2018-04-05: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-05). City of Detroit resuming brutal policy of mass water shutoffs. World Socialist Web Site Amidst talk of Detroit making a "comeback" the city is preparing to once again carry out the mass disruption of water service to thousands of low income residents.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Ontario: Pro-austerity Liberals tout pre-election, "caring" budget. World Socialist Web Site Having slashed social spending to the bone and illegalized strikes to impose wage cuts, the Liberals are now cynically posing as the "pro-people" antipode to the big business Conservatives.

RT (2018-04-05). US State Dept spent $9mn on Soros-backed 'meddling' in Albanian politics. RT US News Documents released by the State Department under a FOIA lawsuit show that almost $9 million in US taxpayer dollars was spent on a campaign in Albania managed by a group run by billionaire George Soros.
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Staff (2018-04-05). Does Trump Want to Fire Robert Mueller or Discredit Him? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The bottom line is that we may never see the special counsel's findings unless he persuades a grand jury to return an indictment against the president. | The post Does Trump Want to Fire Robert Mueller or Discredit Him? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Australian workers and youth condemn police assault on disabled pensioner. World Socialist Web Site Graphic video footage of a distressed man being attacked by six police officers has provoked deep concern in the working class.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-05). No Justice for Chechnya's Anti-Gay Purge Victims. Human Rights Watch News Russian LGBT Network Director Igor Kochetkov (left) and Novaya Gazeta journalist Yelena Milashina (right) at a press conference at the Rosbalt press center in Moscow, Russia on April 3, 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | One year after Chechen authorities violently carried out an anti-gay purge in an attempt to "cleanse" Chechnya of gay men, no criminal cases have been opened into the mass detentions and torture by law enforcement. No high-level Russian officials have publicly acknowledged or condemned the violence in the republic, which is part of the Russian Federation. | On Tuesday I attended a news conference led by Novaya Gazeta journalist Elena Milashina and Russian LGBT Network Director Igor Kochetkov — both of whom broke the news last year that dozens of presumed gay men had been tortured…

WSWS (2018-04-05). US Supreme Court grants police wide immunity when using excessive force. World Socialist Web Site The court ruled on Monday that an Arizona police officer who shot a woman from the other side of a fence could not be sued on claims that he used excessive force.

WSWS (2018-04-05). As Oklahoma strike enters fourth day, students speak out in support of teachers. World Socialist Web Site Most school districts in the state have closed today because of the walkout, with many others cancelling classes through Friday.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-05). KRG Response to War Crimes Allegations in Iraq Falls Short. Human Rights Watch News Photo C: Mass grave site near Bardiya village visited by Human Rights Watch on January 30. | © 2018 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch | In early February, Human Rights Watch published evidence suggesting Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces carried out mass executions of possibly hundreds of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects who surrendered to military forces in August 2017. The KRG has responded with a 24 page denial of our findings. | The KRG's response is welcome and stands out in a region where many governments block access to human rights investigators, and refuse to engage with human rights groups. But the KRG ignores key aspects of our report and so far refuses to engage meaningfully with our findings. | For example, dozens of Iraqi families and 27…

WSWS (2018-04-05). The right-wing politics of the British "Labour anti-Semitism" smear campaign. World Socialist Web Site The tendencies and prominent leaders involved make clear that strident accusations of anti-Semitism are aimed at shifting British politics sharply to the right.

WSWS (2018-04-05). The New York Times on race and class: What determines social mobility in America? World Socialist Web Site The Times cites a new working paper published by the non-profit Equality of Opportunity as proof that race determines social status, not class. But what does the data really show?

WSWS (2018-04-05). UK security review exposes militarist agenda behind Russian Novichok allegations. World Socialist Web Site Prime Minister May defined the Fusion Strategy as the "use of all our capabilities" to "project our global influence."

Murtaza Hussain (2018-04-05). Muslims Who Commit Violence Get Seven Times More Media Attention and Four Times Longer Sentences. The Intercept A new report helps quantify a level of institutional bias in the legal system and media that many have long argued exists in cases involving Muslims. | The post Muslims Who Commit Violence Get Seven Times More Media Attention and Four Times Longer Sentences appeared first on The Intercept.

Staff (2018-04-05). MLK Documentary: 'When Silence Becomes Betrayal'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the revolutionary Martin Luther King Jr., see a new documentary on his opposition to the Vietnam War, based on King's April 30, 1967, speech. | The post MLK Documentary: 'When Silence Becomes Betrayal' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Outrage over protection of killer cops expressed at Sacramento City Council meeting. World Socialist Web Site Dozens of speakers denounced the City Council members and District Attorney for their indifference towards the murder of Stephon Clark and the broader social crisis in California's capital.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Russia-Japan dispute over Kurils reflects mounting tensions in North East Asia. World Socialist Web Site Russia is placing warplanes in the Kuril Islands in response to the Japanese government's remilitarisation and US threats of war against North Korea.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Trump administration announces National Guard deployment to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site The troop mobilization is the latest measure in an escalating assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

WSWS (2018-04-05). "Berlin burns:" Firefighters oppose austerity policies of state government. World Socialist Web Site Berlin firefighters are holding a protest vigil against catastrophic working conditions, lack of personnel and the introduction of a 12-hour shift system.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Loyola Chicago adjunct faculty hold one-day strike. World Socialist Web Site The 350 liberal arts and other faculty were joined by several hundred students, alumni and other supporters.

