Daily Archives: May 10, 2019

2019-05-10: News Headlines

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Wayne Wharton: 'All power to the workers, Treaty now!'. greenleft.org.au Prominent Aboriginal elder Wayne Wharton is making a tilt for the senate in Queensland this election, campaigning on issues such as justice for Aboriginal people, justice reinvestment and an improved aged care system. | Wharton told Green Left Weekly: "The systems that we've had for the last 230 years is broken, they're useless." | These include the legal system which, he says, is based on a "feudal system of punishment" instead of rehabilitation, and the two-party system, in which the big parties have become dominated by "top-end-of-town corruption". | Wharton believes the government should reflect the diversity…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…

WSWS (2019-05-10). Turkish election authorities order re-vote in Istanbul. wsws.org If Erdoğan went to such lengths to overturn the Istanbul mayoral election results, it is because he fears any weakening of his control of the state apparatus under conditions of deepening economic and geopolitical crisis.

Robert Fantina (2019-05-10). Partisanship Poison in the United States. counterpunch.org While the election of Donald Trump to the presidency certainly surprised almost everyone on the planet, it is unlikely that anyone was prepared for the circus ushered in by his administration. Partisanship had reached toxic levels before, but today it threatens the very fabric of the nation's pseudo-democracy. Let's look at a few facts. + More

RT (2019-05-10). Giuliani heads to Kiev to push for probes into pro-Clinton 'meddling' & firm that hired Biden's son. rt.com Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is going to Kiev to advocate for inquiries that could help the reelection bid of his boss. Those include claims of Democratic "collusion" in 2016 and the alleged corruption of Joe Biden.

WSWS (2019-05-10). The Australian election and the fraud of the NDIS. wsws.org The National Disability Insurance Scheme was always designed to privatise the disability sector, push people off welfare payments and slash public spending.

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens, preferences and radical social change. greenleft.org.au This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism. | The school climate strike movement is one manifestation of the desire for meaningful change. And there are many others too. | But while radical change is needed, those who campaign for it are still too often derided as extremist or idealist (with the exception of the students who the powers-that-be hope will "grow up" and embrace pragmatism). | There is a strong desire to get rid…

Henry Giroux (2019-05-10). Critical Pedagogy, Fascist Culture, and Hope in Dark Times. counterpunch.org Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe.Democratic institutions such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siegeworldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the United States with the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing militia groups along the southern border and the intrusion of tech-based educational practices into schools producing curricula that some parents claim turn kids into zombies. Trump's continued attack on higher education offers another highly visible…

Tom Clifford (2019-05-10). Targeting China: It's About Politics Not Trade. counterpunch.org Beijing. Trade? It's no big deal. Politics? That's the issue. The trade spat between the United States and China isn't about deficits or tariffs. It's about Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan. The view from Beijing is that Republicans and Democrats are united in the bogeyman belief. Someone to blame. The China threat. Donald Trump's anti-China message helped More

Meta Self (2019-05-10). John Laird derides Santa Cruz environmentalists. indybay.org Laird: business as usual; Democratic Party bullshit; Earth is dying and these arrogant bozos are in charge.

Louis Proyect (2019-05-10). Bernie Sanders and the Movement That Might Have Been. counterpunch.org As I gird my loins for a renewed ideological struggle against Bernie Sanders's bid to become the Democratic Party's nominee to run against Donald Trump, I thought it advisable to get up to speed by reading Jeffrey St. Clair's "Bernie & The Sandernistas: Field Notes From a Failed Revolution" that was published in 2016. Since More

Norman Solomon (2019-05-10). Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them. indybay.org After Five Decades of Serving Corporate Power, He's Eager for the Top Job…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped. greenleft.org.au About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens candidate: 'The system is stacked to work for the two major parties'. greenleft.org.au Former NSW Fire Brigades Employees Union (FBEU) state secretary Jim Casey is standing as the Greens candidate for the seat of Grayndler in inner west Sydney. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's Rachel Evans about his campaign. | You are involved in the Stop Adani campaign. How do you see the movement stopping this catastrophic project? | The first step is to get rid of [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison. The second step is to build a movement, which requires thousands of people having thousands of conversations in the suburbs, in the cities, in the country. | Adani is the coalface of the broader struggle of stopping cl…

