2018-04-06: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-06). University of Chicago student with mental illness shot by campus police. World Socialist Web Site Suffering from a severe mental breakdown, Charles Thomas was shot and wounded by campus police Tuesday night. He now faces criminal charges.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Trump steps up trade war with proposal for further tariffs on Chinese goods. World Socialist Web Site The White House said the new directive was in response to the Chinese decision to impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of American exports.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Teachers' rebellion continues in Oklahoma and across the US. World Socialist Web Site As the strike by Oklahoma enters its fifth day, protests, stoppages and demands for statewide walkouts by educators are spreading in Kentucky, Arizona and other states.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Brothers (1929) and Comradeship (1931): Two films dealing with the workers movement. World Socialist Web Site Two feature films, part of the Berlin International Film Festival retrospective section, reflect a militant mood among workers in the late 1920s, in particular their striving for a common struggle and international solidarity.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Trump reverses himself on Syria pullout order. World Socialist Web Site The move came after intense pressure from the Pentagon and much of the corporate media for a more aggressive anti-Russian and anti-Iranian posture.

TRNN (2018-04-06). Danny Glover: The Real News Is Yours. Engage It. The Real News Network On April 4, 2018, The Real Network and Danny Glover commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr on the 50th anniversary of King's assassination. See Glover's message to keep The Real News going…

WSWS (2018-04-06). Australia proposes visas for white South Africans. World Socialist Web Site Home Affairs Minister Dutton insists white farmers deserve "special attention" for humanitarian visas.

TRNN (2018-04-06). Confidential Shell Oil Report Prompts Lawsuit: They Knew About Climate Change Decades Ago. The Real News Network What Royal Dutch Shell knew about fossil fuel driving climate change and when they knew it is confirmed in Confidential Report published by Dutch source, prompting legal case against oil giant by environmental group Friends of the Earth…

WSWS (2018-04-06). Autoworkers speak in support of teachers struggle. World Socialist Web Site Autoworkers in the greater Detroit area and Chicago voiced support for teachers who are defying the unions to take a stand in defense of public education.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Capitalism and the artificial intelligence revolution. World Socialist Web Site Google's collaboration in the US government's drone murder program expresses how the rapid development of artificial intelligence technology—with its vast potential for the enrichment of humanity—is being corrupted under capitalism.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Sri Lankan prime minister narrowly survives no-confidence resolution. World Socialist Web Site The principal concern of the ruling elite is a growing financial crisis and the mounting working-class opposition to austerity measures.

WSWS (2018-04-06). New York City police kill unarmed mentally ill man in Brooklyn. World Socialist Web Site Police in New York City shot and killed an unarmed Saheed Vassell.

TRNN (2018-04-06). Louisiana Bill Aims To Hypercriminalize Pipeline Protests (1/2). The Real News Network Civil rights lawyer Bill Quigley says that the legislation is driven by private oil companies who want to clamp down on environmental activists' First Amendment rights and preserve profits derived at the expense of communities of color…

RT (2018-04-06). 75 For and 80,945 Against: Nestle allowed to pump more water in Michigan despite public outcry. RT US News Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has given Nestle permission to extract 400 gallons (1,500 liters) of water per minute for its Stanwood bottling plant, in the face of a sustained protest campaign.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2018-04-06). Why I'm Giving Up on Understanding My Racist White Relative. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists To remain in power, Donald Trump relies on parading propaganda as news and on the racist paranoia and ignorance of his supporters. We need to understand the mechanics of this dangerous phenomenon. | The post Why I'm Giving Up on Understanding My Racist White Relative appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-06). What determines social mobility in America? World Socialist Web Site The New York Times cites a new working paper published by the non-profit Equality of Opportunity as proof that race, not class determines social status. But what does the data really show?

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-06). Kazakhstan: Criminal Probe of Media Outlets. Human Rights Watch News Journalists, others gather around Vadim Boreiko, journalist and regular contributor to Ratel.kz, for comment after the April 5 court hearing against Ratel.kz and chief editor Marat Asipov. | © 2018 Irina Mednikova |
| (Brussels) — Kazakhstan opened a criminal investigation of two prominent independent media outlets on March 30, 2018, for "disseminating knowingly false information," Human Rights Watch said today. | Police on April 2 interrogated four journalists and executed search warrants at the offices of Forbes Kazakhstan and an analytical news portal, Ratel.kz. Police also searched the homes of several journalists from those outlets who are apparently implicated in the case, including a now-deceased Ratel.kz journalist. In a civil action brought by prosecutors, an Almaty court on March 31 preliminarily approved blocking Ratel.kz and its affiliated websites. | "Kazakh authorities have…

RT (2018-04-06). Abby Martin interview critical of Israel is blocked by YouTube in 28 countries. RT US News An episode of Abby Martin's Empire Files, featuring journalist Max Blumenthal and spotlighting rising militarism in Israel, has been blocked by YouTube in 28 countries, including Israel and the UK, for violating "local laws."

