2018-05-11: News Headlines

Joseph Natoli (2018-05-11). That's the Problem: Nothing Proves Anything. counterpunch.org We are out of the Iran nuclear deal because nothing anyone said to President Trump proved anything to him. We saw this on day one when no amount of visual and statistical proof could convince him that he did not have the largest crowd in inauguration history but about one third of what he claimed. More

Tarek Dika (2018-05-11). The Coming American Assault On Iran. iranian.com The new American strategy on Iran is to dismantle the nuclear deal and lay the groundwork for a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Mike Pompeo, Trump's most recent Secretary of State, recently visited Saudi Arabia and Israel, and in both countries he focused almost exclusively on Iran. As yesterday's early morning bombing of Iranian targets in […]

Mel Gurtov (2018-05-11). Breaking the Iran Deal: The Delusion of Victory. counterpunch.org Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has undoubtedly been sipping champagne these days in celebration of his successful effort to lobby Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal. Netanyahu's crude interventions to change US policy had been rebuffed by President Obama, but in Trump Netanyahu found a similarly singleminded partner who cannot see the long-term security problems More

Jim Naureckas (2018-05-11). Who's Reacting to Iran Deal Pull-Out? Why, It's Women in Chadors, Walking Past Anti-US Mural. fair.org Adam Johnson (FAIR.org, 10/21/17) called the "Woman in Chador Walks by Anti-US Mural" image "one of the most overused and toxic stock photos." Documenting its ubiquity in online US coverage of Iran, Johnson argued that the cliche photo of "one or two Iranian women clad in black chadors, faces usually barely visible, walking past a mural of the Statute of Liberty with a skull face" was intended "to lazily tie together US-bashing and perceived subjugation of women, reinforcing the image of Iran as a country defined by misogyny and seething hate for the West." | Iran is big in the news now, as the Trump administration pulls out of the multinational agreement about Iran's nuclear energy program and generally tries to ramp up hostility toward Tehran (FAIR.org, 5/9/18). And so we're once again seeing a raft of news reports illustrated with…

David Krieger (2018-05-11). Violating the Iran Deal: Playing With Nuclear Fire. counterpunch.org President Trump has demonstrated yet again why he lacks the understanding, intelligence and temperament to be president of the United States. By violating the Iran nuclear deal, he is undermining the security of the U.S., our allies and the world. There are many good reasons that the U.S. should have remained in the agreement, but More

Juan Cole (2018-05-11). Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran. iranian.com It is understandable that observers are alarmed about an Iran-Israel conflict in the aftermath of the violation by Trump of the 2015 Iranian nuclear enrichment treaty. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu worked hard to undermine the treaty in the US, using cut-outs such as allegedly corrupt casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who bought the Republican Party […]

truth-out.org (2018-05-11). Trump Isn't the First US President to Betray Iran. truth-out.org Donald Trump announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal during a "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" event in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Citing previous betrayals from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, hardliners in Iran warned against the signing of the nuclear deal, saying the US was destined to break the agreement. Now, with Trump's latest betrayal, their prediction has come true. The US withdrawal plays into the Iranian hardliners' argument that the United States is inherently opposed to Iran, and that Iran's actions and policies do not affect this reality.Donald Trump announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal during a "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" event in the Diplomatic…

Staff (2018-05-11). AP: Trump Never Intended to Honor Iran Pact. truthdig.com Interviews with multiple U.S. officials and advisers make it clear that America's closest allies would fail to persuade the president to accept even a toughened-up version of the nuclear deal.

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet (2018-05-11). Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds. alternet.org A window into a tempting tendency in human nature. | I once had a conversation with a libertarian friend who insisted that freedom was the answer to everything, ironic since he was getting married the following week. "Freedom to have sex with others while married? " I asked. "Of course not," he said. "Freedom for your children to do whatever they want? ""No, that's different," he said. "Freedom for everyone to have a nuclear bomb? ""No, that wouldn't be good. ""Freedom for people to steal? ""No, that has to be controlled. ""You don't really think that freedom is the answer to everything," I said. "The real question is what to constrain and what to let go free. The question in social engineering is the question in all engineering. It's a question of tolerances: What to constrain with tight tolerances and what to let run free with loose tolerances. That question is. . .

