2019-04-05: Social Media Postees

Protecting Julian Assange: A Must for People of Conscience
Kim Petersen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told Wikileaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days.' — WikiLeaks on Twitter. | The Mueller investigation of an alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russia to influence the …

With Extradition Imminent, the Implications of Assange's Persecution for Journalism and Democracy
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
In light of Wikileaks tweeting that Julian Assange will be forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in a matter of "hours or days, MPN brings you a piece by Whitney Webb first published last June on the dangerous implications of the persecution of the Wikileaks founder.

Ecuador Twists Embarrassing INA Papers into Pretext to Oust Assange
Defend Wikileaks | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
On 26 March, WikiLeaks' Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador's Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno's attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, …

Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno's Assange Problem
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Political asylum is an accepted if often ignored right. It is also at the mercy of those interests that grant it. Ecuador's repeated insistence on conditioning Julian Assange's stay in its London abode is tantamount to corroding the idea of asylum to vacuity. You are granted asylum as a political dissident, but political dissident you…

The Globalization of War. America's "Long War" against Humanity
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
America's hegemonic project in…

The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery. | And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would "postpone" the event, citing "concerns" over the event's "format, substance, … [and] security" in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign ag…

Chicago elections and what's coming next
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
Chicago, IL – The corporate media has missed what is most important about Chicago's April 2 elections. Its focus on the uninspiring mayoral contest between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot helped contribute to the lowest voter turnout ever. Only 29% of registered voters went to the polls. | What this election did see was a record number of young candidates challenging incumbents, and the greatest amount was in the Black wards of the city. According to Aislinn Pulley, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Chicago, "What was significant were the young activists – mostly Black and Latino – that fought neighborhood…

Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn't Work
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Black-and-white thinking rarely works and certainly not about Russia. Consider the following. Only days ago, about 100 Russian troops landed in Venezuela to deter a U.S. invasion. At home, Russian security forces continue to repress pro-democracy movements, dissidents and LGBT rights activists. The Russian military has long aided the Bashar al-Assad regime, which is responsible…

Saudi Arabia Arrests Supporters of Imprisoned Women Activists
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-05
Saudi Arabia has arrested eight people, including two dual United States-Saudi citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of women activists whose trial has drawn Western condemnation, rights groups said Friday. | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Executes Nigerian Woman Over Drug-Related Charges | The 11 women on trial had campaigned for the right to drive and…

Lies our Senators Tell Us, or, Whither Congress?
Matthew Pappalardo | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Last month, a group of student activists from various Bay Area climate justice groups visited Senator Feinstein's office in California to deliver a letter urging her to support the Green New Deal. While the students may have held out some hope Feinstein would see the light after agreeing to meet them without a scheduled appointment,…

'The Essence of Being Palestinian': What the Great March of Return is Really About
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30, 2018 are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years earlier. But there is much more…

Minnesotans honor MLK and say yes to peace, no to NATO
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
St. Paul, MN – On April 4, 80 people gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol building to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to use his words to analyze the militarism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both MLK and NATO are connected to the date of April 4. | On April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered his "Beyond Vietnam" anti-war speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. He would tragically be assassinated exactly one year later, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. | On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed marking the inception of the military allia…

Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-04-05
The following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council. Venezuela's conflict with imperialism . . . | Continue reading Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats at Workers.org…

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Al-Sisi's government, widely considered a military dictatorship despite a pale sheen of democracy, has forged increasingly close ties with Israel ever since he came to power in the 2013 coup.

Guaido set to enact uprising rooted in U.S. Regime-change operations manual
Whitney Webb | mronline.org | 2019-04-05
With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions–such as those described in the RED Team document–are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela. | Source…

"The Owner": The Rise of Eduardo Elsztain and the Coming End of Argentina's Democracy
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
With the backing and funding of the global elite, Eduardo Elsztain and his closest associates have taken control of Argentina's real estate, electricity, agriculture, and finance industries. His next target? Argentina's election system.

