2018-05-04: News Headlines

John Laforge (2018-05-04). Russian Sea Monsters: Rudderless Reactors on the High Seas. counterpunch.org Did you hear the one about the Exxon Valdez, Fuku-Chernobyl, Gulf Oil Titanic? Yeah: Russia floated two nuclear reactors on a bargeto power oil rigs in the Arctic Ocean and nothing went wrong! Unsatisfied with trouncing Japan at the Winter Olympics, 14 gold medals to four, Moscow wants to topple Tokyo as Oceanic Polluter No. More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-05-04). Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers. counterpunch.org + Rudy the Truth-Teller: Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels Non-Disclosure Agreement and repaid Michael Cohen on the installment plan; the NDA was meant to suppress the Daniels story prior to the 2016 election; James Comey is a pervert and pathological liar; Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly clear him in Russia probe; More

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-05-04). Peace With North Korea: Not an Impossible Dream. counterpunch.org Calls for talks made by China and Russia, as well as the worldwide outcry for them, outweighed U.S. threats of war and got the two Koreas to sit down and speak and dialogue to prevailed over the cannons, at least for the moment.. Trump's aggressiveness had to give in to reason, and what seemed less More

Brian Cloughley (2018-05-04). Another Major Reset in US-Pakistan Relations is Taking Place. counterpunch.org In February 2018 Pakistan's foreign minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, visited Moscow where his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, said that Russia is "planning to continue giving practical assistance in strengthening the counterterrorism potential of your country." This was a welcome statement and decidedly different from the intentions of the US President whose first tweet of the year comprehensively insulted More

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-04). Trump Seriously Tells Reporters That 'Nobody Wants to Speak' to Mueller 'More Than Me&#039. alternet.org The president also claimed he's done "nothing wrong," despite everything he's overtly done wrong. | President Donald Trump is back to claiming that he would "love to" testify before Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but he'd have to "override" his lawyers because he won't get a fair hearing. "I would love to speak. I would love to. Nobody wants to speak more than me," Trump told reporters before departing from the White House to speak at the NRA convention in Dallas. "I would love to speak because we've done nothing wrong. "The President also falsely claimed that Robert Mueller's team is comprised entirely of Democrats, and threw a jab at Hillary Clinton, calling what would have been her 2016 victory night party a "funeral. " And he called his winning the election "a great day" for America. He also called the investigation into Russia's interference in the. . .

Robert Koehler (2018-05-04). Peace and the Nuclear Paradox. counterpunch.org Whenever the topic is nuclear weapons, I remain in a state of disbelief that we can talk about them "strategically" — that language allows us to maintain such a distance from the reality of what they do, we can casually debate their use. Consider, in the context of the sudden rush of alarming news that More

Medea Benjamin (2018-05-04). Wake Up and Stop the Madness of a War With Iran. truthdig.com The Iran nuclear deal is on the verge of sinking on May 12, when Donald Trump will decide whether or not to waive the nuclear-related sanctions, as the deal calls for. While the world is cheering the upcoming meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (including Trump's fans calling for a Nobel Peace Prize), Trump is needlessly and recklessly driving our nation down a path toward war with Iran—and neither Congress nor the American people seem to care. | French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, fearing the consequences of a broken deal, visited the White House. Macron tried to appease Trump by suggesting new agreements to the deal, something Iran's government views as ludicrous. According to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani—who has been subjected to enormous domestic criticism for striking a deal with Washington only to…

Ralph Nader (2018-05-04). Wake Up to Trump, Distraction and War with Iran. counterpunch.org In mid-May, super-war hawks Donald J. Trump (worried about the Mueller investigation), John Bolton, Trump's new unconfirmed national security advisor, and new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are likely to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord. This would open the way for Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Congressional allies to push for More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). Trump, Netanyahu Keep Taking Shots at Iran Deal While Rest of World Shakes Its Head. mintpressnews.com Trump has raised the hackles of global powers by marching lock-step with Israel, which has persistently tried to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal while ironically claiming that Iran is building its arsenal to menace its neighbors.

