2019-04-03: News Headlines

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

STAFF (2019-04-03). Teachers' Movements Gain Community Support by Centering Social Justice. truthout.org The teachers' strike wave began in West Virginia and spread across several red states, and then into blue states with work stoppages in Los Angeles, Denver and Oakland. | Leading teacher militant Gillian Russom has been a high school history teacher in Los Angeles for 18 years. She's been an activist-member of the United Teachers Los Angeles for most of that time and currently serves on the union's board of directors. She is a contributor to the book Education and Capitalism, published by Haymarket Books. | She spoke to Truthout ab…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Burnt Body of British Activist, Missionary Found in Peru. telesurenglish.net The burnt body of Paul McAuley, a 71-year old British environmental activist and Catholic missionary was found in the Amazon city of Iquitos on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Peruvian Trans Activist Claudia Vera Shot Dead in Lima | His body was found in a shelter house he founded for Indigenous students, "La Salle", located in the district of Bethlehem (Iquitos). Some students informed the police after finding the body. | Authorities are questioning six Indigenous men who lived in the hostel.

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

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

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

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

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

Janine Jackson (2019-04-03). 'A Lot of That Science They Point to Is Science They Paid For' – CounterSpin interview with Carey Gillam on Monsanto lawsuit. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Carey Gillam about Hardeman v. Monsanto for the March 29, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

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

Fight Back (2019-04-03). Hillsborough, FL custodians and teachers rally against privatization. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Over 40 custodians, teachers and concerned community members rallied outside the Hillsborough County School Board meeting, April 2, to stop plans to privatize the custodial staff at all Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS). The rally was hosted by the Hillsborough State Employee Federation and Hillsborough County Teachers Association. Chants at the rally included "It's time to stop the greed, give custodians what they need!" and "Up up with education, down down with privatization!" | The Hillsborough County School Board (HCSB) claims there are currently no plans to contract out custodial services…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-02). Electoral Dirty Tricks in Israel. Fake Social Media Promoting Likud and PM Netanyahu. globalresearch.ca Why not! Elections in the US, other Western countries and Israel are rife with dirty tricks. | According to Haaretz, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli media, hundreds (maybe thousands) of fake social media accounts are promoting …

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

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-02). White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says. splcenter.org Someone painted a white supremacist symbol at the scene where fire ravaged a building tied to the civil rights movement, according to a statement from the Highlander Research and Education Center.

Jeff Bryant (2019-04-02). New Report Spurs Congress to Question Up to $1 Billion Wasted on Charter Schools. progressive.org Congress members confronted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a proposed budget increase for a program funding charter schools that quickly closed, or never opened at all.

Kavaljit Singh (2019-04-02). The Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). globalresearch.ca The financial transaction tax is an issue that never goes away from the public agenda completely. It keeps coming back to the policy and political discussions in different forms across the world. Currently, the idea of a financial transaction tax …

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2019-04-02). Trump-Barr's Manipulation of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller Report of March 22, 2019: The Political Cover-up of the Century? globalresearch.ca "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power …

The Global Research Team (2019-04-02). Global Research in a "Post-Truth" "Fake News" Era. globalresearch.ca In a "post-truth" "fake news" era, it is important more than ever to have a reliable news source that delivers the critical analysis that is ignored or manipulated by the mainstream media. | Global Research is committed to curbing the tide …

Chris Cole (2019-04-02). Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria? globalresearch.ca On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …

South Front (2019-04-02). Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line. globalresearch.ca Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …

Craig Murray (2019-04-02). The Chagos Islands and the Dark Soul of the British Labour Party. globalresearch.ca Even if you think you know all about the Chagos story — an entire population forcibly removed from their island homeland at British gunpoint to make way for a US Air Force nuclear base, the people dumped destitute over a …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-02). The End of the Politician (in a Fashion): The Slovak and Ukrainian Elections. globalresearch.ca The structures of politics have become so rigid, so distant, and ultimately so irrelevant to those who vote for them that a trend through countries can now be confirmed. Brittleness has set it. The part and election strategists have few …

RT (2019-04-02). 'My body should be celebrated': Teacher sacked over topless selfie sues for sexual discrimination. rt.com A 25-year-old middle school teacher claims she was fired from her job after a topless selfie she sent to a boyfriend ended up in the hands of a student. Now she wants "to fight back," filing a $3 million discrimination lawsuit.

WSWS (2019-04-02). After fascist attack, New Zealand teacher unions cancel nationwide strike. wsws.org In a thoroughly anti-democratic decision, primary and secondary teacher unions have used the Christchurch attack as a pretext to call off a major nationwide strike.

