2018-04-14: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-14). Israeli troops again target peaceful protests with live ammunition and tear gas. World Socialist Web Site Yesterday's casualties follow Israel Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman's earlier pledge of a "reaction of the harshest kind."

Denny Taylor, AlterNet (2018-04-14). Here's What Happened When Professional Atheist Sam Harris Tried — and Failed — to Embarrass Noam Chomsky. AlterNet.org Chomsky's self-appointed antagonist is more off-base and offensive than many realize. | In April 2015, Sam Harris—an author, neuroscientist and self-appointed provocateur—persuaded Noam Chomsky to participate in a private email exchange. Chomsky had refused any other form of interaction with Harris and, for reasons not made public, he agreed. Then when the email exchange was finally over Harris cajoled Chomsky into letting him publish. "If you're so sure you've acquitted yourself well in this conversation," Harris writes, "exposing both my intellectual misconduct with respect your own work and my moral blindness regarding the actions of our government, why not let me publish it in full so that our readers can draw their own conclusions? ""The idea of publishing personal correspondence is pretty weird," Chomsky responds, "a strange form of exhibitionism — whatever the content. Personally, I can't imagine doing it. However, if you want. . .

Laura Gottesdiener, AlterNet (2018-04-14). Here Are 7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire. AlterNet.org As Trump strikes Syria for the second time, here are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire from Dr. Chomsky. | Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up. " The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity –. . .

WSWS (2018-04-14). Public Meetings in Australia: Organise Resistance to Internet Censorship! Free Julian Assange! World Socialist Web Site The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington's escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.

RT (2018-04-14). Precise, overwhelming and effective — Pentagon gives details of Syria strike. RT US News The Pentagon hailed its strike on Syria as effective, saying that they set the country's "chemical weapons" program back years, by "crippling and degrading" it. The US military claims there were no civilian casualties.

Staff (2018-04-14). 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump Declares on Twitter. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists But Syrian allies Russia and Iran call the use of force by Western allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression" with the potential to worsen a humanitarian crisis. | The post 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump Declares on Twitter appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-14). How 'Russiagate' Produced the Missile Attack on Syria. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Politicians, pundits and activists who've routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting Trump as a puppet of Russia's president. | Heavyweights of U.S. media—whether outlets such as CNN and MSNBC or key newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post—spent most of the last week clamoring for Trump to order airstrikes on Syria. Powerful news organizations have led the way in goading Trump to prove that he's not a Putin lackey after all. | One of the clearest ways that Trump can offer such proof is to recklessly show he's willing to risk a catastrophic military confrontation with Russia. | In recent months, the profusion…

RT (2018-04-14). White House cites social media, open-source outlets in US assessment of alleged Douma attack. RT US News Shortly after Trump announced strikes against Syria on Friday evening, the White House "assessed with confidence" that Damascus was behind the alleged gas attack in Douma — citing social media and "reliable intelligence."

Staff (2018-04-14). U.S. and Two Allies Launch Missile Attack on Syria. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists President Trump announces that U.S. forces, in a combined operation with France and the U.K., have conducted precision strikes on targets associated with Assad's chemical weapons program. | The post U.S. and Two Allies Launch Missile Attack on Syria appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-14). Bill Maher and Real Time Panelists Walk Through the Endgame on Trump's Fascism. AlterNet.org 'I don't see him leaving willingly for any reason' | Is America headed for fascism? As Donald Trump attack the impartial investigators who probe his possible illegal activities, the idea has gone from fringe to an essay titled "Will We Stop Trump | Before It's Too Late? " written by respected former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and published in theNew York Times. Bill Maher and a panel took up the topic Friday night. "Is it fair to say that the only way Trump survives as president is if we become not a nation of laws—in essence, a fascist dictatorship," Maher said. "Who's going to go to knock on that door at the White House and make him go? . . . I don't see him leaving, willingly, for any reason. "Trump's reaction to the lawful raid on his lawyer's office showed that he has no respect for the. . .