WSWS (2018-04-06). Hungary on the eve of parliamentary elections. World Socialist Web Site According to current opinion polls, the right-wing Fidesz Party will secure victory in Sunday's vote.

RT (2018-04-06). Muslims charged with violent plots get longer sentences, more media attention — study. RT US News Muslims accused of plotting violence in America get seven times more media attention and four times longer sentences than their non-Muslim counterparts, a new study claims.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Haitian army general staff appointed amid tensions with the Dominican Republic. World Socialist Web Site Recent events show that workers and peasants face grave dangers as the ruling elite on both sides of Hispaniola resurrect figures from their violent pasts.

RT (2018-04-06). Man arrested for detonating 2 'explosive devices' inside California store. RT US News California police have detained a man they believe detonated two small explosive devices inside a store in Ontario. No one was injured in the incident, but authorities had found "additional materials" inside his car.

WSWS (2018-04-06). 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.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-06). Lebanon: Migrant Worker's Abuse Account. Human Rights Watch News A migrant domestic worker in Beirut, Lebanon, March 15, 2010. | © 2010 Reuters | (Beirut) — Lebanon's general prosecutor should ensure an adequate investigation into allegations that a migrant domestic worker suffered months of abuse before jumping from a balcony and injuring herself, Human Rights Watch said today. The investigation should ensure that the worker, Lensa Lelisa, an Ethiopian national, can speak to investigators privately and take all feasible measures to assure her physical safety and protect her from any possible retaliation. | In a video filmed on March 11, 2018, and posted to social media on March 26 by the organization This Is Lebanon, Lelisa detailed specific allegations of consistent abuse. She said she feared she would be harmed for speaking out. Two women who visited Lelisa at the hospital…

WSWS (2018-04-06). British government admits MI5 enjoys carte blanche to break the law. World Socialist Web Site Under conditions in which social and political antagonisms are reaching the breaking point, the state security apparatus has accelerated its anti-working class and anti-socialist activities.

WSWS (2018-04-06). US escalates anti-Russia campaign as contradictions mount in Skripal narrative. World Socialist Web Site Yulia Skripal said she and her father are recovering quickly, casting more doubt about the claims that a "weapons grade" nerve gas was involved in the poisoning of the Skripals.

RT (2018-04-06). 'No foul play': Missing CDC expert on Zika & Ebola found drowned after weeks-long search. RT US News US authorities have confirmed that the body of American epidemiologist Timothy Cunningham, who vanished in February, has been found. Police said there were no signs of "foul play" attached to his death.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Charities work with UK Home Office to deport rough sleepers. World Socialist Web Site In 2017, the rough sleeping rate in London showed an 18 percent rise since 2016, with 59 percent of rough sleepers in the capital being non-UK nationals.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Australian dock workers strike against threatened 60 percent wage cut. World Socialist Web Site The Maritime Union of Australia is isolating the workers, while it seeks to strike a sellout deal with Qube Ports.

Nina Godlewski, Newsweek (2018-04-05). Deleting Facebook Can Do Wonders for Your Mental Health: Study. AlterNet.org Research indicates it can actually lower stress hormone levels. | Deleting Facebook Could Lower Stress Hormone Levels: Facebook users looking for an excuse to delete their account—beyond the recent and sizable data breach the company was involved in—may just have gotten one. A study out of the University of Queensland in Australia, published in The Journal of Social Psychology, found that taking a break from Facebook, even if it's for less than a. . . | Related Stories: More Than 3,000 Google Employees Demand Company Cease Work on 'Evil' ProjectHave Christian Nationalists Used Trump to Stage a 'Soft Coup'? Joe Scarborough Catches Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an Obvious Lie About Trump and Russia

Richard Greeman (2018-04-05). France: Student Strikers Attacked; 'Fascist' Dean Jailed. Global Research Eight days ago (on March 29), the ultra-conservative Dean of the Montpellier University Law School was summoned to police headquarters, interrogated, hauled into court, and held over in jail for arraignment by the Chief Prosecutor — all on the complaint …

RT (2018-04-05). Facebook blocks Jesus on Good Friday, apologizes for 'error'. RT US News Is an image of a crucified Jesus 'shocking'? Facebook seemed to think so, and blocked an advertisement by a Franciscan university in the US that featured the image. The social media giant has since apologized for the "error."

