2018-04-24: News Headlines

Andrea Lobo (2018-04-24). Twenty-seven Protesters Dead Amid Sandinista Government Crackdown in Nicaragua. Global Research After the Social Security Institute in Nicaragua (INSS) announced Tuesday a ruthless austerity package directed against the country's pension system, the largest protests since the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) returned to power in 2007 have erupted across the …

Ellen Brown (2018-04-24). Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising. counterpunch.org On March 31stthe Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time in 3 years and signaled its intention to raise rates twice more in 2018, aiming for a fed funds target of 3.5% by 2020. LIBOR (the London Interbank Offered Rate) has risen even faster than the fed funds rate, up to More

Staff (2018-04-24). Pompeo Squeaks By in Senate Committee Vote. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but the [11-to-10] vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to lead the CIA and Veterans Affairs are hitting stiff resistance. | Pompeo, who's now CIA director, received the panel's approval only after Trump's last-minute overtures to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Pompeo's nomination now goes to the full Senate, where votes are tallying in his favor and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he looks forward to voting to confirm him later this week. | Trump has been quick to fire his top cabinet secretaries, but Senate Democrats are not so fast to confirm replacements. A grilling is expected Wednesday of Ronny Jackson, the White House physician nominated to head the VA, and Pompeo's…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-24). Tribute to Robert Parry in Berkeley on May 19. Consortiumnews A tribute to Robert Parry, the late founder and editor of Consortium News, will take place in Berkeley, California on Saturday, May 19 at 2 pm. Details are on the poster below. We hope for a big turn out of… Read more →

WSWS (2018-04-24). Columbia University graduate students set to strike in New York City. World Socialist Web Site Graduate students at the New York City Ivy League university are striking after Columbia refused to bargain with the union.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Workers, students speak out against war, censorship and inequality at Detroit meeting. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site spoke with several of those attending the meeting "War, the Class Struggle and the Fight Against Internet Censorship," held at Wayne State University on Sunday.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Final Portrait: Geoffrey Rush stars in affectionate film about Giacometti. World Socialist Web Site Stanley Tucci's film, set in 1964, two years before Alberto Giacometti's death, is about the artist's portrait of James Lord, a young American writer.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Teachers stage protests in lead-up to Arizona, Colorado walkouts this week. World Socialist Web Site The union is seeking to turn the walkout into a "lobbying" day at the state capitol and prevent the spread of teacher strikes throughout the country by channeling opposition behind the election of Democrats.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Saudi airstrike kills 33 at wedding in northern Yemen. World Socialist Web Site With the full support of the US and its allies, Saudi Arabia has been waging an unrelenting war against Yemen for more than three years, killing thousands of civilians.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Workers Struggles: The Americas. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Australian unions impose sweeping job and pay cuts via "interest-based bargaining" World Socialist Web Site The IBB process is a new stage in the decades-long transformation of the unions into corporatist entities.

WSWS (2018-04-24). New Zealand: IYSSE and SEG hold meeting to oppose Internet censorship. World Socialist Web Site The speaker explained that censorship and the persecution of WikiLeaks was the response to opposition to war and social inequality.

WSWS (2018-04-24). London residents speak out on Grenfell fire. World Socialist Web Site Ten months since the inferno that killed at least 72 people at a housing tower in London, no one has been held accountable.

WSWS (2018-04-24). At least 10 killed in deliberate attack on Toronto pedestrians. World Socialist Web Site Police have said nothing about a possible motive, only that they have not definitively ruled anything out.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Australian and Chinese navy ships reportedly face off in the South China Sea. World Socialist Web Site International media outlets gave the incident prominent coverage, depicting it as a "Chinese challenge" to Australian warships.

WSWS (2018-04-24). India's BJP government imposes death penalty for child rape. World Socialist Web Site The BJP ordinance is an attempt to divert attention from the role its leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have played in shielding those who raped and murdered an eight-year-old Muslim girl.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Police descend on Georgia city, arrest anti-Nazi protesters under anti-Klan law. World Socialist Web Site Seven hundred police officers dressed in full riot gear and carrying military-style assault rifles protected a small rally of neo-Nazis from an anti-fascist counterprotest.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Accusations of UK Labour anti-Semitism see Tory-Blairite gang-up. World Socialist Web Site The debate in the House of Commons on anti-Semitism was planned as a co-ordinated attack on Corbyn by Labour's right wing in alliance with the Conservative government…

WSWS (2018-04-24). The slaughter in Gaza and the crisis of Israel on its 70th anniversary. World Socialist Web Site The number of unarmed demonstrators murdered by Israeli army snipers firing into Gaza has risen to at least 40, with another 5,000 wounded, 1,600 by live ammunition.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Starting Washington visit, Macron pledges endless war in Syria. World Socialist Web Site Notwithstanding the deep and growing tensions between US imperialism and its European counterparts, all of them are set on a course of escalating war.

WSWS (2018-04-24). Demonstrations grow in Nicaragua after Ortega suspends pension cuts. World Socialist Web Site Nearly 30 are dead and protests swelled yesterday even as the government announced it was temporarily canceling pension cuts.

WSWS (2018-04-24). US Justice Department officials may refuse to take action in 2014 murder of Eric Garner. World Socialist Web Site The Garner case was among the first to attract national attention to the ongoing and increasing police violence against unarmed and often innocent workers and youth.

WSWS (2018-04-24). US federal, state governments wage war on workers and the poor. World Socialist Web Site While Trump and corporate boardrooms celebrate the "booming" economy and the rising stockpiles of cash for the super-rich, they are seeking ways to gut what remains of the social safety net.

WSWS (2018-04-24). After mass layoffs at Ohio plant, UAW gives GM greenlight to hire lower-paid temps. World Socialist Web Site Just days after eliminating an entire shift at the Lordstown plant, General Motors announced its subsidiary at the factory will hire low-paid temps under a "memorandum of agreement" signed by the UAW.

RT (2018-04-24). Freedom of speech but no freedom of thought: Kanye floods Twitter with political and life advice. RT US News Kanye West is back on Twitter and he's getting political, dispensing thoughts and musings on Black Lives Matter, freedom of thought and capitalism, and sparking some controversial reactions. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-24). South Korea: Don't Sideline Rights During Inter-Korean Summit. Human Rights Watch News South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul, South Korea on March 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji |
| (Seoul) — South Korea should raise the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) during the April 27 summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Human Rights Watch said today. | "As the UN Security Council has recognized, human rights abuses in North Korea and threats to international peace and security are intrinsically connected," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Any long-term resolution of security issues on the Korean peninsula will require…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-24). Russia's Internet War and its Collateral Damage. Human Rights Watch News Last weekend, I attempted to buy new sneakers online for my five-year-old, but Amazon's website was down. My husband wanted to look up traffic updates on Google, but Google search was down. I tried to check in online for my Monday morning flight, but the airline's website was down. Tanya Lokshina's own paper plane for Internet freedom. Moscow, April 22, 2018. | Welcome to Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation, where authorities are blocking millions of IP addresses. It's part of their war on Telegram, an Internet-based messenger, for the company's refusal to provide its encryption keys to security services. | Russia's state media and communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, known as RKN, obtained a court order on April 13 to shut down Telegram, following RKN's year-long battle with the company, which has close to…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-24). Jordan: Biased Law Leaves Non-Citizen Children Adrift. Human Rights Watch News Children born to Jordanian mothers and non-Jordanian fathers struggle to get basic rights and services in Jordan. Due to a law that denies women the right to pass citizenship to their children on an equal basis with men, these children are treated as foreign nationals their whole lives, with no permanent right to live or work in the country. | (Amman) — Children born to Jordanian mothers and non-Jordanian fathers struggle to get basic rights and services in Jordan, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Due to a law that denies women the right to pass citizenship to their children on an equal basis with men, these children are treated as foreign nationals their whole lives, with no permanent right to live or work in the country. | The 64-page report, "'I Just Want Him to…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-24). Bosnia Failing to Protect Asylum Seekers. Human Rights Watch News Asylum seekers and other migrants gather in a park in Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital Sarajevo, where volunteers provide them with food, blankets, and medical care. | © Emina Cerimovic/Human Rights Watch | When you think of refugees in connection with Bosnia and Herzegovina, you may think of people displaced by fighting in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. But today the country is facing a different kind of refugee crisis as it strains to safeguard the rights of a growing number of people from other regions who are seeking protection. | According to the UNHCR, 1,138 asylum seekers and migrants arrived to Bosnia between January 1 and March 3, more than the total for 2017. Most of them are from Syria, followed by Pakistan, Libya, and Afghanistan. Some are fleeing conflict…

Amnesty International (2018-04-24). Malaysia: 8-Point Human rights agenda for election candidates. Amnesty International Since the last general elections in 2013, human rights in Malaysia have come under attack. In particular, the government has failed to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by police has continued. Refugees and asylum-seekers, LGBTI communities and Indigenous peoples' have also experienced violations of their rights. One of the top items of the new governments' agenda should be to address the regression of human rights in in Malaysia and act on pressing concerns, including those in this agenda.

Amnesty International (2018-04-24). Cambodia: Open letter: Tens of thousands call for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Tep Vanny. Amnesty International On 7 April, it will have been 600 days since prominent human rights defender Tep Vanny was first arrested. Considered by Amnesty International to be a prisoner of conscience, Tep Vanny has been imprisoned solely due to her peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Tep Vanny has never used, nor advocated for, violence during her peaceful activism defending Phnom Penh's Boeung Kak Lake community who were forcibly evicted from their homes 10 years ago. In this open letter Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Tep Vanny.

Amnesty International (2018-04-24. Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-24. CUBA 2018: TRANSFORM CONFRONTATION INTO DIALOGUE. Amnesty International

Robert Mackey (2018-04-24). Russian TV Interview With Syrian Boy Was Secretly Conducted at Army Facility. The Intercept An interview with an 11-year-old Syrian boy broadcast last week on Russia's main state-owned news channel, Russia-24, appears to have been filmed not in the boy's hometown, where a suspected chemical attack took place, but at a Syrian army facility where Russian military advisers were present. | The report, claiming to prove that video of the attack's aftermath was fake, is considered so important by Russian officials that Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, plans to screen it for the Security Council. | As state news channels broadcast the interview over and over, the boy, identified as Hassan Diab, was described as a crucial witness because he was first seen being doused with water in video recorded in the rebel-stronghold of Douma just after the suspected chlorine gas attack there on the night of April 7.

Max Blumenthal (2018-04-24). Syria Controversy: Don't Believe the Official Narrative. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Truthdig writers Sonali Kolhatkar and Max Blumenthal disagree with each other regarding key elements in the recent reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma. This is Blumenthal's take on the issue. | The post Syria Controversy: Don't Believe the Official Narrative appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2018-04-24). Syria Controversy: Who Supports Assad in the Civil War? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Truthdig writers Sonali Kolhatkar and Max Blumenthal disagree with each other regarding key elements in the recent reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma. This is Kolhatkar's take on the issue. | The post Syria Controversy: Who Supports Assad in the Civil War? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-23). William Shakespeare and the New World Order: "Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here" Global Research William Shakespeare's birthday: he taught us never to despair in our resolve to confront the Lie. "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light". War criminals in high office are celebrated as messengers of peace: "And thus I clothe my naked villany. And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Shakespeare, the words of King Richard III)…

John McDonnell (2018-04-23). A World of Peace? Towards a "Principled Foreign Policy" Based on Cooperation, Mutual Respect, International Law. Global Research The British and US governments have taken on the role of self-appointed global enforcers of the new world order, or rather disorder, that has emerged since the end of the Cold War. Far from solving issues like terrorism, their approach …

Staff (2018-04-23). Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…

The Progressive Magazine (2018-04-23). Online Column Omitted Concerns About Sources on Syria Bombing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The column referenced an article by journalist Robert Fisk, whose findings are at odds with many reporters.

Mike Ervin (2018-04-23). Fear of Windfalls. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Many residents in West Virginia are about to receive $525 because their water supply has been poisoned. How could this be a bad thing?

Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-23). Progressive U.S. Senate Candidates Are in Short Supply in the Midterm Elections. AlterNet.org It wasn't easy, but we found three promising candidates to pay attention to during the primaries. | I had an idea for an article earlier this week: I would look at some of the candidates challenging incumbents for U. S. Senate, who are peace-loving progressives who would work to end America's incessant wars at home and abroad. Then I started researching the story. And I discovered even Our Revolution hasn't endorsed a single candidate for U. S. Senate. Sure, there are races to watch. Politico and USA Today have conventional, slightly outdated, lightweight guides, if you care to read them. But what seems to be boiling down in all of those races (and what mainstream media seems to be missing) is that the Democratic incumbents have failed at this season's catch phrase, "resist," and the challengers to Republican and Democratic incumbents alike seem. . .

Sarah Lahm (2018-04-23). School "Choice" Lurks Behind Arizona Teacher Walkout. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not. Truthout Stories Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | This story was published because of support from readers like you. If you care about maintaining a free and independent media, make a donation to Truthout! | Something about…

David Rosenberg, The Conversation (2018-04-23). Here's Why 1 in 5 College Students Struggle with Anxiety or Depression. AlterNet.org From prescription drugs to technological dangers, students face a host of contributing factors. | Many of us think of college as a wondrous time of new experiences and great freedom to explore new ideas and find one's true self. In recent years, however, depression and anxiety have afflicted college students at alarming rates. As noted in the latest Center for Collegiate Mental Health report, anxiety and depression are the top reasons that college students seek counseling. Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 university students are affected with anxiety or depression. So why are these disorders so prevalent in our college students? As a professor of psychiatry and a practicing psychiatrist who has experience with mental health problems among college students, I see a number of factors. Dangers in technologySocial media and technology are among the most dangerous of these. . .

Kevin Zeese (2018-04-23). Earth Day: Conflict over the Future of the Planet. Global Research Featured image: Photograph from climate march in Washington, DC, Union of Concerned Scientists. | On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In " Junk

Juliette Legendre (2018-04-23). America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream. MintPress News On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. | The event quickly turned into a bust when only about three dozen people made it inside the building — while hundreds of Spencer supporters and anti-fascist protestors confronted each other outside, throwing rocks and punches. Local police arrested 25 people. | The next day, Spencer's lawyer Kyle Bristow resigned and quit the white nationalist "alt- right" movement altogether, complaining about the relentless vilification of his work in the media. | The Southern Poverty Law Center previously described Bristow as the "go-to attorney for a growing cast of racists." He'd set up the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, which he once described as "the sword and shield" of the alt- right. Now the website and Facebook page no longer exist, and…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-23). Trump's Moscow Travel Records Contradict His Story in James Comey's Memos: Report. AlterNet.org He apparently told the FBI director he never stayed overnight in Moscow. The documents say otherwise. | President Donald Trump appears to have misled former FBI Director James Comey about his trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant in 2013, according to flight record obtained by Bloomberg. Though Trump reportedly told Comey that he didn't stay overnight in the Russian city, per the director's contemporaneous memos of their private meeting, the flight records and social media posts show that Trump stayed overnight in the city at a hotel. This development is significant because it undermines Trump's denials that the Russian government has blackmail material on him as mentioned in the Steele dossier, in the form of a video recording of him with prostitutes. The dossier's author, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, said sources told him that Trump had been videotaped. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). California Leads Nation in Pushing Back Against Trump Administration Health Policies. Truthout Stories By giving a monthly donation of even a small amount, you can make a big difference to Truthout's future. Sign up just once and read on, knowing that you've pledged your ongoing support! | These days, when the federal government turns in one direction, California veers in the other — and in the case of health care, it's a sharp swerve. | In the nation's most populous state, lawmakers and other policymakers seemingly are not content simply to resist Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They are fighting to expand health coverage with a series of steps they hope will culminate in universal coverage for all Californians — regardless of immigration status and despite potentially monumental price tags. | The Golden State embraced the health care law early and eagerly, and has more to lose than any other state…

Special to PeoplesWorld.org (2018-04-23). This week in history: Protesting students occupy Columbia University. Article — People's World Fifty years ago, at the height of protest against the Vietnam War, the actions at Columbia University in New York City were among the most highly visible and effective. The Columbia protests erupted over the spring of 1968 after students discovered links between the university and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a weapons research […]…

Richard Galustian (2018-04-23). Can an Independent Nationalist Become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)? Global Research Alain Daniel Shekomba (image on the left) is in his forties, married with three children. Shekomba's background: he was president of the student association of the University of Kinshasa. Shekomba holds a master's degree in physics from the University of …

Staff (2018-04-23). Unconditional Love for Israel, Silence for Palestine. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists This article was first published on Antiwar.com on April 17. | For a writer, any criticism of Israeli military action is a veritable "third-rail" in American politics. Touch that nerve and you're open to charges of anti-Semitism or worse. | Still, recent events in Gaza demand that some of us, at least, shed light on the plight of Palestinians. | Let us begin with a thought experiment: imagine dozens of unarmed, protesting Caucasian Christians or Jews—say, Israelis or Europeans—were shot dead by heavily armed brown folks, like, say Palestinian Muslims. What would we call this? That's easy: terrorism. How would the media cover such an event? Simple: extensively and emotionally, probably for many days. The smiling faces of the victims would be splashed across the screens of television networks from Fox News to MSNBC. | Heck, for proof just look to the…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-04-23). Right-Wing Parents Are Now Freaking Out About Their Children's Comprehensive Sex-Ed Classes. AlterNet.org Hate groups are trying to terrify parents into embracing their bigoted agendas. | Motivated by a right-wing Christian "mommy" blogger, anti-gay hate groups, Franklin Graham, the Benham Brothers, Breitbart, and Fox News, conservative parents are keeping kids home from school today in a boycott protesting comprehensive sex-ed they are calling "pornographic. " Some, like the Family Research Council, are likening sex-ed to child molestation, using the hashtag, #HandsOffOurKids. We are uniting with parents across the globe to demand that our rights as parents be respected regarding the teaching of sexuality and sexual orientation. #HandsOffOurKids! #SexEdSitOut pic. twitter. com/VaLkUHUcKs— FRC (@FRCdc) April 23, 2018"Pornographic sex ed is being implemented across our globe in an attempt to indoctrinate our children with 'sexual rights,' " a letter parents are being urged to send to their children's schools reads, the right. . .

Staff (2018-04-23). Poll Shows Support for Boosting Teachers' Pay. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. | The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research come amid recent teacher strikes and other protests over low pay, tough classroom conditions and the amount of money allocated to public schools in several Republican-led states. | Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers voted last week to strike after rejecting an offer of a 20-percent raise, because it didn't include a vow from state lawmakers not to further cut taxes before providing more money for the state's schools. | "To educate children and barely get a living is obnoxious," said Elaine Penman, a company manager in Tucson, Arizona, who added she and others went outside to cheer on protesting teachers who were marching by.

David Swanson (2018-04-23). Senator Tim Kaine's Brief Run-In With the Law. counterpunch.org On Friday, April 20, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the U of Virginia that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal. Kaine gave a long speech on the legality of war without ever mentioning that it is More

Staff (2018-04-23). George H.W. Bush Hospitalized With Blood Infection. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The 93-year-old former president was admitted Sunday morning not long after the funeral of his wife of 73 years, Barbara. He is said to be responding to treatment. | The post George H.W. Bush Hospitalized With Blood Infection appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Rich Whitney (2018-04-23). US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of the World's Dictatorships. Global Research Selected article from the GR archive, first crossposted on GR in September 2017. | For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated …

Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story (2018-04-23). Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders Double Down on a Possible Pardon for Michael Cohen. AlterNet.org She decidedly refused to rule it out. | White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday refused to rule out a possible pardon for Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. During a press briefing, Sanders was asked about an earlier statement in which she said she wasn't "going to talk about hypotheticals that don't exist right now" in regards to the issue. CNN's Jim Acosta note that she "didn't close the door one way or another. ""It's hard to close the door on something that hasn't taken place," Sanders replied. "I don't like to discuss or comment on hypothetical situations that may or may not ever happen. "Sanders certainly does not rule out that Trump will pardon Michael Cohen pic. twitter. com/h8P3AWgRR6— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2018Sanders also remarked on Trump tweets in which he said he he doesn't think Cohen will "flip"

Global Research News (2018-04-23). Selected Articles: How the US Engineers the "Truth" Global Research Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-23). Trump Biographer Explains How President's Con on Voters Will Implode Exactly Like His Casinos Did. AlterNet.org We've seen this story before. | Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien has written a new column for Bloomberg outlining how President Donald Trump's time in the Oval Office is playing out much like his business career — but he warns that shouldn't be seen as a positive. O'Brien notes that Trump has succeeded in his life largely by using hyperbole and flat-out fabrications to fool others into seeing him as more wealthy and powerful than he really is. However, O'Brien warns that this sort of con eventually catches up with him, as it did when he bankrupted some of his own casinos. "Trump's love of the con — borrowing billions he couldn't repay so he could invest in splashy properties and projects he didn't understand — drew national attention and blanket media coverage just before the game unraveled in serial bankruptcies in the early 1990s,"

Al Neal (2018-04-23). Political apocalypse for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Article — People's World And lo! a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. — Revelation 6: 8 Swung at full speed, a 20-pound sledgehammer creates around 8,500 pounds of force upon impact, crushing anything and everything in its path. I imagine that's what Missouri's Republican Gov. Eric Greitens felt as a […]…

Shane Quinn (2018-04-23). Forgotten War Crimes: NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia's State TV Headquarters "Wiped from the Record" Global Research Nineteen years ago, On 23 April 1999, a NATO missile attack on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters killed 16 employees of the state broadcaster. | The forgotten war crime occurred during the Kosovo War (March 1999-June 1999), and was …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-23). Mueller Views Trump's 'Dangling Pardons' as Potential Obstruction of Justice, Legal Analyst Says. AlterNet.org The president is talking about pardons an awful lot in recent days. There may be a reason for that. | Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump's recent efforts to exercise his pardon power as a part of his potential intention to obstruct justice, according to former U. S. Attorney Harry Litman. Litman made argued that Mueller could consider Trump's use of pardons as a subject of his inquiry on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace on Monday. "The indications are that [Mueller] is going to be giving a report that will have four different 'counts,' as it were, of potential obstruction," Litman said. "There's the Air Force One incident, there's the firing of Comey, there's the pressuring of Sessions. And the fourth is this dangling of pardons. "In recent weeks, Trump pardoned Bush administration official Scoot Libby for his crimes of lying. . .

Kevin Gosztola (2018-04-23). The Senate's New War Powers Bill Actually Expands Perpetual War. MintPress News A new authorization for the use of military force proposed by Democratic and Republican senators would further entrench the United States in endless war. It would also streamline the ability of President Donald Trump and future presidents to expand the "war on terrorism" to additional countries and broaden a list of "associated forces" that are "co-belligerents" of al-Qaida, the Taliban, or the Islamic State. | Under the proposed AUMF [ PDF], which was drafted to replace the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs still in effect, military force against the Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS, and "designated associated forces" is renewed. | On January 20, 2022, and every four years after, the president is to submit a report on the "use of military force," which includes a "proposal to repeal, modify, or leave in place" the current AUMF. | It removes some of the ambiguity previously…

Carla Ortiz (2018-04-23). Video: Carla Ortiz Debunks the Alleged "Humanitarian Mandate" of the "White Helmets" in Syria. They Work Hand in Glove with Al Qaeda. Global Research Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz debunks the humanitarian nature of the White Helmets in Syria, which is lauded by the corporate media for their unwavering efforts and determination to help Syrian civilians amid the ongoing crisis. But there is more than meets the eye. They are linked to al Qaeda…

Gideon Rosenblatt, YES! Magazine (2018-04-23). This Is How We'll Survive After Robots Have Taken Our Jobs. AlterNet.org It's all about ownership. | Imagine for a moment that Uber drivers, rather than Uber stockholders, own Uber. That is one way to understand what a platform cooperative is. Uber is a company built on a software platform that connects service providers with customers. As a platform co-op, it would be owned by the people who provide the service, by its users, or both. Platform co-ops are the leading edge of the cooperative-ownership movement. They extend the cooperative model into the fast-growing "sharing economy," where they can help increase income equity in the technology sector. As the technology sector sends us hurtling toward a world of robots and artificial intelligence, "technological unemployment" becomes the threat as automation replaces jobs faster than we come up with new work for people to do. We will be left scrambling to find alternative sources of income for average. . .

