2018-04-10: News Headlines

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). Iran: Jailed Rights Defender Ailing. Human Rights Watch News Golrakh Iraee | © 2014 Private | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities should immediately release Golrokh Iraee, a human rights defender hospitalized in Tehran, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraee was sentenced to six years in prison in April 2015 on charges solely related to her peaceful activism, after an unfair trial. | Iraee was transferred to a hospital from prison on April 3, apparently suffering medical complications from a hunger strike. The authorities allowed her family to visit on April 9. | "Iranian authorities are apparently so threatened by human rights defenders that they imprison them for years," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Instead of making prison conditions worse, Iran should start listening to defenders' demands for more rights and freedom for all citizens." | On January…

Ted Rall (2018-04-10). The Media Never, Ever Gives Peace a Chance. counterpunch.org At this writing, President Trump is considering "the possibility of retaliation in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack on young children and families in the Syrian city of Douma," reported CBS News. "If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out," Trump More

WSWS (2018-04-10). Australian universities integrated into military build-up. World Socialist Web Site A report last month documented the proliferation of ties between Australian universities, government-backed military research, and private contractors, including arms dealers.

WSWS (2018-04-10). UK's Open University to be decimated, as more jobs are eliminated. World Socialist Web Site Hundreds of jobs are threatened in the largest restructuring and redundancy programme in university history.

WSWS (2018-04-10). Tuition hikes at Portland State University spark outrage. World Socialist Web Site Students contrasted the six-figure salaries of university officials with the heavy burden on working class students.

Vijay Prashad (2018-04-10). How to Report on Gaza. counterpunch.org If you are a Western journalist and you have to report from Gaza, the best thing to do is to treat the Palestinians as a threat. Their bodies are weapons, their existence is dangerous. If a Palestinian is killed by an Israeli soldier, the most appropriate thing to do is to call it a "clash." More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2018. Democracy Now! FBI Raids Home, Office & Hotel Room of Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen, Zuckerberg to Testify on Capitol Hill over Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Trump Threatens to Respond "Forcefully" to Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, Report: Celebrated Journalist Marie Colvin Was "Assassinated" by Syrian Regime, Gaza: Palestinians Pay Tribute to Journalist Yaser Murtaja, Killed by Israeli Sniper, Jewish Activists in Boston, New York Arrested Protesting Israel's Killing of Palestinian Protesters, Germany: Hundreds of Flights Canceled Amid One-Day Union Strike, Oklahoma Teachers Enter Second Week of Strike Demanding Better Education Funding, Florida Students Walk Out to Protest Teens Killed by Gun Violence in Liberty City, Denver Post Launches Public Revolt Against Its Hedge-Fund Owner, CBO Analysis: Trump's Tax Breaks for Rich Will Contribute to Growing Deficit, 42 Workers Contaminated by Radioactive Particles at Hanford Nuclear Site…

Alfred W. McCoy (2018-04-10). How China and the U.S. Are Spawning a New Great Power Naval Rivalry. counterpunch.org 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 U.S. 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 More

RT (2018-04-10). Tucker Carlson slams US foreign policy in no-holds-barred monologue on Syria, social media explodes. RT US News As US leaders and mainstream media push for the nation to go to war in Syria, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has slammed so-called "geniuses" who claim to know the truth behind the alleged chemical attack.
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WSWS (2018-04-10). Report details massive growth of inequality worldwide. World Socialist Web Site The report found that if inequality grows at its present rate, the world's billionaires will eventually "own 100 percent of the world's wealth."

RT (2018-04-10). Trump Homeland Security Adviser Bossert resigns. RT US News White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has announced the resignation of President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert.
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TRNN (2018-04-10). Maryland Passes Watered Down Moratorium on Water Liens. The Real News Network A bill sponsored by Senator Barbara Robinson was fast-tracked through the General Assembly on Monday, but activists say the legislation was stripped down…

WSWS (2018-04-10). Mass turnout at state capitol as Oklahoma teachers' strike enters second week. World Socialist Web Site The walkout shut down schools serving at least 500,000 of the state's 700,000 public school students on Monday, and scores of districts have announced that schools will be closed Tuesday.

