2019-04-13: Social Media Postees

Florida: The Graveyard of American Public Education
Diane Ravitch | commondreams.org | 2019-04-13
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/devos-fla.jpg…

Groundbreaking Oakland Policy on Probation/Parole Police Stops
Anne Janks | indybay.org | 2019-04-13
Oakland's Police Commission unanimously passed a new policy which requires that police officers have an actual reason to search a person on probation or parole for a non-violent offence. OPD statistics show that random searches based solely on the person being on probation or parole do not promote public safety and little evidence of criminal activity is found. The new policy covers Oakland residents and visitors on probation, parole, mandatory supervision, or post-release community supervision (PRCS).

Power and Love Letters teach in Chelsea & Julian
ORION | indybay.org | 2019-04-13
Albany Bulb East Bay Regional Park main entrance at end of Buchanan st by the benches…

New video emerges of Chicago police officers tasing and beating high school student
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-13
The revelation of the incident which took place at the end of January has exposed yet another attempted cover-up inside the Chicago Police Department.

USA v. Julian Assange: DOJ Indictment on Phony Charge Revealed
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Following Assange's Thursday arrest by UK police in Ecuador's London embassy after his asylum status was illegally rescinded by President Lenin Moreno, acting in cahoots with the US and Britain, the DOJ confirmed what's widely known. | Its spokeswoman Nicole …

The Assange Arrest Is a Warning from History
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his …

Julian Assange Should be Lauded and Protected, Not Persecuted and Destroyed
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Julian Assange is a hero. He defied the globalizing apparatus of fascist repression to expose the war criminals in our midst. Now, the same war criminals and their agencies who commit supreme international war crimes as policy have apprehended him….

British Government Arrests WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Behalf of the American Empire
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Today the UK government broke international law by arresting Julian Assange in the embassy of Ecuador at the behest of the United States. The British government has been ignoring for years demands from UN human rights experts to release Assange …

Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
The man seemed like a bearded emissary, a holy figure nabbed in his sleep. He looked similarly pale as to how he did in 2013, but he cut a more shocking figure. Most prisoners would have had room to move …

Video: Assange's Lawyer Says Wikileaks Founder's Life in Danger if Extradited to the U.S
Defend Democracy Press | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Julian Assange's lawyer said that the life of the Wikileaks founder would be in danger if he is extradited to the United States following his arrest in London. Assange's lawyer, Carlos Poveda…

Open Letter to President Trump on the Arrest of Julian Assange
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Mr. President, | Your Deep State handlers have finally managed to have WikiLeaks publisher and editor Julian Assange dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrested. He faces extradition to the United States where more than a few people …

Julian Assange: The Age of Injustice
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
April 11, 2019, brought us a new word for Judas: Moreno–the puppet president of Ecuador who sold Julian Assange to Washington for his 30 pieces of silver. | This morning's arrest of Assange inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London is the …

Assange's Arrest Criminalizes Truth-Telling Journalism
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
In August 2012, Assange sought and was granted asylum in Ecuador's London embassy (by then-President Correa) to avoid arrest, extradition to Sweden on phony rape and sexual assault charges. | They were all about wanting him handed over to the US …

Julian Assange Message Is to "Resist!"
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
In a shameful public lynching of Julian Assange after his arrest, ladies and gentlemen of the media in "civilized" America are carrying their torches high and calling him the "America's number one enemy". | The fact is that these media mercenaries …

Chomsky on Confronting "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Across Globe
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-12
On Thursday night, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: We're broadcasting from Boston. Today we spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, who visited his hometown of Boston this week, where he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than 50 years. He now teaches at the University of Arizo…

Chicago Teachers Union members vote to strike four operators at five charter schools
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-12
Chicago, IL – Five charter schools could face strikes in coming weeks, as educators battle for living wages, adequate student supports, pension rights and protections for immigrant and diverse learners. | After two historic strikes against charter operators, including the first in the nation's history last December, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members who work at five charter schools announced strike vote results April 9, at Instituto del Progreso Latino, one of the charter operators with which union members are bargaining. The five schools employ 134 CTU members who educate almost 1800 students. | 94% of…

Venezuela Walks from OAS as Body Violates Charter in Support of US-Backed Coup
Alexander Rubinstein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
"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. — …

Québec Solidaire to Fight Quebec Government's Bill 21 on Religion and the State
Richard Fidler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
As it had threatened during last fall's election campaign, the newly-elected Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government has introduced legislation to prohibit a wide range of persons "in authority," including teachers, from wearing symbols of their religious beliefs while exercising their …

Test Taker Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Bribery Scam
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-12
BOSTON–A former Florida prep school administrator pleaded guilty Friday to taking college entrance exams for students in exchange for cash to help wealthy parents get their kids into elite universities across the country. | Mark Riddell admitted to secretly taking the SAT and ACT for students, or correcting their answers, as part of a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme, which has ensnared celebrities, business executives and athletic coaches at sought-after schools such as Stanford and Yale. | Riddell, who has been cooperating with authorities since February in the hopes of getting a lesser sente…

