Monthly Archives: May 2020

2020-05-31: News Headlines

Fight Back (2020-05-31). Wisconsin FRSO condemns mayor's curfew and deployment of National Guard. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin District of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns the decision of Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett to impose a 9 p.m. curfew and to call in members of the National Guard to help enforce it. This curfew and the troop deployment is meant to suppress the righteous anger of the masses in Milwaukee over the city's terrible record of police crimes. | This curfew and the National Guard deployment will not deescalate confrontations. The people of Milwaukee will stay in the streets, expressing their democratic rights and demanding justice for the victims of racist police murders. Milwau…

Fight Back (2020-05-31). Milwaukee: Large protests against police crimes. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Several marches were held in Milwaukee on May 29 to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by Minneapolis police. Protesters were also demanding justice for Joel Acevedo, a Chicano murdered by an off-duty Milwaukee police officer. | Protesters met up on the corner of N 27th and Center, where they heard various community speakers demand justice in their communities. Organizers from UW Parkside Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Young People's Resistance Committee were handing out fliers for an organization that will primarily focus on demanding commu…

Thom Hartmann (2020-05-31). The real reason Trump and the GOP don't want mail-in voting. zcomm.org Trump and Republicans don't want mail-in voting this November because it blows up a couple of their most effective voter suppression schemes…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-30). America Bravely Marches Towards 'Failed State' Status. commondreams.org US Representative Frank Pallone, Democrat of New Jersey, puts on a mask during a press conference about COVID-19 testing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 27, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP/ via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Max Blumenthal (2020-05-29). Exclusive images from inside British court expose Assange's un-democratic treatment, physical deterioration. thegrayzone.com Photographs surreptitiously taken inside a British courtroom and provided to The Grayzone show a visibly disoriented Julian Assange confined to…

Alan Macleod (2020-05-29). As Establishment Condemns China for Hong Kong Repression, Trump Tweets About "Shooting Looters" mintpressnews.com Democrats and Republicans are united in condemning Beijing for its overreach, but perhaps its time to look closer to home to find examples of state repression.

Andrew Levine (2020-05-29). Trump Is Unbeatable in the Race to the Bottom and So Is the GOP. counterpunch.org In the race to the bottom, Donald Trump is unbeatable. Therefore, so now too is the Republican Party; being under his thumb, it is with him, every step of the way. This is why Joe Biden will have a hard time losing in November, no matter how good he and other corporate Democrats are at

Kate Ruane (2020-05-29). President Trump has No Idea How Online Speech Works. aclu.org Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at bullying social media companies and online platforms into changing how they moderate content online. The order came the day after President Trump tweeted that Republicans feel that social media platforms silence conservative voices. And, notably, just days after Twitter's decision to place a fact-checking

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-30). Cornel West Says 'Neo-Fascist Gangster' Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America as 'Failed Social Experiment'. commondreams.org "I thank God people are in the streets," said the Harvard philosopher and activist. "Can you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people are indifferent? People don't care? People are callous?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-29). Pressley, Omar, Bass, and Lee Introduce Resolution to Condemn Police Brutality and Demand Nationwide Reforms. commondreams.org After a night of intense protests around the country over the police killing of George Floyd Monday in Minneapolis, four congressional Democrats—all women of color—came together Friday to introduce a House resolution "condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-05-29). Headlines for May 29, 2020. democracynow.org Protests Rage After Minneapolis Prosecutor Does Not Bring Charges Against Officers Who Killed George Floyd, Scores Tear-Gassed, Arrested as Protests Against George Floyd's Killing Spread to Other Cities, Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Glorifying Violence After President Attacks Minnesota Protesters as "THUGS", Trump Executive Order Threatens to Punish Social Media Companies over Fact-Checking, U.S. Economy Sheds Another 2.1 Million Jobs, Leaving 40.7 Million Unemployed Since Start of Pandemic, Pennsylvania Democratic Lawmakers Accuse Republicans of Knowingly Exposing Them to Coronavirus, Protesters Demand ICE Empt…

