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2018-05-23: News Headlines

Nick Pemberton (2018-05-23). Maduro's Win: A Bright Spot in Dark Times. counterpunch.org The U.S. backing of Israel's massacre of Palestinians and Donald Trump's death threats to Kim Jong-Un prove that the United States' imperialism is alive and well. The government has been taken over by sadistic Republicans and useless Democrats. Corruption abounds when it comes to the United States foreign policy, as oil giants have their hands all over the Trump administration. Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil ran the whole state department. Trump is obvious, we will give him that. | More

Katalina Khoury (2018-05-23). The Notion of Patriarchal White Supremacy Vs. Womanhood. counterpunch.org When you write down your feelings, they become concrete. You are therefore forced to confront those feelings, which go on to become your thoughts and knowledge base. This literal confrontation causes deep self-reflection; this can scare those who otherwise superficially float on without the ensuing realization: of the world and their position within it and to More

CJ Hopkins (2018-05-23). The Simulation of Democracy. counterpunch.org One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of operating a global capitalist empire is maintaining the fiction that it doesn't exist. Virtually every action you take has to be carefully recontextualized or otherwise spun for public consumption. Every time you want to bomb or invade some country to further your interests, you have to More

Deepak Tripathi (2018-05-23). A Bloody Hot Summer in Gaza: Parallels With Sharpeville, Soweto and Jallianwala Bagh. counterpunch.org It is a bloody hot summer in Gaza. And the events surrounding the killings of nearly 60 Palestinians and wounding of more than a thousand by the Israeli army on the day Israel and the Trump administration celebrated the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem are as shocking as they are of profound importance in Middle Eastern history. The one-sided nature of the encounter is illustrated by the fact that there were no casualties on the Israeli side. | More

Laura Flanders (2018-05-23). Life or Death to the FCC? counterpunch.org It's life or death for the Federal Communications Commission, and death may be the honest option. Let's face it, the FCC's mission to regulate communications media in the public interest, has been beaten to a pulp by politicians of both parties over the last two decades. Now Trump's FCC chair, Ajit Pai, wants to kill the More

Ilana Novick (2018-05-23). Travel Ban Waivers Rarely Granted, Advocates Say. truthdig.com President Trump's third version of a ban on travelers from eight countries remains in effect as legal challenges wind their way through the courts. One of the legal defenses for allowing it to stay in place was the option for citizens of those countries to apply for individual waivers, exceptions that would allow them into the United States. According to multiple reports, including from Reuters in March, and now The Washington Post, these waivers are nearly impossible to obtain. | "The ban," a Reuters report explains, "contains a provision that those who do not qualify for exceptions can be considered for waivers in special circumstances, such as a need for urgent medical care or to accommodate adoptions." | In the first month of the ban, Reuters reported, over 8,400 people from the eight countries—Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and…

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2018-05-23). "Michael Inside:" The Prison System in Ireland. counterpunch.org Michael Inside is a new Irish movie which looks at the prison system in Ireland and the people who serve their time in it. The film is about a young man who is sent to prison for the first time after being caught with drugs he had stashed in his grandfather's house with whom he More

Farhang Jahanpour (2018-05-23). Pompeo's Outrageous Speech on Iran. counterpunch.org Speaking at the Heritage Foundation this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo practically declared war on Iran. His unprecedented threats against Iran went even beyond what President Trump had said in the past. Commenting on the speech (full transcript here), JStreet wrote: "With their decision to violate the historic JCPOA arms control agreement, the More

Josh White (2018-05-23). Strange Recollections of Old Labour. counterpunch.org We tend to think of Jeremy Corbyn in contrast to the slick public relations and glib charisma of New Labour politicians. This is true, but it's not the only way in which Corbyn represents a break with Labour history. It's not just the last 25 years that the Labour left has bucked — it's the More

Russell Mokhiber (2018-05-23). The Corporate Domination of West Virginia. counterpunch.org West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity in the country. The highest rate of smoking. The highest rate of drug overdose deaths. Why? Corporate domination of the state. That's the take of Stephen Smith. He is director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Family Coalition. "We didn't do this to ourselves," Smith told Corporate More

Ben Debney (2018-05-23). A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis. counterpunch.org You're a passenger on the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage in 1912. As it draws away from the dock at Southampton you get a premonition that things are going to go severely pear-shaped, and that the ship is never going to make it to New York. Maybe you're an engineer and your spidey senses are telling you that the captain and crew are far too cocky for their own good considering that the ship can only sustain damage to four of the 12 bulkheads. Maybe it's not anywhere near as unsinkable as the White Star Line are making out in the name of PR hype… | More

Gary Leupp (2018-05-23). Dawn of an Era of Mutual Indignation? counterpunch.org On Dec. 21, 2017 the United Nations General Assembly rejected the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital by a 128-9 vote. The only countries to side with Israel and the U.S. were Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo for good balance. (The West African country's President Gnassingbe benefiting from More

