2019-04-09: Social Media Postees

To Complete Her Profile in Courage, Rep. Ilhan Omar Should Embrace the One-State Solution
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-09
"Ilhan Omar went to Washington to shake up the status quo, not to parrot it. So why is she trying to prove her bona fides by adopting the discredited 'two-state solution,' which is a fancy way of saying racial segregation and apartheid?" — Palestinian journalist Ali Abunimah…

Ilhan Omar Calls Stephen Miller 'a White Nationalist'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
United States Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has condemned Stephen Miller, President Donald Trump's pick to lead ICE., for being a white nationalist to cries of anti-semitism from critics. | RELATED: | Pro-Trump Goon Arrested for Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar | Miller, a policy advisor of Trump's, has been a driving force behind many hard-line immigration policies like the family separations last year. He has advocated for closing the U.S.-Mexico border completely. | In a str…

US Progressives Threaten to Tank Massive Pentagon Spending Bill
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
Members of the United States Congressional Progressive Caucus are threatening to tank a key budget measure unless the Democratic leadership agrees to boost healthcare, education, and other social services alongside the Pentagon's budget increase Tuesday. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Calls Stephen Miller 'a White Nationalist' Over Rabid Xenophobia | Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Mark Pocan are leading the incentive for an amendment that would add about US$33 billion…

Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with…

UN rights chief Bachelet appeals for dialogue in Sudan amid reports '70 killed' in demonstrations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-09
Sudan's authorities have an "over-arching responsibility" to protect protesters, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said on Tuesday, amid reports that 70 people have died in the latest anti-Government clashes.

Protests Across Brazil and the World for the Release of Lula, "Political Prisoner"
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-09
On the anniversary of the imprisonment of former Workers Party president Lula da Silva, tens of thousands protested in Brazil and around the world demanded his release. Mike Fox reports from Curitiba, Brazil…

Global Research Strives For Peace
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
Dear Global Research Readers, | This is a year of change. Alliances are shifting, loyalties changing, and inaccurate and misleading comments are ripe, everywhere we look. Questions need to be asked — and answered — of political demagogues, controlling institutions, and …

Well-Known Zionist Settler-Activist Sees More Land Grabs and a "Greater Israel" as a Given
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-09
With the annexation of the West Bank now set to take place in the not-so-distant future, it seems likely that Israelis that share Daniella Weiss' vision will continue to push for the annexation of more and more territory until Greater Israel takes shape.

Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate–How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 6–'How the Department of Homeland Security Created a Deceptive Tale of Russia Hacking US Voter Sites'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-09
The narrative about Russian cyberattacks on American election infrastructure is a self-interested abuse of power by DHS based on distortion of evidence, wrote Gareth Porter on Aug. 28, 2018. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The narrative of Russian… Read more ?…

Did the NY Times Violate Its Own Code of Ethics to Feature Child of Venezuelan Coup Plotter?
Anya Parampil | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-09
After the New York Times was slammed for obscuring comedian Joanna Hausmann's family ties to the Guaido shadow regime, her coup-plotting father appeared online to defend her with a stream of insults.

Did the NY Times Violate Its Own Code of Ethics to Feature Child of Venezuelan Coup Plotter?
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-09
After the New York Times was slammed for obscuring comedian Joanna Hausmann's family ties to the Guaido shadow regime, her…

Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive polic…

Who Are the Real Terrorists? Trump Intensifies Economic War Against Iran
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-09
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization on Monday, upping the economic war against Iran, the rift with Europe and China, and preparing conditions for a "military option" — Col. Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay…

America's Coup Efforts in Venezuela Enter Frightening New Phase
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-09
The United States is taking illegal and dangerous actions to execute regime change in Venezuela. In January, Juan Guaidó declared himself "interim president," in a strategy orchestrated by the United States to seize power from President Nicolás Maduro. | In March, Guaidó announced that "Operation Freedom," an organization established to overthrow the Maduro government, would take certain "tactical actions" beginning on April 6. Part of t…

