2018-05-20: Social Media Postees

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Betsy Devos Neglects to Visit NYC Public Schools — But Finds Time to Blast Bans on Taxpayer Funds for Religious Education
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-19
1. 1 million students in New York City get their education in 1800 public schools — the largest school system in America. DeVos did not step foot in any of them. | Betsy DeVos has concluded her two-day visit to New York City, during which she refused to visit a single public school, although she did attend two private, Orthodox Jewish religious schools. The Education Secretary also delivered remarks at a Catholic organization's breakfast meeting, and blasted bans on the use of taxpayer funds for private religious schools. 1. 1 million students in New York City get their education in 1800 public schools — the largest school system in America. DeVos did not step foot in any of them. Welcome to NYC Education Secretary @BetsyDeVos! Not visiting any of the 1800 public schools but an Upper East Side yeshiva. Not talking to press.
www.alternet.org/betsy-devos-neglects-visit-nyc-public-schools-finds-time-blast-bans-taxpayer-funds-religious

From The Women's March to the Poor People's Campaign, A Call for Economic Human Rights
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-19
Teachers in Kentucky marching for health care and students organizing against the school to prison pipeline have a core value in common: They are fighting for human rights. Yet, an elite framing of human rights has consistently ignored the people on the frontlines. This week, a new Poor People's Campaign is engaging in direct action in communities across the United States for the rights to housing, education, healthcare, decent jobs and more. It's time to recognize that these grassroots struggles for a social safety net and a decent standard of living add up to a larger and meaningful demand for a society that recognizes the human rights and dignity of everyone. | Yale professor Samuel Moyn recently wrote in The New York Times that human rights "movements" have failed because they have been limited to efforts to "name and shame" and have…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44531-from-the-women-s-march-to-the-poor-people-s-campaign-a-call-for-economic-human-rights

Donald Trump Really Shouldn't Have Run for President
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-19
US President Donald Trump speaks at the East Room of the White House May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's shady dealings is slowly reaching a fever pitch, and the administration has gone on the attack against its own Justice Department. One must wonder how on Earth Trump could ever have believed his lifetime of corrupt business practices would stay secret under the bright lights of the White House.U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the East Room of the White House May 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. | After such a wild…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44527-donald-trump-really-shouldn-t-have-run-for-president

How Weakened US Fossil Fuel Regulations Threaten Environmental Justice in Colorado
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-19
The news and analysis at Truthout go way beyond the talking points. You can contribute to the creation of independent, insightful journalism by making a donation today! | From the start, President Donald Trump's administration has made dismantling regulations, especially for the oil, gas and coal industries, a top priority. | And though his claims of rolling back more regulations than any other administration are exaggerated, Trump's team has tried hard to erase many environmental and energy-related rules. | Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Trump have teamed up with the Republican-led Congress to get federal agencies on the case, by streamlining environmental permitting and attempting other sweeping changes. | As an environmental sociologist who has spent hundreds of hours researching communities directly affected by…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44529-how-weakened-us-fossil-fuel-regulations-threaten-environmental-justice-in-colorado

Record Heat Means Hurricanes Gain Ferocity Faster
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-19
Hurricanes are becoming more violent, more rapidly, than they did 30 years ago. The cause may be entirely natural, scientists say. | But Hurricane Harvey, which in 2017 assaulted the Gulf of Mexico and dumped unprecedented quantities of rain to cause devastating floods in Texas, happened because the waters of the Gulf were warmer than at any time on record. And they were warmer because of human-driven climate change, according to a second study. | Both studies examine the intricate machinery of a natural phenomenon, the tropical cyclone. Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory looked at how fast four of 2017's hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria — intensified: episodes in which maximum wind speed rose by at least 25 knots, which is more than 46 kilometres, per hour within a 24-hour period. They report in Geophysical Research…
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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/

Classrooms, Not Computers: Stop Educating for Profit
Morna McDermott | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Protect Public Education From Profiteering By Corporations Gathering Data From Students During the last few years, a lot of debate has been had over the promise and perils of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Many education advocates argued we must embrace ESSA because it promised to reduce the federal chokehold of high stakes standardized…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/classrooms-not-computers-stop-educating-for-profit/

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 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/

