2018-05-15: News Headlines

Kim Scipes (2018-05-15). Gary's Steel Academy: "Gary is Not a Dump, Our Education is More Important Than a Dump!" counterpunch.org Over 80 students, teachers and supporters of the Steel City Academy in Gary, IN, rallied and protested Thursday night, May 10, first at the United Steelworkers of America #1014 hall and then later at the Steel City Academy campus on 35thAvenue, both in Gary. Emotions were high as the efforts were to convince IDEM to More

Geoffrey Fattig (2018-05-15). The Korean Massacre the U.S. Needs to Apologize For. mintpressnews.com

| Singapore has been chosen to host the unlikely summit between U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in early June. The choice for the summit venue went against Trump's preference for the meeting to take place at the Peace House in Panmunjeom, where the world had been captivated just weeks before by the amicable scenes of Kim walking hand-in-hand across the Military Demarcation line with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. | Given that Panmunejom embodies of the division of the Korean Peninsula, it is regrettable that U.S. and North Korean negotiators opted for the southeast Asian city-state instead. This is because the root of the nuclear issue stems largely from the decision by American military officers to divide the Peninsula at the 38th Parallel in the aftermath of World War…

JVFP (2018-05-15). American Jews Stand Against the US Embassy Move and Israel's Mass Killing of Protesters in Gaza. mintpressnews.com WASHINGTON — As the ceremony to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is taking place, Israeli military forces are killing Palestinian protesters in Gaza. In moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, U.S. President Trump is cementing the U.S. — Israeli partnership to annex Jerusalem and further repress Palestinian rights. | "This is the ongoing Nakba," said Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace. "The celebration of annexation, even as Palestinians — the vast majority of whom are refugees — are being gunned down simply for protesting for their basic rights to live in dignity and freedom, could not illustrate more clearly the continuing catastrophe that Israel is imposing on Palestinians. Still worse, it's doing so with the full collusion of the U.S." | The scenes of celebration at the new embassy, even as Israeli military forces use deadly violence against protesting…

John Steppling (2018-05-15). The Anti-Imperialism of Fools. counterpunch.org "God never spoke to an Arab." — Benjamin Disraeli, 1847 "Remembrance is, so to speak, interwoven with forgetfulness. That is why the Jewish historian Yosef Yerushalmi has pointed out that the opposite of "forgetfulness" is not really "remembrance" but "justice". — Carlo Ginzburg "We don't care who will win the election, Palestinian or Israeli. We More

Will Solomon (2018-05-15). 'Some of My Plaques, They Still Say Kanye'. counterpunch.org In light of all this furor surrounding Kanye it's worth noting a few things. First, Kanye clearly isn't joking. This isn't a big 'troll.' There may be elements of irony, but the guy is serious (as serious as he can be). His absurd megalomania has been amply demonstrated for years. People love him for it More

Staff (2018-05-15). Shift in U.S. Policies Triggers Concern in Mideast. truthdig.com As a former State Department and Pentagon official describes it, "Traditionally we've tried to play a role of fireman in the Middle East. Now we're playing the role of arsonist."

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-15). Here's How White House Staffers Are Defying a West Wing's Phone Ban to Leak About The President. alternet.org The administration installed lockers for cell phones, and two men conduct surprise sweeps for unauthorized devices — but staffers still leak. | As a candidate, Donald Trump loved leaks—once even invoking the self-described "transparency" site WikiLeaks in an effort to find dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ("no collusion"). As president, leaks—which have come from top White House aides and even Trump himself—are less impressive; in a tweet Monday, he likened leakers who speak with reporters to "traitors. "As CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported Tuesday, the Trump administration is trying to frame the latest White House leak scandal, which features a top official joking about the death of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as a "leaking problem" as opposed to a character void in the West Wing. "Over the last 16 months, the Trump administration has gone to great lengths to stop. . .

