2019-04-04: Social Media Postees

NATO-Exit: Dismantle NATO, Close Down 800 US Military Bases, Prosecute the War Criminals
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Washington's unspoken hegemonic objective is Worldwide militarization and economic conquest. This imperial design is carried out through acts of war, military intervention, coups d'Etat, regime change, US sponsored insurgencies, cyber-warfare, economic sabotage and destabilization. "All options are on the table".

Video: "NATO-EXIT". Michel Chossudovsky
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
70 years ago NATO was born. In April 1949, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established what was designated as the doctrine of "Collective Security" under Art. 5 of the Washington Treaty. | NATO has a sordid history of aggression and …

Venezuela's Maduro announces electricity rationing plan as protests break out
Lucas Koerner | mronline.org | 2019-04-04
Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages. | Source…

Republicans Have Put Our Country on a Path of Warp-Speed Decline—And They Want You to Think It's Worth Cheering For
Thom Hartmann | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
E.J. Waddell, 63, smokes a celebratory cigar after the inauguration of Donald Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on the National Mall January 20, 2017 in Washington D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people attended to celebrate and protest. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Pentagon's $1 Billion for Wall: A Door-Opener to Crucial Fixes for Infrastructure, Environment?
Barbara G. Ellis | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
Now that President Donald Trump's sleight-of-hand has just moved $1 billion and soon possibly $5.1 billion more from the Pentagon's $674 billion FY2019 allocation to furnish labor and materials to build his border wall, he's opened precedent to actions he's probably never imagined. But domestic activists surely can–and will–if fast enough. So could those in Congress once they stop…

Rev. Tutu Among Luminaries Backing Activists Facing 25 Years for Nuclear Weapons Action
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04

Brunei's Phased Adoption of Islamic Law
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Western countries are up in arms over the conclusion of Brunei's phased adaptation of Islamic law which will controversially see homosexuals and adulterers stoned, much to the consternation of human rights activists across the world. Hollywood celebrity George Clooney, known …

Bearing witness to root causes of Honduras migration at Radio Progreso
Rabbi Brant Rosen | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-04
The invitation for our Root Causes Pilgrimage to Honduras came from Radio Progreso, a Jesuit-owned radio station based in the city of El Progreso. As one of the few independent media voices in Honduras, Radio Progreso does extensive work in advancing human rights, promoting peace, supporting community-based initiatives, and advocating for environmental justice across the country. …

Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-04
(Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — April 4, 2019 — In response to the House sending S.J.Res. 7–legislation directing the president to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen–to the president's desk, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This vote amounts to the …

In Historic Yemen Vote, House Reasserts War Authority to Advance Peace
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04

Peace Action: Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04

In Libya, Guterres 'deeply concerned' by risk of fresh military confrontation, urges restraint
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-04
The UN chief has expressed his deep concern by the reported advance of forces based in the east, towards the Libyan capital, Tripoli, declaring that "there is no military solution" to restoring peace and stability to the country.

Peacekeeping: A 'great opportunity' to develop professionally and personally
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-04
A senior commander from Argentina, who has been deployed to the United Nations peacekeeping mission on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, has said that serving the UN is a "great opportunity" to develop professionally and personally.

Libyan Commander Haftar Orders Forces to Move on Tripoli
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops Thursday to march on the capital Tripoli, taking his conflict with the internationally recognized government to a dangerous new level. | RELATED: | Libya Holds Local Elections for First Time in Five Years | U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who is in Tripoli trying to push an international peace deal, called for restraint. When asked about Haftar's statement, he said Libya needed a political not a military solution.

Nicaragua: Government Affirms Commitment to Peace Talks
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Denis Moncada reaffirmed on Thursday that the government delegation in the "Negotiation Table for Understanding and Peace" fulfills the agenda approved by the parties. | RELATED: | Nicaragua: Meetings For Understanding and Peace Begin | "Our presence is permanent, punctual and responsible," Moncada said upon his arrival at the n…

What Monroe Doctrine?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Because there is a presidential election coming up next year, the Donald Trump Administration appears to be looking for a country that it can attack and destroy in order to prove its toughness and willingness to go all the way …

Watch | Brazil, Colombia, Now Venezuela: US Pursues Right-Wing Hegemony in South America
Kei Pritsker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
Watch: From Colombia and Brazil, Kei Pritsker on the decades of US meddling in South America that preceded the ongoing coup in Venezuela.

