2018-05-07: Social Media Postees

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

The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12

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

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

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

Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East

How Should We Remember Karl Marx on His 200th Birthday?
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The answer is a bit complicated. | Some would argue that Karl Marx, author of " Capital," has been proven wrong on just about everything he wrote. The founder of scientific socialism was born 200 years ago on May 5. | These naysayers would point out that Soviet socialism imploded decades ago, and that China is heading merrily down the capitalist path. Marx and his collaborator Friedrich Engels wrote in " The Communist Manifesto" that the capitalist ruling class "produced its own grave-diggers" in the proletariat — that is, the working class. However, we have yet to see workers pick up the shovel and bury capitalism once and for all. | Activists seeking to combat injustice and inequality, it can be argued, have turned not to class struggle but to social movements focused on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity. . .

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

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

Under the radar, Trump is pushing for full-scale Mideast war
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
While the mass media focuses on the latest daily scandals emanating from the White House, a leader of the secular left in Iran says President Trump is stepping up plans for an attack on that country which could trigger a devastating regional war with horrific implications for world peace. In an exclusive interview with People's …

Under the radar, Trump is pushing for full-scale Mideast war

Millions of Tweets Spread Anti-Semitic Messages
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
Millions of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter have spread negative stereotypes and conspiracy theories about Jews across the social media platform, according to a report Monday by the Anti-Defamation League. | ADL national director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said the data showed many used Twitter as a "megaphone to harass and intimidate Jews." | An earlier report from the Jewish civil rights group said anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. last year had reached the highest tally it has counted in more than two decades. That increase appeared to be fueled by emboldened far-right extremists as well as the "divisive state of our national discourse," Greenblatt said in February. | In the new report, the group estimated that about 3 million Twitter users posted or re-posted at least 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets in English over a 12-month period ending Jan. 28. The finding is based…

Who is Afraid of Venezuelan Democracy?
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
It is astounding, and sinister, that the European Parliament on May 3 passed a resolution (492 in favour, 87 against, 77 abstentions) demanding that Venezuela suspend the presidential elections slated for May 20. Do these European countries think that they are still colonial powers that can demand anything from other countries? Does European arrogance stretch to…

Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster?
Paul Rosenberg, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era? | Congressional primaries in California are less than a month away, with at least seven Republican-held seats seriously in play this November (according to Cook Political Report, and targeted by Swing Left), the most of any state. Four of those seats are in or adjacent to Orange County, once the home of Richard Nixon and the epicenter of conservative power, where Democrats now hold a numerical advantage. But there's a perverse twist. Thanks to California's nonpartisan "jungle primary" — in which the top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation — Democrats could conceivably be shut out in as many as three of those races. Two Republican incumbents are retiring — Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Ed Royce –. . .

Press Barred From Recording Teacher of the Year Speech at White House Ceremony
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-07
When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy…

Confusion Reigns Over China's Energy Policy
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
It's quite easy these days to find yourself muddled over China's energy policy: it does seem often to amount to tackling domestic pollution and climate change, but chasing lucrative contracts abroad, despite the environmental impact. | With the US under Donald Trump indicating it wants to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, China is increasingly seen as a world leader in the battle to cut carbon emissions and prevent climate catastrophe. | Beijing is implementing ambitious renewable energy schemes at home and has announced plans to reshape its energy sector and reduce its use of coal — by far the most polluting fossil fuel. | But overseas, China is pursuing a very different policy. Here in Serbia a Chinese enterprise, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), recently started work on a multi-million dollar project to enlarge the coal-fired…

Saudi Royal Family Gave $681M to Malaysian PM Who Banned Shia Islam
Newsrescue | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Of relevance to the upcoming Malaysian elections on May 9 2018, this article first published in Feb 2016, confirms that the outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak received close to $700 million dollars in his personal account from the House of …

