2018-05-08: News Headlines

Staff (2018-05-08). President to Announce Decision Tuesday on Iran Nuclear Deal. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump is set to reveal his decision on whether to keep the U.S. in the Iran deal on Tuesday, a move that could determine the fate of the 2015 agreement that froze Iran's nuclear program. | The announcement is set to cap more than a year of deliberation and negotiation that has at times pitted Trump against some of his closest aides and key American allies. Trump is facing a self-imposed May 12 deadline over whether to uphold the 2015 nuclear agreement, which he long has criticized. The president has signaled he will pull out of the pact by the deadline unless it is revised, but he faces intense pressure from European allies not to do so. | "I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2: 00pm," Trump tweeted Monday. | The president…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-08). VIPS Call on Trump Not to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal. consortiumnews.com As Donald Trump announces his decision at 2 pm Tuesday on staying in the Iran nuclear deal, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity urge him in this memo exclusive to Consortium News not to base his decision on fabricated evidence…. Read more →

RT (2018-05-08). Key Iran-Contra player Oliver North to be new NRA president. rt.com The National Rifle Association has announced its new president will be Oliver North. The retired US Marine colonel gained notoriety as the man behind the 1980s 'Iran-Contra' weapons export scandal.
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RT (2018-05-08). Him too? NYC Attorney General who sued Harvey Weinsten resigns after abuse allegations. rt.com New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, famed for prosecuting disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assaults, is now being accused of violence by four women. He says consensual role-play is what took place.
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RT (2018-05-08). That's just Rudi: State Dept disowns Trump lawyer's comment on regime change in Iran. rt.com The US State Department has been forced to publicly distance itself from the US President's old friend and new lawyer, Rudi Giuliani. He stirred controversy last weekend by saying the US leader is planning regime change in Iran.
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wsws.org (2018-05-08). UAW and Ford silent as anger simmers in wake of injury at Flat Rock Assembly. wsws.org Details are being withheld by management and the UAW over the injury of a production worker early Friday at the plant that sparked a walkout by second-shift workers.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Danish unions sell-out strike in face of lockout. wsws.org Public services across the country would have been hit, including healthcare, transport and education provision.

RT (2018-05-08). 'Save Barnes & Noble': Twitter worried parts of US will be left without bookstores. rt.com 'Save Barnes & Noble' started trending on Twitter on Monday, after an article in the New York Times highlighted the financial woes of the bookstore chain, igniting fears it may fold and leave parts of the US without a bookshop. |
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wsws.org (2018-05-08). Argentina: Government responds to peso crisis with panic selling of dollar reserves and interest rate increase. wsws.org The Argentinian ruling class, under pressure from Wall Street, is fearful of another situation like the 2001-2002 crisis.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org The action included mass protest marches and the occupation of government buildings to press educators demands including the rollback of pro business education reforms and the re-opening of negotiations.

RT (2018-05-08). Kanye West is a race traitor, declares Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates. rt.com Kanye West is abandoning his black roots by embracing President Donald Trump and "white freedom," says author and activist Ta-Nehisi Coates, the latest celebrity piling onto the rapper over his political views.
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wsws.org (2018-05-08). Dozens of classes without teachers at Flint, Michigan, high school. wsws.org The school administration at Flint Southwestern Academy has hidden from parents and the community for months that dozens of their children's classes are being held without teachers.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Israeli Knesset debates legal framework for apartheid-style state. wsws.org The bill explicitly defines Israel as a Jewish state, according nationality rights only to its Jewish as opposed to Palestinian citizens.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). No solution to Italian government crisis. wsws.org The second attempt to form a government failed on May 3 when the leadership of the Democratic Party rejected a coalition with the Five Star Movement.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Unions isolate striking Pueblo, Colorado teachers. wsws.org The teachers unions are isolating the striking teachers not only from their counterparts across the US, but throughout Colorado.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Injured Amazon worker describes high-tech dystopia inside Texas warehouse. wsws.org Shannon Allen described brutal working conditions, authoritarian-style surveillance of workers in the facility, and management demands to maintain frenetic rates of speed.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Tensions rise with Trump set to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal. wsws.org With Trump's allies signaling that he will rip up the agreement, Israel has issued increasingly bellicose threats against Iran.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-08). Afghanistan: Insurgent Attacks on Civilians Escalate. hrw.org Increased insurgent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have left victims' families and survivors in dire need of financial, medical, and psychosocial support. The Afghan government should ensure programs to assist victims of attacks by the Taliban and Islamic State-linked armed groups reach those in need. | (New York) — Increased insurgent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have left victims' families and survivors in dire need of financial, medical, and psychosocial support, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Afghan government should ensure programs to assist victims of attacks by the Taliban and Islamic State-linked armed groups reach those in need. | "Insurgents who detonate bombs in mosques or at busy intersections with the intent of inflicting maximum civilian casualties are committing war crimes," said Patricia Gossman, senior Afghanistan researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of…

