2019-05-21: Social Media Postees

Iran, China-US trade war, Australia election, S-500
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-21
Is the US mobilizing the armed forces against Iran? The situation in the Persian Gulf heated up dramatically this week. The United States has increased its military presence in the region and advised their citizens in Arab countries to remain vigilant. On the 6th of May, the US sent a naval strike group (the aircraft …
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Right-wing Australian government re-elected as voters turn against Labor
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
The election result reflected widespread hostility among workers, students and young people to Labor and the entire political establishment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/21/elec…

Russians Have Meddled in 36 Elections. The US Has Meddled in 81
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it's been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, "a couple of Facebook ads" or, as the Mueller report described it, "the Russian government interfer[ing]… in sweeping and systematic fashion." | But let me mention just a few of the things th…
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Jacksonville's dismal runoff results point to need for Labor-Black community alliance
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-21
Jacksonville, FL – The outcome of Jacksonville's 2019 runoff elections looked remarkably like the general election back in March. Even fewer people participated in the runoff, which saw voter turnout sink from an already dismal 24% in March to just 14.35% two months later. By all accounts, Republicans came out on top. Dixie money ruled the day again, with the candidate who raised and spent the most money winning every single runoff. | Five city council seats went to a runoff after no candidate received a majority of the vote in March. While Democrats elected three city council members, only three of the five run…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/21/jacksonv…

India Elections: Towards a Possible BJP Victory
Andrew Korybko | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-05-21
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A Modi Victory Puts India's 200 Million Muslims in Danger
Ruchira Gupta | thenation.com | 2019-05-21
A Modi Victory Puts India's 200 Million Muslims in Danger…
thenation.com/article/india-election-mod…

A socialist perspective against fascism and war: Successful SGP election meeting in Berlin
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
On Saturday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) held its final meeting in Berlin for the European elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/21/sgpm…

Former Argentine President Denounces Political Persecution
plenglish.com | 2019-05-21
Buenos Aires, May 21 ( Prensa Latina) Former President Cristina Fernandez denounced Tuesday that the trial against her is an act of persecution to put her on the bench and deteriorate her image in the middle of the election campaign.
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Chicago Teachers Union members re-elects CORE slate to leadership
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-21
Chicago, IL – Members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted May 19 to re-elect the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) leadership slate, headed by President Jesse Sharkey, Vice President Stacy Davis Gates, Financial Secretary Maria Moreno, and Recording Secretary Christel Williams Hayes. The result was 66% for CORE, 34% for the challengers. | The contested election underscores the internal democracy inside the CTU, in which debates about the direction and functioning of the union took place in school meetings across the city, in member forums on the internet, and in the union's governing body, the House…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/21/chicago-…

This Is How Republics Die
Thom Hartmann | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
Steve Cohen (D-TN) takes a bite of chicken after Attorney General William Barr was a no show for a House Judiciary Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill May 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Committee is investigating the Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Le Pen's neo-fascist National Rally leads European election polls in France
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
In France and internationally, far-right forces are exploiting social anger produced by the pro-war, austerity and police-state policies of social-democratic governments.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/21/lepe…

Malawi Goes to Polls, Incumbent President Faces Tight Race
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
Malawians vote Tuesday in presidential and parliamentary elections seen as a tough test for President Peter Mutharika who is running neck in neck with Deputy President Saulos Chilima, a former pastor heading the opposition. | RELATED: | Malawi to Pilot Groundbreaking Malaria Vaccine | Polling at the nation's 5,000 stations started at 6: 00a.m. local time and will close at 6: 00 p.m. Around 6.8 million people are eligible to vote for the president, parliament and local councilors. | A former law…
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EU Election Deadlock Is Allowing Demagogues to Flourish in Britain
Steve Howell | thenation.com | 2019-05-21
EU Election Deadlock Is Allowing Demagogues to Flourish in Britain…
thenation.com/article/eu-election-brexit…

Europeans Criminalized for Helping Migrants as Far Right Aims to Win Elections
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
Five months ago, at 10 o'clock in the morning, German police arrived at the home and parish of Christian Hartung, a pastor in Rhineland-Palatinate. At the same time, they descended on the residences of four other Protestant pastors, seizing some of their cell phones, correspondence with lawyers and church records. | It was an "attempt at intimidation," Hartung told openDemocracy. The pastors have been under police investigation since 2018,…
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Judge orders new union vote at Kumho Tire plant in Georgia
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-21
Washington D.C. – An administrative law judge ordered a new union vote at a Kumho Tire factory in Macon, Georgia, after finding that company officials violated workers' rights during the first election in October 2017. | The first vote resulted in a narrow loss for the workers, who were seeking to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union. After that vote, the USW filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the company of illegal conduct in its effort to suppress the union. | In his ruling, Administrative Law Judge Arthur J. Amchan wrote that the company's illegal conduct was "pervasive" and…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/21/judge-or…

India's Opposition Parties Allege Vote Machine Fraud
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
India's main opposition parties Tuesday alleged voting fraud in the country's general election, days after exit polls predicted a comfortable win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling far right-wing party. | RELATED: | India's Brutal Torture of Kashmiri Prisoners an 'Instrument of Control': Report | Members of as many as 22 parties…
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Venezuela has the Means to Defeat the US Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
The Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, said Tuesday that despite the ongoing blockade by the United States, his country has found ways to defeat them and continue to advance his nation's economic development. | RELATED: | Chavistas March in Caracas to Mark Nicolas Maduro's Re-election | In an interview with the Russian agency RT, Tortosa said that "when our president announced that the gold production in the country has been recovering, the U.S. gove…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-has-th…

