2019-04-19: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-04-19). CN Radio—Episode 7: Francis Boyle on Extradition of Julian Assange. consortiumnews.com With Julian Assange facing an extradition hearing on May 2, Consortium News Radio speaks with international law expert Francis Boyle, professor at the University of Illinois. Francis Boyle on the U.S.-UK extradition treaty and the way forward for Assange. (30… Read more →

Jimmysllama (2019-04-19). Before Ousting Assange, Moreno Government Spied on the Journalist for Over a Year. mintpressnews.com Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning brought the U.S. government to its knees by exposing its torture of Guantanamo Bay detainees and war crimes in Iraq. They have been trying to recover ever since and the Trump administration is now more than ever willing to exact full revenge upon those who exposed the truth.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-19). UK Blurring Two Very Different Extradition Claims. consortiumnews.com The Swedish and U.S. claims are vastly different, writes Jonathan Cook. But the public conversation in the U.K. is simply about which has first dibs on Assange. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net In a previous blog post, I warned that the media and political… Read more →

John W. Whitehead (2019-04-19). From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State. counterpunch.org "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." — George Orwell When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals. In the current governmental climate, where laws that run counter to the dictates of the Constitution are made in secret, passed without debate, More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-19). Julian Assange as Neuroses. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange continues to ripple and roam as a cipher through the political and media scape of the world. Detained in Belmarsh maximum security prison, the sort of stately abode only reserved for the most dangerous of criminals, many with …

teleSUR (2019-04-19). Venezuela's Arreaza Decries Ecuador's Persecution of Patiño. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza condemned the Ecuadorean government's lawsuit against former Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño. | RELATED: | Ecuador Issues Interpol Red Notice on Ex-Foreign Minister, Critic of Assange Arrest | "The persecution against leaders of the Citizen Revolution in Ecuador has been constituted…

John Nichols (2019-04-19). AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib Make the Necessary Call for an Impeachment Inquiry. thenation.com AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib Make the Necessary Call for an Impeachment Inquiry…

Ben Norton (2019-04-19). Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation. thegrayzone.com Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-19). US-North Korea Summit 3.0? Pyongyang Accuses Pompeo and Bolton of Creating "An Atmosphere of Hostility and Mistrust" globalresearch.ca Days earlier, Trump said a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be a good idea. | Two earlier ones achieved virtually nothing toward stepping back from the brink on the Korean peninsula toward regional peace, stability, and normalized …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2019. democracynow.org Mueller Report Shows No Trump-Russia Conspiracy But Leaves Open Question of Obstruction, Trump Admin to Spend $40 Million on New Immigration Detention Camps, Central American Migrants Claim Assault by Mexican Authorities, ACLU Warns of "Fascist Militia" Holding Migrant Border Crossers at Gunpoint, Nicaragua Bans Anti-Government Protests, Arresting Dozens, Mali's Government Resigns as Protesters Condemn Ethnic Violence, Sudan: Mass Protests Demand Civilian Rule After Omar al-Bashir's Ouster, Bangladeshi Teen Burned to Death After Reporting Sexual Assault, Saudi Court Suspends Hearing for 11 Women's Rights Activist…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-19). Yemen Protests Trump Veto of Congressional Resolution to Stop Supporting Saudi War. mintpressnews.com "My message is only to the American people: is spilling more Yemeni blood acceptable to you?" asked a man in his seventies. "There is no difference between the vampires and Donald Trump. Trump is a real character who insists on sucking more Yemeni blood," a young protester told MintPress.

Eric A. Gordon (2019-04-19). USC Forward ups the ante on Los Angeles campus protest. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2019-04-19). Trump Administration Working to Divide Caribbean Against Venezuela. therealnews.com The island nations of the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, have become increasingly divided as the Trump administration is working to win the back and oppose the Maduro government in Venezuela. Jeb Sprague discusses the development and what it means for the region…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-19). Mueller report: "Miners for Trump" rally in Pittsburgh was a fake. peoplesworld.org PITTSBURGH—Remember going to a "Miners for Trump" rally in downtown Pittsburgh, a month before the November 2016 general election? If you did, you were fooled by a Russian fake. A poster for the Oct. 2, 2016 rally, featuring a miner on a coal-black background wearing a headlamp-lit hard hat, illustrates the wide range of Russian-generated …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-19). The Mueller Report: Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on Trump-Russia Ties, Obstruction & More. democracynow.org The Justice Department has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and President Trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation. The report states the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," but Mueller concluded, "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Mueller also outlined…

