2019-04-14: News Headlines

Mairead Maguire (2019-04-14). Mairead Maguire Requests Permission to Visit Assange, Nominated for Nobel Prize. globalresearch.ca Mairead Maguire has requested UK Home Office for permission to visit her friend Julian Assange whom this year she has nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. | "I want to visit Julian to see he is receiving medical care and to …

Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War (2019-04-14). The Arrest of Julian Assange: "Send a Chill into the Bones of Investigative Journalists and Whistle-Blowers around the Globe" globalresearch.ca The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War condemns the governments of Ecuador, the UK, and USA, for their collaboration in arresting and extraditing journalist Julian Assange. This was not a secretive operation carried out under the cover of darkness. …

Massoud Nayeri (2019-04-14). Drop Invalid Charges Against Julian Assange! globalresearch.ca Right after Julian Assange was arrested by the U.K. secret police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London which was his refuge for almost 7 years, the corrupted media in the U.S. joyfully gloated about this arrest. Their message to the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-14). Assange's Arrest Affirms US/UK Speech, Media, and Academic Freedoms Are Null and Void. globalresearch.ca The US First Amendment affirms fundamental speech and media rights without which all others are threatened. No society is free without them. Eliminating them assures totalitarian rule. | In her 1951 book, titled "The Origins of Totalitarianism," Hannah Arendt said it's …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-04-14). Assange's Indictment Treats Journalism as a Crime. globalresearch.ca After living under a grant of asylum in London's Ecuadorian embassy for nearly seven years, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was forcibly ejected and arrested by British police on April 11. Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, accused Assange of "repeated violations …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-04-14). Major Revelation: Assange Was Bought for $4.2 Billion — Former Ecuadorian President Confirms IMF Loan In Exchange For Assange. globalresearch.ca Former and much loved Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has accused Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno of suspending the asylum of cyber-activist Julian Assange in order to obtain a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | Correa said that there is evidence …

Pepe Escobar (2019-04-14). The Assange Arrest: You Have the Right to Remain Silent. globalresearch.ca The date — April 11, 2019 — will live in infamy in the annals of Western "values" and "freedom of expression." The image is stark. A handcuffed journalist and publisher dragged out by force from the inside of an embassy, …

Kim Petersen (2019-04-14). What Should People of Conscience Do to Protect Julian Assange? globalresearch.ca Several headlines have blared "Julian Assange Arrested." This is misleading because Assange has been under de facto arrest ever since the Swedish authorities sought his extradition regarding sex-related allegations. | Assange always stated that he was amenable to going to Sweden …

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-14). After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Julian Vigo (2019-04-14). Why Julian Assange Matters for the Freedom of the Press. dissidentvoice.org There is no one issue that unites those of us on the left so firmly with the right as the topic of freedom of the press. And the case of Julian Assange, Wikileaks co-founder, encapsulates perfectly this dilemma that seems to have many drinking the Kool-Aid of Russiagate which seems to have an endless season …

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-14). US Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting. thegrayzone.com EXCLUSIVE: Away from the public eye, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank hosted a top-level, off-the-record…

Carla Stea (2019-04-14). Hands Off Venezuela: Pence Bullies Venezuela at UN Security Council. U.S. Peace Council Contradicts Western Media Distortions. globalresearch.ca In a March 26 United Nations press briefing strong on fact and devoid of bigotry, the United States Peace Council, headed by Bahman Azad, just returned from their recent visit to Venezuela, presented an eyewitness account of realities on …

Simon Garcia (2019-04-14). In Solidarity with Venezuela: 60 Countries Create Group for the Defense of Peace and the Principles of the UN Charter. globalresearch.ca This Friday, from the headquarters of the United Nations (UN), a group of 60 member states advocated for the Defense of Peace and the Principles of the UN Charter. The name of the coalition is still in discussion, however, they …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-14). Longstanding US-Russia Bashing. globalresearch.ca Except during WW II, the neoliberal 90s when Boris Yeltsin was Kremlin leader, and end of the Reagan era, Russia bashing has been intense since its 1917 revolution — notably throughout Vladimir Putin's tenure, especially since Trump triumphed over media …

Nabi Sonboli (2019-04-14). Trump and "America Last" Policy in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Brian Hook, the United States Special Representative for Iran, in an Opinion published in the New York Times, raises the question that: "Isn't it time to abandon the policies that have kept the people of Iran and the United …

teleSUR, LA (2019-04-14). US Man Killed by Exotic Bird He Owned. telesurenglish.net Marvin Hajos, a 75-year-old man from Alachua, Florida, was killed on Friday when a large, flghtless bird he owned attacked him outside of his home. | RELATED: | Bird Advocates Pressure France by Taking Complaints to EU | The bird, which was identified as a cassowary, attacked and badly wounded Hajos after he fell in its vicinity. | The Alachua County Sheriff Department told the BBC they were called to the man's prope…