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-05-23). The Tragic Record of American Regime Change. truthdig.com We used to call him "Mookie." God, we hated him. Back in 2006-07, while patrolling the streets of east Baghdad, Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia was our sworn enemy. These impoverished, slum-dwelling Shiite youths hit us with sniper fire and deadly improvised explosive devices day after day. They killed and maimed American troops daily, including my boys—Alex Fuller and Mike Balsley—who died Jan. 25, 2007. We'd patch up our wounded, call in a medevac helicopter, then roll back into those city streets the very next day. As we patrolled, Sadr's ubiquitous face would taunt us, plastered as it was on billboards, posters and flags throughout the neighborhood. | Now, in a truth stranger than fiction, Sadr's political party has won the recent Iraqi elections. The former warlord and killer of Americans may now play kingmaker in Iraq. Of course, mine is only one—highly…

Nicole Rosmarino (2018-05-23). The Grassroots Environmental Activist of the Year: Christine Canaly. counterpunch.org The Fund for Wild Nature's Grassroots Activist of the Year for 2017 is Christine Canaly. For nearly three decades, Christine has worked tirelessly to protect wild nature in the Colorado Rockies. As Director of the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC), she has been at the heart of the campaign to protect Wolf Creek Pass More

Dave Lindorff (2018-05-23). The Trump White House is a Chaotic Clown Car Filled with Bozos Who Think They're Brilliant. counterpunch.org It's long been an American conceit that the way you negotiate is to demand a surrender by your opponent, and then you hammer out the terms of that surrender. Ir worked great in World War II after the Red Army chewed up Germany's elite army and left the country with the choice of being overrun More

Ty Salandy (2018-05-23). The British Royal Wedding, Empire and Colonialism. counterpunch.org Ten years ago, British 'royalty', Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the Caribbean and locals prostrated before them. Local leaders made arrangements for them to play the Steelpan and the sacred Rastafarian Nyabinghi drums. Leslie from Africaspeaks.com wrote an insightful article titled Royal Visit Highlights Lingering Colonialism that brought attention to the dynamics of colonialism in this visit. More

stclair (2018-05-23). In Our Age of State Crimes. counterpunch.org There is a legal construct known as "state crime." As the title implies, these are crimes that are committed in the name of, and/or by the forces of, the national state. Given that such crimes can have behind them the force of national bureaucracies, they are, historically, the worst sort of crimes on record: genocide, More

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Toyota plans massive cost cutting. wsws.org The carmaker is implementing a new manufacturing system to cut costs by an estimated 20 percent, or around $1.22 billion this year.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Scientists reveal global warming's impact on Great Barrier Reef. wsws.org Warming events are becoming more frequent, giving coral insufficient time to recover.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). US Supreme Court eliminates workers' right to collectively sue corporations. wsws.org The ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis will result in the transfer of billions of dollars from the working class to the oligarchy that controls the government and the courts.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). US education secretary pledges to escalate war on teachers. wsws.org In remarks before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the administration's plans to accelerate the war against teachers and public education.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-23). German Christian Democrats Should Defend Democracy in Hungary. hrw.org Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban before a photo at the European Union Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, September 29, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | You might think Germany's leading Christian Democrat parties have little to prove regarding their commitment to democratic values. But there is a serious gap: Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its closest coalition partner the Christian Social Union (CSU) have yet to vigorously challenge the rights-damaging policies of their ally, Hungary's ruling Fidesz party led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. | The silence of the European People's Party (EPP), the umbrella of center-right parties in European institutions to which CDU, CSU as well as Hungary's Fidesz belong, has only emboldened Orban at home and abroad. It's time for the…

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Sri Lankan filmmaker Lester James Peries dies at 99. wsws.org Peries's best films, like the great dramas directed by India's Satyajit Ray and Japan's Akira Kurosawa, have left their mark on Asian and world cinema.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-23). Saudi Arabia: Growing Crackdown on Women's Rights Activists. hrw.org Then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony at King Faisal Air College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (Beirut) — Saudi authorities have accused seven recently detained women's rights activists and others associated with the women's rights movement of serious crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. A statement issued by the Presidency of the State Security cited possible charges for "suspicious contact with foreign parties" and undermining the "security and stability" of the state that appear to be directly based on their activism. | The Presidency of the State Security was created by King Salman shortly after he named his son, Mohammad bin Salman, crown prince in June 2017, and reports directly to the king's office. Within days of the activists'

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Italy: Most right-wing government since Mussolini. wsws.org On Sunday, the protest Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing extremist Lega agreed on a joint government programme.

RT (2018-05-23). Work of Satan? Sinkhole opens on White House lawn, Twitter in turmoil over its meaning (PHOTOS). rt.com A sinkhole has opened up near the White House press briefing room on the north lawn, prompting a wave of derision online as social media users revelled in the unique karma of the event.
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wsws.org (2018-05-23). The fraud of the Ontario NDP's "left" election platform. wsws.org The unions and pseudo-left are touting the NDP platform's meagre social spending promises as a bold "left turn" and a return to the party's social-democratic roots.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-23). Thailand: Free 14 Pro-Democracy Activists. hrw.org Pro-democracy activist Rome Rangsiman (C) holds up a Thailand flag as anti-government protesters gather during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by November, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 22, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha | (New York) — Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release 14 pro-democracy activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. The 14 are charged with sedition, which carries a maximum seven-year prison term, and violating the military junta's ban on political gatherings of more than five people. | "The arrest of peaceful democracy activists calling for free and fair elections shows that Thailand's military junta has no intention of easing its oppressive rule," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Gagging peaceful public protests makes…