Staff (2019-04-19). Will the Mueller Report Help Defeat Trump in 2020? (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Trump and his base will remain unaffected by the Mueller Report, and it will mainly serve as a "political football" between Republicans and Democrats, say Gerald Horne and Kamau Franklin, but it can still be used against Trump in 2020…

Bill Blum (2019-04-19). Five Critical Takeaways From the Mueller Report. truthdig.com After nearly two years of waiting, we have a redacted version of the report of special counsel Robert Mueller. A searchable copy can be found and examined here. | The report is 448 pages long and is divided into two volumes. Volume I, in the words of the report, "describes the factual results of the Special Counsel's investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and its interactions with the Trump Campaign." If you are concer…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-04-19). Roaming Charges: Time is Blind, Man is Stupid. counterpunch.org Some names always seem to resurface in American political scandals, so it was no surprise to stumble across "Ledeen" on page 63 of Mueller's Report, highlighting a scheme by Barbara Ledeen (wife of Iran/contra figure and Mike Flynn pal Michael) to track down HRC's emails at Flynn's request on behalf of the Trump campaign, an operation that funded in part by a $30,000 contribution from the blood-drenched accounts of Erik Prince. More

Staff (2019-04-19). Mueller Report: A Battle Over Maintaining 'Imperial Hegemony' (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Gerald Horne and Kamau Franklin discuss the Mueller Report, Russiagate, and whether alleged Russian interference in the U.S. elections is actually significant…

T.J. Coles (2019-04-19). The Battle for Latin America: How the U.S. Helped Destroy the "Pink Tide" counterpunch.org After sponsoring juntas until well into the 1990s, the US went after Central and South America with "free trade" deals before once again working with extremists. The recent elections of Argentina's Mauricio Macri and Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro are major blows to socioeconomic and cultural progress. The recent decision of Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno to allow More

Staff (2019-04-19). Arsonists Leave Fascist Symbols at the Highlander Center. therealnews.com The Highlander Center has been at the heart of civil rights, labor, and poor people's struggles in this country for the last 87 years. Some people see this arson as an act of war…

John Bachtell (2019-04-19). Crossroads: Saving humanity and nature requires global unity against extreme right. peoplesworld.org People and planet are at a crossroads: Humanity faces existential threats from the climate and ecological crises and militarization and nuclear war. Environmental, economic, and societal disruption on an unprecedented scale will have to be decisively dealt with over the next few decades to avoid catastrophic consequences. The global capitalist system has created unsustainable contradictions …

Eds. (2019-04-19). U.S. aggression against Venezuela and how do you "eat" that. mronline.org "Each number presented here corresponds to the face of a Venezuelan woman, a man, a boy, a girl. It is not only about the economic impact on imports or production, it is about the impact that these economic aggressions have on the guarantee of the human rights of each Venezuelan" —Pasqualina Curcio, The Impact of […] | Source

T.P. Wilkinson (2019-04-19). The Expense of the American Dream. dissidentvoice.org Political analysis, alas, is no less immune to what has been called the "fashion system" than any other segment of human consumption habits since the end of the Great War bequeathed the industrial form of indoctrination that prevails—now in digital form—today. The polemics offered as contemporary insights can be found in older documents, the sources …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-04-19). With tightening of blockade, U.S. seeks to strangle Cuba…again. peoplesworld.org "The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962." That was the assessment of William M. LeoGrande, a widely respected Cuba analyst, in reaction to announcements on April 17 by Secretary of State Mike …

Louis Proyect (2019-04-19). A Leftist Rejoinder to the "Capitalist Miracle" counterpunch.org There are men who struggle for a day and they are good. There are men who struggle for a year and they are better. There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensable ones. — Bertolt Brecht, "In Praise More

Andrew Levine (2019-04-19). What Will It Take For Trump to Get His Due? counterpunch.org It is hard to recall now but before the 2016 election, blatant contempt for the rule of law and other longstanding (small-r) republican values, public displays of stupidity, extreme character flaws, and irrefutable evidence of psychological instability could wreck a presidential campaign; and it was practically axiomatic that no presidency could be headed by anyone More

