Daily Archives: May 26, 2019

2019-05-26: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-05-26). Ireland's Green Party Surges in European Elections. telesurenglish.net Ireland's Green Party has recently surged in European and local elections, an exit poll showed on Saturday, putting it in line to take its first seats in the European Parliament for 20 years and make the biggest gains in county and city councils. | RELATED: | Irish Exit Polls for EU Elections Show Divorce Reform Referendum Will Win Big | According to the Reuters Agency, the Green Party is set to win as many as three of the 13 European seats up for grabs and inc…

WSWS Repost (2019-05-26). Knock Down the House and the Democratic Party politics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. indybay.org Genevieve Leigh at the World Socialist Web Site reviews a Netflix special. | Will the Democratic Party be transformed by a recent grassroots insurrection of political upstarts?>

unitedEditor (2019-05-26). 5 facts about the EU elections 2019. uwidata.com In total, citizens of 28 countries, including the United Kingdom who has not yet officially left the EU, will take part in the 2019 European elections. In total, 426 million voters are eligible to participate in the elections. Today the #EUelections2019 begin ‚§µÔ∏è 23 May üá≥üá±üá¨üáß 24 May üáÆüá™üá®üáø 25 May üá±üáª&u…

Fight Back (2019-05-25). Philippines: Expect the people's resistance to rise further. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following May 22 statement by Jose Maria Sison, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | Expect the people's resistance to rise further against the escalation of oppression and exploitation | As a result of his rigging the May 13 elections, Duterte has more than two-thirds majority in the Senate and is in a position to dictate the realization of his fascist dictatorship through charter change to bogus federalism and declare martial law nationwide at his whim. | Foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucratic c…

Staff (2019-05-25). Pot Industry Owes Reparations to Those Criminalized for Drug Use. truthout.org Pot, grass, marijuana, cannabis — call it what you will, its recreational use is already legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, with many more soon to follow. Among other things, that means big bucks are at stake. Here in New York, Governor Cuomo is now pushing the Democratic-controlled legislature to move forward on legislation. The market is estimated at more than $3 billion

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.

Derek Royden (2019-05-25). Detroit Strong: Rashida Tlaib is the American right's worst nightmare. nationofchange.org While the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have made it clear that they don't want to pursue an impeachment inquiry against the current president, one of the newest members of the body, Rashida Tlaib, has been a strong voice for accountability, drawing up a resolution to start the process by having the Judiciary Committee begin an investigation. | Three main arguments have been made against Representative Tlaib's call. The first is made most often by the Democratic leadership in the House, who say that the country's judicial system is the best place for fights ov…

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). 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.

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). 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.

Basav Sen (2019-05-25). The Terrifying Implications of India's Elections for People and the Planet. commondreams.org Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the informal meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the BRICS countries before the G20 summit in Hamburg, Jul 7, 2017. (Photo: Russian President, cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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). 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…

teleSUR (2019-05-25). French Yellow Vests Protest Day Before EU Polls Announced. telesurenglish.net Yellow Vest protesters gathered Saturday for a 28th round of demonstrations across France vowing not to vote for French mainstream parties in the European Parliament (EP) elections that began May 23. | RELATED: | We Are Not Fooled': 1,400 French Artists Back Yellow Vests | "We're going to get rid of Macron. Tomorrow he's going to get a thrashing and then I'm going to tear up my voter registration card," a protester told Reuter as he was marching through the Pere Lachise Cemetery in P…

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.

Bryan Wall (2019-05-25). A united Ireland and climate catastrophe among most important issues for Irish people, poll suggests. thecanary.co A new poll suggests that most people in Ireland would like to see the country reunified. It also revealed that the majority of Irish people want more done to tackle the climate catastrophe. The poll took place as local and European elections got underway across the…

unitedEditor (2019-05-25). The structure and details of the 2019 European Parliament elections. uwidata.com The role of the European Parliament The European Parliament, jointly with the EU Council, performs the functions of legislative power, participates in the adoption of the EU budget, exercises political control over the activities of other EU institutions, ratifies agreements on the admission of new members to the union, and has a deliberative right regarding …

teleSUR (2019-05-25). Common Ground on Brexit Elusive for UK Tories Running for PM. telesurenglish.net After Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement June 7 of her resignation, the battle for Tory leadership intensified Saturday with Brexit as the main point of friction among the conservative candidates. | RELATED: | May's Potential Replacements Ready Portfolios for PM Election | Aspirants to the next United Kingdom's office of Prime Minister include the Health and…

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). 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.

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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 …

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

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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.

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.

(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

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.

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…

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

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".

