2019-04-12: News Headlines

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-04-12). Roaming Charges: Tongue-Tied and Twisted. counterpunch.org The main difference between the anonymous leaks from US intelligence officials about RussiaGate peddled nightly on MSDNC, CNN, the NYT and the Washington Post and Julian Assange's exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan is that what Wikileaks published turned out to be true. In this system, you're only held accountable for exposing the truth about imperial power. More

John Pilger (2019-04-12). John Pilger: The Assange Arrest Is a Warning From History. mintpressnews.com That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies, writes John Pilger,…

Massoud Nayeri (2019-04-12). Julian Assange Message Is to "Resist!" globalresearch.ca In a shameful public lynching of Julian Assange after his arrest, ladies and gentlemen of the media in "civilized" America are carrying their torches high and calling him the "America's number one enemy". | The fact is that these media mercenaries …

Defend Democracy Press (2019-04-12). Video: Assange's Lawyer Says Wikileaks Founder's Life in Danger if Extradited to the U.S. globalresearch.ca According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Julian Assange's lawyer said that the life of the Wikileaks founder would be in danger if he is extradited to the United States following his arrest in London. Assange's lawyer, Carlos Poveda…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-12). USA v. Julian Assange: DOJ Indictment on Phony Charge Revealed. globalresearch.ca Following Assange's Thursday arrest by UK police in Ecuador's London embassy after his asylum status was illegally rescinded by President Lenin Moreno, acting in cahoots with the US and Britain, the DOJ confirmed what's widely known. | Its spokeswoman Nicole …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-04-12). Julian Assange: The Age of Injustice. globalresearch.ca April 11, 2019, brought us a new word for Judas: Moreno—the puppet president of Ecuador who sold Julian Assange to Washington for his 30 pieces of silver. | This morning's arrest of Assange inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London is the …

Mark Taliano (2019-04-12). Julian Assange Should be Lauded and Protected, Not Persecuted and Destroyed. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange is a hero. He defied the globalizing apparatus of fascist repression to expose the war criminals in our midst. Now, the same war criminals and their agencies who commit supreme international war crimes as policy have apprehended him….

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-12). Assange's Arrest Criminalizes Truth-Telling Journalism. globalresearch.ca In August 2012, Assange sought and was granted asylum in Ecuador's London embassy (by then-President Correa) to avoid arrest, extradition to Sweden on phony rape and sexual assault charges. | They were all about wanting him handed over to the US …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-12). Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca The man seemed like a bearded emissary, a holy figure nabbed in his sleep. He looked similarly pale as to how he did in 2013, but he cut a more shocking figure. Most prisoners would have had room to move …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2019-04-12). British Government Arrests WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Behalf of the American Empire. globalresearch.ca Today the UK government broke international law by arresting Julian Assange in the embassy of Ecuador at the behest of the United States. The British government has been ignoring for years demands from UN human rights experts to release Assange

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest Is a Warning from History. globalresearch.ca The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-12). Open Letter to President Trump on the Arrest of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Mr. President, | Your Deep State handlers have finally managed to have WikiLeaks publisher and editor Julian Assange dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrested. He faces extradition to the United States where more than a few people …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-12). Protesters Call on UK to #FreeAssange Outside British Embassy in DC. mintpressnews.com "It's totally backwards and we're calling for him to be freed. And I would like the people who got us into the wars to be the ones behind bars." – Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-12). Espionage? Computer Crimes? The DOJ's Cast Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com The United States Justice Department dramatically escalated its political prosecution of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Their efforts are aimed at criminalizing a journalist—and more broadly, a media organization—for allegedly aiding and abetting the disclosure of classified information and publishing that information on the internet. | Assange was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom and arrested by British police on April 11. The expulsion and arrest was linked to an indictment and extradition request that was filed many months ago by the United States government. | He…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2019. democracynow.org Julian Assange's Lawyers Vow to Fight His Extradition to the United States, Ecuadorean Ex-President Criticizes Successor for Allowing Assange to Be Arrested, Trump Claims "I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks" Despite Praising Site Repeatedly in 2016, Sudanese Protesters Denounce Military Rule, Call for Civilian Government, Report: White House Pushed Plan to Send Migrants to Sanctuary Cities to Punish Dems, Official Who Compared Family Detention Centers to Summer Camps Set to Become Head of ICE, More Offshore Drilling Feared as Senate Confirms Ex-Oil Lobbyist to Head Interior, Report: Amazon, Netflix, IBM, Chevron Paid…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes — Paul Jay. therealnews.com Wikileaks released Manning's leaked documents and exposed multiple crimes committed by the U.S. government and armed forces — Jay says this is getting lost in the corporate media coverage of Assange's arrest; when he was arrested, Assange carried a copy of TRNN's book "Gore Vidal on the History of the National Security State" which was…

