2019-05-19: News Headlines

Staff (2019-05-19). Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Is Being Pushed By 'Islamophobia Industry'. therealnews.com Civil rights lawyer and activist Arjun Singh Sethi says, "Even the CIA actually came out and said it would be a mistake, because in many ways the Muslim Brotherhood more recently has been a force of moderation and democratization in the Middle East."

Elise Casby (2019-05-19). 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.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-19). 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.

Ed Sykes (2019-05-19). 71 years after the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, activists call for unity and democracy across the Middle East. thecanary.co On 15 May, Palestine marked the 71-year anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe), which saw around 700,000 people expelled from their land and homes after the founding of Israel on 14 May 1948. This was one of the world's most notorious acts of ethnic cleansing

kathy_f (2019-05-19). Coalition win makes fightback urgent. greenleft.org.au The right-wing dominated Coalition's win in the May 18 federal election is a major setback for the climate action movement, the union movement and the interests of working people in Australia. | It will no doubt lead to an acceleration of attacks on union rights, the living standards of workers and the poor and is a serious blow to the growing climate action movement among youth and the population generally. | We must now urgently take steps to unite and step up the fight to defend the movements for progressive change in this country. | Despite this electoral setback, which occurred in the face of opinion po…

Rick Sterling (2019-05-19). How Russiagate replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election. dissidentvoice.org An honest and accurate analysis of the 2016 election is not just an academic exercise. It is very relevant to the current election campaign. Yet over the past two years, Russiagate has dominated media and political debate and largely replaced a serious analysis of the factors leading to Trump's victory. The public has been flooded …

Green Party of the United States (2019-05-18). Green Party of the United States Statement — Venezuelan Embassy. globalresearch.ca The United Nations recognizes Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. It is illegal under international law for the U.S. to facilitate control of the embassy to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has asserted a claim to the …

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.

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). 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.

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…

Staff (2019-05-18). Progressives Demand Mnuchin Be Held in Contempt for Defying Subpoena. truthout.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. | Last week, as Common Dreams reported, after Mnuchin repeatedly rejected lawmakers' request for six years of Trump's tax returns, the H…

Staff (2019-05-18). Will Democratic Party Elites Dictate Its Primaries Again? truthout.org A few months ago, an online message to Democratic registrants from the National Democratic Training Committee featured a 2020 election ticket of Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke. It asked what we thought of this "winning" 2020 pair. | As a campaigner for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election, I was outraged by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the National Democratic Training Committee's parent organization, lofting a trial balloon to subliminally embed its candidate choices on us more than a year before primaries. | The Training Committee's online pitch serves as a reminder that Americans have been denie…

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.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-05-18). What is the major issue in the 2020 election? nationofchange.org 2020 is shaping up to be different, the most ideas-driven election in recent American history. Although the central idea is not always spoken, we need to bear it in mind at all times. Robert Reich has said it: the central problem is wealth The great wealth of the United States is no longer shared equally, and this leads to a host of problems. The result is a great deal of poverty in a country in which there is an average wealth of $300,000 per person but the median wealth of $45,000 (meaning that half of the people have less than $45,000 in wealth, but if the wealth were spread evenly, everyone would have $300…

teleSUR (2019-05-18). Evo Morales Kicks Off Bolivian Presidential Run 'To Victory'. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Bolivians arrived at the Chimore airport to help incumbent presidential candidate, Evo Morales, kickoff his electoral campaign for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party for the Oct. 20 elections. | RELATED: | UN Praises Bolivia's Economic Model | Morales rode into the event on the back of a motorcycle driven by Vice President Garcia Linera, waving a wiphala flag. | At the Saturday ceremony the incumbent who is ahead in the polls, said to the large crowds: "Why five more years? To finis…

Staff (2019-05-18). Australia's Ruling Coalition Elected to Surprise Third Term. truthdig.com CANBERRA, Australia — Australia's ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country's general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. | Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten conceded defeat late in the evening as Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal Party-led coalition came close to a majority in the 151-seat House of Representatives, where parties need a majority to form a government. Vote counting was to continue on Sunday. | "It is obvious th…

unitedEditor (2019-05-18). Elections in Australia: Liberals defeat labor in 'Miracle victory'. uwidata.com The ruling conservative Liberal-National coalition has again won the federal elections in Australia with the opposition Labor Party acknowledging defeat. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the victory as a victory for all the Australians who, according to him, voted for a safe future. Following the elections, Morrison will remain the head of the government for …

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.

teleSUR (2019-05-18). Ex-Argentine Leader Cristina Fernandez Announces VP Candidacy. telesurenglish.net During a 12-minute video released Saturday morning by former President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (CFK), the first female head of state of the country announced her entrance into the race for vice president in the upcoming October elections, on the same ticket as presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez, also from the Justice Party and aligned with the Victory Front. | RELATED: | Argentina's Fernandez Kirchner Will Win Against Any Opponent | During the video rele…

Staff (2019-05-18). Missouri Republicans Rush to Criminalize Abortion Care. truthout.org UPDATE: The Republican-held Missouri house on Friday passed the omnibus anti-choice bill.Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) praised Alabama Republicans' passage of the country's most restrictive abortion ban and said that he would sign a Missouri bill placing draconian new limits on abortion. | The anti-choice omnibus bill, known as the " Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act," contains a cascade of abortion bans at various points in a pregnancy and would criminalize abortion at eight weeks' gestation, with provider…

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

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.

(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

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…

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.

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

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…

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…

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.

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

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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 →

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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…