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Fewer Americans Are Identifying as Middle-Class
The United States is the country where everyone feels middle class, right? No. Gallup is out with the latest edition of a question it’s asked ten times over the last twenty years: “If you were asked to use one of these five names for your social class, which would you say you belong in?” When they did the survey in April, the largest set of respondents said “middle,” 38% — but that’s not much more than a third. Almost as many, 35%, said “working” (a term that has often been pronounced obsolete). A striking thing about the chart is its upward skew. The midpoint is just four points into the “middle” category, and “upper-middle” is nowhere near that midpoint — it begins about five-sixths of the way to the top. Still, it’s remarkable that in a country of alleged universal middle-classness, almost half the population identifies as sub-middle. Over the last twenty years, “upper-middle” and “middle” have declined by eight percentage points and “working” and “lower” have risen by nine. If you start the clock in 2005, the peak of the housing bubble, the “middle” share has fallen by nine points, with most going into “working.” The Great Recession that followed the bursting of that bubble has a lot to do with that trend, but ten years of expansion following that miserable downturn did nothing to change middle-class self-identification.

India – Birds Drop Out of the Sky, People Die
In case you have lingering doubts about the reality of human-caused global warming, hop on an airplane to parts of India or Pakistan and spend a few days. And, as long as you’re there, maybe be a good citizen and pick up a few of the dehydrated birds that drop out of the sky. Then, use the syringe you brought along to feed it some water before it dies in your hands. And, maybe do the same for some of the people sprawled out on the roadside before they die right before your eyes. After all, people are already dying from the humid heat. Maybe you could help them survive and while at it maybe bring along that friend who’s a climate denier for help saving some lives. It’s good for his or her soul to open their eyes to reality. According to a recent Business Insider artPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Campaign Launches 'Summer of Action' to Protect Medicare From Stealth Privatization
At issue is Direct Contracting, which is set to be renamed ACO REACH—an acronym for Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health—in 2023. As the campaign to protect traditional Medicare explains, the Direct Contracting scheme "invites profit-seeking middlemen to 'manage' care for seniors and people with disabilities, allowing companies to keep up to 40% of what they don't spend on care as overhead and profit."

US safety, savings rules set stage for baby formula shortage
A massive recall is getting most of the blame for the U.S. baby formula shortage, but experts say the products have long been vulnerable to this type of crisis due to decades-old policies that have allowed a handful of companies to corner the market.

'Not About Nostalgia': Poor People's Campaign Marches in Memphis Ahead of DC Gathering
"All of these years after Dr. King was killed: still no living wages, still attacks on the homeless, still the lack of healthcare, still the mass incarceration of our people, the poisoning of our water," she said, "and so close to the Mississippi Delta, where there's still the deepest poverty in this, the richest country ever to exist."

CDC to release some Jynneos vaccines for monkeypox
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday officials are in the process of releasing some Jynneos vaccines to help prevent monkeypox, Reuters reports.
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CPI (Maoist) Squad Carries Out Armed Action In Balaghat District
After setting fire to the bags, the Maoists left a letter at the site warning that anyone who helps police would have to meet a similar fate. The incident was reported from Lanji tehsil of Balaghat district where the Maoists set on fire the tendu leaves stored at Dadekasa, Bilal Kasa tendu leaves collection centre under south forest division general.

Station Masters Announce One-Day Strike Against Delay in Filling Vacancies
The All India Station Masters’ Association (AISMA) has given a call to observe a one-day strike on May 31 to press for its demands, including filling vacancies in the Railways. According to the association, out of the sanctioned strength of 34,000-plus station masters across all the railway zones, around 6,800 are vacant.

Iraqi court annuls food security bill
The parliamentary Finance Committee announced on May 14 that the money allocated under the food security bill had increased to 27 trillion Iraqi dinars. Yet this bill was aborted by the Federal Court on May 15, because it contradicts the constitution, which embarrassed the cabinet, according to the finance minister. The federal court rejection came a day before discussing it in the parliament. The decision was denounced by the three elements of the largest coalition in the parliament, Saving the Homeland, which consists of Muqtada Sadr’s movement, Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party and Muhammad Halbousi’s Sovereignity Alliance.

Iraq's political stalemate raising chances of Shia on Shia clashes
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Baby Formula Industry was Primed for Disaster Long Before Key Factory Closed Down
The conditions that led to a shortage of baby formula were set in motion long before the February 2022 closure of the Similac factory tipped the U.S. into a crisis. Retailers nationwide reported supplies of baby formula were out of stock at a rate of 43% during the week ended May 8, 2022, compared with less than 5% in the first half of 2021. In some states, such as Texas and Tennessee, shortages were over 50%, which has prompted parents to travel long distances and pay exorbitant sums of money to grab dwindling supplies of formula for their babies. News that the Food and Drug Administration and Similac-maker Abbott have reached a deal to reopen the formula factory in Sturgis, Michigan, is welcome news for desperate parents, but it will do little to alleviate the shortage anytime soon. This is in no small part because of the very nature of America’s baby formula industry. I research and teach supply chain management, with a special focus on the health care industry. The closure of the Similac factory may have lit the fuse for the nationwide shortage, but a combination of government policy, industry market concentration and supply chain issues supplied the powder.

Biden’s trip to Asia prepares for military confrontation with China
Even as his administration is ramping up its proxy war with Russia in Ukraine, President Biden is on his first visit to Asia, colluding with major allies and strategic partners to step up the US-led confrontation with China, to economically weaken it and prepare for war. Biden’s trip to South Korea and Japan—US imperialism’s chief military allies in East Asia—will culminate in a meeting tomorrow of the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a strategic grouping directed against China that includes the US, Japan, Australia and India.

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Trader Joe’s workers push to unionize amid wave of organizing efforts
Organizers have begun a unionization campaign at the upscale supermarket chain Trader Joe’s after workers at a branch in Hadley, Massachusetts, announced they were forming a union and intend to file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election.

NYPD releases surveillance images of suspect in random fatal Manhattan subway shooting: ‘Need all eyes on this’
The cold-blooded Manhattan subway killer who shot a Goldman Sachs researcher at random got away — but not before he was caught on surveillance video, police revealed Monday. The images were tweeted out by NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who asked the public’s help identifying and finding the suspect in what she called the “tragic, senseless shooting” of Daniel Enriquez, 48.

Supreme Court makes it tougher for inmates to win release from prison due to bad lawyering claims
The Supreme Court in a ruling made it tougher for prison inmates to win release in cases where they are convicted of state crimes. Justice Clarence Thomas, in the majority opinion, wrote that federal courts are barred from holding evidentiary hearings or considering new evidence of claims that an inmate’s attorney did not provide them with proper legal representation after convictions in state court. In a blistering dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, called the majority opinion “perverse” and “illogical.” too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Joe Biden launches IPEF initiative, making explicit the goal of blunting China’s clout
The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) seeks to restore ‘US economic leadership’ across the region, without Taiwan for now US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo says the long-awaited plan aims to make Indo-Pacific countries beyond China more attractive as manufacturing hubs

China says it will take targeted steps to support the economy
China will broaden its tax credit rebates, postpone social security payments and loan repayments, roll out new investment projects and take other steps to support the economy, state television quoted the cabinet as saying on Monday.

Venezuelan businessman given probation in top bribery case
A bribe-paying Venezuelan businessman whose criminal case implicates a prominent opponent of President Nicolás Maduro was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation in recognition of his efforts to expose rampant corruption in the country’s judiciary.

Colombia’s election campaigns come to an end amid extreme tensions
Candidates in Colombia’s elections finalized their campaigns on Sunday amid extreme tensions. Opposition Senator Gustavo Petro, the frontrunner in the race, ended his campaign on the central Bolivar Square in the capital Bogota. Petro’s main rival, Federico Gutierrez, ended his campaign with a mass gathering in Colombia’s second largest city Medellin. According to multiple polls, the two candidates are most likelyPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


TrueAnon: Episode 214: NATO (Part 3)
After the Cold War, NATO needed to reinvent itself politically for the post-Soviet world. For the final installment of our three-part series, we welcome back Ben Howard to talk through the collapse of the USSR, the rise and fall of the Partnership for Peace, and NATO interventions from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan, and we try to figure out just what Article V really means. Kamala press conference video:

PCV’s Carolus Wimmer: ‘In Venezuela we see a daily increase in capital's influence’
Discussing wages, healthcare and workers rights, Paul Dobson spoke to the Venezuelan Communist Party’s international secretary in the context of the CPB and YCL financial appeal for the besieged Latin American nation.
Paul Dobson: Much has been said about the “rupture” between the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) and the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV) in 2020. What were the subjective and objective political causes of this decision?
Carolus Wimmer: We wish to emphasise that the PCV’s policy is that of unity and the widest possible patriotic, democratic and anti-imperialist alliance and today the PCV continues to seek and struggle for unity. Naturally, this is not a unity between political organisations, but a unity which looks at the people’s wellbeing and in defence of workers’ social and political rights. This policy continues to exist and in the current climate in which there is practically no contact between the PCV and PSUV, our call is always for us to come together and debate our different positions in search of solutions. There was a clear example of this in 2018, when Nicolas Maduro’s presidential candidature was presented and naturally we communists held a political congregation before backing him. As such, the PCV discussed over 100 issues and proposals. Finally, in 2018, 19 issues were agreed upon as a good starting point [for the backing of the candidature] and we signed a unitary PCV-PSUV agreement. The agreement included a commitment to initiate joint workgroups for these 19 issues which looked at issues including workers and peasants, wPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Ex-FEMA, energy company officials plead guilty in post-hurricane case in Puerto Rico
A former FEMA official and a former president of an Oklahoma-based energy company pleaded guilty in a fraud and bribery case stemming from the repair of Puerto Rico's decimated electrical grid after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

'Arbitrary, Racist, and Unfair': Judge Blocks Biden From Ending Title 42
Immigrant rights advocates on Friday denounced a federal judge's injunction blocking the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden from lifting Title 42, a Trump-era public health order that both presidents have invoked to deport around two million asylum-seekers under the pretext of the Covid-19 pandemic.

LA removes crosswalks allegedly painted by a secretive group
The illegal crosswalks remained untouched for weeks, but on Friday Los Angeles city workers were on site steaming them away. The set of four crosswalks popped up at a busy residential intersection in March, allegedly painted by a secretive group that calls itself Crosswalk Collective LA. At the time, the group told NPR they were tired of waiting on the city to make what they said are much needed improvements for pedestrians. So they DIY'ed it, taking matters into their own hands.

U.S. Forest Service halts prescribed fires amid extreme fire danger
U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore suspended all prescribed fires on land owned by the federal government on Friday, citing extreme fire danger, recent burn escapes and a need to review the service's prescribed fPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Sudanese forces fatally shoot anti-coup protester in renewed crackdown
Sudanese security forces killed one protester on Saturday during renewed demonstrations against a military takeover that derailed a transition to civilian rule last year, medics said. The victim, who was not identified, died as a result of "a bullet to the chest" in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the pro-democracy Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said in a statement.

Political Prisoner Ahmed Sa’adat Re-Elected Secretary-General Of PFLP
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced on Friday the re-election of political prisoner Ahmed Sa’adat as its Secretary-General, who is serving a term of 30 years in Israeli jails, a press release confirmed.

US drops 5 groups from foreign terror blacklist
The United States removed five groups from its terror blacklist for inactivity on Friday, including a radical Jewish organization in Israel and two Islamist movements in Egypt and the Palestinian territories. The State Department has revoked the foreign terrorist organization designations of the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, Kahane Chai and Gama’a al-Islamiyya, as well as Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo and the Spanish separatist group Basque Fatherland and Liberty.

Biden administration approves large sale of anti-tank missiles to Egypt
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Canadian imperialism’s fascist friends—Part 2: Hitler’s accomplices, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists
The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), whose actions and legacy are celebrated by the state-sponsored Ukrainian Canadian Congress, is the political-ideological fount of the fascist forces that are playing such a prominent and reactionary role in contemporary Ukraine. In 1940, the OUN split into two groups over how best to collaborate with Nazi Germany to secure a Ukrainian national state. In pursuit of that collaboration and their rival visions of a fascist state, both factions would commit horrific crimes. Both supported the Nazis’ war of annihilation against the Soviet Union that claimed the lives of over 27 million Soviet citizens and participated in the Holocaust of European Jewry. The OUN (Melnyk) sought to work within Nazi Germany’s occupation regime and promoted the formation of the Galicia Division of the Waffen SS. It was to this organization that the grandfather of Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland belonged.

Crisis, protectionism, and inflation: War prepares the way for revolution
The menace of inflation is no temporary phenomena, with the war, the pandemic, and protectionism combining to push up prices across the world. The ruling class has no solution to this crisis. The stage is set for explosive class struggles. The crisis in Ukraine has created a perfect inflationary storm. The war, the western sanctions on Russia, the pandemic, protectionism, and climate change are unravelling decades of low commodity prices in a crisis that is only getting deeper. This unprecedented concatenation of factors is preparing a disaster, as summed up in a sobering analysis by Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation: “Frankly speaking, when I look at things to come, I’m pretty horrified, and I’ve been in international issues for, what, 30, 40 years of my life. I think I never saw a period where the risks were as high with this cumulation of Covid impact on the world economy, especially on developing countries; the food crisis; the energy price crisis; the debt crisis, which is looming in many parts of the developing countries; the impact of this on the financiaPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Biden’s approval dips to lowest of presidency: AP-NORC poll
President Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party. Only 39% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research, dipping from already negative ratings a month earlier.

