Daily Archives: May 24, 2019

2019-05-24: News Headlines

Musa al-Gharbi (2019-05-24). Hillary's call for Chinese meddling in 2020 is no joking matter. nationofchange.org This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | In a recent appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, Hillary Clinton suggested China should try to access Donald Trump's tax returns and leak them to the press. | "Why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don't we ask China to back us [Democrats]?" She continued, "China, if you're listening, why don't you get Trump's tax returns? I'm sure our media would richly rew…

Robert Scheer (2019-05-24). The Americanization of Popular Culture Should Terrify Us All. truthdig.com The verdict is in, and Hollywood has won the global culture wars, according to Violaine Roussel, a French scholar and professor who has had unusual access to the California entertainment industry. In her view, American culture, packaged neatly in film and television for global consumption, has cast a shadow over cultural products in much of the world. | "The influence of Hollywood has definitely grown these past years, these past decades," the University of Paris profe…

Russell Mokhiber (2019-05-24). The Boeing Way: Blaming Dead Pilots. counterpunch.org The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation held an oversight hearing last week on the two recent Boeing 737 MAX airplane crashes. Testifying were the heads of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Asking questions and making statements were 39 members of the House — 22 Democrats and 17 Republicans More

Ben Norton (2019-05-24). Trump's charges against Assange are historic attack on press freedoms. Media and Obama helped set the stage. thegrayzone.com It is not just Trump, but the media, Obama, Bush, mainstream "human rights" organizations, Republicans and Democrats alike that put…

pip.hinman (2019-05-24). Industrial campaign needed to really change workplace rules. greenleft.org.au The results of the federal election have shown the limitations of the Australian Council of Trade Union-led Change the Rules campaign. | Green Left Weekly has previously reported that some activists withdrew from the campaign just before pre-poll voting commenced after the ACTU decided to hand out a how-to-vote card explicitly calling for first preference for Labor rather than urging voters to "Put the Liberals last". | In Victoria it seems the ACTU stuck with Labor 1, Greens 2. However, it was further criticised…

WSWS (2019-05-24). New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism. wsws.org The Trump administration's persecution of Assange is a historic attack on the First Amendment of the US constitution, for which the media and the Democratic Party share responsibility.

Norman Solomon (2019-05-24). Will Biden's Dog Whistles for Racism Catch Up with Him? counterpunch.org In a party that officially condemns dog-whistle appeals to racism, Joe Biden is running on Orwellian eggshells. Whether he can win the Democratic presidential nomination may largely depend on the extent of "doublethink" that George Orwell described in 1984 as the willingness "to forget any fact that has become inconvenient." It is an inconvenient fact that Biden More

Staff (2019-05-24). Three Ways To Discipline Corporate Global Governors (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com No stakeholder-based global governance system comes close to matching the democratic legitimacy of a citizen-based and nation-state-based governance system, says Harris Gleckman, who advocates three alternatives to the current corporate-driven multi-stakeholder system and its self-selected global governors…

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-24). The 2020 Election Sweepstakes Begin. Let's Keep Israel and the Phony Claims of Anti-Semitism Out of It. globalresearch.ca The more than twenty Democrats who are seeking to become their party's presidential candidate in 2020 have been more than a little reticent about the foreign policy of the United States. There has been some muttering from the more progressive …

Yanis Varoufakis (2019-05-24). The Left Refuses to Get Its Act Together in the Face of Neofascism. counterpunch.org More than three years ago, on 9 February 2016, around a thousand of us gathered at a magnificent theatre in Berlin's city centre, built originally by workers to stage progressive theatrical productions. On that night, we founded a pan-European, transnational, progressive, democratic movement that we named Diem25, or Democracy in Europe Movement 2025. This week More

WSWS (2019-05-24). Six immigrant children dead in US custody since September. wsws.org Protecting the lives and democratic rights of immigrants requires a fight against imperialist war and the capitalist system.

susan_p (2019-05-24). European elections: Either Macron or Salvini? greenleft.org.au The May 26 elections to the 751-seat European Parliament are just around the corner, and conservative, liberal and social democratic camps in the European Union (EU) are all sounding the alarm. | Writing for the mainstream European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) on May 16, Susi Dennison and Mark Leonard expressed their panic: | "There are seven days to resolve the paradox at the heart of the European project. Support for EU membership is at a record high — two-thirds of Europeans currently believe it is a good thing, the largest share since 1983 — and yet a majority also fears that the EU might c…

