Daily Archives: May 6, 2019

2019-05-06: News Headlines

Paul Waldman (2019-05-06). Fearful Democrats and the False Allure of Policy Centrism. commondreams.org Joe Biden is basing his candidacy on the proposition that he will be able to win over significant numbers of Republican voters, once they see that he's more moderate than other Democrats and realize what a repellent human being Donald Trump is. Here, Biden speaks during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-06). Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him. theintercept.com Biden says Trump is the sole cause of America's political crisis — but in fact, the president is a symptom of the GOP's derangement.

Ilana Novick (2019-05-06). Are Democrats Losing Their Enthusiasm? A New Poll Gives GOP the Edge. truthdig.com Republicans' interest bounces back after midterms, a sure sign the "blue wave" can't be counted on but must be earned in 2020.

Staff (2019-05-06). Republican Red-Baiting Is Going to Backfire. truthdig.com "Socialism," snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. The obedient crowd of Trumpistas snarled back in unison: So-sh'll-izz-ummm! | There you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP's 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump: Slap Democrats with a scurrilous campaign branding them as Lenin-Trotsky-Stalin re-incarnate. | It's not just Trump hissing out the socialist label in a frantic McCarthyesque attempt to make it stick by mindless repetition, but also Republican lawmakers. Unfortunately for them, they're overplaying a weak hand and bumbling over their own ignoranc…

Ralph Nader (2019-05-06). Note To the Environmental Community. counterpunch.org In 2003, political strategist Frank Luntz wrote a confidential Republican Party memo on what he called "the environmental communications battle." In that memo, Luntz advised Republicans to change the words they used to meet their ends. "The scientific debate is closing but not yet closed," he wrote. "There is still a window of opportunity to More

Kenichi Serino (2019-05-06). Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong? thenation.com Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong?

plenglish (2019-05-06). Laurentino Cortizo Is Panama's New President. plenglish.com Panama City, May 6 (Prensa Latina) Laurentino Cortizo, of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), will be Panama"s new president until 2024 after winning the Sunday elections in a tight political race over right-wing politician Romulo Roux.

Jason Ditz (2019-05-06). CNN Falsely Claims Venezuela's Guaido Was Elected President in January. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Continuing to try to advance the US narrative that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is the "duly elected" president, CNN went to the trouble on Sunday afternoon of inventing an entire election to base this around. In the CNN report, they declared "pressure is mounting on Maduro to step down, following elections in January in which …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-06). In Upcoming Elections EU Parliament Faces Long List of Enemies. consortiumnews.com Attilio Moro explains why the EU's only directly elected legislative body is mounting such an energetic voter-turnout campaign. By Attilio Moro in Brussels Special to Consortium News As the EU approaches what are considered to be the most important elections… Read more →

RT (2019-05-06). Fake news alert: CNN says Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido 'won election in January'. rt.com CNN took the concept of "fake news" to a whole new level with a recent report on Venezuela, in which it claimed that citizens "chose" coup leader Juan Guaido over current president Nicolas Maduro in January "elections."

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Spain Court Rules Catalan ex-Leader Can Stand in European Vote. telesurenglish.net A Madrid court ruled Monday that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in 2017 to escape arrest for his role in an independence referendum, could run in the European Parliament election on May 26. | Spain's electoral commission last month barred Puigdemont and two other fugitive Catalan politicians from standing, but they appealed the decision. Puigdemont and Toni Comin live in Belgium while Clara Ponsati lives in Scotland. | All three face arrest if they return to Spain as the referendum was ruled illegal by the Constitutional Court. | Spain's electoral body originally ruled they coul…

WSWS (2019-05-06). Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion. wsws.org Less than a month after his far-right bloc's victory in last month's elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu authorised an aerial assault on Gaza, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend.