Gareth Porter (2018-05-04). Netanyahu's Evidence Wasn't Just Old, Some of It Was Fabricated. mintpressnews.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim in his theatrical 20-minute presentation of an Israeli physical seizure of Iran's "atomic archive" in Tehran would certainly have been the "great intelligence achievement" he boasted if it had actually happened. But the claim does not hold up under careful scrutiny, and his assertion that Israel now possesses a vast documentary record of a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program is certainly fraudulent. | Netanyahu's tale of an Israeli intelligence raid right in Tehran that carted off 55,000 paper files and another 55,000 CDs from a "highly secret location" requires that we accept a proposition that is absurd on its face: that Iranian policymakers decided to store their most sensitive military secrets in a small tin-roofed hut with nothing to protect it from heat (thus almost certainly ensuring loss of data on CDs within a few years)…

Ron Jacobs (2018-05-04). Korea, an Alternative History. counterpunch.org For decades, consumers of the US media have been fed a series of repeated lies concerning the status of northern Korea. Tales of mass starvation and brutal torture are told over and over, occasionally updated but essentially the same as those told when Washington first realized it could not defeat the national forces headquartered in Pyongyang. More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-04). Arizona teachers win, vow to keep marching through November. peoplesworld.org PHOENIX—Led by a happily blaring brass band, thousands of Arizona teachers rallied once again on the steps of their state capitol building in Phoenix to hail their legislative win for funds for their schools, kids, and books and better pay for themselves and their support staffers — and to vow they'll keep marching through this […]…

George Ochenski (2018-05-04). Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans. counterpunch.org Late last week President Trump blasted Montana's senior U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for releasing damaging information on Ronnie Jackson, Trump's personal physician and his nominee to head the massive Veterans Administration. Jon Tester might lose his bid for re-election, just like any other politician, but it will not be because Montana's veterans turn on the More

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-04). House Republicans Don't Want to Talk About the Funding for Trump's Creepy Military Parade. alternet.org As many children in America go to bed hungry, the president wants to throw a parade to boost his fragile ego. | Donald Trump wants a military parade to make himself feel big and manly, and House Republicans are prepared to give him what he wants: The display in Washington would be authorized under the Republican-proposed draft for the annual defense policy measure, according to a bill summary released Friday. The measure is scheduled to be taken up by the House Armed Services Committee on May 9. Yay! Trump's pretensions to dictatorship are poised to come to life! One small issue, though: A committee Republican spokesman said Friday that specific funding for the parade isn't set in the legislation. Eh, funding is never a problem when it comes to Republican priorities. But you can bet that at the same time as the money for Trump's. . .

IMEMC News (2018-05-04). Army Abducts Five Palestinians In The West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday at dawn, at least five Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. The Nablus office of the PPS said the soldiers searched homes in the city, and Askar refugee camp, and abducted Mohammad […]…

truth-out.org (2018-05-04). Police Shot Another Black Woman in Need of Mental Health Support. It's Time for Change. truth-out.org Last weekend, two police officers in Georgia killed Somali refugee Shukri Ali Said after her family called 911 seeking mental health assistance. People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than people without mental illness. Solutions for this crisis are being found at the community level.An activist displays a sign during the BYP100 #DecriminalizeBlack protest on December 21, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Sarah Ji) | Want to see more coverage of the issues that matter? Make a donation to Truthout to ensure that we can publish more original stories like this one. | On April 28, two police officers in Georgia killed 36-year-old Somali refugee Shukri Ali Said after her family called 911 seeking mental health assistance. | Many publicly condemned the shooting, suggesting bias against her Muslim identity…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). As IDF Uses Gaza Protesters for Shoot-to-Maim Target Practice, Israel Argues Human Rights Don't Apply to this "War" mintpressnews.com The manner in which protesters, including children, have been injured — live ammunition fired at the groin, neck, limbs, and abdomen — suggests that Israeli troops intentionally aim to inflict maximum physical harm on the civilian participants in the marches.

Chauncey K. Robinson (2018-05-04). New generation changing politics in Newark, New Jersey. peoplesworld.org

truth-out.org (2018-05-04). End of the Gig Economy? Don't Read Too Much Into a California Court Ruling. truth-out.org A recent California Supreme Court ruling is being hailed as a "game changer" for the gig economy. | That's because the court adopted a more streamlined test for deciding whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee. Gig economy companies, like Uber and Lyft, overwhelmingly classify their workers as independent contractors. As a result, they don't comply with basic employment laws, like minimum wage and workers' compensation insurance. | If courts decide these workers are misclassified and actually meet the legal test for employee status, gig companies can be on the hook for back pay or unpaid insurance premiums, as well as penalties for past noncompliance. | So does this mark a turning point for the gig economy? Maybe not. | A New Test for Gig Workers: | In the decision, Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court,…

