2018-04-24: News Headlines

Andrea Lobo (2018-04-24). Twenty-seven Protesters Dead Amid Sandinista Government Crackdown in Nicaragua. Global Research After the Social Security Institute in Nicaragua (INSS) announced Tuesday a ruthless austerity package directed against the country's pension system, the largest protests since the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) returned to power in 2007 have erupted across the …

WSWS (2018-04-24). US Justice Department officials may refuse to take action in 2014 murder of Eric Garner. World Socialist Web Site The Garner case was among the first to attract national attention to the ongoing and increasing police violence against unarmed and often innocent workers and youth.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-24). South Korea: Don't Sideline Rights During Inter-Korean Summit. Human Rights Watch News South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul, South Korea on March 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji |
| (Seoul) — South Korea should raise the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) during the April 27 summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Human Rights Watch said today. | "As the UN Security Council has recognized, human rights abuses in North Korea and threats to international peace and security are intrinsically connected," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Any long-term resolution of security issues on the Korean peninsula will require…

Amnesty International (2018-04-24). Malaysia: 8-Point Human rights agenda for election candidates. Amnesty International Since the last general elections in 2013, human rights in Malaysia have come under attack. In particular, the government has failed to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by police has continued. Refugees and asylum-seekers, LGBTI communities and Indigenous peoples' have also experienced violations of their rights. One of the top items of the new governments' agenda should be to address the regression of human rights in in Malaysia and act on pressing concerns, including those in this agenda.

Amnesty International (2018-04-24). Cambodia: Open letter: Tens of thousands call for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Tep Vanny. Amnesty International On 7 April, it will have been 600 days since prominent human rights defender Tep Vanny was first arrested. Considered by Amnesty International to be a prisoner of conscience, Tep Vanny has been imprisoned solely due to her peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Tep Vanny has never used, nor advocated for, violence during her peaceful activism defending Phnom Penh's Boeung Kak Lake community who were forcibly evicted from their homes 10 years ago. In this open letter Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Tep Vanny.

Amnesty International (2018-04-24. Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience. Amnesty International

Sarah Lahm (2018-04-23). School "Choice" Lurks Behind Arizona Teacher Walkout. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal.

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-23). Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests. MintPress News Western-backed NGOs have been heavily involved in post-Soviet Armenia's education system, community and charity works, selling the public on the perception that Armenia's economic woes are directly the result of their corrupt, Russia friendly government. | The post Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). Texas Charter School Asked Students to List "Positive Aspects" of Slavery. Truthout Stories An enraged father was in disbelief when he saw his eighth grader's homework assignment. The student was given a paper with two columns to fill out by listing the "positive aspects" and the "negative aspects" of life as a slave. | The worksheet was titled: "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View." | "What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here?!?" asked father Roberto Livar in a furious Facebook post. | Roberto's child, Manu, attends the San Antonio, Texas charter school Great Hearts Monte Vista, CNN reported. | The school has now come out and distanced itself from the assignment. | "To be clear, there is no debate about slavery. It is immoral and a crime against humanity," Superintendent Aaron Kindel said in a statement. | He continued: "Our review of the situation found this incident to…

John Wojcik (2018-04-23). Trump: Another president trampling on international and U.S. law. Article — People's World The U.S. missile attack on Syria in response to unproven chemical weapons use by the Assad regime once again puts America in violation of the international laws that we claim to support. The UN charter forbids such action unless it is in self-defense or approved by the UN Security Council, neither of which applies in […]…

Mike Ervin (2018-04-23). Fear of Windfalls. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Many residents in West Virginia are about to receive $525 because their water supply has been poisoned. How could this be a bad thing?

John McDonnell (2018-04-23). A World of Peace? Towards a "Principled Foreign Policy" Based on Cooperation, Mutual Respect, International Law. Global Research The British and US governments have taken on the role of self-appointed global enforcers of the new world order, or rather disorder, that has emerged since the end of the Cold War. Far from solving issues like terrorism, their approach …

The Progressive Magazine (2018-04-23). Online Column Omitted Concerns About Sources on Syria Bombing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The column referenced an article by journalist Robert Fisk, whose findings are at odds with many reporters.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-23). William Shakespeare and the New World Order: "Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here" Global Research William Shakespeare's birthday: he taught us never to despair in our resolve to confront the Lie. "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light". War criminals in high office are celebrated as messengers of peace: "And thus I clothe my naked villany. And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Shakespeare, the words of King Richard III)…

Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-23). Progressive U.S. Senate Candidates Are in Short Supply in the Midterm Elections. AlterNet.org It wasn't easy, but we found three promising candidates to pay attention to during the primaries. | I had an idea for an article earlier this week: I would look at some of the candidates challenging incumbents for U. S. Senate, who are peace-loving progressives who would work to end America's incessant wars at home and abroad. Then I started researching the story. And I discovered even Our Revolution hasn't endorsed a single candidate for U. S. Senate. Sure, there are races to watch. Politico and USA Today have conventional, slightly outdated, lightweight guides, if you care to read them. But what seems to be boiling down in all of those races (and what mainstream media seems to be missing) is that the Democratic incumbents have failed at this season's catch phrase, "resist," and the challengers to Republican and Democratic incumbents alike seem. . .

Staff (2018-04-23). Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-23). Mueller Views Trump's 'Dangling Pardons' as Potential Obstruction of Justice, Legal Analyst Says. AlterNet.org The president is talking about pardons an awful lot in recent days. There may be a reason for that. | Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump's recent efforts to exercise his pardon power as a part of his potential intention to obstruct justice, according to former U. S. Attorney Harry Litman. Litman made argued that Mueller could consider Trump's use of pardons as a subject of his inquiry on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace on Monday. "The indications are that [Mueller] is going to be giving a report that will have four different 'counts,' as it were, of potential obstruction," Litman said. "There's the Air Force One incident, there's the firing of Comey, there's the pressuring of Sessions. And the fourth is this dangling of pardons. "In recent weeks, Trump pardoned Bush administration official Scoot Libby for his crimes of lying. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not. Truthout Stories Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | This story was published because of support from readers like you. If you care about maintaining a free and independent media, make a donation to Truthout! | Something about…

Ronald L. Feinman, History News Network (2018-04-23). A History Professor Explains Why Trump's Presidency Appears to Be Reaching Its End. AlterNet.org The president's administration is in worse shape than even critics expected. | The scandals surrounding President Donald Trump are metastasizing rapidly, much more than anyone would have thought just a few months ago. The investigation by Robert Mueller, now 11 months in duration, has been accumulating evidence of possible Russian collusion, obstruction of justice, abuse of power, violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, and the corruption surrounding many members of the Trump circle, including his own children and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But then the Stormy Daniels scandal, and other related shameful episodes involving other women became part of the equation, and the business dealings of Donald Trump in New York State were added to the complicated situation. And now, the seizure of materials and records of Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen raises the ante on the troubles and turmoil surrounding Donald. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). New York Politicians Seek to Make Highway Repairs Contingent on Placing Cops in Schools. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | Three state senators have sponsored a bill that will allow New York to fast-track the repair of crumbling highway infrastructure — on the condition that armed police be stationed in every school in New York City, public or private. | Democrat Simcha Felder joined Republicans Martin J. Golden and Andrew J. Lanza to propose Senate Bill S7867, which has a stated purpose of changing the contracting method for construction on the Bronx-Queens Expressway. | While there are many problems with the design-build method, it has broad support among politicians because it saves money and expedites the repair process. | Stipulating more cops in schools as part of an unrelated highway repair bill is a cynical political maneuver…

Eric Margolis (2018-04-23). Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria. MintPress News Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer of Syria. Tool of Moscow. Cruel despot. Monster. | These are all names the western media and politicians routinely heap on Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. He has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate. | As a veteran Mideast watcher, I find all this hard to swallow. Compared to other brutal Mideast leaders, Assad is pretty weak tea. The U.S./British propaganda effort to paint Assad in blackest colors is having a difficult time. | Mideast leaders who toe the U.S. line and make nice to Israel are invariably called 'statesmen' or 'president' by the American government and its increasingly tame media. Their repression is conveniently downplayed. | Saudi rulers are reverently treated by despite leading the world in executions. Last year, 44 people were publicly beheaded. In some years, around…

Dr. Cesar Chelala (2018-04-23). Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel. MintPress News I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel's government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee who had settled in Israel, responded, "I don't want Israelis to say that they didn't know." | Levy frequently travels to and writes about the Occupied Territories. As a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Levy wants to show the evils of the occupation and how it hurts not only the Palestinians but also the Israel that he loves so much. "I am an Israeli patriot. I want to be proud of my country. I want us to do the right thing," he declared. His writing has gained him several prestigious…

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-23). Trump Biographer Explains How President's Con on Voters Will Implode Exactly Like His Casinos Did. AlterNet.org We've seen this story before. | Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien has written a new column for Bloomberg outlining how President Donald Trump's time in the Oval Office is playing out much like his business career — but he warns that shouldn't be seen as a positive. O'Brien notes that Trump has succeeded in his life largely by using hyperbole and flat-out fabrications to fool others into seeing him as more wealthy and powerful than he really is. However, O'Brien warns that this sort of con eventually catches up with him, as it did when he bankrupted some of his own casinos. "Trump's love of the con — borrowing billions he couldn't repay so he could invest in splashy properties and projects he didn't understand — drew national attention and blanket media coverage just before the game unraveled in serial bankruptcies in the early 1990s,"

Staff (2018-04-23). Unconditional Love for Israel, Silence for Palestine. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists This article was first published on Antiwar.com on April 17. | For a writer, any criticism of Israeli military action is a veritable "third-rail" in American politics. Touch that nerve and you're open to charges of anti-Semitism or worse. | Still, recent events in Gaza demand that some of us, at least, shed light on the plight of Palestinians. | Let us begin with a thought experiment: imagine dozens of unarmed, protesting Caucasian Christians or Jews—say, Israelis or Europeans—were shot dead by heavily armed brown folks, like, say Palestinian Muslims. What would we call this? That's easy: terrorism. How would the media cover such an event? Simple: extensively and emotionally, probably for many days. The smiling faces of the victims would be splashed across the screens of television networks from Fox News to MSNBC. | Heck, for proof just look to the…

Carla Ortiz (2018-04-23). Video: Carla Ortiz Debunks the Alleged "Humanitarian Mandate" of the "White Helmets" in Syria. They Work Hand in Glove with Al Qaeda. Global Research Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz debunks the humanitarian nature of the White Helmets in Syria, which is lauded by the corporate media for their unwavering efforts and determination to help Syrian civilians amid the ongoing crisis. But there is more than meets the eye. They are linked to al Qaeda…

Peter Ford (2018-04-23). Video: Douma Chemical Attack Is Staged. Global Research Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford tells a BBC journalist and Western audiences to use their brains and think critically before falling into the propaganda of the Islamist jihadists. | This interview was conducted prior to Trump's attack on Syria …

Kevin Zeese (2018-04-23). Earth Day: Conflict over the Future of the Planet. Global Research Featured image: Photograph from climate march in Washington, DC, Union of Concerned Scientists. | On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In " Junk

Nino Pagliccia (2018-04-23). Commemorating the Independence of Venezuela. Global Research The main reason that brings us here today is to speak about Independence and its related notion of sovereignty. But why are we on the street to speak about such important values? | The reason is that we are speaking of …

Global Research News (2018-04-23). Selected Articles: How the US Engineers the "Truth" Global Research Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Staff (2018-04-23). Poll Shows Support for Boosting Teachers' Pay. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. | The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research come amid recent teacher strikes and other protests over low pay, tough classroom conditions and the amount of money allocated to public schools in several Republican-led states. | Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers voted last week to strike after rejecting an offer of a 20-percent raise, because it didn't include a vow from state lawmakers not to further cut taxes before providing more money for the state's schools. | "To educate children and barely get a living is obnoxious," said Elaine Penman, a company manager in Tucson, Arizona, who added she and others went outside to cheer on protesting teachers who were marching by.

David Ray Griffin (2018-04-23). Rudy Giuliani and the Collapse of the WTC Towers on 9/11. Global Research Note: It is well known that Donald Trump as president has made many "excellent appointments" for people to be members of his administration — people such as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, and Rex Tillerson. Now …

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-04-23). Right-Wing Parents Are Now Freaking Out About Their Children's Comprehensive Sex-Ed Classes. AlterNet.org Hate groups are trying to terrify parents into embracing their bigoted agendas. | Motivated by a right-wing Christian "mommy" blogger, anti-gay hate groups, Franklin Graham, the Benham Brothers, Breitbart, and Fox News, conservative parents are keeping kids home from school today in a boycott protesting comprehensive sex-ed they are calling "pornographic. " Some, like the Family Research Council, are likening sex-ed to child molestation, using the hashtag, #HandsOffOurKids. We are uniting with parents across the globe to demand that our rights as parents be respected regarding the teaching of sexuality and sexual orientation. #HandsOffOurKids! #SexEdSitOut pic. twitter. com/VaLkUHUcKs— FRC (@FRCdc) April 23, 2018"Pornographic sex ed is being implemented across our globe in an attempt to indoctrinate our children with 'sexual rights,' " a letter parents are being urged to send to their children's schools reads, the right. . .

Shane Quinn (2018-04-23). Forgotten War Crimes: NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia's State TV Headquarters "Wiped from the Record" Global Research Nineteen years ago, On 23 April 1999, a NATO missile attack on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters killed 16 employees of the state broadcaster. | The forgotten war crime occurred during the Kosovo War (March 1999-June 1999), and was …

Richard Galustian (2018-04-23). Can an Independent Nationalist Become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)? Global Research Alain Daniel Shekomba (image on the left) is in his forties, married with three children. Shekomba's background: he was president of the student association of the University of Kinshasa. Shekomba holds a master's degree in physics from the University of …

Philip Giraldi (2018-04-23). The Mainstream Media Fueled Military Action in Syria, Reprisals Against Russia over the Skripal Affair. Global Research The complicity of America's Fourth Estate in the evolution of the national security warfare state is often mentioned in passing but rarely analyzed in any detail. But a recent article on Lobe Log by Adam Johnson is refreshing in that …

Global Research News (2018-04-23). Political Unrest in Saudi Arabia? Gunfire Around Saudi King's Palace? Unconfirmed Reports. Global Research The Western media has casually dispelled the rumors of political unrest in Saudi Arabia. | There has been virtually no coverage of these unfolding events by the Western media. According to the National (UAE): Saudi state media dismissed rumours of political …

Andrew Korybko (2018-04-23). "Yerevan-Maidan" Protests: What Happened in Armenia Was a Defeat for Democracy. Global Research When 9 legislators out of 105 lead an increasingly violent movement to topple an elected government via what ultimately ended up becoming a low-intensity "military coup", it's usually a worrying sign that dictatorship and not democracy is right around the …

South Front (2018-04-23). France's President Macron Says He Wants to Build "The New Syria" Together with the US. Global Research On April 22, France's President Emmanuel Macron said during an interview with Fox News TV that France, the US and their allies should stay in Syria after the defeat of ISIS in order to build what he called "a new …

Rich Whitney (2018-04-23). US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of the World's Dictatorships. Global Research Selected article from the GR archive, first crossposted on GR in September 2017. | For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2018-04-23). The Origins of Violence? Slavery, Extractivism and War. Global Research Featured image: Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 — 9 July 1441) Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych, c. 1430—1440. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | "And the land, hitherto a common possession like the light of the sun and the …

Peggy Cunniff, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-23). Could This Device End the Use of Animals in Medical Research? AlterNet.org An "organ-on-a-chip" could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. | They're about the size of a computer memory stick, yet they could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. They're called "organs-on-chips"—and they just might change the way researchers model diseases, develop drugs and approach personalized medicine. And in the process, they'll save the lives of countless animals. Chances are, you've heard about organs-on-chips—at least in passing. These tiny devices have been getting a lot of attention lately, both in the media and within the scientific community. But what are they, exactly? Organs-on-chips are specially-constructed systems that are designed to replicate the structure and function of human organs. Each "organ" contains transparent channels lined with living human cells. Multiple cell types can be incorporated into these devices to better mimic the complex microenvironments of human organs. The. . .

Fr. Andrey Tkachev (2018-04-23). History: Was Napoleon The Forerunner of the European Union? Global Research When Napoleon crossed the Neman River and said about Russia, "May its fate come to pass", could we call it aggression on Russia by a nineteenth-century European Union? Whatever you call it, with the exception of the Balkans, which were …

Prof. James Petras (2018-04-23). Latin America in the Time of Trump: US Domination and The "Neo-Monroe Doctrine" Global Research "I think the Monroe Doctrine is as relevant today as it was the day it was written (two centuries ago)". Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, February 2, 2017- March 31, 2018. | Introduction | President Trump cancelled his attendance at the Summit …

Special to PeoplesWorld.org (2018-04-23). This week in history: Protesting students occupy Columbia University. Article — People's World Fifty years ago, at the height of protest against the Vietnam War, the actions at Columbia University in New York City were among the most highly visible and effective. The Columbia protests erupted over the spring of 1968 after students discovered links between the university and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a weapons research […]…

True Publica (2018-04-23). The 'Mad Dog' Speaks: Mattis Drops Syria Chemical Weapons Bombshell: "We Have No Evidence" Global Research From Inter Press News Agency comes news that those with a critical and questioning mind, knew all along when it came to the pretext for bombing Syria due to the alleged and suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian …

Edward Curtin (2018-04-23). The JFK Assassination and the Attacks of September 11, 2001. Global Research Featured image: Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | The two …

David Rosenberg, The Conversation (2018-04-23). Here's Why 1 in 5 College Students Struggle with Anxiety or Depression. AlterNet.org From prescription drugs to technological dangers, students face a host of contributing factors. | Many of us think of college as a wondrous time of new experiences and great freedom to explore new ideas and find one's true self. In recent years, however, depression and anxiety have afflicted college students at alarming rates. As noted in the latest Center for Collegiate Mental Health report, anxiety and depression are the top reasons that college students seek counseling. Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 university students are affected with anxiety or depression. So why are these disorders so prevalent in our college students? As a professor of psychiatry and a practicing psychiatrist who has experience with mental health problems among college students, I see a number of factors. Dangers in technologySocial media and technology are among the most dangerous of these. . .

Ellen Brown (2018-04-23). Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising. Global Research The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed's push to "tighten"?>

Asma al-Assad (2018-04-23). Video: Asma Al-Assad on Syria's Children. President's Wife Slams Western Media Coverage of War. Global Research We bring to the attention of Global Research this interview with Asma Al-Assad, wife of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad with Russia24, first published in October 2016 | "The West is dividing our Children" | . | | uploaded by the Daily Mail |
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Political Concern (2018-04-23). Philip May, Husband of Prime Minister May: Yet Another Example of the 'Cosy Relationship' Between Government and the Arms Industry. Global Research A Liverpool reader draws attention to the news that Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for Capital Group, the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in …

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Twenty-seven Protesters Dead Amid Sandinista Government Crackdown in Nicaragua
Andrea Lobo | Global Research | 2018-04-24
After the Social Security Institute in Nicaragua (INSS) announced Tuesday a ruthless austerity package directed against the country's pension system, the largest protests since the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) returned to power in 2007 have erupted across the …
globalresearch.ca/twenty-seven-protesters-dead-amid-sandinista-government-crackdown-in-nicaragua/5637502

US Justice Department officials may refuse to take action in 2014 murder of Eric Garner
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The Garner case was among the first to attract national attention to the ongoing and increasing police violence against unarmed and often innocent workers and youth.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/24/char-a24.html

South Korea: Don't Sideline Rights During Inter-Korean Summit
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-24
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul, South Korea on March 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji | | (Seoul) — South Korea should raise the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) during the April 27 summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Human Rights Watch said today. | "As the UN Security Council has recognized, human rights abuses in North Korea and threats to international peace and security are intrinsically connected," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Any long-term resolution of security issues on the Korean peninsula will require…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/24/south-korea-dont-sideline-rights-during-inter-korean-summit

Cambodia: Open letter: Tens of thousands call for the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Tep Vanny
Amnesty International | 2018-04-24
On 7 April, it will have been 600 days since prominent human rights defender Tep Vanny was first arrested. Considered by Amnesty International to be a prisoner of conscience, Tep Vanny has been imprisoned solely due to her peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Tep Vanny has never used, nor advocated for, violence during her peaceful activism defending Phnom Penh's Boeung Kak Lake community who were forcibly evicted from their homes 10 years ago. In this open letter Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Tep Vanny.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa23/8210/2018/en/

Malaysia: 8-Point Human rights agenda for election candidates
Amnesty International | 2018-04-24
Since the last general elections in 2013, human rights in Malaysia have come under attack. In particular, the government has failed to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by police has continued. Refugees and asylum-seekers, LGBTI communities and Indigenous peoples' have also experienced violations of their rights. One of the top items of the new governments' agenda should be to address the regression of human rights in in Malaysia and act on pressing concerns, including those in this agenda.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa28/8244/2018/en/

Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience
Amnesty International | 2018-04-24
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/colin-kaepernick-ambassador-of-conscience/

Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Western-backed NGOs have been heavily involved in post-Soviet Armenia's education system, community and charity works, selling the public on the perception that Armenia's economic woes are directly the result of their corrupt, Russia friendly government. | The post Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests

School "Choice" Lurks Behind Arizona Teacher Walkout
Sarah Lahm | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-23
The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/school-choice-frames-backdrop-of-arizona-teacher-walkout-180423/

