2018-04-09: Social Media Postees

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Australian tertiary education union imposes cuts to wages and conditions at Murdoch University
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Almost half the university's staff abstained or refused to vote in the postal ballot to accept the NTEU-negotiated agreement.
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Saudi Arabia To Consider Digging Canal to Make Qatar an Island and Nuclear Waste Dump
Aya Batrawy | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
The proposal includes digging a maritime canal along Saudi Arabia's border with Qatar, turning it into an island and transforming its only land border into a military zone and nuclear waste site. | The post Saudi Arabia To Consider Digging Canal to Make Qatar an Island and Nuclear Waste Dump appeared first on MintPress News.

Saudi Arabia To Consider Digging Canal to Make Qatar an Island and Nuclear Waste Dump

Facebook's data-mining woes deepen as company suspends another analytics firm
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
Cambridge Analytica was not an isolated incident: Facebook has suspended another data analytics firm for collecting user data for marketers in the name of academic research, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces the wrath of Congress. | RT.com
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Facebook intensifies censorship ahead of congressional testimony by Zuckerberg
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Zuckerberg announced Friday that his company will "require people who manage large pages to be verified," i.e., they must provide the company, and by extension the US government, with their real names and locations.
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Trump administration officials try to calm trade war fears
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro underscored the crucial importance of hi-tech development, both for US economic and military supremacy.
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Enter Bolton: Trump's new security adviser comes with chemical casus belli on hand
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
On Monday evening, President Donald Trump will meet senior Pentagon officials with his new mega-hawk National Security Advisor John Bolton taking part. Bolton enters the office with a brand new pretext to bomb Syria. | RT.com
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Likening Palestinians to Blades of Grass
Elizabeth Murray | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
As Israeli military has killed dozens of unarmed protesters near the border at which they are fenced into Gaza, Israeli leaders may feel they are once again "mowing the grass" as Elizabeth Murray recalls in this updated piece originally published on November 16, 2012. | The post Likening Palestinians to Blades of Grass appeared first on MintPress News.

Likening Palestinians to Blades of Grass

Muslim Groups Awarded Damages Over Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance
Kevin Gosztola | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
"We have been down similar roads before. Jewish Americans during the Red Scare, African Americans during the civil rights movement, and Japanese Americans during World War II are examples that readily spring to mind." | The post Muslim Groups Awarded Damages Over Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance appeared first on MintPress News.

Muslim Groups Awarded Damages Over Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