Robert Hunziker (2019-04-19). The Blue Ocean Event and Collapsing Ecosystems. counterpunch.org Sometime in the near future it is highly probable that the Arctic will no longer have sea ice, meaning zero ice for the first time in eons, aka: the Blue Ocean Event. Surely, the world is not prepared for the consequences of such an historic event, which likely turns the world topsy-turvy, negatively impacting agriculture More

Russell Mokhiber (2019-04-19). Why Boeing and Its Executives Should be Prosecuted for Manslaughter. counterpunch.org Type the word "manslaughter" into any news search engine and up will come a series of stories of ordinary Americans charged with killing others through criminal negligence or recklessness. One such case that came up this month involved a Pennsylvania man who plead guilty to manslaughter. The man was accused of texting while driving and More

David Rosen (2019-04-19). Trump's One-Dimensional Gender Identity. counterpunch.org Khalil Gibran, author of The Prophet, once noted, "Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper." Donald Trump is a living exaggeration and in no area has he lost his temper more than with those who question his authority, his masculinity. He swaggers like an old-fashioned "man's man," wandering through the political landscape like a reincarnation of More

Paul Street (2019-04-19). Stephen Moore Gets Something Right: It's Capitalism vs. Democracy. counterpunch.org Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy. I'm not even a big believer in democracy. — Stephen Moore, a potential future member of the Federal Reserve Board The dominant American ideology has long claimed that capitalism is about democracy. It isn't — and one need not be an anti-capitalist "radical" to know better. My old More

teleSUR (2019-04-19). Russia: US Wants to Revive Monroe Doctrine, Persecute Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zajárova warned the U.S. government against continuing on the path of antagonism and issuing threats to countries in Latin America. | RELATED: | Maduro: Venezuela to Overcome Sanctions Against Central Bank | "It seems that Washington is looking back on time and plans to return, not even 50 or 60 years ago, but 200, s…

Nicky Reid (2019-04-19). The Strange Success of Russiagate. counterpunch.org It was the popcorn fart heard round the world. After two years of the vilest Russophobic hysteria seen since McCarthy was hauled off to a laughing academy in a straight-jacket, Robert Mueller, patron saint of butt-hurt Dems and indefinite Muslim detention, came to a conclusion on Russiagate only stunning to those of us who don't More

Bruce Shapiro (2019-04-19). The Mueller Report Is a Road Map for Congressional Investigation. thenation.com The Mueller Report Is a Road Map for Congressional Investigation…

Staff (2019-04-19). Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on the Mueller Report. truthout.org The Justice Department has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and President Trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation. The report states the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," but Mueller concluded, "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Mueller also outli…

Staff (2019-04-19). House Escalates Trump Inquiry With Subpoena for Full Mueller Report. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel Robert Mueller's report as Congress escalates its investigation of President Donald Trump. | "It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. He expects the Justice Department to comply by May 1. | While Mueller declined to prosecute Trump on obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate the president, all but leaving the question to Congress. | Mueller's report provides fresh evidence of Tr…

unitedEditor (2019-04-19). What we know so far from the Mueller Report. uwidata.com On Thursday, Special Attorney Robert Mueller's report on alleged "Russian interference" in the 2016 US elections was finally published, albeit partially censored. The report contains information on an investigation into the Donald Trump campaign's alleged connection with Russian authorities, as well as the possible methods of Russian influence in the elections. The document was submitted …

Staff (2019-04-19). No More Excuses. Donald Trump Must Be Impeached. truthout.org Over the course of more than 400 scalding pages, the Mueller report details the parallel and often cooperative course traveled by Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the sophisticated Russian operation devoted to his victory. Mueller's report also lays out the myriad ways Trump obstructed justice through his ham-fisted attem…

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-19). The Mueller Report Shows How Bad Trump Is. Now What? progressive.org To get too caught up in Russian interference and the unfairness of the American electoral system is to overlook Trump's power, and to risk not learning the lessons of his popularity.

teleSUR (2019-04-19). Nigeria: Buhari Increases Monthly Minumum Wage To US$98. telesurenglish.net Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019 into law, senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang confirmed Thursday. | RELATED: | Millions of Nigerians Without Access to Water, Diseases Spike | The Act makes it compulsory for employers in Nigeria…

teleSUR (2019-04-19). Brazil Supreme Court Allows Lula to Give Interviews from Prison. telesurenglish.net The current President of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) Antonio Dias Toffoli is allowing former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva can provide media interviews. | RELATED: | French MEP Asks EU Council for Position on Lula's Situation | Lula's right to speak to the press was barred in September 2018 by Supreme Court Judge Luiz Fux who suspended the political prisoner's ability to give interviews that had been previously granted by former STF Justice Ricardo Lewandowski. Since then…