The Alternative World (2020-05-30). Is public opinion on Covid-19 being shaped by facts — or 'terrorized' by propaganda? thealtworld.com Piers Robinson- Have censorship of scientists, alarmist messaging and conspiracy theory smears all been used to reinforce the 'official' narrative on coronavirus? Can these distortions ever be justified? | One of the problems with researching and writing about propaganda is that so many people believe it is something alien to democratic states. | What Edward Bernays, considered by many to be a key figure in the development of 20th-century propaganda techniques, said was that "the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society…

2020-05-30: News Headlines

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-30). America Bravely Marches Towards 'Failed State' Status. commondreams.org US Representative Frank Pallone, Democrat of New Jersey, puts on a mask during a press conference about COVID-19 testing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 27, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP/ via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Levine (2020-05-29). Trump Is Unbeatable in the Race to the Bottom and So Is the GOP. counterpunch.org In the race to the bottom, Donald Trump is unbeatable. Therefore, so now too is the Republican Party; being under his thumb, it is with him, every step of the way. This is why Joe Biden will have a hard time losing in November, no matter how good he and other corporate Democrats are at

Max Blumenthal (2020-05-29). Exclusive images from inside British court expose Assange's un-democratic treatment, physical deterioration. thegrayzone.com Photographs surreptitiously taken inside a British courtroom and provided to The Grayzone show a visibly disoriented Julian Assange confined to…

Alan Macleod (2020-05-29). As Establishment Condemns China for Hong Kong Repression, Trump Tweets About "Shooting Looters" mintpressnews.com Democrats and Republicans are united in condemning Beijing for its overreach, but perhaps its time to look closer to home to find examples of state repression.

David Sirota (2020-05-29). Democrats fueling corporate counter-revolution against progressives. zcomm.org Democrats in Washington are not just passively failing to mount an opposition to Trump. They are actively helping Republicans…

Kate Ruane (2020-05-29). President Trump has No Idea How Online Speech Works. aclu.org Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at bullying social media companies and online platforms into changing how they moderate content online. The order came the day after President Trump tweeted that Republicans feel that social media platforms silence conservative voices. And, notably, just days after Twitter's decision to place a fact-checking

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-30). Cornel West Says 'Neo-Fascist Gangster' Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America as 'Failed Social Experiment'. commondreams.org "I thank God people are in the streets," said the Harvard philosopher and activist. "Can you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people are indifferent? People don't care? People are callous?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-29). Pressley, Omar, Bass, and Lee Introduce Resolution to Condemn Police Brutality and Demand Nationwide Reforms. commondreams.org After a night of intense protests around the country over the police killing of George Floyd Monday in Minneapolis, four congressional Democrats—all women of color—came together Friday to introduce a House resolution "condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-05-29). Headlines for May 29, 2020. democracynow.org Protests Rage After Minneapolis Prosecutor Does Not Bring Charges Against Officers Who Killed George Floyd, Scores Tear-Gassed, Arrested as Protests Against George Floyd's Killing Spread to Other Cities, Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Glorifying Violence After President Attacks Minnesota Protesters as "THUGS", Trump Executive Order Threatens to Punish Social Media Companies over Fact-Checking, U.S. Economy Sheds Another 2.1 Million Jobs, Leaving 40.7 Million Unemployed Since Start of Pandemic, Pennsylvania Democratic Lawmakers Accuse Republicans of Knowingly Exposing Them to Coronavirus, Protesters Demand ICE Empt…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-28). U.S. Empire: Biden and Kerry Gave Orders to Ukraine's President. strategic-culture.org On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn't issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. In the United States, it's a Republican Party warning to the Democratic Party: a warning by Trump, against Biden and against Obama. It's saying: "We've got the goods on you, and we're not releasing it yet. But here's a sample. So, let's deal." | It's a warning that comes from the current President of Ukraine, Volodmyr Zelenskiy, and that places into an exceptionally bad light his immediate predecessor, Petr…