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History. counterpunch.org The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear…

Thomas Knapp (2019-04-12). Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law. counterpunch.org On April 11, the ongoing saga of journalist and transparency activist Julian Assange took a dangerous turn. Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, revoked his asylum in that country's London embassy. British police immediately arrested him — supposedly pursuant to his "crime" of jumping bail on an invalid arrest warrant in an investigation since dropped without charges More

Consortiumnews (2019-04-12). JOHN PILGER: Assange Arrest a Warning from History. consortiumnews.com Real journalism is being criminalized by thugs in plain sight, says John Pilger. Dissent has become an indulgence. And the British elite has abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice. By John Pilger The glimpse of Julian… Read more →

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History. telesurenglish.net The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | RELATED: | Ecuador Failed to Notify Assange's Defense of Asylum Withdrawal: Lawyer | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to sh…

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-12). Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press. liberationnews.org Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's arrest by UK authorities on behalf of the United States is a craven attempt by the Pentagon war machine and the rest of the imperial establishment to silence one of their most prominent critics.

Nozomi Hayase (2019-04-12). Why Julian Assange's Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs. counterpunch.org On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high-level Ecuadorian government sources More

STAFF (2019-04-12). Daniel Ellsberg: Assange's Arrest Is the Beginning of the End. truthdig.com The famed whistleblower and author warns that we are witnessing an assault on the First Amendment that spells the demise of a free press.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-12). Shredding Asylum: the Arrest of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org The man seemed like a bearded emissary, a holy figure nabbed in his sleep. He looked similarly pale as to how he did in 2013, but he cut a more shocking figure. Most prisoners would have had room to move in a compound. The Ecuadorean embassy in London only offered modest space and access to More

Dave Lindorff (2019-04-12). Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom! counterpunch.org The arrest by British Metropolitan Police of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, dragged unceremonially out of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on a charge of failure to appear for a court hearing on an expired (and trumped-up) accusation in Sweden of sexual assault, is a grave and terrible threat to independent journalism and to the US Constitution's First More

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-12). After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition. counterpunch.org For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange's extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations. For More

United Nations (2019-04-12). Sudan military committed to 'ensuring stability' and 'peaceful transition' says senior diplomat, as UN rights chief appeals for protesters' rights to be upheld. un.org Sudan's military has an "overarching duty" to refrain from using violence against protesters and ensure that their human rights are protected amid concerns of a further escalation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.

Robert Fisk (2019-04-12). What Ivanka Told Us About Trump's Meeting With el-Sisi. counterpunch.org Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president and wife of Middle East "expert" Jared Kushner — he who has supposedly produced a Middle East "peace plan" to be revealed after Benjamin Netanyahu wins the Israeli elections — has just given her support to a regime which has locked up women political prisoners, "disappeared" others, and whose army forcibly carried out virginity tests More

teleSUR (2019-04-12). US's Pompeo Visits Latam, Increases Pressure Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Friday in Santiago to meet Chile's President Sebastian Piñera and Foreign Affairs Minister Roberto Ampuero. | RELATED: | Mike Pompeo Plans Anti-Venezuela Tour in Latin America | Although th…

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Sudan: Military Council Promises a Civilian Government in 2021. telesurenglish.net General Omar Zein Alabidin said Friday that the Military Transitional Council (MTC) only wants to organize a y civilian government within the next two years. Meanwhile Sudanese citizens continued protesting in the capital city against the old regime and MTC who they say are incapable of "creating change." | RELATED: | Sudan's Army Arrests Bashir, Declares 3 Months Emergency Period | The council that now runs Sudan under Defence Minister Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, said it hopin…

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Sudan Coup Leader Steps Down After One Day. telesurenglish.net Sudanase Defense Minister Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf was supposed to lead the Military Transitional Council (MTC) that is supposed to run the country for up to two years until new presidential elections are had. | Just a day after overthrowing former autocratic president Omar al-Bashir who was in power since 1989, Ibn Auf stepped down as the council leader. Protesters say Ibn Auf is too close to the now former regime. | At least 38 people have been killed so far in the protests to oust Bashir that began last December. | More news to follow. | former autocratic president Omar al-Bashir…

