David Giesen (2019-04-24). Mother Earth's rent is ours or his? The Walking Tour. indybay.org American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason St. | San Francisco | (meet in the lobby)...

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 ...

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

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 ...

Tyler Durden (2019-04-24). DHS to Face-Scan 97% of International Travelers Within Four Years. theantimedia.com (ZH) — The Department of Homeland Security says that facial recognition technology will be used on 97% of passengers departing the US by 2023, according to The Verge. Already deployed in seventeen international airports, including Atlanta, New York City, Boston, San Jose, Chicago, and two airports in Houston, DHS systems will photograph and scan passengers at their departure gate, cross-referencing their face ...

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). Ugandan Police Place Activist MP Bobi Wine Under House Arrest. telesurenglish.net Ugandan activist and musician-turned-Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Kyagulanyi, best known as Bobi Wine, has been placed under house arrest after being detained by police and being forced to cancel scheduled events. | RELATED: | Jamaica: Uganda Activist Bobi Wine Says He Is Still State Enemy | "Police and the military have been deployed at my residence since yesterday, after the violent arrest. My home is under siege. They have surrounded my fence and installed barricades on...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Sri Lanka bombings: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Sirisena asks for resignations of defence secretary, inspector general of police over failure to act on threat warnings.

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

Olivia Ivans (2019-04-24). When Nonviolent Movements are met with Violent Opposition. indybay.org Nonviolent movements have a history of being successful. Though this is true it is difficult for them to maintain their nonviolent actions when they are met with violent opposition by the opposing side.

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 ...

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...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). China, Russia abstain from UN vote on sexual violence in conflict. aljazeera.com China, Russia abstain from UN vote on sexual violence in conflict while body caves in to US pressure.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-24). Saudi Arabia: Mass Execution of 37 Men. hrw.org | (Beirut,) — Saudi Arabia's government announced the mass execution of 37 men on April 23, 2019 in various parts of the country, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 33 of the 37 were from the country's minority Shia community and had been convicted following unfair trials for various alleged crimes, including protest-related offenses, espionage, and terrorism. The mass execution was the largest since January 2016, when Saudi Arabia executed 47 men for terrorism offenses. | The Specialized Cr...

RT (2019-04-24). US Navy setting up guidelines for reporting UFO sightings. rt.com The US Navy is setting new guidelines for reporting "unidentified aircraft" entering US aerospace so no encounter with a UFO can be dismissed as irrelevant, a Navy spokesman told Politico.

IMEMC News (2019-04-24). Army Injures 27 Palestinians, Including A New Born Baby, In Nablus. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the eastern area of Nablus city, after accompanying dozens of illegal colonialist settlers into Joseph's Tomb, and fired at Palestinian protesters, wounding at least 27, including a new born baby. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus said its medics provided treatment ...

teleSUR (2019-04-24). UN Envoy: Indigenous Children Learn Best in Their Own Languages. telesurenglish.net Vice-chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Anne Nuorgam, highlighted that Indigenous children are "inextricably linked to their lands, territories and natural resources" and should be encouraged to connect to their communities and cultures. | RELATED: | US: Bill To Tackle Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Advances | The U.N. official noted that 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages and added that "we have to celebrate our l...

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

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

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.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-24). Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning. dissidentvoice.org As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighborhood mosque. I grew up around ...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). What's at stake as Kim Jong Un meets President Putin in Russia?>. aljazeera.com North Korean leader to meet Russian president with discussions on economy, denuclearisation likely to be on the agenda.

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Donald Trump meets Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. aljazeera.com The meeting came after Trump attacked the social media company accusing it of bias against conservatives.

WSWS (2019-04-24). Unions scramble to contain Polish teachers' strike as 40,000 social workers prepare to stop work. wsws.org The teachers' strike, the first nationwide walkout since 1993, is one of the largest strikes since the restoration of capitalism in Poland in 1989.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-24). Green Groups Urge Court to Stop Trump Effort to Approve 'Climate-Wrecking, Wildlife-Killing' Keystone XL. commondreams.org "Trump's trying to ram this dirty pipeline down America's throat, but we're not falling for it." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/keystone_xl_trump.jpg...

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 ...

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2019-04-24). May Day Speak Out: Stand up to Workplace Discrimination! indybay.org 4: 00 to 5: 00 -- March from Justin Herman Plaza | 5: 00 to 6: 30 -- Speak Out @ San Francisco Civic Center Plaza...

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.

Sputnik News (2019-04-24). US Hopes Strangling Iran's Oil Trade Sparks Insurrection — Ex-UK Ambassador. iranian.com The US government is ending sanctions waivers for Iranian oil importers to provoke a violent insurrection or establish a casus belli for an external invasion, former UK Ambassador Peter Ford told Sputnik. On Monday, the United States announced that it would not extend sanctions waivers to Iranian oil importers beyond 2 May. US officials said the measure ...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Israeli army razes West Bank home of slain Palestinian attacker. aljazeera.com Omar Abu Laila, 19, was killed last month two days after he was suspected of carrying out a stabbing attack.

aljazeera (2019-04-24). North Korea's Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia. aljazeera.com Summit is the first between Putin and the North Korean leader and will focus on nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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... ...

IMEMC News (2019-04-24). Health Ministry: "Child Killed In Accidental Explosion In Gaza" imemc.org The Palestinian Health Ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip has reported, on Tuesday evening, that a child was killed in an "accidental explosion" in central Gaza Strip. The Health Ministry identified the child as Mohannad Amin al-Baz, 13 years of age. There has been no detailed information regarding the child's ...

John Shafthauer (2019-04-24). Remainers 'Brexit' from other Remainers. thecanary.co The European parliament elections loom. Because of the UK's inability to do Brexit, the country will likely need to stand in them. Brexiteers have largely lined up behind the Brexit Party. But what of the Remainers — the ones who've spent three years dominating the discourse on Twitter?Umm...aljazeera (2019-04-24). Pakistan's Cyril Almeida named IPI's World Press Freedom Hero. aljazeera.com Journalist Almeida has been at the centre of a marked increase in attacks on media freedom in the South Asian country.

Juan Cole (2019-04-24). Iran War Party Wants Nothing Less Than Regime Change. iranian.com Iran is responding in kind to Trump's harassment, with the Iranian parliament having voted to declare that the US troops of the Central Command or CENTCOM (which is responsible for the Middle East) are terrorists. The move came in retaliation for Trump's designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran's national guard, as a terrorist ...

amnesty (2019-04-24). Hong Kong: Free jailed pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protest leaders. amnesty.org Four leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests jailed today for their role in the 2014 peaceful protests must be immediately and unconditionally set free and have their convictions overturned, Amnesty International said. | The pro-democracy activists were given jail terms ranging from eight to 16 months in prison at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts. | | Among the e...

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2019-04-24). To honour the memory of Lyra McKee, we have to move beyond simply feeling disgusted. thecanary.co Journalist Lyra McKee was eight when the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) was signed on 10 April 1998. She lived most of her life in ... | Read more To honour the memory of Lyra McKee, we have to move beyond simply feeling disgusted | By Peadar O'Cearnaigh

aljazeera (2019-04-24). US offers $10m reward for information on Hezbollah's finances. aljazeera.com US offers millions for information on how Hezbollah in Lebanon gets its money but fears grow over destabilising effect.

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. ...

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

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-24). 'Should Send Chills Down the Spine of Anyone With a Conscience': Trump Reportedly Considered Detaining Kids at Guantanamo. commondreams.org "Kids should not be in detention, period. And even considering putting them Guantánamo Bay is inhumane." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/migrants_guantanamo.jpg...

Staff (2019-04-24). Who's Behind the Attacks in Sri Lanka? therealnews.com Muslim-Christian Conflict in Sri Lanka is unprecedented, so who is behind the attack? We discuss the horrific attack with Sri Lankan journalist Sunanda Deshapriya...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than armed groups. aljazeera.com Afghan and international forces killed at least 305 civilians and wounded 303 between January and March, UN says.

Jim Hightower (2019-04-24). What Is the 'AI Agenda,' Who's Pushing It and Why? commondreams.org "The CEO of McDonald's may be talking about his 'digital interaction' plan," writes Hightower, "but most corporate bosses won't talk about theirs in public. Amongst themselves — psssst — they whisper excitedly about implementing a transformative 'AI agenda' across our economy." (Photo | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-04-24_at_8.31.40_am.png...

Helen Walsh (2019-04-24). 2nd Annual Berkeley Forum on Access and Disability Rights. indybay.org Ed Roberts Campus | 3075 Adeline St Berkeley 94703...

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

WSWS (2019-04-24). Industry publication floats idea of UAW calling a "targeted" strike. wsws.org After expressing concerns over the rebelliousness of factory workers, Automotive News suggested that the United Auto Workers call an impotent partial strike if negotiations hit an impasse.

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

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.

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....

amnesty (2019-04-24). Lebanon: 'Their House is My Prison' Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon. amnesty.org Lebanon is home to over 250,000 migrant domestic workers, who come from African and Asian countries and work in private households. The vast majority of these workers are women. Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are trapped in a web woven by the kafala system, an inherently abusive migration sponsorship system, which increases their risk of suffering labour exploitation, forced labour and trafficking and leaves them with little prospect of obtaining redress.

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...

WSWS (2019-04-24). Scotland: Union suppresses teachers strike as lecturers fight on. wsws.org The teachers dispute has been closed down, but lecturers and education staff fight on.

Jayson Johnson (2019-04-24). Filmmaker gets inspired from Albany Bulb. Makes short film. indybay.org Richmond filmmaker, Jayson Johnson pens and directs short film inspired by beeseching woman statue on Albany Bulb.

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Amnesty calls on Lebanon to end 'abusive' sponsorship system. aljazeera.com The UK-based rights group called on the Lebanese government to end the migration sponsorship system known as kafala.

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

Rose Rosette (2019-04-24). For Extinction Rebellion, Every Day is Earth Day! indybay.org On April 15 in San Francisco, as a part of an international week of actions leading up to Earth Day, youth with Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area led a powerful rally, shutting down 7th St for two hours. | On April 22nd in Los Angeles, members of Extinction Rebellion LA scaled the iconic globe outside Universal Studios. Four people were charged with felonies.

WSWS (2019-04-24). George Galloway declares for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party. wsws.org Having spent over three years hailing Corbyn as the left rebirth of Labour, Galloway now parrots the claim that Farage's politics articulate the views of the working class on what he insists is the main issue of the day—Brexit.

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

Protect Ohlone Burial Sites (2019-04-24). Emergency Action to Protect Indigenous Burial Site. indybay.org Santa Cruz Mission Hill railroad tunnel, Chestnut Street, Santa Cruz | The Tunnel doesn't have an address, but 701 Chestnut Street is right next to it. We are Not meeting at that address, but on the sidewalk near it.

(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

aljazeera (2019-04-24). 'Marsquake': NASA's InSight detects likely tremor on Mars. aljazeera.com The breakthrough came nearly five months after InSight touched down on the surface of Mars on a seismological mission.

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Zarif slams US silence on mass executions in Saudi Arabia. aljazeera.com 'Membership of the #B_team - Bolton, Bin Salman, Bin Zayed & "Bibi" - give immunity for any crime,' Zarif tweets.

Kathy Durkin (2019-04-24). Yellow vests protest. workers.org "Macron: You take from the poor to give to the rich" was emblazoned on the Yellow Vests of protesters in Paris on April 20. It was the latest in a five-month series of street actions by the Yellow Vest movement aimed against grotesque, growing income inequality in France. This demonstration . . . | Continue reading Yellow vests protest at Workers.org

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.

aljazeera (2019-04-24). How will clashes in Libya affect refugees hoping to reach Europe?>. aljazeera.com As some Libyan officials and Italian media warn of exodus, experts say it is impossible to predict impact on migration.

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.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-24). Egypt: African Rights Summit Amid Dire Abuses. hrw.org | | The 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), the African Union's top rights body, will take place from April 24 to May 14 in Sharm al-Sheikh. | © 2019 Private | (Beirut) — Egypt is hosting an Africa human rights summit meeting beginning April 24, 2019, while its government is presiding over the worst human rights crisis in the country in recent decades, 15 African, Egyptian, and international organization...

amnesty (2019-04-24). End Kafala: Justice for Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon. amnesty.org ...

amnesty (2019-04-24). Silence Hate: tackling hate speech in Poland. amnesty.org "Changing words can change the world", how the Silence Hate project is battling hate speech against immigrants and refugees in Poland. | Migration is a hot topic in media around the world. Whether it is Syrian refugees fleeing war towards Europe or Latin American immigrants being separated from their families in the Mexico-US border, newspapers, TV channels and websites in every country dedicate a lot of time and space to those seeking a new home in another country. | With so much talk about migration issues, many people fall into stereotypes, misinformation and even hate speech, promoting discrimination or even...

WSWS (2019-04-24). Julian Assange was denied access to lawyers, visitors in Britain's Belmarsh prison. wsws.org The reported denial of the WikiLeaks founder's right to consult his legal counsel, for over a week, casts grave doubt that he will be afforded due process.

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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 ...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Calls grow louder in Sudan for civilian government. aljazeera.com Calls for biggest protest yet since the start of the demonstrations as more join movement in capital Khartoum.

Staff (2019-04-24). A Glimpse Into the Heart of Israeli Occupation. truthdig.com In training for the 2019 Palestine Marathon meant to highlight the right to freedom of movement, I accessed land that Palestinians could not enter.

plenglish (2019-04-24). Ex Argentinean President Presents Book on Country's Recent History. plenglish.com Buenos Aires, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Argentine President Cristina Fernandez surprised today on social networks with the cover of a book in which, without hindrance, she makes a retrospective reflection to unravel some facts of the recent history of her country.

Staff (2019-04-24). Bridging the Wealth Gap Could Be This Simple. truthdig.com The gap between America's ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is growing dramatically as wealth continues to concentrate at the top at the expense of the rest of us. One major symptom of this economic rift is the racial wealth divide, which is greater today than it was nearly four decades ago. | The median Black family today owns $3,600 — just 2 percent of the $147,000 of wealth the median white family owns. At the extreme top, the Forbes 400 richest Americans own more wealth than all Black households, plus a quarter of Latinx households, combined.

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...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). The logic behind US humiliation of the Palestinians. aljazeera.com What an old Hebrew parable can tell us about Kushner's strategy and the deal of the century.

California Coalition For Workers Memorial Day (2019-04-24). SF Meeting-Remember The Dead and Fight For The Living Defend Health/Safety For All Workers. indybay.org ILWU Local 34 | 801 - 2nd St. SF (next to AT&T Ball Park)...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Iran's parliament approves bill labelling US army as 'terrorist'. aljazeera.com Move comes after US said that no country would any longer be exempt from sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil.

Nick Cunningham (2019-04-24). Trump's Iran Decision Could Kill The OPEC+ Deal. iranian.com Trump's decision to let Iran waivers expire could kill off the OPEC+ deal while dealing a serious blow to the coalition's ability to coordinate production cuts. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration's decision to let waivers expire "surprised buyers and others who had been told by State Department officials in recent weeks to expect ...

WSWS (2019-04-24). How Did Lubitsch Do It?: Joseph McBride's engaging study of filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch. wsws.org Lubitsch, born in Berlin in 1892, first directed silent films in Germany and, after his move to Hollywood in 1922, directed silent and then sound films in the US. He is best known today for his American movies of the 1930s and 1940s.

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...

RT (2019-04-24). Boy Scouts' sealed 'perversion files' name 7,800+ suspected pedophiles — victims' lawyer. rt.com Confidential "perversion files" held by the Boy Scouts of America contain the names of 7,819 suspected pedophiles, a lawyer for abused former scouts has discovered — and the names of 12,254 of their victims.

teleSUR (2019-04-24). Bernie Sanders Wants To Give Prisoners The Right To Vote. telesurenglish.net Senator Bernie Sandrs told CNN on Monday that he wants to give prisoners in the U.S. corrections system the opportunity to vote in the upcoming presidential elections in 2020. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Calls Out Netanyahu's 'Racist Government' | During a CNN Town Hall discussion at St. Anselm College, New Hampshire, Sanders said he thinks U.S. citizens that are prisoners should be allowed to vote even during their time in prison, not after they are released. | The U.S. presidential...

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-24). Sanctions on Iranian Oil Bring US Drivers Pain at the Gas Pump. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — American middle-class consumers are enjoying the most robust wage growth in a decade, but higher gasoline prices are eating a good chunk of that increase for many, and it looks like pump prices are headed higher. Gasoline pump prices have already jumped about 25% this year, the fastest rate in three years. Trump administration sanctions ...

Lauren Trettin (2019-04-24). Give Nonviolence A Chance. indybay.org This article gives readers ideas to help you help the world fight against violence.

Texas Tribune (2019-04-24). Border Patrol: Apprehensions in Rio Grande Valley Already Surpass All of 2018. theantimedia.com (TT) — Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the number of undocumented immigrants who have been apprehended or turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley has already surpassed last year's total, the agency said Monday. From October, when the federal government's fiscal year began, through Sunday, more than 164,000 ...

Safe Ag Safe Schools (2019-04-24). Not one more drop! - !No una gota mas! indybay.org 275 Main Street, Top Floor Watsonville, CA 95076...

amnesty (2019-04-24). Liban: 'Leur Maison, C'est ma Prison' L'exploitation des travailleuses domestiques migrantes au Liban. amnesty.org Le Liban compte sur son territoire plus de 250 000 travailleuses et travailleurs domestiques migrants originaires d'Afrique et d'Asie, qui sont employs au domicile de particuliers. L'immense majorit de ces personnes sont des femmes . Celles-ci sont prises dans les mailles du systme de kafala, un dispositif de parrainage des personnes migrantes qui est par nature source d'abus et accroÆt les risques d'exploitation, de travail forc et de traite des tres humains, sans laisser aux victimes de relle possibilit d'obtenir rparation.

Staff (2019-04-24). Looming Sex Abuse Cases Put Boys Scouts in the Crosshairs. truthdig.com NEW YORK—The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. | Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts' finances to the point where the organization is exploring "all available options," including Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But now the financial threats have intensified. | The reason: States have been moving in recent months to adjust their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue f...

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

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...

Leon Kunstenaar, Photos: Leon Kunstenaar (2019-04-24). Notre Dame Rebuild Contributions Highlight Economic Gaps In France. indybay.org Not So Much "galit" After All...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Algeria: Billionaire brothers placed in temporary custody. aljazeera.com The three Kouninef brothers were arrested on Monday as part of an anti-graft drive.

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 ...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). 'Not your enemies': Sri Lanka Muslims fear backlash after blasts. aljazeera.com Members of the community say they feel vulnerable in the wake of the church and hotel attacks that left 359 people dead.

aljazeera (2019-04-24). More than 50 dead in South Africa after heavy rains. aljazeera.com Rescue workers were digging through collapsed homes and other buildings in coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal province.

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.

Staff (2019-04-24). Rising Expenses and Stagnant Incomes Squeezes Middle Class Everywhere. therealnews.com A new study by the OECD shows that particularly millennials and the US middle class is being squeezed by expenses that rise faster than their incomes, but the phenomenon is taking place in all developed countries...

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

Shawgi Tell (2019-04-24). Ending Public Funds For Privately-Operated Charter Schools Verses Improving Persistently Deplorable Charter School Transparency and Accountability. dissidentvoice.org One of the ways that even those who skillfully expose and critique endless charter school problems still miss the mark and (un)wittingly support the destruction of public education through more school privatization schemes is by obsessing over how to improve disturbingly low levels of transparency and accountability in the charter school sector, instead of demanding ...

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.

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 ...

Ali Salam (2019-04-24). Palestinian Man Dies During Israeli Police Chase. imemc.org A young Palestinian man died Tuesday morning, in the Arab town of Arrabat al-Bottuf, in northern Israel, after the Israeli police chased him, Palestinian sources have reported. Mohammad Majd Kamil, 22, from the town of Qabatia, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, was pronounced dead after falling ...

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...

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 ...

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 →

amnesty (2019-04-24). ANALYSE DU PROJET DE LOI PORTANT PRVENTION ET RPRESSION DU TERRORISME EN RPUBLIQUE DE GUINE. amnesty.org Au nom de la lutte contre le terrorisme, le Conseil des ministres de la Rpublique de Guine a | approuv un projet de loi portant prvention et rpression du terrorisme le 25 octobre 2018. Ce | texte contient des dispositions liberticides qui doivent tre rvises afin d'tre mises en conformit | avec les obligations de la Guine au regard de la constitution et du droit international et rgional des | droits humains.

Peter Maiden (2019-04-24). Earth Day 2019 in Fresno. indybay.org Earth Day was held in Fresno on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

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

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

Editor (2019-04-24). Una palabra muy maltratada. workers.org La palabra "democracia" se usa mucho en EUA. La mayora de las veces se usa para engalanar un sistema poltico que pretende cumplir los deseos de la mayora de las personas a travs de elecciones, mientras que de hecho el sistema sirve a los intereses del capital: los grandes bancos . . . | Continue reading Una palabra muy maltratada at Workers.org

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...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Rescuers search for survivors after deadly Philippine quake. aljazeera.com Rescuers race to find survivors after the second earthquake hits the island nation.

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 ...

