2019-04-05: News Headlines

Vanessa Beeley (2019-04-05). The Veto: Documentary Film Exposing Western Media Propaganda War Against Syria. globalresearch.ca I met journalist and friend Rafiq Lutf and cameraman Abdul-Mun'aim Arnous in January 2018 and I was honoured when Rafiq asked me to work with him on his film project, The Veto. | As Dr Shaaban said to me in August …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-05). The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics. mintpressnews.com The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery. | And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would "postpone" the event, citing "concerns" over the event's "format, substance, … [and] security" in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign ag…

South Front (2019-04-05). Video: Israeli Air Strikes on Syria: Weapons, Effects, Consequences. globalresearch.ca The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continue their bombing campaign in Syria. In the framework of this campaign, IDF aircraft strike what the Israeli leadership describes as Iranian infrastructure and weapon shipments to Hezbollah and pro-Iranian armed groups. Nonetheless, positions and …

STAFF (2019-04-05). The New York Times Can't Hide Its Pro-Israel Bias. truthdig.com When the New York Times ( 3/26/19) reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fait accompli pronouncement that nation-states can now seize territories acquired in defensive wars—after President Donald Trump announced via tweet that the United States asserts Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights—it seriously misled readers on the status of Israel's…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-05). Congress orders Trump to get out of Yemen, he refuses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Congress is ordering GOP President Donald Trump to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen. His advisors are telling him — via a veto — to stay in. Since the Korean War in the early 1950's Congress has ceded to the president its constitutional role of deciding when to go to war. The vote yesterday by …

Sara Flounders (2019-04-05). Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats. workers.org The following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council. Venezuela's conflict with imperialism . . . | Continue reading Venezuela Today — Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats at Workers.org

Defend Wikileaks (2019-04-05). Ecuador Twists Embarrassing INA Papers into Pretext to Oust Assange. globalresearch.ca On 26 March, WikiLeaks' Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador's Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno's attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, …

Matthew Pappalardo (2019-04-05). Lies our Senators Tell Us, or, Whither Congress? counterpunch.org Last month, a group of student activists from various Bay Area climate justice groups visited Senator Feinstein's office in California to deliver a letter urging her to support the Green New Deal. While the students may have held out some hope Feinstein would see the light after agreeing to meet them without a scheduled appointment, More

STAFF (2019-04-05). Democrats File Suit Against Border Wall Spending. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the border (all times local): | 5: 30 p.m. | House Democrats have filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. | Democrats say Trump's attempt to transfer billions of dollars from several programs to wall construction violates the Constitution, which gives Congress control over spending. The 45-page complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's act a "brazen assa…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2019. democracynow.org Congress Approves Resolution to End U.S. Support for War on Yemen, Report Blames Ethiopian Crash on Boeing 737 MAX Software Failure, Boeing CEO Apologizes for Crashes That Killed 346 People, Trump Threatens Mexico with Auto Tariffs over Migration, Migrants Say Mexico Is Denying Humanitarian Visas Under U.S. Pressure, 280 Arrested in Texas ICE Raid as Trump Heads to Border, Rogue Libyan General Advances on Tripoli, Mozambique Faces Food Emergency as Cholera Cases Mount, House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act Over NRA Objections, Trump to Nominate Herman Cain to Federal Reserve Board, Trump Pushed for Speedy…

STAFF (2019-04-05). Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee for 'Tougher Direction'. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? | Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers. | No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, accor…

STAFF (2019-04-05). Progressives Dismiss DCCC Threats on Primary Challengers. truthout.org As tensions escalate in an internal battle between the centrist and left wings of the Democratic Party, a group of progressives is making a move to begin a new left wing party apparatus. | A decision by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee late last month to blacklist vendors that support primary challengers over party incumbents drew a line in the sand against the potential progressive overthrow of the party's established order. | In response to the new policy, 14 progressive groups Thursday announced the launch of the DCCC Blacklist — a collective of…

STAFF (2019-04-05). The IRS Has Never Stood a Chance Against the Ultrawealthy. truthdig.com A new report explores how agency officials tried to crack down on the rich, only to find Congress and its patrons arrayed against them.

