2019-05-31: News Headlines

Paul Street (2019-05-31). Russiagate Trumps Environmental Catastrophe for the Dismal Democrats. counterpunch.org If historians still exist years from now, some of them will be struck by how Donald Trump's Democratic Party critics and their media allies obsessed over the 45th United States President's real and alleged connections to Russia while saying comparatively little about his enactment of a soulless anti-environmental agenda that accelerated humanity's march towards extinction in service to the United States' own homegrown corporate polluters. More

Donald Kaufman (2019-05-31). New Hampshire Becomes 21st State to Abolish the Death Penalty. truthdig.com Legislators in New Hampshire voted Thursday to do away with the death penalty, joining 20 other states that have made capital punishment a thing of the past. In a 16-8 vote, the state's Senate overrode Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of a measure to abolish the practice, which state Sen. Melanie Levesque called "archaic, costly, discriminatory and violent." | The death penalty repeal bill passed New Hampshire's House and Senate last year, but lawmakers couldn't muster enough votes…

Staff (2019-05-31). Republican Plot to Entrench White Power Revealed. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between Executive Director of Common Cause North Carolina Bob Phillips and Marc Steiner Peries of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Staff (2019-05-31). Mueller's Dispute With Barr Is a Turning Point on the Road to Impeachment. truthout.org It's too soon to tell for sure, but a couple of events this week may turn out to have been turning points in the Trump era. First, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a conservative Republican held a town hall meeting in his district to explain to his constituents why he has decided the president should be impeached. He was surprisingly well received. We learned that even some conservatives appreciate someone who has the courage to buck the party leadership on an issue of principle. Perhaps there's a lesson in that for Democrats. | The other event was the first comment anyone has heard from the sphinx-like special…

Staff (2019-05-31). A Dead Republican Strategist's Work Could Destroy Voting Rights in America. therealnews.com A Common Cause court case opposing Republican gerrymandering in North Carolina revealed that Trump officials lied about the 2020 census citizenship question in order to maintain "White" and "Republican Power"

susan_p (2019-05-31). Turkey: Leyla Gàºven ends hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Gàºven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26. Gàºven had been consuming only sugar and salt solutions and vitamins. | Gàºven, a member of the Turkish parliament, began her hunger strike in prison. She was arrested for criticising the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria. | Gàºven's hunger strike was a protest against the isolation of imprisoned PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah àñcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 and has not been allowed visitors, including family members and lawyers, f…

Hamda Mustafa (2019-05-31). Al-Jaafari: It Is Syria's Duty and Right to Protect Its Citizens from Terrorism. globalresearch.ca Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, which controls most of Idleb province, continues its attacks on neighboring areas and on the Syrian army positions, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari has stressed, reiterating that it is the Syrian state's …

South Front (2019-05-31). Video: Syrian Army Cracks Down on ISIS Cells Near Palmyra. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated an ISIS cell, which was preparing to attack an SAA convoy near Palmyra. According to reports, the SAA killed at least 5 ISIS members and eliminated a vehicle. | Earlier this year, ISIS carried out …

plenglish (2019-05-31). Syria Describes As Unacceptable Declaration of Arab Summit on Iran. plenglish.com Damascus, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Repatriated assured on Friday that Syria described as unacceptable the declaration of an Arab Summit in the Saudi capital on Iranian meddling and set out that the presence of Iran is legal since Damascus requested for it.

WSWS (2019-05-31). The German government prepares military intervention in Syria. wsws.org Military support of a "safe zone" in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany's participation in the Syrian war.

Arabi Souri (2019-05-31). US Forces in Syria Causing Catastrophic Effects on Civilians Held in Rukban Concentration Camp. globalresearch.ca American forces occupying Syrian territory entered the country illegally and their presence impedes efforts to restore peaceful life to the country and constitutes an obstacle to stability in southeastern Syria and causing the catastrophic conditions of the residents of al-Rukban …

Ben Norton (2019-05-31). US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria's Idlib. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive…

commondreams (2019-05-31). U.S.-led Coalition Admission of 1,300 Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria. commondreams.org ______________________________…

MAIL (2019-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

Charles Davis (2019-05-31). What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria? counterpunch.org Something peculiar happened along the way to stopping a war: in order to prevent U.S. soldiers from marching on Damascus—a real possibility according to people who don't seem to follow such things—some decided that the cause of what they call "peace" required turning a blind eye to several wars that already existed. Neoconservatives, forever on More

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-31). Upcoming Trilateral Russia -Israel -US National Security Advisors Summit. Focus on Syria and Iran. globalresearch.ca The Russian, "Israeli", and American National Security Advisors will hold their first-ever trilateral summit in Jerusalem in June to discuss what the White House described as "regional security issues", which is an obvious euphemism for Syria & Iran and the …

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-31). Why All the Arguments Against Impeaching Trump Are B.S. theintercept.com "It'll divide the country, energize Trump's base — and anyway, he'll never be convicted in the Senate!" Mehdi Hasan rebuts the arguments against impeachment.

