2018-04-12: 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). 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.

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.

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). 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). 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.

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.

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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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). 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). 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). 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.

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.

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). 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). 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). 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). 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.

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.

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 …

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…

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 …

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

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). 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). 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). 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…

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. . .

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

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.

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. . .

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…

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). 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). 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.

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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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.

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…

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.

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, Tamimi's father, Bassem, 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 cooperate…

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…

Frank Scott (2018-04-10). Immigrant Humanism vs. Immigration Capitalism. Global Research Language has been a concern ever since humans created it and began using words to replace grunting, howling or shrieking. It's much easier to be clear in communication when speaking, assuming the language is mutually understood, rather than simply gesturing …

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). 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.

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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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…

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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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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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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RT (2018-04-10). Bellingcat blogger slammed on Twitter for refusing to debate MIT professor on Syria claims. RT US News Amateur war-crimes investigator and full-time blogger at the Bellingcat website, Eliot Higgins, has turned down an invitation to debate a prominent MIT physicist on the issue of chemical-weapons use in the Syrian conflict.
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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. . .

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). 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.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). Prejudice Flares After Rape, Murder of Muslim Child in India. Human Rights Watch News Lawyers clash with police outside a courthouse in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, April 9, 2018. | © 2018 unknown/social media | A heated scene outside a courthouse in India's Jammu and Kashmir state unfolded yesterday, as lawyers physically attempted to stop police from filing charges against six men and a boy accused of raping and murdering Asifa Bano, an 8-year-old Muslim nomad girl. | In a statement attempting to justify their actions, the Bar Association of Kathua, the district where Asifa was abducted in January, said they wanted a federal investigation because the state government had failed to "understand the sentiments of the people." | The police eventually managed to file charges after calling for backup. | It is extraordinary that there can be differences over "sentiment" around the gang-rape and…

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.

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-10). Winds of War Heading Toward Syria. Preplanned US Aggression, Confronting Russia. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Washington and its allies use the Security Council as a sound stage platform for their imperial agenda — rule of law principles ignored, …

Sara Igo, The Conversation (2018-04-10). It's Not Just Facebook—Here's How We All Contributed to the Private Data Crisis. AlterNet.org This wasn't a giant corporate fluke. | As Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress, he's likely wondering how his company got to the point where he must submit to public questioning. It's worth pondering how we, the Facebook-using public, got here too. The scandal in which Cambridge Analytica harvested data from millions of Facebook users to craft and target advertising for Donald Trump's presidential campaign has provoked broad outrage. More helpfully, it has exposed the powerful yet perilous role of data in U. S. society. Repugnant as its methods were, Cambridge Analytica did not create this crisis on its own. As I argue in my forthcoming book, " The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America," big corporations (in this case, Facebook) and political interests (in this case, right-wing parties and campaigns) but also ordinary Americans (social media. . .

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

Melanie McFarland, Salon (2018-04-10). "The Simpsons" just made its Apu problem worse — and proved its creative bankruptcy. AlterNet.org Sunday night's episode responded to criticism from Asian Americans about Apu, making a very weak point. | On Sunday's episode of "The Simpsons" its writers and producers delivered a message to America, care of Springfield, U. S. A. , one as disposable and succinct as a postcard: "We've stopped caring. You should too. "As to what we should stop caring about, the obvious answer would be Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the character that inspired half of the plot's spine for "No Good Read Goes Unpunished. "We weren't meant to see that from the get-go, understand. Executive producer Al Jean teased as much before the episode aired, promising " a Twitter explosion in act three. " That was the moment at which we were to realize that the wandering and weak plot spine was meant as a half-baked clap back at comedian Hari Kondabolu's "The Problem with Apu," an. . .

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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

Robert Mackey (2018-04-10). Israel Confirms Video of Sniper Shooting Unarmed Palestinian, as Soldiers Cheer, Is Genuine. The Intercept Israel's military confirmed on Tuesday the authenticity of a video posted online over the weekend showing the shooting of a Palestinian protester in Gaza by an Israeli sniper and the cheers of his fellow soldiers. | An Israel Defense Forces statement said the shooting caught on video had not taken place during the recent wave of protests in Gaza, during which Israeli snipers have killed at least 27 protesters. The incident took place on December 22, the army said, during protests in Gaza over Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. | The distressing video, which has been subtitled by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, was apparently recorded through binoculars or a gun scope, and captures the soldier who recorded it shouting as the protester is hit, "Yes! Son of a bitch!" | | As protesters rush to evacuate…

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 …

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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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.

