Daily Archives: May 4, 2019

2019-05-04: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-05-03). Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented. fightbacknews.org Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…

James Wright (2019-05-03). Proof that local election results mean nothing for the fate of Labour. thecanary.co Political commentators of all stripes are pointing to the local election results to claim their view is widely represented in public opinion. As it stands at the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost roughly 1,000 councillors and Labour around 100, while the Lib Dems, Greens, and 'Others' have made significant gains.But where it really counts, council elections mean little. Because they don't determine the fate of Labour and other parties in a general election.Proof: Take the 20…

Ted Rall (2019-05-03). The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic More

United Nations (2019-05-03). FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict. un.org "The militia forbade me to cry otherwise they would behead me" – the sombre words of a ten-year-old girl caught up in the years' long conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one story which features in a new UN photo exhibition in the United States, called Caught in Conflict.

Andrew Levine (2019-05-03). Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours. counterpunch.org Part One Since long before Donald Trump oozed out from the New York tabloids and Atlantic City casinos into the mainstream of American politics, the United States has had no genuine center left political party. What it has had instead is a feckless Democratic Party that is as much a capitalist tool (apologies to Forbes More

Steve Howell (2019-05-03). Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign. thenation.com Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign…

Staff (2019-05-03). Biden Supporters Launch $60 Million Dark Money Group. truthout.org A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…

Peter Koenig (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt. dissidentvoice.org In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …

Staff (2019-05-03). I'm Somali, a US Resident and Muslim, and Ilhan Omar Represents Me. truthout.org I first heard about Ilhan Omar five years ago. It was 2014, and the political landscape in Minneapolis was contentious among Democrats with threats and behind-the-scenes political attacks fueling party infighting. As a young activist and aid to a local city councilmember, Omar showed up to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to support the election of Mohamud Noor, a candidate who would upend the Democratic establishment and so-called Minnesota progressive culture. Noor hoped to unseat a 42-year incumbent, so tensions at the meeting were high. Bickering between t…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-03). Climate Campaigners Praise Gov. Inslee's 'Spirited Commitment' to Action, While Calling on 2020 Candidate to 'Push the Envelope'. commondreams.org Climate action groups applauded Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday as he became the first 2020 Democratic presidential contender to commit to a 100 percent renewable energy system, as part of the climate action plan he released. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

United Nations (2019-05-03). Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin. un.org This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-05-03). Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight. counterpunch.org Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll taken a few days after Biden's announcement (in a creepy video) and his first campaign gigs, where, despite decades of service in the legislative ranks of Wall Street, he cunningly wrapped himself in the union label. More

Thomas S. Harrington (2019-05-03). Elections in Spain: Regime Maintenance Disguised as Democratic Vitality and the Possibility of Change. counterpunch.org In last Sunday's Spanish elections, Pedro Sánchez's Socialist Party (PSOE) considerably expanded its presence in the country's Parliament, while the Popular Party (PP), which for more than two decades has quite purposefully and successfully driven the country's arena of "thinkable thought" toward the hard right, had its poorest electoral showing in years. The other big More

Iván Orosa Paleo (2019-05-03). Spain's General Election 2019. Pedro Sanchez is the Winner. globalresearch.ca On April 28, a general election, for the National Congress and the Senate, was held in Spain after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called new elections. Sánchez is the leader of the social-liberal, pro-European Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSO), in …

WSWS (2019-05-03). After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government. wsws.org Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.

Staff (2019-05-03). Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum. greenleft.org.au The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…

Nick Bernabe (2019-05-03). #DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds. theantimedia.com (ANTIMEDIA) No good things last, it is said, and Facebook's days as a medium for spreading information have come and gone. The social network has faced a firestorm of criticism over numerous privacy violations and supposed negligence to Russia's electioneering of America's last presidential election, but one thing the tech giant is praised for in the media is …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-03). US Presidential Elections: Ants at a Picnic. globalresearch.ca Sadly, the uber rich, who seem to run just about everything, must be laughing all the way to their corporate headquarters, banks and brokerage houses. I mean, these sharks have had it so good for so long! | Speaking to an …

