2019-04-17: News Headlines

James Bovard (2019-04-17). Washington's Biggest Fairy Tale: "Truth Will Out" counterpunch.org The arrest of Julian Assange has produced rapturous cheering from the American political elite. Hillary Clinton declared that Assange "must answer for what he has done." Unfortunately, Assange's arrest will do nothing to prevent the vast majority of conniving politicians and bureaucrats from paying no price for deceiving the American public. More

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Nancy Pelosi Denies Accusations that Ilhan Omar is Anti-Semitic. telesurenglish.net Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for politicizing the 9/11 terror attacks in an attempt to harm the image of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | RELATED: | Progressives, Democrats Slam Trump over 'Disgusting' Video linking Ilhan Omar to 9/11 | Pelosi jumped to Omar's defense during a CNN interview this week, saying that the Minnesota congresswoman is not anti-semitic. | "I don't think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I woul…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-04-17). Hawai'i in Trouble. counterpunch.org I first visited Hawaii (Oahu and Maui) in the early 1980s. The islands retained some of the glorious beauty of their pre-American life. I remember the mountains in Oahu. They are not tall. They are smooth, green, with deep ridges. It's like the Hawaiian goddess Pele drew her fingers over a soft matter at the More

Norman Solomon (2019-04-17). The Toxic Lure of "Guns and Butter" counterpunch.org 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 More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-17). Petition Demanding 2020 Democrats Hold Climate Debate Reaches 30,000 Signatures in Just 48 Hours. commondreams.org "It's no longer sufficient to have a single token environmental question that 2020 candidates get to brush off with a soundbite." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

San Francisco Green Film Festival (2019-04-17). 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…

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…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-16). Assange 'must answer for what he has done', says Hillary Clinton — who backed devastating wars abroad. thecanary.co Hillary Clinton recently told an audience in New York that Julian Assange "must answer for what he has done". The problem is that, while … | Read more Assange 'must answer for what he has done', says Hillary Clinton — who backed devastating wars abroad | By Mohamed Elmaazi

teleSUR (2019-04-16). Julian Assange Wins 2019 EU Journalism Award. telesurenglish.net Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 European United Left-Nordic Green Left Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information, WikiLeaks informed Tuesday. | RELATED: | The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History | The award is given to individuals "uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public" and to honor "individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted" for such actions. Thus recognizing Assange's work through WikiLeaks. | The prize i…

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.

Adam Johnson (2019-04-16). Maybe Rich Liberals Don't Hate Sanders Because They Fear He Can't Win, But Because They're Rich. fair.org by Adam Johnson For the New York Times ( 4/16/19), "mainstream Democrats" are found "from canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington." | Why does the New York Times take rich liberals at their word that their concern with Bernie Sanders is that he would lose to Trump, rather than the obvious, glaring fact that his election would run counter to their interests? | The New York Times ( 4/16/19)…

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

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 $…

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). 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

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?

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…

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…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-16). 'Great Example' of Local Organizing as Maine AFL-CIO Signs Onto #GreenNewDeal. commondreams.org Maine's Green New Deal legislation is the first to be backed by labor unions. | 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.

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…

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…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-15). Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back. thecanary.co Neera Tanden, a long-time ally of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has joined other establishment insiders in celebrating the arrest of transparency … | Read more Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back. | By Mohamed Elmaazi

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…

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). 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…

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."

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…

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…

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.

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 (2019-04-15). '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). 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.

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 (2019-04-14). '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…

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). 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). 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). 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). 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…

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). 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…

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