Daily Archives: May 18, 2019

2019-05-18: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-05-18). India's multi-phase election concludes. wsws.org The working class will come into headlong conflict with India's next government, whatever its precise composition.

WSWS (2019-05-18). Only socialist policies can resolve the Australian public education crisis. wsws.org Teachers and parents should treat the sham election promises of Labor, Liberal and the Greens on education with the contempt they deserve.

WSWS (2019-05-18). Democrats back trade war with China. wsws.org The main criticism of Trump's trade policy by congressional Democrats and most presidential candidates is that the president should focus exclusively on China and enlist Canada, Mexico and the European Union in an anti-China coalition.

RT (2019-05-18). US schools could be forced to let biological males join girls' sports teams under House-passed bill. rt.com The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has passed a bill that will force schools to allow biological males who identify as females to compete on women's sports teams. What could go wrong?

WSWS (2019-05-18). New Jersey education budget reallocation threatens hundreds of jobs. wsws.org The Democratic and Republican politicians of one of the wealthiest states in America are refusing to adequately fund public education in working class communities.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-18). Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors. indybay.org On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition to these reactionary actions by Nazi Trump from the Democratic Party candidates for president.

Elise Casby (2019-05-18). Fascist trends in Santa Cruz Government. indybay.org Activists and myself using the derogatory gesture of the nazi salutes were focused on and reported in the conservative and reactionary paper, The Santa Cruz Sentinel by writer, Jessica York on May 15, 2019. As usual the focus was on the graphic gesture and not the fact that public comment and other forms of democratic participation are dwindling over the years as each mayor, now Martine Watkins takes up the mantle of repression.

commondreams (2019-05-18). Progressives Demand House Dems Hold Mnuchin in Contempt for Defying Subpoena for Trump's Tax Returns. commondreams.org Progressive groups on Friday called on House Democrats to hold Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena for President Donald Trump's tax returns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ajamu Baraka (2019-05-17). 2020 Elections: It's Militarism and the Military Budget Stupid! counterpunch.org U.S. ships are involved in provocative "freedom of navigation" exercises in the South China Sea and other ships gather ominously in the Mediterranean Sea while National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo along with convicted war criminal Elliot Abrams conspire to save the people of Venezuela with another illegal "regime change" More

susan_p (2019-05-17). Philippines: Election 'one of the dirtiest in decades'. greenleft.org.au The May 13 Philippines midterm election has been marred by accusations ranging from a lack of transparency, to electoral fraud, vote rigging and vote buying. | Lengthy delays in results being released were blamed on "technical glitches" by authorities. Opposition candidates and parties have refused to accept the results and are calling for the Philippines electoral commission (COMELEC) to be replaced by an independent body. | Nationwide protests have been called for May 17. | Responding to the results, Partido Lakas Ng Masa (Party of the Labouring Masses, PLM) Senate candidate, Jose Pedrosa, wrote: "Consider thes…

plenglish (2019-05-17). City of Chimore Ready for Historic Bolivian Popular Concentration. plenglish.com La Paz, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The small Bolivian city of Chimore, in the center of the country, is getting ready Friday to host this Saturday"s big rally where the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) will launch its electoral campaign for the general elections of October this year.

susan_p (2019-05-17). Spain: Radical councils face challenge in local elections. greenleft.org.au In the May 2015 Spanish local government elections, citizens from 6 out of 17 state capitals elected radical council tickets with more progressive policies than the mainstream Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), winner of the recent general election. | These tickets won control of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza (among Spain's largest cities) and took control of Navarra's capital, Iruñea/Pamplona and Galicia's capital, Santiago de Compostela. | Additional gains for the radical tickets were the provincial capitals Cádiz (Andalusia) and A Coruña (Galicia) and the important industrial and working-class…

RT (2019-05-17). 'This was treason:' Trump hints at 'long jail sentences' over 'FBI spying' on his campaign. rt.com President Donald Trump has hit back at the FBI and Justice Department officials accused of spying on his 2016 campaign, calling the actions "treason" and suggesting serious jail time may be in order.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat. democracynow.org President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m…

(2019-05-17). Koreans protest outrageous U.S. seizure of ship. workers.org Workers World reprints below in full a statement from the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on the seizure by the U.S. of a Korean cargo ship. We totally agree that the U.S. has absolutely no right to carry out such an act of piracy against the . . . | Continue reading Koreans protest outrageous U.S. seizure of ship at Workers.org