Afro-Venezuelans and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Discussion with Akinyele Umoja
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-04-04
With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaidó has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the…

US VERDAD Act: Senate Support for Regime Change in Venezuela
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Seeking dominance over all other nations is imperialism's defining feature — by brute force if other tactics fail. | With no end of it in prospect, they continue on the phony pretexts of humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building …

Candidate Pete Buttigieg: Israel's Security Policy Offers "Important Lessons" for the US
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
Buttigieg's decision to not promote any specific policy has allowed him to become a policy chameleon, and his stance on foreign policy, including Israel and Palestine, is no exception.

Brazil to Revise Textbooks Denying 1964 Coup
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
Brazil's education Minister Ricardo Velez said Wednesday that school textbooks will be revised to deny the 1964 coup. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement' | According to Velez, Brazil will teach the children "a wider version of history." Velez said that the 1964 military ousting of the democratically elected President Joao Goulart was not a coup and the following 21 years of military rule was "a democratic regime by force." | Velez told local media that t…

Over 1,000 Physicians Give Up Bolsonaro's 'More Doctors Program'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
About 15 percent of the Brazilian doctors who entered President Jair Bolsonaro's program More Doctors Program (MDP), set up he ended the Cuban doctors' program, gave up in the first three months, Folha de Sao Paulo reported Thursday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Ready to Terminate the 'More Doctors' Program | According to the local media, at least 1,052 out of 7,120 Brazilian doctors, who took over between December 2018 and January 2019, have already left the position. In addit…

Mike Pompeo's "Version of Jesus Christ": Endless Wars, Open-Ended Surveillance at Home
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Where does Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo get his inspiration? From Jesus Christ. | Mike's version of Jesus Christ may not be the same one millions of others know. The Pompeo version of Christ is a psychopath and a full-throated …

The End of the Politician (in a Fashion)
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
The Slovak and Ukrainian Elections The structures of politics have become so rigid, so distant, and ultimately so irrelevant to those who vote for them that a trend through countries can now be confirmed. Brittleness has set it. The part and election strategists have few answers, they, who saw the voter as yet another subject,…

Has the US Lost Its Military Supremacy Over Russia?
Ron Ridenour | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
When I first heard of Andrei Martyanov, I was skeptical about his intentions. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR, 1963, he became a naval officer and expert on Russian military and naval issues. He took part in conflicts in the Caucasus. In mid-1990s, he moved to the US for reasons unstated in print. He currently works…

Sitting Pretty on a Sinking Ship: Neoliberal Feminism
Barbara MacLean | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
Orientation For a number of years now I've been confounded by watching many of the straight upper-middle class women in the United States appearing to slide backwards in time into much more traditional roles. Why do so many women still do the heavy lifting of childcare, grocery shopping, housekeeping and cooking? Why do so many…

Head Kissing: An Issue for Our Times
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
It strikes me as an unusual action, kissing the back of someone's head. Sounds like a ritualistic early-Christian thing, like the baptismal kiss of the Apostolic Tradition, or the papal foot-washing and foot-kissing (such as Pope Francis does), more than sexual aggression. I just wonder–idly, as I do–about the appeal of the act to the…

Notes on the Dissolution of the ISO
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
During 2013 and 2014, a rift opened up in the International Socialist Organization (ISO) over the results of a rape investigation that some members found to be little more than a cover-up. The Socialist Workers Party in England, which had played a major role in the formation of the ISO, was also convulsed over a…

Are Academics Academic?
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
The dictionary defines academic as "educational, scholastic," as well as "not of practical relevance; of only theoretical interest." After spending a week at an academic conference with eminent university scholars of international relations, I find it appropriate to question the relationship between the two definitions. Were the scholars and their scholastic writings…

