2019-04-17: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Latin American Leaders Denounce Assange's Possible Extradition. telesurenglish.net A group of Latin American social leaders headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel signed a statement of international solidarity with Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks who was arrested last Thursday from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, United Kingdom. | RELATED: | Moreno: Assange is an 'Informational Terrorist,' Russian Agent | Nora Cor…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-17). VIPS Fault Mueller Probe, Criticize Refusal To Interview Assange. consortiumnews.com The bug in Mueller's report to be released Thursday is that he accepts that the Russian government interfered in the election. Trump should challenge that, says VIPS. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: The Fly in… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Moreno: Assange is an 'Informational Terrorist,' Russian Agent. telesurenglish.net Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, in an exclusive interview with the BBC, stated that Julian Assange could be an agent of Russia, who has selectively never revealed information about Moscow amid leaking information about other nations. | RELATED: | Julian Assange Wins 2019 EU Journalism Award | Moreno also discredited Assange as a journalist and accused the WikiLeaks chief of working to preserve Russia and expose other countries, as evidenced by his interfering with the Vatican, the United Stat…

Telesur (2019-04-17). Julian Assange Wins 2019 EU Journalism Award. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 European United Left-Nordic Green Left Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information, WikiLeaks informed Tuesday. | The award is given to individuals "uncovering the truth and exposing it to the …

Prof. James Petras (2019-04-17). Julian Assange and the Agenda for Global War. globalresearch.ca Introduction | For almost a decade Washington has sought to silence, jail and eliminate the world's most prominent investigative journalist, Julian Assange (JA) and his team of co-workers at WikiLeaks (WL). | Never has the mass media been so thoroughly discredited by …

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-17). Julian Assange's Victory. globalresearch.ca Throughout history, dark and reactionary forces have always attempted to control the world; by violence, by deceit, by kidnapping and perverting the mainstream narrative, or by spreading fear among the masses. | Consistently, brave and honest individuals have been standing up, …

James Bovard (2019-04-17). Washington's Biggest Fairy Tale: "Truth Will Out" counterpunch.org The arrest of Julian Assange has produced rapturous cheering from the American political elite. Hillary Clinton declared that Assange "must answer for what he has done." Unfortunately, Assange's arrest will do nothing to prevent the vast majority of conniving politicians and bureaucrats from paying no price for deceiving the American public. More

Vijay Prashad (2019-04-17). To Ola Bini, a Political Prisoner Caught Up in the Assange Debacle. counterpunch.org Dear Ola, The last time we had a long conversation, it was about the night. We were at a hotel in South America, where the ambient noise near your room was fairly loud. By ambient noise, I mean music. There was a band playing, a bar in motion, people happy for the evening. You said More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-17). Delegitimising Journalism: The Effort to Relabel Julian Assange. counterpunch.org "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 itself, an effort now only garnished by the issue of skipping bail in 2012. Would the More

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-17). The Assange Poop Smear Was Concocted to Cover Ecuador's $4.2 B IMF Loan. mintpressnews.com The truth is at once less and more squalid than the Assange poop story. Ecuador, once among the Latin American "pink tide" nations, since Moreno came into power has been making fast strides towards neoliberalizing its economy. That means cozying up to the U.S.

teleSUR (2019-04-17). New EU Law Offers More Protection to Whistleblowers. telesurenglish.net The European Parliament approved a new set of rules Tuesday to protect whistleblowers from dismissal and legal prosecution across the European Union (EU). | RELATED: | Julian Assange Wins 2019 EU Journalism Award | "On the eve of European elections, Parliament has come together to send a strong signal that it has heard the concerns of its citizens, and pushed for robust rules guaranteeing their safety and that of those persons who choose to speak out," European lawmaker and rapporteur for the la…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Trump's Neocon Administration Want War in Venezuela: Gabbard. telesurenglish.net U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii sat down for an interview with MSNBC Tuesday to discuss her campaign for the presidency and her views on a number of topics, including the potential military intervention in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Peruvian Journalist Wins Pulitzer Prize For Critiquing Trump | Gabbard told the Hardball host Chris Matthews that U.S. President Donald Trump is surrounded by "neocon war hawks" that want war with Venezuela, despite the catastrophic effects t…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Nancy Pelosi Denies Accusations that Ilhan Omar is Anti-Semitic. telesurenglish.net Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for politicizing the 9/11 terror attacks in an attempt to harm the image of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | RELATED: | Progressives, Democrats Slam Trump over 'Disgusting' Video linking Ilhan Omar to 9/11 | Pelosi jumped to Omar's defense during a CNN interview this week, saying that the Minnesota congresswoman is not anti-semitic. | "I don't think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I woul…

