2019-05-21: News Headlines

Emmanuel Felton (2019-05-21). New Orleans Argues Whether an All-Charter City Can Be Truly Democratic. thenation.com New Orleans Argues Whether an All-Charter City Can Be Truly Democratic…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-05-21). Rand Corp: come abbattere la Russia. globalresearch.ca Costringere l'avversario a estendersi eccessivamente per sbilanciarlo e abbatterlo: non è una mossa di judo ma il piano contro la Russia elaborato dalla Rand Corporation, il più influente think tank Usa che, con uno staff di migliaia di esperti, si …

Zero Hedge (2019-05-21). USAF Paints F-16 Jet with Russian Color Scheme for 'Training Purposes'. globalresearch.ca Nellis Air Force Base's Facebook page published a video of a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Friday belonging to the 64th Aggressor Squadron in a new paint scheme that resembles Russia's fifth-generation stealth fighter, reported The War Zone. | "A …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-21). The Pakistan Based "Baloch Liberation Army" (BLA): A Foreign-Backed Feudal Terrorist Group. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Baloch Liberation Army" issued a video ultimatum to China over the weekend to discontinue its CPEC development projects in Pakistan's Balochistan or face a renewed wave of terrorist attacks against its interests there, with this message unambiguously proving …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). Dueling Agendas: Russia and China v. the US. globalresearch.ca Sino/Russian and US geopolitical agendas are world's apart. Together with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi last week, Sergey Lavrov said the following: | "(O)ur foreign policy cooperation…is a stabilizing factor in world affairs. Russia and China consistently advocate a more just, …

Robert Bridge (2019-05-21). US-Iran Showdown Is One False-Flag Attack Away from Global Calamity. globalresearch.ca Hypocritical to the core, the execution of false-flag events spare aggressive states the ignominy of appearing in public as the warmongering psychopaths they are, lest their subjects get the wrong idea as to exactly who is governing over them. | The …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-21). Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama's Anti-Abortion Law. globalresearch.ca It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). US-China Trade War: Beijing Warns Trump Against "Going Too Far" globalresearch.ca The US is used to having its way in dealings with other countries — pressuring, bullying, warning, threatening, and attacking them to push them into compliance with its demands. | What once worked most often is increasingly a less effective strategy …

Ken Stone (2019-05-21). Video: Donald Trump Threatens to Destroy Iran. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump on Sunday ratcheted up his rhetoric toward Iran, warning that a fight with the United States would "be the official end of Iran." | Watch the interview with Canada's antiwar activist and geopolitical analyst Ken Stone below….

Al-Masdar News (2019-05-21). British Special Forces Join US Strike Group Against Iran. globalresearch.ca British Special Forces have flown to the Middle East in the framework of a top-secret mission to rebuff possible Iranian attacks on merchant ships, according to The Sun. | Members of the elite Special Boat Service are reported to have joined …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-21). Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Turkistan Islamic Party", the Syrian branch of the Uighur-led terrorist group previously known as the "East Turkestan Islamic Movement", threatened to deal Russia a defeat akin to the one that its Soviet predecessor experienced in Afghanistan, demonstrating the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). Breaking: Federal Judge Orders Release of Trump's Tax Returns. globalresearch.ca On May 10, House Dem Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal subpoenaed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS commissioner Charles Rettig to release Trump's personal tax returns for the 2013-18 period, along with other returns for several of his …

RT (2019-05-21). US Navy wants to create archive of 350 BILLION social media posts for 'research' purposes. rt.com The US Navy is seeking to create an archive that will store no less than 350 billion social media posts, as part of the military branch's "research efforts" into "modes of collective expression."

Staff (2019-05-21). Research on Children's Health Risks in Doubt Over EPA Funds. truthdig.com Projects resulting in pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy.

