2018-04-21: News Headlines

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-21). Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks. MintPress News The suspension of Ecuador's role as mediator in Colombia comes amid its broader shift to the right and realignment with the United States by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. | The post Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-04-21). Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists AMSTERDAM—Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. | The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid. | Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality. | Other players joined him, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players. | In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan. | Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick, "an athlete who is now widely recognized for his…

Mark Anthony Rolo (2018-04-21). Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Prior to colonization, American Indians had their own values of tolerance and acceptance. Forgetting those values not only threatens our tradition, but our right to tribal sovereignty.

Whitney Webb (2018-04-21). BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies. MintPress News "After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel's recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies." — BDS statement | The post BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-21). Gina Haspel, Who Tortured and Destroyed Torture Tapes, Has Been "Cleared" by CIA of Wrongdoing. Truthout Stories Gina Haspel, who was in charge of a black site in Thailand where torture occurred and ordered the destruction of CIA tapes of the human rights violations, has been nominated to become director of the spy agency. (Photo: Central Intelligence Agency) | In what critics are calling a bald attempt to help Trump's controversial pick to lead the CIA get through a very difficult confirmation process, the CIA on Friday released a previously classified memo in which Gina Haspel was "cleared" of any wrongdoing when she destroyed more than 90 videotapes of agency operatives torturing human beings. | According to the Associated Press, which first reported the story, the CIA on Friday "gave lawmakers a declassified memo Friday showing [Haspel] was cleared years ago of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11." | Written by then-acting…

Al Jazeera (2018-04-21). Enoch Powell And the Concerning Popularity of His Racist Speech. AlterNet.org It's been 50 years since British shadow defense secretary Enoch Powell gave his "rivers of blood" speech on April 20, 1968. | It has been 50 years since British shadow defence secretary Enoch Powell gave his "rivers of blood" speech on April 20, 1968. To mark the half-centenary, the BBC broadcast his speech for the first . . .

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Larry Schwartz, AlterNet (2018-04-21). Here Are the 10 Greatest Hoaxes of All Time. AlterNet.org There really is a sucker born every minute. | The year 2014 featured one of the banner scientific hoaxes of recent history, the delightful triple-breasted lady. Tampa, Florida's Alisha Jasmine Hessler thrilled the breast lovers among us with tales (and accompanying photos) of her enhanced silhouette. According to Hessler, 21, who renamed herself Jasmine Tridevil, she searched far and wide and finally found a plastic surgeon willing to add a third breast to her already ample duet. The truth came to light when, in order to recover a stolen bag from the airport, Hessler was forced to declare the contents, which included a three-breasted prosthesis. The website Smoking Gun blew the whole scam wide open, and we were left to carry on in our now less magical world. Unicorns and tridevils aren't what they seem. But hers was not the first, and will. . .

Staff (2018-04-21). Americans Warned Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells consumers to throw away their store-bought romaine and warns restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak in several states. | The post Americans Warned Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Mike Luckovich (2018-04-21). Tortoise and the Hair. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post Tortoise and the Hair appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Telesur (2018-04-21). Major Win for BDS as Heavily Jewish US Women's College Votes for Divestment. Global Research In a major win for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, BDS movement, students at the Barnard College, an elite women's liberal arts college in New York City with a high percentage of Jewish students, have voted to divest from …

Truthout Stories (2018-04-21). If Cohen Flips on Trump, Let the Wild Rumpus Start. Truthout Stories President Donald Trump's long-time personal attorney Michael Cohen arrives at a New York court on April 16, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) | Speculation has begun to grow that Michael Cohen, Trump's long-time personal attorney whose office and home were raided by the FBI, may agree to cooperate with Robert Mueller's investigation. If so, he could go down in history with Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, the mobster whose testimony ultimately destroyed the Gotti crime family.President Donald Trump's long-time personal attorney Michael Cohen arrives at a New York court on April 16, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | The Schofield Kid: Yeah, well, I guess they had it…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-21). Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria. Consortiumnews Bashar al-Assad is just the latest in a long line of Middle East leaders demonized by colonial Britain and the U.S. for their independence, says Eric Margolis in this commentary. By Eric S. Margolis Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer… Read more →

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-21). Turkey Joins Other Nations Flocking from US Dollar Hegemony. MintPress News "With the Dollar, the world is always under exchange rate pressure. We should save states and nations from this exchange rate pressure. Gold has never been a tool of oppression throughout history." | The post Turkey Joins Other Nations Flocking from US Dollar Hegemony appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-21). Mexico in the Time of the Caravan. Truthout Stories Honest, fearless media is needed more than ever, and nonprofit newsrooms like Truthout need all the help we can get. Can you take a few seconds to support this important work? | Puebla, Mexico, 8 April 2018: An annual Easter march to shine a light on the plight of Central Americans living in a region with the highest murder rate in the world drew the attention of international aid groups, the United Nations … and the President of the United States. While the U.N. admonished the government of Mexico to provide safe conduct to the approximately 1,200 persons who crossed the southern border of their country, Donald Trump reacted with incommensurate fear, threatening to deploy National Guard troops to his own border, 1,200 miles (2,000 km) away. | The march, or caravan, is also known as the Via Crucis del Migrante (Migrant…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-21). Another Dodgy British Dossier: the Skripal Case. Consortiumnews In this second part of a series, Gareth Porter compares the same faulty logic employed in two purposely misleading, so-called British intelligence dossiers. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The British government shared what was supposedly a dossier containing… Read more →

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-04-21). Yemen, The Most Horrific Genocide. A Country without Food, Water, Medicine and Fuel. Global Research As the U.S.-Saudi-led war against Yemen enters its third year, the people of this coffin-shaped nation on the Arabian peninsula find themselves struggling not only to survive but to be seen and heard by a mainstream media that is preoccupied …

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-04-21). Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend — And It Never Has Been. AlterNet.org The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity | Have you been watching the roundelay of appearances former FBI Director James Comey has made this week on his tour to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership"? On Tuesday, he was on the "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS, the same day his book was released. Colbert did everything but ruffle his hair, sharing a paper cup of red wine with him, seeming to commemorate the beverage Comey poured for himself aboard a private government jet returning to Washington on the day he was fired on May 9, 2017. Colbert teased him. Comey demurred. Hilarity ensued. Thursday night he was on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, an appearance that. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-21). EPA Recommends Transitioning Away From Animal Testing. Truthout Stories Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! | Good news from federal agencies can feel like a rarity these days, but this dispatch from the Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent reminder that staffers deep in the government are hard at work to build a better world. In draft guidance on skin allergy testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals, the EPA is encouraging researchers to move away from the use of animal models. | Such testing is legally required to determine the level of hazard that various industrial products pose. Scientists aim to determine if chemicals cause skin irritation and, if so, the severity of their effects. This allows agencies to determine whether a product is safe enough to be sold to consumers, or…

Staff (2018-04-21). Natalie Portman Addresses Her Snub of Israeli Prize. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists "I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu" by accepting the prestigious Genesis Prize, the actress says. "Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation." | The post Natalie Portman Addresses Her Snub of Israeli Prize appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Whitney Webb (2018-04-21). US, Fearing Unfavorable OPCW Results, Blames Russia for "Hacking" Douma Evidence. MintPress News Though Western governments have influenced the outcome of OPCW investigations in the past, this time they appear to be discrediting the results of the investigation before it even begins. | The post US, Fearing Unfavorable OPCW Results, Blames Russia for "Hacking" Douma Evidence appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-21). Why Black Stories Matter: They Build Empathy and Heal Trauma. Truthout Stories Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation toward journalism with real integrity and independence! | When she was growing up, Rachel Bailey was taught that only rich, self-indulgent White people suffered from mental health issues. Black people were supposed to be tougher. Although she remembers struggling with what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder since she was 4 years old, it wasn't until age 34 that she began to seek treatment, checking herself into a psychiatric ward after a severe mental breakdown. | "People of other races, especially White people, they get to be crazy and have their reasons and their subtle shades of insanity," Bailey says. "It's unfair that you get to be insane in colorful ways and I just get to be nuts and go to jail and rot there." | Bailey was…

SouthFront (2018-04-21). Russian Journalists Find Boy In White Helmets Chemical Attack Video. MintPress News A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny have found one of the children filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people "affected" by the alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria on April 7. | According to Poddubny: | 11-year-old Hassan Diab is fine; | He suffered no injures from the "chemical attack" because there was no attack (at least then and there); | The boy participated in the video for food (rice, dates and cookies). | Poddubny also contacted Diab's father — who also claimed that there was no chemical attack in the town. Hassan Diab during the "chemical attack" and after. | A full video by Poddubny: | BOMBSHELL | 11 year old #Douma "victim" blows "chemical attack" narrative wide open. | Full video from @epoddubny here: t.co/fqHWzUnZSK #CasusBelli #FalseFlag pic.twitter.com/3Ps0IxeyMh

WSWS (2018-04-21). French students, workers march in April 19 protests against Macron. World Socialist Web Site The first protest of strikers from multiple professions since November 2017 took place amid spreading blockades of universities by students opposed to Macron.

WSWS (2018-04-21). North Korea suspends nuclear tests in latest concession to Trump. World Socialist Web Site Despite the announcement, there is no guarantee that a Trump-Kim summit will go ahead.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Social inequality and oligarchy in the US and Europe. World Socialist Web Site A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality! World Socialist Web Site The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Alabama executes 83-year-old Walter Leroy Moody. World Socialist Web Site The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the lethal injection, first issuing a temporary stay 15 minutes before the scheduled execution and then lifting it later without explanation.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Chappaquiddick examines 1969 tragedy and political cover-up. World Socialist Web Site The subject matter is the death in July 1969 of Mary Jo Kopechne, who was riding late at night in a car driven by Senator Edward Kennedy that went off an open wooden bridge and plunged into the water.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Israeli army kills four more Gaza protesters. World Socialist Web Site The latest bloodletting brings to 39 the number killed for marching in support of Palestinian refugees' right of return.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Turkish government calls snap election for June 24. World Socialist Web Site Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents. World Socialist Web Site The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Britain's Stop the War Coalition: Tying the working class to the pro-war Labour Party. World Socialist Web Site The building of a genuine anti-war movement can only proceed through a ruthless exposure of Labour's apologists.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Italy continues without a government. World Socialist Web Site Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Disregard for passenger safety exposed in wake of fatal Southwest Airlines engine explosion. World Socialist Web Site Southwest Airlines has pushed back against inspection directives even as mechanics have reportedly raised numerous safety concerns which have been dismissed by the airline.

WSWS (2018-04-21). US-led strike on Syria inflames tensions over Korea. World Socialist Web Site If his summit with the North Korean leader goes ahead, Trump will undoubtedly use every means at his disposal, including military threats, to try to bludgeon Pyongyang into accepting US demands.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Support the International Coalition of Socialist, Antiwar and Progressive Websites Against Internet Censorship. World Socialist Web Site The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers. World Socialist Web Site A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated—particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy—that they face a wipe-out.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-21). UK meetings against war, lies and censorship: For the building of a socialist anti-war movement! World Socialist Web Site The Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings titled: War, lies and censorship—For the building of a socialist anti-war movement!

WSWS (2018-04-21). White House considers "national emergency" powers against Chinese investment. World Socialist Web Site Under a 1977 law, president Trump could declare a national emergency in response to an "unusual and extraordinary threat" which would allow him to block transactions and even to seize assets.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Melenchon keeps silent on Syria strikes at Marseille protest. World Socialist Web Site The rally underscored the gulf separating the determination of workers and youth to fight against Macron and the growing danger of war, and the pro-war petty bourgeois parties that called the rally.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Japanese PM weakened by Trump summit. World Socialist Web Site Abe's failure to secure any significant concessions from Trump is a significant political blow as he seeks to cling to office.

WSWS (2018-04-21). US students hold national walkout against school violence. World Socialist Web Site While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Oklahoma teachers warn: Don't trust the unions. World Socialist Web Site Oklahoma educators are calling on teachers to take the struggle into their own hands and unify across state lines to prevent the unions from betraying the strike.

RT (2018-04-21). North Korea's 'nuclear freeze' is a call for reciprocal US 'commitment & guarantees'. RT US News By freezing the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Kim Jong-un has cleared the main obstacles for signing an inter-Korean peace treaty and paved the way for a potential détente with Washington, experts told RT.
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RT (2018-04-21). Threat assessment: NASA's asteroid hunter reveals scariest, Earth-bound objects (VIDEO). RT US News Hundreds of cosmic objects swarming unnervingly close to Earth come to life in an intimidating new NASA visualization, based on the latest data from its asteroid-hunting mission.
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RT (2018-04-21). US bank offers free identity protection… while admitting potential data breach of 1.5mn clients. RT US News While announcing details of free identity protection for clients, a US bank revealed that data belonging to up to 1.5 million customers may have been exposed and passed on to a criminal third party.
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RT (2018-04-21). DNC lawsuit against Russia & Trump promises 'tantalizingly fascinating' blowback. RT US News The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign is spurious and might spectacularly backfire, provided it doesn't get thrown out of court, legal and media analyst Lionel has told RT.
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RT (2018-04-21). Subterranean fires & gold rushes: Meet America's ghosts towns (PHOTOS). RT US News Swallowed by lakes, abandoned beside tapped out mines and collapsed due to subterranean fires, the US is pockmarked with thousands of ghost towns.
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RT (2018-04-21). Are we done with Russiagate? TIME leaves Putin off '100 most influential' list. RT US News With levels of anti-Russian hysteria in the West reaching fever pitch, one would think the media tends to see Vladimir Putin under every bed these days. As it turns out, Russia's president isn't even on their radar any more.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-21). US Deporting More Long-Term Residents. Human Rights Watch News A man, who was deported from the U.S. seven months ago, touches the fingertips of his nephew across a fence separating Mexico and US, as photographed from Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. © 2017 Reuters | Since Donald Trump became president of the United States, immigrants who have lived longer in the United States and established deep roots have increasingly become targets for deportation. | Over the month of March, four in ten deportation cases filed in immigration court involved people who had been in the US for two years or more, and fully two in ten involved people who had been in the US for five years or more, according to new data released by the research center TRAC. By contrast, only one deportation case filed in ten involved new arrivals. Most people…

Amnesty International (2018-04-21). Nicaragua: State must stop repressing demonstrators after 10 are killed. Amnesty International Authorities in Nicaragua must immediately stop repressing demonstrators and protect their right to protest, said Amnesty International after at least 10 people were killed and several others were injured or remain unaccounted for following a terrifying clampdown on dissent on Friday. | "The authorities' crude and violent response to these demonstrations has deeply troubling implications for human rights in Nicaragua. The slaughter of protesters, including several young students, who went out to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters in the nation's recent history," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of Amnesty International in the Americas. | "Instead of sowing terror and demonizing demonstrators, the government must engage in dialogue with all sectors of society, including the victims of state repression, to find a peaceful solution to this grave situation. President Ortega cannot…

Amnesty International (2018-04-21. Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-21. CUBA 2018: TRANSFORM CONFRONTATION INTO DIALOGUE. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-21. The Condemned. Amnesty International

Glenn Greenwald (2018-04-21). The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom. The Intercept The DNC's theory – that it is illegal to publish internal campaign documents – is a far more serious menace to press freedom than any of Donald Trump's insulting tweets about Chuck Todd. | The post The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.

Alice Speri (2018-04-21). The FBI's Race Problems Are Getting Worse. The Prosecution of Terry Albury Is Proof. The Intercept It's no secret that the FBI has a problem with race. Former Director James Comey even called the FBI's lack of racial diversity a "crisis." | The post The FBI's Race Problems Are Getting Worse. The Prosecution of Terry Albury Is Proof. appeared first on The Intercept.

Jon Schwarz (2018-04-21). Cure Worse Than Disease: Bill to Restrict Trump's War Powers Would Actually "Endorse a Worldwide War on Terror" The Intercept The proposed new AUMF from Sens. Bob Corker and Tim Kaine would be "a monumental shift that will amp up war everywhere." | The post Cure Worse Than Disease: Bill to Restrict Trump's War Powers Would Actually "Endorse a Worldwide War on Terror" appeared first on The Intercept.

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Emily Wells (2018-04-20). Cruz-O'Rourke Senate Race 'Too Close to Call'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows a close race between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke for Cruz's Senate seat. The poll indicates that 47 percent of Texas voters favor Cruz, while 44 percent favor his challenger, O'Rourke. | CNN continues: The election is a crucial midterm race, with Republicans attempting to hold on to, if not grow, a razor-thin 51-49 seat advantage in the Senate. Texas is a historically red state, where Democrats haven't won a state election since 1994 and a US Senate race since 1988. | The poll indicates gaps by registered voters' gender, age and race. Voters who are white, male and older than 65 favored Cruz, while black, Hispanic, female, and 18- to 34-year-old voters favored O'Rourke. Men backed Cruz by an 11-point margin (51 percent to 40 percent), and women favored O'Rourke…

John Feffer (2018-04-20). Trump's Trade War is About Trump Not China. counterpunch.org By slapping tariffs on Chinese imports, Donald Trump has once again proven to be the Disrupter-in-Chief. This week alone, he's brought John Bolton in as national security advisor over the objections of every sane person in the universe, threatened to go after Bashar al-Assad over the Syrian leader's alleged use of chemical weapons, and revived disgusting characterizations of Mexicans as rapists. More

Sophie Mangal (2018-04-20). Israel Supports Syria "Opposition" Terrorists out of the Occupied Golan Heights. Sabotage of the Peace Process. Global Research It is well known that Israel has been supporting the so-called opposition operating in Syria in order to overthrow the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011. Another goal of Tel Aviv …

William Hawes (2018-04-20). Global Weirding. counterpunch.org Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of More

Norman Stockwell (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good This is what April 22 is all about. Treasures from our archives including Denis Hayes, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader, and Gaylord Nelson.

Staff (2018-04-20). North Korea Says it Has Halted Nuclear, Missile Tests. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. | The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy. | The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbors and the international community to secure peace in the Korean Peninsula and create an "optimal international environment" to build its economy. | The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. | A separate meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is anticipated in May or June. | The North's decisions were made in a meeting of…

Massoud Nayeri (2018-04-20). "The CIA Is Back and I Like It"! Let's Create a Global Union for Peace. Global Research Yesterday (4-18-2018) on Fox News, a loyal Democrat, Governor Bill Richardson (in regard to the secret meeting of CIA Director Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea) said: "The CIA IS BACK and I like it"! | For …

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Mir Alikhan (2018-04-20). There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir. counterpunch.org U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained—which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks—the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical More

Jud Lounsbury (2018-04-20). Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?

Mark Fiore (2018-04-20). Cohen & Cohn, Fixers-At-Law. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Here's your Roy Cohn, Mr. Trump.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Hollis Phelps, Religion Dispatches (2018-04-20). Is It Time to Admit the 'Grotesque Caricature' of White Evangelicals Is the Reality? AlterNet.org There's no doubt that evangelicalism seems to have an image problem, especially since its overwhelming alliance with Trump. | This week dozens of prominent evangelical leaders gathered at conservative Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL, to address the "grotesque caricature" of their faith in the Trump era. The organizer of the gathering, Doug Birdsall, told the Washington Post that under Trump's leadership, the term "evangelical" has taken on too many negative associations, especially when it comes to racism and nationalism. The goal of the gathering, then, was to address these concerns while returning the word "evangelical" to its core meaning. Rather than a political pariah, an "evangelical" is simply "a person who believes in the authority of the Bible, salvation through Jesus' work on the cross, personal conversion and the need for evangelism. "This article is reprinted with permission from

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-20). Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs. AlterNet.org 'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need. ' | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families — and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration. In a lengthy report published by The New Yorker, some local residents say that raids such as the one in their community go against their deeply held Christian values. "I'm a Christian; God loves everybody equally," 50-year-old Hank Smith told the publication. "And I never had a problem with anyone being here. . . immigration didn't really affect me before. But then this raid happened. "Pastor David Williams, who leads the. . .

Christopher Preston, The Conversation (2018-04-20). Earth Day Is a Reminder That Humans Have the Power to Change Our Planet. AlterNet.org We're entering a new epoch. | For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has provided an opportunity for people across the globe to come together and rally in support of the natural world. While the specific challenges have varied, the goal has remained more or less the same: to protect the rich, biological world that the current generation has inherited from being overwhelmed by the influences of humanity. While there have been many notable successes since this day of celebration began in 1970, the overall trajectory has not been uplifting. Today you can travel to the furthest part of the Arctic Ocean, to the highest point of the Caucasus Mountains, to the remotest spot in the Australian outback and find the unmistakable signs of human activity. Chemical and industrial traces are now present in every pinch of soil and every drop of water.

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-20). These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels. AlterNet.org Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points. | Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels. Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the " baby Christian" president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son—but not the president. This has put the president's defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating that President Trump is lying about immoral behavior and a potentially illegal effort to cover it up lest they be dismissed as fools, and yet they then have to defend his continual lying about it. This cognitive dissonance has been hard on them. And, as a result, they've been forced to say some very, very stupid things. Here are seven of the dumbest things we've heard. . .

Morton Halperin (2018-04-20). Options for Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula. Global Research A critically important part of assembling the Korean peninsula-wide denuclearization jigsaw puzzle is the institutional and legal form of North Korean commitments on the one hand, and the nuclear negative security assurances by the NPT-Nuclear Weapons States (NWSs), especially the …

Will Morrow (2018-04-20). After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War. Global Research In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …

Global Research (2018-04-20). Say No to War. The World Cannot Afford More Victims of War. Global Research Known and documented, the US and its allies have been financing, training and arming rebel factions in Syria, including ISIS, with a view to toppling the government of Bashar Al-Assad. That strategy did not work. | The goal of the "War …

Israel Shamir (2018-04-20). "First Joust" and The Strike on Syria. Global Research With slight disappointment the public regarded the field. Just a minute ago, two knights were converging in fearsome joust, their spears pointing forth, plumage blowing, horses galloping, ladies out waving their handkerchiefs to their champions, — and now we see …

Andrew Korybko (2018-04-20). France Is America's New "Special Partner" in Europe, Washington's Chief Ally on the Continent. Global Research The geopolitical dynamics of the New Cold War have made it so that France — and not the UK or Germany — is the US' "special partner" in Europe given Paris' much broader pan-hemispheric influence and its pivotal place in …

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-20). Embattled Palestinian Knesset Member Fights for Her People's Rights. Consortiumnews In this interview with Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Dennis J. Bernstein discusses Zoabi's feminism, the struggle in Gaza and life in the Israeli parliament. By Dennis J Bernstein Haneen Zoabi is a member of… Read more →

Gregory Shupak (2018-04-20). Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More. FAIR And by "reckoning," the Atlantic ( 4/14/18) appeared to mean "a war with Russia and its allies." | Corporate media outlets were glad that the US, France and Britain bombed Syria in violation of international law (FAIR.org, 4/18/18), but lamented what they see as a dearth of US violence in the country. | In The Atlantic ( 4/14/18), Thanassis Cambanis described the war crime as "undoubtedly a good thing," and called for "sustained attention and investment, of diplomatic, economic and military resources"—though the latter rubbed up against his assessment in the same paragraph that "a major regional war will only make things worse." Moreover, he described "the most realistic possibility" for the US and its partners in Syria as "an incomplete and possibly destabilizing policy of confrontation [and] containment. But a reckoning can't be deferred forever." | This…

Janine Jackson (2018-04-20). 'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Romy Haber (2018-04-20). Do black lives matter in Israel? Article — People's World While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems—racial ones—splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-20). Of Animals and Monsters and Missiles over Damascus. Consortiumnews It seems to be very difficult to be the leader of a state, particularly a strong and/or ideologically driven leader, and not end up a "monster," muses Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson President Donald Trump ordered the bombing of selective… Read more →

RT News (2018-04-20). Theresa May's Husband's Capital Group Is Largest Shareholder in BAE, Shares Soar Since Syrian Airstrikes. Global Research Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in Syria. | The company, Capital Group, is also …

Dean Baker (2018-04-20). Finance 202 Meets Economics 101. counterpunch.org The Washington Post decided to give us "Finance 202" to tell us that tax cuts at this point in the business cycle are a bad idea. The gist of the argument is that the economy is approaching full employment, so there is little room left for further stimulus. The piece also tells us that because More

RT News (2018-04-20). Video: Interview with Boy from White Helmets Douma Video Raises More Doubts Over 'Chemical Attack'. Global Research

Max Blumenthal (2018-04-20). Exclusive Emails Show How the White Helmets Tried to Recruit Roger Waters with Saudi Money. Global Research During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as "a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists." Warning that the groups' unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held …

Will Podmore (2018-04-20). Brexit and the Windrush Britons. counterpunch.org The inhuman treatment of the "Windrush" immigrants contrasts starkly with the position of EU nationals under the Brexit transition agreement — and shines a light on how so-called "free movement" has operated to discriminate against British people (whether of Commonwealth origin or not). Ever since Britain accepted the EU concept of free movement, EU nationals More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-04-20). Roaming Charges: Mother of War. counterpunch.org Understandably, George HW Bush spent much of his time far away from Barbara Bush's icy boudoir, indulging in a discreet fling or two while earning his stripes as a master of the empire, leaving juvenile George to cower under the unstinting commands of his cruel mother, who his younger brother Jeb dubbed "the Enforcer." This woman's veins pulse with glacial melt. According to Neil Bush, his mother was devoted to corporal punishment and would "slap around" the Bush children. She was known in the family as "the one who instills fear." She still does…with a global reach. More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). New York Times Still Can't Admit It Botched a Major Trump Story Before the Election. AlterNet.org The article said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia. We now know there were several. | Eight days before the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times ran a story throwing cold waters on burgeoning conspiracy theorists. Its headline read: "Investigating Donald Trump, F. B. I Sees No Clear Link to Russia. "As we now know, that story was deeply misleading and inaccurate. But the Timeshas still not addressed how it got things so wrong. The story notes that the FBI had started an investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016, but it says there was no "conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. " But we now know the probe began with a pretty definitive link: Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos made contact with a man claiming to be. . .

Josh Hoxie (2018-04-20). Five Tax Myths Debunked. counterpunch.org Tax Day has come and gone. Maybe you have a big bill from Uncle Sam or maybe you got a fat refund. Either way, it's easy to get lost in the noise from pundits and politicians who thrive on the tax code's complexity. This is made even harder by the right-wing groups who are spending More

Ann-Kathrin Pohlers (2018-04-20). Homebound: Hardship Awaits Internally Displaced Iraqis. Global Research Featured image: Civilians leaving old Mosul. This boy is going to fall of exhaustion just after this picture is taken. (Credit: Herve Jakubowicz) | With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. …

Julian Vigo (2018-04-20). Google's Delisting and Censorship of Information. counterpunch.org In early January, numerous websites discovered that they were suddenly removed from the directory of Google News, a process known as "delisting," with no feedback from Google. Some hypothesized that the removal of smaller news sites could be ascribed to the latest SEO changes. Then on 8 January, Google reported that it was ready More

Terri Hansen, YES! Magazine (2018-04-20). The March for Science Is Being Transformed by Indigenous Knowledge. AlterNet.org This year's march may be smaller, but the movement of scientists who are advocating for scientific integrity is growing. | The March for Science this year is set for April 14. Last year's march drew tens of thousands who marched to protest the Trump administration's war on science. Since then, a corresponding March for Indigenous Science has grown into a burgeoning movement of its own, one aimed at increasing the visibility of indigenous science and traditional ecological knowledge as valid and valuable forms of scientific knowledge. "Indigenous science holds a wealth of knowledge and is a powerful paradigm by which we understand our place in the living world. It is essential to the problems we face today and yet has been historically marginalized by the scientific community," plant ecologist Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomi) said in a statement about last year's march. Following the. . .

Donny Swanson (2018-04-20). Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About? counterpunch.org The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the More

Conn Hallinan (2018-04-20). The Emerging Russia-Turkey-Iran Alliance Challenging NATO in the Middle East. MintPress News An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war — one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration's designs on Iran. | It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region's largest ethnic groups, the Kurds. | However, the "troika alliance" — Turkey, Russia, and Iran — consists of three countries that don't much like one another, have different goals, and whose policies are driven by a combination of geo-global goals and internal politics. | In short, "fragile and complicated" doesn't even begin to describe it. | How the triad might be affected by the joint U.S., French, and British attack on Syria is unclear, but in the long run the alliance will likely survive the uptick of hostilities. | Consolidating Erdogan's Grip:…

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BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
"After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel's recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies." — BDS statement | The post BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies appeared first on MintPress News.

BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of “Jewish Nobel” Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies

Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past
Mark Anthony Rolo | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-21
Prior to colonization, American Indians had their own values of tolerance and acceptance. Forgetting those values not only threatens our tradition, but our right to tribal sovereignty.
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Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
The suspension of Ecuador's role as mediator in Colombia comes amid its broader shift to the right and realignment with the United States by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. | The post Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

Ecuador’s Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks

Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-21
AMSTERDAM–Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. | The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid. | Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality. | Other players joined him, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players. | In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan. | Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick, "an athlete who is now widely recognized for his…
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Gina Haspel, Who Tortured and Destroyed Torture Tapes, Has Been "Cleared" by CIA of Wrongdoing
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-21
Gina Haspel, who was in charge of a black site in Thailand where torture occurred and ordered the destruction of CIA tapes of the human rights violations, has been nominated to become director of the spy agency. (Photo: Central Intelligence Agency) | In what critics are calling a bald attempt to help Trump's controversial pick to lead the CIA get through a very difficult confirmation process, the CIA on Friday released a previously classified memo in which Gina Haspel was "cleared" of any wrongdoing when she destroyed more than 90 videotapes of agency operatives torturing human beings. | According to the Associated Press, which first reported the story, the CIA on Friday "gave lawmakers a declassified memo Friday showing [Haspel] was cleared years ago of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11." | Written by then-acting…
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Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend — And It Never Has Been
Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-21
The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity | Have you been watching the roundelay of appearances former FBI Director James Comey has made this week on his tour to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership"? On Tuesday, he was on the "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS, the same day his book was released. Colbert did everything but ruffle his hair, sharing a paper cup of red wine with him, seeming to commemorate the beverage Comey poured for himself aboard a private government jet returning to Washington on the day he was fired on May 9, 2017. Colbert teased him. Comey demurred. Hilarity ensued. Thursday night he was on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, an appearance that. . .
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Blue Heart — Trailer (2018)
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Another Dodgy British Dossier: the Skripal Case
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-21
In this second part of a series, Gareth Porter compares the same faulty logic employed in two purposely misleading, so-called British intelligence dossiers. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The British government shared what was supposedly a dossier containing… Read more ?…
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Americans Warned Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-21
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells consumers to throw away their store-bought romaine and warns restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak in several states. | The post Americans Warned Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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US, Fearing Unfavorable OPCW Results, Blames Russia for "Hacking" Douma Evidence
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
Though Western governments have influenced the outcome of OPCW investigations in the past, this time they appear to be discrediting the results of the investigation before it even begins. | The post US, Fearing Unfavorable OPCW Results, Blames Russia for "Hacking" Douma Evidence appeared first on MintPress News.

US, Fearing Unfavorable OPCW Results, Blames Russia for “Hacking” Douma Evidence

Mexico in the Time of the Caravan
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-21
Honest, fearless media is needed more than ever, and nonprofit newsrooms like Truthout need all the help we can get. Can you take a few seconds to support this important work? | Puebla, Mexico, 8 April 2018: An annual Easter march to shine a light on the plight of Central Americans living in a region with the highest murder rate in the world drew the attention of international aid groups, the United Nations … and the President of the United States. While the U.N. admonished the government of Mexico to provide safe conduct to the approximately 1,200 persons who crossed the southern border of their country, Donald Trump reacted with incommensurate fear, threatening to deploy National Guard troops to his own border, 1,200 miles (2,000 km) away. | The march, or caravan, is also known as the Via Crucis del Migrante (Migrant…
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Natalie Portman Addresses Her Snub of Israeli Prize
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-21
"I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu" by accepting the prestigious Genesis Prize, the actress says. "Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation." | The post Natalie Portman Addresses Her Snub of Israeli Prize appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Enoch Powell And the Concerning Popularity of His Racist Speech
Al Jazeera | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-21
It's been 50 years since British shadow defense secretary Enoch Powell gave his "rivers of blood" speech on April 20, 1968. | It has been 50 years since British shadow defence secretary Enoch Powell gave his "rivers of blood" speech on April 20, 1968. To mark the half-centenary, the BBC broadcast his speech for the first . . .
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Russian Journalists Find Boy In White Helmets Chemical Attack Video
SouthFront | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny have found one of the children filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people "affected" by the alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria on April 7. | According to Poddubny: | 11-year-old Hassan Diab is fine; | He suffered no injures from the "chemical attack" because there was no attack (at least then and there); | The boy participated in the video for food (rice, dates and cookies). | Poddubny also contacted Diab's father — who also claimed that there was no chemical attack in the town. Hassan Diab during the "chemical attack" and after. | A full video by Poddubny: | BOMBSHELL | 11 year old #Douma "victim" blows "chemical attack" narrative wide open. | Full video from @epoddubny here: t.co/fqHWzUnZSK #CasusBelli #FalseFlag pic.twitter.com/3Ps0IxeyMh…

Russian Journalists Find Boy In White Helmets Chemical Attack Video

Here Are the 10 Greatest Hoaxes of All Time
Larry Schwartz, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-21
There really is a sucker born every minute. | The year 2014 featured one of the banner scientific hoaxes of recent history, the delightful triple-breasted lady. Tampa, Florida's Alisha Jasmine Hessler thrilled the breast lovers among us with tales (and accompanying photos) of her enhanced silhouette. According to Hessler, 21, who renamed herself Jasmine Tridevil, she searched far and wide and finally found a plastic surgeon willing to add a third breast to her already ample duet. The truth came to light when, in order to recover a stolen bag from the airport, Hessler was forced to declare the contents, which included a three-breasted prosthesis. The website Smoking Gun blew the whole scam wide open, and we were left to carry on in our now less magical world. Unicorns and tridevils aren't what they seem. But hers was not the first, and will. . .
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EPA Recommends Transitioning Away From Animal Testing
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-21
Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! | Good news from federal agencies can feel like a rarity these days, but this dispatch from the Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent reminder that staffers deep in the government are hard at work to build a better world. In draft guidance on skin allergy testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals, the EPA is encouraging researchers to move away from the use of animal models. | Such testing is legally required to determine the level of hazard that various industrial products pose. Scientists aim to determine if chemicals cause skin irritation and, if so, the severity of their effects. This allows agencies to determine whether a product is safe enough to be sold to consumers, or…
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Major Win for BDS as Heavily Jewish US Women's College Votes for Divestment
Telesur | Global Research | 2018-04-21
In a major win for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, BDS movement, students at the Barnard College, an elite women's liberal arts college in New York City with a high percentage of Jewish students, have voted to divest from …
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Why Black Stories Matter: They Build Empathy and Heal Trauma
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-21
Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation toward journalism with real integrity and independence! | When she was growing up, Rachel Bailey was taught that only rich, self-indulgent White people suffered from mental health issues. Black people were supposed to be tougher. Although she remembers struggling with what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder since she was 4 years old, it wasn't until age 34 that she began to seek treatment, checking herself into a psychiatric ward after a severe mental breakdown. | "People of other races, especially White people, they get to be crazy and have their reasons and their subtle shades of insanity," Bailey says. "It's unfair that you get to be insane in colorful ways and I just get to be nuts and go to jail and rot there." | Bailey was…
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Yemen, The Most Horrific Genocide. A Country without Food, Water, Medicine and Fuel
Mnar Muhawesh | Global Research | 2018-04-21
As the U.S.-Saudi-led war against Yemen enters its third year, the people of this coffin-shaped nation on the Arabian peninsula find themselves struggling not only to survive but to be seen and heard by a mainstream media that is preoccupied …
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Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-21
Bashar al-Assad is just the latest in a long line of Middle East leaders demonized by colonial Britain and the U.S. for their independence, says Eric Margolis in this commentary. By Eric S. Margolis Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer… Read more ?…
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Turkey Joins Other Nations Flocking from US Dollar Hegemony
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
"With the Dollar, the world is always under exchange rate pressure. We should save states and nations from this exchange rate pressure. Gold has never been a tool of oppression throughout history." | The post Turkey Joins Other Nations Flocking from US Dollar Hegemony appeared first on MintPress News.

