2018-05-23: News Headlines

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-23). Thailand: Free 14 Pro-Democracy Activists. hrw.org Pro-democracy activist Rome Rangsiman (C) holds up a Thailand flag as anti-government protesters gather during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by November, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 22, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha | (New York) — Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release 14 pro-democracy activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. The 14 are charged with sedition, which carries a maximum seven-year prison term, and violating the military junta's ban on political gatherings of more than five people. | "The arrest of peaceful democracy activists calling for free and fair elections shows that Thailand's military junta has no intention of easing its oppressive rule," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Gagging peaceful public protests makes…

wsws.org (2018-05-23). US education secretary pledges to escalate war on teachers. wsws.org In remarks before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the administration's plans to accelerate the war against teachers and public education.

Andrew Stewart (2018-05-22). What the Providence Teachers' Union Needs for a Win. counterpunch.org Teacher union strikes are back in the headlines this spring. Over the past several years, I've contributed a few columns to CounterPunch about the Providence Teachers Union, an AFT local, and have come to know and respect several men and women who dedicate their lives and careers to the education of the urban core. Sometimes More

Kenneth Surin (2018-05-22). Malaysia's Surprising Election Results. counterpunch.org I was born in the British colony Malaya (as it then was), and was a child there when it achieved independence in 1957, leaving when I was a teenager in the 60s to finish my education in the UK. I have visited Malaysia frequently in recent years, and it is no longer the sleepy backwater More

Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos (2018-05-22). Betsy DeVos to Investigate Yale University for Discrimination — Against Men. alternet.org Yes, you read that right. | Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's relationship to the Title IX is not good. She has attacked it in order to take away support and protections to survivors of rape, sexual assault, and harassment. Inside Higher Ed has a report of a Title IX complaint, filed by Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, a doctoral student at the University of Southern California. Pekgoz wants to end the brutal oppression of men in higher education. Pekgoz argues that women no longer are an underrepresented group in higher education, given that they make up the majority of students. As of fall 2017, more than 56 percent of college students were women. Because of this, certain Yale programs and scholarships that exclusively advantage women are against the federal statute, he asserts. (Yale itself has an undergraduate student ratio of 51 percent. . .

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-22). Winning Candidates in Growing 2018 Blue Wave Are Emphasizing Personal Concerns in Voters' Lives. alternet.org Primary and special election winners are speaking to voters, not overly focusing on Trump. | The year's first primaries and special elections for Congress and state legislature have shown 2018 is shaping up as a historic blue voter turnout, a cycle where a wave of new Democratic women could be elected, and a year where progressives will move from the sidelines into state and federal office. But beyond these top-line trends, there appear to be deeper common threads among Democrats who are winning primaries and special elections. On top of communication skills, endorsements, funding and other essential campaign ingredients, many share track records and careers helping others; especially on personal health and household issues. Their campaign platforms typically begin there, starting with personal struggles and unfolding in people-centered concentric circles; such as emphasizing the need for improved healthcare, educational opportunity,. . .

MintPress News Desk (2018-05-22). Defending Palestine Is not Antisemitism. mintpressnews.com I was told again and again to stand up when someone's being mistreated. So I realized I had to stand up for Palestinians. | Now that Israel has killed dozens of Palestinian protesters in an obviously gross human rights violation, can we get something straight? You can criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic. | I grew up Jewish, in an environment strongly supportive of the Israeli state. But I don't support the way Israel treats the Palestinians, particularly when they slaughter unarmed people as they did this week. | My parents sent me to 13 years of Jewish Sunday school, complete with a Bat Mitzvah and all. I don't really consider myself Jewish as an adult, but an entire childhood of religious education still made its mark. | Half of Jewish holidays revolve around the theme that some people oppressed us or tried to…

Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-22). Here's What to Know Before Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections. alternet.org How to follow the money and see if your politicians are working for you—or lobbyists. | Most Americans, it seems, have absolutely no idea who their elected representatives really are. It's easy to like a politician who is friendly and can talk a good game. It's also easy to hear about their scandals, usually of the salacious sexual variety. But what do they vote for? Who gives them money? And who do they give your tax dollars to? That's a different story. Last month, Mick Mulvaney—a former congressman from South Carolina— admitted that "If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn't talk to you. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. "Today Mulvaney is the interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—the government agency that makes sure "banks, lenders, and. . .

Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch (2018-05-22). American Global Power Is Fading — And Here's How That Could Change the World. alternet.org The loss of the country's might doesn't have to create a vacuum filled by autocracy. | Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washington's once-formidable global might is indeed fading. As the American empire unravels with previously unimagined speed, there are many across this country's political spectrum who will not mourn its passing. Both peace activists and military veterans have grown tired of the country's endless wars. Trade unionists and business owners have come to rue the job losses that accompanied Washington's free-trade policies. Anti-globalization protesters and pro-Trump populists alike cheered the president's cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The idea of focusing on America and rebuilding the country's tattered infrastructure has a growing bipartisan appeal. But before we join this potential chorus of "good riddance" to U. S. global power,. . .

John Feffer (2018-05-22). Playing Trump for Peace How the Korean Peninsula Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad. counterpunch.org When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had telegraphed his other foreign policy bombshells well in advance: leaving the Paris climate accord, ripping up the Iran More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-05-22). Unsettling the Summits: John Bolton's Libya Solution. counterpunch.org The inevitable stop, start and stuttering of the Korean peace process was bound to manifest itself soon after the hugs, expansive smiles and sympathetic back rubs. Dates have been set — the Kim-Trump summit is slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, though there is much time for disruptive mischief to take place. More