Philip Giraldi (2018-04-05). A Special Relationship Born in Hell: The US Should Cut all Ties with War Criminal Israel. Global Research If you want to understand what the "special relationship" between Israel and the United States really means consider the fact that Israeli Army snipers shot dead seventeen unarmed and largely peaceful Gazan demonstrators on Good Friday without a squeak coming …

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-05). Saudi Arabia: Activist Marks 2 Years Behind Bars. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — The prominent Saudi human rights activist Fahad al-Fahad has served two years in prison since his April 2016 arrest and subsequent conviction on charges tied solely to his peaceful social media activity, Human Rights Watch said today. He is one of more than 20 prominent Saudi activists serving long prison terms on charges such as "breaking allegiance with the ruler" or "inciting hostility against the state" that do not constitute recognizable crimes. Fahad al-Fahad | © Private | When Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was asked in February 2018 by The Washington Post whether he would consider releasing imprisoned activists prior to his trip to the United States in late March, he replied, "If it works, don't fix it," but he later said that he would consider "reforms" in…

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-04-05). Have Christian Nationalists Used Trump to Stage a 'Soft Coup'? AlterNet.org An academic assesses the president's unholy marriage with evangelicals. | By the standards of any of the world's major religions Donald Trump is an ungodly person, an enthusiastic and unrepentant sinner who revels in his misdeeds. Trump is a serial liar and apparent narcissist. He is a greedy, crude and selfish person who does not pay his debts. He has repeatedly cheated on his wives and bragged about it. He has boasted about sexually assaulting women and getting away with it. Yet white Christian evangelical voters were among his most enthusiastic supporters in the 2016 election. Despite Trump's many failings of character, temperament and policy as president, they remain loyal members of his political cult. Why is this? A new article by social scientists Andrew Whitehead, Joseph Baker and Samuel Perry in the journal Sociology of Religion offers several possibilities. The researchers. . .

Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek (2018-04-05). The Trump Administration Wants to Cut Off Internet Access for Poor Americans. AlterNet.org A new rule could impact millions of lower-income earners and the elderly. | A new rule championed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai would would limit internet and phone access for millions of low-income and elderly Americans. Pai's proposed changes to the Lifeline Program, which currently serves 12 million Americans by providing subsidized phone and internet service, would cut service to about 70 percent, or 8 million, of. . . | Related Stories: Have Christian Nationalists Used Trump to Stage a 'Soft Coup'? Former RNC Chair Literally Laughs When Asked If Republicans Will Stand Up to Trump on Trade WarWatch Visibly Uncomfortable Homeland Security Secretary Fail to Answer Whether Fox News Influenced Trump Border Plan

RT (2018-04-05). US lowering threshold for using nukes causes deepest concern — Lavrov. RT US News Russia is worried the US could respond with nuclear weapons to a wider range of circumstances and that its priorities lie in establishing "military supremacy and upsetting parity" when it comes to "strategic stability."

Staff (2018-04-05). Nuclear Power Firms Woo Middle East. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Nuclear power firms are scrambling to sell reactors to countries in one of the most troubled parts of the world, the Middle East. Many lack domestic customers and see this new market as a potential lifesaver. | A report last year by the US-based Center for Climate & Security included the Middle East in a list of what it called "potential crisis regions where combining security, climate, and nuclear risks must be addressed urgently." | The biggest prize is the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has announced plans to build 16 nuclear plants over the next 25 years at a cost of US$80 billion, part of an effort to diversify away from fossil fuels. South Korea, China, France, Russia, Japan and the United States are all bidding to build them. | In a region where renewables are half the price…

Askiah Adam (2018-04-05). Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel. The Geopolitical Construct that Terrorizes Gaza. Global Research PALESTINE, that enclave of humanity occupied, brutalised and totally without any form of military defence against any and all aggressors is conveniently perceived as a threat by the Jewish state, Israel, the undeclared, sole nuclear power in West Asia and …