Jonathan Cook (2019-05-06). The Palestinian Authority is No Longer Crying Wolf Over its Imminent Collapse. dissidentvoice.org We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the Palestinian Authority is not crying wolf as it warns of imminent collapse. The crisis is entirely of Israel and Washington's making. Keen to pander to hawkish public opinion in the run-up to last month's election, Israel's Prime …

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Turkish Electoral Board Orders New Istanbul Local Election. telesurenglish.net Turkey's Supreme Board of Elections made its decision regarding the elections for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Monday in which it decided to cancel and renew the vote that was held on March 31, which saw the candidate of the opposition party CHP Ekrem Imamoglu winning the mayoral position. | Ruling party AKP's representative at the electoral board Recep àñzel also announced the decision from his twitter account. "Istanbul elections are renewed. Good luck …," he tweeted. | àñzel also said that the country's High Election Board has set June 23 for a re-run of local elections in Istanbul.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World. democracynow.org The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…

Amy Goodman (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince makes a comeback under Trump selling mercenary armies around the world. nationofchange.org House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter.

WSWS (2019-05-06). Teachers at three Chicago charter schools strike as union blocks common fight with public school educators. wsws.org The Chicago Teachers Union has worked closely with the Democratic Party to ensure that the two-tier education system is completely unaffected.

Lee Fang (2019-05-06). Joe Biden's Presidential Campaign Pledged Not to Take Special-Interest Money — but Not His PAC. theintercept.com In his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to reject contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs. But he has quietly taken in more than $30,000 in donations from corporate interests through a political action committee he created in 2017. | Biden founded American Possibilities in 2017 to support Democ…

Michael Payne (2019-05-06). Let the war begin: Trump versus the House Democrats and — America and its people. nationofchange.org This war he initiated is against the House Democrats and is based on political issues. But its also against this nation's democracy and the people of America.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-05-06). The Indivisible Unity Pledge and the Democratic Party progressives. nationofchange.org Bernie has just taken the Indivisible Unity Pledge — meaning that he will back the Democratic nominee regardless of the DNC moves to eliminate progressives from the race.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-06). Six Dem hopefuls push workers' rights at Las Vegas forum. peoplesworld.org LAS VEGAS —Six Democratic presidential hopefuls, vying for workers' support in the 2020 primaries, pushed hard for workers' rights at an all-day forum in Las Vegas April 27. For five of them — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) and former Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colo.) …

David Dayen (2019-05-06). Obama's Agriculture Secretary, Now Working for the Dairy Industry, Urges 2020 Democrats to Be Nice to the Dairy Industry. theintercept.com Some dairy companies have begun to include a list of suicide prevention hotlines in the envelope with farmers' checks.

WSWS (2019-05-06). One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part Two. wsws.org The Chinese Communist Party today distorts the significance of the events of May 4, 1919. It has long ago repudiated the democratic principles of the New Culture movement and the socialist internationalism upon which the party was founded.

Staff (2019-05-06). Sanders Calls for Breaking Up Big Agriculture Monopolies. truthdig.com OSAGE, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday proposed a sweeping agriculture and rural investment plan to break up big agriculture monopolies and shift farm subsidies toward small family farmers. | "I think a farmer that produces the food we eat may be almost as important as some crook on Wall Street who destroys the economy," Sanders said during a campaign event in Osage, a town of fewer than 4,000 people. "Those of us who come from rural America have nothing to be ashamed about, and the time is long overdue for us to stand up and fight for our way of life." | Sanders' plan expa…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-06). Treating Gun Violence 'As the Epidemic That It Is,' Cory Booker Wins Praise for Sweeping Gun Control Plan. commondreams.org National gun control groups and progressives offered praise on Monday for Sen. Cory Booker's proposal "to end the gun violence epidemic," with some advocates calling the plan the most ambitious of any gun control action plan offered by the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-06). Sickout by teachers and school support staff in Nashville, Tennessee. wsws.org More than 1,400 teachers and support staff called in sick Friday after Democratic Mayor David Briley's budget provided no increase in real wages for school employees.