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-05-22). Christian Bishop Who Stole the Show at Royal Wedding Will Lead White House Protest. alternet.org The Episcopal Church is joining the resistance. | Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who recently came to global prominence for his viral social justice sermon delivered at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, will participate in a Thursday candlelight vigil against authoritarianism and bigotry. He joins progressive Christian leaders who signed onto a statement opposing President Donald Trump's "America First" policy by name, calling it "theological heresy. ""As a Bishop I believe we should follow the teachings of Jesus — who taught us to love God and love our neighbor," Curry said. He is among the voices endorsing the Reclaiming Jesus platform, a progressive interdenominational religious statement that opposes "authoritarian rule" and rejects the "resurgence of white nationalism, racism, and xenophobia; misogyny; attacks on immigrants, refugees, and the poor. "Curry is the first Black presiding bishop in the history of. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-22). President Trump Is Not "Above the Law": John Bonifaz Warns Against Normalizing Impeachable Offenses. truth-out.org President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House May 17, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images) | Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! | Top FBI and Justice Department officials have confirmed they will meet with congressional leaders to review classified information on the handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. This comes after President Trump demanded an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. Trump has claimed for months, without evidence, that the Obama administration spied on his campaign. Legal experts say his tweet Sunday crossed a line by applying overt presidential pressure on the Justice Department, which could possibly…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-22). CNN's Tapper Shuts Down GOP Lawmaker Pushing Anti-FBI Conspiracies: 'You Don't Know What You're Talking About&#039. alternet.org Rep. Matt Gaetz is still pushing ridiculous claims about the Russia investigation. | CNN's Jake Tapper interviewed Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) Tuesday to discuss his charges of misconduct against the FBI's investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign, and he had to repeatedly shoot down the lawmakers ridiculous talking points that have been disproven. "You're not on the House Intelligence Committee, you haven't seen the underlying intelligence," Tapper said in response to Gaetz claims about misconduct at the FISA courts, which the FBI used to surveil Trump aide Carter Page. "How do you know that anything improper was done before the FISA court? "Gaetz cited briefings from the Justice Department and a memo released by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as providing evidence of this misconduct. "No, no, no, no," Tapper said. "That memo made it very clear that it was Papadopoulos's meeting with the Australian diplomat. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-22). British Royals Rebrand With Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go. truth-out.org Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married Saturday at Windsor Castle in a ceremony that many heralded for celebrating black culture and history. Markle is biracial, divorced and a self-proclaimed feminist. The wedding featured a sermon about slavery, poverty and the enduring power of love by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church. The British royal family is a "celebration of wealth, of elitism, of privilege in the hands of the few, of all the resources concentrated in the hands of a very small percentage of the country. In that sense it very much represents the current economic order in which we all live," says Priya Gopal, a university lecturer in the faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. | Please check back later for full transcript.

Shira Tarlo, Salon (2018-05-22). Pope's Latest Remarks Get Nods — But He's No LGBTQ Ally. alternet.org Some downplay Francis's remarks, saying he has catching up to do when it comes to transgender issues particularly | Following Pope Francis's meeting last week with 34 Chilean bishops — many of whom have been accused or suspected of covering up instances of clerical sexual abuse in their country and all of whom have offered to resign — a survivor who met with Francis recently has shared details of his encounter with the pontiff. "He told me, 'Juan Carlos, the fact that you're gay doesn't matter. God made you like that, and he loves you like that, and I don't care,'" Juan Carlos Cruz told Spanish newspaper El Pais, recalling his nearly three-hour conversation with the pontiff. He said the Pope made the comments when they met for a private discussion last month to discuss the sexual abuse. . .

The Conversation (2018-05-22). Here's How Money Is Destroying the World Through Addiction. alternet.org Scientists are beginning to see the addictive link between dopamine and money. | In a widely cited confessional in the New York Times in 2014, former Wall Street trader Sam Polk outed himself as a recovering wealth addict. He intimated a toxic childhood and an abusive parent ( a common theme in the biographies of addicts). He revealed the exhilaration (a well-known symptom of dopamine release) at the power that money provided him. He admitted that he abused money like he abused alcohol and cocaine — to feel better about himself. In the powerful throes of his deep addiction, his "fixes," including cash bonuses, were never big enough. Like the "users" on Wall Street who fly into addiction-fueled rages, he would do anything, including bringing harm to others, to amass more cash. A typical addict, he didn't care as long as he. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-22). British Royals Rebrand With Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go. truth-out.org Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married Saturday at Windsor Castle in a ceremony that many heralded for celebrating black culture and history. Markle is biracial, divorced and a self-proclaimed feminist. The wedding featured a sermon about slavery, poverty and the enduring power of love by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church. The British royal family is a "celebration of wealth, of elitism, of privilege in the hands of the few, of all the resources concentrated in the hands of a very small percentage of the country. In that sense it very much represents the current economic order in which we all live," says Priya Gopal, a university lecturer in the faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: That's "Ave Maria," performed by 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason at Saturday's royal…

Kali Holloway, AlterNet (2018-05-22). Compared to Rest of World Americans Are Prudish, Delusional and Selfish Religious Nuts: Study. alternet.org In America, say all the hateful stuff you want and invoke the First Amendment while you're at it. If you can't be legally implicated for inciting violence, you're in the clear. | Cultural differences exist across borders, and because monoliths are mostly fantasies, often within them, too. That said, America, in particular, is culturally perplexing, and even confounding, to a lot of the rest of the world. I am not, as Americans are wont to do, laboring under the delusion that people in other places spend all that much time thinking about us. We are all, as a species, just trying to get through this thing called life. The conservative American notion that people with far better healthcare, civil rights laws and gun control "hate our freedom" is a wishful imperialist delusion. Worse, it's not fooling anybody at this point. That said, if. . .

Staff (2018-05-22). World Temperature Rise Nears Danger Level. truthdig.com With world temperature rise already 1 ∞C above pre-industrial levels, new research shows that there is only a 0.5 ∞C safety margin left in the system before the most vulnerable groups of people suffer severely. | The current political target, agreed in Paris more than two years ago, of aiming to prevent temperature from rising more than 1.5 ∞C above pre-industrial levels, and certainly stopping a rise beyond 2 ∞C, disguises the fact that we are already more than halfway to the danger point. | And scientists have now shown that there is a huge difference in the consequences to the human race if the 1.5 ∞C limit is exceeded and temperatures allowed to reach 2 ∞C. | Research to identify climate vulnerability hotspots has found that if the global temperature does rise by 2 ∞C, then the number of people affected…

Olivia Rosane (2018-05-22). One third of protected areas highly degraded by humans, study finds. peoplesworld.org A study published in Science Friday presents what authors call a sobering "reality check" on global efforts to protect biodiversity—one third of all conservation areas set aside as wildlife sanctuaries or national parks are "highly degraded" by human activities. "The study shows that governments are overestimating the space available for nature inside protected areas. Governments are claiming these places are […]…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-22). China: Activist Convicted for Promoting Tibetan Language. hrw.org People mark the anniversary of the 1959 uprising in Tibet against Chinese rule at a demonstration opposite Downing Street in London, United Kingdom on March 10, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Henry Nicholls | (New York) — The Chinese authorities' baseless prosecution of a Tibetan language rights activist demonstrates the government's contempt for the rights of minority peoples, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2018, a court in Yushu prefecture, Qinghai province, sentenced Tashi Wangchuk to 5 years for "inciting separatism." | Governments, United Nations human rights experts, and international organizations have repeatedly called for Tashi Wangchuk's release. | "Tashi Wangchuk's only 'crime' was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language—an act protected by China's constitution and international human rights…