WSWS (2018-04-05). The lies of the imperialist powers over the Skripal affair unravel. World Socialist Web Site Not since Nazi Germany has the world witnessed such a shameless falsification of events as the provocation concocted around the poisoning in England of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Trump administration axes Obama-era clean car standards. World Socialist Web Site The EPA's decision is the latest in a series of efforts aimed at gutting environmental regulations, particularly related to climate change.

WSWS (2018-04-05). New Zealand government under pressure to expel Russian diplomats. World Socialist Web Site NZ's Labour Party-led government is under pressure from the opposition National Party, the media and Australia to fully line up with war preparations against Russia.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Ahead of Mexican elections social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation. World Socialist Web Site The #Verificado2018 camapign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Google workers demand end to company's involvement in drone murder. World Socialist Web Site Over 3,000 Google employees have signed a letter condemning the company's participation in the criminal operations of the US military and the "business of war."

WSWS (2018-04-05). US-China trade war intensifies. World Socialist Web Site The driving force of the US action is Washington's attempt to prevent China from developing its capacities in high technology sectors, including communications, robotics, aircraft and pharmaceuticals.

RT (2018-04-05). Busses carrying expelled American diplomats leave US Embassy in Moscow (VIDEO). RT US News Three busses believed to be carrying the first group of expelled American diplomats have left the US Embassy in Moscow on the deadline day, early Thursday morning.
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Staff (2018-04-04). 'The Apostle of Nonviolence': Nation Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The civil rights leader's daughter, the Rev. Bernice A. King, recalls her father's message of peaceful protest on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. | The post 'The Apostle of Nonviolence': Nation Honors Martin Luther King Jr. appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Russell Contreras (2018-04-04). US Museum Refuses Hiroshima Exhibit over Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Theme. MintPress News A museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico (AP) — a once-secret New Mexico city that developed the atomic bomb — has put an exhibit from Japan on hold because of its theme of abolishing nuclear weapons. | The Los Alamos Historical Museum confirmed Monday that it will not host a traveling exhibit organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum until all parties can work out their differences over the theme. | The exhibit, which features articles of clothing, exposed plates, and other personal items from victims, aims to draw attention to the horrors of the bombs that destroyed both cities. | Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum, said the museum's board of directors felt uncomfortable about the exhibit's call to abolish nuclear bombs. The New Mexico city is still home to the Los Alamos…

Staff (2018-04-04). 'The Apostle of Nonviolence': Nation Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The civil rights leader's daughter, Rev. Bernice A. King, recalls her father's message of peaceful protest on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. | The post 'The Apostle of Nonviolence': Nation Honors Martin Luther King Jr. appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-04-04). Role of Youth in the Coming Transformation. counterpunch.org The eruption of youth protests over gun violence in schools and other issues is another indicator that the 2020s could be a decade of transformation where people demand economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. Students who are in their teens now will be in their twenties then. They will have experience in how protests can change More

Whitney Webb (2018-04-04). Here's How John Bolton Could Sabotage the Korea Peace Talks. MintPress News Regardless of how much North Korea may capitulate to U.S. demands in negotiations, the threat of war will remain — the calling card of Bolton's version of "diplomacy." | The post Here's How John Bolton Could Sabotage the Korea Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

David Dayen (2018-04-04). Public Workers Worried That Tennessee's Billionaire Governor Is Taking Another Run at Them. The Intercept Last year, Tennessee's governor attempted a frontal assault on the unionized workers that staff the state's facilities and management jobs at public buildings, two-thirds of which are state-run colleges. Gov. Bill Haslam, the richest U.S. elected official not named Donald Trump, signed a contract with a facilities management firm to privatize those jobs. But a prodigious campaign by the campus employee union and student activists led to nearly the entire University of Tennessee system publicly opting out of the contract. | For a union that is legally prohibited from collective bargaining, going up against a stacked deck of conservative lawmakers and powerful corporations and coming out with a win was a spectacular feat. But Haslam appears to have found a work-around. | The Tennessee legislature is on the verge of passing a bill to overhaul the University of…

RT (2018-04-04). Harvard physicists say they know how and, roughly, when the world will end. RT US News A new study from Harvard University suggests the world is destined to end in much the same way it began… with a really, really, big bang. |
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Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch (2018-04-04). Despite Overwhelming Opposition From Residents, Michigan Permits Nestlé to Draw More Groundwater for Bottling. AlterNet.org Out of 81,862 comments filed, only 75 were reportedly in favor of granting the permit. | The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has granted Nestlé Waters a permit to increase groundwater withdrawal from 250 gallons per minute to 400 gallons per minute from its White Pine Springs well for the purpose of bottling drinking water. The approval comes despite near universal opposition from residents, who cite the Swiss food and beverage giant's nominal $200-a-year fee to pump water from its wells. The fee will not change with the new permit. Additionally, Nestlé's White Pine Springs well near Evart, Michigan happens to lie approximately 120 miles from the lead-poisoned city of Flint. Bottled water companies have drawn outrage from many communities for privatizing their public water supply in the face of Flint's years-long