Ronald L. Feinman, History News Network (2018-04-23). A History Professor Explains Why Trump's Presidency Appears to Be Reaching Its End. AlterNet.org The president's administration is in worse shape than even critics expected. | The scandals surrounding President Donald Trump are metastasizing rapidly, much more than anyone would have thought just a few months ago. The investigation by Robert Mueller, now 11 months in duration, has been accumulating evidence of possible Russian collusion, obstruction of justice, abuse of power, violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, and the corruption surrounding many members of the Trump circle, including his own children and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But then the Stormy Daniels scandal, and other related shameful episodes involving other women became part of the equation, and the business dealings of Donald Trump in New York State were added to the complicated situation. And now, the seizure of materials and records of Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen raises the ante on the troubles and turmoil surrounding Donald. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-23). Country Singer Shania Twain Mocked Online After Trying To Take Back Trump Endorsement: 'You Don't Impress Us Much&#039. AlterNet.org On Sunday night, Twain took to Twitter to take back her Trump endorsement and apologized to fans whom she may have offended. | Singer Shania Twain over the weekend said that she likely would have backed Donald Trump's presidential campaign had she been eligible to vote in 2016 — a statement that she quickly regretted after sparking a backlash from her own fans. The Canadian Twain originally told the Guardian that Trump "seemed honest" compared to rival candidate Hillary Clinton, even though she admitted that he was "offensive. "However, on Sunday evening Twain took to Twitter to take back her Trump endorsement and apologized to fans whom she may have offended. "I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President," she wrote. "The question caught me off guard. As a. . .

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-04-23). Conflict Over the Future of the Planet. counterpunch.org On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In "Junk Planet", Robert Burrowes writes a comprehensive description of the degradation of the atmosphere, oceans, waterways, groundwater, and soil as well as the modern pollution of antibiotic waste, genetic engineering, nanowaste, space More

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-23). Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests. MintPress News Western-backed NGOs have been heavily involved in post-Soviet Armenia's education system, community and charity works, selling the public on the perception that Armenia's economic woes are directly the result of their corrupt, Russia friendly government. | The post Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2018-04-23). The Origins of Violence? Slavery, Extractivism and War. Global Research Featured image: Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 — 9 July 1441) Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych, c. 1430—1440. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | "And the land, hitherto a common possession like the light of the sun and the …

Fr. Andrey Tkachev (2018-04-23). History: Was Napoleon The Forerunner of the European Union? Global Research When Napoleon crossed the Neman River and said about Russia, "May its fate come to pass", could we call it aggression on Russia by a nineteenth-century European Union? Whatever you call it, with the exception of the Balkans, which were …

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). New York Politicians Seek to Make Highway Repairs Contingent on Placing Cops in Schools. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | Three state senators have sponsored a bill that will allow New York to fast-track the repair of crumbling highway infrastructure — on the condition that armed police be stationed in every school in New York City, public or private. | Democrat Simcha Felder joined Republicans Martin J. Golden and Andrew J. Lanza to propose Senate Bill S7867, which has a stated purpose of changing the contracting method for construction on the Bronx-Queens Expressway. | While there are many problems with the design-build method, it has broad support among politicians because it saves money and expedites the repair process. | Stipulating more cops in schools as part of an unrelated highway repair bill is a cynical political maneuver…

Staff (2018-04-23). 9 Dead, 16 Injured in Toronto Van Attack. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists TORONTO—A rented van jumped onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing nine people and injuring 16 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said. | Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive. The name of the suspect was not released. | Toronto Police Services Deputy Chief Peter Yuen released no details about the investigation as he announced the number of casualties. | Yuen said police were still interviewing witnesses and examining surveillance video of the incident as part of what he called a "complex" investigation. | "I can assure the public all our available resources have been brought in to investigate this tragic situation," he said. | The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the…

Dave Lindorff (2018-04-23). Starbucks Has a Racism Problem. counterpunch.org At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial More

Nino Pagliccia (2018-04-23). Commemorating the Independence of Venezuela. Global Research The main reason that brings us here today is to speak about Independence and its related notion of sovereignty. But why are we on the street to speak about such important values? | The reason is that we are speaking of …

Nyla Ali Khan (2018-04-23). Girls Reduced to Being Repositories of Communal and Religious Identities in Kashmir. counterpunch.org Women in Jammu and Kashmir have been living in an unendurable atmosphere for a while now created by the acrimonious implementation of draconian laws. Indian paramilitary forces, militants, and mercenaries have unleashed indiscriminate violence in the state, which has metamorphosed the legendary beauty of Kashmir into an intolerable inferno of bottomless perdition. The law of More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). Net Neutrality's Slow and Insidious Death Officially Begins Today. Truthout Stories Proponents of an open and unregulated internet attend a news conference at the US Capitol February 27, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) | Corporate media cannot be relied upon to bring you the truth about the Trump-Pence administration or the people organizing to resist it. Will you support Truthout's independent journalism with a tax-deductible donation? | Today is the day that net neutrality's " slow and insidious" death at the hands of the Republican-controlled FCC officially begins, and Congress is facing urgent pressure to save the open internet before it's too late. | With Monday marking 60 days after the FCC's net neutrality repeal entered the Federal Register, parts of the GOP-crafted plan — spearheaded by agency chair and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai — will now slowly begin taking effect, while some…

True Publica (2018-04-23). The 'Mad Dog' Speaks: Mattis Drops Syria Chemical Weapons Bombshell: "We Have No Evidence" Global Research From Inter Press News Agency comes news that those with a critical and questioning mind, knew all along when it came to the pretext for bombing Syria due to the alleged and suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian …

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). Canary in the Coal Pond. Truthout Stories New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would weaken requirements for polluting power plants.Coal ash slurry pours into the first of two settling ponds adjacent to the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, North Carolina, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer / MCT via Getty Images) | In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected "statistically significant" amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. | This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under an Obama-era environmental rule regulating coal ash, the waste generated from burning…

Staff (2018-04-23). Mike Pompeo Facing Rare Opposition From Senate Panel. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him. | The full Senate is still expected to consider Pompeo's nomination later this week. But the rare rebuke expected from the panel Monday, even after Pompeo's recent visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, would be the first time in years that a nominee for the high-level Cabinet position did not receive a favorable committee vote. | Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the committee, blamed partisan politics for opposition to Pompeo, now the CIA director, saying Pompeo is just as qualified as past secretaries of state nominees Hillary Clinton or John Kerry, both of whom…

Gregory Barrett (2018-04-23). The Moral Mask. counterpunch.org It feels as if world events are in overdrive, and sometimes it's hard to escape the thought that that there is no longer much point in trying to analyse, or make sense of, a trajectory increasingly out of control. I see little evidence that those of us in the segment of the world political spectrum More

Robert Hunziker (2018-04-23). Chemical Madness! counterpunch.org All of humanity currently risks exposure to toxic chemicals all over creation in a similar vein to the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame. And, maybe, as a result, goin' kinda looney and getting horribly, dreadfully sick! As soon as the Spring of 2018, the EPA will decide whether to risk the slaughter of More

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-23). Israelis Continue to Open Fire on Gaza Protestors: An Eyewitness Account. Consortiumnews An Interview with Gaza-based Palestinian Journalist, Wafa Al-Udaini By Dennis J Bernstein According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Palestinian death toll since March 30, 2018 "has risen to 33, including 4 children and 1 photojournalist, and… Read more →

Global Research News (2018-04-23). Political Unrest in Saudi Arabia? Gunfire Around Saudi King's Palace? Unconfirmed Reports. Global Research The Western media has casually dispelled the rumors of political unrest in Saudi Arabia. | There has been virtually no coverage of these unfolding events by the Western media. According to the National (UAE): Saudi state media dismissed rumours of political …

Edward Curtin (2018-04-23). The JFK Assassination and the Attacks of September 11, 2001. Global Research Featured image: Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | The two …

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-04-23). Fox News Is Acting Like Sean Hannity's Personal PR Firm Instead of Addressing His Glaring Breach of Ethics. AlterNet.org The host is openly violating the basic ethical norms of his profession. | When news broke in open court that Sean Hannity was the secret third client of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, many raised concerns over his ethics because he had not disclosed the professional relationship. Hannity responded by claiming he had a right to privacy. But even Trump-defending frequent Fox News guest Alan Dershowitz scolded Hannity on his own show for the infraction. Now, as The Guardian has uncovered, Sean Hannity is the owner of almost 900 homes worth $90 million. These were all purchased through shell corporations that hid his empire. And they were financed through the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Many are in low-income neighborhoods, prompting epode on social media to call Hannity a "slumlord. "The popular far-right Fox News host has. . .

Uri Avnery (2018-04-23). The Great Day. counterpunch.org Last week, the State of Israel celebrated its 70th birthday. For days we heard about nothing else. Innumerable speeches full of platitudes. A huge festival of kitsch. Everyone agreed: It was a historic moment, when David Ben-Gurion got up in a small hall in Tel Aviv and declared the foundation of the state. Everybody still alive More

TRNN (2018-04-23). Trump, Corruption and the Crisis of the Global Elites. The Real News Network The first episode of "Unfit to Rule" examines the quagmire of corruption and political chaos affecting many governments around the world – most prominent the Mueller investigation of Trump; with Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay…

Angela Fichter, Grist.org (2018-04-23). Why Are National Parks So White If They Belong to All of Us? AlterNet.org Public lands have a troubling history. | Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the Trump administration will only make things worse. Watch our video to learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks' future. Related Stories: This Is How We'll Survive After Robots Have Taken Our JobsIs 'A Quiet Place' Actually a Window Into a Growing Cultural Problem? Watch an Ohio Racist Malfunction When Reporter Asks Which Side Won the Civil War

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-04-23). Reporter Suri Crowe Told the Truth About Climate Change — so Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting Showed Her the Door. AlterNet.org Climate change wasn't the only reporting done by Crowe were she ruffled the feathers at Sinclair. | Buzzfeed has the story of Suri Crowe, a Virginia reporter who dared to tell the truth about the human cause behind climate change. After her report aired, Crowe was criticized by management and ordered to "balance" her reporting. In one 2015 instance, the former news director of WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia, Len Stevens, criticized reporter Suri Crowe because she "clearly laid out the argument that human activities cause global warming, but had nothing from the side that questions the science behind such claims and points to more natural causes for such warming. "The truth is that the groups questioning the science behind such claims have no science to back them up. What they have is a network of "institutes" that consist of nothing but publicity. . .

Cesar Chelala (2018-04-23). Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel. counterpunch.org I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel's government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee who had settled More

Ted Rall (2018-04-23). Stop Letting Trump Distract You From Your Wants and Needs. counterpunch.org Eight days before Donald J. Trump took his presidential oath before a crowd whose size the president still insists on fibbing about, I wrote a column titled "Life Under Trump—What Happens Now?" "In a dictatorship, particularly where the despot is a megalomaniac in the vein of a Saddam Hussein or a Muammar Gaddafi, citizens obsess More

CP Editor (2018-04-23). Tuli Kupferberg State of the Union. counterpunch.org

Dennis J Bernstein (2018-04-23). Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset. MintPress News Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset and the first woman elected to the Israeli Knesset on an Arab party list. She's an unrelenting advocate for equal citizenship rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and despite repeated attacks of all kinds, she remains unrelenting in her call for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Lands. | Zoabi considers herself a straight up feminist. She says "real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels." | Zoabi joined forces with the Balad Party a year after it was founded in 1997. A key guiding principle of the Party is to maintain a one-third quota for women candidates. The party advocates for the rights of Palestinians, legally designated as 'Arab…

South Front (2018-04-23). France's President Macron Says He Wants to Build "The New Syria" Together with the US. Global Research On April 22, France's President Emmanuel Macron said during an interview with Fox News TV that France, the US and their allies should stay in Syria after the defeat of ISIS in order to build what he called "a new …

Peggy Cunniff, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-23). Could This Device End the Use of Animals in Medical Research? AlterNet.org An "organ-on-a-chip" could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. | They're about the size of a computer memory stick, yet they could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. They're called "organs-on-chips"—and they just might change the way researchers model diseases, develop drugs and approach personalized medicine. And in the process, they'll save the lives of countless animals. Chances are, you've heard about organs-on-chips—at least in passing. These tiny devices have been getting a lot of attention lately, both in the media and within the scientific community. But what are they, exactly? Organs-on-chips are specially-constructed systems that are designed to replicate the structure and function of human organs. Each "organ" contains transparent channels lined with living human cells. Multiple cell types can be incorporated into these devices to better mimic the complex microenvironments of human organs. The. . .

Jessica Purkiss (2018-04-23). Executive Who Oversaw Iraq 'Black Ops' Hired to Produce Anti-Qatar Propaganda. MintPress News A veteran of Pentagon propaganda operations was hired last year by a Dubai-based company to create a film accusing Qatar of links to terrorism, the Bureau can reveal. | Charles Andreae, whose firm Andreae & Associates was contracted to produce the film, used to work for PR firm Bell Pottinger. Whilst at Bell Pottinger, he helped oversee a $500 million contract with the Pentagon to run top-secret influence operations during the Iraq war. | The latest contract underscores growing concerns about foreign influence campaigns in the heart of Washington. While much focus has been on Russia's role in the US elections, Persian Gulf countries have also been spending large sums of money pushing their agenda to President Trump's administration. | In August 2017, Andreae, former CEO of Bell Pottinger USA, was given over $500,000 to produce a six-part film linking Qatar with global…

Steve Klinger (2018-04-23). The Cautionary Tale of Donald J. Trump. counterpunch.org In the summer of 2016 I wrote a song titled "Not This Time," about an unnamed demagogue seeking power in America. The song concluded that the populace, while heading in that direction, wasn't in enough discomfort to elect an inept, transparent buffoon. My refrain hinted broadly that, instead, a descent into authoritarianism could well happen More

David Ray Griffin (2018-04-23). Rudy Giuliani and the Collapse of the WTC Towers on 9/11. Global Research Note: It is well known that Donald Trump as president has made many "excellent appointments" for people to be members of his administration — people such as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, and Rex Tillerson. Now …

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Twenty-seven Protesters Dead Amid Sandinista Government Crackdown in Nicaragua
Andrea Lobo | Global Research | 2018-04-24
After the Social Security Institute in Nicaragua (INSS) announced Tuesday a ruthless austerity package directed against the country's pension system, the largest protests since the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) returned to power in 2007 have erupted across the …
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Pompeo Squeaks By in Senate Committee Vote
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-24
WASHINGTON–Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but the [11-to-10] vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to lead the CIA and Veterans Affairs are hitting stiff resistance. | Pompeo, who's now CIA director, received the panel's approval only after Trump's last-minute overtures to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Pompeo's nomination now goes to the full Senate, where votes are tallying in his favor and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he looks forward to voting to confirm him later this week. | Trump has been quick to fire his top cabinet secretaries, but Senate Democrats are not so fast to confirm replacements. A grilling is expected Wednesday of Ronny Jackson, the White House physician nominated to head the VA, and Pompeo's…
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Tribute to Robert Parry in Berkeley on May 19
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-24
A tribute to Robert Parry, the late founder and editor of Consortium News, will take place in Berkeley, California on Saturday, May 19 at 2 pm. Details are on the poster below. We hope for a big turn out of… Read more ?…
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Workers, students speak out against war, censorship and inequality at Detroit meeting
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with several of those attending the meeting "War, the Class Struggle and the Fight Against Internet Censorship," held at Wayne State University on Sunday.
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Columbia University graduate students set to strike in New York City
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Graduate students at the New York City Ivy League university are striking after Columbia refused to bargain with the union.
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Final Portrait: Geoffrey Rush stars in affectionate film about Giacometti
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Stanley Tucci's film, set in 1964, two years before Alberto Giacometti's death, is about the artist's portrait of James Lord, a young American writer.
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US Justice Department officials may refuse to take action in 2014 murder of Eric Garner
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The Garner case was among the first to attract national attention to the ongoing and increasing police violence against unarmed and often innocent workers and youth.
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Australian unions impose sweeping job and pay cuts via "interest-based bargaining"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The IBB process is a new stage in the decades-long transformation of the unions into corporatist entities.
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Accusations of UK Labour anti-Semitism see Tory-Blairite gang-up
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The debate in the House of Commons on anti-Semitism was planned as a co-ordinated attack on Corbyn by Labour's right wing in alliance with the Conservative government…
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India's BJP government imposes death penalty for child rape
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The BJP ordinance is an attempt to divert attention from the role its leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have played in shielding those who raped and murdered an eight-year-old Muslim girl.
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Teachers stage protests in lead-up to Arizona, Colorado walkouts this week
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The union is seeking to turn the walkout into a "lobbying" day at the state capitol and prevent the spread of teacher strikes throughout the country by channeling opposition behind the election of Democrats.
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Saudi airstrike kills 33 at wedding in northern Yemen
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
With the full support of the US and its allies, Saudi Arabia has been waging an unrelenting war against Yemen for more than three years, killing thousands of civilians.
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Workers Struggles: The Americas
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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At least 10 killed in deliberate attack on Toronto pedestrians
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Police have said nothing about a possible motive, only that they have not definitively ruled anything out.
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Starting Washington visit, Macron pledges endless war in Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Notwithstanding the deep and growing tensions between US imperialism and its European counterparts, all of them are set on a course of escalating war.
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US federal, state governments wage war on workers and the poor
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
While Trump and corporate boardrooms celebrate the "booming" economy and the rising stockpiles of cash for the super-rich, they are seeking ways to gut what remains of the social safety net.
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Police descend on Georgia city, arrest anti-Nazi protesters under anti-Klan law
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Seven hundred police officers dressed in full riot gear and carrying military-style assault rifles protected a small rally of neo-Nazis from an anti-fascist counterprotest.
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Australian and Chinese navy ships reportedly face off in the South China Sea
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
International media outlets gave the incident prominent coverage, depicting it as a "Chinese challenge" to Australian warships.
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After mass layoffs at Ohio plant, UAW gives GM greenlight to hire lower-paid temps
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Just days after eliminating an entire shift at the Lordstown plant, General Motors announced its subsidiary at the factory will hire low-paid temps under a "memorandum of agreement" signed by the UAW.
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The slaughter in Gaza and the crisis of Israel on its 70th anniversary
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The number of unarmed demonstrators murdered by Israeli army snipers firing into Gaza has risen to at least 40, with another 5,000 wounded, 1,600 by live ammunition.
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New Zealand: IYSSE and SEG hold meeting to oppose Internet censorship
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The speaker explained that censorship and the persecution of WikiLeaks was the response to opposition to war and social inequality.
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London residents speak out on Grenfell fire
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Ten months since the inferno that killed at least 72 people at a housing tower in London, no one has been held accountable.
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Demonstrations grow in Nicaragua after Ortega suspends pension cuts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Nearly 30 are dead and protests swelled yesterday even as the government announced it was temporarily canceling pension cuts.
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Freedom of speech but no freedom of thought: Kanye floods Twitter with political and life advice
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-24
Kanye West is back on Twitter and he's getting political, dispensing thoughts and musings on Black Lives Matter, freedom of thought and capitalism, and sparking some controversial reactions. …
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South Korea: Don't Sideline Rights During Inter-Korean Summit
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-24
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul, South Korea on March 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji | | (Seoul) — South Korea should raise the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) during the April 27 summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Human Rights Watch said today. | "As the UN Security Council has recognized, human rights abuses in North Korea and threats to international peace and security are intrinsically connected," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Any long-term resolution of security issues on the Korean peninsula will require…
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Russia's Internet War and its Collateral Damage
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-24
Last weekend, I attempted to buy new sneakers online for my five-year-old, but Amazon's website was down. My husband wanted to look up traffic updates on Google, but Google search was down. I tried to check in online for my Monday morning flight, but the airline's website was down. | Tanya Lokshina's own paper plane for Internet freedom. Moscow, April 22, 2018. | Welcome to Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation, where authorities are blocking millions of IP addresses. It's part of their war on Telegram, an Internet-based messenger, for the company's refusal to provide its encryption keys to security services. | Russia's state media and communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, known as RKN, obtained a court order on April 13 to shut down Telegram, following RKN's year-long battle with the company, which has close to…
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Jordan: Biased Law Leaves Non-Citizen Children Adrift
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-24
Children born to Jordanian mothers and non-Jordanian fathers struggle to get basic rights and services in Jordan. Due to a law that denies women the right to pass citizenship to their children on an equal basis with men, these children are treated as foreign nationals their whole lives, with no permanent right to live or work in the country. | (Amman) — Children born to Jordanian mothers and non-Jordanian fathers struggle to get basic rights and services in Jordan, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Due to a law that denies women the right to pass citizenship to their children on an equal basis with men, these children are treated as foreign nationals their whole lives, with no permanent right to live or work in the country. | The 64-page report, "'I Just Want Him to…
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Bosnia Failing to Protect Asylum Seekers
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-24
Asylum seekers and other migrants gather in a park in Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital Sarajevo, where volunteers provide them with food, blankets, and medical care. | © Emina Cerimovic/Human Rights Watch | When you think of refugees in connection with Bosnia and Herzegovina, you may think of people displaced by fighting in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. But today the country is facing a different kind of refugee crisis as it strains to safeguard the rights of a growing number of people from other regions who are seeking protection. | According to the UNHCR, 1,138 asylum seekers and migrants arrived to Bosnia between January 1 and March 3, more than the total for 2017. Most of them are from Syria, followed by Pakistan, Libya, and Afghanistan. Some are fleeing conflict…
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Cambodia: Open letter: Tens of thousands call for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Tep Vanny
Amnesty International | 2018-04-24
On 7 April, it will have been 600 days since prominent human rights defender Tep Vanny was first arrested. Considered by Amnesty International to be a prisoner of conscience, Tep Vanny has been imprisoned solely due to her peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Tep Vanny has never used, nor advocated for, violence during her peaceful activism defending Phnom Penh's Boeung Kak Lake community who were forcibly evicted from their homes 10 years ago. In this open letter Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Tep Vanny.
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Malaysia: 8-Point Human rights agenda for election candidates
Amnesty International | 2018-04-24
Since the last general elections in 2013, human rights in Malaysia have come under attack. In particular, the government has failed to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by police has continued. Refugees and asylum-seekers, LGBTI communities and Indigenous peoples' have also experienced violations of their rights. One of the top items of the new governments' agenda should be to address the regression of human rights in in Malaysia and act on pressing concerns, including those in this agenda.
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Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience
Amnesty International | 2018-04-24
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CUBA 2018: TRANSFORM CONFRONTATION INTO DIALOGUE
Amnesty International | 2018-04-24
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Russian TV Interview With Syrian Boy Was Secretly Conducted at Army Facility
Robert Mackey | The Intercept | 2018-04-24
An interview with an 11-year-old Syrian boy broadcast last week on Russia's main state-owned news channel, Russia-24, appears to have been filmed not in the boy's hometown, where a suspected chemical attack took place, but at a Syrian army facility where Russian military advisers were present. | The report, claiming to prove that video of the attack's aftermath was fake, is considered so important by Russian officials that Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, plans to screen it for the Security Council. | As state news channels broadcast the interview over and over, the boy, identified as Hassan Diab, was described as a crucial witness because he was first seen being doused with water in video recorded in the rebel-stronghold of Douma just after the suspected chlorine gas attack there on the night of April 7.
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Syria Controversy: Don't Believe the Official Narrative
Max Blumenthal | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-24
Truthdig writers Sonali Kolhatkar and Max Blumenthal disagree with each other regarding key elements in the recent reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma. This is Blumenthal's take on the issue. | The post Syria Controversy: Don't Believe the Official Narrative appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Syria Controversy: Who Supports Assad in the Civil War?
Sonali Kolhatkar | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-24
Truthdig writers Sonali Kolhatkar and Max Blumenthal disagree with each other regarding key elements in the recent reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma. This is Kolhatkar's take on the issue. | The post Syria Controversy: Who Supports Assad in the Civil War? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Progressive U.S. Senate Candidates Are in Short Supply in the Midterm Elections
Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
It wasn't easy, but we found three promising candidates to pay attention to during the primaries. | I had an idea for an article earlier this week: I would look at some of the candidates challenging incumbents for U. S. Senate, who are peace-loving progressives who would work to end America's incessant wars at home and abroad. Then I started researching the story. And I discovered even Our Revolution hasn't endorsed a single candidate for U. S. Senate. Sure, there are races to watch. Politico and USA Today have conventional, slightly outdated, lightweight guides, if you care to read them. But what seems to be boiling down in all of those races (and what mainstream media seems to be missing) is that the Democratic incumbents have failed at this season's catch phrase, "resist," and the challengers to Republican and Democratic incumbents alike seem. . .
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A World of Peace? Towards a "Principled Foreign Policy" Based on Cooperation, Mutual Respect, International Law
John McDonnell | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The British and US governments have taken on the role of self-appointed global enforcers of the new world order, or rather disorder, that has emerged since the end of the Cold War. Far from solving issues like terrorism, their approach …
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William Shakespeare and the New World Order: "Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-04-23
William Shakespeare's birthday: he taught us never to despair in our resolve to confront the Lie. "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light". War criminals in high office are celebrated as messengers of peace: "And thus I clothe my naked villany. And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Shakespeare, the words of King Richard III)…
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Fear of Windfalls
Mike Ervin | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-23
Many residents in West Virginia are about to receive $525 because their water supply has been poisoned. How could this be a bad thing?
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School "Choice" Lurks Behind Arizona Teacher Walkout
Sarah Lahm | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-23
The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal.
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Online Column Omitted Concerns About Sources on Syria Bombing
The Progressive Magazine | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-23
The column referenced an article by journalist Robert Fisk, whose findings are at odds with many reporters.
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Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…
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Trump's Moscow Travel Records Contradict His Story in James Comey's Memos: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
He apparently told the FBI director he never stayed overnight in Moscow. The documents say otherwise. | President Donald Trump appears to have misled former FBI Director James Comey about his trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant in 2013, according to flight record obtained by Bloomberg. Though Trump reportedly told Comey that he didn't stay overnight in the Russian city, per the director's contemporaneous memos of their private meeting, the flight records and social media posts show that Trump stayed overnight in the city at a hotel. This development is significant because it undermines Trump's denials that the Russian government has blackmail material on him as mentioned in the Steele dossier, in the form of a video recording of him with prostitutes. The dossier's author, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, said sources told him that Trump had been videotaped. . .
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America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream
Juliette Legendre | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. | The event quickly turned into a bust when only about three dozen people made it inside the building — while hundreds of Spencer supporters and anti-fascist protestors confronted each other outside, throwing rocks and punches. Local police arrested 25 people. | The next day, Spencer's lawyer Kyle Bristow resigned and quit the white nationalist "alt- right" movement altogether, complaining about the relentless vilification of his work in the media. | The Southern Poverty Law Center previously described Bristow as the "go-to attorney for a growing cast of racists." He'd set up the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, which he once described as "the sword and shield" of the alt- right. Now the website and Facebook page no longer exist, and…