Tom H. Hastings (2018-04-10). Crony Corruption in Trumpworld. counterpunch.org Scott Pruitt flies first class international with his entourage to Paris for a couple of days—just to party—and then on to Morocco for one day to promote the sale of liquefied natural gas produced by a crony—a lobbyist for the LNG company that gives Pruitt a sweetheart deal on a fancy place to stay in Washington DC. More

WSWS (2018-04-10). Bavaria revives Germany's notorious "Radicals Decree" World Socialist Web Site The district administration in Upper Bavaria denied a candidate teacher a post as trainee because he was a member of the student and youth organisation of the Left Party.

RT (2018-04-10). Majority of Americans think Facebook should face more regulation — poll. RT US News The majority of Americans believe their personal data is currently unsafe with Facebook and that the social media giant should face stronger oversight from government, according to a new poll. |
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WSWS (2018-04-10). Top Trump aide lays out driving forces of trade war against China. World Socialist Web Site Trump's key trade adviser Peter Navarro declared that China's move into high-tech development was a direct threat to US economic and military dominance.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Denver Post Revolts Against Its "Vulture" Hedge-Fund Owner & Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved. Democracy Now! The Denver Post has launched a revolt against its owner: New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital. On Sunday, The Denver Post's editorial board published a lead editorial headlined "As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved." Alden Global Capital is the parent company of Digital First Media, one of the country's largest newspaper chains. Since 2010, Digital First Media has slashed budgets and staff at newspapers across the country, including the Oakland Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Alden Global Capital is backed by founder and chief of investments Randall Smith and president Heath Freeman. Both are known on Wall Street as vulture capitalists who make their money investing in distressed businesses and selling them off. For more, we speak with Ricardo Baca, the former cannabis editor at The Denver Post, who wrote one of the op-eds, titled "When a hedge fund tries to kill the newspapers it owns, journalists must fight back." Baca worked at the Post for 16 years and is now the CEO and founder of Grasslands.

Charles Pierson (2018-04-10). Will Bolton and Trump Start the First Sino-American War? counterpunch.org When America launches a preemptive attack on North Korea, will the US find itself at war with China? | This is not an idle question. On Monday, the fiercest advocate of a preemptive attack on North Korea, John R. Bolton, joined the Trump Administration. Bolton, a former US Ambassador to the UN, replaces H. R. McMaster as President Donald Trump's national security adviser. More

David Swanson (2018-04-10). "Why, This Isn't Cuba" counterpunch.org Back in the 1890s those who believed conquering a continent was killing enough (without taking over Hawaii, the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc.) included Speaker of the House Thomas Reed. He clipped an article out of a newspaper about a lynching in South Carolina. He clipped a headline about "Another Outrage in Cuba." He pasted More

George Ochenski (2018-04-10). Why Scott Pruitt Must Go. counterpunch.org The simple and inescapable truth is that Montana has been ravaged by mining and industrial activities. That's why we have a rather daunting list of federal Superfund sites in what we still call "the last best place." And that's why Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, must be replaced More

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WSWS (2018-04-10). FBI raids home, office of Trump's personal attorney. World Socialist Web Site The political conflict within the US ruling elite has reached unprecedented dimensions, with the FBI and the White House openly at war.

WSWS (2018-04-10). SEP congressional candidates hold initial meetings in San Diego and Berkeley. World Socialist Web Site The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the California midterm elections spoke on the crisis confronting workers and immigrants.

TRNN (2018-04-10). Advocates say Democrats Worked Tirelessly to Defeat Reforms in MD. The Real News Network Advocates say Democrats Worked Tirelessly to Defeat Reforms in MDLast minute efforts to pass tough on crime legislation and thwart reforms aimed at banning destructive water bill liens has frustrated advocates who say the state legislature needs to be more forward thinking…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). South Korea: Press Human Rights in Discussions with North Korea. Human Rights Watch News Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon talks with South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea on January 9, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Korea Pool |
| (Seoul) — South Korea should press for human rights issues to be included in all discussions with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including in the agenda of the summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for April 27, 2018, Human Rights Watch and 39 other leading global nongovernmental organizations said in a letter to Moon today. | "We welcome the renewed inter-Korean dialogue, but it will only be meaningful to the people of…

RT (2018-04-10). US missile destroyer reportedly sailing toward Syria as Trump weighs options. RT US News The USS 'Donald Cook', a guided-missile destroyer, has left Cyprus and is reportedly moving to the eastern Mediterranean. The movement of the vessel comes as top US officials have threatened to attack Syria.
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WSWS (2018-04-10). East Kentucky residents hit by rate hikes and shutoffs of undrinkable water. World Socialist Web Site The Public Service Commission announced a rate increase and water surcharge fee for Martin County residents who have been fighting contaminated water and service interruptions.