Lobbyist Behind Scott Pruitt Condo Deal Also Did Favors for Disgraced Rep. Tom DeLay
Sharon Lerner | The Intercept | 2018-04-09
J. Steven Hart, the lobbyist whose wife, Vicki, rented EPA administrator Scott Pruitt a Capitol Hill condo at a below-market price, has a history of coziness with high-powered government officials. Hart, the chair of lobbying firm Williams & Jensen, was also close with former Republican Congressman Tom DeLay in the late 1990s. | Along with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Hart was part of DeLay's "kitchen cabinet," a group of lobbyists who helped Republicans raise money, formulate strategy, and exert pressure in Congress. Back then, Hart, who came to D.C. from Oklahoma with the Reagan administration, was "the man corporations call when they're having trouble with labor unions," as the Washingtonian described him in 2007. | Hart was also DeLay's personal attorney and — with the same enterprising spirit that seems to have inspired the condo deal — offered his legal…
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Pope: God Favors 'Saints Next Door' Over Religious Elites
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
VATICAN CITY–Pope Francis is calling for ordinary Catholics to live holy lives in whatever they do, stressing that the "saints next door" are more pleasing to God than religious elites who insist on perfect adherence to rules and doctrine. | In a new document released Monday, Francis said defending the poor and migrants is "equally sacred" to defending the unborn — a not-so-veiled critique of the conservative right in the U.S. for whom opposition to abortion trumps the Gospel mandate to love and welcome the stranger. | And he warned that the vitriol that is sometimes spewed online — including by Catholic media — needs to stop since it violates God's commandment not to bear false witness, lie or "ruthlessly vilify others." | The document, "Rejoice and Be Glad," is the third apostolic exhortation of Francis' papacy, after the first two riled conservatives…
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Teachers Learn a New Skill: How to Stop the Bleeding
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
About 125,000 teachers, counselors and administrators across the U.S. are now trained in trauma care as the grim trend of school shootings continues. | The post Teachers Learn a New Skill: How to Stop the Bleeding appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Space plane mystery: What is US Air Force X-37B doing in orbit? (POLL)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
The US Air Force's top secret X-37B space plane has spent the last 200 days in orbit whizzing around our pale blue dot. But what exactly is it, and why is it spending so long in space? | RT.com
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Retired General Humiliates Ivanka Trump with a Single Tweet
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-09
Does the first daughter know anything about federal child fitness programs? | On Monday, Ret. Gen. Mark Hertling humiliated first daughter Ivanka Trump after she showed ignorance of federal child nutrition and fitness programs that her own father has short changed. Ivanka Trump on late Sunday sent out a tweet saying that the United States needs to do a better job of promoting physical activity among American children or else risk raising a generation of unhealthy kids. "We need to promote healthy lifestyles for America's youth," the first daughter wrote. "In a recent survey, 9. 5 million U. S. children reported that they did NOT once participate in any of over 100 sports or activities listed. "We need to promote healthy lifestyles for America's youth. In a recent survey, 9. 5 million U. S. children reported that they did NOT once participate in any of over 100 sports or. . .
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The Republican Panic Over the Midterm Elections Is Growing
Laura Clawson, DailyKos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-09
Expect Mitch McConnell to pull out all the stops this November. | Republicans are doubling down on their efforts to maintain or even increase their Senate majority–not because they think November's elections are looking good for them, but because they're so worried they'll lose the House. "Our donors will often say we need to do everything we can to hold onto the Senate, because there's a chance we may not be able to hold the House," said Steven Law, a former McConnell chief of staff who runs a super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund. [. . . ]McConnell sounded similar notes Tuesday when he likened the electoral headwinds to a "Category 3, 4 or 5" storm. Republicans need to keep control of the Senate because "even if we were to lose the House and be stymied legislatively, we could still approve appointments,. . .
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Chicago Ford workers speak out against treatment of temporary part-timers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Ford Chicago Assembly Plant workers raised questions over the UAW's claim that 224 temporary part-time workers will be converted to full-time.
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'Nothing off the table' in Syria: Trump promises decision on US military action within 24-48 hours
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
US President Donald Trump has said that he will decide on potential actions against Syria within 24-48 hours in response to reports of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, East Ghouta. | RT.com
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Bankruptcy Won't Keep Remington From Producing Guns
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
No "alternative facts" here — we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! | Two-hundred-year-old gun manufacturer Remington has recently declared bankruptcy, which has some gun violence advocates thrilled — but they should put away the party hats. | The venerable arms manufacturer is not going out of business, and the company will continue to produce guns after it's gone through the bankruptcy process. The confusion over what Remington's bankruptcy actually means highlights just how tangled the laws surrounding insolvency can be, as well as the importance of accuracy in conversations about business practices. | In February, Remington started making moves to file for bankruptcy protection, citing what some are calling the " Trump slump" in gun sales; numbers are dropping under the Trump Administration,…
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Ahed Tamimi: a Song is Born
Uri Avnery | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
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Despite Gaza Massacre, Israel Remains Immune From Criticism
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
Thousands of protesters returned to the border last Friday, burning great heaps of tyres to produce a black smokescreen which they hoped would hide them from Israeli snipers. Gaza's health ministry has said that five people were killed and 1,070 people were wounded on Friday, including 293 by live fire.
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Facebook Starts to Send Out Millions of Privacy-Related Notices
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
The 87 million users whose data might have been shared with Cambridge Analytica will get detailed messages through their news feed, the social media giant says. | The post Facebook Starts to Send Out Millions of Privacy-Related Notices appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The Perils of Predicting Events in the Middle East
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
Prediction is a precise, elusive and dangerous science. We journalists are usually asked to practise this dodgy skill on political anniversaries, elections, before invasions or — even more perilously — during invasions. Take the city of Afrin. The Turks invaded the Syrian and largely Kurdish province just under two months ago. They took their time. They…
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Kevin Williamson's Ousting From The Atlantic Reveals a Major Hypocrisy in Conservative Media
Mehreen Kasana | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
Atlantic has fired Kevin D. Williamson, who previously wrote for the National Review. Williamson was best known for his racist, dehumanizing and unhinged screeds about people of color, women and working folks. Yet reading the conservative ire about Williamson's ousting would make one think an unspeakable war crime has taken place. | One doesn't need to dig deep into Williamson's bilious polemics to realize that the man harbors some pretty awful ideas about how societies should be governed. Writing in the National Review in 2016, Williamson called poor white Trump-supporting communities "negative assets" that should relieve society of their weight. Paraphrasing won't do him justice, so here's the right-winger's rant in its full glory: | The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible." | Williamson has also previously…

Kevin Williamson's Ousting From The Atlantic Reveals a Major Hypocrisy in Conservative Media

