Daily Archives: April 3, 2019

2019-04-03: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil" globalresearch.ca Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin …

Christopher Black (2019-04-03). A Threatening Monster. globalresearch.ca President Trump used to attack President Obama as being weak with regard to Syria for not being more ruthless in the American led war of aggression against Syria, a prelude to war with Iran; that he had drawn red lines …

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil" mintpressnews.com What makes the Libyan, Syrian and Venezuelan scenarios so similar? Why was the West so eager to viciously attack, and then destroy these three, at first glance, very different countries? The answer is simple, although it is not often uttered in the West; at least not publicly.

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil". dissidentvoice.org Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-03). Pro-Israeli Power Rolls over Washington. globalresearch.ca The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has just completed its annual summit in Washington. It claims that 18,000 supporters attended the event, which concluded with a day of lobbying Congress by the attendees. Numerous American politicians addressed the gathering …

teleSUR (2019-04-03). US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net More than 40 organizations from throughout the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, have caused great hardship and loss of life" in the South American country. | RELATED: | Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power | The organizations, including CODEPINK, and dozens of other civil and religious soci…

STAFF (2019-04-03). Mitch McConnell on the Brink of Packing Courts With Extremists. truthdig.com The Senate majority leader is expected to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" this week in order to expedite the confirmation process.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-03). House panel subpoenas full Mueller report, nationwide protests planned Thursday. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a party-line 24-17 vote, the Democratic-run House Judiciary Committee formally subpoenaed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full, uncut report on Russian manipulation of the 2016 presidential election in favor of GOP nominee Donald Trump and Trump's potential obstruction of justice. "This committee requires the full report and the underlying materials because it is our job, …

STAFF (2019-04-03). The Anti-Democratic Roots of NATO. therealnews.com The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) must be understood from its roots, which is anti-democratic says Yves Engler, while discussing his four part print series on The Real News…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela. democracynow.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice—it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-03). Pelosi on new NAFTA: "No enforcement, no treaty" peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has dealt a big blow to GOP President Donald Trump's hopes of quickly pushing his "new NAFTA" through Congress. In an April 2 interview with Politico, Pelosi identified the same huge problem with the "new NAFTA," formally called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, that organized labor has: Weak labor laws, low pay …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-03). US Puppet Guaido Stripped of Immunity. globalresearch.ca Usurper in waiting Guaido is a front man for the Trump regime's coup attempt to topple democratically elected President Maduro. | Most of all, the scheme aims to eliminate Bolivarian social democracy, wanting Venezuela transformed into a US vassal state, gaining …

STAFF (2019-04-03). Mitch McConnell Poised to Allow the Courts to Be Packed With Extremists. truthout.org With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expected as early as Wednesday to use the so-called "nuclear option" to speed up the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's right wing judicial nominees, progressives raised alarm and urged Americans to pressure their senators to stop the "reckless court packing" by the Republican Party. | "McConnell has signaled he is ready to use the so-called 'nuclear option' to further pack the courts with Trump's lifetime judicial appointments," tweeted the progressive advocacy group 5 Calls. "Tel…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Caribbean Students Protest War, Demand Respect for Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago: The rapidly unfolding events in Venezuela are continuing to attract attention across the Caribbean with students joining the discussion, demanding a peaceful solution and condemning promotion of growing confrontation between the opposing sides. | RELATED: | US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela

STAFF (2019-04-03). Democrats Promised to Go After Trump's Taxes. Why Are They Dragging Their Feet? truthout.org There were plenty of scandals among the presidencies before Richard Nixon and Watergate, but probably the most serious was the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924. It was a bribery scheme involving government officials taking payoffs to lease oil on public land. One of the ancillary scandals that emerged from that investigation was the suspicion that Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, who did not divest himself of his vast private holdings, was benefiting from his position. Congress was rightly concerned that the tax legislation Mellon was proposing was designed to benefit his personal interests So it demanded to see M…

Ryan Cooper (2019-04-03). Democrats: Stop Being Babies and Get Trump's Tax Returns. commondreams.org No president has ever continued to operate a vast business empire while in office. (Photo: Illustrated | Gearstd/iStock, Ljupco/iStock, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Ridofranz/iStock, IRS.gov) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna: White House Must Start Playing by the Rules. truthout.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice — it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today with explosive revelations by a White House whistleblower who says senior Trump officials overtur…