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-03). Boris Johnson's latest clanger came just after Jacob Rees-Mogg backed him for PM. thecanary.co Jacob Rees-Mogg backed Boris Johnson as 'the one' to "unite" the Conservative Party. But Rees-Mogg's backing came just days before Johnson deleted a clanger of a tweet about voting in the local elections. | "I just voted Conservative": | On 2 May, Johnson proudly declared, "I just voted Conservative in the local elections…

susan_p (2019-05-03). Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right. greenleft.org.au The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…

Andre Vltchek (2019-05-03). Indonesian Elections: Two Right-Wing Candidates Claiming Victory. asia-pacificresearch.com

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). ACTU must heed lesson of past elections. greenleft.org.au Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…

Matthew Cole (2019-05-03). How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback. theintercept.com When Erik Prince arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game. | Bin Zayed had convened a group of close family members and advisers at the luxurious Indian Ocean resort for a grand strategy session in anticipation of the…

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-03). Green Party gains more seats than ever before in local elections. thecanary.co The Green Party secured a historic local election victory on 2 May. Just days after parliament declared a "climate emergency", Greens won more seats in UK elections than ever before. | "The biggest election night in our history": | With votes still coming in at the time of writing, the so-called #greenwave is clear to…

Ralph Nader (2019-05-03). Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican More

Rob Urie (2019-05-03). Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion. counterpunch.org America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats More

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-03). UK Conservatives Lose Over 1,200 Local Seats in Local Elections. commondreams.org Labour lost 100 seats as well, Liberal Democrats and other independent parties the big winners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Satya Vatti (2019-05-03). Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

Staff (2019-05-02). Black Women Rally in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar. therealnews.com Hundreds of Black women and men gathered at the US Capitol to serve notice to the Republicans who are attacking her, and to the Democrats who are not defending her, that they all #StandWithIlhan…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers. greenleft.org.au Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…

John McEvoy (2019-05-02). US progressives offer ray of hope and resistance as military threats against Venezuela intensify. thecanary.co After another failed coup attempt in Venezuela, W…

unitedEditor (2019-05-02). The Spanish elections and the alleged gains of the "extreme right" uwidata.com The elections in Spain have shown that the country will not follow the populist trends that seem to be blooming across the rest of Europe. The PSOE, the Spanish Socialist Party, a hollow social democratic version of the radical party it once was, retained their hold on power. #SpainElection | #EleccionesGenerales28Abril | Polls have opened …

Fight Back (2019-05-02). FRSO delegation at mega May Day rally in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela — The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation in Venezuela participated in the massive International Workers Day rally in Caracas, May 1. Hundreds of thousands of working people participated. President Maduro addressed the rally. | The massive outpouring of support for Venezuela's national democratic government came on the heels of a failed coup attempt.

Joan Walsh (2019-05-02). The New Political Group Supermajority Aims to Mobilize Women Across Race, Class, and Generation. thenation.com The New Political Group Supermajority Aims to Mobilize Women Across Race, Class, and Generation…

Ruth Conniff (2019-05-02). How the People Beat the Privatizers in Milwaukee Public Schools. progressive.org In an historic election, the school board, long hospitable to private interests, is now controlled by a pro-public-school majority. That's big news in a city that has had a giant target painted on it by the national school-choice lobby.

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy. greenleft.org.au The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…

unitedEditor (2019-05-02). The prospect of an Italian — Hungarian alliance outside a common voting block. uwidata.com On the eve of the European Parliamentary elections scheduled for May 23-26, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will go to Budapest for the first time. In partenza per l'Ungheria per costruire la nuova Europa e tanto felice perché oggi il Parlamento approva l'educazione civica obbligatoria nelle scuole. Promessa mantenuta!Buona giornata Amici‚òÄÔ∏è pic.twitter.com/vCkwRfopRy — Matteo Salvini …

