2019-04-10: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). Academic Freedom at Risk After Decades of Right-Wing Attacks and Cuts to Education. democracynow.org As higher education faces an increasingly dire crisis of underfunding, we look at one of the consequences of this crisis: the growing threat to academic freedom. Academic and author Henry Reichman takes on this threat in a new book, out this week, titled "The Future of Academic Freedom." In it, he writes, "Academic capitalism—or, as many term it, 'corporatization'—has greatly impacted academic work and the ability of the faculty to unite in defense of professional norms, including academic freedom." Academic capitalism is just one of a number of topics Reichman tackles in the book, which starts by ask…

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-10). Middle East Activism and Double Standards towards Russia. globalresearch.ca Refusing to acknowledge Russia's "balancing" acts with "Israel" and Saudi Arabia is a disservice to the Palestinian and Yemeni causes because it ignores the important role that Moscow plays in propping up Tel Aviv and Riyadh, resulting in the artificial …

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-10). Greens Say 'No to NATO' While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO. globalresearch.ca Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below …

STAFF (2019-04-10). US Provides Three out of Five Weapons Saudi Arabia Used in Yemen (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Shadow Wars author Andrew Feinstein discusses new research showing that the US sold 70 billion dollars worth of arms to the Saudi Coalition for its war in Yemen, currently the world's worst humanitarian crisis…

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

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-10). Dead Heat in Farcical Israeli Elections. globalresearch.ca With over 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu and leading challenger Benny Gantz each won 35 of the Knesset's 120 seats, according to the unofficial tally. | Apartheid right wing parties won a super-majority on Tuesday, results similar to recent past elections….

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-10). The Nation's Food: Hazardous US Chemical and Biological Products. globalresearch.ca Government officials serve their interests. In the US, it includes appointing corporate executives to run federal agencies. | The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with departments of agriculture, commerce, energy, health and human services, environmental protection, housing and urban development, …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-10). Venezuela Walks from OAS as Body Violates Charter in Support of US-Backed Coup. mintpressnews.com "You have converted the OAS into an empty shell that has violated its own principles and you're now proving that our decision to resign was the correct one. We are leaving the OAS and we will never come back. — Venezuela representative Asbina Marin…

STAFF (2019-04-10). Academic Freedom at Risk After Decades of Attacks and Underfunding. truthout.org As higher education faces an increasingly dire crisis of underfunding, we look at one of the consequences of this crisis: the growing threat to academic freedom. Academic and author Henry Reichman takes on this threat in a new book, out this week, titled The Future of Academic Freedom. In it, he writes, "Academic capitalism — or, as many term it, 'corporatization' — has greatly impacted academic work and the ability of the faculty to unite in defense of professional norms, including academic freedom." Academic capitalism is just one of a number of topics Reichman tackles in the book, which starts b…

teleSUR (2019-04-10). Bolsonaro Swears in Conspiracy Theorist as Education Minister. telesurenglish.net Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday he wanted young people to "not start getting interested in politics in school" and instead learn "things that they can carry with them into the future." | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Invites US to Do Business in the Amazon | Speaking at the inauguration of new Minister of Education, Abraham Weintraub, the president…

Steven Sahiounie (2019-04-10). Western Spies Among the Jihadis in Idlib: Planning A New Drama? A Chemical Attack? globalresearch.ca There are spies among the Jihadis in Idlib. Movements, storages and plans are well known to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian allies. Recently, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that European intelligence agents were inside Idlib, and planning …

Jake Johnson (2019-04-10). 'Clear Breach of His Oath of Office': Trump Reportedly Told Border Patrol to Refuse to Let Migrants in the US. globalresearch.ca During a visit to Calexico, California last Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly told Border Patrol agents to defy U.S. law and refuse to allow migrants into the country. | "Behind the scenes," CNN reported Monday, citing two anonymous sources, "the president …

Global Research News (2019-04-10). Selected Articles: Increasing Threat of War with Russia. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | Global Research is at a critical crossroads: At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-10). "The Greece Israel Cyprus Axis" (GRISCY): The US Key to Containing Multipolarity in the Eastern Mediterranean? globalresearch.ca The US' strengthening of its energy and security partnerships with the emerging strategic axis of Greece, "Israel", and Cyprus (GRISCY) through the proposed "Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act" will contribute to containing multipolarity in the region by working …

South Front (2019-04-10). Video: US and Israel Prepare for Coordinated Campaign Against Iranian Forces in Syria. globalresearch.ca The situation in Syria is remaining relatively stable amid the continued limited ISIS attacks on the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and ceasefire violations in the Idlib de-militarized zone. | Over the past few …