Nick Pemberton (2018-05-04). Bush Ethics: The New Democrats. counterpunch.org Democrat Al Franken agreed to resign from his post as a Minnesota Senator after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. When Franken was ousted I remarked that I would shed no tears for him, and that remains the case. But Franken was perhaps the target of a Republican smear campaign. Donald Trump's former campaign More

Chris Wright (2018-05-04). Our Passive Society. counterpunch.org Sitting alone in my room watching videos on Youtube, hearing sounds from across the hall of my roommate watching Netflix, the obvious point occurs to me that a key element of the demonic genius of late capitalism is to enforce a crushing passiveness on the populace. With social atomization comes collective passiveness—and with collective passiveness comes More

Norman Ball (2018-05-04). The Interminable Advance of World War 3. counterpunch.org The current war-shrieking is irrevocably lashed to the over-extendedness of the West's aggregate balance sheet. Somewhere in the basement of the NY Fed the Mother of All Spreadsheet's (MOAS) burgeoning cells are starting to acquaint, of necessity, with scientific notation. A key leverage point has been reached if not surpassed. The terminal cycle in a More

Susan Block (2018-05-04). Incel Therapy, Bonobo-Style. counterpunch.org Come with me down a rabbit hole of hate. It's a hellish, harrowing, blood-stained journey, but it just might lead to a bonoboà´sque way of life that is peaceful, egalitarian and sexy. Last Monday, a single white 25-year-old male drove a van down a busy street in Toronto, veering into a crowd of people, killing 10 and More

truth-out.org (2018-05-04). Interior Secretary and Sen. Lamar Alexander Propose Killing the Planet to Save National Parks. truth-out.org Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined with US Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to argue that the best way to fix the national parks is by pillaging public lands for fossil fuels. | Their CNN op-ed published Wednesday focuses on the $11.6 billion repair backlog the parks face — "our parks are being loved to death," they write. They say revenue to address the infrastructure repairs can come through their proposed legislation, the National Park Restoration Act (S.2509). Lamar is the sponsor of the bipartisan legislation, which he introduced at the behest of Zinke, and as the Interior Department noted in a press release, it "follows the blueprint laid out in Secretary Zinke and President Trump's budget proposal, the Public Lands Infrastructure Fund.‚Äã" | As Zinke and Lamar, lay out: | These revenues will come from energy leases on all…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-04). May Day Repression Reveals Savagery of U.S. Colonialism, Resilience of Puerto Rico's People. mintpressnews.com The island remains a stomping ground for U.S. corporations and the U.S. Armed Forces, which maintain significant military infrastructure across the island. Meanwhile, the over 3 million citizens on the island are denied their basic rights to self-determination.

The Conversation (2018-05-04). Here's How America Can Avoid a Trade War with China. alternet.org The answer might be a boycott. | The U. S. and China are locked in negotiations both sides say they hope will avert a painful trade war. The Trump administration has threatened to impose a series of tariffs unless China agrees to limit what he calls "its illicit trade practices. " The Chinese government, for its part, appears unwilling to accede to his demands and has offered some retaliatory trade sanctions of its own. The ostensible reason President Donald Trump is willing to risk a trade war is because he argues — justifiably — that U. S. companies have been taken advantage of by their Chinese counterparts for decades, required to hand over lucrative intellectual property in exchange for access to China's growing middle class. Tariffs, however, aren't the answer to that problem, as my research in international economics and the. . .

teleSUR (2018-05-04). Pence Outlines Interventionist Plans in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Ramping up interventionist rhetoric and policy against progressive governments in the region, United States Vice President Mike Pence said working for "freedom" in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela is a priority for Donald Trump's administration during a ceremony in which new U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Trujillo, was sworn in. | "We will stay by the side of those who long for freedom and we will confront their oppressors," Pence said during the event in the White House. | During his speech the U.S. vice president singled out Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Of Cuba he said the island continued to live "under tyrannical legacy," using terminology and rhetoric used by right-wing Cuban Americans against the communist government of Cuba. | Later it was Nicaragua's turn. Pence accused Daniel Ortega's government of "brutally repressing" peaceful protesters, a common allegation used…

Staff (2018-05-04). Twitter Advises Users to Change Their Passwords. truthdig.com The company says it discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in an unprotected form, although there's no indication of a breach or that any passwords were misused.

Staff (2018-05-04). Setback for LGBT Adoptions in Oklahoma. truthdig.com Legislators vote to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes. In Kansas, lawmakers are close to passing a similar measure.

