Monthly Archives: May 2019

2019-05-31: News Headlines

Deardra Shuler (2019-05-31). Twisted Melodies: The Life and Times of Donny Hathaway at the Apollo. blackstarnews.com Photo Credit: Richard Anderson | The Apollo Theater graciously asked me to come and review a play they are featuring entitled "Twisted Melodies" about the life of Donny Hathaway. | Hathaway was a musical genius plagued by mental illness in the form of paranoid schizophrenia. His diagnosis was severe and medicine only served to exacerbate the illness. In fact it retarded him, taking him on a journey of frenzied highs and devastating lows. | The causes of schizophrenia are complicated and still being researched. There is some thought that heredity may play a role. Research does show that genetics may deem who is mo…

Ralph Nader (2019-05-31). Society Is In Decay — When the Worst is First and the Best is Last. counterpunch.org Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and More

Ralph Nader (2019-05-31). Society Is in Decay. dissidentvoice.org Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and …

Judith Deutsch (2019-05-31). WWII Lessons for the Climate Emergency. counterpunch.org "The bad news is that if history teaches us one thing, it is that there never has been an energy transition….The history of energy is not one of transitions, but rather of successive additions . . ." Bonneuil and Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene The New Deal and World War II are reminders of More

WSWS (2019-05-31). New Haven, California teachers strike at a crossroads. wsws.org The New Haven Teachers Association is working with state Democrats to end the teachers strike as quickly as possible with a sellout contract…

Michael Welch (2019-05-31). Trumponomics: America First, the US-China Trade War, and the Future of Global Capitalism. globalresearch.ca "The value chains that link China into Western markets are value chains that are of course Chinese, but they're closely integrated with the international investment banks and the multi-national corporations. And people who therefore see the current world, in terms …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-31). Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg. globalresearch.ca "After decades of neoliberalism, we are at the mercy of a cluster of cartels who are lobbying politicians hard and using monopoly power to boost profits." — Joseph Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality (2012) | The emergence of think tanks …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-31). Australia's Bob Hawke: Misunderstood in Memoriam. asia-pacificresearch.com

Arabi Souri (2019-05-31). US Forces in Syria Causing Catastrophic Effects on Civilians Held in Rukban Concentration Camp. globalresearch.ca American forces occupying Syrian territory entered the country illegally and their presence impedes efforts to restore peaceful life to the country and constitutes an obstacle to stability in southeastern Syria and causing the catastrophic conditions of the residents of al-Rukban …

Yves Engler (2019-05-31). Canada's Trudeau Government Supportive of Venezuela Anti-democratic Hardline Elements. globalresearch.ca Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has …

South Front (2019-05-31). Video: Syrian Army Cracks Down on ISIS Cells Near Palmyra. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated an ISIS cell, which was preparing to attack an SAA convoy near Palmyra. According to reports, the SAA killed at least 5 ISIS members and eliminated a vehicle. | Earlier this year, ISIS carried out …

Prof. John McMurtry (2019-05-31). Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World. globalresearch.ca 62 individuals — 388 in 2010 — now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.

Philip Weiss (2019-05-31). Israeli 'Intelligence' Is Fostering US Bellicosity Toward Iran — But 'Quietly'. globalresearch.ca As the U.S. risks a major conflict with Iran, many have pointed out that the U.S. intelligence on alleged Iranian attacks is reminiscent of the faulty intelligence leading up to the Iraq war. And several mainstream sources have said that …

Paul Dobson (2019-05-31). US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme. Bolivarian Militia to Protect CLAP. globalresearch.ca Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the incorporation of the National Bolivarian Militia into the subsidised CLAP (Local Supply and Production Committees) food programme. | The move comes as rumours circulate of upcoming US-led sanctions against the leaders of the programme, …

F. William Engdahl (2019-05-31). Washington's Silent Weapon for Not-so-quiet Wars. "A World Full of Dollars", A 2019 Global Economic Crisis. globalresearch.ca Today by far the deadliest weapon in the US arsenal is the ability of Washington to control the global supply of money, of dollars, through actions of the privately-owned Federal Reserve in coordination with the US Treasury and select Wall Street financial groups. The US is weaponizing the dollar.