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-17). How the Pentagon and CIA push Venezuela regime-change propaganda in video games. mronline.org The US military and CIA launder coup propaganda through popular first-person shooter video games like Call of Duty, simulating assassinations of Venezeula's socialist leader and sabotage of its electrical infrastructure. | Source

Norman Solomon (2019-04-17). The Toxic Lure of "Guns and Butter" counterpunch.org 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 More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-17). War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We. mintpressnews.com Netanyahu and his future government coalition of like-minded extremists are now armed with an unmistakably popular mandate to fulfill all of their electoral promises, including the annexation of the West Bank.

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Egypt's Parliament Backs Move to Keep Sisi in Power Till 2030. telesurenglish.net Egypt's parliament Tuesday approved amendments to the constitution that could keep President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030, though their decision still has to be endorsed in a referendum to take effect. | RELATED: | Activists Slam Trump For Embracing Human Rights Violator el-Sisi But Rejecting Maduro | Egypt's election…

STAFF (2019-04-17). Pompeo is "Setting the Stage for a War with Iran" therealnews.com In recent congressional testimony, Sec. of State Pompeo linked Iran to al Qaeda and 9/11 and would not say whether he would apply the 2001 war authorization (AUMF) to Iran. Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the implications…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-04-17). Hawai'i in Trouble. counterpunch.org I first visited Hawaii (Oahu and Maui) in the early 1980s. The islands retained some of the glorious beauty of their pre-American life. I remember the mountains in Oahu. They are not tall. They are smooth, green, with deep ridges. It's like the Hawaiian goddess Pele drew her fingers over a soft matter at the More

Hans Muilerman and Jonathan Latham (2019-04-17). EU Threatens to Legalize Human Harm From Pesticides. counterpunch.org By Hans Muilerman and Jonathan Latham Current EU regulations forbid human exposure to pesticides that are classified as mutagenic, carcinogenic, reprotoxic (toxic for reproduction), persistent or capable of disrupting endocrine systems. By virtue of these and other protective measures EU regulations are considered the gold standard in public protection. However, experts who are closely linked More

Martha Grevatt (2019-04-17). States intensify attacks on reproductive rights. workers.org It's war. Patriarchal diehards in state legislatures across the country are bound and determined to criminalize what should be a private decision between a woman, a girl or a gender-oppressed individual and their doctor. The target of their new legislation is to kill the now-still-legal right to terminate a pregnancy. . . . | Continue reading States intensify attacks on reproductive rights at Workers.org

patrick (2019-04-17). AXA IM divests from Elbit Systems – involved in Israeli war crimes. bdsmovement.net AXA IM divests from Elbit Systems – involved in Israeli war crimes: UpdateThe campaign against AXA's problematic investments continues, as AXA remains linked to Elbit Systems through a subsidiary, and AXA maintains investments in five Israeli banks. | Economic BoycottApril 17, 2019 | By: | | SumOfUs

STAFF (2019-04-17). Trump Using Refugees as Pawns and Public Policy for Vengeance. therealnews.com San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin calls Trump a coward and a bully who should be held legally accountable…

Eds. (2019-04-17). The Latin American left's setbacks: what does it all mean? mronline.org Steve Ellner and Alan Freeman talk about the Pink Tide and what came after in Venezuela and in the Latin American region. | Source

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-04-17). A Cathedral and a Mosque Engulfed in Fire; One Ravages the Past, the Other Threatens the Future. mintpressnews.com While fire ravaged Notre Dame, another historical place of worship, al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, fell victim to a fire of an unknown origin.

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-17). Venezuela: A Cocaine Super-Highway to the US? globalresearch.ca Venezuela under Chavez and Maduro is in the forefront of combatting illicit drugs. More on this below. | The US is the world's leading facilitator of the illicit trade — working with drug cartels, notably through the CIA. Major US banks …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-17). Farcical Ukraine Runoff Presidential Election. globalresearch.ca Ahead of the April 21 runoff, the winner is clear — imperial USA, controlling Ukraine as a vassal state no matter who's "elected" president on Sunday. | According to a KIIS research poll published Tuesday, comedian/entertainer Vladimir Zelensky is favored over …

Whitney Webb (2019-04-17). CIA Docs Shows UK, France and West Germany Wanted to Bring "Operation Condor" To Europe. mintpressnews.com Operation Condor itself was a largely Western invention that was imposed on Latin America through a series of military coups, which again were backed by Western governments.

