2019-04-11: Social Media Postees

Edward Snowden Leads Chorus Condemning Assange's Arrest
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-11
Edward Snowden joined the chorus of advocacy groups, reporters, and critics as the NSA whistleblower described the arrest of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange Thursday morning as a " dark moment for press freedom" that could have grave implications for journalism across the globe. | "Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the U.K.'s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of–…

Edward Snowden puts in plain terms the terror of what really just happened to Julian Assange
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
On 11 April, whistleblower Edward Snowden put in plain terms the terror of what Julian Assange's arrest really means. Former CIA employee Snowden rose … | Read more Edward Snowden puts in plain terms the terror of what really just happened to Julian Assange | By James Wright…

UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-11
Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to "the risk of serious human rights violations", if extradited to the United States.

The Martyrdom of Julian Assange
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-04-11
The arrest Thursday of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. The illegalities, embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange are ominous. They presage a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by corporate states and the global ruling elite will be masked from the public. They presage a world where those with the courage and integrity to expose the misuse of power will be hunted down, tortured, subjected to sham trials and given lifetime prison terms in soli…

Police State Britain: UK Police Forcibly Arrest Julian Assange
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
What's going on is a developing story. Events are fast moving. Here's what's known so far. | Days earlier, WikiLeaks accused Ecuadorian embassy personnel in London of "extensive spying" on Assange, according to its editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, saying: | It's been …

Access to Medical Care, a Human Right, Must Also be Guaranteed to Julian Assange
Sean Love | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
This article which is of particular relevance to the arrest of Julian Assange was originally written in June 2018. | This week marks six years since Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorean embassy in London and nearly three years since the UN …

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Appears in London Court
RTE | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Julian Assange faces extradition to the US after he was arrested and forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London almost seven years after he sought refuge there. | Mr Assange was brought before Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon. | He made …

Assange Arrest: The Turning Point is Here — Don't Let Them Win
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-11
Will we wait until they come for us because our homes are built atop resources they wish to plunder, because we shared information online they found objectionable, because we dared to question why madmen are in control of our country and much of the world?

Mali: Thousands demand peace and removal of French troops
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2019-04-11
At the call of imams and civic associations on April 5, thousands of protesters marched in Bamako, the capital of Mali, to demand the end of violence between ethnic communities in central Mali, the removal of French troops, which have been in Mali since 2013 fighting "Islamic extremist," and aid . . . | Continue reading Mali: Thousands demand peace and removal of French troops at Workers.org…

Sudan's Military Overthrows President Amid Bloody Protests
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-11
CAIRO — Sudan's military overthrew President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday amid increasingly bloody protests over his repressive 30-year rule and the deteriorating economy. But pro-democracy demonstrators were left angry and disappointed when the defense minister announced the armed forces will govern for the next two years. | Al-Bashir's fall came just over a week after protests in Algeria forced the resignation of that North African country's long-ruling, military-backed president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. | Together, the developments represent a second generation of street protests eight years after the Arab S…

Sudanese Military Topples Omar al-Bashir as Anti-Government Protesters Vow to Stay in Streets
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-11
After months of protest, the Sudanese military ousted President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday, ending his nearly 30 years of authoritarian rule. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in celebration on the streets of Sudan. The military has set up a transitional military council to rule the country for two years, according to a televised statement by Sudan's minister of defense. The news comes after months of protests demanding al-Bashir's resignation. Protesters have been staging a massive sit-in in the capital, Khartoum, since Saturday. Rights groups say at least 50 people have been killed in Sudanese protests si…

Women must be at 'centre of peacekeeping decision-making', UN chief tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-11
Women's rights, voices and participation must be at "the centre of peacekeeping decision-making", United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, describing them as "central to sustainable solutions" to challenges facing the Organization worldwide.

