2019-04-11: News Headlines

Global Research (2019-04-11). "Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria. globalresearch.ca Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: …

Almasdar News (2019-04-11). Iran Is Preparing to Link Tehran to the Mediterranean via a New Highway. globalresearch.ca The Islamic Republic of Iran is looking for new ways to link their capital, Tehran, with Syria ¥s Damascus and Iraq ¥s Baghdad. | One of the proposed actions they are taking to make this a reality is the construction of new highways …

G. Dunkel (2019-04-11). Mali: Thousands demand peace and removal of French troops. workers.org At the call of imams and civic associations on April 5, thousands of protesters marched in Bamako, the capital of Mali, to demand the end of violence between ethnic communities in central Mali, the removal of French troops, which have been in Mali since 2013 fighting "Islamic extremist," and aid . . . | Continue reading Mali: Thousands demand peace and removal of French troops at Workers.org

George Wuerthner (2019-04-11). Why Oregon Needs More Wilderness. counterpunch.org In the recent Public Lands legislation that was passed by Congress, Oregon got some new protected landscapes including the Devil's Staircase Wilderness, 250 miles of new Wild and Scenic River segments on the Rogue and Molalla rivers and measures such as a mining ban on the Chetco River. This legislation was a good but a More

Christopher R. Martin (2019-04-11). Will Democrats reach rural workers in 2020? peoplesworld.org It should be easy to run against Trump's rural America record. Aside from his made-for-Fox-News rallies, he has little to brag about in rural policy except for self-inflicted wounds that risk returning rural America back to the farm crisis of the 1980s. Trump's misguided tariff wars and scuttling of NAFTA have exacerbated crop prices that …

United Nations (2019-04-11). Women must be at 'centre of peacekeeping decision-making', UN chief tells Security Council. un.org Women's rights, voices and participation must be at "the centre of peacekeeping decision-making", United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, describing them as "central to sustainable solutions" to challenges facing the Organization worldwide.

commondreams (2019-04-11). Will the Administration's Imminent Report to Congress on Trade Partners' Currency Practices Once Again Fall Short of Its Mandate, Undermining a Key Trump Campaign Trade Reform Pledge? commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-04-11). Treasury Department Fails to Meet Deadline to Hand Over Trump's Tax Returns. truthout.org Donald Trump's treasury secretary informed the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee he would not meet the Wednesday's deadline to hand over the president's tax returns. | In a politically-charged letter informing Chairman Richard E. Neal the Treasury Department would not finish its review of his request for Trump's private tax return information by April 10, Secretary Steve Mnuchin attacked House Democrats for demanding the president's "confidential" information and cited the previous Republican leaders of the Ways and Means C…

Joan Walsh (2019-04-11). Kirsten Gillibrand Isn't Afraid of Anything. thenation.com Kirsten Gillibrand Isn't Afraid of Anything…

commondreams (2019-04-11). Progressive Groups, Including Sexual Assault Survivors' Advocates, Urge House Democrats to Investigate Brett Kavanaugh's Sham Confirmation Process. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jacob Bacharach (2019-04-11). Bernie Has to Do Better Than This. truthdig.com On a Sunday in early April, your favorite grumpy Jewish uncle and mine, Bernie Sanders, opened himself up to a renewed line of attack from those within the Democratic Party (and on the political left more broadly) who feel he is out of touch with issues of race and identity. At a public appearance in Oskaloosa, Ia., a member of the audience asked him about the logistics of so-called open borders, apparently under the mistaken belief that Sanders supported an open borders policy. | Th…

John Nichols (2019-04-11). The Presidential Candidates Should Debate Union Rights in Chattanooga. thenation.com The Presidential Candidates Should Debate Union Rights in Chattanooga…

commondreams (2019-04-11). Senate Confirms Trump's Most Conflict-Ridden Cabinet Nominee to Manage America's Public Lands. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Adam Eichen (2019-04-11). Anti-Corruption Bill #HR1 Can Fix the US' Broken Democracy. commondreams.org True to form, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a damper on the historic occasion by pledging to kill HR 1. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tyler Durden (2019-04-11). Yet Another Popular Conspiracy Theory Died Today. theantimedia.com (ZH) — It bears repeating, given the nearly past three years of 'Russiagate' collusion hysteria which focused heavily and uncritically on the role of WikiLeaks in both Hillary's defeat and the rise of Trump, and centrally the "Russian connection" supposedly tying it all together: there seems yet more daily and weekly evidence demonstrating how absurd the claims were …

Alfred W. McCoy (2019-04-11). Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition. counterpunch.org 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 top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not More

