2018-04-16: News Headlines

Chris Hedges (2018-04-16). The Pandora's Box of War. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists This article was first posted in 2017 shortly after the U.S. fired missiles into Syria in reaction to reports that the government there had used chemical weapons. In it, Chris Hedges argues that the Middle East will not know peace until the U.S. leaves the region. | The post The Pandora's Box of War appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Oppose union's banning of Fightback from Toronto university strike picketline. World Socialist Web Site The Canadian Union of Public Employee's resort to political censorship goes hand-in-hand with its determination to isolate and suppress working class struggles whenever they break out.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Students oppose Portland State University tuition hikes. World Socialist Web Site Despite a student backlash, the Portland State University board of trustees still plans to vote to raise tuition by up to 9 percent for the coming semester.

WSWS (2018-04-16). French students protest war, support striking rail workers. World Socialist Web Site Students at Tolbiac University spoke to the WSWS Friday about their opposition to war in Syria, plans to reinstate the draft, and social austerity in France.

WSWS (2018-04-16). This week in history: April 16-22. World Socialist Web Site 25 years ago: FBI raid in Waco, Texas, kills 76 On April 19, 1993, US Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a military-style FBI raid on the compound of a small Christian sect near Waco, Texas, resulting in 76 deaths, including 25 children.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Indian Trotskyists hold public meeting in Chennai against Internet censorship. World Socialist Web Site Speakers explained the connection between the attack on free speech, the drive to war and the rising struggles of the working class.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Australian government pushes ahead with "foreign donations" ban. World Socialist Web Site The bill is a part of a multi-pronged legislative package that targets alleged "Chinese interference" in Australian political and commercial life.

WSWS (2018-04-16). UK: Demands grow for May government to hold debate on Syria attack. World Socialist Web Site UK Prime Minister Theresa May is due to make a formal statement to parliament today on the Syria airstrikes, but no vote is to take place.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Trump threatens Comey on eve of court hearing. World Socialist Web Site Trump has declared that Comey, the former top US law official, deserves jail time for allegedly leaking classified information and lying to Congress.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Filmmaker Milos Forman (1932-2018), one of the leading figures of the Czech New Wave. World Socialist Web Site Forman was originally identified with the so-called Czech New Wave, a group of directors whose lively and honest films came to international prominence in the mid-1960s.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Oklahoma struggle continues as calls for teacher strikes spread across US. World Socialist Web Site Over the weekend, teachers networked with each other to organize sickouts and other forms of protest as schools reopen today.

WSWS (2018-04-16). British government admits links to Manchester and London terror attack groups. World Socialist Web Site The British government and security forces worked closely with terrorist organisations in Libya and Syria, allowing them back to the UK to spawn a layer of British-born jihadis.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Demonstration against rent increases in Berlin draws 25,000. World Socialist Web Site The large numbers participating in the demonstration, which was originally only expected to attract 4,000, illustrates the depth of the anger over unaffordable rents.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site 4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Kentucky teachers denounce governor for saying students were "sexually assaulted" due to walkout. World Socialist Web Site The Kentucky legislature overrode the governor's veto of a budget and tax bill, leaving in place bills taking millions from education.

WSWS (2018-04-16). UK workers oppose drive to war. World Socialist Web Site Anti-war protester: "There should have been a referendum on whether to go to war! They are asking us to go to war with no evidence."

WSWS (2018-04-16). Washington seeks permanent deployment of special forces brigade to Africa. World Socialist Web Site Highlighting the predatory aim of AFRICOM's presence in the region is the Niger defense minister's admission that the US forces "wage war when necessary."

WSWS (2018-04-16). Pseudo-left parties promote US-French-British bombing of Syria. World Socialist Web Site The DSA and ISO in the US, and the NPA in France are spreading the lies of the media and intelligence agencies to justify the bombings on "humanitarian" grounds.

WSWS (2018-04-16). US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war. World Socialist Web Site The bases for new provocations and fresh pretexts for military aggression are already being laid.

