Daily Archives: May 13, 2019

2019-05-13: News Headlines

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-13). No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing. indybay.org The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.

Staff (2019-05-13). House GOP Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 Challengers. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. | Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice from Houston with Iraq combat experience and three Ivy League degrees on his resume. They are part of the GOP drive to gain at least 18 seats in the 2020 electi…

WSWS (2019-05-13). New Zealand Labour government rules out capital gains tax. wsws.org Ardern's capitulation to NZ First leader, Winston Peters, over what was a major election promise, underscores yet again the right-wing character of her government.

WSWS (2019-05-13). Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote. wsws.org The election marks the first time in the ANC's post-apartheid history that its vote has fallen below 60 percent.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's "Far-Right, Hindu Nationalist" Agenda. democracynow.org In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also…

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Duterte Expected To Strengthen Clout After Philippine Elections. telesurenglish.net Voting was underway in the Philippines on Monday in mid-term elections seen as a referendum on the rule of maverick President Rodrigo Duterte, who looks set to strengthen his grip on power and further marginalize a dwindling opposition. | Nearly 62 million of the country's 107 million population are registered to vote in a massive nationwide ballot for 18,000 posts, among them more than 200 mayors and governors and 245 seats in a lower house in which Duterte is all but certain to retain his huge majority. | The most important race is for the 12 available slots in the 24-seat Senate, a less-partisan chamber un…

plenglish (2019-05-13). Interactive Dialogue with Candidate for President of General Assembly. plenglish.com United Nations, May 13 (Prensa Latina) On occasion of the upcoming election of the president for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, an interactive dialogue with the candidate, proposed by Nigeria, is being held on Monday.

Staff (2019-05-13). "Politics as Usual" Won't Stem the Rise of the Bannon-Style Far Right. truthout.org In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the "pink tide" of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, or just pl…

Staff (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's Far-Right Agenda. truthout.org In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have a…

Conn Hallinan (2019-05-13). Contrary to NY Times, Spanish vote not so great for EU. peoplesworld.org There were several lessons to take from last month's Spanish elections, some special to Spain, others that resonate continent-wide. Since the 28-member European Union is preparing to vote on the makeup of the European Parliament at the end of May, those lessons are relevant. On the surface the outcome seemed pretty straightforward: Spain's Socialist Workers …

Green Party (2019-05-13). What is the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

WSWS (2019-05-13). The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US. wsws.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats admit that there is a "constitutional crisis" but refuse to conduct a serious struggle against Trump's authoritarian actions.

Richard M. Lerner (2019-05-13). Are the Democrats Channeling Neville Chamberlain…or George Santayana? counterpunch.org Accommodating a pathological narcissist does not lead to peace in our time. Ignoring the lies, hateful speech, and antidemocratic actions of an amoral psychopath will not preserve a republic. Such acts enable fascism to flourish. These statements are not opinions about what will occur if the Democrats in the House of Representatives of 2019 fail More

WSWS (2019-05-13). Faculty at Chicago's DePaul University condemn professor's anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East. wsws.org The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise "unprecedented and excessive military might."

Akela Lacy (2019-05-13). Liberian Refugee Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, Launches Bid for Montana Senate Seat. theintercept.com Wilmot Collins is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Steve Daines, he will announce Monday. | The entry of Collins into the race gives Democrats a mold-breaking candidate who is unlike the type that would be recruited by operatives in Washington. Collins is Montana's first and only black mayor — a veteran, a father, and a refugee from Liberia. | Democrats have hoped that Governor Steve Bullock would launch a Senate campaign against the milquetoast Daines, but he has instead been flirting with joining the presidential field, which he apparently believes might benefit from at least one more obscu…

Edward J. Martin (2019-05-13). Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism. counterpunch.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 More

David Keppel (2019-05-13). 13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War. thenation.com 13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War…

RT (2019-05-13). Trump slams Rashida Tlaib for 'tremendous hatred of Israel' after controversial Holocaust comment. rt.com US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, accusing her of "tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people" after she made controversial comments about the Holocaust.

unitedEditor (2019-05-13). South African Elections, US-China trade war, Istanbul and Iran. uwidata.com Elections in South Africa The ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) won the parliamentary elections in South Africa with 57.51% of the vote, the election commission reported. General elections, during which the country's parliament and national government headed by the president are elected, were held in South Africa on Wednesday. According to the data of …