Stephen Lendman (2019-05-21). US Rage for Dominance Driving Its Economic and Social Decline. globalresearch.ca Throughout…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-21). India Elections: Towards a Possible BJP Victory. asia-pacificresearch.com

F. William Engdahl (2019-05-21). A China Food Crisis More Dangerous than Trade War? The African Swine Fever (ASF) Outbreak. globalresearch.ca China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of …

Eric Margolis (2019-05-21). Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump claimed this week that he does not want war with Iran. If he really believes this, the president ought to look into what his subordinates are doing. | Among their bellicose actions are deployment of the 'Abraham Lincoln …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-05-21). Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran, Resumes Purchase of Iran Oil. globalresearch.ca On May 5, Donald Trump announced a devastating 25% tariff on Chinese commodity imports valued at 200 billion dollars. | According to Trump: | "China is cheating the system". | "Dirty Bureaucrats in Washington have allowed China to take advantage of our great …

South Front (2019-05-21). Syria War Report: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing. globalresearch.ca On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the …

Ashley Curtin (2019-05-21). Trump administration downplays danger of air pollution in new regulatory rollbacks. nationofchange.org The Trump administration will soon replace Obama-era Clean Power Plan by rolling back regulations that drastically downplays the danger of air pollution. As the White House prepares to put in place the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan, the Trump administration will use a new methodology to determine air pollution, which researchers said would undercut premature deaths caused by pollution. | The decades-old methodology used "a peer-reviewed methodology under which the existence of fine particles of chemicals — also known as particulate matter — in the air were found to be dangerous even if they we…

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-21). How to Survive the Journey Ahead: A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age. globalresearch.ca "No matter who you are, no matter how strong you are, sooner or later, you'll face circumstances beyond your control." — Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones | Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered …

NIAC Action (2019-05-21). NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threat to "End" Iran. globalresearch.ca Today, President Trump threatened to "end" Iran in a tweet on the heels of reports that rockets landed near the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad. | In response, President of the National Iranian American Council, Jamal Abdi, issued the following …

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2019-05-21). All the Times John Bolton Called for War with Iran. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2018 | The fact that Donald Trump's recent hawkish stance on the Syrian government coincided with John Bolton's first day as national security advisor is most likely no accident. Syria and Iran …

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-21). Israel's War Criminals in Their Own Words. globalresearch.ca Israel's public face, sustained and propagated by a wealthy and powerful diaspora that has significant control over the media, insists that the country is the Middle East's only true democracy, that is operates under a rule of law for all …

Global Research News (2019-05-21). Selected Articles: Backlash in US-China Trade War. China Defies Sanctions against Iran. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-21). Netanyahu Took Trump to New Heights of Global Tension and Dropped Him. globalresearch.ca Israel prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu claimed he personally convinced the US president Donald Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA agreement, and wished Iran to " disappear with the help of God". Israel is much …

Rep Tulsi Gabbard (2019-05-21). Tulsi Gabbard: "I Don't" Buy Report that Iran Wants to Strike U.S. Forces, Trump Looking for "Pretext" for War. globalresearch.ca Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, said she doesn't buy reports saying Iran poses a new threat to U.S. personnel in Iraq in an interview Sunday with ABC's "This Week." | *** | GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You resigned your DNC post …

William Hawes (2019-05-21). Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion. The Trump-Putin Fairy Tale. globalresearch.ca The official investigation into Russian collusion is over, after three harrowing, nerve-wracking years. I kid, of course. After endless news cycles, and various non-stories and wild-goose chases disseminated by mainstream media, one would think the country could move on. Yet …

WSWS (2019-05-21). Right-wing Australian government re-elected as voters turn against Labor. wsws.org The election result reflected widespread hostility among workers, students and young people to Labor and the entire political establishment.

WSWS (2019-05-21). Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights. wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are distributing this statement at demonstrations across the US on Tuesday to defend the right to an abortion.

Staff (2019-05-21). How Johns Hopkins' Influence Haunts Baltimore (2/2). therealnews.com In part two, Antero Pietila, author of "The Ghosts Of Johns Hopkins," discusses recent protests by students, community members and Hopkins employees over the institution's relationship with Baltimore…

plenglish (2019-05-21). Algerian Students Insist on Changes in Government. plenglish.com Algiers, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Under heavy security measures in this capital and in other cities of the country, thousands of Algerian students took to the street chanting slogans against the Government and demanding its dissolution.