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.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-24). Russia: Reject Internet Control Bill. hrw.org | (Moscow) — Russian President Vladimir Putin should not sign a bill that would give the government broad capacity to block access to the internet and to censor content offered by Internet Service Providers. Human Rights Watch joined Article 19 and 8 other human rights and nongovernmental groups in opposing the bill. | The bill has been approved by Russia's parliament, but still needs Putin's signature to b...

Melinda K.P. Stees (2019-04-24). Today Is Denim Day, in Solidarity With Survivors of Sexual Assault. thenation.com Today Is Denim Day, in Solidarity With Survivors of Sexual Assault...

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 ...

Haiti Action Committee (2019-04-24). Haiti Report Back. indybay.org 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco | (2 blocks from 16th Street BART, 14, 49 and 22 Muni lines) | $10-20 / no one turned away...

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.

Peter Koenig (2019-04-24). Notre Dame — Glory or Shame? globalresearch.ca The heart of France is on fire. An inferno rocked France. Notre Dame, cultural icon of France and UNESCO declared World Heritage, was burning. The flames devastated the wooden roof and the spire. They caused, at first sight, only light ...

Tyler Durden (2019-04-24). Iran Vows To Bust US Crude Sanctions. iranian.com Tehran officials have vowed that White House plans for taking Iran's oil exports down to zero will never materialize, as the Islamic Republic, along with its regional allies and crude customers - most notably China - plan to bust US sanctions. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told parliament on Tuesday: the "U.S. dream to cut Iran's ...

Norman Solomon (2019-04-24). Joe Biden Is a Phony, Plain and Simple. truthdig.com The former vice president has a media image that exudes down-to-earth caring for regular folks. But his record is a very different story.

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Japan's Abe apologises to victims of forced sterilisation. aljazeera.com Government also promises to compensate tens of thousands of people sterilised to prevent 'poor-quality descendants'.

WSWS (2019-04-24). An interview with film historian and biographer Joseph McBride, author of How Did Lubitsch Do It? wsws.org David Walsh recently spoke to Joseph McBride, the author of a new study of filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch, famed for The Marriage Circle, Trouble in Paradise, Design for Living, The Shop Around the Corner, To Be or Not to Be and other films.

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 ...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Rosia Montana: Seeds of utopia in town almost lost to gold mining. aljazeera.com Hope and unease in fertile Romanian village, six years after protests halted plans for Europe's largest gold mine.

Staff (2019-04-24). Mnuchin Defies Demand to Hand Over Trump Tax Returns. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified Tuesday as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns. | Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the White House has adopted the "untenable" position that it can ignore requests from the Democratic majority in the House. | "It appears that the president believes that the Constitution does not apply to his White House, that he may order officials at will to violate t...

WSWS (2019-04-24). CIA Democrats enter the race: Seth Moulton announces bid for presidential nomination. wsws.org The congressman is virtually unknown to voters, but he is a leading figure among the CIA Democrats.

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

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...

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...

DJ Mouse (2019-04-24). Cowboy Pox Radio...4-23-19 Mouse Report. indybay.org On the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the 100 most notorious days in the US proxy war on Rwanda Judi Rever dodges media gatekeepers and death squads to spill some light on the dark corners here...while RFK Jr. takes on big pharma's latest assault on our bodies and souls...(1 hr.)...

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 ...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Trump 'opposed to' his staff testifying over Mueller report. aljazeera.com US leader says no reason for his aides to talk to Congress over probe into Russia meddling in 2016 polls, report says.

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

WSWS (2019-04-24). Turkey's political crisis escalates after mob attack on CHP leader. wsws.org The near lynching of the head of the main opposition party is the outcome of a bellicose nationalist campaign mounted by President Erdogan, his AKP, and their far-right MHP allies.

WSWS (2019-04-24). The Enlightenment, the American Revolution and the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. wsws.org Recent US Supreme Court rulings in death penalty cases represent a vast, anti-democratic cultural, legal and political retrogression.

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

amnesty (2019-04-24). Lebanese government must end exploitation and shocking abuse of migrant domestic workers. amnesty.org Lebanon's new government must seize the opportunity to end the kafala (sponsorship) system which has trapped migrant domestic workers in a nightmarish web of abuse ranging from exploitative working conditions to forced labour and human trafficking, said Amnesty International, launching a new report and campaign today. | 'Their home is my prison': Exploitation of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon sheds light on the se...

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

Eoin Higgins (2019-04-24). Kushner Talks Of 'Accountability' For Crown Prince As Saudis Conduct Mass Beheadings Of 37, Mostly Shiites. iranian.com Just as Jared Kushner answered questions about the close ties between the White House and Saudi Arabia in New York on Tuesday, the Middle Eastern kingdom beheaded 37 people in its largest mass execution in at last three years. The executions, of mostly Shiite men accused of terrorism-related crimes, were part of what Washington's Gulf ...

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Libya: GNA forces repel Haftar's offensive, retake Tripoli suburb. aljazeera.com Forces aligned to UN-recognised government in Tripoli retake control of the town of Aziziya, 60km south of the capital.

Extinction Rebellion: Santa Cruz, CA, USA (2019-04-24). Earth Day Die-In on Santa Cruz. indybay.org 110 Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA...

Rmy Herrera (2019-04-24). Indecency, hypocrisy reign in Macron's France. workers.org Herrera is a Marxist economist and researcher at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He works at the Centre d'conomie de la Sorbonne, Paris, and wrote this sarcastic commentary on April 18 on the response of the French ruling class and government to the burning of Notre-Dame cathedral. . . . | Continue reading Indecency, hypocrisy reign in Macron's France at Workers.org

Janet Johnson (2019-04-24). Coal Outta Richmond—Knock on Doors! indybay.org 2540 Macdonald Ave., Richmond CA 94804...

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...

IMEMC News (2019-04-24). Army Demolishes Home Of Slain Palestinian Near Salfit. imemc.org Israeli soldiers demolished, on Wednesday at dawn, the family home of Omar Abu Laila, in the az-Zawiya town, west of Salfit, in Central West Bank. Media sources said dozens of soldiers, accompanied by military bulldozers, invaded az-Zawiya, late at night, Tuesday, and headed towards the home. They added that the ...

Dump Trump San Jose (2019-04-24). Border Patrol Off San Jose City Collge Campus. indybay.org San Jose City College, Outside of the Main Gym | 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, California 95128...

The Real-World Economics Review (2019-04-24). Greta Thunberg's speech on economic growth. indybay.org Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.

aljazeera (2019-04-24). Powerful cyclone is barrelling towards northern Mozambique. aljazeera.com Cyclone Kenneth is on track to be the second major weather system to hit storm-ravaged Mozambique in just over a month.

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 ...

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 ...

teleSUR (2019-04-24). US: Bill To Tackle Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Advances. telesurenglish.net Legislators in the U.S. state of Montana passed the third reading of Hanna's Act or House Bill 21, an edict aimed at assigning specialists to specifically address missing Indigenous persons, with a 96-1 vote Tuesday. | RELATED: | Canada: Report On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls To Be Released On June 3 | "I wish I could tell someone (how I feel)," Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, Rae Peppers, said after the vote add...

Ricardo Alarcn de Quesada (2019-04-24). Soando en Miami. workers.org Entre 1993 y 2013 Alarcn fue Presidente de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular de Cuba. Este artculo fue publicado el 19 de abril al sitio poresto.net. Luego de tres meses de amagos y amenazas y en un escenario doble -el Departamento de Estado en Washington DC y un teatro . . . | Continue reading Soando en Miami at Workers.org

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 ...

Derrick Harris (2019-04-24). UN to consider the Armenian Genocide. indybay.org For many years, international recognition of the Armenian Genocide has remained a foremost priority for Armenian Diasporas all over the world.

Keith McHenry (2019-04-24). Judge Burdick Rules Police Can Start Removing People and Survival Property from Camp Behind Ross. indybay.org PROTEST AT SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY, APRIL 23RD AT NOON. Possible action on the levee outside the Gateway Plaza Camp on Wednesday, April 24 at 4: 00 PM.

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." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/medicare_for_all_10.jpg...

IMEMC News (2019-04-24). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Bethlehem, One In Tulkarem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, four Palestinian former political prisoners in Bethlehem, and one in Tulkarem, in the occupied West Bank, after breaking into their homes and searching them. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and abducted four former political prisoners, ...

WSWS (2019-04-23). Police arrest over 1,000 climate change protesters in London. wsws.org Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued no statement condemning the mass arrest of peaceful protesters.

NADCHARVE (2019-04-23). France Falls Behind as #MeToo Goes Global. truthdig.com Truthdig is proud to present this article as part of its Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a series from a network of female correspondents around the world who are dedicated to pursuing truth within their countries and elsewhere. | Yes, French women have begun to talk. Growing numbers are reporting sexual assault and sexual harassment to police, thanks in large part to the #MeToo movement. New legislation is addressing sexual harassment, and prominent campaigns are raising funds to support women's rights groups. | On Friday, the verdict in a high-profile case involving sexual harassment reflected the prog...

WSWS (2019-04-23). Prosecution of German artists' group dropped following mass protests. wsws.org Following a 17-month investigation, the prosecutor's office in Gera has ceased its investigation into the activities of the group of performance artists known as the Centre for Political Beauty.

WSWS (2019-04-23). In wake of Mueller report: Democrats, media push anti-Russian hysteria. wsws.org In the wake of the release of the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Democratic Party and the bulk of the corporate media have decided to intensify their campaign of anti-Russian slander and provocation.

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 →

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Charges Dropped for U. of Arizona Students Who Called Border Patrol "Murder Patrol" at Campus Event. democracynow.org Authorities at the University of Arizona in Tucson have dropped charges against three students who held a nonviolent protest against Border Patrol agents speaking on their campus. During the March 19 protest, the students called border agents "Murder Patrol" and an "extension of the KKK." All three students were charged with misdemeanors. On Friday, motions to dismiss the charges were granted after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups led a campaign on behalf of the students. We speak with Mariel Bustamante, one of the "Arizona Three." She is a graduating senior who is double-majoring in law and an...

Our Readers (2019-04-23). Letters From the May 6, 2019, Issue. thenation.com Letters From the May 6, 2019, Issue...

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.

RT (2019-04-23). Teen sues Apple for $1 billion, claims in-store AI led to his wrongful arrest. rt.com A NY college student is suing Apple for $1 billion because he says the company's secret in-store artificial intelligence incorrectly marked him as a thief, leading to his wrongful arrest.

Stephen Kearse (2019-04-23). Maurice Carlos Ruffin Confronts the Horror and Spectacle of Racism. thenation.com Maurice Carlos Ruffin Confronts the Horror and Spectacle of Racism...

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...

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 Acua and...

commondreams (2019-04-23). Former EPA Head Scott Pruitt Hired as Lobbyist to Save Coal in Indiana. (He Can’t). commondreams.org ______________________________...

David Rowe (2019-04-23). But You Still Love Me Right? thenation.com But You Still Love Me Right?

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...

plenglish (2019-04-23). Paraguayan Left Demands Deep Reform of Electoral System. plenglish.com Asuncion, April 23 (Prensa Latina) The Paraguayan left-wing Guasu Front expressed on Tuesday the unblocking process the electoral lists must be accompanied by other deep reforms to the system.

commondreams (2019-04-23). VT Climate Movement to Call for Ban on Any New Pipelines at Public Hearing. commondreams.org ______________________________...

plenglish (2019-04-23). Venezuelan Opposition Ignores Political Situation, Cabello Says. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Juan Guaido ignores today's political situation when he calls mobilizations for May 1, the vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, said on Tuesday.

Staff (2019-04-23). 'Mafioso Capitalism' and the Suicide of Peru's President. therealnews.com Prof. Gerardo Renique discusses the three other ex-presidents already in jail over the Odebrecht scandal, and Alan Garcia's death, just as he was about to be arrested for corruption...

commondreams (2019-04-23). #CountMeIn: Immigrant Rights Community Rally Outside of the Supreme Court. commondreams.org ______________________________...

commondreams (2019-04-23). New Report: Corporate Tax Transparency Becoming the Global Norm. commondreams.org ______________________________...

teleSUR (2019-04-23). France 'Determined to Continue' Trade With Iran, Officials Say. telesurenglish.net France declared on Tuesday that the country is "determined to continue to implement" the Iran nuclear deal and to allow Iran to draw the "economic benefits" after the announcement of new U.S sanctions against countries exporting Iranian products. | RELATED: | US Ends Sanction Waivers for Countries Importing Iranian oil | In an officia...

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...

Jason Ditz (2019-04-23). US Offers $10 Million Reward for Anyone Who Can Help 'Disrupt' Hezbollah Finances. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The US State Department is offering up to $10 million for anyone who provides intelligence that would allow the government to disrupt Hezbollah's finances. They want to know who donates to Hezbollah, as well as any business ties. This is a complicated matter, because while the US is treating them as a straightforward "terrorist organization," Hezbollah is ...

Ed Sykes (2019-04-23). New report says Britain's voting system is boosting 'extreme voices'. thecanary.co Supporters of the UK's first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system often claim it "prevents extreme politicians" from gaining power. But a new report has rubbished this ... | Read more New report says Britain's voting system is boosting 'extreme voices' | By Ed Sykes

Joseph Cirincione, Mary Kaszynski (2019-04-23). The Path to War with Iran Is Paved With Sanctions. commondreams.org The administration’s plan is clear: keep beating the twin drums of terrorism and nuclear threat. Bolton and Pompeo will use both to justify more sanctions and more provocations. (Photo: Wikicommons) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mike_pompeo_3.jpeg...

commondreams (2019-04-23). Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds to Supreme Court Argument Regarding 2020 Census. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Fight Back (2019-04-23). FRSO: Building a new and revolutionary student movement. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL - The Student Commission of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) recently met to discuss building a revolutionary student movement to challenge President Trump and the Republicans' reactionary and racist agenda. | FRSO leader Chrisley Carpio explained, "Excitingly, about 30 students filled the room, many are new recruits at their first Student Commission meeting. They expressed nervousness, but delivered detailed, precise reports with confidence. We heard new voices during every part of the meeting. In a time of countless attacks from Trump's administration, students are joining th...

Michelle Zacarias (2019-04-23). Illinois House votes to block immigrant detention center construction. peoplesworld.org ...

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

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-04-23). Israel Seals off Sabastia for Passover. imemc.org Hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed an archaeological site in Sabastia village, on Tuesday, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Mayor of Sabastia, Muhammad Azem, told Ma'an News Agency that hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the archaeological site, for ...

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...

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'

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 Gonzlez. 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 Gonzlez v. City of Los Angeles, et al started-on April 5 and ended April 17. Omar Gonzlez was a 36-year-old Chicano from...

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...

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-23). Kushner Talks of 'Accountability' for Crown Prince Just as Saudis Offer 'Egregious Display of Brutality' With Mass Beheadings. commondreams.org Washington's Gulf Institute director Ali Al-Ahmed called the killings "the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom's history." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kush.mbs_.png...

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

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-04-23). Miles of Smiles Convoy Heads Back to Gaza Next Month. imemc.org Dr. Essam Youssef, the Head of the Popular International Committee to Support Gaza, announced that new Miles of Smiles convoy is set to arrive in the Gaza Strip early next month. Working as the coordinator of the series of convoys that first entered Gaza back in 2009, Youssef stated that ...

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

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-23). GOP lawmaker's idiotic remark about nurses goes viral and backfires. peoplesworld.org

J∂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 ...

RT (2019-04-23). No, Mueller didn't 'prove' Russian hacking in Florida — or anywhere else. rt.com Mainstream media outlets desperate to maintain the narrative of 'Russian hacking' in the 2016 US presidential election have resorted to selectively quoting the Mueller Report and uncritically reporting indictments as evidence.

RT (2019-04-23). Newest US Democratic candidate says he won't build a wall, even if Mars attacks. rt.com A Democratic congressman joining the jam-packed 2020 US presidential primary field has assured voters he'll use diplomacy, not weapons or walls...to combat an alien invasion. Finally, a candidate who cares about the issues!

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-23). Jailed Mozambican Journalists Get Bail after 3 Months. hrw.org Today, a judge in Mozambique's Pemba city court ruled that journalists Amade Abubacar and Germano Daniel Adriano be released on bail, three months after their arrest on groundless accusations. This was a bright moment in an otherwise troubling case in which the government's actions have threatened the work of investigative journalists and undermined press freedom in the country. | | | Mozambican journalist Amade Abubacar at the Macomia community radio and television, where he worked before his arrest in January 2019. | ©...

CP Editor (2019-04-23). Mountains of the Moon — Dean Wareham. counterpunch.org ...

Ed Rampell (2019-04-23). 'Singin' in the Rain' as a musical: The sheer joy of being alive. peoplesworld.org LA MIRADA, Calif.—The must-see musical Singin' in the Rain live onstage now at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is like a delicious dessert conjured up by a three-Michelin star chef following an exquisite five course meal. This theatrical production is adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green from the book of their ...

Bruce Bostick (2019-04-23). Green New Deal — a work in progress. peoplesworld.org We all owe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a tremendous debt of gratitude. Her introduction of Green New Deal in Congress provides a framework to fight for real changes that can deal with the crisis our nation and world is in. Saying that, GND is only a set of aspirations and goals; it is by no means a ...

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

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.

Jen Marlowe (2019-04-23). The Palestine Marathon. commondreams.org https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-04-23_at_4.54.40_pm.png...

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

plenglish (2019-04-23). Title III of Helms-Burton Act against Cuba Condemned in Ecuador. plenglish.com Quito, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Coordinator of Friendship and Solidarity with Cuba on Tuesday joined the international rejection of the United States" decision to enforce Title III of the Helms-Burton Act against the Caribbean nation.

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.

Les Leopold (2019-04-23). America’s Biggest Lie: We Can’t Afford Medicare for All. commondreams.org A patient is treated for the flu in Louisiana. Healthcare costs in the U.S. were found to be twice as high as those in ten other developed countries because of high prices across the healthcare industry—from doctor's salaries to prescription drugs. (Photo: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-2719305.jpg...

WSWS (2019-04-23). After terrorist bombings, Sri Lankan government imposes draconian national emergency. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site condemns the horrendous bombings, which indiscriminately killed innocent men, women and children, and have already provided the pretext for sweeping anti-democratic measures.

plenglish (2019-04-23). Venezuela Promotes Environmental Protection during Earth's Week. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is promoting a program of events to raise people"s awareness about preserving life on the planet and protect the environment, during the celebration of the Week of Mother Earth...

Bryan Wall (2019-04-23). Journalist Lyra McKee's murder is a reminder to Brexiteers that the Irish question cannot be swept aside. thecanary.co The New IRA has taken responsibility for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. Her death is a reminder that the Irish question must not ... | Read more Journalist Lyra McKee's murder is a reminder to Brexiteers that the Irish question cannot be swept aside | By Bryan Wall

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-23). Outgoing France Ambassador To US: Israel Already 'Apartheid State'. iranian.com The outgoing French ambassador to the US has said that Israel is an "apartheid state" and that the status quo provides no incentive for its government to make concessions in peace negotiations. Gerard Araud — who ended his five year term as France's ambassador to the US this weekend — gave an interview to US ...

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

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...

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-23). The Prosecution of Julian Assange is Infinitely Bigger Than Assange. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Julian Assange's mother reported yesterday that the WikiLeaks founder has not been permitted any visitors during his detention in Belmarsh Prison, including from doctors and his lawyers. Doctors who visited Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy have attested that he urgently needs medical care. Belmarsh is a maximum security prison sometimes referred to as "the UK's Guantanamo Bay". And ...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-23). To Escalate Fight Against 'Existential Crisis,' Greta Thunberg Backs General Strike for Climate. commondreams.org Global climate strike leader Greta Thunberg on Monday gave her support to a potential general strike, which would expand to the general population the movement she began last fall and inspired millions of students to join. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11380905441.jpg...

Ryan Devereaux (2019-04-23). The Bloody History of Border Militias Runs Deep — And Law Enforcement Is Part of It. theintercept.com Last week, American vigilantes captured hundreds of migrants — including women and small children — along a darkened stretch of the border in New Mexico. The group, calling itself the United Constitutional Patriots, or UCP, uploaded video of its score to Facebook. Illuminated by the fluorescent glow of flashlights, the shaky footage showed weary mothers, fathers, and t...

Staff (2019-04-23). U.S. Hoped Putin Would be a 'Sober Yeltsin' — RAI with Stephen Cohen (3/5). therealnews.com 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...

Vijay Prashad (2019-04-23). Nothing to See Here: The U.S. Government Prevents Investigations Into War Crimes in Afghanistan. commondreams.org 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) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/helicopter.jpeg...

WSWS (2019-04-23). US court orders Chelsea Manning to remain in prison. wsws.org The courageous whistleblower has been held in jail since March 8 in an effort to force her to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

WSWS (2019-04-23). Privatisation of UK's National Health Service escalates. wsws.org An investigation found that over 1 million patients were forced to seek alternative treatment in the preceding five years due to the closure of nearly 450 GP surgeries.