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-17). Why Isn't Oil-Rich Russia Helping Its Syrian "Ally" Survive the Fuel Crisis? globalresearch.ca It's seemingly inexplicable to many that one of the world's top oil exporters won't help its "ally" survive the ever-worsening fuel crisis, but upon closer consideration and after much-needed critical thinking, it becomes clear that Russia intends to politicize this …

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Turkey: We Will Get Around US Sanctions Against Iran. telesurenglish.net Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that Turkey is looking into establishing new trade mechanisms with Iran, like taking part in the INSTEX system created by European countries to avoid U.S. sanctions reimposed last year on exports of Iranian oil. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | "Along with the existing mechanisms,…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Iran Officially Adds US Forces to Terrorist List. telesurenglish.net Iran has officially added the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East to their terrorist list, IRNA reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous' | Iran's Minister of Defense General Amir Hatami first introduced the bill declaring the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East as terrorists shortly after Trump's designation, but it was not approved until recently. | The Iranian lawmakers unanimously supported the bill, IRNA re…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Greek Parliament Votes to Pursue Reparations from Germany for WWII Abuses. telesurenglish.net The Greek parliament voted Wednesday to launch a diplomatic campaign to press Germany to pay billions of euros in damages for the Nazi occupation of the country in World War II, an issue Berlin says was settled long ago. | RELATED | Greece to Seek Consent for Early Repayment of IMF Loans | Greece suffered hugely under Nazi German rule and a parliamentary commission in 2016 put the cost at more than 300 billion euros (around US$340 billion), though Wednesday's proposal, backed by both…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Brazilian Envoy Attended Anti-Maduro Meeting: Report. telesurenglish.net Brazilian ambassador Carlos Velho attended an April 10 high-profile meeting dubbed "Evaluation of the use of military force against Venezuela", convened in Washington D.C. by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank financed by institutions such as the Bank of America, Chevron and Exxon Mobil, Brazilian media Brasil de Fato revealed Wednesday. | RELATED: | Trump's Neocon Administration Want War in Venezuela: Gabbard | On behalf of the United States, m…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Peru's Ex-President Alan García Shoots Himself Prior to Arrest. telesurenglish.net Peru's former President Alan García was hospitalized Wednesday after shooting himself when police entered his house to arrest him for a case of bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, a police source told Reuters. | The source, who was not authorized to speak to the press, said Garcia was immediately transferred to the local Casimiro Ulloa hospital, located in a district of Lima. | The local television channel America reported that Garcia was undergoing emergency surgery and was in critical condition. Images from the channel showed the former president's two children entering the hospital.

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Indonesia Decides: Election Candidates and Complications. telesurenglish.net Elections are underway in Indonesia, and millions are heading to the polls to vote between the incumbent President Joko Widodo and ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a rematch of the 2014 elections. | RELATED: | Indonesia Probes Possible Overseas Electoral Fraud in Malaysia | Both candidates have already placed their votes this morning. | Polls are scheduled to close at 6 P.M. GMT with exit poll results expected within the next couple of hours. The projected frontrunner is Widodo,…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Pet Deer Kills Man, Badly Injures Woman in Australia's Outback. telesurenglish.net A man was killed and a woman was left badly injured Wednesday when their pet deer attacked them on their property in Australia's Outback region, local police said. | RELATED: | Great Barrier Reef Severely Damaged By Coral Bleaching | Following the deer attack, emergency services were called to the home to treat the couple, who were identified as Mandi and Paul McDonald. | "The man died at the scene," police said in a statement obtained by the AFP News Agency. "The woman has been airl…

Claire Edwards (2019-04-17). 5G: The Dominoes Are Starting to Fall. globalresearch.ca Long-time United Nations staff member Claire Edwards summarizes worldwide developments in the 5G situation. While still far from a victory claim, there is much to be hopeful about as millions around the world deepen involvement and take a stand for …