The Conversation (2019-04-19). By Not Investigating the U.S. For War Crimes, the International Criminal Court Shows Colonialism Still Thrives in International Law. globalresearch.ca On April 5, the United States revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her attempts to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the U.S. in Afghanistan. A week later, …

Daniel Larison (2019-04-19). Trump's Shameful Yemen Veto Defines His Presidency. globalresearch.ca As expected, Trump used his veto tonight to reject S.J.Res. 7, the antiwar Yemen resolution passed by both houses of Congress earlier this year. | Trump has been a supporter of the war on Yemen for years, and since taking office …

Gary Olson (2019-04-19). My Response to the PBS Series: Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. dissidentvoice.org The Civil War which ended in 1865, demolished slavery and emancipated four million human beings. What happened next in the South remains largely unknown to most Americans. In a recent poll of high school graduates, only 20 percent had even heard of Reconstruction, in part because history classes about this period invariably end with the …

teleSUR (2019-04-19). Peru: Autonomous Indigenous Group Fights Deforestation. telesurenglish.net The Wampis Nation of Peru, the first-ever Indigenous autonomous group in the country, continues to fight back against illegal deforestation and raise awareness of land issues in the country, and subsequently the rest of the world. | RELATED: | Peru's Ex-President Alan Garcia Dies After Shooting Himself Prior to Arrest | The Wampis have m…

Robert C. Koehler (2019-04-19). Hell Mixed With Futility. commondreams.org "Beyond the budget," the author writes, "is something infinitely worse — war itself, or rather, endless war." (Photo: SoulRider.222/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-04-19). The ICC Shows Colonialism Still Thrives in International Law. truthout.org On April 5, the United States revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her attempts to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the U.S. in Afghanistan. A week later, judges at the ICC rejected Bensouda's request to open a probe into U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. | While rights advocates condemned this mov…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-19). The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel. thecanary.co The current US government is moving closer to war with Iran, according to Lawrence Wilkerson, a former US Army colonel. The former George W … | Read more The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Global Research (2019-04-19). Two Books for One Price: Combined Special Offers from Global Research Publishers. globalresearch.ca Global Research Publishers bring you a number of special offers on two-book combined purchases. Click on a link below to order the combined book offer of your choice: | . | . | | : | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on : …

Paul Rogers (2019-04-19). We Already Know Who Will Win the War in Libya — Western Arms Dealers. commondreams.org Demonstrators denounce the arms trade's profits from killing in 2013. (Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-04-19). Stop & Shop Strikers Are Standing Up for All Grocery Workers. truthout.org The current New England grocery workers' strike will likely have long-lasting national significance. The strike that started April 11 with 31,000 Stop & Shop grocery workers at about 240 supermarkets in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut is about to enter its second week. It is the largest private-sector strike in the United States since 2017 and the largest strike in the U.S. retail sector since the Southern California grocery workers' strike of 2003-2004. | The strike is an important political event. Over the past few days, several Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren,…

The Conversation (2019-04-19). Trump Declares Economic War on Cuba. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962. | Speaking in Miami on April 17, the anniversary of the …

Ed Rampell (2019-04-19). "Red Joan," Promising a Soviet Spy Thriller, Underdelivers. progressive.org A the height of the Cold War, five members of Britain's nuclear program passed secrets along to the USSR.

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-04-19). The Commune is the Supreme Expression of Participatory Democracy: A Conversation with Anacaona Marin of El Panal Commune. venezuelanalysis.com In this interview, VA talks with a member of the Alexis Vive Patriotic Force, an organization based in the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas that has worked to build one of Venezuela's flagship urban communes.

