2018-05-13: News Headlines

Steven Hurst (2018-05-13). Why Does The American Right Hate Iran So Much? iranian.com Now Donald Trump has finally backed out of the Iranian nuclear deal, the rest of the world is trying to understand the thinking that went into his decision. High up the list of factors is a longstanding American unease about Iran in general. But while most Americans don't like the Islamic Republic of Iran, some dislike it […]

INA (2018-05-13). Norman Finkelstein: Israel's Violence on Gazans' Non-Violence. imemc.org Norman Finkelstein says that Israeli forces have conducted a "murderous assault on non-violent protesters" in Gaza's Great March of Return, because non-violent protest threatens not Israel, but its occupation. Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

INA (2018-05-13). Israeli Air Force Bombs Northern Gaza. imemc.org Israeli fighter jets, on Saturday evening, carried out airstrikes on an agricultural land located in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, causing financial damage to the site and to neighboring homes, according to local sources. WAFA correspondence said that warplanes struck with about seven missiles into the targeted […]…

Alternative Information Center (2018-05-13). Jerusalem Municipality Resumes Evicting Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah. imemc.org Activists gather against the eviction of the Shamasna family in Sheikh Jarrah, March 1, 2013. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

IMEMC News (2018-05-13). Army Abducts A Palestinian, Injures Several Others, In Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, one Palestinian in Beit Rima town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and injured several others in Nabi Saleh nearby village. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers invaded and searched homes in Beit Rima, and abducted […]…

IMEMC News (2018-05-13). Palestinian Child Dies From Wounds suffered Friday. imemc.org Palestinian medical sources have reported that a child died, on Saturday evening, from serious wounds he suffered Friday, when Israeli soldiers shot him in the head. The sources said the child, Jamal Abdul-Rahman Affana, 15, was shot with a gas bomb in the head near Rafah, in the southern part […]…

INA (2018-05-13). Foreign Ministry Condemns Blocking of EU Statement Rejecting US Embassy Move. imemc.org EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference on May 27, 2015, at EU headquarters in Brussels (AFP, File) The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement, on Saturday, that strongly condemns the governments of Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic for blocking the release of […]…

INA (2018-05-13). World Press Freedom Day 2018: Journalists Demand British Media Institutions to Break The Silence and Stand with Palestinian Journalists under Occupation (VIDEO). imemc.org Photo: Lara Khalidi On World Press Freedom Day 2018, the Journalist Support Committee held a conference in London on the "Challenges of Palestinian Journalists" living and working under occupation. Prominent journalists, media analysts and activists demanded British media institutions and agencies to break the silence and stand in solidarity with […]…

Dr. Marc Bekoff, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-13). What Would a Mother 'Food' Cow Tell Us About Her Children? alternet.org Cows are loving mothers, but they are terrorized and abused by our cruel, inhumane factory farm system. | The science behind bovine sentienceCows are truly amazing and extremely interesting beings. Also known as steak, burgers, beef, veal and leather—and global producers of all sorts of dairy products—many people see them only as food items, mere products of one sort or another, rather than as highly sentient and intelligent individuals with markedly different personalities. For example, cows display a full range of personalities including boldness, shyness, sociability and gregariousness, and are temperamental. Neuroscientist Lori Marino and Florida State University PhD student Kristin Allen address the cow intelligence in a 2017 paper, " The Psychology of Cows," which was published in the journal Animal Behavior and Cognition (and which I summarized in " Cows: Science Shows. . .

amnesty.org (2018-05-13). Colombian Human Rights Defenders Need Protection. amnesty.org

Scott Ritter (2018-05-12). Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Pullout Reflect Epic Bipartisan Failures. truthdig.com Editor's note: Scott Ritter was a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. | President Trump made it official Tuesday, announcing that he would be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action, or JCPOA. "The agreement," he said in his speech, "was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complies, the regime can still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time. The deal's sunset provisions are totally unacceptable. If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East." | The sunset provisions of the JCPOA are among the least understood aspects of that agreement. Prior to signing the JCPOA, Iran operated more than 20,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium to use in its indigenous nuclear…