Fifty social justice organizations demand Trump stop aggression against Venezuela
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-09
The Venezuela situation remains dangerous and volatile, but opposition to the Trump administration's bullying "regime change" efforts in that country may be growing in the United States. Since March 11, there has been a series of electrical blackouts which the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro blames on cybernetic and other sabotage carried out by …

Israel Holds Elections on Day Palestinians Commemorate Deir Yassin Massacre
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-09
The Deir Yassin massacre was used by the Zionist establishment and the terror squads to terrify Palestinians who may have hesitated to leave their land. "Remember what happened in Deir Yassin" was often used as a threat.

Yemen blast kills 14 children, leaves others fighting for their lives in Sana'a
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-09
Further details have emerged of an attack on a school in the Yemeni capital Sana'a at the weekend which killed 14 youngsters and critically injured 16 others.

Iran says U.S. military forces in Middle East are part of terrorist group, after U.S. puts terrorist tag on Iran's military
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-09
Minneapolis, MN – Iran's authoritative FARS News Agency is reporting the Supreme National Security Council has designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist entity, following a decision by the U.S. to put the terrorist tag on an important part of Iran's military – the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. | The U.S. move to designate Iran's military as 'terrorist' violates international law and raised concerns about future treatment of prisoners of war. | The U.S. administration has been angered by Iran's support for progressive and anti-imperialist movements in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. Iran ha…

Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families and Caged Children
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as…

Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…

Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…

Utah Passed a Law to Protect Noncitizens From Automatic Deportation
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-09
By reducing the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor by one day, lawmakers reduced the harm of an unfair federal immigration law | Utah is known for its red rock canyons, steep ski slopes, and a mega-majority Republican legislature. And now it can be recognized as one of just a handful of states to pass legislation that helps noncitizens avoid deportation if they are convicted of a misdemeanor. | The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 25, clarifies that misdemeanor convictions in Utah can no longer be interpreted as aggravate…

We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2019-04-09
We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws…

Stephen Miller's Uncle: Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers & Stir Racist Hatred
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration's immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump's family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to "get in line" with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, "Our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full." We speak with Stephen…

Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers and Stir Racist Hatred
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration's immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump's family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to "get in line" with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, "Our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full." We speak with Step…

Venezuela combats sanctions with solidarity
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-04-09
In its latest act of international piracy against the people of Venezuela, the U.S. government has targeted the shipment of oil between the Bolivarian Republic and socialist Cuba. These new sanctions have been imposed on the 34 ships operated by Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., as well . . . | Continue reading Venezuela combats sanctions with solidarity at Workers.org…

Even Saudi Arabia Threatens to Ditch Dollar for Oil Trade over US Bullying Policies
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
Saudi Arabia threatens to sell oil in currencies other than the dollar if Washington passes a bill exposing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to U.S. antitrust lawsuits. | The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act (NOPEC), which was …

Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report Within the Week
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-09
WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday he expects to release a redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week." | Barr told members of Congress at his first public appearance since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier projection of releasing a version by mid-April still stood. The report, which is nearly 400 pages long, is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details that relate to pending investigations. | Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a…

Lessons for the class struggle in the era of Trumpism
Larry Holmes | workers.org | 2019-04-09
Excerpted from a talk by Larry Holmes, First Secretary of Workers World Party, at a forum on March 28 in New York City. Russia-gate has been going on for two years. The liberal bourgeoisie poured so much into it — CNN, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow. They say the same things every . . . | Continue reading Lessons for the class struggle in the era of Trumpism at Workers.org…

Anti-Russia Nuclear First Strike? Poland Would Need a "Demographic Precaution" Plan
Adeyinka Makinde | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
In a recent interview in the Polish media, retired General Waldemar Skrzypczak spoke of the possibility of NATO launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the Russian Federation. His remarks not only serve to remind of the danger of a thermonuclear …

Putin outlines ambitious Arctic expansion program
Vladimir Isachenkov, Irina Titova | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-09
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia's foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet. Speaking at the Arctic forum in St. Petersburg attended by leaders of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, Putin said that …

