2019-05-15: News Headlines

Yves Engler (2019-05-15). Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies. dissidentvoice.org Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-05-15). Further Evidence US Attacked Syria Based on False Flag. globalresearch.ca Further evidence has emerged indicating that the alleged 2018 Douma, Syria chemical attack was staged by US-backed militants, not the Syrian government. | With the US plotting war from South America to the South China Sea, understanding how US-backed militants staged …

Kenneth Surin (2019-05-15). Israel/America or Netanyahu/Trump? counterpunch.org The late Uri Avnery (1923-2018), the doughty Israeli seeker of peace with the Palestinian people, posted almost weekly on CounterPunch.Avnery was savvy enough to know that the Zionist failure to achieve peace with the Palestinians meant that Israel could never be a "normal" state, no matter how much it pretended, hypocritically, to be a "democracy" adhering to "Western values". More

Vaughn (2019-05-15). Police Attacks Berkeley. indybay.org Officer Aranus of UC Berkeley police, grabs peaceful person by neck, throwing them to the ground on UCB campus, March 12, 6pm.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-05-15). Bernie Sanders Delivers Online Address: 'We Must Not Go to War With Iran'. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday came out forcefully against the Trump administration angling the United States into another costly and unnecessary war of choice in the Middle East—this time against Iran—delivering an online address in which he warned that any military action without approval from Congress would be an "unconstitutional and illegal" breach of office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-05-15). On Duterte's success in rigging the elections. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following May 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines Chief Political Consultant. | As I have predicted, Duterte is successful in rigging the May 13 elections to deliver to his candidates a false victory in the crucial senatorial race. As I have pointed out, he has to rig the elections because he has the power and the criminal personality and motivation to do so because clean and honest elections would have allowed the opposition senatorial candidates to win and frustrate his greed for power and plunder. | The rigging included the d…

WSWS (2019-05-15). Duterte consolidates hold on Philippine politics in midterm election. wsws.org The ruling class opponents to Duterte have suffered a historic defeat, securing not a single seat in the Senate.

RT (2019-05-15). Alabama Senate passes bill criminalizing abortion, with no exceptions for rape & incest. rt.com Alabama is poised to pass the strictest abortion law in the US after its Senate voted to criminalize the procedure even in cases of rape or incest and send doctors performing it to prison for up to 99 years.

Staff (2019-05-15). Alabama Ban on Nearly All Abortions in GOP Governor's Hands. truthdig.com MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama legislators have given final approval to a ban on nearly all abortions, and if the Republican governor signs the measure, the state will have the strictest abortion law in the country. | The legislation would make performing an abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions. The passage Tuesday by a wide margin in the GOP-led Senate shifts the spotlight to Gov. Kay Ivey, a fixture in Alabama politics who's long identified as anti-abortion. | Ivey has not said whether she'll sign the bill. Sponsor Rep. Terri Collins says she expects the governor to support th…

RT (2019-05-15). 'Dangerously delusional' Tom Cotton claims US would win Iran war with 'two strikes'. rt.com US Republican Senator Tom Cotton is facing severe criticism from the public after bombastically claiming that the US would win a war against Iran in just "two strikes."

RT (2019-05-14). Tulsi Gabbard would drop charges against Assange & Snowden. rt.com Democrat presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said she would drop all charges against Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, as their prosecution would have a "chilling effect" on free press and whistleblowers.

Umar Farooq (2019-05-14). How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power. theintercept.com Turkey couldn't get what it wanted from the U.S. so it built its own fleet of lethal drones. It uses them in Iraq, Syria — and domestically.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-14). Leaked Document Pokes Major Holes in Establishment Syria Narrative. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — "It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation," tweets former British MP George Galloway of a new report by the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). "The war-machine has now been caught red-handed in a staged chemical weapons attack for the purposes of deceiving our democracies into what could have turned into a full-scale …

Prof. Tim Anderson (2019-05-14). Tel Aviv Is Afraid of "The Axis of Resistance" globalresearch.ca The Australian political economist and author Professor, Tim Anderson, has emphasized that the Zionist entity is afraid of the unrelenting Palestinian resistance, of Syria's looming victory and of an enhanced Axis of Resistance facing the occupied parts of Lebanon …

John Wojcik (2019-05-14). Trump studying Bolton plan to send 120,000 troops to Mideast. peoplesworld.org Peace organizations and government leaders around the world are warning that the Trump administration is steamrolling toward the same disaster the U.S. rushed into in Iraq 16 years ago and in Vietnam generations before that. The heightened fear of imminent war was raised even more last night following a New York Times report that Trump …

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-14). Peace group slams Jeremy Hunt's 'sickening' scheme to increase defence spending. thecanary.co A leading UK-based pacifist group has slammed foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt's scheme to increase the UK's defence budget, highlighting in particular his "sickening" hypocrisy. | "Hunt's speech is a kick in the teeth": | In a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London, Hunt called…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-14). Houthi Withdrawal from Hodeida Port Brings No Peace as Saudis Press Attack. mintpressnews.com Artillery shells and a steady stream of heavy machine-gun fire tore through the village of Al-Shijan on Monday, as Saudi-led forces renewed hostilities in the area following a Houthi withdrawal from Hodeida.

Ruth Conniff (2019-05-14). The Progressive Roots of Trump's Trade War Politics. progressive.org The President's get-tough stance on China resonates with working people's frustrations about trade "deals" that leave ordinary Americans scrambling. Democrats ignore that at their peril.

