2018-04-08: News Headlines

Joe Loria, AlterNet (2018-04-08). This New Study Is Further Proof That Going Vegan Is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Planet (Video). AlterNet.org Eating fewer calories and more plant-based foods will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. | A groundbreaking study by Tulane University and the University of Michigan published in Environmental Research Letters found that meat, dairy and egg consumption is responsible for nearly 84 percent of food-related greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Scientists analyzed the effects of more than 300 foods and the diets of 16,000 Americans. They found that only 20 percent of Americans, those who eat the most animal products, make up 46 percent of diet-related emissions overall on an average day. Plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, cereals and grains, and nuts and seeds, make up a mere 3 percent of diet-related emissions. Legumes were found to be the least harmful to the planet, with pulses accounting for just 0. 3 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. "Reducing the impact of our. . .

TRNN (2018-04-08). Undoing the Nuclear Deal Could Propel Iranian Race for the Bomb. The Real News Network John Bolton's aggressive push for military confrontation combined with Trump's vindictive obsession with undoing Obama's legacy could spell disaster for the Iran nuclear deal, which would drive Iran's nuclear ambitions and erode trust around the globe, says Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council…

Emily Wells (2018-04-08). Muslims Accused of Violent Crimes Get More Media Attention, Harsher Sentences. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A study finds that Muslims who plot violence get seven times more news coverage than non-Muslims and sentences that are four times longer. | The post Muslims Accused of Violent Crimes Get More Media Attention, Harsher Sentences appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-08). Syria: Afrin Residents Blocked from Fleeing, Aid. Human Rights Watch News Residents sit in the back of a truck as they flee the city of Afrin in northern Syria on March 18, 2018, after Turkish forces and allied armed groups took control of the Kurdish-majority city. | © 2018 Getty Images/Bulent Kilic/AFP | (Beirut) — Syrian government forces are blocking some civilians fleeing the Turkish-led military actions in Afrin from entering territory under government control, Human Rights Watch said today. The civilians are stranded in areas with limited food, clean water, and medical supplies. Syrian government authorities should facilitate freedom of movement and aid delivery for the affected civilians. | At the same time, Human Rights Watch has documented that armed groups working with Turkish forces are looting and destroying civilian property in the city of Afrin and surrounding villages, exacerbating the plight of civilians…

Staff (2018-04-08). Ex-President of Brazil Begins Sentence for Graft. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists CURITIBA, Brazil—Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was spending his first night in jail, a stunning fall from grace for a man who rose from nothing to lead Latin America's largest nation and later became engulfed in corruption allegations. | Foreshadowing possible clashes in the weeks to come, police shot rubber bullets and sprayed tear gas late Saturday at supporters waiting for da Silva as he landed in a police helicopter in the southern city of Curitiba, where he will serve his 12-year sentence for money laundering and corruption. | Just a few hours before that, da Silva had to have guards push their way out of a metal workers union in a Sao Paulo suburb so he could turn himself in to police; supporters were trying to keep him from going into custody. | Speaking to thousands of supporters at…

RT (2018-04-08). 'Can't build wall if hands are too small': Mexico's ex-president trolls Trump with T-shirt (PHOTO). RT US News Mexico's former head honcho Vicente Fox is fundraising for a cause and throwing shade at Donald Trump, with a T-shirt range trolling the US president's supposedly small hands.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-08). Awaiting Being Freed by Hamas in Gaza. Human Rights Watch News Avera Mangistu's parents and disability rights activists at a protest tent in Jerusalem. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | April 4 was the fifth day of Passover, the weeklong Jewish holiday commemorating freedom from slavery, but Avera Mangistu's parents — who were protesting outside the Israeli prime minister's house — were keenly aware that their son was not free. | On September 7, 2014, Mangistu, now 31, walked into the Gaza Strip from Israel and was apparently detained by Hamas. His parents have not heard from him since. Along with a second Israeli, 30-year-old Hisham al-Sayed, Mangistu is believed to be being held in unlawful incommunicado detention in Gaza. | Although Hamas has not confirmed that it even holds the Israelis, it has accused both of being soldiers or spies. Hamas refuses to…

Arlene Semeco, Authority Nutrition (2018-04-08). 8 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Ginseng. AlterNet.org Studies indicate that ginseng may improve brain function, boost the immune system and reduce the risk of certain cancers. | Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. This slow-growing, short plant with fleshy roots can be classified three ways, depending on how long it is grown: fresh, white or red. Fresh ginseng is harvested before 4 years, while white ginseng is harvested between 4—6 years and red ginseng is harvested after 6 or more years. There are many types of this herb, but the most popular are American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). American and Asian ginseng vary in their concentration of active compounds and effects on the body. It is believed that American ginseng works as a relaxing agent, whereas the Asian variety has an invigorating effect ( 1, 2). Ginseng contains two significant compounds: ginsenosides and gintonin.