Texas Charter School Asked Students to List "Positive Aspects" of Slavery
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
An enraged father was in disbelief when he saw his eighth grader's homework assignment. The student was given a paper with two columns to fill out by listing the "positive aspects" and the "negative aspects" of life as a slave. | The worksheet was titled: "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View." | "What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here?!?" asked father Roberto Livar in a furious Facebook post. | Roberto's child, Manu, attends the San Antonio, Texas charter school Great Hearts Monte Vista, CNN reported. | The school has now come out and distanced itself from the assignment. | "To be clear, there is no debate about slavery. It is immoral and a crime against humanity," Superintendent Aaron Kindel said in a statement. | He continued: "Our review of the situation found this incident to…
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Trump: Another president trampling on international and U.S. law
John Wojcik | Article — People's World | 2018-04-23
The U.S. missile attack on Syria in response to unproven chemical weapons use by the Assad regime once again puts America in violation of the international laws that we claim to support. The UN charter forbids such action unless it is in self-defense or approved by the UN Security Council, neither of which applies in …

Trump: Another president trampling on international and U.S. law

Online Column Omitted Concerns About Sources on Syria Bombing
The Progressive Magazine | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-23
The column referenced an article by journalist Robert Fisk, whose findings are at odds with many reporters.
progressive.org/dispatches/online-article-omitted-concerns-about-sources-on-syria-bombi-180423/

Progressive U.S. Senate Candidates Are in Short Supply in the Midterm Elections
Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
It wasn't easy, but we found three promising candidates to pay attention to during the primaries. | I had an idea for an article earlier this week: I would look at some of the candidates challenging incumbents for U. S. Senate, who are peace-loving progressives who would work to end America's incessant wars at home and abroad. Then I started researching the story. And I discovered even Our Revolution hasn't endorsed a single candidate for U. S. Senate. Sure, there are races to watch. Politico and USA Today have conventional, slightly outdated, lightweight guides, if you care to read them. But what seems to be boiling down in all of those races (and what mainstream media seems to be missing) is that the Democratic incumbents have failed at this season's catch phrase, "resist," and the challengers to Republican and Democratic incumbents alike seem. . .
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Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…
truthdig.com/articles/students-as-teachers-facing-the-world-adults-are-wrecking/

William Shakespeare and the New World Order: "Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-04-23
William Shakespeare's birthday: he taught us never to despair in our resolve to confront the Lie. "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light". War criminals in high office are celebrated as messengers of peace: "And thus I clothe my naked villany. And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Shakespeare, the words of King Richard III)…
globalresearch.ca/william-shakespeare-and-the-new-world-order-hell-is-empty-and-all-the-devils-are-here/30493

A World of Peace? Towards a "Principled Foreign Policy" Based on Cooperation, Mutual Respect, International Law
John McDonnell | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The British and US governments have taken on the role of self-appointed global enforcers of the new world order, or rather disorder, that has emerged since the end of the Cold War. Far from solving issues like terrorism, their approach …
globalresearch.ca/a-world-of-peace-towards-a-principled-foreign-policy-based-on-cooperation-mutual-respect-international-law/5637443

Fear of Windfalls
Mike Ervin | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-23
Many residents in West Virginia are about to receive $525 because their water supply has been poisoned. How could this be a bad thing?
progressive.org/dispatches/fear-of-windfalls–180420/

Mueller Views Trump's 'Dangling Pardons' as Potential Obstruction of Justice, Legal Analyst Says
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
The president is talking about pardons an awful lot in recent days. There may be a reason for that. | Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump's recent efforts to exercise his pardon power as a part of his potential intention to obstruct justice, according to former U. S. Attorney Harry Litman. Litman made argued that Mueller could consider Trump's use of pardons as a subject of his inquiry on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace on Monday. "The indications are that [Mueller] is going to be giving a report that will have four different 'counts,' as it were, of potential obstruction," Litman said. "There's the Air Force One incident, there's the firing of Comey, there's the pressuring of Sessions. And the fourth is this dangling of pardons. "In recent weeks, Trump pardoned Bush administration official Scoot Libby for his crimes of lying. . .
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A History Professor Explains Why Trump's Presidency Appears to Be Reaching Its End
Ronald L. Feinman, History News Network | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
The president's administration is in worse shape than even critics expected. | The scandals surrounding President Donald Trump are metastasizing rapidly, much more than anyone would have thought just a few months ago. The investigation by Robert Mueller, now 11 months in duration, has been accumulating evidence of possible Russian collusion, obstruction of justice, abuse of power, violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, and the corruption surrounding many members of the Trump circle, including his own children and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But then the Stormy Daniels scandal, and other related shameful episodes involving other women became part of the equation, and the business dealings of Donald Trump in New York State were added to the complicated situation. And now, the seizure of materials and records of Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen raises the ante on the troubles and turmoil surrounding Donald. . .
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Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | This story was published because of support from readers like you. If you care about maintaining a free and independent media, make a donation to Truthout! | Something about…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44249-progressive-candidates-are-pulling-the-democratic-party-left-whether-the-establishment-likes-it-or-not

New York Politicians Seek to Make Highway Repairs Contingent on Placing Cops in Schools
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | Three state senators have sponsored a bill that will allow New York to fast-track the repair of crumbling highway infrastructure — on the condition that armed police be stationed in every school in New York City, public or private. | Democrat Simcha Felder joined Republicans Martin J. Golden and Andrew J. Lanza to propose Senate Bill S7867, which has a stated purpose of changing the contracting method for construction on the Bronx-Queens Expressway. | While there are many problems with the design-build method, it has broad support among politicians because it saves money and expedites the repair process. | Stipulating more cops in schools as part of an unrelated highway repair bill is a cynical political maneuver…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44253-it-s-the-cop-way-or-the-highway

Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel
Dr. Cesar Chelala | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel's government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee who had settled in Israel, responded, "I don't want Israelis to say that they didn't know." | Levy frequently travels to and writes about the Occupied Territories. As a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Levy wants to show the evils of the occupation and how it hurts not only the Palestinians but also the Israel that he loves so much. "I am an Israeli patriot. I want to be proud of my country. I want us to do the right thing," he declared. His writing has gained him several prestigious…

Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel

Unconditional Love for Israel, Silence for Palestine
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
This article was first published on Antiwar.com on April 17. | For a writer, any criticism of Israeli military action is a veritable "third-rail" in American politics. Touch that nerve and you're open to charges of anti-Semitism or worse. | Still, recent events in Gaza demand that some of us, at least, shed light on the plight of Palestinians. | Let us begin with a thought experiment: imagine dozens of unarmed, protesting Caucasian Christians or Jews–say, Israelis or Europeans–were shot dead by heavily armed brown folks, like, say Palestinian Muslims. What would we call this? That's easy: terrorism. How would the media cover such an event? Simple: extensively and emotionally, probably for many days. The smiling faces of the victims would be splashed across the screens of television networks from Fox News to MSNBC. | Heck, for proof just look to the…
truthdig.com/articles/unconditional-love-for-israel-and-silence-for-palestine/

Trump Biographer Explains How President's Con on Voters Will Implode Exactly Like His Casinos Did
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
We've seen this story before. | Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien has written a new column for Bloomberg outlining how President Donald Trump's time in the Oval Office is playing out much like his business career — but he warns that shouldn't be seen as a positive. O'Brien notes that Trump has succeeded in his life largely by using hyperbole and flat-out fabrications to fool others into seeing him as more wealthy and powerful than he really is. However, O'Brien warns that this sort of con eventually catches up with him, as it did when he bankrupted some of his own casinos. "Trump's love of the con — borrowing billions he couldn't repay so he could invest in splashy properties and projects he didn't understand — drew national attention and blanket media coverage just before the game unraveled in serial bankruptcies in the early 1990s,"
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Video: Carla Ortiz Debunks the Alleged "Humanitarian Mandate" of the "White Helmets" in Syria. They Work Hand in Glove with Al Qaeda
Carla Ortiz | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz debunks the humanitarian nature of the White Helmets in Syria, which is lauded by the corporate media for their unwavering efforts and determination to help Syrian civilians amid the ongoing crisis. But there is more than meets the eye. They are linked to al Qaeda…
globalresearch.ca/video-carla-ortiz-debunks-the-alleged-humanitarian-mandate-of-the-white-helmets-in-syria/5637352

Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria
Eric Margolis | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer of Syria. Tool of Moscow. Cruel despot. Monster. | These are all names the western media and politicians routinely heap on Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. He has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate. | As a veteran Mideast watcher, I find all this hard to swallow. Compared to other brutal Mideast leaders, Assad is pretty weak tea. The U.S./British propaganda effort to paint Assad in blackest colors is having a difficult time. | Mideast leaders who toe the U.S. line and make nice to Israel are invariably called 'statesmen' or 'president' by the American government and its increasingly tame media. Their repression is conveniently downplayed. | Saudi rulers are reverently treated by despite leading the world in executions. Last year, 44 people were publicly beheaded. In some years, around…

Wanted: The ‘Butcher of Damascus’ to Return Normalcy to Syria

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record, Raises Number of Beheadings by 70%, Lack of Basic Freedoms for Women and Girls
Press TV | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Protesters of the beheading of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia stage a mock beheading. (File photo) | In its latest report published Saturday, t he European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said executions by the Saudi government in the …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-arabias-human-rights-record-raises-number-of-beheadings-by-70-lack-of-basic-freedoms-for-women-and-girls/5637367

Political Unrest in Saudi Arabia? Gunfire Around Saudi King's Palace? Unconfirmed Reports
Global Research News | 2018-04-23
The Western media has casually dispelled the rumors of political unrest in Saudi Arabia. | There has been virtually no coverage of these unfolding events by the Western media. According to the National (UAE): Saudi state media dismissed rumours of political …
globalresearch.ca/political-unrest-in-saudi-arabia-heavy-gunfire-around-saudi-kings-palace/5637389

The 'Mad Dog' Speaks: Mattis Drops Syria Chemical Weapons Bombshell: "We Have No Evidence"
True Publica | Global Research | 2018-04-23
From Inter Press News Agency comes news that those with a critical and questioning mind, knew all along when it came to the pretext for bombing Syria due to the alleged and suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian …
globalresearch.ca/the-mad-dog-speaks-mattis-drops-syria-chemical-weapons-bombshell-we-have-no-evidence/5637463

Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising
Ellen Brown | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed's push to "tighten"?>…
globalresearch.ca/fox-in-the-hen-house-why-interest-rates-are-rising/5637407

Rudy Giuliani and the Collapse of the WTC Towers on 9/11
David Ray Griffin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Note: It is well known that Donald Trump as president has made many "excellent appointments" for people to be members of his administration — people such as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, and Rex Tillerson. Now …
globalresearch.ca/rudy-giuliani-and-the-collapse-of-wtc-towers-on-911/5637273

Could This Device End the Use of Animals in Medical Research?
Peggy Cunniff, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
An "organ-on-a-chip" could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. | They're about the size of a computer memory stick, yet they could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. They're called "organs-on-chips"–and they just might change the way researchers model diseases, develop drugs and approach personalized medicine. And in the process, they'll save the lives of countless animals. Chances are, you've heard about organs-on-chips–at least in passing. These tiny devices have been getting a lot of attention lately, both in the media and within the scientific community. But what are they, exactly? Organs-on-chips are specially-constructed systems that are designed to replicate the structure and function of human organs. Each "organ" contains transparent channels lined with living human cells. Multiple cell types can be incorporated into these devices to better mimic the complex microenvironments of human organs. The. . .
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Here's Why 1 in 5 College Students Struggle with Anxiety or Depression
David Rosenberg, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
From prescription drugs to technological dangers, students face a host of contributing factors. | Many of us think of college as a wondrous time of new experiences and great freedom to explore new ideas and find one's true self. In recent years, however, depression and anxiety have afflicted college students at alarming rates. As noted in the latest Center for Collegiate Mental Health report, anxiety and depression are the top reasons that college students seek counseling. Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 university students are affected with anxiety or depression. So why are these disorders so prevalent in our college students? As a professor of psychiatry and a practicing psychiatrist who has experience with mental health problems among college students, I see a number of factors. Dangers in technologySocial media and technology are among the most dangerous of these. . .
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The Origins of Violence? Slavery, Extractivism and War
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 — 9 July 1441) Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych, c. 1430–1440. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | "And the land, hitherto a common possession like the light of the sun and the …
globalresearch.ca/the-origins-of-violence-slavery-extractivism-and-war/5637336

Can an Independent Nationalist Become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)?
Richard Galustian | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Alain Daniel Shekomba (image on the left) is in his forties, married with three children. Shekomba's background: he was president of the student association of the University of Kinshasa. Shekomba holds a master's degree in physics from the University of …
globalresearch.ca/can-an-independent-nationalist-become-president-of-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-drc/5637392

Commemorating the Independence of Venezuela
Nino Pagliccia | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The main reason that brings us here today is to speak about Independence and its related notion of sovereignty. But why are we on the street to speak about such important values? | The reason is that we are speaking of …
globalresearch.ca/commemorating-the-independence-of-venezuela/5637403

This week in history: Protesting students occupy Columbia University
Special to PeoplesWorld.org | Article — People's World | 2018-04-23
Fifty years ago, at the height of protest against the Vietnam War, the actions at Columbia University in New York City were among the most highly visible and effective. The Columbia protests erupted over the spring of 1968 after students discovered links between the university and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a weapons research …

This week in history: Protesting students occupy Columbia University

Philip May, Husband of Prime Minister May: Yet Another Example of the 'Cosy Relationship' Between Government and the Arms Industry
Political Concern | Global Research | 2018-04-23
A Liverpool reader draws attention to the news that Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for Capital Group, the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in …
globalresearch.ca/philip-may-husband-of-prime-minister-may-yet-another-example-of-the-cosy-relationship-between-government-and-the-arms-industry/5637333

Forgotten War Crimes: NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia's State TV Headquarters "Wiped from the Record"
Shane Quinn | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Nineteen years ago, On 23 April 1999, a NATO missile attack on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters killed 16 employees of the state broadcaster. | The forgotten war crime occurred during the Kosovo War (March 1999-June 1999), and was …
globalresearch.ca/forgotten-war-crimes-natos-1999-attack-on-serbias-state-tv-headquarters-wiped-from-the-record/5625469

Earth Day: Conflict over the Future of the Planet
Kevin Zeese | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Photograph from climate march in Washington, DC, Union of Concerned Scientists. | On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In " Junk …
globalresearch.ca/earth-day-conflict-over-the-future-of-the-planet/5637345

Selected Articles: How the US Engineers the "Truth"
Global Research News | 2018-04-23
Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-how-the-us-engineers-the-truth/5637485

Video: Douma Chemical Attack Is Staged
Peter Ford | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford tells a BBC journalist and Western audiences to use their brains and think critically before falling into the propaganda of the Islamist jihadists. | This interview was conducted prior to Trump's attack on Syria …
globalresearch.ca/video-douma-chemical-attack-is-staged/5637374

The JFK Assassination and the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Edward Curtin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | The two …
globalresearch.ca/the-jfk-assassination-and-the-attacks-of-september-11-2001/5637355

Video: Asma Al-Assad on Syria's Children. President's Wife Slams Western Media Coverage of War
Asma al-Assad | Global Research | 2018-04-23
We bring to the attention of Global Research this interview with Asma Al-Assad, wife of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad with Russia24, first published in October 2016 | "The West is dividing our Children" | . | uploaded by the Daily Mail | | Order …
globalresearch.ca/video-asma-al-assad-on-syrias-children-presidents-wife-slams-western-media-coverage-of-war/5637380

The Mainstream Media Fueled Military Action in Syria, Reprisals Against Russia over the Skripal Affair
Philip Giraldi | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The complicity of America's Fourth Estate in the evolution of the national security warfare state is often mentioned in passing but rarely analyzed in any detail. But a recent article on Lobe Log by Adam Johnson is refreshing in that …
globalresearch.ca/the-mainstream-media-fueled-military-action-in-syria-reprisals-against-russia-over-the-skripal-affair/5637459

Right-Wing Parents Are Now Freaking Out About Their Children's Comprehensive Sex-Ed Classes
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Hate groups are trying to terrify parents into embracing their bigoted agendas. | Motivated by a right-wing Christian "mommy" blogger, anti-gay hate groups, Franklin Graham, the Benham Brothers, Breitbart, and Fox News, conservative parents are keeping kids home from school today in a boycott protesting comprehensive sex-ed they are calling "pornographic. " Some, like the Family Research Council, are likening sex-ed to child molestation, using the hashtag, #HandsOffOurKids. We are uniting with parents across the globe to demand that our rights as parents be respected regarding the teaching of sexuality and sexual orientation. #HandsOffOurKids! #SexEdSitOut pic. twitter. com/VaLkUHUcKs– FRC (@FRCdc) April 23, 2018″Pornographic sex ed is being implemented across our globe in an attempt to indoctrinate our children with 'sexual rights,' " a letter parents are being urged to send to their children's schools reads, the right. . .
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History: Was Napoleon The Forerunner of the European Union?
Fr. Andrey Tkachev | Global Research | 2018-04-23
When Napoleon crossed the Neman River and said about Russia, "May its fate come to pass", could we call it aggression on Russia by a nineteenth-century European Union? Whatever you call it, with the exception of the Balkans, which were …
globalresearch.ca/history-was-napoleon-the-forerunner-of-the-european-union/5637385

France's President Macron Says He Wants to Build "The New Syria" Together with the US
South Front | Global Research | 2018-04-23
On April 22, France's President Emmanuel Macron said during an interview with Fox News TV that France, the US and their allies should stay in Syria after the defeat of ISIS in order to build what he called "a new …
globalresearch.ca/frances-president-macron-says-he-wants-to-build-the-new-syria-together-the-us/5637474

Latin America in the Time of Trump: US Domination and The "Neo-Monroe Doctrine"
Prof. James Petras | Global Research | 2018-04-23
"I think the Monroe Doctrine is as relevant today as it was the day it was written (two centuries ago)". Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, February 2, 2017- March 31, 2018. | Introduction | President Trump cancelled his attendance at the Summit …
globalresearch.ca/latin-america-in-the-time-of-trump-us-domination-and-the-neo-monroe-doctrine/5637399

US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of the World's Dictatorships
Rich Whitney | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Selected article from the GR archive, first crossposted on GR in September 2017. | For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated …
globalresearch.ca/us-provides-military-assistance-to-73-percent-of-the-worlds-dictatorships/5611021

Poll Shows Support for Boosting Teachers' Pay
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
WASHINGTON–Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. | The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research come amid recent teacher strikes and other protests over low pay, tough classroom conditions and the amount of money allocated to public schools in several Republican-led states. | Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers voted last week to strike after rejecting an offer of a 20-percent raise, because it didn't include a vow from state lawmakers not to further cut taxes before providing more money for the state's schools. | "To educate children and barely get a living is obnoxious," said Elaine Penman, a company manager in Tucson, Arizona, who added she and others went outside to cheer on protesting teachers who were marching by.
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2018-04-23: News Headlines

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-23). Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests. MintPress News Western-backed NGOs have been heavily involved in post-Soviet Armenia's education system, community and charity works, selling the public on the perception that Armenia's economic woes are directly the result of their corrupt, Russia friendly government. | The post Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

Sarah Lahm (2018-04-23). School "Choice" Lurks Behind Arizona Teacher Walkout. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal.

Annie Waldman, ProPublica (2018-04-23). Shutdown of Texas Schools Investigation Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil Rights. AlterNet.org The U. S. Department of Education was investigating why black students in Bryan, Texas, are almost four times as likely as white students to be suspended. Then Betsy DeVos took over. | Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center. One Friday afternoon last October, after an incident at nearby Arthur L. Davila Middle School, a police officer arrested 13-year-old Trah'Vaeziah Jackson and brought her to the juvenile detention facility. She cried as employees patted her down, cut off her hair extensions, and took her photo and fingerprints. She was served dinner — chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and an apple in a styrofoam box with a carton. . .

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-23). William Shakespeare and the New World Order: "Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here" Global Research William Shakespeare's birthday: he taught us never to despair in our resolve to confront the Lie. "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light". War criminals in high office are celebrated as messengers of peace: "And thus I clothe my naked villany. And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Shakespeare, the words of King Richard III)…

Staff (2018-04-23). Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…

John McDonnell (2018-04-23). A World of Peace? Towards a "Principled Foreign Policy" Based on Cooperation, Mutual Respect, International Law. Global Research The British and US governments have taken on the role of self-appointed global enforcers of the new world order, or rather disorder, that has emerged since the end of the Cold War. Far from solving issues like terrorism, their approach …

Stephen Miles, Erich Pica, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-23). Senate Approval of Mike Pompeo's Secretary of State Nomination Would Spell Disaster for Planet Earth. AlterNet.org Making a Koch-supported climate denier the top U. S. diplomat is sheer lunacy. | It is hard to think of a worse candidate than Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department. As leaders of national organizations working toward a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world, we are not trying to sound hyperbolic in asserting that Pompeo is a threat to people everywhere and to the survival of the planet. His performance at last week's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing only confirmed how dangerous he really is. The Senate's confirmation of Pompeo to lead the CIA was a grave mistake, but thankfully, it is a mistake that can now be rectified. The Senate—particularly the 14 Democrats and one Independent who cast their vote for Pompeo to head the CIA—should make amends and reject Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state. No senator can now credibly argue. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not. Truthout Stories Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | This story was published because of support from readers like you. If you care about maintaining a free and independent media, make a donation to Truthout! | Something about…

Staff (2018-04-23). High Court Dives Into Trump Policy With Travel Ban Case. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The justices so far have had little to say about the president's time in office, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That's about to change. | The post High Court Dives Into Trump Policy With Travel Ban Case appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-23). The Shameful Silence of the CEOs. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Trump if their major financial backers — big business and Wall Street — had more backbone. | Ever since 1971, when the then future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, corporate money has flooded Washington — most of it into Republican coffers. | Today, big corporations and Wall Street essentially own the Republican Party. In the 2016 campaign cycle, they contributed $34 to candidates from both parties for every $1 donated by labor unions and all public interest organizations combined. | They donate far more to Republicans than do extremists like the Koch brothers, and have far more influence over the GOP than does the Tea Party. | Which means the CEOs of America's largest firms have the power to constrain the most dangerous, divisive, and anti-democratic president ever…

Carla Ortiz (2018-04-23). Video: Carla Ortiz Debunks the Alleged "Humanitarian Mandate" of the "White Helmets" in Syria. They Work Hand in Glove with Al Qaeda. Global Research Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz debunks the humanitarian nature of White Helmets in Syria. | The non-profit organization is lauded by the corporate media for their unwavering efforts and determination to help Syrian civilians amid the ongoing crisis. | But there is more …

Eric Margolis (2018-04-23). Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria. MintPress News Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer of Syria. Tool of Moscow. Cruel despot. Monster. | These are all names the western media and politicians routinely heap on Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. He has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate. | As a veteran Mideast watcher, I find all this hard to swallow. Compared to other brutal Mideast leaders, Assad is pretty weak tea. The U.S./British propaganda effort to paint Assad in blackest colors is having a difficult time. | Mideast leaders who toe the U.S. line and make nice to Israel are invariably called 'statesmen' or 'president' by the American government and its increasingly tame media. Their repression is conveniently downplayed. | Saudi rulers are reverently treated by despite leading the world in executions. Last year, 44 people were publicly beheaded. In some years, around…

Sarah Young (2018-04-23). Dad apologises for holding gun in photo with daughter and prom date. The Independent – US Prom season is here, and for millions of Americans that means corsages, sequins and the chance to take those obligatory pictures everybody loves to hate.