Renee Parsons (2019-05-31). If the US Congress Has No Mojo to Govern, Let's Make It a Part Time Job. globalresearch.ca If the American public needs any further evidence that the US Congress is unable to function as an operating legislative branch of the Federal government in the 'pursuit of happiness' or to 'promote the general welfare,' look no further than …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-31). The Victory of Small Visions in Australia: Scott Morrison Retains Government. asia-pacificresearch.com

Bill Van Auken (2019-05-31). The Hangman of the Middle East: US-backed Regime in Egypt Hands Down Nearly 2,500 Death Sentences. globalresearch.ca Egypt's US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sentenced 2,443 people to death since coming to power in a bloody coup in 2013, according to a report issued this week by the UK-based human rights group Reprieve. | Of those …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-31). A Compulsive Matter: Mandatory Voting in Australia and Its Discontents. asia-pacificresearch.com

South Front (2019-05-31). Video: Orthodox Crescent of Instability. globalresearch.ca The US continues its practice of creating zones and lines of chaos in key regions of the world. In the 2000s, it started a campaign to create an arc of instability stretching from Northern Africa to the east of the …

Jessica Corbett (2019-05-31). 'Criminalizing Compassion': Trial Begins for Humanitarian Facing 20 Years in Prison for Giving Water to Migrants in Arizona Desert. globalresearch.ca Human rights advocates accused the U.S. Justice Department of " criminalizing compassion" as a federal trial began in Arizona Wednesday for activist Scott Warren, who faces up to 20 years in prison for providing humanitarian aid to migrants …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-31). Upcoming Trilateral Russia -Israel -US National Security Advisors Summit. Focus on Syria and Iran. globalresearch.ca The Russian, "Israeli", and American National Security Advisors will hold their first-ever trilateral summit in Jerusalem in June to discuss what the White House described as "regional security issues", which is an obvious euphemism for Syria & Iran and the …

Tom Clifford (2019-05-31). Full-blown US-China Trade War? Rare Earths — US Has So Much to Lose, China Barely Feels the Loss. globalresearch.ca The United States sees the trade dispute it has with China as one of many. It's been down this road before, with Japan, Canada, Mexico and the European Union. | China views it differently. In Beijing the trade issue is seen …

Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (2019-05-31). The 2019 Beijing Consensus of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations. globalresearch.ca On 15 May 2019, the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations was held in Beijing, China. A total of 1352 representatives from all 47 countries in Asia, countries in other parts of the world and international organizations attended the conference …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-31). Australia's Suspicion of China's South Pacific Investments Is a Zero-sum Game. globalresearch.ca The mainstream media revived its narrative of fear-mongering about China's South Pacific investments during the Vanuatu Prime Minister's visit to Beijing and ahead of the recently re-elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's trip to the Solomon Islands next week. …

Hamda Mustafa (2019-05-31). Al-Jaafari: It Is Syria's Duty and Right to Protect Its Citizens from Terrorism. globalresearch.ca Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, which controls most of Idleb province, continues its attacks on neighboring areas and on the Syrian army positions, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari has stressed, reiterating that it is the Syrian state's …

Ellen Brown (2019-05-31). The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt. globalresearch.ca This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. | The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from …

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (2019-05-31). Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. globalresearch.ca Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 23 — 29 May, 2019. | Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 …

Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani (2019-05-31). Europe as a Community of Values. globalresearch.ca Kant in his work "Ideas for a Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent", in Seventh Principle explained the need for peace and security among the nations as the following: "That is to say, wars, the excessive and never ending preparations for …

Texas Tribune (2019-05-31). Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agree to Partner on Legislation. theantimedia.com (TT) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz committed on Thursday to partner up with his political opposite, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to move legislation that would ban members of Congress from becoming corporate lobbyists after they leave public life. The coming together played out over Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, tweeted Thursday afternoon a statistic from Public Citizen, an …

Staff (2019-05-31). Environmental Justice Activists Are Leading a Green New Deal Revolution. truthout.org Even among observers who accept the grave reality of climate change, the Green New Deal is often described as an "ambitious" if not overly broad proposal for a massive public investment in green infrastructure, with the dual goals of slowing climate disruption while growing a more just economy. | However, for Indigenous people and communities of color facing the impacts of toxic p…

