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2019-04-24: News Headlines

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-24). Yemeni Military Successes May Boost Secret Peace Negotiations with Saudis. mintpressnews.com Saudi forces operating in the border area between western Yemen and Saudi Arabia have effectively been neutered in recent months, following a precipitous increase attacks in the region by Houthi-allied forces.

teleSUR (2019-04-24). Kushner Claims Two-State Solution Failed, Wants New Peace Plan. telesurenglish.net Jared Kushner told the audience at a Time magazine event on Tuesday that the two-state-solution peace plan to end the hostilities between the Palestinians and Israelis has failed. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Calls Out Netanyahu's 'Racist Government' | "New and different ways to reach peace must be tried," U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law said on Tuesday. | According to Kushner, "the two-state solution failed," which is why he is going to unveil a new peace plan this Summer.

John Pilger (2019-04-24). Bringing Julian Assange Home. globalresearch.ca This relevant article was first published on GR in June 2018. | The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. | The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it …

Pepe Escobar (2019-04-24). The Deep State vs. WikiLeaks. globalresearch.ca The Made by FBI indictment of Julian Assange does look like a dead man walking. No evidence. No documents. No surefire testimony. Just a crossfire of conditionals. | But never underestimate the legalese contortionism of US government (USG) functionaries. As much …

Alison Weir (2019-04-24). Julian Assange Exposed the Crimes of Powerful Actors, Including Israel. globalresearch.ca Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange is incarcerated in a UK prison that has been called "Britain's Guantanamo." His crime was exposing actions the US government, the media, the Democratic—Clinton machine, Israel, and others wanted kept hidden, including war crimes and torture….

Susan Babbitt (2019-04-24). Disdain and Dignity: An Old (Anti-Imperialist) Story. counterpunch.org One good comes from Assange's arrest, as many have noted: Wikileaks revelations are in the news. We hear the sneering at "dead bastards". We hear the disdain. There are truths which, if understood intellectually, are not understood fully. Imperialism is one. We know it intellectually without knowing it. In the Wikileaks video (2010), we feel it. More

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-24). Appeals Court Rubber Stamps Chelsea Manning's Unlawful Imprisonment. globalresearch.ca On Monday, the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel rubber-stamped Manning's unlawful imprisonment. | It her cruel solitary confinement punishment to continue, a flagrant 8th Amendment breach. More on this below. | Manning is one of America's best, a genuine …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-24). Venezuela: Embassy Protection Collective "The Next Two Days Are Crucial" dissidentvoice.org Embassy Protection Collective Will Refuse To Turn Over Embassy To US Puppet Government: Arrests Expected The next two days will be crucial for the protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. The Embassy Protection Collective is prepared to stay at the embassy for the foreseeable future, for as long as it takes to protect the …

John Steppling (2019-04-24). The Mandate for Israel: Keep the Arabs Down. counterpunch.org Stephen Gowans has done remarkable work in previous writings on North Korea, and on the Imperialist U.S. in its long war on Syria (not coincidentally the title of his last book). He is often described as Brown in Red, or a Stalinist — both of which are fine with me since most so called Stalinist More

Deirdre Griswold (2019-04-24). Koreans say no to Mike Pompeo. workers.org The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has told the U.S. government there will be no more summit meetings this year if Mike Pompeo, Trump's Secretary of State, is part of them. The DPRK has also reaffirmed its policy of self-reliance and independence in building a strong socialist society. DPRK leader . . . | Continue reading Koreans say no to Mike Pompeo at Workers.org

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-04-24). Just Another Spring in Progress? counterpunch.org My corner of New York's Catskill Mountains is shortly due to explode in green. Today however, it's brown, beige, russet and auburn: — a wrapping of spindly trunks with naked branches cascading uphill draws my eyes to the horizon. I wait. My neighbors wait. Landscapers and gardeners wait. We wait to plant even a few pansies; More

Lawrence Davidson (2019-04-24). A Decisive Struggle For Our Future. counterpunch.org The election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu in 2019 occurred under different circumstances, and yet they are very similar in their results. They both put an authoritarian figure in power through democratic electoral procedures. As well, both of these figures, like so many modern reactionary leaders before them, denigrate the recent past. Why do they do so? More

Adam Jonas Horowitz (2019-04-24). Letter to the Emperor. counterpunch.org Japan's 85 year-old Emperor Akihito is tired. The popular and charismatic king says he will retire at the end of this month, becoming the first Japanese Emperor in history to voluntarily step down from the Imperial throne. Indeed, the weight of his monarchy is heavy, weighed by the 2,600 year old Japanese tradition that says that the Emperor is divine; a direct descendent of the Sun goddess Amaterasu. More

(2019-04-24). International meeting in Italy denounces NATO. workers.org Anti-war organizations and individuals from Europe and Canada met in Florence, Italy, 600-strong, for a day-long conference on April 7 to discuss the current role of the NATO military bloc following the 70th anniversary of NATO's creation under U.S. aegis. The following are the statement and the link to the . . . | Continue reading International meeting in Italy denounces NATO at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-04-24). Russian Minister Denounces US Exerting Pressure on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednesday that the use of force to influence Latin American countries, by the United States, is "exerting unprecedented pressure" on Venezuela. | RELATED: | Russia: US Wants to Revive Monroe Doctrine, Persecute Venezuela | "In the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. is taking up the Monroe doctrine, which aims to li…

Allison Deger (2019-04-24). Netanyahu Announces Settlement in Golan Heights Will be Named after Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he plans to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump, one month after Trump recognized the Syrian territory captured during the June 1967 war as part of Israel….

teleSUR (2019-04-24). North Korean Leader Enters Russia To Meet With Putin. telesurenglish.net North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into Russia on Wednesday by train, Russian media reported, for his first trip there aimed at galvanizing support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo. | RELATED: | Putin to Meet Kim Jong Un on Thursday for the First Time | During the summit, the North Korean leader is expected to project himself as a serious world player with his first meeting with the Russian President and at the same time…

Tom Clifford (2019-04-24). Emperor Akhito's Abdication: A New Era for Japan's Military? globalresearch.ca The land of the rising sun prepares for a new dawn. An emperor's departure and another's ascension. Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, and May Day in Japan will see his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, become the …

The Global Research Team (2019-04-24). The Price of Publishing Independent Thought. globalresearch.ca Dear readers, | With freedom of speech continually being curtailed, running an independent counter-current news media in 2019 is no easy feat. By todays standards, you are by all means free to speak if what you say upholds the mainstream narrative. …

Joe Cirincione (2019-04-24). The Path to War with Iran Is Paved with Sanctions. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is laying siege to Iran. Taking pages from the Iraq War playbook, senior officials paint a picture of a rogue, outlaw, terrorist regime bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and whose "malign activities" are the cause of all …

Aidan O'Brien (2019-04-24). Spanish Politics Is US Geopolitics. globalresearch.ca The sun is hot in Spain this time of year. The Catholics too. Semana Santa (Holy Week) reminded us that Spain was once the world's preeminent source of religious fundamentalism. Today, in contrast, it simply copies the nihilistic fundamentalism which …

Tsvetana Paraskova (2019-04-24). Can Saudi Arabia Still Sway the Oil Market? globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and OPEC's largest producer, has influenced the oil market and oil flows since the middle of the 20th century. | Shortly after the 21st century began, one of Saudi Arabia's key customers …

Arthur Wyns (2019-04-24). Glyphosate Risks 'Last for Generations'. globalresearch.ca The new research is the first of its kind to …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-04-24). Governing Ukraine Is No Laughing Matter. globalresearch.ca Comedy, it is often said, is unusual people in real situations and farce is real people in unusual situations. No doubt, it can be said that by electing comedian Vladimir Zelensky as their new president in a landslide victory in

