2019-04-07: Social Media Postees

Education Privatizers Have Gone Global. So Must We If We Want to Stop Them
Christian Addai-Poku and Michael Galant | commondreams.org | 2019-04-07
In February 2018, West Virginia teachers launched a strike that reawakened a movement. Tens of thousands of teachers from around the country have taken part in what is now the largest strike wave in decades, demanding better public education in the face of years of austerity.

NATO at 70: Global Enforcers of Western Imperialism
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-07
"Today, our Alliance is the strongest in history, guaranteeing the freedom of our almost one billion citizens, the security of our territory, and the protection of our values, including democracy, individual liberty, human rights, and the rule of law." — …

Implicit Biases Installation
Sarah Khosla | indybay.org | 2019-04-07
Hi All! I'm Sarah Khosla, a student doing her thesis and I'm in need of some voices for my topic!

Assange to be Handed over to the UK, then to the US?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
According to WikiLeaks on Thursday, Julian Assange's freedom is gravely threatened, tweeting: | "BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days' using the #INAPapers offshore (corruption …

US Extradition of Assange Would be Violation of International Law: UN Special Rapporteur
Oscar Grenfell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
Following WikiLeaks' warning yesterday that Julian Assange faced imminent eviction from Ecuador's London embassy, widespread opposition has emerged to the illegal plans to terminate his political asylum. | Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, issued a statement calling …

Philadelphia students take over school board meeting
Workers World Philadelphia bureau | workers.org | 2019-04-06
The Philadelphia Board of Education voted 7-2 on March 28 to mandate metal detectors in all city high schools. Angered student activists, teachers and their supporters responded by shutting down the meeting and taking over board members' seats. All 49 city high schools now have metal detectors, but three schools . . . | Continue reading Philadelphia students take over school board meeting at Workers.org…

Why Israel Is Seen on Campus, in Both Europe and the US, as Treating the United Nations with Total Contempt
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
Because no other claimed democratic government: | 1. Kills unarmed protestors, including students, as an everyday alleged security operation and imprisons thousands of dissidents, including teenagers, without trial | 2. Imposes a inhumane blockade of essential goods upon 2 million civilians in …

Trump Regime Considering Aggression against Venezuela?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
International law is clear and unequivocal. It's automatically US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) — pertaining to treaties, conventions, and other international agreements to which the US is a signatory. | According to the UN Charter …

U.S. Admits It Cannot Attack Venezuela — Confirmed S-300 Anti-Air Systems
Joaquin Flores | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
The U.S State Department special operator for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, has revealed that Venezuela is already in possession numerous highly effective S-300 (Antey 2500 version) systems . This makes a military campaign against Venezuela highly unlikely, given the high-importance …

NATO — 70th Anniversary of the Most Murderous — and Legal — Organization on our Planet
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
On 4th of April 2019 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) "celebrated" the 70th Anniversary of its murderous existence. This horror organization was born sort of as a "Rosemary's Baby", signed into life in Washington DC, as the North Atlantic …

Veteran Intelligence Professionals (VIPS) Urge Trump to Avoid War Russia Over Venezuela
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
VIPS warn that Trump's policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. | *** | MEMORANDUM FOR: The President | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) | SUBJECT: …

Video: The Dissolution of NATO
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-06
German lawmaker Alexander Neu lambasted NATO for conducting aggressive wars and raking up defense spending, suggesting Germany should quit its military command, and the bloc be dissolved altogether. | NATO's 70th birthday is "not a reason to celebrate, but rather an | …

Mexico's López Obrador attacks teachers through right-wing education reform
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
AMLO and Morena have adopted the education legislation of his predecessor, while the CNTE union works to isolate teachers' struggles.

Australia: Tasmanian teachers take strike action
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
Teachers in Tasmania are the lowest paid of any state in Australia.

Thousands of Ontario students walk out to protest school cuts
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
The student-led initiative saw thousands rally across the province against the right-wing government of Doug Ford.

US teachers' unions oppose bill to make sex with students a crime
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-06
Teachers' unions in the state of Rhode Island came out to show their opposition to a bill that would criminalize sex between employees and students, complaining that the bill unfairly singled out school employees. | …

'Experiment on kids': Cross-sex hormone therapy age down to 8 in US govt-funded study, doctor finds
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-06
Cross-sex hormones may now be given to US children as young as eight in a government-supported research program, despite the risks these drugs can pose, a doctor skeptical of transitioning gender-dysphoric kids has discovered. | …

Ontario workers need an international socialist program to defend public education and fight austerity
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-06
If public education from kindergarten to university is to be defended, workers and students must launch a political struggle independently of the unions and in opposition to the entire political establishment.