Julia Conley (2018-05-12). Thousands Of Iranians Take To Streets, Enraged By 'Insane' US Foreign Policy. iranian.com Cities across Iran saw thousands of demonstrators pouring into the streets to express fury over President Donald Trump's violation and abandonment of the 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration, Iranian officials, and several other world powers. twitter.com/ajplus/status/994925545065451520 Protesters in Tehran and other cities carried posters which read, "Mr. Trump, you are talking nonsense," as they echoed Iranian […]

Staff (2018-05-12). Merkel Decries Iran Deal Pullout as She Accepts Italian Peace Prize. truthdig.com ASSISI, Italy—German Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull his country out of the Iran nuclear accord was making the situation in the Middle East "even more difficult" and warned Europeans to be skeptical of "easy" solutions promised by populists. | Speaking while in Italy to receive a peace prize, Merkel cited the recent escalation of Israeli-Iranian hostility that quickly followed Trump's announcement about the Iran accord as a reason for concern. | She said Germany was closely following the developments between Iran and Israel, saying that was "yet another reason for further effort to resolve the conflict." | The German leader made her remarks at St. Francis' Basilica, in Assisi, the saint's hometown, where Franciscan friars awarded her the St. Francis Lamp for peace. Merkel was honored for the welcome Germany gave to Syrian war refugees,…

Staff (2018-05-12). Trump Welcomes N. Korea Plan to Blow Up Nuclear-Site Tunnels. truthdig.com SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month. Trump welcomed the "gracious gesture." | In a statement carried by state media, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said all of the tunnels at the country's northeastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion, and observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed. | Kim had already revealed plans to shut the test site by the end of May during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month. Analysts say that while the closure of the site is important, it doesn't represent a material step toward full denuclearization. | "A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is…

Tehran Times (2018-05-12). Iran's Oldest Document On Cinema Unveiled. iranian.com Iran's oldest film document ever found was unveiled during a special ceremony at the Film Museum of Iran on Wednesday evening. The document is a decree issued by Qajar king Mozaffar ad-Din Shah (1853-1907) on February 11, 1900, in which he assigned the renowned royal photographer Mirza Ahmad Khan Sani os-Saltaneh the task of buying […]

IMEMC News (2018-05-12). Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Jerusalem, One In Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday at dawn, three young Palestinian men in occupied East Jerusalem, and one near Jenin, in northern West Bank. Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers invaded and searched homes in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and abducted Sheikh Mousa Odah, Khaled Abu Tayeh […]…

truth-out.org (2018-05-12). Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises. truth-out.org In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. | In just a few months, we've seen teachers in five states walk out of the classroom to protest their abysmal pay. | Stingy state budgets are mostly to blame for low teacher pay and poor school conditions, but there's a federal tax connection, too. Unfortunately, last year's Republican tax plan could make keeping good teachers in the classroom more difficult than ever. | Raising teacher pay requires money, which at some point requires new state tax revenue. | Now, most state taxpayers will tolerate tax increases when they know those taxes will fund education. But in many places, state lawmakers have only so much room to raise taxes before voters express their displeasure come election time.

truth-out.org (2018-05-12). Trump Rolls Back Rules Protecting Transgender Prisoners From Sexual Assault. truth-out.org On July 26, 2017, after a series of tweets by President Donald Trump, which proposed to ban transgender people from military service, thousands of New Yorkers took the streets of in opposition. (Photo: Michael Nigro / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | In a policy shift LGBTQ rights groups denounced as "a deliberate recipe for violence against transgender people," the Trump administration on Friday rolled back rules allowing transgender prisoners to use facilities that match their gender identity and instructed federal officials to use "biological sex" in determining housing assignments. | "The extreme rates of physical and sexual violence faced by transgender people in our nation's prisons is a stain on the entire criminal justice system," Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said in a statement responding to the Trump administration's move. "Instead of…