America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream

Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | This story was published because of support from readers like you. If you care about maintaining a free and independent media, make a donation to Truthout! | Something about…
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This week in history: Protesting students occupy Columbia University
Special to PeoplesWorld.org | Article — People's World | 2018-04-23
Fifty years ago, at the height of protest against the Vietnam War, the actions at Columbia University in New York City were among the most highly visible and effective. The Columbia protests erupted over the spring of 1968 after students discovered links between the university and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a weapons research …

This week in history: Protesting students occupy Columbia University

Can an Independent Nationalist Become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)?
Richard Galustian | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Alain Daniel Shekomba (image on the left) is in his forties, married with three children. Shekomba's background: he was president of the student association of the University of Kinshasa. Shekomba holds a master's degree in physics from the University of …
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California Leads Nation in Pushing Back Against Trump Administration Health Policies
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
By giving a monthly donation of even a small amount, you can make a big difference to Truthout's future. Sign up just once and read on, knowing that you've pledged your ongoing support! | These days, when the federal government turns in one direction, California veers in the other — and in the case of health care, it's a sharp swerve. | In the nation's most populous state, lawmakers and other policymakers seemingly are not content simply to resist Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They are fighting to expand health coverage with a series of steps they hope will culminate in universal coverage for all Californians — regardless of immigration status and despite potentially monumental price tags. | The Golden State embraced the health care law early and eagerly, and has more to lose than any other state…
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Here's Why 1 in 5 College Students Struggle with Anxiety or Depression
David Rosenberg, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
From prescription drugs to technological dangers, students face a host of contributing factors. | Many of us think of college as a wondrous time of new experiences and great freedom to explore new ideas and find one's true self. In recent years, however, depression and anxiety have afflicted college students at alarming rates. As noted in the latest Center for Collegiate Mental Health report, anxiety and depression are the top reasons that college students seek counseling. Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 university students are affected with anxiety or depression. So why are these disorders so prevalent in our college students? As a professor of psychiatry and a practicing psychiatrist who has experience with mental health problems among college students, I see a number of factors. Dangers in technologySocial media and technology are among the most dangerous of these. . .
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Unconditional Love for Israel, Silence for Palestine
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
This article was first published on Antiwar.com on April 17. | For a writer, any criticism of Israeli military action is a veritable "third-rail" in American politics. Touch that nerve and you're open to charges of anti-Semitism or worse. | Still, recent events in Gaza demand that some of us, at least, shed light on the plight of Palestinians. | Let us begin with a thought experiment: imagine dozens of unarmed, protesting Caucasian Christians or Jews–say, Israelis or Europeans–were shot dead by heavily armed brown folks, like, say Palestinian Muslims. What would we call this? That's easy: terrorism. How would the media cover such an event? Simple: extensively and emotionally, probably for many days. The smiling faces of the victims would be splashed across the screens of television networks from Fox News to MSNBC. | Heck, for proof just look to the…
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Right-Wing Parents Are Now Freaking Out About Their Children's Comprehensive Sex-Ed Classes
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Hate groups are trying to terrify parents into embracing their bigoted agendas. | Motivated by a right-wing Christian "mommy" blogger, anti-gay hate groups, Franklin Graham, the Benham Brothers, Breitbart, and Fox News, conservative parents are keeping kids home from school today in a boycott protesting comprehensive sex-ed they are calling "pornographic. " Some, like the Family Research Council, are likening sex-ed to child molestation, using the hashtag, #HandsOffOurKids. We are uniting with parents across the globe to demand that our rights as parents be respected regarding the teaching of sexuality and sexual orientation. #HandsOffOurKids! #SexEdSitOut pic. twitter. com/VaLkUHUcKs– FRC (@FRCdc) April 23, 2018″Pornographic sex ed is being implemented across our globe in an attempt to indoctrinate our children with 'sexual rights,' " a letter parents are being urged to send to their children's schools reads, the right. . .
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US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of the World's Dictatorships
Rich Whitney | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Selected article from the GR archive, first crossposted on GR in September 2017. | For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated …
globalresearch.ca/us-provides-military-assistance-to-73-percent-of-the-worlds-dictatorships/5611021

Economic Update: Struggling Against the System
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
This week's topics include: Updates on teachers' strikes; capitalism abuses facebook; colleges reward privilege and reproduce it; Shell Oil knew about fossil fuels and global warming for last 50 years; UK housing size shrinks; Sinclair Broadcasting traps employees…
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Somewhere, Ronald Reagan Is Weeping
E.J. Dionne Jr. | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
Political opponents cannot be expected to lavish boundless affection on those they battle day after day. | But in a well-ordered democratic system, those who fight on behalf of competing parties, interests and ideas can usually find some room for mutual esteem and even occasionally try to profit intellectually from each other. It's when politics becomes unhinged that we squander the gift of social learning through reasoned argument. | The last several days underscore why not only political progressives but genuine moderates are at wit's end with the Republican Party and what passes for contemporary American conservatism. | If conservatism in the United States has claimed to stand for anything, it is the idea that government authority should be limited. Conservatives regularly argue (especially when Democrats are in the White House) that the executive's clout should be checked and that legitimate law enforcement…
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The Senate's New War Powers Bill Actually Expands Perpetual War
Kevin Gosztola | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
A new authorization for the use of military force proposed by Democratic and Republican senators would further entrench the United States in endless war. It would also streamline the ability of President Donald Trump and future presidents to expand the "war on terrorism" to additional countries and broaden a list of "associated forces" that are "co-belligerents" of al-Qaida, the Taliban, or the Islamic State. | Under the proposed AUMF [ PDF], which was drafted to replace the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs still in effect, military force against the Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS, and "designated associated forces" is renewed. | On January 20, 2022, and every four years after, the president is to submit a report on the "use of military force," which includes a "proposal to repeal, modify, or leave in place" the current AUMF. | It removes some of the ambiguity previously…

The Senate's New War Powers Bill Actually Expands Perpetual War

Why Are National Parks So White If They Belong to All of Us?
Angela Fichter, Grist.org | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Public lands have a troubling history. | Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the Trump administration will only make things worse. Watch our video to learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks' future. Related Stories: This Is How We'll Survive After Robots Have Taken Our JobsIs 'A Quiet Place' Actually a Window Into a Growing Cultural Problem? Watch an Ohio Racist Malfunction When Reporter Asks Which Side Won the Civil War…
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India: No alliance with Congress Party, say Communists
Morning Star | Article — People's World | 2018-04-23
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) political committee member Brinda Karat said the party would continue to work with regional secular groupings on mutually agreed issues but there would be "absolutely no political alliance with the Congress Party." The CPI-M underlined its commitment to avoid alliances with parties of the "ruling class" on the grounds that …

India: No alliance with Congress Party, say Communists

Political Unrest in Saudi Arabia? Gunfire Around Saudi King's Palace? Unconfirmed Reports
Global Research News | 2018-04-23
The Western media has casually dispelled the rumors of political unrest in Saudi Arabia. | There has been virtually no coverage of these unfolding events by the Western media. According to the National (UAE): Saudi state media dismissed rumours of political …
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In Middle East Wars It Pays to be Skeptical
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
During the bombing of Baghdad in January 1991 I went with other journalists on a government-organized trip to what they claimed was the remains of a baby milk plant at Abu Ghraib which the US had just destroyed, saying that it was really a biological warfare facility. Walking around the wreckage, I found a smashed-up desk with letters showing that the plant had indeed been producing "infant formula" milk powder. It had not been very successful in doing so, since much of the correspondence was about its financial and production problems and how they might best be resolved. It did not seem likely that the Iraqi government could have fabricated this evidence, though it was conceivable that in some part of the plant, which I did see, they might have been manufacturing biological weapons (BW).
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Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel
Dr. Cesar Chelala | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel's government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee who had settled in Israel, responded, "I don't want Israelis to say that they didn't know." | Levy frequently travels to and writes about the Occupied Territories. As a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Levy wants to show the evils of the occupation and how it hurts not only the Palestinians but also the Israel that he loves so much. "I am an Israeli patriot. I want to be proud of my country. I want us to do the right thing," he declared. His writing has gained him several prestigious…

Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel

Laura Flanders: Workers, Wildcats & New Models for Labor Organizing
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
Laura talks to SEIU International President, Mary Kay Henry (of Service Employees) and labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about worker wins, challenges, and some new models for organizing. Then, a conversation with Palak Shah and Michelle Miller on a new online platform…
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Senator Tim Kaine's Brief Run-In With the Law
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the U of Virginia that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal. Kaine gave a long speech on the legality of war without ever mentioning that it is…
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The Great Day
Uri Avnery | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
Last week, the State of Israel celebrated its 70th birthday. For days we heard about nothing else. Innumerable speeches full of platitudes. A huge festival of kitsch. Everyone agreed: It was a historic moment, when David Ben-Gurion got up in a small hall in Tel Aviv and declared the foundation of the state. Everybody still alive…
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Video: Douma Chemical Attack Is Staged
Peter Ford | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford tells a BBC journalist and Western audiences to use their brains and think critically before falling into the propaganda of the Islamist jihadists. | This interview was conducted prior to Trump's attack on Syria …
globalresearch.ca/video-douma-chemical-attack-is-staged/5637374

Trump, Corruption and the Crisis of the Global Elites
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
The first episode of "Unfit to Rule" examines the quagmire of corruption and political chaos affecting many governments around the world – most prominent the Mueller investigation of Trump; with Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay…
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Just When You Thought "Russiagate" Couldn't Get Any Sillier
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair | April 20 is cannabis culture's high holiday, and the Democratic National Committee celebrated it with fervor this year: Blaze up, get silly, file a bizarre lawsuit accusing the Russian government, Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and transparency activist group WikiLeaks of conspiring to steal an election. | The suit confirms that after more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller still hasn't amassed the evidence required for a successful criminal prosecution, requiring proof "beyond a reasonable doubt." A civil suit lowers that bar to "a preponderance of the evidence." | But even that's a long shot. The only credible evidence produced so far implicates only the Trump campaign, not the other two defendants, and only to the same extent that it likewise implicates the Clinton campaign. | That is, both campaigns admittedly tried to tap "Kremlin-connected" sources…
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Texas Charter School Asked Students to List "Positive Aspects" of Slavery
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
An enraged father was in disbelief when he saw his eighth grader's homework assignment. The student was given a paper with two columns to fill out by listing the "positive aspects" and the "negative aspects" of life as a slave. | The worksheet was titled: "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View." | "What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here?!?" asked father Roberto Livar in a furious Facebook post. | Roberto's child, Manu, attends the San Antonio, Texas charter school Great Hearts Monte Vista, CNN reported. | The school has now come out and distanced itself from the assignment. | "To be clear, there is no debate about slavery. It is immoral and a crime against humanity," Superintendent Aaron Kindel said in a statement. | He continued: "Our review of the situation found this incident to…
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Latin America in the Time of Trump: US Domination and The "Neo-Monroe Doctrine"
Prof. James Petras | Global Research | 2018-04-23
"I think the Monroe Doctrine is as relevant today as it was the day it was written (two centuries ago)". Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, February 2, 2017- March 31, 2018. | Introduction | President Trump cancelled his attendance at the Summit …
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New Photos Show US May Be Expanding Military Bases Ahead of Syria Withdrawal
SouthFront | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
U.S. troops, which are supposed to be winding down their presence in Syria, appear to be constructing a new military base and expanding existing bases in northern Syria. | The post New Photos Show US May Be Expanding Military Bases Ahead of Syria Withdrawal appeared first on MintPress News.

New Photos Show US May Be Expanding Military Bases Ahead of Syria Withdrawal

Mueller Views Trump's 'Dangling Pardons' as Potential Obstruction of Justice, Legal Analyst Says
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
The president is talking about pardons an awful lot in recent days. There may be a reason for that. | Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump's recent efforts to exercise his pardon power as a part of his potential intention to obstruct justice, according to former U. S. Attorney Harry Litman. Litman made argued that Mueller could consider Trump's use of pardons as a subject of his inquiry on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace on Monday. "The indications are that [Mueller] is going to be giving a report that will have four different 'counts,' as it were, of potential obstruction," Litman said. "There's the Air Force One incident, there's the firing of Comey, there's the pressuring of Sessions. And the fourth is this dangling of pardons. "In recent weeks, Trump pardoned Bush administration official Scoot Libby for his crimes of lying. . .
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Philip May, Husband of Prime Minister May: Yet Another Example of the 'Cosy Relationship' Between Government and the Arms Industry
Political Concern | Global Research | 2018-04-23
A Liverpool reader draws attention to the news that Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for Capital Group, the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in …
globalresearch.ca/philip-may-husband-of-prime-minister-may-yet-another-example-of-the-cosy-relationship-between-government-and-the-arms-industry/5637333

Fox News Is Acting Like Sean Hannity's Personal PR Firm Instead of Addressing His Glaring Breach of Ethics
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
The host is openly violating the basic ethical norms of his profession. | When news broke in open court that Sean Hannity was the secret third client of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, many raised concerns over his ethics because he had not disclosed the professional relationship. Hannity responded by claiming he had a right to privacy. But even Trump-defending frequent Fox News guest Alan Dershowitz scolded Hannity on his own show for the infraction. Now, as The Guardian has uncovered, Sean Hannity is the owner of almost 900 homes worth $90 million. These were all purchased through shell corporations that hid his empire. And they were financed through the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Many are in low-income neighborhoods, prompting epode on social media to call Hannity a "slumlord. "The popular far-right Fox News host has. . .
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Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset
Dennis J Bernstein | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset and the first woman elected to the Israeli Knesset on an Arab party list. She's an unrelenting advocate for equal citizenship rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and despite repeated attacks of all kinds, she remains unrelenting in her call for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Lands. | Zoabi considers herself a straight up feminist. She says "real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels." | Zoabi joined forces with the Balad Party a year after it was founded in 1997. A key guiding principle of the Party is to maintain a one-third quota for women candidates. The party advocates for the rights of Palestinians, legally designated as 'Arab…

Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset

Executive Who Oversaw Iraq 'Black Ops' Hired to Produce Anti-Qatar Propaganda
Jessica Purkiss | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
A veteran of Pentagon propaganda operations was hired last year by a Dubai-based company to create a film accusing Qatar of links to terrorism, the Bureau can reveal. | Charles Andreae, whose firm Andreae & Associates was contracted to produce the film, used to work for PR firm Bell Pottinger. Whilst at Bell Pottinger, he helped oversee a $500 million contract with the Pentagon to run top-secret influence operations during the Iraq war. | The latest contract underscores growing concerns about foreign influence campaigns in the heart of Washington. While much focus has been on Russia's role in the US elections, Persian Gulf countries have also been spending large sums of money pushing their agenda to President Trump's administration. | In August 2017, Andreae, former CEO of Bell Pottinger USA, was given over $500,000 to produce a six-part film linking Qatar with global…

Executive Who Oversaw Iraq 'Black Ops' Hired to Produce Anti-Qatar Propaganda

MSNBC'S Creepy Comcast Commercial Is Sinclair Lite
Adam Johnson | FAIR | 2018-04-23
After the justified uproar over pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcast Group forcing its scores of affiliates to humiliate themselves by reading an on-air script condemning "misleading" news, one would think other media outlets would be a little more careful not to mimic such behavior. Nonetheless, MSNBC–which rightfully tore into Sinclair Broadcast ( 4/2/18) for having its news reporters read off a corporate script–did a toned-down version of the same thing last Friday on Morning Joe ( 4/20/18). | Comcast corporate forced its nominally independent pundits and news anchors of Morning Joe to air a cultish 8-minute commercial for Comcast's "Comcast Cares Day," the lowlight of which was MSNBC host Al Sharpton comparing Comcast to Nelson Mandela: This is, I think, the way we can bring the world to where Mandela wanted us, where corporations don't become expansive and influential just for personal…
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Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record, Raises Number of Beheadings by 70%, Lack of Basic Freedoms for Women and Girls
Press TV | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Protesters of the beheading of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia stage a mock beheading. (File photo) | In its latest report published Saturday, t he European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said executions by the Saudi government in the …
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Why Black Lives Don't Matter: Q & A Session
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
A radical interpretation of U.S. History featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…
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George H.W. Bush Hospitalized With Blood Infection
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
The 93-year-old former president was admitted Sunday morning not long after the funeral of his wife of 73 years, Barbara. He is said to be responding to treatment. | The post George H.W. Bush Hospitalized With Blood Infection appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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A History Professor Explains Why Trump's Presidency Appears to Be Reaching Its End
Ronald L. Feinman, History News Network | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
The president's administration is in worse shape than even critics expected. | The scandals surrounding President Donald Trump are metastasizing rapidly, much more than anyone would have thought just a few months ago. The investigation by Robert Mueller, now 11 months in duration, has been accumulating evidence of possible Russian collusion, obstruction of justice, abuse of power, violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, and the corruption surrounding many members of the Trump circle, including his own children and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But then the Stormy Daniels scandal, and other related shameful episodes involving other women became part of the equation, and the business dealings of Donald Trump in New York State were added to the complicated situation. And now, the seizure of materials and records of Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen raises the ante on the troubles and turmoil surrounding Donald. . .
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The Mainstream Media Fueled Military Action in Syria, Reprisals Against Russia over the Skripal Affair
Philip Giraldi | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The complicity of America's Fourth Estate in the evolution of the national security warfare state is often mentioned in passing but rarely analyzed in any detail. But a recent article on Lobe Log by Adam Johnson is refreshing in that …
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Israelis Continue to Open Fire on Gaza Protestors: An Eyewitness Account
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-23
An Interview with Gaza-based Palestinian Journalist, Wafa Al-Udaini By Dennis J Bernstein According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Palestinian death toll since March 30, 2018…
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The Irresponsibility of Fiscal Responsibility
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
(Photo: Michael Zwahlen / EyeEm / Getty Images) | It's official: New York Times columnist David Leonhardt pronounced the Democrats as the party of fiscal responsibility. In contrast to three of the last four Republican presidents who raised deficits with big tax cuts for the rich and increases in military spending, the last Democratic presidents sharply reduced the budget deficit during their term in office. | Leonhardt obviously intends the designation to be praise for the party, but it really shows his confusion about budget deficits and their impact on the economy. Unfortunately, this confusion is widely shared. | Contrary to what Leonhardt seems to think, the economy doesn't get a gold star for a balanced budget or lower deficit. In fact, lower deficits can inflict devastating damage on the economy by reducing demand, leading to millions of workers needlessly unemployed.
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Political apocalypse for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens
Al Neal | Article — People's World | 2018-04-23
And lo! a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. — Revelation 6: 8 Swung at full speed, a 20-pound sledgehammer creates around 8,500 pounds of force upon impact, crushing anything and everything in its path. I imagine that's what Missouri's Republican Gov. Eric Greitens felt as a …

Political apocalypse for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

Western Media Shorthand on Venezuela Conveys and Conceals So Much
Joe Emersberger | FAIR | 2018-04-23
Reuters ( 4/19/18) reports on EU officials "accusing [Venezuelan President Nicolás] Maduro's government of breaches of human rights and undermining democracy."A Reuters article ( 4/18/18) reports that the European Union "could impose further sanctions on Venezuela if it believes democracy is being undermined there." | The line nicely illustrates the kind of journalistic shorthand Western media have developed, over years of repetition, for conveying distortions and whitewashing gross imperial hypocrisy about Venezuela. A passing remark can convey and conceal so much. | The EU's sincerity in acting on what it "believes" about Venezuelan democracy is unquestioned by the London-based Reuters. Meanwhile Spain, an EU member, is pursuing the democratically elected president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, for the crime of organizing an illegal independence referendum last year. Weeks ago, he was arrested in Germany at Spain's request, and other elected representatives…
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New York Politicians Seek to Make Highway Repairs Contingent on Placing Cops in Schools
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | Three state senators have sponsored a bill that will allow New York to fast-track the repair of crumbling highway infrastructure — on the condition that armed police be stationed in every school in New York City, public or private. | Democrat Simcha Felder joined Republicans Martin J. Golden and Andrew J. Lanza to propose Senate Bill S7867, which has a stated purpose of changing the contracting method for construction on the Bronx-Queens Expressway. | While there are many problems with the design-build method, it has broad support among politicians because it saves money and expedites the repair process. | Stipulating more cops in schools as part of an unrelated highway repair bill is a cynical political maneuver…
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The JFK Assassination and the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Edward Curtin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | The two …
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The Moral Mask
Gregory Barrett | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
It feels as if world events are in overdrive, and sometimes it's hard to escape the thought that that there is no longer much point in trying to analyse, or make sense of, a trajectory increasingly out of control. I see little evidence that those of us in the segment of the world political spectrum…
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Country Singer Shania Twain Mocked Online After Trying To Take Back Trump Endorsement: 'You Don't Impress Us Much&#039
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
On Sunday night, Twain took to Twitter to take back her Trump endorsement and apologized to fans whom she may have offended. | Singer Shania Twain over the weekend said that she likely would have backed Donald Trump's presidential campaign had she been eligible to vote in 2016 — a statement that she quickly regretted after sparking a backlash from her own fans. The Canadian Twain originally told the Guardian that Trump "seemed honest" compared to rival candidate Hillary Clinton, even though she admitted that he was "offensive. "However, on Sunday evening Twain took to Twitter to take back her Trump endorsement and apologized to fans whom she may have offended. "I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President," she wrote. "The question caught me off guard. As a. . .
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Rudy Giuliani and the Collapse of the WTC Towers on 9/11
David Ray Griffin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Note: It is well known that Donald Trump as president has made many "excellent appointments" for people to be members of his administration — people such as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, and Rex Tillerson. Now …
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This Is How We'll Survive After Robots Have Taken Our Jobs
Gideon Rosenblatt, YES! Magazine | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
It's all about ownership. | Imagine for a moment that Uber drivers, rather than Uber stockholders, own Uber. That is one way to understand what a platform cooperative is. Uber is a company built on a software platform that connects service providers with customers. As a platform co-op, it would be owned by the people who provide the service, by its users, or both. Platform co-ops are the leading edge of the cooperative-ownership movement. They extend the cooperative model into the fast-growing "sharing economy," where they can help increase income equity in the technology sector. As the technology sector sends us hurtling toward a world of robots and artificial intelligence, "technological unemployment" becomes the threat as automation replaces jobs faster than we come up with new work for people to do. We will be left scrambling to find alternative sources of income for average. . .
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Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria
Eric Margolis | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer of Syria. Tool of Moscow. Cruel despot. Monster. | These are all names the western media and politicians routinely heap on Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. He has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate. | As a veteran Mideast watcher, I find all this hard to swallow. Compared to other brutal Mideast leaders, Assad is pretty weak tea. The U.S./British propaganda effort to paint Assad in blackest colors is having a difficult time. | Mideast leaders who toe the U.S. line and make nice to Israel are invariably called 'statesmen' or 'president' by the American government and its increasingly tame media. Their repression is conveniently downplayed. | Saudi rulers are reverently treated by despite leading the world in executions. Last year, 44 people were publicly beheaded. In some years, around…

Wanted: The ‘Butcher of Damascus’ to Return Normalcy to Syria

Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Western-backed NGOs have been heavily involved in post-Soviet Armenia's education system, community and charity works, selling the public on the perception that Armenia's economic woes are directly the result of their corrupt, Russia friendly government. | The post Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests

An Expert In Religious Imagery Argues That What We See On Film Has Deep Cognitive Impact — Especially In Small Children
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Seeing is not just believing. Seeing changes what we believe, about ourselves and about other people, including constructions of race. | Images are not static. They grab our attention, incite desire, alter our relations to others, and tweak our beliefs, as they usher us into new worlds. When "Black Panther" was released, Baye McNeil, a former Brooklynite now living in Japan, was thrilled. As he told The Japan Times, he joined "a group of palpably positive brothers and sisters" at a Tokyo theater. Collectively they were transported to the land of Wakanda. As an exile in Japan and a black man in a country with very few people of African descent, he and his friends entered, as he described, "a bountiful realm of invigorating messages and restorative images" that provided him with a sense of connection and belonging. Baye McNeil was not alone.
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Starbucks Has a Racism Problem
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial…
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Trump Should Ask Israel to Fund America's Occupation of Syria
Eric Zuesse | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Israel will play a role in the invasion and occupation of Syria, the Saudis will lead it — with US weapons. And taxpayers everywhere will lose from it. | The post Trump Should Ask Israel to Fund America's Occupation of Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump Should Ask Israel to Fund America’s Occupation of Syria

Nurse staffing shortages come to Michigan hospitals — with a twist
Mark Gruenberg | Article — People's World | 2018-04-23

Nurse staffing shortages come to Michigan hospitals – with a twist

Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders Double Down on a Possible Pardon for Michael Cohen
Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
She decidedly refused to rule it out. | White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday refused to rule out a possible pardon for Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. During a press briefing, Sanders was asked about an earlier statement in which she said she wasn't "going to talk about hypotheticals that don't exist right now" in regards to the issue. CNN's Jim Acosta note that she "didn't close the door one way or another. ""It's hard to close the door on something that hasn't taken place," Sanders replied. "I don't like to discuss or comment on hypothetical situations that may or may not ever happen. "Sanders certainly does not rule out that Trump will pardon Michael Cohen pic. twitter. com/h8P3AWgRR6– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2018Sanders also remarked on Trump tweets in which he said he he doesn't think Cohen will "flip"
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Tuli Kupferberg State of the Union
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
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Net Neutrality's Slow and Insidious Death Officially Begins Today
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
Proponents of an open and unregulated internet attend a news conference at the US Capitol February 27, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images) | Corporate media cannot be relied upon to bring you the truth about the Trump-Pence administration or the people organizing to resist it. Will you support Truthout's independent journalism with a tax-deductible donation? | Today is the day that net neutrality's " slow and insidious" death at the hands of the Republican-controlled FCC officially begins, and Congress is facing urgent pressure to save the open internet before it's too late. | With Monday marking 60 days after the FCC's net neutrality repeal entered the Federal Register, parts of the GOP-crafted plan — spearheaded by agency chair and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai — will now slowly begin taking effect, while some…
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Video: Asma Al-Assad on Syria's Children. President's Wife Slams Western Media Coverage of War
Asma al-Assad | Global Research | 2018-04-23
We bring to the attention of Global Research this interview with Asma Al-Assad, wife of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad with Russia24, first published in October 2016 | "The West is dividing our Children" | . | uploaded by the Daily Mail | | Order …
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John McDonnell (2018-04-23). A World of Peace? Towards a "Principled Foreign Policy" Based on Cooperation, Mutual Respect, International Law. Global Research The British and US governments have taken on the role of self-appointed global enforcers of the new world order, or rather disorder, that has emerged since the end of the Cold War. Far from solving issues like terrorism, their approach …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-23). William Shakespeare and the New World Order: "Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here" Global Research William Shakespeare's birthday: he taught us never to despair in our resolve to confront the Lie. "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light". War criminals in high office are celebrated as messengers of peace: "And thus I clothe my naked villany. And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Shakespeare, the words of King Richard III)…

Staff (2018-04-23). Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…

Sarah Lahm (2018-04-23). School "Choice" Lurks Behind Arizona Teacher Walkout. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal.