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now. greenleft.org.au A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…

Ruth Conniff (2019-05-09). Trump's Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment. progressive.org Politically, it might make more sense to focus on the next election, but Constitutionally, Democrats in Congress have no choice but to go after Trump now.

unitedEditor (2019-05-09). Turkish electoral commission calls for recount in Istanbul. uwidata.com Yesterday, the Turkish Central election commission made a final decision in regard to the contested election results for mayor of Istanbul, which took place on March 31. After the candidate from the opposition Republican People's Party (NPP), Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu, declared victory with a margin of only 13,729 votes, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) …

John McEvoy (2019-05-09). Psychology expert says blaming Russia for Trump was an easy way out for a 'traumatised' US society. thecanary.co With the completion of the Mueller report, nobody was indicted for colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 election. The report's findings caused major humiliation

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-05-09). Will Young People of Color Shape the 2020 Election? thenation.com Will Young People of Color Shape the 2020 Election?

Staff (2019-05-09). State Capture Crisis Grips South African Elections. therealnews.com Widespread corruption, unemployment, inequity and disillusionment hovers over South African elections. We must have higher expectations from a national liberation movement says Professor Rasigan Maharajh…

RT (2019-05-09). AG Barr hit with new subpoena as Dems struggle to extract unredacted Mueller report. rt.com Attorney General William Barr is facing a second House subpoena, this one from intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff, as Democrats double down on their quest for the unredacted Mueller report and the evidence behind it.

Riaz Malik (2019-05-09). Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems. mintpressnews.com Will Democrats stop wasting their time rehashing conspiracy theories and actually start opposing Trump on Venezuela? On mass surveillance? On tax breaks to the wealthy? On defense spending?

Fight Back (2019-05-09). Jacksonville celebrates May Day. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — About 35 people gathered on May 1 to celebrate International Workers' Day in Jacksonville. The rally was held in front of the Duval County Courthouse. Members of several local trade unions were present, including Letter Carriers, Teamsters, SEIU, Teachers, and IATSE. Other local activist groups included the Community Action Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Network, the Northside Coalition, and the local Democratic Black Caucus. | The rally was united under the theme of building alliances between different groups and organizations. A…

Eds. (2019-05-09). Seven theses on the Capitalist Democratic State. mronline.org What is the capitalist democratic state and how should it be confronted? This question has bedevilled the left for generations. On the one hand, a social democratic conception of the state as a neutral institution that needs to be occupied and captured by bureaucrats with the right ideas has lead to experiments in socialist governance […] | Source

Glenn Greenwald (2019-05-09). Watch: Interview With Democratic Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard. theintercept.com Ever since Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American elected to Congress — she has instead become a thorn in the side, and frequent critic, of those same leaders. | Gabbard's transformation from cherished party asset to party critic and outcast was rapid, and was due almost entirely to her insistence on following h…

RT (2019-05-09). Establishment media suddenly against war… because Trump. rt.com Mainstream media and Democrats are suddenly concerned about President Donald Trump's hawkish advisers, questioning his administration's policy on Iran and Venezuela. Has the US rediscovered peace, or is something else afoot?

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-09). 'We Are in a Constitutional Crisis': Groups Deliver 10 Million Petitions to Congress Demanding Trump Impeachment. commondreams.org "On behalf of a growing movement of 10 million, we ask Democratic leadership to be bold in standing up for democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Eric A. Gordon (2019-05-09). 'March and Variations': Stefan Wolpe's revolutionary music for two pianos. peoplesworld.org "Workers don't carry a piano around with them," said the great German Communist composer Hanns Eisler, who wrote many of the most enduring working-class songs of the 1930s, many of them set to texts by his close collaborator Bertolt Brecht. (After WWII, he also wrote the national anthem for the new German Democratic Republic.) His …