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-11). 'Stop With This Recklessness': Allies Warn Right-Wing Attacks Could Get Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Killed. commondreams.org Rep. Ilhan Omar is being targeted once again by both Republicans and Rupert Murdoch's right wing media machine, raising concerns among her supporters and colleagues about the level of hate being directed at her—and prompting a vigorous defense from some of her fellow House freshmen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-11). 'A Win for Big Oil and a Gut Punch to Public Lands': Conflict-Ridden Former Lobbyist Bernhardt Confirmed as Interior Secretary. commondreams.org Climate action groups were angered but unsurprised Thursday when the Republican-led Senate confirmed former oil industry lobbyist David Bernhardt as the next Interior Secretary—seemingly abandoning the GOP's stated goal of "draining the swamp," considering Bernhardt's background. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel (2019-04-11). Demonstration in Palo Alto Raises Public Awareness About Mueller Report. indybay.org On April 4, a coalition of organizations activated a nationwide protest in response to Attorney General William Barr's failure to meet a deadline set by House Democrats to release special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report to Congress. Amongst many participating locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Palo Alto was one. | Photos by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

Chicano Mexicano Resistance (2019-04-11). Restore Mural de La Raza. indybay.org SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTCE CENTER | 48 S. 7TH STREET | SAN JOSE, CALIF.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-11). Progressives Call on House Democrats to Probe 'Sham Confirmation Process' for Brett Kavanaugh. commondreams.org A coalition of 26 progressive groups on Thursday urged House Democrats to investigate the GOP-controlled Senate's "sham confirmation process" for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-10). Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar. splcenter.org About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."

Whitney Webb (2019-04-10). Democratic "Superdelegates" May Once Again Rob Bernie Sanders of the Nomination. mintpressnews.com There is no denying that the need to defeat Trump at all costs will be the rallying cry used to push Democratic voters to fall in line behind the eventual nominee, regardless of whether the nominee was chosen by voters or by superdelegates.

STAFF (2019-04-10). More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to intensify the sanctions that are strangling Venezuela's economy. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela…

STAFF (2019-04-10). Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…

Charles Pierson (2019-04-10). Yemen's Fate is in Trump's Hands. counterpunch.org Congress has finally grown a spine.For the first time in more than forty years, Congress has invoked the War Powers Resolution to demand that the US end its assistance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The US has been involved in the Saudi-led war without the authorization of Congress as mandated by the Constitution. More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-10). Dem presidential hopefuls make pitches to 3,000 building trades activists. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—It's called, in political parlance, "a cattle call." The phrase refers to what happens when presidential hopefuls parade their positions, one by one, before a group, large or small. And that's what nine Democrats— John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Terry McAuliffe, Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Eric Swalwell, in that …

Aaron Maté (2019-04-10). Congressman Adam Schiff's Russiagate Delusions Are Not Okay. thegrayzone.com Aaron Maté takes on the grand inquistor of the Russiagate conspiracy, Rep. Adam Schiff, methodically dismantling his deceptive claims, one…

ACLU (2019-04-10). Congressional Action to End the Bans—Now and Into the Future. aclu.org Trump thought he won, but Members of Congress are pushing back. | For the first time since President Trump issued his Muslim ban, Congress proposed a legislative solution today to protect immigrant communities from discriminatory bans, immediately and permanently. | The long-awaited NO Ban Act, introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), would immediately rescind the Muslim ban as well as President Trump's asylum ban and refugee ban, definitively ending these discriminatory abus…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2019. democracynow.org Israel: Netanyahu on Track for 5th Term in Office, DHS "Purge" Continues with Deputy Sec. Claire Grady, Reports: WH Wants to Put Border Agents in Charge of Asylum Interviews, AG Barr to Congress: No Plans to Release Unredacted Mueller Report, Mnuchin Says Treasury Consulted with WH on Trump Tax Returns, Bipartisan Tax Bill Would Make Free IRS E-Filing System Illegal, Airbnb Reverses Ban on Listings for Illegal Israeli Settlements, NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak, BuzzFeed: GOP Told Drug Cos. Not to Comply with Congressional Request, Prosecutors Add Money Laundering Charges in School Adm…

George Ochenski (2019-04-10). Blowing Smoke on the Colstrip Coal Plant. counterpunch.org The increasingly desperate efforts by politicians to "save" Colstrip's antiquated and enormously polluting coal-fired power plants is reaching the stage that's leaving facts, economics and the "free market" far behind. Unfortunately, Montana's congressional Republicans, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, are among those blowing the most smoke about Colstrip, its climate impacts, and its More

ACLU (2019-04-10). The American People Support LGBTQ Equality. Congress Should Too. aclu.org Opponents of equality are spewing myths about transgender people and nondiscrimination protections on Capitol Hill. | In the past seven days, the House of Representatives has held two historic hearings on the Equality Act, HR 5, a bipartisan bill that would add explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to our civil rights laws, and update the laws to provide increased protection for all women and people of color. What was most notable from…

