Daily Archives: April 23, 2019

2019-04-23: News Headlines

Geoff Beckman (2019-04-23). Crazy Uncle Joe and the Can't We All Just Get Along Democrats. counterpunch.org After eight years watching Bill Clinton hand Republicans what they wanted most (shredding regulations and the safety net) and then watching Barack Obama roll over on his back and expose his tummy— hoping Republicans would scratch it— nobody is in the mood for saying "We're all in this together." More

Arabi Souri (2019-04-23). Oil Shortage Crisis Might Force the Syrian State to Liberate East Euphrates. globalresearch.ca A clear shortage of fuel has forced the reduction of the quantity of gasoline sold to 20 liters every two days for private cars. In total, the sales would not exceed 200 liters of petrol per car per month and …

David Swanson (2019-04-23). Pentagon Claims 1,100 High Schools Bar Recruiters; Peace Activists Offer $1,000 Award If Any Such School Can Be Found. counterpunch.org UPDATE: Timothy Paul Jerzyk has added another $1,000 to the award, making a total of $2,000. According to statements in February by the Secretary of the Army, various U.S. high schools are barring military recruiters from access to students. The Secretary of the Navy this past December said that public school boards are keeping military recruiters out of More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-23). What did the President know and what did he do? peoplesworld.org

Staff (2019-04-23). How TurboTax Routinely Dupes Its Customers. truthdig.com Did you know that if you make less than $66,000 a year, you can prepare and file your taxes for free? | Intuit and other tax software companies have spent millions lobbying to make sure that the IRS doesn't offer its own tax preparation and filing service. In exchange, the companies have entered into an agreement with the IRS to offer a "Free File" product to most America…

Bruce Bostick (2019-04-23). Green New Deal — a work in progress. peoplesworld.org We all owe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a tremendous debt of gratitude. Her introduction of Green New Deal in Congress provides a framework to fight for real changes that can deal with the crisis our nation and world is in. Saying that, GND is only a set of aspirations and goals; it is by no means a …

Bacardi Jackson, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund (2019-04-23). SPLC Action Fund: Florida bill seeking to arm teachers with guns jeopardizes school safety. splcenter.org The Florida Senate today approved Senate Bill 7030, which seeks to allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom and would require schools to report students to law enforcement for normal adolescent behavior that is interpreted as a "threat."

Staff (2019-04-23). The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us. truthout.org As public banking gains momentum across the country, policymakers in California and Washington state are vying to form the nation's second state-owned bank, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919. The race is close, with state bank bills now passing their first round of hearings in both states' senates.In California, the story begins in 2011, when then-Assemblyman Ben Hueso filed his first bill to explore the creation of a state bank. The bill, which was for a blue-ribbon committee to do a feasibility study, sailed through both legislative houses and seemed to…

Staff (2019-04-23). Bernie Sanders Calls for Vote to Override Trump Veto on Yemen. truthdig.com In a powerful new letter, the 2020 presidential hopeful urges his colleagues in the Senate to reassert their congressional authority.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Headlines for April 23, 2019. democracynow.org Sri Lankan Minister Says Easter Bombings Were Retaliation for NZ Mosque Attacks, Trump Admin to Ratchet Up Unilateral U.S. Sanctions on Iranian Oil, House Democrats Subpoena Former White House Counsel Don McGahn, Trump Sues to Quash Subpoena Requesting 10 Years of Financial Records, Sen. Kamala Harris Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Breaking from Democratic Leaders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Proposes Canceling Student Loan Debt, Making Public Colleges Free, Supreme Court to Weigh Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, Supreme Court to Decide If LGBTQ Workers Are Protected by Civil Rights Act, Charges Dropped Against 3 A…

United Nations (2019-04-23). Tuesday's Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali. un.org Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya's capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council's condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali.

