Daily Archives: April 6, 2019

2019-04-06: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-04-06). External Powers Fuel Bloodshed in Libya. therealnews.com General Khalifa Haftar of Libya has been a very disruptive force for the formation of the UN's unity government, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…

STAFF (2019-04-06). Oil Politics Drive Turmoil in Libya. therealnews.com With two of the largest oil producers, Iran and Russia, under U.S. sanctions, all profiteering eyes of the west turn to oil rich Libya, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-06). Healthcare Workers Fall Victim to Yemen's Latest Cholera Epidemic. mintpressnews.com The deliberate attacks on water wells and water treatment facilities in Yemen are causing some in the country to wonder if the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition is attempting to intentionally trigger another cholera epidemic.

H. Patricia Hynes (2019-04-06). The Madness Driving Climate Catastrophe. truthdig.com "Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption" | A book by Simon Pirani | The Great Acceleration: This is the designation given to the last 70 years during which industrial countries and a handful of newly rich developing countries extracted and consumed fossil fuels at a reckless rate. While accurate, the metaphor might suggest progress rather than the ominous atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic climate trends ensuing. | The 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1995, almost in tandem with the impotent U.N. climate negotiations begun in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and followed by the Kyoto Protoc…

Dan Bacher (2019-04-06). Committee Votes to Move David Bernhardt's Nomination as Interior Secretary to Full Senate Vote. counterpunch.org The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 4 voted 14-6 to move the nomination of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former Westlands Water District and oil industry lobbyist, to a full Senate vote, setting the stage for a contentious and heated debate. In his lobbying disclosures, Bernhardt has listed "potential legislation regarding More

Revolution Books (2019-04-06). Discussion: The Mueller Report, Trump's Response, and the Interests of the People. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

plenglish (2019-04-06). Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, called on Thursday to a mass popular mobilization in this capital on April 6 to defend the Bolivarian Revolution.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-04-06). Socialist Analysis "Collapse of the Trump-Russia Hoax & the Bankruptcy of Liberalism" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., at 26th St.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (2019-04-06). 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…

plenglish (2019-04-06). Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, called on Thursday to a mass popular mobilization in this capital on April 6 to defend the Bolivarian Revolution.

Move on (2019-04-06). Nobody is Above the Law Rally Release Mueller Report. indybay.org at the Powell & Market cable car turnaround…

WSWS (2019-04-06). Netanyahu embraces Brazil's Bolsonaro during Israel visit. wsws.org Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

WSWS (2019-04-06). Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants. wsws.org Trump's visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.

WSWS (2019-04-06). America the Barbaric. wsws.org If the conditions that exist in US prisons were exposed in Russia or China, there would be a hue and cry in the press and the halls of Congress for economic sanctions and "humanitarian" military intervention.

WSWS (2019-04-06). Supporters oppose eviction of Julian Assange outside London's Ecuadorian embassy. wsws.org Defenders of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London yesterday, after a warning that he faces eviction from the building where he sought political asylum in 2012 "within hours to days."

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-04-06). San Rafael Activists Demand Release of Entire Mueller Report. indybay.org Hundreds of Protesters excoriate Attorney General Barr for hiding Mueller's report on Trump's alleged crimes and violations of his oath of office. Steve Disenhof and Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo…

Middle East Eye (2019-04-06). US to Declare Iran's Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist Group. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The United States will designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, an unprecedented move that will ramp up pressure on the elite force, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The newspaper, citing unidentified officials, said President Donald Trump's administration will announce the decision as soon as Monday and that concerned defence officials were …

Kim Petersen (2019-04-05). Protecting Julian Assange: A Must for People of Conscience. globalresearch.ca A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told Wikileaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days.' — WikiLeaks on Twitter. | The Mueller investigation of an alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russia to influence the …

Defend Wikileaks (2019-04-05). Ecuador Twists Embarrassing INA Papers into Pretext to Oust Assange. globalresearch.ca On 26 March, WikiLeaks' Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador's Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno's attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-05). Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno's Assange Problem. counterpunch.org 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 of asylum to vacuity. You are granted asylum as a political dissident, but political dissident you More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-04-05). The Globalization of War. America's "Long War" against Humanity. globalresearch.ca America's hegemonic project in…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-05). The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics. mintpressnews.com The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery. | And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would "postpone" the event, citing "concerns" over the event's "format, substance, … [and] security" in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign ag…

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Chicago elections and what's coming next. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The corporate media has missed what is most important about Chicago's April 2 elections. Its focus on the uninspiring mayoral contest between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot helped contribute to the lowest voter turnout ever. Only 29% of registered voters went to the polls. | What this election did see was a record number of young candidates challenging incumbents, and the greatest amount was in the Black wards of the city. According to Aislinn Pulley, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Chicago, "What was significant were the young activists – mostly Black and Latino – that fought neighborhood…

Peter Crowley (2019-04-05). Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn't Work. counterpunch.org Black-and-white thinking rarely works and certainly not about Russia. Consider the following. Only days ago, about 100 Russian troops landed in Venezuela to deter a U.S. invasion. At home, Russian security forces continue to repress pro-democracy movements, dissidents and LGBT rights activists. The Russian military has long aided the Bashar al-Assad regime, which is responsible More

Matthew Pappalardo (2019-04-05). Lies our Senators Tell Us, or, Whither Congress? counterpunch.org Last month, a group of student activists from various Bay Area climate justice groups visited Senator Feinstein's office in California to deliver a letter urging her to support the Green New Deal. While the students may have held out some hope Feinstein would see the light after agreeing to meet them without a scheduled appointment, More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-05). 'The Essence of Being Palestinian': What the Great March of Return is Really About. counterpunch.org The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30, 2018 are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years earlier. But there is much more More

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Minnesotans honor MLK and say yes to peace, no to NATO. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On April 4, 80 people gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol building to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to use his words to analyze the militarism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both MLK and NATO are connected to the date of April 4. | On April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered his "Beyond Vietnam" anti-war speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. He would tragically be assassinated exactly one year later, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. | On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed marking the inception of the military allia…

Sara Flounders (2019-04-05). Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats. workers.org The following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council. Venezuela's conflict with imperialism . . . | Continue reading Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats at Workers.org

Fight Back (2019-04-05). U.S.-Mexico border delegation hears from immigrant women stuck in Nogales, tours border wall and Sonoran Desert. fightbacknews.org Nogales, Sonora, Mexico – The second day of the Legalization for All Network delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border on March 31 was intense and emotional. The delegation divided into three groups for the day, which allowed them to gain a wider range of experiences. | One group of delegation members crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Nogales to visit the organization HEPAC (Hogar de Esperanza y Paz – Home of Hope and Peace) and hear testimonies from women fleeing horrific situations and trying to seek asylum in the U.S. Another group accompanied the humanitarian organization Tucson Samaritans deep into the Arizona…

Eric Walberg (2019-04-05). Reluctant Soldier, Confused Peacenik. dissidentvoice.org Bowe Bergdahl captured the American imagination in 2009 when he disappeared from what had become his living hell. His battalion commander, Lt Baker, was not only an obnoxious tyrant (handing out Field-Grade Article 15s, just short of a court martial, supposedly for being out of uniform, but in fact for complaining about the mission to …

Eds. (2019-04-05). Global Banks, led by JPMorgan Chase, invested $1.9 Trillion in fossil fuels since Paris climate pact. mronline.org The top four banks that invested most heavily in fossil fuel projects are all based in the U.S., and include JPM organ Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America. Royal Bank of Canada, Barclays in Europe, Japan's MUFG, TD Bank, Scotiabank, and Mizuho make up the remainder of the top 10. | Source

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-05). Congress orders Trump to get out of Yemen, he refuses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Congress is ordering GOP President Donald Trump to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen. His advisors are telling him — via a veto — to stay in. Since the Korean War in the early 1950's Congress has ceded to the president its constitutional role of deciding when to go to war. The vote yesterday by …

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-04-05). With All Israelis IDF Veterans, Public Apathy Over Israeli War Machine is Near Universal. mintpressnews.com Most Israelis don't have much sympathy for Palestinians. A recent poll showed that 53 percent of Israelis thought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent bombardment of Gaza following the rocket attack was "too weak" while only 3 percent believed it to be excessive.

