2018-05-04: Social Media Postees

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Trump Seriously Tells Reporters That 'Nobody Wants to Speak' to Mueller 'More Than Me&#039
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
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. . .
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Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
+ 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;…
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Russian Sea Monsters: Rudderless Reactors on the High Seas
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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.
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Peace With North Korea: Not an Impossible Dream
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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Another Major Reset in US-Pakistan Relations is Taking Place
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/another-major-reset-in-us-pakistan-relations-is-taking-place/

Wake Up and Stop the Madness of a War With Iran
Medea Benjamin | truthdig.com | 2018-05-04
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…
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Netanyahu's Evidence Wasn't Just Old, Some of It Was Fabricated
Gareth Porter | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
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)…

Netanyahu’s Evidence Wasn't Just Old, Some of It Was Fabricated

Peace and the Nuclear Paradox
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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Wake Up to Trump, Distraction and War with Iran
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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Trump, Netanyahu Keep Taking Shots at Iran Deal While Rest of World Shakes Its Head
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
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. | The post Trump, Netanyahu Keep Taking Shots at Iran Deal While Rest of World Shakes Its Head appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump, Netanyahu Keep Taking Shots at Iran Deal While Rest of World Shakes Its Head

May Day Repression Reveals Savagery of U.S. Colonialism, Resilience of Puerto Rico's People
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
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 post May Day Repression Reveals Savagery of U.S. Colonialism, Resilience of Puerto Rico's People appeared first on MintPress News.

May Day Repression Reveals Savagery of U.S. Colonialism, Resilience of Puerto Rico’s People

Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman and Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars and Resistance
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role–in Multiple Media
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-05-04
New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way. | "When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?" he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and large-format photography. One thing that's not conveyed via any medium, though: Seven years ago, the United States and its allies used military force to overthrow Libya's government. The country has been in almost continual civil war since then, which you would think would be crucial in explaining "how the city came to that." But apparently you don't think like a New York Times bureau chief. | The thing is, when President Barack Obama–egged on by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–called for an attack on Libya, the…
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Sleeping Giant Stirs in the Lone Star State
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-04
"God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | "God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State" | A book by Lawrence Wright | No matter how confounding the politics or embarrassing the legislature, Texas will always be home. That recognition–familiar to Texans the world over–runs through Lawrence Wright's homage to the state. Wright, a Pulitzer Prize winner, screenwriter, playwright and staff writer for The New Yorker, has long been one of the Lone Star State's most compelling storytellers. "God Save Texas" picks up where Wright's past chronicling of all things Texas leaves off, pulling back the curtain on the inexplicable contradictions of my birthplace. But for anyone hoping that Wright will solve the mystery of how such a populist, neighborly state became the test…
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Israeli Soldiers Fracture Arm Of Palestinian Woman Prior To Abducting Her Son
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-05-04
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Palestinian homes in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and fractured the arm of a woman who tried to prevent them from abducting her son. Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers invaded the home of Bassam Abu Aisha …
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Right-Wing NRATV Guest Makes Racist Claim That Black People Have an 'Enslaved Mentality&#039
Media Matters Staff, Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
His outrageous comments included a jab at the Democratic Party. | From the May 3 edition of NRATV's Stinchfield: GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): So what do you make of all this Kanye stuff? Truthfully, I was surprised, it was well thought out and you look at some of these liberal outlets. They called it a rant, they called it unhinged. I actually thought what he had to say was fairly interesting. BRANDON MORSE (REDSTATE): Most of what he had to say was actually really great to hear. It was just overshadowed by his slavery comments. The slavery comments, however, if you actually just — following what he was saying was, what he was talking about was the mentality of being enslaved and how that's a choice, that's something you can break free from. It was not easy to get that from what he was. . .
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Dozens of Palestinians Hurt in Protest on Gaza-Israel Border
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-04
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. | The post Dozens of Palestinians Hurt in Protest on Gaza-Israel Border appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump Sets North Korea Summit, Keeps Details Secret
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-04
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…
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The Apprentice: the Education of Mohammed bin Salman
Stanley L. Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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.
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'The Chinese Exclusion Act': PBS documentary shows commonalities with current immigration struggles
Michael Berkowitz | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-04
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 …

‘The Chinese Exclusion Act’: PBS documentary shows commonalities with current immigration struggles