True Publica (2019-04-24). The Mainstream Media — The Good, Bad and Downright Ugly. globalresearch.ca While the European media is generally known to be mostly objective in its reporting, the highly partisan nature of British coverage into the events that shape our world view is, without any doubt deepening the political and social divide. | Broadsheets …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-24). John Bolton Rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon. Going After Hezbollah Donors? globalresearch.ca John Bolton sent out the following tweet yesterday ahead of the rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon this summer that will target civilians (according to Israeli Major General Amir Eshel). | . | . | . | Today's @StateDept announcement that they will be …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-24). US Sanctions Got India to Ditch Iran, Will Washington Get It to Ditch Russia Too? globalresearch.ca The announcement by India's Oil Minister that his country will replace US-sanctioned Iranian oil imports with those from "major oil-producing countries" despite the dramatic Bollywood show that New Delhi has made up until this point out of "defying" US sanctions …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-24). Volodymyr Zelenskiy as Ukraine's "Actor President" globalresearch.ca The world is not so much a stage as a simulacrum for those who think it so. And if the stage goes bad, it is fitting that those who get thrown onto it change it in the most daring and …

Sara Flounders (2019-04-24). Planning Can Save the Planet: China Chooses Renewable Energy. globalresearch.ca The very corporations that are responsible for the problem are denying global warming, with immediate consequences for the whole world. | Carbon emissions from the burning of oil, gas and methane are heating the planet, creating a crisis of rising sea …

Thomas Knapp (2019-04-24). On Obstruction, the Mueller Report is Clintonesque. counterpunch.org On April 18, US Attorney William Barr released Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the probe into "Russian meddling" in the 2016 presidential election. The report cleared President Donald Trump and his campaign team of allegations that they conspired with the Russian government in that meddling. But on the question of "obstruction of justice," Mueller More

Staff (2019-04-24). The War in Yemen. truthdig.com

Colin Todhunter (2019-04-24). As the 2019 Indian General Election Takes Place, Are the Nation's Farmers Being Dealt a Knock-Out Blow? counterpunch.org In 1830, British colonial administrator Lord Metcalfe said India's villages were little republics that had nearly everything they could want for within themselves. India's ability to endure derived from these communities: "Dynasty after dynasty tumbles down but the village community remains the same. It is in a high degree conducive to their happiness, and to More

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-04-24). The Commune is the Supreme Expression of Participatory Democracy: a Conversation with Anacaona Marin of El Panal Commune. counterpunch.org The Alexis Vive Patriotic Force, which has deep roots in Caracas' 23 de Enero barrio, began planning a commune years before Chavez even proposed the communal path toward socialism. Yet when Chavez announced the plan to join communal councils into a higher form of organization, Alexis Vive wholeheartedly embraced the initiative and has since then More

Dean Baker (2019-04-24). Payments to Hospitals Aren't Going to Hospital Buildings. counterpunch.org In keeping with accepted standards in debates on economic policy, we are now getting a debate on Medicare for All that is doing a wonderful job of ignoring the relevant issues. The focus of this debate is what Medicare for All will pay hospitals. As The New York Times tells us, if Medicare for All More

Charlie Gers (2019-04-24). Trump's Transgender Troops Ban is un-American and Inhumane. counterpunch.org On April 12, a new Defense Department policy went into effect officially barring most transgender people from enlisting in the nation's military. This is a sad development, and represents an attack on the values and liberties that we all cherish as Americans. After two years of court challenges and public controversy since President Trump announced More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-24). Failed States and Militias: General Khalifa Haftar Moves on Tripoli. counterpunch.org The richly disastrous mess that is Libya has been moving into another phase of inspired aggression at the hands of General Khalifa Haftar. As he does, UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj is anxious. For some three weeks, the General's eastern forces, known as the Libyan National Army (LNA) have been edging towards the capital of More

Alvaro Huerta (2019-04-24). Top Ten List in Defense of MEChA. counterpunch.org Ten. By attacking MEChA, the anti-MEChistas play into the hands of the enemy's effective strategy: divide and conquer. Nine. The term "Chicano," which has evolved over time to "Chicana/o" and "Chicanx," originated from the basic fact that the so-called Mexican American of the 1950s and 1960s was never "Mexican enough" to be fully accepted in el More

Elliot Sperber (2019-04-24). Every Truck's a Garbage Truck. counterpunch.org Every Truck's a Garbage Truck Every truck's a garbage truck, Louisa said As she lifted her head From her thread and her needle And waited there Then she resumed stitching an umbrella's rib The truck, though gone, still filled the road with its fumes — And doom, did you know, comes from dom Which means More

teleSUR (2019-04-24). Death Toll in Sri Lanka Rises to 359. telesurenglish.net The death toll from the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks has now surpassed 350 as the investigation continues, the police said on Wednesday. The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries. At least 500 people were injured during the Easter Sunday attacks. | RELATED: | ISIS Claims Responsibility For Sri Lanka Terrorist Attacks | The Sri Lankan authorities have now set the death toll at 359, which is an increase by 38 since yesterday. | In a recent deve…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-24). PEPE ESCOBAR: War on Iran & Calling America's Bluff. consortiumnews.com Vast swathes of the West seem not to realize that if the Strait of Hormuz is shut down a global depression will follow, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar Special to Consortium News The Trump administration once again has graphically… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-04-24). Bolsonaro's Approval Rating is the Lowest in Brazilian History. telesurenglish.net Jair Bolsonaro's tenure as Brazilian President has gotten off to a rocky start despite campaign promises of a "better future" for the people of Brazil. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Terminates Investigation Teams Identifying Remains of Dictatorship Victims | After 100 days in office, the far-right leader has witnessed a significant drop in his approval rating, hitting a dismal 34 percent at the end of March, the Brazilian Institute of Public Opi…

teleSUR (2019-04-24). South Africa: Dozens Dead After Floods, Mudslides. telesurenglish.net Tuesday South African authorities confirmed that at least 51 people have died as a result of floods and mudslides in Durban, BBC reported. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | President Cyril Ramaphosa offered his condolences while visiting the region. "It was important to come and see what has happened. We pass our condolences to the families of t…

teleSUR (2019-04-24). US Urges Iran To Keep Strait Of Hormuz Open Despite Sanctions. telesurenglish.net The United States is calling on Iran to "respect the free flow of energy and commerce" and avoid closing the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf region. | RELATED: | France 'Determined to Continue' Trade With Iran, Officials Say | "We call on Iran, and all countries, to respect the free flow of energy and commerce, and freedom of navigation" in the straits, a U.S. State Department official stated on Tuesday. | The State Department's plea comes a day after Secretary of State Mik…

Defend Public Education NOW! (2019-04-24). Greet Union Busting Billionaire Reed Hastings Who Brought Prop 39 & Charters To California. indybay.org San Francisco Design Center: 101 Henry Adams St | San Francisco…

WSWS (2019-04-24). Mali government falls amid protests against Franco-German occupation. wsws.org The government collapsed amid strikes and mass protests after the horrific ethnic massacre on March 23 in the village of Ogossagou.

Middle East Eye (2019-04-24). Saudi Arabia Executes 37 People in Largest Mass Beheading in Years. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Saudi Arabia's interior ministry said that the kingdom executed 37 people on Tuesday in connection with alleged terrorism crimes, the largest mass execution in the Gulf state for more than three years. Most, if not all, were convicted in the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC), the Kingdom's secretive and widely condemned anti-terrorism tribunal. "The death penalty was implemented… …

WSWS (2019-04-24). Severe police-state measures come into force in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the Colombo government is strengthening its security forces amid a resurgence of working-class struggles.

allen sanford (2019-04-24). Government Sanctioned Racketeering. indybay.org The city of Oakland was ground zero for the housing crisis.The collapse of Indy Mac Bank and the failure on the part of Lehman Brothers to correct the documentation before selling the securities to Fannies Mae in bundles of securities is what cause the Chinese government to threaten to liquidate their subprime mortgage holdings of $140 billion with Fannie Mae. | Henry Paulso, Steve Mnuchin and Jerry Brown collaborated. | They used MERS and Ocwen financial to put 67 million illegally generated mortgage transactions into the system between 2006 and 2009. | The present political system in Oakland is the result of Je…

RT (2019-04-24). Hillary, revitalized by Mueller's 'obstruction' theories, hypes 'roadmap' to impeachment. rt.com Hillary Clinton has blamed Justice Department rules for the Mueller report's failure to indict President Donald Trump, declaring the "roadmap" to an obstruction charge is there in plain sight, should Congress choose to pursue it.