John Carter (2019-04-05). Surface Mining in the Yellowstone to Uintas Connection: What About Wildlife? counterpunch.org Here at Kiesha's Preserve near Paris, Idaho we became aware in 2011 that a 2500-acre mineral lease close to the Preserve was undergoing exploration and permitting in order to mine the phosphate ore. We were greatly concerned that the noise from blasting, mining, stockpiling and hauling of ore would adversely affect wildlife and our wildlife More

Joshua Frank (2019-04-05). The Privatization of Wildlife: How Ted Turner Scored Yellowstone Bison. counterpunch.org The following is an excerpt from The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink. It is just one more battle in the century-and-a-half-old range wars, where land and wildlife have come into direct conflict with selfish, private interests. It's also a story of privileged ethnocentrism, where a once proud indigenous culture and the wild species it More

STAFF (2019-04-05). EU Clamps Down on Freedom of Speech in name of Copyright Protection. therealnews.com Julia Reda of the Pirate Party warns that the law does not protect creators, but large interest groups. Internet platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter will install filters and ban access to material individuals upload who do not buy the rights for everything they use…

Rob Urie (2019-04-05). Iraq's WMDs Found…In Russia. counterpunch.org In late 2017, actor Morgan Freeman announced in a video created by a who's who of senior U.S. Intelligence officials that Russia had attacked the United States and that 'we' were at war. Freeman, whose net worth is said to be about a quarter-billion dollars, claimed that ex-Soviet 'authoritarian' Vladimir Putin, bitter about the dissolution of 'his' country, was behind the attack. The terms 'attack' and 'war' were not qualified as metaphors. More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-05). "Corporate Homicide": Ralph Nader Demands Boeing Recall Jets After Ethiopia Crash Kills His Niece. democracynow.org A wrongful death case was filed against Boeing on the same day that a preliminary investigation into last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed damning details about the aircraft manufacturer and raised new questions about whether it gave pilots proper instructions for navigating new software. The findings were released Thursday in Ethiopia, based on the analysis of a team of 18 investigators, less than a month after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed all 157 people on board. The report found similarities in the technical issues experienced by pilots on both the Ethiopian Airlines flight and Octob…

Lisa Hymas (2019-04-05). Green New Deal pushing climate change into mainstream media. peoplesworld.org Climate change coverage in much of the mainstream media was abysmally low in 2018. It's been tilting upward in the first quarter of 2019, thanks in large part to the Green New Deal. The ascending trend is a positive development overall — it's about time media started paying more attention to the existential crisis of …

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt. mintpressnews.com Al-Sisi's government, widely considered a military dictatorship despite a pale sheen of democracy, has forged increasingly close ties with Israel ever since he came to power in the 2013 coup.

Jonathan Power (2019-04-05). The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish. counterpunch.org The International Criminal Court (ICC) which prosecutes crimes against humanity is under attack again by the Trump Administration for pursuing Americans. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama supported it. George W. Bush tried to close it down but then decided to cooperate with it. Donald Trump is against it and encouraged John Bolton, his National Security Advisor, to publically More

Marco Teruggi (2019-04-05). Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency. workers.org This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on April 2. Translation by Michael Otto. On Sunday, March 31, Nicolás Maduro announced a special 30-day electricity plan to create "a special department of power management that will be able to balance the national electricity system." He declared it Sunday night, after a . . . | Continue reading Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency at Workers.org

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). Guaido set to enact uprising rooted in U.S. Regime-change operations manual. mronline.org With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions—such as those described in the RED Team document—are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela. | Source

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-05). NATO's Mission Creeps into Latin America as Unholy Alliance Turns 70. mintpressnews.com "Vladimir Putin harbors dark dreams of imperialism," Mike Pompeo told his NATO audience with his usual lack of self-reflection. Pompeo went on to bemoan Russia's military presence in Venezuela, where 100 military personnel have been stationed in defense of the government of Nicolas Maduro.

STAFF (2019-04-05). Robert Reich: Closing the Border to Mexico is "Insane" therealnews.com $1.5 billion dollars per day cross the US-Mexico border and closing it, as Trump has proposed (and recently backtracked), would be "cataclysmic," says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, whom Laura Carlsen interviewed in Mexico…

Miko Peled (2019-04-05). Trump's "Deal of the Century" To Hand Palestine to Israel Along with Whole Set of New Problems. mintpressnews.com Though the Deal of the Century will try to eliminate the Palestinian issue for good, what the architects of the "Deal" in their arrogance fail to see is that this so-called "Deal" is nothing more than an irresponsible, impractical and precarious plan that will fall just as soon as it is raised.

Alan Macleod (2019-04-05). As Increasingly Unpopular NATO Turns 70, Has the Organization Reached its Retirement Age? mintpressnews.com Like a snake shedding its skin, NATO is attempting to rebrand itself in an effort to remain of service to empire, greatly expanding its remit as it did after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). "The Owner": The Rise of Eduardo Elsztain and the Coming End of Argentina's Democracy. mintpressnews.com With the backing and funding of the global elite, Eduardo Elsztain and his closest associates have taken control of Argentina's real estate, electricity, agriculture, and finance industries. His next target? Argentina's election system.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-05). Tens of thousands demand release of Mueller report with backup evidence. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Shades of Watergate. In late 1973, GOP President Richard Nixon tried to shut down the Watergate investigation by arbitrarily firing Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, padlocking the prosecutor's offices and canning a top official, William Ruckelshaus, who refused to fire Cox. Another Nixonite, Robert Bork, did so. Cox responded that whether the nation would be governed …

Janine Jackson (2019-04-05). Calling Racism by Its Real Name. fair.org Note that the New York Times' headline ( 1/10/19) was not "Steve King Defends White Supremacy"—though that was surely the most newsworthy aspect of this profile. | It should go without saying that things we don't have names for…go without saying. For years, that's been the deal with corporate media and racism. Actions, policies, statements and ideas that regular people have no trouble identifying as racist become, in elite media hands, "racially tinged," "racially charged," "race-related." And if racism isn…

Andrew Levine (2019-04-05). Russiagate is Not Watergate. counterpunch.org Trump is quite unlike George W. Bush, another president not entirely shipshape upstairs; Bush understood his limitations. To his credit, he took care to compensate for them, recruiting capable people to work in his administration, and ceding power to them whenever he could. Especially at first, he even let a lesser Nixonian figure, Dick Cheney, a respectable enough villain in his own right, operate as if he were a co-president. Trump is something else altogether. He thinks that he is the smartest person not just in the room but on the planet. It is therefore no surprise that even minimally competent people don't…

Paul Street (2019-04-05). Identity Rules: A Report from Reddening Chicago. counterpunch.org Fake-Progressive Identity Cloaking Beyond the identity-politicized excitement of Chicago electing its first Black female chief executive and becoming the largest U.S. city to have a Black female mayor (and to have a gay mayor), there wasn't all that much for a leftist to choose from between victor Lori Lightfoot and her opponent Toni Preckwinkle. Mayor-Elect More

Melvin Goodman (2019-04-05). The Case Against the CIA's Censors. counterpunch.org I have joined in a lawsuit with four former federal employees to end the government's censorship of our writings on national security issues. The current publications review system of our military and intelligence agencies is dysfunctional, inhibiting our ability to participate in national security debates. The government has a legitimate interest in protecting bona fide secrets, but the review system is opaque, exceeding legitimate national security boundaries and compromising free speech. More

