2019-04-16: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-16). Iranian FM Arrives in Damascus to Meet with Assad. telesurenglish.net The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday to meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Prime Minister Imad Khamis, and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, the Sputnik News Agency reported. | RELATED: | Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous' | Zarif is meeting with the Syrian government on behalf of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. | The Iranian Foreign Minister landed in Damascus this afternoon, where…

teleSUR (2019-04-16). Iraq Rejects Trump's Recognition of Golan as Israeli Territory. telesurenglish.net Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim stated on Sunday that Baghdad fully rejects Trump's recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, SANA reported. | RELATED: | Syria's Assad meets with Iraqi security adviser in Damascus | "U.S. President Trump's proclamation on the Golan Heights s unilateral and it violates the international legitimacy… Iraq doesn't recognize it," Al-Hakim said during a quartet meeting in Amman with foreign ministers from Jordan, Greece and C…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-16). Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces Death Threats & "Dangerous Hate Campaign" as Right-Wing Attacks Continue. democracynow.org Minnesota freshman Congressmember Ilhan Omar says death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Trump posted the video Friday with the caption, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET." Trump's tweet intercut video of the World Trade Center towers burning with video of Omar speaking about the increasing attacks on the Muslim American community after 9/11. Congressmember Omar's comments were originally taken out of context and circulated by right-wing media, from The Daily Caller to Fox News. Congressmember Omar said in a statement, "Thi…

Reed Richardson (2019-04-16). Defining Endless War Down – How corporate media factcheckers dismiss nearly three decades of combat in Iraq. fair.org by Reed Richardson | Taking a country to war is the most consequential step political leaders can take. So it would follow that a free press tasked with holding political leaders accountable for such a fateful decision would exercise the utmost scrutiny when it comes to reporting on the costs—both financial and human. | This necessarily rigorous journalistic oversight should never be satisfied with repeating vague claims of progress or accepting easily contradicted evidence about having achieved peace. Literal human lives, both civilian and military, hang in the balance, and so as a war drags on, it becomes…

Eds. (2019-04-16). Failure of Trump tax cuts. mronline.org President Trump's corporate and income tax cuts enriched corporations, satisfied those already employed and flush with money, and did little to stimulate the national economy. | Source

Richard Rubenstein (2019-04-16). Julian and Martin: Reflections on the Arrest of Assange. counterpunch.org Will someone please explain to me why Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered a hero for violating laws sustaining the system of racial discrimination, while Julian Assange is considered a villain for violating laws sustaining the system of imperial war? Democratic Party bigwigs are celebrating the arrest of the Wikileaks founder in London and the More

STAFF (2019-04-16). A Dangerous Hate Campaign Is Ramping Up Against Ilhan Omar. truthout.org Minnesota freshman Congressmember Ilhan Omar says death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Trump posted the video Friday with the caption, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET." Trump's tweet intercut video of the World Trade Center towers burning with video of Omar speaking about the increasing attacks on the Muslim American community after 9/11. Congressmember Omar's comments were originally taken out of context and circulated by right-wing media, from The Daily Caller to Fox News. Congressmember Omar said in a statement, "

teleSUR (2019-04-16). Cutting Military Aid to Israel is 'on the Table': Ocasio-Cortez. telesurenglish.net U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) sat down for an interview with Yahoo's Skullduggery podcast on Sunday to discuss a number of topics, including the military aid to Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu's annexation promise. | RELATED: | AOC Introduces Bill To Block 'Fake National Emergency' by Trump | AOC told the podcast that she is in favor of cutting military and economic aid to Israel as a means to combat Netanyahu's pledge to annex settlements in the West Bank.

STAFF (2019-04-16). Pelosi Says Democrats Must "Hold the Center," Snubs AOC Wing of Party. truthout.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the left wing of her Democratic Party on Sunday, saying the number of outspoken progressives in Congress is "like five people." | Speaking to CBS's "60 Minutes," the California Democrat said the group aligned with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs to learn to toe the party's center line. | "Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates," said correspondent Lesley Stahl. "And you yourself said that…

Renee Parsons (2019-04-16). AIPAC and the Federal Election Commission. mintpressnews.com Today's Members of Congress cower and acquiesce to AIPAC's insatiable demands as the organization has refined its efforts with substantial donations and whatever it takes to assure the election of candidates who are, first and foremost, loyal to Israel.

