2019-04-18: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-18). War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We. commondreams.org Netanyahu and his future government coalition of like-minded extremists are now armed with an unmistakably popular mandate to fulfill all of their electoral promises, including the annexation of the West Bank. (Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-18). Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups'. thecanary.co 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has once again slammed US 'regime change' wars. The Iraq veteran tweeted out a video of her discussing … | Read more Tulsi Gabbard says US wars 'cost millions of lives' and 'strengthen terrorist groups' | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Staff (2019-04-18). Black Alliance For Peace Revives Black Anti-War Tradition (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com The US has been at war in the Middle East for 28 years, starting with Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, then into Afghanistan, Syria, and now we are learning of military bases, operations, and troops in African nations…

United Nations (2019-04-18). 'Foreign children' in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official. un.org Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless "foreign children" at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday.

Firas Samuri (2019-04-18). U.S. Continues Supplying Military Aid to Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria against Turkey, a US Ally and NATO Member State. globalresearch.ca The mass media has been widely covering the details of the disastrous humanitarian situation in Rukban refugee camp over recent months. By the way, the crisis in other sites deserves more considerable attention. Al-Hol refugee camp located in Al-Hasakah province …

Staff (2019-04-18). Noam Chomsky Says the Green New Deal Is Exactly the Right Idea. truthout.org Supporters of the Green New Deal are launching a nationwide tour Thursday to build support for the congressional resolution to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Democracy Now! spoke with Noam Chomsky about the Green New Deal and the lessons of the old New Deal in Boston last week. | Amy Goodman: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh. We end today's show with the world-renowned linguist, political dissident Noam Chomsky. I spoke to him last week at the Old South Church in Boston. In a moment, we'll hear Noam Chom…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Noam Chomsky: The Green New Deal Is Exactly the Right Idea. democracynow.org Supporters of the Green New Deal are launching a nationwide tour Thursday to build support for the congressional resolution to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Democracy Now! spoke with Noam Chomsky about the Green New Deal and the lessons of the old New Deal in Boston last week.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As Attorney General William Barr releases Robert Mueller's long-anticipated report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate."

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "A Message from the Future with AOC": New Film Imagines World Transformed by the Green New Deal. democracynow.org As the push for the Green New Deal builds momentum in the United States, The Intercept has released a short illustrated video imagining a future shaped by the progressive environmental movement. It's titled "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The New York congressmember narrates the film to envision an America that has been transformed by the Green New Deal policies, including a just transition of jobs, Medicare for all, and a total overhaul of the country's energy system. The result is a vision of radical hope and transformation. The film features stunning artwork by award-winning illustra…

C.J. Atkins (2019-04-18). Mueller presented case against Trump, now Congress must act. peoplesworld.org No matter how many times Donald Trump and his defense lawyer—sorry, Attorney General, William Barr—may repeat the mantra "No Collusion, No Obstruction," the reality emerging from today's release of the Mueller report is that the President of the United States has committed crimes and should face prosecution. The ball is now in Congress' court, and …

Staff (2019-04-18). Is Trump for Detente or Militarism? — RAI with Stephen Cohen (2/5). therealnews.com Trump's stated aim is to reduce tensions with Russia, but is it motivated by peaceful objectives or is it preparations for aggression towards Iran and China — Stephen Cohen joins host Paul Jay for a spirited discussion on Reality Asserts Itself…

Juan Lopez (2019-04-18). Keep focused on the main fault line of the 2020 Elections. peoplesworld.org The main fault line of the 2020 elections is between Democrats and Republicans, not between progressive and moderate Democrats. To be sure, political tremors are being felt on the Democratic side, but that's all they are at this moment. However, how the differences are resolved could well determine whether the political tsunami we hope for …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-18). War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We. dissidentvoice.org So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don't let such references as the "tight race" between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, fool you. Yes, Israelis are divided on some issues that are particular to their social and …

Staff (2019-04-18). Trump Campaign Pulls in Unprecedented Fundraising in First Quarter. truthout.org President Donald Trump's campaign reported raising $30.3 million in campaign funds in the first quarter of the 2020 presidential race, according to FEC filings. | With the eye-popping fundraising haul, Trump flirts with record-breaking numbers. Only Hillary Clinton collected more in the first quarter of a presidential campaign — $36 million in April 2007 — but $10 million of that came as a transfer from her Senate campaign. Trump's contributions outpaced former president Barack Obama's $26 million in 2007 fir…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-18). NAACP BLASTS WOEFULLY DEFICIENT RELEASE OF MUELLER REPORT. naacp.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2019 CONTACTS: NAACP@sunshinesachs.com BALTIMORE — Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, issued the following statement regarding U.S. Attorney General William Barr's release of the redacted version of Special counsel Robert Mueller's report: "The report released today by Attorney General William Barr falls woefully short of what is owed to Congress and …