Robert Reich, AlterNet (2018-05-22). Here's How 'Conman' Trump Dupes His White Working Class Supporters. alternet.org Every time Trump sends more money to the wealthy he sends more red meat to his base. | Trump's strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America's white working class and the nation's ownership class. It's a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don't respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just might create a permanent Republican majority around an axis of white resentment and great wealth. Two decades ago, Democrats and Republicans competed over the middle class. They battled over soccer moms and suburban "swing" voters. Since then the middle class has shrunk while the working class has grown, and vast wealth has been accumulated by a comparative few who now own a large portion of America. Some of their wealth has taken over American politics. Enter Trump. Counties whose. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-22). After Typhoon, Who Is Responsible for Climate Change? hrw.org A fisherman paddles his banca amidst ruins of house stilts destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on a coastal village in Tacloban city in central Philippines November 2, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | "Will this be our fate — just to count the victims of climate change or be counted among them?" | Those words open a petition filed with the Philippine Commission on Human Rights after one of the most powerful typhoons on record — Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda — devastated the Philippine archipelago in 2013. | The petition, drafted and signed by Greenpeace Southeast Asia and other groups, requests that the commission conduct an "investigation of the responsibility of the carbon majors" — the largest companies producing crude oil, natural gas, coal, and cement, who are also the world's…

RT (2018-05-22). 'A s**t den of hate': Silicon Valley pastor unloads on liberal tech elitists. rt.com A Silicon Valley pastor has resigned after a series of tweets he made slating the tech industry's social justice posturing and calling the city of Palo Alto an "elitist s**t den of hate" were made public. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-22). British Royals Rebrand with Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go. democracynow.org Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married Saturday at Windsor Castle in a ceremony that many heralded for celebrating black culture and history. Markle is biracial, divorced and a self-proclaimed feminist. The wedding featured a sermon about slavery, poverty and the enduring power of love by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church. The British royal family is a "celebration of wealth, of elitism, of privilege in the hands of the few, of all the resources concentrated in the hands of a very small percentage of the country. In that sense it very much represents the current economic order in which we all live," says Priya Gopal, a university lecturer in the faculty of English at the University of Cambridge.

wsws.org (2018-05-22). Bernie Sanders defends American imperialism at town hall on Iran. wsws.org Sanders, along with his guests, presented a thoroughly conventional, pro-imperialist critique of the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-22). China: Activist Convicted for Promoting Tibetan Language. hrw.org An exile Tibetan wearing a mask in the likeness of Tashi Wangchuk, stands next to a screen projecting a New York Times video during a street protest demanding his release, in Dharmsala, India. | © 2018 AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia | (New York) — The Chinese authorities' baseless prosecution of a Tibetan language rights activist demonstrates the government's contempt for the rights of minority peoples, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2018, a court in Yushu prefecture, Qinghai province, sentenced Tashi Wangchuk to 5 years for "inciting separatism." | Governments, United Nations human rights experts, and international organizations have repeatedly called for Tashi Wangchuk's release. | "Tashi Wangchuk's only 'crime' was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language—an act protected by China's…

RT (2018-05-22). Republican lawmakers call for special counsel over FBI and DOJ abuses in Trump probe. rt.com Seventeen GOP lawmakers have introduced a resolution accusing the justice department and the FBI of misconduct in investigating the 2016 Trump campaign, and calling for the appointment of a special counsel.
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wsws.org (2018-05-22). New Zealand: Labour government's first budget starves essential services. wsws.org The budget drastically underfunds health, education, welfare and housing, while boosting the military, police and prisons.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-22). President Trump Is Not "Above the Law": John Bonifaz Warns Against Normalizing Impeachable Offenses. democracynow.org Top FBI and Justice Department officials have confirmed they will meet with congressional leaders to review classified information on the handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. This comes after President Trump demanded an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. Trump has claimed for months, without evidence, that the Obama administration spied on his campaign. Legal experts say his tweet Sunday crossed a line by applying overt presidential pressure on the Justice Department, which could possibly set up a clash similar to the one between President Nixon and the Justice Department during the Watergate scandal. 
The finding of wrongdoing by Trump could ultimately be referred to Congress and make impeachment a topic of debate among candidates in the midterm elections, though few Democratic leaders have openly supported it. This comes as Texas Democratic Congressmember Al Green doubled down on his effort to impeach Trump, a year after he first announced he was drafting articles of impeachment. We get an update from John Bonifaz, an attorney and president of Free Speech For People, one of the organizations that launched the "Impeach Donald Trump Now" campaign.

Donald Kaufman (2018-05-21). Trump Says He Would Sign Prison Reform Bill. truthdig.com Even as the president signals support for federal changes, the country's private prison system is continuing to expand. | President Trump has said he would sign a federal prison reform bill passed by the House Judiciary Committee last week. The legislation is likely to be voted on in the full House this week. | As reported by The Guardian, some advocates say the reform would immediately release 4,000 federal prisoners. U.S. prisons currently house 2.3 million inmates. | The package includes an expansion of compassionate release and investing millions of dollars in re-entry programs. As of 2017, only 23 percent of released prisoners stay out of prison. | The Guardian reports: "Nobody wins when former prisoners fail to adjust to life outside or worse, end up back behind bars," Trump said. "We want former inmates to find a path to…

RFE/RL (2018-05-21). Hundreds Of Dervishes On Trial Behind Closed Doors. iranian.com The head of Tehran's Justice Department, Gholamhossein Esma'eili has admitted that the trial of hundreds of Gonabadi dervishes is underway at public and Revolutionary Courts behind closed doors. Earlier, a Telgeram channel close to the Sufi order had disclosed, "Dervishes on trial have been forced to sign a petition against the managers and reporters of […]

