2019-04-15: News Headlines

John Pilger (2019-04-15). The Assange Arrest is a Warning from History. dissidentvoice.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 …

STAFF (2019-04-15). Omar Says More Death Threats Coming Since Trump Pushed Video. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It has to stop." | Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and the speaker's call for Trump to take down the video. | Soon after Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitt…

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Chomsky: Assange and Lula the Same Case to Silence Their Voices. telesurenglish.net U.S. intellectual Noam Chomsky voiced his concerns Friday over the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during an interview with Democracy Now, calling the situation a "scandalous in several respects." | RELATED: | The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History | The world-renowned linguist and academic said that this is just a new case of "efforts to silence" dissident voices. Chomsky compared Assa…

Edward Curtin (2019-04-15). A Marriage of Conscience: Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. globalresearch.ca "About suffering they were never wrong," wrote W. H. Auden in the poem "Musée Des Beaux Arts." | These lines occurred to me last week when all eyes were focused on the brutal British seizure of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian …

Fight Back (2019-04-15). ILPS condemns arrest of Julian Assange, Demands his immediate release as journalist. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following April 14 statement from the Office of the Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS). | We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), strongly condemn the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by British authorities under the direction of the US government. We defend his rights as a journalist and demand his immediate release. | Assange has earned the ire of the US for exposing the truth about US behind-the-scenes machinations in its drive to carry out foreign interventions and launch wars of aggression for regime chang…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-15). The Prosecution Of Julian Assange Is A Threat To Journalists Everywhere. dissidentvoice.org Supporters of Julian Assange gather outside Westminster Court after Assange's arrest (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz for AFP-NurPhoto) Take action to protect Julian Assange. Click here to read about what you can do. Support the Embassy Protection Collective. The United States is recognizing its fake coup president, Juan Guaido, in Venezuela and we understand that his people …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-04-15). Victor Laszlo: Role Model for Assange, Manning and Snowden. globalresearch.ca This writer's favorite film of all time, right ahead of Seven Days In May and JFK is of course Casablanca. The film had it all, from WW2 suspense to old fashioned romance… with a good dose of twists and turns. …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-04-15). Julian Assange Is Guilty Only of Revealing the Evil Soul of US Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange was bundled away by British police after Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, gave the green light for the expulsion of the Wikileaks publisher from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange's arrest represents an abuse of power, …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-15). Delegitimising Journalism: The Effort to Relabel Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca "Your honour, I represent the United States government". The Westminster Magistrates Court had been left with little doubt by the opening words of the legal team marshalled against the face of WikiLeaks. Julian Assange was being targeted by the imperium …

Richard Galustian (2019-04-15). What Happened to "Journalism" in the "Greatest Democracy on Earth"? globalresearch.ca Before discussing the arrest of Assange in some depth, by way of an introduction, its important to mention a Gore Vidal observation | "We Americans should stop going around babbling about how we're the greatest democracy on earth, when we're not …

Craig Murray (2019-04-15). Why the Assange Allegation Is a Stitch-up. globalresearch.ca I am slightly updating and reposting this from 2012 because the mainstream media have ensured very few people know the detail of the "case" against Julian Assange in Sweden. The UN Working Group ruled that Assange ought never to have …

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-15). The Prosecution of Julian Assange Is a Threat to Journalists Everywhere. globalresearch.ca The arrest of Julian Assange not only puts the free press in the United States at risk, it puts any reporters who expose US crimes anywhere in the world at risk. As Pepe Escobar wrote | "Let's cut to the …

Britt Bartenbach (2019-04-15). Is Assange to be the Sacrificial Lamb to the Slaughter? globalresearch.ca With the unlawful seizure of the Wikileaks publisher and founder Julian Assange the powerful have established an ominous prelude to this year's upcoming Easter holidays. | And how is the world reacting to this demonstration of power? Those who question the …

