2019-04-07: News Headlines

Kevin Martin and Gabe Murphy (2019-04-07). President Moon's Unenviable Task. commondreams.org When President Moon Jae-in of South Korea meets with President Trump at the White House this week, he may find himself fighting the urge to pour cold water all over Trump, because that's what Trump did to the Korea peace process when he met with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Maduro: Urges Mexico, Uruguay to Renew Dialogue in Montevideo. telesurenglish.net President Nicolas Maduro is asking the leaders of Mexico, Uruguay, and member states of Caricom to renew their efforts to facilitate dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition. | RELATED: | Venezuela Leaves OAS April 27, Trump 'Runs Over' Member States | During the latest anti-imperialist march held in the capital streets of Caracas Saturday, Maduro told the crowds: "Venezuela asks for support and accompaniment toward a great dialogue of peace, of understandin…

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Another Pemex Pipeline Explosion, This Time in Guanajuato. telesurenglish.net Another Pemex pipeline exploded in the Mexican causing a major fire and explosions, according to local media. | RELATED: | Mexico: Protesters Condemn Indigenous Activist Murder | A section of pipeline of the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) state company exploded late Saturday night in Guanajuato state, inciting a major fire that reach 15 meters into the air, torching a vehicle parked nearby. No fatalities or injuries have been reported, says El Universal newspaper. | According to the media…

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Sudan Suffers Total Power Blackout: Ministry of Electricity. telesurenglish.net Sudan suffered a total power blackout on Sunday, the ministry of electricity and water said. | RELATED: | Sudan: Anti-Government Protesters Teargassed By Riot Police | The ministry gave no explanation for the blackout, but said in a statement that engineers and technicians were trying to restore power. It added that more information would be provided later.

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Yemen: Saudi Coalition Airstrike Hits School, Kills Children. telesurenglish.net The Saudi-led Coalition conducted an airstrike in Yemen's capital city, Sanaa, hitting a fuel station on Sunday which was near a school. The strike led to the death of many school goers. | Local human rights activists reported the Saudi-led Coalition airstrike hit the Saawan neighborhood, which is where Al-Rai School is located. | The Yemeni Health Ministry reported that as many as seven students were killed during the attack and another 34 more were wounded. | Some reports are now claim that 11 civilians have been killed and 39 more wounded, but these numbers have not been confirmed by the Yemeni Health Min…

STAFF (2019-04-07). Will Trump's Trade Wars Raise Wages? therealnews.com Are the trade negotiations with china and the rewriting of NAFTA aimed at raising wages or profits? Gerald Epstein joins Paul Jay…

STAFF (2019-04-07). What is a "Guaidó"? A Cowboy in Caracas (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Former Catholic Priest and Wyoming native Charlie Hardy talks about his recent experiences in Venezuela and looks back on 25 years living among the poorest of Venezuela's poor…

STAFF (2019-04-07). What is a "Guaidó"? A Cowboy in Caracas (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Former Catholic Priest and Wyoming native Charlie Hardy talks about his recent experiences in Venezuela and looks back on 25 years living among the poorest of Venezuela's poor…

unitedEditor (2019-04-07). Why is the US preparing for war against Venezuela's electric grid? uwidata.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently announced that the US is conducting an "electric war" against the country. According to him, this represents a broader attack of "US imperialism against our people". The electric war announced and led by the US imperialism against our people will be defeated. Neither anyone nor anything may overcome the people …

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Iran Could Place US Army on 'Terrorist Organizations' List. telesurenglish.net The United States is expected to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), three U.S. officials told Reuters. | RELATED: | Iran's Rouhani To Take Legal Action Against U.S. for Sanctions | "We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action," a statement issued by 255 out of the 290 Iranian lawmakers said, according to IRNA. | "So the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of terro…

Juan Cole (2019-04-07). Why Designating the Iranian Rev. Guards Terrorists Would Paint a Big Red Target on US Troops in Iraq. commondreams.org The Trump administration is considering designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. This is an old Joe Lieberman idea from 2007, and it is a very bad idea.

