2018-04-13: News Headlines

Amnesty International (2018-04-13). International community must address accountability for past human rights abuses in Uzbekistan. Amnesty International On 11 April 2018 the International Partnership for Human Rights, Association for Human Rights in Central Asia and Amnesty International delivered a statement during the pre-session for the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Uzbekistan's human rights record to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2018. The organizations highlighted some of the main concerns, including violations of freedom of expression and association and torture and other ill-treatment, and called on the representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN to raise these concerns with the Uzbekistani authorities.

WSWS (2018-04-13). Nor Any Drop to Drink previewed to Flint audience. World Socialist Web Site Central Michigan University sociology professor Cedrick Taylor presented his new documentary at the University of Michigan in Flint.

RT (2018-04-13). 'Not only Pompeo thinks US is exceptional, this is the air Americans breathe' — Peter Kuznick. RT US News We've already heard about US exceptionalism from Albright, Obama, and Clinton, but we are no longer in the 1990s, we are in a multipolar world, says Peter Kuznick, professor of history at American University.
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Gabriel Rockhill (2018-04-13). Is May 1968 About to Happen Again, or Be Surpassed? Mass Strikes, Occupations and the Fight for the Future Perfect in France. counterpunch.org There are now 25 cities in France where there have been university occupations, general assemblies and/or protests. Beginning in the Southwest with Toulouse, Bordeaux and Poitiers, the movement spread to Nantes, Lille, Paris, Montpellier, Grenoble and beyond. Far from simply blocking a significant percentage of France's 73 universities, the movement has insisted on opening them, meaning seizing the means of intellectual production to hold public seminars, debates, film projections and general assemblies with thousands of people, some of which have had to move outside in order to accommodate the large crowds. More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects. Democracy Now! A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."

Truthout Stories (2018-04-13). Nearly Four People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks US Eviction and Effects. Truthout Stories A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-04-13). Truly Human Rights. counterpunch.org Among the many unique qualities of the Cuban political process, and the organization of politics that has emerged from the revolutionary changes on the island, is the achievement of social peace in Cuba. It's a phenomenon unthinkable in most other nations of the continent including, of course, the United States. Surprised by this tranquility and More

Kim Codella (2018-04-13). Red Lines. counterpunch.org Americans know the road of endless war and where it leads. We have been down this road before and have been on it againfor a long time now. Long enough for a new generation to not have known -peace? Peace is not the right word because we are not at war, we are on attack; More

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-13). Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives. The Intercept Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…

Jake Johnson (2018-04-13). Jeremy Corbyn Calls for 'Withdrawal of All Foreign Forces' From Syria. MintPress News "The need to restart genuine negotiations for peace and an inclusive political settlement of the Syrian conflict, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces, could not be more urgent." | The post Jeremy Corbyn Calls for 'Withdrawal of All Foreign Forces' From Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-04-13). World economy in danger of being "torn apart" World Socialist Web Site IMF chief Christine Lagarde said that as a result of easy financial conditions, global debt—public and private—has reached an all-time high of $164 trillion.

Abby Day (2018-04-13). How Vladimir Putin's and Donald Trump Exploit the Rise of Nationalist Christianity. MintPress News Playing to a base that equates Christianity not with humble morality but with power and cultural purity, Trump performed Mephistophelean maneuvers to harden opposition to abortion and gun control. | The post How Vladimir Putin's and Donald Trump Exploit the Rise of Nationalist Christianity appeared first on MintPress News.

The Conversation (2018-04-13). Vladimir Putin's — and Donald Trump's — Great Success In Exploiting the Rise of Nationalist Christianity. AlterNet.org Making Christianity great again. | Russia has re-elected its self-styled leader and saviour, whatever his weaknesses — even his sins. The revelation that the Russian government may have ordered a former spy's poisoning should provoke international outrage from Vladimir Putin's fellow Christians, particularly as the holiest Christian festival of Easter approachesBut then, Putin seems to have his own ideas about acceptable Christian behaviour. Like most people, I watched his recent speech showing Russia's bigger, badder nuclear arsenal with mixed feelings of surprise and horror. Scary, no matter what the political leanings of a leader. Terrifying, when in the hands of a leader who believes he is, in a deeply religious sense, the saviour of a beleaguered nation now being resurrected. Spin your globe around and there's a leader in the White House making similar moves to bolster his nuclear power:. . .

Joshua Frank (2018-04-13). Hanford's Toxic Avengers: Department of Energy Suppresses Deadly Nuclear-Cleanup Flaws. counterpunch.org Your tax dollars are on the line. The DOE is set to extend a contract to Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) for another year at the Hanford Nuclear Site, despite numerous allegations of misconduct since the company won the initial contract for $7.1 billion in 2008. Below is an investigative report that appeared in Seattle Weekly More

WSWS (2018-04-13). German government supports possible attack on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The German government supports the launching of an illegal war of aggression, which could trigger a confrontation between the nuclear powers.