Staff (2019-05-12). Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting. therealnews.com Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-12). A Great Flushing Out: Social Media Footprints and Electioneering in Australia. dissidentvoice.org It has been an uninspiring election, punctuated by occasional moments of madness on the part of various candidates. Their sin was to be incautious in their previous use of social media, a form of communication that reveals everything and nothing about a person. In a political sense, the erring tweet and the injudicious remark on …

teleSUR (2019-05-12). Lithuania: Right-Wing Candidates to Face in Presidential Runoff. telesurenglish.net Two right-wing candidates, Ingrida Simonyte and Gitanas Nauseda, will face off in the second round of Lithuania's presidential election, as Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis conceded defeat on Sunday's vote vowing to resign his post. | RELATED: | France: Le Pen's Far-Right Leads in EU Election Poll | According to data from the Central Electoral Commission (VRK), with 85 percent of the ballots counted, Nauseda had 31 percent, Simonyte 29 percent and Skvernelis 21 percent. The incumbent cent…

RT (2019-05-12). Better act NOW! Trump threatens China with 'far worse' trade deal in his 2nd term. rt.com The self-proclaimed master of deal-making, US President Donald Trump, has warned Beijing against waiting out his term in hopes of a more lenient approach from a successor, saying he will insist on even worse conditions after 2020.

RT (2019-05-12). 'Green' Beto O'Rourke joins the swamp, hires fossil fuel and private prisons lobbyist. rt.com Beto O'Rourke's hiring of a former oil industry lobbyist is a puzzling move for a Democrat who touts his green credentials. But such contradictions are par for the course in the Washington DC swamp. |

Lee Fang (2019-05-11). Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort. theintercept.com At a luxury resort just outside of the nation's capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All. | The event was hosted by a group called Center Forward and featured a lecture from industry lobbyists leading the charge on undermining progressive health care…

RT (2019-05-11). 'Deal breaker!' AOC blasts Biden's climate change stance as 'lack of leadership'. rt.com Joe Biden's climate policies are a "dealbreaker" for fellow Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who slammed the former VP for his gas lobbyist-like "lack of leadership" on tackling climate change.

RT (2019-05-11). 'You're making yourselves look weak': Bill Maher goads Dems for fruitless Trump complaints (VIDEO). rt.com HBO's Bill Maher sent a shot across the bow of Democrats constantly complaining about the Trump administration, saying they should either "do something or stop talking about it."

RT (2019-05-11). Biden caught in immigration hypocrisy after rediscovered clip shows him demanding border fence. rt.com Joe Biden is being called out for immigration virtue-signaling after a video of the Democratic candidate calling for a fence "40 stories high" at the US-Mexican border to keep out the Mexicans bringing in drugs resurfaced. |

RT (2019-05-11). Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine, denounces 'enemies' of the US in Kiev. rt.com Rudy Giuliani has canceled his trip to Kiev where he planned to push the probe into "collusion" between Ukrainian officials and the Democratic Party, stating that the country's new president is surrounded by "enemies" of the US.

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…

Bryan Wall (2019-05-10). Left-wing election candidate in Ireland reveals how far-right figures harassed and intimidated her. thecanary.co A candidate in the upcoming elections in Ireland revealed that far-right activists harassed her at a recent political event. Adrienne Wallace is a People Before Pr…

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…

Gregory Shupak (2019-05-10). Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage. fair.org Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic ( 5/1/19) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan "Guaidó's pro-democracy movement." The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman's wand transforms a political force seeking the military overthrow of Venezuela's elected government into a "pro-democracy movement." | The Venezuelan government's current mandate comes from winning an election on May 20, 20…

Henry Giroux (2019-05-10). Pedagogical Terrorism and Hope in the age of Fascist Politics. 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…

ACLU (2019-05-10). House Funding Bill Shows How Far We've Come in the Fight for Reproductive Freedom—And How Far We Have to Go. aclu.org A key bill makes important strides for reproductive health, and shows why we need presidential candidates to show leadership on abortion coverage. | This week the House Appropriations Committee advanced the Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations bill, the annual bill that funds federal health and education programs. It makes important strides forward on reproductive health and rights–and it also shines a light on the need for presidential leadership on abortion coverage…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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) …

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?

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…

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…

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).

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…

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…

United Nations (2019-05-08). DR Congo: Ebola claims over 1,000 lives, Guterres commits 'whole' UN system, to help 'end the outbreak'. un.org Now in its tenth month, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed more than a thousand lives, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of "the whole United Nations system" into stemming the spread of the deadly virus.

United Nations (2019-05-08). Wednesday's Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance. un.org On Wednesday, we cover: chronic hunger in the Middle East; the toll of war on Gazans; the one-year-long detention of an academic in Iran; Syrian health facilities under attack; Ebola casualties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo hitting the 1,000 mark; and a two-day remembrance effort for those who died during the Second World War.

