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Police with battering ram raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC & arrest anti-coup activists (VIDEOS)

After spending over a month camped out in the embassy, the final four activists of the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective have been placed under arrest after police broke down doors and entered the premises on Thursday.

https://www.rt.com/news/459511-police-raid-venezuelan-embassy-dc/

Theresa May agrees to set timetable to choose successor

Theresa May has promised to set a timetable for the election of her successor after the next Brexit vote in the first week of June.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48290760

Australia's 'larrikin' former prime minister Bob Hawke dies at 89

Bob Hawke, a transformative and charismatic left-wing lawmaker with a “larrikin’ streak who served as Australian prime minister from 1983 to 1991, died on Thursday aged 89, his family said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-politics-election-hawke/former-australian-prime-minister-bob-hawke-dies-at-89-idUSKCN1SM0Z7

'We owe nothing’: Poland brings up reparations from Berlin but says ‘NO’ to Jewish restitution

Warsaw has refused to compensate Jewish families for the property they lost during WWII, and said that Germany owes Poland up to a ‘trillion’ in reparations.“The Polish position is firm and clear: we don’t owe anything to anybody,” the government’s spokesperson, Joanna Kopcinska, stressed during an interview on a local radio station on Thursday.

https://www.rt.com/news/459486-polish-government-restitution-remarks/

'He wants power': how Salvini kept changing his message to reach his ultimate goal

As Italy’s deputy PM prepares to gather Europe’s far-right in Milan those who know him fear he’s taking country down a dangerous path

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/16/matteo-salvini-the-far-right-zelig-of-italian-politics

British daytime talk show canceled after guest death

British broadcaster ITV has permanently canceled a highly-rated daytime reality show on Wednesday after a guest on the program died one week after failing a lie detector test on the show."The Jeremy Kyle Show," which ran for more than 14 years, was taken off the air after Steve Dymond, 63, was found dead on May 9 in his home in Portsmouth, UK.

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/443827-british-daytime-talk-show-canceled-after-guest-death

https://archive.is/4Qibp

Corbyn hits out at millionaires who 'fly about in private jets and heat empty mansions'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has taken aim at corporate ‘green measures’ designed at a cost to the taxpayer.The Opposition leader said the cost of ‘saving the planet falls on’ the public - and criticised how the upper classes waste money and energy.

https://news.yahoo.com/corbyn-hits-out-at-millionaires-who-fly-about-in-private-jets-and-heat-their-empty-mansions-125908367.html

https://archive.is/qpGSw

France hosts “Christchurch call” summit to intensify internet censorship

The international “Christchurch call” summit held Wednesday in Paris, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, marked a further step in the drive by the world’s capitalist governments and the corporate technology giants to censor social media and muzzle rising social opposition in the working class and among young people.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/16/chri-m16.html

Brazil's Students Plan Another Massive Strike Against Bolsonaro

The far-right politician's disqualification of protesters, who were branded as idiots and dolts, fueled a new cycle of unstoppable demonstrations, local observers anticipate.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Brazils-Students-Plan-Another-Massive-Strike-Against-Bolsonaro-20190516-0012.html

414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean

A comprehensive survey of debris on the islands – among the most remote places on Earth, in the Indian Ocean – has found a staggering amount of rubbish washed ashore. This included 414m pieces of plastic, weighing 238 tonnes.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/16/414-million-pieces-of-plastic-found-on-remote-island-group-in-indian-ocean

 No.142937

>Police with battering ram raid Venezuelan Embassy

Another fresh war crime.


 No.142940

Ex-soldier and WikiLeaks source Manning returned to jail for defying grand jury subpoena

A federal judge found former U.S. soldier and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning in contempt of court and ordered her back to jail on Thursday for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury, a law enforcement official and her legal team said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-manning/chelsea-manning-to-ask-court-to-quash-new-grand-jury-subpoena-idUSKCN1SM1X6

ICE conducts armed raid on student pastor’s home in Chicago, adbucts three

An estimated 20 armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted a militarized raid on a family home in Chicago last Wednesday, kidnapping a student pastor, her husband and cousin.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/16/icet-m16.html

SAT to begin scoring 'adversity' of students

The College Board reportedly plans to assign an “adversity score” to each student who takes the SAT, providing information on student's social and economic background.The data point, which would be calculated using more than a dozen factors, comes as college admissions boards face scrutiny for their selection processes, The Wall Street Journal reports.