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-04). Video: War and Globalization, America's Roadmap of Conquest, Blueprint for Global Domination. Global Research Six months after the March 2003 invasion of Iraq: Michel Chossudovsky's September 2003 presentation at McMaster University, Ontario. | Selected Excerpts from the Lecture | The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a broader military agenda, which was launched at …

RT (2018-04-04). Check your 'Christian privilege': George Washington University hosts controversial workshop. RT US News The prestigious George Washington University in the US capital is hosting a seminar on 'Christian privilege.' The premise that white Christians benefit from "built-in advantages" in the US has sparked fury on social media. |
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Paul Armentano, AlterNet (2018-04-04). The Science Can No Longer Be Ignored: Legal Cannabis Access Reduces Opioid Abuse and Mortality. AlterNet.org For many patients, cannabis offers a viable alternative to opioids. | On Monday, the esteemed Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine published a pair of persuasive new studies reinforcing this opinion. In the first study, investigators from the University of Kentucky and Emory University assessed the relationship between medical and adult-use marijuana laws and opioid prescribing patterns among Medicaid enrollees nationwide. Enrollees included all Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care enrollees—a high-risk population for chronic pain, opioid use disorder, and opioid overdose. Researchers reported that the enactment of both medicalization and adult-use laws were both associated with reductions in opioid prescribing rates, with broader legalization policies associated with the greatest rates of decline. "State implementation of medical marijuana laws was associated with a 5. 88 percent lower rate of opioid prescribing. Moreover, the implementation of adult-use marijuana laws, which all occurred in states. . .

WSWS (2018-04-04). University of Wisconsin Stevens Point students, faculty stage sit-in to protest cuts to humanities. World Socialist Web Site The proposed slashing of humanities programs to cover a comparatively modest budget shortfall comes amid immense levels of social inequality and record profits for the wealthy.

Paul Street (2018-04-04). Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists What will historians say a century from now, if they still exist? That the most intelligent known species in the universe lost its mind. | The post Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Paul Armentano, AlterNet (2018-04-04). The Science Can No Longer Be Ignored: Legal Cannabis Access Reduces Opioid Abuse and Mortality. AlterNet.org For many patients, cannabis offers a viable alternative to opioids. | Scientific data is growing exponentially in support of the notion that legalized cannabis access can significantly mitigate opioid use and abuse. On Monday, the esteemed Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine published a pair of persuasive new studies reinforcing this opinion. In the first study, investigators from the University of Kentucky and Emory University assessed the relationship between medical and adult-use marijuana laws and opioid prescribing patterns among Medicaid enrollees nationwide. Enrollees included all Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care enrollees—a high-risk population for chronic pain, opioid use disorder, and opioid overdose. Researchers reported that the enactment of both medicalization and adult-use laws were both associated with reductions in opioid prescribing rates, with broader legalization policies associated with the greatest rates of decline. "State implementation of medical marijuana laws was associated with. . .

Ramzy Baroud (2018-04-04). Rim Banna and the Cultural War that Palestinians Must Win. counterpunch.org Rim Banna passed away at the age of 51. Her death on March 24, after a decade-long battle with cancer, brought grief to Palestinians everywhere. Rim, a Palestinian Christian from Nazareth, united the Palestinian people across political and geographic divides. When she sang for the Homeland, nothing mattered but Palestine. Christians and Muslims, Fatah and More

Peter Koenig (2018-04-04). Palestine — All the Gods Are with You, but None Dares Scream Murder. Global Research Imagine! The western monotheistic world worships all these gods — never mind the contradiction in monotheistic — and variations of gods — the Jewish god, the Muslim god, the variety and shades of Christian gods, stretching from the god substitute …

Staff (2018-04-04). Trump's Angry Tweets Confuse Caravan Migrants. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico — President Donald Trump's angry comments about a caravan of migrants ricochet around like a soccer ball in the dusty athletic complex in southern Mexico where the 1,000 or so Central Americans have camped since the weekend. | Trump's words have confused and befuddled families here, some of whom never intended on going all the way to the United States after the end of the "Stations of the Cross" caravan. It is a symbolic event held around Easter each year to raise awareness about the plight of migrants and has never left southern Mexico, though some participants then continue north on their own. | Even coordinators of the caravan seemed to misunderstand the debate in the U.S. when Trump's endorsed a "nuclear option" for pushing funding for his border wall through Congress. They told worried families Tuesday that the U.S.