INA (2018-05-11). Who Hired an Israeli Spy Firm to Tarnish the Iran Deal? imemc.org Trita Parsi was targeted as part of Black Cube's spy operations against Obama officials involved in the Iran nuclear deal. With evidence pointing to the Trump camp's role, Parsi says that Congress should investigate. | TRNN video & transcript:…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-05-11). If Europe Wants to Remain on the World Stage, It Must Resist Trump on Iran. counterpunch.org "Iraq is at the muzzle of the gun," says Ali Allawi, Iraqi historian and former minister, speaking of the increased turmoil expected to follow the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. It is not only Iraq which is in danger: an escalating confrontation between the US and Iran will affect the whole region, but More

Wim Laven (2018-05-11). Dangerous Fallout when Trump Blows Up Deals. counterpunch.org Trump's detonation of the Iran Deal is a monumental disaster. On the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Deal), dozens of retired generals and admirals, in an open letter, said: "There is no better option to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon … Military action would be less effective than the deal, assuming it is More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-11). Mueller Asking Witnesses About Millions of Dollars to Trump's Inauguration From Donors With Ties to Russia. alternet.org The special counsel's team appears to be following the money. | Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked witnesses about millions of dollars with of donations made to President Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee, ABC News reports. Mueller's team is reportedly asking about donors with ties to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Real estate tycoon and longtime Trump confidant Tom Barrack, who was interviewed by the special counsel "months ago," oversaw the committee's fundraising effort—and doubled the amount of money Barack Obama brought in for his inauguration. According to ABC News, investigators have asked witness directly about donors, including billionaire investor Leonard Blavatnik and Columbus Nova head Andrew Intrater. In 2015, Blavatnik, who holds dual U. S. and British citizenship, began pumping $6. 35 million to GOP political action committees. According to the Center for Responsive Politics," just as Trump was on the. . .

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-11). House Republicans Want to Straight-Up 'Break' the Actual System of Law Itself. alternet.org They're trying to dismantle the legal system. | House Republicans are attacking the Department of Justice and by extension the special counsel's Russia probe on so many fronts it's impossible to keep track. Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows's new tact is to push for a federal audit of Robert Mueller under the guise of oversight in order to get an unredacted copy of the "scope memo," which lays out the boundaries of his Russia investigation. The Washington Post writes: Meadows, speaking Thursday during a taping of C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" that is to air Sunday, said he believed the audit is required under federal law and could not be completed without an unredacted copy of the memo written in August 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. [. . . ]Meadows and fellow Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has pushed for weeks to. . .

Barry Barnett (2018-05-11). An Urgent Appeal to Try Preventing War. counterpunch.org Of all the "mistakes" that Donald Trump has made since being selected president (not elected — see articles, books and films by Greg Palast, Harvey Wasserman and myself on how the Republican Party, Robert Mercer and others stole the 2016 election for Trump — not any Russians), the withdrawal of the United States from the More

Stavros Mavroudeas (2018-05-11). The Financialisation Hypothesis and Marxism: a Positive Contribution or a Trojan Horse? counterpunch.org Introduction The Financialisation Hypothesis (FH) is a popular argument in contemporary Heterodox Economics, Marxist Political Economy but also in Mainstream Economics. Its basic thesis is that modern capitalism has undergone a radical transformation during the last three decades. The financial system, through a series of innovative mechanisms, has conquered capitalism's commanding heights, became independent from More

truth-out.org (2018-05-11). Racial Justice Groups Are Freeing Black Women From Jail for Mother's Day. truth-out.org It's Mother's Day this weekend, and racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, "Black Mama's Bail Out Day" is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground and an organizer of National Black Mama's Bail Out Day. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Sunday is Mother's Day. Racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, Black Mama's Bail Out Day is raising money to bail out as…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-11). The Coming War Against Iran. consortiumnews.com We've been through this before: the trumped-up threat from Iraq based on false evidence in 2003 is the harrowingly similar model to what is emerging for Iran in 2018, argues John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou I spent nearly 15 years… Read more →

