2019-04-12: Social Media Postees

Roaming Charges: Tongue-Tied and Twisted
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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.

Julian Assange Should be Lauded and Protected, Not Persecuted and Destroyed
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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….

Video: Assange's Lawyer Says Wikileaks Founder's Life in Danger if Extradited to the U.S
Defend Democracy Press | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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…

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Following Assange's Thursday arrest by UK police in Ecuador's London embassy after his asylum status was illegally rescinded by President Lenin Moreno, acting in cahoots with the US and Britain, the DOJ confirmed what's widely known.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

The Assange Arrest Is a Warning from History
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Julian Assange: The Age of Injustice
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Open Letter to President Trump on the Arrest of Julian Assange
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Julian Assange Message Is to "Resist!"
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Assange's Arrest Criminalizes Truth-Telling Journalism
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

British Government Arrests WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Behalf of the American Empire
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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: The Assange Arrest Is a Warning From History
John Pilger | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
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,…

Espionage? Computer Crimes? The DOJ's Cast Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Kevin Gosztola | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
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…

Protesters Call on UK to #FreeAssange Outside British Embassy in DC
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
"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…

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

JOHN PILGER: Assange Arrest a Warning from History
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-12
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 ?…

Why Julian Assange's Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs
Nozomi Hayase | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
John Pilger | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
John Pilger | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
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…

Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes — Paul Jay
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-12
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…

Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-12
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.

Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom!
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Shredding Asylum: the Arrest of Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Sudan military committed to 'ensuring stability' and 'peaceful transition' says senior diplomat, as UN rights chief appeals for protesters' rights to be upheld
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-12
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.

What Ivanka Told Us About Trump's Meeting With el-Sisi
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Sudan Coup Leader Steps Down After One Day
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
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…

Sudan: Military Council Promises a Civilian Government in 2021
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
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…

Yellow Vest Movement Struggles to Reinvent Democracy as Macron Cranks Up Propaganda and Repression
Richard Greeman | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

On False Dichotomies, Real and Fake, at MSDNC
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Civil Rights Groups and Pro-war Republicans–An unholy Alliance in the Soft War Against China
Julia Kassem | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

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

Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
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.

Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
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.

Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Investigation Nation: Mueller, Russiagate, and Fake Politics
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

"Putinyahu's Rusrael": The Putin-Netanyahu Relationship, A Deep Personal Bond?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Washington's Selective Sanctions
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Major Confession: Kosovo's PM — 'I Only Carry Out U.S Orders, I'm an American Soldier'
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 | …

Nuclear Weapons Ruined My Life…and I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
Frida Berrigan | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Will RussiaGate Junta-Mastermind, John Brennan, Ever Face the Music?
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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. …

Russia Warns Bolton: 'Monroe Doctrine' Remarks Insulting to Latin America
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
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.

UK Government Defends Arming Saudi Arabia: Secret Court Hearing. Are British Forces in Yemen?
Phil Miller | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Afghanistan: ICC Refuses to Authorize Investigation, Caving Into USA Threats
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12

Survivors of War Crimes in Afghanistan Denied Justice
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12

ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, Including U.S. Torture
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12

Venezuela Walks from OAS as Body Violates Charter in Support of US-Backed Coup
Alexander Rubinstein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
"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. — …

Libya Is Our Regime Change Nightmare
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Rogue State? Britain Railing Against International Norms and Laws
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Québec Solidaire to Fight Quebec Government's Bill 21 on Religion and the State
Richard Fidler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Censored: "Online Harms"
UK Column News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

Video: Libyan National Army Shoots Down GNA Warplane amid Further Advances South of Tripoli
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …

NATO — No Need — NATO-EXIT: The Florence Declaration
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
"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 …

Can the Bolivarian Revolution Survive the Venezuelan Crisis?
ROAR Collective | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-12
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.

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

US's Pompeo Visits Latam, Increases Pressure Against Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
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…

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

Beware Any Alternative to Medicare-for-All
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-12
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…

Idaho's Wolf Bounty: a Return to the Dark Ages of Wildlife Management
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Mystery Killer Spans the Globe
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

In Trump's America, Even Nielsen Wasn't Cruel Enough
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-04-12
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…

Indonesia Probes Possible Overseas Electoral Fraud in Malaysia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
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…

Mexico: AMLO Announces Commander of the National Guard
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
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…

The Abortion Wars Get Meaner
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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,…

CounterPunch on Stage: The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ishmael Reed | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

To Be or Not to be a Zionist?
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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 –…

Madonna Plays Apartheid
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

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

Who is Sovereign?
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
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…

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

Two Cuban Doctors Abducted by Al-Shabaab Group in Kenya
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
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…

$4.2 Billion IMF Bailout for Ecuador Paved the Way for Assange's Arrest
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-12
(ANTIWAR.COM) — WikiLeaks has long reported that the $4.2 billion IMF bailout [in addition to another $6 billion from other U.S.-dominated financial institutions like the World Bank] for Ecuador was closely related to complying with US demands, in particular on revoking the asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. On Thursday, that appeared to come to pass. Following recent days of …

$4.2 Billion IMF Bailout for Ecuador Paved the Way for Assange’s Arrest

Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-12
The revelation demolishes claims by Australian and New Zealand authorities that the fascist Brenton Tarrant was not "on the radar" of any state agencies.