Tom Luongo (2019-04-23). Sanctions On Iran Have Failed: Trump Kicks The Sanctions Can On Iran Oil. iranian.com Sanctions on Iran have failed. The weakness of the U.S. position in the oil markets is now complete. Donald Trump's Energy Dominance strategy has failed. The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R — The Eschaton) that no more sanctions waivers will be granted to importers of Iranian oil. Those that do so will ...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Baltimore Writer D. Watkins: "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America" democracynow.org "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America." That's the name of a new book by D. Watkins that amplifies the experiences of poor black Americans typically sidelined by the public and the media—including his own life story. He writes, "I'm from the bottom, and what I mean by bottom is first-generation scholars, the project babies, the people without Wi-Fi, the workers, the people most likely to get hit by police bullets. We are the subjects of protests, the rarely heard-from even as our deaths are debated by media personalities who wouldn't step foot on our blocks. ... To quote the brilliant...

Jeff Shampnois (2019-04-23). The Delusions of Me, Myself and AI. dissidentvoice.org "Do I need to justify what most call philosophy? Aren't all these social and political issues building into huge cumulonimbuses that demand a less solely reflective response? But look, a thunderstorm has its origins in the vibrations of individual atoms. And as an atom of this society, I need to examine myself, because whatever is ...

Brett Barrouquere (2019-04-23). Winston Shrout, One of America's Most High-Profile 'Sovereign Citizens,' is a Fugitive. splcenter.org Winston Shrout spent years defying the federal government as one of the country's most high-profile sovereign citizens and tax dodgers.

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 ...

RT (2019-04-23). Starbucks rolls out drug needle disposal bins to follow up addict-friendly open bathroom policy. rt.com Starbucks is installing needle-disposal boxes in its US bathrooms after getting fined over its lack of response to a spike in needle-stick injuries among employees under its addict-friendly "open-door" bathroom policy.

RT (2019-04-23). Kushner says 'a couple of Facebook ads' didn't swing the election, Democrats go crazy. rt.com After White House adviser Jared Kushner suggested the Russiagate probe did more damage to the US than "a couple of Facebook ads," Democrats went into meltdown with accusations of "propaganda" spreading and lack of "patriotism." |

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...

Phil Miller (2019-04-23). Who is behind the Sri Lanka bombings? peoplesworld.org ...

Dave Zirin (2019-04-23). The Fight to Save Coach Fofo From Deportation. thenation.com The Fight to Save Coach Fofo From Deportation...

Jen Sorensen (2019-04-23). The 'New York Post' Cover Generator. thenation.com The 'New York Post' Cover Generator...

amnesty (2019-04-23). Saudi Arabia: 37 put to death in shocking execution spree. amnesty.org The execution of 37 people convicted on "terrorism" charges marks an alarming escalation in Saudi Arabia's use of the death penalty, said Amnesty International today. Among those put to death was a young man who was convicted of a crime that took place while he was under the age of 18. | "Today's mass execution is a chilling demonstration of the Saudi Arabian authorities callous disregard for human life. It is also yet another gruesome indication of how the death penalty is being used as a political tool to crush dissent from within the country's Shi'a minority," said Lynn Maalouf Middle East Research Director at...

amnesty (2019-04-23). Myanmar: Reuters journalists' rejected appeal a tragic denial of justice. amnesty.org Responding to the decision by Myanmar's Supreme Court to uphold the conviction and seven year prison sentence of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Nicholas Bequelin Amnesty International's Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia said: | "The Supreme Court's rejection of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo's appeal compounds a grave injustice and marks a dark day for press freedom in Myanmar. This case shows the authorities' resolve to ensure there can be no independent reporting on the military's atrocities in Rakhine State — even at the cost of debasing the country's judicial system. |

commondreams (2019-04-23). Common Cause Wisconsin, Fair Elections Center & Others Challenge Wisconsin’s Requirements for Student IDs Used as Voter ID. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Andrea Germanos (2019-04-23). Chelsea Manning Remains in Jail Indefinitely. theantimedia.com (CD) — Chelsea Manning remained in jail on Monday after a federal appeals court rejected her bid to be released and affirmed a lower court's finding of contempt. The whistleblower was sent to jail March 8, and has spent part of the detention in solitary confinement for contempt due to her refusal to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. "Appellant ...

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Saudi Arabia: 37 Executed on "Terrorism" Charges. telesurenglish.net 37 citizens were executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for "terrorism" activities. | RELATED: | Rohingya Detainees on Hunger Strike Tortured by Saudi Arabia | The individuals were accused of cooperation with enemy organizations and against the interest of the state. Among the victims were 11 men who were convicted of spying for Iran and 14 others convict...

Fra Lockley (2019-04-23). As Trump's state visit is announced, David Lammy nails why he's not welcome. thecanary.co An announcement on 23 April confirmed that Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK on 3 June. According to the ... | Read more As Trump's state visit is announced, David Lammy nails why he's not welcome | By Fra Lockley

commondreams (2019-04-23). Earthjustice Responds to Trump Executive Order, Urges EPA to Ensure Transparency and Public Input in Clean Water Protections. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Nawal Arjini (2019-04-23). Sri Lanka's Easter Attacks Were Intended to Incite Violence. thenation.com Sri Lanka's Easter Attacks Were Intended to Incite Violence...

United Nations (2019-04-23). New malaria vaccine trial in Malawi marks 'an innovation milestone', declares UN health agency. un.org A new vaccine against deadly malaria which has been 30 years in development, was made available for the first time to infants in Malawi on Tuesday, marking an "innovation milestone", said the World Health Organization (WHO).

Glen Black (2019-04-23). Millions of pheasant chicks are being carried through the Eurotunnel to be shot in the UK. thecanary.co New research carried out by the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) revealed that Eurotunnel is the last company importing millions of game birds into the ... | Read more Millions of pheasant chicks are being carried through the Eurotunnel to be shot in the UK | By Glen Black

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

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

Michael Krieger (2019-04-23). The Trump Administration's Iran Policy Will Hasten Imperial Decline. iranian.com There was a postwar order, but was it liberal? Like most political orders, it looked much better on paper than it did in practice and to the core members of the order than those on the margins... Liberal values were only remotely attached to...

Nawal Arjini (2019-04-23). Migrant State of Mind: A Q&A With Novelist Laila Lalami. thenation.com Migrant State of Mind: A Q&A With Novelist Laila Lalami...

Peter Daou (2019-04-23). I Was Bernie's Biggest Critic in 2016—I've Changed My Mind. thenation.com I Was Bernie's Biggest Critic in 2016—I've Changed My Mind...

United Nations (2019-04-23). UN celebrates books as 'bridges across cultures'. un.org The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO has long celebrated the power of International Book and Copyright Day, marked on 23 April, but this year, special attention is being paid to the protection of indigenous languages, many of which are threatened with extinction.

commondreams (2019-04-23). Screen-Free Week is April 29–May 5, 2019! commondreams.org ______________________________...

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-04-23). Democrats Should Tread Carefully on Impeaching Trump. thenation.com Democrats Should Tread Carefully on Impeaching Trump...

Bryce Covert (2019-04-23). Hedge-Fund Ownership Cost Sears Workers Their Jobs. Now They're Fighting Back. thenation.com Hedge-Fund Ownership Cost Sears Workers Their Jobs. Now They're Fighting Back.

Paul Haeder (2019-04-23). Earth Day is 24/7, and Every Hour and Every Minute of Every Day According to Local Activists. dissidentvoice.org For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities. — The Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen Part One — I am scrambling to get this first part of the Earth Day two-part article ...

David Bacon (2019-04-23). Fired just for asking for a raise, Washington farm workers organize. peoplesworld.org ...

WSWS (2019-04-23). Judge rules former Michigan Governor Snyder, EPA can be sued by Flint residents. wsws.org Recent federal court rulings allow Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and the US Environmental Protection Agency to be sued in class action lawsuits filed on behalf of Flint residents.

RT (2019-04-23). Trump holds surprise meeting with Twitter CEO Dorsey at White House. rt.com Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sat down for a private meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday. The surprise chat reportedly focused on "the health of public conversation" on the social media platform.

John Shafthauer (2019-04-23). Theresa May loses support from everyone but Change UK. thecanary.co Theresa May faces yet another no-confidence vote — this time from the Tory grassroots: Oh NO!!!Prime Minister Theresa May is to face an unprecedented ... | Read more Theresa May loses support from everyone but Change UK | By John Shafthauer

RT (2019-04-23). WaPo headline linking anger at Sri Lanka terrorist attacks to 'far right' draws Twitter's ire. rt.com The Washington Post is under fire for printing a story with a contentious headline, implying that anger over the recent spate of bombings in Sri Lanka is unique to the "far right."

plenglish (2019-04-23). Argentinean Fruit Producers Denounce Crisis in the Sector. plenglish.com 23 de abril de 2019, 16: 23Buenos Aires, April 23 (Prensa Latina) A long line of people bordered the emblematic Plaza de Mayo on Tuesday to receive fruits from agricultural producers in the south of Argentina, who denounce in this way the crisis the sector is experiencing.

WSWS (2019-04-23). UFCW orders New England Stop & Shop strikers back to work without seeing contract. wsws.org The order to return to work signals the union's agreement to impose deep takebacks by Stop & Shop in its efforts to transform the supermarket chain into a low-wage sweatshop.

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-04-23). Detainee Israa Jabbis Suffering Critical Health Conditions. imemc.org The health condition of the wounded female detainee Israa Jaabis, in Damon prison, is now critical , as the pain resulting from her injury is increasing day by day, due to medical negligence. She also suffers from psychological problems, the commission of detainees and ex-detainee affairs reported, Monday. The commission ...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-23). As Supreme Court's Right-Wing Justices Indicate Siding With Trump, Opponents Denounce 'Bald-Faced Attempt to Racially Rig' US Census. commondreams.org Decrying the Trump administration's attack on immigrant rights and marginalized communities across the country, civil rights advocates gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday as the court heard arguments regarding the potential addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-04-23_at_3.12.28_pm.jpg...

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 ...

plenglish (2019-04-23). Chile Seeks to Step up Measures against Environmental Crimes. plenglish.com 23 de abril de 2019, 17: 21Santiago de Chile, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Strong sanctions against environmental crimes are envisaged in a bill presented by a group of experts in the Senate Environment Committee that will be legislated soon.

James Wright (2019-04-23). Mayor Sadiq Khan issues the most Tory response to the climate protests. thecanary.co London mayor Sadiq Khan has given Tory environment secretary Michael Gove a run for his money. Khan managed to issue a very Tory response ... | Read more Mayor Sadiq Khan issues the most Tory response to the climate protests | By James Wright

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." ...

Fra Lockley (2019-04-23). Solidarity is growing to challenge police harassment of homeless people. thecanary.co In December 2018, stories about Gyula Remes caused outrage and shock after he died sleeping rough just yards from the houses of parliament. But ... | Read more Solidarity is growing to challenge police harassment of homeless people | By Fra Lockley

RT (2019-04-23). 'Get down on their knees': Trump calls for NYT apology after Russian intervention report. rt.com President Donald Trump is lashing out at the New York Times for alleged "false" reports, and has called on the newspaper to "get down on their knees" and beg for his forgiveness, saying it is the "Enemy of the People!"

plenglish (2019-04-23). Bolivia, China Strengthen Economic Cooperation and Investment. plenglish.com La Paz, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Deputy Foreign Trade Minister Benjamin Blanco and Chinese peer Wang Shouwen signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on Tuesday to establish working mechanisms with the objective of strengthening investment and economic cooperation.

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

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...

RT (2019-04-23). Facebook hires 'co-writer' of the pro-surveillance Patriot Act amid growing concerns over privacy. rt.com As Facebook is facing more pressure over its handling of user data, the embattled social media giant has hired Jennifer Newstead, widely regarded as a co-author of the Patriot Act, to deal with its legal woes.

teleSUR (2019-04-23). 6th Mass Extinction Event Already Underway: Draft UN Report. telesurenglish.net Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends. | RELATED: | Rising Ocean Temperatures Trigger Calls for Change from UN | The accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves - to name but a few of the dwindling...

Paul Wilcox (2019-04-23). Organizing on the job: 'Standing up to the boss for the first time is huge'. liberationnews.org Liberation News interviews workers about organizing on the job.

Tom Coburg (2019-04-23). FBI agent explains how Julian Assange may escape prosecution. And Chelsea Manning is key. thecanary.co An FBI agent has made it clear that, regarding charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, further testimony from whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be critical ... | Read more FBI agent explains how Julian Assange may escape prosecution. And Chelsea Manning is key. | By Tom Coburg

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-23). With US On The Warpath, Iran's Press TV The Latest Target For Google's Political Censorship. iranian.com Press TV — the Iranian government-funded TV news outlet — has been "shut down" on Google's platforms, including YouTube and Gmail. The move coincides with similar action taken against HispanTV, an Iranian Spanish-language channel. With increasing repression of Iran's official vehicles of communication to the world, the country's voice is stifled in front of international audiences — ...

Tom Tomorrow (2019-04-23). No Collusion for Old Men. thenation.com No Collusion for Old Men...

Staff (2019-04-23). The Untold Story of the Nation's Biggest School Cheating Scandal (2/3). therealnews.com In part two, authors Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton discuss the role real estate developers and corporate interests played in the destruction of Atlanta's black neighborhoods...

splcenter (2019-04-23). SPLC answers questions about antigovernment extremists who detain migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. splcenter.org In recent days, media outlets have reported that armed militia groups, acting as border vigilantes, have been detaining migrants at gunpoint along the along the U.S.-Mexico border.

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Spain's Sanchez: No plans for Alliance with Ciudadanos. telesurenglish.net Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday his Socialist party did not intend to include the center-right Ciudadanos in any governing alliance if his party wins Sunday's national election. | RELATED: | Who Are The Key Players in Spain's General Election | "Entering an alliance with a party that has put cordon sanitaire around the Socialist Party is not part of my plans," Sanchez said at the start of Tuesday's second televised debate between himself and three other party leaders.

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...

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-23). Digital Rights Defenders Sound Alarm Over Big Tech's Efforts to 'Erode' California's Landmark Privacy Law. commondreams.org Digital rights advocacy groups are sounding the alarm about legislation in California backed by Big Tech that critics warn would water down a landmark data privacy law the state adopted last year. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/california-privacy.jpg...

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-23). Clothing Brands' Business Practices Fuel Factory Abuses. hrw.org | (London) — Clothing and footwear brands should end business practices that provide incentives for factory labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. | The 66-page report, " 'Paying for a Bus Ticket and Expecting to Fly': How Apparel Brand Purchasing Practices Drive Labor Abuses," identifies key practices by clothing companies that fuel abusive cost-cutting methods by factories that harm workers. Many global brands tout their commitment to ensuring rights-respecting workplaces in the factories...

IMEMC News (2019-04-23). Israel Continues Holding Palestinian Detainee In Solitary Confinement Since March 2017. imemc.org The Palestinian Commission for Detainees' Affairs has reported, Tuesday, that a Palestinian detainee, identified as Mohammad Yousef Shinnawi, 23, from Haifa, has been held by Israel in solitary confinement since March of 2017. The Commission stated that the detainee is facing very difficult conditions in solitary confinement section 12 in ...

The Iranian (2019-04-23). Trumpism May Be World's Most Important Security Issue: Iran's Defense Minister. iranian.com Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami deplored US President Donald Trump's moves against international law, saying Trump has posed serious threats to global security. Speaking to reporters upon his arrival at the Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow on Tuesday, Brigadier General Hatami said, "Today, we are facing various security issues in the world, the ...

Juan Cole (2019-04-23). Iran Sanctions: Lord Knows What Monstrosity Yet Another US Coup In Iran Will Produce. iranian.com The Trump administration announced Monday that it would cease granting waivers to countries allowing them to buy Iranian petroleum as of May 2. Iran is only exporting 1.1 million barrels of petroleum per day, down from 2.5 million before the Trump administration violated the 2015 Iran deal and imposed unilateral severe sanctions. Secretary of State Mike ...

Consortiumnews (2019-04-23). The Buried Maidan Massacre and Its Misrepresentation by the West. consortiumnews.com The new Ukrainian government is faced with reopening an inquiry into evidence of an organized mass killing in Kiev that Poroshenko stonewalled. Ivan Katchanovski investigates. By Ivan Katchanovski Special to Consortium News Five years ago, the Maidan massacre in Kiev,... Read more →

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...

Dennis J. Bernstein (2019-04-23). Daniel Ellsberg Speaks Out on the Arrest of Julian Assange. progressive.org "Without whistleblowers we would not have a democracy. And there have to be people to distribute work and publish it."

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...

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 Antnio Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.

RT (2019-04-23). Graham goads Dems to proceed with Trump's impeachment, as Pelosi urges caution. rt.com A fervent supporter of US President Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham has challenged Democrats to work up the courage and go for the impeachment, while the Democratic leadership warned against rushing in.

Fra 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 Fra Lockley

Brendan Joel Kelley and Hatewatch Staff (2019-04-23). QAnon Conspiracy Increasingly Popular with Antigovernment Extremists. splcenter.org Antigovernment extremists, including some who've committed violent acts, are increasingly subscribing to and propagating the QAnon conspiracy theory, which asserts that pro-Trump forces will soon take down the so-called deep state.

RT (2019-04-23). 'We don't have hate for anyone': Nigerian brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers for defamation. rt.com Two Nigerian brothers who say actor Jussie Smollett paid them to beat him up as part of an elaborate hoax are suing his lawyers for defamation over allegations made about them, including that one engaged in sex acts with Smollett.

RT (2019-04-23). Dazzling 'Jellyfish sprite' snapped in awesome night sky PHOTOS. rt.com One of nature's most elusive but stunningly colorful light displays has been captured in all its glory, high in the atmosphere above Oklahoma. The lightning-like electrical discharge is known as a jellyfish or column sprite.

The Iranian (2019-04-23). Turkey And China Slam US Decision To End Waivers On Iran Oil Imports. iranian.com Turkish foreign ministerMevlut Cavusoglu on Monday said the US decision to end sanctions waivers on Iran oil imports would not contribute to the regional peace and stability, says Anadolu Agency. "The US decision to end sanctions waivers on Iran oil imports will not serve regional peace and stability, yet will harm Iranian people," Mevlut Cavusoglu said ...

Jen Marlowe (2019-04-23). The Palestine Marathon. thenation.com The Palestine Marathon...

WSWS (2019-04-23). Washington tightens sanctions to cut Iran oil exports to "zero" wsws.org The lifting of waivers granted to five countries that imported substantial quantities of Iranian oil represents a dangerous escalation of US economic warfare against Tehran.

plenglish (2019-04-23). Bolivia Applies Strategies for Economic Losses in Chilean Ports. plenglish.com La Paz, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is diversifying its strategy Tuesday at points of entry and commercial exit to eliminate dependence on Chilean ports, given the delays in their operations that caused economic losses in the Arica installation in 2018.

Guido Girgenti, Aru Shiney-Ajay (2019-04-23). The Green New Deal Must Be All-Encompassing. thenation.com The Green New Deal Must Be All-Encompassing...

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

David Schultz (2019-04-23). The Mueller Report: Trump Too Inept to Obstruct Justice. counterpunch.org 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 More

RT (2019-04-23). 'Virtual strip search': TSA flags 'privacy risks' in new airport scanners. rt.com The TSA is demanding modifications of a new airport security system because it poses "privacy risks" to passengers by showing too much of them on display, a newly published document has revealed.

Robert Mackey (2019-04-23). Benjamin Netanyahu Plans to Name an Illegal Settlement in Donald Trump's Honor. theintercept.com Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Tuesday that he plans to name a new illegal settlement in the occupied Golan Heights in honor of Donald Trump, to thank the American president for agreeing to overlook the unlawful nature of Israel's annexation of the territory seized from Syria in 1967.PM Netanyahu will present to the government a resolution calling for naming a new c...

Bacardi Jackson, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund (2019-04-23). SPLC Action Fund: Florida bill seeking to arm teachers with guns jeopardizes school safety. splcenter.org The Florida Senate today approved Senate Bill 7030, which seeks to allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom and would require schools to report students to law enforcement for normal adolescent behavior that is interpreted as a "threat."

James Wright (2019-04-23). Alan Sugar puts his foot in it again, with an attack on Corbyn that fails basic maths. thecanary.co Alan Sugar has been trying to land a political punch on Jeremy Corbyn for a while. Last week, Sugar got confused while trying to ... | Read more Alan Sugar puts his foot in it again, with an attack on Corbyn that fails basic maths | By James Wright

commondreams (2019-04-23). City of Denver, Colorado Divests From Oil and Gas Companies. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval? democracynow.org The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.

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.

Dawn Starin (2019-04-23). Extinction Rebellion: In the Streets for the Earth. progressive.org "Many people may not agree with our methods and dislike the travel chaos but this is the single most important issue facing humankind at the moment. And we are doing this for everyone, even for the people who disagree with us."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-23). 'Coming Mass Extinction' Caused by Human Destruction Could Wipe Out 1 Million Species, Warns UN Draft Report. commondreams.org On the heels of an Earth Day that featured calls for radical action to address the current "age of environmental breakdown," Agence France-Presse revealed Tuesday that up to a million species face possible extinction because of destructive human behavior. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-6232476001.jpg...

