2019-05-13: News Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-13). Fired for wanting a union, he tells his story to Congress. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Jim Staus tried to organize his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to unionize with the Service Employees' Pennsylvania affiliate in 2012-13. UPMC's reaction, like that of so many other employers, was to illegally fire him. Ever since then, it's been hand-to-mouth for the 57-year-old Staus, his wife and his now 18-year-old …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-13). To Force 'Congress to Do Its Job,' Capitol Hill Sit-In to Demand Immediate Impeachment Inquiry for Trump. commondreams.org Americans from all over the country are planning to rally on Capitol Holl Tuesday morning to demand that Congress begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-13). Why the South Needs a Poor People's Moral Action Congress. truthout.org Poor people across the nation will bring their demands to the nation's capital next month at the Poor People's Moral Action Congress, a gathering organized by the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. | In recent months, organizers with the campaign have led Truth & Poverty Bus Tours through nearly 30 states nationwide, including nearly every Southern state, to shine light o…

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

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

RT (2019-05-13). Trump slams Rashida Tlaib for 'tremendous hatred of Israel' after controversial Holocaust comment. rt.com US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, accusing her of "tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people" after she made controversial comments about the Holocaust.

WSWS (2019-05-13). The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US. wsws.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats admit that there is a "constitutional crisis" but refuse to conduct a serious struggle against Trump's authoritarian actions.

WSWS (2019-05-13). Faculty at Chicago's DePaul University condemn professor's anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East. wsws.org The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise "unprecedented and excessive military might."

Akela Lacy (2019-05-13). Liberian Refugee Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, Launches Bid for Montana Senate Seat. theintercept.com Wilmot Collins is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Steve Daines, he will announce Monday. | The entry of Collins into the race gives Democrats a mold-breaking candidate who is unlike the type that would be recruited by operatives in Washington. Collins is Montana's first and only black mayor — a veteran, a father, and a refugee from Liberia. | Democrats have hoped that Governor Steve Bullock would launch a Senate campaign against the milquetoast Daines, but he has instead been flirting with joining the presidential field, which he apparently believes might benefit from at least one more obscu…

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

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

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

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Duterte Expected To Strengthen Clout After Philippine Elections. telesurenglish.net Voting was underway in the Philippines on Monday in mid-term elections seen as a referendum on the rule of maverick President Rodrigo Duterte, who looks set to strengthen his grip on power and further marginalize a dwindling opposition. | Nearly 62 million of the country's 107 million population are registered to vote in a massive nationwide ballot for 18,000 posts, among them more than 200 mayors and governors and 245 seats in a lower house in which Duterte is all but certain to retain his huge majority. | The most important race is for the 12 available slots in the 24-seat Senate, a less-partisan chamber un…

Zach D. Roberts (2019-05-13). Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson has a sad day in Albany. nationofchange.org It's been a hell of a week for Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson. First, he gets sued for a million dollars and then his "big" anti-choice rally in Albany, NY is a bust. | The "Pro-Life rally for the innocent in NY" as it was promoted on Patriot Prayer's facebook page was organized to protest the expansion of reproductive rights in New York State under the Reproductive Health Act. The act would rewrite some of the 49 year old laws on the books that define abortion in the state and b…

Green Party (2019-05-13). What is the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

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

Bryan Wall (2019-05-13). With one Twitter thread, Ocasio-Cortez destroys the myth that poor people are poor because they're 'irresponsible'. thecanary.co US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has destroyed the myth that people with less money and who struggle to pay their bills have a "poor character". Writing on Twitter, she used herself as an example. Previously a waitress, she argued that the main difference today is that she is more financially secure — not that her character has changed at all. Yet she…

unitedEditor (2019-05-13). South African Elections, US-China trade war, Istanbul and Iran. uwidata.com Elections in South Africa The ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) won the parliamentary elections in South Africa with 57.51% of the vote, the election commission reported. General elections, during which the country's parliament and national government headed by the president are elected, were held in South Africa on Wednesday. According to the data of …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-12). Mother's Day: The Obscured Roots of a Global Peace Movement. consortiumnews.com Sam Husseini says the origin of Mother's Day has largely been obscured, helping pave the way for Trump's embrace of women warriors and bearers of "the next generation of American patriots," with a hint of the Nazi "Mother's Cross." By… Read more →

RT (2019-05-12). 'Green' Beto O'Rourke joins the swamp, hires fossil fuel and private prisons lobbyist. rt.com Beto O'Rourke's hiring of a former oil industry lobbyist is a puzzling move for a Democrat who touts his green credentials. But such contradictions are par for the course in the Washington DC swamp. |

Staff (2019-05-12). Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting. therealnews.com Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…

Jonathan Flowers (2019-05-11). Regents ignore student and faculty protests, select far-right Kennedy as CU President. liberationnews.org Sexist, anti-gay former Congressman Mark Kennedy appointed head of University of Colorado.

Lee Fang (2019-05-11). Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort. theintercept.com At a luxury resort just outside of the nation's capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All. | The event was hosted by a group called Center Forward and featured a lecture from industry lobbyists leading the charge on undermining progressive health care…

RT (2019-05-11). 'You're making yourselves look weak': Bill Maher goads Dems for fruitless Trump complaints (VIDEO). rt.com HBO's Bill Maher sent a shot across the bow of Democrats constantly complaining about the Trump administration, saying they should either "do something or stop talking about it."

