Daily Archives: May 3, 2019

2019-05-03: News Headlines

Leo Gerard (2019-05-03). The Real Reason American Workers Have It So Hard. commondreams.org The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates that the average American worker's productivity has increased 400 percent since 1950.(Photo: @AlexMorash/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-05-03). As Pugh Resigns, Is a Better Baltimore Possible? therealnews.com Baltimore's powerful mayor resigned amid corruption allegations. Three activists ask if the city charter can be amended to limit mayoral power and create a more just city…

Shawgi Tell (2019-05-03). Charter School Fatigue. dissidentvoice.org Charter schools have always attracted criticism due to the serious problems inherent to them, but it is no secret that in recent months charter schools have been taking it on the chin a little more than usual. This is not unexpected. More detailed reports, articles, and investigations are exposing with greater regularity the multi-faceted corruption …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). We Can't Back People Who Hate Our Kids: Kentucky & Minnesota Teachers of Year Boycott Trump Meeting. democracynow.org We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration's education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump's policies on immigration, education and LGBTQ rights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students.

Staff (2019-05-03). Kentucky and Minnesota Teachers of Year Boycott Trump Meeting. truthout.org We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration's education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump's policies on immigration, education and LGBTQ rights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students. | Transcript:…

Ted Rall (2019-05-03). The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic More

Yuki Tanaka (2019-05-03). An Open Letter to Emperor Akihito:‚Ä® For Establishing a Genuine Democracy in Japan. asia-pacificresearch.com

Ukraine Council of Mothers (2019-05-03). Odessa 2 May 2014, Crimes against Humanity. Call for a UN Investigation. globalresearch.ca Call for a United Nations Independent and Impartial Investigation | We, the mothers, fathers, siblings, relatives and friends of the victims of the 2 May 2014 violence in Odessa, as well as Odessa residents supporting a return to the rule of …

Eric Zuesse (2019-05-03). U.S. Government Plan, Dated 23 February 2018, for Coup in Venezuela, Now Leaks Out. globalresearch.ca A detailed plan from "UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND" dated "23 FEBRUARY 2018" was issued with the title "PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP 'MASTERSTROKE'" and is here presented complete. | This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who

Comitato No Nato (2019-05-03). The US/NATO Orchestration of the 2014 Maidan Coup in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca The Following text is Section 9 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, …

Bertha Mojena Milián (2019-05-03). U.S. Lies to Justify Further Attacks on Cuba. globalresearch.ca In statements to the press on Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, reiterated that "Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela" | *** | "There are no …

Amir Nour (2019-05-03). A busca perdida do àúbermensch: do Humanismo renascentista ao Pós-Humanismo da Silicon Valley. globalresearch.ca ´Ciência sem consciência é a ruína da alma ª (Franàßois Rabelais) | Ultimamente, a revista semanal política e económica de renome mundial The Economist cativou a atenàßà£o dos media internacionais. Com razà£o. | No fim de cada ano, a …

Andre Vltchek (2019-05-03). Indonesian Elections: Two Right-Wing Candidates Claiming Victory. asia-pacificresearch.com

South Front (2019-05-03). Video: Turkey Sponsored Militants Claim Russians Killed in Hama, Attack Hmeimim Air Base. globalresearch.ca On May 1, the Turkish-backed coalition of militant groups, the National Front for Liberation, claimed that its members had killed 4 Russian servicemembers with mortar shelling in the village of Braidij in northern Hama. | The reports came amid a new …

Osama Al Sharif (2019-05-03). Jordan on Edge Ahead of Unveiling of Trump's "Peace Plan" for Palestine. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted last week that | "rumours that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-03). China-Laos Economic Relations. The Broader Strategic Implications. globalresearch.ca The Chinese and Laotian Presidents signed an action plan to build a community of shared future earlier this week after the latter's trip to the People's Republic to attend the recent BRI Forum. These two nations might seem to be …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-03). Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next? globalresearch.ca Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the …