Chuck Collins (2019-04-03). A Cure for Excessive Wealth Disorder. commondreams.org Progressive Democrats have proposed raising the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent on households with incomes over $10 million. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-04-03). Major protest called for 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI — An April 4 press conference, to take place at Milwaukee's City Hall, will announce a major protest at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. | "The Coalition to March on the DNC is excited to announce a rally and march on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, Monday, July 13 at 12 p.m. within sight and sound of the arena," said Chris Antimo Perez, spokesperson for the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention. "All eyes will be on Milwaukee as the DNC takes place at the Fiserv Forum from July 13-16th, 2020. We call on all progressive, left, democratic a…

Steven F. Forleo (2019-04-03). Wagging the Dog in Rhode Island. counterpunch.org Another Raimondo Tale Ever since Gina Raimondo, (a republican in any other state), became governor of Rhode Island, she has unabashedly launched a political coup on our lone community college. She continues to exclude faculty from her pie-in-the-sky Rhode Island Promise free tuition escapade while simultaneously allowing hand-picked business types on her "higher education" board More

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Turkish Opposition Demands Mandate as 8 Cities Undergo Recount. telesurenglish.net Turkey's main opposition candidate in Istanbul urged the High Election Board (YSK) Wednesday to confirm him as the elected mayor after the board ruled in favor of a partial recount of votes in eight of 39 city districts. | RELATED: | Turkey Will Continue to Support President Maduro and Venezuela | Initial results from Sunday's mayoral elections showed the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had narrowly won control of Turkey's two biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, in…

Deborah Weinstein (2019-04-03). Why Congress Must Lift the Spending Caps to Help Low-Income Families. commondreams.org Since 2010, we've seen an erosion of funding for programs that help families and in no small part help drive our economy. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-04-03). WCF Verona: Where the 'Wind of Change' Marked a Sea Change in Hate Group's Strategy. splcenter.org Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families (WCF) used its annual gathering to signal a strategy shift for gaining support for its anti-LGBTQ and anti pro-choice policies.

Doug Noble (2019-04-03). Collusion Hiding in Plain Sight. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's suspected "collusion" with Russia in the 2016 elections has been extensively investigated. But almost nothing has been said about his, and Congress members', open collusion with another nation, Israel, whose pervasive impact on US elections and US policy takes place in plain sight. Despite courageous critiques by Rep Omar and others, few candidates for More

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Border Patrol Shuffle Delays US-Mexico Crossing by 12 Hours. telesurenglish.net Freight truck drivers heading across the border from Mexico into the United States found themselves at a standstill Tuesday for over eight hours as a result of a massive border patrol agent reshuffle. Crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego was taking up to 12 hours at some points. | RELATED: | US Congress Fails to Override Veto, Border Wall Emergency Stays | Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said Tuesday that commercial traffic between Ciudad Jua…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Closure of the US-Mexico Border Could Cause Devastating Losses. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border is considered by both Mexican and U.S. businessmen as an attempt to dictate the ongoing immigration problems, a foreign policy move which could severely affect the economies of both countries. | RELATED: | Border Patrol Shuffle Delays US-Mexico Crossing by 12 Hours | "The Trump Administr…

RT (2019-04-03). 'Inadequate training & certification?' Senate panel seeks answers from FAA over Boeing 737 crashes. rt.com The Senate transportation committee is seeking answers from the FAA after a number of whistleblowers alleged that the agency inspectors who'd evaluated the Boeing 737 Max had lacked proper training and valid certifications.

Center for Biological Diversity (2019-04-03). 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.

RT (2019-04-03). Russiagate hysteria lives on: Election meddling sanctions bill has its day in the Senate. rt.com Mueller may have had his day, but the specter of Russian meddling still hangs over Washington. A bill newly introduced in the Senate promises to slap harsh sanctions on Russia should future election interference be discovered. |

Chidinma Irene Nwoye (2019-04-03). U.S. Warmly Welcomed Congo's Disputed Election Results — but Has Been Sanctioning Its Election Officials Ever Since. theintercept.com In February, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's newly elected president, Felix Tshisekedi, held a warm meeting with the U.S. envoy to the region, John Peter Pham. Only hours after the reception, the United States slapped top Congolese election, political, and judiciary officials with sanctions. Alleging corruption on the part of the five officials, the U.S. State Department imposed visa restrictions. In late March, three of those officials who worked for the election commis…

Daniel Haufler (2019-04-03). The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism. indybay.org The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.