Tom Burghardt (2019-04-14). The WikiLeaks 2010 Release: U.S. Complicity and Cover-Up of Iraq Torture Exposed. globalresearch.ca This article which reveals the historical background of the Wikileaks affair was first published by Global Research on October 24, 2010 | On October 22nd [2010], the whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks released nearly 400,000 classified Iraq war documents, the largest leak …

Michael Snyder (2019-04-14). The Weakening of Earth's Magnetic Field Has Greatly Accelerated, Could Have Apocalyptic Implications for All of Us. globalresearch.ca Earth's magnetic field is getting significantly weaker, the magnetic north pole is shifting at an accelerating pace, and scientists readily admit that a sudden pole shift could potentially cause "trillions of dollars" in damage. Today, most of us take the …

Marjorie Boyet (2019-04-14). Monsanto Loses Appeal in French Farmer's Poisoning Case (Update). globalresearch.ca A French court on Thursday upheld a guilty verdict against chemicals giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers, the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides….

Renee Parsons (2019-04-14). In the Wake of RussiaGate: A Moral Reckoning Is Due. globalresearch.ca With Russiagate, the Democrats created some powerful karma to answer for; especially for the likes of Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, (D-Calif.), both of whom persist in the mindless search for the Holy Grail. After cheating Bernie …

(2019-04-14). Amid Pesticide Scandal, Senate Confirms David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary. globalresearch.ca Despite an unfolding controversy over the suppression of scientific evidence of pesticide dangers, David Bernhardt was confirmed today to become the next secretary of the Interior. The final Senate vote, largely along party lines, was 56-41. | The vote comes as …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-14). After Brazil, India Might be the Next BRICS Country Invited to Join NATO. globalresearch.ca Trump is poaching BRICS countries one by one, first extending an offer to Brazil to become a "Major Non-NATO Ally" and now a bipartisan group of American lawmakers wants him to do the same with India, a proposal that by …

True Publica (2019-04-14). Another Example of How a Trade Deal with America Will Harm British People. globalresearch.ca A trade deal with America may be really important from an economic point of view but it is also going to be a bad thing for the health of British people. If you have not experienced the American way of …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-14). Clashes of Management: Rugby Australia's Israel Folau Problem. globalresearch.ca There was no hearing, no semblance of trial. But there was swift summary judgment: Israel Folau, a star member of the Australian Rugby Union team, had been banished from the national team. There was only one problem: he was …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-04-14). Polanski's Devil's Disciples. The 'Bad Guys' always Get Away with It! globalresearch.ca Just finished viewing, for the umpteenth time, one of my favorite films, Chinatown (1973), directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson. At the end of the film, when the bad guy, played by John Huston, gets away with his …

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Mexico to Protect Pemex with Stabilization Funds. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Ministry of Finance reported on Saturday that the Government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is seeking to use its stabilization funds to support Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex). | RELATED: | Another Pemex Pipeline Explosion, This Time in Guanajuato | The stabilization funds, which are the equivalent of US$5 billion, were initially put aside in case of an emergency. | The Ministry of Finance denied that the government will absolve Pemex's total debt, since it i…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). North Korea Holds Mass Rally to Celebrate Leader's Re-Election. telesurenglish.net North Korea held a mass rally on Saturday (April 13) in Pyongyang to celebrate its leader Kim Jong Un's re-election as Chairman of the State Affairs Commission at First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) earlier this week. | RELATED: | North Korea Wants to Investigate Raid on Embassy in Spain | In a video provided by the North's official news agency KCNA to Reuters, which cannot be independently verified, thousands of people including the state's high-ranking offic…

teleSUR, LA (2019-04-14). Eastern Libya Parliament Head Says Forces Will Push to Tripoli. telesurenglish.net Eastern Libyan forces will pursue their advance on the capital Tripoli, the head of the eastern parliament in the divided country said on Saturday, despite international calls for a halt in an offensive that risks causing many civilian casualties. | RELATED: | Saudis Offer Libya Millions Ahead of Offensive in Tripoli | His comments came an eastern air strike hit the yard of a school on the southern outskirts of Tripoli, where eastern forces have been confronted by forces allied to…

Green Party (2019-04-14). 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.

