At least 352 civilians killed by US-led strikes on Islamic State group

At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.

Source: At least 352 civilians killed by US-led strikes on Islamic State group – France 24

Thousands expected to hit the streets for May Day protests

We have resist not only this fascist administration but an economic-political order that seeks to oppress the 99 percent:

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets Monday in massive May Day events across the USA mostly protesting the policies of President Trump.

May Day — also known as International Worker’s Day — has spawned protests around the globe in past years highlighting workers’ rights. But on Monday, the impetus for the U.S. marches span from immigrants’ rights to LGBT awareness to police misconduct.

Sanders: Trump on right track with North Korea

Say what?! Trump is being totally reckless in his threats against North Korea. I wonder how many Sanders supporters agree with him in praising Trump’s approach. I think it’s time we started questioning Sanders’ agenda. We might have to reconsider him as the self-appointed leader of ‘our revolution.’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday said North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities are a threat to the world and suggested President Donald Trump’s approach of putting pressure on China to contain the dictatorship was the right one.

Donald Trump Impeachment: Prediction By Different Experts

1. Ronald L. Feinman:

According to the American history professor, Donald Trump will likely get replaced by Vice President Mike Pence. In his blog post, Feinman wrote that F.B.I.’s investigation would lead to the president’s resignation or his impeachment.

2. Angelia Wilson:

The professor from the University of Manchester told the Independent that there are chances that President Donald Trump will be impeached within the first 12 to 18 months of his office. According to Professor Wilson, removal of the president will be led by many subjects like the Russian dossier.

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White House Correspondents Dinner: Annual Party for the 1 Percent

Every year the 1 percent in Washington throw themselves a party involving politicians and the press. Need to know more about why the corporate press spews propaganda for the 1 percent?

FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Donald Trump’s interview with “Face the Nation”

He doesn’t sound too tough to me. I think Trump has soft spot for the North Korean dictator:

JOHN DICKERSON: What do you make of the North Korean leader?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I have — I really, you know, have no comment on him. People are saying, “Is he sane?” I have no idea. I can tell you this, and a lot of people don’t like when I say it, but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He’s dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others.

And at a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie. But we have a situation that we just cannot let — we cannot let what’s been going on for a long period of years continue. And frankly, this should’ve been done and taken care of by the Obama administration. Should’ve been taken care of by the Bush administration. Should’ve been taken care of by Clinton.

Despite Massive Amounts of Money Raised by Democrats No Victory for Jon Ossoff

The Congressional campaign for Jon Ossoff failed to win the Georgia House seat despite raising over $8 million. He closest challenger raised less $500k:

Ossoff’s fundraising is not only nearly 18 times greater than several of his leading rivals, he is also far outpacing the entire cost of Georgia’s last open congressional election. Fundraising in that November race to represent west Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District totaled less than $3 million for 10 candidates.

And where did that money come from? 80 percent came from outside of Georgia; 95% from outside the district. And how does this make the Democrats the party of the people?

Democrats have been hyping this race suggesting that a victory for Ossoff would prove Trump and Republicans are in decline. Even if the Democrat wins this seat in the June runoff it proves very little. Trump won the district in November barely over Hillary. What it does prove is that Democrats are willing to play the money game to win office. And that’s because they having else to offer.

U.S. Embassy Summons UK Baby for Investigation into Terrorism

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This is what passes for terrorism preparedness. It’s insane. There should be some logic. No terrorist would check off that they were a terrorist on some application. They had to have realized that this was a child, and it was probably an error. It’s a mindless bureaucracy:

The question that read, “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” was mistakenly answered with a yes instead of a no.

The infant was headed to his first overseas holiday to Orlando, Florida with his mother. According to the Guardian, the baby and his mother were taken from their home in Poynton, Cheshire, to the embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, to be questioned by officials. The round trip took nearly 10 hours — longer than the nine-and-a-half-hour flight time from Manchester to Orlando.

Contractor Whose Business Model Is Price Gouging the Pentagon Has Powerful Wall St. Backers

The military-industrial-complex has never been more powerful:

On March 21, first-term Congressman Ro Khanna sent a letter asking the Pentagon’s inspector general to investigate TransDigm, an aerospace supplier he accused of cornering the market on proprietary parts for military aircraft and then jacking up the prices.

The California Democrat charged that TransDigm operates as a “hidden monopolist,” to “enrich a few individual financiers who stand to benefit at the expense of our troops and weapons systems.”

The letter rebounded across Washington and Wall Street. TransDigm stock dropped over 10 percent in two days. The business press highlighted the story; The Huffington Post called TransDigm “The Martin Shkreli of defense contracting.”

First Muslim woman US judge found dead in New York’s Hudson River

The first female Muslim judge to be appointed in the US was found dead in the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon according to a New York Post report.