Redacted Mueller report to be released within a week
Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-09
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that he expects to release a redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week" as he defended his handling of the document. Barr told members of Congress at his first public appearance since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier …

Evo Morales, Erdogan Strengthen Economic Ties in Turkey Visit
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
President of Bolivia Evo Morales arrived Monday in the Turkish capital Ankara and met with his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a first-ever visit to Turkey by a sitting Bolivian president in an effort to strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations. | RELATED: | Turkey's Erdogan, Russia's Putin to Talk Bilateral Agreements | Earlier Tuesday, the Bolivian leader paid tribute to founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatàºrk at his mausole…

Court of Appeal to Consider UK Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia
CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
Tomorrow, the Court of Appeal in London will hear an appeal brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) to overturn a 2017 High Court judgment which allows the UK Government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use …

Boeing CEO Praised "Streamlined" Oversight of 737 Plane that Crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia
Barry Grey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
In a conference call with Wall Street firms in April of 2017, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg lauded the Federal Aviation Administration's "streamlined" certification process for enabling the aircraft manufacturer to rush its new 737 Max model into service. | "That's helping | …

Selected Articles: The US' Plans to Designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as "Terrorists"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A…

Himalayan Glaciers on the Eve of Destruction
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
There was no official leak, but this must have been discussed when Presidents Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron met last week in Paris. After all, Macron has been posing as a staunch defender of the environment and the self-attributed MC …

NATO at 70: An Unlawful Organisation with Serious Psychological Problems
Jan Oberg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, celebrated its 70th Anniversary on April 4, 2019. Some of us don't see anything worth celebrating about an incredibly expensive, dangerous and harmful alliance which should have been closed down exactly 30 years …

Haiti Facing Worst Crisis Since 1986?
Nancy Roc | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
"Here we go again in #Haiti. Another messy morning in #PAP where getting gas has become a matter of who you know because pumps are only delivering on a privilege basis. This station at Bois-Patate says it's only giving diesel …

Video: A New Battle for Tripoli: Preconditions and Prospects
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
Libya has been in a state of the constant chaos since the NATO intervention in 2011. After the fall of the government of Muammar Gaddafi, the country fell into the hands of warrying armed factions, many of which were linked …

Has Trump Locked U.S. and Iran into a "Permanent State of Enmity" by Listing IRGC as Terror Group?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration has designated Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, resulting in sweeping economic and travel restrictions on its members. This marks the first time the United States has formally labeled an arm of another country's military a terrorist group. The Pentagon and CIA opposed the decision, warning it could put U.S. troops at risk. Key backers of the move included national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who formally announced the new policy on Monday. The step is the latest in the White H…

Arreaza: Venezuela Will Send Oil to Cuba Despite U.S. Sanctions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Monday that his country will continue to send oil to Cuba despite the U.S. sanctions on vessels transporting oil to the Latin American island. | RELATED: | Punched-Out: US Cancels Deal Between MLB and Cuban Baseball Federation | "Venezuela will always fulfill its commitments with the brotherly people of…

Brazil: 10 Troops Arrested After Firing 80 Shots at Family Car
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
The Brazilian Army said on Monday that 10 soldiers have been arrested and charged with shooting into a car carrying an innocent family in Rio de Janiero, killing the driver and injuring two other people Sunday evening. | RELATED: | Brazil and US Work to Destabilize Venezuela, Bolsonaro Says | Police accused soldiers of firing over 80 shots into the car, killing Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, 51, who was driving his family to a baby shower in northern Rio de Janiero, – a passenger and pass…

An on-the-ground look at Venezuela's 'collapsing' health service
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-09
This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. If there is a 'humanitarian crisis' in Venezuela, the country's health service … | Read more An on-the-ground look at Venezuela's 'collapsing' health service | By John McEvoy…