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2019-04-07). The Mission Impossible of President Moon Jae-in. globalresearch.ca President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has played a vital role of mediation for three Seoul-Pyongyang summits and two Washington-Pyongyang summits. Owing to these summits, on the Korean peninsula, there are no longer nuclear tests; we see no more ICBM …

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Syria: 5 Civilians Killed in Rockets Bombings against Masyaf. telesurenglish.net Local sources reported that rebel groups, located in the northern areas of Hama and the southern region of Idleb, launched several missiles towards the outskirts of Masyaf on Sunday morning. | RELATED: | Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death' | Students coming out of school and employees from their workplace were subjected to many indiscriminate missiles fired by the rebels on Masyaf. The attacks also caused material damage to ci…

Christopher Brauchli (2019-04-07). The Trump and the Pope. commondreams.org If God is addressing the worldwide problem of immigration, who is his spokesperson? Mr. Pompeo's Trump or Pope Francis?

Frank Andrews (2019-04-07). Revealed: The Full Extent of US Arms Deals with Saudi Arabia and UAE. globalresearch.ca The United States has struck at least $68.2bn worth of deals for firearms, bombs, weapons systems, and military training with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since the start of their war in Yemen — billions more than previously …

Global Research News (2019-04-07). Selected Articles: NATO at 70, Disband NATO. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Michael Welch (2019-04-07). NATO at 70: Global Enforcers of Western Imperialism. globalresearch.ca "Today, our Alliance is the strongest in history, guaranteeing the freedom of our almost one billion citizens, the security of our territory, and the protection of our values, including democracy, individual liberty, human rights, and the rule of law." — …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-04-07). "If You Were President … What Would You Do?": Solutions to Save Our Nation. globalresearch.ca I actually wrote an earlier text on this issue in 2012 when Obama was running for re-election. Sadly, ALL of the issues and ideas below were those that neither of the Two Party/One Party system would dare to agree with. …

United Nations (2019-04-07). 25 years on from Rwandan genocide, UN Chief warns of 'dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance'. un.org In a message to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, UN chief António Guterres has warned of dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world.

Todd Smith (2019-04-07). Why I am a Socialist. dissidentvoice.org For starters, it sounds quite contrarian, antiquarian even, in this day and age, to assert one's "socialism" in the obvious face of History, which changes its make-up several times a decade, anymore: a dab of recession here, a little more war-paint there. Well, lipstick traces of all possible revolutions notwithstanding, it seems that most advanced …

Jeff Bryant (2019-04-07). 3 Questions That 'Created Havoc' in Betsy DeVos' Department of Education. commondreams.org U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is famous for giving a nonresponse to fairly straightforward questions. More than one commentator has had fun with her contorted evasions, but her inability to explain the rationale for current education policies isn't confined to her own personality and ideology.

teleSUR (2019-04-07). 'We Will Win', Lula Pens Letter for Brazilians. telesurenglish.net The imprisoned former President of Brazil and one of the most revered leftist leaders in South America, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, penned a letter to his supporters on the first anniversary of his imprisonment. | RELATED: | World Demands Lula's Liberty on 1st Anniversary of Captivity | The Workers' Party (PT) leader wrote that he was imprisoned "for the crime of dedicating a lifetime to building a more just, developed and sovereign Brazil." | "They have never produced one piece o…

teleSUR (2019-04-07). World Demands Lula's Liberty on 1st Anniversary of Captivity. telesurenglish.net People are gathering all over the world to commemorate the first anniversary of the imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. | RELATED: | Over 450 Brazilian Jurists Call for Release of Lula | The most revered leftist leader from Worker's Party (PT) in Brazil, was arrested last year on April 7 prior to the country's presidential election in 2018 which saw the victory of far-right Jair Bolsonaro. | Lula was arrested after being convicted in the Lava Jato corrup…

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Venezuelan Lawmakers Denounce National Assembly's Directive. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan lawmakers from the Bloque de la Patria (Bloc of the Motherland) presented a formal complaint against the directive of the Venezuelan National Assembly (2016 – 2019) on Sunday during the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held from April 6 to 10 in Doha, Qatar. | RELATED: | Maduro: Urges Mexico, Uruguay to Renew Dialogue in Montevideo | "We have stated before the Secretariat to consider and evaluate the actions of the National Assembly as they are viol…

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Time Is Running out for Old and New NAFTA Deal. telesurenglish.net Back in December 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump gave Congress a six-month ultimatum to approve the newly signed "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement" ( USMCA), yet as elections loom closer and tariffs disputes continue the chance of the countries ratifying the pact this year are receding. | RELATED: | US Trade War, Brexit To Slow Down Global GDP Growth: WTO

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-07). 'History Will Judge Her': DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns After Months of Imposing Trump's Immigration Policies. commondreams.org In a pair of tweets Sunday evening, President Donald Trump confirmed rumors that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen—who has spent more than a year implementing and defending the administration's widely condemned immigration policies—is leaving her position. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Move on (2019-04-07). Nobody is Above the Law Rally Release Mueller Report. indybay.org at the Powell & Market cable car turnaround…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-04-07). Millionaire Pelosi Repeats Insurance Co Lies on Medicare for All. indybay.org The outrage of robot voting in San Francisco for the Democratic incumbent when it is not possible for a Republican to win is brought home with the re-election of 79 year old millionaire Democrat Rep Nancy Pelosi, who again repeats the insurance company lies about Medicare for All, HR 1384.

