2019-05-17: Social Media Postees

NAPLAN treats students like machines
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
A small but determined group of teachers, parents and students gathered in the rain on May 3 on the steps of the Victorian Parliament to demonstrate their opposition to the NAPLAN tests. | The speak out was organised by the Melbourne Educators for Social and Environmental Justice, a rank-and-file group within the Australian Education Union (AEU). | The NAPLAN tests are standardised tests, meaning that students right across Australia answer the same questions from a common bank of questions. They are supposed to indicate whether students are behind, above or equal to their peers. It treats students as cogs in a ma…
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Bolsonaro's Education Austerity Mobilizes Hundreds of Thousands Across Brazil
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-17
Hundreds of thousands of students and educators took to the streets across Brazil in protest against President Jair Bolsonaro's draconian neoliberal attack on education. Mike Fox reports…
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City College of SF students rally against new funding formula
Claudia Drdul | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-17
It is no secret that community colleges across the United States are home to students from working-class backgrounds.
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Students for Justice in Palestine at New York University smeared as anti-Semitic
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
The attack on the Students for Justice in Palestine is part of an international campaign to slander left-wing organizations that criticize the Israeli state.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/17/sjfp…

Why I'm on Climate Strike in Iowa
Massimo Paciotto Biggers | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
Joining other youth leaders from around the world, this junior high school student from Iowa has this message: "No more excuses." (Photo: Courtesy of the author) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Insecure Food & Housing Among Sonoma State Students
Sonoma State Students | indybay.org | 2019-05-17
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.
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Millions in Australia "view Assange as a hero who is being attacked for revealing the truth."
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
We are publishing here the speech of Oscar Grenfell, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and national convenor of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, at the May 12 meeting in London in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
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The Second Annual Mining Resistors Gala Awards on Unceded Coast Salish Territories, May 1
Mildred German | indybay.org | 2019-05-17
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.
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Workers sit in during union recognition effort at Marquette, driven out by cops
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-17
Milwaukee, WI – For the past several months, non-tenured faculty and graduate students at Marquette University have been organizing to form a union. They held rallies, distributed petitions and returned to administration demanding to be recognized and negotiated with as equals. In response, Marquette's administration has offered empty promises to "follow the law," and refuses anything further. | On May 15, the union took a step forward, with workers and supporters staging a sit-in for recognition at Zilber hall on Marquette's campus that held on through the night. The administration met with the workers…
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We are the shadow-ghosts, creeping back as the camp fires burn low
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-17
Professor Sandra Díaz, who teaches in Argentina's National University of Cordoba and is the co-chair of the IPBES report, said that although bio-diversity and eco-diversity are 'declining fast', 'we still have the means to ensure a sustainable future for people and the planet'. | Source…
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Are robots sexist? UN report shows gender bias in talking digital tech
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
Why do most voice assistants have female names, and why do they have submissive personalities? The answer, says a new report released on Friday by UNESCO, the UN's Education, Science and Culture agency, is that there are hardly any women working in the technical teams that develop these services and other cutting-edge digital tools.
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NAACP and Civil Rights Groups Hold Rally on the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-05-17
On May 16, NAACP along with civil rights organizations and members of Congress held a rally on Capitol Hill to make the promise of Brown v. Board of Education a reality for all. In honor of the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, speakers addressed the still urgent struggle for education equity as well …
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65 years after Brown vs. Board: What happened to multicultural education?
Beatrice Lumpkin | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-17
How much progress have we made in getting racism out of our schools since the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education? In 1954, our highest court ruled, "Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Clearly, that was a great victory. Yet today, in many of our nation's cities, schools remain highly segregated. In former …
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Citing Harm to Public Education, Bernie Sanders Calls for Ban on For-Profit Charter Schools
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
"Charter schools are led by unaccountable, private bodies, and their growth has drained funding from the public school system." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Recognizes 65 Year Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Ruling
commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
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Science Won't Save the Planet, New Values Will
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-17
I don't write much directly about climate collapse, even though by any measure it is by far the most important issue any of us will face in our lifetimes. And I can gauge from my social media accounts that, when I do write about environmental issues, my followers — most of whom I assume share …
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Canada Joins the Authoritarian Censorship Agenda
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Here's how the Canadians will deal with citizen journalism and narrative debunking–they'll force the taxpayers to subsidize corporate news rackets. | "Federal agencies will publish an A-list of newspapers and websites deemed reliable under a multi-million dollar subsidy program, the Department | …
globalresearch.ca/canada-joins-authorita…

Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Trump himself, has not only reached a level of incompetence and ignorance which is scary — but he has also surrounded himself with inept, preposterous people, like, Pence, Bolton, Pompeo — who, it appears, have no other means left than running around the world amok, dishing out threats left and right…
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New York Times Denies Health Impacts of 5G Cellphone Technology
Richard Gale | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
The New York Times continues to descend further into spewing fiction masquerading as news. Its most recent analysis challenges Judith Miller's delusional screed about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction as sheer nonsense. Evidently the Times has a propensity for …
globalresearch.ca/new-york-times-succumb…