WSWS (2018-04-16). GM to slash 1,500 jobs at Lordstown, Ohio plant. World Socialist Web Site GM announced on Friday it will cut one of two operating shifts at its massive Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, cutting as many as 1,500 jobs effective June 15.

RT (2018-04-16). Trump wants to pull troops from Syria 'as quickly as possible,' but it won't be very quick. RT US News US President Donald Trump wants to bring troops back from Syria as soon as possible, the White House said, but not before their goals are fulfilled. Earlier, the French president said he had convinced Trump the troops had to stay.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-16). France: Bill Could Undermine Asylum Seekers' Rights. Human Rights Watch News (Paris) — A bill before the French Parliament on immigration and asylum could jeopardize access to protection and should be revised, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Assembly will examine the bill in the week of April 16, 2018, and the Senate in May. Tents are seen at a makeshift migrant camp on a street near the metro stations of Jaures and Stalingrad in Paris, France, October 28, 2016 | © 2016 Reuters | "Under the guise of providing a more effective asylum system, the bill includes a series of measures that would diminish access to protection," said Bénédicte Jeannerod, France director at Human Rights Watch. "The few — albeit significant — positive measures in the bill cannot hide the concerns it raises for people who were at risk in their…

Amnesty International (2018-04-16. Death sentences and executions 2017. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). Transformar el enfrentamiento en diálogo: una agenda de derechos humanos para Cuba. Amnesty International The finalization of Raúl Castro's mandate as President of the Cuban government on 19 April 2018 will mark the end of an era for Cuba. As an independent human rights organization, Amnesty International does not take a position on any country's political or economic system. But we do use historical opportunities to advocate human rights advances. Transform confrontation into dialogue, is Amnesty International's Human Rights Agenda for Cuba as part of this historic moment, with the objective to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the country.

Amnesty International (2018-04-16. Brave Walls. Amnesty International

Staff (2018-04-15). Syria's Allies: Missile Strike Undercuts Hope for Peace. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon say the Western attack has damaged prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict. | The post Syria's Allies: Missile Strike Undercuts Hope for Peace appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-15). Is Trump's Presidency Turning White Evangelical Christianity into a 'Cult'? This Religion Scholar Thinks So. AlterNet.org It's a compelling case. | Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and former CNN host who has written extensively about Islamic fundamentalism, is featured in a new Big Think video in which he asks the question of whether the followers of President Donald Trump constitute a "religious cult. "Aslan begins by noting that Trump received unprecedented support from American evangelicals during the 2016 presidential election — even more than former President George W. Bush, who identified specifically as an evangelical. "This makes no sense," Aslan said. "Especially when you consider that Trump is not just the most irreligious president in modern history — that his entire worldview makes a mockery of core Christian values, such as humility and empathy and care for the poor. "To examine why this could be, Aslan pointed in part to the rise of the so-called "Prosperity Gospel" that was. . .

TRNN (2018-04-15). OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality. The Real News Network Economist Michael Roberts says the change of tone within the OECD is interesting, but there are no takers ready to implement an estate taxes to reduce inequality…

Staff (2018-04-15). Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists After a recent series of hospitalizations, Mrs. Bush, 92, has decided to forgo medical treatment and receive only comfort care. Her health problem has not been specified. | The post Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Newsweek (2018-04-15). James Comey Tells ABC: Trump Treats Women Like Meat. AlterNet.org The former FBI Director also revealed that his daughters attended the Women's March | : In an interview that aired on ABC Sunday, former FBI Director James Comey said that Donald Trump treats women like "pieces of meat" and is "morally unfit" to be president of the United States. During the interview, which came ahead of the release of his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Comey slammed Trump's fitness for office, raising not only his treatment of women but his claim that there were "very fine people" on both sides. . .