Trump Administration Demands that Turkey Cancel Purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defense Missiles
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
The Trump regime demands Turkey cancel its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missiles. | Technologically superior to US long-range surface-to-air Patriot missiles, nothing in the West matches their effectiveness. | S-400s can destroy multiple hostile aircraft, ballistic missiles, and …

The Veto: Documentary Film Exposing Western Media Propaganda War Against Syria
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
I met journalist and friend Rafiq Lutf and cameraman Abdul-Mun'aim Arnous in January 2018 and I was honoured when Rafiq asked me to work with him on his film project, The Veto. | As Dr Shaaban said to me in August …

Foreign Correspondent: Ukraine Elections, Putin, and Trump
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-04-05
Will the next president of Ukraine pursue reconciliation with Russia?

Robert Reich: Closing the Border to Mexico is "Insane"
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-05
$1.5 billion dollars per day cross the US-Mexico border and closing it, as Trump has proposed (and recently backtracked), would be "cataclysmic," says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, whom Laura Carlsen interviewed in Mexico…

Something About Butte
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Butte, Montana isn't a mining town. It's a mined town. The core of the city is hollow, tunneled out. Beneath the shattered surface of the Hill, there are more than 10,000 miles of underground passages and thousands of shafts, glory holes descending deep feet into the bedrock. Every now and then, holes will open in…

Identity Rules: A Report from Reddening Chicago
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Fake-Progressive Identity Cloaking Beyond the identity-politicized excitement of Chicago electing its first Black female chief executive and becoming the largest U.S. city to have a Black female mayor (and to have a gay mayor), there wasn't all that much for a leftist to choose from between victor Lori Lightfoot and her opponent Toni Preckwinkle. Mayor-Elect…

Ralph Nader Demands Boeing Recall Jets After Ethiopia Crash Kills His Niece
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-05
A wrongful death case was filed against Boeing on the same day that a preliminary investigation into last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed damning details about the aircraft manufacturer and raised new questions about whether it gave pilots proper instructions for navigating new software. The findings were released Thursday in Ethiopia, based on the analysis of a team of 18 investigators, less than a month after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed all 157 people on board. The report found similarities in the technical issues experienced by pilots on both the Ethiopian Airlines flight and Oc…

"Corporate Homicide": Ralph Nader Demands Boeing Recall Jets After Ethiopia Crash Kills His Niece
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-05
A wrongful death case was filed against Boeing on the same day that a preliminary investigation into last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed damning details about the aircraft manufacturer and raised new questions about whether it gave pilots proper instructions for navigating new software. The findings were released Thursday in Ethiopia, based on the analysis of a team of 18 investigators, less than a month after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed all 157 people on board. The report found similarities in the technical issues experienced by pilots on both the Ethiopian Airlines flight and Octob…

Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal!
Geraldine Perry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty — and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious …

The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-Israel Bias
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
When the New York Times ( 3/26/19) reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fait accompli pronouncement that nation-states can now seize territories acquired in defensive wars–after President Donald Trump announced via tweet that the United States asserts Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights–it seriously misled readers on the status of Israel's…

Pompeo Appoints Fox News Neocon as Spokesperson
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
And the neocon-ization of the Trump administration continues. While The Donald is packing away Big Macs and Diet Cokes, his neocon secretary of state is appointing likeminded warmongers. | Morgan Ortagus is a deep insider with connections to both sides of …

Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee for 'Tougher Direction'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON — The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? | Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers. | No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, accor…

The NATO War of 1999 and the Impotence of International Law
Dr. Hans Kà∂chler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Abstract | The unilateral use of force by NATO member states against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999 has made obvious the flaws of the United Nations system of collective security and has demonstrated the unenforceability of the ban on | …