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

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

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

Economy Adds 196,000 Jobs in March Amid Signs of Slowing Wage Growth
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-05
Employment-to-population ratio for men between 25 to 34 jumps 0.8 percentage points to a new high for recovery.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 196,000 jobs in March, a sharp bounce back from the 20,000 originally reported for February. This figure was revised up to 33,000, which brought the average over the last three months to 180,000. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.8 percent. | While the job growth figure for March is healthy, there is some evidence that wage growth might actually be slowing in spite of the relatively tight labor market. Wage growth over the last 12 months…

Sensational: A teacher rips into Sajid Javid for 'blaming' her profession for knife crime
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
During BBC Question Time on 4 April, a teacher ripped into home secretary Sajid Javid. Earlier in the week, Javid appeared to suggest that … | Read more Sensational: A teacher rips into Sajid Javid for 'blaming' her profession for knife crime | By James Wright…

The Death of the Teacher
Paul Bentley | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Then Socrates sat down, and "How fine it would be, Agathon," he said,…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisconsin, Michigan grad students occupy buildings as UIC strike continues
Allan Axelrod | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
UPDATE: "2019-04-05 4pm: The UIC GEO won the right to make up lost hours and have declared victory." This week, graduate employees from the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University occupied buildings to declare fees imposed on them by their employer as a form of wage theft. These occupations coincide with the third week …

Aaron Bastani flips the 'Marxist' attack-line on its head, reducing the Tories to an uneducated mess
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
Conservatives and the establishment frequently try and weaponise the label 'Marxist' against progressives. "Karl Marx had a great deal to say" But, speaking on … | Read more Aaron Bastani flips the 'Marxist' attack-line on its head, reducing the Tories to an uneducated mess | By James Wright…

#UnapologeticallyFeministScientist: Tucker Carlson Twitter Shamed After Wondering How 'Feminists Do Science' in US
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
Absurd question by Fox News host prompts response: "you underestimate how many of us feminist scientists there really are" | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/feminists-science-carlson.jpg…

Hopkins Students Sit-In to Oppose University's Private Police and ICE Contract
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
The protestors say they will occupy Hopkins until officials end the militarization of its campus…

Women outliving men 'everywhere', new UN health agency statistics report shows
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-04
Average life-expectancy globally has increased by five-and-a-half years since the turn of the century, and women outlive men "everywhere", the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

White supremacist symbol found spray-painted at the site of fire, civil rights center says
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-04
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. | Source…

Lawmakers to push worker safety bills, but timetable uncertain
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-04
WASHINGTON–The majority Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee will push two key pro-worker safety bills this year, but the exact timetable is uncertain. In an informal conversation after the first congressional briefing in years on worker health and safety, a top committee aide on the issue said he expects the legislation will hit …

Anti-Union University Administrations Fight Surge In Graduate Student Worker Organizing
Michael Sainato | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-04
Since the National Labor Relations Board ruled in August 2016 that graduate student workers at private universities have the right to unionize, graduate student unions in the United States have surged. Yet, currently, nearly all of these unions face resistance and union-busting efforts from their university administrations. | At Boston College, graduate student workers voted to unionize in September 2017. The univers…

Facebook's Ad Algorithm Is a Race and Gender Stereotyping Machine, New Study Suggests
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
How exactly Facebook decides who sees what is one of the great pieces of forbidden knowledge in the information age, hidden away behind nondisclosure agreements, trade secrecy law, and a general culture of opacity. New research from experts at Northeastern University, the University of Southern California, and the public-interest advocacy group Upturn doesn't reveal how Facebook's targeting algorithms work, but does show an alarming outcome: They appear to deliver certain ads, including for housing and employment, in a way that aligns with race and gender stereotypes…

Beyond Prisons: Rachel Herzing On Political Education
Beyond Prisons | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-03
Rachel Herzing joins Beyond Prisons for a conversation on political education, transformation, and more. | Rachel is the co-director of Center for Political Education, a resource for political organizations on the left, progressive social movements, the working class and people of color. She has been an organizer, activist, and advocate fighting the violence of policing and imprisonment for over 20 years. | She is a co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to abolishing the prison industrial complex. She was also the director of research and training at Creative Intervention…