Mexico: Guaido's Envoy Appointment to OAS Against Own Charter
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
Mexico's Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Jorge Lomonaco criticized Tuesday the decision taken by 18 out of 35 member states to recognize lawmaker Juan Guaido's envoy as the Permanent Representative of Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuela Leaves OAS April 27, Trump 'Runs Over' Member States | "The adoption of this resolution is a pyrrhic victory for a group of countries, without real effects and with potentially negative consequences for the OAS and its institu…

Left-wing Venezuelan group offers a rare critique of their country's government
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-09
This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. Though we often hear criticism of Venezuela's government from the … | Read more Left-wing Venezuelan group offers a rare critique of their country's government | By John McEvoy…

An open letter to the Congressional Black Caucus on the U.S.'s attacks on Venezuela and Cuba
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-09
Greetings. We write to urge you to support the international and domestic efforts to thwart the Unites States' unlawful attempts to change the existing governments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Cuba. | Source…

Libyan national conference postponed, nearly 500,000 children at 'direct risk' from fighting around Tripoli
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-09
An imminent UN-led Libyan conference seeking to set up elections for the war-ravaged, oil-rich country has been postponed because of ongoing clashes near the capital, the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday.

You are the working class
Makasi Motema | workers.org | 2019-04-09
The ruling class has offered up a big lie, and we have swallowed it whole. We have been told that we are not "working class," that we are not workers at all. Instead, we are part of a nebulous "middle class" — college educated, working toward upward mobility, go-getters. We . . . | Continue reading You are the working class at Workers.org…

Obama Pushes Neoliberal Myths on Health Care at Fundraiser
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
The media-political complex is all abuzz that multimillionaire heiress and Boeing director Caroline Kennedy has named multimillionaire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the latest winner of the Camelot Dynasty's 2019 Profiles in Courage award. | Pelosi is specifically being honored for ramming the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010 and tacitly being honored for boldly go…

UN's Grandi slams 'toxic language of politics' aimed at refugees, migrants
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-09
In a heartfelt briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has said that, during his three and a half decades as an international civil servant, he has "never seen such toxicity, such poisonous language in politics, media and social media," directed towards refugees, migrants and foreigners.

The "Independent" Fed Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
Neil Irwin had a New York Times article warning readers of the potential harm if the Fed loses its independence. The basis for the warning is that Donald Trump seems prepared to nominate Steven Moore and Herman Cain to the Fed, two individuals with no obvious qualifications for the job, other than their loyalty to…

A Woman of Valor
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
During Argentina's "Dirty War" (1976-1983), thousands of opponents to the military rulers were killed or "made to disappear," a euphemism for those whose fate was unknown but who were almost certainly killed. The recent news that between 600-700 human remains are still to be identified shows the persisting echoes of a tragic period in Argentina's…

Sanders again proposes banning right-to-work laws
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-09
LAS VEGAS–Going where even organized labor has not openly marched for decades, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., has again formally proposed banning state "right-to-work" laws. Sanders, currently among leaders in opinion polls about Democratic presidential hopefuls, rolled out his proposal on April 8 before a Machinists' women's conference in Las Vegas. His reward was loud and …

Niger population's suffering 'increasing with each passing month': UN Refugee Agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-09
An upsurge of violence in the south-east of Niger means that the population's suffering is increasing "with each passing month," a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson warned on Tuesday, at a press briefing in Geneva. In March alone, some 88 civilians were reported to have died during attacks.

America's Drug War Is Ruining the World
Alfred McCoy | thenation.com | 2019-04-09
America's Drug War Is Ruining the World…

America's Self-Inflicted Wound: 100 Years of the War on Drugs
Alfred W. McCoy | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
So successful were Reagan Republicans in framing this partisan drug policy as a moral imperative that two of his liberal Democratic successors, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, avoided any serious reform of it. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Conservatives Don't Hate Socialism, They Hate Equality
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
"They want to take away your hamburgers," former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka declared in February. "This is what Stalin dreamt about … America will never be a socialist country!" The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) audience cheered. The video played on my phone as I waved at Danny, the homeless man who begs for food every morning at the Newark Penn Station, where scores of poor people sleep in wheelchairs or lean on crutches or stand by the delis to ask for change. | These folks need more than "hamburgers." They need jobs and homes…

Dept. of Interior nominee a lackey for fossil fuel industry
F. Marti | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-09
This past week, President Trump put forward Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt as his nominee to head up the Department of the Interior on a permanent basis.