Fr. Andrey Tkachev (2018-04-23). History: Was Napoleon The Forerunner of the European Union? Global Research When Napoleon crossed the Neman River and said about Russia, "May its fate come to pass", could we call it aggression on Russia by a nineteenth-century European Union? Whatever you call it, with the exception of the Balkans, which were …

Nino Pagliccia (2018-04-23). Commemorating the Independence of Venezuela. Global Research The main reason that brings us here today is to speak about Independence and its related notion of sovereignty. But why are we on the street to speak about such important values? | The reason is that we are speaking of …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2018-04-23). Will Congress Write the President a "Blank Check for War"? Global Research This coming Monday, April 23, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to review a bill that would virtually give President Donald J. Trump a blank check to wage war anywhere in the world any time he pleases. | The Constitution …

Rich Whitney (2018-04-23). US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of the World's Dictatorships. Global Research Selected article from the GR archive, first crossposted on GR in September 2017. | For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated …

Kevin Zeese (2018-04-23). Earth Day: Conflict over the Future of the Planet. Global Research Featured image: Photograph from climate march in Washington, DC, Union of Concerned Scientists. | On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In " Junk

Global Research News (2018-04-23). Political Unrest in Saudi Arabia? Gunfire Around Saudi King's Palace? Unconfirmed Reports. Global Research The Western media has casually dispelled the rumors of political unrest in Saudi Arabia. | There has been virtually no coverage of these unfolding events by the Western media. According to the National (UAE): Saudi state media dismissed rumours of political …

Richard Galustian (2018-04-23). Can an Independent Nationalist Become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)? Global Research Alain Daniel Shekomba (image on the left) is in his forties, married with three children. Shekomba's background: he was president of the student association of the University of Kinshasa. Shekomba holds a master's degree in physics from the University of …

Peter Ford (2018-04-23). Video: Douma Chemical Attack Is Staged. Global Research Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford tells a BBC journalist and Western audiences to use their brains and think critically before falling into the propaganda of the Islamist jihadists. | This interview was conducted prior to Trump's attack on Syria …

Prof. James Petras (2018-04-23). Latin America in the Time of Trump: US Domination and The "Neo-Monroe Doctrine" Global Research "I think the Monroe Doctrine is as relevant today as it was the day it was written (two centuries ago)". Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, Feb. 2, 3027-March 31, 2018. | Introduction | President Trump cancelled his attendance at the Summit of …

Shane Quinn (2018-04-23). Forgotten War Crimes: NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia's State TV Headquarters "Wiped from the Record" Global Research Nineteen years ago, On 23 April 1999, a NATO missile attack on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters killed 16 employees of the state broadcaster. | The forgotten war crime occurred during the Kosovo War (March 1999-June 1999), and was …

Ellen Brown (2018-04-23). Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising. Global Research The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed's push to "tighten"? | On March 31…

Political Concern (2018-04-23). Philip May, Husband of Prime Minister May: Yet Another Example of the 'Cosy Relationship' Between Government and the Arms Industry. Global Research A Liverpool reader draws attention to the news that Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for Capital Group, the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in …

Edward Curtin (2018-04-23). The JFK Assassination and the Attacks of September 11, 2001. Global Research Featured image: Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | The two …

Press TV (2018-04-23). Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record, Raises Number of Beheadings by 70%, Lack of Basic Freedoms for Women and Girls. Global Research Featured image: Protesters of the beheading of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia stage a mock beheading. (File photo) | In its latest report published Saturday, t he European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said executions by the Saudi government in the …

David Ray Griffin (2018-04-23). Rudy Giuliani and the Collapse of the WTC Towers on 9/11. Global Research Note: It is well known that Donald Trump as president has made many "excellent appointments" for people to be members of his administration — people such as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, and Rex Tillerson. Now …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2018-04-23). The Origins of Violence? Slavery, Extractivism and War. Global Research Featured image: Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 — 9 July 1441) Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych, c. 1430—1440. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | "And the land, hitherto a common possession like the light of the sun and the …

Asma al-Assad (2018-04-23). Video: Asma Al-Assad on Syria's Children. President's Wife Slams Western Media Coverage of War. Global Research We bring to the attention of Global Research this interview with Asma Al-Assad, wife of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad with Russia24, first published in October 2016 | "The West is dividing our Children" | . | | uploaded by the Daily Mail |
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Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-04-23). Reporter Suri Crowe Told the Truth About Climate Change — so Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting Showed Her the Door. AlterNet.org Climate change wasn't the only reporting done by Crowe were she ruffled the feathers at Sinclair. | Buzzfeed has the story of Suri Crowe, a Virginia reporter who dared to tell the truth about the human cause behind climate change. After her report aired, Crowe was criticized by management and ordered to "balance" her reporting. In one 2015 instance, the former news director of WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia, Len Stevens, criticized reporter Suri Crowe because she "clearly laid out the argument that human activities cause global warming, but had nothing from the side that questions the science behind such claims and points to more natural causes for such warming. "The truth is that the groups questioning the science behind such claims have no science to back them up. What they have is a network of "institutes" that consist of nothing but publicity. . .

Amnesty International (2018-04-23). El Salvador: Lawmakers must approve bill to decriminalize abortion. Amnesty International El Salvador's Legislative Assembly must seize the historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion before the current legislative cycle closes at the end of April, said Amnesty International today. | "Having wasted several opportunities to decriminalize abortion in recent weeks, El Salvador's lawmakers must act now to pass this landmark reform, which would save the lives of countless women and girls," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International. | "The horrendous total ban on abortion violates the right to life, health and to be free from torture and other ill-treatment, impacting half of the country's population. Failure to end this injustice would be a devastating step backwards for human rights in El Salvador." |

Amnesty International (2018-04-23). Maldives: One year later, no justice for Yameen Rasheed. Amnesty International On the anniversary of the killing of the popular Maldivian blogger and social media personality, Yameen Rasheed, Amnesty International and CIVICUS call on the Maldivian authorities to bring his killers to justice. | In a shocking murder that marked a worrying attack on freedom of expression and sent a shiver of fear throughout Maldivian civil society, Yameen Rasheed, 29, was found stabbed to death on 23rd April 2017 outside his apartment building. He had received multiple death threats before his murder, which he had reported to the police. | "One year later, we have seen no action from the Maldivian authorities. Not only did they fail to protect Yameen during his lifetime, they have also failed to effectively investigate his murder and hold his killers accountable. His loved ones and friends should not have to wait any longer for…

Amnesty International (2018-04-23. Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience. Amnesty International

Democracy Now! (2018-04-23). Headlines for April 23, 2018. Democracy Now! North Korea to Freeze Nuclear Tests Ahead of Trump Summit, French President Macron in U.S. for Three-Day State Visit, Manhunt Underway for Tennessee Shooter Who Killed 4 People of Color, Afghanistan: Suicide Bomb Kills 57, Injures 119 at Voter ID Center, Israeli Snipers Kill 4 More Palestinians at Gaza's Militarized Border, Palestinian Engineer Assassinated in Malaysia; Family Blames Mossad, Syrian Military Bombards Last Opposition-Held Areas Around Damascus, Nicaraguan President Scraps Pension Rollback as Protest Death Toll Hits 26, Peru: Assassinated Forest Defender Olivia Arévalo Lomas Laid to Rest, Armenia: Thousands Protest Power Grab by Leader Serzh Sargsyan, Arizona Teachers Authorize a Strike, Demanding Public Education Funds, Harvard Student Teaching Assistants Vote to Unionize, Climate Denier Jim Bridenstine Narrowly Confirmed as NASA Chief, HSBC Pledges to Roll Back Financing of Fossil Fuel Projects, Women Claim 5 of 6 Goldman Environmental Prizes for 2018, Georgia: Police Arrest 10 Anti-Fascist Protesters as Neo-Nazis Rally, Herman Bell Set to Be Freed on Parole After 45 Years in Prison, Colin Kaepernick Wins Amnesty's Ambassador of Conscience Award…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-23). How Black Students Helped Lead the 1968 Columbia U. Strike Against Militarism & Racism 50 Years Ago. Democracy Now! Fifty years ago today, on April 23, 1968, hundreds of students at Columbia University in New York started a revolt on campus. They occupied five buildings, including the president's office in Low Library, then students barricaded themselves inside the buildings for days. They were protesting Columbia's ties to military research and plans to build a university gymnasium in a public park in Harlem. The protests began less than three weeks after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 1968 Columbia uprising led to one of the largest mass arrests in New York City history—more than 700 people arrested on April 30. It also inspired student protests across the country. Today, we spend the hour looking back at this pivotal moment. We are joined by Raymond Brown, former leader of the Student Afro-American Society; Nancy Biberman, a Barnard College student who joined the protests as a member of Students for Democratic Society; Mark Rudd, chair of the Columbia University chapter of SDS during the student strike; and Paul Cronin, editor of the new book "A Time to Stir: Columbia '68." We also feature excerpts from the 1968 documentary "Columbia Revolt" by Third World Newsreel.

Debbie Nathan (2018-04-23). How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents. The Intercept Last November, reports that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country. The agents were found injured and unconscious at the bottom of a culvert off Interstate 10. Agent Rogelio Martinez soon died from his injuries. Early reports in right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart suggested that the perpetrators were undocumented immigrants, and President Donald Trump quickly embraced the narrative to bolster his campaign for a border wall. | To people familiar with the harsh terrain and the habits of undocumented border crossers, however, the news made little sense. Why would immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. hang out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the border, waiting to randomly attack law enforcement officers? | It was four months before the FBI concluded its investigation…

Staff (2018-04-22). Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? (Video). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Yes, but at a huge cost to our system, and to Trump's presidency. | Begin with the law: Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be based on a finding that the special counsel was guilty of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies." | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, so the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, is in charge. If Trump directed Rosenstein to fire Mueller, Rosenstein would have to find "good cause" to remove Mueller, or repeal the Department's regulation requiring such a finding, and then fire Mueller. | If Rosenstein refused, Trump…

Juan Cole (2018-04-22). Top Six Reasons Pompeo Should Not be Secretary of State. Global Research NBC is reporting that Mike Pompeo lacks the votes in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to have his nomination to be Secretary of State be favorably reported out of committee on Monday night. Democrats on the committee have expressed fears …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-22). VIDEO. L'Arte della Guerra — Falsi made in Usa e bugie made in Italy. Global Research Per motivare la guerra del 2003, gli Usa accusarono l'Iraq di possedere armi di distruzione di massa: il segretario di stato Colin Powell presentà≤ all'Onu una serie di ´prove ª risultate poi false, come ha dovuto ammettere lui stesso nel 2016. …

Johann Hari, Salon (2018-04-22). Are Psychedelics the Answer to Addiction and Depression? AlterNet.org A new generation of research into psilocybin could change how we treat numerous mental health conditions | Roland Griffiths was trying to meditate — but he couldn't do it. If he sat there for a few minutes, it felt as through hours were stretching out before him, like a long, slow torture. So he quit. This tall, thin young scientist, who was rapidly rising through the ranks of academic psychology, would not meditate again for twenty years — but when he returned to mindfulness, he became part of unlocking something crucial. Professor Griffiths was going to make a breakthrough — just not for himself, but for all of us. I came to Roland Griffiths' door towards the end of a 40,000-mile journey, from Sydney to Sao Paulo to San Francisco. I set out on this trek to interview the world's leading experts on. . .

Federico Pieraccini (2018-04-22). Lies and Deception in the Failed US Strike on Syria. Global Research At 4am on April 14, the United States, France and the United Kingdom executed a strike on Syria. The Syrian Free Press reported: US Navy warships in the Red Sea and Air Force B-1B bombers and F-15 and F-16 aircraft …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-22). VIDEO — A arte da Guerra — Falsidades 'Made in USA' e mentiras 'Made in Italy'. Global Research Para motivar a guerra de 2003, os EUA acusaram o Iraque de possuir armas de destruiàßà£o em massa: o Secretário de Estado, Colin Powell, apresentou à ONU uma série de "provas" depois demonstradas falsas, como ele mesmo teve de admitir …

Global Research News (2018-04-22). Selected Articles: Airstrikes and Lawsuits: Cui Bono? Global Research Global Research is a small team that believes in the power of information and analysis to bring about far-reaching societal change including a world without war. | Truth in media is a powerful instrument. As long as we keep probing, asking …

The Conversation (2018-04-22). What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power. AlterNet.org Who really runs the world? | The ability to transform yourself — and the cultural expectation that we should — has changed the way we think about authenticity. Today, celebrities are often valued less for their "natural beauty" and more for working on their appearance in transformative ways. Women admire the famous for their ability to style themselves, while countless articles are published every day about their weight loss. On one level, this is a democratisation of attractiveness — if we learn the techniques we can all do it. But it also makes femininity a highly crafted performance. This all ties into a wider cultural shift. In a range of ways, we now produce ourselves to be viewed by others. Instagram stars, for example, create highly crafted representations of "authentic" living. And apps can "enhance" the images posted on social media. But when. . .

Scott Ritter (2018-04-22). A Shocking Lack of "Intelligence" in Our Missile Strike on Syria. Global Research It was a scene that has played out before the American public on multiple occasions in recent history: Representatives of the American defense establishment walked out onto a stage backed by light-blue drapery sporting an oval-shaped sign containing the words …

Masud Wadan (2018-04-22). "Modernizing Saudi Arabia" and the Middle East Geopolitical Chessboard. Global Research Saudi Arabia is undergoing a dramatic shift in decades. Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammad bin Salman made unexpectedly a gigantic leap into becoming potential successor of Salman bin Abdulaziz. This Arab state is the dearest ally of the West …

The Conversation (2018-04-22). How Philip K. Dick Redefined What It Means To Be (In)Human. AlterNet.org I think, therefore I am human? | Fifty years ago, Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? questioned what it means to be human in ways that have an immense lasting influence. The action of the novel — and the Blade Runner films based on it — largely revolves around the central tension and struggle between biological humans and artificially constructed androids. Arguably, however, the story's greatest continuing relevance is in the way it challenges a particular image of the human that has come to dominate in modern Western culture. This image portrays certain qualities — whiteness, masculinity, heterosexuality, rationalism, professional success and physical prowess — as the ideal symbols of humanity's success. The novel revolves around the efforts of bounty hunter Rick Deckard, in his quest to identify, track, and destroy androids posing as biological humans. Unsurprisingly, he repeatedly. . .

Jordan Smith (2018-04-22). The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond. The Intercept Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted based on the dubious science of two doctors who dominated the state's death investigation system. | The post The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond appeared first on The Intercept.

BLM (2018-04-21). 2018-04-21: News Headlines. Black Lives & Me Staff (2018-04-21). Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists AMSTERDAM—Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. | The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a […]…

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Shutdown of Texas Schools Investigation Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil Rights
Annie Waldman, ProPublica | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
The U. S. Department of Education was investigating why black students in Bryan, Texas, are almost four times as likely as white students to be suspended. Then Betsy DeVos took over. | Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center. One Friday afternoon last October, after an incident at nearby Arthur L. Davila Middle School, a police officer arrested 13-year-old Trah'Vaeziah Jackson and brought her to the juvenile detention facility. She cried as employees patted her down, cut off her hair extensions, and took her photo and fingerprints. She was served dinner — chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and an apple in a styrofoam box with a carton. . .
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Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Western-backed NGOs have been heavily involved in post-Soviet Armenia's education system, community and charity works, selling the public on the perception that Armenia's economic woes are directly the result of their corrupt, Russia friendly government. | The post Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests appeared first on MintPress News.

Western-Backed Regime Change Looms As Armenia PM Resigns Following Mass Protests

School "Choice" Lurks Behind Arizona Teacher Walkout
Sarah Lahm | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-23
The state has become an experimental playground for an untethered, unregulated form of education privatization, and teachers and students are on the short end of the deal.
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A World of Peace? Towards a "Principled Foreign Policy" Based on Cooperation, Mutual Respect, International Law
John McDonnell | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The British and US governments have taken on the role of self-appointed global enforcers of the new world order, or rather disorder, that has emerged since the end of the Cold War. Far from solving issues like terrorism, their approach …
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Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…
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Senate Approval of Mike Pompeo's Secretary of State Nomination Would Spell Disaster for Planet Earth
Stephen Miles, Erich Pica, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Making a Koch-supported climate denier the top U. S. diplomat is sheer lunacy. | It is hard to think of a worse candidate than Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department. As leaders of national organizations working toward a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world, we are not trying to sound hyperbolic in asserting that Pompeo is a threat to people everywhere and to the survival of the planet. His performance at last week's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing only confirmed how dangerous he really is. The Senate's confirmation of Pompeo to lead the CIA was a grave mistake, but thankfully, it is a mistake that can now be rectified. The Senate–particularly the 14 Democrats and one Independent who cast their vote for Pompeo to head the CIA–should make amends and reject Pompeo's nomination for secretary of state. No senator can now credibly argue. . .
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William Shakespeare and the New World Order: "Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-04-23
William Shakespeare's birthday: he taught us never to despair in our resolve to confront the Lie. "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light". War criminals in high office are celebrated as messengers of peace: "And thus I clothe my naked villany. And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Shakespeare, the words of King Richard III)…
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High Court Dives Into Trump Policy With Travel Ban Case
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
The justices so far have had little to say about the president's time in office, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That's about to change. | The post High Court Dives Into Trump Policy With Travel Ban Case appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Progressive Candidates Are Pulling the Democratic Party Left, Whether the Establishment Likes It or Not
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | This story was published because of support from readers like you. If you care about maintaining a free and independent media, make a donation to Truthout! | Something about…
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The Shameful Silence of the CEOs
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Trump if their major financial backers — big business and Wall Street — had more backbone. | Ever since 1971, when the then future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, corporate money has flooded Washington — most of it into Republican coffers. | Today, big corporations and Wall Street essentially own the Republican Party. In the 2016 campaign cycle, they contributed $34 to candidates from both parties for every $1 donated by labor unions and all public interest organizations combined. | They donate far more to Republicans than do extremists like the Koch brothers, and have far more influence over the GOP than does the Tea Party. | Which means the CEOs of America's largest firms have the power to constrain the most dangerous, divisive, and anti-democratic president ever…
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Video: Carla Ortiz Debunks the Alleged "Humanitarian Mandate" of the "White Helmets" in Syria. They Work Hand in Glove with Al Qaeda
Carla Ortiz | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz debunks the humanitarian nature of White Helmets in Syria. | The non-profit organization is lauded by the corporate media for their unwavering efforts and determination to help Syrian civilians amid the ongoing crisis. | But there is more …
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Dad apologises for holding gun in photo with daughter and prom date
Sarah Young | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
Prom season is here, and for millions of Americans that means corsages, sequins and the chance to take those obligatory pictures everybody loves to hate.
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/jay-feely-gun-photo-daughter-prom-date-twitter-nfl-player-a8317791.html

Wanted: The 'Butcher of Damascus' to Return Normalcy to Syria
Eric Margolis | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Butcher of Damascus. Gasser of children. Baby Killer of Syria. Tool of Moscow. Cruel despot. Monster. | These are all names the western media and politicians routinely heap on Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. He has now become the top Mideast villain, the man we love to hate. | As a veteran Mideast watcher, I find all this hard to swallow. Compared to other brutal Mideast leaders, Assad is pretty weak tea. The U.S./British propaganda effort to paint Assad in blackest colors is having a difficult time. | Mideast leaders who toe the U.S. line and make nice to Israel are invariably called 'statesmen' or 'president' by the American government and its increasingly tame media. Their repression is conveniently downplayed. | Saudi rulers are reverently treated by despite leading the world in executions. Last year, 44 people were publicly beheaded. In some years, around…

Wanted: The ‘Butcher of Damascus’ to Return Normalcy to Syria

Rudy Giuliani and the Collapse of the WTC Towers on 9/11
David Ray Griffin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Note: It is well known that Donald Trump as president has made many "excellent appointments" for people to be members of his administration — people such as Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, and Rex Tillerson. Now …
globalresearch.ca/rudy-giuliani-and-the-collapse-of-wtc-towers-on-911/5637273

