2019-04-08: News Headlines

RT (2019-04-09). Eric 'Nukes for Gun Control' Swalwell announces 2020 presidential run. rt.com Another moderate centrist is joining the pack of Democratic candidates surging forward to the 2020 US presidential election — only this one has Twitter-threatened to use "nukes" on gun owners.

Oscar Grenfell (2019-04-08). Assange Faces Ongoing Threats at Ecuador's London Embassy. globalresearch.ca Over the weekend, the Ecuadorian government issued a statement denying that it was going to "imminently" expel Julian Assange from its London embassy. This followed mounting opposition to its threats to terminate the WikiLeaks founder's political asylum, including from United …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2019. democracynow.org Kirstjen Nielsen Steps Down as DHS Secretary, Gov't: It May Take 2 Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families, NY Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump Attacks Migrants, Rep. Omar in Speech to Conservative Jewish Group, Arizona: Man Dies in ICE Custody After Exhibiting Flu Symptoms, Yemen: Air Raid Kills At Least 13 Civilians, Incl. 7 Children in Sana'a, Netanyahu Says He Will Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-elected, Libya: 21 People Killed as Renegade Force Advances on Tripoli, Sudan: Security Forces Crack Down on Growing Popular Uprising, U.S. Labels Iran Revolutionary Guard as Terror…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-08). Are Death Threats the New Norm for Zionists and the Rampaging Right? mintpressnews.com Ilhan Omar is not the first prominent politician to challenge Zionism or its methods of shoring up support in the U.S. She is, however, the first Hijabi in Congress.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-08). The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Chris Hedges (2019-04-08). Reckoning With Failure in the War on Terror. commondreams.org The methods used on a wary public by the national security state, especially the FBI and the intelligence agencies, to justify and advance these wars are increasingly unsavory. (Photo: Mr. Fish) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Norman Solomon (2019-04-08). Rep. Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending. commondreams.org Barbara Lee has been a stalwart opponent of endless war. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Norman Solomon (2019-04-08). Why Is Barbara Lee Helping Fund Our Forever Wars? truthdig.com What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting t…

Vijay Prashad (2019-04-08). Libya's Incoming Strongman Haftar Will Send the Oil Out to Europe—and Keep Its Migrants In. commondreams.org General Khalifa Haftar attends the Conference for Libya at Villa Igiea on November 12, 2018 in Palermo, Italy. (Photo: Tullio Puglia/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Kings Bay Plowshares: Peace Activists Face 25 Years for Action at U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base. democracynow.org A group of peace activists have been jailed for over a year before trial for entering the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia last April to protest U.S. nuclear weapons. The action took place on April 4, 2018—the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Armed with hammers, crime scene tape and baby bottles containing their own blood, seven anti-nuclear activists secretly entered Kings Bay—one of the largest nuclear submarine bases in the world—under the cover of night. Their goal was to symbolically disarm the six nuclear ballistic missile submarines kept there. Each submari…

Peace Action (2019-04-08). President Moon's Unenviable Task. peaceaction.org This article was originally published on Common Dreams. When President Moon Jae-in of South Korea meets with President Donald 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 …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). A New Nuclear Arms Race: As NATO Marks 70th Anniversary, Threat of Nuclear Confrontation Grows. democracynow.org Commemorations—as well as protests—were held last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. President Trump used the anniversary to push for NATO countries to increase military spending. During an Oval Office meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump demanded Germany and other NATO countries increase their military spending from 2 to 4 percent of GDP. The push for more military spending could benefit U.S. weapons manufacturers including Boeing. This comes as Acting Pentagon Chief Patrick Shanahan is under investigation for imp…

Amee Chew (2019-04-08). It's Time to End U.S. Military Aid to the Philippines. commondreams.org Protestors demonstrate against drug war killings outside the Philippine consulate in New York. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Margaret Flowers (2019-04-08). No to NATO: Time to End Aggressive Militarism. globalresearch.ca This week, the Foreign Ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries met in Washington, DC. NATO was greeted with bi-partisan support from Congress and by protesters who held actions and events from Saturday, March 30 through their meeting …

Alvaro Huerta (2019-04-08). Reflections of a MEChista by a Chicano Scholar Activist. counterpunch.org I first learned about MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlán) during UCLA's Freshman Summer Program (FSP) in 1985, as a 17-year-old freshman. Many moons later, when I became a member, I still stand by MEChA's mantra: "Once a MEChista, always a MEChista." (To pretend to be younger, I usually joke that I was "actually" a More