Rick Sterling (2018-04-10). Chemical Weapons Redux: Taking the World to the Brink of Annihilation. MintPress News Years of chemical weapons allegations, saber rattling and a desperate search for a casus belli have culminated in a situation which risks a serious conflict of world powers. | The post Chemical Weapons Redux: Taking the World to the Brink of Annihilation appeared first on MintPress News.

RT (2018-04-10). Trump will skip South America summit to plan Syria response. RT US News Donald Trump intends to skip a planned summit in South America. The president will instead remain in the US to oversee the American response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria by government forces.
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WSWS (2018-04-10). Strikes mount as National Assembly opens debate on French rail privatization. World Socialist Web Site Air France workers are taking strike action today over wage demands, after rail workers mounted a fourth day of rotating strikes yesterday.

Murtaza Hussain (2018-04-10). Video Shows Israeli Interrogators Making Threats Against Family of Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi. The Intercept A video showing the interrogation of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi was released by her family on Monday, with footage of Israeli interrogators threatening and intimidating the 17-year-old. At a press conference in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Ahed's father, Bassem Tamimi, announced the release of the video, taken from an interrogation that she underwent on December 26 of last year, after she was detained for slapping an Israeli soldier during a raid on her house. | In the footage released to the public, Ahed Tamimi is shown sitting at a desk in an interrogator's office, a week after she was detained during a raid on her home by Israeli forces. Two Israeli interrogators are seen questioning her about her involvement in recent protests. The men also make comments about her white skin and threaten to detain her family members if she fails to…

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-10). Donald the Animal Stays In Syria. counterpunch.org Another chemical weapons at the hands (supposedly) of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The public was bombarded with images of victims of the attack. Where have been the images of Donald Trump's victims? If the liberal media really is opposed to Trump as they say, why haven't they been as outraged about Trump's crimes? | More

Jonah Raskin (2018-04-10). Bohemian, Feminist & Californian: Judy Dater & Her Photos at the de Young. counterpunch.org Bohemia as a lifestyle and a state of mind was born in Paris at about the same time as the French Revolution of 1848. Too volatile and rambunctious to stay put on the Left Bank, it quickly moved to New York's Greenwich Village and then to San Francisco's North Beach, where it helped give birth More

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). Egypt: Al-Sisi Should End Rights Abuses. Human Rights Watch News A man carries breads on his head along a busy street near a banner for Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from the campaign titled "Alashan Tabneeha" (So You Can Build It) after election results in Cairo, Egypt, April 3, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh | (Beirut) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should prioritize reforms to end serious human rights violations during his second term, Human Rights Watch said today. | Al-Sisi won the April 2, 2018 election with 97 percent of the votes cast following months of intimidation and arrests of other potential candidates. His only challenger, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, had supported al-Sisi's campaign until the day before registering as a candidate. Human Rights Watch and 13 other rights organizations concluded before the election that it lacked the minimum requirements…

WSWS (2018-04-10). Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents meet in Ankara. World Socialist Web Site The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran came together in Ankara April 4 to discuss developments in Syria as well as the relations between the three countries.

Sky Gilbert, The Conversation (2018-04-10). Homophobia: Old problem, new disguise in 'Love, Simon'. AlterNet.org 'Love, Simon' tells the story of a gay teenager who is 'just like you' – a mainstream comedy first – but what happens when they are not just like you? | Are gays and lesbians generally accepted by North American society? The answer you are most likely to hear is, most decidedly, yes. Looking at the advances in civil rights, it would seem that the lives of gays and lesbians have much improved. But the fact is homophobia hasn't disappeared, it's merely in stealth mode. Just because people don't use the word "fag" in polite society doesn't mean there has been a fundamental change in the human heart. It is in media representations of gay men that the new "stealth homophobia" most clearly shows its face. Gay men are out and proud on some TV shows — the new incarnation of Queer Eye for. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."

WSWS (2018-04-10). New Anti-capitalist Party seeks to strangle French rail strikes. World Socialist Web Site Fifty years after the 1968 general strike, the Pabloite NPA insists workers should take orders from organizations it admits support the attacks on rail workers.

WSWS (2018-04-10). Japan activates first Marine brigade since World War II. World Socialist Web Site The new Marine brigade is not simply defensive in character but could be used during a Japanese war of aggression far from its shores.

