2018-04-11: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-11). UK higher education and university staff oppose union sellout ahead of ballot result. World Socialist Web Site There is strong resistance to the University and College Union's attempted sell-out of the pension dispute by university staff who oppose the bureaucracy's lying claims.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing. World Socialist Web Site The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook's censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.

WSWS (2018-04-11). US media demands full-scale assault against Syria. World Socialist Web Site The New York Times and Washington Post have sent a clear message to Trump that a limited attack will be denounced as worse than useless.

WSWS (2018-04-11). The noose tightens around Trump. World Socialist Web Site The extraordinary events of Monday suggest that a criminal indictment of the president, or the threat of one, is overtaking a strategy based on impeachment.

RT (2018-04-11). More AI, policing content & other revelations from Zuckerberg's Senate testimony. RT US News Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent five hours testifying to the Senate, defending the social network from charges of aiding 'Russian meddling' and even revealing a few trade secrets in the process.
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WSWS (2018-04-11). New Zealand barrister defends principle of presumption of innocence. World Socialist Web Site Michael Bott said that an automatic "believe the victim" starting point in a prosecution "can and must have no place in criminal trials."

WSWS (2018-04-11). Students protest against Macron as strikes against austerity mount in France. World Socialist Web Site All over the country, students are occupying campuses and holding general assemblies and demonstrations.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Yulia Skripal discharged from hospital and taken to secret location. World Socialist Web Site The same treatment will likely be meted out to Sergei Skripal, with Salisbury hospital announcing he will be discharged in "due course."

WSWS (2018-04-11). Swiss whistleblower Falciani arrested in Spain on order from Switzerland. World Socialist Web Site Hervé Falciani, who exposed thousands of cases of tax evasion, now faces extradition to Switzerland, in a deal that could include the extradition of two Catalonian politicians.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election. World Socialist Web Site The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.

Emily Wells (2018-04-11). YouTube Blocks Video Denouncing Israeli Militarism. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A 2015 piece featuring journalists Abby Martin and Max Blumenthal discussing the brutality of Israeli occupation has now been removed in 28 countries. However, it still can be seen in the United States. | The post YouTube Blocks Video Denouncing Israeli Militarism appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Michigan governor ends state water distribution in Flint. World Socialist Web Site Snyder justified this latest provocation against the residents, who have suffered years of lead-poisoned water, by citing test levels, despite scientists insisting that no amount of lead in water is safe.

David Dayen (2018-04-11). The Senate Is Afraid to Govern. That's Great News for Facebook. The Intercept Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, had a simple question. "Who is your biggest competitor?" he asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at his congressional testimony on Tuesday. | Zuckerberg's first stab at an answer was to list categories of competition, without giving a specific name of a direct rival. He then retreated to a talking point his minders equipped him with, noting that the average American uses eight different apps (including email) to communicate with people, skipping over the detail that Facebook so far has bought two of the biggest, Instagram and WhatsApp; copied the work of another, Snapchat; and actively seeks to buy out whatever upstart threatens its position. | Zuckerberg's invocation of email as a possible competitor to Facebook did not satisfy Graham, so he clarified the question. | "If I buy a Ford and it doesn't work…

WSWS (2018-04-11). Togo doctors strike over disastrous state of public hospitals. World Socialist Web Site The government is starving funding for health care, spending the criminally negligent amount of just $16 per person in a country of nearly 8 million.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Canada rallies behind US in its incendiary anti-Russia offensive. World Socialist Web Site Canada has signalled its support for the coming US attack on Syria, by pledging to work with its "international partners" to punish Syria and "its backers" with "all available means."

WSWS (2018-04-11). Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill. World Socialist Web Site The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.

WSWS (2018-04-11). France and UK spar to be leading US military partner in Syria. World Socialist Web Site The UK's standing with Washington was undermined in 2013, when Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron called a parliamentary vote on a planned strike on Syria and lost.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Two weeks since WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange silenced by Ecuador. World Socialist Web Site It is no coincidence that Assange has been shut off from any form of communication with the outside world as the US and its allies prepare for an escalation of war in Syria and beyond.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Oklahoma teachers' strike continues as governor rejects funding demands. World Socialist Web Site The Oklahoma Education Association is trying to end the strike on the basis of a rotten deal that abandons the teachers' main demands.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Australian asylum seekers stripped of minimal welfare payments. World Socialist Web Site As of this month, over 12,000 refugees are at risk of being left destitute and forced to return to the countries they fled.

