Daily Archives: May 25, 2019

2019-05-25: News Headlines

RT (2019-05-25). From Pocahontas to SleepyCreepy: 5 most effective Trump nicknames & 3 he couldn't make stick. rt.com Trump has tried to rescind his "Crazy Nancy" (Pelosi) nickname — admitting it was a "copy of Crazy Bernie" (Sanders) — which suggests he faces an uphill task finding enough new epithets for all the Democrats he faces before 2020.

WSWS (2019-05-25). Knock Down the House and the Democratic Party politics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. wsws.org Knock Down the House reviews the election campaigns of several Democratic Party primary candidates in the 2018 congressional elections, focused on Ocasio-Cortez in New York City.

WSWS (2019-05-25). German Social Democrats and "The Left" strengthen domestic security agency. wsws.org In addition to an increase in domestic secret service staff, the state government wants to strengthen the use of police informers and limit parliamentary control.

WSWS (2019-05-25). Chicago Teachers Union prepares to back new Democratic mayor's austerity demands. wsws.org The CTU has collaborated with former Mayor Rahm Emanuel in attacking teacher pay, pensions and health care benefits, and colluded with the Democrats in school closures and privatizations.

unitedEditor (2019-05-25). EU Elections. If there is no defense of identity and sovereignty, the EU will be endangered. uwidata.com The European elections will be held on May 26, 2019. They represent an important challenge for the social democrats and liberals of Europe. This is largely due to the rise of patriotic and Eurosceptic parties that reject Brussel's policies and ideology. The traditional parties that have dominated the political spectrum in the European Union for …

WSWS (2019-05-25). Nationalism, militarism dominate final European election debate in France. wsws.org Pro-European Union parties attacked the far-right National Rally (RN) on the basis that its turn away from a European army would weaken French imperialism's ability to assert its interests.

WSWS (2019-05-25). The bankruptcy of Lutte ouvrière's European election campaign. wsws.org Despite growing social anger over the period since the 2002 elections, when it won 10 percent of the vote, the so-called "far left" expects to get only 1 percent.

RT (2019-05-25). Judge orders partial halt of Trump's border wall construction, blocks $1bn in military funds. rt.com A US district judge has partially blocked another avenue for President Donald Trump to fulfill one of his election vows, barring him from diverting $1 billion in military funds to build two wall sections along the Mexican border.

WSWS (2019-05-25). Germany continues deportations to Afghanistan. wsws.org Just days before the European elections, the charter flight to the war-torn country exposes the deadly practice carried out by both the federal and state governments.

WSWS (2019-05-25). Socialist Equality Party wins important support in Australian federal election. wsws.org Thousands of workers, students and young people signalled their support for a socialist alternative to war, budget cuts and authoritarianism.

WSWS (2019-05-25). SGP European election candidate Andreas Niklaus speaks to Berlin bus drivers. wsws.org Discussions revolved around the connection between the growing danger of a third world war, the policies of the federal government, and the cementing of austerity programmes…

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…

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…

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

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). Lawmakers Question Surfacing of New Sandra Bland Video. truthdig.com AUSTIN, Texas—Texas authorities on Friday denied withholding a cellphone video of Sandra Bland's confrontational traffic stop, responding to a Democratic legislator's heated questions about why the 39-second clip never publicly surfaced until now. | Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from outside Chicago, had used her phone in 2015 to briefly film a white state trooper as he drew a stun gun and yelled "I will light you up!" while ordering her out of the car. She was dead three days later, hanging i…

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.

Akela Lacy (2019-05-24). Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Assange Indictment, a Renegade Use of the Espionage Act to Criminalize Journalism. theintercept.com The Justice Department filed 17 charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange on Thursday, deploying the controversial Espionage Act as a cudgel against First Amendment protections and press freedom. It's the first time the U.S. government has used the Espionage Act to prosecute a publisher, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. | Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, along with Sen. Ron Wyden, who all have been outspoken on civil liberties issues, slammed the indictment. | "Let me be clear: it is a disturbing attack on the First Amendment for the Trump adminis…

Gary Leupp (2019-05-24). The Constitutional Crisis, Impeachment and Russophobia. dissidentvoice.org I think this is what you call a constitutional crisis. The president says the Mueller Report exonerates him of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice. Democrats in Congress insist it does show evidence for obstruction, that needs further investigation through hearings. Trump has ordered his officials, lawyers and aides to refuse to testify, citing executive …

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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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…

teleSUR (2019-05-24). Exit Polls Show Divorce Referendum Will Win Big in Ireland. telesurenglish.net The ruling Christian Democrat party in Ireland Fine Gae (FG)l, are slated to win the European elections Friday. At the same time, an overwhelming majority has approved a referendum also held today that would reform divorce law, according to an exit poll survey by the public network RTE. | RELATED | Irish Garda Assembles Unit to Tackle Police Corruption Within | The exit poll also announced that FG and the main opposition Fianna Fail party are closely matched in the local electio…

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.

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). 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…

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

teleSUR (2019-05-24). May's Potential Replacements Ready Portfolios for PM Election. telesurenglish.net Within hours of UK Prime Minister Theresa May announcing her resignation, speculation has risen around the host of possible successors in line for the coveted seat in parliament. | On Friday, May revealed her plans to quit as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, saying that during her tenure as prime minister, she had endeavored to make the U.K. a country that works for the many, not the few, and also to deliver Brexit. |

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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".

(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

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 …

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.

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…

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

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.