Staff (2018-04-13). Looking to History to Understand Cyber-Conflict. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists "Understanding Cyber Conflict: 14 Analogies" "Understanding Cyber Conflict: Fourteen Analogies" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | A book edited by George Perkovich and Ariel Levite | Cyberwar is going nuclear. That's according to the Pentagon's 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, a document updating the U.S. military's guidelines for launching nuclear weapons. The revised strategy calls for responding to non-nuclear attacks on critical infrastructure with nuclear weapons. The implications of the military's thinking are clear enough: Nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent to nation-states and terrorist groups that might consider using cyber-weapons to destroy critical infrastructure in America. If a cyberattack cripples anything from a small chemical facility to a wastewater treatment plant, it could spark a nuclear war. | The threat of nuclear retaliation is directed squarely at Russia. Whatever Vladimir Putin's vision for Russia might be, he has learned to use…

Joseph Natoli (2018-04-13). The War Within, Without Psychographics. counterpunch.org "One way to target voters, in particular, is relevant to Cambridge Analytica: collecting information to predict people's personality and psychology — known as psychographics" Angela Chen and Alessandra Potenza, "Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Date Abuse Shouldn't Get Credit for Trump," The Verge, March 20, There seems little reason in a grossly divided Have and Have Not More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-13). Patient Advocacy Groups Take in Millions From Drugmakers. Is There a Payback? Truthout Stories Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, according to a new database. Even as these patient groups grow in number and political influence, their funding and their relationships to drugmakers are little understood, and companies do not have to report payments to the groups.(Photo: Last Resort / Getty Images) | No "alternative facts" here — we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! | Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database logging 12,000 donations from large publicly traded drugmakers to such organizations. | Even as these patient groups grow in number and political influence, their funding and their relationships to drugmakers are little understood. Unlike payments to doctors and lobbying expenses, companies do…

WSWS (2018-04-13). Algeria military plane crash kills 257. World Socialist Web Site The crash shortly after take-off was the deadliest in the history of the country.

JLGC (2018-04-13). Central American Migrants Tell MintPress Why They're On The Move. MintPress News The chickens have come home to roost. U.S. foreign policy in Central America has led to rampant crime and widespread poverty, giving millions no choice but to leave their homes in search of opportunity elsewhere. | The post Central American Migrants Tell MintPress Why They're On The Move appeared first on MintPress News.

Al Jazeera (2018-04-13). Trump Cares More About Firing Mueller than Striking Assad. AlterNet.org You are what you tweet. | For those who bet on Donald Trump altering the geopolitical landscape in Syria, they are in for a huge disappointment. His braggadocio tweets and bizarre flip-flops, from premature withdrawal to humanitarian intervention, is mindboggling for his advisers before anyone else.

Mel Gurtov (2018-04-13). The Syrian Quandary. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's threat of another missile attack—or any attack—on Syria cannot improve the rebels' position on the ground, affect use of chemical weapons, change Russia's and Iran's policies, or alter Bashar al-Assad's tenure. A US attack may make Trump feel like a commander-in-chief at a time when his own rule is endangered, but it can More

WSWS (2018-04-13). Trump signs executive order attacking US social programs. World Socialist Web Site President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday requiring his cabinet to target for destruction any social programs that do not have work requirements.

WSWS (2018-04-13). Macron threatens Syria, pledges to make no concessions to French workers. World Socialist Web Site Macron baldly announced he plans to launch unprovoked military attacks against Syria and that he would act with contempt for public opinion and the growing strike movement.

Amnesty International (2018-04-13. Death sentences and executions 2017. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-13). Israel/OPT: Gazan at imminent risk of losing his second leg: Yousef al-Kronz. Amnesty International 20-year-old journalist Yousef al-Kronz is being denied permission by Israeli authorities to travel to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank for urgent medical treatment. Yousef al-Kronz was seriously wounded by Israeli forces on 30 March during Land Day protests in Gaza and is at imminent risk of losing his second leg.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson (2018-04-13). Police Killed More People Last Year Than Mass Shooters. counterpunch.org This spring, an estimated 800,000 Americans gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the "March for Our Lives" organized by the teenage survivors of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Thousands more attended 800 sister marches across the nation and around the world for gun reform. Gun control is often portrayed as a "white" issue, but the More

Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News (2018-04-13). Colorado House OKs Bill to Let School Nurses Administer Medical Marijuana. AlterNet.org It's another step toward the normalization of cannabis as medicine. | DENVER (CN) — A bill that would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students passed the Colorado House 47-17 on Thursday. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat, and Republican state Rep. Dylan Roberts. Medical marijuana is one of few issues that enjoys bipartisan support, according to a recent Pew Research poll that found 6 in 10 Americans support its use. Whether to allow cannabis into the classroom, however, has been a subject of debate. "I was pleased that it passed. Most school nurses knew it would be passed so they came to me yesterday," Aguilar said. Currently, nurses administer medication according to doctors' orders, and voiced concern that the same standard be maintained for medical marijuana. Patty Rojec, president-elect of the Colorado Association of School Nurses, is. . .

