2019-04-16: Social Media Postees

The Ordeal of Julian Assange
Denis Rogatyuk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
The scenes of six Metropolitan police officers dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London as he was clutching a copy of "History of the National Security State" by Gore Vidal have sent shockwaves of horror and an avalanche of condemnation from all around the world. Although Lenin Moreno has been working towards…

A Land Uncharted: the Persecution of Julian Assange
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
The persecution and arrest of Julian Assange is the first and most definitive step toward full blown global fascism. The symbolism of a gravely ill journalist being manhandled by uniformed henchmen is the exact imagery it needed to send a chilling message to whistleblowers and the press. The assault and eventual dismantling of what remains of a free press has always been that first step, and it is what lies on the horizon barring mass dissent. For decades the mainstream media has acquiesced to the demands of the corporate world of high finance that now owns them outright and the military and surveillance state th…

Julian and Martin: Reflections on the Arrest of Assange
Richard Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
Will someone please explain to me why Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered a hero for violating laws sustaining the system of racial discrimination, while Julian Assange is considered a villain for violating laws sustaining the system of imperial war? Democratic Party bigwigs are celebrating the arrest of the Wikileaks founder in London and the…

Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and U.S. war crimes
Taryn Fivek | workers.org | 2019-04-16
No person who watched "Collateral Murder" could deny the brutality of U.S. imperialism. Smuggled out of Iraq by Chelsea Manning and published by WikiLeaks in 2010, the video reveals the murder of more than a dozen people by occupying U.S. soldiers from Apache helicopters. The video itself is shot from . . . | Continue reading Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and U.S. war crimes at Workers.org…

Julian Assange Arrested — Murdering Human Rights, Freedom of Speech — Murdering Freedom
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Indignation has no limits! Arresting Julian Assange is murdering the truth, murdering Human Rights — and eliminating freedom of speech, let alone freedom of the media. The latter has been a farce since a while, but what happened on 11 …

Defending Julian Assange; Defending the Truth
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
On 11 April 2019, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by UK police and arrested for breaching a bail condition. See 'Arrest update — SW1'. Upon arrival at a London police station, Julian …

Assange Used Ecuadorian Embassy for Spying? Lenin Moreno
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Unacceptable actions need a veneer of plausibility to make them appear justifiable, no matter how outrageous they are in the cold light of day. | The US unjustifiably justifies naked aggression and other hostile actions on the phony pretexts of humanitarian …

Julian Assange's Life Is in Danger
Eric London | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Following Thursday's arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, the governments of the US, Britain and Ecuador are engaged in a conspiracy to facilitate the whistleblower's extraordinary rendition to the US. Julian Assange's life and liberty are in imminent …

Assange's Judge a Disgrace to the Bench, Former UK Ambassador Says
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-16
Craig Murray asks you to imagine Western media reaction if a Russian opposition politician were dragged out by armed police, and within three hours convicted on a political charge by a patently biased judge. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk Both Chelsea… Read more ?…

If Your Country Were Committing War Crimes Would You Want to Know?
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-16
That is a question one might pose to people who are celebrating the arrest of Julian Assange. The arrest of WikiLeakers founder Julian Assange on April 11 has been met with celebration by politicians and media figures and with howls… Read more ?…

US Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting
Max Blumenthal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
EXCLUSIVE: Away from the public eye, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank hosted a top-level, off-the-record meeting to explore US military options against Venezuela. | *** | The Washington, DC-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International …

Asesores de Trump se reúnen en Washington para evaluar ataque militar contra Venezuela
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-16
EXCLUSIVA: Alejado de la mirada pública, el CSIS presidió reunión de alto nivel, y off the record, para explorar opciones…

The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Since the US led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the Golden Crescent opium trade has soared. According to the US media, this lucrative contraband is protected by Osama, the Taliban, not to mention, of course, the regional warlords, in defiance of the "international community".

More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan's Mineral Riches
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Trump calls for escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Why? Is he going after the bad guys, or is it something else? Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium, a multibillion dollar industry which feeds America's illegal heroin market.