McConnell Actually Helped Blankenship Dodge Regulatory Consequences for Disastrous 2000 Spill
Alec MacGillis, ProPublica | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The far-right candidate is now launching racist attacks against him. | As the race for the West Virginia Republican Senate nomination hurtles toward Tuesday's primary, candidate Don Blankenship, the former coal executive sentenced to a year in federal prison in connection with a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men, has unleashed blistering invective against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. He has taken to calling McConnell "Cocaine Mitch," an allusion to drugs once found on a ship owned by the shipping company owned by Chao's father, whom Blankenship calls a "wealthy China-person. " His ad hominem barrage, provoked by McConnell's well-funded effort to deny Blankenship the nomination, culminated in an eye-popping TV ad in which Blankenship charged that McConnell has "created millions of jobs for China-people" and that McConnell's "China family has given him tens. . .

VIDEO: Palestinian Takes Down Israeli Drone with Stone
INA | imemc.org | 2018-05-07
Palestinian protesters near the Gaza border managed to bring down an Israeli drone with a stone and a slingshot, a video posted online recently revealed. Footage by Press TV shows Palestinians hurling stones at an Israeli drone with a slingshot. A heavy cloud of grey smoke can be seen, while …

Stemming the Tide of Evangelicalism — and Preventing the Next Billy Graham
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Current trends suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party — and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than it is at present. | At the time of Billy Graham's passing, American evangelical Christianity looks to be in steep decline, at least judging by numbers. The proportion of white Americans who identify as evangelical has fallen from 23 percent of the population in 2006 to 17 percent in 2016. Furthermore, a recent survey shows that evangelicalism is aging: Only 8 percent of whites ages 18 to 29, versus 26 percent over 65, identify as evangelicals. Current trends, then, suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party, and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than. . .

Ex-Con Who Calls Black People 'Negroes' Skyrockets to Top of West Virginia Poll After Racist Campaign Ad
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Candidate for US Senate Hopes to Face Democrat Joe Manchin as Republicans Fear Another Roy Moore Race | Republican voters in West Virgina's primary race to choose a candidate to face Democratic U. S. Senator Joe Manchin appear to be getting ready to choose a conservative former convict who calls Black people "negroes" and Asians "China people. "Don Blankenship, a divorced 68-year old coal baron who was convicted after 29 people died in one of his mines spent a year in jail for conspiracy before running for the U. S. Senate. He's now in first place among three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Tuesday's West Virginia primary election. In this campaign ad Blankenship uses the phrase "China people" and refers to the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,. . .

Climate Change 10-Year Check-Up
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Ten years ago Kevin J. Surace delivered a fascinating TED talk entitled "Worst Case Climate Change." Based upon credits at the end of his speech, data for his talk came from the following sources: — Fred Pearce, With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear — Tipping Points in Climate Change (Beacon Press, 2007) — John…

The Shooters in the Rye
Robert Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
The recent slaughter in Toronto has many people chattering away about "Incels", or involuntary celibates. Several people have taken to Twitter to offer explanations via links to sites in the "manoverse" — that is, web pages dedicated to the notion that men are somehow the real victims of gender discrimination and, more specifically, misandry. Many of these sites hoist the Incel flag as a way to demonstrate their bona fides to a supposed terrorist army of young (or youngish) men whose self-alleged sexual frustration has reached murderous proportions. |…

The real Bosox curse was racism, not the Bambino
Harvey "Sluggo" Wasserman | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
The Boston Red Sox have finally decided to atone for two of the most racist, self-destructive snubs in sports history. Like so many other bigoted decisions, the team–and the town–paid a fearsome price. And it did NOT come from the infamous "Curse of the Bambino." That one happened in 1920, when my dad was a …

The real Bosox curse was racism, not the Bambino

Scientists Reanimate Disembodied Pigs' Brains — But For a Human Mind, It Could Be a Living Hell
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Do you want to live forever? If so, there's some good news. Or so it seems. For it appears that we may have taken a step closer to making immortality reality. | In a recent meeting at the National Institutes of Health, Yale neuroscientist Nenad Sestan revealed that his team has successfully reanimated the brains of dead pigs recovered from a slaughterhouse. By pumping them with artificial blood using a system called BrainEx, they were able to bring them back to "life" for up to 36 hours. Admittedly, the pigs' brains did not regain consciousness, but Sestan acknowledged that restoring awareness is a possibility. Crucially, he also disclosed that the technique could work on primate brains (which includes humans), and that the brains could be kept alive indefinitely. But could you really survive the death of your body? And would such. . .