Nearly 90,000 Small Businesses in US Expected to Close After Senate GOP Kills Main Street Relief Bill
Advocates for independently-owned businesses warned that restaurants, gyms, and other Main Street businesses across the U.S. will be forced to close in the coming months after Republicans in the Senate on Thursday blocked a $48 billion package to provide relief to owners who have struggled to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress approves $40 billion aid package for Ukraine
The package, which is billions more than the $33 billion initially requested by the White House, includes military aid, economic support and humanitarian assistance for food security stemming from Russia's unprovoked invasion.

Former NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Launches Bid for Congress
New York's 10th District is currently represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, but the state's political maps are being redrawn under supervision of a New York judge after a court found they were unconstitutional and gerrymandered in favor of Democrats.
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Iran vows harsh crackdown on economic protests
Much of Iran's impoverished south and southwest has been rocked by protests over the past 10 days amid a jump in the already high food prices. The new rallies gathered steam after hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi introduced an ambitious regulatory program aimed at abolishing subsidies, making up for them with higher cash handouts. The government has defended the plan as an "economic surgery" leading to a fair distribution of public funds.

Turkey accused of war crimes as chemical weapons used 44 times
TURKEY has been accused of using chemical weapons more than 70 times on guerilla positions this week as its war on Iraqi Kurdistan intensifies. The banned munitions are said to have been used to strike bases held by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Avashin, Metina and Zap mountain ranges, known collectively as the Medya Defence Zones.

Israeli press review: Far-right march granted approval to pass through Muslim quarter
Israel has approved its annual far-right Flag March to pass through Jerusalem's Damascus Gate and the Old City’s Muslim quarter, drawing condemnation from the Palestinian Authority and activists. On Tuesday, Israel’s Public Security Minister Mer Bar-Lev, along with Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, reached an agreement with right-wing march organisers to allow the event, the Israeli website Haaretz reported.

Palestine activists arrested after dousing Israeli arms HQ in red paint
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TrueAnon: Episode 213: NATO (Part 2)
Throughout the Cold War, NATO conducted large-scale terror campaigns in several European countries using a network of secret agents and neo-Nazis. We take the examples of Italy & Belgium and tie them into the larger NATO project.

The Buffalo Attack Is a Reminder That Mass Surveillance Doesn’t Protect Us
One of the strange things about our current political order is that we both live in maybe the most surveilled society in human history, and yet the terrorist attacks this surveillance is meant to stop keep on happening anyway. We know that under the NSA’s mass surveillance, the US government can look at almost everything you and I do on the Internet. We know the FBI has rampantly and illegally tapped into this database as part of its vast domestic spying operation often targeting black activists, partnering as well with private data brokers to amass a vast trove of geolocation and social media data on the US public. We know the CIA has its own legally dubious mass surveillance program that it’s operating at home. And we’ve just found out ICE has now become a de facto domestic spying agency through its access to the many, many public and business records we rack up in our daily lives. This is all really just the tip of the iceberg. Yet once again, we have another horrific attack, this one in Buffalo where a white supremacist shot to death ten people just days after posting his racist manifesto online on Google Docs. The devil’s bargain we were forced into demanded we trade away our privacy for the sake of security. Yet the massive database of intimate details about our lives that government agents can track and comb through seems yet again to have failed to guarantee the latter — even though this attacker had recently taunted and threatened law enforcement online and made threats to his school, prompting a visit from state police.

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George W Bush accidentally admits Iraq war was ‘unjustified and brutal’ in gaffe
There may have been something Freudian about his 2004 warning that America’s enemies “never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we”. And then there was the time he was thanking an army general for his service in 2008, telling him he “really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq”.

House passes $28M emergency spending bill to address baby formula shortage
The U.S. has faced a nationwide baby formula shortage due to pandemic-induced supply chain issues and recent product recall. Earlier Wednesday, President Biden announced he had invoked the Defense Production Act to help address formula supply.

Ex-Minneapolis officer pleads guilty in George Floyd killing
A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, admitting that he intentionally helped restrain the Black man in a way that created an unreasonable risk and caused his death.

Progressives Condemn DCCC Chair for 'Disgraceful' Self-Dealing in NY Primary Debacle
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the leader of House Democrats' campaign arm tasked with protecting incumbents, has come under fire this week after declaring his intention to run against first-term progressive Rep. Mondaire Jones in a newly redrawn New York congressional district—a move that critics have slammed as cowardly and potentially harmful to the party's efforts to keep control of Congress.
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Italian workers strike over military spending on war in Ukraine
ITALIAN workers are set to walk out tonight in a 24-hour general strike in protest against the country’s arming of Ukraine as they demanded “lower your weapons, raise your wages.” Rallies will take place across the country today in most major cities including the capital Rome with the walkout affecting both the public and private sectors. Trade unions are angered over the government’s military spending on Ukraine which they say would be better spent on raising workers’ wages at a time when the economy is predicted to slide into recession.

Communist-backed Panspoudastiki triumphs in Greek university student elections
In what can be characterized as an electoral triumph “Panspoudastiki KS” (All Student Cooperation Movement), supported by the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE), emerged first in the nationwide student elections held on Wednesday 18 May throughout the country's universities and technological institutes. Thousands of students supported the lists of Panspoudastiki thus giving a significant boost for the regroupment of the students movement, especially during a period when the conservative New Democracy (ND) government tries to implement reactionary reforms in Education.

Rent rises and cuts to universal credit fuel surge in evictions
THE cut to universal credit (UC) and surging rent prices are fuelling evictions, campaigners warned yesterday as new statistics showed that private-sector evictions were their highest level for years.

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Canadian imperialism’s fascist friends: Ottawa’s decades-long alliance with the Ukrainian far-right and the NATO war on Russia: Part 1
This is the first article in a multi-part series. The US and its NATO allies, Canada included, are waging war on Russia in all but name. Their governments, corporate media and establishment parties claim that the NATO powers are funneling tens of billions of dollars in weaponry to Kiev in order to protect Ukraine’s “sovereignty” and save its “democracy.” In reality, their provocative actions have brought the world to the precipice of a global conflagration fought with nuclear weapons. As the World Socialist Web Site has exhaustively documented, American imperialism long planned for and instigated war with Moscow over Ukraine. It led NATO’s eastward expansion over the past three decades to encircle Russia, and goaded Putin into launching his reactionary invasion by refusing to so much as discuss Moscow’s security concerns. Washington and Wall Street are determined to subjugate Russia, plunder its abundant resources and tighten thereby the military-strategic encirclement of China. In pursuit of these predatory geostrategic and economic objectives, the US and its allies have aligned with Ukraine’s far-right parties and fascist militia; that is, with forces that venerate and seek to emulate the Ukrainian fascists who collaborated with and sought the Nazis’ patronage during World War II. In pursuit of an ethnically “pure” Ukrainian state, the Ukrainian fascists participated in some of the most monstrous crimes of the 20th century, including the Holocaust.

ICE Is Tracking Your Every Move
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has long been a magnet for controversy over its cruel treatment of migrants. But there’s another, potentially more alarming reason to worry about it: ICE has slowly transformed into a vast domestic spying agency that could easily be turned on the American people, whether citizens, documented, or undocumented. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology, which argues that through contracts and partnerships with private data brokers, utility companies, DMVs, and other government bureaucracies, ICE has quietly built a sPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


US Military Clears Itself of Blame in Syria Strike That Killed 'Piles' of Women and Children
An executive summary of a classified investigation led by U.S. Army Gen. Michael Garrett stated that "no rules of engagement (ROE) or law of war (LOW) violations occurred" in connection with the March 18, 2019 strike near the Syrian town of Baghuz that, according to an initial battle assessment, killed around 70 people.

Homeland Security puts its "Disinformation Governance Board" on ice
The board — which had stated it's intended goal was to "coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security.” — was widely criticized by Republicans and right-wing media outlets. Driving the news: A DHS spokesperson said in a statement to Axios that the board was "grossly and intentionally mischaracterized: it was never about censorship or policing speech in any manner."

Democrats pick John Fetterman for Senate in Pennsylvania
Faced with a potentially campaign-ending crisis this weekend, Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman of Pennsylvania released a Sunday statement thanking the “kick ass staff and doctors” who treated his stroke.

Progressive Summer Lee Declares Victory With Slim Margin in PA Primary
With 93% of precincts reporting, Lee holds a 446-vote lead over Irwin, a former Republican U.S. Senate staffer who benefited from super PAC cash that poured into the district in the contest's final stretch. Irwin has not conceded defeat as the race remains too close to formally call.
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UK union threatens strike disruption to queen's Jubilee party
A British trade union said on Wednesday a planned strike at two London underground stations next month would cause "significant disruption" to people wanting to join in celebrations in the capital for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT) said it would hold a 24-hour walkout at the busy 'Tube' stations on June 3, in the middle of four days of celebrations to mark the monarch's 70 years on the throne, unless action was taken against a manager it accuses of bullying.

Orbán and US right to bond at Cpac in Hungary over ‘great replacement’ ideology
Hungary’s nationalist leader, Viktor Orbán, will be the star speaker at an extraordinary session of America’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to be held in Hungary this week, in an effort to cement bonds between the radical right on both sides of the Atlantic under the banner of the “great replacement” ideology.

Poland launches paid voluntary military service
Recruitment for Poland’s new voluntary general military service will kick off this weekend as the government seeks to double the size of its armed forces. The defence ministry has revealed details on the conditions for the year-long service, including pay rates and benefits.

Far-right Israeli group calls for dismantling Dome of the Rock on 'Jerusalem Day'
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Homeless People in the US Are Being Murdered at a Horrific Rate
The first reports just before Christmas 2021 brought scant, scary details. A “suspected serial killer” named Willy Maceo had been arrested in Miami for “hunting” sleeping homeless people. Jerome Price, fifty-six, had died after Maceo allegedly shot him five times from a car. (Price’s family learned of it on TV.) A second victim barely survived. A third attack (and second homicide) was linked. Police gathered evidence. Mayors and police brass crowded podiums. Maceo’s gun, it emerged, had been confiscated by police but subsequently returned. Maceo’s social media accounts revealed a “dapper” real estate agent hawking pastel mansions, aquamarine seas, and palm trees. In mid-January, the focus switched to homeless suspects. In widely covered murders in the nation’s two largest cities, Michelle Go was pushed in front of a New York City subway train by a homeless man; three days later, Sandra Shells was attacked and killed by a homeless man at a Los Angeles bus stop. Then, in March, the narrative flipped again. A balaclava-clad man was suspected of shooting five sleeping homeless people in New York City and Washington, DC. After an interstate manhunt, the suspect, Gerald Brevard III, was captured. This string of stories connected homelessness and homicides. But what do they mean? Are killings of unhoused people getting worse? Do we have any data on this terrible trend? Jacobin reached out to leading researchers Matt Fowle and Fredianne Gray, the Los Angeles Police Department (which has the best readily available data among police departments on homelessness), and eleven other police departments in the US cities with the largest homeless populations. Looking across the data, we see three big-picture trends: One, killings of homeless persons have been on the rise since 2010. Two, the pandemic era has brought a new surge in homicides involving homeless people. And three, contrary to the common perception, unhoused people are far more likely to be victims of homicides than perpetrators.

The violence of Pakistan’s Afghan policy
While Pakistan's high pitch political drama, which began last month after then-prime minister ImPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


US: Thousands celebrate as New Jersey city renames busy street 'Palestine Way'
Thousands of people waving Palestinian flags gathered in the US city of Paterson on Sunday to celebrate the renaming of a section of a busy street to Palestine Way. Paterson City Council voted unanimously in April to rename a five-block area of Main Street Palestine Way in honour of the city's large Palestinian community and its contributions to business and civic life.

Progressives Vow to Fight as DeSantis Signs Bill Banning Protests at Florida Homes
The new law, which has drawn comparisons to a separate statute effectively allowing the killing or wounding of protesters, makes "picketing or protesting" outside private residences a second-degree misdemeanor crime punishable by as many as 60 days behind bars, up to a $500 fine, and six months' probation.

Goldman Sachs-backed firms buy entire Florida community for $45M
A pair of Goldman Sachs-backed ventures gobbled up an entire rental home community in Florida last month for a cool $45 million, according to reports.
Fundrise Interval Fund and Growth eREIT VII picked up 87 single-family properties in Brevard County as part of an ongoing southern spending spree.

Judge stops enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban if Roe overturned; Nessel won't appeal
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Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy Several Hundred Ground Forces Into Somalia
President Biden has signed an order authorizing the military to once again deploy hundreds of Special Operations forces inside Somalia — largely reversing the decision by President Donald J. Trump to withdraw nearly all 700 ground troops who had been stationed there, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

US to remove Jewish Kahane movement from terror blacklist
The official added that Kahane Chai "will remain a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity", even if it is dropped from the FTO list. "The US government remains concerned by the legacy of Kahane Chai and the continued use of its rhetoric among violent right-wing extremists." The State Department designated Kahane Chai an FTO in 1997, three years after Baruch Goldstein - a supporter of the group - massacred 29 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Shireen Abu Akleh: New footage shows police storming hospital before funeral
The video clips, security footage from inside East Jerusalem's Saint Joseph's Hospital, were presented during a press conference by local Vatican-affiliated Christian leaders, where they condemned the conduct of Israeli forces, Israeli media reported.

