hundreds of people were killed in bomb explosions at three churches, three hotels and a guest house in Sri Lanka. | The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Authorities blamed an extremist Muslim group called the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ – National Monotheism Society). Later, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. | Sri Lanka has had a violent history in the seven decades since its independence in 1948. But this history did not include any major conflict between Muslims and Christians. Both Muslims and Christians have in recent years come under attack from Buddhi…

Lee Hall (2019-05-03). The Last Kentucky Derby. counterpunch.org This Saturday, May 4th, is Derby Day in Louisville. Twenty-two horses will be forced to race so that a record purse of $3 million may change hands. None of that money will go to preserve the habitat of untamed horses. Most betters never learn what a horse in natural habitat looks like. Nor will a More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-05-03). Dare to Know: the Paradox of Greek History. counterpunch.org Growing up in the 1940s in a Greek village was neither a baptism in Greek culture nor an indoctrination to nationalism. This was because "modern" Greece has been going through the suffering of centuries of foreign occupation and official neglect and often ignorance about the country's unrivalled ancient civilization. Greek history was interrupted by barbarian More

Bruce E. Levine (2019-05-03). Lou Reed: That Which Does Not Kill Us Can Radicalize Us. counterpunch.org While not as well-known as "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Perfect Day," and not one of the classics he wrote for the Velvet Underground (such as "Heroin" and "I'll Be Your Mirror"), Lou Reed's "Kill Your Sons," about his electroconvulsive "therapy" (ECT) as a 17-year-old, gives voice to an event that majorly radicalized him More

Rebecca Gordon (2019-05-03). Of Autocrats and Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. counterpunch.org "Al-Shebab," said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. "We're calling our small group al-Shebab. It means 'The Youth.'" From his name alone, I wouldn't have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family's Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name. As usually happens More

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-03). Predator Cops, Guilty of Sex Crimes Against Women and Children, Are a Menace to Society. counterpunch.org "Sexual predation by police officers happens far more often than people in the business are willing to admit." —Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper How could this be happening right under our noses? That's what readers wanted to know after my column went viral about the extent to which young children are being bought and More

Gary Leupp (2019-05-03). Sri Lanka, ISIL and Religious Tribalism. counterpunch.org Sri Lanka has been a primarily Buddhist land since King Ashoka's son Mahinda preached there in the third century BCE. At present 70% of the population is Buddhist, 13% Hindu, 10% Muslim and 7% Christian. (Surely there are secular people, atheists, Marxists, etc. but these are historical communities and identities.) It has been a site More

Ron Jacobs (2019-05-03). Making (and Raising) Babies in the USA. counterpunch.org In recent months, statements by two very different politicians regarding the act of bearing and raising children have caused a fair amount of controversy. The first comment was from Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who remarked that many people in her generation were hesitant to bring children into a world facing possible climate catastrophe. Her comment was More

Jean Stokan (2019-05-03). A Border Crisis of Our Own Making. counterpunch.org For more than 30 years, I've led faith-focused delegations to Central America — and since 2016, to U.S.-Mexico border communities. We've taken nuns, bishops, rabbis, and grassroots congregants to learn about realities rarely covered in the news. This April our delegation visited El Paso, Brownsville, and McAllen, Texas, as well as Juarez and Matamoras, Mexico. More

John Feffer (2019-05-03). The Ends of Arms Control. counterpunch.org My first trip to Washington, DC to do something other than protest on the streets was to interview for a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, which brings young people to the nation's capital to work on arms control and disarmament. It was 1987, around the time that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-05-03). Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight. counterpunch.org Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll taken a few days after Biden's announcement (in a creepy video) and his first campaign gigs, where, despite decades of service in the legislative ranks of Wall Street, he cunningly wrapped himself in the union label. More

Paul Street (2019-05-03). Someone Tell Krugman: We Don't Even Have a Paper Democracy. counterpunch.org I am as horrified as Paul Krugman at the authoritarian threat posed by Donald Trump and his supporters, but in different ways, with a different understanding. Listen to Krugman's following dialogue with Anderson Cooper on CNN last week: Cooper: "You write that it's very much up in the air whether America as we know it More

Brian Cloughley (2019-05-03). The Pentagon, Brussels and London Have Georgia on Their Minds. counterpunch.org The British Defense Secretary, Gavin Williamson, was fired on May 1 to a chorus of derisive approval for leaking the contents of discussions at a meeting of the UK's National Security Council. There can be no surprise that he leaked, because every politician does that; but there was moderate surprise that he should have been pursued More

United Nations (2019-05-03). Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin. un.org This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.

plenglish (2019-05-03). Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Creation of Regional Forum. plenglish.com Teheran, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammed Yavad Zarif, proposed the creation of a regional forum for dialogue during several interviews with attendees to a conference in Doha, Qatar, this Friday highlights his message in social media.