Eresh Omar Jamal (2019-04-10). The Fall of Baghdad 16 Years Ago. globalresearch.ca Three weeks into the invasion of Iraq, coalition forces led by the US army entered Baghdad and formally occupied it on April 9, 2003. The city's infrastructure was seriously damaged. The Al-Yarmouk Hospital in the south received about 100 new …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-10). Sudan's "Deep State" Divisions Could Spell the End of President Bashir's Rule. globalresearch.ca It's unclear at this confusing moment whether the reports about serious "deep state" divisions in Sudan are real or not, but even in the event that they're just an infowar component of the ever-escalating Hybrid War being waged on the …

Shane Quinn (2019-04-10). Elite and Media Support for NATO, Increasing Threat of War with Russia. globalresearch.ca Eleven years ago at NATO's April 2008 summit in Bucharest, it was agreed the former Soviet states of Georgia and the Ukraine "will become members of NATO". Early that same month, America's increasingly unpopular president George W. Bush was also …

Masud Wadan (2019-04-10). Despite a $ 22 Trillion National Debt, America Is on a Military Spending Spree. 800 Overseas US Military Bases. globalresearch.ca While the national debt of the United States was recorded at 22.03 trillion as of April 2019, Washington's going ahead with its hawkish policies worldwide with recent NATO summit pushing for further unity against China, Russia and Iran. NATO's annual …

FERN (2019-04-10). International Coalition Calls for the EU to End Its Role in the Assault on the Amazon. globalresearch.ca On Jair Bolsonaro's 100th day in office, an international coalition of NGOs — including a group representing more than 300 Brazilian indigenous groups — have called for the European Union (EU) to end its complicity in the assault …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-04-10). Battlefield Libya: Fruits of US-NATO Regime Change. globalresearch.ca Libya is back in the news, as fighting escalates around the capital, Tripoli. | Forces under the control of Khalifa Haftar — a former Libyan general under the government of Muammar Gaddafi — turned opposition during the 2011 US-led NATO intervention …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-10). Terrorist Designations: Trump and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. globalresearch.ca It's designed to give the US more leg room in the sanction stakes but may end up having its own hemming consequences. The designation by the Trump administration of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation was …

Ann Garrison (2019-04-10). The Boston Trial: Another African Convicted in Another Racist, Chauvinist Western Court. globalresearch.ca Last week a jury in Boston Federal Court convicted Rwandan asylum seeker Jean Leonard Teganya of fraud and perjury for lying on his immigration papers about his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In other words, yet another racist, chauvinist, …

Eric Walberg (2019-04-10). Somalia, Afghanistan: A Tale of Two Failed States. globalresearch.ca Somalia achieved independence only in 1960, and major general Said Barre took power in a coup in 1969. By the 1970s, Somalia was prospering, free of British/ Italian 'protection', socialist, a model third world state from the Soviet point of …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-10). Venezuela: US Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Rival Marches Held. globalresearch.ca The US Treasury Department imposed a new round of sanctions targeting Venezuela's oil industry on Friday. | The measures identified 34 vessels owned by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA as "blocked property" in a bid to further tighten the screws on …

South Front (2019-04-10). Video: A New Battle for Tripoli: Haftar's Blitzkrieg Is Turning into a Prolonged Siege. globalresearch.ca During the last 3 days, intense clashes were ongoing between militias loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) south of the capital of Tripoli and in several coastal areas. Pro-GNA factions concentrated …

Free Press (2019-04-10). Momentum Builds for the Save the Internet Act with More than 210 Supporters in the House. globalresearch.ca The list of House members supporting the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644) has surged past 200 with the legislation moving to a floor vote as early as Tuesday evening. | The bill, which would restore the strong Net Neutrality rules …

WSWS (2019-04-10). Christoph Vandreier kicks off US speaking tour with well-attended meeting at UC Berkeley. wsws.org Christoph Vandreier spoke to an audience of 70 university students and workers, in the first of six meetings on "The Threat Of Fascism And How To Fight It"

plenglish (2019-04-10). President Maduro Ratifies Commitment to the Development of Science. plenglish.com Caracas, April 10 (Prensa Latina) On Wednesday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro confirmed his commitment to scientific development for the country"s economy on World Science and Technology Day.