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-04-23). Democrats Should Tread Carefully on Impeaching Trump. thenation.com Democrats Should Tread Carefully on Impeaching Trump…

Jà∂rg Nowak (2019-04-23). Bolsonaro: The First 100 Days. globalresearch.ca Near the end of the first 100 days of the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro — the first radical-right Brazilian president since the moderated transition from military dictatorship in 1985 to a democratic regime — the first meaningful protests, apart from …

Staff (2019-04-23). Anti-Choice Protests Explode as State Lawmakers Protect Abortion Rights. truthout.org Giving testimony at the Rhode Island state house in support of abortion rights protections was "unnerving and unsettling" for Jamie Hagen, a post-doctoral fellow in Providence. | A volunteer abortion clinic escort, Hagen told Rewire.News she feels people don't understand how at risk access to reproductive rights is in Rhode Island as lawmakers there pressure Democratic leadership to allow votes on Reproductive Health Care Act, which would enshrine Roe protections into state law. | From church members handing out anti-choice t-shirts outside the state house to the same folks taking up most of the seats and wavi…

United Nations (2019-04-23). Protect women's rights 'before, during and after conflict' UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate. un.org Over the course of the past decade, there has been "a paradigm shift" in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Nicaragua's Dialogue: Official Delegation Calls for Calm. telesurenglish.net The Nicaraguan government's delegates to the national dialogue meetings explained Tuesday advances in the negotiation process with the political opposition and recalled that the people want peace, security, work and stability. | RELATED TO: | Nicaraguans Honor Student Killed By Right-Wing Protesters | "Our delegation will sit today at the Negotiation table as it has been doing all this time, namely, to talk, dialogue and seek peaceful solutions that benefit the people," Foreign Mini…

Staff (2019-04-23). States Are Trying to Stop Cities From Raising Minimum Wage. truthout.org Earlier this month, the New Orleans City Council took a big first step: It unanimously approved a resolution aimed at raising the city's minimum wage. However, the resolution will be entirely symbolic unless Louisiana's Republican state legislature gets out of the way. Instead of raising wages, the resolution urges legislators in Baton Rouge to change state law, which has prevented local governments from setting their own minimum wage since 1997. | Conservative state lawmakers have blocked efforts to raise the statewide min…

Fight Back (2019-04-23). FRSO: Building a new and revolutionary student movement. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – The Student Commission of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) recently met to discuss building a revolutionary student movement to challenge President Trump and the Republicans' reactionary and racist agenda. | FRSO leader Chrisley Carpio explained, "Excitingly, about 30 students filled the room, many are new recruits at their first Student Commission meeting. They expressed nervousness, but delivered detailed, precise reports with confidence. We heard new voices during every part of the meeting. In a time of countless attacks from Trump's administration, students are joining th…

plenglish (2019-04-23). Top North Korean Leader Arrives in Russia to Meet Putin. plenglish.com Moscow, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, arrived by train on Tuesday in the eastern city of Vladivostok, where he will meet with his Russian peer, Vladimir Putin, on Thursday.

RT (2019-04-23). Newest US Democratic candidate says he won't build a wall, even if Mars attacks. rt.com A Democratic congressman joining the jam-packed 2020 US presidential primary field has assured voters he'll use diplomacy, not weapons or walls…to combat an alien invasion. Finally, a candidate who cares about the issues!

plenglish (2019-04-23). Chile Seeks to Step up Measures against Environmental Crimes. plenglish.com 23 de abril de 2019, 17: 21Santiago de Chile, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Strong sanctions against environmental crimes are envisaged in a bill presented by a group of experts in the Senate Environment Committee that will be legislated soon.

RT (2019-04-23). Graham goads Dems to proceed with Trump's impeachment, as Pelosi urges caution. rt.com A fervent supporter of US President Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham has challenged Democrats to work up the courage and go for the impeachment, while the Democratic leadership warned against rushing in.

plenglish (2019-04-23). A New International Order is Critical, Cuban FM Asserts. plenglish.com Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, considers critical and essential the establishment of an international economic order characterized by being participatory, democratic, equitable and inclusive.

