Daily Archives: May 14, 2019

2019-05-14: News Headlines

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-05-14). How to Move Toward Impeachment, Now. commondreams.org Trump has been attacking Democrats, and vulnerable populations, and the Constitution, for months now. It is time for the Democrats to fight back. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-14). No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing. indybay.org The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-05-14). Why 'Anti-imperialist' in the U.S. Still Means 'Paid for by Russia'. globalresearch.ca We would think the U.S. state would be embarrassed. | All three of Venezuelan neo-fascist Juan Guaido's coup attempts have failed. Donald Trump appears to be raising questions regarding the effectiveness of National Security Advisor John Bolton's pro-coup strategies …

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 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 m…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

Asad Ismi (2019-05-14). Nigeria's Humanitarian Crisis. globalresearch.ca On February 27, Nigerian voters re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, leader of the All Progressives Congress party (APC), in a poll marred by large-scale violence, accusations of vote-rigging, last-minute delays and military inter- vention. When Buhari was first elected in 2015, …

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.

Mark Taliano (2019-05-14). Face to Face with the Truth. The War against Syria and its People. globalresearch.ca Everybody who has been paying attention knows that the war on Syria is not a civil war, that it was and is externally-orchestrated, perpetrated, and sustained, and that the on-going catastrophe was avoidable. | The U.S Empire and its NATO accomplices, …

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 …

Green Party (2019-05-14). What is the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

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…

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 →

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

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."

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.

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…

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

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Political Games Hinder Efforts to End Ebola in Congo: WHO. telesurenglish.net Attempts to end the second worst Ebola outbreak on record are being hampered by "political games" and distrust of outsiders in two towns in Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior World Health Organization official said on Monday. | RELATED: | Ebola Survivors Care for Sick, Frightened Children Patients in DR Congo Outbreak | Rapid internatio…

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…

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.

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…

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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…

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

2019-05-14: Social Media Postees

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Trump studying Bolton plan to send 120,000 troops to Mideast
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-14
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-studying-…

Houthi Withdrawal from Hodeida Port Brings No Peace as Saudis Press Attack
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
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.
mintpressnews.com/houthi-withdrawal-from…

Why 'Anti-imperialist' in the U.S. Still Means 'Paid for by Russia'
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
We would think the U.S. state would be embarrassed. | All three of Venezuelan neo-fascist Juan Guaido's coup attempts have failed. Donald Trump appears to be raising questions regarding the effectiveness of National Security Advisor John Bolton's pro-coup strategies …
globalresearch.ca/why-anti-imperialist-u…

No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-14
The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/10/1882337…

Staff of Democratic lawmakers attend corporate lobbyists 'luxury retreat' pushing to undermine Medicare for All
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-14
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…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/14/staff-of-d…

"Middle-of-the-Road" Climate Plans From Centrist Democrats Won't Save Us, Warns AOC at Green New Deal Rally
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
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…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/middle-…

Sunrise Movement Calls for Mass Climate Demonstration Outside Democratic Debate in Detroit
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
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 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 m…
theintercept.com/2019/05/13/sunrise-move…

How to Move Toward Impeachment, Now
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Trump has been attacking Democrats, and vulnerable populations, and the Constitution, for months now. It is time for the Democrats to fight back. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/14/how-mo…

Announcing Bernie or Bust 2.0: Electoral warriors for the Green New Deal
Patrick Walker | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-14
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.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/14/announcing…

Republicans launch "anti-Semitism" smear campaign against Representative Rashida Tlaib
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
The attacks on the Detroit congresswoman follow a similar campaign against Representative Ilhan Omar earlier in the year.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/tlai…

Liz Cheney and Right-Wing Outrage Machine Lie About Rashida Tlaib's Comments
Eoin Higgins | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-14
A measured and nuanced discussion of the Holocaust, Israel, and Palestinians was intentionally mischaracterized by right-wing media and politicians Sunday, leading to corporate media and the president amplifying dishonest attacks on one of the nation's only two Muslim Congresswomen. | The controversy comes from remarks made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery" published Saturday. During the discussion with podcast co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman, Tlaib referred to her P…
mintpressnews.com/liz-cheney-and-right-w…

The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia
Benjamin Dangl | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
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…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/14/five-h…

Nigeria's Humanitarian Crisis
Asad Ismi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
On February 27, Nigerian voters re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, leader of the All Progressives Congress party (APC), in a poll marred by large-scale violence, accusations of vote-rigging, last-minute delays and military inter- vention. When Buhari was first elected in 2015, | …
globalresearch.ca/nigerias-humanitarian-…

Colombian Opposition Urges Motion of Censure vs. Defense Minister
plenglish.com | 2019-05-14
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.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Some Adoptees Are Undocumented Because Their Parents Forgot to Fill Out a Form. Now Congress Is Taking Action
Daniel A. Medina | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/14/adoption-cit…

Leaked Document Pokes Major Holes in Establishment Syria Narrative
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-14
(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 …

Leaked Document Pokes Major Holes in Establishment Syria Narrative

How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power
Umar Farooq | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/14/turkey-secon…

Tel Aviv Is Afraid of "The Axis of Resistance"
Prof. Tim Anderson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
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 …
globalresearch.ca/tel-aviv-afraid-axis-r…

Face to Face with the Truth. The War against Syria and its People
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Everybody who has been paying attention knows that the war on Syria is not a civil war, that it was and is externally-orchestrated, perpetrated, and sustained, and that the on-going catastrophe was avoidable. | The U.S Empire and its NATO accomplices, …
globalresearch.ca/face-to-face-truth/567…

