2019-06-02: Social Media Postees

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'Read the Room': Hickenlooper Booed at California Democratic Convention for Decrying Socialism, Calling for Pragmatism
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-02
The former Colorado governor, who's raised 91 percent of his 2020 campaign haul thus far from big donors, once drank fracking fluid to prove the chemicals weren't dangerous to the environment | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Europe Dodged Far-Right Takeover But Autocracy Remains a Global Threat
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
In 1991, the late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote an influential essay in the Journal of Democracy entitled "Democracy's Third Wave." Huntington's essay, published several months prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, surmised that modern democracy was associated with "waves" of democratic growth followed by "reverse waves" of autocracy. | He identified a "long" first wave beginning in the 1820s, characterized by a global increase of male suffrage that continued until the 1920s. This first wave was subject t…
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Abortion Bans; S.F. Anti-Abortion Marches; Free Abortion on Demand
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
As the United States gets ready to join the backward countries of the world with a ban on abortion, we must ask, how did we get to this point? Why have the Democrats been promoting anti-abortion candidates? How did at least 5 anti-abortion Supreme Court justices get confirmed? Why didn't Democrat Obama who had a Democratic majority Congress in both houses in his first two years sign a law legalizing abortion so we would not have to depend on a pro-abortion majority in the Supreme Court? What kind of society is this that allows constant wars on women and the right to abortion? Why don't we have free abortion on de…
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Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange?
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
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.
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Biden Declares LGBTQ Rights His Top Priority
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-02
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declared Saturday that the Equality Act would be his top legislative priority, an effort to enshrine LGBTQ protections into the nation's labor and civil rights laws. | The former vice president shared his hopes of signing the legislation as part of a keynote address to hundreds of activists at the Human Rights Campaign's annual Ohio gala on the first day of Pride Month. In a half-hour at the lectern, his remarks ranged from emotional…
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'Gatekeeper Mentality' of DCCC Blacklist Adding to Divisions Within Democratic Party
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-02
"I'd like to see a majority of women in Congress, and it's not going to happen with this policy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Will the Democrats Abandon Lordstown to Trump?
Les Leopold | commondreams.org | 2019-06-02
GM Lordstown workers rally outside the GM Lordstown plant on March 6, 2019 in Lordstown, Ohio. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Association of Democratic Lawyers Asks to Unfreeze Venezuelan Fund
plenglish.com | 2019-06-02
Caracas, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The International Association of Democratic Lawyers is developing a campaign to demand the unfreezing of Venezuelan state capital from the Novo Banco de Portugal, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Sunday.
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DR Congo forces kill 26 rebels in shootout
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-02
The Democratic Republic of Congo's army says its forces on Thursday killed 26 rebels thought to have links to Islamic State. | The soldiers engaged the rebels in a shootout in a village near the city of Beni, an area where more than a dozen different militia groups and associated armed gangs are said to operate, and the epicentre of country's worst ever Ebola epidemic. | The army's spokesman for east Congo, General Leon-Richard Kasonga, said the insurgents from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a position in Ngite village and that soldiers returned fire and pursued them. | "Twenty six rebels were neu…
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Protester storms stage, seizes mic from Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-06-02
Democratic presidential candidate and US Senator Kamala Harris's microphone was suddenly seized from her by a protester who stormed the stage during a talk, inciting a barrage of questions online about the event's security. | …
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Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools
Jeff Bryant | commondreams.org | 2019-06-02
Milwaukee public school teachers, parents, students and supporters stage a picket line in Milwaukee on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Charles Edward Miller, Flickr cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Ethiopia, Somalia leaders hold talks in Addis Ababa
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-02
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi 'Farmajo' arrived in neighbouring Ethiopia on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. | According to the Ethiopian Prime Minister's office, the two leaders "held discussions on bilateral issues, including further strengthening cooperation in regional peace & security." | Farmajo was accompanied in the trip by Somalia's First Lady Zeinab Abdi. | To mark their visit to Ethiopia, President Farmajo and First Lady Zeinab planted tree seedlings within the Prime Minister's compound to mark the friendship enjoyed by the two countries. | PM Abiy visited Somalia in June 2018,…
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CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
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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Palestine sends a Plain Message to Trump and Kushner in Run-up to their "Deal of the Century"
Stuart Littlewood | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-02
Dr. Riad Malki, Palestine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Freedom not conditional liberty. Sovereignty not limited autonomy. Peace not subjugation. Chatham House, the international affairs think-tank in London, recently invited Dr Riad Malki, Palestine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, to talk about the future of Palestine ahead of the 'deal of the century' dreamed up by the …
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Selected Articles: America's Policy of "Creative Chaos"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
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Dramatic Increase in Political Violence in Colombia due to Abandonment of Peace Agreement
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-02
Recent human rights reports show that murders of social leaders have skyrocketed since Colombia's right-wing President Ivan Duque came into office in 2017. Activist Manuel Rozental speaks to us about the situation from one of the most affected areas…
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Trump's Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: An Impeachable Offense?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-02
Trump pulled an end run around Congress when he declared a national emergency letting him sell arms to Saudi Arabia. We speak to RootsAction's David Swanson about whether the move is an impeachable offense…
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Chemical Lobby and Health Advocates Square Off on Bills Regulating Toxic Foam
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, holds tremendous power in formulating legislation regarding the regulation of deadly per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Barrasso is the Senate's top recipient of cash from the chemical industry and has a…
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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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…

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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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

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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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…

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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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

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…

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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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

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

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…

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…
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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…
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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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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.' | …
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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. | …
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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

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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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.
progressive.org/op-eds/we-must-prevent-w…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…
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