The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-11
The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared that the "party is over." "Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end," Erdan was quoted in the Jerusalem …

Who Is Killing Whom in the Middle East? Blaming Iran Might be an Excuse for War
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Newsweek is reporting a story regarding how Iran "was responsible for the deaths of at least 608 American troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2011." The account is sourced to a newly revised estimate prepared by analysts at the Pentagon …

The Politics Behind Trump's Threats to Close the Border
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
Donald Trump's flailing on immigration and the Mexican border continue to spiral into chaos. First, he threatened to close the border with Mexico. One week later, he walked that back. He declares a national emergency about the "invasion" of people seeking asylum from Central American countries, and then says he's stopped all aid to those…

The F-35 Fighter Jet Will Cost $1.5 Trillion. It's Time for New Priorities
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-11
U.S. taxpayers are no strangers to getting saddled with monstrously expensive weapons programs at the expense of basic needs like food, shelter and education. The Pentagon paid $44 billion for 21 very fragile B-2 stealth bombers, only one of which is still flying. The F-22 fighter, coming in at more than $350 million per plane, was built to combat Cold War adversaries who ceased to exist six years before the first jet rolled off the production line. The sticker price for Ronald Reagan's harebrained "

With Release of More Detectives' Names, Entire Smollett Investigation Called Into Question
Chelli Stanley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
After writing about the three detectives listed on Jussie Smollett's initial police report, more detectives' names were released when Chicago police rushed investigation records to the media after Jussie's charges were dropped. The media has not reported on these detectives' backgrounds, but they are certainly newsworthy — and call the entire investigation into question. 13 officers are…

The Causes of the Growth of Populism on Both Sides of the North Atlantic
Vincent Navarro | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
One of the most influential documents of the 20th century–the Communist Manifesto–begins with the famous phrase: A specter is haunting Europe–the specter of Communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter; Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French radicals and German police spies. Where is the…

Making a Killing: Tax Day as Pay Day for Military Contractors
Lindsay Koshgarian | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
In tax season, most of us think more about getting our forms in on time — and getting our refunds — than about where our tax dollars actually go. It's probably no surprise that a significant portion — 24 cents out of every dollar — of your taxes go to the military. But where those…

Absence of Proof: the Approval Process for Adani
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
Much hot air is coming out from the public relations unit of Adani, and the language used is that of a hostage taker seeking to earn a rich and ill-deserved ransom. With the date for the Australian federal election looming, the Indian mining giant received a boost in its flagging fortunes. And flagging they had…

What is Socialism?
Teresa L. Ebert — Mas'ud Zavarzadeh | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
As the presidential election of 2020 approaches and socialism is used to characterize the ideas and platforms of some of the candidates, a relatively large number of explanations of the concept have appeared in the press. Most of these explanations are really non-explanatory. Whether written as a list or in a more discursive form, they…

Why Oregon Needs More Wilderness
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
In the recent Public Lands legislation that was passed by Congress, Oregon got some new protected landscapes including the Devil's Staircase Wilderness, 250 miles of new Wild and Scenic River segments on the Rogue and Molalla rivers and measures such as a mining ban on the Chetco River. This legislation was a good but a…

What's Wrong With The United States?
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
In his 1995 book, The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle in The Dark, Carl Sagan wrote: I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when…

Consumer Drug Ads: 20 Years of Pushing Expensive Meds and Diseases People Probably Don't Have
Martha Rosenberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
In 2015, the U.S.' American Medical Association (AMA) called for a ban on direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising. The ads make patients demand expensive treatments from their doctors, said the AMA, when less costly drugs are often more effective. The AMA's efforts were unsuccessful. Most people realize that advertising directly to consumers has been a…

Predicting the Next Recession and Other Ways to Waste Your Time
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
The people who completely missed the housing bubble, the collapse of which sank the economy in 2008 and gave us the Great Recession, are again busy telling us about the next recession on the way. The latest item that they want us to be very worried about is an inversion of the yield curve. There…

Wealth, Stealth, and Boeing
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
America is "the land of the free and the home of the brave." It is also the province of the wealthy. Regardless of administration but most especially now, wealth has been the great separator: the rich get richer, the poor stay poor, and the middle class keeps losing ground. Central to keeping matters that way…

RIP Shawn Smith
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11

Silicon Valley and "communication weapons of war"
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-11
What a Western Electric advert from 1944 can teach us about Google and Facebook. | Source…