Jon Queally (2019-05-06). Despite International Law, Pompeo Claims US Military Attack on Venezuela "Would Be Lawful" theantimedia.com (CD) — After U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday morning that President Donald Trump has a "full range of options" when it comes to possible next moves against Venezuela, anti-war critics are wondering what the Democrats in Congress are prepared to do in order to curtail the administration's ongoing threat of using military force to …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-06). Democrats Demand White House Hand Over Documents on Trump's "Abominable" Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico. commondreams.org House Democrats also requested records and communications from FEMA "regarding mass graves found in Puerto Rico." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Chris Hedges (2019-05-06). Creeping Toward Tyranny. commondreams.org The hollowing out of our democratic institutions, which cannot be blamed on Trump, makes tyranny inevitable.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-06). 'Equity-Centric' Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Introduced by Illinois Dems. commondreams.org Illinois's Democratic governor and state lawmakers unveiled legislation over the weekend to legalize recreational marijuana for residents aged 21 and older, expunge roughly 800,000 drug convictions, and establish a $20 million low-interest loan program to help "social equity applicants" enter the licensed cannabis industry. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-05-05). It's Karl Marx's birthday, read his letter to Abraham Lincoln. fightbacknews.org To mark the May 5, 1818 birthday of Karl Marx, Fight Back News Service is circulating a work he authored in 1864, a statement of congratulations to President Lincoln upon his reelection. | Address of the International Working Men's Association to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America | Sir: | We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority. If resistance to the Slave Power was the reserved watchword of your first election, the triumphant war cry of your re-election is Death to Slavery. | From the commencement of the titanic American strife the workingmen of…

RT (2019-05-05). Orange horse bad! Trump digs into Kentucky Derby scandal that was somehow compared to 2016 election. rt.com President Donald Trump has weighed in on a horse racing scandal at the Kentucky Derby, after Twitter complained that a decision granting victory to a second-placed horse had a lot in common with the 2016 election. Really. |

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Centrist Nito Cortizo Elected President of Panama, Roux Objects. telesurenglish.net In a close presidential race between right-wing Romulo Roux and center-left Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo, the latter has won by 33,01 percent of votes against 31,08 in Sunday's Panamanian general elections, in what seems an irreversible trend with 91 percent of votes counted according to the Panamanian Electoral Council. | RELATED: | Panama Elections: Voters Go to Polls, Seek Anti-Graft President | Despite the figures, Roux has issued a statement via Twitter saying his party does n…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). France Launches Pact to Ensure Gender Equality in Europe. telesurenglish.net A pact was launched Sunday by the French government to promote European feminist policy prior to the regional elections of European Parliament scheduled for May 26. | RELATED: | France Fines 450 People for Catcalling, Street Harassment | The Secretary of State for Equality between women and men, Marlene Schiappa, and the head of the forme…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). France: Le Pen's Far-Right Leads in EU Election Poll. telesurenglish.net The National Rally (RN), formerly the National Front party of far-right leader Marine Le Pen leads voter intention with 22 percent for the upcoming European Parliament elections, just ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic in March (REM) party, according to an Ipsos poll released on Sunday. | RELATED: | Europe's Far-Right Recalls Rise of Nazis, UN Expert Warns | The poll of 1,500 people was conducted on May 2-3 and shows that Macron's party numbers fell by 1.5 percent to…

RT (2019-05-05). Pelosi fears Trump may borrow page from Democratic playbook by challenging 2020 election legitimacy. rt.com Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned her fellow Democrats that Donald Trump may question the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he loses by a slim margin — a cowardly political tactic not seen since the Democrats lost in 2016.

John Shafthauer (2019-05-04). Local elections with 30% turnout prove Brexit should be harder/cancelled. thecanary.co There are a few things you can say clearly about the local elections. The Tories lost big. Labour lost a little. The Lib Dems, Greens, and others cleaned up. | There's something else you can say. Voter turnout was incredibly low. As such, it's difficult to say what these elections mean. Unless you run a national newspaper, in which case you can say whatever you like: | Same election, same headline, two newspapers hearing diame…

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-04). House passes Climate Action Now bill in first major climate change legislation in a decade. nationofchange.org Three Republicans voted with House Democrats to approve the Climate Action Now bill — the first major climate change legislation in a decade.

James Wright (2019-05-04). That's it. Corbyn is done with antisemitism smears and the 'stress' they're causing Jewish people. thecanary.co It looks like Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has had enough of the "mischievous" antisemitism smears against him and the "stress" they are causing Jewish people."Unfounded allegations": Corbyn made the remarks in a letter to the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews on 2 May. The right-wing media have again been accusing Corbyn of antisemitism. This time, over a foreword he wrote for the 2011 edition of John…

Anna Massoglia and Kaitlin Washburn (2019-05-04). Obama-tied operatives and Biden supporters launch $60 million 'dark money' group. nationofchange.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…

Paul Buhle (2019-05-04). Tom Hayden, Giant of the New Left Remembered. progressive.org A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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 …

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…

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 photo exhibition in the United States, curated by the UN humanitarian affairs coordination office (OCHA) called Caught in Conflict.