1% Politics and the Scandals of a New Gilded Age
Rajan Menon | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
Despair about the state of our politics pervades the political spectrum, from left to right. One source of it, the narrative of fairness offered in basic civics textbooks — we all have an equal opportunity to succeed if we work hard and play by the rules; citizens can truly shape our politics — no longer…

Why You Shouldn't Listen to Trump and the Super Rich When It Comes to Beauty
Tamara Pearson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
We see and judge women based on the perspective of super rich white men who also tend to own the beauty competitions and the cosmetic companies. If Donald Trump met me, he would probably say I was ugly. He wouldn't see the degrees, published books and articles, or the gentle being that I am, and…

Senators Demand Details On Trump Admin's Aid To Saudi Secret Nuclear Weapons Program
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
A group of senators has notified Energy Secretary Rick Perry to demand answers over how and why he allowed multiple U.S. firms to provide Riyadh with potential nuclear secrets…

Congress Finally Pushes Back Against the Imperial Presidency With Vote to Cut US Support for War in Yemen
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-04
Congress Finally Pushes Back Against the Imperial Presidency With Vote to Cut US Support for War in Yemen…

House Votes to End US Support for Saudi Coalition in Yemen
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution on Thursday to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, rebuffing President Donald Trump's policy toward the kingdom. | RELATED: | Senate Rebukes Trump on Saudi Arabia Coalition in Yemen | Because the resolution had already passed the Senate, the 247-175 vote in the Democratic-led House sends the resolution to the White House, which said last month Trump would issue a veto. | The final tally was…

Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-04-04
Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote…

More than 40 US Organizations Pressure US Congress: End Trump's Crusade for War in Venezuela
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
More than 40 organizations from around the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, …

China's PLA Troops in Venezuela Is Game Changer
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
The reported arrival of Chinese military personnel in Venezuela last weekend is undoubtedly a major event in world politics. | Unlike Russia, which has a history of force projection abroad, this is an extremely rare Chinese move. Although vital Chinese interests …

Marco Rubio: Arrest of Juan Guaido Would Amount to Coup D'etat
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted the parliamentary immunity of the self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | Tuesday's unanimous decision came following a request from the Supreme Court, and included the "authorisation" of the continuation of investigations into the also deputy and president of the National Assembly. | "The investigation [against Guaido] is formally authorised to continue in accordance with our Constitution and laws" said ANC President Diosdado Cabello during the session. Cabello added that justice w…

VIPS Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-04
VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia… Read more ?…

After Mueller, Donald Trump's "Political Warfare" Enters a Dangerous New Phase
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-04
Donald Trump is a political pugilist. He never apologizes for a mistake. He never admits that he is wrong. He constantly attacks. In many ways Donald Trump is a 72-year-old political version of the Terminator, a machine that "can't be reasoned with, it can't be bargained with…. it doesn't feel pity of remorse or fear … and it absolutely will not stop. Ever." | Two Fridays ago Donald Trump was told that his handpicked attorney general had received special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the 2016 election. Trump had two reasons to celebrate. | Mueller had concluded that the Trump campaign did not directly…

Lee Camp Weighs in on Mueller Report, Self-Defeating Media, and "Dingle Sticks"
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
"I'm not saying that Trump isn't corrupt, but by creating this laughable and baseless conclusion about Russian collusion, that has now been completely and utterly refuted, the Democrats, the faux resistance and our media have caused deep harm" — Lee Camp, Redacted Tonight…

Russia Reacts to the Release of the Mueller Report
Nadezhda Azhgikhina | thenation.com | 2019-04-04
While few people in Russia expect relations between the two countries to improve, some hope that direct, citizen-to-citizen contact can slowly bridge the rift.