The Illusion of Competence: What Know-It-Alls Don't Know
Kate Fehlhaber, Aeon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
This "illusion of confidence" is now called the "Dunning-Kruger effect," and describes the cognitive bias to inflate self-assessment. | One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn't wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each bank. Later that night, police arrested a surprised McArthur Wheeler. When they showed him the surveillance tapes, Wheeler stared in disbelief. 'But I wore the juice,' he mumbled. Apparently, Wheeler thought that rubbing lemon juice on his skin would render him invisible to videotape cameras. After all, lemon juice is used as invisible ink so, as long as he didn't come near a heat source, he should have been completely invisible. Police concluded that Wheeler was not crazy or on drugs — just incredibly mistaken. The saga caught. . .

History Lesson for Democrats: Think Winning Elections, not Impeaching Trump
Bill Blum | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
If the history of impeachment teaches anything, it's that the tactic can backfire on its proponents. As a remedy for misconduct, it both overpromises and underperforms. | The post History Lesson for Democrats: Think Winning Elections, not Impeaching Trump appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality
Sam Pizzigati | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Mexico rates as one of the world's most unequal major nations, and the party of the presidential candidate topping the polls pledges to confront those concentrating the nation's "economic and political power. | The post Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality appeared first on MintPress News.

Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality

Devin Nunes Tells Fox & Friends That He Will Seek to Hold Jeff Sessions in Contempt of Congress
Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
"The only thing left that we can do is we have to move quickly to hold the attorney general of the United States in contempt, and that's what I'm going to press for this week" | From the May 6 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends Sunday: ED HENRY (CO-HOST): I also understand that you have some news about [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions. REP. DEVIN NUNES (CHAIRMAN, HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE): Well, yeah, this is the ongoing problem here with this special counsel, we found out Friday from the judge, it kind of looks like this whole investigation has gone off the rails. Now, what we've been investigating in the House Intelligence Committee is the FISA abuse and other matters involving the beginning of what is called a counterintelligence investigation. Now, remember, they opened up this counterintelligence investigation — I think it is really. . .

State Election Systems Still Waiting for Security Checkups
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
The Department of Homeland Security says it's completed on-site risk assessments of election systems in just nine of 17 states requesting them to prevent cybertampering before the midterm primaries. | The post State Election Systems Still Waiting for Security Checkups appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Karl Marx as Activist
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
In 1848, Marx wrote, "philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it." On this 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx we focus on Marx as a political activist, rather than what he is best known for, an economist and philosopher who wrote some of the most…

Malaysian Elections: $681 Million into Prime Minister Najib's Personal Bank Account by a Mysterious Saudi Prince
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
The only way PM Najib Razak could win this election on May 9 is by fraud and manipulation of the elections of results. | The outgoing PM is desperate. A state of emergency is also contemplated. | The grassroots support of the …

On World Press Freedom Day, PCHR Organizes Activities on "No to Targeting Truth"
PCHR Gaza | imemc.org | 2018-05-07
On Sunday, 06 May, 2018, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a campaign titled as "No to targeting the truth" on the World Press Freedom Day coinciding the third of May. The report included the release of PCHR's two reports on freedom of expression, the first titled "Freedom …

Tensions Mount as White House Prepares for Nomination of Torture Authority Gina Haspel
Derrick Broze | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
With less than a week until the nomination hearing of CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, the White House is working hard to defend the nominee's career. | The post Tensions Mount as White House Prepares for Nomination of Torture Authority Gina Haspel appeared first on MintPress News.