How the Assad Regime Tracked and Killed Marie Colvin for Reporting on War Crimes in Syria
Johnny Dwyer | The Intercept | 2018-04-09
Syrian regime documents and testimony from defectors reveal that Marie Colvin and others were hunted as part of a policy to eliminate journalists. | The post How the Assad Regime Tracked and Killed Marie Colvin for Reporting on War Crimes in Syria appeared first on The Intercept.
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Threats, Innuendo in Israeli Questioning of Palestinian Teen
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
The family of prominent protester Ahed Tamimi releases a video showing an interrogator telling the then-16-year-old her relatives will be arrested if she fails to cooperate. | . | The post Threats, Innuendo in Israeli Questioning of Palestinian Teen appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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"Apartheid, Rogue, Terrorist State": Glenn Greenwald on Israel's Murder of Gaza Protesters, Reporter
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
On Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Gaza for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally shot by the Israeli army while covering a fresh round of deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border. Photos show the 30-year-old journalist was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked "PRESS" at the time of the shooting. He's one of at least nine Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli army during its brutal crackdown against Friday's protests. The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli forces have killed 31 people in total since Palestinians kicked off a 6-week-long nonviolent protest late last month, dubbed "The Great March of Return." Both the International Criminal Court and the United Nations have rebuked Israel in recent days and warned its actions on the border could violate international human rights conventions. For more, we continue our conversation with Glenn Greenwald,…
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What Is Meat? Missouri Is Working to Legislate Against Lab-Grown Alternatives
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-09
As more and more Americans are substituting meat in their diets with plant-based alternatives, Missouri lawmakers have introduced a meat industry-friendly law that would impose stringent labeling requirements for lab-grown meats. | HB 2607, authored by Missouri Reps. Jeff Knight and Warren Love, would outlaw anyone from selling lab-grown meats or meat substitutes labeled as meat. Specifically, the bill "prohibits misrepresenting a product as meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry." | Critics say the legislation, which comes at a time in which meat industry representatives have cited meat substitutes as a threat to their line of work, is favorable to businesses that raise and kill animals for the purpose of consumption. | The bill has passed two committees. When it passed the House Agriculture Policy Committee, it faced opposition from three House Democrats, including state Rep.
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US not ruling out military action against Syria after reports of chemical weapons use — Mattis
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has not ruled out the possibility of launching airstrikes against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the militant-held town of Douma. | RT.com
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Seeing Gaza Through the Lens of Yaser Murtaja, a Palestinian Journalist Killed by Israel
Robert Mackey | The Intercept | 2018-04-09
Yaser Murtaja, a Palestinian photojournalist, was one of nine civilians killed by Israeli snipers on Friday in Gaza, but his death was perhaps the clearest rebuke to Israel's official position that its sharpshooters have only fired live ammunition at "instigators" among the crowds of protesters, in a "precise, measured way" to protect Israelis on the other side of the perimeter fence. | That's because images taken by Murtaja's colleagues covering the protest, moments before and after he was shot, show that he was wearing a blue flak jacket clearly marked with the word "PRESS" in capital letters on a white background across his chest. The bullet apparently entered his abdomen through a small opening at the side of the jacket, just inches away from the word that should have protected him from being targeted.pic.twitter.com/oKLSBhX… | — Liam O'Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) April…
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Ending the Park Era in South Korea for Good
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, just got sentenced to 24 years in prison for corruption. This is good. Some perspective. Following the imposition of the U.S. Occupation on (southern) Korea in September 1945, the U.S. handpicked the Korean nationalist Syngman Rhee (Lee Seungman) to head the emerging South Korean colony. (The Koreans were…
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Bogus anti-Semitism campaign attacks Corbyn while Labour reveals its Zionist agenda
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The furore over Jewdas confirms that the three-year-long campaign accusing Corbyn of tolerating anti-Semitism is part of an effort to discredit the entire left.
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Man who confessed to killing mother & friend in Facebook post found dead
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
A 23-year-old man who confessed to the brutal murder of his mother and his friend as they both slept has been found dead in Mississippi. | RT.com
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Federal Agents Raid Office of Trump Attorney Michael Cohen
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
WASHINGTON–Federal agents carrying court-authorized search warrants have seized documents from President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen. | That's according to a statement from Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan. He says the search warrants were executed by the office of the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York but they are "in part" related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. | Ryan says agents seized "protected attorney client communications." He is not elaborating on the contents. Ryan says the use of the search warrants is "completely inappropriate and unnecessary." | Cohen is Trump's longtime personal lawyer. He has been under heavy public scrutiny in recent months for his payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in the mid-2000s. | The post Federal Agents Raid Office of Trump Attorney Michael Cohen appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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US and China have a 'stupid' trade relationship — Trump
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
President Donald Trump has decried his country's trade relationship with China as "stupid," adding that unfair tariffs levied on US autos by China have been "going on for years." | RT.com
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Bangladesh garment workers jailed on bogus attempted murder charges
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The charges follow a series of provocations against workers at the Ashiana Garments plant, south of Dhaka.
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Despite Latest Massacre in Gaza, Israel Remains Immune From Criticism
Patrick Cockburn | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
So far, Israel has faced little criticism from an international media uninterested in the Gaza story, or else is happy to go along with Israel's interpretation of events | The post Despite Latest Massacre in Gaza, Israel Remains Immune From Criticism appeared first on MintPress News.