WSWS (2019-04-23). In wake of Mueller report: Democrats, media push anti-Russian hysteria. wsws.org In the wake of the release of the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Democratic Party and the bulk of the corporate media have decided to intensify their campaign of anti-Russian slander and provocation.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-04-23). Affordable Housing Means No on S.B.50. indybay.org The famous writer, James Baldwin, is back, in our San Francisco mailboxes on a fabulous, urgently needed slick mailer denouncing the racist, anti-labor SB50 luxury housing bill promoted by Democrat State Senator of San Francisco, formerly the worst San Francisco Supervisor in memory, Scott Weiner.

plenglish (2019-04-23). Opposition Silences Pope's Message on Nicaragua, Expert Says. plenglish.com Managua, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis' message in which he blessed Nicaragua's efforts to find peaceful and negotiated solutions has been silenced by opposition media, the journalist Juan Maltes said.

WSWS (2019-04-23). Police arrest over 1,000 climate change protesters in London. wsws.org Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued no statement condemning the mass arrest of peaceful protesters.

WSWS (2019-04-23). After terrorist bombings, Sri Lankan government imposes draconian national emergency. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site condemns the horrendous bombings, which indiscriminately killed innocent men, women and children, and have already provided the pretext for sweeping anti-democratic measures.

Mathias Broeckers (2019-04-23). Freedom of the Press is Dead Worldwide. indybay.org CIA Director Pompeo claims Wikileaks is a "hostile secret service" and Julian Assange is not a journalist. Wikileaks embodies what a free press should be as the fourth branch – control power. This indispensable function as a democratic watchdog is the reason why press freedom is an essential asset of all constitutional states.

plenglish (2019-04-23). UN Command Approves Tourist Trail on Inter-Korean Border. plenglish.com Seoul, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Command on Tuesday approved the opening of a tourist trail in the demilitarized zone that separates South Korea and the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

RT (2019-04-23). Kushner says 'a couple of Facebook ads' didn't swing the election, Democrats go crazy. rt.com After White House adviser Jared Kushner suggested the Russiagate probe did more damage to the US than "a couple of Facebook ads," Democrats went into meltdown with accusations of "propaganda" spreading and lack of "patriotism." |

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-23). Democrats and Progressives Grapple With How Best to Vanquish Trump: Impeach, Bold Ideas, or Both? commondreams.org "Just about every Democrat agrees that the Donald Trump presidency has been a nightmare, and that the sooner it ends the better. How we get there is less certain." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Whitney Webb (2019-04-22). Modi Delivers Ironic "Peace Day" Message Netanyahu Borrowed from Hitler. mintpressnews.com Modi's speech regarding how only the "strong" are to be respected, while issuing an implicit threat of using nuclear weapons against enemies of the state, is strikingly similar to a speech given by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an ally of Modi — last September.

Seiji Yamada — Gregory G. Maskarinec (2019-04-22). Health as a Human Right: No Migrants Need Apply. counterpunch.org We don't seem to understand or we've neglected the specter of what is beneath and pushing all of these things to the surface: the specter of militarism and colonialism. And all the things that Hawaiians experienced through colonialism, we have that same experience — to the point right now where one of the islands in More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-22). Headlines for April 22, 2019. democracynow.org Easter Sunday Attacks Kill Nearly 300 Across Sri Lanka, House Judiciary Chair Subpoenas Unredacted Mueller Report, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls on Congress to Impeach President Trump, Afghanistan: 10 Killed in Suicide Attack as Taliban Peace Talks Collapse, Libya Death Toll Climbs to 227 as Trump Backs Renegade General, Hundreds of Thousands of Algerians March Demanding Democratic Reforms, Thousands March on Morocco's Parliament, Demanding Release of Political Prisoners, Sudan Protest Leaders End Talks with Ruling Military Council, Volodymyr Zelensky, Who Played a President on TV, Elected to Lead Ukraine, France:…

Ali A. Taj (2019-04-22). Sri Lanka Easter Attacks: Saudi State-Sponsored Extremism Strikes Again. mintpressnews.com Can Sri Lanka and the world continue to take the Saudi threat lightly? How long will the Democrats and Republicans continue to support President's Trump's carte blanche to Saudi Arabia?