Jason Ditz (2019-04-24). US Navy SEALs Were Warned by Commanders Not to Report War Crimes. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US war crimes in Iraq in general are a well-substantiated fact. Navy SEALs say they saw some "shocking" things, which other SEALs kill children with sniper rifles, spraying civilian neighborhoods with machine gun fire, etc. Seeing such things was par for the course, in Iraq, but talking about it was another thing entirely. Several platoon …

Santa Cruz News (2019-04-24). Federal Judge Orders City of Santa Cruz to Halt Closure of Ross Camp. indybay.org Today Federal Judge Edward Davila granted the plaintiffs suing the City of Santa Cruz in Quintero v. City of Santa Cruz a restraining order that prevents the city from removing, seizing, or destroying the property of the homeless residents of the Ross Camp until the matter can be heard on Friday in federal court. Quintero et al v. City of Santa Cruz et al, a historic lawsuit filed by a group of homeless residents living at the Ross/Heroes' Camp, is the first lawsuit of its kind initiated by homeless individuals after the Martin v Boise ruling of September 2018, which states that homeless persons cannot be punishe…

John W. Whitehead (2019-04-24). The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America. globalresearch.ca " Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day."—John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children | Children, young girls— some as young as 9 years old—are being bought and sold for sex in …

RT (2019-04-24). Enough is enough? Trump opposes aides testifying to Congress in post-Mueller probes. rt.com US President Donald Trump says he doesn't want his aides testifying before Democrat-led congressional committees about the contents of the Mueller report, as the hunt for collusion morphs into a hunt for obstruction.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-24). 'Historic Step' Toward Healthcare Justice as First-Ever Medicare for All Hearing Set for Next Week. commondreams.org "We are excited Congress is taking this historic step by holding the first ever hearing for Medicare for All—the only true solution to this country's healthcare crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Global Research News (2019-04-24). Selected Articles: The Conspiracy against Trump. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Gloria Rubac (2019-04-24). Terrorism at U.S.-Mexico border. workers.org The U.S. border with Mexico has become a site of domestic terrorism — inflicted by acts of the president of the United States, the Department of Justice, Customs and Border Patrol, Homeland Security and racist anti-immigrant vigilante groups. Tent camp of Honduran migrants in Tijuana, Mexico The terrorism is tormenting . . . | Continue reading Terrorism at U.S.-Mexico border at Workers.org

Mathias Broeckers (2019-04-24). Freedom of the Press is Dead Worldwide. indybay.org CIA Director Pompeo claims Wikileaks is a "hostile secret service" and Julian Assange is not a journalist. Wikileaks embodies what a free press should be as the fourth branch – control power. This indispensable function as a democratic watchdog is the reason why press freedom is an essential asset of all constitutional states.

WSWS (2019-04-24). India: BJP makes indicted Hindu supremacist terrorist a "star" election candidate. wsws.org Pragya Thakur Singh—who is under criminal indictment for her role in a 2008 bomb blast—is standing against Congress Party General Secretary Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal.

WSWS (2019-04-24). US imperialism resurrects the Monroe Doctrine. wsws.org The repeated invocation of the nearly two-century-old canon of US imperialist policy constitutes a warning that Washington is preparing for intensified military intervention in the region.

Slingshot collective (2019-04-24). Presentation on refugee situation between Libya and Malta. indybay.org Long Haul Infoshop – 3124 Shattuck Avenue – Berkeley – across from La Pena – 2 blocks from Ashby BART – corner of Woolsey and Shattuck…

RT (2019-04-24). 'Stop talking about it': Navy SEALs say they were warned against reporting chief for war crimes. rt.com A group of Navy SEAL commandos from Team 7's Alpha Platoon allege that they were warned by top brass against reporting their commanding officer for possible war crimes in Iraq.

Medea Benjamin (2019-04-23). The Activists Quietly Struggling to Protect Venezuela's DC Embassy from a US-backed Coup. mintpressnews.com A dedicated group of activists has been living inside Venezuela's DC embassy for the past two weeks. hoping to halt a US-backed opposition takeover of the building.

Medea Benjamin (2019-04-23). Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup. counterpunch.org An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group of us, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living inside the building for More

David Swanson (2019-04-23). Pentagon Claims 1,100 High Schools Bar Recruiters; Peace Activists Offer $1,000 Award If Any Such School Can Be Found. counterpunch.org UPDATE: Timothy Paul Jerzyk has added another $1,000 to the award, making a total of $2,000. According to statements in February by the Secretary of the Army, various U.S. high schools are barring military recruiters from access to students. The Secretary of the Navy this past December said that public school boards are keeping military recruiters out of More

Staff (2019-04-23). Earth Day: How Can Climate Activists Fight Misinformation? therealnews.com Award-winning filmmaker Josh Fox talks about his new book, The Truth Has Changed, and how climate movements can—and must—fight misinformation campaigns…

United Nations (2019-04-23). Tuesday's Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali. un.org Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya's capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council's condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali.

teleSUR (2019-04-23). African Summit Urges Sudan 'Democratic Transition' in 3 Months. telesurenglish.net African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo urged Sudan's military rulers on Tuesday to implement a democratic transition within three months, the Egyptian presidency said. | RELATED: | Sudan's Protesters Vow to Continue Demanding Civilian Gov't | Egypt and representatives from several other African nations agreed on "the need for more time" for Sudanese authorities and political actors "to implement peaceful, organised and democratic transition measures," it said in a statement…

United Nations (2019-04-23). Protect women's rights 'before, during and after conflict' UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate. un.org Over the course of the past decade, there has been "a paradigm shift" in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.

Jà∂rg Nowak (2019-04-23). Bolsonaro: The First 100 Days. globalresearch.ca Near the end of the first 100 days of the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro — the first radical-right Brazilian president since the moderated transition from military dictatorship in 1985 to a democratic regime — the first meaningful protests, apart from …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week 4 of Sit-In Protesting ICE Contracts & Plan for Armed Campus Cops. democracynow.org Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university's plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins's contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore's immigration defense fund. They're also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the university'

Patrick Cockburn (2019-04-23). What Revolutionaries in the Middle East Have Learned Since the Arab Spring. counterpunch.org Two very different political waves are sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa. Popular protests are overthrowing the leaders of military regimes for the first time since the failed Arab Spring of 2011. At the same time, dictators are seeking to further monopolise power by killing, jailing or intimidating opponents who want personal and More

Consortiumnews (2019-04-23). New CN Series: The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 1—The Video that Put Assange in US Crosshairs. consortiumnews.com "Collateral Murder" created a media sensation in 2010 and led to Chelsea Manning's imprisonment and to a DOJ investigation of Julian Assange, reports Elizabeth Vos. But the war crimes the video exposed got no one else in trouble. Consortium News today begins… Read more →

Whitney Webb (2019-04-23). French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'. globalresearch.ca "[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn't understand that." …

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-23). The Conspiracy against Trump. globalresearch.ca The real "deplorable" in today's United States is the continuation of a foreign policy based on endless aggression to maintain Washington's military dominance in parts of the world where Americans have no conceivable interest. Many voters backed Donald J. Trump…

Staff (2019-04-23). Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy. therealnews.com Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…

Peter Belmont (2019-04-23). The Monroe Doctrine is Back, and as the Latest US Attack on Cuba Shows, Its Purpose is to Serve the Neoliberal Order. counterpunch.org Though throughout his election campaign Trump expressed a preference for US isolationism and opposition to senseless war, once in office he appointed the very neoconservative war hawks he had earlier criticized for engineering such foreign debacles as the disastrous invasion of Iraq. His appointments to hemispheric policy posts have been the least encouraging, with figures such as the convicted criminal Elliot Abrams reemerging from obscurity to saber-rattle against traditional Latin American foes. Ever since Trump entered the White House, there has been a growing sense that the Monroe Doctrine is back. Now, that…