Russell Mokhiber (2018-04-13). Bill Curry on Corruption in America. counterpunch.org When people in power in the United States talk about corruption, they often focus on corruption overseas. Corruption overseas is usually hard corruption — bribes, kickbacks, public theft. But then there is what is called soft corruption. That's corruption American style. Legalized bribery. Corporate money flowing into the political system. The revolving door. Lobbyists. Consultants. More

Jeremy Binckes, Salon (2018-04-13). This is Not a Story About Donald Trump's 'Love Child': It's a Lot More Damaging Than That. AlterNet.org There's no evidence Trump had an illegitimate kid, but plenty of evidence that his henchmen buried the story | Donald Trump is the perfect tabloid president: He was literally made famous, in his early years, by the New York tabloids, and has ridden that all the way to the White House, where he keeps on manufacturing tabloid stories. Trump didn't attract the national spotlight and have shocking success in politics because he knew what ailed America, and had a plan to address the multitude of economic, social and political injustices that plagued the country. He screamed that everything was terrible, and enough people agreed with him that he won the election, despite losing the popular vote by a few million. So of course people are now talking about a completely unverified and likely untrue report that Trump had a love. . .

Franklin Lamb (2018-04-13). Trump to Attack in Syria? counterpunch.org Beirut The word in parts of Beirut this morning is that Trump's bluster about bombing Syria in the next few days is, are like many of his emotional threats during his three months in office, to be taken with a shovel of salt. Few are rushing to grocery stores to stock up or heading to More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation. Democracy Now! President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says. "And this kind of pandering on the TPP makes that NAFTA fight even more important."

Robert Mackey (2018-04-13). Russia Says It Has "Irrefutable Evidence" U.K. Staged Chemical Attack in Syria. Let's See It. The Intercept Russian officials said on Friday that their government can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held enclave in Syria last week was a hoax staged by British spies. | The defense and foreign ministry officials declined, however, to say what the evidence was, or expose it to public scrutiny. That matters because Russian officials have a history of making false or misleading claims about attacks in Syria based on internet conspiracy theories or hoaxes. | Volunteer rescue workers and antigovernment activists in Syria said that more than 40 people were killed in a chemical attack in Douma, east of Damascus, on Saturday, and shared images of the dead and wounded on social networks. | With the United States and Britain considering military strikes on the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…

Simon Maloy, Media Matters for America (2018-04-13). Is Sean Hannity Coordinating with the White House? AlterNet.org The host denies it, but he's a known liar. | Every episode of Fox News' Hannity follows a fairly basic formula these days: pugnacious cube-headed goon Sean Hannity serves up a monologue devoted almost entirely to the vituperative ( and frequently incoherent) slander of President Donald Trump's political adversaries, and then he lards out the hour with panel discussions featuring a small, rotating cast of like-minded Trump sycophants and the odd sacrificial liberal. As Donald Trump's many scandals have mushroomed, Hannity has been forced to get louder and crazier. Last night's episode was an especially psychotic exercise in Hannity-brand demonization as he attempted to counterpunch former FBI Director James Comey, who is ramping up a book tour for his forthcoming memoir. You can watch Hannity's monologue below, in which the host places Comey, the Clintons, and special counsel Robert Mueller as. . .

RT (2018-04-13). 'A weak and untruthful slime ball': Trump tears into Comey for prostitute comment. RT US News US President Donald Trump tore into former FBI Director James Comey on Friday, after Comey told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos "it's possible" Trump was with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.
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Seth Sandronsky (2018-04-13). Resisting Oppression. counterpunch.org African-Americans' resistance to police mistreatment is rooted in the history of U.S. capitalist slavery and white supremacy. The group, or class, oppression continues, and is a central feature of the national landscape. This material reality propels When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors (St. Martin's Press, 2017). The More

TRNN (2018-04-13). US Attack on Syria Would Be Illegal Under International Law. The Real News Network U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened a military strike on the Syrian government after Salafi-jihadist rebels alleged a chemical attack in Douma, but human rights expert Alfred de Zayas says this would be illegal under international law…

Robert Fisk (2018-04-13). Chemical Weapons Hypocrisy. counterpunch.org Oh, the hypocrisy of it. The ignoble aims. The distraction. The outrageous lies and excuses. I'm not talking about America's tweet-from-the-hip president and his desire to escape from the cops' raid on his lawyer's office — there's a Russian connection, all right. And I'm not talking about his latest sleaze. Life with Melania might not More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-13). Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu and Australia. counterpunch.org Washington's vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past "Australia's neighbourhood". There have been no formal proposals, but the Australian press is agog with reports More

