On May 20th, 2013, Edward Snowden let the world know that the National Security Agency was spying on everybody on the planet, including everybody in the United States, and he explained how the program, called Prism, operated.

On May 18th, 1993, riot police in Copenhagen opened fire with live ammunition on a crowd of protesters, for the first time since World War 2, injuring 11.

Mawda Shawri Killed

On May 17th, 2018, police in Belgium shot at a van full of refugees because the driver refused to pull over.  A two-year-old Kurdish girl, Mawda Shawri, was shot and killed.

The Naqba

May 15th, 1948 is known by the state of Israel as Independence Day. Palestinians call it the Naqba, or the Catastrophe. In the course of the previous year, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their lands in terror.

MS St Louis Set Sail

On May 13th, 1939, a ship set sail from Hamburg, Germany, heading towards North America. It had 937 passengers, overwhelmingly Jews trying to get out of Nazi Germany, and other Jews trying to flee Europe, including Anne Frank's father, Otto, from Amsterdam.

Death of Francis Hughes

On May 12th, 1981, Irish Republican Army volunteer Francis Hughes died on hunger strike. He would be the second of ten men to die on hunger strike in 1981, after Bobby Sands, who died after winning an election to the British Parliament, while in prison.

On May 8th, 2001, New York police raided a community garden in the South Bronx. They uprooted plants and destroyed gardening tools.

Kent State Massacre

On May 4th, 1970, after the governor of Ohio announced that student antiwar protesters were “worse than Nazis” and the governor of California – Ronald Reagan – called for a “bloodbath,” Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire with live ammunition on the Kent State University campus, killing four and wounding nine.

May Day

On May 1st, 1886, there were protests around the US for the eight-hour workday, against the horrific exploitation of the industrial workers. The response of the authorities to the protests was representative of the times – they shot into crowds in Chicago and Milwaukee.

On April 30th, way back in 2011, the Oregonian reported that the whitest major city in the United States was getting even whiter.

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