Geri Spieler (2019-04-23). An Alienated Culture Grooms Women for Cults. truthdig.com Maggie was born into a religious cult called the Christ Brotherhood. For the first 12 years of her life, the cult controlled her entire existence, including what she thought and knew, and how she was to behave. The precepts of Christianity and Judaism were both taught, and Christmas and Hanukkah were celebrated. Except for those holidays, however, life was a continuous struggle to get enough food to eat, and to avoid punishment for transgressions she never understood. | The community consisted of about 150 people spread throughout the country. Maggie recalls that when the cult leader, Thomas Paterson Brown, was i...

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-23). 'Profound Implications for Justice': Report Shows Extent of Inequality Exacerbated by Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "If climate change is particularly bad for poor countries, that means climate change would make elimination of poverty extremely difficult." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/smoke.stacks.jpg...

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-23). Israel's Elite Undercover Units Are Increasing Activities Against Palestinians. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — In recent weeks and months, Israel's elite undercover Special Forces units, known as the Musta'ribeen (Mista'arvim), have increased their activities against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The units are responsible for the arrest and assassination of Palestinian resistance members wanted by the Israeli occupation authorities. For example, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) revealed ...

Helen Benedict (2019-04-23). The Greek Island That Became an Open-Air Prison for Refugees. thenation.com The Greek Island That Became an Open-Air Prison for Refugees...

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...

WSWS (2019-04-23). Responding to public outrage, FBI arrests leader of border militia which detained hundreds of migrants. wsws.org The arrest of border vigilante leader Larry Hopkins on Saturday is an effort by federal agents and CBP to publicly distance themselves from the right-wing militia groups with whom they routinely collaborate.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-23). Time for Serbia to Uphold Rights of Women with Disabilities. hrw.org | | A room in the Veternik Institution for children and adults with disabilities where 540 persons, including children with disabilities live. Up to eight people live in one room. | © 2015 Emina ƒÜerimoviƒá for Human Rights Watch | A recent review of Serbia finds that the government is failing to protect women with disabilities in institutions from violence. In its report, the UN...

RT (2019-04-23). 'Morning psycho': Scarborough embraces Trump's insulting nickname to mock president's Twitter rant. rt.com MSNBC host Joe Scarborough ridiculed Donald Trump's tweets attacking him and other critics in the media, culminating in a mocking chyron that read "Morning Psycho responds to faithful viewer" being shown to viewers.

RT (2019-04-23). Meghan McCain accuses Whoopi Goldberg of finding terrorism 'funny' in voting rights debate. rt.com The conversation on daytime talk show 'The View' descended into an unusually sharp shouting match after Meghan McCain had a rather emotional reaction to Bernie Sanders' comments about felons being allowed to vote.

commondreams (2019-04-23). Vanderbilt University Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Carey Wedler (2019-04-23). US-Russia Tensions Escalating Quickly. theantimedia.com The best way to oppose Trump is to oppose his aggressive foreign policy, which has real-life consequences for innocent people around the world. (FEE) — Establishment media and politicians began to sound the alarm on fake news after Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, blaming deception and ignorance for his victory. But as much as ...

plenglish (2019-04-23). Lebanon and Cuba explore Options to Expand Trade. plenglish.com Beirut, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Lebanese Minister of Economy and Commerce, Mansour Bteish, and Cuba's ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Pellicer, today explored options to increase trade between the two countries.

WSWS (2019-04-23). New police crackdown in France as Macron to announce further austerity cuts. wsws.org At last Saturday's "yellow vest" protest, police were once again given free rein to violently assault and arrest protesters.

Tom Secker (2019-04-23). Documents Show FBI's Role In Producing Film On Mark Felt, Who Betrayed Bureau In Watergate Scandal. shadowproof.com The FBI contacted producers of "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House," even though no assistance was initially requested.

RT (2019-04-23). Blood-chilling video shows plane ROLL & PLUNGE INTO GROUND during take-off at Fullerton airport. rt.com Footage showing the terrifying moment when a small plane crashed during a failed takeoff attempt, at Fullerton Municipal Airport in Southern California, has surfaced online. The pilot was killed in the horrific incident.

NationAction (2019-04-23). Stop Trump's Military Interventions. thenation.com Stop Trump's Military Interventions...

IMEMC News (2019-04-23). Soldiers Assault Five Hunger Striking Detainees, Deny Them Lawyer Visits. imemc.org The Palestinian Commission of Detainees' Affairs has reported, Tuesday, that Israeli soldiers have assaulted five detainees, holding hunger strike, and continued to deny their lawyers the right to visits with them. The commission stated that the five detainees are holding hunger strike protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges ...

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...

Jane Cutter (2019-04-23). Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers resolution. liberationnews.org End U.S. support for the Saudi war; no to all U.S. military intervention in Yemen; U.S. out of the Middle East.

RT (2019-04-23). Measles outbreak set to smash 10-year yearly record in first months of 2019. rt.com Fines of $1,000, public space lockouts, school shutdowns and other drastic measures have failed to stop a measles outbreak in the US. Four months into this year, 626 cases have been registered and the record for one year is 667.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-23). Democrats and Progressives Grapple With How Best to Vanquish Trump: Impeach, Bold Ideas, or Both? commondreams.org "Just about every Democrat agrees that the Donald Trump presidency has been a nightmare, and that the sooner it ends the better. How we get there is less certain." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/impeach_trump.png...

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

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...

unitedEditor (2019-04-22). A dangerous global trend: far-right groups are arming themselves. uwidata.com Despite that humanity already finds itself under threat from broad existential problems like global climate change and its resulting natural disasters, human beings are nonetheless further complicating matters by violently fighting amongst themselves. Recent years have seen a growing trend of left-wing and right-wing radicals, of both religious and atheistic persuasions, beginning to take up ...

Staff (2019-04-22). From Multilateralism to the Old Policy of Power. therealnews.com Responses like xenophobia, nationalism and populism are not going to resolve existential threats, says Roberto Savio, explaining why he thinks multilateralism needs to make a strong comeback...

Mike Ervin (2019-04-22). Smart Ass Cripple: 'You Want Autism with That?'. progressive.org The extra dollars that customers give to White Castle go to Autism Speaks, which could be responsible for spreading the abject fear of autism that fuels the anti-vaccination crowd.

Bonpane Family (2019-04-22). Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing. liberationnews.org Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.

United Nations (2019-04-22). 'Do everything in your power to tackle climate change' UN chief urges on Mother Earth Day. un.org Marking International Mother Earth Day, the UN on Monday debated how best to build "an equitable and sustainable future" for all, through enhanced education and climate action, on the road to a key international summit on the issue due to take place in September.

Whitney Webb (2019-04-22). Modi Delivers Ironic "Peace Day" Message Netanyahu Borrowed from Hitler. mintpressnews.com Modi's speech regarding how only the "strong" are to be respected, while issuing an implicit threat of using nuclear weapons against enemies of the state, is strikingly similar to a speech given by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- an ally of Modi -- last September.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-22). Yemen: Houthi Landmines Kill Civilians, Block Aid. hrw.org | | A deminer works with children following him in Zuheiri, a town on the western coast. | © 2018 Private | (Beirut) — Houthi forces' widespread use of landmines along Yemen's western coast since mid-2017 has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and prevented aid groups from reaching vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today. Yemeni law and the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty ban all use of antipersonnel mines; anti-vehicle mines have been used ind...

Consortiumnews (2019-04-22). From Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, a Talk on Assange. consortiumnews.com Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria on Sunday delivered this talk about the Assange case to a group of activists who are living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington to stop the illegitimate government of Venezuela from taking it over. Video... Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-04-22). Dallas Goldtooth: Hold Banks Accountable for Financing Climate Chaos & Violating Indigenous Rights. democracynow.org As millions celebrate Earth Day around the globe, we speak with organizer Dallas Goldtooth about indigenous-led anti-pipeline activism in the United States. President Trump signed two executive orders earlier this month to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. This comes as climate activists have filed a federal lawsuit with t...

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-04-22). Iraq Hopes To Ease Saudi-Iranian Tensions. iranian.com To be sure, the conference of speakers of parliament in Baghdad on April 20 was an extraordinary event invested with heavy symbolism both in terms of Iraq's role in hosting the event as well as in terms of the invitees being limited to Iraq's six neighbours — Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Notionally restricted ...

David Dayen (2019-04-22). Nancy Pelosi's Drug-Pricing Talks With the Trump Administration Are About Mediating Fights Between Corporate Interests. theintercept.com Lobbyist Lauren Aronson has been working closely with a top Pelosi aide and in consultation with the Trump administration to find a drug-pricing compromise.

Colin Todhunter (2019-04-22). As the 2019 Indian General Election Takes Place, Are the Nation's Farmers Being Dealt a Knock-Out Blow? dissidentvoice.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 the ...

PKJTVMW (2019-04-22). VIDEO: Over one thousand rally in support of Stop & Shop workers on strike. liberationnews.org Support for the strike is growing rapidly...

ACLU (2019-04-22). Supreme Court Takes Cases of People Fired for Being LGBTQ. aclu.org The court will consider whether to take anti-discrimination protections away from LGBTQ people. | Can a business fire someone because they're LGBTQ? The Supreme Court will soon tell us. | After a funeral home outside Detroit fired Aimee Stephens because she is transgender, Aimee won a federal appeals court ruling that the firing violated the federal law barring sex discrimination in the workplace. After Don Zarda was fired from his job as a skydiving instr...

Consortiumnews (2019-04-22). Debunking the 'Assange is A Russian Agent' Smear. consortiumnews.com The narrative that Assange worked for or knowingly conspired with the Russian government is a hallucination of the demented Russia hysteria which has infected all corners of mainstream political discourse, says Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com Not even the... Read more →

Mehdi Hasan (2019-04-22). When Christians Are Under Attack, Muslims and the Left Need to Defend Them. theintercept.com The lethal bombings in Sri Lanka remind us that from the Middle East to parts of Asia and Africa, Christians face violence and repression.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-22). Sri Lankan Gov't Responds to Unprecedented Attacks with Surveillance, Social Media Blackout, Curfew. democracynow.org In one of the worst terrorist attacks to hit South Asia, Sri Lankan government officials say a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheed Jama'ath coordinated a series of eight bombings on Easter Sunday at churches and luxury hotels throughout the country. The attacks killed at least 290 people, injured more than 500 and left behind scenes of carnage and chaos. The government has apologized for not taking more preventative measures. Sri Lanka's telecommunications minister said a government memo circulated by Sri Lanka's top police official 10 days earlier warned of a possible attack, but that the...

Staff (2019-04-22). Modern Monetary Theory — A Debate: Gerald Epstein Responds (Pt 4/4). therealnews.com Gerald Epstein responds to Randall Wray's defense of MMT. Paul Jay hosts...

Staff (2019-04-22). Modern Monetary Theory — A Debate: Randall Wray (Pt 1/4). therealnews.com Randall Wray, one of the founders of the economic theory known as Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) lays out some of its main arguments. Paul Jay hosts...

Whitney Webb (2019-04-22). French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'. mintpressnews.com "[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." -- French Ambassador Gerard Araud...

Consortiumnews (2019-04-22). Ukraine: Why 'OU' Lost by a Landslide. consortiumnews.com The answer is clear if you read U.S. documents published by WikiLeaks in 2006, writes Kevin Zeese. By Kevin Zeese PopularResistance.org With his landslide victory, Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who won 73 percent of the vote, will become the president of... Read more →

Calvin Trillin (2019-04-22). Welcome Herman Cain. thenation.com Welcome Herman Cain...

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-22). In Rejecting Chelsea Manning's Appeal, Court Essentially Ignores All Arguments For Release From Jail. shadowproof.com The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal from Chelsea Manning, which challenged a district court's order that found her in civil contempt. | On March 8, a federal district court jailed Manning for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks. She was held in prolonged solitary confinement for around 27 days before authorities at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center moved her to general population. | Judges for the appeals court offered no explanation [ PDF] as to wh...

amnesty (2019-04-22). Call on Lebanon to protect migrant domestic workers. amnesty.org "For how many years have we been fighting the kafala system? Why can't they give us our rights?", a migrant domestic worker.: | Thousands of women from African and Asian countries leave their loved ones every year to work as domestic workers in Lebanon, in the hope of a better future. But on arrival, they end up excluded from the labour law and trapped under the kafala system. | The kafala system binds migrant workers to the same employer throughout their stay in Lebanon — meaning they could lose their legal residency if they quit or change jobs without the permission of the employer. This leaves th...

Jan-Werner Mºller (2019-04-22). Democracy's Midlife Crisis. thenation.com Democracy's Midlife Crisis...

Whitney Webb (2019-04-22). On Earth Day, Remembering the US Military's Toxic Legacy. mintpressnews.com On Earth Day, MintPress brings you a piece originally published last May, on the U.S. Department of Defense's toxic legacy throughout the world. The DoD produces more hazardous waste than the five largest U.S. chemical companies combined.

Jon Wiener (2019-04-22). David Cay Johnston: What Is Trump Hiding in His Tax Returns? thenation.com David Cay Johnston: What Is Trump Hiding in His Tax Returns?

United Nations (2019-04-22). Traditional knowledge at 'core' of indigenous heritage, and 'must be protected', says UN Forum. un.org Traditional knowledge is at the core of indigenous identity, culture and heritage around the world, the chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said at the annual event's opening day on Monday, stressing that it "must be protected".

Tasnim News (2019-04-22). Iran, Pakistan To Form Joint Military Force At Border. iranian.com Iran and Pakistan have agreed to set up a joint rapid reaction unit along the common border to combat terrorism, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday. Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan in Tehran, the Iranian president said the two neighbors have agreed on plans to enhance security ...

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-04-22). Redacted's Karavani Aims Her Water Cannon at Nestle and Its Poland Spring Water Fraud. mintpressnews.com "Is [Nestl's] Poland Spring the same as your sink water? No. It's worse. One or more of the company's wells are near present or former human waste dump, landfill, or similar site."

Staff (2019-04-22). Modern Monetary Theory — A Debate: Randall Wray Responds (Pt 3/4). therealnews.com Randall Wray rebuts Gerald Epstein's criticisms of Modern monetary Theory. Paul Jay hosts...

Fight Back (2019-04-22). It's Lenin's birthday, and here is what he had to say. fightbacknews.org To mark the April 22, 1870 birthday of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, Fight Back News Service is circulating the following excerpt from his 1918 book, The State and Revolution. | The "Withering Away" of the State, and Violent Revolution | Engels' words regarding the "withering away" of the state are so widely known, they are often quoted, and so clearly reveal the essence of the customary adaptation of Marxism to opportunism that we must deal with them in detail. We shall quote the whole argument from which they are taken. | "The proletariat seizes from state power and turns the means of production into st...

Jessica Leyba (2019-04-22). AZ legislators move to shutdown progressive teachers 'political speech'. liberationnews.org HB 2032 broadly threatens Arizona teachers accused of using "political speech" with "the intent of influencing or changing a student's political ideology" with a $5,000 fine, which amounts to 10 percent of the average teacher salary in Arizona.

unitedEditor (2019-04-22). Sri Lanka, Notre Dame, Macedonia, Mueller report. uwidata.com Sri Lanka terror attack On April 21, at least 321 people, including more than 38 foreigners, were killed in the terrorist attacks on the island. About 500 more people were injured. These attacks were the bloodiest in the last 10 years, since the end of the civil war. Explosions thundered on Easter Sunday in churches and ...

Nick Turse (2019-04-22). The US Military is Blackballing Journalists. thenation.com The US Military is Blackballing Journalists...

Josh Hoxie (2019-04-22). We Can Fix the Nation's Racial Wealth Gap. progressive.org The divide is much bigger than most people suppose. It's also fixable.

RT (2019-04-22). Chelsea Manning to stay in jail after federal court rejects appeal. rt.com A federal appeals court has struck down whistleblower Chelsea Manning's bid to be released from jail, where she has been held indefinitely after refusing to testify to a grand jury probe into WikiLeaks.

Erin Schwartz (2019-04-22). Harmony Korine's Baffling Florida-Man Story. thenation.com Harmony Korine's Baffling Florida-Man Story...

Staff (2019-04-22). Modern Monetary Theory — A Debate: Gerald Epstein (Pt 2/4). therealnews.com Gerald Epstein outlines his criticisms of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Paul Jay hosts...

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-22). Protect the Venezuelan Embassy from Illegal Seizure! liberationnews.org We are calling all people from around the country to come to the Venezuelan Embassy on Wednesday, April 24 and stay there in protection of it.

Al Neal (2019-04-22). And they're off: California changes horse whipping rules. peoplesworld.org It is a sound akin to thunder. Followed by the hoots, howls, and cheers as loud as a barreling freight train bellowing from the racetrack stands. With the scent of a mint julep in one hand, a paper fan or event program in the other, topped off by wearing Sunday's best—"Southern Belle" wide-brim hats and ...

John Nichols (2019-04-22). Elizabeth Warren's Constitutional Read of the Mueller Report Led Her to Call for Impeachment. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren's Constitutional Read of the Mueller Report Led Her to Call for Impeachment...

Ben Ehrenreich (2019-04-22). It's Time to Pay Our Climate Debt to Countries Like Mozambique. thenation.com It's Time to Pay Our Climate Debt to Countries Like Mozambique...

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-22). With US on the Warpath, Iran's Press TV the Latest Target for Google's Political Censorship. mintpressnews.com Iran finds itself in the crosshairs of social-media censorship, along with a number of other countries that are, incidentally or not, in the crosshairs of the U.S. State Department.

RT (2019-04-22). Vanishing plane sends authorities on hours-long search near North Carolina airport. rt.com A small plane that went missing earlier on Monday during what was supposed to be a 15-minute flight has been found after it crashed in Rowan County, North Carolina, near the airport where it took off.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-22). North Korea Pleads for Food Aid as Trump Sanctions Noose Tightens. mintpressnews.com As much as Trump likes to rail against the failed policies of his predecessor, he seems to be mimicking them, using North Korea's food shortages as leverage to force the country to denuclearize, a move that DPRK believes would bring about only a swifter death.

amnesty (2019-04-22). Sri Lanka: Attacks another grim reminder of the need to tackle hate. amnesty.org Spokespersons available to take media interviews | The shocking Sunday morning bombing attacks targeting churches and hotels in three cities in Sri Lanka resulting in more than 290 deaths and leaving more than 500 people injured, is yet another grim wake-up call to the intolerance and hatred surging through societies across the world, Amnesty International said today. | "Amnesty International stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in its time of grief and we extend our deepest sympathy to the victims, to their family, friends and communities. Our hearts go out to all the people of Sri Lanka and we call on t...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-22). Headlines for April 22, 2019. democracynow.org Easter Sunday Attacks Kill Nearly 300 Across Sri Lanka, House Judiciary Chair Subpoenas Unredacted Mueller Report, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls on Congress to Impeach President Trump, Afghanistan: 10 Killed in Suicide Attack as Taliban Peace Talks Collapse, Libya Death Toll Climbs to 227 as Trump Backs Renegade General, Hundreds of Thousands of Algerians March Demanding Democratic Reforms, Thousands March on Morocco's Parliament, Demanding Release of Political Prisoners, Sudan Protest Leaders End Talks with Ruling Military Council, Volodymyr Zelensky, Who Played a President on TV, Elected to Lead Ukraine, France:...

Oil Price (2019-04-22). Saudi Arabia, Iraq Prepared To Reverse Oil Production Cuts. iranian.com Saudi Arabia is ready to start pumping more oil if the United States indeed ends the sanction waivers they granted eight Iranian oil importers last November, Reuters reports, citing a source that remained unnamed. However, the source added that Riyadh will not rush into a reversal of the cuts. It will first examine the effect of ...

Austyn Ross (2019-04-22). 2019 NAACP Convention in Detroit Announces Diversity Career Fair. naacp.org The NAACP has announced it will feature a Diversity Career Fair as part of the 110th NAACP National Convention in Detroit, Michigan July 20-24 at Cobo Center. The NAACP Diversity Career Fair will be held on July 23 from 12pm — 6pm and will be open to NAACP delegates as well as the entire community. ...

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-22). Ukraine: Why "OU" Lost by a Landslide. mintpressnews.com With his landslide victory, Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who won 73 percent of the vote, will become the president of Ukraine. Understanding how this occurred becomes easy when people review U.S. government documents published by WikiLeaks about outgoing President Petro Poroshenko. | Who is "OU?" Our Ukraine. | In a classified diplomatic cable from 2006 released by WikiLeaks, U.S. officials refer to Poroshenko as "Our Ukraine (OU) insider Petro Poroshenko." Our Ukraine has been in the...

United Nations (2019-04-22). Monday's Daily Brief: Earth Day, looking for a solution to Libya crisis, focus on indigenous issues, Security Council on Sri Lanka, a high-level visit to Bangladesh. un.org Top news for Monday include: the celebration of International Mother Earth Day, efforts by the UN to push for a political solution to the Libyan crisis, the opening of the annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Security Council's condemnation of the Sri Lanka attacks, and an upcoming UN high-level mission to Bangladesh to highlight the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees settled there.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-22). Another Thing That Distinguishes Us From Corporate Media. consortiumnews.com We are absolutely free of charge to read. But dig down deep if you love us. Please contribute to our Spring Fund Drive. Graphic by Dino Zonic. Read more →

RT (2019-04-22). FBI accuses migrant-hunting militia leader of training to 'ASSASSINATE' Soros, Clinton & Obama. rt.com The leader of a militia group known for detaining migrants at the US border has been accused of plotting the assassination of former US President Barack Obama and other key Democratic Party figures, the FBI said in court papers.