The Tale of a 'Deep State Target'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-04
Daniel Lazare reviews George Papadopoulos's book about his misadventures with a nest of intelligence agents. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Now that Russian collusion is dead and buried thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the big question is… Read more ?…

India, Pakistan, and a Planet in Peril
Dilip Hiro | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
People living along the ceasefire line dividing Kashmir into India and Pakistan-administered portions have continually been at risk due to hostility between the armies of the two nuclear rivals. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)(Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

McConnell Goes Nuclear to Help Trump Pack the Courts With Extremists
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-04
NAACP attorney Janai Nelson said it was an "insult to African Americans" when President Trump nominated Thomas Farr to a federal district court bench in North Carolina last year. The Republican attorney's fingerprints were all over efforts to suppress and sideline voters of color in North Carolina, and he was linked to a campaign committee for segregationist Sen. Jesse Helms accused of intimidating Black voters in the late 1980s with postcards suggesting they would be arrested…

South Asia's Overlooked Nuclear Crisis
Dilip Hiro | thenation.com | 2019-04-04
South Asia's Overlooked Nuclear Crisis…

Video: Syrian Military Sends Reinforcements to Fight ISIS in Central Desert
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Over the past few days, the Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements to the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert following a recent series of ISIS attacks in the area. | ISIS cells operating in the desert in central Syria pose …

Syria Will Not Liberate the Occupied Golan for Decades to Come
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
The Syrian state will not be in a position to liberate the occupied Golan for decades to come. US President Donald Trump made a gift of the territory to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu last month. The move was Trump's support …

Russia Returns Remains of Israeli Soldier Killed in Lebanon
teleSUR lf | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
The Russian armed forces helped Israel recover the remains of an Israeli soldier that was killed in Lebanon during the country's long civil war, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement. | RELATED: | Emboldened By Trump's Move on Golan, Netanyahu To Annex West Bank If Re-elected: Report | The remains of Sgt. Maj. Zachary Baumel were transferred to Israel this week following Russia's successful attempt to persuade the Syrian government to reveal his g…

How the Media Paved the Way for Corbyn Target Practice
Jonathan Cook | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
No one in the political or media class cares much whether their constant trivialising of Corbyn's political programme degrades British political life, or whether their smears could lead to political violence.

How Brzezinski's Chessboard Degenerated into Brennan's Russophobia
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
"Russia is an inalienable and organic part of Greater Europe and European civilization. Our citizens think of themselves as European. That's why Russia proposes moving towards the creation of a common economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, …

'Obscene' Bipartisan Applause for NATO in Congress
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress fanning the fire of a 'Russian threat.' Peter Kuznick says it is an 'obscene bipartisan spectacle applauding war'; Pietro Shakarian discusses the self-serving NATO expansion and the hyperbolic Russia threat narrative…

Surpassing US Military Supremacy
Ron Ridenour | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-04
When I first heard of Andrei Martyanov, I was skeptical about his intentions. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR, 1963, he became a naval officer and expert on Russian military and naval issues. He took part in conflicts in the Caucasus. In mid-1990s, he moved to the US for reasons unstated in print. He currently works …

Amid Rising Tensions, NATO Chief Pitches Confrontation with Russia to US Congress
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered the first-ever address by a leader of the US-led imperialist alliance to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday, promoting a military buildup against Russia under conditions in which ever greater fissures …

In the wake of RussiaGate: Where Is the World Headed?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Since 2016 the United States has been in the Russiagate box, a hoax created by the US military/security complex to prevent President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. Normalized relations would devalue THE RUSSIAN THREAT, an orchestration that protects the …

A Poet Gives Witness to War
Dennis J. Bernstein | progressive.org | 2019-04-04
In her new book, Carolyn Forché recounts travels in El Salvador during some of its bloodiest days in the dark Reagan 1980s. "The refugees now coming from Central America are normal people," she says, "running away from something that we helped create…

Fight against climate change and poverty will fail without overhaul of global financial system, says major UN report
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-04
A major new UN-led report, involving more than 60 international organizations, warns that a comprehensive overhaul of the world's financial system is necessary, if governments are to honour commitments to tackle critical issues, such as combatting climate change and eradicating poverty by 2030.