PATRICK LAWRENCE: Trump & the Bolton-Pompeo Axis
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-16
Patrick Lawrence eyes the U.S. president's difficulties with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton as he tries to resume peace talks with Pyongyang. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Moon Jae-in's Oval Office meeting… Read more ?…

Defining Endless War Down – How corporate media factcheckers dismiss nearly three decades of combat in Iraq
Reed Richardson | fair.org | 2019-04-16
by Reed Richardson | Taking a country to war is the most consequential step political leaders can take. So it would follow that a free press tasked with holding political leaders accountable for such a fateful decision would exercise the utmost scrutiny when it comes to reporting on the costs–both financial and human. | This necessarily rigorous journalistic oversight should never be satisfied with repeating vague claims of progress or accepting easily contradicted evidence about having achieved peace. Literal human lives, both civilian and military, hang in the balance, and so as a war drags on, it becomes…

African Union Presses Sudan's Army to Transfer Power in 15 Days
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The African Union (AU) warned Sudan's military that they have 15 days to install a civilian government, otherwise they will be kicked out of the 55 member bloc. | RELATED: | Sudan's Protesters Vow to Continue Demanding Civilian Gov't | AU's Peace and Security Council said in a statement Monday that Sudan must aim to hold "free, fair and transparent elect…

Taliban Team at Afghan Peace Talks to Include Women: Spokesman
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Women will be included for the first time in the Taliban delegation to peace talks in Qatar this month, the movement's main spokesman said on Monday, ahead of the latest round of meetings aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan. | RELATED: | Excluded Afghan President Claims Last Word on Any Peace Deal | For a group notorious for its strictly conservative attitude to women's rights, the move represents a step towards addressing demands that women be included in the talks, intended…

Why Won't the Mainstream Media Acknowledge Our Forever Wars?
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-16
Taking a country to war is the most consequential step political leaders can take. So it would follow that a free press tasked with holding political leaders accountable for such a fateful decision would exercise the utmost scrutiny when it comes to reporting on the costs–both financial and human. | This necessarily rigorous journalistic oversight should never be satisfied with repeating vague claims of progress or accepting easily contradicted evidence about having achieved peace. Literal human lives, both civilian and military, hang in the balance, and so as a war drags on, it becomes increasingly importa…

Women Activists Wary of Female Presence in Taliban Peace Talks
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Women will be included in the Taliban delegation to peace talks in Qatar this month, the movement's main spokesman said Monday, ahead of the latest round of meetings aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, news that Afghan women activists are warning might not mean real progress. | RELATED: | 'Thuggish': Trump Imposes Visa Bans on ICC Staff Probing US War Crimes in Afghanistan | The April 19-21 meeting in Doha will be between the Taliban and a delegation com…

UN Security Council condemns Taliban offensive as a blow against 'sustainable peace'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-16
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the announcement by Taliban militants in Afghanistan of its spring offensive, saying it will result in more "unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people".

Ecuador Gov't Violating Ola Bini Rights, His Father Warns
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The parents of Ola Bini, the Swedish software developer arrested in Ecuador earlier this week, gave a press conference in Ecuador's capital Quito Tuesday a day after they arrived into the country. | RELATED: | WikiLeaks 'Collaborator' Ola Bini in Preventative Custody | During the press conference, Ola Bini's father Dag Gustafsson rejected allegations against the activist, and requested that "the authorities support them and stop with the accusations." He said that Lenin Moreno's gover…

Protest Song Of The Week: 'Declaration Of War' By Rumours Of War
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-16
The anarcho-punk track depicts a world of politicians hiding in bunkers and locked down palaces. The elites fear what the rabble may do to them as they fight back against their poverty and repression.

No More Excuses: Israeli Voters Have Chosen a Country that Will Mirror the Brutal Regimes of its Arab Neighbours
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
So now I guess we've all run out of excuses. Bibi Netanyahu's Israel will not be a new and more right-wing Israel. It's been that for a long time. It's the propaganda that's going to fall to bits. The only democracy in the Middle East? Give me a break. I think Israel now looks much…

Saudi Arabia, Israel, US All Sought Bashir's Ouster: So How Real Was the Sudan Revolution?
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
Last week's events in Sudan appear to be yet another example of foreign governments manipulating real dissent against an authoritarian government in order to install yet another authoritarian government more friendly to their interests but to the detriment of the people.

