Daily Archives: May 28, 2019

2019-05-28: News Headlines

Anthony Pahnke, Jim Goodman (2019-05-28). An Anti-Trust Reboot Could Give Democrats Traction in Rural America. commondreams.org Farmworkers—according to some estimates numbering approximately three million—are forced to work for next to nothing as the landowners that employ them receive prices that are well below the cost of production. (Photo: Michael Davidson/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-28). Record Support for Green Party in EU Elections as Youth-Led Climate Strikes Grow. truthout.org The Green Party soared in popularity in many nations in the European parliamentary elections, placing second in Germany and making gains in Finland, France and Ireland. The next president of the European Commission will likely be Bas Eickhout of the Dutch Green Party. We speak with Luisa Neubauer, a youth climate activist and member of the German Green Party, about the party's next steps. | Please check back later for full transcript.

Scott Tucker (2019-05-28). Europe: Green Surges, Older Parties Erode, Far Right Gains. counterpunch.org Green parties made stunning gains in the European Elections, due to the strength of many younger voters, the grass roots insurgency of ecological school strikes and marches, and the tenacity of Green Party activists. The older mainstream parties, both center-right and social democratic, received a mix of drubbing demotions and eroding support. The far right More

Democracy Now! (2019-05-28). Green Party Wins Record Support in EU Elections as Youth-Led Climate Strikes Grow. democracynow.org The Green Party soared in popularity in many nations in the European parliamentary elections, placing second in Germany and making gains in Finland, France and Ireland. The next president of the European Commission will likely be Bas Eickhout of the Dutch Green Party. We speak with Luisa Neubauer, a youth climate activist and member of the German Green Party, about the party's next steps.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2019. democracynow.org Missouri Gov. Signs 8-Week Abortion Ban as Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Ban, Judge Blocks Redirecting of Federal Funds to Build Parts of Border Wall, European Parliament Elections See Greens and Far-Right Gain Ground But Pro-EU Parties Retain Majority, Trump Says Regime Change in Iran Not the Goal After Sending 1,500 More Troops to Region, Trump Dismisses North Korean Missile Tests, Welcomes Anti-Biden Comments, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 12 Civilians, Including 7 Children, Head of Citizenship & Immigration Agency Resigns as Trump Admin Purge Continues, Landmark Oklahoma Opioid Trial Against John…

Emilie Prattico (2019-05-28). European Elections: Rejoice or Despair? thenation.com European Elections: Rejoice or Despair?

plenglish (2019-05-28). Maduro Ratifies Call for Parliamentary Elections in Venezuela. plenglish.com Foto: Twitter @NicolasMaduroCaracas, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The upcoming parliamentary elections will allow closing a cycle of destabilization and conspiracies promoted by Venezuelan opposition sectors, President Nicolas Maduro noted.

True Publica (2019-05-28). European Elections — Read What You Want from These Statistics. Britain Cannot Decide on Brexit. globalresearch.ca The European elections were always going to be interesting if nothing else. We've put lots of stats together so you can see them in a different way. | One thing is for sure — this particular vote proved only one thing …

Amy Goodman (2019-05-28). Chomsky: Trump radically interfered with Israel's election to help re-elect Netanyahu. nationofchange.org Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.

plenglish (2019-05-28). Schedule for General Elections in Bolivia to Be Published. plenglish.com La Paz, May 28 (Prensa Latina) On Tuesday, the Plurinational Electoral Body of Bolivia will publish the schedule of activities to be held before, during and after the general elections in October.

Robert S. Becker (2019-05-28). To impeach or not — is that the question? nationofchange.org With comic regards to Shakespeare's Hamlet | To impeach or not to impeach — | Or when — that's the looming question. | More revelations further breach | A scandalized, nightmare election. | Is it nobler to suffer misrule | From infamy and misfortune — | Or take arms against the orange ghoul — | And exile President Buffoon? | A sea of heartaches, a thousand shocks, | No consummation to be wished; | The longer Trump lasts, the more he mocks, | His swamp doth reek of rotting fish. | Justice delayed, oppressor's wrong, | Insolence of office — all displayed — | Only cultists bury…