Will Congress Write the President a "Blank Check for War"?
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | Global Research | 2018-04-23
This coming Monday, April 23, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to review a bill that would virtually give President Donald J. Trump a blank check to wage war anywhere in the world any time he pleases. | The Constitution …
globalresearch.ca/will-congress-write-the-president-a-blank-check-for-war/5637349

Commemorating the Independence of Venezuela
Nino Pagliccia | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The main reason that brings us here today is to speak about Independence and its related notion of sovereignty. But why are we on the street to speak about such important values? | The reason is that we are speaking of …
globalresearch.ca/commemorating-the-independence-of-venezuela/5637403

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record, Raises Number of Beheadings by 70%, Lack of Basic Freedoms for Women and Girls
Press TV | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Protesters of the beheading of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia stage a mock beheading. (File photo) | In its latest report published Saturday, t he European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said executions by the Saudi government in the …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-arabias-human-rights-record-raises-number-of-beheadings-by-70-lack-of-basic-freedoms-for-women-and-girls/5637367

The Origins of Violence? Slavery, Extractivism and War
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 — 9 July 1441) Crucifixion and Last Judgement diptych, c. 1430–1440. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | "And the land, hitherto a common possession like the light of the sun and the …
globalresearch.ca/the-origins-of-violence-slavery-extractivism-and-war/5637336

Political Unrest in Saudi Arabia? Gunfire Around Saudi King's Palace? Unconfirmed Reports
Global Research News | 2018-04-23
The Western media has casually dispelled the rumors of political unrest in Saudi Arabia. | There has been virtually no coverage of these unfolding events by the Western media. According to the National (UAE): Saudi state media dismissed rumours of political …
globalresearch.ca/political-unrest-in-saudi-arabia-heavy-gunfire-around-saudi-kings-palace/5637389

The JFK Assassination and the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Edward Curtin | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | The two …
globalresearch.ca/the-jfk-assassination-and-the-attacks-of-september-11-2001/5637355

Can an Independent Nationalist Become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)?
Richard Galustian | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Alain Daniel Shekomba (image on the left) is in his forties, married with three children. Shekomba's background: he was president of the student association of the University of Kinshasa. Shekomba holds a master's degree in physics from the University of …
globalresearch.ca/can-an-independent-nationalist-become-president-of-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-drc/5637392

Video: Asma Al-Assad on Syria's Children. President's Wife Slams Western Media Coverage of War
Asma al-Assad | Global Research | 2018-04-23
We bring to the attention of Global Research this interview with Asma Al-Assad, wife of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad with Russia24, first published in October 2016 | "The West is dividing our Children" | . | uploaded by the Daily Mail | | Order …
globalresearch.ca/video-asma-al-assad-on-syrias-children-presidents-wife-slams-western-media-coverage-of-war/5637380

Latin America in the Time of Trump: US Domination and The "Neo-Monroe Doctrine"
Prof. James Petras | Global Research | 2018-04-23
"I think the Monroe Doctrine is as relevant today as it was the day it was written (two centuries ago)". Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, Feb. 2, 3027-March 31, 2018. | Introduction | President Trump cancelled his attendance at the Summit of …
globalresearch.ca/latin-america-in-the-time-of-trump-us-domination-and-the-neo-monroe-doctrine/5637399

Philip May, Husband of Prime Minister May: Yet Another Example of the 'Cosy Relationship' Between Government and the Arms Industry
Political Concern | Global Research | 2018-04-23
A Liverpool reader draws attention to the news that Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for Capital Group, the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in …
globalresearch.ca/philip-may-husband-of-prime-minister-may-yet-another-example-of-the-cosy-relationship-between-government-and-the-arms-industry/5637333

Earth Day: Conflict over the Future of the Planet
Kevin Zeese | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Featured image: Photograph from climate march in Washington, DC, Union of Concerned Scientists. | On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In " Junk …
globalresearch.ca/earth-day-conflict-over-the-future-of-the-planet/5637345

Forgotten War Crimes: NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia's State TV Headquarters "Wiped from the Record"
Shane Quinn | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Nineteen years ago, On 23 April 1999, a NATO missile attack on Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) headquarters killed 16 employees of the state broadcaster. | The forgotten war crime occurred during the Kosovo War (March 1999-June 1999), and was …
globalresearch.ca/forgotten-war-crimes-natos-1999-attack-on-serbias-state-tv-headquarters-wiped-from-the-record/5625469

US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of the World's Dictatorships
Rich Whitney | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Selected article from the GR archive, first crossposted on GR in September 2017. | For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated …
globalresearch.ca/us-provides-military-assistance-to-73-percent-of-the-worlds-dictatorships/5611021

Video: Douma Chemical Attack Is Staged
Peter Ford | Global Research | 2018-04-23
Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford tells a BBC journalist and Western audiences to use their brains and think critically before falling into the propaganda of the Islamist jihadists. | This interview was conducted prior to Trump's attack on Syria …
globalresearch.ca/video-douma-chemical-attack-is-staged/5637374

Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising
Ellen Brown | Global Research | 2018-04-23
The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed's push to "tighten"? | On March 31…
globalresearch.ca/fox-in-the-hen-house-why-interest-rates-are-rising/5637407

History: Was Napoleon The Forerunner of the European Union?
Fr. Andrey Tkachev | Global Research | 2018-04-23
When Napoleon crossed the Neman River and said about Russia, "May its fate come to pass", could we call it aggression on Russia by a nineteenth-century European Union? Whatever you call it, with the exception of the Balkans, which were …
globalresearch.ca/history-was-napoleon-the-forerunner-of-the-european-union/5637385

Reporter Suri Crowe Told the Truth About Climate Change — so Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting Showed Her the Door
Mark Sumner, Daily Kos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Climate change wasn't the only reporting done by Crowe were she ruffled the feathers at Sinclair. | Buzzfeed has the story of Suri Crowe, a Virginia reporter who dared to tell the truth about the human cause behind climate change. After her report aired, Crowe was criticized by management and ordered to "balance" her reporting. In one 2015 instance, the former news director of WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia, Len Stevens, criticized reporter Suri Crowe because she "clearly laid out the argument that human activities cause global warming, but had nothing from the side that questions the science behind such claims and points to more natural causes for such warming. "The truth is that the groups questioning the science behind such claims have no science to back them up. What they have is a network of "institutes" that consist of nothing but publicity. . .
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El Salvador: Lawmakers must approve bill to decriminalize abortion
Amnesty International | 2018-04-23
El Salvador's Legislative Assembly must seize the historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion before the current legislative cycle closes at the end of April, said Amnesty International today. | "Having wasted several opportunities to decriminalize abortion in recent weeks, El Salvador's lawmakers must act now to pass this landmark reform, which would save the lives of countless women and girls," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International. | "The horrendous total ban on abortion violates the right to life, health and to be free from torture and other ill-treatment, impacting half of the country's population. Failure to end this injustice would be a devastating step backwards for human rights in El Salvador." |
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/maldives-one-year-later-no-justice-for-yameen/

Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience
Amnesty International | 2018-04-23
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/colin-kaepernick-ambassador-of-conscience/

How Black Students Helped Lead the 1968 Columbia U. Strike Against Militarism & Racism 50 Years Ago
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-23
Fifty years ago today, on April 23, 1968, hundreds of students at Columbia University in New York started a revolt on campus. They occupied five buildings, including the president's office in Low Library, then students barricaded themselves inside the buildings for days. They were protesting Columbia's ties to military research and plans to build a university gymnasium in a public park in Harlem. The protests began less than three weeks after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 1968 Columbia uprising led to one of the largest mass arrests in New York City history–more than 700 people arrested on April 30. It also inspired student protests across the country. Today, we spend the hour looking back at this pivotal moment. We are joined by Raymond Brown, former leader of the Student Afro-American Society; Nancy Biberman, a Barnard College student who joined the protests as a member of Students for Democratic Society; Mark Rudd, chair of the Columbia University chapter of SDS during the student strike; and Paul Cronin, editor of the new book "A Time to Stir: Columbia '68." We also feature excerpts from the 1968 documentary "Columbia Revolt" by Third World Newsreel.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/23/how_black_students_helped_lead_the

How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents
Debbie Nathan | The Intercept | 2018-04-23
Last November, reports that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country. The agents were found injured and unconscious at the bottom of a culvert off Interstate 10. Agent Rogelio Martinez soon died from his injuries. Early reports in right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart suggested that the perpetrators were undocumented immigrants, and President Donald Trump quickly embraced the narrative to bolster his campaign for a border wall. | To people familiar with the harsh terrain and the habits of undocumented border crossers, however, the news made little sense. Why would immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. hang out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the border, waiting to randomly attack law enforcement officers? | It was four months before the FBI concluded its investigation…
theintercept.com/2018/04/23/border-patrol-agents-assaulted-cbp-fbi/

Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? (Video)
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
Yes, but at a huge cost to our system, and to Trump's presidency. | Begin with the law: Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be based on a finding that the special counsel was guilty of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies." | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, so the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, is in charge. If Trump directed Rosenstein to fire Mueller, Rosenstein would have to find "good cause" to remove Mueller, or repeal the Department's regulation requiring such a finding, and then fire Mueller. | If Rosenstein refused, Trump…
truthdig.com/videos/can-trump-fire-special-counsel-robert-mueller-video/

VIDEO. L'Arte della Guerra — Falsi made in Usa e bugie made in Italy
Manlio Dinucci | Global Research | 2018-04-22
Per motivare la guerra del 2003, gli Usa accusarono l'Iraq di possedere armi di distruzione di massa: il segretario di stato Colin Powell presentà≤ all'Onu una serie di ´prove ª risultate poi false, come ha dovuto ammettere lui stesso nel 2016. …
globalresearch.ca/video-larte-della-guerra-falsi-made-in-usa-e-bugie-made-in-italy/5637218

Are Psychedelics the Answer to Addiction and Depression?
Johann Hari, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
A new generation of research into psilocybin could change how we treat numerous mental health conditions | Roland Griffiths was trying to meditate — but he couldn't do it. If he sat there for a few minutes, it felt as through hours were stretching out before him, like a long, slow torture. So he quit. This tall, thin young scientist, who was rapidly rising through the ranks of academic psychology, would not meditate again for twenty years — but when he returned to mindfulness, he became part of unlocking something crucial. Professor Griffiths was going to make a breakthrough — just not for himself, but for all of us. I came to Roland Griffiths' door towards the end of a 40,000-mile journey, from Sydney to Sao Paulo to San Francisco. I set out on this trek to interview the world's leading experts on. . .
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Lies and Deception in the Failed US Strike on Syria
Federico Pieraccini | Global Research | 2018-04-22
At 4am on April 14, the United States, France and the United Kingdom executed a strike on Syria. The Syrian Free Press reported: US Navy warships in the Red Sea and Air Force B-1B bombers and F-15 and F-16 aircraft …
globalresearch.ca/lies-and-deception-in-the-failed-us-strike-on-syria/5637313

A Shocking Lack of "Intelligence" in Our Missile Strike on Syria
Scott Ritter | Global Research | 2018-04-22
It was a scene that has played out before the American public on multiple occasions in recent history: Representatives of the American defense establishment walked out onto a stage backed by light-blue drapery sporting an oval-shaped sign containing the words …
globalresearch.ca/a-shocking-lack-of-intelligence-in-our-missile-strike-on-syria/5637311

Selected Articles: Airstrikes and Lawsuits: Cui Bono?
Global Research News | 2018-04-22
Global Research is a small team that believes in the power of information and analysis to bring about far-reaching societal change including a world without war. | Truth in media is a powerful instrument. As long as we keep probing, asking …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-airstrikes-and-lawsuits-cui-bono/5637316

Top Six Reasons Pompeo Should Not be Secretary of State
Juan Cole | Global Research | 2018-04-22
NBC is reporting that Mike Pompeo lacks the votes in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to have his nomination to be Secretary of State be favorably reported out of committee on Monday night. Democrats on the committee have expressed fears …
globalresearch.ca/top-six-reasons-pompeo-should-not-be-secretary-of-state/5637306

VIDEO — A arte da Guerra — Falsidades 'Made in USA' e mentiras 'Made in Italy'
Manlio Dinucci | Global Research | 2018-04-22
Para motivar a guerra de 2003, os EUA acusaram o Iraque de possuir armas de destruiàßà£o em massa: o Secretário de Estado, Colin Powell, apresentou à ONU uma série de "provas" depois demonstradas falsas, como ele mesmo teve de admitir …
globalresearch.ca/video-a-arte-da-guerra-falsidades-made-in-usa-e-mentiras-made-in-italy/5637215

"Modernizing Saudi Arabia" and the Middle East Geopolitical Chessboard
Masud Wadan | Global Research | 2018-04-22
Saudi Arabia is undergoing a dramatic shift in decades. Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammad bin Salman made unexpectedly a gigantic leap into becoming potential successor of Salman bin Abdulaziz. This Arab state is the dearest ally of the West …
globalresearch.ca/modernizing-saudi-arabia-and-the-middle-east-geopolitical-chessboard/5635342

The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond
Jordan Smith | The Intercept | 2018-04-22
Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted based on the dubious science of two doctors who dominated the state's death investigation system. | The post The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/04/22/junk-forensics-mississippi-cadaver-king-country-dentist-interview/

Fruitless Syrian Peace Process. Saudi Troops to Replace Pentagon Soldiers
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-21
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Years of Geneva and Astana talks (along with one Sochi round) achieved no breakthroughs — nothing toward resolving years of US-launched aggression in …
globalresearch.ca/fruitless-syrian-peace-process-saudi-troops-to-replace-pentagon-soldiers/5637156

BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
"After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel's recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies." — BDS statement | The post BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies appeared first on MintPress News.

BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of “Jewish Nobel” Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies

Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past
Mark Anthony Rolo | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-21
Prior to colonization, American Indians had their own values of tolerance and acceptance. Forgetting those values not only threatens our tradition, but our right to tribal sovereignty.
progressive.org/dispatches/going-native-reclaiming-tribal-values-of-our-past-180420/

Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
The suspension of Ecuador's role as mediator in Colombia comes amid its broader shift to the right and realignment with the United States by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. | The post Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

Ecuador’s Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks

The European Parliament Calls for Immediate End to Blockade on Gaza
TPIC | Global Research | 2018-04-21
The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday called for an immediate and unconditional end to the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and condemned the Israeli killing of peaceful protesters near Gaza's eastern border over the past three weeks. | The Parliament …
globalresearch.ca/the-european-parliament-calls-for-immediate-end-to-blockade-on-gaza/5637165

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Staff (2018-04-22). Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? (Video). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Yes, but at a huge cost to our system, and to Trump's presidency. | Begin with the law: Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be based on a finding that the special counsel was guilty of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies." | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, so the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, is in charge. If Trump directed Rosenstein to fire Mueller, Rosenstein would have to find "good cause" to remove Mueller, or repeal the Department's regulation requiring such a finding, and then fire Mueller. | If Rosenstein refused, Trump…

Emily Wilson (2018-04-22). Jessica Hagedorn's Love Letter to 1970s San Francisco Comes to Stage. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Filipina author Jessica Hagedorn may be best known for novels like "Toxicology," "The Gangster of Love" and "Dogeaters," but this versatile writer is also no stranger to the stage. In 2016, she transformed "Dogeaters," winner of an American Book Award in 1990, into a dramatic production for San Francisco's Magic Theatre. Following that work, set in Manila during the 1980s, Hagedorn turned another tale drawn from her background into a play. | This time, she has adapted "The Gangster of Love," an autobiographical novel about Raquel "Rocky" Rivera and her eccentric family leaving the Philippines for San Francisco in the '70s. Like Rocky, a 14-year-old Hagedorn had made that same journey to the Bay Area after her parents split up. The show plays through May 6 at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, known for cultivating writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard.

The Conversation (2018-04-22). What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power. AlterNet.org Who really runs the world? | The ability to transform yourself — and the cultural expectation that we should — has changed the way we think about authenticity. Today, celebrities are often valued less for their "natural beauty" and more for working on their appearance in transformative ways. Women admire the famous for their ability to style themselves, while countless articles are published every day about their weight loss. On one level, this is a democratisation of attractiveness — if we learn the techniques we can all do it. But it also makes femininity a highly crafted performance. This all ties into a wider cultural shift. In a range of ways, we now produce ourselves to be viewed by others. Instagram stars, for example, create highly crafted representations of "authentic" living. And apps can "enhance" the images posted on social media. But when. . .

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-22). VIDEO. L'Arte della Guerra — Falsi made in Usa e bugie made in Italy. Global Research Per motivare la guerra del 2003, gli Usa accusarono l'Iraq di possedere armi di distruzione di massa: il segretario di stato Colin Powell presentà≤ all'Onu una serie di ´prove ª risultate poi false, come ha dovuto ammettere lui stesso nel 2016. …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-22). VIDEO — A arte da Guerra — Falsidades 'Made in USA' e mentiras 'Made in Italy'. Global Research Para motivar a guerra de 2003, os EUA acusaram o Iraque de possuir armas de destruiàßà£o em massa: o Secretário de Estado, Colin Powell, apresentou à ONU uma série de "provas" depois demonstradas falsas, como ele mesmo teve de admitir …

Johann Hari, Salon (2018-04-22). Are Psychedelics the Answer to Addiction and Depression? AlterNet.org A new generation of research into psilocybin could change how we treat numerous mental health conditions | Roland Griffiths was trying to meditate — but he couldn't do it. If he sat there for a few minutes, it felt as through hours were stretching out before him, like a long, slow torture. So he quit. This tall, thin young scientist, who was rapidly rising through the ranks of academic psychology, would not meditate again for twenty years — but when he returned to mindfulness, he became part of unlocking something crucial. Professor Griffiths was going to make a breakthrough — just not for himself, but for all of us. I came to Roland Griffiths' door towards the end of a 40,000-mile journey, from Sydney to Sao Paulo to San Francisco. I set out on this trek to interview the world's leading experts on. . .

The Conversation (2018-04-22). How Philip K. Dick Redefined What It Means To Be (In)Human. AlterNet.org I think, therefore I am human? | Fifty years ago, Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? questioned what it means to be human in ways that have an immense lasting influence. The action of the novel — and the Blade Runner films based on it — largely revolves around the central tension and struggle between biological humans and artificially constructed androids. Arguably, however, the story's greatest continuing relevance is in the way it challenges a particular image of the human that has come to dominate in modern Western culture. This image portrays certain qualities — whiteness, masculinity, heterosexuality, rationalism, professional success and physical prowess — as the ideal symbols of humanity's success. The novel revolves around the efforts of bounty hunter Rick Deckard, in his quest to identify, track, and destroy androids posing as biological humans. Unsurprisingly, he repeatedly. . .

Amnesty International (2018-04-22. Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience. Amnesty International

Jordan Smith (2018-04-22). The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond. The Intercept Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted based on the dubious science of two doctors who dominated the state's death investigation system. | The post The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond appeared first on The Intercept.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-21). Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks. MintPress News The suspension of Ecuador's role as mediator in Colombia comes amid its broader shift to the right and realignment with the United States by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. | The post Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-21). Fruitless Syrian Peace Process. Saudi Troops to Replace Pentagon Soldiers. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Years of Geneva and Astana talks (along with one Sochi round) achieved no breakthroughs — nothing toward resolving years of US-launched aggression in …

Whitney Webb (2018-04-21). BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies. MintPress News "After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel's recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies." — BDS statement | The post BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies appeared first on MintPress News.

Mark Anthony Rolo (2018-04-21). Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Prior to colonization, American Indians had their own values of tolerance and acceptance. Forgetting those values not only threatens our tradition, but our right to tribal sovereignty.

TPIC (2018-04-21). The European Parliament Calls for Immediate End to Blockade on Gaza. Global Research The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday called for an immediate and unconditional end to the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and condemned the Israeli killing of peaceful protesters near Gaza's eastern border over the past three weeks. | The Parliament …

Ray McGovern (2018-04-21). On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? Global Research Wednesday's criminal referral by 11 House Republicans of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as several former and serving top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials is a giant step toward a Constitutional crisis. | Named in the …

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-04-21). Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend — And It Never Has Been. AlterNet.org The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity | Have you been watching the roundelay of appearances former FBI Director James Comey has made this week on his tour to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership"? On Tuesday, he was on the "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS, the same day his book was released. Colbert did everything but ruffle his hair, sharing a paper cup of red wine with him, seeming to commemorate the beverage Comey poured for himself aboard a private government jet returning to Washington on the day he was fired on May 9, 2017. Colbert teased him. Comey demurred. Hilarity ensued. Thursday night he was on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, an appearance that. . .

