Daily Archives: April 3, 2019

2019-04-03: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-03). US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net More than 40 organizations from throughout the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, have caused great hardship and loss of life" in the South American country. | RELATED: | Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power | The organizations, including CODEPINK, and dozens of other civil and religious soci…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Caribbean Students Protest War, Demand Respect for Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago: The rapidly unfolding events in Venezuela are continuing to attract attention across the Caribbean with students joining the discussion, demanding a peaceful solution and condemning promotion of growing confrontation between the opposing sides. | RELATED: | US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-03). House panel subpoenas full Mueller report, nationwide protests planned Thursday. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a party-line 24-17 vote, the Democratic-run House Judiciary Committee formally subpoenaed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full, uncut report on Russian manipulation of the 2016 presidential election in favor of GOP nominee Donald Trump and Trump's potential obstruction of justice. "This committee requires the full report and the underlying materials because it is our job, …

Andrew Malone (2019-04-03). The South Dakota Legislature Has Invented a New Legal Term to Target Pipeline Protesters. globalresearch.ca The government of South Dakota has made it very clear that it does not like people who protest the Keystone XL pipeline. The state's governor has dismissed them as "out-of-staters who come in to disrupt." And other officials have similarly …

Rabbi Brant Rosen (2019-04-03). Root causes of forced migration from Honduras: Some background. peoplesworld.org It was my honor last week to travel with 75 delegates representing diverse religious traditions and advocacy organizations on a "Root Causes Pilgrimage" to Honduras. Sponsored by the the Bay Area-based SHARE — El Salvador and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, we spent seven days traveling throughout the country, meeting with local grassroots groups, Indigenous activists and faith …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-03). Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Ecuador's President Moreno's "Assange Problem" globalresearch.ca Political asylum is an accepted if often ignored right. It is also at the mercy of those interests that grant it. Ecuador's repeated insistence on conditioning Julian Assange's stay in its London abode is tantamount to corroding the idea …

Alison Bodine (2019-04-03). The U.S.' Refusal of Entry to Arnold August Is a Dangerous Precedent for All Activists. counterpunch.org On March 16, 2019, more than 1000 activists from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, DC for the "U.S Hands Off Venezuela!" demonstration. However, Canadian journalist Arnold August was not one of them — earlier in the day he was unjustly denied entry into the United States at U.S. Customs and Immigration in the Montreal More

Ted Rall (2019-04-03). The Greatest Projects I Never Made. counterpunch.org Two weeks ago I discussed some of the projects and jobs that, for whatever reason, I never got to do during my career as a cartoonist and writer. The stuff we don't do, I wrote, defines as much as what we do. This week: my weird stuff that never came together. Hugh Hefner died in 2017. More

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-03). Pro-Israeli Power Rolls over Washington. globalresearch.ca The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has just completed its annual summit in Washington. It claims that 18,000 supporters attended the event, which concluded with a day of lobbying Congress by the attendees. Numerous American politicians addressed the gathering …

Olivia Rosane (2019-04-03). New York becomes second state to ban plastic bags. peoplesworld.org New York State lawmakers agreed to a ban on single-use plastic bags Sunday, making the Empire State the second in the nation to do so. The decision was part of a $175.5 billion budget agreement that included other progressive measures including the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent crimes, three-hours-off on election …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). AMLO: How Mexico's New Leftist President Has Navigated Corruption, Inequality and Trump. democracynow.org As President Trump continues his threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of asylum seekers, we look at the response from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the first four months of his presidency. In Mexico City, we speak with Humberto Beck, professor at El Colegio de México and co-editor of "The Future Is Today: Radical Ideas for Mexico." He says that while López Obrador doesn't want to openly confront Trump on stopping immigration, "he knows that sending back migrants to Central America is sending back these people to unlivable situations."

STAFF (2019-04-03). Mitch McConnell on the Brink of Packing Courts With Extremists. truthdig.com The Senate majority leader is expected to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" this week in order to expedite the confirmation process.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela. democracynow.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice—it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Alan Macleod (2019-04-03). Wealthy San Franciscans Raising Money to Block Homeless Shelter is Latest Example of Rich Disintegrating Society. mintpressnews.com The irony of wealthy Silicon Valley employees trying to block a local homeless shelter, as CBS notes, is that homelessness is on the rise in the Bay Area in no small part owing to Silicon Valley itself.

Lance Olsen (2019-04-03). Why All the Uproar Over the Green New Deal? counterpunch.org Same ol' same ol' battle: The more things change, the more they stay the same On August 21, 2009, The Wall Street Journal reported that "…many scientists say deep emissions cuts are necessary … to prevent … dangerous consequences of global warming," and also reported that, "Getting from here to there would require a massive economic shift." There's likely been More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-04-03). Stealing Democracy in an Age of Kleptocrats. counterpunch.org There's something in me that revolts against injustice and wrong. Like the genes that transmit our genetic inheritance, there are intellectual forces — call them Metis assets from the Greek goddess of intelligence Metis — that define us as human beings no less than the biological markers of skin color, height, etc. Metis inheritance I More

George Ochenski (2019-04-03). A Rare Win for Water Quality. counterpunch.org Montana's environment isn't getting much help from the legislature, but thanks to a lawsuit filed by the Upper Missouri Waterkeeper group, the state is going to have to re-do its 20 year variance on acceptable discharge levels for the nutrients/pollutants nitrogen and phosphorus. Make no mistake, this is a definite win for Montana's water quality More

Robert Hunziker (2019-04-03). Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes … Even in Winter. counterpunch.org Global warming is starting to hit hard like there's no tomorrow, and at current rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there may not be a tomorrow, as emissions continue setting new records year-by-year, expected to hit a 62-year record in 2019. So much for the Paris 2015 climate agreement! More

Edward Curtin (2019-04-03). The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times. dissidentvoice.org '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, the American public fell into a hypnotic trance in which they have remained ever since. The …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-03). US Puppet Guaido Stripped of Immunity. globalresearch.ca Usurper in waiting Guaido is a front man for the Trump regime's coup attempt to topple democratically elected President Maduro. | Most of all, the scheme aims to eliminate Bolivarian social democracy, wanting Venezuela transformed into a US vassal state, gaining …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-03). Jane Byrne: Chicagoans Elect First Black Female Mayor. globalresearch.ca The late Harold Washington was Chicago's first Black mayor, elected in 1983, serving until his premature death at age-65 on November 25, 1987, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday that year. | No one before or since was like him, affectionately …

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Ministers Fear Dismissal As Kenyatta National Address Nears. telesurenglish.net Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to announce stern measures that will be implemented to combat the war on corruption during a national address Thursday. | RELATED: | Kenyan Officials At Odds Over Drought Crisis, Hunger Deaths | The pending address has fueled panic among members of the Cabinet as well as Principal secretaries…

Telesur (2019-04-03). Why Was Guaido Barred from Holding Public Office for 15 Years? globalresearch.ca Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso announced Thursday that the opposition politician Juan Guaido has been barred from holding public office for 15 years over irregularities in his financial activities. | This decision was taken "considering that the deputy Juan Guaido has …