WSWS (2019-04-10). Polish teachers strike confronts social disaster wrought by capitalist restoration. wsws.org Hundreds of thousands of educators are continuing their strike against Poland's extreme right-wing government and its policies of austerity and social reaction.

The Global Research Team (2019-04-09). Global Research Strives for Peace. globalresearch.ca Dear Global Research Readers, | This is a year of change. Alliances are shifting, loyalties changing, and inaccurate and misleading comments are ripe, everywhere we look. Questions need to be asked — and answered — of political demagogues, controlling institutions, and …

Monica Moorehead (2019-04-09). What's behind the election of socialists in Chicago. workers.org April 8 — Chicago is the third most populous U.S. city today, after New York and Los Angeles, and is viewed as the main financial hub of the Midwest. In 2016, Chicago, with its suburbs, was also considered the second most segregated city in the U.S., with whites constituting 32.6 . . . | Continue reading What's behind the election of socialists in Chicago at Workers.org

Shawgi Tell (2019-04-09). Charter Schools Just Bad Policy? dissidentvoice.org It is no secret that charter schools coast to coast are rife with fraud, waste, corruption, and racketeering. This is closely related to the fact that charter schools annually siphon billions of public dollars from public schools that serve 90% of the nation's youth, thereby undermining the ability of public schools to educate millions of …

Kathleen Oropeza (2019-04-09). Ron DeSantis Has 'Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals' for Florida Education and That's Bad. progressive.org The new governor wants to arm teachers, undermine local school boards, and generally double down on decades of education reform efforts that have gutted the state's public schools.

South Front (2019-04-09). Video: A New Battle for Tripoli: Preconditions and Prospects. globalresearch.ca Libya has been in a state of the constant chaos since the NATO intervention in 2011. After the fall of the government of Muammar Gaddafi, the country fell into the hands of warrying armed factions, many of which were linked …

Adeyinka Makinde (2019-04-09). Anti-Russia Nuclear First Strike? Poland Would Need a "Demographic Precaution" Plan. globalresearch.ca In a recent interview in the Polish media, retired General Waldemar Skrzypczak spoke of the possibility of NATO launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the Russian Federation. His remarks not only serve to remind of the danger of a thermonuclear …

Jordan Harb, Emma Rowland (2019-04-09). In Arizona, High-School Students Are Making Mental Health the Focus of Anti-Gun-Violence Legislation. thenation.com In Arizona, High-School Students Are Making Mental Health the Focus of Anti-Gun-Violence Legislation…

WSWS (2019-04-09). Polish teachers launch nationwide strike. wsws.org Over 86 percent of the country's 400,000 teachers have joined the first nationwide strike of teachers in Poland in 25 years.

Jake Johnson (2019-04-09). 'Blatant Violation of the First Amendment': Public Citizen Sues Betsy DeVos for Censoring Its Website. theantimedia.com (CD) — Public Citizen sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday for allegedly blocking access to the consumer group's website on her department's guest Wi-Fi and internal networks. "This is a blatant violation of the First Amendment," Public Citizen president Robert Weissman wrote in an email to supporters. "Users attempting to access Public Citizen's website though the department's guest …

Fight Back (2019-04-08). A big win for public education in LA, KIPP mega-charter school defeated. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Centro CSO (Community Service Organization) along with teachers, parents and students from several East Area schools announced a historic victory, April 4. After months of struggle, corporate KIPP Promesa Charter school will not be building a new mega-charter school in Boyle Heights, at the location of the former Lincoln Hospital near 4th and Soto Street. | Rosario Bonilla, a mother who lives next to proposed site said, "I'm excited we obtained the victory against KIPP that I know would have affected the lives of my children and my community. Also, I feel proud to say that billionaires can'..

Jeff Bryant (2019-04-08). Stop Federal Funding of Charter Schools. progressive.org Up to $1 billion of federal grant money went to charter schools that never opened or opened for only brief periods before being shut down.

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org 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…

Michael Sainato (2019-04-04). Anti-Union University Administrations Fight Surge In Graduate Student Worker Organizing. shadowproof.com 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…

Beyond Prisons (2019-04-03). Beyond Prisons: Rachel Herzing On Political Education. shadowproof.com 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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

PACBI (2019-03-20). Paid Facebook Ad by Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center Advocates Increased "Hopelessness" for Palestinians. bdsmovement.net Paid Facebook Ad by Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center Advocates Increased "Hopelessness" for Palestinians: UpdateThe Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) calls on all academics, academic societies and student organizations to intensify the academic boycott as a response to this fresh, brutal call for m…

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