WSWS (2018-04-14). Two police killings in Billings, Montana in two days. World Socialist Web Site More than 360 people have been killed by police in the US so far this year.

Eden Collinsworth (2018-04-14). For an American Abroad, It's Been a Very Taxing Year. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists I come back to pay my taxes every year. Since last April 15, I've watched mass shootings, moral collapse—and at last a ray of hope. | The post For an American Abroad, It's Been a Very Taxing Year appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-14). 14,000 AT&T workers authorize strike as contract expirations loom. World Socialist Web Site The over 90 percent vote to strike is part of a growing movement of the working class.

Amnesty International (2018-04-14. Death sentences and executions 2017. Amnesty International

WSWS (2018-04-14). Another Australian prime minister faces serious crisis. World Socialist Web Site At the heart of the worsening political instability are mounting economic and geo-strategic pressures.

WSWS (2018-04-14). More US states imposing Medicaid work requirements. World Socialist Web Site Some states are considering expanding Medicaid while at the same time imposing work requirements, premium payments and drug testing of recipients.

WSWS (2018-04-14). Comey memoir ignites new round in anti-Russia campaign against Trump. World Socialist Web Site Portions of the book, leaked to the press in advance of publication, have dominated US media coverage since Thursday.

WSWS (2018-04-14). Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site Thousands of teachers showed up at the state capitol Friday in a show of defiance against the unions and school officials trying to break their two-week strike.

WSWS (2018-04-14). Trump to consider rejoining TPP to step up pressure on China. World Socialist Web Site The apparent turnaround is motivated by two immediate considerations: the need to be seen as taking action to alleviate pressure on US farmers threatened by the China tariffs, and the search for international allies against China.

WSWS (2018-04-14). War fever grips German media. World Socialist Web Site Die Welt demanded the "eradication of the Assad regime" and the deployment of "hundreds of thousands of soldiers" to Syria to "in the worst case scenario, fight Russians and Iranians."

TRNN (2018-04-14). Zuckerberg Hearing: An Opening for Regulating Social Media? The Real News Network The two day congressional hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens a door to regulating social media privacy, which is especially needed given that Facebook and similar media companies are virtual monopolies in their fields, says Justin Anderson…

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-04-14). 'Trump Crapped All Over Us' By Attacking Syria: Watch InfoWars' Alex Jones Break Down in Tears. AlterNet.org Jones now says Trump is a 'fraud' | InfoWars founder Alex Jones had a weeping meltdown on Friday night after learning that President Donald Trump joined with France and the British to launch an attack on Syria in retaliation for a reported chemical attack on the residents of Douma. Reacting to the news of the military incursion, the anti-interventionist Jones lamented that, "Trump is crapping all over us. ""If he had been a piece of crap from the beginning, it wouldn't be so bad," Jones continued as he burst into tears and had to pause. . "We've made so many sacrifices and now he's crapping all over us. It makes me sick. "According to the conspiracy theorist, Trump had been "doing so good," before pronouncing the president a "fraud," and saying his administration is "done. "Watch the video below via Twitter: Alex Jones on Trump launching strikes in Syria. . . pic. twitter. com/FkPt3xnok4— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) April 14, 2018

Maryam Saleh (2018-04-14). A Syria for All Its People — Two Books on an Unnecessary War. The Intercept Rania Abouzeid and Alia Malek's books, based on years of in-country reporting, are an answer to those who say no one truly knows what happened in Syria. | The post A Syria for All Its People — Two Books on an Unnecessary War appeared first on The Intercept.

Amnesty International (2018-04-14). Nigeria: Government still failing victims of Boko Haram four years on from Chibok. Amnesty International Responding to the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the abduction of 276 school girls in Chibok, Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: | "What happened in Chibok should have served as a wake-up call to the Nigerian government. Yet four years on, thousands more women and girls have been taken from their homes and forced to live in captivity, in events largely unnoticed and unreported by media. | "The time is long overdue for the government to deliver meaningful action on behalf of all the victims of Boko Haram's crimes. This starts by doing more to secure the release of the hundreds still being held, including the remaining Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi girl still in captivity. | "Far more support must also be provided for past victims. For the families of those still missing, the government should open a register for abducted people, ensuring that the tens of thousands of people living in displacement camps get the opportunity to register their loved ones."