Ilana Novick (2018-05-21). Supreme Court Allows Employers to Ban Class Action Lawsuits. truthdig.com For a variety of workers, the class action lawsuit has been a powerful tool against employer abuse, but in a new Supreme Court decision, the court's conservatives have given companies the right to ban potential employees from joining class action lawsuits as a condition of employment. | The 5-4 ruling, based on three cases, was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's Supreme Court appointee. As NPR reports, Gorsuch wrote "that the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act trumps the National Labor Relations Act and that employees who sign employment agreements to arbitrate claims must do so on an individual basis—and may not band together to enforce claims of wage and hour violations." | In other words, instead of harnessing their collective power, employees who have signed such contracts can't join a class action lawsuit and instead must seek recourse individually, through arbitration.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-21). 'More Evidence Against Trump' Than Nixon: Ex-White House Ethics Lawyer Slams Congress for Letting Trump Obstruct Justice. alternet.org Richard Painter says Trump's crimes are "well-beyond" Watergate. | Former White House ethics lawyer and Democratic Senate candidate Richard Painter argued on CBS Monday night that there is much more evidence against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice than there ever was against President Richard Nixon before he resigned in disgrace. The difference between the two situations? Congress, Painter said. "We have far more evidence of abuse of power and obstruction of justice than we had in 1973 when I was 12 years old and the House and the Senate convened the Judiciary Committees to have hearings with respect to Watergate and President Nixon. We're well-beyond that point. And yet the House and the Senate won't do anything at all. He continued: "We need to have those hearings, we need to find out who in this administration has been complicit in these. . .

Adam Johnson (2018-05-21). Media Ignore Government Influence on Facebook's Plan to Fight Government Influence. fair.org Medium ( 5/17/18) | Facebook announced Thursday it was partnering with DC think tank the Atlantic Council to "monitor for misinformation and foreign interference." The details of the plan are vague, but Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab wrote in a non-bylined Medium post ( 5/17/18) that the goal was to design tools "to bring us closer together" instead of "driving us further apart." Whatever that means, exactly. | Behind its generic-sounding name and "nonpartisan" label, the Atlantic Council is associated with very particular interests. It's funded by the US Department of State and the US Navy, Army and Air Force, along with NATO, various foreign powers and major Western corporations, including weapons contractors and oil companies. The Atlantic Council is dead center in what former President Obama's deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes called "the blob"—Washington's bipartisan foreign-policy…

Staff (2018-05-21). National Parks Report on Climate Change Finally Released, Uncensored. truthdig.com This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast. | Backing away from attempts at censorship, the National Park Service on Friday released a report charting the risks to national parks from sea level rise and storms. | Drafts of the report obtained earlier this year by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting showed park service officials had deleted every mention of humans causing climate change. But the long-delayed report, published Friday without fanfare on the agency's website, restored those references. | The scientific report is designed to help 118 coastal parks plan for protecting natural resources and historic treasures from the changing climate. | Maria Caffrey, the…

Edward Curtin (2018-05-21). Gina Haspel and Pinocchio From Rome. counterpunch.org Being in Rome, Italy and thinking of Gina Haspel, the CIA nominee and admitted torturer who says her "moral conscience" has changed after the fact, seems most fitting. Wherever you go in central Rome, you can hear the screams and smell the blood of those tortured and killed by the Roman Empire and those who More

wsws.org (2018-05-21). US education secretary attacks separation of church and state. wsws.org Betsy DeVos visits New York yeshivas to promote public financing of religious and private schools.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-21). Unending Repression in Thailand 4 Years After Coup. hrw.org Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha salutes army officers at the Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on September 30, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | Four years after the Thai military seized power on May 22, 2014, Thailand is nowhere near what the ruling junta promised would be a rights-respecting, democratic country. | The coup leader, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, wields unchecked power with total impunity. Since the coup, the ruling National Council for Peace and Order has routinely enforced censorship and blocked public discussions about the state of human rights and democracy in Thailand. Hundreds of activists and dissidents have been prosecuted on criminal charges such as sedition, computer-related crimes, and lese majeste (insulting the monarchy) for the peaceful expression of their views. Public gatherings of more…

wsws.org (2018-05-21). Police engaged in 25-minute shootout with Texas high school gunman. wsws.org According to the Galveston County sheriff, it is unclear whether some of the Santa Fe High School victims were in fact shot by police officers responding to the shooting.

RT (2018-05-20). DOJ to launch probe into Trump campaign 'infiltration' by FBI. rt.com The Department of Justice has formally requested a review into possible abuses of the surveillance application process amid claims the FBI "infiltrated" the President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
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RT (2018-05-20). Trump demands official DOJ probe into FBI 'infiltration' of campaign team. rt.com US President Donald Trump says he's ordering a probe into claims Barack Obama pushed for his 2016 campaign to be surveilled by FBI for alleged links to Russia.
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Andrew Korybko (2018-05-19). France Wants the Future to be Eurasia vs. Eurafrica. globalresearch.ca A former French Prime Minister unveiled a detailed and very ambitious plan to form a Eurafrican Axis in the New Cold War as a means of "balancing" between East and West, but what he's really calling for is a policy …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-19). Video: Israel, 200 Nuclear Weapons Targeted against Iran. globalresearch.ca The decision by the United States to exit the Iranian nuclear agreement — signed in 2015 by Teheran with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — causes a situation of extreme danger not only in …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-05-19). Video: The 2008-2009 US Treasury Fraud and the Wall Street Banker Bailouts. globalresearch.ca Published in September 2009 | Michel Chossudovsky, the director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, sits down with The Corbett Report to discuss the real meaning of the banker bailouts. | The banks lend money to the government and with …

Zvika Fogel (2018-05-19). IDF Snipers Ordered to Shoot Palestinian Children, Israeli General Confirms. globalresearch.ca An Israeli general has confirmed that when snipers stationed along Israel's boundary with Gaza shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders. | In a radio interview, Brigadier-General (Reserve) Zvika Fogel describes how a sniper identifies …

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-19). Serbs, Listen Up! Here's Why Russia's Getting Chummy with Croatia. globalresearch.ca The Russian-Croatian rapprochement might have understandably taken a lot of Serbs by surprise, partly because Moscow hasn't invested the proper resources into explaining it to the country's population, but this multidimensional outreach strategy to their regional rival is part of …

David DeGraw (2018-05-19). Video: $21 Trillion! Blowing the Whistle on the Largest Pentagon Theft Ever. globalresearch.ca According to the United States Office of the Inspector General, $21 Trillion in taxpayer money is unaccounted for. | As unbelievable and absurd as that sounds, the actual total of unaccounted for taxpayer money at the Pentagon is most likely significantly …