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-15). Professional Anti-LGBT Bigot Tony Perkins Appointed to U.S. Religious Freedom Commission. alternet.org The independent body has a history of advancing the agenda of America's Evangelical Christian movement. | Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has just been appointed to a two-year term on a federal government commission tasked with investigating and reporting on international religious freedoms violations. Perkins will be a commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom ( USCIRF), an independent body that has a history of advancing the agenda of America's Evangelical Christian movement. U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the appointment of Perkins to the USCIRF, according to a statement from FRC. Perkins for decades has headed the Family Research Council, a far right wing faith-based organization that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of active anti-gay hate groups. He and his organization have a long history of spreading false information about LGBTQ people. Related Stories: Media Outlets Are Having Trouble Keeping Up with Hate Crime Reports in Trump EraMeet the Wildly Bigoted Pastor Trump Sent to Jerusalem to Open the New EmbassyCNN Reveals Michael Cohen's Blatant Lie About Trump Ties to Russia

Economic Policy Institute (2018-05-15). "Right-to-Work" in Missouri would hurt black workers the most. peoplesworld.org Two new fact sheets by EPI Director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy Valerie Wilson and Research Assistant Julia Wolfe explain why the passage of a so-called "right-to-work" (RTW) law in Missouri would disproportionately hurt black workers. RTW refers to laws that prohibit unions from collecting any fees from nonunion members in […]…

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-05-15). Fox & Friends Whines That The View Was 'Mean' to Tomi Lahren After Joy Behar Called Out Her Racist Hypocrisy. alternet.org Tomi Lahren said that America doesn't want immigrants with "low skills," but pointing out that's her exact family history is "mean. " | Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren lashed out at her critics after a genealogist revealed the conservative pundit's family was made up of the same type of immigrants she now wants to ban. Lahren's ancestors from Norway and Germany arrived with few skills and spoke their native tongues for decades, according to research conducted by journalist Jennifer Mendelsohn. "One woman over the weekend who took it upon herself to research my family history in hopes of digging up some kind of a 'gotcha' moment, a 'gotcha' angle to validate illegal immigration and open borders and what she found was really shocking, guys," Lahren told "Fox & Friends. ""She found that my family, who came here in the 1800s from Norway. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-15). Iran: Looming Execution of Dervish Member. hrw.org (Beirut) — The Iranian judiciary should immediately halt the looming execution of a member of the Gonabadi Dervish community, Human Rights Watch said today. Iran should also release all Dervish members arbitrarily detained since February 2018. Police Forces at the scene of the clashes, Tehran, Iran February 19, 2018. | © 2018 Majzooban-e-Noor | The authorities arrested more than 300 members of the Dervish community on February 20 following clashes when the authorities violently repressed a peaceful protest in Tehran. The clashes left dozens injured and three police officers and another security force member dead. On March 18, after an unfair trial that lasted three sessions, the authorities sentenced Mohammad Sallas, 46, to death on charges of killing the police officers by driving a bus into a crowd of security officers. | "Iranian…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2018. democracynow.org Death Toll in Gaza Rises to 61, After Israeli Military Massacres Protesters, South Africa & Turkey Recall Ambassadors to Israel over Murder of Palestinians, Jewish Activists March in D.C. to Protest Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Hundreds Arrested in Nationwide Day of Action for New Poor People's Campaign, NYT: DeVos's Education Dept. Stalls Probes into For-Profit Schools, Catalan Parliament Elects Pro-Independence Candidate as President, Report: Colombian Army Executed Up to 10,000 Civilians, Claiming They Were Rebels, NYT: Two Dozen People Killed by Carbon Monoxide After Leaving on Keyless Cars, Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Death Row Prisoner Robert McCoy…

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Russian Federation: Peaceful protester in pre-trial detention: Mikhail Tsakunov. amnesty.org On 7 May, Dzerzhinsky District Court in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, remanded Mikhail Tsakunov in pre-trial detention until 4 July for alleged use of violence against a police officer. If found guilty, Mikhail Tsakunov could face 10 years in prison. However, the charges against him contravene publicly available video footage.