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-08). Endless War and Chaos in Libya. globalresearch.ca US-led NATO aggression raped and destroyed Libya, transforming Africa's most developed nation into a cauldron of endless violence, chaos and human misery — what happens virtually wherever US forces show up. | In 2011, Libya was terror-bombed and attacked on the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-08). Trump Sacks DHS Secretary Nielsen. globalresearch.ca The USA Patriot Act was written months before 9/11, kept on the shelf, ready to be enacted into law following the mother of all false flags. | Numerous other police state laws, executive orders, presidential and homeland security directives, congressional authorization …

STAFF (2019-04-08). Sec. of State Pompeo Protects Bush Jr. from War Crimes Prosecution (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com With the revocation of the ICC Chief Prosecutor's US visa, Pompeo and Bolton are trying to make sure that no high-level US government officials are ever prosecuted for war crimes in Afghanistan and elsewhere, says Law Prof. Francis Boyle…

STAFF (2019-04-08). Sec. of State Pompeo Protecting Bush Jr. from War Crimes Prosecution (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com With the revocation of the ICC Chief Prosecutor's US visa, Pompeo and Bolton are trying to make sure that high-level US government officials are never prosecuted for war crimes committed in Afghanistan or elsewhere, says Law Prof. Francis Boyle…

Whitney Webb (2019-04-08). Is Trump's Designation of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorist Organization a Set-Up for War? mintpressnews.com With the IRGC now officially labeled a "foreign terrorist organization" by the U.S. government, the march to war with Iran — long a goal of top Trump administration officials — is closer than ever.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-08). As House Votes US Out of Yemen, Saudis Bombs Leave Scores of Schoolchildren Dead. mintpressnews.com This latest attack came just two days after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution invoking congressional authority under the War Powers Resolution to direct the president to end U.S. participation in the devastating Saudi-led war against Yemen.

Ivan Kesic (2019-04-08). Under Trump, US Pushes"Let 'Em All Die" Policy Towards Iran Flood Victims. mintpressnews.com Since 19 March 19, devastating floods swept across large areas of Iran, triggered by the heaviest downpours in many years. Heavy rainfall began two and a half weeks ago, overflowing rivers, washing away bridges, inundating houses and destroying infrastructural establishments in the northern, western and central parts of the country. According to the Iran Legal Medicine Organization, at least 62 people have been killed nationwide in the natural disaster so far, which has also forced tens of thousands of people, mostly in villages, to evacuate their homes and move to emergency shelters. Hundreds of people have also…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-08). Libya Risks Being Torn to Shreds — Again — by Former CIA Asset Turned Warlord. mintpressnews.com Already, the usual suspects are clamoring for U.S. intervention as Haftar's forces advance on the capital. With not just al-Qaeda, but now ISIS, a threat to stability in the country, the New York Times is calling on the Trump administration to "act fast."

Howard Lisnoff (2019-04-08). The Political Left is Bigger Than Imagined: Ask the Feds. counterpunch.org There has always been official disdain for the political left in the U.S. The suppression of left movements began with the Palmer raids of 1919-1920 in the First Red Scare. Anarchists were deported in a manner similar to the removal of immigrants from the U.S. today, some of whom committed only minor offenses, and some of whom More

Jeremy Lent (2019-04-08). What Will You Say to Your Grandchildren? counterpunch.org Facing oncoming climate disaster, some argue for "Deep Adaptation"—that we must prepare for inevitable collapse. However, this orientation is dangerously flawed. It threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy by diluting the efforts toward positive change. What we really need right now is Deep Transformation. There is still time to act: we must acknowledge this moral More

Eds. (2019-04-08). Imperialism after empire. mronline.org A new book reveals the extent of the "Greater United States," but territory is not as important as it used to be. Instead, imperialism endures today in the logic of capitalism. | Source

Brian Mahoney (2019-04-08). Raptors' Siakam makes his case as NBA's most improved player. peoplesworld.org Pascal Siakam confidently launches shots he may not have dared attempt in previous seasons. He makes plays during times of the game when he would have been sitting on the bench. The Toronto Raptors forward might be the leading candidate for the most improved player award and he'd like to win it. But he's already …

