Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

2019-04-02: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-04-03). Comedian Volodomyr Zelenskiy leads first round of Ukraine Presidential Elections. wsws.org Zelenskiy's vote is an overwhelming rebuke to the right-wing nationalist regime of Poroshenko brought to power in the 2014 imperialist-backed coup.

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…

SIPRI (2019-04-02). Global Arms Trade: USA Increases Dominance; Arms Flows to the Middle East Surge, Says SIPRI. globalresearch.ca The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014—18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009—13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004—2008, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace …

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Sarah Martin reports from Venezuela, opposes U.S. intervention. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 27, 80 people filled 4200 Cedar to witness a report on the conditions in Venezuela delivered by Sarah Martin. Martin, a longtime peace activist and member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), joined members of organizations such as International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Canadian Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition as part of an international peace delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council and Black Alliance for Peace. The delegation's stated intention was to bring a message of solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to witness firsthand the effects…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Chile: Mapuche Call for Marches Against Police Militarization. telesurenglish.net Indigenous Mapuche communities of Ercilla, Chile, called for a solidarity demonstration Wednesday, April 3, in Temuco. A march for Peace-Demilitarization and Mapuche Self-Determination is due to be held in Santiago the same day. | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche March to End Militarization of Their Region | The community action intends to reaffirm "the rights that legitimately assist us, on this day we will announce the issues…

Global Research News (2019-04-02). Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-02). Sorry Wapo, the Great March of Return Protests Are About More Than Food and Medicine. mintpressnews.com What is largely missing from the discussion on Gaza is the collective psychology behind this kind of mobilization, and why it is essential for hundreds of thousands of besieged people to rediscover their power…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Saudi Arabia Executes Nigerian Woman Over Drug-Related Charges. telesurenglish.net The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a Nigerian woman and two Pakistani men on Monday after a Meccan court found them guilty of trafficking drugs, the AFP News Agency said, citing state media reports. | RELATED: | Saudi Women Activists Stand Trial in Criminal Court | In response to the executions, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diasporan Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa doubted the validity of the claims made by the Saudi authorities. | Speaking at the Presidential Palac…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Paris Will Have a Public Space Named After Activist Marielle Franco. telesurenglish.net The Municipal Council of Paris unanimously approved Monday a motion to name a public space after Marielle Franco, a Brazilian leftist politician and human rights activist who was murdered in Rio de Janeiro on March 14, 2018. | RELATED: | Brazil: 2 Former Police Arrested in Marielle Franco Murder | "This is a tribute to Marielle but also a way of support…

STAFF (2019-04-02). "Massive Win for the Environment": New York State Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags. truthout.org In a move celebrated by activists as a " massive win for the environment," New York state lawmakers agreed to ban most single-use plastic bags statewide as part of a $175.5 billion budget deal announced Sunday. | New York is the third state to outlaw plastic bags. California voters ratified a state law in 2016, and all of Hawaii's counties have enacted simila…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-02). Venezuela's Chief Supreme Court Justice Calls for Stripping Guaido of Immunity. globalresearch.ca Trump regime designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido is a serial law breaker. | He's Trump regime front man for the ongoing coup attempt to topple democratically elected and reelected President Maduro, along with aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-02). Electoral Dirty Tricks in Israel. Fake Social Media Promoting Likud and PM Netanyahu. globalresearch.ca Why not! Elections in the US, other Western countries and Israel are rife with dirty tricks. | According to Haaretz, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli media, hundreds (maybe thousands) of fake social media accounts are promoting …

Robert Fisk (2019-04-02). Egypt's Brutal Crackdown on Workers' Rights. counterpunch.org Khaled Abol Naga — an outspoken critic of the Egyptian government — stands accused of treason (AFP). It was comical, farcical, droll. An actor's dream if you were going to put the drama on stage or screen — but the three principal characters were actors themselves. The lead player, as usual in Egypt, was His Excellency Field Marshal More

Stephen Zunes (2019-04-02). The Other Reason Biden Shouldn't Run. commondreams.org Violent deaths resulting from the war in Iraq are estimated at over 180,000 by the Iraq Body Count project, including over 4,400 dead U.S. armed forces. Over 34,000 members of U.S. armed forces were wounded. (Photo: Alicia M. Anderson, USMC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-02). Saudi Siege of Yemen's al-Durayhimi as Devastating as WWII Siege of Leningrad. mintpressnews.com To compare Saudi Arabia's blockade on al-Durayhimi to the siege of Leningrad by German and Finnish forces in 1944, one of the most notorious and brutal military sieges in history, is no exaggeration.

Lawrence Davidson (2019-04-02). God and U.S. Foreign Policy: an Analysis. counterpunch.org Well, here we go again. God is back at work in support of the foreign policy of the United States. In fact, this time around, God has apparently gone so far as to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election (and you thought it was the Russians!) in order to assure Donald Trump's election. And why did the deity do so? To protect Israel from the bad guys in Teheran. More

Zeke Miller (2019-04-02). Commander in Cheat? New book recounts golf misdeeds by Trump. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — Colluding with Russia? The special counsel says no. Cheating at golf? Well, that's something else. From pulling a fast one on Tiger Woods to exaggerating his handicap, Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds on and around the golf course are the subject of a new book by former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, "Commander …

CP Editor (2019-04-02). The Criminalization Of Teachers. counterpunch.org

Austyn Ross (2019-04-02). Young Black Excellence at 50th Image Awards. naacp.org Over the weekend we celebrated 50 years of the NAACP honoring black images at the 50th Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. Black excellence radiated through the theater as the stars celebrated their achievements over the past year. There was huge presence of young talent in the room eager to celebrate one another. Our Youth …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). As Trump Threatens Another Obamacare Repeal, Mother Warns That Losing ACA Would "Wipe Me Out" democracynow.org Just a week after President Trump's Justice Department supported a federal court ruling to wipe out the Affordable Care Act, Trump changed course in a series of tweets Monday and said he is willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election for Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan. Trump has vowed to replace the ACA so that the Republican Party will be known as "the party of healthcare." We speak with Jamie Davis Smith, a mother of four, civil rights attorney and member of Little Lobbyists and Health Care Voter. Her daughter Claire has multiple severe disabilities. In a recent op-ed for The Washingto…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-02). Trumka warns lawmakers: Don't vote for quickie 'New NAFTA'. peoplesworld.org

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power. telesurenglish.net Maduro's stay in power has Washington as well as various regional neighbor countries worried about the situation. It seems that Venezuela's neighbors followed a false promise to get rid off the Venezuelan President rather quickly. According to the report, allies of the U.S. are disappointed with the result and are now questioning their decision to recognize Juan Guaido as interim President. | RELATED: | Nicolas Maduro: Electric Coup D'éTat Is in Full Swing | A military invasion seems to b…

C. J. Hopkins (2019-04-02). A Russiagate Requiem. dissidentvoice.org So the Mueller report is finally in, and it appears that hundreds of millions of Americans have, once again, been woefully bamboozled. Weird, how this just keeps on happening. At this point, Americans have to be the most frequently woefully bamboozled people in the entire history of woeful bamboozlement. If you didn't know better, you'd …

