2019-04-16: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2019. democracynow.org Flames Engulf Historic Notre-Dame Cathedral as France Vows to Rebuild, Jerusalem: Firefighters Put Out Blaze at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dems Subpoena Deutsche Bank as They Probe Trump Finances, DOJ: Redacted Mueller Report Will Be Released April 18, Measles on the Rise Around the World, Up 300% from 2018, Man Charged with Hate Crimes over Fires at 3 Black Louisiana Churches, Bernie Sanders Releases Tax Returns in Run-up to 2020, Ex-MA Governor William Weld Enters Race for 2020 GOP Nomination, Trump's Transgender Military Ban Goes into Effect, Chicago Police Arrest Loyola Grad Workers Protesting Unfair Wages, Interior Dep…

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2019-04-16). Vanishing green shoots and the possibility of another crisis. mronline.org Governments and central banks that were upbeat about global economic recovery are turning pessimistic. A coordinated fiscal stimulus across nations is the need of hour. | Source

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-16). Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Vision is Incoherent and Dangerous. mintpressnews.com While Sanders positions himself as an anti-war candidate, so too did Trump. Sanders even echoes the Trump talking points: China and Russia are our enemies; Maduro won his presidency through election fraud; and Iran is a sponsor of terror.

STAFF (2019-04-16). Fox News' Town Hall With Bernie Sanders Backfires Spectacularly. truthdig.com During a town hall hosted by Fox News Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders countered one of the most common right-wing talking points against Medicare for All and made the case for transitioning to a single-payer system—sparking applause from the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania audience. | "Millions of people, every single year, lose their health insurance. You know why? They get fired. Or They quit. And they go to another employer," said the Vermont senator and 2020 presidential contender a…

STAFF (2019-04-16). Pelosi Says Democrats Must "Hold the Center," Snubs AOC Wing of Party. truthout.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the left wing of her Democratic Party on Sunday, saying the number of outspoken progressives in Congress is "like five people." | Speaking to CBS's "60 Minutes," the California Democrat said the group aligned with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs to learn to toe the party's center line. | "Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates," said correspondent Lesley Stahl. "And you yourself said that…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-16). US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly. thecanary.co US Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi met with three former Labour MPs on 14 April. Two of them helped found The Independent Group after … | Read more US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Robert Reich (2019-04-16). Mitch McConnell Is Single-Handedly Destroying the Senate. truthdig.com Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn't want. | America used to have a Senate. But under McConnell, what was once known as the worlds greatest deliberative body has become a partisan lap dog. | Recently McConnell used his Republican majority to cut the time for debating Trump's court appointees from 30 hours to two — thereby enabling Republicans to ram through even more Trump judges. | In…

STAFF (2019-04-16). Democrats Raise $75 Million So Far, Signaling a Drawn-Out Fight. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates raised about $75 million during the first quarter of the 2020 election, a lackluster sum spread out across more than a dozen campaigns that signals a drawn-out battle likely lies ahead. | Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the field by raising $18 million and California Sen. Kamala Harris came in second with $12 million. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke came in third with $9.3 million, followed by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who capitalized on a flurry of publicity to raise $7 million. | The rest of the field of more than a dozen candidates raised $…

Joshua Holland (2019-04-16). Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full. thenation.com Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full…

Sean McElwee (2019-04-16). Why Won't New York State Take Bold Action on Climate Change? thenation.com Why Won't New York State Take Bold Action on Climate Change?

Ben Cohen (2019-04-16). There's Nothing Wrong With Being Successful. Bernie Never Said There Was. commondreams.org There is something fundamentally wrong with a democracy in which political campaigns are largely funded by corporations and extremely wealthy individuals. (Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Thomas Neuburger (2019-04-16). Sanders Takes the Campaign Against the Center for American Progress to Eleven. commondreams.org Bernie Sanders is not backing down this time. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-16). Bernie Sanders Releases 10 Years of Long-Awaited Tax Returns. truthdig.com The Vermont senator, now a millionaire, says that he has been fortunate after growing up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck.