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-22). Ukraine: Why "OU" Lost By A Landslide. dissidentvoice.org Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) speaks with presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky (R) during a presidential election debate at Olimpiyski stadium in Kiev on April 19, 2019 (Photo by Sergei CHUZAVKOV AFP, Getty Images) With the landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelensky, who won 73 percent of the vote, the comedian will become the president of Ukraine. Understanding ...

amnesty (2019-04-21). الإمارات العربية المتحدة: معلومات إضافية: الإفراج عن صحفي أردني: تيسير سلمان النجار. amnesty.org في 12 فبراير/شباط 2019، أُفرج عن الصحفي والشاعر الأردني تيسير سلم&y...

John Andrews (2019-04-21). Let It Burn. dissidentvoice.org I admit to feeling a slight sense of sadness watching the images of flames soaring from the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, but once it was reported that no one had been seriously hurt, my slight sense of sadness quickly gave way to a feeling of pleasure. My slight sadness was because part of me ...

Emerson Cheney (2019-04-21). #JusticeForStephanieAndPaul: Four days of protests against police terror in CT. liberationnews.org Liberation News on the scene at ongoing protests in Connecticut against police violence.

Adriaan Alsema (2019-04-21). At least 10 killed in southwest Colombia landslide. colombiareports.com At least 10 people were killed in a landslide in southwest Colombia. Authorities said Sunday they were still inquiring if people were missing. The landslide occurred early Sunday morning in...

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-21). Solidarity With Venezuela Now! Protect The Embassy. dissidentvoice.org Activists gather in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC in March, 2019. We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here ...

Alice Speri (2019-04-21). Baltimore Police Tried to Kill Keith Davis Jr. Prosecutors Have Been Trying to Convict Him of Murder Ever Since. theintercept.com In a case of mistaken identity, Baltimore police fired 44 shots at Keith Davis Jr., hitting him three times. He now faces his fourth trial for murder.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-21). Burning Gothic: Reflections on Notre-Dame de Paris. dissidentvoice.org But no matter the destruction, the spirit of what it means to be a cathedral can and does survive such catastrophes. — Becky Clark, Church of England director of cathedrals and church buildings, April 17, 2019 The destruction of the sacred will engender moving responses. But the scope, and the particularity of that response varies. ...

United Nations (2019-04-21). UN, world leaders, condemn Sri Lanka terrorist attacks targeting churches, hotels, which leave more than 200 dead. un.org More than 200 have been killed and hundreds injured by a series of explosions inside churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as Christians gathered for services to celebrate Easter. In a statement, UN chief Antnio Guterres said he was "outraged by the terror attacks" and called for the perpetrators to be "swiftly brought to justice".

Paul Haeder (2019-04-21). Climate Chaos Coming to You Streaming on Netflix. dissidentvoice.org To reverse the effects of civilization would destroy the dreams of a lot of people. There's no way around it. We can talk all we want about sustainability, but there's a sense in which it doesn't matter that these people's dreams are based on, embedded in, intertwined with, and formed by an inherently destructive economic ...

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-21). China: 'Belt and Road' Projects Should Respect Rights. hrw.org | | Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman speaks during the inaugural Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing Sunday, May 14, 2017. | © 2019 Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP | (New York) — The Chinese government should ensure the projects it finances or engages in under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) respect human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 25-27, 2019, President Xi Jinping will host heads of state and inte...

Staff (2019-04-21). Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History — Jay and Curry. therealnews.com The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump's regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling — former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman...

AMNMHR (2019-04-21). Police, Boston Marathon put people experiencing homelessness on the run. liberationnews.org Housing for all, NOW!

Howie Hawkins (2019-04-20). Earth Day, Planetary Boundaries, and the Green New Deal. dissidentvoice.org As we celebrate Earth Day in 2019, we need to recognize that more than climate change threatens our environment and our very existence. We have passed or are approaching several Planetary Boundaries outside of which human society may not survive. Environmental scientists have developed the concept of Planetary Boundaries to identify Earth system processes that ...

United Nations (2019-04-20). 5 world-changing ideas: our top picks for World Creativity and Innovation Day. un.org A low-cost, tiny home that provides everything you need. A boat made of recycled plastic and flip-flops. Vaccine-delivery drones... As the planet marks World Creativity and Innovation Day on Sunday, we've selected our favorite ideas to light up the way to a better future for all, across several sectors.

Jon Schwarz (2019-04-20). The Best Hot Take on the Mueller Report Is From 1796. theintercept.com Washington called all of this in his prescient Farewell Address as he left office. As he feared, the spirit of party has overwhelmed the U.S. political system.

United Nations (2019-04-20). Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali 'may constitute war crimes' Guterres warns, urging 'swift action'. un.org An improvised roadside mine which exploded hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali, killing one 'blue helmet' from Egypt, and wounding four others, may constitute a war crime, the UN Chief said on Saturday, as senior UN officials condemned the blast.

Natasha Lennard (2019-04-20). Why Philly's Reformist Prosecutor Finally Supports Letting Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal Go Forward. theintercept.com Activists were angry when Philly DA Larry Krasner initially objected to Mumia Abu-Jamal's path to a new appeal, but Krasner changed course last week.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-20). Egypt: Constitutional Amendments Entrench Repression. hrw.org | | People walk past a banner supporting proposed amendments to the Egyptian constitution with a poster of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. | © 2019 AP Images/Amr Nabil | (Beirut) — The Egyptian government should withdraw proposed constitutional amendments that will consolidate authoritarian rule, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. The amendments will undermi...

John Shafthauer (2019-04-20). The week in satire Vol. #115. thecanary.co And what a week it was!A week in which I'm struggling to get this finished in time for the bank holiday, so without further ado! The right reacts to Labour's poll lead with trademark rationality: by John ShafthauerDespite having much of the media against it, Labour has taken a big lead in the polls. These things tend to go up and down, but...

Evan Jones (2019-04-20). The Coalition of the US Justice Department and GE against Alstom. dissidentvoice.org France doesn't know it, but we are at war with the US. ... Yes, the Americans are hard-nosed, they are voracious, they want unilateral global dominance. It is an unknown war, an ongoing war, with no apparent deaths and yet a war to the death. — Franßois Mitterand A Frenchman called Frdric Pierucci, with co-author ...

Adriaan Alsema (2019-04-20). Popayan, one of Colombia's most sacred sites. colombiareports.com Popayan is arguably the most important city during Colombia's Easter celebrations, but is also stunningly beautiful and has a fascinating history. The 481-year-old city is currently the capital of the...

Consortiumnews (2019-04-20). The US Should Get Ready for King Mohammed bin Salman. consortiumnews.com Riyadh finds it outrageous that American lawmakers are trying to meddle in Saudi Arabia's succession, writes Giorgio Cafiero. By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News Since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2,... Read more →

Staff (2019-04-20). Canada is Warming at Twice the Rate of the Globe, Says New Report. therealnews.com Greenpeace Canada analyst hopes study serves as a wake-up call for Trudeau government, but says "You can't wake up a man who's only pretending to be asleep" on climate change...

Dan Lieberman (2019-04-20). Whom Did Tax Reform Benefit? dissidentvoice.org Characterizations of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have followed agendas — its opponents maintaining it is a bill for the wealthy, and its supporters arguing that the bill fairly satisfies all economic levels. A previous article, Failure of Trump Tax Cuts, analyzed the effects of the Tax cuts on the economy and showed that ...

unitedEditor (2019-04-20). Ekrem İmamoğlu declared Mayor of Istanbul 17 days after the election. uwidata.com Having finally completed all the necessary recount protocols and with all votes tallied, Turkish opposition figure Ekrem İmamoğlu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) confirmed his victory in Istanbul's mayoral elections. Thus ended a 17-day appeal process complete with a full recount in a number of constituencies. Victory by a narrow margin Looking at ...

Steve Topple (2019-04-20). CanaryPod: Topple Uncaged meets... Lowkey. thecanary.co Welcome to #ToppleUncaged! Every week, The Canary will be bringing you a new podcast on the media landscape; hosted by me, Steve Topple. In a special episode, ... | Read more CanaryPod: Topple Uncaged meets... Lowkey | By Steve Topple

Adriaan Alsema (2019-04-20). Colombia's VP admits black magic poses threat on Venezuela's opposition leader. colombiareports.com Colombia's vice-president on Friday admitted that black magic is posing a threat on Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido. Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez responded to an article published on Venezuelan...

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-20). Russia warns Bolton: "Monroe Doctrine" Remarks are Insulting to Latin America. dissidentvoice.org What is the 'Monroe Doctrine'? In brief, it is a document which defines the entire Western Hemisphere as a 'backyard' of the United States. It 'philosophically' justifies Washington's neo-colonialism, and the most barbaric coups it has been triggering, as well as covered and open interventions in the Caribbean, and in Central and South America. And ...

T.J. Coles (2019-04-20). The Iron Fist of "Free Trade" dissidentvoice.org President Donald Trump is against the big, multilateral "free trade" deals (which have little to do with trade) supported by so-called "liberal elites" (who are not really liberal), like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Such deals include the Trans-Pacific Partnership, from which Trump withdrew, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which appears to be ...

ACLU (2019-04-20). Marijuana Legalization Is a Racial Justice Issue. aclu.org When it comes to legalizing weed, economic justice for communities of color must be our guiding principle. | Marijuana has been a key driver of mass criminalization in this country and hundreds of thousands of people, the majority of whom are Black or Latinx, have their lives impacted by a marijuana arrest each year. But the tide is turning a...

Peter Koenig (2019-04-20). Venezuela: Still on the Brink? dissidentvoice.org The silence is almost deafening. Is it the quiet before the storm? Or is the US giving up on Venezuela? I don't think so. It's more like a regrouping after a first defeat. Well, it's a multiple defeat if we start counting since the failed coup attempt against Hugo Chavez on 11 April 2002. However, ...

Fight Back (2019-04-19). U of MN protesters outnumber attendees at Jeff Sessions talk. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN - Both Donald Trump and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Minnesota, April 15, and both were met with protest and disruption upon arrival. Trump spoke outside of a truck equipment company in the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville and was met by activists denouncing his anti-immigrant policies and defending progressive Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | Jeff Sessions was met with even larger crowds as protesters outnumbered attendees at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, where he was slated to speak to a "sold out" crowd, but which ultimately had fewer than one-thir...

Ed Sykes (2019-04-19). If there was any doubt the mainstream media was an elitist guard dog, its Red Cross coverage should put that doubt to rest. thecanary.co If there was any remaining doubt that mainstream Western media outlets were acting as a guard dog for the interests of the rich and ... | Read more If there was any doubt the mainstream media was an elitist guard dog, its Red Cross coverage should put that doubt to rest | By Ed Sykes

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

ACLU (2019-04-19). Georgia Police Made Me Remove a Protest Button Because it Had the Word 'Fuck' On it. aclu.org I have a First Amendment right to express my anger about Georgia's proposed abortion ban through peaceful protest. | As a concerned citizen, I have visited the Georgia capitol many times to talk with our lawmakers about various issues. While recently advocating against a particularly harmful piece of legislation — House Bill 481, which would, if signed into law, effectively ban all abortion in Georgia — I found myself caught up in a debate over my First Amendment right to speak freely. | On March 7, 2019, I was at the capitol to express my concerns regarding the bill. Planned Parenthood was one o...

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

Beyond Prisons (2019-04-19). Beyond Prisons: Native Feminisms feat. Dr. Kimberly Robertson. shadowproof.com Kim Wilson interviews Dr. Kimberly Robertson on her work on Native feminisms and practices, use of beadwork and zine making to generate knowledge, and the uncompensated emotional labor of Black and women of color in the academy and liberatory work. | Kimberly Robertson is a citizen of the Mvskoke nation, an artivist, scholar, teacher, and mother who works diligently to employ Native feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in her hustle to fulfill the dreams of her ancestors and to build a world in which her daughters can thrive. | She was born in Bakersfield, CA and currently lives on unceded Tongva lands...

Staff (2019-04-19). The Untold Story of the Nation's Biggest School Cheating Scandal (1/3). therealnews.com Authors Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton say the Atlanta school cheating scandal resulted in black educators being scapegoated for the failures of policymakers...

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

Shawgi Tell (2019-04-19). No More Charter Schools in New York State. dissidentvoice.org With a straight face, many millionaires, some media outlets, and Governor Andrew Cuomo are once again righteously demanding an increase in the number of privately-run but publicly-funded charter schools permitted in the State, specifically in New York City where these deregulated schools have run amuck. And again, instead of holding the neoliberal State accountable for ...

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

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

Liberation Staff (2019-04-19). The price of profit: Declining benefits, rising discontent lead to Stop & Shop strike. liberationnews.org According to UFCW Local 919, Stop & Shop has lost $20 million a day during the strike.

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

United Nations (2019-04-19). More than 3,400 classrooms damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, says UN Children's Fund. un.org More than 305,000 children in Mozambique are losing out on lessons at school since the devastating floods caused by Cyclone Idai, which struck southeast Africa just over a month ago.

Staff (2019-04-19). The Baltimore Uprising: Four Years Later. therealnews.com On Wednesday evening, Tawanda Jones stood with friends and family and told a crowd about her brother, Tyrone West, just as she has done every week since his death in July 2013. | She recounted how on July 18, 2013, West was stopped by Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers and Morgan State University police, pulled out of his car, grabbed, beaten, pepper-sprayed and tased—dead in police custody. | "That's what happened to my brother—modern day slavery, modern day lynching," Jones said. | Behind her, there used to be a Confederate statue—...

Fight Back (2019-04-19). New England Stop & Shop workers hold the line. fightbacknews.org Holoke, MA - On the sixth day of an ongoing strike, a picket line of 40 workers, union families, and supporters faced a sparse parking lot at the Lincoln Street Stop & Shop in Holyoke. The strike was called by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) earlier this week in response to Stop & Shop's efforts to strongarm severe cuts within the proposed contract. According to Local 1459, these cuts include a shift to 401K away from pensions, inadequate wage compensation and attacks on the health benefits of workers. | | Positioned at both entrances of the supermarket in equal numbers, the strikers encouraged the...

James Risen (2019-04-19). William Barr Misled Everyone About the Mueller Report. Now Democrats Are Calling for His Resignation. theintercept.com Instead of an honest reading of the Mueller report, Trump's attorney general distorted it. Now, Democrats are calling for his resignation.

splcenter (2019-04-19). Weekend Read: Cuban asylum seekers detained in Louisiana. splcenter.org Every day, tens of thousands of immigrants are locked behind bars in the United States. Many are detained for months, even years, far from their loved ones and communities.

Joyce Chediac (2019-04-19). Workers to Amazon: 'We are not robots!'. liberationnews.org Why should you support the Amazon workers in their fight for safety, dignity and a living wage.

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

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-19). House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Is Facing a Primary Challenge. theintercept.com Mckayla Wilkes, a 28-year-old administrative assistant, part-time student, and mother of two, has had enough. In late March, she announced that she was mounting a bid for Maryland's 5th Congressional District, aiming to unseat one of the oldest and most powerful Democratic members, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Wilkes is running on a host of progressive policies, but plans to put particular focus on Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and affordable housing. | A student of political science, Wilkes hasn't formerly been involved in politics before, but thinks t...

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

Fra Lockley (2019-04-19). Groundbreaking new theatre show brings a 90s band to life, even though it didn't exist. thecanary.co Endless is a new comedy show that explores the rise and fall of 'N: Dless', a fictional 90s dance group. It's sometimes hard to recall ... | Read more Groundbreaking new theatre show brings a 90s band to life, even though it didn't exist | By Fra Lockley

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

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the ...

Staff (2019-04-19). Cut Military Aid, Not Humanitarian Aid, to Reduce Refugee Numbers. therealnews.com Trump's announcement to cut humanitarian aid to Central America will not have much effect. It's the military aid that reinforces brutality in Guatemala and Honduras, says Prof. Adrienne Pine...

Robert Mackey (2019-04-19). Northern Ireland Mourns Lyra McKee, Journalist and LGBT Activist Shot at Nationalist Riot. theintercept.com Lyra McKee, a young writer and activist for LGBT rights, was killed by a bullet fired in the direction of police officers and journalists in Derry.

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

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

Paul Haeder (2019-04-19). To Bag or Not to Bag. dissidentvoice.org We're probably not the first time there's been a civilization in the universe," states Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester and the author of Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth. The idea that we're destroying the planet gives us way too much credit. Certainly, ...

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

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

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

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

United Nations (2019-04-19). UN condemns attack on Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo which left doctor dead, two others injured. un.org The UN has condemned an attack on an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday, which led to the death of a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO), and injured two others.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-19). Algeria: Police Renew Crackdown on Mass Protests. hrw.org | | Protesters confront police officers during a demonstration against the country's leadership, in Algiers, Friday, April 12, 2019. | © 2019 AP Images/Mosa'ab Elshamy | (Beirut, April 19, 2019) ≠ Algerian authorities have resumed forcibly dispersing peaceful demonstrations and arbitrarily detaining protesters in the capital, Algiers, Human Rights Watch said today. The government crackdown is an apparent attempt to curb the massive pro-democrac...

Consortiumnews (2019-04-19). 26th Vigil Held With Assange in Jail. consortiumnews.com The 26th Vigil for Julian Assange was held Friday with the latest news on the WikiLeaks founder and the Mueller Report. Watch it here. Read more →

ACLU (2019-04-19). We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan. aclu.org Money bail traps people of color in a maze that is not justice, and perpetuates mass incarceration and its racial disparities. | Imagine being poor and being arrested by the police in Detroit. You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with no money, you will remain in jail for up to 3 days before you can see a judge called a magistrate. | That's just the beginning of the harm visited on one of our clients in the 36th District Court in Detroit, Davontae Ross. He spent days behind bars because he couldn't afford to pay $200 of bail relating to a 5-year old ticket for allegedly staying in a park after...

CounterSpin (2019-04-19). Amee Chew on Philippines Under Duterte. fair.org Media...

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-19). DR Congo: Warlord's Conviction Reveals Trial Flaws. hrw.org | | Marcel Habarugira (center) poses for a photograph in Ngululu, 80 kilometers northwest of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2012. | © 2012 Michele Sibiloni/AFP/GettyImages | (Goma) — A Congolese military court's conviction of a warlord for the war crimes of rape and use of child soldiers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo showed serious shortcomings in the country's military justice system. The 15-year prison sentence for Marcel Habarugi...

Staff (2019-04-19). Is Baltimore City's Strong Mayor System Corrupting? Residents Weigh In. therealnews.com Residents engage with current and former city officials to discuss how to rebalance power at city hall to give the community real say in how Baltimore is governed...

Jake Kincaid (2019-04-18). Hundreds take part in Bogota "kissathon" in massive push-back against homophobia. colombiareports.com Hundreds of people gathered in front of one of Bogota's most exclusive malls for a "kissathon" to reject a recent case of discrimination against the LBGT community. Pro-LBGT flags, white...

splcenter (2019-04-18). Stalking Mosques and Trading Information, Back Woods Survivalist Squad Merges Anti-Islam Fever With Militia Tactics. splcenter.org Back Woods Survivalist Squad (BWSS), a group of Patriot movement extremists, has been using Facebook to coordinate surveillance on mosques around the country, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

United Nations (2019-04-18). Thursday's Daily Brief: impact of bad working conditions, Syria and Libya humanitarian news, human rights in Bahrain, families reunified in South Sudan. un.org Thursday's top news includes: A new report on the dangerous impact of stressful working conditions; the need to decongest Al Hol camp in Syria; a US$2 million allocation from the UN's emergency fund to ramp up the humanitarian response in Libya; human rights concerns over a mass terrorism trial in Bahrain; and 6,000 children reunited with their parents and caregivers in South Sudan.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "A Message from the Future with AOC": New Film Imagines World Transformed by the Green New Deal. democracynow.org As the push for the Green New Deal builds momentum in the United States, The Intercept has released a short illustrated video imagining a future shaped by the progressive environmental movement. It's titled "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The New York congressmember narrates the film to envision an America that has been transformed by the Green New Deal policies, including a just transition of jobs, Medicare for all, and a total overhaul of the country's energy system. The result is a vision of radical hope and transformation. The film features stunning artwork by award-winning illustra...

Staff (2019-04-18). Is Trump for Detente or Militarism? — RAI with Stephen Cohen (2/5). therealnews.com Trump's stated aim is to reduce tensions with Russia, but is it motivated by peaceful objectives or is it preparations for aggression towards Iran and China — Stephen Cohen joins host Paul Jay for a spirited discussion on Reality Asserts Itself...

Reese Erlich (2019-04-18). Foreign Correspondent: Can Wikileaks' Julian Assange Get a Fair Trial? progressive.org "I'm sure he's going to get a kangaroo court. I don't see the government allowing Assange to put on a vigorous defense."

John McEvoy (2019-04-18). The Canary spent three weeks in Venezuela. Here's what we saw. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. The Canary spent three weeks in Venezuela speaking to parts of the ... | Read more The Canary spent three weeks in Venezuela. Here's what we saw. | By John McEvoy

Jake Kincaid (2019-04-18). US congressmen visit Colombia to talk Venezuela, drugs and trade. colombiareports.com Ten United States congressmen traveled to Colombia on Wednesday to meet with President Ivan Duque to discuss counter-narcotics efforts and business, but primarily Venezuela. The followed clashes between the Colombian...