2019-05-25: Social Media Postees

From Pocahontas to SleepyCreepy: 5 most effective Trump nicknames & 3 he couldn't make stick
rt.com | 2019-05-25
Trump has tried to rescind his "Crazy Nancy" (Pelosi) nickname — admitting it was a "copy of Crazy Bernie" (Sanders) — which suggests he faces an uphill task finding enough new epithets for all the Democrats he faces before 2020. | …
rt.com/usa/460246-trump-nicknames-pocaho…

Chicago Teachers Union prepares to back new Democratic mayor's austerity demands
wsws.org | 2019-05-25
The CTU has collaborated with former Mayor Rahm Emanuel in attacking teacher pay, pensions and health care benefits, and colluded with the Democrats in school closures and privatizations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/25/chic…

EU Elections. If there is no defense of identity and sovereignty, the EU will be endangered
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-25
The European elections will be held on May 26, 2019. They represent an important challenge for the social democrats and liberals of Europe. This is largely due to the rise of patriotic and Eurosceptic parties that reject Brussel's policies and ideology. The traditional parties that have dominated the political spectrum in the European Union for …
uwidata.com/3560-eu-elections-if-there-i…

Knock Down the House and the Democratic Party politics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
wsws.org | 2019-05-25
Knock Down the House reviews the election campaigns of several Democratic Party primary candidates in the 2018 congressional elections, focused on Ocasio-Cortez in New York City.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/25/kdth…

German Social Democrats and "The Left" strengthen domestic security agency
wsws.org | 2019-05-25
In addition to an increase in domestic secret service staff, the state government wants to strengthen the use of police informers and limit parliamentary control.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/25/germ…

Germany continues deportations to Afghanistan
wsws.org | 2019-05-25
Just days before the European elections, the charter flight to the war-torn country exposes the deadly practice carried out by both the federal and state governments.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/25/refu…

SGP European election candidate Andreas Niklaus speaks to Berlin bus drivers
wsws.org | 2019-05-25
Discussions revolved around the connection between the growing danger of a third world war, the policies of the federal government, and the cementing of austerity programmes…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/25/berl…

Socialist Equality Party wins important support in Australian federal election
wsws.org | 2019-05-25
Thousands of workers, students and young people signalled their support for a socialist alternative to war, budget cuts and authoritarianism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/25/sepc…

Nationalism, militarism dominate final European election debate in France
wsws.org | 2019-05-25
Pro-European Union parties attacked the far-right National Rally (RN) on the basis that its turn away from a European army would weaken French imperialism's ability to assert its interests.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/25/elec…

The bankruptcy of Lutte ouvrière's European election campaign
wsws.org | 2019-05-25
Despite growing social anger over the period since the 2002 elections, when it won 10 percent of the vote, the so-called "far left" expects to get only 1 percent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/25/lonp…

Judge orders partial halt of Trump's border wall construction, blocks $1bn in military funds
rt.com | 2019-05-25
A US district judge has partially blocked another avenue for President Donald Trump to fulfill one of his election vows, barring him from diverting $1 billion in military funds to build two wall sections along the Mexican border. | …
rt.com/usa/460225-border-wall-halt-court…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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-…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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-…

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…

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…

Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Assange Indictment, a Renegade Use of the Espionage Act to Criminalize Journalism
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-24
The Justice Department filed 17 charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange on Thursday, deploying the controversial Espionage Act as a cudgel against First Amendment protections and press freedom. It's the first time the U.S. government has used the Espionage Act to prosecute a publisher, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. | Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, along with Sen. Ron Wyden, who all have been outspoken on civil liberties issues, slammed the indictment. | "Let me be clear: it is a disturbing attack on the First Amendment for the Trump adminis…
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Lawmakers Question Surfacing of New Sandra Bland Video
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-24
AUSTIN, Texas–Texas authorities on Friday denied withholding a cellphone video of Sandra Bland's confrontational traffic stop, responding to a Democratic legislator's heated questions about why the 39-second clip never publicly surfaced until now. | Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from outside Chicago, had used her phone in 2015 to briefly film a white state trooper as he drew a stun gun and yelled "I will light you up!" while ordering her out of the car. She was dead three days later, hanging i…
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Exit Polls Show Divorce Referendum Will Win Big in Ireland
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-24
The ruling Christian Democrat party in Ireland Fine Gae (FG)l, are slated to win the European elections Friday. At the same time, an overwhelming majority has approved a referendum also held today that would reform divorce law, according to an exit poll survey by the public network RTE. | RELATED | Irish Garda Assembles Unit to Tackle Police Corruption Within | The exit poll also announced that FG and the main opposition Fianna Fail party are closely matched in the local electio…
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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 Constitutional Crisis, Impeachment and Russophobia
Gary Leupp | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-24
I think this is what you call a constitutional crisis. The president says the Mueller Report exonerates him of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice. Democrats in Congress insist it does show evidence for obstruction, that needs further investigation through hearings. Trump has ordered his officials, lawyers and aides to refuse to testify, citing executive …
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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…

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…
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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…
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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

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/

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-…

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

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…

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…

May's Potential Replacements Ready Portfolios for PM Election
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-24
Within hours of UK Prime Minister Theresa May announcing her resignation, speculation has risen around the host of possible successors in line for the coveted seat in parliament. | On Friday, May revealed her plans to quit as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, saying that during her tenure as prime minister, she had endeavored to make the U.K. a country that works for the many, not the few, and also to deliver Brexit. |
telesurenglish.net/news/Mays-Potential-R…

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-…

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…

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…

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".
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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…

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…

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…

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…