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-05-11). Roaming Charges: The Torture Never Stops. counterpunch.org In a Wednesday morning tantrum, Trump threatened to take away press credentials from the White House press corps. Good. A credentialed press is an obedient & captive press, ever fearful of losing its precious access. Credentialing by the government is itself an abridgment of press freedom, a form of censorship. More

truth-out.org (2018-05-11). Federal Communications Commission Announces Net Neutrality Will Officially Die on June 11. truth-out.org Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) building against the end of net neutrality rules December 14, 2017, in Washington, DC. Led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the commission this week announced net neutrality will end on June 11, 2018. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | Open internet advocates urged Americans to " ramp up" pressure on their senators on Thursday after FCC chair Ajit Pai announced in a press release that the widely popular net neutrality rules his agency voted to repeal last December will officially die on June 11. | "There has been much confusion about when exactly the FCC's repeal, which allows [internet service…

Andrew Moss (2018-05-11). Fear and Opportunity in Immigration Politics. counterpunch.org With each passing week, the battle of words over immigration intensifies, as Trump administration officials continue honing their favorite rhetorical weapon: fear. This past week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that people crossing the border illegally will be charged for criminal offenses instead of facing civil deportation proceedings, and that they will be separated from More

Julia Conley (2018-05-11). Trump's Message to Immigrants: If You're Poor, Now or Ever, You Don't Belong Here. mintpressnews.com Immigrants applying for green cards would be considered a "public charge" and would likely be passed over if they've used—or are deemed likely to use—government resources including Medicaid and SNAP benefits

Al Neal (2018-05-11). Domestic violence allegation sidelines Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star pitcher. peoplesworld.org All-star closer Roberto Osuna, 23, of the Toronto Blue Jays was charged with assaulting a woman, according to multiple Toronto Police Service reports, Tuesday, May 8, and was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball. But that suspension isn't a real "punishment." Osuna will go on the restricted list and will continue to receive […]…

MBGP (2018-05-11). Author of Trump's Iran Regime Change Blueprint is Actually a Right-Wing Troll. mintpressnews.com The white paper was produced by Jim Hanson, a self-proclaimed expert "practitioner of the art of war" who is virtually unknown in Washington. Hanson has a prolific presence on Twitter, where he operates under the handle, "Uncle Jimbo."

CounterSpin (2018-05-11). Tim Karr on Net Neutrality Fight, Mark Trahant on Indian Country Today. fair.org The FCC has posted notice that net neutrality rules—the ones that keep service providers from favoring websites that give them money, and slowing down or "throttling" your access to websites that don't pony up—will disappear on June 11. Since abandoning the fight for an open internet is not an option, what do we do now?

Mike Luckovich (2018-05-11). Cyber Bully Initiative. truthdig.com

Meteor Blades, Daily Kos (2018-05-11). Climate Science-Denying Trump Regime Silently Killed NASA Carbon Monitoring System. alternet.org This move jeopardizes plans to verify the national emission cuts we agreed to make. | Wise leaders facing a crisis want to suss out every bit of solid information they can about the parameters of that crisis and its potential impacts. But America today is led not by the wise but rather a brigade of numbskulls. And when it comes to the biggest crisis humans have faced since the species arose in Africa 200 to 300 millenniums ago, not only do they not care about gathering data, they don't even accept the consensus that there is a crisis. Or, in the case of the brighter numbskulls, they accept it, but they prefer to pad their wallets by doing the bidding of the extractive industries and their captive disinformation hubs like the Heartland Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute. Malignant corruption reigns. In this regard the. . .

IMEMC News (2018-05-11). Health Ministry: "Army Kills one Palestinian, Injures 448, In Gaza" imemc.org Updated: The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, one Palestinian, and injured 448, including seven who suffered very serious wounds, in the Gaza Strip. The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Jaber Salem Abu Mustafa, 40, after shooting him with a live round in the chest, […]…

Douglas Valentine (2018-05-11). Trump's Penis: Is It Presidential? counterpunch.org Donald Trump's sex life is nobody's business but his own. And maybe Melania's, if her Pre-Nuptial Agreement (PNA) stipulates that she can sue his fat ass for divorce and receive a huge percentage of his rumored wealth if he cheats on her, too often. Like the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Trump's fixer, Michael Cohen, signed with More

MPND (2018-05-11). Interview: Western-Trained Brazilian Troops Deepen Nightmare for Homeless Women of Rio. mintpressnews.com Thirty days into the army intervention in Rio and it has become clear that the situation has only worsened. Military operations are concentrated in the favelas, amplifying the use of repression against the poor, black population. So many beautiful lives are lost.