Dan Brook, Truthout (2018-05-12). Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What Went Wrong in the 2016 Presidential Election in Brand New Interview. alternet.org "The Sanders campaign, the most remarkable feature of the '16 election by far, broke with the long-standing pattern of reliance on wealth and corporate power. " | Noam Chomsky is an exceptionally influential figure. Author of well over 100 books (as well as many articles, letters, speeches and interviews) published over the past 60 years, Chomsky is integral to cognitive science, modern linguistics, philosophy, mass media criticism and political analysis — especially of US foreign policy, the military-industrial complex, capitalism and imperialism. Chomsky is a defender of free speech and is one of the most cited authors. This interview first appeared at Truthout. com. Chomsky was kind enough to take some time out of his extraordinarily busy schedule to give what he described as "much too brief" responses to Truthout's questions. Dan Brook: Worker-owned cooperatives (co-ops) seem to be a hybrid between capitalism and. . .

Staff (2018-05-12). 42 Die in Week's Israeli Strikes in Syria, Monitor Says. truthdig.com BEIRUT—A wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria this week killed 42 people, including at least 19 Iranians, a Syria war monitor reported Saturday. | The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll from attacks early Thursday has risen from 23 to 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers, including three officers. | In total, 42 people, including 19 Iranians, were killed over two days of strikes — from Tuesday to Thursday — according to the Observatory. | Israel's defense minister called on Syria's President Bashar Assad on Friday to clear his country of Iranian forces based there — warning that their presence will only bring more trouble to the already war-ravaged country. | Avigdor Lieberman's comments were followed by threats from an Iranian cleric that Tel Aviv or Haifa would be in danger…

truth-out.org (2018-05-12). I Work with Mark Janus. Here's How He Benefits from a Strong Union. truth-out.org Striking McDonald's restaurant employees lock arms in an intersection before being arrested, after walking off the job to demand to demand a $15 per hour wage and union rights during nationwide 'Fight for $15 Day of Disruption' protests on November 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: David McNew / Getty Images) | This story was originally published at Labor Notes. | Like everyone else in the labor movement, I'm nervously awaiting the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which would weaken public sector unions by letting workers receive the benefits of representation without contributing toward the cost. | But I've got a unique vantage point: I work in the same building as the plaintiff, Mark Janus. | We're both child support specialists for the state of Illinois, where we do accounting on child support cases. I do this…

Conor Lynch, Salon (2018-05-12). White Supremacists, Online Misogynists and the Rise of the Far Right: How to Fight a Rising Tide of White, Male Resentment. alternet.org Angry young white men, the "incel rebellion" and an age of worldwide reaction. | If there is one thing that seems to unite the most extreme political reactionaries throughout the world, it is their gender. Whether it's alt-right white supremacists marching in Charlottesville with their tiki torches, misogynist "incels" and men's rights activists who believe feminism is the root of all their problems, or Islamic extremists who aim to restore the caliphate, one thing is constant: they are overwhelmingly male. It is hardly surprising that men are more susceptible to the allure of reactionary politics, considering that it's much easier for men to romanticize the past than it is for women (or any previously oppressed or mistreated group, such as LGBTQ people). Patriarchy has long been the norm in Western and non-Western societies and cultures, and thus women are less inclined to feel. . .