Zaid Jilani (2018-05-15). No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer Defends Israeli Military Actions in Gaza. theintercept.com Amid a growing chorus of condemnation of Israeli violence by American lawmakers this week, the House's second-highest ranking Democratic, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, defended Israel's violence against Palestinian protesters and stood by the Trump administration's controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. | "Israel's in a tough situation. It's trying to defend its borders," Hoyer said in response to a question from The Intercept at a pen-and-pad session on Tuesday with reporters on Capitol Hill. "All the world would hope that it would be done so in a peaceful manner, but when you have a terrorist organization in front of you, that is historically and continuing to use violence, that makes it very tough." | Hoyer, the minority whip, was referring to a threat he claimed Israel faces from Hamas. But it was unarmed civilian protesters, not militants,…

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-05-14). Fox News Pundit Tomi Lahren Slammed After Doubling Down on 'Xenophobic' Comments About Immigrants: 'Stop Pretending to Be Smart&#039. alternet.org Lahren's comments were delivered in defense of President Donald Trump's Trump's embattled chief of staff John Kelly | Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren is back in the headlines for offering up fresh historically inaccurate and inflammatory political commentary. This time, her vitriol was aimed directly at immigrants. "These people need to understand that it's a privilege to be an American — and that's a privilege that you work toward. It's not a right," Lahren said Saturday during a segment on Jesse Waters' "Watters' World". "You don't just come into this country with low skills, low education, not understanding the language — and come into our country, because someone says it makes them feel nice. That's not what this country is based on. ". @TomiLahren: "You don't just come into this country with low skills, low education, not understanding the language and come into. . .

Frederico Fuentes (2018-05-14). Venezuelans Value Peace and Democracy. counterpunch.org 'Venezuelans have time and again shown the world how much they value democracy and free elections', said Venezuelan activist Eulalia Reyes de Whitney. Campaigning is well underway for Venezuela's May 20 national vote to elect the nation's president and representatives to municipal councils and state legislatures. The elections are being held in the context of More

Sayeh Hassan (2018-05-14). Syria Imposes New Rules Of Engagement On Israel. iranian.com On Thursday 10th May 2018, an unprecedented exchange of strikes happened between Israel and Syria. The mainstream media, as well as some "alternative" media like Russia Today, were quick to relay the Israeli army version, according to which the Zionist entity "retaliated" to an "Iranian attack by Revolutionary Guards' Al-Quds Force" consisting of "twenty rockets" fired at Israeli […]

John Grant (2018-05-14). Welcome to the Apocalypse: BDSM, #MeToo, Torture and the Drumbeat For War. counterpunch.org In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. — NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman upon resigning I'm not going to sit here, with the benefit of hindsight, and judge the very good people who made hard decisions, who were running the agency in very extraordinary circumstances. — More

Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-14). Four White Louisiana Officers Choked This Young Black Man to Death in a Low-Level Drug Bust. alternet.org If past experience is any guide, don't hold your breath waiting for justice. | New Orleans resident Keeven Robinson, 22, died after being arrested by Jefferson Parish narcotics officers last week. Police originally tried to blame his death on asthma, but now the Jefferson Parish coroner is telling a very different tale. At a press conference Monday, Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich laid out what initial autopsy results revealed: "Our initial autopsy findings reveal significant traumatic injuries to the neck, the soft tissue of the neck," he said. "These findings are consistent with compressional asphyxia. We are confident that at the end of our process, this is going to be the cause of death. Regarding manner of death, at this point, manner of death is homicide. "Cvitanovich was quick to point out that when he said "homicide," he did not mean in the legal sense,. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-14). How Trump's EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections. truth-out.org (Photo: risteski goce / Shutterstock; Edited: JR / TO) | Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! | Back in 2008, residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas received a notice in the mail advising them to drink bottled water instead of tap water — a move that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) internal memos at the time described as "one of the largest failures in US history to supply clean drinking water to the public." | The culprit: wastewater from oil and gas drilling and coal mines. This included fracking wastewater that state officials had allowed to be dumped at local sewer plants — facilities incapable of removing the complex mix of chemicals, corrosive salts, and radioactive materials from that kind of industrial waste before they piped the "treated" water…

Ron Jacobs (2018-05-14). Liars Club: Ollie North and General Kelly. counterpunch.org Oliver North is a liar. He was also part of a conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine. Furthermore, he was part of another conspiracy to build, arm and train mercenaries to fight a public/private enterprise known as the Contra war in Nicaragua. He is a shameless egocentric maniac loved by several million US television viewers who watch his nonsensical FOX series War Stories. More

