2019-04-18: News Headlines

Brett Wilkins (2019-04-18). Jimmy Carter: US 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World'. commondreams.org Most countries surveyed in a 2013 WIN/Gallup poll identified the United States as the greatest threat to world peace. (Photo: CD/CC BY 2.0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-04-18). Assange: Between Gratitude and Betrayal. counterpunch.org Julian Assange was arrested in England on Thursday, April 11, and is feared to be extradited to the United States to face charges for his actions during the Obama administration. According to an editorial in the Washington Post in 2011, such a conviction "would also cause collateral damage to the liberties of the U.S. media More

Michael Howard (2019-04-18). Assange and the Cowardice of Power. counterpunch.org 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 having More

Renee Parsons (2019-04-18). Revisiting "Collateral Murder". Released by Wikileaks in 2010. globalresearch.ca In watching the grotesque arrest of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuador Embassy, it occurred to me that this 'show' in broad daylight was a deliberate attempt to intimidate and convey a message of omnipotent power and control. | Instead, …

Oscar Grenfell (2019-04-18). Unsealed Affidavit Demonstrates US Seeking to Prosecute Assange for His Journalism. globalresearch.ca An affidavit unsealed by US prosecutors on Monday has underscored the unlawful character of the Trump administration's request that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to the US in the wake of his illegal expulsion from Ecuador's London embassy and …

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-18). 13 civil liberties organisations warn against extradition of Julian Assange to the US. thecanary.co The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations have issued a statement warning of "serious world-wide implications for freedom of the press" as a result … | Read more 13 civil liberties organisations warn against extradition of Julian Assange to the US | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-18). Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups'. thecanary.co 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has once again slammed US 'regime change' wars. The Iraq veteran tweeted out a video of her discussing … | Read more Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups' | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Staff (2019-04-18). Is Trump for Detente or Militarism? — RAI with Stephen Cohen (2/5). therealnews.com Trump's stated aim is to reduce tensions with Russia, but is it motivated by peaceful objectives or is it preparations for aggression towards Iran and China — Stephen Cohen joins host Paul Jay for a spirited discussion on Reality Asserts Itself…

Staff (2019-04-18). Black Alliance For Peace Revives Black Anti-War Tradition (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com The US has been at war in the Middle East for 28 years, starting with Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, then into Afghanistan, Syria, and now we are learning of military bases, operations, and troops in African nations…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-18). War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We. commondreams.org 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. (Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Massoud Nayeri (2019-04-18). The "Original Sin"! globalresearch.ca In every struggle for Peace and Justice, there are critical moments that can change the outcome of that struggle. These days are so crucial to save the Body and Mind of two great humble human beings who are under immense …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-18). War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We. dissidentvoice.org So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don't let such references as the "tight race" between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, fool you. Yes, Israelis are divided on some issues that are particular to their social and …

United Nations (2019-04-18). Service and Sacrifice: Ugandan 'Blue Helmets' support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia. un.org A contingent of 530 Ugandan "Blue Helmets" (63 women, 467 men) is playing a crucial role in the United Nations' efforts to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. They make up the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU, that is tasked with protecting UN compounds in Mogadishu in order to assist the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) to carry out their mandate.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As Attorney General William Barr releases Robert Mueller's long-anticipated report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate."

Jan Oberg (2019-04-18). The Iran Floods and US Sanctions: 10 Million at Risk, But Who Cares? counterpunch.org You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn't get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions of Euro pledges by the perversely rich) that the Notre Dame fire did. However, if disastrous floods had hit 28 out of 31 provinces and affected 10 million people More

Lance Olsen (2019-04-18). Perverse Housing Policy Perverts Forest Policy. counterpunch.org As many Americans know all too well, concerns about forest conservation and affordable housing have drawn increasing attention across the US. These topics are of special interest in regions where logging is primarily devoted to provided lumber for human housing. What may be less known is that the pairing of forest and housing policy has had a long and colorful history spanning the past 70 years. More