Turkey Joins Other Nations Flocking from US Dollar Hegemony

If Cohen Flips on Trump, Let the Wild Rumpus Start
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-21
President Donald Trump's long-time personal attorney Michael Cohen arrives at a New York court on April 16, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) | Speculation has begun to grow that Michael Cohen, Trump's long-time personal attorney whose office and home were raided by the FBI, may agree to cooperate with Robert Mueller's investigation. If so, he could go down in history with Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, the mobster whose testimony ultimately destroyed the Gotti crime family.President Donald Trump's long-time personal attorney Michael Cohen arrives at a New York court on April 16, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | The Schofield Kid: Yeah, well, I guess they had it…
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Tortoise and the Hair
Mike Luckovich | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-21
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French students, workers march in April 19 protests against Macron
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The first protest of strikers from multiple professions since November 2017 took place amid spreading blockades of universities by students opposed to Macron.
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North Korea suspends nuclear tests in latest concession to Trump
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Despite the announcement, there is no guarantee that a Trump-Kim summit will go ahead.
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Italy continues without a government
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.
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Disregard for passenger safety exposed in wake of fatal Southwest Airlines engine explosion
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Southwest Airlines has pushed back against inspection directives even as mechanics have reportedly raised numerous safety concerns which have been dismissed by the airline.
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Turkish government calls snap election for June 24
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.
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Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.
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US students hold national walkout against school violence
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.
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White House considers "national emergency" powers against Chinese investment
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Under a 1977 law, president Trump could declare a national emergency in response to an "unusual and extraordinary threat" which would allow him to block transactions and even to seize assets.
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Israeli army kills four more Gaza protesters
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The latest bloodletting brings to 39 the number killed for marching in support of Palestinian refugees' right of return.
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Melenchon keeps silent on Syria strikes at Marseille protest
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The rally underscored the gulf separating the determination of workers and youth to fight against Macron and the growing danger of war, and the pro-war petty bourgeois parties that called the rally.
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Chappaquiddick examines 1969 tragedy and political cover-up
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The subject matter is the death in July 1969 of Mary Jo Kopechne, who was riding late at night in a car driven by Senator Edward Kennedy that went off an open wooden bridge and plunged into the water.
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Oklahoma teachers warn: Don't trust the unions
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Oklahoma educators are calling on teachers to take the struggle into their own hands and unify across state lines to prevent the unions from betraying the strike.
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Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.
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Britain's Stop the War Coalition: Tying the working class to the pro-war Labour Party
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The building of a genuine anti-war movement can only proceed through a ruthless exposure of Labour's apologists.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/stwc…

Japanese PM weakened by Trump summit
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Abe's failure to secure any significant concessions from Trump is a significant political blow as he seeks to cling to office.
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Support the International Coalition of Socialist, Antiwar and Progressive Websites Against Internet Censorship
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.
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Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated–particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy–that they face a wipe-out.
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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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Alabama executes 83-year-old Walter Leroy Moody
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the lethal injection, first issuing a temporary stay 15 minutes before the scheduled execution and then lifting it later without explanation.
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US-led strike on Syria inflames tensions over Korea
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
If his summit with the North Korean leader goes ahead, Trump will undoubtedly use every means at his disposal, including military threats, to try to bludgeon Pyongyang into accepting US demands.
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UK meetings against war, lies and censorship: For the building of a socialist anti-war movement!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of meetings titled: War, lies and censorship–For the building of a socialist anti-war movement!
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Social inequality and oligarchy in the US and Europe
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.
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North Korea's 'nuclear freeze' is a call for reciprocal US 'commitment & guarantees'
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
By freezing the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Kim Jong-un has cleared the main obstacles for signing an inter-Korean peace treaty and paved the way for a potential détente with Washington, experts told RT. …
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Threat assessment: NASA's asteroid hunter reveals scariest, Earth-bound objects (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
Hundreds of cosmic objects swarming unnervingly close to Earth come to life in an intimidating new NASA visualization, based on the latest data from its asteroid-hunting mission. …
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Subterranean fires & gold rushes: Meet America's ghosts towns (PHOTOS)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
Swallowed by lakes, abandoned beside tapped out mines and collapsed due to subterranean fires, the US is pockmarked with thousands of ghost towns. …
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US bank offers free identity protection… while admitting potential data breach of 1.5mn clients
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
While announcing details of free identity protection for clients, a US bank revealed that data belonging to up to 1.5 million customers may have been exposed and passed on to a criminal third party. …
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DNC lawsuit against Russia & Trump promises 'tantalizingly fascinating' blowback
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign is spurious and might spectacularly backfire, provided it doesn't get thrown out of court, legal and media analyst Lionel has told RT. …
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Are we done with Russiagate? TIME leaves Putin off '100 most influential' list
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
With levels of anti-Russian hysteria in the West reaching fever pitch, one would think the media tends to see Vladimir Putin under every bed these days. As it turns out, Russia's president isn't even on their radar any more. …
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US Deporting More Long-Term Residents
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-21
A man, who was deported from the U.S. seven months ago, touches the fingertips of his nephew across a fence separating Mexico and US, as photographed from Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. © 2017 Reuters | Since Donald Trump became president of the United States, immigrants who have lived longer in the United States and established deep roots have increasingly become targets for deportation. | Over the month of March, four in ten deportation cases filed in immigration court involved people who had been in the US for two years or more, and fully two in ten involved people who had been in the US for five years or more, according to new data released by the research center TRAC. By contrast, only one deportation case filed in ten involved new arrivals. Most people…
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Nicaragua: State must stop repressing demonstrators after 10 are killed
Amnesty International | 2018-04-21
Authorities in Nicaragua must immediately stop repressing demonstrators and protect their right to protest, said Amnesty International after at least 10 people were killed and several others were injured or remain unaccounted for following a terrifying clampdown on dissent on Friday. | "The authorities' crude and violent response to these demonstrations has deeply troubling implications for human rights in Nicaragua. The slaughter of protesters, including several young students, who went out to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters in the nation's recent history," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of Amnesty International in the Americas. | "Instead of sowing terror and demonizing demonstrators, the government must engage in dialogue with all sectors of society, including the victims of state repression, to find a peaceful solution to this grave situation. President Ortega cannot…
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CUBA 2018: TRANSFORM CONFRONTATION INTO DIALOGUE
Amnesty International | 2018-04-21
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The Condemned
Amnesty International | 2018-04-21
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Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience
Amnesty International | 2018-04-21
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The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept | 2018-04-21
The DNC's theory – that it is illegal to publish internal campaign documents – is a far more serious menace to press freedom than any of Donald Trump's insulting tweets about Chuck Todd. | The post The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.
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Cure Worse Than Disease: Bill to Restrict Trump's War Powers Would Actually "Endorse a Worldwide War on Terror"
Jon Schwarz | The Intercept | 2018-04-21
The proposed new AUMF from Sens. Bob Corker and Tim Kaine would be "a monumental shift that will amp up war everywhere." | The post Cure Worse Than Disease: Bill to Restrict Trump's War Powers Would Actually "Endorse a Worldwide War on Terror" appeared first on The Intercept.
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The FBI's Race Problems Are Getting Worse. The Prosecution of Terry Albury Is Proof
Alice Speri | The Intercept | 2018-04-21
It's no secret that the FBI has a problem with race. Former Director James Comey even called the FBI's lack of racial diversity a "crisis." | The post The FBI's Race Problems Are Getting Worse. The Prosecution of Terry Albury Is Proof. appeared first on The Intercept.
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Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
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Cruz-O'Rourke Senate Race 'Too Close to Call'
Emily Wells | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows a close race between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke for Cruz's Senate seat. The poll indicates that 47 percent of Texas voters favor Cruz, while 44 percent favor his challenger, O'Rourke. | CNN continues: The election is a crucial midterm race, with Republicans attempting to hold on to, if not grow, a razor-thin 51-49 seat advantage in the Senate. Texas is a historically red state, where Democrats haven't won a state election since 1994 and a US Senate race since 1988. | The poll indicates gaps by registered voters' gender, age and race. Voters who are white, male and older than 65 favored Cruz, while black, Hispanic, female, and 18- to 34-year-old voters favored O'Rourke. Men backed Cruz by an 11-point margin (51 percent to 40 percent), and women favored O'Rourke…
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Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
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Trump's Trade War is About Trump Not China
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
By slapping tariffs on Chinese imports, Donald Trump has once again proven to be the Disrupter-in-Chief. This week alone, he's brought John Bolton in as national security advisor over the objections of every sane person in the universe, threatened to go after Bashar al-Assad over the Syrian leader's alleged use of chemical weapons, and revived disgusting characterizations of Mexicans as rapists.
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Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton
Jud Lounsbury | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?
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Israel Supports Syria "Opposition" Terrorists out of the Occupied Golan Heights. Sabotage of the Peace Process
Sophie Mangal | Global Research | 2018-04-20
It is well known that Israel has been supporting the so-called opposition operating in Syria in order to overthrow the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011. Another goal of Tel Aviv …
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The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
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North Korea Says it Has Halted Nuclear, Missile Tests
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
SEOUL, South Korea–North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. | The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy. | The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbors and the international community to secure peace in the Korean Peninsula and create an "optimal international environment" to build its economy. | The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. | A separate meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is anticipated in May or June. | The North's decisions were made in a meeting of…
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Cohen & Cohn, Fixers-At-Law
Mark Fiore | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
Here's your Roy Cohn, Mr. Trump.
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There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir
Mir Alikhan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained–which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks–the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical…
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Global Weirding
William Hawes | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of…
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"The CIA Is Back and I Like It"! Let's Create a Global Union for Peace
Massoud Nayeri | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Yesterday (4-18-2018) on Fox News, a loyal Democrat, Governor Bill Richardson (in regard to the secret meeting of CIA Director Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea) said: "The CIA IS BACK and I like it"! | For …
globalresearch.ca/the-cia-is-back-and-i-like-it-lets-create-a-global-union-for-peace/5637006

Earth Day 2018
Norman Stockwell | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
This is what April 22 is all about. Treasures from our archives including Denis Hayes, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader, and Gaylord Nelson.
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Is It Time to Admit the 'Grotesque Caricature' of White Evangelicals Is the Reality?
Hollis Phelps, Religion Dispatches | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
There's no doubt that evangelicalism seems to have an image problem, especially since its overwhelming alliance with Trump. | This week dozens of prominent evangelical leaders gathered at conservative Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL, to address the "grotesque caricature" of their faith in the Trump era. The organizer of the gathering, Doug Birdsall, told the Washington Post that under Trump's leadership, the term "evangelical" has taken on too many negative associations, especially when it comes to racism and nationalism. The goal of the gathering, then, was to address these concerns while returning the word "evangelical" to its core meaning. Rather than a political pariah, an "evangelical" is simply "a person who believes in the authority of the Bible, salvation through Jesus' work on the cross, personal conversion and the need for evangelism. "This article is reprinted with permission from
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Earth Day Is a Reminder That Humans Have the Power to Change Our Planet
Christopher Preston, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
We're entering a new epoch. | For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has provided an opportunity for people across the globe to come together and rally in support of the natural world. While the specific challenges have varied, the goal has remained more or less the same: to protect the rich, biological world that the current generation has inherited from being overwhelmed by the influences of humanity. While there have been many notable successes since this day of celebration began in 1970, the overall trajectory has not been uplifting. Today you can travel to the furthest part of the Arctic Ocean, to the highest point of the Caucasus Mountains, to the remotest spot in the Australian outback and find the unmistakable signs of human activity. Chemical and industrial traces are now present in every pinch of soil and every drop of water.
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Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need. ' | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families — and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration. In a lengthy report published by The New Yorker, some local residents say that raids such as the one in their community go against their deeply held Christian values. "I'm a Christian; God loves everybody equally," 50-year-old Hank Smith told the publication. "And I never had a problem with anyone being here. . . immigration didn't really affect me before. But then this raid happened. "Pastor David Williams, who leads the. . .
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These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points. | Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels. Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the " baby Christian" president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son–but not the president. This has put the president's defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating that President Trump is lying about immoral behavior and a potentially illegal effort to cover it up lest they be dismissed as fools, and yet they then have to defend his continual lying about it. This cognitive dissonance has been hard on them. And, as a result, they've been forced to say some very, very stupid things. Here are seven of the dumbest things we've heard. . .
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After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War
Will Morrow | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …
globalresearch.ca/after-syria-strikes-drumbeat-grows-for-wider-us-war/5636953

Options for Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula
Morton Halperin | Global Research | 2018-04-20
A critically important part of assembling the Korean peninsula-wide denuclearization jigsaw puzzle is the institutional and legal form of North Korean commitments on the one hand, and the nuclear negative security assurances by the NPT-Nuclear Weapons States (NWSs), especially the …
globalresearch.ca/options-for-denuclearising-the-korean-peninsula/5636770

The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of
LEJ Rachell | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from,…
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Corporate Crime
Lauren Walker | Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
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Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"?
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Tehran's Syria: Lebanon Colonization Project is Collapsing
Franklin Lamb | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
"Leave Syria, think about us!" and "No to Yemen! No to Lebanon and Hezbollah! Our lives for Iran!" are among graffiti sentiments scrawled across Tehran. The campaign is being led by students, unemployed workers, and other detractors of Iran's Wali al Fique "Supreme Leader" rule and its much opposed foreign and monetary policies. In the…
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World War is Still in the Cards
Dan Glazebrook | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Just over a quarter-century before the outbreak of the First World War, global capitalism was in the throes of a deep economic crisis. This original 'Great Depression', which lasted from 1873 to 1896, saw tens of millions perish from famine as the 'great powers' shifted the burden as far as possible onto their colonies; whilst,…
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Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes?
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter,…
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Fooled Again? Trump Trade Policy Elevates Corporate Power
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Given the Trump administration's all-out war on working people, a government by billionaires and for billionaires considerably more blatant in its class warfare than the ordinary White House, it has long puzzled me that some activists insist on giving it the benefit of the doubt when it comes to trade issues. The Trump administration's previously…
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With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash
Jim Hightower | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash

Theresa May's Husband's Capital Group Is Largest Shareholder in BAE, Shares Soar Since Syrian Airstrikes
RT News | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in Syria. | The company, Capital Group, is also …
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Gaza Deserves Our Support. Occupied and Impoverished, The World Must Acknowledge Their Fundamental Rights
James J. Zogby | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Featured image: Protesters near the Gaza border fence (YouTube) | To say that the situation in Gaza is deplorable and desperate is an understatement. That impoverished strip of land on the Eastern Mediterranean has been deplorable and desperate for decades. | I …
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US Shootings: Gun Industry Killing More People Overseas
Tamara Pearson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I live next door to the world's biggest gun manufacturer. Here in Mexico, the murder rates are close to civil war levels. They broke records last year, for a total of 41,217 homicides, with 25,339 first degree murders over the course of the year. And those are the official figures — which if anything, tend to under…
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Banned by Trump: The families affected by his Muslim "shutdown"
Jennifer Peltz | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
NEW YORK (AP)–At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life. His wife is stuck in war-torn Yemen after his years-long effort to bring her to the U.S. ended last month with a few phrases on a letter from an […]…

Banned by Trump: The families affected by his Muslim “shutdown”

China's "Currency Devaluation Game"
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Donald Trump was apparently angry about the value of the Russian ruble and the Chinese yuan against the dollar. He complained in a tweet that both are playing the "Currency Devaluation game" in a tweet yesterday. Neil Irwin rightly points out that the complaint against Russia is bizarre, both because we don't have much trade with Russia,…
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How Denver's Mayor Plans to Use Legal Marijuana to Create Affordable Housing
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
It's a solid blueprint for the rest of the country. | In April 2016, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions was still merely a senator from Alabama, the politician made a declaration on marijuana: This drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it's not something to laugh about. . . and to send that message with clarity that good people don't smoke marijuana. As politically informed potheads throughout America honor Sessions by firing up a big one, it's important and appropriate to look at one way in which Sessions' attitude toward marijuana is counterintuitive — namely, in how it deprives our society of programs that could be subsidized by marijuana-derived taxpayer revenue. In Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock has proposed earmarking recurring marijuana taxes as a way to help pay for affordable housing for low-income residents, according to The Denver Post. By. . .
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Forget Gun Control, Try Bullet Control
Abel Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Everyone's always talking about gun control, but why not bullet control? It takes a lot of equipment and resources to make your own ammo: what gun-owners call hand-loading or reloading. Plus gun powder, thousands of cartridges, primers and the bullets themselves. It also takes loads of time, which is crucially important in the quest to deter…
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Sen. Chuck Schumer Is Introducing a Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Nationwide
Jen Hayden, Daily Kos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The liberal legislator cited mass incarceration and racial injustice among the reasons. | Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has 4/20 plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana nationwide! From NPR: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y. , plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America. Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. It would establish funding for women- and minority-owned marijuana businesses, require more research on the drug's public health impact, and maintain federal authority to regulate commercial advertising, similar to existing regulations for tobacco and alcohol. "If smoking marijuana doesn't hurt anybody else, why shouldn't we allow people to do it. . .
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The Great Game Comes to Syria
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war, one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration's designs on Iran. It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region's largest ethnic groups, the Kurds.
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Confederates Revolted at Michigan School After Black Student Snatched a White Kid's Racist Flag
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The school had to cancel classes following a threat. | An ongoing demonstration of Confederate symbols outside a Michigan high school was apparently set off when a black girl snatched a flag from a white classmate's pickup truck. Classes were canceled Thursday at Bay City Western High School over a threat, although school officials later said no credible evidence was turned up about the rumors, reported WNEM-TV. The demonstration started Tuesday, when six pickups waved Confederate flags outside the school, and swelled Wednesday to dozens of trucks bearing Confederate flags, Trump campaign flags, Punisher skull flags and Gadsden flags associated with the tea party movement. After school was called off, some Western students and adults gathered at Auburn City Park to wave Confederate flags and hold a cookout. The protesters expressed hostility to reporters at the park, complaining that they. . .
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Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…
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There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's…
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Video: Interview with Boy from White Helmets Douma Video Raises More Doubts Over 'Chemical Attack'
RT News | Global Research | 2018-04-20
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Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

William Hawes (2018-04-20). Global Weirding. counterpunch.org Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Norman Stockwell (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good This is what April 22 is all about. Treasures from our archives including Denis Hayes, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader, and Gaylord Nelson.

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Jud Lounsbury (2018-04-20). Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?

Mir Alikhan (2018-04-20). There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir. counterpunch.org U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained—which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks—the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Energy Transfer Partners Pipelines Leaked Hazardous Liquids Every 11 Days for 15 Years, on Average. Truthout Stories According to a new report from Greenpeace USA and the Waterkeeper Alliance, Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline — has spilled over 3.6 million gallons of hazardous liquids over the course of fifteen years. The report also notes that the fossil fuel industry's record of spills has only gotten worse over time.An aerial view shows a natural gas liquids pipeline under construction October 26, 2017, in Smith Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images) | 5,475 days, 527 pipeline spills: that's the math presented in a new report from environmental groups Greenpeace USA and the Waterkeeper Alliance examining pipelines involving Dakota Access builder Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). It's based on public data from 2002 to 2017. | All told, those leaks released 3.6 million gallons of hazardous liquids, including 2.8 million gallons of crude…

Daniel Lazare (2018-04-20). Is Trump Finally Learning Not To Challenge his Neocon Captors? MintPress News What happens when an unthinkable war meets an unbeatable case of war fever? Thanks to Russia-gate, unsubstantiated reports about the use of poison gas in Syria, and a slew of similar factoids and pseudo-scandals, the world may soon find out. | In saner times, including during the Cold War at even its most heated, political leaders knew not to push a conflict with a rival nuclear power too far. After all, what was the point of getting into a fight in which everyone would lose? | Cooler heads thus prevailed in Washington while more excitable sorts were shipped off to where they could do no harm. This is what kept the peace during the U-2 affair, the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban missile crisis and what promised to continue doing so even after the advent of American "unipolarity" in 1989-92. | But that…

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

John Feffer (2018-04-20). Trump's Trade War is About Trump Not China. counterpunch.org By slapping tariffs on Chinese imports, Donald Trump has once again proven to be the Disrupter-in-Chief. This week alone, he's brought John Bolton in as national security advisor over the objections of every sane person in the universe, threatened to go after Bashar al-Assad over the Syrian leader's alleged use of chemical weapons, and revived disgusting characterizations of Mexicans as rapists. More

Hollis Phelps, Religion Dispatches (2018-04-20). Is It Time to Admit the 'Grotesque Caricature' of White Evangelicals Is the Reality? AlterNet.org There's no doubt that evangelicalism seems to have an image problem, especially since its overwhelming alliance with Trump. | This week dozens of prominent evangelical leaders gathered at conservative Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL, to address the "grotesque caricature" of their faith in the Trump era. The organizer of the gathering, Doug Birdsall, told the Washington Post that under Trump's leadership, the term "evangelical" has taken on too many negative associations, especially when it comes to racism and nationalism. The goal of the gathering, then, was to address these concerns while returning the word "evangelical" to its core meaning. Rather than a political pariah, an "evangelical" is simply "a person who believes in the authority of the Bible, salvation through Jesus' work on the cross, personal conversion and the need for evangelism. "This article is reprinted with permission from

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-20). Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs. AlterNet.org 'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need. ' | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families — and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration. In a lengthy report published by The New Yorker, some local residents say that raids such as the one in their community go against their deeply held Christian values. "I'm a Christian; God loves everybody equally," 50-year-old Hank Smith told the publication. "And I never had a problem with anyone being here. . . immigration didn't really affect me before. But then this raid happened. "Pastor David Williams, who leads the. . .

Will Morrow (2018-04-20). After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War. Global Research In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …

Randi Nord (2018-04-20). Unable to Win, Saudi Coalition Courts Uganda to Fight its War in Yemen. MintPress News The Saudi coalition, which already relies heavily on troops from Sudan to fight in Yemen, is looking to another African nation to shore up its ground presence in a bid to protect its failing adventure. | The post Unable to Win, Saudi Coalition Courts Uganda to Fight its War in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.

Patrick Walker (2018-04-20). Political Dynamite: Poor People's Campaign and the Movement for a People's Party. counterpunch.org Reading the political tea leaves is a far different task from making political tea. As a political analyst whose predominant interest is organizing, I'll engage here in a bit of both. That is, I'll indulge in a bit of hopeful political prognostication, while striving, by urging the most relevant current organizers to join forces, to More

HCSW (2018-04-20). Canada Anti-war Demonstration against US-UK-French Missile Attacks on Syria, Toronto, April 22. Global Research The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War is pleased to announce that it will demonstrate against the April 13 missile attacks on the part of the USA, UK, and France on Syria. The Coalition regards those attacks as outrageous and …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-20). Clamouring Against Russia: The Cyber Attack Platform. Global Research In a time when such revelations as those of Edward Snowden pass a person's lips with ease and awareness, political clamouring for action and measures against Russia on the subject of cyber attack seem risible. This is not to say …

The Conversation (2018-04-20). Why Marijuana Fans Should Not See Approval for Epilepsy Drug As a Win for Weed. AlterNet.org Healing, but no high? | A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approval of a drug made of cannabidiol on April 19 to treat two types of epilepsy. The FDA is expected to decide in June whether to accept the panel's 13-0 recommendation to approve Epidiolex, which would would become the first drug made of cannabidiol, a compound in the cannabis plant, to gain approval from the FDA. While the panel's unanimous decision is not binding, the action will no doubt heighten public debate about the use of cannabidiol, medical marijuana, medical cannabis and hemp oil. Should cannabidiol, or CBD, or marijuana be legalized for medical purposes? What is the evidence that these products are beneficial? Are these products safe to use? Those who support the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes might have found the timing of the. . .

Fred Gardner (2018-04-20). Medical Board to MDs: Emphasize Dangers of Marijuana. counterpunch.org The Medical Board of California is meeting at the LAX Hilton on April 20th and will vote to approve slightly revised "Guidelines for Recommendation of Cannabis for Medical Purposes." The most significant change is a warning against marijuana use during pregnancy that will have real ramifications for countless thousands of pregnant women. The Guidelines effectively script More

Natalie Martinez, Media Matters (2018-04-20). Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook. AlterNet.org The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). US Congress Should Back Bill Supporting Women's Economic Empowerment. Human Rights Watch News Esther Mambwe and her family were evicted from Kalengo section by a commercial farmer in 2016. "We didn't know anything about this [commercial] farm until one day we saw a muzungu [white man] carrying something and he said he was making a boundary," Mambwe said. | © 2017 Samer Muscati for Human Rights Watch | Earlier this week, the House Foreign Affairs committee approved a new bipartisan bill addressing women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment. It's not comprehensive legislation on women's economic empowerment — it doesn't address family planning, for example. But it does address certain barriers women face in the economy. The bill, if adopted, would require that United States development assistance be used to reduce those barriers, a welcome step in the promotion of gender equality. | While the bill, H.R.

William Blum (2018-04-20). Anti-Empire Report: Unseen Persons. counterpunch.org One reason it's so easy to get an American administration, the mainstream media, and the American people to jump on an anti-Russian bandwagon is of course the legacy of the Soviet Union. To all the real crimes and shortcomings of that period the US regularly added many fictitious claims to agitate the American public against More

Doug Noble (2018-04-20). A Tale of Two Atrocities: Douma and Gaza. counterpunch.org The mainstream media once again have enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump's latest strike on Syria, pulled off without Congressional approval and in blatant violation of US and international law. Reporting in breathless detail the weapons used and the sites bombed, the mainstream media seem to agree with President Trump that Syrian President Bashar Assad is a "Gas Killing Animal" responsible for the More

Brian Saady (2018-04-20). Boehner's Marijuana Lobbying is Symptomatic of Special-Interest Problem. counterpunch.org The former Speaker of House, John Boehner, and former Massachusetts Governor, Bill Weld, were added to the Board of Advisors for Acreage Holdings, an investment company heavily involved in the legal cannabis industry. This pair of former conservative leaders will certainly help to bring bipartisan support for the pro-legalization movement. They're also part of an emerging trend More

Paul Street (2018-04-20). Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not. counterpunch.org Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"? More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Economic Update: Why People Struggle With the System. Truthout Stories This week's episode provides updates on the teachers' strikes, how capitalism abuses Facebook and how colleges reward privilege and reproduce it. We also discuss Shell Oil knowing for 50 years that fossil fuels contribute to global warming and how Sinclair Broadcasting traps its employees. Finally, we interview Rob Robinson on water as human right as opposed to a commodity for corporate profit. | Download the show | To see more stories like this, visit Economic Update: Your Weekly Dose of Revolutionary Economics | To listen in live on Saturdays at noon, visit WBAI's Live Stream | Economic Update is in partnership with Truthout.org | Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station, check this out. If you want to hear Economic Update on your favorite local station,…

Staff (2018-04-20). 4 Palestinians Dead, 150 Hurt in Latest Gaza Protests. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The deaths brings to 32 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops at the border since late March. The Gaza Health Ministry says live rounds have wounded 1,600 in that time. | The post 4 Palestinians Dead, 150 Hurt in Latest Gaza Protests appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Robert Koehler (2018-04-20). Playing War in Syria. counterpunch.org Donald Trump got "presidential" again and fired about $150 million worth of cruise missiles at Syria, accomplishing God knows what. Meanwhile, the United States, in its humanitarian largesse, has so far allowed 11 Syrian refugees into the country this year, of the more than 5 million external refugees the country's civil war has produced. The More

Morris Pearl (2018-04-20). Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship. counterpunch.org We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born More

Andrew Levine (2018-04-20). "How Come?" Questions. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the More

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-04-20). Party Before People: Republicans Keep Blocking Bills That Could Help Suffering Americans. AlterNet.org GOP senators have shot down bills on opioids and harassment — and the only possible reason is 2018 politics | There are plenty of signs of the U. S. Senate's immense dysfunction. But perhaps none was as alarming as seeing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, standing as the only male Republican to side with every male Democratic senator in support of revised sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill. Cruz's stance as the odd man out is hardly new: He has developed a reputation as the senator most loathed by his colleagues, on both sides of the aisle. It is indicative, however, of a larger and more troubling trend of Republican recalcitrance, even as the party in full control of the federal government. On his 100th day in office, President Trump congratulated himself for signing the most bills in that period of any. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-20). Of Animals and Monsters and Missiles over Damascus. Consortiumnews It seems to be very difficult to be the leader of a state, particularly a strong and/or ideologically driven leader, and not end up a "monster," muses Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson President Donald Trump ordered the bombing of selective… Read more →

Franklin Lamb (2018-04-20). Tehran's Syria: Lebanon Colonization Project is Collapsing. counterpunch.org "Leave Syria, think about us!" and "No to Yemen! No to Lebanon and Hezbollah! Our lives for Iran!" are among graffiti sentiments scrawled across Tehran. The campaign is being led by students, unemployed workers, and other detractors of Iran's Wali al Fique "Supreme Leader" rule and its much opposed foreign and monetary policies. In the More

Lawrence Davidson (2018-04-20). Missiles Over Damascus. counterpunch.org Monsters and Animals On 13 April 2018 President Donald Trump ordered the bombing of selective targets in the Syrian capital, Damascus. He did so because he was emotionally upset by Syrian President Bashar al- Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in the town of Douma — the last rebel (ISIS-style) stronghold adjacent to the capital. More

Jon Jeter (2018-04-20). When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White. MintPress News With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

Jim Hightower (2018-04-20). With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash. MintPress News Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War? Truthout Stories Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Under the guise of fulfilling its constitutional power to authorize military force, Congress is poised to consider legislation that would give the president a blank check to make war, with no limits, in at least six countries and against several groups.Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | If you're a fan of real journalism, now's the time to strengthen Truthout's mission. Help us…

Staff (2018-04-20). Court Sides With Sanctuary Cities in Dispute on U.S. Grants. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The administration cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with Trump's immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court rules. | The post Court Sides With Sanctuary Cities in Dispute on U.S. Grants appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Thomas Knapp (2018-04-20). Freedom is Winning in the Encryption Arms Race. counterpunch.org At tax time in the US, as Gaurav Sangwani of India's Financial Express reports, many American cryptocurrency users weren't interested in discussing that aspect of their lives with the Internal Revenue Service. In an early April TeamBlind survey of 2,600 people who earned money from crypto, 46% said they wouldn't be reporting those earnings to More

Missy Comley Beattie (2018-04-20). Remembering Barbara Bush. counterpunch.org Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when More

Kenneth Surin (2018-04-20). The Blight of Ukania. counterpunch.org Tom Nairn coined the phrase "Ukania" to designate the confused and disorganized hotchpotch of an island-nation off the coast of northern Europe, tottering on the nation-state equivalent of varicose-veined and arthritic legs, and further enfeebled by an unproductive nostalgia for Empire (aka Empire 2.0). Nairn's Ukania is a riff on Robert Musil's fictitious Kakania, a More

Patrick Cockburn (2018-04-20). The Plight of the Yazidi of Afrin. counterpunch.org The Yazidis, who were recently the target of massacre, rape and sex slavery by Isis, are now facing forcible conversion to Islam under the threat of death from Turkish-backed forces which captured the Kurdish enclave of Afrin on 18 March. Islamist rebel fighters, who are allied to Turkey and have occupied Yazidi villages in the More

Dean Baker (2018-04-20). Finance 202 Meets Economics 101. counterpunch.org The Washington Post decided to give us "Finance 202" to tell us that tax cuts at this point in the business cycle are a bad idea. The gist of the argument is that the economy is approaching full employment, so there is little room left for further stimulus. The piece also tells us that because More

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-20). In Defense of Cardi B: Beyond Bourgeois PC Culture. counterpunch.org Cardi B has risen to the top of the music charts thanks to a charisma and swagger that is lacking in most corporate pop stars today. Her story is an inspirational one. She joined a gang at the age of sixteen. At nineteen, she became a stripper after being fired from her job at the More

Rob Seimetz (2018-04-20). We Must Stand In Solidarity With Eric Reid. counterpunch.org Many that watch the NFL are consumed with the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft which begins on April 28th. While you weren't looking the NFL has been escalating their punishment on players that sat for the National Anthem and will still not commit to standing for the anthem. Indeed, Colin Kaepernick has become a household name More

Stan Cox (2018-04-20). For Climate Mobilization, Look to 1960s Vietnam Before Turning to 1940s America. counterpunch.org Confronting the global ecological emergency will require a mobilization far more ambitious than any actions now being considered by governments or international bodies. In response, several of the people and groups urging much more drastic action here in America have been saying that it needs to happen on the scale of the country's mobilization for More

Howard Lisnoff (2018-04-20). How James Comey Became the Strange New Hero of the Liberals. counterpunch.org Be careful what you wish for! These days anyone with even a a modicum of intelligence is looking in all sorts of places to find hope and the darkness is so fuc#@%g all-encompassing that those with any remaining ideals will travel great distances, real or imaginary, for sustenance. People take sustenance wherever they can get More

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-04-20). Here's How the GOP Farm Bill Is an Unapologetic Assault on Public Health. AlterNet.org The boring-sounding bill is actually a massive testament to conservative corruption. | The words "farm bill" are unsexy on the best of days. That's especially true in an era when every time you turn on the news there's another political scandal involving Russians, sex workers or both. But the farm bill that Republicans passed out of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, with no Democratic votes, is yet another sign that the GOP's moral corruption extends far beyond Donald Trump. To many observers, the bill trades the health of Americans and the safety of their food for the interests of wealthy corporate donors and lobbyists. The provision that's getting the most media attention so far is the work requirements being added to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — otherwise known as food stamps — which are expected to cut one million. . .

Conn Hallinan (2018-04-20). The Emerging Russia-Turkey-Iran Alliance Challenging NATO in the Middle East. MintPress News An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war — one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration's designs on Iran. | It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region's largest ethnic groups, the Kurds. | However, the "troika alliance" — Turkey, Russia, and Iran — consists of three countries that don't much like one another, have different goals, and whose policies are driven by a combination of geo-global goals and internal politics. | In short, "fragile and complicated" doesn't even begin to describe it. | How the triad might be affected by the joint U.S., French, and British attack on Syria is unclear, but in the long run the alliance will likely survive the uptick of hostilities. | Consolidating Erdogan's Grip:…

Abel Cohen (2018-04-20). Forget Gun Control, Try Bullet Control. counterpunch.org Everyone's always talking about gun control, but why not bullet control? It takes a lot of equipment and resources to make your own ammo: what gun-owners call hand-loading or reloading. Plus gun powder, thousands of cartridges, primers and the bullets themselves. It also takes loads of time, which is crucially important in the quest to deter More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Following Release of Memos, Trump and His GOP Call for Comey's Imprisonment. Truthout Stories Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Melina Mara / The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | If I had read this opening paragraph of a CNN story four years ago I would have assumed it was actually an excerpt from a bad movie script: | A week after the tell-all book from James Comey exploded onto the scene, President Donald Trump is telling aides and confidants something he rarely does: He's pleased at how Republicans and the White House led the charge to try and discredit the former FBI director. | Setting aside the ridiculous notion of Donald Trump…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land and Our Bodies. Truthout Stories This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and…

Peter Certo (2018-04-20). There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria. counterpunch.org Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's More

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Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions. Truthout Stories Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…

Staff (2018-04-20). Loan Scandal Costs Wells Fargo $1 Billion; None of Fine Goes to Victims. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The banking giant will pay $500 million to the U.S. Treasury and $500 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's civil penalties fund. | The post Loan Scandal Costs Wells Fargo $1 Billion; None of Fine Goes to Victims appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Will Podmore (2018-04-20). Brexit and the Windrush Britons. counterpunch.org The inhuman treatment of the "Windrush" immigrants contrasts starkly with the position of EU nationals under the Brexit transition agreement — and shines a light on how so-called "free movement" has operated to discriminate against British people (whether of Commonwealth origin or not). Ever since Britain accepted the EU concept of free movement, EU nationals More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-04-20). Roaming Charges: Mother of War. counterpunch.org Understandably, George HW Bush spent much of his time far away from Barbara Bush's icy boudoir, indulging in a discreet fling or two while earning his stripes as a master of the empire, leaving juvenile George to cower under the unstinting commands of his cruel mother, who his younger brother Jeb dubbed "the Enforcer." This woman's veins pulse with glacial melt. According to Neil Bush, his mother was devoted to corporal punishment and would "slap around" the Bush children. She was known in the family as "the one who instills fear." She still does…with a global reach. More

David Yearsley (2018-04-20). Bach and Taxes. counterpunch.org I was born on tax day. But it was only on my 40thbirthday (thirteen years ago) that my quick-witted friend David Borden—pioneering electronic music master, first tester of the Moog synthesizers and founder of the famed ensemble Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company—delivered the seemingly obvious pun, utterly new to me: "I guess I could wish More

Janine Jackson (2018-04-20). 'People Have to Strengthen the Laws Protecting the Water'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Peggy Case about Michigan water rights for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

CounterSpin (2018-04-20). Greg Shupak on Syrian Airstrikes. FAIR Media…

Staff (2018-04-20). Our Greatest Threat Is the Hardest to Act Upon. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists "No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies" | "No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | A book by William T. Vollmann | A decade ago, the environmental philosopher Timothy Morton invented a new word: hyperobject. It describes something so "massively distributed in time and space relative to humans" that it eludes our understanding. The best example of a hyperobject is climate change. Its scale confounds our perception. It is everywhere-"viscous," as Morton has it—and yet it is hard to see directly. Its implications are so great that they verge on unthinkable. | William T. Vollmann's new book, "No Immediate Danger," tussles with the comprehension-defying nature of climate change. It is a 600-page amalgam of scientific history, cultural criticism, mathematical experiments, risk-benefit analyses of energy production and consumption, and diaristic meanderings through radiation-festooned…

Robert Fantina (2018-04-20). "Damascus Time:" An Iranian Movie. counterpunch.org 'Damascus Time' is an exceptional story that takes place in current, war-ravaged Syria. A humanitarian flight, taking besieged people from the city of Palmyra to Damascus, piloted by an Iranian father and son, is hijacked by ISIS prisoners on board. What follows is a tragic story, demonstrating the barbaric cruelty of ISIS, and that organization's More

Conn Hallinan (2018-04-20). The Great Game Comes to Syria. counterpunch.org An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war, one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration's designs on Iran. It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region's largest ethnic groups, the Kurds. More

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-20). DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election. MintPress News The DNC argues that a cyberattack undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats. | The post DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-04-20). Judge Blocks Transfer of U.S. Islamic State Suspect to Saudi Arabia. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Trump administration has held the unidentified American citizen without charge in Iraq since he surrendered on the Syrian battlefield more than seven months ago. | The post Judge Blocks Transfer of U.S. Islamic State Suspect to Saudi Arabia appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Janine Jackson (2018-04-20). 'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Joe Conason, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Rudy Giuliani — And a Few Hard Questions for James Comey. AlterNet.org Did Comey ever investigate leaks from within the bureau to Giuliani? He's doing a lot of interviews. Someone should ask him. | For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump's tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a "liar and leaker. " | To anyone who remembers the final days of the presidential election, Trump's paranoid claims have always seemed ludicrous. If the bureau appeared to be tilted, it was firmly in his direction, especially in its handling of the criminal investigations of him and Hillary Clinton. | Now Comey's media tour promoting his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," offers an opportunity to debunk such mythologizing — and to ask a few unanswered questions about. . .

Lawrence Ware (2018-04-20). All Hell Broke Out in Oklahoma. counterpunch.org I was walking home from my friend G's house when I noticed the bright-orange cutoff notice on the door. We had skipped school that day to play Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, so I was surprised when I looked up from playing "Sonic" to see that it was 3: 30 in the afternoon. I hurriedly gathered More

Ralph Nader (2018-04-20). Bill Curry on the Move against Public Corruption. counterpunch.org Bill Curry is wondering why corruption is the center of debate or upheaval in every country but ours. He writes that, "Hardly a week goes by without a front-page report of a government toppled or convulsed by corruption scandals." Why not our country? Reasons abound. One is that corruption has been institutionalized. It is much more systematic More

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-20). Confederates Revolted at Michigan School After Black Student Snatched a White Kid's Racist Flag. AlterNet.org The school had to cancel classes following a threat. | An ongoing demonstration of Confederate symbols outside a Michigan high school was apparently set off when a black girl snatched a flag from a white classmate's pickup truck. Classes were canceled Thursday at Bay City Western High School over a threat, although school officials later said no credible evidence was turned up about the rumors, reported WNEM-TV. The demonstration started Tuesday, when six pickups waved Confederate flags outside the school, and swelled Wednesday to dozens of trucks bearing Confederate flags, Trump campaign flags, Punisher skull flags and Gadsden flags associated with the tea party movement. After school was called off, some Western students and adults gathered at Auburn City Park to wave Confederate flags and hold a cookout. The protesters expressed hostility to reporters at the park, complaining that they. . .

Tamara Pearson (2018-04-20). US Shootings: Gun Industry Killing More People Overseas. counterpunch.org I live next door to the world's biggest gun manufacturer. Here in Mexico, the murder rates are close to civil war levels. They broke records last year, for a total of 41,217 homicides, with 25,339 first degree murders over the course of the year. And those are the official figures — which if anything, tend to under More

Ishmael Reed (2018-04-20). Hollywood's Last Days? counterpunch.org Some might be surprised to hear that some Blacks didn't wait around a hundred years for Hollywood to act right when depicting Black life, or spend their careers begging for the segregated industry to give them Oscars. Things haven't changed all that much since the times of D.W. Griffith. Though there might be a breakthrough More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet. Truthout Stories Two new studies from Europe have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. | The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer. These pesticides, along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup), have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st the EU approved the $66 billion merger of…

Josh Hoxie (2018-04-20). Five Tax Myths Debunked. counterpunch.org Tax Day has come and gone. Maybe you have a big bill from Uncle Sam or maybe you got a fat refund. Either way, it's easy to get lost in the noise from pundits and politicians who thrive on the tax code's complexity. This is made even harder by the right-wing groups who are spending More

Pete Dolack (2018-04-20). Fooled again? Trump Trade Policy Elevates Corporate Power. counterpunch.org Given the Trump administration's all-out war on working people, a government by billionaires and for billionaires considerably more blatant in its class warfare than the ordinary White House, it has long puzzled me that some activists insist on giving it the benefit of the doubt when it comes to trade issues. The Trump administration's previously More

Dan Glazebrook (2018-04-20). World War is Still in the Cards. counterpunch.org Just over a quarter-century before the outbreak of the First World War, global capitalism was in the throes of a deep economic crisis. This original 'Great Depression', which lasted from 1873 to 1896, saw tens of millions perish from famine as the 'great powers' shifted the burden as far as possible onto their colonies; whilst, More

C.J. Atkins (2018-04-20). A New Generation Takes the Cuban Revolutionary Mantle. MintPress News With a pledge of ideological continuity, the real question is not whether socialism is on the way out, but whether younger blood at the top will be able to more forcefully push a reform agenda. | The post A New Generation Takes the Cuban Revolutionary Mantle appeared first on MintPress News.