Despite Latest Massacre in Gaza, Israel Remains Immune From Criticism

'War machine can't run forever': US military aircraft mishaps up nearly 40 percent over last 5 years
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
The number of US military aircraft accidents has skyrocketed by nearly 40 percent, compared to data from five years ago, raising concerns about over-extended resources that lack proper maintenance, according to a new report. | RT.com
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How China and the US Are Spawning a New Great Power Naval Rivalry
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
Marines from the Chinese navy participate in the annual military training on January 3, 2018, in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo: Pu Haiyang / VCG via Getty Images) | Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The US and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships and establishing naval bases as if they were so many pawns on a geopolitical chessboard. To some it might seem curious, even quaint, that gunboats and naval bastions, once emblematic of the Victorian age, remain even remotely relevant in our own era of cyber-threats and space warfare. | Yet if you examine, even briefly, the central role that naval power has played and still plays in the fate of empires, the deadly serious nature of this…
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MLK Called for a Revolution of Values Says Nina Turner at TRNN Event
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-09
Nina Turner, President of our Revolution, at The Real News Network on the 50th Anniversary of MLK's assassination…
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The Shameful Exploitation of Martin Luther King Jr
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
At 12: 17 p.m. on April 4th Congressman Barry Loudermilk posted, "'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.' — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr." to his Facebook wall. At 9: 13 a.m. Vice President Pence posted:…
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Unions seek to hijack, shut down Oklahoma teachers strike as support for expanded struggle grows
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
As the strike by tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers and support staff enters its second week, workers face a critical crossroads.
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It's a new day for AlterNet
John Byrne, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-09
It's part of a long-planned transition that will ensure the stability and future of the AlterNet brand, and allow AlterNet's former parent to return to focusing on what they do best — producing the amazing and insightful news and commentary you expect every day. | Effective today, AlterNet has been acquired by the owners of Raw Story. It's part of a long-planned transition that will ensure the stability and future of the AlterNet brand, and allow AlterNet's former parent to return to focusing on what they do best — producing the amazing and insightful news and commentary you expect every day. What you can expectAlterNet will continue to carry content from the Independent Media Institute, its prior owner. Thus, much of the content you expect will remain the same. You will see articles by former AlterNet writers appearing with the Independent Media. . .
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Beyond MLK: What is to be done, with Danny Glover, Nina Turner
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-09
During a Q&A with actor Danny Glover, Our Revolution President Nina Turner, and TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway, audience members ask about a range of issues such as COINTELPRO, progressive organizing, the Democratic Party, and ways to fight the injustice and inequality bred by capitalism and bolstered by racism…
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Trump administration officials try to calm trade war fears
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro underscored the crucial importance of hi-tech development, both for US economic and military supremacy.
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Hospitals Are Leaving Rural America. Rural Americans Are Staying Put
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
This article was originally published by TalkPoverty.org. | Kendra Colburn spent a decade uninsured. During those years, she worked as a carpenter near her hometown in rural Vermont, earning just enough that she didn't qualify for low-income health care, but not enough to afford health insurance on her own. While uninsured, she suffered two major work injuries that landed her in the emergency room — once, a nail shot through three of her fingers, and another time, a piece of wood kicked back on the table saw and sliced her arm. When she was unable to pay the emergency room costs, her credit took a hit for years. | Today, Colburn works on her brother's farm and is covered by Medicaid. As a manual laborer, Colburn has developed nerve damage, which flares up in her hands and wrists with overuse. "I cut back…
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A Third Consecutive Term for Fidesz is Not a Mandate for Rights Abuse
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-09
A government billboard is seen in Budapest, Hungary, February 14, 2018. The billboard reads: 'Soros wants to transplant millions from Africa and the Middle East'. | © 2018 Reuters | Hungary's ruling Fidesz party won a third consecutive term in last weekend's election, and is poised to take two thirds of the 199-seat Parliament, with Viktor Orban remaining Prime Minister. | The last time Fidesz had a supermajority in Parliament, it used it to push through a series of problematic unilateral changes to the country's constitution and laws that weakened checks and balances on the executive. There are already signs that the new government plans to deepen its crackdown on independent groups and critical voices. | The morning after the election, a government spokesperson announced it wants parliament to approve as early…
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Empire Files: Life Sentences for Charity Work
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-09
The Holy Land Foundation Five are Palestinian political prisoners sentenced up to upwards of 65 years in US prison for providing aid to refugees. They were targeted in the Bush administration's post-9/11 dragnet, setting an alarming precedent for activists in the US. Abby Martin sits down with an expert on the case, Miko Peled, to learn more about this little-known case…
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Jimmy Kimmel apologizes for offending gay community during online Hannity spat
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has apologized for his part in a vicious online spat with Sean Hannity after he was criticized for sexual innuendo about the Fox News presenter and US President Donald Trump. | RT.com
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Honduras: Cybersecurity Bill Threatens Free Speech
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-09
(New York) — A bill before the Honduran Congress would severely harm free speech by compelling companies providing internet services to censor content, Human Rights Watch said today. Congress should reject the bill, which was approved during an initial vote on February 8, 2018 and faces two more rounds of discussion and voting before it would become law. | Under the proposed law, such companies would be required to block or remove "illegal content" that might be posted to platforms by users within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, a period which could be extended to seven days if "duly justified." If the company does not act, its website could be blocked or suspended, depriving all Hondurans of access to the platform because of the alleged illegal conduct of a few. The tight deadlines and serious sanctions give companies an incentive…
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Spain responds to German court decision on Puigdemont with threats of stepped-up repression
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The court's decision is a setback for Madrid, which was confident Puigdemont would be returned to Spain and the possibility of 30 years in jail, with the German government's tacit agreement.
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Glenn Greenwald: Brazil's Right Wing Jailed Ex-President Lula Because They Couldn't Win at the Polls
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