Zoà´ Carpenter (2019-05-17). The Political Power of the Green New Deal. thenation.com The Political Power of the Green New Deal…

Andrew Levine (2019-05-17). Springtime for Biden and Democrats. counterpunch.org Summertime is coming; the "debate" season is near. It will not taper off on until the primaries and party caucuses get underway. What a dreary prospect! Take heart, though, in the fact that, in this post-midterms world, with the Zeitgeist moving boldly and unashamedly to the left, some good could come of it. Also, if Joe More

Bernie Sanders (2019-05-17). Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Book). nationofchange.org NationofChange BookClub Pick In 2016, Senator Sanders, the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress, took on the entire Democratic Party establishment. The pundits had dismissed his campaign from the start, but by the end, it was clear just how wrong they were. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the …

Alex Emmons (2019-05-17). Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran. theintercept.com Four of the seven senators who've joined the 2020 race have signed onto a bill that would prohibit the U.S. military from spending money to attack Iran.

RT (2019-05-17). 'Don't get comfortable:' Trump announces record detentions, says migrants will be 'sent home'. rt.com Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the 'National Emergency" on the US' border with Mexico, saying that migrants are being detained in record numbers to be repatriated.

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-05-17). 'I don't believe it's too extreme:' Republicans hope to pass near-total abortion ban in Virginia. nationofchange.org Lawmakers have clearly stated that their goal is to get the topic in front of the Supreme Court, currently boasting a conservative majority, to legally overturn Roe V. Wade and outlaw abortion altogether.

Rob Urie (2019-05-17). Grabby Joe and the Problem of Environmental Decline. counterpunch.org The American political establishment seems determined to go down in flames and take the rest of the world with it. Under the delusion that neoliberal, neoconservative corpse-in-waiting Uncle Joe Biden is 'what voters want,' the Democratic Party has once again substituted marketing logic for a political program. On the plus side, Grabby Joe's 'Make America More

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). Yes! Major parties have a mandate for climate action. greenleft.org.au Whichever major party claims government on May 18, neither can legitimately claim to have a mandate for its dangerously inadequate carbon emission reduction policies. | Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed throughout the election campaign that the Liberal-National Coalition "is taking real action on climate change", telling the ABC's Hack on May 13 that, if his government is returned, Australia will meet "our Kyoto 2020 targets". | Kyoto Protocol: | It's odd he referred to Kyoto and not Paris, but…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-16). Palestinian Authority No Longer Crying Wolf. consortiumnews.com Jonathan Cook reports on the bind that Netanyahu has created by withholding tax transfers as a reelection tactic. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the… Read more →

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-05-16). What Joe Biden Has in Common With Donald Trump. thenation.com What Joe Biden Has in Common With Donald Trump…

Staff (2019-05-16). Facebook Bans Israeli Company Over Election-Disruption Campaigns. truthdig.com JERUSALEM—Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. | Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. | Although Facebook said the individuals behind the network attempted to conceal their identities, it discovered that many were linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based political consulting and lobbying…

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). Protesters say 'Dutton out, refugees in'. greenleft.org.au Refugee rights activists rallied outside home affairs minister Peter Dutton's electorate office in Queensland on May 11. They are hoping Dutton will lose his seat at the federal election on May 18. | Regardless of who wins the election, the Refugee Action Coalition is organising another protest on July 19 — six years after the Rudd Labor government announced that, from that point on, all refugees who arrived by boat would be sent to offshore detention. | Mark Gillespie, spokesperson for RAC, said that the movement needs to continue to press its demands for refugee rights no matter which party forms governme…

RT (2019-05-16). Trump must avoid 'very stupid and costly war' with Iran — Tulsi Gabbard. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came out swinging against a possible conflict with Iran, slamming President Donald Trump for allowing war hawks to run his administration.

United Nations (2019-05-16). Thursday's Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction. un.org On Thursday, we cover: more support needed for Sahel force, fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world; and the UN chief's trip for climate action in the Pacific continues.

RT (2019-05-16). 'JOKE, NYC HATES HIM': Trump mocks 'beauty' de Blasio's presidential bid. rt.com Bill de Blasio is the latest Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential campaign to be mercilessly mocked by the Republican frontrunner, President Donald Trump. He said the newcomer was the worst mayor New York ever had.