Staff (2019-05-28). After Attempted Voter Purge, Texas Secretary of State Resigns. truthout.org Elections have consequences — but even some losers eventually see long-term wins. | While Beto O'Rourke's campaign for the U.S. Senate ultimately ended in his defeat last fall, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, oversaw such a massive surge in voter turnout that his coattails allowed several state Senate seats to flip to the Democrats. Those state legislators just blocked the confirmation of Texas' chief voter suppressor. | The ill-fated and short-lived tenure of Texas Secretary of State David Whitley officially came to end on Monday after months of controversy. Whitley was appointed by…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-28). EU Parliamentary Elections: Left and Far-Right Parties Gain as Centrists Falter. democracynow.org The European Union elections concluded over the weekend, with centrist parties losing dozens of seat while far-right and Green candidates made significant strides. In France, the far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen narrowly beat the centrist alliance led by French President Emmanuel Macron. In Italy, the far-right nationalist League party placed first, winning 34% of the vote. The party is led by Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. While right-wing euroskeptic parties slightly increased their power in the EU assembly, about 75% of voters still backed parties that support Europe. We speak…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-28). Paul Mason: Brexit Party's Success in EU Elections Shows Failure of Conservatives & Labour. democracynow.org On the heels of Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation, the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage came in first place in Britain's European parliamentary elections with 31% of the vote. The ruling Tory Party placed fifth. We speak with journalist Paul Mason about what the election means for the Labour Party and the future of Brexit. We also speak with David Adler, the policy coordinator for the Democracy in Europe Movement, or DiEM25.

Jacob Sugarman (2019-05-28). Can Socialism Save American Democracy? truthdig.com It was all but a formal declaration of his re-election strategy. "Here in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country," President Donald Trump bellowed during his State of the Union address in February. "Tonight, we renew our resolve that this will never be a socialist country." (It should be noted that the line earned applause from several congressional Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.) | Since then, the Republican chorus has only grown lou…

John Shafthauer (2019-05-28). EU elections 'prove us right', claims everyone. thecanary.co So Britain has had yet more elections. That's good. Elections always go well for us. This one has proven especially good, as it's proven people right on Brexit. Although which people got proven right depends on whom you speak to. | Splitting image: | According to Brexiteers: The Brexit Party is the biggest winner. Suck on that, metropolitan elite! This clearly proves people want Brexit. You know, if you ignore that they're still way below a majority. | According to Remainers: The overall vote share massively favours Remain! Or at least it does if you squint a bit, do the maths wrong, ignore the Tories, and…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-05-28). Georgia Project Organization Raises Alarms About Persistent Voter Suppression Amid Plans To Close Minority Polling Place. blackstarnews.com Civic engagement leaders across Georgia raise concern over the possible closing of a majority minority polling place in Jeff Davis County, GA. Atlanta. | The New Georgia Project together with allies, issued the following statements in response to the Jeff Davis County Board of Elections' possible closure of a majority minority polling place in their already consolidated voting precincts. | New Georgia Project's purpose is to grow political engagement in historically underrepresented communities. | Nsé Ufot, Executive Director of the New Georgia Project Action Fund stated that Wednesday's "decision in Jeff Da…

WSWS (2019-05-28). "Yellow Vest" Facebook group with 350,000 members frozen on European election day. wsws.org The group is used to organize "yellow vest" demonstrations and to share news articles, political statements and videos of police violence.

unitedEditor (2019-05-28). EU elections, Theresa May resigns, Iran VS US. uwidata.com European Parliament elections The elections for the European parliament took place this weekend. According to the results, the European People's Party won 179 seats, and the EP's second largest faction, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, won 150. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe came in third with 107 mandates, followed by …

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-05-28). Nuanced Readings of the Politics of the Indian National Congress in the Wake of Elections in India. counterpunch.org About a year ago, I wrote an article on majoritarianism in South Asia, which is feared as much as monarchism. Several well-meaning people—academics, writers, intellectuals, and opinion makers—are worried, rightly so, about the overwhelming victory of the BJP in the recent general elections in India. But wouldn't it behoove those opinion makers and intellectuals, some More

WSWS (2019-05-28). Netanyahu—unable to form a government—threatens new Israeli elections. wsws.org Netanyahu's Likud party has introduced legislation to dissolve the Knesset and call a second election at the end of August.

WSWS (2019-05-28). Podemos collapses in European, regional and municipal elections in Spain. wsws.org A major factor in the decline of Podemos has been the experience of workers and middle-class people with this party as it ran numerous town and city halls.

WSWS (2019-05-28). European election debacle for Conservatives and Labour. wsws.org The ruling Conservatives have suffered their worst ever election result, while Labour suffered a debacle almost as bad.