Robert Reich (2019-04-16). Mitch McConnell Is Single-Handedly Destroying the Senate. truthdig.com Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn't want. | America used to have a Senate. But under McConnell, what was once known as the worlds greatest deliberative body has become a partisan lap dog. | Recently McConnell used his Republican majority to cut the time for debating Trump's court appointees from 30 hours to two — thereby enabling Republicans to ram through even more Trump judges. | In…

teleSUR (2019-04-16). African Union Presses Sudan's Army to Transfer Power in 15 Days. telesurenglish.net The African Union (AU) warned Sudan's military that they have 15 days to install a civilian government, otherwise they will be kicked out of the 55 member bloc. | RELATED: | Sudan's Protesters Vow to Continue Demanding Civilian Gov't | AU's Peace and Security Council said in a statement Monday that Sudan must aim to hold "free, fair and transparent elect…

United Nations (2019-04-16). UN Security Council condemns Taliban offensive as a blow against 'sustainable peace'. un.org The United Nations Security Council has condemned the announcement by Taliban militants in Afghanistan of its spring offensive, saying it will result in more "unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people".

teleSUR (2019-04-16). Women Activists Wary of Female Presence in Taliban Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net Women will be included in the Taliban delegation to peace talks in Qatar this month, the movement's main spokesman said Monday, ahead of the latest round of meetings aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, news that Afghan women activists are warning might not mean real progress. | RELATED: | 'Thuggish': Trump Imposes Visa Bans on ICC Staff Probing US War Crimes in Afghanistan | The April 19-21 meeting in Doha will be between the Taliban and a delegation com…

teleSUR (2019-04-16). Taliban Team at Afghan Peace Talks to Include Women: Spokesman. telesurenglish.net Women will be included for the first time in the Taliban delegation to peace talks in Qatar this month, the movement's main spokesman said on Monday, ahead of the latest round of meetings aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan. | RELATED: | Excluded Afghan President Claims Last Word on Any Peace Deal | For a group notorious for its strictly conservative attitude to women's rights, the move represents a step towards addressing demands that women be included in the talks, intended…

STAFF (2019-04-16). Why Won't the Mainstream Media Acknowledge Our Forever Wars? truthdig.com Taking a country to war is the most consequential step political leaders can take. So it would follow that a free press tasked with holding political leaders accountable for such a fateful decision would exercise the utmost scrutiny when it comes to reporting on the costs—both financial and human. | This necessarily rigorous journalistic oversight should never be satisfied with repeating vague claims of progress or accepting easily contradicted evidence about having achieved peace. Literal human lives, both civilian and military, hang in the balance, and so as a war drags on, it becomes increasingly importa…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-16). PATRICK LAWRENCE: Trump & the Bolton-Pompeo Axis. consortiumnews.com Patrick Lawrence eyes the U.S. president's difficulties with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton as he tries to resume peace talks with Pyongyang. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Moon Jae-in's Oval Office meeting… Read more →

Joshua Holland (2019-04-16). Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full. thenation.com Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full…

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-16). No, Assad Didn't "Win" the War, He Was Compelled by Putin to "Compromise" globalresearch.ca It's misleading to assert that Assad "won" the war even though he still remains in office as the country's democratically elected and legitimate leader since Putin compelled him to "compromise" on several important issues after the Liberation of Aleppo and …

teleSUR (2019-04-16). DRC Ebola Death Toll: 814, up From 606 Last Month. telesurenglish.net The number of people dead from the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has risen to 814 since the outbreak was first confirmed last August, according to an April 15 health ministry report. | RELATED: | DR Congo: New Ebola Cases Set Devastating One-Day Record | During this latest major outbreak of Ebola, so far there are 1,198 confirmed cases of the virus and there are 66 probable cases. Another 231…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-16). US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly. thecanary.co US Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi met with three former Labour MPs on 14 April. Two of them helped found The Independent Group after … | Read more US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly | By Mohamed Elmaazi

STAFF (2019-04-16). Democrats Raise $75 Million So Far, Signaling a Drawn-Out Fight. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates raised about $75 million during the first quarter of the 2020 election, a lackluster sum spread out across more than a dozen campaigns that signals a drawn-out battle likely lies ahead. | Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the field by raising $18 million and California Sen. Kamala Harris came in second with $12 million. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke came in third with $9.3 million, followed by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who capitalized on a flurry of publicity to raise $7 million. | The rest of the field of more than a dozen candidates raised $…