CP Editor (2019-04-08). Artifishal | The Fight to Save Wild Salmon. counterpunch.org

James Phillips (2019-04-08). Pardon the Confusion! Aid to Central America and the "Crisis" at the Border. counterpunch.org The Trump Administration says there is a crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico. The President is frustrated with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because they have not done enough to stop emigration from their countries, despite U.S. aid. The State Department announced that it will stop some U.S. aid to these countries. News reports indicate that the aid to be cut is economic and humanitarian, but that "security"aid (to police and military) will be maintained. In fact, just before the State Department announcement, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary signed a joint agreement with the gover…

John Feffer (2019-04-08). Trump and the Global Rise of the Christian Right. counterpunch.org Trump a representative of God? During the 2016 presidential campaign, evangelical Christians voted in large numbers for Trump not because of his religious convictions but despite his lack of them. They viewed Trump as an imperfect vehicle for God's will, which was presumably expressing itself about the composition of the Supreme Court, government funding for abortion, and the eroding wall between church and state. More

W. T. Whitney (2019-04-08). The Burning of Highlander Center: a Fascist-like Attack. counterpunch.org The deadly racist spree in Charlottesville in 2017 and the killing of 11 congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg in 2018 were fire bells in the night. Another rang out in New Market, Tennessee on March 29 as the main building at the Highlander Research and Education Center burned to the ground, More

Wes Jackson — Robert Jensen (2019-04-08). Let's Get 'Creaturely': a New Worldview Can Help Us Face Ecological Crises. counterpunch.org No farmer has ever gone out to the barn to start the day and discovered that a baby tractor had been born overnight. For farmers who work with horses, the birth of a foal would not be surprising.That observation may seem silly, but it highlights an important contrast: Machines cannot reproduce or maintain themselves. Creatures can. More

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-08). This Israeli Election is Between the Right Wing and the Even More Right Wing. counterpunch.org Nazareth. Israel's election campaign, now in its last days, must be the first in which a sitting Israeli prime minister has sought to win over voters by boasting about how much he insulted a president of the United States. One of the last campaign videos by Benjamin Netanyahu spliced together media clips of US analysts More

Judith Deutsch (2019-04-08). Wealth and the Invisibility of Human Life. counterpunch.org Globalists: The End of empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Quinn Slobodian. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018. Quinn Slobodian's masterful exegesis, an old term befitting his subject, tells of the Ur group of thinkers who formulated the assumptions and prescriptions of global neoliberalism. He names this group the Geneva School as distinct from the Chicago More

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-08). There's Something Rotten in Virginia: Israel Is a Malignant Force in Local Politics. globalresearch.ca One of the more interesting aspects of the relentless march of the Israel Lobby in the United States is the extent to which it has expanded its reach down into the state and even local level. Previously, the American Israel …

Fight Back (2019-04-08). A big win for public education in LA, KIPP mega-charter school defeated. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Centro CSO (Community Service Organization) along with teachers, parents and students from several East Area schools announced a historic victory, April 4. After months of struggle, corporate KIPP Promesa Charter school will not be building a new mega-charter school in Boyle Heights, at the location of the former Lincoln Hospital near 4th and Soto Street. | Rosario Bonilla, a mother who lives next to proposed site said, "I'm excited we obtained the victory against KIPP that I know would have affected the lives of my children and my community. Also, I feel proud to say that billionaires can'..

Jeff Bryant (2019-04-08). Stop Federal Funding of Charter Schools. progressive.org Up to $1 billion of federal grant money went to charter schools that never opened or opened for only brief periods before being shut down.

Juan Cole (2019-04-08). Why Designating the Iranian Rev. Guards Terrorists Would Paint a Big Red Target on US Troops in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is considering designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization. This is an old Joe Lieberman idea from 2007, and it is a very bad idea. It keeps being done rhetorically (2007, 2017), and then …

STAFF (2019-04-08). U.S. 'Terrorist' Designation Amps Up Pressure on Iran. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization" in a move to increase pressure on the country that could also have significant military, diplomatic and economic implications throughout the Middle East and beyond. | It is the first time that the U.S. has designated a part of another government as a terrorist organization. The designation could spark Iranian retaliation as well as open hundreds of foreign companies and business executives to U.S. travel bans and possible prosecution for sanctions violations. It may also affect the ability of Amer…

commondreams (2019-04-08). NIAC Responds to Reports that Trump May Designate IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-08). The US' Plans to Designate the Iran Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as "Terrorists" Aren't Just for Show. globalresearch.ca The US plans to use this possibly impending designation as the basis upon which to "justify" forthcoming Hybrid War measures against the Islamic Republic aimed at dismantling its "deep state" network in the Mideast, including through possible strikes against the …