British Bombs Are Being Dropped from Saudi Jets onto Yemeni Schools, Mosques and Hospitals, Court Hears
Phil Miller | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
A Yemeni city the size of Cambridge had just hours to evacuate before it was pummelled by Saudi war planes, the Court of Appeal in London heard today. | A panel of judges is reviewing a decision made by Sajid Javid…

Rapid Warming Deserves More Than a Lukewarm Response
David Suzuki, Ian Hanington | commondreams.org | 2019-04-11
Canada's climate is warming at roughly twice the global average rate largely due to Arctic ice melt. Arctic ice is what keeps Earth's temperatures cool enough for human life to thrive and survive. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Will Democrats reach rural workers in 2020?
Christopher R. Martin | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-11
It should be easy to run against Trump's rural America record. Aside from his made-for-Fox-News rallies, he has little to brag about in rural policy except for self-inflicted wounds that risk returning rural America back to the farm crisis of the 1980s. Trump's misguided tariff wars and scuttling of NAFTA have exacerbated crop prices that …

"Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: | …

Ireland's international neutrality should be in its constitution, argues Sinn Féin
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
Members of the Irish parliament have tabled a bill that would embed international neutrality in the Irish constitution. The bill has been put forward … | Read more Ireland's international neutrality should be in its constitution, argues Sinn Féin | By Bryan Wall…

Video: War on Russia? Growing Military Deployment of US-NATO in the Black Sea
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
NATO is preparing a package of measures to counter Russia in the Black Sea region. This package includes the deployment of NATO warships to the Black Sea to guarantee 'passage' of Ukrainian ships via the Kerch Strait, U.S. ambassador to …

The Israeli Election Put the Bigotry of Its Political Class Front and Center
Khulood Badawi | commondreams.org | 2019-04-11
This bigotry isn't new for Netanyahu; on election day 2015, he rallied his supporters by warning on Facebook, "Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls." (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

EU Parliamentary Elections 2019. Aspiring Politicians, Fear of Nationalist Movements
Andreas C Chrysafis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
The next Elections for the European Parliament scheduled on 23-26 May 2019 have already started with fervor! A total of 751 seats (MEPs) are currently up for grabs by those fortunate enough to secure a seat in one of the …

The ReCommonsEurope Manifesto: A Left-wing Initiative in Europe
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
While the campaign for the European elections on 26 May 2019 draws very little interest, the initiative launched by ReCommonsEurope with its ' Manifesto for a new popular internationalism in Europe' is on to a promising start. The text …

The Problem with Wikipedia and the Digital Revolution
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Yesterday (April 10, 2019) a reader alerted me to the fact that I am being smeared on Wikipedia as a "vocal supporter of the current Russian government and its policies." The reader also reports that an article in the Daily …

Like America with "Russiagate", India Is Now Obsessed with "Pakistangate"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
The Indo-American Strategic Partnership has rapidly progressed to such a point that the South Asian state is now copying some of the same conspiracy theories as its new patron, though instead of India being obsessed with suspected Russian interference in …

Egypt Withdraws from Trump's 'Arab NATO' Group
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Egypt has reportedly withdrawn from U.S. President Donald Trump's "Arab NATO" initiative following President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi's visit to Washington. | According to the Reuters News Agency, Egypt has made the decision to withdraw fro the U.S.-led "Middle East Security …

Environmental Snags in Australia: The Approval Process for Adani, India's Mining Giant
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Much hot air is coming out from the public relations unit of Adani, and the language used is that of a hostage taker seeking to earn a rich and ill-deserved ransom. With the date for the Australian federal election looming, …

Poisoning Wildlife — A Growing Threat in Europe
European Wilderness Society | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
There are three main anthropogenic factors that pose a serious threat to European wildlife. These are causing the death of individuals by illegal poisoning, poaching, trapping or trading, reduced reproductive success due to habitat disturbance and habitat loss due to …

Iran Is Preparing to Link Tehran to the Mediterranean via a New Highway
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
The Islamic Republic of Iran is looking for new ways to link their capital, Tehran, with Syria ¥s Damascus and Iraq ¥s Baghdad. | One of the proposed actions they are taking to make this a reality is the construction of new highways …