Stephen Miles, Erich Pica, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-23). Senate Approval of Mike Pompeo's Secretary of State Nomination Would Spell Disaster for Planet Earth. AlterNet.org Making a Koch-supported climate denier the top U. S. diplomat is sheer lunacy. | It is hard to think of a worse candidate than Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department. As leaders of national organizations working toward a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world, we are not trying to sound hyperbolic in asserting that Pompeo is a threat to people everywhere and to the survival of the planet. His performance at last week's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing only confirmed how dangerous he really is. The Senate's confirmation of Pompeo to lead the CIA was a grave mistake, but thankfully, it is a mistake that can now be rectified. The Senate—particularly the 14 Democrats and one Independent who cast their vote for Pompeo to head the CIA—should make amends and reject Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state. No senator can now credibly argue. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not. Truthout Stories Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | This story was published because of support from readers like you. If you care about maintaining a free and independent media, make a donation to Truthout! | Something about…

Juliette Legendre (2018-04-23). America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream. MintPress News On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. | The event quickly turned into a bust when only about three dozen people made it inside the building — while hundreds of Spencer supporters and anti-fascist protestors confronted each other outside, throwing rocks and punches. Local police arrested 25 people. | The next day, Spencer's lawyer Kyle Bristow resigned and quit the white nationalist "alt- right" movement altogether, complaining about the relentless vilification of his work in the media. | The Southern Poverty Law Center previously described Bristow as the "go-to attorney for a growing cast of racists." He'd set up the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, which he once described as "the sword and shield" of the alt- right. Now the website and Facebook page no longer exist, and…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). California Leads Nation in Pushing Back Against Trump Administration Health Policies. Truthout Stories By giving a monthly donation of even a small amount, you can make a big difference to Truthout's future. Sign up just once and read on, knowing that you've pledged your ongoing support! | These days, when the federal government turns in one direction, California veers in the other — and in the case of health care, it's a sharp swerve. | In the nation's most populous state, lawmakers and other policymakers seemingly are not content simply to resist Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They are fighting to expand health coverage with a series of steps they hope will culminate in universal coverage for all Californians — regardless of immigration status and despite potentially monumental price tags. | The Golden State embraced the health care law early and eagerly, and has more to lose than any other state…

Kevin Zeese (2018-04-23). Earth Day: Conflict over the Future of the Planet. Global Research Featured image: Photograph from climate march in Washington, DC, Union of Concerned Scientists. | On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In " Junk

Richard Galustian (2018-04-23). Can an Independent Nationalist Become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)? Global Research Alain Daniel Shekomba (image on the left) is in his forties, married with three children. Shekomba's background: he was president of the student association of the University of Kinshasa. Shekomba holds a master's degree in physics from the University of …

Chris Baynes (2018-04-23). Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to give evidence to US Congress. The Independent – US

Colin Drury (2018-04-23). Emmanuel Macron to urge US to keep troops in Syria during state visit. The Independent – US French president Emmanuel Macron will urge his US counterpart Donald Trump not to pull American troops out of Syria during this week's state visit to Washington.

Luke Brown (2018-04-23). The full details behind Keita's complex Liverpool transfer revealed. The Independent – US Liverpool stand to make a huge saving on club-record signing Naby KeàØta this summer, as the midfielder's current club RB Leipzig continue to struggle in the Bundesliga.

Nyla Ali Khan (2018-04-23). Girls Reduced to Being Repositories of Communal and Religious Identities in Kashmir. counterpunch.org Women in Jammu and Kashmir have been living in an unendurable atmosphere for a while now created by the acrimonious implementation of draconian laws. Indian paramilitary forces, militants, and mercenaries have unleashed indiscriminate violence in the state, which has metamorphosed the legendary beauty of Kashmir into an intolerable inferno of bottomless perdition. The law of More

Samuel Osborne (2018-04-23). Martin Lewis to take legal action against Facebook over 'scam ads&apos. The Independent – US Martin Lewis, the founder of MoneySavingExpert, is launching a High Court legal battle against Facebook over claims the site is publishing scam adverts which have caused vulnerable people to hand over thousands of pounds to criminals.

Melanie McFarland, Salon (2018-04-23). What A Fresh Hell This Is: The Handmaid's Tale Returns to Netflix For Season 2. AlterNet.org Hulu's award-winning drama writes the next dark chapters for the women in Margaret Atwood's chilling dystopia | "The Handmaid's Tale," returning for its second season on Wednesday, is at its fiercest and most devastating when it prioritizes showing the horror over having characters discuss it. The opening moments of the second-season premiere are largely a dialogue-free affair, and it is one of the most terrifying sequences I've seen in quite some time. All of the Handmaids who defied their totalitarian captors in the first-season finale are muzzled like animals and driven en masse toward the gallows. A rope waits for each of them, illuminated by cold floodlights. Sealing the dread of this scenario is the fact that it takes place inside a landmark many recognize as quintessentially American. "The Handmaid's Tale," returning for its second season on Wednesday, is at its fiercest and most. . .

Independent Staff, Agencies (2018-04-23). Up to 36 people killed in North Korea bus crash. The Independent – US At least 36 people have died in a bus crash in North Korea, according to Chinese officials who described it as a "major traffic accident".

Andrew Griffin (2018-04-23). Amazon forces people to buy James Comey book if they want to review it. The Independent – US Amazon is banning people from reviewing James Comey's book until they buy it.

Jessica Purkiss (2018-04-23). Executive Who Oversaw Iraq 'Black Ops' Hired to Produce Anti-Qatar Propaganda. MintPress News A veteran of Pentagon propaganda operations was hired last year by a Dubai-based company to create a film accusing Qatar of links to terrorism, the Bureau can reveal. | Charles Andreae, whose firm Andreae & Associates was contracted to produce the film, used to work for PR firm Bell Pottinger. Whilst at Bell Pottinger, he helped oversee a $500 million contract with the Pentagon to run top-secret influence operations during the Iraq war. | The latest contract underscores growing concerns about foreign influence campaigns in the heart of Washington. While much focus has been on Russia's role in the US elections, Persian Gulf countries have also been spending large sums of money pushing their agenda to President Trump's administration. | In August 2017, Andreae, former CEO of Bell Pottinger USA, was given over $500,000 to produce a six-part film linking Qatar with global…

Ahmed al-Haj, Jon Sharman, Ghaida Ghantous (2018-04-23). 'Bride killed' as air strike hits wedding party in Yemen. The Independent – US At least 20 people including the bride were killed when an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, health officials have said.

Carole Avalon (2018-04-23). Upselling and down-strangling in 'The Americans'. Article — People's World Another episode, another dead body. In "Urban Transport Planning," the pressure, always intense for our undercover couple of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, is ratcheting steadily upward. The Soviets, represented by Elizabeth, need a particular type of radiation sensor that is a proprietary secret for the U.S. military. Last week, she (Keri Russell) barely escaped a […]…

Staff (2018-04-23). The Shameful Silence of the CEOs. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Trump if their major financial backers — big business and Wall Street — had more backbone. | Ever since 1971, when the then future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, corporate money has flooded Washington — most of it into Republican coffers. | Today, big corporations and Wall Street essentially own the Republican Party. In the 2016 campaign cycle, they contributed $34 to candidates from both parties for every $1 donated by labor unions and all public interest organizations combined. | They donate far more to Republicans than do extremists like the Koch brothers, and have far more influence over the GOP than does the Tea Party. | Which means the CEOs of America's largest firms have the power to constrain the most dangerous, divisive, and anti-democratic president ever…

Annie Waldman, ProPublica (2018-04-23). Shutdown of Texas Schools Investigation Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil Rights. AlterNet.org The U. S. Department of Education was investigating why black students in Bryan, Texas, are almost four times as likely as white students to be suspended. Then Betsy DeVos took over. | Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center. One Friday afternoon last October, after an incident at nearby Arthur L. Davila Middle School, a police officer arrested 13-year-old Trah'Vaeziah Jackson and brought her to the juvenile detention facility. She cried as employees patted her down, cut off her hair extensions, and took her photo and fingerprints. She was served dinner — chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and an apple in a styrofoam box with a carton. . .

Robert Hunziker (2018-04-23). Chemical Madness! counterpunch.org All of humanity currently risks exposure to toxic chemicals all over creation in a similar vein to the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame. And, maybe, as a result, goin' kinda looney and getting horribly, dreadfully sick! As soon as the Spring of 2018, the EPA will decide whether to risk the slaughter of More

Julian Vigo (2018-04-23). Weaponizing Data to Subvert Democracy. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists While Mark Zuckerberg tells us that the job of making Facebook secure is a "never-ending battle," security issues—especially since 9/11—have been mirrored between the battlefields in the Middle East and the realm of social media. Now the language of protection makes as much sense when hearing about homeland security as it does when listening to Zuckerberg testify before Congress, as he did recently. | In studying various breaches of private data over the years, one common factor that emerges among many of these wide-ranging incidents is that they occurred because of human error. For instance, take the 2007 HM Revenue & Customs data breach, the largest in the United Kingdom's history, in which two CDs containing the records of approximately 25 million child-benefit claimants—corresponding to every child in the U.K.—went missing in the mail. This benefit (common in the U.K.,…

Nino Pagliccia (2018-04-23). Commemorating the Independence of Venezuela. Global Research The main reason that brings us here today is to speak about Independence and its related notion of sovereignty. But why are we on the street to speak about such important values? | The reason is that we are speaking of …

Sarah Young (2018-04-23). Kanye West's new Yeezy sliders mocked on Twitter. The Independent – US Every time there's a new release from Kanye West's line of Yeezy shoes, Twitter is in uproar with fans wrangling to get their hands on a pair.

TRNN (2018-04-23). Economic Update: Struggling Against the System. The Real News Network This week's topics include: Updates on teachers' strikes; capitalism abuses facebook; colleges reward privilege and reproduce it; Shell Oil knew about fossil fuels and global warming for last 50 years; UK housing size shrinks; Sinclair Broadcasting traps employees…

Olivia Petter (2018-04-23). Why lectins might be a bigger weight loss enemy than carbs. The Independent – US

Roisin O'Connor (2018-04-23). Rolling Stones announce huge list of special guests for their UK tour. The Independent – US The Rolling Stones have announced what is essentially a festival's worth of special guests to support them on their UK tour this year.

Chris Baynes (2018-04-23). South Korea stops broadcasting propaganda over border with North. The Independent – US South Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda across its border with North Korea, in a gesture of goodwill ahead of historic talks between the two countries' leaders this week.

Press TV (2018-04-23). Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record, Raises Number of Beheadings by 70%, Lack of Basic Freedoms for Women and Girls. Global Research Featured image: Protesters of the beheading of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia stage a mock beheading. (File photo) | In its latest report published Saturday, t he European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said executions by the Saudi government in the …

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-23). Watch An Entire New York Bar Chant At Ex-Breitbarter Milo Yiannopoulos Until He Leaves. AlterNet.org 'Nazi scum get out! ' | You can't tell from Twitter, but rightwing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is in New York today. He wanted to go out for a drink, and ended up picking the wrong bar—one where members of the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America had just finished a meeting. "Nazi scum get out! " they chanted in unison at Yiannopoulos, until he left. @nycDSA CLC meeting pic. twitter. com/37VpC1sPlj— Annie Shields (@anastasiakeeley) April 22, 2018NYC-DSA CLC comrades just shouted Milo Yiannopoulos out of a Manhattan bar pic. twitter. com/CjWR77DAh9— Tim (@TimTakesTime) April 22, 2018Yiannopoulos denies being a Nazi and Nazi website The Daily Stormer led an organized boycott of Breitbart for employing him because he is gay and of Jewish descent. Yiannopoulos—who is banned from Twitter but not Facebook—posted a statement about the incident saying he was "shoved and screamed at"

Sports Staff (2018-04-23). Live coverage of Klopp's press conference ahead of Liverpool vs Roma. The Independent – US Liverpool host Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.

Ellen Brown (2018-04-23). Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising. Global Research The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed's push to "tighten"? | On March 31…

Cesar Chelala (2018-04-23). Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel. counterpunch.org I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel's government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee who had settled More

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-04-23). Reporter Suri Crowe Told the Truth About Climate Change — so Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting Showed Her the Door. AlterNet.org Climate change wasn't the only reporting done by Crowe were she ruffled the feathers at Sinclair. | Buzzfeed has the story of Suri Crowe, a Virginia reporter who dared to tell the truth about the human cause behind climate change. After her report aired, Crowe was criticized by management and ordered to "balance" her reporting. In one 2015 instance, the former news director of WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia, Len Stevens, criticized reporter Suri Crowe because she "clearly laid out the argument that human activities cause global warming, but had nothing from the side that questions the science behind such claims and points to more natural causes for such warming. "The truth is that the groups questioning the science behind such claims have no science to back them up. What they have is a network of "institutes" that consist of nothing but publicity. . .

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-23). Ex-federal Prosecutor Explains Why Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Has Only One Reason To Protect the President. AlterNet.org Former US Attorney Mimi Rocah said there's only one reason Cohen might risk a lengthy prison term to protect his longtime boss. | A former federal prosecutor said it was too soon to tell whether Michael Cohen would turn against President Donald Trump in the ongoing probe of his campaign ties to Russia, but she explained the attorney would have a strong incentive to do so. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough marveled at the president basically admitting that Cohen had information that could interest prosecutors about their business together, and former assistant U. S. Attorney Mimi Rocah described what might happen next. "In my experience, first of all, people who say they're not going to flip at this stage of the game, it's too early to tell," Rocah told "Morning Joe. " "They change their mind quite often, and I'm talking about people who have every. . .

Samuel Osborne (2018-04-23). Protests and mass arrests as Armenian president becomes prime minister. The Independent – US Three opposition leaders and nearly 200 protesters have been arrested in Armenia following more than a week of demonstrations venting fury at their former president taking the job of prime minister.

Bill Blum (2018-04-23). Trump Needn't Have Buyer's Remorse Over Gorsuch. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On April 7, 2017, after the Senate voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, President Trump was nothing short of ebullient. In a prepared statement, Trump praised Gorsuch's "judicial temperament, exceptional intellect and unparalleled integrity," calling him "the perfect choice" to replace Antonin Scalia, the conservative firebrand who had died in February 2016. | At the time, Gorsuch's appointment was widely seen as the first step in Trump's campaign not only to remake the Supreme Court, but to push the entire federal bench hard to the right. Now, however, the president is incensed that Gorsuch is too liberal and not a reliable conservative, according to The Washington Post. | What accounts for Trump's buyer's remorse is Gorsuch's vote last week in a case concerning the deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of a "crime of violence,"

Rich Whitney (2018-04-23). US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of the World's Dictatorships. Global Research Selected article from the GR archive, first crossposted on GR in September 2017. | For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated …

Political Concern (2018-04-23). Philip May, Husband of Prime Minister May: Yet Another Example of the 'Cosy Relationship' Between Government and the Arms Industry. Global Research A Liverpool reader draws attention to the news that Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for Capital Group, the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in …

Global Research News (2018-04-23). Political Unrest in Saudi Arabia? Gunfire Around Saudi King's Palace? Unconfirmed Reports. Global Research The Western media has casually dispelled the rumors of political unrest in Saudi Arabia. | There has been virtually no coverage of these unfolding events by the Western media. According to the National (UAE): Saudi state media dismissed rumours of political …

Tortilla Con Sal (2018-04-23). Is Nicaragua Next in Line for NATO-Style Regime Change? MintPress News Events in Nicaragua over the past week are clearly modeled on the kind of U.S.-led, NATO-driven regime change that succeeded in Libya, Ivory Coast and Ukraine, but has so far failed in Thailand, Syria and Venezuela. At a national level, the protests have been led by the private sector business classes defending their rate of profit against socialist policies in defense of low-income workers and people on pensions. | The Events So Far: | Since April 18, violent protests have taken place across Nicaragua. The protests began a couple of days after the government announced proposed reforms to the social security system, which is running a deficit of around US$75 million a year. The government announced the proposed reforms following the suspension of talks by Nicaragua's private sector business organization, Cosep. Pending possible modifications, the reforms are due to come into effect on…

Glosswitch (2018-04-23). Kate Middleton's womb is public property — and that's wrong. The Independent – US Early this morning, the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour (she has of course now given birth to a boy). Along with my fellow commoners I can only guess what "early stages" means.

Uri Avnery (2018-04-23). The Great Day. counterpunch.org Last week, the State of Israel celebrated its 70th birthday. For days we heard about nothing else. Innumerable speeches full of platitudes. A huge festival of kitsch. Everyone agreed: It was a historic moment, when David Ben-Gurion got up in a small hall in Tel Aviv and declared the foundation of the state. Everybody still alive More

Steve Klinger (2018-04-23). The Cautionary Tale of Donald J. Trump. counterpunch.org In the summer of 2016 I wrote a song titled "Not This Time," about an unnamed demagogue seeking power in America. The song concluded that the populace, while heading in that direction, wasn't in enough discomfort to elect an inept, transparent buffoon. My refrain hinted broadly that, instead, a descent into authoritarianism could well happen More

Gregory Barrett (2018-04-23). The Moral Mask. counterpunch.org It feels as if world events are in overdrive, and sometimes it's hard to escape the thought that that there is no longer much point in trying to analyse, or make sense of, a trajectory increasingly out of control. I see little evidence that those of us in the segment of the world political spectrum More

Clark Mindock (2018-04-23). US pulls embassy staff from Nicaragua following deadly riots. The Independent – US The United States State Department is pulling some of its embassy staff and their families out of Nicaragua following days of deadly riots in the country.

Peter Ford (2018-04-23). Video: Douma Chemical Attack Is Staged. Global Research Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford tells a BBC journalist and Western audiences to use their brains and think critically before falling into the propaganda of the Islamist jihadists. | This interview was conducted prior to Trump's attack on Syria …

Dave Lindorff (2018-04-23). Starbucks Has a Racism Problem. counterpunch.org At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial More

Edward Curtin (2018-04-23). The JFK Assassination and the Attacks of September 11, 2001. Global Research Featured image: Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | The two …

Jack Austin (2018-04-23). Vieira responds to speculation he will replace Wenger at Arsenal. The Independent – US Patrick Vieira has refused to be drawn on the speculation surrounding him replacing Arsene Wenger as the next manager of Arsenal.

Clarisse Loughrey (2018-04-23). This is who might be playing the royal wedding. The Independent – US The rest of us can best hope for a semi-competent DJ who won't just play ABBA for four hours straight for the wedding reception, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won't be in quite the same position.

Shane Quinn (2018-04-23). Forgotten War Crimes: NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia's State TV Headquarters "Wiped from the Record" Global Research Nineteen years ago, On 23 April 1999, a NATO missile attack on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters killed 16 employees of the state broadcaster. | The forgotten war crime occurred during the Kosovo War (March 1999-June 1999), and was …

Jack Austin (2018-04-23). Pogba has 'no problem' with Mourinho as he reveals United future. The Independent – US Paul Pogba has insisted he has "no problem" with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and that he is not thinking at all about "transfers".

Patrick Cockburn (2018-04-23). In Middle East Wars It Pays to be Skeptical. counterpunch.org During the bombing of Baghdad in January 1991 I went with other journalists on a government-organized trip to what they claimed was the remains of a baby milk plant at Abu Ghraib which the US had just destroyed, saying that it was really a biological warfare facility. Walking around the wreckage, I found a smashed-up desk with letters showing that the plant had indeed been producing "infant formula" milk powder. It had not been very successful in doing so, since much of the correspondence was about its financial and production problems and how they might best be resolved. It did not seem likely that the Iraqi government could have fabricated this evidence, though it was conceivable that in some part of the plant, which I did see, they might have been manufacturing biological weapons (BW). More

Roisin O'Connor (2018-04-23). Shania Twain apologises over 'voting for Trump' comments. The Independent – US Shania Twain has apologised after making an "awkward" remark where she appeared to suggest she would have voted for Donald Trump if she could have.

Sarah Young (2018-04-23). Dad apologises for holding gun in photo with daughter and prom date. The Independent – US Prom season is here, and for millions of Americans that means corsages, sequins and the chance to take those obligatory pictures everybody loves to hate.

Staff (2018-04-23). Arctic Species Changing as the Climate Warms. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists There are more herbivores and creatures that parasitize other animals, but those that consume carrion and decomposing plants seem to be on the way down, scientists say. | The post Arctic Species Changing as the Climate Warms appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Emad Nor Eldeen (2018-04-23). I was a tour guide in Syria — here's what it was like before the war. The Independent – US Syria's beautiful heritage sites are a testimony to the different cultures and civilisations that went before us. They include some of the world's oldest and most prestigious sites, which were built and preserved by people and empires over centuries.

