2019-04-14: News Headlines

Kim Petersen (2019-04-14). What Now Should People of Conscience Do to Protect Julian Assange? dissidentvoice.org Several headlines have blared "Julian Assange Arrested." This is misleading because Assange has been under de facto arrest ever since the Swedish authorities sought his extradition regarding sex-related allegations. Assange always stated that he was amenable to going to Sweden with a guarantee of no-further extradition to the United States. Sweden refused to accede to …

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-14). After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition. globalresearch.ca For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of …

Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War (2019-04-14). The Arrest of Julian Assange: "Send a Chill into the Bones of Investigative Journalists and Whistle-Blowers around the Globe" globalresearch.ca The Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War condemns the governments of Ecuador, the UK, and USA, for their collaboration in arresting and extraditing journalist Julian Assange. This was not a secretive operation carried out under the cover of darkness. …

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-04-14). Major Revelation: Assange Was Bought for $4.2 Billion — Former Ecuadorian President Confirms IMF Loan In Exchange For Assange. globalresearch.ca Former and much loved Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has accused Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno of suspending the asylum of cyber-activist Julian Assange in order to obtain a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | Correa said that there is evidence …

Kim Petersen (2019-04-14). What Should People of Conscience Do to Protect Julian Assange? globalresearch.ca Several headlines have blared "Julian Assange Arrested." This is misleading because Assange has been under de facto arrest ever since the Swedish authorities sought his extradition regarding sex-related allegations. | Assange always stated that he was amenable to going to Sweden …

Mairead Maguire (2019-04-14). Mairead Maguire Requests Permission to Visit Assange, Nominated for Nobel Prize. globalresearch.ca Mairead Maguire has requested UK Home Office for permission to visit her friend Julian Assange whom this year she has nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. | "I want to visit Julian to see he is receiving medical care and to …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-14). Assange's Arrest Affirms US/UK Speech, Media, and Academic Freedoms Are Null and Void. globalresearch.ca The US First Amendment affirms fundamental speech and media rights without which all others are threatened. No society is free without them. Eliminating them assures totalitarian rule. | In her 1951 book, titled "The Origins of Totalitarianism," Hannah Arendt said it's …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-04-14). Assange's Indictment Treats Journalism as a Crime. globalresearch.ca After living under a grant of asylum in London's Ecuadorian embassy for nearly seven years, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was forcibly ejected and arrested by British police on April 11. Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, accused Assange of "repeated violations …

Massoud Nayeri (2019-04-14). Drop Invalid Charges Against Julian Assange! globalresearch.ca Right after Julian Assange was arrested by the U.K. secret police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London which was his refuge for almost 7 years, the corrupted media in the U.S. joyfully gloated about this arrest. Their message to the …

Pepe Escobar (2019-04-14). The Assange Arrest: You Have the Right to Remain Silent. globalresearch.ca The date — April 11, 2019 — will live in infamy in the annals of Western "values" and "freedom of expression." The image is stark. A handcuffed journalist and publisher dragged out by force from the inside of an embassy, …

Simon Garcia (2019-04-14). In Solidarity with Venezuela: 60 Countries Create Group for the Defense of Peace and the Principles of the UN Charter. globalresearch.ca This Friday, from the headquarters of the United Nations (UN), a group of 60 member states advocated for the Defense of Peace and the Principles of the UN Charter. The name of the coalition is still in discussion, however, they …

Carla Stea (2019-04-14). Hands Off Venezuela: Pence Bullies Venezuela at UN Security Council. U.S. Peace Council Contradicts Western Media Distortions. globalresearch.ca In a March 26 United Nations press briefing strong on fact and devoid of bigotry, the United States Peace Council, headed by Bahman Azad, just returned from their recent visit to Venezuela, presented an eyewitness account of realities on …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-14). Longstanding US-Russia Bashing. globalresearch.ca Except during WW II, the neoliberal 90s when Boris Yeltsin was Kremlin leader, and end of the Reagan era, Russia bashing has been intense since its 1917 revolution — notably throughout Vladimir Putin's tenure, especially since Trump triumphed over media …

True Publica (2019-04-14). Another Example of How a Trade Deal with America Will Harm British People. globalresearch.ca A trade deal with America may be really important from an economic point of view but it is also going to be a bad thing for the health of British people. If you have not experienced the American way of …

(2019-04-14). Amid Pesticide Scandal, Senate Confirms David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary. globalresearch.ca Despite an unfolding controversy over the suppression of scientific evidence of pesticide dangers, David Bernhardt was confirmed today to become the next secretary of the Interior. The final Senate vote, largely along party lines, was 56-41. | The vote comes as …

Tom Burghardt (2019-04-14). The WikiLeaks 2010 Release: U.S. Complicity and Cover-Up of Iraq Torture Exposed. globalresearch.ca This article which reveals the historical background of the Wikileaks affair was first published by Global Research on October 24, 2010 | On October 22nd [2010], the whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks released nearly 400,000 classified Iraq war documents, the largest leak …

Renee Parsons (2019-04-14). In the Wake of RussiaGate: A Moral Reckoning Is Due. globalresearch.ca With Russiagate, the Democrats created some powerful karma to answer for; especially for the likes of Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, (D-Calif.), both of whom persist in the mindless search for the Holy Grail. After cheating Bernie …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-14). After Brazil, India Might be the Next BRICS Country Invited to Join NATO. globalresearch.ca Trump is poaching BRICS countries one by one, first extending an offer to Brazil to become a "Major Non-NATO Ally" and now a bipartisan group of American lawmakers wants him to do the same with India, a proposal that by …

Marjorie Boyet (2019-04-14). Monsanto Loses Appeal in French Farmer's Poisoning Case (Update). globalresearch.ca A French court on Thursday upheld a guilty verdict against chemicals giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers, the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides….