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Oppose Sri Lanka's National Defence University Act! No privatisation of education! wsws.org The legislation is a further move toward the privatisation of higher education and increased militarisation of the country.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Is The Changeover just Twilight set in New Zealand? wsws.org The Changeover, highly praised in New Zealand, is a formulaic supernatural teen romance imbued with definite class prejudices.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Three Chicago Transit Authority workers injured in subway electrical explosion. wsws.org Despite the seriousness of the incident, few details have been made public by the unions and the CTA or reported on by the press.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-08). Another Transgender Woman Killed in Pakistan. hrw.org A member of the transgender community applies make up as she prepares for Shakeela's party in Peshawar, Pakistan on January 22, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters / Caren Firouz | The latest killing of a transgender woman in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) province exemplifies the government's failure to take measures to protect the rights of its transgender citizens. | On May 4, assailants fatally shot Muni, a transgender woman, after she could not provide smaller currency for a 1000 rupee note (US$9) that could be "showered" upon transgender women invited to dance at a wedding. This was the latest of several recent attacks on transgender women in the province, the fourth killing in 2018 and the 57th since 2015, according to local activists. | Central has been the K-P government's failure…

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Against imperialism, counterrevolution and war! For a socialist Middle East! wsws.org The following speech was delivered to the ICFI's International Online Rally by Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Partei fàºr Soziale Gleichheit, the German section of the ICFI, and the World Socialist Web Site editorial board in Germany.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Report underscores Australian rental affordability crisis. wsws.org The inflated housing bubble has created a social disaster, especially for recipients of poverty-level government welfare.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Defying the trade unions, Air France workers vote to reject contract. wsws.org Workers defied not only threats from Air France and the government, but also from the union bureaucrats, who demanded that they approve the contract.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). US to separate all families charged with illegal border crossing. wsws.org Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new initiative to prosecute everyone detained as an illegal border crosser and to separate children from their parents.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Educators struggle in US continues in aftermath of union betrayal in Arizona. wsws.org The strikes and protests that have erupted so far this year are initial expressions of a powerful, objective social movement that raises basic political questions for all workers.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). Cafeteria workers at the New School threatened with layoffs. wsws.org Administrators at the private university in New York City have announced plans to dismiss the entire cafeteria staff and replace them with even lower-paid workers.

wsws.org (2018-05-08). The struggle against militarism and the far right in Europe. wsws.org The following speech was delivered to the May Day rally by Peter Schwarz, Secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International for the past 32 years, and a leading member of the German section of the ICFI.