The Consequences of the Sudanese Coup
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
What just happened in Sudan was likely a military coup despite the "official" explanation being that President Bashir simply stepped down, and while this might appear on the surface to be a huge development, its immediate consequences will probably be …

Canada's CIJA Selective About Which Hate Crimes It Condemns
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs' response to the horrific attack on two mosques in New Zealand highlights tensions between promoting the most aggressive ongoing European settler colonialism and Jewish Canadian concern over hate crimes. | Forty-eight hours after the …

Dictator: Media Code for 'Government We Don't Like'
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-04-11
by Alan MacLeod Most dictatorships in the world are supported by the United States (Truthout, 9/23/17)–but this isn't true of most governments described by US media as "dictatorships." | Let's start with a quiz: Quick! Name some dictators! | I'm willing to bet most of you responded with just a few of the same names: Assad, Putin, Castro, Kim Jong-un, Gaddafi, Maduro. This is not because they are the only dictators in the world (far from it), or that all of them even necessarily qualify for the…

The American Public Deserves to See the Mueller Report With as Few Redactions as Possible
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-11
Considering the "extraordinary public interest" in the Mueller report, any redactions made by Attorney General Barr must be limited and defensible. | Few matters are of greater public interest than the contents of the report produced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his recently completed investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, alleged collusion with the Trump administration, and any interference with the Mueller investigation. Attorney General William Barr has conceded that there is extraordinary public interest in the report. Yet there remain grave concerns that he will r…

The U.S. Government has been monitoring Venezuela's electricity system for over a decade
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-11
The North American intelligence agencies and their government's attention and monitoring of the electricity situation in Venezuela is long-standing. This was confirmed by more than 1,000 documents released by Wikileaks which mention the status of the National Electric System in Venezuela and the Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant located in Guri. | Source…

How 'Russiagate' Has Reshaped American and Russian Public Opinion
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-04-11
How 'Russiagate' Has Reshaped American and Russian Public Opinion…

Demonstration in Palo Alto Raises Public Awareness About Mueller Report
Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel | indybay.org | 2019-04-11
On April 4, a coalition of organizations activated a nationwide protest in response to Attorney General William Barr's failure to meet a deadline set by House Democrats to release special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report to Congress. Amongst many participating locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Palo Alto was one. | Photos by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-11
This breaking news report was last updated at 1: 57 p.m. EDT. | Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested on Thursday inside Ecuador's Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 under diplomatic protection. London's Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement its officers were "invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum." | Video of Assange being dragged from the embassy was captured on a livestream set up by Ruptly, a Russian government news agency. | Assange's l…

Warren's Bold New Tax Plan Would Raise Over $1 Trillion From 'Richest, Biggest' US Corporations
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-11
Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled yet another bold policy for her 2020 presidential campaign Thursday with a new plan that aims to offset tax loopholes and exemptions exploited by the largest and most profitable U.S. corporations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Full house for Victorian Socialists election launch
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-11
More than 350 Victorian Socialists' members and supporters packed out Preston Town Hall on April 6 to launch the party's federal election campaign. | In a display of the broad support the campaign is garnering, the night featured greetings from trade unionists involved in the recent Chemist Warehouse workers' victory, community activists campaigning against the impact of toxic fires and representatives from the Brunswick Residents Network and the Tamil Refugee Council. | Footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was recently freed by Thai authorities following a strong public campaign after he was detained on his hon…

Parkland victims file 22 lawsuits claiming negligence led to bloodshed
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-11
A barrage of lawsuits filed by Parkland victims and survivors blame Broward County Sheriff's Office and the school district for their failure to prevent the massacre, alleging gross negligence by officials. | …

Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition
Alfred W. McCoy | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
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 Florence Declaration: The Creation of a "NATO-Exit" International Front
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
The risk of a vast war which, with the use of nuclear weapons, could mean the end of Humanity, is real and growing, even though it is not noticed by the general public, which is maintained in the ignorance of …

'Stop With This Recklessness': Allies Warn Right-Wing Attacks Could Get Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Killed
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-11
Rep. Ilhan Omar is being targeted once again by both Republicans and Rupert Murdoch's right wing media machine, raising concerns among her supporters and colleagues about the level of hate being directed at her—and prompting a vigorous defense from some of her fellow House freshmen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Chilean Opposition Asks to Reject Intervention in Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-11
11 de abril de 2019, 15: 06Santiago de Chile, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Opposition parliamentarians asked President Sebastian Piñera to express to U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the rejection of any military action or intervention in Venezuela.