Mel Gurtov (2018-04-04). The Coming Crisis with Iran. counterpunch.org With the appointments of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security adviser, Donald Trump has signaled his preparedness by the May 12deadline to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and ramp up pressure on North Korea if it refuses to denuclearize. The two moves would have interactive consequences: casting aside the Iran nuclear deal is likely to be read in Pyongyang as indicating that the US cannot be trusted to keep its commitments. It might also be read as a signal that should nuclear talks with Trump fail, a US attack on North Korea's missile and nuclear sites could be in the offing. More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-04). Teachers in Revolt: Meet the Educators in Kentucky and Oklahoma Walking Out Over School Funding. Truthout Stories Also see "Red State Rebellion: Inside the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout" | Schools across Oklahoma are closed today for a third day as teachers continue their strike demanding more funding for education and increased pay. Oklahoma's public education budget has been slashed more than any other state since the start of the recession in 2008, and its teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation. Scores of teachers are planning to begin a 123-mile protest march today from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, thousands of teachers continue to protest in Kentucky, demanding a reversal to a provision in a recently passed bill about sewage treatment that gutted their pension benefits. On Monday, every school in the state was closed either due to spring break or in anticipation of a massive rally in the capital of Frankfort, where teachers filled the rotunda of…

Middle East Monitor (2018-04-04). Ahed Tamimi's Lawyer Accuses Interrogators of Sexual Harassment. MintPress News Israeli lawyer Gaby Lasky who is defending Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi has accused investigators of sexual harassment, Arab48.com reported yesterday. | Lasky has filed several complaints against interrogators for verbal and physical sexual harassment but said that no investigations were opened into any of her complaints. She has described this as a "gross violation of the law". | In her complaint, the lawyer wrote that one of the interrogators questioned Ahed in an inappropriate way for a female minor, which amounted to sexual harassment. | The same interrogator told Tamimi that he would arrest her relatives and interrogate them if she did not respond to his questioning. | Lasky also said that despite the fact that Tamimi is young, she was interrogated simultaneously by two men without the presence of a woman in the room or even an interrogator specialised in questioning minors.

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-04-04). 'Punish a Muslim Day' Is Especially Terrifying For Muslim Women. AlterNet.org Muslim women are easily identified by religious markers like the hijab, making them potential targets of hate crimes. | In March, a sinister leaflet declared a point-based system in which attackers would be rewarded with marks if they assaulted, threw acid on, or "butchered" a Muslim on April 3. The paper circulated first in the United Kingdom where media reports said in addition to online images of the leaflet, four members of Parliament from the Labor Party had received the Islamophobic letter. The leaflet promotes a number of crimes, including bombing a mosque, for " Punish a Muslim Day. " But for Muslim women, such a day—and the potential venom it could bring—is especially terrifying and all too real. A report by the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia and the Diversity Council Australia found that in Australia, Muslim. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-04). A Death in Louisiana's Cancer Alley Reinforces a Small Town's Fears of Industry Impacts. Truthout Stories Keith Hunter, long-time resident of St. James, Louisiana, in March 2017, roughly a year before he died. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) | 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! | Sixty-year-old Keith Hunter lived in St. James, Louisiana, for roughly 27 years, and during that time, he watched as the sugarcane farms gave way to oil storage tanks and as a railroad terminal was being built down the road, all visible from his front yard. Hunter was an outspoken critic of the industrialization of his neighborhood. And in a similar fashion as some of his neighbors, Hunter died on February 10 following a respiratory illness. | The town of St. James lies in St. James Parish, about 50 miles west of New Orleans. Despite its location…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-04-04). Right-Wing Media Look at Parkland Student Activists and See a Reason to Gut Public Education. The Intercept Witnessing with horror a parade of articulate and smart teenagers speaking confidently about the role of intersectionality in the social movement they ignited, conservative leaders have seized on the explosion of activism launched by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to make the case that so-called government schools — or traditional public schools — are a fundamental threat to their vision of the country. David Hogg and Emma González are all the evidence they need. | "The radical progressive agenda is now basic propaganda in our public school system," said Mark Levin, a prominent right-wing radio host on his show in March. "These government schools have become propaganda mills. Whether it's genitalia assignment, bathrooms, and gyms; whether it's the school lunch program that's even politicized … radical environmentalism is advanced, capitalism is trashed." | Levin, who leaned hard into his message that "the…

RT (2018-04-04). 'We are not in a trade war with China, lost it many years ago' — Trump. RT US News President Donald Trump has denied that the US and China are engaged in a trade war, despite Beijing announcing it would slap import tariffs on American goods in a tit-for-tat move.
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Stephen Lendman (2018-04-04). US/China Trade War Escalates. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer accused China of US Trade Act of 1974 violations, stating: "1. China uses foreign ownership restrictions, such …

Democracy Now! (2018-04-04). MLK's Fight Against Racism, Militarism & Capitalism: Historian Taylor Branch on King's Final Years. Democracy Now! It was 50 years ago today when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He was just 39 years old. We turn now to a conversation Democracy Now! recently had with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and writer Trey Ellis, who both worked on the new HBO documentary "King in the Wilderness," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film recalls the last three years of King's life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People's Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King's decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters.

