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2018-05-22: Social Media Postees

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Betsy DeVos to Investigate Yale University for Discrimination — Against Men
Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos | | 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. . .

Defending Palestine Is not Antisemitism
MintPress News Desk | | 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

Winning Candidates in Growing 2018 Blue Wave Are Emphasizing Personal Concerns in Voters' Lives
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | | 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,. . .

What the Providence Teachers' Union Needs for a Win
Andrew Stewart | | 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…

Malaysia's Surprising Election Results
Kenneth Surin | | 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…

American Global Power Is Fading — And Here's How That Could Change the World
Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch | | 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,. . .

Unsettling the Summits: John Bolton's Libya Solution
Binoy Kampmark | | 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.

Playing Trump for Peace How the Korean Peninsula Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad
John Feffer | | 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…

Pope's Latest Remarks Get Nods — But He's No LGBTQ Ally
Shira Tarlo, Salon | | 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. . .

British Royals Rebrand With Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go | | 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.

New Zealand: Labour government's first budget starves essential services | | 2018-05-22
The budget drastically underfunds health, education, welfare and housing, while boosting the military, police and prisons.

China: Activist Convicted for Promoting Tibetan Language
Human Rights Watch | | 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…

British Royals Rebrand with Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go
Democracy Now! | | 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.

Republican lawmakers call for special counsel over FBI and DOJ abuses in Trump probe
RT | | 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. …

President Trump Is Not "Above the Law": John Bonifaz Warns Against Normalizing Impeachable Offenses
Democracy Now! | | 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.

Bernie Sanders defends American imperialism at town hall on Iran | | 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.

Hundreds Of Dervishes On Trial Behind Closed Doors
RFE/RL | | 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.

Supreme Court Allows Employers to Ban Class Action Lawsuits
Ilana Novick | | 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.

'More Evidence Against Trump' Than Nixon: Ex-White House Ethics Lawyer Slams Congress for Letting Trump Obstruct Justice
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | | 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. . .

Media Ignore Government Influence on Facebook's Plan to Fight Government Influence
Adam Johnson | | 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…

Gina Haspel and Pinocchio From Rome
Edward Curtin | | 2018-05-21
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…

Unending Repression in Thailand 4 Years After Coup
Human Rights Watch | | 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…

Police engaged in 25-minute shootout with Texas high school gunman | | 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.

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

Trump demands official DOJ probe into FBI 'infiltration' of campaign team
RT | | 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. …

DOJ to launch probe into Trump campaign 'infiltration' by FBI
RT | | 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. …

Europe: National Sovereignty versus Partners of the American Empire. Conquest, at Stake over Iran
Eric Zuesse | | 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 …

Video: Israel, 200 Nuclear Weapons Targeted against Iran
Manlio Dinucci | | 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 …

"Michael Inside". The Prison System in Ireland
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | | 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 …

Video: $21 Trillion! Blowing the Whistle on the Largest Pentagon Theft Ever
David DeGraw | | 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 …

Serbs, Listen Up! Here's Why Russia's Getting Chummy with Croatia
Andrew Korybko | | 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 …

U.S. Nationwide Elections: "Swing Status", be Gone
Barbara Nimri Aziz | | 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", …

Video: The 2008-2009 US Treasury Fraud and the Wall Street Banker Bailouts
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | | 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 …

France Wants the Future to be Eurasia vs. Eurafrica
Andrew Korybko | | 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 …

The Kiev Regime: Derogation of Freedoms of Speech
Mark Taliano | | 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 …

IDF Snipers Ordered to Shoot Palestinian Children, Israeli General Confirms
Zvika Fogel | | 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 …

A Call to Secular Humanist Resistance
David Orenstein | | 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…

Israel Crosses a Line as IDF Snipers Murder Unarmed Protesters in the Ghetto of Gaza
Dave Lindorff | | 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…

What's Wrong With the United States?
Robert Fantina | | 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…

U.S. Farm Bill Would Allow Widespread Killing of Endangered Species Via Pesticides
FBD | | 2018-05-18
The newest version of the 2018 Farm Bill, set for a vote on Friday, includes an unprecedented provision allowing the widespread killing of endangered plants and animals with pesticides. | The bill launches the broadest attack on the Endangered Species Act …

Gina Haspel and Pinocchio from Rome
Edward Curtin | | 2018-05-18
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 …

Confirmation of Gina Haspel, Supervisor of Torture, as CIA Director Is Unconscionable
PFHR | | 2018-05-18
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today is deeply disappointed and concerned at the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA director. Haspel, who helped manage the CIA torture program, and who oversaw the waterboarding of detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri…

Back to the Future with Empire Oil
Mike Small | | 2018-05-18
PM Theresa …

Foreign Policy Insiders Try to Scuttle Trump-Kim Nukes Deal
Mike Whitney | | 2018-05-18
The biggest obstacle Donald Trump is going to face in his upcoming negotiations with Kim Jong-un, is not Kim's unwillingness to abandon his nuclear weapons program, but resistance from powerful elements in the foreign policy establishment who will do …

Hidroituango Dam, Colombia's Largest, Could Break
Jarrod Demir | | 2018-05-18
The director of disgraced energy company EPM told Colombian media on Thursday that the country's largest hydroelectric dam could burst. | Jorge Londoño conceded that it is "difficult to answer if the Hidroituango (dam) will be saved," a stark assessment that …

On Board British Airways — 'Enjoy' Anti-Russian Propaganda and Glorification of Churchill
Andre Vltchek | | 2018-05-18
First of all, the British Airways is not in the league of airlines such as Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific. Many of its intercontinental planes are old and unkempt; monitors are only bit bigger than a pack of cigarettes, and …

When Trump Calls Latinos "Animals"
Juan Cole | | 2018-05-18
In the beginning of the internet back in the late 1980s and early 1990s when you for the first time had large and contentious discussions online at bulletin boards like Usenet, attorney Mike Godwin noticed that the longer a discussion …

Iran Trade Wars, Brussels Confronts Washington: EU Defies US with Blocking Statute
Graham Vanbergen | | 2018-05-18
As reported by TruePublica the day after Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal that took EU/US negotiators 12 years to broker, we had a strong suspicion that the EU would this time draw a red line in the …

Seeds of Destruction: Hijacking of the World's Food System
Global Research | | 2018-05-18
As F. William Engdahl wrote in " Death of the Birds and the Bees Across America": Birds and bees are something most of us take for granted as part of nature. The expression "teaching about the birds and the …

The Putin-Assad Summit in Sochi Proved that "Balancing" Yields Results
Andrew Korybko | | 2018-05-18
Russia's "balancing" strategy was vindicated yesterday after the Syrian President came to Sochi and announced his country's full participation in the post-Daesh constitutional revisionism process. | Restoring The "Balance" | President Putin's feting of "Israeli" "Prime Minister" Benjamin Netanyahu as his guest …

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