2019-05-06: Social Media Postees

Are Democrats Losing Their Enthusiasm? A New Poll Gives GOP the Edge
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
Republicans' interest bounces back after midterms, a sure sign the "blue wave" can't be counted on but must be earned in 2020.
truthdig.com/articles/are-democrats-losi…

Republican Red-Baiting Is Going to Backfire
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
"Socialism," snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. The obedient crowd of Trumpistas snarled back in unison: So-sh'll-izz-ummm! | There you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP's 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump: Slap Democrats with a scurrilous campaign branding them as Lenin-Trotsky-Stalin re-incarnate. | It's not just Trump hissing out the socialist label in a frantic McCarthyesque attempt to make it stick by mindless repetition, but also Republican lawmakers. Unfortunately for them, they're overplaying a weak hand and bumbling over their own ignoranc…
truthdig.com/articles/republican-red-bai…

Joe Biden Won't Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
Biden says Trump is the sole cause of America's political crisis — but in fact, the president is a symptom of the GOP's derangement.
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/joe-biden-tr…

Note To the Environmental Community
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-06
In 2003, political strategist Frank Luntz wrote a confidential Republican Party memo on what he called "the environmental communications battle." In that memo, Luntz advised Republicans to change the words they used to meet their ends. "The scientific debate is closing but not yet closed," he wrote.
counterpunch.org/2019/05/06/note-to-the-…

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion
wsws.org | 2019-05-06
Less than a month after his far-right bloc's victory in last month's elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu authorised an aerial assault on Gaza, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/06/gaza…

Fake news alert: CNN says Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido 'won election in January'
rt.com | 2019-05-06
CNN took the concept of "fake news" to a whole new level with a recent report on Venezuela, in which it claimed that citizens "chose" coup leader Juan Guaido over current president Nicolas Maduro in January "elections." | …
rt.com/usa/458507-cnn-fake-news-venezuel…

Spain Court Rules Catalan ex-Leader Can Stand in European Vote
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
A Madrid court ruled Monday that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in 2017 to escape arrest for his role in an independence referendum, could run in the European Parliament election on May 26. | Spain's electoral commission last month barred Puigdemont and two other fugitive Catalan politicians from standing, but they appealed the decision. Puigdemont and Toni Comin live in Belgium while Clara Ponsati lives in Scotland. | All three face arrest if they return to Spain as the referendum was ruled illegal by the Constitutional Court. | Spain's electoral body originally ruled they coul…
telesurenglish.net/news/Spain-Court-Rule…

Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong?
Kenichi Serino | thenation.com | 2019-05-06
Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong?
thenation.com/article/south-africa-anc-l…

Turkish Electoral Board Orders New Istanbul Local Election
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-06
Turkey's Supreme Board of Elections made its decision regarding the elections for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Monday in which it decided to cancel and renew the vote that was held on March 31, which saw the candidate of the opposition party CHP Ekrem Imamoglu winning the mayoral position. | Ruling party AKP's representative at the electoral board Recep àñzel also announced the decision from his twitter account. "Istanbul elections are renewed. Good luck …," he tweeted. | àñzel also said that the country's High Election Board has set June 23 for a re-run of local elections in Istanbul.
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkish-Electora…

Laurentino Cortizo Is Panama's New President
plenglish.com | 2019-05-06
Panama City, May 6 (Prensa Latina) Laurentino Cortizo, of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), will be Panama"s new president until 2024 after winning the Sunday elections in a tight political race over right-wing politician Romulo Roux.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

In Upcoming Elections EU Parliament Faces Long List of Enemies
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-06
Attilio Moro explains why the EU's only directly elected legislative body is mounting such an energetic voter-turnout campaign. By Attilio Moro in Brussels Special to Consortium News As the EU approaches what are considered to be the most important elections… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/06/in-upcomin…

The Palestinian Authority is No Longer Crying Wolf Over its Imminent Collapse
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-06
We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the Palestinian Authority is not crying wolf as it warns of imminent collapse. The crisis is entirely of Israel and Washington's making. Keen to pander to hawkish public opinion in the run-up to last month's election, Israel's Prime …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/the-palestini…