Mac Slavo (2018-04-21). Scary Scenario: California's Hayward Bay Earthquake Fault Line Is More Dangerous Than San Andreas: It's a 'Ticking Time Bomb'. Global Research Scientists are now saying that the "Big One" in California may not be caused by the San Andreas fault line, but by the Hayward Bay fault line. It is now thought to be the "ticking time bomb" fault line and …

Mark Taliano (2018-04-21). Demonization of Assad and His Government. Syrians living in Syria know that President Assad is not a "Monster" Global Research Mark Taliano, reporting from Aleppo, Syria. | Corporate media channels have a global reach that vaults over sovereign boundaries to make Western propaganda almost ubiquitous. Consequently, toxic messaging — even as it contradicts the most elementary critical reasoning — prevails. | Not …

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-21). Actress Natalie Portman Boycotts Israeli Award Ceremony. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Many more like her are needed — prominent individuals and others unwilling to support a nation responsible for decades of unaccountable high crimes …

Philip A Farruggio (2018-04-21). An Irish Singer who Railed against Indignities and Atrocities Cozying up with an American War Criminal. Global Research Channel surfing last night I came across something on C-Span that caught my attention. I saw the famous Irish singer, Bono, from U-2, sitting with none other than Junior Bush. What gives I asked myself? Then I did some research …

Joseph Thomas (2018-04-21). Future of Asia: China's Economic Opportunities or America's Perpetual Conflict? Global Research The US recently announced possible plans to deploy thousands of additional US Marines to East Asia as part of the recently revealed 2018 National Security Strategy which designates China along with Russia as the US Department of Defence's "principal priorities."…

Craig Murray (2018-04-21). Senior Civil Servants Still Deeply Sceptical of Russian Responsibility for Skripal Poisoning. Global Research Well-placed FCO sources tell me it remains the case that senior civil servants in both the FCO and Home Office remain very sceptical of Russian guilt in the Skripal case. It remains the case that Porton Down scientists have identified …

Christopher Black (2018-04-21). The Stench of Imperialism: The Statement of Theresa May, Blatant War Propaganda. Global Research On April 16 the British prime minister, Theresa May made a speech to parliament setting out the "justifications" for Britain's participation on the aggression against Syria in the dead-of-night missile attack of April 14. Throughout her speech she dramatically referred …

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-04-21). Yemen, The Most Horrific Genocide. A Country without Food, Water, Medicine and Fuel. Global Research As the U.S.-Saudi-led war against Yemen enters its third year, the people of this coffin-shaped nation on the Arabian peninsula find themselves struggling not only to survive but to be seen and heard by a mainstream media that is preoccupied …

Eldar Mamedov (2018-04-21). To Save the Iran Deal, the EU Should Adjust Its Strategy. Global Research With the May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) approaching, European Union foreign ministers failed to agree on new sanctions against Iran at their meeting

Truthout Stories (2018-04-21). EPA Recommends Transitioning Away From Animal Testing. Truthout Stories Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! | Good news from federal agencies can feel like a rarity these days, but this dispatch from the Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent reminder that staffers deep in the government are hard at work to build a better world. In draft guidance on skin allergy testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals, the EPA is encouraging researchers to move away from the use of animal models. | Such testing is legally required to determine the level of hazard that various industrial products pose. Scientists aim to determine if chemicals cause skin irritation and, if so, the severity of their effects. This allows agencies to determine whether a product is safe enough to be sold to consumers, or…

Michael Welch (2018-04-21). Who Benefits from the Syrian Airstrikes? Global Research "So the story of Douma is thus not just a story of gas — or no gas, as the case may be. It's about thousands of people who did not opt for evacuation from Douma on buses that left last …

Diana Johnstone (2018-04-21). The Tragedy of the Cheminots: The Deep Meaning of the French Railroad Strikes. Global Research The current series of railroad strikes in France are portrayed in the media as "labor unrest", a conflict between the government and trade union leaders, or as a temporary nuisance to travelers caused by the self-interest of a privileged category …

True Publica (2018-04-21). Dolphins or LNG Tankers in the Shannon Estuary? The Processing of U.S. Fracked Hydrocarbons in the Republic of Ireland. Global Research Ireland banned fracking but Sambolo Resources wants to open one of Europe's biggest projects to process fracked material in a Shannon Estuary nature reserve where whales and dolphins swim. Right now, they're trying to renew planning permission with An …

Jason Ditz (2018-04-21). North Korea to Close Nuclear Testing Site? Global Research North Korea's official state media has announced that as of Saturday, all nuclear and long-range missile testing in the country are being suspended indefinitely. They also announced they will be closing their nuclear testing site. | The decisions were made …

John W. Whitehead (2018-04-21). We are Living in an Age of War Profiteers: Crimes of a "Monster", Your Tax Dollars at Work. Global Research Let us not mince words. | We are living in an age of war profiteers. | We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government. | We are living in an age …

Bill McKibben (2018-04-21). Achieving 100% Renewable Energy. Conversion to Clean Energy: Wind, Water and Sun. Global Research Last year, Hurricane Harvey dropped more rain on Houston than any storm has ever dropped on any American city, ever. Hurricane Maria set back development in Puerto …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-21). "War is Good for Business": Insider Trading, Secret Information and the US-led Attack against Syria. Global Research While the broader public was led to believe that a major confrontation between Russia and the US-led coalition was imminent, a handful of officials in the upper echelons of government were privy to the precise details and timing of the bombing operation against Syria…

Frank Sellers (2018-04-21). German Parliament Says US-led Syria Strike Violated International Law. Global Research In launching airstrikes against Syria, over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, an independent German Parliamentary report has declared that the US, Britain, and France have breached international law. | The grounds for the finding are that the prohibition of …

Telesur (2018-04-21). Major Win for BDS as Heavily Jewish US Women's College Votes for Divestment. Global Research In a major win for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, BDS movement, students at the Barnard College, an elite women's liberal arts college in New York City with a high percentage of Jewish students, have voted to divest from …

RT (2018-04-21). North Korea's 'nuclear freeze' is a call for reciprocal US 'commitment & guarantees'. RT US News By freezing the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Kim Jong-un has cleared the main obstacles for signing an inter-Korean peace treaty and paved the way for a potential détente with Washington, experts told RT.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-21). US Deporting More Long-Term Residents. Human Rights Watch News A man, who was deported from the U.S. seven months ago, touches the fingertips of his nephew across a fence separating Mexico and US, as photographed from Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. © 2017 Reuters | Since Donald Trump became president of the United States, immigrants who have lived longer in the United States and established deep roots have increasingly become targets for deportation. | Over the month of March, four in ten deportation cases filed in immigration court involved people who had been in the US for two years or more, and fully two in ten involved people who had been in the US for five years or more, according to new data released by the research center TRAC. By contrast, only one deportation case filed in ten involved new arrivals. Most people…

Amnesty International (2018-04-21). Nicaragua: State must stop repressing demonstrators after 10 are killed. Amnesty International Authorities in Nicaragua must immediately stop repressing demonstrators and protect their right to protest, said Amnesty International after at least 10 people were killed and several others were injured or remain unaccounted for following a terrifying clampdown on dissent on Friday. | "The authorities' crude and violent response to these demonstrations has deeply troubling implications for human rights in Nicaragua. The slaughter of protesters, including several young students, who went out to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters in the nation's recent history," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of Amnesty International in the Americas. | "Instead of sowing terror and demonizing demonstrators, the government must engage in dialogue with all sectors of society, including the victims of state repression, to find a peaceful solution to this grave situation. President Ortega cannot…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-20). STRIKE! Interview with Arizona teachers union leader. Article — People's World PHOENIX—Pushed to anger by a decade of spending declines and a state school money offer both inadequate and unfunded, Arizona teachers and school support staffers voted by 78 percent-22 percent to strike statewide on April 26. At least 57,000 educators and staffers cast paper ballots in the three days of statewide voting, Arizona Education Association […]…

LEJ Rachell (2018-04-20). The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of. counterpunch.org Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from, More

Donny Swanson (2018-04-20). Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About? counterpunch.org The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the More

Ann Garrison (2018-04-20). Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes? counterpunch.org During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter, More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Texas Charter School Asked Students to List 'Positive Aspects' of Slavery. AlterNet.org "What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here? ! ? " | An enraged father was in disbelief when he saw his eighth grader's homework assignment. The student was given a paper with two columns to fill out by listing the "positive aspects" and the "negative aspects" of life as a slave. The worksheet was titled: "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View. ""What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here? ! ? " asked father Roberto Livar in a furious Facebook post. Roberto's child, Manu, attends the San Antonio, Texas charter school Great Hearts Monte Vista, CNN reported. The school has now come out and distanced itself from the assignment. "To be clear, there is no debate about slavery. It is immoral and a crime against humanity," Superintendent Aaron Kindel said in a statement. He continued: "Our review of the situation found this. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

William Hawes (2018-04-20). Global Weirding. counterpunch.org Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of More

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Norman Stockwell (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good This is what April 22 is all about. Treasures from our archives including Denis Hayes, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader, and Gaylord Nelson.

Jud Lounsbury (2018-04-20). Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Mir Alikhan (2018-04-20). There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir. counterpunch.org U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained—which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks—the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical More

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Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? (Video)
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
Yes, but at a huge cost to our system, and to Trump's presidency. | Begin with the law: Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be based on a finding that the special counsel was guilty of "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies." | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, so the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, is in charge. If Trump directed Rosenstein to fire Mueller, Rosenstein would have to find "good cause" to remove Mueller, or repeal the Department's regulation requiring such a finding, and then fire Mueller. | If Rosenstein refused, Trump…
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Jessica Hagedorn's Love Letter to 1970s San Francisco Comes to Stage
Emily Wilson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-22
Filipina author Jessica Hagedorn may be best known for novels like "Toxicology," "The Gangster of Love" and "Dogeaters," but this versatile writer is also no stranger to the stage. In 2016, she transformed "Dogeaters," winner of an American Book Award in 1990, into a dramatic production for San Francisco's Magic Theatre. Following that work, set in Manila during the 1980s, Hagedorn turned another tale drawn from her background into a play. | This time, she has adapted "The Gangster of Love," an autobiographical novel about Raquel "Rocky" Rivera and her eccentric family leaving the Philippines for San Francisco in the '70s. Like Rocky, a 14-year-old Hagedorn had made that same journey to the Bay Area after her parents split up. The show plays through May 6 at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, known for cultivating writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard.
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Are Psychedelics the Answer to Addiction and Depression?
Johann Hari, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
A new generation of research into psilocybin could change how we treat numerous mental health conditions | Roland Griffiths was trying to meditate — but he couldn't do it. If he sat there for a few minutes, it felt as through hours were stretching out before him, like a long, slow torture. So he quit. This tall, thin young scientist, who was rapidly rising through the ranks of academic psychology, would not meditate again for twenty years — but when he returned to mindfulness, he became part of unlocking something crucial. Professor Griffiths was going to make a breakthrough — just not for himself, but for all of us. I came to Roland Griffiths' door towards the end of a 40,000-mile journey, from Sydney to Sao Paulo to San Francisco. I set out on this trek to interview the world's leading experts on. . .
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VIDEO. L'Arte della Guerra — Falsi made in Usa e bugie made in Italy
Manlio Dinucci | Global Research | 2018-04-22
Per motivare la guerra del 2003, gli Usa accusarono l'Iraq di possedere armi di distruzione di massa: il segretario di stato Colin Powell presentà≤ all'Onu una serie di ´prove ª risultate poi false, come ha dovuto ammettere lui stesso nel 2016. …
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VIDEO — A arte da Guerra — Falsidades 'Made in USA' e mentiras 'Made in Italy'
Manlio Dinucci | Global Research | 2018-04-22
Para motivar a guerra de 2003, os EUA acusaram o Iraque de possuir armas de destruiàßà£o em massa: o Secretário de Estado, Colin Powell, apresentou à ONU uma série de "provas" depois demonstradas falsas, como ele mesmo teve de admitir …
globalresearch.ca/video-a-arte-da-guerra-falsidades-made-in-usa-e-mentiras-made-in-italy/5637215

Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience
Amnesty International | 2018-04-22
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The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond
Jordan Smith | The Intercept | 2018-04-22
Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer were wrongfully convicted based on the dubious science of two doctors who dominated the state's death investigation system. | The post The Authors of "The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" on the Legacy of Junk Forensics in Mississippi and Beyond appeared first on The Intercept.
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Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
The suspension of Ecuador's role as mediator in Colombia comes amid its broader shift to the right and realignment with the United States by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. | The post Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

Ecuador’s Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks

BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
"After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel's recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies." — BDS statement | The post BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies appeared first on MintPress News.

BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of “Jewish Nobel” Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies

The European Parliament Calls for Immediate End to Blockade on Gaza
TPIC | Global Research | 2018-04-21
The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday called for an immediate and unconditional end to the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip and condemned the Israeli killing of peaceful protesters near Gaza's eastern border over the past three weeks. | The Parliament …
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Fruitless Syrian Peace Process. Saudi Troops to Replace Pentagon Soldiers
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-21
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Years of Geneva and Astana talks (along with one Sochi round) achieved no breakthroughs — nothing toward resolving years of US-launched aggression in …
globalresearch.ca/fruitless-syrian-peace-process-saudi-troops-to-replace-pentagon-soldiers/5637156

Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past
Mark Anthony Rolo | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-21
Prior to colonization, American Indians had their own values of tolerance and acceptance. Forgetting those values not only threatens our tradition, but our right to tribal sovereignty.
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On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story?
Ray McGovern | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Wednesday's criminal referral by 11 House Republicans of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as several former and serving top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials is a giant step toward a Constitutional crisis. | Named in the …
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Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend — And It Never Has Been
Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-21
The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity | Have you been watching the roundelay of appearances former FBI Director James Comey has made this week on his tour to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership"? On Tuesday, he was on the "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS, the same day his book was released. Colbert did everything but ruffle his hair, sharing a paper cup of red wine with him, seeming to commemorate the beverage Comey poured for himself aboard a private government jet returning to Washington on the day he was fired on May 9, 2017. Colbert teased him. Comey demurred. Hilarity ensued. Thursday night he was on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, an appearance that. . .
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Senior Civil Servants Still Deeply Sceptical of Russian Responsibility for Skripal Poisoning
Craig Murray | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Well-placed FCO sources tell me it remains the case that senior civil servants in both the FCO and Home Office remain very sceptical of Russian guilt in the Skripal case. It remains the case that Porton Down scientists have identified …
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Major Win for BDS as Heavily Jewish US Women's College Votes for Divestment
Telesur | Global Research | 2018-04-21
In a major win for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, BDS movement, students at the Barnard College, an elite women's liberal arts college in New York City with a high percentage of Jewish students, have voted to divest from …
globalresearch.ca/major-win-for-bds-as-heavily-jewish-us-womens-college-votes-for-divestment/5637046

An Irish Singer who Railed against Indignities and Atrocities Cozying up with an American War Criminal
Philip A Farruggio | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Channel surfing last night I came across something on C-Span that caught my attention. I saw the famous Irish singer, Bono, from U-2, sitting with none other than Junior Bush. What gives I asked myself? Then I did some research …
globalresearch.ca/an-irish-singer-who-railed-against-indignities-and-atrocities-cozying-up-with-an-american-war-criminal/5637192

Scary Scenario: California's Hayward Bay Earthquake Fault Line Is More Dangerous Than San Andreas: It's a 'Ticking Time Bomb'
Mac Slavo | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Scientists are now saying that the "Big One" in California may not be caused by the San Andreas fault line, but by the Hayward Bay fault line. It is now thought to be the "ticking time bomb" fault line and …
globalresearch.ca/scary-scenario-californias-hayward-bay-earthquake-fault-line-is-more-dangerous-than-san-andreas-its-a-ticking-time-bomb/5637139

To Save the Iran Deal, the EU Should Adjust Its Strategy
Eldar Mamedov | Global Research | 2018-04-21
With the May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) approaching, European Union foreign ministers failed to agree on new sanctions against Iran at their meeting…
globalresearch.ca/to-save-the-iran-deal-the-eu-should-adjust-its-strategy/5636971

The Tragedy of the Cheminots: The Deep Meaning of the French Railroad Strikes
Diana Johnstone | Global Research | 2018-04-21
The current series of railroad strikes in France are portrayed in the media as "labor unrest", a conflict between the government and trade union leaders, or as a temporary nuisance to travelers caused by the self-interest of a privileged category …
globalresearch.ca/the-tragedy-of-the-cheminots-the-deep-meaning-of-the-french-railroad-strikes/5637103

North Korea to Close Nuclear Testing Site?
Jason Ditz | Global Research | 2018-04-21
North Korea's official state media has announced that as of Saturday, all nuclear and long-range missile testing in the country are being suspended indefinitely. They also announced they will be closing their nuclear testing site. | The decisions were made …
globalresearch.ca/north-korea-to-close-nuclear-testing-site/5637161

Future of Asia: China's Economic Opportunities or America's Perpetual Conflict?
Joseph Thomas | Global Research | 2018-04-21
The US recently announced possible plans to deploy thousands of additional US Marines to East Asia as part of the recently revealed 2018 National Security Strategy which designates China along with Russia as the US Department of Defence's "principal priorities."…
globalresearch.ca/future-of-asia-chinas-economic-opportunities-or-americas-perpetual-conflict/5637121

Yemen, The Most Horrific Genocide. A Country without Food, Water, Medicine and Fuel
Mnar Muhawesh | Global Research | 2018-04-21
As the U.S.-Saudi-led war against Yemen enters its third year, the people of this coffin-shaped nation on the Arabian peninsula find themselves struggling not only to survive but to be seen and heard by a mainstream media that is preoccupied …
globalresearch.ca/yemen-the-most-horrific-genocide-a-country-without-food-water-medicine-and-fuel/5637050

Who Benefits from the Syrian Airstrikes?
Michael Welch | Global Research | 2018-04-21
"So the story of Douma is thus not just a story of gas — or no gas, as the case may be. It's about thousands of people who did not opt for evacuation from Douma on buses that left last …
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"War is Good for Business": Insider Trading, Secret Information and the US-led Attack against Syria
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-04-21
While the broader public was led to believe that a major confrontation between Russia and the US-led coalition was imminent, a handful of officials in the upper echelons of government were privy to the precise details and timing of the bombing operation against Syria…
globalresearch.ca/war-is-good-for-business-insider-trading-secret-information-and-the-us-led-attack-against-syria/5637056

We are Living in an Age of War Profiteers: Crimes of a "Monster", Your Tax Dollars at Work
John W. Whitehead | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Let us not mince words. | We are living in an age of war profiteers. | We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government. | We are living in an age …
globalresearch.ca/we-are-living-in-an-age-of-war-profiteers-crimes-of-a-monster-your-tax-dollars-at-work/5637153

Actress Natalie Portman Boycotts Israeli Award Ceremony
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-21
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Many more like her are needed — prominent individuals and others unwilling to support a nation responsible for decades of unaccountable high crimes …
globalresearch.ca/actress-natalie-portman-boycotts-israeli-award-ceremony/5637170

German Parliament Says US-led Syria Strike Violated International Law
Frank Sellers | Global Research | 2018-04-21
In launching airstrikes against Syria, over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, an independent German Parliamentary report has declared that the US, Britain, and France have breached international law. | The grounds for the finding are that the prohibition of …
globalresearch.ca/german-parliament-says-us-led-syria-strike-violated-international-law/5637135

Demonization of Assad and His Government. Syrians living in Syria know that President Assad is not a "Monster"
Mark Taliano | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Mark Taliano, reporting from Aleppo, Syria. | Corporate media channels have a global reach that vaults over sovereign boundaries to make Western propaganda almost ubiquitous. Consequently, toxic messaging — even as it contradicts the most elementary critical reasoning — prevails. | Not …
globalresearch.ca/demonization-of-assad-and-his-government/5637116

The Stench of Imperialism: The Statement of Theresa May, Blatant War Propaganda
Christopher Black | Global Research | 2018-04-21
On April 16 the British prime minister, Theresa May made a speech to parliament setting out the "justifications" for Britain's participation on the aggression against Syria in the dead-of-night missile attack of April 14. Throughout her speech she dramatically referred …
globalresearch.ca/the-stench-of-imperialism-the-statement-of-theresa-may-blatant-war-propaganda/5637126

Achieving 100% Renewable Energy. Conversion to Clean Energy: Wind, Water and Sun
Bill McKibben | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Last year, Hurricane Harvey dropped more rain on Houston than any storm has ever dropped on any American city, ever. Hurricane Maria set back development in Puerto …
globalresearch.ca/achieving-100-renewable-energy-conversion-to-clean-energy-wind-water-and-sun/5637142

EPA Recommends Transitioning Away From Animal Testing
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-21
Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! | Good news from federal agencies can feel like a rarity these days, but this dispatch from the Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent reminder that staffers deep in the government are hard at work to build a better world. In draft guidance on skin allergy testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals, the EPA is encouraging researchers to move away from the use of animal models. | Such testing is legally required to determine the level of hazard that various industrial products pose. Scientists aim to determine if chemicals cause skin irritation and, if so, the severity of their effects. This allows agencies to determine whether a product is safe enough to be sold to consumers, or…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44239-epa-recommends-transitioning-away-from-animal-testing

Dolphins or LNG Tankers in the Shannon Estuary? The Processing of U.S. Fracked Hydrocarbons in the Republic of Ireland
True Publica | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Ireland banned fracking but Sambolo Resources wants to open one of Europe's biggest projects to process fracked material in a Shannon Estuary nature reserve where whales and dolphins swim. Right now, they're trying to renew planning permission with An …
globalresearch.ca/dolphins-or-lng-tankers-in-the-shannon-estuary-the-processing-of-u-s-fracked-hydrocarbons-in-the-republic-of-ireland/5637131

North Korea's 'nuclear freeze' is a call for reciprocal US 'commitment & guarantees'
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
By freezing the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Kim Jong-un has cleared the main obstacles for signing an inter-Korean peace treaty and paved the way for a potential détente with Washington, experts told RT. …
www.rt.com/usa/424747-pyongyang-security-guarantees-washington/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

US Deporting More Long-Term Residents
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-21
A man, who was deported from the U.S. seven months ago, touches the fingertips of his nephew across a fence separating Mexico and US, as photographed from Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. © 2017 Reuters | Since Donald Trump became president of the United States, immigrants who have lived longer in the United States and established deep roots have increasingly become targets for deportation. | Over the month of March, four in ten deportation cases filed in immigration court involved people who had been in the US for two years or more, and fully two in ten involved people who had been in the US for five years or more, according to new data released by the research center TRAC. By contrast, only one deportation case filed in ten involved new arrivals. Most people…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/21/us-deporting-more-long-term-residents