Witnesses called 911 when they found 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s fully-clothed body in the river near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway, police said.

According to the Post, the associate judge had been reported missing earlier in the day.

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Syrian Man Recounts 33 Days Of Torture At Hands Of CIA-Backed FSA

In this installment of “Syrians Speak Out,” we will hear the story of Shadi, a man who was tortured for 33 days after being kidnapped and held hostage by the “Free Syrian Army,” a terrorist group that has received CIA funding and training. MintPress News has previously reported on the group, breaking down the Syrian opposition that took part in peace talks that would’ve put an end to the years-long Syrian crisis.The report also reveals the part that intelligence officials from NATO member states have played in the conflict, noting that they were on the ground “training so-called ‘moderate’ rebels months before the Syrian revolt erupted.”

Source: Syrian Man Recounts 33 Days Of Torture At Hands Of CIA-Backed FSA

Another dark chapter: “Gasland” families still fighting company that leaked methane into their water

Residents of the tiny rural town of Dimock, Pennsylvania, have locked horns with Cabot Oil & Gas since 2008, shortly after the company began leasing land in the northeastern part of the state and extracting natural gas.

Forty families sued Texas-based Cabot, whose operations they said contaminated their drinking water with methane. “Gasland” documented the resident’s claims with scenes of water being lit aflame while flowing out of tapsAll but two families settled in 2012; and in March 2016, a federal jury awarded the pair that pushed on a whopping $4.2 million.

Now a federal judge has thrown out the verdict, saying evidence that Cabot contaminated local water wells is tenuous.

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Media and politicians have failed the public, leaving it up to us

Great points. But let me change it around a little bit. Along with the suggestions in this opinion piece I would activism. We need true change America. And the best way to achieve that is through large numbers of us marching in the streets demanding that action be taken on behalf of the 99 percent. The politicians and media won’t pay us any attention until we demand it. Sometimes that means civil disobedience. Other times it requires peaceful marches and protests. Almost all great change has happened because of activism from a highly motivated public:

Since the turn of the century, political polarization has been driven by an equally polarizing media.We live in a time in which a polarized media fails to inform us of the issues that matter to the common people. We have not heard much from popular media about most issues that many Americans face: 43.1 million people are in poverty, Americans now owe more than $1.3 trillion in student loans, average household debt in the United States has now reached 136 percent of average household income.

Did Obama Advisor Susan Rice Break Law By Requesting ‘Unmasking’ of Trump Officials?

The mainstream press is freaking out because this story raises questions about the purity of the Obama administration. This story needs to be looked into, not covered up:

Early Monday morning Eli Lake at Bloomberg News broke a major story that alleges Obama’s White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice gave the order to “unmask” members of the Trump campaign team.  In other words, the report alleged Rice was the person who gave the order to NSA officials to include the identity of Americans inadvertently swept up in communications intercepts.  The normal practice is for the NSA to redact the names of Americans caught up in signals intercepts, but if Lake’s story is correct, it appears Rice asked them to modify the normal protocol.

Report: Trump donor, Blackwater founder Erik Prince in secret meeting with Russian close to Putin

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between an American businessman supporting then President-elect Trump and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and the incoming president, The Washington Post reports.

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Saudi Arabia Devastating Yemen Into Famine – U.S. Refuses To Comment

The U.S.’s role in Yemen has been catastrophic. They believe that the answer to ‘terrorism’ is more bombing. So we should not be surprised that terrorism is on the rise not declining. And it can be argued that the ‘special relationship’ with Saudi Arabia has been the greatest folly. United States foreign policy is motivated by profit not morality or American national security:

Saudi Arabia, a kingdom that’s been allied with the United States since 1933, has been directly involved in bringing about one of the most horrifying famines in history in the country of Yemen. But this may be news to you if you’ve only been watching mainstream coverage of the situation – and there hasn’t been much of that coverage in the first place.

After years of bombing campaigns by Saudi Arabia with support from other Gulf states and the U.S., nearly half a million Yemeni children are months away from famine. The situation is compounded by the fact that over 50 percent of the population is living below the poverty line.

Mercedes-Benz pulls ads from ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ — will others follow?

Let’s demand all O’Reilly advertisers to take their business elsewhere. If BMW can do it what is the excuse for others:

Mercedes-Benz said Monday that it has “reassigned” its advertisements on “The O’Reilly Factor” following a report about five settlements with women who alleged sexual harassment or verbal abuse by the show’s host, Bill O’Reilly.

With Trump As “Final Straw,” Immigrant and Workers’ Rights Groups Gear Up for May Day Strikes

Get ready. We are marching:

Immigrant and workers’ rights organizations on Monday announced a national strike to take place on May 1, commonly known as May Day, to demonstrate the critical role of immigrant labor in the U.S. economy.

