2018-05-16: Social Media Postees

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5 LGBTI activists to look out for this IDAHOTB 2018
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-17
17 May is the International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. Here are 5 brilliant lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex activists (LGBTI) who are making waves while taking a stand for their rights. | | Alessandra — "Winning against transphobia also depends on a change in the general attitude of the people." | Time and again, Alessandra Ramos Makkeda has been faced with the words: "We don't accept your kind here." She is a trans-woman and LGBTI activist in Brazil, the country with the highest murder rate of trans people in the world. According to a local NGO, 64 trans people were murdered there in 2018, as of 1 May. In 2017, the world recoiled in shock as a video of the torture and murder of a Brazilian trans woman went viral online; the assailants were…

Senate Intel Committee Splits from Nunes-Led House Panel — Agrees Putin Interfered in 2016 to Help Trump
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
"There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with out 2016 elections. " | The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday split from their colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee, agreeing with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help then-candidate Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. The announcement of the completed review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian activities in the 2016 U. S. elections was announced in a press release from committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) on Wednesday. "We so no reason to dispute the [IC] conclusions," Burr said. "There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with out 2016 elections. Committee vice chairman Mark Warner (D-CA) agreed the ICA conclusions "were accurate and on point," adding Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the interference. . .

Mueller Subpoenas Social Media Expert Who Worked With Longtime Trump Adviser Roger Stone During The Campaign
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
The move suggests the special counsel is honing in on Stone's link to WikiLeaks. | Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a social media expertwho advised Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential campaign, Reuters reports. Jason Sullivan, who worked for Stone's pro-Trump political action committee, received the subpoenas last week, and provide insight into Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. As Reuters notes, Mueller is likely probing how much Stone knew about a hack orchestrated by the Russian government and disseminated via WikiLeaks. Stone has denied any wrongdoing. As Reuters reports, "Mueller also has been probing whether anyone associated with the Trump campaign may have helped Assange or the Russians time or target the release of hacked emails and other social media promoting Trump or critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. " | p. p1 {margin: 0. 0px 0. 0px 0. 0px 0. 0px; font: 11. 0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} | p. p2 {margin: 0. 0px 0. 0px 0. 0px 0. 0px; font: 11. 0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 13. 0px} | span. s1 {font-kerning: none}. . .

The White House Just Completely Eliminated Its Top Cybersecurity Job
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
The new national security adviser said the role isn't necessary anymore. | Less than two years after Russia penetrated state election systems, the White House has eliminated the cybersecurity coordinator position on the National Security Council. A memorandum circulated by an aide to the new national security adviser, John R. Bolton, said the post was no longer considered necessary because lower-level officials had already made cybersecurity issues a "core function" of the president's national security team. Can someone please ask John Bolton if he's eliminating all the other top-level jobs overseeing things that are also done by lower-level officials? Including the things he thinks are important, like, uh, bombing countries? I didn't think so. Bolton appears to think he's still living in the George W. Bush years, the last time he was in government: Mr. Bolton has virtually no cyber-related experience.

EU Chief Blasts Trump in Push to Save Iran Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
SOFIA, Bulgaria–A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders gathered to count the likely economic damage U.S. policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran nuclear deal. | In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe's biggest ally, EU Council President Donald Tusk said, given Trump's recent decisions, "someone could even think 'with friends like that, who needs enemies?'" | Trump has bewildered the Europeans by threatening to slap tariffs on EU steel and aluminum exports and reneging on an agreement to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, which the EU believes is vital to world security. Trump has also broken with a key international principle of Middle East peace efforts by moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. | Tusk's remarks, just hours…

Pulling Out of Iran Nuke Deal Makes US Look Awful
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the nuclear weapons deal that President Obama cut with Iran brings with it a number of negative ramifications. First and foremost, this unilateral act of reckless brinkmanship increases the chance of war. That's unconscionable. By the way, Iran isn't like Afghanistan or Iraq: it's…

