2019-04-15: News Headlines

Federico Pieraccini (2019-04-15). Julian Assange Is Guilty Only of Revealing the Evil Soul of US Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange was bundled away by British police after Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, gave the green light for the expulsion of the Wikileaks publisher from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange's arrest represents an abuse of power, …

STAFF (2019-04-15). Omar Says More Death Threats Coming Since Trump Pushed Video. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It has to stop." | Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and the speaker's call for Trump to take down the video. | Soon after Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitt…

Norman Solomon (2019-04-15). Progressives Push Democrats to Prioritize People Over the Pentagon. truthdig.com The current political brawl over next year's budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to the military-industrial complex — and, so far, they've been able to stall the leadership's bill that includes a $17 billion hike in military spending for 2020. | An ostensible solution is on the horizon. More funds for domestic programs could be a quid pro quo for the military incr…

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

Jim Miles (2019-04-15). "The Russians Are Coming" to Canada? Election Meddling? Who to Vote for? globalresearch.ca Chrystia Freeland, jumps on the anti-Russia bandwagon, mimicking the rhetoric stemming from Hillary Clinton's failed presidential run and the fabrications of the DNC, the FBI, CIA, Christopher Steele, and a whole menagerie of other …

Thomas Knapp (2019-04-15). The Government is Hard at Work Keeping Tax Preparation Complicated and Expensive. counterpunch.org "Congressional Democrats and Republicans," reports ProPublica, "are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system." Specifically, the House Ways and Means Committee just advanced a bill perversely called the "Taxpayers First Act." If passed by Congress and signed into law, it would become illegal for the IRS to "compete" More

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

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

RT (2019-04-15). Kent State Gun Girl turned InfoWars reporter kicks up storm after getting booted from Bernie event. rt.com Infowars' Kaitlin Bennett, best known as the Kent State Gun Girl for flaunting an AR-10 rifle at her graduation, has been kicked out of a Bernie Sanders campaign event, which appears to have been members-only.

Green Party (2019-04-15). What is really happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

WSWS (2019-04-15). Bernie Sanders silent on Assange, vocal in promoting nationalism at Michigan rally. wsws.org Sanders' silence on Assange signals his support for the persecution of the former WikiLeaks editor.

WSWS (2019-04-15). Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics. wsws.org The now defunct International Socialist Organization was funded by government-linked think tanks, wealthy Democrats and right-wing conservative groups.

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Finland Election: Leftist Party Set to Win for First Time. telesurenglish.net Finland's leftist Social Democrats won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's general election, holding off the far-right Finns Party which surged on an anti-immigration xenophobic agenda. | RELATED: | Mass Protests Greet Trump as He Lands in Helsinki for Summit | With 100 percent of ballots counted, the Social Democrats, led by 56-year-old former trade union boss Antti Rinne, picked up 40 seats in parliament, after campaigning on a ticket of fierce opposition to the austerity imposed b…

STAFF (2019-04-14). Take Down 'Dangerous' Tweet of Ilhan Omar Video, Pelosi Tells Trump. truthdig.com The president draws fire for retweeting a video that purports to show Democratic Rep. Omar being dismissive of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

STAFF (2019-04-14). Democrats Urged to Speak Out After Trump's Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar. truthout.org Members of Congress are being urged to speak out against President Donald Trump's latest attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar—one some are characterizing as an incitement of violence against her. | The call is in response to an edited video the president posted on Twitter Friday afternoon. As of this writing, the president has that tweet pinned. | In the video, a short phrase the Minnesota Democrat uttered at a speech last month—"some people did something"—is repeated three times, interspersed with footage of the aftermath of 9…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Trump Faces Outcry over Video linking Ilhan Omar to 9/11. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump has come under fire for posting a video on his Twitter linking 9/11 with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | RELATED: | Trump 'Fuels Hate Against Muslims,' Ilhan Omar Says | The video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last month to Council of American-Islamic Relations, Muslim civil rights, and advocacy group. | Omar said that Muslims had "lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm tired of it, and…

STAFF (2019-04-14). World Bank, Now Led by Trump Pick, Ramps Up Fossil Fuel Development. truthout.org The World Bank Group faces criticism for continuing to back fossil fuel development, despite moves to clean up its portfolio. | It has earned green credentials for ending direct lending to coal-fired power plants, promising to axe support for oil and gas exploration and increasing its clean energy budget. | Yet over the last five years, the group's support to oil and gas actually increased, while coal benefitted from indirect subsidies, according to analysis from German NGO Urgewald. | The study,…

RT (2019-04-14). 'Bad faith smears': Sanders lashes out at liberal think tank over personal attacks & corporate cash. rt.com Senator Bernie Sanders has written a scathing letter to the board of the Center for American Progress accusing it of being a "destructive" force in the "critical mission to defeat Donald Trump."

AlexBainbridge (2019-04-13). Solidarity protest against new death penalty law in Brunei. greenleft.org.au More than 100 LGBTI activists and supporters attended a rally on April 13 targeting the Royal on the Park Hotel which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei who recently introduced the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy. | The rally is the first of many actions to oppose the sultanate's draconian new laws. | Speakers called on people to boycott the hotel to put pressure on the Sultan's business interests and help force the repeal of the draconian laws. | The laws in Brunei have drawn condemnation from across the globe and sparked the grassroots call to boycott the Sultan's hotels. | Speak…

WSWS (2019-04-13). Trump officials discussed using troops to run migrant detention camps. wsws.org Trump has been able to carry through his anti-immigrant program, despite popular opposition, because the Democrats have done nothing to seriously oppose it.

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…

Lee Fang (2019-04-13). These House Democrats Pledged Not to Take Corporate Cash — but They're Using a Loophole to Do It Anyway. theintercept.com The Democrats are using a technical loophole in the Federal Election Commission's designations for PACs to take corporate cash.

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

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…

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

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…

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

Robert L. Borosage (2019-04-12). Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn Might Create a Revolution. thenation.com Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn Might Create a Revolution…

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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

RT (2019-04-12). Like immigrants? Here's an 'unlimited supply': Trump threatens to dump illegals in sanctuary cities. rt.com US President Donald Trump once again called on Democrats to support tighter immigration laws, threatening to dump "an unlimited supply" of illegal immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities to force a change.

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). 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…

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…

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). 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…

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…

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,"

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). 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…

RT (2019-04-12). Read the Constitution! Twitter drags House Democrats over Assange & free speech. rt.com The Democrat-majority House Foreign Affairs Committee went after an RT America reporter and described WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange as a "criminal who weaponized stolen information." Twitter was not amused.

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…

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…

RT (2019-04-12). From 'Comrade Bernie' to 'Dildos Against Democracy': The top 5 Democrat conspiracies ranked. rt.com The earth is flat; FEMA is controlled by shape-shifting reptilians; water additives are turning the freaking frogs gay… Conspiracy theories used to be the preserve of hippies and kooks, but now the Democratic party wants in. |

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…

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…

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