Global Research News (2019-04-03). Selected Articles: US Puppet Guaido Stripped of Immunity. globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Closure of the US-Mexico Border Could Cause Devastating Losses. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border is considered by both Mexican and U.S. businessmen as an attempt to dictate the ongoing immigration problems, a foreign policy move which could severely affect the economies of both countries. | RELATED: | Border Patrol Shuffle Delays US-Mexico Crossing by 12 Hours | "The Trump Administr…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Italy: Firefighter Faces 20 Yrs in Prison For Rescuing Migrants. telesurenglish.net Spanish firefighter, Miguel Roldan, has been accused by the Italian government of aiding human trafficking and illegal immigration after he helped save thousands of migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea in 2017. | RELATED: | EU Suspends Migrant Rescue Operations Despite Saving Thousands | Roldan, a 32-year-old firefighter from Malaga, Spain,…

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil" globalresearch.ca Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin …

Christopher Black (2019-04-03). A Threatening Monster. globalresearch.ca President Trump used to attack President Obama as being weak with regard to Syria for not being more ruthless in the American led war of aggression against Syria, a prelude to war with Iran; that he had drawn red lines …

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil". dissidentvoice.org Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil" mintpressnews.com What makes the Libyan, Syrian and Venezuelan scenarios so similar? Why was the West so eager to viciously attack, and then destroy these three, at first glance, very different countries? The answer is simple, although it is not often uttered in the West; at least not publicly.

STAFF (2019-04-03). Mitch McConnell Poised to Allow the Courts to Be Packed With Extremists. truthout.org With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expected as early as Wednesday to use the so-called "nuclear option" to speed up the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's right wing judicial nominees, progressives raised alarm and urged Americans to pressure their senators to stop the "reckless court packing" by the Republican Party. | "McConnell has signaled he is ready to use the so-called 'nuclear option' to further pack the courts with Trump's lifetime judicial appointments," tweeted the progressive advocacy group 5 Calls. "Tel…

John W. Whitehead (2019-04-03). American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We're Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone. globalresearch.ca " We're developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won't be able to think."—Rod Serling | Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone?…

Noelle Hanrahan (2019-04-03). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Next Stop: Freedom. globalresearch.ca The first question on everyone's lips is "What is in those old boxes?" Remember the boxes the Philadelphia District Attorney's office "found" in a storage closet late last year from Mumia Abu-Jamal's original trial? | The answer could be previously …

Jennifer Gibson (2019-04-03). US Drone Strikes "Outside War Zones" in Somalia, Yemen: Why Trump's Actions Have Put Civilians at More Risk. globalresearch.ca Yesterday, President Trump scrapped an Obama-era regulation forcing the government to publicly report the number of civilians killed in US drone strikes outside war zones. The National Security Council dismissed the regulation as an annoying bit of paperwork, describing it …

Robert Bridge (2019-04-03). Is Washington Preparing the Groundwork for a Maidan Scenario in Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Venezuela is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, which makes the political stakes involved much higher than they would be otherwise. Enter Juan Guaidó, Washington's puppet leader in Caracas, who will be attempting to rally the …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-04-03). Belt and Road Initiative in Full Swing in Europe. globalresearch.ca The multipolar transformation that is occurring across the Eurasian continent confirms the industrial and diplomatic cooperation between China and the European continent in spite of strong opposition from the United States. | Xi Jinping's visit to Europe confirms what many …

STAFF (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna: White House Must Start Playing by the Rules. truthout.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice — it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today with explosive revelations by a White House whistleblower who says senior Trump officials overtur…

teleSUR LF (2019-04-03). Lebanese President Meets with Top Venezuelan Diplomat. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza traveled to Lebanon this week as part of a delegation representing President Nicolas Maduro in the Middle East and North Africa. | RELATED: Lebanon Announces Formation of New Government | The top Venezuelan diplomat began his Middle East trip this week by meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda on Wednesday morning. | Arreaza, alongside the Venezuelan Ambassador to Lebanon Zoed Karam, discussed several…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Turkish Opposition Demands Mandate as 8 Cities Undergo Recount. telesurenglish.net Turkey's main opposition candidate in Istanbul urged the High Election Board (YSK) Wednesday to confirm him as the elected mayor after the board ruled in favor of a partial recount of votes in eight of 39 city districts. | RELATED: | Turkey Will Continue to Support President Maduro and Venezuela | Initial results from Sunday's mayoral elections showed the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had narrowly won control of Turkey's two biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, in…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement'. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday in front of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum that Nazism was a product of a left-wing movement. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | Bolsonaro, who is on an official visit to Israel since Sunday, made the comments after visiting the museum built in memory of six million Jews massacred by Nazis. | Upon leaving the museum he said that "there is no doubt" that Nazism was a leftist movem…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Brazil: Ex-President Temer Faces New Charges in 'Car Wash' Case. telesurenglish.net Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was charged with new crimes Tuesday in connection to the ongoing criminal investigation into the "Car Wash" scandal involving bribes in exchange for public contracts. | RELATED: | Brazil Judge Takes on Fresh Corruption Compliant Against Temer | Temer, whose presidency ended on Dec. 31 as Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurate…

teleSUR, lf (2019-04-03). China Slams Reports of Sending Troops to Venezuela as Fiction. telesurenglish.net The Spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that all reports claiming Beijing sent troops to Venezuela are untrue. | RELATED: | Chinese Aid Arrives in Venezuela | When asked if the People ¥s Liberation Army had deployed to Venezuela, Shuang told the reporter that he was unaware of such a deployment by his country's military. | "As for the second ques…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). UK Troops Use Corbyn's Picture For Target Practice in Kabul. telesurenglish.net Britain's defense ministry said Wednesday it had launched an investigation into a video circulating on social media showing soldiers using a picture of leftist opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice. | RELATED: | Jewish Socialists Support Corbyn Against Antisemitism Smears | The video, posted on Snapchat, shows four paratrooper…

Steven F. Forleo (2019-04-03). Wagging the Dog in Rhode Island. counterpunch.org Another Raimondo Tale Ever since Gina Raimondo, (a republican in any other state), became governor of Rhode Island, she has unabashedly launched a political coup on our lone community college. She continues to exclude faculty from her pie-in-the-sky Rhode Island Promise free tuition escapade while simultaneously allowing hand-picked business types on her "higher education" board More

Jefferson Morley (2019-04-03). Spain Not Satisfied With CIA Answers on Embassy Attack. commondreams.org The North Korean flag is flown at Madrid's North Korean embassy, which was was raided in February. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Thomas Knapp (2019-04-03). Social Media Regulation: Speak of the Devil and in Walks Zuck. counterpunch.org In a recent column on the mating dance between Big Government and Big Tech, I noted that "Big Tech wants to be regulated by Big Governments because regulation makes it more difficult and expensive for new competitors to enter the market." Two days after I hit "publish" on that column, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called More

Elliot Sperber (2019-04-03). 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