Nick Pemberton (2019-04-05). Good Night Sweet Left. counterpunch.org "I speak only one language, and it is not my own." —Jacques Derrida "The stereotype of the public intellectual, from Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek International to Christopher Hitchens, the freelance British gadfly, would offer statements describing US policy, coming out promptly in response to every crisis. This is undoubtedly worthy, often requiring personal courage, but More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-04-05). Something About Butte. counterpunch.org September, 2004. Butte, Montana isn't a mining town. It's a mined town. The core of the city is hollow, tunneled out. Beneath the shattered surface of the Hill, there are more than 10,000 miles of underground passages and thousands of shafts, glory holes descending deep feet into the bedrock. Every now and then, holes will More

George Wuerthner (2019-04-05). Paradise Lost: Reflections on the Camp Fire. counterpunch.org I just visited the town of Paradise located on the slopes of the Cascade Range near Chico, California. The Camp Fire burned through Paradise last November (2018) killing 87 people, mostly older residents. Plus destroying 14000 homes and another 4800 structures (like commercial buildings). Another 637 structures were "damaged" bringing the total estimate by CAL More

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-05). Trump Administration Demands that Turkey Cancel Purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defense Missiles. globalresearch.ca The Trump regime demands Turkey cancel its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missiles. | Technologically superior to US long-range surface-to-air Patriot missiles, nothing in the West matches their effectiveness. | S-400s can destroy multiple hostile aircraft, ballistic missiles, and …

Reese Erlich (2019-04-05). Foreign Correspondent: Ukraine Elections, Putin, and Trump. progressive.org Will the next president of Ukraine pursue reconciliation with Russia?

Vanessa Beeley (2019-04-05). The Veto: Documentary Film Exposing Western Media Propaganda War Against Syria. globalresearch.ca I met journalist and friend Rafiq Lutf and cameraman Abdul-Mun'aim Arnous in January 2018 and I was honoured when Rafiq asked me to work with him on his film project, The Veto. | As Dr Shaaban said to me in August …

Jeff Hauser (2019-04-05). Warren's Plan to Rein in Tech Companies. counterpunch.org America's cops on the competition beat have grown lazy. They are not enforcing antitrust laws passed during the first Gilded Age to level a playing field tilted by powerful corporations for their own benefit; that's why America is stuck in a second Gilded Age of economic inequality. These officials have been lulled to sleep by More

Geraldine Perry (2019-04-05). Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal! globalresearch.ca Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty — and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious …

Zero Hedge (2019-04-05). Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill. globalresearch.ca Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …

United Nations (2019-04-05). Myanmar military target civilians in deadly helicopter attack, UN rights office issues war crimes warning. un.org Intensifying clashes between the Myanmar military and armed separatists that reportedly involved a deadly helicopter bombing raid on civilians earlier this week in Rakhine state, have been condemned by the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

Edward Curtin (2019-04-05). An Open Letter to Chelsea Manning: A Free Woman in an American Prison. globalresearch.ca "We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination …

Edward Curtin (2019-04-05). An Open Letter to Chelsea Manning: A Free Woman in An American Prison. dissidentvoice.org We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-05). Pompeo Appoints Fox News Neocon as Spokesperson. globalresearch.ca And the neocon-ization of the Trump administration continues. While The Donald is packing away Big Macs and Diet Cokes, his neocon secretary of state is appointing likeminded warmongers. | Morgan Ortagus is a deep insider with connections to both sides of …

Brian Cloughley (2019-04-05). Pity About No Collusion, But They've Still Got the Cold War to Heat Up. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is a narcissistic boor who tells lies with a casual indifference that might be regarded with amusement ("My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany") were he not a malevolent poseur with all the style and attraction of a sock full of wet spaghetti. He is a spiteful mendacious More

The Automatic Earth (2019-04-05). Boeing's Problem Is Not Software. globalresearch.ca We had already been told that in the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash which killed all 157 people on board, the 4-month old 737 MAX 8's anti-stall software reengaged itself four times in 6 minutes as the pilots struggled to …

Dr. Hans Kà∂chler (2019-04-05). The NATO War of 1999 and the Impotence of International Law. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The unilateral use of force by NATO member states against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999 has made obvious the flaws of the United Nations system of collective security and has demonstrated the unenforceability of the ban on …

Naomi Zeveloff (2019-04-05). Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes? thenation.com Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?

STAFF (2019-04-05). Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee for 'Tougher Direction'. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? | Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers. | No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, accor…

STAFF (2019-04-05). Elizabeth Warren Signals Willingness to Kill the Filibuster. truthdig.com Calling on the nation to "wake up to the reality of the United States Senate," Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set to announce Friday that she supports eliminating the filibuster. | The 2020 presidential candidate is expected to endorse the proposal in a speech at the National Action Network Convention in New York Friday morning. | "When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We're done with two sets of rules—one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats," Warren is expected to say. "And th…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2019. democracynow.org Congress Approves Resolution to End U.S. Support for War on Yemen, Report Blames Ethiopian Crash on Boeing 737 MAX Software Failure, Boeing CEO Apologizes for Crashes That Killed 346 People, Trump Threatens Mexico with Auto Tariffs over Migration, Migrants Say Mexico Is Denying Humanitarian Visas Under U.S. Pressure, 280 Arrested in Texas ICE Raid as Trump Heads to Border, Rogue Libyan General Advances on Tripoli, Mozambique Faces Food Emergency as Cholera Cases Mount, House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act Over NRA Objections, Trump to Nominate Herman Cain to Federal Reserve Board, Trump Pushed for Speedy…

STAFF (2019-04-05). The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-Israel Bias. truthdig.com When the New York Times ( 3/26/19) reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fait accompli pronouncement that nation-states can now seize territories acquired in defensive wars—after President Donald Trump announced via tweet that the United States asserts Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights—it seriously misled readers on the status of Israel's…

Paul Edwards (2019-04-05). The Anti-Semitic Con. counterpunch.org With the Putin/Russia Collusion Fairytale debunked, the undeniable cancer of real foreign interference in our government demands an honest airing. Since American politics is mortally corrupt, one might wonder why bother to expose one prime cause of its ethical degeneracy. If the beast is dead, what use is determining what killed it? Well, it isn't More

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Freedom Road Socialist Organization greets New People's Army on 50th anniversary of founding. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following message from Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) to the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Dear Comrades, | It has been 50 glorious years since the Communist Party of the Philippines founded the New People's Army, and Freedom Socialist Organization sends our warmest greetings to your commanders and fighters on this significant occasion. From modest beginnings, the New People's Army has grown into a mighty force that is establishing red political power in the countryside and carrying forward the national democratic revolution with a socialist orientati…

United Nations (2019-04-05). UN committed 'to support the Libyan people' as Guterres departs 'with deep concern and a heavy heart'. un.org The United Nations Secretary-General left Libya on Friday voicing his hope that the divided country can "avoid a bloody confrontation" in and around the capital Tripoli.

United Nations (2019-04-05). Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse — UN urges greater protection. un.org Noting that the Venezuela refugee crisis will leave some 1.1 million children, returnees and people in-transit lacking protection and basic services across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 2019, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) called on regional Governments to uphold their rights and protect unaccompanied, undocumented children.