LEJ Rachell (2018-04-20). The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of. counterpunch.org Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from, More

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-04-20). How Denver's Mayor Plans to Use Legal Marijuana to Create Affordable Housing. AlterNet.org It's a solid blueprint for the rest of the country. | In April 2016, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions was still merely a senator from Alabama, the politician made a declaration on marijuana: This drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it's not something to laugh about. . . and to send that message with clarity that good people don't smoke marijuana. As politically informed potheads throughout America honor Sessions by firing up a big one, it's important and appropriate to look at one way in which Sessions' attitude toward marijuana is counterintuitive — namely, in how it deprives our society of programs that could be subsidized by marijuana-derived taxpayer revenue. In Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock has proposed earmarking recurring marijuana taxes as a way to help pay for affordable housing for low-income residents, according to The Denver Post. By. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Showing "Total Disregard for Indigenous Rights and Public Wishes," Trump Moves to Open Alaska Wildlife Refuge to Drilling. Truthout Stories Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! | Demonstrating a " total disregard for Indigenous rights and public wishes," the Trump administration on Friday moved to expedite oil and gas exploration in previously protected lands in Alaska. | The Interior Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public comment period and plans to draft an environmental impact statement for creating a leasing program for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The filing follows legislation to enable the program that was tacked on to the tax law Republicans forced through Congress last year. | In response, critics who have spent several months fighting the drilling efforts expressed worries about how drilling will impact the region's native people as well as…

Lauren Walker (2018-04-20). Corporate Crime. Truthout Stories

Donny Swanson (2018-04-20). Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About? counterpunch.org The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the More

Ann Garrison (2018-04-20). Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes? counterpunch.org During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter, More

Julian Vigo (2018-04-20). Google's Delisting and Censorship of Information. counterpunch.org In early January, numerous websites discovered that they were suddenly removed from the directory of Google News, a process known as "delisting," with no feedback from Google. Some hypothesized that the removal of smaller news sites could be ascribed to the latest SEO changes. Then on 8 January, Google reported that it was ready More

Dean Baker (2018-04-20). China's "Currency Devaluation Game" counterpunch.org Donald Trump was apparently angry about the value of the Russian ruble and the Chinese yuan against the dollar. He complained in a tweet that both are playing the "Currency Devaluation game" in a tweet yesterday. Neil Irwin rightly points out that the complaint against Russia is bizarre, both because we don't have much trade with Russia, More

WSWS (2018-04-20). Chinese military conducts exercises in South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. World Socialist Web Site The Chinese naval drills are in response to Washington's confrontational stance toward Beijing.

WSWS (2018-04-20). The SEP and the Political Independence of the Working Class. World Socialist Web Site The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018 .

WSWS (2018-04-20). German public service union closes ranks with the government. World Socialist Web Site The contract deal presented by unions and employers' associations on Wednesday after a third round of negotiations is a slap in the face to Germany's 2.3 million public service workers.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Banks impose massive attack on Puerto Rican workers amid island-wide blackout. World Socialist Web Site Puerto Rico's unelected Financial Oversight Management Board passed a fiscal plan Thursday which includes cuts to education, pensions, sick leave and vacation pay.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Australian meetings to call for Julian Assange's freedom. World Socialist Web Site The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Arizona teachers vote to strike. World Socialist Web Site More than three-quarters of the 57,000 Arizona educators who cast ballots voted for strike action, which is scheduled to begin next Thursday.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Macron and the democracy of class war. World Socialist Web Site For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Nearly 30,000 single-parent families made homeless in England in 2017. World Socialist Web Site Last year, one third of single parents were affected by welfare cuts, while 39 percent are struggling in low-paid, often insecure work.

WSWS (2018-04-20). US military-intelligence apparatus presses for further strikes on Syria. World Socialist Web Site Fresh reporting from the scene of the alleged chemical weapons attack that was the pretext for the April 14 missile strikes on Syria has further exposed it as a fabrication.

WSWS (2018-04-20). How are striking miners (Bisbee '17), a great painter (Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti), Native Americans (The Rider) and others treated by the filmmakers? World Socialist Web Site A further look at the recent San Francisco film festival and its variety of films. Interesting, complex subjects may still receive inadequate or uneven treatment.

WSWS (2018-04-20). UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election. World Socialist Web Site UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts. World Socialist Web Site The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.

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2018-04-20: Social Media Postees

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Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton
Jud Lounsbury | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?
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Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
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Energy Transfer Partners Pipelines Leaked Hazardous Liquids Every 11 Days for 15 Years, on Average
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
According to a new report from Greenpeace USA and the Waterkeeper Alliance, Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline — has spilled over 3.6 million gallons of hazardous liquids over the course of fifteen years. The report also notes that the fossil fuel industry's record of spills has only gotten worse over time.An aerial view shows a natural gas liquids pipeline under construction October 26, 2017, in Smith Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images) | 5,475 days, 527 pipeline spills: that's the math presented in a new report from environmental groups Greenpeace USA and the Waterkeeper Alliance examining pipelines involving Dakota Access builder Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). It's based on public data from 2002 to 2017. | All told, those leaks released 3.6 million gallons of hazardous liquids, including 2.8 million gallons of crude…
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Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir
Mir Alikhan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained–which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks–the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical…
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The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
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Is Trump Finally Learning Not To Challenge his Neocon Captors?
Daniel Lazare | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
What happens when an unthinkable war meets an unbeatable case of war fever? Thanks to Russia-gate, unsubstantiated reports about the use of poison gas in Syria, and a slew of similar factoids and pseudo-scandals, the world may soon find out. | In saner times, including during the Cold War at even its most heated, political leaders knew not to push a conflict with a rival nuclear power too far. After all, what was the point of getting into a fight in which everyone would lose? | Cooler heads thus prevailed in Washington while more excitable sorts were shipped off to where they could do no harm. This is what kept the peace during the U-2 affair, the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban missile crisis and what promised to continue doing so even after the advent of American "unipolarity" in 1989-92. | But that…

Is Trump Finally Learning Not To Challenge his Neocon Captors?

Global Weirding
William Hawes | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of…
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Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
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Trump's Trade War is About Trump Not China
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
By slapping tariffs on Chinese imports, Donald Trump has once again proven to be the Disrupter-in-Chief. This week alone, he's brought John Bolton in as national security advisor over the objections of every sane person in the universe, threatened to go after Bashar al-Assad over the Syrian leader's alleged use of chemical weapons, and revived disgusting characterizations of Mexicans as rapists.
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Is It Time to Admit the 'Grotesque Caricature' of White Evangelicals Is the Reality?
Hollis Phelps, Religion Dispatches | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
There's no doubt that evangelicalism seems to have an image problem, especially since its overwhelming alliance with Trump. | This week dozens of prominent evangelical leaders gathered at conservative Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL, to address the "grotesque caricature" of their faith in the Trump era. The organizer of the gathering, Doug Birdsall, told the Washington Post that under Trump's leadership, the term "evangelical" has taken on too many negative associations, especially when it comes to racism and nationalism. The goal of the gathering, then, was to address these concerns while returning the word "evangelical" to its core meaning. Rather than a political pariah, an "evangelical" is simply "a person who believes in the authority of the Bible, salvation through Jesus' work on the cross, personal conversion and the need for evangelism. "This article is reprinted with permission from
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Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need. ' | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families — and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration. In a lengthy report published by The New Yorker, some local residents say that raids such as the one in their community go against their deeply held Christian values. "I'm a Christian; God loves everybody equally," 50-year-old Hank Smith told the publication. "And I never had a problem with anyone being here. . . immigration didn't really affect me before. But then this raid happened. "Pastor David Williams, who leads the. . .
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After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War
Will Morrow | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …
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In Defense of Cardi B: Beyond Bourgeois PC Culture
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Cardi B has risen to the top of the music charts thanks to a charisma and swagger that is lacking in most corporate pop stars today. Her story is an inspirational one. She joined a gang at the age of sixteen. At nineteen, she became a stripper after being fired from her job at the…
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Finance 202 Meets Economics 101
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The Washington Post decided to give us "Finance 202" to tell us that tax cuts at this point in the business cycle are a bad idea. The gist of the argument is that the economy is approaching full employment, so there is little room left for further stimulus. The piece also tells us that because…
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'People Have to Strengthen the Laws Protecting the Water'
Janine Jackson | FAIR | 2018-04-20
Janine Jackson interviewed Peggy Case about Michigan water rights for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Judge Blocks Transfer of U.S. Islamic State Suspect to Saudi Arabia
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
The Trump administration has held the unidentified American citizen without charge in Iraq since he surrendered on the Syrian battlefield more than seven months ago. | The post Judge Blocks Transfer of U.S. Islamic State Suspect to Saudi Arabia appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The Emerging Russia-Turkey-Iran Alliance Challenging NATO in the Middle East
Conn Hallinan | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war — one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration's designs on Iran. | It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region's largest ethnic groups, the Kurds. | However, the "troika alliance" — Turkey, Russia, and Iran — consists of three countries that don't much like one another, have different goals, and whose policies are driven by a combination of geo-global goals and internal politics. | In short, "fragile and complicated" doesn't even begin to describe it. | How the triad might be affected by the joint U.S., French, and British attack on Syria is unclear, but in the long run the alliance will likely survive the uptick of hostilities. | Consolidating Erdogan's Grip:…

The Emerging Russia-Turkey-Iran Alliance Challenging NATO in the Middle East

Fooled again? Trump Trade Policy Elevates Corporate Power
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Given the Trump administration's all-out war on working people, a government by billionaires and for billionaires considerably more blatant in its class warfare than the ordinary White House, it has long puzzled me that some activists insist on giving it the benefit of the doubt when it comes to trade issues. The Trump administration's previously…
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Hollywood's Last Days?
Ishmael Reed | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Some might be surprised to hear that some Blacks didn't wait around a hundred years for Hollywood to act right when depicting Black life, or spend their careers begging for the segregated industry to give them Oscars. Things haven't changed all that much since the times of D.W. Griffith. Though there might be a breakthrough…
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Confederates Revolted at Michigan School After Black Student Snatched a White Kid's Racist Flag
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The school had to cancel classes following a threat. | An ongoing demonstration of Confederate symbols outside a Michigan high school was apparently set off when a black girl snatched a flag from a white classmate's pickup truck. Classes were canceled Thursday at Bay City Western High School over a threat, although school officials later said no credible evidence was turned up about the rumors, reported WNEM-TV. The demonstration started Tuesday, when six pickups waved Confederate flags outside the school, and swelled Wednesday to dozens of trucks bearing Confederate flags, Trump campaign flags, Punisher skull flags and Gadsden flags associated with the tea party movement. After school was called off, some Western students and adults gathered at Auburn City Park to wave Confederate flags and hold a cookout. The protesters expressed hostility to reporters at the park, complaining that they. . .
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With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash
Jim Hightower | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash

Freedom is Winning in the Encryption Arms Race
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
At tax time in the US, as Gaurav Sangwani of India's Financial Express reports, many American cryptocurrency users weren't interested in discussing that aspect of their lives with the Internal Revenue Service. In an early April TeamBlind survey of 2,600 people who earned money from crypto, 46% said they wouldn't be reporting those earnings to…
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Political Dynamite: Poor People's Campaign and the Movement for a People's Party
Patrick Walker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Reading the political tea leaves is a far different task from making political tea. As a political analyst whose predominant interest is organizing, I'll engage here in a bit of both. That is, I'll indulge in a bit of hopeful political prognostication, while striving, by urging the most relevant current organizers to join forces, to…
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The Great Game Comes to Syria
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war, one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration's designs on Iran. It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region's largest ethnic groups, the Kurds.
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Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook
Natalie Martinez, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation…
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Five Tax Myths Debunked
Josh Hoxie | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Tax Day has come and gone. Maybe you have a big bill from Uncle Sam or maybe you got a fat refund. Either way, it's easy to get lost in the noise from pundits and politicians who thrive on the tax code's complexity. This is made even harder by the right-wing groups who are spending…
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'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'
Janine Jackson | FAIR | 2018-04-20
Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Remembering Barbara Bush
Missy Comley Beattie | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when…
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Rudy Giuliani — And a Few Hard Questions for James Comey
Joe Conason, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Did Comey ever investigate leaks from within the bureau to Giuliani? He's doing a lot of interviews. Someone should ask him. | For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump's tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a "liar and leaker. " | To anyone who remembers the final days of the presidential election, Trump's paranoid claims have always seemed ludicrous. If the bureau appeared to be tilted, it was firmly in his direction, especially in its handling of the criminal investigations of him and Hillary Clinton. | Now Comey's media tour promoting his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," offers an opportunity to debunk such mythologizing — and to ask a few unanswered questions about. . .
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Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes?
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter,…
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Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"?
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For Climate Mobilization, Look to 1960s Vietnam Before Turning to 1940s America
Stan Cox | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Confronting the global ecological emergency will require a mobilization far more ambitious than any actions now being considered by governments or international bodies. In response, several of the people and groups urging much more drastic action here in America have been saying that it needs to happen on the scale of the country's mobilization for…
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Clamouring Against Russia: The Cyber Attack Platform
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In a time when such revelations as those of Edward Snowden pass a person's lips with ease and awareness, political clamouring for action and measures against Russia on the subject of cyber attack seem risible. This is not to say …
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Party Before People: Republicans Keep Blocking Bills That Could Help Suffering Americans
Sophia Tesfaye, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
GOP senators have shot down bills on opioids and harassment — and the only possible reason is 2018 politics | There are plenty of signs of the U. S. Senate's immense dysfunction. But perhaps none was as alarming as seeing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, standing as the only male Republican to side with every male Democratic senator in support of revised sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill. Cruz's stance as the odd man out is hardly new: He has developed a reputation as the senator most loathed by his colleagues, on both sides of the aisle. It is indicative, however, of a larger and more troubling trend of Republican recalcitrance, even as the party in full control of the federal government. On his 100th day in office, President Trump congratulated himself for signing the most bills in that period of any. . .
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4 Palestinians Dead, 150 Hurt in Latest Gaza Protests
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
The deaths brings to 32 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops at the border since late March. The Gaza Health Ministry says live rounds have wounded 1,600 in that time. | The post 4 Palestinians Dead, 150 Hurt in Latest Gaza Protests appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Loan Scandal Costs Wells Fargo $1 Billion; None of Fine Goes to Victims
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
The banking giant will pay $500 million to the U.S. Treasury and $500 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's civil penalties fund. | The post Loan Scandal Costs Wells Fargo $1 Billion; None of Fine Goes to Victims appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land and Our Bodies
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and…
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A New Generation Takes the Cuban Revolutionary Mantle
C.J. Atkins | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
With a pledge of ideological continuity, the real question is not whether socialism is on the way out, but whether younger blood at the top will be able to more forcefully push a reform agenda. | The post A New Generation Takes the Cuban Revolutionary Mantle appeared first on MintPress News.

A New Generation Takes the Cuban Revolutionary Mantle

Roaming Charges: Mother of War
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Understandably, George HW Bush spent much of his time far away from Barbara Bush's icy boudoir, indulging in a discreet fling or two while earning his stripes as a master of the empire, leaving juvenile George to cower under the unstinting commands of his cruel mother, who his younger brother Jeb dubbed "the Enforcer." This woman's veins pulse with glacial melt. According to Neil Bush, his mother was devoted to corporal punishment and would "slap around" the Bush children. She was known in the family as "the one who instills fear." She still does…with a global reach.
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Following Release of Memos, Trump and His GOP Call for Comey's Imprisonment
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Melina Mara / The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | If I had read this opening paragraph of a CNN story four years ago I would have assumed it was actually an excerpt from a bad movie script: | A week after the tell-all book from James Comey exploded onto the scene, President Donald Trump is telling aides and confidants something he rarely does: He's pleased at how Republicans and the White House led the charge to try and discredit the former FBI director. | Setting aside the ridiculous notion of Donald Trump…
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Canada Anti-war Demonstration against US-UK-French Missile Attacks on Syria, Toronto, April 22
HCSW | Global Research | 2018-04-20
The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War is pleased to announce that it will demonstrate against the April 13 missile attacks on the part of the USA, UK, and France on Syria. The Coalition regards those attacks as outrageous and …
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Bill Curry on the Move against Public Corruption
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Bill Curry is wondering why corruption is the center of debate or upheaval in every country but ours. He writes that, "Hardly a week goes by without a front-page report of a government toppled or convulsed by corruption scandals." Why not our country? Reasons abound. One is that corruption has been institutionalized. It is much more systematic…
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Anti-Empire Report: Unseen Persons
William Blum | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
One reason it's so easy to get an American administration, the mainstream media, and the American people to jump on an anti-Russian bandwagon is of course the legacy of the Soviet Union. To all the real crimes and shortcomings of that period the US regularly added many fictitious claims to agitate the American public against…
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Showing "Total Disregard for Indigenous Rights and Public Wishes," Trump Moves to Open Alaska Wildlife Refuge to Drilling
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! | Demonstrating a " total disregard for Indigenous rights and public wishes," the Trump administration on Friday moved to expedite oil and gas exploration in previously protected lands in Alaska. | The Interior Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public comment period and plans to draft an environmental impact statement for creating a leasing program for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The filing follows legislation to enable the program that was tacked on to the tax law Republicans forced through Congress last year. | In response, critics who have spent several months fighting the drilling efforts expressed worries about how drilling will impact the region's native people as well as…
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The Blight of Ukania
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Tom Nairn coined the phrase "Ukania" to designate the confused and disorganized hotchpotch of an island-nation off the coast of northern Europe, tottering on the nation-state equivalent of varicose-veined and arthritic legs, and further enfeebled by an unproductive nostalgia for Empire (aka Empire 2.0). Nairn's Ukania is a riff on Robert Musil's fictitious Kakania, a…
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There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's…
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Google's Delisting and Censorship of Information
Julian Vigo | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
In early January, numerous websites discovered that they were suddenly removed from the directory of Google News, a process known as "delisting," with no feedback from Google. Some hypothesized that the removal of smaller news sites could be ascribed to the latest SEO changes. Then on 8 January, Google reported that it was ready…
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US Shootings: Gun Industry Killing More People Overseas
Tamara Pearson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I live next door to the world's biggest gun manufacturer. Here in Mexico, the murder rates are close to civil war levels. They broke records last year, for a total of 41,217 homicides, with 25,339 first degree murders over the course of the year. And those are the official figures — which if anything, tend to under…
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Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About?
Donny Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the…
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Boehner's Marijuana Lobbying is Symptomatic of Special-Interest Problem
Brian Saady | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The former Speaker of House, John Boehner, and former Massachusetts Governor, Bill Weld, were added to the Board of Advisors for Acreage Holdings, an investment company heavily involved in the legal cannabis industry. This pair of former conservative leaders will certainly help to bring bipartisan support for the pro-legalization movement. They're also part of an emerging trend…
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Court Sides With Sanctuary Cities in Dispute on U.S. Grants
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
The administration cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with Trump's immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court rules. | The post Court Sides With Sanctuary Cities in Dispute on U.S. Grants appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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All Hell Broke Out in Oklahoma
Lawrence Ware | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I was walking home from my friend G's house when I noticed the bright-orange cutoff notice on the door. We had skipped school that day to play Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, so I was surprised when I looked up from playing "Sonic" to see that it was 3: 30 in the afternoon. I hurriedly gathered…
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When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White
Jon Jeter | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It’s For Writing White

We Must Stand In Solidarity With Eric Reid
Rob Seimetz | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Many that watch the NFL are consumed with the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft which begins on April 28th. While you weren't looking the NFL has been escalating their punishment on players that sat for the National Anthem and will still not commit to standing for the anthem. Indeed, Colin Kaepernick has become a household name…
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Why Marijuana Fans Should Not See Approval for Epilepsy Drug As a Win for Weed
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Healing, but no high? | A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approval of a drug made of cannabidiol on April 19 to treat two types of epilepsy. The FDA is expected to decide in June whether to accept the panel's 13-0 recommendation to approve Epidiolex, which would would become the first drug made of cannabidiol, a compound in the cannabis plant, to gain approval from the FDA. While the panel's unanimous decision is not binding, the action will no doubt heighten public debate about the use of cannabidiol, medical marijuana, medical cannabis and hemp oil. Should cannabidiol, or CBD, or marijuana be legalized for medical purposes? What is the evidence that these products are beneficial? Are these products safe to use? Those who support the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes might have found the timing of the. . .
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Public Radio's McCarthyite Smear of Black Activists Shows Danger of Russia Panic
Adam Johnson | FAIR | 2018-04-20
For over a year, outlets from FAIR ( 8/24/16) to TruthDig ( 1/7/17) to The Nation ( 8/7/17) to The Intercept ( 2/12/18) have been warning about the pitfalls of nonstop Russia Is Everywhere and Out to Get Us coverage. The Russians are "stoking discord" and "sowing unrest" and infiltrating online and real-life spaces with memes and rallies and disinformation, corporate media tell us. Did you share Russian disinfo? Twitter and Facebook will let you know. Did you buy into Russian "fake news"? CNN wants to find out. Russia is everywhere, and it's important the media not only report this fact, but do so over and over and over again, until one is looking for the Russian menace in every interaction. | This narrative, fueled by center-left outlets like MSNBC, Center for American Progress and Mother…
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Bach and Taxes
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I was born on tax day. But it was only on my 40thbirthday (thirteen years ago) that my quick-witted friend David Borden–pioneering electronic music master, first tester of the Moog synthesizers and founder of the famed ensemble Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company–delivered the seemingly obvious pun, utterly new to me:…
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"How Come?" Questions
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the…
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DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The DNC argues that a cyberattack undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats. | The post DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election appeared first on MintPress News.

DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election

Forget Gun Control, Try Bullet Control
Abel Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Everyone's always talking about gun control, but why not bullet control? It takes a lot of equipment and resources to make your own ammo: what gun-owners call hand-loading or reloading. Plus gun powder, thousands of cartridges, primers and the bullets themselves. It also takes loads of time, which is crucially important in the quest to deter…
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The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of
LEJ Rachell | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from,…
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Here's How the GOP Farm Bill Is an Unapologetic Assault on Public Health
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The boring-sounding bill is actually a massive testament to conservative corruption. | The words "farm bill" are unsexy on the best of days. That's especially true in an era when every time you turn on the news there's another political scandal involving Russians, sex workers or both. But the farm bill that Republicans passed out of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, with no Democratic votes, is yet another sign that the GOP's moral corruption extends far beyond Donald Trump. To many observers, the bill trades the health of Americans and the safety of their food for the interests of wealthy corporate donors and lobbyists. The provision that's getting the most media attention so far is the work requirements being added to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — otherwise known as food stamps — which are expected to cut one million. . .
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Brexit and the Windrush Britons
Will Podmore | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The inhuman treatment of the "Windrush" immigrants contrasts starkly with the position of EU nationals under the Brexit transition agreement — and shines a light on how so-called "free movement" has operated to discriminate against British people (whether of Commonwealth origin or not). Ever since Britain accepted the EU concept of free movement, EU nationals…
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Economic Update: Why People Struggle With the System
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
This week's episode provides updates on the teachers' strikes, how capitalism abuses Facebook and how colleges reward privilege and reproduce it. We also discuss Shell Oil knowing for 50 years that fossil fuels contribute to global warming and how Sinclair Broadcasting traps its employees. Finally, we interview Rob Robinson on water as human right as opposed to a commodity for corporate profit. | Download the show | To see more stories like this, visit Economic Update: Your Weekly Dose of Revolutionary Economics | To listen in live on Saturdays at noon, visit WBAI's Live Stream | Economic Update is in partnership with Truthout.org | Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station, check this out. If you want to hear Economic Update on your favorite local station,…
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Syria and Neo-McCarthyism
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
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Playing War in Syria
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Donald Trump got "presidential" again and fired about $150 million worth of cruise missiles at Syria, accomplishing God knows what. Meanwhile, the United States, in its humanitarian largesse, has so far allowed 11 Syrian refugees into the country this year, of the more than 5 million external refugees the country's civil war has produced. The…
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Medical Board to MDs: Emphasize Dangers of Marijuana
Fred Gardner | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The Medical Board of California is meeting at the LAX Hilton on April 20th and will vote to approve slightly revised "Guidelines for Recommendation of Cannabis for Medical Purposes." The most significant change is a warning against marijuana use during pregnancy that will have real ramifications for countless thousands of pregnant women. The Guidelines effectively script…
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How James Comey Became the Strange New Hero of the Liberals
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Be careful what you wish for! These days anyone with even a a modicum of intelligence is looking in all sorts of places to find hope and the darkness is so fuc#@%g all-encompassing that those with any remaining ideals will travel great distances, real or imaginary, for sustenance. People take sustenance wherever they can get…
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Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship
Morris Pearl | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born…
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Tehran's Syria: Lebanon Colonization Project is Collapsing
Franklin Lamb | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
"Leave Syria, think about us!" and "No to Yemen! No to Lebanon and Hezbollah! Our lives for Iran!" are among graffiti sentiments scrawled across Tehran. The campaign is being led by students, unemployed workers, and other detractors of Iran's Wali al Fique "Supreme Leader" rule and its much opposed foreign and monetary policies. In the…
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How Denver's Mayor Plans to Use Legal Marijuana to Create Affordable Housing
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
It's a solid blueprint for the rest of the country. | In April 2016, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions was still merely a senator from Alabama, the politician made a declaration on marijuana: This drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it's not something to laugh about. . . and to send that message with clarity that good people don't smoke marijuana. As politically informed potheads throughout America honor Sessions by firing up a big one, it's important and appropriate to look at one way in which Sessions' attitude toward marijuana is counterintuitive — namely, in how it deprives our society of programs that could be subsidized by marijuana-derived taxpayer revenue. In Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock has proposed earmarking recurring marijuana taxes as a way to help pay for affordable housing for low-income residents, according to The Denver Post. By. . .
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Unable to Win, Saudi Coalition Courts Uganda to Fight its War in Yemen
Randi Nord | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The Saudi coalition, which already relies heavily on troops from Sudan to fight in Yemen, is looking to another African nation to shore up its ground presence in a bid to protect its failing adventure. | The post Unable to Win, Saudi Coalition Courts Uganda to Fight its War in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.

Unable to Win, Saudi Coalition Courts Uganda to Fight its War in Yemen

A Tale of Two Atrocities: Douma and Gaza
Doug Noble | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The mainstream media once again have enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump's latest strike on Syria, pulled off without Congressional approval and in blatant violation of US and international law. Reporting in breathless detail the weapons used and the sites bombed, the mainstream media seem to agree with President Trump that Syrian President Bashar Assad is a "Gas Killing Animal" responsible for the…
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World War is Still in the Cards
Dan Glazebrook | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Just over a quarter-century before the outbreak of the First World War, global capitalism was in the throes of a deep economic crisis. This original 'Great Depression', which lasted from 1873 to 1896, saw tens of millions perish from famine as the 'great powers' shifted the burden as far as possible onto their colonies; whilst,…
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Our Greatest Threat Is the Hardest to Act Upon
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
"No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies" | "No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | A book by William T. Vollmann | A decade ago, the environmental philosopher Timothy Morton invented a new word: hyperobject. It describes something so "massively distributed in time and space relative to humans" that it eludes our understanding. The best example of a hyperobject is climate change. Its scale confounds our perception. It is everywhere-"viscous," as Morton has it–and yet it is hard to see directly. Its implications are so great that they verge on unthinkable. | William T. Vollmann's new book, "No Immediate Danger," tussles with the comprehension-defying nature of climate change. It is a 600-page amalgam of scientific history, cultural criticism, mathematical experiments, risk-benefit analyses of energy production and consumption, and diaristic meanderings through radiation-festooned…
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Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Under the guise of fulfilling its constitutional power to authorize military force, Congress is poised to consider legislation that would give the president a blank check to make war, with no limits, in at least six countries and against several groups.Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | If you're a fan of real journalism, now's the time to strengthen Truthout's mission. Help us…
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The Plight of the Yazidi of Afrin
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The Yazidis, who were recently the target of massacre, rape and sex slavery by Isis, are now facing forcible conversion to Islam under the threat of death from Turkish-backed forces which captured the Kurdish enclave of Afrin on 18 March. Islamist rebel fighters, who are allied to Turkey and have occupied Yazidi villages in the…
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China's "Currency Devaluation Game"
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Donald Trump was apparently angry about the value of the Russian ruble and the Chinese yuan against the dollar. He complained in a tweet that both are playing the "Currency Devaluation game" in a tweet yesterday. Neil Irwin rightly points out that the complaint against Russia is bizarre, both because we don't have much trade with Russia,…
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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Two new studies from Europe have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. | The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer. These pesticides, along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup), have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st the EU approved the $66 billion merger of…
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Of Animals and Monsters and Missiles over Damascus
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-20
It seems to be very difficult to be the leader of a state, particularly a strong and/or ideologically driven leader, and not end up a "monster," muses Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson President Donald Trump ordered the bombing of selective… Read more ?…
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Corporate Crime
Lauren Walker | Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
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"Damascus Time:" An Iranian Movie
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
'Damascus Time' is an exceptional story that takes place in current, war-ravaged Syria. A humanitarian flight, taking besieged people from the city of Palmyra to Damascus, piloted by an Iranian father and son, is hijacked by ISIS prisoners on board. What follows is a tragic story, demonstrating the barbaric cruelty of ISIS, and that organization's…
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Greg Shupak on Syrian Airstrikes
CounterSpin | FAIR | 2018-04-20
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Criminal referral filed against former FBI deputy director
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The legal move raises the extraordinary prospect of the Trump administration seeking to jail a former leading figure in the military-intelligence apparatus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/mcca…

Nearly 30,000 single-parent families made homeless in England in 2017
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
Last year, one third of single parents were affected by welfare cuts, while 39 percent are struggling in low-paid, often insecure work.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/home…

For an International Anti-War Movement!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The following text is the second of four resolutions passed at the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/sep2…

Australian meetings to call for Julian Assange's freedom
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/assa…

How are striking miners (Bisbee '17), a great painter (Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti), Native Americans (The Rider) and others treated by the filmmakers?
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
A further look at the recent San Francisco film festival and its variety of films. Interesting, complex subjects may still receive inadequate or uneven treatment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/sff2…

US military-intelligence apparatus presses for further strikes on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
Fresh reporting from the scene of the alleged chemical weapons attack that was the pretext for the April 14 missile strikes on Syria has further exposed it as a fabrication.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/syri…

Banks impose massive attack on Puerto Rican workers amid island-wide blackout
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
Puerto Rico's unelected Financial Oversight Management Board passed a fiscal plan Thursday which includes cuts to education, pensions, sick leave and vacation pay.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/puer…

UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/uaws…

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/gree…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/labo…

Chinese military conducts exercises in South China Sea and Taiwan Strait
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The Chinese naval drills are in response to Washington's confrontational stance toward Beijing.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/navy…

Arizona teachers vote to strike
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
More than three-quarters of the 57,000 Arizona educators who cast ballots voted for strike action, which is scheduled to begin next Thursday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/ariz…

UK: Report by building research firm reveals scale of criminality that led to Grenfell fire
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
No one has been brought to justice for last June's fire, but a report by a building research body makes clear there is ample evidence to allow for immediate arrests and charging to proceed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/gren…

German public service union closes ranks with the government
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The contract deal presented by unions and employers' associations on Wednesday after a third round of negotiations is a slap in the face to Germany's 2.3 million public service workers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/verd…

Merkel, Macron meet in Berlin as Syrian strike deepens conflicts inside NATO
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The German and French leaders endorsed the unprovoked strike on Syria, but were unable to hide growing differences inside NATO, particularly over economic policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/merk…

The SEP and the Political Independence of the Working Class
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) was held in Sydney from March 30 to April 2, 2018 .
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Staff (2018-04-19). Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Many have turned to survivor groups or therapy. Actors Tyler Perry, Tom Arnold and Anthony Edwards are among those who have come forward. | The post Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

TRNN (2018-04-19). Global Warming's Impact on Ocean Currents to Amplify Sea Level Rise. The Real News Network A new study shows that the Atlantic's currents have weakened due to global warming and are closer to catastrophic collapse than any time in the last 1,600 years, which could cause rapid sea level rise on the East Coast of North America. One of the study's lead authors explains…

Staff (2018-04-19). Keep Saying 'No' to Dirty Energy Projects. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists "No one is doing their job to protect the people of Pennsylvania. We're out here on our own." Elise Gerhart sounds stressed and tired — but resolute. She and her family have been battling the Mariner East 2 pipeline for more than two years through both legal and direct action. In 2016, the pipeline resistance camp known as Camp White Pine began — deploying tree-sits in trees marked for clearing. Going up against Sunoco and their subsidiary, Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline has been intensely taxing, in all senses of that word. Surveillance drones and helicopters, private security thugs, legal threats and action, character assassination, death threats and mysterious visitors to the Gerhart's home have become the norm. | When Elise says they're out there on their own, it's true both literally and figuratively. The Gerharts…

TRNN (2018-04-19). Justin Trudeau Vows to Bail Out Profitable Oil Company, Kinder Morgan. The Real News Network Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees the Kinder Morgan threat to abandon its pipeline project as a threat to the country's national interest and is now mobilizing local governments to maintain the project, says TRNN's Dimitri Lascaris…

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-19). Germany's pro-war Left Party postures as a "party of peace" World Socialist Web Site The Left Party in Germany is trying to portray itself as an opponent of war in order to prevent a powerful anti-war movement from developing.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Arizona teachers voting on state-wide walkout. World Socialist Web Site Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor's pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Seven months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico suffers total blackout. World Socialist Web Site A break in a single transmission line triggered an island-wide blackout Wednesday, expected to last 24 to 36 hours.

WSWS (2018-04-19). IMF remains upbeat on global economy but trade conflicts sound a jarring note. World Socialist Web Site The IMF chief economist said it seemed "paradoxical" that major economies were "flirting with trade war" at a time of economic expansion.

WSWS (2018-04-19). UK government's racist targeting of Caribbean migrants provokes backlash. World Socialist Web Site The tightening of immigration legislation was in line with a policy of creating, in Prime Minister May's words, a "really hostile environment" for "illegal" immigrants.

WSWS (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute. World Socialist Web Site In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Corporate Canada demands Trudeau quell opposition to Trans Mountain pipeline. World Socialist Web Site The corporate media is demanding Trudeau do whatever it takes to ensure the pipeline is built, including invoking the Emergencies Act and deploying the army.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Australian unions launch campaign to re-elect an anti-working class Labor government. World Socialist Web Site The trade unions are directly responsible for the social crisis that the "Change the Rules" campaign purports to oppose.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Murdoch's Times witch-hunts academics for questioning UK government's Syria lies. World Socialist Web Site Under conditions where the imperialist powers are dragging humanity towards a third world war, the ruling elites can no longer countenance critical opinion.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Trump's secret diplomacy with North Korea. World Socialist Web Site The Trump administration senses the possibility of advancing US imperialism's interests in Asia against its chief rivals, Russia and China, and potential competitors such as Japan.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Maryland lawmakers offer Amazon $8.5 billion to locate headquarters near CIA and Pentagon. World Socialist Web Site Maryland is a finalist for Amazon's "HQ2" because of the region's proximity to the headquarters of Amazon's partners at the CIA, NSA, FBI and US military.

WSWS (2018-04-19). As state ends bottled water program in Flint, officials grant new permits to Nestlé Waters. World Socialist Web Site The Michigan officials have granted the world's largest bottled water company expanded rights to exploit the state's fresh water supplies.

WSWS (2018-04-19). After Syria strikes, drumbeat grows for wider US war. World Socialist Web Site A campaign is underway in the American political and military-intelligence establishment for a major escalation in Syria and confrontation with Iran and Russia.

WSWS (2018-04-19). One passenger dead after engine explodes during Southwest Airlines flight. World Socialist Web Site Ultimate responsibility for Tuesday's incident lies in the subordination of passenger safety to the drive of the airlines for ever greater profits.

WSWS (2018-04-19). SEP (Sri Lanka) calls May Day meeting in Colombo. World Socialist Web Site In holding its public meeting on May 1, the SEP is opposing the government's efforts to sabotage May Day celebrations.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Unite the working class against police killings! World Socialist Web Site The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

WSWS (2018-04-19). The Pulitzer Prize rewards witch-hunting and state propaganda. World Socialist Web Site The Washington Post and New York Times won prizes for their role in the anti-Russia campaign, while the Times and the New Yorker won an award for promoting the #MeToo campaign.