TRNN (2018-04-14). Trump Pardons Libby, Sending Message to Mueller's Targets. The Real News Network Marcy Wheeler says Trump is dangling the Scooter Libby Pardon before those caught up in the web that Robert Mueller is investigating…

TRNN (2018-04-14). Striking Teachers Targeted by Kochs. The Real News Network Women's March Organizer Tithi Bhattacharya discusses the teachers leading revolts across the nation are taking on their union leadership, and being targeted by a powerful network funded by the Koch and the DeVos money…

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-14). How a Black Teen Missed the Bus and Almost Got Himself Killed After Asking for Directions From a Racist Homeowner. AlterNet.org Brennan Walker overslept Thursday morning and missed his bus. | A black teenager was nearly shot and killed by a racist homeowner after missing his bus and trying to ask a neighbor for directions. Brennan Walker overslept Thursday morning and missed his bus, so he started walking the bus route from his family's home to Rochester High School, reported WJBK-TV. The 14-year-old's mom had taken his phone away, so he wasn't able to check it for directions — so the boy knocked on a stranger's door to ask for help. "I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady's door," Brennan told the TV station. "Then she started yelling at me and she was like, 'Why are you trying to break into my house? ' I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High,. . .

RT (2018-04-14). Conservative pundits hammer Trump for US-led strikes in Syria. RT US News In the wake of US-led airstrikes against Syria following an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, many of US President Donald Trump's most ardent supporters have vehemently criticized the action.

Staff (2018-04-14). France, U.K. Gamble in Joining Trump's Syria Strike. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Critics swiftly accuse the two U.S. allies of playing loyal deputies to an unpredictable American leader, viewed by many in Europe with suspicion or outright scorn. | The post France, U.K. Gamble in Joining Trump's Syria Strike appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-14). US Department of Homeland Security compiling database of world's journalists. World Socialist Web Site The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the "sentiments" and personal information of journalists and "media influencers" around the world.

WSWS (2018-04-14). US and imperialist allies launch strikes against Syria. World Socialist Web Site All of the governments participating in this new onslaught are crisis-ridden and lack any electoral legitimacy.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). As Trump and May Claim Concern for Syrian Civilians, Critics Slam Leaders for Anti-Refugee Stance. Truthout Stories (Photo: Pixabay) | While President Donald Trump's address to the nation suggested that he and his counterparts in France and the United Kingdom launched airstrikes out of concern for Syrian civilians, a number of critics pointed out that the leaders have shown little compassion for those same innocent people as nations have debated taking in Syrian refugees in recent months. | t.co/FRnTdWMMfn | — Angel Padilla (@AngelRafPadilla) April 13, 2018 | Under Trump, the number of Syrian refugees who have been granted asylum and resettled by the U.S. has plummeted, dropping from more than 12,000 in 2016 to half that number last year. Less than 100 of the war-torn nation's 5.5 million refugees are expected to be allowed into the U.S. by the end of the current fiscal year in September. | "If the Trump administration truly cares about the fate of…

Amnesty International (2018-04-14. Brave Walls. Amnesty International

WSWS (2018-04-14). Spanish government promotes militarism in schools. World Socialist Web Site The reactionary syllabus includes the need to respect the army, the police, the flag, the anthem and the King and to uphold the unity of Spain.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-14). Why an Iranian Rights Violator Isn't in Prison. Human Rights Watch News Tehran Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi speaks to journalists during a news conference in Tehran April 19, 2009. | © 2009 Reuters | It seems that an infamous Iranian prosecutor — someone sentenced to two years in prison for complicity in the death of one person arrested during Iran's 2009 anti-government protests — has vanished before he could even be arrested. At least, that is what a spokesperson from Iran's judiciary said on Thursday. | "An arrest warrant has been issued but they have not found [Saeed Mortazavi] yet," spokesperson Hojatol Eslam Mohseni Ejeyi said to a skeptical press gathering. "Now I do not know how this can be!" | A mind-boggling comment, as Iran's judiciary is notorious for condoning arbitrary arrests. Moreover, intelligence authorities, once led by Ejeyi himself, regularly carry out abusive arrests…

RT (2018-04-14). US, UK & France launch 'precision strikes' in Syria. RT US News US President Donald Trump has approved military strikes in Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Assad government in Douma, near Damascus, last week. The UK and France joined the operation.

