News 5/15/19

Brody Jenkins
Brody Jenkins

Iran will defeat U.S.-Israeli alliance, says defense minister
Iran’s military commanders said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic was on the verge of an all-out confrontation with its enemies and was ready to counter any threat.
reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran/iran-will-defeat-the-american-and-israeli-alliance-iran-defense-minister-idUSKCN1SL1AK

‘No one in Europe’ wants second Iraq: Austrian president slams ‘provocative’ US Iran policy
The US’ reckless maximum pressure campaign against Tehran and nations dealing with it is deeply provocative and hurts international relations, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said, warning against a major “crisis.”
rt.com/news/459433-austria-president-us-iran-iraq/

Sudan crisis: Military and opposition agree three-year transition
Sudan's military leaders have announced an agreement with the opposition alliance for a three-year transition period to a civilian administration.
bbc.com/news/world-africa-48276764

'Duterte magic' secures controversial Philippines president victory at midterms
The Philippines’ controversial president Rodrigo Duterte appears to have secured a resounding victory in mid-term elections that were billed as a referendum on his hardline, authoritarian rule.
independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/philippines-election-result-duterte-midterms-constitution-death-penalty-a8913126.html

Nearly 50 Palestinians wounded in 'Catastrophe' anniversary protests on Gaza-Israel border
Israeli troops wounded nearly 50 Palestinians at the Gaza border on Wednesday during protests to mark the 71st anniversary of the “Nakba”, or catastrophe, when many Palestinians lost their homes in the fighting around Israel’s creation, Gaza officials said.
reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-nakba/nearly-50-palestinians-wounded-in-catastrophe-anniversary-protests-on-gaza-israel-border-idUSKCN1SL1TP

Choco Leibniz biscuit heiress apologies over Nazi-era labour comments
The heiress of a German biscuit company has apologised for saying the firm "did nothing wrong" in its use of forced labour during Nazi rule.Verena Bahlsen, 25, had been accused of being "oblivious to history" and the company had distanced itself from her comments.
bbc.com/news/world-europe-48286383

UK Tory government maintains benefit sanctions as misery and deaths continue
Last week, an inquest in North Wales recorded a verdict of suicide in the case of an 81-year-old woman left virtually penniless after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) froze her pension payments.
wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/welf-m15.html

Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US
“There is no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world,” Merkel said in a conversation in her office in Berlin. “The old certainties of the post-war order no longer apply.”
theguardian.com/world/2019/may/15/angela-merkel-interview-europe-eu-unite-challenge-us-russia-china

Guaido’s ‘envoy’ set to meet Pentagon officials to plan ways of bringing ‘democracy’ to Venezuela
A representative of the Venezuelan opposition leader in the US will meet members of the Southern Command next week to discuss strategy for regime change in the Latin American country, Juan Guaido has confirmed.
rt.com/news/459359-guaido-southcom-meeting-venezuela/

'We Don't Know a Planet Like This': CO2 Levels Hit 415 PPM for First Time in 3 Million+ Years
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.
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/13/we-dont-know-planet-co2-levels-hit-415-ppm-first-time-3-million-years

Colombia: Special Tribunal JEP Rejects Extradition of FARC Leader Jesus Santrich, Orders His Release
Jesus Santrich is accused by the United States of running a drug operation in Colombia, which he and his FARC party flatly deny.
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Special-Tribunal-JEP-Rejects-Extradition-of-FARC-Leader-Jesus-Santrich-Orders-His-Release-20190515-0011.html

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Connor Baker
Connor Baker

Thank you based news user <3

Jack Price
Jack Price

What do they mean by this?

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Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump
The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, to 3,788,235 births — representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years, according to a new federal report. The numbers also sank the U.S. fertility rate to a record low.
npr.org/2019/05/15/723518379/u-s-births-fell-to-a-32-year-low-in-2018-cdc-says-birthrate-is-at-record-level

'War Drums Are Beating': Jesse Jackson Brings Food to Venezuelan Embassy Protectors
Rev. Jesse Jackson delivers supplies to remaining activists inside Venezuelan embassy in D.C. Says U.N. must foster talks for resolution in Venezuela.''
telesurenglish.net/news/War-Drums-Are-Beating-Jesse-Jackson-Brings-Food-to-Venezuelan-Embassy-Protectors-20190515-0015.html