WSWS (2019-05-21). Workers Struggles: the Americas. wsws.org Last week teachers all across Mexico took part in strikes and protests to oppose continuing attacks on public education being overseen by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Fight Back (2019-05-21). Chicago Teachers Union members re-elects CORE slate to leadership. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted May 19 to re-elect the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) leadership slate, headed by President Jesse Sharkey, Vice President Stacy Davis Gates, Financial Secretary Maria Moreno, and Recording Secretary Christel Williams Hayes. The result was 66% for CORE, 34% for the challengers. | The contested election underscores the internal democracy inside the CTU, in which debates about the direction and functioning of the union took place in school meetings across the city, in member forums on the internet, and in the union's governing body, the House…

Labor Video Project (2019-05-21). 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.

Evelyn Martinez (2019-05-21). Sick teachers forced to pay for own substitutes. liberationnews.org At a time when teachers are struggling to find ways to continue living in the most unaffordable city in the country, they are expected to pay for their own substitute teacher after they use up their sick days.

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Brazil Loosens Gun Control, Civilians Can Own Military Rifles. telesurenglish.net Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree this month which will allow citizens to possess rifles with four times the amount of firepower | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | Before the decree, the possession of all weapons with firing projectile above 407 joules (the amount of energy released at the moment of…

WSWS (2019-05-21). Brazilian youth speak out during Sà£o Paulo demonstration against Bolsonaro's attacks on education. wsws.org Demonstrations on May 15 brought one million people to the streets in the first nationwide protest against the policies of Brazil's fascistic President Bolsonaro.

Maryam Saleh (2019-05-21). A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement. theintercept.com Ellen Gallagher was stunned when she first learned that immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement were sometimes placed in isolation with no human contact for 22 hours a day. It was February 2014, only a few months into her stint as a policy adviser at the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, where she thought she'd be empowered to ensure that the department did not violate the rights of those who came into its crosshairs. | For the next several months, Gallagher educated herself on solitary confinement, a controversial practice used frequently in penal i…

plenglish (2019-05-21). Education Agreement Strengthens Ecuador-Cuba Ties. plenglish.com Quito, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Governments of Ecuador and Cuba have strengthened their relations in the educational field with the signing of a new collaboration agreement.

Ryan Cooper (2019-05-21). Bernie Sanders Is Bringing Back the Most Underrated Education Policy. commondreams.org "Last week, Bernie Sanders released a plan to revitalize school integration efforts," explains Cooper. "It's both an excellent plan and brings attention to a vitally important racial justice issue." (Photo: BernieSanders.com) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-05-21_at_5.33.46_pm.png…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-05-20). What's Trending: Black News Recap. naacp.org Washington Post: Billionaire Robert F. Smith pledges to pay off Morehouse College Class of 2019‚Ä≤s student loans Smith told the graduates how he launched his lucrative career. He gave them wise words on grit and success. Then he deviated from his prepared remarks. "My family is going to create a grant to …

Eds. (2019-05-20). Scientists against the machine. mronline.org Jane Shallice examines the history of radical research at the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science. | Source

RT (2019-05-20). 'Coordinated anti-Trump campaign' on Instagram found by data analytics firm. rt.com Italian researchers have uncovered what they called a "coordinated social media operation"on Instagram intended to undermine US President Donald Trump, with many identical posts using hashtags like #ihatetrump and #ImpeachTrump.

WSWS (2019-05-20). Teachers rally in Nashville, Tennessee to demand pay raises. wsws.org More than 1,000 teachers and school employees called in sick last week in the latest protests by educators in the US.

Manuel García, Jr. (2019-05-20). Abortion: White Panic Over Demographic Dilution? counterpunch.org What is behind the bigotry masquerading as sanctimonious religiosity fervently opposed to abortion in the United States? One motivation for US conservatives' opposition to abortion — "a woman's right to choose" — as stated by demographer Ben Wattenberg (in his increasingly neoconservative later years, after the 1970s), and cited by the wonderful educator, Jane Elliott More

Staff (2019-05-20). Trump Appointees Refuse to Say They Support Brown v. Board of Education. therealnews.com 65 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 to end school segregation. Now Trump's appointees to the federal bench and Department of Justice refuse to say they support it. What does the future hold?

Nikhil Goyal (2019-05-20). Bernie's Plan to Save Public Schools. thenation.com Bernie's Plan to Save Public Schools…

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 …