Nicaragua: State must stop repressing demonstrators after 10 are killed
Amnesty International | 2018-04-21
Authorities in Nicaragua must immediately stop repressing demonstrators and protect their right to protest, said Amnesty International after at least 10 people were killed and several others were injured or remain unaccounted for following a terrifying clampdown on dissent on Friday. | "The authorities' crude and violent response to these demonstrations has deeply troubling implications for human rights in Nicaragua. The slaughter of protesters, including several young students, who went out to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters in the nation's recent history," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of Amnesty International in the Americas. | "Instead of sowing terror and demonizing demonstrators, the government must engage in dialogue with all sectors of society, including the victims of state repression, to find a peaceful solution to this grave situation. President Ortega cannot…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/nicaragua-state-must-stop-repressing-demonstrators-after-10-are-killed/

STRIKE! Interview with Arizona teachers union leader
Mark Gruenberg | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
PHOENIX–Pushed to anger by a decade of spending declines and a state school money offer both inadequate and unfunded, Arizona teachers and school support staffers voted by 78 percent-22 percent to strike statewide on April 26. At least 57,000 educators and staffers cast paper ballots in the three days of statewide voting, Arizona Education Association […]…

STRIKE! Interview with Arizona teachers union leader

The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of
LEJ Rachell | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from,…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/the-baddest-black-power-artist-you-never-heard-of/

Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About?
Donny Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/janus-v-afscme-whats-it-all-about/

Texas Charter School Asked Students to List 'Positive Aspects' of Slavery
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
"What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here? ! ? " | An enraged father was in disbelief when he saw his eighth grader's homework assignment. The student was given a paper with two columns to fill out by listing the "positive aspects" and the "negative aspects" of life as a slave. The worksheet was titled: "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View. ""What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here? ! ? " asked father Roberto Livar in a furious Facebook post. Roberto's child, Manu, attends the San Antonio, Texas charter school Great Hearts Monte Vista, CNN reported. The school has now come out and distanced itself from the assignment. "To be clear, there is no debate about slavery. It is immoral and a crime against humanity," Superintendent Aaron Kindel said in a statement. He continued: "Our review of the situation found this. . .
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Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes?
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter,…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/why-dont-we-all-vote-to-commit-international-crimes/

Cohen & Cohn, Fixers-At-Law
Mark Fiore | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
Here's your Roy Cohn, Mr. Trump.
progressive.org/dispatches/cohen-cohn-fixers-at-law/

Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/teaching-peace-in-a-time-of-hate/

Global Weirding
William Hawes | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/global-weirding/

Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-end-of-policing-alex-vitale-interview-180419/

Earth Day 2018
Norman Stockwell | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
This is what April 22 is all about. Treasures from our archives including Denis Hayes, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader, and Gaylord Nelson.
progressive.org/dispatches/earth-day-treasures-2018/

There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir
Mir Alikhan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained–which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks–the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/there-wont-be-peace-in-afghanistan-until-theres-peace-in-kashmir/

Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton
Jud Lounsbury | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?
progressive.org/dispatches/michael-cohen-starting-to-feel-like-michael-clayton-180420/

Political Dynamite: Poor People's Campaign and the Movement for a People's Party
Patrick Walker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Reading the political tea leaves is a far different task from making political tea. As a political analyst whose predominant interest is organizing, I'll engage here in a bit of both. That is, I'll indulge in a bit of hopeful political prognostication, while striving, by urging the most relevant current organizers to join forces, to…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/101438/

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Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-21). Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks. MintPress News The suspension of Ecuador's role as mediator in Colombia comes amid its broader shift to the right and realignment with the United States by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. | The post Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

Whitney Webb (2018-04-21). BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies. MintPress News "After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel's recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies." — BDS statement | The post BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-04-21). Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists AMSTERDAM—Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. | The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid. | Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality. | Other players joined him, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players. | In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan. | Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick, "an athlete who is now widely recognized for his…

Mark Anthony Rolo (2018-04-21). Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Prior to colonization, American Indians had their own values of tolerance and acceptance. Forgetting those values not only threatens our tradition, but our right to tribal sovereignty.

Larry Schwartz, AlterNet (2018-04-21). Here Are the 10 Greatest Hoaxes of All Time. AlterNet.org There really is a sucker born every minute. | The year 2014 featured one of the banner scientific hoaxes of recent history, the delightful triple-breasted lady. Tampa, Florida's Alisha Jasmine Hessler thrilled the breast lovers among us with tales (and accompanying photos) of her enhanced silhouette. According to Hessler, 21, who renamed herself Jasmine Tridevil, she searched far and wide and finally found a plastic surgeon willing to add a third breast to her already ample duet. The truth came to light when, in order to recover a stolen bag from the airport, Hessler was forced to declare the contents, which included a three-breasted prosthesis. The website Smoking Gun blew the whole scam wide open, and we were left to carry on in our now less magical world. Unicorns and tridevils aren't what they seem. But hers was not the first, and will. . .

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-04-21). Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend — And It Never Has Been. AlterNet.org The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity | Have you been watching the roundelay of appearances former FBI Director James Comey has made this week on his tour to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership"? On Tuesday, he was on the "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS, the same day his book was released. Colbert did everything but ruffle his hair, sharing a paper cup of red wine with him, seeming to commemorate the beverage Comey poured for himself aboard a private government jet returning to Washington on the day he was fired on May 9, 2017. Colbert teased him. Comey demurred. Hilarity ensued. Thursday night he was on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, an appearance that. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-21). EPA Recommends Transitioning Away From Animal Testing. Truthout Stories Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! | Good news from federal agencies can feel like a rarity these days, but this dispatch from the Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent reminder that staffers deep in the government are hard at work to build a better world. In draft guidance on skin allergy testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals, the EPA is encouraging researchers to move away from the use of animal models. | Such testing is legally required to determine the level of hazard that various industrial products pose. Scientists aim to determine if chemicals cause skin irritation and, if so, the severity of their effects. This allows agencies to determine whether a product is safe enough to be sold to consumers, or…

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-04-21). Yemen, The Most Horrific Genocide. A Country without Food, Water, Medicine and Fuel. Global Research As the U.S.-Saudi-led war against Yemen enters its third year, the people of this coffin-shaped nation on the Arabian peninsula find themselves struggling not only to survive but to be seen and heard by a mainstream media that is preoccupied …

Telesur (2018-04-21). Major Win for BDS as Heavily Jewish US Women's College Votes for Divestment. Global Research In a major win for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, BDS movement, students at the Barnard College, an elite women's liberal arts college in New York City with a high percentage of Jewish students, have voted to divest from …

RT (2018-04-21). North Korea's 'nuclear freeze' is a call for reciprocal US 'commitment & guarantees'. RT US News By freezing the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Kim Jong-un has cleared the main obstacles for signing an inter-Korean peace treaty and paved the way for a potential détente with Washington, experts told RT.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-21). US Deporting More Long-Term Residents. Human Rights Watch News A man, who was deported from the U.S. seven months ago, touches the fingertips of his nephew across a fence separating Mexico and US, as photographed from Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. © 2017 Reuters | Since Donald Trump became president of the United States, immigrants who have lived longer in the United States and established deep roots have increasingly become targets for deportation. | Over the month of March, four in ten deportation cases filed in immigration court involved people who had been in the US for two years or more, and fully two in ten involved people who had been in the US for five years or more, according to new data released by the research center TRAC. By contrast, only one deportation case filed in ten involved new arrivals. Most people…

Amnesty International (2018-04-21). Nicaragua: State must stop repressing demonstrators after 10 are killed. Amnesty International Authorities in Nicaragua must immediately stop repressing demonstrators and protect their right to protest, said Amnesty International after at least 10 people were killed and several others were injured or remain unaccounted for following a terrifying clampdown on dissent on Friday. | "The authorities' crude and violent response to these demonstrations has deeply troubling implications for human rights in Nicaragua. The slaughter of protesters, including several young students, who went out to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters in the nation's recent history," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of Amnesty International in the Americas. | "Instead of sowing terror and demonizing demonstrators, the government must engage in dialogue with all sectors of society, including the victims of state repression, to find a peaceful solution to this grave situation. President Ortega cannot…

Amnesty International (2018-04-21. Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience. Amnesty International

LEJ Rachell (2018-04-20). The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of. counterpunch.org Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from, More

Donny Swanson (2018-04-20). Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About? counterpunch.org The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-20). STRIKE! Interview with Arizona teachers union leader. Article — People's World PHOENIX—Pushed to anger by a decade of spending declines and a state school money offer both inadequate and unfunded, Arizona teachers and school support staffers voted by 78 percent-22 percent to strike statewide on April 26. At least 57,000 educators and staffers cast paper ballots in the three days of statewide voting, Arizona Education Association […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Texas Charter School Asked Students to List 'Positive Aspects' of Slavery. AlterNet.org "What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here? ! ? " | An enraged father was in disbelief when he saw his eighth grader's homework assignment. The student was given a paper with two columns to fill out by listing the "positive aspects" and the "negative aspects" of life as a slave. The worksheet was titled: "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View. ""What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here? ! ? " asked father Roberto Livar in a furious Facebook post. Roberto's child, Manu, attends the San Antonio, Texas charter school Great Hearts Monte Vista, CNN reported. The school has now come out and distanced itself from the assignment. "To be clear, there is no debate about slavery. It is immoral and a crime against humanity," Superintendent Aaron Kindel said in a statement. He continued: "Our review of the situation found this. . .

Ann Garrison (2018-04-20). Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes? counterpunch.org During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter, More

William Hawes (2018-04-20). Global Weirding. counterpunch.org Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of More

Staff (2018-04-20). North Korea Says it Has Halted Nuclear, Missile Tests. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. | The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy. | The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbors and the international community to secure peace in the Korean Peninsula and create an "optimal international environment" to build its economy. | The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. | A separate meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is anticipated in May or June. | The North's decisions were made in a meeting of…

Norman Stockwell (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good This is what April 22 is all about. Treasures from our archives including Denis Hayes, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader, and Gaylord Nelson.

Mark Fiore (2018-04-20). Cohen & Cohn, Fixers-At-Law. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Here's your Roy Cohn, Mr. Trump.

Jud Lounsbury (2018-04-20). Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Sophie Mangal (2018-04-20). Israel Supports Syria "Opposition" Terrorists out of the Occupied Golan Heights. Sabotage of the Peace Process. Global Research It is well known that Israel has been supporting the so-called opposition operating in Syria in order to overthrow the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011. Another goal of Tel Aviv …

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Massoud Nayeri (2018-04-20). "The CIA Is Back and I Like It"! Let's Create a Global Union for Peace. Global Research Yesterday (4-18-2018) on Fox News, a loyal Democrat, Governor Bill Richardson (in regard to the secret meeting of CIA Director Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea) said: "The CIA IS BACK and I like it"! | For …

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Mir Alikhan (2018-04-20). There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir. counterpunch.org U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained—which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks—the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical More

Patrick Walker (2018-04-20). Political Dynamite: Poor People's Campaign and the Movement for a People's Party. counterpunch.org Reading the political tea leaves is a far different task from making political tea. As a political analyst whose predominant interest is organizing, I'll engage here in a bit of both. That is, I'll indulge in a bit of hopeful political prognostication, while striving, by urging the most relevant current organizers to join forces, to More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War? Truthout Stories Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Under the guise of fulfilling its constitutional power to authorize military force, Congress is poised to consider legislation that would give the president a blank check to make war, with no limits, in at least six countries and against several groups.Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | If you're a fan of real journalism, now's the time to strengthen Truthout's mission. Help us…

Jen Hayden, Daily Kos (2018-04-20). Sen. Chuck Schumer Is Introducing a Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Nationwide. AlterNet.org The liberal legislator cited mass incarceration and racial injustice among the reasons. | Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has 4/20 plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana nationwide! From NPR: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y. , plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America. Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. It would establish funding for women- and minority-owned marijuana businesses, require more research on the drug's public health impact, and maintain federal authority to regulate commercial advertising, similar to existing regulations for tobacco and alcohol. "If smoking marijuana doesn't hurt anybody else, why shouldn't we allow people to do it. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Fox News' Laura Ingraham Is Being Sued for Allegedly Discriminating Against a Former Employee. AlterNet.org It's bad news for Ingraham, who recently faced an advertiser boycott. | A former employee of Fox News' Laura Ingraham is suing the host for workplace discrimination, saying she was treated unfairly and wrongly terminated because she was pregnant. Karolina Wilson, who worked as Ingraham's personal assistant, told her story to the Washington Post. She says that she loved her job at Fox News, but Ingraham's behavior toward changed when Wilson got pregnant. According to the account she gave to the post, Wilson felt Ingraham's attitude toward her became "hostile" after she was pregnant. And as soon as Wilson returned from maternity leave, she says she was fired. Wilson says she was given three more weeks at the company, but during that time, she wasn't given any private space to use her breast pump. Wilson says the treatment violated Washington, D. C. 's Pregnant Workers Fairness. . .

Ellen Brown (2018-04-20). Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On March 31 the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time in three years and signaled its intention to raise rates twice more in 2018, aiming for a Fed funds target of 3.5 percent by 2020. LIBOR (the London Interbank Offered Rate) has risen even faster than the Fed funds rate, up to 2.3 percent from just 0.3 percent 2 1/2 years ago. LIBOR is set in London by private agreement of the biggest banks, and the interest on $3.5 trillion globally is linked to it, including $1.2 trillion in consumer mortgages. | Alarmed commentators warn that global debt levels have reached $233 trillion, more than three times global GDP, and that much of that debt is at variable rates pegged either to the Fed's interbank lending rate or to LIBOR. Raising rates further could push governments,…

Andrew Levine (2018-04-20). "How Come?" Questions. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the More

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-20). Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs. AlterNet.org 'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need. ' | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families — and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration. In a lengthy report published by The New Yorker, some local residents say that raids such as the one in their community go against their deeply held Christian values. "I'm a Christian; God loves everybody equally," 50-year-old Hank Smith told the publication. "And I never had a problem with anyone being here. . . immigration didn't really affect me before. But then this raid happened. "Pastor David Williams, who leads the. . .

Natalie Martinez, Media Matters (2018-04-20). Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook. AlterNet.org The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation

Thierry Meyssan (2018-04-20). Washington Forces Its Allies to Accept a Bipolar World. Global Research By firing missiles on Syria with its French and British allies, President Donald Trump has managed to force the Western powers to accept the end of their unilateral domination of the world. The insignificant result of this demonstration of force …

Alex Demiroviƒá (2018-04-20). Marx's Theory and Philosophy of Praxis: Between Academia and Ideology. Global Research Hungarian writer and historian Gyà∂rgy Dalos described his relationship to Marx in a short, reflective piece that appeared in the Neue Zàºrcher Zeitung on 25 October 2017. In it, he claims that Marx drew upon that age-old human ideal of …

Ann-Kathrin Pohlers (2018-04-20). Homebound: Hardship Awaits Internally Displaced Iraqis. Global Research Featured image: Civilians leaving old Mosul. This boy is going to fall of exhaustion just after this picture is taken. (Credit: Herve Jakubowicz) | With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. …

Israel Shamir (2018-04-20). "First Joust" and The Strike on Syria. Global Research With slight disappointment the public regarded the field. Just a minute ago, two knights were converging in fearsome joust, their spears pointing forth, plumage blowing, horses galloping, ladies out waving their handkerchiefs to their champions, — and now we see …

Morton Halperin (2018-04-20). Options for Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula. Global Research A critically important part of assembling the Korean peninsula-wide denuclearization jigsaw puzzle is the institutional and legal form of North Korean commitments on the one hand, and the nuclear negative security assurances by the NPT-Nuclear Weapons States (NWSs), especially the …

RT News (2018-04-20). Video: Interview with Boy from White Helmets Douma Video Raises More Doubts Over 'Chemical Attack'. Global Research

Global Research (2018-04-20). Say No to War. The World Cannot Afford More Victims of War. Global Research Known and documented, the US and its allies have been financing, training and arming rebel factions in Syria, including ISIS, with a view to toppling the government of Bashar Al-Assad. That strategy did not work. | The goal of the "War …

HCSW (2018-04-20). Canada Anti-war Demonstration against US-UK-French Missile Attacks on Syria, Toronto, April 22. Global Research The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War is pleased to announce that it will demonstrate against the April 13 missile attacks on the part of the USA, UK, and France on Syria. The Coalition regards those attacks as outrageous and …

Max Blumenthal (2018-04-20). Exclusive Emails Show How the White Helmets Tried to Recruit Roger Waters with Saudi Money. Global Research During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as "a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists." Warning that the groups' unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held …

Dr. Larry Souza (2018-04-20). Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy. Global Research Most major monetary, fiscal, and macroeconomic economists, and financial institution and capital market experts agree, the global economy and financial system is more systemically fragile than ever before: $10 trillion bank NPLs, $13 trillion Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP), rotating …

Eric Zuesse (2018-04-20). How Western "Journalism" Fulfills George Orwell's Prediction of "Newspeak" Global Research On Sunday April 15th, Britain's Guardian bannered "OPCW inspectors set to investigate site of Douma chemical attack" and pretended that there was no question that a chemical attack in Douma Syria on April 7th had actually occurred, and the …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-04-20). Video: The Art of War: Fake "Made in America" and Lies "Made in Italy" Global Research | To motivate the 2003 war, the US accused Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction: Secretary of State Colin Powell presented to the UN a series of "evidences" that turned out to be false, as he himself had to …

RT News (2018-04-20). Theresa May's Husband's Capital Group Is Largest Shareholder in BAE, Shares Soar Since Syrian Airstrikes. Global Research Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in Syria. | The company, Capital Group, is also …

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Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
The suspension of Ecuador's role as mediator in Colombia comes amid its broader shift to the right and realignment with the United States by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno. | The post Ecuador's Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

Ecuador’s Drastic Pro-US Rightward Swing Continues with Disavowal of ELN-Colombia Peace Talks

Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past
Mark Anthony Rolo | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-21
Prior to colonization, American Indians had their own values of tolerance and acceptance. Forgetting those values not only threatens our tradition, but our right to tribal sovereignty.
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Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-21
AMSTERDAM–Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. | The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid. | Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality. | Other players joined him, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players. | In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan. | Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick, "an athlete who is now widely recognized for his…
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BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-21
"After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel's recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies." — BDS statement | The post BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of "Jewish Nobel" Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies appeared first on MintPress News.

BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of “Jewish Nobel” Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies

Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend — And It Never Has Been
Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-21
The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity | Have you been watching the roundelay of appearances former FBI Director James Comey has made this week on his tour to promote his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership"? On Tuesday, he was on the "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS, the same day his book was released. Colbert did everything but ruffle his hair, sharing a paper cup of red wine with him, seeming to commemorate the beverage Comey poured for himself aboard a private government jet returning to Washington on the day he was fired on May 9, 2017. Colbert teased him. Comey demurred. Hilarity ensued. Thursday night he was on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, an appearance that. . .
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Here Are the 10 Greatest Hoaxes of All Time
Larry Schwartz, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-21
There really is a sucker born every minute. | The year 2014 featured one of the banner scientific hoaxes of recent history, the delightful triple-breasted lady. Tampa, Florida's Alisha Jasmine Hessler thrilled the breast lovers among us with tales (and accompanying photos) of her enhanced silhouette. According to Hessler, 21, who renamed herself Jasmine Tridevil, she searched far and wide and finally found a plastic surgeon willing to add a third breast to her already ample duet. The truth came to light when, in order to recover a stolen bag from the airport, Hessler was forced to declare the contents, which included a three-breasted prosthesis. The website Smoking Gun blew the whole scam wide open, and we were left to carry on in our now less magical world. Unicorns and tridevils aren't what they seem. But hers was not the first, and will. . .
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Major Win for BDS as Heavily Jewish US Women's College Votes for Divestment
Telesur | Global Research | 2018-04-21
In a major win for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, BDS movement, students at the Barnard College, an elite women's liberal arts college in New York City with a high percentage of Jewish students, have voted to divest from …
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Yemen, The Most Horrific Genocide. A Country without Food, Water, Medicine and Fuel
Mnar Muhawesh | Global Research | 2018-04-21
As the U.S.-Saudi-led war against Yemen enters its third year, the people of this coffin-shaped nation on the Arabian peninsula find themselves struggling not only to survive but to be seen and heard by a mainstream media that is preoccupied …
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EPA Recommends Transitioning Away From Animal Testing
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-21
Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! | Good news from federal agencies can feel like a rarity these days, but this dispatch from the Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent reminder that staffers deep in the government are hard at work to build a better world. In draft guidance on skin allergy testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals, the EPA is encouraging researchers to move away from the use of animal models. | Such testing is legally required to determine the level of hazard that various industrial products pose. Scientists aim to determine if chemicals cause skin irritation and, if so, the severity of their effects. This allows agencies to determine whether a product is safe enough to be sold to consumers, or…
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North Korea's 'nuclear freeze' is a call for reciprocal US 'commitment & guarantees'
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
By freezing the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Kim Jong-un has cleared the main obstacles for signing an inter-Korean peace treaty and paved the way for a potential détente with Washington, experts told RT. …
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US Deporting More Long-Term Residents
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-21
A man, who was deported from the U.S. seven months ago, touches the fingertips of his nephew across a fence separating Mexico and US, as photographed from Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. © 2017 Reuters | Since Donald Trump became president of the United States, immigrants who have lived longer in the United States and established deep roots have increasingly become targets for deportation. | Over the month of March, four in ten deportation cases filed in immigration court involved people who had been in the US for two years or more, and fully two in ten involved people who had been in the US for five years or more, according to new data released by the research center TRAC. By contrast, only one deportation case filed in ten involved new arrivals. Most people…
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Nicaragua: State must stop repressing demonstrators after 10 are killed
Amnesty International | 2018-04-21
Authorities in Nicaragua must immediately stop repressing demonstrators and protect their right to protest, said Amnesty International after at least 10 people were killed and several others were injured or remain unaccounted for following a terrifying clampdown on dissent on Friday. | "The authorities' crude and violent response to these demonstrations has deeply troubling implications for human rights in Nicaragua. The slaughter of protesters, including several young students, who went out to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters in the nation's recent history," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of Amnesty International in the Americas. | "Instead of sowing terror and demonizing demonstrators, the government must engage in dialogue with all sectors of society, including the victims of state repression, to find a peaceful solution to this grave situation. President Ortega cannot…
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Colin Kaepernick: Ambassador of Conscience
Amnesty International | 2018-04-21
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The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of
LEJ Rachell | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from,…
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STRIKE! Interview with Arizona teachers union leader
Mark Gruenberg | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
PHOENIX–Pushed to anger by a decade of spending declines and a state school money offer both inadequate and unfunded, Arizona teachers and school support staffers voted by 78 percent-22 percent to strike statewide on April 26. At least 57,000 educators and staffers cast paper ballots in the three days of statewide voting, Arizona Education Association […]…