Kevin Zeese (2018-05-14). High Alert for Palestinian Slaughter and Conflict with Iran. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Protest against US war in the Middle East in Los Angeles from DreamsTime.com. | There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the …

Professor Paul Mckeigue (2018-05-14). The Salisbury Poisonings. What Was the Agent Used? Who Could Have Produced It? When and Where were the Skripals Exposed? globalresearch.ca The following briefing note is developed by academics researching the use of chemical and biological weapons during the 2011-present war in Syria. The note reflects work in progress. However, the substantive questions raised need answering, especially given the seriousness of …

General Wesley Clark (2018-05-14). Global Warfare: "We're Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran.." globalresearch.ca Originally published in March 2007. | GR Editor's Note: | This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America's hegemonic project. | It is worth noting that 6 out of these 7 countries (with the exception of Lebanon) identified by …

Global Research News (2018-05-14). International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Verification Chief Resigns following Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca

Ty Joplin (2018-05-14). Mapping Erik Prince's Private Mercenary Empire. globalresearch.ca His journey from hiring mercenaries to help bolster …

Jon Schwarz (2018-05-14). Oliver North Worked with Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists. Now He'll be President of the National Rifle Association (NRA). globalresearch.ca Featured image: Jackson Free Press | The National Rifle Association has always been clear about drugs: They're terrifying. | Last year, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre darkly warned that members of drug gangs "are infiltrating law enforcement and even the military." In 2013, …

Jonathan Cook (2018-05-14). Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today's Massacre in Gaza. globalresearch.ca On Monday and Tuesday, Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years ago as the new state of Israel was built on the ruins of their homeland. As a result, most Palestinians …

Michael T. Klare (2018-05-14). Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War. globalresearch.ca With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years …

TPIC (2018-05-14). Israel Bans Entry of Palestinian Medical Delegation into Gaza. Crime against Humanity. globalresearch.ca The Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday decided to prevent a Palestinian medical delegation from entering the Gaza Strip. | Ministry of Health said in a statement that the Israeli authorities refused to issue the necessary entry permits for the members of …

Joyce Chediac (2018-05-14). Israel at Seventy: Symbol of War, Racism, Reaction. globalresearch.ca Featured image: May 12 vigil in South Africa supporting the Great March of Return in Gaza. (Source: BDS South Africa) | The settler state of Israel turns 70 on May 14. In imperialist capitals, especially Israel and the U.S., this state …

Peter Koenig (2018-05-14). Switzerland's "Referendum for Sovereign Money" globalresearch.ca It's called "Vollgeld Initiative" — in German, meaning more or less "Referendum for Sovereign Money". What is "Sovereign Money"? — Its money produced only by the Central Bank, by the "Sovereign", the government, represented by its central bank. …

Anthony Freda (2018-05-14). War Propaganda 101. globalresearch.ca Propaganda 101: This fine illustration by Edward Kinsella accompanies a classic demonization piece in the current Wall Street Journal. | This sort of political marketing is designed to create a public enemy of the state as a pretext to a military …

Mark Taliano (2018-05-14). Welcome Home! Canada's Trudeau Government Welcomes Confessed ISIS Terrorist back to Toronto. globalresearch.ca Dear Canada: Your government supports al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists. It supports all of the terrorists in Syria. | Some of these terrorists are coming home to Canada. As a Canadian you can do little about this since you have …

Andre Vltchek (2018-05-14). Do You Want to Travel Around the Middle East? Think Twice! globalresearch.ca Featured image: empty Jordan — Syrian border post | Do you think it is that simple to travel around the Middle East? Think twice! | Ask Palestinians, about trying to get from a point A to a point B in their own …

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-14). President Putin Is Syria's Savior, but Don't Go "Worshipping" Him! globalresearch.ca President Putin's decision to military involve his country in the anti-terrorist struggle in Syria saved the Arab Republic from its assured destruction irrespective of the criticisms that can be levelled against it throughout the course of this campaign, but sincere …

Chris Hedges (2018-05-14). Killing Gaza. globalresearch.ca Israel's blockade of Gaza—where trapped Palestinians for the past seven weeks have held nonviolent protests along the border fence with Israel, resulting in more than 50 killed and 700 wounded by Israeli troops—is one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. …