RT (2018-04-04). Inside the bizarre online world of Youtube shooter Nasim Aghdam (VIDEO). RT US News Three people were shot when Nasim Najafi Aghdam opened fire at Youtube's HQ in California. Her videos offer a startling insight into the vegan bodybuilder's inner world.
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RT (2018-04-04). Day the dream died: 50 years on from MLK assassination (VIDEOS). RT US News Wednesday marks 50 years since Dr Martin Luther King Jr was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. |
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2018-04-04). "Beyond Vietnam", Silence is Betrayal: Martin Luther King's Historic 1967 Speech. Global Research Very few Americans are aware of the historical 1999 civil law suit of the King Family against the US Government. (Shelby County Court, Tenn.), Martin Luther King was assassinated in a high level conspiracy on the orders of key agencies of the US government…

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Institute for Policy Studies (2018-04-04). The Racial Wealth Divide Holds Back Black Earners at All Levels. AlterNet.org If our nation wants to put its history of racial inequality behind it, we must bridge the wealth divide. | It's no secret that there's a vast divide between the economic fortunes of black and white Americans. A new paper by the Equality of Opportunity Project attempts to shine a new light on just how hard that gap is to close. The study looked at the diverging fortunes of black and white men, and boys in particular. It found that even black men with affluent upbringings often fared worse than white men who grew up poorer. As a splashy New York Times headline put it, the "Sons of Rich Black Families Fare No Better Than Sons of Working Class Whites. " The paper's coverage noted pointedly that "broad income disparities still exist between black and white men even when they're. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-04). Trump Will Deploy Military to the Border Amid Immigration Crackdown. Truthout Stories On Tuesday, President Trump said that he would deploy the military to the border with Mexico — following several hardline tweets on immigration meant to appease his nativist base. The White House is pushing a number of policies that could harm vulnerable women and children arriving at the border. Meanwhile, activists say they have been targeted by immigration police for speaking out against the crackdown.Immigrants wait to be transported to a central processing center shortly after they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States on Monday, March 26, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley Sector near McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Loren Elliott / AFP / Getty Images) | President Trump said on Tuesday that he would deploy the military to the southern border with Mexico until the government agrees to build his proposed border wall for keeping out undocumented immigrants. | "We…

Norman Ball (2018-04-04). Has Mueller Already Been Subpoenaed in a Re-Impaneled Uranium One Investigation? counterpunch.org As the time seems ripe, we revisit here Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert's (R) much ridiculed Uranium One chart presented at The House Judiciary Committee Committee Oversight hearing on November 14, 2017. Just prior to this hearing at a November 7th press conference, Gohmert had argued for Independent Counsel Robert Mueller's dismissal on the grounds that he was, "engaged in More

Staff (2018-04-04). China Eyes Tariff Hikes on U.S. Soybeans, Small Aircraft, Beef, Whiskey. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists $50 billion in U.S. goods are targeted for a 25 percent tax increase in an escalating trade dispute between Beijing and Washington. | The post China Eyes Tariff Hikes on U.S. Soybeans, Small Aircraft, Beef, Whiskey appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-04). Circle Tightens in the Russia Probe: We Know the President Is Under Investigation. Truthout Stories Donald Trump listens during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House April 3, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | Donald Trump must have awakened on Tuesday, turned on "Fox & Friends" and downed at least three Diet Cokes in quick succession, because his morning tweetstorm was verging on frantic. Of course, he's been tweeting frantically for several days now so perhaps, as the Washington Post's Daniel Drezner speculated, he's "trying to return to his brand as an angry outsider" in order to motivate his base to come out for the 2018 election. Personally, I think Trump is scared to death that his followers are angry that he hasn't fulfilled his promises on immigration. That might explain all this fulminating about "caravans" invading the country and his pledge…

RT (2018-04-04). 'Russian meddling': Mike Huckabee jokes over colonoscopy with Russian doctor. RT US News Conservative heavyweight Mike Huckabee tweeted on Tuesday that his colon had been inspected by a Russian doctor, in what he jokingly described as some serious "Russian meddling."
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-04). Trump's Fearmongering about Migrant Caravan. Human Rights Watch News Central American migrants take a break from traveling in their caravan, as they journey to the U.S., in Matias Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico April 3, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | President Donald Trump's three-day Twitter rant on migrants in Mexico and call to send National Guard troops to the border comes along with a new push from the White House for immigration legislation. | But the adminstration's legislative proposals are as draconian as Trump's tweets are misleading. And both draw from the same false narratives about asylum seekers and immigrants. | What Trump likes to call "catch and release" is the major focus of his ire. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses this dehumanizing fishing metaphor to point to laws and court orders that have allowed unaccompanied children and families to…

Staff (2018-04-04). Mueller Says Trump Isn't Currently a Criminal Target. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors has informed President Trump's attorneys that the president is not currently considered a criminal target in the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the conversation. | The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the president is considered a subject of Mueller's probe — not a target. A subject is typically someone whose conduct is of interest to investigators but prosecutors are not certain they've gathered enough evidence to bring charges. | The designation could change at any time, though. The development was first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post. | Trump's designation as a subject came up as prosecutors and the president's legal team negotiate the terms of an interview with him. The president…

WSWS (2018-04-04). After election, Costa Rica's ruling party announces austerity-driven "National Unity Government" World Socialist Web Site Polls indicated Costa Rican workers are desperately seeking an alternative to the traditional parties, their pseudo-left apologists and the ongoing austerity policies.