Judith Deutsch (2019-04-18). People Music: Malignant Phallic Narcissism v. Being Ordinary. counterpunch.org David Yearsley's fine article "Disaster Music" in April 12 CounterPunch generates thoughts about what can be called People Music. At present, global political and environmental events unfold disastrously. Yearsley writes about people in the past facing the forces of natural catastrophes, framed as People versus God in Handel's powerful music: "…earthquakes on land and beneath More

Staff (2019-04-18). US 'Tightens Noose' on Cuba. therealnews.com Sec. of State Pompeo announced that Cuban Americans and US citizens who lost property after Cuba's 1959 revolution can now sue companies that have benefitted from this property. This represents an important intensification of sanctions on Cuba, says Jeb Sprague…

C.J. Atkins (2019-04-18). Mueller presented case against Trump, now Congress must act. peoplesworld.org No matter how many times Donald Trump and his defense lawyer—sorry, Attorney General, William Barr—may repeat the mantra "No Collusion, No Obstruction," the reality emerging from today's release of the Mueller report is that the President of the United States has committed crimes and should face prosecution. The ball is now in Congress' court, and …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "We Can Be Whatever We Have the Courage to See": Molly Crabapple's Art Breathes Life Into Green New Deal. democracynow.org "We can be whatever we have the courage to see." That's the message of a stunning new video released by The Intercept, Naomi Klein and award-winning artist Molly Crabapple Wednesday that imagines a future shaped by the Green New Deal. It's called "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The film was co-written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself, along with Avi Lewis, the co-founder of The Leap. We speak with Avi Lewis and award-winning artist Molly Crabapple about the power of art to create social change.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "A Message from the Future with AOC": New Film Imagines World Transformed by the Green New Deal. democracynow.org As the push for the Green New Deal builds momentum in the United States, The Intercept has released a short illustrated video imagining a future shaped by the progressive environmental movement. It's titled "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The New York congressmember narrates the film to envision an America that has been transformed by the Green New Deal policies, including a just transition of jobs, Medicare for all, and a total overhaul of the country's energy system. The result is a vision of radical hope and transformation. The film features stunning artwork by award-winning illustra…

Staff (2019-04-18). Why Should Americans Care About NATO/US In Africa? (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com The anti-war movement rightfully focuses on the expansion of US military action around the world, but what connection does that have to everyday struggles in poor and Black communities in the U.S. like Baltimore? Why should Baltimoreans care about endless expanding war?

Ralph Nader (2019-04-18). Children's Moral Power Can Challenge Corporate Power on Climate Crisis. counterpunch.org The famous anthropologist, Margaret Mead, once said to me that children have a distinct moral authority to change some of their parents' habits or opinions. She gave use of seat belts and smoking cigarettes as examples. Indeed, most of us know instances when sons and daughters have looked into the eyes of their fathers and More

Staff (2019-04-18). Chomsky on the Perils of Depending on Mueller Report to Defeat Trump. truthout.org As Attorney General William Barr releases Robert Mueller's long-anticipated report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate." | Amy Goodman: Can you share your analysis of President Trump? You have lived through so many presidents. Explain President Trump to us and assess the massive response to him. | Noam Chomsky: Well, Trump is—you know, I think there are a number of illusions about Trump. If you take a look at the Trump phenomenon, it's not very surprisin…

Mark Fiore (2019-04-18). Barring the Mueller Report. progressive.org Barr does know we're talking about President Trump, right?

Staff (2019-04-18). Barr Gets in Last Word Before America Sees Mueller Report. truthdig.com In a press conference Thursday, the attorney general reasserts that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian hackers.

Joan Walsh (2019-04-18). In William Barr, Donald Trump Has Finally Found His Roy Cohn. thenation.com In William Barr, Donald Trump Has Finally Found His Roy Cohn…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-18). With Russia and China Now in its Sights, US Army to Spend $50B on New Stuff. mintpressnews.com As with any kind of change of priorities or new projects taken on by the military, defense contractors will be soon scrambling for a piece of the pie, as will the folks on the Hill looking to bring the pork home to their states and districts.

