2019-04-18: News Headlines

Belle Chesler (2019-04-18). Defunding Children, A National Crisis of the Soul. commondreams.org Teachers rallied at Manzanita Community School in Oakland on Thursday as about 3,000 educators went on strike to demand fair pay and more investment in public schools. (Photo: @CTAJulian/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Renee Parsons (2019-04-18). Revisiting "Collateral Murder". Released by Wikileaks in 2010. globalresearch.ca In watching the grotesque arrest of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuador Embassy, it occurred to me that this 'show' in broad daylight was a deliberate attempt to intimidate and convey a message of omnipotent power and control. | Instead, …

Oscar Grenfell (2019-04-18). Unsealed Affidavit Demonstrates US Seeking to Prosecute Assange for His Journalism. globalresearch.ca An affidavit unsealed by US prosecutors on Monday has underscored the unlawful character of the Trump administration's request that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to the US in the wake of his illegal expulsion from Ecuador's London embassy and …

Massoud Nayeri (2019-04-18). The "Original Sin"! globalresearch.ca In every struggle for Peace and Justice, there are critical moments that can change the outcome of that struggle. These days are so crucial to save the Body and Mind of two great humble human beings who are under immense …

Shelby Shoup (2019-04-18). Teaching in Florida: "Almost all of us work multiple jobs" liberationnews.org Florida schools are among some of the most underfunded in the United States, ranked 42nd nationally in education spending per-student, which hovers at a dismal $8,800; in comparison, per-inmate spending in the Florida Department of Corrections is about $19,000.

South Front (2019-04-18). Video: Israel's Magic Lamp: Iron Dome Missile Defense. globalresearch.ca Since its inception, Israel has faced difficult political and military challenges. It defines the operational space in which IDF exists, the nature of development of its armed forces, and of individual weapons systems it uses. | The key objective and permanent …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-18). Death of Free Speech: Criticizing Israel Will Land You in Prison. globalresearch.ca Soon, this blog will be illegal. | No, I'm not selling drugs or peddling child pornography. I write about America's wars and the primary objective of those illegal and immoral wars—to make Israel the hegemon of the Middle East along with …

Federico Pieraccini (2019-04-18). Moscow's Strategy in the Middle East: Geopolitics and the Versatility of Diplomacy. globalresearch.ca Important events have occurred in the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks that underline how the overall political reconfiguration of the region is in full swing. The Shia axis continues its diplomatic relations and, following Rouhani's meeting in …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-04-18). The Triumph of Evil. globalresearch.ca Today (April 17) I heard a NPR "news" report that described the democratically elected president of Venezuela as "the Venezuelan dictator Maduro." By repeating over and over that a democratically elected president is a dictator, the presstitutes create that image …

Mark Taliano (2019-04-18). Empire Versus Democracy and Freedom. globalresearch.ca The public interest, and democratic political economies, both domestic and internationally, are poison to Empire. But this must be hidden from view, hence war propaganda/fake news is protected by legislation, while Constitutionally-protected, evidence-based real journalism, a dying phenomenon, continues to …

Firas Samuri (2019-04-18). U.S. Continues Supplying Military Aid to Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria against Turkey, a US Ally and NATO Member State. globalresearch.ca The mass media has been widely covering the details of the disastrous humanitarian situation in Rukban refugee camp over recent months. By the way, the crisis in other sites deserves more considerable attention. Al-Hol refugee camp located in Al-Hasakah province …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-18). Burning Gothic: Reflections on Notre-Dame de Paris. globalresearch.ca "But no matter the destruction, the spirit of what it means to be a cathedral can and does survive such catastrophes." — Becky Clark, Church of England director of cathedrals and church buildings, April 17, 2019 | The destruction of …

Gideon Polya (2019-04-18). Pro-Apartheid Israel Australian Labor Party Scraps Outstanding Anti-Israel Apartheid Candidate, Melissa Parke. globalresearch.ca Decent Australians want the Labor Party to win in the forthcoming Australian elections for the sake of the young, poor, disabled, sick, elderly, unemployed, Indigenous and the environment. However the right wing-dominated Labor Opposition is merely better than the appalling …

Peter Koenig (2019-04-18). Venezuela — Still on the Brink? globalresearch.ca The silence is almost deafening. Is it the quiet before the storm? — Or is the US giving up on Venezuela? I don't think so. It's more like a regrouping after a first defeat, well, it's a multiple defeat, if …

Belle Chesler (2019-04-18). Stop Defunding Our Public Schools. thenation.com Stop Defunding Our Public Schools…

ACLU (2019-04-18). Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted. aclu.org The eviction of Beverley Somai for calling the police is part of a disturbing trend | Last year, Beverley Somai learned a brutal truth that too many people across the country face: Calling the police can get you evicted. | In 2017, Ms. Somai and her adult disabled son moved to Bedford, Ohio, to seek housing stability and better educational and employment opportunities. However, a few months after settling in, Ms. Somai discovered that her neighbor played loud music at all hours of the night, making it impossible for her and her son to rest. Even worse, the neighbor began to intimidate Ms. Somai and her son by fol…

Staff (2019-04-18). Making US Schools Less Great Again. truthout.org Three weeks ago, I sat in a cramped conference room in the large public high school where I teach in Beaverton, Oregon. I was listening to the principal deliver a scripted PowerPoint presentation on the $35 million budget deficit our district faces in the upcoming school year. | Teachers and staff members slumped in chairs. A thick funk of disappointment, resignation, hopelessness, and simmering anger clung to us. After all, we've been here before. We know the drill: expect layoffs, ballooning class sizes, diminished instructional time, and not enough resources. Accept that the teacher-student relationship [md…

WSWS (2019-04-18). Frankfurt students protest presence of far-right Alternative for Germany on university campus. wsws.org Defying protests by students, politicians from all of the establishment political parties, including the Left Party, shared a platform with Jà∂rg Meuthen from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) at Frankfurt's University for Applied Sciences.