Kate Hudson (2019-04-08). NATO — 70 Years Too Many. globalresearch.ca As we head for NATO's 70th birthday, it's time to assess the nuclear-armed military alliance that came into being to ensure western military superiority during the Cold War. Most strikingly, during its first 40 years of existence — namely …

United Nations (2019-04-08). Yemen: 11 more 'terrible, senseless' civilian deaths reported, following attack in Sana'a – top UN official. un.org The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, has expressed her outrage at the 'terrible, senseless deaths' of 11 civilians in the capital, Sana'a on Sunday, in which scores were also injured.

commondreams (2019-04-08). Libya: Civilian Lives Must be Protected as Clashes Escalate in Tripoli Offensive. commondreams.org ______________________________…

United Nations (2019-04-08). Thousands flee fighting in Libya as UN renews call for halt to military escalation. un.org More than 3,400 people have fled fighting near the Libyan capital Tripoli in recent days, the UN warned on Monday, in a call to warring parties to halt military activities so that emergency services can rescue trapped civilians.

Richard Galustian (2019-04-08). The Last Battle for Libya. globalresearch.ca The prize is Tripoli, for anyone that can take it and secure it by this summer. That will, it's felt by many, stabilise Libya or, conversely, at worse, make Her descend into a greater quagmire resulting in a new phase …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-08). Libya: There's a Reason Why the West Is Portraying Haftar as a "Russian-Backed" Bogeyman. globalresearch.ca The Mainstream Media's deliberate misportrayal of Libyan National Army General Haftar as "Russian-backed" is meant to turn him into a bogeyman for the purpose of discrediting his military gains after he turned on his American patron. | Haftar "Goes Rogue" | Much …

Randi Nord (2019-04-08). Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Hugo Turner (2019-04-08). Venezuela Under Siege. globalresearch.ca America's war on the world continues to escalate. The arrogance of mad emperor Trump and his minions seemingly knows no bounds. The cowardice and insanity of the "resistance" is revealed yet again in their support for Trump's plot to destroy …

James Wright (2019-04-08). The DWP admits destroying its own report into dangerous conduct towards welfare claimants. thecanary.co The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted destroying its own report into its failure to keep social security recipients safe at job … | Read more The DWP admits destroying its own report into dangerous conduct towards welfare claimants | By James Wright

Adam Eichen (2019-04-08). Behind the Electoral College Debate, a Flourishing Effort to Advance Democracy. progressive.org Elizabeth Warren, by taking a stand for a democracy solution, sparked a much-needed debate and spread the word about a concrete policy ideas that Americans can immediately act on.

Clara Romeo (2019-04-08). Cities Consider a Bold Approach to Counter Opioid Crisis. truthdig.com Philadelphia is the latest to move forward with plans for what would be the first supervised injection site in the U.S., but hurdles remain.

Mike Whitney (2019-04-08). Trump's Neocons See Erdogan as Their Ticket to a Region-Wide Middle East War. globalresearch.ca Turkish troops and armored units are massed along Turkey's southern border awaiting orders to invade northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to clear a ten mile-deep swath of land east of the Euphrates River in order to remove …

Robert Reich (2019-04-08). Robert Reich: America's Meritocracy Is a Cruel Joke. truthdig.com Most Americans still cling to the meritocratic notion that people are rewarded according to their efforts and abilities. But meritocracy is becoming a cruel joke. | The Justice Department recently announced indictments of dozens of wealthy parents for using bribery and fraud to get their children into prestigious colleges. | But the real scandal isn't how far a few wealthy parents will go to get their kids admitted (apparently $1.2 million in illegal payoffs), but how commonplace it has become for them to go almost as far without breaking any laws — shelling out big bucks for essay tutors, testing tutors, a…

James Wright (2019-04-08). UN special rapporteur warns the Tory government about torture and press freedom. thecanary.co United Nations special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has warned Britain's Conservative government about possible violations of the human rights of a journalist. Melzer … | Read more UN special rapporteur warns the Tory government about torture and press freedom | By James Wright

STAFF (2019-04-08). 9 Ways the Media Blew It in Its 'Russiagate' Coverage. truthdig.com So many got so much wrong over the past two years. If the press hopes to meet its basic responsibilities, it must learn from these mistakes.