Staff (2018-04-15). Protesters in Barcelona Demand Jailed Separatists Go Free. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BARCELONA, Spain—Hundreds of thousands of Catalan separatists rallied in downtown Barcelona on Sunday to demand the release of high-profile secessionist leaders being held in pretrial detention. | Protesters waved Catalan separatist flags behind a huge banner that read "for rights and liberties, for democracy and unity, we want them back home!" | The demonstration was organized by two pro-independence grassroots groups, the National Catalan Assembly and Omnium, whose presidents are among the nine separatists in prison awaiting trial for their roles in last year's failed breakaway bid by the northeastern Spanish region. | The regional chapters of Spain's two leading labor unions, along with other civil society groups, supported the protest despite the complaints from some members who don't want secession for Catalonia. Barcelona police said 315,000 people participated in the protest. | "The majority of Catalans, regardless of their political position, agree…

Staff (2018-04-15). Gaza Flare-Up Driven by Deep Misery. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists It's not surprising that so many people would risk death by converging on the border fence, which Palestinians have done three Fridays in a row. Dozens of them have been killed and hundreds injured. | The post Gaza Flare-Up Driven by Deep Misery appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Paul Rosenberg, Salon (2018-04-15). Is MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists. AlterNet.org Loading up on semi-repentant conservatives and ignoring the activist left, MSNBC is doing the nation a disservice. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election in 2016, MSNBC had at least two clear options: It could respond to a swelling progressive viewer base by moving left, or it could keep playing the Beltway game and move right, loading up with #NeverTrump Republicans, and dumping actual progressives. In choosing the latter — albeit with a head-fake — the news channel has significantly skewed its coverage, to the detriment of progressive politics and its own viewers. Oh, there's plenty of Trump-bashing to please MSNBC's booming viewer base. But it's often a cheap thrill, giving scant or no attention to what made Trump's presidency possible in the first place, let alone the challenge of building a coherent alternative. The channel is currently riding enjoying a ratings. . .

Staff (2018-04-15). Spring Storm Moves East After Blanketing Central U.S. in Snow. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A mid-April storm stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes dumps two feet of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest before plowing toward the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. | The post Spring Storm Moves East After Blanketing Central U.S. in Snow appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). Trump's Company Is Suing Towns Across the Country to Get Breaks on Taxes. Truthout Stories Donald Trump speaks during a Rose Garden event April 12, 2018, at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | | President Donald Trump is famous for bragging about his net worth. Publicly, he claims he's worth more than $10 billion. He even sued an author over the issue and lobbied the editors of Forbes about his ranking on their billionaires list. | Yet quietly in another setting, the Trump Organization says the president's holdings are worth far less than he has proclaimed. Across the country, the Trump Organization is suing local governments, claiming it owes much less in property taxes than government assessors say because its properties are worth much less than they've been valued at. In just one example, the company has asserted that its gleaming waterfront skyscraper in Chicago is worth less than its…

TRNN (2018-04-15). To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda. The Real News Network Despite his very soft approach at his Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin at Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis at the Institute for Policy Studies…

Sophia A. McClennen, Salon (2018-04-15). How Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting is Taking Over Local News and Pushing the Country to the Right. AlterNet.org Sinclair is positioning themselves to have massive influence in politics — and the left is letting them do it | On March 31, Deadspin posted a video that showed a series of local TV news anchors working in stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group reading identical scripts bashing national news and freaking out about fake news. The video immediately went viral. Even though there had been plenty of folks warning about the ills of Sinclair Broadcast Group — in particular Brian Stelter of CNN, who gave Timothy Burke of Deadspin the idea for the video, and John Oliver, who featured a story on Sinclair on "Last Week Tonight" last year — it was the Deadspin video that finally hammered home just how disturbing the story is. The gist is that for decades now Sinclair has been amassing a series of. . .