Scott Ritter (2019-05-03). What If Iran Retaliates and Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz? globalresearch.ca The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran's ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald …

John Nichols (2019-05-03). The Constitution Is on the Side of Jerry Nadler, Not William Barr. thenation.com The Constitution Is on the Side of Jerry Nadler, Not William Barr…

Staff (2019-05-03). Barr Hearings on Mueller Report Display the Threat to Democracy. therealnews.com Attorney and activist Kamau Franklin dissects the questioning of Attorney General Barr on his handling of the Mueller report…

Special to People's World (2019-05-03). House issues ultimatum to Barr to release full Mueller report. peoplesworld.org

Osama Al Sharif (2019-05-03). Jordan on Edge Ahead of Unveiling of Trump's "Peace Plan" for Palestine. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted last week that | "rumours that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the …

People's World (2019-05-03). Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace. peoplesworld.org Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …

United Nations (2019-05-03). Engaging world's youth vital to preventing violent extremism, building sustainable peace, UN official tells Baku Forum. un.org The spotlight for the second and final day of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan, shined brightly on youth, with a lively discussion on the vital role young people play in countering and preventing violent extremism.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Mass. Judge Refuses to Halt Pro-Palestinian Event at UMass Featuring Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour. democracynow.org "Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights." That's the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, "There's nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness." We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapt…

Staff (2019-05-03). As Israeli Group Expands, Palestinian Houses Face Demolition. truthdig.com JERUSALEM—For 20 years, Hala Kashour has lived with her husband in what she called "paradise," a bucolic meadow that rolls through a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem. | The coveted pasture, which Israel calls the "Peace Forest," lies in the crosshairs of a long-simmering conflict between the city government and its Palestinian residents that flared up on a recent spring morning as Kashour, 47, was jolted awake by the sound of bulldozers crushing her neighbor's house. | Some 60 houses in the grassy quarter, known to its 500 residents as Wad Yasul, are facing demolition by Israeli authorities. Earli…

United Nations (2019-05-03). North Korean families facing deep 'hunger crisis' after worst harvest in 10 years, UN food assessment shows. un.org More than 10 million North Koreans are suffering "severe food shortages" after the worst harvest in a decade, according to a United Nations food security assessment released on Friday.

Mac Slavo (2019-05-03). FDA: Big Pharma Drugs Are Making People Kill Themselves While They Sleep. globalresearch.ca Sleeping drugs such as Ambien have been making people kill themselves in their sleep, says the Food and Drug Administration. Drugs that supposedly help people sleep are linked to falls, burns, poisoning, limb loss, drowning, and even suicide. | According to

Eric Toussaint (2019-05-03). South Africa: The Odious Debts Generated by Coal-fired Power Stations. globalresearch.ca In South Africa, public debt has recently been back in the news through a nationwide debate over the future of Eskom, the public electricity company. Major power cuts affected the country's social and economic life in February 2019, drawing attention …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-05-03). Does America Have an Economy or Any Sense of Reality? globalresearch.ca We are having a propaganda barrage about the great Trump economy. We have been hearing about the great economy for a decade while the labor force participation rate declined, real family incomes stagnated, and debt burdens rose. The economy has …

Amir Nour (2019-05-03). A busca perdida do àúbermensch: do Humanismo renascentista ao Pós-Humanismo da Silicon Valley. globalresearch.ca ´Ciência sem consciência é a ruína da alma ª (Franàßois Rabelais) | Ultimamente, a revista semanal política e económica de renome mundial The Economist cativou a atenàßà£o dos media internacionais. Com razà£o. | No fim de cada ano, a …

Ukraine Council of Mothers (2019-05-03). Odessa 2 May 2014, Crimes against Humanity. Call for a UN Investigation. globalresearch.ca Call for a United Nations Independent and Impartial Investigation | We, the mothers, fathers, siblings, relatives and friends of the victims of the 2 May 2014 violence in Odessa, as well as Odessa residents supporting a return to the rule of …

Viktor Katona (2019-05-03). The Beginning of the End for British Shale Gas. globalresearch.ca Amid the ruckus of Great Britain's reckless Brexit saga, one might not have noticed the ongoing environmental battle that could put a sudden end to shale gas development in the UK. While Britain's energy security does not have any direct …