RT (2019-04-03). Hot air? Trump claims turbine NOISE causes cancer in latest anti-green energy remark. rt.com During an 80-minute speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) US President Donald Trump made the rather outlandish claim that the noise created by wind turbines causes cancer. Twitter was not impressed.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-03). Pope Francis: Govts. That Sell Arms to Saudi Arabia 'Have No Right to Talk About Peace'. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-04-03). Democrat election meeting in Georgia bars "non-black" press. wsws.org The Democratic Party in the US is taking racial politics to its logical conclusion by enforcing racial segregation at a campaign activity.

plenglish (2019-04-03). Venezuelan FM Satisfied with Visits to Turkey and Lebanon. plenglish.com 03 de abril de 2019, 09: 38Beirut, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the results of his visits to Turkey and Lebanon, as part of a tour that will also take him to Syria.

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-03). 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.

plenglish (2019-04-03). Venezuelan People Defend Peace, Cuban President Asserts. plenglish.com Havana, Apr 3 ( Prensa Latina ) President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, stated on Wednesday that Venezuelan people defend peace and sovereignty in the face of an ongoing electric coup.

RT (2019-04-03). HUNDREDS of US troops died in Iraq… because of Iran, US special envoy claims. rt.com After assigning Iran the blame for mass death in both Syria and Yemen, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook declared Tehran responsible for 608 US soldiers losing their lives while invading Iraq.

South Front (2019-04-02). Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line. globalresearch.ca Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …

Chris Cole (2019-04-02). Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria? globalresearch.ca On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …

Stephen Zunes (2019-04-02). The Other Reason Biden Shouldn't Run. progressive.org Biden used his leadership to get a Democratic-controlled Senate to give then-President Bush in 2002 the unprecedented authority to invade a country on the far side of the world that was no threat to the United States.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid. democracynow.org We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devas…

Global Research News (2019-04-02). Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes. 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 …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "The Status Quo Is Not Sustainable": How Medicare for All Would Fill Gaps in Obamacare Coverage. democracynow.org As Trump attacks the Affordable Care Act, we look at the growing case for Medicare for all. More than 100 Democratic lawmakers co-sponsored a House bill last month to dramatically revamp healthcare in the United States by creating a Medicare-for-all system funded by the federal government. The bill would expand Medicare to include dental, vision and long-term care, while making the federally run health program available to all Americans. It would also eliminate health insurance premiums, copayments and deductibles. We speak with Dr. Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, which has en…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "The System Is Rigged": Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure from Progressives. democracynow.org We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). As Trump Threatens Another Obamacare Repeal, Mother Warns That Losing ACA Would "Wipe Me Out" democracynow.org Just a week after President Trump's Justice Department supported a federal court ruling to wipe out the Affordable Care Act, Trump changed course in a series of tweets Monday and said he is willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election for Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan. Trump has vowed to replace the ACA so that the Republican Party will be known as "the party of healthcare." We speak with Jamie Davis Smith, a mother of four, civil rights attorney and member of Little Lobbyists and Health Care Voter. Her daughter Claire has multiple severe disabilities. In a recent op-ed for The Washingto…

Kerbie Joseph (2019-04-02). Feminism for the 99% — The Fight for Reproductive Justice. liberationnews.org Reposted from Breaking the Chains Below is talk given by PSL member Kerbie Joseph at the Feminism for the 99% conference hosted by the People's Congress of Resistance on March 23rd in New York City My name is Kerbie Joseph and the most powerful declaration I can stand here and say to all of you …

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-02). NAACP Condemns GOP Rule-Breaking to Pack the Courts. naacp.org April 2, 2019 Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, made the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reckless move to shorten the Senate's consideration for district court nominees and certain executive nominees. "The NAACP strongly condemns Senate Majority Leader McConnell's approach for breaking the rules once again to harm our justice system. "This power grab should fail. Contrary …

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Sarah Martin reports from Venezuela, opposes U.S. intervention. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 27, 80 people filled 4200 Cedar to witness a report on the conditions in Venezuela delivered by Sarah Martin. Martin, a longtime peace activist and member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), joined members of organizations such as International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Canadian Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition as part of an international peace delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council and Black Alliance for Peace. The delegation's stated intention was to bring a message of solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to witness firsthand the effects…