Tensions Mount as White House Prepares for Nomination of Torture Authority Gina Haspel

15 is too young for life without parole, especially if you're innocent
Mark Maxey | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
LITTLE, Okla.–"Daddy, I didn't do it," said Robert Mitchell to his father. Robert didn't blink an eye when he answered Charles "Gabby" Mitchell's question. Had Robert Wayne Mitchell, 15 years of age on September 4, 1992, murdered 90-year-old neighbor Myrtle McGeehee? The boy did not lie, but Oklahoma justice fell short for this Native Indigenous …

15 is too young for life without parole, especially if you're innocent

That Woman: Recollections of Golda Meir
Uri Avnery | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Ben-Gurion said about her: "The only thing Golda knows how to do is to hate!" Golda Meir did not hate me. That would be an understatement. She detested me. The way I speak, the way I dress, the way I look. Everything. Once, in the middle of a speech in the Knesset (I believe it…

Is Rudy Giuliani Over His Head Trying to Represent Donald Trump?
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-07
With everything going on in the White House, the media must maintain relentless pressure on the Trump administration. Can you support Truthout in this endeavor? Click here to donate. | Last Friday, as President Trump was leaving the White House and then again while he was preparing to board Air Force One, he took a few questions from the gathered media horde. It sure sounded as though he was distancing himself from his new mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani, after the latter's wild TV appearances and other media interviews on Wednesday and Thursday. Presumably once the aghast White House staff, Trump's other attorneys and every TV pundit in the land pointed out what a mistake it all was, Trump abandoned his BFF, claiming that "everybody loves Rudy" but he really didn't have his facts straight yet because he'd only been on the job…

Roger Stone Appears on CNN As Network Reverses Public Decision to Not Allow Him On-Air
John Whitehouse, Media Matters Staff, Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
He was on this morning's edition of "New Day" promoting a book. | CNN hosted President Donald Trump confidant and Infowars conspiracy theorist Roger Stone to promote his new book, reversing a decision the network made in 2016 to no longer host Stone on its airwaves. For years, Stone regularly leveled sexist and racist attacks (often via Twitter) against politicians and members of the media, including current and former CNN personalities. He called CNN political commentator Ana Navarro an "Entitled Diva Bitch," a "pompous shithead," "borderline retarded," and "a rabid Pekinese," and wrote, "Black beans and rice didn't miss her. " Stone also attacked CNN analyst Roland Martin when Martin was still at CNN, referring to him as a "stupid negro," a "fat negro," and "CNN's racist moron–dumb, embarassing (sic), token," and asked him,…

Henry and problem parenting in 'The Americans'
Carole Avalon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
Remember Henry Jennings? The intelligent, if unobservant, son of super spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, he's known all along that his parents are not easy to understand. One (Philip) usually more gregariously loving, the other (Elizabeth) caring, yet somewhat remote. Due to the unpredictable growth spurts experienced by Keidrich Sellati, the actor portraying Henry, he's …

Henry and problem parenting in 'The Americans'

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

Trump Disregards Caravan Asylum Seekers' Legal Rights
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-07
As Central Americans fleeing oppression in their countries remain stalled in appalling conditions at the U.S. border, Donald Trump ramps up the xenophobic rhetoric, reports Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn The 300 asylum seekers who arrived at the U.S. border… Read more ?…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Homage to Gil Scott-Heron
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
The performance artist and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron was wrong when he said in 1970, "The Revolution will not be televised." But perhaps he was only wishful thinking and expressing what he wanted and not what he actually saw and heard around him. More likely, he was being ironical and commenting on the wacky world…

Trump ends TPS for Hondurans; stokes racist frenzy over "caravan"
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
On Thursday May 4, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced the impending end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for some 57,000 citizens of Honduras now living in the United States. The timing of the statement is highly suspicious. It comes as the Trump administration has been whipping up a nationalistic frenzy over a …