Yves Engler (2019-05-31). Canada's Trudeau Government Supportive of Venezuela Anti-democratic Hardline Elements. globalresearch.ca Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has …

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-31). UN Special Rapporteur On Torture: 'The Collective Persecution Of Julian Assange Must End Here And Now'. shadowproof.com In a blistering statement against democratic countries collaborating to prosecute and enable the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture condemned the "collective persecution" against him. "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence, and political persecution, I have never seen a…

WSWS (2019-05-31). New Haven, California teachers strike at a crossroads. wsws.org The New Haven Teachers Association is working with state Democrats to end the teachers strike as quickly as possible with a sellout contract…

Staff (2019-05-31). Environmental Justice Activists Are Leading a Green New Deal Revolution. truthout.org Even among observers who accept the grave reality of climate change, the Green New Deal is often described as an "ambitious" if not overly broad proposal for a massive public investment in green infrastructure, with the dual goals of slowing climate disruption while growing a more just economy. | However, for Indigenous people and communities of color facing the impacts of toxic p…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-31). Joining Wave of GOP Anti-Choice Attacks, Louisiana's Democratic Governor Signs Abortion Ban Authored By Democrat. commondreams.org "Women are the base of the Democratic Party, and if you're not fighting alongside us, you don't deserve to represent the American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-31). California cracks down on 'independent contractor' dodge. peoplesworld.org

Ellen Brown (2019-05-31). The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt. globalresearch.ca This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. | The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from …

Staff (2019-05-31). UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed. truthout.org The United Nations special rapporteur on torture is warning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from the effects of "psychological torture" due to his ongoing detention and threats of possible extradition to the United States. The U.N. expert, Nils Melzer, also warned that Assange would likely face a "politicized show trial" if he were to be extradited to the United States. Melzer writes, "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution, I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Spain: Podemos meltdown in European and local elections. greenleft.org.au The European establishment's scare campaign about a far-right surge at the May 26 European Parliamentary elections worked out quite nicely for it. | Guarding the power structures of the neoliberal European Union (EU) becomes trickier now that the duopoly of the European People's Party (EPP) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) has ended, with a loss of 75 seats. | However, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), supported by French president Emmanuel Macron's En Marche group, has partly come to the rescue with an additional 38 seats — making it the biggest winner.

WSWS (2019-05-31). Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself. wsws.org Anyone under the impression that Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin or the Democratic Socialists of America have anything to do with socialism should listen to an interview with Sunkara published by the New York Times on Thursday.

WSWS Repost (2019-05-31). Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange? indybay.org Having been silent about defending Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, the Democratic Socialists of America is exposed as imperialist and undemocratic. It is not a true socialist party.

Yves Engler (2019-05-31). Canada Supports Most Hardline, Anti-Democratic Elements of Venezuela's Oppposition. dissidentvoice.org Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied itself with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has supported the electorally marginal party for years. Juan Guaidó's VP (Popular Will in English) …

MAIL (2019-05-31). U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed, Citing "Psychological Torture" democracynow.org The United Nations special rapporteur on torture is warning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from the effects of "psychological torture" due to his ongoing detention and threats of possible extradition to the United States. The U.N. expert, Nils Melzer, also warned that Assange would likely face a "politicized show trial" if he were to be extradited to the United States. Melzer writes, "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution, I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a lo…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Italy: Big win for far right Salvini in European elections. greenleft.org.au In all likelihood, the next European Parliament will still be led by a pro-European Union (EU) coalition, including the European People's Party (PPE) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), despite both parties experiencing a drop in votes. | To form a majority the PPE and S&D will need to expand their coalition to include the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which had their best result ever, winning 107 seats. | The right-wing nationalist Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENL), raised their vote to 8%, which translates to 57 seats. | The good news is that the Greens (Gre…

WSWS (2019-05-31). Trump to impose tariff on Mexico in attack on immigrants as Democrats denounce Russia. wsws.org The working class has no ally in the faction fight between reactionary partisans of US imperialism.

WSWS (2019-05-31). Democratic governor signs Louisiana fetal "heartbeat" abortion ban. wsws.org Louisiana is the fifth state to pass bans on abortions based on detection of a fetal heartbeat, following Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio.