NRDC (2019-04-17). Trump Administration Ignores Environmental Impacts of Mining 30 Million Tons of Coal Near Bryce Canyon National Park. globalresearch.ca A lawsuit against the Trump Administration's approval of Alton Coal's mine expansion near Bryce Canyon National Park was filed today by Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Grand Canyon Trust, Utah Physicians for …

Leslie J. Pollard Sr. (2019-04-17). Segregated Doctoring: Black Physicians in Augusta, Georgia, 1902—1952. globalresearch.ca African American physicians began arriving in post Reconstruction era Augusta, Georgia during the mid-1880s. Initially these black physicians were offered work at the city's only African American public hospital, but as racial prejudices hardened, they were barred from practicing at …

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-04-17). A Cathedral and a Mosque Engulfed in Fire; One Ravages the Past, the Other Threatens the Future. globalresearch.ca The world reacted with shock to the fire that engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral. A symbol of Paris, this 13th Century architectural marvel is home to precious historical religious relics and artwork; made even more famous throughout the world …

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-17). Annexation of West Bank May Provide Key to Unlocking Netanyahu's Legal Troubles. globalresearch.ca After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. | The culmination of his dirty tricks …

Richard Gale (2019-04-17). The Race Towards Extinction: Climate Change versus the 5G Microwave Technology Roll Out. globalresearch.ca By now, most of us should have come to realize that plant, animal and human life is not eternal on this planet. For several decades atmospheric scientists have been warning that the orgy of anthropogenic release of greenhouse gases, if …

John Stanton (2019-04-17). The Price of Participating in Society Is the Sacrifice of Privacy and Self. globalresearch.ca In what is arguably one of the most craven opportunistic moves by a business/media group to increase its circulation/profitability, on 10 April the New York Times (NYT) embarked on what it describes as its Privacy Project. | A day later …

Richard Greeman (2019-04-17). Yellow Vests Struggle to Reinvent Democracy. globalresearch.ca Macron Cranks Up Propaganda and Repression | After five months of constant presence at traffic circles, toll-booths, and hazardous Saturday marches, the massive, self-organized social movement known as the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) has just held its second nationwide "Assembly of …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-17). Permissible Influences: Israel and the Australian Elections. globalresearch.ca So much hullabaloo; so much pent-up anger and, let's face it, so much opportunity for the political classes of Australia. The theme since 2016 is electoral interference; the object: whichever power so happens to afford an opportunity to gather support …

Edward Curtin (2019-04-17). Between Yes and No, Heaven and Earth with Albert Camus on a Spring Morning. globalresearch.ca "To give up beauty and the sensual happiness that comes with it and devote one's self exclusively to unhappiness requires a nobility I lack. However, after all, nothing is true that compels us to make it exclusive. Isolated beauty ends …

Nino Pagliccia (2019-04-17). Preventing the Sale of Venezuelan Oil to Cuba: Killing Two Birds with a Stone. globalresearch.ca Recent US sanctions have been directed at the heart of Venezuela's economy: the oil industry, an industry that has also been crippled by the continued sabotages on the electric power grid of the country. | But when you think that enough …

Comita No Nato (2019-04-17). Em Florenàßa, celebraàßà£o em oposiàßà£o ao 70 ∞ aniversário da NATO. globalresearch.ca O 70 ∫ aniversário da NATO foi celebrado por 29 Ministros dos Negócios Estrangeiros, que se reuniram, nà£o no quartel general da NATO, em Bruxelas, mas no do Departamento de Estado em Washington. O 'mestre de cerimónias' foi o Secretário Geral …

Middle East Eye (2019-04-17). Trump Vetoes 'Dangerous' Resolution to End US Military Involvement in Yemen. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump has vetoed a congressional resolution that sought to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House has said. | "This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the …

Global Research News (2019-04-17). The Florence Declaration: An International Front Calling for NATO-Exit (14 Languages). globalresearch.ca The Florence Declaration (original in Italian) is now available in 14 languages including Chinese. It was drafted by the Italian Committee No War- No NATO and the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal. | More than 600 participants from all …