Democracy Now! (2018-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2018. Democracy Now! Brazilian Supreme Court Rules Lula Must Face Prison Term, Trump Signs Order to Deploy National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border, Trump Backs Off Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Syria as General Says "Hard Part" Is Still Ahead, Oklahoma Teachers' Strike Closes Schools for a Fourth Day, Facebook Admits Cambridge Analytica May Have Obtained Personal Info on 87 Million Users, 3,000 Google Workers Urge Company to Cancel Pentagon Drone Project, Sinclair Producer Quits, Accuses Trump-Linked Network of "Obvious Bias", Israeli Human Rights Group Urges Israeli Troops to Refuse Orders to Shoot Unarmed Palestinians, Macedonia Apologizes to Man Who Was Seized on Vacation & Tortured in Secret CIA Prison, The "Edward Snowden of Banking" Is Arrested in Spain for Leaking Documents About 100,000 Tax Evaders, New York Police Kill Bipolar Jamaican Immigrant Holding Object That Looked Like Shower Head, Long Beach to Pay $2 Million to Family of Bipolar Man Shot Dead by Police, 10,000 March in Memphis to Honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Seven Plowshares Activists Arrested Protesting at U.S. Nuclear Sub Base…

Whitney Webb (2018-04-05). "First Responder" White Helmets Reemerge as Experts in Defusing Explosives in Syria's Afrin. MintPress News Defusing explosives and mines, as the White Helmets say they've done in Afrin, is normally performed by specialized military experts, not paramedic first-responders who have claimed — falsely — to have been trained by the Red Cross. | The post "First Responder" White Helmets Reemerge as Experts in Defusing Explosives in Syria's Afrin appeared first on MintPress News.

RT (2018-04-05). 'Arbitrary resistance': House Intel chair Nunes demands Trump probe documents from FBI & DOJ. RT US News The FBI has until April 11 to give Congress the unredacted document that launched the 2016 probe into the Trump campaign or face legal action in federal court, House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes said.

Adam Johnson (2018-04-05). Media Warn of 'Russian Bots'—Despite Primary Source's Disavowal. FAIR Washington Post (4/2/18): "Wading into controversy is a key strategy for Russian propaganda bots." | One could forgive the average reader for thinking reporters covering bots had been replaced by bots. The formula is something we've seen a million times now: After a controversial story breaks, media outlets insist that "Russian bots" used the controversy to "sow discord" or "exploit tensions"; a "Russian bot dashboard" is offered as proof. (These "dashboards" let one see what Russian bots—automated online persona controlled by the Kremlin—are allegedly "pushing" on social media.) | The substance of the concern or discord is underreported or ignored altogether. Online conflict is neatly dismissed as a Kremlin psyop, the narrative of Russia interference in every aspect of our lives is reinforced, and one is reminded to be "aware" of Russian trolls online. | Note the latest iteration of this story:…

Laura Clawson, DailyKos (2018-04-05). Donald Trump Refuses to Let Go of a Deranged Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory. AlterNet.org The president insists immigrants are pouring in from Mexico. It simply isn't true. | Donald Trump, all set to deploy the National Guard to the border, continued to ignore reality as he declared semi-victory on that "Caravan" making its way through Mexico that he's been so obsessed with: The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border. Because of the Trump Administrations actions, Border crossings are at a still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. Stop drugs! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2018Oh, wow, he recognized that border crossings are at a 46-year low. That's big of him. If that's unacceptable, though, what's he looking for? Zero border crossings and a border patrolled by flying monkeys? Trump. . .

Janine Jackson (2018-04-05). 'The Doves Are Hawks and the Hawks Are Super-Hawks'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Jeff Cohen about cable news hawks for the March 10, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

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). 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.

Marilyn Bechtel (2018-04-05). California County Wins Fight Against World's Largest Militarized Police Training Exercise. MintPress News Activists have won a victory against Urban Shield, a massive militarized police training program featuring a weapons expo and the presence of right-wing groups such as the Oath Keepers. | The post California County Wins Fight Against World's Largest Militarized Police Training Exercise appeared first on MintPress News.

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.