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2019-05-03). Extradition of Julian Assange Threatens Us All. Veteran Intelligence Professionals. globalresearch.ca Retaliation against Julian Assange over the past decade plus replicates a pattern of ruthless political retaliation against whistleblowers, in particular those who reveal truths hidden by illegal secrecy, VIPS says. | *** | DATE: April 30, 2019 | MEMORANDUM FOR: The governments …

Colin R. Tosh (2019-05-03). Intensive Agribusiness is Causing a Global Decline in Insect Populations. globalresearch.ca As the son of an agricultural worker in NE Scotland, agricultural areas were always full of wonder and excitement for me. Places of clean, clear rivers where gigantic fish leapt enthusiastically for flies; home to mind boggling mass migrations of …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-03). US Presidential Elections: Ants at a Picnic. globalresearch.ca Sadly, the uber rich, who seem to run just about everything, must be laughing all the way to their corporate headquarters, banks and brokerage houses. I mean, these sharks have had it so good for so long! | Speaking to an …

Iván Orosa Paleo (2019-05-03). Spain's General Election 2019. Pedro Sanchez is the Winner. globalresearch.ca On April 28, a general election, for the National Congress and the Senate, was held in Spain after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called new elections. Sánchez is the leader of the social-liberal, pro-European Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSO), in …

plenglish (2019-05-03). Russia Awaits Zelensky's Assumption to Begin Talks on Ukraine. plenglish.com Moscow, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Russia awaits the assumption of the Ukrainian presidency by showman Vladimir Zelensky, before coordinating a meeting of the so-called Normandy quartet (France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine), Russian Vice Foreign Minister Gregori Karasin said on Friday.

Jordan Stancil (2019-05-03). Austria's Far-Right Government Wants to Hobble Critical Media. thenation.com Austria's Far-Right Government Wants to Hobble Critical Media…

2019-05-03: Social Media Postees

Venezuela: Another coup fails
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
"Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…
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Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Venezuela's judicial authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following his escape from house arrest early Tuesday morning. | Caracas' Fifth Court revoked Lopez's house arrest Thursday and ordered his immediate detention, indicating that once …
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Use of Spanish Embassy to Instigate Coup in Venezuela Criticized
plenglish.com | 2019-05-03
Madrid, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela"s Ambassador to Spain, Mario Isea, has stronglycriticized on Friday Leopoldo Lopez ¥s use of Spanish Embassy in Caracas since Tuesday to instigate a coup d ¥état against the Venezuelan Government.
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Venezuela on the cusp of a coup: An eye-witness visitor reports
Maicol David Lynch | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
CARACAS, Venezuela–"I don't care for Maduro as a leader, but I'm all for socialism!" This was the response I received time and time again from the so-called "opposition" to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) headed by Nicolás Maduro during my 14-day visit in the country last month. I was sent to Venezuela as …
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Venezuela Repudiates Interventionist Position of Panama's Gov't
plenglish.com | 2019-05-03
03 de mayo de 2019, 15: 59 | Caracas, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza repudiated on Friday the position of Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, for attacking Venezuela "to please its bosses from the North."
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Venezuelan Authorities Prepare National Dialogue for the Weekend
plenglish.com | 2019-05-03
03 de mayo de 2019, 14: 04Caracas, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The preparatory meeting for a great national day of dialogue in Venezuela brought together in Caracas social organizations and authorities on Friday after the call made by President Nicolas Maduro.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …
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MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-03
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.
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Venezuela embassy protectors stand strong against coup supporters' attacks
Walter Smolarek | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Despite escalating violence carried out by supporters of the coup attempt, anti-war organizers residing in the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are standing strong with the support of steadfast activists outside the building.
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U.S. Government Plan, Dated 23 February 2018, for Coup in Venezuela, Now Leaks Out
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
A detailed plan from "UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND" dated "23 FEBRUARY 2018" was issued with the title "PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP 'MASTERSTROKE'" and is here presented complete. | This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who …
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Why Won't the Mainstream Media Call It a Venezuelan Coup?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
By refusing to acknowledge efforts to oust Maduro for what they are, the political press has again proved itself a stenographer for power.
truthdig.com/articles/why-wont-t…

We thought it was merely a stone, but it carried away our wealth
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-03
n Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. | Source…
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US sanctions killed more than 40,000 in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'…
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"Psychopath Capitalism": US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The U.S. maneuvers to destroy the Maduro government's UN accreditation, and replace it with their puppet Guaido are horrifying and Machiavellian, and, quite realistically, since the US has absolutely no scruples, nor any respect for international law, there is an ominous possibility that they may succeed.
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'We saw this playbook in Iraq': Ilhan Omar shoots back at VP Pence in socialism spat
rt.com | 2019-05-03
Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has fired back at Vice President Mike Pence, after Pence accused her of "choosing socialism over freedom" by opposing regime change in Venezuela. | …
rt.com/usa/458316-ilhan-omar-ven…

Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…
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San Diego PSL stands with workers everywhere on May Day
Michaela Malone | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Carrying signs printed with the words "Hands Off Venezuela," members of the PSL and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also stressed the need for solidarity with working class Venezuelans…
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US Imposes Illegal and Deadly Sanctions on Venezuela in David vs. Goliath Battle
Edward B. Winslow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
"We are complicit in crimes against humanity when we know about them and when we don't stop them." — Jacob Appelbaum | The unilaterally issued economic sanctions that the US leveled against Venezuela in 2017 and this year violate international laws …
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Pointing to Disastrous History of US Intervention, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
"I will do everything I can to see that U.S. troops do not get involved in a civil war in Venezuela." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Media lies in service of war for regime change in Venezuela
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
As top Trump administration officials make increasingly explicit military threats, the corporate media acts as a propaganda service for imperialist intervention.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

New Yorkers celebrate May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-03
New York, NY – On May 1, hundreds of people in New York City celebrated on International Workers' Day. The day was kicked off in Harlem, where a rally for the laundry workers was held as they demanded better working conditions. The day continued at a Trump Tower on Wall Street. Hundreds gathered near the Stock Exchange under the banner "No walls in the workers struggle." | Speeches centered on the different struggles workers are currently facing in the United States and abroad. Many of the speakers also brought up Venezuela and how we need to keep fighting against U.S. intervention. | Once the program ended, th…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/3/new-y…

Venezuelan economist: 'Hyperinflation is a powerful imperialist weapon'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Much is made in the media of Venezuela's deep economic crisis. But why does Venezuela have the world's highest inflation rate and what impacts have the sanctions really had on the country? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes spoke to Venezuelan economist Pascualina Curcio, from the Simón Bolívar University, to find out more. | Hyperinflation is a grave problem in Venezuela, but its causes are less clear. How do you explain it?: | The determinant cause of hyperinflation in Venezuela is the political manipulation by third parties of the exchange rate between the bolívar [Bs, Venezuela's local currency] and…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezue…

UN Stresses: 'Use of Force Isn't the Solution in Venezuela'
plenglish.com | 2019-05-03
United Nations, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, believes that the use of force and violence is not the solution to what is happening in Venezuela, stressed her spokeswoman, Monica Grayley.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

U.S. Lies to Justify Further Attacks on Cuba
Bertha Mojena Milián | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
In statements to the press on Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, reiterated that "Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela" | *** | "There are no …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-lies-attac…

Heavy water and uranium enrichment: US imposes additional nuclear sanctions on Iran
rt.com | 2019-05-03
The Trump administration will sanction any assistance to expand Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr and ban exports of heavy water and any further uranium enrichment, the State Department has announced. | …
rt.com/usa/458327-sanctions-nucl…

Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."
liberationnews.org/angry-yemeni-…

Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…
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Anti-War Voices on Both Sides Warn of Coming CIA Provocation to Kill Guaidó, Blame Maduro
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-03
With Guaidó rapidly losing momentum and credibility after Tuesday's failed coup, López and his U.S. backers may turn on their own if they think it will benefit or energize their cause or if it could be used to set the stage for foreign military intervention.
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The US/NATO Orchestration of the 2014 Maidan Coup in Ukraine
Comitato No Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The Following text is Section 9 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, …
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Guaidó's botched coup–what does it mean and what's next?
Jorge Martín | mronline.org | 2019-05-03
Jorge Martin looks at some of the reasons why the April 30 attempted coup failed, as well as examining Guaido's claim that he controls the military. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/03/guaidos-…

Three-way deal: Trump says China wants to join nuclear pact with US, Russia
rt.com | 2019-05-03
China is interested in joining a nuclear "pact" with US and Russia to reduce the number of nuclear warheads, US President Donald Trump said. | …
rt.com/usa/458321-trump-says-chi…

Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/envi…

ACTU must heed lesson of past elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…
greenleft.org.au/content/actu-mu…

Roger Waters on Palestine: "You Have to Stand Up for People's Human Rights All Over the World"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
After a judge ruled a panel can move forward Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on "Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights," we speak with one of the event's scheduled participants: Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, one of the most popular rock bands of all time. He says he welcomes the lawsuit that challenged the event, because "what it does is it serves to shine a light on the predicament of the Palestinian people."
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/3/ro…