Revolution Books (2019-04-07). Discussion: The Mueller Report, Trump's Response, and the Interests of the People. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Jason Ditz (2019-04-07). Liz Cheney Proposes Bill to Keep at Least 10,000 US Troops in Afghanistan. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — 18 years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is looking to ensure that the war can continue to be a sinkhole for US troops and money for years to come, introducing the Ensuring a Security Afghanistan Act. The bill, which Cheney is cosponsoring with Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mike Waltz …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-07). 'A Model of Hope for the World': 25 Years After Rwandan Genocide, New Film Shows Journey Toward Justice and Healing. commondreams.org As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide on Sunday, a forthcoming documentary sheds light on the survivors and perpetrators' long journey toward justice and healing. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-04-07). Delegates from 40 Nations Rally in Support of Venezuela, Cuba. telesurenglish.net Mexico ¥s Workers Party held a large seminar on Sunday to show support for Venezuela and Cuba as they face a hostile blockade by western nations, led by the U.S. regime. | RELATED: | Venezuela and Russia Work on Schemes to Break US Blockade | Over 100 delegates from 40 nations attended today ¥s seminar dubbed "Parties and a New Society'", which tackles issue…

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-04-07). San Rafael Activists Demand Release of Entire Mueller Report. indybay.org Hundreds of Protesters excoriate Attorney General Barr for hiding Mueller's report on Trump's alleged crimes and violations of his oath of office. Steve Disenhof and Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-07). 'Bigotry Is Deadly': Warnings of 'Normalized Hate Speech' After Latest Threats Targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar. commondreams.org Advocacy groups, progressives, and politicians are warning about the dangers of "normalized hate speech" and Islamophobia after the latest round of threats targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first Muslim congresswomen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-04-07). Mueller's probe is over, but bogeyman Russia will come in handy for 2020 presidential hopefuls. rt.com There was no collusion but, for the crowded field of candidates hoping to be nominated by Democrats as their runner for 2020, Russia is still a good target to blame or to threaten with. Will using such rhetoric actually help them?

Oscar Grenfell (2019-04-06). US Extradition of Assange Would be Violation of International Law: UN Special Rapporteur. globalresearch.ca Following WikiLeaks' warning yesterday that Julian Assange faced imminent eviction from Ecuador's London embassy, widespread opposition has emerged to the illegal plans to terminate his political asylum. | Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, issued a statement calling …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-06). Assange to be Handed over to the UK, then to the US? globalresearch.ca According to WikiLeaks on Thursday, Julian Assange's freedom is gravely threatened, tweeting: | "BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days' using the #INAPapers offshore (corruption …

STAFF (2019-04-06). Oil Politics Drive Turmoil in Libya. therealnews.com With two of the largest oil producers, Iran and Russia, under U.S. sanctions, all profiteering eyes of the west turn to oil rich Libya, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…

STAFF (2019-04-06). External Powers Fuel Bloodshed in Libya. therealnews.com General Khalifa Haftar of Libya has been a very disruptive force for the formation of the UN's unity government, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…

United Nations (2019-04-06). UN chief reaffirms commitment to untying 'Gordian knot' of Middle East conflict and instability. un.org Underlining the "enormous" opportunities for sustainable development and investment in the Middle East, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reaffirmed the Organization's deep engagement in a "surge of diplomacy for peace," to "untie the Gordian knot of conflict and instability."

C. Cora True-Frost (2019-04-06). What Have We Learned From the Rwandan Genocide? commondreams.org It is important that we remember the horror of the genocide and reflect on the mistakes made, in order to work toward a more peaceful future.