STRIKE! Interview with Arizona teachers union leader

Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About?
Donny Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/janus-v-afscme-whats-it-all-about/

Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes?
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter,…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/why-dont-we-all-vote-to-commit-international-crimes/

Texas Charter School Asked Students to List 'Positive Aspects' of Slavery
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
"What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here? ! ? " | An enraged father was in disbelief when he saw his eighth grader's homework assignment. The student was given a paper with two columns to fill out by listing the "positive aspects" and the "negative aspects" of life as a slave. The worksheet was titled: "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View. ""What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here? ! ? " asked father Roberto Livar in a furious Facebook post. Roberto's child, Manu, attends the San Antonio, Texas charter school Great Hearts Monte Vista, CNN reported. The school has now come out and distanced itself from the assignment. "To be clear, there is no debate about slavery. It is immoral and a crime against humanity," Superintendent Aaron Kindel said in a statement. He continued: "Our review of the situation found this. . .
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Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton
Jud Lounsbury | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?
progressive.org/dispatches/michael-cohen-starting-to-feel-like-michael-clayton-180420/

There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir
Mir Alikhan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained–which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks–the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical…
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Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
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Earth Day 2018
Norman Stockwell | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
This is what April 22 is all about. Treasures from our archives including Denis Hayes, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader, and Gaylord Nelson.
progressive.org/dispatches/earth-day-treasures-2018/

The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-end-of-policing-alex-vitale-interview-180419/

Cohen & Cohn, Fixers-At-Law
Mark Fiore | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
Here's your Roy Cohn, Mr. Trump.
progressive.org/dispatches/cohen-cohn-fixers-at-law/

North Korea Says it Has Halted Nuclear, Missile Tests
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
SEOUL, South Korea–North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. | The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy. | The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbors and the international community to secure peace in the Korean Peninsula and create an "optimal international environment" to build its economy. | The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. | A separate meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is anticipated in May or June. | The North's decisions were made in a meeting of…
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Israel Supports Syria "Opposition" Terrorists out of the Occupied Golan Heights. Sabotage of the Peace Process
Sophie Mangal | Global Research | 2018-04-20
It is well known that Israel has been supporting the so-called opposition operating in Syria in order to overthrow the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011. Another goal of Tel Aviv …
globalresearch.ca/israel-supports-syria-opposition-terrorists-out-of-the-occupied-golan-heights-sabotage-of-the-peace-process/5636933

Global Weirding
William Hawes | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of…
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"The CIA Is Back and I Like It"! Let's Create a Global Union for Peace
Massoud Nayeri | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Yesterday (4-18-2018) on Fox News, a loyal Democrat, Governor Bill Richardson (in regard to the secret meeting of CIA Director Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea) said: "The CIA IS BACK and I like it"! | For …
globalresearch.ca/the-cia-is-back-and-i-like-it-lets-create-a-global-union-for-peace/5637006

Political Dynamite: Poor People's Campaign and the Movement for a People's Party
Patrick Walker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Reading the political tea leaves is a far different task from making political tea. As a political analyst whose predominant interest is organizing, I'll engage here in a bit of both. That is, I'll indulge in a bit of hopeful political prognostication, while striving, by urging the most relevant current organizers to join forces, to…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/101438/

Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Under the guise of fulfilling its constitutional power to authorize military force, Congress is poised to consider legislation that would give the president a blank check to make war, with no limits, in at least six countries and against several groups.Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | If you're a fan of real journalism, now's the time to strengthen Truthout's mission. Help us…
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Sen. Chuck Schumer Is Introducing a Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Nationwide
Jen Hayden, Daily Kos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The liberal legislator cited mass incarceration and racial injustice among the reasons. | Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has 4/20 plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana nationwide! From NPR: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y. , plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America. Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. It would establish funding for women- and minority-owned marijuana businesses, require more research on the drug's public health impact, and maintain federal authority to regulate commercial advertising, similar to existing regulations for tobacco and alcohol. "If smoking marijuana doesn't hurt anybody else, why shouldn't we allow people to do it. . .
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Fox News' Laura Ingraham Is Being Sued for Allegedly Discriminating Against a Former Employee
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
It's bad news for Ingraham, who recently faced an advertiser boycott. | A former employee of Fox News' Laura Ingraham is suing the host for workplace discrimination, saying she was treated unfairly and wrongly terminated because she was pregnant. Karolina Wilson, who worked as Ingraham's personal assistant, told her story to the Washington Post. She says that she loved her job at Fox News, but Ingraham's behavior toward changed when Wilson got pregnant. According to the account she gave to the post, Wilson felt Ingraham's attitude toward her became "hostile" after she was pregnant. And as soon as Wilson returned from maternity leave, she says she was fired. Wilson says she was given three more weeks at the company, but during that time, she wasn't given any private space to use her breast pump. Wilson says the treatment violated Washington, D. C. 's Pregnant Workers Fairness. . .
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Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need. ' | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families — and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration. In a lengthy report published by The New Yorker, some local residents say that raids such as the one in their community go against their deeply held Christian values. "I'm a Christian; God loves everybody equally," 50-year-old Hank Smith told the publication. "And I never had a problem with anyone being here. . . immigration didn't really affect me before. But then this raid happened. "Pastor David Williams, who leads the. . .
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"How Come?" Questions
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the…
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Clamouring Against Russia: The Cyber Attack Platform
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In a time when such revelations as those of Edward Snowden pass a person's lips with ease and awareness, political clamouring for action and measures against Russia on the subject of cyber attack seem risible. This is not to say …
globalresearch.ca/clamouring-against-russia-the-cyber-attack-platform/5636926

Canada Anti-war Demonstration against US-UK-French Missile Attacks on Syria, Toronto, April 22
HCSW | Global Research | 2018-04-20
The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War is pleased to announce that it will demonstrate against the April 13 missile attacks on the part of the USA, UK, and France on Syria. The Coalition regards those attacks as outrageous and …
globalresearch.ca/canada-anti-war-demonstration-against-us-uk-french-missile-attacks-on-syria-toronto-april-22/5636795

After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War
Will Morrow | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …
globalresearch.ca/after-syria-strikes-drumbeat-grows-for-wider-us-war/5636953

Washington Forces Its Allies to Accept a Bipolar World
Thierry Meyssan | Global Research | 2018-04-20
By firing missiles on Syria with its French and British allies, President Donald Trump has managed to force the Western powers to accept the end of their unilateral domination of the world. The insignificant result of this demonstration of force …
globalresearch.ca/washington-forces-its-allies-to-accept-a-bipolar-world/5637028

Exclusive Emails Show How the White Helmets Tried to Recruit Roger Waters with Saudi Money
Max Blumenthal | Global Research | 2018-04-20
During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as "a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists." Warning that the groups' unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held …
globalresearch.ca/exclusive-emails-show-how-the-white-helmets-tried-to-recruit-roger-waters-with-saudi-money/5637041

HillaryGate: Lawmakers Urge Criminal Probe of Senior Obama Officials including Clinton, Comey, McCabe, Lynch
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-20
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Investigative journalist Sara Carter broke the story, saying 11 congressional lawmakers made what's called a criminal referral to Attorney General Jeff Sessions….
globalresearch.ca/hillarygate-lawmakers-urge-criminal-probe-of-senior-obama-officials-including-clinton-comey-mccabe-lynch/5636992

Homebound: Hardship Awaits Internally Displaced Iraqis
Ann-Kathrin Pohlers | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Featured image: Civilians leaving old Mosul. This boy is going to fall of exhaustion just after this picture is taken. (Credit: Herve Jakubowicz) | With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. …
globalresearch.ca/homebound-hardship-awaits-internally-displaced-iraqis/5637036

"First Joust" and The Strike on Syria
Israel Shamir | Global Research | 2018-04-20
With slight disappointment the public regarded the field. Just a minute ago, two knights were converging in fearsome joust, their spears pointing forth, plumage blowing, horses galloping, ladies out waving their handkerchiefs to their champions, — and now we see …
globalresearch.ca/first-joust-and-the-strike-on-syria/5636923

France Is America's New "Special Partner" in Europe, Washington's Chief Ally on the Continent
Andrew Korybko | Global Research | 2018-04-20
The geopolitical dynamics of the New Cold War have made it so that France — and not the UK or Germany — is the US' "special partner" in Europe given Paris' much broader pan-hemispheric influence and its pivotal place in …
globalresearch.ca/france-is-americas-new-special-partner-in-europe-washingtons-chief-ally-on-the-continent/5636989

The UK Refused to Raid a Company Suspected of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations
Heidi Blake | Global Research | 2018-04-20
The British government refused to assist a French investigation into suspected money laundering and tax fraud by the UK telecoms giant Lycamobile — citing the fact that the company is the "biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party" and gives …
globalresearch.ca/the-uk-refused-to-raid-a-company-suspected-of-money-laundering-citing-its-tory-donations/5636843

Theresa May's Husband's Capital Group Is Largest Shareholder in BAE, Shares Soar Since Syrian Airstrikes
RT News | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in Syria. | The company, Capital Group, is also …
globalresearch.ca/theresa-mays-husbands-capital-group-is-largest-shareholder-in-bae-shares-soar-since-syrian-airstrikes/5636857

Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy
Dr. Larry Souza | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Most major monetary, fiscal, and macroeconomic economists, and financial institution and capital market experts agree, the global economy and financial system is more systemically fragile than ever before: $10 trillion bank NPLs, $13 trillion Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP), rotating …
globalresearch.ca/systemic-fragility-in-the-global-economy-3/5636958

Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land and Our Bodies
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44229-earth-day-2018-ending-plastic-pollution-in-the-oceans-land-and-our-bodies

2018 "Global Trust Barometer" Reveals New Crisis for Britain
Graham Vanbergen | Global Research | 2018-04-20
The latest results from the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer now reads like an obituary column in the West for the very institutions that are supposed to support civil society. This is the 18th edition and annually involves 33,000 respondents from …
globalresearch.ca/2018-global-trust-barometer-reveals-new-crisis-for-britain/5637002

Options for Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula
Morton Halperin | Global Research | 2018-04-20
A critically important part of assembling the Korean peninsula-wide denuclearization jigsaw puzzle is the institutional and legal form of North Korean commitments on the one hand, and the nuclear negative security assurances by the NPT-Nuclear Weapons States (NWSs), especially the …
globalresearch.ca/options-for-denuclearising-the-korean-peninsula/5636770

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2018-04-20: News Headlines

Donny Swanson (2018-04-20). Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About? counterpunch.org The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the More

LEJ Rachell (2018-04-20). The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of. counterpunch.org Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from, More

Ann Garrison (2018-04-20). Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes? counterpunch.org During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter, More

William Hawes (2018-04-20). Global Weirding. counterpunch.org Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of More

Jud Lounsbury (2018-04-20). Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?

Norman Stockwell (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good This is what April 22 is all about. Treasures from our archives including Denis Hayes, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader, and Gaylord Nelson.

Daniel Lazare (2018-04-20). Is Trump Finally Learning Not To Challenge his Neocon Captors? MintPress News What happens when an unthinkable war meets an unbeatable case of war fever? Thanks to Russia-gate, unsubstantiated reports about the use of poison gas in Syria, and a slew of similar factoids and pseudo-scandals, the world may soon find out. | In saner times, including during the Cold War at even its most heated, political leaders knew not to push a conflict with a rival nuclear power too far. After all, what was the point of getting into a fight in which everyone would lose? | Cooler heads thus prevailed in Washington while more excitable sorts were shipped off to where they could do no harm. This is what kept the peace during the U-2 affair, the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban missile crisis and what promised to continue doing so even after the advent of American "unipolarity" in 1989-92. | But that…

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Mir Alikhan (2018-04-20). There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir. counterpunch.org U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained—which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks—the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical More

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Energy Transfer Partners Pipelines Leaked Hazardous Liquids Every 11 Days for 15 Years, on Average. Truthout Stories According to a new report from Greenpeace USA and the Waterkeeper Alliance, Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline — has spilled over 3.6 million gallons of hazardous liquids over the course of fifteen years. The report also notes that the fossil fuel industry's record of spills has only gotten worse over time.An aerial view shows a natural gas liquids pipeline under construction October 26, 2017, in Smith Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images) | 5,475 days, 527 pipeline spills: that's the math presented in a new report from environmental groups Greenpeace USA and the Waterkeeper Alliance examining pipelines involving Dakota Access builder Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). It's based on public data from 2002 to 2017. | All told, those leaks released 3.6 million gallons of hazardous liquids, including 2.8 million gallons of crude…

Patrick Walker (2018-04-20). Political Dynamite: Poor People's Campaign and the Movement for a People's Party. counterpunch.org Reading the political tea leaves is a far different task from making political tea. As a political analyst whose predominant interest is organizing, I'll engage here in a bit of both. That is, I'll indulge in a bit of hopeful political prognostication, while striving, by urging the most relevant current organizers to join forces, to More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War? Truthout Stories Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Under the guise of fulfilling its constitutional power to authorize military force, Congress is poised to consider legislation that would give the president a blank check to make war, with no limits, in at least six countries and against several groups.Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | If you're a fan of real journalism, now's the time to strengthen Truthout's mission. Help us…

Andrew Levine (2018-04-20). "How Come?" Questions. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the More

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-20). Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs. AlterNet.org 'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need. ' | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families — and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration. In a lengthy report published by The New Yorker, some local residents say that raids such as the one in their community go against their deeply held Christian values. "I'm a Christian; God loves everybody equally," 50-year-old Hank Smith told the publication. "And I never had a problem with anyone being here. . . immigration didn't really affect me before. But then this raid happened. "Pastor David Williams, who leads the. . .

Natalie Martinez, Media Matters (2018-04-20). Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook. AlterNet.org The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land and Our Bodies. Truthout Stories This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and…

HCSW (2018-04-20). Canada Anti-war Demonstration against US-UK-French Missile Attacks on Syria, Toronto, April 22. Global Research The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War is pleased to announce that it will demonstrate against the April 13 missile attacks on the part of the USA, UK, and France on Syria. The Coalition regards those attacks as outrageous and …

Will Morrow (2018-04-20). After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War. Global Research In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-20). Clamouring Against Russia: The Cyber Attack Platform. Global Research In a time when such revelations as those of Edward Snowden pass a person's lips with ease and awareness, political clamouring for action and measures against Russia on the subject of cyber attack seem risible. This is not to say …

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet. Truthout Stories Two new studies from Europe have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. | The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer. These pesticides, along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup), have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st the EU approved the $66 billion merger of…

WSWS (2018-04-20). Banks impose massive attack on Puerto Rican workers amid island-wide blackout. World Socialist Web Site Puerto Rico's unelected Financial Oversight Management Board passed a fiscal plan Thursday which includes cuts to education, pensions, sick leave and vacation pay.

WSWS (2018-04-20). UK: Report by building research firm reveals scale of criminality that led to Grenfell fire. World Socialist Web Site No one has been brought to justice for last June's fire, but a report by a building research body makes clear there is ample evidence to allow for immediate arrests and charging to proceed.

RT (2018-04-20). Comey's memos on Trump meetings leaked online (FULL TEXT). RT US News The redacted copies of notes that former FBI Director James Comey made following his meetings with President Trump, have been leaked online, after the Justice Department released them to Congress.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Amnesty International (2018-04-20). Google's new Chat service shows total contempt for Android users' privacy. Amnesty International Responding to Google's launch of a new messaging service for Android phones, Amnesty International's Technology and Human Rights researcher Joe Westby said: | "With its baffling decision to launch a messaging service without end-to-end encryption, Google has shown utter contempt for the privacy of Android users and handed a precious gift to cybercriminals and government spies alike, allowing them easy access to the content of Android users' communications. | "Following the revelations by CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, end-to-end encryption has become recognized as an essential safeguard for protecting people's privacy when using messaging apps. With this new Chat service, Google shows a staggering failure to respect the human rights of its customers. | "Not only does this shockingly retrograde step leave Google lagging behind its closest competitors – Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp both have end-to-end encryption in place by default – it…

Amnesty International (2018-04-20). Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US. Amnesty International Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…

Amnesty International (2018-04-20). Myanmar: Further information: Kachin prisoner of conscience released: Lahpai Gam. Amnesty International Kachin prisoner of conscience Lahpai Gam has been released from prison following a Presidential amnesty on 17 April 2018. Detained since June 2012, he was tortured during interrogation and falsely accused of being a member of an "unlawful" association. Lahpai Gam suffers from ill-health, which further deteriorated while he was in detention.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Headlines for April 20, 2018. Democracy Now! Released Comey Memos Show Trump Distracted by Rivalries, Fear, Rudy Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team, Nationwide Student Walkout Marks 19th Anniversary of Columbine Massacre, Dick's Sporting Goods to Destroy Assault-Style Rifles It Didn't Sell, Trump Admin Moves to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Trump Admin Aims to Expand Sale of Armed Drones Globally, GOP Voter Suppression Architect Kris Kobach Found in Contempt of Court, Cuba: Outgoing President Raúl Castro Gives Final Speech at National Assembly, Nicaragua: Thousands Protest New Pension Plan, 4 Reported Dead, Chile: Massive Student Mobilization Protests Privatization of Education, Detroit Threatens to Shut Off Water at 17,000 Homes for People $150 Behind on Bills, Wells Fargo to Be Hit with $1 Billion Fine over Financial Crimes, Natalie Portman Refuses to Go to Israel to Accept Award over "Recent Events", Reproductive Justice Activist Alejandra Pablos Freed from ICE Detention…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies. Democracy Now! This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans—and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.

Adam Johnson (2018-04-20). Public Radio's McCarthyite Smear of Black Activists Shows Danger of Russia Panic. FAIR For over a year, outlets from FAIR ( 8/24/16) to TruthDig ( 1/7/17) to The Nation ( 8/7/17) to The Intercept ( 2/12/18) have been warning about the pitfalls of nonstop Russia Is Everywhere and Out to Get Us coverage. The Russians are "stoking discord" and "sowing unrest" and infiltrating online and real-life spaces with memes and rallies and disinformation, corporate media tell us. Did you share Russian disinfo? Twitter and Facebook will let you know. Did you buy into Russian "fake news"? CNN wants to find out. Russia is everywhere, and it's important the media not only report this fact, but do so over and over and over again, until one is looking for the Russian menace in every interaction. | This narrative, fueled by center-left outlets like MSNBC, Center for American Progress and Mother…

Jon Walker (2018-04-20). There's Real Evidence That Legalizing Pot Can Reduce Drinking. The Intercept When Molson Coors disclosed earlier this year that it considered the advent of legal marijuana to be a significant risk to its business, the company was coming down on one side of a contentious debate that has accompanied the movement to bring pot out of the shadows and into the world of taxed and regulated consumer products. | In Colorado, a pioneer in legalization, advocates centered their campaign on the argument that marijuana was far safer than alcohol, and therefore should be treated in at least a similar way. | That argument, though, becomes moot if marijuana is not actually a substitute for alcohol, but rather a complement. In other words, if getting high means you also drink more, it doesn't matter if getting stoned is safer than getting drunk. | Because the federal government has long starved financing for research into cannabis,…

Dominique Jackson, Raw Story (2018-04-19). This Disturbing Video Shows a Cop Manhandling a Handcuffed Student for 'Cussing&#039. AlterNet.org "Yeah, I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out. . . " | A police officer forcefully arrested 16-year-old Tiffany Rodriguez at Por Vida Charter High School on Wednesday, according to San Antonio's Fox 29. The San Antonio Police Department said the incident first happened because Rodriguez was cussing and raising her voice. The cop was called to the school to remove a lady from the office. Rodriguez said the lady only spoke Spanish and believed the officer was treating her unfairly. "Yeah, I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out like translating Spanish, because he didn't know Spanish," said Rodriguez. It was at this point the officer, who has not been identified, allegedly used excessive force on the young girl. "He slammed me against the door and I have a bump right here to show. . .