WSWS (2018-04-14). US and North Korean officials discuss Trump-Kim summit. World Socialist Web Site The cynical character of Trump's decision to meet with Kim Jong-un is underscored by the fact that two militarists—Pompeo and Bolton—are in charge of preparing the summit.

RT (2018-04-14). 'Mission accomplished': Trump praises 'perfectly executed' strike on Syria. RT US News US President Donald Trump has praised the US-led coalition missile strikes on Syria claiming the air raids were "perfectly executed."

WSWS (2018-04-14). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. World Socialist Web Site The Odisha tanker drivers are employed by contractors for the state-owned oil corporations and are only paid about $US115 per month.

Jon Schwarz (2018-04-14). Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can't See. The Intercept On Friday night, President Trump ordered the U.S. military to conduct a bombing attack against the government of Syria without congressional authorization. How can this be constitutional, given the fact that Article I, Section 8 of America's founding document declares that "The Congress shall have Power … To declare War"? | The deeply bizarre and alarming answer is that Trump almost certainly does have some purported legal justification provided to him by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel — but no one else, including Congress, can read it. | The Office of Legal Counsel is often called the Supreme Court of the executive branch, providing opinions on how the president and government agencies should interpret the law. | We know that Trump received a top secret OLC opinion justifying the previous U.S. strike on Syria on April 6, 2017. Friday's bombing undoubtedly…

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-04-14). America Doesn't Have a Holocaust Problem — It Has a History Problem. AlterNet.org Yes, Americans may know less about the Holocaust. In a way, that's following an American tradition. | A survey released Thursday, commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, revealed a startling lack of Holocaust awareness by a large percentage of Americans — and experts are troubled by its implications. The study discovered that, although 93 percent of Americans believe that students should learn about the Holocaust at their schools, 31 percent (as well as 41 percent of millennials) wound up severely undercounting the death toll, believing that 2 million or fewer Jews were killed during the genocide, according to The New York Times. The actual number of Jews killed during the Holocaust is roughly 6 million, more than three times what the average American believes it to be. The survey also revealed that 41 percent of Americans (as well as. . .

Newsweek (2018-04-14). Peruvians Slam Ivanka Trump As 'Fake' Secretary of State. AlterNet.org Ivanka is attending a conference that her father President Donald Trump canceled his appearance for. It isn't going well. | First daughter Ivanka Trump is being accused of acting like the U. S. secretary of state in Peru, where she is attending a conference that her father President Donald Trump canceled his appearance for.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road. Truthout Stories U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…

Staff (2018-04-14). Zuckerberg Flubs Details of Facebook Privacy Commitments. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Over two days of questioning in Congress, he revealed that he didn't know key details of a 2011 consent decree with the FTC that requires the company to protect user privacy. | The post Zuckerberg Flubs Details of Facebook Privacy Commitments appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-04-14). Pentagon says Syria strikes are 'one time shot' to send strong message to Assad. RT US News US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described Saturday's strikes on multiple targets in Syria as "harder" than those in 2017, but said that no further launches were planned for the moment.

RT (2018-04-14). State Dept claims US has proof Damascus was behind Douma 'attack,' but it's classified. RT US News The US State Department has claimed to have proof that the Syrian government was the perpetrator of an alleged chemical attack in Douma. It refused to make the evidence public, as the intelligence is "classified."