Andre Vltchek (2019-05-02). Indonesian Elections: Two Right-Wing Candidates Claiming Victory. dissidentvoice.org She deserves better In Indonesia, both presidential candidates have declared victory, just a few days after the elections that were held on 17th April, 2019. Both of them are pro-business, both Muslim, and both insist that the Communist Party should continue to be banned. Neither of them is even thinking about stopping their country from …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-01). Headlines for May 1, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuelan President Says U.S.-Backed Coup Attempt Has Been Defeated, Julian Assange Sentenced to 50 Weeks in British Jail as U.S. Presses Extradition, Robert Mueller Sent Letter to Complain About AG William Barr's Summary of Report, Ady Barkan, Activist Dying of ALS, Testifies to Congress in Favor of Medicare for All, 2 Killed, 4 Injured as Gunman Opens Fire at University of North Carolina, Minnesota Cop Guilty of Murder, Manslaughter in Killing of Australian Woman, Prominent Black Women Rally on Capitol Hill in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democratic Leaders Agree With Trump to Pursue $2 Trillion Infrastructure…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-01). Democratic Triumph for Catalan Separatists. consortiumnews.com Given all they were up against, Craig Murray underscores the importance of their victory in Spain's general election. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk The Spanish general election in Catalonia was a stunning victory for the Catalan separatists, their best election result,… Read more →

United Nations (2019-04-30). Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo, amidst growing 'funding gap' UN health agency warns. un.org Strengthening both security and the Ebola response effort is essential to contain the growing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health agency's officials said on Tuesday, following a visit to the epicentre of what is already the worst outbreak in the country's history.

Staff (2019-04-30). Spain's Center-Left Wins Without Majority, Rules out Coalition With Podemos for Now. therealnews.com Spain's centre-left Socialist Party won significantly in Sunday's election, but forming a government on its own is out of reach. Far-right Vox party enters parliament for first time. Prof. Sebastiaan Faber analyzes the result…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-29). New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing. theintercept.com The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters a way to share political information on friends, family, and neighbors. | Sanders's strategy to emerge from the crowded primary field revolves around energizing and empowering his army of supporters, and giving them easy-to-use tools in the hopes of expanding the electoral map in both the primary and general elections. More than 60,000 people attended the events, which took place in every state and more than 30…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-29). Headlines for April 29, 2019. democracynow.org White Nationalist Gunman Opens Fire on San Diego Synagogue, Killing 60-Year-Old Lori Kaye, Trump Admin Disbanded Domestic Terror Unit Amid Rising Far-Right Violence, One Dead, Seven Wounded as Gunman Fires Indiscriminately at Baltimore Crowd, At NRA Convention, Trump Ends Ratification Process for Arms Treaty, Oliver North, Who Illegally Funneled Weapons to Contras, Resigns as NRA President, Trump Praises Robert E. Lee as "One of the Great Generals", Spanish Socialist PM Pedro Sánchez Wins Election as Far-Right Vox Party Makes Gains, Mozambique Battered by Cyclone Kenneth, the Strongest Storm in Its History, U.K.

unitedEditor (2019-04-29). Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia. uwidata.com Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …

Alan MacLeod (2019-04-29). Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a Very Bad Idea. fair.org The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. A 2018 Reuters poll ( 8/23/18) found that 70 percent of Americans support Medicare for All. | The United States…

Justin Anderson (2019-04-28). Comcast-Owned MSNBC in the Tank for Joe Biden's Presidential Run. fair.org Joe Biden finally announced on Thursday what everyone already knew. With the release of a three-and-a-half minute promotional video, the former vice president officially threw his name in the ever-expanding ring of Democratic primary contenders seeking to win the opportunity to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Biden has already seen his share of coverage, and was the second-most-mentioned De…

Shadowproof (2019-04-27). The Shameful Moralizing On Prisoner Voting Rights. shadowproof.com Editor's Note: We're pleased to publish this preview of our member newsletter, "Keeping The Issues Alive," which provides a closer look at the stories we're following at Shadowproof. | Subscribe for $9/month and receive this weekly newsletter: SUBSCRIBE NOW | For this week's newsletter, Shadowproof publishing editor Brian Sonenstein responds to the backlash against the notion of allowing prisoners to vote, including those convicted of "violent offenses." | Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sander…

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-26). Operation Take Down Bernie. progressive.org Sanders's socialism is scary for a Democratic establishment that worries a lot about electability. Cue the media hit pieces.