RT (2018-04-04). Facebook admits more users' information was shared with Cambridge Analytica. RT US News The personal information of 87 million Facebook users may have been improperly shared with data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, the social media giant has said, as it rolled out a set of new security measures. |
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Annabelle Bamforth (2018-04-04). Media Propaganda Does Not Start or End With Sinclair Broadcasting. MintPress News In recent days, millions of viewers across the country have been subjected not only to a statement concerning "fake news" eerily repeated verbatim by dozens of local television stations across the country, but also to reports uncovering the fact that those stations had been instructed to recite this statement. | CNN's Brian Stelter "broke" the news in early March, warning that a "promotional campaign that sounds like pro-Trump propaganda" would be hitting local TV stations. The statement reported by CNN was crafted by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the biggest owner of television stations in the United States. A Seattle Post Intelligencer report provided the script that had been given to KOMO News, which is owned by Sinclair: Hi, I'm(A) ____________, and I'm (B) _________________… | (B) Our greatest responsibility is to serve our Northwest communities. We are extremely proud of the…

Courtney Myers (2018-04-04). Trump, Amazon and the Washington Post: A Love(less) Triangle. counterpunch.org In recent weeks, Donald Trump has reduced the responsibilities or ousted altogether several former star players on Capitol Hill. From Gary Cohn to Jared Kushner, the list of names of the people he's got an axe to grind with continues to grow by the hour. One new moniker to add? Jeff Bezos. Worth a whopping More

WSWS (2018-04-04). Teachers across the UK vote for industrial action. World Socialist Web Site Representing the vast majority of teachers in the UK, the votes are a response to the catastrophic conditions prevailing in primary and secondary schools across the country.

Carolyn Fiddler, DailyKos (2018-04-04). Democrats Score Another Major Victory in a State Trump Narrowly Carried. AlterNet.org The results should have Wisconsin Republicans quaking in their boots. | In a dramatic victory that's indicative of the shifting political winds in Wisconsin, progressive Judge Rebecca Dallet has been elected to the state Supreme Court. She defeated conservative Judge Michael Screnock 56. 5-43. 5 percent (with 43 percent of precincts reporting as of press time) in this statewide contest. Tuesday's Supreme Court election was officially nonpartisan, but the ideological battle lines were clearly drawn. Former Vice President Joe Biden recorded a robocall for Dallet, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee spent at least $165,000 on the race. Screnock, meanwhile, had the backing of Gov. Scott Walker and the National Rifle Association, and a notoriously anti-union business lobby had dumped in almost $1 million on ads as of last Friday. Dallet's victory moves the ideological makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from five-to-two. . .

Mr. Fish (2018-04-04). Inmates. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post Inmates appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-04). Facebook Scandal Affects More Users Than Thought: Up to 87M. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The social media giant vastly expands the estimate of those touched by the Cambridge Analytica privacy case. The company also says it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access. | The post Facebook Scandal Affects More Users Than Thought: Up to 87M appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-04). MLK's Fight Against Racism, Militarism and Capitalism: Historian Taylor Branch on King's Final Years. Truthout Stories Also see: To Honor King, Let's Work to End Racial Capitalism | It was 50 years ago today when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He was just 39 years old. We turn now to a conversation Democracy Now! recently had with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and writer Trey Ellis, who both worked on the new HBO documentary King in the Wilderness, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film recalls the last three years of King's life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People's Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King's decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters. | TRANSCRIPT | This is a…

RT (2018-04-04). YouTube shooter identified, reportedly slammed video platform for discrimination (VIDEO). RT US News Police have identified the woman behind the YouTube shooting as Nasim Aghdam, 39, of San Diego, California. Footage has emerged which appears to show her criticizing the video sharing platform and accusing it of censorship.
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MintPress News Desk (2018-04-04). Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales' Candidacy. MintPress News Supporters of Bolivia's first Indigenous president, Evo Morales, wonder why his popular government can't enjoy the same privilege of indefinite re-election afforded to many Western leaders without being called a "dictator" by media. Is it truly concern for "democracy" or is another agenda at play? | The post Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales' Candidacy appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-04-04). Regional governor Tuleev resigns in wake of Kemerovo fire in Russia. World Socialist Web Site The Kemerovo fire has brutally laid bare the class relations in Russia and triggered an ongoing political crisis.

Normal Ball (2018-04-04). Has Mueller Already Been Subpoenaed in a Re-Impaneled Uranium One Investigation? MintPress News As the time seems ripe, we revisit here Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert's (R) much ridiculed Uranium One chart presented at The House Judiciary Committee Committee Oversight hearing on November 14, 2017. | Just prior to this hearing at a November 7th press conference, Gohmert had argued for Independent Counsel Robert Mueller's dismissal on the grounds that he was, "engaged in the cover-up of the initial Russian investigation that revealed Russia was trying to corner the market on uranium." | Demands for Mueller's dismissal have come from a variety of sources. In a November 9th Fox News interview, Congressman Jim Jordan echoed his Texas colleague, saying, "Robert Mueller, I think, in light of what we've also recently learned, relative to the Uranium One Deal, surely seems a bit compromised to me." | As for the chart, even Stephen Colbert took a satiric…

FBD (2018-04-04). Court Orders Trump Administration to Release Public Records on Wildlife Imports. Global Research A federal court in Arizona has ordered the Trump administration to release public records about how much wildlife is being imported into the United States, including live animals for the pet trade and dead animals destined for clothing and biomedical …