No longer anonymous: MSU student breaks silence on campus sexual assault
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-12
Last year a courageous victim of sexual assault at Michigan State University, known only to the public as "Jane Doe," filed a lawsuit against her three attackers, and shined a light on MSU's culture of silence when allegations of sexual assault arise. On April 11, exactly one year after filing the legal complaint and four years …

Will RussiaGate Junta-Mastermind, John Brennan, Ever Face the Music?
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
The Great RussiaGate Deception all began with John Brennan. It was Brennan who reported "contacts… between Russian officials and persons in the Trump campaign", just as it was Brennan who first referred the case to former FBI Director James Comey. …

Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
On April 11, the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate prevented a terrorist attack in the city of Homs. Local sources said that intelligence agents dismantled a remotely-controlled heavy improvised-explosive device, which was attached to a civilian vehicle near the Akramah al-Makhzomeh …

Major Confession: Kosovo's PM — 'I Only Carry Out U.S Orders, I'm an American Soldier'
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
In a major confession revealed on Friday April 5th, Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said his government's policies serve US interests against Serbia and Russia, and he is only following Washington's orders. | "The Albanian people in all our lands are | …

Video: Libyan National Army Shoots Down GNA Warplane amid Further Advances South of Tripoli
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
In the late hours of April 10, the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that it had shot down an IL-39 warplane of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). According to the LNA media office, the warplane was shot down …

Censored: "Online Harms"
UK Column News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
On Monday, 8 April 2019, the UK's Home Office and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, jointly released a white paper on what they describe as 'online harms'. | The white paper will lead, they say, to the "first online …

"Putinyahu's Rusrael": The Putin-Netanyahu Relationship, A Deep Personal Bond?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
President Putin and "Israeli" Prime Minister Netanyahu are brothers-in-arms after the former helped the latter win his historic reelection with a last-minute photo-op stunt that ultimately proved pivotal to his victory, and with Russia and "Israel" now proceeding along the …

NATO — No Need — NATO-EXIT: The Florence Declaration
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
"EXIT NATO!" — was the glaring title on a huge screen greeting the several hundred participants of the Anti-NATO Conference in Florence, Italy, on 7 April 2019. Officially it was called The International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of …

Libya Is Our Regime Change Nightmare
Daniel Larison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Eight years after the start of the U.S.-led military intervention to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi and promote "stability," Libya is still wracked by civil war. Ironically, the violence over the next few days has forced the U.S. to evacuate its remaining …

UK Government Defends Arming Saudi Arabia: Secret Court Hearing. Are British Forces in Yemen?
Phil Miller | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
The government refuses to confirm or deny the presence of British special forces in Yemen. | Its missions are exempt from freedom of information and even Parliament's defence committee. | This wall of secrecy cracked slightly after five SBS members were injured …

Rogue State? Britain Railing Against International Norms and Laws
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Leaving aside Britain's past, most particularly that of empire, the country is not just continually moving towards authoritarianism it is beginning to demonstrate all the early signs of a rogue state. These are strong words but the actual definition of …

Betsy DeVos Quietly Making It Easier for Dying For-Profit Schools to Rip Off a Few More Students on the Way Out
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-12
The Obama administration initially dithered while for-profit colleges preyed on students, but eventually it cracked down on the sector. Not Betsy DeVos.

Georgetown University students vote reparations for slavery into future tuition
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-12
Students at Georgetown University voted by a 2 to 1 landslide to increase their tuition in order to raise funds for reparations to descendants of slaves who were sold to pay off the university founders' debts back in 1838. | …

Selected Articles: Assange's Extradition to the US Is Imminent
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Students, Residents Protest Johns Hopkins ICE Contracts and Private Police
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-11
As student occupation continues, professors join in calls for the university to abandon plan for armed police…

Highlander arson: 'Steadfast in our solidarity'
Editor | workers.org | 2019-04-11
An arsonist set a fire on the night of March 29 that destroyed the main office building and decades of irreplaceable activist archives at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn. The Highlander has been a historic school for justice and liberation movements. Since the early 1930s, . . . | Continue reading Highlander arson: 'Steadfast in our solidarity' at Workers.org…

Silicon Valley and "communication weapons of war"
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-11
What a Western Electric advert from 1944 can teach us about Google and Facebook. | Source…

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

Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-11
"EXIT NATO!" was the glaring title on a huge screen greeting the several hundred participants of the Anti-NATO Conference in Florence, Italy, on 7 April 2019. Officially it was called The International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, sponsored by Global Research of Canada and the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). I …

"Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: | …

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

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

Academic Freedom at Risk After Decades of Right-Wing Attacks and Cuts to Education
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-10
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…

US Provides Three out of Five Weapons Saudi Arabia Used in Yemen (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
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…

Ron DeSantis Has 'Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals' for Florida Education and That's Bad
Kathleen Oropeza | progressive.org | 2019-04-09
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.

A big win for public education in LA, KIPP mega-charter school defeated
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-08
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'..

Stop Federal Funding of Charter Schools
Jeff Bryant | progressive.org | 2019-04-08
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.

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…

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…

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…

White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-02
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.