Staff (2019-05-09). Crisis Point? High Stakes in Trump's Showdown With Congress. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Democrats call it a "constitutional crisis." But is it? | Stunned by the extent of the White House's blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation's system of checks and balances in new and alarming ways. | It's not just the House's fight with the Justice Department over the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The standoff involves President Donald Trump's unwillingness to engage with dozens of Capitol Hill probes of his tax returns, potential business conflicts and the run…

Norman Solomon (2019-05-09). Joe Biden likes Republicans so much because he's so much like them. nationofchange.org Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as " a decent man" and Mike Pence as " a decent guy" | merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current | frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion | to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald | Trump an "aberration" — is consistent with Biden's political record. It | sheds light on why he's proba…

Staff (2019-05-09). Donald Trump Is a Dangerous Human Version of 1980s Muzak. truthout.org "It is unavoidable. It is your destiny." —The Emperor Palpatine, 1983I was in Walgreens the other day in search of Band-Aids with cartoons on them, because my daughter is a self-described "boo-boo catastrophe" who insists I only purchase bandages festooned with beloved children's movie characters. As my fingers did the walking through various Disney-themed wound care products, I sensed a great disturbance in the Force. The source of my distress? The low moan of '80s-era Muzak oozing from the overhead speakers. | My loathing for the 1980s is almost seamless, a perfection of hatred salvaged only by the exi…

Ryan Cooper (2019-05-09). Why Democrats Should Open an Impeachment Inquiry. commondreams.org Retreating into learned helplessness and hoping the voters will rescue the country from Trump will only embolden his assault on American democracy. (Photo: Illustrated | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, tkoko/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Emily Apple (2019-05-09). This week's Question Time hasn't even aired and people are pointing out a massive problem. thecanary.co On 9 May, the BBC will broadcast its latest edition of Question Time. But people are pointing out a massive problem with the episode before it's even aired. | The panel will include Nigel Farage and Anna Soubry. They are representatives of two parties — the Brexit Party and Change UK — that have no elected MPs, councillors, or MEPs. While both parties can claim representatives in the European and UK parliaments, neither has faced a public vote. | Meanwhile, the Green Party and the Liberal…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020. democracynow.org As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…

RT (2019-05-08). 'Constitutional crisis' or political stunt? House Democrats hold AG Barr in contempt. rt.com House Judiciary Committee Democrats have voted to hold Attorney William Barr in contempt of Congress for defying their demands for the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence.

Ryan Grim (2019-05-08). The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer. theintercept.com Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…

John Nichols (2019-05-08). The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash. thenation.com The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash…

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2). therealnews.com The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…

Akela Lacy (2019-05-08). Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran. theintercept.com A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…

Owen Walsh (2019-05-08). Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism—a Word They Can Barely Pronounce. fair.org Tulsi Gabbard being challenged on The View ( 2/20/19) by Ana Navarro: "Why are you so against intervention in Venezuela?" | Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has not garnered much press coverage since announcing her bid on February 2; she's the 13th-most-mentioned Democratic candidate on TV news, according to FAIR's most recent count ( 4/14/19). | But when corporate media do talk about the Hawaii congressmember, they tend to reveal more about themselves than about her. | A veteran…

Edna Bonhomme (2019-05-07). The Disturbing Rise of 'Femonationalism'. thenation.com Across Europe, politicians are hijacking feminist language to further right-wing ideologies.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). Headlines for May 7, 2019. democracynow.org Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo Released from Burmese Prison, 500+ Ex-Prosecutors: Trump Would Be Charged with Obstruction If He Weren't President, House Dems to Vote on Holding AG Barr in Contempt Over Mueller Report, Treasury Misses Deadline To Hand Over Trump's Tax Returns, Russia Warns Against Military Intervention in Venezuela, Pompeo: Reduction of Arctic Sea Ice Opens Up "Opportunities for Trade", Turkey Scraps Istanbul Election Results After Ruling AKP Candidate Loses, Syria: Air Raids Destroy Hospitals, Kill at Least 17 Civilians, Panama Elects Centrist Laurentino Cortizo in Close Presidential R…

Akela Lacy (2019-05-07). Do Susan Collins and Cory Gardner Really Want to Make Their Re-elections About Keeping Kids in Cages? theintercept.com Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski have condemned child separation. Will they confirm an advocate of the policy to lead ICE?