Pepe Escobar (2019-04-17). Bamiyan, Babylon, Palmyra, Notre-Dame. globalresearch.ca The Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed by an intolerant sect pretending to follow Islam. Buddhism all across Asia grieved. The West hardly paid attention. | The remaining ruins of Babylon, and the attached museum, were occupied, plundered and vandalized by a US …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-04-17). The Israeli "Deal of the Century" Won't Go Through: Extremism Dominates the Knesset, Splits within the Palestinian Leadership. globalresearch.ca For over a year now, the Israeli "Deal of the Century" for Palestine has been endorsed by the US establishment and is now echoing to the four corners of the world. The two novices in foreign policy, US President Donald …

South Front (2019-04-17). Video: Haftar Forces Stalled South of Tripoli. GNA Fighters Shot Down LNA Warplane. globalresearch.ca By April 16, the Libyan National Army (LNA) advance on Tripoli has appeared to be dragged into a trench war on the approach to the southern gate of the city. Militias loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) have …

George Ochenski (2019-04-17). Vote-Trading for Big Coal. counterpunch.org The closing weeks of Montana's legislative sessions are always perilous. Legislators are worn out from more than three months of hearings, floor debates, and living on chicken wings and bacon-wrapped appetizers at nightly "receptions." To say their judgment is clouded would be a vast understatement. But what's going on in the Montana Senate right now More

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2019-04-17). The Burning Cathedral and the Dead Turtle. counterpunch.org Like many people, I was shocked when I first heard the news that the Cathedral of Notre Dame was on fire and saw the photos of smoke pouring out of the iconic structure. Though I've never been to Paris, I can imagine something of what was lost, since I have visited other architectural wonders in More

John Stanton (2019-04-17). The Price of Participating in Society is the Sacrifice of Privacy and Self. counterpunch.org In what is arguably one of the most craven opportunistic moves by a business/media group to increase its circulation/profitability, on 10 April the New York Times (NYT) embarked on what it describes as its Privacy Project. A day later on 11 April, no doubt with the NYT's foreknowledge of what was to come thanks to an More

Jack Rasmus (2019-04-17). Trump Whacks the Middle Class. counterpunch.org 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 trillion over the next decade. A massive redistribution of income favoring the capitalist class—at the More

George Wuerthner (2019-04-17). How to Stop Grazing on Public Lands: Buy Out the Permits. counterpunch.org Across the West, it is well documented that livestock grazing is one of the most destructive land uses on public lands. Some 250 million acres of public lands including those administered by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as some national wildlife refuges and even some national park units are More

Kenneth Surin (2019-04-17). Insurgencies in Malaysia and Vietnam: Boyhood Reflections. counterpunch.org The Communist insurgency in British Malaya (as it then was before becoming Malaysia) started in 1948, which happened to be the year I was born, and ended in 1960. The country became independent in 1957. My youthful recollections of the insurgency are confined to the episodic. Travelling in our car to visit relatives in another More

Rev. William Alberts (2019-04-17). Opening Tombs and Resurrecting Lives. counterpunch.org Easter is about opening tombs and resurrecting lives. Today's tombs include the Trump administration's walls and bans and lies that confine people, threaten their safety, and block their aspirations and fulfillment. Thus, in this life, Easter is celebrated whenever people, fleeing such oppression, are offered the safety of sanctuary. Here, people of faith not only More

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Guaido Takes Credit for Humanitarian Aid Delivery to Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Juan Guaido of the Venezuelan opposition took to Twitter Tuesday to take credit for the humanitarian aid delivery that was provided by the Red Cross to the people of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | Venezuelan UN Envoy: Secret Meetings Taking Place to Plan War | Guaido boasted via his Twitter: "They lied to Venezuela and the world, denied the emergency and denied aid to a town that asks for food and medicines. But before our pressure and firmness, they had no choice but to…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Advertising Restrictions Smoking Canada's Cannabis Industry. telesurenglish.net Less than a year after Canada legalized cannabis, industry insiders are conflicted about the sector's current and future performance, in the North American country, with most people leaning toward a pessimistic outcome. | RELATED: | Conservative UN Body Speaks Out Against Cannabis Legalization | Many factors contribute to the underwhelming performance, one of…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). New Orleans Mayor Visits Cuba to Build Relations. telesurenglish.net New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell traveled to the Cuban capital of Havana on April 2 to meet with officials and to learn about their educational and health systems, ESSENCE magazine reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | US Official Confirms Anti-Cuba Law to Move Forward, Pushing Relations to 'Worst Levels' | According to ESSENCE, the New Orleans Mayor traveled to Cuba wit…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Libya: Haftar's Attack on Tripoli Leaves 180 Dead, 800 Injured. telesurenglish.net Around 180 lives were claimed as a result of General Khalifa Haftar's attack on Tripoli. At least four civilians are among the dead. | RELATED: | Macron's Role in the War in Libya – It's All About the Money | Shells slammed into a densely-populated Tripoli suburb overnight in the latest attack of a two-week assault by commander Khalifa Haftar's forces in an effort…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-17). Yemen: Trump Vetos Bill to End US Support, Houthis Add New Missiles, Saudi Arabia and Sudan Dig in. mintpressnews.com A senior Sudanese military official said on Monday that Sudanese troops participating in the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen would remain in the war-wracked country until the Arab alliance achieves its goals.

