Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-24). In Charging Assange With 17 Espionage Act Offenses, Prosecutors Claim Power To Decide Who Is And Is Not A Journalist. shadowproof.com In a superseding indictment, the Justice Department charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has relied upon the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers for unauthorized disclosures of information. It has treated journalists as if they were co-conspirators when prosecuting cases. But...

Staff (2019-05-24). Daniel Ellsberg on Julian Assange's Espionage Charges. therealnews.com The US Department of Justice issued an 18-count indictment against Julian Assange for violating the 1917 Espionage Act. We speak to Daniel Ellsberg about the dangerous implications this move has for journalism in the United States...

plenglish (2019-05-23). Venezuelan NCA Will Revoke Immunity of Opposition Lawmakers. plenglish.com Caracas, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, announced on Thursday that this constitutional body will revoke parliamentary immunity to a new group of opposition lawmakers who participated in the failed coup attempt of April 30.

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-23). Pentagon Mulling US Military Request To Send Up To 10,000 Troops To Middle East. iranian.com The US Department of Defense is considering a US military request to send up to 10,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, according to The Associated Press on Wednesday. Tehran and Washington have this month been escalating rhetoric against each other, following US President Donald Trump's decision to try to cut ...

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-23). 'This Is About Attacking Journalism,' Warn Press Freedom Defenders as Trump DOJ Hits Assange With New Espionage Charges. commondreams.org In an unprecedented move that journalists and press freedom defenders denounced as "the most significant and terrifying threat to the First Amendment in the 21st century," the Trump Justice Department announced Thursday that a federal grand jury charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/julian_assange-troubling.jpg...

unitedEditor (2019-05-23). The U.S. China Trade War: Where Imperialism & Socialism Cross Swords. uwidata.com The Trump Trade War What began with imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum is escalating into an all-out Trump Trade War. U.S. relations with the People's Republic of China are approaching boiling point after President Trump's declared a national emergency and outright forbade American companies from doing business with the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, ...

Staff (2019-05-23). U.S. Charges WikiLeaks' Assange With Publishing Classified Info. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that accuse him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing thousands of secret and classified documents, including the identities of confidential sources for American armed forces and diplomats. | The Justice Department's 18-count superseding indictment alleges that Assange directed former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history. It says the WikiLeaks founder damaged national security...

plenglish (2019-05-23). Suicide in Black Youth and Teenagers in Brazil more than in Whites. plenglish.com Brasilia, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Black youth and adolescents in Brazil are more likely to commit suicide nowadays than whites, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, reported by the news portal G1.

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-23). Israel Launches Massive Recruitment Drive for Social Media Keyboard Warriors. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Israel has embarked on a massive recruitment drive to support the country's online propaganda campaign one day after its companies were exposed for spreading disinformation and meddling in the elections of several African, Asian and Latin American countries. The new initiative, which would see the government funding pro-Israel groups overseas, was unveiled by Israel's Ministry of Strategic ...

teleSUR (2019-05-23). Honduran Congress Moves Journalism Awards After Protest Threats. telesurenglish.net The National Congress of Honduras announced an abrupt change of venue Thursday morning for an annual event meant to honor journalists. The president of the National Congress cited threats of boycott and vandalism from the Libre political party as the reason. | RELATED | Honduras: Murder Rate Surges Deflating Hopes for a Better 2019 | The Premios Parlamentarios (Parliamentary Prizes) 2019 event was scheduled to take place Thursday morning within the legislative chambers of Honduras...

amnesty (2019-05-22). Mexico: Rushed approval of public security laws is putting human rights at risk. amnesty.org The Mexican Congress is preparing to approve a package of laws on public security that are contrary to international law and that would put at risk the human rights of the population and undermine the security strategy of the new government, Amnesty International said today. | "If Congress passes this legislation, the National Guard will become an all-powerful security force, without independent scrutiny and with dangerous powers, such as the authority to detain migrants and to use force against public demonstrations it does not deem to be legitimate," said Tania Reneaum, executive director of Amnesty Internation...

plenglish (2019-05-23). Electoral Campaign at Full Speed in Argentina. plenglish.com Buenos Aires, May 23 (Prensa Latina) As presidential pre-candidate and former economy Minister Roberto Lavagna works to build his own electoral front, the Justicialist Party and 15 other groups are meeting Thursday to form a broad unity group.

Akela Lacy (2019-05-22). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Tiffany Cabán in Pivotal Queens DA Race. theintercept.com A criminal justice reformer running a bare-bones, grassroots campaign is building momentum to transform the Queens District Attorney's office for the first time in close to 30 years. As Tiffany Cabán beefs up her push with help from the Democratic Socialists of America and the Working Families Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has jumped in to back the queer Latina public defender running an anti-establishment campaign many have likened to Ocasio-Cortez's own. | After the DSA backed Cabán earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez — one of...

