2018-05-21: News Headlines

The Conversation (2018-05-21). Flat Earthers Vs Climate Change Skeptics: Why Conspiracy Theorists Keep Contradicting Each Other. alternet.org Conspiracy theorists have an à la carte attitude to data and trust, so what can scientists do about it? | Flat Earthism and the idea that human activity is not responsible for climate change are two of the most prevalent conspiracy theories today. Both have been increasing in popularity since the late 20th century. Currently, 16% of the US population say they doubt the scientifically established shape of the Earth, while 40% think that human-induced climate change is a hoax. But proponents of one of these theories are not necessarily proponents of the other, even though both are often motivated by a common mistrust of authority. In fact, they regularly contradict one another. Flat Earthers, for example, tend to disbelieve organisations such as NASA on the shape of Antarctica — or indeed, that there is a southern hemisphere. . .

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-05-21). Will Bernie Run in 2020? Former Campaign Manager Says He 'Has More Energy … Than People Half His Age&#039. alternet.org Former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver on his new book, what went wrong in 2016 — and a possible 2020 campaign | If you voted for Bernie Sanders in 2016 — and quite likely even if you didn't — I highly recommend Jeff Weaver's new book " How Bernie Won: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country — and Where We Go From Here. " Weaver was the campaign manager for Sanders' insurgent progressive campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, which started out as a quixotic long shot and came startlingly close to wresting control of the party away from the moderate, pragmatic politics exemplified by Hillary Clinton. Weaver's book works equally well as a chronicle of the most full-throated progressive presidential campaigns in modern memory — which singlehandedly turned "socialism" into a popular search term. . .

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 […]

Peter Elkind, ProPublica (2018-05-21). How a Typical Government Leak Turned Into a Three-Way War Between Comey, McCabe and Trump. alternet.org Two former allies, James Comey and Andrew McCabe, have offered contradictory accounts of the orchestrated FBI leak that spawned a critical investigation. That means one of them has to be lying — as President Trump is happy to tweet to the world. | One of them has to be lying. That conclusion is inescapable if you closely examine the sworn testimony of two erstwhile FBI allies, James Comey and Andrew McCabe, about the leaking episode that led to McCabe's firing in March. After all, two diametrically opposed accounts can't both be correct. President Donald Trump has seized upon the situation — laid bare in a report from the Justice Department's inspector general — to assail both men, long among his favored targets for reasons having nothing to do with their veracity. "He LIED! LIED! LIED! " Trump wrote, in a veritable presidential tweet-gasm, hours after. . .

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.

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.

Chris Hedges (2018-05-20). The Coming Collapse. truthdig.com The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system, dominated by corporate power and the mandarins of the two major political parties, in which we don't count. We will wrest back political control by dismantling the corporate state, and this means massive and sustained civil disobedience, like that demonstrated by teachers around the country this year. If we do not…

Robert Reich (2018-05-20). How the President Could Be Re-Elected. truthdig.com 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 own a large portion of America. Some of their wealth has taken over American politics. | Enter Trump. | Counties whose voters shifted from Obama to Trump in 2016 had lost economic…

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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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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David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-19). Betsy Devos Neglects to Visit NYC Public Schools — But Finds Time to Blast Bans on Taxpayer Funds for Religious Education. alternet.org 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.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). Afghan President Offers Airstrike Victims Apology, Not Justice. hrw.org 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…

Patricia Pearson, AlterNet (2018-05-18). Here's the #1 Factor Experts Say Accounts for High Number of Mass Shootings in the US. alternet.org 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. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). US Suit Risks Cloaking Immigrant Detention Abuse. hrw.org 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…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). In Thailand, No Justice 8 Years After Crackdown. hrw.org 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…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). Surgery Conference Cuts Intersex Patients Out. hrw.org | 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…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-05-18). Cash Incentives for Charter School Recruitment: Unethical Bribe or Shrewd Marketing Technique? theintercept.com 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…

Sharon Lerner (2018-05-18). The EPA's "Leadership Summit" on PFOA Pollution Will Exclude Victims and Community Groups. theintercept.com Kristen Mello wasn't invited to the Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming " National Leadership Summit" on PFOA, PFOS, and other PFAS chemicals. For most of her life, Mello, a member of Westfield Residents Advocating For Themselves, drank water contaminated with the chemicals that are going to be discussed at the meeting. At least six compounds in this class seeped into local drinking water from firefighting foam used at the Air National Guard base in her hometown of Westfield, Massachusetts. Mello and several of her immediate family members have developed some of the health problems associated with the chemicals, including thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and liver problems. While most people in the United States have been exposed to PFAS, Westfield is one of the growing number of communities to learn they've had an especially high dose of the chemicals as the…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). Afghan President Offers Airstrike Victims Apology, Not Justice. hrw.org 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…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). Politicians Dash Hopes for Justice in Tunisia. hrw.org | 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…

wsws.org (2018-05-18). Trump axes NASA climate research program. wsws.org The Carbon Monitoring System was the latest target of the Trump administration's anti-science agenda.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-17). New York City Easing Off Pot Arrests. hrw.org | 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…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-17). Central African Republic: Crucial Court For Victims. hrw.org 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…

RT (2018-05-17). Justice Department IG finishes report on Clinton email case, Comey & Co. brace for impact. rt.com 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. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-17). US Police Week and a Lifetime of Fear. hrw.org 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.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-16). The World Bank Should Stop Dodging Accountability. hrw.org Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The private sector arm of the World Bank has long come under fire for funding projects that run afoul of human rights. But, because it enjoys full legal immunity in the United States, it has not been possible for anyone to hold the International Finance Corporation (IFC) accountable in US courts. | | That may change. This week, the US Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a case brought forward by a fishing community in India seeking damages for harm allegedly caused by IFC-funded coal power plant in Gujarat, India. If the court decided to take on the case, it could, for the first time, allow people to seek legal recourse for human…

RT (2018-05-15). Max Thunder 2018: US military drills threaten to derail Korea peace talks. rt.com 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.
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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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TEV (2018-05-09). Venezuela's Maduro 'Will Call New Peace Dialogue if Elected&#039. venezuelanalysis.com "Once Venezuela chooses me as president… I will call for a great national dialogue for peace," said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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