Dan Bacher (2019-04-19). U.S. Senate Confirms Oil Lobbyist David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary. counterpunch.org The U.S. Senate on April 11 voted 56-41 to confirm President Trump's nominee David Bernhardt, former oil and gas corporation and Westlands Water District lobbyist David Bernhardt, to be the Secretary of the Interior. Senators Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), as well as Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), joined Senate Republicans More

Nick Pemberton (2019-04-19). To Never Forget or Never Remember. counterpunch.org "I do remember, and then when I try to remember, I forget" —Winnie The Pooh The act of "Never Forgetting" is being militarized against Muslims once again. And this is by a President who is popular because of his willful act of forgetting—that is nostalgia. On the heels of China's use of Artificial Intelligence to More

Stephen Cooper (2019-04-19). My Unforgettable College Stabbings. counterpunch.org Reacting to Violence: A Personal History Violence can and does occur anywhere at any time to anyone. While our current mass shooting epidemic has thrust this fact of being alive into our daily consciousness, I learned this lesson long ago: First, when I was mugged and stabbed in the early 90s during my freshman More

Louisa Willcox (2019-04-19). Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic and the Need for a New Approach to Managing Wildlife. counterpunch.org Emblematic of his time and education, Aldo Leopold wrote during 1920 that predators were "the common enemy of both the stockman and the conservationist." But, in one of Sand County Almanac's classic essays, Aldo writes about a radical transformation that he underwent just a handful of years later. After shooting into a pack of wolves, he More

Jessicah Pierre (2019-04-19). A Revolutionary Idea to Close the Racial Wealth Divide. counterpunch.org The gap between America's ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is growing dramatically as wealth continues to concentrate at the top at the expense of the rest of us. One major symptom of this economic rift is the racial wealth divide, which is greater today than it was nearly four decades ago. The median Black More

Staff (2019-04-19). Once-Counterculture 420 Marijuana Holiday Goes Mainstream. truthdig.com LOS ANGELES—Potheads have for decades celebrated their love of marijuana on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it. | No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But many other businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry are using April 20, or 4/20, to roll out marketing and social media messaging aimed at connecting with consumers driving the booming market. | On Saturday, Lyft is offering a $4.20 credit on a single ride in Colorado and in select cities in the U…

Staff (2019-04-19). It's Time to Transform the Tax Code and Implement a Green New Deal. truthout.org One area where the two parties of the millionaires and billionaires put in place policies that favor the rich are tax laws. Tax policy has favored the wealthy under both parties, but the Trump-administration has brought this tax corruption to new levels. We need to transform tax policy to build the working class base of the economy, shrink the wealth divide, and confront the climate crisis. An honest analysis of the tax code calls out in stark detail the extreme injustice of the economy in the United States. | The tax system favors the wealthy as low- and middle-income people are hit the hardest while big busi…

Leo Gerard (2019-04-19). Amazon—and 56 Other Corporations—Took Your Tax Dollars. commondreams.org "The U.S. Treasury reported that corporations paid $92 billion less in federal taxes in 2018 than they did in 2017, a 31 percent drop off." (Photo: Zhu/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-19). Former ISIS Commanders Rehabilitated as Traffic Cops in Raqqa Suburbs Under US Watch. mintpressnews.com The rehabilitated ISIS fighters are reportedly "imposing bribes" and royalties on vehicles, "not to mention the shameful acts against the pedestrians in the streets and the harassment of the citizen women."

Chris Wright (2019-04-19). The Coming of American Fascism, 1920—1940. globalresearch.ca One of the indefinitely many misfortunes of living in a society that values cultural artifacts inversely to their real human or intellectual worth is that brilliant works from the past, especially those with a left-wing slant, are forgotten. Or actively …

Ellen Brown (2019-04-19). The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us. globalresearch.ca As public banking gains momentum across the country, policymakers in California and Washington state are vying to form the nation's second state-owned bank, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919. The race …

Matthew Schofield (2019-04-19). WikiLeaks: Iraqi Children in U.S. Raid Shot in Head, U.N. Says. globalresearch.ca A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a …

Renee Parsons (2019-04-19). Bernie Sanders and the Nuclear-capable F35s. "The Most Expensive Weapon in US History" globalresearch.ca Fresh off what the MSM is celebrating as a surprise victory for a Bernie Town Hall on Fox News, lurking in the background is his inexplicable support over the years for basing the highly controversial F35 at the Burlington International …

John McEvoy (2019-04-19). Two doctors speak exclusively to The Canary about Venezuela's health system. thecanary.co On 9 April, The Canary published an on-the-ground article looking at the state of Venezuela's health service. It challenged the corporate media's general representation … | Read more Two doctors speak exclusively to The Canary about Venezuela's health system | By John McEvoy

Dave Zirin (2019-04-19). A Beloved Soccer Coach Faces Deportation Thanks to Trump's Immigration Policies. thenation.com A Beloved Soccer Coach Faces Deportation Thanks to Trump's Immigration Policies…

RT (2019-04-19). 'Total bulls**t': Trump blasts 'fabricated' statements in Mueller report. rt.com US President Donald Trump unleashed scathing remarks about special counsel Robert Mueller's "crazy" report on Friday, saying it was written by "angry Democrats" and contains statements which are "total bulls**t."

