Daily Archives: May 20, 2019

2019-05-20: News Headlines

Staff (2019-05-20). Sen. Ron Wyden Leads on Securing Elections Before 2020. truthout.org Sen. Ron Wyden's new proposal to protect the integrity of U.S. elections, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019, takes a much needed step forward by requiring a return to paper ballots. | The bill forcefully addresses a grave threat to American democracy — outdated election technologies used in po…

Paul Hockenos (2019-05-20). Europe's Striking Climate Kids Show How to Defeat the Far Right. thenation.com Europe's Striking Climate Kids Show How to Defeat the Far Right…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-20). 'The Fight Is Not Over,' Say Groups, as Coal Lover Wins Re-Election in Australia. commondreams.org "If the climate-wreckers in the coalition think we're going to go away quietly, they've got another thing coming." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-20). The Australian Labor Party's election debacle and the fight against the far-right. wsws.org The election outcome exposes the bankrupt claims, by unions and the pseudo-left, that the rise of the extreme right can be opposed by supporting pro-business, centre-left parties such as the Australian Labor Party.

James Wright (2019-05-20). SNP Deputy blasts BBC Question Time for audience 'stuffed full of Tory plants'. thecanary.co SNP deputy leader Keith Brown has blasted BBC Question Time for its audience selection process. | "Stuffed full of Tory plants": | The National reported that Brown said the problem went beyond the 16 May episode in Elgin, Scotla…

RT (2019-05-20). 'I'm here because of Sleepy Joe': Trump says China wants Biden badly, declares Sanders 'history'. rt.com US President Donald Trump has declared Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential bid "history," and slated the former vice president, Joe Biden, as election competition heats up. |

plenglish (2019-05-20). Maduro Celebrates Anniversary of 2nd Electoral Victory. plenglish.com Caracas, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remembered on Monday the first year of his reelection in May 2018 as one solid triumph of the Venezuelan people.

Jon Schwarz (2019-05-20). The Rise of "Game of Thrones" Was Part of the Fall of America. theintercept.com Like all America's publications, The Intercept is legally required to run something about the end of the HBO television series "Game of Thrones." Here it is: | Despite the internet's current excitement about the show, the most lucid perspective on "Game of Thrones" appeared years ago in December 2016 — coincidentally, just after the election of Donald Trump — and not online. Instead, it was part of the season one finale of another HBO show, "Westworld." | At the end of the episode, the park's director, Robert Ford, addresses a large gathering of the executives and investors of the corporation that own…

Rick Sterling (2019-05-20). How Russiagate Replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-05-20). New Ukrainian President Disolves Parliament. telesurenglish.net The new Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office on Monday and shocked the audience by announcing that he was dissolving parliament and calling for a snap election, aiming to win seats in a legislature still dominated by loyalists of his predecessor. | RELATED: | Ukraine's Zelenskiy Wins Presidency in Landslide | Working with parliament will be crucial to his ability to meet the expectations of his voters and also pass reforms needed to keep foreign aid flowing. | Zel…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-20). Headlines for May 20, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens "Official End of Iran" Via Tweet If It Provokes the U.S., First Phase of Kushner's Middle East Peace Plan to Focus on Palestinian Economy, Sweden Requests Detention of Assange as WikiLeaks Accuses U.S. of Illegally Seizing His Property, Australian Voters Choose Conservative PM Morrison Over Opponent Who Vowed to Tackle Climate Change, Austria Calls Snap Election After Far-Right Leader Caught in Corruption Scandal, Protesters Take to the Streets Ahead of European Parliament Elections, Narendra Modi on Track for Second Term as Prime Minister as Voting Ends in India, Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriag…

teleSUR (2019-05-20). Israeli Firm Interfered in Elections in African Nations. telesurenglish.net Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts, pages, and contents by an Israeli company vying to influence foreign politics especially elections. | RELATED: | Israeli Spyware Involved in WhatsApp Privacy Breach, Human Rights Groups Targeted | The social media giant removed 256 such accounts from Facebook and Instagram on which…

Elise Casby (2019-05-20). 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.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-05-20). Republican Justin Amash Gets What Top Democrats Don't — It's Time to Impeach Trump. theintercept.com Amash is the first Republican in Congress to call for impeachment. More Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi, should be willing to say the same.

