2019-04-12: News Headlines

Robert Fisk (2019-04-12). What Ivanka Told Us About Trump's Meeting With el-Sisi. counterpunch.org Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president and wife of Middle East "expert" Jared Kushner — he who has supposedly produced a Middle East "peace plan" to be revealed after Benjamin Netanyahu wins the Israeli elections — has just given her support to a regime which has locked up women political prisoners, "disappeared" others, and whose army forcibly carried out virginity tests More

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-12). Major Tulsi Gabbard says Assange's arrest is designed to send a 'dangerous' message to the press. thecanary.co Tulsi Gabbard has accused those involved in arresting Julian Assange of trying to send a "message" to "the people, especially journalists". Gabbard, a major … | Read more Major Tulsi Gabbard says Assange's arrest is designed to send a 'dangerous' message to the press | By Mohamed Elmaazi

South Front (2019-04-12). Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca On April 11, the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate prevented a terrorist attack in the city of Homs. Local sources said that intelligence agents dismantled a remotely-controlled heavy improvised-explosive device, which was attached to a civilian vehicle near the Akramah al-Makhzomeh …

Julia Kassem (2019-04-12). Civil Rights Groups and Pro-war Republicans—An unholy Alliance in the Soft War Against China. counterpunch.org Last month, Mike Pompeo, amidst his soft war campaign to undermine the governments of Venezuela, Iran, and Lebanon, expressed concern for the 'abhorrent' allegations of Chinese Muslim internment. Pompeo, currently working to destabilize a number of Global South nations and groups, did not suddenly develop a moral consciousness for the plight of Muslims. Rather, his More

Paul Street (2019-04-12). On False Dichotomies, Real and Fake, at MSDNC. counterpunch.org Photograph Source Spud of Inside Cable news — CC BY 2.0 | Not a False Dichotomy: (Eco-)Socialism or Exterminist Capitalism | Antonio Gramsci would be impressed by the "liberal" Democratic Party broadcast network MSNBC, whose function is to advance the political hegemony of finance capital between drug, car, business consulting, insurance, and financial services commercials for affluent Baby Boomers. | Last Wednesday the discussion became spirited on an "expert panel" convened by MSDNC morning host Stephanie Ruhle, a former leading global derivatives trader. The topic that animated Ruhle and her guests was Am…

Yoav Litvin (2019-04-12). To Be or Not to be a Zionist? counterpunch.org Jewish American progressives are falling for the oldest trick in the Zionist playbook: the conflation of Zionism with Judaism. The ultimate victims of this propaganda ploy are always Palestinians. Sheldon's Party Last Sunday, Sheldon Adelson's Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) welcomed President of the United States, serial sexual harasser and inspiration to murderous white supremacists worldwide — More

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History. counterpunch.org The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-04-12). Roaming Charges: Tongue-Tied and Twisted. counterpunch.org The main difference between the anonymous leaks from US intelligence officials about RussiaGate peddled nightly on MSDNC, CNN, the NYT and the Washington Post and Julian Assange's exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan is that what Wikileaks published turned out to be true. In this system, you're only held accountable for exposing the truth about imperial power. More

Global Research News (2019-04-12). Selected Articles: Assange's Extradition to the US Is Imminent. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

United Nations (2019-04-12). Sudan military committed to 'ensuring stability' and 'peaceful transition' says senior diplomat, as UN rights chief appeals for protesters' rights to be upheld. un.org Sudan's military has an "overarching duty" to refrain from using violence against protesters and ensure that their human rights are protected amid concerns of a further escalation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.

