2019-04-12: News Headlines

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

Bryan Wall (2019-04-12). Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest. thecanary.co Julian Assange has been arrested by the Met Police. Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy after its government withdrew his asylum. Journalists filmed Assange being … | Read more Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest | By Bryan Wall

Glenn Greenwald, Micah Lee (2019-04-12). The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom. commondreams.org Thursday's arrest of Assange is clearly the culmination of a two-year effort by the U.S. government to coerce Ecuador—under its new and submissive president, Len√≠n Moreno. (Photo: Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-12). Building Trades take up challenge of Green New Deal. peoplesworld.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Hastily written tech laws threaten online privacy and security. greenleft.org.au Politicians are generally pretty bad at understanding information technology (IT) and the internet, especially when it comes to legislation. But Australia's parliament is leading the world in terms of bad laws that effect technology. | From the 2017 metadata retention laws to the social media laws passed in early April following the New Zealand far-right terror attacks, federal parliament has approved several hastily written bills that put onerous requirements on the IT industry while undermining online privacy, security and civil liberties. | The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and…

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

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Change the Rules. greenleft.org.au Thousands of unionists rallied around Australia on April 10 in the latest round of Change the Rules protests. | The largest rally was in Melbourne, where more than a 100,000 workers walked off the job and took to the streets for several hours. Members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, who have faced threats from the Australian Building and Construction Commission for taking action, took part in the march. | Speakers celebrated the recent victory for Chemist Warehouse workers as an example that strike action wins. | Held just days after the budget, unions used the rallies to push th…

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

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Refugee rights activists take aim at Liberals in Corangamite. greenleft.org.au The Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) launched its campaign to highlight the cruel treatment of refugees in the country's most marginal electorate, Corangamite, on April 7. | #ChooseFairnessAndDecency, which was launched at the Barwon Heads Bridge, is asking voters to consider "fair" and "decent" policies for asylum seekers asking Australia for protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. | CRAG's decision to campaign in Corangamite is aimed at adding pressure on Liberal MP Sarah Henderson, who holds the seat by a margin of 0.03% after last year's redistribution. | CRAG will be distributing its policy compa…

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

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Lessons from the Red Flag Riots. greenleft.org.au One hundred years after the Red flag Riots, it is timely to look at the polarisation after World War I, in which far-right aggression was incited by governments and "respectable" political forces. | In 1918-19, an anti-Communist, far-right mob attacked a pro-Bolshevik community of emigre Russians in Brisbane. | The Red Flag Riots, as they became known, took place in a period in which anti-war sentiment was strong enough to defeat Prime Minister Billy Hughes' conscription referenda, and the impact of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 was pronounced. | However, left-wing radicalisation in Australia at the end…

Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel (2019-04-12). Demonstration in Palo Alto Raises Public Awareness About Mueller Report. indybay.org On April 4, a coalition of organizations activated a nationwide protest in response to Attorney General William Barr's failure to meet a deadline set by House Democrats to release special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russia report to Congress. Amongst many participating locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Palo Alto was one. | Photos by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

susan_p (2019-04-12). Who are Venezuela's colectivos? greenleft.org.au The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela's colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. | As we walked around the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas, an announcement came through Cucaracho's walkie talkie: "We are in a war and the main target of this offensive is the popular movements, the colectivos. This is no coincidence: they know the colectivos are their main obstacle and 23 de Enero is the tip of the iceberg." | Cucaracho — "that's what they call me" — is a member of the…

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

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Indian elections: the challenges of unseating a racist. greenleft.org.au Elections in India will take place from April 11 to May 23. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Kavita Krishnan, a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI-ML) about their campaign to challenge Narendra Modi's far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. | In which seats is the CPI-ML fielding candidates? Are there opportunities for the left to coordinate efforts to defeat the BJP? | The CPI-ML is contesting 22 seats [across 10 states]: 4 in Bihar; 3 each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab; 2 each in West Bengal, Jharkand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Sudanese community demand 'Bashir out!'. greenleft.org.au Members of the Sudanese community protested outside a meeting between representatives of the regime of Sudanese President Omar Bashir and Australian business groups, in Belmore on April 10. | Protest spokesperson Rashid Hussein told Green Left Weekly: "We are here to say no to a group of people representing the Bashir dictatorship attempting to launder money stolen from the Sudanese people. | "We call on the Australian government to stop this large-scale corruption. We don't want these war criminals to operate here. | Hussein said "huge demonstrations against the regime have continued in Sudan since December…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Climate strike in the belly of the beast. greenleft.org.au In early March, we saw the raw power of fossil fuel capitalism on full display in Perth. | The Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released a policy requiring big offshore oil and gas operators to provide 100% carbon offsets for all their emissions. | The contribution of the gas industry to Australia's greenhouse gas problem cannot be overstated. While pollution from coal is decreasing, half of Australia's rise in carbon dioxide emissions last year came from just one source — Chevron's Gorgon project in the Pilbara. | With so much attention on the terrible Adani coalmine it is ea…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). West Papua: Destruction and displacement in Nduga. greenleft.org.au Independent human rights monitors are reporting that thousands of people have been displaced and healthcare facilities burned as a result of Indonesian military operations in Nduga, West Papua, according to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). | The investigation is the latest documentation of the horror of Indonesia's military occupation of West Papua. | The Nduga Case investigation team from Front Line Defenders gathered extensive information on the humanitarian crisis in the region in March. | They estimate that more than 32,000 people have been internally d…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Single mother takes action against ParentsNext 'mission impossible'. greenleft.org.au Single mother of three Juanita McLaren lodged a complaint in the United Nations in March against the Australian government over its discrimination against single mothers. | McLaren is being supported by the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children which wants the parenting payments' scheme and the newly-introduced ParentsNext program to be held up to greater scrutiny. | Since 2012, single parents have been moved from the single parenting payment (now $384.25 a week) to the News…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-12). The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom. theintercept.com The indictment of Julian Assange unsealed today by the Trump Justice Department poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The charging document and accompanying extradition request from the U.S. government, used by the U.K. police to arrest Assange once Ecuador officially withdrew its asylum protection, seeks to crim…