Staff (2019-04-18). Don't Listen to Barr—Read Mueller's Words Yourself. truthout.org Attorney General William Barr delivered a redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress and posted the special counsel's findings online Thursday morning. | The document's publication followed a Justice Department press conference that critics and Democratic lawmakers denounced as an effort to protect President Donald Trump. | "

commondreams (2019-04-18). Congress Must Impeach William Barr and Donald Trump. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-04-18). What Might a Green New Deal Look Like? truthdig.com "Before we can win a Green New Deal, we need to be able to close our eyes and imagine it. We can be whatever we have the courage to see." | That was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) expressing one of the messages behind an urgent video on climate change released Wednesday by The Intercept. | The video, "A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," was produced by The Intercept's Naomi Klein. Narrated by Ocasio-Cortez, the short film is presented as a look back to the present day from a future in which the Green New Deal passed Congress and reshaped America and the planet for the better. | The v…

John Nichols (2019-04-18). Barr Has Abandoned the Constitution in Order to Serve Trump. thenation.com Barr Has Abandoned the Constitution in Order to Serve Trump…

Common Dreams staff (2019-04-18). "Don't Listen to Barr—Read Mueller's Words Yourself": Here Is the Special Counsel's Report. commondreams.org "Congress must be given the full report and Congress must determine what needs to be redacted," said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of the government watchdog group Common Cause | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

United Nations (2019-04-18). Service and Sacrifice: Ugandan 'Blue Helmets' support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia. un.org A contingent of 530 Ugandan "Blue Helmets" (63 women, 467 men) is playing a crucial role in the United Nations' efforts to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. They make up the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU, that is tasked with protecting UN compounds in Mogadishu in order to assist the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) to carry out their mandate.

Massoud Nayeri (2019-04-18). The "Original Sin"! globalresearch.ca In every struggle for Peace and Justice, there are critical moments that can change the outcome of that struggle. These days are so crucial to save the Body and Mind of two great humble human beings who are under immense …

Brett Wilkins (2019-04-18). Jimmy Carter: US 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World'. commondreams.org Most countries surveyed in a 2013 WIN/Gallup poll identified the United States as the greatest threat to world peace. (Photo: CD/CC BY 2.0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-04-18). The Triumph of Evil. globalresearch.ca Today (April 17) I heard a NPR "news" report that described the democratically elected president of Venezuela as "the Venezuelan dictator Maduro." By repeating over and over that a democratically elected president is a dictator, the presstitutes create that image …

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2019-04-18). Your Check is in the Mail. counterpunch.org You might have heard of Andrew Yang. He's running for president as a Democrat. A long shot, for sure, but he's already generated considerable interest and support. Last month, he announced that he had received contributions from over 65,000 donors in over 20 states, enough to qualify him for the first round of debates by More

Staff (2019-04-18). The Two Words That Capture Corporate Media's Disdain for the Left. truthdig.com The Democratic primaries are heating up, and dozens of candidates representing all manner of political positions have entered the ring hoping to be the party's 2020 presidential nominee. One notable feature of the race is the strong presence of progressive candidates, a sign of the rising influence of the left in the party. | This phenomenon has many in the establishment wing of the party worried. Barack Obama, the most recent Democratic president, recently decried the "purity tests" of the left, which he called an "obsessive" ideological fanaticism that is setting the party up for failure. Obama told an audience…

Mark Taliano (2019-04-18). Empire Versus Democracy and Freedom. globalresearch.ca The public interest, and democratic political economies, both domestic and internationally, are poison to Empire. But this must be hidden from view, hence war propaganda/fake news is protected by legislation, while Constitutionally-protected, evidence-based real journalism, a dying phenomenon, continues to …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-18). Rejecting Barr's 'Whitewash' of Mueller Report, Democrats Demand to Hear from Special Counsel Himself. commondreams.org With President Donald Trump asserting that the Mueller Report fully exonerated him of any wrongdoing, despite its description of numerous instances in which he may have obstructed justice, Democrats and public advocacy groups on Thursday demanded to hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-04-18). The Strategy of Controlled Chaos. globalresearch.ca Everyone against everyone else — this is the media image of chaos which is spreading across the Southern shores of the Mediterranean, from Libya to Syria. It is a situation before which even Washington seems powerless. But in reality, Washington …

plenglish (2019-04-18). UN General Assembly to Mark International Multilateralism Day. plenglish.com United Nations, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations General Assembly summons next April 24 a high level event to commemorate the International Multilateralism Day and Diplomacy for Peace, it was announced at UN headquarters.

Dan Bacher (2019-04-18). Senate votes 56-41 to confirm David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary. indybay.org "After all of the clear documentation about his conflicts of interest and his apparent corruption, it's really disappointing to seeing the Senate agree to make this guy the secretary with 56 votes," said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA).