Defend Public Education NOW! (2019-04-19). SF Greeting For Billionaire Union Busting Charter King Reed Hastings. indybay.org San Francisco Design Center: 101 Henry Adams St | San Francisco…

RT (2019-04-19). 'It was collusion, buy my book': #Resistance journalist has 453-tweet meltdown over Mueller report. rt.com The Mueller report left some of President Donald Trump's conduct up for debate, but clearly stated no collusion with Russia took place. Not for one journalist, who launched a Twitter crusade to prove otherwise…with 453 tweets. |

Johnny Dwyer (2019-04-19). What the Mueller Report Didn't Say About Felix Sater and the Trump Tower in Moscow. theintercept.com The special counsel's report notes Sater's role in the Moscow project but oddly fails to mention his background as a felon and informant.

Labor Video Project (2019-04-19). 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…

plenglish (2019-04-19). Lula Calls on Leaders and Militants to Be Closer to Brazilian People. plenglish.com 19 de abril de 2019, 13: 58Brasilia, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has called on Friday from his jail on his countrymen to take to the streets and leaders and militants of progressive forces to keep closer to the people.

Miranda Kraus at the Rose Foundation (2019-04-19). Spiritual Leader and Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe Caleen Sisk Receives Earth Day Awar. indybay.org The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment announced Winnemem Wintu Tribal Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk as the winner of the 2019 Anthony Grassroots Prize, an annual $1,000 Earth Day award recognizing an outstanding example of grassroots environmental activism.

RT (2019-04-19). US House Judiciary Chair subpoenas attorney general for unredacted Mueller report. rt.com House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler has subpoenaed the Justice Department for a full, unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, as well as its underlying evidence. |

plenglish (2019-04-19). Nicaragua Calls for Unity in the Face of Unilateral US Sanctions. plenglish.com Simferopol, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Strengthening Latin American and Caribbean integration and unity is a must today to withstand increased U.S. unilateral sanctions against Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, a minister of the latter nation underscored on Friday.

The Conversation (2019-04-19). US Declares Economic War on Cuba. theantimedia.com (CONVERSATION) — The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962. Speaking in Miami on April 17, the anniversary of the United States' failed 1961 invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs, national security adviser John Bolton announced the end of virtually …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-19). Pentagon Spending Set to Hit Near-Record Levels, But 'Establishment Says We Can't Afford' Progressive Policies. commondreams.org "Very few in Congress are questioning how the U.S. can afford to spend $7.5 trillion on the military." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-19). US preparing more charges against Julian Assange. wsws.org A report by CNN confirms the warnings made by the WSWS that if the journalist is extradited to the United States, additional, possibly capital, charges would be brought against him.

RT (2019-04-19). BuzzFeed looks for Mueller report 'hoaxes & spin,' gets served with its own conspiracy theories. rt.com BuzzFeed says it's watching out for fake news and partisan spin surrounding Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' report. Readers sent in prime examples — BuzzFeed's own 'scoops' on the Steele dossier and Michael Cohen.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-19). Warren Becomes First 2020 Contender to Announce Support for Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first 2020 presidential candidate to call for impeachment proceedings for President Donald Trump on Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Brian Cloughley (2019-04-19). Britain Shakes a Futile Fist and Germany Behaves Sensibly. counterpunch.org As Britain staggers from crisis to crisis, with the Brexit debacle rending the country apart, with its prisons in a "disgraceful" state, a knife crime epidemic, and the doctors of its Health Service at "breaking point" it might be imagined that the government would avoid playing futile military games and concentrate on trying to run the country. But national More

RT (2019-04-19). Let's hear out Assange? US intelligence veterans say Mueller failed to prove 'Russian hacking'. rt.com A group of veteran intelligence professionals have warned that the Mueller report contains no proof to back up claims of 'Russian hacking' and said WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange might shed some light on it.