Argentine Town Sees Fourth Priest Imprisoned for Sexual Abuse
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-05
An Argentine priest, Marcelino Moya, received a 17 year prison sentence for sexually abusing minors between the years 1992 and 1997, a criminal court ruled Friday. | RELATED: | Pope: Church Should Admit History of Violence Towards Women | The case began in June 2015, when a pair of men, Doctor Pablo Huck and Ernesto Frutos, filed legal complaints of suffering sexual abuse at the priest's hands as children. The victims were members of the Santa Rosa de Lima parish in Villaguay, near…

Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …

Pity About No Collusion, But They've Still Got the Cold War to Heat Up
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Donald Trump is a narcissistic boor who tells lies with a casual indifference that might be regarded with amusement ("My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany") were he not a malevolent poseur with all the style and attraction of a sock full of wet spaghetti. He is a spiteful mendacious…

An Open Letter to Chelsea Manning: A Free Woman in an American Prison
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
"We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination …

Green New Deal pushing climate change into mainstream media
Lisa Hymas | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
Climate change coverage in much of the mainstream media was abysmally low in 2018. It's been tilting upward in the first quarter of 2019, thanks in large part to the Green New Deal. The ascending trend is a positive development overall — it's about time media started paying more attention to the existential crisis of …

EU Clamps Down on Freedom of Speech in name of Copyright Protection
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-05
Julia Reda of the Pirate Party warns that the law does not protect creators, but large interest groups. Internet platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter will install filters and ban access to material individuals upload who do not buy the rights for everything they use…

An Open Letter to Chelsea Manning: A Free Woman in An American Prison
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-05
We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected …

Warren's Plan to Rein in Tech Companies
Jeff Hauser | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
America's cops on the competition beat have grown lazy. They are not enforcing antitrust laws passed during the first Gilded Age to level a playing field tilted by powerful corporations for their own benefit; that's why America is stuck in a second Gilded Age of economic inequality. These officials have been lulled to sleep by…

Russia Warns Against Foreign Meddling in Oil-Rich Algeria
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-05
Russia fired off a warning against foreign meddling in the political affairs of oil-rich North African country Algeria following the exit of embattled newly resigned President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. | RELATED: | Algeria's Bouteflika Submits Resignation After 20 Years As President | "We hope that, whatever happens, the internal processes un…

Myanmar military target civilians in deadly helicopter attack, UN rights office issues war crimes warning
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-05
Intensifying clashes between the Myanmar military and armed separatists that reportedly involved a deadly helicopter bombing raid on civilians earlier this week in Rakhine state, have been condemned by the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

Boeing's Problem Is Not Software
The Automatic Earth | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
We had already been told that in the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash which killed all 157 people on board, the 4-month old 737 MAX 8's anti-stall software reengaged itself four times in 6 minutes as the pilots struggled to …

With All Israelis IDF Veterans, Public Apathy Over Israeli War Machine is Near Universal
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Most Israelis don't have much sympathy for Palestinians. A recent poll showed that 53 percent of Israelis thought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent bombardment of Gaza following the rocket attack was "too weak" while only 3 percent believed it to be excessive.

Libyan Strongman Meets with UN Chief after Advancing on Tripoli
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-05
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi on Friday in a bid to avert renewed civil war as his forces advanced on the capital Tripoli to challenge the internationally recognized government. | RELATED: | Libyan Commander Haftar Orders Forces to Move on Tripoli | The military thrust by Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a parallel administration based in the east, marked a dangerous escalation of a power strugg…

Elizabeth Warren Signals Willingness to Kill the Filibuster
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
Calling on the nation to "wake up to the reality of the United States Senate," Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set to announce Friday that she supports eliminating the filibuster. | The 2020 presidential candidate is expected to endorse the proposal in a speech at the National Action Network Convention in New York Friday morning. | "When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We're done with two sets of rules–one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats," Warren is expected to say. "And th…

Yemen Cholera Cases Double in March, Hospitals Overwhelmed
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-05
Cholera is on the rise in Yemen, with twice as many suspected cases reported in March compared to previous months, according to the United Nations. The crisis has healthcare facilities worried that levels may reach that of the 2017 outbreak which led to the worst flare-up the world has experienced. | RELATED: | Yemen: Heavy Losses of a Never-Ending War | Cholera outbreaks are no…

Iraq's WMDs Found…In Russia
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
In late 2017, actor Morgan Freeman announced in a video created by a who's who of senior U.S. Intelligence officials that Russia had attacked the United States and that 'we' were at war. Freeman, whose net worth is said to be about a quarter-billion dollars, claimed that ex-Soviet 'authoritarian' Vladimir Putin, bitter about the dissolution of 'his' country, was behind the attack. The terms 'attack' and 'war' were not qualified as metaphors.