Jon Wiener (2019-04-05). Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'. thenation.com Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'

Meena Miriam Yust (2019-04-05). Dangerous Plastics Are a Threat to Us and Future Generations. globalresearch.ca Every day people make decisions about what to eat, sometimes opting for colorful fruits and veggies, sometimes finding the smell of bacon irresistible. At the end of the day people are controlling their own health. What is remarkable though, is …

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-05). The Media Smoothed the Path to British Soldiers Using Corbyn as Target Practice. globalresearch.ca It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the British political and media establishments have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of political life, and that they lie …

South Front (2019-04-05). Video: Israeli Air Strikes on Syria: Weapons, Effects, Consequences. globalresearch.ca The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continue their bombing campaign in Syria. In the framework of this campaign, IDF aircraft strike what the Israeli leadership describes as Iranian infrastructure and weapon shipments to Hezbollah and pro-Iranian armed groups. Nonetheless, positions and …

(2019-04-05). Lawsuit Seeks Records on Trump Administration's OK of Bee-killing Pesticides, GE Crops on National Wildlife Refuges. globalresearch.ca The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for public records on the Trump administration's decision to allow bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically engineered crops on national wildlife refuges. | Today's lawsuit follows an August 2018 …

South Front (2019-04-05). Video: Russian Jets Pound Idlib Terrorists, Kurdish Rebels Attack Turkish Proxies. globalresearch.ca On April 4, the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) announced that their units had carried out a series of attacks on Turkish-backed militants. According to the ALF, on April 2, Kurdish fighters destroyed a bulldozer of Turkish-backed militants with an anti-tank …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-05). Syariah Law Matters: The Kingdom of Brunei's Stoning Affair. globalresearch.ca From time to time, celebrities recoil and, in anger, seek to march for a change to the status quo. Much of is never intended to alter much, but they can count their names among the indignant luminaries and say they …

Prof. Paul Heroux (2019-04-05). 'Telecom Industry Did No Research on Health Impacts of 5G'. globalresearch.ca India plans to begin 5G trials by 2020, but experts and industry stand at odds over its impact on human health and environment. The fifth generation wireless network promises to be 50 times faster than its predecessor — 4G. Down …

Pepe Escobar (2019-04-05). Pentagon Obsession: China, China, China. globalresearch.ca Chinese nuclear bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese carrier killer missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weaponry. Chinese militarization of the South China Sea. Chinese Huawei spying. | So many Chinese "malign intentions". And we're not even talking about Russia. | Few people around …

Yves Engler (2019-04-05). Let's Build the Kind of Left that Demands Canada Withdraw from NATO. globalresearch.ca Final in a four-part series on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. | The first two installments discussed how NATO was set up to blunt the European left and to enable global dominance while the third focused …

STAFF (2019-04-05). Democrats File Suit Against Border Wall Spending. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the border (all times local): | 5: 30 p.m. | House Democrats have filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. | Democrats say Trump's attempt to transfer billions of dollars from several programs to wall construction violates the Constitution, which gives Congress control over spending. The 45-page complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's act a "brazen assa…

John Atcheson (2019-04-05). Hyperbole and Outrage as Substitutes for Thought, Facts, Accuracy and Truth. commondreams.org Trump is a master at faux outrage—witness his oft repeated claim that the Mueller investigation was "disgraceful," "outrageous" or a "witch hunt."(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Charles Davis (2019-04-05). Lessons for Progressives from Bob Mueller — and the Valerie Plame Affair. counterpunch.org If one of Donald Trump's oafish sons outed a covert intelligence agent tomorrow — in an angry tweet disclosing their party registration or in a clumsy boast to an Instagram thirst-trap — it would prompt a newscycle of clucking from former national security officials and their conventionally liberal interrogators. A spook would call it "treason," More

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally April 3 to stand against the U.S.-Mexico border wall and demand protections for immigrant students at the University of South Florida (USF). One of these protections is non-deputization of campus police to enforce immigration policy. The event featured a mock border wall, symbolizing the recent attacks on immigrants by the U.S. government. | "USF needs to stand by its undocumented and immigrant students to make its claims of diversity true. USF has to become noncompliant with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland…

John W. Whitehead (2019-04-05). America Enters the Twilight Zone. counterpunch.org "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? Only instead of Rod Serling's imaginary "land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas," we're More

Jill Richardson (2019-04-05). The Death Penalty is Getting Crueler. counterpunch.org For years, most of the U.S. has been changing death penalty laws in the direction of phasing it out, or at least applying it in a more humane way. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that people with intellectual disabilities cannot be executed. In 2005, another ruling held that the U.S. cannot execute anyone for More

Cesar Chelala (2019-04-05). Donald Trump, or the Difficulties in Bar Tendering. counterpunch.org Traditionally, bartending was considered a profession of low reputation. However, in more recent years, bartenders go through a process of training that makes it a key profession in the hospitality industry. As a result, bartending today is considered a profession of choice, rather than of necessity. In many countries, bartending includes specialized education. For example, More

Whitney Webb (2019-04-05). IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt. theantimedia.com Al-Sisi's government, widely considered a military dictatorship despite a pale sheen of democracy, has forged increasingly close ties with Israel ever since he came to power in the 2013 coup. (MPN) — Brigadier General Aryeh Eldad of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has claimed that Israel was behind the 2013 military coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's …

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won. greenleft.org.au After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-05). As Rumors Swirl, UN Expert Warns Extraditing Julian Assange to US Would Violate Human Rights Protections. commondreams.org While Ecuador denies plans to revoke Julian Assange's political asylum, a top United Nations human rights official has vowed to investigate fresh rumors, noting that if the WikiLeaks founder is expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, he likely would be arrested by British authorities and extradited to the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-05). 'Stop Lying to Young Jews': Protest by Anti-Occupation Jewish Activists Targets Birthright Tours. commondreams.org Fifteen people were arrested Friday in New York when hundreds of activists from the Jewish advocacy group If Not Now blocked access to the entrance of Birthright, the Sheldon Adelson funded organization that takes young Americans Jews on tours of Israel to instill within them support of that country's war on the Palestinian people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-05). Prioritizing of profit at root of fire that killed seven Syrian refugee children in Nova Scotia. wsws.org The mandatory installation of automated sprinklers would save lives, but capitalist governments are loathe to diminish the profits of the construction industry.

2019-04-06: Social Media Postees

External Powers Fuel Bloodshed in Libya
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-06
General Khalifa Haftar of Libya has been a very disruptive force for the formation of the UN's unity government, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…
therealnews.com/stories/external-powers-fuel-bloodshed-in-libya

Oil Politics Drive Turmoil in Libya
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-06
With two of the largest oil producers, Iran and Russia, under U.S. sanctions, all profiteering eyes of the west turn to oil rich Libya, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…
therealnews.com/stories/oil-politics-drive-turmoil-in-libya

Healthcare Workers Fall Victim to Yemen's Latest Cholera Epidemic
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-06
The deliberate attacks on water wells and water treatment facilities in Yemen are causing some in the country to wonder if the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition is attempting to intentionally trigger another cholera epidemic.
mintpressnews.com/healthcare-workers-fall-victim-to-yemens-latest-cholera-epidemic/257041/

The Madness Driving Climate Catastrophe
H. Patricia Hynes | truthdig.com | 2019-04-06
"Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption" | A book by Simon Pirani | The Great Acceleration: This is the designation given to the last 70 years during which industrial countries and a handful of newly rich developing countries extracted and consumed fossil fuels at a reckless rate. While accurate, the metaphor might suggest progress rather than the ominous atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic climate trends ensuing. | The 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1995, almost in tandem with the impotent U.N. climate negotiations begun in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and followed by the Kyoto Protoc…
truthdig.com/articles/the-madness-driving-climate-catastrophe/

Committee Votes to Move David Bernhardt's Nomination as Interior Secretary to Full Senate Vote
Dan Bacher | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-06
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 4 voted 14-6 to move the nomination of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former Westlands Water District and oil industry lobbyist, to a full Senate vote, setting the stage for a contentious and heated debate. In his lobbying disclosures, Bernhardt has listed…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/06/committee-votes-to-move-david-bernhardts-nomination-as-interior-secretary-to-full-senate-vote/

Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-06
Caracas, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, called on Thursday to a mass popular mobilization in this capital on April 6 to defend the Bolivarian Revolution.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
Trump's visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

Mass Popular Mobilization in Venezuela on April 6
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-06
Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, called on Thursday to a mass popular mobilization in this capital on April 6 to defend the Bolivarian Revolution.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Socialist Analysis "Collapse of the Trump-Russia Hoax & the Bankruptcy of Liberalism"
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-04-06
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indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/03/18822505.php

San Rafael Activists Demand Release of Entire Mueller Report
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-04-06
Hundreds of Protesters excoriate Attorney General Barr for hiding Mueller's report on Trump's alleged crimes and violations of his oath of office. Steve Disenhof and Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/05/18822531.php

Supporters oppose eviction of Julian Assange outside London's Ecuadorian embassy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
Defenders of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London yesterday, after a warning that he faces eviction from the building where he sought political asylum in 2012 "within hours to days."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

US to Declare Iran's Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist Group
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-06
(MEE) — The United States will designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, an unprecedented move that will ramp up pressure on the elite force, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The newspaper, citing unidentified officials, said President Donald Trump's administration will announce the decision as soon as Monday and that concerned defence officials were …

US to Declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as Terrorist Group

America the Barbaric
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
If the conditions that exist in US prisons were exposed in Russia or China, there would be a hue and cry in the press and the halls of Congress for economic sanctions and "humanitarian" military intervention.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

Restaurants and Retailers Warned Against Illegal Sales of Foie Gras
Animal Legal Defense Fund | indybay.org | 2019-04-06
California businesses alerted they must comply with the law banning sale of cruelly-produced "gourmet" delicacy…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/02/18822494.php

Discussion: The Mueller Report, Trump's Response, and the Interests of the People
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2019-04-06
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/03/18822510.php

Nobody is Above the Law Rally Release Mueller Report
Move on | indybay.org | 2019-04-06
at the Powell & Market cable car turnaround…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/04/18822524.php

Netanyahu embraces Brazil's Bolsonaro during Israel visit
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

Ecuador Twists Embarrassing INA Papers into Pretext to Oust Assange
Defend Wikileaks | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
On 26 March, WikiLeaks' Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador's Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno's attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, …
globalresearch.ca/ecuador-ina-papers-pretext-oust-assange/5673682

Protecting Julian Assange: A Must for People of Conscience
Kim Petersen | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told Wikileaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days.' — WikiLeaks on Twitter. | The Mueller investigation of an alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russia to influence the …
globalresearch.ca/protecting-julian-assange/5673698

With Extradition Imminent, the Implications of Assange's Persecution for Journalism and Democracy
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
In light of Wikileaks tweeting that Julian Assange will be forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in a matter of "hours or days, MPN brings you a piece by Whitney Webb first published last June on the dangerous implications of the persecution of the Wikileaks founder.
mintpressnews.com/the-implications-of-juilian-assange-persecution-for-journalism-and-democracy/244339/

Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno's Assange Problem
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
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 of asylum to vacuity. You are granted asylum as a political dissident, but political dissident you…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/terms-of-asylum-and-distraction-morenos-assange-problem/

The Globalization of War. America's "Long War" against Humanity
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
America's hegemonic project in…
globalresearch.ca/the-globalization-of-war-americas-long-war-against-humanity/5426125

The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery. | And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would "postpone" the event, citing "concerns" over the event's "format, substance, … [and] security" in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign ag…
mintpressnews.com/how-a-pro-war-lobby-strong-armed-a-bookstore-into-censoring-one-of-their-biggest-critics/256991/

Chicago elections and what's coming next
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
Chicago, IL – The corporate media has missed what is most important about Chicago's April 2 elections. Its focus on the uninspiring mayoral contest between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot helped contribute to the lowest voter turnout ever. Only 29% of registered voters went to the polls. | What this election did see was a record number of young candidates challenging incumbents, and the greatest amount was in the Black wards of the city. According to Aislinn Pulley, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Chicago, "What was significant were the young activists – mostly Black and Latino – that fought neighborhood…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/4/c…

Thinking About Russia: Pigeonholing Doesn't Work
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Black-and-white thinking rarely works and certainly not about Russia. Consider the following. Only days ago, about 100 Russian troops landed in Venezuela to deter a U.S. invasion. At home, Russian security forces continue to repress pro-democracy movements, dissidents and LGBT rights activists. The Russian military has long aided the Bashar al-Assad regime, which is responsible…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/thinking-about-russia-pigeonholing-doesnt-work/

Lies our Senators Tell Us, or, Whither Congress?
Matthew Pappalardo | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Last month, a group of student activists from various Bay Area climate justice groups visited Senator Feinstein's office in California to deliver a letter urging her to support the Green New Deal. While the students may have held out some hope Feinstein would see the light after agreeing to meet them without a scheduled appointment,…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/lies-our-senators-tell-us-or-whither-congress/

'The Essence of Being Palestinian': What the Great March of Return is Really About
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30, 2018 are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years earlier. But there is much more…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/the-essence-of-being-palestinian-what-the-great-march-of-return-is-really-about/

Minnesotans honor MLK and say yes to peace, no to NATO
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
St. Paul, MN – On April 4, 80 people gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol building to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to use his words to analyze the militarism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both MLK and NATO are connected to the date of April 4. | On April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered his "Beyond Vietnam" anti-war speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. He would tragically be assassinated exactly one year later, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. | On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed marking the inception of the military allia…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/5/m…

Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2019-04-05
The following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council. Venezuela's conflict with imperialism . . . | Continue reading Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/04/04/venezuela-today-part-2-people-power-resists-u-s-threats/

U.S.-Mexico border delegation hears from immigrant women stuck in Nogales, tours border wall and Sonoran Desert
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico – The second day of the Legalization for All Network delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border on March 31 was intense and emotional. The delegation divided into three groups for the day, which allowed them to gain a wider range of experiences. | One group of delegation members crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Nogales to visit the organization HEPAC (Hogar de Esperanza y Paz – Home of Hope and Peace) and hear testimonies from women fleeing horrific situations and trying to seek asylum in the U.S. Another group accompanied the humanitarian organization Tucson Samaritans deep into the Arizona…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/5/u…

Reluctant Soldier, Confused Peacenik
Eric Walberg | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-05
Bowe Bergdahl captured the American imagination in 2009 when he disappeared from what had become his living hell. His battalion commander, Lt Baker, was not only an obnoxious tyrant (handing out Field-Grade Article 15s, just short of a court martial, supposedly for being out of uniform, but in fact for complaining about the mission to …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/reluctant-soldier-confused-peacenik/

Identity Rules: A Report from Reddening Chicago
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Fake-Progressive Identity Cloaking Beyond the identity-politicized excitement of Chicago electing its first Black female chief executive and becoming the largest U.S. city to have a Black female mayor (and to have a gay mayor), there wasn't all that much for a leftist to choose from between victor Lori Lightfoot and her opponent Toni Preckwinkle. Mayor-Elect…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/identity-rules-a-report-from-reddening-chicago/

"Corporate Homicide": Ralph Nader Demands Boeing Recall Jets After Ethiopia Crash Kills His Niece
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-05
A wrongful death case was filed against Boeing on the same day that a preliminary investigation into last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed damning details about the aircraft manufacturer and raised new questions about whether it gave pilots proper instructions for navigating new software. The findings were released Thursday in Ethiopia, based on the analysis of a team of 18 investigators, less than a month after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed all 157 people on board. The report found similarities in the technical issues experienced by pilots on both the Ethiopian Airlines flight and Octob…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/5/co…