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-03). Unnecessary Expansions: the Australian War Memorial. counterpunch.org War is not merely a matter of sowing death, much of it needless; it entails preserving a rationale to perpetuate it. The mistake often made about reading, consulting and listening to the harrowing tales of those who have perished in battle or those who survived them is to presume that these should not happen again. Politicians, More

John Steppling (2019-04-03). Population Bomb or Bomb the Population? counterpunch.org There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because More

Doug Noble (2019-04-03). Collusion Hiding in Plain Sight. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's suspected "collusion" with Russia in the 2016 elections has been extensively investigated. But almost nothing has been said about his, and Congress members', open collusion with another nation, Israel, whose pervasive impact on US elections and US policy takes place in plain sight. Despite courageous critiques by Rep Omar and others, few candidates for More

Serge Halimi (2019-04-03). A Neoliberal "Wall of Values" counterpunch.org The far right's strong performance in elections was for decades an insurance policy for left- and right-wing neoliberals: any moderate, no matter how bland, could easily get elected provided he stood against a political party widely perceived as unacceptable and offensive. Jean-Marie Le Pen's share of the vote in the 2002 French presidential election did More

STAFF (2019-04-03). US Capitalism Was Born in the Destruction of the Commons. truthout.org "Community has to be intended, not as a gated reality, a grouping of people joined by exclusive interests, and separating them from others, but rather as a quality of relations, a principle of cooperation and of responsibility, to each other and the health of the forests, the seas, the animals."So writes [feminist] Silvia Federici. But how can we get there from here? The practice of commoning, and the idea that we might hold and manage land and assets together in common, holds a lot of appeal these days. To help us think forward as we do on this show, we have two world-renowned experts on commoning in the hous…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Mother of Michael Brown Loses Ferguson City Council Election. telesurenglish.net Lesley McSpadden, the mother of 18-year-old police brutality victim Michael Brown, was defeated in her bid for Ferguson's 3rd Ward City Council election in Missouri, where her son's death took place. | RELATED: | RELATED: Report Confirms Police Stop Black Drivers More Often Than White | "I wanted to come back to a place that caused me so much pain and did me so wrong, and to do something right," McSpadden said about her attempted foray into politics in the extremely competitiv…

STAFF (2019-04-03). Lori Lightfoot Says Chicago Mayoral Victory Means 'a City Reborn'. truthdig.com CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot's resounding victory was a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined the nation's third-largest city. | Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who'd never been elected to public office, defeated Cook County Board President and longtime City Council member Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday with backing from voters across the city. Late results showed Lightfoot, 56, winning every one of the city's 50 wards. | Lightfoot also made history, becoming the first black woman and the first openly gay p…

Eric A. Gordon (2019-04-03). 'The Mother of Henry': An anti-war play in 1960s East L.A. peoplesworld.org

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-04-03). The Fictitious 'Russian Attack' vs. the Real Imperative to 'Cooperate With Russia'. thenation.com The Fictitious 'Russian Attack' vs. the Real Imperative to 'Cooperate With Russia'

RT (2019-04-03). HUNDREDS of US troops died in Iraq… because of Iran, US special envoy claims. rt.com After assigning Iran the blame for mass death in both Syria and Yemen, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook declared Tehran responsible for 608 US soldiers losing their lives while invading Iraq.

Moveon.org & others (2019-04-03). 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…

WSWS (2019-04-03). Confrontation between Chinese and Taiwanese fighter jets. wsws.org The incident highlights the dangers of a war in Asia fueled by the Trump administration, which has deliberately inflamed the region's volatile flashpoints.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (2019-04-03). 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…

Chidinma Irene Nwoye (2019-04-03). U.S. Warmly Welcomed Congo's Disputed Election Results — but Has Been Sanctioning Its Election Officials Ever Since. theintercept.com In February, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's newly elected president, Felix Tshisekedi, held a warm meeting with the U.S. envoy to the region, John Peter Pham. Only hours after the reception, the United States slapped top Congolese election, political, and judiciary officials with sanctions. Alleging corruption on the part of the five officials, the U.S. State Department imposed visa restrictions. In late March, three of those officials who worked for the election commis…

plenglish (2019-04-03). Venezuelan People Defend Peace, Cuban President Asserts. plenglish.com Havana, Apr 3 ( Prensa Latina ) President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, stated on Wednesday that Venezuelan people defend peace and sovereignty in the face of an ongoing electric coup.

RT (2019-04-03). Russiagate hysteria lives on: Election meddling sanctions bill has its day in the Senate. rt.com Mueller may have had his day, but the specter of Russian meddling still hangs over Washington. A bill newly introduced in the Senate promises to slap harsh sanctions on Russia should future election interference be discovered. |

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-03). Pope Francis: Govts. That Sell Arms to Saudi Arabia 'Have No Right to Talk About Peace'. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-04-03). Classes Resumed in Venezuela after Electrical Power Attacks. plenglish.com 03 de abril de 2019, 09: 51Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Teaching activities at all levels are starting again in Venezuela on Wednesday after the sabotage perpetrated against the national power grid that forced the Government to suspended work and school activities since early March. President Nicolas Maduro urged the authorities of the electricity industry to report on any issue that affects the country after continued aggressions against the generation and distribution of energy.

plenglish (2019-04-03). Demonstrations to Free Lula Start in Brazil and Worldwide on April 7. plenglish.com Brasilia, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) April 7 will be the beginning of new acts in Brazil and in 15 countries, advocating the freedom of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will serve one year in political prison on that date, the Workers" Party (PT) reported Wednesday.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-03). 'Cheat Working Americans, You'll Go to Jail': Warren Unveils Bill to Punish Criminal CEOs. commondreams.org "For far too long, CEOs of giant corporations that break the law have been able to walk away, while consumers who are harmed are left picking up the pieces." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

The Real News Network (2019-04-03). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. dissidentvoice.org 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.

RT (2019-04-03). 'The band plays on': Sanctions bill shows Mueller Report didn't calm US appetite to punish Russia. rt.com The collapse of the 'Russiagate' narrative has done little to satisfy US lawmakers' desire to punish Moscow. However, a newly revived sanctions bill might struggle to find European support, and could fall flat, analysts told RT. |

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.

plenglish (2019-04-03). China Denies Sending Military Advisors to Venezuela. plenglish.com Beijing, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) China denied Wednesday information about the alleged presence of its military in Venezuela to advise President Nicolas Maduro, by reiterating its stance of not meddling in the internal affairs of any country.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). Headlines for April 3, 2019. democracynow.org Chicago Elects First Woman and Openly Gay Mayor in Lori Lightfoot, Trump Delays Threat of U.S.-Mexico Border Closure, Trump Falsely Claims Father Is German-Born, Renews Attacks on NATO Members, House Dems to Subpoena Ex-WH Official over Security Clearance Reversals, House Dems to Subpoena Wilbur Ross over Census Citizenship Question, WaPo: Saudis Giving Money, Lavish Homes to Khashoggi Children, U.K.: Theresa May to Seek Brexit Extension, Cooperation with Opposition, DRC: Ebola Outbreak Infects Over 1,000, Kills 680, Algeria: President Bouteflika Resigns After Weeks of Mass Protests, Venezuela: Lawmakers Strip Gu…

plenglish (2019-04-03). Legal Siege on Opposition Lawmaker Juan Guaido Increases in Venezuela. plenglish.com 03 de abril de 2019, 09: 47Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The legal siege on the opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido has increased after the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved a decree that lifts the parliamentary immunity enjoyed by the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela.