Richard Gale (2018-05-14). Science-Based Medicine (SBM) versus Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). globalresearch.ca In Part One, we discussed the threats social media technology poses to a healthy and educated populace, the scientist cult of Skepticism and its extremist medical wing, and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a leading promulgator for Skepticism's agenda. …

Louisa Willcox (2018-05-14). The Fate of Bear 399 (and Other Grizzly Matriarchs). counterpunch.org It is impossible not to think of your Mother on Mother's Day. In the bear world, many of us have been blessed to be in the company of the quintessential Grizzly Bear Mother: Jackson Wyoming's bear matron and rock star, known only by her number in the sequence of bears captured by researchers: 399. Yes, More

Shane Quinn (2018-05-14). Hitler's Racially-driven Disregard for Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca Adolf Hitler is indeed one of the most hated individuals in world history, whose genocidal policies were responsible for killing tens of millions of people. Yet there is a little known irony regarding the Fascist dictator. As the atomic scientists …

Dr. Husam Zomlot (2018-05-14). The Opening of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: Full-Fledged Apartheid. globalresearch.ca Today will go down in history as the day the US encouraged Israel to cross the line towards what numerous US and international leaders have been warning from, a full-fledged apartheid. The reality has evolved into a system of privileging …

Global Research News (2018-05-14). Selected Articles: Nakba Day: Remembering Palestine's 1948 Humanitarian Disaster. globalresearch.ca Global Research is a small team that believes in the power of information and analysis to bring about far-reaching societal change including a world without war. | Truth in media is a powerful instrument. As long as we keep probing, asking …

Daniel Hilton (2018-05-14). Sieges, Bombs, Embassies: How Attacks on American Diplomats Have Shaped Policy. globalresearch.ca For many in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is anything but diplomatic. | It risks alienating important partners in the region and disqualifying …

Prof. James Petras (2018-05-14). Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea. globalresearch.ca Introduction | For some time, critics of President Trump's policies have attributed them to a mental disorder; uncontrolled manic-depression, narcissus bullying and other pathologies. | The question of Trump's mental health raises a deeper question: why does his pathologies take a specific …

Stephen Lendman (2018-05-14). Ecuador to Expel Assange from Its London Embassy? globalresearch.ca VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | In August 2012, Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder, director and editor-in-chief Julian Assange asylum in its London embassy — granting him citizenship in December …

amnesty.org (2018-05-14). Israel/OPT: Use of excessive force in Gaza an abhorrent violation of international law. amnesty.org Responding to reports that dozens of Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured by the Israeli military during protests along the fence that separates Gaza and Israel today, Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: | "This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way. This is a violation of international standards, in some instances committing what appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes. |

RT (2018-05-14). 'All people can live in peace,' says Jared Kushner as Israel kills dozens of Palestinians. rt.com Jared Kushner's speech at the US Embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem claims both sides of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal could gain more than they give, as Israeli forces shot dead 55 protesters on Monday.
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RT (2018-05-14). US opens Jerusalem embassy on 'great day for peace' as dozens of Palestinians shot dead. rt.com The US has opened its embassy in Jerusalem following the highly-divisive decision by President Donald Trump last December. Pledges of peace during the ceremony came as dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israelis in protests.
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Andrew Korybko (2018-05-14). Russia Is Already "Balancing" Iran in the Mideast. globalresearch.ca Russia's predominant position in Syria & Iraqi Kurdistan places Moscow right in the middle of the misleadingly characterized "Shiite Crescent" and allows the Kremlin to "balance" Iranian influence in the Mideast better than any other country ever possibly could. | It's …

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-14). US Bureau of Prisons Policy Change Endangers Transgender Prisoners. hrw.org An illustration depicts a transgender woman housed in a men's immigration detention facility. | © 2016 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch | The Trump administration's decision to change the policy of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for housing transgender prisoners is dangerous, wrongheaded, and unnecessary. | Because being transgender is a known risk for being sexually victimized in confinement, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and Department of Justice guidance issued in 2016 called for individual determinations of housing, program, and other assignments in correctional facilities. That means an individual assessment must be made, taking many factors into account, including the person's own views about their gender and safety. It also made assigning a transgender prisoner to housing, programs, or other services based solely on their sex assigned at birth is…

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