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2019-04-02). Trump-Barr's Manipulation of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller Report of March 22, 2019: The Political Cover-up of the Century? globalresearch.ca "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power …

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-02). Interview With Journalist Aaron Maté: On The Collapse Of Russiagate Conspiracy Theory. shadowproof.com Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola were joined by journalist Aaron Maté to talk about the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Mueller was unable to establish that "members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference…

Robert Fantina (2019-04-02). Mueller, Trump and Governance. counterpunch.org Now that the Mueller investigation is over, can the elected officials of the United States government start governing? This writer understands that these august personages all believe that it isn't governing that is their role, but grandstanding, but couldn't a little time be allocated for the former? Let's look at a few things that might More

Yves Engler (2019-04-02). NATO Propaganda Promotes War, Military Spending. globalresearch.ca Third in a four-part series on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. | The first two installments of the series showed how NATO was set up to blunt the European left and to justify European/North American …

Kavaljit Singh (2019-04-02). The Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). globalresearch.ca The financial transaction tax is an issue that never goes away from the public agenda completely. It keeps coming back to the policy and political discussions in different forms across the world. Currently, the idea of a financial transaction tax …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-02). The End of the Politician (in a Fashion): The Slovak and Ukrainian Elections. globalresearch.ca The structures of politics have become so rigid, so distant, and ultimately so irrelevant to those who vote for them that a trend through countries can now be confirmed. Brittleness has set it. The part and election strategists have few …

F. William Engdahl (2019-04-02). China's President Xi Jinping in Italy: It's the Maritime Ports! globalresearch.ca To the concern of Germany, France, Holland and other EU countries, Italy's coalition has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China to join China's Belt Road Initiative, the so-called New Economic Silk Road. Italy is the only industrial G7 …

Julia Kassem (2019-04-02). 'I Love Israel': Bolsonaro Nudged by Netanyahu to Recognize Embassy Move During Visit. globalresearch.ca Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro was received warmly by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday during his first visit to Israel, greeting Netanyahu with a Hebrew "I love Israel" at a welcoming ceremony in the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv….

Chris Cole (2019-04-02). Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria? globalresearch.ca On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …

The Global Research Team (2019-04-02). Global Research in a "Post-Truth" "Fake News" Era. globalresearch.ca In a "post-truth" "fake news" era, it is important more than ever to have a reliable news source that delivers the critical analysis that is ignored or manipulated by the mainstream media. | Global Research is committed to curbing the tide …

Eric Margolis (2019-04-02). The Russians Are Not Coming! globalresearch.ca Not since the witchcraft hysteria of the Middle Ages have we seen such a display of human idiocy, credulity and absurdist behavior. I refer, of course, to the two-year witch hunt directed against President Donald Trump which hopefully just concluded …

Craig Murray (2019-04-02). The Chagos Islands and the Dark Soul of the British Labour Party. globalresearch.ca Even if you think you know all about the Chagos story — an entire population forcibly removed from their island homeland at British gunpoint to make way for a US Air Force nuclear base, the people dumped destitute over a …

Edward Curtin (2019-04-02). The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s Is the Story of Our Times. The Killing of the Kennedys and Today's New Cold War. globalresearch.ca "'We're all puppets,' the suspect [Sirhan Sirhan] replied, with more truth than he could have understood at that moment." — Lisa Pease, quoting from the LAPD questioning of Sirhan | When Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968, …

Zero Hedge (2019-04-02). Russia Establishes Attack Helicopter School in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca A military helicopter training facility, constructed by Russia's Rosoboronexport, was revealed in Venezuela Friday, several days after Moscow deployed troops and equipment to the crisis-stricken South American country, reported TASS News. | "A modern helicopter training center was built under …

South Front (2019-04-02). Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line. globalresearch.ca Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …

Juan Cole (2019-04-02). Did the Saudi Hackers who Trapped Khashoggi Target Jeff Bezos for Nude Photos? mintpressnews.com Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' security team has alleged in The Daily Beast that Saudi Arabian intelligence hacked his phone and passed to the National Enquirer intimate photos that the married Bezos had sent to his lover, Lauren Sanchez. Although the Enquirer's parent company, AMI, has alleged that it received the material from Sanchez's brother, this allegation may be a cover story intended to deflect attention from the Saudi role (of which AMI may or may not have been aware. AMI reiterated its denials…

commondreams (2019-04-02). Saudi Arabia: Six Months After the Brutal Killing of Jamal Khashoggi, There Remains 'No Real Signs of Justice'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

United Nations (2019-04-02). Prospect of a nuclear war 'higher than it has been in generations', warns UN. un.org In a world defined by "competition over cooperation, and the acquisition of arms, prioritized over the pursuit of diplomacy", the threat of a nuclear weapon being used is "higher than it has been in generations," the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-02). We Were Right on Russia-gate; Now Help Us Keep Our Work Going. consortiumnews.com For more than two years, led by our founding editor, Bob Parry, Consortium News consistently challenged the Russia-gate "collusion" story, which has now been officially dismissed. Please support us to keep our record of unique journalism going as we launch… Read more →

Consortiumnews (2019-04-02). Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate—How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 4—'The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate'. consortiumnews.com As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the "scandal" started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria… Read more →

Elliot Sperber (2019-04-02). Political Economy of the Squirrel. counterpunch.org Sweet potato Joe's crow, Flo, flew up to the heights, where the squirrels reside sharing and storing their nuts, In the branches where Each has a nest, yes, a little apartment though none of them own these so nobody pays rent. As such, squirrels don't work that much They gather their nuts Which are amply More

Clark T. Scott (2019-04-02). "The More Effective Evil" counterpunch.org The old adage needs to be updated. It should now read as follows. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me scores and scores of times over decade after decade, I must be a democrat and a republican. A few years back, when Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford made the accurate assessment that Barrack Obama More

Adolf Alzuphar (2019-04-02). Los Angeles Diary: The Politics of Secular Faith. counterpunch.org It's raining in Los Angeles. I sit inside of Antigua's coffee in Cypress Park, where the motto is "community, progress, sustainable". It is a phenomenal place to sit and have tea. Today, I order the black jaguar, a black tea blend that needn't any milk to be creamy, delicious. I generally drink my tea with More

Danny Sjursen (2019-04-02). The Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me. counterpunch.org "Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." — Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929) I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both More

Kim C. Domenico (2019-04-02). Why Ain't We Peculiar? Anarchist Benefits of A "Neo-Parochialism" counterpunch.org Under the new conditions (i.e., of socialism) Individualism will be far freer, finer, and far more intensified than it is now. I am not talking of the great imaginatively-realised individualism of [the great poets.] but of the great actual Individualism latent and potential in mankind generally. Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism(1891) When More

Jake Johnson (2019-04-02). Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen. mintpressnews.com "Just as they did earlier this year, Republican leaders may again shamefully exploit concerns over bigotry against Jews to stall a totally unrelated bill that would help put an end to U.S. support for the war in Yemen."

