2019-04-04: News Headlines

teleSUR lf (2019-04-04). Russia Returns Remains of Israeli Soldier Killed in Lebanon. telesurenglish.net The Russian armed forces helped Israel recover the remains of an Israeli soldier that was killed in Lebanon during the country's long civil war, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement. | RELATED: | Emboldened By Trump's Move on Golan, Netanyahu To Annex West Bank If Re-elected: Report | The remains of Sgt. Maj. Zachary Baumel were transferred to Israel this week following Russia's successful attempt to persuade the Syrian government to reveal his g…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-04-04). Syria Will Not Liberate the Occupied Golan for Decades to Come. globalresearch.ca The Syrian state will not be in a position to liberate the occupied Golan for decades to come. US President Donald Trump made a gift of the territory to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu last month. The move was Trump's support …

South Front (2019-04-04). Video: Syrian Military Sends Reinforcements to Fight ISIS in Central Desert. globalresearch.ca Over the past few days, the Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements to the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert following a recent series of ISIS attacks in the area. | ISIS cells operating in the desert in central Syria pose …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-04). Advocates use Pay Equity Day to lobby Senate for equality. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Advocates of equal pay for equal work used Pay Equity Day, April 2, to lobby the Senate to make pay equality for male and female workers a reality. And while they have unanimous support of the Senate's 45 Democrats and both independents, they face one big obstacle there: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent. Led by …

Rabbi Brant Rosen (2019-04-04). Bearing witness to root causes of Honduras migration at Radio Progreso. peoplesworld.org The invitation for our Root Causes Pilgrimage to Honduras came from Radio Progreso, a Jesuit-owned radio station based in the city of El Progreso. As one of the few independent media voices in Honduras, Radio Progreso does extensive work in advancing human rights, promoting peace, supporting community-based initiatives, and advocating for environmental justice across the country. …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-04). Lawmakers to push worker safety bills, but timetable uncertain. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The majority Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee will push two key pro-worker safety bills this year, but the exact timetable is uncertain. In an informal conversation after the first congressional briefing in years on worker health and safety, a top committee aide on the issue said he expects the legislation will hit …

STAFF (2019-04-04). 'Obscene' Bipartisan Applause for NATO in Congress. therealnews.com NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress fanning the fire of a 'Russian threat.' Peter Kuznick says it is an 'obscene bipartisan spectacle applauding war'; Pietro Shakarian discusses the self-serving NATO expansion and the hyperbolic Russia threat narrative…

Barbara G. Ellis (2019-04-04). Pentagon's $1 Billion for Wall: A Door-Opener to Crucial Fixes for Infrastructure, Environment? counterpunch.org Now that President Donald Trump's sleight-of-hand has just moved $1 billion and soon possibly $5.1 billion more from the Pentagon's $674 billion FY2019 allocation to furnish labor and materials to build his border wall, he's opened precedent to actions he's probably never imagined. But domestic activists surely can—and will—if fast enough. So could those in Congress once they stop More

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-04). US VERDAD Act: Senate Support for Regime Change in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Seeking dominance over all other nations is imperialism's defining feature — by brute force if other tactics fail. | With no end of it in prospect, they continue on the phony pretexts of humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building …

Mark Fiore (2019-04-04). Repeal & Give-Us-A-Minute! (Video). truthdig.com Once again, Republicans are caught without an alternative to their nemesis, Obamacare. After the Trump administration supported a legal fight to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump began to wage a campaign to make Republicans the "party of health care." Trump assured the nation that Republicans were sooooo close to the most incredible, …

teleSUR (2019-04-04). House Votes to End US Support for Saudi Coalition in Yemen. telesurenglish.net The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution on Thursday to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, rebuffing President Donald Trump's policy toward the kingdom. | RELATED: | Senate Rebukes Trump on Saudi Arabia Coalition in Yemen | Because the resolution had already passed the Senate, the 247-175 vote in the Democratic-led House sends the resolution to the White House, which said last month Trump would issue a veto. | The final tally was…

commondreams (2019-04-04). NOW Applauds the House Passage of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, Urges Action in the Senate. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-04-04). Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Opposes Historic Senate Rule Change. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-04-04). House Votes to End Support for Yemen War, Rebuffing Trump. truthdig.com Paired with Senate vote, Congress for the first time invokes the decades-old War Powers Resolution to try to stop a foreign conflict.

teleSUR (2019-04-04). Nicaragua: Government Affirms Commitment to Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Denis Moncada reaffirmed on Thursday that the government delegation in the "Negotiation Table for Understanding and Peace" fulfills the agenda approved by the parties. | RELATED: | Nicaragua: Meetings For Understanding and Peace Begin | "Our presence is permanent, punctual and responsible," Moncada said upon his arrival at the n…

United Nations (2019-04-04). In Libya, Guterres 'deeply concerned' by risk of fresh military confrontation, urges restraint. un.org The UN chief has expressed his deep concern by the reported advance of forces based in the east, towards the Libyan capital, Tripoli, declaring that "there is no military solution" to restoring peace and stability to the country.