In Brazil, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction. After missing a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Lula turned himself in to police on Saturday following a standoff during which he spent the night in Sà£o Paulo's steelworkers' union building. Lula's supporters gathered outside, many hoping he would defy orders to surrender. On Saturday, Lula addressed thousands of his supporters and members of his Workers' Party. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Lula's bid to stay out of jail while he appealed his conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say…
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Plastic Waste Kills Six-Ton Whale
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
In the annals of human history, modern day society is already setting records never before dreamed possible, as human-trashed plastic officially kills a six-ton six-year-old sperm whale. Yes, and it only took a total of 64 pounds of plastic to do the nasty deed. An autopsy of the dead whale found on a beach in…
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Nashville parents, teachers and students decry public school cuts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Public schools in Nashville, Tennessee face cuts to free food programs and elimination of funding to schools with impoverished students.
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Britain piles on lies to shore up Skripal poisoning accusations against Russia
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Faced with a devastating exposure of the May government's concoctions, within the space of a month, the British media is in damage limitation mode.
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Isle of Wight Council continues to cut services
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Every aspect of social provision on the island stands as an indictment of the capitalist system.
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Snipers Shooting Unarmed People at 100 Meters Isn't a 'Clash'
Adam Johnson | FAIR | 2018-04-09
Despite the Washington Post headline ( 4/6/18), Palestinians' burning tires have not been reported to have killed anyone, whereas Israeli live fire has killed 30 at last count. | As FAIR has noted before (e.g., Extra!, 1/17; FAIR.org, 4/2/18), the term "clash" is almost always used to to launder power asymmetry and give the reader the impression of two equal warring sides. It obscures power dynamics and the nature of the conflict itself, e.g., who instigated it and what weapons if any were used. "Clash" is a reporter's best friend when they want to describe violence without offending anyone in power–in the words of George Orwell, "to name things without calling up mental pictures of them." | It's predictable, then, that in coverage of Israel's recent mass shootings in Gaza–which have killed over 30 Palestinians and injured…
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Restored version of Fassbinder's working class drama Eight Hours Don't Make a Day showing in US
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The result is surprisingly optimistic and confident, not what one might have expected from Fassbinder, known for his emotionally dark, harsh and even cynical films.
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Tariffs and Hip Replacements
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
Seriously, the NYT ran a piece with the headline, "why Trump's tariffs could raise the cost of a hip replacement." The point of the piece is that we now import a substantial amount of medical equipment and devices from China. This means that if we have to pay 25 percent more, then the price of…
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Cosby courthouse chaos: Topless woman arrested as retrial starts (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
A topless woman protesting outside the Pennsylvania courthouse where US comedian and actor Bill Cosby is due to be retried on sexual assault charges has been arrested. | RT.com
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Bangladesh garment workers jailed on bogus attempted murder charges
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The charges follow a series of provocations against workers at the Ashiana Garments plant, south of Dhaka.
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Britain piles on lies to shore up Skripal poisoning accusations against Russia
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Faced with a devastating exposure of the May government's concoctions, within the space of a month, the British media is in damage limitation mode.
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Bogus anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn and Labour reveals its Zionist agenda
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The furore over Jewdas confirms that the three-year-long campaign accusing Corbyn of tolerating anti-Semitism is part of an effort to discredit the entire left.
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Could Trump Really Militarize the Border?
Bill Blum | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
Frustrated in his efforts to secure funding for his "beautiful border wall" by both Mexico (which has refused to pay for the undertaking) and Congress, President Trump has vowed to militarize the nation's southern frontier. | "We are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States," Trump blustered at a White House press conference Tuesday. On Friday, Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis followed up on Trump's proclamation, ordering the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the border. Under the terms of Mattis' order, the troops will act under the control of the respective governors of the states from which they will be drawn–primarily Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and, if Gov. Jerry Brown agrees (so far, he hasn't), California. | Bluster and bombast are part of the diurnal cycle in…
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TigerSwan Employee Applied for Security License in Louisiana Without Disclosing Ties — After Firm's Attempt Was Denied
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
The private security firm TigerSwan, known for its controversial military-style tactics against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, is appealing the decision to deny its application for a license to operate in the state of Louisiana, where Energy Transfer Partners is building the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.On February 26, 2018, Anne White Hat, Rosebud Lakota Nation, was among those arrested after protesting at a Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction site. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) | The private security firm TigerSwan, known for its controversial military-style tactics against Dakota Access pipeline protesters, is appealing the decision to deny its application for a license to operate in the state of Louisiana, where Energy Transfer Partners is building the Bayou Bridge pipeline. In November, several environmental groups opposed to the Bayou Bridge pipeline attempted to intervene in this case, saying their members…
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On Embracing Intersectionality and Decolonization to Foment Personal and Societal Change
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
The recent assassination of the Brazilian Black queer activist Marielle Franco demonstrated the threat that the ruling establishment sees in powerful intersectional leaders. Pacific Indigenous scholar Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell and Cascadia Deaf Nation co-manager Ashanti Monts-Treviska discuss the power of intersectional and transnational movements to challenge the oppressive status quo.People listen to speakers during a protest held to draw attention to current social justice issues on the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 4, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) | Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Chip in now by clicking here. | In 2018, the term "identity politics" is often associated with the promotion of tokenized personalities rather than on the representation and advancement of oppressed communities within society. This form…
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Sinclair Broadcasting Airs Allied Progress Ad — Between Attacks on the Group
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
Truthout refuses corporate funding and all the strings that come attached. Instead, reader support powers us. Make a tax-deductible donation today! | Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to air a commercial from a progressive watchdog that's critical of the broadcaster's actions. | But Allied Progress called foul Sunday. | Sinclair began running the 30-second spot with a 15-second defense of Sinclair, followed by the Allied Progress 30-second ad, and then another 15-second of Sinclair's voiceover: "The misleading ad you just saw focused on a brief promotional message that simply said we're a source for truthful news. It ignored thousands of hours of local news we produce each year to keep you informed. The ad was purchased by a group known for its liberal bias, and we hope you won't buy into the hysteria and hype." | The unusual move comes one…