United Nations (2019-04-18). Stress, overtime, disease, contribute to 2.8 million workers' deaths per year, reports UN labour agency. un.org Stress, excessively-long working hours and disease, contribute to the deaths of nearly 2.8 million workers every year, while an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of their jobs, the UN labour agency, ILO, said on Thursday.

ACLU (2019-04-18). Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted. aclu.org The eviction of Beverley Somai for calling the police is part of a disturbing trend. | Last year, Beverley Somai learned a brutal truth that too many people across the country face: Calling the police can get you evicted. | In 2017, Ms. Somai and her adult disabled son moved to Bedford, Ohio, to seek housing stability and better educational and employment opportunities. However, a few months after settling in, Ms. Somai discovered that her neighbor played loud music at all hours of the night, making it impossible for her and her son to rest. Even worse, the neighbor began to intimidate Ms. Somai and her son by fo...

United Nations (2019-04-18). 'Vaccines are safe' and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign. un.org Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that "vaccines are safe, and they save lives".

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-18). Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them. theintercept.com Certain facts will never go away no matter how much media elites deny them. That Mueller charged no Americans with election conspiracy crimes is the most fatal.

amnesty (2019-04-18). Russie: Un militant ecologiste arrete risque la prison pour avoir manifeste pacifiquement. amnesty.org Les autorits russes ont engag des poursuites pnales contre Viatcheslav Egorov, militant cologiste et manifestant pacifique, et l'ont plac en rsidence surveille dans l'attente de son procs. Il fait actuellement l'objet d'une enqute pour avoir enfreint de faßon rpte les dispositions indment restrictives qui encadrent les rassemblements publics en Russie, au titre de l'article 212.1 du Code pnal russe.

amnesty (2019-04-18). Pakistan: My brother was killed for fighting for our rights. amnesty.org This blog is by Wrranga Luni, a Pashtun woman human rights defender from Pakistan, who pays tribute to her brother, Arman, a human rights defender who was killed after a protest in February 2019. At first, the police did not even let Arman's family file a police complaint. Now, they are still searching for justice. | My brother Arman Luni was never a quiet child. My mother tells me he would move her belongings all around the house, and hide in trees when she asked him about them. He loved soccer, almost as much as his family. He was mischievous, but always full of joy. | He used to call me his brother — bec...

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-18). Sudan: Heed Calls for Justice. hrw.org | | Omar al-Bashir greets his supporters at a rally in Khartoum, Sudan, on January 9, 2019. He was ousted on April 11. | © 2019 Mahmoud Hjaj/AP Photo | (Nairobi) — Sudan's transitional military council should uphold their commitments to human rights and justice for past crimes by transferring Omar al-Bashir, the deposed president, and other Sudanese fugitives to the International Criminal Court (ICC). ICC s...

Kate Aronoff (2019-04-18). Ways to Save the World. progressive.org If we really want to make a difference this Earth Day, we have to confront the problem of climate change at its source.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-18). NAACP BLASTS WOEFULLY DEFICIENT RELEASE OF MUELLER REPORT. naacp.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2019 CONTACTS: NAACP@sunshinesachs.com BALTIMORE — Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, issued the following statement regarding U.S. Attorney General William Barr's release of the redacted version of Special counsel Robert Mueller's report: "The report released today by Attorney General William Barr falls woefully short of what is owed to Congress and ...

Mark Fiore (2019-04-18). Barring the Mueller Report. progressive.org Barr does know we're talking about President Trump, right?

amnesty (2019-04-18). Iran: Release women's rights defenders detained for peacefully protesting against forced veiling. amnesty.org Iranian authorities must stop harassing, arresting and imprisoning women's rights defenders peacefully protesting against Iran's degrading and discriminatory forced veiling laws, and release those detained on this basis immediately and unconditionally, said Amnesty International today. | The organization has confirmed that two women's rights defenders, Yasmin Aryani and Monireh Arabshahi, have been detained in the past week and that a third activist, Vida Movahedi, who has been detained since October 2018, was sentenced to one year in prison last month for peacefully protesting against forced veiling. | Iran's in...

Joshua Cho (2019-04-18). Outlets Denounced as 'Enemies of People' Still Promote Trump's Anti-Immigrant Narratives. fair.org by Joshua Cho If you keep up with all the various xenophobic "crises" and "threats" propagated by corporate media—depicting the United States as an overwhelmed nation, besieged by teeming swarms of scheming foreigners intent on stealing jobs and seizing scarce public benefits from across the southern border—you'll recall that the United States has apparently been ...

Bryan Wall (2019-04-18). Nancy Pelosi angers Brexit supporters by saying trade with US at risk if Good Friday Agreement undermined. thecanary.co US speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has warned that Brexit could damage trade agreements between Britain and the US. She made the comments ... | Read more Nancy Pelosi angers Brexit supporters by saying trade with US at risk if Good Friday Agreement undermined | By Bryan Wall

Steve Topple (2019-04-18). Lowkey has dropped the most important album of the decade. thecanary.co Musician and activist Lowkey's latest album has lit up social media and streaming sites since its release on 5 April. Rightly so, because as ... | Read more Lowkey has dropped the most important album of the decade | By Steve Topple

United Nations (2019-04-18). Service and Sacrifice: Ugandan 'Blue Helmets' support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia. un.org A contingent of 530 Ugandan "Blue Helmets" (63 women, 467 men) is playing a crucial role in the United Nations' efforts to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. They make up the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU, that is tasked with protecting UN compounds in Mogadishu in order to assist the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) to carry out their mandate.

Janine Jackson (2019-04-18). 'Women Take Home Less Money Than They've Rightfully Earned' - CounterSpin interview with Deborah Vagins on the gender pay gap. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Deborah Vagins about the gender pay gap for the April 12, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media...

Eliza Egret (2019-04-18). Hunger strikes can work. That's why we need to get behind the hunger-striking Kurdish activists. thecanary.co Campaigners are calling on the public to spend Good Friday on hunger strike, in solidarity with thousands of Kurdish hunger strikers around the world. ... | Read more Hunger strikes can work. That's why we need to get behind the hunger-striking Kurdish activists. | By Eliza Egret

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-18). Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups'. thecanary.co 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has once again slammed US 'regime change' wars. The Iraq veteran tweeted out a video of her discussing ... | Read more Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups' | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Shelby Shoup (2019-04-18). Teaching in Florida: "Almost all of us work multiple jobs" liberationnews.org Florida schools are among some of the most underfunded in the United States, ranked 42nd nationally in education spending per-student, which hovers at a dismal $8,800; in comparison, per-inmate spending in the Florida Department of Corrections is about $19,000.

Staff (2019-04-18). Does The Center for American Progress Want to Stop Progressives In 2020? therealnews.com Is the Center for American Progress really interested in pushing bold progressive ideas for the American people, when they make questionable claims about America's favorite progressive candidate, Bernie Sanders? We discuss the issue with Mike Lux...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "We Can Be Whatever We Have the Courage to See": Molly Crabapple's Art Breathes Life Into Green New Deal. democracynow.org "We can be whatever we have the courage to see." That's the message of a stunning new video released by The Intercept, Naomi Klein and award-winning artist Molly Crabapple Wednesday that imagines a future shaped by the Green New Deal. It's called "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The film was co-written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself, along with Avi Lewis, the co-founder of The Leap. We speak with Avi Lewis and award-winning artist Molly Crabapple about the power of art to create social change.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Noam Chomsky: The Green New Deal Is Exactly the Right Idea. democracynow.org Supporters of the Green New Deal are launching a nationwide tour Thursday to build support for the congressional resolution to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Democracy Now! spoke with Noam Chomsky about the Green New Deal and the lessons of the old New Deal in Boston last week.

Rafael Moro Martins (2019-04-18). Secret IDB Proposal Would Give $48 Billion Infusion to Boost Venezuela's Economy — but Only After Regime Change. theintercept.com The plan would allow a new government to win over the public — while privatizing Venezuela's public assets.

amnesty (2019-04-18). 'I do not want to say I'm transgender, I'd rather just say I'm a woman'. amnesty.org Joey Mataele, 54, is an activist from Tonga who's faced abuse her entire life. As a 'leiti' — someone who is born a man but identifies as a woman — she's campaigning for change, so she can finally be recognised for who she really is; a brilliant, brave woman. | "I was bullied by teachers and students. On my way home, people would walk past and slap me on the back of my head or call me a faggot. I would get into fights. I was always fighting," remembers Joey Mataele, a prominent leiti activist from Tonga. | Joey grew up on the tropical Pacific Island of Tonga, known as the Friendly Islands because of t...

Robert Lowes (2019-04-18). Walgreens' New Level of Hypocrisy. progressive.org As it continues to sell cigarettes, the pharmacy chain is rolling out a new cosmetics program for cancer patients.

John McEvoy (2019-04-18). 'Out, traitor, out!' Ecuadorians respond to their government's betrayal of Julian Assange. thecanary.co Protests swept the Ecuadorian capital of Quito on 16 and 17 April, as thousands took to the streets in response to the Lenn Moreno ... | Read more 'Out, traitor, out!' Ecuadorians respond to their government's betrayal of Julian Assange. | By John McEvoy

amnesty (2019-04-18). Colombie: Des milliers de personnes ont besoin d'une protection urgente. amnesty.org Quelque 7 000 personnes appartenant aux communauts indignes et afro-colombiennes de Bojay, dans le Choc (ouest de la Colombie) sont exposes au risque de subir des dplacements forcs et de perdre la vie en raison de l'intensification, sur leur territoire, des hostilits entre le groupe de gurilla Arme de libration nationale (Ejrcito de Liberacin Nacional, ELN) et le groupe paramilitaire Forces d'autodfense Gaitanistas de Colombie (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia).

Fight Back (2019-04-18). New York legal services workers launch indefinite strike. fightbacknews.org New York, NY - Picket lines graced the sidewalks in front of Brooklyn and Staten Island courthouses this week, as the legal aid attorneys and staff of CAMBA Legal Services (CLS) launched an indefinite strike. The workers at CLS won their union in May of 2018, as part of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys — UAW 2325 (ALAA), and have been in contract negotiations with management ever since. | CLS is a wing of the larger CAMBA organization, which has multi-million dollar annual contracts with the city and the state to carry out real estate development and social services. The free legal services component...

unitedEditor (2019-04-18). Pete Buttigieg: Will a gay globalist take the 2020 US elections? uwidata.com In 2020, the next presidential elections will be held in the United States. Not long ago, the country elected its first black president, and in 2016, a woman, Hillary Clinton, came close to victory. The time has come to expand Overton's window even further: for the first time, a gay man may become the next ...

Sarah Aziza (2019-04-18). Trump's Veto on Yemen War Is a Sign That the Strongmen in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Are Winning. theintercept.com The veto, for all its cynical implications about the state of U.S. foreign policy, should also concern Americans at home.

James Risen (2019-04-18). Annotating Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Redacted Report. theintercept.com A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's " Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election," was released to Congress and the public by Attorney General William Barr on Thursday. The text of the report appears below, with redactions Barr said were made mainly "to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing upon ongoing investigations and criminal cases." | Intercept reporters are annotating the report in updates here t...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As Attorney General William Barr releases Robert Mueller's long-anticipated report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate."

United Nations (2019-04-18). As fighting in Libya escalates, so does number of children 'at imminent risk of injury or death'. un.org In and around Tripoli, an increasing number of children are "at imminent risk of injury or death" two senior United Nations officials warned on Thursday, citing a surge of aggression in crisis-torn Libya.

amnesty (2019-04-18). Colombia: Thousands in need of urgent protection: Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. amnesty.org 7,000 persons from Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities in Bojay, Choc (western Colombia) face live-threathening and forced displacement risk as the guerrilla National Liberation Army (Ejrcito de Liberacin Nacional, ELN) and the paramilitary group Gaitanistas Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia) are increasing hostilities in their territory. The communities of Unin Baquiaza, Union Cuit, Carrillo, Playita, Mesopotamia and Egorquera are at risk. In Choc several assassinations of community leaders recently occurred, and communities are constantly under threats from arm...

patrick (2019-04-18). Victory for Boycott HP Campaign: Netherlands Trade Union FNV Drops HP as Partner for its Member Offers. bdsmovement.net Victory for Boycott HP Campaign: Netherlands Trade Union FNV Drops HP as Partner for its Member Offers: UpdateMarking a significant victory for the Boycott HP campaign and the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV), the largest trade union of the Netherlands, with 1.1 million members, has dropped HP as a partner in their offers to thei...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Headlines for April 18, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report, John Bolton Praises Monroe Doctrine as U.S. Sanctions Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, New U.S. Sanctions to Target Remittances & Companies Doing Business in Cuba, North Korea Tests New Weapon, Rejects Role of U.S. Secretary of State, Trump Administration to End Reporting on Size of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, Former Peruvian President Alan Garca Dies by Suicide as Police Move In, Teen Who Threatened Colorado Schools Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot, Philadelphia DA Clears Path for Mumia Abu-Jamal to Appeal Murder Conviction, New York Grants Parole to Brink's Heist Ge...

amnesty (2019-04-18). Yemen: Catedrtico yemen, recluido en rgimen de incomunicacin. amnesty.org Youssef al-Bawab, catedrtico y personalidad poltica, se encuentra recluido en rgimen de incomunicacin en la Oficina de Seguridad Poltica de San desde el 2 de abril de 2019 y est gravemente expuesto a sufrir tortura. Se halla detenido desde el 20 de octubre de 2016. En abril de 2017 fue acusado de delitos punibles con la muerte.

unitedEditor (2019-04-18). Donald Trump: Mister Turmoil himself. uwidata.com Since he was elected president of the United States in 2016, Donald Trump has created endless problems on the international scene. Does being a world superpower mean trampling the rest of the world? In Trump's case, this certainly seems to be the case. President Trump, Mr. Turmoil himself, has continuously caused issues both at home ...

amnesty (2019-04-18). 22 diverse voices to follow on Twitter this Earth Day. amnesty.org This year conversations around the need for urgent climate action have exploded across social media. Propelled in large parts by the voices of women and girls, including the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg, people all over the world are connecting the dots between climate change, ecological breakdown and human rights. | But while in reality the environmental movement has always been a truly diverse one made up of people from all walks of life standing up for their communities and those most impacted, such diversity has not always been sufficiently visible. | It is important to remember that a...

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-18). Iran: Release Anti-Compulsory Hijab Activists. hrw.org | | Iranian women wearing hijab walk down a street in the capital Tehran on February 7, 2018. A spate of unprecedented protests against Iran's mandatory headscarves for women have been tiny in number, but have still reignited a debate that has preoccupied the Islamic republic since its founding. | © 2018 ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities should release and quash the convictions of all activists who have been prosecuted f...

United Nations (2019-04-18). 'Foreign children' in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official. un.org Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless "foreign children" at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday.

Eliza Egret (2019-04-18). Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid'. thecanary.co Thursday 18 April is sports giant Puma's annual general meeting. But while the company's directors and investors celebrate annual growth, a Twitter-storm is taking ... | Read more Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid' | By Eliza Egret

Mehdi Hasan (2019-04-18). Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It. theintercept.com The White House on April 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. | mendacious Attorney General William Barr, and his repeated — and repeatedly dishonest — attempts to summarize and spin the special counsel's report prior to publication. | You now have access to the report itself, and even the " amnesty (2019-04-18). Ejecuciones de personas que eran menores de edad en el momento del delito desde 1990 hasta abril de 2019. amnesty.org Hay pases que siguen ejecutando a personas que eran menores de 18 aos en el momento del delito a pesar de que el derecho internacional de los derechos humanos prohbe la aplicacin de la pena de muerte en tales casos. El nmero de esas ejecuciones es reducido en comparacin con el total de ejecuciones anuales registradas por Amnista Internacional, Sin embargo, su importancia va ms all de las cifras y pone en cuestin el compromiso de respetar el derecho internacional por parte de los Estados ejecutores.

Jake Jacobs (2019-04-17). A Testing Debacle in New York May Foreshadow a National Trend. progressive.org The discord and confusion in the state, which has the highest test refusal rate in the nation, was compounded by a large online system crash almost immediately after testing began April 2.

unitedEditor (2019-04-17). Notre Dame Cathedral: what Europe lost. uwidata.com On the evening of April 15, the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris erupted into flames. The Catholic church was one of the central attractions of the city and one of the most important historical and architectural treasures of the world. The fire most likely began on the scaffolding which had been erected for restoration work on ...

ACLU (2019-04-17). Armed Bounty Hunters Raided Our Clients' Home to Prevent Private Companies From Losing $1,670. aclu.org The for-profit bail industry condones trauma and incentivizes violence to improve its bottom line. | Around 9: 20 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2017, Eugene Mitchell, Shayleen Meuchell, and their four-year-old daughter were in bed at their home in Lolo, Montana, when they heard a violent crash. "It sounded like a truck had driven straight into our house," Mitchell later said. In a surreal flash, armed bounty hunters kicked in the front door, broke into the bedroom, pointed assault rifles and pistols at the family, and shouted at them not to move. | The bounty hunters terrorized the Montana family. But the trauma and h...

ACLU (2019-04-17). South Dakota Can't Silence Our Protest Against the Keystone XL Pipeline. aclu.org The "Riot-Boosting" Act Constitutes Self-Censorship and a Loss of our First Amendment Rights. | This piece originally appeared at NDN Collective. | For Indigenous Peoples in South Dakota, the land is more than just the ground beneath our feet. | We believe in and act upon the notion that people, nature, society and all living things are interconnected, in relation to one another, and operate as a system. Our Indigenous cultures have taught us through our languages, stories a...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). ICC Makes "Dangerous Decision" to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure. democracynow.org The International Criminal Court has announced it will not investigate possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the United States and other actors in Afghanistan. The court suggested the U.S.'s lack of cooperation with the investigation was behind the decision. Earlier this month, the U.S. revoked the visa of the ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. A 2016 report by the ICC accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report also accused the CIA of subjecting at least 27 prisoners to torture, including rape, at CIA prison sites in A...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). Extinction Rebellion: Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell's U.K. HQ. democracynow.org Extinction Rebellion. That's the name of the movement shutting down Central London this week in a series of direct actions, as activists close bridges, occupy public landmarks and even superglue themselves to buildings to demand urgent action to combat climate change. Police have arrested more than 300 people so far, and the protests are continuing. Today, activists have halted trains at Canary Wharf—a financial hub of the city—with two protesters climbing a train car and another supergluing his hand to a train window. We speak to Clare Farrell, one of the co-founders of the environmental action group...

Lee Fang (2019-04-17). Democratic 2020 Candidates Promised to Reject Lobbyist Donations, but Many Accepted the Cash Anyway. theintercept.com Many major Democratic presidential candidates pledged not to take special-interest money — but, with a raft of loopholes, the money is still pouring in.

ACLU (2019-04-17). There's No Such Thing as a Right Not to Be Called a Nazi. aclu.org Gavin McInnes' attempt to silence those who have every right to call him out for his bigoted views should fall flat. | For years, Gavin McInnes has spewed bigoted views on everything from race and religion to gender and immigration. He has described a transgender person as "...

Fight Back (2019-04-17). Minnesota protests Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry during his visit to the state. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN - President Trump came to Minnesota on Tax Day, April 15, to tout the alleged success of the Republican tax cut bill. He came to Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville, a Twin Cities suburb, to hold a roundtable discussion about his tax policy. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) initiated a coalition protest, which included the MN Anti-War Committee and Women Against Military Madness, to rally outside of Nuss Truck and Equipment to challenge the president. | Although the president was in Minnesota to talk about his tax policy, the topic of the day was his recent attacks on Represe...

United Nations (2019-04-17). Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report. un.org Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan's State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an "encouraging reduction" in the level of abuse since 2016.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). Libyan Humanitarian Crisis Worsens as Over 170 Killed, 18K Displaced in Warlord Assault on Tripoli. democracynow.org At least four people died in heavy shelling on Tuesday in the capital city of Tripoli. According to the United Nations, over 170 people have been killed and 750 injured since a Libyan warlord launched an assault on Tripoli on April 5. The fighting pits the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord against a militia led by former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, who already controls much of eastern Libya. The Libyan government has accused the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt of funding and arming Haftar, who has dual U.S.-Libyan citizenship. Meanwhile, Qatar has called for the enforcement of an arms emba...

Alan MacLeod (2019-04-17). 'Purity Tests': How Corporate Media Describe Progressives Standing Up for Principles. fair.org Barack Obama (HuffPost, 6/4/19) accused progressives of "shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues." | The Democratic primaries are heating up, and dozens of candidates representing all manner of political positions have entered the ring hoping to be the party's 2020 presidential nominee. One notable feature of the race is the strong presence of progressive candidates, a sign of the rising influence of the left in the party. | This phenomenon has many in the establishm...

Robert Mackey (2019-04-17). Nancy Pelosi Takes Control of U.S. Foreign Policy on Brexit With Stark Warning to U.K. theintercept.com In Dublin, Nancy Pelosi said Congress would block any trade deal with the U.K. if the British exit from the EU threatens the peace in Northern Ireland.

