2019-05-16: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-05-16). Detroit teachers demand action on pay, class sizes and testing. wsws.org Hundreds of red-shirted teachers demanded to be heard at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Janine Jackson (2019-05-16). 'Resegregation Has Happened Because of Intentional Decision-Making' – CounterSpin interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones on school resegregation. fair.org The May 10, 2019, episode of CounterSpin reaired an interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones—originally broadcast August 29, 2014—about the resegregation of schools in the decades following Brown v. Board of Education. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Andy Rowell (2019-05-16). 415 ppm: We Are all Part of Exxon's Unchartered Climate Experiment Now. commondreams.org 415 ppm is a grim number. It signals we are in deep, deep trouble. (Photo: stopfundingfossils/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2019-05-16). Our Government Has Failed to Defend the Sixth Amendment. aclu.org There is a crisis in our nation of disregard for protecting the right to counsel for people accused of crimes. | On May 8, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) elevated the crisis of federal and state governments' disregard for protecting the right to counsel for people charged with crimes. She did so by introducing the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense Act (EQUAL Defense Act) a bill that uses federal money — $250 million dollars annually for five years — to incentivize pay parity between public defenders and prosecutors, ensure manageable defender caseloads, and reauthorize the student loan repayment pro…

plenglish (2019-05-16). New Protests in Brazil against Education Fund Cuts. plenglish.com Brasilia, May 16 ( Prensa Latina) The National Union of Students (UNE) has scheduled new protests for May 30 in Brazil against the decision of Jair Bolsonaro"s government to cut funds in education, announced leaders of the organization on Thursday.

Sonoma State Students (2019-05-16). Insecure Food & Housing Among Sonoma State Students. indybay.org The purpose of our research was to understand and describe the quality of Sonoma State University's students overall well being. Specifically, we researched the students who have or currently deal with insecure food and housing.

United Nations (2019-05-16). 'Climate change is the battle of my life', UN chief tells students living on the frontline in Fiji. un.org The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saw the frontline of "the battle against climate change" for himself on Thursday, by taking to the tropical waters of the South Pacific off the coast of Fiji, on a solar-powered boat.

WSWS (2019-05-16). ICE conducts armed raid on student pastor's home in Chicago, adbucts three. wsws.org Betty Rendón had been preaching at Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin while studying for her doctorate degree in Chicago when she, her husband and cousin were snatched by federal agents last week.

Mildred German (2019-05-16). The Second Annual Mining Resistors Gala Awards on Unceded Coast Salish Territories, May 1. indybay.org Mildred German of Media Coop and CFRO Radio in Vancouver interviewed several Mining Justice Alliance and the Students for Mining Justice from the University of British Columbia, who organized this year's gala.

Staff (2019-05-16). Just 13 Percent of Child Care Assistance Goes to Parents in School. truthout.org If you live in Vermont or Tennessee and have young children, you might want to consider pursuing a new degree or additional training. Student parents in these states are just as likely to receive child care assistance as their peers who are working low-wage jobs and need help covering the cost of care. That's not true in most states, according to a new report by the Urban Institute, a public policy research institute. | Nationally, just 13.2 percent of federal child care assistance dollars go to…

WSWS (2019-05-16). Right-wing outcry over student protest against anti-Muslim "headscarf conference" at German university. wsws.org Legitimate criticisms of right-wing and racist positions are criminalised and denounced as "attacks on academic freedom" and "ideological terror."