Erdogan’s home loan incentives threaten to fan inflation
A loan package to encourage home sales announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week threatens to further stoke Turkey’s consumer inflation, which is already on course to hit an annual of 100% in the coming months.
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Fears for Ukrainian rail worker charged with high treason
FEARS have been raised over the safety of a rail worker in Ukraine who has been accused of high treason by prosecutors who claim he has been carrying out “subversive activities.” The Donetsk Regional Prosecutor's Office has notified the head of the Volnovakha Station of the charges that have been brought against him under martial law in absentia. The unnamed official is accused of supporting Russia by personally controlling repairs to the rail network which has been damaged due to the war in the region. According to a Ukrainian government website the unnamed official has worked to restore the connection between the Donetsk region and the Russian Federation “as soon as possible.”

Keir Starmer has returned western imperialism to the core of Labour policy
The local authority election results earlier this month in the UK were as bleak as expected for Boris Johnson’s government, with the electorate ready to punish the ruling party both for its glaring corruption and rocketing high-street prices. A few weeks earlier, the police fined Johnson - the first of several such penalties he is expected to receive - for attending a series of parties that broke the very lockdown rules his own government set. And the election took place as news broke that the UK would soon face recession and the highest inflation rate for decades. In the circumstances, one might have assumed the opposition Labour Party under Keir Starmer would romp home, riding a wave of popular anger. But in reality, Starmer’s party fared little better than Johnson’s. Outside London, Labour was described as “treading water” across much of England. Starmer is now two years into his leadership and has yet to make a significant mark politically. Labour staff are cheered that in opinion polls the party is finally ahead - if marginally - of Johnson’s Tories. Nonetheless, the public remains adamant that Starmer does not look like a prime minister in waiting. That may be in large part because he rarely tries to land a blow against a government publicly floundering in its own corruption. When Johnson came close to being brought down at the start of the yearPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


‘I cannot survive on $260 a week’: US retail and fast-food workers strike
Workers in America’s fast-food and retail sectors who worked on the frontlines through the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic are continuing a trend of strikes and protests over low wages, safety concerns and sexual harassment issues on the job.

New Mexico Calf Canyon Fire becomes largest in state history
Mired in a megadrought fueled by climate change, New Mexico and the rest of the Southwest are already experiencing major fires this year. Other western states are likely to see severe wildfire seasons due to a shorter-term drought that extends across the entire West.

US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration. The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It is roughly equal to how many Americans died in the Civil War and World War II combined. It’s as if Boston and Pittsburgh were wiped out.

Kagan Pens Scathing Dissent as Supreme Court Kills Another Campaign Finance Rule
In a decision Monday that liberal Justice Elena Kagan warned will further corrupt the nation's money-dominated political system, the U.S. Supreme Court's right-wing majority struck down a campaign finance regulation limiting federal candidates' ability to use campaign funds to repay personal loans.
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Turkey demands extradition of PKK members from Sweden, Finland for Nato bid
“We told them that we cannot be satisfied with Sweden’s already existing declaration that the PKK is on their terror list,” Cavusoglu said after meeting Swedish and Finnish foreign ministers in Berlin on Sunday. “They told us that they will come up with a new plan.” Turkish officials believe Finland is closer to striking a deal with Turkey over the PKK than Sweden. "They are being more responsive and constructive," Cavusoglu said.

IDPs from Serêkaniyê denounce Turkey's plans to annex occupied regions
The statement remarked that the AKP has been trying to take advantage of the changes in the Middle East since the day it came to power in 2002. “Turkey has supported extremist Brotherhood movements and terrorist organizations and provided them with military, logistical and political support. Turkey has thus intervened in some regions to annex the lands of neighbouring countries to its own territory and established military bases in some neighbouring countries.”

Global energy crisis opens possibilities for Israel’s natural gas drillings
The discovery of another marine natural gas reservoir, announced May 9 by British natural gas company Energean, underscores Israel’s emerging status over the past decade as a regional power in the field of natural gas. The country is capable of providing not only for its own needs, but for the needs of its neighbors as well, and even for other countries around the world.

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As the Planet Warms, Let’s Be Clear: We Are Sacrificing Lives for Profits
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently dropped a bombshell announcement that should have garnered news headlines in the major global and U.S. media, but did not. New WMO research concludes that “[t]here is a 50:50 chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial level for at least one of the next five years.” WMO Secretary-General Professor Petteri Taalas explained, “The 1.5 degree Celsius figure is not some random statistic. It is rather an indicator of the point at which climate impacts will become increasingly harmful for people and indeed the entire planet.” In 2015, the likelihood of reaching that threshold within five years was nearly zero. In 2017 it was 10 percent, and today it is 50 percent. As we continue to spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in dizzying amounts, that percentage spikes with every passing year and will soon reach 100 percent certainty.

Media Ignore Criticism of DHS’s New ‘Disinformation’ Board—Unless it’s from the Right
Testifying in front of a House committee, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently announced DHS’s formation of a “Disinformation Governance Board.” The board’s stated mission would be to address “disinformation spread by foreign states such as Russia, China and Iran,” as well as “transnational criminal organizations and human-smuggling organizations.” Little is known about the board, and Mayorkas has claimed it will have “no operational authority or capability.” Still, leading media instantly heralded its creation. The Associated Press (4/28/22) accepted the premise that a DHS-helmed body would “counter disinformation” coming from Russia and “human smugglers” targeting people seeking to immigrate to the US. MSNBC (4/29/22) maintained that the initiative “makes sense.” Notably, not a single reference to the DHS’s history of incessant violence against immigrants, Muslims, Black Lives Matter organizers and other activists was deemed relevant to either story.
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U.S. abortion rights activists start 'summer of rage' with Saturday protests
Planned Parenthood, Women's March and other abortion rights groups organized more than 400 "Bans Off Our Bodies" marches for Saturday, with the largest turnouts expected in New York City, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago.

New Mexico governor seeks more US aid for wildfire response
New Mexico’s governor is asking for additional federal assistance to respond to wildfires burning across the state’s north, including one that is the second-largest in the state’s history and that officials estimate has destroyed hundreds of homes.

Dallas salon owner believes shooting a hate crime: 'He didn’t even demand money. He just came in to shoot people'
A shooting at a Dallas hair salon that injured three women of Korean descent may be part of a string of shootings targeting Asian businesses, police said Friday. Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said a similar vehicle was used in three recent shootings, including Wednesday's attack at a hair salon described as Korean-owned.

Man who stabbed Boston officer shot, killed by police, authorities say
A man accused of stabbing a Boston police officer was shot and killed by police early Saturday morning, authorities said. The incident happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 22 Glendale St. near Hancock Street near Boston's Upham's Corners neighborhood.
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Israeli settlers forcibly seize Palestinian-owned building in Hebron
Dozens of Israeli settlers took over a Palestinian building in the Old City of Hebron on Friday, while flanked by Israeli soldiers. Issa Amro, director of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements activist group, tweeted a video of the scene which showed settlers carrying their belongings, including mattresses and suitcases, as they stormed the three-storey building.

Egypt, Ethiopia compete for US support in Nile dam file
Ethiopia has appointed former Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Seleshi Bekele as a new ambassador to the United States, in a move aimed to counter Egyptian efforts to draw US support in its favor in the yearslong dispute with Addis Ababa over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Thousands march against occupation and betrayal in Berlin
Kurds and their friends are joining a central rally in Berlin under the motto 'Defend Kurdistan Against Occupation and Betrayal'. The demonstration is directed against the Turkish attacks on the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) and the betrayal of the ruling party KDP that cooperates with Turkey in its invasion campaign against the guerrillas.

Germany logs rise in right-wing extremist cases in security agencies
An official report found concrete evidence of right-wing extremism in over 300 cases within Germany's top security agencies, Germany's Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said at a press conference on Friday. The report comes amid increase scrutiny of German security authorities, following a slew of high-profile cases involPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Shireen Abu Akleh killing: How western media parrots Israeli propaganda
All of Palestine has united in shock this week to mourn the killing of iconic Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. But amid our grief, we are forced to witness how western media outlets, yet again, are failing us. When a Palestinian is killed by Israeli forces, the act is always described in passive terms. We just die on our own; no one kills us. Sometime, we die as collateral damage in “clashes”, with no context given as to how the altercation broke out or the power imbalance at play. Then comes the automatic adoption of Israeli talking points, which are always manipulative. Israel’s strategy is to immediately deny responsibility, then to cast doubt on Palestinian testimonies, laying the groundwork for the assertion that there are “two versions” of the story. The media then repeats this uncritically.

A Look Back at Bigger Than Bernie: Can the Democratic Party Be Reformed From Within?
This moment, leading to the doom that awaits Democrats in the midterm elections six months from now, seems as good as any to revisit my argument against hoping for democratic change from within the Democratic Party, which was the whole basis of the two Sanders campaigns endorsed by Jacobin magazine and allied millennial “socialists.” Since Biden’s election, not a single one of Sanders’s legislative priorities has come close to becoming reality, while House progressives recently spurned Nina Turner herself, almost the avatar of who their ideal candidate should be, to endorse her corporate Democratic opponent. Rather than the Democratic Party showing the slightest inclination to shift leftward on debt, housing, or wages, we are rapidly moving toward the familiar policy rostrum of deficit reduction, fighting inflation by hurting workers, and protecting Wall Street elites at the cost of everyone else, the agenda faithfully duplicated in the Carter/Volcker, Clinton/Rubin, and Obama/Geithner presidencies. The hipster socialists’ predictable response to the latest ignominy, the potential erasure of Roe v. Wade, is entirely along the lines of the fatalism enumerated in thisPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Leaked Memo Reveals Apple’s Anti-Union Talking Points for Store Managers
Apple is circulating a series of anti-union talking points to store leaders to use with employees in the United States, amid fears that a wave of unionization could break out across its U.S. stores. In the talking points, obtained by Motherboard, Apple highlights that workers could lose career growth opportunities, the ability to take time off for personal reasons, and merit-based promotions if they vote to unionize. “The quality of your work may not even be a factor,” the talking points read. It has also instructed managers to tell workers that if they unionize they could face "fewer opportunities," have less "flexibility," and that the company will pay "less attention to merit."

Biden to order federal flags to fly at half-staff as the U.S. Covid toll nears one million.
President Biden, anticipating the grim milestone of one million American lives lost to Covid-19, said in a formal statement on Thursday that the United States must stay committed to fighting a virus that has “forever changed” the country.

Rallying for Summer Lee, Sanders Rips AIPAC for Trying to 'Buy Elections'
During a rally in support of U.S. House candidate Summer Lee on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders called out super PACs bankrolled by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and billionaire donors for spending big to crush progressives in Pennsylvania and elsewhere across the country, efforts that the Vermont senator decried as "pathetic" and corrosive to democracy.
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Photos: Israeli forces attack Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral
Israeli police have stormed the grounds of a Jerusalem hospital to forcibly prevent a funeral march for Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera journalist who was killed by Israeli forces while covering an Israeli army raid in Jenin on Wednesday.

Tunisia’s president to establish 'new republic' amid fear of new dictatorship
Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has announced plans for a new constitution and a different system of government, which raises concerns among political and human rights circles about the possibility of imposing a dictatorship in the country.

Luqman Ehmê: Turkey’s ‘resettlement’ project is a war crime
As a result of heavy attacks against North and East Syria, the invading Turkish state and its mercenaries occupied Afrin, Girê Spî, and Serêkaniyê. The Turkish state, which forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens, perpetrated crimes against the region's indigenous peoples and altered the region's demographic structure.

Turkey will not support Sweden and Finland's Nato bid over PKK links
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey does not view Finland and Sweden’s Nato membership bids positively due to their welcoming attitude towards the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). “Scandinavian countries have become a safe haven, a so-called guest house for PKK and other terror groups,” Erdogan said in a televised statement on Friday. “Some terrorists even participate in Sweden’s and the Netherlands’ parliaments.”Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


TrueAnon: Episode 227: Sons And Daughters
With Brace still out on walkabout in a mysterious land, we talk through the recent election in the Philippines of BongBong Marcos, son of the brutal dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and his running mate Sara Duterte, daughter of current president Rodrigo Duterte.

Jeremy Corbyn: We Can Build a New Economic Order
These talks often begin with the speaker stressing that we meet at an urgent moment. But today, when you look around you, you can’t help but see it’s true. So much is happening in the world — and so quickly — that sometimes it’s dizzying and hard to keep up. The Progressive International (PI) is a young project, but it has already done so much to bring us together, to act for radical change, and to make our fast-moving world comprehensible. I’m proud that the Peace and Justice Project is a member, and I am honored to sit on the council with so many inspiring leaders and activists. The PI’s first summit, held in September 2020, took place under the title of “Extinction or Internationalism.” A year and a half on, we have to be realistic: the dial has edged closer to extinction.

Peter Kropotkin:Wars and Capitalism III. WAR AND INDUSTRY
We have seen in the preceding chapter that industrial rivalries and the desire of acquiring new markets for the export of home-made products are the chief cause of wars in modern times. Let us now see how in modern industry the States create a class of men interested in turning nations into armies, ever ready to hurl themselves at one another. There are now, as we know, immense industries giving work to millions of men, and existing for the sole purpose of producing war material. It is, therefore, entirely to the advantage of these manufacturers, and of those who lend them the necessary capital, to prepare for war, and to fan the fear that war is ever on the eve of breaking out. We need not concern ourselves with the small fry – with the makers of worthless firearms, trumpery sPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Deaths from COVID begin to rise again
The U.S. averaged roughly 365 daily deaths, up 7% from about 342 two weeks ago. That's still a fraction of where things stood several months ago when the daily average was in the thousands. This week, the U.S. will likely reach 1 million deaths from COVID. As the milestone nears, President Biden said that "we must not grow numb to such sorrow. To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible."