Congress orders Trump to get out of Yemen, he refuses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON–Congress is ordering GOP President Donald Trump to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen. His advisors are telling him — via a veto — to stay in. Since the Korean War in the early 1950's Congress has ceded to the president its constitutional role of deciding when to go to war. The vote yesterday by …

Surface Mining in the Yellowstone to Uintas Connection: What About Wildlife?
John Carter | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Here at Kiesha's Preserve near Paris, Idaho we became aware in 2011 that a 2500-acre mineral lease close to the Preserve was undergoing exploration and permitting in order to mine the phosphate ore. We were greatly concerned that the noise from blasting, mining, stockpiling and hauling of ore would adversely affect wildlife and our wildlife…

Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?
Naomi Zeveloff | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?

The Privatization of Wildlife: How Ted Turner Scored Yellowstone Bison
Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
The following is an excerpt from The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink. It is just one more battle in the century-and-a-half-old range wars, where land and wildlife have come into direct conflict with selfish, private interests. It's also a story of privileged ethnocentrism, where a once proud indigenous culture and the wild species it…

The Anti-Semitic Con
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
With the Putin/Russia Collusion Fairytale debunked, the undeniable cancer of real foreign interference in our government demands an honest airing. Since American politics is mortally corrupt, one might wonder why bother to expose one prime cause of its ethical degeneracy. If the beast is dead, what use is determining what killed it? Well, it isn't…

The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish
Jonathan Power | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
The International Criminal Court (ICC) which prosecutes crimes against humanity is under attack again by the Trump Administration for pursuing Americans. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama supported it. George W. Bush tried to close it down but then decided to cooperate with it. Donald Trump is against it and encouraged John Bolton, his National Security Advisor, to publically…

Weaponized Social Media Is Driving the Explosion of Fascism
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-05
I was blindsided a few weeks ago by a video of the New Zealand mosque massacre showing up on my screen — courtesy of Facebook. I really don't have language to succinctly describe what it is, filmed by a self-described "fascist" hoping to pull viewers into his deranged hate-ravaged point-of-view, immortalizing the captured images of terror on his victims' faces at the second their stolen lives flashed before them. The murderer also captured images of his victims and used them as a weaponized meme, which is now forever preserved as a cultural artifact. Making it was likely a driving force behind the massac…

Video: Russian Jets Pound Idlib Terrorists, Kurdish Rebels Attack Turkish Proxies
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
On April 4, the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) announced that their units had carried out a series of attacks on Turkish-backed militants. According to the ALF, on April 2, Kurdish fighters destroyed a bulldozer of Turkish-backed militants with an anti-tank …

Hyperbole and Outrage as Substitutes for Thought, Facts, Accuracy and Truth
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
Trump is a master at faux outrage—witness his oft repeated claim that the Mueller investigation was "disgraceful," "outrageous" or a "witch hunt."(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

New Hints of the Mueller Report: Did Trump Simply Get Rolled by the Russians?
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-05
Despite the fact that William Barr had made public comments denigrating the Mueller investigation and clearly auditioned for the job with a spurious memo suggesting that it was almost impossible for a president to obstruct justice, he was confirmed as Donald Trump's new attorney general with little difficulty. After what had happened with Jeff Sessions, it was understood that Trump would never again stand for an AG recusing himself from any investigation of the president. So everyone knew that Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election would be in the hands of someone who was unlikely…