Al-Thawra (2019-04-14). Basra struggles to tackle drug abuse problem filling prisons. indybay.org The southern Iraqi city of Basra is struggling to cope with a growing drug problem that has overcrowded prisons and strained police resources, only months after violent protests over poor municipal services. Basra's prison system is clogged up.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-04-14). Iran Allies in the Middle East: The Trigger Finger Is Ready in Case of US-Israeli War. globalresearch.ca When Trump designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation, Iran hit back hours later by labelling the US Central Command 'CENTCOM' a supporter of terrorism. Now two governmental military entities have been designed terrorist supporters, putting …

T.P. Wilkinson (2019-04-14). Phoenix in Knightsbridge. dissidentvoice.org (Photo: Screengrab) If the circumstances surrounding the seizure of Mr Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London are correctly viewed, that is compared to appropriately comparable phenomena, then what we have is an audacious daylight act of state terrorism, comparable to the routines developed in Vietnam during the war the US waged against that …

Kate Zeller (2019-04-14). 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.

RT (2019-04-14). Giant flightless bird RIPS its Florida owner to death with dagger-like talons. rt.com A Florida man has been attacked and killed by a close relative of the emu, the cassowary, a human-sized flightless bird feared for its huge claws and swift powerful movements. The man was reportedly a breeder of the exotic birds.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-14). 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.

Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel (2019-04-14). 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.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-14). 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.

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-13). UK Media, MPs Unveil Latest Assange Deception. dissidentvoice.org In my last blog post, I warned that the media and political class would continue with their long-running deceptions about Julian Assange now that he has been dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy. They have wasted no time in proving me right. The first thrust in their campaign of deceit was set out on the Guardian's …

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…

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.

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 death of her 5-year-old son—hit in a crosswalk by a car driven by a police detective who was never charged in the incident—drove her to alcoholism, which ultimately led to her incarceration. | Her tragic story reflects certain realities for those with similar backgrounds.

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Sudan's Intelligence Chief Quits, Protesters Keep up Pressure. telesurenglish.net Sudan's security and intelligence chief quits Saturday, one day after the defense minister stepped down abruptly as the nation's interim leader and following the military overthrow of autocratic president, Omar al-Bashir. | RELATED: | Sudan: Military Council Promises a Civilian Government in 2021 | Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh, known as Salah Gosh, who headed the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and was once the most influential person in the country after Bashi…

STAFF (2019-04-13). Sudan Army Removes Leader, Rejects Ousted President's Extradition. truthdig.com CAIRO—The Sudanese military on Friday swiftly replaced the country's transitional leader linked to the Darfur genocide after street rallies against him and said that it wouldn't hand over ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity. | Thousands of jubilant protesters celebrated in the streets after Defense Minister Gen. Awad ibn Ouf, who was named de facto leader after overthrowing al-Bashir on Thursday, announced he was stepping down as transitional leader. He named a reputable army general as his successor. | Ibn Ouf said he would…

Fight Back (2019-04-13). Stop & Shop workers strike across New England. fightbacknews.org Northampton, MA – On Friday night, April 12, over 20 Stop & Shop employees were gathered outside the King Street store for the second day of a strike called by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) at stores across New England. Currently there are over 31,000 UFCW workers protesting proposed cuts to health care, take home pay and customer service. | According to the UFCW, "The proposed cuts by Stop & Shop, whose parent company earned $2 billion in profits in 2018, would devastate health care benefits, significantly increase health care costs, and decrease take home pay. Stop & Shop's proposed cuts would also h…

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). Afghanistan: Taliban Attack in Kunduz Leaves 8 Dead, 60 Wounded. telesurenglish.net Taliban forces stormed the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan Saturday leaving at least eight people dead and over 60 wounded, local officials reported. | RELATED: | Excluded Afghan President Claims Last Word on Any Peace Deal | The echo of exploding bombs shook the northern Afghan city sending 62 armed fighters to nearby hospitals for treatment and at least…

Claudia Andrade (2019-04-13). Por qué las mujeres defienden la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela. liberationnews.org "Los dolores del mundo son más grandes para las mujeres … y aún más grandes para las mujeres de la clase popular, de la clase más pobre" dijo Hugo Chávez en un discurso en 2012.