WSWS (2018-04-10). On the brink of war: US and NATO prepare military strike on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The American and European ruling elites see in war a means not only to reverse a series of geopolitical setbacks in the Middle East, but also to crack down on domestic political opposition.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Will Try for a Senate Seat in Coal Country. Truthout Stories Just when you think the GOP has scraped the bottom of the barrel with political candidates — like, say, Roy Moore — they manage to surprise us again. Democrat Joe Manchin's competitor in the race for one of West Virginia's senate seats is none other than Don Blankenship. | If his name doesn't ring a bell, that might be because Blankenship has spent the last nine months in jail. He's the disgraced former CEO of Massey Energy, as in, the energy company responsible for a coal mining disaster that killed 29 people in 2010. The company had racked up over one thousand warnings about unsafe conditions prior to the incident. | West Virginia is coal country, so is it really a good move for a man who became the public figurehead…

WSWS (2018-04-10). Workers Struggles: The Americas. World Socialist Web Site As teachers in Oklahoma and other US states strike and protest, a wave of teacher struggles is spreading throughout Latin America.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Calling for Change Is Not a Crime. Truthout Stories Janine Jackson interviewed Omar Farah about the Department of Homeland Security's "Race Paper" on the March 23, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | MP3 Link | Janine Jackson: Listeners know the US government has a shameful history of surveilling and intimidating people engaged in First Amendment-protected acts of public protest or public criticism. Black activists have for decades been victims of campaigns to demonize, harass and discredit them and their movements. | So when racial justice groups — using the Freedom of Information Act to find out how the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are monitoring protests around police violence and the Movement for Black Lives — turn up a document referred to as the "Race Paper," which, on receipt, turns out to be completely redacted, with not even the official…

Susan Babbitt (2018-04-10). The Myth of Difficult Times. counterpunch.org We live in difficult times. Or so we are told, again and again, since Trump. But Raúl Roa, brilliant Cuban academic, politician and diplomat, made the claim in 1953. He said a crisis was unfolding that was unprecedented in world history. He was referring to US power after the Second World War. No greater joke, More

WSWS (2018-04-10). UK and French forces on ground in Syria as US prepares wider war. World Socialist Web Site The alleged chemical weapons attack provides an all-too convenient excuse for both countries to deepen their existing operations in Syria.

RT (2018-04-10). 'Facebook didn't do enough': Zuckerberg admits he's at fault over Cambridge Analytica. RT US News Mark Zuckerberg's attempt to arrest Facebook's slide from public favor has brought him to apologize to the US Congress for a series of scandals, including the Cambridge Analytica data breach.
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WSWS (2018-04-10). The pseudo-left's silent complicity in the drive to war against Syria and Russia. World Socialist Web Site The major publications of the pseudo-left, including Jacobin and Socialist Worker, have written nothing on the imperialist war drive or on the shutdown of Internet access for Julian Assange.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen. Democracy Now! FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was carried out by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.

WSWS (2018-04-10). Brazil's ex-president Lula turns himself in to police after supreme court ruling. World Socialist Web Site The Brazilian attorney general's office demanded his immediate arrest out of fear he would "manipulate the masses" and destabalize the country.

WSWS (2018-04-10). Right-wing nationalist Orban wins Hungarian election. World Socialist Web Site Expectations that the Fidesz Party would lose support due to corruption scandals and claims by pollsters that the mood in the country was shifting did not materialise.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Red State Teachers Continue to Press Their Demands as Walkouts, Protests Capture Public Support. Truthout Stories Inspired by the teachers' strike in West Virginia, fed-up teachers in right-to-work states like Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are continuing to press their demands for better wages and more school funding. Republican legislators in these states have systematically shortchanged public education and other public services while slashing corporate taxes over the past decade.Oklahoma students rally outside the state capitol in support of the ongoing teachers' walkout for education funding, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Candice Bernd) | Also see "Red State Rebellion: Inside the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout." | This story wasn't funded by corporate advertising, but by readers like you. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Fed-up teachers in right-to-work states like Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are continuing to press demands of their majority-Republican legislators who have slashed corporate tax rates over the years, shortchanging public…

UN News Service (2018-04-10). U.N. Security Council urged to prevent 'uncontrollable escalation' in Syria. AlterNet.org The recent escalating violence across Syria could have consequences so devastating they are "difficult to even imagine. " | "Recent developments carry more than ever before the dangers that the Secretary-General has warned about," Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told an emergency meeting of the Security Council. "[Dangers] of different Middle East fault lines completely crossing each other and interconnected, of conflicting interests — of both global and regional powers, and forms of escalation that can have absolutely devastating consequences that is difficult for us to even imagine. "In sounding the alarm, Mr. de Mistura reiterated that is it the first time since his appointment (in July 2014), that he has issued such a warning. "The Council cannot allow a situation of uncontrollable escalation to develop in Syria, on any front," he said. Amid deadly attacks and heightened human suffering across the war-torn. . .