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2019-05-03). Extradition of Julian Assange Threatens Us All. Veteran Intelligence Professionals. globalresearch.ca Retaliation against Julian Assange over the past decade plus replicates a pattern of ruthless political retaliation against whistleblowers, in particular those who reveal truths hidden by illegal secrecy, VIPS says. | *** | DATE: April 30, 2019 | MEMORANDUM FOR: The governments …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-05-03). Does America Have an Economy or Any Sense of Reality? globalresearch.ca We are having a propaganda barrage about the great Trump economy. We have been hearing about the great economy for a decade while the labor force participation rate declined, real family incomes stagnated, and debt burdens rose. The economy has …

Colin R. Tosh (2019-05-03). Intensive Agribusiness is Causing a Global Decline in Insect Populations. globalresearch.ca As the son of an agricultural worker in NE Scotland, agricultural areas were always full of wonder and excitement for me. Places of clean, clear rivers where gigantic fish leapt enthusiastically for flies; home to mind boggling mass migrations of …

Carla Stea (2019-05-03). "Psychopath Capitalism": US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The U.S. maneuvers to destroy the Maduro government's UN accreditation, and replace it with their puppet Guaido are horrifying and Machiavellian, and, quite realistically, since the US has absolutely no scruples, nor any respect for international law, there is an ominous possibility that they may succeed.

susan_p (2019-05-03). US sanctions killed more than 40,000 in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'

Al-Masdar News (2019-05-03). Forgotten War: Death Toll in Yemen to Reach 233,000 by End of Year. globalresearch.ca The death toll from the ongoing war in Yemen will reach a staggering 233,000 if it continues until the end of 2019, a new report from the United Nations said. | According to the UN report, of the 233,000 estimated deaths …

Edward B. Winslow (2019-05-03). US Imposes Illegal and Deadly Sanctions on Venezuela in David vs. Goliath Battle. globalresearch.ca "We are complicit in crimes against humanity when we know about them and when we don't stop them." — Jacob Appelbaum | The unilaterally issued economic sanctions that the US leveled against Venezuela in 2017 and this year violate international laws …

Paul Dobson (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro. globalresearch.ca Venezuela's judicial authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following his escape from house arrest early Tuesday morning. | Caracas' Fifth Court revoked Lopez's house arrest Thursday and ordered his immediate detention, indicating that once …

Iván Orosa Paleo (2019-05-03). Spain's General Election 2019. Pedro Sanchez is the Winner. globalresearch.ca On April 28, a general election, for the National Congress and the Senate, was held in Spain after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called new elections. Sánchez is the leader of the social-liberal, pro-European Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSO), in …

Eric Toussaint (2019-05-03). South Africa: The Odious Debts Generated by Coal-fired Power Stations. globalresearch.ca In South Africa, public debt has recently been back in the news through a nationwide debate over the future of Eskom, the public electricity company. Major power cuts affected the country's social and economic life in February 2019, drawing attention …

Scott Ritter (2019-05-03). What If Iran Retaliates and Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz? globalresearch.ca The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran's ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald …

Mac Slavo (2019-05-03). FDA: Big Pharma Drugs Are Making People Kill Themselves While They Sleep. globalresearch.ca Sleeping drugs such as Ambien have been making people kill themselves in their sleep, says the Food and Drug Administration. Drugs that supposedly help people sleep are linked to falls, burns, poisoning, limb loss, drowning, and even suicide. | According to

Viktor Katona (2019-05-03). The Beginning of the End for British Shale Gas. globalresearch.ca Amid the ruckus of Great Britain's reckless Brexit saga, one might not have noticed the ongoing environmental battle that could put a sudden end to shale gas development in the UK. While Britain's energy security does not have any direct …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-05-03). US Presidential Elections: Ants at a Picnic. globalresearch.ca Sadly, the uber rich, who seem to run just about everything, must be laughing all the way to their corporate headquarters, banks and brokerage houses. I mean, these sharks have had it so good for so long! | Speaking to an …

