Black Agenda Report 25 May 2019: The Battle For Ballot Acess; Malcolm, Russigate & the FBI; Abortion Rights and the Power of Protest

25 May 2019 — Black Agenda Report

The Battle For Ballot Access is a Century Old. It’s Time to Break it Open

– Bruce A.Dixon
A century ago, Republicans and Democrats passed ballot access restrictions to prevent socialists from getting on the ballot in the US. It’s time to organize to break those barriers.
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Venezuela Newslinks 25 May 2019

25 May 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day

War On Iran — What Can Be Done
https://journal-neo.org/2019/05/25/war-on-iran-what-can-be-done/

Venezuela: A Doctrine of Crisis Proof Services
https://libya360.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/venezuela-a-doctrine-of-crisis-proof-services/

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Britain: Theresa May resignation – let’s kick out the rest of the Tories! By Adam Booth

24 May 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

[This is quite a good summation of the mess the British ruling class have got themselves into over the Brexit BS as it exposes the undercurrent of reaction at the heart of British capitalism. WB]

Image: EU2017EE

After three years of can kicking, Theresa May has finally run out of road. Giving a teary-eyed speech in front of Number 10 this morning, the Prime Minister announced that she would step down on 7 June. The race to succeed her will begin the following week. Then the fireworks will really begin.
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24 May 2019 — West-backed think tanks threaten new Ukrainian president with disturbing list of ‘RED LINES’

24 May, 2019 — RT

West-backed think tanks threaten new Ukrainian president with disturbing list of ‘RED LINES’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy ©  Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko

When President Volodymyr Zelensky won a landslide victory in the free and undisputed April elections, most accepted that he was given a fairly strong mandate to lead Ukraine. But it seems not everyone is so democratically-minded.

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Microsoft’s ElectionGuard a Trojan Horse for a Military-Industrial Takeover of US Elections

24 May 2019 — Mintpress

A Bloodless Coup

“The fact that we are handing over the keys of American democracy to the military-industrial complex — it’s like giving the keys to the henhouse to a fox and saying, ‘here come in and take whatever you want.’ It’s obviously dangerous.” — Investigative journalist Yasha Levine

by Whitney Webb

Earlier this month, tech giant Microsoft announced its solution to “protect” American elections from interference, which it has named “ElectionGuard.” The election technology is already set to be adopted by half of voting machine manufacturers and some state governments for the 2020 general election. Though it has been heavily promoted by the mainstream media in recent weeks, none of those reports have disclosed that ElectionGuard has several glaring conflicts of interest that greatly undermine its claim aimed at protecting U.S. democracy.

In this investigation, MintPress will reveal how ElectionGuard was developed by companies with deep ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities and Israeli military intelligence, as well as the fact that it is far from clear that the technology would prevent foreign or domestic interference with, or the manipulation of, vote totals or other aspects of American election systems.

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