Stephen Lendman (2018-05-07). Scheme to Let OPCW Name Perpetrators of Alleged Syria Chemical Attacks. globalresearch.ca VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | The OPCW is untrustworthy, its findings notoriously serving Western interests, functioning as an imperial agent. | Last October, Russia blasted the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-07). Trump Congratulates Putin on His Fraudulent Win While Pence Slams Venezuela for Its 'Fake Election&#039. alternet.org The administration's blatant hypocrisy was on clear display Monday. | The hypocrisy of President Donald Trump's administration on human rights and democracy abroad made for a stunning display Monday. At the day's White House press briefing, Sarah Sanders read a statement from the president congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on the beginning of his fourth term, echoing the well-wishes that Trump controversially gave to the authoritarian leader right after the election. Yet mere minutes after Sanders' press briefing wrapped up, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a video from a speech he gave earlier in the day, condemning the upcoming "so-called elections in Venezuela," which he said will be a "fraud and a sham. "Many observers indeed believe the Venezuelan elections to be largely rigged in the Maduro regime's favor, and undemocratic regimes warrant scrutiny and criticism. But Putin's Russia is hardly a beacon. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-07). The NRA Helped Promote a Gun from Russia That Can Pierce U.S. Soldiers' Body Armor. alternet.org The organization's moral bankruptcy knows no bound. | American gun culture has a split personality: half the time we're supposed to believe that gun culture is pure American patriotism, and the other half of the time the claim is that citizens need to be heavily armed to take on the American government. Whichever claim is more convenient for the gun lobby at any given moment. But mostly, the National Rifle Association just f'ing loves guns, the way Donald Trump loves the look of his name in big gold letters. And if that means helping a Russian gun manufacturer promote a gun that the U. S. military says poses a danger to American troops, the only real question is . . . is it a really cool gun? David Corn reports: In late 2016, the US Army released a report noting that the Russian. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-07). Fox News Guest Explains Why Tucker Carlson's Claim that Trump Shouldn't Speak with Mueller Is Ridiculous. alternet.org "If we can't trust our president to not perjure himself . . . that's a problem. " | Fox News hosts and guests have, by and large, urged President Donald Trump not to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the Russia investigation, for fear that Trump will end up committing perjury. But on Monday, one guest, Democratic strategist Joel Payne, pointed out how ridiculous this position is on Tucker Carlson's show "Tucker Carlson Tonight. "Carlson argued that no lawyers, no matter their political background, would recommend talking to FBI as a part of an investigation unless the subject was compelled. 'They're terrified of . . . getting busted on a perjury charge for misspeaking to a federal agent," Carlson said. "Tucker, if you and I can't agree on the fact that the president should be willing to go in front of the FBI and tell his honest-to-God. . .

Jason Ditz (2018-05-07). As Russia's Military Shrinks, US Navy Forms a New Fleet to 'Counter' Them. globalresearch.ca Featured image: A US aircraft carrier in the Atlantic (Source: author) | Russia's military spending has been declining in recent years, and is expected to shrink even more in the next few years. Despite this, the US seems to have no …

Zero Hedge (2018-05-07). US Navy Resurrects Its Cold War-Era Atlantic Fleet to Counter Russia. globalresearch.ca In a stunning surprise, the United States Navy announced Friday that it would reactivate its Second Fleet to counter the increasing threat from Russia. | Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said the fleet, deactivated in 2011, could oversee …

DJRP (2018-05-07). May 1945: Nazi Germany Surrenders, but… on May 7, 8, or 9? globalresearch.ca After the Casablanca Conference of January 1943, the Americans, British, and Soviets had agreed that there would be no separate negotiations with Nazi Germany with respect to its capitulation.

INA (2018-05-07). Netanyahu's Long History of Crying Wolf over Fake 'WMDs' in Iran and Iraq. imemc.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a long history of crying wolf over supposed nuclear weapons in Iran and Iraq — Ben Norton reports. | TRNN video & transcript: | BENJAMIN NETANYAHU:…

Andrew Tarantola (2018-05-07). Idaho State University Lost a Dirty Bomb's Worth of Plutonium. globalresearch.ca Well this isn't good. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency tasked with administering the nation's supply of fissile materials, announced on Friday that Idaho State University may be subject to fine for losing a gram of weapons-grade plutonium. While …

Adam Johnson (2018-05-07). What Do US Pundits Know About North Korea That 88% of South Koreans Don't? fair.org "The pundits who shape the US media's coverage of North Korea were spinning the summit, and Kim's outreach in particular, as a dangerous, even ominous, event" (The Nation, 5/2/18). | According to a recent poll, 88 percent of the South Korean public viewed the recent peace summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in as a success. In addition, 65 percent of South Koreans trust Kim Jong-un on his pledge to denuclearize, and Moon Jae-in's approval ratings have shot up to 86 percent. Broadly speaking, recent developments between North and South Korea have been met with widespread optimism and praise from the South Korean public. | Reading US media, one would hardly know any of this. As journalist Tim Shorrock noted last week in The Nation ( 5/2/18), the response in US media was…

John Feffer (2018-05-07). Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East. mintpressnews.com The president giveth and he taketh away. | Donald Trump is a stern and wrathful leader. He thinks nothing of raining down fire and fury upon the enemies of his "chosen people." Indeed, he even flirts with ending the world if he doesn't receive due respect and the requisite number of burnt offerings. But he can also reward his followers, and those who curry his favor, with positions of power and untold riches. | This month, Trump will appear as both of these avatars. By meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump promises to wave his hand and create peace where before there was nothing but strife and dissension. At the same time, Trump the Destroyer has pledged to take the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal and bring the world that much closer to apocalypse. | It's a…