Paul Street (2018-04-04). Against False Conflation: JFK, MLK, and the Triple Evils. counterpunch.org I do not pretend to know the full stories behind the assassinations or executions of either John F. Kennedy (JFK) or Martin Luther King, Jr., the latter killed in Memphis, Tennessee, exactly 50 years ago today. Were one or both them killed by lone gunmen? By the CIA? The FBI? Organized crime? The U.S. military? Some combination of these? | There are good reasons to doubt the official stories and suspect "deep state" conspiracies in both cases. But don't ask me for any definitive answers. I don't have any and I doubt I ever will. (Don't ask me about Bobby Kennedy either). More

Staff (2018-04-04). Liberal's Victory a Bad Sign for GOP, Gov. Scott Walker Warns. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists MADISON, Wis.—Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet's runaway victory in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race cheered Democrats eager for more evidence their party is ready for a winning fall in midterm elections. | And Dallet's hammering of conservative judge Michael Screnock on Tuesday prodded Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who had endorsed Screnock, to warn his fellow Republicans that more losses could be coming. | "Tonight's results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI," Walker, who is up for re-election in November, tweeted. "Big government special interests flooded Wisconsin with distorted facts & misinformation. Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms." | Although the race was viewed by some as a bellwether, results of past Supreme Court elections have not consistently proven to be predictive of what will happen in November. President Donald Trump won the state by less…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-04-04). Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Years Later: The Struggle Against Racism, War & Poverty Continues. Global Research April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of MLK in Memphis Tenn. | Featured image: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Benjamin Spock at UN Demonstration against Vietnam War, April 15, 1967 | This year also marks the …

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-04). 'Temporary' Status But Long-Term US Lives. Human Rights Watch News Rony and Ronyde Ponthieux in Miami, FL. © 2018 Human Rights Watch | (Miami) — US law should be changed to offer a path to permanent legal status for people who have lived in this country for many years with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Human Rights Watch said today. Hundreds of thousands of people have built lives in the United States while living here legally under that program. | In March 2018, Human Rights Watch interviewed Haitian families in Miami whose lives, built in the US, hang in the balance as they risk losing their protected status. In December 2017, Human Rights Watch documented the harm caused by deporting authorized and unauthorized immigrants without adequate consideration of their rights to home and family. | "The average Haitian TPS holder has been in the…

Staff (2018-04-04). Obama Releases Moving MLK Tribute Video. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, former President Barack Obama discusses the renowned activist's legacy with the prominent politician and civil rights leader John Lewis and a group of number of high school students in a video released by the Obama Foundation. | "I thought that this would be a good opportunity to connect the people who inspired me with the next generation of young leaders who are going to be doing outstanding things themselves," Obama tells the students, who attend a high school for young men of color. | Obama also encourages the students not to let concerns about controversy stop them from making their voices heard. | "If you are speaking on behalf of social justice, then by definition there's going to be some controversy…

Colin Todhunter (2018-04-04). Mass Deception and the Prelude to World War. counterpunch.org In Libya, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives and that country's social fabric and infrastructure now lies in ruins. Gaddafi was murdered and his plans to assert African independence and undermine Western (not least French) hegemony on that continent More

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-04-04). Trump's Trade War With China Will Roil Economies of Many 2018 Election Battleground States. AlterNet.org Trump just handed voters another reason to vote for Democrats in some of 2018's most important races. | President Trump's escalating trade war with China is poised to roil key economic sectors of numerous 2018 political battleground states, where Republican incumbents already are facing a Democratic surge. On Wednesday, China announced tariffs worth $50 billion in retaliation against Trump's just-imposed tariffs on Chinese steel, aluminum and high-tech goods. The Chinese will impose a 25 percent tariff on 106 U. S. products including soybeans, cars and chemicals, it announced. It will also target U. S. corn, cotton, beef, orange juice, whiskey, tobacco, and several lubricants and plastic products. Beyond the boasts by White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro on Fox Business on March 2 that no country would dare retaliate "for the simple reason that we are the most lucrative and biggest market in. . .

RT (2018-04-04). Zuckerberg to testify before Congress on April 11. RT US News Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee next week. It is expected that he will answer questions on data privacy which have arisen in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
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Staff (2018-04-04). YouTube Shooter Told Family She 'Hated' the Company. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Police say a woman who believed she was being suppressed by YouTube opened fire at the video website's California headquarters, wounding three before taking her own life. | The post YouTube Shooter Told Family She 'Hated' the Company appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-04). Trump proposes to deploy troops to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site The deployment of the military on US soil to arrest or deter immigrants raises the specter of martial law and violates the basic democratic principle of posse comitatus.