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Guatemala: Thelma Aldana Appeals Ruling Blocking Her Candidacy. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's former attorney general, Thelma Aldana, will seek to overturn a decision from the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) preventing her from running for president, Aldana's campaign manager said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Guatemala Issues Arrest Warrant for Former Attorney General Thelma Aldana | The electoral authority rejected the candidacy in a decision announced Monday that cited an arrest warrant issued against her, which alleged irregularities dur…

Robert Kuttner (2019-04-02). Those Boeing Crashes and Donald Trump. commondreams.org A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane sits on the assembly line in an assembly facility in Renton, Washington. (Photo: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

United Nations (2019-04-02). Strengthen inclusion, participation of people with autism to 'achieve their full potential' says UN chief. un.org On World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underscored in his message on Tuesday, the importance of technology which helps people living with autism "achieve their full potential".

United Nations (2019-04-02). Acute food insecurity 'far too high' UN agency warns, as 113 million go hungry. un.org Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, according to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report released on Tuesday, which warns that these crises are primarily driven by conflict and climate-related disasters.

STAFF (2019-04-02). I'm Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me. truthout.org "Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." —Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929).I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. I'd tired of carrying water for empire and they'd grown weary of dealing with my dissenting articles and footing the bill for my seemingly never-ending PTSD treatments. Now, I'm societ…

United Nations (2019-04-02). 'Counter and reject' leaders who seek to 'exploit differences' between us, urges Guterres at historic mosque in Cairo. un.org Speaking in Cairo's historic al-Azhar mosque on Tuesday, UN chief António Guterres issued a call for societies, faiths and cultures everywhere to "focus on what unites us", urging everyone to work together towards realizing the 2030 Agenda "for the collective benefit of all".

STAFF (2019-04-02). Supreme Court's Death Penalty Ruling Leaves Legal Experts Aghast. truthdig.com Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court's right-wing majority in the 5-4 decision, ruling that Russell Bucklew can be executed by lethal injection despite his medical condition, cavernous hemangioma. The disease, warn his legal team and medical experts, will cause Bucklew to choke for several minutes on his own blood be…

commondreams (2019-04-02). NIAC Urges Treasury to Remove Impediments to Iran Flood Relief Aid. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Brazil's Bolsonaro: No Moving Embassy to Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Bolsonaro says his nation will not transfer its diplomatic embassy to Jerusalem, but instead will create a business center there to "promote (Brazilian) business (and) investment," said the head of state. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | On the first day of Jair Bolsonaro's four-day trip to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Brazilian leader announced the country has establisehd a trade center…

Jeff Faux (2019-04-02). Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration. thenation.com Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration…

Daniel Costa (2019-04-02). Congress and Trump Discover Bipartisanship on Immigration—But Only to Increase H-2B Visas for Captive and Underpaid Migrant Workers. commondreams.org Rodolfo Godinez, from left, Alfredo Rosas Mendoza and Samuel Jimenez, who are all working in the U.S. on H-2B visas, haul gravel July 20, 2017, for Jimenez & Sons Landscaping at a project at a home in Lemont. (Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jeff Bryant (2019-04-02). New Report Spurs Congress to Question Up to $1 Billion Wasted on Charter Schools. progressive.org Congress members confronted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a proposed budget increase for a program funding charter schools that quickly closed, or never opened at all.

Phil Butler (2019-04-02). Breakthrough Energy Ventures: Our Malevolent Benefactors and Their Master Plan for Humanity. mintpressnews.com The men who pull all the media, political and business levers in much of the world now want to pretend to save us from ourselves by backing GMOs and other questionable technologies.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-02). 'Findings Should Inspire Naked Fear': Canada Warming at Twice the Global Rate. commondreams.org Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, according to a new government report that provoked impassioned calls to urgently address human activities that produce planet-heating emissions. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-02). Companies and police violently attack remaining strikes in Matamoros. wsws.org The Mexican ruling class and its imperialist patrons in the US and Europe are responding to the largest strike in North America in the last three decades by turning sharply toward authoritarian forms of rule and militarized counterrevolution.

Jason Ditz (2019-04-02). $7 Billion in Equipment Looted From Former US Base in Afghanistan. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The US handed over the Camp Kearney base in Paktika Province to the Afghan government in 2014, with an estimated $8 billion in equipment still inside. Today, the estimation is that about $1 billion worth of equipment is left. So what happened between then and now that cost the site about $7 billion? Mass looting. …

STAFF (2019-04-02). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. therealnews.com Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…

plenglish (2019-04-02). China Appreciates Seoul's Effort to Resume Talks on Peninsula. plenglish.com Beijing, Apr 2 ( Prensa Latina ) China expressed Tuesday its appreciation for South Korea"s efforts to resume talks on denuclearization and peaceful resolution of the situation on the neighboring peninsula after the stagnation emerged at the Vietnam summit.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-04-02). Venezuelan Government Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuela's Maduro government has reached an agreement with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to scale up the humanitarian organization's activities in the Caribbean country. On Friday, IFRC President Francesco Rocca announced that in two weeks the body will start distributing vital food and medicine to 650,000 people in coordination with Venezuelan authorities. …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-02). Corporate Media Demands Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — CNN has aired a segment in which pundit Fareed Zakaria tells the network's audience that the US president has "been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue" and asks "will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?" The segment is a near-verbatim reading of Zakaria's Washington Post column from a couple of …

plenglish (2019-04-02). Food Security, a Challenge After Cyclone Idai, UN Warns. plenglish.com United Nations, April 2 (Prensa Latina) In the face of the damage to farmland caused by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa, food security is now a major challenge in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Daniel Haufler (2019-04-02). The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism. indybay.org The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (2019-04-02). Restaurants and Retailers Warned Against Illegal Sales of Foie Gras. indybay.org California businesses alerted they must comply with the law banning sale of cruelly-produced "gourmet" delicacy…

RT (2019-04-02). US Supreme Court declares inmates have no constitutional right to 'painless death'. rt.com The Supreme Court has declared prisoners have no constitutional right to a "painless death," allowing the execution of a convicted murderer to go forward despite his protestations that lethal injection would cause him to suffer.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-02). 'Weak Journalism': NYT Fails to Disclose Op-Ed Writer's Close Family Ties to Venezuelan Opposition Leader. commondreams.org A recent video opinion piece published by The New York Times intended to drum up support for U.S. involvement in Venezuela failed to disclose the author's ties to the opposition government, leading to criticism from progressives of the paper's coverage. "She's not an independent voice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-02). 'Making Money Off Dysfunction': Bolstering Medicare for All Case, Survey Shows Americans Accrued $88 Billion in Healthcare Debt in 2018. commondreams.org Americans borrowed $88 billion in 2018 to cover their healthcare, putting yet another number to the argument against the private insurance system as the best provider of care and making the case for universal healthcare even stronger. "Someone is making money off dysfunction." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-04-02). Peruvian Government Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela. plenglish.com Lima, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Government is against any military intervention in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said before the International Relations Committee of the Congress of the Republic.