susan_p (2019-04-12). An invigorating visit to the Palestine Underground. greenleft.org.au Palestine Underground | Directed by Jessica Kelly
| 2018 | The documentary Palestine Underground follows a group of artists who are challenging divisions between Palestinians living in the West Bank and those in Israel through the dance floor. | Hip hop, techno, trap and traditional music nurture new and known cultural impulses among Palestinians on either side of Israel's West Bank wall, ushering in a new era of resistance. | "We are the third generation of The Catastrophe [as Palestinians call the ethnic cleansing that came with Israel's founding in 1948] and we don't want to victimise ourselves anymore,"

M. STARKS (2019-04-12). Earth Day Debate: The Green Future or A Green Fraud? indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Center | 1187 Franklin/Geary Streets | San Francisco…

susan_p (2019-04-12). The Anzac Myth — Australia's most powerful brand. greenleft.org.au Consuming Anzac: The History of Australia's Most Powerful Brand
| Jo Hawkins
| University of Western Australia Publishing, 2018
| 173 pages | It can be hard to give a monkey's if forced to choose between the obligatory, sombre commemoration of war and the grubby commercial profit-making from it. Consuming Anzac, by University of Western Australia academic Dr Jo Hawkins, shows that this is the unsavoury choice on offer to those who feel that neither war nor consumer capitalism have all that much going for them. | Australia's secular worship of war is centred on Anzac Day, that endlessly hyped day of pa…

Christopher R. Martin (2019-04-11). Will Democrats reach rural workers in 2020? peoplesworld.org It should be easy to run against Trump's rural America record. Aside from his made-for-Fox-News rallies, he has little to brag about in rural policy except for self-inflicted wounds that risk returning rural America back to the farm crisis of the 1980s. Trump's misguided tariff wars and scuttling of NAFTA have exacerbated crop prices that …

Wen Stephenson (2019-04-11). What 'Living in Truth' Looks Like in the Face of Climate Catastrophe. thenation.com What 'Living in Truth' Looks Like in the Face of Climate Catastrophe…

Jacob Bacharach (2019-04-11). Bernie Has to Do Better Than This. truthdig.com On a Sunday in early April, your favorite grumpy Jewish uncle and mine, Bernie Sanders, opened himself up to a renewed line of attack from those within the Democratic Party (and on the political left more broadly) who feel he is out of touch with issues of race and identity. At a public appearance in Oskaloosa, Iowa, a member of the audience asked him about the logistics of so-called open borders, apparently under the mistaken belief that Sanders supported an open borders policy. | T…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Tackling the challenges of Cuba's new economic model. greenleft.org.au "Cubans want a socialist country, a developed country, and support for the Cuban Revolution remains strong," Leima Martinez Freire told a 50-strong public meeting on April 4. | Freire, the Asia-Pacific Director of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, was speaking at the NSW Teachers Federation at an event organised by the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society. | She said Cuba has been busy discussing the draft and re-draft of the new Constitution and "tackling the challenges of our new economic model". | About 7 million people took part in the discussions over a new constitution and 659,000 amendments…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Adani approval reeks of political interference. greenleft.org.au Just days after Queensland Liberal National Party Senator James McGrath reportedly threatened to call for the sacking of federal environment minister Melissa Price if she did not grant approval for Adani's proposed coalmine, the Indian mining giant's groundwater management plan was approved on April 9. | It is no secret that Adani has been pressing the Coalition government to make a decision ahead of the federal election. The Coalition's capitulation to Adani and the pro-coal lobby — just days out from the calling of an election — reeks of political interference. | The Lock the Gate Alliance (LTG) sai…