Yasha Levine (2019-04-08). American Internet Companies are Privatized Instruments of American Geopolitical Power, and They're Not Even Hiding It. thegrayzone.com Perhaps the one positive thing that's come out of RussiaGate is that no one believes Silicon Valley's global utopianism anymore….

Michael Selby-Green (2019-04-08). UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions Against Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation. thegrayzone.com US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,…

John McEvoy (2019-04-08). Hear the Venezuelan voices that the corporate media chooses to ignore. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. Over past weeks, life in Venezuela has become increasingly difficult. … | Read more Hear the Venezuelan voices that the corporate media chooses to ignore | By John McEvoy

Dan Bacher (2019-04-08). Committee Votes to Move David Bernhardt's Nomination as Interior Secretary to Full Senate Vote. counterpunch.org The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 4 voted 14-6 to move the nomination of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former Westlands Water District and oil industry lobbyist, to a full Senate vote, setting the stage for a contentious and heated debate. In his lobbying disclosures, Bernhardt has listed "potential legislation regarding More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-08). Syariah Matters: the Kingdom of Brunei's Stoning Affair. counterpunch.org 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 tried to do something. The recent imposition of Syariah law in the Kingdom of Brunei, More

Jesse Jackson (2019-04-08). Trump's Big Lie About Health Care. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's madcap presidency is now seeking to strip 20 million Americans of their health care coverage. He has instructed the Justice Department to join the lawsuit seeking to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. He then proclaimed that Republicans would offer a far better alternative, tweeting they'll become the "Party of Great Health Care." More

Graham Peebles (2019-04-08). A World Divided by Ideologies. counterpunch.org Six-year-old Kate was playing with her younger brother, each had a Frisbee, which they threw as far as they could. After each round of throws Kate declared that she had 'won', having thrown the Frisbee further than her three-year-old sibling. She was the 'winner', and by extension, Richard was the loser. They were not playing More

True Publica (2019-04-08). Is this the Epicentre of Corbyn's Antisemitism Story? globalresearch.ca The British-American Project for the Successor Generation, to give it its full title, was officially founded in 1985 — "to perpetuate the close relationship between the United States and Britain," and in the words of BAP's official history, through "transatlantic …

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-08). This Israeli Election Is Between the Right Wing and the Even More Right Wing. globalresearch.ca Israel's election campaign, now in its last days, must be the first in which a sitting Israeli prime minister has sought to win over voters by boasting about how much he insulted a president of the United States. | One of …

Mark Taliano (2019-04-08). ISIS/Al Qaeda in the Middle East and Ukraine's "Neo-Nazis": Two Sides of the Imperial Coin. globalresearch.ca Western-supported ISIS/al Qaeda and western-supported neo-Nazis are two sides to the same Imperial coin. | They are the product of the West's moral degradation, its disdain for international law, and its anti-Life core. A rotten apple by any measure. | Imperial strategies …

Prof Susan Babbitt (2019-04-08). Let the People See: Emmett Till, and Why They Don't See. globalresearch.ca A new book about Emmett Till, Let the People See,[i] aims to explore "not just history but memory". Elliott J. Gorn says Emmett Till's story "keeps resurfacing in unexpected times and places … [and] like the dark Tallahatchie river, …

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2019-04-08). Why Children that Have Been Recently Vaccinated with Live Virus Vaccines Should be the Ones that Are Isolated (Rather than the Healthy Unvaccinated Ones). globalresearch.ca "Vaccines are often administered before a diagnosis of combined immune deficiency is made. …live vaccines may produce chronic infections in patients with combined immune deficiency." — Infectious Diseases Society of America (2013) | "It is now known that vaccine viruses can …

Hans Stehling (2019-04-08). The World Watches as Netanyahu First Annexes Jerusalem, then the Golan, Now the Occupied Territories. globalresearch.ca In an orgy of illegal land expropriations that makes a mockery of the United Nations and treats Europe and the international community, as a bunch of fools. | What will it take to rid politics of this puffed-up, power-seeking politician? | Without …