Manuel Perez-Rocha — Jen Moore (2019-05-22). How Mining Companies Use Excessive Legal Powers to Gamble with Latin American Lives. counterpunch.org The right of foreign investors to sue governments in international tribunals is one of the most extreme examples of excessive power granted to corporations through free trade agreements and investment treaties. For decades now, corporations have used this power to demand massive compensation for public interest regulations and other government actions that may reduce the More

Staff (2019-05-22). 44 States File Suit Against Drug Companies for Inflating Prices. therealnews.com Ending patent monopolies and prosecuting big pharma will drive prescription drug prices down, says Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works...

Spencer Woodman (2019-05-21). Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention. theintercept.com Dulce Rivera lived for the one hour a day she was allowed outside, to pace alone on a patch of concrete encased in metal fencing. | They called it "the yard," but it was really a metal cage. Still, it was far better than the misery she endured the other 23 hours a day, locked alone in a cell with no one to talk to and nothing to distract her from her increasingly dark thoughts. | Rivera, a 36-year-old transgender woman from Honduras and a longtime U.S. resident, was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017. She was placed in the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, and moved into s...

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Jennifer Harbury: Deaths of Guatemalan Children at Border Have Roots in Decades of U.S.-Backed Genocide. democracynow.org Five Guatemalan children have died after being apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol since December. We look at the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the border and its ties to decades of bloody U.S. intervention in Latin America with human rights attorney Jennifer Harbury. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. "We trained them. We taught them torture techniques. We funded them, and we armed t...

Patrick Cockburn (2019-05-21). Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes. counterpunch.org In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large part a religious conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims. I have spent much of my More

Fight Back (2019-05-21). Florida killer charged with evidence tampering, victim's family demands murder charges to get #Justice4DJBroadus. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News is circulating the following statement from the family of DJ Broadus | "The family is pleased that Gardner Kent Fraser was arrested for tampering with evidence in connection to DJ's murder even though this arrest didn't include all the possible charges we were seeking. If Florida's state legislators continue to uphold Stand Your Ground laws, dangerous killers, like Gardner Kent Fraser, will hide behind them, and families and victims, like ours, will never receive complete justice. | In light of this arrest, today (May 15, 2019) will mark 465 days since DJ was brutally executed at Southern State Nu...

Staff (2019-05-19). Climate Change Hits Southern Mexico Hard; Farmers Develop New Ways of Coping. therealnews.com The town of Yukuyoko, in the Mixteca region of Southern Mexico, is developing innovative ways of confronting drought. Laura Carlsen reports from Yukuyoko for TRNN...

David Myers (2019-05-17). UNM faculty union drive scores victories, administration stalls and hires union-busting law firm. liberationnews.org Professors at University of New Mexico fight for a union.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A...

susan_p (2019-05-17). United States: Resisting Trump's attacks on migrants. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Jacob Andrewartha and Zane Alcorn spoke to Justin Akers Chacón, a Mexican-based, US immigrant rights activist, in Melbourne for the Marxism conference in April. | What can you tell us about the current situation in the US regarding immigration, particularly as we enter the second half of US President Donald Trump's term in office? | The situation is really dire in many ways. Trump has ratcheted up the attack on immigrants, including trying to prevent thousands of Central American asylum-seekers from even reaching the border where they could apply for asylum. | He has done this by essentially s...

splcenter (2019-05-17). Trump is lying about immigrant crime — and the research proves it. splcenter.org Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as "criminals." He has called them "rapists," drug dealers, "animals" and "bad hombres" who "infest our country."

Teresa Albano (2019-05-16). Job Number One for Chicago's New City Council: Housing. progressive.org As they prepare for inauguration, an eager freshman class of alderpersons tackle the city's escalating crisis.

Liberation Staff (2019-05-14). Día de la Tierra en Nuevo México, donde se unen el ecologismo y el antimilitarismo. liberationnews.org En el Día de la Tierra 2019, activistas contra la guerra en Albuquerque, Nuevo México se unieron para protestar contra el más grande de todos los contaminadores, el mayor delincuente y vándalo del medio ambiente en el mundo: el ejército de los Estados Unidos.

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-05-10). MintPress, Grayzone journalists endure US govt blackout and siege at Venezuelan embassy in DC. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration is violating international law and harassing American journalists by cutting electricity to Venezuela's DC embassy. By Mnar...

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-01). Venezuelans Hold Rival Marches for Workers' Day as Pompeo Threatens 'Military Action'. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition leader Juan Guaido called for "escalating strikes" following Tuesday's failed military putsch.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-24). U.S. Imperialist Intervention in Latin America: A Discussion with Professor Alexander AviĖa. millennialpolitics.co Professor Alexander AviĖa joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuela to discuss the history of U.S. imperialism in Latin America.

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