George Eliason (2019-04-23). Ukraine's Voters Didn't Just Reject Nationalism, They Rejected Maidan, Bandera and the Revolution. mintpressnews.com On March 31, the International Election Observation Mission released a statement concluding their assessment of Ukraine's 2019 presidential election. In it, they wrote: Most previous ODIHR and Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) recommendations that would bring the legal framework further in line with international obligations and standards, as well as good practice, including for the adoption of an election code that would consolidate and harmonize the various election laws, remain unaddressed." | To put it concisely, the 2019 Ukrainian election did not meet inter…

Staff (2019-04-23). Comedian Zelenskiy Wins Ukrainian Presidency in Landslide. therealnews.com In a contest against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, the TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won an overwhelming majority of 73%, signaling a hunger for real change in Ukraine…

Geoff Beckman (2019-04-23). Crazy Uncle Joe and the Can't We All Just Get Along Democrats. counterpunch.org After eight years watching Bill Clinton hand Republicans what they wanted most (shredding regulations and the safety net) and then watching Barack Obama roll over on his back and expose his tummy— hoping Republicans would scratch it— nobody is in the mood for saying "We're all in this together." More

Tony McKenna (2019-04-23). Stephen King's IT: a 2019 Retrospective. counterpunch.org Some years ago, a study was carried out into the fears of young children in the night. Just before the lights were turned off and the children were ready for sleep they were each asked where they thought the monster was. The majority of little boys said they believed it was hiding in the cupboard. More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-23). What did the President know and what did he do? peoplesworld.org

Teresa Gutierrez (2019-04-23). War crimes: Trump's assault on migrants. workers.org The fact that white supremacists are running the White House must alarm everyone not part of the ruling elite. This administration is carrying out policies that are attempting to destroy every gain the working class has ever made. It cares nothing about the destruction of the planet. It is reckless, . . . | Continue reading War crimes: Trump's assault on migrants at Workers.org

Eric A. Gordon (2019-04-23). Homeward LA sponsors 50 citywide events to alleviate homelessness. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Last year, over 10 days in April 2018, nearly 300 actors performed in 26 productions of monologues, based on stories from people who have been homeless. The productions were seen by nearly 2000 people in venues all around Los Angeles, raising approximately $55,000 for The Midnight Mission. This year, from April 26 to May …

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Venezuelan Authorities Identify 5 Electrical System Saboteurs. telesurenglish.net Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez, unveiled Tuesday the identification of five people involved in attacks on the National Electric System (SEN). | RELATED: | Venezuela Blackouts Part of Planned US Operation: Russia Defense Ministry | Rodriguez named Ramon Oswaldo Garcia, in Spain; Miguel Jose Freita in Colombia; Julio Cesar Acuña and…

Pablo Vivanco (2019-04-23). Former U.N. Official: U.S. Goal Is to "Asphyxiate" Venezuela. progressive.org Alfred de Zayas argues that Caracas has grounds to reject offers of "aid" coming from Donald Trump's White House, given the precedent of U.S. humanitarian aid being used as a trojan horse.

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Putin to Meet Kim Jong Un on Thursday for the First Time. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet on Thursday in the Russian city of Vladivostok for the first time, a Kremlin official confirmed on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Kim Proposes Semi 'De-Nuke,' Trump Says No; Sanctions Remain | The meeting will revolve around the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program. As North Korea looks to build foreign support after the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam back in February ended prematurel…

Staff (2019-04-23). The U.S. Is Blocking Investigations Into War Crimes in Afghanistan. truthdig.com This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | On April 12, 2019, the International Criminal Court said that it would not pursue a war crimes investigation against the U.S. military for its actions in Afghanistan. A very thick file was closed in The Hague. | Almost a decade ago, on February 12, 2010, U.S. Special Operations Forces arrived at the home of Haji Sharabuddin in Khataba (Paktia Province, Afghanistan). The family of Sharabuddin was celebrating the birth of a grandson. Inside the home were close…

Amir Nour (2019-04-23). I Neoconservatori e il "mondo che verrà ": Risposta alle domande di un'amica virtuale. globalresearch.ca "Nell'emergente mondo di conflittualità etnica e di scontri tra civiltà , la fede occidentale nella validità universale della propria cultura ha tre difetti: è falsa; è immorale; è pericolosa" | (Samuel P. Huntington) | Cara amica, ho letto l'importante domanda che …

True Publica (2019-04-23). World's Largest Democracies Now Run by Populists. globalresearch.ca The common understanding and most noted description for democracy in the West has many descriptions but can be broadly defined as: a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected …

teleSUR (2019-04-23). 5 Billionaires Arrested in Algeria Amidst Anti-graft Probe. telesurenglish.net Algeria's wealthiest businessman and four other billionaires close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika were arrested as part of a nation-wide anti-corruption investigation, state TV reported Monday. | RELATED: | Algeria To Hold Elections on July 4, 10 New Parties Approved | The five men are Issad Rebrab, founder and chairman of Cevital, Algeria's biggest privately held company; alongside the four Kouninef brothers Reda, Abdelkader, Karim, and Tarek, who were part of Bouteflik…

Lance Olsen (2019-04-23). Climate and Forests: Land Managers Must Adapt, and Conservationists, Too. counterpunch.org The case for adaptive management by land management agencies has been in the making for a long time, and takes on a new urgency with the changes being forced by the emissions from consumer and industrial combustion of fossil fuels. The case for adaptive conservation by non-governmental organizations takes on its own urgency for the More

William Minter (2019-04-23). The Coming Ebola Epidemic. counterpunch.org The Ebola epidemic in West Africa from 2013 to 2016 left more than 11,000 dead and panicked the American public when a few isolated cases turned up on U.S. soil. By the time the outbreak was contained, the international community had learned valuable lessons about how to combat the virus. Now, a new outbreak in More

Jim Goodman (2019-04-23). Don't Fall for the Hype of Free Trade Agreements. counterpunch.org Approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0 also known USMCA) will do little to reverse the problems of the NAFTA trade agreement of 1994. Nothing in the proposed replacement agreement will prevent job outsourcing, nor is there any part of the agreement that would reverse our current agricultural trade deficit. So what's More

United Nations (2019-04-23). Libya: Thousands seek shelter in health clinics from Tripoli fighting, UN warns. un.org Nearly three weeks since fighting began near the Libyan capital Tripoli, the UN health agency warned on Tuesday that "large numbers" of people are sheltering in medical clinics, while civilians continue to be killed or injured, and refugees and migrants remain exposed to clashes.

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Myanmar Top Court Rejects Final Appeal by Jailed Journalists. telesurenglish.net Myanmar's Supreme court rejected Tuesday the final appeal of two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in jail for reporting on a massacre of Rohingya men and boys by Buddhist villagers back in December 2017. | RELATED: | Myanmar: Jailed Journalists Awarded Pulitzer Prize | "They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands, and the appeal is rejected," Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing told the court in the capital, Naypyitaw, without further explanation. | The two young R…

teleSUR (2019-04-23). 'After the War' teleSUR Series Finalist at DIG Awards in Italy. telesurenglish.net The series "After the War" made by teleSUR and the independent production company Muzungu has been chosen as one of the three finalists, among 300 candidates, for the 2019 DIG awards in Italy. | RELATED: | New Film Reveals Plot to Infect Black South Africans with HIV | The project was nominated in the Reportage Medium category, which pertains to works of 27-minute maximum length with an original story focused on the analysis of contemporary social phenomena. "We are very excited…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Headlines for April 23, 2019. democracynow.org Sri Lankan Minister Says Easter Bombings Were Retaliation for NZ Mosque Attacks, Trump Admin to Ratchet Up Unilateral U.S. Sanctions on Iranian Oil, House Democrats Subpoena Former White House Counsel Don McGahn, Trump Sues to Quash Subpoena Requesting 10 Years of Financial Records, Sen. Kamala Harris Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Breaking from Democratic Leaders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Proposes Canceling Student Loan Debt, Making Public Colleges Free, Supreme Court to Weigh Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, Supreme Court to Decide If LGBTQ Workers Are Protected by Civil Rights Act, Charges Dropped Against 3 A…