Robert Reich: Closing the Border to Mexico is "Insane"
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-05
$1.5 billion dollars per day cross the US-Mexico border and closing it, as Trump has proposed (and recently backtracked), would be "cataclysmic," says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, whom Laura Carlsen interviewed in Mexico…
therealnews.com/stories/robert-reich-closing-the-border-to-mexico-is-insane

Trump Administration Demands that Turkey Cancel Purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defense Missiles
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
The Trump regime demands Turkey cancel its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missiles. | Technologically superior to US long-range surface-to-air Patriot missiles, nothing in the West matches their effectiveness. | S-400s can destroy multiple hostile aircraft, ballistic missiles, and …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-demands-turkey-cancel-purchase-russian-s-400-air-defense-missiles/5673569

Foreign Correspondent: Ukraine Elections, Putin, and Trump
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-04-05
Will the next president of Ukraine pursue reconciliation with Russia?
progressive.org/dispatches/ukrainian-elections-putin-and-trump-erlich-190405/

The Veto: Documentary Film Exposing Western Media Propaganda War Against Syria
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
I met journalist and friend Rafiq Lutf and cameraman Abdul-Mun'aim Arnous in January 2018 and I was honoured when Rafiq asked me to work with him on his film project, The Veto. | As Dr Shaaban said to me in August …
globalresearch.ca/veto-film-exposing-cnn-al-jazeera-channel-4-western-media-propaganda-war-syria/5673628

Something About Butte
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
September, 2004. Butte, Montana isn't a mining town. It's a mined town. The core of the city is hollow, tunneled out. Beneath the shattered surface of the Hill, there are more than 10,000 miles of underground passages and thousands of shafts, glory holes descending deep feet into the bedrock. Every now and then, holes will…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/something-about-butte-2/

IDF General: Israel Behind Coup That Installed Al-Sisi Dictatorship in Egypt
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Al-Sisi's government, widely considered a military dictatorship despite a pale sheen of democracy, has forged increasingly close ties with Israel ever since he came to power in the 2013 coup.
mintpressnews.com/idf-general-israel-behind-coup-that-installed-al-sisi-dictatorship-in-egypt/257002/

Guaido set to enact uprising rooted in U.S. Regime-change operations manual
Whitney Webb | mronline.org | 2019-04-05
With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions–such as those described in the RED Team document–are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/05/guaido-set-to-enact-uprising-rooted-in-u-s-regime-change-operations-manual/

"The Owner": The Rise of Eduardo Elsztain and the Coming End of Argentina's Democracy
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
With the backing and funding of the global elite, Eduardo Elsztain and his closest associates have taken control of Argentina's real estate, electricity, agriculture, and finance industries. His next target? Argentina's election system.
mintpressnews.com/the-owner-the-rise-of-eduardo-elsztain-and-the-coming-end-of-argentinas-democracy/256959/

Global Banks, led by JPMorgan Chase, invested $1.9 Trillion in fossil fuels since Paris climate pact
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-05
The top four banks that invested most heavily in fossil fuel projects are all based in the U.S., and include JPM organ Chase, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Bank of America. Royal Bank of Canada, Barclays in Europe, Japan's MUFG, TD Bank, Scotiabank, and Mizuho make up the remainder of the top 10. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/05/global-banks-led-by-jpmorgan-chase-invested-1-9-trillion-in-fossil-fuels-since-paris-climate-pact/

Freedom Road Socialist Organization greets New People's Army on 50th anniversary of founding
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following message from Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) to the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Dear Comrades, | It has been 50 glorious years since the Communist Party of the Philippines founded the New People's Army, and Freedom Socialist Organization sends our warmest greetings to your commanders and fighters on this significant occasion. From modest beginnings, the New People's Army has grown into a mighty force that is establishing red political power in the countryside and carrying forward the national democratic revolution with a socialist orientati…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/5/f…

With All Israelis IDF Veterans, Public Apathy Over Israeli War Machine is Near Universal
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Most Israelis don't have much sympathy for Palestinians. A recent poll showed that 53 percent of Israelis thought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent bombardment of Gaza following the rocket attack was "too weak" while only 3 percent believed it to be excessive.
mintpressnews.com/israeli-idf-veterans-public-apathy-israel-war-machine-near-universal/257023/

Warren's Plan to Rein in Tech Companies
Jeff Hauser | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
America's cops on the competition beat have grown lazy. They are not enforcing antitrust laws passed during the first Gilded Age to level a playing field tilted by powerful corporations for their own benefit; that's why America is stuck in a second Gilded Age of economic inequality. These officials have been lulled to sleep by…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/warrens-plan-to-rein-in-tech-companies/

The Privatization of Wildlife: How Ted Turner Scored Yellowstone Bison
Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
The following is an excerpt from The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink. It is just one more battle in the century-and-a-half-old range wars, where land and wildlife have come into direct conflict with selfish, private interests. It's also a story of privileged ethnocentrism, where a once proud indigenous culture and the wild species it…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/the-privatization-of-wildlife-how-ted-turner-scored-yellowstone-bison/

Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee for 'Tougher Direction'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON — The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? | Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers. | No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, accor…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-sidelines-immigration-nominee-for-tougher-direction/

Iraq's WMDs Found…In Russia
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
In late 2017, actor Morgan Freeman announced in a video created by a who's who of senior U.S. Intelligence officials that Russia had attacked the United States and that 'we' were at war. Freeman, whose net worth is said to be about a quarter-billion dollars, claimed that ex-Soviet 'authoritarian' Vladimir Putin, bitter about the dissolution of 'his' country, was behind the attack. The terms 'attack' and 'war' were not qualified as metaphors.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/iraqs-wmds-found-in-russia/

An Open Letter to Chelsea Manning: A Free Woman in an American Prison
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
"We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination …
globalresearch.ca/open-letter-chelsea-manning-free-woman-american-prison/5673676

Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?
Naomi Zeveloff | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?
thenation.com/article/israel-elections-benny-gantz-war-crimes-gaza-holocaust/

Myanmar military target civilians in deadly helicopter attack, UN rights office issues war crimes warning
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-05
Intensifying clashes between the Myanmar military and armed separatists that reportedly involved a deadly helicopter bombing raid on civilians earlier this week in Rakhine state, have been condemned by the UN human rights office, OHCHR.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1036151

The NATO War of 1999 and the Impotence of International Law
Dr. Hans Kà∂chler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Abstract | The unilateral use of force by NATO member states against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999 has made obvious the flaws of the United Nations system of collective security and has demonstrated the unenforceability of the ban on | …
globalresearch.ca/nato-war-1999-impotence-international-law/5673730

Elizabeth Warren Signals Willingness to Kill the Filibuster
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
Calling on the nation to "wake up to the reality of the United States Senate," Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set to announce Friday that she supports eliminating the filibuster. | The 2020 presidential candidate is expected to endorse the proposal in a speech at the National Action Network Convention in New York Friday morning. | "When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We're done with two sets of rules–one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats," Warren is expected to say. "And th…
truthdig.com/articles/elizabeth-warren-signals-willingness-to-kill-the-filibuster/

The Anti-Semitic Con
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
With the Putin/Russia Collusion Fairytale debunked, the undeniable cancer of real foreign interference in our government demands an honest airing. Since American politics is mortally corrupt, one might wonder why bother to expose one prime cause of its ethical degeneracy. If the beast is dead, what use is determining what killed it? Well, it isn't…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/the-anti-semitic-con/

The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-Israel Bias
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
When the New York Times ( 3/26/19) reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fait accompli pronouncement that nation-states can now seize territories acquired in defensive wars–after President Donald Trump announced via tweet that the United States asserts Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights–it seriously misled readers on the status of Israel's…
truthdig.com/articles/the-new-york-times-cant-hide-its-pro-israel-bias/