Amnesty International (2018-04-13). Brazil: Authorities must bring all those responsible for Marielle Franco's death to justice. Amnesty International Brazilian authorities must prioritize solving the killing of human rights defender Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes, and bring all those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said today on the one-month anniversary of her assassination. | "Society needs to know who killed Marielle and why. Every day that this case remains unsolved the level of risk and uncertainty surrounding human rights defenders grows worse," said Jurema Werneck, executive director at Amnesty International Brazil. | | "If the State fails to bring the culprits to justice it sends a message that human rights defenders can be killed with impunity. The authorities must make clear…

RT (2018-04-13). DoD report confirms US contractors in Syria for 1st time under Trump administration. RT US News A newly released Department of Defense (DoD) report has confirmed the presence of US contractors in Syria. It appears to be the first time this has been done under the Trump administration.
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Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-04-13). For Trump Supporters, Pain is the Reward. AlterNet.org Trump's voters are suffering. They still love him. Mainstream journalists lack any understanding of this pathology | Donald Trump is not a real populist. His plans and those of his Republican allies–both already enacted and in the future–will further hollow out the social safety net, give even more money to the rich, damage the environment, reduce public education to ruins, remove corporate regulations and gut the Affordable Care Act. This will hurt most Americans, especially Trump's most enthusiastic supporters among the so-called "white working class. " Yet these same voters continue to support Trump and the Republican Party. This dynamic befuddles many journalists, reporters, pundits and other professional observers of politics. Why? Because they lack political vision and are extremely naive — and overly hopeful — about the true nature of today's conservative movement. Moreover, the truth is simply too frightening for many people to. . .

Lawrence Davidson (2018-04-13). The Israel — Saudi Arabia Liason. MintPress News In a 2 April 2018 interview in the Atlantic, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman publicly declared that the Israelis "have a right to live in their own land just like the Palestinians." It is a problematic assumption, given that the Israelis' "own land" is the land they took away from the Palestinians. This, and much else, has been either forgotten or ignored by the Saudi crown prince. | Seventy-three years ago Saudi Arabia's first king, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, expressed a very different position in a series of letters to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. For instance in a letter of November 1938 Ibn Saud had wrote "The [European] Jews have no right to Palestine and their claim is an act of injustice unprecedented in the history of the human race." Sadly, there was in fact plenty of precedent when it came…

Louis Proyect (2018-04-13). Chemical Attacks, False Flags and the Fate of Syria. counterpunch.org Once again Eastern Ghouta is the epicenter of a confrontation between the White House and Bashar al-Assad. On April 7, medics in Douma, the largest city in the agricultural belt surrounding Damascus, blamed him for authorizing the aerial bombardment of chlorine gas that cost the lives of at least 40 people and injuries to hundreds More

Newsweek (2018-04-13). How Did Two Women Become the GOP's Prime 2018 Targets? AlterNet.org As Republicans face the possibility of losing control of the House come November, they've resorted to a well-trodden strategy: lambasting the two most prominent female members of the opposition. | As Republicans face the possibility of losing control of the House come November, they've resorted to a well-trodden strategy: lambasting the two most prominent female members of the opposition. A new study from the Wesleyan Media Project found that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has so far featured in some 7,000 GOP ad spots casting her in a negative light.

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-04-13). Mark Warner Offers Democrats the Worst Possible Advice if Trump Fires Deputy AG Rosenstein. AlterNet.org He wants them to cool off. Seriously. | The path for Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller runs through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. So what are Democrats going to do if Trump takes that first step toward firing Mueller by first firing Rosenstein? If Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has his way, Democrats are going to sit back and let Trump get away with it: Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, told a group of Democratic colleagues on Wednesday that they should adhere to a one- or two-day cooling-off period if Trump fires Rosenstein, according to three congressional sources. [. . . ]Mark, Mark, Mark. If Donald Trump fires Rod Rosenstein and Republicans don't push back immediately on their own, that will tell you all you need to know. But if. . .

Daniel Lazare (2018-04-13). Pro-War Press Is the Real Scandal, Not Cambridge Analytica. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The story is heavy on Russophobic propaganda and light on proof that the data analysis company influenced the 2016 election in any substantial way. | The post Pro-War Press Is the Real Scandal, Not Cambridge Analytica appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-13). Colbert: If Trump Can Claim Executive Privilege Retroactively, Then Americans Should Get to Change Their Votes Retroactively. AlterNet.org Must-see TV | In Thursday's "Late Show," host Stephen Colbert couldn't help but mock President Donald Trump for his legal troubles. In his opening monologue, the CBS host noted that Trump may have violated campaign finance laws for National Enquirer owner David Pecker giving $150,000 to keep Karen McDougal quiet. "For that the feds would have to prove that David Pecker was trying to help Donald Trump," Colbert explained. "And to do that, they would have to somehow know that Pecker said in an interview, 'Donald Trump is a friend of mine. I want to help him, so what I did was make a deal with Karen McDougal so that her story would never see the light of day. ' Good luck twisting that one, Robert Mueller. " He moved on to talk about the recent news that former Trump advisor, "and student embalmer's. . .