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Pope: Church Should Admit History of Violence Towards Women. telesurenglish.net Pope Francis said Tuesday the Catholic Church had to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women and children and repair its reputation among young people or risk becoming "a museum." | RELATED: | Chilean Priest Under House Arrest, Investigation for Sex Abuse | Although, in the report the pope admitted to an array of scandals and…

RT (2019-04-02). Marco Rubio inflames Twitter by mixing Bible verses with regime change calls. rt.com Florida Senator Marco Rubio's social media output is a real mixed bag. In between odes to regime change in Venezuela and paeans to border security, Rubio dropped in some words from the good book, to mixed reaction. |

Moveon.org & others (2019-04-02). Release the Mueller Report! Rapid Response Rallies in CA & Across the Nation. indybay.org Rallies throughout CA & the United States | Use link to find a rally near you: act.moveon.org/event/mueller-fir…

plenglish (2019-04-02). Caracas Metro Services Running after Electric Power Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Transport Minister Hipolito Abreu informed the Caracas Metro service was restored on Tuesday, afterf the sabotage perpetrated against the National Electric System (SEN) on March 25.

WSWS (2019-04-02). Christchurch terrorist's fascist manifesto promotes trade unions. wsws.org The fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, advocates the anti-immigrant, nationalist policies of the trade unions.

RT (2019-04-02). 'Creepy Uncle Joe' memes not going anywhere as 2nd woman accuses Biden of crossing 'line of decency'. rt.com A second woman has come forward to accuse 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden of creepy almost-sexual harassment, while the former Vice President's damage control attempts have Twitter up in arms.

plenglish (2019-04-02). Brazil Bans Dams Due to Operational Stability Problems. plenglish.com Brasilia, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The National Mining Agency (ANM) decided to ban a series of dams throughout the country because of problems of stability in its operations, the Brazilian Agency announced Tuesday.

Robert Fisk (2019-04-01). Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel? counterpunch.org Is there any other country on Earth with which America would dare collude on such a scale? Forget the "special relationship" with the crackpots in Britain, or the New World coming to the rescue of the Old World in the Second World War. There's only one special relationship that matters right now — and we all know what that is. Having given its blessing to all Jerusalem as Israeli property and having now handed Golan to Israel as a possession — for "to annex" means "to take possession", does it not? — Donald Trump has undermined the entire foundation of "land for peace" enshrined in Security Coun…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). "Our Will of Life Is Stronger Than Despair": Palestinian Ahmed Abu Artema on Israeli Attacks on Gaza. democracynow.org Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including three teenagers, at a mass demonstration Saturday on the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza. Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters. As tens of thousands of Palestinians came out to demand an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza and the right to return to their ancestral land, we speak with Ahmed Abu Artema, the Palestinian poet, journalist and peace activist who inspired the Great March of Return and helped organize it as a cry for help. Artema was frustrated by Israel's more than decade-long land, se…

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-04-01). Egypt's ruler fears the words "Don't worry, you're not alone" peoplesworld.org A national protest campaign is underway against the Egyptian dictatorship. Called "Don't Worry, You're Not Alone," it is a protest against General Abdelfattah Al-Sisi and his military coup government. It was launched by Moutazz Matar on the Egyptian Turkey-based Al-Sharq TV channel who selected February 27 as the day to activate the campaign. That campaign …

Fight Back (2019-04-01). Hundreds march against NATO. fightbacknews.org Washington DC — Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Square, a park opposite the White House, March 30, to respond to the call to action against NATO, racism and war. The organizers also strongly emphasized the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to protest the Trump administration and NATO's attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Nicolás Maduro. | The park was full of banners, signs and flags held by protesters who loudly cheered and chanted throughout the program. The chants ranged from, "Hands off Venezuela" to "How do you spell racist? N-A-T-O!" | The speakers each masterfully high…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-01). Venezuela's Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out. venezuelanalysis.com Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages.

Whitney Webb (2019-04-01). Israel Praises Nonviolence of Great Return March Anniversary Protest in Gaza, Shoots Demonstrators Anyway. mintpressnews.com While the IDF and Israeli government have suffered few — if any — consequences for their excessive use of force against Gazan demonstrators, the Great Return March and the Israeli response has caused a notable shift in favor of Palestinian rights at the international level.

Vanessa Beeley (2019-04-01). Syria: Suspected Al-Qaeda Chemical Attack in Northern Hama and Al Skeilbiyyeh Bells Ring in Defiance. globalresearch.ca Al Skeilbiyyeh — on the 23rd March 2019 I entered the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. Between 4 and 5pm, at least four villages to the west of the town were attacked by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) forces …

United Nations (2019-04-01). Brunei's new penal code would enshrine 'cruel and inhuman punishments' UN rights chief warns. un.org Proposed changes to Brunei's penal code to incorporate punishments under a strict interpretation of Islamic law – including death by stoning – should be halted, the UN's top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Monday.

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-01). Farcical Ukraine Presidential Election. globalresearch.ca Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, a fantasy democracy, not the real thing, fundamental freedoms eliminated. | In February 2014, democratic governance was abolished, orchestrated by the Obama regime, resistance against repressive ruling authorities not tolerated. | On Sunday, round one of …

Lucas Koerner (2019-04-01). Venezuelan Gov't Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Aid. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition leader Guaido claimed "victory" but government spokespeople say the move has "nothing to do" with US efforts to force in "humanitarian aid."

STAFF (2019-04-01). How Big Tech Helped Big Oil Automate the Climate Crisis. therealnews.com Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have triumphantly announced themselves as petroleum production partners, Gizmodo reporter Brian Merchant has documented in a recent report…

Daniel Falcone (2019-04-01). Bombing Gaza as a Campaign Slogan. counterpunch.org On March 25, 2019 while the major media fixated on Trump and his potential indictments in regards to Russia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing his own political opponents, an upcoming election and five potential indictments back home, stood with President Trump in Washington, DC. Trump signed an executive order that recognized Israel's sovereignty over the More

Geoff Beckman (2019-04-01). Why Nobody in the Future Will Think Obama Was Wonderful. counterpunch.org Obama prevented a depression? Great. His inaction—and mania about deficits established a recession that has lasted a decade—with permanent reductions in salary and wealth for the middle class. George W. Bush passed tax cuts for the wealthy; Barack Obama made them permanent. He demagoged against the tax rates Bill Clinton had put into place as vehemently as Ronald Reagan savaged the 90% tax bracket. More

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco — Nancy Scheper-Hughes (2019-04-01). America's Dirty War on Immigrant Children. counterpunch.org "These aren't people. These are animals" — Donald Trump, May 17, 2018 President Trump is right about one thing: there is an emergency; indeed we would call it a humanitarian catastrophe at the U.S. Southern Border.[1] It is also a demographic, political and moral catastrophe. However, the chaotic 'solutions' devised by former Attorney General Sessions and More

Barbara MacLean (2019-04-01). Sitting Pretty on a Sinking Ship: Neoliberal Feminism. dissidentvoice.org Going down with the ship in style Orientation: For a number of years now I've been confounded by watching many of the straight upper-middle class women in the United States appearing to slide backwards in time into much more traditional roles. Why do so many women still do the heavy lifting of childcare, grocery shopping, …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). Why the Real Migration Crisis Is in Central America, Not at the Southern U.S. Border. democracynow.org President Trump has announced the United States will cut off funding to the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that are the primary source of a wave of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, including caravans of families with children. He is also threatening to close the border with Mexico.‚Ä® This comes after Trump declared a national emergency to justify redirecting money earmarked for the military to pay for building a wall at the border. ‚Ä®We speak with John Carlos Frey, award-winning investigative reporter and "PBS NewsHour…

Janine Jackson (2019-04-01). Chelsea Manning Again Takes Fall for Defending Public's Right to Know. fair.org Where is the outrage, or even recognition, that someone whose goal was to reveal what actions—illegal and unconscionable—were being carried out in US people's name, and whose revelations led in fact to debate and interrogation of those actions, is once again taking the fall for reporters happy to report those revelations and claim awards for doing so?