Consortium News (2019-05-28). Public Opinion is Finally Turning in Assange's Favor. theantimedia.com Corporate media and some politicos who opposed Assange after the 2016 election have radically changed their tune, favorably influencing public opinion after the Espionage Act indictment of the WikiLeaks founder. (CN) — The indictment of Julian Assange under the Espionage Act has profoundly affected press coverage of the WikiLeaks founder, with much of the media turning suddenly and decisively …

Corinna Barnard (2019-05-28). EU Elections Spotlight Europe's Weakened Left. consortiumnews.com Attilio Moro analyzes why the failures of neoliberalism are feeding right-wing populism in Europe. By Attilio Moro in Brussels Special to Consortium News The EU Parliament elections that wrapped up over the weekend may not have been the blowout that some… Read more →

Staff (2019-05-28). Left and Far-Right Parties Gain as Centrists Falter in EU Elections. truthout.org The European Union elections concluded over the weekend, with centrist parties losing dozens of seats while far-right and Green candidates made significant strides. In France, the far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen narrowly beat the centrist alliance led by French President Emmanuel Macron. In Italy, the far-right nationalist League party placed first, winning 34% of the vote. The party is led by Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. While right-wing euroskeptic parties slightly increased their power in the EU assembly, about 75% of voters still backed parties that support Europe. We s…

Albert Fulop (2019-05-28). Ukraine after presidential elections. Radicals threaten national minorities. indybay.org Ukrainian radical nationalist organization threatens ethnic groups and plans to support order in the Zakarpattia oblast on their own…

RT (2019-05-28). Biden campaign DOA?: Presidential hopeful criticized for not campaigning enough. rt.com Former US vice president and current Democratic frontrunner for the 2020 presidential election Joe Biden is facing a flurry of criticism for his apparent inactivity, at least when it comes to actually campaigning.

Meg Bortin (2019-05-28). In Parliamentary Elections, Gains by Euroskeptics More Modest than Expected. progressive.org Anti-European, anti-establishment parties on the far right and far left will hold nearly 28 percent—but that's good news.

United Nations (2019-05-28). DR Congo: Strengthened effort against Ebola is paying off, but insecurity still major constraint — UN health agency. un.org Although the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to make headway thanks to the determination of health workers on the ground, insecurity is still hampering the response, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. This has led the UN to establish a new coordination structure in the hopes that access to at-risk areas can be improved.

Peter Dreier (2019-05-28). How Democrats Should Respond to the GOP's Red-Baiting. thenation.com How Democrats Should Respond to the GOP's Red-Baiting…

WSWS Repost (2019-05-28). 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?>

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-28). Another Group Joins the Impeachment Chorus, Adding to Pressure on House Democrats. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-05-27). NGO "Sovereign Venezuela" Demands Trump Administration Stop Imperialist Meddling And "Unblock Venezuela" blackstarnews.com Trump Administration continues to meddle in internal affairs of Venezuela… | Sovereign Venezuela is a non-governmental association of progressive organizations and individuals who advocate in defense of Venezuelan sovereignty. This is done by means of research and analysis as well as building links between the North American and Venezuelan grassroots social movements. | Below is a brief analysis of recent events and the positions that form the bases of our solidarity. Please consider endorsing this important effort as an organization or individual and contributing to our work. Since the election of Hugo Chavez…

susan_p (2019-05-27). Disaster capitalism, national liberation and the Philippines election. greenleft.org.au Left-wing parties ran a separate Senate campaign in the May 13 Philippines elections to the mainstream opposition parties, which ran as part of the Otso Diretso electoral alliance. | Centred round the Liberal Party of former President Ninoy Aquino, these opposition parties have a better record on human rights and respect for the rule of law than psychotic incumbent, President Rodrigo Duterte, but are still dominated by corrupt trapos — traditional politicians from the political dynasties of the ruling oligarchy. | However, one Otso Diretso candidate endorsed by the left-wing Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) was…

Fight Back (2019-05-27). Belgium Worker's Party obtains excellent results in federal, regional and European elections. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Belgian Workers' Party (PTB). | After a phenomenal and social campaign, the Belgian Workers' Party (PTB-PVDA) has confirmed its progress throughout the country, with results ranging from 6.6% in Flanders to over 12% in Brussels and 13.5% in Wallonia. The genuine left thus sends 12 members to the federal parliament, 1 member to the European Parliament, 11 members to the Brussels Parliament, 4 members to the Flemish Parliament and 10 members to the Walloon Parliament. In addition, the PTB will have 4 senators. The number of PTB parlia…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-27). Tide of Public Opinion is Turning in Assange's Favor. consortiumnews.com Corporate media & some politicos who opposed Assange after the 2016 election have radically changed their tune, favorably influencing public opinion after the Espionage Act indictment of the WikiLeak's founder, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News… Read more →

