2019-05-19: News Headlines

Labor Video Project (2019-05-19). The Fight Against PAR, The Attack On Teachers & Worker Rights With Educator Brian Crowell. indybay.org Educator and former Berkeley Federaton of Teachers steward Brian Crowell talks about his experience with the Peer Assisted Program PAR and how he discovered it was being used to target senior teachers, African American teachers and Latino teachers. He also found out that his union president of the BFT Cathy Cambell was being paid by the district to discipline and terminate teachers.

Shawgi Tell (2019-05-19). Pseudo-Socialist Bernie Sanders Finally Opposes Charter Schools. dissidentvoice.org After wavering and making confusing statements about charter schools three years ago when he was running for President, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for President again, finally came out and issued a broad education plan on May 18, 2019 which, among other things, opposes charter schools. Part two of Sanders' ten-part "Thurgood Marshall …

teleSUR (2019-05-19). Bernie Sanders Seeks to End Racial Disparities in US Schools. telesurenglish.net U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled an education policy proposal on Saturday designed to pump billions of dollars into the public schools system and end the racial disparities. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders Come Out in Support of Rashida Tlaib Amid Trump's Attacks | Sanders presented this 10-point plan to a crowd of supportes in South Carolina on Saturday. "Every child has a right to a quality K-12 education, regardless o…

Jeff Bryant (2019-05-19). The Federal Government Has Poured Millions into Failing Charter Schools in Louisiana. commondreams.org When Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, said Hurricane Katrina was the "best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans," he was no doubt referring in part to how the storm and its aftermath led to the spread of charter schools across the city.

Sonoma State Student Collective (2019-05-19). 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.

Michael Welch (2019-05-19). 1919 Winnipeg General Strike: Lessons for Creating a Better World in 2019. globalresearch.ca "The worker must get a more equitable share of the wealth of the world. And this Strike has already demonstrated the ability of the workers to get his if he consolidated their forces. Withdraw your labour power from the …

Mildred German (2019-05-19). 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 (2019-05-19). New Abortion Laws 'Go Against Common Sense'. therealnews.com Conservatives have launched a new attack on abortion rights, which go against both medical science and common sense, says Anoa Changa, but the point is to bring the issue to the new conservative Supreme Court majority…

WSWS (2019-05-18). Only socialist policies can resolve the Australian public education crisis. wsws.org Teachers and parents should treat the sham election promises of Labor, Liberal and the Greens on education with the contempt they deserve.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-18). Bernie Sanders Unveils 'A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education'. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday unveiled the public education plan for his 2020 presidential campaign, calling for "a transformative investment in our children, our teachers, and our schools, and a fundamental re-thinking of the unjust and inequitable funding of our public education system." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_32.jpg…

WSWS (2019-05-18). One million take to the streets against education cuts, austerity in Brazil. wsws.org The powerful demonstrations by teachers and students in over 200 cities targeted both fascistic President Bolsonaro and Workers Party (PT) state governors.

WSWS (2019-05-18). New Jersey education budget reallocation threatens hundreds of jobs. wsws.org The Democratic and Republican politicians of one of the wealthiest states in America are refusing to adequately fund public education in working class communities.

WSWS (2019-05-18). Amid declining real wages, strikes in US escalate. wsws.org Fueled by declining real wages, new strikes by teachers, health care workers and other sections of the working class are erupting.

Paul R. Pillar (2019-05-18). Risk of Open Warfare? What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat. globalresearch.ca The current crisis atmosphere in U.S.-Iranian relations, in which the risk of open warfare appears greater than it has been in years, is solely and unequivocally due to the policies and actions of the Trump administration. To point this out …

Philip Weiss (2019-05-18). US-Israel Relationship Is 'Altar' of 'Holiness,' and Jerusalem Embassy Is 'Shrine' — US Ambassador. globalresearch.ca There's been a lot of focus on US Ambassador David Friedman saying at a ceremony in Jerusalem Tuesday that Israel "is on the side of God," as the New York Times reported. | The religious character of Friedman's remarks went well …

Jeb Sprague (2019-05-18). Who's Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela's D.C. Embassy? globalresearch.ca The intimidation tactics by the pro-coup embassy besiegers not only failed to deter the peace activists around the embassy, they left Venezuela's D.C.-based opposition with a serious PR problem. After a week of hateful outbursts, a handful of marketing strategists …

South Front (2019-05-18). Video: Syrian Army Eliminated 45 Militants in Recent Clashes. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in northwestern Hama eliminated at least 45 militants during the past few days, according to pro-government sources. | Lt. Col. Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Shamali of Jaysh al-Nasir, Captain Ahmed Ismail and Mohamad Najar of …

Prof. James Petras (2019-05-18). United States and Venezuela: A Historical Background. globalresearch.ca "Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world and they own it and we want it" — (Anonymous Trump official) | Introduction | US hostility and efforts to overthrow the Venezuelan government forms parts of a long and inglorious history of …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-05-18). Under a Greenhouse Atmosphere. globalresearch.ca As carbon emissions have been growing at an accelerated rate (Figure 1) and new power plants are under construction (Figure 2) the race to destroy species and civilization is heading toward its critical conclusion (Figure …

RT (2019-05-18). You've been warned: Widespread US face surveillance is 'imminent reality', says tech privacy report. rt.com Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that's about to become an "imminent reality" for millions of citizens across the country.