TRNN (2018-04-15). Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War. The Real News Network Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen…

Staff (2018-04-15). Trump Unloads on Comey Ahead of Ex-FBI Director's Interview. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In a series of tweets before James Comey's first interview about his forthcoming memoir airs, the president calls him "the WORST FBI Director history, by far!" | The post Trump Unloads on Comey Ahead of Ex-FBI Director's Interview appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). When They Couldn't Afford Internet Service, They Built Their Own. Truthout Stories Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! | Dwight Roston is drilling on the roof of a home in Detroit's Islandview neighborhood on the city's east side. Roston is part of a team that is setting up a wireless internet connection. The home is just one of 150 designated households in the city to receive free internet service by the end of the year. | In 2016, a coalition of media, tech, and community organizations launched the Equitable Internet Initiative, a project that will result in the construction of wireless broadband internet networks across three underserved Detroit neighborhoods. Leading the initiative is the Detroit Community Technology Project, a digital justice project sponsored by Allied Media Projects. Each network will provide wireless internet service to 50 households per neighborhood, according to…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). Global Leaders Condemn Trump's "Scorn for International Law" As Haley Threatens More Possible Air Strikes. Truthout Stories Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. (Photo: Hector Retamal / AFP / Getty Images) | As foreign policy experts denounced the missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump Friday night, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley further troubled critics on Saturday when she warned that the U.S. is prepared to attack the war-torn…

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-04-15). Michael Cohen Reportedly Rented Ivanka's Park Avenue Apartment to Disreputable Russian-American Taxi Magnate. AlterNet.org The red flags around the president's lawyer keep rising. | According to a report on Page Six, Trump family fixer Michael Cohen once sublet out one of White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's swanky Park Avenue apartments to a Russian-born taxi magnate. According to the report, Evgeny "Gene" Freidman was Cohen's partner in operating 32 taxi medallions that Cohen owned which have become a subject of interest to FBI investigators. The report notes that Friedman was in need of a place to stay in 2015 after he was ordered to stay away from his estranged wife after he allegedly assaulted her. One month later she sued for divorce. According to the report, his wife remained in their Upper East Side townhouse while Friedman moved with his dog into Trump Park Avenue — the same building where Cohen lived with his family.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). Trial Date Set for Groundbreaking Kids' Climate Lawsuit. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | 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…

Staff (2018-04-15). Iran Deal's Fate May Rest on European Interventions. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists President Trump has vowed to withdraw from the 2015 agreement unless U.S., British, French and German negotiators can agree to fix what he sees as its serious flaws. | The post Iran Deal's Fate May Rest on European Interventions appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

The Conversation (2018-04-15). How the CIA's Secret Torture Program Sparked a Citizen-Led Public Reckoning in North Carolina. AlterNet.org What can a small group of committed citizens who oppose these practices do to push back? This. | President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, is reported to have overseen a U. S. site in Thailand where torture of a suspected terrorist took place. Later she allegedly helped destroy evidence of torture. Her nomination, pending congressional approval, is viewed by many as further evidence of this administration's support of torture and an undoing of Obama-era efforts to end it. Her work was allegedly part of a program the CIA launched after 9/11 called Rendition, Detention and Interrogation. From 2002 to at least 2006, the CIA orchestrated disappearances, torture and indefinite detention without charge of suspected terrorists. What can a small group of committed citizens who oppose these practices do to push back? A commission against torture in North Carolina may. . .

Staff (2018-04-15). Tributes to Victims Mark 5th Anniversary of Boston Marathon Attack. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker lay wreaths where bombs killed three spectators and maimed more than 260 others on April 15, 2013. | The post Tributes to Victims Mark 5th Anniversary of Boston Marathon Attack appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-15). U.S. to Hit Russia With New Sanctions Over Syria. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicates that the sanctions will be aimed at sending a message to Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad. | The post U.S. to Hit Russia With New Sanctions Over Syria appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). Where Will the Struggle Lead Kentucky Teachers? Truthout Stories The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a 'day of action' at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) | KENTUCKY TEACHERS, education workers and their supporters gathered once again on this weekend for rallies at the state Capitol in Frankfort. | The protests represent the continuing urgency of the upsurge that has made Kentucky another site of the teachers' rebellions that swept west from West Virginia through states formerly considered to be conservative "Trump country." | At the same…