United Nations (2019-04-04). Peacekeeping: A 'great opportunity' to develop professionally and personally. un.org A senior commander from Argentina, who has been deployed to the United Nations peacekeeping mission on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, has said that serving the UN is a "great opportunity" to develop professionally and personally.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-04-04). Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President. peaceaction.org (Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — April 4, 2019 — In response to the House sending S.J.Res. 7—legislation directing the president to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen—to the president's desk, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This vote amounts to the …

teleSUR (2019-04-04). Libyan Commander Haftar Orders Forces to Move on Tripoli. telesurenglish.net Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops Thursday to march on the capital Tripoli, taking his conflict with the internationally recognized government to a dangerous new level. | RELATED: | Libya Holds Local Elections for First Time in Five Years | U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who is in Tripoli trying to push an international peace deal, called for restraint. When asked about Haftar's statement, he said Libya needed a political not a military solution.

commondreams (2019-04-04). In Historic Yemen Vote, House Reasserts War Authority to Advance Peace. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-04-04). Peace Action: Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-04-04). Lee Camp Weighs in on Mueller Report, Self-Defeating Media, and "Dingle Sticks" mintpressnews.com "I'm not saying that Trump isn't corrupt, but by creating this laughable and baseless conclusion about Russian collusion, that has now been completely and utterly refuted, the Democrats, the faux resistance and our media have caused deep harm" — Lee Camp, Redacted Tonight…

STAFF (2019-04-04). The Forgotten, Anti-Democratic History of NATO. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between author Yves Engler and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

teleSUR (2019-04-04). Brazil to Revise Textbooks Denying 1964 Coup. telesurenglish.net Brazil's education Minister Ricardo Velez said Wednesday that school textbooks will be revised to deny the 1964 coup. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement' | According to Velez, Brazil will teach the children "a wider version of history." Velez said that the 1964 military ousting of the democratically elected President Joao Goulart was not a coup and the following 21 years of military rule was "a democratic regime by force." | Velez told local media that t…

STAFF (2019-04-04). Rep. Tim Ryan Is Latest Democrat to Seek White House. truthdig.com The Ohio congressman, who previously tried to replace Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, promises to appeal to the country's working class.

STAFF (2019-04-04). Democrats Formally Demand Trump's Tax Returns. truthout.org Under significant pressure from progressive advocacy groups, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal on Wednesday formally requested President Donald Trump's tax returns — setting the stage for what many expect to be a lengthy legal battle. | Tax March, a progressive organization that for months has urged Neal to request the president's returns immediately, applauded the House Ways and Means chairman for acting. | "We commend Chairman Neal for finally taking the necessary action…

teleSUR (2019-04-04). Paraguay: Students Protest Severe Teacher Shortage. telesurenglish.net Representatives of the National Federation of Secondary Students (FENAES) presented a letter, Wednesday, addressed to the President of the National Congress, Silvio Ovelar, requesting that the Minister of Education and Sciences, Eduardo Petta, be questioned in relation to Paraguay's education system crisis. | RELATED: | Morocco Teachers Protest For Better Work Conditions | In the meantime, FANAES spokeswoman Karina Gill says that students will conduct sit-ins, close down streets, and go o…

Telesur (2019-04-04). More than 40 US Organizations Pressure US Congress: End Trump's Crusade for War in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca More than 40 organizations from around the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, …

John Nichols (2019-04-04). Congress Finally Pushes Back Against the Imperial Presidency With Vote to Cut US Support for War in Yemen. thenation.com Congress Finally Pushes Back Against the Imperial Presidency With Vote to Cut US Support for War in Yemen…

Bill Van Auken (2019-04-04). Amid Rising Tensions, NATO Chief Pitches Confrontation with Russia to US Congress. globalresearch.ca NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered the first-ever address by a leader of the US-led imperialist alliance to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday, promoting a military buildup against Russia under conditions in which ever greater fissures …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-04). Headlines for April 4, 2019. democracynow.org Republican "Nuclear Option" Will Speed Confirmation of Trump's Judges, House Committee Authorizes Subpoena for Full Mueller Report, House Committee Asks IRS for Six Years of Trump's Tax Returns, Immigrant Activist Claudio Rojas Deported Ahead of Miami Film Premiere, Suspect in New Zealand Mosque Massacres to Face 50 Murder Charges, Australian Senator Censured over "Appalling" NZ Massacre Remarks, White Power Graffiti Found Near Site of Highlander Center Fire, Felony Charges Dropped Against African-American Victim of Dallas Attack, Blast at Texas Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 2, Trump Falsely Claims That Windmil…

STAFF (2019-04-04). McConnell Goes Nuclear to Help Trump Pack the Courts With Extremists. truthout.org NAACP attorney Janai Nelson said it was an "insult to African Americans" when President Trump nominated Thomas Farr to a federal district court bench in North Carolina last year. The Republican attorney's fingerprints were all over efforts to suppress and sideline voters of color in North Carolina, and he was linked to a campaign committee for segregationist Sen. Jesse Helms accused of intimidating Black voters in the late 1980s with postcards suggesting they would be arrested…

V.R. Craft (2019-04-04). How My Republican Parents Convinced Me the U.S. Needs Single-Payer Healthcare. millennialpolitics.co What my Republican parents inadvertently taught me was that a single-payer setup really isn't worse than our current system of healthcare in the United States.