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Antigua: PM Praises China's Humanitarian Role in Caribbean. telesurenglish.net China's aid program and financial assistance has done more for the Caribbean region than either the World Bank or the ever-critical U.S., said Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Caribbean News Service reports. | RELATED: | US Bars Antigua Visa-Renewal Waiver Over Pro-Venezuela Stance | During a ceremony for the Grays Green Community Center, Browne condemned the U.S.'s position regarding China's involvement in…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2019-04-17). The British establishment can no longer remain silent over killing children and colluding with terrorists. thecanary.co On 15 April 1981, Paul Whitters was shot by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) with a plastic bullet in Derry and died ten days … | Read more The British establishment can no longer remain silent over killing children and colluding with terrorists | By Peadar O'Cearnaigh

Miko Peled (2019-04-17). Post-Election Horse-Trading Kicks Off as Netanyahu Builds Israel's "National No Opposition" Government. mintpressnews.com The reasoning for creating a "National Unity" government is always the same: the nation is facing challenging times that demand we cast our differences aside and work together for the good of the people. Then all the prime minister has to do is create cabinet positions for everyone involved.

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-04-17). As Ukraine Descends to Failed-State Status, US-Backed Fascists Exploit the Chaos. mintpressnews.com It's often fascists who rise to prominence in failed states. They are able to capitalize on anarchy and promise to restore order. Ukraine is certainly ripe for such promises, and it certainly has a strong right-wing presence.

teleSUR (2019-04-17). US: Top Attorney Expands Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers. telesurenglish.net The United States Attorney General struck down a decision Tuesday that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to be heard. | RELATED: | Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities | The first immigration court ruling from President Donald Trump's newly appointed Attorney General William Barr is in keeping with th…

Arnold R. Isaacs (2019-04-17). Looking Back at 1919: Immigration, Race, and Women's Rights, Then and Now. commondreams.org Approaching the centennial of that suffrage amendment, American women are in the midst of another dramatic and rapid transformation of their political role. (Wikimedia Commons/The New York Times/Suffragists march in New York City) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Deposed Sudanese President Transferred to New Prison. telesurenglish.net The deposed President of Sudan Omar Al-Bashir was transferred to a new prison in the capital city of Khartoum Wednesday, the AFP News Agency reported. | RELATED: | African Union Presses Sudan's Army to Transfer Power in 15 Days | Al-Bashir was reportedly transferred to the notorious Kober Prison, which is a maximum security prison that was once used by the deposed president to detain and execute political dissidents. | "Last night, Bashir was transferred to Kober prison in Kh…

RT (2019-04-17). Trump is 'Saudi Arabia's servant' as he refused to end US support of Yemen war — Tulsi Gabbard. rt.com Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called President Donald Trump's decision to veto a bill seeking to end US support for the Yemen war nothing less than proof he serves Saudi Arabia.

RT (2019-04-17). '3 stooges of socialism': Bolton attacks Venezuela, Cuba & Nicaragua in impotent verbal intervention. rt.com In a speech full of colorful phrases, from 'three stooges of socialism' to 'troika of tyranny,' US national security adviser John Bolton threatened Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua with regime change and announced more sanctions.

WSWS (2019-04-17). New Zealand bus worker dies of stroke after corporate restructure. wsws.org Wellington bus controller Dmitri Edwards died following a "day from hell," during which he had to make 85 changes to rosters and schedules.

Ernst Wolff (2019-04-17). 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."