People Are Using Job Listings to Sabotage Companies That Mistreat Their Workers
Job listings seem like an unlikely space for political activity. But with a wave of strikes last fall and thousands of workers at Starbucks, Apple, and Amazon unionizing for the first time this year, online job listings and the application process associated with it have evolved into a powerful tool that labor and tech activists are using to effectively sabotage and expose the efforts of companies that union-bust and mistreat their workers.

House Republican wants visa applicants to declare communist ties
The measure is an attempt to prevent foreign propagandists — including those from Russia and China — from continuing to piggyback on a visa program aimed at luring high-skilled workers to the U.S. The bill was spurred by recent reporting from Axios' Lachlan Markay, whose analysis of government data revealed Russian and Chinese state media have taken advantage of the country's H-1B program to boost foreign state media operations on U.S. soil.

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Syrian Kurdish unity talks crumble as Turkey escalates anti-PKK campaign
Turkey’s military escalation against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has deepened the gulf between Syrian Kurdish groups and put the kibosh on US-mediated talks that were aimed at forging unity in northeast Syria between the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) and an array of opposition parties known as the Kurdish National Council (KNC).

'Turkey’s refugee resettlement project threatens the security of communities'
The Press Center of the People's Defense Forces (HPG) released a statement providing information about the ongoing war in the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) where the Turkish army has been conducting an invasion operation since April 17.

Lebanon elections: Hezbollah and Amal court bitter and broke southerners
Ayman Mroueh, candidate for the opposition list Together Towards Change in South II, which includes Sour and Zahrani districts, says that while some candidates are calling for Hezbollah’s disarmament, the same cannot be said for others. “They [Hezbollah and Amal] are using this issue as a tool to pressure people to vote for them, or else they are branded as traitors,” he tells MEE. “They accuse you of being against the resistance, but that’s not true. I represent the Communist Party, which was the first party to launch a national resistance.”

Criticism follows Wickremesinghe's return to power in Sri Lanka
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The Stealth Privatization of Medicare Is a Big Boon to Wall Street
The Joe Biden administration’s recent entrenchment and expansion of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to privatize Medicare is helping a shadowy set of big-business beneficiaries: private equity firms and major health care companies, including one that previously employed the government official overseeing the privatization plan, a new analysis from us shows. In April last year, the Biden administration contracted with fifty-three third-party companies to mandate privatized health care plans through Medicare. The resulting health care options are effectively Medicare Advantage plans, or private coverage offered through the national health insurance program for seniors and people with disabilities — but with one wrinkle: Patients are being assigned to these new plans without their consent. The fifty-three participating companies — called “direct contracting entities,” or DCEs — are allowed to offer benefits beyond traditional Medicare, like gym membership coverage. But as for-profit businesses that receive a set payment from Medicare no matter how much care they approve, these DCEs are incentivized to limit the care that patients receive, especially when they are very sick. The first DCEs were launched by President Donald Trump in 2019, and so far, at least 350,000 seniors have already been moved onto these privatized Medicare plans.

Lebanon elections: Why hopes for change may be dashed
“Change” has become a major theme ahead of Lebanon’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Highway billboards, television screens and social media platforms are filled with talk of change via the ballot box. This is the first national election to take place since the 2019 uprising and ensuing socioeconomic collapse. Without a serious change in government, there is little hope of recovery. A large number of new candidates self-identify as “forces of change”, presenting themselves as serious alternatives to the status quo. But meaningful change, beyond a shift in the power balance among sectarian forces, is a far-fetched notion. Rather, elections are likely to legitimise governing forces and expose the weakness oPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Target Workers Are Joining the Union Wave
The workers behind the drive at that location hope to be the first of many for the retail chain. Other stores are working in concert with these organizers on following suit, although none are ready yet to call their own elections. Adam Ryan, one of the lead organizers at Target Workers Unite—the umbrella organization for Target employees seeking to unionize—and the Christiansburg store, estimates that workers at about a half-dozen Target stores currently have active but early stage campaigns.

Senate blocks bill to keep abortion legal nationwide ahead of Roe decision
The Women's Health Protection Act, which has passed the House, won 49 votes, falling far short of the 60 senators needed to break a filibuster. All 50 Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted against proceeding to debate. The final vote was 49-51.

Lindsey Graham said Joe Biden is ‘best person’ to lead US, tapes reveal
Democrat Joe Biden is “the best person” to lead the US, the Republican senator and fervent Donald Trump supporter Lindsey Graham said in tapes released on Monday by the authors of a bestselling political book. … Asked if Biden could help the country come together again, Graham said: “Totally.” “He’ll maybe be the best person to have. I mean, how mad can you get at Joe Biden?”

As Covid Aid Languishes, Congress Moves Ahead With Massive Corporate Subsidies
On a bipartisan basis, Congress is moving ahead with legislation packed with tens of billions of dollars in subsidies for profitable U.S. tech corporations while a smaller but desperately needed coronavirus aid measure languishes, potentially compromising thPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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American journalist killed by IDF, network says; Israel calls for investigation
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian American journalist for the Al Jazeera news network in the West Bank early Wednesday, according to the network and the Palestinian Health Ministry. Israel said the journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, was killed in an exchange of gunfire and called for an investigation.

Biden administration asks US Congress to approve new weapons sales to Turkey
The Biden administration has asked Congressional leaders to approve the upgrade of Turkey's F-16 fighter jet fleet, setting up a potential litmus test for further military sales to the Nato-ally. US officials familiar with the request said the Biden administration may use the deal to gauge the level of support in Congress for a separate proposal to sell 40 new F-16s to Turkey, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Reduction of Euphrates water decreases electricity production in North-East Syria
The Turkish state continues to reduce the water flow of the Euphrates River to North-East Syria, negatively affecting the basic services in the region such as agriculture and electricity. Electricity production has decreased dramatically recently due to the lack of water storage capacity at the Tishrin Dam, one of the important dams in the region.

Sri Lanka troops in capital ordered to shoot any protesters deemed violent
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Senior PFLP Member Leila Khaled On Israel’s Threats To Assassinate Palestinian Resistance Leaders
Senior Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) member Leila Khaled has described Israel’s threats to assassinate Palestinian resistance leaders as a reflection of the occupation state’s internal crises as well as its security and political bankruptcy. “The Israeli occupation is trying to export its internal crises to the Palestinian people,” said Khaled. “The Israeli threats reflect the crisis caused by the recent resistance operations against the occupation.”

KKE: The imperialist war in Ukraine and the stance of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party (RCWP)
Following the article on the stance of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), we would also like to respond to some questions about the stance of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party (RCWP) regarding the war in Ukraine; questions which also arise from some unfounded remarks made by the RCWP about the Resolution of the CC of the KKE that some “well-intentioned” people, who are hostile to the principled positions of the KKE and support the geopolitical plans of the Russian bourgeoisie, took care to translate into Greek and disseminate in various media outlets.

Anarchist who Fought in Rojava Response to ‘No War But Class War’ Debate
I left Rojava nearly three years ago now and up until this point has chosen to remain quiet, leaving the writing to those who prefer to talk rather than act. I’ve looked on as the Ukrainians have gotten more support amongst the western anarchist milieu than the Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Yezidis and others could have ever imagined. In the first month alone tens if not hundreds of thousanPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Senate Dems Won't Protect Abortion Rights, But Vote Unanimously to Protect Justices From Protests
There were no reports of violence at pro-choice protests held outside the homes of right-wing Justices Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts over the weekend, but Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)—who was photographed raising his fist in support of the January 6, 2021 insurrection—compared the gatherings of around 100 people to sites of "mob violence" and demanded that Democrats condemn the protesters.

School districts brace for rising lunch prices
It's the latest hit to schools' budgets that have endured staffing challenges, teacher resignations and other obstacles for two-plus years during the pandemic. Plus, many families will have to resume paying for school lunches — at a time when food prices are rising.

No meetings last week between Chevron, union negotiators in refinery strike -official
Negotiators for Chevron Corp (CVX.N) and the United Steelworkers union (USW) did not meet last week to discuss a possible end to a strike at the company's Richmond, California, refinery, said B.K. White, first vice president of USW Local 12-5 on Monday.

Cardona wants to "lift the profession" amid teacher shortage
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at an Axios event Tuesday shared a message for teachers as they're being pushed out of the workforce in droves: "I see you. I hear you. I appreciate you. And we're fighting to make sure that we conPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Dubai couriers strike for better pay and conditions
COURIERS across Dubai were on strike today for the second time in weeks over poor pay and conditions, despite harsh laws against dissent in the United Arab Emirates. The foreign workers contracted by Talabat, the Middle East unit of Delivery Hero, began their walkout after organising on social media, crippling the application’s services.

Israeli forces raze Jerusalem homes, leaving 40 Palestinians destitute
More than 40 Palestinians were made homeless on Tuesday after Israeli forces razed their homes in occupied East Jerusalem. Early in the morning, Israeli forces and bulldozers arrived at the Silwan town and removed residents of a three-storey building owned by the Rajabi family ahead of its demolition. Residents had little time to move their belongings, an eyewitness told Middle East Eye, and were assaulted by police for resisting the demolition along with neighbours who arrived at the scene to show support.

Energean discovers new gas off Israel's coast
Eastern Mediterranean-focused oil and gas producer Energean (ENOG.L) said on Monday it had made a new commercial gas discovery off the coast of Israel, although it fell far short of the company's previous estimates.

Iraqi militia power plays bring back outcast Sunni leader
A Shiite, Iran-linked Coordination Framework (CF) delegation reportedly plans to visit the Kurdistan Region’s capital in the coming days to speak to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) after alleged attempts to divide the Sunni component of their rival alliance seem to have fallen short.
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World Drought Gets Worse, Cities Ration
The planet is wheezing, coughing and sputtering because of vicious attacks by worldwide droughts aided and abetted by global warming at only 1.2C above baseline. Some major metropolises are rationing water. What’ll happen at 1.5C? It’s not as if droughts are not a normal feature of the climate system. They are, but the problem nowadays is highlighted by reports from NASA and NOAA stating that earth is trapping nearly twice as much heat is it did in 2005 described as an “unprecedented increase amid the climate crisis.” This trend is described as “quite alarming.” The planet trapping heat at double the rate of only 17 years ago is off-the-charts bad news and reason enough for the world’s leaders to go all-in on global warming preventive measures, and then hope and pray that it’s not too late.

Texas Soldiers Are Unionizing After Facing Attacks by a Right-Wing Governor
When a group of Texas workers started discussing job problems and what to do about them a few months ago, their list of complaints would have been familiar to Starbucks baristas, Amazon warehouse staff, or restive young journalists at new and old media outlets. With little notice, their employer changed work schedules and transferred employees to a new job location. Some of those adversely affected applied for hardship waivers, based on family life disruption, but many requests were denied. Meanwhile, access to a major job benefit, tuition assistance, was sharply curtailed. Even paychecks were no longer arriving promptly or at the right address. When a few brave souls called attention to these problems, management labeled them “union agitators” who were trying to “mislead” their coworkers. Operating outside the national media spotlight on recent labor recruitment in the private sector, key activists were not deterred. In mid-April, members of the Texas State Guard, Army, and Air Force National Guard declared themselves to be the “Military Caucus” of the Texas State Employees Union (TSEU), an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Taking aim at Republican governor Greg Abbott, who has ordered thousands of them to police the US-Mexico border, these TSEU supportPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


U.S. will limit next-generation Covid vaccines to high-risk people this fall if Congress doesn’t approve more funding
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, warned the U.S. faces a substantial surge of Covid infections this fall as immunity from the current vaccines wanes and the omicron variant mutates into more transmissible subvariants. The U.S. needs more money for next-generation vaccines, therapeutics and tests to prevent infections from turning into hospitalizations and deaths, the official said.

Blake drops civil rights lawsuit against Wisconsin officer
Jacob Blake has dropped his federal civil rights lawsuit against the Wisconsin police officer who shot him during a domestic disturbance and left him paralyzed from the waist down. Neither attorneys for Blake, whose August 2020 shooting sparked the protests in which Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and wounded a third, nor Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey indicated in their court filings why the lawsuit was being dropped, including whether a settlement had been reached.

Clearview AI agrees to restrict use of face database
The company in a legal filing Monday agreed to permanently stop selling access to its face database to private businesses or individuals around the US, putting a limit on what it can do with its ever-growing trove of billions of images pulled from social media and elsewhere on the internet.

Nonviolent Direct Actions to Target Manchin and Sinema Over 'Corrupt Obstruction'
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Sri Lankan PM resigns as supporters attack peaceful protesters
SRI LANKAN Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned today following weeks of protests demanding that he and his brother, the president, step down over the country’s worsening economic crisis. Mr Rajapaksa confirmed on Twitter that he had submitted his resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It follows an attack by the brothers’ supporters on a peaceful protest led by trade unionists demanding the pair to step down.

Delhi: As AAP Govt ‘Backtracks’, Terminated Anganwadi Caregivers go on Indefinite Hunger Strike
On Monday, led by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)-affiliated Delhi Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union, a section among the terminated women claimed that they have been “wrongly terminated.” They added that they will continue the hunger strike till the terminated caregivers are reinstated.