John Pilger (2019-04-12). John Pilger: The Assange Arrest Is a Warning From History. mintpressnews.com That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies, writes John Pilger,…

Fight Back (2019-04-12). When labor won in Jacksonville: Lessons for a strategic alliance in the South. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – Dixie money rules in Jacksonville, Florida, but it shouldn't. | Backed by developers and big business, Republicans won big in last month's city elections. Democrats declined to field a candidate for mayor, left seven city council seats uncontested and offered no concrete platform for the struggling working class majority. It's no surprise that less than 25% of registered voters turned out. | The dismal election results have sparked important conversations about politics and strategy. Jacksonville has seen an explosion of activism and people's movements in the last five years, but this has not t…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Beware Any Alternative to Medicare-for-All. truthdig.com Earlier this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019. A companion bill of the same name has already been introduced in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). That's good news for the country. Unfortunately, these bills are facing opposition from what, for some people, will be an unexpected direction. | I don't mean Republicans. They've already lost the health care debate, in one sense, now that large majorities of voters support Medicare…

Adam Barbanel-Fried (2019-04-12). The Conversations Democrats Need to Be Having. thenation.com The Conversations Democrats Need to Be Having…

Chandra Bozelko (2019-04-12). Bernie Sanders Wants Incarcerated People to Vote. Here's Why He's Right. commondreams.org A Puerto Rican prison inmate casts his ballot, as prisoners voted two days early in the Democratic primary, at Correctional Institute 501, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, on May 30, 2008. (Photo: Brennan Linsley / AP file) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Trump Pushed to Release Detainees Into Sanctuary Cities, Report Finds. truthdig.com In what critics and rights groups condemned as further evidence that the Trump administration views asylum seekers as mere political pawns rather than vulnerable human beings, the White House reportedly considered dropping migrants off in Democratic districts as a supposed "punishment" for their opposition to the president's anti-immigrant agenda. | "The extent of this administration's cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated," said Ashley Etienne, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose district was reportedly floated as a "target" by the White House. "Using human beings—including l…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2019. democracynow.org Julian Assange's Lawyers Vow to Fight His Extradition to the United States, Ecuadorean Ex-President Criticizes Successor for Allowing Assange to Be Arrested, Trump Claims "I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks" Despite Praising Site Repeatedly in 2016, Sudanese Protesters Denounce Military Rule, Call for Civilian Government, Report: White House Pushed Plan to Send Migrants to Sanctuary Cities to Punish Dems, Official Who Compared Family Detention Centers to Summer Camps Set to Become Head of ICE, More Offshore Drilling Feared as Senate Confirms Ex-Oil Lobbyist to Head Interior, Report: Amazon, Netflix, IBM, Chevron Paid…

plenglish (2019-04-12). Kim Jon Un Ratified as President of the State Committee of the DPRK. plenglish.com Pyongyang, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Kim Jong Un has been reportedly ratified as President of the State Committee of the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Chicano Mexicano Resistance (2019-04-12). Restore Mural de La Raza. indybay.org SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTCE CENTER | 48 S. 7TH STREET | SAN JOSE, CALIF.

susan_p (2019-04-12). Algeria: Bouteflika resigns, parliament appoints interim president. greenleft.org.au Algeria's Senate leader Abdelkader Bensalah has been appointed interim president following a decision by the National People's Congress on April 9 to declare the presidential post vacant. | Bouteflika, in power for 20 years, resigned on April 2 after months of protests. | The decision to appoint Bensalah as interim president was supported by the majority National Liberation Front (FLN), which has governed the country since 1962, and its ally, the National Democratic Regroupment (RND). | MPs…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-12). Progressives Urge Democratic Leaders to Fight Back Against '200 MPH Right-Wing War Machine' Targeting Ilhan Omar. commondreams.org "Democratic leadership thinks it can avoid fights and controversy and get back to normal. It is wrong. There is no more normal." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-12). Berniecrats feeling burned as Sanders keeps mum on Assange's arrest. rt.com A day after Julian Assange was arrested, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders took the time to post a video… about himself. Fans quickly flooded the comments, demanding that Sanders take a stand for Assange.

plenglish (2019-04-12). U.N. Calls for Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Colombia. plenglish.com 12 de abril de 2019, 15: 32United Nations, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz, said today that it is essential to implement the Peace Agreement in a comprehensive manner and overcome the current divisions.