Giorgio Agamben (2019-04-15). Punishing the Past, Impeding the Future: the Arrest of Assange. counterpunch.org I met Assange two years ago at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and remembering what he had told me during our encounter I think one can understand why he was arrested today. Assange mentioned to me that he was investigating how Google was planning to make use of the immense quantity of information at More

Norman Solomon (2019-04-15). Progressives Push Democrats to Prioritize People Over the Pentagon. truthdig.com The current political brawl over next year's budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to the military-industrial complex — and, so far, they've been able to stall the leadership's bill that includes a $17 billion hike in military spending for 2020. | An ostensible solution is on the horizon. More funds for domestic programs could be a quid pro quo for the military incr…

Chris Hedges (2019-04-15). Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth. truthdig.com Editor's note: The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed a former oil and mining industry lobbyist as secretary of the interior. President Donald Trump's nomination of David Bernhardt, a government official during the George W. Bush administration, easily survived challenges by environmentally minded senators and others. It came amid rapidly mounting scientific evidence that global warming is an existential threat to huge numbers of species, including Homo sapiens. | In the reposted column below, first published on Truthdig on Aug. 19, 2018, Chris Hedges writes about climate change and interviews a scientist who is a…

John Nichols (2019-04-15). Beto Talks About the Costs of War. thenation.com Beto Talks About the Costs of War…

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Trump's 'Deal of the Century' to Not Include Palestinian State. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict will be absent of a Palestinian state, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | Bolivian Lawmakers Ask for US Intervention in a Letter to Trump | The Washington Post article said Trump's deal promises to improve the lives of Palestinians, but will not recognize a fully sovereign Palestinian state. | This peace deal is expected to be rolled out some time in late Spring or earl…

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous'. telesurenglish.net The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Mousavi responded on Sunday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's allegations of meddling in Venezuelan internal affairs. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | Mousavi called Pompeo's accusations of Iran's alleged meddling in Venezuelan affairs 'ridiculous', while maintaining his country's support for a peaceful settlement, absent of foreign intervention. | "Donald Trump's U.S. wants to turn Latin…

Negin Owliaei (2019-04-15). It's Time for $15 and a Union. counterpunch.org Last month, McDonald's announced a dramatic about-face in its political priorities. After years of strikes and protests from labor activists, the burger giant has decided to end its involvement in lobbying campaigns against increasing America's paltry $7.25 federal minimum wage. It's a big victory for the Fight for $15. It's been less than a decade More

STAFF (2019-04-15). The American War Machine Is Out of Control. truthdig.com From Somalia to Syria, U.S. wars are off the charts. With the 2020 election around the corner, there might be yet another war on the horizon.

unitedEditor (2019-04-15). Humanity's shame: 113 million people on the verge of starvation. uwidata.com According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report on global food crisis, two-thirds of the world's population are faced with hunger, most of whom are simultaneously trying to survive the wars that led to scarcity in the first place. It's difficult to emotionally distance yourself enough from the terrifying and …

Éric Toussaint (2019-04-15). The mountain of corporate debt will be the seed of the next financial crisis. mronline.org What have they done with the money? Have they invested in research and development, in production, in the ecological transition, in creating descent jobs, warding off climate change? Not at all! | Source

STAFF (2019-04-15). "Stunning and Revealing" — DCCC Demands Loyalty Oath From Political Consultants. therealnews.com As Jeff Cohen points out, political fear of progressives and corporate power have pushed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) towards strategies for stopping primary challenges…

Eds. (2019-04-15). Defiant resistance: the Venezuelan crises and the possibility of another world. mronline.org Bob Dylan once said, "Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late." February 23rd, 2019, was the day that Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed President of Venezuela, had "authorized" "humanitarian aid" to enter Venezuela, an attempt to force the Maduro government, and thus the Venezuelan people, to their knees. | Source