Daniel Haufler (2019-04-03). 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.

RT (2019-04-03). Chait bait? NY Mag's 'collusion' pusher mocked for doubling down on his Russiagate conspiracy theory. rt.com A writer for New York Magazine has rehashed his most outlandish theory that US President Donald Trump could have been a Russian asset since the 1980s — and has been mercilessly mocked on Twitter for his efforts.

plenglish (2019-04-03). Arab Countries Dissatisfied with Brazil's Office in Jerusalem. plenglish.com 03 de abril de 2019, 09: 45Brasilia, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The announcement by President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil will open a commercial office in Jerusalem has caused dissatisfaction in Arab countries, according to Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-04-03). Socialist Analysis "Collapse of the Trump-Russia Hoax & the Bankruptcy of Liberalism" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., at 26th St.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-03). As GOP Deploys 'Nuclear Option', New Reports Detail Damage Done By Trump's Far-Right Takeover of Judiciary. commondreams.org Regardless of how the 2020 presidential election plays out, President Donald Trump has already ensured that he has shaped the American political landscape for generations to come, thanks to the dozens of judges he has confirmed to federal positions in just two years. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-04-03). US senators press energy chief to reveal details of nuclear cooperation with Saudis. rt.com The US lawmakers have demanded answers from the Energy Secretary Rick Perry who allowed a number of US firms to share sensitive nuclear energy information with Saudi Arabia, under the public radar.

RT (2019-04-03). Russia is behind the 'creepy' Joe Biden scandal, latest conspiracy claims. rt.com If you thought the 2020 US presidential election might be a Russia-free affair, think again. The latest conspiracy taking hold online asserts that Moscow is behind the controversy over potential candidate Joe Biden's creepy past.

WSWS (2019-04-03). UNHRC ignores Sri Lanka's failure to investigate war crimes. wsws.org The UNHCR resolution bogusly praised Colombo's "positive steps" on human rights and gave it two more years to implement previous unfulfilled pledges.

plenglish (2019-04-03). Venezuelan FM Satisfied with Visits to Turkey and Lebanon. plenglish.com 03 de abril de 2019, 09: 38Beirut, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the results of his visits to Turkey and Lebanon, as part of a tour that will also take him to Syria.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-03). 'Not Just Inappropriate. It's Fascistic': Outrage Over UK Soldiers Using Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for Target Practice. commondreams.org British soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, used an image of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as target practice, drawing criticism from United Kingdom progressives and triggering an internal investigation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-04-03). Cessation of immunity Leads Guaido to Trial. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved the decree to raid the parliamentary immunity of Juan Guaido, which currently paves the way to the prosecution of the opposition legislator.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-03). 'Cartoonishly Evil': After Kids and Parents Injured, Trump Commissioners Stepped in to Thwart Stroller Recall. commondreams.org In a "cartoonishly evil" move that critics warned could set a worrying precedent for corporate regulation, the Washington Post reported Tuesday that Trump appointees at the Consumer Product Safety Commission blocked a recall of jogging strollers that agency staff believed had injured both adults and children. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-03). Christchurch terrorist donated to right-wing Austrian Identitarian movement. wsws.org Clear political and ideological ties exist between the Australian fascist Brenton Tarrant, the Austrian Identitarian movement and the governing Freedom Party.

Ben Norton (2019-04-02). VIDEO: Honduras has an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis — Thanks to a US-backed coup. thegrayzone.com While the Trump administration oversees a coup attempt in Venezuela, Honduras is suffering from an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis,…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

Glen Ford (2019-04-02). Russiagate implodes, pleasing Trump but leaving the left in the cold. mronline.org With Mueller's "no collusion" verdict, Donald Trump can claim to have been vindicated in the Russiagate saga, but there will be no respite for the real left—not to be confused with the phony "resistance" that has run on Kremlin-hate (and Syria hate and Venezuela hate) for the past two years. | Source

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.

The Tricontinental (2019-04-02). Dossier 14: Brazil's Amazon—the wealth of the earth generates the poverty of humankind. mronline.org The destruction of the Amazon has serious consequences not only for Brazil, but for all of Latin America—and the world. | Source

Eds. (2019-04-02). The south, the blackout and beyond: As chavismo mobilizes in Venezuela, the U.S. increases pressure. mronline.org After two months, the images are clear: Chavismo has maintained its capacity for mobilization, while the right wing is in the process of losing what it had managed to regain on January 23. | Source

Alfred de Zayas (2019-04-02). Venezuela in the Crisis. mronline.org The solution of the Venezuelan "crisis" lies in good faith negotiations between the government and the opposition, an end to the economic war, and the lifting of sanctions. | Source

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

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

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

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…

2019-04-03: Social Media Postees

US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
More than 40 organizations from throughout the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, have caused great hardship and loss of life" in the South American country. | RELATED: | Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power | The organizations, including CODEPINK, and dozens of other civil and religious soci…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Orgs-to-Congress-End-Trumps-Crusade-For-War-in-Venezuela–20190403-0008.html

UN chief commends Algerians for 'mature and calm' demonstrations for change, leading up to presidential resignation
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-03
In the wake of the resignation in Algeria of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday saluted "the mature and calm nature" of protests involving hundreds of thousands of citizens who took to the streets peacefully in recent weeks, to express "their desire for change."
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1035981

Haiti stands 'at the crossroads' between peacekeeping, development — Bachelet urges strengthened 'human rights protection'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-03
With the end of the UN's peacekeeping presence in Haiti in sight, the UN's human rights chief told the Security Council on Wednesday that the country now stands "at the crossroads between peacekeeping and development", urging all concerned parties to continue building on progress made, or "risk losing it" altogether.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1036011

Caribbean Students Protest War, Demand Respect for Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago: The rapidly unfolding events in Venezuela are continuing to attract attention across the Caribbean with students joining the discussion, demanding a peaceful solution and condemning promotion of growing confrontation between the opposing sides. | RELATED: | US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela…
telesurenglish.net/news/Caribbean-Students-Oppose-War-Plans-and-Demand-Respect-for-Venezuelan-Sovereignty-20190403-0031.html

House panel subpoenas full Mueller report, nationwide protests planned Thursday
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-03
WASHINGTON–By a party-line 24-17 vote, the Democratic-run House Judiciary Committee formally subpoenaed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full, uncut report on Russian manipulation of the 2016 presidential election in favor of GOP nominee Donald Trump and Trump's potential obstruction of justice. "This committee requires the full report and the underlying materials because it is our job, …
peoplesworld.org/article/house-panel-subpoenas-full-muller-report-nationwide-protests-planned-thursday/

