2019-04-16: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-04-16). More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan's Mineral Riches. globalresearch.ca Trump calls for escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Why? Is he going after the bad guys, or is it something else? Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium, a multibillion dollar industry which feeds America's illegal heroin market.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-04-16). The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade. globalresearch.ca Since the US led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the Golden Crescent opium trade has soared. According to the US media, this lucrative contraband is protected by Osama, the Taliban, not to mention, of course, the regional warlords, in defiance of the "international community".

Max Blumenthal (2019-04-16). US Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting. globalresearch.ca EXCLUSIVE: Away from the public eye, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank hosted a top-level, off-the-record meeting to explore US military options against Venezuela. | *** | The Washington, DC-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International

Eric London (2019-04-16). Julian Assange's Life Is in Danger. globalresearch.ca Following Thursday's arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, the governments of the US, Britain and Ecuador are engaged in a conspiracy to facilitate the whistleblower's extraordinary rendition to the US. Julian Assange's life and liberty are in imminent …

Peter Koenig (2019-04-16). Julian Assange Arrested — Murdering Human Rights, Freedom of Speech — Murdering Freedom. globalresearch.ca Indignation has no limits! Arresting Julian Assange is murdering the truth, murdering Human Rights — and eliminating freedom of speech, let alone freedom of the media. The latter has been a farce since a while, but what happened on 11 …

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-04-16). Defending Julian Assange; Defending the Truth. globalresearch.ca On 11 April 2019, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by UK police and arrested for breaching a bail condition. See 'Arrest update — SW1'. Upon arrival at a London police station, Julian …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-16). Assange Used Ecuadorian Embassy for Spying? Lenin Moreno. globalresearch.ca Unacceptable actions need a veneer of plausibility to make them appear justifiable, no matter how outrageous they are in the cold light of day. | The US unjustifiably justifies naked aggression and other hostile actions on the phony pretexts of humanitarian …

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-16). Trump Dances to Israel's Tune. globalresearch.ca So newly reelected Israeli monster-in-chief Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted, with a grin, that America's President Donald J. Trump followed through on his proposal to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist group. Bibi was smiling because the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-16). Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela? What Crisis? globalresearch.ca Will the Trump regime order military action against Venezuela on the phony pretexts of humanitarian intervention and responsibility to protect (R2P)? | Though highly unlikely, we've seen it many times before — "humanitarian" naked aggression, raping and destroying nations for their …

United Nations (2019-04-16). Nicaragua crisis: One year in, more than 60,000 have fled, seeking refuge. un.org Doctors, journalists, students and farmers are among more than 60,000 Nicaraguans who have fled the country in fear of their lives since anti-Government demonstrations began last April, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday.

The Global Research Team (2019-04-16). No War No NATO: Support the Anti-War Movement. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | April 7th, 2019 marked the adoption of the Florence Declaration, drafted by Italy's Anti-war Committee and the Centre for Research on Globalization during the Florence No War No NATO Conference. | The declaration states that | The risk of …

True Publica (2019-04-16). Jo Cox: A Tragedy Twisted into a Bogus 'Terror Plot'? globalresearch.ca The Guardian reported it as — Far-right terrorist Thomas Mair jailed for life for Jo Cox murder. "The judge said Mair would have to serve a whole-life sentence due to the "exceptional seriousness" of the offence: a murder committed to …

The Clover Chronicle (2019-04-16). Reminder: French Catholic Churches Were Being Desecrated Weeks Prior to Notre Dame Cathedral Fire. globalresearch.ca While the world watched in horror at Paris' historic Notre Dame Cathedral erupting in flames Monday, the fire is only the latest in a series of incidents that have left social media awash in images of heavily damaged churches. | France …

Comité No Guerra no Nato (2019-04-16). 70 Anni della Nato: Di Guerra in Guerra. Dichiarazione di Firenze. globalresearch.ca Il rischio di una grande guerra che, con l'uso delle armi nucleari potrebbe segnare la fine dell'Umanità , è reale e sta aumentando, anche se non è percepito dall'opinione pubblica tenuta all'oscuro dell'incombente pericolo. | àà di vitale importanza il massimo impegno …

Dr. Dennis M. Nilsen (2019-04-16). The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Qods Force. globalresearch.ca When the Islamic Revolution occurred in February 1979 with the return to Iran of the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a political earthquake in the Middle East very visibly began. Until this year, the Iranians had only experienced the rule …