2019-05-13: Social Media Postees

House GOP Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 Challengers
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-13
WASHINGTON — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. | Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice from Houston with Iraq combat experience and three Ivy League degrees on his resume. They are part of the GOP drive to gain at least 18 seats in the 2020 electi…
truthdig.com/articles/house-gop-focusing…

No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-13
The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/10/1882337…

Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's "Far-Right, Hindu Nationalist" Agenda
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-13
In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have also…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/13/arundhati…

Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
The election marks the first time in the ANC's post-apartheid history that its vote has fallen below 60 percent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/sout…

Interactive Dialogue with Candidate for President of General Assembly
plenglish.com | 2019-05-13
United Nations, May 13 (Prensa Latina) On occasion of the upcoming election of the president for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, an interactive dialogue with the candidate, proposed by Nigeria, is being held on Monday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

New Zealand Labour government rules out capital gains tax
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
Ardern's capitulation to NZ First leader, Winston Peters, over what was a major election promise, underscores yet again the right-wing character of her government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/nzta…

Arundhati Roy on the Indian Election and Narendra Modi's Far-Right Agenda
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-13
In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19 and vote counting will begin on May 23. Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP won a landslide victory in 2014. His government has been criticized for a crackdown on civil society, targeting political opponents, journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and writers. Human rights groups have a…
truthout.org/video/arundhati-roy-on-the-…

South African Elections, US-China trade war, Istanbul and Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-13
Elections in South Africa The ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) won the parliamentary elections in South Africa with 57.51% of the vote, the election commission reported. General elections, during which the country's parliament and national government headed by the president are elected, were held in South Africa on Wednesday. According to the data of …
uwidata.com/3399-south-african-elections…

Duterte Expected To Strengthen Clout After Philippine Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Voting was underway in the Philippines on Monday in mid-term elections seen as a referendum on the rule of maverick President Rodrigo Duterte, who looks set to strengthen his grip on power and further marginalize a dwindling opposition. | Nearly 62 million of the country's 107 million population are registered to vote in a massive nationwide ballot for 18,000 posts, among them more than 200 mayors and governors and 245 seats in a lower house in which Duterte is all but certain to retain his huge majority. | The most important race is for the 12 available slots in the 24-seat Senate, a less-partisan chamber un…
telesurenglish.net/news/Duterte-Expected…

Contrary to NY Times, Spanish vote not so great for EU
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-13
There were several lessons to take from last month's Spanish elections, some special to Spain, others that resonate continent-wide. Since the 28-member European Union is preparing to vote on the makeup of the European Parliament at the end of May, those lessons are relevant. On the surface the outcome seemed pretty straightforward: Spain's Socialist Workers …
peoplesworld.org/article/contrary-to-ny-…

What is the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts?
Green Party | indybay.org | 2019-05-13
Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/11/1882338…

Trump slams Rashida Tlaib for 'tremendous hatred of Israel' after controversial Holocaust comment
rt.com | 2019-05-13
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, accusing her of "tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people" after she made controversial comments about the Holocaust. | …
rt.com/usa/459236-trump-rashida-tlaib-ho…

Are the Democrats Channeling Neville Chamberlain…or George Santayana?
Richard M. Lerner | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-13
Accommodating a pathological narcissist does not lead to peace in our time. Ignoring the lies, hateful speech, and antidemocratic actions of an amoral psychopath will not preserve a republic. Such acts enable fascism to flourish. These statements are not opinions about what will occur if the Democrats in the House of Representatives of 2019 fail…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/13/are-the-demo…

Liberian Refugee Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, Launches Bid for Montana Senate Seat
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-13
Wilmot Collins is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Steve Daines, he will announce Monday. | The entry of Collins into the race gives Democrats a mold-breaking candidate who is unlike the type that would be recruited by operatives in Washington. Collins is Montana's first and only black mayor — a veteran, a father, and a refugee from Liberia. | Democrats have hoped that Governor Steve Bullock would launch a Senate campaign against the milquetoast Daines, but he has instead been flirting with joining the presidential field, which he apparently believes might benefit from at least one more obscu…
theintercept.com/2019/05/13/wilmot-colli…

Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism
Edward J. Martin | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-13
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/13/robert-owen-…

The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats admit that there is a "constitutional crisis" but refuse to conduct a serious struggle against Trump's authoritarian actions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/pers…

Faculty at Chicago's DePaul University condemn professor's anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise "unprecedented and excessive military might."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/depa…

13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War
David Keppel | thenation.com | 2019-05-13
13 Questions All Presidential Candidates Must Answer About Nuclear War…
thenation.com/article/nuclear-weapons-de…

Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…
therealnews.com/stories/florida-activist…

Better act NOW! Trump threatens China with 'far worse' trade deal in his 2nd term
rt.com | 2019-05-12
The self-proclaimed master of deal-making, US President Donald Trump, has warned Beijing against waiting out his term in hopes of a more lenient approach from a successor, saying he will insist on even worse conditions after 2020. | …
rt.com/usa/459091-worse-china-deal-reele…