RT (2019-05-11). Biden caught in immigration hypocrisy after rediscovered clip shows him demanding border fence. rt.com Joe Biden is being called out for immigration virtue-signaling after a video of the Democratic candidate calling for a fence "40 stories high" at the US-Mexican border to keep out the Mexicans bringing in drugs resurfaced. |

RT (2019-05-11). 'Deal breaker!' AOC blasts Biden's climate change stance as 'lack of leadership'. rt.com Joe Biden's climate policies are a "dealbreaker" for fellow Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who slammed the former VP for his gas lobbyist-like "lack of leadership" on tackling climate change.

Clio Chang (2019-05-11). Newest Beto O'Rourke Hire Lobbied for Keystone XL, Seaworld, and Private Prisons. theintercept.com Beto O'Rourke's hiring of Jeff Berman is the latest step his presidential campaign has taken away from the insurgent energy of his Senate run.

Texas Tribune (2019-05-11). Texas Passes Bill to End the Shackling of Pregnant Women in Prison. theantimedia.com (TT) — The Texas Senate unanimously passed a bill Friday that would end the shackling of pregnant women in prison and would provide female inmates with more — and higher quality — menstrual products. House Bill 650, authored by Rep. James White, R-Hillister, is a comprehensive bill that addresses many issues related to the conditions of the state's …

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-11). Open letter to Senate from climate action groups demands an end to fossil fuel dependence in US and Europe. nationofchange.org Sending more fossil fuels to Europe and across the globe is not the answer a coalition of 200 national climate action groups wrote in an open letter to the Senate. As the Senate gets ready to debate the European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2019 (S. 704), which passed the House in March, climate …

RT (2019-05-11). Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine, denounces 'enemies' of the US in Kiev. rt.com Rudy Giuliani has canceled his trip to Kiev where he planned to push the probe into "collusion" between Ukrainian officials and the Democratic Party, stating that the country's new president is surrounded by "enemies" of the US.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-10). Headlines for May 10, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Increases Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Goods, Trump Nominates Patrick Shanahan as Pentagon Chief, Former U.S. Intel Analyst Charged Over Whistleblowing About Drone Program, Chelsea Manning Freed from Jail After 62 Days as WikiLeaks Grand Jury Expires, Dozens of Civilians Die as Syrian and Russian Warplanes Pound Idlib, Baghdad Suicide Bomb Claimed by ISIS Kills 8, French Activists Contest Saudi Arms Shipment, Citing Civilian Deaths in Yemen, U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship, Accusing it of Violating Sanctions, Water and Power Cut to Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. as Activists Continue Occupation, Alabama Sen…

Sara Flounders (2019-05-10). Golan is Syria! workers.org A demonstration in front of the Israeli Mission in New York City denounced Trump's recognition of Israel's 52-year illegal annexation and occupation of Golan, a province of Syria. The protest was held May 6 — Martyrs' Day in Syria and Lebanon, and for over 100 years a commemoration of continuing . . . | Continue reading Golan is Syria! at Workers.org

Tony Cartalucci (2019-05-10). Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi: Washington Couldn't Create a More Convenient Villain. mintpressnews.com Just as America's presence in Syria was becoming increasingly awkward and unsustainable, al-Baghdadi has again emerged — just in time to remind the global public that ISIS is still an enduring threat that will require America's continued presence in the region.

susan_p (2019-05-10). Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression. greenleft.org.au The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…

ACLU (2019-05-10). Iraqi Immigrants Deserve Their Day in Court. aclu.org My dad was almost deported without a fair hearing. But a new bill could ensure that doesn't happen again. | This week, two of my home-state congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that approximately 1,000 Iraqis who are now at risk of deportation or detention are given two years to have their immigration cases heard. I'm so grateful to Congressman Andy Levin (D-Mich.) and Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Mich.) for their action because no other family should h…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-10). Nadler: Subpoenas needed to stop 'tyrannical' Trump. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Congress must issue and enforce subpoenas against "tyrannical" GOP President Donald Trump — for everything from the entire Mueller report and its background materials to Trump's tax returns — the chair of the committee that would handle impeaching Trump says. In a long interview May 9 on the PBS Newshour, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., stopped …

Henry Giroux (2019-05-10). Pedagogical Terrorism and Hope in the age of Fascist Politics. counterpunch.org Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe.Democratic institutions such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siegeworldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the United States with the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing militia groups along the southern border and the intrusion of tech-based educational practices into schools producing curricula that some parents claim turn kids into zombies. Trump's continued attack on higher education offers another highly visible…

ACLU (2019-05-10). House Funding Bill Shows How Far We've Come in the Fight for Reproductive Freedom—And How Far We Have to Go. aclu.org A key bill makes important strides for reproductive health, and shows why we need presidential candidates to show leadership on abortion coverage. | This week the House Appropriations Committee advanced the Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations bill, the annual bill that funds federal health and education programs. It makes important strides forward on reproductive health and rights–and it also shines a light on the need for presidential leadership on abortion coverage…

Staff (2019-05-10). The Making of a Medical Insurance Spin Doctor — RAI with Wendell Potter (3/7). therealnews.com Wendell Potter, author of 'Deadly Spin: How Corporate PR is Killing Healthcare and Deceiving Americans', traces his life from growing up poor and Republican in Tennessee, to radicalization during the Vietnam War, to cynical journalist who just wanted to make money — on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Wayne Wharton: 'All power to the workers, Treaty now!'. greenleft.org.au Prominent Aboriginal elder Wayne Wharton is making a tilt for the senate in Queensland this election, campaigning on issues such as justice for Aboriginal people, justice reinvestment and an improved aged care system. | Wharton told Green Left Weekly: "The systems that we've had for the last 230 years is broken, they're useless." | These include the legal system which, he says, is based on a "feudal system of punishment" instead of rehabilitation, and the two-party system, in which the big parties have become dominated by "top-end-of-town corruption". | Wharton believes the government should reflect the diversity…

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