Video: Dichiarazione Di Firence Per Un Fronte Internazionale NATO Exit
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Il rischio di una grande guerra che, con l'uso delle armi nucleari potrebbe segnare la fine dell'Umanità , è reale e sta aumentando, anche se non è percepito dall'opinione pubblica tenuta all'oscuro dell'incombente pericolo. | àà di vitale importanza il massimo impegno …

IMF Warns of Global Financial Crisis Risk
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-04-11
For the second day in a row, the International Monetary Fund raised concerns of pending financial crisis. Ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings, the IMF released the Global Financial Stability Report, warning of "vulnerabilities" in corporate debt, house values and sovereign (country) debt.

Hutchison Ports hit with strike
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-11
Hutchison Ports workers in Sydney and Brisbane walked off the job for 24 hours on April 5 to protest the company's ongoing refusal to move away from outsourcing jobs and the overseas remote-controlling of already semi-automated equipment. | Speaking about the strike action, Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) assistant national secretary Warren Smith said: "Outsourcing our jobs for greater profit and remote controlling to workers that may be paid $2 per hour will continue to be challenged by the workforce and their union. | "Wharfies' work is wharfies' work, and we will resist every effort to give that work to othe…

Venezuela and Vietnam Encourage Agricultural Cooperation
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-11
11 de abril de 2019, 15: 45Caracas, April 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela and Vietnam are strengthening cooperation in agricultural issues this Thursday with the advice of Asian specialists in the cultivation of rice in South American territory.

Maduro: US Seeks to Reedit 2002 Coup d'état in Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-11
Caracas, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro noted that the Government of the United States, with its actions, is seeking to reedit the coup d"état perpetrated against Commander Hugo Chavez in 2002.

Elizabeth Warren Has a Novel Idea: Tax Corporations on the Profits They Claim Publicly
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-11
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is unveiling a new way to tax corporations: Take them at their word. | Due to the vagaries of American corporate accounting, companies routinely tell investors on conference calls that they made billions in profit over the previous quarter, then turn around and tell the IRS that, actually, they made no money at all, so they don't owe any taxes. Warren's plan would tax those companies on the profits they claim publicly. | The proposal, called the "Real Corporate Profits Tax," would only apply to companies that report more than $100 million in worldwide profits, and every dollar above $100 mil…

Restore Mural de La Raza
Chicano Mexicano Resistance | indybay.org | 2019-04-11

Yet Another Popular Conspiracy Theory Died Today
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-11
(ZH) — It bears repeating, given the nearly past three years of 'Russiagate' collusion hysteria which focused heavily and uncritically on the role of WikiLeaks in both Hillary's defeat and the rise of Trump, and centrally the "Russian connection" supposedly tying it all together: there seems yet more daily and weekly evidence demonstrating how absurd the claims were …

Yet Another Popular Conspiracy Theory Died Today

Why NATO's Official Purpose Makes Absolutely No Sense
Strategic Culture | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-11
(SC) — This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO, but the question is, is this a happy birthday for a lively meaningful organization or time for us to pull the plug on a Cold War dreg that has lived well past its purpose? After WWII it was inevitable that there would be a conflict …

Why NATO’s Official Purpose Makes Absolutely No Sense

Demonstrators Doubt AG Barr's Trustworthiness, Protest in El Cerrito
Text: RR Photos: Mary DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo | indybay.org | 2019-04-11
On April 4, demonstrators in El Cerrito responded to a call for action to demand Attorney General Barr turn over the Mueller report in its entirety. | Photos by Mary DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