Sacramento Teacher Strike Is a Warning to #RedForEd Movement Everywhere
Jeff Bryant | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
"We were motivated by what was happening in RedForEd movements elsewhere." (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Global NATO: A 70-Year Alliance of Oppressors in Crisis
Horace G. Campbell | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
The celebration of NATO's 70 years of existence provides another opportunity to unearth the real history of the ideas, practices and destruction wrought by this military alliance. Even with the clear exposure of the cooperation between NATO, the CIA and the British MI6 to spread terror and psychological warfare in Europe immediately after the formation of this military alliance, the mainstream media, academics and policy makers remain silent on activities of the 'stay behind armies' and 'false flag' operations that distorted the real causes of insecurity in the world after 1945. The evidence of the manipulations…

Lethal Fluctuations: The Death Penalty in Asia
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
The Malaysian government last year expressed a surprise change of heart on a policy long held dear; it would reconsider the death penalty. The case of Muhammad Lukman, sentenced to death in August for the purchase and sharing of medicinal marijuana, did much to stimulate outrage. On October 10th, law minister Liew Vui Keong announced…

In the Wake of Cyclone Idai, the North Has a Climate Debt to Pay
William Minter | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
Weeks after Cyclone Idai struck the coast of Mozambique, near Beira, the flood waters have receded to reveal a shattered landscape. Houses and roads were washed away; crops awaiting harvest were destroyed. Confirmed deaths number in the high hundreds across Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, with the total still unknown. Emphasis has shifted from the rescue…

Courtney Barnett — Everybody Here Hates You
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09

Solidarity Without Erasure: Responding to Trump on Puerto Rico
Rafael Bernabe — Manuel Rodríguez Banchs | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
The debate about Puerto Rico, between President Donald Trump and American liberals and progressives has an ironic twist, from which we cannot derive much merriment. In the process of attacking Puerto Rico and of denying us sorely needed support to recover from Hurricane María, Trump implies that Puerto Ricans are not Americans and that Puerto…

Tweeting at Windmills in the Drunken Forest
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
The "drunken forests" of Northern Alaska are an apt symbol for the peak Anthropocene age. Liquefying permafrost beneath the forest floor causes trees to lose their upright alignment and tilt haphazardly. The turmoil beneath the surface is finally emerging as a visible upheaval. The phenomena isn't just limited to remote Arctic areas, but can be…

Stop Using Tax Dollars to Kill Bison
Mike Mease | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
In the last two years the Interagency Bison Management Plan has killed almost 1,200 bison in 2018 and 1,300 in 2017. That is about a quarter of the entire Yellowstone herd each year. All agencies involved in the slaughter know full well how unique and genetically important these bison are to the world. The impact…

For Military Contractors, Tax Day Is Pay Day
Lindsay Koshgarian | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
There's no good reason for 12 cents out of every tax dollar to go to multi-billion dollar corporations, or to pad the pockets of wealthy CEOs.(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Charter Schools Just Bad Policy?
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-09
It is no secret that charter schools coast to coast are rife with fraud, waste, corruption, and racketeering. This is closely related to the fact that charter schools annually siphon billions of public dollars from public schools that serve 90% of the nation's youth, thereby undermining the ability of public schools to educate millions of …

Emboldened by Mueller Report, Trump Stages Border Drama
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-09
Trump hands even more aggressive border policy to Stephen Miller, and uses border controversy to bury more aggressive action against Iran…

WATCH: Attorney General Barr Says Mueller Report to Made Public 'Within the Week'
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
U.S. Attorney General William Barr told a House subcommittee on Tuesday morning that the report submitted to the Justice Department by Special Counsel Robert Mueller would likely be made available to both Congress and the public "within the week." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

The Mueller Report Is Already Emboldening Trump in Dangerous Ways
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-09
Since the special counsel concluded his probe, the president has assumed more hard-line stances on both Iran and the U.S.-Mexico border.