The South Dakota Legislature Has Invented a New Legal Term to Target Pipeline Protesters
Andrew Malone | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
The government of South Dakota has made it very clear that it does not like people who protest the Keystone XL pipeline. The state's governor has dismissed them as "out-of-staters who come in to disrupt." And other officials have similarly …
globalresearch.ca/south-dakota-legislature-new-legal-term-target-pipeline-protesters/5673521

Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Ecuador's President Moreno's "Assange Problem"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Political asylum is an accepted if often ignored right. It is also at the mercy of those interests that grant it. Ecuador's repeated insistence on conditioning Julian Assange's stay in its London abode is tantamount to corroding the idea …
globalresearch.ca/asylum-distraction-morenos-assange-problem/5673497

The U.S.' Refusal of Entry to Arnold August Is a Dangerous Precedent for All Activists
Alison Bodine | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
On March 16, 2019, more than 1000 activists from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, DC for the "U.S Hands Off Venezuela!" demonstration. However, Canadian journalist Arnold August was not one of them — earlier in the day he was unjustly denied entry into the United States at U.S. Customs and Immigration in the Montreal…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/the-u-s-refusal-of-entry-to-arnold-august-is-a-dangerous-precedent-for-all-activists/

The Greatest Projects I Never Made
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Two weeks ago I discussed some of the projects and jobs that, for whatever reason, I never got to do during my career as a cartoonist and writer. The stuff we don't do, I wrote, defines as much as what we do. This week: my weird stuff that never came together. Hugh Hefner died in 2017.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/the-greatest-projects-i-never-made/

Pro-Israeli Power Rolls over Washington
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has just completed its annual summit in Washington. It claims that 18,000 supporters attended the event, which concluded with a day of lobbying Congress by the attendees. Numerous American politicians addressed the gathering …
globalresearch.ca/jewish-power-washington/5673479

US Puppet Guaido Stripped of Immunity
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Usurper in waiting Guaido is a front man for the Trump regime's coup attempt to topple democratically elected President Maduro. | Most of all, the scheme aims to eliminate Bolivarian social democracy, wanting Venezuela transformed into a US vassal state, gaining …
globalresearch.ca/us-puppet-guaido-stripped-of-immunity/5673532

Jane Byrne: Chicagoans Elect First Black Female Mayor
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
The late Harold Washington was Chicago's first Black mayor, elected in 1983, serving until his premature death at age-65 on November 25, 1987, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday that year. | No one before or since was like him, affectionately …
globalresearch.ca/jane-byrne-chicagoans-elect-first-black-female-mayor/5673522

New York becomes second state to ban plastic bags
Olivia Rosane | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-03
New York State lawmakers agreed to a ban on single-use plastic bags Sunday, making the Empire State the second in the nation to do so. The decision was part of a $175.5 billion budget agreement that included other progressive measures including the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent crimes, three-hours-off on election …
peoplesworld.org/article/new-york-becomes-second-state-to-ban-plastic-bags/

Lack of basic water facilities risks millions of lives globally: UN health agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-03
More than two billion people face grave health risks because basic water facilities are not available in one in four medical centres globally, the UN has said, in an appeal to countries to do more to prevent the transmission of treatable infections that can turn deadly if not washed or flushed, away.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1035971

Why Was Guaido Barred from Holding Public Office for 15 Years?
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso announced Thursday that the opposition politician Juan Guaido has been barred from holding public office for 15 years over irregularities in his financial activities. | This decision was taken "considering that the deputy Juan Guaido has …
globalresearch.ca/why-was-guaido-barred-public-office-15-years/5673491

Selected Articles: US Puppet Guaido Stripped of Immunity
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A…
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-us-puppet-guaido-stripped-of-immunity/5673544

Closure of the US-Mexico Border Could Cause Devastating Losses
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border is considered by both Mexican and U.S. businessmen as an attempt to dictate the ongoing immigration problems, a foreign policy move which could severely affect the economies of both countries. | RELATED: | Border Patrol Shuffle Delays US-Mexico Crossing by 12 Hours | "The Trump Administr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Closure-of-the-US-Mexico-Border-Could-Cause-Devastating–Losses-20190403-0018.html

Italy: Firefighter Faces 20 Yrs in Prison For Rescuing Migrants
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Spanish firefighter, Miguel Roldan, has been accused by the Italian government of aiding human trafficking and illegal immigration after he helped save thousands of migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea in 2017. | RELATED: | EU Suspends Migrant Rescue Operations Despite Saving Thousands | Roldan, a 32-year-old firefighter from Malaga, Spain,…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italy-Firefighter-Faces-20-Yrs-in-Prison-For-Rescuing-Migrants-20190403-0004.html

AMLO: How Mexico's New Leftist President Has Navigated Corruption, Inequality and Trump
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-03
As President Trump continues his threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of asylum seekers, we look at the response from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the first four months of his presidency. In Mexico City, we speak with Humberto Beck, professor at El Colegio de México and co-editor of "The Future Is Today: Radical Ideas for Mexico." He says that while López Obrador doesn't want to openly confront Trump on stopping immigration, "he knows that sending back migrants to Central America is sending back these people to unlivable situations."
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/3/am…

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil"
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-03
What makes the Libyan, Syrian and Venezuelan scenarios so similar? Why was the West so eager to viciously attack, and then destroy these three, at first glance, very different countries? The answer is simple, although it is not often uttered in the West; at least not publicly.
mintpressnews.com/like-libya-syria-venezuela-not-just-oil/256854/

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil"
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/like-libya-and-syria-venezuela-is-not-just-about-oil/

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil"
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin …
globalresearch.ca/like-libya-syria-venezuela-not-just-about-oil/5673488

A Threatening Monster
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
President Trump used to attack President Obama as being weak with regard to Syria for not being more ruthless in the American led war of aggression against Syria, a prelude to war with Iran; that he had drawn red lines …
globalresearch.ca/a-threatening-monster/5673509

Mitch McConnell on the Brink of Packing Courts With Extremists
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-03
The Senate majority leader is expected to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" this week in order to expedite the confirmation process.
truthdig.com/articles/mitch-mcconnell-on-brink-of-packing-courts-with-extremists/

Mitch McConnell Poised to Allow the Courts to Be Packed With Extremists
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-03
With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expected as early as Wednesday to use the so-called "nuclear option" to speed up the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's right wing judicial nominees, progressives raised alarm and urged Americans to pressure their senators to stop the "reckless court packing" by the Republican Party. | "McConnell has signaled he is ready to use the so-called 'nuclear option' to further pack the courts with Trump's lifetime judicial appointments," tweeted the progressive advocacy group 5 Calls. "Tel…
truthout.org/articles/mitch-mcconnell-poised-to-allow-the-courts-to-be-packed-with-extremists/

Belt and Road Initiative in Full Swing in Europe
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
The multipolar transformation that is occurring across the Eurasian continent confirms the industrial and diplomatic cooperation between China and the European continent in spite of strong opposition from the United States. | Xi Jinping's visit to Europe confirms what many …
globalresearch.ca/belt-road-initiative-europe/5673503