A new unionism for the twenty-first century
Steven Parfitt | mronline.org | 2019-04-04
As we contemplate the ongoing decline of British trade unions, and as Americans consider their next move after the Supreme Court's Janus vs AFSME decision, the the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) and United Voices of the World (UVW) point towards an alternative way of organising, fighting–and winning. | Source…

House Votes to End Support for Yemen War, Rebuffing Trump
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-04
Paired with Senate vote, Congress for the first time invokes the decades-old War Powers Resolution to try to stop a foreign conflict.

Night Parrot Confections: The Dangers of Discovering the Elusive
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
Discoveries of natural flora, fauna and phenomena are not necessarily straightforward things. The discoverer may wish to conceal the source. The discoverer may also have various motivations. In certain grave instances, the entire claim might be fabricated. Piltdown Man, discovered …

Removing deadly mines means 'new horizons and hope', clears a path to SDGs, says UN chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-04
The path towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development must be "clear of landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices (IEDs)", the United Nations Secretary-General said on Thursday, International Mine Awareness Day.

Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes… Even in Winter
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-04
Global warming is starting to hit hard like there's no tomorrow, and at current rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there may not be a tomorrow, as emissions continue setting new records year-by-year, expected to hit a 62-year record in 2019. So much for the Paris 2015 climate agreement! The most sensitive areas to global …

Fossil Fuel Trade Associations Spent $1.4 Billion on Ads in Past Decade
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
The American Petroleum Institute spent over half of that total on contracts with the PR giant Edelman, says Kert Davies of Climate Investigations Center…

Ontario: Debunking the Conservative Party Policy of Ford and Scheer
Paul Kahnert | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
We learned many lessons in fighting the Conservative governments in the past, and personally in our long battle to block the privatization of Ontario Hydro One. The government of Doug Ford in Ontario, and the policies that Andrew Scheer is …

Brussels Becomes First Major City to Halt 5G Due to Health Effects
Josh del Sol | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
The statement was made by Céline Fremault, the Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Housing, Quality of Life, Environment and Energy. From an interview last Friday, with L'Echo: | "I cannot welcome such technology if the | …

Why Is the Fed Paying So Much Interest to Banks?
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-04
"If you invest your tuppence wisely in the bank, safe and sound, | Soon that tuppence safely invested in the bank will compound, | "And you'll achieve that sense of conquest as your affluence expands | In the hands of the directors who …

Syria, Venezuela Denounce US Conspiracy
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-04
04 de abril de 2019, 14: 06Damascus, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Syrian and Venezuelan Foreign Ministers Walid Al Moallem and Jorge Arreaza, respectively, denounced the U.S. conspiracy against the two nations, at a press conference in Damascus.

Restaurants and Retailers Warned Against Illegal Sales of Foie Gras
Animal Legal Defense Fund | indybay.org | 2019-04-04
California businesses alerted they must comply with the law banning sale of cruelly-produced "gourmet" delicacy…

'Gravelanche': Anti-war ex-Senator with teen campaign managers is making a splash in 2020 race
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
A new unlikely sensation entering the 2020 Democratic primaries could become a headache for the political establishment — and it isn't the 77-year old independent senator from Vermont. | …

Erdoğan's AK Party Suffers Major Defeat in Local Turkish Elections
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-04
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's AK Party suffered major setbacks in local elections this weekend after dominating the country's political system since 2003. The AK Party lost control in both of Turkey's largest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, and is now disputing the results. Voters expressed frustration with Erdo?an's autocratic rule and are also facing soaring inflation and rising unemployment. Now the results are being disputed, and recounts are underway. "Whoever is criticizing Erdo?an right now is held accountable for either terrorism charges or libel against the president," says prof…

New Tricks, Same Brexit
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
Ziggy May is still prime minister, despite the fact that her Brexit deal has been thrice voted down by parliament, and despite her announcing that she would leave office once her deal was passed. The Maybot is still PM because the bait offered by her quid pro quo was not enough to prevent a 3rd defeat.