Cameron Orr (2018-04-13). America's Growing Military Footprint is Sparking an Anti War Resurgence. MintPress News Trump's new discretionary budget will shovel 61 percent of the country's social oxygen into the Pentagon's fiery furnace. That's $727 billion worth of schools, libraries, green jobs and infrastructure, housing, hospitals, nutritional support, healthcare, and other social needs that will go unmet. | The post America's Growing Military Footprint is Sparking an Anti War Resurgence appeared first on MintPress News.

Lana Habash (2018-04-13). Why is Israel Shooting at Unarmed Protesters? counterpunch.org For Israel, the Problem Isn't How We Resist, But That We Resist at All On March 30th, 2018, more than 30,000 Palestinians protested in Gaza. Israel's soldiers shot and killed Palestinian teen Abdul Fattah Abdul Nabi. Abdul Nabi was running away from the border fence between Gaza and Israel to help another Palestinian teen who More

Howard Gregory (2018-04-13). Trumponomics is 21st Century Reaganomics and That's Bad for Working America. counterpunch.org Donald Trump won the Presidency in November of 2016 by appealing to the white working class who saw him differently than the rest of the world and not as a dangerously inexperienced, politically unpolished, eccentric billionaire seeking attention, but a welcome Washington outsider who was willing to use his business expertise to improve their lives. More

Andrew Levine (2018-04-13). 1968: the Big Five O. counterpunch.org Jerry Rubin, a "founding father" of the Yippies, is widely credited with having come up with the slogan "don't trust anyone over thirty." He no doubt did say that, many times back in the day, but it was Jack Weinberg, another leader of the 1964-5 Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, who said it first. Being More

Deconstructed (2018-04-13). Deconstructed Podcast: Is Trump About to Start an Illegal War With Syria? The Intercept Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | | The war in Syria is seemingly without end: Seven long years of bloodshed, terror, foreign interventions and — perhaps most horrifically — the use of chemical weapons to kill women and children. The latest such incident in Douma has prompted president Donald Trump to threaten his second aerial attack against the Assad regime since coming to office. But on what authority, and with what plan? This week on Deconstructed, Mehdi Hasan speaks to Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most principled and consistent voices against U.S. military interventions on Capitol Hill, and the only member of congress to vote against the invasion of Afghanistan back in 2001. And with Senior Fellow at the Center…

Mel Goodman (2018-04-13). Trump's First Big Test: a Crisis for All of Us. counterpunch.org The current crisis in Syria provides Donald Trump with his first genuine test as president and commander-in-chief. On the basis of his first fifteen months in the White House, there is no reason to believe that he is equipped to manage a complex geopolitical and military situation that involves a failed Arab state as well as the military and political interests of many non-Arab states such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, and Israel in addition to the United States. The delayed response to Syria's unconscionable use of chemical weapons against its own people indicates that the U.S. national security bureaucracy as well as such key European allies as the UK, France, and Germany are trying to constrain the president and to limit the damage of greater U.S. involvement. More

John Wills, The Conversation (2018-04-13). This New Video Game Allows Players to Fight for Hope in a Dystopian Vision of Trump's America. AlterNet.org The game has something to say if you listen. | You are a rookie law enforcement officer, onboard a helicopter heading into the main compound of Project at Eden's Gate, a religious cult operating across a huge stretch of Montana. A towering statue of the militia's leader, Joseph Seed, rises into the sky. With a warrant for the arrest of Seed, you navigate a warren of buildings patrolled by aggressive white men and their snapping dogs, before entering a white-boarded church. A haunting rendition of Amazing Grace plays in the background as you meet Seed for the first time, in an almost dream-like sequence. From there, you are transported to an intense face-off between militia extremists and federal officials. This is what you would experience on playing the new Ubisoft video game Far Cry 5 (2018). Its story speaks to what seems. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-13). Whether Waiting Tables or Harvesting Food, Fair Labor Is Still About Civil Rights. Truthout Stories Fifty years ago, Dolores Huerta organized some of the most vulnerable workers in this country, building a powerful foundation for farmworkers' rights by harnessing the energy of intersecting movements for race and gender equity. We must apply these same lessons as we organize for the rights and wages of workers in the food industry today.(Photo: Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images) | It only takes a moment to contribute your support for courageous reporting and bold storytelling. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout today. | Dolores Huerta organized some of the most vulnerable workers in this country and, standing alongside them, stood up to their powerful bosses — and won. "When we started to organize farmworkers, people would say to us, 'They're poor, they don't speak English, they're not citizens. How are you going to possibly organize them?'" Huerta…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-04-13). Roaming Charges: the Rise of Pompeo Maximus. counterpunch.org + The Tweets that haunt: Trump: "Why do we keep broadcasting when we are going to attack Syria. Why can't we just be quiet and, if we attack at all, catch them by surprise?" August 28, 2013 Trump: "I would not go into Syria, but if I did it would be by surprise and not More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-13). Medicaid Is Helping to Combat the Opioid Crisis, Despite Trump's Attacks. Truthout Stories According to a new report, Medicaid is paying for more addiction treatment than private insurers, and recipients living with opioid disorders are twice as likely to obtain treatment. Medicaid is having an impact despite President Trump's efforts to undermine public benefits, and health experts say Trump's own plan for combating the opioid crisis would do more harm than good.(Photo: FS Productions / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. | About 1.9 million nonelderly adults in the United States are believed to be living with opioid addiction, and those with Medicaid were twice as likely as those with private insurance or no health insurance to receive treatment for the disease in 2016, according to…