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-05). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — Ue, Area Schengen per le forze Nato. Global Research La Commissione europea ha presentato il 28 marzo il Piano d'azione sulla mobilità militare. ´Facilitando la mobilità militare all'interno della Ue — spiega la rappresentante esteri dell'Unione, Federica Mogherini — possiamo reagire più efficacemente quando sorgono le sfide ª. Anche se …

Roy Morrison (2018-04-05). Climate Truth: a Plan for Sustainability. counterpunch.org There is a practical path for tackling climate change, for organizing from your house to your neighborhood, city, state and beyond. It's clear. It's simple. It's 3 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per person per year as a goal and a measure for global sustainability. 3 tons is the basis for personal and collective action More

Jim Naureckas, FAIR (2018-04-05). What's a Non-Racist Way to Appeal to Working-Class Whites? NYT Writer Can't Think of Any. AlterNet.org Tone-deaf as ever, Thomas Edsall thinks Democrats should be tougher on immigration. | The 2016 presidential exit polls "substantially underestimated the number of Democratic white working-class voters. . . and overestimated the white college-educated Democratic electorate," New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall ( 3/29/18) writes. A new Pew survey finds that "33 percent of Democratic voters and Democratic leaners are whites without college degrees," says Edsall, which is substantially larger than the 26 percent of Democrats who are whites with college degrees—the group that many analysts had come to believe was the dominant constituency in the party. It's good for Edsall to acknowledge this—as FAIR ( 10/9/15) had to take him to task in 2015 for the tortured logic behind his assertion that "Democrats now depend

Michael F. Jacobson, AlterNet (2018-04-05). Why Is Trump Trying to Kill Front-of-Package Nutrition Labeling? AlterNet.org Prohibiting warning labels would be a huge win for the food industry and a big loss for consumers. | President Donald Trump's trade negotiators are aiming at an improbable target in talks over the future of NAFTA: front-of-package nutrition labeling. According to the New York Times, American trade officials are trying to include in the agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico a prohibition of any warning symbol that "inappropriately denotes that a hazard exists from consumption of the food or nonalcoholic beverages. "That would be a huge win for the food industry and a big loss for consumers who care what they eat. Twenty-five years ago, American shoppers welcomed what were then the best food labels in the world. Beginning May 8, 1993, the now-iconic Nutrition Facts label was required on almost every packaged food. For the first time, labels provided clear. . .

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.

Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-04-05). Georgia Town's Meeting on Confederate Pride Quickly Devolves Into Racist Spectacle. AlterNet.org Two white councilmen tried to silence a black member offended by one's use of the n-word. | most offensive moment of the meeting, as the Washington Post reports. During the public comments portion, former council member Larry Johnson, who is white, reminisced about the town's racial history, using the n-word three times. "There were white folks, and there were black folks when I was growing up," Johnson said, addressing council member Rodney McCord, who is black. "There was white trash—my family—and there was n—-town. I lived next to n—-town. ""You lived next to what town? " McCord asked Johnson in disbelief. Johnson replied: "N—town, son. I'm telling you son, now that changed. I'm no longer white trash. . . ""Hold on a second," McCord interrupted. "Now, if that's offensive, I apologize for being offensive," Johnson said to McCord. "Rodney, I don't use that word anymore. ""You just used it right then," McCord. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-04-05). Caravan of Central American Migrants Holds a Mirror to Cruel U.S. Immigration Policy & Imperialism. Democracy Now! Despite efforts by Mexican immigration authorities to disband a caravan of Central American migrants, hundreds are still bound for the U.S.-Mexico border. This comes after an early-morning tweet from President Trump that said the caravan "is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene." The group People Without Borders, or Pueblo Sin Fronteras, has organized the caravan since 2010 to draw attention to the right to seek asylum and refuge. This year its members are disproportionately from Honduras, which remains in political upheaval after U.S.-backed right-wing President Juan Orlando Hernández was inaugurated for a second term despite allegations of widespread election-rigging in November. We get an update from Arturo Vizcarra, a volunteer with People Without Borders. He just returned from the caravan.

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.

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.

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). 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?

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-05). Azerbaijan Released Wrongly Jailed Journalist. Human Rights Watch News Jailed journalist Aziz Orujov released from prison, Baku, Azerbaijan, April 5, 2018. | © 2018 RFE/RL Azeri Service | There was rare good news from Baku today — Azerbaijan's supreme court partially reversed the conviction of a journalist, Aziz Orujov, and released him on a suspended three-year sentence. | Granted, he should have never been arrested or prosecuted in the first place. But unlike at least ten other journalists who languish in Azerbaijani jails, he is free and reunited with his family. | Orujov is director of Kanal 13, an online station that produces programs on social and economic issues and is often critical of authorities. Police arrested Orujov in May 2017, charged him with resisting authorities, and a court sentenced him to 30 days detention. | Hours before his detention expired, the authorities…

TRNN (2018-04-05). Remembering the Revolutionary Martin Luther King Jr. The Real News Network Highlights from TRNN's event honoring MLK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, featuring his 1967 speech, "Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam," and a discussion with actor Danny Glover, Our Revolution President Nina Turner, and Executive Producer Eddie Conway…

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). 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.