Middle East Eye (2019-05-27). Israel on Verge of Fresh Elections as Lieberman Deals Blow to Netanyahu. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chances of forming a new government became significantly slimmer on Monday, as his former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman ruled out serving with ultra-Orthodox parties. Hours later, a bill to dissolve Israel's parliament, the Knesset, passed a preliminary reading — the first step towards it dismissing itself. In a news conference earlier in …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-27). Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As the Democrats consider launching impeachment inquiries, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate."

Fight Back (2019-05-27). IAM files charges against anti-union Delta Air Lines. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed election interference charges with the National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines, May 15. | The IAM has overwhelming evidence that Delta Air Lines has interfered with the Flight Attendants and Ramp employees' lawful right to seek a vote for union representation free from interference, influence or coercion exercised by the carrier. | "The IAM has provided the NMB with evidence showing Delta has run an unlawful, systematic anti-union campaign that includes intimidation, discipline and terminations of union a…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-27). Chomsky: Trump Radically Interfered with Israel's Election to Help Re-elect Netanyahu. democracynow.org Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun a record fifth term in office after narrowing defeating former military chief Benny Gantz. In a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.

WSWS (2019-05-27). Ford workers in Germany discuss impending job cuts with SGP candidate. wsws.org Dietmar Gaisenkersting, European election candidate of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, spoke to Ford workers about the need for a socialist program to coordinate an international fight back.

susan_p (2019-05-27). Philippines: Left prepares for 'long fight' against Duterte following stolen election. greenleft.org.au The election of 12 new senators was proclaimed on May 22 by the Philippines electoral commission (COMELEC) following mid-term elections on May 13. All were from the grouping endorsed by authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte. | Duterte is best known internationally for his "war on drugs". In reality this is a war on the country's poor majority, a turf war by drug traffickers (who are Duterte's cronies) and a human rights catastrophe that has killed thousands — some estimate more than 20,000. | The unlikely clean sweep by his candidates for the Senate is just part of the evidence for electoral fra…

WSWS (2019-05-27). Ruling conservatives, social democrats collapse in EU elections. wsws.org In Germany, France, Britain and other countries across Europe, these parties that once formed a duopoly dominating the parliament failed to win 50 percent of the vote combined.

Basav Sen (2019-05-27). The Terrifying Global Implications of Modi's Re-Election. counterpunch.org In a sweeping victory, the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Narendra Modi has returned to power in India's elections. It's a profoundly disturbing development. The most pressing concern about the BJP government is its systematic persecution of India's minorities, particularly Muslims. A cloud of suspicion still hangs over Modi himself for his More

Eds. (2019-05-27). As the far-right wins Indian elections, progressive forces vow to resist. mronline.org The modern global economy, essentially guarantees the continued expatriation of profits and natural assets from resource-rich but capital-poor countries, facilitating the enrichment of the global economic elite and Multinational Corporations (MNC), at the expense of developing countries. To elaborate on the themes of corporate plunder, resource nationalism and people-centered forms of resource management, Tricontinental: Institute […] | Source

RT (2019-05-27). Trump says impeachment-obsessed Dems are 'getting NOTHING done'. rt.com President Donald Trump slammed Democrat lawmakers for their preoccupation with his impeachment and said they would accomplish nothing in Congress if the effort continued.

United Nations (2019-05-27). Amid 'unprecedented combination' of epidemics, UN and partners begin cholera vaccination campaign in DR Congo. un.org Amid what global Vaccine Alliance Gavi is calling an "unprecedented combination" of epidemics, the UN and partners are supporting the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's major new immunization campaign against cholera which began on Monday, targeting more than 800,000.

Staff (2019-05-27). Pandering, Policy, and the Black Vote. therealnews.com What do top Democratic candidates Sanders, Warren, and Biden offer black voters in 2020?

Liberation Staff (2019-05-27). Interview with the Sudanese Communist Party: "Wrench the power from the hands of the military" liberationnews.org The SCP's main aim is to continue the fight 'til final victory; to dismantle and liquidate the dictatorial regime thus creating the basis for the completion of the tasks of the national democratic revolution and paving the way for the building of socialism in Sudan.