Consortiumnews (2019-05-07). How US and Foreign Intel Agencies Interfered in a US Election. consortiumnews.com The evidence is plain—there was a broad, coordinated effort by the Obama Administration, with the help of foreign governments, to target Donald Trump and paint him as a Russian stooge, writes Larry Johnson By Larry C. Johnson Sic Semper Tyrannis … Read more →

Edward J. Martin (2019-05-07). Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism. dissidentvoice.org Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) — had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right — from the 1980s of …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated. democracynow.org Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…

unitedEditor (2019-05-07). Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent? uwidata.com Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …

Aída Chávez (2019-05-06). New York Machine Trying to Toss Kat Brezler, Organizer for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Off Local Ballot. theintercept.com For decades, political bosses in New York have clung to power by using the state's complicated election laws to keep primary challengers off the ballot — laws written just for that purpose. | The laws are enforced, in turn, by judges appointed by and intertwined with the very machine they are ostensibly keeping in check. | A textbook case is unfolding this week in White Plains, Westchester County, where New York's Democratic machine is trying to force a progressive Common Council candidate off the ballot. Kat Brezler is a public school teacher, but the role that has her in the machine's sights goes back to…

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 …

2019-05-10: Social Media Postees

Turkish election authorities order re-vote in Istanbul
wsws.org | 2019-05-10
If Erdoğan went to such lengths to overturn the Istanbul mayoral election results, it is because he fears any weakening of his control of the state apparatus under conditions of deepening economic and geopolitical crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/10/ista…

Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-how-one-local-council-working-overcome-crisis-through-peoples-power

Greens, preferences and radical social change
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism. | The school climate strike movement is one manifestation of the desire for meaningful change. And there are many others too. | But while radical change is needed, those who campaign for it are still too often derided as extremist or idealist (with the exception of the students who the powers-that-be hope will "grow up" and embrace pragmatism). | There is a strong desire to get rid…
greenleft.org.au/content/greens-preferences-and-radical-social-change

Giuliani heads to Kiev to push for probes into pro-Clinton 'meddling' & firm that hired Biden's son
rt.com | 2019-05-10
Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is going to Kiev to advocate for inquiries that could help the reelection bid of his boss. Those include claims of Democratic "collusion" in 2016 and the alleged corruption of Joe Biden. | …
rt.com/usa/458978-ukraine-biden-probe-co…

Partisanship Poison in the United States
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
While the election of Donald Trump to the presidency certainly surprised almost everyone on the planet, it is unlikely that anyone was prepared for the circus ushered in by his administration. Partisanship had reached toxic levels before, but today it threatens the very fabric of the nation's pseudo-democracy. Let's look at a few facts. +…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/partisanship…

Wayne Wharton: 'All power to the workers, Treaty now!'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Prominent Aboriginal elder Wayne Wharton is making a tilt for the senate in Queensland this election, campaigning on issues such as justice for Aboriginal people, justice reinvestment and an improved aged care system. | Wharton told Green Left Weekly: "The systems that we've had for the last 230 years is broken, they're useless." | These include the legal system which, he says, is based on a "feudal system of punishment" instead of rehabilitation, and the two-party system, in which the big parties have become dominated by "top-end-of-town corruption". | Wharton believes the government should reflect the diversity…
greenleft.org.au/content/wayne-wharton-all-power-workers-treaty-now

The Australian election and the fraud of the NDIS
wsws.org | 2019-05-10
The National Disability Insurance Scheme was always designed to privatise the disability sector, push people off welfare payments and slash public spending.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/10/ndis…

Bernie Sanders and the Movement That Might Have Been
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
As I gird my loins for a renewed ideological struggle against Bernie Sanders's bid to become the Democratic Party's nominee to run against Donald Trump, I thought it advisable to get up to speed by reading Jeffrey St. Clair's "Bernie & The Sandernistas: Field Notes From a Failed Revolution" that was published in 2016. Since…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/bernie-sande…