TRNN (2018-04-08). Greece Needs a 'Clear Exit' from 'Constant Monitoring'. The Real News Network The constant dependence on international financial institutions has created a loss of financial sovereignty for Greece. Syriza is working hard to no longer need these institutions so the country might regain its independence, says Ioannis Bournous of Syriza's political secretariat…

Salman Rafi Sheikh (2018-04-07). Afghanistan, The War is Not Over… US "Diplomacy" to Find New Allies. Global Research There is no gainsaying that Afghanistan's road to peace after 17 years of war with the US is not going to be an easy one. For one thing, the war is not over yet. For another, the invader's agenda is …

Mark Taliano (2018-04-07). The War on Syria: The Need to Amplify Voices of Truth, Peace and Justice. Global Research The White Helmets[1], accepted and embraced by Canadian politicians, seek to convey the illusion that Western-supported terrorists[2] are "humanitarian". Nothing could be further from the truth, but Canadian politicians propagate the lie. | Canadian politicians accept and amplify terrorist-supporting narratives despite …

RT (2018-04-07). Ballet in time of Cold War: Russian dance troupe hailed as 'messenger of peace & love' in US (VIDEO). RT US News Whenever the Cold War is raging between Russia and the west, it's ballet that helps build bridges and ease drama, says a leading choreographer, who's taking his St. Petersburg company on a tour of the US.
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Alex Christoforou (2018-04-07). Video: Skripal "Theater of the Absurd". Russia Demolishes UK Poisoning 'Hoax' at UN Security Council Meeting. Global Research Russia's UN envoy blasted the UK's attempt to blame the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on Moscow, describing the entire hoax as a "theater of the absurd." | The extraordinary UN Security Council meeting was requested by Russia, following the …

Jim Miles (2018-04-07). The Doomsday Machine: 00:00:10 Seconds to Midnight. Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Geopolitics and the Dollar. Global Research I have lived my whole life under the notifications of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and their Doomsday Clock. It is currently set a two minutes to midnight after many years of variance, some as far away as seventeen …

David Dayen (2018-04-07). How Andrew Cuomo Failed Student Borrowers. The Intercept This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo brokered a deal between warring factions of his own party. The Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of eight senators that had been caucusing with Republicans in Albany, agreed to come back to the Democratic fold. | Political watchers in New York labeled it a cynical and self-serving move. It also came too late to assist student-loan activists in a signature battle that fell just short for the second straight year. | The reunification came after years in which the IDC maintained the Senate majority for Republicans, blocking progressive legislation from advancing. But pressure has been building, with serious primary challenges against seven IDC members and an insurgent threat from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon against Cuomo himself. | The reunification may succeed in draining some of the energy from those challenges, and with…

William Pepper (2018-04-07). The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: "We All Knew He [Ray] Was Not the Shooter". A Conversation with William Pepper on Global Research. Global Research This 40-year investigation began, following the interrogation of Ray. I would go to see him periodically and try to get more information from him, and he kept asking me to represent him, and I refused to do so until 1988, because I had to be certain that he was… we all knew he was not the shooter.

Staff (2018-04-07). Republican Abruptly Quits U.S. House in Face of Sexual Allegations. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas resigns four months after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election. In December he denied the accusations being made by a former aide. | The post Republican Abruptly Quits U.S. House in Face of Sexual Allegations appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

TRNN (2018-04-07). US Occupying Oil-Rich Areas in North Syria to Choke Damascus. The Real News Network Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek says the United States is keeping a military presence in SDF/YPG-held areas in northern Syria to starve the government in Damascus of revenue needed to rebuild…

Teodrose Fikre (2018-04-07). Donald Trump: The Un-American President. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The story of America is the story of immigrants. Almost every one of us can trace our bloodlines back to a people who arrived on these shores from other soils. | The tapestry of our nation was woven by the toils of newcomers and dyed by the blood of forced labor. All of us are byproducts of a hope that past generations had for their children. Apple pie and baseball take back seats to the narratives of foreigners who made a new home here—there is nothing more American than immigrants. | Therefore, when Donald Trump takes to the podium to demonize immigrants and spew xenophobia into the public square, he is spitting on the foundation of our nation. A man who got elected president promising to make America great again is vilifying the people who made America great. | There is irony to…

WSWS (2018-04-07). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. World Socialist Web Site The strikers seized control of all water and power supplies and blocked the entrance to Bandaranaike International Airport to demand higher wages and outstanding benefits.

RT (2018-04-07). Two US military killed in Kentucky helicopter crash — army. RT US News The US Army says a military helicopter crash killed two troops at the Fort Campbell training grounds in Kentucky late Friday.
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RT (2018-04-07). Blackout: US military spent $60 million on Afghanistan power lines to nowhere. RT US News The US military spent $60 million on a new section of power grid in Afghanistan's northeast. It doesn't work and may even put residents at risk, according to a report from the US government's reconstruction watchdog.
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WSWS (2018-04-07). Fifty years after May-June 1968, the class struggle erupts in France. World Socialist Web Site With growing opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron's labour decrees, the class struggle in Europe is entering a new and explosive stage.

WSWS (2018-04-07). US and South Korea hold war games ahead of talks. World Socialist Web Site While scaled back, the joint exercises still involve 300,000 troops and advanced weaponry amid continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-07). Indulgent Violence: The Legacy of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Global Research There was nothing of the Siddhartha about her. Modest and sombre middle ways are not the stuff of revolutionary ardour. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's mark on history was always going to render the violent normal, the blood stain a perceived, even …

RT (2018-04-07). Mueller met with ex-Ukraine president while Manafort was lobbying for him. RT US News Special Counsel Robert Mueller is prosecuting former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on charges tied to lobbying for the former government of Ukraine. Mueller however, has his own history of working with Kiev. |
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WSWS (2018-04-07). JPMorgan CEO threatens rate hikes to break wages movement by US workers. World Socialist Web Site JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned of rising wages and raised the possibility of a sharp rise in interest rates to put a brake on economic growth and drive up unemployment.