2019-05-28: Social Media Postees

Europe: Green Surges, Older Parties Erode, Far Right Gains
Scott Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-28
Green parties made stunning gains in the European Elections, due to the strength of many younger voters, the grass roots insurgency of ecological school strikes and marches, and the tenacity of Green Party activists. The older mainstream parties, both center-right and social democratic, received a mix of drubbing demotions and eroding support. The far right…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/28/europe-green…

Record Support for Green Party in EU Elections as Youth-Led Climate Strikes Grow
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-28
The Green Party soared in popularity in many nations in the European parliamentary elections, placing second in Germany and making gains in Finland, France and Ireland. The next president of the European Commission will likely be Bas Eickhout of the Dutch Green Party. We speak with Luisa Neubauer, a youth climate activist and member of the German Green Party, about the party's next steps. | Please check back later for full transcript.
truthout.org/video/record-support-for-gr…

Green Party Wins Record Support in EU Elections as Youth-Led Climate Strikes Grow
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-28
The Green Party soared in popularity in many nations in the European parliamentary elections, placing second in Germany and making gains in Finland, France and Ireland. The next president of the European Commission will likely be Bas Eickhout of the Dutch Green Party. We speak with Luisa Neubauer, a youth climate activist and member of the German Green Party, about the party's next steps.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/28/green_par…

"Yellow Vest" Facebook group with 350,000 members frozen on European election day
wsws.org | 2019-05-28
The group is used to organize "yellow vest" demonstrations and to share news articles, political statements and videos of police violence.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/28/vest…

EU Parliamentary Elections: Left and Far-Right Parties Gain as Centrists Falter
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-28
The European Union elections concluded over the weekend, with centrist parties losing dozens of seat while far-right and Green candidates made significant strides. In France, the far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen narrowly beat the centrist alliance led by French President Emmanuel Macron. In Italy, the far-right nationalist League party placed first, winning 34% of the vote. The party is led by Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. While right-wing euroskeptic parties slightly increased their power in the EU assembly, about 75% of voters still backed parties that support Europe. We speak…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/28/eu_parlia…

After Attempted Voter Purge, Texas Secretary of State Resigns
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-28
Elections have consequences — but even some losers eventually see long-term wins. | While Beto O'Rourke's campaign for the U.S. Senate ultimately ended in his defeat last fall, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, oversaw such a massive surge in voter turnout that his coattails allowed several state Senate seats to flip to the Democrats. Those state legislators just blocked the confirmation of Texas' chief voter suppressor. | The ill-fated and short-lived tenure of Texas Secretary of State David Whitley officially came to end on Monday after months of controversy. Whitley was appointed by…
truthout.org/articles/after-attempted-vo…

EU elections, Theresa May resigns, Iran VS US
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-28
European Parliament elections The elections for the European parliament took place this weekend. According to the results, the European People's Party won 179 seats, and the EP's second largest faction, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, won 150. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe came in third with 107 mandates, followed by …
uwidata.com/3612-eu-elections-theresa-ma…

Biden campaign DOA?: Presidential hopeful criticized for not campaigning enough
rt.com | 2019-05-28
Former US vice president and current Democratic frontrunner for the 2020 presidential election Joe Biden is facing a flurry of criticism for his apparent inactivity, at least when it comes to actually campaigning. | …
rt.com/usa/460454-biden-campaign-failure…

Public Opinion is Finally Turning in Assange's Favor
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-28
Corporate media and some politicos who opposed Assange after the 2016 election have radically changed their tune, favorably influencing public opinion after the Espionage Act indictment of the WikiLeaks founder. (CN) — The indictment of Julian Assange under the Espionage Act has profoundly affected press coverage of the WikiLeaks founder, with much of the media turning suddenly and decisively …

Public Opinion is Finally Turning in Assange’s Favor

Can Socialism Save American Democracy?
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2019-05-28
It was all but a formal declaration of his re-election strategy. "Here in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country," President Donald Trump bellowed during his State of the Union address in February. "Tonight, we renew our resolve that this will never be a socialist country." (It should be noted that the line earned applause from several congressional Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.) | Since then, the Republican chorus has only grown lou…
truthdig.com/articles/can-socialism-save…

Paul Mason: Brexit Party's Success in EU Elections Shows Failure of Conservatives & Labour
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-28
On the heels of Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation, the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage came in first place in Britain's European parliamentary elections with 31% of the vote. The ruling Tory Party placed fifth. We speak with journalist Paul Mason about what the election means for the Labour Party and the future of Brexit. We also speak with David Adler, the policy coordinator for the Democracy in Europe Movement, or DiEM25.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/28/paul_maso…