Staff (2019-05-03). Unemployment Is Falling, But Jobs Aren't Going to Black Workers. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent in April, the lowest level in almost 50 years. There was no change in the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP), which remained at 60.6 percent, just below its peak for the recovery. The prime age (ages 25 to 54) EPOP actually edged down to 79.7 percent, compared to a high of 79.9 percent earlier this year. The establishment survey showed the economy added 263,000 jobs, with modest upward revisions to the prior two months' data, bringing the average rate of job growth over the last three months to 169,000. | While the drop i…

Students for Liberation of All People (2019-05-03). Oppressive Tech: How Silicon Valley Helps Police & ICE. indybay.org Cubberley Auditorium, | 485 Laseun Mall, | Stanford, CA…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-05-03). Spring stirrings and misgivings. nationofchange.org "Al-Shebab," said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. "We're calling our small group al-Shebab. It means 'The Youth.'" From his name alone, I wouldn't have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family's Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name. | As usually happens when the semester ends and my dozens of students scatter, Jerry and I lost touch. The following April, however, we ran into each other at a rally organized by students at my university to support the Arab Spring. Like many others around the world, I'd watched transfixed as brave unarm…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-05-03). Of Autocrats and Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. counterpunch.org "Al-Shebab," said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. "We're calling our small group al-Shebab. It means 'The Youth.'" From his name alone, I wouldn't have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family's Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name. As usually happens More

Steven Singer (2019-05-03). The Best School Innovation Would Be More People. commondreams.org We need people. Real live people who can come into our schools and do the actual work with students. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Mass. Judge Refuses to Halt Pro-Palestinian Event at UMass Featuring Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour. democracynow.org "Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights." That's the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, "There's nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness." We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapt…

WSWS (2019-05-03). SEP (Sri Lanka) holds successful May Day meeting in Colombo, despite government efforts to bar celebrations. wsws.org Some 200 workers, students, youth, professionals and housewives from areas throughout the island attended the meeting.

pip.hinman (2019-05-03). High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'. greenleft.org.au Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…

Dora Taylor (2019-05-03). Oregon Teachers Walking off the Job May 8 Want Us All to Do Better. progressive.org "My labor is mine and mine alone to give or withhold, Siegel tells me. "This day of action is a small step toward waking up the working class to the real power they possess when they organize and act in solidarity."

Julia Conley (2019-05-03). 'We teach, we vote!:' 10,000 teachers rise up against Republican legislature in deep red South Carolina. nationofchange.org Led by the grassroots group SC for Ed, teachers from across the traditionally deep red state took personal days to stage the walkout.

Eds. (2019-05-03). Climate science deniers resort to attacking Greta because they've lost the argument. mronline.org We can start with the Grande Dame of anti-environmentalism: Koch-sponsored Brendan O'Neill, who Debrorah Orr reminds us "has already devoted a thousand or so of his rancid words to 'The cult of Greta Thunberg'". | Source

WSWS (2019-05-02). 30,000 march for public education in North and South Carolina. wsws.org Tens of thousands of US teachers marched in the Carolinas on May Day to demand increased pay and school funding and an end to the war against public education.

splcenter (2019-05-02). Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools. splcenter.org While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project finds.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-02). Headlines for May 2, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr Grilled by Senate Judiciary over Mueller Report, Trump Administration Says It May Go to War to Oust Venezuelan President, Hundreds Arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Paris, France, at May Day Rallies, Haitians Mark May Day with Calls for Living Wages, Ouster of President MoàØse, Honduras Cancels Education and Healthcare Privatization Plans Amid Protests, Puerto Rico May Day Protesters Demand End to Austerity Measures, 10,000 South Carolina Teachers Rally for Union Rights and Livable Wages, New York Domestic Workers Join Protest at the Trump Building on Wall Street, 16-Year-Old Gu…

pip.hinman (2019-05-02). Victorian Socialists: Stopping Adani is just the start. greenleft.org.au The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on May 1. | *** | The world is facing a climate emergency and no mainstream party is proposing anywhere near the kind of radical action required to address it. | Tinkering around the edges will not work. Environmentalists have spent decades trying to find a solution to the climate crisis that does not challenge the fundamental logic of capitalism. These efforts have failed. | Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on the need for serious climate action, and despite the millions poured into research and lobbying efforts by environmental organisations…

Keegan Hankes, Researcher, Intelligence Project (2019-05-02). SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content. splcenter.org Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being "dangerous," a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.