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Philippines: Canada Has a Week to Take Back Trash or Else. telesurenglish.net Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte threatened on Tuesday that if Canada doesn't take back 2,500 tons of waste illegally dumped on his country he will "declare war" and ship the containers back himself. | RELATED: | Thailand to Ban Imports of High-tech Trash, Plastic Waste | The outspoken Phillippine President said that the North American nation is treating his country like a "dump site" and that if no measures are taken within a week the Philippines will "fight Canada" forcing th…

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-23). Grenfell Tower survivors criticise the 'indifferent and incompetent' government response. thecanary.co On 14 June 2017, 72 people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire. Now, nearly two years on, survivors have spoken out to criticise … | Read more Grenfell Tower survivors criticise the 'indifferent and incompetent' government response | By Fréa Lockley

Fight Back (2019-04-23). Jury falls for LAPD lies, excuses 2-time killer cop. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – An LA jury took less than 24 hours to reject the wrongful death claims of a man killed by LAPD. The civil lawsuit needed a minimum of nine jurors to rule that the killer cop used excessive force in killing victim Omar González. However, all 12 jurors rejected the claim and ruled that police did not use negligence nor excessive force. In other words, the jury unanimously accepted the lies of two-time killer cop Eden Medina and his legal team. | The trial of The Estate of Omar González v. City of Los Angeles, et al started-on April 5 and ended April 17. Omar González was a 36-year-old Chicano from…

2019-04-24: Social Media Postees

Yemeni Military Successes May Boost Secret Peace Negotiations with Saudis
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-24
Saudi forces operating in the border area between western Yemen and Saudi Arabia have effectively been neutered in recent months, following a precipitous increase attacks in the region by Houthi-allied forces.
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Kushner Claims Two-State Solution Failed, Wants New Peace Plan
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
Jared Kushner told the audience at a Time magazine event on Tuesday that the two-state-solution peace plan to end the hostilities between the Palestinians and Israelis has failed. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Calls Out Netanyahu's 'Racist Government' | "New and different ways to reach peace must be tried," U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law said on Tuesday. | According to Kushner, "the two-state solution failed," which is why he is going to unveil a new peace plan this Summer.
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Julian Assange Exposed the Crimes of Powerful Actors, Including Israel
Alison Weir | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange is incarcerated in a UK prison that has been called "Britain's Guantanamo." His crime was exposing actions the US government, the media, the Democratic–Clinton machine, Israel, and others wanted kept hidden, including war crimes and torture….
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The Deep State vs. WikiLeaks
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The Made by FBI indictment of Julian Assange does look like a dead man walking. No evidence. No documents. No surefire testimony. Just a crossfire of conditionals. | But never underestimate the legalese contortionism of US government (USG) functionaries. As much …
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Bringing Julian Assange Home
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
This relevant article was first published on GR in June 2018. | The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. | The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it …
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Disdain and Dignity: An Old (Anti-Imperialist) Story
Susan Babbitt | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
One good comes from Assange's arrest, as many have noted: Wikileaks revelations are in the news. We hear the sneering at "dead bastards". We hear the disdain. There are truths which, if understood intellectually, are not understood fully. Imperialism is one. We know it intellectually without knowing it. In the Wikileaks video (2010), we feel it.
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Appeals Court Rubber Stamps Chelsea Manning's Unlawful Imprisonment
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
On Monday, the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel rubber-stamped Manning's unlawful imprisonment. | It her cruel solitary confinement punishment to continue, a flagrant 8th Amendment breach. More on this below. | Manning is one of America's best, a genuine …
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Russian Minister Denounces US Exerting Pressure on Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednesday that the use of force to influence Latin American countries, by the United States, is "exerting unprecedented pressure" on Venezuela. | RELATED: | Russia: US Wants to Revive Monroe Doctrine, Persecute Venezuela | "In the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. is taking up the Monroe doctrine, which aims to li…
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Venezuela: Embassy Protection Collective "The Next Two Days Are Crucial"
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-24
Embassy Protection Collective Will Refuse To Turn Over Embassy To US Puppet Government: Arrests Expected The next two days will be crucial for the protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. The Embassy Protection Collective is prepared to stay at the embassy for the foreseeable future, for as long as it takes to protect the …
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Netanyahu Announces Settlement in Golan Heights Will be Named after Donald Trump
Allison Deger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he plans to name a settlement in the Golan Heights after President Donald Trump, one month after Trump recognized the Syrian territory captured during the June 1967 war as part of Israel….
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The Mandate for Israel: Keep the Arabs Down
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
Stephen Gowans has done remarkable work in previous writings on North Korea, and on the Imperialist U.S. in its long war on Syria (not coincidentally the title of his last book). He is often described as Brown in Red, or a Stalinist — both of which are fine with me since most so called Stalinist…
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North Korean Leader Enters Russia To Meet With Putin
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into Russia on Wednesday by train, Russian media reported, for his first trip there aimed at galvanizing support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo. | RELATED: | Putin to Meet Kim Jong Un on Thursday for the First Time | During the summit, the North Korean leader is expected to project himself as a serious world player with his first meeting with the Russian President and at the same time…
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Koreans say no to Mike Pompeo
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2019-04-24
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has told the U.S. government there will be no more summit meetings this year if Mike Pompeo, Trump's Secretary of State, is part of them. The DPRK has also reaffirmed its policy of self-reliance and independence in building a strong socialist society. DPRK leader . . . | Continue reading Koreans say no to Mike Pompeo at Workers.org
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The Mainstream Media — The Good, Bad and Downright Ugly
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
While the European media is generally known to be mostly objective in its reporting, the highly partisan nature of British coverage into the events that shape our world view is, without any doubt deepening the political and social divide. | Broadsheets …
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The Path to War with Iran Is Paved with Sanctions
Joe Cirincione | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The Trump administration is laying siege to Iran. Taking pages from the Iraq War playbook, senior officials paint a picture of a rogue, outlaw, terrorist regime bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and whose "malign activities" are the cause of all …
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Planning Can Save the Planet: China Chooses Renewable Energy
Sara Flounders | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The very corporations that are responsible for the problem are denying global warming, with immediate consequences for the whole world. | Carbon emissions from the burning of oil, gas and methane are heating the planet, creating a crisis of rising sea …
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Can Saudi Arabia Still Sway the Oil Market?
Tsvetana Paraskova | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and OPEC's largest producer, has influenced the oil market and oil flows since the middle of the 20th century. | Shortly after the 21st century began, one of Saudi Arabia's key customers …
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John Bolton Rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon. Going After Hezbollah Donors?
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
John Bolton sent out the following tweet yesterday ahead of the rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon this summer that will target civilians (according to Israeli Major General Amir Eshel). | . | . | . | Today's @StateDept announcement that they will be | …
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Volodymyr Zelenskiy as Ukraine's "Actor President"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The world is not so much a stage as a simulacrum for those who think it so. And if the stage goes bad, it is fitting that those who get thrown onto it change it in the most daring and …
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The Price of Publishing Independent Thought
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Dear readers, | With freedom of speech continually being curtailed, running an independent counter-current news media in 2019 is no easy feat. By todays standards, you are by all means free to speak if what you say upholds the mainstream narrative. …
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US Sanctions Got India to Ditch Iran, Will Washington Get It to Ditch Russia Too?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The announcement by India's Oil Minister that his country will replace US-sanctioned Iranian oil imports with those from "major oil-producing countries" despite the dramatic Bollywood show that New Delhi has made up until this point out of "defying" US sanctions …
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Spanish Politics Is US Geopolitics
Aidan O'Brien | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The sun is hot in Spain this time of year. The Catholics too. Semana Santa (Holy Week) reminded us that Spain was once the world's preeminent source of religious fundamentalism. Today, in contrast, it simply copies the nihilistic fundamentalism which …
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Glyphosate Risks 'Last for Generations'
Arthur Wyns | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The new research is the first of its kind to …
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Emperor Akhito's Abdication: A New Era for Japan's Military?
Tom Clifford | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
The land of the rising sun prepares for a new dawn. An emperor's departure and another's ascension. Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, and May Day in Japan will see his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, become the …
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Governing Ukraine Is No Laughing Matter
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Comedy, it is often said, is unusual people in real situations and farce is real people in unusual situations. No doubt, it can be said that by electing comedian Vladimir Zelensky as their new president in a landslide victory in …
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On Obstruction, the Mueller Report is Clintonesque
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
On April 18, US Attorney William Barr released Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the probe into "Russian meddling" in the 2016 presidential election. The report cleared President Donald Trump and his campaign team of allegations that they conspired with the Russian government in that meddling. But on the question of "obstruction of justice," Mueller…
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The War in Yemen
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-24
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The Commune is the Supreme Expression of Participatory Democracy: a Conversation with Anacaona Marin of El Panal Commune
Cira Pascual Marquina | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
The Alexis Vive Patriotic Force, which has deep roots in Caracas' 23 de Enero barrio, began planning a commune years before Chavez even proposed the communal path toward socialism. Yet when Chavez announced the plan to join communal councils into a higher form of organization, Alexis Vive wholeheartedly embraced the initiative and has since then…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/24/the-…