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Ken Livingstone forced out of British Labour Party. wsws.org The witch-hunt and expulsions within Labour will be held up by right-wing forces all over the world, above all in Israel and the United States.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Climate scientists warn about "methane time bomb" wsws.org Climate scientists are warning that human-driven atmospheric changes could lead to a mass extinction event rivaling the one that killed the dinosaurs.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). White House press release on MS-13 backs Trump's labeling immigrants as "violent animals" wsws.org The White House press release continues the administration's policy of dehumanizing immigrants.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Report highlights growing child hunger in Australia. wsws.org Increases to the cost of living, including housing and utility costs, are fuelling a social crisis.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Needed upgrades to Boston transit system threatened by capitalist financing schemes. wsws.org The unelected board that governs the MBTA recently reviewed upgrades that would take 15 or more years to complete while funneling hundreds of millions into the coffers of Wall Street.

RT (2018-05-23). 'First step': House passes prison reform bill uniting (some) Democrats and Trump. rt.com The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed the First Step Act, which would allow more inmates to earn an early release from federal prisons and end practices such as shackling female prisoners during childbirth.
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wsws.org (2018-05-23). Trump offers North Korea "incremental" denuclearisation ahead of planned summit. wsws.org Trump and the South Korean president both exuded optimism that talks would ultimately proceed on US terms, even if not on June 12.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-23). South Korea: Decriminalize Abortion. hrw.org South Korean police officers stand guard in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2017.
| © 2017 Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji | (Seoul) — Criminalization of abortion is incompatible with South Korea's human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today in an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Korea. The court will hear a case on May 24, 2018, involving the country's laws on abortion. The c ourt should decriminalize abortion, and authorities should ensure that safe and legal abortion is accessible. | South Korea's laws provide that procuring or providing an abortion in most circumstances is a crime. A woman who undergoes an abortion risks a prison sentence of up to a year or a fine of up to 2 million…

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Regulators, Congress move to end all restraints on Wall Street speculation. wsws.org As the tenth anniversary of the September 2008 Wall Street crash approaches, the token restrictions on the banks that were passed during the Obama administration are being dismantled.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). Members of Windrush generation speak out against UK government persecution. wsws.org Governments of all persuasions have deliberately cultivated a climate of fear and intimidation against immigrants.

wsws.org (2018-05-23). French public sector workers strike against austerity and attacks on conditions. wsws.org The strikes and the 130 protests across France are a sign of growing opposition to the militarist and austerity policies of Macron and the European Union.

Open Letter (2018-05-22). Open Letter To Federica Mogherini. iranian.com An Open Letter to Federica Mogherini and the European Imperative to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal 14.05.2018 Ms. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy European Commission Berlaymont 1049 Brussels We, the undersigned, thank you for your speech on 8th May 2018, pledging the European Union's intention to […]

MintPress News Desk (2018-05-22). China is Fighting to Salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal. mintpressnews.com In an environment in which the Middle East views conflicts as zero-sum games, China is likely to find it increasingly difficult to remain aloof and straddle both sides of the fence.

Julia Conley (2018-05-22). Iran Issues Reminder That US is the World's "Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles" mintpressnews.com The Trump administration has spent much of the past year and a half demanding that other countries, including Iran and North Korea, end their respective nuclear programs, despite the fact that the U.S. and Russia hold more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons.

truth-out.org (2018-05-22). How Corporate Media Are Undermining a US-North Korea Nuclear Weapons Deal. truth-out.org North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands over the military demarcation line upon meeting for the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018, in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo: Inter Korean Press Corp / NurPhoto via Getty Images) | With a flagrant disregard for facts and National Security Adviser John Bolton's sabotage attempts, the corporate media are once again promoting the idea that North Korean officials are manipulative and untrustworthy negotiating partners. Just as news outlets helped Dick Cheney to destroy two previous US deals with North Korea by creating a hostile climate toward diplomacy, the corporate media are again stoking animosity.North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands over the military demarcation line upon meeting for the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018, in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo: Inter Korean Press…

truth-out.org (2018-05-22). President Trump Is Not "Above the Law": John Bonifaz Warns Against Normalizing Impeachable Offenses. truth-out.org President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House May 17, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images) | Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! | Top FBI and Justice Department officials have confirmed they will meet with congressional leaders to review classified information on the handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. This comes after President Trump demanded an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. Trump has claimed for months, without evidence, that the Obama administration spied on his campaign. Legal experts say his tweet Sunday crossed a line by applying overt presidential pressure on the Justice Department, which could possibly…