Staff (2019-04-18). Barr "Disagreed" With Mueller on "Legal Theories" of Trump Obstruction. truthout.org Attorney General William Barr will release special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly 400-page report detailing his nearly two-year investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election later this morning. Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, held a press conference at 9: 30 a.m ET on the release of the report. | The Justice Department plans to turn over Mueller's redacted report covering the special counsel's probe into allegations of whether President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election cycle and whether the president illegally obstructed the inquiry to the…

commondreams (2019-04-18). Americans Deserve Better Than A.G. Barr's Attempt to Whitewash & Black-Out Mueller Report on Russian Attacks. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-04-18). Trump Tried to Seize Control of Mueller Probe, Report Says. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president. | The report said that in June 2017, Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to call the acting attorney general and say that Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest. | McGahn refused — deciding he would rather resign than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre of…

Lee Camp (2019-04-18). Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced. mintpressnews.com You would think, in this topsy-turvy world, if there were one organization we could trust with a trillion dollars a year of our taxpayer money, it would be the Department of Unauthorized Highly Secretive Mass Human Murder.

Peter Koenig (2019-04-18). Is the United States Giving up on Its Project in Venezuela ? mintpressnews.com Juan Guaido was never able to mobilize the crowds as Washington expected. Guaido, a US lackey in the first place, lacks any charisma. He does not appeal even to the majority of Venezuela's opposition. So, he is a dead horse. Bad choice by Washington.

Jesse Jackson (2019-04-18). Making Wall Street Pay for the Financial Crisis. counterpunch.org Last week, as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., convened a House Financial Services Committee hearing, featuring the CEOs of Wall Street's biggest banks, the financial watchdog group Better Markets released a stunning report on the banks' criminal records: Wall Street's Six Biggest Bailed-Out Banks: Their RAP Sheets and Their Ongoing Crime Spree The report profiled the records More

Mel Gurtov (2019-04-18). At Risk—the Idea of America. counterpunch.org Perhaps the most damaging legacy of the Trump years is the disservice he and his associates are doing to Americans' sense of self and nation. In ordinary times there would not be much debate about what it means to be an American or what are American values. Every school child learns these things: It's Civics More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-18). The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean. counterpunch.org 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 wired borders and impenetrable defences. Across Europe, the issue of refugees arriving by sea — More

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2019-04-18). Your Check is in the Mail. counterpunch.org You might have heard of Andrew Yang. He's running for president as a Democrat. A long shot, for sure, but he's already generated considerable interest and support. Last month, he announced that he had received contributions from over 65,000 donors in over 20 states, enough to qualify him for the first round of debates by More

Andrew Moss (2019-04-18). Immigration and the Shock Doctrine. counterpunch.org If you look back over the Trump administration's handling of immigration during the past two-and-a-half years, you'll see a pattern of chronic tension and dysfunction. Like many people, you may have apprehended the pattern as a series of specific emergencies and dramatic events: the declaration of an "invasion" at our borders; the shutdown, or threatened More

Firas Samuri (2019-04-18). U.S. Continues Supplying Military Aid to Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria against Turkey, a US Ally and NATO Member State. globalresearch.ca The mass media has been widely covering the details of the disastrous humanitarian situation in Rukban refugee camp over recent months. By the way, the crisis in other sites deserves more considerable attention. Al-Hol refugee camp located in Al-Hasakah province …

United Nations (2019-04-18). 'Foreign children' in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official. un.org Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless "foreign children" at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday.

Staff (2019-04-18). Trump Cracks Down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. truthdig.com CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the "three stooges of socialism." | "The troika of tyranny — Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua — is beginning to crumble," Bolton said in a hard-hitting speech near Miami on the 58th anniversary of the United States' failed Bay of Pigs invasion of the island, an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government. | The m…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Headlines for April 18, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report, John Bolton Praises Monroe Doctrine as U.S. Sanctions Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, New U.S. Sanctions to Target Remittances & Companies Doing Business in Cuba, North Korea Tests New Weapon, Rejects Role of U.S. Secretary of State, Trump Administration to End Reporting on Size of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, Former Peruvian President Alan García Dies by Suicide as Police Move In, Teen Who Threatened Colorado Schools Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot, Philadelphia DA Clears Path for Mumia Abu-Jamal to Appeal Murder Conviction, New York Grants Parole to Brink's Heist Ge…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-18). NAACP BLASTS WOEFULLY DEFICIENT RELEASE OF MUELLER REPORT. naacp.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2019 CONTACTS: NAACP@sunshinesachs.com BALTIMORE — Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, issued the following statement regarding U.S. Attorney General William Barr's release of the redacted version of Special counsel Robert Mueller's report: "The report released today by Attorney General William Barr falls woefully short of what is owed to Congress and …

