2019-06-01: Social Media Postees

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Sanders at top of Greenpeace bold climate action scorecard; Biden at bottom
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-01
"Show us you have the mettle to take on the oil executives standing in the way of progress towards the green, prosperous future our country deserves."
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CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-06-01
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…
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If Pete Buttigieg Is the "Opposition" to Trump, We Are Screwed
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-01
In a Democratic presidential nomination field crowded with questionable candidates, Pete Buttigieg stands out as uniquely compromised. | The only millennial on Earth to sincerely describe themselves as a " laid-back intellectual," Buttigieg has made it impressively far on identity alone. His website has a meme generator, for example, but no actual platform, leaving journalists to cobble one up out of tweets and interviews. | What's emerged in the past six months is a brazenl…
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If Democrats want to beat Trump, they better not nominate a 'free trade' candidate
Thom Hartmann | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-01
If the Democrats promote pro-corporate trade policies in 2020, get ready for four more years of Donald Trump gloating at us all from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt
Ellen Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-01
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 $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. …
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Joining wave of GOP anti-choice attacks, Louisiana's Democratic governor signs abortion ban authored by Democrat
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-01
"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."
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Democrat Tony Thurmond fails to shut down New Haven teachers strike in California
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
After facilitating the betrayal of the Oakland and Los Angeles teachers strikes, Thurmond has been brought in by the New Haven Teachers Association to end their strike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/01/newh…

Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange?
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-06-01
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/29/1882365…

Botswana ex-president slams successor
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-01
FILE | Botswana former President Ian Khama has accused his chosen successor of becoming an autocrat and threatening the country's reputation as a beacon of stability in Africa. | Khama, 66, last week left the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in a culmination of a dramatic fall-out with President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who took office in 2018. | He told AFP that he took the "very painful" decision to leave the BDP because of the "immature and arrogant" attitude of Mr Masisi's government. | "The person who I nominated to be my successor, as soon as he took office became very autocratic, very intolerant and it has…
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U.S., South Korea, Japan Advocate Renewed Dialogue with DPRK
plenglish.com | 2019-06-01
Singapore, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the United States, South Korea and Japan discussed on Saturday the need to reactivate dialogue with the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in order to advance negotiations on denuclearization.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham Faces Challenge From Ex-Podesta Group Lobbyist
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-01
Already backed by fundraising money from lobbyists and foreign agents, a former Podesta Group lobbyist launched his campaign to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on May 29. | Jaime Harrison, a longtime revolving door member with a lengthy lobbying history, announced he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge President Donald Trump's rival-turned-top supporter in 2020.
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Here's How Trump Bypassed Congress to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(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 …

Here's How Trump Bypassed Congress to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia

We Must Prevent War with Iran
Maureen McCue | progressive.org | 2019-05-31
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.
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Congressional Catering to Netanyahu Must End
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Four years ago, the U.S. Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint congressional session as part of his campaign to defeat the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate the Iranian nuclear accord. Netanyahu's address was an unacceptable interference in the U.S. domestic political arena and should have been challenged. President Obama refused…
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Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agree to Partner on Legislation
Texas Tribune | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(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 …

Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agree to Partner on Legislation

If the US Congress Has No Mojo to Govern, Let's Make It a Part Time Job
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
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 …
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New Hampshire Becomes 21st State to Abolish the Death Penalty
Donald Kaufman | truthdig.com | 2019-05-31
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…
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Putting Values Into Action
Missy Comley Beattie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Earlier in May, two North Carolina Republicans intro'd state legislation that would place obstacles in the path of renewable energy development. Senate Bill 843, sponsored by Senators William Cook and Andrew Brock, leaves anyone with even semi-decent cognitive functioning asking WTF(?). Despite the unquestionable obviousness of the why of that What, you still can shake…
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A Dead Republican Strategist's Work Could Destroy Voting Rights in America
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-31
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"
therealnews.com/stories/a-dead-republica…

US to investigate reports N. Korea executed senior diplomat after Hanoi summit failure — Pompeo
rt.com | 2019-05-31
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.' | …
rt.com/usa/460730-north-korea-executions…

What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria?
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
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…
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US Forces in Syria Causing Catastrophic Effects on Civilians Held in Rukban Concentration Camp
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
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 …
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Europe as a Community of Values
Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
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 …
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Canada's Trudeau Government Supportive of Venezuela Anti-democratic Hardline Elements
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
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 …
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Trump to impose tariff on Mexico in attack on immigrants as Democrats denounce Russia
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
The working class has no ally in the faction fight between reactionary partisans of US imperialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/31/uspo…

