2019-04-13: News Headlines

The Real News Network (2019-04-13). Ecuadorian President's Motives for Surrendering Assange: Vengeance & IMF Loan? dissidentvoice.org $4.2 billion IMF loan, submission to the US, and vengeance appear to have been President Moreno's true motives for revoking Assange's asylum in Ecuador's London embassy, says Ecuador's former foreign minister Guillaume Long.

Joe Emersberger (2019-04-13). Assange's 'Conspiracy' to Expose War Crimes Has Already Been Punished. commondreams.org A van with a billboard in support of American whistleblower Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is parked outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 5, 2019. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Robert Scheer (2019-04-13). Creating a Crucial Path Forward After Prison. truthdig.com Susan Burton, the co-author of " Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women," says she never stood a chance in today's America. Her childhood was marked with abuse and racism, and the inexplicable fatal shooting of her 5-year-old son by a cop in South Los Angeles drove her to alcoholism, which ultimately led to her incarceration. | Her tragic story reflects certain realities for those with similar backgrounds. As Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer recounts in a conversation…

Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky (2019-04-13). 'It Is Not Enough to Simply Oppose US Military Intervention': A Response to WOLA on Venezuela. commondreams.org Protestors rally in support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as they hold a banner featuring the late former president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, the current president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and 19th century Venezuelan military and political leader Simon Bolivar, outside the Venezuelan Consulate in Midtown Manhattan, January 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-04-13). UN Defends Colombian Peace Treaty, FARC Against Duque. telesurenglish.net The United Nations (UN) is urging the Duque Administration to refrain from altering its peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the international organization said Friday. | RELATED: | Colombia's Duque Paves Way for Ex-Guerrillas Extradition to US | Colombian President Ivan Duque announced last month his plans to amend six…

Jan Oberg (2019-04-13). Denmark's PM Admires a Killing Soldier's Simplistic View of Good and Evil. dissidentvoice.org It's Friday, April 5, 2019, at 9 PM. An entertaining talk show, Skavlan. A dialogue between a prime minister and a special forces soldier who has no regret having kicked in doors and "killed a lot" in Afghanistan. He justifies himself by the most primitive and long-ago debunked theory about Good and Evil in this …

teleSUR (2019-04-13). 12 Members of Philippines IS Group Abu Sayyaf Killed by Military. telesurenglish.net In four separate encounters with the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS), 12 individuals suspected to be members of the Philippines branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Abu Sayyaf, were killed. | RELATED: | Kurdish-Led SDF Forces Declare Victory Against IS in Syria | One of the members killed was also a top aide, of Radullan Sahiron, a Moro Islamic militant who leads the Abu Sayyaf. The aide, Julie Ikit, is said to be the second in command. Sahiron is on the Unit…

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities. telesurenglish.net Armed with a new measure to pressure Democrats into supporting stricter immigration policies, U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed sending undocumented immigrants to Democratic-held "sanctuary cities." | RELATED: | Trump's Court Ordered Deportation of 11-Year Old Without Family | Cities in the United States are classified as sanctuary cities when the…

Andrew Moss (2019-04-13). Immigration and the Shock Doctrine. commondreams.org Anti-Trump marchers hit the streets of London in 2017. (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-04-13). What Makes an Immigrant Good? truthdig.com A new collection of essays responds to some of the more egregious xenophobic rhetoric employed in the U.S. while offering a range of reflections and experiences associated with immigration.

Robert Hunziker (2019-04-13). Mystery Killer Spans the Globe. dissidentvoice.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 …

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Indigenous Canadians To Benefit From Housing Program. telesurenglish.net Some 24 Canadians of First Nation, Inuit or Metis Nation heritage are set to benefit from the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative program which is expected to run from 2020 through to 2023. | RELATED: | Canada: Report On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls To Be Released On June 3 | The two dozen beneficiaries will each be awarded up to $350,000 (about US$262,000) in first-stage financial support to develop ideas which are developed in accorda…

RT (2019-04-13). Twitter split in half over Omar again, after Trump posts clip of her 'downplaying' 9/11. rt.com President Donald Trump has whipped Twitter into a frenzy by posting a video with a quote from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's speech mixed with footage of the 9/11 attacks, prompting accusations of inciting anti-Muslim violence.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-13). 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.

plenglish (2019-04-13). Venezuela Prepares International Business Meeting on Tourism. plenglish.com 13 de abril de 2019, 03: 45Caracas, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) of Venezuela bets this Friday on the impulse of this economic activity with the hosting of the 1st International Business Round, said the holder of the portfolio, Stella Lugo.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-13). 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.

Kate Zeller (2019-04-13). 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.