Marco Teruggi (2019-04-15). Venezuelan right wing runs out of cards to play. workers.org This article was published on April 12 on pagina12.com.ar. Translation by Michael Otto. For the third time since January, the United States has convened a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the issue of Venezuela. The goal this time was to get Juan Guaidó recognized as the . . . | Continue reading Venezuelan right wing runs out of cards to play at Workers.org

Ron Jacobs (2019-04-15). Down the Rabbit Hole—Leary as Fiction. counterpunch.org 1962 was a year on the cusp. John F. Kennedy and his promise of a United States leading the world into a future of liberty and justice for all guided the liberal masses in the Midwest, California and Harvard Square. Critiques of this brave new world driven by a profit-based idealism had yet to become More

Whitney Webb (2019-04-15). Wikileaks Reveals: CIA's UMBRAGE Allows Agency to Carry out 'False Flag' Cyber Attacks. globalresearch.ca This Mint Press article was first posted on Global Research on March 10, 2017 | A new release of CIA documents by Wikileaks indicates that the intelligence agency has the means and the intent to mask the cyber-attacks it commits by …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-15). International Criminal Court: US/NATO Imperial Tool. globalresearch.ca Time and again, the ICC breaches its mandate, calling for "end(ing) impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern." | The court consistently ignores US/NATO imperial war crimes, prosecuting their victims instead. | Established by the Rome Statute of …

Ralph Nader (2019-04-15). Bully Donald's Firings: Why do They Slink Away & Stay Silent? counterpunch.org Snarling Donald Trump, after being selected as President by the Electoral College, brought one undeniable quality to the office — a lifetime of bullying people below him. During his career as a failed gambling czar and corporate welfare king, deceitful Donald bullied his employees, (many of whom are undocumented), consumers, and creditors (profitably jumping ship More

Deepal Jayasekera (2019-04-15). Preparing for "Tomorrow's Wars," India Shoots Down Satellite. globalresearch.ca Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a special "address to the nation" last Wednesday to boast that India had become only the fourth ever country to shoot down a satellite. | The Defence Research and Development Organisation's success in using an …

Scott Ritter (2019-04-15). America Just Declared War on Iran and Nobody Blinked. globalresearch.ca It is no longer a question of if Americans will die in a conflict with Iran, but when. | The United States has long been engaged in a secret shadow war with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), dating back to …

teleSUR (2019-04-15). 'Pompeo has Lost His Mind': Chinese Ambassador to Chile. telesurenglish.net "There are numerous examples, including the relentless blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for more than half a century, President Trump's construction of a separation wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, and the very little assistance provided by the United States to Haiti and Central American countries. Chileans are also well aware that Chile's development achievements are not the result of American charity."

teleSUR, LA (2019-04-15). US Pushing for War with Venezuela: Moncada. telesurenglish.net The President of the United States (US), Donald Trump, is secretly preparing for a war against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Samuel Moncada, said on his Twitter account. | RELATED: | US Forces Ready to Attack Venezuela: Southern Commander | "Trump's war against Venezuela is in full swing even if its leaders deny it publicly. It is a clandestine multi-national operation, a crime on a large-scale that was planne…

STAFF (2019-04-15). Trump Building Up a Campaign Cash Advantage. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. | The haul brings the campaign's cash on hand to $40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. | The Trump campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. | Trump's fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 mill…

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Ukrainian President has One-Man Debate as Opponent is a No-Show. telesurenglish.net Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a one-man debate for the presidential election at the country's largest stadium in Kiev on Sunday, as his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky failed to show up. | RELATED: | Ukraine: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky Leads Presidential Vote | The person who is seeking for re-election arrived at the stadium and waited for his opponent for 45 minutes, before he gave a press conference. | At the press conference, Poroshenko said he will, at the request of…