Staff (2019-05-24). Senators Release Plan to Lower Health Costs, End Surprise Bills. truthout.org In a year already marked by a wide variety of congressional health care legislation, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chair and ranking Democrat of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Thursday released the details of a plan they hope can help bring down health costs and eliminate surprise medical bills for patients. | "These are common sense steps we can take, and every single one of them has the objective of reducing the health care costs that you pay for out of your own pocket," Alexander said in a statement. "We hope to move it through the health committee…

Norman Solomon (2019-05-24). Will Biden's dog whistles for racism catch up with him? nationofchange.org In | a party that officially condemns dog-whistle appeals to racism, Joe Biden is | running on Orwellian eggshells. Whether he can win the Democratic presidential | nomination may largely depend on the extent of "doublethink" that George Orwell | described in 1984 as the willingness | "to forget any fact that has become inconvenient." | It | is an inconvenient fact that Biden has a political history of blowing into dog | whistles for racism. More than ever, the Democratic electorate is repelled by that | kind of pitch. If his dog-whistling past becomes a major issue, the former vice | president and his defende…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-24). Challenging Trump's "Most Transparent President" Ever Claim, Dems Demand He Ante Up Documents. commondreams.org Democratic lawmakers want the president to back up his rhetoric with real action | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Art Shields (2019-05-24). Real history: Memorial Day was born in struggle against the Klan. peoplesworld.org We must not forget that Memorial Day, which we celebrate on Monday, belongs to the foes of racism. The day people place flowers on the graves of fallen veterans was founded by the enemies of the Ku Klux Klan. Memorial Day belongs to the democratic traditions of the American people. It sprang out of the …

plenglish (2019-05-24). Alberto and Cristina Fernandez to Kick Off Presidential Campaign. plenglish.com Buenos Aires, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez, the presidential and vice presidential candidates, respectively, in the general elections in Argentina, will chair an event on Saturday, on a significant date, to launch their campaign.

Whitney Webb (2019-05-24). Microsoft's ElectionGuard a Trojan Horse for a Military-Industrial Takeover of US Elections. mintpressnews.com "The fact that we are handing over the keys of American democracy to the military-industrial complex — it's like giving the keys to the henhouse to a fox and saying, 'here come in and take whatever you want.' It's obviously dangerous." — Investigative journalist Yasha Levine…

plenglish (2019-05-24). Indians Voted for National Security. plenglish.com Por Alfredo Boada MolaNew Delhi, May 24 (Prensa Latina) National security won over complex socioeconomic issues in India"s general elections, whose winner was the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Whitney Webb (2019-05-24). MintCast Episode 3: Iran, Chelsea Manning, ElectionGuard and the Embassy Protection Collective. mintpressnews.com MinCast hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss the week's top stories, including U.S. attempt to escalate the situation in Iran, the unjust re-imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, Microsoft's new ElectionGuard product and get a first-hand account of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective from Alex Rubenstein.

kathy_f (2019-05-24). Stop Adani activists face post election challenges. greenleft.org.au More than 100 Stop Adani activists from around Australia participated in a webinar on May 22 to share initial reflections on the way forward for the campaign post election. | Participants generally reported initial shock at the election result but were committed to ratchetting up action. The need to strengthen links within local communities and to engage with mining communities was discussed, as was the need to correct the media lies about the "jobs bonanza" presented by the opening up of the Galilee Basin. | There was support for forging links with progressive unions, such as National Union of Workers, Electrica…

Renee Parsons (2019-05-24). Dump Bolton before He Starts the Next War. counterpunch.org Donald Trump very likely won the 2016 election with pronouncements like these: "Obviously the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake." "We should have never been in Iraq." "We have destabilized the middle east." "We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about." Today, it is unclear exactly who is More

Staff (2019-05-24). Modi Wins Another Term for the Anti-Muslim, Right-Wing Hindu Nationalists. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad analyzes the Indian election result, which has returned right-wing Narendra Modi to power. Money, mass media abdication of its watchdog function, and institutional collapse enabled Modi triumph…

