News 5/13/1

Sweden may seek extradition of Julian Assange as it reopens investigation into rape allegations
Swedish prosecutors may seek extradition of Julian Assange from the United Kingdom in connection with allegations of sexual assault.

Mena Mangal: Journalist and women’s rights campaigner shot dead in broad daylight in Kabul
An Afghan journalist and political advisor, who was vocal about women’s rights in the country, has been gunned down in broad daylight, just days after saying she believed her life was in danger.

Philippines elections: Duterte allies and opposition battle for power in midterm polls
Filipinos voted Monday in midterm elections highlighted by a showdown between President Rodrigo Duterte's allies who aim to dominate the Senate and opposition candidates fighting for checks and balances under a leader they regard as a looming dictator.

Game promoting Macron’s party depicts rival leftist leader as RUSSIAN INSECT, Twitter doesn’t buy it
A game by Macron’s La Republique en Marche (LREM) party, showing their top European election candidate battling with Euroskeptics and depicting rival Melenchon as a Russian insect-like villain, has sparked outrage in France.

American B-52s fly first mission over Persian Gulf to ‘send message’ to Iran (PHOTO, VIDEO)
B-52 bombers have commenced air operations from the US base in Qatar, as Washington continues to amass its forces in the Persian Gulf. The White House says it is to deter an alleged Iranian “attack on US interests.”

China fires back at the US with higher tariffs on thousands of American products
China on Monday said it would retaliate against the US by raising the tariff rates on thousands of American products, days after the US expanded duties on Chinese goods as trade negotiations stalled.

Lebanon: Workers take to the streets to denounce government austerity measures
Public sector workers from telecom, water, electricity, the universities and other government-run services took to the streets of Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, on Friday, to protest the government’s budget proposals to cut their wages, pensions and benefits.

Omar al-Bashir charged over dead Sudan protesters
Sudan's public prosecutor has charged ousted President Omar al-Bashir with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.The charges stem from an inquiry into the death of a medic killed during protests that led to the end of his rule last month.

And then there was light: Cardinal breaks law to restore power for homeless
A close aide to Pope Francis has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by climbing down a manhole to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building.

France's 'yellow vests' protest in dwindling numbers, some clashes
French police fired tear gas in skirmishes with masked demonstrators in Lyon and Nantes on Saturday, the 26th straight weekend of “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his economic reform agenda.

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Is Russia going to become the scapegoat for nu-Fascism? Has it already?

Armed police raid US journalist’s home ‘with a sledgehammer’ after he refuses to reveal source
About 10 officers from the San Francisco Police Department were bashing the front gate of his Outer-Richmond home with a sledgehammer, he said.

Illinois passes bill criminalizing infrastructure-related protests
On May 2, the 101st Illinois General Assembly passed House Bill 1633, entitled “New Penalties for Protests Near Critical Infrastructure.”A draft version of the bill was produced by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the aftermath of the 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests. It was introduced to the Illinois legislature by Republican Representative Joe Sosnowski, a registered member of ALEC.

Navy Seal's lawyers received emails embedded with tracking software
Military prosecutors in the case of a US navy Seal charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 installed tracking software in emails sent to defense lawyers and a reporter in an apparent attempt to discover who was leaking information to the media, according to lawyers who said they received the corrupted messages.

Luring Refugees: N.Y. Cities Desperate for People Try a New Strategy
New York is not alone in trying novel ways to reverse its dwindling population. Maine, for example, has offered an outstretched hand to refugees in hope of expanding its work force. Vermont has dangled $10,000 grants to entice people to move to the state and to work from home, in a bid to attract young tech workers. And Wyoming is trying to woo people born there back home by deploying recruiters to help them find jobs.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed The Economist after it suggested female empowerment was depriving men of sex
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has slammed The Economist for running a magazine story suggesting that millennials were having less sex because of female empowerment.

One month ago, Foxconn said its innovation centers weren’t empty — they still are
Last summer, Foxconn announced that it would buy buildings across Wisconsin and turn them into “innovation centers” as part of its record-breaking $4.5 billion tax subsidy agreement with the state. The initial agreement with Wisconsin had been for a large-screen LCD manufacturing facility, but by 2018, the company had downsized the factory to a far smaller type. That factory would employ only a tiny fraction of the 13,000 people Foxconn had promised to hire.

In setback for Apple, U.S. Supreme Court lets App Store antitrust suit proceed
A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead to an antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple Inc of forcing consumers to overpay for iPhone software applications, a decision that could lead to billions of dollars in damages and put at risk the company’s lucrative way of selling apps.

Another Whistleblower Bites the Dust as The Intercept Adds a Third Notch to Its Burn Belt
The Intercept, which has long been associated with the documents shared by whistleblower Edward Snowden, has yet to fire any of the reporters responsible for these breaches that have seen two whistleblowers already imprisoned and third, Daniel Hale, likely to be imprisoned.

Bayer apologizes over secret list of Monsanto critics
The German chemicals giant has promised a probe into allegations it created a list of 200 French journalists and lawmakers who were critical of its US subsidiary. France wants to know if the data was collected illegally.

They seriously just think of the Ruskies as Jews, simultaneously somehow behind everything, and nothing, all because they follow conspiracy theories written by some weird Ukrainian Nazi faggots.

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Doesn't that" Green New Deal" thing also back Macron level carbon taxes?