Mumia Abu-Jamal's Next Stop: Freedom
Noelle Hanrahan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
The first question on everyone's lips is "What is in those old boxes?" Remember the boxes the Philadelphia District Attorney's office "found" in a storage closet late last year from Mumia Abu-Jamal's original trial? | The answer could be previously …
globalresearch.ca/mumia-abu-jamals-next-stop-freedom/5673483

American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We're Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
" We're developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won't be able to think."–Rod Serling | Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone?…
globalresearch.ca/american-idiocracy-twilight-zone/5673527

Don't be Surprised by the Latest Outbreak of Xenophobic Violence in South Africa
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Rioters destroyed several migrant-owned businesses in the South African port city of Durban last weekend and drove some of them from their homes in an outbreak of xenophobic violence that many feared might portend a return to the infamous events …
globalresearch.ca/outbreak-xenophobic-violence-south-africa/5673513

Is Washington Preparing the Groundwork for a Maidan Scenario in Venezuela?
Robert Bridge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Venezuela is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, which makes the political stakes involved much higher than they would be otherwise. Enter Juan Guaidó, Washington's puppet leader in Caracas, who will be attempting to rally the …
globalresearch.ca/is-washington-preparing-groundwork-maidan-scenario-venezuela/5673541

US Drone Strikes "Outside War Zones" in Somalia, Yemen: Why Trump's Actions Have Put Civilians at More Risk
Jennifer Gibson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Yesterday, President Trump scrapped an Obama-era regulation forcing the government to publicly report the number of civilians killed in US drone strikes outside war zones. The National Security Council dismissed the regulation as an annoying bit of paperwork, describing it …
globalresearch.ca/us-drone-strikes-outside-war-zones-why-trumps-actions-have-put-civilians-at-more-risk/5673537

Trump's Dirty Tricks Have Worldwide Reach
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-03

| 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 be a cover story intended to deflect attention from the Saudi role (of which AMI may or may not h…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-dirty-tricks-are-reshaping-the-globe/

Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-03
The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice–it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/3/re…

Rep. Ro Khanna: White House Must Start Playing by the Rules
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-03
The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice — it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today with explosive revelations by a White House whistleblower who says senior Trump officials overtur…
truthout.org/video/rep-ro-khanna-on-security-clearances-ending-the-war-in-yemen-and-venzuela/

Lebanese President Meets with Top Venezuelan Diplomat
teleSUR LF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza traveled to Lebanon this week as part of a delegation representing President Nicolas Maduro in the Middle East and North Africa. | RELATED: Lebanon Announces Formation of New Government | The top Venezuelan diplomat began his Middle East trip this week by meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda on Wednesday morning. | Arreaza, alongside the Venezuelan Ambassador to Lebanon Zoed Karam, discussed several…
telesurenglish.net/news/Lebanese-President-Meets-with-Top-Venezuelan-Diplomat—20190403-0019.html

Turkish Opposition Demands Mandate as 8 Cities Undergo Recount
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Turkey's main opposition candidate in Istanbul urged the High Election Board (YSK) Wednesday to confirm him as the elected mayor after the board ruled in favor of a partial recount of votes in eight of 39 city districts. | RELATED: | Turkey Will Continue to Support President Maduro and Venezuela | Initial results from Sunday's mayoral elections showed the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had narrowly won control of Turkey's two biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, in…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkish-Opposition-Demands-Mandate-as-8-Cities-Undergo-Recount-20190403-0021.html

Brazil: Ex-President Temer Faces New Charges in 'Car Wash' Case
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was charged with new crimes Tuesday in connection to the ongoing criminal investigation into the "Car Wash" scandal involving bribes in exchange for public contracts. | RELATED: | Brazil Judge Takes on Fresh Corruption Compliant Against Temer | Temer, whose presidency ended on Dec. 31 as Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurate…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Ex-President-Temer-Faces-New-Charges-in-Car-Wash-Case-20190403-0017.html

Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday in front of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum that Nazism was a product of a left-wing movement. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | Bolsonaro, who is on an official visit to Israel since Sunday, made the comments after visiting the museum built in memory of six million Jews massacred by Nazis. | Upon leaving the museum he said that "there is no doubt" that Nazism was a leftist movem…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazils-Bolsonaro-Says-Nazism-Was-a-Leftist-Movement-20190403-0016.html

China Slams Reports of Sending Troops to Venezuela as Fiction
teleSUR, lf | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
The Spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that all reports claiming Beijing sent troops to Venezuela are untrue. | RELATED: | Chinese Aid Arrives in Venezuela | When asked if the People ¥s Liberation Army had deployed to Venezuela, Shuang told the reporter that he was unaware of such a deployment by his country's military. | "As for the second ques…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-Slams-Reports-of-Sending-Troops-to-Venezuela-as-Fiction-20190403-0029.html

Wagging the Dog in Rhode Island
Steven F. Forleo | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Another Raimondo Tale Ever since Gina Raimondo, (a republican in any other state), became governor of Rhode Island, she has unabashedly launched a political coup on our lone community college. She continues to exclude faculty from her pie-in-the-sky Rhode Island Promise free tuition escapade while simultaneously allowing hand-picked business types on her "higher education" board…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/wagging-the-dog-in-rhode-island/

Wealthy San Franciscans Raising Money to Block Homeless Shelter is Latest Example of Rich Disintegrating Society
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-03
The irony of wealthy Silicon Valley employees trying to block a local homeless shelter, as CBS notes, is that homelessness is on the rise in the Bay Area in no small part owing to Silicon Valley itself.
mintpressnews.com/wealthy-san-franciscans-raising-money-to-block-homeless-shelter-is-latest-example-of-rich-disintegrating-society/256874/

Spain Not Satisfied With CIA Answers on Embassy Attack
Jefferson Morley | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
The North Korean flag is flown at Madrid's North Korean embassy, which was was raided in February. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/03/spain-not-satisfied-cia-answers-embassy-attack?cd-origin=rss

Unnecessary Expansions: the Australian War Memorial
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
War is not merely a matter of sowing death, much of it needless; it entails preserving a rationale to perpetuate it. The mistake often made about reading, consulting and listening to the harrowing tales of those who have perished in battle or those who survived them is to presume that these should not happen again. Politicians,…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/unnecessary-expansions-the-australian-war-memorial/

Stealing Democracy in an Age of Kleptocrats
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
There's something in me that revolts against injustice and wrong. Like the genes that transmit our genetic inheritance, there are intellectual forces — call them Metis assets from the Greek goddess of intelligence Metis — that define us as human beings no less than the biological markers of skin color, height, etc. Metis inheritance I…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/stealing-democracy-in-an-age-of-kleptocrats/

A Neoliberal "Wall of Values"
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
The far right's strong performance in elections was for decades an insurance policy for left- and right-wing neoliberals: any moderate, no matter how bland, could easily get elected provided he stood against a political party widely perceived as unacceptable and offensive. Jean-Marie Le Pen's share of the vote in the 2002 French presidential election did…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/a-neoliberal-wall-of-values/