Supreme Court rejects Communist party’s petition against Shaheen Bagh demolition drive, asks them to approach High Court
The Supreme Court has refused to hear the plea filed by the Communist Party against the MCD’s demolition drive against illegal encroachments in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area. As per reports, the apex court rejected the CPM’s plea, stating that none of the affected parties has been a part of the petition and it is purely political in nature.

Starmer commits to resigning as Labour leader if fined for Covid breach
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One Year Ago, Biden Promised to Support Generic Vaccines for the World. That’s Amounted to Nothing.
Today marks one year since the Biden administration said it would support ​“waiving intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines” at the World Trade Organization (WTO). At the time, the announcement was met with an outpouring of hope that such a waiver, if passed, would allow Global South countries to manufacture their own generic versions of vaccines, tests, and treatments, and thereby close the international gap in access to life-saving technologies. Because the United States wields so much power at the WTO, many public health advocates assumed that if the Biden administration wanted to get a waiver passed, it could. But in the year since, the Biden administration has failed to deliver. U.S. representatives have dragged their feet at the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the body that oversees intellectual property rules at the WTO. The Biden administration declined to support the version of the waiver (commonly referred to as a TRIPS waiver) that was initially proposed by India and South Africa in October 2020, and has not done enough to stop the European Union from obstructing progress on an agreement that has teeth. A new proposed agreement on intellectual property now circulating at the TRIPS Council has been blasted by global health activists for excluding tests and treatments, cutting off entire countries (like China and all ​“developed” nations), and imposing new barriers to the production of generics. Alongside the European Union, the United States bears responsibility for some of the harmful provisions in this proposal, though the Biden administration has not yet said whether it endorses the text.

Interest Rate Hikes Are Class War Against Workers
The Bank of England has increased its main interest rate to 1 percent. It is forecasting inflation of 10 percent this year, driven by soaring energy costs and the rising price of goods. Millions of people are facing a miserable, grinding year as the prices of essentials accelerate far past pay, pensions, or benefits increases. Interest Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


‘Where do they expect us to go?’ Life at one Bay Area encampment before eviction
Sarah and her partner, Kevin, both 55, have lived in the scattered encampments along this stretch of busy highway in Berkeley, California, for years now. They’ve had to pack up several times, moving from one camp to the next as authorities cleared plot after plot.

Wealthy Americans are buying second passports as a 'plan B' for their families, citing the pandemic, climate change, and political turmoil
The number of wealthy Americans applying for citizenship or residency in foreign countries has skyrocketed over the past three years as US billionaires, tech entrepreneurs, and celebrities look to create a "plan B" for their families, multiple investment migration firms told Insider.

Amazon’s anti-union meetings deemed illegal by labor officials
The National Labor Relations Board’s Brooklyn regional director will issue a complaint if the company doesn’t settle, the agency’s press secretary Kayla Blado said in an email. The regional official has determined that the company held illegal mandatory meetings and made illegal threats in those sessions, she said.

After the leaked Roe opinion, Justice Thomas says the Supreme Court can't be bullied
As reproductive-rights protests continue after a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas says the court can't be "bullied" into making a decision that some would prefer.
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Palestinians facing eviction by Israel vow to stay on land
Everything here is makeshift, a result of decades of uncertainty. Homes are made from tin and plastic sheets, water is trucked in and power is obtained from batteries or a few solar panels. The lives of thousands of Palestinians in a cluster of Bedouin communities in the southern West Bank have been on hold for more than four decades, ever since the land they cultivated and lived on was declared a military firing and training zone by Israel.

Egypt arrests TikTokers over satirical videos on high food prices
Islam Salama, the lawyer for the three men known as the “Zorafaa el-Ghalaba” (Poor People’s Funny Band), told Al-Manassa website on April 28 that his clients were charged with spreading false news after they published satirical clips about the high food prices. The prosecution ordered their imprisonment for 15 days pending investigations, and they were transferred to Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo, he added.

HBDH Cafer Cangöz Militia: “We Sabotaged the Police Vehicle”
HBDH Cafer Cangöz Militia carried out a sabotage action with a special technique against the Ural brand armored police vehicle in Sarıyer on Monday, May 2nd. As a result of sabotage, the police car overturned. 1 policeman died, 2 policemen were seriously injured.

Covid in China: another Beijing district works from home in rapid clearance push
Work from home orders have been issued for a second district in Beijing as the Chinese capital aims for a swift “clearance” of coronavirus infections in the community. Fangshan district follPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


European Left condemns Iraqi attacks on Şengal and Turkish attacks in Iraq
While the Turkish state continues its invasion attacks against the PKK-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq), the Iraqi army has recently launched an aggression on the Yazidi town of Şengal (Sinjar). Heinz Bierbaum, the President of the European Left, released a statement commenting on the current situation, which includes the following: “Turkey has been waging a war against Iraq for two weeks. At the same time, the Iraqi army has begun attacking Yazidi areas in Sinjar. In 2014, people there had to flee from the Islamic State, thousands of people were murdered and thousands of women were taken prisoner and enslaved. This time, however, it is the Iraqi army itself that is forcing people to flee. This military action is related to Turkey’s attacks in northern Iraq. For them, the Sinjar region is a strategically important area in the fight against the PKK, and it seems like they won’t hold back by any means.

KKE: On the imperialist war in Ukraine and the stance of the CPRF
“A struggle for markets and for freedom to loot foreign countries, a striving to suppress the revolutionary movement of the proletariat and democracy in the individual countries, a desire to deceive, disunite, and slaughter the proletarians of all countries by setting the wage slaves of one nation against those of another so as to benefit the bourgeoisie; these are the only real content and significance of the war. ” - V.I. Lenin, The Tasks of Revolutionary Social-Democracy in the European War, Collected Works, Vol 26, pp 1 All the above, underscored by the leader of the October Revolution more than one century ago, are absolutely true as regards the war in Ukraine. Many articles to date have highlighted aspects of the fight over markets, raw materials, and commodity transport routes. The KKE has taken a clear position in the framework of the International Communist Movement as well. Unfortunately, some CPs, such as the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), express positions which we vehemently oppose. The CPRF, formed in 1993, is anPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Kellogg CEO Expects Price Increases Amid Cost Inflation, Posts Profit
The maker of Frosted Flakes, Eggos and Cheez-Its, Kellogg on Thursday posted a 15% rise in first-quarter earnings, thanks to price increases already implemented and steady sales growth for its snack brands. Kellogg now expects its comparable sales to rise 4% this year, up from a prior view of 3%. The measure strips out impacts from currency, acquisitions and divestitures.

Former Loveland cop sentenced to 5 years in assault of Karen Garner
A Larimer County District Judge sentenced a former Loveland Police officer to five years in prison for an assault involving an elderly woman with dementia. Austin Hopp pleaded guilty to an assault charge in March related to the June 2020 arrest and assault of Karen Garner.

Bus video gives more info about Pittsburgh bridge collapse
Video footage from a bus of the bridge collapse in Pittsburgh this year shows one end of the structure had already fallen when an expansion joint at the other end was pulling apart, federal investigators said Thursday.

Pelosi to increase minimum salary for House staffers to $45K
The move by Pelosi is also meant to retain talent on the Hill and "keep congressional aides from decamping to higher-paying jobs" per Punchbowl. A survey of congressional staff by the Congressional Progressive Staff Association released earlier this year found that 47% of the respondents "find themselves struggling to pay bills or make endPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Massive explosion destroys hotel in Cuba
A major explosion ripped through Havana’s Saratoga Hotel on Friday, destroying multiple floors of the building. So far, the cause of the blast remains unclear and there are no estimates of casualties. The blast happened at around 11am local time, with witnesses telling local media the explosion "sounded like a bomb."

AMLO Calls For Latin American Unity To Face Migration Crisis
During an official visit to Guatemala on Thursday, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) urged for the promotion Latin American unity and sovereignty. "Leaving ideologies aside, we must put an end to the hegemonic policy that has prevailed for over two centuries in our continent and promote economic and cultural integration to solve problems such as migration," AMLO stated.

AGC shuts down northwest Colombia after extradition of “Otoniel”
Paramilitary group AGC began a four-day terror campaign in northwest Colombia on Wednesday in response to the extradition of their former leader, “Otoniel.” One person was assassinated in the Cordoba province on Thursday allegedly for opening his shop against paramilitary orders.

Ukrainian journalist arrested in Spain at behest of Kiev’s intelligence services
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said that it had conducted a “multilevel special operation” alongside Spanish authorities on Thursday, which has been confirmed by Spanish police. Mr Shariy was quickly released but has been forced to surrender his passport and remain in Spain. Ukraine has 40 days to apply for his extradition.
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Valerio Evangelisti Used Literature to Point the Way to Communism
In a small cemetery nestled in the Apennine valleys of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, about a hundred people of all ages gather. The persistent rain leaves four unmarked red flags drenched. A visibly moved man lovingly places a fifth flag on the coffin: it is the red and black banner of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo, the anarchist union that waged the resistance to Francoism from 1936 to 1939. From under the umbrellas rises the hymn of the “Internationale,” then someone selects a song from Spotify on a smartphone and turns the volume up to the max. I seem to recognize Sepultura, a Brazilian death metal band. On April 18, Valerio Evangelisti, author of more than thirty novels translated in more than twenty countries, as well as an infinite number of short stories, essays, articles, and prefaces, died at age seventy. On the day of his funeral, the trade unions had called a demonstration in Rome with the slogan: “Lower your weapons, raise your wages.” A banner carried by dozens of workers reads: “From the factories to the ports, we shall be all! Ciao Valerio!” The slogan “We shall be all” belongs to the Industrial Workers of the World and gives the title to one of the novels that this writer from Bologna dedicated to the heroic struggle of the American revolutionary union. This was not the first time that social movements had taken up Evangelisti’s books as their own: a decade ago, the Book Block students took to the streets with large book-shaped shields to defend themselves from police charges. Their message was clear: our imagination defends us from your violence. The titles that came out of this writer’s pen were also present on their covers. “I’d much rather see myself on these shields than win the Strega award,” Evangelisti commented. “I’ve never been so proud as when I saw myself up there.” Strega, in addition to being a saffron-colored herbal liqueur, is Italy’s most prestigious mainstream literature award. But there was very little mainstream about Evangelisti’s life.

Life after death for Tony Blair
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Puerto Rico COVID cases surge after restrictions dropped
COVID-19 cases in Puerto Rico are climbing and have been since mid-March, around the time the island dropped its pandemic-related restrictions. Puerto Rico has had 26,273 new cases in the last week, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

Walgreens reaches $683 mln opioid settlement with Florida
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA.O) said on Thursday it has reached a $683 million settlement with Florida to resolve claims that the pharmacy chain exacerbated an opioid epidemic in the state.The settlement includes $620 million to be paid to Florida over 18 years, plus $63 million for legal fees. Florida is the first state to settle its opioid claims against major pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS Health Corp (CVS.N), collecting more than $1.1 billion from the two companies.

$50.5 Billion and Counting: Climate Groups Launch 'Cost of Inaction' Ticker
The Climate Action Campaign (CAC) and other groups behind the project rely on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration detailing recent weather and climate disasters for which the overall damage costs hit or surpassed $1 billion.

Education Department forgives loans of more than 110,000 people in public service
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Pentagon: Iran-backed militias, PKK coordinated vs. Turkish troops in Iraq
Prominent Iran-backed militias have publicly slammed Turkey’s military operations targeting fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the mountains of northern Iraq, citing violations of Iraq's sovereignty. The militias are also behind a small but increasing number of rocket attacks on Turkish forces in both Iraq and Syria in recent months, according to the declassified report. Some of the strikes in Iraq were carried out “in cooperation with the PKK,” the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reported.

US Senate passes motion barring Biden from removing IRGC terror designation
The US Senate passed a non-binding motion on Wednesday prohibiting the Biden administration from removing the foreign terrorist designation on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as part of a revived nuclear deal. The Senate voted 62-33 on the motion introduced by Republican Senator James Lankford, which also included language calling for any nuclear agreement to address Tehran's destabilising activities in the region and the trade of sanctioned Iranian oil with China.

Israeli court paves way for eviction of 1,000 Palestinians from West Bank area
After a two-decade legal battle, Israel’s high court has ruled that about 1,000 Palestinians can be evicted from an area of the West Bank and the land repurposed for Israeli military use, in one of the single biggest expulsion decisions since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories began in 1967.

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Jonathan Cook:The persecution of Julian Assange
The British home secretary, Priti Patel, will decide this month whether Julian Assange is to be extradited to the United States, where he faces a sentence of up to 175 years – served most likely in strict, 24-hour isolation in a US super-max jail. He has already spent three years in similarly harsh conditions in London’s high-security Belmarsh prison. The 18 charges laid against Assange in the US relate to the publication by WikiLeaks in 2010 of leaked official documents, many of them showing that the US and UK were responsible for war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. No one has been brought to justice for those crimes. Instead, the US has defined Assange’s journalism as espionage - and by implication asserted a right to seize any journalist in the world who takes on the US national security state - and in a series of extradition hearings, the British courts have given their blessing. The lengthy proceedings against Assange have been carried out in courtrooms with tightly restricted access and in circumstances that have repeatedly denied journalists the ability to cover the case properly.