Fight Back (2019-05-02). Trade union leader from Philippines get solidarity in Milwaukee. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – The Young Workers Committee of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council welcomed Raymond "Mong" Palatino from Bayan, an alliance of progressive organizations in the Philippines, and Ed Cubelo from the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) or May First Labor Movement, to Milwaukee for a very successful International Workers' Day event at the Milwaukee Area Labor Council on April 30. | Cubelo and Palatino spoke to a room full of labor, anti-war, environment and student activists about the political situation in the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte is using widespread repression against the poor and worki…

Staff (2019-05-02). Trump-Supported Autocrats Meet Popular Grassroots Resistance. truthout.org "Al-Shebab," said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. "We're calling our small group al-Shebab. It means 'The Youth.'" From his name alone, I wouldn't have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family's Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name. | As usually happens when the semester ends and my dozens of students scatter, Jerry and I lost touch. The following April, however, we ran into each other at a rally organized by students at my university to support the Arab Spring. Like many others around the world, I'd watched transfixed as brave unarm…

Eds. (2019-05-02). The racist dawn of capitalism. mronline.org The centrality of slavery to capitalism is not new, as any serious student of WEB Dubois is aware. | Source

2019-05-03: Social Media Postees

Charter School Fatigue
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-03
Charter schools have always attracted criticism due to the serious problems inherent to them, but it is no secret that in recent months charter schools have been taking it on the chin a little more than usual. This is not unexpected. More detailed reports, articles, and investigations are exposing with greater regularity the multi-faceted corruption …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/charter-schoo…

As Pugh Resigns, Is a Better Baltimore Possible?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-03
Baltimore's powerful mayor resigned amid corruption allegations. Three activists ask if the city charter can be amended to limit mayoral power and create a more just city…
therealnews.com/stories/as-pugh-resigns-…

Kentucky and Minnesota Teachers of Year Boycott Trump Meeting
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration's education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump's policies on immigration, education and LGBTQ rights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students. | Transcript:…
truthout.org/video/kentucky-and-minnesot…

We Can't Back People Who Hate Our Kids: Kentucky & Minnesota Teachers of Year Boycott Trump Meeting
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration's education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump's policies on immigration, education and LGBTQ rights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/3/we_can_t_b…

The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are healthcare, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment. So it's not surprising that the major Democratic…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-secret-c…

Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro
Paul Dobson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Venezuela's judicial authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez following his escape from house arrest early Tuesday morning. | Caracas' Fifth Court revoked Lopez's house arrest Thursday and ordered his immediate detention, indicating that once …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-lopez-arrest…

South Africa: The Odious Debts Generated by Coal-fired Power Stations
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
In South Africa, public debt has recently been back in the news through a nationwide debate over the future of Eskom, the public electricity company. Major power cuts affected the country's social and economic life in February 2019, drawing attention …
globalresearch.ca/south-africa-odious-de…

Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the …
globalresearch.ca/are-us-israel-preparin…

Forgotten War: Death Toll in Yemen to Reach 233,000 by End of Year
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The death toll from the ongoing war in Yemen will reach a staggering 233,000 if it continues until the end of 2019, a new report from the United Nations said. | According to the UN report, of the 233,000 estimated deaths …
globalresearch.ca/death-toll-yemen-reach…

Intensive Agribusiness is Causing a Global Decline in Insect Populations
Colin R. Tosh | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
As the son of an agricultural worker in NE Scotland, agricultural areas were always full of wonder and excitement for me. Places of clean, clear rivers where gigantic fish leapt enthusiastically for flies; home to mind boggling mass migrations of …
globalresearch.ca/how-agriculture-abusiv…