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-04-07). Republican Congressman Whips Out Gun in South Carolina Diner During Constituent Event. AlterNet.org "I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords," he said. | A conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina admitted pulling out a pistol during a "coffee with constituents" event in Rock Hill, the Post and Courier reported Friday. Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC) won a June 2017 special election for the seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney when he joined Donald Trump's administration. Rep. Norman brandished the . 38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun at a diner, and left it on the table for several minutes. "I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords," Rep. Norman claimed. "I don't mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I'm shooting back. "Rep. Giffords was conducting her first "Congress on Your Corner" event when Jared Lee Loughner attempted to assassinate her. "I had looked forward to a respectful dialogue with my representative about common-sense gun violence prevention policies," said. . .

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-04-07). Will America Accept Its Defeat in Syria? Challenge Russia and China? Global Research Russia introduced China to Syria during the war when the Chinese navy arrived in the Mediterranean and reached the shores of Tartous and Lattakia to send a message to America and its allies that the monolithic dominance of the world …

Bassim al-Khalili (2018-04-07). Another False Flag? Skripal's Black Persian Cat. Russia Did It? Global Research The latest case pertains to Russia's double agent spy's Black Persian Cat that was secretly put down together with two guinea pigs found dead at Sergei Skripal's home after the alleged poison attack. | Below is the statement of the Russian …

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-07). Roger Stone Tells Anderson Cooper He Was Poisoned, Still Refuses to Prove It. AlterNet.org He suggested people just watch another interview he did with a conspiracy site. | Roger Stone, a close confidante of President Donald Trump, spent Friday speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper about the Russia investigation and the president. Stone began with a commentary on former aide Sam Nunberg, who has told multiple media outlets about things Stone would pop off about, namely his "lunch" with Wikileaks' Julian Assange. He described the former aide as a neurotic staffer who would call 30 to 40 times daily. Stone noted that when he didn't answer the phone, Nunberg would "get very agitated. "Cooper also brought up Stone's accusations that someone had tried to poison him in the wake of the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in the U. K. Polonium poisoning is responsible for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former. . .

WSWS (2018-04-07). International Socialist Organization covers for union treachery in the teachers' strikes. World Socialist Web Site In a recent article, ISO writer Lee Sustar appeals to the trade unions to work with the pseudo-left to provide them with a "left" cover.

WSWS (2018-04-07). EPA head Scott Pruitt subject of growing demands for removal over open corruption. World Socialist Web Site Pruitt has personified the close ties between big business and the political system throughout his career.

TRNN (2018-04-07). Yemeni Artist Resists Devastating US-Saudi War with Graphic Design. The Real News Network Ahmed Jahaf, an artist and graphic designer in Sanaa, Yemen, explains how he uses art to raise awareness about the crushing US-Saudi war and blockade on his country…

Staff (2018-04-07). Death Count Among Palestinians Rises as Thousands Protest in Gaza. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists KHUZAA, Gaza Strip—Thousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel on Friday, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tires to try to block the view of Israeli snipers and cheering a Hamas strongman who pledged that the border fence will eventually fall. | Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others — 33 of them seriously — in the second mass border protest in a week, Gaza health officials said. A well-known Palestinian journalist was among the dead, and hundreds of others suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation, the officials said. | The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week. | Early Saturday, Palestinian health officials confirmed that Yasser Murtaga had died from a gunshot wound sustained while…

WSWS (2018-04-07). US sanctions target Russian officials and businessmen. World Socialist Web Site Even as the US-UK narrative of the alleged poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain falls apart, Washington continues to escalate its provocative anti-Russian campaign.

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-07). Israeli High Crimes Without Punishment. "Bloody Friday" Followed Week Ago Massacre: 9 more Gazans killed, over 1,000 Injured. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Israel considers Occupied Palestine a free-fire zone, especially in besieged Gaza. | Soldiers on Friday were ordered to shoot to kill or injure defenseless …

WSWS (2018-04-07). Maldives president ends state of emergency. World Socialist Web Site President Yameen withdrew the draconian emergency law a day after trumped-up terrorism charges were filed against his chief political opponents.

DPCR (2018-04-07). Russia: The Spurned Lover Who Persists. Global Research Is the Russian Foreign Ministry so brainwashed that it believes the US is a democracy?! A country in which 90%, if not more, of the people are dispossessed is a democracy?! A country ruled by a handful of private interest …

WSWS (2018-04-07). Trump orders indefinite detention of immigrants at border as troop deployment looms. World Socialist Web Site A memo published late Friday calls for the allocation of "all legally available resources to construct, operate, control, or modify… facilities to detain aliens."

Andrew Korybko (2018-04-07). U.S. Destabilization Plans? Why Is EuroMaidan's Mastermind Geoffrey Pyatt Warning About Greek-Turkish Tensions? Global Research Featured image: The former US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt (Source: Shutterstock) | The former US Ambassador to Ukraine during EuroMaidan and present chief diplomat in Greece Geoffrey Pyatt predicted that Turkey's ties with both the US and Greece will go …

Whitney Webb (2018-04-07). YouTube Censors Abby Martin Interview Explaining Israeli Fascism in 28 Countries. MintPress News YouTube's recent move to block a video featuring a Jewish-American discussing Fascism in Israel from showing in 28 countries seems to have less to do with actual violations of law and more with the pressure brought by pro-Israeli interests. | The post YouTube Censors Abby Martin Interview Explaining Israeli Fascism in 28 Countries appeared first on MintPress News.