2019-04-02: Social Media Postees

Comedian Volodomyr Zelenskiy leads first round of Ukraine Presidential Elections
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
Zelenskiy's vote is an overwhelming rebuke to the right-wing nationalist regime of Poroshenko brought to power in the 2014 imperialist-backed coup.
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Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
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Sarah Martin reports from Venezuela, opposes U.S. intervention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-02
Minneapolis, MN – On March 27, 80 people filled 4200 Cedar to witness a report on the conditions in Venezuela delivered by Sarah Martin. Martin, a longtime peace activist and member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), joined members of organizations such as International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Canadian Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition as part of an international peace delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council and Black Alliance for Peace. The delegation's stated intention was to bring a message of solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to witness firsthand the effects…
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Global Arms Trade: USA Increases Dominance; Arms Flows to the Middle East Surge, Says SIPRI
SIPRI | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014–18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009–13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004–2008, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace …
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Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-02
Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…
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Chile: Mapuche Call for Marches Against Police Militarization
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Indigenous Mapuche communities of Ercilla, Chile, called for a solidarity demonstration Wednesday, April 3, in Temuco. A march for Peace-Demilitarization and Mapuche Self-Determination is due to be held in Santiago the same day. | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche March to End Militarization of Their Region | The community action intends to reaffirm "the rights that legitimately assist us, on this day we will announce the issues…
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Sorry Wapo, the Great March of Return Protests Are About More Than Food and Medicine
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
What is largely missing from the discussion on Gaza is the collective psychology behind this kind of mobilization, and why it is essential for hundreds of thousands of besieged people to rediscover their power…
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Saudi Arabia Executes Nigerian Woman Over Drug-Related Charges
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a Nigerian woman and two Pakistani men on Monday after a Meccan court found them guilty of trafficking drugs, the AFP News Agency said, citing state media reports. | RELATED: | Saudi Women Activists Stand Trial in Criminal Court | In response to the executions, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diasporan Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa doubted the validity of the claims made by the Saudi authorities. | Speaking at the Presidential Palac…
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Paris Will Have a Public Space Named After Activist Marielle Franco
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
The Municipal Council of Paris unanimously approved Monday a motion to name a public space after Marielle Franco, a Brazilian leftist politician and human rights activist who was murdered in Rio de Janeiro on March 14, 2018. | RELATED: | Brazil: 2 Former Police Arrested in Marielle Franco Murder | "This is a tribute to Marielle but also a way of support…
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"Massive Win for the Environment": New York State Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
In a move celebrated by activists as a " massive win for the environment," New York state lawmakers agreed to ban most single-use plastic bags statewide as part of a $175.5 billion budget deal announced Sunday. | New York is the third state to outlaw plastic bags. California voters ratified a state law in 2016, and all of Hawaii's counties have enacted simila…
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Venezuela's Chief Supreme Court Justice Calls for Stripping Guaido of Immunity
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Trump regime designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido is a serial law breaker. | He's Trump regime front man for the ongoing coup attempt to topple democratically elected and reelected President Maduro, along with aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled …
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Electoral Dirty Tricks in Israel. Fake Social Media Promoting Likud and PM Netanyahu
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Why not! Elections in the US, other Western countries and Israel are rife with dirty tricks. | According to Haaretz, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli media, hundreds (maybe thousands) of fake social media accounts are promoting …
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Egypt's Brutal Crackdown on Workers' Rights
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
Khaled Abol Naga — an outspoken critic of the Egyptian government — stands accused of treason (AFP). It was comical, farcical, droll. An actor's dream if you were going to put the drama on stage or screen — but the three principal characters were actors themselves. The lead player, as usual in Egypt, was His Excellency Field Marshal…
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The Other Reason Biden Shouldn't Run
Stephen Zunes | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Violent deaths resulting from the war in Iraq are estimated at over 180,000 by the Iraq Body Count project, including over 4,400 dead U.S. armed forces. Over 34,000 members of U.S. armed forces were wounded. (Photo: Alicia M. Anderson, USMC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Maduro's stay in power has Washington as well as various regional neighbor countries worried about the situation. It seems that Venezuela's neighbors followed a false promise to get rid off the Venezuelan President rather quickly. According to the report, allies of the U.S. are disappointed with the result and are now questioning their decision to recognize Juan Guaido as interim President. | RELATED: | Nicolas Maduro: Electric Coup D'éTat Is in Full Swing | A military invasion seems to b…
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Mueller, Trump and Governance
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
Now that the Mueller investigation is over, can the elected officials of the United States government start governing? This writer understands that these august personages all believe that it isn't governing that is their role, but grandstanding, but couldn't a little time be allocated for the former? Let's look at a few things that might…
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Trump-Barr's Manipulation of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller Report of March 22, 2019: The Political Cover-up of the Century?
Prof Rodrigue Tremblay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power …
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Interview With Journalist Aaron Maté: On The Collapse Of Russiagate Conspiracy Theory
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-02
Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola were joined by journalist Aaron Maté to talk about the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Mueller was unable to establish that "members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference…
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A Russiagate Requiem
C. J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-02
So the Mueller report is finally in, and it appears that hundreds of millions of Americans have, once again, been woefully bamboozled. Weird, how this just keeps on happening. At this point, Americans have to be the most frequently woefully bamboozled people in the entire history of woeful bamboozlement. If you didn't know better, you'd …
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NATO Propaganda Promotes War, Military Spending
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Third in a four-part series on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. | The first two installments of the series showed how NATO was set up to blunt the European left and to justify European/North American …
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The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s Is the Story of Our Times. The Killing of the Kennedys and Today's New Cold War
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
"'We're all puppets,' the suspect [Sirhan Sirhan] replied, with more truth than he could have understood at that moment." — Lisa Pease, quoting from the LAPD questioning of Sirhan | When Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968, …
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The Financial Transaction Tax (FTT)
Kavaljit Singh | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
The financial transaction tax is an issue that never goes away from the public agenda completely. It keeps coming back to the policy and political discussions in different forms across the world. Currently, the idea of a financial transaction tax …
globalresearch.ca/why-us-needs-f…

Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …
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Global Research in a "Post-Truth" "Fake News" Era
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
In a "post-truth" "fake news" era, it is important more than ever to have a reliable news source that delivers the critical analysis that is ignored or manipulated by the mainstream media. | Global Research is committed to curbing the tide …
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The End of the Politician (in a Fashion): The Slovak and Ukrainian Elections
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
The structures of politics have become so rigid, so distant, and ultimately so irrelevant to those who vote for them that a trend through countries can now be confirmed. Brittleness has set it. The part and election strategists have few …
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China's President Xi Jinping in Italy: It's the Maritime Ports!
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
To the concern of Germany, France, Holland and other EU countries, Italy's coalition has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China to join China's Belt Road Initiative, the so-called New Economic Silk Road. Italy is the only industrial G7 …
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The Chagos Islands and the Dark Soul of the British Labour Party
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Even if you think you know all about the Chagos story — an entire population forcibly removed from their island homeland at British gunpoint to make way for a US Air Force nuclear base, the people dumped destitute over a …
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'I Love Israel': Bolsonaro Nudged by Netanyahu to Recognize Embassy Move During Visit
Julia Kassem | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro was received warmly by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday during his first visit to Israel, greeting Netanyahu with a Hebrew "I love Israel" at a welcoming ceremony in the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv….
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Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria?
Chris Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …
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Russia Establishes Attack Helicopter School in Venezuela
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
A military helicopter training facility, constructed by Russia's Rosoboronexport, was revealed in Venezuela Friday, several days after Moscow deployed troops and equipment to the crisis-stricken South American country, reported TASS News. | "A modern helicopter training center was built under | …
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The Russians Are Not Coming!
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Not since the witchcraft hysteria of the Middle Ages have we seen such a display of human idiocy, credulity and absurdist behavior. I refer, of course, to the two-year witch hunt directed against President Donald Trump which hopefully just concluded …
globalresearch.ca/the-russians-a…

Did the Saudi Hackers who Trapped Khashoggi Target Jeff Bezos for Nude Photos?
Juan Cole | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' security team has alleged in The Daily Beast that Saudi Arabian intelligence hacked his phone and passed to the National Enquirer intimate photos that the married Bezos had sent to his lover, Lauren Sanchez. Although the Enquirer's parent company, AMI, has alleged that it received the material from Sanchez's brother, this allegation may be a cover story intended to deflect attention from the Saudi role (of which AMI may or may not have been aware. AMI reiterated its denials…
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Saudi Siege of Yemen's al-Durayhimi as Devastating as WWII Siege of Leningrad
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
To compare Saudi Arabia's blockade on al-Durayhimi to the siege of Leningrad by German and Finnish forces in 1944, one of the most notorious and brutal military sieges in history, is no exaggeration.
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Saudi Arabia: Six Months After the Brutal Killing of Jamal Khashoggi, There Remains 'No Real Signs of Justice'
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
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Prospect of a nuclear war 'higher than it has been in generations', warns UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-02
In a world defined by "competition over cooperation, and the acquisition of arms, prioritized over the pursuit of diplomacy", the threat of a nuclear weapon being used is "higher than it has been in generations," the Security Council heard on Tuesday.
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Commander in Cheat? New book recounts golf misdeeds by Trump
Zeke Miller | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-02
WASHINGTON (AP) — Colluding with Russia? The special counsel says no. Cheating at golf? Well, that's something else. From pulling a fast one on Tiger Woods to exaggerating his handicap, Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds on and around the golf course are the subject of a new book by former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, "Commander …
peoplesworld.org/article/command…

Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate–How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 4–'The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-02
As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the "scandal" started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/02/co…

God and U.S. Foreign Policy: an Analysis
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
Well, here we go again. God is back at work in support of the foreign policy of the United States. In fact, this time around, God has apparently gone so far as to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election (and you thought it was the Russians!) in order to assure Donald Trump's election. And why did the deity do so? To protect Israel from the bad guys in Teheran.
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We Were Right on Russia-gate; Now Help Us Keep Our Work Going
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-02
For more than two years, led by our founding editor, Bob Parry, Consortium News consistently challenged the Russia-gate "collusion" story, which has now been officially dismissed. Please support us to keep our record of unique journalism going as we launch… Read more ?…
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Los Angeles Diary: The Politics of Secular Faith
Adolf Alzuphar | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
It's raining in Los Angeles. I sit inside of Antigua's coffee in Cypress Park, where the motto is "community, progress, sustainable". It is a phenomenal place to sit and have tea. Today, I order the black jaguar, a black tea blend that needn't any milk to be creamy, delicious. I generally drink my tea with…
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Political Economy of the Squirrel
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
Sweet potato Joe's crow, Flo, flew up to the heights, where the squirrels reside sharing and storing their nuts, In the branches where Each has a nest, yes, a little apartment though none of them own these so nobody pays rent. As such, squirrels don't work that much They gather their nuts Which are amply…
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The Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me
Danny Sjursen | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
"Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." — Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929) I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both…
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Why Ain't We Peculiar? Anarchist Benefits of A "Neo-Parochialism"
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
Under the new conditions (i.e., of socialism) Individualism will be far freer, finer, and far more intensified than it is now. I am not talking of the great imaginatively-realised individualism of [the great poets.] but of the great actual Individualism latent and potential in mankind generally. Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism(1891) When…
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"The More Effective Evil"
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
The old adage needs to be updated. It should now read as follows. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me scores and scores of times over decade after decade, I must be a democrat and a republican. A few years back, when Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford made the accurate assessment that Barrack Obama…
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The Criminalization Of Teachers
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
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Supreme Court's Death Penalty Ruling Leaves Legal Experts Aghast
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-02
Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court's right-wing majority in the 5-4 decision, ruling that Russell Bucklew can be executed by lethal injection despite his medical condition, cavernous hemangioma. The disease, warn his legal team and medical experts, will cause Bucklew to choke for several minutes on his own blood be…
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Guatemala: Thelma Aldana Appeals Ruling Blocking Her Candidacy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Guatemala's former attorney general, Thelma Aldana, will seek to overturn a decision from the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) preventing her from running for president, Aldana's campaign manager said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Guatemala Issues Arrest Warrant for Former Attorney General Thelma Aldana | The electoral authority rejected the candidacy in a decision announced Monday that cited an arrest warrant issued against her, which alleged irregularities dur…
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I'm Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
"Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." –Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929).I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. I'd tired of carrying water for empire and they'd grown weary of dealing with my dissenting articles and footing the bill for my seemingly never-ending PTSD treatments. Now, I'm societ…
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Those Boeing Crashes and Donald Trump
Robert Kuttner | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane sits on the assembly line in an assembly facility in Renton, Washington. (Photo: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
"Just as they did earlier this year, Republican leaders may again shamefully exploit concerns over bigotry against Jews to stall a totally unrelated bill that would help put an end to U.S. support for the war in Yemen."
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Acute food insecurity 'far too high' UN agency warns, as 113 million go hungry
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-02
Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, according to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report released on Tuesday, which warns that these crises are primarily driven by conflict and climate-related disasters.
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Strengthen inclusion, participation of people with autism to 'achieve their full potential' says UN chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-02
On World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underscored in his message on Tuesday, the importance of technology which helps people living with autism "achieve their full potential".
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'Counter and reject' leaders who seek to 'exploit differences' between us, urges Guterres at historic mosque in Cairo
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-02
Speaking in Cairo's historic al-Azhar mosque on Tuesday, UN chief António Guterres issued a call for societies, faiths and cultures everywhere to "focus on what unites us", urging everyone to work together towards realizing the 2030 Agenda "for the collective benefit of all".
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Young Black Excellence at 50th Image Awards
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-04-02
Over the weekend we celebrated 50 years of the NAACP honoring black images at the 50th Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. Black excellence radiated through the theater as the stars celebrated their achievements over the past year. There was huge presence of young talent in the room eager to celebrate one another. Our Youth …
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As Trump Threatens Another Obamacare Repeal, Mother Warns That Losing ACA Would "Wipe Me Out"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
Just a week after President Trump's Justice Department supported a federal court ruling to wipe out the Affordable Care Act, Trump changed course in a series of tweets Monday and said he is willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election for Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan. Trump has vowed to replace the ACA so that the Republican Party will be known as "the party of healthcare." We speak with Jamie Davis Smith, a mother of four, civil rights attorney and member of Little Lobbyists and Health Care Voter. Her daughter Claire has multiple severe disabilities. In a recent op-ed for The Washingto…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/as…