Jesse Jackson (2019-05-16). The Dream in Retreat: Brown vs. Board of Education, 65 Years Later. counterpunch.org This week marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous Supreme Court decision that outlawed apartheid in America, declaring segregated schools "inherently unequal" and unconstitutional. Today, the common sense of the Brown decision is under attack. For nearly three decades, our schools have been re-segregating, reversing the progress made under Brown, More

Jake Johnson (2019-05-16). Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' from Iran. globalresearch.ca A British general threw a wrench into the Trump administration's narrative that Iran is plotting attacks on American troops in the Middle East by telling reporters gathered at the Pentagon Tuesday that "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces" …

Edward Curtin (2019-05-16). Answering the Mysterious Call of An Artist's Spiritual Vocation. globalresearch.ca "Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive." — Kabir, "To Be a Slave of Intensity" | Strange how a man | Can enter your life | Just like that: a knock | Out of nowhere | And you've slipped away | To a rendezvous …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-16). Mother in "WAR" globalresearch.ca It was way back when, right before our nation performed the most horrific act of preemptively attacking and invading Iraq… which was not only illegal, but highly immoral. | I was at the video store rapping with my friend Kenny the …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-16). Towards a Culture of World Peace. globalresearch.ca "Towards a Culture of World Peace" constitutes a commitment to Human Livelihood. It consists in confronting the UU-NATO discourse in support of war and military intervention. It requires reviving a Worldwide anti-war movement, nationally and internationally as well as establishing a resolve by the governments of sovereign nation states to reject this Worldwide process of militarization.

Michael Reinemer (2019-05-16). Trump Administration Approves Leases for Toxic Mining Near Minnesota Wilderness, Canada Border. globalresearch.ca Today The Wilderness Society in the U.S. strongly objected to the Trump administration's renewal of two hardrock mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota that would likely pollute the vast waterways on the U.S.-Canada border. | The …

Press TV (2019-05-16). Trump Considering Replacing John Bolton: Report. globalresearch.ca US media reports suggest that President Donald Trump is considering replacing his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton over his plans to push the United States towards a military conflict with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. | Bolton "is headed for …

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-16). Something Wrong with Trump: The Insulting Names Are No Longer Welcome. globalresearch.ca Remaining promoters of the concept of Donald Trump as President of the United States cite the fact that he has started no new shooting wars while Russiagate has turned out to be a flop and the economy seems to be …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-16). Russia's Nord Stream II Concerns Reveal Its Severe Systemic Vulnerabilities. globalresearch.ca Putin actually sounded pretty concerned about the future of Nord Stream II for the first time ever during Tuesday's press conference with his Austrian counterpart, strongly suggesting that Pompeo might have delivered a serious message to him during Monday's meeting …

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2019-05-16). These 28 Companies Are Building Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca ICAN and its partner organisation Pax have released a report with full profiles of 28 companies connected to the production of nuclear weapons. | Here are the 28 companies on ICAN's Red Flag list. Download the full report here. | Aecom …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-05-16). A Novel We Can All Relate To: "The Other Americans" globalresearch.ca America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who held that they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views— and the will to back a …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-16). Thinning Five Times Faster Than Just Two Decades Ago, Study Shows Antarctic Ice Melting at Terrifying Rate. commondreams.org New research released Thursday revealed that ice sheets in Antarctica are thinning even more rapidly than scientists previously believed, with ice melting five times as quickly as it did in the 1990s. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Global Research (2019-05-16). "The Globalization of War" and "Towards a World War III Scenario" globalresearch.ca The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity, by Michel Chossudovsky | America's hegemonic project in…

South Front (2019-05-16). Video: Syria Al Qaeda Militants Lose More Territory after Failed Counter-attack. globalresearch.ca Clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led coalition of militant groups continue in northwestern Hama and northern Lattakia. | 4 SAA soldiers were killed and 7 others were injured in a failed attack on Hayat Tahrir …

(2019-05-16). Trump Administration Waives Laws to Build 100 Miles of Border Wall Across Arizona National Monument, Wildlife Refuges. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California. | Today's announcement from the Department of Homeland Security says waivers will be used to build walls …

Joyce Nelson (2019-05-16). Monsanto's "Rain of Death" on Canada's Forests. globalresearch.ca First Nations in Ontario have run out of patience. For 43 years, the forest industry has been conducting aerial spraying of glyphosate herbicide on Indigenous lands — a "rain of death" used in forest management practice that has slowly been …