History News Network (2018-04-15). What We Really Have to Worry About Isn't Trump. AlterNet.org A cautionary tale from the 1930s | The country is divided into two hostile camps, a division as much geographic as ideological. On one side are the big cities, the centers of progressive politics and home to social movements for women, for gay people, for minorities, and to an unprecedented wave of immigrants. Many of the immigrants look and dress very differently from residents of longer standing, marking them as followers of a different religious faith. Many are refugees from an unprecedented wave of war and civil war. Many have entered the country illegally. Then there are the rural areas. These have always been conservative, but now economic hard times and a pervasive feeling of humiliation are driving their conservatism to a new level of anger. People in rural areas attribute much of this humiliation to urban liberals who seem to care more about. . .

Ricky Riley, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-15). New Legislation Forces Sex Workers Back to Streets and Strips Away Internet Freedoms in One Swoop. AlterNet.org The SESTA-forced end of a Craigslist personal ads era means big problems for sex workers. | In our society, sex work isn't considered "real work. " With the risks of physical harm and constant denigration from family, friends and critics, sex workers are rarely treated with dignity and respect and are often arrested because of unfair laws. They have come under attack in recent months after the passage of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) in the Senate, and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) in the House. A combination of both laws passed in the Senate on March 20 by a vote of 97-2. Senator Rob Portman introduced SESTA in the Senate and the House's FOSTA bill passed in February. The bill was signed into law Wednesday, April 11 by President Donald Trump. Now, SESTA-FOSTA, or. . .

Newsweek (2018-04-15). Calls Grow to Boycott Starbucks After Bogus Arrest of Philadelphia Black Men. AlterNet.org People accused the chain's employees of racially profiling the men. | Calls are growing for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee shop chain after police were filmed arresting two black men waiting for a friend in a branch in Philadelphia. Under the #BoycottStarbucks hastag on Twitter, people accused the chain's employees of racially profiling the men, and criticised police for arresting them when they refused to leave.

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-15). Trump Thinks Firing Rod Rosenstein Will Help Him Escape Mueller—Here's Why the Plan Could Backfire in a Huge Way. AlterNet.org The next in line for the job should worry the corrupt president. | President Donald Trump has publicly attacked his own deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, over his authorization of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has reportedly been mulling plans to fire Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will presumably do his bidding to shut down the probe. However, a Daily Beast profile of Noel Francisco — the man who is next in line at the Department of Justice to replace Rosenstein — shows that it might not be that simple. Although Francisco is an unabashed conservative who once clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he is also a constitutional law expert who, his friends say, is unlikely to serve as Trump's personal henchman. "One of Francisco's long-time friends, who spoke. . .

The Conversation (2018-04-15). People With Depression Use Language Differently — Here's How to Spot It. AlterNet.org Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full picture. | From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this "language of depression" can have a powerful effect on others. Just consider the impact of the poetry and song lyrics of Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain, who both killed themselves after suffering from depression. Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full picture. Our new study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, has now unveiled a class of words that can help accurately predict whether. . .

Newsweek (2018-04-15). Comey: Impeachment Would Let Americans Off the Hook. AlterNet.org President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night. | Updated | President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night in his first television interview since Trump fired him last May.

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch (2018-04-15). A Tale of American Hubris: 5 Lessons We Can Learn from Our Defeats. AlterNet.org This country keeps ignoring its own clear history. | 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 the previous century and the first years of this one might be for the world's most exceptional and indispensable nation, the planet's sole superpower, the globe's only sheriff. Those were, of course, commonplace descriptions from the pre-Trump era and yet, in the age of MAGA, already as moldy and cold as the dust in some pharaonic tomb. Let's start this way: you could think of the post-Cold War era, the years after the implosion of the. . .

RT (2018-04-15). 'Saddam's weapons': Ex-ambassador's Freudian slip on Syria attack. RT US News The US, British and French bombing of Syria has put many critics of US President Donald Trump in the awkward position of agreeing with him. One of them, former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, slipped on his own tweet.