A Decisive Struggle For Our Future
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu in 2019 occurred under different circumstances, and yet they are very similar in their results. They both put an authoritarian figure in power through democratic electoral procedures. As well, both of these figures, like so many modern reactionary leaders before them, denigrate the recent past. Why do they do so?
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Trump's Transgender Troops Ban is un-American and Inhumane
Charlie Gers | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
On April 12, a new Defense Department policy went into effect officially barring most transgender people from enlisting in the nation's military. This is a sad development, and represents an attack on the values and liberties that we all cherish as Americans. After two years of court challenges and public controversy since President Trump announced…
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Letter to the Emperor
Adam Jonas Horowitz | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
Japan's 85 year-old Emperor Akihito is tired. The popular and charismatic king says he will retire at the end of this month, becoming the first Japanese Emperor in history to voluntarily step down from the Imperial throne. Indeed, the weight of his monarchy is heavy, weighed by the 2,600 year old Japanese tradition that says that the Emperor is divine; a direct descendent of the Sun goddess Amaterasu.
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Every Truck's a Garbage Truck
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
Every Truck's a Garbage Truck Every truck's a garbage truck, Louisa said As she lifted her head From her thread and her needle And waited there Then she resumed stitching an umbrella's rib The truck, though gone, still filled the road with its fumes — And doom, did you know, comes from dom Which means…
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Payments to Hospitals Aren't Going to Hospital Buildings
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
In keeping with accepted standards in debates on economic policy, we are now getting a debate on Medicare for All that is doing a wonderful job of ignoring the relevant issues. The focus of this debate is what Medicare for All will pay hospitals. As The New York Times tells us, if Medicare for All…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/24/paym…

As the 2019 Indian General Election Takes Place, Are the Nation's Farmers Being Dealt a Knock-Out Blow?
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
In 1830, British colonial administrator Lord Metcalfe said India's villages were little republics that had nearly everything they could want for within themselves. India's ability to endure derived from these communities:…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/24/as-t…

Failed States and Militias: General Khalifa Haftar Moves on Tripoli
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
The richly disastrous mess that is Libya has been moving into another phase of inspired aggression at the hands of General Khalifa Haftar. As he does, UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj is anxious. For some three weeks, the General's eastern forces, known as the Libyan National Army (LNA) have been edging towards the capital of…
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Just Another Spring in Progress?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
My corner of New York's Catskill Mountains is shortly due to explode in green. Today however, it's brown, beige, russet and auburn: — a wrapping of spindly trunks with naked branches cascading uphill draws my eyes to the horizon. I wait. My neighbors wait. Landscapers and gardeners wait. We wait to plant even a few pansies;…
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Top Ten List in Defense of MEChA
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
Ten. By attacking MEChA, the anti-MEChistas play into the hands of the enemy's effective strategy: divide and conquer. Nine. The term "Chicano," which has evolved over time to "Chicana/o" and "Chicanx," originated from the basic fact that the so-called Mexican American of the 1950s and 1960s was never "Mexican enough" to be fully accepted in el…
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Death Toll in Sri Lanka Rises to 359
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
The death toll from the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks has now surpassed 350 as the investigation continues, the police said on Wednesday. The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries. At least 500 people were injured during the Easter Sunday attacks. | RELATED: | ISIS Claims Responsibility For Sri Lanka Terrorist Attacks | The Sri Lankan authorities have now set the death toll at 359, which is an increase by 38 since yesterday. | In a recent deve…
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International meeting in Italy denounces NATO
| workers.org | 2019-04-24
Anti-war organizations and individuals from Europe and Canada met in Florence, Italy, 600-strong, for a day-long conference on April 7 to discuss the current role of the NATO military bloc following the 70th anniversary of NATO's creation under U.S. aegis. The following are the statement and the link to the . . . | Continue reading International meeting in Italy denounces NATO at Workers.org
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PEPE ESCOBAR: War on Iran & Calling America's Bluff
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-24
Vast swathes of the West seem not to realize that if the Strait of Hormuz is shut down a global depression will follow, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar Special to Consortium News The Trump administration once again has graphically… Read more ?…
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Bolsonaro's Approval Rating is the Lowest in Brazilian History
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
Jair Bolsonaro's tenure as Brazilian President has gotten off to a rocky start despite campaign promises of a "better future" for the people of Brazil. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Terminates Investigation Teams Identifying Remains of Dictatorship Victims | After 100 days in office, the far-right leader has witnessed a significant drop in his approval rating, hitting a dismal 34 percent at the end of March, the Brazilian Institute of Public Opi…
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US Urges Iran To Keep Strait Of Hormuz Open Despite Sanctions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
The United States is calling on Iran to "respect the free flow of energy and commerce" and avoid closing the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf region. | RELATED: | France 'Determined to Continue' Trade With Iran, Officials Say | "We call on Iran, and all countries, to respect the free flow of energy and commerce, and freedom of navigation" in the straits, a U.S. State Department official stated on Tuesday. | The State Department's plea comes a day after Secretary of State Mik…
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South Africa: Dozens Dead After Floods, Mudslides
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
Tuesday South African authorities confirmed that at least 51 people have died as a result of floods and mudslides in Durban, BBC reported. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | President Cyril Ramaphosa offered his condolences while visiting the region. "It was important to come and see what has happened. We pass our condolences to the families of t…
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Saudi Arabia Executes 37 People in Largest Mass Beheading in Years
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-24
(MEE) — Saudi Arabia's interior ministry said that the kingdom executed 37 people on Tuesday in connection with alleged terrorism crimes, the largest mass execution in the Gulf state for more than three years. Most, if not all, were convicted in the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC), the Kingdom's secretive and widely condemned anti-terrorism tribunal. "The death penalty was implemented… …

Saudi Arabia Executes 37 People in Largest Mass Beheading in Years

Selected Articles: The Conspiracy against Trump
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …
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The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
" Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day."–John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children | Children, young girls– some as young as 9 years old–are being bought and sold for sex in …
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'Stop talking about it': Navy SEALs say they were warned against reporting chief for war crimes
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-24
A group of Navy SEAL commandos from Team 7's Alpha Platoon allege that they were warned by top brass against reporting their commanding officer for possible war crimes in Iraq. | …
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US Navy SEALs Were Warned by Commanders Not to Report War Crimes
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-24
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US war crimes in Iraq in general are a well-substantiated fact. Navy SEALs say they saw some "shocking" things, which other SEALs kill children with sniper rifles, spraying civilian neighborhoods with machine gun fire, etc. Seeing such things was par for the course, in Iraq, but talking about it was another thing entirely. Several platoon …