Black News Weekly
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-05-03
BET: Black 22-Year-Old Software Engineer Murdered By White Neighbor Months After Court Denied Request For Protective Order A 22-year-old Baltimore resident was gunned down by his 53-year-old white neighbor just months after trying to obtain a protective order against the man. According to ABC 11, Tyrique Hudson was fatally shot in the stairwell of his apartment complex …
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What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
When Syrian government soldiers first recaptured the small village of Deir Hafar from Isis in 2017, they found the black-painted but hurriedly abandoned Islamic "court" strewn with piles of documents. These hundreds of pages contained terrible proof of how the Syrian civilians there had behaved under at least three years of Isis occupation. I arrived in…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/what…

Peru ¥s Andean Summit To Issue Regional Energy Integration
plenglish.com | 2019-05-03
Lima, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Summit of the Andean Community of Nations to take place in Peru will discuss advances towards energy integration on the 50th anniversary of such organization, Minister of Energy and Mines, Francisco Ismodes, said.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Black Women Political Prisoners of the Police State
Linda G. Ford | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
The Rev. Joy Powell says she was "raped, railroaded and bamboozled" by police. Her crime? Being a poor black woman who faced off against the police–protesting their violent brutality against black people in Rochester, NY. Once she defied them, she was warned, then targeted and framed for serious crimes. A few weeks ago, Australian Julian…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/blac…

Call to free Julian Assange raised in Taiwan on Labor Day
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
The Free Assange Group explained to Taiwan workers that WikiLeaks served as a deterrent to war and was a tool for peace.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

#PeoplesWave Rises Up For #MedicareForAll
Connie Huynh | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-03
We just took a huge step towards | Medicare For All: the House Ways and Means Committee has announced they | will hold, for the first time, hearings on the Medicare For All Act Of | 2019, introduced this spring by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Sen. | Bernie Sanders (VT). | Ways and Means plays a decisive role in whether or not Medicare for All advances to the floor for a vote. | Who made this happen? You did. People's Action members from all across the country — nearly a thousand — came to Washington, D.C. this weekend to demand Medicare For All. We took the streets because people — our peopl…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/03/pe…

'A Massive Chill On Investigative Journalism': First Hearing In Julian Assange's Extradition Case
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-03
The first procedural hearing in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition case was held in the United Kingdom. It was very brief, and Assange appeared via video link from Belmarsh prison. "I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/02/massi…

You Can't Tax the Rich Without the IRS
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
This article was co-published with The New York Times. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a plan to tax "ultramillionaires," as she calls them. Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to expand the estate tax. Rep. Alexandr…
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Black Women Political Prisoners of the Police State
Linda Ford | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
The Rev. Joy Powell says she was "raped, railroaded and bamboozled" by police. Her crime? Being a poor black woman who faced off against the police–protesting their violent brutality against black people in Rochester, NY. Once she defied them, she was warned, then targeted and framed for serious crimes. A few weeks ago, Australian Julian …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/black…

UN-backed intercultural dialogue forum urged to keep working to 'bridge gap between the like-minded'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
As a United Nations-baked intercultural forum drew to a close in Baku, Azerbaijan, the participants agreed that the journey to a better world, fuelled by the discussions over the past two days, including the important input by youth, will continue moving forward.
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My FOIA Crusade Against a Law-Breaking CIA
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
On April 29, my attorney Dan Hardway filed a petition for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review my case, Morley v. CIA. When I filed this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit 16 years ago, I sought certain files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. | The JFK story still resonates, albeit more faintly than it once did. Kennedy was a popular liberal president who, at the time of his death, was challenging the country to embrace civil rights and "a strategy of peace" to end the Cold War. Detested in the…
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Forgotten War: Death Toll in Yemen to Reach 233,000 by End of Year
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The death toll from the ongoing war in Yemen will reach a staggering 233,000 if it continues until the end of 2019, a new report from the United Nations said. | According to the UN report, of the 233,000 estimated deaths …
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High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…
greenleft.org.au/content/high-sc…

The Coming of American Fascism, 1920–1940
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Fascism is usually thought of as a quintessentially and almost exclusively European phenomenon, as having begun with Mussolini, culminated with Hitler, and been eradicated in World War II. The U.S., in particular, is thought to have been largely immune to it, given the absence of mass movements similar to Nazism or Italian Fascism. But there…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-…