Richard Greeman (2019-04-12). Yellow Vest Movement Struggles to Reinvent Democracy as Macron Cranks Up Propaganda and Repression. counterpunch.org After five months of constant presence at traffic circles, toll-booths and hazardous Saturday marches, the massive, self-organized social movement known as the Yellow Vests has just held its second nationwide "Assembly of Assemblies." Hundreds of autonomous Yellow Vest activist groups from all over France each chose two delegates (one woman, one man) to gather in More

Paul Street (2019-04-12). On False Dichotomies, Real and Fake, at MSDNC. counterpunch.org Photograph Source Spud of Inside Cable news — CC BY 2.0 | Not a False Dichotomy: (Eco-)Socialism or Exterminist Capitalism | Antonio Gramsci would be impressed by the "liberal" Democratic Party broadcast network MSNBC, whose function is to advance the political hegemony of finance capital between drug, car, business consulting, insurance, and financial services commercials for affluent Baby Boomers. | Last Wednesday the discussion became spirited on an "expert panel" convened by MSDNC morning host Stephanie Ruhle, a former leading global derivatives trader. The topic that animated Ruhle and her guests was Am…

Frida Berrigan (2019-04-12). Nuclear Weapons Ruined My Life…and I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way. counterpunch.org I want to offer you something different than the barrage of facts and figures around nuclear weapons. But let's establish the basics. There are nine countries that possess them: France, China, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and — of course — Russia and the United States. Together these nine countries possess a total More

Jim Kavanagh (2019-04-12). Investigation Nation: Mueller, Russiagate, and Fake Politics. counterpunch.org So the Mueller investigation is over. The official "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election" has been written, and is in the hands of Attorney General William Barr, who has issued a summary of its findings. On the core mandate of the investigation, given to Special Counsel Mueller by Rod Rosenstein as Acting Attorney General in May of 2017—to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump"—the takeaway conclusion stated in the Mueller report, as quoted in th…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet. democracynow.org As President Trump pulls out of key nuclear agreements with Russia and moves to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Noam Chomsky looks at how the threat of nuclear war remains one of the most pressing issues facing mankind. In a speech at the Old South Church in Boston, Chomsky also discusses the threat of climate change and the undermining of democracy across the globe.

Eds. (2019-04-12). Venezuela confronts fabricated chaos. mronline.org Against all imperialist logic, the Venezuelan people refuse to be subjugated. | Source

David Rosen (2019-04-12). The Abortion Wars Get Meaner. counterpunch.org At the end of March 2019, the legislatures of Georgia and Mississippi passed laws that would ban legal abortions after six weeks of a woman's pregnancy; Georgia's version was labelled the "Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act". After the bill's passage, Georgia's Governor Brian Kemp proclaimed, "Georgia values life. We stand up for the innocent and speak for More

George Wuerthner (2019-04-12). Idaho's Wolf Bounty: a Return to the Dark Ages of Wildlife Management. counterpunch.org I sometimes feel like I am going back in time when I visit Idaho. The attitudes of Idaho lawmakers and some citizens seems like a time warp. A step backward to the "good old days" is represented by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission who voted to spend $23,069 to help fund a $1000 wolf More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe. democracynow.org On Thursday night, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Ishmael Reed (2019-04-12). CounterPunch on Stage: The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda. counterpunch.org My real purpose for traveling to the East in January was to attend the showing of a two hour and forty-five-minute film that Steve Cannon, Walter Cotton and I produced in 1980, "81," that was scheduled to be shown Washington's National Gallery. Since Kino Lorber restored the film, it has been shown at museums and More

Yoav Litvin (2019-04-12). To Be or Not to be a Zionist? counterpunch.org Jewish American progressives are falling for the oldest trick in the Zionist playbook: the conflation of Zionism with Judaism. The ultimate victims of this propaganda ploy are always Palestinians. Sheldon's Party Last Sunday, Sheldon Adelson's Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) welcomed President of the United States, serial sexual harasser and inspiration to murderous white supremacists worldwide — More