A Great Flushing Out: Social Media Footprints and Electioneering in Australia
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-12
It has been an uninspiring election, punctuated by occasional moments of madness on the part of various candidates. Their sin was to be incautious in their previous use of social media, a form of communication that reveals everything and nothing about a person. In a political sense, the erring tweet and the injudicious remark on …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/a-great-flush…

Lithuania: Right-Wing Candidates to Face in Presidential Runoff
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-12
Two right-wing candidates, Ingrida Simonyte and Gitanas Nauseda, will face off in the second round of Lithuania's presidential election, as Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis conceded defeat on Sunday's vote vowing to resign his post. | RELATED: | France: Le Pen's Far-Right Leads in EU Election Poll | According to data from the Central Electoral Commission (VRK), with 85 percent of the ballots counted, Nauseda had 31 percent, Simonyte 29 percent and Skvernelis 21 percent. The incumbent cent…
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'Green' Beto O'Rourke joins the swamp, hires fossil fuel and private prisons lobbyist
rt.com | 2019-05-12
Beto O'Rourke's hiring of a former oil industry lobbyist is a puzzling move for a Democrat who touts his green credentials. But such contradictions are par for the course in the Washington DC swamp. | …
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Lobbyists Working to Undermine Medicare For All Host Congressional Staff at Luxury Resort
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-05-11
At a luxury resort just outside of the nation's capital last month, around four dozen senior congressional staffers decamped for a weekend of relaxation and discussion at Salamander Resort & Spa. It was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together and listen to live music from the Trailer Grass Orchestra, sip surprisingly impressive glasses of Virginia wine — and hear from health care lobbyists focused on defeating Medicare for All. | The event was hosted by a group called Center Forward and featured a lecture from industry lobbyists leading the charge on undermining progressive health care…
theintercept.com/2019/05/11/health-care-…

'Deal breaker!' AOC blasts Biden's climate change stance as 'lack of leadership'
rt.com | 2019-05-11
Joe Biden's climate policies are a "dealbreaker" for fellow Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who slammed the former VP for his gas lobbyist-like "lack of leadership" on tackling climate change. | …
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'You're making yourselves look weak': Bill Maher goads Dems for fruitless Trump complaints (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-05-11
HBO's Bill Maher sent a shot across the bow of Democrats constantly complaining about the Trump administration, saying they should either "do something or stop talking about it." | …
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Biden caught in immigration hypocrisy after rediscovered clip shows him demanding border fence
rt.com | 2019-05-11
Joe Biden is being called out for immigration virtue-signaling after a video of the Democratic candidate calling for a fence "40 stories high" at the US-Mexican border to keep out the Mexicans bringing in drugs resurfaced. | …
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Giuliani cancels trip to Ukraine, denounces 'enemies' of the US in Kiev
rt.com | 2019-05-11
Rudy Giuliani has canceled his trip to Kiev where he planned to push the probe into "collusion" between Ukrainian officials and the Democratic Party, stating that the country's new president is surrounded by "enemies" of the US. | …
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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

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

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

Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-05-10
Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic ( 5/1/19) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan "Guaidó's pro-democracy movement." The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman's wand transforms a political force seeking the military overthrow of Venezuela's elected government into a "pro-democracy movement." | The Venezuelan government's current mandate comes from winning an election on May 20, 20…
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Left-wing election candidate in Ireland reveals how far-right figures harassed and intimidated her
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-10
A candidate in the upcoming elections in Ireland revealed that far-right activists harassed her at a recent political event. Adrienne Wallace is a People Before Pr…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/10/left-wing-election-candidate-in-ireland-reveals-how-far-right-figures-harassed-and-intimidated-her/

Pedagogical Terrorism and Hope in the age of Fascist Politics
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…
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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

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…

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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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

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…

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) …
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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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/8/jacksonvi…

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…
theintercept.com/2019/05/09/watch-interv…

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

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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/8/supermajor…

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…
theintercept.com/2019/05/08/josh-gotthei…

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…
fair.org/home/corporate-media-target-gab…

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…

Wednesday's Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
On Wednesday, we cover: chronic hunger in the Middle East; the toll of war on Gazans; the one-year-long detention of an academic in Iran; Syrian health facilities under attack; Ebola casualties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo hitting the 1,000 mark; and a two-day remembrance effort for those who died during the Second World War.
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DR Congo: Ebola claims over 1,000 lives, Guterres commits 'whole' UN system, to help 'end the outbreak'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
Now in its tenth month, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed more than a thousand lives, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of "the whole United Nations system" into stemming the spread of the deadly virus.
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