pip.hinman (2019-04-16). Walking tour brings radical Sydney to life. greenleft.org.au Key sites of radical struggle in Sydney's history were included in a "Radical Sydney Walking Tour" conducted by historians Rowan Cahill and Terry Irving, and sponsored by Green Left Weekly, on April 13. | Some 60 people enjoyed an afternoon of revelations about the often forgotten progressive history of this city. Cahill and Irving are labour historians at Wollongong University and are co-editors of the highly informative book Radical Sydney. | Starting at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay, the tour traversed…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-16). House Democrats Ramp Up Probe of Trump's Finances With Deutsche Bank Subpoena. commondreams.org The only major bank that President Donald Trump has been able to count on for financial backing was among those that were issued subpoenas Monday, as House Democrats ramp up their probe of the president's finances. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-16). As Sanders 2020 Campaign Gains Steam, Corporate Democrats Reportedly 'Growing Increasingly Nervous'. commondreams.org "Being loathed and feared by the rich is a big reason why Bernie is so appealing, and Democrats who don't understand this by now will never get it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-16). Thawing Permafrost Emitting Higher Levels of Potent Greenhouse Gas Than Previously Thought: Study. commondreams.org As the Arctic enters an "unprecedented" state of warming, a new study shows that emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from thawing permafrost in the planet's northernmost region may be 12 times higher than previously thought. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

San Francisco Green Film Festival (2019-04-16). SF Green Film Festival Presents: "Understanding the Stories Within the Apparel Industry" indybay.org Koret Auditorium at San Francisco Public Library: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, 94102…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-16). 'That Backfired': Watch Bernie Sanders Counter Right-Wing Talking Point, Make Case for Medicare for All on Fox News. commondreams.org The Fox town hall audience cheered when moderator Bret Baier polled support for transitioning to a single-payer system | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-16). Bernie Sanders stuns establishment with Fox News town hall success. rt.com US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on Fox News for an hour-long town hall special on Monday night — and much to the shock and surprise of Fox and other media, the democratic socialist not only survived, but thrived.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-15). Headlines for April 15, 2019. democracynow.org Democrats Slam Trump Threat to "Release" Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities, Rep. Ilhan Omar Sees Spike in Death Threats After Trump 9/11 Attack, NYC: Yemeni Bodegas Boycott NY Post over Cover Attacking Rep. Omar, ICC Will Not Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan, Sudan: Military Leadership Challenged by Ongoing Protests, Algeria: Protesters Call for Removal of Ruling Elite After Fall of Bouteflika, Libya: U.N. Warns of Mounting Casualties as Fighting Escalates, Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Palestinian Teen, Pakistan: Minority Hazara Protest After Suicide Bomb Kills 24, South Korea Lifts 66-Year-Old Abor…

STAFF (2019-04-15). Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation. therealnews.com Michael Lighty speaks on Sanders' Medicare for All bill, the corporate-fueled war inside the Democratic Party, and the battle for American minds…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-15). Bill McKibben: Green New Deal Is a Chance to "Remake Not Just a Broken Planet, But a Broken Society" democracynow.org President Trump signed two executive orders last week to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. We speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and the author of the new book "Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?"

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…

Michael Arria (2019-04-15). Group of Centrist Democrats Undermine Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill. shadowproof.com A group of Democrats plans to severely weaken a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by the year 2024. | The lawmakers proposed an alternative piece of legislation that would regionalize a wage increase, establishing a minimum wage floor that would vary by area. | In January, the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and in the House by Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.). | The b…

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…

Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly (2019-04-15). Who Are Venezuela's Colectivos? venezuelanalysis.com Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes recently visited Venezuela, and offers his account on the famed "colectivos" who are so demonized by the mainstream press.

Jon Walker (2019-04-15). How Bernie Sanders' Position On Filibuster Is Needlessly Complicated. shadowproof.com Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to blowback following his defense of the filibuster. He called for the return of the "talking filibuster" and suggested his administration would rely on the vice president to ensure his agenda passed under budget reconciliation. | But a "talking filibuster" would not end obstructions and allow more policymaking. Effectively, it would allow more senators to hold the floor for hours, possibly even while they piss themselves or come close to their le…

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

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-15). Bernie Barnstorms the Midwest. progressive.org "I can understand why people voted for Trump based on what he said. For too long the political establishment did not listen to the needs of working families."

RT (2019-04-15). 'She is out of control!': Trump takes fresh aim at Ilhan Omar after 9/11 furor. rt.com US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his heated criticism of Democrat Ilhan Omar, accusing the congresswoman of anti-Semitism and claiming "she is out of control."

RT (2019-04-15). Pick old man Biden, talk trans rights, make Ilhan Omar the star: 5 ways Dems can lose 2020 to Trump. rt.com The Democratic Party appears to be ignoring the warning signs along a road that could see Donald Trump celebrate a mathematically unlikely victory next November.

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.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-15). Episode Two of "Animal Matters": How the Cause Went From the Leftist Fringe to the Trans-Ideological Mainstream. theintercept.com The cause of animal rights is about far more than just the treatment of animals. It is central to our most pressing global challenges and debates.

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."

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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). 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…

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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…

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