Fight Back (2019-05-16). Meeting with Venezuela's President Maduro. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! interviews noted anti-war activist Sarah Martin, of the Minnesota-based Women Against Military Madness. Martin traveled to Venezuela on a solidarity delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council, March 11-18. | Fight Back!: The corporate media says Venezuela's government, headed by President Maduro and the national democratic Bolivarian Revolution, has little popular support. What were your impressions? | Sarah Martin: This is one of the many lies told by the media, who once again are spewing the U.S. administration's propaganda for a U.S.-orchestrated coup. Maduro is a democratically elected preside…

Eliza Egret (2019-05-16). People in Wales show Nigel Farage what his beloved 'democracy' actually looks like. thecanary.co Once again, Nigel Farage has targeted another working-class area to try and win popularity and votes. Farage's Brexit Party held an election rally in Merthyr Tydfil on 15 May. | But anti-fascist protesters were there to greet him. They made it clear that Farage wasn't welcome in their town. Lois Jones was at the demonstration. She told The Canary: Merthyr Tydfil is an area that is impoverished and deprived thank…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Legislature Passes Near-Complete Abortion Ban, U.S. Evacuates Non-Emergency State Dept. Personnel from Iraq, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities, Pompeo Meets With Lavrov & Putin Over Iran, Venezuela, 2020 Elections, CNN: Migrant Children Sleeping Outside on the Ground at Texas Border Patrol, Pennsylvania Sues Purdue Pharma Over Oxycontin, Reports: Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to Conditional Senate Hearing, San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology, Pilots' Union Confronted Boeing Over Faulty 737 Max Jets After First Fatal Crash, NYC Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Call for Halt to Will…

Yves Engler (2019-05-15). Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies. dissidentvoice.org Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …

Staff (2019-05-15). Social Justice Activist Named Winner in Contentious Union Election. therealnews.com This story has been updated. | In a stunning victory, teacher and longtime social justice activist Diamonté Brown defeated incumbent Baltimore Teachers Union President Marietta English by a vote of 901-839, according to preliminary election results. "I thank everyone that voted for me and I promise to work every day to engage more members and take action based on members' concerns and needs," Brown said. | The election is the latest chapter in a wave of grassroots-powered challengers overcoming veteran officeholders, such as New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley…

Fight Back (2019-05-15). On Duterte's success in rigging the elections. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following May 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines Chief Political Consultant. | As I have predicted, Duterte is successful in rigging the May 13 elections to deliver to his candidates a false victory in the crucial senatorial race. As I have pointed out, he has to rig the elections because he has the power and the criminal personality and motivation to do so because clean and honest elections would have allowed the opposition senatorial candidates to win and frustrate his greed for power and plunder. | The rigging included the d…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-05-14). Sunrise Movement Calls for Mass Climate Demonstration Outside Democratic Debate in Detroit. theintercept.com On Monday night, at the final stop on the Sunrise Movement's " Road to a Green New Deal" tour across the United States, the group called for a mass, youth-led mobilization to pressure Democratic candidates to make the 2020 election a referendum on climate change. On July 30, the scheduled date for the second Democratic presidential debate, Sunrise hopes to bring tens of thousands of young people to Detroit to present all the Democratic contenders with three demands: | Sign the no fossil fuel money pledge. | Commit to makin…

kathy_f (2019-05-14). Is three weeks of early voting a bad thing? greenleft.org.au With Election Day in sight, there was a palpable sense of relief at an inner west Sydney early voting booth where I had volunteered over the past few weeks. It feels like a long campaign. | The impact of the first ever three-week pre-poll has been a regularly occurring conversation. One view is that it is bad for "democracy", and having the national population vote on the same day brings with it an equalising effect. Another view is that early voters may not take into account the latest policy announcement or budget statement — or even candidate disendorsement, of which there have been quite a few. | It is…

Ruth Conniff (2019-05-14). The Progressive Roots of Trump's Trade War Politics. progressive.org The President's get-tough stance on China resonates with working people's frustrations about trade "deals" that leave ordinary Americans scrambling. Democrats ignore that at their peril.

Staff (2019-05-14). AOC & Bernie Join Sunrise Movement in DC Town Hall. therealnews.com At the town hall, the Sunrise Movement launched the next phase of their Green New Deal campaign: making three demands of Democratic presidential contenders…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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) …

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.

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…

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 …

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

Jonathan Cohn (2019-03-31). These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All? millennialpolitics.co Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.