Staff (2019-05-24). Theresa May Resigns as British Prime Minister. truthdig.com LONDON — Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on June 7, admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union and sparking a contest to become the country's next prime minister. | She will stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process likely to take several weeks. The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election, and will take up the task of trying to secure Britain's exit from the EU. | Her voice b…

kathy_f (2019-05-24). Solid result for Victorian Socialists in first federal election campaign. greenleft.org.au Amid the disastrous election result across the country on election night, one small but important spark of hope was the impressive first showing at a federal election by the Victorian Socialists. | In all three seats the party contested, we won more than 4% of the vote. At the current count, Kath Larkin is on 4.7% in Cooper (formerly Batman), Sue Bolton is on 4.8% in Wills and Jerome Small, the candidate for the outer suburban working class electorate of Calwell, is on 5.2%. | In the scheme of things, these are still very modest results in terms of both the percentage of the vote and the limited number of elector…

plenglish (2019-05-24). Argentine Justicialist Party Joins 13 Political Forces. plenglish.com Buenos Aires, May 24 (Prensa Latina) In search of reaching the primary elections with an established bloc in a great unity front leading the general elections, the Argentine Justicialist Party (PJ) joins to 13 political forces.

Zhivko Illeieff (2019-05-24). Russiagate and the Dry Rot in American Journalism. counterpunch.org Hunter S. Thompson dissected the mainstream news long before the false narratives of Iraqi WMD's and Russian collusion. The 2016 U.S. presidential elections showed how easily a real estate hustler can hijack the public's attention with the help of all major news corporations. Not only did Donald Trump receive two billion dollars of free media over the More

Andrew Levine (2019-05-24). The (Small-d) Democrat's Dilemma. counterpunch.org The Trump presidency has been a disaster for the country and the world; a second Trump term would be calamitous. The menace must be stopped. The sad fact is, though, that for Trump to lose in 2020, a (big-D) Democrat will have to win. This means that the responsible thing for (small-d) democrats to do More

Joshua Funnell (2019-05-24). Social media fights over whether the milkshaking of a Brexit Party activist was a conspiracy. thecanary.co The 2019 European elections will forever be known as 'the ones where people got milkshakes thrown over them'. And the election's final day didn't disappoint, with another Brexit Party activist (allegedly) feeling the cold sting of sweetened dairy. | Social media is awash with conflicting views on the latest incident. For many, it was a simple case of an unjustifiable assault on a political opponent.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Headlines for May 23, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Administration Says Sixth Migrant Child Died After Crossing Border, Lawmaker Says "Intentional" Trump Admin Policy Led to Child Migrant Deaths, Federal Judge Clears Path for Congressional Subpoena of Trump Financial Records, New York Lawmakers Approve Bill Granting Congress Access to Trump Tax Records, President Trump Storms Out of Meeting with Top Democrats over "Phony" Inquiries, Pentagon Planning to Deploy Ships, Missiles and 10,000 More Troops to Middle East, Indian PM Narendra Modi Headed for Second Term as Hindu Nationalists Surge, Tornadoes Tear Through Missouri, Damaging State Capitol Building, "Ame…

Joan Walsh (2019-05-23). Yes, Trump Needs an 'Intervention'—It's Called an Impeachment Inquiry. thenation.com Yes, Trump Needs an 'Intervention'—It's Called an Impeachment Inquiry…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Allan Nairn: Impeachment Inquiry Should Focus on Trump's Actual Atrocities, Not a Russia Plot. democracynow.org As a growing number of House Democrats are backing the impeachment of President Trump, we speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. He says an impeachment inquiry should focus on "the atrocities that Trump is committing daily"—from the death of children on the border to the gutting of environmental protections.

True Publica (2019-05-23). Britain: The Database State. Intrusive Surveillance. globalresearch.ca Britain is a surveillance state, the worst in the democratic West. In a short period of time, it has amassed a rather sordid history of citizen surveillance — and it continues to be unlawful. Last September's damning judgement of British …

Jeff Faux (2019-05-23). Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela? thenation.com Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?

RT (2019-05-23). Confused Pelosi says Trump needs 'intervention' but calls for 'common ground' with president. rt.com Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Democrats should 'find common ground' with President Donald Trump, even as she called for an 'intervention' by his family and staff to save the country from him.

WSWS (2019-05-23). Trump, Democrats clash over investigations. wsws.org Trump has issued an unprecedented ultimatum: Halt investigations or no political business will be done in Washington.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-05-23). Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early parliamentary elections as a way to defuse the country's political crisis. "Let's see who gets the most votes! Let's find a political, constitutional and democratic path forward," Maduro said at the end of a march on Monday commemorating the anniversary of his reelection on May 20, 2018 to …

WSWS (2019-05-23). New Haven teachers strike enters fourth day. wsws.org To carry their struggle forward, New Haven teachers must break free from the pro-Democratic Party teachers' unions, which are preparing to sell them out in the same manner as in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-05-23). Connecticut's Democratic Governor Is Stonewalling a Bill That Would Make Phone Calls From Prison Free. theintercept.com With two weeks left in the legislative session, Gov. Ned Lamont has yet to express support for the bill, which is the first of its kind in the country.