We Need a Fighting Abortion Rights Movement Now More Than Ever
Right now Democrats control both houses of Congress and the White House. They should respond to the court’s decision by attempting to pass federal legislation codifying the right to abortion. It will require ending the filibuster, which won’t be easy, but if the Democrats want to be known as the party of abortion rights, then they will have to make the attempt. That might be a tall order, though, as Democrats are unreliable in their actual commitments to abortion rights. For example, Democrats and Republicans alike have long supported the Hyde Amendment, which bans most federal funding for abortion through programs like Medicaid. It took Joe Biden until 2019 to take a public stance in opposition to the Hyde Amendment. We can pressure Democratic politicians to support reproductive rights, but we cannot rely on them for the leadership we need when so much is at stake. Instead, we’ll need to provide leadership ourselves — and that means revisiting and updating the strategies of the abortion rights movemePost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Brown defeats progressive Turner in Ohio rematch
Rep. Shontel Brown (D-Ohio) was projected to win her Cleveland-area reelection bid on Tuesday, defeating progressive challenger Nina Turner in a high-profile rematch that was seen as an early test of the Democratic Party’s direction in the lead-up to the midterms.

Protesters clash with police at Pershing Square
A protest at Pershing Square in downtown L.A. Tuesday left an officer injured as protesters clashed with police. The protest was organized following the leaked Supreme Court document that indicates the high court’s plan to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark legal decision that protects a woman’s constitutionally protected right to abortion.

Intuit agrees to pay $141 Million to settle deception claim
TurboTax owner Intuit agreed to pay $141 Million to settle a claim from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that it deceived nearly 4.4 million Americans into paying for tax services that should have been free, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday.

Cisneros Calls on Democratic Leaders to End Support for Cuellar Over Anti-Abortion Stance
Progressive congressional candidate Jessica Cisneros urged the House Democratic leadership on Wednesday to withdraw its support for incumbent Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar over his continued opposition to abortion rights as the U.S. Supreme Court's right-wing majority appears set to overturn Roe v. Wade. too long. Click here to view the full text.


French Socialists, Communists and Greens to ally with Melenchon for a left majority and 'radical programme'
FRANCE’S Socialist Party reached an agreement in principle today with Jean-Luc Melenchon’s La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) to form an alliance for the legislative elections. The Communist Party struck a deal with Mr Melenchon last night, and the Greens did so earlier this week, meaning the French left could display its greatest unity in decades as it seeks to win a majority in the National Assembly and make Mr Melenchon, who came a narrow third in the recent presidential election, prime minister.

Amazon France pay deal rejected by unions on last day of talks
Most unions at U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon's (AMZN.O) French arm rejected the company's 2022 pay proposal on the final day of talks, but no immediate industrial action is planned, union representatives said. A group unions had proposed a 5% pay increase to compensate for a sharp rise in inflation in France. The company, meanwhile, offered a 3.5% general increase from June 1, with only the CFE-CGC management union accepting the terms, union sources said.

Sudan’s coup leaders hold secret consultations with political leaders
In a television interview with Sudania 24 broadcast on Tuesday, but recorded on April 30, Atta who is tasked with the political file in the military-led Sovereign Council stressed that all the military leaders believe that only dialogue can lead to the end of the political stalemate.

Bolsonaro's Son to Be Investigated for Mocking Torture
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We Need an International Antiwar Movement, Not a Cheerleading Squad for the Arms Industry
A ceasefire between the warring parties, a Russian withdrawal, a halt to arms shipments, a negotiated peace and an end to NATO. This is what the international left should be organizing around in regards to the Russia-Ukraine war. It shouldn’t be calling for stepped up arms shipments to Ukraine’s military or defending Moscow’s invasion. When all is said and done and this war is stopped, the most likely situation for the vast majority of Ukrainian working people will be one where their greatest enemy could well be the Ukrainian government. Likewise, if the war goes on long enough, the greatest enemy of the vast majority of Russian working people could well be their government. The oligarchs in both nations will still be oligarchs, while the Russian and Ukrainian people will bear the costs—human, financial, and otherwise—for the war.

ALBERT BOTRAN:I’m a Member of the Spanish Congress, and the State Spied on My Messages
In June 1995, investigators uncovered massive wiretapping of Spain’s politicians by the CESID intelligence agency — leading to the resignation of then deputy prime minister Narcís Serra, then defense minister García Vargas, and Emilio Alonso Manglano, who had headed the secret service for fourteen years. The affair was a factor in the downfall of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), which ended up losing the elections the following year. That scandal had consequences because the people spied on were members of the Spanish political and business elite, including the king. Yet other political espionage plots have had far fewer consequences — especially if the victims belonged to the Basque or Catalan pro-independence movements. Spain presents itself as an exemplary democracy, yet continuities with Francoism persist, especially in the police forces, the army, and the judiciary. The ’78 regime — so named after the institutional settlement following Franco’s death — was founded in a way that avoided any rupture, and this has transmitted an authoritarian political culture and sPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


New Tenant Union Forms, Targets Towing
Around 30 tenants and organizers — as well as Legislative Council members Abdul-Razak Osmanu and Laurie Sweet — presented a list of demands to Northpoint Management, which runs the property on Mix Avenue. They cited exploitative and unnecessary towing practices by a company called ​“MyHoopty” (which doubles as a used car dealership) and alleged unresponsive — as well as threatening — treatment by Northpoint.

Atomic test's overlooked "downwinders"
The U.S. Senate has voted to extend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) while lawmakers work to eventually add compensation for excluded Hispanic and Native American families who lived near the world's first atomic bomb explosion.

Wildfire torching New Mexico pine forests keeps growing
The fire burning pine forests about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away from Priscilla Crespin’s home is the largest wildfire in the U.S. and the first to force the 81-year-old to leave the small northeastern New Mexico city where she has spent nearly all her life.

'Better Late Than Never': AOC Endorses Nina Turner on Eve of Congressional Primary
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday made an 11th-hour endorsement of Ohio congressional candidate Nina Turner, calling the former state senator and Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign co-chair a "powerful voice" for working people and progressive policies. too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Municipal workers in Germany begin rolling pay strikes as unions condemn rising arms spending
GERMAN social services and education workers began rolling strikes on Monday ahead of a new round of pay negotiations on May 16, warning the government not to spend money on arms that should go to raise wages and address climate change.

Czech progressives slam plans to permanently deploy US military in the country
Progressive sections in the Czech Republic have criticized plans to allow the permanent stationing of US military troops in the country. Various groups including the Czech Peace Movement (CMH), Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM), Young Communists (MK), Communist Youth Union (KSM), and others raised strong objection to statements made by representatives of the incumbent center-right government that favor plans to allow a permanent foreign military base inside the Czech Republic. On April 27, communist leader and CMH chairman Milan Krajca urged the government to reject the deployment of foreign troops, bases and weapons in the country.

Pope Francis offers to meet Putin to try to end Ukraine war
Francis has frequently denounced the weapons industry and the announced increases in defence spending by the West in recent weeks. But he has also defended the right of Ukrainians to protect their territory from the Russian invasion, in line with Catholic social doctrine. He told Corriere he felt he was too removed to judge the morality of resupplying the Ukrainian armed forces from the West. But he also said he was trying to understand why Russia had reacted as it had. Maybe “this barking of NATO at Russia’s door” had prompted it, he was quoted as saying, “An anger that I don’t know if you can say was provoked, but may be facilitated.”
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Rojava and Şengal are encircled
In the past two years, South Kurdistan’s ruling party KDP has transformed the border with Rojava into a fortress. Under Turkey's direction, a siege situation has been created against Rojava similar to the one against the Medya Defense Zones. On the 33 kilometers of border between Rojava and South Kurdistan, 66 military bases of the KDP, which collaborates with Turkey, were created. In addition, there are hundreds of military positions. Special units of the KDP are massing armored vehicles in the region and thermal cameras are being installed. However, the bases are not used by the KDP alone, but also simultaneously by the Turkish intelligence service MIT and the Turkish army. Before the Syrian war, the border between West Kurdistan and the KDP-controlled areas in South Kurdistan extended from Pêşxabûr (Sêmalka) in the tri-border area of Syria, Turkey and Iraq to the village of Şihêla. The area from there to the Rabia (al-Yaroubiya/Til Koçer) border crossing was controlled by the Iraqi army. There were only eight Saddam-era military posts on the border until 2012, which were then taken over by the KDP. With the beginning of the Rojava revolution in 2012, the KDP increased the number of border outposts to around 20. But that was not enough; between April and May 2014, the KDP began digging trenches between southern Kurdistan and the canton of Cizîrê in Rojava.

“War” Preparations: the City of Toronto’s Approach to Homelessness
Last June, unhoused encampment residents were chaotically removed from Trinity Bellwoods Park (Bellwoods) in Toronto; but internal documents, including the City’s tightly held operational manual for the day, reveal the way it was planned – and executed – was anything but chaotic. Beginning months earlier, meticulous and detailed planning for eviction involved the highest levels of the City’s power structure. Xiao, a small woman in her forties who immigrated to Canada from mainland China over ten years ago, has a big smile and an even bigger disdain for abusive governments – whether Chinese or Canadian. She was living in Bellwoods when she was forcibly evicted. According to the “City of Toronto Operational Plan Trinity Bellwoods EncampPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Amazon Labor Union stumbles as workers vote down union at second NYC facility
Amazon workers at the LDJ5 facility in Staten Island, New York, have voted against organizing with the Amazon Labor Union at a count of 618 nos to 380 yeses. The facility has around 1,600 workers in total and began its election last week.

Utilities Cut Power to Millions of Homes as Profits and Pay Soared: Report
Private utilities have shut off electricity to U.S. households more than 3.5 million times since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as the power companies have reaped windfall profits and their executives' compensation has skyrocketed, a report published Monday revealed.

Starbucks, Amazon hold May Day 2022 rally in Portland
Activists marched through the city Sunday in recognition of May Day — an annual celebration of the working class where people around the world protest for human rights, better working conditions and job protections. Rally-goers gathered downtown around 11 a.m. at the Battleship Oregon Memorial and then marched to the South Park Blocks. Organizers called for better pay, more egalitarian labor policies and better treatment of migrant

Former Philadelphia officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of 12-year-old boy
Edsaul Mendoza, 26, was charged by a grand jury with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and possession of an instrument of a crime in the March 1 fatal shooting of Thomas "TJ" Siderio, Krasner said during a Monday news conference.
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May Day 2022 in Greece: "The working class does not bow its head" (VIDEO)
“The working class will not bow its head” was the message sent by thousands of demonstrators on May 1st in Athens' Syntagma Square, on the occasion of the International Workers' Day. With a militant rally, trade unions that participate in the ranks of the All-Workers' Militant Front (PAME) raised their voice against the rise of prices and Greece's involvement in the imperialist war in Ukraine.

Germany: Feminists and squatters kick off early May Day protests in Berlin
Following a couple of years of limited actions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Berliners took to the streets on Saturday to launch this year's May Day protests and festivities. A feminist demonstration marched under the slogan of "Take back the night" protesting violence against women. German news agency DPA estimated that around 2,500 people were taking part in the march, accompanied by a heavy police presence.

Violent May Day clashes in Paris (VIDEOS)
At least 5,000 police officers were deployed to the streets of the French capital, backed up by armored cars and water cannons. This year's protests came a week after French President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected, and with around 250 demonstrations planned in the city alone, trade union boss Philippe Martinez called on citizens to “take to the streets” and make the protests “as massive as possible." Leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon called on his followers to oppose Macron's planned pension reforms, and marches held banners decrying the centrist president's plans to raise the retirement age to 65. Amid crowds of peaceful marches, groups dressed in black and wearing masks soon scuffled with police. Tear gas was fired and video footage showed officers tackling suspects to the ground, while another clip showed a group of heavily-armored offiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.



Since taking the reins of the Labour Party over two years ago, Keir Starmer has worked tirelessly to exorcise the memory of Jeremy Corbyn. In an effort to refashion the party as a moderate and respectable opposition to the Tories, he has purged many socialists from its ranks, including his predecessor, who now risks standing as an independent in the next general election. Even those who were distrusting of his claim to be a peacemaker at the time of his election have been taken aback by the scale of his assaults on the Left. Looking back on his career, from his time as a socialist lawyer to his tenure as a prosecutor collaborating with the most reactionary forces of the British and American security states, a clear pattern can be discerned. Starmer, a natural technocrat, has always been committed to legalistic authoritarianism: relying on rules and procedure to attack opponents and advance his own career under the guise of efficiency. It is uncertain whether Labour’s leader is going anywhere anytime soon. What is certain is that he will continue to marginalize the Left, demanding fealty in exchange for membership. What is the motivation behind the ruthless approach to the internal management of party politics? And how much of it can or should the few socialists still present in the party be willing to take? Ahead of the publication of his new book, The Starmer Project: A Journey to the Right, Oliver Eagleton spoke with Caitlín Doherty about the prospects for the Left and the ideology behind the current leader of the Labour Party.

Elon Musk Isn’t a Threat to Society’s Health. All Billionaires Are
The most dangerous thing about Elon Musk buying Twitter outright for $44 billion is the rapidly spreading notion that his controlling an influential social media platform is dangerous. It is, but not for any of the reasons his critics assert. The current furor is dangerously misguided for two reasons. First, it assumes that one billionaire owning Twitter is significantly more harmful than a bunch of them owning it. And second, it worries that Musk is committed to an anarchic version of free speech that will undermPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Biden endorses Shontel Brown against Nina Turner
Shontel and Turner are in a hotly contested race, with both Democrats raising more than $600,000 in the first quarter of 2022. “I am thankful for the support of @JoeBiden. From day one, I promised to work with the President and his administration to deliver for the people of Northeast Ohio and bring economic relief and quality health care to all Americans,” Brown wrote in response to Biden’s endorsement.