2019-05-18: Social Media Postees

India's multi-phase election concludes
wsws.org | 2019-05-18
The working class will come into headlong conflict with India's next government, whatever its precise composition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/18/indi…

Only socialist policies can resolve the Australian public education crisis
wsws.org | 2019-05-18
Teachers and parents should treat the sham election promises of Labor, Liberal and the Greens on education with the contempt they deserve.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/18/scho…

New Jersey education budget reallocation threatens hundreds of jobs
wsws.org | 2019-05-18
The Democratic and Republican politicians of one of the wealthiest states in America are refusing to adequately fund public education in working class communities.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/18/jers…

US schools could be forced to let biological males join girls' sports teams under House-passed bill
rt.com | 2019-05-18
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has passed a bill that will force schools to allow biological males who identify as females to compete on women's sports teams. What could go wrong? | …
rt.com/usa/459645-house-passes-gender-wo…

Progressives Demand House Dems Hold Mnuchin in Contempt for Defying Subpoena for Trump's Tax Returns
commondreams.org | 2019-05-18
Progressive groups on Friday called on House Democrats to hold Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena for President Donald Trump's tax returns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/18/progres…

Fascist trends in Santa Cruz Government
Elise Casby | indybay.org | 2019-05-18
Activists and myself using the derogatory gesture of the nazi salutes were focused on and reported in the conservative and reactionary paper, The Santa Cruz Sentinel by writer, Jessica York on May 15, 2019. As usual the focus was on the graphic gesture and not the fact that public comment and other forms of democratic participation are dwindling over the years as each mayor, now Martine Watkins takes up the mantle of repression.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/16/1882346…

Democrats back trade war with China
wsws.org | 2019-05-18
The main criticism of Trump's trade policy by congressional Democrats and most presidential candidates is that the president should focus exclusively on China and enlist Canada, Mexico and the European Union in an anti-China coalition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/18/trad…

Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-18
On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition to these reactionary actions by Nazi Trump from the Democratic Party candidates for president.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/17/1882346…

2020 Elections: It's Militarism and the Military Budget Stupid!
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
U.S. ships are involved in provocative "freedom of navigation" exercises in the South China Sea and other ships gather ominously in the Mediterranean Sea while National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo along with convicted war criminal Elliot Abrams conspire to save the people of Venezuela with another illegal "regime change"
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/2020-electio…

'This was treason:' Trump hints at 'long jail sentences' over 'FBI spying' on his campaign
rt.com | 2019-05-17
President Donald Trump has hit back at the FBI and Justice Department officials accused of spying on his 2016 campaign, calling the actions "treason" and suggesting serious jail time may be in order. | …
rt.com/usa/459584-trump-treason-jail-ele…

Spain: Radical councils face challenge in local elections
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
In the May 2015 Spanish local government elections, citizens from 6 out of 17 state capitals elected radical council tickets with more progressive policies than the mainstream Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), winner of the recent general election. | These tickets won control of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza (among Spain's largest cities) and took control of Navarra's capital, Iruñea/Pamplona and Galicia's capital, Santiago de Compostela. | Additional gains for the radical tickets were the provincial capitals Cádiz (Andalusia) and A Coruña (Galicia) and the important industrial and working-class…
greenleft.org.au/content/spain-radical-councils-face-challenge-local-elections

Philippines: Election 'one of the dirtiest in decades'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
The May 13 Philippines midterm election has been marred by accusations ranging from a lack of transparency, to electoral fraud, vote rigging and vote buying. | Lengthy delays in results being released were blamed on "technical glitches" by authorities. Opposition candidates and parties have refused to accept the results and are calling for the Philippines electoral commission (COMELEC) to be replaced by an independent body. | Nationwide protests have been called for May 17. | Responding to the results, Partido Lakas Ng Masa (Party of the Labouring Masses, PLM) Senate candidate, Jose Pedrosa, wrote: "Consider thes…
greenleft.org.au/content/philippines-election-dirtiest-decades

City of Chimore Ready for Historic Bolivian Popular Concentration
plenglish.com | 2019-05-17
La Paz, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The small Bolivian city of Chimore, in the center of the country, is getting ready Friday to host this Saturday"s big rally where the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) will launch its electoral campaign for the general elections of October this year.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-17
President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/17/immigrant…

Koreans protest outrageous U.S. seizure of ship
| workers.org | 2019-05-17
Workers World reprints below in full a statement from the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on the seizure by the U.S. of a Korean cargo ship. We totally agree that the U.S. has absolutely no right to carry out such an act of piracy against the . . . | Continue reading Koreans protest outrageous U.S. seizure of ship at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/16/koreans-protest-o…