Rick Sterling (2018-05-12). New Film Gives An Iranian Perspective On The Battle Against ISIS In Syria. iranian.com The movie comes from Iranian screenwriter and film director Ebrahim Hatamikia. Two award winning Iranian actors, Hadi Hejazifar and Babak Hamidian, play father and son pilots trying to rescue civilians besieged and attacked by ISIS forces in eastern Syria. [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he "West" is competing against the "East" on the Syrian battle-field, in conflicting news and analysis, […]

Staff (2018-05-12). Hawaii Volcano Has Scientists Looking to Mainland's West Coast. truthdig.com The coast is home to an 800-mile chain of 13 volcanoes, and although experts say no eruption seems imminent, the situation could change fast.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-12). WATCH: Mike Pence Says More Americans Believe in God Now That Trump is President. alternet.org "Facts are facts," Pence also insisted. | Vice President Mike Pence delivered the commencement address to graduating students at a small, private, ultra-conservative Christian college in Michigan Saturday afternoon. Many consider the former Indiana governor a devout Catholic, and his speech certainly supported that perception. The Vice President told the Hillsdale College graduating class that because Donald Trump is now president, more Americans believe in God. "Faith in America is rising again because President Trump and our entire administration have been advancing the very principles that you learned here in the halls of Hillsdale College," Pence said. "The principles that have always been the source of America's greatness and strength. ""Facts are facts," Pence also insisted. "Faith is rising across America. "Hillsdale happens to have major ties to the family of Betsy DeVos. The college "considers itself a trustee of. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-12). Rejecting the Mindset of the Forever War. truth-out.org Members of the U.S. Army Drill Team perform in Times Square in New York City in honor of the Army's 240th birthday on June 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) | The US has been in an active shooting war in one form or another for almost 30 years now, and we have become smothered by the sense that it will always be this way. No greater lie could be told, yet we tell it to ourselves in word and deed every day. This must end. We cannot let the Forever War into our heads any more. Members of the U.S. Army Drill Team perform in Times Square in New York City in honor of the Army's 240th birthday on June 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) | My daughter was…

The Conversation (2018-05-12). Can Artificial Intelligence Help Find Alien Intelligence? alternet.org Scientists are considering whether artificial intelligence (AI) could help us search for alien intelligence in ways we haven't even thought of yet. | In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), we've often looked for signs of intelligence, technology and communication that are similar to our own. But as astronomer and SETI trailblazer Jill Tarter points out, that approach means searching for detectable technosignatures, like radio transmissions, not searching for intelligence. Now scientists are considering whether artificial intelligence (AI) could help us search for alien intelligence in ways we haven't even thought of yet. 'Decoding' intelligenceAs we think about extraterrestrial intelligence it's helpful to remember humans are not the only intelligent life on Earth. Chimpanzees have culture and use tools, spiders process information with webs, cetaceans have dialects, crows understand analogies and beavers are great engineers. Non-human intelligence,. . .

CP Editor (2018-05-12). Colin Kaepernick: "Lawful Lynching" Of Black People Must End. counterpunch.org

Staff (2018-05-12). A Surprising Bullying Battleground: Senior Centers. truthdig.com SAN FRANCISCO — The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. | It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens. | Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young. | "There's the clique system just like everywhere else," said Betsy Gran, who until recently was assistant director at San Francisco's 30th Street Senior Center. "It's like 'Mean Girls,' but everyone is 80." | After the cafeteria exiles and karaoke brouhahas, the 30th Street Center teamed up with a local nonprofit, the Institute on Aging, to develop an…

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-05-12). Watch: HBO's Bill Maher Confronts Rep. Duncan Hunter About McCain Insults. alternet.org Hunter is a military veteran and Maher was curious what he thought about a former Trump aide who said that John McCain was 'dying anyway. ' | Duncan Hunter, a California Republican House representative, braved a Bill Maher interrogation on Friday night. Indeed, on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Maher surprisingly decided not to interrogate him about the federal probe for alleged campaign-finance violations he's facing. Instead, he wanted to talk about President Donald Trump—and the insults that have been reportedly surfaced from the White House about Republican Arizona Senator, John McCain. "I'm very impressed that you showed up," Maher said to Hunter. "You're a Republican, you're one of Trump's first supporters. "Maher continued by taking Hunter's temperature about the insults that have been made about McCain who is currently battling brain cancer. Kelly Sadler, a White House aide, reportedly distastefully joked about Sen.