Sudanese community demand 'Bashir out!'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Members of the Sudanese community protested outside a meeting between representatives of the regime of Sudanese President Omar Bashir and Australian business groups, in Belmore on April 10. | Protest spokesperson Rashid Hussein told Green Left Weekly: "We are here to say no to a group of people representing the Bashir dictatorship attempting to launder money stolen from the Sudanese people. | "We call on the Australian government to stop this large-scale corruption. We don't want these war criminals to operate here. | Hussein said "huge demonstrations against the regime have continued in Sudan since December…

Hastily written tech laws threaten online privacy and security
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
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…

US Threatens Venezuela at UN Security Council as IMF Freezes Funds
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-12
(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 …

US Threatens Venezuela at UN Security Council as IMF Freezes Funds

The Anzac Myth — Australia's most powerful brand
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Consuming Anzac: The History of Australia's Most Powerful Brand | Jo Hawkins | University of Western Australia Publishing, 2018 | 173 pages | It can be hard to give a monkey's if forced to choose between the obligatory, sombre commemoration of war and the grubby commercial profit-making from it. Consuming Anzac, by University of Western Australia academic Dr Jo Hawkins, shows that this is the unsavoury choice on offer to those who feel that neither war nor consumer capitalism have all that much going for them. | Australia's secular worship of war is centred on Anzac Day, that endlessly hyped day of pa…

U.N. Calls for Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Colombia
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
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.

IMF Issues Debt and Financial Crisis Warnings
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-04-12
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.

Former Commander Reveals Turkey's Close Ties with ISIS in Syria
Nafeez Ahmed | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
In an explosive interview, a former ISIS commander has claimed that the terror group cooperated directly with Turkish state intelligence agencies for years on areas of "common interest". | The source said that senior Turkish government officials had numerous meetings with ISIS representatives to coordinate activities and that this also involved providing support and safe harbour to foreign fighters in the country. President Erdogan "was working hand in glove with ISIS" according to the US government counter-terrorism consultants who interviewed the ex-ISIS official. | The relationship raises questions about Turke…

Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
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…

Iran Greets Egypt's Refusal to Join Arab NATO
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
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.

Somalia Leaders Call for Debt Cancellation
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-04-12
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.

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

Brazil: PT Condemns Julian Assange's Arrest
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
Brasilia, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Workers' Party (PT) of Brazil on Friday condemned the arrest of the Australian programmer, journalist and Internet activist Julian Assange, who had taken asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the United Kingdom since 2012.

Demonstrators Doubt AG Barr's Trustworthiness, Protest in El Cerrito
Text: RR Photos: Mary DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo | indybay.org | 2019-04-12
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.

Argentina Denies Repatriation of 90 Venezuelans
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
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.

The US Government is Still Fighting to Keep the Truth About CIA Torture Secret
Derrick Broze | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-12
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 …

The US Government is Still Fighting to Keep the Truth About CIA Torture Secret

Brazilian Women Oppose Bolsonaro's Social Security Reform
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
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.

Nothing can Silence Lula; Frei Betto says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
Brasilia, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva today represents millions of Brazilians and although death surprises him, nothing can silence him, said liberation writer and theologian Frei Betto.

Change the Rules
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
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…

Lessons from the Red Flag Riots
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
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…

Mike Pompeo to Open Latin American Visit in Chile
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
12 de abril de 2019, 10: 32Santiago de Chile, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Sebastian Piñera has welcomed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to La Moneda Palace on Friday at the beginning of a surreptitious Latin American tour which also includes visits to Paraguay, Colombia and Peru.

Who are Venezuela's colectivos?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
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…

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

Progressives Urge Democratic Leaders to Fight Back Against '200 MPH Right-Wing War Machine' Targeting Ilhan Omar
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
"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…

Restore Mural de La Raza
Chicano Mexicano Resistance | indybay.org | 2019-04-12

Defying US threats, Turkey vows to deploy Russian air-defence system
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-12
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.

Selected Articles: Assange's Extradition to the US Is Imminent
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
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 …