Families struggle to find baby formula as shortage intensifies
The shortage, exacerbated by pandemic-induced supply chain issues and recent product recalls, has sent the price of formula skyrocketing in certain communities. The shortage started in 2021 largely from production problems or distribution issues, and by mid-March, 29% of formula inventory was out of stock nationally, Axios' Nathan Bomey reports.

White House seeks $500 mln for farmers to grow more wheat, pay for market loans
The Biden administration is asking Congress to approve $500 million for the farm sector, in a bid to woo U.S. wheat producers to double-crop their fields, and boost how much the federal government will spend on short-term loans to farmers who grow certain food crops.

Chevron's profit nearly quadruples, vows more natural gas investment
Chevron Corp (CVX.N) on Friday posted its highest quarterly profit in 10 years as oil and gas prices surged, and said on Friday it was looking to boost investment in natural gas on rising worlPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Azerbaijan desecrates Hadrut church: cross removed, Armenian inscription erased
Holy Resurrection Church in Hadrut has been desecrated, reports. On April 27, 2022, pro-government Azerbaijani news agencies published articles entitled “Easter celebrated in Hadrut,” publishing new photos from the Holy Resurrection Church in the city. Examination of the photographs clearly shows that the cross was removed from the church.

Azerbaijan continues to illegally hold Armenian PoWs hostage – Mirzoyan
Azerbaijan continues to illegally hold Armenian prisoners of war and civilians hostage, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said after a meeting with his Georgian counterpart Ilia Darchiashvili in Yerevan Saturday, April 30. In a statement for the press, Mirzoyan he offered a comprehensive breakdown of the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and Armenia's position on the processes aimed at establishing regional peace and stability, and on the negotiations on a comprehensive peace agreement with Azerbaijan.

Deutsche Bank HQ in Frankfurt raided over suspected money laundering
Officers from the financial regulator BaFin, the federal police, and the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office launched a raid on the bank’s glass-panelled offices – known locally as the “twin towers” – on Friday morning after securing a search warrant from the local court.

Swedish PM rejects referendum on possible NATO membership
Sweden's government does not plan to hold a referendum if its parliament decides to proceed with an application for NATO membership, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Friday.
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Russia-Ukraine war: In the West's response, emotion has overcome reason
The war in Ukraine can only escalate. Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to bring home territorial gains and the West is determined to stop him. Washington has abandoned any hesitation in sending battlefield weapons to Ukraine. Tanks, heavy artillery and fighter jets are all flooding into Ukraine. Russia is investigating acts of “sabotage” by Britain’s SAS troops on Ukrainian soil, meaning that British troops could very well be operating in the conflict. The dividing line between a proxy war and direct involvement between Russia and Nato is now paper-thin. With statements on both sides willing the war on, diplomacy has no room for the foreseeable future. A former Nato supreme allied commander Europe, Philip Breedlove, has even suggested that Nato should send troops to Ukraine and should not be paralysed by the fact that Putin might use nuclear weapons. The sanctions imposed on Russia, together with Moscow’s countermeasures, are exposing the world economy and the global financial system to tremendous stress and a potential blowback: it is creating the perfect storm of a scarcity of energy and staple foods, inflation and commodity shocks. A global boycott of Russia is by no means complete and the world order is changing accordingly.

The Clarence Thomas Controversy Shows Why the Supreme Court Is Irredeemable
How do you solve a problem like Virginia Thomas? The wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, according to a slate of recent (and not-so-recent) reporting, has spent years enmeshed in right-wing networks directly connected to both her husband and the high court on which he sits. On top of that, evidence collected for the investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol has revealed that Ms Thomas sent text messages urging Donald Trump’s chief of staff to overturn the election results. (Mr Thomas went on to become the only dissenter in a case where Trump sought to block the inquiry from obtaining sensitive records.) So what is Democrats’ answer to the “Ginni” question? Milquetoast calls for new ethics rules for the high court. While it is absurd that the SPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


The Fed’s favorite inflation gauge rose 5.2% in March as worker pay fell further behind
A new board at the Department of Homeland Security will focus on countering misinformation and disinformation, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers today, with Wilson Center fellow Nina Jankowicz separately confirming that she would be executive director of the board.

DHS Standing Up Disinformation Governance Board Led by Information Warfare Expert
A new board at the Department of Homeland Security will focus on countering misinformation and disinformation, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers today, with Wilson Center fellow Nina Jankowicz separately confirming that she would be executive director of the board.

Unlike many chain restaurants, McDonald’s leases or owns most of the land and buildings on which its U.S. franchises sit. One former executive estimates the corporate office is the landlord for 85 to 90 percent of its U.S. franchises. In 2019, the corporation collected $7.5 billion from franchises in rental payments across the globe, according to company filings, more than it collected in royalties and more than a third of what it reported in revenues across both the corporation and its franchises that year.

Wall Street Is Betting That Microsoft-Activision Deal Will Fail
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Peru's ruling party turns on Castillo; calls for president to step down in 2023
Peruvian lawmakers from the ruling Peru Libre party on Thursday presented a bill to cut President Pedro Castillo's presidential term from five to two years, with general elections set for 2023, an unprecedented setback from within his own ranks.

He's running to be Colombia's 1st left-wing president. Here's what he plans to do
Petro talks of raising taxes on the rich — and printing money — to pay for anti-poverty programs. To move toward a greener economy, he promises to stop all new oil exploration and to cut back on coal production, even though these are Colombia's two top exports. … Petro has outlined a 12-year transition period and says the country could replace the lost income from fossil fuels with a major boost to tourism, and improvements in agriculture and industry.

Honduras: Non-Essential Personnel Laid-off Due to Debts
The strategy of the Hernandez government was political patronage to have control of a mass of activists to defend his government and many of these without justified assignments. The instruction is that layoffs occur as long as the secretariats or directorates have funds to pay the labor rights of these workers.

Shootings Erupt on Russia-Ukraine Border – Governors
Shootings erupted at two checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border Friday, regional authorities said as Russia’s military offensive on Ukraine continues to spill into its own territory. “It was a restless morning in the border district of Rylsky,” Kursk region Governor Roman StPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


TKP(ML) was founded on 1972 April 24 by a group of cadres under the leadership of Comrade İbrahim KAYPAKKAYA. The TKP (ML), the product of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution that swept the world, was also born in the conditions of the revolutionary struggles of the masses of our geography, and after Mustafa SUPHİ, a communist approach was developed for the first time in our geography and a communist party was created. This was a historical turning point. The establishment of TKP-M was a frontal declaration of war against official history and ideology, revisionism, reformism and social chauvinism, the scientificity of the Marxism-Leninism-Maoism ideology, the power drawn from the struggles of the oppressed peoples. This announcement also broke a 50-year silence and presented a communist steel party to the proletariat and peoples of Turkey-Northern Kurdistan.

Progressives Can’t Depend on the Congressional Progressive Caucus
Sometimes one decision speaks volumes. And so it was when the Congressional Progressive Caucus — with 98 members in the House — recently chose to have its PAC endorse a corporate “moderate” against the strong progressive candidate Nina Turner. In the process, the Progressive Caucus underscored its loyalty to establishment Democrats while damaging its credibility among progressives nationwide. The endorsement of Congresswoman Shontel Brown against Turner in their upcoming May 3 rematch came just five months after Brown took office following last year’s special election in a Cleveland area district. In last August’s Democratic primary, Brown defeated Turner with the help of funding from big corporate, Republican and hawkishly pro-Israel donors — as well as support from Republicans who voted for Brown in Ohio’s open primary. (Brown’s two most notable national endorsers were Hillary Clinton and Rep. Jim Clyburn.) too long. Click here to view the full text.


‘Bossware is coming for almost every worker’: the software you might not realize is watching you
Many companies in the US and Europe now appear – controversially – to want to try, spurred on by the enormous shifts in working habits during the pandemic, in which countless office jobs moved home and seem set to either stay there or become hybrid. This is colliding with another trend among employers towards the quantification of work – whether physical or digital – in the hope of driving efficiency.

Bias, far-right sympathies among California law enforcement going unchecked, audit finds
A state audit of five law enforcement agencies in California found bias among officers toward people of color, immigrants, women and LGBTQ people, as well as a smattering of support for far-right extremist organizations such as the Proud Boys and Three Percenters.

Biden seeks huge $33 billion funding to support Ukraine
The vast funding request includes over $20 billion for weapons, ammunition and other military assistance, as well as $8.5 billion in direct economic assistance to the government and $3 billion in humanitarian aid. It is intended to cover the war effort's needs through September, the end of the fiscal year.

Biden taking 'hard look' at student loan debt but 'not considering' forgiving $50,000 per borrower
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Fuel prices: Stalin hits out at PM over tax cuts, says people know the facts
Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of tax cuts on petroleum products, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday said people were aware of the fact behind the issue and pointed out at his government effecting a Rs 3 a litre cut on petrol earlier. Making a statement in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Stalin said since 2014, whenever international crude rates dipped, the NDA government did not pass on the benefit to the customers but only pocketed the additional revenue earned from the differential.

Tripura: Tea Garden Workers Struggling due to Violence From Biker Gangs, Meagre Wages
There are around 55,000 tea garden workers spread across 56 tea gardens of Tripura, which produces the orthodox CTC tea. The condition of these workers with wages as low as Rs 105/day is beyond contemplation. Their houses have not been repaired in the last five years, especially since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came to power in the state.

NIA special court jails 3 terrorists of Kangeleipak Communist Party
A special NIA court here on Wednesday jailed three terrorists of the Kangeleipak Communist Party for raising funds by terrorising and committing extortion to further the activities of the proscribed terrorist organisation.

General strike intensifies pressure for Sri Lanka's president to quit
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KKE: The Red flag will not whitewash capitalist Russia
The 9 th of May is approaching and the Russian bourgeoisie once again utilizes the red flag to take advantage of the anti-fascist and pro-Soviet sentiments of the Russian people. In areas occupied by the Russian army in Ukraine, the red flag of Victory is raised, ie the flag of the unit of the Red Army that occupied the Reichstag in May 1945. The CP of the Russian Federation (CPRF) went one step further. It introduced a bill to replace the current tricolor of Russia, the flag of the tsars and the traitor Vlasov, a Nazi collaborator in the Second World War, with the red flag. We wonder, in the unlikely event that this bill is passed, will factories, coal mines, banks, and oilfields stop belonging to those leeches who live in palaces, tourist resorts, and yachts? Will the Russian people stop paying for health, education, and the other social needs that are commodities? Will capitalist Russia stop having the fifth-highest number of billionaires worldwide? Will it change the position it occupies, which is one of the worst in the world, in terms of inequality between the rich and the poor? Will the means of production become the people's property without a preceding social socialist revolution?

Red Volunteer Movement in West Bengal
Kolkata: VI Lenin's birthday on April 22 is observed as the Red Volunteers Day. Across West Bengal, Red Volunteers celebrated the day by organising blood donation and free health check-up camps, flag-hoisting events, cultural programs, documentary screenings, etc. Tree plantation and 'make it plastic-free area' programs were also held in several places. Some volunteers took to social media to educate people about the benefits of sanitation and hygiene. In one of the posts, a volunteer outlined how the Red Volunteer teams helped people during the various waves of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing home-cooked meals, medicines, oxygen cylinders, etc. "Let us remember and pay our respects to our fellows and friends, comrades-in-arms who have sacrificed their precious lives while standing by the side of helpless citizens. We are Red Volunteers, proudly," the post read.
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Millions must cut outdoor water use to one day a week in drought-stricken California
The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared a water shortage emergency and required the cities and water agencies it supplies to implement the cutback on June 1 and enforce it or face hefty fines. “We don’t have enough water supplies right now to meet normal demand. The water is not there,” Metropolitan Water District spokesperson Rebecca Kimitch said. “This is unprecedented territory. We’ve never done anything like this before.”

Sanders Pushes Biden to Nix Amazon's Federal Contracts Over 'Illegal Anti-Union Activity'
Sen. Bernie Sanders demanded Tuesday that President Joe Biden cancel Amazon's federal contracts over the e-commerce giant's aggressive and unlawful union-busting efforts in New York, Alabama, and elsewhere, a call that came as union voting kicked off at a second Amazon facility in Staten Island.

Russia’s war heats up cooking oil prices in global squeeze
For months, Istanbul restaurant Tarihi Balikca tried to absorb the surging cost of the sunflower oil its cooks use to fry fish, squid and mussels. But in early April, with oil prices nearly four times higher than they were in 2019, the restaurant finally raised its prices. Now, even some longtime customers look at the menu and walk away.

Florida is the least affordable place to live in the U.S.
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India's worst heat wave for a century sets landfill on fire engulfing New Delhi in smoke
The landfill in northern Delhi’s Bhalswa is taller than a 17-storey building and covers an area larger than 50 football pitches. Waste workers who live in nearby homes had emptied onto the streets on Tuesday evening. But by this morning, the thousands of people who live and work at the landfill had begun the dangerous process of trying to salvage garbage from the fire.