NIAC Urges Treasury to Remove Impediments to Iran Flood Relief Aid
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
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Brazil's Bolsonaro: No Moving Embassy to Jerusalem
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Brazil's President Bolsonaro says his nation will not transfer its diplomatic embassy to Jerusalem, but instead will create a business center there to "promote (Brazilian) business (and) investment," said the head of state. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | On the first day of Jair Bolsonaro's four-day trip to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Brazilian leader announced the country has establisehd a trade center…
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Congress and Trump Discover Bipartisanship on Immigration—But Only to Increase H-2B Visas for Captive and Underpaid Migrant Workers
Daniel Costa | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Rodolfo Godinez, from left, Alfredo Rosas Mendoza and Samuel Jimenez, who are all working in the U.S. on H-2B visas, haul gravel July 20, 2017, for Jimenez & Sons Landscaping at a project at a home in Lemont. (Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration
Jeff Faux | thenation.com | 2019-04-02
Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration…
thenation.com/article/trump-immi…

New Report Spurs Congress to Question Up to $1 Billion Wasted on Charter Schools
Jeff Bryant | progressive.org | 2019-04-02
Congress members confronted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a proposed budget increase for a program funding charter schools that quickly closed, or never opened at all.
progressive.org/public-school-sh…

Breakthrough Energy Ventures: Our Malevolent Benefactors and Their Master Plan for Humanity
Phil Butler | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
The men who pull all the media, political and business levers in much of the world now want to pretend to save us from ourselves by backing GMOs and other questionable technologies.
mintpressnews.com/breakthrough-e…

The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism
Daniel Haufler | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/01…

'Creepy Uncle Joe' memes not going anywhere as 2nd woman accuses Biden of crossing 'line of decency'
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
A second woman has come forward to accuse 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden of creepy almost-sexual harassment, while the former Vice President's damage control attempts have Twitter up in arms. | …
rt.com/usa/455309-creepy-uncle-j…

Brazil Bans Dams Due to Operational Stability Problems
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
Brasilia, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The National Mining Agency (ANM) decided to ban a series of dams throughout the country because of problems of stability in its operations, the Brazilian Agency announced Tuesday.
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'Making Money Off Dysfunction': Bolstering Medicare for All Case, Survey Shows Americans Accrued $88 Billion in Healthcare Debt in 2018
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Americans borrowed $88 billion in 2018 to cover their healthcare, putting yet another number to the argument against the private insurance system as the best provider of care and making the case for universal healthcare even stronger. "Someone is making money off dysfunction." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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'Findings Should Inspire Naked Fear': Canada Warming at Twice the Global Rate
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, according to a new government report that provoked impassioned calls to urgently address human activities that produce planet-heating emissions. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Caracas Metro Services Running after Electric Power Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
Caracas, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Transport Minister Hipolito Abreu informed the Caracas Metro service was restored on Tuesday, afterf the sabotage perpetrated against the National Electric System (SEN) on March 25.
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Companies and police violently attack remaining strikes in Matamoros
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-02
The Mexican ruling class and its imperialist patrons in the US and Europe are responding to the largest strike in North America in the last three decades by turning sharply toward authoritarian forms of rule and militarized counterrevolution.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

Pope: Church Should Admit History of Violence Towards Women
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Pope Francis said Tuesday the Catholic Church had to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women and children and repair its reputation among young people or risk becoming "a museum." | RELATED: | Chilean Priest Under House Arrest, Investigation for Sex Abuse | Although, in the report the pope admitted to an array of scandals and…
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$7 Billion in Equipment Looted From Former US Base in Afghanistan
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The US handed over the Camp Kearney base in Paktika Province to the Afghan government in 2014, with an estimated $8 billion in equipment still inside. Today, the estimation is that about $1 billion worth of equipment is left. So what happened between then and now that cost the site about $7 billion? Mass looting. …

$7 Billion in Equipment Looted From Former US Base in Afghanistan

Release the Mueller Report! Rapid Response Rallies in CA & Across the Nation
Moveon.org & others | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
Rallies throughout CA & the United States | Use link to find a rally near you: act.moveon.org/event/mueller-fir…
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The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-02
Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…
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US Supreme Court declares inmates have no constitutional right to 'painless death'
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
The Supreme Court has declared prisoners have no constitutional right to a "painless death," allowing the execution of a convicted murderer to go forward despite his protestations that lethal injection would cause him to suffer. | …
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Corporate Media Demands Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(CJ Opinion) — CNN has aired a segment in which pundit Fareed Zakaria tells the network's audience that the US president has "been unwilling to confront Putin in any way on any issue" and asks "will Venezuela be the moment when Trump finally ends his appeasement?" The segment is a near-verbatim reading of Zakaria's Washington Post column from a couple of …

Corporate Media Demands Trump Further Escalate Tensions With Russia

Christchurch terrorist's fascist manifesto promotes trade unions
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-02
The fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, advocates the anti-immigrant, nationalist policies of the trade unions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

Restaurants and Retailers Warned Against Illegal Sales of Foie Gras
Animal Legal Defense Fund | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
California businesses alerted they must comply with the law banning sale of cruelly-produced "gourmet" delicacy…
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Marco Rubio inflames Twitter by mixing Bible verses with regime change calls
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
Florida Senator Marco Rubio's social media output is a real mixed bag. In between odes to regime change in Venezuela and paeans to border security, Rubio dropped in some words from the good book, to mixed reaction. | …
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Venezuelan Government Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(VA) — Venezuela's Maduro government has reached an agreement with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to scale up the humanitarian organization's activities in the Caribbean country. On Friday, IFRC President Francesco Rocca announced that in two weeks the body will start distributing vital food and medicine to 650,000 people in coordination with Venezuelan authorities. …

Venezuelan Government Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Humanitarian Aid