Emily Wells (2018-04-07). Amid School Closures, Puerto Rico's Teachers Fight Privatization. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Puerto Rico's Department of Education announced Thursday it will close 283 schools this summer after a sharp drop in enrollment, thought to be partly a result of displacement of families after Hurricane Maria. However, many teachers in the island's school system say the issue might be more complicated and believe the system's recent acceptance of charter schools and voucher programs could be contributing to the deprioritizing of public schools. | The Associated Press reports that Puerto Rico is currently operating 1,100 public schools with 319,000 enrolled students. | Puerto Rico's Education Secretary Julia Keleher said of the closings, "We know it's a difficult and painful process. For this reason, we've done it in the most sensible way, taking in consideration all the elements that could impact the daily lives of some families and the school communities in general. … Our boys…

Valerie Vande Panne, AlterNet (2018-04-07). I Gave Up Twitter for Lent: You Won't Believe What Happened Next. AlterNet.org Life without social media can change your perspective. | I gave up Twitter for Lent. For the last two Lents, actually: 2017 and 2018. I spoke with some journalist friends before Ash Wednesday, and their response was overwhelmingly: "You can't give up Twitter. "Well, it turns out I can give up Twitter, because I did. Just like I dumped Facebook years ago. People often ask how I hear about things, since I'm not on Facebook. My sense is they think Facebook is the only way to learn about parties or events, or organize protests, or stay connected to friends and family. But here's what I know to be true: If it's important, I learn about it in the real world. I get personal phone calls and text messages from people I know, to let me know about parties, protests, concerts, family events, etc. People text me. . .

RT (2018-04-07). 'Disaster for humanity': Experts to RT on joint AI project by Google & Pentagon. RT US News Hundreds of Google employees are up in arms over the company's partnership with the Pentagon in AI technology, fearing it may be used for war. Experts told RT the "questionable" alliance could result in "disaster for humanity."
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WSWS (2018-04-07). Japanese animation filmmaker Isao Takahata, director of Grave of the Fireflies, dies at 82. World Socialist Web Site Takahata, one of Japan's most influential animation filmmakers and co-founder of the famed Studio Ghibli, died from lung cancer in a Tokyo hospital April 5. We repost a review of his Grave of the Fireflies (1988).

Truthout Stories (2018-04-07). Marvel's "Black Panther" and Uncolonized African Sexuality. Truthout Stories One of the most exciting aspects of the fictional land of Wakanda in Black Panther is its depiction of Black people sans colonialism's racial hierarchies about desirability. The central love story is revolutionary in its potential for more film depictions of Black sexuality and love free from the historical baggage of hyper-sexualized Black people.Florence Kasumba, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong'o in Black Panther. (Photo: Disney / Marvel Studios) | How much do I know about Wakanda? Not a lot, but I'll bet they have really good sex. | When I decided to write about my reaction to Marvel's Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda from my perspective as a first-generation Nigerian immigrant, sex wasn't the first thing to come to mind. | But the more I saw of this hidden nation — free of the historical scars of colonialism, as…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-07). How Standing Rock Is Leading by Example on Renewable Energy. Truthout Stories The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline may have failed to stop Big Oil for now, but the folks at Standing Rock have taken their fight to other fronts. Water Protectors are taking proactive steps to move the Standing Rock Sioux reservation away from fossil fuel dependency and toward renewable energy.Giant flood lights set up by a pipeline company and law enforcement illuminate a cloudy winter night at the Oceti Sakowin camp just outside of the Lakota Sioux reservation of Standing Rock, North Dakota, on December 1, 2016. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein / Getty Images) | The Trump administration quickly overturned the December 2016 decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to halt the construction of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline — almost as quickly as Trump took office. Subsequent challenges in court failed to prevent the pipeline from being completed and…

Staff (2018-04-07). China Applies Own Maximum-Pressure Policy on Pyongyang. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists China's sustained game of hardball on trade may have been the decisive factor behind North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's diplomatic overtures to Seoul and Washington. | The post China Applies Own Maximum-Pressure Policy on Pyongyang appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-07). We Are the Corporate Sugar Daddies. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists As tax day looms, most of us are grumbling and griping about the joyless task of shelling out hard-earned wages to the Empire. Regardless of political perspective, the people are overwhelmingly aware of the fact that whatever taxes they're paying out, they're not getting a lot back. In theory, I support taxation. The basic idea being that when people live in a community that requires upkeep and services, the people of that community should all pitch in to make sure those services are of good quality, readily available and reliable. We want good schools, public libraries, healthcare, road maintenance, etc. In other words, we want our family and our neighbor's families to have what they need to not only survive but to thrive. The problem with our system is that unless your neighbor is one of the Forbes 400 or an F-35, your…

Bobby Azarian, Raw Story, Raw Story (2018-04-07). A Neuroscientist Explains What Could Be Wrong with Trump Supporters' Brains. AlterNet.org Trump has said things that would be political suicide for any other Republican. | There's no doubt that Donald Trump has said many things that would have been political suicide for any other Republican. And almost every time he made one of these shocking statements, political analysts on both the left and the right predicted that he'd lose supporters because of it. But as we have clearly seen over the past year, they were dead wrong every time. Trump appears to be almost totally bulletproof. The only thing that might be more perplexing than the psychology of Donald Trump is the psychology of his supporters. In their eyes, The Donald can do no wrong. Even Trump himself seems to be astonished by this phenomenon. "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any. . .