US Navy SEALs Were Warned by Commanders Not to Report War Crimes

Greet Union Busting Billionaire Reed Hastings Who Brought Prop 39 & Charters To California
Defend Public Education NOW! | indybay.org | 2019-04-24
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Presentation on refugee situation between Libya and Malta
Slingshot collective | indybay.org | 2019-04-24
Long Haul Infoshop – 3124 Shattuck Avenue – Berkeley – across from La Pena – 2 blocks from Ashby BART – corner of Woolsey and Shattuck…
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US imperialism resurrects the Monroe Doctrine
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-24
The repeated invocation of the nearly two-century-old canon of US imperialist policy constitutes a warning that Washington is preparing for intensified military intervention in the region.
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Federal Judge Orders City of Santa Cruz to Halt Closure of Ross Camp
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2019-04-24
Today Federal Judge Edward Davila granted the plaintiffs suing the City of Santa Cruz in Quintero v. City of Santa Cruz a restraining order that prevents the city from removing, seizing, or destroying the property of the homeless residents of the Ross Camp until the matter can be heard on Friday in federal court. Quintero et al v. City of Santa Cruz et al, a historic lawsuit filed by a group of homeless residents living at the Ross/Heroes' Camp, is the first lawsuit of its kind initiated by homeless individuals after the Martin v Boise ruling of September 2018, which states that homeless persons cannot be punishe…
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Severe police-state measures come into force in Sri Lanka
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-24
Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the Colombo government is strengthening its security forces amid a resurgence of working-class struggles.
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Freedom of the Press is Dead Worldwide
Mathias Broeckers | indybay.org | 2019-04-24
CIA Director Pompeo claims Wikileaks is a "hostile secret service" and Julian Assange is not a journalist. Wikileaks embodies what a free press should be as the fourth branch – control power. This indispensable function as a democratic watchdog is the reason why press freedom is an essential asset of all constitutional states.
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'Historic Step' Toward Healthcare Justice as First-Ever Medicare for All Hearing Set for Next Week
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-24
"We are excited Congress is taking this historic step by holding the first ever hearing for Medicare for All—the only true solution to this country's healthcare crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Hillary, revitalized by Mueller's 'obstruction' theories, hypes 'roadmap' to impeachment
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-24
Hillary Clinton has blamed Justice Department rules for the Mueller report's failure to indict President Donald Trump, declaring the "roadmap" to an obstruction charge is there in plain sight, should Congress choose to pursue it. | …
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Enough is enough? Trump opposes aides testifying to Congress in post-Mueller probes
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-24
US President Donald Trump says he doesn't want his aides testifying before Democrat-led congressional committees about the contents of the Mueller report, as the hunt for collusion morphs into a hunt for obstruction. | …
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India: BJP makes indicted Hindu supremacist terrorist a "star" election candidate
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-24
Pragya Thakur Singh–who is under criminal indictment for her role in a 2008 bomb blast–is standing against Congress Party General Secretary Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal.
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Mali government falls amid protests against Franco-German occupation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-24
The government collapsed amid strikes and mass protests after the horrific ethnic massacre on March 23 in the village of Ogossagou.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04…

Terrorism at U.S.-Mexico border
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2019-04-24
The U.S. border with Mexico has become a site of domestic terrorism — inflicted by acts of the president of the United States, the Department of Justice, Customs and Border Patrol, Homeland Security and racist anti-immigrant vigilante groups. Tent camp of Honduran migrants in Tijuana, Mexico The terrorism is tormenting . . . | Continue reading Terrorism at U.S.-Mexico border at Workers.org
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Government Sanctioned Racketeering
allen sanford | indybay.org | 2019-04-24
The city of Oakland was ground zero for the housing crisis.The collapse of Indy Mac Bank and the failure on the part of Lehman Brothers to correct the documentation before selling the securities to Fannies Mae in bundles of securities is what cause the Chinese government to threaten to liquidate their subprime mortgage holdings of $140 billion with Fannie Mae. | Henry Paulso, Steve Mnuchin and Jerry Brown collaborated. | They used MERS and Ocwen financial to put 67 million illegally generated mortgage transactions into the system between 2006 and 2009. | The present political system in Oakland is the result of Je…
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Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group of us, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living inside the building for…
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The Activists Quietly Struggling to Protect Venezuela's DC Embassy from a US-backed Coup
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-23
A dedicated group of activists has been living inside Venezuela's DC embassy for the past two weeks. hoping to halt a US-backed opposition takeover of the building.
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Nothing to See Here: The U.S. Government Prevents Investigations Into War Crimes in Afghanistan
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-04-23
Thanks to the withdrawal of the International Criminal Court, this crime—and hundreds of others—will neither be properly documented nor will there be justice for the victims and survivors. (Photo: Sgt. Daniel P. Shook/ Afghanistan Media Operations Center/ DVIDSHUB/cc/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Pentagon Claims 1,100 High Schools Bar Recruiters; Peace Activists Offer $1,000 Award If Any Such School Can Be Found
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
UPDATE: Timothy Paul Jerzyk has added another $1,000 to the award, making a total of $2,000. According to statements in February by the Secretary of the Army, various U.S. high schools are barring military recruiters from access to students. The Secretary of the Navy this past December said that public school boards are keeping military recruiters out of…
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Earth Day: How Can Climate Activists Fight Misinformation?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Award-winning filmmaker Josh Fox talks about his new book, The Truth Has Changed, and how climate movements can–and must–fight misinformation campaigns…
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Tuesday's Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-23
Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya's capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council's condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali.
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African Summit Urges Sudan 'Democratic Transition' in 3 Months
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo urged Sudan's military rulers on Tuesday to implement a democratic transition within three months, the Egyptian presidency said. | RELATED: | Sudan's Protesters Vow to Continue Demanding Civilian Gov't | Egypt and representatives from several other African nations agreed on "the need for more time" for Sudanese authorities and political actors "to implement peaceful, organised and democratic transition measures," it said in a statement…
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Protect women's rights 'before, during and after conflict' UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-23
Over the course of the past decade, there has been "a paradigm shift" in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.
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Bolsonaro: The First 100 Days
Jà∂rg Nowak | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
Near the end of the first 100 days of the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro — the first radical-right Brazilian president since the moderated transition from military dictatorship in 1985 to a democratic regime — the first meaningful protests, apart from …
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Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week 4 of Sit-In Protesting ICE Contracts & Plan for Armed Campus Cops
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university's plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins's contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore's immigration defense fund. They're also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the university'…
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What Revolutionaries in the Middle East Have Learned Since the Arab Spring
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
Two very different political waves are sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa. Popular protests are overthrowing the leaders of military regimes for the first time since the failed Arab Spring of 2011. At the same time, dictators are seeking to further monopolise power by killing, jailing or intimidating opponents who want personal and…
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New CN Series: The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 1–The Video that Put Assange in US Crosshairs
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-23
"Collateral Murder" created a media sensation in 2010 and led to Chelsea Manning's imprisonment and to a DOJ investigation of Julian Assange, reports Elizabeth Vos. But the war crimes the video exposed got no one else in trouble. Consortium News today begins… Read more ?…
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French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
"[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn't understand that." …
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The Conspiracy against Trump
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
The real "deplorable" in today's United States is the continuation of a foreign policy based on endless aggression to maintain Washington's military dominance in parts of the world where Americans have no conceivable interest. Many voters backed Donald J. Trump…
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U.S. Hoped Putin Would be a 'Sober Yeltsin' — RAI with Stephen Cohen (3/5)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
After the fall of the Soviet Union, a dysfunctional and pro-American Russian President Yeltsin presided over the chaos of the 1990's; when Putin came to power, the West was very disappointed at the independent and nationalist character of the Putin led state and the demonization began — Stephen Cohen joins Paul Jay on Reality Asserts…
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Venezuelan Authorities Identify 5 Electrical System Saboteurs
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez, unveiled Tuesday the identification of five people involved in attacks on the National Electric System (SEN). | RELATED: | Venezuela Blackouts Part of Planned US Operation: Russia Defense Ministry | Rodriguez named Ramon Oswaldo Garcia, in Spain; Miguel Jose Freita in Colombia; Julio Cesar Acuña and…
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Former U.N. Official: U.S. Goal Is to "Asphyxiate" Venezuela
Pablo Vivanco | progressive.org | 2019-04-23
Alfred de Zayas argues that Caracas has grounds to reject offers of "aid" coming from Donald Trump's White House, given the precedent of U.S. humanitarian aid being used as a trojan horse.
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Putin to Meet Kim Jong Un on Thursday for the First Time
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet on Thursday in the Russian city of Vladivostok for the first time, a Kremlin official confirmed on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Kim Proposes Semi 'De-Nuke,' Trump Says No; Sanctions Remain | The meeting will revolve around the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program. As North Korea looks to build foreign support after the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam back in February ended prematurel…
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The U.S. Is Blocking Investigations Into War Crimes in Afghanistan
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-23
This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. | On April 12, 2019, the International Criminal Court said that it would not pursue a war crimes investigation against the U.S. military for its actions in Afghanistan. A very thick file was closed in The Hague. | Almost a decade ago, on February 12, 2010, U.S. Special Operations Forces arrived at the home of Haji Sharabuddin in Khataba (Paktia Province, Afghanistan). The family of Sharabuddin was celebrating the birth of a grandson. Inside the home were close…
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I Neoconservatori e il "mondo che verrà ": Risposta alle domande di un'amica virtuale
Amir Nour | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
"Nell'emergente mondo di conflittualità etnica e di scontri tra civiltà , la fede occidentale nella validità universale della propria cultura ha tre difetti: è falsa; è immorale; è pericolosa" | (Samuel P. Huntington) | Cara amica, ho letto l'importante domanda che …
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World's Largest Democracies Now Run by Populists
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
The common understanding and most noted description for democracy in the West has many descriptions but can be broadly defined as: a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected …
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Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers resolution
Jane Cutter | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-23
End U.S. support for the Saudi war; no to all U.S. military intervention in Yemen; U.S. out of the Middle East.
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Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…
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The Monroe Doctrine is Back, and as the Latest US Attack on Cuba Shows, Its Purpose is to Serve the Neoliberal Order
Peter Belmont | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
Though throughout his election campaign Trump expressed a preference for US isolationism and opposition to senseless war, once in office he appointed the very neoconservative war hawks he had earlier criticized for engineering such foreign debacles as the disastrous invasion of Iraq. His appointments to hemispheric policy posts have been the least encouraging, with figures such as the convicted criminal Elliot Abrams reemerging from obscurity to saber-rattle against traditional Latin American foes. Ever since Trump entered the White House, there has been a growing sense that the Monroe Doctrine is back. Now, that…
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Ukraine's Voters Didn't Just Reject Nationalism, They Rejected Maidan, Bandera and the Revolution
George Eliason | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-23
On March 31, the International Election Observation Mission released a statement concluding their assessment of Ukraine's 2019 presidential election. In it, they wrote: Most previous ODIHR and Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) recommendations that would bring the legal framework further in line with international obligations and standards, as well as good practice, including for the adoption of an election code that would consolidate and harmonize the various election laws, remain unaddressed." | To put it concisely, the 2019 Ukrainian election did not meet inter…
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Comedian Zelenskiy Wins Ukrainian Presidency in Landslide
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
In a contest against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, the TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won an overwhelming majority of 73%, signaling a hunger for real change in Ukraine…
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5 Billionaires Arrested in Algeria Amidst Anti-graft Probe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
Algeria's wealthiest businessman and four other billionaires close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika were arrested as part of a nation-wide anti-corruption investigation, state TV reported Monday. | RELATED: | Algeria To Hold Elections on July 4, 10 New Parties Approved | The five men are Issad Rebrab, founder and chairman of Cevital, Algeria's biggest privately held company; alongside the four Kouninef brothers Reda, Abdelkader, Karim, and Tarek, who were part of Bouteflik…
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Climate and Forests: Land Managers Must Adapt, and Conservationists, Too
Lance Olsen | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
The case for adaptive management by land management agencies has been in the making for a long time, and takes on a new urgency with the changes being forced by the emissions from consumer and industrial combustion of fossil fuels. The case for adaptive conservation by non-governmental organizations takes on its own urgency for the…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/23/clim…