Thomas Knapp (2018-04-10). First They Came for Backpage. counterpunch.org The First Amendment to the US Constitution is pretty clear: "Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …" The Communications Decency Act is similarly clear: "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by More

Mary Serumaga (2018-04-10). Je Suis Jeremy. counterpunch.org Last Sunday Jeremy Corbyn faced a large demonstration calling for his resignation as leader of Britain's Labour Party. He is vilified for his defense (or lack of condemnation) of an artist's use of Jewish racial stereotypes. Tolerance of 'artistic' images offensive to sections of the community is well established. The exhibition of a statue of More

RT (2018-04-10). Fox host Laura Ingraham slams 'bullying left' after ad scandal. RT US News Embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham slammed the American left for "bullying" conservatives into silence and clamping down on free speech, in her first show back on the network in almost two weeks.
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WSWS (2018-04-10). Police kill man at Portland homeless shelter for allegedly refusing to drop knife. World Socialist Web Site The murder of John Elifritz Saturday night is yet another demonstration of the fact that police violence in the United States is fundamentally an issue of class, not race.

WSWS (2018-04-10). Germany: The social and political background of the fatal rampage in Màºnster. World Socialist Web Site Even if the evidence points to personal motives for the crime, links to the right-wing extremist milieu cannot be excluded.

RT (2018-04-10). FBI raids Trump's private lawyer in what he calls 'total witch hunt'. RT US News FBI agents have raided the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing business records that reportedly include details of payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
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Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules That Fracking Natural Gas From a Neighboring Property Is Trespassing. Truthout Stories Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! | Last week the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion that could have major ramifications for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the state: It states a company trespassed on a family's land by extracting natural gas from beneath their property while operating a fracking well next door. | The Briggs family owns about 11 acres of land in Harford Township in Susquehanna County. When Southwestern Energy began operating an unconventional natural gas well on the adjacent property in 2011, the Briggs declined to lease their mineral rights to the company for development. In 2015, they filed a complaint that Southwestern was trespassing by extracting gas from beneath their property without a…

TRNN (2018-04-10). Super Victory for the Far-Right in Hungary. The Real News Network Viktor Orban's far-right Fidesz party won reelection with a two-thirds majority in parliament, allowing him to change the constitution in line with his anti-immigrant platform. Benjamin Novak of the Budapest Beacon analyzes the result…

RT (2018-04-10). 'Trump is classic embattled leader looking for war to steer public attacks away from him&#039. RT US News Donald Trump may launch a bombing campaign in Syria, calling it retaliation for Assad's alleged poison gas use, although in reality it will be to steer the story away from the US leader, journalist Dave Lindorff told RT.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). ICC Prosecutor's Unprecedented Bid to Bring Justice to Rohingya. Human Rights Watch News Rohingya refugees walk inside Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh January 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | On Monday, International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked the court's judges to rule on whether the ICC "can exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh." | Bangladesh is a member of the ICC, but Myanmar isn't. This distinction is critical because, since the ICC lacks jurisdiction over Myanmar, the most obvious path to justice for victims of crimes committed against ethnic Rohingya is through a United Nations Security Council referral to the court. | The prosecutor's legal argument — the first ever request of its kind — is an attempt to assert jurisdiction over "deportation," one of the well-documented crimes attributed to Myanmar's armed…

WSWS (2018-04-10). French government launches brutal attack on environmental protest camp. World Socialist Web Site On Monday morning the National Gendarmerie deployed nearly 2,500 heavily armed officers to assault an environmentalist camp in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, near Nantes.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). "A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet. Democracy Now! President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."