truth-out.org (2018-05-11). Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers With Adults. truth-out.org This week, the Trump administration announced it will detain asylum seekers and separate them from their children at the border. A case in California shows how some minors who arrived alone to seek asylum have been put in adult detention. Immigration authorities in California are refusing to release an Afghan asylum seeker from an adult detention center, even though a federal court had determined he is a child. His lawyers say the teenager, who has been held in adult detention for five months, is 17 years old. But ICE used a disputed "pseudoscience" age test based on a dental exam to insist he is over 18. The teen, who uses the name Hamid for privacy and protection, says he fled Afghanistan using a forged passport after the Taliban murdered his father. On Tuesday, Hamid spoke to Democracy Now! in his first phone interview…

INA (2018-05-11). Report: Ongoing Nakba Must End — Time Has Come for the International Community to Act. imemc.org The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council has issued a statement entitled: "The ongoing Nakba must end: the time has come for the international community to act.

Sazzad Haider (2018-05-11). Xi Jinping: The Emergence of Chinese Ultra-Nationalism? counterpunch.org Chinese leader Xi Jinping started his second term as President last month and delivered his speech with a nationalistic appeal stating China's desire to take up its "due place in the world." Xi seems to be taking the long way to achieve Chinese superiority all over the world. Xi began his new tenure in an More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-11). Federal worker unions and retiree groups blast Trump pension cuts. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Two top federal worker unions and a federal employee retiree group are blasting a Trump administration plan to cut pensions for past and present federal workers by $143.5 billion over the next decade. The cuts, which would hit retirees as well as current feds, would — combined with Trump's pay freeze — also harm future […]…

Lena Moffitt (2018-05-11). Raising the Flag on the Corruption of Ryan Zinke. counterpunch.org The media's been swirling around the many scandals involving Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, and rightfully so. But there's another scandalous member of Trump's cabinet who's bending ethical standards and attacking our environment: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Like Pruitt, Ryan Zinke is misusing taxpayer dollars, promoting industries he's supposed to regulate, and remaining completely More

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2018-05-11). America Just Sent a Destructive Message to North Korea By Nuking the Iran Deal. mintpressnews.com Trump may believe he is sending a strong message to North Korea that he will not hesitate to reimpose sanctions and walk away from a deal if he has to, but the reality is that he has actually sent a very destructive message to both North Korea and Iran that the U.S. can't be trusted.

Jonah Raskin (2018-05-11). Captain Charles Moore: Oceanic Muckraker. counterpunch.org "Recycling is a myth. We are making more junk than we can reuse. Today, we only recycle 3% of the total production of our garbage." — Captain Charles Moore The reporters who built their reputations in the Golden Age of Muckraking raked muck on dry land, not at sea. Ida B. Wells, Ida Tarbell and More

IMEMC News (2018-05-11). Army Injures 15 Palestinians, Including A Medic In Gaza. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, at least fifteen Palestinians with live fire, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation shortly after the weekly Great March of Return started near the border fence, in the northern and eastern parts of the Gaza Strip. Medical sources said the soldiers instantly […]…

The Conversation (2018-05-11). Here's How Women on the Ballot in 2018 Are Changing the Way We View Motherhood and Leadership. alternet.org Who run the world? | Motherhood is taking center stage in U. S. politics. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first United States senator to give birth while in office has been seen on Capitol Hill with her newborn nestled in her lap. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Maryland's Krish Vignarajah and Wisconsin's Kelda Roys, made waves with campaign ads that, in addition to touting their capabilities as leaders, also show them nursing their babies. A Democratic congressional candidate in New York, Liuba Grechen Shirley, was just granted permission from the Federal Election Commission to use campaign funds to cover the cost of child care while she runs for office. Plus, women are running for office in record numbers this year. Among their many experiences, roles and identities, many are emphasizing being a mom. What does this acknowledgment of motherhood tell us about U. S. politics today?