Staff (2019-04-18). Don't Listen to Barr—Read Mueller's Words Yourself. truthout.org Attorney General William Barr delivered a redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress and posted the special counsel's findings online Thursday morning. | The document's publication followed a Justice Department press conference that critics and Democratic lawmakers denounced as an effort to protect President Donald Trump. | "

commondreams (2019-04-18). Indivisible Demands Full Transparency and Accountability After Mueller Report. commondreams.org ______________________________…

John Nichols (2019-04-18). Barr Has Abandoned the Constitution in Order to Serve Trump. thenation.com Barr Has Abandoned the Constitution in Order to Serve Trump…

Common Dreams staff (2019-04-18). "Don't Listen to Barr—Read Mueller's Words Yourself": Here Is the Special Counsel's Report. commondreams.org "Congress must be given the full report and Congress must determine what needs to be redacted," said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of the government watchdog group Common Cause | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Robbie Conal, Randall Enos, Ron Hauge (2019-04-18). Mueller's Redacted Report. thenation.com Robbie Conal, Randall Enos, Ron Hauge Mueller's Redacted Report…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-04-18). The Triumph of Evil. globalresearch.ca Today (April 17) I heard a NPR "news" report that described the democratically elected president of Venezuela as "the Venezuelan dictator Maduro." By repeating over and over that a democratically elected president is a dictator, the presstitutes create that image …

Peter Koenig (2019-04-18). Venezuela — Still on the Brink? globalresearch.ca The silence is almost deafening. Is it the quiet before the storm? — Or is the US giving up on Venezuela? I don't think so. It's more like a regrouping after a first defeat, well, it's a multiple defeat, if …

Chris Gilbert ‚Äê Monthly Review Online (2019-04-18). Defending Venezuela: Two Approaches. venezuelanalysis.com Chris Gilbert argues that solidarity movements defending Venezuela's sovereignty should also engage with the revolutionary proposals of the Bolivarian process.

South Front (2019-04-18). Video: Israel's Magic Lamp: Iron Dome Missile Defense. globalresearch.ca Since its inception, Israel has faced difficult political and military challenges. It defines the operational space in which IDF exists, the nature of development of its armed forces, and of individual weapons systems it uses. | The key objective and permanent …

Mark Taliano (2019-04-18). Empire Versus Democracy and Freedom. globalresearch.ca The public interest, and democratic political economies, both domestic and internationally, are poison to Empire. But this must be hidden from view, hence war propaganda/fake news is protected by legislation, while Constitutionally-protected, evidence-based real journalism, a dying phenomenon, continues to …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-04-18). Moscow's Strategy in the Middle East: Geopolitics and the Versatility of Diplomacy. globalresearch.ca Important events have occurred in the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks that underline how the overall political reconfiguration of the region is in full swing. The Shia axis continues its diplomatic relations and, following Rouhani's meeting in …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-18). Burning Gothic: Reflections on Notre-Dame de Paris. globalresearch.ca "But no matter the destruction, the spirit of what it means to be a cathedral can and does survive such catastrophes." — Becky Clark, Church of England director of cathedrals and church buildings, April 17, 2019 | The destruction of …