Ilana Novick (2019-04-22). GOP Donors Who Scorned Trump in 2016 Are Giving Him Big Bucks in 2020. truthdig.com The Never Trumpers, those Republicans who pledged never to align themselves with the President, are jumping ship. An early April edition of a Gallup tracking poll found 89% of Republican respondents support Donald Trump. The trend continued this week, as Politico reported that a number of wealthy Republicans who declined to support Trump in the 2016 election "are going all in for him in 2020, throwing their weight behind a newly cre…

RT (2019-04-22). 'They are Christians': Obama & Clinton lambasted for calling bombed Sri Lankans 'Easter worshipers'. rt.com Some people believe prominent Democrats deliberately avoided using the word "Christian" when condemning bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday as part of a policy to undermine Christian faith in the US.

WSWS (2019-04-22). Democrats release first fundraising figures of presidential campaign. wsws.org Democratic candidates raised a lower-than-expected $75 million, with most big-money donors waiting for the crowded field to shake out.

David Dayen (2019-04-22). Nancy Pelosi's Drug-Pricing Talks With the Trump Administration Are About Mediating Fights Between Corporate Interests. theintercept.com Lobbyist Lauren Aronson has been working closely with a top Pelosi aide and in consultation with the Trump administration to find a drug-pricing compromise.

RT (2019-04-22). Under pressure, Herman Cain bows out of Fed nomination. rt.com Herman Cain asked for his nomination to the Federal Reserve Board to be withdrawn, US President Donald Trump has tweeted. The African-American conservative was opposed by Democrats and accused of sexual harassment.

RT (2019-04-22). Trump sues to block Democrats' subpoena to look into his personal finances. rt.com US President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit to block a subpoena issued by the chairman of the US House Oversight Committee, which is seeking information about his personal and business finances.

RT (2019-04-22). FBI accuses migrant-hunting militia leader of training to 'ASSASSINATE' Soros, Clinton & Obama. rt.com The leader of a militia group known for detaining migrants at the US border has been accused of plotting the assassination of former US President Barack Obama and other key Democratic Party figures, the FBI said in court papers.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-21). Solidarity With Venezuela Now! Protect The Embassy. dissidentvoice.org Activists gather in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC in March, 2019. We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here …

Staff (2019-04-20). Canada is Warming at Twice the Rate of the Globe, Says New Report. therealnews.com Greenpeace Canada analyst hopes study serves as a wake-up call for Trudeau government, but says "You can't wake up a man who's only pretending to be asleep" on climate change…

T.J. Coles (2019-04-20). The Iron Fist of "Free Trade" dissidentvoice.org President Donald Trump is against the big, multilateral "free trade" deals (which have little to do with trade) supported by so-called "liberal elites" (who are not really liberal), like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Such deals include the Trans-Pacific Partnership, from which Trump withdrew, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which appears to be …

United Nations (2019-04-20). Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali 'may constitute war crimes' Guterres warns, urging 'swift action'. un.org An improvised roadside mine which exploded hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali, killing one 'blue helmet' from Egypt, and wounding four others, may constitute a war crime, the UN Chief said on Saturday, as senior UN officials condemned the blast.

unitedEditor (2019-04-20). Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu declared Mayor of Istanbul 17 days after the election. uwidata.com Having finally completed all the necessary recount protocols and with all votes tallied, Turkish opposition figure Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) confirmed his victory in Istanbul's mayoral elections. Thus ended a 17-day appeal process complete with a full recount in a number of constituencies. Victory by a narrow margin Looking at …