Green New Deal pushing climate change into mainstream media
Lisa Hymas | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
Climate change coverage in much of the mainstream media was abysmally low in 2018. It's been tilting upward in the first quarter of 2019, thanks in large part to the Green New Deal. The ascending trend is a positive development overall — it's about time media started paying more attention to the existential crisis of …
peoplesworld.org/article/green-new-deal-pushing-climate-change-into-mainstream-media/

Pity About No Collusion, But They've Still Got the Cold War to Heat Up
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Donald Trump is a narcissistic boor who tells lies with a casual indifference that might be regarded with amusement ("My father is German, was German, born in a very wonderful place in Germany") were he not a malevolent poseur with all the style and attraction of a sock full of wet spaghetti. He is a spiteful mendacious…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/pity-about-no-collusion-but-theyve-still-got-the-cold-war-to-heat-up/

EU Clamps Down on Freedom of Speech in name of Copyright Protection
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-05
Julia Reda of the Pirate Party warns that the law does not protect creators, but large interest groups. Internet platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter will install filters and ban access to material individuals upload who do not buy the rights for everything they use…
therealnews.com/stories/eu-clamps-down-on-freedom-of-speech-in-name-of-copyright-protection

Congress orders Trump to get out of Yemen, he refuses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON–Congress is ordering GOP President Donald Trump to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen. His advisors are telling him — via a veto — to stay in. Since the Korean War in the early 1950's Congress has ceded to the president its constitutional role of deciding when to go to war. The vote yesterday by …
peoplesworld.org/article/congress-orders-trump-to-get-out-of-yemen-he-refuses/

An Open Letter to Chelsea Manning: A Free Woman in An American Prison
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-05
We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/an-open-letter-to-chelsea-manning-a-free-woman-in-an-american-prison/

Surface Mining in the Yellowstone to Uintas Connection: What About Wildlife?
John Carter | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Here at Kiesha's Preserve near Paris, Idaho we became aware in 2011 that a 2500-acre mineral lease close to the Preserve was undergoing exploration and permitting in order to mine the phosphate ore. We were greatly concerned that the noise from blasting, mining, stockpiling and hauling of ore would adversely affect wildlife and our wildlife…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/surface-mining-in-the-yellowstone-to-uintas-connection-what-about-wildlife/

Pompeo Appoints Fox News Neocon as Spokesperson
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
And the neocon-ization of the Trump administration continues. While The Donald is packing away Big Macs and Diet Cokes, his neocon secretary of state is appointing likeminded warmongers. | Morgan Ortagus is a deep insider with connections to both sides of …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-appoints-fox-news-neocon-spokesperson/5673656

Boeing's Problem Is Not Software
The Automatic Earth | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
We had already been told that in the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash which killed all 157 people on board, the 4-month old 737 MAX 8's anti-stall software reengaged itself four times in 6 minutes as the pilots struggled to …
globalresearch.ca/boeings-problem-not-software/5673723

Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal!
Geraldine Perry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty — and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious …
globalresearch.ca/word-to-the-wise-beware-the-green-new-deal/5673678

Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …
globalresearch.ca/saudis-threaten-ditch-petrodollar-nuclear-option-block-nopec-bill/5673717

UN committed 'to support the Libyan people' as Guterres departs 'with deep concern and a heavy heart'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-05
The United Nations Secretary-General left Libya on Friday voicing his hope that the divided country can "avoid a bloody confrontation" in and around the capital Tripoli.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1036161

The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish
Jonathan Power | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
The International Criminal Court (ICC) which prosecutes crimes against humanity is under attack again by the Trump Administration for pursuing Americans. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama supported it. George W. Bush tried to close it down but then decided to cooperate with it. Donald Trump is against it and encouraged John Bolton, his National Security Advisor, to publically…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/the-cia-surprise-kill-vanish/

Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse — UN urges greater protection
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-05
Noting that the Venezuela refugee crisis will leave some 1.1 million children, returnees and people in-transit lacking protection and basic services across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 2019, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) called on regional Governments to uphold their rights and protect unaccompanied, undocumented children.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1036181

Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency
Marco Teruggi | workers.org | 2019-04-05
This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on April 2. Translation by Michael Otto. On Sunday, March 31, Nicolás Maduro announced a special 30-day electricity plan to create "a special department of power management that will be able to balance the national electricity system." He declared it Sunday night, after a . . . | Continue reading Venezuela seeks a way out of the emergency at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/04/04/venezuela-seeks-a-way-out-of-the-emergency/

NATO's Mission Creeps into Latin America as Unholy Alliance Turns 70
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
"Vladimir Putin harbors dark dreams of imperialism," Mike Pompeo told his NATO audience with his usual lack of self-reflection. Pompeo went on to bemoan Russia's military presence in Venezuela, where 100 military personnel have been stationed in defense of the government of Nicolas Maduro.
mintpressnews.com/nato-mission-creeps-into-latin-america-as-unholy-alliance-turns-70/257012/

Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'
Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
Stacey Abrams: 'Open That Door'…
thenation.com/article/stacey-abrams-open-that-door/

Syariah Law Matters: The Kingdom of Brunei's Stoning Affair
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
From time to time, celebrities recoil and, in anger, seek to march for a change to the status quo. Much of is never intended to alter much, but they can count their names among the indignant luminaries and say they …
globalresearch.ca/syariah-matters-kingdom-bruneis-stoning-affair/5673668

Video: Russian Jets Pound Idlib Terrorists, Kurdish Rebels Attack Turkish Proxies
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
On April 4, the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) announced that their units had carried out a series of attacks on Turkish-backed militants. According to the ALF, on April 2, Kurdish fighters destroyed a bulldozer of Turkish-backed militants with an anti-tank …
globalresearch.ca/russian-jets-pound-idlib-terrorists-kurdish-rebels-attack-turkish-proxies/5673726

Lawsuit Seeks Records on Trump Administration's OK of Bee-killing Pesticides, GE Crops on National Wildlife Refuges

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for public records on the Trump administration's decision to allow bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically engineered crops on national wildlife refuges. | Today's lawsuit follows an August 2018 …
globalresearch.ca/lawsuit-seeks-records-trump-administrations-bee-killing-pesticides/5673709

Dangerous Plastics Are a Threat to Us and Future Generations
Meena Miriam Yust | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Every day people make decisions about what to eat, sometimes opting for colorful fruits and veggies, sometimes finding the smell of bacon irresistible. At the end of the day people are controlling their own health. What is remarkable though, is …
globalresearch.ca/dangerous-plastics-threat-us-future-generations/5673720

The Media Smoothed the Path to British Soldiers Using Corbyn as Target Practice
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the British political and media establishments have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of political life, and that they lie …
globalresearch.ca/media-smoothed-path-british-soldiers-using-corbyn-target-practice/5673699

Pentagon Obsession: China, China, China
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Chinese nuclear bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese carrier killer missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weaponry. Chinese militarization of the South China Sea. Chinese Huawei spying. | So many Chinese "malign intentions". And we're not even talking about Russia. | Few people around …
globalresearch.ca/pentagon-obsession-china-china-china/5673713

Video: Israeli Air Strikes on Syria: Weapons, Effects, Consequences
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continue their bombing campaign in Syria. In the framework of this campaign, IDF aircraft strike what the Israeli leadership describes as Iranian infrastructure and weapon shipments to Hezbollah and pro-Iranian armed groups. Nonetheless, positions and …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-strikes-syria-weapons-effects-consequences/5673658

'Telecom Industry Did No Research on Health Impacts of 5G'
Prof. Paul Heroux | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
India plans to begin 5G trials by 2020, but experts and industry stand at odds over its impact on human health and environment. The fifth generation wireless network promises to be 50 times faster than its predecessor — 4G. Down …
globalresearch.ca/telecom-industry-did-no-research-health-impacts-5g/5673706