WSWS (2019-05-20). Far-right Alternative for Germany sets the tone for German Grand Coalition government. wsws.org With its new legislative package, the grand coalition government of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) is implementing the policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

United Nations (2019-05-20). Sacrifice of fallen 'blue helmet' to be honoured with UN's highest peacekeeping award. un.org In recognition of his "brave and selfless" action under fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ̶ saving the life of a fellow 'blue helmet' and helping his colleagues repel an armed group ̶ the late Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete, will be honoured with the UN's highest peacekeeping award this coming Friday, by the UN Secretary-General.

plenglish (2019-05-20). South Korea and Its Efforts to Sail between Two Streams. plenglish.com Por Isaura Diez MillanHavana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Over the past week, South Korea has announced three measures aimed at apparently providing economic aid to the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with the primary objective of keeping the nuclear talks alive.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-20). 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.

WSWS (2019-05-20). Biden makes right-wing plea for "unity" with Republicans. wsws.org At the kickoff rally for his campaign, the Democratic frontrunner avoided any mention of the growth of social inequality or the domination of a financial aristocracy over America.

Valerie Reynoso (2019-05-20). The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition. counterpunch.org The West alleges that the Venezuelan opposition is peaceful and democratic; however, their extensive history of right-wing violence proves otherwise. The Venezuelan opposition is led by a predominately white bourgeoisie, the US state department and its allies. The US state department has provided at least $49 million since 2009 in aid for Venezuelan right-wing opposition More

Tracy Keeling (2019-05-20). A LibDem bigshot gives his party the kiss of death ahead of the EU elections. thecanary.co The Liberal Democrats' former chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, just gave his party the kiss of death. Right before the European elections, the now vice president of an investment bank tweeted a chummy picture of himself, George Osborne and Nick Clegg. | It's hard to think of a worse advertisement for Vince Cable's LibDems ahead of Brits heading to the polls. Because the picture reminded people of the party's coalition years. This was…

Tracy Keeling (2019-05-20). Labour under pressure to boot Margaret Hodge after she's accused of breaking its cardinal rule. thecanary.co Labour is under pressure to boot Margaret Hodge from the party for breaking one of its cardinal rules. | According to a leaked tape, the Barking MP urged people to vote for parties other than her own. But the party's rules state that supporting a political organisation or candidate in an election other than Labour is grounds for removal. No wonder Hodge is now desperately trying to row back on her comments. | Prioritise the EU…

Eds. (2019-05-20). Ronnie Kasrils on South African election. mronline.org As the curate said, assessing a none-too-fresh boiled egg at breakfast: 'It was good in parts.' | Source

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 …

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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-19). Pete Buttigieg Calls for Carbon Capture and Tax—Climate Proposals Backed by the Fossil Fuel Industry. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who rolled out his first batch of major policy proposals this week, expressed support for a carbon tax and carbon capture—policies backed by the fossil fuel industry but criticized by environmentalists as "a distraction from real solutions to the climate crisis that we face." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Strategic Culture (2019-05-19). Venezuela Exposes the Myth of John Bolton's "Genius" theantimedia.com (SC Op-ed) — April 30 was the real April Fools' Day in Venezuela: They proclaimed a coup and nobody came. The fiasco of the latest obviously unsuccessful US attempt to topple twice democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro made a laughing stock of the US government throughout the world and is now exposing new splits in the Trump administration in …

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."

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

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Tulsi Gabbard Warns Against Possible Trump War with Iran. telesurenglish.net Two Democrats with U.S. military experience vying for the party's 2020 presidential nomination criticized Republican President Donald Trump Sunday for escalating tensions with Iran that could lead to war. | RELATED: | US Warmongers Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops | Representative Tulsi Gabbard, one of 24 Democrats running for the White House nomination, said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that Trump was "leading us down this dangerous path towards…

RT (2019-05-19). Democrat Tulsi Gabbard fends off 'fake news' accusations of Russian support. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war stance has seen her slammed in the media for over-friendliness to Moscow. After this week's hit piece the Hawaiian Congresswoman called these accusations "fake news." |

Staff (2019-05-19). The "Auntie Network" Already Exists. truthout.org As Republicans escalate their efforts to criminalize abortion care, some social media users have called for the creation of a network that would offer assistance to pregnant people seeking abortions in states affected by the current onslaught of abortion bans and so-called heartbeat bills. Hashtags like #AuntieNetwork and #UndergroundRailroad2019 have emerged alongside a deluge of offers of lodging and other travel assistance for those in need — with most of these conversations occurring in the open, or in unsecure online environment…

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). 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.

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 …

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?

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). 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.

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

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.

(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

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.