Foreign Affairs Committee chair cited Saudi talking points in Yemen debate, now he lobbies for them
rt.com | 2019-05-03
In 2017 during a House debate on the Yemeni war, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee cited almost verbatim the talking points provided by a lobbying firm serving Saudi Arabia. Now he is working for one such firm. | …
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On #WorldPressFreedomDay, a Reminder: Only 9% of Humanity Lives in Nations That Respect Reporters' Rights
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
As the international community celebrated #WorldPressFreedomDay on Friday, a leading global nonprofit warned that only 9 percent of humanity lives in countries with good or satisfactory levels of press freedom. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback
Matthew Cole | theintercept.com | 2019-05-03
When Erik Prince arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game. | Bin Zayed had convened a group of close family members and advisers at the luxurious Indian Ocean resort for a grand strategy session in anticipation of the…
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Elections in Spain: Regime Maintenance Disguised as Democratic Vitality and the Possibility of Change
Thomas S. Harrington | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
In last Sunday's Spanish elections, Pedro Sánchez's Socialist Party (PSOE) considerably expanded its presence in the country's Parliament, while the Popular Party (PP), which for more than two decades has quite purposefully and successfully driven the country's arena of "thinkable thought" toward the hard right, had its poorest electoral showing in years. The other big…
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The manufactured case of Long Beach "terrorist" Marc Steven Domingo
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
The arrest of the Afghan war veteran has the characteristics of an entrapment operation by the FBI and other police agencies.
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Big Corporations Pay No Income Tax, Unlike You
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Telling you that Donald Trump lied, or that the one percent continue to succeed in their incessant class warfare, ranks in the astonishment department with being told the Sun rose in the east this morning. Do we really need more evidence? Necessary or not, more evidence continues to be delivered. The latest delivery comes courtesy…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/big-…

Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the …
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Oregon Teachers Walking off the Job May 8 Want Us All to Do Better
Dora Taylor | progressive.org | 2019-05-03
"My labor is mine and mine alone to give or withhold, Siegel tells me. "This day of action is a small step toward waking up the working class to the real power they possess when they organize and act in solidarity."
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The Labor Party tries to "save capitalism"
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
The ruling elite is terrified that the emerging support for socialism can become a conscious turn toward revolutionary Marxism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-…

'Trump is protecting Al-Qaeda franchise': Max Blumenthal & Lee Camp shred US foreign policy (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-03
The US has fueled the rise of terrorist groups around the world, and even provides support to jihadists when their interests align, journalist Max Blumenthal, who wrote a book on the explosive topic, told RT's Lee Camp. | …
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Islamic State Celluloid
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
Nothing turns on the charlatan class of terrorism expertise than a video from an elusive, unknown destination, adjusted, modified and giving all the speculative trimmings. In reading, E.B. White suggested the presence of two participants: the author as impregnator; the reader as respondent. In the terrorism video, the maker consciously penetrates the shallow mind of …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/islam…

Iran Designates as "Terrorists" All US Troops in the Middle East
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signed a bill into law on Tuesday declaring all US forces in the Middle East terrorists and calling the US government a sponsor of terrorism, says Reuters. | The bill was passed by parliament last week in …
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Trump's Abortion Lies Are Going to Get Somebody Killed
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
In examining the flood of lies that spills out of President Donald Trump's mouth on a daily basis, arguably the most egregious are his claims about abortion–and specifically, about so-called "late-term abortions." Trump has repeated several times in the past a myth created by anti-abortion activists. For example, during his State of the Union address in January, he said, "Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's…
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Sri Lanka: Behind the Easter Sunday bombings
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
On April 21 (Easter Sunday) hundreds of people were killed in bomb explosions at three churches, three hotels and a guest house in Sri Lanka. | The attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. Authorities blamed an extremist Muslim group called the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ – National Monotheism Society). Later, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility. | Sri Lanka has had a violent history in the seven decades since its independence in 1948. But this history did not include any major conflict between Muslims and Christians. Both Muslims and Christians have in recent years come under attack from Buddhi…
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Video: Turkey Sponsored Militants Claim Russians Killed in Hama, Attack Hmeimim Air Base
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
On May 1, the Turkish-backed coalition of militant groups, the National Front for Liberation, claimed that its members had killed 4 Russian servicemembers with mortar shelling in the village of Braidij in northern Hama. | The reports came amid a new …
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500,000 bees killed by Texas arsonist
Olivia Rosane | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-03
Police are looking for an arsonist who burned several beehives in | Alvin, Texas, leading to the deaths of more than half a million bees, CNN reported Wednesday. | The | hives belonged to the Brazoria County Beekeepers Association, which had | 24 colonies at the site in total. The hives were discovered burning | early Saturday morning by a sheriff's deputy, who extinguished the | flames. Some of the bee boxes had also been tossed into a pond on the…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/03/50…