CP Editor (2019-04-12). Jimi Hendrix on The Experience. counterpunch.org

Julia Kassem (2019-04-12). Civil Rights Groups and Pro-war Republicans—An unholy Alliance in the Soft War Against China. counterpunch.org Last month, Mike Pompeo, amidst his soft war campaign to undermine the governments of Venezuela, Iran, and Lebanon, expressed concern for the 'abhorrent' allegations of Chinese Muslim internment. Pompeo, currently working to destabilize a number of Global South nations and groups, did not suddenly develop a moral consciousness for the plight of Muslims. Rather, his More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-12). The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners. counterpunch.org 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 More

South Front (2019-04-12). Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca On April 11, the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate prevented a terrorist attack in the city of Homs. Local sources said that intelligence agents dismantled a remotely-controlled heavy improvised-explosive device, which was attached to a civilian vehicle near the Akramah al-Makhzomeh …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-04-12). Major Confession: Kosovo's PM — 'I Only Carry Out U.S Orders, I'm an American Soldier'. globalresearch.ca In a major confession revealed on Friday April 5th, Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said his government's policies serve US interests against Serbia and Russia, and he is only following Washington's orders. | "The Albanian people in all our lands are …

Brian Cloughley (2019-04-12). Washington's Selective Sanctions. counterpunch.org On April 3 US Vice President Pence told Germany and Turkey to stop cooperating with Russia. In a speech in Washington marking the 70thAnniversary of the US-NATO military alliance he declared "If Germany persists in building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, as President Trump said, it could turn Germany's economy into literally a captive of More

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-12). Russia Warns Bolton: 'Monroe Doctrine' Remarks Insulting to Latin America. mintpressnews.com The Trump administration is re-deploying old and fatal Cold War warriors, elevating them to high positions. The same people who were murdering, plotting and cheering assassins. The list reads like a "Wanted for Genocide" catalog: Elliott Abrams, Michael Pompeo and yes: John Bolton.

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-12). "Putinyahu's Rusrael": The Putin-Netanyahu Relationship, A Deep Personal Bond? globalresearch.ca President Putin and "Israeli" Prime Minister Netanyahu are brothers-in-arms after the former helped the latter win his historic reelection with a last-minute photo-op stunt that ultimately proved pivotal to his victory, and with Russia and "Israel" now proceeding along the …

Mike Whitney (2019-04-12). Will RussiaGate Junta-Mastermind, John Brennan, Ever Face the Music? globalresearch.ca The Great RussiaGate Deception all began with John Brennan. It was Brennan who reported "contacts… between Russian officials and persons in the Trump campaign", just as it was Brennan who first referred the case to former FBI Director James Comey. …

Phil Miller (2019-04-12). UK Government Defends Arming Saudi Arabia: Secret Court Hearing. Are British Forces in Yemen? globalresearch.ca The government refuses to confirm or deny the presence of British special forces in Yemen. | Its missions are exempt from freedom of information and even Parliament's defence committee. | This wall of secrecy cracked slightly after five SBS members were injured …

commondreams (2019-04-12). Afghanistan: ICC Refuses to Authorize Investigation, Caving Into USA Threats. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-04-12). Survivors of War Crimes in Afghanistan Denied Justice. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-04-12). ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, Including U.S. Torture. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Daniel Larison (2019-04-12). Libya Is Our Regime Change Nightmare. globalresearch.ca Eight years after the start of the U.S.-led military intervention to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi and promote "stability," Libya is still wracked by civil war. Ironically, the violence over the next few days has forced the U.S. to evacuate its remaining …

Peter Koenig (2019-04-12). NATO — No Need — NATO-EXIT: The Florence Declaration. globalresearch.ca "EXIT NATO!" — was the glaring title on a huge screen greeting the several hundred participants of the Anti-NATO Conference in Florence, Italy, on 7 April 2019. Officially it was called The International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of …

True Publica (2019-04-12). Rogue State? Britain Railing Against International Norms and Laws. globalresearch.ca Leaving aside Britain's past, most particularly that of empire, the country is not just continually moving towards authoritarianism it is beginning to demonstrate all the early signs of a rogue state. These are strong words but the actual definition of …

UK Column News (2019-04-12). Censored: "Online Harms" globalresearch.ca On Monday, 8 April 2019, the UK's Home Office and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, jointly released a white paper on what they describe as 'online harms'. | The white paper will lead, they say, to the "first online …