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Ricardo Montaner and Human Rights Watch Campaign for Venezuela
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-09
Latin Americans and their governments should speak out and urge President Nicolás Maduro's government to recognize and tackle the devastating human rights and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. | (Miami) — Latin Americans and their governments should speak out and urge President Nicolás Maduro's government to recognize and tackle the devastating human rights and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, Latin music star Ricardo Montaner and Human Rights Watch said in a campaign launched today. | Montaner, the iconic Argentinian singer-songwriter who grew up in Venezuela, joined forces with Human Rights Watch to launch #TodosConVenezuela (Everyone With Venezuela). The campaign, which urges ordinary citizens, especially in Latin America, to speak up for their neighbors, starts on April 9, 2018, ahead of the regional Summit of the Americas. Through the campaign portal people are asked to tweet at several Latin American presidents, asking…
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CIA stages gas attack pretext for Syria escalation
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The rhetoric of the Trump administration indicates that preparations are being made by the Pentagon for stepped-up military operations in Syria.
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New York police release video and transcripts from shooting of unarmed man in Brooklyn
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
In the video compilation, almost no one seems threatened and most people, inches from the man, hardly notice him.
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Charles Blow: 'Fox & Friends' Is Trump's Real Cabinet
Ilana Novick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-09
America is being governed by a group of clueless pundits. | Donald Trump's official cabinet is a collection of uniquely unqualified and malevolent people. To pick just one example, it's unconscionable that Betsy DeVos, a woman whose life's work is destroying public education, has suddenly become responsible for it. Unfortunately for America, the horrors don't end there. Trump has a shadow cabinet in Fox News, specifically the weekday morning show Fox and Friends. As Charles Blow writes in his Monday column, the news program has essentially become Donald Trump's daily briefing. "It's not just embarrassing that the president of the United States is taking his policy cues from a group of television pundits, it's downright dangerous. Blow points to an analysis of the show by Punditfact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times and the Poynter Institute that analyzes the accuracy of claims. . .
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Trump's Dangerous Game of Chicken
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
As the "tit-for-tat" trade fight between the US and China escalates, Donald Trump is likely to find that he doesn't "know China" the way he once thought. When he said that during the presidential campaign, he based his understanding of China on one thing: the high rent in Trump Tower that he had exacted from…
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'Take that down': Host panics after poll showing Fox News as least-trusted network appears on air
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
Fox News host Howard Kurtz panicked after accidentally displaying a graphic that showed the network is the least-trusted major American news network. | RT.com
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Economic Update: Beyond the Political Theater
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-09
Economist Richard Wolff says all the posturing and finger-pointing–from the NRA's anti-government fear mongering to Trump's Chinese tariffs–are really just an effort to distract from the real issue: 'It gets you focused on something other than the economic system that is screwing you'…
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Still Smearing Jeremy Corbyn
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
While it is impossible to deny that there are some antisemites in the Labour Party, and that every effort must therefore be made by the party to sever links with them, it is equally clear that Corbyn is being smeared by his accusers. | Hardly a month goes by without some member of the UK elite being discovered to have a fondness for Nazi uniforms (or hanging-out with those who wear them) or being caught enjoying the company of proven antisemites.
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Pulitzer Prize-Winner Junot Díaz Opens Up About Childhood Abuse
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
In a visceral, powerful piece for The New Yorker, the award-winning author breaks his lifelong silence on the rape that impacted his entire being. | The post Pulitzer Prize-Winner Junot Díaz Opens Up About Childhood Abuse appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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New York State's Big Middle Finger to the Republican Tax Plan
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
Tax-cut protesters watch as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joins other Democratic officials, labor members and activists in front of Trump Tower to protest against the proposed Republican tax overhauls on November 21, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. | Last month New York State gave a big middle finger to Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. It included measures in its budget bill that will allow people in the state to get around the new tax law's limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes. This could save the state's ability to maintain and extend its level of public services.
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Russia says 3,000 leave Syrian Town of Douma
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
Russian military officer says activists' claims of a chemical weapons attack have been checked and that no trace of the use of chemical agents in the area has been found. | The post Russia says 3,000 leave Syrian Town of Douma appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Shell Has Known About the Climate Crisis for Decades
Eric Ortiz | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
Climate change deniers often make the claim that more research is needed to determine if fossil fuels are warming the earth. But while the energy industry foments scientific uncertainty, internal research from Royal Dutch Shell confirms the company knew about the science of global warming decades ago and then hid the knowledge. | Dutch journalist Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent, unearthed a Shell report from 1988 called " The Greenhouse Effect" that calculated Shell's contribution to global warming and anticipated the multinational oil and gas company could be sued in the future over environmental damage. | According to Climate Files: The confidential report, "The Greenhouse Effect," was authored by members of Shell's Greenhouse Effect Working Group and based on a 1986 study, though the document reveals Shell was commissioning "greenhouse effect" reports as early as 1981. Report highlights…
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Why Vietnam Still Matters: Saigon's and Frank Snepp's "Decent Interval"
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
Exclusively for CounterPunch, Matthew Stevenson travels from Haiphong and Hanoi, in what was North Vietnam, to the Central Highlands and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon and the capital, in search of the remnants of the American war in Vietnam. This is Part VII of an eight-part series. The night before leaving Saigon, I went…
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Lopez Obrador's Commanding Lead in Mexican Polls Spells End of the Line for Establishment Parties
JLGC | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
Polls consistently place the leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, former mayor of Mexico City, as the frontrunner in the 2018 presidential race, signaling an end to two-party rule in Mexico. | The post Lopez Obrador's Commanding Lead in Mexican Polls Spells End of the Line for Establishment Parties appeared first on MintPress News.