Head of Swedish Bar Association Condemns the Handling of the Assange Case in the UK and Sweden as Deplorable
Anne Ramberg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
This article was written by Anne Ramberg, who happens to be the Secretary General of the Swedish Bar Association, the professional body of lawyers in that country. The article has been translated by Marcello Ferrada de Noli, Swedish professor emeritus …
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Biologist: 238 Tons of Plastic Debris Found on Remote Islands
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-17
The remote Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean, which is made up of 27 islands and barely 6 square miles of land, shocked Australian marine biologist Jennifer Lavers of the University of Tasmania, in Australia, after she witnessed the volume of plastic waste in the region barely inhabited by humans. | RELATED: | US: Scientists Advance Research to Make Plastic 100% Recyclable | Lavers said she chose the islands because the lack of residents makes it an ideal location to mea…
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Congress Wants to Steal $1.68 Billion from Iran
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
It's not enough to want untold thousands to die and the country destroyed, now neocons in Congress want to steal more than a billion and a half dollars from Iran as compensation for something somebody else did or didn't do….
globalresearch.ca/congress-wants-steal-1…

Netanyahu's Acts of Provocation and Destruction Including Violence against Civilians Constitute Both a War Crime and Terrorism
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 was adopted on 23.12.2016. The resolution passed in a 14–0 vote by members of the U.N.S.C. including four parties having power of veto: China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom. | It reaffirmed that Israel's …
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Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
1. Iraq is 168,754 mi ≤ and Iran is 636,400 mi ≤; that is, Iran is geographically 3.77 times bigger than Iraq, almost 4 times as big. | 2. Iraq's population when invaded was 26 million. Iran's population today is 81 million. | 3. …
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Pentagon Threatens Europe over EU Army Plans
Alex Lantier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
On May 1, the US Department of Defense sent a letter to the European Union warning that plans for an independent EU army could lead to a collapse in the NATO alliance between the United States and the EU powers. …
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The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth
Robert J. Burrowes | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-17
Like many people who have struggled to understand why human beings are driving the sixth mass extinction event in Earth's history, which now threatens imminent human extinction as well, over many decades I have explored the research and efforts of a great many activists and scholars to secure this understanding. However, with many competing ideas …
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The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New "Syraq" (Syria-Iraq)
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Terrorist groups in West Africa are dangerously trying to transplant the "Syraq" model of transnational destabilization to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger border triangle in order to turn it into a similarly lawless region like the frontier between those two aforementioned Mideast …
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A Novel We Can All Relate To: "The Other Americans"
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
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 …
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War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran
John Mecklin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
The New York Times reported earlier in the week that top Trump administration national security officials asked for and received a briefing on military plans that would send some 120,000 US troops to the Middle East should Iran take aggressive …
globalresearch.ca/war-peace-bolton-trump…

Trump is lying about immigrant crime — and the research proves it
splcenter.org | 2019-05-17
Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as "criminals." He has called them "rapists," drug dealers, "animals" and "bad hombres" who "infest our country."
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The Pompeo Bolton Tag Team from Hell
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
There was little pretense that when former UN Ambassador John Bolton became President Trump's National Security Adviser and former Rep. Mike Pompeo moved into the Secretary of State position, that either would bring a professionally credible and respectable presence to …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-bolton-team/567…

Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Claim 50 Countries Reject Venezuela's Elected President and Repeat It Enough It Must be True
Dave Lindorff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
American media still refer to Juan Guaidó, America's hand-picked "legitimate leader" or "legitimate president" of Venezuela, as having an "administration." | The truth is that his "administration" — consisting of advisors and other opposition leaders — are all either arrested …
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US Illegally Evicts Protectors from Venezuelan Embassy
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Today, law enforcement agents broke into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., and arrested the four remaining members of the Embassy Protection Collective. | "We denounce these arrests, as the people inside were there with our permission, and we consider it | …
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Farcical recognition tech? NYPD 'used Woody Harrelson pic for beer thief search'
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Police in New York used a photo of actor Woody Harrelson to track down a lookalike beer thief, according to a report by Georgetown University researchers on the NYPD's flawed facial recognition program. | …
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'Thinned by extraordinary amounts:' Glaciers in Antarctica melting at accelerating rates
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
Glaciers in Antarctica are melting at an alarming rate. According to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letter, which relied on 25 years of satellite data from 1992 to 2007, ice loss in both East and West Antarctica has raised global sea level by 4.6 millimeters in recent years. The study fitted the satellites …
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Our Government Has Failed to Defend the Sixth Amendment
aclu.org | 2019-05-16
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…
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'Climate change is the battle of my life', UN chief tells students living on the frontline in Fiji
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-16
The UN Secretary-General António 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.
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'Resegregation Has Happened Because of Intentional Decision-Making' – CounterSpin interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones on school resegregation
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-16
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…
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Trump Considering Replacing John Bolton: Report
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
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 …
globalresearch.ca/trump-considering-repl…

Venezuelan Embassy: Peace Activists Put US Mission on Notice
Lauren Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
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 | …
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Mother in "WAR"
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
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 …
globalresearch.ca/mother-in-war/5677581

Paris: United May Day march attacked by police
Rémy Herrera | workers.org | 2019-05-16
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
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Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of 'Increased Threat' from Iran
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
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" …
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"The Globalization of War" and "Towards a World War III Scenario"
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity, by Michel Chossudovsky | America's hegemonic project in…
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Video: Houthis Strike Key Saudi Oil Pipeline Amid Growing Concern over Nearing US-Iranian Armed Conflict
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
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, …
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Something Wrong with Trump: The Insulting Names Are No Longer Welcome
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
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 …
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Social Justice Activist Named Winner in Contentious Union Election
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
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…
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Power, Corruption & Changing How Baltimore is Governed
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-15
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…
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NAACP Opposes Wendy Vitter and all Nominees Who Refuse to Affirm Brown v Board of Education
Aba Blankson | naacp.org | 2019-05-14
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 …
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