Let's Build the Kind of Left that Demands Canada Withdraw from NATO
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Final in a four-part series on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. | The first two installments discussed how NATO was set up to blunt the European left and to enable global dominance while the third focused …
globalresearch.ca/lets-build-left-demands-canada-withdraw-nato/5673701

Democrats File Suit Against Border Wall Spending
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the border (all times local): | 5: 30 p.m. | House Democrats have filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. | Democrats say Trump's attempt to transfer billions of dollars from several programs to wall construction violates the Constitution, which gives Congress control over spending. The 45-page complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's act a "brazen assa…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-file-suit-against-border-wall-spending/

Trump's "Deal of the Century" To Hand Palestine to Israel Along with Whole Set of New Problems
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Though the Deal of the Century will try to eliminate the Palestinian issue for good, what the architects of the "Deal" in their arrogance fail to see is that this so-called "Deal" is nothing more than an irresponsible, impractical and precarious plan that will fall just as soon as it is raised.
mintpressnews.com/deal-of-the-century-to-hand-palestine-to-israel-along-with-whole-set-of-new-problems/256978/

As Increasingly Unpopular NATO Turns 70, Has the Organization Reached its Retirement Age?
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-05
Like a snake shedding its skin, NATO is attempting to rebrand itself in an effort to remain of service to empire, greatly expanding its remit as it did after the fall of the Soviet Union.
mintpressnews.com/increasingly-unpopular-nato-turns-70-organization-reached-retirement-age/257025/

Lessons for Progressives from Bob Mueller — and the Valerie Plame Affair
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
If one of Donald Trump's oafish sons outed a covert intelligence agent tomorrow — in an angry tweet disclosing their party registration or in a clumsy boast to an Instagram thirst-trap — it would prompt a newscycle of clucking from former national security officials and their conventionally liberal interrogators. A spook would call it "treason,"
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/lessons-for-progressives-from-bob-mueller-and-the-valerie-plame-affair/

Hyperbole and Outrage as Substitutes for Thought, Facts, Accuracy and Truth
John Atcheson | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
Trump is a master at faux outrage—witness his oft repeated claim that the Mueller investigation was "disgraceful," "outrageous" or a "witch hunt."(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/05/hyperbole-and-outrage-substitutes-thought-facts-accuracy-and-truth?cd-origin=rss

Tens of thousands demand release of Mueller report with backup evidence
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON–Shades of Watergate. In late 1973, GOP President Richard Nixon tried to shut down the Watergate investigation by arbitrarily firing Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, padlocking the prosecutor's offices and canning a top official, William Ruckelshaus, who refused to fire Cox. Another Nixonite, Robert Bork, did so. Cox responded that whether the nation would be governed …
peoplesworld.org/article/tens-of-thousands-demand-release-of-mueller-report-with-backup-evidence/

Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally April 3 to stand against the U.S.-Mexico border wall and demand protections for immigrant students at the University of South Florida (USF). One of these protections is non-deputization of campus police to enforce immigration policy. The event featured a mock border wall, symbolizing the recent attacks on immigrants by the U.S. government. | "USF needs to stand by its undocumented and immigrant students to make its claims of diversity true. USF has to become noncompliant with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/5/t…

Russiagate is Not Watergate
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Trump is quite unlike George W. Bush, another president not entirely shipshape upstairs; Bush understood his limitations. To his credit, he took care to compensate for them, recruiting capable people to work in his administration, and ceding power to them whenever he could. Especially at first, he even let a lesser Nixonian figure, Dick Cheney, a respectable enough villain in his own right, operate as if he were a co-president. Trump is something else altogether. He thinks that he is the smartest person not just in the room but on the planet. It is therefore no surprise that even minimally competent people don't…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/russiagate-is-not-watergate-2/

Donald Trump, or the Difficulties in Bar Tendering
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Traditionally, bartending was considered a profession of low reputation. However, in more recent years, bartenders go through a process of training that makes it a key profession in the hospitality industry. As a result, bartending today is considered a profession of choice, rather than of necessity. In many countries, bartending includes specialized education. For example,…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/donald-trump-or-the-difficulties-in-bar-tendering/

America Enters the Twilight Zone
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
"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? Only instead of Rod Serling's imaginary "land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas," we're…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/america-enters-the-twilight-zone/

Paradise Lost: Reflections on the Camp Fire
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
I just visited the town of Paradise located on the slopes of the Cascade Range near Chico, California. The Camp Fire burned through Paradise last November (2018) killing 87 people, mostly older residents. Plus destroying 14000 homes and another 4800 structures (like commercial buildings). Another 637 structures were "damaged" bringing the total estimate by CAL…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/paradise-lost-reflections-on-the-camp-fire/

The Death Penalty is Getting Crueler
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
For years, most of the U.S. has been changing death penalty laws in the direction of phasing it out, or at least applying it in a more humane way. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that people with intellectual disabilities cannot be executed. In 2005, another ruling held that the U.S. cannot execute anyone for…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/the-death-penalty-is-getting-crueler/

Good Night Sweet Left
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
"I speak only one language, and it is not my own." –Jacques Derrida…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/good-night-sweet-left/

The Case Against the CIA's Censors
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
I have joined in a lawsuit with four former federal employees to end the government's censorship of our writings on national security issues. The current publications review system of our military and intelligence agencies is dysfunctional, inhibiting our ability to participate in national security debates. The government has a legitimate interest in protecting bona fide secrets, but the review system is opaque, exceeding legitimate national security boundaries and compromising free speech.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/the-case-against-the-cias-censors/

An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
Jim Matthews, a former soldier cleared of terrorism charges for joining the fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria has accused the UK police … | Read more An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday | By Emily Apple…
thecanary.co/exclusive/2019/04/05/an-ex-soldier-cleared-of-terrorism-charges-for-fighting-daesh-is-detained-by-police-returning-from-holiday/

WikiLeaks Says Assange Will Be Arrested in "Hours to Days"
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-05
(CN) — WikiLeaks warned Thursday that its founder "will be expelled within 'hours to days'" from Ecuador's London embassy and that Ecuador has an agreement with Britain to have him arrested. President Lenin Moreno will use the pretext of a scandal engulfing his presidency to oust Assange, a "high level source" in the Ecuador government told WikiLeaks. …

WikiLeaks Says Assange Will Be Arrested in "Hours to Days"

'Stop Lying to Young Jews': Protest by Anti-Occupation Jewish Activists Targets Birthright Tours
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
Fifteen people were arrested Friday in New York when hundreds of activists from the Jewish advocacy group If Not Now blocked access to the entrance of Birthright, the Sheldon Adelson funded organization that takes young Americans Jews on tours of Israel to instill within them support of that country's war on the Palestinian people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/05/stop-lying-young-jews-protest-anti-occupation-jewish-activists-targets-birthright?cd-origin=rss

Refuting Right-Wing Narrative, James Foley Foundation Says It Rescinded Pompeo Award Over Handling of Khashoggi Murder
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
"The protection of free speech and promotion of journalists' safety is a key pillar of our foundation and this award would have been in conflict with that key principle." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/05/refuting-right-wing-narrative-james-foley-foundation-says-it-rescinded-pompeo-award?cd-origin=rss

NATO 'doesn't need to exist': Ron Paul to RT (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
Commenting on the 70th anniversary of NATO, former US Congressman Ron Paul told RT the alliance is actually harmful to US interests of peace and commerce, empowering only the military-industrial complex and those who want empire. | …
rt.com/usa/455679-ron-paul-nato-empire/

Prioritizing of profit at root of fire that killed seven Syrian refugee children in Nova Scotia
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-05
The mandatory installation of automated sprinklers would save lives, but capitalist governments are loathe to diminish the profits of the construction industry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…