RT (2018-04-15). The only right way is his way? RT scrutinizes the legality of Trump's Syria missile strike (VIDEO). RT US News What happens when the UN is brushed aside, congressional approval is missing, and your closest allies try to stay away? A missile strike. RT takes a closer look at the (il)legality of Trump's bombing of Syria.

RT (2018-04-15). More sanctions against Russia to be announced on Monday – Haley. RT US News Washington plans to slap Moscow with a new batch of sanctions as early as Monday, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said. The new measures are said to be a response to Russia's alleged "aggressive actions."

RT (2018-04-15). 'Attorney-client privilege a thing of the past' — Trump blasts FBI in latest Twitter tirade. RT US News US President Donald Trump has taken a break from this weekend's bombing of Syria to once again decry the federal investigation into one of his many, many lawyers, whose offices were raided earlier this week.

RT (2018-04-15). US won't pull out troops from Syria until goals accomplished — UN envoy Haley. RT US News The US will not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals are accomplished there, Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said. This comes after Washington carried out airstrikes in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack.

RT (2018-04-15). Starbucks apologizes for coffee shop arrest of two black men (VIDEO). RT US News Following accusations of racial profiling, the CEO of Starbucks has promised to personally meet two men arrested at one of the coffee giant's stores for a "face-to-face apology."

RT (2018-04-15). 3 killed as 'historic' snowstorm blasts Midwest US (VIDEOS, PHOTOS). RT US News At least three people have been killed, including a sleeping two-year-old girl, as a violent spring storm has battered the Midwest with powerful winds and heavy snow.

RT (2018-04-15). 'Trump boxed himself into a corner with incendiary tweets before Syria strike' — Senator Black to RT. RT US News Friday's attack on Syria was a face-lifting move by Donald Trump after he boasted about his missiles on Twitter, Virginia Senator Richard Black said. He told RT that Trump would not have won Congress' approval had he asked for it.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-15). Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Protesters Beaten, Journalists Detained. Human Rights Watch News Riot police use teargas to disperse hundreds of civil servants who gathered during a protest against reduced monthly salaries in Erbil, Iraq on March 25, 2018. | © 2018 Hemn Baban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images | (Erbil) — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces detained at least 84 protesters and four journalists in late March, Human Rights Watch said today. Many of the detentions appeared to be arbitrary, either because persons were detained because they were exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, or because their right under Iraqi law to be brought before a judge within 24 hours was ignored. Twelve witnesses said security forces beat many as they attempted to detain them during demonstrations in the cities of Akre, Dohuk, and Erbil. Human Rights Watch received reports of arrests in other towns, including…

Kate Aronoff (2018-04-15). Andrew Cuomo Sees What's Coming. He Doesn't Know Whether To Run, Join It, Or Destroy It. The Intercept The Working Families Party finds itself in what might be the most friendly political environment in its relatively short history, yet it's at war back home. | The post Andrew Cuomo Sees What's Coming. He Doesn't Know Whether To Run, Join It, Or Destroy It appeared first on The Intercept.

Sarah Aziza (2018-04-15). His Father Was Killed Because He Helped American Troops in Iraq. After 8 Years, He Hasn't Received a U.S. Visa. The Intercept Ali started working with the U.S. military in Iraq when he was 16. Years later, he has a slim chance of a visa amid Trump's de facto ban on Iraqi refugees. | The post His Father Was Killed Because He Helped American Troops in Iraq. After 8 Years, He Hasn't Received a U.S. Visa. appeared first on The Intercept.

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 –. . .

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. . .