TRNN (2018-04-05). Oklahoma Teacher Strike Enters Third Day. The Real News Network Inspired by a historic strike in West Virgnia, educators are demanding better pay and more funding for schools, says Tulsa teacher Taylor Painter-Wolfe…

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-05). Bombshell Report: Yulia Skripal Says Her Father is "All Right" Global Research by Stephen Lendman ( stephenlendman.orgHome — Stephen Lendman) | According to the official UK narrative, Sergey and Yulia Skripal, along with police detective Nick Bailey, were poisoned by a deadly military-grade novichock nerve agent. | No antidote exists, no …

Staff (2018-04-05). U.S. Trade Gap Rises for the 6th Straight Month, to 9 Ω-Year High. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Although President Trump blames trade deficits on bad trade agreements and unfair practices by America's trading partners, most economists say they are caused mainly by the United States consistently spending more than it produces. | The post U.S. Trade Gap Rises for the 6th Straight Month, to 9 Ω-Year High appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-04-05). NYC cops gun down unarmed black man holding pipe. RT US News New York City police shot and killed an unarmed man known to have a mental illness. A metal pipe in his hands was mistaken for a firearm, the New York Police Department said. |

Paul Dobson (2018-04-05). Venezuela Rejects Swiss Sanctions and Panama Accusations of Funding WMD and Terrorism. Global Research Venezuelan authorities hit back at their counterparts in Panama and Switzerland this week after they approved new measures targeting Caracas. | Panama's Economic and Finance Ministry announced this past March 27 that a warning was being issued to the Central American …

RT (2018-04-05). Disney in the desert? Saudi Prince courts US entertainment and tech leaders. RT US News Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met with American tech and entertainment leaders in a bid to entice them to his country. Bin Salman is visiting the US as part of a charm offensive.

Jenni Monet, YES! Magazine (2018-04-05). #DeleteFacebook? Not in Indian Country. AlterNet.org For tribal communities, Facebook delivers in times of need. | In the last 48 hours,* I've seen several people turn to one social network, Twitter, to vent their frustrations about another one: Facebook. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from over 50 million Facebook profiles were secretly mined for voter insights, it sparked what some have called a #DeleteFacebook movement. But not in Indian Country. Deleting Facebook would be like pulling the plug at the party, rendering total darkness, and what's more, deafening silence (where there's already plenty of that). And it's not just Indian Country that would feel the extreme disconnect in a Facebook-less scenario. The entire Indigenous world would reel from its absence. To be sure, the social network has done more for bolstering the modern Indigenous rights agenda than perhaps any. . .

Steven Rosenfeld (2018-04-05). Mark Zuckerberg Makes a Sudden 180 on Privacy—Is It for Real? MintPress News The backlash against high-tech's privacy-invading business model is growing—but one hard-hit Silicon Valley institution, Facebook, announced a potentially far-reaching reform late on Wednesday. | Over a 24-hour period, it appears that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went from endorsing, " in spirit," soon-to-take-effect European Union privacy rules, to committing that Facebook will implement the EU rules across its global platform used by 2.2 billion people. The EU rules give people, not corporations, power over their personal data. | "We intend to make the same settings available everywhere, not only in Europe," Zuckerberg said, PoliticoPro reported. "We need to figure out what makes sense in different markets with the different laws and different places… But let me repeat this, we'll make all controls and settings the same everywhere, not just in Europe." | Zuckerberg's comments came hours after another company disclosure…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-05). How the Wireless Industry Convinced the Public Cellphones Are Safe & Cherry-Picked Research on Risks. Democracy Now! Ninety-five out of every 100 American adults owns a cellphone today. And worldwide, three out of four adults now have cellphone access. The wireless industry is one of the fastest-growing on Earth, raking in annual sales of $440 billion in 2016. But are cellphones safe? A new investigation by The Nation suggests that's a question that cellphone giants prefer you don't ask. We speak with Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation's environment correspondent and investigative editor. His report, co-authored with Mark Dowie, is headlined "How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe."