Mary Anne Hitt (2019-05-31). Trump administration and EPA anti-science work will cost lives. nationofchange.org The true human cost of the Trump administration's policies will continue to galvanize communities across the U.S. and will haunt Wheeler and the Trump administration as they pursue their reckless course of action.

pip.hinman (2019-05-31). Is the Galilee Basin coal 'bonanza' a damp squib? greenleft.org.au True to her word, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on May 31 that another approval had been given to the controversial Adani coal mine in the Galillee Basin. But while more approvals still have to be gained and other coal miners are getting out, it is not yet clear that Adani will succeed. | On the last day in May, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved mining giant Adani's management plan for the endangered black-throated finch. This is one of many outstanding approvals necessary before the Adani Carmichael mine can legally go ahead. It comes on the back of a huge campaign by…

kathy_f (2019-05-31). The fight against the racist Ramsay Centre continues. greenleft.org.au Eighty people gathered at Sydney University on May 23 for a forum "Ramsay and the new academic racism", to hear speakers condemn the Ramsay Centre's proposed Western Civilisation degree. | Chaired by Robert Boncardo (lecturer at Sydney University's School of Languages and Cultures), the speakers included Layla Mkhayber (undergraduate student, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Dr Nesrine Basheer (Arabic Language and Cultures) and Jeff Sparrow (Guardian Australia columnist and author) | The Ramsay Centre is a right-wing think tank, established by the wealthy philanthropist Paul Ramsay. It is chaired by former…

Staff (2019-05-31). CO2 Concentration Is Higher Than Ever in Human History. truthout.org For the first time in human history, on May 13, Earth's concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached 415 parts per million ( ppm). Before the 19th century's industrial revolution, the CO2 concentration was at about 280 ppm. | Meteorologist and Grist staff writer Eric Holthaus tweeted the following shocking data, derived from historical records, abou…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-05-31). Forum & Discussion: The Fight for Public Education. indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th St.

susan_p (2019-05-31). Greta Thunberg: 'Act as if your life depended on it, because it does'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of thousands of students and environmentalists took to the streets around the world as part of the Global Strike for Future climate actions on May 24. Elections for the European Parliament took place two days later, on May 26 and resulted in Greens (along with the far right) gaining votes. | In Copenhagen, Denmark, 40,000 people took part in the People's Climate March on May 25. Swedish student and environmentalist Greta Thunberg addressed the rally. An abridged transcript of Thunberg's speech follows. | * * * | It is absolutely crazy that things have gone so far that children feel like they must sacrifi…

Janine Jackson (2019-05-31). A Million Extinctions Eclipsed by One Royal Grandbaby. fair.org As many as 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to the scientists and researchers behind a new UN report. The assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the most comprehensive …

teleSUR (2019-05-30). Bangladesh Charges 16 for Burning Alive Sexual Abuse Survivor. telesurenglish.net Bangladesh police charged 16 people for the murder of a female teenager burned to death last month after she registered a complaint against her teacher for sexually abusing her. | RELATED: | Bangladesh Schools Fight Sexual Harassment After Girl's Murder | Nusrat Jahan Rafi was 18 when her killers—classmates—poured kerosene over her and…

teleSUR (2019-05-30). Honduran Police Repress Protesters Amid Strike. telesurenglish.net Honduran doctors, teachers, and students Thursday demanded the repeal of two executive orders issued by President Juan Orlando Fernandez (JOH) and were repressed by state police forces in cities and towns around the country. | RELATED | Honduras Teachers Unions Marching Against Privatization | The Platform for the Defense of Education and Health, an organization which brings the two sectors together, called for a national strike Thursday and Friday of this week, along with marches to d…

WSWS (2019-05-30). 52,000 teachers strike in New Zealand. wsws.org The biggest teachers' strike in the country's history drew support from many parents and workers who are affected by the worsening social crisis.