Staff (2018-04-11). U.S. Media Do Not Give Us All Sides of the Story. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Editor's note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder and sentenced to death in a trial in which evidence that might have exonerated him was withheld from the defense. His case was scrutinized in a June 19 New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof. Visit savekevincooper.org for more information. | Death Row, San Quentin Prison—In 1964, the late Malcolm X told a crowd of people in Harlem, "This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal. If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. … You let the man maneuver you into thinking that it's wrong to fight him when he's fighting you. He's fighting…

WSWS (2018-04-11). Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections. World Socialist Web Site Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.

Philip Fernandez (2018-04-10). The Struggle for Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Perspective on Upcoming Inter-Korean and US-DPRK Summits. Global Research A very lively meeting was held during the afternoon of March 31 in downtown Toronto with Professor Kiyul Chung of the 21st Century Institute based in Washington DC. Prof. Chung is also an Associate Professor at Kim Il Sung University …

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…

Mark Taliano (2018-04-10). Truth, Peace, Justice and the War on Syria: Lies, Fake Humanitarians, Fake Covers for War Crimes. Global Research As we strive for Peace and Justice, all we have is the Truth. The mechanisms of International Law will not deliver Justice in the foreseeable future since Western countries and their allies have been, and continue to commit Supreme International …

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). 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.

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.

Prof. John McMurtry (2018-04-10). On Universities and NATO War Drums: How Deep Does the Corruption Go? Global Research It is coming clear these days that many university professors are increasingly fat-cat and lazy, not doing any research once they get tenure. It is a system-wide corruption of the academy, so entrenched that central administrations have only led the …

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.

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…

Andrew Korybko (2018-04-10). The Suspicious Timing of the Latest Provocations in Syria. The U.S. is Planning a Major Strike. Global Research Nobody seems interested in asking why the terrorists didn't use or allege to have used chemical weapons before they were on the brink of ultimate defeat, nor why "Israel" would wait until this very last moment to carry out a …

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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Staff (2018-04-10). Xi Jinping Offers U.S. Possible Trade Concessions. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists China's president promises to cut auto tariffs and make other concessions aimed at defusing a dispute with Washington that investors fear could harm the global economic recovery. | The post Xi Jinping Offers U.S. Possible Trade Concessions appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

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 More

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.

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…

Mr. Fish (2018-04-10). Half Fool. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post Half Fool appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

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). UK workers protest Special Educational Needs and Disabilities cuts by Bradford's Labour council. World Socialist Web Site The cuts will result in the loss of 25-30 members of staff across Bradford, with the aim of saving an estimated £770,000 a year.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). Don't Be Taken in By Sudan Prisoner Release. Human Rights Watch News Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir addresses the nation during the 62nd Anniversary Independence Day at the Palace in Khartoum, Sudan December 31, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Today, Sudan president Omar al-Bashir ordered the release of "political detainees", welcome news for 60 or so men who have languished behind bars for weeks. But it is also a grim reminder of a defining feature of Sudan's political landscape: the periodic mass arrest and detention of opposition leaders to silence them whenever they threaten to speak out. | These latest detentions — in a long history of similar detentions — were part of a crackdown that started in January to stifle opposition-led protests over new budget and austerity measures. Police and national security agents arrested hundreds of people, during protests or from homes, offices,…

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.

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.

Liliana Segura (2018-04-10). After Decades on Death Row, William Montgomery Was Granted a Reprieve. Yet His Dubious Conviction Still Stands. The Intercept Montgomery won't be executed on April 11. Yet undisclosed evidence, an unreliable co-defendant and unanswered questions still raise concerns about his case. | The post After Decades on Death Row, William Montgomery Was Granted a Reprieve. Yet His Dubious Conviction Still Stands. appeared first on The Intercept.

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

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Fueling Our Demise. Truthout Stories

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…

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…

Paul Antonopoulos (2018-04-10). Syrian Doctors Say They Have Treated No One From Duma with Chemical Poisoning. Global Research The Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Conflicting Parties told the media on Monday that Syrian doctors have said that they are not dealing with symptoms associated with chemical poisoning on patients. | "Syrian doctors in Douma have dismissed the rumors …

RT (2018-04-10). Forced out? Trump's Homeland Security adviser 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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DPCR (2018-04-10). On the Threshold of War. "Entirety of Russian Military on High Alert". Unconfirmed Reports. Global Research Most recent update: | There is no longer any doubt that the criminally insane government in Washington is driving the world to the last war. See this and this. | Update: | As Americans we must face the possibility that we have …

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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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

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."

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.

Thierry Meyssan (2018-04-10). For London, Propaganda Is an Art. Attributing Imaginary Crimes to Their Enemies. Global Research No normal human being can accept to see his children suffer — consequently, they make good subjects for war propaganda. Thierry Meyssan takes a look at the use of children by the International Coalition during the war against Syria. | *…

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.