Albert Gustafson (2018-04-05). America's Gun Problem is a Police Problem. counterpunch.org In the wake of a crisis, proposals for reform are often radical and ill-conceived. Seattle radio host John Carlson's gun reform proposal, outlined in theWall Street Journal, boils America's violent crime problem down to one issue; people who shouldn't have guns do. But Carlson's proposals ignore the role of police violence in criminals' decisions to use More

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-05). Zimbabwe: Tobacco Work Harming Children. Human Rights Watch News A farmworker stands near a tobacco field on a farm east of Harare, Zimbabwe. | © 2017 REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko | (Harare) — Children and adults who work on Zimbabwe's tobacco farms are facing serious risks to their health as well as labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Child labor and other human rights abuses on tobacco farms in Zimbabwe tarnish the tobacco industry's contributions to the country's economic growth and improved livelihoods. | The 105-page report, " A Bitter Harvest: Child Labor and Human Rights Abuses on Tobacco Farms in Zimbabwe," documents how children work in hazardous conditions, performing tasks that threaten their health and safety or interfere with their education. Child workers are exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides, and many suffer symptoms consistent…

W. T. Whitney (2018-04-05). Taking a Long Look Backward to Explain a Police Killing in Sacramento. counterpunch.org Stephon Cark, an unarmed black man. The police misbehaved, but the real culprit was racial hatred, evident already in the recent wave of police killings of mostly black men. | Stephon Clark died as did black people who died at the hands of Klu Klux Klan raiders during the Reconstruction era, as did thousands of blacks lynched over the course of decades, as did so many killed in dozens of massacres carried out by white people between the Civil War and the 1920s. More

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…

Ray McGovern (2018-04-05). Coming Attraction: Lunatic Loose in the White House's "West Wing". Making US Foreign Policy Worse than it Is. Global Research John Bolton's March 22 appointment-by-tweet as President Donald Trump's national security adviser has given "March Madness" a new and ominous meaning. There is less that a week left to batten down the hatches before Bolton makes U.S. foreign …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-05). Video: "The Art of Warfare": US-NATO Military Occupation of the EU. The Shengen Area Taken Over by NATO Forces. Global Research The European Commission presented the Action Plan on Military Mobility on 28 March. "By facilitating military mobility within the EU, — explains the foreign representative of the Union, Federica Mogherini — we can be more effective in reacting when challenges …

Nicky Reid (2018-04-05). Enter John Bolton: Bringer of Doom. counterpunch.org Generally speaking, the cabinet of one Donald J. Trump has been a veritable rogues gallery of lunatics and imbeciles, a revolving door of dangerously disturbed dilettantes who seem to be the invention of some fevered SNL employ on the ass end of a bad acid trip. Who could forget the foot gobbling antics of the More

Dave Lindorff (2018-04-05). Spending a Night in the Concord Jail When Martin Luther King, Jr. was Assassinated. counterpunch.org I never met Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., or attended a march or rally where I could hear him speak, but on the evening night of April 4, 1968, an hour or so after he was assassinated, I was in a jail cell in Concord, Mass. writing a freshman paper about King, Gandhi and Thoreau, More

Murtaza Hussain (2018-04-05). Muslims Accused of Plotting 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 Accused of Plotting Violence Get Seven Times More Media Attention and Four Times Longer Sentences appeared first on The Intercept.

RT (2018-04-05). US govt spent $9mn on Soros-backed political campaign in Albania — documents. RT US News Documents the State Department was forced to publish show that it spent almost $9 million on political reform in Albania coordinated with billionaire George Soros. The US government denies the expenditure was inappropriate.

TRNN (2018-04-05). Danny Glover and Eddie Conway on the 50th Anniversary of MLK Assassination. The Real News Network Actor and activist Danny Glover and TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway talk about how Martin Luther King Jr. worked to build a movement of inclusiveness against militarism, exploitation and racism…

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). 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.

Dean Baker (2018-04-05). An Economic Lesson for Tom Friedman: Putin Brought Russia Out of Poverty. counterpunch.org As a long-term columnist at the NYT, Thomas Friedman apparently never feels the need to know anything about the topics on which he writes. This explains his sarcastic speculation that Putin could be a CIA agent, since he has done so much to hurt Russia. For all his authoritarian tendencies, it is likely that most More

Suadad al-Salhy (2018-04-05). Oil Firms' Multimillion-dollar Bribery Racket Bringing Death to the Streets of Iraq's Basra. Global Research Driving pick-up trucks, the hit squad prowled the streets of Basra in southern Iraq, searching for the oil contractor it had been sent to kill. When the gunmen finally cornered Kadhim Wattban near his home, just before midnight, the married …

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.