Ilana Novick (2019-05-14). Conservative Dems' Rural Voter Project Is All About Sinking Medicare-for-All. truthdig.com Two conservative former Democratic senators, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, have launched the One Country Project, a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization that aims to attract rural voters to the Democratic Party. However, according to Maplight's Andrew Perez, working in partnership with The Intercept, the organization is also a "dark money" group, using the two former lawmakers to push an anti-Medicare-for-all agenda. | Perez found that "the One Country Project's website is registered to…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-05-14). Sunrise Movement Calls for Mass Climate Demonstration Outside Democratic Debate in Detroit. theintercept.com On Monday night, at the final stop on the Sunrise Movement's " Road to a Green New Deal" tour across the United States, the group called for a mass, youth-led mobilization to pressure Democratic candidates to make the 2020 election a referendum on climate change. On July 30, the scheduled date for the second Democratic presidential debate, Sunrise hopes to bring tens of thousands of young people to Detroit to present all the Democratic contenders with three demands: | Sign the no fossil fuel money pledge. | Commit to makin…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-14). "Middle-of-the-Road" Climate Plans From Centrist Democrats Won't Save Us, Warns AOC at Green New Deal Rally. commondreams.org Vowing not to allow centrist and conservative politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties hamstring the push for a Green New Deal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a rebuke on Monday to longtime members of Congress and presidential candidates who claim incremental measures will solve the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-14). AOC & Bernie Join Sunrise Movement in DC Town Hall. therealnews.com At the town hall, the Sunrise Movement launched the next phase of their Green New Deal campaign: making three demands of Democratic presidential contenders…

Mark Waller (2019-05-14). No blank check for ANC after election win in South Africa. peoplesworld.org The African National Congress has been returned to power after bruising national and provincial elections that saw it fend off competition from the main opposition parties, the larger center-right Democratic Alliance and the populist left Economic Freedom Fighters. The ANC won 57% of the vote, its poorest showing yet, but a triumph for a party …

RT (2019-05-14). Elizabeth Warren turns down invite from 'hate-for-profit racket' Fox News. rt.com Despite the success Bernie Sanders had with a Fox News town hall, fellow 2020 Democrat contender Elizabeth Warren has rejected the network's invitation, accusing Fox of racism, bigotry and hate. |

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-14). Staff of Democratic lawmakers attend corporate lobbyists 'luxury retreat' pushing to undermine Medicare for All. nationofchange.org Hosted by corporate lobbyists, several staffers for democratic lawmakers of the United States attended a relaxing and luxurious retreat in Middleburg, Virginia this past weekend undermining single-payer insurance as millions of Americans and progressive lawmakers make a push to support Medicare for All at the grassroots level. There were "around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa" including chiefs of staff for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), The Intercept reported. | The…

WSWS (2019-05-14). Republicans launch "anti-Semitism" smear campaign against Representative Rashida Tlaib. wsws.org The attacks on the Detroit congresswoman follow a similar campaign against Representative Ilhan Omar earlier in the year.

plenglish (2019-05-14). Colombian Opposition Urges Motion of Censure vs. Defense Minister. plenglish.com Bogota, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Opposition congressmen in Colombia are preparing for Wednesday a debate on a motion of censure against Defense Minister Guillermo Botero at the House of Representatives, legislative sources reported on Tuesday.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-14). #LindseyGrahamResign Goes Viral After Senator Advises Don Jr. to Refuse Congressional Subpoena. commondreams.org Tens of thousands of social media users joined a call for Sen. Lindsey Graham's resignation on Tuesday, after Graham publicly offered advice to Donald Trump Jr. about his recent congressional subpoena. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-14). While Americans 'Have Been Waiting Two Years For Congress to Do Its Job,' Arrests End Impeach Trump Sit-In Within Two Minutes. commondreams.org At least 20 people were arrested in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday as dozens of protesters from across the country held a sit-in to demand that President Donald Trump be impeached. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Daniel A. Medina (2019-05-14). Some Adoptees Are Undocumented Because Their Parents Forgot to Fill Out a Form. Now Congress Is Taking Action. theintercept.com Between 25,000 and 49,000 people who were adopted by American parents as children live in fear of deportation because they never got citizenship.

Staff (2019-05-14). Border Wall to Go Up in National Monument, Wildlife Refuge. truthdig.com PHOENIX—The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates. | The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday again waived environmental and dozens of other laws to build more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. | Funding will come from the Defense Department following the emergency declaration that President Donald Trump signed this year after Congress refused to approve the amount of border wall funding he reques…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-14). After Front Row Seat to Obama Years, Biden Called 'Remarkably Naive' for Saying He Expects GOP 'Epiphany' After 2020. commondreams.org "He's literally saying there will be a divine revelation and Republicans will come around." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Patrick Walker (2019-05-14). Announcing Bernie or Bust 2.0: Electoral warriors for the Green New Deal. nationofchange.org We need a populist GND — championed by a principled populist like Sanders — to sweep today's criminally insane Republicans (whom Biden likes so much) into the dustbin of history.

Benjamin Dangl (2019-05-14). The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia. commondreams.org Bartolina Sisa Federation leader Sabina Choquetillja speaks at a Unified Syndical Confederation of Rural Workers of Bolivia congress in Potos√≠ on November 7, 1988. (Photographers: Luis Oporto, Diego Pacheco, and Roberto Balza. Courtesy of the Archivo Central del Museo Nacional de Etnograf√≠a y Folklore.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

splcenter (2019-05-13). SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama. splcenter.org Ever since state and local law enforcement officers attacked peaceful civil rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on "Bloody Sunday" in 1965, Alabama has been at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights.

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 →

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."

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.

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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). 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…

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