(2019-05-23). How Duterte rigged the elections. workers.org May 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. As I have predicted, Duterte was 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 . . . | Continue reading How Duterte rigged the elections at Workers.org

United Nations (2019-05-23). DR Congo: 'No time to lose' says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator. un.org With the Democratic Republic of the Congo's worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization's newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is "no time to lose".

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). A song not lost (post-election blues). greenleft.org.au Our good Earth is red and black and brown | And fresh grass will always be green | White chalk washes off in the rain | And the sun shines down on us all | While there is air for us to breathe | I sing back to life an indivisible soul | And find in our good Earth's fertile ground | The seed of our common goal | Walking together in dark times | To the brink of an unknowable fate | Sharing our path, our purpose, our pain | On the edge of madness still lies the dawn | For the grass will forever be green | While the Earth is red and black and brown | And white chalk washes off in the rain | While the sun shines down…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). Allan Nairn: Deadly Protests Erupt in Indonesia as U.S.-Trained Generals Wage a War on Democracy. democracynow.org In Indonesia, at least six people have died and hundreds have been injured after supporters of former military commander Prabowo Subianto took to the streets to protest his election defeat. The protests began after authorities announced President Joko Widodo—who is known as Jokowi—had won re-election after receiving 55% of the vote. Prabowo has refused to concede and is preparing to challenge the results. We speak to journalist Allan Nairn, who recently returned from Indonesia.

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Labor was not radical enough. greenleft.org.au Barely had we digested the news of the unexpected Coalition victory when the corporate media commentators and a number of senior party leaders were blaming Labor's election loss for it being too left-wing — "too ambitious", "a large target" and "bit off more than it could chew". | The very opposite is true. Far from being too radical, Labor's shift to the left was too little too late, incomplete and sometimes more rhetoric than substance. | While talking about going after the "big end of town" there was no serious proposal to crimp the profits of the big corporations apart from the restoration of weekend pe…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-23). "India Loses Again, and the World Loses with It": Siddhartha Deb on Modi's Landslide Re-election. democracynow.org Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to enter a second term in a landslide victory. Election results show Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP party leading in 325 of the 543 seats in Parliament. At this rate, these numbers will give him an even greater majority than in 2014, when his party claimed the first outright majority in decades. Most analysts had predicted Modi's BJP party would lose seats in this election. Modi's 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 raised…

RT (2019-05-23). Washington declared 'sanctuary state' as governor looks to stand out in crowded 2020 race. rt.com Washington has passed a law barring authorities from questioning people's immigration status — what Governor Jay Inslee boasts is the strongest 'sanctuary state' law in the US, netting him progressive cred for the 2020 election.

Nathaniel Peters (2019-05-23). Fraud in Philippine election protested. workers.org Activists representing many sectors of Philippine society and the movement for national democracy in the Philippines gathered at the Philippine consulate here May 17 to condemn widespread fraud in recent Philippine elections. The protest was part of a coordinated national day of action called by the Malaya Movement, a U.S. . . . | Continue reading Fraud in Philippine election protested at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-05-23). The Indian elections and the fight to free the Maruti Suzuki class war prisoners. wsws.org Completely blacked out from the election campaign has been any discussion of the plight of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers who have been jailed for life on frame-up murder charges.

pip.hinman (2019-05-23). Watch your language. greenleft.org.au This election win for the Establishment is the expected result that comes from "manufacturing consent" through the use of propaganda in some covert media campaigns. | We must take control back over our narrative or forever be silenced. We must not allow ourselves to be directed by corporate media monopolies. Because their fundamental nature is to be self-serving, which is completely at odds with democracy. | We must demand better media regulation that does not permit political lobby groups or parties to disguise themselves as independent media outlets. There is an important difference between an opinion piece and…

Amitabh Pal (2019-05-23). Modi's Win Bodes Ill for India, and the World. progressive.org With his re-election, rightwing populists of various stripes are firmly in charge of many of the world's largest democracies.