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

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…

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). 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…

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 →

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…

2019-05-20: Social Media Postees

New Ukrainian President Disolves Parliament
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
The new Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office on Monday and shocked the audience by announcing that he was dissolving parliament and calling for a snap election, aiming to win seats in a legislature still dominated by loyalists of his predecessor. | RELATED: | Ukraine's Zelenskiy Wins Presidency in Landslide | Working with parliament will be crucial to his ability to meet the expectations of his voters and also pass reforms needed to keep foreign aid flowing. | Zel…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Ukrainian-Pr…

Israeli Firm Interfered in Elections in African Nations
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts, pages, and contents by an Israeli company vying to influence foreign politics especially elections. | RELATED: | Israeli Spyware Involved in WhatsApp Privacy Breach, Human Rights Groups Targeted | The social media giant removed 256 such accounts from Facebook and Instagram on which…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israeli-Firm-Dep…

The Rise of "Game of Thrones" Was Part of the Fall of America
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2019-05-20
Like all America's publications, The Intercept is legally required to run something about the end of the HBO television series "Game of Thrones." Here it is: | Despite the internet's current excitement about the show, the most lucid perspective on "Game of Thrones" appeared years ago in December 2016 — coincidentally, just after the election of Donald Trump — and not online. Instead, it was part of the season one finale of another HBO show, "Westworld." | At the end of the episode, the park's director, Robert Ford, addresses a large gathering of the executives and investors of the corporation that own…
theintercept.com/2019/05/20/the-rise-of-…

Ronnie Kasrils on South African election
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-20
As the curate said, assessing a none-too-fresh boiled egg at breakfast: 'It was good in parts.' | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/20/ronnie-kasrils-o…

'I'm here because of Sleepy Joe': Trump says China wants Biden badly, declares Sanders 'history'
rt.com | 2019-05-20
US President Donald Trump has declared Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential bid "history," and slated the former vice president, Joe Biden, as election competition heats up. | …
rt.com/usa/459823-trump-biden-sanders-hi…

A LibDem bigshot gives his party the kiss of death ahead of the EU elections
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-05-20
The Liberal Democrats' former chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, just gave his party the kiss of death. Right before the European elections, the now vice president of an investment bank tweeted a chummy picture of himself, George Osborne and Nick Clegg. | It's hard to think of a worse advertisement for Vince Cable's LibDems ahead of Brits heading to the polls. Because the picture reminded people of the party's coalition years. This was…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/20/a-libdem-bigshot-gives-his-party-the-kiss-of-death-ahead-of-the-eu-elections/

How Russiagate Replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election
Rick Sterling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-20
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 …
globalresearch.ca/how-russiagate-replace…

SNP Deputy blasts BBC Question Time for audience 'stuffed full of Tory plants'
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-05-20
SNP deputy leader Keith Brown has blasted BBC Question Time for its audience selection process. | "Stuffed full of Tory plants": | The National reported that Brown said the problem went beyond the 16 May episode in Elgin, Scotla…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/05/20/snp-deputy-blasts-bbc-question-time-for-audience-stuffed-full-of-tory-plants/

'The Fight Is Not Over,' Say Groups, as Coal Lover Wins Re-Election in Australia
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-20
"If the climate-wreckers in the coalition think we're going to go away quietly, they've got another thing coming." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/20/fight-n…

Labour under pressure to boot Margaret Hodge after she's accused of breaking its cardinal rule
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-05-20
Labour is under pressure to boot Margaret Hodge from the party for breaking one of its cardinal rules. | According to a leaked tape, the Barking MP urged people to vote for parties other than her own. But the party's rules state that supporting a political organisation or candidate in an election other than Labour is grounds for removal. No wonder Hodge is now desperately trying to row back on her comments. | Prioritise the EU…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/20/labour-under-pressure-to-boot-margaret-hodge-after-shes-accused-of-breaking-its-cardinal-rule/

The Australian Labor Party's election debacle and the fight against the far-right
wsws.org | 2019-05-20
The election outcome exposes the bankrupt claims, by unions and the pseudo-left, that the rise of the extreme right can be opposed by supporting pro-business, centre-left parties such as the Australian Labor Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/20/pers…

Sen. Ron Wyden Leads on Securing Elections Before 2020
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-20
Sen. Ron Wyden's new proposal to protect the integrity of U.S. elections, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019, takes a much needed step forward by requiring a return to paper ballots. | The bill forcefully addresses a grave threat to American democracy — outdated election technologies used in po…
truthout.org/articles/sen-ron-wyden-lead…

Maduro Celebrates Anniversary of 2nd Electoral Victory
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Caracas, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remembered on Monday the first year of his reelection in May 2018 as one solid triumph of the Venezuelan people.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Europe's Striking Climate Kids Show How to Defeat the Far Right
Paul Hockenos | thenation.com | 2019-05-20
Europe's Striking Climate Kids Show How to Defeat the Far Right…
thenation.com/article/europe-climate-kid…