Col. Larry Wilkerson on Mueller and Courage to Impeach Trump
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-31
Chuck Schumer to Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are cowardly, incompetent and without courage to begin impeachment proceedings says Col. Larry Wilkerson…
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Democratic governor signs Louisiana fetal "heartbeat" abortion ban
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
Louisiana is the fifth state to pass bans on abortions based on detection of a fetal heartbeat, following Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/31/abor…

Russiagate Trumps Environmental Catastrophe for the Dismal Democrats
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
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.
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Turkey: Leyla Gàºven ends hunger strike
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-leyla-guven-ends-hunger-strike

Italy: Big win for far right Salvini in European elections
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/italy-big-win-far-right-salvini-european-elections

U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed, Citing "Psychological Torture"
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-31
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/31/seg_1_jul…

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/31/pers…

Spain: Podemos meltdown in European and local elections
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
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.
greenleft.org.au/content/spain-podemos-meltdown-european-and-local-elections

UN expert criticizes States for 'ganging up' on Wikileaks' Assange; warns against extradition, fearing 'serious' rights violations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-31
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.
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UN Special Rapporteur On Torture: 'The Collective Persecution Of Julian Assange Must End Here And Now'
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-31
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…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/31/un-special-ra…

The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
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 …
globalresearch.ca/bankers-power-revoluti…

Canada Supports Most Hardline, Anti-Democratic Elements of Venezuela's Oppposition
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-31
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) …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canada-suppor…

Why All the Arguments Against Impeaching Trump Are B.S
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-31
"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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/31/donald-trump…

Hillary Clinton to give keynote speech at cybersecurity summit (yes, really)
rt.com | 2019-05-31
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. | …
rt.com/usa/460690-clinton-cybersecurity-…

Video: Syrian Army Cracks Down on ISIS Cells Near Palmyra
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
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 …
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Upcoming Trilateral Russia -Israel -US National Security Advisors Summit. Focus on Syria and Iran
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
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 …
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Headlines for May 31, 2019
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-31
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/31/headlines

The German government prepares military intervention in Syria
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
Military support of a "safe zone" in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany's participation in the Syrian war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/31/germ…

US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria's Idlib
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-31
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…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/31/us-missiles-a…

Robert Muller: It's Congress' Job To Impeach Obstructionist Criminal President Donald Trump
Colin Benjamin | blackstarnews.com | 2019-05-30
Robert Mueller says Congress must act against lawless President Donald Trump… | On Wednesday, Robert Mueller debunked the notion he cleared Donald Trump of criminality in the Russian investigation saying, "if we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so." | Mueller basically told America Donald Trump is a treacherous criminal who should be prosecuted. He hinted at the Trump Administration's "efforts to obstruct the investigation." | The only question now is: will Democrats find their spines to do the right but difficult thing? Or, will political passivity, and a…
www.blackstarnews.com/us-politics/white-…

Trump denies ordering military to move USS John McCain 'out of sight'
rt.com | 2019-05-30
President Donald Trump has denied he was aware of the relocation of a guided-missile destroyer bearing the name of his late congressional nemesis after a story that he'd ordered the Navy to move it "out of sight" enraged critics. | …
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The UN's unyielding effort to tackle sexual abuse and exploitation: our quarterly update
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-30
In the first quarter of 2019, according to latest figures released on Thursday, the United Nations recorded a total of 37 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) against UN personnel, including civilian and uniformed personnel from peacekeeping operations, agencies, funds and programmes. So far, most of these allegations remain under investigation.
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Denied Entry to US, Palestinian Diplomat Hanan Ashrawi on US "Peace Plan" & Israeli Political Crisis
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-30
Israel will hold new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in six weeks of negotiations following the April 9 election. This marks the first time in Israeli history a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition government. The news comes as the United States is continuing to promote a controversial Middle East peace plan drawn up by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is in Israel today along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt. But the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the political crisis in Israel could kill the U.S. plan, which wil…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/30/palestini…

The Real Bob Mueller
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-30
Robert Mueller Wednesday implied he would have indicted Donald Trump if he could have, resurrecting his saint-like status among Democrats who will now likely go for impeachment. But who is the real Bob Mueller? Ex-FBI official Coleen Rowley explained on… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/29/russia-gat…

How One Man Survived Syria's Gulag
Hisham Aidi | thenation.com | 2019-05-30
How One Man Survived Syria's Gulag…
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