Ralph Nader (2018-04-13). The Hour is Late —Speak Out, Stand Tall Ex-Officials. counterpunch.org As a failed businessman, saved by business bankruptcies which he called a "competitive advantage," Donald Trump believed in chaos as a strategy. Unfortunately, chaos and foreign policy don't mix. Chaos may bring war. And tragically, military aggression can explosively boomerang back to the U.S. mainland. On April 3rd, Trump declared he was going to pull More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-13). Group Beloved by Betsy Devos and Koch Brothers Launches Counter-Attack Against Teacher Rebellion. Truthout Stories Teachers continue their strike at the state capitol on April 9, 2018, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo: J Pat Carter / Getty Images) | A right-wing coalition, which has received funding from both the Koch brothers and the billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is launching an aggressive attack on the tens of thousands of teachers and education supporters who have been demanding increased school funding and teacher salaries in recent weeks. | As the Guardian reports, the State Policy Network (SPN) is distributing a guide to anti-labor activists across the nation, with the aim of helping them to discredit the protests that teachers have been organizing in Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Arizona. | Such demonstrations, SPN argues in the guide, "hurt kids and low-income families" because they keep students out of schools and can force parents to miss work. | Even…

WSWS (2018-04-13). New pro-EU party planned to oppose Corbyn and Labour. World Socialist Web Site The project intends to "borrow" ideas from "both left and right," promoting divisive identity politics—based on race, gender and sexual orientation—while championing "wealth creation and tighter immigration controls."

WSWS (2018-04-13). Momentum builds toward US-led strike on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The US secretary of state nominee, CIA head Mike Pompeo, left no doubt yesterday that the Putin regime in Russia is the main target behind the war crisis in the Middle East.

NJ.com (2018-04-13). This Profession Smokes the Most Weed — See Where Yours Ranks. AlterNet.org U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Colorado occupations by how much their workers use marijuana. | So apparently people who work in media smoke a lot of weed. . . Cough. Puff. No comment. But we're not the profession most likely to light up. A recent study by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Colorado occupations by how much their workers use marijuana, which was legalized in the state in 2012 and became available for purchase two years later.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-13). Sentenced to 65 Years for a Cop's Crime. Truthout Stories (Photo: Ioannis Tsotras / Getty Images) | A'Donte Washington was 16 years old when an unnamed police officer shot him four times, killing him. A grand jury found the killing "justified," and the officer suffered no consequences. | But there is someone who will be spending decades in prison for Washington's murder: his friend Lakeith Smith. This month, Smith was sentenced to 65 years in prison — 30 years for a felony murder, 15 for burglary and two 10-year sentences for theft. | Washington was killed while he and a group of friends were breaking into a house in February 2015. Officials claim Washington pulled a gun on the officer and fired, prompting the officer to shoot. | No one denies that it was the police officer, not Lakeith Smith, who killed Washington. But Smith — who was just 15 at the time…

Kevin Gosztola (2018-04-13). The New York Times is on the War Path, Again. MintPress News New York Times columnist Bret Stephens' couches his warmongering in a story about a family trip to Israel, where he took his kids to "have a closer look at Syria." It is positively colonial. | The post The New York Times is on the War Path, Again appeared first on MintPress News.

RT (2018-04-13). Former FBI #2 McCabe press leaks 'violated DOJ policy' – Inspector General. RT US News Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe leaked to press in violation of Department of Justice policies and "lacked candor" in discussing the leaks with FBI officials, the DOJ Inspector General said in a damning report. |
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James Carey (2018-04-13). As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab's Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire. MintPress News The intriguing case of Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab triggered massive waves in Turkey's domestic politics, waves so large they are being felt in the United States. | The post As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab's Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire appeared first on MintPress News.

Negin Owliaei (2018-04-13). Teacher Strikes Are About a Lot More Than Paychecks. counterpunch.org Teachers across the United States are having a moment. Educators are building on the momentum from West Virginia, where striking teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for state employees. Now the protests have spread to Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and the nation's capital. The educators are winning broad public support, but some politicians aren't pleased. More

Staff (2018-04-13). Martyrs in Gaza: The Plight of Palestinians (Audio). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Editor's note: Thousands of Palestinians staged a mass protest along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, some burning Israeli flags. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and live bullets from across the border fence. | In this week's episode of " Scheer Intelligence," host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer welcomes controversial author Norman Finkelstein, a longtime critic of the " Holocaust Industry" and an outspoken commentator on the Arab-Israeli conflict. His most recent book, " Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," delves into the struggles of Palestinians in the region. | From the book description: The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated places in the world. More than two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half are under eighteen years of age. Since 2004, Israel has launched eight devastating "operations" against Gaza's largely defenseless…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets. Democracy Now! As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.