Olivia Alperstein (2018-05-04). How Elites Scam Americans Out of Housing. counterpunch.org The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben "I've Never Had to Worry about Affording Housing" Carson, wants to triple the rent that low-income American families pay for federally subsidized housing. Yep, this is the same guy who spent $31,000 of taxpayer money on a table and chairs. He's trying to make it harder for More

The Conversation (2018-05-04). Michigan Tells Residents That Flint Water Is Safe Now—But Public Trust Is Totally Eroded. alternet.org People aren't confident in the veracity of the government's claims. | On April 6, 2018, with little warning, the state of Michigan closed water point of distribution (POD) centers that have provided residents in Flint for the past three years with bottled water to drink, cook and bathe. This move was based on analysis showing that the city's water quality had tested below action levels defined in federal drinking water regulations for nearly two years. The state's decision to close the PODs signals that with respect to water quality, Flint's water crisis is over. But for thousands of Flint residents, the trauma it inflicted persists. The actions that lead up to the Flint water crisis did not occur in a vacuum. As a sociologist based in Michigan, whose research focuses on social inequality, racism and racial health disparities, I was driven to explore. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-04). Trump Plan to Raise Minimum Rents Would Put Nearly a Million Children at Risk of Homelessness. truth-out.org Rental assistance programs are designed to help low-income families rent decent housing at an affordable cost. However, under President Trump's proposal to raise rents by up to $1,800 a year, the poorest households receiving federal rental assistance would face eviction, hardship and homelessness.The Henry Rutgers Houses, a public housing development built and maintained by the New York City Housing Authority, stand in in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, April 26, 2018, in New York City. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has proposed changes to federal housing subsidies, potentially tripling rent for some households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images) | Under President Trump's proposal to raise rents by up to $1,800 a year on the poorest households receiving federal rental assistance — virtually all of which have annual…

truth-out.org (2018-05-04). Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman and Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars and Resistance. truth-out.org As dozens of migrants from Central America remain camped out at the US-Mexico border attempting to seek asylum in the United States, we spend the hour with two of the nation's most celebrated writers, both refugees themselves. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. He is the author of three books, including The Sympathizer, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and he teaches at the University of Southern California. He is also the editor of a new collection titled The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. We are also joined by the Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman, who has been described as one of the greatest Latin American novelists. Forty-five years ago, he fled Chile after a US-backed coup displaced President Salvador Allende. Dorfman had served as…

Mr. Fish (2018-05-04). Does Anyone Else Smell Smoke? truthdig.com

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson (2018-05-04). This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing. counterpunch.org Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has answered President Trump's call to shrink the social safety net. Carson recently offered a proposal that would triple the rent some of America's poorest families have to pay before they get housing assistance. Housing advocates are appalled. If they're pushed out of public housing, many low-income families could face More

WTWJ (2018-05-04). FARC Leader Santrich faces extradition; Colombian peace process in peril. peoplesworld.org On April 9 prospects for peace in Colombia took a hit. That day agents of the Colombian government arrested FARC leader Jesús Santrich. He faces extradition to the United States. Santrich began a hunger strike immediately. At this writing he's in a hospital. In a message sent from Bogota's La Picota prison, he bade farewell […]…

Louis Proyect (2018-05-04). Nicaraguan Contradictions. counterpunch.org Last Friday my friend Michael Meeropol asked me what I thought was going on in Nicaragua. He had read an article on Portside titled "Nicaragua: Next in Line for Regime Change?" that alluded to similar events in Libya, Syria and Venezuela, "where extreme right-wing political minorities conspired with foreign elites to overthrow the national status More

Lauren Walker (2018-05-04). An Insult to Mob Bosses. truth-out.org

Ben Swann (2018-05-04). Who is Funding the Syrian Civil Defense? mintpressnews.com The White Helmets have ties to organizations that are being funded by governments that have been seeking, and right now continue to, seek to overthrow the Assad government and to establish a new regime in Syria.

The Conversation (2018-05-04). Those New Employment Numbers Trump Is Bragging About Look Great Because They Don't Tell the Full Story. alternet.org Students, retirees and others not in the labor force are excluded | The latest jobs report has gotten a lot of analysts, policymakers and talking heads once again asking whether the U. S. is at full employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 4 that the U. S. unemployment rate fell to 3. 9 percent, which is the lowest level since December 2000. The unemployment rate includes anyone 16 or older who is actively searching for work in its calculation, which means students, retirees and others not in the labor force are excluded. Does this mean the economy is at full employment? What is full employment anyway? To the typical person on Main Street, the idea of full employment usually means everyone in the country is working, which would imply a jobless rate of essentially zero. This has never happened. The lowest unemployment. . .