Chris Jones (2019-04-15). Moving Stories: From Poverty to Despair, Refugees Moved from Greece's Samos Island to the Mainland. globalresearch.ca Abshir's | Just over a week ago Abshir, from Somalia, was transferred from Samos to a mainland refugee camp at Nea Kavala in northern Greece. He was part of around 350 refugees taken that day from Samos as part of the …

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Syria's Assad meets with Iraqi security adviser in Damascus. telesurenglish.net Syria's President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting with Iraq's top security official in Damascus on Sunday (April 14). | RELATED: | Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death' | Assad's meeting with Iraq's National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayyad focused on regional and bilateral issues, according to SANA news agency. | Syrian ambassador to Iraq Sattam al-Dandah was also present in the meeting. | The meeting comes one day after the…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-04-15). Trump Whacks the Middle Class. globalresearch.ca In 2016 Trump promised tax cuts for the middle class. Now it's clear Trump's 2018 tax cut is making the middle class pay for corporations, businesses, investors and the wealthiest 1% households historic tax cuts totaling no less than $4.5 …

Prof. Anthony A. Gabb (2019-04-15). What is Fascism? Can the "Fascist Germ" Rise to Epidemic Levels in the USA Today? globalresearch.ca To consider the possibility of the rise of fascism in the United State of America (USA) today, this essay examines the success of fascism in Italy and Germany, where hard times gave rise to labor militancy that morphed into an …

Jim Miles (2019-04-15). "The Russians Are Coming" to Canada? Election Meddling? Who to Vote for? globalresearch.ca Chrystia Freeland, jumps on the anti-Russia bandwagon, mimicking the rhetoric stemming from Hillary Clinton's failed presidential run and the fabrications of the DNC, the FBI, CIA, Christopher Steele, and a whole menagerie of other …

Prof. James Petras (2019-04-15). Why Venezuela Has Not Been Defeated. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Over the past half-decade, a small army of US analysts, politicians, academics and media pundits have been predicting the imminent fall, overthrow, defeat and replacement of the Venezuelan government. They have been wrong on all counts, in each and …

Yves Engler (2019-04-15). Roméo Dallaire and the Toronto Star's Distortion of Rwanda's Tragedy. globalresearch.ca The Toronto Star should get its facts straight and stop distorting Rwanda's tragedy. | A day after the 25th anniversary of when two Hutu presidents were blown out of the sky, the Star's editorial board published " There's no excuse …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-15). US Threatens Venezuela at UNSC as IMF Freezes Funds. globalresearch.ca 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 …

F. William Engdahl (2019-04-15). Glyphosate Worse than We Could Imagine. "It's Everywhere" globalresearch.ca As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage. A second US court jury …

(2019-04-15). ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, U.S. Torture. globalresearch.ca In what human rights groups call an appalling decision, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II decided not to grant the Prosecutor's request to open an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Afghanistan and on the territory of other States Parties implicated …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-15). Terrorist Designations: Trump and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. counterpunch.org It's designed to give the US more leg room in the sanction stakes but may end up having its own hemming consequences. The designation by the Trump administration of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation was meant to expand options for the US while shutting others out. While Trump attempts to More

John Washington (2019-04-15). 'I Don't Want to Stay in a Country That Doesn't Want Me As Badly as I Want It'. thenation.com 'I Don't Want to Stay in a Country That Doesn't Want Me As Badly as I Want It'

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-15). The Western Left Needs to Stop Commusplaining to China and Russia. mintpressnews.com If the West is so concerned about Chinese and Russian citizens wanting to drive decent cars and to wear elegant clothes, why don't they push for an end to the production of these items in their own end: in France, Italy, the United States?