Kolkata: Left Parties March Against Rising Communalism, Jahangirpuri Demolition
Despite the scorching heat, scores of people, under the banners of different Left parties, marched in the city to protest against rising communalism in the country, particularly the incidents of communal violence during Ram Navami celebrations a few weeks ago.

In Chile's capital city, drought is making grass 'unacceptable' for many
In Chile’s capital Santiago, grass is becoming a rare luxury amid a decade-long drought that has forced the city to roll out emergency measures to limit water use and led local authorities and landscapers to replace lush green plants with desert flora. The changing face of the city of some 6 million people underscores how the Andean country, a major copper and food producer, is having to adapt to a shifting and drier climate with an extended period of drought now in its thirteenth year.

Colombia: Former Soldiers Admit Farmers' Extrajudicial Killings
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Trump’s Asylum Ban Hasn’t Disappeared—but Media Outrage Over It Has
“Facing Coronavirus Pandemic, Trump Suspends Immigration Laws and Showcases Vision for Locked-Down Border,” a Washington Post headline (4/3/20) announced in April 2020, reporting on the administration’s invocation of Title 42, a public-health code provision that allows the government to take emergency action to prevent communicable disease. The lead explained: "President Trump has used emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic to implement the kind of strict enforcement regime at the US southern border he has long wanted, suspending laws that protect minors and asylum seekers." Almost exactly two years later, the same paper (3/24/22), including one of the same authors of the 2020 article, reported on the coming end of the same policy restrictions with this headline: “Biden Faces Influx of Migrants at the Border Amid Calls to Lift Limits That Aided Expulsions.” Here the lead said that increasing numbers of migrants and refugees at the border were “stirring fears that the Biden administration will face an even larger influx if it lifts pandemic restrictions next week.” An end to Title 42 deportations was announced the following week, to go into effect May 23. It’s hard to even recognize it as the same policy in these two pieces. I looked at the Washington Post’s coverage of Title 42—from its introduction to its effects, calls for its end as well as for its continuation, to its announced end—to track how the paper’s reporting changed from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. The differences, which were stark and consistent, reveal something about how the Post views the two administrations, but also a lot about how they analyze —or don’t—US immigration policy.

BEN BURGIS: I Went on Joe Rogan’s Show, and I Don’t Regret It
I can’t tell you where Joe Rogan’s studio is — his “guest information sheet” specifies that I have to keep that part confidential. I can tell you that when I showed up for my interview, I was greeted by a friendly and talkative nurse who was there to give a COVID test to everyone who walks in the door. While we waited for Joe to show up, I chatted with hPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Apple hires anti-union lawyers in escalating union fight
Apple is working with anti-union lawyers at Littler Mendelson in an escalating fight with retail workers in Atlanta who have filed for a union election. Though the company has not publicly stated its stance on Apple Stores unionizing, the move sends a strong signal that it plans to oppose workers organizing for better pay and working conditions.

Latinos should not vote for US politicians who 'mistreated' them, Mexican president says
He told Americans of Mexican and Latino descent that "if Mexico or some country in Latin America and the Caribbean is mistreated, do not vote for those parties and for those candidates, whether they are from the Democratic or Republican party”.

Afghan-American Groups Challenge Illegal Seizure of Billions by US
As Afghans For A Better Tomorrow (AFBT) said in a statement released Monday, the group joined Project ANAR, Afghan-American Community Organization (AACO), and Global Advocates for Afghanistan (GAA) in filing an amicus brief in the Southern District of New York last week, demanding the U.S. government release $3.5 billion in Central Bank reserves so they can be used to alleviate hunger and poverty for Afghan households.

‘We want it back to what it was’: the US village blighted by toxic waste
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N. Korea’s Kim vows to bolster nuke capability during parade
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to accelerate the development of nuclear weapons and threatened to use them if provoked in a speech he delivered at a military parade that featured powerful missiles capable of targeting the country’s rivals, state media reported Tuesday.

‘Hurting the vulnerable’: Indonesia’s palm oil ban ignites prices
The export ban, announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Friday, comes as global food supplies come under strain due to disappointing harvests in some countries, export disruptions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and labour shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berlin Administrative Court affirms secret service observation of left-wing newspaper junge Welt
A judgement in the main proceedings is still pending, but the grounds for the decision in the summary proceedings, which the World Socialist Web Site has seen, leave no doubt that the outcome will be the same. junge Welt had initiated summary proceedings and applied for a temporary injunction because being named in the report by the Verfassungsschutz (Office for the Protection of the Constitution), as Germany’s secret service is called, impairs its work and threatens to destroy its economic existence. The main proceedings can often drag on for years.

UK civil society groups urge government to halt 'anti-boycott' bill
A group of civil society organisations called on the UK government on Tuesday to halt legislation that would limit the right to support causes such as Palestinian rights, climate and social justice through boycott campaigns. The 46 UK-based groups said in a statement they oppose plans by the government to table an "anti-Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


We need to be on the street – visible and strong
THE cost-of-living crisis is hard upon us. As we gather in person for the first time in two years, weary from the pandemic but glad to be face to face again, there is little time to celebrate as all the pious talk about “building back better,” becoming a more caring society and valuing the work and contribution of all to our sense of community, lies crushed beneath the weight of economic devastation being heaped upon working people. Although the poorest being asked to bear the brunt is not a new narrative, what should make us even angrier, is the sight of the entitled antics of the ministerial miscreants and their cronies (some of whom did very nicely out of the global pandemic) continuing to behave without conscience, morals or principle. They deserve our complete and utter disdain. But more than that, they deserve to feel the full brunt of our collective anger and strength.

Emmanuel Macron Is Forming a New Right-Wing Bloc AN INTERVIEW WITH BRUNO AMABLE
Sunday’s French election runoff saw Emmanuel Macron reelected for another five-year term, on 58 percent of the vote. Yet with turnout at historic lows and an increased score for his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, the incumbent took the weakest popular vote for any winner since 1969. This narrowing support also owes to a broader weakening of the French party system over the last four decades, with the collapse of the old center-left and center-right parties that once mobilized public opinion. In their book, The Last Neoliberal: Macron and the Origins of France’s Political Crisis, economists Bruno Amable and Stefano Palombarini analyze the material bases of this shift, as former Socialists and Republicans have formed a new alliance behind Macron while marginalizing working people from political representation. By taking in forces from both these parties — and thus appearing to cross the previous center-left/right divide — Macron’s presidency intensified the class content of this project, accelerating France’s neoliberal transformation to the benefit of a handful of ultrarich individuals. This shift has hollowed out the old main parties — resulting in the complPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Steven Donziger Walks Free After 993 Days of 'Completely Unjust' Detention
Human rights lawyer Steven Donziger walked free Monday after 993 days of detention stemming from his decades-long legal fight with Chevron, which deployed its vast resources in a campaign to destroy Donziger after he won a $9.5 billion settlement against the fossil fuel giant over its pollution of the Amazon rainforest.

A 2nd Amazon warehouse on Staten Island begins voting on a union
That's the question on Staten Island this week as more Amazon warehouse workers vote on whether to join the Amazon Labor Union. Roughly 1,500 workers who work in a facility sorting packages for delivery are eligible to vote in the election. Voting, which is taking place in person under a tent outside the warehouse, began at 4:30 a.m. on Monday and concludes at 11 p.m. on Friday.

Prosecutions of Corporate Criminals Hit Record Low Under Biden: Report
Citing data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the Corporate Prosecution Registry, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen notes in its analysis that just 90 corporations either pleaded guilty or were found guilty of federal crimes last year even as the Justice Department—led by Attorney General Merrick Garland—announced policies aimed at strengthening enforcement efforts against white-collar offenses.

Nebraska wildfires kill ex-fire chief, hurt 15 firefighters
The man who died Friday night was a retired Cambridge fire chief who was working with firefighters as a spotter in Red Willow County in tPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Anti-Iran fever heats up as Iraq's political deadlock continues
The political deadlock is caused by Iranian-backed militias and groups such as Coordination Framework (CF), its Kurdish ally the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and few Sunni members with ties to Iran. The Iranian-backed CF is leveraging its "blocking third" votes to halt the political process of electing a new president and prime minister, creating a new wave of anti-Iranian sentiment among the Iraqi public. On April 17, a demonstration erupted in the poor and neglected Sadr City, where Muqtada al-Sadr enjoys popular support. The protesters chanted slogans against Iran first used by Sadrists in 2015, when they penetrated the Green Zone in Baghdad.

Iraqi army enters Shengal with tanks
A tense atmosphere continues to prevail in the main Yazidi settlement area of Shengal in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq). Parallel to the Turkish army's invasion of the guerrilla areas in southern Kurdistan, tensions and clashes provoked by the Iraqi army have been occurring in Şengal since the beginning of last week. An attack on the self-governing security forces in the region killed a female fighter from the Women's Resistance Units (YJŞ), founded in response to the ISIS genocide in 2014. Other people were injured.

Osman Kavala: Turkish philanthropist sentenced to life in prison after four-year detention
The businessman, a founder of a number of organisations advocating inter-communal dialogue and democratic reforms in Turkey, was detained over allegations of involvement in the Gezi Park protests and the 2016 coup attempt. In 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Kavala's detention was political and called for his immediate release, a request which has been repeated numerous times but has so far been ignored by Turkey.
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Palestine Needs Immediate Attention to Stave off Major Food Crisis
A friend, a young journalist in Gaza, Mohammed Rafik Mhawesh, told me that food prices in the besieged Strip have skyrocketed in recent weeks and that many already impoverished families are struggling to put food on the table. "Food prices are dramatically surging," he said, "particularly since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war." Essential food prices, like wheat and meat, have nearly doubled. The price of a chicken, for example, which was only accessible to a small segment of Gaza's population, has increased from 20 shekels (approx. $6) to 45 (approx. $14). These price hikes may seem manageable in some parts of the world but in an already impoverished place, which has been under a hermetic Israeli military siege for 15 years, a humanitarian crisis of great proportions is certainly forthcoming. In fact, this was also the warning of the international charity group Oxfam, which on April 11 reported that food prices throughout Palestine jumped by 25% but, more alarmingly, wheat flour reserves in the Occupied Territories could be "exhausted within three weeks."

Useful Idiots: How Liberalism Aids Fascism
Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly, professor at Carlton College, coordinating committee member of the Black Alliance for Peace, and author of many books including the upcoming Black Scare/Red Scare, has had it with liberals pretending to care about regular people. Biden promises to help people with student loans while prosecuting bankrupt people in courts. Obama pretended to fight for civil rights while shutting down protests in Ferguson. Kamala Harris claims to help migrants while blaming them for underlying causes and telling them not to come. Liberal media calls to aid Nazis in Ukraine while ignoring genocides in other countries. And just this month we got the newest liberal win: “Ketanji Brown Jackson said Bush and Rumsfeld should be tried for war crimes, but that’s easy to say in retrospect. She didn’t say Joe Biden should be tried for war crimes, or Obama, or Kamala Harris.” And to all the people who do criticize Obama, she’s not cheering them on either. “ObamaPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Sanders Has 'Not Ruled Out' 2024 White House Run: Memo
"In the event of an open 2024 Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Sanders has not ruled out another run for president, so we advise that you answer any questions about 2024 with that in mind," Faiz Shakir, the independent senator from Vermont's 2020 campaign manager, wrote in the memo to political allies. The Post reports that "the memo was shared by a person with direct knowledge of its contents on the condition of anonymity because it was not released publicly, and confirmed by a second person with direct knowledge of the contents."

'Water is a human right': City of Jackson still in dire need of infrastructure help to fight water crisis
A year ago, a winter storm shut down Jackson's entire water system, leaving tens of thousands of residents without water for a month in the middle of a pandemic. That only made matters worse for Betram Roberts, who had to buy baby wipes, extra underwear, disposable plates and microwaveable food – necessities she resorts to when she knows her family will be without clean water.

Supreme Court Debates Whether Miranda Warnings Are a Constitutional Right
Tthe constitutional status of Miranda warnings has long been contested and remains unclear, as a Supreme Court argument on Wednesday vividly illustrated. In considering whether police officers may be sued for failing to administer the warning, the justices debated whether the Miranda decision had established a constitutional right or something less concrete.

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‘Brazil needs fixing’: Lula confirms comeback run against Bolsonaro
The former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has confirmed he will kickstart his campaign to reclaim the presidency from his right-wing adversary Jair Bolsonaro next month, comparing their rivalry to a clash of the titans between Liverpool and Manchester City.

In Bolivia, a battle over a receding glacier 'doomed to disappear'
In the Andean mountains of Bolivia's high western plains where snow lies powdered over dark rocks that rise into a hard gray sky, scientists and climbers are fighting for the future of a dying glacier that has become a controversial lure for tourists. … It has been retreating fast, losing some 1.5 meters in thickness each year, according to the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) and the French Research Institute for Development, reflecting wider issues facing glaciers throughout the Andes.

Peruvian Troops Destroy 30 Illegal Mining Camps
The Southern Operational Command (COS) and the National Police of Peru, alongside the Environmental Prosecutor's Office, carried out articulated efforts during operations conducted in the communities of Tocabe and Barranco Chico, located in the Inambari district given, as a result of the discovery of the mining camp.

SDF releases balance sheet of Turkish violations in Ain Issa and Tal Abyad
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) released the balance sheet of Turkish violations in Ain Issa and Tal Abyad. The statement said: “Since the beginning of April, the Turkish occupation andPost too long. Click here to view the full text.