Mike Whitney (2019-04-16). Brzezinski's Warning to America. The Liberal World Order is Falling Apart. America's Unavoidable Decline. globalresearch.ca The liberal world order, which lasted from the end of World War 2 until today, is rapidly collapsing. The center of gravity is shifting from west to east where China and India are experiencing explosive growth and where a revitalized …

Shane Quinn (2019-04-16). US and NATO's Ongoing Support for Neo-Nazis in the Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Over the past few months, NATO's Jens Stoltenberg has continued outlining his organization's "recognition" for the Ukraine "to become a member of NATO". Two weeks ago Stoltenberg pronounced publicly in Washington that "we work with Ukraine to help Ukraine move …

Christopher Black (2019-04-16). International Criminal Lawyer: ICC Is Controlled by the US and EU. globalresearch.ca An International Criminal Lawyer has underscored that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has fallen under the influence of those who fund it mainly the EU, and US and private corporations who donate to it and who are very willing to …

Deena Stryker (2019-04-16). From Tribe, to King, to 'Democracy' to Mafia. The Criminalization of US Politics. globalresearch.ca The problem is no …

Christopher Black (2019-04-16). Libya and the Scramble for Africa. globalresearch.ca North Africa is in turmoil again and the cause of it can be found in the plots of the Europeans and Americans to break nations states into pieces in order to control the oil and gas producing areas of the …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-16). Passing the Parcel: The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean. globalresearch.ca The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it's been put out to the garbage tip of history. At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-16). No, Assad Didn't "Win" the War, He Was Compelled by Putin to "Compromise" globalresearch.ca It's misleading to assert that Assad "won" the war even though he still remains in office as the country's democratically elected and legitimate leader since Putin compelled him to "compromise" on several important issues after the Liberation of Aleppo and …

WSWS (2019-04-16). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Workers in a number of towns in Chiapas are protesting education "reforms" under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador while air cargo pilots protested outside Amazon's offices in Florence, Kentucky.

Prof Alfred McCoy (2019-04-16). Decriminalizing the Drug War? globalresearch.ca We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the …

WSWS (2019-04-16). The political lessons of the University of Illinois graduate student strike. wsws.org The strike by 1,500 graduate students has come to an end with a totally inadequate agreement, raising important political lessons that must be assimilated in preparation for future struggles.

Manlio Dinucci (2019-04-16). La strategia del caos guidato. globalresearch.ca Tutti contro tutti: è l'immagine mediatica del caos che si allarga a macchia l'olio sulla sponda sud del Mediterraneo, dalla Libia alla Siria. Una situazione di fronte alla quale perfino Washington sembra impotente. In realtà Washington non è l'apprendista stregone …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-16). Plankton Research Equipment Inadvertently Reveals Skyrocketing Plastic Pollution Levels in World's Oceans. commondreams.org Equipment that has been towed across millions of miles of ocean over the past six decades by marine scientists was meant to collect plankton—but its journeys have given researchers a treasure trove of data on plastic pollution as well. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ORION (2019-04-16). 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…

Richard Galustian (2019-04-15). Sex, Lies and Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Introductory Note by Richard Galustian | This link to an Australian TV documentary proves, to anyone with a brain watching it, that the rape charges in Sweden against Julian Assange are a total construct of 'the US Government'; a lie; a …

Eds. (2019-04-15). Where next for the student climate strikes? mronline.org Today marks the latest international day of action for the student climate strike movement. The task ahead is to channel the energy and radicalism of the strikes into the labour movement and fight for a social alternative. | Source

Éric Toussaint (2019-04-15). The mountain of corporate debt will be the seed of the next financial crisis. mronline.org What have they done with the money? Have they invested in research and development, in production, in the ecological transition, in creating descent jobs, warding off climate change? Not at all! | Source

Sejal Singh, Andre Manuel (2019-04-15). Harvard Law Students Are Taking on Forced Arbitration. thenation.com Harvard Law Students Are Taking on Forced Arbitration…

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-15). Russia's Diplomatic Interventions in India: After Netanyahu, Putin Tries to Help Modi Get Re-elected. globalresearch.ca President Putin bestowed Russia's highest civilian award of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called onto Prime Minister Modi right after the beginning of India's month-long electoral process in order to boost his bid for re-election in a …

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 …

Edward Curtin (2019-04-14). A Marriage of Conscience: Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. dissidentvoice.org "About suffering they were never wrong," wrote W. H. Auden in the poem "Musée Des Beaux Arts." These lines occurred to me last week when all eyes were focused on the brutal British seizure of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. No one should have been surprised by this despicable spectacle carried out …

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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."

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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