Philip A Farruggio (2019-04-14). Polanski's Devil's Disciples. The 'Bad Guys' always Get Away with It! globalresearch.ca Just finished viewing, for the umpteenth time, one of my favorite films, Chinatown (1973), directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson. At the end of the film, when the bad guy, played by John Huston, gets away with his …

Nabi Sonboli (2019-04-14). Trump and "America Last" Policy in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Brian Hook, the United States Special Representative for Iran, in an Opinion published in the New York Times, raises the question that: "Isn't it time to abandon the policies that have kept the people of Iran and the United …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-14). Clashes of Management: Rugby Australia's Israel Folau Problem. globalresearch.ca There was no hearing, no semblance of trial. But there was swift summary judgment: Israel Folau, a star member of the Australian Rugby Union team, had been banished from the national team. There was only one problem: he was …

Michael Snyder (2019-04-14). The Weakening of Earth's Magnetic Field Has Greatly Accelerated, Could Have Apocalyptic Implications for All of Us. globalresearch.ca Earth's magnetic field is getting significantly weaker, the magnetic north pole is shifting at an accelerating pace, and scientists readily admit that a sudden pole shift could potentially cause "trillions of dollars" in damage. Today, most of us take the …

Shawgi Tell (2019-04-14). Chaos, Anarchy, and Violence in the Charter School Sector. dissidentvoice.org Chaos, anarchy, and violence are inherent features of the free market.1 Instability, uncertainty, disequilibrium, unevenness, imbalance, volatility, turmoil, impulsiveness, alienation, greed, anxiety, jealousy, risk, irrational behavior, and "animal spirits" are fellow-travelers of advanced commodity production and exchange, especially in the final and highest stage of capitalism. The free market abhors security, predictability, certainty, stability, and …

Anne Janks (2019-04-14). Groundbreaking Oakland Policy on Probation/Parole Police Stops. indybay.org 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).

RT (2019-04-14). US' only black, all-male college to start taking transgender students who identify as men. rt.com America's only historically black, all-male college has announced a major admissions policy shift, taking in transgender men from 2020. However, Morehouse College in Atlanta says it will not allow transitioning females to attend.

ORION (2019-04-14). Power and Love Letters teach in Chelsea & Julian. indybay.org Albany Bulb East Bay Regional Park main entrance at end of Buchanan st by the benches…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-04-14). Iran Allies in the Middle East: The Trigger Finger Is Ready in Case of US-Israeli War. globalresearch.ca When Trump designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation, Iran hit back hours later by labelling the US Central Command 'CENTCOM' a supporter of terrorism. Now two governmental military entities have been designed terrorist supporters, putting …

Eds. (2019-04-13). Is there any way out of the U.S. student debt crisis? mronline.org By working three jobs while in college and with some financial assistance from her mother, Karen Hawkins managed to pay off her undergraduate loans of US$12,000 eight years after completing her bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. | Source

Fight Back (2019-04-13). Madison, WI TAA organizes mass occupation of Bascom Hall. fightbacknews.org Madison, WI – On April 5, graduate workers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison occupied Bascom Hall for three hours, organized by the Teaching Assistants Association (TAA). The primary demands were that segregated fees be waived for graduate workers, that the international student fee also be waived, and that the university respect the collective bargaining process. Over 400 graduate workers and supporters, including undergraduates, the faculty and staff union, and community members, turned out in the TAA's largest action in roughly a decade. | For graduate workers, for whom a typical yearly income from the Un…

Diane Ravitch (2019-04-13). Florida: The Graveyard of American Public Education. commondreams.org 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) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Ghana, Google to Open Africa's First AI Research Lab. telesurenglish.net In a historic first for the continent, Ghana and Google have cooperated to open Africa's first artificial intelligence research laboratory, which, experts hope, will take on some of the region's struggles. | RELATED: | Nigeria's Affordable Solar Energy-Using ISP Expands to Ghana | "Africa has many challenges where the use of AI could be beneficial, so…

Michael Welch (2019-04-13). Rwandan Genocide Revisited: Impunity for War Criminals that Serve Western Interests. globalresearch.ca "Kagame is an example of an American supported leader whose crimes go unpunished because he is useful to them and because they are party to his crimes. | The Prosecutors of the ICTR have wasted 17 years protecting Kagame from his …

WSWS (2019-04-13). New video emerges of Chicago police officers tasing and beating high school student. wsws.org 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.

Al Neal (2019-04-12). No longer anonymous: MSU student breaks silence on campus sexual assault. peoplesworld.org 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 …

STAFF (2019-04-12). Test Taker Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Bribery Scam. truthdig.com 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…

Fight Back (2019-04-12). Chicago Teachers Union members vote to strike four operators at five charter schools. fightbacknews.org 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…

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

RT (2019-04-12). Georgetown University students vote reparations for slavery into future tuition. rt.com 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.

Editor (2019-04-11). Highlander arson: 'Steadfast in our solidarity'. workers.org 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

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

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

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

Peter Koenig (2019-04-11). NATO: No Need, NEXIT. dissidentvoice.org "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 …

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). The troglodyte politics that is eating the future. greenleft.org.au 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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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'..

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