The US/NATO Orchestration of the 2014 Maidan Coup in Ukraine
Comitato No Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The Following text is Section 9 of | The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War, : | by the Italian Committee No War No NATO | * | Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, …
globalresearch.ca/usnato-orchestration-c…

US Imposes Illegal and Deadly Sanctions on Venezuela in David vs. Goliath Battle
Edward B. Winslow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
"We are complicit in crimes against humanity when we know about them and when we don't stop them." — Jacob Appelbaum | The unilaterally issued economic sanctions that the US leveled against Venezuela in 2017 and this year violate international laws …
globalresearch.ca/us-imposes-illegal-dea…

The Beginning of the End for British Shale Gas
Viktor Katona | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Amid the ruckus of Great Britain's reckless Brexit saga, one might not have noticed the ongoing environmental battle that could put a sudden end to shale gas development in the UK. While Britain's energy security does not have any direct …
globalresearch.ca/end-british-shale-gas/…

FDA: Big Pharma Drugs Are Making People Kill Themselves While They Sleep
Mac Slavo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Sleeping drugs such as Ambien have been making people kill themselves in their sleep, says the Food and Drug Administration. Drugs that supposedly help people sleep are linked to falls, burns, poisoning, limb loss, drowning, and even suicide. | According to …
globalresearch.ca/fda-big-pharma-drugs-p…

Indonesian Elections: Two Right-Wing Candidates Claiming Victory
Andre Vltchek | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-05-03
asia-pacificresearch.com/indonesian-elec…

China-Laos Economic Relations. The Broader Strategic Implications
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The Chinese and Laotian Presidents signed an action plan to build a community of shared future earlier this week after the latter's trip to the People's Republic to attend the recent BRI Forum. These two nations might seem to be …
globalresearch.ca/chinese-laotian-relati…

An Open Letter to Emperor Akihito:‚Ä® For Establishing a Genuine Democracy in Japan
Yuki Tanaka | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-05-03
asia-pacificresearch.com/open-letter-emp…

Jordan on Edge Ahead of Unveiling of Trump's "Peace Plan" for Palestine
Osama Al Sharif | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted last week that | "rumours that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the | …
globalresearch.ca/jordan-trumps-peace-pl…

U.S. Lies to Justify Further Attacks on Cuba
Bertha Mojena Milián | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
In statements to the press on Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, reiterated that "Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela" | *** | "There are no …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-lies-attacks-cuba/…

"Psychopath Capitalism": US Economic Terrorism and Genocide Against the People of Venezuela
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The U.S. maneuvers to destroy the Maduro government's UN accreditation, and replace it with their puppet Guaido are horrifying and Machiavellian, and, quite realistically, since the US has absolutely no scruples, nor any respect for international law, there is an ominous possibility that they may succeed.
globalresearch.ca/us-economic-terrorism-…

Spain's General Election 2019. Pedro Sanchez is the Winner
Iván Orosa Paleo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
On April 28, a general election, for the National Congress and the Senate, was held in Spain after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called new elections. Sánchez is the leader of the social-liberal, pro-European Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSO), in …
globalresearch.ca/spains-general-electio…

Extradition of Julian Assange Threatens Us All. Veteran Intelligence Professionals
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Retaliation against Julian Assange over the past decade plus replicates a pattern of ruthless political retaliation against whistleblowers, in particular those who reveal truths hidden by illegal secrecy, VIPS says. | *** | DATE: April 30, 2019 | MEMORANDUM FOR: The governments …
globalresearch.ca/extradition-julian-ass…

Does America Have an Economy or Any Sense of Reality?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
We are having a propaganda barrage about the great Trump economy. We have been hearing about the great economy for a decade while the labor force participation rate declined, real family incomes stagnated, and debt burdens rose. The economy has …
globalresearch.ca/does-america-economy/5…