2019-05-24: Social Media Postees

Hillary's call for Chinese meddling in 2020 is no joking matter
Musa al-Gharbi | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | In a recent appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, Hillary Clinton suggested China should try to access Donald Trump's tax returns and leak them to the press. | "Why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don't we ask China to back us [Democrats]?" She continued, "China, if you're listening, why don't you get Trump's tax returns? I'm sure our media would richly rew…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/24/hillarys-c…

The Boeing Way: Blaming Dead Pilots
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation held an oversight hearing last week on the two recent Boeing 737 MAX airplane crashes. Testifying were the heads of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Asking questions and making statements were 39 members of the House — 22 Democrats and 17 Republicans…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/the-boeing-w…

Trump's charges against Assange are historic attack on press freedoms. Media and Obama helped set the stage
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-24
It is not just Trump, but the media, Obama, Bush, mainstream "human rights" organizations, Republicans and Democrats alike that put…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/24/trump-charges…

Industrial campaign needed to really change workplace rules
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
The results of the federal election have shown the limitations of the Australian Council of Trade Union-led Change the Rules campaign. | Green Left Weekly has previously reported that some activists withdrew from the campaign just before pre-poll voting commenced after the ACTU decided to hand out a how-to-vote card explicitly calling for first preference for Labor rather than urging voters to "Put the Liberals last". | In Victoria it seems the ACTU stuck with Labor 1, Greens 2. However, it was further criticised…
greenleft.org.au/content/industrial-campaign-needed-really-change-workplace-rules

New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
The Trump administration's persecution of Assange is a historic attack on the First Amendment of the US constitution, for which the media and the Democratic Party share responsibility.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/24/pers…

The 2020 Election Sweepstakes Begin. Let's Keep Israel and the Phony Claims of Anti-Semitism Out of It
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-24
The more than twenty Democrats who are seeking to become their party's presidential candidate in 2020 have been more than a little reticent about the foreign policy of the United States. There has been some muttering from the more progressive …
globalresearch.ca/2020-sweepstakes-begin…

The Left Refuses to Get Its Act Together in the Face of Neofascism
Yanis Varoufakis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
More than three years ago, on 9 February 2016, around a thousand of us gathered at a magnificent theatre in Berlin's city centre, built originally by workers to stage progressive theatrical productions. On that night, we founded a pan-European, transnational, progressive, democratic movement that we named Diem25, or Democracy in Europe Movement 2025. This week…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/the-left-ref…

Will Biden's dog whistles for racism catch up with him?
Norman Solomon | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-24
In | a party that officially condemns dog-whistle appeals to racism, Joe Biden is | running on Orwellian eggshells. Whether he can win the Democratic presidential | nomination may largely depend on the extent of "doublethink" that George Orwell | described in 1984 as the willingness | "to forget any fact that has become inconvenient." | It | is an inconvenient fact that Biden has a political history of blowing into dog | whistles for racism. More than ever, the Democratic electorate is repelled by that | kind of pitch. If his dog-whistling past becomes a major issue, the former vice | president and his defende…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/24/will-biden…

Six immigrant children dead in US custody since September
wsws.org | 2019-05-24
Protecting the lives and democratic rights of immigrants requires a fight against imperialist war and the capitalist system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/24/immi…

European elections: Either Macron or Salvini?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
The May 26 elections to the 751-seat European Parliament are just around the corner, and conservative, liberal and social democratic camps in the European Union (EU) are all sounding the alarm. | Writing for the mainstream European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) on May 16, Susi Dennison and Mark Leonard expressed their panic: | "There are seven days to resolve the paradox at the heart of the European project. Support for EU membership is at a record high — two-thirds of Europeans currently believe it is a good thing, the largest share since 1983 — and yet a majority also fears that the EU might c…
greenleft.org.au/content/european-elections-either-macron-or-salvini

The (Small-d) Democrat's Dilemma
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
The Trump presidency has been a disaster for the country and the world; a second Trump term would be calamitous. The menace must be stopped. The sad fact is, though, that for Trump to lose in 2020, a (big-D) Democrat will have to win. This means that the responsible thing for (small-d) democrats to do…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/the-small-d-…

Challenging Trump's "Most Transparent President" Ever Claim, Dems Demand He Ante Up Documents
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-24
Democratic lawmakers want the president to back up his rhetoric with real action | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/24/challen…

Three Ways To Discipline Corporate Global Governors (Pt 2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-24
No stakeholder-based global governance system comes close to matching the democratic legitimacy of a citizen-based and nation-state-based governance system, says Harris Gleckman, who advocates three alternatives to the current corporate-driven multi-stakeholder system and its self-selected global governors…
therealnews.com/stories/three-ways-to-di…