Why All the Uproar Over the Green New Deal?
Lance Olsen | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Same ol' same ol' battle: The more things change, the more they stay the same On August 21, 2009, The Wall Street Journal reported that "…many scientists say deep emissions cuts are necessary … to prevent … dangerous consequences of global warming," and also reported that, "Getting from here to there would require a massive economic shift." There's likely been…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/why-all-the-uproar-over-the-green-new-deal/

Collusion Hiding in Plain Sight
Doug Noble | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Donald Trump's suspected "collusion" with Russia in the 2016 elections has been extensively investigated. But almost nothing has been said about his, and Congress members', open collusion with another nation, Israel, whose pervasive impact on US elections and US policy takes place in plain sight. Despite courageous critiques by Rep Omar and others, few candidates for…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/collusion-hiding-in-plain-sight/

Population Bomb or Bomb the Population?
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/population-bomb-or-bomb-the-population/

Social Media Regulation: Speak of the Devil and in Walks Zuck
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
In a recent column on the mating dance between Big Government and Big Tech, I noted that "Big Tech wants to be regulated by Big Governments because regulation makes it more difficult and expensive for new competitors to enter the market." Two days after I hit "publish" on that column, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/social-media-regulation-speak-of-the-devil-and-in-walks-zuck/

A Rare Win for Water Quality
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Montana's environment isn't getting much help from the legislature, but thanks to a lawsuit filed by the Upper Missouri Waterkeeper group, the state is going to have to re-do its 20 year variance on acceptable discharge levels for the nutrients/pollutants nitrogen and phosphorus. Make no mistake, this is a definite win for Montana's water quality…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/a-rare-win-for-water-quality/

Political Economy of the Squirrel
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/political-economy-of-the-squirrel/

Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes … Even in Winter
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Global warming is starting to hit hard like there's no tomorrow, and at current rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there may not be a tomorrow, as emissions continue setting new records year-by-year, expected to hit a 62-year record in 2019. So much for the Paris 2015 climate agreement!
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/arctic-permafrost-no-longer-freezes-even-in-winter/

US Capitalism Was Born in the Destruction of the Commons
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-03
"Community has to be intended, not as a gated reality, a grouping of people joined by exclusive interests, and separating them from others, but rather as a quality of relations, a principle of cooperation and of responsibility, to each other and the health of the forests, the seas, the animals."So writes [feminist] Silvia Federici. But how can we get there from here? The practice of commoning, and the idea that we might hold and manage land and assets together in common, holds a lot of appeal these days. To help us think forward as we do on this show, we have two world-renowned experts on commoning in the hous…
truthout.org/articles/us-capitalism-was-born-in-the-destruction-of-the-commons/

Mother of Michael Brown Loses Ferguson City Council Election
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Lesley McSpadden, the mother of 18-year-old police brutality victim Michael Brown, was defeated in her bid for Ferguson's 3rd Ward City Council election in Missouri, where her son's death took place. | RELATED: | RELATED: Report Confirms Police Stop Black Drivers More Often Than White | "I wanted to come back to a place that caused me so much pain and did me so wrong, and to do something right," McSpadden said about her attempted foray into politics in the extremely competitiv…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mother-of-Slain-African-American-Teen-Michael-Brown-Loses-Ferguson-City-Council-Election-20190403-0012.html

'The Mother of Henry': An anti-war play in 1960s East L.A
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-03
peoplesworld.org/article/the-mother-of-henry-an-anti-war-play-in-1960s-east-l-a/

Lori Lightfoot Says Chicago Mayoral Victory Means 'a City Reborn'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-03
CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot's resounding victory was a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined the nation's third-largest city. | Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who'd never been elected to public office, defeated Cook County Board President and longtime City Council member Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday with backing from voters across the city. Late results showed Lightfoot, 56, winning every one of the city's 50 wards. | Lightfoot also made history, becoming the first black woman and the first openly gay p…
truthdig.com/articles/lori-lightfoot-says-chicago-mayoral-victory-means-a-city-reborn/

Ministers Fear Dismissal As Kenyatta National Address Nears
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to announce stern measures that will be implemented to combat the war on corruption during a national address Thursday. | RELATED: | Kenyan Officials At Odds Over Drought Crisis, Hunger Deaths | The pending address has fueled panic among members of the Cabinet as well as Principal secretaries…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ministers-Fear-Dismissal-As-Kenyatta-National-Address-Nears-20190403-0010.html

The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
'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, the American public fell into a hypnotic trance in which they have remained ever since. The …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/the-cia-takeover-of-america-in-the-1960s-is-the-story-of-our-times/

The Fictitious 'Russian Attack' vs. the Real Imperative to 'Cooperate With Russia'
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2019-04-03
The Fictitious 'Russian Attack' vs. the Real Imperative to 'Cooperate With Russia'…
thenation.com/article/the-fictitious-russian-attack-vs-the-real-imperative-to-cooperate-with-russia/

Legal Siege on Opposition Lawmaker Juan Guaido Increases in Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
03 de abril de 2019, 09: 47Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The legal siege on the opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido has increased after the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved a decree that lifts the parliamentary immunity enjoyed by the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

China Denies Sending Military Advisors to Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
Beijing, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) China denied Wednesday information about the alleged presence of its military in Venezuela to advise President Nicolas Maduro, by reiterating its stance of not meddling in the internal affairs of any country.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

UNHRC ignores Sri Lanka's failure to investigate war crimes
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
The UNHCR resolution bogusly praised Colombo's "positive steps" on human rights and gave it two more years to implement previous unfulfilled pledges.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

Arab Countries Dissatisfied with Brazil's Office in Jerusalem
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
03 de abril de 2019, 09: 45Brasilia, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The announcement by President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil will open a commercial office in Jerusalem has caused dissatisfaction in Arab countries, according to Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

'Not Just Inappropriate. It's Fascistic': Outrage Over UK Soldiers Using Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for Target Practice
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
British soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, used an image of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as target practice, drawing criticism from United Kingdom progressives and triggering an internal investigation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/03/not-just-inappropriate-its-fascistic-outrage-over-uk-soldiers-using-labour-leader?cd-origin=rss

Russiagate hysteria lives on: Election meddling sanctions bill has its day in the Senate
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
Mueller may have had his day, but the specter of Russian meddling still hangs over Washington. A bill newly introduced in the Senate promises to slap harsh sanctions on Russia should future election interference be discovered. | …
rt.com/usa/455477-russia-sanctions-bill-senate/

Classes Resumed in Venezuela after Electrical Power Attacks
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
03 de abril de 2019, 09: 51Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Teaching activities at all levels are starting again in Venezuela on Wednesday after the sabotage perpetrated against the national power grid that forced the Government to suspended work and school activities since early March. President Nicolas Maduro urged the authorities of the electricity industry to report on any issue that affects the country after continued aggressions against the generation and distribution of energy.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Confrontation between Chinese and Taiwanese fighter jets
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
The incident highlights the dangers of a war in Asia fueled by the Trump administration, which has deliberately inflamed the region's volatile flashpoints.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