Hans Stehling (2019-04-06). Why Israel Is Seen on Campus, in Both Europe and the US, as Treating the United Nations with Total Contempt. globalresearch.ca Because no other claimed democratic government: | 1. Kills unarmed protestors, including students, as an everyday alleged security operation and imprisons thousands of dissidents, including teenagers, without trial | 2. Imposes a inhumane blockade of essential goods upon 2 million civilians in …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-06). Healthcare Workers Fall Victim to Yemen's Latest Cholera Epidemic. mintpressnews.com The deliberate attacks on water wells and water treatment facilities in Yemen are causing some in the country to wonder if the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition is attempting to intentionally trigger another cholera epidemic.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-04-06). American History for Truthdiggers: JFK's Cold War Chains. truthdig.com Editor's note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to "make America great again," this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America's origins. When, exactly, were we "great"? | Below is the 28th installment of the "American History for Truthdiggers" series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The author of the series, Danny Sjursen, who retired recently as a…

Sarah Brummet, Estevan Hernandez, RJ Hightower, and Mallory Luana (2019-04-06). Pensacola community reacts to Escambia County cops' illegal entry. liberationnews.org Police arrest and manhandle Black man without a warrant.

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-06). Trump Regime Considering Aggression against Venezuela? globalresearch.ca International law is clear and unequivocal. It's automatically US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) — pertaining to treaties, conventions, and other international agreements to which the US is a signatory. | According to the UN Charter …

H. Patricia Hynes (2019-04-06). The Madness Driving Climate Catastrophe. truthdig.com "Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption" | A book by Simon Pirani | The Great Acceleration: This is the designation given to the last 70 years during which industrial countries and a handful of newly rich developing countries extracted and consumed fossil fuels at a reckless rate. While accurate, the metaphor might suggest progress rather than the ominous atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic climate trends ensuing. | The 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1995, almost in tandem with the impotent U.N. climate negotiations begun in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and followed by the Kyoto Protoc…

Damon Moglen (2019-04-06). Nuclear Power Is Not a Viable Solution for Green New Deal. commondreams.org The Green New Deal resolution is a bold and necessary path forward to tackle the climate crisis. To be successful, it must leave nuclear power behind.

Joaquin Flores (2019-04-06). U.S. Admits It Cannot Attack Venezuela — Confirmed S-300 Anti-Air Systems. globalresearch.ca The U.S State Department special operator for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, has revealed that Venezuela is already in possession numerous highly effective S-300 (Antey 2500 version) systems . This makes a military campaign against Venezuela highly unlikely, given the high-importance …

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2019-04-06). Veteran Intelligence Professionals (VIPS) Urge Trump to Avoid War Russia Over Venezuela. globalresearch.ca 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: …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-06). Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate—How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 5—'Spooks Spooking Themselves'. consortiumnews.com On Thursday Daniel Lazare wrote a review of a book about how intelligence agents set up aspects of the "collusion" story. But in May 2018 Lazare had already begun figuring out the story for himself. By Daniel Lazare Special to… Read more →

STAFF (2019-04-06). Trump Administration Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over War Crimes Probe. truthout.org In a move human rights defenders decried as "shameful," the Trump administration revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor this week for trying to investigate alleged war crimes committed by American forces in Afghanistan. | "What we can confirm is that the U.S. authorities have revoked the prosecutor's visa for entry into the U.S.," Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's office said in a statement. The decision, per her office, shouldn't interfere with her travel to the United Nations headquarters in New York City. | "Wa…

teleSUR (2019-04-06). May Need Two Years to Identify, Reunite Migrant Children: US. telesurenglish.net Immigration officials need at least two years to identify the thousands of children separated from parents at the Mexican-U.S. border, the Trump Administration said in a court filing Friday. | RELATED: | Mexico's Authorities Rescue 338 Migrants in Chiapas | "Defendants estimate that identifying all possible children … would take at least 12 months, and possibly up to 24 months," the government statement said, explaining reuniting families may be a more difficult task than expected as th…

Peter Koenig (2019-04-06). NATO — 70th Anniversary of the Most Murderous — and Legal — Organization on our Planet. globalresearch.ca On 4th of April 2019 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) "celebrated" the 70th Anniversary of its murderous existence. This horror organization was born sort of as a "Rosemary's Baby", signed into life in Washington DC, as the North Atlantic …

RT News (2019-04-06). Video: The Dissolution of NATO. globalresearch.ca German lawmaker Alexander Neu lambasted NATO for conducting aggressive wars and raking up defense spending, suggesting Germany should quit its military command, and the bloc be dissolved altogether. | NATO's 70th birthday is "not a reason to celebrate, but rather an …