Is Russian 'Meddling' an Attack on America? — RAI with Stephen Cohen
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-16
"The claim that Russia attacked America during the 2016 presidential election is both exceedingly dangerous and a complete falsehood," says Stephen Cohen on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay…

Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela? What Crisis?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Will the Trump regime order military action against Venezuela on the phony pretexts of humanitarian intervention and responsibility to protect (R2P)? | Though highly unlikely, we've seen it many times before — "humanitarian" naked aggression, raping and destroying nations for their …

Trump Dances to Israel's Tune
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
So newly reelected Israeli monster-in-chief Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted, with a grin, that America's President Donald J. Trump followed through on his proposal to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist group. Bibi was smiling because the …

Self-Censorship is Credibility Suicide
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
What is the job of the news media? To report the news. Everyone agrees about that. But some well-intentioned self-imposed ethical guidelines that members of the news media take for granted are getting in the way of the industry's fundamental mission: telling everything they know to a public whose right to know is sacred. You know…

Netanyahu's Victory in Israel Tells Us About the Balance of Power in the Middle East
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
Benjamin Netanyahu is an early version of the nationalist populist leaders that have come to power in country after country in recent decades. He has an acute sense of who holds — and does not hold — power and how to manipulate it. No wonder he gets on well with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. His political…

Africa as Colonial as Ever: US "New Africa Strategy" Old Oil in New Bottles
Erica Jung | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
Months after U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the "New Africa Strategy" at the Heritage Foundation, the US' new policy has killed civilians, exploited Africa's resources and used the continent as a battleground for provoking tensions with Russia and China.

War Crimes and National Security
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
How dare she question the sanctity of American militarism? As national security adviser John Bolton declared last fall, the International Criminal Court constitutes "an assault on the constitutional rights of the American people and the sovereignty of the United States." That's you and me that Bolton is speaking about, and the recent revocation of ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's visa –…

None Dare Call It Fascism
Lee Ballinger | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
Since being elected in 2018, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has reinstated six deputies who were fired for brutality. He loudly defends his actions. Since January 1, Villanueva has cancelled 45 internal investigations of deputies. Poverty is growing exponentially in Los Angeles County. Thirteen thousand people become homeless every month. An increasingly violent policing…

The French (Bread) Connection in a Bourgeois California Town
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
"It's curious, but often true, that the further one travels from Paris, the closer one gets to French traditions." Bread has a bad rap these days and rightly so. Not all of it, but way too much of it tastes like cardboard and has little if any nutritional value. That's true in the U.S. and…

Steve Miller and the Nationalist Takeover of the White House
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16

Talking Trash: Unfortunate Truths About Recycling
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
When I first lobbied for recycling more household waste in the 1980s, few types of rubbish could be handled by recycling facilities–if you or your department of public works could find one. A lot has changed for the better since then. Accordingto the economic consulting firm John Dunham & Associates, by 2017 the US recycling industry had an economic impact of $117 billion and directly or indirectly employed more than 534,500 workers to collect, haul, process, and furnish facilities, equipment, transportation, and supplies.[2]But how can we tell if that money is well spent, how well are towns, cities, s…

Iraq Rejects Trump's Recognition of Golan as Israeli Territory
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim stated on Sunday that Baghdad fully rejects Trump's recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, SANA reported. | RELATED: | Syria's Assad meets with Iraqi security adviser in Damascus | "U.S. President Trump's proclamation on the Golan Heights s unilateral and it violates the international legitimacy… Iraq doesn't recognize it," Al-Hakim said during a quartet meeting in Amman with foreign ministers from Jordan, Greece and C…

Passing the Parcel: The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it's been put out to the garbage tip of history. At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed …

Reminder: French Catholic Churches Were Being Desecrated Weeks Prior to Notre Dame Cathedral Fire
The Clover Chronicle | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
While the world watched in horror at Paris' historic Notre Dame Cathedral erupting in flames Monday, the fire is only the latest in a series of incidents that have left social media awash in images of heavily damaged churches. | France …

International Criminal Lawyer: ICC Is Controlled by the US and EU
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
An International Criminal Lawyer has underscored that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has fallen under the influence of those who fund it mainly the EU, and US and private corporations who donate to it and who are very willing to …

70 Anni della Nato: Di Guerra in Guerra. Dichiarazione di Firenze
Comité No Guerra no Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Il rischio di una grande guerra che, con l'uso delle armi nucleari potrebbe segnare la fine dell'Umanità , è reale e sta aumentando, anche se non è percepito dall'opinione pubblica tenuta all'oscuro dell'incombente pericolo. | àà di vitale importanza il massimo impegno …