WSWS (2018-04-07). New York City bus drivers support striking Oklahoma teachers. World Socialist Web Site New York City bus operators interviewed by the WSWS expressed their support for the teachers strike in Oklahoma as well as their distrust of the role of the unions.

Eric Toussaint (2018-04-07). The Struggle Against Illegitimate Public and Private Debt Which Are at the Core of the Capitalist System. Global Research The seventh CADTM South Asia regional workshop started in Colombo (Sri Lanka) on April 6, 2018, with participants coming from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Japan, Belgium and France. Below is the general introduction by Éric Toussaint, spokesperson …

Philip A Farruggio (2018-04-07). Six Months in 1968: A Drastic Awakening, The MLK and RFK Assassinations. The "Deep State" in the Making. Global Research Fifty years has flown by for many baby boomers. | So much has transpired, and yet, the first six months in 1968 were the foundation of my current political awareness. | I was a freshman in college then, doing my best to …

Truthout Stories (2018-04-07). The Federal Attack on Sex Workers' Rights Is a Threat to Everyone's Free Speech. Truthout Stories Matt Zulak)" />(Photo: Matt Zulak) | On March 23, Craigslist decided to do away with personal ads. Last week, Microsoft announced plans to make it illegal to get naked on Skype. The company is also out to ban any " offensive language" from Xbox and Office. Reddit has changed its content policy as well: Now the site explicitly forbids users from advertising paid services including "physical sexual contact" on its platform. And it's not just the big names that are making such urgent amendments. Pounced.org, a dating website for those into Furry Fandom, just shut down. | While some companies acknowledge it and some don't, this trend appears to be spreading in anticipation of a sweeping piece of federal legislation that could soon become law. Enter FOSTA, or the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-04-07). American History for Truthdiggers: Whose Revolution? (1775-1783). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists For slaves and Native Americans, the Revolution wasn't "radical": It was one more colossal effort to enforce Western conservative values and preserve the privileges of whites and the rich. | The post American History for Truthdiggers: Whose Revolution? (1775-1783) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-07). Oklahoma teachers strike to continue next week, after state senate passes derisory funding bill. World Socialist Web Site The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.

JoAnne Sweeny, Salon (2018-04-07). New Abortion Law Requires Doctors to Keep Records that Can Follow Patients through Life. AlterNet.org Indiana law makes symptoms following abortion part of a permanent record, burdening women with lifelong stigma | Indiana passed a new abortion law last week that has made the news. Senate Bill 340 requires that doctors gather data about women who come to see them about "abortion complications," ostensibly to improve patient health and safety. Sounds good in theory but the law is so broadly-drawn that it quickly becomes clear that the bill is actually designed to punish women who have obtained abortions. First, the "abortion complication" symptoms that trigger the reporting requirement are vast. In addition to physical complications that could occur from any kind of surgery such as blood clots and infection, emotional and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression are also included. Moreover, although the law requires that the symptoms must arise "from the induction or performance of an. . .

WSWS (2018-04-07). Canada's trade union-backed Liberal government clamps down on steel and aluminum imports. World Socialist Web Site Trudeau's protectionist measures, which help enforce Trump's trade war tariffs, include corporatist initiatives aimed at further integrating the unions with big business and the state.

TRNN (2018-04-07). Winnie Mandela: 'The Rebel Within a Rebellion' in South Africa. The Real News Network Ronnie Kasrils, Former ANC Minister of Intelligence, says Winnie was an inspiration to a nation. When the huts were burning and people were bleeding in the streets during the struggle against the Apartheid, it was Winnie that first arrived to be by their side; she was a South African diamond in the rough…

WSWS (2018-04-07). China prepares to strike back as US trade war intensifies. World Socialist Web Site At a briefing with reporters in Beijing Friday evening, Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said the US move was "extremely wrong" and China was preparing to retaliate.

WSWS (2018-04-07). Windsor, Ontario casino workers strike after voting down sellout deal. World Socialist Web Site The one-sided rejection of yet another contract recommended by Unifor is further indication of the growing rebellion by workers against the official trade unions.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-04-07). Trump Sends National Guard to the Border: All That to Appease Ann Coulter? AlterNet.org Trump's base is angry that he caved on funding the wall. Instead of flowers, he's sending soldiers. | Everyone has noticed by now that Donald Trump is no longer even attempting to stick with the script, evidently feeling that he's been ill-served by people who observe political norms and common definitions of what it is to be a president of the United States. He's starting trade wars, declaring an abrupt withdrawal from Syria and attacking businessmen who also own newspapers he wants to quash. He's been animated and energized by this newfound freedom to "tell it like it is" as he did on Thursday at a tax forum in West Virginia, where he claimed to be the first president in 40 years to deliver on taxes because only he had the guts to demand "tax cuts" instead of tax reform. As is now. . .