Steve Bannon Tried to Suppress Black Vote: Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower
Rachel Leah, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Christopher Wylie told Congress that the firm engaged in "voter disengagement" tactics and targeted black Americans | Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and a former employee of the firm, told Congress Wednesday that the company ran voter suppression campaigns, which targeted black Americans and other liberal demographic groups. He said that those orders came from Steve Bannon, former chief executive of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and later Chief Strategist in the Trump White House. "Mr. Bannon sees cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics. It was for this reason Mr. Bannon engaged SCL (Cambridge Analytica's parent company), a foreign military contractor, to build an arsenal of informational weapons he could deploy on the American population," Wylie told CNN after the hearing, adding that "voter disengagement tactics" were used to "discourage or demobilize certain types of people from. . .
www.alternet.org/steve-bannon-tried-suppress-black-vote-cambridge-analytica-whistleblower

Here's the #1 Factor Experts Say Accounts for High Number of Mass Shootings in the US
Patricia Pearson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Welcome to the world of environmental criminology. | Canadians are reputed to be polite. But that isn't a very compelling argument for why the lone wolves there are less inclined to engage in the kind of mass shooting that occurred in Orlando. All three pathologies that appeared to be in play at the horrific Pulse nightclub massacre–homophobia, psychological instability and adherence to a cult-like "Ism" that could act as a justifying frame in the killer's mind–exist for some of Canada's citizens as well. Two of those factors resulted in rifle bullets whizzing around the halls of the Canadian Parliament in October 2014. This story first appeared at AlterNet in June, 2016. The shooter, Michael-Zahef Bibeau, had an illegally acquired Winchester Model 94, a deer-hunting rifle that enabled him to fire off all of seven rounds before he had to halt in his tracks. . .
www.alternet.org/heres-1-factor-experts-say-accounts-high-number-mass-shootings-us

Democratic Senator Warns that Republicans' Attempt to Undermine Mueller Probe Is 'Potentially Illegal&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Rep. Devin Nunes and other House Republicans could reportedly put an FBI source at risk with their requests. | Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on Friday fired a shot across the bow of Republican efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the President Donald Trump's campaign in Russia, warning that recent attempts to reveal a sensitive FBI source might be "potentially illegal. "House Republicans, led in part by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), have issued repeated requests for documents from the Justice Department pertaining to the beginning of the Russia investigation. Their efforts, many observers have noted, seem designed to undermine the investigation and Mueller's credibility. And Thursday night, the Washington Postreported that the most recent request for information on a particular source, who is a U. S. citizen, has spooked the FBI, forcing them to take steps to mitigate. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/democratic-senator-warns-republicans-attempt-undermine-mueller-probe-potentially

Here's Everything You Need to Know About Right-Wing Theory That FBI Planted Spy in Trump Campaign
Grace Bennett, Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS. | In recent days, many on the right have pushed the claim that the FBI "infiltrated" President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign with a "mole. " The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired a former British agent who compiled an intelligence dossier about Trump's connections to various Russians. The claim also builds off of a recent squabble between the Department of Justice and the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), over the release of classified information. Here is what you need to know about the story's origins: On January 2, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the founders of the research firm Fusion GPS, claimed in an op-ed that the FBI had a source "inside the. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/heres-everything-you-need-know-about-right-wing-theory-fbi-planted-spy-trump

CNN's Anderson Cooper Explains Why He Won't Air the Santa Fe Shooter's Name or Face
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
"His victims deserve far better. " | CNN's Anderson Cooper explained in the wake of the deadly shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday that his program, "Anderson Cooper 360," makes an effort to reduce the attention and glory that such killers receive. "As always on this program, it will be [the survivors'] stories we tell, theirs and lives of those who did not make it," Cooper said. "The name of the alleged killer will not be said nor will his face be shown. The only thing he deserves is justice. His victims deserve far better. "An increasing number of media outlets have adopted this policy or others like it in an attempt to reduce the notoriety that killers receive after committing atrocities. Since these types of killers are often motivated by the desire for attention and recognition, many fear that delivering this kind of. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/cnns-anderson-cooper-explains-why-he-wont-air-santa-fe-shooters-name-or-face

The (non-) Royal Wedding: Working-class love deserves a little celebration, too
Bernard Burton | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-18
British royalty in 1947 staged the lavish marriage of Princess Elizabeth to the scion of a wealthy, titled German family, Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. The press devoted millions of words, entire pages, and front-page headlines to this event, just as is happening again this weekend for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. …

The (non-) Royal Wedding: Working-class love deserves a little celebration, too

US Suit Risks Cloaking Immigrant Detention Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
An immigrant takes food into a cell for incoming ICE detainees at the Adelanto immigration detention center, which is run by the Geo Group Inc (GEO.N), in Adelanto, California, U.S., April 13, 2017. © 2017 Reuters/Lucy Nicholson | (San Francisco, CA) — California has a clear interest in monitoring dire health and safety conditions in immigrant detention centers in the state, three human and immigrant rights groups said today in a friend-of-the-court brief. | Human Rights Watch, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC) filed the amicus brief in a federal district court in the case of United States v. California. The lawsuit was brought by the United States Department of Justice against California to block three state laws aimed at protecting the rights of immigrants. In their brief, the…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/us-suit-risks-cloaking-immigrant-detention-abuse