Fight Back (2019-04-19). U of MN protesters outnumber attendees at Jeff Sessions talk. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Both Donald Trump and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Minnesota, April 15, and both were met with protest and disruption upon arrival. Trump spoke outside of a truck equipment company in the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville and was met by activists denouncing his anti-immigrant policies and defending progressive Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | Jeff Sessions was met with even larger crowds as protesters outnumbered attendees at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, where he was slated to speak to a "sold out" crowd, but which ultimately had fewer than one-thir…

Staff (2019-04-19). Will the Mueller Report Help Defeat Trump in 2020? (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Trump and his base will remain unaffected by the Mueller Report, and it will mainly serve as a "political football" between Republicans and Democrats, say Gerald Horne and Kamau Franklin, but it can still be used against Trump in 2020…

2019-04-23: Social Media Postees

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Oil Shortage Crisis Might Force the Syrian State to Liberate East Euphrates
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
A clear shortage of fuel has forced the reduction of the quantity of gasoline sold to 20 liters every two days for private cars. In total, the sales would not exceed 200 liters of petrol per car per month and …
globalresearch.ca/oil-shortage-crisis-fo…

Pentagon Claims 1,100 High Schools Bar Recruiters; Peace Activists Offer $1,000 Award If Any Such School Can Be Found
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
UPDATE: Timothy Paul Jerzyk has added another $1,000 to the award, making a total of $2,000. According to statements in February by the Secretary of the Army, various U.S. high schools are barring military recruiters from access to students. The Secretary of the Navy this past December said that public school boards are keeping military recruiters out of…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/23/pentagon-cla…

Bernie Sanders Calls for Vote to Override Trump Veto on Yemen
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-23
In a powerful new letter, the 2020 presidential hopeful urges his colleagues in the Senate to reassert their congressional authority.
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-cal…

The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-23
As public banking gains momentum across the country, policymakers in California and Washington state are vying to form the nation's second state-owned bank, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919. The race is close, with state bank bills now passing their first round of hearings in both states' senates.In California, the story begins in 2011, when then-Assemblyman Ben Hueso filed his first bill to explore the creation of a state bank. The bill, which was for a blue-ribbon committee to do a feasibility study, sailed through both legislative houses and seemed to…
truthout.org/articles/the-public-banking…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida bill seeking to arm teachers with guns jeopardizes school safety
Bacardi Jackson, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-04-23
The Florida Senate today approved Senate Bill 7030, which seeks to allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom and would require schools to report students to law enforcement for normal adolescent behavior that is interpreted as a "threat."
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/23/splc-actio…

Bolsonaro: The First 100 Days
Jà∂rg Nowak | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-23
Near the end of the first 100 days of the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro — the first radical-right Brazilian president since the moderated transition from military dictatorship in 1985 to a democratic regime — the first meaningful protests, apart from …
globalresearch.ca/bolsonaro-first-100-da…

Tuesday's Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-23
Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya's capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council's condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Democrats Should Tread Carefully on Impeaching Trump
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-04-23
Democrats Should Tread Carefully on Impeaching Trump…
thenation.com/article/democrats-should-t…

Anti-Choice Protests Explode as State Lawmakers Protect Abortion Rights
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-23
Giving testimony at the Rhode Island state house in support of abortion rights protections was "unnerving and unsettling" for Jamie Hagen, a post-doctoral fellow in Providence. | A volunteer abortion clinic escort, Hagen told Rewire.News she feels people don't understand how at risk access to reproductive rights is in Rhode Island as lawmakers there pressure Democratic leadership to allow votes on Reproductive Health Care Act, which would enshrine Roe protections into state law. | From church members handing out anti-choice t-shirts outside the state house to the same folks taking up most of the seats and wavi…
truthout.org/articles/anti-choice-protes…

Crazy Uncle Joe and the Can't We All Just Get Along Democrats
Geoff Beckman | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-23
After eight years watching Bill Clinton hand Republicans what they wanted most (shredding regulations and the safety net) and then watching Barack Obama roll over on his back and expose his tummy– hoping Republicans would scratch it– nobody is in the mood for saying "We're all in this together."
counterpunch.org/2019/04/23/crazy-uncle-…