RT (2018-04-19). 'Nobody's tougher on Russia!' Trump recalls 'severe fight' in Syria, vows more sanctions if needed. RT US News Nobody has ever been tougher on Moscow than Donald Trump, the US President has proclaimed, promising even more sanctions if necessary and highlighting an alleged recent "severe" clash between the US and "Russian troops" in Syria.
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RT (2018-04-19). 5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO). RT US News Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). Trump threat puts European role in lethal US drone strikes under new scrutiny. Amnesty International As the Trump administration prepares to further expand the USA's lethal drone programme, increasing the risk of civilian casualties and unlawful killings, Amnesty International is calling on four European countries to urgently overhaul the crucial operational and intelligence assistance they provide to the programme. | Amnesty International and others have documented cases under successive US administrations where US drone strikes have killed people who were not directly participating in hostilities or posed no imminent threat to life, including children. | In a new report, Deadly Assistance: The role of European states in US Drone Strikes, Amnesty International uses open source information to map out the assistance the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy provide to the US drone programme, and shows how these states risk being held responsible for violations under international law. | "The UK, German, Dutch and Italian governments…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). European assistance to deadly US drone strikes. Amnesty International Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19. The Condemned. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). Deadly Assistance: The role of European States in US drone strikes. Amnesty International The reach of the US lethal drone programme is extensive and the USA relies heavily on assistance from many States. Since taking office, President Donald Trump has reportedly made changes to US policy on the use of force outside areas of conflict. Combined with the current administration's reported dramatic expansion in lethal drone operations, there is a real risk of an increase in unlawful killings and civilian casualties. This report examines the role played by the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy and analyses whether assistance provided by them could be aiding potentially unlawful US drone strikes in violation of international law.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Under Louisiana Bill, Peaceful Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison. Truthout Stories Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests like 350.org's "Draw the Line on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline," in the French Quarter in New Orleans on September 21, 2013, bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images) | With House Bill 727, Louisiana has joined a growing number of states that are seeking to criminalize nonviolent civil disobedience actions at "critical infrastructure" sites, which typically include pipelines, refineries and electrical power facilities. Financed by Big Oil, the Louisiana bill makes even discussing a possible trespass action punishable with prison sentences of five years and fines up to $10,000.Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests like 350.org's "Draw the Line on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline," in the French Quarter in New Orleans…

Staff (2018-04-18). How Much Longer Can the U.S. Remain a Superpower? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Having already violated every tenet of international law in its proxy jihadist war against Syria, including the seizure of one-third of the country, the United States invoked a Non-Law, a Law That Never Was, to justify its missile strikes against fictitious "chemical warfare" facilities. Syrian President Assad "kills his own people," said Trump, leader of the nation whose police kill more of its "own people" than any country except (fellow white settler state) Brazil, and whose prisons entomb one-quarter of all the world's inmates. (One out of every eight prisoners on the planet is an African-American.) | On the Saturday morning after the bombs fell in Damascus and Homs, Omalii Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, held a press conference in St. Louis to denounce Washington's aggression. "If you can use that justification," said…

Brian Barger, Consortium News (2018-04-18). It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History. AlterNet.org Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal — and provoking the ire of AP editors | I remember it was a pleasure to meet Bob in 1984. The CIA was ramping up its covert war in Nicaragua. News reports from the region documented atrocities committed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" and their CIA handlers. Congress was starting to take notice, and was threatening to cut off US aid. I got a call from Betsy Cohn, a Latin America scholar from Georgetown University, saying I should meet this guy from the AP. Over lunch we shared notes. I'd done much of my reporting from Central America and Miami, and Bob from Washington. We agreed there was a lot of. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Black Lawmakers Unleash Fury on Tennessee GOP for Punishing Memphis Over Confederate Statues, Treating Racist Figures Like 'God&#039. AlterNet.org State leaders also called the conservatives' actions 'un-Christian. ' | Tennessee's Republican-dominated state legislature this week voted to punish the black-majority city of Memphis because it had removed two Confederate memorial statues — including a statue of former Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Tennessee's state legislature has voted to take away $250,000 that was originally set aside to be spent at Memphis's upcoming bicentennial celebration. The reason for the vote was that Memphis last year removed statues of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis and former Confederate General Forrest, who would go on to become the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the years following the Civil War. "What this amendment does is it removes $250,000 from the budget that is designated to go to the city of Memphis for their bicentennial celebration,"

Robby Sherwin (2018-04-18). Facebook: This Is Where I Leave You. counterpunch.org "It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see." — Debra Monk It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population More

Dominique Jackson, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Shocking Video Shows White Teacher Dragging Screaming Black 7-Year-Old Student by His Legs. AlterNet.org The teacher was removed from the school pending the results of an investigation. | A seven-year-old boy was dragged off a school bus in Memphis, Tennessee by a white male teacher. The incident took place at Robert R. Church Elementary School. The school failed to inform the mother about what went down. She found out days later, after another parent sent her the video. "Another parent of a child at the school contacted me Friday evening. She said she had video of the teacher dragging my son off the school bus," she told FOX13 News. "Her son recorded it. "As a result the young boy left with injuries. "He had a concussion and his back was bruised," the mother said. According to the school, the teacher was breaking up a fight. The boy's mother said he was not involved in it. The teacher. . .

Susan Roberts (2018-04-18). Uses for the Poor. counterpunch.org Incarceration is, probably, the starkest form of commodification where simply warehousing flesh brings a return. The cost of penal servitude in the US varies from state to state, but an average of around $30,000 per year can be made by simply keeping a body shut in a cell. Bearing in mind that over 20 prisoners are often locked up together, it isn't a bad return on a tiny speck of, often sub-standard, real es More

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member. AlterNet.org If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad. . . | A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in — and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee — despite the fact that he's a paid member. He approaches the woman at the front desk and asks her to scan his membership tag, which she. . .

Whitney Webb (2018-04-18). "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? MintPress News Between the imminent arrival of thousands of U.S. troops, Israel's continued military action against Syria, and the Syrian rebels poised to stage a false-flag attack, it seems that last weekend's strikes were only the kickoff for an expanding U.S.-led military operation targeting the Syrian government. | The post "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? appeared first on MintPress News.

The Conversation (2018-04-18). Your Dietary Future: More Bugs — And a Lot Less Meat. AlterNet.org There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018. | Biologically speaking, humans are omnivoresand we like to eat a variety of things. There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018. According to Nielsen, the consumer analytics company, the proportion of Canadians identifying as vegetarian and vegan is still relatively small (six per cent and two per cent respectively), but 43 per cent of Canadians say they're planning to get more plant-based proteins into their diets. That's higher than both the United States and global average. This is coupled with an 18 per cent reduction in beef consumption and an 11 per cent decrease in pork consumption over the past decade, according to. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Anticipating a Crush: In Prison, Tactical Teams Declare Uneven War. Truthout Stories Orange Crush — or the tact team, as they're called officially — is the Illinois Department of Correction's most oppressive armed wing. They are bullies dressed in riot gear who kick you when you're down, both figuratively and literally. These are usually big white guys with insecurities, poor communication skills and a power complex that makes for a horrible mix.(Photo: Rafael Belincanta / EyeEm / Getty Images) | Far more people read Truthout than will ever donate — but we rely on donations to keep our publication running strong. Support independent journalism by making a contribution now! | About 7: 45 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, I muster the energy to get out of bed and walk the step to the sink from the bottom bunk and I hear it. Clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk. "Shit!" I say to myself as my…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). Tampa Bay Times Says It Will Cut About 50 Jobs Because of Trump's New Tariffs. AlterNet.org The paper says the new taxes on imported goods will cost $3 million. | The Tampa Bay Times announced Wednesday that it will be cutting about 50 jobs because of the U. S. government's new tariffs"[The] U. S. government piled huge tariffs onto the imports of newsprint from Canada, including those from our biggest supplier," Paul Tash, the CEO of the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper, wrote last month. "As a result, the price will jump from $600 to $800 for every ton, and we use about 17,000 tons every year. "He continued: "That increase is more than 30 percent, and would add more than $3 million to the Tampa Bay Times' annual newsprint bill. "In January, the Commerce Department announced that it would be raising tariffs on Canadian paper. According to CNN, the United States imported 1$. 3 billion worth of paper from Canda in 2016. A spokeswoman. . .

Jeff Berg (2018-04-18). WW III This Ain't. counterpunch.org "Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table." — George Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of State For anyone wondering what this most recent attack on Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France is all about the answer is refreshingly simple. It is about the shape More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-18). Macron's Syria Game. counterpunch.org There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring to it. With Syria's Bashar al-Assad getting more comfortable with military More

Emily Wells (2018-04-18). Court Reins In 'Crime of Violence' Deportations. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a provision in a law subjecting immigrants to deportation for crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague, thanks to the swing vote of President Trump's high court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch. The ruling goes against the president's effort to deport immigrants who commit crimes in the United States, and it takes issue with the criterion of having committed a "crime of violence" as grounds for deportation. | "What does that mean?" Gorsuch asked of the term "crime of violence." "Just take the crime at issue in this case, California burglary, which applies to everyone from armed home intruders to door-to-door salesmen peddling shady products. How, on that vast spectrum, is anyone supposed to locate the ordinary case and say whether it includes a substantial risk of physical force? The truth is, no one knows." | "The law's silence…

Miko Peled (2018-04-18). After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans' Great Return March is Modern Exodus. MintPress News As Israel celebrates seven decades and prides itself on being the only democracy in the Middle East, the reality in Gaza undercuts that self-image and instead testifies that Israel is a state that is both racist and violent. | The post After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans' Great Return March is Modern Exodus appeared first on MintPress News.

Stephen Talbot, Salon (2018-04-18). Republican Governor's Radical Tax Cut Plan Backfires, Exposes Conservative Economics As a Scam. AlterNet.org His tax break was a colossal failure. | "It's like shooting adrenaline into the heart of growing the economy. " That's how Sam Brownback, then governor of Kansas, described his radical tax cut plan in 2012. He was evangelical about it. Slashing corporate and personal income tax rates and completely eliminating taxes on limited liability companies, he promised, would create tens of thousands of jobs and bring prosperity to the state. It did not work out that way. This article was originally published at SalonAt first, there were many believers, including the Kansas State Legislature, which passed the governor's revolutionary tax package in 2012. Some 330,000 independent business owners took advantage of their new tax exemption. Corporations and individuals enjoyed their income tax cuts and refunds. The result was a $700 million loss in revenue for the state the first year. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). Trump Actually Just Said The Olympics Would Have Been a 'Total Failure' Without Him. AlterNet.org The completely unnecessary claim is deeply revealing about the president's character. | President Donald Trump took credit for the success of the 2018 Winter Olympics Wednesday during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, demonstrating what appears to be a compulsive need to boast about himself, even when the facts don't support his claims. "President Moon of South Korea was very generous when he said 'If it weren't for Donald Trump, the Olympics would have been a total failure," Trump said. "It was my involvement, and the involvement of our great country, that made the Olympics a very successful Olympics. "He continued: "If you look at ticket sales prior to what took place with respect to North Korea, it was going to be a big problem. And it turned out to be a very successful Olympics. "Trump has made similar claims

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-04-18). Hannity Referenced 'Kidding Around' with Michael Cohen on Fox News Show Last Year. AlterNet.org The host's comment should have raised a red flag. | From the January 12, 2017, edition of Fox News' Hannity: "SEAN HANNITY (HOST): All right, so this issue — Donald Trump yesterday at the presser talks a lot about the role of Don Jr. and Eric. They're taking over the company. Let's start with that. AINSLEY EARHARDT (FOX & FRIENDS CO-HOST): So the two boys, they're going to take over the company. There are more than 500 different companies. They're going to run the operations here in the United States. All the companies that are overseas, they're no longer going to do business with them, at least for the next four years. HANNITY: And it's a big step for him. When Donald Trump mentioned yesterday — and I was kidding around yesterday with Michael Cohen — $2 billion, some guy in Dubai. And I. . .

Emily Wells (2018-04-18). Republican Official Credits Voter ID Law for Trump Wisconsin Victory. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Democrats and elected officials have long argued that a Wisconsin voter identification law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of voters from the polls. A top Republican official has now asserted the same. | Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who defended the voter identification law in court, told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna Thursday, "We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November '16 election. How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didn't have voter ID to keep Wisconsin's elections clean and honest and have integrity?" | Mother Jones reports: The law, which went into effect in 2016, required specific forms of government-issued photo identification to vote. In a cover story last…

Linn Washington Jr. (2018-04-18). Philadelphia's Top Cop Defends Indefensible Prejudice in Starbucks Arrest Incident. counterpunch.org Philadelphia's top cop, Richard Ross, an African-American, has once again exhibited his blind spot on racial bigotry by police during his defense of a specious arrest of two black men inside a Starbucks coffee shop recently that triggered strong condemnation from the mayor of the so-called City of Brotherly Love. The arrest of those black More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). White House Told Russian Embassy There Would Be No New Sanctions: CNN. AlterNet.org Evidence keeps piling up that the president has an interest in treating Russia with extreme caution. | A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's announcement over the weekend. CNN's Jim Sciutto first reported these comments, noting that it raised more questions about why Haley and the White House have completely contradictory messages. Breaking: Trump administration notified Russian Embassy in Washington no additional US sanctions were coming -Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman to CNN— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 18, 2018The mixed messages began on Sunday, when Haley announced that Russia would face new sanctions for its involvement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical warfare. On Monday, the White House. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). CNN's Jake Tapper Rattles Off the History of Trump's Associates Allegedly Threatening People. AlterNet.org "The allegation against Mr. Trump is a strong one. " | CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday ran through the troubling history of allegations that President Donald Trump's allies have threatened people or attempted to scare them to keep quiet about potentially damaging information. The segment comes the day after Stephanie Clifford, also known as porn actress and director Stormy Daniels, released an artist's rendering of a man she says threatened her to stay silent about the affair she says she had with Trump back in 2006. To evaluated these claims, Tapper said, we must not only consider whether Clifford and her attorney are credible. We also have to consider whether this behavior — hiring somebody to make threats on his behalf — makes sense with what we know about Trump's history. And as Tapper shows, there is a long history of people allegedly making similar threats. . .

Matt Gertz, Media Matters (2018-04-18). Here's How the Fox News Presidential Pardon Pipeline Works. AlterNet.org Right-wing criminal in need of a pardon? The president's favorite network is ready to help. | Hours after the U. S. Supreme Court rejected former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plea to overturn his 2010 criminal conviction and 14-year prison sentence on charges related to political corruption, his wife Patti Blagojevich appealed to a higher authority: Fox News. "If you could speak to the president, what would you say? " Fox host Tucker Carlson asked at the top of a sympathetic Monday night interview with her. "What would be your pitch to pardoning your husband? " As she explained why she thought the former governor deserved clemency for charges that he tried to sell off President Barack Obama's former U. S. Senate seat, the caption "Will Trump intervene in Blagojevich case? " flashed across the screen. President Donald Trump himself, who spends hours each day consuming his favorite news. . .

TRNN (2018-04-18). Lopez Obrador's Lead Widens in Mexican Presidential Race Thanks to Trump. The Real News Network Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's (AMLO) lead in the presidential race has been growing steadily, despite receiving attacks from Mexico's entire establishment, explains UNAM's John Ackerman…

Adam Johnson (2018-04-18). Out of 26 Major Editorials on Trump's Syria Strikes, Zero Opposed. FAIR

Jonathan Cook (2018-04-18). Robert Fisk's Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria. counterpunch.org Nazareth. It seems that many who supported the weekend's air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisk's report yesterday from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). Trump's Allies Are Threatening Rod Rosenstein With Impeachment If He Doesn't Cooperate: Report. AlterNet.org Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to distract from the continuing Russia investigation. | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continued to face pressure from President Donald Trump's allies this week, according to the Washington Post, as Republicans in Congress try to undermine the special counsel's Russia investigationRep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), two of the president's allies on Capitol Hill, are pushing for Rosenstein to turn over documents related to the investigation, the Post found. According to the report, the lawmakers are even threatening to impeach Rosenstein if he does not comply. "Impeachment" itself may be an empty threat. Two-thirds of Senate would have to vote in favor of removing Rosenstein from office, and any effort would likely face blowback from Democrats and Republicans in the chamber. It would also be unnecessary: If even a halfway-compelling article. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). CNN's Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Attempt to Rewrite the History of Comey's Firing. AlterNet.org Trump presented "a totally different version of events from what the president has previously said. " | President Donald Trump tried to completely rewrite history Wednesday morning, and CNN's Anderson Cooper is not happy about it. In the opening segment of "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night, the host explained how Trump has completely contradicted his own account of why he fired former FBI Director James Comey, the action that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: April 18, 2018As Cooper points out, this claim contradicts the president's May 11, 2017 interview with Lester Holt, when he said he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey. The White House had previously tried to claim that Trump had fired Comey, on the Justice Department's recommendation, because the FBI director had been unfair to Hillary Clinton during the email investigation. But. . .

CP Editor (2018-04-18). The New Science of Psychedelics. counterpunch.org

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Why Won't Trump Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Support the Landmark Desegregation Case "Brown v. Board of Education"? Truthout Stories Did you know? Truthout is a nonprofit publication and the vast majority of our budget comes from reader donations. It's easy to support our work — click here to get started. | Last week, during Wendy Vitter's confirmation hearing for a Louisiana district court judgeship, the Donald Trump appointee (and wife of former Republican senator David Vitter) refused to say whether she supported Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that barred racial discrimination in public schools. | "I don't mean to be coy," Vitter said when asked about it by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., "but I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with." | As is standard these days, the comment set off…

Steven Sahiounie (2018-04-18). US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria. MintPress News The evidence — or lack thereof — of chemical weapons use by Syria is eerily similar to the events that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. | The post US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Alvaro Huerta (2018-04-18). I Am Not Your "Wetback" counterpunch.org When I say that I am not your "wetback," it doesn't just apply to myself. It also applies to the millions of resilient people of Mexican origin in this nation, where this racialized group's deep ties to this land precede the Yankee invaders with their bloody annexation of Mexico's territory—half of it taken by 1848. That's 170 years of state violence, psychological pain, humiliation and exploitation experienced by Mexican Americans (or Chicanas/os) and Mexicans—my people—in el norte. More

Jonah Raskin (2018-04-18). Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy. counterpunch.org "I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Where does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). Former Playboy Model Will Be Allowed to Speak About Her Alleged Affair with Trump: NYT. AlterNet.org She is just one of several people who has said they were paid not to discuss damaging information about Trump. | Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump, will now be allowed to speak publicly about her story, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Reporter Jim Rutenberg said that American Media Inc. , which owns the National Enquirer, will let McDougal out of the contract she signed that required her to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with the president. McDougal had sued the company over the agreement. She initially sold her story to AMI for $150,000, but it never published her claims. As part of a settlement, the company is entitled to as much as $75,000 of any profit she makes off her story. Trump has denied McDougal's accusations. The former Playboy model is not the. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Sanders's Bill Would Hold Big Pharma Executives Behind Opioid Crisis Accountable. Truthout Stories Sen. Bernie Sanders attends a Senate Budget Committee hearing on February 13, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. | While President Donald Trump attempts to place blame for the enduring opioid addiction crisis on immigrants, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced Tuesday that he would introduce legislation to take aim at those who drug policy experts agree are truly behind the epidemic that kills tens of thousands of Americans per year — pharmaceutical companies and executives. | "At a time when local, state and federal governments are spending many billions of dollars a year dealing with the impact of the opioid epidemic, we must hold the pharmaceutical companies and executives that created the crisis accountable," said Sanders in…

Peter Lee (2018-04-18). Drones Will Soon Use Artificial Intelligence to Decide Who to Kill. MintPress News The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward. Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement. | Once complete, these drones will represent the ultimate militarisation of AI and trigger vast legal and ethical implications for wider society. There is a chance that warfare will move from fighting to extermination, losing any semblance of humanity in the process. At the same time, it could widen the sphere of warfare so that the companies, engineers and scientists building AI become valid military targets. | Existing lethal military drones like the MQ-9 Reaper are carefully controlled and piloted via satellite. If a pilot drops a bomb or…

Gareth Porter (2018-04-18). UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination. MintPress News An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. | The post UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination appeared first on MintPress News.

Robert Hunziker (2018-04-18). America's Dystopian Future. counterpunch.org Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Erickson's History of the Decline and Fall of More

TRNN (2018-04-18). Philippines' Drug War Kills Poor Addicts, Not Rich Dealers. The Real News Network Most of the thousands killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs have been poor addicts. Ex-lawmaker Walden Bello discusses how the middle class is the social base for far-right movements…

Lauren Walker (2018-04-18). A Stampede of Scandals. Truthout Stories

Staff (2018-04-18). 'Cool and Calm' Southwest Pilot a Pioneer in Her Field. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, was at the controls when her Boeing 737 with 149 on board blew an engine. | The post 'Cool and Calm' Southwest Pilot a Pioneer in Her Field appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Porter McConnell (2018-04-18). Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts. MintPress News The finance industry, the biggest beneficiary of corporate tax cuts, is expected to take in $250 billion from the corporate income tax cut alone over next decade, an amount that could fund 300,000 elementary school teachers or 6,000 teachers per state for 10 years. | The post Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Sinclair Has Thrived for So Long Under the Radar. Truthout Stories Janine Jackson: The viral video of dozens of local newscasters from around the country, reciting identical scripts about "fake news," is the definition of painful irony. But what Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company that forced the broadcasters to parrot the words, is doing, and wants to do, is no laughing matter. Sinclair's been largely under the radar til now, though known to some as the owner that forced its stations to run a pseudo-documentary hit piece on John Kerry days before the 2004 election. The chain's Washington bureau chief resisted, told the Baltimore Sun, "I couldn't be part of this special and call it news, when what it is is political propaganda," and was promptly fired. | So what does it mean that Sinclair may acquire a station in your town next?

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2018-04-18). The U.S. — China Tariff Dispute Is Really About Protecting US Global Corporate Dominance. MintPress News Although the media largely echoes President Trump's claim that his tariff threats directed at China about trying to reduce the large U.S. trade deficit, the president has a far narrower aim—that is to protect the monopoly position and profits of dominant U.S. corporations. | The post The U.S. — China Tariff Dispute Is Really About Protecting US Global Corporate Dominance appeared first on MintPress News.

Geoffrey McDonald (2018-04-18). "America First!" as Economic War. counterpunch.org President Trump would be funny if he were not so serious when he complains that the USA is the victim of the rest of the world. According to the president, the whole globalized world economy is a clever ploy by other countries to feed off America. "America first" announces his intention to throw the old More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps. Truthout Stories Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair. | Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." | Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called,…

Staff (2018-04-18). Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: 'Like the First Day of Maria'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Officials say it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to the island, which was hit hard by Hurricane Maria last September. | The post Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: 'Like the First Day of Maria' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Watch Meghan McCain Berate James Comey for Not Being More Like Racist J. Edgar Hoover. AlterNet.org The conservative co-host embarrassed herself yet again. | Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover might have been closeted, racist and headed a bureau that threatened civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, on Wednesday's episode of "The View," co-host Meghan McCain told James Comey to his face that he should be more like Hoover. Comey began his interview with the women by saying that his wife always says that when something happens people should try and make something good come from it. That was a major reason why he wanted to write the book. "I think I had something useful to say," he continued. McCain began her questioning by quoting former senior White House advisor David Axelrod saying, "I have no doubt about its brilliance when it comes to book sales. Maybe he should have called it 'Higher Royalties,'" referencing the book. . .

Staff (2018-04-18). Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, to Be Cuba's Next President. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists HAVANA—Cuba on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it. | The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades. | The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as "the superior guiding force of society and the state." As a result, Castro is almost certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being. His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader…

Katie Fite (2018-04-18). Chaos in Urban Canyons — Air Force Efforts to Carve a Civilian Population War Game Range across Southern Idaho. counterpunch.org Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis touched down at Mountain Home Air Force base in January. He gaggled with the press, extolled large military Ranges, and lamented human encroachment on military training sites. In early February, the Air Force mailed select "stakeholders" a Scoping proposal for imposing an F-15 Urban Warfare Range on the densest More

Staff (2018-04-18). Ex-Playboy Model Free Now to Talk About Affair With Trump. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Karen McDougal keeps the $150,000 she was paid by the National Enquirer in a settlement with the tabloid that "restores to me the rights to my life story." | The post Ex-Playboy Model Free Now to Talk About Affair With Trump appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Mike Luckovich (2018-04-18). I'll Explain. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post I'll Explain appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Media Matters (2018-04-18). NPR's David Folkenflik's brutal takedown of Fox's handling of Sean Hannity. AlterNet.org Hannity 'does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox. ' | From the April 17 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily: CHUCK TODD (HOST): I feel like by basically saying Sean Hannity is not accountable to any standard whatsoever of journalistic ethics that we would hold others to, does it send the message that those that are professional journalists at Fox News are nothing but cover for Sean Hannity? [. . . ]DAVID FOLKENFLIK: You've got a thing that where he causes pain time and again and the thing is he does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox, they have doubled down on the Trump presidency and Trump's success at a time of crisis and controversy. [. . . ]For those journalists who are there it is painful to watch these antics from one of the most popular host. [. . . ]At this point the decision to identify the. . .

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Trump's Legal Adviser Told Him to Expect Michael Cohen to Flip 'If Faced with Criminal Charges&#039. AlterNet.org The president's circle will turn on him when it becomes expedient. | A "longtime legal adviser" for Donald Trump has warned the president his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will flip on the president "if faced with criminal charges," the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Journal report, Trump sought out legal advice from Jay Goldberg, who in turn informed the president that on a stale of 1 to 100, where 100 is fully loyal to the president, Cohen "isn't even a 1. "Goldberg told the Journal he explained to Trump, "Michael will never stand up [for you]" if faced with charges. Investigators are currently probing whether Cohen committed bank fraud when he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 from his home equity line of credit in exchange for her silence on an alleged affair with Trump. Goldberg also warned the president. . .

WSWS (2018-04-18). University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike. World Socialist Web Site It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether…

WSWS (2018-04-18). Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border. World Socialist Web Site The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

WSWS (2018-04-18). US CEO pay, bank profits, corporate cash set new records. World Socialist Web Site A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Trudeau joins Macron in celebrating air strikes on Syria. World Socialist Web Site Trudeau's summit with Macron came just days after France joined the US and UK in launching illegal air strikes on Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters in London and Bristol.

WSWS (2018-04-18). As lies on Syrian gas attack unravel, US and UK shift to claims of Russian "cyber war" World Socialist Web Site An on-the-spot report from Douma by veteran journalist Robert Fisk further exposes the chemical gas pretext for the illegal US-UK-French bombing of Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Union seeks to derail New Zealand nurses' struggle. World Socialist Web Site The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Indian Stalinists at loggerheads over what right-wing course to follow. World Socialist Web Site At issue in the factional struggle is how to align with the Congress Party, until recently the Indian bourgeoisie's preferred party of government.

WSWS (2018-04-18). The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers' revolt. World Socialist Web Site The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis. World Socialist Web Site The two longstanding military allies—the US and Japan—are united in their determination to contain and confront China, but are increasingly at odds over the means for doing so.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Bombing of Syria exposes pro-war politics of France's New Anti-capitalist Party. World Socialist Web Site The fight against Macron requires a political break with the pro-war pseudo-left organisations that support the unprovoked military assault on Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Contemporary life, and those who make films about it (in Iran, the US, Russia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan …). World Socialist Web Site The San Francisco International Film Festival, founded in 1957 and one of the longest-running such events in the Americas, this year screened some 180 films from 45 countries.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest against jailing of Catalan independence leaders. World Socialist Web Site The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government's repressive actions.

WSWS (2018-04-18). UK government rejects Corbyn's demand for parliament to vote on war. World Socialist Web Site Amid mass anti-war sentiment, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to prop up the tattered reputation of the Labour Party by claiming that it can serve as a check on the May government.

WSWS (2018-04-18). "Berlin is Burning": Berlin firefighters' campaign of resistance raises political issues. World Socialist Web Site The protests by Berlin firefighters are part of a growing international mobilisation involving teachers, railroad and other workers.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Government crisis in the Czech Republic. World Socialist Web Site Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.

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Justin Trudeau Vows to Bail Out Profitable Oil Company, Kinder Morgan
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees the Kinder Morgan threat to abandon its pipeline project as a threat to the country's national interest and is now mobilizing local governments to maintain the project, says TRNN's Dimitri Lascaris…
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Keep Saying 'No' to Dirty Energy Projects
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-19
"No one is doing their job to protect the people of Pennsylvania. We're out here on our own." Elise Gerhart sounds stressed and tired — but resolute. She and her family have been battling the Mariner East 2 pipeline for more than two years through both legal and direct action. In 2016, the pipeline resistance camp known as Camp White Pine began — deploying tree-sits in trees marked for clearing. Going up against Sunoco and their subsidiary, Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline has been intensely taxing, in all senses of that word. Surveillance drones and helicopters, private security thugs, legal threats and action, character assassination, death threats and mysterious visitors to the Gerhart's home have become the norm. | When Elise says they're out there on their own, it's true both literally and figuratively. The Gerharts…
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Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-19
Many have turned to survivor groups or therapy. Actors Tyler Perry, Tom Arnold and Anthony Edwards are among those who have come forward. | The post Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Global Warming's Impact on Ocean Currents to Amplify Sea Level Rise
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
A new study shows that the Atlantic's currents have weakened due to global warming and are closer to catastrophic collapse than any time in the last 1,600 years, which could cause rapid sea level rise on the East Coast of North America. One of the study's lead authors explains…
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Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Germany's pro-war Left Party postures as a "party of peace"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The Left Party in Germany is trying to portray itself as an opponent of war in order to prevent a powerful anti-war movement from developing.
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Australian unions launch campaign to re-elect an anti-working class Labor government
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The trade unions are directly responsible for the social crisis that the "Change the Rules" campaign purports to oppose.
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Corporate Canada demands Trudeau quell opposition to Trans Mountain pipeline
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The corporate media is demanding Trudeau do whatever it takes to ensure the pipeline is built, including invoking the Emergencies Act and deploying the army.
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Trump's secret diplomacy with North Korea
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The Trump administration senses the possibility of advancing US imperialism's interests in Asia against its chief rivals, Russia and China, and potential competitors such as Japan.
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Seven months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico suffers total blackout
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
A break in a single transmission line triggered an island-wide blackout Wednesday, expected to last 24 to 36 hours.
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Maryland lawmakers offer Amazon $8.5 billion to locate headquarters near CIA and Pentagon
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
Maryland is a finalist for Amazon's "HQ2" because of the region's proximity to the headquarters of Amazon's partners at the CIA, NSA, FBI and US military.
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After Syria strikes, drumbeat grows for wider US war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
A campaign is underway in the American political and military-intelligence establishment for a major escalation in Syria and confrontation with Iran and Russia.
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As state ends bottled water program in Flint, officials grant new permits to Nestlé Waters
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The Michigan officials have granted the world's largest bottled water company expanded rights to exploit the state's fresh water supplies.
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Murdoch's Times witch-hunts academics for questioning UK government's Syria lies
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
Under conditions where the imperialist powers are dragging humanity towards a third world war, the ruling elites can no longer countenance critical opinion.
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The Pulitzer Prize rewards witch-hunting and state propaganda
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The Washington Post and New York Times won prizes for their role in the anti-Russia campaign, while the Times and the New Yorker won an award for promoting the #MeToo campaign.
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Arizona teachers voting on state-wide walkout
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor's pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.
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US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.
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One passenger dead after engine explodes during Southwest Airlines flight
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
Ultimate responsibility for Tuesday's incident lies in the subordination of passenger safety to the drive of the airlines for ever greater profits.
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Unite the working class against police killings!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.
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UK government's racist targeting of Caribbean migrants provokes backlash
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The tightening of immigration legislation was in line with a policy of creating, in Prime Minister May's words, a "really hostile environment" for "illegal" immigrants.
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IMF remains upbeat on global economy but trade conflicts sound a jarring note
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The IMF chief economist said it seemed "paradoxical" that major economies were "flirting with trade war" at a time of economic expansion.
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SEP (Sri Lanka) calls May Day meeting in Colombo
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In holding its public meeting on May 1, the SEP is opposing the government's efforts to sabotage May Day celebrations.
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'Nobody's tougher on Russia!' Trump recalls 'severe fight' in Syria, vows more sanctions if needed
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-19
Nobody has ever been tougher on Moscow than Donald Trump, the US President has proclaimed, promising even more sanctions if necessary and highlighting an alleged recent "severe" clash between the US and "Russian troops" in Syria. …
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5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-19
Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police. …
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Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
(Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. | Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…
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Trump threat puts European role in lethal US drone strikes under new scrutiny
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
As the Trump administration prepares to further expand the USA's lethal drone programme, increasing the risk of civilian casualties and unlawful killings, Amnesty International is calling on four European countries to urgently overhaul the crucial operational and intelligence assistance they provide to the programme. | Amnesty International and others have documented cases under successive US administrations where US drone strikes have killed people who were not directly participating in hostilities or posed no imminent threat to life, including children. | In a new report, Deadly Assistance: The role of European states in US Drone Strikes, Amnesty International uses open source information to map out the assistance the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy provide to the US drone programme, and shows how these states risk being held responsible for violations under international law. | "The UK, German, Dutch and Italian governments…
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Deadly Assistance: The role of European States in US drone strikes
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
The reach of the US lethal drone programme is extensive and the USA relies heavily on assistance from many States. Since taking office, President Donald Trump has reportedly made changes to US policy on the use of force outside areas of conflict. Combined with the current administration's reported dramatic expansion in lethal drone operations, there is a real risk of an increase in unlawful killings and civilian casualties. This report examines the role played by the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy and analyses whether assistance provided by them could be aiding potentially unlawful US drone strikes in violation of international law.
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European assistance to deadly US drone strikes
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…
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The Condemned
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
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How Much Longer Can the U.S. Remain a Superpower?
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Having already violated every tenet of international law in its proxy jihadist war against Syria, including the seizure of one-third of the country, the United States invoked a Non-Law, a Law That Never Was, to justify its missile strikes against fictitious "chemical warfare" facilities. Syrian President Assad "kills his own people," said Trump, leader of the nation whose police kill more of its "own people" than any country except (fellow white settler state) Brazil, and whose prisons entomb one-quarter of all the world's inmates. (One out of every eight prisoners on the planet is an African-American.) | On the Saturday morning after the bombs fell in Damascus and Homs, Omalii Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, held a press conference in St. Louis to denounce Washington's aggression. "If you can use that justification," said…
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Under Louisiana Bill, Peaceful Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests like 350.org's "Draw the Line on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline," in the French Quarter in New Orleans on September 21, 2013, bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images) | With House Bill 727, Louisiana has joined a growing number of states that are seeking to criminalize nonviolent civil disobedience actions at "critical infrastructure" sites, which typically include pipelines, refineries and electrical power facilities. Financed by Big Oil, the Louisiana bill makes even discussing a possible trespass action punishable with prison sentences of five years and fines up to $10,000.Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests like 350.org's "Draw the Line on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline," in the French Quarter in New Orleans…
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It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History
Brian Barger, Consortium News | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal — and provoking the ire of AP editors | I remember it was a pleasure to meet Bob in 1984. The CIA was ramping up its covert war in Nicaragua. News reports from the region documented atrocities committed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" and their CIA handlers. Congress was starting to take notice, and was threatening to cut off US aid. I got a call from Betsy Cohn, a Latin America scholar from Georgetown University, saying I should meet this guy from the AP. Over lunch we shared notes. I'd done much of my reporting from Central America and Miami, and Bob from Washington. We agreed there was a lot of. . .
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Black Lawmakers Unleash Fury on Tennessee GOP for Punishing Memphis Over Confederate Statues, Treating Racist Figures Like 'God&#039
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
State leaders also called the conservatives' actions 'un-Christian. ' | Tennessee's Republican-dominated state legislature this week voted to punish the black-majority city of Memphis because it had removed two Confederate memorial statues — including a statue of former Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Tennessee's state legislature has voted to take away $250,000 that was originally set aside to be spent at Memphis's upcoming bicentennial celebration. The reason for the vote was that Memphis last year removed statues of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis and former Confederate General Forrest, who would go on to become the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the years following the Civil War. "What this amendment does is it removes $250,000 from the budget that is designated to go to the city of Memphis for their bicentennial celebration,"
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CNN's Jake Tapper Rattles Off the History of Trump's Associates Allegedly Threatening People
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
"The allegation against Mr. Trump is a strong one. " | CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday ran through the troubling history of allegations that President Donald Trump's allies have threatened people or attempted to scare them to keep quiet about potentially damaging information. The segment comes the day after Stephanie Clifford, also known as porn actress and director Stormy Daniels, released an artist's rendering of a man she says threatened her to stay silent about the affair she says she had with Trump back in 2006. To evaluated these claims, Tapper said, we must not only consider whether Clifford and her attorney are credible. We also have to consider whether this behavior — hiring somebody to make threats on his behalf — makes sense with what we know about Trump's history. And as Tapper shows, there is a long history of people allegedly making similar threats. . .
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CNN's Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Attempt to Rewrite the History of Comey's Firing
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Trump presented "a totally different version of events from what the president has previously said. " | President Donald Trump tried to completely rewrite history Wednesday morning, and CNN's Anderson Cooper is not happy about it. In the opening segment of "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night, the host explained how Trump has completely contradicted his own account of why he fired former FBI Director James Comey, the action that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: April 18, 2018As Cooper points out, this claim contradicts the president's May 11, 2017 interview with Lester Holt, when he said he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey. The White House had previously tried to claim that Trump had fired Comey, on the Justice Department's recommendation, because the FBI director had been unfair to Hillary Clinton during the email investigation. But. . .
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The New Science of Psychedelics
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
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Sinclair Has Thrived for So Long Under the Radar
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Janine Jackson: The viral video of dozens of local newscasters from around the country, reciting identical scripts about "fake news," is the definition of painful irony. But what Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company that forced the broadcasters to parrot the words, is doing, and wants to do, is no laughing matter. Sinclair's been largely under the radar til now, though known to some as the owner that forced its stations to run a pseudo-documentary hit piece on John Kerry days before the 2004 election. The chain's Washington bureau chief resisted, told the Baltimore Sun, "I couldn't be part of this special and call it news, when what it is is political propaganda," and was promptly fired. | So what does it mean that Sinclair may acquire a station in your town next?
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Trump Actually Just Said The Olympics Would Have Been a 'Total Failure' Without Him
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
The completely unnecessary claim is deeply revealing about the president's character. | President Donald Trump took credit for the success of the 2018 Winter Olympics Wednesday during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, demonstrating what appears to be a compulsive need to boast about himself, even when the facts don't support his claims. "President Moon of South Korea was very generous when he said 'If it weren't for Donald Trump, the Olympics would have been a total failure," Trump said. "It was my involvement, and the involvement of our great country, that made the Olympics a very successful Olympics. "He continued: "If you look at ticket sales prior to what took place with respect to North Korea, it was going to be a big problem. And it turned out to be a very successful Olympics. "Trump has made similar claims
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Watch Meghan McCain Berate James Comey for Not Being More Like Racist J. Edgar Hoover
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
The conservative co-host embarrassed herself yet again. | Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover might have been closeted, racist and headed a bureau that threatened civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, on Wednesday's episode of "The View," co-host Meghan McCain told James Comey to his face that he should be more like Hoover. Comey began his interview with the women by saying that his wife always says that when something happens people should try and make something good come from it. That was a major reason why he wanted to write the book. "I think I had something useful to say," he continued. McCain began her questioning by quoting former senior White House advisor David Axelrod saying, "I have no doubt about its brilliance when it comes to book sales. Maybe he should have called it 'Higher Royalties,'" referencing the book. . .
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Your Dietary Future: More Bugs — And a Lot Less Meat
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018. | Biologically speaking, humans are omnivoresand we like to eat a variety of things. There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018. According to Nielsen, the consumer analytics company, the proportion of Canadians identifying as vegetarian and vegan is still relatively small (six per cent and two per cent respectively), but 43 per cent of Canadians say they're planning to get more plant-based proteins into their diets. That's higher than both the United States and global average. This is coupled with an 18 per cent reduction in beef consumption and an 11 per cent decrease in pork consumption over the past decade, according to. . .
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Former Playboy Model Will Be Allowed to Speak About Her Alleged Affair with Trump: NYT
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
She is just one of several people who has said they were paid not to discuss damaging information about Trump. | Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump, will now be allowed to speak publicly about her story, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Reporter Jim Rutenberg said that American Media Inc. , which owns the National Enquirer, will let McDougal out of the contract she signed that required her to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with the president. McDougal had sued the company over the agreement. She initially sold her story to AMI for $150,000, but it never published her claims. As part of a settlement, the company is entitled to as much as $75,000 of any profit she makes off her story. Trump has denied McDougal's accusations. The former Playboy model is not the. . .
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Robert Fisk's Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Nazareth. It seems that many who supported the weekend's air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisk's report yesterday from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at…
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Hannity Referenced 'Kidding Around' with Michael Cohen on Fox News Show Last Year
Media Matters Staff, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
The host's comment should have raised a red flag. | From the January 12, 2017, edition of Fox News' Hannity:…
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Tampa Bay Times Says It Will Cut About 50 Jobs Because of Trump's New Tariffs
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
The paper says the new taxes on imported goods will cost $3 million. | The Tampa Bay Times announced Wednesday that it will be cutting about 50 jobs because of the U. S. government's new tariffs"[The] U. S. government piled huge tariffs onto the imports of newsprint from Canada, including those from our biggest supplier," Paul Tash, the CEO of the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper, wrote last month. "As a result, the price will jump from $600 to $800 for every ton, and we use about 17,000 tons every year. "He continued: "That increase is more than 30 percent, and would add more than $3 million to the Tampa Bay Times' annual newsprint bill. "In January, the Commerce Department announced that it would be raising tariffs on Canadian paper. According to CNN, the United States imported 1$. 3 billion worth of paper from Canda in 2016. A spokeswoman. . .
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Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: 'Like the First Day of Maria'
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Officials say it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to the island, which was hit hard by Hurricane Maria last September. | The post Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: 'Like the First Day of Maria' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Macron's Syria Game
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring to it. With Syria's Bashar al-Assad getting more comfortable with military…
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Republican Governor's Radical Tax Cut Plan Backfires, Exposes Conservative Economics As a Scam
Stephen Talbot, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
His tax break was a colossal failure. | "It's like shooting adrenaline into the heart of growing the economy. " That's how Sam Brownback, then governor of Kansas, described his radical tax cut plan in 2012. He was evangelical about it. Slashing corporate and personal income tax rates and completely eliminating taxes on limited liability companies, he promised, would create tens of thousands of jobs and bring prosperity to the state. It did not work out that way. This article was originally published at SalonAt first, there were many believers, including the Kansas State Legislature, which passed the governor's revolutionary tax package in 2012. Some 330,000 independent business owners took advantage of their new tax exemption. Corporations and individuals enjoyed their income tax cuts and refunds. The result was a $700 million loss in revenue for the state the first year. . .
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"America First!" as Economic War
Geoffrey McDonald | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
President Trump would be funny if he were not so serious when he complains that the USA is the victim of the rest of the world. According to the president, the whole globalized world economy is a clever ploy by other countries to feed off America. "America first" announces his intention to throw the old…
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Trump's Allies Are Threatening Rod Rosenstein With Impeachment If He Doesn't Cooperate: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to distract from the continuing Russia investigation. | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continued to face pressure from President Donald Trump's allies this week, according to the Washington Post, as Republicans in Congress try to undermine the special counsel's Russia investigationRep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), two of the president's allies on Capitol Hill, are pushing for Rosenstein to turn over documents related to the investigation, the Post found. According to the report, the lawmakers are even threatening to impeach Rosenstein if he does not comply. "Impeachment" itself may be an empty threat. Two-thirds of Senate would have to vote in favor of removing Rosenstein from office, and any effort would likely face blowback from Democrats and Republicans in the chamber. It would also be unnecessary: If even a halfway-compelling article. . .
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US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria
Steven Sahiounie | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
The evidence — or lack thereof — of chemical weapons use by Syria is eerily similar to the events that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. | The post US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria

Here's How the Fox News Presidential Pardon Pipeline Works
Matt Gertz, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Right-wing criminal in need of a pardon? The president's favorite network is ready to help. | Hours after the U. S. Supreme Court rejected former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plea to overturn his 2010 criminal conviction and 14-year prison sentence on charges related to political corruption, his wife Patti Blagojevich appealed to a higher authority: Fox News. "If you could speak to the president, what would you say? " Fox host Tucker Carlson asked at the top of a sympathetic Monday night interview with her. "What would be your pitch to pardoning your husband? " As she explained why she thought the former governor deserved clemency for charges that he tried to sell off President Barack Obama's former U. S. Senate seat, the caption "Will Trump intervene in Blagojevich case? " flashed across the screen. President Donald Trump himself, who spends hours each day consuming his favorite news. . .
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Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Where does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the…
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The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair. | Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." | Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called,…
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Republican Official Credits Voter ID Law for Trump Wisconsin Victory
Emily Wells | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Democrats and elected officials have long argued that a Wisconsin voter identification law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of voters from the polls. A top Republican official has now asserted the same. | Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who defended the voter identification law in court, told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna Thursday, "We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November '16 election. How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didn't have voter ID to keep Wisconsin's elections clean and honest and have integrity?" | Mother Jones reports: The law, which went into effect in 2016, required specific forms of government-issued photo identification to vote. In a cover story last…
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Why Won't Trump Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Support the Landmark Desegregation Case "Brown v. Board of Education"?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Did you know? Truthout is a nonprofit publication and the vast majority of our budget comes from reader donations. It's easy to support our work — click here to get started. | Last week, during Wendy Vitter's confirmation hearing for a Louisiana district court judgeship, the Donald Trump appointee (and wife of former Republican senator David Vitter) refused to say whether she supported Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that barred racial discrimination in public schools. | "I don't mean to be coy," Vitter said when asked about it by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., "but I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with." | As is standard these days, the comment set off…
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NPR's David Folkenflik's brutal takedown of Fox's handling of Sean Hannity
Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Hannity 'does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox. ' | From the April 17 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily: CHUCK TODD (HOST): I feel like by basically saying Sean Hannity is not accountable to any standard whatsoever of journalistic ethics that we would hold others to, does it send the message that those that are professional journalists at Fox News are nothing but cover for Sean Hannity? [. . . ]DAVID FOLKENFLIK: You've got a thing that where he causes pain time and again and the thing is he does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox, they have doubled down on the Trump presidency and Trump's success at a time of crisis and controversy. [. . . ]For those journalists who are there it is painful to watch these antics from one of the most popular host. [. . . ]At this point the decision to identify the. . .
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The U.S. — China Tariff Dispute Is Really About Protecting US Global Corporate Dominance
Martin Hart-Landsberg | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
Although the media largely echoes President Trump's claim that his tariff threats directed at China about trying to reduce the large U.S. trade deficit, the president has a far narrower aim–that is to protect the monopoly position and profits of dominant U.S. corporations. | The post The U.S. — China Tariff Dispute Is Really About Protecting US Global Corporate Dominance appeared first on MintPress News.

The U.S. – China Tariff Dispute Is Really About Protecting US Global Corporate Dominance

WW III This Ain't
Jeff Berg | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table." — George Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of State For anyone wondering what this most recent attack on Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France is all about the answer is refreshingly simple. It is about the shape…
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Drones Will Soon Use Artificial Intelligence to Decide Who to Kill
Peter Lee | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward. Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement. | Once complete, these drones will represent the ultimate militarisation of AI and trigger vast legal and ethical implications for wider society. There is a chance that warfare will move from fighting to extermination, losing any semblance of humanity in the process. At the same time, it could widen the sphere of warfare so that the companies, engineers and scientists building AI become valid military targets. | Existing lethal military drones like the MQ-9 Reaper are carefully controlled and piloted via satellite. If a pilot drops a bomb or…

Drones Will Soon Use Artificial Intelligence to Decide Who to Kill

Trump's Legal Adviser Told Him to Expect Michael Cohen to Flip 'If Faced with Criminal Charges&#039
Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
The president's circle will turn on him when it becomes expedient. | A "longtime legal adviser" for Donald Trump has warned the president his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will flip on the president "if faced with criminal charges," the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Journal report, Trump sought out legal advice from Jay Goldberg, who in turn informed the president that on a stale of 1 to 100, where 100 is fully loyal to the president, Cohen "isn't even a 1. "Goldberg told the Journal he explained to Trump, "Michael will never stand up [for you]" if faced with charges. Investigators are currently probing whether Cohen committed bank fraud when he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 from his home equity line of credit in exchange for her silence on an alleged affair with Trump. Goldberg also warned the president. . .
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Out of 26 Major Editorials on Trump's Syria Strikes, Zero Opposed
Adam Johnson | FAIR | 2018-04-18
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Anticipating a Crush: In Prison, Tactical Teams Declare Uneven War
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Orange Crush — or the tact team, as they're called officially — is the Illinois Department of Correction's most oppressive armed wing. They are bullies dressed in riot gear who kick you when you're down, both figuratively and literally. These are usually big white guys with insecurities, poor communication skills and a power complex that makes for a horrible mix.(Photo: Rafael Belincanta / EyeEm / Getty Images) | Far more people read Truthout than will ever donate — but we rely on donations to keep our publication running strong. Support independent journalism by making a contribution now! | About 7: 45 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, I muster the energy to get out of bed and walk the step to the sink from the bottom bunk and I hear it. Clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk. "Shit!" I say to myself as my…
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Facebook: This Is Where I Leave You
Robby Sherwin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see." — Debra Monk It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population…
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I'll Explain
Mike Luckovich | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
The post I'll Explain appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Sanders's Bill Would Hold Big Pharma Executives Behind Opioid Crisis Accountable
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Sen. Bernie Sanders attends a Senate Budget Committee hearing on February 13, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. | While President Donald Trump attempts to place blame for the enduring opioid addiction crisis on immigrants, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced Tuesday that he would introduce legislation to take aim at those who drug policy experts agree are truly behind the epidemic that kills tens of thousands of Americans per year — pharmaceutical companies and executives. | "At a time when local, state and federal governments are spending many billions of dollars a year dealing with the impact of the opioid epidemic, we must hold the pharmaceutical companies and executives that created the crisis accountable," said Sanders in…
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Shocking Video Shows White Teacher Dragging Screaming Black 7-Year-Old Student by His Legs
Dominique Jackson, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
The teacher was removed from the school pending the results of an investigation. | A seven-year-old boy was dragged off a school bus in Memphis, Tennessee by a white male teacher. The incident took place at Robert R. Church Elementary School. The school failed to inform the mother about what went down. She found out days later, after another parent sent her the video. "Another parent of a child at the school contacted me Friday evening. She said she had video of the teacher dragging my son off the school bus," she told FOX13 News. "Her son recorded it. "As a result the young boy left with injuries. "He had a concussion and his back was bruised," the mother said. According to the school, the teacher was breaking up a fight. The boy's mother said he was not involved in it. The teacher. . .
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Philippines' Drug War Kills Poor Addicts, Not Rich Dealers
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-18
Most of the thousands killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs have been poor addicts. Ex-lawmaker Walden Bello discusses how the middle class is the social base for far-right movements…
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"Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria?
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
Between the imminent arrival of thousands of U.S. troops, Israel's continued military action against Syria, and the Syrian rebels poised to stage a false-flag attack, it seems that last weekend's strikes were only the kickoff for an expanding U.S.-led military operation targeting the Syrian government. | The post "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? appeared first on MintPress News.

“Locked and Loaded”: What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria?

Court Reins In 'Crime of Violence' Deportations
Emily Wells | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a provision in a law subjecting immigrants to deportation for crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague, thanks to the swing vote of President Trump's high court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch. The ruling goes against the president's effort to deport immigrants who commit crimes in the United States, and it takes issue with the criterion of having committed a "crime of violence" as grounds for deportation. | "What does that mean?" Gorsuch asked of the term "crime of violence." "Just take the crime at issue in this case, California burglary, which applies to everyone from armed home intruders to door-to-door salesmen peddling shady products. How, on that vast spectrum, is anyone supposed to locate the ordinary case and say whether it includes a substantial risk of physical force? The truth is, no one knows." | "The law's silence…
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Uses for the Poor
Susan Roberts | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Incarceration is, probably, the starkest form of commodification where simply warehousing flesh brings a return. The cost of penal servitude in the US varies from state to state, but an average of around $30,000 per year can be made by simply keeping a body shut in a cell. Bearing in mind that over 20 prisoners are often locked up together, it isn't a bad return on a tiny speck of, often sub-standard, real es…
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Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts
Porter McConnell | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
The finance industry, the biggest beneficiary of corporate tax cuts, is expected to take in $250 billion from the corporate income tax cut alone over next decade, an amount that could fund 300,000 elementary school teachers or 6,000 teachers per state for 10 years. | The post Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts appeared first on MintPress News.

Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts

Chaos in Urban Canyons — Air Force Efforts to Carve a Civilian Population War Game Range across Southern Idaho
Katie Fite | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis touched down at Mountain Home Air Force base in January. He gaggled with the press, extolled large military Ranges, and lamented human encroachment on military training sites. In early February, the Air Force mailed select "stakeholders" a Scoping proposal for imposing an F-15 Urban Warfare Range on the densest…
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'Cool and Calm' Southwest Pilot a Pioneer in Her Field
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, was at the controls when her Boeing 737 with 149 on board blew an engine. | The post 'Cool and Calm' Southwest Pilot a Pioneer in Her Field appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans' Great Return March is Modern Exodus
Miko Peled | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
As Israel celebrates seven decades and prides itself on being the only democracy in the Middle East, the reality in Gaza undercuts that self-image and instead testifies that Israel is a state that is both racist and violent. | The post After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans' Great Return March is Modern Exodus appeared first on MintPress News.

After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans’ Great Return March is Modern Exodus

A Stampede of Scandals
Lauren Walker | Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
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America's Dystopian Future
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Erickson's History of the Decline and Fall of…
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UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination
Gareth Porter | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. | The post UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination appeared first on MintPress News.

UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination

I Am Not Your "Wetback"
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
When I say that I am not your "wetback," it doesn't just apply to myself. It also applies to the millions of resilient people of Mexican origin in this nation, where this racialized group's deep ties to this land precede the Yankee invaders with their bloody annexation of Mexico's territory–half of it taken by 1848. That's 170 years of state violence, psychological pain, humiliation and exploitation experienced by Mexican Americans (or Chicanas/os) and Mexicans–my people–in el norte.
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Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad. . . | A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in — and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee — despite the fact that he's a paid member. He approaches the woman at the front desk and asks her to scan his membership tag, which she. . .
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Ex-Playboy Model Free Now to Talk About Affair With Trump
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Karen McDougal keeps the $150,000 she was paid by the National Enquirer in a settlement with the tabloid that "restores to me the rights to my life story." | The post Ex-Playboy Model Free Now to Talk About Affair With Trump appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Lopez Obrador's Lead Widens in Mexican Presidential Race Thanks to Trump
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-18
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's (AMLO) lead in the presidential race has been growing steadily, despite receiving attacks from Mexico's entire establishment, explains UNAM's John Ackerman…
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White House Told Russian Embassy There Would Be No New Sanctions: CNN
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Evidence keeps piling up that the president has an interest in treating Russia with extreme caution. | A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's announcement over the weekend. CNN's Jim Sciutto first reported these comments, noting that it raised more questions about why Haley and the White House have completely contradictory messages. Breaking: Trump administration notified Russian Embassy in Washington no additional US sanctions were coming -Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman to CNN– Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 18, 2018The mixed messages began on Sunday, when Haley announced that Russia would face new sanctions for its involvement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical warfare. On Monday, the White House. . .
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Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, to Be Cuba's Next President
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
HAVANA–Cuba on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it. | The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades. | The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as "the superior guiding force of society and the state." As a result, Castro is almost certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being. His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader…
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University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether…
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Bombing of Syria exposes pro-war politics of France's New Anti-capitalist Party
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The fight against Macron requires a political break with the pro-war pseudo-left organisations that support the unprovoked military assault on Syria.
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"Berlin is Burning": Berlin firefighters' campaign of resistance raises political issues
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The protests by Berlin firefighters are part of a growing international mobilisation involving teachers, railroad and other workers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/berl…

The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers' revolt
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.
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Indian Stalinists at loggerheads over what right-wing course to follow
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
At issue in the factional struggle is how to align with the Congress Party, until recently the Indian bourgeoisie's preferred party of government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/cpim…

UK government rejects Corbyn's demand for parliament to vote on war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Amid mass anti-war sentiment, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to prop up the tattered reputation of the Labour Party by claiming that it can serve as a check on the May government.
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Trudeau joins Macron in celebrating air strikes on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Trudeau's summit with Macron came just days after France joined the US and UK in launching illegal air strikes on Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/trud…

Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The two longstanding military allies–the US and Japan–are united in their determination to contain and confront China, but are increasingly at odds over the means for doing so.
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Government crisis in the Czech Republic
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/czec…

Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/mexi…

Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest against jailing of Catalan independence leaders
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government's repressive actions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/cata…

US CEO pay, bank profits, corporate cash set new records
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/cash…

As lies on Syrian gas attack unravel, US and UK shift to claims of Russian "cyber war"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
An on-the-spot report from Douma by veteran journalist Robert Fisk further exposes the chemical gas pretext for the illegal US-UK-French bombing of Syria.
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Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters in London and Bristol.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/demo…

Union seeks to derail New Zealand nurses' struggle
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/nurs…

Contemporary life, and those who make films about it (in Iran, the US, Russia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan …)
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The San Francisco International Film Festival, founded in 1957 and one of the longest-running such events in the Americas, this year screened some 180 films from 45 countries.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/sff1…

Trump expects meeting with Kim will be seen as a 'worldwide success'
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
US President Donald Trump says he is looking forward to meeting with Kim Jong-un in the "coming weeks," and hopes the historic face-to-face discussion on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be a "worldwide success." …
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2018-04-18: News Headlines

Brian Barger, Consortium News (2018-04-18). It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History. AlterNet.org Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal — and provoking the ire of AP editors | I remember it was a pleasure to meet Bob in 1984. The CIA was ramping up its covert war in Nicaragua. News reports from the region documented atrocities committed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" and their CIA handlers. Congress was starting to take notice, and was threatening to cut off US aid. I got a call from Betsy Cohn, a Latin America scholar from Georgetown University, saying I should meet this guy from the AP. Over lunch we shared notes. I'd done much of my reporting from Central America and Miami, and Bob from Washington. We agreed there was a lot of. . .

Al Jazeera (2018-04-18). Charlottesville White Supremacist 'Tyrone' Exposed As US Marine. AlterNet.org Tyrone's statements garnered media attention last August, but it was not publicly known who was behind the alias. | Washington, DC – Just weeks before a white supremacist rally turned deadly last August after a neo-Nazi allegedly drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, several of the rally's organisers discussed ways to use cars as weapons in an online chatroom.

Alvaro Huerta (2018-04-18). I Am Not Your "Wetback" counterpunch.org When I say that I am not your "wetback," it doesn't just apply to myself. It also applies to the millions of resilient people of Mexican origin in this nation, where this racialized group's deep ties to this land precede the Yankee invaders with their bloody annexation of Mexico's territory—half of it taken by 1848. That's 170 years of state violence, psychological pain, humiliation and exploitation experienced by Mexican Americans (or Chicanas/os) and Mexicans—my people—in el norte. More

Staff (2018-04-18). Trump Says 'Good Relationship' Formed With North Korea. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists President Donald Trump confirms that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and says "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. | The post Trump Says 'Good Relationship' Formed With North Korea appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Katie Fite (2018-04-18). Chaos in Urban Canyons — Air Force Efforts to Carve a Civilian Population War Game Range across Southern Idaho. counterpunch.org Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis touched down at Mountain Home Air Force base in January. He gaggled with the press, extolled large military Ranges, and lamented human encroachment on military training sites. In early February, the Air Force mailed select "stakeholders" a Scoping proposal for imposing an F-15 Urban Warfare Range on the densest More

Media Matters (2018-04-18). NPR's David Folkenflik's brutal takedown of Fox's handling of Sean Hannity. AlterNet.org Hannity 'does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox. ' | From the April 17 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily: CHUCK TODD (HOST): I feel like by basically saying Sean Hannity is not accountable to any standard whatsoever of journalistic ethics that we would hold others to, does it send the message that those that are professional journalists at Fox News are nothing but cover for Sean Hannity? [. . . ]DAVID FOLKENFLIK: You've got a thing that where he causes pain time and again and the thing is he does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox, they have doubled down on the Trump presidency and Trump's success at a time of crisis and controversy. [. . . ]For those journalists who are there it is painful to watch these antics from one of the most popular host. [. . . ]At this point the decision to identify the. . .

Los Angeles Times (2018-04-18). How Trump's Obamacare Administrator is Quietly Taking a Hatchet to Obamacare. AlterNet.org Seema Verma is the point person for the Trump administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — preferably behind the scenes. | It's been well documented that the Trump White House has filled federal agencies with bureaucrats whose life work is destroying the very agencies they've been assigned to. But one is in a better position than her fellows to threaten the health of millions of Americans — and she's been working at that assiduously.

Jonah Raskin (2018-04-18). Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy. counterpunch.org "I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Were does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the More

Steven Sahiounie (2018-04-18). US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria. MintPress News The evidence — or lack thereof — of chemical weapons use by Syria is eerily similar to the events that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. | The post US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Robert Hunziker (2018-04-18). America's Dystopian Future. counterpunch.org Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Erickson's History of the Decline and Fall of More

Whitney Webb (2018-04-18). "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? MintPress News Between the imminent arrival of thousands of U.S. troops, Israel's continued military action against Syria, and the Syrian rebels poised to stage a false-flag attack, it seems that last weekend's strikes were only the kickoff for an expanding U.S.-led military operation targeting the Syrian government. | The post "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-04-18). Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in NYC in Ecology Protest. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists David Buckel, a well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate, burns himself to death in New York City in a grisly protest against ecological destruction. | The post Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in NYC in Ecology Protest appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Linn Washington Jr. (2018-04-18). Philadelphia's Top Cop Defends Indefensible Prejudice in Starbucks Arrest Incident. counterpunch.org Philadelphia's top cop, Richard Ross, an African-American, has once again exhibited his blind spot on racial bigotry by police during his defense of a specious arrest of two black men inside a Starbucks coffee shop recently that triggered strong condemnation from the mayor of the so-called City of Brotherly Love. The arrest of those black More

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-18). A Trump Cult in Exchange for Tax Cuts: James Comey Explains Why He's Leaving the Republican Party. AlterNet.org Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. | Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. He made the decision after tangles with the White House and the Republican National Committee's launch of a site called "Lyin' Comey," after President Donald Trump's attacks, according to an interview on the ABC News podcast "Start Here. ""The Republican party has left me, and many others," Comey said, explaining his abandonment. "I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it. "Despite the resurgence of the tea party, Comey said that the evolution of the GOP has "probably been over the Trump presidency" and his followers. "These people don't represent anything I believe in," he said of the GOP. According to him, the Republican Party has turned into a Trump party. "I see the Republican Party,. . .

Staff (2018-04-18). Erosion May Be Carbon Source, Not Sink. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Researchers have challenged one of the few certainties of earth and climate history: the link between erosion and the drawdown of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. | For decades, it has been a given that heavy rainfall on steep mountain slopes is likely to chemically weather the exposed rock and precipitate a chemical reaction that ends with carbonate minerals on the ground and with less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. | So geochemistry and the weather between them help moderate the planet's climate. | But geologists and oceanographers who took another and closer look at the process in action — in the central mountains of Taiwan, hammered by three or more major typhoons each year — say they are not so sure. | They report in the journal Science that the same erosion process could be a…

Robby Sherwin (2018-04-18). Facebook: This Is Where I Leave You. counterpunch.org "It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see." — Debra Monk It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population More

Kasia Anderson (2018-04-18). How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sean Hannity? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Claiming or denying to be a journalist on an as-needed basis may allow Fox News' star host to sidestep more than just the standards of his industry. | The post How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sean Hannity? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps. Truthout Stories Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair. | Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." | Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called,…

Alan Nasser (2018-04-18). Could Student Loans Lead to Debt Prison? The Handwriting on the Wall. counterpunch.org Holders of student loans —most of whom are no longer students—carry a combined debt burden that stands at a record high of $1.5 trillion, more than 8 percent of GDP and more than the $1.3 trillion in direct costs of waging war against Iraq. The Desirability of Cancelling Student Debts The burden weighing like a nightmare, More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Let's Go All-In on Home Care For All. Truthout Stories Maine's Home Care for All ballot initiative is an example of how voters are taking the future into their own hands in these turbulent times. By ensuring that people with disabilities and older adults receive the home care they need, while creating good paying jobs for caregivers, Mainers are taking steps to construct a society they want.(Photo: JGI / Tom Grill / Getty Images) | Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. | Today, there is as much to assist as there is to resist. | Creation counters destruction. In this turbulent political climate, the dismantling of our democracy must be countered with the construction of a society that reflects our values and imagines the future that we want, not the one we're being handed. And there…

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member. AlterNet.org If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad. . . | A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in — and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee — despite the fact that he's a paid member. He approaches the woman at the front desk and asks her to scan his membership tag, which she. . .

Staff (2018-04-18). Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Texan—known for her down-to-earth, plain-spoken ways—was one of only two Americans to be the wife of a president and the mother of a president. | The post Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92 appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Susan Roberts (2018-04-18). Uses for the Poor. counterpunch.org Incarceration is, probably, the starkest form of commodification where simply warehousing flesh brings a return. The cost of penal servitude in the US varies from state to state, but an average of around $30,000 per year can be made by simply keeping a body shut in a cell. Bearing in mind that over 20 prisoners are often locked up together, it isn't a bad return on a tiny speck of, often sub-standard, real es More

Staff (2018-04-18). 1 Killed, 7 Hurt as Jetliner Engine Explodes at 32,000 Feet. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A bank executive was pulled back in by fellow passengers after she was partly drawn through a broken window. She was the first passenger killed in an accident involving a U.S. airline since 2009. | The post 1 Killed, 7 Hurt as Jetliner Engine Explodes at 32,000 Feet appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Los Angeles Times (2018-04-18). East Bay Earthquake Fault is 'Tectonic Time Bomb' — And More Dangerous Than the San Andreas: Study. AlterNet.org San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago | HAYWARD, Calif. — The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago Wednesday.

Gareth Porter (2018-04-18). UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination. MintPress News An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. | The post UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination appeared first on MintPress News.

Geoffrey McDonald (2018-04-18). "America First!" as Economic War. counterpunch.org President Trump would be funny if he were not so serious when he complains that the USA is the victim of the rest of the world. According to the president, the whole globalized world economy is a clever ploy by other countries to feed off America. "America first" announces his intention to throw the old More

Jonathan Cook (2018-04-18). Robert Fisk's Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria. counterpunch.org Nazareth. It seems that many who supported the weekend's air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisk's report yesterday from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at More

Staff (2018-04-18). The Hannity Case Is So Serious It Requires a Consumer Boycott of His Advertisers. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists For the "Fox News" host to go on air and defend attorney Michael Cohen numerous times without so much as mentioning that Cohen is his legal adviser is the height of journalistic corruption. | The post The Hannity Case Is So Serious It Requires a Consumer Boycott of His Advertisers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Sinclair Has Thrived for So Long Under the Radar. Truthout Stories Janine Jackson: The viral video of dozens of local newscasters from around the country, reciting identical scripts about "fake news," is the definition of painful irony. But what Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company that forced the broadcasters to parrot the words, is doing, and wants to do, is no laughing matter. Sinclair's been largely under the radar til now, though known to some as the owner that forced its stations to run a pseudo-documentary hit piece on John Kerry days before the 2004 election. The chain's Washington bureau chief resisted, told the Baltimore Sun, "I couldn't be part of this special and call it news, when what it is is political propaganda," and was promptly fired. | So what does it mean that Sinclair may acquire a station in your town next?

Staff (2018-04-18). Wyoming District Allows Armed Staff in Area Cited by DeVos. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The school district where the U.S. education secretary suggested that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears voted on doing just that. | The post Wyoming District Allows Armed Staff in Area Cited by DeVos appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-18). Macron's Syria Game. counterpunch.org There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring to it. With Syria's Bashar al-Assad getting more comfortable with military More

Jeff Berg (2018-04-18). WW III This Ain't. counterpunch.org "Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table." — George Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of State For anyone wondering what this most recent attack on Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France is all about the answer is refreshingly simple. It is about the shape More

WSWS (2018-04-18). University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike. World Socialist Web Site It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether…

WSWS (2018-04-18). As lies on Syrian gas attack unravel, US and UK shift to claims of Russian "cyber war" World Socialist Web Site An on-the-spot report from Douma by veteran journalist Robert Fisk further exposes the chemical gas pretext for the illegal US-UK-French bombing of Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Indian Stalinists at loggerheads over what right-wing course to follow. World Socialist Web Site At issue in the factional struggle is how to align with the Congress Party, until recently the Indian bourgeoisie's preferred party of government.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis. World Socialist Web Site The two longstanding military allies—the US and Japan—are united in their determination to contain and confront China, but are increasingly at odds over the means for doing so.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest against jailing of Catalan independence leaders. World Socialist Web Site The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government's repressive actions.

WSWS (2018-04-18). US CEO pay, bank profits, corporate cash set new records. World Socialist Web Site A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Government crisis in the Czech Republic. World Socialist Web Site Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Bombing of Syria exposes pro-war politics of France's New Anti-capitalist Party. World Socialist Web Site The fight against Macron requires a political break with the pro-war pseudo-left organisations that support the unprovoked military assault on Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border. World Socialist Web Site The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Trudeau joins Macron in celebrating air strikes on Syria. World Socialist Web Site Trudeau's summit with Macron came just days after France joined the US and UK in launching illegal air strikes on Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Contemporary life, and those who make films about it (in Iran, the US, Russia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan …). World Socialist Web Site The San Francisco International Film Festival, founded in 1957 and one of the longest-running such events in the Americas, this year screened some 180 films from 45 countries.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Union seeks to derail New Zealand nurses' struggle. World Socialist Web Site The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.

WSWS (2018-04-18). UK government rejects Corbyn's demand for parliament to vote on war. World Socialist Web Site Amid mass anti-war sentiment, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to prop up the tattered reputation of the Labour Party by claiming that it can serve as a check on the May government.

WSWS (2018-04-18). The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers' revolt. World Socialist Web Site The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters in London and Bristol.

WSWS (2018-04-18). "Berlin is Burning": Berlin firefighters' campaign of resistance raises political issues. World Socialist Web Site The protests by Berlin firefighters are part of a growing international mobilisation involving teachers, railroad and other workers.

RT (2018-04-18). 'I'm more a spy than he is!' Trump defends US pastor on trial in Turkey. RT US News US President Donald Trump has voiced his support for US pastor Andrew Brunson, who is currently being tried by Ankara over his alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in Turkey.
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RT (2018-04-18). 'Won't pass, won't work, likely to make things worse': Ron Paul on new presidential war powers bill. RT US News US Senate lawmakers are considering a bill that would somewhat restrict the president's powers to go to war. Ron Paul, a former congressman and interventionism critic, says he is highly skeptical of the initiative.
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RT (2018-04-18). Russia extends overflight privileges of US carriers ahead of deadline. RT US News Moscow has extended overflight privileges of US carriers flying over Russia, hours before they were due to expire, the US State Department said, noting that it continues working with Moscow to secure "benefits" for US companies.
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RT (2018-04-18). Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump's Syria strikes. RT US News Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers.
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RT (2018-04-18). Oxygen mask backlash: Image from Southwest flight sparks social media frenzy. RT US News A photo showing passengers from Southwest Airlines flight 1380 apparently wearing their oxygen masks incorrectly has sparked a social media furore. One passenger died after an engine explosion blew out a window mid-flight. |
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RT (2018-04-18). Trump attacks California governor over bid to limit National Guard border policy. RT US News Donald Trump is continuing his war of words with Jerry Brown over the California governor's unwillingness to use the National Guard for immigration enforcement, condemning the sanctuary state as "crime infested."
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RT (2018-04-18). Mike Pompeo had secret meeting with Kim Jong-un. RT US News CIA director and secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang last week for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. President Donald Trump confirmed the meeting Wednesday morning in a tweet.
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RT (2018-04-18). 'Should we wait around?' US defends premature Syria strike ahead of OPCW probe. RT US News The US, UK and France could not "wait around" for an independent probe into the alleged chemical attack in Douma, and decided to bomb Syria based on reports and intelligence that cannot be revealed, the US State Department said.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Syria: Justice Needed for 7 Years of Abuse. Human Rights Watch News Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), attends a news conference on Syria crimes at the United Nations in Geneva, September 5, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (New York) — UN member states should fully fund and cooperate with a new UN team to gather and preserve evidence of serious crimes in Syria for future prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2018, the head of the new team, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, will brief the General Assembly for the first time. | "With new atrocities every day and the Security Council in deadlock, the General Assembly has an urgent responsibility to champion justice for crimes in Syria," said Balkees Jarrah, senior international justice counsel at Human Rights Watch. "UN member states should support credible investigations…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar. Human Rights Watch News Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Northern Ireland Rape Trial Highlights Rough Deal for Victims. Human Rights Watch News A rally held in support of the woman at the centre of the Belfast rape trial in which all four defendants including Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of all charges, Belfast, March 31, 2018. | © Felix McHenry/Twitter | An unlikely source took a stance on respect for women: professional rugby. Two Northern Ireland players had their contracts revoked following their widely publicized rape prosecution. | Both players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, were acquitted of rape of a woman in 2016 when she was 19, but the trial revealed several players' text messages bragging about what they considered sexual conquests, while referring to the woman in degrading, nauseating terms. On Saturday, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Ulster Rugby let the players go for failure to uphold "core…

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Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Soudan: Un enseignant religieux détenu de manière arbitraire. Amnesty International Matar Younis Ali Hussein, enseignant religieux qui souffre de déficience visuelle, a été arrêté par le Service national de la sûreté et du renseignement (NISS) dans la ville de Zalingei, dans l'État du Darfour central, le 1er avril. Il est actuellement détenu au centre de détention du NISS situé dans la prison de Kober, à Khartoum, et s'est vu refuser la possibilité de consulter un avocat et de contacter sa famille. Fervent détracteur de la politique gouvernementale au Darfour, il risque d'être soumis à la torture et à d'autres formes de mauvais traitements en détention.

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Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Sudan: Religious teacher arbitrarily detained: Matar Younis Ali Hussein. Amnesty International Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a visually impaired religious teacher, was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Zalingei city, Central Darfur State on 1 April. He is currently being held at the NISS detention centre at Kober Prison in Khartoum and has been denied access to a lawyer and his family. Matar Younis has been a vocal critic of the government's policy in Darfur. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Sudan: Further Information: More than fifty critics released without charge. Amnesty International 56 opposition party members and human rights defenders arrested in January and February were released without charge on 10 April. They were arbitrarily arrested and detained by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in connection with protests condemning the rise in the cost of food and medicine in Sudan since the beginning of January.

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Israel/OPT: Further Information: Gazan's second leg saved from amputation: Yousef al-Kronz. Amnesty International On 16 April, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that 20-year-old journalist Yousef al-Kronz, who was seriously wounded by Israeli forces on 30 March during Land Day protests in the Gaza Strip, must be permitted to leave Gaza for urgent medical care in Ramallah to save his remaining leg.

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Israel y los Territorios Palestinos Ocupados: Gazatí se salva de que le amputen la otra pierna. Amnesty International El 16 de abril, el Tribunal Supremo de Israel falló que se debe conceder permiso a Yousef al-Kronz —periodista de 20 años a quien las fuerzas israelíes hirieron de gravedad el 30 de marzo, durante las protestas del Día de la Tierra, en la Franja de Gaza— parar salir de Gaza a fin de recibir atención médica urgente en Ramala y poder salvar la pierna que le queda.

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Sudán: Detención arbitraria de un maestro religioso. Amnesty International Matar Younis Ali Hussein, maestro religioso con discapacidad visual, fue detenido el 1 de abril por el Servicio de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional (NISS) de Sudán en la ciudad de Zalingei, estado de Darfur Central. En la actualidad está recluido sin cargos en el centro de detención del NISS de la prisión de Kober, en Jartum, y tiene prohibido el acceso a su familia y a representación letrada. Matar Younis ha sido un destacado crítico de la política del gobierno en Darfur. Corre peligro de sufrir tortura y otros malos tratos en detención.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). Headlines for April 18, 2018. Democracy Now! Pompeo Held Clandestine Meeting with Kim Jong-un, Congress Considers Rewriting the Post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force, Nikki Haley to White House on Russia Sanctions: "I Don't Get Confused", In 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Mandating Deportation for Some Crimes, Cuba: President Raúl Castro Stepping Down from Power, Starbucks to Close More Than 8,000 Stores for 1-Day Anti-Racial Bias Training, NYC Removes Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Enslaved Black Women, Activists Fundraise to Erect Ida B. Wells Monument in Chicago, Graduate Students at Harvard, Northeastern, Columbia Demand Right to Form a Union, Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). Unlimited Worldwide War: ACLU Warns Senate Against Giving Trump Blank Check to Declare War. Democracy Now! The New York Times is reporting President Trump launched airstrikes against Syria on Friday despite opposition from his own defense secretary, James Mattis, who wanted Trump to first get congressional approval. Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have described the strikes on Syria as illegal since Trump did not seek congressional input or authorization.This comes as Congress is considering rewriting the war powers granted to the president after the September 11 attacks—what's known as the AUMF, or Authorization for Use of Military Force. On September 14, 2001, the current AUMF passed the Senate 98-0 and 420-1 in the House, with California Democrat Barbara Lee casting the sole dissenting vote. Since then, it's been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump to justify at least 37 military operations in 14 countries—many of which were entirely unrelated to 9/11. On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). #FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family. Democracy Now! An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 19 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). America's #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules. Democracy Now! A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump administration plans to make the U.S. an even larger weapons exporter by loosening restrictions on the sale of equipment ranging from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery. Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors. In one example, Reuters reveals President Trump himself urged the emir of Kuwait, in a telephone call, to finalize a $10 billion fighter jet deal with Boeing, the country's second-largest defense contractor. The exposé details the role U.S. Cabinet officials may be asked to play in pushing arms exports abroad as part of the new initiative, which will call for a "whole of government" approach—from the president and his Cabinet to military attachés and diplomats—to help draw in billions of dollars more in arms business overseas. The Trump administration is expected to announce the new rules as early as Thursday. We speak to Mike Stone of Reuters and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.

Lisa Graves (2018-04-18). The Restaurant Industry Ran a Private Poll on the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well for Them. The Intercept The restaurant industry's own internal survey found huge support for raising the minimum wage, even if it meant a higher check. | The post The Restaurant Industry Ran a Private Poll on the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well for Them. appeared first on The Intercept.

Peter Maass (2018-04-18). James Comey Sees Himself as a Victim of Trump. He Refuses to See the Victims of the Justice System. The Intercept In his memoir, the former FBI director portrays his loyalty to law and order as a saintly devotion. In fact, it's a symptom of his ruthlessness. | The post James Comey Sees Himself as a Victim of Trump. He Refuses to See the Victims of the Justice System. appeared first on The Intercept.