Thea N. Riofrancos (2019-04-16). A Path to Democratic Socialism Means a Path To Climate Justice. commondreams.org Fighting both climate change and extreme inequality simultaneously is adept political strategy. (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Middle East Eye (2019-04-16). The Attacks on Ilhan Omar Reveal an America Set Against Muslims. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The bullying has been quite extraordinary. First came the liberal establishment and their conflated accusations of anti-Semitism. Then came the conservatives with their tears. And now, the president has accused her of trivialising 9/11. His supporters, a circus of right wing media and pundits, are insinuating that she is neither fit for Congress nor is she a loyal citizen of the …

WSWS (2019-04-16). An assembly of political bankrupts: Historical Materialism and Jacobin host "Socialism in Our Time" conference. wsws.org A more accurate title for the event would have been, "Democratic Party Politics in Our Time," or, perhaps, "Socialism not now, not ever."

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-16). House Democrats Ramp Up Probe of Trump's Finances With Deutsche Bank Subpoena. commondreams.org The only major bank that President Donald Trump has been able to count on for financial backing was among those that were issued subpoenas Monday, as House Democrats ramp up their probe of the president's finances. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-16). As Sanders 2020 Campaign Gains Steam, Corporate Democrats Reportedly 'Growing Increasingly Nervous'. commondreams.org "Being loathed and feared by the rich is a big reason why Bernie is so appealing, and Democrats who don't understand this by now will never get it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-16). Bernie Sanders stuns establishment with Fox News town hall success. rt.com US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on Fox News for an hour-long town hall special on Monday night — and much to the shock and surprise of Fox and other media, the democratic socialist not only survived, but thrived.

WSWS (2019-04-16). The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election. wsws.org The SEP is standing Senate groups in New South Wales and Victoria and running candidates in the House of Representatives' electorates of Parramatta in Sydney, Calwell in Melbourne and Ipswich in Brisbane.

Curt Wechsler (2019-04-16). Trump Is 'Going To Go Full Animal' Says Steve Bannon. indybay.org Donald Trump's former chief adviser predicted Mr. Trump would "come off the chains" and use the Mueller Report to "bludgeon" his opponents and ignore congressional oversight requests for documents. Attorney General Barr's memorandum on Mueller's report left Trump feeling vindicated, triumphant and unleashed.

plenglish (2019-04-16). Venezuela Strengthens Peace Diplomacy Despite Coup Plans. plenglish.com 16 de abril de 2019, 09: 51Caracas, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has strengthened diplomacy for peace despite coup and interventionist plans that have emerged in the region led by the United States against Venezuela.

plenglish (2019-04-16). Venezuela Strengthens Peace Diplomacy Despite Coup Plans. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has strengthened diplomacy for peace despite coup and interventionist plans that have emerged in the region led by the United States against Venezuela.

teleSUR (2019-04-16). Chile: House of Reps to Vote on Judge Inquiry Commission. telesurenglish.net Chile's House of Representatives is expected to vote Tuesday on the creation of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate irregularities in the Court of Appeals of Rancagua. | RELATED: | Chilean Priest Under House Arrest, Investigation for Sex Abuse | The irregularities include corruption involving influence peddling, extortion, bribery, and obstruction…

Kei Pritsker (2019-04-15). Watch | The Top Five Special Interests Pushing Regime Change in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Think about who gets rich off of the Venezuela regime-change agenda. It's the same people that said we had to invade Iraq in order to prevent nuclear apocalypse. It's the same people who said the world would stop turning on its axis if we didn't carpet bomb Libya and Syria.