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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RT (2018-04-10). Comedian TJ Miller arrested for alleged bomb threat. RT US News Comic actor TJ Miller was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Monday for allegedly calling in a false bomb threat while aboard an Amtrak train last month.
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Andrew Kreig (2018-04-10). 9/11 Truth: Grand Jury Investigation of Collapse of WTC Twin Towers and Building Seven. Petition. Global Research A federal grand jury should investigate the collapses of the World Trade Center Twin Towers during the 9/11 attacks, as well as WTC 7, according to a petition that an expert lawyers group plans to file on April 10 in …

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…

Zen Adra (2018-04-10). Only 100 Douma Captives Held by Syria "Opposition" Terror Group Released. Thousands Executed. Global Research Only 100 captives detained for years by Jaysh al-Islam terror group were released yesterday as per a deal with the Syrian government. | With expectation to free up to 5 thousands captives, it turned out that only 200 of them remained …

Janine Jackson (2018-04-10). 'They Are Calling on Israeli Soldiers to Resist Orders to Shoot to Kill'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about the Gaza massacres for the April 6, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Andrew Korybko (2018-04-10). Intra-NATO Conflicts, US-France Confront Turkey: Macron Might Trap France in A Quagmire in Northern Syria. Global Research President Macron announced Paris' unprecedented decision after meeting with Kurdish leaders in the French capital last week, a move that was summarily denounced by Ankara as "crossing the line" and amounting to the Western European country supporting terrorism through what …

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.

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.

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-04-10). Zuckerberg Pledges To Fix Facebook's Privacy Problems—No One Trusts Him. AlterNet.org Dozens of senators told the Facebook CEO that the social media giant was failing Americans. | Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before nearly half the Senate Tuesday may mark a historic turning point for Silicon Valley. Members of both parties expressed substantive concerns about how high-tech's surveillance economy preys on privacy and elevates propaganda—followed by wide skepticism that Facebook and the tech sector can be trusted to fix these problems without new federal regulations. "If you and other social media companies don't get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore," said Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, shortly after the hearing began. "Online companies like Facebook are tracking our activities and collecting information. . . Facebook has a responsibility to protect this personal information. ""Our promised digital utopia, we have discovered, has minefields," said Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, more than four. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Denver Post Revolts Against Its Vulture Hedge-Fund Owner and Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved. Truthout Stories 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…

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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Elise Swain (2018-04-10). In Races for District Attorney, Insurgent Candidates Are Challenging Police-Backed Incumbents. The Intercept The blue wave that Democrats hope will help them take back control of Congress from the Republicans is not the only battle that will take place during the midterm elections later this year. There is a progressive movement at the local level to reshape the criminal justice system by winning elections for district attorney. By taking control of local prosecutor positions, lawyers and activists focused on reform across the country hope to cut out the mass incarceration middleman and directly target cash bail, harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, and police accountability. Two women of color in California are hoping to do just that. | Pamela Price of Alameda County and Geneviéve Jones-Wright of San Diego are running for their local district attorney seats in the upcoming primary election in June. They spoke about their fight against police-endorsed incumbents last week in an…

Conor Lynch, Salon (2018-04-10). Trump Launches a New Drug War, Targeting the Opioid Crisis — But Who's the Real Enemy? AlterNet.org Trump and Jeff Sessions want to execute low-level dealers and crack down on legal marijuana. But Big Pharma is safe | In a characteristically incoherent speech last month, President Donald Trump displayed all the signs of a wannabe despot while outlining his plan to combat the opioid crisis, hich included the controversial call to execute drug dealers. "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers we are wasting our time, and that toughness includes the death penalty," declared the president, who praised other countries where drug dealers are put to death, such as China, Singapore and the Philippines. "You take a look at some of these countries where they don't play games. They don't have a drug problem. "This, of course, isn't the first time Trump has heaped praise on the authoritarian policies of other countries or expressed his. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Donald Trump's Latest Conflict of Interest Is on Full Display. Truthout Stories President Donald Trump is facing a new potential scandal as reports surface suggesting his administration may have pressured the government of Panama into helping one of his businesses in that country. After a dispute involving management of a hotel, Trump's business sent a letter asking the Panamanian president to intervene on its behalf in spite of a judicial decision siding with another majority owner of the hotel — a clear violation of Panama's separation of powers.View of the hotel sign after the Trump letters were removed from outside the hotel in Panama City on March 5, 2018. (Photo: Rodrigo Arangua / AFP / Getty Images) | President Donald Trump is facing a new potential scandal as reports surface suggesting his administration may have pressured the government of Panama into helping one of his businesses in that country. | The issue traces back to…

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.