RT (2019-04-12). Toe the line or go to jail: Tulsi Gabbard says Assange arrest is a message to Americans. rt.com 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard has spoken out against the US government's plans to extradite and punish WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, calling it a "blow to transparency and a blow to a free press." |

Nafeez Ahmed (2019-04-12). Former Commander Reveals Turkey's Close Ties with ISIS in Syria. mintpressnews.com In an explosive interview, a former ISIS commander has claimed that the terror group cooperated directly with Turkish state intelligence agencies for years on areas of "common interest". | The source said that senior Turkish government officials had numerous meetings with ISIS representatives to coordinate activities and that this also involved providing support and safe harbour to foreign fighters in the country. President Erdogan "was working hand in glove with ISIS" according to the US government counter-terrorism consultants who interviewed the ex-ISIS official. | The relationship raises questions about Turke…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). The HDP and the Turkish elections. greenleft.org.au President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a historic defeat in Turkey's local elections that even they could not spin as a victory. | Following the AKP's loss of the three biggest economic centres of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, Erdoƒüan's balcony speech sounded defeated and defensive. | How did this happen? What role was, and will be played by the country's main leftist coalition party, the People's Democratic Party (HDP)? | The opposition and the government: | As in previous elections, the AKP-MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) coalition government u…

Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel (2019-04-12). 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.

WSWS (2019-04-12). Australian actor Geoffrey Rush wins defamation lawsuit against Murdoch media. wsws.org The judgment delivers a powerful blow against the anti-democratic methods and activities of the #MeToo movement, including its rejection of due process and of the presumption of innocence.

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). South Africa: New party 'serious about revolution'. greenleft.org.au "Equality, work and land" is the slogan of a new radical political party in South Africa that seeks to revolutionise South African politics and contest elections in May. | The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) held its launch congress over April 4-6 in Johannesburg. More than 1000 party militants and cadre attended from provinces across the country, as well as international guests from countries such as Zambia, Argentina, Brazil, Sweden, Morocco and Nepal. | The Congress was dedicated to "Fieldmore" Mapeto Baldwin Langa, a member of NUMSA (the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa), who passed…

WSWS (2019-04-12). Defying US threats, Turkey vows to deploy Russian air-defence system. wsws.org In a New York Times op-ed, senior Democratic and Republican leaders have signaled bipartisan Congressional support for the Trump administration's threats to roil Turkey's economy if it deploys the S-400.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-12). Shop Stopped: Grocery Store Strike of 31K Workers Receives Support From Warren, Sanders. commondreams.org Some 31,000 workers walked off the job at Stop & Shop stores across New England Thursday in response to the company cutting wages and benefits, a strike that prompted the support and praise of prominent Democrats and left wing activists. "We really decided there had to be a labor action and stand up to this corporate greed." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

United Nations (2019-04-11). Thursday's Daily Brief: Women in peacekeeping, the arrest of Sudan's leader, updates on Libya, Nigeria and Syria. un.org On Thursday, the Security Council looked at the key role played by women in the UN's peacekeeping operations. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be exposed to "serious human rights violations", following his arrest in the United Kingdom, according a UN independent human rights expert. Fighting continues to escalate in Tripoli, Libya, and in Idlib, Syria, and 10,000 conflict-affected people were forcibly relocated in Nigeria and are in dire need of humanitarian aid.

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: …

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 …

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 extremists," and aid . . . | Continue reading Mali: Thousands demand peace and removal of French troops at Workers.org

United Nations (2019-04-11). 'Democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people' must be met urges Guterres, following military removal of al-Bashir from power. un.org UN chief António Guterres said on Thursday that the "democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people" need to be realized through "an appropriate and inclusive transition process", following the overthrow and arrest of President Omar al-Bashir by order of the country's new military governing council.

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

teleSUR (2019-04-11). Betsy DeVos vs States Over Student Loan Oversight. telesurenglish.net Democratic attorneys general from 20 states and Washington, DC, sent a letter to US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos denouncing her Department of Education is blocking access to records requested by law enforcement to oversight student loan servicing companies. | RELATED: | US: Secretary DeVos Proposes US$18-M Cut to Disability Programs | "The department's policy…

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, Iowa, 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. | T…

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…

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.

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 …

RT (2019-04-11). 'Our property now': (Most) US lawmakers rejoice over Assange arrest. rt.com US lawmakers from both parties cheered the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, while President Donald Trump claimed he 'knows nothing' about the outlet, despite often saying 'I love WikiLeaks' during the 2016 campaign.

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."

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…

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…

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…

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…