Nino Pagliccia (2018-05-04). Venezuelan Consul: Transparency is at the Heart of the Electoral System for the May 20 Elections in Venezuela. counterpunch.org On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25thtime that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. Venezuelans take great pride in this fact in a region that has seen far More

Stanley L. Cohen (2018-05-04). The Apprentice: the Education of Mohammed bin Salman. counterpunch.org Like an empty rap of Kanye West, Mohammed bin Salman relishes his meteoric rise to the world stage where he is known simply as MBS. Shifting between traditional look and Gucci flash, depending on his imperial sale of the moment, he enjoys the trappings of endless wealth and political power without understanding, let alone exercising, any of its sophisticated, nuanced responsibility. Nor has he displayed an expansive mark of humanity in his reach for autocratic role. More

Michael Berkowitz (2018-05-04). 'The Chinese Exclusion Act': PBS documentary shows commonalities with current immigration struggles. peoplesworld.org Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns' documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act is the story of the welcome that the United States gave to Chinese immigrants. There is much to be learned from this excellent history of how the self-proclaimed "nation of immigrants" treated the would-be Chinese settlers. The film does three things extraordinarily well: It describes […]…

C. L. Cook (2018-05-04). The Fault in Our Stars: Requiem for a Hollywood Fat Cat. counterpunch.org Let's all give it up for the #MeToo movement. Sexual assault and abuse is a scourge older than Methuselah. Since the beginning of recorded time, Patriarchy has made a Hell on Earth for women and girls. It continues to do so, and the fact Harvey Weinstein's career immolation served to spark awareness and activism going More

Staff (2018-05-04). Arizona Students Back in Class After Six-Day Teacher Strike. truthdig.com The state's educators win a 20-percent pay raise by 2020 after a walkout that was part of a bubbling national uprising over low pay and school funding.

Staff (2018-05-04). Trump Sets North Korea Summit, Keeps Details Secret. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump offered his latest teaser Friday for a historic U.S. summit with North Korea: The time and place have been set but he's not saying when and where. | Trump also pushed back on a report that he's considering the withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea. | Earlier this week, Trump expressed a preference for holding the "big event" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone or DMZ between the two Koreas. He also said Singapore was in contention to host what will be the first summit of between a U.S. and a North Korean leader. | "We now have a date and we have a location. We'll be announcing it soon," Trump told reporters Friday from the White House South Lawn before departing for Dallas. He's previously said the summit was planned for…

George Wuerthner (2018-05-04). The National Forests Should be Off Limits to Logging. counterpunch.org Logging, conducted ostensibly to "thin the forest," "reduce fuels" or for so-called "restoration," causes a net loss of carbon from forest ecosystems. One of the best strategies for reducing CO2 levels is by protecting our forests. Yet few environmental groups, even those who focus on climate change, advocate for the reduction of logging on federal More

Daniel Ross, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-04). How the U.S. Military Played a Role in America's Obesity Crisis. alternet.org Seventy percent of products found in a typical supermarket have origins in the military's food experiments. | But it turns out that a considerable quantity of these items exist as a result of food-preservation experiments first conducted by the military, at the nexus of which is the Natick Soldier Systems Center, the U. S. Army's food science lab in Massachusetts. What's more, the military has partnered for decades with private corporations and state universities in order to refine these innovations and to disseminate them as widely into civilian life as possible—a partnership with a federal mandate, it should be noted. Some experts estimate that as many as 70 percent of products found in a typical supermarket originate with, or are influenced by, these experiments conducted by the military. But as Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of the well-received 2015 book Combat-Ready. . .

Staff (2018-05-04). Dozens of Palestinians Hurt in Protest on Gaza-Israel Border. truthdig.com Thousands stage a sixth weekly protest in a campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory that has led to widespread hardship and desperation.

Joshua Frank (2018-05-04). Nestlé's Profits Trump Clean Water in Flint. counterpunch.org Screw the people of Flint, or so goes the mantra of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), which last month approved a controversial permit that will allow Nestlé to pump and bottle 400 gallons of fresh water per minute from the state's White Pine Springs, near the Osceola Township. Meanwhile, back in Flint, residents More

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