Gregory Shupak (2018-05-12). Media Debate Best Way to Dominate Iran. fair.org The New York Times' Bret Stephens ( 5/8/18) is glad Trump canceled the Iran deal because that allows the US to threaten Iran with "economic ruin and possible war." | The debate in the New York Times and Washington Post over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran deal, revolves around which tactics America should use to dominate Iran. | At one end of the spectrum of acceptable opinion is the view that President Trump was correct to withdraw from the deal because it supposedly failed to handcuff Iran to a sufficient degree. At the other is the far more common perspective, which is that Trump should have remained in the deal because it is an effective tool for controlling Iran. | In the New York Times, Bret Stephens (…

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-05-12). Fox News' Judge Jeanine Claims Trump is Fulfilling 'Biblical Prophecy' By Moving Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem. alternet.org Pirro's bonkers rant on the subject included many extreme statements — such as making broad declarations about Shiites and Sunnis. | Judge Jeanine Pirro is on location in Jerusalem tonight, where the United States will open a new embassy tomorrow. The move from Tel Aviv to the city Israel claims as its capital is seen as a provocation to Palestinians. Tel Aviv has long been the internationally agreed upon capital of the Jewish state, with Jerusalem being considered neutral territory between Jewish Israelis and the Palestinian people who also claim it. Other presidents have announced that they planned to move the embassy but didn't—Trump shocked many by following through. Pirro's bonkers rant on the subject included many extreme statements, such as making broad declaration about Shiites and Sunnis. The move, she said, "Sent a huge signal to Iran, and Shiite Muslims, that we stood with. . .

Staff (2018-05-12). Sasha Abramsky on the Decline of Empathy and the Future of Democracy (Audio and Transcript). truthdig.com Robert Scheer speaks with the journalist and professor about his latest book, on how fear has contributed to demagoguery.

The Conversation (2018-05-12). A Psychologist Explains the Thinking Error at the Root of Science Denial. alternet.org This widespread rejection of scientific findings presents a perplexing puzzle to those of us who value an evidence-based approach to knowledge and policy. | Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus but controversy among laypeople: climate change, biological evolution and childhood vaccination. On all three issues, prominent members of the Trump administration, including the president, have lined up against the conclusions of research. This widespread rejection of scientific findings presents a perplexing puzzle to those of us who value an evidence-based approach to knowledge and policy. Yet many science deniers do cite empirical evidence. The problem is that they do so in invalid, misleading ways. Psychological research illuminates these ways. No shades of grayAs a psychotherapist, I see a striking parallel between a type of thinking involved in many mental health disturbances and the reasoning behind science. . .

Whitney Webb (2018-05-12). GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC. mintpressnews.com Adelson's perspectives on U.S. foreign policy, particularly towards Iran, are alarming, given that his influence on U.S. politics is set to grow in the wake of his latest mega-donation to the Republican party.

Gregory Shupak (2018-05-12). Media Debate Best Way To Dominate Iran. iranian.com The debate in the New York Times and Washington Post over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran deal, revolves around which tactics America should use to dominate Iran. At one end of the spectrum of acceptable opinion is the view that President Trump was correct to […]

Staff (2018-05-12). Macron Defiant After Paris Stabbing Is Claimed by Islamic State. truthdig.com After a knife-wielding man kills one person and injures four, the French president says his nation will not yield to "enemies of freedom."

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-05-12). Jeff Sessions Revealed This Week That He Would Begin Inflicting Terror Across America — But Nobody Paid Attention. alternet.org There is a reason why Jeff Sessions continues to endure the indignities heaped upon him by President Trump and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. , chair of the House Intelligence Committee. | Ever since his days as an Alabama prosecutor during the War on Drugs era, Trump's attorney general has been dead set on cracking down on poor people in a return to tough-on-crime law enforcement. There probably has been no better week for the fulfillment of that agenda than this one. This article was originally published at SalonOn Monday, Sessions made official the Trump administration policy of ripping children from their families, if they crossed the U. S. -Mexico border. On Tuesday, he traveled to Tennessee to taunt the 97 workers who were arrested during a recent immigration raid at a local meat processing plant. "I'm not shedding tears about them," Sessions said of the. . .