STAFF (2019-04-05). Fueled by Union Cash, Tim Ryan Enters 2020 Democratic Primary. truthout.org With a rally looming on Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) announced he's joining the crowded Democratic presidential field. Ryan's campaign website and corresponding announcement video, released after his appearance on The View on Thursday, hit upon his blue-collar background representing "America's heartland." Long an outspoken advocate of union wor…

Zero Hedge (2019-04-05). Saudis Threaten to Ditch Petrodollar as "Nuclear Option" to Block NOPEC Bill. globalresearch.ca Three years ago — almost to the day — Saudi Arabia rattled its first sabre towards the United States, with an implicit threat to dump US Treasuries over Congress' decision to allow the Saudis to be held responsible for the …

STAFF (2019-04-05). Elizabeth Warren Signals Willingness to Kill the Filibuster. truthdig.com Calling on the nation to "wake up to the reality of the United States Senate," Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set to announce Friday that she supports eliminating the filibuster. | The 2020 presidential candidate is expected to endorse the proposal in a speech at the National Action Network Convention in New York Friday morning. | "When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We're done with two sets of rules—one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats," Warren is expected to say. "And th…

John Nichols (2019-04-05). An All-Female Ticket for 2020. thenation.com An All-Female Ticket for 2020…

Yves Engler (2019-04-05). Let's Build the Kind of Left that Demands Canada Withdraw from NATO. globalresearch.ca Final in a four-part series on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. | The first two installments discussed how NATO was set up to blunt the European left and to enable global dominance while the third focused …

Steve Phillips (2019-04-05). Some Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of #MeToo. thenation.com Some Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of #MeToo…

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Minnesotans honor MLK and say yes to peace, no to NATO. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On April 4, 80 people gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol building to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to use his words to analyze the militarism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both MLK and NATO are connected to the date of April 4. | On April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered his "Beyond Vietnam" anti-war speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. He would tragically be assassinated exactly one year later, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. | On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed marking the inception of the military allia…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-05). Trump's Rhetoric Echoes Nazi Germany, Beto O'Rourke Says, Accurately. theintercept.com President Donald Trump's defenders professed outrage on Friday at comments from Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate, who accurately observed that the president's rhetoric on immigrants would not have been out of place in Nazi Germany. | Speaking at two campaign events in Iowa, O'Rourke said that Trump's policy of separating the children of asylum-seekers from their parents as they cross the border, "follows the rhetoric of a president who not only describes immigrants as rapists and criminals, but as animals and an infestation.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-05). 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.

RT (2019-04-05). Trump is 'for socialism' … but only when it comes to funding US military industry — Tulsi Gabbard. rt.com US President Donald Trump, who has been relentlessly bashing everything linked to what he sees as 'socialism,' is himself no stranger to using socialist principles to support the US arms industry, Tulsi Gabbard has claimed.

Natasha Lennard (2019-04-05). Florida Is Poised to Create an Anti-"Trafficking" Registry That Will Inevitably Hurt Sex Workers. theintercept.com Activist groups led by people who trade sex, forming the coalition Decrim NY, gather in in Foley Square on Feb. 25, 2019. | finally tackling the issue, including in New York and the District of Columbia. And yet this often-isolated progress is being met with regressive and harmful anti-sex worker bills in the country's more conservative legislatures. | A set of particularly ill-conceived bills is winding its way through the Florida Jon Queally (2019-04-05). Calling for End of US Asylum System, Trump Adds, "We Should Get Rid of Judges" theantimedia.com (CD) — President Donald Trump called for the end of the U.S. system that processes those seeking political asylum and refugee status on Friday and then added that it would also be good to "get rid of judges." "Congress has to act," Trump told reporters outside the White House, referring to the asylum claim process and the …

RT (2019-04-05). Get out of jail card? Cohen dangles newly-unearthed trove in front of Congress, promising Trump dirt. rt.com Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has offered lawmakers the data from a hard drive he "recently found," suggesting it might help with the many probes into the president's activities — and keep Cohen out of jail a little longer.