South Front (2019-04-12). Video: Libyan National Army Shoots Down GNA Warplane amid Further Advances South of Tripoli. globalresearch.ca In the late hours of April 10, the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that it had shot down an IL-39 warplane of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). According to the LNA media office, the warplane was shot down …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-12). Venezuela Walks from OAS as Body Violates Charter in Support of US-Backed Coup. globalresearch.ca "You have converted the OAS into an empty shell that has violated its own principles and you're now proving that our decision to resign was the correct one. We are leaving the OAS and we will never come back. — …

Richard Fidler (2019-04-12). Québec Solidaire to Fight Quebec Government's Bill 21 on Religion and the State. globalresearch.ca As it had threatened during last fall's election campaign, the newly-elected Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government has introduced legislation to prohibit a wide range of persons "in authority," including teachers, from wearing symbols of their religious beliefs while exercising their …

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). While 'all options are on the table' for the US, Venezuela's civil militias are preparing for battle. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. US president Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that "all options … | Read more While 'all options are on the table' for the US, Venezuela's civil militias are preparing for battle | By John McEvoy

ROAR Collective (2019-04-12). Can the Bolivarian Revolution Survive the Venezuelan Crisis? venezuelanalysis.com Creating the space for and allowing the Bolivarian Revolution to flourish is perhaps the most important achievement of Venezuela's Chavista government — but can it survive the current crisis? Dario Azzellini, George Ciccarello-Maher and VA's Cira Pascual Marquina opine in this abridged ROAR compendium.

Robert Hunziker (2019-04-12). Mystery Killer Spans the Globe. counterpunch.org Public health experts have been warning for decades that overuse of antibiotics reduces the effectiveness of drugs that cure bacterial infections. At least 2,000,000 Americans get antibiotic-resistant infections per year. Notably, gluttonous overuse of antimicrobial drugs to combat bacteria and fungi via hospitals, clinics, and farms is backfiring and producing superbugs or "Nightmare Bacteria," which More

STAFF (2019-04-12). Beware Any Alternative to Medicare-for-All. truthdig.com Earlier this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019. A companion bill of the same name has already been introduced in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). That's good news for the country. Unfortunately, these bills are facing opposition from what, for some people, will be an unexpected direction. | I don't mean Republicans. They've already lost the health care debate, in one sense, now that large majorities of voters support Medicare…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-04-12). In Trump's America, Even Nielsen Wasn't Cruel Enough. truthdig.com Kirstjen Nielsen's cruelty toward immigrants over the past year was apparently not enough for President Donald Trump. Nielsen, the Department of Homeland Security secretary who resigned under pressure Monday after holding her position for just over a year, left behind a legacy stained by the forced separation of thousands of migrant families. Under her watch at least 2,654 children were removed from their parents' care. | What's worse, Nielsen refused to acknowledge the reality of what she had done. After…

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Indonesia Probes Possible Overseas Electoral Fraud in Malaysia. telesurenglish.net Several suspicious videos suggesting that ballots for Indonesia's April 17 elections have been tampered with has resulted in an investigation by the Election Commission, according to an announcement by the body's officials Thursday. | RELATED: | Indonesia Threatens to Withdraw From Paris Agreement Over Palm Oil | One video shows footage of police officers at a Malaysian warehouse in the Selangor state with people holding ballots that have been marked in favor of members of…

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Mexico: AMLO Announces Commander of the National Guard. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) named Army General Luis Rodriguez Bucio as commander of the nation's new National Guard and announced the security force's general staff. | RELATED: | UN: Mexico's Violent Death Rate Resembles 'Country at War' | Gen. Rodriguez Bucio, who said he is in the process of retiring, is expected to take on the position st…

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Two Cuban Doctors Abducted by Al-Shabaab Group in Kenya. telesurenglish.net The government of Cuba set up a working group to follow up on the case of two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped Friday morning by armed men who are suspected of belonging to the Somali Al-Shabaab jihadist group in Kenya. | RELATED: | Cuba Sends Field Hospital to Help Mozambique amid Cyclone Idai | "Communication channels were established immediately with the…

Kenn Orphan (2019-04-12). Madonna Plays Apartheid. counterpunch.org It may be difficult for some to understand the impact that a pop icon has on social and political events, but these cultural figures possess enormous psychological sway in the minds of millions. Their actions make a difference. So it can be quite jarring when one of those icons goes against the justified demands of More

Dan Corjescu (2019-04-12). Who is Sovereign? counterpunch.org The executive of the modern state is nothing but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie — Marx The standard response to the question "Who is sovereign in the modern world?" is that the "people" through their "representatives" are both the ultimate source and practical reflection of that sovereignty. Would that it were so. Imagine if you More

Krystal Ball (2019-04-12). The Case for Stacey Abrams. commondreams.org Abrams is the living embodiment of the idealized notion of the American Dream. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-12). IMF Warns of Global Financial Crisis Risk. indybay.org 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.