Protect women's rights 'before, during and after conflict' UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-23
Over the course of the past decade, there has been "a paradigm shift" in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Nicaragua's Dialogue: Official Delegation Calls for Calm
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-23
The Nicaraguan government's delegates to the national dialogue meetings explained Tuesday advances in the negotiation process with the political opposition and recalled that the people want peace, security, work and stability. | RELATED TO: | Nicaraguans Honor Student Killed By Right-Wing Protesters | "Our delegation will sit today at the Negotiation table as it has been doing all this time, namely, to talk, dialogue and seek peaceful solutions that benefit the people," Foreign Mini…
telesurenglish.net/news/Nicaraguas-Dialo…

Green New Deal — a work in progress
Bruce Bostick | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-23
We all owe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a tremendous debt of gratitude. Her introduction of Green New Deal in Congress provides a framework to fight for real changes that can deal with the crisis our nation and world is in. Saying that, GND is only a set of aspirations and goals; it is by no means a …
peoplesworld.org/article/green-new-deal-…

FRSO: Building a new and revolutionary student movement
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-23
Jacksonville, FL – The Student Commission of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) recently met to discuss building a revolutionary student movement to challenge President Trump and the Republicans' reactionary and racist agenda. | FRSO leader Chrisley Carpio explained, "Excitingly, about 30 students filled the room, many are new recruits at their first Student Commission meeting. They expressed nervousness, but delivered detailed, precise reports with confidence. We heard new voices during every part of the meeting. In a time of countless attacks from Trump's administration, students are joining th…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/23/frso-bui…

States Are Trying to Stop Cities From Raising Minimum Wage
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-23
Earlier this month, the New Orleans City Council took a big first step: It unanimously approved a resolution aimed at raising the city's minimum wage. However, the resolution will be entirely symbolic unless Louisiana's Republican state legislature gets out of the way. Instead of raising wages, the resolution urges legislators in Baton Rouge to change state law, which has prevented local governments from setting their own minimum wage since 1997. | Conservative state lawmakers have blocked efforts to raise the statewide min…
truthout.org/articles/states-are-trying-…

In wake of Mueller report: Democrats, media push anti-Russian hysteria
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-23
In the wake of the release of the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Democratic Party and the bulk of the corporate media have decided to intensify their campaign of anti-Russian slander and provocation.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/23/muel…

Democrats and Progressives Grapple With How Best to Vanquish Trump: Impeach, Bold Ideas, or Both?
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-23
"Just about every Democrat agrees that the Donald Trump presidency has been a nightmare, and that the sooner it ends the better. How we get there is less certain." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/23/democra…

A New International Order is Critical, Cuban FM Asserts
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, considers critical and essential the establishment of an international economic order characterized by being participatory, democratic, equitable and inclusive.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Graham goads Dems to proceed with Trump's impeachment, as Pelosi urges caution
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-23
A fervent supporter of US President Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham has challenged Democrats to work up the courage and go for the impeachment, while the Democratic leadership warned against rushing in. | …
rt.com/usa/457276-graham-impeachement-pe…

Affordable Housing Means No on S.B.50
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-04-23
The famous writer, James Baldwin, is back, in our San Francisco mailboxes on a fabulous, urgently needed slick mailer denouncing the racist, anti-labor SB50 luxury housing bill promoted by Democrat State Senator of San Francisco, formerly the worst San Francisco Supervisor in memory, Scott Weiner.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/20/1882286…

Chile Seeks to Step up Measures against Environmental Crimes
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
23 de abril de 2019, 17: 21Santiago de Chile, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Strong sanctions against environmental crimes are envisaged in a bill presented by a group of experts in the Senate Environment Committee that will be legislated soon.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Freedom of the Press is Dead Worldwide
Mathias Broeckers | indybay.org | 2019-04-23
CIA Director Pompeo claims Wikileaks is a "hostile secret service" and Julian Assange is not a journalist. Wikileaks embodies what a free press should be as the fourth branch – control power. This indispensable function as a democratic watchdog is the reason why press freedom is an essential asset of all constitutional states.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/22/1882289…