Staff (2018-05-12). Trump Team May Be Focusing on Odd, Obscure Iran Plan. truthdig.com National security adviser John Bolton reportedly has authorized distribution of a white paper produced by Jim Hanson, a self-proclaimed expert "practitioner of the art of war."

The Conversation (2018-05-12). Mad Magazine's Clout May Have Faded — But Its Ethos Matters More than Ever Before. alternet.org The magazine taught its readers to never swallow what they're served. | Mad Magazine is still hanging on. In April, it launched a reboot, jokingly calling it its "first issue. "But in terms of cultural resonance and mass popularity, it's largely lost its clout. At its apex in the early 1970s, Mad's circulation surpassed 2 million. As of 2017, it was 140,000. As strange as it sounds, I believe the "usual gang of idiots" that produced Mad was performing a vital public service, teaching American adolescents that they shouldn't believe everything they read in their textbooks or saw on TV. Mad preached subversion and unadulterated truth-telling when so-called objective journalism remained deferential to authority. While newscasters regularly parroted questionable government claims, Mad was calling politicians liars when they lied. Long before responsible organs of public opinion like The New York Times and the. . .

The Conversation (2018-05-12). Women on the 2018 Ballot are Busting Perceptions of Motherhood and Leadership. alternet.org Motherhood is taking center stage in US 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? As I have. . .

Mina Jafari (2018-05-12). I Lived In Iran Under US Sanctions—Killing The Deal Is A Big Mistake. iranian.com I wasn't supposed to be American. But the 1979 Iranian revolution changed that. Instead, I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. Six years ago, after graduating from the University of Maryland with a double major in Persian Studies and Government & Politics, I decided to move to Iran. Most of my friends […]

Sean Deveney, Salon (2018-05-12). How Trump Made 'Fake News' in the 1980s. alternet.org Using the press to achieve his PR goals is a skill Trump mastered in New York decades ago | Donald Trump needed a tax break. In 1981 he was in the process of building his second major New York City project, the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. As part of putting up the new skyscraper, he had applied to the city for an abatement of $20 million, which was intended to be a gift from the taxpayers given to developers for their willingness to build middle- or lower-class housing in areas defined as "underuti ≠lized. " But anyone who had ever strolled New York's streets over the past five or six decades knew Fifth Avenue was hardly an underuti ≠lized area. It was as well-trafficked and upscale a slab of real estate as you could find anywhere in the country, let alone New. . .

IMEMC News (2018-05-12). Army Injures Four Palestinians Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, four young Palestinian men at the northern entrance of al-Biereh city, in the Ramallah and al-Biereh governorate in central West Bank. The soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters who marched at the northern entrance of the town, and fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas […]…

truth-out.org (2018-05-12). Minnesota Beer Distributor Workers Continue Strike Over Safety Concerns. truth-out.org Minnesota's largest beer distributor, J.J. Taylor, is cutting costs by cutting its delivery staff in half and bypassing OSHA rules. Workers have gone on strike saying the new arrangement puts their health and safety at risk. Several local area bars and liquor stores are boycotting the company for the duration of the strike.Delivery drivers and warehouse workers strike outside the J.J. Taylor Distribution Company of Minnesota on May 10, 2018. (Photo: @Teamsters792) | Truthout readers like you made this story possible. Show your support for independent news: Make a tax-deductible donation today! | The largest beer distributor in Minnesota, J.J. Taylor, has recently tried to save money by incorporating two-person keg delivery routes into one-person packaged beer deliveries. Drivers and warehouse workers responded to the changes with a strike that began with a picket line on April 9. | Under the…