Lessons for Progressives from Bob Mueller — and the Valerie Plame Affair
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
If one of Donald Trump's oafish sons outed a covert intelligence agent tomorrow — in an angry tweet disclosing their party registration or in a clumsy boast to an Instagram thirst-trap — it would prompt a newscycle of clucking from former national security officials and their conventionally liberal interrogators. A spook would call it "treason,"

Tens of thousands demand release of Mueller report with backup evidence
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON–Shades of Watergate. In late 1973, GOP President Richard Nixon tried to shut down the Watergate investigation by arbitrarily firing Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, padlocking the prosecutor's offices and canning a top official, William Ruckelshaus, who refused to fire Cox. Another Nixonite, Robert Bork, did so. Cox responded that whether the nation would be governed …

Pentagon Obsession: China, China, China
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Chinese nuclear bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese carrier killer missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weaponry. Chinese militarization of the South China Sea. Chinese Huawei spying. | So many Chinese "malign intentions". And we're not even talking about Russia. | Few people around …

Democrats File Suit Against Border Wall Spending
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the border (all times local): | 5: 30 p.m. | House Democrats have filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. | Democrats say Trump's attempt to transfer billions of dollars from several programs to wall construction violates the Constitution, which gives Congress control over spending. The 45-page complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's act a "brazen assa…

UN committed 'to support the Libyan people' as Guterres departs 'with deep concern and a heavy heart'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-05
The United Nations Secretary-General left Libya on Friday voicing his hope that the divided country can "avoid a bloody confrontation" in and around the capital Tripoli.

NATO's Mission Creeps into Latin America as Unholy Alliance Turns 70
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
"Vladimir Putin harbors dark dreams of imperialism," Mike Pompeo told his NATO audience with his usual lack of self-reflection. Pompeo went on to bemoan Russia's military presence in Venezuela, where 100 military personnel have been stationed in defense of the government of Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency
Marco Teruggi | workers.org | 2019-04-05
This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on April 2. Translation by Michael Otto. On Sunday, March 31, Nicolás Maduro announced a special 30-day electricity plan to create "a special department of power management that will be able to balance the national electricity system." He declared it Sunday night, after a . . . | Continue reading Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency at Workers.org…

Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse — UN urges greater protection
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-05
The Venezuela refugee crisis, which has already left some 1.1 million children, returnees and people in-transit lacking protection and basic services across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), has prompt the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to call on regional Governments to uphold their rights and protect unaccompanied, undocumented children.

As Increasingly Unpopular NATO Turns 70, Has the Organization Reached its Retirement Age?
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Like a snake shedding its skin, NATO is attempting to rebrand itself in an effort to remain of service to empire, greatly expanding its remit as it did after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Trump's "Deal of the Century" To Hand Palestine to Israel Along with Whole Set of New Problems
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Though the Deal of the Century will try to eliminate the Palestinian issue for good, what the architects of the "Deal" in their arrogance fail to see is that this so-called "Deal" is nothing more than an irresponsible, impractical and precarious plan that will fall just as soon as it is raised.

Video: Israeli Air Strikes on Syria: Weapons, Effects, Consequences
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continue their bombing campaign in Syria. In the framework of this campaign, IDF aircraft strike what the Israeli leadership describes as Iranian infrastructure and weapon shipments to Hezbollah and pro-Iranian armed groups. Nonetheless, positions and …

Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'
Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'…

Brazil: Over 200 Lawmakers Unite to Defend Indigenous Rights
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-05
A total of 219 lawmakers and 29 senators launched a new campaign on Thursday as part of Brazil's Joint Parliamentary Front in Defense of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a progressive initiative aimed at opposing the Parliamentary Farmers' Front, the "ruralist group" which is linked to local agribusinesses. | RELATED: | Over 1,000 Physicians Give Up Bolsonaro's 'More Doctors Program' | The progressive parliamentary group will be led by its promoter, Joenia Wapichana, the first i…

Let's Build the Kind of Left that Demands Canada Withdraw from NATO
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Final in a four-part series on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. | The first two installments discussed how NATO was set up to blunt the European left and to enable global dominance while the third focused …