Trump's EPA Doesn't Want You to Know Chemicals in Teflon Are Poisoning Waterways and Firefighters
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-18
The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a major new scandal after it worked with the White House to bury an alarming federal study detailing widespread chemical contamination of the nation's water supply. One Trump administration official warned release of the study would create a "public relations nightmare." The study found chemicals commonly present in Teflon and firefighting foam are a threat to human health at levels the EPA had previously called safe. We speak with Robert Bilott, the attorney The New York Times calls the "worst nightmare of DuPont," the manufacturer of Teflon. He successfully won compensation for his clients whose drinking water had been contaminated by toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. He is a recipient of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman.
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44524-trump-s-epa-doesn-t-want-you-to-know-chemicals-in-teflon-are-poisoning-waterways-and-firefighters

Surgery Conference Cuts Intersex Patients Out
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
| This weekend when urologists from around the world gather in San Francisco for the American Urological Association's (AUA) annual conference, dozens of patient advocates will participate — yet a key group of people will be missing. | The intersex community — the nearly 1.7 percent of people born with bodies that fall outside society's definitions of typical "male" and "female" — will be absent. Their repeated requests to engage with the AUA have been met with bluster and denial. | interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth wants one thing from the AUA: evidence- and ethics-based standards of care. This means ending medically unnecessary "normalizing" surgeries on intersex children who cannot give informed consent. | Based on a theory popularized in the 1960s, some doctors continue to operate on intersex children claiming to make it easier…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/surgery-conference-cuts-intersex-patients-out

In Thailand, No Justice 8 Years After Crackdown
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
On August 30, 2017, Phayao Akhard wears the bloody nurses gown worn by her daughter, nurse Kamolkate "Kate" Akhard, when she was killed by Thai Special Forces soldiers while tending wounded persons at the front of Wat Pathum temple on May 19, 2010. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | Eight years ago my colleagues and I watched as the streets of Bangkok were covered with blood in one of Thailand's most violent political confrontations. Yet there is still no justice for the at least 98 people killed and more than 2,000 injured between April and May 2010 — despite compelling evidence that the military was behind most of these abuses. | At the time, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship — also known as the Red Shirts — held a mass protest against…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/thailand-no-justice-8-years-after-crackdown

Afghan President Offers Airstrike Victims Apology, Not Justice
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during during a peace and security cooperation conference in Kabul, Afghanistan February 28, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologized Thursday to the families of civilians killed and injured in Dasht-e Archi, Kunduz province, on April 2, 2018, when Afghan air force helicopters fired heavy machineguns and launched unguided rockets at an outdoor religious ceremony attended by hundreds of people. Thirty of the 36 people killed were children, some under age 10 — in an attack the government claimed was targeting senior Taliban leaders. | A report on the airstrike by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that the attack "rais[ed] questions as to the Government's respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality" under the laws of war. UNAMA concluded…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/afghan-president-offers-airstrike-victims-apology-not-justice

Politicians Dash Hopes for Justice in Tunisia
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
| Time is running out for justice in Tunisia. | The mandate of the Truth and Dignity Commission, set up in 2014 to investigate serious human rights violations of the past, is under threat and could be terminated at the end of May. The law founding the commission — known by its French initials IVD — gave it four years to get its job done, with the option to extend for one year at its own discretion, upon providing the reasons to parliament. The commission did just that in February, extending its mandate until December 2018, but that was rejected by an alliance of political parties in the chamber hostile towards the commission. | This vote, which occurred shortly after the commission transferred the first case to the specialized chambers created by the Transitional Justice law to try past…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/politicians-dash-hopes-justice-tunisia

Cash Incentives for Charter School Recruitment: Unethical Bribe or Shrewd Marketing Technique?
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-05-18
In cash-strapped school districts, where traditional public schools and charters compete over funds, schools face acute financial pressure to attract and retain students. In recent years, some charter schools have discreetly turned to a controversial recruitment strategy: offering low-income families cash stipends or other prizes in exchange for drawing new students into their schools. | The practice is a not-much-discussed part of the school choice debate, and it's not well-known how widespread it is either. This is in large part because schools are typically under no obligation to report it. Critics say these incentives amount to unethical bribes targeting primarily low-income families, though defenders say they're just shrewd marketing techniques. | The KIPP charter network is one of the largest and most prestigious charter school networks across the country. In December 2016, KIPP Adelante, a San Diego charter, sent a newsletter out…
theintercept.com/2018/05/18/charter-school-recruitment-financial-incentives/