Gary Leupp (2018-05-22). Question for Discussion: Is Russia an Adversary Nation? counterpunch.org Question for discussion: When did Russia become a "hostile power" or "adversary nation"? Did we decide that? If so I wasn't part of the discussion. Was there a law passed? Was it put on an official list? Have I missed something? Did the Russians invade Alaska? They interfered in our election, you say? Well then. Isn't the More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-22). 'They Swung the Election to a Trump Win': MSNBC's Maddow Is Stunned by Ex-Intel Director's Revelation About 2016. alternet.org "Donald Trump would not be president but for that attack. " | When the intelligence community revealed after the 2016 presidential election that Russia attempted to help Donald Trump win, its report was clear that the findings were not about whether Russian efforts were successful in impacting votes. Determining what resulted in Trump's win, the report said, was beyond the community's expertise and mission. But now, as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday night, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has revealed in his new book that he believes Russia "swung the election to a Trump win. "Reading from Clapper's new book "Facts and Fears," Maddow said, "'Of course the Russian effort affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win. To conclude otherwise stretches logic, common sense, and credulity to the breaking point. '"She continued: "Less than eighty thousand votes. . .

Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate (2018-05-22). Trump's Biggest Lies About the FBI Are Colliding with the Real World. alternet.org There is no evidence whatsoever to support the fantastic falsehoods of the president's universe. | Arguing with Donald Trump and the president's most fervent supporters is usually a wasted effort. If they truly believe his paranoid whining about "the deep state conspiracy" to oust him, they're not much interested in facts or logic. Trump's increasing efforts to promote confusion over the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation nevertheless deserve to be refuted. So do his repeated complaints that he is the victim of a political scandal even worse than Watergate. He can continuously bamboozle his Fox-befuddled followers because the Russia saga is complex and convoluted — and because they all live in his world of "alternative truths. " It is not the real world that the rest of us inhabit. In Trump's world, the Russia investigation is a "witch hunt," the biggest ever of course,. . .

AlterNet (2018-05-22). West Wing Melts Down As Trump Staffers Become Paranoid that Spies are Working to Destroy the President: Report. alternet.org Former CIA Director John Brennan figures in many of the White House's conspiracies. | Paranoia has gripped the West Wing as President Donald Trump's aides and staffers fear that the FBI has "multiple informants" working to take down the president, according to a new report from Vanity Fair. Such conspiracy theories have nothing to do with the actual conspiracies uncovered by the U. S. intelligence community and others of a Russian effort to undermine American democracy. Instead, reporter Gabriel Sherman explains,The theory goes that the F. B. I. later used these contacts with the Russians to delegitimize his presidency. Trump's advisers say the intelligence community believed Hillary Clinton would win the presidency, but in case she didn't, they concocted this elaborate plot to remove Trump from office. . . . [Roger] Stone claims the anti-Trump conspiracy includes senior intelligence officials from the Barack Obama administration. "The guy. . .

Sergio Weigel (2018-05-22). Why Germany's Public Won't Drink the Anti-Russia Kool-Aid. mintpressnews.com Despite "poison gas", "barrel bombs" and "annexation" — a large part of propaganda is going nowhere in Germany. Recent surveys show a pronounced media literacy among many citizens and a great yearning for German-Russian rapprochement. | The first survey of interest might be the one Forsa Institute did on behalf of RTL (private media TV) about the trust of Germans in their à∂ffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk, the public broadcast. It showed that only 48% of Germans think ARD and ZDF would do their job well (9%) or very well (39%). 30% of Germans think that they do a mediocre job, and 14% think they do it badly. Yet still 74% support the dual system of public and private broadcast. So, Germans do want their public broadcast TV, but they criticize it and 44% consider the monthly fee of ‚Ǩ17.50 too high. A bigger problem…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-22). DHS Secretary Tasked With Securing US Electoral System Claims She's 'Not Aware' of IC Report Concluding Putin Wanted to Help Trump. alternet.org "I don't believe I've seen that conclusion," Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters. | United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen—who is tasked with securing the nation's election system ahead of the 2018 midterm elections—on Tuesday said she hasn't seen the 2017 Intelligence Community report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. Nielsen was speaking to reporters on election security when she was asked about the January 2017 assessment, which concluded Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump and hurt former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "I don't believe I've seen that conclusion," Nielsen told reporters. "I'm not aware of that. "As NBC News' Marianna Sotomayor reports, Nielsen "t ried to clarify her answer," arguing it's unclear who Putin preferred because Russian bots pushed content that was pro-Trump and pro-Clinton. "What we have seen the Russians do is an attempt to manipulate . . . public confidence on both sides," she said. "I do believe that Russian did try and will continue to try to manipulate on a whole variety of issues. "

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2018-05-23: Social Media Postees