CP Editor (2018-04-05). Mapache — Live on KEXP. counterpunch.org

José Olivares (2018-04-05). Trump's Attacks on Migrant Caravan Underscore How the U.S. Outsources Immigration Enforcement to Mexico. The Intercept The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards Mexico City after temporarily stopping in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where they regrouped amid a flood of attention lavished on their journey. Organized by a migrant activist collective called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people are participating in the caravan. National media outlets from the U.S. embedded on the trip. Eventually, President Donald Trump tweeted about the migrants, denouncing the caravan with his characteristic xenophobic vitriol. | Trump focused his ire on the Mexican government: "Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S.," he tweeted. A day later, however, Trump changed his tune, recognizing Mexico's crackdown on immigration. "I told Mexico yesterday that, because of the…

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."

Mustafa Habib (2018-04-05). With ISIS Defeated, An Iraqi Militia Turns to Mine Clearing and Social Work. MintPress News The fight against extremists is almost over and one of the country's Shiite militias is doing good deeds and eschewing politics. Is the al-Abbas Combat Brigade too good to be true? | The post With ISIS Defeated, An Iraqi Militia Turns to Mine Clearing and Social Work appeared first on MintPress News.

Robert Mackey (2018-04-05). Israel Is Prepared to Kill More Unarmed Protesters in Gaza. The Intercept Israel's army expects up to 50,000 Palestinians to attend protests in Gaza on Friday, and is prepared to once again use deadly force against unarmed demonstrators, one week after Israeli snipers fired at least 650 bullets at Palestinian civilians, killing 15. | With President Donald Trump apparently ignoring last week's massacre in a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, senior Israeli officials brushed off pleas from human rights groups to rescind orders that permit snipers to open fire on protesters who approach Israel's perimeter fence. | "We have defined the rules of the game clearly and we do not intend to change them," Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said as he toured the frontier on Tuesday. "Anyone trying to approach the fence is putting their lives at risk." | At protest camps near the fence, families…

Gavin OReilly (2018-04-05). Britain's Not So Distant History of State Sponsored Assassinations. Global Research With the eyes of the world focused on the alleged nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal, the Russian who worked as a British double-agent before being exiled to the UK in 2010, since he and his daughter were found slumped …

Global Research News (2018-04-05). Selected Articles: Novichok Myth Debunked; How Will Russia Respond? Global Research You can help us by forwarding this selection of articles to your friends and colleagues. | If you haven't yet, you may sign up for our daily newsletter, it's free! Also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

RT (2018-04-05). 'Not in the business of war': Google employees urge company to abandon Pentagon AI project. RT US News Thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter urging the tech giant not to work on a US government surveillance engine which could use artificial intelligence to improve the targeting of drone strikes. |

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."

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-04-05). Zuckerberg Makes a 180 on Privacy—Is It for Real? AlterNet.org Civil liberties and human rights groups want Big Data to sign security pledge to protect user privacy. | The backlash against high-tech's privacy-invading business model is growing—but one hard-hit Silicon Valley institution, Facebook, announced a potentially far-reaching reform late on Wednesday. Over a 24-hour period, it appears that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went from endorsing, " in spirit," soon-to-take-effect European Union privacy rules, to committing that Facebook will implement the EU rules across its global platform used by 2. 2 billion people. The EU rules give people, not corporations, power over their personal data. "We intend to make the same settings available everywhere, not only in Europe," Zuckerberg said, PoliticoPro reported. "We need to figure out what makes sense in different markets with the different laws and different places. . . But let me repeat this, we'll make all controls and settings the same. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-05). Tomorrow's Gaza Demonstration Faces Threat of Yet Another Israeli Massacre. MintPress News Israeli human-rights group B'Tselem has launched a campaign titled "Sorry Commander, I Cannot Shoot" in preparation for the march, calling on Israeli troops — most of whom are conscripts — to refuse orders to shoot unarmed demonstrators. | The post Tomorrow's Gaza Demonstration Faces Threat of Yet Another Israeli Massacre appeared first on MintPress News.

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