UK government accused of backing 'serious violations of international humanitarian law' via arms exports to Saudi Arabia
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-04-09
From 9 to 11 April, the UK government faces a judicial review over its continuing export of arms to Saudi Arabia. And it may … | Read more UK government accused of backing 'serious violations of international humanitarian law' via arms exports to Saudi Arabia | By Fréa Lockley…

Netanyahu Requested Trump To Label Iran's Guard Terrorist Group
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is seeking re-election Tuesday thanked the United States President Donald Trump for listening to his requests and designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. | RELATED: | US Designates Iran's Revolutionary Guard Terrorist Organization | "Thank you, my dear friend, President Donald Trump, for having decided to announce Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization," Netanyahu said…

'Radical Agents of Physical and Social Chaos': Campaigners Target Big Banks Over Destructive Fossil Fuel Projects
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
Environmental campaigners this week are pressuring a pair of big banks to stop pouring billions of dollars per year into destructive fossil fuel projects that drive the global climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Lula Grateful for Mass Mobilizations Worldwide to Demand His Release
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-09
Brasilia, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva expressed gratitude for the worldwide mass mobilization to demand his release on Sunday, which marked the first year of his political imprisonment.

Netanyahu Says Trump Named Iran's Revolutionary Guard a Terror Group at His Request
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-09
(ANTIWAR.COM) — In a Monday Tweet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Trump for declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, saying that he had personally requested the move of Trump. Netanyahu said that the move would keep the world safe from Iran, and would also serve the interests of Israel, saying he was glad Trump …

Netanyahu Says Trump Named Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a Terror Group at His Request

The Ghosts of Northern Ireland's Violent Past Haunt Brexit
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
Watching the Brexit vaudeville show from far away, I can't but remember my days as Belfast correspondent of The Times. The early 1970s were among the nastiest, violent and most dangerous of years in Northern Ireland. But what struck me most was not so much the battles between the British army and the IRA, and all the…

Sri Lankan government prepares new anti-terrorism laws
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-09
The new bill surpasses the hated PTA measures and will be used to suppress the upsurge of opposition against Colombo's harsh austerity measures.

Mitch McConnell's Lie-Filled Tirade Against Medicare for All Draws Cheers From For-Profit Hospital Industry
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
Indicating that Republicans are shifting their focus away from "repealing and replacing" the Affordable Care Act and toward the growing momentum for Medicare for All, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged a group of hospital officials to join the fight against the proposal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Cuba for More Participative Migration Policies, Diplomat Says (+Photo)
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-09
Caracas, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The new migration policies fostered by the Cuban Foreign Ministry currently encourage the participation of Cubans living abroad in the development of the country.

Venezuela sabotage, evil Russians: 5 times video games were just blatant US war propaganda
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-09
It's long been known that Hollywood works hand-in-glove with the CIA to produce entertainment imbued with unsubtle pro-US messaging — but the use of video games as propaganda, while as common, is less talked about. | …

Libya on the brink of all-out civil war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-09
Eight years after the US and NATO launched a war for regime-change under humanitarian pretenses, conditions for the masses in Libya remain catastrophic.

Brazil's Flu Vaccination Campaign Begins This Week
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-09
Brasilia, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The national vaccination campaign against influenza will begin on Wednesday, April 10, throughout the country, Agencia Brasil, quoted by the Ministry of Health, informed on Monday.

USA Fines British Bank for Violating Blockade on Cuba
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-09
Washington, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) British bank Standard Chartered will pay 1.1 billion dollars for allegedly violating U.S. blockade on Cuba and sanctions against Iran, Syria, Sudan and Myanmar, the US Treasury Department reported today.