WSWS (2018-04-07). Israel's shoot-to-kill policy on Gaza border claims more lives. World Socialist Web Site Approximately 10,000 Palestinians took part in the second "March of Return" protest yesterday, with rallies called for Friday evening and Saturday in cities in the US, Britain, France and elsewhere in Europe.

Andrew Korybko (2018-04-07). Russia's "Pivot to Africa"? The Strategic Implications of a Possible Russian Base in Somaliland. Global Research If the unconfirmed reports about a possible Russian base in the breakaway region of Somaliland are to be believed, then Moscow is finally flexing its military muscles beyond Eurasia and signaling its eagerness to return to Africa. | The typically trustworthy …

Masud Wadan (2018-04-07). The US-led Invasions and Occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. A Comparative Analysis. Global Research Afghanistan was invaded on October 2001, unlike a usual US invasion in the month of March which marks the onset of U.S. invasion and occupation of a litany of victim nations. | The events leading to Afghanistan's occupation adequately convinced the …

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig (2018-04-07). Why I'm Giving Up on Understanding My Racist White Relative. AlterNet.org Trump supporters are burning with resentment. | A perfectly nice, 70-year-plus, elderly white man in a rural part of New England posts an alt-right-themed digital meme to his Facebook page, sporting the words: "I'm proud to be white. I bet no one passes this on because they are scared of be called a racist. " This grammatically incorrect sentence is superimposed on a Confederate flag and is reposted several times on this nice man's feed. Elsewhere on his Facebook page is an image of President Obama with the words: "Cuts Veterans Assistance by $3 billion, Allocates $5 billion for Syrian Refugees," and an image of a boy saluting the U. S. flag, with the caption: "Facebook had the NERVE to remove the beloved photo because non-Americans find it 'hateful. ' "Both assertions made in the graphics have been debunked as false by Snopes. com, here

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-04-07). Clinic Takes Drastic Measures to Defend Patients Against Trump's ICE Raids. AlterNet.org A Southern California clinic instructs its staff to make human chains. | According to a Los Angeles Times report published Friday, a community health clinic is preparing itself for raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The publication spoke with St. John's Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles and was told that, as part of its administrative procedure, staff are learning how to block ICE officers from entering the clinic by forming human chains in front of the building. St. John's chief executive Jim Mangia told the LA Times how oppressive the current climate is for undocumented patients in need of medical care. Many ask for extra medicine to stock in case they have to go off the grid to avoid detention or deportation, Mangia said. "They want to have a stockpile. There's this tremendous fear that on their. . .

RT (2018-04-07). 'I give you 24 hours to resign': 1st OPCW chief on how John Bolton bullied him before Iraq War. RT US News The first OPCW chief, who tried to bring Iraq and Libya into the organization, told RT how US foreign policy hawk John Bolton threatened him over his refusal to resign prior to the 2003 Iraq War. |
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Staff (2018-04-07). 2nd Amendment Doesn't Protect Assault Weapons, Federal Judge Rules. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BOSTON—Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment, a federal judge said in a ruling Friday upholding Massachusetts' ban on the weapons. | U.S. District Judge William Young dismissed a lawsuit challenging the 20-year-old ban, saying assault weapons are military firearms that fall beyond the reach of the constitutional right to "bear arms." | Regulation of the weapons is a matter of policy, not for the courts, he said. | "Other states are equally free to leave them unregulated and available to their law-abiding citizens," Young said. "These policy matters are simply not of constitutional moment. Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. We call it democracy." | State Attorney General Maura Healey said the ruling "vindicates the right of the people of Massachusetts to protect themselves from these weapons of war."

WSWS (2018-04-07). UK: Metropolitan Police admit role in construction blacklist. World Socialist Web Site As police admitted involvement in the blacklisting of building workers, around 60 campaigners and victims walked out of the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry, angered over a continuing cover-up.

Staff (2018-04-07). Gaza Buries Journalist Killed While Covering Mass Protests. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Israeli military has said it fired only at "instigators" involved in attacks on soldiers and was investigating Yasswe Murtaja's gunshot death amid a very hectic environment. | The post Gaza Buries Journalist Killed While Covering Mass Protests appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-04-07). 1 dead, 4 injured as 120+ firefighters battle blaze at Trump Tower in Manhattan (VIDEOS). RT US News The New York fire department has dispatched dozens of units and over 120 firefighters to tackle a four-alarm blaze that erupted on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan.
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MAFP (2018-04-07). After Deadliest Day in Gaza Since 2014: "Accountability" for the Killing of Protesters. Global Research The World Health Organization (WHO) has assessed that 15 Palestinians were killed and 1,416 injured by Israeli forces in Gaza on Friday 30 March. Out of the injured, 1,010 were transferred to hospital for treatment, including 179 children. As many …

Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams (2018-04-07). Outrage Follows Puerto Rico's Announcement It's Closing Nearly a Third of Its Public Schools. AlterNet.org "The harm that the education secretary is causing children and their parents is immeasurable. " | Teachers unions and outraged citizens in Puerto Rico are vowing to fight the government's newly-announced plan to close nearly a third of its public schools. Puerto Rico's Education Department said Thursday that 283 schools would close by the start of the new school year, leaving open just 828. "I don't even know where the schools they're being located to are," said Haydee Del Valle, a parent of a 12-year-old who attends one of the schools slated for closure. "I don't know if they're too far away from us or if the school bus they take now will be able to take them there," she told NBC News. "This makes me sad because this is a great school. ""We know it's a difficult and painful process," said Education Secretary. . .