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Qods Force
Dr. Dennis M. Nilsen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
When the Islamic Revolution occurred in February 1979 with the return to Iran of the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a political earthquake in the Middle East very visibly began. Until this year, the Iranians had only experienced the rule …

Jo Cox: A Tragedy Twisted into a Bogus 'Terror Plot'?
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
The Guardian reported it as — Far-right terrorist Thomas Mair jailed for life for Jo Cox murder. "The judge said Mair would have to serve a whole-life sentence due to the "exceptional seriousness" of the offence: a murder committed to …

Brzezinski's Warning to America. The Liberal World Order is Falling Apart. America's Unavoidable Decline
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
The liberal world order, which lasted from the end of World War 2 until today, is rapidly collapsing. The center of gravity is shifting from west to east where China and India are experiencing explosive growth and where a revitalized …

US and NATO's Ongoing Support for Neo-Nazis in the Ukraine
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Over the past few months, NATO's Jens Stoltenberg has continued outlining his organization's "recognition" for the Ukraine "to become a member of NATO". Two weeks ago Stoltenberg pronounced publicly in Washington that "we work with Ukraine to help Ukraine move …

Libya and the Scramble for Africa
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
North Africa is in turmoil again and the cause of it can be found in the plots of the Europeans and Americans to break nations states into pieces in order to control the oil and gas producing areas of the …

No, Assad Didn't "Win" the War, He Was Compelled by Putin to "Compromise"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
It's misleading to assert that Assad "won" the war even though he still remains in office as the country's democratically elected and legitimate leader since Putin compelled him to "compromise" on several important issues after the Liberation of Aleppo and …

No War No NATO: Support the Anti-War Movement
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Dear Readers, | April 7th, 2019 marked the adoption of the Florence Declaration, drafted by Italy's Anti-war Committee and the Centre for Research on Globalization during the Florence No War No NATO Conference. | The declaration states that | The risk of | …

From Tribe, to King, to 'Democracy' to Mafia. The Criminalization of US Politics
Deena Stryker | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
The problem is no …

UN Security Council Discusses Truce in Libya
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The United Nations Security Council Tuesday discussed demanding a ceasefire in Libya in the middle of the offensive on Tripoli launched by Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan National Army Field Marshall engaged in the current civil war. | RELATED: | Nearly 150 Killed in Battle for Libya's Tripoli: WHO | The United Kingdom presented a draft resolution calling on all p…

Few Good Men in Post-NATO Libyan Quagmire as Jihadists Battle Former CIA Asset's Forces
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
It is likely that Saudi Arabia sees Libya's Khalifa Haftar as a means of beating down the Muslim Brotherhood, which has a notoriously hostile relationship with the Wahhabi kingdom.

Tuesday's Daily Brief: UNESCO ready to help after Notre Dame fire, and updates on Libya, Nicaragua, and the Cyclone Idai response
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-16
On Tuesday, top stories include: UNESCO ready to assist in rebuilding Notre Dame in the wake of a devastating fire; Nicaraguan refugees reach 60,000, a year after the crisis started; concern in Libya regarding medical access as hostilities continue; and one million reached with food assistance in Mozambique.

Iranian FM Arrives in Damascus to Meet with Assad
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday to meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Prime Minister Imad Khamis, and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, the Sputnik News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous' | Zarif is meeting with the Syrian government on behalf of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. | The Iranian Foreign Minister landed in Damascus this afternoon, where…

Mike Pompeo Continues Venezuela Regime Change Tour — Vows to 'Tighten Noose'
Ricardo Vaz | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
UN Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy has criticized the use of sanctions to promote regime change, while former UN Expert Alfred de Zayas likened sanctions to "medieval sieges," meant to bring countries "to their knees."