US Imposes Even More Sanctions on Venezuela as Rival Protests Held
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-09
(VA) — The US Treasury Department imposed a new round of sanctions targeting Venezuela's oil industry on Friday. The measures identified 34 vessels owned by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA as "blocked property" in a bid to further tighten the screws on Venezuela's oil sector. "Treasury is taking action against vessels and entities transporting oil, providing a lifeline to …

US Imposes Even More Sanctions on Venezuela as Rival Protests Held

Algerian army purges intelligence agencies as anti-regime protests grow
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-09
Amid growing popular distrust of the army, the army is firing top intelligence officials implicated in the regime's crimes during Algeria's bloody 1992-2002 civil war.

The Crippling of Britain in the Age of Brexit
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
Future historians will look back at Britain in the age of Brexit and seek to explain why its people reduced their power and influence in the world in the belief that they were doing the exact opposite.But historians will have to move quickly if they are to have a say because the most important consequences of Brexit are already with us. People do not see this because UK membership of the EU is wrongly discussed as an economic issue when it is primarily a political one.

Pornhub joins Twitter users targeting Nunes with #YachtCocaineProstitutes hashtag trending
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-09
Rep. Devin Nunes has filed a $150 million lawsuit against McClatchy for derailing his probe into Clinton campaign corruption and 'Russian interference' with claims about prostitutes and cocaine, sparking extreme Twitter trolling. | …

US labels Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-09
Trump and Pompeo made a point of threatening other foreign countries, officials and businesses with retaliatory sanctions and possible criminal prosecution.

SF Viewing Party: Eyewitness Venezuela Webinar w/ Anti-War Leaders
ANSWER Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-04-09
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71 Years Later, Zionist Terrorism Is Alive and Well
Raouf Halaby | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
Seventy-one years to the day Jewish terrorists in Palestine committed a heinous crime for which they continue to go unpunished. The April 9, 1948 massacre of 107 Palestinians in the Christian Village of Deir Yassin (monastery of Yassin) has been whitewashed by Israel, the U.N., the media, and the so-called law-abiding civilized Western World –…

ICE Set to Deport Somalis Who Were Returned to U.S. on Infamous Botched Flight
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2019-04-09
ICE is planning to deport some Somali immigrants who said they experienced abuse on board a December 2017 deportation flight that was returned to the U.S.

Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in 'Crazy' Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
"How can we keep giving more money to the Pentagon than it needs when 40 million live in poverty, 34 million have no health insurance, and 140 million can't afford basic needs without going into debt?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Edward Escobar, founder AIW | indybay.org | 2019-04-09
Uber/Lyft Rush To IPO Before the Labor Laws Catch Up…

Cuban Website Wins World Information Summit Champion Award
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-09
Geneva, Apr 9 ( Prensa Latina) The Cuban website Redpinar has been granted in Geneva Tuesday the award that declares it Champion in the category Role of Governments and Actors in ICT promotions, conferred by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS 2019).

Palo Alto: Nobody Is Above the Law Demo
Text: RR Photos: Jack Owicki, ProBono Photo | indybay.org | 2019-04-09
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.

Trump Puts Iran in His Crosshairs as Yemen Bleeds
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
President Trump is flexing his military muscles just days after lawmakers issued a historic rebuke of his relationship with the Saudi Arabian government and threatened to contain the president's ability to wage war overseas. | In a move that critics have denounced as a dangerous provocation, Trump announced on Monday that the U.S. would soon designate a major wing of Iran's military as a foreign terrorist organization. The U.S. is "increasing maximum pressure" on Iran, part of a "broader effort to counter Iran's broader campaign of terrorism," according to the White House. | The move against Iran's Islamic Rev…

Venezuela Receives Positive Answer from Montevideo Mechanism
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-09
Caracas, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The Vice-Minister of Communications, William Castillo, described on Tuesday as positive the response of the signatory countries of the Montevideo Agreement to the call of the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, to dialogue without violence.

Eric 'Nukes for Gun Control' Swalwell announces 2020 presidential run
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-09
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. | …