STAFF (2019-04-17). The Shocking Parallels Between 1919 and 2019. truthdig.com 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; Slavs…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-17). 'Chilling': Israeli Court Orders Deportation of Human Rights Watch's Omar Shakir Over Pro-Palestinian Activism. commondreams.org "Israel portrays itself as the region's only democracy, but is set to deport a rights defender over his peaceful advocacy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jason Ditz (2019-04-17). Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Support for Saudi-Led Yemen War. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — On Tuesday, President Trump capped off months of effort in Congress to pass a War Powers Act challenge to the US involvement in the war in Yemen, vetoing the bill and claiming it was a "dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities." The bill, SJ Res 7, was a straightforward bill under the War Powers …

RT (2019-04-17). 'Policy of scapegoating': Ron Paul speaks against US militarism feasting on China & Russia threats. rt.com The US should step away from belligerent rhetoric and wind down its wasteful militaristic policies, former congressman Ron Paul told RT, after its Secretary of State accused Beijing and Moscow of bankrolling the Venezuelan leader.

Monica Chen (2019-04-17). Factory Farming Awareness Speaker Training. indybay.org UC Berkeley (Stephens Lounge in the MLK building)…

WSWS (2019-04-17). Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela. wsws.org The report of active planning for US military intervention followed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's provocative visit to the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Sunday.

Al-Thawra (2019-04-17). 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.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-17). 'Shameful': With Millions on Brink of Famine in Yemen, Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Complicity. commondreams.org Congress urged to "pull out the stops to confront this president who thinks starving millions of Yemenis is a price worth paying for high arms industry profits." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-04-17). Clash of the 'liberals': McFaul 'offended' as NYT journo insta-blocks him on Twitter for criticism. rt.com Prolific tweeter and former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul suffered a shock on Tuesday, finding himself blocked by a fellow liberal and New York Times reporter — for the unforgivable sin of criticizing one of his articles.

WSWS (2019-04-17). Glimpses of social life: The Feeling of Being Watched, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool and Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, among others. wsws.org The Detroit film festival organizers made an obvious effort to program works oriented toward contemporary reality and recent social history, including many of their difficult and painful aspects.

Curt Wechsler (2019-04-17). 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 (2019-04-17). Strike of 31,000 New England Stop & Shop workers in sixth day. wsws.org Despite reporting profits of more than $2 billion last year, the multinational owner of Stop & Shop is seeking to drive down the wages and benefits of workers.

Global Research News (2019-04-17). Selected Articles: Preventing the Sale of Venezuelan Oil to Cuba. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Graham Vanbergen (2019-04-17). Brexit — Now Just a Massive National Crime Scene. globalresearch.ca The official Remain campaign, then known as Britain Stronger in Europe, now Open Britain, paid a £1,250 fine in 2017 imposed for not providing three invoices. Remain campaigners were then fined £19,000 for failing to declare their spending properly during …

RT (2019-04-17). Mueller report release: Russiagate's end or just another conspiracy chapter? rt.com Odds are the publication of the long-awaited report by special counsel Robert Mueller will not change the minds of those invested in the conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump 'colluded' with Russia to get elected in 2016.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-04-17). A estratégia do caos encaminhado. globalresearch.ca Tudo contra todos: é a imagem mediática do caos que se alarga à mancha de petróleo na costa sul do Mediterrâneo, da Líbia à Síria. Uma situaàßà£o perante a qual até Washington parece impotente. Na realidade, Washington nà£o é um …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-16). Assange's Judge a Disgrace to the Bench, Former UK Ambassador Says. consortiumnews.com 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 →

Taryn Fivek (2019-04-16). Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and U.S. war crimes. workers.org 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

Peter Koenig (2019-04-16). Julian Assange Arrested — Murdering Human Rights, Freedom of Speech — Murdering Freedom. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-16). Assange Used Ecuadorian Embassy for Spying? Lenin Moreno. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Deena Stryker (2019-04-16). From Tribe, to King, to 'Democracy' to Mafia. The Criminalization of US Politics. globalresearch.ca The dramatic arrest of Julian Assange, hauled bodily from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, will be touted as an example of 'rules-based' politics, and yet his 'crime' is to have revealed the underside of modern democracy. | The problem is no …

Kenn Orphan (2019-04-16). A Land Uncharted: the Persecution of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org 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…

Denis Rogatyuk (2019-04-16). The Ordeal of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org 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 More

Richard Rubenstein (2019-04-16). Julian and Martin: Reflections on the Arrest of Assange. counterpunch.org 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 More

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