2019-05-04: Social Media Postees

Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-03
Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/3/wisconsin…

Green Party gains more seats than ever before in local elections
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
The Green Party secured a historic local election victory on 2 May. Just days after parliament declared a "climate emergency", Greens won more seats in UK elections than ever before. | "The biggest election night in our history": | With votes still coming in at the time of writing, the so-called #greenwave is clear to…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/03/green-party-gains-more-seats-than-ever-before-in-local-elections/

Proof that local election results mean nothing for the fate of Labour
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
Political commentators of all stripes are pointing to the local election results to claim their view is widely represented in public opinion. As it stands at the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost roughly 1,000 councillors and Labour around 100, while the Lib Dems, Greens, and 'Others' have made significant gains.But where it really counts, council elections mean little. Because they don't determine the fate of Labour and other parties in a general election.Proof: Take the 20…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/05/03/proof-that-local-election-results-mean-nothing-for-the-fate-of-labour/

Friday's Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Venezuela: Another Failed Coup Attempt
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
In the early morning hours of 30 April, 2019, the self-declared "Interim President", Juan Guaidó, launched what at first sight appeared to be a military coup — Guaidó calls it "Operation Freedom" (sounds very much like a Washington-invented title) — against the democratically elected, legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro. With two dozen of defected armed …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/venezuela-ano…

I'm Somali, a US Resident and Muslim, and Ilhan Omar Represents Me
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
I first heard about Ilhan Omar five years ago. It was 2014, and the political landscape in Minneapolis was contentious among Democrats with threats and behind-the-scenes political attacks fueling party infighting. As a young activist and aid to a local city councilmember, Omar showed up to a Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucus at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to support the election of Mohamud Noor, a candidate who would upend the Democratic establishment and so-called Minnesota progressive culture. Noor hoped to unseat a 42-year incumbent, so tensions at the meeting were high. Bickering between t…
truthout.org/articles/im-somali-a-us-res…

The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-secret-c…

Trump vs. Congress and Our Constitution
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word "impeachment" for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/trump-vs-con…

Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign
Steve Howell | thenation.com | 2019-05-03
Democrats Should Learn From Corbyn's 2017 Campaign…
thenation.com/article/corbyn-labour-demo…

UK Conservatives Lose Over 1,200 Local Seats in Local Elections
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
Labour lost 100 seats as well, Liberal Democrats and other independent parties the big winners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/uk-cons…

Environmental Crisis, Oil Geopolitics and the Trump Diversion
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
America in 2019 is a very strange place. The problems of the age: looming environmental calamity, the threat of nuclear annihilation and accumulating class tensions, keep being shoved to the side through diversionary tactics. No sooner had a range of left programs been consolidated under the banner of a Green New Deal than establishment Democrats…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/environmenta…

Climate Campaigners Praise Gov. Inslee's 'Spirited Commitment' to Action, While Calling on 2020 Candidate to 'Push the Envelope'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
Climate action groups applauded Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday as he became the first 2020 Democratic presidential contender to commit to a 100 percent renewable energy system, as part of the climate action plan he released. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/climate…

Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll taken a few days after Biden's announcement (in a creepy video) and his first campaign gigs, where, despite decades of service in the legislative ranks of Wall Street, he cunningly wrapped himself in the union label.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/roaming-char…

Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants
Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.
liberationnews.org/proposed-new-census-q…

Biden Supporters Launch $60 Million Dark Money Group
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
A new "dark money" group is labeling itself the strategy center for Democrats in 2020. | The recently-launched Future Majority will spend up to $60 million to target voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in the 2020 election, helping Democrats craft messaging that they are fighting for working people while countering conservative talking points, according to Politico. | The 501(c)(4) nonprofit, run by Democratic strategist Mark Riddle, is not required to disclose its donors. The g…
truthout.org/articles/biden-supporters-l…

FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
"The militia forbade me to cry otherwise they would behead me" – the sombre words of a ten-year-old girl caught up in the years' long conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one story which features in a new UN photo exhibition in the United States, called Caught in Conflict.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Elections in Spain: Regime Maintenance Disguised as Democratic Vitality and the Possibility of Change
Thomas S. Harrington | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
In last Sunday's Spanish elections, Pedro Sánchez's Socialist Party (PSOE) considerably expanded its presence in the country's Parliament, while the Popular Party (PP), which for more than two decades has quite purposefully and successfully driven the country's arena of "thinkable thought" toward the hard right, had its poorest electoral showing in years. The other big…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/elections-in…

Pelosi's Trump Problem and Ours
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Part One Since long before Donald Trump oozed out from the New York tabloids and Atlantic City casinos into the mainstream of American politics, the United States has had no genuine center left political party. What it has had instead is a feckless Democratic Party that is as much a capitalist tool (apologies to Forbes…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/pelosis-trum…

ACTU must heed lesson of past elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Another federal election looming and, of course, working people and trade unions want to see off the reactionary Coalition government in Canberra. | Much has been made in the media about the trade union movement, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), spending millions on marginal seat campaigning. There have also been some very successful rallies by workers that have highlighted the widespread opposition to the Coalition anti-worker, anti-union policies. | Attention has also been given to the policy demands put forward by the ACTU under the leadership of secretary Sally McManus. Progressive unions…
greenleft.org.au/content/actu-must-heed-lesson-past-elections

After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/03/pode…

Kanaky: Independence forces set their sights on 2020 referendum
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The struggle for self determination in New Caledonia (Kanaky) was boosted last November, when more than 43% of the population voted to support independence from France in a referendum. A second independence referendum will be held next year. | The FLNKS (The Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front), a pro-independence alliance of political parties met in March to plan for the general elections in May and to prepare for the 2020 referendum. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke with FLNKS representative in Australia, Charles Wea about the congress and the referendum campaign. | *** | What is the signific…
greenleft.org.au/content/kanaky-independence-forces-set-their-sights-2020-referendum

Spain's General Election 2019. Pedro Sanchez is the Winner
Iván Orosa Paleo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
On April 28, a general election, for the National Congress and the Senate, was held in Spain after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called new elections. Sánchez is the leader of the social-liberal, pro-European Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSO), in …
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#DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds
Nick Bernabe | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-03
(ANTIMEDIA) No good things last, it is said, and Facebook's days as a medium for spreading information have come and gone. The social network has faced a firestorm of criticism over numerous privacy violations and supposed negligence to Russia's electioneering of America's last presidential election, but one thing the tech giant is praised for in the media is …

#DivestFromFacebook: Anti-Media Shifting From Facebook to Minds

Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-elections-important-battle-won-against-right

Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Pacts, Mueller Report in Hour-Long Call
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-03
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North Korea and also briefly about special counsel Robert Mueller's just completed report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. | "They had a very good discussion. Spoke for a little over an hour," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. "They discussed nuclear agreements, both new and extended, with the possibility of having conversations with China on that front as well." | "There was a discussi…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-putin-discus…

US Presidential Elections: Ants at a Picnic
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Sadly, the uber rich, who seem to run just about everything, must be laughing all the way to their corporate headquarters, banks and brokerage houses. I mean, these sharks have had it so good for so long! | Speaking to an …
globalresearch.ca/presidential-elections…

Boris Johnson's latest clanger came just after Jacob Rees-Mogg backed him for PM
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
Jacob Rees-Mogg backed Boris Johnson as 'the one' to "unite" the Conservative Party. But Rees-Mogg's backing came just days before Johnson deleted a clanger of a tweet about voting in the local elections. | "I just voted Conservative": | On 2 May, Johnson proudly declared, "I just voted Conservative in the local elections…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/03/boris-johnsons-latest-clanger-came-just-after-jacob-rees-mogg-backed-him-for-pm/

Indonesian Elections: Two Right-Wing Candidates Claiming Victory
Andre Vltchek | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-05-03
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How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback
Matthew Cole | theintercept.com | 2019-05-03
When Erik Prince arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years of trying and failing to peddle a sweeping vision of mercenary warfare around the world, Erik Prince was back in the game. | Bin Zayed had convened a group of close family members and advisers at the luxurious Indian Ocean resort for a grand strategy session in anticipation of the…
theintercept.com/2019/05/03/erik-prince-…