What is the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts?
Green Party | indybay.org | 2019-05-14
Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/11/1882338…

Activists at Venezuelan Embassy Offer State Department a Peaceful Resolution to Standoff
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-13
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/13/activists-…

Embassy Protection Collective Releases Statement on 34th Day of Venezuelan Embassy Standoff
Embassy Protection Collective | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
"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."
mintpressnews.com/embassy-protection-col…

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

SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama
splcenter.org | 2019-05-13
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/13/splc-launc…

Political Games Hinder Efforts to End Ebola in Congo: WHO
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Attempts to end the second worst Ebola outbreak on record are being hampered by "political games" and distrust of outsiders in two towns in Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior World Health Organization official said on Monday. | RELATED: | Ebola Survivors Care for Sick, Frightened Children Patients in DR Congo Outbreak | Rapid internatio…
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Trump slams Rashida Tlaib for 'tremendous hatred of Israel' after controversial Holocaust comment
rt.com | 2019-05-13
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. | …
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The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats admit that there is a "constitutional crisis" but refuse to conduct a serious struggle against Trump's authoritarian actions.
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13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War
David Keppel | thenation.com | 2019-05-13
13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War…
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Liberian Refugee Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, Launches Bid for Montana Senate Seat
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-13
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…
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South African Elections, US-China trade war, Istanbul and Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-13
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 …
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Getting to Medicare-for-All
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-13
I had the opportunity to testify last week before the House Rules committee on Medicare for All. Incredibly, this was apparently the first time the topic had been explicitly addressed in a congressional hearing. In my testimony, I argued that a Medicare for All program would be affordable, but the key factor was reducing the…
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To Force 'Congress to Do Its Job,' Capitol Hill Sit-In to Demand Immediate Impeachment Inquiry for Trump
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-13
Americans from all over the country are planning to rally on Capitol Holl Tuesday morning to demand that Congress begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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With one Twitter thread, Ocasio-Cortez destroys the myth that poor people are poor because they're 'irresponsible'
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-13
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…
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Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders Back Rashida Tlaib Amid Trump Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Many progressives and activists like congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Shaun King, etc., came forward in defense of congresswoman Rashida Tlaib after she was attacked by the United States President Donald Trump for her comments on Holocaust. | RELATED: | 'Hands off Ilhan': Black Women in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar | Tlaib, in an interview on Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast Saturday said her ancestors, Palestinians, had to suffer to create a safe haven for the Jewish people. | "There's,…
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US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage
Daniel Kovalik | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-13
As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, "every time the US 'saves' a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery." Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see…
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Mother's Day: The Obscured Roots of a Global Peace Movement
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-12
Sam Husseini says the origin of Mother's Day has largely been obscured, helping pave the way for Trump's embrace of women warriors and bearers of "the next generation of American patriots," with a hint of the Nazi "Mother's Cross." By… Read more ?…
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'Green' Beto O'Rourke joins the swamp, hires fossil fuel and private prisons lobbyist
rt.com | 2019-05-12
Beto O'Rourke's hiring of a former oil industry lobbyist is a puzzling move for a Democrat who touts his green credentials. But such contradictions are par for the course in the Washington DC swamp. | …
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Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
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…
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'Deal breaker!' AOC blasts Biden's climate change stance as 'lack of leadership'
rt.com | 2019-05-11
Joe Biden's climate policies are a "dealbreaker" for fellow Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who slammed the former VP for his gas lobbyist-like "lack of leadership" on tackling climate change. | …
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'You're making yourselves look weak': Bill Maher goads Dems for fruitless Trump complaints (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-11
HBO's Bill Maher sent a shot across the bow of Democrats constantly complaining about the Trump administration, saying they should either "do something or stop talking about it." | …
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Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-11
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…
theintercept.com/2019/05/11/health-care-…

Newest Beto O'Rourke Hire Lobbied for Keystone XL, Seaworld, and Private Prisons
Clio Chang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-11
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/11/beto-orourke…

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

The Making of a Medical Insurance Spin Doctor — RAI with Wendell Potter (3/7)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-10
Wendell Potter, author of 'Deadly Spin: How Corporate PR is Killing Healthcare and Deceiving Americans', traces his life from growing up poor and Republican in Tennessee, to radicalization during the Vietnam War, to cynical journalist who just wanted to make money — on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay…
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A Republican Conspiracy Theory About a Biden-in-Ukraine Scandal Has Gone Mainstream. But It Is Not True
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-05-10
The rumor that Joe Biden abused his power to protect his son's business interests in Ukraine is "absolute nonsense," a leading anti-corruption activist says.
theintercept.com/2019/05/10/rumors-joe-b…

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

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

Golan is Syria!
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-05-10
A demonstration in front of the Israeli Mission in New York City denounced Trump's recognition of Israel's 52-year illegal annexation and occupation of Golan, a province of Syria. The protest was held May 6 — Martyrs' Day in Syria and Lebanon, and for over 100 years a commemoration of continuing . . . | Continue reading Golan is Syria! at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/09/golan-is-syria/

Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-bombings-pretext-intensified-repression

New SDG Advocates sign up for 'peace, prosperity, people' and planet, on the road to 2030
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-09
As the UN and partners around the world push towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, six new influential public figures came on board as official SDG Advocates on Thursday, committing themselves to the pursuit of the 17 goals on behalf of "peace, prosperity, people, planet, and partnerships."
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