China Seizes 2,748 Elephant Tusks in Major Operation
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The Chinese authorities seized 2,748 elephant tusks, which is equivalent to 7.5 tonnes of ivory, during a large-scale operation to crack down on the sale of illegal wildlife products. | RELATED: | 'Pompeo has Lost His Mind': Chinese Ambassador to Chile | The operation was led by their customs officers and police in six provinces across China, the General Administration of Customs said in a recent statement | "This case represents the largest amount of elephant tusks seized in a single c…

Unequal 'justice' in trial of killer cop in Minneapolis
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-16
Minneapolis, MN – Anti-police crimes groups came together for a press conference, April 15, in the Hennepin County courthouse, to denounce the unequal justice shown by the trial of the police murder of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The killer, former police officer Mohamed Noor, is a Somali American, and the victim a white woman from a wealthy part of the city. | This is the first time a cop has gone to trial for murder in Minneapolis. | While demanding "Justice for Justine" in this case, they pointed out that at least 57 others have been killed by police, in Minneapolis alone, since 2000. Most of those victims were B…

Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Vision is Incoherent and Dangerous
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
While Sanders positions himself as an anti-war candidate, so too did Trump. Sanders even echoes the Trump talking points: China and Russia are our enemies; Maduro won his presidency through election fraud; and Iran is a sponsor of terror.

Venezuela to Inform Int'l Authorities of US Planned Invasion
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Venezuela will raise the issue of the U.S. planned invasion of the Bolivarian Republic with the international authorities, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Monday. | RELATED: | Russia To Help Venezuela Probe Cyber Attacks on Electric Grid | Arreaza stated that the findings made by the journalists from The Grayzone revealed the U.S. planned military invasion of Venezuela. | "We will inform the relevant international political and judicial authorities of this se…

Turkey's Albayrak, Trump discuss Russian missile defense issue
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak held talks with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday and he said Trump took a "reasonable" stance regarding Turkey's planned purchase of a Russian air defense missile system, Turkish media reported. | RELATED: | Turkey's Erdogan Calls for Annulment of Istanbul Election | Ankara's plan to buy the S-400 system has fueled tensions between the NATO allies and Washington has said Ankara could face sanctions over the issue. Turkey's defense ministe…

New series: 100 Years of the Communist Party USA
People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-16
"The world is on the verge of a new era. Europe is in revolt. The masses of Asia are stirring uneasily. Capitalism is in collapse. The workers of the world are seeing a new life and securing new courage. Out of the night of war is coming a new day… The class war rages fiercely …

The Divisive Center vs. The Unifying Left
Peter Bloom | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
This line of Centrist critique is quite revealing. It perpetuates a prevailing discourse that progressives exist at the political extreme and therefore would like to further split the nation into warring camps. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Stephen Miller and the White Nationalist Takeover of the White House
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-16
The rise of the far right has put us at a dangerous crossroads in our nation's history, warn journalists Jeff Cohen and Jacqueline Luqman.

Trump Wants to End Regulation That Cut Mercury Pollution by 81 Percent
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-16
Americans have one day left to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to preserve life-saving pollution standards. | Last year, the Trump administration proposed a plan to move forward with dismantling safeguards on dangerous mercury and toxic pollution from power plants. Doing so would boost levels of mercury, soot and other hazardous pollution into our nation's air, water, food and communities. These standards — the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) — were developed in consultation with medical and public health experts in order to keep America…

The Making and Unmaking of Brazilian Democracy
Alex Cuadros | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
The Making and Unmaking of Brazilian Democracy…

The Transfixing Spell of Edward Gorey's Life in Art
Jillian Steinhauer | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
The Transfixing Spell of Edward Gorey's Life in Art…

Take Action Now: Push the Medicare-for-All Bill Forward
NationAction | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
Take Action Now: Push the Medicare-for-All Bill Forward…

A chronicle to define what collectives are in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-16
The first time I saw a collective in action and what it's capable of, I was just a little kid. I'd been, about nine, maybe ten. That takes us back to 1969, in the hills of Los Frailes in Catia, in the upper part of the Macayapa neighbourhood, at the foot of the Waraira Repano. | Source…

Was Ending the Draft a Grave Mistake? No
Rory Fanning | truthdig.com | 2019-04-16
We appreciate Danny Sjursen's April 3 article " Was Ending the Draft a Grave Mistake?" He raises some key questions that many people have also considered about the draft and about whether or not it is a viable way to curb American militarism and adventurism. Sjursen is an important voice in the small antiwar movement in the U.S. at present, and we are glad to see more public discussion challenging U.S. imperialism. That said, we wanted to pose a few questions a…

The Latin American Left's Setbacks: What Does It All Mean?
Alan Freeman — Canadian Dimension | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-16
Steve Ellner and Alan Freeman talk about the Pink Tide and what came after in Venezuela and in the Latin American region.