Senators Release Plan to Lower Health Costs, End Surprise Bills
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-24
In a year already marked by a wide variety of congressional health care legislation, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chair and ranking Democrat of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Thursday released the details of a plan they hope can help bring down health costs and eliminate surprise medical bills for patients. | "These are common sense steps we can take, and every single one of them has the objective of reducing the health care costs that you pay for out of your own pocket," Alexander said in a statement. "We hope to move it through the health committee…
truthout.org/articles/sen-alexander-rele…

Will Biden's Dog Whistles for Racism Catch Up with Him?
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
In a party that officially condemns dog-whistle appeals to racism, Joe Biden is running on Orwellian eggshells. Whether he can win the Democratic presidential nomination may largely depend on the extent of "doublethink" that George Orwell described in 1984 as the willingness "to forget any fact that has become inconvenient." It is an inconvenient fact that Biden…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/will-bidens-…

Real history: Memorial Day was born in struggle against the Klan
Art Shields | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-24
We must not forget that Memorial Day, which we celebrate on Monday, belongs to the foes of racism. The day people place flowers on the graves of fallen veterans was founded by the enemies of the Ku Klux Klan. Memorial Day belongs to the democratic traditions of the American people. It sprang out of the …
peoplesworld.org/article/real-history-me…

Theresa May Resigns as British Prime Minister
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-24
LONDON — Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on June 7, admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union and sparking a contest to become the country's next prime minister. | She will stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process likely to take several weeks. The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election, and will take up the task of trying to secure Britain's exit from the EU. | Her voice b…
truthdig.com/articles/theresa-may-resign…

Russiagate and the Dry Rot in American Journalism
Zhivko Illeieff | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Hunter S. Thompson dissected the mainstream news long before the false narratives of Iraqi WMD's and Russian collusion. The 2016 U.S. presidential elections showed how easily a real estate hustler can hijack the public's attention with the help of all major news corporations. Not only did Donald Trump receive two billion dollars of free media over the…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/russiagate-a…

Microsoft's ElectionGuard a Trojan Horse for a Military-Industrial Takeover of US Elections
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-24
"The fact that we are handing over the keys of American democracy to the military-industrial complex — it's like giving the keys to the henhouse to a fox and saying, 'here come in and take whatever you want.' It's obviously dangerous." — Investigative journalist Yasha Levine…
mintpressnews.com/microsoft-electionguar…

Alberto and Cristina Fernandez to Kick Off Presidential Campaign
plenglish.com | 2019-05-24
Buenos Aires, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez, the presidential and vice presidential candidates, respectively, in the general elections in Argentina, will chair an event on Saturday, on a significant date, to launch their campaign.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Dump Bolton before He Starts the Next War
Renee Parsons | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-24
Donald Trump very likely won the 2016 election with pronouncements like these: "Obviously the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake." "We should have never been in Iraq." "We have destabilized the middle east." "We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about." Today, it is unclear exactly who is…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/24/dump-bolton-…

Indians Voted for National Security
plenglish.com | 2019-05-24
Por Alfredo Boada MolaNew Delhi, May 24 (Prensa Latina) National security won over complex socioeconomic issues in India"s general elections, whose winner was the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Stop Adani activists face post election challenges
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
More than 100 Stop Adani activists from around Australia participated in a webinar on May 22 to share initial reflections on the way forward for the campaign post election. | Participants generally reported initial shock at the election result but were committed to ratchetting up action. The need to strengthen links within local communities and to engage with mining communities was discussed, as was the need to correct the media lies about the "jobs bonanza" presented by the opening up of the Galilee Basin. | There was support for forging links with progressive unions, such as National Union of Workers, Electrica…
greenleft.org.au/content/stop-adani-activists-face-post-election-challenges

Modi Wins Another Term for the Anti-Muslim, Right-Wing Hindu Nationalists
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-24
Vijay Prashad analyzes the Indian election result, which has returned right-wing Narendra Modi to power. Money, mass media abdication of its watchdog function, and institutional collapse enabled Modi triumph…
therealnews.com/stories/modi-wins-anothe…

Social media fights over whether the milkshaking of a Brexit Party activist was a conspiracy
Joshua Funnell | thecanary.co | 2019-05-24
The 2019 European elections will forever be known as 'the ones where people got milkshakes thrown over them'. And the election's final day didn't disappoint, with another Brexit Party activist (allegedly) feeling the cold sting of sweetened dairy. | Social media is awash with conflicting views on the latest incident. For many, it was a simple case of an unjustifiable assault on a political opponent.
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/24/social-media-fights-over-whether-the-milkshaking-of-a-brexit-party-activist-was-a-conspiracy/