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Hastily written tech laws threaten online privacy and security. greenleft.org.au Politicians are generally pretty bad at understanding information technology (IT) and the internet, especially when it comes to legislation. But Australia's parliament is leading the world in terms of bad laws that effect technology. | From the 2017 metadata retention laws to the social media laws passed in early April following the New Zealand far-right terror attacks, federal parliament has approved several hastily written bills that put onerous requirements on the IT industry while undermining online privacy, security and civil liberties. | The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Lessons from the Red Flag Riots. greenleft.org.au One hundred years after the Red flag Riots, it is timely to look at the polarisation after World War I, in which far-right aggression was incited by governments and "respectable" political forces. | In 1918-19, an anti-Communist, far-right mob attacked a pro-Bolshevik community of emigre Russians in Brisbane. | The Red Flag Riots, as they became known, took place in a period in which anti-war sentiment was strong enough to defeat Prime Minister Billy Hughes' conscription referenda, and the impact of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 was pronounced. | However, left-wing radicalisation in Australia at the end…

Chicano Mexicano Resistance (2019-04-12). Restore Mural de La Raza. indybay.org SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTCE CENTER | 48 S. 7TH STREET | SAN JOSE, CALIF.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-12). Shop Stopped: Grocery Store Strike of 31K Workers Receives Support From Warren, Sanders. commondreams.org Some 31,000 workers walked off the job at Stop & Shop stores across New England Thursday in response to the company cutting wages and benefits, a strike that prompted the support and praise of prominent Democrats and left wing activists. "We really decided there had to be a labor action and stand up to this corporate greed." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Derrick Broze (2019-04-12). The US Government is Still Fighting to Keep the Truth About CIA Torture Secret. theantimedia.com The U.S. government is still afraid to reveal the full extent of torture used on terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, but do the American people even care anymore? (TMU) — A recent report by The New York Times explores the case of Majid Khan, a prisoner of the United States who plead …

plenglish (2019-04-12). Iran Greets Egypt's Refusal to Join Arab NATO. plenglish.com Tehran, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Iran has hailed Friday Egypt's decision to reject its participation in the so-called Arab NATO designed to corner this nation.

plenglish (2019-04-12). Brazilian Women Oppose Bolsonaro's Social Security Reform. plenglish.com Brasilia, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Women from popular movements, parliaments, trade unions and federations of Brazil protested at the House of Deputies against the Social Security reform defended by President Jair Bolsonaro, legislative sources confirmed on Friday.

Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel (2019-04-12). Demonstration in Palo Alto Raises Public Awareness About Mueller Report. indybay.org 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.

Kate Zeller (2019-04-12). Somalia Leaders Call for Debt Cancellation. indybay.org In Somalia, 60 percent of the 15 million person population lives in extreme poverty. According to the United Nations Development Programme almost 10 million people live in extreme poverty or close to poverty in Somalia while the war-torn African nation wrestles with a $4.6 billion debt. On Friday, Somalia's Finance Minister Abdirahman Beileh will call for debt cancellation for humanitarian assistance.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-12). IMF Issues Debt and Financial Crisis Warnings. indybay.org As the Spring World Bank and IMF meetings begin, the IMF issued concerns over unsustainable debt and a possible financial crisis in two reports. African and Latin American debt experts are releasing new analysis of growing debt at the meetings.

plenglish (2019-04-12). Kim Jon Un Ratified as President of the State Committee of the DPRK. plenglish.com Pyongyang, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Kim Jong Un has been reportedly ratified as President of the State Committee of the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Change the Rules. greenleft.org.au Thousands of unionists rallied around Australia on April 10 in the latest round of Change the Rules protests. | The largest rally was in Melbourne, where more than a 100,000 workers walked off the job and took to the streets for several hours. Members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, who have faced threats from the Australian Building and Construction Commission for taking action, took part in the march. | Speakers celebrated the recent victory for Chemist Warehouse workers as an example that strike action wins. | Held just days after the budget, unions used the rallies to push th…

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-12). The Media's 7 Years of Lies about Julian Assange Won't Stop Now. mintpressnews.com Assange was reduced from one of the few towering figures of our time — a man who will have a central place in history books, if we as a species live long enough to write those books — to nothing more than a sex pest, and a scruffy bail-skipper.