What I saw in Venezuela revealed a horrifying gap between reporting and reality
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-16
This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. Imagine you're taken to Venezuela, but you're never told where you're going … | Read more What I saw in Venezuela revealed a horrifying gap between reporting and reality | By John McEvoy…

'Great Housing Project' Has Benefited 12 Million Venezuelans
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The Housing Project implemented by the Venezuelan government benefits more than 12 million of Venezuelan, said the Minister for Housing and Habitat, Ildemaro Villarroel Monday. | RELATED: | Venezuela to Raise Issue of US Planned Invasion with International Authorities: Arreaza | The Minister added that almost three million homes were built since the housing program was launched in 2011. Villarroel pointed out that 37.4 percent of the houses were made wit…

90 Venezuelans Back Home Thanks to Return to Homeland Plan
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
At least 90 Venezuelans who were in Argentina returned home through the "Return to Homeland Plan," reported Jorge Arreaza the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuela on his Twitter account. | RELATED: | Medical Aid Lands in Venezuela as Part of Red Cross-UN Mission | The group of Venezuelans took a flight from Uruguay to Venezuela after the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri denied flight permits for Venezuelans to return to their country. | Arreaza tweeted of the successf…

Red Cross Medical Aid Lands in Venezuela After Deal with Gov't
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
At least 24 tons of medical supplies arrived in Venezuela Tuesday as part of the first humanitarian technical shipment from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Associations. | The supplies were received by the Minister of Health Carlos Alvarado at the International Airport of Maiquetía "Simón Bolívar", located in the state of Vargas. | The Venezuelan minister said: "this aid contains 14 power plants with 14 transformers, as well as material for the workers of the Venezuelan Red Cross." | He also asserted that medical products will be distributed to the eight hospitals and more than 30…

Venezuela Rejects 'Illegal' Sanctions by Canada
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza firmly condemned Canada's illegal decision to impose sanctions against 43 individuals of Venezuela and highlighted that those economic measures were contrary to international law. | RELATED: | Venezuela Foreign Minister Accuses US of Open Coup Attempt | "The government of Canada has taken off the…

AIPAC and the Federal Election Commission
Renee Parsons | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
Today's Members of Congress cower and acquiesce to AIPAC's insatiable demands as the organization has refined its efforts with substantial donations and whatever it takes to assure the election of candidates who are, first and foremost, loyal to Israel.

India's Top Court To View Appeal Allowing Women Into Mosques
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
India's Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider a petition from a Muslim couple to allow women into mosques, seeking to overturn a centuries-old practice that largely bars women from the places of worship. | ANALYSIS: | 'Soul of India at Stake': Why Progressives Want Modi Out | Women are not allowed inside most mosques in India although a few have separate entrances for women to go into segregated areas. | The petitioners, Yasmeen Peerzade and her husband Zuber Peerzade, said that…

What 1919 Taught Us
Arnold Isaacs | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
What 1919 Taught Us…

We All Need Sanctuary From Donald Trump
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-16
There is no missing the messages Donald Trump has been sending even before white nationalist senior adviser Stephen Miller was given control over the administration's immigration policy: Go away, migrants and asylum seekers, the country is full. That this is nonsense — Nordics need not apply? I don't think so — is inconsequential to him and the people who carry his dank water. Cruelty is the coin of the realm, racism the language spoken to his devout base, and the rule of law broken and…

Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full
Joshua Holland | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full…

Decriminalizing the Drug War?
Prof Alfred McCoy | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the …

Report Offers 10 'Broad and Targeted' Solutions to Racial Wealth Inequality in US
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
A new report is offering forward-looking solutions to help bridge the racial wealth divide in America. "Implementing the policies in this report are essential to balancing the historical injustices that created the racial wealth divide in a manner that is universal but race conscious," said report co-author Darrick Hamilton. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Brazilian Lawmakers Postpone Vote on Retirement Reform
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
16 de abril de 2019, 10: 07Brasilia, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) of the House of Deputies of Brazil will vote next week on the questioned retirement reform defended by the Government and strongly criticized by all sectors.