Against Holocaust Denial
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Photo source Ben Tilley | CC BY 2.0 | Recently I read an "anti-Zionist" Internet rant posted by a person who questioned the historical accuracy of the well-known and heavily documented fact that many millions of Jewish people were genocidally murdered by the German Nazi Third Reich. | The rant-maker was on solid empirical and moral ground in denouncing the despicable behavior of the United States-backed Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) towards Palestinian people in the Israeli-Occupied Territories and particularly in Gaza. Israel's abuse of the Palestinians — recently including the open sniper-slaughter of unarmed protesters on Israel-Gaza border — is one of the most egregious human rights atrocities of our time. It's hard to fathom the murderous immorality of how Israel molests the people trapped in the open-air prison that is Gaza and how Israel mistreats the Palestinians more broadly.
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Michigan Tells Residents That Flint Water Is Safe Now–But Public Trust Is Totally Eroded
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
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. . .
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While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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Though Invisible to Us, Our Dead Are Not Absent
Edward Curtin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Those titular words were sent to me by Fr. Daniel Berrigan shortly before he died. It is a glorious spring day as I write. The day my father died was also glorious, and I cried like a baby. It was 25 years ago today, May 1, 1993. To the young it must seem like a…
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End of the Gig Economy? Don't Read Too Much Into a California Court Ruling
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-04
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,…
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This Is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing
Ebony Slaughter-Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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Disabusing Big Brother's Dark Cloud
Stephen Martin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS What? How'd you manage that one? Zuck: People just submitted it. Zuck: I don't know why. Zuck: They "trust me" Zuck: Dumb f*cks Mark Zuckerberg , — chatting with an unnamed friend. Over the last 12 months, I have seen five different managing directors refer to their…
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Pence Outlines Interventionist Plans in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela
teleSUR | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
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…

Pence Outlines Interventionist Plans in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

Police Shot Another Black Woman in Need of Mental Health Support. It's Time for Change
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-04
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…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44367-police-shot-another-woman-in-need-of-mental-health-support-it-s-time-for-change

Trump Plan to Raise Minimum Rents Would Put Nearly a Million Children at Risk of Homelessness
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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Interior Secretary and Sen. Lamar Alexander Propose Killing the Planet to Save National Parks
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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Syria's New "Law Number Ten" Devastates Sunni Refugees
Franklin Lamb | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Just seven days remain until the 5/11/2018 deadline for 12-13 million Syrian refugees fleeing the continuing carnage in their country to prove property ownership and hopefully avoid the current regime auctioning it. These millions, the majority of whom are Sunni and many suspected of wanting a new government, stand to lose their homes and property…
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Those New Employment Numbers Trump Is Bragging About Look Great Because They Don't Tell the Full Story
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
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. . .
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Corporate Democrats: The 'Values' and 'Vision' of an Inauthentic Opposition
Paul Street | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
Average Americans, whose economic survival is threatened, have no political party to represent them, including deceptive Democrats who claim to be their champions and blame others when their deception fails. | The post Corporate Democrats: The 'Values' and 'Vision' of an Inauthentic Opposition appeared first on MintPress News.

Corporate Democrats: The ‘Values’ and ‘Vision’ of an Inauthentic Opposition

Do North Korean Media Outlets Show Signs That Country Is Now Serious About Diplomacy?
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
The propaganda outlets are being unusually open compared to the past. | North Korea's domestic news media remains carefully choreographed and managed by the ruling Korean Workers' Party. | Nonetheless, in the wake of major events, a judicious reading of their content can sometimes offer insights into the reclusive state's priorities and resolve. As a political scientist and longtime observer of North Korean media, I followed this past week's coverage of the inter-Korean summit with great interest. | The most striking aspect was how complete and unreserved it seemed compared with coverage of the previous summits in 2000 and 2007. Unusually prompt, detailed and thorough, it showed the two leaders interacting on an equal footing — which may signal that the country is serious about cooperation. | Less scripted, more open | This most recent summit represents the third. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/do-north-korean-media-outlets-show-signs-country-now-serious-about-diplomacy

Trump's Explanation for the Hush-Money
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Trump's most specific discussion to date about the Stormy Daniels hush money, via tweet:…
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As Israel Turns 70, Young American Jews Turn Away
Dov Waxman | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
For many, their problem with Israel is not just its current prime minister, its government's policies and its nearly 51-year-long occupation of the West Bank. It is also Israel itself that they are uncomfortable with, specifically its identity as a Jewish state. | The post As Israel Turns 70, Young American Jews Turn Away appeared first on MintPress News.