Mark Taliano (2018-05-19). The Kiev Regime: Derogation of Freedoms of Speech. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, May 15, Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) raided the RIA Novosti news agency's Kiev offices and detained the outlet's local bureau chief, Kirill Vyshinsky, ostensibly for acts of "treason."[1] | International criminal lawyer Chris C. Black explains that this …

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Thailand: Free 14 Pro-Democracy Activists
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Pro-democracy activist Rome Rangsiman (C) holds up a Thailand flag as anti-government protesters gather during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by November, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 22, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha | (New York) — Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release 14 pro-democracy activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. The 14 are charged with sedition, which carries a maximum seven-year prison term, and violating the military junta's ban on political gatherings of more than five people. | "The arrest of peaceful democracy activists calling for free and fair elections shows that Thailand's military junta has no intention of easing its oppressive rule," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Gagging peaceful public protests makes…
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US education secretary pledges to escalate war on teachers
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In remarks before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined the administration's plans to accelerate the war against teachers and public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/23/devo-m23.html

Defending Palestine Is not Antisemitism
MintPress News Desk | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-22
I was told again and again to stand up when someone's being mistreated. So I realized I had to stand up for Palestinians. | Now that Israel has killed dozens of Palestinian protesters in an obviously gross human rights violation, can we get something straight? You can criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic. | I grew up Jewish, in an environment strongly supportive of the Israeli state. But I don't support the way Israel treats the Palestinians, particularly when they slaughter unarmed people as they did this week. | My parents sent me to 13 years of Jewish Sunday school, complete with a Bat Mitzvah and all. I don't really consider myself Jewish as an adult, but an entire childhood of religious education still made its mark. | Half of Jewish holidays revolve around the theme that some people oppressed us or tried to…

Defending Palestine Is not Antisemitism

Malaysia's Surprising Election Results
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-22
I was born in the British colony Malaya (as it then was), and was a child there when it achieved independence in 1957, leaving when I was a teenager in the 60s to finish my education in the UK. I have visited Malaysia frequently in recent years, and it is no longer the sleepy backwater…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/22/malaysias-surprising-election-results/

Betsy DeVos to Investigate Yale University for Discrimination — Against Men
Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
Yes, you read that right. | Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's relationship to the Title IX is not good. She has attacked it in order to take away support and protections to survivors of rape, sexual assault, and harassment. Inside Higher Ed has a report of a Title IX complaint, filed by Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, a doctoral student at the University of Southern California. Pekgoz wants to end the brutal oppression of men in higher education. Pekgoz argues that women no longer are an underrepresented group in higher education, given that they make up the majority of students. As of fall 2017, more than 56 percent of college students were women. Because of this, certain Yale programs and scholarships that exclusively advantage women are against the federal statute, he asserts. (Yale itself has an undergraduate student ratio of 51 percent. . .
www.alternet.org/betsy-devos-investigate-yale-university-discrimination-against-men

Winning Candidates in Growing 2018 Blue Wave Are Emphasizing Personal Concerns in Voters' Lives
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
Primary and special election winners are speaking to voters, not overly focusing on Trump. | The year's first primaries and special elections for Congress and state legislature have shown 2018 is shaping up as a historic blue voter turnout, a cycle where a wave of new Democratic women could be elected, and a year where progressives will move from the sidelines into state and federal office. But beyond these top-line trends, there appear to be deeper common threads among Democrats who are winning primaries and special elections. On top of communication skills, endorsements, funding and other essential campaign ingredients, many share track records and careers helping others; especially on personal health and household issues. Their campaign platforms typically begin there, starting with personal struggles and unfolding in people-centered concentric circles; such as emphasizing the need for improved healthcare, educational opportunity,. . .
www.alternet.org/election-03918/below-2018s-blue-wave-winning-candidates-are-emphasizing-more-personal-concerns

What the Providence Teachers' Union Needs for a Win
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-22
Teacher union strikes are back in the headlines this spring. Over the past several years, I've contributed a few columns to CounterPunch about the Providence Teachers Union, an AFT local, and have come to know and respect several men and women who dedicate their lives and careers to the education of the urban core. Sometimes…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/22/what-the-providence-teachers-union-needs-for-a-win/

Playing Trump for Peace How the Korean Peninsula Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-22
When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had telegraphed his other foreign policy bombshells well in advance: leaving the Paris climate accord, ripping up the Iran…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/22/playing-trump-for-peace-how-the-korean-peninsula-could-become-a-bright-spot-in-a-world-gone-mad/

Here's What to Know Before Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections
Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
How to follow the money and see if your politicians are working for you–or lobbyists. | Most Americans, it seems, have absolutely no idea who their elected representatives really are. It's easy to like a politician who is friendly and can talk a good game. It's also easy to hear about their scandals, usually of the salacious sexual variety. But what do they vote for? Who gives them money? And who do they give your tax dollars to? That's a different story. Last month, Mick Mulvaney–a former congressman from South Carolina– admitted that "If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn't talk to you. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. "Today Mulvaney is the interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau–the government agency that makes sure "banks, lenders, and. . .
www.alternet.org/local-peace-economy/heres-what-know-voting-2018-midterm-elections

American Global Power Is Fading — And Here's How That Could Change the World
Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
The loss of the country's might doesn't have to create a vacuum filled by autocracy. | Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washington's once-formidable global might is indeed fading. As the American empire unravels with previously unimagined speed, there are many across this country's political spectrum who will not mourn its passing. Both peace activists and military veterans have grown tired of the country's endless wars. Trade unionists and business owners have come to rue the job losses that accompanied Washington's free-trade policies. Anti-globalization protesters and pro-Trump populists alike cheered the president's cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The idea of focusing on America and rebuilding the country's tattered infrastructure has a growing bipartisan appeal. But before we join this potential chorus of "good riddance" to U. S. global power,. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/american-global-power-fading-and-heres-how-could-change-world

Unsettling the Summits: John Bolton's Libya Solution
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-22
The inevitable stop, start and stuttering of the Korean peace process was bound to manifest itself soon after the hugs, expansive smiles and sympathetic back rubs. Dates have been set — the Kim-Trump summit is slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, though there is much time for disruptive mischief to take place.
counterpunch.org/2018/05/22/unsettling-the-summits-john-boltons-libya-solution/