Palestinians bury those gunned down by Israel
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-16
Palestinians buried their dead yesterday as thousands of people took part in protests to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or "Catastrophe"–the mass expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their land that accompanied the foundation of Israel in 1948. At least 61 people were killed on Monday when Israeli troops fired on unarmed …

Palestinians bury those gunned down by Israel

ISM: "We witnessed at least 40 Palestinians dropping to the ground from tear gas inhalation."
INA | imemc.org | 2018-05-16
On Monday, the 14th of May, at 11am, thousands of Palestinians gathered in Arafat Square in Ramallah and proceeded to march to Qalandia checkpoint, to confront Israeli forces. The US embassy was officially moved to Jerusalem on this same day. Palestinians held signs and placards to assert their right of return …

Ozone-Eating Chemical Emissions on the Rise
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
In 1987, countries around the world agreed to phase out chlorofluorocarbons, and emissions fell. But in 2013, a study shows, they began rising again around China, Mongolia and the Koreas. | The post Ozone-Eating Chemical Emissions on the Rise appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Sixteen Palestinians In the West Bank
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-05-16
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, at least sixteen Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, after invading and violently searching their homes, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS said dozens of soldiers invaded Be'er al-Basha village, south of …

Package-Bomb Caused Southern California Blast
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
LOS ANGELES–An explosive package targeted an office in a Southern California medical building, causing a blast that left a woman dead and three other people injured, two officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. | The explosion happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday in Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) south of Los Angeles. The blast blew siding off the walls, exposing insulation and framing and shattering windows at the two-story building that houses medical offices. | The two officials said the explosion appeared to be an intentional act caused by a package that specifically targeted the office where the blast occurred. | A woman was killed and three other people were injured in the explosion. One of the officials said one of those people was believed to be the target. | The officials were briefed on the investigation but not authorized to…

Girls Assaulted by Doctor Win $500 Million Settlement
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
LANSING, Mich.–Michigan State University on Wednesday announced a $500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. | The deal surpasses the more than $109 million that Penn State University paid to settle claims by at least 35 people that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused boys, though the Nassar settlement involves far more victims. | Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator. Under the agreement, $425 million would be paid to current claimants and $75 million would be set aside for any future claims. | The statement doesn't indicate how much money each victim would receive. It also doesn't say how Michigan State will pay the bill. | Michigan…

Can Palestinians Be Killed by Israelis? Or Do They Only 'Die'?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
Social media is outraged by the language Western media use to describe the peacefully protesting Palestinians shot in cold blood by Israeli snipers. | The post Can Palestinians Be Killed by Israelis? Or Do They Only 'Die'? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

America Recedes from Dominance in Afghanistan and Iraq
Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
A women's rights advocate and the journalist who threw his shoe at George W. Bush are among the leaders defining Iraq's political future. | It's worthwhile to note that in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where the United States launched wars in 2001 and 2003, the United States is on the back foot. In one, Afghanistan, the Taliban has made significant gains in the western part of the country. It continues to bedevil the government in Kabul as well as the U. S. forces in the country. Parliamentary elections have not been held for three years. They have been set for October of this year, but will likely be postponed once more. No elections can be reasonably held in this climate. In the other, Iraq, the parliamentary elections of May 12 appear to be won by the Sairoon (On the Move) list, which is headed by. . .

Israel Slaughters Unarmed Palestinian Protesters While Trump Administration Shouts 'Hamas!'
INA | imemc.org | 2018-05-16
The Israeli military killed over 60 and wounded over 2,000 Palestinians protesters in one day, as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner opened the US embassy in Jerusalem. Journalist Ali Abunimah says the Trump administration is misleadingly pointing the finger at Hamas to distract from Israel's crimes. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of …

Kill and Kill and Kill
Saree Makdisi | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
Two spectacles unfolded in Palestine on Monday. In Gaza, Israeli army snipers shot and killed 58 Palestinians–including six children–and injured almost three thousand others amid scenes of smoke, fire, teargas, dust, agony and blood. At exactly the same time, to the tinkling of champagne glasses at a glittering reception barely fifty miles away in Jerusalem, Jared Kushner and an elegant Ivanka Trump oversaw the opening of Donald Trump's new embassy there. The juxtaposition of these two contemporaneous scenes encapsulates at a single glance the entirety of Zionism's murderous conflict with the Palestinian people.