Jim Miles (2019-04-08). Easternization — Asia's Rise and America's Decline — From Obama to Trump and Beyond. globalresearch.ca Rachman's …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-04-08). West Finds New Anti-China Puppet in Wake of Thai Elections. globalresearch.ca Western political meddling abroad faced another serious setback — this time in the Southeast Asian country of Thailand. | With a population of 70 million people, the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia, and transforming into a key regional partner for …

Keith Harmon Snow (2019-04-08). Rwanda: 25 Years On, U.S. Taxpayers Paying Millions for Homeland Security's Sham 'Genocide Fugitive' Trials in Boston. globalresearch.ca On 6 April 1994, the Hutu presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, their top military staff and six French crew members were assassinated when surface-to-air missiles shot down the Rwandan presidential jet on approach to Kigali airport. It is now well …

Craig Murray (2019-04-08). On the Pavement with Wikileaks. globalresearch.ca Entirely unexpectedly, I have been down in London this last three days outside and around the Ecuadorean Embassy, following WikiLeaks' announcement that their sources indicate Julian might be expelled within hours or days. Plainly Julian's position within the Embassy has …

Text: RR Photos: Jack Owicki, ProBono Photo (2019-04-08). Palo Alto: Nobody Is Above the Law Demo. indybay.org Protesters paraded in Palo Alto with placards ranging from the erudite to the irreverent on April 4 to say Trump is not above the law. They demanded the Mueller report be released in full with no redactions. | Photos by Jack Owicki ProBono Photo, except where noted. Please credit the photographer.

plenglish (2019-04-08). US Trade Unions Support Lula and Demand His Release. plenglish.com Brasilia, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) The trade union movement in the United States is working today with allies in Brazil and the international labor community to demand the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, according to a letter published by local media.

WSWS (2019-04-08). New Zealand fascist killer appears in court. wsws.org The push for Brenton Tarrant not to face terrorism charges is part of efforts to suppress discussion about the political motivations behind the March 15 massacre.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-04-08). 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.

RT (2019-04-08). Three American service members and contractor killed in Afganistan — US military. rt.com Three US service members and a contractor were killed and three other soldiers injured near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in a blast from an improvised explosive device, the US military has said.

plenglish (2019-04-08). Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly in Doha Discusses on World Peace. plenglish.com Doha, Apr 8 ( Prensa Latina) The need to foster peace and fight terrorism were the directives of the debates on the second day of Section 140 of the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), currently being held in Doha.

Aram Mirzaei (2019-04-08). Jundallah: the US-backed Salafi Terrorists Operating in Iran. mintpressnews.com While terrorism is a phenomenon most of us have come in touch with during our lifetime, much of the coverage is shadowed by terrorism in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, where US-backed terrorist groups have wreaked havoc in devastating the wars that have plagued these countries. | Nonetheless, terrorism is widespread across the region, even in Iran. Due to Iran's relatively strong internal stability, terrorist groups have been unable to catch major headlines in the Islamic Republic as terrorist groups often conduct hit and run attacks or the occasional kidnappings of young drafted border guards and…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-04-08). Iran Designates US Central Command a 'Terrorist Group' Operating in the Middle East. commondreams.org "If Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a 'terrorist organization' because it has 'been directly involved in terrorist plotting, malign activity and outlaw behavior in many countries' then what label could justly describe the entirety of the US military & national security state?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-08). US Homeland Security chief forced out as anti-immigrant crackdown looms. wsws.org Trump advisor Stephen Miller is orchestrating a right-wing takeover of the federal deportation apparatus with the support of a network of fascist Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and border patrol officers.

plenglish (2019-04-08). Cuban Doctors Attend to Venezuelan Oil Workers (+Photo). plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban doctors who are members of the "Barrio Adentro" Mission are attending to workers of the Electric Corporation of Venezuela who are arduously working to restore power following several sabotage attacks on the national grid.

WSWS (2019-04-08). Rising number of Michigan and US households unable to afford basic necessities. wsws.org Even under conditions of a low official unemployment rate, rising numbers of families are in distress. A new recession will throw even larger sections of the working class into dire poverty.