Gideon Polya (2019-04-18). Pro-Apartheid Israel Australian Labor Party Scraps Outstanding Anti-Israel Apartheid Candidate, Melissa Parke. globalresearch.ca Decent Australians want the Labor Party to win in the forthcoming Australian elections for the sake of the young, poor, disabled, sick, elderly, unemployed, Indigenous and the environment. However the right wing-dominated Labor Opposition is merely better than the appalling …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-18). Death of Free Speech: Criticizing Israel Will Land You in Prison. globalresearch.ca Soon, this blog will be illegal. | No, I'm not selling drugs or peddling child pornography. I write about America's wars and the primary objective of those illegal and immoral wars—to make Israel the hegemon of the Middle East along with …

Staff (2019-04-18). Officer Attack on Teen Reignites National Debate on Cops in Schools. truthout.org On January 29, 16-year-old Dnigma Howard was asked to leave Chicago's Marshall High School after using her cellphone in class. Her father, Laurentio, was at the school to pick her up when two police officers arrived and violently attacked her in front of her father without provocation. | School resource officers Johnnie Pierre and Sherry Tripp lied about punching, Tasing and stomping on Howard, as well as dragging the child down a flight of stairs. They falsely charged Howard with attacking the…

Staff (2019-04-18). Israel Uses Animal Rights to Distract From War Crimes. truthout.org As unarmed Palestinians continued to be " gunned down like birds on their own land," in the words of human rights lawyer Noura Erakat, news of an avian rescue set Israeli and international media aflutter. "Sick Gaza parrot saved by Israeli animal rights group," as the Times of Israel's headline proclaimed. | The story of Koki the African Grey, who was operated on by an Israeli bird specialist after accidentally ingesting bleach, was even p…

Mallika Khanna (2019-04-18). This Earth Day, Beware of Greenwashing. commondreams.org Whenever possible, try to find local alternatives to products created by multinational corporations, since these tend to be the largest polluters. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Sarah Aziza (2019-04-18). Trump's Veto on Yemen War Is a Sign That the Strongmen in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Are Winning. theintercept.com The veto, for all its cynical implications about the state of U.S. foreign policy, should also concern Americans at home.

plenglish (2019-04-18). Venezuela to Reinforce Ties with German Parliament. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is now strengthening its ties with the Federal Parliament of Germany after the recent meeting between Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and German deputy Andrej Hunko.

plenglish (2019-04-18). US Sanctions Affect Venezuelans' Security and Wellbeing. plenglish.com By Wiliam Urquijo PascualCaracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The economic sanctions implemented by the United States affect the security and wellbeing of the Venezuelan people, the Government charged in response to the new unilateral measures announced in Washington on Wednesday.

WSWS (2019-04-18). Vetoing Congressional resolution, Trump reaffirms US support for Saudi slaughter in Yemen. wsws.org Trump's veto is a declaration of the absolute authority of the president to wage war without the fig leaf of congressional approval.

RT (2019-04-18). Game Over: Trump tweets after attorney general says Mueller report found 'no collusion' with Russia. rt.com Attorney General William Barr held a press conference expanding on his summary of the Mueller report. With Barr emphatically declaring "no collusion" again, President Trump took to Twitter to declare "Game Over." |

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-18). Rejecting Barr's 'Whitewash' of Mueller Report, Democrats Demand to Hear from Special Counsel Himself. commondreams.org With President Donald Trump asserting that the Mueller Report fully exonerated him of any wrongdoing, despite its description of numerous instances in which he may have obstructed justice, Democrats and public advocacy groups on Thursday demanded to hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-04-18). One last hit from the collusion crack pipe? Journalists turn on AG Barr without evidence. rt.com With Attorney General WIlliam Barr once again emphasizing the Mueller report's "no collusion" conclusion, some journalists are accusing Barr of protecting the president, without a leg to stand on. |

plenglish (2019-04-18). Russia Reiterates its Condemnation to US Unilateral Sanctions against Cuba (+Photos). plenglish.com Simferopol, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Russia has reiterated Friday its strong condemnation of the application of unilateral sanctions by the United States, commenting on the recent White House announcement of a new package of punitive measures against Cuba.

WSWS (2019-04-18). Julian Assange's extraordinary record of investigative journalism. wsws.org A review of WikiLeaks publishing activities demonstrates that Assange has played an unparalleled role in the exposure of wars, diplomatic intrigues and illegal surveillance operations.