Senate Panel Endorses Gina Haspel, Despite Her Facilitation of Torture
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-16
Donald Trump's nominee Gina Haspel appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee for consideration to be CIA director on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to support Gina Haspel's nomination today, despite the fact that her facilitation of torture under the Bush administration should disqualify her from assuming the role of CIA director. The full Senate will now make the final decision on Haspel, who has refused to state that torture is both immoral and illegal.Donald Trump's nominee Gina Haspel appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee for consideration to be CIA director on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Wednesday May 9, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies…

Laid-Off Workers Demand Severance Pay From Equity Firms Behind Toys "R" Us Bankruptcy
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-16
After assuring employees that Toys "R" Us is on a sound footing, the private equity firms behind the company's leveraged buyout filed for bankruptcy, costing 33,000 retail employees their livelihoods. Now those employees are demanding severance pay from the equity firms.Customers leave a Toys "R" Us store in Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images) | Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators not only about how to resist but also about how to build a better world. Today's interview is the 122nd in…

Seattle Just Showed How to Rein In Amazon — and the Company Is Going to War
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-16
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! | While cities across the country line up to shower Amazon with billions of dollars in tax breaks and free office space, the Seattle City Council just hit the tech and retail giant — and the city's biggest firm — with a new tax meant to fight homelessness and fund affordable housing. | At a packed and at times combative meeting on Monday, after multiple rounds of last-minute negotiations, the Council unanimously passed an amended version of the Employee Hours Tax (EHT), which will effectively serve as a payroll tax on Seattle's megacorporations. The passage is a major victory for progressives in the city, including councilmember Kshama Sawant, who strongly backed the…

Israel Snipers Train Their Weapons On International Press
Frank Sellers | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
Three separate journalists, not for Palestinian news outlets, have reported being attacked by Israeli forces. While Israel says that it carefully considers each shot fired, if believed, would leave no other conclusion than that the IDF was intentionally trying to harm or liquidate journalists covering the conflict on the Israeli border. Specific information was reported by an Al-Jazeera reporter, who gave the following report to France24 news: | On Monday, protests at the Gaza border left 60 Palestinians dead and more than 2,000 wounded. Many images show people attacked by tear gas drones and injured by live bullets fired by Israeli snipers. Some videos suggest that the Israeli army is intentionally aiming at journalists covering these events. | In this video below, Al-Jazeera journalist Hoda Abdel-Hamid, a three-time Emmy award winner, hunches down as a bullet whizzes near her. She is…

Israel Snipers Train Their Weapons On International Press

Trump and his GOP Congress: Complicit in crimes against democracy
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-16
Rudy Giuliani, the newest addition to President Trump's legal defense team, has added his voice to the list of Republicans demanding that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrap up his investigations of the president and those around him, claiming, as did Vice President Pence last week, that there has been no finding of proof of "collusion" …

Trump and his GOP Congress: Complicit in crimes against democracy

Will Democrats Be Able to Preserve Net Neutrality After All?
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-16
Your support is crucial to keeping ethical journalism alive! Donate now to keep our writers on the streets, covering the most important issues and beats. | The impending death of net neutrality looked pretty much set in stone, but congressional Democrats are giving it another shot to live on. On Wednesday, the US Senate will hold a vote to reverse the FEC's previous decision. Can net neutrality be spared after all? | I don't want to get anyone's hopes up — the answer to that question is "probably not." Although the initiative is likely to succeed in the Senate where it has the support of every Democrat as well as Republican Senator Susan Collins (making it a 50-49 vote with John McCain absent,) it will have a much bigger hurdle to clear in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Imprisoned for a Day: a Personal Reflection
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
In a world defined by social atomization, bureaucratization, and ant-like regimentation along institutionally sanctioned channels that exist but to uphold hierarchies of power, it is practically a moral obligation for anyone who wants to be fully human to break out of his bubble and, if possible, experience the world as "the other" does. In particular, as…