truth-out.org (2018-05-12). Reactionary Nostalgia for Yesterday's Empire. truth-out.org After a yearlong chaotic faction fight in his administration, Trump has purged the White House of most of its establishment representatives and replaced them with advocates of his "America First" nationalism and militarism. | The new "cabinet of horrors" has thrown the establishment into a paroxysm of nostalgia for what they consider the sacrosanct assumptions of yesteryear — or at least 18 months ago. | A growing collection of mainstream commentators has denounced Trump's protectionism, reckless threats of unilateral military action and transactional approach to both allies and antagonists. They have contrasted all this with previous administrations and their imperial policies, which tended to stress "stability" above all else. | In place of Trump's assertion of naked American interests, they yearn for the "multilateralism" that served as the prevailing orthodoxy of US foreign policy in recent decades. While Trump throws their cherished…

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-05-12). Is the Impeachment of Donald Trump Really Coming? Republicans Definitely Think So. alternet.org Republicans' main midterm strategy is to drive their voters out with impeachment-dread. How will Democrats respond? | On Thursday night in Indiana, President Trump made another one of his "jokes" about extending his presidency beyond eight years. He was talking about how he had wanted to move the U. S. embassy to Jerusalem and was told that might take 10 years. It's not the first time he has alluded to staying in office past 2024. (It goes without saying, in his world, that he will be re-elected in 2020. ) Speaking before a group of GOP donors last March he talked about Chinese president Xi Jinping saying, "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll give that a shot someday. "It's always hard to know how to take. . .

Sam Haselby, Aeon (2018-05-12). These Should Be the End Times for American Patriotism. alternet.org It is time to start treating American patriotism — the most deadly form of identity politics — as a question, not an answer. | Patriotism is the organising passion of modern political life in the United States yet its vitality defies obvious explanation. The country has no national education system. There's neither compulsory military nor civil service. No government agency distributes the ubiquitous US flags, nor enforces observance of the rituals to country performed at schools and sporting and political events throughout the country. Despite lacking the classic machinery for inculcating patriotism and spreading it among the people, American patriotism is a norm in the true sense: at least within the US itself, it exists in a place without question. One of the conceits of American patriotism — that it is a salubrious version of the pernicious nationalism that other countries have —. . .

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-05-12). Trump Supporters 'Tricked by the Devil' are Now Facing Financial Ruin: 'I Feel So Stupid'. alternet.org Eddie Devine voted for Trump, but worries he may go out of business. Here's why. | Small business owners who supported Donald Trump are complaining about troubles hiring foreign seasonal labor the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The newspaper interviewed multiple landscaping business owners who claim they are unable to hire Americans for the same wages. Eddie Devine voted for Trump, but worries he may go out of business if he is unable to continue hiring 20 foreign workers a season though the H-2B visa program. "I feel like I've been tricked by the devil," Devine admitted. "I feel so stupid. "Devin says Trump's policies are more about race than economics, noting that Trump properties in New York and Florida rely upon the H-2B visa program for 144 jobs a year. "I think there's a war on brown people," he argued. "I want to know why it's. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-12). This Program Is Proven to Help Moms and Babies. So Why Aren't We Investing in It More? truth-out.org You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. | Tampa, Florida — Jamir Green wobbled through his living room in a red car-shaped baby walker with a balloon attached. His mother, Tiara Jones, didn't take her eyes of her exuberant 8-month-old as she reported to the nurse sitting on the couch that breastfeeding was going well. | Polita Williams, in pink and brown scrubs, her hair pulled back in a tight bun, looked at a checklist on her lap and asked if Jamir had been to the emergency room for any reason in the past few weeks. They discussed birth control options and whether Jones could take medication while breastfeeding. | Then the nurse pulled out a piece of paper with her notes from the last visit, when she'd watched Jones playing with Jamir.

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