Arnold R. Isaacs (2019-04-18). Looking Back at 1919: Immigration, Race, and Women's Rights, Then and Now. counterpunch.org 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 More

plenglish (2019-04-18). Venezuela Slams US Economic War, Aggression. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela rejected today new actions of aggression and economic war by the United States against Caracas, Nicaragua and Cuba aimed by sanctioning enterprises that have decided to make direct foreign investment on the Caribbean island.

RT (2019-04-18). Top Democrats call for Mueller to testify over his report. rt.com Unhappy with the way the White House is rolling out the redacted version of the special counsel's report to the public, leaders of the Democratic Party want Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.

WSWS (2019-04-18). Hundreds of peaceful climate change protesters arrested in UK. wsws.org There have been no serious incidents of public disorder except when the police arrived in large numbers and swooped in to arrest people.

RT (2019-04-18). 'Blink twice if you're ok!' Twitter watches Rod Rosenstein's eyes for proof of collusion. rt.com Eagle-eyed Russiagaters landed on potential new evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia on Thursday: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wasn't blinking enough during his boss's press conference on the Mueller report.

RT (2019-04-18). Laura Ingraham trashes media after Mueller report: 'What the HELL do we do now?'. rt.com Fox News host Laura Ingraham has ridiculed the mainstream media for its refusal to give up on the 'Russian collusion' conspiracy theory, and called CNN's coverage of the report "absurd and desperate." |

RT (2019-04-18). AG Barr has 'no objection' to Mueller testifying as Democrats say he 'spun' report in Trump's favor. rt.com US Attorney General William Barr has "no objection" to Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifying before Congress regarding his investigations into now-disproven "collusion" between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Defend Public Education NOW! (2019-04-18). SF Greeting For Billionaire Union Busting Charter King Reed Hastings. indybay.org San Francisco Design Center: 101 Henry Adams St | San Francisco…

Rafael Moro Martins (2019-04-18). Secret IDB Proposal Would Give $48 Billion Infusion to Boost Venezuela's Economy — But Only After Regime Change. theintercept.com The plan would allow a new government to win over the public — while privatizing Venezuela's public assets.

plenglish (2019-04-18). USA Reinforces Attacks against Venezuela Through Bank Sanctions. plenglish.com Washington, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The United States Government increased the aggressiveness towards Venezuela and the administration of its constitutional president, Nicolás Maduro, through the imposition of new sanctions against the Central Bank of the South American country.

plenglish (2019-04-18). Venezuelan FM Calls U.S. Measures Crimes against Humanity. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza considered as crimes against humanity the new sanctions announced by the U.S. government against the Central Bank of the South American country.

RT (2019-04-18). Mueller report kills Russiagate, media goes into target-seeking overdrive. rt.com With the Mueller report exonerating US President Donald Trump of colluding with Russia, 'Resistance' media lost no time in shifting their angle of attack — it's now all about 'obstruction' and AG William Barr.

RT (2019-04-18). READ: US Justice Department releases Mueller report on Trump-Russia 'collusion' investigation. rt.com The US Department of Justice has released the full report on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into claims President Donald Trump colluded with Russia. The two-year probe 'did not establish' any collusion happened.

African American Art & Culture Complex (2019-04-18). "Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs" indybay.org AFRICAN AMERICAN ART & CULTURE COMPLEX | 762 Fulton Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

RT (2019-04-18). 'PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!' Trump lashes out at 'greatest political hoax' ahead of Mueller report. rt.com President Donald Trump has savaged Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and the Democratic Party for committing "the greatest political hoax of all time," hours before Attorney General William Barr releases the redacted Mueller report.