Strategic Culture (2019-04-08). Why 'Russiagate' is the Same as 'WMD in Iraq' for America's Mainstream Media. theantimedia.com (SC Opinion) — America's Democratic Party 'news'-media are now defending themselves against charges that they had trumpeted false allegations against Donald Trump regarding "Russiagate." Republican Party 'news'-media are strutting because they didn't. But in the lead-up to America's invasion and destruction of Iraq (and here's "How the US Destroyed Iraq"), the mainstream 'news'-reporting was just as bad then as now, only …

Alice Speri (2019-04-08). As Black Activists Protested Police Killings, Homeland Security Worried They Might Join ISIS. theintercept.com As nationwide protests against police killings of black men began rolling across the country in 2014, federal and local law enforcement who were closely monitoring protesters' online activities repeatedly expressed a bizarre concern: that the mostly black activists demanding an end to police violence in the U.S. might join with Islamic fundamentalist groups promoting violence abroad. | That concern was unequivocally baseless, and no evidence ever emerged to substantiate it. Still, documents obtained by the government transparency group Property of the People, which were shared exclusively with The Intercept, reve…

plenglish (2019-04-08). Portuguese Organization Demands Freedom for Lula. plenglish.com 08 de abril de 2019, 15: 36Lisbon, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) On Monday, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) reiterated its solidarity with the Brazilian people and demanded the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who served an unjust year in prison.

plenglish (2019-04-08). Cuba Rejects US Government Blackmail. plenglish.com Havana, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Monday rejected actions by U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who seeks to intensify his country's hostile policy toward Cuba.

WSWS (2019-04-08). Netanyahu pledges to annex West Bank if re-elected. wsws.org Netanyahu, backed by Trump, has effectively repudiated the entire post-World War II international order, signalling new wars of conquest and territorial aggrandisement.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-08). NAACP TROUBLED BY BLACK CHURCH BURNINGS IN THE SOUTH. naacp.org BALTIMORE — Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, made the following statement in response to recent outbreak of Black church burnings: "What is happening in Tennessee and Louisiana is domestic terrorism and we must not turn a blind eye to any incident where people are targeted because of the color of their …

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-04-08). 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…

RT (2019-04-08). Man planning truck ramming attack at National Harbor near DC 'inspired by ISIS' – DOJ. rt.com A Maryland man was planning to commit a terrorist attack at National Harbor, just outside Washington, DC, using a stolen truck and tactics 'inspired' by Islamic State, according to the US Department of Justice

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-08). With Nielsen Out and Stephen Miller Driving Immigration Policy, Critics Fear 'The Worst Is Yet to Come'. commondreams.org "Now this president wants someone even 'tougher.' This should be a warning to all who believe in justice," says Rep. Ilhan Omar | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-08). 'Call Your Freakin Reps': Pressure on Congress to Restore Net Neutrality or Face Public Wrath. commondreams.org "Despite ISP giants like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T spending hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying, they've failed to fool the public and efforts to restore net neutrality are moving forward." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Tyler Durden (2019-04-08). Iran Designates US Military as Terrorist Organization. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Just hours after President Trump formally designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization, Iran's foreign ministry has put forward a bill placing US Central Command on a list of organizations designated as terrorists, akin to Daesh. Statement from the President on the Designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization …

plenglish (2019-04-08). Putin and Erdogan Discuss Economic Cooperation and Syria. plenglish.com Moscow, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin is receiving his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is attending the 8th High-Level Council between the two countries on Monday, when they will also deal with economic cooperation and the conflict in Syria.

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-08). Mexico to Spain and Vatican: Apologize for Your Crimes! globalresearch.ca Several years ago, the renowned linguist and thinker, Noam Chomsky, asked me, point blank, as we were working on our book: "On Western Terrorism — From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare": | "Do you think it is possible that most …

RT (2019-04-08). Man planning truck ramming attack at National Harbor near DC 'inspired by ISIS' – DOJ. rt.com A Maryland man was planning to commit a terrorist attack at National Harbor, just outside Washington, DC, using a stolen truck and tactics 'inspired' by Islamic State, according to the US Department of Justice

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-08). 'Another Horrific Attack': US-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen School, Killing Mostly Children. commondreams.org "President Trump, I urge you to sign the resolution Congress passed last week ending U.S. support for this conflict. Yemen needs humanitarian aid, not more bombs," tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Edward Escobar, founder AIW (2019-04-08). UBER/LYFT IPO CREATING MILLIONAIRES WHILE EXPLOITING PRECARIOUS WORKERS. indybay.org Uber/Lyft Rush To IPO Before the Labor Laws Catch Up…