Dan Corjescu (2019-04-15). State of Apocalyptic Nature: A Contract with Gaia. counterpunch.org As for the individual, every one is a son of his time; so philosophy also is its time apprehended in thoughts. It is just as foolish to fancy that any philosophy can transcend its present world, as that an individual could leap out of his time or jump over Rhodes. The very fact that something More

Bruce Neuburger (2019-04-15). The Border, Trumpian Madness and the Clash of Demographics. counterpunch.org Operation Wetback and its aftermath represented, it now seems from the perspective of history, a watershed moment. A threshold had been crossed. Low-wage, non-white labor (deprived of legal rights), long the mainstay of California's huge and profitable agriculture industry, had become an essential feature of the economy more broadly. And in subsequent years, this labor system, "pioneered" as it were, in California and the southwest, would become a crucial feature of the economy nationally. More

Conn Hallinan (2019-04-15). Diego Garcia: The "Unsinkable Carrier" Springs a Leak. counterpunch.org The recent decision by the Hague-based International Court of Justice that the Chagos Islands — with its huge U.S. military base at Diego Garcia — are being illegally occupied by the United Kingdom (UK) has the potential to upend the strategic plans of a dozen regional capitals, ranging from Beijing to Riyadh. More

Dean Baker (2019-04-15). Medicare for All 64-Year-Olds. counterpunch.org The push for universal Medicare was given new momentum by Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination. While it is still quite far from becoming law in even an optimistic scenario, it is certainly now treated as serious political position. This is probably best demonstrated by the fact that the Medicare for All (M4A) More

Thomas Knapp (2019-04-15). The Government is Hard at Work Keeping Tax Preparation Complicated and Expensive. counterpunch.org "Congressional Democrats and Republicans," reports ProPublica, "are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system." Specifically, the House Ways and Means Committee just advanced a bill perversely called the "Taxpayers First Act." If passed by Congress and signed into law, it would become illegal for the IRS to "compete" More

Elliot Sperber (2019-04-15). As Earth Day Falls During Passover. counterpunch.org Hodology, they tell me, is the study of paths — Dirt or gravel, wide or narrow strip of bright brown earth through grass — the paths leading in are hodos in, and hodos out, ex hodos — that's your exodus — preceded by ten plagues, of which the first is blood — The rivers flood More

William Gudal (2019-04-15). Climate Change Parallax. counterpunch.org There exists a very seductive delusion that once we cool (or heat) the planet to the proper temperature that the majority of our ecological ills will be over. This is a dangerous self-dectption. "Climate change" per se is not the problem. Temperature fluctuations (increases) reflect underlying carnage caused to nature by excessive human activity. Once More

Christopher Brauchli (2019-04-15). Trump, Climate Change and the Parable of the Two Dogs. counterpunch.org Occasionally we are surprised by Mr. Trump when he makes pronouncements that none of us thought to be within his realm of expertise. Of course, those realms are so all inclusive, as we have learned during the course of his presidency, that we should not be surprised. His recent pronouncements on wind, and wind related More

Kate Zeller (2019-04-15). 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.

Al-Thawra (2019-04-15). 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.

RT (2019-04-15). Kent State Gun Girl turned InfoWars reporter kicks up storm after getting booted from Bernie event. rt.com Infowars' Kaitlin Bennett, best known as the Kent State Gun Girl for flaunting an AR-10 rifle at her graduation, has been kicked out of a Bernie Sanders campaign event, which appears to have been members-only.

WSWS (2019-04-15). Socialist Equality Party (UK) member Robert Stevens speaks at rally to demand release of Assange from Belmarsh prison. wsws.org Stevens said, "Join the fight to defend Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. Workers and youth internationally must mobilise immediately to defend these class war prisoners."

Green Party (2019-04-15). 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.

Alex Emmons (2019-04-15). Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of U.S. Weapons in Yemen. theintercept.com Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia could turn to Russia or China for arms, but the French intelligence report emphasizes its dependence on the West.