Paul Haeder (2019-04-01). A World is Right When We Learn to Preserve and Embrace the Word Like a Poet. dissidentvoice.org Special for Dissident Voice and LA Progressive, part of National Poetry Month, 2019 ***** I'm thinking a lot about creativity. About young people, 6 or 7 years of age, so ripe for learning and how we as mentors and teachers should not only respect how their inner voices count, but allow them that exploratory space. Words …

StudentNation (2019-04-01). What 16 Young People Think About the Green New Deal. thenation.com What 16 Young People Think About the Green New Deal…

STAFF (2019-03-31). NRA's Playbook Shows Why the US Does not Stop Mass Shootings. therealnews.com After the Chistchurch shooting, New Zealand moves to ban assault weapons, while the US is promoting plans to arm school teachers instead. Al-Jazeera exposes NRA's "playbook" on media responses after mass shootings…

Lidya Azad (2019-03-31). University of Kentucky hunger strike demands that students' basic needs are met. liberationnews.org The strike is part of the Basic Needs Campaign, which is demanding that the University of Kentucky 1) establish and fund a physical Basic Needs Center, 2) establish a Basic Needs Fund, and 3) create a full-time Basic Needs staff position.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-30). A Privileged Education: The US College Admissions Scandal. dissidentvoice.org The oldest idea of history; the perennial problem of station: education. Get the child as far as possible so that he or she can be propelled, as if from a trebuchet across the ramparts of life. Nasty obstacles — one being a lack of intellect — will be cleared, and the wretched genetic issue will …

STAFF (2019-03-29). Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises—An Anomaly in Presidential Politics. therealnews.com Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment—education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…

Dan Beeton, CEPR (2019-03-29). Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.

Hersch Rothmel (2019-03-27). Boston Teachers Union "All In" to fight for a fair contract. liberationnews.org "Do you realize we are the only school district in Massachusetts that does not have a full time nurse in every school?"

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). "The Opioid Crisis Isn't White": How the Lethal Epidemic Affects Communities of Color. democracynow.org As Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma reach a $270 million agreement in a lawsuit claiming the company knowingly helped create the opioid crisis responsible for nearly 50,000 deaths per year in the United States, we look at how the opioid crisis affects communities of color with Abdullah Shihipar, a graduate student of public health at Brown University who wrote an op-ed about his research for The New York Times headlined "The Opioid Crisis Isn't White."

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma to Pay $270 Million Legal Settlement That Will Fund Addiction Center. democracynow.org The state of Oklahoma has reached a $270 million agreement with Purdue Pharma—the makers of OxyContin—settling a lawsuit that claimed the company contributed to the deaths of thousands of Oklahoma residents by downplaying the risk of opioid addiction and overstating the drug's benefits. The state says more Oklahomans have died from opioids over the last decade than have been killed in vehicle accidents. More than $100 million from the settlement will fund a new addiction treatment and research center at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa. "It's really just the first move in what is a very complicated…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). Are Federal Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids Hurting Patients with Chronic Pain? democracynow.org As Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma reach a landmark settlement, we look at an underreported result of the opioid crisis: the underprescribing of opioids for patients who rely on them for pain management. This month, more than 300 doctors and medical researchers sent an open letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning patients have been harmed by a lack of clarity in guidelines for prescribing opioids. The CDC revised the guidelines for primary care physicians in 2016 in order to improve safety and reduce risks associated with long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. But many say the new guidelin…

Katie Logan & Shelby Shoup (2019-03-27). Islamic Center of Tallahassee and Students For Justice in Palestine hold solidarity vigil honoring Christchurch victims. liberationnews.org There was a touching show of unity as over 40 community members, both Muslim and non-Muslim, came to the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol to observe the candlelit vigil. The event started out with a few words from Imam Munir Alfarra, who said, "If I could tell him something I would say he did not waste his time to know about Muslims. To know how they pray, and when and where. To know that Muslims' doors are always open…"

Keegan Hankes, Senior Research Analyst (2019-03-27). SPLC reacts to Facebook policy on white nationalism. splcenter.org The internet, and social media in particular, continues to be a powerful tool used by the radical right to accelerate the spread of hate into the mainstream.

AlexBainbridge (2019-03-25). Students call next big climate action. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of people turned out to the #ClimateElection kickstart event on March 25. This was the major event organisers encouraged participants in the March 15 School Strike to attend. | The most inspiring part of the night was the announcement of the next big action on May 3. Details are still being worked out. | Demands of this campaign are: Stop Adani; No new coal, oil or gas; and for 100% renewable energy by 2030. | The timing has been set for just bef…

Nigel Lisbon (2019-03-24). Indiana legislature ends elections for state education leader. liberationnews.org Only a socialist democracy, where workers wield state power, will fully fund public schools.

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