What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America
aclu.org | 2019-05-03
For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…
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Sri Lanka, ISIL and Religious Tribalism
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Sri Lanka has been a primarily Buddhist land since King Ashoka's son Mahinda preached there in the third century BCE. At present 70% of the population is Buddhist, 13% Hindu, 10% Muslim and 7% Christian. (Surely there are secular people, atheists, Marxists, etc. but these are historical communities and identities.) It has been a site…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/sri-…

The Ends of Arms Control
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
My first trip to Washington, DC to do something other than protest on the streets was to interview for a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, which brings young people to the nation's capital to work on arms control and disarmament. It was 1987, around the time that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-…

The Last Kentucky Derby
Lee Hall | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
This Saturday, May 4th, is Derby Day in Louisville. Twenty-two horses will be forced to race so that a record purse of $3 million may change hands. None of that money will go to preserve the habitat of untamed horses. Most betters never learn what a horse in natural habitat looks like. Nor will a…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-…

Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/trum…

A Border Crisis of Our Own Making
Jean Stokan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
For more than 30 years, I've led faith-focused delegations to Central America — and since 2016, to U.S.-Mexico border communities. We've taken nuns, bishops, rabbis, and grassroots congregants to learn about realities rarely covered in the news. This April our delegation visited El Paso, Brownsville, and McAllen, Texas, as well as Juarez and Matamoras, Mexico.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/a-bo…

Of Autocrats and Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa
Rebecca Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
"Al-Shebab," said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. "We're calling our small group al-Shebab. It means 'The Youth.'" From his name alone, I wouldn't have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family's Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name. As usually happens…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/of-a…

The Pentagon, Brussels and London Have Georgia on Their Minds
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
The British Defense Secretary, Gavin Williamson, was fired on May 1 to a chorus of derisive approval for leaking the contents of discussions at a meeting of the UK's National Security Council. There can be no surprise that he leaked, because every politician does that; but there was moderate surprise that he should have been pursued…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-…

Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll taken a few days after Biden's announcement (in a creepy video) and his first campaign gigs, where, despite decades of service in the legislative ranks of Wall Street, he cunningly wrapped himself in the union label.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/roam…

Dare to Know: the Paradox of Greek History
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Growing up in the 1940s in a Greek village was neither a baptism in Greek culture nor an indoctrination to nationalism. This was because "modern" Greece has been going through the suffering of centuries of foreign occupation and official neglect and often ignorance about the country's unrivalled ancient civilization. Greek history was interrupted by barbarian…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/dare…

Making (and Raising) Babies in the USA
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
In recent months, statements by two very different politicians regarding the act of bearing and raising children have caused a fair amount of controversy. The first comment was from Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who remarked that many people in her generation were hesitant to bring children into a world facing possible climate catastrophe. Her comment was…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/maki…

Someone Tell Krugman: We Don't Even Have a Paper Democracy
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
I am as horrified as Paul Krugman at the authoritarian threat posed by Donald Trump and his supporters, but in different ways, with a different understanding. Listen to Krugman's following dialogue with Anderson Cooper on CNN last week: Cooper:…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/some…

To Be Hopeful in Bad Times
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
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Predator Cops, Guilty of Sex Crimes Against Women and Children, Are a Menace to Society
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
"Sexual predation by police officers happens far more often than people in the business are willing to admit." –Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper How could this be happening right under our noses? That's what readers wanted to know after my column went viral about the extent to which young children are being bought and…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/pred…

Lou Reed: That Which Does Not Kill Us Can Radicalize Us
Bruce E. Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
While not as well-known as "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Perfect Day," and not one of the classics he wrote for the Velvet Underground (such as "Heroin" and "I'll Be Your Mirror"), Lou Reed's "Kill Your Sons," about his electroconvulsive "therapy" (ECT) as a 17-year-old, gives voice to an event that majorly radicalized him…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/lou-…

Is 5G Worth the Risks?
Iishana Artra | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
In recent months there's been a lot of talk about 5G — the next generation of wireless technology. 5G is being touted as a necessary step to the 'internet of things' — a world in which our refrigerators alert us when we're low on milk, our baby's diapers tell us when they need to be…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/is-5…

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Creation of Regional Forum
plenglish.com | 2019-05-03
Teheran, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammed Yavad Zarif, proposed the creation of a regional forum for dialogue during several interviews with attendees to a conference in Doha, Qatar, this Friday highlights his message in social media.
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What If Iran Retaliates and Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz?
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran's ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald …
globalresearch.ca/what-if-iran-r…

Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2…

House issues ultimatum to Barr to release full Mueller report
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
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Barr Hearings on Mueller Report Display the Threat to Democracy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-03
Attorney and activist Kamau Franklin dissects the questioning of Attorney General Barr on his handling of the Mueller report…
therealnews.com/stories/barr-hea…

The Constitution Is on the Side of Jerry Nadler, Not William Barr
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-03
The Constitution Is on the Side of Jerry Nadler, Not William Barr…
thenation.com/article/william-ba…

Engaging world's youth vital to preventing violent extremism, building sustainable peace, UN official tells Baku Forum
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
The spotlight for the second and final day of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan, shined brightly on youth, with a lively discussion on the vital role young people play in countering and preventing violent extremism.
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As Israeli Group Expands, Palestinian Houses Face Demolition
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
JERUSALEM–For 20 years, Hala Kashour has lived with her husband in what she called "paradise," a bucolic meadow that rolls through a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem. | The coveted pasture, which Israel calls the "Peace Forest," lies in the crosshairs of a long-simmering conflict between the city government and its Palestinian residents that flared up on a recent spring morning as Kashour, 47, was jolted awake by the sound of bulldozers crushing her neighbor's house. | Some 60 houses in the grassy quarter, known to its 500 residents as Wad Yasul, are facing demolition by Israeli authorities. Earli…
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Mass. Judge Refuses to Halt Pro-Palestinian Event at UMass Featuring Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
"Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights." That's the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, "There's nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness." We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapt…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/3/ma…

Jordan on Edge Ahead of Unveiling of Trump's "Peace Plan" for Palestine
Osama Al Sharif | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted last week that | "rumours that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the | …
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Jewish and Arab Israelis stand together for peace
People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
Alon-Lee Green, is co-founder and national director of Standing Together, a grassroots movement uniting Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel. Standing Together is "guided by the principles of peace, equality, and social justice" and recognizes "the interconnections of the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, the growing social and economic disparities within Israeli society, and the …
peoplesworld.org/article/jewish-…

North Korean families facing deep 'hunger crisis' after worst harvest in 10 years, UN food assessment shows
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
More than 10 million North Koreans are suffering "severe food shortages" after the worst harvest in a decade, according to a United Nations food security assessment released on Friday.
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South Africa: The Odious Debts Generated by Coal-fired Power Stations
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
In South Africa, public debt has recently been back in the news through a nationwide debate over the future of Eskom, the public electricity company. Major power cuts affected the country's social and economic life in February 2019, drawing attention …
globalresearch.ca/south-africa-o…

FDA: Big Pharma Drugs Are Making People Kill Themselves While They Sleep
Mac Slavo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Sleeping drugs such as Ambien have been making people kill themselves in their sleep, says the Food and Drug Administration. Drugs that supposedly help people sleep are linked to falls, burns, poisoning, limb loss, drowning, and even suicide. | According to …
globalresearch.ca/fda-big-pharma…

Intensive Agribusiness is Causing a Global Decline in Insect Populations
Colin R. Tosh | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
As the son of an agricultural worker in NE Scotland, agricultural areas were always full of wonder and excitement for me. Places of clean, clear rivers where gigantic fish leapt enthusiastically for flies; home to mind boggling mass migrations of …
globalresearch.ca/how-agricultur…

US Presidential Elections: Ants at a Picnic
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Sadly, the uber rich, who seem to run just about everything, must be laughing all the way to their corporate headquarters, banks and brokerage houses. I mean, these sharks have had it so good for so long! | Speaking to an …
globalresearch.ca/presidential-e…

A busca perdida do àúbermensch: do Humanismo renascentista ao Pós-Humanismo da Silicon Valley
Amir Nour | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
´Ciência sem consciência é a ruína da alma ª (Franàßois Rabelais) | Ultimamente, a revista semanal política e económica de renome mundial The Economist cativou a atenàßà£o dos media internacionais. Com razà£o. | No fim de cada ano, a …
globalresearch.ca/a-busca-perdid…

Odessa 2 May 2014, Crimes against Humanity. Call for a UN Investigation
Ukraine Council of Mothers | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Call for a United Nations Independent and Impartial Investigation | We, the mothers, fathers, siblings, relatives and friends of the victims of the 2 May 2014 violence in Odessa, as well as Odessa residents supporting a return to the rule of …
globalresearch.ca/odessa-2-may-2…