2019-04-03: Social Media Postees

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Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil"
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/like-libya-an…

A Threatening Monster
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
President Trump used to attack President Obama as being weak with regard to Syria for not being more ruthless in the American led war of aggression against Syria, a prelude to war with Iran; that he had drawn red lines …
globalresearch.ca/a-threatening-monster/…

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil"
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin …
globalresearch.ca/like-libya-syria-venez…

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil"
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-03
What makes the Libyan, Syrian and Venezuelan scenarios so similar? Why was the West so eager to viciously attack, and then destroy these three, at first glance, very different countries? The answer is simple, although it is not often uttered in the West; at least not publicly.
mintpressnews.com/like-libya-syria-venez…

Pro-Israeli Power Rolls over Washington
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has just completed its annual summit in Washington. It claims that 18,000 supporters attended the event, which concluded with a day of lobbying Congress by the attendees. Numerous American politicians addressed the gathering …
globalresearch.ca/jewish-power-washingto…

US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
More than 40 organizations from throughout the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, have caused great hardship and loss of life" in the South American country. | RELATED: | Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power | The organizations, including CODEPINK, and dozens of other civil and religious soci…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Orgs-to-Congr…

US Puppet Guaido Stripped of Immunity
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-03
Usurper in waiting Guaido is a front man for the Trump regime's coup attempt to topple democratically elected President Maduro. | Most of all, the scheme aims to eliminate Bolivarian social democracy, wanting Venezuela transformed into a US vassal state, gaining …
globalresearch.ca/us-puppet-guaido-strip…

Mitch McConnell Poised to Allow the Courts to Be Packed With Extremists
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-03
With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expected as early as Wednesday to use the so-called "nuclear option" to speed up the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's right wing judicial nominees, progressives raised alarm and urged Americans to pressure their senators to stop the "reckless court packing" by the Republican Party. | "McConnell has signaled he is ready to use the so-called 'nuclear option' to further pack the courts with Trump's lifetime judicial appointments," tweeted the progressive advocacy group 5 Calls. "Tel…
truthout.org/articles/mitch-mcconnell-po…

Mitch McConnell on the Brink of Packing Courts With Extremists
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-03
The Senate majority leader is expected to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" this week in order to expedite the confirmation process.
truthdig.com/articles/mitch-mcconnell-on…

Haiti stands 'at the crossroads' between peacekeeping, development — Bachelet urges strengthened 'human rights protection'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-03
With the end of the UN's peacekeeping presence in Haiti in sight, the UN's human rights chief told the Security Council on Wednesday that the country now stands "at the crossroads between peacekeeping and development", urging all concerned parties to continue building on progress made, or "risk losing it" altogether.
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UN chief commends Algerians for 'mature and calm' demonstrations for change, leading up to presidential resignation
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-03
In the wake of the resignation in Algeria of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday saluted "the mature and calm nature" of protests involving hundreds of thousands of citizens who took to the streets peacefully in recent weeks, to express "their desire for change."
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Caribbean Students Protest War, Demand Respect for Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago: The rapidly unfolding events in Venezuela are continuing to attract attention across the Caribbean with students joining the discussion, demanding a peaceful solution and condemning promotion of growing confrontation between the opposing sides. | RELATED: | US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela…
telesurenglish.net/news/Caribbean-Studen…

House panel subpoenas full Mueller report, nationwide protests planned Thursday
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-03
WASHINGTON–By a party-line 24-17 vote, the Democratic-run House Judiciary Committee formally subpoenaed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full, uncut report on Russian manipulation of the 2016 presidential election in favor of GOP nominee Donald Trump and Trump's potential obstruction of justice. "This committee requires the full report and the underlying materials because it is our job, …
peoplesworld.org/article/house-panel-sub…

Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-03
The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice–it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/3/rep_ro_kha…

Democrats: Stop Being Babies and Get Trump's Tax Returns
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
No president has ever continued to operate a vast business empire while in office. (Photo: Illustrated | Gearstd/iStock, Ljupco/iStock, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Ridofranz/iStock, IRS.gov) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/03/democr…