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-10). Teachers Threaten Strike in Arizona Over Low Pay, as Corporate Tax Breaks Constrain the Budget. The Intercept Arizona's teachers are paid pitifully. The money needed to compensate them better may be hidden in the state's broad and deep tax exemptions. | The post Teachers Threaten Strike in Arizona Over Low Pay, as Corporate Tax Breaks Constrain the Budget appeared first on The Intercept.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-04-10). The GOP's Contempt for Public Education: Recent Teacher Strikes in Oklahoma and West Virginia Show How Terrible the Conditions for Teachers Can Be in Republican-Dominated States. AlterNet.org The conditions that conservatives have been promoting in red state public schools are not those of an advanced economy, but rather, a developing country. | 2018 may very well go down in history as the year in which public-school teachers in Republican-controlled states finally became fed up and rebelled. So far this year, statewide teachers strikes have taken place in Oklahoma and West Virginia. Teachers have been protesting in Kentucky as well, and a statewide walkout is being considered in Arizona. When Oklahoma's teachers strike entered its second week on April 9, teachers in that very Republican state had a long list of grievances. The minimum starting salary for teachers in Oklahoma is only $31,600 (the lowest in the U. S. , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), they haven't had a raise in ten years, many teachers must take a

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

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.

Philip A Farruggio (2018-04-10). Bob Dylan: It's All Over Now Baby Red, White and Blue. The Two Party Political Scam and the U.S. Military Industrial Complex. Global Research Leave your stepping stones behind there, something calls for you | Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you | The vagabond who's rapping at your door | Is standing in the clothes that you once wore | Strike another match, go …

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…

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.

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. . .

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 reportedly approved 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.

Mike Luckovich (2018-04-10). Thanks Mark Zuckerberg! Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post Thanks Mark Zuckerberg! appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

South Front (2018-04-10). Escalation: Is the Conflict in Syria Evolving Towards a Global War? Global Research As the situation in Syria continues to escalate, it looks like leaders of "the free world" are more interested in instigating a further escalation rather than to study the Douma "chemical attack" issue in a cool head manner. | On April …

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

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-10). Trump's Corporate Cursing: The Case of Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Global Research When the President of the United States forgets that he is no longer running the set of The Apprentice, with its faux callousness and elevated brutality, he can prove devastating to certain stocks. Even in the land of the plutocrat …

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.

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). Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report. RT US News Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. |
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Global Research News (2018-04-10). Video: U.S. Conservatism Slamming the Uneasy Bipartisan Consensus in Favor of War with Syria. Global Research Genuine rifts are unfolding within US conservatism regarding the war with Syria, which could potentially lead to a shift in the Trump administration's policy stance. | Here's a nice rant on Fox News by a man who has described himself as …

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.

Rima Najjar (2018-04-10). "Just Shut Up and Die or Disappear": Reaction of Israelis to the Gaza Massacres. Global Research The reaction of Israelis to The Great March of Return depends on the "nationality" of the Israeli being referred to. | In Israel, there are Israeli citizens but no Israeli nationality — only "Jewish nationality" or "Palestinian Arab", etc. (this is …

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."

Mike Luckovich (2018-04-10). ICE. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post ICE appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-04-10). Senate Democrats and Republicans Join Forces to Criticize Facebook's Zuckerberg. AlterNet.org Here are some of the biggest moments of the day. | Today's Senate hearing on Capitol Hill was historic for many reasons, one being that the public got a unique opportunity to observe a highly-divided Senate band together to criticize CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his social media empire, Facebook — which has ironically been blamed for increasing partisanship and balkanizing the country. An estimated 44 senators gathered together in a joint session before two Senate panels, the Commerce and Judiciary committees, a rare show for Congress. Their primary topic of discussion was the effects of data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica pilfering the personal data from 87 million Facebook users — yet each Senator had their own agenda when it came time to fling questions at Zuckerberg. Together, Republican and Democratic Senators demanded details on how Facebook collects its users' data, and improvements. . .

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

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

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-04-10). White Sacramento man regrets call that led to Stephon Clark's death: 'They shot an innocent person&#039. AlterNet.org He admitted that he knows the family and now regrets what transpired after his call. | A Sacramento man who made a fateful 911 call that led to the shooting death of an unarmed 22-year-old black man said he regrets making the call, the Sacramento Bee is reporting. According to Dave Reiling, he claims he went outside after hearing the sound of breaking glass to find a man bashing in his truck windows, leading him to chase the the man — who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt — with a baseball bat before losing sight of him. Reiling stated that he called 911 and reported the incident, only to be told to go inside for his own protection. He then explained that he heard the twenty shots that police fired at Clark who was holding a cellphone while in his grandmother's backyardHe. . .

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…

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