John Laird derides Santa Cruz environmentalists
Meta Self | indybay.org | 2019-05-10
Laird: business as usual; Democratic Party bullshit; Earth is dying and these arrogant bozos are in charge.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/1882331…

Critical Pedagogy, Fascist Culture, and Hope in Dark Times
Henry Giroux | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe.Democratic institutions such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siegeworldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the United States with the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing militia groups along the southern border and the intrusion of tech-based educational practices into schools producing curricula that some parents claim turn kids into zombies. Trump's continued attack on higher education offers another highly visible…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/critical-ped…

Targeting China: It's About Politics Not Trade
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
Beijing. Trade? It's no big deal. Politics? That's the issue. The trade spat between the United States and China isn't about deficits or tariffs. It's about Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan. The view from Beijing is that Republicans and Democrats are united in the bogeyman belief. Someone to blame. The China threat. Donald Trump's anti-China message helped…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/targeting-ch…

Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He's So Much Like Them
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-05-10
After Five Decades of Serving Corporate Power, He's Eager for the Top Job…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/1882331…

Anti-CSG activists say Santos must be stopped
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
About 60 anti-coal seam gas campaigners gathered outside NSW parliament on May 7 to greet newly-elected MPs with a clear message: stop Santos' Narrabri Gas Project in the state's north west. | The action was organised by Stop CSG Sydney and the Knitting Nannas and Friends. | Protesters received a positive response from some MPs, including the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF), the NSW Greens and an independent. | SFF's Roy Butler recommitted his party to opposing CSG developments. He also said his party supported a moratorium on CSG until all of the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented. | But…
greenleft.org.au/content/anti-csg-activists-say-santos-must-be-stopped

Greens candidate: 'The system is stacked to work for the two major parties'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Former NSW Fire Brigades Employees Union (FBEU) state secretary Jim Casey is standing as the Greens candidate for the seat of Grayndler in inner west Sydney. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's Rachel Evans about his campaign. | You are involved in the Stop Adani campaign. How do you see the movement stopping this catastrophic project? | The first step is to get rid of [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison. The second step is to build a movement, which requires thousands of people having thousands of conversations in the suburbs, in the cities, in the country. | Adani is the coalface of the broader struggle of stopping cl…
greenleft.org.au/content/greens-candidate-system-stacked-work-two-major-parties

Rivers in crisis demand real water solutions now
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
A key federal election issue, which the carefully stage-managed leaders' debates are ignoring, is one on which all our lives depend: access to clean drinking water. | Our rivers are dying and our artesian basins are being poisoned because river water is being sold off at bargain basement rates to the major parties' corporate donors. | Corruption and water theft is just a part of how business is done in large parts of the Murray-Darling Basin. | Water security is vital for rural communities because water sourced from artesian bores and rivers is crucial for farming, especially as prolonged drought bites hard all t…
greenleft.org.au/content/rivers-crisis-demand-real-water-solutions-now

Turkish electoral commission calls for recount in Istanbul
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-09
Yesterday, the Turkish Central election commission made a final decision in regard to the contested election results for mayor of Istanbul, which took place on March 31. After the candidate from the opposition Republican People's Party (NPP), Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu, declared victory with a margin of only 13,729 votes, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) …
uwidata.com/3381-turkish-electoral-commi…

Will Young People of Color Shape the 2020 Election?
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-05-09
Will Young People of Color Shape the 2020 Election?
thenation.com/article/election-2020-voti…

State Capture Crisis Grips South African Elections
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-09
Widespread corruption, unemployment, inequity and disillusionment hovers over South African elections. We must have higher expectations from a national liberation movement says Professor Rasigan Maharajh…
therealnews.com/stories/state-capture-cr…

Psychology expert says blaming Russia for Trump was an easy way out for a 'traumatised' US society
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-09
With the completion of the Mueller report, nobody was indicted for colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 election. The report's findings caused major humiliation…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2019/05/09/psychology-expert-says-blaming-russia-for-trump-was-an-easy-way-out-for-a-traumatised-us-society/