Georgia Project Organization Raises Alarms About Persistent Voter Suppression Amid Plans To Close Minority Polling Place
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-05-28
Civic engagement leaders across Georgia raise concern over the possible closing of a majority minority polling place in Jeff Davis County, GA. Atlanta. | The New Georgia Project together with allies, issued the following statements in response to the Jeff Davis County Board of Elections' possible closure of a majority minority polling place in their already consolidated voting precincts. | New Georgia Project's purpose is to grow political engagement in historically underrepresented communities. | Nsé Ufot, Executive Director of the New Georgia Project Action Fund stated that Wednesday's "decision in Jeff Da…
www.blackstarnews.com/us-politics/electi…

Netanyahu–unable to form a government–threatens new Israeli elections
wsws.org | 2019-05-28
Netanyahu's Likud party has introduced legislation to dissolve the Knesset and call a second election at the end of August.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/28/euro…

Nuanced Readings of the Politics of the Indian National Congress in the Wake of Elections in India
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-28
About a year ago, I wrote an article on majoritarianism in South Asia, which is feared as much as monarchism. Several well-meaning people–academics, writers, intellectuals, and opinion makers–are worried, rightly so, about the overwhelming victory of the BJP in the recent general elections in India. But wouldn't it behoove those opinion makers and intellectuals, some…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/28/nuanced-read…

European Elections — Read What You Want from These Statistics. Britain Cannot Decide on Brexit
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-28
The European elections were always going to be interesting if nothing else. We've put lots of stats together so you can see them in a different way. | One thing is for sure — this particular vote proved only one thing …
globalresearch.ca/european-elections-rea…

To impeach or not — is that the question?
Robert S. Becker | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-28
With comic regards to Shakespeare's Hamlet | To impeach or not to impeach — | Or when — that's the looming question. | More revelations further breach | A scandalized, nightmare election. | Is it nobler to suffer misrule | From infamy and misfortune — | Or take arms against the orange ghoul — | And exile President Buffoon? | A sea of heartaches, a thousand shocks, | No consummation to be wished; | The longer Trump lasts, the more he mocks, | His swamp doth reek of rotting fish. | Justice delayed, oppressor's wrong, | Insolence of office — all displayed — | Only cultists bury…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/28/to-impeach…

Ukraine after presidential elections. Radicals threaten national minorities
Albert Fulop | indybay.org | 2019-05-28
Ukrainian radical nationalist organization threatens ethnic groups and plans to support order in the Zakarpattia oblast on their own…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/28/1882364…

EU Elections Spotlight Europe's Weakened Left
Corinna Barnard | consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-28
Attilio Moro analyzes why the failures of neoliberalism are feeding right-wing populism in Europe. By Attilio Moro in Brussels Special to Consortium News The EU Parliament elections that wrapped up over the weekend may not have been the blowout that some… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/27/eu-electio…

Chomsky: Trump radically interfered with Israel's election to help re-elect Netanyahu
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-28
Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/28/chomsky-tr…

European Elections: Rejoice or Despair?
Emilie Prattico | thenation.com | 2019-05-28
European Elections: Rejoice or Despair?
thenation.com/article/european-parliamen…

Schedule for General Elections in Bolivia to Be Published
plenglish.com | 2019-05-28
La Paz, May 28 (Prensa Latina) On Tuesday, the Plurinational Electoral Body of Bolivia will publish the schedule of activities to be held before, during and after the general elections in October.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Left and Far-Right Parties Gain as Centrists Falter in EU Elections
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-28
The European Union elections concluded over the weekend, with centrist parties losing dozens of seats while far-right and Green candidates made significant strides. In France, the far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen narrowly beat the centrist alliance led by French President Emmanuel Macron. In Italy, the far-right nationalist League party placed first, winning 34% of the vote. The party is led by Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. While right-wing euroskeptic parties slightly increased their power in the EU assembly, about 75% of voters still backed parties that support Europe. We s…
truthout.org/video/left-and-far-right-pa…

Maduro Ratifies Call for Parliamentary Elections in Venezuela
plenglish.com | 2019-05-28
Foto: Twitter @NicolasMaduroCaracas, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The upcoming parliamentary elections will allow closing a cycle of destabilization and conspiracies promoted by Venezuelan opposition sectors, President Nicolas Maduro noted.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Podemos collapses in European, regional and municipal elections in Spain
wsws.org | 2019-05-28
A major factor in the decline of Podemos has been the experience of workers and middle-class people with this party as it ran numerous town and city halls.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/28/pode…