True Publica (2019-04-15). Brexit — The Truth About the Economy and What's Next. globalresearch.ca Last December, TruePublica broke the news that the mainstream media had either misunderstood or blatantly misquoted a very particular study about the real cost of Brexit. The most accurate of reports of that study in the MSM stated that —…

Ernst Wolff (2019-04-15). The Financial Market Casino Controls Politics. indybay.org The financial markets seem to be the measure of all things. Corporations are subsidized with trillions. In their "competition," small and medium-size businesses are the fools. The lobby-politicians give only give the trillions to big corporations. This subsidy net has become a kind of heart-lung machine, "socialism for the rich" or "new feudalism."

Curt Wechsler (2019-04-15). Trump Is 'Going To Go Full Animal' Says Steve Bannon. indybay.org Donald Trump's former chief adviser predicted Mr. Trump would "come off the chains" and use the Mueller Report to "bludgeon" his opponents and ignore congressional oversight requests for documents. Attorney General Barr's memorandum on Mueller's report left Trump feeling vindicated, triumphant and unleashed.

WSWS (2019-04-15). Falsifying history and repudiating democratic rights: Floyd Abrams' attack on WikiLeaks. wsws.org We are reposting David North's essay, first published over eight years ago, in defense of Julian Assange against efforts by the US media and government to discredit the WikiLeaks founder after the 2010 release of the Iraq War Logs.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-15). 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.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-15). 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 (2019-04-14). Take Down 'Dangerous' Tweet of Ilhan Omar Video, Pelosi Tells Trump. truthdig.com The president draws fire for retweeting a video that purports to show Democratic Rep. Omar being dismissive of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Edward Curtin (2019-04-14). A Marriage of Conscience: Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. dissidentvoice.org "About suffering they were never wrong," wrote W. H. Auden in the poem "Musée Des Beaux Arts." These lines occurred to me last week when all eyes were focused on the brutal British seizure of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. No one should have been surprised by this despicable spectacle carried out …

Michael Howard (2019-04-14). Assange and the Cowardice of Power. dissidentvoice.org Donald Trump has never heard of WikiLeaks, the publishing organization whose work he repeatedly and unequivocally touted during the 2016 election campaign. "I know nothing about WikiLeaks," he told reporters after Julian Assange was illegally arrested, after being illegally detained for seven years, in London. "It's not my thing and I know there is something …

Dr. Nozomi Hayase (2019-04-14). WikiLeaks' Publication of the Collateral Murder Video, Afghanistan and Iraq Docs, US Diplomatic Cables: Why Assange's Extradition Must be Opposed at All Cost. globalresearch.ca 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 came a week …

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…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). CARICOM Nations Meet to Discuss Regional Security Challenges. telesurenglish.net Caribbean leaders held the 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Community's Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) on Friday. | RELATED: | CARICOM To Present Points on Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana | In a press statement, CARICOM declared that "the crime and security situation in the Region demands greater collaboration and co-operation a…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Finland Election: Leftist Party Set to Win for First Time. telesurenglish.net Finland's leftist Social Democrats won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's general election, holding off the far-right Finns Party which surged on an anti-immigration xenophobic agenda. | RELATED: | Mass Protests Greet Trump as He Lands in Helsinki for Summit | With 100 percent of ballots counted, the Social Democrats, led by 56-year-old former trade union boss Antti Rinne, picked up 40 seats in parliament, after campaigning on a ticket of fierce opposition to the austerity imposed b…

Conn Hallinan (2019-04-14). Diego Garcia: The "Unsinkable Carrier" Springs a Leak. commondreams.org Diego Garcia is central to the U.S. war in Somalia, its air attacks in Iraq and Syria, and its control of the Persian Gulf, and would be essential in any conflict with Iran. (Image: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-04-14). Jordan Peele's "Us" Is a Middle-Class Guilt Trip. truthout.org Editor's Note: This article contains spoilers.Imagine at night, seeing a stranger in the shadows. You ask who it is but there's no answer. They run toward you and press their face on the window. It's your face but harder, scarred and angry. It is who you would have been if born poor or in a war zone. How would you react if that other "you" came back for the life they should have had? | In Jordan Peele's latest film, Us, doppelgängers represent the repressed side of the "American Dream." Critics have praised Peele for his craftsmanship, Hollywood homages and rich political subtext. What they miss is the fi…