CNN's Tapper Shuts Down GOP Lawmaker Pushing Anti-FBI Conspiracies: 'You Don't Know What You're Talking About&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
Rep. Matt Gaetz is still pushing ridiculous claims about the Russia investigation. | CNN's Jake Tapper interviewed Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) Tuesday to discuss his charges of misconduct against the FBI's investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign, and he had to repeatedly shoot down the lawmakers ridiculous talking points that have been disproven. "You're not on the House Intelligence Committee, you haven't seen the underlying intelligence," Tapper said in response to Gaetz claims about misconduct at the FISA courts, which the FBI used to surveil Trump aide Carter Page. "How do you know that anything improper was done before the FISA court? "Gaetz cited briefings from the Justice Department and a memo released by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as providing evidence of this misconduct. "No, no, no, no," Tapper said. "That memo made it very clear that it was Papadopoulos's meeting with the Australian diplomat. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/cnns-tapper-shuts-down-gop-lawmaker-pushing-anti-fbi-conspiracies-you-dont-know

President Trump Is Not "Above the Law": John Bonifaz Warns Against Normalizing Impeachable Offenses
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-22
President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House May 17, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images) | Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! | Top FBI and Justice Department officials have confirmed they will meet with congressional leaders to review classified information on the handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. This comes after President Trump demanded an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. Trump has claimed for months, without evidence, that the Obama administration spied on his campaign. Legal experts say his tweet Sunday crossed a line by applying overt presidential pressure on the Justice Department, which could possibly…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44559-president-trump-is-not-above-the-law-john-bonifaz-warns-against-normalizing-impeachable-offenses

Christian Bishop Who Stole the Show at Royal Wedding Will Lead White House Protest
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
The Episcopal Church is joining the resistance. | Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who recently came to global prominence for his viral social justice sermon delivered at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, will participate in a Thursday candlelight vigil against authoritarianism and bigotry. He joins progressive Christian leaders who signed onto a statement opposing President Donald Trump's "America First" policy by name, calling it "theological heresy. ""As a Bishop I believe we should follow the teachings of Jesus — who taught us to love God and love our neighbor," Curry said. He is among the voices endorsing the Reclaiming Jesus platform, a progressive interdenominational religious statement that opposes "authoritarian rule" and rejects the "resurgence of white nationalism, racism, and xenophobia; misogyny; attacks on immigrants, refugees, and the poor. "Curry is the first Black presiding bishop in the history of. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/christian-bishop-who-stole-show-royal-wedding-will-lead-white-house-protest

British Royals Rebrand With Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-22
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married Saturday at Windsor Castle in a ceremony that many heralded for celebrating black culture and history. Markle is biracial, divorced and a self-proclaimed feminist. The wedding featured a sermon about slavery, poverty and the enduring power of love by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church. The British royal family is a "celebration of wealth, of elitism, of privilege in the hands of the few, of all the resources concentrated in the hands of a very small percentage of the country. In that sense it very much represents the current economic order in which we all live," says Priya Gopal, a university lecturer in the faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. | Please check back later for full transcript.
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44558-british-royals-rebrand-with-royal-wedding-but-critics-say-white-neoliberal-monarchy-needs-to-go

Pope's Latest Remarks Get Nods — But He's No LGBTQ Ally
Shira Tarlo, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-22
Some downplay Francis's remarks, saying he has catching up to do when it comes to transgender issues particularly | Following Pope Francis's meeting last week with 34 Chilean bishops — many of whom have been accused or suspected of covering up instances of clerical sexual abuse in their country and all of whom have offered to resign — a survivor who met with Francis recently has shared details of his encounter with the pontiff. "He told me, 'Juan Carlos, the fact that you're gay doesn't matter. God made you like that, and he loves you like that, and I don't care,'" Juan Carlos Cruz told Spanish newspaper El Pais, recalling his nearly three-hour conversation with the pontiff. He said the Pope made the comments when they met for a private discussion last month to discuss the sexual abuse. . .
www.alternet.org/popes-latest-remarks-get-nods-hes-no-lgbtq-ally

World Temperature Rise Nears Danger Level
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-22
With world temperature rise already 1 ∞C above pre-industrial levels, new research shows that there is only a 0.5 ∞C safety margin left in the system before the most vulnerable groups of people suffer severely. | The current political target, agreed in Paris more than two years ago, of aiming to prevent temperature from rising more than 1.5 ∞C above pre-industrial levels, and certainly stopping a rise beyond 2 ∞C, disguises the fact that we are already more than halfway to the danger point. | And scientists have now shown that there is a huge difference in the consequences to the human race if the 1.5 ∞C limit is exceeded and temperatures allowed to reach 2 ∞C. | Research to identify climate vulnerability hotspots has found that if the global temperature does rise by 2 ∞C, then the number of people affected…
truthdig.com/articles/world-temperature-rise-nears-danger-level/

One third of protected areas highly degraded by humans, study finds
Olivia Rosane | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-22
A study published in Science Friday presents what authors call a sobering "reality check" on global efforts to protect biodiversity–one third of all conservation areas set aside as wildlife sanctuaries or national parks are "highly degraded" by human activities. "The study shows that governments are overestimating the space available for nature inside protected areas. Governments are claiming these places are …

One third of protected areas highly degraded by humans, study finds

Bernie Sanders defends American imperialism at town hall on Iran
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-22
Sanders, along with his guests, presented a thoroughly conventional, pro-imperialist critique of the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/22/sand-m22.html

British Royals Rebrand with Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-22
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married Saturday at Windsor Castle in a ceremony that many heralded for celebrating black culture and history. Markle is biracial, divorced and a self-proclaimed feminist. The wedding featured a sermon about slavery, poverty and the enduring power of love by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church. The British royal family is a "celebration of wealth, of elitism, of privilege in the hands of the few, of all the resources concentrated in the hands of a very small percentage of the country. In that sense it very much represents the current economic order in which we all live," says Priya Gopal, a university lecturer in the faculty of English at the University of Cambridge.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/22/royal_wedding_celebrated_black_culture_but

'A s**t den of hate': Silicon Valley pastor unloads on liberal tech elitists
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-22
A Silicon Valley pastor has resigned after a series of tweets he made slating the tech industry's social justice posturing and calling the city of Palo Alto an "elitist s**t den of hate" were made public. …
www.rt.com/usa/427463-pastor-resigns-silicon-valley/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Republican lawmakers call for special counsel over FBI and DOJ abuses in Trump probe
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-22
Seventeen GOP lawmakers have introduced a resolution accusing the justice department and the FBI of misconduct in investigating the 2016 Trump campaign, and calling for the appointment of a special counsel. …
www.rt.com/usa/427373-trump-fbi-doj-abuse/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