Trump axes NASA climate research program
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-18
The Carbon Monitoring System was the latest target of the Trump administration's anti-science agenda.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/18/trum-m18.html

Israel Commemorates Nakba with Mass Murder at the Gaza Fence
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-17
One of the essential features of European colonialism were the boundaries drawn between Europeans and so-called Western civilization and everyone else. Even during the European enlightenment, the accepted philosophical justifications for human inequality in Western liberal thought meant that women, the colonized, the enslaved and non-property holders occupied different rungs on the ladder of humanity and were excluded from demanding same inherent rights as the White, male bourgeoisie.
counterpunch.org/2018/05/17/israel-commemorates-nakba-with-mass-murder-at-the-gaza-fence/

Missouri Cops Are Ripping Off School Kids and Making Joke of State Law by Keeping Seized Drug Money for Themselves
Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
The Trump Justice Department makes it possible. | Responding to myriad tales of abuses, like many other states, Missouri has reformed its asset forfeiture laws to require a criminal conviction before cash or property is seized and, in a bid to prevent " policing for profit," to require that money seized by state law enforcement agencies goes solely to the state's schools. Somebody needs to tell the cops. As Kansas City TV station KMBC reported, state and local law enforcement agencies seized more than $19 million in the past three years, but only some $340,000 has actually made it to the schools. That's a measly 2% of the seized cash. That's because the cops, with the help of the Trump Justice Department, are doing an end run around the state law. Under the Justice Department's Equitable Sharing Program, which was suspended. . .
www.alternet.org/drugs/missouri-cops-ripping-school-kids-keeping-seized-drug-money

US And Europe Face An 'Increasingly Loveless Marriage' After Trump's Iran Deal Withdrawal
Garret Martin | iranian.com | 2018-05-17
Beyond its potentially dramatic consequences for Middle East stability, Trump's May 8 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has also damaged the United States' relations with its European allies. France, Germany and the United Kingdom worked with the Obama administration to barter the United Nations-approved Iran agreement in 2015. Now, the three European signatories must figure out […] | The post US And Europe Face An 'Increasingly Loveless Marriage' After Trump's Iran Deal Withdrawal appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/05/17/us-europe-face-increasingly-loveless-marriage-trumps-iran-deal-withdrawal/

Justice Department IG finishes report on Clinton email case, Comey & Co. brace for impact
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
The Justice Department Inspector General has finished its report into law enforcement's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Officials named in the report will now review it, and many have a lot at stake. …
www.rt.com/usa/427050-justice-department-report-finished-comey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

US Police Week and a Lifetime of Fear
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-17
Demonstrators gather outside City Hall to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S., March 30, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This is Police Week. While many police "protect and serve," that's not the full story of policing in this country. | I grew up hearing about police harassment my father suffered, a black man who grew up in segregated Williamsburg, Virginia, and turned 18 the day Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. Once a police officer stood on my dad's back so long that he had a cowboy boot imprint for days. | I worry about my partner every day he leaves the house and about our son, when he becomes an adult black man. | Women of color around the country are grieving loved ones killed by police.
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/17/us-police-week-and-lifetime-fear

Planned U.S.-North Korea Peace Talks in Jeopardy as Trump Adviser Bolton Pushes for Regime Change
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-17
North Korea is threatening to cancel the June 12 U.S.-North Korea summit, after President Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Sunday the U.S. should use the so-called Libyan model for denuclearization. In 2003, Libya negotiated sanctions relief from the United States in exchange for renouncing its nuclear program and welcoming international inspectors to verify the dismantlement. Eight years later, the U.S. and other nations attacked Libya, toppling and killing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. We are joined by Christine Hong, an associate professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, and an executive board member of the Korea Policy Institute.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/17/planned_us_north_korea_peace_talks

New York City Easing Off Pot Arrests
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-17
| New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the New York City Police Department will "overhaul" and reform its marijuana enforcement policies. | Human Rights Watch has analyzed drug policies and their impact on human rights and racial justice for more than a decade and advocates decriminalizing the personal use and possession of drugs. | The mayor's announcement came days after the New York Times reported that black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white, non-Hispanic people over the past three years and Hispanic people at five times the rate of white people. The Manhattan District Attorney also announced a new "Decline to Prosecute" policy. And the NYC Comptroller issued a report concluding that legalizing adult-use of marijuana could bring in US$336 million a…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/17/new-york-city-easing-pot-arrests