Linda McQuaig (2019-04-14). Prospect of Nuclear War Highest in Decades, Yet Media Ignores. commondreams.org Demonstrators outside the White House call on the 2016 presidential candidates to commit to a world without nuclear weapons. (Photo: S Pakhrin/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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…

Wikileaks (2019-04-14). Video: Collateral Murder in Iraq Released by Wikileaks. globalresearch.ca Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. | It shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a …

teleSUR (2019-04-14). 5 Years on, Nigeria Still Awaits The Abducted 112 Schoolgirls. telesurenglish.net Nigeria's Chibok town still awaits the return of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram five years ago. | RELATED: | Millions of Nigerians Without Access to Water, Diseases Spike | On April 14, 2014, a Sunday, more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the extremist armed group in the northeastern town of Nigeria. | Boko Haram fighters forcibly took away at le…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Venezuelan Govt Reveals Plans of Far-Right 'Terrorist' Cell. telesurenglish.net Vice President of Communication, Tourism, and Culture of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, revealed Thursday the members and plans of a far-right "terrorist" group called Cocoon 2.0, based off of information provided by Roberto Marrero Borgas and other found in his cellphone after his March 21 capture. | RELATED: | Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt | Marrero Borgas alleged "chief of staff" for lawmaker Juan Guaido, was arrested after the Venezuelan intelligence…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). IMF Fails to Recognize Guaido as Venezuela's 'Interim President'. telesurenglish.net The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, said Saturday that majority of the organization's executive committee membershave failed to recognize opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuela Turns Out for Militia Day Celebrations | "It has to be a large majority of the membership actually recognizing diplomatically the authorities that they regard as legitimate," Lagarde said in a press conference at the IMF and…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Sanctuary Cities to Welcome Migrants If Trump's Idea Goes Thru. telesurenglish.net Democratic U.S. mayors from "sanctuary cities" said they would welcome undocumented migrants if needed, dismissing President Donald Trump's bid to threat them into supporting stricter immigration policies. | RELATED: | Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities | Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Portland, Oakland, among other mayors from large U.S. cities stated Friday that their communities would accept with open arms those migrants, "just as we…

STAFF (2019-04-14). Georgia Joins National Anti-Abortion Onslaught With "Heartbeat Ban" truthout.org Statehouse activities in the first quarter of 2019 have shown an increased boldness on the part of openly anti-abortion legislators, culminating this month with Georgia's "heartbeat bill," which would criminalize abortion at six weeks. Maligned Gov. Brian Kemp has vowed to sign it before the May 1 deadline. | "These last few months, Governor Kemp and the extreme GOP in Georgia have m…

RT (2019-04-14). 'Clearly a joke': White House explains away Trump's 'I love WikiLeaks' comments. rt.com The recent arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has put the White House in the awkward position of having to explain away US President Donald Trump's previous praise for the whistleblowing website.

plenglish (2019-04-14). Mexico Ratifies Its Unchanging Position Regarding Venezuela. plenglish.com Mexico, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexico's position on the situation in Venezuela remains unchanged, said Undersecretary of Finance Arturo Herrera in Washington, according to a report published on Sunday by La Jornada in its digital version.

plenglish (2019-04-14). Chinese Ambassador to Chile Rejects Pompeo's Allegations. plenglish.com Santiago de Chile, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) China's Ambassador to Chile, Xu Bu, has slammed allegations by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo during his recent visit to Santiago and termed them absurd and baseless.

plenglish (2019-04-14). Venezuela's Defense Mter Highlights Civic-Military Unity. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela"s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino has highlighted the strength of the country"s civic-military union, while recalling people"s triumph over the coup perpetrated 17 years ago by oligarchic sectors.

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.

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 …