Frida Berrigan (2018-04-09). How Do You Tell the Kids that Grandma Is in Jail for Resisting Nuclear Weapons? Global Research "Our grandma is in jail," Madeline tells a woman wrestling a shopping cart at Target. | "She went over a war fence and tried to make peace," Seamus adds helpfully. "They arrested her, and she is in jail now." | "Where?" the …

Patrik Paulov (2018-04-09). 15 Years Since the Fall of Baghdad: A Broken Statue in a War Built on Lies. Global Research "The terror is over after 35 long years — therefore all those who demonstrated for peace were wrong". The headline is from an article in the Swedish evening paper Expressen on April 10, 2003. It was the day after Baghdad …

WSWS (2018-04-09). Australian tertiary education union imposes cuts to wages and conditions at Murdoch University. World Socialist Web Site Almost half the university's staff abstained or refused to vote in the postal ballot to accept the NTEU-negotiated agreement.

Prof. Christopher Busby (2018-04-09). Video: Dr. Chris Busby on Novichoks and the Skripal Russia Poisoning Affair. Global Research Dr Busby says a few words about the Russian Nerve Agent issue. He speaks as an expert in this area. | Chris worked for several years at the famous Wellcome Research laboratories in Beckenham, London as a Senior Scientist in the …

Eric Zuesse (2018-04-09). Dangerous Crossroads: Possibility Now for Nuclear War, Russia vs. U.S.? Credible Evidence. U.S Missile Attack against Syria Contemplated. Global Research Although Russia has warned the U.S. that another U.S. missile-assault against sovereign Syrian territory will be answered not only by Syria's military but also by Russia's, Andrew Korybko, who is an expert on geostrategy and especially on Russia's strategic intentions, …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-09). Israel's Secret Nuclear Biological and Chemical Weapons (NBC). Global Research For years, Syria and Egypt refused to abandon their chemical weapons facing a threatening neighbor, Israel, which develops very sophisticated ones, in addition to biological and nuclear weapons.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-09). Headlines for April 9, 2018. Democracy Now! Israel Bombs Syrian Air Base; 60 Killed in Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Douma, Israeli Army Kills 9 Palestinians at Protest, Including Journalist Yaser Murtaja, Brazil: Lula Begins Serving Jail Sentence, After 2-Day Standoff, U.S.: Kim Jong-un Open to Talking Denuclearization in Meeting with Trump, ICE Carries Out Biggest Raid in a Decade, Arresting Nearly 100 in TN Meat-Processing Plant, Texas Deploys 250 National Guard Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Scott Pruitt Faces Scrutiny over $3 Million Security Detail, CNN: Trump Preparing for Possible Interview with Mueller, Hungarian Far-Right Prime Minister Wins Third Term After Xenophobic Campaign, Protesters Denounce Saudi Crown Prince's Visit to Paris & Saudi War in Yemen, U.N. Warns of Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, After Protests, Kinder Morgan Suspends Work on Trans Mountain Pipeline, Indonesia: 5 Dead After Massive Oil Spill Off Island of Borneo,…

Aya Batrawy (2018-04-09). Saudi Arabia To Consider Digging Canal to Make Qatar an Island and Nuclear Waste Dump. MintPress News 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.

Robert Hunziker (2018-04-09). Plastic Waste Kills Six-Ton Whale. counterpunch.org 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 More

Steven MacMillan (2018-04-09). Emotional Propaganda 101: Chemical Attack in Syria Appears to be a False Flag to Justify Regime Change. Global Research The alleged chemical attack in Syria is a blatant display of how emotional propaganda is used to try and pull at the heartstrings of the general public in order to garner support for a military attack on Syria by the …

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-09). What Is Meat? Missouri Is Working to Legislate Against Lab-Grown Alternatives. The Intercept 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.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-09). Is Sarah Palin Staging a Political Comeback in the Trump Era? AlterNet.org The former Alaska governor expressed her openness to run again. | Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin says she would run for vice president again, but she would like to do it differently. "I would do it again in a heartbeat," Palin said when asked by Fox News host Mark Levin if she was glad she was chosen for the presidential ticket in 2008. "Heck, yeah. "Palin — who resigned from her governorship after Sen. John McCain's failed campaign rocketed her national political stardom — said she would do things differently if she ran again. "I'd push back harder on some of those who were trying to mold me into something that I was not in the campaign," she said. "I would have pushed back and gotten more truth out there. "Palin became a political phenomenon when she entered the 2008 campaign as a virtual unknown. She. . .