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). Supreme Court Justice's wife under fire for criticizing Parkland shooting survivors. RT US News Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is the latest in a line of public figures under attack from the media for criticizing the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting.
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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 …

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-10). Former Obama AG Loretta Lynch Blasts Trump Claim That 'Attorney-Client Privilege is Dead&#039. AlterNet.org "Attorney-client privilege is alive and well in this country. " | Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch refuted President Donald Trump's claim that "attorney-client privilege is dead" after the FBI raided his longtime attorney Michael Cohen. "Attorney-client privilege is alive and well in this country," Lynch told Washington Post reporter Jonathan Capehart while recording his podcast, Cape Up. "It's something that is an important aspect of our legal system. It's something that everyone at the Department of Justice takes very seriously. "Later during their conversation, which also touched on her infamous tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton in 2016, Lynch suggested DOJ prosecutors have some of the toughest jobs in the country. "If you want to win a popularity contest, don't become a prosecutor," the former attorney general told Capehart. "All you can do is hold onto your own integrity. "Listen to their entire conversation below: Related Stories: Veteran Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Says Trump's FBI Outburst Shows President 'Knows He's Trapped'7 Horrifying Claims Against FBI-Raided Trump Lawyer Michael CohenMeghan McCain Seriously Wants Mueller to 'Wrap Up' Russia Investigation After Michael Cohen Raided by FBI

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.

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

Jon Schwarz (2018-04-10). What's Really at Stake in the Battle for "Ideological Diversity" at Elite Media Outlets. The Intercept Over the past two weeks, the elite media Twittersphere has erupted with extremely intense opinions about The Atlantic's hiring and then reverse-hiring of Kevin Williamson, previously a writer for the National Review. Any regular human beings who took a wrong turn on the internet and encountered this storm of takes must have found it incomprehensibly bonkers. | On the one hand, Williamson holds beliefs about abortion that are so barbaric and outside earth norms that it's like he's visiting from a theocratic colony on Neptune. He's said that while he's "kind of squishy on capital punishment in general," he was "absolutely willing to see abortion treated like regular homicide under the criminal code" — and for women who undergo abortions, what he "had in mind was hanging." Even Saudi Arabia, which has based an entire hereditary dictatorship on loathing women, doesn't go…

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

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.

Jeff Cohen (2018-04-10). Where Are All the U.S. Oligarchs With Links to Washington? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists TV news shows are good at getting viewers riled up. Day and night, I hear the anchors on CNN and MSNBC getting us riled up about the schemes of this or that "Russian oligarch with links to the Kremlin." I've heard that phrase incessantly in recent weeks. | And plenty of others have heard the "Russian oligarch" phrase. Merriam-Webster.com reported that "oligarch" was one of its most searched-for words on April 5 "following reports that Robert Mueller had questioned Russian businessmen to whom this descriptor applies." | But here's a phrase I haven't heard from any of the purportedly progressive hosts on MSNBC: "A U.S. oligarch with links to Washington." | That avoidance is revealing when one considers an indisputable fact: U.S. oligarchs have done far more to undermine U.S. democracy than any Russian. | Take, for example, Brian L. Roberts—who certainly…

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 …

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…

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,…

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 …

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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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

Michael T. Klare (2018-04-10). Could the Cold War Return with a Vengeance? Most Momentous Military Planning on Earth. Invitation to Disaster. Global Research Think of it as the most momentous military planning on Earth right now. Who's even paying attention, given the eternal changing of the guard at the White House, as well as the latest in tweets, sexual revelations, and investigations

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…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes. Human Rights Watch News Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia's government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia's new prime minister that the US expects significant reforms ahead. | Resolution 128 was passed in large part because of Ethiopian-American voters concerned with the Ethiopian government's rights record, who worked together to make themselves an important constituency. Their persistent efforts despite the efforts of the Ethiopian embassy and their Washington lobbyists led to…

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.

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…

RT (2018-04-10). US deploying Truman aircraft carrier strike group to Middle East, Europe – Navy. RT US News The US will deploy the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier for a mission to the Middle East and Europe on Wednesday, according to the US Navy.
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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

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

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