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The Corporate Domination of West Virginia
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity in the country. The highest rate of smoking. The highest rate of drug overdose deaths. Why? Corporate domination of the state. That's the take of Stephen Smith. He is director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Family Coalition. "We didn't do this to ourselves," Smith told Corporate…
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Life or Death to the FCC?
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
It's life or death for the Federal Communications Commission, and death may be the honest option. Let's face it, the FCC's mission to regulate communications media in the public interest, has been beaten to a pulp by politicians of both parties over the last two decades. Now Trump's FCC chair, Ajit Pai, wants to kill the…
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A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis
Ben Debney | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
You're a passenger on the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage in 1912. As it draws away from the dock at Southampton you get a premonition that things are going to go severely pear-shaped, and that the ship is never going to make it to New York. Maybe you're an engineer and your spidey senses are telling you that the captain and crew are far too cocky for their own good considering that the ship can only sustain damage to four of the 12 bulkheads. Maybe it's not anywhere near as unsinkable as the White Star Line are making out in the name of PR hype… |…
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A Bloody Hot Summer in Gaza: Parallels With Sharpeville, Soweto and Jallianwala Bagh
Deepak Tripathi | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
It is a bloody hot summer in Gaza. And the events surrounding the killings of nearly 60 Palestinians and wounding of more than a thousand by the Israeli army on the day Israel and the Trump administration celebrated the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem are as shocking as they are of profound importance in Middle Eastern history. The one-sided nature of the encounter is illustrated by the fact that there were no casualties on the Israeli side. |…
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Strange Recollections of Old Labour
Josh White | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
We tend to think of Jeremy Corbyn in contrast to the slick public relations and glib charisma of New Labour politicians. This is true, but it's not the only way in which Corbyn represents a break with Labour history. It's not just the last 25 years that the Labour left has bucked — it's the…
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The Tragic Record of American Regime Change
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2018-05-23
We used to call him "Mookie." God, we hated him. Back in 2006-07, while patrolling the streets of east Baghdad, Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia was our sworn enemy. These impoverished, slum-dwelling Shiite youths hit us with sniper fire and deadly improvised explosive devices day after day. They killed and maimed American troops daily, including my boys–Alex Fuller and Mike Balsley–who died Jan. 25, 2007. We'd patch up our wounded, call in a medevac helicopter, then roll back into those city streets the very next day. As we patrolled, Sadr's ubiquitous face would taunt us, plastered as it was on billboards, posters and flags throughout the neighborhood. | Now, in a truth stranger than fiction, Sadr's political party has won the recent Iraqi elections. The former warlord and killer of Americans may now play kingmaker in Iraq. Of course, mine is only one–highly…
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In Our Age of State Crimes
stclair | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
There is a legal construct known as "state crime." As the title implies, these are crimes that are committed in the name of, and/or by the forces of, the national state. Given that such crimes can have behind them the force of national bureaucracies, they are, historically, the worst sort of crimes on record: genocide,…
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Maduro's Win: A Bright Spot in Dark Times
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
The U.S. backing of Israel's massacre of Palestinians and Donald Trump's death threats to Kim Jong-Un prove that the United States' imperialism is alive and well. The government has been taken over by sadistic Republicans and useless Democrats. Corruption abounds when it comes to the United States foreign policy, as oil giants have their hands all over the Trump administration. Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil ran the whole state department. Trump is obvious, we will give him that. |…
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Travel Ban Waivers Rarely Granted, Advocates Say
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-05-23
President Trump's third version of a ban on travelers from eight countries remains in effect as legal challenges wind their way through the courts. One of the legal defenses for allowing it to stay in place was the option for citizens of those countries to apply for individual waivers, exceptions that would allow them into the United States. According to multiple reports, including from Reuters in March, and now The Washington Post, these waivers are nearly impossible to obtain. | "The ban," a Reuters report explains, "contains a provision that those who do not qualify for exceptions can be considered for waivers in special circumstances, such as a need for urgent medical care or to accommodate adoptions." | In the first month of the ban, Reuters reported, over 8,400 people from the eight countries–Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and…
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The British Royal Wedding, Empire and Colonialism
Ty Salandy | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
Ten years ago, British 'royalty', Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the Caribbean and locals prostrated before them. Local leaders made arrangements for them to play the Steelpan and the sacred Rastafarian Nyabinghi drums. Leslie from Africaspeaks.com wrote an insightful article titled Royal Visit Highlights Lingering Colonialism that brought attention to the dynamics of colonialism in this visit.
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Pompeo's Outrageous Speech on Iran
Farhang Jahanpour | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo practically declared war on Iran. His unprecedented threats against Iran went even beyond what President Trump had said in the past. Commenting on the speech (full transcript here), JStreet wrote:…
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Dawn of an Era of Mutual Indignation?
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
On Dec. 21, 2017 the United Nations General Assembly rejected the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital by a 128-9 vote. The only countries to side with Israel and the U.S. were Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo for good balance. (The West African country's President Gnassingbe benefiting from…
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The Simulation of Democracy
CJ Hopkins | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of operating a global capitalist empire is maintaining the fiction that it doesn't exist. Virtually every action you take has to be carefully recontextualized or otherwise spun for public consumption. Every time you want to bomb or invade some country to further your interests, you have to…
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"Michael Inside:" The Prison System in Ireland
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
Michael Inside is a new Irish movie which looks at the prison system in Ireland and the people who serve their time in it. The film is about a young man who is sent to prison for the first time after being caught with drugs he had stashed in his grandfather's house with whom he…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/23/michael-inside-the-prison-system-in-ireland/

The Grassroots Environmental Activist of the Year: Christine Canaly
Nicole Rosmarino | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-23
The Fund for Wild Nature's Grassroots Activist of the Year for 2017 is Christine Canaly. For nearly three decades, Christine has worked tirelessly to protect wild nature in the Colorado Rockies. As Director of the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC), she has been at the heart of the campaign to protect Wolf Creek Pass…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/23/the-grassroots-environmental-activist-of-the-year-christine-canaly/