STAFF (2019-04-06). Logging Is the Leading Driver of Carbon Emissions From US Forests. truthout.org Climate change is having a growing impact on Americans and, as the crisis escalates, communities face growing challenges. The latest report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscores that we have eleven short years to make "rapid transformation across all industrial sectors. | Protecting forest ecosystems is critical in the fight to limit global warming — when forests are disturbed they release carbon, but when left to grow they actively pull carbon out of the air and store it. When left standing, forests also provide optimal natural protec…

STAFF (2019-04-06). Libya Crisis: Rival Forces Say They Control Tripoli Airport. truthdig.com BENGHAZI, Libya—Forces loyal to rival Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter said Saturday they seized control of the main airport in Libya's capital Tripoli, two days after Hifter ordered his forces to seize the seat of Libya's U.N.-backed government. | Hifter's media office said in a post online that they took full control of the Tripoli international airport and were working to secure the facility. They posted photos of troops apparently inside the airport, saying "we are standing at the heart of the Tripoli international airport." | Hifter's offensive on Tripoli could plunge the oil-rich country into anot…

teleSUR (2019-04-06). Dengue Fever Returns to Paraguay After 1,700 New Cases Reported. telesurenglish.net The Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare of Paraguay reported Saturday that the number of people infected with the dengue virus rose to 1,675 this week. | RELATED: | US: Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Sickens, Hospitalizes Dozens | The majority of these cases are appearing along Brazil's border, in the department of Alto Parana, in southeast Paraguay. | Medical reports show that some 6,278 have been registered throughout the country so far, with the departments Amambay (eas…

STAFF (2019-04-06). The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy. It Didn't Go Well. truthout.org The magnate, Georg Schaeffler, was the billionaire scion of a family-owned German manufacturer and was quietly working as a corporate lawyer in Dallas. Schaeffler had extra reason to fear the IRS, it seemed. He wasn't in the sights of just any division of the agency but the equivalent of its SEAL Team 6. | In 2009, the IRS had formed a crack team of specialists to unravel the tax dodges of the ultrawealthy. In an age of widening inequality, with a concentration of wealth not seen since the Gilded Age, the rich were evading taxes through ever more sophisticated maneuvers. The IRS commissioner aimed to stanch th…

WSWS (2019-04-06). Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants. wsws.org Trump's visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-06). Amid Blackouts and Food Shortages, Pence Unveils New Sanctions Targeting Venzuelan Oil Exports to Cuba. commondreams.org Despite Venezuela's worsening humanitarian crisis fueled by political unrest and economic sanctions, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced new sanctions targeting the government and companies that transport oil to Cuba as part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Randi Nord (2019-04-06). Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion. theantimedia.com (GPA) — During his visit with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Lebanese President Michael Aoun reportedly received a US-Israeli document detailing plans for creating a civil war in Lebanon with covert false flag operations and possible Israeli invasion. Although the source of the document is Israeli and created in partnership with Washington, no one knows who presented it …

Jessica Corbett (2019-04-06). Amid Blackouts and Food Shortages, Pence Unveils New Sanctions Targeting Venzuelan Oil Exports to Cuba. theantimedia.com (CD) — Despite Venezuela's worsening humanitarian crisis fueled by political unrest and economic sanctions, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced new sanctions targeting the government and companies that transport oil to Cuba as part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Recognizing that "oil is the lifeblood" of the Venezuelan government, Pence said in …

RT (2019-04-06). 'Conclusion — no collusion': Trump says he hasn't read Mueller Report, calls it 'waste of time'. rt.com US President Donald Trump says he hasn't actually read Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report yet, adding that he knows the investigator's conclusions, chiefly "the big one, no collusion."

WSWS (2019-04-06). Netanyahu embraces Brazil's Bolsonaro during Israel visit. wsws.org Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

WSWS (2019-04-06). Supporters oppose eviction of Julian Assange outside London's Ecuadorian embassy. wsws.org Defenders of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London yesterday, after a warning that he faces eviction from the building where he sought political asylum in 2012 "within hours to days."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-06). 'Shameful': Trump Admin Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over Probe of Potential US War Crimes in Afghanistan. commondreams.org In a move human rights defenders decried as "shameful," the Trump administration revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor this week for trying to investigate alleged war crimes committed by American forces in Afghanistan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Middle East Eye (2019-04-06). US to Declare Iran's Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist Group. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The United States will designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, an unprecedented move that will ramp up pressure on the elite force, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The newspaper, citing unidentified officials, said President Donald Trump's administration will announce the decision as soon as Monday and that concerned defence officials were …

WSWS (2019-04-06). America the Barbaric. wsws.org If the conditions that exist in US prisons were exposed in Russia or China, there would be a hue and cry in the press and the halls of Congress for economic sanctions and "humanitarian" military intervention.