A busca perdida do àúbermensch: do Humanismo renascentista ao Pós-Humanismo da Silicon Valley
Amir Nour | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
´Ciência sem consciência é a ruína da alma ª (Franàßois Rabelais) | Ultimamente, a revista semanal política e económica de renome mundial The Economist cativou a atenàßà£o dos media internacionais. Com razà£o. | No fim de cada ano, a …
globalresearch.ca/a-busca-perdida-do-ube…

US Presidential Elections: Ants at a Picnic
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Sadly, the uber rich, who seem to run just about everything, must be laughing all the way to their corporate headquarters, banks and brokerage houses. I mean, these sharks have had it so good for so long! | Speaking to an …
globalresearch.ca/presidential-elections…

Odessa 2 May 2014, Crimes against Humanity. Call for a UN Investigation
Ukraine Council of Mothers | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
Call for a United Nations Independent and Impartial Investigation | We, the mothers, fathers, siblings, relatives and friends of the victims of the 2 May 2014 violence in Odessa, as well as Odessa residents supporting a return to the rule of …
globalresearch.ca/odessa-2-may-2014-crim…

Video: Turkey Sponsored Militants Claim Russians Killed in Hama, Attack Hmeimim Air Base
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
On May 1, the Turkish-backed coalition of militant groups, the National Front for Liberation, claimed that its members had killed 4 Russian servicemembers with mortar shelling in the village of Braidij in northern Hama. | The reports came amid a new …
globalresearch.ca/militants-claim-4-russ…

What If Iran Retaliates and Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz?
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran's ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald …
globalresearch.ca/what-if-iran-retaliate…

US sanctions killed more than 40,000 in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2017 contributed to the deaths of more than 40,000 people last year, according to a new report — and this figure is set to rise due to the latest round of sanctions. | According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research report co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, the 2017 sanctions deprived Venezuela of billions of dollars it needed to pay for essential food and medicine, leading to a rise in disease and mortality and the displacement of millions seeking to flee the worsening situation. | The report states: "The sanctions exacerbated Venezuela'…
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U.S. Government Plan, Dated 23 February 2018, for Coup in Venezuela, Now Leaks Out
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-03
A detailed plan from "UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND" dated "23 FEBRUARY 2018" was issued with the title "PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP 'MASTERSTROKE'" and is here presented complete. | This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who …
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Unemployment Is Falling, But Jobs Aren't Going to Black Workers
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent in April, the lowest level in almost 50 years. There was no change in the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP), which remained at 60.6 percent, just below its peak for the recovery. The prime age (ages 25 to 54) EPOP actually edged down to 79.7 percent, compared to a high of 79.9 percent earlier this year. The establishment survey showed the economy added 263,000 jobs, with modest upward revisions to the prior two months' data, bringing the average rate of job growth over the last three months to 169,000. | While the drop i…
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The Real Reason American Workers Have It So Hard
Leo Gerard | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates that the average American worker's productivity has increased 400 percent since 1950.(Photo: @AlexMorash/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Climate science deniers resort to attacking Greta because they've lost the argument
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-03
We can start with the Grande Dame of anti-environmentalism: Koch-sponsored Brendan O'Neill, who Debrorah Orr reminds us "has already devoted a thousand or so of his rancid words to 'The cult of Greta Thunberg'". | Source…
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Spring stirrings and misgivings
Rebecca Gordon | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-03
"Al-Shebab," said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. "We're calling our small group al-Shebab. It means 'The Youth.'" From his name alone, I wouldn't have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family's Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name. | As usually happens when the semester ends and my dozens of students scatter, Jerry and I lost touch. The following April, however, we ran into each other at a rally organized by students at my university to support the Arab Spring. Like many others around the world, I'd watched transfixed as brave unarm…
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Mass. Judge Refuses to Halt Pro-Palestinian Event at UMass Featuring Roger Waters & Linda Sarsour
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
"Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights." That's the title of an event set to take place Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After three anonymous UMass students filed a lawsuit to stop the event, a judge ruled Thursday the event can proceed, saying, "There's nothing that comes even close to a threat of harm or incitement to violence or lawlessness." We get an update from Sut Jhally, event organizer and professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, and Rachel Weber, attorney and member Jewish Voice for Peace, Western Massachusetts chapt…
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The Best School Innovation Would Be More People
Steven Singer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
We need people. Real live people who can come into our schools and do the actual work with students. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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SEP (Sri Lanka) holds successful May Day meeting in Colombo, despite government efforts to bar celebrations
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
Some 200 workers, students, youth, professionals and housewives from areas throughout the island attended the meeting.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/03/slmt…