Staff (2018-04-23). Could Saudi Plans Hugely Expand Electric Car Market and Save Tesla? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Nick Cunningham at Oilprice.com points to the dilemmas implicit in the rumored Saudi plan to engineer a return to $100 a barrel oil. That price level translates into an average gasoline price in the US of $3.57, though in California, with a population of about 40 million, that price would be over $4.00 per gallon because of state taxes and environmental policy. | Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed on lower production goals, sparking critical tweets from President Trump last Friday. West Texas Crude was coming in at around $68 a barrel as I write, and has tested $70 in recent days. | Cunningham reports rumors that Saudi Arabia wants the price run-up to help increase the value of its planned ARAMCO IPO. Saudi ARAMCO is state owned but crown prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to spin off 10% of it…

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-23). Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests. MintPress News Western-backed NGOs have been heavily involved in post-Soviet Armenia's education system, community and charity works, selling the public on the perception that Armenia's economic woes are directly the result of their corrupt, Russia friendly government. | The post Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

Admin (2018-04-23). Colin Kaepernick Honored by Amnesty International. Black Lives & Me

Fr. Andrey Tkachev (2018-04-23). History: Was Napoleon The Forerunner of the European Union? Global Research When Napoleon crossed the Neman River and said about Russia, "May its fate come to pass", could we call it aggression on Russia by a nineteenth-century European Union? Whatever you call it, with the exception of the Balkans, which were …

TRNN (2018-04-23). Trump, Corruption and the Crisis of the Global Elites. The Real News Network The first episode of "Unfit to Rule" examines the quagmire of corruption and political chaos affecting many governments around the world – most prominent the Mueller investigation of Trump; with Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). Canary in the Coal Pond. Truthout Stories New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would lessen the consequences and weaken requirements for polluting power plants.Coal ash slurry pours into the first of two settling ponds adjacent to the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, North Carolina, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer / MCT via Getty Images) | In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected "statistically significant" amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. | This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under an Obama-era environmental rule regulating coal ash, the…

Sports Staff (2018-04-23). FA apologises for Kane-Smalling tweet after United vs Spurs. The Independent – US The FA have apologised to Tottenham and Manchester United for a tweet sent out mocking Harry Kane after Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

Clarisse Loughrey (2018-04-23). John Lennon's self-portrait of himself as Hitler just sold for $54k. The Independent – US A self-portrait by John Lennon which depicts himself as Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $54,000.

TRNN (2018-04-23). Why Black Lives Don't Matter: Q & A Session. The Real News Network A radical interpretation of U.S. History featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…

Sports Staff (2018-04-23). Five things that could decide Liverpool vs Roma. The Independent – US Liverpool face Roma on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Mark Critchley (2018-04-23). Klopp calls on Liverpool fans to show 'respect' to Roma. The Independent – US Jàºrgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to show respect to AS Roma's travelling party ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final.

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-04-23). Conflict Over the Future of the Planet. counterpunch.org On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In "Junk Planet", Robert Burrowes writes a comprehensive description of the degradation of the atmosphere, oceans, waterways, groundwater, and soil as well as the modern pollution of antibiotic waste, genetic engineering, More

Peter Stubley (2018-04-23). Two-year-old girl accidentally shot dead by mother in Ohio, police say. The Independent – US

TRNN (2018-04-23). Laura Flanders: Workers, Wildcats & New Models for Labor Organizing. The Real News Network Laura talks to SEIU International President, Mary Kay Henry (of Service Employees) and labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about worker wins, challenges, and some new models for organizing. Then, a conversation with Palak Shah and Michelle Miller on a new online platform…

Dennis J Bernstein (2018-04-23). Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset. MintPress News Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset and the first woman elected to the Israeli Knesset on an Arab party list. She's an unrelenting advocate for equal citizenship rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and despite repeated attacks of all kinds, she remains unrelenting in her call for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Lands. | Zoabi considers herself a straight up feminist. She says "real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels." | Zoabi joined forces with the Balad Party a year after it was founded in 1997. A key guiding principle of the Party is to maintain a one-third quota for women candidates. The party advocates for the rights of Palestinians, legally designated as 'Arab…

Sports Staff (2018-04-23). Liverpool vs Roma: Relive the 1984 European Cup final in pictures. The Independent – US It is impossible to rank victories in football and define one as being absolutely the greatest.

Thomas Knapp (2018-04-23). Just When You Thought "Russiagate" Couldn't Get Any Sillier … counterpunch.org Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair | April 20 is cannabis culture's high holiday, and the Democratic National Committee celebrated it with fervor this year: Blaze up, get silly, file a bizarre lawsuit accusing the Russian government, Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and transparency activist group WikiLeaks of conspiring to steal an election. | The suit confirms that after more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller still hasn't amassed the evidence required for a successful criminal prosecution, requiring proof "beyond a reasonable doubt." A civil suit lowers that bar to "a preponderance of the evidence." | But even that's a long shot. The only credible evidence produced so far implicates only the Trump campaign, not the other two defendants, and only to the same extent that it likewise implicates the Clinton campaign. | That is, both campaigns admittedly tried to tap "Kremlin-connected" sources…

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-23). Trump's Tweets 'Created a Stir' At Barbara Bush's Funeral: Report. AlterNet.org President Trump stepped in it. Again. | During a Monday morning discussion, CNN hosts Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo noted that President Donald Trump's week will consist mostly of diplomatic guests and visits. But when it comes to Trump's presidency and Trump the president, the morning panel noted there is a big difference. The weekend was filled with political leaders expressing their sadness and respect for the late first lady Barbara Bush, whose funeral was Saturday. Meanwhile, Trump was railing against political issues and playing golf. Camerota showed the photo of the former presidents with their spouses at the Bush funeral. "I think we should study this next photograph for all that it says because it speaks a thousand words," she explained. "This is the funeral of Barbara Bush and you her husband there in the front, and then in the back. . .

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-04-23). 'The Evidence Suggests Trump Is a Traitor': Pulitzer-winning Reporter David Cay Johnston. AlterNet.org An investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi | The saga of President Donald Trump consists of several parallel and intersecting stories. There is the structural dimension. Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton was not entirely unpredictable or shocking. America's crisis in civic literacy, political polarization, rampant anti-intellectualism, deeply embedded sexism and racism, greed, broken schools and weakened democratic institutions, as well as a hollowed-out public sphere where people confuse celebrity with human worth made the election someone like Trump nearly inevitable. There is Donald Trump the man, who seems to revel in the very worst human values. His closest family members — including his father and grandfather — taught him the "value" of unrepentant greed and ambition. He also displays the symptoms of malignant narcissism, as well as sociopathy. In all, Trump is. . .

Samuel Osborne (2018-04-23). Nicaraguan journalist shot dead on Facebook Live. The Independent – US A journalist was gunned down during a Facebook Live broadcast as he covered an anti-government protest in Nicaragua.

David Ray Griffin (2018-04-23). Rudy Giuliani and the Collapse of the WTC Towers on 9/11. Global Research Note: It is well known that Donald Trump as president has made many "excellent appointments" for people to be members of his administration — people such as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, and Rex Tillerson. Now …

Staff (2018-04-23). Mike Pompeo Facing Rare Opposition From Senate Panel. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him. | The full Senate is still expected to consider Pompeo's nomination later this week. But the rare rebuke expected from the panel Monday, even after Pompeo's recent visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, would be the first time in years that a nominee for the high-level Cabinet position did not receive a favorable committee vote. | Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the committee, blamed partisan politics for opposition to Pompeo, now the CIA director, saying Pompeo is just as qualified as past secretaries of state nominees Hillary Clinton or John Kerry, both of whom…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). The Irresponsibility of Fiscal Responsibility. Truthout Stories (Photo: Michael Zwahlen / EyeEm / Getty Images) | It's official: New York Times columnist David Leonhardt pronounced the Democrats as the party of fiscal responsibility. In contrast to three of the last four Republican presidents who raised deficits with big tax cuts for the rich and increases in military spending, the last Democratic presidents sharply reduced the budget deficit during their term in office. | Leonhardt obviously intends the designation to be praise for the party, but it really shows his confusion about budget deficits and their impact on the economy. Unfortunately, this confusion is widely shared. | Contrary to what Leonhardt seems to think, the economy doesn't get a gold star for a balanced budget or lower deficit. In fact, lower deficits can inflict devastating damage on the economy by reducing demand, leading to millions of workers needlessly unemployed.

Julian Vigo (2018-04-23). Big Brother Isn't Just Watching Us. It's Programming the World. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists While Mark Zuckerberg tells us that the job of making Facebook secure is a "never-ending battle," security issues—especially since 9/11—have been mirrored between the battlefields in the Middle East and the realm of social media. Now the language of protection makes as much sense when hearing about homeland security as it does when listening to Zuckerberg testify before Congress, as he did recently. | In studying various breaches of private data over the years, one common factor that emerges among many of these wide-ranging incidents is that they occurred because of human error. For instance, take the 2007 HM Revenue & Customs data breach, the largest in the United Kingdom's history, in which two CDs containing the records of approximately 25 million child-benefit claimants—corresponding to every child in the U.K.—went missing in the mail. This benefit (common in the U.K.,…

Andrew Griffin (2018-04-23). Apple reveals UK engineering team and sends them to meet kids. The Independent – US Apple has lifted the lid on its elite engineers working in the UK — and introduced them to classes full of children.

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2018-04-23). Will Congress Write the President a "Blank Check for War"? Global Research This coming Monday, April 23, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to review a bill that would virtually give President Donald J. Trump a blank check to wage war anywhere in the world any time he pleases. | The Constitution …

Anthony Cuthbertson (2018-04-23). WikiLeaks calls for boycott of world's biggest bitcoin brokerage. The Independent – US WikiLeaks has called for a "global blockade" of Coinbase, after the world's biggest bitcoin brokerage banned the whistleblowing organisation's online store from using its service.

Prof. James Petras (2018-04-23). Latin America in the Time of Trump: US Domination and The "Neo-Monroe Doctrine" Global Research "I think the Monroe Doctrine is as relevant today as it was the day it was written (two centuries ago)". Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, Feb. 2, 3027-March 31, 2018. | Introduction | President Trump cancelled his attendance at the Summit of …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2018-04-23). The Origins of Violence? Slavery, Extractivism and War. Global Research Featured image: Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 — 9 July 1441) Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych, c. 1430—1440. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | "And the land, hitherto a common possession like the light of the sun and the …

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-04-23). Waffle House Shooter Travis Reinking Should Not Have Had the AR-15 He Used To Kill Four People. AlterNet.org Travis Reinking's guns were confiscated — but he had them, thanks to a loophole | Travis Reinking, the 29-year-old man suspected of killing four people at a Waffle House in Nashville, apparently was able to access his firearms — even though they had been confiscated by authorities months earlier when he tried to breach a barrier near the White House. Reinking was in Washington, with the hope of meeting President Donald Trump. While there, he tried to cross a security barrier at the White House complex, causing him to get apprehended by authorities. The FBI office in Springfield, Illinois — near Reinking's hometown of Morton — confiscated his guns and revoked his license to legally own them. At the time that Reinking breached the White House barrier, he explained that he was a "sovereign citizen," a term that is most popular among anti-government. . .

Eric Margolis (2018-04-23). Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria. MintPress News Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer of Syria. Tool of Moscow. Cruel despot. Monster. | These are all names the western media and politicians routinely heap on Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. He has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate. | As a veteran Mideast watcher, I find all this hard to swallow. Compared to other brutal Mideast leaders, Assad is pretty weak tea. The U.S./British propaganda effort to paint Assad in blackest colors is having a difficult time. | Mideast leaders who toe the U.S. line and make nice to Israel are invariably called 'statesmen' or 'president' by the American government and its increasingly tame media. Their repression is conveniently downplayed. | Saudi rulers are reverently treated by despite leading the world in executions. Last year, 44 people were publicly beheaded. In some years, around…

Annie Simon (2018-04-23). California cafe mocked for serving 'deconstructed avocado toast&apos. The Independent – US A Californian restaurant on Venice Beach is now offering deconstructed avocado toast bowls, alternatively known as an avocado salad sprinkled with a couple of croutons.

Ted Rall (2018-04-23). Stop Letting Trump Distract You From Your Wants and Needs. counterpunch.org Eight days before Donald J. Trump took his presidential oath before a crowd whose size the president still insists on fibbing about, I wrote a column titled "Life Under Trump—What Happens Now?" "In a dictatorship, particularly where the despot is a megalomaniac in the vein of a Saddam Hussein or a Muammar Gaddafi, citizens obsess More

TRNN (2018-04-23). Why Black Lives Don't Matter: A Radical Interpretation of U.S. History. The Real News Network A discussion featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…

Maya Oppenheim (2018-04-23). Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy. The Independent – US The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy.

Staff (2018-04-23). High Court Dives Into Trump Policy With Travel Ban Case. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The justices so far have had little to say about the president's time in office, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That's about to change. | The post High Court Dives Into Trump Policy With Travel Ban Case appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

David Swanson (2018-04-23). Senator Tim Kaine's Brief Run-In With the Law. counterpunch.org On Friday, April 20, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the U of Virginia that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal. Kaine gave a long speech on the legality of war without ever mentioning that it is More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-23). Chicago Tribune staff: "It's time to form a union" Article — People's World CHICAGO (PAI)—In an organizing move most Chicagoans, along with veteran journalists with a sense of history, never expected to see, the Chicago Newspaper Guild-CWA officially announced an organizing drive at the Chicago Tribune. No election date has been set. If successful, it would mark a watershed for the Guild, the city, and the paper. In […]…

Asma al-Assad (2018-04-23). Video: Asma Al-Assad on Syria's Children. President's Wife Slams Western Media Coverage of War. Global Research We bring to the attention of Global Research this interview with Asma Al-Assad, wife of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad with Russia24, first published in October 2016 | "The West is dividing our Children" | . | | uploaded by the Daily Mail |
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California Leads Nation in Pushing Back Against Trump Administration Health Policies
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
By giving a monthly donation of even a small amount, you can make a big difference to Truthout's future. Sign up just once and read on, knowing that you've pledged your ongoing support! | These days, when the federal government turns in one direction, California veers in the other — and in the case of health care, it's a sharp swerve. | In the nation's most populous state, lawmakers and other policymakers seemingly are not content simply to resist Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. They are fighting to expand health coverage with a series of steps they hope will culminate in universal coverage for all Californians — regardless of immigration status and despite potentially monumental price tags. | The Golden State embraced the health care law early and eagerly, and has more to lose than any other state…
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Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | This story was published because of support from readers like you. If you care about maintaining a free and independent media, make a donation to Truthout! | Something about…
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Can an Independent Nationalist Become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)?
Richard Galustian | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Alain Daniel Shekomba (image on the left) is in his forties, married with three children. Shekomba's background: he was president of the student association of the University of Kinshasa. Shekomba holds a master's degree in physics from the University of …
globalresearch.ca/can-an-independent-nationalist-become-president-of-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-drc/5637392

America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream
Juliette Legendre | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. | The event quickly turned into a bust when only about three dozen people made it inside the building — while hundreds of Spencer supporters and anti-fascist protestors confronted each other outside, throwing rocks and punches. Local police arrested 25 people. | The next day, Spencer's lawyer Kyle Bristow resigned and quit the white nationalist "alt- right" movement altogether, complaining about the relentless vilification of his work in the media. | The Southern Poverty Law Center previously described Bristow as the "go-to attorney for a growing cast of racists." He'd set up the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, which he once described as "the sword and shield" of the alt- right. Now the website and Facebook page no longer exist, and…

America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream

William Shakespeare and the New World Order: "Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-04-23
William Shakespeare's birthday: he taught us never to despair in our resolve to confront the Lie. "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light". War criminals in high office are celebrated as messengers of peace: "And thus I clothe my naked villany. And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Shakespeare, the words of King Richard III)…
globalresearch.ca/william-shakespeare-and-the-new-world-order-hell-is-empty-and-all-the-devils-are-here/30493

Senate Approval of Mike Pompeo's Secretary of State Nomination Would Spell Disaster for Planet Earth
Stephen Miles, Erich Pica, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Making a Koch-supported climate denier the top U. S. diplomat is sheer lunacy. | It is hard to think of a worse candidate than Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department. As leaders of national organizations working toward a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world, we are not trying to sound hyperbolic in asserting that Pompeo is a threat to people everywhere and to the survival of the planet. His performance at last week's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing only confirmed how dangerous he really is. The Senate's confirmation of Pompeo to lead the CIA was a grave mistake, but thankfully, it is a mistake that can now be rectified. The Senate–particularly the 14 Democrats and one Independent who cast their vote for Pompeo to head the CIA–should make amends and reject Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state. No senator can now credibly argue. . .
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School "Choice" Lurks Behind Arizona Teacher Walkout
Sarah Lahm | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-23
The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal.
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A World of Peace? Towards a "Principled Foreign Policy" Based on Cooperation, Mutual Respect, International Law
John McDonnell | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The British and US governments have taken on the role of self-appointed global enforcers of the new world order, or rather disorder, that has emerged since the end of the Cold War. Far from solving issues like terrorism, their approach …
globalresearch.ca/a-world-of-peace-towards-a-principled-foreign-policy-based-on-cooperation-mutual-respect-international-law/5637443

Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…
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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to give evidence to US Congress
Chris Baynes | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
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Emmanuel Macron to urge US to keep troops in Syria during state visit
Colin Drury | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
French president Emmanuel Macron will urge his US counterpart Donald Trump not to pull American troops out of Syria during this week's state visit to Washington.
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The Irresponsibility of Fiscal Responsibility
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
(Photo: Michael Zwahlen / EyeEm / Getty Images) | It's official: New York Times columnist David Leonhardt pronounced the Democrats as the party of fiscal responsibility. In contrast to three of the last four Republican presidents who raised deficits with big tax cuts for the rich and increases in military spending, the last Democratic presidents sharply reduced the budget deficit during their term in office. | Leonhardt obviously intends the designation to be praise for the party, but it really shows his confusion about budget deficits and their impact on the economy. Unfortunately, this confusion is widely shared. | Contrary to what Leonhardt seems to think, the economy doesn't get a gold star for a balanced budget or lower deficit. In fact, lower deficits can inflict devastating damage on the economy by reducing demand, leading to millions of workers needlessly unemployed.
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FA apologises for Kane-Smalling tweet after United vs Spurs
Sports Staff | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
The FA have apologised to Tottenham and Manchester United for a tweet sent out mocking Harry Kane after Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.
www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-…

California cafe mocked for serving 'deconstructed avocado toast&apos
Annie Simon | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
A Californian restaurant on Venice Beach is now offering deconstructed avocado toast bowls, alternatively known as an avocado salad sprinkled with a couple of croutons.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-an…

'Bride killed' as air strike hits wedding party in Yemen
Ahmed al-Haj, Jon Sharman, Ghaida Ghantous | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
At least 20 people including the bride were killed when an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, health officials have said.
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-…

Kanye West's new Yeezy sliders mocked on Twitter
Sarah Young | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Every time there's a new release from Kanye West's line of Yeezy shoes, Twitter is in uproar with fans wrangling to get their hands on a pair.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion…

Stop Letting Trump Distract You From Your Wants and Needs
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
Eight days before Donald J. Trump took his presidential oath before a crowd whose size the president still insists on fibbing about, I wrote a column titled "Life Under Trump–What Happens Now?"
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Video: Asma Al-Assad on Syria's Children. President's Wife Slams Western Media Coverage of War
Asma al-Assad | Global Research | 2018-04-23
We bring to the attention of Global Research this interview with Asma Al-Assad, wife of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad with Russia24, first published in October 2016 | "The West is dividing our Children" | . | uploaded by the Daily Mail | | Order …
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Senator Tim Kaine's Brief Run-In With the Law
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the U of Virginia that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal. Kaine gave a long speech on the legality of war without ever mentioning that it is…
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Upselling and down-strangling in 'The Americans'
Carole Avalon | Article — People's World | 2018-04-23
Another episode, another dead body. In "Urban Transport Planning," the pressure, always intense for our undercover couple of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, is ratcheting steadily upward. The Soviets, represented by Elizabeth, need a particular type of radiation sensor that is a proprietary secret for the U.S. military. Last week, she (Keri Russell) barely escaped a …

Upselling and down-strangling in ‘The Americans’

Video: Carla Ortiz Debunks the Alleged "Humanitarian Mandate" of the "White Helmets" in Syria. They Work Hand in Glove with Al Qaeda
Carla Ortiz | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz debunks the humanitarian nature of White Helmets in Syria. | The non-profit organization is lauded by the corporate media for their unwavering efforts and determination to help Syrian civilians amid the ongoing crisis. | But there is more …
globalresearch.ca/video-carla-ortiz-debunks-the-alleged-humanitarian-mandate-of-the-white-helmets-in-syria/5637352

Martin Lewis to take legal action against Facebook over 'scam ads&apos
Samuel Osborne | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Martin Lewis, the founder of MoneySavingExpert, is launching a High Court legal battle against Facebook over claims the site is publishing scam adverts which have caused vulnerable people to hand over thousands of pounds to criminals.
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Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria
Eric Margolis | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer of Syria. Tool of Moscow. Cruel despot. Monster. | These are all names the western media and politicians routinely heap on Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. He has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate. | As a veteran Mideast watcher, I find all this hard to swallow. Compared to other brutal Mideast leaders, Assad is pretty weak tea. The U.S./British propaganda effort to paint Assad in blackest colors is having a difficult time. | Mideast leaders who toe the U.S. line and make nice to Israel are invariably called 'statesmen' or 'president' by the American government and its increasingly tame media. Their repression is conveniently downplayed. | Saudi rulers are reverently treated by despite leading the world in executions. Last year, 44 people were publicly beheaded. In some years, around…

Wanted: The ‘Butcher of Damascus’ to Return Normalcy to Syria

Conflict Over the Future of the Planet
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In "Junk Planet", Robert Burrowes writes a comprehensive description of the degradation of the atmosphere, oceans, waterways, groundwater, and soil as well as the modern pollution of antibiotic waste, genetic engineering,…
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Pogba has 'no problem' with Mourinho as he reveals United future
Jack Austin | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Paul Pogba has insisted he has "no problem" with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and that he is not thinking at all about "transfers".
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Five things that could decide Liverpool vs Roma
Sports Staff | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Liverpool face Roma on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
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Live coverage of Klopp's press conference ahead of Liverpool vs Roma
Sports Staff | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Liverpool host Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.
www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/eur…

Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset
Dennis J Bernstein | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset and the first woman elected to the Israeli Knesset on an Arab party list. She's an unrelenting advocate for equal citizenship rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and despite repeated attacks of all kinds, she remains unrelenting in her call for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Lands. | Zoabi considers herself a straight up feminist. She says "real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels." | Zoabi joined forces with the Balad Party a year after it was founded in 1997. A key guiding principle of the Party is to maintain a one-third quota for women candidates. The party advocates for the rights of Palestinians, legally designated as 'Arab…

Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset

WikiLeaks calls for boycott of world's biggest bitcoin brokerage
Anthony Cuthbertson | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
WikiLeaks has called for a "global blockade" of Coinbase, after the world's biggest bitcoin brokerage banned the whistleblowing organisation's online store from using its service.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets…

The Cautionary Tale of Donald J. Trump
Steve Klinger | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
In the summer of 2016 I wrote a song titled "Not This Time," about an unnamed demagogue seeking power in America. The song concluded that the populace, while heading in that direction, wasn't in enough discomfort to elect an inept, transparent buffoon. My refrain hinted broadly that, instead, a descent into authoritarianism could well happen…
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Chicago Tribune staff: "It's time to form a union"
Mark Gruenberg | Article — People's World | 2018-04-23
CHICAGO (PAI)–In an organizing move most Chicagoans, along with veteran journalists with a sense of history, never expected to see, the Chicago Newspaper Guild-CWA officially announced an organizing drive at the Chicago Tribune. No election date has been set. If successful, it would mark a watershed for the Guild, the city, and the paper. In …

Chicago Tribune staff: “It’s time to form a union”

Video: Douma Chemical Attack Is Staged
Peter Ford | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford tells a BBC journalist and Western audiences to use their brains and think critically before falling into the propaganda of the Islamist jihadists. | This interview was conducted prior to Trump's attack on Syria …
globalresearch.ca/video-douma-chemical-attack-is-staged/5637374

Mike Pompeo Facing Rare Opposition From Senate Panel
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him. | The full Senate is still expected to consider Pompeo's nomination later this week. But the rare rebuke expected from the panel Monday, even after Pompeo's recent visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, would be the first time in years that a nominee for the high-level Cabinet position did not receive a favorable committee vote. | Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the committee, blamed partisan politics for opposition to Pompeo, now the CIA director, saying Pompeo is just as qualified as past secretaries of state nominees Hillary Clinton or John Kerry, both of whom…
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The Moral Mask
Gregory Barrett | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
It feels as if world events are in overdrive, and sometimes it's hard to escape the thought that that there is no longer much point in trying to analyse, or make sense of, a trajectory increasingly out of control. I see little evidence that those of us in the segment of the world political spectrum…
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Commemorating the Independence of Venezuela
Nino Pagliccia | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The main reason that brings us here today is to speak about Independence and its related notion of sovereignty. But why are we on the street to speak about such important values? | The reason is that we are speaking of …
globalresearch.ca/commemorating-the-independence-of-venezuela/5637403

Amazon forces people to buy James Comey book if they want to review it
Andrew Griffin | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Amazon is banning people from reviewing James Comey's book until they buy it.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets…