'The band plays on': Sanctions bill shows Mueller Report didn't calm US appetite to punish Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
The collapse of the 'Russiagate' narrative has done little to satisfy US lawmakers' desire to punish Moscow. However, a newly revived sanctions bill might struggle to find European support, and could fall flat, analysts told RT. | …
rt.com/usa/455488-sanctions-bill-punish-russia-europe/

Cessation of immunity Leads Guaido to Trial
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved the decree to raid the parliamentary immunity of Juan Guaido, which currently paves the way to the prosecution of the opposition legislator.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
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.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/the-origins-of-venezuelas-economic-crisis/

Christchurch terrorist donated to right-wing Austrian Identitarian movement
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
Clear political and ideological ties exist between the Australian fascist Brenton Tarrant, the Austrian Identitarian movement and the governing Freedom Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

Chait bait? NY Mag's 'collusion' pusher mocked for doubling down on his Russiagate conspiracy theory
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
A writer for New York Magazine has rehashed his most outlandish theory that US President Donald Trump could have been a Russian asset since the 1980s — and has been mercilessly mocked on Twitter for his efforts. | …
rt.com/usa/455468-jonathan-chait-collusion-mocked/

'Cartoonishly Evil': After Kids and Parents Injured, Trump Commissioners Stepped in to Thwart Stroller Recall
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
In a "cartoonishly evil" move that critics warned could set a worrying precedent for corporate regulation, the Washington Post reported Tuesday that Trump appointees at the Consumer Product Safety Commission blocked a recall of jogging strollers that agency staff believed had injured both adults and children. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/03/cartoonishly-evil-after-kids-and-parents-injured-trump-commissioners-stepped-thwart?cd-origin=rss

Russia is behind the 'creepy' Joe Biden scandal, latest conspiracy claims
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
If you thought the 2020 US presidential election might be a Russia-free affair, think again. The latest conspiracy taking hold online asserts that Moscow is behind the controversy over potential candidate Joe Biden's creepy past. | …
rt.com/usa/455480-biden-creepy-russia-conspiracy/

'Cheat Working Americans, You'll Go to Jail': Warren Unveils Bill to Punish Criminal CEOs
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
"For far too long, CEOs of giant corporations that break the law have been able to walk away, while consumers who are harmed are left picking up the pieces." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/03/cheat-working-americans-youll-go-jail-warren-unveils-bill-punish-criminal-ceos?cd-origin=rss

Venezuelan People Defend Peace, Cuban President Asserts
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
Havana, Apr 3 ( Prensa Latina ) President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, stated on Wednesday that Venezuelan people defend peace and sovereignty in the face of an ongoing electric coup.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism
Daniel Haufler | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
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/2019/04/01/18822414.php

Release the Mueller Report! Rapid Response Rallies in CA & Across the Nation
Moveon.org & others | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
Rallies throughout CA & the United States | Use link to find a rally near you: act.moveon.org/event/mueller-fir…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/02/18822490.php

Venezuelan FM Satisfied with Visits to Turkey and Lebanon
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
03 de abril de 2019, 09: 38Beirut, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the results of his visits to Turkey and Lebanon, as part of a tour that will also take him to Syria.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Demonstrations to Free Lula Start in Brazil and Worldwide on April 7
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
Brasilia, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) April 7 will be the beginning of new acts in Brazil and in 15 countries, advocating the freedom of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will serve one year in political prison on that date, the Workers" Party (PT) reported Wednesday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

HUNDREDS of US troops died in Iraq… because of Iran, US special envoy claims
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
After assigning Iran the blame for mass death in both Syria and Yemen, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook declared Tehran responsible for 608 US soldiers losing their lives while invading Iraq. | …
rt.com/usa/455487-us-blames-iran-deaths-iraq/

Pope Francis: Govts. That Sell Arms to Saudi Arabia 'Have No Right to Talk About Peace'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pope-arms-saudi.jpg…

As GOP Deploys 'Nuclear Option', New Reports Detail Damage Done By Trump's Far-Right Takeover of Judiciary
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
Regardless of how the 2020 presidential election plays out, President Donald Trump has already ensured that he has shaped the American political landscape for generations to come, thanks to the dozens of judges he has confirmed to federal positions in just two years. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/03/gop-deploys-nuclear-option-new-reports-detail-damage-done-trumps-far-right-takeover?cd-origin=rss

Socialist Analysis "Collapse of the Trump-Russia Hoax & the Bankruptcy of Liberalism"
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
2969 Mission St., at 26th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/03/18822505.php

US senators press energy chief to reveal details of nuclear cooperation with Saudis
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
The US lawmakers have demanded answers from the Energy Secretary Rick Perry who allowed a number of US firms to share sensitive nuclear energy information with Saudi Arabia, under the public radar. | …
rt.com/usa/455409-us-saudi-nuclear-deals/

U.S. Warmly Welcomed Congo's Disputed Election Results — but Has Been Sanctioning Its Election Officials Ever Since
Chidinma Irene Nwoye | theintercept.com | 2019-04-03
In February, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's newly elected president, Felix Tshisekedi, held a warm meeting with the U.S. envoy to the region, John Peter Pham. Only hours after the reception, the United States slapped top Congolese election, political, and judiciary officials with sanctions. Alleging corruption on the part of the five officials, the U.S. State Department imposed visa restrictions. In late March, three of those officials who worked for the election commis…
theintercept.com/2019/04/03/congo-elections-us-sanctions/

Restaurants and Retailers Warned Against Illegal Sales of Foie Gras
Animal Legal Defense Fund | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
California businesses alerted they must comply with the law banning sale of cruelly-produced "gourmet" delicacy…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/02/18822494.php

VIDEO: Honduras has an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis — Thanks to a US-backed coup
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-02
While the Trump administration oversees a coup attempt in Venezuela, Honduras is suffering from an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/02/honduras-dictatorship-humanitarian-crisis-us-backed-coup/

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 …
globalresearch.ca/lawyers-worldwide-urge-international-court-investigate-israeli-crimes-2/5673448

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/2/m…

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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/2/s…

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…
mintpressnews.com/sorry-wapo-the-great-march-of-return-protests-are-about-more-than-food-and-medicine/256843/

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 …
globalresearch.ca/electoral-dirty-tricks-israel/5673428

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/02/egypts-brutal-crackdown-on-workers-rights/

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/02/mueller-trump-and-governance/

Russiagate implodes, pleasing Trump but leaving the left in the cold
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2019-04-02
With Mueller's "no collusion" verdict, Donald Trump can claim to have been vindicated in the Russiagate saga, but there will be no respite for the real left–not to be confused with the phony "resistance" that has run on Kremlin-hate (and Syria hate and Venezuela hate) for the past two years. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/02/russiagate-implodes-pleasing-trump-but-leaving-the-left-in-the-cold/

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. Maté, a contributor to The Nation, was one of the few journalists who consistently questioned the Trump-Russia narrative.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/01/interview-with-aaron-mate-collapse-of-russiagate-conspiracy-theory/

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 …
globalresearch.ca/trump-barrs-manipulation-mueller-report-political-cover-up-century/5673442

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/a-russiagate-requiem/