China Appreciates Seoul's Effort to Resume Talks on Peninsula
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
Beijing, Apr 2 ( Prensa Latina ) China expressed Tuesday its appreciation for South Korea"s efforts to resume talks on denuclearization and peaceful resolution of the situation on the neighboring peninsula after the stagnation emerged at the Vietnam summit.
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Peruvian Government Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
Lima, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Government is against any military intervention in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said before the International Relations Committee of the Congress of the Republic.
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'Weak Journalism': NYT Fails to Disclose Op-Ed Writer's Close Family Ties to Venezuelan Opposition Leader
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
A recent video opinion piece published by The New York Times intended to drum up support for U.S. involvement in Venezuela failed to disclose the author's ties to the opposition government, leading to criticism from progressives of the paper's coverage. "She's not an independent voice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Food Security, a Challenge After Cyclone Idai, UN Warns
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
United Nations, April 2 (Prensa Latina) In the face of the damage to farmland caused by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa, food security is now a major challenge in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
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Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel?
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-01
Is there any other country on Earth with which America would dare collude on such a scale? Forget the "special relationship" with the crackpots in Britain, or the New World coming to the rescue of the Old World in the Second World War. There's only one special relationship that matters right now — and we all know what that is. Having given its blessing to all Jerusalem as Israeli property and having now handed Golan to Israel as a possession — for "to annex" means "to take possession", does it not? — Donald Trump has undermined the entire foundation of "land for peace" enshrined in Security Coun…
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"Our Will of Life Is Stronger Than Despair": Palestinian Ahmed Abu Artema on Israeli Attacks on Gaza
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-01
Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including three teenagers, at a mass demonstration Saturday on the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza. Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters. As tens of thousands of Palestinians came out to demand an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza and the right to return to their ancestral land, we speak with Ahmed Abu Artema, the Palestinian poet, journalist and peace activist who inspired the Great March of Return and helped organize it as a cry for help. Artema was frustrated by Israel's more than decade-long land, se…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/1/ou…

Egypt's ruler fears the words "Don't worry, you're not alone"
Aboulfotouh Kandil | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-01
A national protest campaign is underway against the Egyptian dictatorship. Called "Don't Worry, You're Not Alone," it is a protest against General Abdelfattah Al-Sisi and his military coup government. It was launched by Moutazz Matar on the Egyptian Turkey-based Al-Sharq TV channel who selected February 27 as the day to activate the campaign. That campaign …
peoplesworld.org/article/egypts-…

Hundreds march against NATO
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-01
Washington DC — Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Square, a park opposite the White House, March 30, to respond to the call to action against NATO, racism and war. The organizers also strongly emphasized the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to protest the Trump administration and NATO's attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Nicolás Maduro. | The park was full of banners, signs and flags held by protesters who loudly cheered and chanted throughout the program. The chants ranged from, "Hands off Venezuela" to "How do you spell racist? N-A-T-O!" | The speakers each masterfully high…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/1/h…

Venezuela's Maduro Announces Electricity Rationing Plan as Protests Break Out
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-01
Scattered demonstrations took place in parts of Caracas and several provinces as the government tries to address water and electricity shortages.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14415

Israel Praises Nonviolence of Great Return March Anniversary Protest in Gaza, Shoots Demonstrators Anyway
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-01
While the IDF and Israeli government have suffered few — if any — consequences for their excessive use of force against Gazan demonstrators, the Great Return March and the Israeli response has caused a notable shift in favor of Palestinian rights at the international level.
mintpressnews.com/israel-great-r…

Syria: Suspected Al-Qaeda Chemical Attack in Northern Hama and Al Skeilbiyyeh Bells Ring in Defiance
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Al Skeilbiyyeh — on the 23rd March 2019 I entered the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. Between 4 and 5pm, at least four villages to the west of the town were attacked by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) forces …
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Brunei's new penal code would enshrine 'cruel and inhuman punishments' UN rights chief warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-01
Proposed changes to Brunei's penal code to incorporate punishments under a strict interpretation of Islamic law – including death by stoning – should be halted, the UN's top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Monday.
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Farcical Ukraine Presidential Election
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, a fantasy democracy, not the real thing, fundamental freedoms eliminated. | In February 2014, democratic governance was abolished, orchestrated by the Obama regime, resistance against repressive ruling authorities not tolerated. | On Sunday, round one of …
globalresearch.ca/farcical-ukrai…

Venezuelan Gov't Authorizes Expansion of Red Cross Aid
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-01
Opposition leader Guaido claimed "victory" but government spokespeople say the move has "nothing to do" with US efforts to force in "humanitarian aid."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14416

First day of Legalization for All Network delegation focuses on Chicano struggles in Arizona
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-01
Tucson, AZ – On March 30, the Legalization For All Network completed the first day of an immigrant rights delegation to Arizona and the U.S.-México border. | Members of immigrant rights organizations and a Palestinian liberation movement organization from the Midwest are participating in the delegation. | The first day of the trip was in Tucson, Arizona, where the delegation learned about the history of the U.S.-México border and the struggles of the Chicano people in the Southwest, which was the top half of México until the U.S. invasion of México in 1848. | In the morning, the delegation participated in the 19…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/1/f…

Corporate Media Propaganda: Protecting the EU from 'Russian Influence' — by Manufacturing History
Nina Cross | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
It is now apparent with the release of the Mueller investigation findings, that the great storm that has embattled the US government and establishment since 2016 over supposed Russia-Trump collusion during the US elections, originates not from a genuine …
globalresearch.ca/disinfo-magino…

The coup failed. Venezuelans now brace themselves for slow, punishing economic warfare
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-01
The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. Like in 2002, Washington's attempted coup has failed to topple … | Read more The coup failed. Venezuelans now brace themselves for slow, punishing economic warfare. | By John McEvoy…
thecanary.co/feature/2019/04/01/the-coup-failed-venezuelans-now-brace-themselves-for-slow-punishing-economic-warfare/

Solidarity, Survival and Sabotage: Reconstructing the History of the Blackouts Tormenting Venezuela
Mision Verdad | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-01
While Venezuela's government and the Chavista movement proclaimed victory over the worst blackouts to plague the country, Washington's coup masters…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/01/solid…

Fascistic Talks and Deeds Wrapped in the American Flag: "The Fear Doctrine", Immigrant Families, Asylum Seekers, Babies Caged under a Bridge
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
After every disaster, when a reporter asks the survivors about their experiences, some with the utmost honesty and astonishment answer: "We never thought it would happen to us." | Americans are shocked to see that immigrant families, asylum seekers, babies being …
globalresearch.ca/fascistic-talk…

The Lake Baikal Water Bottling Scandal Says a Lot About Russia-China Relations
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Russian-Chinese relations are excellent and the two Great Powers have never been closer to one another in history, but that doesn't mean that their partnership is perfect and without its problems, as the Baikal water bottling scandal recently revealed. | A …
globalresearch.ca/the-lake-baika…

Japan, A "Necessary Evil"? Keeping Women Out of Medical Schools Won't Fix What Ails the Japanese Medical Profession
Prof. Chelsea Szendi Schieder | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
On August 2, 2018 an article in the Yomiuri shimbun broke the news that Tokyo Medical University has been systematically tampering with the scores of entrance exams to benefit male applicants. The news emerged in the course of an investigation …
globalresearch.ca/keeping-women-…

The Palestinian Political Scene is in a State of Paralysis: "The People Reject Normalization with Israel"
Abdel Bari Atwan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and in Gaza? | Abdel Bari Atwan: The Palestinian political scene is in a state of paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the disastrous Oslo …
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