South Front (2019-05-16). Video: Houthis Strike Key Saudi Oil Pipeline Amid Growing Concern over Nearing US-Iranian Armed Conflict. globalresearch.ca On May 14, Saudi Arabia halted pumping on its 1,200km-long East-West pipeline after it had been targeted by suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). | The kingdom's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih confirmed the attack on the pipeline, …

Lauren Smith (2019-05-16). Venezuelan Embassy: Peace Activists Put US Mission on Notice. globalresearch.ca Yesterday evening activists from the International Action Center (IAC) and No War on Venezuela.org delivered a letter to the United States Mission to the United Nations in NYC from the Embassy Protection Collective (EPC). Telemundo was on the scene and …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-16). Fantasies of Humanity: The Christchurch Pledge and a Regulated Internet. globalresearch.ca It had to come. A massacre, broadcast in real time and then shared with viral automatism; the inevitable shock, and the counter from the authorities. The Christchurch shootings, inflicting fifty-one deaths upon worshippers at two mosques in quiet New Zealand …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-05-16). Military and Opposition Forces Reach Agreement in Sudan While Tensions Persist. globalresearch.ca Representatives from the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) and the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change have been holding talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) for several weeks since the coup against ousted President Omer Hassan al-Bashir on …

Middle East Eye (2019-05-16). UK Propaganda Unit Has Secret Plans to Target French Muslim. theantimedia.com (MEE) — A shadowy UK government propaganda unit that privately declares that it works to "effect behavioural and attitudinal change" among British Muslims has drawn up plans to begin operating in France. The Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU), which is based at the Home Office in London, generates films, social media, websites, leaflets and news stories that …

Prof. Rut Diamint (2019-05-16). Truth, Justice and Declassification: Secret Archives Show US Helped Argentine Military Wage 'Dirty War' that Killed 30,000. globalresearch.ca History books may never tell the full story of the dictatorship that terrorized Argentina from 1976 to 1984. | But newly declassified United States military and intelligence documents recently delivered to Argentina offer new details about the country's brutal military junta….

pip.hinman (2019-05-16). The crazy $5.2 trillion fossil fuel subsidy. greenleft.org.au On May 11, sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had risen above 415 parts per million (ppm). The safe level is 350 ppm. | This is the first time since humans have existed that there has been this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and it is well beyond the safe limit. | As 350.org (the name of this climate activist network tells you how bad things are) warns it…

Rémy Herrera (2019-05-16). Paris: United May Day march attacked by police. workers.org Herrera is a Marxist economist and researcher at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He works at the Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris, he attended the May Day march in Paris. and he wrote this article May 5. Workers World staff translated it. On this May 2, . . . | Continue reading Paris: United May Day march attacked by police at Workers.org

Staff (2019-05-15). Social Justice Activist Named Winner in Contentious Union Election. therealnews.com This story has been updated. | In a stunning victory, teacher and longtime social justice activist Diamonté Brown defeated incumbent Baltimore Teachers Union President Marietta English by a vote of 901-839, according to preliminary election results. "I thank everyone that voted for me and I promise to work every day to engage more members and take action based on members' concerns and needs," Brown said. | The election is the latest chapter in a wave of grassroots-powered challengers overcoming veteran officeholders, such as New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley…

Staff (2019-05-15). Power, Corruption & Changing How Baltimore is Governed. therealnews.com Powerful commercial interests dominate Baltimore's city government, where corruption and backroom deals are part of the fabric of how decisions are made. The recent scandal involving Mayor Pugh is part of a long history of political office being used for personal gain and handing over public funds and favors to wealthy elites. Can city charter…

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-15). Exiting the War System of NATO. globalresearch.ca The Following text is the last section of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April …