China: Activist Convicted for Promoting Tibetan Language
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-22
People mark the anniversary of the 1959 uprising in Tibet against Chinese rule at a demonstration opposite Downing Street in London, United Kingdom on March 10, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Henry Nicholls | (New York) — The Chinese authorities' baseless prosecution of a Tibetan language rights activist demonstrates the government's contempt for the rights of minority peoples, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2018, a court in Yushu prefecture, Qinghai province, sentenced Tashi Wangchuk to 5 years for "inciting separatism." | Governments, United Nations human rights experts, and international organizations have repeatedly called for Tashi Wangchuk's release. | "Tashi Wangchuk's only 'crime' was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language–an act protected by China's constitution and international human rights…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/22/china-activist-convicted-promoting-tibetan-language

After Typhoon, Who Is Responsible for Climate Change?
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-22
A fisherman paddles his banca amidst ruins of house stilts destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on a coastal village in Tacloban city in central Philippines November 2, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | "Will this be our fate — just to count the victims of climate change or be counted among them?" | Those words open a petition filed with the Philippine Commission on Human Rights after one of the most powerful typhoons on record — Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda — devastated the Philippine archipelago in 2013. | The petition, drafted and signed by Greenpeace Southeast Asia and other groups, requests that the commission conduct an "investigation of the responsibility of the carbon majors" — the largest companies producing crude oil, natural gas, coal, and cement, who are also the world's…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/22/after-typhoon-who-responsible-climate-change

President Trump Is Not "Above the Law": John Bonifaz Warns Against Normalizing Impeachable Offenses
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-22
Top FBI and Justice Department officials have confirmed they will meet with congressional leaders to review classified information on the handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. This comes after President Trump demanded an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. Trump has claimed for months, without evidence, that the Obama administration spied on his campaign. Legal experts say his tweet Sunday crossed a line by applying overt presidential pressure on the Justice Department, which could possibly set up a clash similar to the one between President Nixon and the Justice Department during the Watergate scandal. 
The finding of wrongdoing by Trump could ultimately be referred to Congress and make impeachment a topic of debate among candidates in the midterm elections, though few Democratic leaders have openly supported it. This comes as Texas Democratic Congressmember Al Green doubled down on his effort to impeach Trump, a year after he first announced he was drafting articles of impeachment. We get an update from John Bonifaz, an attorney and president of Free Speech For People, one of the organizations that launched the "Impeach Donald Trump Now" campaign.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/22/president_trump_is_not_above_the

New Zealand: Labour government's first budget starves essential services
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-22
The budget drastically underfunds health, education, welfare and housing, while boosting the military, police and prisons.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/22/nzbu-m22.html

Supreme Court Allows Employers to Ban Class Action Lawsuits
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-05-21
For a variety of workers, the class action lawsuit has been a powerful tool against employer abuse, but in a new Supreme Court decision, the court's conservatives have given companies the right to ban potential employees from joining class action lawsuits as a condition of employment. | The 5-4 ruling, based on three cases, was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's Supreme Court appointee. As NPR reports, Gorsuch wrote "that the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act trumps the National Labor Relations Act and that employees who sign employment agreements to arbitrate claims must do so on an individual basis–and may not band together to enforce claims of wage and hour violations." | In other words, instead of harnessing their collective power, employees who have signed such contracts can't join a class action lawsuit and instead must seek recourse individually, through arbitration.
truthdig.com/articles/supreme-court-allows-employers-to-ban-class-action-lawsuits/

Hundreds Of Dervishes On Trial Behind Closed Doors
RFE/RL | iranian.com | 2018-05-21
The head of Tehran's Justice Department, Gholamhossein Esma'eili has admitted that the trial of hundreds of Gonabadi dervishes is underway at public and Revolutionary Courts behind closed doors. Earlier, a Telgeram channel close to the Sufi order had disclosed, "Dervishes on trial have been forced to sign a petition against the managers and reporters of […] | The post Hundreds Of Dervishes On Trial Behind Closed Doors appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/05/20/hundreds-of-dervishes-on-trial-behind-closed-doors/

'More Evidence Against Trump' Than Nixon: Ex-White House Ethics Lawyer Slams Congress for Letting Trump Obstruct Justice
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-21
Richard Painter says Trump's crimes are "well-beyond" Watergate. | Former White House ethics lawyer and Democratic Senate candidate Richard Painter argued on CBS Monday night that there is much more evidence against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice than there ever was against President Richard Nixon before he resigned in disgrace. The difference between the two situations? Congress, Painter said. "We have far more evidence of abuse of power and obstruction of justice than we had in 1973 when I was 12 years old and the House and the Senate convened the Judiciary Committees to have hearings with respect to Watergate and President Nixon. We're well-beyond that point. And yet the House and the Senate won't do anything at all. He continued: "We need to have those hearings, we need to find out who in this administration has been complicit in these. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/more-evidence-against-trump-nixon-ex-white-house-ethics-lawyer-slams-congress

Media Ignore Government Influence on Facebook's Plan to Fight Government Influence
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2018-05-21
Medium ( 5/17/18) | Facebook announced Thursday it was partnering with DC think tank the Atlantic Council to "monitor for misinformation and foreign interference." The details of the plan are vague, but Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab wrote in a non-bylined Medium post ( 5/17/18) that the goal was to design tools "to bring us closer together" instead of "driving us further apart." Whatever that means, exactly. | Behind its generic-sounding name and "nonpartisan" label, the Atlantic Council is associated with very particular interests. It's funded by the US Department of State and the US Navy, Army and Air Force, along with NATO, various foreign powers and major Western corporations, including weapons contractors and oil companies. The Atlantic Council is dead center in what former President Obama's deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes called "the blob"–Washington's bipartisan foreign-policy…
fair.org/home/media-ignore-government-influence-on-facebooks-plan-to-fight-government-influence/

Unending Repression in Thailand 4 Years After Coup
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-21
Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha salutes army officers at the Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on September 30, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | Four years after the Thai military seized power on May 22, 2014, Thailand is nowhere near what the ruling junta promised would be a rights-respecting, democratic country. | The coup leader, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, wields unchecked power with total impunity. Since the coup, the ruling National Council for Peace and Order has routinely enforced censorship and blocked public discussions about the state of human rights and democracy in Thailand. Hundreds of activists and dissidents have been prosecuted on criminal charges such as sedition, computer-related crimes, and lese majeste (insulting the monarchy) for the peaceful expression of their views. Public gatherings of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/21/unending-repression-thailand-4-years-after-coup