MintCast Episode 3: Iran, Chelsea Manning, ElectionGuard and the Embassy Protection Collective
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-24
MinCast hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss the week's top stories, including U.S. attempt to escalate the situation in Iran, the unjust re-imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, Microsoft's new ElectionGuard product and get a first-hand account of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective from Alex Rubenstein.
mintpressnews.com/mintcast-episode-3-ira…

Solid result for Victorian Socialists in first federal election campaign
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-24
Amid the disastrous election result across the country on election night, one small but important spark of hope was the impressive first showing at a federal election by the Victorian Socialists. | In all three seats the party contested, we won more than 4% of the vote. At the current count, Kath Larkin is on 4.7% in Cooper (formerly Batman), Sue Bolton is on 4.8% in Wills and Jerome Small, the candidate for the outer suburban working class electorate of Calwell, is on 5.2%. | In the scheme of things, these are still very modest results in terms of both the percentage of the vote and the limited number of elector…
greenleft.org.au/content/solid-result-victorian-socialists-first-federal-election-campaign

Argentine Justicialist Party Joins 13 Political Forces
plenglish.com | 2019-05-24
Buenos Aires, May 24 (Prensa Latina) In search of reaching the primary elections with an established bloc in a great unity front leading the general elections, the Argentine Justicialist Party (PJ) joins to 13 political forces.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Britain: The Database State. Intrusive Surveillance
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-23
Britain is a surveillance state, the worst in the democratic West. In a short period of time, it has amassed a rather sordid history of citizen surveillance — and it continues to be unlawful. Last September's damning judgement of British …
globalresearch.ca/britain-the-database-s…

Confused Pelosi says Trump needs 'intervention' but calls for 'common ground' with president
rt.com | 2019-05-23
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Democrats should 'find common ground' with President Donald Trump, even as she called for an 'intervention' by his family and staff to save the country from him. | …
rt.com/usa/460110-confused-pelosi-common…

Trump, Democrats clash over investigations
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
Trump has issued an unprecedented ultimatum: Halt investigations or no political business will be done in Washington.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/23/dems…

Allan Nairn: Impeachment Inquiry Should Focus on Trump's Actual Atrocities, Not a Russia Plot
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
As a growing number of House Democrats are backing the impeachment of President Trump, we speak with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. He says an impeachment inquiry should focus on "the atrocities that Trump is committing daily"–from the death of children on the border to the gutting of environmental protections.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/23/allan_nai…

Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-23
(VA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early parliamentary elections as a way to defuse the country's political crisis. "Let's see who gets the most votes! Let's find a political, constitutional and democratic path forward," Maduro said at the end of a march on Monday commemorating the anniversary of his reelection on May 20, 2018 to …

Maduro Proposes Early Elections for Venezuela's National Assembly

Connecticut's Democratic Governor Is Stonewalling a Bill That Would Make Phone Calls From Prison Free
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-23
With two weeks left in the legislative session, Gov. Ned Lamont has yet to express support for the bill, which is the first of its kind in the country.
theintercept.com/2019/05/23/connecticut-…

New Haven teachers strike enters fourth day
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
To carry their struggle forward, New Haven teachers must break free from the pro-Democratic Party teachers' unions, which are preparing to sell them out in the same manner as in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/23/newh…

Yes, Trump Needs an 'Intervention'–It's Called an Impeachment Inquiry
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
Yes, Trump Needs an 'Intervention'–It's Called an Impeachment Inquiry…
thenation.com/article/donald-trump-nancy…

Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
Jeff Faux | thenation.com | 2019-05-23
Why Are Leading Democrats Supporting Trump on Venezuela?
thenation.com/article/venezuela-democrat…

DR Congo: 'No time to lose' says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-23
With the Democratic Republic of the Congo's worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization's newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is "no time to lose".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

How Duterte rigged the elections
| workers.org | 2019-05-23
May 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. As I have predicted, Duterte was 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 . . . | Continue reading How Duterte rigged the elections at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/23/how-duterte-rigge…

"India Loses Again, and the World Loses with It": Siddhartha Deb on Modi's Landslide Re-election
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to enter a second term in a landslide victory. Election results show Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP party leading in 325 of the 543 seats in Parliament. At this rate, these numbers will give him an even greater majority than in 2014, when his party claimed the first outright majority in decades. Most analysts had predicted Modi's BJP party would lose seats in this election. Modi's 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 raised…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/23/india_los…