After terrorist bombings, Sri Lankan government imposes draconian national emergency
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-23
The World Socialist Web Site condemns the horrendous bombings, which indiscriminately killed innocent men, women and children, and have already provided the pretext for sweeping anti-democratic measures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/23/pers…

Kushner says 'a couple of Facebook ads' didn't swing the election, Democrats go crazy
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-23
After White House adviser Jared Kushner suggested the Russiagate probe did more damage to the US than "a couple of Facebook ads," Democrats went into meltdown with accusations of "propaganda" spreading and lack of "patriotism." | …
rt.com/usa/457364-kushner-russia-faceboo…

Police arrest over 1,000 climate change protesters in London
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-23
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued no statement condemning the mass arrest of peaceful protesters.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/23/clim…

UN Command Approves Tourist Trail on Inter-Korean Border
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
Seoul, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Command on Tuesday approved the opening of a tourist trail in the demilitarized zone that separates South Korea and the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Top North Korean Leader Arrives in Russia to Meet Putin
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
Moscow, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, arrived by train on Tuesday in the eastern city of Vladivostok, where he will meet with his Russian peer, Vladimir Putin, on Thursday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Opposition Silences Pope's Message on Nicaragua, Expert Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-23
Managua, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis' message in which he blessed Nicaragua's efforts to find peaceful and negotiated solutions has been silenced by opposition media, the journalist Juan Maltes said.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Newest US Democratic candidate says he won't build a wall, even if Mars attacks
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-23
A Democratic congressman joining the jam-packed 2020 US presidential primary field has assured voters he'll use diplomacy, not weapons or walls…to combat an alien invasion. Finally, a candidate who cares about the issues! | …
rt.com/usa/457273-senator-democratic-pri…