CNN Falsely Claims Venezuela's Guaido Was Elected President in January
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Continuing to try to advance the US narrative that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is the "duly elected" president, CNN went to the trouble on Sunday afternoon of inventing an entire election to base this around. In the CNN report, they declared "pressure is mounting on Maduro to step down, following elections in January in which …

CNN Falsely Claims Venezuela’s Guaido Was Elected President in January

Sickout by teachers and school support staff in Nashville, Tennessee
wsws.org | 2019-05-06
More than 1,400 teachers and support staff called in sick Friday after Democratic Mayor David Briley's budget provided no increase in real wages for school employees.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/06/nash…

Despite International Law, Pompeo Claims US Military Attack on Venezuela "Would Be Lawful"
Jon Queally | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-06
(CD) — After U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday morning that President Donald Trump has a "full range of options" when it comes to possible next moves against Venezuela, anti-war critics are wondering what the Democrats in Congress are prepared to do in order to curtail the administration's ongoing threat of using military force to …

Despite International Law, Pompeo Claims US Military Attack on Venezuela "Would Be Lawful"

Treating Gun Violence 'As the Epidemic That It Is,' Cory Booker Wins Praise for Sweeping Gun Control Plan
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
National gun control groups and progressives offered praise on Monday for Sen. Cory Booker's proposal "to end the gun violence epidemic," with some advocates calling the plan the most ambitious of any gun control action plan offered by the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/06/treatin…

Fearful Democrats and the False Allure of Policy Centrism
Paul Waldman | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
Joe Biden is basing his candidacy on the proposition that he will be able to win over significant numbers of Republican voters, once they see that he's more moderate than other Democrats and realize what a repellent human being Donald Trump is. Here, Biden speaks during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Joe Biden's Presidential Campaign Pledged Not to Take Special-Interest Money — but Not His PAC
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
In his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to reject contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs. But he has quietly taken in more than $30,000 in donations from corporate interests through a political action committee he created in 2017. | Biden founded American Possibilities in 2017 to support Democ…
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/joe-biden-pa…

'Equity-Centric' Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Introduced by Illinois Dems
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
Illinois's Democratic governor and state lawmakers unveiled legislation over the weekend to legalize recreational marijuana for residents aged 21 and older, expunge roughly 800,000 drug convictions, and establish a $20 million low-interest loan program to help "social equity applicants" enter the licensed cannabis industry. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/06/equity-…

Obama's Agriculture Secretary, Now Working for the Dairy Industry, Urges 2020 Democrats to Be Nice to the Dairy Industry
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
Some dairy companies have begun to include a list of suicide prevention hotlines in the envelope with farmers' checks.
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/tom-vilsack-…

Sanders Calls for Breaking Up Big Agriculture Monopolies
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-06
OSAGE, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday proposed a sweeping agriculture and rural investment plan to break up big agriculture monopolies and shift farm subsidies toward small family farmers. | "I think a farmer that produces the food we eat may be almost as important as some crook on Wall Street who destroys the economy," Sanders said during a campaign event in Osage, a town of fewer than 4,000 people. "Those of us who come from rural America have nothing to be ashamed about, and the time is long overdue for us to stand up and fight for our way of life." | Sanders' plan expa…
truthdig.com/articles/sanders-calls-for-…

Democrats Demand White House Hand Over Documents on Trump's "Abominable" Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
House Democrats also requested records and communications from FEMA "regarding mass graves found in Puerto Rico." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/06/democra…

Teachers at three Chicago charter schools strike as union blocks common fight with public school educators
wsws.org | 2019-05-06
The Chicago Teachers Union has worked closely with the Democratic Party to ensure that the two-tier education system is completely unaffected.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/06/chgo…

The Indivisible Unity Pledge and the Democratic Party progressives
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
Bernie has just taken the Indivisible Unity Pledge — meaning that he will back the Democratic nominee regardless of the DNC moves to eliminate progressives from the race.
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Creeping Toward Tyranny
Chris Hedges | commondreams.org | 2019-05-06
The hollowing out of our democratic institutions, which cannot be blamed on Trump, makes tyranny inevitable.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince makes a comeback under Trump selling mercenary armies around the world
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/06/ex-blackwa…