Norman Finkelstein (2018-05-07). The Fate of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Israel Has Begun the Countdown to May 15. globalresearch.ca Finkelstein comments: A few days ago I wrote this to several correspondents: | Trump has to renew/not renew the Iran agreement every 120 days. It's true that back in January 2018 he said the next renewal date would be decisive. But …

Eric Margolis (2018-05-07). Netanyahu's "Nuclear Chutzpah" globalresearch.ca 'Chutzpah' is a wonderful Yiddish word that means outrageous nerve, or unmitigated gall. | This week's Chutzpah Award goes to Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Standing in front of props of data files and cd's, Netanyahu claimed Israel's renowned Mossad …

Peter Van Buren (2018-05-07). The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12. mintpressnews.com The chance of terminating Iran's nuclear program is held against the risk of full-on war in the region. The United States is playing with real fire if it walks away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on May 12.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-05-07). Planning for Aggression: Netanyahu's Nuclear Archive. globalresearch.ca It all seems like an effort to confirm offensiveness and instability, to be appalling in order to be relevant. The Israeli prime minister, handicapped by domestic travails and a watchful Knesset, is very keen to push the Iranian demon into …

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-07). Death Threats Against Abortion Providers Nearly Doubled in 2017: Report. alternet.org Anti-abortion extremists feel emboldened. | Violence and intimidation against abortion clinics are on the rise, a new report from the National Abortion Federation finds. While Republican politicians are looking to shut down clinics through government action, anti-abortion extremists are in the streets blockading clinics, threatening providers, and generally creating an atmosphere of fear for women exercising their right to choose: The report found that there was an overall decrease in acts of vandalism against clinics but a significant increase in activities aimed at disrupting services and intimidating patients and providers. Acts of trespassing increased from 247 in 2016 to 823 in 2017, instances of obstruction tripled to 1,704 and threats of death or other harm nearly doubled to 62. [. . . ]The one attempted bombing in 2017 involved a pipe bomb that did not explode after being placed in an abortion clinic in. . .

Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch (2018-05-07). India's Top Court Just Dealt a Devastating Blow to Monsanto. alternet.org The company officially can't claim patents on its cotton seeds. | In an another legal blow to Monsanto, India's Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Delhi High Court's ruling that the seed giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton seeds, in the country. Monsanto's chief technology officer Robert Fraley, who just announced that he and other top executives are stepping down from the company after Bayer AG's multi-billion dollar takeover closes, lamented the news. Fraley tweeted, "Having personally helped to launch Bollgard cotton in India & knowing how it has benefited farmers . . . it's sad to see the country go down an anti-science/anti-IP/anti-innovation path. . . "Monsanto first introduced its GM-technology in India in 1995. Today, more than 90 percent of the country's cotton crop is genetically modified. These crops have been. . .

Gary Leupp (2018-05-07). House of Cards: Trump's Accumulating Worries. counterpunch.org The White House is more and more looking like a house of cards. After 16 months the staff is demoralized, in disarray and divided, some prone to leak embarrassing news to the press. (Trump in January banned personal cell phones in the West Wing, indicating that he mistrusts everyone around him.) While Trump is reported More

DJRP (2018-05-07). Why America Needs War. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on Iraq, by historian and political scientist Jacques Pauwels. The article largely pertains to the presidency of George W. Bush. …

INA (2018-05-07). Health Ministry Allocates $3 Million for Gaza Medical Convoy. imemc.org (PNN archive image) The Ministry of Health, on Monday, sent a medical aid convoy worth $3 million to Gaza, announced Health Minister Jawad Awwad. Awwad said that the ministry dispatched 20 truckloads of medical supplies, from its warehouses in the West Bank city of Nablus, to the besieged Gaza Strip, […]…

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-05-07). John McCain's Scorching Takedown of Trump In His Upcoming Autobiography. alternet.org McCain says Trump gives "the appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values. " | John McCain is reportedly very close to succumbing to brain cancer at age 81. The Arizona senator has not been in Washington all year, instead staying at his ranch in the Arizona mountains. He's been talking about his joys and regrets, and also preparing for the release of an autobiography called The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations—which may make some waves given his scorching takedown of Donald Trump. The Arizona Republic, the McCain-friendly newspaper in Phoenix, has an advance copy of the book. Trump is slammed, the paper reports. McCain says Trump gives "the appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than. . .

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