French public sector workers strike against austerity and attacks on conditions
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
The strikes and the 130 protests across France are a sign of growing opposition to the militarist and austerity policies of Macron and the European Union.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/fran-m23.html

Italy: Most right-wing government since Mussolini
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
On Sunday, the protest Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing extremist Lega agreed on a joint government programme.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/ital-m23.html

Regulators, Congress move to end all restraints on Wall Street speculation
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
As the tenth anniversary of the September 2008 Wall Street crash approaches, the token restrictions on the banks that were passed during the Obama administration are being dismantled.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/bank-m23.html

Members of Windrush generation speak out against UK government persecution
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
Governments of all persuasions have deliberately cultivated a climate of fear and intimidation against immigrants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/wind-m23.html

South Korea: Decriminalize Abortion
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-23
South Korean police officers stand guard in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji | (Seoul) — Criminalization of abortion is incompatible with South Korea's human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today in an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Korea. The court will hear a case on May 24, 2018, involving the country's laws on abortion. The c ourt should decriminalize abortion, and authorities should ensure that safe and legal abortion is accessible. | South Korea's laws provide that procuring or providing an abortion in most circumstances is a crime. A woman who undergoes an abortion risks a prison sentence of up to a year or a fine of up to 2 million…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/23/south-korea-decriminalize-abortion

Report highlights growing child hunger in Australia
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
Increases to the cost of living, including housing and utility costs, are fuelling a social crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/hung-m23.html

'First step': House passes prison reform bill uniting (some) Democrats and Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-23
The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed the First Step Act, which would allow more inmates to earn an early release from federal prisons and end practices such as shackling female prisoners during childbirth. …
www.rt.com/usa/427480-prison-reform-trump-democrats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Scientists reveal global warming's impact on Great Barrier Reef
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
Warming events are becoming more frequent, giving coral insufficient time to recover.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/bbrd-m23.html

Needed upgrades to Boston transit system threatened by capitalist financing schemes
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
The unelected board that governs the MBTA recently reviewed upgrades that would take 15 or more years to complete while funneling hundreds of millions into the coffers of Wall Street.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/mbta-m23.html

Climate scientists warn about "methane time bomb"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
Climate scientists are warning that human-driven atmospheric changes could lead to a mass extinction event rivaling the one that killed the dinosaurs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/meth-m23.html

Saudi Arabia: Growing Crackdown on Women's Rights Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-23
Then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony at King Faisal Air College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (Beirut) — Saudi authorities have accused seven recently detained women's rights activists and others associated with the women's rights movement of serious crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. A statement issued by the Presidency of the State Security cited possible charges for "suspicious contact with foreign parties" and undermining the "security and stability" of the state that appear to be directly based on their activism. | The Presidency of the State Security was created by King Salman shortly after he named his son, Mohammad bin Salman, crown prince in June 2017, and reports directly to the king's office. Within days of the activists'…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/23/saudi-arabia-growing-crackdown-womens-rights-activists

Ken Livingstone forced out of British Labour Party
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
The witch-hunt and expulsions within Labour will be held up by right-wing forces all over the world, above all in Israel and the United States.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/pers-m23.html

Toyota plans massive cost cutting
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
The carmaker is implementing a new manufacturing system to cut costs by an estimated 20 percent, or around $1.22 billion this year.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/toyo-m23.html

German Christian Democrats Should Defend Democracy in Hungary
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-23
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban before a photo at the European Union Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, September 29, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | You might think Germany's leading Christian Democrat parties have little to prove regarding their commitment to democratic values. But there is a serious gap: Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its closest coalition partner the Christian Social Union (CSU) have yet to vigorously challenge the rights-damaging policies of their ally, Hungary's ruling Fidesz party led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. | The silence of the European People's Party (EPP), the umbrella of center-right parties in European institutions to which CDU, CSU as well as Hungary's Fidesz belong, has only emboldened Orban at home and abroad. It's time for the…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/23/german-christian-democrats-should-defend-democracy-hungary

Work of Satan? Sinkhole opens on White House lawn, Twitter in turmoil over its meaning (PHOTOS)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-23
A sinkhole has opened up near the White House press briefing room on the north lawn, prompting a wave of derision online as social media users revelled in the unique karma of the event. …
www.rt.com/usa/427493-white-house-sinkhole-photos/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Sri Lankan filmmaker Lester James Peries dies at 99
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
Peries's best films, like the great dramas directed by India's Satyajit Ray and Japan's Akira Kurosawa, have left their mark on Asian and world cinema.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/film-m23.html

Trump offers North Korea "incremental" denuclearisation ahead of planned summit
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
Trump and the South Korean president both exuded optimism that talks would ultimately proceed on US terms, even if not on June 12.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/nkor-m23.html