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

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). The troglodyte politics that is eating the future. greenleft.org.au The farcical political posturing over electric cars by Coalition Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his minister for small and family business Senator Michaelia Cash says a lot about the state of Australian politics. | It's clear we have a government in the pocket of fossil fuel companies and allied rip-off merchants who are hell-bent on sacrificing our future in pursuit of their narrow interests. | That is why the school students who have gone on strike for climate action ar…

Tyler Durden (2019-04-11). Yet Another Popular Conspiracy Theory Died Today. theantimedia.com (ZH) — It bears repeating, given the nearly past three years of 'Russiagate' collusion hysteria which focused heavily and uncritically on the role of WikiLeaks in both Hillary's defeat and the rise of Trump, and centrally the "Russian connection" supposedly tying it all together: there seems yet more daily and weekly evidence demonstrating how absurd the claims were …

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Greens candidate wants to 'break the consensus'. greenleft.org.au Greens candidate for the inner Brisbane federal seat of Griffith Max Chandler-Mather is running an ambitious and energetic campaign. It is also arguably one of the most left-wing Greens campaigns in the country. | Speaking to Green Left Weekly, Chandler-Mather said Australian politics has been shaped by the neoliberalism of the Bob Hawke and Paul Keating Labor governments, which resulted in huge cuts to real wages, the privatisation of Qantas and the Commonwealth Bank, and the subsequent sale of Telstra. | The Accord agreement signed between the Labor government and the trade union movement led to an historic def…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Hutchison Ports hit with strike. greenleft.org.au Hutchison Ports workers in Sydney and Brisbane walked off the job for 24 hours on April 5 to protest the company's ongoing refusal to move away from outsourcing jobs and the overseas remote-controlling of already semi-automated equipment. | Speaking about the strike action, Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) assistant national secretary Warren Smith said: "Outsourcing our jobs for greater profit and remote controlling to workers that may be paid $2 per hour will continue to be challenged by the workforce and their union. | "Wharfies' work is wharfies' work, and we will resist every effort to give that work to othe…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Full house for Victorian Socialists election launch. greenleft.org.au More than 350 Victorian Socialists members and supporters packed out Preston Town Hall on April 6 to launch the party's federal election campaign. | In a display of the broad support the campaign is garnering, the night featured greetings from trade unionists involved in the recent Chemist Warehouse workers' victory, community activists campaigning against the impact of toxic fires and representatives from the Brunswick Residents Network and the Tamil Refugee Council. | Footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was recently freed by Thai authorities following a strong public campaign after he was detained on his honeymoon…

Alvaro Sanchez (2019-04-10). California Blazes a Trail for a Green New Deal. progressive.org While politicians and activists debate the idea of a federal plan to fight climate change and boost our economy, the Golden State is quietly showing how it could actually work.

STAFF (2019-04-10). Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…

Aaron Ross Coleman (2019-04-10). The Salad Giant Sweetgreen Has Used Hip Hop to Turn Lettuce Into Gold. thenation.com The Salad Giant Sweetgreen Has Used Hip Hop to Turn Lettuce Into Gold…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-10). Julián Castro Got Off Easy for Ethics Trouble in the Last Presidential Campaign. theintercept.com In 2016, then-HUD Secretary Julián Castro violated a federal law while campaigning for Hillary Clinton; the Obama administration chose not to reprimand him.

RT (2019-04-10). Russiagate-pushing Democrats call AG Barr's 'spying' claim conspiracy theory. rt.com The very same congressional Democrats who maintain 'Russiagate' was real are denouncing Attorney General William Barr's claim there was improper surveillance of the Trump campaign as a conspiracy theory.

Aída Chávez (2019-04-10). Nancy Pelosi and Cheri Bustos Continue Dividing Democratic Party, Take New Swipes at Ocasio-Cortez. theintercept.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both took aim this week at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an escalation of recent attacks by ensconced elements of the party against newer members of Congress. | Ocasio-Cortez, who is often charged by Democrats in Congress with dividing the party, has not responded to either Pelosi or Bustos, and did not respond to a request for comment. The latest attacks by party leaders on the Bronx freshman suggest that they feel under siege or sense an opening to crush a nascent insurgency threatening to reshap…

RT (2019-04-10). Reparations for slavery in 2020: Justice at last or attention seeking by Democrats? (DEBATE). rt.com With Democratic frontrunner Cory Booker mulling plans to compensate descendants of slaves, the controversial campaign issue has some hoping it could tackle racial inequality, and others saying we need to let sleeping dogs lie. |

David Dayen (2019-04-10). Wendell Primus, the Most Powerful Staffer in Congress, Represents a Generational Divide on the Left. theintercept.com Wendell Primus's generation of liberals strives not to make the world a better place, but to make it less bad than Republicans want.

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