Hundreds of thousands of workers have already pledged to participate in the strike known as the “Day Without Immigrants.” Organizers are expecting it to be the biggest turnout for this kind of event since the 2006 immigration reform marches, which saw over a million people take to the streets in hundreds of cities across the country in protest of raising penalties for undocumented immigration.

This year, they will be taking a stand against the criminalization of black and brown communities, raids and deportations, and worker exploitation under President Donald Trump, who is known for his xenophobic policies and rhetoric.

Protesters Unfurled An “Impeach Trump” Banner At The Nationals’ Baseball Season Opener

It’s probably why Trump was no show. He probably sensed what was coming. He will only show up to an event that he controls who gets in:

The organizers behind the stunt were Jason Charter, Ryan Clayton, and other members of their group Americans Take Action, who also pulled a prank at the Conservative Political Action Conference distributing Russian flags emblazoned with Trump’s name to attendees. Charter said the banner was 27-feet-by-21-feet.

Boycott FOX News Host Bill O’Reilly until he is Fired

We have to send a message that being the host of a profitable talk show host does not make Bill O’Reilly untouchable. We also have to send a message to Rupert Murdoch that sexual harassment should not be condoned. It seems this network views women as just mere sex objects. So starting tonight make a note of who is sponsoring O’Reilly’s show on FOX. Then let’s put pressure on the advertisers and network to force O’Reilly out.

Bernie Sanders Calls Democratic Party ‘Weak and Incapable of Organizing’

Completely true. So why do you insist on ‘transforming’ the Democratic Party when all the evidence shows it’s incapable of changing. You couldn’t even get progressive Keith Ellison elected DNC head. You could easily build a third party, as your supporters keep urging you to do, that represents the interests of the 99 percent. Sanders won’t do that because he all he wants is to become president. He’s still living under the delusion that he will be nominated by a party that he’s not even a member of. He obviously thinks the easiest path to the White House are through the Democrats. That is not the thinking of a “revolutionary.” In fact, Sanders rarely uses that term anymore:

Since the Democratic Party lost the 2016 presidential election, the party’s establishment has suppressed all calls for reform from progressives. Though the party appointed Sen. Bernie Sanders as its head of outreach, most Democrats continue to treat him and his supporters as unwelcome outsiders. In a recent speech, Sanders provided progressives with insight as to how to advance their values against an inept and increasingly out of touch Democratic Party.

Bernie you are completely delusional in believing you could transform this Republican-lite party:

But I don’t want anyone here to forget that it was a Democratic president, not a Republican president, who deregulated Wall Street. It was a Democratic president who made the first major initiatives in disastrous trade policies,” Sanders explained in reference to former President Bill Clinton, who enacted several policies that hurt working, middle class and low income Americans. “Let’s not forget that either. So, they’re angry, and they look for an alternative.”

Fact is, Bernie Sanders is using his loyal supporters for his own selfish political ambition.

Fight for $15, Movement for Black Lives to Protest Nationwide in Call to ‘Fight Racism, Raise Pay’

Thousands of workers fighting for $15/hour and union rights will join racial justice activists in the Movement for Black Lives to wage a two-dozen-city “Fight Racism, Raise Pay” protest Tuesday, the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and the 50th anniversary of the civil rights icon’s historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech.

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UN: Americans’ Right to Protest is in Grave Danger Under Trump

You still think we live in a free country. We better wake up soon before it’s too late to realize that we don’t:

At least 19 U.S. states have introduced bills that attack the right to protest since Donald Trump’s election as president, an “alarming and undemocratic” trend, U.N. human rights investigators said this week.

Maina Kiai and David Kaye, independent U.N. experts on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression respectively, are calling on lawmakers in the United States to stop the “alarming” trend of “undemocratic” anti-protest bills designed to criminalize or impede the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

“The trend also threatens to jeopardize one of the United States’ constitutional pillars: free speech,” they said in a statement, calling for action to reverse such legislation.

Judge: Donald Trump ‘particularly reckless,’ refuses to throw out protesters’ case

You will not escape justice:

A federal judge, ruling against the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by protesters regarding injuries allegedly sustained during a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisvile, Ky., said the future president was “particularly reckless” in suggesting his supporters use violence.

U.S. District Judge David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky rejected defense motions to dismiss the case brought by three protesters seeking unspecified damages after claiming they were assaulted by audience members during the rally on March 1, 2016.

No matter how long it takes:

President Donald Trump is doing all he can to to dodge Summer Zervos’ lawsuit against him, which alleges Trump attempted to kiss the former Apprentice contestant twice in 2007 before sexually assaulting her in a hotel room.