Labor Video Project (2019-04-18). ILWU 10, May Day 2019, The A's Port Stadium, Privatization & Gentrification In Oakland. indybay.org ILWU Local 10 retired members talk about gentrification and the attack by the A's owner John Fisher who also owns The GAP to build a stadium on the Howard Terminal in the port of Oakland. They also discuss why they are rallying on May Day…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-18). Debunking the "Assange is a Russian Agent" Smear. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Not even the US government alleges that WikiLeaks knowingly coordinated with the Kremlin in the 2016 publication of Democratic Party emails; the Robert Mueller Special Counsel alleged only that Guccifer 2.0 was the source of those emails and that Guccifer 2.0 was a persona covertly operated by Russian conspirators. The narrative that Assange worked for or …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-04-18). The Strategy of Controlled Chaos. globalresearch.ca Everyone against everyone else — this is the media image of chaos which is spreading across the Southern shores of the Mediterranean, from Libya to Syria. It is a situation before which even Washington seems powerless. But in reality, Washington …

Open Democracy (2019-04-18). We Already Know Who Will Win the War in Libya — Western Arms Dealers. theantimedia.com They armed Gadaffi and the forces that ousted him alike — now they're repeating that profitable trick. (OD) — In the shadow world of the arms trade there is one business model that outshines all others: selling arms to both sides in the same war. Ideally it works best when weapons you have sold to one side …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-18). US Slides Down Annual Press Freedom Ranking, With Watchdog Calling Nation 'Problematic' for Reporters' Rights. commondreams.org An annual accounting of press freedoms around the world describes an "intense climate of fear" in which reporters are being forced to work, calling out world leaders like President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for their attacks on the press. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Monica Chen (2019-04-18). Factory Farming Awareness Speaker Training. indybay.org UC Berkeley (Stephens Lounge in the MLK building)…

Max Frincke (2019-04-18). Berkeley non-profit hosts Rising Stars Youth Event! indybay.org Award-winning non-profit BOSS hosts rising stars event for 6th straight year. The event will celebrate adolescents that are doing well in school and taking care of themselves and their families while overcoming multiple hardships – such as homelessness, substance abuse, criminal justice involvement, and other challenges.

James Risen (2019-04-18). Annotating Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Redacted Report. theintercept.com A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's " Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election," was released to Congress and the public by Attorney General William Barr on Thursday. The text of the report appears below, with redactions Barr said were made mainly "to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing upon ongoing investigations and criminal cases." | Intercept reporters are annotating the report in upd…

plenglish (2019-04-18). UN General Assembly to Mark International Multilateralism Day. plenglish.com United Nations, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations General Assembly summons next April 24 a high level event to commemorate the International Multilateralism Day and Diplomacy for Peace, it was announced at UN headquarters.

plenglish (2019-04-18). Venezuela Rejects New US Economic War and Aggression. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela rejected Friday the new acts of aggression and economic war led by the United States against Caracas, Nicaragua and Cuba aimed at reprisal against entities that have decided to make direct foreign investment in Cuba.

Richard Ward (2019-04-18). All Will be Punished. counterpunch.org The image of London police dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy was so disturbing and resonant on so many levels, one hardly knows where to begin. First, this person, this Moreno, has disgraced and degraded himself beyond historical repair. His name will be forever synonymous with betrayal of the most abject, vicious, and cowardly More

Federico Fuentes (2019-04-18). Who are Venezuela's colectivos? mronline.org The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela's colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. | Source

Charles P. Pierce (2019-04-18). William Barr Is a Complete Tool. It's Time for Robert Mueller to Testify. commondreams.org Barr seriously argued that the president* couldn't be expected to follow the law because he was frustrated and mad. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-18). Top Democrats Accuse Barr of 'Acting to Protect Donald Trump' Ahead of Mueller Report Rollout. commondreams.org "Bill Barr continues to act like the president's lawyer, not the people's lawyer." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-18). Warren, Markey, and Pressley to Join Launch of Sunrise Movement's 250-City Road to a Green New Deal Tour. commondreams.org Three prominent Massachusetts Democrats will join community and labor leaders in Boston Thursday night to kick off the youth-led Sunrise Movement's 250-city Road to a Green New Deal Tour. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-04-18). Mueller found no evidence any American colluded with Russian govt — AG Barr (VIDEO). rt.com US AG William Barr says the two-year Mueller probe found no evidence of President Donald Trump colluding with Russia. Instead, it leans heavily on the repeated allegations that Russian hackers interfered in the 2016 election.

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