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Book)
Bernie Sanders | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
NationofChange BookClub Pick In 2016, Senator Sanders, the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress, took on the entire Democratic Party establishment. The pundits had dismissed his campaign from the start, but by the end, it was clear just how wrong they were. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the …
nationofchange.org/2019/05/16/our-revolu…

'Don't get comfortable:' Trump announces record detentions, says migrants will be 'sent home'
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the 'National Emergency" on the US' border with Mexico, saying that migrants are being detained in record numbers to be repatriated. | …
rt.com/usa/459592-trump-announced-plan/

Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
Four of the seven senators who've joined the 2020 race have signed onto a bill that would prohibit the U.S. military from spending money to attack Iran.
theintercept.com/2019/05/17/iran-war-con…

Grabby Joe and the Problem of Environmental Decline
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
The American political establishment seems determined to go down in flames and take the rest of the world with it. Under the delusion that neoliberal, neoconservative corpse-in-waiting Uncle Joe Biden is 'what voters want,' the Democratic Party has once again substituted marketing logic for a political program. On the plus side, Grabby Joe's 'Make America…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/grabby-joe-a…

Springtime for Biden and Democrats
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Summertime is coming; the "debate" season is near. It will not taper off on until the primaries and party caucuses get underway. What a dreary prospect! Take heart, though, in the fact that, in this post-midterms world, with the Zeitgeist moving boldly and unashamedly to the left, some good could come of it. Also, if Joe…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/springtime-f…

The Political Power of the Green New Deal
Zoà´ Carpenter | thenation.com | 2019-05-17
The Political Power of the Green New Deal…
thenation.com/article/sunrise-movement-g…

'I don't believe it's too extreme:' Republicans hope to pass near-total abortion ban in Virginia
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
Lawmakers have clearly stated that their goal is to get the topic in front of the Supreme Court, currently boasting a conservative majority, to legally overturn Roe V. Wade and outlaw abortion altogether.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/17/i-dont-bel…

Facebook Bans Israeli Company Over Election-Disruption Campaigns
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
JERUSALEM–Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. | Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. | Although Facebook said the individuals behind the network attempted to conceal their identities, it discovered that many were linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based political consulting and lobbying…
truthdig.com/articles/facebook-bans-isra…

What Joe Biden Has in Common With Donald Trump
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-05-16
What Joe Biden Has in Common With Donald Trump…
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People in Wales show Nigel Farage what his beloved 'democracy' actually looks like
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-05-16
Once again, Nigel Farage has targeted another working-class area to try and win popularity and votes. Farage's Brexit Party held an election rally in Merthyr Tydfil on 15 May. | But anti-fascist protesters were there to greet him. They made it clear that Farage wasn't welcome in their town. Lois Jones was at the demonstration. She told The Canary: Merthyr Tydfil is an area that is impoverished and deprived thank…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/16/people-in-wales-show-nigel-farage-what-his-beloved-democracy-actually-looks-like/

Palestinian Authority No Longer Crying Wolf
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-16
Jonathan Cook reports on the bind that Netanyahu has created by withholding tax transfers as a reelection tactic. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net We have been here many times before. However, on this occasion even the principal actors understand that the… Read more ?…
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Protesters say 'Dutton out, refugees in'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
Refugee rights activists rallied outside home affairs minister Peter Dutton's electorate office in Queensland on May 11. They are hoping Dutton will lose his seat at the federal election on May 18. | Regardless of who wins the election, the Refugee Action Coalition is organising another protest on July 19 — six years after the Rudd Labor government announced that, from that point on, all refugees who arrived by boat would be sent to offshore detention. | Mark Gillespie, spokesperson for RAC, said that the movement needs to continue to press its demands for refugee rights no matter which party forms governme…
greenleft.org.au/content/protesters-say-dutton-out-refugees-

Yes! Major parties have a mandate for climate action
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-16
Whichever major party claims government on May 18, neither can legitimately claim to have a mandate for its dangerously inadequate carbon emission reduction policies. | Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed throughout the election campaign that the Liberal-National Coalition "is taking real action on climate change", telling the ABC's Hack on May 13 that, if his government is returned, Australia will meet "our Kyoto 2020 targets". | Kyoto Protocol: | It's odd he referred to Kyoto and not Paris, but…
greenleft.org.au/content/yes-major-parties-have-mandate-climate-action

Trump must avoid 'very stupid and costly war' with Iran — Tulsi Gabbard
rt.com | 2019-05-16
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard came out swinging against a possible conflict with Iran, slamming President Donald Trump for allowing war hawks to run his administration. | …
rt.com/usa/459525-tulsi-war-iran-stupid-…