Eoin Higgins (2018-04-18). ICE Doesn't Want You to Read Its Manuals — for No Good Reason Whatsoever. The Intercept Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, is the nation's second-largest federal investigative agency — yet few Americans have ever heard of it. Housed within the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, HSI has operated largely out of the public spotlight for over a decade, even as its agents' cases have led to multimillion-dollar seizures and high-profile arrests. | Over the last year, however, HSI has begun to attract more public attention, amid reporting from The Intercept and other outlets. Media reports have shed light on HSI's multibillion-dollar collaborations with Palantir Technologies, the data-mining firm founded by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel; the agency's access to databases shared with the CIA and the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency; HSI's reliance on questionable gang databases as a means to facilitate deportations; and HSI's guidelines for asset seizures. | In February,…

Intercepted (2018-04-18). Intercepted Podcast: Evening at the Talk House. The Intercept The Intercepted podcast presents "Evening at the Talk House" — a darkly comic audio drama about the insidious dangers of an authoritarian society, written by and starring Wallace Shawn. | An intimate group of writers and actors reunite to celebrate a collaboration from their past. But the world is now very different and more quietly dangerous. And so are they. As drinks and hors d'oeuvres are consumed, small talk evolves into more sinister topics. "Evening at the Talk House" is a stark reminder that all it takes is complacency to enable the dirty work of an authoritarian regime. | | | | This audio drama was based on the original U.S. theatrical production of "Evening at the Talk House" directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group in New York. Featuring Matthew Broderick, Wallace Shawn, Larry Pine, Jill Eikenberry, John Epperson, Claudia Shear,…

Lee Fang (2018-04-18). The GOP Is Trying to Bring Down This Anti-Establishment Republican. Can He Survive the Trump Era? The Intercept As the 2018 midterm election cycle ramps up, Republican operatives are busy strategizing about how to protect incumbent GOP lawmakers. In one case, though, Republicans are working to overthrow one of its incumbents: Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. | Jones, who is in his 11th term in office, cuts an unlikely figure in Washington, D.C. He has fought for a higher minimum wage, tougher regulations on Wall Street, and stronger limits on big money in politics. He has called for restrictions on government surveillance, sharply criticized the leadership of his party for being too cozy with K Street lobbyists and corporate interests, and waged a one-man battle to rein in United States-backed wars raging throughout the Middle East. Though once a strong supporter of the Iraq War, Jones changed his tune as the disastrous war unfolded: "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in…

Eric Mann (2018-04-17). The Historic 1968 Struggle Against Columbia University. counterpunch.org The Columbia University Struggle of 1968, 50 years ago, was in fact a Struggle against Columbia University—as a ruling class slumlord, a racist gentrifier against the people of Harlem and Morningside Heights, and a genocidal war criminal carrying out weapons research against the People of Vietnam. It was one of the great miracles of the times that students who had been recruited to support The System turned against it and sided with the Black community and the people of Vietnam. More

Philip Hammond (2018-04-17). The Times Declares: Stop Asking Questions on Syria! MintPress News The morning after the US-led airstrikes on Syria, The Times devoted its front page to an attack on academics who had questioned the rationale for the bombing. The headline article — 'Apologists for Assad working in British universities' — was accompanied by a two-page spread claiming that the academic Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media was trying to 'shut down debate'. For good measure, The Times also denounced the Working Group as 'Assad's Useful Idiots' in its editorial column. | A leading national newspaper singling out individual scholars as 'agents of disinformation and cheerleaders for despotism' who, it strongly implied, should not be employed at British universities, raises urgent questions of academic freedom. | The Times maintained its support for the idea of 'untrammelled academic inquiry as sacrosanct', but argued that the work of the Group does not count as legitimate…

Greg Carey, Religion Dispatches (2018-04-17). Fear, Nostalgia and Power Primarily Account for Trump's Appeal to Evangelicals. AlterNet.org Evangelicals long for a mythical Christian past — and Trump's "Make America Great Again" mantra appeals directly to that troubled nostalgia. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election (and since) many tried to answer the question, "Why would evangelicals support him? " According to the Pew Research Center 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, an astonishing margin given Trump's lack of church involvement and his, um, complicated personal history. But few solid analyses have come from within the movement itself. Instead, most pundits have either treated evangelicalism as an oddity or revealed their own personal alienation from the movement. Messiah College historian John Fea has earned the right to author a book on this topic. His research focuses on American Christianity, including his nuanced, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? that book put the lie to David. . .

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-17). A Former Director for Sean Hannity Left Fox News to Build a Pro-Kremlin Propaganda Network in Russia. AlterNet.org This story keeps getting darker. | One of Sean Hannity's former directors — who claims an instrumental role in developing Fox News — moved to Russia to help a sanctioned oligarch start up a right-wing TV network. Jack Hanick, whose now-deleted LinkedIn profile shows he began working for Fox News three months before its first broadcast aired in October 1996, left the network in August 2011 and helped launch the Orthodox Christian network Tsargrad TV three year later. The religious network's founder, Konstantin Malofeev, is a Kremlin-connected oligarch who's been under U. S. sanctions since 2014 for financing pro-Russian separatist rebels in Crimea. "Throughout the Ukraine crisis, Mr. Malofeev, [now 43], has emerged as a key figure linking the pro-Russia forces on the ground in Ukraine and the political establishment in Moscow," reported the Financial Times. Despite the sanctions, Hannity's former. . .

TRNN (2018-04-17). State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Tyrone West, Keith Davis and Her Critics. The Real News Network In the third and final part of our conversation with Marilyn Mosby, we talk about some of the criticism she has faced in her role as Baltimore City's top prosecutor…

Jason C. Blivins, Religion Dispatches (2018-04-17). Open Carry Racism: The Right-Wing Fever Dream That Made the Trump Era Possible. AlterNet.org The fearful times we live in didn't just drop out of the sky. | The idiosyncratic pantheon of Trump administration staffers continues its exodus, a stream of comic book villains exiting stage right. The combination of venality, incompetence, and pathological narcissism, however, remains. And the world lives in the Trump era's bubble of strangely dilated time: everything agonizingly slow—and bewilderingly fast. But for all the post-mortems on the 2016 election, for every Hillbilly Elegy that says to white rage "I feel your pain," or every column wondering how evangelicals can tolerate Stormy Daniels, there's a larger diagnosis that Americans need to undertake. A frank assessment of the conditions enabling Trump's election—and I'm not talking here about Russia and the UAE—means that we look squarely at the tendency of Americans to invest more in "authenticity" than capability, and to combine this with a. . .

Kary Love (2018-04-17). "The Mob Boss Orders a Hit and a Pardon" counterpunch.org Well, it appears Syria and Russia were on the verge of defeating the USA backed "rebels" and the US Mob Boss had stated the USA was leaving when Assad decided to use chemical weapons on his "own" people. How curious. On the verge of victory, Assad decides to cross the "red line" and use chemical More

Jessica Corbett (2018-04-17). New AUMF? Critics Warn Against Giving President Even More War Powers. MintPress News As the 17-year-old War on Terror rages on—and with the international community still reeling from the illegal missile strikes that the U.S., U.K., and France launched on Syria over the weekend—Congress is considering a measure that critics warn will expand the executive branch's authority to wage war. | Some lawmakers have tried for years to replace the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been used (pdf) by three administration to justify military actions across the globe. Now that President Donald Trump has repeatedly ignored reminders that only Congress can approve attacks not covered by the authorization, Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) plan to introduce a new AUMF that could give even more war powers to the president. | The new #AUMF bill is dangerous. It would only…

AlterNet (2018-04-17). Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Running for President: 'I'm Thinking About It&#039. AlterNet.org The former Obama official has long been rumored to have presidential aspirations. | Eric Holder, President Obama's first-term attorney general, said he might be running for president in 2020 on MSNBC Tuesday night. Holder joined "All In" host Chris Hayes alongside MSNBC justice analyst and former spokesman for the Department of Justice Matt Miller. Hayes first asked Miller, who worked under Holder, about the potential presidential bid, saying he'd get a more honest answer. "Is Eric Holder running for president? " Hayes asked. "I keep asking him, because I want to know if I have to quit my job and move to Iowa," Miller said. When Hayes turned the question on Holder, the former attorney general said, "Yeah, I'm thinking about it, but I've not made any determinations. "He said he's currently focused on fighting against gerrymandering. If he does run, though, he wants Miller. . .

Ramzy Baroud (2018-04-17). Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel As a Matter of Policy. MintPress News Unfair media coverage is not fueled by the simplistic notion of 'clever Israel, imprudent Arabs'. Western media is actively involved in shielding Israel and enhancing its diminishing brand, while painstakingly demolishing the image of Israel's enemies. | The post Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel As a Matter of Policy appeared first on MintPress News.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-17). Sean Hannity Is Essentially Serving as Trump's 'Shadow' Chief of Staff: Report. AlterNet.org A Washington Post report finds that the president is even closer to the host than it appears. | With the revelation that Fox News host Sean Hannity has been a client for President Donald Trump's attorney and fixer Michale Cohen, many are realizing that the ties between the two men may be even closer than they appear on the surface. A new report from the Washington Post found that aides believe the president relies on Trump as a "shadow" chief of staff. These claims are bolstered by the fact that official White House chief of staff John Kelly has fallen out of favor with the president and may not be around much longer. When Trump is upset with his staff, the report says, Hannity is one of the first people he calls. Reports also suggest that Hannity has worked with lawyer. . .

John Steppling (2018-04-17). The Sleep of Civilization. counterpunch.org "Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour." — Proverbs 19: 4 "The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization". — Sigmund Freud James "Mad Dog" Mattis spoke this week, at a pentagon press briefing, saying, among other things, that it was More

TRNN (2018-04-17). Saudi Dictator Dines with French President as Yemenis Starve. The Real News Network Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited France to sign $18 billion in agreements, while Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says the catastrophic war on Yemen is barely even mentioned…

Dean Baker (2018-04-17). Why Isn't the Median Wage for Black Workers Rising? counterpunch.org One of the main reasons that I and others have given for leaning on the Fed to keep interest rates down is that low unemployment disproportionately benefits those at the bottom. While we can and should try to help the disadvantaged through increased education, training, child care and other programs necessary to give them a More

Dr. Hakim (2018-04-17). Where on Earth is the Just Economy that Works for All, Including Afghan Children? counterpunch.org Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their suites, chauffeur-driven limousines, private yachts and jets, they aren't too concerned about whether the economy works for everyone, except in speeches and elections. As they tuck into their next fine dining experience, they know that it's easier and More

Whitney Webb (2018-04-17). Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Takes on Syrian White Helmets, Thought-Control. MintPress News "What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on." — Roger Waters | The post Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Takes on Syrian White Helmets, Thought-Control appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-04-17). Bills to Curtail LGBT Rights Failing in U.S. Legislatures. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In Republican-led states where these types of bills surface, moderate GOP lawmakers and business leaders fear the loss of conventions, sporting events and corporate headquarters. | The post Bills to Curtail LGBT Rights Failing in U.S. Legislatures appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-17). Trump Overruled Sec. Mattis to Attack Syria Without Congressional Approval After He Tweeted Threats: Report. AlterNet.org The secretary of defense now has few allies who can help him constrain the president. | President Donald Trump rejected Secretary of Defense James Mattis' insistence that he needed congressional approval to attack Syria last week, according to a new report from the New York Times. Trump wanted to back up his threatening tweets, so he didn't want to risk the possibility that Congress could stop him from acting or slow him down, the report said. Now that John Bolton is national security adviser, replacing H. R. McMaster, Mattis has few allies in the administration. Along with McMaster and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Mattis had been seen as one of the "adults" in the room restraining the president's worst impulses — but his power seems to be waning. Trump's worst impulses were on display when he tweeted: Russia vows to shoot down any. . .

TRNN (2018-04-17). France Joins US in a 'Poker Game,' Targeting Iran and Hezbollah. The Real News Network Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says France is joining the US and UK in Syria to assert its imperial power, even as the war winds down…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-17). North and South Korea Reportedly in Talks to Officially End Korean War. Truthout Stories South Korean soldiers patrol the road connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on February 7, 2018, near Panmunjom, South Korea. According to a new report, leaders of the two countries may discuss returning the heavily fortified DMZ separating them to its original state. (Photo by Carl Court / Getty Images) | Technically, North and South Korea are still at war, and have been for more than six decades — but an "absolutely earth-shaking" new report on Tuesday indicates the conflict may soon be coming to an end. | Citing an anonymous South Korean diplomatic official, Munhwa Ilbo — a South Korean daily newspaper — reported that the neighboring countries are hashing out a statement that could officially bring the war to an end later this month, when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South…

Robert Fisk (2018-04-17). The Search for the Truth in Douma. counterpunch.org This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks — and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world's most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There's even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the "gas" videotape which horrified the world — despite all the doubters — is perfectly genuine. | More

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Paul Street (2018-04-17). Eight Takeaways on Boss Tweet's Latest Syrian Missile Spasm. counterpunch.org 1/ Donald Trump's April 11 missile-attack-promising reference to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as a "Gas Killing Animal who kills his own people" reeked of moral hypocrisy in at least three ways: * Trump had just hosted his "good friend" the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, a leading architect of the arch-reactionary Saudis' United States-backed and U.S.-equipped More

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It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History
Brian Barger, Consortium News | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal — and provoking the ire of AP editors | I remember it was a pleasure to meet Bob in 1984. The CIA was ramping up its covert war in Nicaragua. News reports from the region documented atrocities committed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" and their CIA handlers. Congress was starting to take notice, and was threatening to cut off US aid. I got a call from Betsy Cohn, a Latin America scholar from Georgetown University, saying I should meet this guy from the AP. Over lunch we shared notes. I'd done much of my reporting from Central America and Miami, and Bob from Washington. We agreed there was a lot of. . .
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The Hannity Case Is So Serious It Requires a Consumer Boycott of His Advertisers
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
For the "Fox News" host to go on air and defend attorney Michael Cohen numerous times without so much as mentioning that Cohen is his legal adviser is the height of journalistic corruption. | The post The Hannity Case Is So Serious It Requires a Consumer Boycott of His Advertisers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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NPR's David Folkenflik's brutal takedown of Fox's handling of Sean Hannity
Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Hannity 'does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox. ' | From the April 17 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily: CHUCK TODD (HOST): I feel like by basically saying Sean Hannity is not accountable to any standard whatsoever of journalistic ethics that we would hold others to, does it send the message that those that are professional journalists at Fox News are nothing but cover for Sean Hannity? [. . . ]DAVID FOLKENFLIK: You've got a thing that where he causes pain time and again and the thing is he does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox, they have doubled down on the Trump presidency and Trump's success at a time of crisis and controversy. [. . . ]For those journalists who are there it is painful to watch these antics from one of the most popular host. [. . . ]At this point the decision to identify the. . .
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The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair. | Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." | Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called,…
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Trump Says 'Good Relationship' Formed With North Korea
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
President Donald Trump confirms that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and says "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. | The post Trump Says 'Good Relationship' Formed With North Korea appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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"America First!" as Economic War
Geoffrey McDonald | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
President Trump would be funny if he were not so serious when he complains that the USA is the victim of the rest of the world. According to the president, the whole globalized world economy is a clever ploy by other countries to feed off America. "America first" announces his intention to throw the old…
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Robert Fisk's Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Nazareth. It seems that many who supported the weekend's air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisk's report yesterday from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at…
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Chaos in Urban Canyons — Air Force Efforts to Carve a Civilian Population War Game Range across Southern Idaho
Katie Fite | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis touched down at Mountain Home Air Force base in January. He gaggled with the press, extolled large military Ranges, and lamented human encroachment on military training sites. In early February, the Air Force mailed select "stakeholders" a Scoping proposal for imposing an F-15 Urban Warfare Range on the densest…
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UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination
Gareth Porter | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. | The post UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination appeared first on MintPress News.

UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination

Erosion May Be Carbon Source, Not Sink
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Researchers have challenged one of the few certainties of earth and climate history: the link between erosion and the drawdown of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. | For decades, it has been a given that heavy rainfall on steep mountain slopes is likely to chemically weather the exposed rock and precipitate a chemical reaction that ends with carbonate minerals on the ground and with less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. | So geochemistry and the weather between them help moderate the planet's climate. | But geologists and oceanographers who took another and closer look at the process in action — in the central mountains of Taiwan, hammered by three or more major typhoons each year — say they are not so sure. | They report in the journal Science that the same erosion process could be a…
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Facebook: This Is Where I Leave You
Robby Sherwin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see." — Debra Monk It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population…
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Could Student Loans Lead to Debt Prison? The Handwriting on the Wall
Alan Nasser | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Holders of student loans —most of whom are no longer students—carry a combined debt burden that stands at a record high of $1.5 trillion, more than 8 percent of GDP and more than the $1.3 trillion in direct costs of waging war against Iraq. The Desirability of Cancelling Student Debts The burden weighing like a nightmare,…
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Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Were does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the…
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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sean Hannity?
Kasia Anderson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Claiming or denying to be a journalist on an as-needed basis may allow Fox News' star host to sidestep more than just the standards of his industry. | The post How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sean Hannity? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad. . . | A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in — and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee — despite the fact that he's a paid member. He approaches the woman at the front desk and asks her to scan his membership tag, which she. . .
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1 Killed, 7 Hurt as Jetliner Engine Explodes at 32,000 Feet
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
A bank executive was pulled back in by fellow passengers after she was partly drawn through a broken window. She was the first passenger killed in an accident involving a U.S. airline since 2009. | The post 1 Killed, 7 Hurt as Jetliner Engine Explodes at 32,000 Feet appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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A Trump Cult in Exchange for Tax Cuts: James Comey Explains Why He's Leaving the Republican Party
Sarah Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. | Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. He made the decision after tangles with the White House and the Republican National Committee's launch of a site called "Lyin' Comey," after President Donald Trump's attacks, according to an interview on the ABC News podcast "Start Here. ""The Republican party has left me, and many others," Comey said, explaining his abandonment. "I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it. "Despite the resurgence of the tea party, Comey said that the evolution of the GOP has "probably been over the Trump presidency" and his followers. "These people don't represent anything I believe in," he said of the GOP. According to him, the Republican Party has turned into a Trump party. "I see the Republican Party,. . .
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I Am Not Your "Wetback"
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
When I say that I am not your "wetback," it doesn't just apply to myself. It also applies to the millions of resilient people of Mexican origin in this nation, where this racialized group's deep ties to this land precede the Yankee invaders with their bloody annexation of Mexico's territory–half of it taken by 1848. That's 170 years of state violence, psychological pain, humiliation and exploitation experienced by Mexican Americans (or Chicanas/os) and Mexicans–my people–in el norte.
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WW III This Ain't
Jeff Berg | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table." — George Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of State For anyone wondering what this most recent attack on Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France is all about the answer is refreshingly simple. It is about the shape…
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East Bay Earthquake Fault is 'Tectonic Time Bomb' — And More Dangerous Than the San Andreas: Study
Los Angeles Times | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago | HAYWARD, Calif. — The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago Wednesday.
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US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria
Steven Sahiounie | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
The evidence — or lack thereof — of chemical weapons use by Syria is eerily similar to the events that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. | The post US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria

America's Dystopian Future
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Erickson's History of the Decline and Fall of…
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Charlottesville White Supremacist 'Tyrone' Exposed As US Marine
Al Jazeera | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Tyrone's statements garnered media attention last August, but it was not publicly known who was behind the alias. | Washington, DC – Just weeks before a white supremacist rally turned deadly last August after a neo-Nazi allegedly drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, several of the rally's organisers discussed ways to use cars as weapons in an online chatroom.
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Wyoming District Allows Armed Staff in Area Cited by DeVos
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
The school district where the U.S. education secretary suggested that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears voted on doing just that. | The post Wyoming District Allows Armed Staff in Area Cited by DeVos appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
The Texan–known for her down-to-earth, plain-spoken ways–was one of only two Americans to be the wife of a president and the mother of a president. | The post Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92 appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Uses for the Poor
Susan Roberts | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Incarceration is, probably, the starkest form of commodification where simply warehousing flesh brings a return. The cost of penal servitude in the US varies from state to state, but an average of around $30,000 per year can be made by simply keeping a body shut in a cell. Bearing in mind that over 20 prisoners are often locked up together, it isn't a bad return on a tiny speck of, often sub-standard, real es…
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Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in NYC in Ecology Protest
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
David Buckel, a well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate, burns himself to death in New York City in a grisly protest against ecological destruction. | The post Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in NYC in Ecology Protest appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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How Trump's Obamacare Administrator is Quietly Taking a Hatchet to Obamacare
Los Angeles Times | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Seema Verma is the point person for the Trump administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — preferably behind the scenes. | It's been well documented that the Trump White House has filled federal agencies with bureaucrats whose life work is destroying the very agencies they've been assigned to. But one is in a better position than her fellows to threaten the health of millions of Americans — and she's been working at that assiduously.
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Macron's Syria Game
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring to it. With Syria's Bashar al-Assad getting more comfortable with military…
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"Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria?
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
Between the imminent arrival of thousands of U.S. troops, Israel's continued military action against Syria, and the Syrian rebels poised to stage a false-flag attack, it seems that last weekend's strikes were only the kickoff for an expanding U.S.-led military operation targeting the Syrian government. | The post "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? appeared first on MintPress News.

“Locked and Loaded”: What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria?

Let's Go All-In on Home Care For All
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Maine's Home Care for All ballot initiative is an example of how voters are taking the future into their own hands in these turbulent times. By ensuring that people with disabilities and older adults receive the home care they need, while creating good paying jobs for caregivers, Mainers are taking steps to construct a society they want.(Photo: JGI / Tom Grill / Getty Images) | Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. | Today, there is as much to assist as there is to resist. | Creation counters destruction. In this turbulent political climate, the dismantling of our democracy must be countered with the construction of a society that reflects our values and imagines the future that we want, not the one we're being handed. And there…
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University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether…
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Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.
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Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters in London and Bristol.
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Contemporary life, and those who make films about it (in Iran, the US, Russia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan …)
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The San Francisco International Film Festival, founded in 1957 and one of the longest-running such events in the Americas, this year screened some 180 films from 45 countries.
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As lies on Syrian gas attack unravel, US and UK shift to claims of Russian "cyber war"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
An on-the-spot report from Douma by veteran journalist Robert Fisk further exposes the chemical gas pretext for the illegal US-UK-French bombing of Syria.
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Indian Stalinists at loggerheads over what right-wing course to follow
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
At issue in the factional struggle is how to align with the Congress Party, until recently the Indian bourgeoisie's preferred party of government.
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UK government rejects Corbyn's demand for parliament to vote on war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Amid mass anti-war sentiment, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to prop up the tattered reputation of the Labour Party by claiming that it can serve as a check on the May government.
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The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers' revolt
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.
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"Berlin is Burning": Berlin firefighters' campaign of resistance raises political issues
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The protests by Berlin firefighters are part of a growing international mobilisation involving teachers, railroad and other workers.
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US CEO pay, bank profits, corporate cash set new records
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.
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Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest against jailing of Catalan independence leaders
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government's repressive actions.
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Union seeks to derail New Zealand nurses' struggle
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.
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Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The two longstanding military allies–the US and Japan–are united in their determination to contain and confront China, but are increasingly at odds over the means for doing so.
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Trudeau joins Macron in celebrating air strikes on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Trudeau's summit with Macron came just days after France joined the US and UK in launching illegal air strikes on Syria.
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Bombing of Syria exposes pro-war politics of France's New Anti-capitalist Party
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The fight against Macron requires a political break with the pro-war pseudo-left organisations that support the unprovoked military assault on Syria.
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Government crisis in the Czech Republic
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.
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'Should we wait around?' US defends premature Syria strike ahead of OPCW probe
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
The US, UK and France could not "wait around" for an independent probe into the alleged chemical attack in Douma, and decided to bomb Syria based on reports and intelligence that cannot be revealed, the US State Department said. …
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'Won't pass, won't work, likely to make things worse': Ron Paul on new presidential war powers bill
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
US Senate lawmakers are considering a bill that would somewhat restrict the president's powers to go to war. Ron Paul, a former congressman and interventionism critic, says he is highly skeptical of the initiative. …
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Mike Pompeo had secret meeting with Kim Jong-un
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
CIA director and secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang last week for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. President Donald Trump confirmed the meeting Wednesday morning in a tweet. …
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Russia extends overflight privileges of US carriers ahead of deadline
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Moscow has extended overflight privileges of US carriers flying over Russia, hours before they were due to expire, the US State Department said, noting that it continues working with Moscow to secure "benefits" for US companies. …
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Trump attacks California governor over bid to limit National Guard border policy
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Donald Trump is continuing his war of words with Jerry Brown over the California governor's unwillingness to use the National Guard for immigration enforcement, condemning the sanctuary state as "crime infested." …
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Oxygen mask backlash: Image from Southwest flight sparks social media frenzy
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
A photo showing passengers from Southwest Airlines flight 1380 apparently wearing their oxygen masks incorrectly has sparked a social media furore. One passenger died after an engine explosion blew out a window mid-flight. …
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Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump's Syria strikes
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers. …
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'I'm more a spy than he is!' Trump defends US pastor on trial in Turkey
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
US President Donald Trump has voiced his support for US pastor Andrew Brunson, who is currently being tried by Ankara over his alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in Turkey. …
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Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-18
Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…
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Syria: Justice Needed for 7 Years of Abuse
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-18
Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), attends a news conference on Syria crimes at the United Nations in Geneva, September 5, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (New York) — UN member states should fully fund and cooperate with a new UN team to gather and preserve evidence of serious crimes in Syria for future prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2018, the head of the new team, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, will brief the General Assembly for the first time. | "With new atrocities every day and the Security Council in deadlock, the General Assembly has an urgent responsibility to champion justice for crimes in Syria," said Balkees Jarrah, senior international justice counsel at Human Rights Watch. "UN member states should support credible investigations…
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Northern Ireland Rape Trial Highlights Rough Deal for Victims
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-18
A rally held in support of the woman at the centre of the Belfast rape trial in which all four defendants including Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of all charges, Belfast, March 31, 2018. | © Felix McHenry/Twitter | An unlikely source took a stance on respect for women: professional rugby. Two Northern Ireland players had their contracts revoked following their widely publicized rape prosecution. | Both players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, were acquitted of rape of a woman in 2016 when she was 19, but the trial revealed several players' text messages bragging about what they considered sexual conquests, while referring to the woman in degrading, nauseating terms. On Saturday, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Ulster Rugby let the players go for failure to uphold "core…
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Sudan: Further Information: More than fifty critics released without charge
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
56 opposition party members and human rights defenders arrested in January and February were released without charge on 10 April. They were arbitrarily arrested and detained by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in connection with protests condemning the rise in the cost of food and medicine in Sudan since the beginning of January.
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Sudan: Religious teacher arbitrarily detained: Matar Younis Ali Hussein
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a visually impaired religious teacher, was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Zalingei city, Central Darfur State on 1 April. He is currently being held at the NISS detention centre at Kober Prison in Khartoum and has been denied access to a lawyer and his family. Matar Younis has been a vocal critic of the government's policy in Darfur. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.
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Brave Walls
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
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Israel y los Territorios Palestinos Ocupados: Gazatí se salva de que le amputen la otra pierna
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
El 16 de abril, el Tribunal Supremo de Israel falló que se debe conceder permiso a Yousef al-Kronz –periodista de 20 años a quien las fuerzas israelíes hirieron de gravedad el 30 de marzo, durante las protestas del Día de la Tierra, en la Franja de Gaza– parar salir de Gaza a fin de recibir atención médica urgente en Ramala y poder salvar la pierna que le queda.
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Israel/OPT: Further Information: Gazan's second leg saved from amputation: Yousef al-Kronz
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
On 16 April, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that 20-year-old journalist Yousef al-Kronz, who was seriously wounded by Israeli forces on 30 March during Land Day protests in the Gaza Strip, must be permitted to leave Gaza for urgent medical care in Ramallah to save his remaining leg.
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Sudán: Detención arbitraria de un maestro religioso
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
Matar Younis Ali Hussein, maestro religioso con discapacidad visual, fue detenido el 1 de abril por el Servicio de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional (NISS) de Sudán en la ciudad de Zalingei, estado de Darfur Central. En la actualidad está recluido sin cargos en el centro de detención del NISS de la prisión de Kober, en Jartum, y tiene prohibido el acceso a su familia y a representación letrada. Matar Younis ha sido un destacado crítico de la política del gobierno en Darfur. Corre peligro de sufrir tortura y otros malos tratos en detención.
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The Condemned
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
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Soudan: Un enseignant religieux détenu de manière arbitraire
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
Matar Younis Ali Hussein, enseignant religieux qui souffre de déficience visuelle, a été arrêté par le Service national de la sûreté et du renseignement (NISS) dans la ville de Zalingei, dans l'État du Darfour central, le 1er avril. Il est actuellement détenu au centre de détention du NISS situé dans la prison de Kober, à Khartoum, et s'est vu refuser la possibilité de consulter un avocat et de contacter sa famille. Fervent détracteur de la politique gouvernementale au Darfour, il risque d'être soumis à la torture et à d'autres formes de mauvais traitements en détention.
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#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 19 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded–and legally registered–handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
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America's #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump administration plans to make the U.S. an even larger weapons exporter by loosening restrictions on the sale of equipment ranging from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery. Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors. In one example, Reuters reveals President Trump himself urged the emir of Kuwait, in a telephone call, to finalize a $10 billion fighter jet deal with Boeing, the country's second-largest defense contractor. The exposé details the role U.S. Cabinet officials may be asked to play in pushing arms exports abroad as part of the new initiative, which will call for a "whole of government" approach–from the president and his Cabinet to military attachés and diplomats–to help draw in billions of dollars more in arms business overseas. The Trump administration is expected to announce the new rules as early as Thursday. We speak to Mike Stone of Reuters and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.
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Unlimited Worldwide War: ACLU Warns Senate Against Giving Trump Blank Check to Declare War
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
The New York Times is reporting President Trump launched airstrikes against Syria on Friday despite opposition from his own defense secretary, James Mattis, who wanted Trump to first get congressional approval. Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have described the strikes on Syria as illegal since Trump did not seek congressional input or authorization.This comes as Congress is considering rewriting the war powers granted to the president after the September 11 attacks–what's known as the AUMF, or Authorization for Use of Military Force. On September 14, 2001, the current AUMF passed the Senate 98-0 and 420-1 in the House, with California Democrat Barbara Lee casting the sole dissenting vote. Since then, it's been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump to justify at least 37 military operations in 14 countries–many of which were entirely unrelated to 9/11. On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair…
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The Restaurant Industry Ran a Private Poll on the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well for Them
Lisa Graves | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
The restaurant industry's own internal survey found huge support for raising the minimum wage, even if it meant a higher check. | The post The Restaurant Industry Ran a Private Poll on the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well for Them. appeared first on The Intercept.
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ICE Doesn't Want You to Read Its Manuals — for No Good Reason Whatsoever
Eoin Higgins | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, is the nation's second-largest federal investigative agency — yet few Americans have ever heard of it. Housed within the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, HSI has operated largely out of the public spotlight for over a decade, even as its agents' cases have led to multimillion-dollar seizures and high-profile arrests. | Over the last year, however, HSI has begun to attract more public attention, amid reporting from The Intercept and other outlets. Media reports have shed light on HSI's multibillion-dollar collaborations with Palantir Technologies, the data-mining firm founded by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel; the agency's access to databases shared with the CIA and the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency; HSI's reliance on questionable gang databases as a means to facilitate deportations; and HSI's guidelines for asset seizures. | In February,…
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The GOP Is Trying to Bring Down This Anti-Establishment Republican. Can He Survive the Trump Era?
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
As the 2018 midterm election cycle ramps up, Republican operatives are busy strategizing about how to protect incumbent GOP lawmakers. In one case, though, Republicans are working to overthrow one of its incumbents: Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. | Jones, who is in his 11th term in office, cuts an unlikely figure in Washington, D.C. He has fought for a higher minimum wage, tougher regulations on Wall Street, and stronger limits on big money in politics. He has called for restrictions on government surveillance, sharply criticized the leadership of his party for being too cozy with K Street lobbyists and corporate interests, and waged a one-man battle to rein in United States-backed wars raging throughout the Middle East. Though once a strong supporter of the Iraq War, Jones changed his tune as the disastrous war unfolded: "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in…
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Intercepted Podcast: Evening at the Talk House
Intercepted | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
The Intercepted podcast presents "Evening at the Talk House" — a darkly comic audio drama about the insidious dangers of an authoritarian society, written by and starring Wallace Shawn. | An intimate group of writers and actors reunite to celebrate a collaboration from their past. But the world is now very different and more quietly dangerous. And so are they. As drinks and hors d'oeuvres are consumed, small talk evolves into more sinister topics. "Evening at the Talk House" is a stark reminder that all it takes is complacency to enable the dirty work of an authoritarian regime. | | This audio drama was based on the original U.S. theatrical production of "Evening at the Talk House" directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group in New York. Featuring Matthew Broderick, Wallace Shawn, Larry Pine, Jill Eikenberry, John Epperson, Claudia Shear,…
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James Comey Sees Himself as a Victim of Trump. He Refuses to See the Victims of the Justice System
Peter Maass | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
In his memoir, the former FBI director portrays his loyalty to law and order as a saintly devotion. In fact, it's a symptom of his ruthlessness. | The post James Comey Sees Himself as a Victim of Trump. He Refuses to See the Victims of the Justice System. appeared first on The Intercept.
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The Historic 1968 Struggle Against Columbia University
Eric Mann | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
The Columbia University Struggle of 1968, 50 years ago, was in fact a Struggle against Columbia University–as a ruling class slumlord, a racist gentrifier against the people of Harlem and Morningside Heights, and a genocidal war criminal carrying out weapons research against the People of Vietnam. It was one of the great miracles of the times that students who had been recruited to support The System turned against it and sided with the Black community and the people of Vietnam.
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The Times Declares: Stop Asking Questions on Syria!
Philip Hammond | MintPress News | 2018-04-17
The morning after the US-led airstrikes on Syria, The Times devoted its front page to an attack on academics who had questioned the rationale for the bombing. The headline article — 'Apologists for Assad working in British universities' — was accompanied by a two-page spread claiming that the academic Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media was trying to 'shut down debate'. For good measure, The Times also denounced the Working Group as 'Assad's Useful Idiots' in its editorial column. | A leading national newspaper singling out individual scholars as 'agents of disinformation and cheerleaders for despotism' who, it strongly implied, should not be employed at British universities, raises urgent questions of academic freedom. | The Times maintained its support for the idea of 'untrammelled academic inquiry as sacrosanct', but argued that the work of the Group does not count as legitimate…

The Times Declares: Stop Asking Questions on Syria!

Fear, Nostalgia and Power Primarily Account for Trump's Appeal to Evangelicals
Greg Carey, Religion Dispatches | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
Evangelicals long for a mythical Christian past — and Trump's "Make America Great Again" mantra appeals directly to that troubled nostalgia. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election (and since) many tried to answer the question, "Why would evangelicals support him? " According to the Pew Research Center 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, an astonishing margin given Trump's lack of church involvement and his, um, complicated personal history. But few solid analyses have come from within the movement itself. Instead, most pundits have either treated evangelicalism as an oddity or revealed their own personal alienation from the movement. Messiah College historian John Fea has earned the right to author a book on this topic. His research focuses on American Christianity, including his nuanced, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? that book put the lie to David. . .
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A Former Director for Sean Hannity Left Fox News to Build a Pro-Kremlin Propaganda Network in Russia
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
This story keeps getting darker. | One of Sean Hannity's former directors — who claims an instrumental role in developing Fox News — moved to Russia to help a sanctioned oligarch start up a right-wing TV network. Jack Hanick, whose now-deleted LinkedIn profile shows he began working for Fox News three months before its first broadcast aired in October 1996, left the network in August 2011 and helped launch the Orthodox Christian network Tsargrad TV three year later. The religious network's founder, Konstantin Malofeev, is a Kremlin-connected oligarch who's been under U. S. sanctions since 2014 for financing pro-Russian separatist rebels in Crimea. "Throughout the Ukraine crisis, Mr. Malofeev, [now 43], has emerged as a key figure linking the pro-Russia forces on the ground in Ukraine and the political establishment in Moscow," reported the Financial Times. Despite the sanctions, Hannity's former. . .
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Can a Government Program End Racist Government Practices?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Several proposals are now before the Baltimore city council that would fund affordable housing and restore racial equity in government agencies that have sown division in the past, but can it work?
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Saudi Dictator Dines with French President as Yemenis Starve
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited France to sign $18 billion in agreements, while Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says the catastrophic war on Yemen is barely even mentioned…
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New Actors Could Be Drawn into Israel's Coming War With Hezbollah
Darius Shahtahmasebi | MintPress News | 2018-04-17
The looming showdown between Israel and Hezbollah will be nothing like the last. A new cadre of battle-tested Hezbollah fighters returning from Syria and a myriad of bolstered alliances have Israel scrambling. | The post New Actors Could Be Drawn into Israel's Coming War With Hezbollah appeared first on MintPress News.

New Actors Could Be Drawn into Israel's Coming War With Hezbollah

The Search for the Truth in Douma
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks — and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world's most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There's even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the "gas" videotape which horrified the world — despite all the doubters — is perfectly genuine. |…
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Where on Earth is the Just Economy that Works for All, Including Afghan Children?
Dr. Hakim | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their suites, chauffeur-driven limousines, private yachts and jets, they aren't too concerned about whether the economy works for everyone, except in speeches and elections. As they tuck into their next fine dining experience, they know that it's easier and…
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The Sleep of Civilization
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
"Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour." — Proverbs 19: 4 "The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization". — Sigmund Freud James "Mad Dog" Mattis spoke this week, at a pentagon press briefing, saying, among other things, that it was…
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Man in the Glass
C. L. Cook | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
The image in the circular frame is blurry; as though seen through the bottom of a shot glass held in front of the eye, drifting focus on an object some four-hundred meters away. The figure is a thin vertical stripe in the middle of the magnifying lens. There are voices in the background of the…
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Colombia and Cuba: a Tale of Two Countries
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
Colombia and Cuba differ. Colombia is a good friend of the United States while revolutionary Cuba is a U. S. enemy. Individuals and groups of people are abused in Colombia. In Cuba they are safe. The U.S. military uses Colombia as a springboard for control of a region. Officials in Washington easily tolerate the suffering and…
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Mike Pompeo, Trump's Pick for Secretary of State, Secretly Met With North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
The revelation came ahead of Pompeo's confirmation vote. | CIA Director Mike Pompeo had a secret meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un on Easter weekend ahead of President Donald Trump's planned meeting with the head of the rogue regime, according to multiple reports Tuesday night. The story, first published by the Washington Post, came on the heels of Trump himself seeming to say that he had been directly talking to Kim, which would have been an extraordinary development in American diplomacy. The White House quickly clarified that Trump had not spoken directly with the leader, but that talks were being held at a "very high level. "Pompeo — who is Trump's pick to be the next secretary of state as long as the Senate approves — meeting with Kim certainly qualifies as a "high-level" talk. Earlier in the day, two Democratic senators…
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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Takes on Syrian White Helmets, Thought-Control
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-17
"What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on." — Roger Waters | The post Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Takes on Syrian White Helmets, Thought-Control appeared first on MintPress News.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Takes on Syrian White Helmets, Thought-Control

Col. Larry Wilkerson on Syria: War Powers is the "Surest Way to Tyranny"
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
As James Madison once said "war powers is the surest way to tyranny" and tyranny will prevail if people remain apathetic says Col. Larry Wilkerson…
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Trump Overruled Sec. Mattis to Attack Syria Without Congressional Approval After He Tweeted Threats: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
The secretary of defense now has few allies who can help him constrain the president. | President Donald Trump rejected Secretary of Defense James Mattis' insistence that he needed congressional approval to attack Syria last week, according to a new report from the New York Times. Trump wanted to back up his threatening tweets, so he didn't want to risk the possibility that Congress could stop him from acting or slow him down, the report said. Now that John Bolton is national security adviser, replacing H. R. McMaster, Mattis has few allies in the administration. Along with McMaster and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Mattis had been seen as one of the "adults" in the room restraining the president's worst impulses — but his power seems to be waning. Trump's worst impulses were on display when he tweeted: Russia vows to shoot down any. . .
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Trump's Legal Worries Grow as Judge Rejects Effort for President to Review Documents Seized in FBI Raid
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-17
In a potentially major setback for President Trump, a federal judge has rejected efforts from the president to be given first access to documents seized by the FBI last week during raids on the properties of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud. Monday's court hearing pitted the president against his own Justice Department. Assistant US Attorney Thomas McKay urged the judge to reject the president's request. McKay said, "Just because he has a powerful client doesn't mean he should get special treatment." The FBI seized 10 boxes of documents and as many as a dozen electronic devices from Cohen. According to press accounts, the Trump administration now views the probe into Cohen as a more serious threat to the president than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Meanwhile, on Monday, Cohen's attorneys were forced to…
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What Would It Take for Trump Voters to Realize He's Corrupt?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-17
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A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in Iraq Over the Past Half Century
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
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Why Isn't the Median Wage for Black Workers Rising?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
One of the main reasons that I and others have given for leaning on the Fed to keep interest rates down is that low unemployment disproportionately benefits those at the bottom. While we can and should try to help the disadvantaged through increased education, training, child care and other programs necessary to give them a…
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Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian 'Chemical Attack' Site, Concludes "They Were Not Gassed"
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-17
Fisk is the first Western journalist to reach and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack widely blamed on Assad's forces. | The post Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian 'Chemical Attack' Site, Concludes "They Were Not Gassed" appeared first on MintPress News.

Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian 'Chemical Attack' Site, Concludes "They Were Not Gassed"

France Joins US in a 'Poker Game,' Targeting Iran and Hezbollah
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says France is joining the US and UK in Syria to assert its imperial power, even as the war winds down…
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Philadelphia's Top Cop Defends Indefensible Prejudice in Starbucks Arrest Incident
Linn Washington Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
Philadelphia's top cop, Richard Ross, an African-American, has once again exhibited his blind spot on racial bigotry by police during his defense of a specious arrest of two black men inside a Starbucks coffee shop recently that triggered strong condemnation from the mayor of the so-called City of Brotherly Love. The arrest of those black…
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North and South Korea Reportedly in Talks to Officially End Korean War
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-17
South Korean soldiers patrol the road connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on February 7, 2018, near Panmunjom, South Korea. According to a new report, leaders of the two countries may discuss returning the heavily fortified DMZ separating them to its original state. (Photo by Carl Court / Getty Images) | Technically, North and South Korea are still at war, and have been for more than six decades — but an "absolutely earth-shaking" new report on Tuesday indicates the conflict may soon be coming to an end. | Citing an anonymous South Korean diplomatic official, Munhwa Ilbo — a South Korean daily newspaper — reported that the neighboring countries are hashing out a statement that could officially bring the war to an end later this month, when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South…
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The 1%'s Mind Games: Psychology Gone Bad
Roy Eidelson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
While millions of Americans grasp for lifelines amid the unforgiving currents of extreme inequality, multi-millionaires and billionaires comfortably ride the waves and add to their enormous wealth and power. The contrast is jarring to be sure, but it persists nonetheless because self-interested representatives of the 1% have become masters at using manipulative psychological appeals — I call them "mind games" — to defuse and misdirect our outrage. And when they succeed, we regrettably lose our bearings about what's happening, what's right, what's possible, and what we must do.
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Government Accountability Office: Scott Pruitt Illegally Built "Privacy Booth"
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-17
Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! | The head of the Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when installing a soundproof booth in his office, according to the top federal auditor. | Scott Pruitt ran afoul of a 2017 appropriations law and the Antideficiencies Act when creating the fixture, the Government Accountability Office said on Monday in a legal opinion. | According to the analysis, agency officials must notify Congress before "obligating or expending an amount in excess of $5,000″ on office improvements." Pruitt gave no such heads-up before spending more than $43,000 on the "soundproof privacy booth." | "EPA was required to notify the appropriations committees of its proposed obligation," the legal opinion stated. | Though Congressional notification…
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Adam H. Johnson (2018-04-17). Democrats Love Trump's Wars, Too. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists American politicians on both sides of the aisle love war. On Monday, an In These Times survey found that 92 percent of U.S. Democratic and Independent senators did not mount meaningful opposition to Donald Trump's April 13 air strikes against the Syrian government. The primary point of contention that Democrats—and most of the partisan Democratic media—leveled were vague legal or constitutional meta-objections that Trump did not have the "authority" or should consult Congress. But the bulk of the "resistance" did not raise meaningful objections to the strikes themselves. | Only a handful of Democrats—Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.—opposed the air strikes on substance. The vast majority, instead, relied on process demands that Trump get congressional approval—without saying if the strikes themselves were good or bad. | Process critiques over legality are useful as…

Chris Hedges (2018-04-17). The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In an interview, Mark Rudd looks back with regret on his advocacy of violence as a young radical, and he offers up some advice for today's activists: "The thing about nonviolence is that it works." | The post The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

TRNN (2018-04-17). State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Tyrone West, Keith Davis and Her Critics. The Real News Network In the third and final part of our conversation with Marilyn Mosby, we talk about some of the criticism she has faced in her role as Baltimore City's top prosecutor…

TRNN (2018-04-17). France Joins US in a 'Poker Game,' Targeting Iran and Hezbollah. The Real News Network Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says France is joining the US and UK in Syria to assert its imperial power, even as the war winds down…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Saudi Dictator Dines with French President as Yemenis Starve. The Real News Network Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited France to sign $18 billion in agreements, while Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says the catastrophic war on Yemen is barely even mentioned…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Col. Larry Wilkerson on Syria: War Powers is the "Surest Way to Tyranny" The Real News Network As James Madison once said "war powers is the surest way to tyranny" and tyranny will prevail if people remain apathetic says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Eugene Robinson (2018-04-17). Michael Cohen Alone Cannot Stop Donald Trump. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Keep calm and raise hell. The forces of truth and justice may be closing in on President Trump, but there is no reason to believe they can triumph without massive displays of outrage in the streets and at the polls. | Potentially the most serious threat Trump has ever faced came last week when FBI agents raided the office, home and hotel room of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. By all accounts, Cohen's role for the president and the Trump Organization has been that of a "fixer" who brings in deals and makes problems go away. | As everyone knows by now, Cohen "facilitated" payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about the sexual tryst she says she had with Trump. And according to a lawsuit filed by former Playboy model Karen McDougal, Cohen was involved behind…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Can a Government Program End Racist Government Practices? The Real News Network Several proposals are now before the Baltimore city council that would fund affordable housing and restore racial equity in government agencies that have sown division in the past, but can it work?

David Coman-Hidy, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-17). What's Really in McDonald's Happy Meals? Here's the Awful Truth. AlterNet.org The fast-food chain is misleading the public by claiming to care about the millions of animals killed for its menu. | "We have a responsibility to care for the millions of animals in our supply chain. . . We understand and acknowledge the significant responsibility we have to help ensure these animals experience good welfare throughout their lives. "These are the statements that head the Animal Health and Welfare section of the McDonald's website. Let's imagine that you are a chicken born onto a farm that supplies McDonald's. During the course of your short, miserable life, your baby body will grow to mammoth proportions. If you're unlucky enough to survive the first weeks (about 4. 4% of birds will not), your weak legs, likely deformed skeleton, and underdeveloped internal organs will all strain from the pounds of meat you were born to grow. (Here's some startling context:. . .

WSWS (2018-04-17). Australia: Discontent as union pushes collaboration with management at Macquarie University. World Socialist Web Site Younger academics and casual teachers, in particular, have voiced disbelief at the National Tertiary Education Union's assurances.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Seven killed, 17 injured in South Carolina prison riot. World Socialist Web Site The worst US prison riot in a quarter-century reveals the brutal conditions of inmates, who often live for years without mental health treatment and quality social interaction.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Workers Struggles: The Americas. World Socialist Web Site More than 3,000 conductors and engineers employed by Canadian Pacific Railway across the country could be on strike as early as April 21 if negotiations do not produce a deal.

WSWS (2018-04-17). UK: Labour right lines up with government over Syria bombing. World Socialist Web Site Yesterday May faced widespread criticism, but largely for having failed to recall Parliament rather than any substantive opposition to the illegal action taken by the US, France and the UK.

WSWS (2018-04-17). New Zealand government supports imperialist assault on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The Ardern government's response underscores that it is prepared to take the country into a catastrophic war instigated by its US and European allies.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Russian government blocks messaging app Telegram. World Socialist Web Site The attack on encrypted communication is part of the international drive by governments to censor the Internet and expand mass surveillance.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Unions shut down Oklahoma teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site The teachers' courageous fight for improved wages and increased school funding for their students was betrayed by the Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma City-American Federation of Teachers.

WSWS (2018-04-17). US and Britain hit Chinese telecom company ZTE. World Socialist Web Site Both countries imposed the bans amid calls for more aggressive moves by US authorities against Chinese communications and telecom firms.

WSWS (2018-04-17). US lashes out at Russia, as OPCW inspectors prepare to enter Douma. World Socialist Web Site Western governments and media that propagated unsubstantiated claims of a chemical weapons attack to justify illegal missile strikes on Syria are seeking to cover their tracks.

WSWS (2018-04-17). German government backs illegal attack on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The attack on Syria marks a new stage of imperialist aggression aimed not only at Syria but also at Russia.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs. World Socialist Web Site The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Trump, Comey exchange blows through the media. World Socialist Web Site The former FBI director declared the president of the United States "morally unfit" to serve.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Health risks found in over 80 percent of NYCHA apartments. World Socialist Web Site Residents are exposed to peeling paint, mold, damaged plaster, rodents, insects, inoperable appliances, severe electrical hazards, lack of heat, and malfunctioning smoke detectors.

WSWS (2018-04-17). EU foreign ministers push for regime change in Damascus following Syria attack. World Socialist Web Site Although the attack on Syria was in clear violation of international law, the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg explicitly endorsed it.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Anti-academy schools protests in UK curtailed by trade unions. World Socialist Web Site Any strikes called by the teaching unions, as a way of maintaining control over the anger of staff at the consequences of becoming academies, are being confined to a few single schools.

WSWS (2018-04-17). No to World War III! For the building of a socialist anti-war movement! World Socialist Web Site The assault by the imperialist powers on Syria is only the prelude to a far broader and bloodier conflict with Iran, Russia, and China.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Colorado teachers join national wave of protests and walkouts. World Socialist Web Site Inspired by educators in other states, teachers protested Monday at the capitol building in Denver.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Australian government endorses US-led strikes on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The support of the Turnbull government and Labor opposition for the illegal act of aggression, is in line with Australia's role as a key military and diplomatic ally of Washington.

RT (2018-04-17). Protests shut down Philadelphia Starbucks over arrests of black men. RT US News Protesters have taken over a Starbucks in Philadelphia to protest the arrest of two black men that were accused of trespassing at the coffee chain's outlet last week.
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RT (2018-04-17). As WaPo & NYT win Pulitzers for 'Russiagate' coverage, Mueller warns of fake news. RT US News Newspapers openly opposed to President Donald Trump were just honored with prestigious US media awards for their "Russiagate" coverage, even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned about fake news about his probe.
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RT (2018-04-17). Facebook's facial recognition tool faces class action suit over mishandling biometric data. RT US News Facebook's misuse of their users' biometric information could potentially amount to billions of dollars in damages after a federal judge greenlighted an Illinois class action suit against the firm's facial recognition feature.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). Lebanon: Positive Step for Refugee Children. Human Rights Watch News A General Security officer stands by as a Syrian bus driver carries the passports and departure cards of Syrians arriving in Lebanon. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — A new regulation allowing some Syrian teenagers to get temporary legal status in Lebanon more easily is a positive and long-awaited step, Human Rights Watch said today. Lebanese authorities should ensure that all children can maintain legal status, a key factor in fulfilling their right to an education. | Lebanon's General Security agency, in charge of foreigners' entry and residency in Lebanon, issued the regulation effective March 31, 2018. It allows Syrian children who turned ages 15 to 18 after entering Lebanon and who do not have a Syrian passport or national identity card to obtain temporary residency by presenting their Syrian individual…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains. Human Rights Watch News A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |

Amnesty International (2018-04-17. Brave Walls. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps. Amnesty International Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to IS.

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Thailand: Family Still Waiting for Justice Four Years after Human Rights Defender Disappears. Amnesty International Four years since human rights defender Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as Billy, was last seen in the custody of a Thai state official in Kaeng Krachan National Park in western Thailand, Amnesty International deplores authorities' failure to provide his family with information about his fate and whereabouts and the ongoing official obstacles to his family's quest for justice.

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Iraq: The condemned: Woman and children isolated, trapped and exploited in Iraq. Amnesty International Territorial armed conflict involving the armed group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq has come to an end, but the suffering of Iraqis has not. Thousands of Iraqi women and children with perceived IS ties have been condemned for crimes they did not commit. They are being punished for factors outside of their control — such as being related, however distantly, to men who were somehow involved with IS. In IDP camps across Iraq, they are denied food, water and health care and prevented from returning home. Many have been subjected to sexual harassment, rape and sexual exploitation. This treatment has left these families with a deep sense of injustice.

Amnesty International (2018-04-17. The Condemned. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-17. Death sentences and executions 2017. Amnesty International

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Harvard Teaches Us That Hedge Fund Managers Get Rich Even When They Mess Up. Truthout Stories (Photo: Cherry Beans / Getty Images) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | While we all know that it is important for people to get a good education if they want to do well in today's economy, it remains the case that who you know matters much more than what you know. Harvard has taught us this lesson well with the management of its endowment in recent years. | Businessweek reported that the returns on Harvard's endowment over the last decade averaged just 4.4 percent annually. This performance trailed both stock index returns and the returns received by other major university endowments. This means that Harvard would have had considerably more money to pay its faculty and staff if it simply bought a Vanguard…

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch (2018-04-16). New Study Shows Young People in Polluted Cities Are at Greater Risk for Alzheimer's. AlterNet.org The study is not the first to suggest that air pollution is a risk for the brain, especially in children. | A study has found that living in cities with high air pollution puts children and young adults at risk for Alzheimer's and suicide, The University of Montana reported Friday. University of Montana researcher Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas was part of a team that looked at the autopsies of 203 residents of Mexico City, which has daily ozone and particulate matter levels above U. S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) standards. The subjects they studied ranged in age from 11 months to 40 years, and the researchers found signs of Alzheimer's in 99. 5 percent of them, including in less-than-a-year-old babies. "Alzheimer's disease starting in the brainstem of young children and affecting 99. 5% of young urbanites is a serious health crisis," the abstract of the. . .

Manuel García, Jr. (2018-04-16). Kill For Peace, Bomb For Justice, Behead For Nookie. counterpunch.org Whenever you want to do something cruel, blame the necessity of it on God: Like the Allah-blamed wannabe caliphate of female sex slavery between Syria and Iraq, even between Arabia and Afghanistan; and the blue-eyed Christ-blamed same in Bible-thumping America. Right now there is a contest between superpowers, mini-superpowers, micro-superpowers, and proxy wannabe powers to More

Laura Gottesdiener (2018-04-16). 7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire. MintPress News Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. | 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity — with 400 missiles, which could be nuclear armed. Then we had a debate about whether that proves China is trying to conquer the world or the…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Here Are Seven Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on the American Empire. Truthout Stories Noam Chomsky. (Photo: Andrew Rusk) | The current political climate is hostile to real accountability. Help us keep lawmakers and corporations in check — support the independent journalism at Truthout today! | Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. | 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed…

Robert Dodge (2018-04-16). Taxes, Death and Nuclear Weapons. counterpunch.org We live in a world where as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." That statement remains true and the paradox today is the amount our taxes pay toward the death and destruction of mankind through the continued funding of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have now More

John Laforge (2018-04-16). Nuclear Keeps on Polluting, Long After Shutdown. counterpunch.org The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on March 26, 2018 that in February 2017 LaCrosseSolutions had spilled 400 gallons of radioactively contaminated water directly into the Mississippi River. The NRC announcement also noted that there was a risk to public health from the spill, although the way the La Crosse Tribune reported it was: "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was little risk to public health." More

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-16). Watch Sunny Hostin Dismantle Meghan McCain's Dubious Comey Smears. AlterNet.org The conservative pundit wasn't getting away with her attempted smears. | One GOP talking point trashing former FBI Director James Comey is in alleging that he is "a leaker" for releasing his notes and memos of his meetings with President Donald Trump. Trump and the White House had begun an attack against Comey as part of their justification for firing him. Now that he's on a book tour, the attacks have been renewed. "He delivered the information in much the same way that investigators deliver an investigation. I was in my office dozens, if not hundreds of times, where you have an FBI agent come and tell you these remarkable things in that sort of deadpan voice. ' Yes, he had little hands and yes his tie was too long,'" Former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin explained. . .

TRNN (2018-04-16). Bolivia's Ex-President Sanchez de Lozada Convicted in US Court for Human Rights | Abuses. The Real News Network In a milestone decision, a Florida court ruled that Bolivia's ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (aka Goni) is liable for civilian deaths during his presidency when he ordered protests to be repressed…

Staff (2018-04-16). Who Gives a Damn About the First Black Woman President? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists We have become a Potemkin society where tokens are put on the stage to represent equality while the vast majority of Americans are enslaved. | The post Who Gives a Damn About the First Black Woman President? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Matthew Stevenson (2018-04-16). Why Vietnam Still Matters: the Great American End and Whitewash in Saigon. counterpunch.org Exclusively for CounterPunch, Matthew Stevenson travels from Haiphong and Hanoi, in what was North Vietnam, to the Central Highlands and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon and the capital, in search of the remnants of the American war in Vietnam. This is Part VIII of an eight-part series. In 2018, it is easier to get out More

TRNN (2018-04-16). The Complex History and Relations of the Kurdish YPG, Syria, and US. The Real News Network Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek discusses the history of the PKK, Turkey's brutally violent repression of the Kurds, and the complex relations between the YPG, Syria, and US.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Where Is the Democratic Outrage Over Trump's Illegal Attack on Syria? Truthout Stories The illegal airstrikes on Syria last Friday provoked a widespread but largely muted opposition from Democrats, which is not surprising since the Democratic Party also subscribes to the same belief in American exceptionalism and profits from a state of endless war. It's time the left forced the Democrats to embrace a humane foreign policy based on justice, not oppression.Syrian boys walk along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018, during an organized media tour. (Photo: Louai Beshara / AFP / Getty Images) | Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! | President Donald Trump's decision to carry out a series of airstrikes on Syrian government chemical weapons facilities on Friday, April…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Poor People's Campaign Gears Up for Mother's Day Launch. Truthout Stories "I am not speaking about the poor. I am not speaking for the poor. I am the poor." | Claudia De la Cruz was speaking at an April 10 press briefing in Washington, DC on behalf of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Inspired by a similar 1968 initiative led by Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders, the campaign aims to lift up the voices of people like De la Cruz who've been most affected by our country's persistent poverty. | A descendant of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, De la Cruz was born in the South Bronx, the poorest Congressional district in the country. Median household income there is about $26,000, compared to $116,000 for the wealthiest district, which straddles Virginia's northern suburbs. She's a member of the national steering committee of the Poor…

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-16). Did The Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria Happen? We Need A Different Question. counterpunch.org There has been a lot of debate other whether the chemical weapons attacks in Syria "really happened". On the one side, you have the corporate media for the West, on the other side you have the corporate media for the Russians, as well as the conspiracy-oriented fringe in the U.S. Obviously one side is correct, More

Staff (2018-04-16). What's in Those Seized Records? Trump's Biggest New Worry. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The president's anxiety has risen after the raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen's office, with worry of what's in those documents and that Cohen may strike a deal with prosecutors. | The post What's in Those Seized Records? Trump's Biggest New Worry appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-16). Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Calls Michael Cohen 'Radioactive,' Sends Warning to Trump and Hannity. AlterNet.org The president and his lawyer pushed to keep their communications out of the hands of federal investigators. | The lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn actress and director "Stormy Daniels," issued a warning Monday evening to President Donald Trump and anyone else involved with lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen is "radioactive," said Michael Avenatti, Clifford's lawyer. "Anyone that had any contact with this man in the last 20 years should be very concerned about what secrets of theirs are within these documents. "In court, Cohen's lawyers pushed to prevent federal investigators from reviewing materials obtained under a search warrant last week. Agents entered Cohen's home and office and collected documents, some of which include communications between him and the president, according to multiple reports. At one point, the judge made clear that for Cohen's claim to proceed, he would have to reveal. . .

Dominique Jackson, Raw Story (2018-04-16). California Pauses Trump's Border Wall Plan by Refusing to Send Any State Troops to Assist. AlterNet.org The president will be furious. | Earlier this month, Trump boasted about sending National Guard troops to protect the southern border. Trump proposed to send nearly 400 troops to the border. U. S. officials announced Monday, that California is now refusing to send their troops as a resource because the work is too closely aligned with immigration enforcement according to the Associated Press. Troops would have been a useful resource to perform work such as operating remotely-controlled surveillance cameras, documenting suspicious activity, repairing vehicles, and a host of administrative tasks. Despite his initial eagerness, California Gov. Jerry Brown pulled back on his support, and said he would not send California troops to work alongside immigration enforcement. Brown, instead wants to focus on criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers. The other border state governors in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, are all on board. . .

Staff (2018-04-16). Trump Lawyer Forced to Reveal Another Client: Sean Hannity. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Update: 1: 53 p.m. PDT: The Associated Press has posted news of Sean Hannity's comments about his ties to President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen: | "Fox News host Sean Hannity says it's no 'big deal' that he consulted with Donald Trump's personal lawyer about his own legal affairs. | "In his regular broadcast Monday, Hannity says he had 'brief discussions' with Michael Cohen about 'legal questions where I wanted his input and perspective.' | "But he said he never retained Cohen 'in any traditional sense,' never paid him and never got billed for a legal fee." | NEW YORK — A legal fight over what should happen to records the FBI seized from President Trump's personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal in court that he had also secretly done legal work for Fox News…

Steve Early (2018-04-16). The Greening of Vermont: From Hippie Invasion To Blue State Conversion and Beyond. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's fear-mongering about Mexicans and Muslims, Haitians and Africans, and other foreigners is hardly sui generis in U.S. history. In the mid- 19th century, east coast nativists regularly sounded the alarm about barbarian invasions from famine-stricken Ireland. Their west coast counterparts warned for many decades of the "yellow peril" to California, which took the More

SouthFront (2018-04-16). Syria's 'Media Activists' Soften Opposition to Foreign Intervention. MintPress News Twitter user @jadinho123 has collected some of the most notorious examples of how the mainstream media and pro-militant media activists have lied about the war in Syria creating a pretext for the US-led military action against the country's government. | Remember this photo of a kid laying next to her 'dead' parents who were 'killed' by Assad and this photo went viral and got thousands of retweets and had people crying all over Twitter? pic.twitter.com/VLjuodDtZT | — Jad (@jadinho123) April 13, 2018 | Well pic.twitter.com/sNlvshIkF9 | — Jad (@jadinho123) April 13, 2018 | Another widely-known "victim of the Assad regime": | Oh and remember this photo of this child who was in the back of an ambulance after supposedly being attacked by Assad and his regime??? pic.twitter.com/tzoFiMbK5S | — Jad (@jadinho123) April 13, 2018

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-04-16). Man Claims a Prescription Painkiller Altered His Sexual Orientation. AlterNet.org The man reports that his sexual orientation reverts when he stops taking the pills. | A 23-year old man who the Daily Mirror reports described himself as a " hot-blooded heterosexual" says painkillers have changed his sexual orientation. He now identifies as gay. Scott Purdy "enjoyed dating women before he started taking [the] painkiller Pregabalin, also known as Lyrica. ""I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention," Purdy says. "I turned around and said I didn't find her physically attractive anymore," after taking the painkillers for a few weeks. "Pregabalin or Lyrica is a medication used to treat epilepsy, pain associated with the brain, and generalized anxiety disorder," The Mirror notes. "I was with a girlfriend I had been with for around six months. I had never been interested in men. When I was younger I was a. . .

Jon Jeter (2018-04-16). Speaking Fees, Selfies, Sucking Up to Power: How BLM Lost its Mojo. MintPress News The Black Panther Party remains beloved in the African-American community 52 years after its founding — revered for its nutrition and health programs, fearless defense of the people, and self-sacrifice. The BLM leadership, on the other hand, poses for fashion magazine photo spreads. | The post Speaking Fees, Selfies, Sucking Up to Power: How BLM Lost its Mojo appeared first on MintPress News.

Brian Wakamo (2018-04-16). Data Shows Trump Tax Cuts Did Not Raise Wages, Instead Went to Corporate Executives. MintPress News Companies are choosing not to share the wealth, even on the heels of the massive corporate welfare program that is the new tax law. | The post Data Shows Trump Tax Cuts Did Not Raise Wages, Instead Went to Corporate Executives appeared first on MintPress News.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-16). Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment. MintPress News "The establishment wants, #1, to push tax cuts for millionaires and a war agenda. And #2 is to tell you 'politics are too complicated for you, so don't get involved.'" And Republicans' "idea of a good election is nobody votes and big money dominates." | The post Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment appeared first on MintPress News.

Thomas Knapp (2018-04-16). Trump Isn't the First War Criminal President. He Should be the Last. counterpunch.org Only a couple of weeks ago, US president Donald Trump stated his desire to bring American troops home from Syria: "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon …. Let the other people take care of it now." As if on cue: An alleged chemical attack in Douma, where the Assad regime's forces are More

Whitney Webb (2018-04-16). How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas. MintPress News While gaining control of key resources for partitioning Syria and destabilizing the government in Damascus, the U.S.' main goal in occupying the oil and water rich northeastern Syria is aimed not at Syria but at Iran. | The post How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Facebook Is Profiting From Illegal Wildlife Traffickers. Truthout Stories Over 7,200 kilograms of elephant ivory tusks seized by Hong Kong Customs are displayed at a news conference at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on July 6, 2017, in Hong Kong. (Photo: Tan Daming / China News Service/ VCG via Getty Images) | Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. | While Mark Zuckerberg was testifying before Congress about Facebook providing user information to Cambridge Analytica, additional disturbing news about his company was making headlines. | Facebook has been making a profit by selling ads on pages that are operated by illegal wildlife traffickers. The pages sell the body parts of endangered animals, according to a complaint filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). | That's right, Facebook has allegedly been making money off of the…

TRNN (2018-04-16). The Marc Steiner Show: Bill Ayers. The Real News Network In the first episode of the Marc Steiner Show on the Real News Network, Marc talks with Bill Ayers, former member of the Weather Underground and author of the new book, "You Can't Fire the Bad Ones," about the policies that have re-segregated and privatized our schools and the wildcat teachers' strikes rising up against them.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-16). No Smoke Detector Installed in Trump Tower Apartment that Sparked Deadly Fire, FDNY Says. AlterNet.org One man died in the blaze that broke out earlier this month at the president's building. | No fire alarm was installed in the apartment of Trump Tower where a deadly blaze broke out on April 7, the New York City Fire Department announced Monday on Twitter. Fire marshalls have declared the incident an "accident," saying it started as an electrical fire that started from "sequenced power strips powering multiple components. "The fire killed Todd Brassner, who was 67. After the fire, the president praised the construction of his building in a tweet: Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018He never mentioned the fact that Brassner was killed in the fire. Miriam Light, a landlord who lives in Trump Tower, told the. . .

AlterNet (2018-04-16). Scientology Defector Publicly Reveals Details of Feud Between John Travolta and Tom Cruise. AlterNet.org The stars have been vying for power in the insular religion. | Former Scientologist Brendan Tighe, who claims to have worked as a personal security guard for Tom Cruise, has revealed details of the alleged feud between the star and fellow Scientology celebrity John Travolta. According to Tighe, the two actors competed for favor from the religion's leader David Miscavige. "Cruise is the only celeb with a direct line to Miscavige," Tighe said. Travolta didn't have that. Travolta doesn't get anything free, no one is giving him absurd gifts like an airplane hangar, custom-made bikes, or over-the-top favors. "Travolta reportedly "exploded with jealousy" when Tighe awarded Cruise with the Freedom Medal of Valor in 2008. Travolta believed the award was a signal that he had been "stripped" of his place as Scientology's most valued celebrity. The bizarre revelations included confirmation that the church helped locate. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week. Truthout Stories Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the US to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from US actions in the region. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Finally, Ramah Kudaimi, I wanted to ask you about another issue. On Friday, Palestinians gathered for protests at the…

Staff (2018-04-16). GAO: EPA Violated Spending Law on Pruitt's Privacy Booth. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Government Accountability Office says the Environmental Protection Agency ran afoul of federal spending laws by buying a $43,000 soundproof booth for Scott Pruitt to make private calls in his office. | The post GAO: EPA Violated Spending Law on Pruitt's Privacy Booth appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-16). Lou Dobbs Says Trump Should 'Just Pardon Everybody' Involved in Russia Probe. AlterNet.org The president is known to be a big fan of Dobbs. | As the Russia investigation continues to heat up and ensnares a growing number of Presiden Donald Trump's associates, Fox News host Lou Dobbs went on air Monday night and promoted an idea to end the probe altogether: pardon everybody. Tom Fitton, the host of the conservative group Judicial Watch, went on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and proposed the idea, arguing that Trump and many of his aides have been treated unfairly by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team. The remarks came on the same day that Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, appeared in court attempting to block federal investigators from examining materials obtained last week during an FBI raid on his home and office. "It all began with Mueller, as you point out, and the Justice Department refused to say no, and they. . .

Norman Solomon (2018-04-16). Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to "Russiagate" Enthusiasts, Whether They Like It or Not. counterpunch.org Politicians, pundits and activists who've routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting Trump as a puppet of Russia's president. Heavyweights of More

Uri Avnery (2018-04-16). Eyeless in Gaza. counterpunch.org Write down: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief. We don't belong to the same army, or to the same state. We More

Ron Jacobs (2018-04-16). War is Just F**kin' Wrong. counterpunch.org There is no such thing as a good war, especially not in 2018. History, both recent and otherwise, has proven this statement. No war in the past seventy years has made the world a better place. In fact, in most cases those wars have made the world more dangerous. Furthermore, these wars—most of them waged by the United States and its clients—have wreaked environmental destruction, made life even more difficult for those who have little to begin with, and created an economy whose very existence not only demands but depends on the waging of and preparation for war and more war. In other words, a permanent war economy. More

TRNN (2018-04-16). Economic Update: Distorting Economic Truths. The Real News Network Labor strikes at Disney; home sales and prices drop sharply; Nestle's approval to profit from privatizing water; UPS and FedEx profit from Trump's attack on Amazon and lies about the USPS; US poverty far worse than in other nations…

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-16). Fox News Host Sean Hannity Is Revealed to Be Michael Cohen's Secret Third Client. AlterNet.org The president and propagandist have been secretly sharing a lawyer. | Despite trying to hide the identity of his clients, Bloomberg reported Monday that the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen represents Fox News personality Sean Hannity. Before Hannity was revealed as Cohen's third client, Bloomberg reported that he asked the attorney not to let his name be made public. Instead, Cohen's lawyer Stephen Ryan handed the name of the client now known to be Hannity to U. S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan in a sealed envelope, promising to appeal if the judge ordered he and his client to disclose the name. "At this point," Ryan said during the hearing, "no one would want to be [associated] with the case in that way. " Related Stories: Watch Sunny Hostin Dismantle Meghan McCain's Dubious Comey SmearsWatch SNL's Kate McKinnon Take on Laura Ingraham and Fox News in Hilarious Boycott SketchIs MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-16). Watch: Racist White Woman in Georgia Caught Verbally Assaulting Two Black Soldiers. AlterNet.org She was booked into jail and released on bond. | A white Georgia woman hurled racist and homophobic slurs at two black soldiers — and then physically attacked them for recording video of her outburst. The two uniformed women apparently angered the woman and her son outside a Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen restaurant Saturday night in Macon because they drove around her family as they attempted to park. "This Gentleman & his mom [were] hostile about the two soldiers not waiting for them to reverse back into [their] handicap parking spot for her handicapped husband instead they went around and proceeded to park in [their] own separate parking spot," wrote witness LaKeycia Ward. The woman, later identified as Judy Tucker, and her son Robbie followed the two women into the restaurant and called them "black b*tches" and said they didn't know the U. S. Army. . .

TRNN (2018-04-16). Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness. The Real News Network "Criminalization of blackness" is at the root of the arrest, where Blacks who do things that whites do all the time is considered a reason for arrest, explains Eugene Puryear of the D.C. Movement for Black Lives…

Staff (2018-04-16). Destruction, Traumatized Residents in Syrian Town of Douma. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The main hospital, courthouse and municipal buildings are largely rubble—testimony to the intense government assault the town has been subjected to since being seized by the rebels six years ago. | The post Destruction, Traumatized Residents in Syrian Town of Douma appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-16). Watch Conservative Charlie Sykes Eviscerate 'Post-Ethical' Fox News Following Hannity and Cohen Revelations. AlterNet.org "Are there any standards any longer? " | Never-Trump conservative commentator Charlie Sykes on Monday blasted Fox News and their host Sean Hannity for failing to disclose to viewers that he was represented by the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes! " Sykes joked to MSNBC host Ali Velshi, echoing fired FBI Director James Comey's off-the-cuff remark during his 2017 Senate hearing about his conversations with President Donald Trump. "Look, Sean Hannity had no legal obligation to disclose his relationship with Michael Cohen," the conservative radio host acknowledged, "but if there is anything remaining of journalistic ethics at Fox News, he certainly needed to disclose that fact when he was going on and on and on talking about Michael Cohen, the [FBI] raid on Michael Cohen and this entire, you know, legal proceeding here. ""Are there any standards any longer? " Sykes mused. "We've talked a lot about being in a post-factual political world. You kind of wonder whether over there [at Fox News] you are in a post-ethical political world as well. "Watch below, via MSNBC:. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-16). Here's Why Attorney-Client Privilege Might Not Save President Trump or Michael Cohen. AlterNet.org The president has been frantic ever since federal agents raided his attorney's office. | President Donald Trump is banking on attorney-client privilege to shield his sensitive communications with Michael Cohen from the prying eyes of federal investigators — but there's good reason to think it won't work. As Mimi Rocah, former assistant U. S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, explained to Rachel Maddow Monday night, there are significant limits to attorney-client privilege. "The attorney-client privilege is hugely important, and prosecutors and judges take it extremely seriously, but it is narrow," Rocah said. "You have to have a real, attorney-client, confidential relationship, where I'm seeking legal advice. "She continued: "It doesn't seem like Mr. Cohen is someone you go to when you have a real legal, tough problem you want an answer to. . . . They're really showing that in the nature of the. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Chelsea Manning on Trump's "Mission Accomplished" Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before" Truthout Stories On Friday, the US, UK and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The US has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is…

Carly Drake, The Conversation (2018-04-16). Female Boston Marathon Runners Are Being Denigrated by Advertisers. AlterNet.org Women are told how to look and behave by ads targeting female runners. | On an April morning in 1967, Kathrine Switzer ate a late breakfast. The Boston Marathon wasn't due to begin until noon, so she had plenty of time to get to the starting line. When the time came, she pinned the number 261 to her chest and started running through the Boston streets with her boyfriend, coach and friend in tow. Then, in a surprising contrast to the crowd's cheers, she was attacked by a race official who'd noticed her ponytail and lipstick. At this time, the Boston Marathon was a men's-only race, and Switzer wasn't exactly welcome in the field. After Switzer's boyfriend warded off the race official by tackling him, Kathrine (registered as K. V. Switzer) crossed the finish line. Her efforts helped make the sport of endurance running. . .

Susan Babbitt (2018-04-16). Prisoner of Pinochet: No Triumph of the Human Spirit. counterpunch.org Sergio Bitar's Prisoner of Pinochet has been released in English.[i]It claims to show the "triumph of the human spirit". The cliché is misapplied. There are lessons for those remembering 1968, as we approach May Day. No human spirit triumphs submitting to lies. Bitar describes harsh imprisonment after the US-backed coup against Salvador Allende in 1973. More

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-16). Watch Reporters Discuss 'Extraordinary Moment' When Courtroom Gasped Upon Learning Sean Hannity Was Third Cohen Client. AlterNet.org Multiple networks covered the shocking scene. | Reporters at both CNN and NBC News on Monday noted that spectators were shocked when U. S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood compelled the revelation that the president's attorney Michael Cohen is also representing Fox News host Sean Hannity. "It truly is an extraordinary day and it was an extraordinary moment in that courthouse when it was blurted out that Sean Hannity was the third client," NBC News' Tom Winter told MSNBC host Katy Tur, not that Cohen representing the Fox News personality in 2017 and possibly 2018 as well. CNN's Shimon Prokupecz recounted the audience's reaction when Cohen's attorney Stephen Ryan "stood up in the courtroom and basically said 'Sean Hannity. '""As you can imagine, there was really shock in the courtroom," the CNN correspondent said. "Several people ran out, including myself, to report the. . .

Uri Avnery (2018-04-16). Eyeless in Gaza: On Israeli Troops Cheering Over Shooting an Unarmed Palestinian. MintPress News "I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief." | The post Eyeless in Gaza: On Israeli Troops Cheering Over Shooting an Unarmed Palestinian appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Gunning Down the Easter Bunny: The Weaponization of Everyday Life. Truthout Stories (Photo: Anadorado / Getty Images) | Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that's recently been swept up in a round of protests over the endless killing sprees they permit, you'd think I might have had more experience with them. | It takes less than two minutes to support the bold, independent journalism at Truthout. What are you waiting for? Click here to donate now! | As it happens, I've held a gun only once in my life. I even fired it. I was in perhaps tenth grade and enamored with an Eagle Scout who loved war reenactments. On weekends, he and his friends camped out, took off their watches to get into the spirit of the War of 1812, and dressed in homemade muslin underclothes and itchy uniforms. I was there just…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Trump's Executive Order on "Welfare" Is Designed to Pit Workers Against One Another. Truthout Stories Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility." It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of "welfare reform."Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on April 16, 2018. Trump is traveling to Hialeah, Florida, for a roundtable discussion on tax reform. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) | This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. | Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. | The order, titled "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility," carries little weight by itself. It…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). The Real Threat to Trump's Presidency Will Unfold in a Courtroom. Truthout Stories Michael Cohen, center, President Trump's personal attorney, leaves the Hart Building after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russian election interference was postponed on September 19, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | The weekend started off with a bang and ended with a whimper. In concert with US allies, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria on Friday night, in retaliation for the apparent chemical attack on civilians in Douma earlier in the week. The precision strike was limited to some weapons facilities and so far there are no reports of deaths on the ground, which is likely because the US warned Russia and the Syrians in advance. Trump had tweeted to the world that he was planning to launch missile strikes so it's not as if anyone was surprised. (This is a good thing, although…

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-16). Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again. MintPress News The U.S.-led strike on Syria was denounced by Russia's leader Vladimir Putin as an "act of aggression," and a "war crime" by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. | The post Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again appeared first on MintPress News.