WSWS (2018-04-07). Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont released from German prison. World Socialist Web Site Puigdemont may not leave Germany until further notice, had to post bail of €75,000 and must report weekly to the police.

Staff (2018-04-07). Youth Hockey Team Crash Stuns Canada: 15 Dead. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists "An entire country is in shock and mourning," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says after a semi-trailer slams into a bus carrying a hockey squad in Saskatchewan. | The post Youth Hockey Team Crash Stuns Canada: 15 Dead appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-07). YouTube, Censorship and Nasim Aghdam. Global Research "People like me are not good for big business, like for animal business, medicine business and for many other businesses. That's why they are discriminating and censoring us." — Nasim Najafi Aghdam discussing YouTube | She claimed to have detested it, …

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-04-07). Watch This Fox News Host Look Up 'Oligarch' on Her Phone While On-Air. AlterNet.org She implied the word wasn't in common usage previously. | Fox News conservative political commentator Ainsley Earhardt offered "Fox and Friends" viewers a definition lesson on the word "oligarch," wondering if her fellow co-hosts "have ever used the word before the last few months. "On Friday, Earhardt was discussing a series of sanctions imposted on Russian oligarchs and government officials, including Oleg Deripaska—the Russia oil tycoon who was offered "private briefings" by former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during the 2016 presidential election. ""We were just saying, have you ever used the word oligarch before the last few months? " Earnhardt asked. "It is a ruler in an oligarchy—which doesn't explain much—but a very rich business leader with a great deal of political influence. "Indeed, Deripaska and six other oligarchs linked to Russia President Vladimir Putin, along with 12 companies they control, were sanctioned by. . .

RT (2018-04-07). 'Conspiracy theory'? US Homeland Security wants to track journalists & analyze media 'sentiment'. RT US News The US Department of Homeland Security is looking to build a media monitoring database. When some reporters objected, a DHS spokesman dismissed their concerns as fodder for "black helicopter conspiracy theorists."
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WSWS (2018-04-07). London residents draw connection between Grenfell and Kemerovo fires. World Socialist Web Site The WSWS spoke to London residents about the fire in Kemerovo, Russia that claimed at least 64 lives.

WSWS (2018-04-07). Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Mehring Books has published The CIA Democrats, a detailed exposure of the effective takeover of the 2018 Democratic Party congressional campaign by candidates drawn from the ranks of former intelligence agents, special forces operatives, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilian national security operatives from the State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon.

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2018-04-07). In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should be Prosecuted for War Crimes. Global Research On March 30, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shot 773 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 17 and wounding 1,400. Twenty remain in critical condition. The protesters were marching to demand the internationally mandated right of return of refugees to …

Whitney Webb (2018-04-07). Nestlé to Take 200 Million Gallons of Water per Year from Michigan Town, Pay State $200. MintPress News Michigan's approval of Nestlé's new permit was not just done in spite of opposition from residents, it was a complete rejection of the authority of local governments to govern the use of their own resources. | The post Nestlé to Take 200 Million Gallons of Water per Year from Michigan Town, Pay State $200 appeared first on MintPress News.

Domenica Ghanem, OtherWords (2018-04-07). If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start With Big Pharma. AlterNet.org Large corporations are the true authors of the opioid crisis. | At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. At a Pennsylvania rally a few weeks earlier, he called for the same. Now his administration is taking steps toward making this proposal a reality. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on March 21 asking prosecutors to pursue capital punishment for drug traffickers — a power he has thanks to legislation passed under President Bill Clinton. Time and again, these punitive policies have proven ineffective at curbing drug deaths. That's partly because amping up the risk factor for traffickers makes the trade all that more lucrative, encouraging more trafficking, not less. But it's also because these policies don't address the true. . .

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-04-07). 4 Ways Using Even Legal Marijuana Makes You a Second-Class Citizen. AlterNet.org Legalizing weed is only half the battle. | Marijuana is now legal in nine states constituting about one-fifth of the U. S. population, and medical marijuana is recognized in a total of 29 states. That means people in those states can possess and use marijuana without fear of criminal prosecutions (if they have a doctor's recommendation in the medical marijuana-only states). But even in legal marijuana states, pot smokers face restrictions that in effect turn them into second-class citizens, unable to do things non-drug users or users of legally sanctioned drugs, such as alcohol, can do, or somehow punished for doing them. While legalizing marijuana is a giant breakthrough, as long as marijuana users face stigma, discrimination, and worse over their choice of substances, the job is only half-done. Here are four ways even legal marijuana users get screwed. 1. Employment RightsYou may be able to. . .

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-04-07). Robert Reich: What If Everyone Voted? AlterNet.org Things would be different. | The largest block of voters in America isn't Democrats or Republicans. It's the people who don't vote. Our latest video with voting rights expert Heather McGhee looks at what we could achieve if everyone voted. Related Stories: Trump Takes on the WorldI Am Buried Alive in a Michigan PrisonPolitical Corruption Is Underwriting America's Gun Control Nightmare

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-04-07). Study Suggests Meditating Can Prevent Age-Related Mental Decline. AlterNet.org A recent study finds that a continuous meditation practice is associated with improvements in sustained attention. | From apps like Headspace to Buddhify popping up left and right, meditation appears to be rising in popularity and hitting mainstream America. However, only 8 percent of adults in the U. S. meditate, as reported in 2017. Yet researchers continue to study how the ancient practice, an act of mindfulness intended to still the chatty mind, affects the brain, stress levels, and one's overall health, making the case that it can have a lasting impact on one's quality of life. In a recent and notable study, "Cognitive Aging and Long-Term Maintenance of Attentional Improvements Following Meditation Training" published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, researchers found more evidence to suggest that meditating has the potential to prevent age-related mental decline and increase one's attention span. The. . .