CP Editor (2019-04-13). Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — On The Beach. counterpunch.org

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…

teleSU (2019-04-13). In Pictures: Venezuela Turns Out for Militia Day Celebrations. telesurenglish.net Tens of thousands of people are taking part in the Saturday march in Caracas to commemorate Chavez' release from prison after an attempted coup on the president 17 years ago, waving Venezuelan flags and holding pictures of the deceased president. | The day commemorates the nation's response to the attempted overthrow of now-deceased President Hugo Chavez, April 13, 2002. |

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teleSUR (2019-04-13). Kenyan Officials Ramp Up Search For Missing Cuban Doctors. telesurenglish.net Kenyan officials are stepping up their search for two Cuban doctors kidnapped Friday morning in the northeastern corner of the country near the border with Somalia. | RELATED: | Two Cuban Doctors Abducted by Al-Shabaab Group in Kenya | The Kenyan National Police Service has released a statement via Twitter saying that "concerted efforts are being made for their search and rescue by a multi agency security team." | Assel Herrera Correa, a general medicine specialist and surgeon Landy…

Michael Welch (2019-04-13). Rwandan Genocide Revisited: Impunity for War Criminals that Serve Western Interests. globalresearch.ca "Kagame is an example of an American supported leader whose crimes go unpunished because he is useful to them and because they are party to his crimes. | The Prosecutors of the ICTR have wasted 17 years protecting Kagame from his …

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…

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Ghana, Google to Open Africa's First AI Research Lab. telesurenglish.net In a historic first for the continent, Ghana and Google have cooperated to open Africa's first artificial intelligence research laboratory, which, experts hope, will take on some of the region's struggles. | RELATED: | Nigeria's Affordable Solar Energy-Using ISP Expands to Ghana | "Africa has many challenges where the use of AI could be beneficial, so…

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.

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…

teleSUR (2019-04-13). United States Forces Ready to Attack Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States is ready to attack Venezuela by the end of the year, according to U.S. Southern Commander Craig S. Faller. | RELATED: | President Maduro Rejects Bolsonaro's Military Invasion Threats | The U.S. is particularly concerned over growing Chinese, Russian and Cuban influence in its hemisphere. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton stated in an interview that "President Trump is determined not to see Venezuela fall under the sway of foreign powers." He has a cus…

Chris Jarvis (2019-04-13). A company took billions from privatisation contracts and paid millions to its bosses before collapsing. thecanary.co In March 2019, outsourcing giant Interserve collapsed and went into administration. This came little more than a year after fellow outsourcing services provider Carillion … | Read more A company took billions from privatisation contracts and paid millions to its bosses before collapsing | By Chris Jarvis

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Bolivarian Militias are Honored Today Across Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Thousands of people in Venezuela are turning out to celebrate the nation's "Militia Day" in rallies throughout Caracas Saturday. The day commemorates the nation's response to the attempted overthrow of now-deceased President Hugo Chavez, April 13, 2002. | RELATED: | Maduro Urges Bolivarian Militia to Defend Venezuela's Sovereignty | "On that date the Venezuelan people demonstrated that they, united strongly with their National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB), could unite to protect th…

teleSUR (2019-04-13). US: Paraguay is Partner in Strategy Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Saturday in Asuncion, Paraguay from Chile to continue with his diplomatic tour to consolidate support to the administration's strategy to take down the Venezuelan government under Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | US's Pompeo Visits Latam, Increases Pressure Against Venezuela | After a private conversation…

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.

Eileen Grench (2019-04-13). A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico. theintercept.com Terror raced through Teresa Gonzales as both the clarity of the message and the ambiguity of the threat hit her at once. "We have a present for you waiting outside," read the text, which appeared on her daughter Rosa's cellphone during Saturday worship. "Mom, they're threatening me," said Rosa, eyes wide. | Teresa, whose family members' names have been changed for their protection, had gone to worship at her church in central Tegucigalpa, bringing Rosa, 16, along with her. Teresa — a short, sturdy woman with round cheeks and tightly curled, black hair — tried to attend service with her family on a dai…

Joe Emersberger (2019-04-13). Assange's 'Conspiracy' to Expose War Crimes Has Already Been Punished. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should never have been punished for working with a whistleblower to expose war crimes. Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower, has done more time in prison, under harsher conditions, than William Calley, a key perpetrator of the My Lai massacre. Remarkably, Manning is in jail again, failed by organizations that should unreservedly defend her, as the US …

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.

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.

RT (2019-04-13). New York's Yemeni bodegas called to boycott NY Post as row over Ilhan Omar's 9/11 comment heats up. rt.com The Yemeni American Merchants Association has called on all the community — which runs quite a few newsstands in NYC — to boycott the New York Post after it scathed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar over her controversial 9/11 comment.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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,…

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). 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…

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…

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

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.

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 →

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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

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

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…

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