It's the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
I've written many hundreds of columns. The one below has caused me the most uncertainty about going public with it. | I'm accustomed to writing about facts, quotes, documented history, while offering assessments. But this piece extrapolates from the current zeitgeist, going into realms of events that must be speculative and–until too late–unprovable. | Diary | So lucky to be here. Tiny island of dreams. | The serenity is unbelievable, except I want to believe it. Bluest waves with silver froth. Sun through the palms is damn near orgasmic. And solitude! If I can't finish the book here, it'll be my own fault. |

| Sort of knew I shouldn't bring the shortwave. That'll teach me to donate to NPR. Just can't resist a "thank you gift." Will crank it tomorrow. |
| Wish I hadn't turned on the radio. BBC…

Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead vs. the UFC: Round 1
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-16
It's round one in Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead versus the UFC, and the judges have given a point to the organized fighters. Receiving a letter last week from a National Labor Relations Board regional director, Smith's attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, was asked to be prepared to present his evidence against the UFC "as quickly as …

Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead vs. the UFC: Round 1

Army Kills Two Palestinians In Gaza
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-05-16
Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday evening, two Palestinians, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, and injured more than 417, in several parts of the coastal region. The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Bilal Bodeir al-Ashram, 18, from the Nusseirat refugee camp, east of Deir al-Balah, …

Koch Brothers-Backed Effort to Sabotage Unions Uses Secret "Tool Kit" to Encourage Members to Quit
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-16
Internal documents obtained by The Guardian show how a network of right-wing think tanks have launched a nationwide effort to convince members of public sector unions to stop paying dues. The effort is backed by $80 million in funding from billionaires like the Koch brothers, who expect a favorable decision from the Supreme Court this month in a case that could let workers who benefit from union-negotiated contracts avoid paying union dues if they opt not to join the union. The campaign comes as North Carolina teachers staged a massive walkout today, shuttering hundreds of schools, on the heels of major strikes by teacher unions in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona. For more, we speak with Ed Pilkington, chief reporter for The Guardian in the U.S. His new report is an exclusive look at "How rightwing groups wield secret 'toolkit' to plot against US unions." | Please check back later for full transcript.

Of Babies, Marriages and Illiberal Democracies
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
Newspaper front pages are showing pictures of a British royal baby and preparation for a royal wedding in one of the world's oldest democracies while in Poland, Hungary, Austria and other countries serious questions are being raised about the decline of democracy. Why are people so fascinated by the birth of Prince Louis Arthur and…

Big Primary Wins for Socialists and Progressives Who Ran on Popular Demands
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-16
Clouds form a backdrop for a sign outside a polling station as a storm system moves in over Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 15, 2018. Voters showed out in spite of the looming rain to grant wins to progressive candidates. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers / NurPhoto via Getty Images) | Did you know? Truthout is a nonprofit publication and the vast majority of our budget comes from reader donations. It's easy to support our work — click here to get started. | " This is what happens when you run grassroots campaigns." | " We're just getting started." | " Welcome to the political revolution." | Defying national and state-level Democratic establishment forces that have worked to crowd out left-wing candidates and demonstrating that there is a deep hunger among the American electorate for…

Blowback: The Costs of War Continue to Soar in the Trump Era
Tom Engelhardt | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America's war on terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that's at least $23,386 per taxpayer. | Keep in mind that such figures, however eye-popping, are only the dollar costs of our wars. They don't, for instance, include the psychic costs to the Americans mangled in one way or another in those never-ending conflicts. They don't include the costs to this country's infrastructure, which has been crumbling while taxpayer dollars flow copiously and in a remarkably — in these years, almost uniquely –…

Blowback: The Costs of War Continue to Soar in the Trump Era

Iran To Produce 400 Two Seater Electric Vehicles
Tadeh Alexani | iranian.com | 2018-05-16
The head of the Azad University of Qazvin branch, Morteza Mousakhani, announced that a knowledge-based company working with the university has received the license to release 400 two seater electric vehicles into the market. He added that these cars are planned to enter the market in five stages and the university has received the full […] | The post Iran To Produce 400 Two Seater Electric Vehicles appeared first on The Iranian.