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/443993-college-testing-to-begin-scoring-adversity-of-students-on-applications

https://archive.fo/lDe9b

Trump administration reportedly wanted to use taxpayer dollars to repay the Taliban for their travel to peace talks

The Department of Defense asked Congress for approval to use taxpayer dollars to reimburse the Taliban for travel expenses incurred attending peace talks with the US, Roll Call reported, citing a congressional official.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-admin-wanted-to-reimburse-taliban-for-peace-talk-travel-expenses-2019-5

Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

Mold. Leaks. Rodents. Crime. These are just some of the things the nation's 2 million public housing residents have to worry about. Many of the buildings they live in have been falling into disrepair for decades. Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix them up.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/16/723231160/trump-administration-wants-to-cut-funding-for-public-housing-repairs

Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign announcement was met with intense anger and mockery over New York's failing public transit system

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio's announcement of his 2020 presidential campaign was slammed both online and in real life.Many social media users posted photos of New York's dilapidated public transit system in protest.His first appearance as a candidate on ABC's "Good Morning America" was met with groups of demonstrators outside the studio in New York chanting "liar!" and "can't run the city!"

https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-de-blasio-2020-campaign-anger-mockery-nyc-trains-2019-5

Five more U.S. states sue OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Five U.S. states on Thursday filed lawsuits accusing Purdue Pharma LP of illegally marketing and selling opioids, escalating the wave of litigation over a nationwide abuse epidemic.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-opioids-purdue-pharma/five-us-states-sue-purdue-pharma-over-marketing-selling-of-opioids-idUSKCN1SM1SV

Fred's closing 104 more stores in summer, see the list

Discount chain Fred's announced Thursday it is closing 104 underperforming stores as part of an “ongoing effort to rationalize its store footprint.”The new round of closings comes five weeks after the Memphis-based company started "going out of business" liquidation sales at 159 stores and follows an evaluation of store performance and timing of lease expirations, Fred's said in a statement.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/16/freds-store-closings-2019-retailer-closing-104-more-stores/3672457002/

Half of Americans are just one paycheck away from financial disaster

Missing more than one paycheck is a one-way ticket to financial hardship for nearly half of the country’s workforce.A new study from NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent social research institution, found that 51% of working adults in the United States would need to access savings to cover necessities if they missed more than one paycheck.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/half-of-americans-are-just-one-paycheck-away-from-financial-disaster-2019-05-16


 No.142943

OP/ED

“Get Off My Lawn” Goes Digital

Nextdoor advertises itself as a “private social network for your neighborhood,” an app and site that allow residents to ask questions of their neighbors and post advertisements or missing-cat flyers: a quicker way of obtaining or disseminating information than going door to door or yelling over garden fences. The Twitter account @bestofnextdoor dutifully collates what goes wrong when digital distance leaves neighbors feeling they can vent their true feelings without reserve: testy conversations about cooking smells, noise nuisance, and untidy-looking streets become flame wars for repressed middle-aged homeowners.One trope that often recurs is the hyper-paranoid poster uploading blurry black and white footage from their home security system, asking neighbors to identify people in the images. In one recent post, a man said that his Ring security cameras had captured footage of the individuals who had stolen his porch cushions; he then had replacement cushion covers printed with the images from the security cameras. (One hopes this cycle kept repeating until the twentieth set of cushions produced a dizzying Escher-esque effect.) Another poster showed an image of teenagers holding up their middle fingers to the camera and asked if this “was a gang sign” rather than evidence that people do not appreciate being filmed while walking on a public street.The proliferation of home security systems, the ease with which apps can be developed, and the cheapness of basic cameras have enmeshed such systems in our digital lives. There are several worrying aspects of this personal surveillance set-up that elicit far less attention than the privacy and data ramifications of Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/05/next-door-home-security-systems-profiling

https://archive.is/9NH00

Capitalism: Not Too Big to Fail

Driven by tech giants Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, Wall Street is enjoying the longest bull market in the country’s history. The Dow Jones is at record levels, having risen over 20,000 points since hitting a low of 6,469.95 in March 2009. The S&P 500 has ballooned by 334% over the last 121 months. And the NASDAQ has rocketed from 1,650 in February 2009 to 8,118, an increase of nearly 500%. GDP growth is steady and U6 unemployment has fallen from over 17% in 2009 to just over 7%. What could possibly go wrong?Fear of the futureUnfortunately for the capitalists—and for the billions of us who are forced to live under their rule—none of the internal contradictions of the system have been resolved in the decade since the Great Recession. Workers are still unable to purchase back the full value of the goods and services we produce, the fatal flaw of capitalism that will lead inevitably to yet another crisis of overproduction.The richest 0.1% of Americans own as much total wealth as the bottom 90% and “earn” more than 198 times as much each year. Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett collectively hold more wealth than the poorest 160 million Americans—the equivalent of the combined populations of California, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, and Florida.

https://socialistrevolution.org/capitalism-not-too-big-to-fail

The Imperial Border & the Growing Attack on Migrants

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talk with two long time organizers who have worked both with migrants who have traveled with caravans as well as those stuck in limbo at the border in places like Tijuana. We discuss not only the current situation facing refugees and migrants fleeing political repression, poverty, and climate change, but also the imperial foreign policies pushed by the United States that have helped manifest the current situation; from US backed regime change, to the drug war, and the so-called “War on Terror.”As we speak, the Trump administration is claiming that the immigration system is in a state of crisis and unable to deal with the increasing influx of asylum seekers. In response, in an attempt at dissuading migrants from coming to the US, it has instead of expediting the asylum process, simply allocated more money to expanding the existing network of draconian detention centers, which Trump recently said were like “Disneyland.” Back in reality, CNN distributed photos this week of the situation at the border camp based in McAllen, Texas, where migrants, including children, have been forced to sleep outside with just metal Mylar blankets.

https://itsgoingdown.org/the-imperial-border-the-growing-attack-on-migrants/




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