Rima Najjar (2019-05-15). Israel Was Forced on Palestinians‚Ää. Trump Deal is a US Rubber Stamp of the Status Quo. globalresearch.ca It's been 71 years now, to the day, and the Jewish State of Israel is still "thriving" among us as the fictitious "ancestral homeland" of Jews‚Ää—‚Ääa deceptive rhetorical ploy Thomas Friedman, among many others, has been spouting, without …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-05-15). The Newspeak Road to Four Degrees Celsius. globalresearch.ca While a price placed on the Earth, estimated at $5000 trillion (New Formula Values Earth), belongs to the unthinkable, the haggle by conservatives over the price of mitigation of climate change underpins the reality of the Faustian Bargain, …

Aba Blankson (2019-05-14). NAACP Opposes Wendy Vitter and all Nominees Who Refuse to Affirm Brown v Board of Education. naacp.org BALTIMORE — Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Wendy Vitter to the Eastern District of Louisiana and all nominees refusing to endorse the Supreme Court's seminal ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. "This week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of …

splcenter (2019-05-13). Following SPLC lawsuit, judge grants New Orleans students the chance to walk on graduation day. splcenter.org A state court in Louisiana issued an injunction today that allowed six high school seniors to participate in graduation ceremonies at their New Orleans charter school after they were banned from doing so following a minor senior prank last month.

Jonathan Flowers (2019-05-11). Regents ignore student and faculty protests, select far-right Kennedy as CU President. liberationnews.org Sexist, anti-gay former Congressman Mark Kennedy appointed head of University of Colorado.

ACLU (2019-05-10). The Mueller Report Isn't The Only Thing That William Barr Is Hiding. aclu.org Barr's attempt to block a report detailing how often the government seeks to spy on Twitter's users is inappropriate and dangerous. | Attorney General William Barr recently invoked a powerful, rarely used privilege to withhold information from the public, marking a dramatic turn of events in a battle over the release of a highly contested report. | Only this time, we're talking about a report that would provide much-needed information on the government's spying activities. | For the past five years, Twitter has been trying to make public a transparency report with detailed statistics about how often the U.S. gove…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression. greenleft.org.au The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Greens, preferences and radical social change. greenleft.org.au This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism. | The school climate strike movement is one manifestation of the desire for meaningful change. And there are many others too. | But while radical change is needed, those who campaign for it are still too often derided as extremist or idealist (with the exception of the students who the powers-that-be hope will "grow up" and embrace pragmatism). | There is a strong desire to get rid…

splcenter (2019-05-10). Weekend Read: Brown v. Board of Education and modern-day segregation. splcenter.org Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public schools as a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

ACLU (2019-05-10). House Funding Bill Shows How Far We've Come in the Fight for Reproductive Freedom—And How Far We Have to Go. aclu.org A key bill makes important strides for reproductive health, and shows why we need presidential candidates to show leadership on abortion coverage. | This week the House Appropriations Committee advanced the Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations bill, the annual bill that funds federal health and education programs. It makes important strides forward on reproductive health and rights–and it also shines a light on the need for presidential leadership on abortion coverage…

Fight Back (2019-05-09). Jacksonville celebrates May Day. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — About 35 people gathered on May 1 to celebrate International Workers' Day in Jacksonville. The rally was held in front of the Duval County Courthouse. Members of several local trade unions were present, including Letter Carriers, Teamsters, SEIU, Teachers, and IATSE. Other local activist groups included the Community Action Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Network, the Northside Coalition, and the local Democratic Black Caucus. | The rally was united under the theme of building alliances between different groups and organizations. A…

Fight Back (2019-05-09). Chicago Teachers Union signs tentative agreement with charter operator Instituto. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL — Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members at charter schools are reforming the industry one charter operator at a time and that campaign won better working conditions for educators and better learning conditions for students at two charter schools run by Instituto del Progresso Latino. Teachers and support staff from two schools, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy and Instituto Justice Leadership Academy, had been on strike against the charter operator since the end of the day on May 1. The tentative agreement was finalized just before 11 p.m. on May 6. | Strikers won decreases in class sizes…

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