Black Women Rally in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-02
Hundreds of Black women and men gathered at the US Capitol to serve notice to the Republicans who are attacking her, and to the Democrats who are not defending her, that they all #StandWithIlhan…
therealnews.com/stories/black-women-rall…

Union independence from Labor key to change the rules for workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
Activists from the Australian Council of Trade Union's campaign to "change the rules" for workers were told the day before pre-polling started that its official how-to-vote for the May 18 federal election would call on voters to put Labor first. | Disappointed, though not too surprised by the decision, some activists have decided not to hand out for the campaign. | The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign initially called on voters to "Put the Liberals last". This was important for involving campaigners who are members of parties like the Greens and socialist groups or none at all. | Many activists also believe that…
greenleft.org.au/content/union-independence-labor-key-change-rules-workers

The Spanish elections and the alleged gains of the "extreme right"
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-02
The elections in Spain have shown that the country will not follow the populist trends that seem to be blooming across the rest of Europe. The PSOE, the Spanish Socialist Party, a hollow social democratic version of the radical party it once was, retained their hold on power. #SpainElection | #EleccionesGenerales28Abril | Polls have opened …
uwidata.com/3268-the-spanish-elections-a…

FRSO delegation at mega May Day rally in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-02
Caracas, Venezuela — The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation in Venezuela participated in the massive International Workers Day rally in Caracas, May 1. Hundreds of thousands of working people participated. President Maduro addressed the rally. | The massive outpouring of support for Venezuela's national democratic government came on the heels of a failed coup attempt.
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/1/frso-dele…

How the People Beat the Privatizers in Milwaukee Public Schools
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-02
In an historic election, the school board, long hospitable to private interests, is now controlled by a pro-public-school majority. That's big news in a city that has had a giant target painted on it by the national school-choice lobby.
progressive.org/dispatches/how-people-be…

The New Political Group Supermajority Aims to Mobilize Women Across Race, Class, and Generation
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-05-02
The New Political Group Supermajority Aims to Mobilize Women Across Race, Class, and Generation…
thenation.com/article/supermajority-ceci…

Indonesian Elections: Two Right-Wing Candidates Claiming Victory
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-02
She deserves better In Indonesia, both presidential candidates have declared victory, just a few days after the elections that were held on 17th April, 2019. Both of them are pro-business, both Muslim, and both insist that the Communist Party should continue to be banned. Neither of them is even thinking about stopping their country from …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/indonesian-el…

Nothing like an election to sort the weird from the crazy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The bizarreness of Australian politics was summed up in multi-millionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer's election advertisement accusing Labor of "supporting the big end of town". | I might as well take out a nationwide ad having a go at anyone who likes beer or is too passionate about the slightly beleaguered Western Sydney Wanderers — and even then I'd struggle to match Palmer for sheer hypocrisy. | After all, Palmer was the largest single donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party, before quitting in 2012 over a state budget that included a rise in coalmining royalties. | Palmer's company, Queens…
greenleft.org.au/content/nothing-election-sort-weird-crazy

The prospect of an Italian — Hungarian alliance outside a common voting block
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-02
On the eve of the European Parliamentary elections scheduled for May 23-26, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will go to Budapest for the first time. In partenza per l'Ungheria per costruire la nuova Europa e tanto felice perché oggi il Parlamento approva l'educazione civica obbligatoria nelle scuole. Promessa mantenuta!Buona giornata Amici‚òÄÔ∏è pic.twitter.com/vCkwRfopRy — Matteo Salvini …
uwidata.com/3278-the-prospect-of-an-ital…

Democratic Triumph for Catalan Separatists
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-01
Given all they were up against, Craig Murray underscores the importance of their victory in Spain's general election. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk The Spanish general election in Catalonia was a stunning victory for the Catalan separatists, their best election result,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/01/democratic…

Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo, amidst growing 'funding gap' UN health agency warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-30
Strengthening both security and the Ebola response effort is essential to contain the growing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health agency's officials said on Tuesday, following a visit to the epicentre of what is already the worst outbreak in the country's history.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Spain's Center-Left Wins Without Majority, Rules out Coalition With Podemos for Now
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-30
Spain's centre-left Socialist Party won significantly in Sunday's election, but forming a government on its own is out of reach. Far-right Vox party enters parliament for first time. Prof. Sebastiaan Faber analyzes the result…
therealnews.com/stories/spains-center-le…

New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-29
The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters a way to share political information on friends, family, and neighbors. | Sanders's strategy to emerge from the crowded primary field revolves around energizing and empowering his army of supporters, and giving them easy-to-use tools in the hopes of expanding the electoral map in both the primary and general elections. More than 60,000 people attended the events, which took place in every state and more than 30…
theintercept.com/2019/04/29/bern-bernie-…

Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a Very Bad Idea
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-04-29
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. A 2018 Reuters poll ( 8/23/18) found that 70 percent of Americans support Medicare for All. | The United States…
fair.org/home/corporate-media-are-here-t…

Headlines for April 29, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-29
White Nationalist Gunman Opens Fire on San Diego Synagogue, Killing 60-Year-Old Lori Kaye, Trump Admin Disbanded Domestic Terror Unit Amid Rising Far-Right Violence, One Dead, Seven Wounded as Gunman Fires Indiscriminately at Baltimore Crowd, At NRA Convention, Trump Ends Ratification Process for Arms Treaty, Oliver North, Who Illegally Funneled Weapons to Contras, Resigns as NRA President, Trump Praises Robert E. Lee as "One of the Great Generals", Spanish Socialist PM Pedro Sánchez Wins Election as Far-Right Vox Party Makes Gains, Mozambique Battered by Cyclone Kenneth, the Strongest Storm in Its History, U.K.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/29/headlines

Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-29
Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …
uwidata.com/3237-nur-sultan-talks-spanis…

NAACP Participates in Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's Voting Rights Hearings
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-29
The NAACP joined leading civil rights and voting rights advocates in Halifax, North Carolina and Cleveland, Ohio to bring attention to voter suppression barriers in those states. Headed by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the House Subcommittee on Elections hosted the hearings on voting rights and election administration and will continue to do so for the upcoming month. The NAACP …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-participates-cong…

Comcast-Owned MSNBC in the Tank for Joe Biden's Presidential Run
Justin Anderson | fair.org | 2019-04-28
Joe Biden finally announced on Thursday what everyone already knew. With the release of a three-and-a-half minute promotional video, the former vice president officially threw his name in the ever-expanding ring of Democratic primary contenders seeking to win the opportunity to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Biden has already seen his share of coverage, and was the second-most-mentioned De…
fair.org/home/comcast-owned-msnbc-in-the…

The Shameful Moralizing On Prisoner Voting Rights
shadowproof.com | 2019-04-27
Editor's Note: We're pleased to publish this preview of our member newsletter, "Keeping The Issues Alive," which provides a closer look at the stories we're following at Shadowproof. | Subscribe for $9/month and receive this weekly newsletter: SUBSCRIBE NOW | For this week's newsletter, Shadowproof publishing editor Brian Sonenstein responds to the backlash against the notion of allowing prisoners to vote, including those convicted of "violent offenses." | Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sander…
shadowproof.com/2019/04/27/the-shameful-…

Social Media Blackouts Are an Authoritarian Power Move
aclu.org | 2019-04-26
When Americans see governments shutting down Internet communications, they should see nothing but counterproductive, authoritarian exercises of power. | In the wake of the terrible Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, that government shut down access to Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and other social media services. The shutdown garnered praise from some within the United States and other democratic countries, but as tragic as the circumstances may be, Americans must never come to see social media or other Internet shutdowns as anything other than an authoritarian power move and/or a mistake. | Some commentators
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/internet-speec…

Operation Take Down Bernie
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-04-26
Sanders's socialism is scary for a Democratic establishment that worries a lot about electability. Cue the media hit pieces.
progressive.org/dispatches/operation-tak…