Thailand: Free 14 Pro-Democracy Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-23
Pro-democracy activist Rome Rangsiman (C) holds up a Thailand flag as anti-government protesters gather during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by November, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 22, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha | (New York) — Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release 14 pro-democracy activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. The 14 are charged with sedition, which carries a maximum seven-year prison term, and violating the military junta's ban on political gatherings of more than five people. | "The arrest of peaceful democracy activists calling for free and fair elections shows that Thailand's military junta has no intention of easing its oppressive rule," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Gagging peaceful public protests makes…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/23/thailand-free-14-pro-democracy-activists

US Supreme Court eliminates workers' right to collectively sue corporations
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
The ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis will result in the transfer of billions of dollars from the working class to the oligarchy that controls the government and the courts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/scot-m23.html

US education secretary pledges to escalate war on teachers
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
In remarks before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the administration's plans to accelerate the war against teachers and public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/devo-m23.html

White House press release on MS-13 backs Trump's labeling immigrants as "violent animals"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-23
The White House press release continues the administration's policy of dehumanizing immigrants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/immi-m23.html

Open Letter To Federica Mogherini
Open Letter | iranian.com | 2018-05-22
An Open Letter to Federica Mogherini and the European Imperative to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal 14.05.2018 Ms. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy European Commission Berlaymont 1049 Brussels We, the undersigned, thank you for your speech on 8th May 2018, pledging the European Union's intention to […] | The post Open Letter To Federica Mogherini appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/05/21/open-letter-to-federica-mogherini/

How Corporate Media Are Undermining a US-North Korea Nuclear Weapons Deal
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-22
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands over the military demarcation line upon meeting for the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018, in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo: Inter Korean Press Corp / NurPhoto via Getty Images) | With a flagrant disregard for facts and National Security Adviser John Bolton's sabotage attempts, the corporate media are once again promoting the idea that North Korean officials are manipulative and untrustworthy negotiating partners. Just as news outlets helped Dick Cheney to destroy two previous US deals with North Korea by creating a hostile climate toward diplomacy, the corporate media are again stoking animosity.North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands over the military demarcation line upon meeting for the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018, in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo: Inter Korean Press…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44557-how-corporate-media-are-undermining-a-us-north-korea-nuclear-weapons-deal

Iran Issues Reminder That US is the World's "Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles"
Julia Conley | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-22
The Trump administration has spent much of the past year and a half demanding that other countries, including Iran and North Korea, end their respective nuclear programs, despite the fact that the U.S. and Russia hold more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons. | The post Iran Issues Reminder That US is the World's "Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles" appeared first on MintPress News.

Iran Issues Reminder That US is the World's "Top Criminal with Regard to Missiles"

China is Fighting to Salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal
MintPress News Desk | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-22
In an environment in which the Middle East views conflicts as zero-sum games, China is likely to find it increasingly difficult to remain aloof and straddle both sides of the fence. | The post China is Fighting to Salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal appeared first on MintPress News.

China is Fighting to Salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal

Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-22
Since the "Russiagate" probe began, US president Donald Trump and his supporters have used lots of bandwidth raging against what they refer to as the "Deep State." Does the Deep State exist? If so, what is it, and are its forces arrayed specifically against Donald Trump and his administration? Yes, the Deep State exists –…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/22/yes-virginia-there-is-a-deep-state/

DHS Secretary Tasked With Securing US Electoral System Claims She's 'Not Aware' of IC Report Concluding Putin Wanted to Help Trump
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
"I don't believe I've seen that conclusion," Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters. | United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen–who is tasked with securing the nation's election system ahead of the 2018 midterm elections–on Tuesday said she hasn't seen the 2017 Intelligence Community report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. Nielsen was speaking to reporters on election security when she was asked about the January 2017 assessment, which concluded Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump and hurt former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "I don't believe I've seen that conclusion," Nielsen told reporters. "I'm not aware of that. "As NBC News' Marianna Sotomayor reports, Nielsen "t ried to clarify her answer," arguing it's unclear who Putin preferred because Russian bots pushed content that was pro-Trump and pro-Clinton. "What we have seen the Russians do is an attempt to manipulate . . . public confidence on both sides," she said. "I do believe that Russian did try and will continue to try to manipulate on a whole variety of issues. "
www.alternet.org/dhs-secretary-tasked-securing-us-electoral-system-claims-shes-not-aware-ic-report-concluding-putin

President Trump Is Not "Above the Law": John Bonifaz Warns Against Normalizing Impeachable Offenses
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-22
President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House May 17, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images) | Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! | Top FBI and Justice Department officials have confirmed they will meet with congressional leaders to review classified information on the handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. This comes after President Trump demanded an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. Trump has claimed for months, without evidence, that the Obama administration spied on his campaign. Legal experts say his tweet Sunday crossed a line by applying overt presidential pressure on the Justice Department, which could possibly…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44559-president-trump-is-not-above-the-law-john-bonifaz-warns-against-normalizing-impeachable-offenses

Question for Discussion: Is Russia an Adversary Nation?
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-22
Question for discussion: When did Russia become a "hostile power" or "adversary nation"? Did we decide that? If so I wasn't part of the discussion. Was there a law passed? Was it put on an official list? Have I missed something? Did the Russians invade Alaska? They interfered in our election, you say? Well then. Isn't the…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/22/question-for-discussion-is-russia-an-adversary-nation-2/