RT (2019-04-19). MSM defends 'extremely accurate' Russiagate coverage despite Mueller report. rt.com Even with the 'Russian collusion' narrative buried by the Mueller report, some mainstream journalists have come out to claim their anti-Trump coverage was backed up by the report. Were they reading a different report? |

Labor Video Project (2019-04-19). "It's Insane!" ILWU Longshore Workers/Truckers Challenge Oakland A's Billionaire Owner. indybay.org ILWU longshore workers, Truckers and companies at the port of Oakland had a press conference to oppose the owner of the A's John Fisher from building a new stadium and 4,000 condos costing more than $1 million each on the Howard Terminal in the port of Oakland. Speakers talked about the gentrification and ethnic cleansing of East Oakland and now West Oakland where an African American community has lived for decades. | This speculative financial scheme is fully supported by Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf who has ignored the ILWU and even the capitalists who profit from the port in her support for Fisher's A's stadium…

Max Frincke (2019-04-19). 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.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-19). Demanding to Hear Directly From Mueller, Nadler Subpoenas Full, Unredacted Report Friday. commondreams.org House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Friday morning that the entire unredacted Mueller Report would be subpoenaed by his committee "in the next couple of hours," reiterating that Democrats are not satisfied with the Trump administration's suggestion that the report is a closed matter. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-19). Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington. wsws.org Congressional Democrats and their media backers are seeking to use the findings of the investigation to boost their right-wing anti-Russia campaign.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-19). Watchdog Sounds Alarm Over Regulatory Capture as New Reporting Shows Nuclear Plants Unprepared for Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "We do not have an independent regulator that is heeding its mandate to protect public health and safety first." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Real News Network (2019-04-19). Trump Administration Working to Divide Caribbean Against Venezuela. indybay.org See below for an interview on the Trump administration's attempts to gather support in the Caribbean region for its terror campaign against Venezuela.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-19). With Nation Distracted by Mueller Report, Facebook Admits Millions of Users' Passwords Affected by Latest Privacy Breach. commondreams.org In what critics denounced as a classic "news dump," Facebook appeared to take advantage Thursday of the Mueller report capturing the nation's attention, and chose the same time to reveal that millions of users' passwords had been stored on the site in a readable format. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-04-19). US intelligence agencies show 'unprecedented' leftward slant & anti-Trump bias — former CIA analyst. rt.com The political Left increasingly dominates US intelligence agencies and that "bias may have crept into CIA analyses," a former analyst in the agency claims, calling out former colleagues for their increasingly illiberal liberalism.

teleSUR (2019-04-19). 'An Act of Hate': Journalist Shot Dead in Northern Island Riots. telesurenglish.net A 29-year-old Northern Irish journalist was shot dead during rioting in Londonderry overnight, an attack that shocked the region and police said was likely the work of Irish nationalist militants opposed to the 1998 Good Friday peace deal. | RELATED | Dublin Backs Brexit Delay as Labour Accepts Deal Talks with May | Rioting hit the Irish nationalist Creggan area of the city in Northern Ireland late Thursday after a raid by police, who said they were trying to prevent militant…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-19). On WikiLeaks Email Releases, Mueller Team Ignored Findings Of Former US Intelligence Officials. shadowproof.com Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. | Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff member Seth Rich, which seemed to relate to the alleged source of emails and documents the organization published. Yet, more explicit claims from WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Ass…

Joshua Frank (2019-04-19). Top 20 Mueller Report "Findings" counterpunch.org There are a few things stand out as the most relevant in Robert Mueller's Special Council report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, which was released in redacted form on Thursday. After consuming as much of the report as a sane person possibly can (I'm attempting to save you the trouble), here are what I see as the more important Mueller finds. More

Brett Wilkins (2019-04-19). Jimmy Carter: US 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World'. counterpunch.org The only US president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation has called the United States "the most warlike nation in the history of the world." During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed that he had recently spoken with President Donald Trump More

Ron Jacobs (2019-04-19). Ho Chi Minh City: Nguyen Thai Binh Street. counterpunch.org There's a street in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City called Nguyen Thai Binh Street. The United States had intensified its bombing of both northern and southern Vietnam earlier in April. 1972. Nixon, Kissinger and their henchmen in the Pentagon called the campaign Operation Freedom Porch. The northern cities of Hanoi and Haiphong were carpet-bombed with More

Dean Baker (2019-04-19). Fun Fictions in Economics. counterpunch.org Economists pride themselves on being the serious social science, the one most deserving of status as an actual science. I will let others make the comparative assessment, but there is an awful lot of nonsense that passes as serious analysis within economics. For cheap fun, I thought I would use a nice spring afternoon to More

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