WSWS (2019-04-12). Defying US threats, Turkey vows to deploy Russian air-defence system. wsws.org In a New York Times op-ed, senior Democratic and Republican leaders have signaled bipartisan Congressional support for the Trump administration's threats to roil Turkey's economy if it deploys the S-400.

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Retired Pope Benedict Blames 1960s, Homosexuals For Pedophilia. telesurenglish.net Retired Pope Benedict XVI has come under fire after remarking, in a published 5,500-word document, that the "unprecedented radicalism in the 1960s" is to be blamed for decay in morality and, subsequently, rampant clerical sexual abuse against minors. | RELATED: | Pope: Church Should Admit History of Violence Towards Women | "It does not address structural issues that abetted abuse cover-up, or Benedict's own contested 24-year role as head of the Vatican's powerful doctrinal office,…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-04-12). US Threatens Venezuela at UN Security Council as IMF Freezes Funds. theantimedia.com (VA) — The United States pressured the United Nations to recognize self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido during a Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Wednesday. US Vice President Mike Pence told the UNSC that "the time has come" for the UN to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's "legitimate president" and accept the latter's representative to the world body. He …

plenglish (2019-04-12). Argentina Denies Repatriation of 90 Venezuelans. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced the stance by the Argentinean Government, which denied flight permits to repatriate 90 Venezuelans, as part of the Return to Homeland program.

Global Research News (2019-04-12). Selected Articles: Assange's Extradition to the US Is Imminent. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-12). Progressives Urge Democratic Leaders to Fight Back Against '200 MPH Right-Wing War Machine' Targeting Ilhan Omar. commondreams.org "Democratic leadership thinks it can avoid fights and controversy and get back to normal. It is wrong. There is no more normal." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-12). Assange Has Been Arrested for US Extradition. indybay.org Extradited for journalism. In a blur, everything that Assange and WikiLeaks have been warning about for years has been proven correct, contrary to mountains of claims to the contrary by establishment loyalists everywhere. The same government which tortured Chelsea Manning is in the process of extraditing her publisher so that they can silence him forever.

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). South Africa: New party 'serious about revolution'. greenleft.org.au "Equality, work and land" is the slogan of a new radical political party in South Africa that seeks to revolutionise South African politics and contest elections in May. | The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) held its launch congress over April 4-6 in Johannesburg. More than 1000 party militants and cadre attended from provinces across the country, as well as international guests from countries such as Zambia, Argentina, Brazil, Sweden, Morocco and Nepal. | The Congress was dedicated to "Fieldmore" Mapeto Baldwin Langa, a member of NUMSA (the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa), who passed…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-12). Following Trump Administration's Bullying, ICC Judges Reject Probe Into War Crimes in Afghanistan. commondreams.org The decision represents "a shocking abandonment of the victims" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-04-12). U.N. Calls for Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Colombia. plenglish.com 12 de abril de 2019, 15: 32United Nations, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz, said today that it is essential to implement the Peace Agreement in a comprehensive manner and overcome the current divisions.

susan_p (2019-04-12). Who are Venezuela's colectivos? greenleft.org.au The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela's colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. | As we walked around the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas, an announcement came through Cucaracho's walkie talkie: "We are in a war and the main target of this offensive is the popular movements, the colectivos. This is no coincidence: they know the colectivos are their main obstacle and 23 de Enero is the tip of the iceberg." | Cucaracho — "that's what they call me" — is a member of the…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-12). Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'. commondreams.org Victims' advocates called the court's decision "a grave disappointment for survivors of war-on-terror era torture who have waited nearly two decades for justice" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-12). Pre-emptive military coup ousts Bashir to protect Sudan's elite. wsws.org Awad Ibn Auf, the minister of defence and deputy president, declared a three-month state of emergency, putting the country under military rule, and said that the army would oversee a two-year transitional period leading up to elections.