James McEnteer (2018-04-13). Bordering on Insanity. counterpunch.org In lieu of building his promised wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Donald Trump ordered National Guard troops to the border. General James Mattis authorized the deployment of up to 4,000 troops to beef up border security, though they will not be permitted to perform law enforcement missions. Where precisely they will be and for More

Manuel García, Jr. (2018-04-13). An Oceanic Problem: the Atlantic Overturning Current is Slowing. counterpunch.org The Atlantic Overturning Current is part of a worldwide twisted loop of ocean water, called the thermohaline cycle (thermo = heat, haline = salt), which emerges very salty and warm out of the Gulf of Mexico, travels north as a surface current along the east coast of North America, veers east in the North Atlantic More

Staff (2018-04-13). Russia Accuses U.K. of Faking Chemical Attack in Syria. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Vladimir Putin's defense ministry says images of supposed victims of last weekend's purported attack were staged with "Britain's direct involvement" but offers no evidence. | The post Russia Accuses U.K. of Faking Chemical Attack in Syria appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Anna Lekas Miller (2018-04-13). The Terminal: This Syrian Refugee Has Been Marooned in an Airport for a Month, With No End in Sight. The Intercept His nation at war, Hassan Al Kontar is stuck in a Malaysian airport with a temporary passport and no visa. He fears arrest if he goes to Syria. | The post The Terminal: This Syrian Refugee Has Been Marooned in an Airport for a Month, With No End in Sight appeared first on The Intercept.

Mike Luckovich (2018-04-13). Taxes. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post Taxes appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

John Davis (2018-04-13). In the Ruins. counterpunch.org I am not left alone in the blackened, fire scorched chaparral on the north-eastern fringe of California's Thomas Fire. Life is stirring in the wild hills, still partly dark with rain-washed ash, and, where the decomposed sandstone is exposed, oxidized to a sickly orange-brown. The soil is naked and unaccustomed to the light. Closer to More

TRNN (2018-04-13). Miscarriage of Justice: Ex-President Lula's Imprisonment in Brazil. The Real News Network The persecution and prosecution of former president Lula da Silva is a transparent attempt to remove Brazil's most popular candidate from the presidential race because he is also the one most disliked by the country's elite, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot…

WSWS (2018-04-13). Québec Solidaire courts and flatters Aussant even as he rejoins Parti Québécois. World Socialist Web Site Québec Solidaire seeks to channel growing working class opposition to austerity and war behind the big business PQ and pro-capitalist union apparatuses.

Mark Meigs, The Conversation (2018-04-13). A Friendly Reminder: Impeaching Donald Trump Will Not Remove Him From Office. AlterNet.org No president in the country's history has yet been convicted during impeachment proceedings. | Not a day passes without fresh speculation about the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. In December, when former US security advisor Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate with investigators, UK bookies put the odds at 50/50 that it would happen within 12 months. Since then, events have only accelerated, including the FBI raid on April 9 of the offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer. In fact, the process has already started: on November 15, 2017, six Democrats in the House of Representatives sent Impeachment Articles to the House Judiciary Committee. The articles included obstruction of justice for firing James Comey, the FBI chief who was investigating Russian meddling with the 2016 election. A connection between Trump and this meddling could constitute treason, an impeachable offence. . .

Tom Engelhardt (2018-04-13). Five Lessons in the History of American Defeat. counterpunch.org The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington's present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it, let's take a few moments to think about what some of the lessons of the last years of More

Howard Lisnoff (2018-04-13). Gun Violence: Almost the Norm for Some. counterpunch.org Laura Ingraham has returned to Fox News after losing some advertisers on her program following her criticism of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor David Hogg ("Laura Ingraham returns, says boycotters' efforts are 'Stalinist,'" Salon, April 10, 2018). According to the BBC ("Guns in the US: The statistics behind the violence," January 5, 2016), gun deaths from 1968 through More

WSWS (2018-04-13). The death of rapper-producer Alias and the fate of "avant-garde" hip hop. World Socialist Web Site Brendon Whitney ("Alias") was a founding member of the experimental hip hop/electronic music label Anticon.

Ron Jacobs (2018-04-13). Venturing Into the Slipstream. counterpunch.org When those interested in the history of the Sixties are considering cities that were centers of countercultural art, music and communities, Boston is not near the top of their lists. If one is looking at radical politics certainly, but not hippies, communes and psychedelic culture. This is despite the genesis of the LSD movement at More

WSWS (2018-04-13). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-13). Australian media stokes fears of Chinese military base in Vanuatu. World Socialist Web Site The escalating propaganda war is another sign of deepening tensions across the Asia Pacific that threaten to embroil the entire region into a major war.