Thursday's Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-16
On Thursday, we cover: more support needed for Sahel force, fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world; and the UN chief's trip for climate action in the Pacific continues.
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Meeting with Venezuela's President Maduro
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-16
Fight Back! interviews noted anti-war activist Sarah Martin, of the Minnesota-based Women Against Military Madness. Martin traveled to Venezuela on a solidarity delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council, March 11-18. | Fight Back!: The corporate media says Venezuela's government, headed by President Maduro and the national democratic Bolivarian Revolution, has little popular support. What were your impressions? | Sarah Martin: This is one of the many lies told by the media, who once again are spewing the U.S. administration's propaganda for a U.S.-orchestrated coup. Maduro is a democratically elected preside…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/16/meeting-vene…

'JOKE, NYC HATES HIM': Trump mocks 'beauty' de Blasio's presidential bid
rt.com | 2019-05-16
Bill de Blasio is the latest Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential campaign to be mercilessly mocked by the Republican frontrunner, President Donald Trump. He said the newcomer was the worst mayor New York ever had. | …
rt.com/usa/459496-trump-mocks-blasio-bid…

Canadian Green Leader Supports Same Old Pro-Imperialist Foreign Policies
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-15
Does Elizabeth May hate Palestinians? Does the Green Party leader want the Trump administration to attack Iran? Does she support efforts to overthrow Venezuela's government? I've been asking myself these questions since reading a Canadian Jewish News story about Paul Manly's recent victory in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith bi-election. In a story titled "Concerns raised over new …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/canadian-gree…

On Duterte's success in rigging the elections
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-15
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following May 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines Chief Political Consultant. | As I have predicted, Duterte is successful in rigging the May 13 elections to deliver to his candidates a false victory in the crucial senatorial race. As I have pointed out, he has to rig the elections because he has the power and the criminal personality and motivation to do so because clean and honest elections would have allowed the opposition senatorial candidates to win and frustrate his greed for power and plunder. | The rigging included the d…
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Social Justice Activist Named Winner in Contentious Union Election
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
This story has been updated. | In a stunning victory, teacher and longtime social justice activist Diamonté Brown defeated incumbent Baltimore Teachers Union President Marietta English by a vote of 901-839, according to preliminary election results. "I thank everyone that voted for me and I promise to work every day to engage more members and take action based on members' concerns and needs," Brown said. | The election is the latest chapter in a wave of grassroots-powered challengers overcoming veteran officeholders, such as New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley…
therealnews.com/columns/teachers-say-uni…

Is three weeks of early voting a bad thing?
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-14
With Election Day in sight, there was a palpable sense of relief at an inner west Sydney early voting booth where I had volunteered over the past few weeks. It feels like a long campaign. | The impact of the first ever three-week pre-poll has been a regularly occurring conversation. One view is that it is bad for "democracy", and having the national population vote on the same day brings with it an equalising effect. Another view is that early voters may not take into account the latest policy announcement or budget statement — or even candidate disendorsement, of which there have been quite a few. | It is…
greenleft.org.au/content/three-weeks-early-voting-bad-thing

Sunrise Movement Calls for Mass Climate Demonstration Outside Democratic Debate in Detroit
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
On Monday night, at the final stop on the Sunrise Movement's " Road to a Green New Deal" tour across the United States, the group called for a mass, youth-led mobilization to pressure Democratic candidates to make the 2020 election a referendum on climate change. On July 30, the scheduled date for the second Democratic presidential debate, Sunrise hopes to bring tens of thousands of young people to Detroit to present all the Democratic contenders with three demands: | Sign the no fossil fuel money pledge. | Commit to makin…
theintercept.com/2019/05/13/sunrise-move…

AOC & Bernie Join Sunrise Movement in DC Town Hall
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-14
At the town hall, the Sunrise Movement launched the next phase of their Green New Deal campaign: making three demands of Democratic presidential contenders…
therealnews.com/stories/aoc-bernie-join-…

The Progressive Roots of Trump's Trade War Politics
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-05-14
The President's get-tough stance on China resonates with working people's frustrations about trade "deals" that leave ordinary Americans scrambling. Democrats ignore that at their peril.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-progressi…

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…

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 …
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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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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.
progressive.org/dispatches/constitutiona…

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/8/jacksonville-…

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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Tom Hayden, Giant of the New Left Remembered
Paul Buhle | progressive.org | 2019-05-04
A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat.
progressive.org/dispatches/tom-hayden-ne…