Staff (2018-04-04). Saudi Crown Prince's 'Recognition' of Israel Is Nothing New. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Atlantic's editor in chief breathlessly reported that Mohammed bin Salman told him that both Jews and Palestinians have a right to their own state. | The post Saudi Crown Prince's 'Recognition' of Israel Is Nothing New appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-04). Workers Struggles: The Americas. World Socialist Web Site The treatment of temporary workers is a major outstanding issue in a walkout by 1,300 Labrador City ironworkers against the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

Staff (2018-04-04). China Vows 'Same Strength' Retaliation in Trade Dispute. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The latest salvo comes in response to Tuesday's proposal by Washington to hike tariffs on $50 billion worth of medical, aerospace, information technology and other products. | The post China Vows 'Same Strength' Retaliation in Trade Dispute appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-04). US-Dominated NATO Needs Enemies to Justify Its Existence. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | The North Atlantic Alliance functions as an arm of US imperial policy — intended for offense, not defense, especially after Soviet Russia dissolved….

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-04-04). Tiffany Trump Reportedly Doesn't Feel 'Totally Welcome' Around Her Own Father. AlterNet.org The president's "strained" relationship with his younger daughter has apparently gotten worse. | Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of Donald Trump, feels "awkward" and " not totally welcome" around her father, the president, People reports. "Since the inauguration, Tiffany and her father have sometimes gone for months without speaking and she went a very long time without seeing him," a friend of Tiffany Trump's told People. "The last time she was at a family function with him, it was awkward for her and she didn't feel totally welcome. ""They always had a strained relationship her whole life, and it got exacerbated by the presidency," the source added, noting it's "gotten much worse now. "Tiffany Trump is the daughter of Marla Maples, Donald Trump's second wife. A second source told People the youngest daughter "is not as much in the mix as [Trump's] other children. . .

Randi Nord (2018-04-04). Saudi Coalition Targets Yemen Refugee Camp Killing 7 Children. MintPress News Warplanes belonging to the U.S.-Saudi coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on a camp for displaced people in Yemen's Hodeidah province on Monday. Out of the 14 fatalities, seven of which were children — some appear to be infants. The crime also killed three women and injured an additional nine civilians. Rescuers struggled to retrieve scattered bodies from the rubble for hours after the terror attack. | UNICEF called this crime "one of the deadliest attacks on children since the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015." Saudi Arabia began their airstrike campaign against Yemen in March of 2015 with full military and intelligence support from the United States and several other countries. This means that not only does the U.S. provide bombs, but Washington also provides logistical support for selecting airstrike targets. | CLICK HERE to see photos…

Paul Edwards (2018-04-04). Sick Temper Tyrannis. counterpunch.org Tyranny… What is it? Does the word mean anything any more? Like so many terms it has been distorted to serve the ends of powerful interests until its meaning has been blurred. In its dictionary definitions the common element is the exercise of power without accountability to the ruled. High-powered academic research has established beyond More

Joe Conason, AlterNet (2018-04-04). Don't Let Trump Betray Veterans. AlterNet.org The president is sacrificing vets to the Koch brothers. | Whenever Donald Trump fires a member of his administration, the least likely reason is incompetence, corruption, abuse of authority or wasteful extravagance. If those were causes for dismissal in the Trump administration, nearly his entire cabinet would have been replaced by now. That tweet signaling the removal of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin—an Obama administration holdover widely regarded as one of the few able appointees in the cabinet—wasn't provoked by any such offense. The real trouble with Shulkin, as he informed the country on his way out, was his determination to stand up against a scheme fronted by the billionaire Koch brothers to privatize the VA health system, a $200 billion public enterprise that currently serves the needs of nine million veterans. Even worse, Shulkin achieved enough success in providing and improving care. . .

RT (2018-04-04). New 'nightmare bacteria verging on untreatable' now in every US state. RT US News The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans about a drug-resistant "nightmare bacteria" that has spread to every state after more than 200 cases last year.
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Jeffrey Kaye (2018-04-04). Germ Warfare: U.S. Dropped Plague-infected Fleas on North Korea in March 1952. Global Research There is a great deal of misunderstanding between the people of the United States and North Korea. This is largely due to the lack of information the average U.S. citizen has about the suffering endured by Koreans during the Korean …

Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-04-04). 5 Other Financial Gender Gaps We Need to Solve Besides the Pay Gap. AlterNet.org Lower salaries aren't the only factor holding women back from accumulating wealth. | 200 years to close the pay gap. But there are other financial imbalances holding many women back and keeping them from economic independence. Income is certainly important, as it impacts savings directly and can determine day-to-day lifestyles. It helps build wealth, but doesn't necessarily guarantee it. "There is an important distinction between income and wealth inequality," says Rebecca Wiggins, executive director of AFCPE, a nonprofit training finance professionals to understand the gap. "While income levels address short-term needs, wealth accumulation provides mobility and long-term security. " Overall wealth is about financial security, and includes investments, savings, retirement accounts, and other assets. As more research reveals the stark wage gap between men and women, we should be just as concerned about all of the factors holding back women from building wealth. . .

RT (2018-04-04). 'People ran out of the building with their hands up': Witness recalls YouTube HQ shooting (VIDEO). RT US News A man who witnessed chaos following the YouTube HQ shooting has recalled hearing sounds of gunshots and scared people running out of the building.
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RT (2018-04-04). Meet Sam Hyde: The man behind the 'lone mass shooter' meme. RT US News In the wake of recent mass shootings in the US, one man's image begins to circulate on social media time and time again as the alleged source of the latest violence.
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