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). With Extradition Imminent, the Implications of Assange's Persecution for Journalism and Democracy. mintpressnews.com 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.

Kim Petersen (2019-04-05). Protecting Julian Assange: A Must for People of Conscience. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-05). Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno's Assange Problem. counterpunch.org 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 More

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-05). The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics. mintpressnews.com 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…

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

Fight Back (2019-04-05). U.S.-Mexico border delegation hears from immigrant women stuck in Nogales, tours border wall and Sonoran Desert. fightbacknews.org Nogales, Sonora, Mexico – The second day of the Legalization for All Network delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border on March 31 was intense and emotional. The delegation divided into three groups for the day, which allowed them to gain a wider range of experiences. | One group of delegation members crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Nogales to visit the organization HEPAC (Hogar de Esperanza y Paz – Home of Hope and Peace) and hear testimonies from women fleeing horrific situations and trying to seek asylum in the U.S. Another group accompanied the humanitarian organization Tucson Samaritans deep into the Arizona…

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Minnesotans honor MLK and say yes to peace, no to NATO. fightbacknews.org 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…

Sara Flounders (2019-04-05). Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats. workers.org 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

Eric Walberg (2019-04-05). Reluctant Soldier, Confused Peacenik. dissidentvoice.org Bowe Bergdahl captured the American imagination in 2009 when he disappeared from what had become his living hell. His battalion commander, Lt Baker, was not only an obnoxious tyrant (handing out Field-Grade Article 15s, just short of a court martial, supposedly for being out of uniform, but in fact for complaining about the mission to …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-05). 'The Essence of Being Palestinian': What the Great March of Return is Really About. counterpunch.org 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 More

Peter Crowley (2019-04-05). Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn't Work. counterpunch.org 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 More

Matthew Pappalardo (2019-04-05). Lies our Senators Tell Us, or, Whither Congress? counterpunch.org 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, More

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Chicago elections and what's coming next. fightbacknews.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-05). "Corporate Homicide": Ralph Nader Demands Boeing Recall Jets After Ethiopia Crash Kills His Niece. democracynow.org 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…

Paul Street (2019-04-05). Identity Rules: A Report from Reddening Chicago. counterpunch.org 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 More

STAFF (2019-04-05). Robert Reich: Closing the Border to Mexico is "Insane" therealnews.com $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…

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). "The Owner": The Rise of Eduardo Elsztain and the Coming End of Argentina's Democracy. mintpressnews.com 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.

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt. mintpressnews.com 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.

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). Guaido set to enact uprising rooted in U.S. Regime-change operations manual. mronline.org 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

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-05). Congress orders Trump to get out of Yemen, he refuses. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Jonathan Power (2019-04-05). The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish. counterpunch.org 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 More

Marco Teruggi (2019-04-05). Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency. workers.org 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

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-05). NATO's Mission Creeps into Latin America as Unholy Alliance Turns 70. mintpressnews.com "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.

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-04-05). With All Israelis IDF Veterans, Public Apathy Over Israeli War Machine is Near Universal. mintpressnews.com 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.

Alan Macleod (2019-04-05). As Increasingly Unpopular NATO Turns 70, Has the Organization Reached its Retirement Age? mintpressnews.com 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.

Miko Peled (2019-04-05). Trump's "Deal of the Century" To Hand Palestine to Israel Along with Whole Set of New Problems. mintpressnews.com 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.

Rob Urie (2019-04-05). Iraq's WMDs Found…In Russia. counterpunch.org 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. More

Andrew Levine (2019-04-05). Russiagate is Not Watergate. counterpunch.org 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…

Janine Jackson (2019-04-05). Calling Racism by Its Real Name. fair.org Note that the New York Times' headline ( 1/10/19) was not "Steve King Defends White Supremacy"—though that was surely the most newsworthy aspect of this profile. | It should go without saying that things we don't have names for…go without saying. For years, that's been the deal with corporate media and racism. Actions, policies, statements and ideas that regular people have no trouble identifying as racist become, in elite media hands, "racially tinged," "racially charged," "race-related." And if racism isn…

Eds. (2019-04-05). Global Banks, led by JPMorgan Chase, invested $1.9 Trillion in fossil fuels since Paris climate pact. mronline.org 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

John Carter (2019-04-05). Surface Mining in the Yellowstone to Uintas Connection: What About Wildlife? counterpunch.org 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 More