Lawsuit Seeks Records on Trump Administration's OK of Bee-killing Pesticides, GE Crops on National Wildlife Refuges

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for public records on the Trump administration's decision to allow bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically engineered crops on national wildlife refuges. | Today's lawsuit follows an August 2018 …

The Media Smoothed the Path to British Soldiers Using Corbyn as Target Practice
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the British political and media establishments have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of political life, and that they lie …

Syariah Law Matters: The Kingdom of Brunei's Stoning Affair
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
From time to time, celebrities recoil and, in anger, seek to march for a change to the status quo. Much of is never intended to alter much, but they can count their names among the indignant luminaries and say they …

'Telecom Industry Did No Research on Health Impacts of 5G'
Prof. Paul Heroux | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
India plans to begin 5G trials by 2020, but experts and industry stand at odds over its impact on human health and environment. The fifth generation wireless network promises to be 50 times faster than its predecessor — 4G. Down …

Dangerous Plastics Are a Threat to Us and Future Generations
Meena Miriam Yust | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Every day people make decisions about what to eat, sometimes opting for colorful fruits and veggies, sometimes finding the smell of bacon irresistible. At the end of the day people are controlling their own health. What is remarkable though, is …

Global Banks, led by JPMorgan Chase, invested $1.9 Trillion in fossil fuels since Paris climate pact
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-05
The top four banks that invested most heavily in fossil fuel projects are all based in the U.S., and include JPM organ Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America. Royal Bank of Canada, Barclays in Europe, Japan's MUFG, TD Bank, Scotiabank, and Mizuho make up the remainder of the top 10. | Source…

Paradise Lost: Reflections on the Camp Fire
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
I just visited the town of Paradise located on the slopes of the Cascade Range near Chico, California. The Camp Fire burned through Paradise last November (2018) killing 87 people, mostly older residents. Plus destroying 14000 homes and another 4800 structures (like commercial buildings). Another 637 structures were "damaged" bringing the total estimate by CAL…

The Death Penalty is Getting Crueler
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
For years, most of the U.S. has been changing death penalty laws in the direction of phasing it out, or at least applying it in a more humane way. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that people with intellectual disabilities cannot be executed. In 2005, another ruling held that the U.S. cannot execute anyone for…

Donald Trump, or the Difficulties in Bar Tendering
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Traditionally, bartending was considered a profession of low reputation. However, in more recent years, bartenders go through a process of training that makes it a key profession in the hospitality industry. As a result, bartending today is considered a profession of choice, rather than of necessity. In many countries, bartending includes specialized education. For example,…

Good Night Sweet Left
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
"I speak only one language, and it is not my own." –Jacques Derrida…

The Death of the Teacher
Paul Bentley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Then Socrates sat down, and "How fine it would be, Agathon," he said,…

America Enters the Twilight Zone
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
"We're developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won't be able to think." –Rod Serling Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone? Only instead of Rod Serling's imaginary "land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas," we're…

The Case Against the CIA's Censors
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
I have joined in a lawsuit with four former federal employees to end the government's censorship of our writings on national security issues. The current publications review system of our military and intelligence agencies is dysfunctional, inhibiting our ability to participate in national security debates. The government has a legitimate interest in protecting bona fide secrets, but the review system is opaque, exceeding legitimate national security boundaries and compromising free speech.

Russiagate is Not Watergate
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Trump is quite unlike George W. Bush, another president not entirely shipshape upstairs; Bush understood his limitations. To his credit, he took care to compensate for them, recruiting capable people to work in his administration, and ceding power to them whenever he could. Especially at first, he even let a lesser Nixonian figure, Dick Cheney, a respectable enough villain in his own right, operate as if he were a co-president. Trump is something else altogether. He thinks that he is the smartest person not just in the room but on the planet. It is therefore no surprise that even minimally competent people don't…

'We will survive!' Russiagaters hold cult-like 'Release the Report' rally complete with songbook
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
The imploded Russian collusion narrative seems to have had little impact on changing the minds of its devotees. In fact, the hysteria may only have increased, judging by yesterday's rallies and their motto, "Release the Report!" | …

Maduro Highlights Legacy of Venezuelan Writer Romulo Gallegos
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-05
Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro highlighted Friday the legacy of novelist and politician Romulo Gallegos (1884-1969) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death.

Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-05
Caracas, Apr 5 (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.

Release the Mueller Report! Rapid Response Rallies in CA & Across the Nation
Moveon.org & others | indybay.org | 2019-04-05
Rallies throughout CA & the United States | Use link to find a rally near you: act.moveon.org/event/mueller-fir…

New York Times laments stalled Venezuelan coup
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-05
The Times has a filthy record of supporting US wars for regime change and right-wing coups across the planet.

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-05
Al-Sisi's government, widely considered a military dictatorship despite a pale sheen of democracy, has forged increasingly close ties with Israel ever since he came to power in the 2013 coup. (MPN) — Brigadier General Aryeh Eldad of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has claimed that Israel was behind the 2013 military coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's …

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt

Russia, Venezuela Strengthen Technological Educational Cooperation
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-05
05 de abril de 2019, 17: 41Moscow, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Venezuela this Friday strengthen their cooperation in the field of communications, education and culture, in the framework of the XIV session of the High Level Intergovernmental Commission (CIAN) of both countries.

WikiLeaks Says Assange Will Be Arrested in "Hours to Days"
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-05
(CN) — WikiLeaks warned Thursday that its founder "will be expelled within 'hours to days'" from Ecuador's London embassy and that Ecuador has an agreement with Britain to have him arrested. President Lenin Moreno will use the pretext of a scandal engulfing his presidency to oust Assange, a "high level source" in the Ecuador government told WikiLeaks. …

WikiLeaks Says Assange Will Be Arrested in "Hours to Days"

US escalates threats against Turkey, leverages election controversy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-05
The conflict over Ankara's S-400 air defence purchase is a flashpoint for larger geopolitical conflicts arising from Washington's turn to "strategic conflict" with Russia and China.

Lula Is Strong and Willing to Fight for the Brazilian People
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-05
Brasilia, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will have served one year in prison on Sunday, is strong and willing to fight for the Brazilian people, despite injustices against him.

A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company
Alex Kane | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…

Venezuela to Host 8th International Theater Festival
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-05
Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Ministry of Culture is preparing the Eighth International Theater Festival 2019, to be held from April 12 to 21 in this capital, where 30 national and eight international groups will participate.

Australian Labor Party leader offers false hope of "fair go" in budget reply
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-05
Acutely aware of seething working class discontent towards the entire political establishment, Shorten sought to promote illusions in making capitalism less brutal.

After Mueller: Trump's presidency a product of US capitalism
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
The most important finding of the long Mueller investigation into United States President Donald Trump — that there was no collusion with the Russians to fix the 2016 US election so that Trump would win — came as a shock to most liberals, progressives and even many socialists. | I have seen only one figure in the mass media who faces even parts of the truth. Farhad Manjoo, an op-ed writer in the New York Times wrote on March 25: "Trump's win was not the illegitimate product of a treasonous conspiracy … The president was not a Manchurian candidat…

An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
Jim Matthews, a former soldier cleared of terrorism charges for joining the fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria has accused the UK police … | Read more An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday | By Emily Apple…

Venezuela Implements New Power System's Protection
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-05
05 de abril de 2019, 17: 05Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Venezuela is implementing a new mechanism to protect the National Power System (SEN, in Spanish), focusing on dealing with emergencies and working on its restructuring and consolidation.

Chilean President Supporters Criticized his Leading Role in the Media
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-05
05 de abril de 2019, 11: 33Santiago de Chile, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Chile"s president, Sebastian Piñera, seems unaware to accusations from his own supporters about his growing media protagonism, although according to his closest friends, that "is part of his personality.