==Biden expands lead over rivals for 2020 U.S. presidential nomination despite lack of support from millennials: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has expanded his lead over a wide field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination by 5 percentage points since he entered the race in late April, according to a monthly Reuters/Ipsos poll.
reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll/biden-expands-lead-over-rivals-for-2020-us-presidential-nomination-despite-lack-of-support-from-millennials-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKCN1SL1XI

The vast majority of Republicans support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Backstabbin' Bernie' plan to cap credit-card interest rates at 15%
Nearly 70% of Republican primary voters and 73% of Democratic primary voters said they either support or strongly support the proposal, according to a new INSIDER poll.
businessinsider.com/republicans-love-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-plan-cap-interest-rates-2019-5

ACLU files lawsuit challenging Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion law
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging an Ohio law that would ban most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
thehill.com/policy/healthcare/443803-aclu-files-lawsuit-challenging-ohio-heartbeat-abortion-law
archive.is/sb5EN

The AFL-CIO’s Daft Marxism
The AFL-CIO, whose constituents once expended some effort expelling the Communists from their ranks, apparently has decided on another course and is now using its social-media accounts to distribute Marxist propaganda. This comes hot on the heels of the same organization suggesting guillotines as the solution to the nation’s economic troubles.
nationalreview.com/2019/05/afl-cio-marxism-daft-class-analysis/
archive.is/El7kq

Strong support for Toledo hospital workers as UAW isolates strike
The strike by 2,200 nurses and support staff at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, is continuing into its second week.The courageous stand taken by nurses, dietary workers, EMS staff, technicians and other hospital workers has the broad support of workers throughout the Toledo area and around the country.
wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/tole-m15.html

China’s nuclear option of dumping US bonds would cause absolute chaos in global markets – expert
The ongoing tit-for-tat tariff exchange between China and the US could push Beijing to strike back with the so-called ‘nuclear option’ – dumping its vast holdings of US Treasury bonds.While the move would be partly self-defeating for China, it would also have devastating consequences for global financial markets, Sourabh Gupta, a senior fellow at the Institute for China-America Studies in Washington told RT.
rt.com/business/459400-china-us-war-treasuries/

Bentley Ward
Bentley Ward

The AFL-CIO video gives me hope.
twitter.com/AFLCIO/status/1128270151252697089?s=20

Jaxson Mitchell
Jaxson Mitchell

OP/ED

Euro-Washing the Nakba
Earlier this month, Israel treated the Gaza Strip to a quick military assault that killed nearly thirty Palestinians, among them two infants and two pregnant women. Four Israelis were also killed by rocket fire from Gaza — an unusually high casualty count, proportionally speaking, for Israel, whose recent track record also includes wiping out 2,251 people in Gaza in fifty days.As usual, Western media outlets were quick to blame the Palestinians, while valiantly upholding the Israeli monopoly over the right to retaliation and self-defense — which, it bears mentioning, is kind of like saying the car wheel was defending itself against the crushed armadillo.According to the Daily Beast, the upshot of the bloody showdown was as follows: “Hamas Started a War Over Eurovision, the Song Contest That Gave Us ABBA.” We are left to understand that the occasional Palestinian decision to fire generally ineffective rockets has nothing to do with being under continuous Israeli attack but rather with strategic objectives like wrecking Eurovision, the annual gaudy affair that launched the Swedish pop group in 1974 and that is currently underway in this year’s host city: Tel Aviv.
jakkkobinmag.com/2019/05/israel-eurovision-palestine-occupation
archive.is/Op7SX

”Who Says Violence Doesn’t Solve Anything?” A Review of Radicalized: Four Tales of Our Present Moment by Cory Doctorow
On the back cover of this collection of four tales— intricately-imagined novellas, really, of about sixty to a hundred pages each — one reads a second subtitle: Radicalized: Dystopia is now. For Doctorow is not warning us about extra bad things that could very likely happen in the near future — about really scary things that might be well-nigh inevitable! — but is rather elucidating worst-case-scenarios into which the USA has already been immersed.And the proof of the devil’s active existence in the Neoliberal USA is in the details, which Doctorow gets right in a way that is enrapturing in its precision: Here is the alluring beauty that arises from staring squarely at and studying what is most abhorrent.The reigning devil is, of course, the Neoliberal dispensation by which the USA has been consumed for going on four decades now, in whose workshop the country has been purposefully divided into an oligarchy consisting of the billionaires and their Creative Class, hipsterocratic lieutenants on the one hand, and the lumpen deplorables and the immigrants of ambiguous documentation and the vestigial middle class and the poor of many colors on the other. And Doctorow sees all this — or at least describes it — better than just about anybody.
nakedcapitalism.com/2019/05/who-says-violence-doesnt-solve-anything-a-review-of-radicalized-four-tales-of-our-present-moment-by-cory-doctorow.html