Lopez Obrador’s Commanding Lead in Mexican Polls Spells End of the Line for Establishment Parties

Thousands of Hearts and Minds
Ed Kinane | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
To work against militarism and for social justice is to struggle for hearts and minds. We "educate, agitate, and organize." We reach out to the public to mobilize its conscience. But the public is large and we are few. Most ways to reach the public are costly. Or shaped by other agendas. So mostly we…
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Chaos Reigns: John Bolton Is Now at Trump's Right Hand. What Fresh Hell Awaits Us?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-09
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis greets incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton upon his arrival for a meeting at the Pentagon, on March 29, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images) | For those of us who have been closely following politics for the past couple of decades, the following words are undoubtedly ones we never expected to read: Today is John Bolton's first day as national security adviser to the president of the United States. After observing his years of extremist rhetoric and his checkered career in government, it seemed unimaginable that Bolton would ever attain such an important job. But then, it was once unimaginable that a reality TV host and shill for cheap consumer goods could become president either. Perhaps it's time to recognize that we are so far down the rabbit hole that comparing this administration…
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India: Modi government accelerates anti-worker privatization drive
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
A key aim of the privatization drive is to cut jobs, impose speed-ups, and further erode wages and working conditions, making India more attractive to investors.
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Zionism's Palestinian Problem…and Ours
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-09
The "Palestinian Problem" for Israeli Zionists and their codependents (e.g., the AIPAC-bought U.S. two party system) is: how do we get rid of the Palestinians as fast as possible — to get all the Levant real estate we want, free and clear — while not going too fast so as to stir up the concerted…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/09/zion…

Lawsuit accuses Washington, D.C. of destroying personal belongings of the homeless
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Plaintiffs allege that their tents, mattresses, food, clothing, electronics and identity documents were either lost or destroyed during numerous city-led clearings of their encampment in 2016 and 2017.
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MLK's Children Reveal His Undelivered Speech: "America May Go to Hell"
Chauncey Robinson | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
"The masses of people have yet to really understand Martin Luther King, Jr. and his real mission. Mainstream media promotes the vision of a dreamer … He is actually watered down." | The post MLK's Children Reveal His Undelivered Speech: "America May Go to Hell" appeared first on MintPress News.

MLK’s Children Reveal His Undelivered Speech: “America May Go to Hell”