Central African Republic: Crucial Court For Victims
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-17
Congolese Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (R) and the five other judges of the Special Criminal Court (SCC)–which is to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic since 2003–sit at the National Assembly in Bangui, having been sworn in on June 30, 2017. | © 2017 Saber Jendoubi/AFP/Getty Images | (Nairobi) — Recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country's new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country's conflicts, Human Rights Watch said today. A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that the court will need more support from the United Nations and government donors to prosecute grave crimes, including widespread killings, rape and sexual violence, and destruction of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/17/central-african-republic-crucial-court-victims

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim Finally Freed
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, who was granted a royal pardon, arrives to speak to supporters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, twice imprisoned on politically motivated sodomy and corruption charges, walked free from prison today with a full pardon. It was a day for celebration — for his family, his supporters, and for long-suppressed advocates of human rights in Malaysia. | It was also, perhaps, a day that will mark a new beginning for the rule of law in that country. | The release of Anwar, a former deputy prime minister and head of the opposition People's Justice Party until his imprisonment, is the first tangible result of the unexpected election victory last week of a coalition that saw Ibrahim's party align with Mahathir…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/16/malaysias-anwar-ibrahim-finally-freed

No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer Defends Israeli Military Actions in Gaza
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-05-15
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,…
theintercept.com/2018/05/15/gaza-protests-israel-palestine-conflict-steny-hoyer/

Max Thunder 2018: US military drills threaten to derail Korea peace talks
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-15
North Korea has called off talks with South Korea and warned the US that the Singapore summit might be next, citing 'Max Thunder,' a military exercise in the south featuring US strategic bombers and stealth jets. …
www.rt.com/usa/426840-max-thunder-korea-drills/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Profits, stock buybacks soar, but "no money" for wages or school books
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-14
The 500 largest corporations in the US will funnel more money into the pockets of wealthy investors than they will allocate for capital expenditures and research and development.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/14/stoc-m14.html

New Zealand Labour government makes "left" feint on education
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-14
Some 50,000 NZ teachers are set to follow their counterparts in the United States and other countries in the fight for jobs, decent wages and working conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/14/nzed-m14.html

'All people can live in peace,' says Jared Kushner as Israel kills dozens of Palestinians
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-14
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. …
www.rt.com/usa/426659-kushner-jerusalem-israel-palestine/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

US opens Jerusalem embassy on 'great day for peace' as dozens of Palestinians shot dead
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-14
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. …
www.rt.com/usa/426653-us-embassy-jerusalem-opening-ceremony/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Black Mama's Bail Out Is Freeing Black Women from Jail for Mother's Day & Taking Aim at Cash Bail
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
It's Mother's Day this weekend, and racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, "Black Mama's Bail Out Day" is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground and an organizer of National Black Mama's Bail Out Day.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/black_mamas_bail_out_is_freeing

Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers with Adults
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
This week, the Trump administration announced it will detain asylum seekers and separate them from their children at the border. A case in California shows how some minors who arrived alone to seek asylum have been put in adult detention. Immigration authorities in California are refusing to release an Afghan asylum seeker from an adult detention center, even though a federal court had determined he is a child. His lawyers say the teenager, who has been held in adult detention for five months, is 17 years old. But ICE used a disputed "pseudoscience" age test based on a dental exam to insist he is over 18. The teen, who uses the name Hamid for privacy and protection, says he fled Afghanistan using a forged passport after the Taliban murdered his father. On Tuesday, Hamid spoke to Democracy Now! in his first phone interview from the Mesa Verde detention center in Bakersfield, California. We speak to his attorney Mariel Villarreal in New York.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/immigration_officials_are_using_pseudoscience_to

Medea Benjamin: The Peace Movement Must Mobilize to Support Diplomacy in Iran & North Korea
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-09
President Trump announced Tuesday he is pulling the United States out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, brokered by his predecessor, President Obama. That same day, Trump's new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to North Korea to finalize plans for President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to hold a landmark face-to-face meeting. For more on President Trump, the Iran nuclear deal and efforts to avoid nuclear proliferation and nuclear war, we speak with Media Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, author of "Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran." She has also participated in the peace delegation to North Korea, Women Cross DMZ.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/9/medea_benjamin_the_peace_movement_must

Meet the 2018 Teacher of the Year Honored by Trump the White House Doesn't Want You to Hear
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/7/meet_the_teacher_who_staged_a

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