Why Germany's Public Won't Drink the Anti-Russia Kool-Aid
Sergio Weigel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-22
Despite "poison gas", "barrel bombs" and "annexation" — a large part of propaganda is going nowhere in Germany. Recent surveys show a pronounced media literacy among many citizens and a great yearning for German-Russian rapprochement. | The first survey of interest might be the one Forsa Institute did on behalf of RTL (private media TV) about the trust of Germans in their à∂ffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk, the public broadcast. It showed that only 48% of Germans think ARD and ZDF would do their job well (9%) or very well (39%). 30% of Germans think that they do a mediocre job, and 14% think they do it badly. Yet still 74% support the dual system of public and private broadcast. So, Germans do want their public broadcast TV, but they criticize it and 44% consider the monthly fee of ‚Ǩ17.50 too high. A bigger problem…

Why Germany's Public Won't Drink the Anti-Russia Kool-Aid

West Wing Melts Down As Trump Staffers Become Paranoid that Spies are Working to Destroy the President: Report
AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
Former CIA Director John Brennan figures in many of the White House's conspiracies. | Paranoia has gripped the West Wing as President Donald Trump's aides and staffers fear that the FBI has "multiple informants" working to take down the president, according to a new report from Vanity Fair. Such conspiracy theories have nothing to do with the actual conspiracies uncovered by the U. S. intelligence community and others of a Russian effort to undermine American democracy. Instead, reporter Gabriel Sherman explains,The theory goes that the F. B. I. later used these contacts with the Russians to delegitimize his presidency. Trump's advisers say the intelligence community believed Hillary Clinton would win the presidency, but in case she didn't, they concocted this elaborate plot to remove Trump from office. . . . [Roger] Stone claims the anti-Trump conspiracy includes senior intelligence officials from the Barack Obama administration. "The guy. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/west-wing-melts-down-trump-staffers-become-paranoid-spies-are-working-destroy

Trump's Biggest Lies About the FBI Are Colliding with the Real World
Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
There is no evidence whatsoever to support the fantastic falsehoods of the president's universe. | Arguing with Donald Trump and the president's most fervent supporters is usually a wasted effort. If they truly believe his paranoid whining about "the deep state conspiracy" to oust him, they're not much interested in facts or logic. Trump's increasing efforts to promote confusion over the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation nevertheless deserve to be refuted. So do his repeated complaints that he is the victim of a political scandal even worse than Watergate. He can continuously bamboozle his Fox-befuddled followers because the Russia saga is complex and convoluted — and because they all live in his world of "alternative truths. " It is not the real world that the rest of us inhabit. In Trump's world, the Russia investigation is a "witch hunt," the biggest ever of course,. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-biggest-lies-about-fbi-are-colliding-real-world

CNN's Tapper Shuts Down GOP Lawmaker Pushing Anti-FBI Conspiracies: 'You Don't Know What You're Talking About&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
Rep. Matt Gaetz is still pushing ridiculous claims about the Russia investigation. | CNN's Jake Tapper interviewed Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) Tuesday to discuss his charges of misconduct against the FBI's investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign, and he had to repeatedly shoot down the lawmakers ridiculous talking points that have been disproven. "You're not on the House Intelligence Committee, you haven't seen the underlying intelligence," Tapper said in response to Gaetz claims about misconduct at the FISA courts, which the FBI used to surveil Trump aide Carter Page. "How do you know that anything improper was done before the FISA court? "Gaetz cited briefings from the Justice Department and a memo released by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as providing evidence of this misconduct. "No, no, no, no," Tapper said. "That memo made it very clear that it was Papadopoulos's meeting with the Australian diplomat. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/cnns-tapper-shuts-down-gop-lawmaker-pushing-anti-fbi-conspiracies-you-dont-know

'They Swung the Election to a Trump Win': MSNBC's Maddow Is Stunned by Ex-Intel Director's Revelation About 2016
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
"Donald Trump would not be president but for that attack. " | When the intelligence community revealed after the 2016 presidential election that Russia attempted to help Donald Trump win, its report was clear that the findings were not about whether Russian efforts were successful in impacting votes. Determining what resulted in Trump's win, the report said, was beyond the community's expertise and mission. But now, as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday night, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has revealed in his new book that he believes Russia "swung the election to a Trump win. "Reading from Clapper's new book "Facts and Fears," Maddow said, "'Of course the Russian effort affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win. To conclude otherwise stretches logic, common sense, and credulity to the breaking point. '"She continued: "Less than eighty thousand votes. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/they-swung-election-trump-win-msnbcs-maddow-stunned-ex-intel-directors-revelation

Shuler: AFL-CIO to use hi exec pay as a campaign issue
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-22
WASHINGTON–The AFL-CIO will use the high ratios of CEO pay to worker pay as part of its economic message in the 2018 political campaign, federation Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler says. And some of those ratios, especially in retail trade, are completely out of sight, the federation's 20th annual Executive Paywatch report, released May 22, shows. "This …

Shuler: AFL-CIO to use hi exec pay as a campaign issue

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