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-11). The AT&T Executive Who Authorized $600,000 in Payments to Cohen Was Just Forced Out. alternet.org The exit was framed as a retirement. | After Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti revealed that several companies paid President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen millions of dollars for access, several have declared the decisions a "big mistake. "Among them, AT&T, who has just forced out their top DC exec responsible for authorizing $600,000 in payments to Cohen. The NY Post says AT&T "told employees in a memo that Bob Quinn was retiring — but an insider said Quinn was booted after the embarrassing revelation about the payment," according to a Wall Street Journal report. "There is no other way to say it — AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake," company CEO Randall Stephenson told employees in a company-wide email. AT&T's general counsel, David McAtee will take over for Quinn. "David's number one priority is to ensure every one. . .

Ron Jacobs (2018-05-11). An Ideology of Self-Righteousness. counterpunch.org Rolf Petri begins his introduction to his new book A Short History of Western Ideology by quoting Samuel Huntington from his too-often-quoted essay titled "The Clash of Civilizations." The essence of that essay was simple: the future of history will be the struggle between different earthly civilizations. More to the point, the likely conflict would More

Graham Peebles (2018-05-11). The Shame of Injustice. counterpunch.org Poverty is the greatest cause of death and illness globally; it strangles the lives of billions of people, denying the expression of innate potential, condemning men, women and children to live stunted uncreative lives of interminable suffering and drudgery. Whilst the numbers living in extreme poverty (the World Bank calculates this to be living on More

Ralph Nader (2018-05-11). An Open Letter to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc. counterpunch.org Tim Cook, CEO Apple, Inc. One Apple Park Way Cupertino, CA 95014 Dear Mr. Cook: Last week, you announced the largest single stock buyback in corporate history, amounting to $100 billion. Probably no more than you and two other Apple executives made this decision prior to receiving the expected rubber stamp from your congenial board More

L. Michael Hager (2018-05-11). Is Massachusetts Turning Red? counterpunch.org By L. Michael Hager* Massachusetts has a proud record of investing in its communities and people. It created the first pubic park, the first public schools and the first public transportation system. It was the first state to legalize marriage for all and the first to offer universal health care insurance. By traditional voting standards as well, Massachusetts More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-05-11). Eclipsing Factionalism: The Missing Story from the Gaza Protests. counterpunch.org The Gaza border protests must be understood in the context of the Israeli Occupation, the siege and the long-delayed 'Right of Return' for Palestinian refugees. However, they should also be appreciated in a parallel context: Palestine's own factionalism and infighting. Factionalism in Palestinian society is a deep-rooted ailment that has, for decades, thwarted any unified More

Gary Leupp (2018-05-11). Europe: Sorry, Iran, Trump Says We Can't Do Business with You. counterpunch.org Dear Iran: We regret to inform you we will have to cancel that $ 12 billion deal with you to provide civilian airliners for your people by Airbus. Airbus has been informed by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that its existing license to do business in Iran "will be revoked." The U.S. ambassador to Germany More

Julian Vigo (2018-05-11). The Cryptic Housing Mathematics of 'Carsonomics'. truthdig.com I lived in one of London's first council housing projects after World War II. That experience showed me how a country (the United Kingdom, in this case) could create affordable housing and maintain a nice aesthetic, using social architecture to benefit both society and building inhabitants. | In 1952, the architects Chamberlin, Powell & Bon built the Golden Lane Estate in London on top of a bombed-out site. They sought to imbue the city with an architectural model of social housing that was utilitarian, functional and beautiful. Influenced by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Hilberseimer, the modernism of this structure is to London what Unité d'habitation is to Marseille in France. | These estates in the U.K. have nothing in common with the American model of social housing—often called "projects"—which are, if anything, the…

Kristine Mattis (2018-05-11). The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken. counterpunch.org Remember that silly game we used to play with fortune cookies from Chinese restaurants? Maybe people still play it. It's the one where you read your fortune and tack on "… in bed" to the end of the sentence — like, "You will soon meet a mysterious stranger … in bed." The supplemental phrase usually More

Howard Lisnoff (2018-05-11). Chaos or Community? counterpunch.org Racism remains a major force in the US. Those who employ the dog whistle of race on the right have known how effectively race can work as they vie for power. Nixon knew it with his southern strategy and Reagan knew it when he launched his first successful bid for the presidency in 1980. His More

David Yearsley (2018-05-11). Imperial Pomp. counterpunch.org No work of music has a greater lock on a single ritual than Edward Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance March no. 1 does on American graduations. Cock an ear in the direction of high school and university campuses across this country in May or June and its impossible not to hear the strains of this late-colonial hymn to More

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