Apple reveals UK engineering team and sends them to meet kids
Andrew Griffin | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Apple has lifted the lid on its elite engineers working in the UK — and introduced them to classes full of children.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets…

Kate Middleton's womb is public property — and that's wrong
Glosswitch | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Early this morning, the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour (she has of course now given birth to a boy). Along with my fellow commoners I can only guess what "early stages" means.
www.independent.co.uk/voices/royal-baby-…

Nicaraguan journalist shot dead on Facebook Live
Samuel Osborne | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
A journalist was gunned down during a Facebook Live broadcast as he covered an anti-government protest in Nicaragua.
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/america…

'The Evidence Suggests Trump Is a Traitor': Pulitzer-winning Reporter David Cay Johnston
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
An investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi | The saga of President Donald Trump consists of several parallel and intersecting stories. There is the structural dimension. Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton was not entirely unpredictable or shocking. America's crisis in civic literacy, political polarization, rampant anti-intellectualism, deeply embedded sexism and racism, greed, broken schools and weakened democratic institutions, as well as a hollowed-out public sphere where people confuse celebrity with human worth made the election someone like Trump nearly inevitable. There is Donald Trump the man, who seems to revel in the very worst human values. His closest family members — including his father and grandfather — taught him the "value" of unrepentant greed and ambition. He also displays the symptoms of malignant narcissism, as well as sociopathy. In all, Trump is. . .
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Shania Twain apologises over 'voting for Trump' comments
Roisin O'Connor | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Shania Twain has apologised after making an "awkward" remark where she appeared to suggest she would have voted for Donald Trump if she could have.
www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment…

Starbucks Has a Racism Problem
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial…
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Executive Who Oversaw Iraq 'Black Ops' Hired to Produce Anti-Qatar Propaganda
Jessica Purkiss | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
A veteran of Pentagon propaganda operations was hired last year by a Dubai-based company to create a film accusing Qatar of links to terrorism, the Bureau can reveal. | Charles Andreae, whose firm Andreae & Associates was contracted to produce the film, used to work for PR firm Bell Pottinger. Whilst at Bell Pottinger, he helped oversee a $500 million contract with the Pentagon to run top-secret influence operations during the Iraq war. | The latest contract underscores growing concerns about foreign influence campaigns in the heart of Washington. While much focus has been on Russia's role in the US elections, Persian Gulf countries have also been spending large sums of money pushing their agenda to President Trump's administration. | In August 2017, Andreae, former CEO of Bell Pottinger USA, was given over $500,000 to produce a six-part film linking Qatar with global…

Executive Who Oversaw Iraq 'Black Ops' Hired to Produce Anti-Qatar Propaganda

Protests and mass arrests as Armenian president becomes prime minister
Samuel Osborne | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Three opposition leaders and nearly 200 protesters have been arrested in Armenia following more than a week of demonstrations venting fury at their former president taking the job of prime minister.
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/ar…

South Korea stops broadcasting propaganda over border with North
Chris Baynes | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
South Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda across its border with North Korea, in a gesture of goodwill ahead of historic talks between the two countries' leaders this week.
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/so…

Will Congress Write the President a "Blank Check for War"?
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | Global Research | 2018-04-23
This coming Monday, April 23, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to review a bill that would virtually give President Donald J. Trump a blank check to wage war anywhere in the world any time he pleases. | The Constitution …
globalresearch.ca/will-congress-write-the-president-a-blank-check-for-war/5637349

What A Fresh Hell This Is: The Handmaid's Tale Returns to Netflix For Season 2
Melanie McFarland, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Hulu's award-winning drama writes the next dark chapters for the women in Margaret Atwood's chilling dystopia | "The Handmaid's Tale," returning for its second season on Wednesday, is at its fiercest and most devastating when it prioritizes showing the horror over having characters discuss it. The opening moments of the second-season premiere are largely a dialogue-free affair, and it is one of the most terrifying sequences I've seen in quite some time. All of the Handmaids who defied their totalitarian captors in the first-season finale are muzzled like animals and driven en masse toward the gallows. A rope waits for each of them, illuminated by cold floodlights. Sealing the dread of this scenario is the fact that it takes place inside a landmark many recognize as quintessentially American. "The Handmaid's Tale," returning for its second season on Wednesday, is at its fiercest and most. . .
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Shutdown of Texas Schools Investigation Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil Rights
Annie Waldman, ProPublica | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
The U. S. Department of Education was investigating why black students in Bryan, Texas, are almost four times as likely as white students to be suspended. Then Betsy DeVos took over. | Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center. One Friday afternoon last October, after an incident at nearby Arthur L. Davila Middle School, a police officer arrested 13-year-old Trah'Vaeziah Jackson and brought her to the juvenile detention facility. She cried as employees patted her down, cut off her hair extensions, and took her photo and fingerprints. She was served dinner — chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and an apple in a styrofoam box with a carton. . .
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US pulls embassy staff from Nicaragua following deadly riots
Clark Mindock | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
The United States State Department is pulling some of its embassy staff and their families out of Nicaragua following days of deadly riots in the country.
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/america…

Laura Flanders: Workers, Wildcats & New Models for Labor Organizing
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
Laura talks to SEIU International President, Mary Kay Henry (of Service Employees) and labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about worker wins, challenges, and some new models for organizing. Then, a conversation with Palak Shah and Michelle Miller on a new online platform…
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Could Saudi Plans Hugely Expand Electric Car Market and Save Tesla?
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
Nick Cunningham at Oilprice.com points to the dilemmas implicit in the rumored Saudi plan to engineer a return to $100 a barrel oil. That price level translates into an average gasoline price in the US of $3.57, though in California, with a population of about 40 million, that price would be over $4.00 per gallon because of state taxes and environmental policy. | Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed on lower production goals, sparking critical tweets from President Trump last Friday. West Texas Crude was coming in at around $68 a barrel as I write, and has tested $70 in recent days. | Cunningham reports rumors that Saudi Arabia wants the price run-up to help increase the value of its planned ARAMCO IPO. Saudi ARAMCO is state owned but crown prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to spin off 10% of it…
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Why lectins might be a bigger weight loss enemy than carbs
Olivia Petter | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
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Reporter Suri Crowe Told the Truth About Climate Change — so Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting Showed Her the Door
Mark Sumner, Daily Kos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Climate change wasn't the only reporting done by Crowe were she ruffled the feathers at Sinclair. | Buzzfeed has the story of Suri Crowe, a Virginia reporter who dared to tell the truth about the human cause behind climate change. After her report aired, Crowe was criticized by management and ordered to "balance" her reporting. In one 2015 instance, the former news director of WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia, Len Stevens, criticized reporter Suri Crowe because she "clearly laid out the argument that human activities cause global warming, but had nothing from the side that questions the science behind such claims and points to more natural causes for such warming. "The truth is that the groups questioning the science behind such claims have no science to back them up. What they have is a network of "institutes" that consist of nothing but publicity. . .
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Up to 36 people killed in North Korea bus crash
Independent Staff, Agencies | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
At least 36 people have died in a bus crash in North Korea, according to Chinese officials who described it as a "major traffic accident".
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/no…

Trump Needn't Have Buyer's Remorse Over Gorsuch
Bill Blum | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
On April 7, 2017, after the Senate voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, President Trump was nothing short of ebullient. In a prepared statement, Trump praised Gorsuch's "judicial temperament, exceptional intellect and unparalleled integrity," calling him "the perfect choice" to replace Antonin Scalia, the conservative firebrand who had died in February 2016. | At the time, Gorsuch's appointment was widely seen as the first step in Trump's campaign not only to remake the Supreme Court, but to push the entire federal bench hard to the right. Now, however, the president is incensed that Gorsuch is too liberal and not a reliable conservative, according to The Washington Post. | What accounts for Trump's buyer's remorse is Gorsuch's vote last week in a case concerning the deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of a "crime of violence,"
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Girls Reduced to Being Repositories of Communal and Religious Identities in Kashmir
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
Women in Jammu and Kashmir have been living in an unendurable atmosphere for a while now created by the acrimonious implementation of draconian laws. Indian paramilitary forces, militants, and mercenaries have unleashed indiscriminate violence in the state, which has metamorphosed the legendary beauty of Kashmir into an intolerable inferno of bottomless perdition. The law of…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/23/girls-reduce…

History: Was Napoleon The Forerunner of the European Union?
Fr. Andrey Tkachev | Global Research | 2018-04-23
When Napoleon crossed the Neman River and said about Russia, "May its fate come to pass", could we call it aggression on Russia by a nineteenth-century European Union? Whatever you call it, with the exception of the Balkans, which were …
globalresearch.ca/history-was-napoleon-the-forerunner-of-the-european-union/5637385

High Court Dives Into Trump Policy With Travel Ban Case
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
The justices so far have had little to say about the president's time in office, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That's about to change. | The post High Court Dives Into Trump Policy With Travel Ban Case appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Canary in the Coal Pond
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would lessen the consequences and weaken requirements for polluting power plants.Coal ash slurry pours into the first of two settling ponds adjacent to the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, North Carolina, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer / MCT via Getty Images) | In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected "statistically significant" amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. | This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under an Obama-era environmental rule regulating coal ash, the…
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Klopp calls on Liverpool fans to show 'respect' to Roma
Mark Critchley | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Jàºrgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to show respect to AS Roma's travelling party ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final.
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The JFK Assassination and the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Edward Curtin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | The two …
globalresearch.ca/the-jfk-assassination-and-the-attacks-of-september-11-2001/5637355

Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising
Ellen Brown | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed's push to "tighten"? | On March 31…
globalresearch.ca/fox-in-the-hen-house-why-interest-rates-are-rising/5637407

Colin Kaepernick Honored by Amnesty International
Admin | Black Lives & Me | 2018-04-23
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Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel's government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee who had settled…
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Arctic Species Changing as the Climate Warms
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
There are more herbivores and creatures that parasitize other animals, but those that consume carrion and decomposing plants seem to be on the way down, scientists say. | The post Arctic Species Changing as the Climate Warms appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of the World's Dictatorships
Rich Whitney | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Selected article from the GR archive, first crossposted on GR in September 2017. | For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated …
globalresearch.ca/us-provides-military-assistance-to-73-percent-of-the-worlds-dictatorships/5611021

The Origins of Violence? Slavery, Extractivism and War
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 — 9 July 1441) Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych, c. 1430–1440. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | "And the land, hitherto a common possession like the light of the sun and the …
globalresearch.ca/the-origins-of-violence-slavery-extractivism-and-war/5637336

Two-year-old girl accidentally shot dead by mother in Ohio, police say
Peter Stubley | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
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Is Nicaragua Next in Line for NATO-Style Regime Change?
Tortilla Con Sal | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Events in Nicaragua over the past week are clearly modeled on the kind of U.S.-led, NATO-driven regime change that succeeded in Libya, Ivory Coast and Ukraine, but has so far failed in Thailand, Syria and Venezuela. At a national level, the protests have been led by the private sector business classes defending their rate of profit against socialist policies in defense of low-income workers and people on pensions. | The Events So Far: | Since April 18, violent protests have taken place across Nicaragua. The protests began a couple of days after the government announced proposed reforms to the social security system, which is running a deficit of around US$75 million a year. The government announced the proposed reforms following the suspension of talks by Nicaragua's private sector business organization, Cosep. Pending possible modifications, the reforms are due to come into effect on…

Is Nicaragua Next in Line for NATO-Style Regime Change?

Ex-federal Prosecutor Explains Why Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Has Only One Reason To Protect the President
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Former US Attorney Mimi Rocah said there's only one reason Cohen might risk a lengthy prison term to protect his longtime boss. | A former federal prosecutor said it was too soon to tell whether Michael Cohen would turn against President Donald Trump in the ongoing probe of his campaign ties to Russia, but she explained the attorney would have a strong incentive to do so. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough marveled at the president basically admitting that Cohen had information that could interest prosecutors about their business together, and former assistant U. S. Attorney Mimi Rocah described what might happen next. "In my experience, first of all, people who say they're not going to flip at this stage of the game, it's too early to tell," Rocah told "Morning Joe. " "They change their mind quite often, and I'm talking about people who have every. . .
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The Great Day
Uri Avnery | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
Last week, the State of Israel celebrated its 70th birthday. For days we heard about nothing else. Innumerable speeches full of platitudes. A huge festival of kitsch. Everyone agreed: It was a historic moment, when David Ben-Gurion got up in a small hall in Tel Aviv and declared the foundation of the state. Everybody still alive…
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This is who might be playing the royal wedding
Clarisse Loughrey | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
The rest of us can best hope for a semi-competent DJ who won't just play ABBA for four hours straight for the wedding reception, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won't be in quite the same position.
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Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Western-backed NGOs have been heavily involved in post-Soviet Armenia's education system, community and charity works, selling the public on the perception that Armenia's economic woes are directly the result of their corrupt, Russia friendly government. | The post Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests

Philip May, Husband of Prime Minister May: Yet Another Example of the 'Cosy Relationship' Between Government and the Arms Industry
Political Concern | Global Research | 2018-04-23
A Liverpool reader draws attention to the news that Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for Capital Group, the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in …
globalresearch.ca/philip-may-husband-of-prime-minister-may-yet-another-example-of-the-cosy-relationship-between-government-and-the-arms-industry/5637333

Forgotten War Crimes: NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia's State TV Headquarters "Wiped from the Record"
Shane Quinn | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Nineteen years ago, On 23 April 1999, a NATO missile attack on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters killed 16 employees of the state broadcaster. | The forgotten war crime occurred during the Kosovo War (March 1999-June 1999), and was …
globalresearch.ca/forgotten-war-crimes-natos-1999-attack-on-serbias-state-tv-headquarters-wiped-from-the-record/5625469

The full details behind Keita's complex Liverpool transfer revealed
Luke Brown | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Liverpool stand to make a huge saving on club-record signing Naby KeàØta this summer, as the midfielder's current club RB Leipzig continue to struggle in the Bundesliga.
www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/tra…

John Lennon's self-portrait of himself as Hitler just sold for $54k
Clarisse Loughrey | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
A self-portrait by John Lennon which depicts himself as Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $54,000.
www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment…

Rolling Stones announce huge list of special guests for their UK tour
Roisin O'Connor | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
The Rolling Stones have announced what is essentially a festival's worth of special guests to support them on their UK tour this year.
www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment…

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record, Raises Number of Beheadings by 70%, Lack of Basic Freedoms for Women and Girls
Press TV | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Protesters of the beheading of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia stage a mock beheading. (File photo) | In its latest report published Saturday, t he European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said executions by the Saudi government in the …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-arabias-human-rights-record-raises-number-of-beheadings-by-70-lack-of-basic-freedoms-for-women-and-girls/5637367

Political Unrest in Saudi Arabia? Gunfire Around Saudi King's Palace? Unconfirmed Reports
Global Research News | 2018-04-23
The Western media has casually dispelled the rumors of political unrest in Saudi Arabia. | There has been virtually no coverage of these unfolding events by the Western media. According to the National (UAE): Saudi state media dismissed rumours of political …
globalresearch.ca/political-unrest-in-saudi-arabia-heavy-gunfire-around-saudi-kings-palace/5637389

Economic Update: Struggling Against the System
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
This week's topics include: Updates on teachers' strikes; capitalism abuses facebook; colleges reward privilege and reproduce it; Shell Oil knew about fossil fuels and global warming for last 50 years; UK housing size shrinks; Sinclair Broadcasting traps employees…
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Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy
Maya Oppenheim | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy.
www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/…

Weaponizing Data to Subvert Democracy
Julian Vigo | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
While Mark Zuckerberg tells us that the job of making Facebook secure is a "never-ending battle," security issues–especially since 9/11–have been mirrored between the battlefields in the Middle East and the realm of social media. Now the language of protection makes as much sense when hearing about homeland security as it does when listening to Zuckerberg testify before Congress, as he did recently. | In studying various breaches of private data over the years, one common factor that emerges among many of these wide-ranging incidents is that they occurred because of human error. For instance, take the 2007 HM Revenue & Customs data breach, the largest in the United Kingdom's history, in which two CDs containing the records of approximately 25 million child-benefit claimants–corresponding to every child in the U.K.–went missing in the mail. This benefit (common in the U.K.,…
truthdig.com/articles/weaponizing-data-t…

Chemical Madness!
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
All of humanity currently risks exposure to toxic chemicals all over creation in a similar vein to the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame. And, maybe, as a result, goin' kinda looney and getting horribly, dreadfully sick! As soon as the Spring of 2018, the EPA will decide whether to risk the slaughter of…
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The Shameful Silence of the CEOs
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Trump if their major financial backers — big business and Wall Street — had more backbone. | Ever since 1971, when the then future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, corporate money has flooded Washington — most of it into Republican coffers. | Today, big corporations and Wall Street essentially own the Republican Party. In the 2016 campaign cycle, they contributed $34 to candidates from both parties for every $1 donated by labor unions and all public interest organizations combined. | They donate far more to Republicans than do extremists like the Koch brothers, and have far more influence over the GOP than does the Tea Party. | Which means the CEOs of America's largest firms have the power to constrain the most dangerous, divisive, and anti-democratic president ever…
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Dad apologises for holding gun in photo with daughter and prom date
Sarah Young | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Prom season is here, and for millions of Americans that means corsages, sequins and the chance to take those obligatory pictures everybody loves to hate.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/jay-fee…

Waffle House Shooter Travis Reinking Should Not Have Had the AR-15 He Used To Kill Four People
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Travis Reinking's guns were confiscated — but he had them, thanks to a loophole | Travis Reinking, the 29-year-old man suspected of killing four people at a Waffle House in Nashville, apparently was able to access his firearms — even though they had been confiscated by authorities months earlier when he tried to breach a barrier near the White House. Reinking was in Washington, with the hope of meeting President Donald Trump. While there, he tried to cross a security barrier at the White House complex, causing him to get apprehended by authorities. The FBI office in Springfield, Illinois — near Reinking's hometown of Morton — confiscated his guns and revoked his license to legally own them. At the time that Reinking breached the White House barrier, he explained that he was a "sovereign citizen," a term that is most popular among anti-government. . .
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I was a tour guide in Syria — here's what it was like before the war
Emad Nor Eldeen | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Syria's beautiful heritage sites are a testimony to the different cultures and civilisations that went before us. They include some of the world's oldest and most prestigious sites, which were built and preserved by people and empires over centuries.
www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-civil…

In Middle East Wars It Pays to be Skeptical
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
During the bombing of Baghdad in January 1991 I went with other journalists on a government-organized trip to what they claimed was the remains of a baby milk plant at Abu Ghraib which the US had just destroyed, saying that it was really a biological warfare facility. Walking around the wreckage, I found a smashed-up desk with letters showing that the plant had indeed been producing "infant formula" milk powder. It had not been very successful in doing so, since much of the correspondence was about its financial and production problems and how they might best be resolved. It did not seem likely that the Iraqi government could have fabricated this evidence, though it was conceivable that in some part of the plant, which I did see, they might have been manufacturing biological weapons (BW).
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Trump, Corruption and the Crisis of the Global Elites
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
The first episode of "Unfit to Rule" examines the quagmire of corruption and political chaos affecting many governments around the world – most prominent the Mueller investigation of Trump; with Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay…
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Trump's Tweets 'Created a Stir' At Barbara Bush's Funeral: Report
Sarah Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
President Trump stepped in it. Again. | During a Monday morning discussion, CNN hosts Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo noted that President Donald Trump's week will consist mostly of diplomatic guests and visits. But when it comes to Trump's presidency and Trump the president, the morning panel noted there is a big difference. The weekend was filled with political leaders expressing their sadness and respect for the late first lady Barbara Bush, whose funeral was Saturday. Meanwhile, Trump was railing against political issues and playing golf. Camerota showed the photo of the former presidents with their spouses at the Bush funeral. "I think we should study this next photograph for all that it says because it speaks a thousand words," she explained. "This is the funeral of Barbara Bush and you her husband there in the front, and then in the back. . .
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Infinity War cast play Family Feud – and its delightfully shambolic
Clarisse Loughrey | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
The cast of Avengers: Infinity War have been busy on the film's gargantuan press tour – taking the opportunity to come together for one giant game of Family Feud.
www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment…

Rudy Giuliani and the Collapse of the WTC Towers on 9/11
David Ray Griffin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Note: It is well known that Donald Trump as president has made many "excellent appointments" for people to be members of his administration — people such as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, and Rex Tillerson. Now …
globalresearch.ca/rudy-giuliani-and-the-collapse-of-wtc-towers-on-911/5637273

Latin America in the Time of Trump: US Domination and The "Neo-Monroe Doctrine"
Prof. James Petras | Global Research | 2018-04-23
"I think the Monroe Doctrine is as relevant today as it was the day it was written (two centuries ago)". Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, Feb. 2, 3027-March 31, 2018. | Introduction | President Trump cancelled his attendance at the Summit of …
globalresearch.ca/latin-america-in-the-time-of-trump-us-domination-and-the-neo-monroe-doctrine/5637399

Liverpool vs Roma: Relive the 1984 European Cup final in pictures
Sports Staff | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
It is impossible to rank victories in football and define one as being absolutely the greatest.
www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/eur…

Watch An Entire New York Bar Chant At Ex-Breitbarter Milo Yiannopoulos Until He Leaves
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
'Nazi scum get out! ' | You can't tell from Twitter, but rightwing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is in New York today. He wanted to go out for a drink, and ended up picking the wrong bar–one where members of the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America had just finished a meeting. "Nazi scum get out! " they chanted in unison at Yiannopoulos, until he left. @nycDSA CLC meeting pic. twitter. com/37VpC1sPlj– Annie Shields (@anastasiakeeley) April 22, 2018NYC-DSA CLC comrades just shouted Milo Yiannopoulos out of a Manhattan bar pic. twitter. com/CjWR77DAh9– Tim (@TimTakesTime) April 22, 2018Yiannopoulos denies being a Nazi and Nazi website The Daily Stormer led an organized boycott of Breitbart for employing him because he is gay and of Jewish descent. Yiannopoulos–who is banned from Twitter but not Facebook–posted a statement about the incident saying he was "shoved and screamed at"
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Big Brother Isn't Just Watching Us. It's Programming the World
Julian Vigo | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
While Mark Zuckerberg tells us that the job of making Facebook secure is a "never-ending battle," security issues–especially since 9/11–have been mirrored between the battlefields in the Middle East and the realm of social media. Now the language of protection makes as much sense when hearing about homeland security as it does when listening to Zuckerberg testify before Congress, as he did recently. | In studying various breaches of private data over the years, one common factor that emerges among many of these wide-ranging incidents is that they occurred because of human error. For instance, take the 2007 HM Revenue & Customs data breach, the largest in the United Kingdom's history, in which two CDs containing the records of approximately 25 million child-benefit claimants–corresponding to every child in the U.K.–went missing in the mail. This benefit (common in the U.K.,…
truthdig.com/articles/weaponizing-data-t…

Just When You Thought "Russiagate" Couldn't Get Any Sillier
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair | April 20 is cannabis culture's high holiday, and the Democratic National Committee celebrated it with fervor this year: Blaze up, get silly, file a bizarre lawsuit accusing the Russian government, Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and transparency activist group WikiLeaks of conspiring to steal an election. | The suit confirms that after more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller still hasn't amassed the evidence required for a successful criminal prosecution, requiring proof "beyond a reasonable doubt." A civil suit lowers that bar to "a preponderance of the evidence." | But even that's a long shot. The only credible evidence produced so far implicates only the Trump campaign, not the other two defendants, and only to the same extent that it likewise implicates the Clinton campaign. | That is, both campaigns admittedly tried to tap "Kremlin-connected" sources…
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Vieira responds to speculation he will replace Wenger at Arsenal
Jack Austin | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Patrick Vieira has refused to be drawn on the speculation surrounding him replacing Arsene Wenger as the next manager of Arsenal.
www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/pre…

Why Black Lives Don't Matter: Q & A Session
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
A radical interpretation of U.S. History featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…
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2018-04-22: News Headlines

Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). Puerto Rico's Slow-Going Recovery Means New Hardship for Dialysis Patients. Truthout Stories If you believe in the importance of a free and independent press, take a moment to support Truthout's news and analysis by making a donation now! | Vieques, Puerto Rico — As the cry of a rooster heralded the dawn, Joe Garcia, 41, pulled a vial of insulin from the fridge. He filled a syringe and wrapped it in aluminum foil in preparation for the long day ahead. | "I tell him that from here to there, that'll spoil," said his mother, Martina Collazo de Jesus, 63, watching the preparations under the fluorescent bulb lighting the family kitchen. | It is a gamble Garcia, who has both diabetes and kidney failure, has taken since Hurricane Maria slammed this Puerto Rican island just east of the main island. More than six months after the storm, Garcia and 13 other Vieques residents must still…

The Conversation (2018-04-22). Why the Christian Right Opposes Pornography But Still Supports Trump. AlterNet.org Christian opposition to pornography has long been connected to larger efforts to impose Protestant morality onto American politics and culture. | Many commentators have pointed out the hypocrisy of Christian leaders who claim a moral high ground while supporting President Donald Trump. The latest scandal involving an alleged extramarital affair with pornographic film star Stormy Daniels proves no exception. The Christian right that supports Trump has found ways to justify their support of the president, for example, with analogies of how God used King David, a man with personal flaws, for the greater good of the country. All the while, however, evangelical leaders remain definitively opposed to pornography. In the words of an evangelical celebrity and outspoken opponent of pornography, Josh McDowell, it is "probably the greatest problem or threat to the Christian faith in the history of the world. "As. . .