Fight Back (2019-05-30). Garland, TX community confronts school board over trafficked teachers. fightbacknews.org Garland, TX – On May 28 members of the community, together with some of the affected teachers, confronted the Garland school board about the board's failure to act to help teachers who had been trafficked from the Philippines to work in the Garland school district. | Three teachers and several community supporters addressed the school board, while dozens of other supporters sat in the room wearing t-shirts and buttons in support of the teachers' cause. After the last speaker, the supporters began chanting "When teachers are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!" and were escorted from the b…

Staff (2019-05-30). Victorious Grassroots Caucus Faces Challenge From Longtime Incumbent in Teachers Union Election. therealnews.com In Baltimore, longtime teachers union incumbents have demanded a re-election after a grassroots slate's surprise victory. Now the American Federation of Teachers may decide the outcome.

Rima Najjar (2019-05-30). Stripped of Their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip. globalresearch.ca Many wonder why Israel continues to persecute the Palestinians in Gaza with such brutal repression. | The answer is simple; Palestinians in Gaza pose a demographic and, indeed, an existential threat to the Jewish state, which created the inferno that is …

United Nations (2019-05-30). A major win for transgender rights: UN health agency drops 'gender identity disorder', as official diagnosis. un.org "To reflect critical advances in science and medicine", the World Health Organization, WHO, has removed so-called "gender identity disorder" from its official manual of diagnoses, which is being hailed as a major win for transgender rights.

RT (2019-05-30). 3 white women sue 'totalitarian' diversity-obsessed NYC school system for discrimination. rt.com Three white New York City school administrators are suing the Department of Education, claiming they were demoted and replaced with less-qualified but racially-diverse colleagues as part of a crusade against "toxic whiteness."

pip.hinman (2019-05-30). Support Greta's call for a global climate strike. greenleft.org.au The inspiring, global student-led climate strike protests on May 24, initiated by high school students, took place in an incredible 1594 cities and towns across more than 118 countries. | It shows the global student strike movement is growing, out-mobilising strike actions just two months before and joining up with other climate networks such as Extinction Rebellion. | The #FridaysfortheFuture protests, started by Swedish school student Greta Thunberg, were also organised in several cities in Australia on May 24, the largest of which was called by Extinction Rebellion in Melbourne. Thousands of students and other…

RT (2019-05-30). University cancels 'reporting on far right' class by disgraced fact-checker due to lack of interest. rt.com New York University has canceled an undergraduate journalism class entitled 'Reporting on the Far Right' after only two students signed up. The controversial lecturer quit her fact-checking job last year for false reporting.

Peter Greene (2019-05-29). A Teacher's Scorecard for Democratic 2020 Hopefuls. progressive.org This time around, teachers unions have announced their intention to cast a wider net for member opinions. I'm happy to step up.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-29). Science Won't Save the Planet. consortiumnews.com We urgently need to wean ourselves off our addictive consumption, to stop identifying with the system that is killing us, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net I don't write much directly about climate collapse, even though by any measure it… Read more →

2019-05-31: Social Media Postees

WWII Lessons for the Climate Emergency
Judith Deutsch | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
"The bad news is that if history teaches us one thing, it is that there never has been an energy transition….The history of energy is not one of transitions, but rather of successive additions . . ." Bonneuil and Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene The New Deal and World War II are reminders of…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/wwii-lessons-for-the-climate-emergency/

New Haven, California teachers strike at a crossroads
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
The New Haven Teachers Association is working with state Democrats to end the teachers strike as quickly as possible with a sellout contract…
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/31/newh-m31.html

Society Is In Decay — When the Worst is First and the Best is Last
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/society-is-in-decay-when-the-worst-is-first-and-the-best-is-last/

Society Is in Decay
Ralph Nader | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-31
Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/society-is-in-decay/

Israeli 'Intelligence' Is Fostering US Bellicosity Toward Iran — But 'Quietly'
Philip Weiss | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
As the U.S. risks a major conflict with Iran, many have pointed out that the U.S. intelligence on alleged Iranian attacks is reminiscent of the faulty intelligence leading up to the Iraq war. And several mainstream sources have said that …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-intelligence-fostering-us-bellicosity-iran-quietly/5679125

Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
"After decades of neoliberalism, we are at the mercy of a cluster of cartels who are lobbying politicians hard and using monopoly power to boost profits." — Joseph Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality (2012) | The emergence of think tanks …
globalresearch.ca/clubs-cartels-bilderberg/5679121