Defend Public Education NOW! (2019-04-18). SF Greeting For Billionaire Union Busting Charter King Reed Hastings. indybay.org San Francisco Design Center: 101 Henry Adams St | San Francisco…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-04-18). The Strategy of Controlled Chaos. globalresearch.ca Everyone against everyone else — this is the media image of chaos which is spreading across the Southern shores of the Mediterranean, from Libya to Syria. It is a situation before which even Washington seems powerless. But in reality, Washington …

Prof. James Petras (2019-04-17). Julian Assange and the Agenda for Global War. globalresearch.ca Introduction | For almost a decade Washington has sought to silence, jail and eliminate the world's most prominent investigative journalist, Julian Assange (JA) and his team of co-workers at WikiLeaks (WL). | Never has the mass media been so thoroughly discredited by …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-17). Venezuela: A Cocaine Super-Highway to the US? globalresearch.ca Venezuela under Chavez and Maduro is in the forefront of combatting illicit drugs. More on this below. | The US is the world's leading facilitator of the illicit trade — working with drug cartels, notably through the CIA. Major US banks …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-17). Farcical Ukraine Runoff Presidential Election. globalresearch.ca Ahead of the April 21 runoff, the winner is clear — imperial USA, controlling Ukraine as a vassal state no matter who's "elected" president on Sunday. | According to a KIIS research poll published Tuesday, comedian/entertainer Vladimir Zelensky is favored over …

Michelle Zacarias (2019-04-17). Overturning Roe v. Wade: Ohio "heartbeat" bill brings right-wing goal closer. peoplesworld.org Last week, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 23—the six-week abortion ban that Republican legislators are calling the "heartbeat" bill. Ohio is one of 16 states to pursue such a bill, part of a growing trend to limit women's access to reproductive health options. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research and …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-04-17). The Israeli "Deal of the Century" Won't Go Through: Extremism Dominates the Knesset, Splits within the Palestinian Leadership. globalresearch.ca For over a year now, the Israeli "Deal of the Century" for Palestine has been endorsed by the US establishment and is now echoing to the four corners of the world. The two novices in foreign policy, US President Donald …

Richard Gale (2019-04-17). The Race Towards Extinction: Climate Change versus the 5G Microwave Technology Roll Out. globalresearch.ca By now, most of us should have come to realize that plant, animal and human life is not eternal on this planet. For several decades atmospheric scientists have been warning that the orgy of anthropogenic release of greenhouse gases, if …

Pepe Escobar (2019-04-17). Bamiyan, Babylon, Palmyra, Notre-Dame. globalresearch.ca The Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed by an intolerant sect pretending to follow Islam. Buddhism all across Asia grieved. The West hardly paid attention. | The remaining ruins of Babylon, and the attached museum, were occupied, plundered and vandalized by a US …

Global Research News (2019-04-17). The Florence Declaration: An International Front Calling for NATO-Exit (14 Languages). globalresearch.ca The Florence Declaration (original in Italian) is now available in 14 languages including Chinese. It was drafted by the Italian Committee No War- No NATO and the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal. | More than 600 participants from all …

Comita No Nato (2019-04-17). Em Florenàßa, celebraàßà£o em oposiàßà£o ao 70 ∞ aniversário da NATO. globalresearch.ca O 70 ∫ aniversário da NATO foi celebrado por 29 Ministros dos Negócios Estrangeiros, que se reuniram, nà£o no quartel general da NATO, em Bruxelas, mas no do Departamento de Estado em Washington. O 'mestre de cerimónias' foi o Secretário Geral …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-17). Why Isn't Oil-Rich Russia Helping Its Syrian "Ally" Survive the Fuel Crisis? globalresearch.ca It's seemingly inexplicable to many that one of the world's top oil exporters won't help its "ally" survive the ever-worsening fuel crisis, but upon closer consideration and after much-needed critical thinking, it becomes clear that Russia intends to politicize this …

Bryan Wall (2019-04-17). Dublin university students vote to back boycott of Israel. thecanary.co Students at Dublin City University (DCU) in Ireland have voted in favour of boycotting Israel. They voted by 1,400 votes to 300 to align … | Read more Dublin university students vote to back boycott of Israel | By Bryan Wall

Manlio Dinucci (2019-04-17). A estratégia do caos encaminhado. globalresearch.ca Tudo contra todos: é a imagem mediática do caos que se alarga à mancha de petróleo na costa sul do Mediterrâneo, da Líbia à Síria. Uma situaàßà£o perante a qual até Washington parece impotente. Na realidade, Washington nà£o é um …

WSWS (2019-04-17). Polish government vows to fight wage rises as teachers' strike enters second week. wsws.org Both the Polish government and the ZNP union are trying to isolate the national teachers' strike and keep it from sparking a broader movement of the working class.

Global Research News (2019-04-17). Selected Articles: Preventing the Sale of Venezuelan Oil to Cuba. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

James Wright (2019-04-17). An announcement from Corbyn brings a standing ovation from a hall full of teachers. thecanary.co An announcement from Jeremy Corbyn brought about a standing ovation from a hall full of teachers on 16 April. At the annual conference of … | Read more An announcement from Corbyn brings a standing ovation from a hall full of teachers | By James Wright

Farooque Chowdhury (2019-04-16). The struggle for a just society is long, requiring action on many fronts. mronline.org 'The struggle for a socially just and ecologically sound society requires activity on many fronts. This includes the crucial work of organizing and activist engagement, as well as education about the economic, political, and ecological complexities that exist and why so many of the problems facing humanity are either caused or made worse by capitalism.' | Source

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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 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.

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.

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