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-04-22). If Trump Is Innocent, Why Did He Tweet About Flipping Cohen? Kellyanne Conway Refuses to Say. AlterNet.org Someone is confused. | In a combative interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to Donald Trump, repeatedly refused to address why the president tweeted that he wasn't worried about his personal lawyer, Micheal Cohen, "flipping on him" if there nothing to tell. Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, Conway was her usual manic self, batting away questions she didn't want to answer and ducking Bash's repeated entreaties to explain Trump's tweets. "Why is the president talking about the notion of Michael Cohen flipping if the president didn't do anything wrong? " Bash asked. "Look at everything the president said about Michael Cohen," Conway attempted. "He is defending someone who he has worked with and known for a dozen plus years who he thinks is being treated unfairly. Two tales: you have Jim Comey going out on a big book tour after saying 'I. . .

Emily Wilson (2018-04-22). Jessica Hagedorn's Love Letter to 1970s San Francisco Comes to Stage. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Filipina author Jessica Hagedorn may be best known for novels like "Toxicology," "The Gangster of Love" and "Dogeaters," but this versatile writer is also no stranger to the stage. In 2016, she transformed "Dogeaters," winner of an American Book Award in 1990, into a dramatic production for San Francisco's Magic Theatre. Following that work, set in Manila during the 1980s, Hagedorn turned another tale drawn from her background into a play. | This time, she has adapted "The Gangster of Love," an autobiographical novel about Raquel "Rocky" Rivera and her eccentric family leaving the Philippines for San Francisco in the '70s. Like Rocky, a 14-year-old Hagedorn had made that same journey to the Bay Area after her parents split up. The show plays through May 6 at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, known for cultivating writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard.

Staff (2018-04-22). Chinese Auto Show Signals Ambitions to Go Electric. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BEIJING—The biggest global auto show of the year showcases China's ambitions to become a leader in electric cars and the industry's multibillion-dollar scramble to roll out models that appeal to price-conscious but demanding Chinese drivers. | Auto China 2018, which opens this week, follows Beijing's decision to allow full foreign ownership of Chinese automakers in a move to make the industry more flexible as it promotes electrics. | The ruling Communist Party has transformed China into the biggest market for electrics with billions of dollars in subsidies to producers and buyers. Now, Beijing is winding down that support and shifting the financial burden to automakers with sales quotas that push them to develop models Chinese drivers want to buy. | That is reflected in the auto show lineup: Global and Chinese brands including General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and Nissan Motor Co. plan…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-04-22). Trump Flips Out on NBC's Chuck Todd for Exposing 'Art of the Deal' President as a Lousy Negotiator. AlterNet.org Trump positioned himself as the "Art of the Deal" author who is a great businessman and great negotiator. All of that has been proven false. | President Donald Trump kicked off Sunday morning with a pair of tweets, including one attacking NBC News' "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd. The president's tweet exposes once again the fact that he has over-sold his negotiating skills. Trump positioned himself as the "Art of the Deal" author who is a great businessman and great negotiator. All of that has been proven false, with his stunning inability to pass almost all of the key legislation he wanted. On Sunday, he revealed just how incompetent he is. April 22, 2018"Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing," Trump tweeted.

Staff (2018-04-22). Actor Verne Troyer of 'Mini-Me' Fame Is Dead at 49. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists LOS ANGELES—Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, has died. He was 49. | A statement provided by Troyer's representatives that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts said the actor died Saturday. | No cause of death was given, but the statement describes Troyer as a "fighter" who was unable to overcome a recent bout of adversity then goes on to discuss depression and suicide. | "Over the years he's struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much," the statement said. "Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone for help." | Troyer…

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-22). VIDEO — A arte da Guerra — Falsidades 'Made in USA' e mentiras 'Made in Italy'. Global Research Para motivar a guerra de 2003, os EUA acusaram o Iraque de possuir armas de destruiàßà£o em massa: o Secretário de Estado, Colin Powell, apresentou à ONU uma série de "provas" depois demonstradas falsas, como ele mesmo teve de admitir …

The Conversation (2018-04-22). Westworld's Player Piano Is the Great Character That Keeps Getting Overlooked. AlterNet.org The symbol for humanity's relationship to machinery is expanded through Westworld's soundtrack. | Westworld returns for its hotly anticipated second season on April 22/23, simulcast in both the US and UK. The first season was a huge success — the closing episode was HBO's highest-rated debut of all time. Set in 2052, Westworld is a futuristic theme park populated by robotic hosts. Based on the 1973 movie by Michael Crichton, human customers pay to live out their most murderous and depraved fantasies, blurring the boundaries between performer and audience. The theme park imitates the American Old West of the second half of the 19th century — the age of steam and mechanisation that contained the seeds of modern robotics. Much has been written about what will happen to Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) and the other robotic hosts now that. . .

The Colorado Independent (2018-04-22). Trump Lost His Battle With Comey In One of the Most Humiliating Ways Possible. AlterNet.org So, what was Trump trying to accomplish? | In the midst of the longest run of self-inflicted wounds known to man, Donald Trump caught a huge break. And then, of course, he tossed it away. Trump's nemesis, Jim Comey, has a book out — "A Higher Loyalty" — currently being supported by Comey's impossible-to-miss TV extravaganza, from which the headline is that Trump is "morally unfit to be president. " That's a fairly obvious message, but still devastating when it comes from the former head of the FBI, even if the former head was, in fact, fired by the morally-unfit guy. But the story does not end there. In the course of explaining Trump's inarguable unfitness, his need to lie at every turn, his constant demand for personal loyalty, Comey, who trades on his well-known rectitude, ends up in a spitting match with the champion Twitter-spitter. . .

Staff (2018-04-22). World's Oldest Known Person Dies at 117. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists TOKYO—The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. | Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. She had been hospitalized since January. | Tajima, born on Aug. 4, 1900, was the last known person born in the 19th century. She raised seven sons and two daughters and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren. Her town of Kikai is a small island of about 7,000 people halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands. | She became the world's oldest person seven months ago after the death in September of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117. Video shown on Japanese television showed Tajima moving her hands to the beat of music played on traditional…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). In a Major Win for Airline Labor, Nearly 5,000 JetBlue Flight Attendants Just Voted to Unionize. Truthout Stories A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. (Photo: Robert Alexander / Getty Images) | Truthout is a nonprofit media organization that survives on a no-frills budget, provided almost entirely by donations from readers like you. Want to make a difference? Make a donation today! | On April 18, nearly 5,000 JetBlue Airways flight attendants voted to form a union, notching a major victory for organized labor. The employees voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU), a labor group that represents rail and airline workers, among others, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. | Sean Doyle, Assistant Director of Organizing for the TWU, tells In These Times that the vote to unionize JetBlue is "probably one of the largest and most successful union campaigns that's happened in quite some time."

Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). Demanding Renewables Not Pipelines, Environmentalists Are Heading to Albany. Truthout Stories Independent journalism provides a vital alternative to the mainstream news, but it can't exist without your help. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! | That's it, we're storming the castle. On April 23, thousands of New Yorkers are showing up at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's front door in Albany to demand genuine action on climate change. We're not going to bus up just to go "rah-rah-rah" on the steps of the statehouse for the press and going home. We have three specific demands: halt of all fracking infrastructure now, a just transition to 100 percent renewables, and make corporate polluters pay into a transition fund. | We will meet in Albany at noon, at the site of a proposed fracked-gas plant slated to power Empire State Plaza and hear from local residents on Sheridan Avenue. Then we will march to the…

Staff (2018-04-22). Israeli Politician Calls for Stripping Natalie Portman of Citizenship. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The actress lands in the center of a controversy after declining to attend the Genesis Foundation awards ceremony in Jerusalem because of her distress at "recent events" in Israel. | The post Israeli Politician Calls for Stripping Natalie Portman of Citizenship appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-22). EU to Scrap Tariffs on Mexican Agricultural Products. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The deal updating a 20-year-old free trade pact comes amid uncertainty about Mexican and European commercial ties with the U.S. under the presidency of Donald Trump. | The post EU to Scrap Tariffs on Mexican Agricultural Products appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-22). Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A new bill would effectively make the transfer of the war power from Congress to the president complete. It is hard to imagine a worse time in American history for this to happen. | The post Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). A Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted "Welcoming" Policies. Truthout Stories Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | Truthout is your hub for thought-provoking, conversation-sparking stories. Support independent journalism by making a small, tax-deductible donation today! | A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic. | "Today, children will wake up at home wondering if there will be a knock on their door; parents will go to…

Staff (2018-04-22). Earth Day: Conflict Over the Future of the Planet. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. | The post Earth Day: Conflict Over the Future of the Planet appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

The Conversation (2018-04-22). How Philip K. Dick Redefined What It Means To Be (In)Human. AlterNet.org I think, therefore I am human? | Fifty years ago, Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? questioned what it means to be human in ways that have an immense lasting influence. The action of the novel — and the Blade Runner films based on it — largely revolves around the central tension and struggle between biological humans and artificially constructed androids. Arguably, however, the story's greatest continuing relevance is in the way it challenges a particular image of the human that has come to dominate in modern Western culture. This image portrays certain qualities — whiteness, masculinity, heterosexuality, rationalism, professional success and physical prowess — as the ideal symbols of humanity's success. The novel revolves around the efforts of bounty hunter Rick Deckard, in his quest to identify, track, and destroy androids posing as biological humans. Unsurprisingly, he repeatedly. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). The "Superpredator" Myth Was Discredited, but It Continues to Ruin Young Black Lives. Truthout Stories You shouldn't have to wade through ads and "sponsored content" to get to the real news. Keep Truthout ad-free by making a tax-deductible donation. | Vincent Thompson was first arrested when he was 14. It was a Friday night and Thompson and some friends in his neighborhood in Hempstead, Long Island, had just come home from a party. They were clustered outside their buildings not yet ready to call it a night, when the police "rushed" the group, he said, and searched them. Thompson had just started selling crack, and the police found it. He was handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a police car. "It was my first time ever being in that position," Thompson recalls. "I was young." | He was released into his mother's custody, but placed on juvenile probation — a label that would come to define…

Staff (2018-04-22). Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? (Video). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Yes, but at a huge cost to our system, and to Trump's presidency. | Begin with the law: Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be based on a finding that the special counsel was guilty of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies." | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, so the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, is in charge. If Trump directed Rosenstein to fire Mueller, Rosenstein would have to find "good cause" to remove Mueller, or repeal the Department's regulation requiring such a finding, and then fire Mueller. | If Rosenstein refused, Trump…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-22). Beware of White Helmets Bearing News. Consortiumnews The celebrated White Helmets of Oscar fame appeared to have made their own feature film in Duma on the night of the alleged chemical attack, as Ann Wright explains. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News At the center of… Read more →

Staff (2018-04-22). Syria Pummels Islamic State-Held Districts in Damascus. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

| DAMASCUS, Syria—Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. | The militants agreed to give up their last pocket in southern Damascus on Friday but have yet to begin surrendering to government forces and relocating to IS-held areas elsewhere in the country. | State-run al-Ikhbariya TV showed thick gray smoke billowing from the IS-held Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood on Sunday, and government warplanes streaking overhead amid heavy bombardment of the area. Hundreds of IS fighters and allied militants are holed up in Hajar al-Aswad and the nearby Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. | Residents of Damascus reported hearing loud booms throughout the night and Sunday morning. | President Bashar Assad has escalated his…

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Salon (2018-04-22). Fascist Fashion: How Clothing Helps the Far Right Sell Their Violent Message. AlterNet.org T-shirts and other garb that promote white supremacy should be taken seriously as an entry point into ha | In the months since white supremacist blogger Andrew Anglin urged his followers to dress in "hip" and "cool" ways at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. , far-right fashion has rapidly evolved. The clean-cut aesthetic of the white polo shirts and khakis that drew national attention last August has been supplanted by new brands marketing to and for the far right, using messages and symbols embedded in the clothing to convey white supremacist ideology. There was the Arizona woman indicted for burglary and other crimes at a mosque — while coaching her children to use anti-Muslim slurs — wearing a T-shirt with the phrase " you can't coexist with people who want to kill you" written across the. . .

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-22). VIDEO. L'Arte della Guerra — Falsi made in Usa e bugie made in Italy. Global Research Per motivare la guerra del 2003, gli Usa accusarono l'Iraq di possedere armi di distruzione di massa: il segretario di stato Colin Powell presentà≤ all'Onu una serie di ´prove ª risultate poi false, come ha dovuto ammettere lui stesso nel 2016. …

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-22). Trump's Blank Check for War. Consortiumnews Tomorrow a Senate committee will consider a new bill that would solidify the unconstitutional shift in power to declare war from Congress to the White House, as Marjorie Cohn explains. By Margaret Cohn On Monday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set… Read more →

The Conversation (2018-04-22). What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power. AlterNet.org Who really runs the world? | The ability to transform yourself — and the cultural expectation that we should — has changed the way we think about authenticity. Today, celebrities are often valued less for their "natural beauty" and more for working on their appearance in transformative ways. Women admire the famous for their ability to style themselves, while countless articles are published every day about their weight loss. On one level, this is a democratisation of attractiveness — if we learn the techniques we can all do it. But it also makes femininity a highly crafted performance. This all ties into a wider cultural shift. In a range of ways, we now produce ourselves to be viewed by others. Instagram stars, for example, create highly crafted representations of "authentic" living. And apps can "enhance" the images posted on social media. But when. . .

Johann Hari, Salon (2018-04-22). Are Psychedelics the Answer to Addiction and Depression? AlterNet.org A new generation of research into psilocybin could change how we treat numerous mental health conditions | Roland Griffiths was trying to meditate — but he couldn't do it. If he sat there for a few minutes, it felt as through hours were stretching out before him, like a long, slow torture. So he quit. This tall, thin young scientist, who was rapidly rising through the ranks of academic psychology, would not meditate again for twenty years — but when he returned to mindfulness, he became part of unlocking something crucial. Professor Griffiths was going to make a breakthrough — just not for himself, but for all of us. I came to Roland Griffiths' door towards the end of a 40,000-mile journey, from Sydney to Sao Paulo to San Francisco. I set out on this trek to interview the world's leading experts on. . .

RT (2018-04-22). Cosmic fender-bender: NASA's asteroid-hunting probe develops mysterious dent (PHOTO). RT US News A conspicuous and worrying black dent in the heat shield of NASA's asteroid-bound probe has been spotted in an image the space agency shared of its OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule (SRC).
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RT (2018-04-22). 'Maybe things will work out, maybe not': Trump hedges bets on N. Korea. RT US News Ahead of sit-down talks with North Korea's leader, US President Donald Trump defended his tough-talking stance against the nation, remarking that efforts to resolve tensions between the two could still amount to nought.
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RT (2018-04-22). 'Stop US war machine!' Activists try to obstruct USS Portland commissioning (VIDEO). RT US News A crowd of roaring left-wing anti-war activists have staged a protest in Portland during the commissioning of the US Navy's newest vessel, the USS Portland, a San Antonio-class amphibious ship loaded with laser technology.
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RT (2018-04-22). Nashville Police continue manhunt for naked waffle house killings suspect Travis Reinking (VIDEO). RT US News Tennessee police have begun issuing murder warrants for the suspected nude gunman, responsible for killing four people and injuring three others at a waffle house in Nashville in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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RT (2018-04-22). Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson – but who was he? RT US News US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world locked up on a racially-motivated charge.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-22). Protecting Environmental Defenders This Earth Day. Human Rights Watch News Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president. August 12, 2015. | © 2015 José Jácome/EFE | Last month, Latin America and Caribbean countries adopted a landmark regional agreement on environmental rights — the first to offer specific protections for people who stand up in defense of their right to a healthy environment. | On Earth Day, the effort is a good reminder of the dangers and challenges that still face environmental defenders around the region. |

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Pesha Magid (2018-04-22). To Defeat ISIS, the U.S. Helped Turn Old Mosul Into Rubble — But Won't Help Rebuild It. The Intercept Mosul was unscathed in the U.S. invasion of 2003 but its Old City has been flattened in the war on ISIS. Iraqis there are getting no aid to recover. | The post To Defeat ISIS, the U.S. Helped Turn Old Mosul Into Rubble — But Won't Help Rebuild It appeared first on The Intercept.

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-04-22). Georgia Bus Drivers Joined the School Uprising, and Paid a Price. The Intercept The red-state school uprising is spreading to educators around the country, with teachers in Colorado and Arizona now planning walkouts to demand better treatment from state and county governments. But the widespread public support that has helped carry the teachers to victories so far has been less present for blue-collar workers following in their footsteps. In Georgia, bus drivers who organized their own work stoppage last week were met with public condemnation and immediate firings. | On Thursday, the same day that the votes in favor of a walkout were tallied in Arizona, nearly 400 school bus drivers in DeKalb County, Georgia, stayed home from work, staging a "sickout" to protest their low salaries and meager benefits. | Whether the school bus drivers can succeed in winning their demands and maintaining broad popular support remains to be seen, but the protest provides…

Jordan Smith (2018-04-22). The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond. The Intercept Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted based on the dubious science of two doctors who dominated the state's death investigation system. | The post The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond appeared first on The Intercept.

TPIC (2018-04-21). The European Parliament Calls for Immediate End to Blockade on Gaza. Global Research The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday called for an immediate and unconditional end to the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and condemned the Israeli killing of peaceful protesters near Gaza's eastern border over the past three weeks. | The Parliament …

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.

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.

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.

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-21). Fruitless Syrian Peace Process. Saudi Troops to Replace Pentagon Soldiers. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Years of Geneva and Astana talks (along with one Sochi round) achieved no breakthroughs — nothing toward resolving years of US-launched aggression in …

Christopher Black (2018-04-21). The Stench of Imperialism: The Statement of Theresa May, Blatant War Propaganda. Global Research On April 16 the British prime minister, Theresa May made a speech to parliament setting out the "justifications" for Britain's participation on the aggression against Syria in the dead-of-night missile attack of April 14. Throughout her speech she dramatically referred …

Jason Ditz (2018-04-21). North Korea to Close Nuclear Testing Site? Global Research North Korea's official state media has announced that as of Saturday, all nuclear and long-range missile testing in the country are being suspended indefinitely. They also announced they will be closing their nuclear testing site. | The decisions were made …

Eldar Mamedov (2018-04-21). To Save the Iran Deal, the EU Should Adjust Its Strategy. Global Research With the May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) approaching, European Union foreign ministers failed to agree on new sanctions against Iran at their meeting

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…

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 →

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John W. Whitehead (2018-04-21). We are Living in an Age of War Profiteers: Crimes of a "Monster", Your Tax Dollars at Work. Global Research Let us not mince words. | We are living in an age of war profiteers. | We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government. | We are living in an age …

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) | The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! | 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…

Craig Murray (2018-04-21). Senior Civil Servants Still Deeply Sceptical of Russian Responsibility for Skripal Poisoning. Global Research Well-placed FCO sources tell me it remains the case that senior civil servants in both the FCO and Home Office remain very sceptical of Russian guilt in the Skripal case. It remains the case that Porton Down scientists have identified …

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-21). Actress Natalie Portman Boycotts Israeli Award Ceremony. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Many more like her are needed — prominent individuals and others unwilling to support a nation responsible for decades of unaccountable high crimes …

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…

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…

Philip A Farruggio (2018-04-21). An Irish Singer who Railed against Indignities and Atrocities Cozying up with an American War Criminal. Global Research Channel surfing last night I came across something on C-Span that caught my attention. I saw the famous Irish singer, Bono, from U-2, sitting with none other than Junior Bush. What gives I asked myself? Then I did some research …

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. . .

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

Diana Johnstone (2018-04-21). The Tragedy of the Cheminots: The Deep Meaning of the French Railroad Strikes. Global Research The current series of railroad strikes in France are portrayed in the media as "labor unrest", a conflict between the government and trade union leaders, or as a temporary nuisance to travelers caused by the self-interest of a privileged category …

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 …

Ray McGovern (2018-04-21). On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? Global Research Wednesday's criminal referral by 11 House Republicans of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as several former and serving top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials is a giant step toward a Constitutional crisis. | Named in the …

Joseph Thomas (2018-04-21). Future of Asia: China's Economic Opportunities or America's Perpetual Conflict? Global Research The US recently announced possible plans to deploy thousands of additional US Marines to East Asia as part of the recently revealed 2018 National Security Strategy which designates China along with Russia as the US Department of Defence's "principal priorities."…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-21). "War is Good for Business": Insider Trading, Secret Information and the US-led Attack against Syria. Global Research While the broader public was led to believe that a major confrontation between Russia and the US-led coalition was imminent, a handful of officials in the upper echelons of government were privy to the precise details and timing of the bombing operation against Syria…

True Publica (2018-04-21). Dolphins or LNG Tankers in the Shannon Estuary? The Processing of U.S. Fracked Hydrocarbons in the Republic of Ireland. Global Research Ireland banned fracking but Sambolo Resources wants to open one of Europe's biggest projects to process fracked material in a Shannon Estuary nature reserve where whales and dolphins swim. Right now, they're trying to renew planning permission with An …

Bill McKibben (2018-04-21). Achieving 100% Renewable Energy. Conversion to Clean Energy: Wind, Water and Sun. Global Research Last year, Hurricane Harvey dropped more rain on Houston than any storm has ever dropped on any American city, ever. Hurricane Maria set back development in Puerto …

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…

Mac Slavo (2018-04-21). Scary Scenario: California's Hayward Bay Earthquake Fault Line Is More Dangerous Than San Andreas: It's a 'Ticking Time Bomb'. Global Research Scientists are now saying that the "Big One" in California may not be caused by the San Andreas fault line, but by the Hayward Bay fault line. It is now thought to be the "ticking time bomb" fault line and …

Frank Sellers (2018-04-21). German Parliament Says US-led Syria Strike Violated International Law. Global Research In launching airstrikes against Syria, over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, an independent German Parliamentary report has declared that the US, Britain, and France have breached international law. | The grounds for the finding are that the prohibition of …

Michael Welch (2018-04-21). Who Benefits from the Syrian Airstrikes? Global Research "So the story of Douma is thus not just a story of gas — or no gas, as the case may be. It's about thousands of people who did not opt for evacuation from Douma on buses that left last …

Mark Taliano (2018-04-21). Demonization of Assad and His Government. Syrians living in Syria know that President Assad is not a "Monster" Global Research Mark Taliano, reporting from Aleppo, Syria. | Corporate media channels have a global reach that vaults over sovereign boundaries to make Western propaganda almost ubiquitous. Consequently, toxic messaging — even as it contradicts the most elementary critical reasoning — prevails. | Not …

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 …

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.

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 →

WSWS (2018-04-21). Ten protesters dead amid Sandinista government crackdown in Nicaragua. World Socialist Web Site After three days of demonstrations composed mainly of pensioners and university students, strongly repressed by the state forces, there are confirmed reports of at least 10 fatalities.

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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.

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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.