Democrats Promised to Go After Trump's Taxes. Why Are They Dragging Their Feet?
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-03
There were plenty of scandals among the presidencies before Richard Nixon and Watergate, but probably the most serious was the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924. It was a bribery scheme involving government officials taking payoffs to lease oil on public land. One of the ancillary scandals that emerged from that investigation was the suspicion that Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, who did not divest himself of his vast private holdings, was benefiting from his position. Congress was rightly concerned that the tax legislation Mellon was proposing was designed to benefit his personal interests So it demanded to see M…
truthout.org/articles/democrats-promised…

The Anti-Democratic Roots of NATO
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-03
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) must be understood from its roots, which is anti-democratic says Yves Engler, while discussing his four part print series on The Real News…
therealnews.com/stories/the-anti-democra…

A Cure for Excessive Wealth Disorder
Chuck Collins | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
Progressive Democrats have proposed raising the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent on households with incomes over $10 million. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/03/cure-e…

Rep. Ro Khanna: White House Must Start Playing by the Rules
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-03
The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice — it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today with explosive revelations by a White House whistleblower who says senior Trump officials overtur…
truthout.org/video/rep-ro-khanna-on-secu…

Major protest called for 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-03
Milwaukee, WI — An April 4 press conference, to take place at Milwaukee's City Hall, will announce a major protest at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. | "The Coalition to March on the DNC is excited to announce a rally and march on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, Monday, July 13 at 12 p.m. within sight and sound of the arena," said Chris Antimo Perez, spokesperson for the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention. "All eyes will be on Milwaukee as the DNC takes place at the Fiserv Forum from July 13-16th, 2020. We call on all progressive, left, democratic a…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/3/major-pro…

Turkish Opposition Demands Mandate as 8 Cities Undergo Recount
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Turkey's main opposition candidate in Istanbul urged the High Election Board (YSK) Wednesday to confirm him as the elected mayor after the board ruled in favor of a partial recount of votes in eight of 39 city districts. | RELATED: | Turkey Will Continue to Support President Maduro and Venezuela | Initial results from Sunday's mayoral elections showed the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had narrowly won control of Turkey's two biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, in…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkish-Oppositi…

Wagging the Dog in Rhode Island
Steven F. Forleo | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Another Raimondo Tale Ever since Gina Raimondo, (a republican in any other state), became governor of Rhode Island, she has unabashedly launched a political coup on our lone community college. She continues to exclude faculty from her pie-in-the-sky Rhode Island Promise free tuition escapade while simultaneously allowing hand-picked business types on her "higher education" board…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/03/wagging-the-…

Why Congress Must Lift the Spending Caps to Help Low-Income Families
Deborah Weinstein | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
Since 2010, we've seen an erosion of funding for programs that help families and in no small part help drive our economy. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Collusion Hiding in Plain Sight
Doug Noble | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
Donald Trump's suspected "collusion" with Russia in the 2016 elections has been extensively investigated. But almost nothing has been said about his, and Congress members', open collusion with another nation, Israel, whose pervasive impact on US elections and US policy takes place in plain sight. Despite courageous critiques by Rep Omar and others, few candidates for…
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WCF Verona: Where the 'Wind of Change' Marked a Sea Change in Hate Group's Strategy
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-04-03
Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families (WCF) used its annual gathering to signal a strategy shift for gaining support for its anti-LGBTQ and anti pro-choice policies.
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Pelosi on new NAFTA: "No enforcement, no treaty"
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-03
WASHINGTON–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has dealt a big blow to GOP President Donald Trump's hopes of quickly pushing his "new NAFTA" through Congress. In an April 2 interview with Politico, Pelosi identified the same huge problem with the "new NAFTA," formally called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, that organized labor has: Weak labor laws, low pay …
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Border Patrol Shuffle Delays US-Mexico Crossing by 12 Hours
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Freight truck drivers heading across the border from Mexico into the United States found themselves at a standstill Tuesday for over eight hours as a result of a massive border patrol agent reshuffle. Crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego was taking up to 12 hours at some points. | RELATED: | US Congress Fails to Override Veto, Border Wall Emergency Stays | Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said Tuesday that commercial traffic between Ciudad Jua…
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'Inadequate training & certification?' Senate panel seeks answers from FAA over Boeing 737 crashes
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
The Senate transportation committee is seeking answers from the FAA after a number of whistleblowers alleged that the agency inspectors who'd evaluated the Boeing 737 Max had lacked proper training and valid certifications. | …
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Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
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.
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Congress Urged to Boost Monarch Butterfly Conservation by $100 Million
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
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.
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U.S. Warmly Welcomed Congo's Disputed Election Results — but Has Been Sanctioning Its Election Officials Ever Since
Chidinma Irene Nwoye | theintercept.com | 2019-04-03
In February, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's newly elected president, Felix Tshisekedi, held a warm meeting with the U.S. envoy to the region, John Peter Pham. Only hours after the reception, the United States slapped top Congolese election, political, and judiciary officials with sanctions. Alleging corruption on the part of the five officials, the U.S. State Department imposed visa restrictions. In late March, three of those officials who worked for the election commis…
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Democrat election meeting in Georgia bars "non-black" press
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
The Democratic Party in the US is taking racial politics to its logical conclusion by enforcing racial segregation at a campaign activity.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/03/geor…