Police engaged in 25-minute shootout with Texas high school gunman
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-21
According to the Galveston County sheriff, it is unclear whether some of the Santa Fe High School victims were in fact shot by police officers responding to the shooting.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/21/shot-m21.html

US education secretary attacks separation of church and state
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-21
Betsy DeVos visits New York yeshivas to promote public financing of religious and private schools.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/21/devo-m21.html

Trump demands official DOJ probe into FBI 'infiltration' of campaign team
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-20
US President Donald Trump says he's ordering a probe into claims Barack Obama pushed for his 2016 campaign to be surveilled by FBI for alleged links to Russia. …
www.rt.com/usa/427259-trump-justice-presidential-campaign/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

DOJ to launch probe into Trump campaign 'infiltration' by FBI
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-20
The Department of Justice has formally requested a review into possible abuses of the surveillance application process amid claims the FBI "infiltrated" the President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. …
www.rt.com/usa/427264-doj-trump-fbi-surveillance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Europe: National Sovereignty versus Partners of the American Empire. Conquest, at Stake over Iran
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
Europe now faces its ultimate ideological fork-in-the-road, which it has thus far ignored but can no longer ignore: They need to decide whether they seek a world of nations that each is sovereign over its own territory but over no …
globalresearch.ca/europe-national-sovereignty-versus-partners-of-the-american-empire-conquest-at-stake-over-iran/5641041

Video: Israel, 200 Nuclear Weapons Targeted against Iran
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
The decision by the United States to exit the Iranian nuclear agreement — signed in 2015 by Teheran with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — causes a situation of extreme danger not only in …
globalresearch.ca/video-israel-200-nuclear-weapons-targeted-against-iran/5641031

Serbs, Listen Up! Here's Why Russia's Getting Chummy with Croatia
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
The Russian-Croatian rapprochement might have understandably taken a lot of Serbs by surprise, partly because Moscow hasn't invested the proper resources into explaining it to the country's population, but this multidimensional outreach strategy to their regional rival is part of …
globalresearch.ca/serbs-listen-up-heres-why-russias-getting-chummy-with-croatia/5641015

Video: The 2008-2009 US Treasury Fraud and the Wall Street Banker Bailouts
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
Published in September 2009 | Michel Chossudovsky, the director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, sits down with The Corbett Report to discuss the real meaning of the banker bailouts. | The banks lend money to the government and with …
globalresearch.ca/video-the-2008-2009-us-treasury-fraud-and-the-wall-street-banker-bailouts/5640787

IDF Snipers Ordered to Shoot Palestinian Children, Israeli General Confirms
Zvika Fogel | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
An Israeli general has confirmed that when snipers stationed along Israel's boundary with Gaza shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders. | In a radio interview, Brigadier-General (Reserve) Zvika Fogel describes how a sniper identifies …
globalresearch.ca/idf-snipers-ordered-to-shoot-palestinian-children-israeli-general-confirms/5641024

The Kiev Regime: Derogation of Freedoms of Speech
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
On Tuesday, May 15, Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) raided the RIA Novosti news agency's Kiev offices and detained the outlet's local bureau chief, Kirill Vyshinsky, ostensibly for acts of "treason."[1] | International criminal lawyer Chris C. Black explains that this …
globalresearch.ca/the-kiev-regime-derogation-of-freedoms-of-speech/5641011

U.S. Nationwide Elections: "Swing Status", be Gone
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a "swing state", …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-nationwide-elections-swing-status-be-gone/5641007

Video: $21 Trillion! Blowing the Whistle on the Largest Pentagon Theft Ever
David DeGraw | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
According to the United States Office of the Inspector General, $21 Trillion in taxpayer money is unaccounted for. | As unbelievable and absurd as that sounds, the actual total of unaccounted for taxpayer money at the Pentagon is most likely significantly …
globalresearch.ca/video-21-trillion-blowing-the-whistle-on-the-largest-pentagon-theft-ever/5641037

"Michael Inside". The Prison System in Ireland
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
Michael Inside is a new Irish movie which looks at the prison system in Ireland and the people who serve their time in it. | The film is about a young man who is sent to prison for the first time …
globalresearch.ca/michael-inside-the-prison-system-in-ireland/5641020

France Wants the Future to be Eurasia vs. Eurafrica
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
A former French Prime Minister unveiled a detailed and very ambitious plan to form a Eurafrican Axis in the New Cold War as a means of "balancing" between East and West, but what he's really calling for is a policy …
globalresearch.ca/france-wants-the-future-to-be-eurasia-vs-eurafrica/5641035

A Call to Secular Humanist Resistance
David Orenstein | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
The nonbeliever community has a long and noble history of resistance to oppression. Often, such activism is focused on the violations of civil rights and attacks on secular well-being. But our activism also includes fighting the attacks on science and science education and serves as a constant reminder that when we work together and with allied…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/a-call-to-secular-humanist-resistance/

Israel Crosses a Line as IDF Snipers Murder Unarmed Protesters in the Ghetto of Gaza
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Hong Kong. Sitting in this peaceful city on the far side of world from the United States can put some things in perspective. For one thing, the local papers, both Chinese-language and the English-language South China Morning Post today featured front-page images of dead Palestinian protesters lying on the ground in Gaza. Accompanying articles focused on them…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/israel-crosses-a-line-as-idf-snipers-murder-unarmed-protesters-in-the-ghetto-of-gaza/

What's Wrong With the United States?
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Despite the myth perpetrated by United States spokespersons, the country is not, and never has been, a beacon of peace and freedom, the 'land of the free and the home of the brave', or a democracy that is the envy of the word. It is, and always has been, a racist, imperialist society, an oligarchy…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/whats-wrong-with-the-united-states/

Israel, Egypt 'Block Turkey from Airlifting Gaza Wounded Protesters for Emergency Treatment'
The New Arab | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-18
Egypt and Israel have blocked Turkish aircraft from using their airports to transport thousands of Palestinians wounded by Israeli troops during protests in Gaza, Turkey's deputy prime minister has said. | Recep Akdag made the announcement on Wednesday, state-run Anadolu Agency…
globalresearch.ca/israel-egypt-block-turkey-from-airlifting-gaza-wounded-protesters-for-emergency-treatment/5640965

Back to the Future with Empire Oil
Mike Small | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-18
PM Theresa …
globalresearch.ca/back-to-the-future-with-empire-oil/5640955

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