Five years since the poisoning of Flint’s water supply: Part two
The capitalist media portrayed the Flint water crisis as the result of an attempt to reduce expenses and ease the city’s financial crisis. In fact, it was part of the drive by powerful financial interests and their political mouthpieces in both parties to exploit the collapse of the economic base of deindustrialized cities such as Detroit and Flint, whose position was further undermined by the Wall Street crash of 2008, in order to plunder public assets, claw back whatever remained of the past social gains of workers—pensions, health care, education, etc.—and repay with interest the losses suffered by the financial elite in the financial meltdown.The model for Flint was the 2013 forced bankruptcy of Detroit, which was backed by the Obama administration. The former world center of auto production was thrown into bankruptcy by a state-appointed emergency manager, Wall Street lawyer and Democrat Kevyn Orr, in a conspiracy to “monetize” the city’s main assets, including the world-class Detroit Institute of Arts, the pension and health care funds of retired city workers, and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, one of the largest municipally owned and operated water systems in the country.
wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/15/flin-m15.html

Chase Mitchell
Chase Mitchell

AFL-CIA is a snitch organization. Never trust them.

Leo Morgan
Leo Morgan

That's why we have dual cardism.

Brandon Moore
Brandon Moore

This, tbqh they're pretty much the AFL of yore

Tyler James
Tyler James

Lenin's advice to enter reactionary unions and agitate within is appropriate, but NOT the same as "AFL-CIA is based/gives me hope." We need to subject it to brutal criticism.

Charles Sanders
Charles Sanders

Agreed, and I never said anything against this

Liam Roberts
Liam Roberts

The AFL-CIO’s Daft Marxism
Fucking hell, that article is pure propaganda and reads like someone was very, very angry when writing it.
nationalreview
Oh, that's why.

Evan Diaz
Evan Diaz

So guys. It really seems that nobody wants to back the US against Iran.
Do you guys think they'll do it anyway?

Jacob Roberts
Jacob Roberts

tkanks news user

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Jose Perez
Jose Perez

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Isaac Nguyen
Isaac Nguyen

Probably. Then we will see how US does against an enemy that actually fights back. Hint: very poorly.

Eli Gomez
Eli Gomez

Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US
“There is no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world,” Merkel said in a conversation in her office in Berlin. “The old certainties of the post-war order no longer apply.”

Where were you when you got drafted into the Grande Armée 2.0?

Juan Long
Juan Long

WW3 soon please. The nukes need to fly so the suffering can finally end.

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Lucas Wright
Lucas Wright

I can't think of many counties or groups that would back the US except Israel, maybe one or two proxy states. I can think of a lot of places that would be willing to support Iran and most of the rest of the West seems like they'd remain neutral at best. Not to mention it'd almost certainly mean a revival of a lot of anti-western NGO's.

Dylan Gonzalez
Dylan Gonzalez

The army that rules the air wins the war. The American Air Force is an overly expensive boondoggle, but it will completely sweep the skies of everything bigger than a bumble bee in fewer than three days. Don't get your hopes up.

Zachary Morgan
Zachary Morgan

I really wonder how well AA defenses will do.
I do not expect the F35 to survive long.

Gabriel Wright
Gabriel Wright

The army that rules the air wins the war.
The army that rules the ground wins the war. Air helps but that's all.

Jaxon Adams
Jaxon Adams

Not without troops in the ground. It didn' help in Afghanistan, nor Iraq. Taliban managed to hold on to most of the land. And were able to quickly retake it if Usa coordinated an air plus ground assault.

Camden Gray
Camden Gray

The army that rules the air wins the war.
I'll take "empirically wrong statements" for 500, Alex. Giulio Douhet is an idiot, and so is every single dipshit that listens to him, and that includes you.

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Carter Butler
Carter Butler

Probably to protect from potential riots should the US invade Iran, with Iraq likely invited to "help out"

David Evans
David Evans

I doubt the country who elected Muqtada al Sadr's party is going to repeat Saddam Hussein's invasion plan at the hest of a reality game show host

Alexander Gomez
Alexander Gomez

It didn' help in Afghanistan, nor Iraq
It did, in a matter of weeks the US completely occupied these countries. They failed to deal with the insurgencies, but the initial invasion was very successful.

Anthony Wright
Anthony Wright

I'll critically support afl-cio until they prove to be agents of capital. At least the twitter account.

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