Venezuelan FM Satisfied with Visits to Turkey and Lebanon
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
03 de abril de 2019, 09: 38Beirut, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the results of his visits to Turkey and Lebanon, as part of a tour that will also take him to Syria.
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Russiagate hysteria lives on: Election meddling sanctions bill has its day in the Senate
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
Mueller may have had his day, but the specter of Russian meddling still hangs over Washington. A bill newly introduced in the Senate promises to slap harsh sanctions on Russia should future election interference be discovered. | …
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Venezuelan People Defend Peace, Cuban President Asserts
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-03
Havana, Apr 3 ( Prensa Latina ) President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, stated on Wednesday that Venezuelan people defend peace and sovereignty in the face of an ongoing electric coup.
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HUNDREDS of US troops died in Iraq… because of Iran, US special envoy claims
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
After assigning Iran the blame for mass death in both Syria and Yemen, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook declared Tehran responsible for 608 US soldiers losing their lives while invading Iraq. | …
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The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism
Daniel Haufler | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/01/1882241…

Pope Francis: Govts. That Sell Arms to Saudi Arabia 'Have No Right to Talk About Peace'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-03
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Hot air? Trump claims turbine NOISE causes cancer in latest anti-green energy remark
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-03
During an 80-minute speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) US President Donald Trump made the rather outlandish claim that the noise created by wind turbines causes cancer. Twitter was not impressed. | …
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Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …
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Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria?
Chris Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …
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Russiagate implodes, pleasing Trump but leaving the left in the cold
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2019-04-02
With Mueller's "no collusion" verdict, Donald Trump can claim to have been vindicated in the Russiagate saga, but there will be no respite for the real left–not to be confused with the phony "resistance" that has run on Kremlin-hate (and Syria hate and Venezuela hate) for the past two years. | Source…
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The Other Reason Biden Shouldn't Run
Stephen Zunes | progressive.org | 2019-04-02
Biden used his leadership to get a Democratic-controlled Senate to give then-President Bush in 2002 the unprecedented authority to invade a country on the far side of the world that was no threat to the United States.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-other-rea…

"This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devas…
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NAACP Condemns GOP Rule-Breaking to Pack the Courts
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-02
April 2, 2019 Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, made the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reckless move to shorten the Senate's consideration for district court nominees and certain executive nominees. "The NAACP strongly condemns Senate Majority Leader McConnell's approach for breaking the rules once again to harm our justice system. "This power grab should fail. Contrary …
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Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-02
Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/2/minnesota…

Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
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 …
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Sarah Martin reports from Venezuela, opposes U.S. intervention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-02
Minneapolis, MN – On March 27, 80 people filled 4200 Cedar to witness a report on the conditions in Venezuela delivered by Sarah Martin. Martin, a longtime peace activist and member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), joined members of organizations such as International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Canadian Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition as part of an international peace delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council and Black Alliance for Peace. The delegation's stated intention was to bring a message of solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to witness firsthand the effects…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/2/sarah-mar…

"The Status Quo Is Not Sustainable": How Medicare for All Would Fill Gaps in Obamacare Coverage
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
As Trump attacks the Affordable Care Act, we look at the growing case for Medicare for all. More than 100 Democratic lawmakers co-sponsored a House bill last month to dramatically revamp healthcare in the United States by creating a Medicare-for-all system funded by the federal government. The bill would expand Medicare to include dental, vision and long-term care, while making the federally run health program available to all Americans. It would also eliminate health insurance premiums, copayments and deductibles. We speak with Dr. Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, which has en…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/the_status…

Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate–How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 4–'The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-02
As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the "scandal" started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria… Read more ?…
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