EU elections 'prove us right', claims everyone
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-05-28
So Britain has had yet more elections. That's good. Elections always go well for us. This one has proven especially good, as it's proven people right on Brexit. Although which people got proven right depends on whom you speak to. | Splitting image: | According to Brexiteers: The Brexit Party is the biggest winner. Suck on that, metropolitan elite! This clearly proves people want Brexit. You know, if you ignore that they're still way below a majority. | According to Remainers: The overall vote share massively favours Remain! Or at least it does if you squint a bit, do the maths wrong, ignore the Tories, and…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/05/28/eu-elections-prove-us-right-claims-everyone/

European election debacle for Conservatives and Labour
wsws.org | 2019-05-28
The ruling Conservatives have suffered their worst ever election result, while Labour suffered a debacle almost as bad.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/28/ukel…

In Parliamentary Elections, Gains by Euroskeptics More Modest than Expected
Meg Bortin | progressive.org | 2019-05-28
Anti-European, anti-establishment parties on the far right and far left will hold nearly 28 percent–but that's good news.
progressive.org/dispatches/european-elec…

DR Congo: Strengthened effort against Ebola is paying off, but insecurity still major constraint — UN health agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-28
Although the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to make headway thanks to the determination of health workers on the ground, insecurity is still hampering the response, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. This has led the UN to establish a new coordination structure in the hopes that access to at-risk areas can be improved.
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Another Group Joins the Impeachment Chorus, Adding to Pressure on House Democrats
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-28
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Knock Down the House and the Democratic Party politics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-05-28
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…

An Anti-Trust Reboot Could Give Democrats Traction in Rural America
Anthony Pahnke, Jim Goodman | commondreams.org | 2019-05-28
Farmworkers—according to some estimates numbering approximately three million—are forced to work for next to nothing as the landowners that employ them receive prices that are well below the cost of production. (Photo: Michael Davidson/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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How Democrats Should Respond to the GOP's Red-Baiting
Peter Dreier | thenation.com | 2019-05-28
How Democrats Should Respond to the GOP's Red-Baiting…
thenation.com/article/gop-red-baiting-20…

Philippines: Left prepares for 'long fight' against Duterte following stolen election
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-27
The election of 12 new senators was proclaimed on May 22 by the Philippines electoral commission (COMELEC) following mid-term elections on May 13. All were from the grouping endorsed by authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte. | Duterte is best known internationally for his "war on drugs". In reality this is a war on the country's poor majority, a turf war by drug traffickers (who are Duterte's cronies) and a human rights catastrophe that has killed thousands — some estimate more than 20,000. | The unlikely clean sweep by his candidates for the Senate is just part of the evidence for electoral fra…
greenleft.org.au/content/philippines-left-prepares-long-fight-against-duterte

Israel on Verge of Fresh Elections as Lieberman Deals Blow to Netanyahu
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-27
(MEE) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chances of forming a new government became significantly slimmer on Monday, as his former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman ruled out serving with ultra-Orthodox parties. Hours later, a bill to dissolve Israel's parliament, the Knesset, passed a preliminary reading — the first step towards it dismissing itself. In a news conference earlier in …

Israel on Verge of Fresh Elections as Lieberman Deals Blow to Netanyahu

Ruling conservatives, social democrats collapse in EU elections
wsws.org | 2019-05-27
In Germany, France, Britain and other countries across Europe, these parties that once formed a duopoly dominating the parliament failed to win 50 percent of the vote combined.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/27/euro…

Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-27
As the Democrats consider launching impeachment inquiries, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate."
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/27/chomsky_b…

Disaster capitalism, national liberation and the Philippines election
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-27
Left-wing parties ran a separate Senate campaign in the May 13 Philippines elections to the mainstream opposition parties, which ran as part of the Otso Diretso electoral alliance. | Centred round the Liberal Party of former President Ninoy Aquino, these opposition parties have a better record on human rights and respect for the rule of law than psychotic incumbent, President Rodrigo Duterte, but are still dominated by corrupt trapos — traditional politicians from the political dynasties of the ruling oligarchy. | However, one Otso Diretso candidate endorsed by the left-wing Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) was…
greenleft.org.au/content/disaster-capitalism-national-liberation-and-philippines-election