United Nations (2019-04-17). Violence on the rise in Darfur following Sudan military takeover, but UN-AU peacekeeping mission maintains 'robust posture'. un.org Security across the volatile Darfur region of Sudan has deteriorated since last week's military takeover in Khartoum, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday, but the peacekeeping mission in Darfur has "remained vigilant" in the face of rising violence.

United Nations (2019-04-17). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Sudan, Libya, Yemen updates, solutions for e-waste, flood response in Iran, online security for children. un.org At the top of the news agenda on Wednesday: updates on violence in Sudan's Darfur and in Libya, how e-waste can become an employment opportunity, help for the 2 million affected by floods in Iran, and efforts to make the internet safer for children.

United Nations (2019-04-17). Libya: Heavy shelling and civilian deaths 'blatant violation' of international law - UN envoy. un.org Heavy shelling overnight on Tuesday which hit a densely-populated neighbourhood of Libya's capital, Tripoli, was condemned "in the strongest terms" by the head of the UN Mission there, after "scores" of civilians were reportedly killed and injured.

United Nations (2019-04-17). Turn toxic e-waste into a source of 'decent work', UN labour agency urges. un.org A "toxic flood of electric and electronic waste" that is growing by the day across the world, should be urgently converted into a source of decent work, that can also protect populations from its harmful effects, the United Nations labour agency said on Wednesday.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). Headlines for April 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Vetoes Resolution Ending U.S. Support for War on Yemen, DOJ Orders Denial of Bond to Migrants, Allowing for Indefinite Detention, Trump Admin Resumes "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Dems Probing Report of Trump Pardon for Blocking Entry to Migrants, U.K.: Police Arrest 200+ Climate Activists Occupying Central London, D.C.: Extinction Rebellion Stages Protest in Front of RNC, French President Macron Vows to Rebuild Notre-Dame in 5 Years, Sudan: Al-Bashir Moved to Prison as African Union Sets Deadline to Install Civilian Gov't, Egypt: MPs Vote to Extend President Sisi's Rule to 2030, Indonesia: President Joko Wido...

patrick (2019-04-17). AXA IM divests from Elbit Systems - involved in Israeli war crimes. bdsmovement.net AXA IM divests from Elbit Systems - involved in Israeli war crimes: UpdateThe campaign against AXA's problematic investments continues, as AXA remains linked to Elbit Systems through an affiliate, and AXA maintains investments in five Israeli banks. | Economic BoycottApril 17, 2019 | By: | | SumOfUs

FAIR (2019-04-16). Scaring Up Division and Hatred. fair.org Dear FAIR friends, Trump's presidential campaign continues to this day with constant rallies around the country. Corporate media are served up to the audience as targets of abuse from the stage and from the audience. Yet the same outlets Trump derides as "enemies of the people" continue to boost him— highlighting presidential tweets that ...

pip.hinman (2019-04-16). Walking tour brings radical Sydney to life. greenleft.org.au Key sites of radical struggle in Sydney's history were included in a "Radical Sydney Walking Tour" conducted by historians Rowan Cahill and Terry Irving, and sponsored by Green Left Weekly, on April 13. | Some 60 people enjoyed an afternoon of revelations about the often forgotten progressive history of this city. Cahill and Irving are labour historians at Wollongong University and are co-editors of the highly informative book Radical Sydney. | Starting at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay, the tour traversed...

Jud Lounsbury (2019-04-16). The Dangers of Talking While Muslim. progressive.org If you haven't listened to Ilhan Omar's full speech, here's what you need to know.

Jon Rainwater (2019-04-16). Trump's Veto Keeps U.S. Complicit in Yemen, For Now. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — April 16, 2019 — In response to President Trump vetoing S.J.Res. 7, legislation that directed him to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Trump can't claim to be ending endless wars while opposing the will of a majority ...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2019. democracynow.org Flames Engulf Historic Notre-Dame Cathedral as France Vows to Rebuild, Jerusalem: Firefighters Put Out Blaze at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dems Subpoena Deutsche Bank as They Probe Trump Finances, DOJ: Redacted Mueller Report Will Be Released April 18, Measles on the Rise Around the World, Up 300% from 2018, Man Charged with Hate Crimes over Fires at 3 Black Louisiana Churches, Bernie Sanders Releases Tax Returns in Run-up to 2020, Ex-MA Governor William Weld Enters Race for 2020 GOP Nomination, Trump's Transgender Military Ban Goes into Effect, Chicago Police Arrest Loyola Grad Workers Protesting Unfair Wages, Interior Dep...

United Nations (2019-04-16). Tuesday's Daily Brief: UNESCO ready to help after Notre Dame fire, and updates on Libya, Nicaragua, and the Cyclone Idai response. un.org On Tuesday, top stories include: UNESCO ready to assist in rebuilding Notre Dame in the wake of a devastating fire; Nicaraguan refugees reach 60,000, a year after the crisis started; concern in Libya regarding medical access as hostilities continue; and one million reached with food assistance in Mozambique.

Teresse Watson (2019-04-16). Community fights to stop police killings of disabled people. liberationnews.org Voices from the community are calling for banning police from responding to mental health crises.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-16). Protest Song Of The Week: 'Declaration Of War' By Rumours Of War. shadowproof.com The anarcho-punk track depicts a world of politicians hiding in bunkers and locked down palaces. The elites fear what the rabble may do to them as they fight back against their poverty and repression.

Katherine Zilla and Satya Mohapatra (2019-04-16). Stop & Shop strike day four: Voices from the Providence picket lines. liberationnews.org Voice from the picket line in Rhode Island.

ACLU (2019-04-16). Arizona Lawmakers Running Scared After Anti-Boycott Law Ruled Unconstitutional. aclu.org If legislators know these laws violate the First Amendment, they should repeal them, not pass half-measures designed to thwart judicial review | Last year, an Arizona federal court blocked the state from enforcing its anti-boycott law, ruling that the law — which requires government contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel or Israeli settlements in the West Bank — violates the First Amendment. In response, the state appealed the court's decision and...

FAIR (2019-04-16). Scaring Up Division and Hatred. fair.org Dear FAIR friends, Trump's presidential campaign continues to this day with constant rallies around the country. Corporate media are served up to the audience as targets of abuse from the stage and from the audience. Yet the same outlets Trump derides as "enemies of the people" continue to boost him— highlighting presidential tweets that ...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-16). Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces Death Threats & "Dangerous Hate Campaign" as Right-Wing Attacks Continue. democracynow.org Minnesota freshman Congressmember Ilhan Omar says death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Trump posted the video Friday with the caption, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET." Trump's tweet intercut video of the World Trade Center towers burning with video of Omar speaking about the increasing attacks on the Muslim American community after 9/11. Congressmember Omar's comments were originally taken out of context and circulated by right-wing media, from The Daily Caller to Fox News. Congressmember Omar said in a statement, "Thi...

Jesse L. Anderson (2019-04-16). The Wrong Stuff: Ben Shapiro's Unconvincing Guide to What Makes America Right. progressive.org It's a mistake to overlook just how extreme some of Shapiro's views are, or how muddled the thinking on which they are based.

unitedEditor (2019-04-16). Was Samuel Huntington right about his "clash of civilizations"? uwidata.com Western nations have dominated much of the world for nearly five centuries. During this era, European nations — and later, the United States — gained power and spread the influence of Western civilization over much of the globe. China and Japan were forcibly opened to European and American trade. Africa, India, and much of Asia ...

Adam Johnson (2019-04-16). Maybe Rich Liberals Don't Hate Sanders Because They Fear He Can't Win, But Because They're Rich. fair.org For the New York Times ( 4/16/19), "mainstream Democrats" are found "from canap-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington." | Why does the New York Times take rich liberals at their word that their concern with Bernie Sanders is that he would lose to Trump, rather than the obvious, glaring fact that his election would run counter to their interests? | The New York Times ( 4/16/19) profiled a net...

Natascha Elena Uhlmann (2019-04-16). Empowering Border Patrol To Make Asylum Decisions Drastically Increases Danger For Immigrants. shadowproof.com Department of Homeland Security is placing migrants in harms way with plans to task Border Patrol with facilitating the early stages of the asylum process.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-16). France Mourns as Fire Rips Through Historic Notre-Dame Cathedral That Has Stood for Centuries. democracynow.org France is reeling after a massive fire tore through Paris's beloved Notre-Dame cathedral, built 800 years ago and a celebrated landmark around the world. Parisians looked on in shock Monday as around 400 firefighters attempted to get the blaze under control—some onlookers engaging in prayers and religious songs. The fire claimed the cathedral's spire and ravaged parts of the interior, but the iconic twin medieval towers remain standing, as does the rest of the stone structure. Two of France's wealthiest men have pledged over $330 million to the reconstruction effort. The European Union has also vowed to hel...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-16). Denied Entry to U.S., BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Condemns McCarthyite Repression in U.S. & Israel. democracynow.org Critics are demanding answers after the Trump administration refused to allow prominent Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti to enter the United States for a speaking tour, despite his valid U.S. visa. Barghouti is co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, an international campaign to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect Palestinian rights. When he arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on April 10, Barghouti was told the United States was denying him entry. He was not given an explanation. Barghouti and his supporters say the move was motivat...

Julianne Tveten (2019-04-16). US Media Lament Internet Censorship—in China, Not US. fair.org The New York Times ( 8/6/18) invites us to pity the Chinese teens who are deprived of US tech giants. | Among mainstream US media, there's a consensus that China is depriving its population, and possibly others, of the internet's full capacities. | The New York Times invoked this trope last summer ( 8/6/18) when it fretted that "a generation" was coming of age without access to such US-founded internet companies as Tw...

Fight Back (2019-04-16). Unequal 'justice' in trial of killer cop in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN - Anti-police crimes groups came together for a press conference, April 15, in the Hennepin County courthouse, to denounce the unequal justice shown by the trial of the police murder of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The killer, former police officer Mohamed Noor, is a Somali American, and the victim a white woman from a wealthy part of the city. | This is the first time a cop has gone to trial for murder in Minneapolis. | While demanding "Justice for Justine" in this case, they pointed out that at least 57 others have been killed by police, in Minneapolis alone, since 2000. Most of those victims were B...

Emily Early, Staff Attorney, Economic Justice Project (2019-04-16). What the Supreme Court ruling could mean for civil asset forfeiture. splcenter.org As the U.S. Supreme Court pointed out on Feb. 20, the constitutional clause that protects Americans from having to pay "excessive fines" traces its lineage to the Magna Carta, which set forth certain rights in England more than 800 years ago.

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-16). Asesores de Trump se renen en Washington para evaluar ataque militar contra Venezuela. thegrayzone.com EXCLUSIVA: Alejado de la mirada pblica, el CSIS presidi reunin de alto nivel, y off the record, para explorar opciones...

Fight Back (2019-04-15). ILPS condemns arrest of Julian Assange, Demands his immediate release as journalist. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following April 14 statement from the Office of the Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS). | We, the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), strongly condemn the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by British authorities under the direction of the US government. We defend his rights as a journalist and demand his immediate release. | Assange has earned the ire of the US for exposing the truth about US behind-the-scenes machinations in its drive to carry out foreign interventions and launch wars of aggression for regime chang...

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-15). Bernie Barnstorms the Midwest. progressive.org "I can understand why people voted for Trump based on what he said. For too long the political establishment did not listen to the needs of working families."

Jon Walker (2019-04-15). How Bernie Sanders' Position On Filibuster Is Needlessly Complicated. shadowproof.com Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to blowback following his defense of the filibuster. He called for the return of the "talking filibuster" and suggested his administration would rely on the vice president to ensure his agenda passed under budget reconciliation. | But a "talking filibuster" would not end obstructions and allow more policymaking. Effectively, it would allow more senators to hold the floor for hours, possibly even while they piss themselves or come close to their le...

pip.hinman (2019-04-15). Residents and union demand action after fourth toxic fire in three years. greenleft.org.au "It's almost an annual event — year in year out — that people in Broadmeadows have to cop a factory fire [and] have to cop toxic shit dumped on them", local resident Marcus Harrington told a rally of angry northern suburbs residents after another chemical blaze erupted on April 5. | The huge chemical fire at Bradbury Industrial Services, which recycles paint and solvents, was the fourth toxic fire in the northern suburbs of Melbourne in three years. | The fire, which took firefighters days to put out, started with explosions and massive balls of thick black smoke. Residents in Broadmeadows, Campbellfi...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-15). Bill McKibben: Green New Deal Is a Chance to "Remake Not Just a Broken Planet, But a Broken Society" democracynow.org President Trump signed two executive orders last week to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. We speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and the author of the new book "Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?"

Fight Back (2019-04-15). NYC event on trade union movement in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org New York, NY - Forty activists gathered on Friday, April 12, at The People's Forum in New York City for an event on the Philippines labor movement hosted by BAYAN USA and Mission to End Modern Day Slavery. The program, titled, "Breaking the Chains: A Sharing on the Philippines Labor Movement," featured presentations by Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement) Vice Chair Ed Cubelo, and BAYAN Metro Manila Chair Mong Palatino. | Ed Cubelo's presentation focused on the current situation of Filipino workers under Duterte's regime. Cubelo explained that while Duterte boasts about job creation, workers still face a low m...

unitedEditor (2019-04-15). Humanity's shame: 113 million people on the verge of starvation. uwidata.com According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report on global food crisis, two-thirds of the world's population are faced with hunger, most of whom are simultaneously trying to survive the wars that led to scarcity in the first place. It's difficult to emotionally distance yourself enough from the terrifying and ...

Michael Arria (2019-04-15). Group of Centrist Democrats Undermine Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill. shadowproof.com A group of Democrats plan to severely weaken a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by the year 2024. | The lawmakers proposed an alternative piece of legislation that would regionalize a wage increase, establishing a minimum wage floor that would vary by area. | In January, the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and in the House by Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.). | The bi...

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-15). VIDEO: How the Pentagon and CIA Push Venezuela Regime-Change Propaganda in Video Games. thegrayzone.com The US military and CIA launder coup propaganda through popular first-person shooter video games like Call of Duty, simulating assassinations...

Democracy Now! (2019-04-15). Allan Nairn: Indonesian General Tied to Mass Killings Plots to Arrest Critics If He Wins Presidency. democracynow.org Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is better known as "Jokowi," is up for re-election on Wednesday. His chief rival is Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces military commander and the former son-in-law of Indonesia's longtime dictator Suharto. It is a rematch of the 2014 election that Jokowi won by almost 6 percentage points. Investigative journalist Allan Nairn has just uncovered shocking plans made by Prabowo for if he wins the presidency. According to minutes of a campaign strategy session obtained by Nairn, Prabowo has made plans to stage mass arrests of political opponents and his current allies. Nair...

Michele Naar-Obed (2019-04-15). Taking Nonviolent Action in Defense of Mother Earth. progressive.org Our case will be tried before a twelve-person jury, who will decide whether ours was an act of criminality or one of necessity. But the last word will not come from the jury, the judge, or the lawmakers.

Liberation Staff (2019-04-15). Victory to the people of Sudan! Protests continue to deepen the revolution. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation salutes the heroic people of Sudan who on April 11 overthrew the nearly 30-year-long reign of Omar al-Bashir -- and then toppled his military successor the very next day!

unitedEditor (2019-04-15). Assange's arrest, Sudan coup, USA VS Iran. uwidata.com Assange's arrest On Thursday, Assange was arrested in London at the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been taking refuse since 2012, before the country revoked his asylum and turned him over to UK authorities. Assange is accused of conspiring with WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning to steal and publish secret government documents. In the US, he ...

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (2019-04-15). Jailhouse Lawyers Speak: One year since Lee Prison massacre that sparked nationwide strike. liberationnews.org This statement was issued by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, an organization of incarcerated activists fighting the brutal, racist prison system, to mark the one-year anniversary of the deaths of seven inmates at Lee Prison in South Carolina -- an incident that led to the historic 2018 nationwide prison strike.

Liberation Staff (2019-04-14). VIDEO: Stop & Shop strike day two and three: Voices from the picket line. liberationnews.org On April 12, Stop & Shop workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut entered the second day of their strike.

Denis Rogatyuk (2019-04-14). Sell Out: How Corruption, Voter Fraud and a Neoliberal Turn Led Ecuador's Lenin to Give Up Assange. thegrayzone.com Desperate to ingratiate his government with Washington and distract the public from his mounting scandals, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has...

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-14). US Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting. thegrayzone.com EXCLUSIVE: Away from the public eye, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank hosted a top-level, off-the-record...

AlexBainbridge (2019-04-13). Solidarity protest against new death penalty law in Brunei. greenleft.org.au More than 100 LGBTI activists and supporters attended a rally on April 13 targeting the Royal on the Park Hotel which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei who recently introduced the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy. | The rally is the first of many actions to oppose the sultanate's draconian new laws. | Speakers called on people to boycott the hotel to put pressure on the Sultan's business interests and help force the repeal of the draconian laws. | The laws in Brunei have drawn condemnation from across the globe and sparked the grassroots call to boycott the Sultan's hotels. | Speak...

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-13). NAACP President Responds to President Trump's Islamophobic Tweet. naacp.org NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement in response to President Trump's Islamophobic tweet: "Trump's recent tweet invokes painful memories to promote his racist agenda. This is maddening but not surprising for a President whose presidential campaign and presidency has been based on hate, xenophobia, and bigotry. The President needs to realize that his ...

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle...

Claudia Andrade (2019-04-13). Por qu las mujeres defienden la Revolucin Bolivariana de Venezuela. liberationnews.org "Los dolores del mundo son ms grandes para las mujeres ... y an ms grandes para las mujeres de la clase popular, de la clase ms pobre" dijo Hugo Chvez en un discurso en 2012.

Lisa Beringer (2019-04-12). 'The Promise and Hope' of 'The Chi'. progressive.org I braced for the stock situations common in inner city dramas: crooked cops, infighting amongst gangs, murders, and revenge. I found something else.

Hersch Rothmel and Joe Tache (2019-04-12). Stop & Shop strike day one: 31,000 workers walk off the job. liberationnews.org Liberation News coverage from the picket lines.

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Refugee rights activists take aim at Liberals in Corangamite. greenleft.org.au The Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) launched its campaign to highlight the cruel treatment of refugees in the country's most marginal electorate, Corangamite, on April 7. | #ChooseFairnessAndDecency, which was launched at the Barwon Heads Bridge, is asking voters to consider "fair" and "decent" policies for asylum seekers asking Australia for protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. | CRAG's decision to campaign in Corangamite is aimed at adding pressure on Liberal MP Sarah Henderson, who holds the seat by a margin of 0.03% after last year's redistribution. | CRAG will be distributing its policy compa...

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Change the Rules. greenleft.org.au Thousands of unionists rallied around Australia on April 10 in the latest round of Change the Rules protests. | The largest rally was in Melbourne, where more than a 100,000 workers walked off the job and took to the streets for several hours. Members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, who have faced threats from the Australian Building and Construction Commission for taking action, took part in the march. | Speakers celebrated the recent victory for Chemist Warehouse workers as an example that strike action wins. | Held just days after the budget, unions used the rallies to push th...

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). The HDP and the Turkish elections. greenleft.org.au President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a historic defeat in Turkey's local elections that even they could not spin as a victory. | Following the AKP's loss of the three biggest economic centres of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, Erdoğan's balcony speech sounded defeated and defensive. | How did this happen? What role was, and will be played by the country's main leftist coalition party, the People's Democratic Party (HDP)? | The opposition and the government: | As in previous elections, the AKP-MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) coalition government u...

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). West Papua: Destruction and displacement in Nduga. greenleft.org.au Independent human rights monitors are reporting that thousands of people have been displaced and healthcare facilities burned as a result of Indonesian military operations in Nduga, West Papua, according to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). | The investigation is the latest documentation of the horror of Indonesia's military occupation of West Papua. | The Nduga Case investigation team from Front Line Defenders gathered extensive information on the humanitarian crisis in the region in March. | They estimate that more than 32,000 people have been internally d...

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). South Africa: New party 'serious about revolution'. greenleft.org.au "Equality, work and land" is the slogan of a new radical political party in South Africa that seeks to revolutionise South African politics and contest elections in May. | The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) held its launch congress over April 4-6 in Johannesburg. More than 1000 party militants and cadre attended from provinces across the country, as well as international guests from countries such as Zambia, Argentina, Brazil, Sweden, Morocco and Nepal. | The Congress was dedicated to "Fieldmore" Mapeto Baldwin Langa, a member of NUMSA (the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa), who passed...