Glenn Greenwald on Syria: U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won't Help Suffering Syrian Civilians
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
We begin today's show in Syria, where Israeli F-15 bomber jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian air base used by Iranian forces. There are reports that 14 people died in the strikes, including Iranian nationals. Israel is said to have launched the raid from Lebanon's airspace. The Israeli bombing came a day after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1,000 in the Syrian town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian opposition blamed the Assad government for carrying out the attacks, but Syria denied having any role. The chemical attack came one day after Syrian forces launched an air and ground assault on Douma. While international officials are still investigating what happened, President Trump took to Twitter to directly accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of playing a role. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today to discuss the crisis in Syria. Today also marks John Bolton's first day as President Trump's national security adviser. We get reaction from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
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"Apartheid, Rogue, Terrorist State": Glenn Greenwald on Israel's Murder of Gaza Protesters, Reporter
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
On Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Gaza for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally shot by the Israeli army while covering a fresh round of deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border. Photos show the 30-year-old journalist was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked "PRESS" at the time of the shooting. He's one of at least nine Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli army during its brutal crackdown against Friday's protests. The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli forces have killed 31 people in total since Palestinians kicked off a 6-week-long nonviolent protest late last month, dubbed "The Great March of Return." Both the International Criminal Court and the United Nations have rebuked Israel in recent days and warned its actions on the border could violate international human rights conventions. For more, we continue our conversation with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
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Restored version of Fassbinder's working class drama Eight Hours Don't Make a Day showing in US
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The result is surprisingly optimistic and confident, not what one might have expected from Fassbinder, known for his emotionally dark, harsh and even cynical films.
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French rail workers, students resume strike action against Macron
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
The trade unions are coordinating with the Macron government to contain the rail workers' strike movement against the planned privatisation of the French National Railways.
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Chicago Ford workers speak out against treatment of temporary part-timers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
Ford Chicago Assembly Plant workers raised questions over the UAW's claim that 224 temporary part-time workers will be converted to full-time.
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John Oliver Opens a 'Crisis Pregnancy Center' to Show How Deceptive They Can Legally Be (Video)
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
The "Last Week Tonight" host analyzes the ways that such centers often mislead women seeking an abortion. | The post John Oliver Opens a 'Crisis Pregnancy Center' to Show How Deceptive They Can Legally Be (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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How Sloppy Work by the FBI — and the Press — Led to 30 Suicides
Dr. Adrian Quinn | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
As the dust settled from Operation Ore, but only after harm had been done, it became clear that a list of names of suspected pedophiles harvested by the FBI included many who were entirely innocent. | The post How Sloppy Work by the FBI — and the Press — Led to 30 Suicides appeared first on MintPress News.

How Sloppy Work by the FBI – and the Press – Led to 30 Suicides

A Radical Lesson from the Invasion of Iraq: Our War Monuments Should Honor the Sacrifice of Civilians, Not Soldiers
Peter Maass | The Intercept | 2018-04-09
Fifteen years ago, U.S. Marines toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. The war's grievous toll on Iraqis is what we need to remember. | The post A Radical Lesson from the Invasion of Iraq: Our War Monuments Should Honor the Sacrifice of Civilians, Not Soldiers appeared first on The Intercept.
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Donald Trump Asks Why CIA Did Not Massacre Family of Militant With Drone
Juan Cole | MintPress News | 2018-04-09
Greg Jaffe at the Washington Post reports that Trump has reversed an Obama-era push to get the Central Intelligence Agency out of the business of assassinating people with drone strikes (Obama had tried to shift most such operations to the Department of Defense). | In the course of reviewing video of a drone strike, Trump noticed that the drone pilot held off hitting the suspected militant in his own home (which would have killed his family as well) and waited until he was some distance outside it until they assassinated him. | Jaffe writes, "Trump asked, "Why did you wait?' one participant in the meeting recalled." | The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald replied on Twitter: | This is actual sociopathy: t.co/nLYRJ78Ney | — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 6, 2018 | Readers may remember that when Trump came into office, I warned…

Donald Trump Asks Why CIA Did Not Massacre Family of Militant With Drone

Mali: Deaths, Torture in Army Detention
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-09
| The government of Mali should urgently conduct credible investigations into abuses against suspects its army detained during a major military operation against armed Islamist groups, Human Rights Watch said. The army high command should suspend officers implicated in abuse pending investigations and ensure that all detainees are treated humanely and are promptly turned over to government gendarmes. | The investigations should include the deaths in detention of 27 men and the severe torture of two others in February, March, and April 2018 during Operation Dambe, a major offensive that ramped up in early 2018 in the Mopti region of Central Mali. The army has said that it is investigating two of the reported cases. In light of the failure of the military to hold accountable soldiers implicated in past abuses, an independent Justice Ministry investigation for the…
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YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
Google violates child protection laws by collecting data from, and advertising to, children under 13, according to a complaint lodged with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by a coalition of child protection and privacy groups. | RT.com
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This week in history: April 9-15
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-09
25 years ago: Riots erupt after ANC leader assassinated in South Africa On April 10, 1993, Chris Hani, head of the Communist Party of South Africa and the Umkhonto we Sizwe militia arm of the African National Congress, was gunned down outside his home in the racially-mixed suburb of Boksburg.
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Tax Cuts, Spending to Jack Deficit to $1 Trillion by 2020
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-09
WASHINGTON–The combined effect of President Donald Trump's tax cuts and last month's budget-busting spending bill is sending the government's budget deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. | The CBO report says the twin tax and spending bills will push the budget deficit to $804 billion this year and just under $1 trillion for the upcoming budget year. | CBO says economic growth from the tax cuts will add 0.7 percent on average to the nation's economic output over the coming decade. Those effects will only partially offset the deficit cost of the tax cuts. The administration had promised the cuts would pay for themselves. | Instead, Monday's report estimates that the GOP tax bill, which is Republican-controlled Washington's signature accomplishment under Trump, will add $1.8 trillion to the deficit over the…
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Activists arrested at Chuck Schumer's Manhattan office following Gaza protest
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-09
Eight Jewish activists have been arrested at US Senator Chuck Schumer's New York City office, following a protest over Israel's crackdown on Palestinians in Gaza. | RT.com
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This New Study Is Further Proof That Going Vegan Is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Planet (Video)
Joe Loria, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-08
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. . .
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