Thomas Knapp (2018-04-13). The Senate vs. Facebook: Beware Untrustworthy Partners, Revisited. counterpunch.org "Congress must determine if and how we need to strengthen privacy standards to ensure transparency and understanding for the billions of consumers who utilize [technology] products," Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said at a US Senate hearing held to grill Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on April 10. "[I]f Facebook and other online companies will not or cannot More

David Yearsley (2018-04-13). DSQ: Those Danish Men of Feeling. counterpunch.org The most famous string quartets of the present age take their names from diverse sources: the Emerson from an American transcendentalist whose first name is Ralph; the Juilliard from the famous conservatory where it is in residence; the Kronos from Greek mythology. To name a musical ensemble successfully is to skirt the perils of pretentiousness, More

CounterSpin (2018-04-13). Peter Bibring on Excessive Force Law, Peggy Case on Right to Water. FAIR Media…

WSWS (2018-04-13). Germany: Grand coalition starts national armament programme. World Socialist Web Site Barely in office, Germany's grand coalition government has commenced its programme of massive rearmament as laid down in its coalition agreement.

Amnesty International (2018-04-13). Further Information: United Arab Emirates: Prisoner of Conscience on trial: Ahmed Mansoor. Amnesty International On 11 April 2018, prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor appeared before a court in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for his second trial session. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-13). Turkey: Tajik Activists Face Deportation. Human Rights Watch News Nasimjon Sharipov | © Guruhi24.com | (Bishkek) — Two detained Tajik activists face deportation to Tajikistan, where they are at risk of possible torture or ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today. | Turkish police detained Suhrob Zafar and Nasimjon Sharipov, senior members of the Tajik opposition political movement Group 24, in Istanbul on March 19, 2018, at the request of Tajik authorities. The Turkish authorities should immediately release them. | "The widespread torture and politically motivated imprisonment in Tajikistan are well documented," said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. "Given the grounds on which Tajik authorities are seeking their extradition, Turkey should be protecting these people from return to torture, not facilitating it." | Zafar and Sharipov have both lived in Turkey for the…

Aidan O'Brien (2018-04-13). I Love the Smell of Imperial Meltdown in the Morning. counterpunch.org Gore Vidal preferred chaos to order. According to his wisdom centrifugal forces create gaps and spaces in which freedom can fornicate. As things stand that's probably the best we can hope for. Indeed we might as well embrace what's happening all around us. Because the Anglo-American gang that filled the last 200 years with liberal More

WSWS (2018-04-13). Escalation of Syria war sends economic and strategic shockwaves across region. World Socialist Web Site The Russian, Turkish and Iranian economies are coming under pressure amid the growing war danger, while Israel is preparing for a wider regional conflict.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

NJ.com (2018-04-13). The White House is Screwing With Scientists — And They're Fighting Back. AlterNet.org Science should know no political party. | State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) is dead right when he says science knows no political party. Republicans, Democrats and everyone else on the political spectrum deserve access to breathable air, drinkable water and all the other necessities of life that define a society that appreciates – and acts on – the expertise scientists provide us.

The Hudson Report (2018-04-13). Does Trump Know Anything About Trade? counterpunch.org Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle, creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. The Hudson Report is a new weekly series produced by Left Out with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we cover an economic or political issue that is More

Amnesty International (2018-04-13). Public Statement: New testimonies show Israeli deportations putting Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers at risk in Uganda. Amnesty International Israel has continued to deport Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers to Uganda until at least January 2018, Amnesty International revealed today, despite statements by the Ugandan government that no agreement had been in place with Israel to receive them. New research by the organization shows that, once in Uganda, deported asylum seekers have not received papers, are without legal protection and remain vulnerable to exploitation, despite written assurances from Israel they would be protected.

Adam Johnson (2018-04-13). 'Modernization' is Media Code for Military Build-Up. counterpunch.org One of the most effective rhetorical tools in normalizing massive military budgets is to treat spending billions — and sometimes trillions — of dollars as something one has to do in order to be "modern." "Modernization" is, after all, an attractive label. Who doesn't want to be modern? Consider just a few examples from recent More

Stephen Cooper (2018-04-13). Vengeful Alabama to Kill 83-Year-Old Man. counterpunch.org Barring intervention by courts or its governor, Alabama will kill an 83-year-old man on April 19; long-incarcerated for the 1989 mail-bomb killings of United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance and civil rights attorney Robert E. Robinson, Walter Moody, Jr.'s wizened, withered body, will, three decades after his crimes, More

Lawrence Davidson (2018-04-13). The Saudi-Israeli Liaison. counterpunch.org In a 2 April 2018 interview in the Atlantic, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman publicly declared that the Israelis "have a right to live in their own land just like the Palestinians." It is a problematic assumption, given that the Israelis' "own land" is the land they took away from the Palestinians. This, and much else, More

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