Stephen King's IT: a 2019 Retrospective
Tony McKenna | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
Some years ago, a study was carried out into the fears of young children in the night. Just before the lights were turned off and the children were ready for sleep they were each asked where they thought the monster was. The majority of little boys said they believed it was hiding in the cupboard.
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Crazy Uncle Joe and the Can't We All Just Get Along Democrats
Geoff Beckman | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
After eight years watching Bill Clinton hand Republicans what they wanted most (shredding regulations and the safety net) and then watching Barack Obama roll over on his back and expose his tummy– hoping Republicans would scratch it– nobody is in the mood for saying "We're all in this together."
counterpunch.org/2019/04/23/craz…

The Coming Ebola Epidemic
William Minter | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa from 2013 to 2016 left more than 11,000 dead and panicked the American public when a few isolated cases turned up on U.S. soil. By the time the outbreak was contained, the international community had learned valuable lessons about how to combat the virus. Now, a new outbreak in…
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Don't Fall for the Hype of Free Trade Agreements
Jim Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
Approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0 also known USMCA) will do little to reverse the problems of the NAFTA trade agreement of 1994. Nothing in the proposed replacement agreement will prevent job outsourcing, nor is there any part of the agreement that would reverse our current agricultural trade deficit. So what's…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/23/dont…

The Mueller Report: Trump Too Inept to Obstruct Justice
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
The Mueller report is out and if we learned anything from it, three things are clear. One, the Report changed few minds. Two, there was never a chance that Mueller would indict Trump. Three, Trump is so inept he cannot even effectively obstruct justice. The Mueller report came out Thursday morning–all 458 pages, single-spaced. It…
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Mountains of the Moon — Dean Wareham
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
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Libya: Thousands seek shelter in health clinics from Tripoli fighting, UN warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-23
Nearly three weeks since fighting began near the Libyan capital Tripoli, the UN health agency warned on Tuesday that "large numbers" of people are sheltering in medical clinics, while civilians continue to be killed or injured, and refugees and migrants remain exposed to clashes.
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Homeward LA sponsors 50 citywide events to alleviate homelessness
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-23
LOS ANGELES–Last year, over 10 days in April 2018, nearly 300 actors performed in 26 productions of monologues, based on stories from people who have been homeless. The productions were seen by nearly 2000 people in venues all around Los Angeles, raising approximately $55,000 for The Midnight Mission. This year, from April 26 to May …
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'After the War' teleSUR Series Finalist at DIG Awards in Italy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
The series "After the War" made by teleSUR and the independent production company Muzungu has been chosen as one of the three finalists, among 300 candidates, for the 2019 DIG awards in Italy. | RELATED: | New Film Reveals Plot to Infect Black South Africans with HIV | The project was nominated in the Reportage Medium category, which pertains to works of 27-minute maximum length with an original story focused on the analysis of contemporary social phenomena. "We are very excited…
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War crimes: Trump's assault on migrants
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2019-04-23
The fact that white supremacists are running the White House must alarm everyone not part of the ruling elite. This administration is carrying out policies that are attempting to destroy every gain the working class has ever made. It cares nothing about the destruction of the planet. It is reckless, . . . | Continue reading War crimes: Trump's assault on migrants at Workers.org
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Philippines: Canada Has a Week to Take Back Trash or Else
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte threatened on Tuesday that if Canada doesn't take back 2,500 tons of waste illegally dumped on his country he will "declare war" and ship the containers back himself. | RELATED: | Thailand to Ban Imports of High-tech Trash, Plastic Waste | The outspoken Phillippine President said that the North American nation is treating his country like a "dump site" and that if no measures are taken within a week the Philippines will "fight Canada" forcing th…
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