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-04-15). Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga leads anti-Sissi campaign in Washington. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In their second summit at the White House, President Trump met Egypt's military dictator, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, on April 9, praising him for being a "great president who has been doing a fantastic job." Meanwhile, earlier that day, members of the U.S. Congress, human rights organizations, and activists at a hearing condemned el-Sissi's human rights …

STAFF (2019-04-15). "Stunning and Revealing" — DCCC Demands Loyalty Oath From Political Consultants. therealnews.com As Jeff Cohen points out, political fear of progressives and corporate power have pushed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) towards strategies for stopping primary challenges…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-15). Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back. thecanary.co Neera Tanden, a long-time ally of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has joined other establishment insiders in celebrating the arrest of transparency … | Read more Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back. | By Mohamed Elmaazi

STAFF (2019-04-15). Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation. therealnews.com Michael Lighty speaks on Sanders' Medicare for All bill, the corporate-fueled war inside the Democratic Party, and the battle for American minds…

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-15). Campaign calls for Twitter to suspend Trump for 'inciting hatred' against Ilhan Omar. thecanary.co Calls are growing to suspend Donald Trump's Twitter account. Because on 12 April, he pinned a vile video-led tweet of progressive congresswoman Ilhan Omar. … | Read more Campaign calls for Twitter to suspend Trump for 'inciting hatred' against Ilhan Omar | By Fréa Lockley

Democracy Now! (2019-04-15). Headlines for April 15, 2019. democracynow.org Democrats Slam Trump Threat to "Release" Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities, Rep. Ilhan Omar Sees Spike in Death Threats After Trump 9/11 Attack, NYC: Yemeni Bodegas Boycott NY Post over Cover Attacking Rep. Omar, ICC Will Not Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan, Sudan: Military Leadership Challenged by Ongoing Protests, Algeria: Protesters Call for Removal of Ruling Elite After Fall of Bouteflika, Libya: U.N. Warns of Mounting Casualties as Fighting Escalates, Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Palestinian Teen, Pakistan: Minority Hazara Protest After Suicide Bomb Kills 24, South Korea Lifts 66-Year-Old Abor…

Michael Arria (2019-04-15). Group of Centrist Democrats Undermine Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill. shadowproof.com A group of Democrats plans to severely weaken a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by the year 2024. | The lawmakers proposed an alternative piece of legislation that would regionalize a wage increase, establishing a minimum wage floor that would vary by area. | In January, the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and in the House by Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.). | The b…

Laila Lalami (2019-04-15). Why Focusing All Our Energies on the Presidency Is a Big Mistake. thenation.com Why Focusing All Our Energies on the Presidency Is a Big Mistake…

Dean Baker (2019-04-15). Medicare for All 64-Year-Olds. counterpunch.org The push for universal Medicare was given new momentum by Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination. While it is still quite far from becoming law in even an optimistic scenario, it is certainly now treated as serious political position. This is probably best demonstrated by the fact that the Medicare for All (M4A) More

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-15). 200+ Progressive Leaders: Members of Congress Must Denounce Trump's Attacks on Ilhan Omar. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-15). Tulsi Gabbard attempts to 'talk Twitter' with GOT meme, fails miserably. rt.com 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard attempted to reach Game of Thrones fans via Twitter by using their own language — memes — but instead cemented herself as the official "mom" of social media.

RT (2019-04-15). Pick old man Biden, talk trans rights, make Ilhan Omar the star: 5 ways Dems can lose 2020 to Trump. rt.com The Democratic Party appears to be ignoring the warning signs along a road that could see Donald Trump celebrate a mathematically unlikely victory next November.

RT (2019-04-15). 'She is out of control!': Trump takes fresh aim at Ilhan Omar after 9/11 furor. rt.com US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his heated criticism of Democrat Ilhan Omar, accusing the congresswoman of anti-Semitism and claiming "she is out of control."

RT (2019-04-15). Trump campaign raises $30mn in 2019, same as Sanders & Harris combined. rt.com US President Donald Trump's reelection campaign reports it has been awash with donations that have surpassed the $30 million milestone in the first quarter of the year. His likely Democratic rivals are lagging far behind.

Jim Naureckas (2019-04-14). Which Candidates Are Mentioned Most Often on TV News? fair.org by Jim Naureckas | Curious about how much media coverage the Democratic presidential hopefuls were getting, I asked FAIR intern Teddy Ostrow to do a count, using the Internet Archive's TV News Archive, of candidate mentions in 2019 (1/1/19—4/11/19). He used the list of declared or exploratory candidates on Wikipedia, plus Joe Biden, since he leads most national polls of the race. | Somewhat to my surprise, the results tracked fai…

RT (2019-04-13). New York's Yemeni bodegas called to boycott NY Post as row over Ilhan Omar's 9/11 comment heats up. rt.com The Yemeni American Merchants Association has called on all the community — which runs quite a few newsstands in NYC — to boycott the New York Post after it scathed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar over her controversial 9/11 comment.