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Amazon's monopsony power: the other antitrust white meat
In 2017, law student Lina Khan shifted the debate on Amazon and antitrust with a seminal paper called Amazon's Antitrust Paradox, which used Amazon's abusive market dominance to criticize the Reagan-era shift in antitrust enforcement, which rewrote the criteria for antitrust enforcement, so that antitrust no longer concerned itself with preventing monopoly, and only focused on "consumer harm" in the form of higher prices.Khan's paper jumpstarted an important intellectual shift in the global perception of antitrust and Big Tech. For one thing, it revealed the thinness of the argument that Big Tech got big because of "network effects" or "first mover advantages, arguing instead that Big Tech's concentration was the result of utterly mundane monopolistic tactics that would be instantly recognizable to Brandeis, Carnegie and other players from the Gilded Age and the age of trustbusting.Since then, other scholars have performed similar analysis on Big Tech giants like Facebook.One important focus of this critique is the idea of "monopsony", when a single entity is the only buyer in a market, meaning that it can put pressure on suppliers, contractors and other parts of the value chain, distorting markets.

Ten Years After the Repression: When Oaxaca’s Gold and Silver was Handed to Canada’s Fortuna Mines
The following translation of an article by Daniel Arellano Chávez from Regeneración Radio looks at the legacy of state repression that occurred ten years ago against the anti-mining resistance of San José del Progreso, Oaxaca.“It was 9 a.m., we did not open the curtains or windows of the house because they were already firing tear gas. The helicopters were circling low; only briefly did we leave the house to see what was going on. We saw the people of my village running along the streets as the Federales arrived,” those, who at the time were six-year-old kids, remember. “We heard sirens, a lot of noise, fireworks, shouting, vehicles racing along the streets”.The 3,500 combined troops of Federal and State Police came with military boots, bulletproof vests, clubs, shields, grenade launchers for tear gas, pistols and rifles as they descended upon the Valley of Ocotlán, Oaxaca on May 6, 2009, and occupied the territory of the municipality of San José del Progreso. This also meant handing over the gold and silver, which can be found in the Valley of Ocotlán to the Canadian mining company Fortuna Silver Mines for the next 10 years.

We Can Do Way Better Than These Guys
It’s still early going, but the basic dynamic of the 2020 Democratic primaries seems to be set and is likely to crystallize in the weeks and months ahead. Faced with a restless party base and an insurgent Backstabbin' Bernie candidacy that appears worryingly viable, party elites and donors will continue to look to anything — and anyone — they believe might push the reset button and restore a sense of normalcy.Indeed, there’s good reason to believe that the upcoming primary contest will end up resembling the GOP’s chaotic and disorienting 2016 race, in which Republican elites scrambled to find the secret formula that could arrest Donald Trump’s momentum, cycling awkwardly through donor-friendly suits like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich before finally settling on the widely loathed (and spectacularly unsuccessful) Ted Cruz. (Most of those Republican elites then swiftly turned on a dime, becoming die-hard Trump loyalists.)In similar fashion, Democratic power brokers and consultants have already auditioned several Anything But Bernie vehicles and are likely to test-drive a few more before the race is through. Even at this early stage, the primaries have become a kind of phony war in which an array of functionally indistinguishable establishment candidates compete to make the contest about something, anything, other than a decisive break with the political and economic status quo.

Detournemant the shit out of this, frenchies.

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Anybody saw Olberman's piece where he literally screamed at the camera "SCUM! SCUM! RUSSIAN SCUM!" I'm not even exaggerating.

Imagine he'd say the same with some other nation, like Jews. Or: "SCUM! SCUM! NEGRO SCUM!" Liberals have clearly lost their mind.

remember this guy?

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thanks news user

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die bourgeois whore

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It's great how quickly she proved herself to be a total fraud

How could we possibly have seen this one coming?

Did anyone here actually have hope in her in the first place?

I would imagine a few fellow American anons might've had some spark of interest out of desperation when she was first elected. Admittingly I might've been slightly optimistic at first.


Just like the Church need the figure of the Devil, or else their Dogma of God being infinitely good collapses, capitalism need a 'Jew according to Nazis'-tier scapegoat or else the faith in the system would collapse.

Fair enough I guess. I dunno. I find it hard to get optimistic about Corbyn over here, while some lads in /leftybritpol/ seem to think he'd actually usher in a DOTP. Guess it's hard not to get optimistic when things are this bleak.

Nah I'm just talking in general, not about the article posted here.

I mean, the writing was on the wall when her Anti-imperialist stance was deleted off her webiste the moment she won. Her and Julia.

Was it not obvious that she was a plant just from how much media attention she got and how all those talk shows magically had schedule space for her when they're normally booking movie stars months in advance to accommodate Hollywood production schedules?

She has said a couple of good things, but it seems like it's mostly to get the rubes away from radical or non-electoral politics. I was genuinely surprised that she tweeted in favor of paternity leave and made the point that the "wage gap" is due in large part to unequal time off work for mothers and fathers, a point I've only ever seen MRAs make before.

who would have fucking guessed it?

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Was that campaign the one managed by the amputee vet?


They won't, right?

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Jesus Christ he even posted pics of himself on his yacht on social media.
We must conclude that not only his body but also his brain got serious damage from his militaryt carreer.
Fucking war, man, fucking war…

Atmospheric levels of carbon registered 415 parts per million over the weekend at one of the world's key measuring stations, a concentration level researchers say has not existed in more than 3 million years – before the dawn of human history.

God, what a brilliant scam. If you are going to scam people, it may as well be the stupidest motherfuckers on the planet.

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Why aren't we Communists using our knowledge of Capitalism to scam people who believe in Capitalism? I mean, think of it.

Same reason we don't start prosperity gospel churches.

I dunno it'd be funny to use anti-communist money to fund revolutionary leftist movements imho

Because you have no actual knowledge.

Scamming people can be done regardless of your economic knowledge.
You can use knowledge of capitalism to build long term weatlh like Warren Buffet however.

Considering he lost half of his lower body defending our freedoms (i.e. went dickless defending someone's profits) he sure had to compensate this somehow. A yacht is shaped like a benis, u know.