Reese Erlich (2018-04-19). Foreign Correspondent: The Truth Behind the Bombardment of Syria. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Recent attacks on Syria were a swing and a miss for Donald Trump…

Roger Bybee (2018-04-19). Trump, Foxconn Deal to Heat up Self-Defeating War Between States. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good Competition to woo businesses through incentive packages drain billions from public budgets and into corporate coffers each year.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-19). Four Lessons From the Strike on Syria. Consortiumnews The lessons from last weekend's strike on Syria by the United States of America and two of its allies do not bode well for the future of democracy or the future of peace, says Inder Comar. By Inder Comar Lessons… Read more →

PJHC (2018-04-19). Peace on the Korean Peninsula at Last? Global Research One of the unexpected events that happened during the PyongChang Olympics was the remarkable diplomatic manoeuvre of the three stars: Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. | Moon Jae-in convinced Kim Jong-un to send a large delegation to PyomgChang …

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-04-19). Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel is a Matter of Policy. counterpunch.org Photo by Swithun Crowe | CC BY 2.0 | The term 'media bias' does not do justice to the western corporate media's relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians. | The current disgraceful coverage of Gaza's popular protests indicates that the media's position aims at suppressing the truth on Palestine, at any cost and by any means. | Political symbiosis, cultural affinity, Hollywood, the outreaching influence of pro-Israel and Zionist groups within the political and media circles, are some of the explanations many of us have offered as to why Israel is often viewed with sympathetic eyes and Palestinians and Arabs condemned. | But such explanations should hardly suffice. Nowadays, there are numerous media outlets…

Staff (2018-04-19). The Call for Criminal Prosecution of Clinton, Comey: Will Media Suppress This Major News? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The criminal referral to the Department of Justice by 11 House Republicans exposes yet again how establishment media do not report news they don't like. | The post The Call for Criminal Prosecution of Clinton, Comey: Will Media Suppress This Major News? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-19). Read the Newly Released Comey Memos That Helped Launch the Mueller Investigation. AlterNet.org Republicans lawmakers pressed for the release of the former FBI director's records. | Former FBI Director James Comey famously kept detailed memos of his interactions with President Donald Trump before the president fired him. Those memos played a key role in initiating special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Now, the memos have finally been released. Congressional Republicans pressed for documents, and the Department of Justice decided to comply with the requests Thursday night. After the memos went to Congress, they were shortly obtained by the Associated Press. You can read the full memos here. In the first memo, Comey describes a conversation on Jan. 6, 2017 in which Trump said he had conducted himself "honorably" and that he "had a great reputation. " These comments seem to contradict the original reason the president cited for firing Comey. When Trump fired Comey, he cited a recommendation from Deputy. . .

Prof. Tim Anderson (2018-04-19). The Dirty War on Syria and The Globalization of War: Special Offer. Global Research Global Research Publishers brings you a combined special offer on two important books. Order Tim Anderson's "The Dirty War on Syria" and Michel Chossudovsky's "The Globalization of War" at a discounted price. | Click here to order | "The Dirty War on …

David William Pear (2018-04-19). The Victims in Syria, Gaza and Yemen. U.S. "Outrage" versus U.S. "Crimes against Humanity" Global Research In their book Manufacturing Consent, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky distinguished between two kinds of victims: the worthy victims and the unworthy victims. The "worthy victims" are the victims (real and alleged) of leaders on the U.S. enemies list, …

Julian Samboma (2018-04-19). The Arab Spring and Regime Change in Libya: An Elaborate Plot by the West. Global Research The Arab Spring was an elaborate plot by "imperialist" Western governments, according to a new book by an independent journalist and filmmaker. The book also claims that the Arab Spring was just a smokescreen for the murder of Colonel Gaddafi …

South Front (2018-04-19). Journalists Found Boy Filmed in White Helmets' Douma Alleged "Chemical Attack" Video. He Did It for Food. Global Research A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny has found a boy filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people "affected" by the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7. | According to Poddubny: | 11-year-old Hassan Diab …

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-19). New Congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to Give Trump Greater War Powers. Will It be Adopted? Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On September 14, 2001, three days after the mother of all false flags, congressional members near unanimously passed the Authorization for Use of …

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2018-04-19). US Nuclear Submarine that Struck Syria 'Not Welcome' Back to Naples, Italy. Global Research The U.S. nuclear submarine that helped U.S., U.K., and French forces commit an act of war against Syria last week is no longer welcome near the waters of Italy's largest seaports, Newsweek reports. | Citing Italian newspaper La Repubblica, …

Richard C. Cook (2018-04-19). The British Are Driving the West's War Agenda—But Why? Global Research Over the past two months the news has been dominated by two bizarre but related events: | 1) the alleged nerve agent poisoning of the exchanged Russian dual-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England; and | 2) the supposed …

Roof Stores (2018-04-19). Protecting Urban "Green Space", Animal Habitats and Our Countryside: The Case for Environmentally Friendly Construction. Global Research It's becoming increasingly clear that we need to adapt our construction methods to be more environmentally friendly. However, this isn't just a case of green energy and sustainable materials, plans must also account for the local ecosystem. | The construction of …

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2018-04-20: Social Media Postees

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Janus v. AFSCME: What's It All About?
Donny Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
The Supreme Court is now deliberating Janus v. AFSCME, the most recent manifestation of Right-to-Work (RTW). The Supreme Court will decide whether to strike down or uphold the decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court case that mandated all public sector employees, regardless of their union membership, to cover the…
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The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of
LEJ Rachell | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Featured in the education display at the Schomburg's recent Black Power 50 exhibit were several illustrations done by an artist not identified on the display label. A comic strip of his also prominently displayed in the martial arts section is mislabeled. There the artist is identified as '!Jana-Leo-Na-Kesho!'. That is the name of the book it was taken from,…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/the-baddest-black-power-artist-you-never-heard-of/

Why Don't We All Vote to Commit International Crimes?
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
During his 2007 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told the Boston Globe, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat." By "unilaterally" he meant without congressional authorization. Never mind international law codified in the UN Charter,…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/why-dont-we-all-vote-to-commit-international-crimes/

The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-end-of-policing-alex-vitale-interview-180419/

Global Weirding
William Hawes | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the "bomb cyclone" in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/global-weirding/

Michael Cohen Is Starting to Feel Like Michael Clayton
Jud Lounsbury | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
The fixer always fixes things for himself, first. Might that spell trouble for Donald Trump?
progressive.org/dispatches/michael-cohen-starting-to-feel-like-michael-clayton-180420/

Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/teaching-peace-in-a-time-of-hate/

There Won't be Peace in Afghanistan Until There's Peace in Kashmir
Mir Alikhan | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained–which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to exercise suitable leverage over it for eventual diplomatic talks–the preceding 17 years proves that it cannot be achieved through prevailing strategies of counter-insurgency and drone warfare. As is a typical…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/there-wont-be-peace-in-afghanistan-until-theres-peace-in-kashmir/

Energy Transfer Partners Pipelines Leaked Hazardous Liquids Every 11 Days for 15 Years, on Average
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
According to a new report from Greenpeace USA and the Waterkeeper Alliance, Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline — has spilled over 3.6 million gallons of hazardous liquids over the course of fifteen years. The report also notes that the fossil fuel industry's record of spills has only gotten worse over time.An aerial view shows a natural gas liquids pipeline under construction October 26, 2017, in Smith Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images) | 5,475 days, 527 pipeline spills: that's the math presented in a new report from environmental groups Greenpeace USA and the Waterkeeper Alliance examining pipelines involving Dakota Access builder Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). It's based on public data from 2002 to 2017. | All told, those leaks released 3.6 million gallons of hazardous liquids, including 2.8 million gallons of crude…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44220-for-15-years-energy-transfer-partners-pipelines-leaked-an-average-of-once-every-11-days

Is Trump Finally Learning Not To Challenge his Neocon Captors?
Daniel Lazare | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
What happens when an unthinkable war meets an unbeatable case of war fever? Thanks to Russia-gate, unsubstantiated reports about the use of poison gas in Syria, and a slew of similar factoids and pseudo-scandals, the world may soon find out. | In saner times, including during the Cold War at even its most heated, political leaders knew not to push a conflict with a rival nuclear power too far. After all, what was the point of getting into a fight in which everyone would lose? | Cooler heads thus prevailed in Washington while more excitable sorts were shipped off to where they could do no harm. This is what kept the peace during the U-2 affair, the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban missile crisis and what promised to continue doing so even after the advent of American "unipolarity" in 1989-92. | But that…

Is Trump Finally Learning Not To Challenge his Neocon Captors?

Political Dynamite: Poor People's Campaign and the Movement for a People's Party
Patrick Walker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Reading the political tea leaves is a far different task from making political tea. As a political analyst whose predominant interest is organizing, I'll engage here in a bit of both. That is, I'll indulge in a bit of hopeful political prognostication, while striving, by urging the most relevant current organizers to join forces, to…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/101438/

Will Congress Write the President a Blank Check for War?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | Under the guise of fulfilling its constitutional power to authorize military force, Congress is poised to consider legislation that would give the president a blank check to make war, with no limits, in at least six countries and against several groups.Hundreds of antiwar and social justice activists took to the streets in New York City to oppose endless wars and demonstrate against the US bombing of Syria on Apri 15, 2018. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images) | If you're a fan of real journalism, now's the time to strengthen Truthout's mission. Help us…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44226-will-congress-write-the-president-a-blank-check-for-war

"How Come?" Questions
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/how-come-questions/

Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need. ' | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families — and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration. In a lengthy report published by The New Yorker, some local residents say that raids such as the one in their community go against their deeply held Christian values. "I'm a Christian; God loves everybody equally," 50-year-old Hank Smith told the publication. "And I never had a problem with anyone being here. . . immigration didn't really affect me before. But then this raid happened. "Pastor David Williams, who leads the. . .
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After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War
Will Morrow | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …
globalresearch.ca/after-syria-strikes-drumbeat-grows-for-wider-us-war/5636953

Clamouring Against Russia: The Cyber Attack Platform
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In a time when such revelations as those of Edward Snowden pass a person's lips with ease and awareness, political clamouring for action and measures against Russia on the subject of cyber attack seem risible. This is not to say …
globalresearch.ca/clamouring-against-russia-the-cyber-attack-platform/5636926

Canada Anti-war Demonstration against US-UK-French Missile Attacks on Syria, Toronto, April 22
HCSW | Global Research | 2018-04-20
The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War is pleased to announce that it will demonstrate against the April 13 missile attacks on the part of the USA, UK, and France on Syria. The Coalition regards those attacks as outrageous and …
globalresearch.ca/canada-anti-war-demonstration-against-us-uk-french-missile-attacks-on-syria-toronto-april-22/5636795

Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land and Our Bodies
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans — and…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44229-earth-day-2018-ending-plastic-pollution-in-the-oceans-land-and-our-bodies

Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook
Natalie Martinez, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation…
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Banks impose massive attack on Puerto Rican workers amid island-wide blackout
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
Puerto Rico's unelected Financial Oversight Management Board passed a fiscal plan Thursday which includes cuts to education, pensions, sick leave and vacation pay.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/puer-a20.html

UK: Report by building research firm reveals scale of criminality that led to Grenfell fire
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
No one has been brought to justice for last June's fire, but a report by a building research body makes clear there is ample evidence to allow for immediate arrests and charging to proceed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/gren-a20.html

Comey's memos on Trump meetings leaked online (FULL TEXT)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
The redacted copies of notes that former FBI Director James Comey made following his meetings with President Trump, have been leaked online, after the Justice Department released them to Congress. …
www.rt.com/usa/424640-comey-trump-memos-leaked/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-20
A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/20/displaced-congolese-face-being-returned-harms-way

Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US
Amnesty International | 2018-04-20
Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/liberia-warlord-jungle-jabbah-jailed-for-30-years-in-us/

Google's new Chat service shows total contempt for Android users' privacy
Amnesty International | 2018-04-20
Responding to Google's launch of a new messaging service for Android phones, Amnesty International's Technology and Human Rights researcher Joe Westby said: | "With its baffling decision to launch a messaging service without end-to-end encryption, Google has shown utter contempt for the privacy of Android users and handed a precious gift to cybercriminals and government spies alike, allowing them easy access to the content of Android users' communications. | "Following the revelations by CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, end-to-end encryption has become recognized as an essential safeguard for protecting people's privacy when using messaging apps. With this new Chat service, Google shows a staggering failure to respect the human rights of its customers. | "Not only does this shockingly retrograde step leave Google lagging behind its closest competitors – Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp both have end-to-end encryption in place by default – it…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/googles-new-chat-service-shows-total-contempt-for-android-users-privacy/

Myanmar: Further information: Kachin prisoner of conscience released: Lahpai Gam
Amnesty International | 2018-04-20
Kachin prisoner of conscience Lahpai Gam has been released from prison following a Presidential amnesty on 17 April 2018. Detained since June 2012, he was tortured during interrogation and falsely accused of being a member of an "unlawful" association. Lahpai Gam suffers from ill-health, which further deteriorated while he was in detention.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa16/8254/2018/en/

Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans–and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/earth_day_2018_ending_plastic_pollution

There's Real Evidence That Legalizing Pot Can Reduce Drinking
Jon Walker | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
When Molson Coors disclosed earlier this year that it considered the advent of legal marijuana to be a significant risk to its business, the company was coming down on one side of a contentious debate that has accompanied the movement to bring pot out of the shadows and into the world of taxed and regulated consumer products. | In Colorado, a pioneer in legalization, advocates centered their campaign on the argument that marijuana was far safer than alcohol, and therefore should be treated in at least a similar way. | That argument, though, becomes moot if marijuana is not actually a substitute for alcohol, but rather a complement. In other words, if getting high means you also drink more, it doesn't matter if getting stoned is safer than getting drunk. | Because the federal government has long starved financing for research into cannabis,…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/marijuana-legalization-alcohol-consumption/

This Disturbing Video Shows a Cop Manhandling a Handcuffed Student for 'Cussing&#039
Dominique Jackson, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-19
"Yeah, I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out. . . " | A police officer forcefully arrested 16-year-old Tiffany Rodriguez at Por Vida Charter High School on Wednesday, according to San Antonio's Fox 29. The San Antonio Police Department said the incident first happened because Rodriguez was cussing and raising her voice. The cop was called to the school to remove a lady from the office. Rodriguez said the lady only spoke Spanish and believed the officer was treating her unfairly. "Yeah, I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out like translating Spanish, because he didn't know Spanish," said Rodriguez. It was at this point the officer, who has not been identified, allegedly used excessive force on the young girl. "He slammed me against the door and I have a bump right here to show. . .
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Four Lessons From the Strike on Syria
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-19
The lessons from last weekend's strike on Syria by the United States of America and two of its allies do not bode well for the future of democracy or the future of peace, says Inder Comar. By Inder Comar Lessons… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/04/18/four-lessons-from-the-strike-on-syria/

Peace on the Korean Peninsula at Last?
PJHC | Global Research | 2018-04-19
One of the unexpected events that happened during the PyongChang Olympics was the remarkable diplomatic manoeuvre of the three stars: Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. | Moon Jae-in convinced Kim Jong-un to send a large delegation to PyomgChang …
globalresearch.ca/peace-on-the-korean-peninsula-at-last/5636876

Foreign Correspondent: The Truth Behind the Bombardment of Syria
Reese Erlich | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-19
Recent attacks on Syria were a swing and a miss for Donald Trump…
progressive.org/dispatches/truth-behind-the-bombardment-of-syria-180418/

Trump, Foxconn Deal to Heat up Self-Defeating War Between States
Roger Bybee | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-19
Competition to woo businesses through incentive packages drain billions from public budgets and into corporate coffers each year.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-foxconn-deal-to-heat-up-self-defeating-war-between-180419/

The Call for Criminal Prosecution of Clinton, Comey: Will Media Suppress This Major News?
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-19
The criminal referral to the Department of Justice by 11 House Republicans exposes yet again how establishment media do not report news they don't like. | The post The Call for Criminal Prosecution of Clinton, Comey: Will Media Suppress This Major News? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/will-media-suppress-criminal-referrals-of-clinton-comey-and-others/

Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21616

Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel is a Matter of Policy
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-19
Photo by Swithun Crowe | CC BY 2.0 | The term 'media bias' does not do justice to the western corporate media's relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians. | The current disgraceful coverage of Gaza's popular protests indicates that the media's position aims at suppressing the truth on Palestine, at any cost and by any means. | Political symbiosis, cultural affinity, Hollywood, the outreaching influence of pro-Israel and Zionist groups within the political and media circles, are some of the explanations many of us have offered as to why Israel is often viewed with sympathetic eyes and Palestinians and Arabs condemned. | But such explanations should hardly suffice. Nowadays, there are numerous media outlets…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/19/media-cover-up-shielding-israel-is-a-matter-of-policy/

Read the Newly Released Comey Memos That Helped Launch the Mueller Investigation
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-19
Republicans lawmakers pressed for the release of the former FBI director's records. | Former FBI Director James Comey famously kept detailed memos of his interactions with President Donald Trump before the president fired him. Those memos played a key role in initiating special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Now, the memos have finally been released. Congressional Republicans pressed for documents, and the Department of Justice decided to comply with the requests Thursday night. After the memos went to Congress, they were shortly obtained by the Associated Press. You can read the full memos here. In the first memo, Comey describes a conversation on Jan. 6, 2017 in which Trump said he had conducted himself "honorably" and that he "had a great reputation. " These comments seem to contradict the original reason the president cited for firing Comey. When Trump fired Comey, he cited a recommendation from Deputy. . .
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Trump Told Comey that Vladimir Putin Boasted About Having the 'Most Beautiful Hookers in the World': Memo
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-19
The new memos reveal Trump may have spoken to the Russian president back in 2013. | President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted of his country, "We have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world," according to newly released memos. Trump reportedly dismissed the idea that he had consorted with "prostitutes" while in Moscow at the Miss Universe in 2013, as is claimed in the opposition research document known as the Steele dossier, but his remarks as recorded by Comey suggest he has spoken with Putin about sex workers. Comey notes in the memo that he doesn't know when Trump spoke to Putin. "He didn't seem to be speaking hyperbolically," Comey said on MSNBC Thursday night. Even without delving into the intricacies of the Russia investigation, Trump's relationship and history with Putin remain mysterious. Long before. . .
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The Arab Spring and Regime Change in Libya: An Elaborate Plot by the West
Julian Samboma | Global Research | 2018-04-19
The Arab Spring was an elaborate plot by "imperialist" Western governments, according to a new book by an independent journalist and filmmaker. The book also claims that the Arab Spring was just a smokescreen for the murder of Colonel Gaddafi …
globalresearch.ca/the-arab-spring-and-regime-change-in-libya-an-elaborate-plot-by-the-west/5636826

Selected Articles: Media Lies and Gas Attacks
Global Research News | 2018-04-19
Thanks to the contributions of our readers, we have been able to maintain complete independence. You can help Global Research make information available to the widest possible readership. | We ask that you consider making a donation to Global Research in …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-media-lies-and-gas-attacks/5636878

US-North Korea Summit: Hold the Cheers. Inter-Korean Summit to Precede Trump-Kim Meeting?
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-19
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | A US summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may or may not happen, Trump saying: "If we don't think it's going …
globalresearch.ca/us-north-korea-summit-hold-the-cheers-inter-korean-summit-to-precede-trump-kim-meeting/5636870

Debunking Ten Lies About Syria and Assad
Chris Kanthan | Global Research | 2018-04-19
When I wrote the article about the " Most Dangerous Decade" two weeks ago, I didn't realize that my time frame was too optimistic. What's happening now in Syria has the potential to start WW III. Don't believe for …
globalresearch.ca/debunking-10-lies-about-syria-and-assad/5636830

Cuba Chooses a New President
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-19
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | At age-86, Raul Castro is stepping down as Cuba's leader, serving as its president since February 2008. | Meeting on Wednesday, Cuba's National Assembly …
globalresearch.ca/cuba-chooses-a-new-president/5636757

Journalists Found Boy Filmed in White Helmets' Douma Alleged "Chemical Attack" Video. He Did It for Food
South Front | Global Research | 2018-04-19
A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny has found a boy filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people "affected" by the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7. | According to Poddubny: | 11-year-old Hassan Diab …
globalresearch.ca/journalists-found-boy-filmed-in-white-helmets-douma-chemical-attack-video-he-did-it-for-food/5636811

As Lies on Syrian Gas Attack Unravel, US and UK Shift to Claims of Russian "Cyber War"
Will Morrow | Global Research | 2018-04-19
On Monday, the US and British intelligence agencies released a joint report charging Moscow with unspecified "cyber warfare" against the West. The American media was filled with hysterical warnings that Russia may have hacked "millions" of personal devices as well …
globalresearch.ca/as-lies-on-syrian-gas-attack-unravel-us-and-uk-shift-to-claims-of-russian-cyber-war/5636801

The Hungarian Revolution Rolls On
Andrew Korybko | Global Research | 2018-04-19
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party won a 2/3 supermajority in parliament. | This stunning victory proves that the Soros-led anti-government campaign was woefully ineffective and may have actually been counterproductive by strengthening Orban's appeal by reinforcing the country's …
globalresearch.ca/the-hungarian-revolution-rolls-on/5636773

The Victims in Syria, Gaza and Yemen. U.S. "Outrage" versus U.S. "Crimes against Humanity"
David William Pear | Global Research | 2018-04-19
In their book Manufacturing Consent, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky distinguished between two kinds of victims: the worthy victims and the unworthy victims. The "worthy victims" are the victims (real and alleged) of leaders on the U.S. enemies list, …
globalresearch.ca/the-victims-in-douma-gaza-and-yemen-u-s-outrage-versus-u-s-crimes-against-humanity/5636751

The Dirty War on Syria and The Globalization of War: Special Offer
Prof. Tim Anderson | Global Research | 2018-04-19
Global Research Publishers brings you a combined special offer on two important books. Order Tim Anderson's "The Dirty War on Syria" and Michel Chossudovsky's "The Globalization of War" at a discounted price. | Click here to order | "The Dirty War on …
globalresearch.ca/the-dirty-war-on-syria-and-the-globalization-of-war-special-offer/5560516

Protecting Urban "Green Space", Animal Habitats and Our Countryside: The Case for Environmentally Friendly Construction
Roof Stores | Global Research | 2018-04-19
It's becoming increasingly clear that we need to adapt our construction methods to be more environmentally friendly. However, this isn't just a case of green energy and sustainable materials, plans must also account for the local ecosystem. | The construction of …
globalresearch.ca/protecting-urban-green-space-and-our-countryside-the-case-for-environmentally-friendly-construction/5636866

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