Venezuela Celebrates Foundation of Barrio Adentro Mission
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
16 de abril de 2019, 16: 06Caracas, April 16 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro assured the Venezuelan people celebrate this Tuesday the 16th anniversary of the miracle called Barrio Adentro Mission, a medical-community program supported by Cuban doctors.

Venezuela Strengthens Peace Diplomacy Despite Coup Plans
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
Caracas, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has strengthened diplomacy for peace despite coup and interventionist plans that have emerged in the region led by the United States against Venezuela.

Trump Is 'Going To Go Full Animal' Says Steve Bannon
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2019-04-16
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.

La strategia del caos guidato
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Tutti contro tutti: è l'immagine mediatica del caos che si allarga a macchia l'olio sulla sponda sud del Mediterraneo, dalla Libia alla Siria. Una situazione di fronte alla quale perfino Washington sembra impotente. In realtà Washington non è l'apprendista stregone …

United Nations Decries Military Attack on Libyan Capital
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
Cairo, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, has condemned on Tuesday threats poised by a warring force led Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar against the Presidential Council (PC), which look more like a coup d"état than a counter-terrorism operation.

Factory Farming Awareness Speaker Training
Monica Chen | indybay.org | 2019-04-16
UC Berkeley (Stephens Lounge in the MLK building)…

Cuba Reaffirms Medical Collaboration with Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
Havana, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban health collaborators reaffirmed their commitment to the Venezuelan people on celebrating this Tuesday the 16th anniversary of the Barrio Adentro program in that nation.

Trump's Racist Policies Make 2019 Look Like 1919
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-16
Reading about immigration policy, religious and racial bigotry, and terrorism fears in America in 1919 offers an eerie sense of decades melting away and past and present blurring together. | The blend isn't exact. Bigotry was expressed much more explicitly a century ago, not in code as it usually is now. Jim Crow laws in the South and other forms of racial segregation in the rest of the country were seen by most white Americans as the normal state of affairs. In the national debate on immigration, the most inflammatory rhetoric was largely aimed at immigrants from Asia, not Latin America or the Middle East; Sl…

Venezuela to Denounce US, Colombia Illegal Trade Practices before WTO
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
Caracas, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government will request an Arbitration Forum from the World Trade Organization (WTO) to protest the illegal commercial practices of the United States and Colombia.

The Financial Market Casino Controls Politics
Ernst Wolff | indybay.org | 2019-04-16
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."

Venezuela Strengthens Peace Diplomacy Despite Coup Plans
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
16 de abril de 2019, 09: 51Caracas, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has strengthened diplomacy for peace despite coup and interventionist plans that have emerged in the region led by the United States against Venezuela.

Brazil Confirms Official Withdrawal from Unasur
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
Brasilia, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Brazil confirmed its official withdrawal from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), a decision that was already adopted by Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia, according to a communiqué from the Foreign Ministry, quoted by local media on Tuesday.

Pentagon Developing Military Options to Deter Russia and China in Venezuela
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-16
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Under the orders of John Bolton, the Pentagon is busily developing new military options for Venezuela, both for the imposition of regime change, and more specifically for trying to deter either Russia or China from doing anything to help President Maduro. While officials continue to insist "all options are on the table," Pentagon officials say that they …

Pentagon Developing Military Options to Deter Russia and China in Venezuela

Prominent WikiLeaks supporter Somerset Bean speaks out in defence of Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-16
"The powers that be want to use the persecution of a successful and effective publisher as a warning to us all not to challenge their power and their crimes."

Brazilian Lawmakers Postpone Vote on Retirement Reform
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-16
Brasilia, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) of the House of Deputies of Brazil will vote next week on the questioned retirement reform defended by the Government and strongly criticized by all sectors.

Britain, Seized With Brexit Madness, Staggers Toward Yet Another Deadline
Rachel Shabi | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
Britain, Seized With Brexit Madness, Staggers Toward Yet Another Deadline…

Basra struggles to tackle drug abuse problem filling prisons
Al-Thawra | indybay.org | 2019-04-16
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.

Thawing Permafrost Emitting Higher Levels of Potent Greenhouse Gas Than Previously Thought: Study
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
As the Arctic enters an "unprecedented" state of warming, a new study shows that emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from thawing permafrost in the planet's northernmost region may be 12 times higher than previously thought. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…