US-Backed Saudi Coalition Launches New Round of Airstrikes on Yemen's Capital
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-11
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Saudi coalition officials have announced a new round of airstrikes against an industrial area in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Thursday. The strikes centered on the al-Jeraf neighborhood. According to the coalition statement, the attack targeted two industrial buildings. They claimed one was manufacturing drones and the other contained launch pads. The locals, however, told …

US-Backed Saudi Coalition Launches New Round of Airstrikes on Yemen's Capital

Assange Has Been Arrested for US Extradition. The Time to Act is Now
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-11
(CJ Opinion) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and taken into custody by the London's Metropolitan police, just as WikiLeaks warned days ago was about to happen. Assange's lawyer Jen Robinson reports that his arrest is related to an extradition request from the United States, which the British government has until now refused to admit exists. "Just confirmed: #Assange has …

Assange Has Been Arrested for US Extradition. The Time to Act is Now.

Here's the Interview With Glenn Greenwald About Julian Assange It Seems NPR Didn't Want You To Hear
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-11
"NPR bizarrely seems to have deleted their own lie-filled interview with me and replaced it with something else," said the award-winning journalist | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-04-10
About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."

Wikileaks: Julian Assange Targeted By "Extensive Spying Operation" Inside Ecuadorian Embassy
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-10
WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed that he believes the embassy has handed over footage from its security cameras, visitors logs and even Assange's lawyers' notes to the US.

Dem presidential hopefuls make pitches to 3,000 building trades activists
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-10
WASHINGTON–It's called, in political parlance, "a cattle call." The phrase refers to what happens when presidential hopefuls parade their positions, one by one, before a group, large or small. And that's what nine Democrats– John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Terry McAuliffe, Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Eric Swalwell, in that …

Middle East Activism and Double Standards towards Russia
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
Refusing to acknowledge Russia's "balancing" acts with "Israel" and Saudi Arabia is a disservice to the Palestinian and Yemeni causes because it ignores the important role that Moscow plays in propping up Tel Aviv and Riyadh, resulting in the artificial …

"We Woke Up and You Will Pay!" Algeria in Revolt
Hamza Hamouchene | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
What is happening in Algeria is truly historic. The people won the first battle in their struggle to radically overhaul the system. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, president for the past twenty years, was forced to abdicate after more than six weeks of street protests and a re-configuration of alliances within the ruling classes. Since Friday, February 22,…

Millions of Algerians demand fundamental change
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2019-04-10
Millions of Algerians came out in the streets April 5, even after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had officially resigned. The general sentiment was: "We have won a battle, but not the war." Bouteflika's colleagues are still in charge of the government. Millions of Algerian workers protest after forcing president to resign . . . | Continue reading Millions of Algerians demand fundamental change at Workers.org…

What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-10
Considering the direct impact of the situation in Israeli prisons on the collective psyche of all Palestinians, any more reckless steps by Netanyahu will soon result in greater collective resistance, a struggle that Israel cannot easily suppress.

Democratic "Superdelegates" May Once Again Rob Bernie Sanders of the Nomination
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-10
There is no denying that the need to defeat Trump at all costs will be the rallying cry used to push Democratic voters to fall in line behind the eventual nominee, regardless of whether the nominee was chosen by voters or by superdelegates.

Trump's Controversial Decision on Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Stephen Zunes | progressive.org | 2019-04-10
Iran has near-universal male conscription, in which the guards often get priority–now all of these young men, some of whom have no desire to even be in the armed forces, will be labeled as "terrorists."

OAS Sacrifices Its Charter for Trump's Desperate Venezuelan Regime Change Bid
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-10
In a legally dubious attempt to legitimize Juan Guaido's shadow regime, the US pushed to install a neoliberal operative implicated…

Dead Heat in Farcical Israeli Elections
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
With over 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu and leading challenger Benny Gantz each won 35 of the Knesset's 120 seats, according to the unofficial tally. | Apartheid right wing parties won a super-majority on Tuesday, results similar to recent past elections….

Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…

More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to intensify the sanctions that are strangling Venezuela's economy. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela…

Lee Camp: With $21 Trillion Unaccounted For, Pentagon Whistleblowers Please Form a Line
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-10
"According to a Department of Defense official, the Army found 39 Blackhawk Helicopters…similarly the Air Force found 478 buildings…HOW DO YOU LOSE A GODDAMN BUILDING!?" — Political comedian and host of Redacted Tonight Lee Camp…

Despite a $ 22 Trillion National Debt, America Is on a Military Spending Spree. 800 Overseas US Military Bases
Masud Wadan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
While the national debt of the United States was recorded at 22.03 trillion as of April 2019, Washington's going ahead with its hawkish policies worldwide with recent NATO summit pushing for further unity against China, Russia and Iran. NATO's annual …

Don't Do Me Like That (Tom Petty cover) — J Mascis
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10

Let the People See: Emmett Till, and Why They Don't See
Susan Babbitt | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
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, gives up its secrets in its own time". It's not true. Stories don't give up…

It's Time to End US Military Aid to the Philippines
Amee Chew | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody "War on Drugs" has now claimed over 27,000 lives — almost all poor and indigent people, including children, summarily executed by police or vigilantes. Over 140,000 pre-trial detainees are being held in overcrowded Philippine prisons, many on trumped up drug charges; 75 percent of the total prison population still awaits…

The Trump Era as an Occasion for Truth Telling
Andrew Bacevich | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation — these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an open invitation to Americans to confront myths about the way their country actually works. Donald Trump is a bullshit…

Blowing Smoke on the Colstrip Coal Plant
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
The increasingly desperate efforts by politicians to "save" Colstrip's antiquated and enormously polluting coal-fired power plants is reaching the stage that's leaving facts, economics and the "free market" far behind. Unfortunately, Montana's congressional Republicans, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, are among those blowing the most smoke about Colstrip, its climate impacts, and its…

Yemen's Fate is in Trump's Hands
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
Congress has finally grown a spine.For the first time in more than forty years, Congress has invoked the War Powers Resolution to demand that the US end its assistance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The US has been involved in the Saudi-led war without the authorization of Congress as mandated by the Constitution.

A Colossal 21st Century Kleptocracy
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
Modern mega-kleptocracies are certainly not as rare as the "Asian unicorn" (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), the latter only ever seen 4 times in the wild according to the World Wildlife Federation. They may be dead, but in the memories of many will be Mobutu Sese Seko (1930-1997) of Zaire (now reverted to its former name of the…

Logging is the Lead Driver of Carbon Emissions From US Forests
Danna Smith, Chad Hanson, Matthew Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
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…

The Tragedy and Fallacy of NATO's Balkan Experiment: 20 Years On
Nina Markovic Khaze | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
March 24, 1999 was an ordinary school day in Belgrademid-week (Wednesday). Suddenly, half of my high-school class quietly left for home early, citing relatives calling in from overseas saying that the NATO bombing campaign has started in the South, including an authorisation to hit Belgrade. My friends and I (for whom the satellite TV was…

U.S. is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and 'needed' intervention
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-10
America has for years been waging an economic war against Venezuela, including debilitating sanctions which have dramatically affected the state's ability to purchase medicines, and even mundane replacement parts needed in buses, ambulances, etc. | Source…

Venezuela's needs 'significant and growing' UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council, as 'unparalleled' exodus continues
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-10
Over a month after two competing resolutions on Venezuela failed to pass, the UN Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the "very real humanitarian problem" facing the country, where close to seven million people are in dire need of aid, and some 5,000 people continue to flee across borders every day.

US Complicit in War Crimes in Yemen (Pt 1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Three out of five weapons used in Yemen are supplied by the US says Andrew Feinstein, the author of Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade…

Mexico cannot move forward 'without addressing the shadows of the past', says UN rights chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-10
Concluding "five intense, interesting and rewarding working days" in Mexico, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the country was going through a "crucial" period where it needed to reckon with "the shadows of the past", before it can move forward.

A small seaside village has become the centre of a huge storm over Britain's wildlife
Glen Black | thecanary.co | 2019-04-10
A small coastal village in north Norfolk has become the centre of a debate over Britain's attitude towards wildlife. The council has permitted major … | Read more A small seaside village has become the centre of a huge storm over Britain's wildlife | By Glen Black…