Chicano Mexicano Resistance (2019-04-13). Restore Mural de La Raza. indybay.org SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTCE CENTER | 48 S. 7TH STREET | SAN JOSE, CALIF.

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au 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 cle…

Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel (2019-04-13). 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.

WSWS (2019-04-13). The Assange arrest is a warning from history. wsws.org John Pilger, well-known filmmaker and investigative journalist, issued the following statement on the arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London on April 11.

plenglish (2019-04-13). Unemployment to Skyrocket in Brazil if Retirement Reform Is Approved. plenglish.com 13 de abril de 2019, 08: 00Brasilia, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The performance of the Brazilian economy will be terrible, with an average of 450,000 new unemployed people every year, if the Retirement Reform defended by President Jair Bolsonaro is approved, a renowned expert warned recently.

WSWS (2019-04-13). Sri Lankan writer imprisoned at instigation of Buddhist extremists. wsws.org The SEP and the IYSSE condemn the arrest of award-winning Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara and demand his immediate release.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-13). "Her Life Is in Danger": Dems Urged to Speak Out After Trump's Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar. commondreams.org "The president is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Green Party (2019-04-13). What is really happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-13). 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.

STAFF (2019-04-12). Daniel Ellsberg: Assange's Arrest Is the Beginning of the End. truthdig.com The whistleblower warns we are witnessing an "assault on the First Amendment" and "a clear attempt to rescind the freedom of the press."

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…

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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…

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,…

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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 …

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 …

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….

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 …

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Misleading Headlines Offer Latest Conspiracy on Assange Arrest. telesurenglish.net Some journalists only have eyes for the latest conspiracy theory related to Russia. How else to explain the falling trust in "western-democracies" and the decline in credibility for western media? It's easy, blame Russia! | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects Asylum Removal and Arrest of Julian Assange | RT's news agency Ruptly almost stole the show when British police forces dragged Wikileaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy for his arrest. The "world-exclusive" im…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Ecuadorian President's Motives for Surrendering Assange: Vengeance & IMF Loan? therealnews.com $4.2 billion IMF loan, submission to the US, and vengeance appear to have been President Moreno's true motives for revoking Assange's asylum in Ecuador's London embassy, says Ecuador's former foreign minister Guillaume Long…

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…

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…

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.

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…

United Nations (2019-04-12). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of 'chaos' in Libya. un.org Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan's protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan; continued fighting in Libya's capital; and an update on Colombia's peace process.

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…

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.

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…

Tom Anderson (2019-04-12). Protesters disrupt HSBC meeting to demand that the bank stops fuelling war and climate crisis. thecanary.co An alliance of over a hundred Palestine solidarity, anti-militarist, and ecological activists joined forces in Birmingham to disrupt HSBC bank's annual general meeting (AGM) … | Read more Protesters disrupt HSBC meeting to demand that the bank stops fuelling war and climate crisis | By Tom Anderson

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. Ahmed Kaballo is a Sudanese-British activist and journalist. He spent six … | Read more A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border | By John McEvoy

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

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

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…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Sudan's President Carries Out Coup to Defuse Movement Against Him. therealnews.com Prof. Khalid Ahmad says that what looks like military coup against Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir, is actually of the president's own making, to defuse the growing movement and ICC indictment against him…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

STAFF (2019-04-12). Chomsky on Confronting "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Across Globe. truthout.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. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: We're broadcasting from Boston. Today we spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, who visited his hometown of Boston this week, where he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than 50 years. He now teaches at the University of Arizo…

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

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

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

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

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 …

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…

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 …

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Israeli Air Force Strikes Syrian City Masyaf. telesurenglish.net According to multiple media reports, several explosions were heard throughout the Syrian city of Masyaf, which is located in the countryside of Hama, as Israel targeted Syrian military positions with airstrikes. | RELATED: | Syria: 5 Civilians Killed in Rockets Bombings against Masyaf | The Syrian military disclosed that the country was bombarded with several Israeli missiles, some of which had been successfully intercepted by air defenses; others were able to hit multiple buildi…

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.

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. — …

Marco Teruggi, Pagina 12 (2019-04-12). Is the U.S. Prepared to Accept a Defeat in Venezuela? venezuelanalysis.com Analyst Marco Teruggi takes stock of the US-backed coup attempt and discusses what comes next.

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 …

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 …

STAFF (2019-04-12). Is 'Dictator' the Media's Most Insidious Code Word? truthdig.com 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 title, but precisely because these are the figures most constantly labeled as such by our media. | "Dictator" is a very powerful moniker to give someone. There is a hard-to-define but very important distinction between a government with authoritarian tendencies or a poor human rights record, on the one hand…

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. On 23 February, the US attempted to force 'humanitarian aid' trucks into … | Read more Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border | By John McEvoy

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