The Victory of Small Visions in Australia: Scott Morrison Retains Government
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-05-31
asia-pacificresearch.com/scott-morrison-retains-government/5628645

A Million Extinctions Eclipsed by One Royal Grandbaby
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-05-31
As many as 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to the scientists and researchers behind a new UN report. The assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the most comprehensive …
fair.org/home/a-million-extinctions-eclipsed-by-one-royal-grandbaby/

Full-blown US-China Trade War? Rare Earths — US Has So Much to Lose, China Barely Feels the Loss
Tom Clifford | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
The United States sees the trade dispute it has with China as one of many. It's been down this road before, with Japan, Canada, Mexico and the European Union. | China views it differently. In Beijing the trade issue is seen …
globalresearch.ca/full-blown-trade-war-rare-earths-us-so-much-lose-china-barely-feels-loss/5679114

US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme. Bolivarian Militia to Protect CLAP
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the incorporation of the National Bolivarian Militia into the subsidised CLAP (Local Supply and Production Committees) food programme. | The move comes as rumours circulate of upcoming US-led sanctions against the leaders of the programme, …
globalresearch.ca/us-hints-sanctions-against-venezuela-clap-food-programme-maduro-incorporates-militia/5679136

A Compulsive Matter: Mandatory Voting in Australia and Its Discontents
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-05-31
asia-pacificresearch.com/mandatory-voting-its-discontents/5628653

Trumponomics: America First, the US-China Trade War, and the Future of Global Capitalism
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
"The value chains that link China into Western markets are value chains that are of course Chinese, but they're closely integrated with the international investment banks and the multi-national corporations. And people who therefore see the current world, in terms …
globalresearch.ca/trumponomics-america-first-the-us-china-trade-war-and-the-future-of-global-capitalism/5679127

The Hangman of the Middle East: US-backed Regime in Egypt Hands Down Nearly 2,500 Death Sentences
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Egypt's US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sentenced 2,443 people to death since coming to power in a bloody coup in 2013, according to a report issued this week by the UK-based human rights group Reprieve. | Of those …
globalresearch.ca/hangman-middle-east-us-backed-regime-egypt-hands-down-nearly-2500-death-sentences/5679152

Upcoming Trilateral Russia -Israel -US National Security Advisors Summit. Focus on Syria and Iran
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
The Russian, "Israeli", and American National Security Advisors will hold their first-ever trilateral summit in Jerusalem in June to discuss what the White House described as "regional security issues", which is an obvious euphemism for Syria & Iran and the …
globalresearch.ca/upcoming-rf-is-us-national-security-advisor-summit-focus-syria-iran/5679095

Washington's Silent Weapon for Not-so-quiet Wars. "A World Full of Dollars", A 2019 Global Economic Crisis
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Today by far the deadliest weapon in the US arsenal is the ability of Washington to control the global supply of money, of dollars, through actions of the privately-owned Federal Reserve in coordination with the US Treasury and select Wall Street financial groups. The US is weaponizing the dollar.
globalresearch.ca/washingtons-silent-weapon-for-not-so-quiet-wars-a-world-full-of-dollars/5651266

Video: Orthodox Crescent of Instability
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
The US continues its practice of creating zones and lines of chaos in key regions of the world. In the 2000s, it started a campaign to create an arc of instability stretching from Northern Africa to the east of the …
globalresearch.ca/orthodox-crescent-instability/5679094

Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World
Prof. John McMurtry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
62 individuals — 388 in 2010 — now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.
globalresearch.ca/the-davos-blind-eye-how-the-rich-eat-the-poor-and-the-world/5503273

Australia's Suspicion of China's South Pacific Investments Is a Zero-sum Game
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
The mainstream media revived its narrative of fear-mongering about China's South Pacific investments during the Vanuatu Prime Minister's visit to Beijing and ahead of the recently re-elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's trip to the Solomon Islands next week. …
globalresearch.ca/australias-suspicion-chinas-south-pacific-investments-zero-sum-game/5679090