Imagining Alternatives to More War in Syria
John Reuwer, M.D. | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
Last month we read of yet another missile attack on Syria paid for by U.S., British, and French taxpayers as "punishment" of the Assad regime's alleged used of chemical weapons. We could ask who made these governments judge, jury and executioners, or how this punishes a dictator safe in his palace, but a more useful…

Turkey Expels Israeli Consul over Gaza Violence
INA | imemc.org | 2018-05-16
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, on May 16, told Israel's Consul General in Istanbul Yosef Levi Sfari to leave the country "for a while", following indiscriminate violence and killings by Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border which has left over 60 dead. According to the PNN, Turkey's Consul General in Jerusalem was summoned …

Bill Gates Has Given $44 Million to Shape Education
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
According to an Associated Press analysis, the spending paid for research aligned with his interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in writing Tennessee's new education plan. | The post Bill Gates Has Given $44 Million to Shape Education appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Israeli Colonialist Settler Shoots A Palestinian Man In Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-05-16
An Israeli colonialist settler shot, on Wednesday at night, a young Palestinian man, in Khirbat Qalqas area, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said its medics rushed the wounded young man, identified as Bilal Za'tari, 28, to a hospital …

Senate Panel Backs Gina Haspel for CIA Chief
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
Winning support from eight Republicans and two Democrats on the Intelligence Committee, her confirmation vote by the full Senate could take place before the end of the week. | The post Senate Panel Backs Gina Haspel for CIA Chief appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

The Commercial Heavens
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
Politicians have been clambering to the top extolling something that has yet to exist. Scientists are claiming a job boom that has yet to transpire. Much fantasy and speculation dominate the creation of Australia's Space Agency, an organisation that remains inchoate despite being launched on Monday by the appropriately named Michaelia Cash. Former CSIRO boss…

Iran Celebrates National Ferdowsi Day
Mehr News | iranian.com | 2018-05-16
Iranians gathered on May 16th to pay tribute to Hakim Abul-Qasim Ferdowsi in the city of Mashhad. Ferdowsi, a renowned literary figure whose "Shahnameh" is considered as the world's longest epic poetry written by a single poet. | The post Iran Celebrates National Ferdowsi Day appeared first on The Iranian.

Sanders Institute Offers a Fix for Our Abysmal Voter Turnouts
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-05-16
Open primaries, early voting and automatic voter registration are just three steps that states can take, according to the progressive think tank founded by the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders. | The post Sanders Institute Offers a Fix for Our Abysmal Voter Turnouts appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Trump's Newly-Released Financial Report Provides More Evidence That He Lied About Stormy Daniels
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-16
The president keeps highlighting his own dishonesty. | President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen $130,000 for the hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, according to the president's just released government financial disclosure form. The form is required by law, and it must include any debts of $10,000 or more. The Office of Government Ethics released the report Wednesday afternoon, and separately stated that Trump should have disclosed the payment. NBC News reports: "In the interest of transparency, while not required to be disclosed as 'reportable liabilities' . . . in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump's attorneys, Michael Cohen," a note at the bottom of Page 45 of the 92-page report states. "Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Cohen in 2017. The category of value would be. . .

Detainee Continues Hunger Strike For The 27th Day
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-05-16
Yousef Nasasra, a lawyer with the Palestinian Detainees' Committee, said that a detainee, identified as Ebaa' Omar Barghouthi, 40, is ongoing with a hunger strike he started 27 days ago, protesting being held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial. Nasasra said Barghouthi is held at Ohali Kidar …

Voice of the Wilderness: the Life of Stewart Brandborg
Kevin Proescholdt | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
On April 14th, wilderness legend Stewart M. "Brandy" Brandborg broke camp one last time from his home in Hamilton, Montana, and headed over the Divide. He was 93. Brandy was a giant in the wilderness movement, and the last surviving architect of the 1964 Wilderness Act. A wildlife biologist by training, Brandy conducted groundbreaking field…

Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea's Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations
James Carey | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
With all of these parties coming into negotiations surrounding the DPRK, one question that is important to ask is, what does Pyongyang hope to achieve? The US media often asks the question, yet fails to provide an answer based on what North Korea actually says. | The post Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea's Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations appeared first on MintPress News.

Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea's Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations

Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela, US Press and Politicians Dream of a Coup
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2018-05-16
When are elections free and fair, according to corporate media? When the US government says they are. | The May 20 Venezuelan presidential elections pit Hugo Chavez's successor, President Nicolas Maduro, against opposition challenger Henri Falcon. Maduro has called for the United Nations to observe and oversee the contest. Despite calling for elections throughout 2017, many local opposition groups, together with the US government, have demanded no observers should come, arguing that it would "validate" the elections, and have preemptively decided they will not recognize the victor. Miami Herald ( 5/2/18) | The US State Department ( 2/8/18) has cast doubt on the validity of the elections, claiming they represent a "dismantling" of Venezuela's democracy, as "they do not have the agreement of all political parties." That the country is ruled by a dictator presiding over fake elections is taken as…

What the United States Could Learn from Venezuelan Democracy
teleSUR | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
Vice President Mike Pence called on Venezuela to suspend its upcoming elections, only months after having clamored for them to be held. But is the United States really the model democracy it claims to be? | The post What the United States Could Learn from Venezuelan Democracy appeared first on MintPress News.

What the United States Could Learn from Venezuelan Democracy

NYT Edit Board Are Last Humans on Earth Who Believe US Neutral in Israel/Palestine Conflict
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2018-05-16
The fact that the United States favors Israel in its decades-long "conflict" with the Palestinians is not a subjective or abstract question; it's a well-established empirical fact. The US gives over $3 billion a year in military aid to Israel (more than the US spends on aid for the last seven countries it's bombed combined), and defends it from sanction almost uniformly at the UN Security Council. Israel's support from the US Congress borders on sycophantic. The US, on the other hand, gives no military aid to Palestine, and opposes resolutions that even acknowledge Palestine exists–much less support its resistance to Israeli occupation. The US gives some aid to the Israeli-approved and corrupt Palestinian Authority, but this largely serves to buy off the docile and unpopular PA. New York Times editorial ( 5/14/18): "For generations…

Hizbollah's Victory And The US-Iran Conflict
Gary Leupp | iranian.com | 2018-05-16
Among the things that the Iran deal critics demand is a broader, better deal that curbs ballistic missile construction and prevents Iran from supporting "terrorists." The media never questions the proposition that Iran in fact supports such people. Who are these terrorists? Hizbollah in Lebanon tops the list. (Hamas is usually next, and then the […] | The post Hizbollah's Victory And The US-Iran Conflict appeared first on The Iranian.

No One is Coming to Save Us, Except Ourselves
Mark Harris | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
I first heard of the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano years ago from a Chicago associate, a medical editor for whom I had once worked. He was a generation ahead of me in age, a former monk with a taste for flea markets, literature, and theater. He actually wasn't much interested in politics, beyond a general concern for human…

Painting "The Return" — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border
Ramona Wadi | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-16
"Everyone resists in their own way — the revolutionary youth with slingshots and stones, the photographer with the camera, and the artists with their pencils. All of us are delivering the same message to the world: we have the right to get our homeland back." – Artist Amna Alsalmi | The post Painting "The Return" — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border appeared first on MintPress News.

Painting “The Return” — Hopes and History on the Gaza Border

Latina/o Immigrants in the Racist Era of Trump
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-16
President Donald J. Trump represents an existential threat to immigrants in the United States. Trump's immigration rhetoric and policies consist of racist, xenophobic, enforcement-only and divisive (i.e., "us-versus-them") political positions. Moreover, Trump's domestic positions on immigration interconnect with his foreign diplomacy based on isolationist and unilateralist policies. While former U.S. presidents espoused (and implemented) similar…

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