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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Puerto Rico's Slow-Going Recovery Means New Hardship for Dialysis Patients
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
If you believe in the importance of a free and independent press, take a moment to support Truthout's news and analysis by making a donation now! | Vieques, Puerto Rico — As the cry of a rooster heralded the dawn, Joe Garcia, 41, pulled a vial of insulin from the fridge. He filled a syringe and wrapped it in aluminum foil in preparation for the long day ahead. | "I tell him that from here to there, that'll spoil," said his mother, Martina Collazo de Jesus, 63, watching the preparations under the fluorescent bulb lighting the family kitchen. | It is a gamble Garcia, who has both diabetes and kidney failure, has taken since Hurricane Maria slammed this Puerto Rican island just east of the main island. More than six months after the storm, Garcia and 13 other Vieques residents must still…
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Why the Christian Right Opposes Pornography But Still Supports Trump
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
Christian opposition to pornography has long been connected to larger efforts to impose Protestant morality onto American politics and culture. | Many commentators have pointed out the hypocrisy of Christian leaders who claim a moral high ground while supporting President Donald Trump. The latest scandal involving an alleged extramarital affair with pornographic film star Stormy Daniels proves no exception. The Christian right that supports Trump has found ways to justify their support of the president, for example, with analogies of how God used King David, a man with personal flaws, for the greater good of the country. All the while, however, evangelical leaders remain definitively opposed to pornography. In the words of an evangelical celebrity and outspoken opponent of pornography, Josh McDowell, it is "probably the greatest problem or threat to the Christian faith in the history of the world. "As. . .
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EU to Scrap Tariffs on Mexican Agricultural Products
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
The deal updating a 20-year-old free trade pact comes amid uncertainty about Mexican and European commercial ties with the U.S. under the presidency of Donald Trump. | The post EU to Scrap Tariffs on Mexican Agricultural Products appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Chinese Auto Show Signals Ambitions to Go Electric
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
BEIJING–The biggest global auto show of the year showcases China's ambitions to become a leader in electric cars and the industry's multibillion-dollar scramble to roll out models that appeal to price-conscious but demanding Chinese drivers. | Auto China 2018, which opens this week, follows Beijing's decision to allow full foreign ownership of Chinese automakers in a move to make the industry more flexible as it promotes electrics. | The ruling Communist Party has transformed China into the biggest market for electrics with billions of dollars in subsidies to producers and buyers. Now, Beijing is winding down that support and shifting the financial burden to automakers with sales quotas that push them to develop models Chinese drivers want to buy. | That is reflected in the auto show lineup: Global and Chinese brands including General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and Nissan Motor Co. plan…
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World's Oldest Known Person Dies at 117
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
TOKYO–The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. | Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. She had been hospitalized since January. | Tajima, born on Aug. 4, 1900, was the last known person born in the 19th century. She raised seven sons and two daughters and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren. Her town of Kikai is a small island of about 7,000 people halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands. | She became the world's oldest person seven months ago after the death in September of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117. Video shown on Japanese television showed Tajima moving her hands to the beat of music played on traditional…
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What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
Who really runs the world? | The ability to transform yourself — and the cultural expectation that we should — has changed the way we think about authenticity. Today, celebrities are often valued less for their "natural beauty" and more for working on their appearance in transformative ways. Women admire the famous for their ability to style themselves, while countless articles are published every day about their weight loss. On one level, this is a democratisation of attractiveness — if we learn the techniques we can all do it. But it also makes femininity a highly crafted performance. This all ties into a wider cultural shift. In a range of ways, we now produce ourselves to be viewed by others. Instagram stars, for example, create highly crafted representations of "authentic" living. And apps can "enhance" the images posted on social media. But when. . .
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If Trump Is Innocent, Why Did He Tweet About Flipping Cohen? Kellyanne Conway Refuses to Say
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
Someone is confused. | In a combative interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to Donald Trump, repeatedly refused to address why the president tweeted that he wasn't worried about his personal lawyer, Micheal Cohen, "flipping on him" if there nothing to tell. Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, Conway was her usual manic self, batting away questions she didn't want to answer and ducking Bash's repeated entreaties to explain Trump's tweets. "Why is the president talking about the notion of Michael Cohen flipping if the president didn't do anything wrong? " Bash asked. "Look at everything the president said about Michael Cohen," Conway attempted. "He is defending someone who he has worked with and known for a dozen plus years who he thinks is being treated unfairly. Two tales: you have Jim Comey going out on a big book tour after saying 'I. . .
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Are Psychedelics the Answer to Addiction and Depression?
Johann Hari, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
A new generation of research into psilocybin could change how we treat numerous mental health conditions | Roland Griffiths was trying to meditate — but he couldn't do it. If he sat there for a few minutes, it felt as through hours were stretching out before him, like a long, slow torture. So he quit. This tall, thin young scientist, who was rapidly rising through the ranks of academic psychology, would not meditate again for twenty years — but when he returned to mindfulness, he became part of unlocking something crucial. Professor Griffiths was going to make a breakthrough — just not for himself, but for all of us. I came to Roland Griffiths' door towards the end of a 40,000-mile journey, from Sydney to Sao Paulo to San Francisco. I set out on this trek to interview the world's leading experts on. . .
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Trump Flips Out on NBC's Chuck Todd for Exposing 'Art of the Deal' President as a Lousy Negotiator
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
Trump positioned himself as the "Art of the Deal" author who is a great businessman and great negotiator. All of that has been proven false. | President Donald Trump kicked off Sunday morning with a pair of tweets, including one attacking NBC News' "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd. The president's tweet exposes once again the fact that he has over-sold his negotiating skills. Trump positioned himself as the "Art of the Deal" author who is a great businessman and great negotiator. All of that has been proven false, with his stunning inability to pass almost all of the key legislation he wanted. On Sunday, he revealed just how incompetent he is. April 22, 2018″Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing," Trump tweeted.
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Trump Lost His Battle With Comey In One of the Most Humiliating Ways Possible
The Colorado Independent | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
So, what was Trump trying to accomplish? | In the midst of the longest run of self-inflicted wounds known to man, Donald Trump caught a huge break. And then, of course, he tossed it away. Trump's nemesis, Jim Comey, has a book out — "A Higher Loyalty" — currently being supported by Comey's impossible-to-miss TV extravaganza, from which the headline is that Trump is "morally unfit to be president. " That's a fairly obvious message, but still devastating when it comes from the former head of the FBI, even if the former head was, in fact, fired by the morally-unfit guy. But the story does not end there. In the course of explaining Trump's inarguable unfitness, his need to lie at every turn, his constant demand for personal loyalty, Comey, who trades on his well-known rectitude, ends up in a spitting match with the champion Twitter-spitter. . .
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In a Major Win for Airline Labor, Nearly 5,000 JetBlue Flight Attendants Just Voted to Unionize
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. (Photo: Robert Alexander / Getty Images) | Truthout is a nonprofit media organization that survives on a no-frills budget, provided almost entirely by donations from readers like you. Want to make a difference? Make a donation today! | On April 18, nearly 5,000 JetBlue Airways flight attendants voted to form a union, notching a major victory for organized labor. The employees voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU), a labor group that represents rail and airline workers, among others, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. | Sean Doyle, Assistant Director of Organizing for the TWU, tells In These Times that the vote to unionize JetBlue is "probably one of the largest and most successful union campaigns that's happened in quite some time."
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Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? (Video)
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
Yes, but at a huge cost to our system, and to Trump's presidency. | Begin with the law: Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be based on a finding that the special counsel was guilty of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies." | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, so the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, is in charge. If Trump directed Rosenstein to fire Mueller, Rosenstein would have to find "good cause" to remove Mueller, or repeal the Department's regulation requiring such a finding, and then fire Mueller. | If Rosenstein refused, Trump…
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The "Superpredator" Myth Was Discredited, but It Continues to Ruin Young Black Lives
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
You shouldn't have to wade through ads and "sponsored content" to get to the real news. Keep Truthout ad-free by making a tax-deductible donation. | Vincent Thompson was first arrested when he was 14. It was a Friday night and Thompson and some friends in his neighborhood in Hempstead, Long Island, had just come home from a party. They were clustered outside their buildings not yet ready to call it a night, when the police "rushed" the group, he said, and searched them. Thompson had just started selling crack, and the police found it. He was handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a police car. "It was my first time ever being in that position," Thompson recalls. "I was young." | He was released into his mother's custody, but placed on juvenile probation — a label that would come to define…
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Actor Verne Troyer of 'Mini-Me' Fame Is Dead at 49
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
LOS ANGELES–Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, has died. He was 49. | A statement provided by Troyer's representatives that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts said the actor died Saturday. | No cause of death was given, but the statement describes Troyer as a "fighter" who was unable to overcome a recent bout of adversity then goes on to discuss depression and suicide. | "Over the years he's struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much," the statement said. "Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone for help." | Troyer…
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Jessica Hagedorn's Love Letter to 1970s San Francisco Comes to Stage
Emily Wilson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
Filipina author Jessica Hagedorn may be best known for novels like "Toxicology," "The Gangster of Love" and "Dogeaters," but this versatile writer is also no stranger to the stage. In 2016, she transformed "Dogeaters," winner of an American Book Award in 1990, into a dramatic production for San Francisco's Magic Theatre. Following that work, set in Manila during the 1980s, Hagedorn turned another tale drawn from her background into a play. | This time, she has adapted "The Gangster of Love," an autobiographical novel about Raquel "Rocky" Rivera and her eccentric family leaving the Philippines for San Francisco in the '70s. Like Rocky, a 14-year-old Hagedorn had made that same journey to the Bay Area after her parents split up. The show plays through May 6 at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, known for cultivating writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard.
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Protecting Environmental Defenders This Earth Day
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-22
Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president. August 12, 2015. | © 2015 José Jácome/EFE | Last month, Latin America and Caribbean countries adopted a landmark regional agreement on environmental rights — the first to offer specific protections for people who stand up in defense of their right to a healthy environment. | On Earth Day, the effort is a good reminder of the dangers and challenges that still face environmental defenders around the region. |

| | March 26, 2018 Report | Amazonians on Trial: | Judicial Harassment of Indigenous Leaders and Environmentalists in Ecuador |
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Beware of White Helmets Bearing News
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-22
The celebrated White Helmets of Oscar fame appeared to have made their own feature film in Duma on the night of the alleged chemical attack, as Ann Wright explains. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News At the center of… Read more ?…
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Earth Day: Conflict Over the Future of the Planet
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. | The post Earth Day: Conflict Over the Future of the Planet appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Israeli Politician Calls for Stripping Natalie Portman of Citizenship
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
The actress lands in the center of a controversy after declining to attend the Genesis Foundation awards ceremony in Jerusalem because of her distress at "recent events" in Israel. | The post Israeli Politician Calls for Stripping Natalie Portman of Citizenship appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War?
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
A new bill would effectively make the transfer of the war power from Congress to the president complete. It is hard to imagine a worse time in American history for this to happen. | The post Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Fascist Fashion: How Clothing Helps the Far Right Sell Their Violent Message
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
T-shirts and other garb that promote white supremacy should be taken seriously as an entry point into ha | In the months since white supremacist blogger Andrew Anglin urged his followers to dress in "hip" and "cool" ways at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. , far-right fashion has rapidly evolved. The clean-cut aesthetic of the white polo shirts and khakis that drew national attention last August has been supplanted by new brands marketing to and for the far right, using messages and symbols embedded in the clothing to convey white supremacist ideology. There was the Arizona woman indicted for burglary and other crimes at a mosque — while coaching her children to use anti-Muslim slurs — wearing a T-shirt with the phrase " you can't coexist with people who want to kill you" written across the. . .
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How Philip K. Dick Redefined What It Means To Be (In)Human
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
I think, therefore I am human? | Fifty years ago, Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? questioned what it means to be human in ways that have an immense lasting influence. The action of the novel — and the Blade Runner films based on it — largely revolves around the central tension and struggle between biological humans and artificially constructed androids. Arguably, however, the story's greatest continuing relevance is in the way it challenges a particular image of the human that has come to dominate in modern Western culture. This image portrays certain qualities — whiteness, masculinity, heterosexuality, rationalism, professional success and physical prowess — as the ideal symbols of humanity's success. The novel revolves around the efforts of bounty hunter Rick Deckard, in his quest to identify, track, and destroy androids posing as biological humans. Unsurprisingly, he repeatedly. . .
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VIDEO. L'Arte della Guerra — Falsi made in Usa e bugie made in Italy
Manlio Dinucci | Global Research | 2018-04-22
Per motivare la guerra del 2003, gli Usa accusarono l'Iraq di possedere armi di distruzione di massa: il segretario di stato Colin Powell presentà≤ all'Onu una serie di ´prove ª risultate poi false, come ha dovuto ammettere lui stesso nel 2016. …
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Syria Pummels Islamic State-Held Districts in Damascus
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22

| DAMASCUS, Syria–Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. | The militants agreed to give up their last pocket in southern Damascus on Friday but have yet to begin surrendering to government forces and relocating to IS-held areas elsewhere in the country. | State-run al-Ikhbariya TV showed thick gray smoke billowing from the IS-held Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood on Sunday, and government warplanes streaking overhead amid heavy bombardment of the area. Hundreds of IS fighters and allied militants are holed up in Hajar al-Aswad and the nearby Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. | Residents of Damascus reported hearing loud booms throughout the night and Sunday morning. | President Bashar Assad has escalated his…
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VIDEO — A arte da Guerra — Falsidades 'Made in USA' e mentiras 'Made in Italy'
Manlio Dinucci | Global Research | 2018-04-22
Para motivar a guerra de 2003, os EUA acusaram o Iraque de possuir armas de destruiàßà£o em massa: o Secretário de Estado, Colin Powell, apresentou à ONU uma série de "provas" depois demonstradas falsas, como ele mesmo teve de admitir …
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Trump's Blank Check for War
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-22
Tomorrow a Senate committee will consider a new bill that would solidify the unconstitutional shift in power to declare war from Congress to the White House, as Marjorie Cohn explains. By Margaret Cohn On Monday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set… Read more ?…
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Westworld's Player Piano Is the Great Character That Keeps Getting Overlooked
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
The symbol for humanity's relationship to machinery is expanded through Westworld's soundtrack. | Westworld returns for its hotly anticipated second season on April 22/23, simulcast in both the US and UK. The first season was a huge success — the closing episode was HBO's highest-rated debut of all time. Set in 2052, Westworld is a futuristic theme park populated by robotic hosts. Based on the 1973 movie by Michael Crichton, human customers pay to live out their most murderous and depraved fantasies, blurring the boundaries between performer and audience. The theme park imitates the American Old West of the second half of the 19th century — the age of steam and mechanisation that contained the seeds of modern robotics. Much has been written about what will happen to Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) and the other robotic hosts now that. . .
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A Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted "Welcoming" Policies
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | Truthout is your hub for thought-provoking, conversation-sparking stories. Support independent journalism by making a small, tax-deductible donation today! | A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic. | "Today, children will wake up at home wondering if there will be a knock on their door; parents will go to…
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Demanding Renewables Not Pipelines, Environmentalists Are Heading to Albany
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
Independent journalism provides a vital alternative to the mainstream news, but it can't exist without your help. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! | That's it, we're storming the castle. On April 23, thousands of New Yorkers are showing up at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's front door in Albany to demand genuine action on climate change. We're not going to bus up just to go "rah-rah-rah" on the steps of the statehouse for the press and going home. We have three specific demands: halt of all fracking infrastructure now, a just transition to 100 percent renewables, and make corporate polluters pay into a transition fund. | We will meet in Albany at noon, at the site of a proposed fracked-gas plant slated to power Empire State Plaza and hear from local residents on Sheridan Avenue. Then we will march to the…
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Cosmic fender-bender: NASA's asteroid-hunting probe develops mysterious dent (PHOTO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
A conspicuous and worrying black dent in the heat shield of NASA's asteroid-bound probe has been spotted in an image the space agency shared of its OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Capsule (SRC). …
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'Maybe things will work out, maybe not': Trump hedges bets on N. Korea
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
Ahead of sit-down talks with North Korea's leader, US President Donald Trump defended his tough-talking stance against the nation, remarking that efforts to resolve tensions between the two could still amount to nought. …
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'Stop US war machine!' Activists try to obstruct USS Portland commissioning (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
A crowd of roaring left-wing anti-war activists have staged a protest in Portland during the commissioning of the US Navy's newest vessel, the USS Portland, a San Antonio-class amphibious ship loaded with laser technology. …
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Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson – but who was he?
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world locked up on a racially-motivated charge. …
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Nashville Police continue manhunt for naked waffle house killings suspect Travis Reinking (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
Tennessee police have begun issuing murder warrants for the suspected nude gunman, responsible for killing four people and injuring three others at a waffle house in Nashville in the early hours of Sunday morning. …
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Protecting Environmental Defenders This Earth Day
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-22
Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president. August 12, 2015. | © 2015 José Jácome/EFE | Last month, Latin America and Caribbean countries adopted a landmark regional agreement on environmental rights — the first to offer specific protections for people who stand up in defense of their right to a healthy environment. | On Earth Day, the effort is a good reminder of the dangers and challenges that still face environmental defenders around the region. |

| | March 26, 2018 Report | Amazonians on Trial: | Judicial Harassment of Indigenous Leaders and Environmentalists in Ecuador |
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Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience
Amnesty International | 2018-04-22
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CUBA 2018: TRANSFORM CONFRONTATION INTO DIALOGUE
Amnesty International | 2018-04-22
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The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond
Jordan Smith | The Intercept | 2018-04-22
Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted based on the dubious science of two doctors who dominated the state's death investigation system. | The post The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond appeared first on The Intercept.
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Georgia Bus Drivers Joined the School Uprising, and Paid a Price
Rachel M. Cohen | The Intercept | 2018-04-22
The red-state school uprising is spreading to educators around the country, with teachers in Colorado and Arizona now planning walkouts to demand better treatment from state and county governments. But the widespread public support that has helped carry the teachers to victories so far has been less present for blue-collar workers following in their footsteps. In Georgia, bus drivers who organized their own work stoppage last week were met with public condemnation and immediate firings. | On Thursday, the same day that the votes in favor of a walkout were tallied in Arizona, nearly 400 school bus drivers in DeKalb County, Georgia, stayed home from work, staging a "sickout" to protest their low salaries and meager benefits. | Whether the school bus drivers can succeed in winning their demands and maintaining broad popular support remains to be seen, but the protest provides…
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To Defeat ISIS, the U.S. Helped Turn Old Mosul Into Rubble — But Won't Help Rebuild It
Pesha Magid | The Intercept | 2018-04-22
Mosul was unscathed in the U.S. invasion of 2003 but its Old City has been flattened in the war on ISIS. Iraqis there are getting no aid to recover. | The post To Defeat ISIS, the U.S. Helped Turn Old Mosul Into Rubble — But Won't Help Rebuild It appeared first on The Intercept.
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The European Parliament Calls for Immediate End to Blockade on Gaza
TPIC | Global Research | 2018-04-21
The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday called for an immediate and unconditional end to the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and condemned the Israeli killing of peaceful protesters near Gaza's eastern border over the past three weeks. | The Parliament …
globalresearch.ca/the-european-parliament-calls-for-immediate-end-to-blockade-on-gaza/5637165

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

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

Fruitless Syrian Peace Process. Saudi Troops to Replace Pentagon Soldiers
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-21
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Years of Geneva and Astana talks (along with one Sochi round) achieved no breakthroughs — nothing toward resolving years of US-launched aggression in …
globalresearch.ca/fruitless-syrian-peace-process-saudi-troops-to-replace-pentagon-soldiers/5637156

The Stench of Imperialism: The Statement of Theresa May, Blatant War Propaganda
Christopher Black | Global Research | 2018-04-21
On April 16 the British prime minister, Theresa May made a speech to parliament setting out the "justifications" for Britain's participation on the aggression against Syria in the dead-of-night missile attack of April 14. Throughout her speech she dramatically referred …
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To Save the Iran Deal, the EU Should Adjust Its Strategy
Eldar Mamedov | Global Research | 2018-04-21
With the May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) approaching, European Union foreign ministers failed to agree on new sanctions against Iran at their meeting…
globalresearch.ca/to-save-the-iran-deal-the-eu-should-adjust-its-strategy/5636971

North Korea to Close Nuclear Testing Site?
Jason Ditz | Global Research | 2018-04-21
North Korea's official state media has announced that as of Saturday, all nuclear and long-range missile testing in the country are being suspended indefinitely. They also announced they will be closing their nuclear testing site. | The decisions were made …
globalresearch.ca/north-korea-to-close-nuclear-testing-site/5637161

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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The Tragedy of the Cheminots: The Deep Meaning of the French Railroad Strikes
Diana Johnstone | Global Research | 2018-04-21
The current series of railroad strikes in France are portrayed in the media as "labor unrest", a conflict between the government and trade union leaders, or as a temporary nuisance to travelers caused by the self-interest of a privileged category …
globalresearch.ca/the-tragedy-of-the-cheminots-the-deep-meaning-of-the-french-railroad-strikes/5637103

Scary Scenario: California's Hayward Bay Earthquake Fault Line Is More Dangerous Than San Andreas: It's a 'Ticking Time Bomb'
Mac Slavo | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Scientists are now saying that the "Big One" in California may not be caused by the San Andreas fault line, but by the Hayward Bay fault line. It is now thought to be the "ticking time bomb" fault line and …
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"War is Good for Business": Insider Trading, Secret Information and the US-led Attack against Syria
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-04-21
While the broader public was led to believe that a major confrontation between Russia and the US-led coalition was imminent, a handful of officials in the upper echelons of government were privy to the precise details and timing of the bombing operation against Syria…
globalresearch.ca/war-is-good-for-business-insider-trading-secret-information-and-the-us-led-attack-against-syria/5637056

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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Senior Civil Servants Still Deeply Sceptical of Russian Responsibility for Skripal Poisoning
Craig Murray | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Well-placed FCO sources tell me it remains the case that senior civil servants in both the FCO and Home Office remain very sceptical of Russian guilt in the Skripal case. It remains the case that Porton Down scientists have identified …
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Future of Asia: China's Economic Opportunities or America's Perpetual Conflict?
Joseph Thomas | Global Research | 2018-04-21
The US recently announced possible plans to deploy thousands of additional US Marines to East Asia as part of the recently revealed 2018 National Security Strategy which designates China along with Russia as the US Department of Defence's "principal priorities."…
globalresearch.ca/future-of-asia-chinas-economic-opportunities-or-americas-perpetual-conflict/5637121

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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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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Achieving 100% Renewable Energy. Conversion to Clean Energy: Wind, Water and Sun
Bill McKibben | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Last year, Hurricane Harvey dropped more rain on Houston than any storm has ever dropped on any American city, ever. Hurricane Maria set back development in Puerto …
globalresearch.ca/achieving-100-renewable-energy-conversion-to-clean-energy-wind-water-and-sun/5637142

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) | The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! | 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…
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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

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

German Parliament Says US-led Syria Strike Violated International Law
Frank Sellers | Global Research | 2018-04-21
In launching airstrikes against Syria, over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, an independent German Parliamentary report has declared that the US, Britain, and France have breached international law. | The grounds for the finding are that the prohibition of …
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Dolphins or LNG Tankers in the Shannon Estuary? The Processing of U.S. Fracked Hydrocarbons in the Republic of Ireland
True Publica | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Ireland banned fracking but Sambolo Resources wants to open one of Europe's biggest projects to process fracked material in a Shannon Estuary nature reserve where whales and dolphins swim. Right now, they're trying to renew planning permission with An …
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An Irish Singer who Railed against Indignities and Atrocities Cozying up with an American War Criminal
Philip A Farruggio | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Channel surfing last night I came across something on C-Span that caught my attention. I saw the famous Irish singer, Bono, from U-2, sitting with none other than Junior Bush. What gives I asked myself? Then I did some research …
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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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We are Living in an Age of War Profiteers: Crimes of a "Monster", Your Tax Dollars at Work
John W. Whitehead | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Let us not mince words. | We are living in an age of war profiteers. | We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government. | We are living in an age …
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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

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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Demonization of Assad and His Government. Syrians living in Syria know that President Assad is not a "Monster"
Mark Taliano | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Mark Taliano, reporting from Aleppo, Syria. | Corporate media channels have a global reach that vaults over sovereign boundaries to make Western propaganda almost ubiquitous. Consequently, toxic messaging — even as it contradicts the most elementary critical reasoning — prevails. | Not …
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Who Benefits from the Syrian Airstrikes?
Michael Welch | Global Research | 2018-04-21
"So the story of Douma is thus not just a story of gas — or no gas, as the case may be. It's about thousands of people who did not opt for evacuation from Douma on buses that left last …
globalresearch.ca/who-benefits-from-the-syrian-airstrikes/5637102

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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Actress Natalie Portman Boycotts Israeli Award Ceremony
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-21
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Many more like her are needed — prominent individuals and others unwilling to support a nation responsible for decades of unaccountable high crimes …
globalresearch.ca/actress-natalie-portman-boycotts-israeli-award-ceremony/5637170

Blue Heart — Trailer (2018)
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-21
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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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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 …
globalresearch.ca/yemen-the-most-horrific-genocide-a-country-without-food-water-medicine-and-fuel/5637050

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/fren…

Ten protesters dead amid Sandinista government crackdown in Nicaragua
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
After three days of demonstrations composed mainly of pensioners and university students, strongly repressed by the state forces, there are confirmed reports of at least 10 fatalities.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/nica…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/nkor…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/ital…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/dems…

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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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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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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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/alab…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/gaza…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/sout…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/turk…

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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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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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/labo…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/pers…

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…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/stud…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/ariz…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/trad…

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!
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/meet…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/usja…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/mele…

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. …
www.rt.com/usa/424747-pyongyang-security…

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. …
www.rt.com/usa/424782-threat-nasa-astero…

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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 . . .

CP Editor (2018-04-21). Blue Heart — Trailer (2018). counterpunch.org

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/ariz…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/israel-supports-syria-opposition-terrorists-out-of-the-occupied-golan-heights-sabotage-of-the-peace-process/5636933

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

Louis Proyect (2018-04-20). Syria and Neo-McCarthyism. counterpunch.org More>

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…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/fooled-again…

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…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/hollywoods-l…

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 .
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/sep1…

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