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May 16 14:39

Hiroshima’s Other Chain Reaction

Apparently, President Obama will not be using his visit to Hiroshima in a couple of weeks to provide support for recent revisionist history, which holds that dropping atom bombs on Japan did not cause Japan to surrender in World War II. Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes wrote:

May 16 14:36

Chinese bank ICBC to buy London gold vault

May 16 14:26

Bomb Scare Grounds Ryanair Flight Headed For Manchester

A UK-bound passenger plane from Norway has been evacuated before take-off due to “suspicious behavior” of two travelers, police have confirmed.

The incident occurred at Rygge Airport, near Oslo, when the two passengers were heard arguing in an airport toilet prior to boarding the jet which was due in the British city of Manchester, Norwegian police spokesman Anders Stroemsaether told public broadcaster NRK.

May 16 14:17

Defense Bill Coming This Week: A Boost For War And Tyranny

For many of us concerned with liberty, the letters “NDAA” have come to symbolize Washington’s ongoing effort to undermine the US Constitution in the pursuit of constant war overseas. It was the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012 that introduced into law the idea that American citizens could be indefinitely detained without warrant or charge if a government bureaucrat decides they had assisted al-Qaeda or “associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States.” No charges, no trial, just disappeared Americans.

May 16 14:17

Obama Disastrously Backed The Saudis In Yemen, Now He’s Deploying US Troops To Deal With The Fallout

The Obama administration has said little about its fresh deployment of American troops to Yemen, where the U.S. has spent the past year backing the ruthless Saudi Arabia-led military intervention by shipping weapons, identifying bomb targets and sending its warships to assist the naval blockade.

May 16 14:07

Verizon Strike: CWA Officials Call New York Cops Against WSWS Reporters

Officials from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in Brooklyn called the police to prevent striking workers from speaking to reporters from the World Socialist Web Site Friday. The effort by the CWA to silence its critics and intimidate militant workers occurred just days after a New York Police Department lieutenant, driving a van load of scabs, ran down a striking Verizon worker on a picket line in the neighboring borough of Queens.

May 16 14:07

Reports Document Growing Income Inequality, Declining Manufacturing Pay

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that more than four-fifths of US metropolitan areas have seen household incomes decline in the new century. The research is based on data from urban centers that are home to three-quarters of the US population.

May 16 14:04

Colombia Seizes 8 Tons Of Cocaine

Colombia seizes 8 tons of cocaine in largest bust in decade

More than 8 metric tons of cocaine worth some $240 million has been intercepted by Colombian police at the border with Panama, in what the country’s president praised as the biggest seizure of drugs in recent history.

May 16 13:54

Why I am a bit wary when sports networks start speaking for the 'Holocaust industry'

How can you tell when "remembering" horrible events is being twisted to defend the status quo and support the powerful against the weak? When a sports network airs a Nazi Holocaust-themed show.

Last week TSN ran a six-minute video feature about Hank Rosenbaum, a Polish Jew whose life was turned upside down when German troops invaded 77 years ago. The sports angle for TSN's "Yom HaShoah, the international day of remembrance for the more than 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust" commemoration, was that Rosenbaum became a hockey fan when he arrived in Toronto six decades ago. The sports network showed him watching his 10-year-old grandson's house league game.

While the Rosenbaum story was horrifying and more socially meaningful than TSN's typical fare, does it really represent a concern for human rights by the broadcaster?

May 16 13:46

Barack Obama And A Quarter-Century Of US Wars

In a front-page article published on May 15, the New York Times calls attention to a significant milestone in the presidency of Barack Obama: “He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.” Obama overtook his predecessor on May 6. But with eight months still to go in the White House, he is on target to set yet another record. The Times writes: “If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Mr. Obama’s term—a near-certainty given the president’s recent announcement that he will send 250 additional Special Operations forces to Syria—he will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.”

May 16 13:46

The Snapchat Version Of American Victory

On February 15, 2003, an almost unimaginable 13-plus years ago, I took part in a court-banned antiwar march in New York City. The police, it turned out, couldn’t stop us (though they could, in various ways, pen us in).

May 16 13:22

Sadiq Khan Attends Holocaust Memorial As First Official Mayoral Act

London’s freshly elected Muslim mayor joins Holocaust memorial ceremony attended by thousands from the city’s Jewish community, including over 150 Holocaust survivors.

London’s newly elected Muslim mayor paid respect Sunday to the millions of Jews slain in the Holocaust as his first official act in office.

May 16 13:21

Vandalism, Burning Cars & Tear Gas: Violent Anti-Labor Reform Protests Hit France

Rennes has been engulfed by violent protests over labor reform that will see longer working hours for less money.

May 16 13:21

Crimes Of Aggression? Alex Salmond’s Quest To Have Tony Blair Impeached Over Iraq Hits Legal Snag

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Alex Salmond wants to re-energize a cross-party alliance to see former PM Tony Blair brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the 2003 Iraq invasion. A legal issue may kill his ambition, however.

May 16 13:14

A Palestinian refugee’s journey from the Nakba to present day

Jamal Kanj looks at what the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing and dispossession of Palestinians – meant for one Palestinian refugee as he journeyed through Zionist terror, dispossession, grief and steadfastness.

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