James Risen (2019-04-18). Annotating Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Redacted Report. theintercept.com A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's " Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election," was released to Congress and the public by Attorney General William Barr on Thursday. The text of the report appears below, with redactions Barr said were made mainly "to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing upon ongoing investigations and criminal cases." | Intercept reporters are annotating the report in upd…

John Knotts (2019-04-18). Why the Democrats collude with Ukraine? indybay.org Rudy Giuliani's shocking statement that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could expose a plot between the government of Ukraine and the US Democrats is in fact the tip of the iceberg.

WSWS (2019-04-18). Voters go to polls in Tamil Nadu in second phase of India's national election. wsws.org In Tamil Nadu the election contest is dominated by two reactionary alliances, fronted by rival Tamil-nationalist parties and allied respectively with the BJP and the Congress Party.

RT (2019-04-18). Top Democrats call for Mueller to testify over his report. rt.com Unhappy with the way the White House is rolling out the redacted version of the special counsel's report to the public, leaders of the Democratic Party want Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-18). Debunking the "Assange is a Russian Agent" Smear. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Not even the US government alleges that WikiLeaks knowingly coordinated with the Kremlin in the 2016 publication of Democratic Party emails; the Robert Mueller Special Counsel alleged only that Guccifer 2.0 was the source of those emails and that Guccifer 2.0 was a persona covertly operated by Russian conspirators. The narrative that Assange worked for or …

WSWS (2019-04-18). Hundreds of peaceful climate change protesters arrested in UK. wsws.org There have been no serious incidents of public disorder except when the police arrived in large numbers and swooped in to arrest people.

RT (2019-04-18). 'PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!' Trump lashes out at 'greatest political hoax' ahead of Mueller report. rt.com President Donald Trump has savaged Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and the Democratic Party for committing "the greatest political hoax of all time," hours before Attorney General William Barr releases the redacted Mueller report.

RT (2019-04-18). AG Barr has 'no objection' to Mueller testifying as Democrats say he 'spun' report in Trump's favor. rt.com US Attorney General William Barr has "no objection" to Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifying before Congress regarding his investigations into now-disproven "collusion" between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.

RT (2019-04-18). NXIVM sex cult's alleged illegal political contributions reportedly went to Hillary Clinton. rt.com The NXIVM sex cult is facing allegations that it illegally bundled campaign donations to gain political favor with an unnamed US presidential election candidate and reports suggest that the politician is Hillary Clinton.

WSWS (2019-04-18). Vetoing Congressional resolution, Trump reaffirms US support for Saudi slaughter in Yemen. wsws.org Trump's veto is a declaration of the absolute authority of the president to wage war without the fig leaf of congressional approval.

Jim Naureckas (2019-04-14). Which Candidates Are Mentioned Most Often on TV News? fair.org 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 fairly closely with…

Alan MacLeod (2019-04-18). 'Purity Tests': How Corporate Media Describe Progressives Standing Up for Principles. commondreams.org It is often made explicit that "purity test" is merely code for the Democratic base wanting more leftist policies, and being disgruntled with politicians who block them. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-18). Warren, Markey, and Pressley to Join Launch of Sunrise Movement's 250-City Road to a Green New Deal Tour. commondreams.org Three prominent Massachusetts Democrats will join community and labor leaders in Boston Thursday night to kick off the youth-led Sunrise Movement's 250-city Road to a Green New Deal Tour. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-18). Top Democrats Accuse Barr of 'Acting to Protect Donald Trump' Ahead of Mueller Report Rollout. commondreams.org "Bill Barr continues to act like the president's lawyer, not the people's lawyer." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-17). Why Isn't Oil-Rich Russia Helping Its Syrian "Ally" Survive the Fuel Crisis? globalresearch.ca It's seemingly inexplicable to many that one of the world's top oil exporters won't help its "ally" survive the ever-worsening fuel crisis, but upon closer consideration and after much-needed critical thinking, it becomes clear that Russia intends to politicize this …

Michelle Zacarias (2019-04-17). Overturning Roe v. Wade: Ohio "heartbeat" bill brings right-wing goal closer. peoplesworld.org Last week, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 23—the six-week abortion ban that Republican legislators are calling the "heartbeat" bill. Ohio is one of 16 states to pursue such a bill, part of a growing trend to limit women's access to reproductive health options. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research and …

Staff (2019-04-17). Pompeo is "Setting the Stage for a War with Iran" therealnews.com In recent congressional testimony, Sec. of State Pompeo linked Iran to al Qaeda and 9/11 and would not say whether he would apply the 2001 war authorization (AUMF) to Iran. Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the implications…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-04-17). Hawai'i in Trouble. counterpunch.org I first visited Hawaii (Oahu and Maui) in the early 1980s. The islands retained some of the glorious beauty of their pre-American life. I remember the mountains in Oahu. They are not tall. They are smooth, green, with deep ridges. It's like the Hawaiian goddess Pele drew her fingers over a soft matter at the More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-17). War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We. mintpressnews.com Netanyahu and his future government coalition of like-minded extremists are now armed with an unmistakably popular mandate to fulfill all of their electoral promises, including the annexation of the West Bank.

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