Dan Kovalik (2018-04-06). The Korean Conflict, Reevaluated. counterpunch.org Patriots, Traitors & Empires: The Story of Korea's Struggle for Freedom, Stephen Gowans' latest book on the Korean conflict, could not be more timely given the recent tensions on the Korean peninsula as well as the recent overtures being made for peace and reconciliation. The book is also a very good antidote to the anti-DPRK propaganda More

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2018-04-06). The Lebanon-Israel Border: Reasons for Peace… Excuses for War! Global Research Featured image: Part of the Port of Sidon | "No pictures!" growls a burley Lebanese army captain, looking me deliberately in the eyes from not three feet away across his Major's desk, while pointing directly at my Nikon. "No pictures!" he …

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-04-06). Washington Suffers a Credibility Crisis. counterpunch.org Objectively, the credibility of the US government, with either party at the forefront, has always been in question because its foreign policy pronouncements on peace, freedom, democracy and human rights systematically contradict or contrast with its actions. These days, the Associated Press (AP), a U.S. news agency, lamented in a commentary by its journalists that More

Jay Janson (2018-04-06). Appointment of Hawkish John Bolton Points to "Continuity in US Foreign Policy": Dulles Brothers, Brzezinski, Kissinger… Global Research How preposterous! Peace Prize Laureate former Pres. Jimmy Carter publicly warns Americans (and maybe the world), "I think John Bolton is a disaster for our country," "Maybe one of the worst mistakes that President Trump has made … is the …

Truthout Stories (2018-04-06). In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes. Truthout Stories A Palestinian man wears a gas mask as he walks in the smoke during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 6, 2018. Clashes erupted on the Gaza-Israel border Friday, a week after Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians at similar demonstrations. (Photo: Abbas Momani / AFP / Getty Images) | On March 30, Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot 773 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 17 and wounding 1,400. This premeditated use of deadly force against peaceful protesters is illegal and the Israeli leaders who ordered the massacre should be prosecuted for war crimes.A Palestinian man wears a gas mask as he walks in the smoke during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 6, 2018. Clashes erupted on the Gaza-Israel border Friday, a week after Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians at similar demonstrations. (Photo:…

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-06). Non-Violence as a Principle. counterpunch.org "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. —Martin Luther King Jr. "Peace cannot be built on exclusivism, absolutism, and intolerance. More

Daniel Raventós, Julie Wark (2018-04-06). Universal Basic Income: Left or Right? counterpunch.org Universal basic income, a regular unconditional cash payment to the whole population is increasingly being discussed in social, political, academic circles and among citizens in general. People are championing it from right and left. But, if it's being pushed from both ends of the political spectrum, what's its secret? Is it so amazingly convincing that all differences between political extremes are abolished? Hardly. More like it, the fact that basic income is being hailed from such different political positions muddies serious debate and is downright bewildering for a lot of people. More

Graham Peebles (2018-04-06). Living in an Age of Anxiety. counterpunch.org Overwhelmed by anxiety and image insecurity a friend's 20-year-old daughter recently quit her university course and withdrew to her bedroom where she took to self-harming. Company and environments in which she felt emotionally secure became harder to find, until she stopped venturing out at all together. 'Alice' is one of a growing number of people, More

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.

Mark W. Jones (2018-04-06). Rugged Individualist Ideology and Superstitionism. counterpunch.org What if I were to describe a religion whose adherents' requisite imperative is: love your neighbors as yourself: and in this religion's Bible there are paradigms of altruism and selflessness; Abraham's near sacrifice of his son on the order of his God: the Good Samaritan: Jesus Christ himself who died for humanity's sin of believing More

David Yearsley (2018-04-06). Scoring Citizen Trump. counterpunch.org Jerry Springer: The Opera closed a week ago on Broadway after a three-month run. Given the show's crazed, megalomaniacal, helmet-haired title character, and its diverse tableaux that range from Jesus-on-the-cross to tap-dancing Klansmen and other surrealities, its demise is somewhat surprising. (Luckily, the original British production broadcast in 2005 by the BBC can be enjoyed in More

Staff (2018-04-06). Imperialist America, 50 Years After MLK's Gospel of Nonviolence. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The line of preachers stretched 100 yards to the door of Columbus, Georgia's radio station WOKS, where the pastors had each been allotted a few minutes to testify to their deep commitment to the ideals espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shot down in Memphis three days earlier. Nearly every Black minister in town was there, waiting his turn to lie. Although they would sound like an amen corner for "the Movement" on this mournful Sunday morning, the assembled clergymen had, in fact, acted as the front line of resistance to King's gospel of nonviolent confrontation with the white powers-that-be. | Both before and after the tumultuous Birmingham campaign of 1963, Dr. King and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had hoped to bring the movement to Columbus, the second-largest city in Georgia, 100 miles due south of Atlanta. The protocols…

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