Eric Ortiz (2018-04-16). Kevin Cooper Fights for His Innocence From San Quentin's Death Row. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Many legal experts and human rights advocates say the murder case is the worst example of wrongful conviction they have ever seen. | The post Kevin Cooper Fights for His Innocence From San Quentin's Death Row appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Mir Alikhan (2018-04-16). Resolution of Kashmir Dispute is Key to Afghanistan. counterpunch.org U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained—which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks—it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and bombings. As a result of the invasion, the Taliban has come to More

TRNN (2018-04-16). Another Massive Tax Break for Developers? One Key Official Says No. The Real News Network Baltimore's latest proposal to overhaul a low income housing project and an abandoned outdoor mall may include a huge tax incentive for developers, but city council president Jack Young says he has "no appetite" for another tax break.

Dave Lindorff (2018-04-16). President Trump's War Crime is Worse than the One He Accuses Assad of. counterpunch.org The single most importantthing that happened Friday night when the US military on President Trump's orders launched a wave of over 100 cruise missiles against Syria was that once again the US violated the most profound international law of war: initiating a war of aggression against a nation that posed no threat, imminent or otherwise, to the US or its allies. | More

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-04-16). Iraq Then, Syria Now. counterpunch.org When will you get the message? Comply, as Jordan, Egypt and others did and we'll protect your leaders, ensure favorable press, shore up your economy, secure energy needs, and engage your businessmen. In short: abide by our imperial diktat. Alternative advice to a marginal (but an ambitious) nation determined to follow an independent course might More

Aldous Pennyfarthing, Daily Kos (2018-04-16). Sean Hannity's Ties to Michael Cohen Reveal his Complete Lack of Journalistic Ethics. AlterNet.org Looking back, it's stunning that the host didn't reveal his conflict of interest. | Sean Hannity isn't a journalist, but he plays one on TV. But even if you're just pretending at something (like being a fireman or an astronaut), you should still follow the most fundamental rules of that profession. For instance, kids playing policeman shouldn't shake down their elderly neighbors for protection money and free Werther's Originals. Well, Sean Hannity has been a very naughty boy. As many news outlets just reported, Barry Zuckerkorn Lionel Hutz Michael Cohen is Hannity's fugging lawyer, and so maybe he should have mentioned that when he spewed this warmed-over gibbon shite last week: April 10, 2018: The president's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had his home, his hotel and, of course, his office raided by the FBI over $130,000 payment as the personal attorney of Donald Trump. . .

Mike Garrity (2018-04-16). Congress Favors Corporate Welfare Over Our National Forests. counterpunch.org Senator Daines (R-MT) and Congressman Gianforte (R-MT) continued their attack on national forests recently when they repeated scientifically-discredited timber industry propaganda that logging our national forests is beneficial for the public's forests, wildlife, and fisheries. What they don't tell you is that some of the best elk hunting in America is in unlogged areas like More

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Democrats Love Trump's Wars, Too
Adam H. Johnson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-17
American politicians on both sides of the aisle love war. On Monday, an In These Times survey found that 92 percent of U.S. Democratic and Independent senators did not mount meaningful opposition to Donald Trump's April 13 air strikes against the Syrian government. The primary point of contention that Democrats–and most of the partisan Democratic media–leveled were vague legal or constitutional meta-objections that Trump did not have the "authority" or should consult Congress. But the bulk of the "resistance" did not raise meaningful objections to the strikes themselves. | Only a handful of Democrats–Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.–opposed the air strikes on substance. The vast majority, instead, relied on process demands that Trump get congressional approval–without saying if the strikes themselves were good or bad. | Process critiques over legality are useful as…
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The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left
Chris Hedges | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-17
In an interview, Mark Rudd looks back with regret on his advocacy of violence as a young radical, and he offers up some advice for today's activists: "The thing about nonviolence is that it works." | The post The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Col. Larry Wilkerson on Syria: War Powers is the "Surest Way to Tyranny"
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
As James Madison once said "war powers is the surest way to tyranny" and tyranny will prevail if people remain apathetic says Col. Larry Wilkerson…
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State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Tyrone West, Keith Davis and Her Critics
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
In the third and final part of our conversation with Marilyn Mosby, we talk about some of the criticism she has faced in her role as Baltimore City's top prosecutor…
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Michael Cohen Alone Cannot Stop Donald Trump
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-17
Keep calm and raise hell. The forces of truth and justice may be closing in on President Trump, but there is no reason to believe they can triumph without massive displays of outrage in the streets and at the polls. | Potentially the most serious threat Trump has ever faced came last week when FBI agents raided the office, home and hotel room of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. By all accounts, Cohen's role for the president and the Trump Organization has been that of a "fixer" who brings in deals and makes problems go away. | As everyone knows by now, Cohen "facilitated" payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about the sexual tryst she says she had with Trump. And according to a lawsuit filed by former Playboy model Karen McDougal, Cohen was involved behind…
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Can a Government Program End Racist Government Practices?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Several proposals are now before the Baltimore city council that would fund affordable housing and restore racial equity in government agencies that have sown division in the past, but can it work?
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Saudi Dictator Dines with French President as Yemenis Starve
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited France to sign $18 billion in agreements, while Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says the catastrophic war on Yemen is barely even mentioned…
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Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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France Joins US in a 'Poker Game,' Targeting Iran and Hezbollah
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says France is joining the US and UK in Syria to assert its imperial power, even as the war winds down…
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What's Really in McDonald's Happy Meals? Here's the Awful Truth
David Coman-Hidy, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
The fast-food chain is misleading the public by claiming to care about the millions of animals killed for its menu. | "We have a responsibility to care for the millions of animals in our supply chain. . . We understand and acknowledge the significant responsibility we have to help ensure these animals experience good welfare throughout their lives. "These are the statements that head the Animal Health and Welfare section of the McDonald's website. Let's imagine that you are a chicken born onto a farm that supplies McDonald's. During the course of your short, miserable life, your baby body will grow to mammoth proportions. If you're unlucky enough to survive the first weeks (about 4. 4% of birds will not), your weak legs, likely deformed skeleton, and underdeveloped internal organs will all strain from the pounds of meat you were born to grow. (Here's some startling context:. . .
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A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |


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Australia: Discontent as union pushes collaboration with management at Macquarie University
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Younger academics and casual teachers, in particular, have voiced disbelief at the National Tertiary Education Union's assurances.
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Seven killed, 17 injured in South Carolina prison riot
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The worst US prison riot in a quarter-century reveals the brutal conditions of inmates, who often live for years without mental health treatment and quality social interaction.
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Unions shut down Oklahoma teachers strike
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The teachers' courageous fight for improved wages and increased school funding for their students was betrayed by the Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma City-American Federation of Teachers.
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Anti-academy schools protests in UK curtailed by trade unions
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Any strikes called by the teaching unions, as a way of maintaining control over the anger of staff at the consequences of becoming academies, are being confined to a few single schools.
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UK: Labour right lines up with government over Syria bombing
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Yesterday May faced widespread criticism, but largely for having failed to recall Parliament rather than any substantive opposition to the illegal action taken by the US, France and the UK.
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EU foreign ministers push for regime change in Damascus following Syria attack
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Although the attack on Syria was in clear violation of international law, the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg explicitly endorsed it.
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Health risks found in over 80 percent of NYCHA apartments
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Residents are exposed to peeling paint, mold, damaged plaster, rodents, insects, inoperable appliances, severe electrical hazards, lack of heat, and malfunctioning smoke detectors.
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German government backs illegal attack on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The attack on Syria marks a new stage of imperialist aggression aimed not only at Syria but also at Russia.
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US lashes out at Russia, as OPCW inspectors prepare to enter Douma
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Western governments and media that propagated unsubstantiated claims of a chemical weapons attack to justify illegal missile strikes on Syria are seeking to cover their tracks.
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Workers Struggles: The Americas
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
More than 3,000 conductors and engineers employed by Canadian Pacific Railway across the country could be on strike as early as April 21 if negotiations do not produce a deal.
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US and Britain hit Chinese telecom company ZTE
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Both countries imposed the bans amid calls for more aggressive moves by US authorities against Chinese communications and telecom firms.
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Australian government endorses US-led strikes on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The support of the Turnbull government and Labor opposition for the illegal act of aggression, is in line with Australia's role as a key military and diplomatic ally of Washington.
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No to World War III! For the building of a socialist anti-war movement!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The assault by the imperialist powers on Syria is only the prelude to a far broader and bloodier conflict with Iran, Russia, and China.
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Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
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Russian government blocks messaging app Telegram
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The attack on encrypted communication is part of the international drive by governments to censor the Internet and expand mass surveillance.
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New Zealand government supports imperialist assault on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The Ardern government's response underscores that it is prepared to take the country into a catastrophic war instigated by its US and European allies.
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Trump, Comey exchange blows through the media
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The former FBI director declared the president of the United States "morally unfit" to serve.
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Colorado teachers join national wave of protests and walkouts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Inspired by educators in other states, teachers protested Monday at the capitol building in Denver.
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Facebook's facial recognition tool faces class action suit over mishandling biometric data
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Facebook's misuse of their users' biometric information could potentially amount to billions of dollars in damages after a federal judge greenlighted an Illinois class action suit against the firm's facial recognition feature. …
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Protests shut down Philadelphia Starbucks over arrests of black men
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Protesters have taken over a Starbucks in Philadelphia to protest the arrest of two black men that were accused of trespassing at the coffee chain's outlet last week. …
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As WaPo & NYT win Pulitzers for 'Russiagate' coverage, Mueller warns of fake news
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Newspapers openly opposed to President Donald Trump were just honored with prestigious US media awards for their "Russiagate" coverage, even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned about fake news about his probe. …
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Lebanon: Positive Step for Refugee Children
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A General Security officer stands by as a Syrian bus driver carries the passports and departure cards of Syrians arriving in Lebanon. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — A new regulation allowing some Syrian teenagers to get temporary legal status in Lebanon more easily is a positive and long-awaited step, Human Rights Watch said today. Lebanese authorities should ensure that all children can maintain legal status, a key factor in fulfilling their right to an education. | Lebanon's General Security agency, in charge of foreigners' entry and residency in Lebanon, issued the regulation effective March 31, 2018. It allows Syrian children who turned ages 15 to 18 after entering Lebanon and who do not have a Syrian passport or national identity card to obtain temporary residency by presenting their Syrian individual…
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A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |


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Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to IS.
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Brave Walls
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
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Thailand: Family Still Waiting for Justice Four Years after Human Rights Defender Disappears
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Four years since human rights defender Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as Billy, was last seen in the custody of a Thai state official in Kaeng Krachan National Park in western Thailand, Amnesty International deplores authorities' failure to provide his family with information about his fate and whereabouts and the ongoing official obstacles to his family's quest for justice.
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The Condemned
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
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Iraq: The condemned: Woman and children isolated, trapped and exploited in Iraq
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Territorial armed conflict involving the armed group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq has come to an end, but the suffering of Iraqis has not. Thousands of Iraqi women and children with perceived IS ties have been condemned for crimes they did not commit. They are being punished for factors outside of their control — such as being related, however distantly, to men who were somehow involved with IS. In IDP camps across Iraq, they are denied food, water and health care and prevented from returning home. Many have been subjected to sexual harassment, rape and sexual exploitation. This treatment has left these families with a deep sense of injustice.
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Kill For Peace, Bomb For Justice, Behead For Nookie
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Whenever you want to do something cruel, blame the necessity of it on God: Like the Allah-blamed wannabe caliphate of female sex slavery between Syria and Iraq, even between Arabia and Afghanistan; and the blue-eyed Christ-blamed same in Bible-thumping America. Right now there is a contest between superpowers, mini-superpowers, micro-superpowers, and proxy wannabe powers to…
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New Study Shows Young People in Polluted Cities Are at Greater Risk for Alzheimer's
Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The study is not the first to suggest that air pollution is a risk for the brain, especially in children. | A study has found that living in cities with high air pollution puts children and young adults at risk for Alzheimer's and suicide, The University of Montana reported Friday. University of Montana researcher Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas was part of a team that looked at the autopsies of 203 residents of Mexico City, which has daily ozone and particulate matter levels above U. S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) standards. The subjects they studied ranged in age from 11 months to 40 years, and the researchers found signs of Alzheimer's in 99. 5 percent of them, including in less-than-a-year-old babies. "Alzheimer's disease starting in the brainstem of young children and affecting 99. 5% of young urbanites is a serious health crisis," the abstract of the. . .
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Harvard Teaches Us That Hedge Fund Managers Get Rich Even When They Mess Up
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
(Photo: Cherry Beans / Getty Images) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | While we all know that it is important for people to get a good education if they want to do well in today's economy, it remains the case that who you know matters much more than what you know. Harvard has taught us this lesson well with the management of its endowment in recent years. | Businessweek reported that the returns on Harvard's endowment over the last decade averaged just 4.4 percent annually. This performance trailed both stock index returns and the returns received by other major university endowments. This means that Harvard would have had considerably more money to pay its faculty and staff if it simply bought a Vanguard…
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Here Are Seven Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on the American Empire
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
Noam Chomsky. (Photo: Andrew Rusk) | The current political climate is hostile to real accountability. Help us keep lawmakers and corporations in check — support the independent journalism at Truthout today! | Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. | 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed…
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7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire
Laura Gottesdiener | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. | 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity — with 400 missiles, which could be nuclear armed. Then we had a debate about whether that proves China is trying to conquer the world or the…

7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire

Nuclear Keeps on Polluting, Long After Shutdown
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on March 26, 2018 that in February 2017 LaCrosseSolutions had spilled 400 gallons of radioactively contaminated water directly into the Mississippi River. The NRC announcement also noted that there was a risk to public health from the spill, although the way the La Crosse Tribune reported it was: "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was little risk to public health."
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Taxes, Death and Nuclear Weapons
Robert Dodge | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
We live in a world where as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." That statement remains true and the paradox today is the amount our taxes pay toward the death and destruction of mankind through the continued funding of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have now…
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California Pauses Trump's Border Wall Plan by Refusing to Send Any State Troops to Assist
Dominique Jackson, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The president will be furious. | Earlier this month, Trump boasted about sending National Guard troops to protect the southern border. Trump proposed to send nearly 400 troops to the border. U. S. officials announced Monday, that California is now refusing to send their troops as a resource because the work is too closely aligned with immigration enforcement according to the Associated Press. Troops would have been a useful resource to perform work such as operating remotely-controlled surveillance cameras, documenting suspicious activity, repairing vehicles, and a host of administrative tasks. Despite his initial eagerness, California Gov. Jerry Brown pulled back on his support, and said he would not send California troops to work alongside immigration enforcement. Brown, instead wants to focus on criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers. The other border state governors in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, are all on board. . .
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Lou Dobbs Says Trump Should 'Just Pardon Everybody' Involved in Russia Probe
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The president is known to be a big fan of Dobbs. | As the Russia investigation continues to heat up and ensnares a growing number of Presiden Donald Trump's associates, Fox News host Lou Dobbs went on air Monday night and promoted an idea to end the probe altogether: pardon everybody. Tom Fitton, the host of the conservative group Judicial Watch, went on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and proposed the idea, arguing that Trump and many of his aides have been treated unfairly by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team. The remarks came on the same day that Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, appeared in court attempting to block federal investigators from examining materials obtained last week during an FBI raid on his home and office. "It all began with Mueller, as you point out, and the Justice Department refused to say no, and they. . .
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Bolivia's Ex-President Sanchez de Lozada Convicted in US Court for Human Rights | Abuses
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-16
In a milestone decision, a Florida court ruled that Bolivia's ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (aka Goni) is liable for civilian deaths during his presidency when he ordered protests to be repressed…
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Facebook Is Profiting From Illegal Wildlife Traffickers
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
Over 7,200 kilograms of elephant ivory tusks seized by Hong Kong Customs are displayed at a news conference at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on July 6, 2017, in Hong Kong. (Photo: Tan Daming / China News Service/ VCG via Getty Images) | Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. | While Mark Zuckerberg was testifying before Congress about Facebook providing user information to Cambridge Analytica, additional disturbing news about his company was making headlines. | Facebook has been making a profit by selling ads on pages that are operated by illegal wildlife traffickers. The pages sell the body parts of endangered animals, according to a complaint filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). | That's right, Facebook has allegedly been making money off of the…
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War is Just F**kin' Wrong
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
There is no such thing as a good war, especially not in 2018. History, both recent and otherwise, has proven this statement. No war in the past seventy years has made the world a better place. In fact, in most cases those wars have made the world more dangerous. Furthermore, these wars–most of them waged by the United States and its clients–have wreaked environmental destruction, made life even more difficult for those who have little to begin with, and created an economy whose very existence not only demands but depends on the waging of and preparation for war and more war. In other words, a permanent war economy.
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The Greening of Vermont: From Hippie Invasion To Blue State Conversion and Beyond
Steve Early | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Donald Trump's fear-mongering about Mexicans and Muslims, Haitians and Africans, and other foreigners is hardly sui generis in U.S. history. In the mid- 19th century, east coast nativists regularly sounded the alarm about barbarian invasions from famine-stricken Ireland. Their west coast counterparts warned for many decades of the "yellow peril" to California, which took the…
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Sean Hannity's Ties to Michael Cohen Reveal his Complete Lack of Journalistic Ethics
Aldous Pennyfarthing, Daily Kos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
Looking back, it's stunning that the host didn't reveal his conflict of interest. | Sean Hannity isn't a journalist, but he plays one on TV. But even if you're just pretending at something (like being a fireman or an astronaut), you should still follow the most fundamental rules of that profession. For instance, kids playing policeman shouldn't shake down their elderly neighbors for protection money and free Werther's Originals. Well, Sean Hannity has been a very naughty boy. As many news outlets just reported, Barry Zuckerkorn Lionel Hutz Michael Cohen is Hannity's fugging lawyer, and so maybe he should have mentioned that when he spewed this warmed-over gibbon shite last week: April 10, 2018: The president's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had his home, his hotel and, of course, his office raided by the FBI over $130,000 payment as the personal attorney of Donald Trump. . .
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President Trump's War Crime is Worse than the One He Accuses Assad of
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
The single most importantthing that happened Friday night when the US military on President Trump's orders launched a wave of over 100 cruise missiles against Syria was that once again the US violated the most profound international law of war: initiating a war of aggression against a nation that posed no threat, imminent or otherwise, to the US or its allies. |…
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Poor People's Campaign Gears Up for Mother's Day Launch
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
"I am not speaking about the poor. I am not speaking for the poor. I am the poor." | Claudia De la Cruz was speaking at an April 10 press briefing in Washington, DC on behalf of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Inspired by a similar 1968 initiative led by Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders, the campaign aims to lift up the voices of people like De la Cruz who've been most affected by our country's persistent poverty. | A descendant of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, De la Cruz was born in the South Bronx, the poorest Congressional district in the country. Median household income there is about $26,000, compared to $116,000 for the wealthiest district, which straddles Virginia's northern suburbs. She's a member of the national steering committee of the Poor…
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Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the US to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from US actions in the region. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Finally, Ramah Kudaimi, I wanted to ask you about another issue. On Friday, Palestinians gathered for protests at the…
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Economic Update: Distorting Economic Truths
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-16
Labor strikes at Disney; home sales and prices drop sharply; Nestle's approval to profit from privatizing water; UPS and FedEx profit from Trump's attack on Amazon and lies about the USPS; US poverty far worse than in other nations…
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Watch Conservative Charlie Sykes Eviscerate 'Post-Ethical' Fox News Following Hannity and Cohen Revelations
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
"Are there any standards any longer? " | Never-Trump conservative commentator Charlie Sykes on Monday blasted Fox News and their host Sean Hannity for failing to disclose to viewers that he was represented by the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes! " Sykes joked to MSNBC host Ali Velshi, echoing fired FBI Director James Comey's off-the-cuff remark during his 2017 Senate hearing about his conversations with President Donald Trump. "Look, Sean Hannity had no legal obligation to disclose his relationship with Michael Cohen," the conservative radio host acknowledged, "but if there is anything remaining of journalistic ethics at Fox News, he certainly needed to disclose that fact when he was going on and on and on talking about Michael Cohen, the [FBI] raid on Michael Cohen and this entire, you know, legal proceeding here. ""Are there any standards any longer? " Sykes mused. "We've talked a lot about being in a post-factual political world. You kind of wonder whether over there [at Fox News] you are in a post-ethical political world as well. "Watch below, via MSNBC:. . .
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Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment
Mark Gruenberg | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
"The establishment wants, #1, to push tax cuts for millionaires and a war agenda. And #2 is to tell you 'politics are too complicated for you, so don't get involved.'" And Republicans' "idea of a good election is nobody votes and big money dominates." | The post Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment appeared first on MintPress News.

Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment

Trump Lawyer Forced to Reveal Another Client: Sean Hannity
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-16
Update: 1: 53 p.m. PDT: The Associated Press has posted news of Sean Hannity's comments about his ties to President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen: | "Fox News host Sean Hannity says it's no 'big deal' that he consulted with Donald Trump's personal lawyer about his own legal affairs. | "In his regular broadcast Monday, Hannity says he had 'brief discussions' with Michael Cohen about 'legal questions where I wanted his input and perspective.' | "But he said he never retained Cohen 'in any traditional sense,' never paid him and never got billed for a legal fee." | NEW YORK — A legal fight over what should happen to records the FBI seized from President Trump's personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal in court that he had also secretly done legal work for Fox News…
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Watch: Racist White Woman in Georgia Caught Verbally Assaulting Two Black Soldiers
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
She was booked into jail and released on bond. | A white Georgia woman hurled racist and homophobic slurs at two black soldiers — and then physically attacked them for recording video of her outburst. The two uniformed women apparently angered the woman and her son outside a Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen restaurant Saturday night in Macon because they drove around her family as they attempted to park. "This Gentleman & his mom [were] hostile about the two soldiers not waiting for them to reverse back into [their] handicap parking spot for her handicapped husband instead they went around and proceeded to park in [their] own separate parking spot," wrote witness LaKeycia Ward. The woman, later identified as Judy Tucker, and her son Robbie followed the two women into the restaurant and called them "black b*tches" and said they didn't know the U. S. Army. . .
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Chelsea Manning on Trump's "Mission Accomplished" Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before"
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
On Friday, the US, UK and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The US has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is…
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No Smoke Detector Installed in Trump Tower Apartment that Sparked Deadly Fire, FDNY Says
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
One man died in the blaze that broke out earlier this month at the president's building. | No fire alarm was installed in the apartment of Trump Tower where a deadly blaze broke out on April 7, the New York City Fire Department announced Monday on Twitter. Fire marshalls have declared the incident an "accident," saying it started as an electrical fire that started from "sequenced power strips powering multiple components. "The fire killed Todd Brassner, who was 67. After the fire, the president praised the construction of his building in a tweet: Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018He never mentioned the fact that Brassner was killed in the fire. Miriam Light, a landlord who lives in Trump Tower, told the. . .
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Resolution of Kashmir Dispute is Key to Afghanistan
Mir Alikhan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained–which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks–it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and bombings. As a result of the invasion, the Taliban has come to…
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Where Is the Democratic Outrage Over Trump's Illegal Attack on Syria?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
The illegal airstrikes on Syria last Friday provoked a widespread but largely muted opposition from Democrats, which is not surprising since the Democratic Party also subscribes to the same belief in American exceptionalism and profits from a state of endless war. It's time the left forced the Democrats to embrace a humane foreign policy based on justice, not oppression.Syrian boys walk along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018, during an organized media tour. (Photo: Louai Beshara / AFP / Getty Images) | Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! | President Donald Trump's decision to carry out a series of airstrikes on Syrian government chemical weapons facilities on Friday, April…
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Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
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Parkland Survivor David Hogg Is Set to Announce Another Boycott Following Ingraham Success
AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
His previous boycott cost the conservative host a large number of advertisers. | David Hogg, a prominent student gun reform activist who survived the Parkland, Florida school shooting, announced on Twitter that he will launch another boycott this week. Hogg successfully targeted Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham's advertisers, causing a number of prominent brands to drop The Ingraham Angle from its list of ad buys. The conservative host attacked Hogg personally on Twitter by claiming he "whine[d]" about not getting into a number of colleges. She drew widespread criticism for using her platform to attack a high school student, especially since her claim appeared to be unfounded. Ingraham took a supposedly planned vacation directly after the boycott, a claim that numerous experts tell The Wrap was likely a lie formulated by Fox for crisis management. Hogg did not indicate the next target of his. . .
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The Real Threat to Trump's Presidency Will Unfold in a Courtroom
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
Michael Cohen, center, President Trump's personal attorney, leaves the Hart Building after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russian election interference was postponed on September 19, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | The weekend started off with a bang and ended with a whimper. In concert with US allies, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria on Friday night, in retaliation for the apparent chemical attack on civilians in Douma earlier in the week. The precision strike was limited to some weapons facilities and so far there are no reports of deaths on the ground, which is likely because the US warned Russia and the Syrians in advance. Trump had tweeted to the world that he was planning to launch missile strikes so it's not as if anyone was surprised. (This is a good thing, although…
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Another Massive Tax Break for Developers? One Key Official Says No
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-16
Baltimore's latest proposal to overhaul a low income housing project and an abandoned outdoor mall may include a huge tax incentive for developers, but city council president Jack Young says he has "no appetite" for another tax break.
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Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to "Russiagate" Enthusiasts, Whether They Like It or Not
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Politicians, pundits and activists who've routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting Trump as a puppet of Russia's president. Heavyweights of…
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How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
While gaining control of key resources for partitioning Syria and destabilizing the government in Damascus, the U.S.' main goal in occupying the oil and water rich northeastern Syria is aimed not at Syria but at Iran. | The post How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas appeared first on MintPress News.

How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas

Did The Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria Happen? We Need A Different Question
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
There has been a lot of debate other whether the chemical weapons attacks in Syria "really happened". On the one side, you have the corporate media for the West, on the other side you have the corporate media for the Russians, as well as the conspiracy-oriented fringe in the U.S. Obviously one side is correct,…
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Watch Reporters Discuss 'Extraordinary Moment' When Courtroom Gasped Upon Learning Sean Hannity Was Third Cohen Client
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
Multiple networks covered the shocking scene. | Reporters at both CNN and NBC News on Monday noted that spectators were shocked when U. S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood compelled the revelation that the president's attorney Michael Cohen is also representing Fox News host Sean Hannity. "It truly is an extraordinary day and it was an extraordinary moment in that courthouse when it was blurted out that Sean Hannity was the third client," NBC News' Tom Winter told MSNBC host Katy Tur, not that Cohen representing the Fox News personality in 2017 and possibly 2018 as well. CNN's Shimon Prokupecz recounted the audience's reaction when Cohen's attorney Stephen Ryan "stood up in the courtroom and basically said 'Sean Hannity. '""As you can imagine, there was really shock in the courtroom," the CNN correspondent said. "Several people ran out, including myself, to report the. . .
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Eyeless in Gaza: On Israeli Troops Cheering Over Shooting an Unarmed Palestinian
Uri Avnery | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
"I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief." | The post Eyeless in Gaza: On Israeli Troops Cheering Over Shooting an Unarmed Palestinian appeared first on MintPress News.

Eyeless in Gaza: On Israeli Troops Cheering Over Shooting an Unarmed Palestinian

Trump Isn't the First War Criminal President. He Should be the Last
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Only a couple of weeks ago, US president Donald Trump stated his desire to bring American troops home from Syria: "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon …. Let the other people take care of it now." As if on cue: An alleged chemical attack in Douma, where the Assad regime's forces are…
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Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
The U.S.-led strike on Syria was denounced by Russia's leader Vladimir Putin as an "act of aggression," and a "war crime" by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. | The post Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again appeared first on MintPress News.

Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again

Kevin Cooper Fights for His Innocence From San Quentin's Death Row
Eric Ortiz | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-16
Many legal experts and human rights advocates say the murder case is the worst example of wrongful conviction they have ever seen. | The post Kevin Cooper Fights for His Innocence From San Quentin's Death Row appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Why Vietnam Still Matters: the Great American End and Whitewash in Saigon
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Exclusively for CounterPunch, Matthew Stevenson travels from Haiphong and Hanoi, in what was North Vietnam, to the Central Highlands and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon and the capital, in search of the remnants of the American war in Vietnam. This is Part VIII of an eight-part series. In 2018, it is easier to get out…
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The Marc Steiner Show: Bill Ayers
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-16
In the first episode of the Marc Steiner Show on the Real News Network, Marc talks with Bill Ayers, former member of the Weather Underground and author of the new book, "You Can't Fire the Bad Ones," about the policies that have re-segregated and privatized our schools and the wildcat teachers' strikes rising up against them.
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Iraq Then, Syria Now
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
When will you get the message? Comply, as Jordan, Egypt and others did and we'll protect your leaders, ensure favorable press, shore up your economy, secure energy needs, and engage your businessmen. In short: abide by our imperial diktat. Alternative advice to a marginal (but an ambitious) nation determined to follow an independent course might…
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Speaking Fees, Selfies, Sucking Up to Power: How BLM Lost its Mojo
Jon Jeter | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
The Black Panther Party remains beloved in the African-American community 52 years after its founding — revered for its nutrition and health programs, fearless defense of the people, and self-sacrifice. The BLM leadership, on the other hand, poses for fashion magazine photo spreads. | The post Speaking Fees, Selfies, Sucking Up to Power: How BLM Lost its Mojo appeared first on MintPress News.

Speaking Fees, Selfies, Sucking Up to Power: How BLM Lost its Mojo

Fox News Host Sean Hannity Is Revealed to Be Michael Cohen's Secret Third Client
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The president and propagandist have been secretly sharing a lawyer. | Despite trying to hide the identity of his clients, Bloomberg reported Monday that the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen represents Fox News personality Sean Hannity. Before Hannity was revealed as Cohen's third client, Bloomberg reported that he asked the attorney not to let his name be made public. Instead, Cohen's lawyer Stephen Ryan handed the name of the client now known to be Hannity to U. S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan in a sealed envelope, promising to appeal if the judge ordered he and his client to disclose the name. "At this point," Ryan said during the hearing, "no one would want to be [associated] with the case in that way. " Related Stories: Watch Sunny Hostin Dismantle Meghan McCain's Dubious Comey SmearsWatch SNL's Kate McKinnon Take on Laura Ingraham and Fox News in Hilarious Boycott SketchIs MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists…
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Congress Favors Corporate Welfare Over Our National Forests
Mike Garrity | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Senator Daines (R-MT) and Congressman Gianforte (R-MT) continued their attack on national forests recently when they repeated scientifically-discredited timber industry propaganda that logging our national forests is beneficial for the public's forests, wildlife, and fisheries. What they don't tell you is that some of the best elk hunting in America is in unlogged areas like…
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Scientology Defector Publicly Reveals Details of Feud Between John Travolta and Tom Cruise
AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The stars have been vying for power in the insular religion. | Former Scientologist Brendan Tighe, who claims to have worked as a personal security guard for Tom Cruise, has revealed details of the alleged feud between the star and fellow Scientology celebrity John Travolta. According to Tighe, the two actors competed for favor from the religion's leader David Miscavige. "Cruise is the only celeb with a direct line to Miscavige," Tighe said. Travolta didn't have that. Travolta doesn't get anything free, no one is giving him absurd gifts like an airplane hangar, custom-made bikes, or over-the-top favors. "Travolta reportedly "exploded with jealousy" when Tighe awarded Cruise with the Freedom Medal of Valor in 2008. Travolta believed the award was a signal that he had been "stripped" of his place as Scientology's most valued celebrity. The bizarre revelations included confirmation that the church helped locate. . .
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Destruction, Traumatized Residents in Syrian Town of Douma
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-16
The main hospital, courthouse and municipal buildings are largely rubble–testimony to the intense government assault the town has been subjected to since being seized by the rebels six years ago. | The post Destruction, Traumatized Residents in Syrian Town of Douma appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Prisoner of Pinochet: No Triumph of the Human Spirit
Susan Babbitt | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Sergio Bitar's Prisoner of Pinochet has been released in English.[i]It claims to show the "triumph of the human spirit". The cliché is misapplied. There are lessons for those remembering 1968, as we approach May Day. No human spirit triumphs submitting to lies. Bitar describes harsh imprisonment after the US-backed coup against Salvador Allende in 1973.
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Syria's 'Media Activists' Soften Opposition to Foreign Intervention
SouthFront | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
Twitter user @jadinho123 has collected some of the most notorious examples of how the mainstream media and pro-militant media activists have lied about the war in Syria creating a pretext for the US-led military action against the country's government. | Remember this photo of a kid laying next to her 'dead' parents who were 'killed' by Assad and this photo went viral and got thousands of retweets and had people crying all over Twitter? pic.twitter.com/VLjuodDtZT | — Jad (@jadinho123) April 13, 2018 | Well pic.twitter.com/sNlvshIkF9 | — Jad (@jadinho123) April 13, 2018 | Another widely-known "victim of the Assad regime": | Oh and remember this photo of this child who was in the back of an ambulance after supposedly being attacked by Assad and his regime??? pic.twitter.com/tzoFiMbK5S | — Jad (@jadinho123) April 13, 2018…

Syria's 'Media Activists' Soften Opposition to Foreign Intervention

Data Shows Trump Tax Cuts Did Not Raise Wages, Instead Went to Corporate Executives
Brian Wakamo | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
Companies are choosing not to share the wealth, even on the heels of the massive corporate welfare program that is the new tax law. | The post Data Shows Trump Tax Cuts Did Not Raise Wages, Instead Went to Corporate Executives appeared first on MintPress News.

Data Shows Trump Tax Cuts Did Not Raise Wages, Instead Went to Corporate Executives

Gunning Down the Easter Bunny: The Weaponization of Everyday Life
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
(Photo: Anadorado / Getty Images) | Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that's recently been swept up in a round of protests over the endless killing sprees they permit, you'd think I might have had more experience with them. | It takes less than two minutes to support the bold, independent journalism at Truthout. What are you waiting for? Click here to donate now! | As it happens, I've held a gun only once in my life. I even fired it. I was in perhaps tenth grade and enamored with an Eagle Scout who loved war reenactments. On weekends, he and his friends camped out, took off their watches to get into the spirit of the War of 1812, and dressed in homemade muslin underclothes and itchy uniforms. I was there just…
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Who Gives a Damn About the First Black Woman President?
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-16
We have become a Potemkin society where tokens are put on the stage to represent equality while the vast majority of Americans are enslaved. | The post Who Gives a Damn About the First Black Woman President? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The Complex History and Relations of the Kurdish YPG, Syria, and US
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-16
Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek discusses the history of the PKK, Turkey's brutally violent repression of the Kurds, and the complex relations between the YPG, Syria, and US.
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Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Calls Michael Cohen 'Radioactive,' Sends Warning to Trump and Hannity
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The president and his lawyer pushed to keep their communications out of the hands of federal investigators. | The lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn actress and director "Stormy Daniels," issued a warning Monday evening to President Donald Trump and anyone else involved with lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen is "radioactive," said Michael Avenatti, Clifford's lawyer. "Anyone that had any contact with this man in the last 20 years should be very concerned about what secrets of theirs are within these documents. "In court, Cohen's lawyers pushed to prevent federal investigators from reviewing materials obtained under a search warrant last week. Agents entered Cohen's home and office and collected documents, some of which include communications between him and the president, according to multiple reports. At one point, the judge made clear that for Cohen's claim to proceed, he would have to reveal. . .
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What's in Those Seized Records? Trump's Biggest New Worry
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-16
The president's anxiety has risen after the raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen's office, with worry of what's in those documents and that Cohen may strike a deal with prosecutors. | The post What's in Those Seized Records? Trump's Biggest New Worry appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-16
"Criminalization of blackness" is at the root of the arrest, where Blacks who do things that whites do all the time is considered a reason for arrest, explains Eugene Puryear of the D.C. Movement for Black Lives…
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GAO: EPA Violated Spending Law on Pruitt's Privacy Booth
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-16
The Government Accountability Office says the Environmental Protection Agency ran afoul of federal spending laws by buying a $43,000 soundproof booth for Scott Pruitt to make private calls in his office. | The post GAO: EPA Violated Spending Law on Pruitt's Privacy Booth appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Eyeless in Gaza
Uri Avnery | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Write down: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief. We don't belong to the same army, or to the same state. We…
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Man Claims a Prescription Painkiller Altered His Sexual Orientation
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The man reports that his sexual orientation reverts when he stops taking the pills. | A 23-year old man who the Daily Mirror reports described himself as a " hot-blooded heterosexual" says painkillers have changed his sexual orientation. He now identifies as gay. Scott Purdy "enjoyed dating women before he started taking [the] painkiller Pregabalin, also known as Lyrica. ""I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention," Purdy says. "I turned around and said I didn't find her physically attractive anymore," after taking the painkillers for a few weeks. "Pregabalin or Lyrica is a medication used to treat epilepsy, pain associated with the brain, and generalized anxiety disorder," The Mirror notes. "I was with a girlfriend I had been with for around six months. I had never been interested in men. When I was younger I was a. . .
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Here's Why Attorney-Client Privilege Might Not Save President Trump or Michael Cohen
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The president has been frantic ever since federal agents raided his attorney's office. | President Donald Trump is banking on attorney-client privilege to shield his sensitive communications with Michael Cohen from the prying eyes of federal investigators — but there's good reason to think it won't work. As Mimi Rocah, former assistant U. S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, explained to Rachel Maddow Monday night, there are significant limits to attorney-client privilege. "The attorney-client privilege is hugely important, and prosecutors and judges take it extremely seriously, but it is narrow," Rocah said. "You have to have a real, attorney-client, confidential relationship, where I'm seeking legal advice. "She continued: "It doesn't seem like Mr. Cohen is someone you go to when you have a real legal, tough problem you want an answer to. . . . They're really showing that in the nature of the. . .
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Trump's Executive Order on "Welfare" Is Designed to Pit Workers Against One Another
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility." It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of "welfare reform."Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on April 16, 2018. Trump is traveling to Hialeah, Florida, for a roundtable discussion on tax reform. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) | This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. | Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. | The order, titled "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility," carries little weight by itself. It…
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Female Boston Marathon Runners Are Being Denigrated by Advertisers
Carly Drake, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
Women are told how to look and behave by ads targeting female runners. | On an April morning in 1967, Kathrine Switzer ate a late breakfast. The Boston Marathon wasn't due to begin until noon, so she had plenty of time to get to the starting line. When the time came, she pinned the number 261 to her chest and started running through the Boston streets with her boyfriend, coach and friend in tow. Then, in a surprising contrast to the crowd's cheers, she was attacked by a race official who'd noticed her ponytail and lipstick. At this time, the Boston Marathon was a men's-only race, and Switzer wasn't exactly welcome in the field. After Switzer's boyfriend warded off the race official by tackling him, Kathrine (registered as K. V. Switzer) crossed the finish line. Her efforts helped make the sport of endurance running. . .
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