A song not lost (post-election blues)
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
Our good Earth is red and black and brown | And fresh grass will always be green | White chalk washes off in the rain | And the sun shines down on us all | While there is air for us to breathe | I sing back to life an indivisible soul | And find in our good Earth's fertile ground | The seed of our common goal | Walking together in dark times | To the brink of an unknowable fate | Sharing our path, our purpose, our pain | On the edge of madness still lies the dawn | For the grass will forever be green | While the Earth is red and black and brown | And white chalk washes off in the rain | While the sun shines down…
greenleft.org.au/content/song-not-lost-post-election-blues

Labor was not radical enough
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
Barely had we digested the news of the unexpected Coalition victory when the corporate media commentators and a number of senior party leaders were blaming Labor's election loss for it being too left-wing — "too ambitious", "a large target" and "bit off more than it could chew". | The very opposite is true. Far from being too radical, Labor's shift to the left was too little too late, incomplete and sometimes more rhetoric than substance. | While talking about going after the "big end of town" there was no serious proposal to crimp the profits of the big corporations apart from the restoration of weekend pe…
greenleft.org.au/content/labor-was-not-radical-enough

Modi's Win Bodes Ill for India, and the World
Amitabh Pal | progressive.org | 2019-05-23
With his re-election, rightwing populists of various stripes are firmly in charge of many of the world's largest democracies.
progressive.org/dispatches/modi-win-bode…

The Indian elections and the fight to free the Maruti Suzuki class war prisoners
wsws.org | 2019-05-23
Completely blacked out from the election campaign has been any discussion of the plight of the 13 Maruti Suzuki workers who have been jailed for life on frame-up murder charges.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/23/msel…

Watch your language
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-23
This election win for the Establishment is the expected result that comes from "manufacturing consent" through the use of propaganda in some covert media campaigns. | We must take control back over our narrative or forever be silenced. We must not allow ourselves to be directed by corporate media monopolies. Because their fundamental nature is to be self-serving, which is completely at odds with democracy. | We must demand better media regulation that does not permit political lobby groups or parties to disguise themselves as independent media outlets. There is an important difference between an opinion piece and…
greenleft.org.au/content/watch-your-language

Allan Nairn: Deadly Protests Erupt in Indonesia as U.S.-Trained Generals Wage a War on Democracy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-23
In Indonesia, at least six people have died and hundreds have been injured after supporters of former military commander Prabowo Subianto took to the streets to protest his election defeat. The protests began after authorities announced President Joko Widodo–who is known as Jokowi–had won re-election after receiving 55% of the vote. Prabowo has refused to concede and is preparing to challenge the results. We speak to journalist Allan Nairn, who recently returned from Indonesia.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/23/allan_nai…

Washington declared 'sanctuary state' as governor looks to stand out in crowded 2020 race
rt.com | 2019-05-23
Washington has passed a law barring authorities from questioning people's immigration status — what Governor Jay Inslee boasts is the strongest 'sanctuary state' law in the US, netting him progressive cred for the 2020 election. | …
rt.com/usa/460045-washington-sanctuary-s…

Fraud in Philippine election protested
Nathaniel Peters | workers.org | 2019-05-23
Activists representing many sectors of Philippine society and the movement for national democracy in the Philippines gathered at the Philippine consulate here May 17 to condemn widespread fraud in recent Philippine elections. The protest was part of a coordinated national day of action called by the Malaya Movement, a U.S. . . . | Continue reading Fraud in Philippine election protested at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/23/fraud-in-philippi…

The House Has Found Bipartisan Agreement on Reform to Retirement Accounts. Be Afraid
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-05-22
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., waited until April 3, months after Democrats regained the chamber, to formally seek President Donald Trump's tax returns. As Neal resisted pressure from his colleagues to pull the trigger earlier, he was working with Republicans on finishing a retirement security bill that had been several years in the making. | His colleagues began to suspect the two things were related, a suspicion that was…
theintercept.com/2019/05/22/secure-act-r…

The Right Opens Up a New Front in the Census War: Criminal Records
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-05-22
Republicans appear poised to open a new front in the ongoing census wars, pushing to add a new question that inquires about the criminal record of respondents. The move comes amid a parallel effort to question residents about their citizenship status in 2020. Both questions would have the intended effect, Democrats charge, of suppressing participation, thereby shrinking Democratic representation. | In a hearing before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, a witness from the American Enterprise Institute, or AEI, an influential neoconservative think tank, put forward the notion that the Census B…
theintercept.com/2019/05/22/census-2020-…