South Korea and Its Efforts to Sail between Two Streams
plenglish.com | 2019-05-20
Por Isaura Diez MillanHavana, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Over the past week, South Korea has announced three measures aimed at apparently providing economic aid to the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with the primary objective of keeping the nuclear talks alive.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Far-right Alternative for Germany sets the tone for German Grand Coalition government
wsws.org | 2019-05-20
With its new legislative package, the grand coalition government of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) is implementing the policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/20/germ…

Republican Justin Amash Gets What Top Democrats Don't — It's Time to Impeach Trump
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-05-20
Amash is the first Republican in Congress to call for impeachment. More Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi, should be willing to say the same.
theintercept.com/2019/05/20/republican-j…

Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
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…

Fascist trends in Santa Cruz Government
Elise Casby | indybay.org | 2019-05-20
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…

Biden makes right-wing plea for "unity" with Republicans
wsws.org | 2019-05-20
At the kickoff rally for his campaign, the Democratic frontrunner avoided any mention of the growth of social inequality or the domination of a financial aristocracy over America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/20/bide…

The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition
Valerie Reynoso | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-20
The West alleges that the Venezuelan opposition is peaceful and democratic; however, their extensive history of right-wing violence proves otherwise. The Venezuelan opposition is led by a predominately white bourgeoisie, the US state department and its allies. The US state department has provided at least $49 million since 2009 in aid for Venezuelan right-wing opposition…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/20/the-violent-…

Sacrifice of fallen 'blue helmet' to be honoured with UN's highest peacekeeping award
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-20
In recognition of his "brave and selfless" action under fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ̶ saving the life of a fellow 'blue helmet' and helping his colleagues repel an armed group ̶ the late Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete, will be honoured with the UN's highest peacekeeping award this coming Friday, by the UN Secretary-General.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

How Russiagate replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-19
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/how-russiagat…

Coalition win makes fightback urgent
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-19
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/coalition-win-makes-fightback-urgent

Venezuela Exposes the Myth of John Bolton's "Genius"
Strategic Culture | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-19
(SC Op-ed) — April 30 was the real April Fools' Day in Venezuela: They proclaimed a coup and nobody came. The fiasco of the latest obviously unsuccessful US attempt to topple twice democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro made a laughing stock of the US government throughout the world and is now exposing new splits in the Trump administration in …

Venezuela Exposes the Myth of John Bolton’s “Genius”

Pete Buttigieg Calls for Carbon Capture and Tax—Climate Proposals Backed by the Fossil Fuel Industry
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-19
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who rolled out his first batch of major policy proposals this week, expressed support for a carbon tax and carbon capture—policies backed by the fossil fuel industry but criticized by environmentalists as "a distraction from real solutions to the climate crisis that we face." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Tulsi Gabbard Warns Against Possible Trump War with Iran
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-19
Two Democrats with U.S. military experience vying for the party's 2020 presidential nomination criticized Republican President Donald Trump Sunday for escalating tensions with Iran that could lead to war. | RELATED: | US Warmongers Plan to Threaten Iran by Sending 120,000 Troops | Representative Tulsi Gabbard, one of 24 Democrats running for the White House nomination, said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that Trump was "leading us down this dangerous path towards…
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Democrat Tulsi Gabbard fends off 'fake news' accusations of Russian support
rt.com | 2019-05-19
Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war stance has seen her slammed in the media for over-friendliness to Moscow. After this week's hit piece the Hawaiian Congresswoman called these accusations "fake news." | …
rt.com/usa/459749-tulsi-gabbard-russia-i…

The "Auntie Network" Already Exists
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-19
As Republicans escalate their efforts to criminalize abortion care, some social media users have called for the creation of a network that would offer assistance to pregnant people seeking abortions in states affected by the current onslaught of abortion bans and so-called heartbeat bills. Hashtags like #AuntieNetwork and #UndergroundRailroad2019 have emerged alongside a deluge of offers of lodging and other travel assistance for those in need — with most of these conversations occurring in the open, or in unsecure online environment…
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Green Party of the United States Statement — Venezuelan Embassy
Green Party of the United States | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-18
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 …
globalresearch.ca/green-party-of-the-uni…

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…

Elections in Australia: Liberals defeat labor in 'Miracle victory'
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-18
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 …
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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…

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…

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

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

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

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…

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…

'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/

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…

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
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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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/16/palestinia…

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

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

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…

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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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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/14/duterte-s-su…