As the far-right wins Indian elections, progressive forces vow to resist
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-27
The modern global economy, essentially guarantees the continued expatriation of profits and natural assets from resource-rich but capital-poor countries, facilitating the enrichment of the global economic elite and Multinational Corporations (MNC), at the expense of developing countries. To elaborate on the themes of corporate plunder, resource nationalism and people-centered forms of resource management, Tricontinental: Institute […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/27/as-the-far-right…

Belgium Worker's Party obtains excellent results in federal, regional and European elections
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-27
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Belgian Workers' Party (PTB). | After a phenomenal and social campaign, the Belgian Workers' Party (PTB-PVDA) has confirmed its progress throughout the country, with results ranging from 6.6% in Flanders to over 12% in Brussels and 13.5% in Wallonia. The genuine left thus sends 12 members to the federal parliament, 1 member to the European Parliament, 11 members to the Brussels Parliament, 4 members to the Flemish Parliament and 10 members to the Walloon Parliament. In addition, the PTB will have 4 senators. The number of PTB parlia…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/27/belgium-…

The Terrifying Global Implications of Modi's Re-Election
Basav Sen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-27
In a sweeping victory, the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Narendra Modi has returned to power in India's elections. It's a profoundly disturbing development. The most pressing concern about the BJP government is its systematic persecution of India's minorities, particularly Muslims. A cloud of suspicion still hangs over Modi himself for his…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/27/the-terrifyi…

Chomsky: Trump Radically Interfered with Israel's Election to Help Re-elect Netanyahu
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-27
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun a record fifth term in office after narrowing defeating former military chief Benny Gantz. In a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/27/chomsky_t…

Ford workers in Germany discuss impending job cuts with SGP candidate
wsws.org | 2019-05-27
Dietmar Gaisenkersting, European election candidate of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, spoke to Ford workers about the need for a socialist program to coordinate an international fight back.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/27/ford…

Tide of Public Opinion is Turning in Assange's Favor
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-27
Corporate media & some politicos who opposed Assange after the 2016 election have radically changed their tune, favorably influencing public opinion after the Espionage Act indictment of the WikiLeak's founder, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/27/tide-of-pu…

NGO "Sovereign Venezuela" Demands Trump Administration Stop Imperialist Meddling And "Unblock Venezuela"
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-05-27
Trump Administration continues to meddle in internal affairs of Venezuela… | Sovereign Venezuela is a non-governmental association of progressive organizations and individuals who advocate in defense of Venezuelan sovereignty. This is done by means of research and analysis as well as building links between the North American and Venezuelan grassroots social movements. | Below is a brief analysis of recent events and the positions that form the bases of our solidarity. Please consider endorsing this important effort as an organization or individual and contributing to our work. Since the election of Hugo Chavez…
www.blackstarnews.com/global-politics/la…

IAM files charges against anti-union Delta Air Lines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-27
Washington, DC – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed election interference charges with the National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines, May 15. | The IAM has overwhelming evidence that Delta Air Lines has interfered with the Flight Attendants and Ramp employees' lawful right to seek a vote for union representation free from interference, influence or coercion exercised by the carrier. | "The IAM has provided the NMB with evidence showing Delta has run an unlawful, systematic anti-union campaign that includes intimidation, discipline and terminations of union a…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/27/iam-file…

Trump says impeachment-obsessed Dems are 'getting NOTHING done'
rt.com | 2019-05-27
President Donald Trump slammed Democrat lawmakers for their preoccupation with his impeachment and said they would accomplish nothing in Congress if the effort continued. | …
rt.com/usa/460388-trump-impeachment-dems…

Amid 'unprecedented combination' of epidemics, UN and partners begin cholera vaccination campaign in DR Congo
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-27
Amid what global Vaccine Alliance Gavi is calling an "unprecedented combination" of epidemics, the UN and partners are supporting the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's major new immunization campaign against cholera which began on Monday, targeting more than 800,000.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Pandering, Policy, and the Black Vote
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-27
What do top Democratic candidates Sanders, Warren, and Biden offer black voters in 2020?
therealnews.com/stories/pandering-policy…

Interview with the Sudanese Communist Party: "Wrench the power from the hands of the military"
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-27
The SCP's main aim is to continue the fight 'til final victory; to dismantle and liquidate the dictatorial regime thus creating the basis for the completion of the tasks of the national democratic revolution and paving the way for the building of socialism in Sudan.
liberationnews.org/interview-with-the-su…

5 facts about the EU elections 2019
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-26
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