Trump's Contempt for Democracy is Pushing Congress Toward Impeachment
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Politically, it might make more sense to focus on the next election, but Constitutionally, Democrats in Congress have no choice but to go after Trump now.
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Joe Biden likes Republicans so much because he's so much like them
Norman Solomon | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-09
Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as " a decent man" and Mike Pence as " a decent guy" | merely scratches the surface of what's wrong with the current | frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion | to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders — while calling Donald | Trump an "aberration" — is consistent with Biden's political record. It | sheds light on why he's proba…
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Why Democrats Should Open an Impeachment Inquiry
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-05-09
Retreating into learned helplessness and hoping the voters will rescue the country from Trump will only embolden his assault on American democracy. (Photo: Illustrated | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, tkoko/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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AG Barr hit with new subpoena as Dems struggle to extract unredacted Mueller report
rt.com | 2019-05-09
Attorney General William Barr is facing a second House subpoena, this one from intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff, as Democrats double down on their quest for the unredacted Mueller report and the evidence behind it. | …
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Crisis Point? High Stakes in Trump's Showdown With Congress
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-09
WASHINGTON–Democrats call it a "constitutional crisis." But is it? | Stunned by the extent of the White House's blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation's system of checks and balances in new and alarming ways. | It's not just the House's fight with the Justice Department over the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The standoff involves President Donald Trump's unwillingness to engage with dozens of Capitol Hill probes of his tax returns, potential business conflicts and the run…
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'We Are in a Constitutional Crisis': Groups Deliver 10 Million Petitions to Congress Demanding Trump Impeachment
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-09
"On behalf of a growing movement of 10 million, we ask Democratic leadership to be bold in standing up for democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Obama's Frustration with Clinton Campaign Should be a Warning to Dems
Riaz Malik | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-09
Will Democrats stop wasting their time rehashing conspiracy theories and actually start opposing Trump on Venezuela? On mass surveillance? On tax breaks to the wealthy? On defense spending?
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Seven theses on the Capitalist Democratic State
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-09
What is the capitalist democratic state and how should it be confronted? This question has bedevilled the left for generations. On the one hand, a social democratic conception of the state as a neutral institution that needs to be occupied and captured by bureaucrats with the right ideas has lead to experiments in socialist governance […] | Source…
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Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-ratchets-anti-immigrant-campaign

Watch: Interview With Democratic Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-05-09
Ever since Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American elected to Congress — she has instead become a thorn in the side, and frequent critic, of those same leaders. | Gabbard's transformation from cherished party asset to party critic and outcast was rapid, and was due almost entirely to her insistence on following h…
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Establishment media suddenly against war… because Trump
rt.com | 2019-05-09
Mainstream media and Democrats are suddenly concerned about President Donald Trump's hawkish advisers, questioning his administration's policy on Iran and Venezuela. Has the US rediscovered peace, or is something else afoot? | …
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'March and Variations': Stefan Wolpe's revolutionary music for two pianos
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-09
"Workers don't carry a piano around with them," said the great German Communist composer Hanns Eisler, who wrote many of the most enduring working-class songs of the 1930s, many of them set to texts by his close collaborator Bertolt Brecht. (After WWII, he also wrote the national anthem for the new German Democratic Republic.) His …
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Jacksonville celebrates May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-09
Jacksonville, FL — About 35 people gathered on May 1 to celebrate International Workers' Day in Jacksonville. The rally was held in front of the Duval County Courthouse. Members of several local trade unions were present, including Letter Carriers, Teamsters, SEIU, Teachers, and IATSE. Other local activist groups included the Community Action Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Network, the Northside Coalition, and the local Democratic Black Caucus. | The rally was united under the theme of building alliances between different groups and organizations. A…
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This week's Question Time hasn't even aired and people are pointing out a massive problem
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-05-09
On 9 May, the BBC will broadcast its latest edition of Question Time. But people are pointing out a massive problem with the episode before it's even aired. | The panel will include Nigel Farage and Anna Soubry. They are representatives of two parties — the Brexit Party and Change UK — that have no elected MPs, councillors, or MEPs. While both parties can claim representatives in the European and UK parliaments, neither has faced a public vote. | Meanwhile, the Green Party and the Liberal…
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Donald Trump Is a Dangerous Human Version of 1980s Muzak
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-09
"It is unavoidable. It is your destiny." –The Emperor Palpatine, 1983I was in Walgreens the other day in search of Band-Aids with cartoons on them, because my daughter is a self-described "boo-boo catastrophe" who insists I only purchase bandages festooned with beloved children's movie characters. As my fingers did the walking through various Disney-themed wound care products, I sensed a great disturbance in the Force. The source of my distress? The low moan of '80s-era Muzak oozing from the overhead speakers. | My loathing for the 1980s is almost seamless, a perfection of hatred salvaged only by the exi…
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Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…
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Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…
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'Constitutional crisis' or political stunt? House Democrats hold AG Barr in contempt
rt.com | 2019-05-08
House Judiciary Committee Democrats have voted to hold Attorney William Barr in contempt of Congress for defying their demands for the unredacted Mueller report and underlying evidence. | …
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The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-05-08
The DCCC's Plan to Punish Democrats for Backing Primary Challengers Is Sparking Major Backlash…
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Democratic-Aligned Think Tank Knocks Bernie Sanders for Vote Aimed at Avoiding War With Iran
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
A mainstream, Democratic Party-aligned foreign policy think tank is knocking Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for voting against new sanctions on Iran in 2017 — though the think tank itself and many members of its board oppose new Iran sanctions. | Sanders has been an outspoken supporter of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said at the time that he voted against the measure in…
theintercept.com/2019/05/08/bernie-sande…