Staff (2018-04-14). The RNC Fundraiser, the Playboy Model—and Michael Cohen. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Republican money man Elliott Broidy quits his post amid reports that with the help of Donald Trump's lawyer he paid $1.6 million to a Playmate with whom he had an affair. | The post The RNC Fundraiser, the Playboy Model—and Michael Cohen appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-04-14). 'Trump denied the American people oversight in endless war': Lawmakers react to Syria strikes. RT US News Not all US lawmakers have welcomed the "illegal" strike on Syria ordered by President Donald Trump that was allegedly in retaliation for a staged chemical attack in the suburb of Damascus last week.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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…

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

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.

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.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-13). What Sam Harris and the 'New Atheists' Got Wrong: Religion and the Christian Right Aren't Our Biggest Problems. AlterNet.org The limited need for critiquing religion as a whole has come into fuller focus. | Along with several other prominent writers and thinkers, these three came to represent a movement of so-called "New Atheists": brash critics of spiritual dogmas and proponents of the idea that religion is a serious threat to society. It's a powerful idea. Atheism is philosophically compelling, and the crimes of the religious are legion. And in the Bush years, many American liberals felt surrounded on all sides by religious extremists, between the opponents of stem-cell research and gay marriage in the White House and the 9/11 attackers and their allies. But there was an alternative hypothesis. Religion, many of its defenders claimed, can come in good and bad forms like any ideology; nevertheless, there's nothing particularly pernicious about religion, and there's no reason to think that fighting religion will make society. . .

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.

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

John W. Whitehead (2018-04-13). The Slippery Slope to a Constitution-Free America. counterpunch.org "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." —Benjamin Franklin The ease with which Americans are prepared to welcome boots on the ground, regional lockdowns, routine invasions of their privacy, and the dismantling of every constitutional right intended to serve as a bulwark against government More

RT (2018-04-13). Sex, lies & abortion: RNC deputy finance chair quits amid reports of $1.6mn payoff to Playboy model. RT US News The week has gone from bad to worse for US President Donald Trump's embattled lawyer Michael Cohen after damning reports of yet another high-profile 'hush money' sex scandal within the RNC emerged Friday.

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. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-13). Corker at Pompeo Hearing: We Already Endorsed Regime Change in Syria. Truthout Stories Sen. Bob Corker speaks to reporters following a vote on Capitol Hill on January 11, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Zach Gibson / Getty Images) | The leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signaled to President Trump that the panel already approved the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. | Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) directed the comments toward Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), during the confirmation hearing for Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick to serve as next Secretary of State. | Kaine had just completed pointed questioning of Pompeo, the current CIA Director, about whether regime change around the world should be an official US foreign policy. | Director Pompeo dodged the question, but it did prompt a response from Corker. | "It seems like everybody on this committee except Sen. [Rand] Paul of Kentucky agreed with the previous administration's policy that Assad had to…

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

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

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-04-13). Parkland Education Board Member Smears David Hogg As Nazi 'Brown Shirt&#039. AlterNet.org The member tried to claim he never posted about the teen advocate. | A member of Parkland's Education Advisory Board, which makes recommendations about school policy for Marjory Stoneman Douglas, attacked school shooting survivor David Hogg, the Miami New Times reported Friday. Education advisory board member Wayne Alder allegedly compared Hogg to Nazis on his Twitter account. "Parkland. Here is your future. I won't be wearing the Broward Brown Shirt," Alder allegedly posted, showing a picture of Hogg with a raised fist. "This is what happens when a town decides to back one political party, one political voice," he also allegedly tweeted. "The tyranny of one voice that is David Hogg. "Alder, a partner at Boca Raton's Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, told the Miami News Times that he'd never posted about Hogg but didn't deny the account was his. The Times described his claim as. . .

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.

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). War, lies and censorship. World Socialist Web Site The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream news outlets function not as journalists, but as propagandists for the US/NATO war drive against Syria.

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

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

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…

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.

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.