As Israel Turns 70, Young American Jews Turn Away

Incel Therapy, Bonobo-Style
Susan Block | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…
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"Creating Wealth" Through Debt: the West's Finance-Capitalist Road
Michael Hudson | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Volumes II and III of Marx's Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today's Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized.
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Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani Plot Their Last Big Heist
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-04
Rudy Giuliani walks to a vehicle after a meeting at the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township, New Jersey, on Sunday, November 20, 2016. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) | We need your help to stay hot on the trail of injustice and corruption. It only takes a moment — click here to support independent reporting! | Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's new personal lawyer, went on Sean Hannity's show and "Fox & Friends" this week, giving dense and baffling interviews about his client's legal issues that nearly blew up the capitol. And nobody in the White House except for the president knew he was going to do it. Evidently, Giuliani and Trump cooked this strategy up all by themselves, bringing to mind one of those movies where the aging crooks sit in the…
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As IDF Uses Gaza Protesters for Shoot-to-Maim Target Practice, Israel Argues Human Rights Don't Apply to this "War"
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
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. | The post As IDF Uses Gaza Protesters for Shoot-to-Maim Target Practice, Israel Argues Human Rights Don't Apply to this "War" appeared first on MintPress News.

As IDF Uses Gaza Protesters for Shoot-to-Maim Target Practice, Israel Argues Human Rights Don’t Apply to this “War”

UPDATE: Three Journalists among Civilians Injured by Israeli Forces in Gaza
INA | imemc.org | 2018-05-04
At least 430 Palestinian civilians, including three journalists, were injured by live shots or suffocated from teargas inhalation on Friday, as Israeli forces attacked the protests of the ongoing Great March of Return, at many encampments on the Gaza-Israel border. 69 protesters were reportedly shot and injured by live bullets, while the …
imemc.org/article/update-three-journalists-among-civilians-injured-by-israeli-forces-in-gaza/

Setback for LGBT Adoptions in Oklahoma
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-04
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. | The post Setback for LGBT Adoptions in Oklahoma appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/setback-for-lgbt-adoptions-in-oklahoma/

The Miseducation of Mohammed bin Salman
Stanley Cohen | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
Perhaps, when next in New York City, Crown Prince bin Salman's time would be better spent were he to stop and ask people of color, Native Americans, the LGTBQ community, immigrants, refugees, the elderly, unwell and US Muslims about America's cultural influence. | The post The Miseducation of Mohammed bin Salman appeared first on MintPress News.

The Miseducation of Mohammed bin Salman

How Net Neutrality Can Survive the Trump Administration
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-04
Senate Democrats will move next week to force a vote on a resolution that would undo the Federal Communications Commission's decision in December to scrap its own net neutrality rules. Even if the resolution fails to pass, the political fight is just beginning. Net neutrality may be on life support, but it's not dead yet.Protesters display signs at a rally to save net neutrality in San Francisco, California, on September 12, 2017. (Photo: Credo Action) | After becoming president, Donald Trump installed a Republican majority at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that has worked furiously to roll back a long list of consumer protections established under the Obama administration, including the 2015 Open Internet Order that set net neutrality rules for internet service providers. | Net neutrality is now on life support, but it's not dead yet. | Crucial portions…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44375-how-net-neutrality-can-survive-the-trump-administration

The Method of Missouri's Madness
Christopher Brauchli | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Missouri is back. It encounters the death penalty repeatedly, and its encounters serve as reminders of what a great country we live in. We are willing to endlessly discuss and litigate how best to implement the death penalty. One of our greatest attributes is that in proper circumstances (and before an execution takes place), the person…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/the-method-of-missouris-madness/

The National Forests Should be Off Limits to Logging
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/the-national-forests-should-be-off-limits-to-logging/

Does Anyone Else Smell Smoke?
Mr. Fish | truthdig.com | 2018-05-04
The post Does Anyone Else Smell Smoke? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/cartoons/does-anyone-else-smell-smoke/

Anything Can Happen Anywhere to Anyone at Any Time
Julie Wark | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Review of Pankaj Mishra, 2017, Age of Anger: A History of the Present, Allen Lane. In a recent brief article titled "On Rages, Disgusts and Nauseas" the Argentine philosopher María Julia Bertomeu evokes Aristotle's thoughts on anger when discussing the nauseating, infuriating "constant lying" of her country's rulers, and singles out some important distinctions Aristotle…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/anything-can-happen-anywhere-to-anyone-at-any-time/

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