John Foster (2019-05-18). Oil and Global Rivalry. globalresearch.ca At the UN General Assembly in 2018, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl broke an unwritten taboo by talking about oil and war. "The recent wars imposed on the Middle East were…fought in the name of oil. Now Syria is a …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2019-05-18). "Journaille… Canaille!", Media Disinformation: Karl Kraus' Campaign against a "Warmongering Press" globalresearch.ca Karl Kraus, born in 1874, was one of the most important Austrian writers of the beginning of the 20th century and a sharp critic of the predominant press and inflammatory journalism of his time. "Journaille" means in reference to …

Green Party of the United States (2019-05-18). Green Party of the United States Statement — Venezuelan Embassy. globalresearch.ca The United Nations recognizes Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. It is illegal under international law for the U.S. to facilitate control of the embassy to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has asserted a claim to the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-18). Are Sino/US Trade Talks Doomed to Fail? globalresearch.ca Both countries want major outstanding issues resolved, a bilateral deal finalized, ending the longstanding differences on trade and related issues. | Yet after 11 rounds of talks since China's Xi Jinping met with Trump at his Mar a Lago, Florida estate …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-05-18). Die US-Zugmaschine der weltweiten Milità§rausgaben. globalresearch.ca Die weltweiten Milità§rausgaben àºberstiegen 2018 — laut den Schà§tzungen von SIPRI vom 29. April[1] — 1.800 Milliarden Dollar, mit einem realen Anstieg von 76 % gegenàºber 1998. Nach dieser Schà§tzung gibt die Welt jede Minute etwa 3,5 Millionen Dollar fàºr …

Jason Ditz (2019-05-18). Iraqi Parliament Poised to Evict US Troops. globalresearch.ca Iraq has spent the better share of the last 16 years under US military occupation. Despite this, time and again US-Iraqi relations have come to be defined by US hostility toward neighboring Iran, and Iraq's desire to not get mixed …

Zero Hedge (2019-05-18). Radioactive 'Nuclear Coffin' May be Leaking into the Pacific Ocean. globalresearch.ca UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has sounded the alarm over a giant concrete dome built 40 years ago in the Marshall Islands to contain radioactive waste from Cold War-era atomic tests. | According to Guterres, the dome — which houses approximately …

teleSUR (2019-05-18). World Watches Last Blue Moon of the Decade. telesurenglish.net For the last time in this decade, a "Blue Flower Moon" will appear Saturday night at approximately 10: 21pm (BST), science experts said. | RELATED: | Israel Fails With Moon Landing | On Twitter, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) wrote, "Since the 1940s, 'Blue Moon' has referred to the second full Moon in a month – but tonight's Blue Moon is from the older definition, which is the third full Moon in a season that has an atypical four full Moons. And please note, the Moon will not appear b…

Staff (2019-05-17). Bolsonaro's Education Austerity Mobilizes Hundreds of Thousands Across Brazil. therealnews.com 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…

kathy_f (2019-05-17). NAPLAN treats students like machines. greenleft.org.au 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…

Austyn Ross (2019-05-17). NAACP and Civil Rights Groups Hold Rally on the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board. naacp.org 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 …

United Nations (2019-05-17). Are robots sexist? UN report shows gender bias in talking digital tech. un.org 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.

commondreams (2019-05-17). Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Recognizes 65 Year Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Ruling. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-17). Citing Harm to Public Education, Bernie Sanders Calls for Ban on For-Profit Charter Schools. commondreams.org "Charter schools are led by unaccountable, private bodies, and their growth has drained funding from the public school system." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders_31.jpg…

Beatrice Lumpkin (2019-05-17). 65 years after Brown vs. Board: What happened to multicultural education? peoplesworld.org 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 …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

Staff (2019-05-17). US Public Education Still Segregated 65 Years After Brown. therealnews.com Sixty-five years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, a new report published by Pennsylvania State University reveals the persistent racial segregation in America's public schools, and the many factors that contribute to it…

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-17). We are the shadow-ghosts, creeping back as the camp fires burn low. mronline.org 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

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-05-17). The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

John Mecklin (2019-05-17). War and Peace: Bolton and Trump Tell a Confused Story About Possible Military Action against Iran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-17). Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Claim 50 Countries Reject Venezuela's Elected President and Repeat It Enough It Must be True. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Richard Gale (2019-05-17). New York Times Denies Health Impacts of 5G Cellphone Technology. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Hans Stehling (2019-05-17). Netanyahu's Acts of Provocation and Destruction Including Violence against Civilians Constitute Both a War Crime and Terrorism. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Alex Lantier (2019-05-17). Pentagon Threatens Europe over EU Army Plans. globalresearch.ca 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. …

RT (2019-05-17). Farcical recognition tech? NYPD 'used Woody Harrelson pic for beer thief search'. rt.com 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.

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-17). The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New "Syraq" (Syria-Iraq). globalresearch.ca 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 …

splcenter (2019-05-17). Trump is lying about immigrant crime — and the research proves it. splcenter.org 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."

Peter Koenig (2019-05-17). Trump — from China to Iran to Venezuela — Threats and Sanctions Everywhere — A Chronicle of Disorganized Chaos Foretold. globalresearch.ca 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…

Staff (2019-05-17). New Poverty Measurement Exposes Turkey's Inequality Within Households. therealnews.com Hasan Tekguc and Bengi Akbulut discuss their research on the gender gap in poverty in Turkey. When comparing household income, it is impossible to know about the gender-based inequality within households…

Juan Cole (2019-05-17). Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump's Proposed Iran War. globalresearch.ca 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. …