When it comes to beauty, rich white men have no idea
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
We see and judge women based on the perspective of super rich white men who also tend to own the beauty competitions and the cosmetic companies, writes Tamara Pearson. | If US President Donald Trump met me, he would probably say I was ugly. He would not see the degrees, published books and articles, or the gentle being that I am. Instead, he would see measurements. | That does not bother me at all, because Trump and people in similar positions of power are not qualified to even talk about beauty. | For two decades, Trump owned the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Contestants confirmed that he would enter Miss Teen U…

Former US Intelligence Agents Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-04
VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia over Venezuela Mr. President: Your Administration's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope …

Former US Intelligence Agents Urge Trump to Avoid War in Venezuela

Favorite mistake: Sheryl Crow asks Twitter to help when her Tesla won't start, but gets puns instead
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
Like Steve McQueen, all that award-winning musician Sheryl Crow needed was a fast machine to escape the parking lot where she was stuck desperately asking Twitter for help because her Tesla's screen wouldn't turn on. | …

Ecological agriculture needs to be made a priority
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
The number of farmers moving to ecological agriculture in its various forms — agroecology, organic, biological, biodynamic, regenerative — continues to grow as farmers and consumers become more aware of the harm pesticides and synthetic fertilisers cause to health and the environment. | Alan Broughton takes a look at this phenomenon and asks why the majority of farmers are still holding on to chemical methods and what can be done to increase the ecological uptake. | *** | At an organic soil management class that I taught in Shepparton, Victoria, I asked each of the dozen participants why they were int…

Syrians Still Protesting US Decision on Golan Heights
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-04
Damascus, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The Syrians in the different provinces of the country were involved in a new day of protests against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the Zionist annexation of the occupied Golan Heights.

With Middle Eastern Allies Like These
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-04-04
This piece originally appeared on antiwar.com. | Pop quiz: name the two largest (by far) recipients of U.S. foreign military aid and one other country which recently negotiated the biggest American arms sale deal in world history. Let's call them the Big three (…

"Release the Mueller Report": 300+ Rallies Nationwide to Demand Full Transparency
Jon Queally | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-04
(CD) — Campaigners have organized rallies nationwide for Thursday in order to give voice to the widespread public demand the report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller be disclosed to members of Congress and the public–with as little redaction as possible–without further delay. Spearheaded by a coalition of progressive groups– …

"Release the Mueller Report": 300+ Rallies Nationwide to Demand Full Transparency

Climate Panel Disbanded by Trump Launches Independent Network to Tackle Crisis at Local Level
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
Members of a climate advisory panel disbanded by President Donald Trump in 2017 launched an independent network on Thursday to help communities across the country with science-based guidance to tackle the challenges of a rapidly warming world. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Post-Russiagate Dems pin hopes on Trump tax returns, stubbornly avoid real issues as 2020 looms
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
Congressional Democrats have another lengthy probe locked and loaded, targeting US President Donald Trump right in the wallet, now that he's emerged from two years of Russiagate investigation with nary a scratch. | …

Specter of Far-Right Violence Haunts Crisis Talks Over Brexit
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
Tensions over Brexit, and warnings of a backlash from nationalists if it does not happen soon, have rekindled fears of political violence in Britain. The threat seemed acute on Wednesday, as video of British soldiers using a photograph of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice appeared on Snapchat, and the trial of a neo-Nazi who planned to assassinate a pro-European member of Parliament ended. | Corbyn said that he was " shocked" by the video, which was shared…

ICE Is Teaming With North Carolina Republicans to Fight Pro-Immigrant Sheriffs
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
The First Amendment to the Constitution serves as something of a gauge for our national priorities. Embedded in there is the right of the people "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." | But what if the government itself is aggrieved? No government agency feels more under siege lately than U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and in North Carolina, it's helping the government do something about that. | Over the course of four days in February, federal immigration officials arrested more than 220 u…

Release the Mueller Report! Rapid Response Rallies in CA & Across the Nation
Moveon.org & others | indybay.org | 2019-04-04
Rallies throughout CA & the United States | Use link to find a rally near you: act.moveon.org/event/mueller-fir…

UK elite Parachute Regiment use Corbyn poster for target practice
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-04
For the last three years, senior military figures have repeatedly warned that a Corbyn government would be unacceptable because of Corbyn's previous opposition to war, NATO and the use of nuclear weapons.