ACLU (2019-04-10). The BE HEARD Act Will Overhaul Workplace Harassment Laws. aclu.org The groundbreaking, comprehensive bill takes on workplace harassment and discrimination. | For more than a decade, Tarana Burke and survivors across the country have used #MeToo to share their experiences of sexual violence, raise women's voices, and respond to the needs of survivors. In its current incarnation, #MeToo has sparked an unprecedented examination of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, in our workplaces, and illuminated the multiple manifestations of workplace discrimination. | In the midst of this historic reckoning, the ACLU and coalition partners drafted and shared with members of Congress…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-10). Nancy Pelosi and Cheri Bustos Continue Dividing Democratic Party, Take New Swipes at Ocasio-Cortez. theintercept.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both took aim this week at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an escalation of recent attacks by ensconced elements of the party against newer members of Congress. | Ocasio-Cortez, who is often charged by Democrats in Congress with dividing the party, has not responded to either Pelosi or Bustos, and did not respond to a request for comment. The latest attacks by party leaders on the Bronx freshman suggest that they feel under siege or sense an opening to crush a nascent insurgency threatening to reshap…

RT (2019-04-10). Russiagate-pushing Democrats call AG Barr's 'spying' claim conspiracy theory. rt.com The very same congressional Democrats who maintain 'Russiagate' was real are denouncing Attorney General William Barr's claim there was improper surveillance of the Trump campaign as a conspiracy theory.

RT (2019-04-10). Reparations for slavery in 2020: Justice at last or attention seeking by Democrats? (DEBATE). rt.com With Democratic frontrunner Cory Booker mulling plans to compensate descendants of slaves, the controversial campaign issue has some hoping it could tackle racial inequality, and others saying we need to let sleeping dogs lie. |

RT (2019-04-10). Candace Owens in EPIC clash with Ted Lieu at congressional 'white nationalism' hearing. rt.com Sparks flew in the House of Representatives as Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tried to accuse conservative activist Candace Owens of being an apologist for Adolf Hitler at a hearing on hate crime and white nationalism.

Julia Conley (2019-04-10). House Votes to Restore Net Neutrality as Millions of People Watch Online. theantimedia.com (CD) — Digital rights groups applauded Wednesday as the U.S. House passed the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644), in a 232-190 vote, with just one Republican joining the Democrats in supporting the legislation. VICTORY! House votes 231-190 to restore #NetNeutrality. The bill (HR 1644) survived an onslaught of amendments pushed by the telecom lobby, while more than …

WSWS (2019-04-10). Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis. wsws.org The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.

David Dayen (2019-04-10). Wendell Primus, the Most Powerful Staffer in Congress, Represents a Generational Divide on the Left. theintercept.com Wendell Primus's generation of liberals strives not to make the world a better place, but to make it less bad than Republicans want.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-10). Julián Castro Got Off Easy for Ethics Trouble in the Last Presidential Campaign. theintercept.com In 2016, then-HUD Secretary Julián Castro violated a federal law while campaigning for Hillary Clinton; the Obama administration chose not to reprimand him.

WSWS (2019-04-10). New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch. wsws.org The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.

RT (2019-04-10). 'Spying did occur' by intelligence agencies on Trump campaign — AG Barr. rt.com Attorney General William Barr told a Senate committee that he believes FBI "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign in 2016. Trump himself has called on Barr to investigate the FBI's counterintelligence probe. |

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-09). Greens Say "No to NATO" While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO. dissidentvoice.org Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below about the week of protests against NATO highlights Greens who participated, often as organizers with …

Eds. (2019-04-09). An open letter to the Congressional Black Caucus on the U.S.'s attacks on Venezuela and Cuba. mronline.org Greetings. We write to urge you to support the international and domestic efforts to thwart the Unites States' unlawful attempts to change the existing governments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Cuba. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children. democracynow.org Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…

Adam Johnson (2019-04-09). Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes—No Thanks to MSNBC – After Khashoggi outrage passes, cable network goes back to ignoring US-backed humanitarian disaster. fair.org by Adam Johnson | Progressives—along with a handful of libertarian-leaning Republicans—finally passed a bill in both houses of Congress last week to invoke the War Powers act and end US support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, an entirely one-sided war that's killed thousands of Yemeni civilians over the last four years with assistance and direction of the US military. | The bill's proponents achieved this human rights victory with virtually no help from America's leading libe…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian. democracynow.org President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…

Liberation Staff (2019-04-09). Democratas mantienen prohibicion del aborto. liberationnews.org °La necesidad de construir un movimiento feminista independiente y militante vinculado a las calles en lugar del establecimiento "liberal" es más evidente que nunca!

STAFF (2019-04-09). Does Obama Speak for Progressives? therealnews.com On Saturday in Berlin, President Obama said progressives shouldn't attack other progressives, saying it's a "circular firing squad." But are corporate Democrats within the progressive camp?

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