Modi Delivers Ironic "Peace Day" Message Netanyahu Borrowed from Hitler
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-22
Modi's speech regarding how only the "strong" are to be respected, while issuing an implicit threat of using nuclear weapons against enemies of the state, is strikingly similar to a speech given by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an ally of Modi — last September.
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Health as a Human Right: No Migrants Need Apply
Seiji Yamada — Gregory G. Maskarinec | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-22
We don't seem to understand or we've neglected the specter of what is beneath and pushing all of these things to the surface: the specter of militarism and colonialism. And all the things that Hawaiians experienced through colonialism, we have that same experience — to the point right now where one of the islands in…
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Sri Lanka Easter Attacks: Saudi State-Sponsored Extremism Strikes Again
Ali A. Taj | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-22
Can Sri Lanka and the world continue to take the Saudi threat lightly? How long will the Democrats and Republicans continue to support President's Trump's carte blanche to Saudi Arabia?
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GOP Donors Who Scorned Trump in 2016 Are Giving Him Big Bucks in 2020
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-04-22
The Never Trumpers, those Republicans who pledged never to align themselves with the President, are jumping ship. An early April edition of a Gallup tracking poll found 89% of Republican respondents support Donald Trump. The trend continued this week, as Politico reported that a number of wealthy Republicans who declined to support Trump in the 2016 election "are going all in for him in 2020, throwing their weight behind a newly cre…
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Nancy Pelosi's Drug-Pricing Talks With the Trump Administration Are About Mediating Fights Between Corporate Interests
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-22
Lobbyist Lauren Aronson has been working closely with a top Pelosi aide and in consultation with the Trump administration to find a drug-pricing compromise.
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FBI accuses migrant-hunting militia leader of training to 'ASSASSINATE' Soros, Clinton & Obama
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-22
The leader of a militia group known for detaining migrants at the US border has been accused of plotting the assassination of former US President Barack Obama and other key Democratic Party figures, the FBI said in court papers. | …
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Democrats release first fundraising figures of presidential campaign
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-22
Democratic candidates raised a lower-than-expected $75 million, with most big-money donors waiting for the crowded field to shake out.
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Under pressure, Herman Cain bows out of Fed nomination
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-22
Herman Cain asked for his nomination to the Federal Reserve Board to be withdrawn, US President Donald Trump has tweeted. The African-American conservative was opposed by Democrats and accused of sexual harassment. | …
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'They are Christians': Obama & Clinton lambasted for calling bombed Sri Lankans 'Easter worshipers'
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-22
Some people believe prominent Democrats deliberately avoided using the word "Christian" when condemning bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday as part of a policy to undermine Christian faith in the US. | …
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Trump sues to block Democrats' subpoena to look into his personal finances
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-22
US President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit to block a subpoena issued by the chairman of the US House Oversight Committee, which is seeking information about his personal and business finances. | …
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Solidarity With Venezuela Now! Protect The Embassy
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-21
Activists gather in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC in March, 2019. We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here …
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The Iron Fist of "Free Trade"
T.J. Coles | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-20
President Donald Trump is against the big, multilateral "free trade" deals (which have little to do with trade) supported by so-called "liberal elites" (who are not really liberal), like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Such deals include the Trans-Pacific Partnership, from which Trump withdrew, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which appears to be …
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Canada is Warming at Twice the Rate of the Globe, Says New Report
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-20
Greenpeace Canada analyst hopes study serves as a wake-up call for Trudeau government, but says "You can't wake up a man who's only pretending to be asleep" on climate change…
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Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali 'may constitute war crimes' Guterres warns, urging 'swift action'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-20
An improvised roadside mine which exploded hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali, killing one 'blue helmet' from Egypt, and wounding four others, may constitute a war crime, the UN Chief said on Saturday, as senior UN officials condemned the blast.
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Ekrem İmamoğlu declared Mayor of Istanbul 17 days after the election
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-20
Having finally completed all the necessary recount protocols and with all votes tallied, Turkish opposition figure Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) confirmed his victory in Istanbul's mayoral elections. Thus ended a 17-day appeal process complete with a full recount in a number of constituencies. Victory by a narrow margin Looking at …
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U of MN protesters outnumber attendees at Jeff Sessions talk
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-19
Minneapolis, MN – Both Donald Trump and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Minnesota, April 15, and both were met with protest and disruption upon arrival. Trump spoke outside of a truck equipment company in the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville and was met by activists denouncing his anti-immigrant policies and defending progressive Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | Jeff Sessions was met with even larger crowds as protesters outnumbered attendees at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, where he was slated to speak to a "sold out" crowd, but which ultimately had fewer than one-thir…
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On WikiLeaks Email Releases, Mueller Team Ignored Findings Of Former US Intelligence Officials
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-19
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. | Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff member Seth Rich, which seemed to relate to the alleged source of emails and documents the organization published. Yet, more explicit claims from WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Ass…
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Will the Mueller Report Help Defeat Trump in 2020? (Pt 2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-19
Trump and his base will remain unaffected by the Mueller Report, and it will mainly serve as a "political football" between Republicans and Democrats, say Gerald Horne and Kamau Franklin, but it can still be used against Trump in 2020…
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UN condemns attack on Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo which left doctor dead, two others injured
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-19
The UN has condemned an attack on an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday, which led to the death of a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO), and injured two others.
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As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-19
It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Is Facing a Primary Challenge
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-19
Mckayla Wilkes, a 28-year-old administrative assistant, part-time student, and mother of two, has had enough. In late March, she announced that she was mounting a bid for Maryland's 5th Congressional District, aiming to unseat one of the oldest and most powerful Democratic members, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Wilkes is running on a host of progressive policies, but plans to put particular focus on Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and affordable housing. | A student of political science, Wilkes hasn't formerly been involved in politics before, but thinks t…
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