Of Autocrats and Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa
Rebecca Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
"Al-Shebab," said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. "We're calling our small group al-Shebab. It means 'The Youth.'" From his name alone, I wouldn't have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family's Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name. As usually happens…
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Oppressive Tech: How Silicon Valley Helps Police & ICE
Students for Liberation of All People | indybay.org | 2019-05-03
Cubberley Auditorium, | 485 Laseun Mall, | Stanford, CA…
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High school student: 'I am a climate warrior and you should be too'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
Fifteen-year-old Parker Craig gave the following speech on April 27 before a screening of Accelerate, a film by 350.org, at the Parramatta Activist Centre. | *** | I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the original custodians of this land. It is upon their ancestral lands that we meet and I extend my respect to elders both past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. | I'm a 15-year-old activist and climate warrior. | If you had asked 5-year-old me what I was scared of, I would've said the monster in my cupboard. Ten years later and I'm scared of the monster in Parliament House. | I am no…
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'We teach, we vote!:' 10,000 teachers rise up against Republican legislature in deep red South Carolina
Julia Conley | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-03
Led by the grassroots group SC for Ed, teachers from across the traditionally deep red state took personal days to stage the walkout.
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Oregon Teachers Walking off the Job May 8 Want Us All to Do Better
Dora Taylor | progressive.org | 2019-05-03
"My labor is mine and mine alone to give or withhold, Siegel tells me. "This day of action is a small step toward waking up the working class to the real power they possess when they organize and act in solidarity."
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30,000 march for public education in North and South Carolina
wsws.org | 2019-05-02
Tens of thousands of US teachers marched in the Carolinas on May Day to demand increased pay and school funding and an end to the war against public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/02/caro…

Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools
splcenter.org | 2019-05-02
While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project finds.
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Victorian Socialists: Stopping Adani is just the start
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-02
The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on May 1. | *** | The world is facing a climate emergency and no mainstream party is proposing anywhere near the kind of radical action required to address it. | Tinkering around the edges will not work. Environmentalists have spent decades trying to find a solution to the climate crisis that does not challenge the fundamental logic of capitalism. These efforts have failed. | Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on the need for serious climate action, and despite the millions poured into research and lobbying efforts by environmental organisations…
greenleft.org.au/content/victorian-socialists-stopping-adani-just-start

SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content
Keegan Hankes, Researcher, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-05-02
Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being "dangerous," a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.
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The racist dawn of capitalism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-02
The centrality of slavery to capitalism is not new, as any serious student of WEB Dubois is aware. | Source…
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Teachers' Union of Ireland set to declare its support for students on climate strike
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-02
One of Ireland's teachers' unions has been mandated by its members to declare its support for students on climate strike. The Teachers' Union of Ireland ( TUI), which represents over 17,000 teachers and lecturers, will now "express public support" for the strikes.The decision comes after members of the union voted to pass a motion in favour of the declaration at its recent annual congress. The motion also inclu…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/05/02/teachers-union-of-ireland-set-to-declare-its-support-for-students-on-climate-strike/

"We Can't Be the Best Students if We're Not Put in the Proper Environment"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-02
Students, parents, and the ACLU and NAACP-LDF are suing Maryland for under-funding Baltimore's majority black school district…
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'If I was black I'd be picking cotton': Student's prom proposal gets him banned (PHOTO)
rt.com | 2019-05-02
An Ohio high school student's racist prom proposal has sparked a backlash after he referenced being black and "picking cotton" to get his date to come to the dance with him. | …
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