Canada's Trudeau Government Supportive of Venezuela Anti-democratic Hardline Elements
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular's bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has …
globalresearch.ca/ottawa-anti-democratic-hardline-venezuelas-opposition/5679142

The 2019 Beijing Consensus of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations
Dialogue of Asian Civilizations | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
On 15 May 2019, the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations was held in Beijing, China. A total of 1352 representatives from all 47 countries in Asia, countries in other parts of the world and international organizations attended the conference …
globalresearch.ca/2019-beijing-consensus-conference-dialogue-asian-civilizations/5678999

Australia's Bob Hawke: Misunderstood in Memoriam
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-05-31
asia-pacificresearch.com/bob-hawke-memoriam/5628642

Video: Syrian Army Cracks Down on ISIS Cells Near Palmyra
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated an ISIS cell, which was preparing to attack an SAA convoy near Palmyra. According to reports, the SAA killed at least 5 ISIS members and eliminated a vehicle. | Earlier this year, ISIS carried out …
globalresearch.ca/army-cracks-down-isis-cells-near-palmyra/5679175

Europe as a Community of Values
Prof. Dr. Gjergj Sinani | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Kant in his work "Ideas for a Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent", in Seventh Principle explained the need for peace and security among the nations as the following: "That is to say, wars, the excessive and never ending preparations for …
globalresearch.ca/europe-community-values/5678997

'Criminalizing Compassion': Trial Begins for Humanitarian Facing 20 Years in Prison for Giving Water to Migrants in Arizona Desert
Jessica Corbett | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Human rights advocates accused the U.S. Justice Department of " criminalizing compassion" as a federal trial began in Arizona Wednesday for activist Scott Warren, who faces up to 20 years in prison for providing humanitarian aid to migrants …
globalresearch.ca/trial-begins-humanitarian-facing-20-years-prison-giving-water-migrants-arizona-desert/5679138

If the US Congress Has No Mojo to Govern, Let's Make It a Part Time Job
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
If the American public needs any further evidence that the US Congress is unable to function as an operating legislative branch of the Federal government in the 'pursuit of happiness' or to 'promote the general welfare,' look no further than …
globalresearch.ca/if-congress-has-no-mojo-govern-lets-make-part-time-job/5679156

The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. | The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from …
globalresearch.ca/bankers-power-revolution-government-got-shackled-debt/5679159

US Forces in Syria Causing Catastrophic Effects on Civilians Held in Rukban Concentration Camp
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
American forces occupying Syrian territory entered the country illegally and their presence impedes efforts to restore peaceful life to the country and constitutes an obstacle to stability in southeastern Syria and causing the catastrophic conditions of the residents of al-Rukban …
globalresearch.ca/us-forces-syria-causing-catastrophic-effects-civilians-rukban-concentration-camp/5679112

Twisted Melodies: The Life and Times of Donny Hathaway at the Apollo
Deardra Shuler | blackstarnews.com | 2019-05-31
Photo Credit: Richard Anderson | The Apollo Theater graciously asked me to come and review a play they are featuring entitled "Twisted Melodies" about the life of Donny Hathaway. | Hathaway was a musical genius plagued by mental illness in the form of paranoid schizophrenia. His diagnosis was severe and medicine only served to exacerbate the illness. In fact it retarded him, taking him on a journey of frenzied highs and devastating lows. | The causes of schizophrenia are complicated and still being researched. There is some thought that heredity may play a role. Research does show that genetics may deem who is mo…
http://www.blackstarnews.com/entertainment/theater/twisted-melodies-the-life-and-times-of-donny-hathaway-at-the

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 23 — 29 May, 2019. | Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 …
globalresearch.ca/pchr-weekly-report-israeli-human-rights-violations-occupied-palestinian-territory-2/5679131

Al-Jaafari: It Is Syria's Duty and Right to Protect Its Citizens from Terrorism
Hamda Mustafa | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-31
Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, which controls most of Idleb province, continues its attacks on neighboring areas and on the Syrian army positions, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari has stressed, reiterating that it is the Syrian state's …
globalresearch.ca/al-jaafari-syrias-duty-right-protect-its-citizens-terrorism/5679130

Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agree to Partner on Legislation
Texas Tribune | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(TT) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz committed on Thursday to partner up with his political opposite, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to move legislation that would ban members of Congress from becoming corporate lobbyists after they leave public life. The coming together played out over Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, tweeted Thursday afternoon a statistic from Public Citizen, an …

Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agree to Partner on Legislation

Is the Galilee Basin coal 'bonanza' a damp squib?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
True to her word, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on May 31 that another approval had been given to the controversial Adani coal mine in the Galillee Basin. But while more approvals still have to be gained and other coal miners are getting out, it is not yet clear that Adani will succeed. | On the last day in May, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) approved mining giant Adani's management plan for the endangered black-throated finch. This is one of many outstanding approvals necessary before the Adani Carmichael mine can legally go ahead. It comes on the back of a huge campaign by…
greenleft.org.au/content/galilee-basin-coal-bonanza-damp-squib

The fight against the racist Ramsay Centre continues
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
Eighty people gathered at Sydney University on May 23 for a forum "Ramsay and the new academic racism", to hear speakers condemn the Ramsay Centre's proposed Western Civilisation degree. | Chaired by Robert Boncardo (lecturer at Sydney University's School of Languages and Cultures), the speakers included Layla Mkhayber (undergraduate student, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Dr Nesrine Basheer (Arabic Language and Cultures) and Jeff Sparrow (Guardian Australia columnist and author) | The Ramsay Centre is a right-wing think tank, established by the wealthy philanthropist Paul Ramsay. It is chaired by former…
greenleft.org.au/content/fight-against-racist-ramsay-centre-continues

Trump administration and EPA anti-science work will cost lives
Mary Anne Hitt | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-31
The true human cost of the Trump administration's policies will continue to galvanize communities across the U.S. and will haunt Wheeler and the Trump administration as they pursue their reckless course of action.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/31/trump-administration-and-epa-anti-science-work-will-cost-lives/

Forum & Discussion: The Fight for Public Education
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-05-31
2969 Mission St. near 26th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/29/18823661.php

Greta Thunberg: 'Act as if your life depended on it, because it does'
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-31
Hundreds of thousands of students and environmentalists took to the streets around the world as part of the Global Strike for Future climate actions on May 24. Elections for the European Parliament took place two days later, on May 26 and resulted in Greens (along with the far right) gaining votes. | In Copenhagen, Denmark, 40,000 people took part in the People's Climate March on May 25. Swedish student and environmentalist Greta Thunberg addressed the rally. An abridged transcript of Thunberg's speech follows. | * * * | It is absolutely crazy that things have gone so far that children feel like they must sacrifi…
greenleft.org.au/content/greta-thunberg-act-if-your-life-depended-it-because-it-does

Garland, TX community confronts school board over trafficked teachers
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-30
Garland, TX – On May 28 members of the community, together with some of the affected teachers, confronted the Garland school board about the board's failure to act to help teachers who had been trafficked from the Philippines to work in the Garland school district. | Three teachers and several community supporters addressed the school board, while dozens of other supporters sat in the room wearing t-shirts and buttons in support of the teachers' cause. After the last speaker, the supporters began chanting "When teachers are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!" and were escorted from the b…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/30/garland-tx-community-confronts-school-board-over-trafficked-teachers

Victorious Grassroots Caucus Faces Challenge From Longtime Incumbent in Teachers Union Election
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-30
In Baltimore, longtime teachers union incumbents have demanded a re-election after a grassroots slate's surprise victory. Now the American Federation of Teachers may decide the outcome.
therealnews.com/columns/victorious-grassroots-caucus-faces-challenge-from-longtime-incumbent-in-teachers-union-election

52,000 teachers strike in New Zealand
wsws.org | 2019-05-30
The biggest teachers' strike in the country's history drew support from many parents and workers who are affected by the worsening social crisis.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/30/teac-m30.html

Honduran Police Repress Protesters Amid Strike
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Honduran doctors, teachers, and students Thursday demanded the repeal of two executive orders issued by President Juan Orlando Fernandez (JOH) and were repressed by state police forces in cities and towns around the country. | RELATED | Honduras Teachers Unions Marching Against Privatization | The Platform for the Defense of Education and Health, an organization which brings the two sectors together, called for a national strike Thursday and Friday of this week, along with marches to d…
telesurenglish.net/news/Honduran-Police-Repress-Protesters-Amid-National-Teacher-Doctor-Strike-20190530-0017.html