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

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

Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-13). DOJ Report Finds That DEA Contracts Actually Gouge Taxpayers and Benefit Ex-Agents. AlterNet.org It's relatively small potatoes for the scandal-plagued drug-fighting agency, but it's part of a long pattern of institutional abuse and misbehavior. | In a report released Thursday, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) granted contracts to former employees that cost more than half a million dollars more than if those employees would have been paid had they still been working for the agency. The questionable contracts were used in the agency's Asset Forfeiture Program. The program contracted with Maximus Inc. , a government employment agency, to provide workers to tally cash and other assets seized in drug busts that could be sold to generate revenue. The report found that DEA paid Maximus $85 million between 2013 and 2017 under 12 separate contracts. Although Maximus was the main contractor, contract workers for the program. . .

Terry Simons (2018-04-13). Tick, Tick, Tick: a Case for Reading. counterpunch.org The rich keep getting richer and the rest of us just keep getting old —Stephen Stills It behooves one to understand that the U.S. is a police state. It's a unique variety, but nonetheless, an honest-to-god military dictatorship. Smedley Butler saw it coming. Ike confirmed it in his famous farewell address. Beware, Ike warned, of the More

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.

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

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-13). Fox News' Shep Smith Goes After Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Repeating Trump's Attacks on Comey Verbatim. AlterNet.org The press secretary's strategy is way too obvious. | After White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went off on fired FBI Director James Comey during Friday's briefing, Fox News' Shep Smith mocked her ire — and her word choice. "Hack, liar, leaker, slime ball," Smith said, echoing the press secretary's pejoratives used to describe Comey after anecdotes from his new book made headlines Thursday. The host then pointed out that much of the language Sanders used was also contained in President Donald Trump's tweets posted earlier in the day about the FBI director he fired last year, including when she suggested Comey's sacking was one of the greatest acts of his presidency. James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked. . .

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.

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. |

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

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

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.

Michael Schwalbe (2018-04-13). The Privilege of Second Chances. counterpunch.org I'd just gotten back from a walk in the woods. My sister met me in the yard and said a deputy sheriff had come to the house looking for me. It was spring 1977, near my twenty-first birthday, and I was home from college for the weekend. "Something about hit and run adjacent to a More

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.

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.

Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch (2018-04-13). Groundbreaking Youth Climate Lawsuit Gets a Trial Date. AlterNet.org The president's administration failed to halt the case. | A trial date of Oct. 29 has been set for a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans despite the Trump administration's efforts to halt the case. Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 plaintiffs who ranged between 8 to 19 years old at the time. They allege their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government's creation of a national energy system that causes dangerous climate change. The trial will be heard before U. S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon, according to Our Children's Trust, the non-profit group supporting the plaintiffs. Aiken joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. "We have our trial date. In the coming months there. . .

Staff (2018-04-13). Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Under Criminal Probe. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists NEW YORK—Federal prosecutors said in a court filing Friday that the criminal probe that led them to raid the offices of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is focused on the attorney's "personal business dealings" and has been going on for months. | In the filing with a court in New York, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but they said the "crimes being investigated involve acts of concealment" and suspected fraud. | They also made clear that investigators have been gathering extensive evidence for some time as part of an ongoing grand jury investigation. Agents, they wrote, had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen after securing an earlier search warrant. | None of those emails, they added, was exchanged with Trump. | In a footnote, the prosecutors wrote that although the investigation…

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.

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…

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). 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.

Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-13). Oklahoma's Revolution Didn't End with Teacher Strikes—It's Going Much Further. AlterNet.org Oklahoma is gearing up for changes across the state in the 2018 midterm. | Oklahoma is in the midst of a revolution, with rolling teacher strikes statewide. Teachers have taken over the state capitol building, pressuring legislators to give them—and their fellow school employees—a raise. At the time of this writing, more state agencies, from Corrections to Mental Health to Transportation, are joining the teachers in their fight, and are getting louder about their budget shortfalls, too. While the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA—the primary teacher's membership organization) recently announced the strike is over, the teachers continue to strike and walk out, and, according to a leader of the teacher's strike, are seeking a new union that will actually represent their interests. Meanwhile, legislators are seeking ways to punish the striking teachers, and have accused the teachers of bussing in. . .

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