More Americans believe in 'Clinton collusion' after Mueller probe flop — poll
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
After the Russiagate probe failed to find evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia, a new poll shows that Americans now suspect that Hillary Clinton was the one who might have colluded with foreign operatives. | …

Rejecting Demand to Leave Venezuela, Russia's Lavrov Says 'Whole World Dotted' With US Soldiers
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
"Take a look at the map," says country's foreign minister | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

'Release the Mueller Report. Now': 300+ Rallies Nationwide to Demand Full Transparency
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
Campaigners have organized rallies nationwide for Thursday in order to give voice to the widespread public demand the report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller be disclosed to members of Congress and the public—with as little redaction as possible—without further delay. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

'Historic' Yemen Vote Puts Power to End US Complicity in World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Trump's Hands
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
"President Trump has threatened to veto the resolution, but he could and most certainly should change his mind." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

'Censorship push by Syria regime-change lobby': Max Blumenthal on canceled book launch event
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
The anti-Damascus lobby in the US has coerced a bookstore in Washington DC to "postpone" the launch of investigative journalist Max Blumenthal's new book, which exposes dirty secrets of US regime-change tactics, he has told RT. | …

Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-04
Caracas, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, called on Thursday to a mass popular mobilization in this capital on April 6 to defend the Bolivarian Revolution.

Media Operation Against Venezuela Underway, Says Deputy Minister
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-04
Caracas, April 4 (Prensa Latina) An international media operation Thursday to create the sensation of a crisis in Venezuela and bring with it the overthrow of the government is full underway, denounced Deputy Foreign Minister William Castillo on Thursday.

"A Great Moment for Democracy": Erdogan's AK Party Suffers Major Defeat in Local Turkish Elections
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-04
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party suffered major setbacks in local elections this weekend after dominating the country's political system since 2003. The AK Party lost control in both of Turkey's largest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, and is now disputing the results. Voters expressed frustration with Erdogan's autocratic rule and are also facing soaring inflation and rising unemployment. Now the results are being disputed, and recounts are underway. "Whoever is criticizing Erdogan right now is held accountable for either terrorism charges or libel against the president," says The New School profess…

Infighting, Defections, Pre-electoral Mutations in Uruguay Opposition
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-04
Montevideo, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Infighting in Uruguay"s National Party (PN) to win the presidential nomination modifies today the electorate"s preferences while other opposition groups are swarm with defections and mutations in the electoral process.

Visionary Study Shows How 30 Percent of World's Ocean Could Be Made Sanctuaries by 2030
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
As world governments meet at United Nations to create a historic Global Oceans Treaty aimed at strictly regulating activities which have damaged marine life, the climate action group Greenpeace joined on Thursday showed how world leaders can protect more than 30 percent of the world's oceans in the next decade. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Amid rising tensions, NATO chief pitches confrontation with Russia to US Congress
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-04
The ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the US-led imperialist alliance were marked by sharp attacks from Washington on both Turkey and Germany.

Discussion: The Mueller Report, Trump's Response, and the Interests of the People
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2019-04-04
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Socialist Analysis "Collapse of the Trump-Russia Hoax & the Bankruptcy of Liberalism"
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-04-04
2969 Mission St., at 26th St.

On Yemen, Congress Has Spoken. It Wants the U.S. Out. Now the Ball Is in Trump's Court
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
Frustration with Saudi Arabia has been at an all-time high on Capitol Hill since October, when Saudi agents killed the Washington Post's Jamal Khashoggi.

Congress votes to withdraw US support from Saudi-led Yemen war
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of ending US involvement in the war in Yemen, but the bill is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump as the White House cites "serious constitutional concerns." | …

Iran: Europeans Support US 'Economic Terrorism,' Unlawful Probe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
In response to Britain, France, and Germany (E3) sending a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to investigate Iran's missile program, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called the countries out on their inability to stand up to the United States. | RELATED: | Floods Demolish 25,000 Houses Across Iran and Damage 60,000 | In a tweet…