2019-05-26: Social Media Postees

Ireland's Green Party Surges in European Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-26
Ireland's Green Party has recently surged in European and local elections, an exit poll showed on Saturday, putting it in line to take its first seats in the European Parliament for 20 years and make the biggest gains in county and city councils. | RELATED: | Irish Exit Polls for EU Elections Show Divorce Reform Referendum Will Win Big | According to the Reuters Agency, the Green Party is set to win as many as three of the 13 European seats up for grabs and inc…
telesurenglish.net/news/Irelands-Green-P…

Knock Down the House and the Democratic Party politics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-05-26
Genevieve Leigh at the World Socialist Web Site reviews a Netflix special. | Will the Democratic Party be transformed by a recent grassroots insurrection of political upstarts?>…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/25/1882360…

5 facts about the EU elections 2019
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-26
In total, citizens of 28 countries, including the United Kingdom who has not yet officially left the EU, will take part in the 2019 European elections. In total, 426 million voters are eligible to participate in the elections. Today the #EUelections2019 begin ‚§µÔ∏è 23 May üá≥üá±üá¨üáß 24 May üáÆüá™üá®üáø 25 May üá±üáª&u…
uwidata.com/3582-5-facts-about-the-eu-el…

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…

Pot Industry Owes Reparations to Those Criminalized for Drug Use
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-25
Pot, grass, marijuana, cannabis — call it what you will, its recreational use is already legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, with many more soon to follow. Among other things, that means big bucks are at stake. Here in New York, Governor Cuomo is now pushing the Democratic-controlled legislature to move forward on legislation. The market is estimated at more than $3 billion…
truthout.org/articles/pot-industry-owes-…

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…

Detroit Strong: Rashida Tlaib is the American right's worst nightmare
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-25
While the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have made it clear that they don't want to pursue an impeachment inquiry against the current president, one of the newest members of the body, Rashida Tlaib, has been a strong voice for accountability, drawing up a resolution to start the process by having the Judiciary Committee begin an investigation. | Three main arguments have been made against Representative Tlaib's call. The first is made most often by the Democratic leadership in the House, who say that the country's judicial system is the best place for fights ov…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/25/detroit-st…

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…

Philippines: Expect the people's resistance to rise further
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-25
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following May 22 statement by Jose Maria Sison, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | Expect the people's resistance to rise further against the escalation of oppression and exploitation | As a result of his rigging the May 13 elections, Duterte has more than two-thirds majority in the Senate and is in a position to dictate the realization of his fascist dictatorship through charter change to bogus federalism and declare martial law nationwide at his whim. | Foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucratic c…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/25/philippines-…

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…

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…

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…

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…

French Yellow Vests Protest Day Before EU Polls Announced
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-25
Yellow Vest protesters gathered Saturday for a 28th round of demonstrations across France vowing not to vote for French mainstream parties in the European Parliament (EP) elections that began May 23. | RELATED: | We Are Not Fooled': 1,400 French Artists Back Yellow Vests | "We're going to get rid of Macron. Tomorrow he's going to get a thrashing and then I'm going to tear up my voter registration card," a protester told Reuter as he was marching through the Pere Lachise Cemetery in P…
telesurenglish.net/news/French-Yellow-Ve…

The structure and details of the 2019 European Parliament elections
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-25
The role of the European Parliament The European Parliament, jointly with the EU Council, performs the functions of legislative power, participates in the adoption of the EU budget, exercises political control over the activities of other EU institutions, ratifies agreements on the admission of new members to the union, and has a deliberative right regarding …
uwidata.com/3573-the-structure-and-detai…

Common Ground on Brexit Elusive for UK Tories Running for PM
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-25
After Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement June 7 of her resignation, the battle for Tory leadership intensified Saturday with Brexit as the main point of friction among the conservative candidates. | RELATED: | May's Potential Replacements Ready Portfolios for PM Election | Aspirants to the next United Kingdom's office of Prime Minister include the Health and…
telesurenglish.net/news/Common-Ground-on…

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…

A united Ireland and climate catastrophe among most important issues for Irish people, poll suggests
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-25
A new poll suggests that most people in Ireland would like to see the country reunified. It also revealed that the majority of Irish people want more done to tackle the climate catastrophe. The poll took place as local and European elections got underway across the…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/05/25/a-united-ireland-and-climate-catastrophe-among-most-important-issues-for-irish-people-poll-suggests/

The Terrifying Implications of India's Elections for People and the Planet
Basav Sen | commondreams.org | 2019-05-25
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the informal meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the BRICS countries before the G20 summit in Hamburg, Jul 7, 2017. (Photo: Russian President, cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/25/terrif…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…
theintercept.com/2019/05/24/julian-assan…

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…
truthdig.com/articles/texas-lawmakers-qu…

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…

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…

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…

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/the-constitut…

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…

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…

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-…

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

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…

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-…

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…

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/

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

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…

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

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…

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-…

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…

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…

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…