Alex Kane (2019-04-05). A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company. theintercept.com A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…

Emily Apple (2019-04-05). An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday. thecanary.co Jim Matthews, a former soldier cleared of terrorism charges for joining the fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria has accused the UK police … | Read more An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday | By Emily Apple

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-04-05). 'I Don't Know, Man': Joe Biden Cracks #MeToo Joke to Room Full of Union Workers. commondreams.org Less than two days after issuing an acknowledgement of the controversary over his inappropriate behavior towards women over the years and saying he would do better in the future, likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday took a less conciliatory approach to the issue when he took the stage to speak to a ballroom full of trade union members. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-04-05). 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.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-05). 'Denial': House Democrats Pass Law for a Fossil Fuel Future. commondreams.org "This bill is yet another example of the denial of the realities of our climate crisis in practice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS Repost (2019-04-05). 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.

WSWS (2019-04-05). Prioritizing of profit at root of fire that killed seven Syrian refugee children in Nova Scotia. wsws.org The mandatory installation of automated sprinklers would save lives, but capitalist governments are loathe to diminish the profits of the construction industry.

RT (2019-04-05). NATO 'doesn't need to exist': Ron Paul to RT (VIDEO). rt.com Commenting on the 70th anniversary of NATO, former US Congressman Ron Paul told RT the alliance is actually harmful to US interests of peace and commerce, empowering only the military-industrial complex and those who want empire.

plenglish (2019-04-05). Colombian Movement Defending Peace Asks ELN to Cease Fire. plenglish.com 05 de abril de 2019, 18: 04Bogota, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Defend Peace movement asked the National Liberation Army (ELN) on Friday to decree a unilateral ceasefire to help channel dialogue with the Colombian government.

WSWS (2019-04-05). US Senate fails to restore sweeping cuts to food assistance for Puerto Rico. wsws.org One year and seven months after Hurricanes Maria and Irma struck the US territory, more than a million Puerto Ricans have and no forward funding for disaster recovery.

Dan Bacher (2019-04-05). Committee votes to move David Bernhardt's nomination to full Senate vote. indybay.org "It's no surprise that a group of Senators who owe so much to special interest lobbyists would support this choice for Interior Secretary," said Western Values Project's Executive Director Chris Saeger in a statement in response to the committee's vote. "For the last two years, conflict-ridden David Bernhardt has tipped the scales in favor of former clients, likely violating his ethics pledge and responsibilities to the American people."

Ben Norton (2019-04-04). Syria War Lobby that Hosted Genocide Advocate Campaigns to Censor Book Exposing Its Operations. thegrayzone.com Neocon-backed pro-war lobby group the Syrian American Council pressured the independent DC bookstore Politics and Prose to "postpone" an event…

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…

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-04). Media Smoothed Way to Corbyn Target Practice. dissidentvoice.org It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the political and media establishment have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of British political life, that they lie awake at night worrying about the threat posed by populism to our democratic institutions. How do …

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 …

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

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

teleSUR (2019-04-04). Canada: Investigators Review Case of Forced Sterilization. telesurenglish.net A new case of alleged coerced sterilization is being investigated, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) say after the case of a 30-year-old Indigenous woman was presented to the Senate in Ottawa, Wednesday. | RELATED: | Canada: Top Court To Review Canadian Envoy's Role in Murder of Mexican Social Leader | On December 13, 2019,…

Akela Lacy (2019-04-04). ICE Is Teaming With North Carolina Republicans to Fight Pro-Immigrant Sheriffs. theintercept.com The First Amendment to the Constitution serves as something of a gauge for our national priorities. Embedded in there is the right of the people "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." | But what if the government itself is aggrieved? No government agency feels more under siege lately than U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and in North Carolina, it's helping the government do something about that. | Over the course of four days in February, federal immigration officials arrested more than 220 u…

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