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…

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…

Ray McGovern (2018-04-14). Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution. MintPress News It was a sad spectacle to see U.S. brass rubbishing the Constitution and trying to silence critics of the U.S. strike on Syria, says Ray McGovern in this commentary. | The post Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). Zapatista Women Inspire the Fight Against Patriarchy. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. Zapatista women take the stage to deliver their speeches collectively from each Caracol, or administrative center. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess) | Dawn had only just broken over the mountains. While most of the women and children on the camping grounds were still asleep, others were already wide awake, huddling together in the first rays of sunlight and drinking coffee. | To a casual observer, this place might have seemed similar to any mainstream festival campsite. A distinguishing factor, however, was that there wasn't a single man in sight. The sign on the main entrance left no one in doubt that only women and children were welcome at this event: "Men not permitted to enter." | Women's participation in Mexico's 25-year-old Zapatista National Liberation…

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…

CP Editor (2018-04-14). Glen Hansard — Astral Weeks. counterpunch.org

TRNN (2018-04-14). Trump's Attack on Syria Violates International Law. The Real News Network U.S. President Donald Trump ordered 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 is illegal under international law…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). Restoring the Promise of the Fair Housing Act. Truthout Stories Truthout takes zero advertising money — instead we rely on readers to sustain our site. Will you join the thousands of people who fund our work? Make a donation by clicking here! | The Fair Housing Act, passed fifty years ago this month, was a critical victory of the Civil Rights era and an effort to address generations of systemic racism in housing policy. | The law intended to prohibit discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, or sex. | President Johnson signed the Act in large part to stem the tide of anger that rose in cities after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but it was regular people who won the Act, through a years-long struggle to demand fair and equal access to housing. | Segregating Our Cities: | The…

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-14). "People Are Dancing In The Streets": Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump's Airstrikes. MintPress News Over 100 cruise missiles were fired Saturday morning at three mostly empty military installations in Syria, including one research and two storage facilities in airstrikes that lasted no more than 70 minutes. | The post "People Are Dancing In The Streets": Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump's Airstrikes appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). Mapped: Cambridge Analytica's Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry. Truthout Stories Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent journalism. (Photo: Pixabay) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | Revelations continue to emerge about Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has found itself embroiled in a scandal around data privacy and electoral manipulation. | Three whistleblowers have gone public in the Guardian and Observer to outline how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence the outcomes of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum. | DeSmog UK has previously mapped how the company ties to climate science denial through its Brexit and Trump connections. Now, Nafeez Ahmed over at

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…

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…

SouthFront (2018-04-14). Jaysh Al-Islam Leader Criticizes Scale of US Strike on Syria. MintPress News On April 14, the political leader of Jaysh al-Islam, Mohamad Alloush, expressed his disappointment with the US-UK-France strike that targeted Syria earlier and told Reuters news agency that the strike "was not enough". Alloush also hinted that the U.S. should have overthrown the Damascus government in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Douma district. | "As long as this regime and its security agencies exist, the chemical (attacks) will continue because there is safety from the consequences that would end it … (Assad) is portraying what happened as a victory," Alloush told Reuters. | Earlier, Alloush described the strike as "a farce" on his official Twitter account. The statements by the Jaysh al-Islam leader indicate that he was hoping for a game-changing strike. Jaysh al-Islam's political leader appears to be growing more desperate following a rapid…

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-04-14). Here's What Cable News Ratings Reveal About the 2018 Midterms. AlterNet.org MSNBC's numbers are on the rise, and strategists see a direct correlation between viewership and voter sentiment | Embattled conservative cable personality Laura Ingraham returned to Fox News Monday night with significantly less advertisers after mocking 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for being rejected by his preferred colleges last month. And her return to the spotlight was overshadowed by the decision of two more brands who decided to join the choir in yanking their ads from "The Ingraham Angle" as they fielded uncomfortable questions from consumers in the wake of the broadcast. This article originally appeared in Salon. On the other side of the political spectrum, while both Fox News and CNN lost viewers between 2017 and 2018, the audience for liberal haven MSNBC has skyrocketed by 30 percent. And with midterm elections quickly. . .

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…

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."

WSWS (2018-04-14). 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.

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.

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.

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.

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). 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). 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). 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.

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.

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). 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). 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). 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.

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."

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."

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.

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