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-12). Four Things to Know About Next Week's 'Patriotism Over Socialism' Rally in Arizona. splcenter.org A U.S. congressman and the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party are both listed as speakers at an event that will also be attended by multiple hate groups.

susan_p (2019-04-12). Algeria: Bouteflika resigns, parliament appoints interim president. greenleft.org.au Algeria's Senate leader Abdelkader Bensalah has been appointed interim president following a decision by the National People's Congress on April 9 to declare the presidential post vacant. | Bouteflika, in power for 20 years, resigned on April 2 after months of protests. | The decision to appoint Bensalah as interim president was supported by the majority National Liberation Front (FLN), which has governed the country since 1962, and its ally, the National Democratic Regroupment (RND). | MPs...

susan_p (2019-04-12). An invigorating visit to the Palestine Underground. greenleft.org.au Palestine Underground | Directed by Jessica Kelly
| 2018 | The documentary Palestine Underground follows a group of artists who are challenging divisions between Palestinians living in the West Bank and those in Israel through the dance floor. | Hip hop, techno, trap and traditional music nurture new and known cultural impulses among Palestinians on either side of Israel's West Bank wall, ushering in a new era of resistance. | "We are the third generation of The Catastrophe [as Palestinians call the ethnic cleansing that came with Israel's founding in 1948] and we don't want to victimise ourselves anymore,"

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Sudanese community demand 'Bashir out!'. greenleft.org.au Members of the Sudanese community protested outside a meeting between representatives of the regime of Sudanese President Omar Bashir and Australian business groups, in Belmore on April 10. | Protest spokesperson Rashid Hussein told Green Left Weekly: "We are here to say no to a group of people representing the Bashir dictatorship attempting to launder money stolen from the Sudanese people. | "We call on the Australian government to stop this large-scale corruption. We don't want these war criminals to operate here. | Hussein said "huge demonstrations against the regime have continued in Sudan since December...

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Hastily written tech laws threaten online privacy and security. greenleft.org.au Politicians are generally pretty bad at understanding information technology (IT) and the internet, especially when it comes to legislation. But Australia's parliament is leading the world in terms of bad laws that effect technology. | From the 2017 metadata retention laws to the social media laws passed in early April following the New Zealand far-right terror attacks, federal parliament has approved several hastily written bills that put onerous requirements on the IT industry while undermining online privacy, security and civil liberties. | The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and...

CounterSpin (2019-04-12). Deborah Vagins on Gender Pay Gap, Nusrat Choudhury on the New COINTELPRO. fair.org When the subject is the fact that women continue to be paid less than men for the same work—and women of color still less—such a lot of the conversation is not about how we can fix the problem quickly and concretely, but about whether the numbers really say what they seem to.

susan_p (2019-04-12). The Anzac Myth — Australia's most powerful brand. greenleft.org.au Consuming Anzac: The History of Australia's Most Powerful Brand
| Jo Hawkins
| University of Western Australia Publishing, 2018
| 173 pages | It can be hard to give a monkey's if forced to choose between the obligatory, sombre commemoration of war and the grubby commercial profit-making from it. Consuming Anzac, by University of Western Australia academic Dr Jo Hawkins, shows that this is the unsavoury choice on offer to those who feel that neither war nor consumer capitalism have all that much going for them. | Australia's secular worship of war is centred on Anzac Day, that endlessly hyped day of pa...

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Single mother takes action against ParentsNext 'mission impossible'. greenleft.org.au Single mother of three Juanita McLaren lodged a complaint in the United Nations in March against the Australian government over its discrimination against single mothers. | McLaren is being supported by the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children which wants the parenting payments' scheme and the newly-introduced ParentsNext program to be held up to greater scrutiny. | Since 2012, single parents have been moved from the single parenting payment (now $384.25 a week) to the News...

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-12). Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same. splcenter.org Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.

susan_p (2019-04-12). Who are Venezuela's colectivos? greenleft.org.au The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela's colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. | As we walked around the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas, an announcement came through Cucaracho's walkie talkie: "We are in a war and the main target of this offensive is the popular movements, the colectivos. This is no coincidence: they know the colectivos are their main obstacle and 23 de Enero is the tip of the iceberg." | Cucaracho — "that's what they call me" — is a member of the...

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-12). Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press. liberationnews.org Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's arrest by UK authorities on behalf of the United States is a craven attempt by the Pentagon war machine and the rest of the imperial establishment to silence one of their most prominent critics.

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Climate strike in the belly of the beast. greenleft.org.au In early March, we saw the raw power of fossil fuel capitalism on full display in Perth. | The Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released a policy requiring big offshore oil and gas operators to provide 100% carbon offsets for all their emissions. | The contribution of the gas industry to Australia's greenhouse gas problem cannot be overstated. While pollution from coal is decreasing, half of Australia's rise in carbon dioxide emissions last year came from just one source — Chevron's Gorgon project in the Pilbara. | With so much attention on the terrible Adani coalmine it is ea...

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Indian elections: the challenges of unseating a racist. greenleft.org.au Elections in India will take place from April 11 to May 23. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Kavita Krishnan, a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI-ML) about their campaign to challenge Narendra Modi's far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. | In which seats is the CPI-ML fielding candidates? Are there opportunities for the left to coordinate efforts to defeat the BJP? | The CPI-ML is contesting 22 seats [across 10 states]: 4 in Bihar; 3 each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab; 2 each in West Bengal, Jharkand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu...

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Lessons from the Red Flag Riots. greenleft.org.au One hundred years after the Red flag Riots, it is timely to look at the polarisation after World War I, in which far-right aggression was incited by governments and "respectable" political forces. | In 1918-19, an anti-Communist, far-right mob attacked a pro-Bolshevik community of emigre Russians in Brisbane. | The Red Flag Riots, as they became known, took place in a period in which anti-war sentiment was strong enough to defeat Prime Minister Billy Hughes' conscription referenda, and the impact of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 was pronounced. | However, left-wing radicalisation in Australia at the end...

splcenter (2019-04-12). Weekend Read: Alabama's illegal - and deadly - prison system. splcenter.org We've been locked in a legal battle with the state of Alabama for the past five years over the sickening mistreatment of people in its prisons who have medical and mental health needs.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-11). NAACP'S RESPONSE TO THE ARREST OF SUSPECT IN THE LOUISIANA CHURCH BURNINGS. naacp.org BALTIMORE — The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Holden Matthews in connection to fires at three historically Black churches in Louisiana: "The arrest of Holden Matthews for the horrific burnings of Black churches in Louisiana is just another example of the hate-fueled times that we live in. In African-American communities in ...

Rann Miller (2019-04-11). Betsy DeVos Uses a Racist Research Study to Defend Rescinding Obama-Era Discipline Guidance. progressive.org The researchers argued that disparities in disciplining of black and white students are due to "prior problem behavior."

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). The troglodyte politics that is eating the future. greenleft.org.au The farcical political posturing over electric cars by Coalition Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his minister for small and family business Senator Michaelia Cash says a lot about the state of Australian politics. | It's clear we have a government in the pocket of fossil fuel companies and allied rip-off merchants who are hell-bent on sacrificing our future in pursuit of their narrow interests. | That is why the school students who have gone on strike for climate action ar...

Jeff Abbott (2019-04-11). The Other Americans: Trump and the Exodus He's Helped Create. progressive.org U.S. humanitarian aid to Central America has long failed to achieve its goals. But ending it is likely to make matters worse.

Beyond Prisons (2019-04-11). Beyond Prisons: Message From Liberation Through Reading. shadowproof.com The following is a quick message delivered on behalf of our friends at Liberation Through Reading. | They have an event coming up in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, April 13th at the A-Space (4722 Baltimore Avenue) from 12PM-4PM, gifting Black children with free Black books. Details are below. | Contact Erica Caines at ericacaines@gmail.com |
| In almost 2 years, #LiberationThroughReading has gifted well over 1000 BRAND NEW representative books to Black children of all reading levels. Each book gifted features Black characters and written by Black authors. | After hosting several events in Anne Arundel County,...

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Greens candidate wants to 'break the consensus'. greenleft.org.au Greens candidate for the inner Brisbane federal seat of Griffith Max Chandler-Mather is running an ambitious and energetic campaign. It is also arguably one of the most left-wing Greens campaigns in the country. | Speaking to Green Left Weekly, Chandler-Mather said Australian politics has been shaped by the neoliberalism of the Bob Hawke and Paul Keating Labor governments, which resulted in huge cuts to real wages, the privatisation of Qantas and the Commonwealth Bank, and the subsequent sale of Telstra. | The Accord agreement signed between the Labor government and the trade union movement led to an historic def...

Esty Dinur (2019-04-11). Ahmed Abu Artema on the Palestinian Great March of Return. progressive.org "The only possible option for them is to continue knocking on the walls of their prison with the hope that the world will hear them."

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Full house for Victorian Socialists election launch. greenleft.org.au More than 350 Victorian Socialists members and supporters packed out Preston Town Hall on April 6 to launch the party's federal election campaign. | In a display of the broad support the campaign is garnering, the night featured greetings from trade unionists involved in the recent Chemist Warehouse workers' victory, community activists campaigning against the impact of toxic fires and representatives from the Brunswick Residents Network and the Tamil Refugee Council. | Footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was recently freed by Thai authorities following a strong public campaign after he was detained on his honeymoon...

Joe Tache (2019-04-10). BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston. liberationnews.org BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.

Olivia Herken (2019-04-10). Activists at Heart—Young Candidates Step Up to Run for Office, and Win. progressive.org Young women are gaining much-needed experience in leadership, as well as the representation they've been missing, lending a voice to the largest generation of voters yet.

Patrick McWilliams (2019-04-10). Enrgica manifestacin en UIC en solidaridad con los trabajadores de posgrado en huelga. liberationnews.org Los trabajadores de posgrado han estado sin contrato desde septiembre.

Alvaro Sanchez (2019-04-10). California Blazes a Trail for a Green New Deal. progressive.org While politicians and activists debate the idea of a federal plan to fight climate change and boost our economy, the Golden State is quietly showing how it could actually work.

Stephen Zunes (2019-04-10). Trump's Controversial Decision on Iran's Revolutionary Guards. progressive.org Iran has near-universal male conscription, in which the guards often get priority—now all of these young men, some of whom have no desire to even be in the armed forces, will be labeled as "terrorists."

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-10). White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Takes Hiatus to Avoid 'Another Crying Nazi Moment'. splcenter.org Christopher Cantwell, a prolific white supremacist radio host, put his broadcasting work on hiatus, citing "serious personal problems" as the reason behind his decision in a post on his website.

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-10). Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar. splcenter.org About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."

Aaron Mat (2019-04-10). Congressman Adam Schiff's Russiagate Delusions Are Not Okay. thegrayzone.com Aaron Mat takes on the grand inquistor of the Russiagate conspiracy, Rep. Adam Schiff, methodically dismantling his deceptive claims, one...

splcenter (2019-04-10). Cuban men thrown into Louisiana prisons despite legal asylum requests. splcenter.org Suicide. Self-harm. Medical neglect. Isolated in segregation. Quarantined and left without legal counsel.

Anya Parampil (2019-04-10). OAS Sacrifices Its Charter for Trump's Desperate Venezuelan Regime Change Bid. thegrayzone.com In a legally dubious attempt to legitimize Juan Guaido's shadow regime, the US pushed to install a neoliberal operative implicated...

Jordan Capik and Emerson Cheney (2019-04-10). Boston and New Haven hold rallies for transgender visibility. liberationnews.org "Capitalists all the world over don't care about the rights of trans people or any working people. They only care about profits."

splcenter (2019-04-09). SPLC launches digital initiative to promote honest discussion of Confederate history. splcenter.org The SPLC launched a digital initiative this month that seeks to correct the false narratives of the "Lost Cause" mythology, which idolizes people who fought against the United States in order to preserve slavery.

Anya Parampil (2019-04-09). Did NY Times Violate Its Own Ethics Code to Feature Child of Venezuelan Coup Plotter? thegrayzone.com After the New York Times was slammed for obscuring comedian Joanna Hausmann's family ties to the Guaido shadow regime, her...

F. Marti (2019-04-09). Dept. of Interior nominee a lackey for fossil fuel industry. liberationnews.org This past week, President Trump put forward Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt as his nominee to head up the Department of the Interior on a permanent basis.

Liberation Staff (2019-04-09). Democratas mantienen prohibicion del aborto. liberationnews.org °La necesidad de construir un movimiento feminista independiente y militante vinculado a las calles en lugar del establecimiento "liberal" es ms evidente que nunca!

Partido por el Socialismo y Liberacin (2019-04-09). Islamofobia, guerra y matanza masiva en Nueva Zelanda. liberationnews.org Nadie ha hecho ms para promover la islamofobia extrema y el odio agresivo de los musulmanes que Donald Trump.

splcenter (2019-04-08). Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. splcenter.org A federal judge today ordered the Trump administration to immediately stop forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there for their hearings in immigration court.

splcenter (2019-04-08). Alabama city holds 'Amnesty Week,' part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme. splcenter.org The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

Yasha Levine (2019-04-08). American Internet Companies Are Privatized Instruments of US Geopolitical Power, and They're Not Even Hiding It. thegrayzone.com Perhaps the one positive thing that's come out of RussiaGate is that no one believes Silicon Valley's global utopianism anymore....

Michael Selby-Green (2019-04-08). UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions on Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation. thegrayzone.com US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,...

patrick (2019-04-08). UNICEF: Don't plug into Israel's war crimes. bdsmovement.net UNICEF: Don't plug into Israel's war crimes: UpdateIsrael wants to build the longest submarine electricity cable to Europe via Cyprus and Greece. UNICEF is a "proud supporter" of this shameful project. | Economic BoycottApril 8, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Peace Action (2019-04-08). President Moon's Unenviable Task. peaceaction.org This article was originally published on Common Dreams. When President Moon Jae-in of South Korea meets with President Donald Trump at the White House this week, he may find himself fighting the urge to pour cold water all over Trump, because that's what Trump did to the Korea peace process when he met with Kim ...

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-08). NAACP TROUBLED BY BLACK CHURCH BURNINGS IN THE SOUTH. naacp.org BALTIMORE — Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, made the following statement in response to recent outbreak of Black church burnings: "What is happening in Tennessee and Louisiana is domestic terrorism and we must not turn a blind eye to any incident where people are targeted because of the color of their ...

Brendan Joel Kelley (2019-04-07). White Professors of African Studies Targeted With Death Threats. splcenter.org Ten professors, who are white or presumed to be white, have received death threats from a black nationalist organization that accuses them of "desecrating the tombs of Gods and Goddesses."

Michael Edison Hayden, Intelligence Project (2019-04-05). Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists. splcenter.org Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-05). Maisha Simmons to Lead NAACP Foundation Relations Efforts. naacp.org BALTIMORE (April 5, 2019)—Maisha Simmons, MPA recently joined the NAACP as the Deputy Chief Director of Development/ Sr. Director of Foundation Relations. Most recently Simmons served as a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in an administrative role supporting the management of team operations and functions. "We are excited to have ...

CounterSpin (2019-04-05). Shireen Razack and Tawal Panyacosit Jr. on Inclusion in TV Writing. fair.org Media...

Adam Lee (2019-04-05). NAACP-supported bill updating the Violence Against Women Act passes the US House! naacp.org Earlier today the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a margin of 263 yeas to 158 nays, H.R. 1585, a bill to update and strengthen the NAACP-supported and very successful Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA). VAWA has been reauthorized and strengthened by strong bipartisan majorities in 2000, 2005, and 2013. The law is seen today ...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-04-04). Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President. peaceaction.org (Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — April 4, 2019 — In response to the House sending S.J.Res. 7—legislation directing the president to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen—to the president's desk, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This vote amounts to the ...

splcenter (2019-04-04). SPLC files claims against Trump administration on behalf of parents and children who suffered harm from family separation policy. splcenter.org Facing gang violence and extortion in Guatemala, J.V.S. and his 5-year-old daughter fled their home to seek refuge in the U.S.

splcenter (2019-04-04). SPLC Report: End solitary confinement in Florida. splcenter.org Solitary confinement is a wasteful and destructive practice that does not improve public safety, and harms the mental health of those subjected to it.

V.R. Craft (2019-04-04). How My Republican Parents Convinced Me the U.S. Needs Single-Payer Healthcare. millennialpolitics.co What my Republican parents inadvertently taught me was that a single-payer setup really isn't worse than our current system of healthcare in the United States.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-04). Afro-Venezuelans and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Discussion with Akinyele Umoja. millennialpolitics.co With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaid has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the...

Adam Lee (2019-04-03). NAACP supported Violence Against Women Act reauthorization and strengthening coming to House floor tomorrow. naacp.org H.R. 1585, legislation to strengthen and support programs authorized by the hugely successful and NAACP-supported Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is expected to be voted on by the full U.S. House tomorrow, 4-4-19. We need to pass it by a strong majority of Members to demonstrate our support for strengthening VAWA and protecting all survivors. ...

Austyn Ross (2019-04-02). Young Black Excellence at 50th Image Awards. naacp.org Over the weekend we celebrated 50 years of the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. The Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature and film. Black excellence radiated through the theater as the stars celebrated their achievements over the past year. There was huge presence of young talent in ...

Millennial Politics Team (2019-04-01). Meet Lorena Garcia, 36-Year-Old Queer Activist of Color for U.S. Senate in Colorado. millennialpolitics.co 36-year-old activist Lorena Garcia is running against Republican Cory Gardner in Colorado and could become the first openly queer woman of color ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

Jonathan Cohn (2019-03-31). These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All? millennialpolitics.co Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-31). All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. millennialpolitics.co With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaid has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the...

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-30). Housing as a Human Right: A Discussion with Henry Kraemer. millennialpolitics.co Data for Progress Housing Fellow Henry Kraemer explains the case for housing as a human right and analyzes the housing policy of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

PACBI (2019-03-30). South African university joins Israel boycott. bdsmovement.net South African university joins Israel boycott: In the NewsTshwane University of Technology, the largest residential university in South Africa, voted to respect the call for the boycott of Israeli institutions complicit in the violation and denial of Palestinian rights. | Academic BoycottDecember 13, 2017 | By: | | Electronic Intifada

PACBI (2019-03-30). University of Cape Town Votes to Condemn Israel's Violations of Palestinian Human Rights, Reserves Right to "Disassociate" Itself From Academic Institutions Enabling Violations. bdsmovement.net University of Cape Town Votes to Condemn Israel's Violations of Palestinian Human Rights, Reserves Right to "Disassociate" Itself From Academic Institutions Enabling Violations: UpdateThe Council of the University of Cape Town, Africa's top university, votes to reserve the right to disassociate itself from academic institutions that support or enable, directly or indirec...

CounterSpin (2019-03-29). Carey Gillam on Monsanto Lawsuit. fair.org Media...

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-28). The U.S.-Sponsored Right-Wing Venezuelan Counterrevolution: A Podcast with Dr. Tim Gill. millennialpolitics.co Dr. Tim Gill, author of "The State and Civil Society in Socialist Venezuela," joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela.

Ron Stubblefield (2019-03-25). An Uber Case Study In Technology Facilitated Inequity. millennialpolitics.co Many assert that technology, such as Uber, is bias-free. However, this assertion is false. | Fundamentally, technology is created by humans. Consequently, those who create and program technology have the obligation to check and correct for bias. Technology will continue to perpetuate discrimination and bias when those with this responsibility abdicated it. An example of this occurred to my friend. With her permission, I'm presenting an Uber case study in technology facilitated inequity. | The Backstory: : | A good friend of mine and her husband received offers to drive with Uber. These offers were guarante...

Heidi Cuda (2019-03-24). Carpe Diem: Amend the Constitution. millennialpolitics.co by Heidi Cuda and Keith Matthews | Mueller's report is in. Carpe diem. | Now is the time to start thinking about winning, truly winning. And by that we mean, it's time to think like generals and determine a Constitutional amendment wish list. We have this one brief moment where the political will exists to seize the day and make the changes necessary to refound this nation. | We have a game majority and a propitious moment, which gives us a window to act resolutely. | Here are suggested Constitutional changes so that never again do we end up with a proto-dictator actively working to undermine our democracy. | THW...

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-24). U.S. Imperialist Intervention in Latin America: A Discussion with Professor Alexander Avia. millennialpolitics.co Professor Alexander Avia joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuela to discuss the history of U.S. imperialism in Latin America.

CounterSpin (2019-03-22). Robert Dreyfuss and Diana Duarte on the Media's Role in Iraq War. fair.org ...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-19). Iraq War Anniversary Reminds Us That Regime Change Has a Disastrous Track Record. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 19, 2019 — On the eve of the 16-year anniversary of the Iraq War, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 remains one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Thousands of ...

CounterSpin (2019-03-15). Diane Archer on Medicare for All. fair.org Media...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-13). Senate Votes Again for Ending U.S. Role in Yemen War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 13, 2019 — In response to the Senate passing S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This Senate vote moves us one step closer to ...

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-11). Trump Seeks Cuts to Human Needs to Fund Pentagon Hikes No One Needs. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 11, 2019 — In response to President Trump's budget request for FY 2020, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Fulfilling President Trump's request for $750 billion in Pentagon spending would be an obscene misallocation of resources that would fail to ...

CounterSpin (2019-03-08). Venezuela in the US Press - Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez. fair.org Media...

CounterSpin (2019-03-01). Tim Shorrock on Korea Summit, Jon Schwarz on Elliott Abrams. fair.org Media...

Kevin Martin (2019-02-28). No Hanoi Agreement, But Diplomacy Must Continue. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 28, 2019 — In response to the Hanoi summit meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un ending without an agreement, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "It's unfortunate that the Hanoi Summit did not lead to an agreement, however, ...

Kevin Martin (2019-02-26). Peace Action Applauds Legislation Calling for Peace Agreement to End the Korean War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2019 — In response to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) introducing legislation to support diplomacy and the pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Coordinator of the Korea Peace Network, released the following statement: "This legislation offers a common sense vision for achieving peace ...

CounterSpin (2019-02-22). Neil deMause on Amazon's Retreat, Nina Besser Doorley on Women's Healthcare Restrictions. fair.org Media...

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and ...

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