Six Dem hopefuls push workers' rights at Las Vegas forum
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-06
LAS VEGAS –Six Democratic presidential hopefuls, vying for workers' support in the 2020 primaries, pushed hard for workers' rights at an all-day forum in Las Vegas April 27. For five of them — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) and former Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colo.) …
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Let the war begin: Trump versus the House Democrats and — America and its people
Michael Payne | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-06
This war he initiated is against the House Democrats and is based on political issues. But its also against this nation's democracy and the people of America.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/06/let-the-wa…

Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-06
The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…
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One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China–Part Two
wsws.org | 2019-05-06
The Chinese Communist Party today distorts the significance of the events of May 4, 1919. It has long ago repudiated the democratic principles of the New Culture movement and the socialist internationalism upon which the party was founded.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/06/may4…

It's Karl Marx's birthday, read his letter to Abraham Lincoln
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-05
To mark the May 5, 1818 birthday of Karl Marx, Fight Back News Service is circulating a work he authored in 1864, a statement of congratulations to President Lincoln upon his reelection. | Address of the International Working Men's Association to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America | Sir: | We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority. If resistance to the Slave Power was the reserved watchword of your first election, the triumphant war cry of your re-election is Death to Slavery. | From the commencement of the titanic American strife the workingmen of…
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Orange horse bad! Trump digs into Kentucky Derby scandal that was somehow compared to 2016 election
rt.com | 2019-05-05
President Donald Trump has weighed in on a horse racing scandal at the Kentucky Derby, after Twitter complained that a decision granting victory to a second-placed horse had a lot in common with the 2016 election. Really. | …
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France Launches Pact to Ensure Gender Equality in Europe
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
A pact was launched Sunday by the French government to promote European feminist policy prior to the regional elections of European Parliament scheduled for May 26. | RELATED: | France Fines 450 People for Catcalling, Street Harassment | The Secretary of State for Equality between women and men, Marlene Schiappa, and the head of the forme…
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Centrist Nito Cortizo Elected President of Panama, Roux Objects
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
In a close presidential race between right-wing Romulo Roux and center-left Laurentino "Nito" Cortizo, the latter has won by 33,01 percent of votes against 31,08 in Sunday's Panamanian general elections, in what seems an irreversible trend with 91 percent of votes counted according to the Panamanian Electoral Council. | RELATED: | Panama Elections: Voters Go to Polls, Seek Anti-Graft President | Despite the figures, Roux has issued a statement via Twitter saying his party does n…
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France: Le Pen's Far-Right Leads in EU Election Poll
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
The National Rally (RN), formerly the National Front party of far-right leader Marine Le Pen leads voter intention with 22 percent for the upcoming European Parliament elections, just ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic in March (REM) party, according to an Ipsos poll released on Sunday. | RELATED: | Europe's Far-Right Recalls Rise of Nazis, UN Expert Warns | The poll of 1,500 people was conducted on May 2-3 and shows that Macron's party numbers fell by 1.5 percent to…
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Pelosi fears Trump may borrow page from Democratic playbook by challenging 2020 election legitimacy
rt.com | 2019-05-05
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned her fellow Democrats that Donald Trump may question the legitimacy of the 2020 election if he loses by a slim margin — a cowardly political tactic not seen since the Democrats lost in 2016. | …
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Local elections with 30% turnout prove Brexit should be harder/cancelled
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-05-04
There are a few things you can say clearly about the local elections. The Tories lost big. Labour lost a little. The Lib Dems, Greens, and others cleaned up. | There's something else you can say. Voter turnout was incredibly low. As such, it's difficult to say what these elections mean. Unless you run a national newspaper, in which case you can say whatever you like: | Same election, same headline, two newspapers hearing diame…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/05/04/local-elections-with-30-turnout-prove-brexit-should-be-harder-cancelled/

House passes Climate Action Now bill in first major climate change legislation in a decade
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-04
Three Republicans voted with House Democrats to approve the Climate Action Now bill — the first major climate change legislation in a decade.
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Obama-tied operatives and Biden supporters launch $60 million 'dark money' group
Anna Massoglia and Kaitlin Washburn | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-04
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…
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Tom Hayden, Giant of the New Left Remembered
Paul Buhle | progressive.org | 2019-05-04
A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat.
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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/

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…
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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

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

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

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-…

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

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/

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