Corporate Media Target Gabbard for Her Anti-Interventionism–a Word They Can Barely Pronounce
Owen Walsh | fair.org | 2019-05-08
Tulsi Gabbard being challenged on The View ( 2/20/19) by Ana Navarro: "Why are you so against intervention in Venezuela?" | Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has not garnered much press coverage since announcing her bid on February 2; she's the 13th-most-mentioned Democratic candidate on TV news, according to FAIR's most recent count ( 4/14/19). | But when corporate media do talk about the Hawaii congressmember, they tend to reveal more about themselves than about her. | A veteran…
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The Democratic Counterrevolution Has a Self-Appointed Leader: Josh Gottheimer
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-05-08
Not long after Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were sworn into Congress, they began hearing from their new colleagues that one member of the House Democratic caucus, Josh Gottheimer, had particularly strong views about each of them. Gottheimer, a second-term representative from New Jersey, has deep ties to the lobbies for Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Tlaib and Omar are often critical of both Mideast governments. | So when Gottheimer reached out to meet with Tlaib, she was eager to take it, hoping that a personal connection would help bridge their differences. On the day of the meeting, February 6, Gottheimer arriv…
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Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-07
Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …
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Do Susan Collins and Cory Gardner Really Want to Make Their Re-elections About Keeping Kids in Cages?
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-07
Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski have condemned child separation. Will they confirm an advocate of the policy to lead ICE?
theintercept.com/2019/05/07/mark-morgan-…

How US and Foreign Intel Agencies Interfered in a US Election
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-07
The evidence is plain–there was a broad, coordinated effort by the Obama Administration, with the help of foreign governments, to target Donald Trump and paint him as a Russian stooge, writes Larry Johnson By Larry C. Johnson Sic Semper Tyrannis … Read more ?…
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Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism
Edward J. Martin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-07
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) — had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right — from the 1980s of …
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After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…
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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…

New York Machine Trying to Toss Kat Brezler, Organizer for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Off Local Ballot
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-05-06
For decades, political bosses in New York have clung to power by using the state's complicated election laws to keep primary challengers off the ballot — laws written just for that purpose. | The laws are enforced, in turn, by judges appointed by and intertwined with the very machine they are ostensibly keeping in check. | A textbook case is unfolding this week in White Plains, Westchester County, where New York's Democratic machine is trying to force a progressive Common Council candidate off the ballot. Kat Brezler is a public school teacher, but the role that has her in the machine's sights goes back to…
theintercept.com/2019/05/06/kat-brezler-…

In Upcoming Elections EU Parliament Faces a 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 ?…
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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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/6/ex_blackwa…