WSWS (2018-04-09). Britain piles on lies to shore up Skripal poisoning accusations against Russia. World Socialist Web Site 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.

TRNN (2018-04-09). 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…

RT (2018-04-09). Facebook's data-mining woes deepen as company suspends another analytics firm. RT US News 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.
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RT (2018-04-09). YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups. RT US News 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. |
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Elizabeth Murray (2018-04-09). Likening Palestinians to Blades of Grass. MintPress News 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.

William Boardman (2018-04-09). DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and President Trump's Blatant Bigotry against Immigrants. Global Research "You can't come into court to espouse a position that is heartless." | — Senior US District Judge Nichlas G. Garaufis | US District Court for Eastern District of New York | September 26, 2017 | Lawyers in all sorts of courts argue heartless …

WSWS (2018-04-09). Facebook intensifies censorship ahead of congressional testimony by Zuckerberg. World Socialist Web Site 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.

WSWS (2018-04-09). French rail workers, students resume strike action against Macron. World Socialist Web Site 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.

Shane Quinn (2018-04-09). Persecution of Whistleblowers Makes a Mockery of Magna Carta. Global Research Winston Churchill is perhaps the most famous British Prime Minister of all, remembered best for standing alone against the Nazis as they conquered swathes of Europe in 1940. | Even Churchill's biggest detractors could not deny his courage in fighting against …

Robert Mackey (2018-04-09). Seeing Gaza Through the Lens of Yaser Murtaja, a Palestinian Journalist Killed by Israel. The Intercept 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.Sources in Gaza have confirmed that journalist Yaser…

Adam Johnson (2018-04-09). Snipers Shooting Unarmed People at 100 Meters Isn't a 'Clash'. FAIR 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…

Staff (2018-04-09). Facebook Starts to Send Out Millions of Privacy-Related Notices. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists 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.

Patrick Martin (2018-04-09). CIA Stages Syria Poison Gas Attack, Pretext for Escalation of US-led War. Preparations for Stepped-up Military Operations? Global Research The US media has seized on the latest claims by CIA-backed groups of a poison gas attack on civilians to demand a further escalation of the US-led war for regime-change in Syria and an increased confrontation with Russia. | The Syrian …

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-04-09). As Facebook's Zuckerberg Testifies In Congress, Lawmakers Will Face a CEO With Power Over Their Careers and Agenda. AlterNet.org New advertising rules and European Union privacy standards seek to clean up dirty politics. | Does Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have more power than his congressional inquisitors? As Zuckerberg heads into congressional hearings spurred by revelations that a GOP-connected political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, stole personal data from 87 million users in 2014 before working for 2016 Republican presidential candidates, Facebook has done something that will make members of Congress take notice: It has taken more steps to curb abusive campaign advertising and to protect user privacy than anything Congress has done in years. On the political advertising front, Facebook announced last Friday that it was not going to post any ad from anyone who would not identify themselves, say where they're located, and it would also post links showing all of that political advertisers' messaging. On the privacy front,. . .

Hans Stehling (2018-04-09). America and Britain Provide the Fuel that Keeps the Engine of the Israeli Occupation Running. Global Research The extremist government of Binyamin Netanyahu, (a politician under investigation for fraud and corruption), receives arms and money which total billions of dollars annually from the US, together with millions of pounds from the UK, which is the fuel …

Truthout Stories (2018-04-09). Sinclair Broadcasting Airs Allied Progress Ad — Between Attacks on the Group. Truthout Stories 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…

RT (2018-04-09). Activists arrested at Chuck Schumer's Manhattan office following Gaza protest. RT US News 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. |
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Dr. Adrian Quinn (2018-04-09). How Sloppy Work by the FBI — and the Press — Led to 30 Suicides. MintPress News 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.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-09). TigerSwan Employee Applied for Security License in Louisiana Without Disclosing Ties — After Firm's Attempt Was Denied. Truthout Stories 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…

Richard Fidler (2018-04-09). Madrid Repression of the Catalan Movement: Call for International Solidarity. Global Research International Appeal From Catalonia | The Spanish state's repression against Catalonia's democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. They are accused of violent …

TRNN (2018-04-09). Economic Update: Beyond the Political Theater. The Real News Network 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'

Staff (2018-04-09). Pope: God Favors 'Saints Next Door' Over Religious Elites. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists 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…

Dean Baker (2018-04-09). Tariffs and Hip Replacements. counterpunch.org 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 More

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