Why Are Democrats So Scared of Impeachment?
Bill Blum | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Given the president's thoroughgoing corruption and reckless disregard for the rule of law, " writes Blum, "impeachment is imperative." (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Democrats call for Trump impeachment as former White House counsel skips hearing
rt.com | 2019-05-21
House Democrats are once again calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, after he blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying about the 'Russiagate' probe. | …
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Subpoena war rages, Democratic leaders call for impeachment inquiry
John Wojcik, Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-21
WASHINTON–Leading Democrats used a meeting of their party's leadership team last night to push Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow the House Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. One of their main arguments, according to various media reports, was that it will allow them to obtain documents and testimony the president …
peoplesworld.org/article/subpoena-war-ra…

Democrats in House Leadership Rebel Against Pelosi on Impeachment
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
At the Time 100 Summit in April, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., played down speculation that the Democratic caucus was divided over whether President Trump should face impeachment proceedings. According to Roll Call, when asked whether support for impeachment was growing among House Democrats, Pelosi answered, "You would think so as far as how it is amplified, but I don't think it's a gro…
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Tulsi Gabbard: "I Don't" Buy Report that Iran Wants to Strike U.S. Forces, Trump Looking for "Pretext" for War
Rep Tulsi Gabbard | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, said she doesn't buy reports saying Iran poses a new threat to U.S. personnel in Iraq in an interview Sunday with ABC's "This Week." | *** | GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You resigned your DNC post …
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House Committee vows to hold ex-Trump counsel McGahn in contempt over refusal to testify
rt.com | 2019-05-21
The House Judiciary Committee will do everything it can to compel former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, the committee's chairman has said, vowing to hold McGahn in contempt for refusing to speak before the panel. | …
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As Iran Tensions Rise, Congress Moves to Curb Trump's War Powers
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
The House Appropriations Committee voted to advance an amendment to a defense spending package on Tuesday that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) issued after the 9/11 attacks. The bipartisan legislation would provide Congress with new tools for containing the Trump administration as it meddles in foreign conflicts and stokes military tensions with Iran. | Rep. Barbara Lee and other House Democrats are expected to announce a new push to repeal the 2001 AUMF on Wednesday. The latest effort in Congress to scrap the longstanding authorization comes as lawmakers react to the escal…
truthout.org/articles/as-iran-tensions-r…

Walmart Workers Invite Bernie Sanders to Speak at Annual Event
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will attend Walmart's annual shareholder meeting in Arkansas next month after being invited by the workers to speak on their behalf. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Propose Radical Reforms on Wall Street's Loan Sharks | He will speak for…
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New Orleans Argues Whether an All-Charter City Can Be Truly Democratic
Emmanuel Felton | thenation.com | 2019-05-21
New Orleans Argues Whether an All-Charter City Can Be Truly Democratic…
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Iraq needs support to 'leave violent past behind', says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-21
Iraq's democratic transition — weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL — needs more international support, "lots of time and lots of hard work," the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday.
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US media silent on re-jailing of Chelsea Manning
wsws.org | 2019-05-21
The attack on Manning and Assange is part of much broader global assault on basic democratic rights, including freedom of speech, the press and the internet.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/21/mann…

Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-21
It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just …
globalresearch.ca/alabamas-anti-abortion…

This is how Republics die
Thom Hartmann | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-21
The American republic could die, just like Rome. | Wavering for some time on the verge of becoming a complete oligarchy, | America is on the verge of flipping from a democratic republic to a | strongman or autocratic form of government, something that's happened to | dozens of democracies in the past few decades, but never before here. | It's possible we won't recover from it. | The death of a republic is different from the death of a nation; Rome | was a nation for nearly 2,000 years, but its period of being a republic | was only around 300 years long. For the rest, it was a brutal empire | with a small but w…
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Don McGahn Defies Subpoena for Testimony, Faces Contempt Vote
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled open a Trump-Russia hearing Tuesday with an empty witness chair and a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn will be held in contempt for failing to appear in defiance of the committee's subpoena. | "Our subpoenas are not optional," Nadler said. The panel will hear from McGahn "one way or another," he said. "This committee will have no choice but to enforce the subpoena against him." | Democrats are facing yet another attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations. This time they're blocked from hearing from…
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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…
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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 the 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…

A Lib Dem 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 Lib Dems 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/

'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…

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/

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…

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…
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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 wonde…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/20/labour-under-pressure-to-boot-margaret-hodge-after-shes-accused-of-breaking-its-cardinal-rule/

Austria: Far-right Ministers Resign Amid Corruption Gate
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-20
All remaining ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) are to resign, a party spokesman said Monday, after one of their number, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, was fired in the fallout from a corruption scandal that has brought down the government. | RELATED: | Far-Right Austrian Probed for Links to New Zealand Shooter | Conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who called for fresh elections on Saturday over the affair, said Kickl would have to leave office to ensure…
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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.
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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…

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…

Federal judge upholds Congress subpoena for Trump financial records, Trump vows to appeal
rt.com | 2019-05-20
In a landmark move, a federal judge has ruled that the firm that handled Donald Trump's finances before he became president must hand over the records under the subpoena issued by a Democrat-controlled House committee. | …
rt.com/usa/459849-finances-trump-subpoen…

Meet India's Most Prominent Democratic Socialist
Tekendra Parmar | thenation.com | 2019-05-20
Meet India's Most Prominent Democratic Socialist…
thenation.com/article/india-modi-yogendr…

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-…

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

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…

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”

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…