Thom Hartmann (2019-04-04). Republicans Have Put Our Country on a Path of Warp-Speed Decline—And They Want You to Think It's Worth Cheering For. commondreams.org E.J. Waddell, 63, smokes a celebratory cigar after the inauguration of Donald Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on the National Mall January 20, 2017 in Washington D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people attended to celebrate and protest. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-04-04). Syria, Venezuela Denounce US Conspiracy. plenglish.com 04 de abril de 2019, 14: 06Damascus, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Syrian and Venezuelan Foreign Ministers Walid Al Moallem and Jorge Arreaza, respectively, denounced the U.S. conspiracy against the two nations, at a press conference in Damascus.

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-04-04). Congress Urged to Boost Monarch Butterfly Conservation by $100 Million. indybay.org WASHINGTON, April 2, 2019 — More than 100 conservation organizations today urged the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee to increase spending on monarch butterfly conservation by $100 million annually.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-04). Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate. indybay.org On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage.

WSWS (2019-04-04). "We the People" forum: Platitudes and demagogy from Democratic presidential candidates. wsws.org An array of eight candidates made brief speeches and took questions from an audience of Democratic Party liberals and union operatives.

Alex Emmons (2019-04-04). On Yemen, Congress Has Spoken. It Wants the U.S. Out. Now the Ball Is in Trump's Court. theintercept.com Frustration with Saudi Arabia has been at an all-time high on Capitol Hill since October, when Saudi agents killed the Washington Post's Jamal Khashoggi.

RT (2019-04-04). House Democrats to sue Trump over border wall emergency. rt.com Determined to stop President Donald Trump's efforts to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, House Democrats voted to challenge his national emergency declaration in court.

WSWS (2019-04-04). University of Illinois-Chicago faculty to vote on strike action as grad student walkout enters third week. wsws.org The American Federation of Teachers hopes to block faculty members from joining grad students and escalating the fight against the Democratic Party's austerity program.

RT (2019-04-04). More Americans believe in 'Clinton collusion' after Mueller probe flop — poll. rt.com After the Russiagate probe failed to find evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia, a new poll shows that Americans now suspect that Hillary Clinton was the one who might have colluded with foreign operatives.

WSWS (2019-04-04). DSA Democrat Rashida Tlaib opposes fight against GM plant shutdowns. wsws.org Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib spoke at a panel discussion Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit, touting the Green New Deal while rejecting any fight to defend the jobs of GM workers facing layoff.

Daniel Haufler (2019-04-04). The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism. indybay.org The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.

Jon Queally (2019-04-04). "Release the Mueller Report": 300+ Rallies Nationwide to Demand Full Transparency. theantimedia.com (CD) — Campaigners have organized rallies nationwide for Thursday in order to give voice to the widespread public demand the report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller be disclosed to members of Congress and the public—with as little redaction as possible—without further delay. Spearheaded by a coalition of progressive groups— …

RT (2019-04-04). Post-Russiagate Dems pin hopes on Trump tax returns, stubbornly avoid real issues as 2020 looms. rt.com Congressional Democrats have another lengthy probe locked and loaded, targeting US President Donald Trump right in the wallet, now that he's emerged from two years of Russiagate investigation with nary a scratch.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-04). Visionary Study Shows How 30 Percent of World's Ocean Could Be Made Sanctuaries by 2030. commondreams.org As world governments meet at United Nations to create a historic Global Oceans Treaty aimed at strictly regulating activities which have damaged marine life, the climate action group Greenpeace joined on Thursday showed how world leaders can protect more than 30 percent of the world's oceans in the next decade. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-04). Jayapal Breaks Silence on DCCC Policy Protecting Incumbents From Progressive Challengers. commondreams.org One of the top progressive Democrats in Congress fought back publicly for the first time Thursday over efforts by the party's Congressional Campaign Committee to undercut primary challengers to incumbents."It is not playing games for the Democratic party to be inclusive of all its members' perspectives," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS Repost (2019-04-04). Platitudes and demagogy from Democratic presidential candidates. indybay.org Eight capitalist politicians (minus Kamala Harris) give brief speeches at an event in Washington, D.C. to promote the Democratic Party.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-04). Progressives Fight Back Against Centrist Democrats' Ploy to 'Water Down' $15 Minimum Wage Bill. commondreams.org "Being in Congress means leading, and we need to lead on minimum wage," said Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…