Trump ends TPS for Hondurans; stokes racist frenzy over “caravan”

Poor People's Campaign: Barber says war and racism tightly linked
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
WASHINGTON–Saying he wants the new Poor People's Campaign to "promote an agenda of truth," its leader, the Rev. William Barber, is now explicitly linking U.S. militarism and wars to racism and a distorted U.S. economy. Echoing Dr. Martin Luther King 51 years ago, Barber declares that unless the U.S. turns away from its militaristic path, …

Poor People’s Campaign: Barber says war and racism tightly linked

Sessions Wants to Imprison As Many People As Possible on Gun Charges While Opposing New Gun Laws
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The attorney general's priorities are clear. | Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions is opposed to passing stronger gun laws, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to put a lot of people in prison on gun charges. Sessions has started a push to prosecute low-level gun offenses, a move that has absolutely nothing to do with post-Parkland activism: Mr. Sessions is putting into action his own long-held views on criminal justice, forged as a United States attorney in Alabama during the drug war. They reflect a philosophy popular among conservatives and long backed by the gun lobby: that the effective enforcement of existing laws can reduce crime without resorting to the passage of additional legislation. "I believe very strongly in enforcing gun laws," Mr. Sessions said in an interview with the far-right Breitbart News this year. "I believe there's no value in. . .

Trump Disregards Caravan Migrants' Legal Right to Apply for Asylum
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
The 300 asylum seekers who arrived at the US border on April 29 after a month-long, 2,000-mile journey have another grueling struggle ahead of them, according to the immigration attorneys who are donating their time to represent them. | More than …

This week in history: The city of New Orleans founded in 1718
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07

Lessons learned from the Arizona teachers strike
Joe Bernick | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-07
TUCSON, Ariz. — The weeklong strike by Arizona teachers ended in a pretty handsome victory for teachers and supporters. They won a 19 percent salary increase over three years which is quite something for hard working teachers grown accustomed to tiny raises, if any, that never kept up with the cost of living. Yet some …

Lessons learned from the Arizona teachers strike

As Israel Prepares for War with Iran, Regional Powers Scurry to Take Sides
Alastair Crooke | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Powerful forces are arising in parts of the Middle East that are no longer sympathetic to western 'priorities' nor are they particularly sympathetic to Israeli proxy-hegemony, which they see as disruptive of regional stability. | The post As Israel Prepares for War with Iran, Regional Powers Scurry to Take Sides appeared first on MintPress News.

As Israel Prepares for War with Iran, Regional Powers Scurry to Take Sides

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians In Bethlehem And Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-05-07
Updated: Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier on Monday at dawn, six Palestinians, after storming and searching their homes, in Bethlehem, Hebron and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank. Media sources in Bethlehem said the soldiers invaded the al-Baloa' area, in the al-Khader town south of Bethlehem, searched homes and abducted Jamal …

The Puklear Threat
Mr. Fish | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
The post The Puklear Threat appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Watch: John Oliver Documents Rudy Giuliani's Descent From 'Person of the Year' to Trump's Incompetent Lawyer
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
John Oliver dug deep into Giuliani's past, from his racist policing policies to his latter gigs as a narrator for AMC's Mob Week. | Rudy Giuliani is a weird dude. The former New York mayor married his cousin, has a bizarre hatred of ferrets and once announced he was divorcing his wife on television without warning her. But when 9/11 happened, Giuliani's brave and steady hand made him a national hero–and Time magazine's Person of the Year. On Sunday, John Oliver dug deep into Giuliani's past, from his racist policing policies to his latter gigs as a narrator for AMC's Mob Week. Why does he get along so well with Trump? They are "two versions of the same person," Oliver said. "When you look at all of this in total you realize that Giuliani's role as Trump's lawyer isn't aberration–everything in his life. . .

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

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