Staff (2019-05-31). Col. Larry Wilkerson on Mueller and Courage to Impeach Trump. therealnews.com Chuck Schumer to Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are cowardly, incompetent and without courage to begin impeachment proceedings says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Texas Tribune (2019-05-31). Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agree to Partner on Legislation. theantimedia.com (TT) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz committed on Thursday to partner up with his political opposite, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to move legislation that would ban members of Congress from becoming corporate lobbyists after they leave public life. The coming together played out over Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, tweeted Thursday afternoon a statistic from Public Citizen, an …

United Nations (2019-05-31). UN expert criticizes States for 'ganging up' on Wikileaks' Assange; warns against extradition, fearing 'serious' rights violations. un.org After visiting Julian Assange in a London prison, an independent UN human rights expert expressed urgent concern on Friday, for the Wikileaks co-founder's well-being, accusing "a group of democratic States" of "ganging up" on the prisoner to "isolate, demonize and abuse" him and warned against extraditing the controversial publisher to the United States.

RT (2019-05-31). Hillary Clinton to give keynote speech at cybersecurity summit (yes, really). rt.com Former Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will deliver a guest speech at an upcoming cybersecurity conference. Yes, the same Hillary Clinton who kept confidential emails on an unsecured server.

Renee Parsons (2019-05-31). If the US Congress Has No Mojo to Govern, Let's Make It a Part Time Job. globalresearch.ca If the American public needs any further evidence that the US Congress is unable to function as an operating legislative branch of the Federal government in the 'pursuit of happiness' or to 'promote the general welfare,' look no further than …

Middle East Eye (2019-05-31). Here's How Trump Bypassed Congress to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Schoolchildren in the United States are taught from a young age that a separation of powers is the backbone of American democracy. The system also comes with checks-and-balances meant to limit the power that the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government can wield — to prevent overreach. Last week, however, President Donald Trump threw …

teleSUR (2019-05-31). Mexico: Indigenous Demand Demilitarization of Zapatista's Lands. telesurenglish.net International networks supporting the Indigenous Council of Government (CIG) and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), organizations that emerged from the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), are protesting Friday in a "Global Action" in defense of land, territory and autonomy of Indigenous peoples and communities of Mexico. | RELATED: | <...

plenglish (2019-05-31). Supreme Court of Colombia Assumes Competence in Santrich Case. plenglish.com Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of Colombia will take over from today the competition in the case of FARC leader Jesús Santrich, given his condition as congressman of the Republic.

Maureen McCue (2019-05-31). We Must Prevent War with Iran. progressive.org It is time for Congress and this administration to recommit to the deal between the United States, our allies, and Iran, to prevent unnecessary destruction, suffering, and death.

CGTN Africa (2019-05-31). Malawi opposition leader rejects Mutharika's re-election. cgtn.com Voters queue to cast their ballots in Malawi's presidential and legislative elections, in Lilongwe, Malawi, May 21, 2019. Picture taken May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Eldson Chagara | The leader of Malawi's opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Friday rejected the results of the May 21 presidential election as rigged. | According to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera, got 35 percent of votes cast, second after incumbent president Peter Mutharika's 38 percent. | Chakwera told a press briefing in the capital, Lilongwe, that he is petitioning the country's high court to nullify the results, wh…

plenglish (2019-05-31). Venezuela Is on the Peace Path in Dialogue, Maduro Says. plenglish.com Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Today, dialogue represents the only way for stability in Venezuela within the Constitution, President Nicolas Maduro said.

RT (2019-05-31). US to investigate reports N. Korea executed senior diplomat after Hanoi summit failure — Pompeo. rt.com Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he's 'checking it out.'

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (2019-05-31). Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. globalresearch.ca Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 23 — 29 May, 2019. | Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 …

plenglish (2019-05-31). Santrich Sends Message of Hope about Peace in Colombia. plenglish.com Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) After being released the eve, FARC leader Jesús Santrich sent "a message of hope in the construction of a peace that seems elusive, but placed as an imperative to continue looking for it at all costs."

Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani (2019-05-31). Europe as a Community of Values. globalresearch.ca Kant in his work "Ideas for a Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent", in Seventh Principle explained the need for peace and security among the nations as the following: "That is to say, wars, the excessive and never ending preparations for …

Abolish the Military (2019-05-31). Learn Costs of War & Celebrate Peace Heroes Assange & Manning. indybay.org To counteract the jingoism of all capitalist media in this country in its promotion of the war machine which only exists to maximize the profits of the oil companies and the munitions makers, a few websites are in order to remind us all of the Costs of War and the Peace Heroes Assange & Manning currently jailed by the US war machine.

Toby Blome (2019-05-31). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace. indybay.org Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Gather at 10: 45 am at either end of the bridge. | 11: 00 am Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 12: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Bus…