Bangladesh Charges 16 for Burning Alive Sexual Abuse Survivor
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-30
Bangladesh police charged 16 people for the murder of a female teenager burned to death last month after she registered a complaint against her teacher for sexually abusing her. | RELATED: | Bangladesh Schools Fight Sexual Harassment After Girl's Murder | Nusrat Jahan Rafi was 18 when her killers–classmates–poured kerosene over her and…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bangladesh-Charges-16-for-Burning-Alive-Sexual-Abuse-Survivor–20190530-0010.html

Stripped of Their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip
Rima Najjar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-30
Many wonder why Israel continues to persecute the Palestinians in Gaza with such brutal repression. | The answer is simple; Palestinians in Gaza pose a demographic and, indeed, an existential threat to the Jewish state, which created the inferno that is …
globalresearch.ca/stripped-their-rights-understanding-gaza-strip/5679050

A major win for transgender rights: UN health agency drops 'gender identity disorder', as official diagnosis
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-30
"To reflect critical advances in science and medicine", the World Health Organization, WHO, has removed so-called "gender identity disorder" from its official manual of diagnoses, which is being hailed as a major win for transgender rights.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1039531

3 white women sue 'totalitarian' diversity-obsessed NYC school system for discrimination
rt.com | 2019-05-30
Three white New York City school administrators are suing the Department of Education, claiming they were demoted and replaced with less-qualified but racially-diverse colleagues as part of a crusade against "toxic whiteness." | …
rt.com/usa/460601-nyc-schools-discriminate-whites-lawsuit/

University cancels 'reporting on far right' class by disgraced fact-checker due to lack of interest
rt.com | 2019-05-30
New York University has canceled an undergraduate journalism class entitled 'Reporting on the Far Right' after only two students signed up. The controversial lecturer quit her fact-checking job last year for false reporting. | …
rt.com/usa/460686-nyu-cancels-far-right-reporting-class/

Support Greta's call for a global climate strike
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-30
The inspiring, global student-led climate strike protests on May 24, initiated by high school students, took place in an incredible 1594 cities and towns across more than 118 countries. | It shows the global student strike movement is growing, out-mobilising strike actions just two months before and joining up with other climate networks such as Extinction Rebellion. | The #FridaysfortheFuture protests, started by Swedish school student Greta Thunberg, were also organised in several cities in Australia on May 24, the largest of which was called by Extinction Rebellion in Melbourne. Thousands of students and other…
greenleft.org.au/content/support-gretas-call-global-climate-strike

A Teacher's Scorecard for Democratic 2020 Hopefuls
Peter Greene | progressive.org | 2019-05-29
This time around, teachers unions have announced their intention to cast a wider net for member opinions. I'm happy to step up.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/teacher-scorecard-democratic-hopefuls-greene-190529/

Fairfield University Announces New Veterans Fellowships for Graduate Students
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-05-29
Former servicemen and women interested in pursuing a master's degree in creative writing or public administration can apply to receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance from the College of Arts and Sciences. | Fairfield University takes great pride in serving veterans of the U.S. armed forces, just as they take pride in having served our country. As part of the University's commitment to helping these courageous individuals attain their educational goals, the College of Arts and Sciences is excited to offer a limited number of graduate level, veterans fellowships to former servicemen and servicewomen interest…
http://www.blackstarnews.com/education/education/fairfield-university-announces-new-veterans-fellowships-for

Science Won't Save the Planet
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-29
We urgently need to wean ourselves off our addictive consumption, to stop identifying with the system that is killing us, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net I don't write much directly about climate collapse, even though by any measure it… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/29/science-wont-save-the-planet/

In Afghanistan, attacks against schools have tripled in one year
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-28
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday that much greater protection for educational facilities was needed across Afghanistan where attacks against schools have increased three-fold in just one year. The call coincides with the third International Conference on Safe Schools, taking place this week in Mallorca, Spain.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1039321