2019-04-20: News Headlines

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

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

Howie Hawkins (2019-04-20). Earth Day, Planetary Boundaries, and the Green New Deal. globalresearch.ca As we celebrate Earth Day in 2019, we need to recognize that more than climate change threatens our environment and our very existence. We have passed or are approaching several Planetary Boundaries outside of which human society may not survive….

Howie Hawkins (2019-04-20). Earth Day, Planetary Boundaries, and the Green New Deal. dissidentvoice.org As we celebrate Earth Day in 2019, we need to recognize that more than climate change threatens our environment and our very existence. We have passed or are approaching several Planetary Boundaries outside of which human society may not survive. Environmental scientists have developed the concept of Planetary Boundaries to identify Earth system processes that …

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

Scott Ellner (2019-04-20). SOSAmerica: Call Upon Speaker Pelosi to Initiate Trump Impeachment Proceedings. indybay.org 90 7th Street | Suite 2-800 | San Francisco, CA 94103 | goo.gl/maps/ZA6phwj9iF8WZxZQ9

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-20). On WikiLeaks, Mueller Ignored Findings of Former US Intelligence Officials. theantimedia.com (SP) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former …

WSWS (2019-04-20). The Mueller report and the campaign against Russia. wsws.org An editorial in the New York Times makes clear that the central purpose of the Democrats' campaign against Trump has been to demand more aggressive action against Russia.

RT (2019-04-20). Democrats' Russia obsession a 'huge gift' to Trump for 2020 — Noam Chomsky. rt.com Progressive intellectual Noam Chomsky called the Democratic party's focus on 'Russiagate' a 'huge gift" for President Donald Trump that "could hand him the next election." |

Gene Herman (2019-04-20). Green New Deal Town Hall. indybay.org Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-20). In Ruling on Coal Mining, Federal Judge Issues Latest Rebuke of Trump's Attack on Public Lands. commondreams.org Green groups on Saturday celebrated the latest federal ruling aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from rolling back environmental regulations that were put in place by his predecessor. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-19). The Mueller Report: Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on Trump-Russia Ties, Obstruction & More. democracynow.org The Justice Department has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and President Trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation. The report states the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," but Mueller concluded, "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Mueller also outlined…

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

Jill Richardson (2019-04-19). Why Is Going Green So Hard? Because Our System Isn't. commondreams.org "The solutions to environmental problems need to be systemic," the author writes. "They cannot be achieved by a group of do-gooders each trying to individually make good choices within a system designed for the opposite." (Photo: Nata Luna Sans/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-04-19). Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on the Mueller Report. truthout.org The Justice Department has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and President Trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation. The report states the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," but Mueller concluded, "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Mueller also outli…

Dan Bacher (2019-04-19). U.S. Senate Confirms Oil Lobbyist David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary. counterpunch.org The U.S. Senate on April 11 voted 56-41 to confirm President Trump's nominee David Bernhardt, former oil and gas corporation and Westlands Water District lobbyist David Bernhardt, to be the Secretary of the Interior. Senators Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), as well as Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), joined Senate Republicans More

RT (2019-04-19). 'Total bulls**t': Trump blasts 'fabricated' statements in Mueller report. rt.com US President Donald Trump unleashed scathing remarks about special counsel Robert Mueller's "crazy" report on Friday, saying it was written by "angry Democrats" and contains statements which are "total bulls**t."

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-19). House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Is Facing a Primary Challenge. theintercept.com Mckayla Wilkes, a 28-year-old administrative assistant, part-time student, and mother of two, has had enough. In late March, she announced that she was mounting a bid for Maryland's 5th Congressional District, aiming to unseat one of the oldest and most powerful Democratic members, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Wilkes is running on a host of progressive policies, but plans to put particular focus on Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and affordable housing. | A student of political science, Wilkes hasn't formerly been involved in politics before, but thinks t…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-19). Demanding to Hear Directly From Mueller, Nadler Subpoenas Full, Unredacted Report Friday. commondreams.org House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Friday morning that the entire unredacted Mueller Report would be subpoenaed by his committee "in the next couple of hours," reiterating that Democrats are not satisfied with the Trump administration's suggestion that the report is a closed matter. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-04-19). Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington. wsws.org Congressional Democrats and their media backers are seeking to use the findings of the investigation to boost their right-wing anti-Russia campaign.

James Risen (2019-04-19). William Barr Misled Everyone About the Mueller Report. Now Democrats Are Calling for His Resignation. theintercept.com Instead of an honest reading of the Mueller report, Trump's attorney general distorted it. Now, Democrats are calling for his resignation.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-19). On WikiLeaks Email Releases, Mueller Team Ignored Findings Of Former US Intelligence Officials. shadowproof.com Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on an investigation into alleged Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election does not confirm, without a doubt, that Russian intelligence agents or individuals tied to Russian intelligence agencies passed on emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to WikiLeaks. | Mueller's team highlighted statements from WikiLeaks on Twitter about former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff member Seth Rich, which seemed to relate to the alleged source of emails and documents the organization published. Yet, more explicit claims from WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Ass…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Noam Chomsky: The Green New Deal Is Exactly the Right Idea. democracynow.org Supporters of the Green New Deal are launching a nationwide tour Thursday to build support for the congressional resolution to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Democracy Now! spoke with Noam Chomsky about the Green New Deal and the lessons of the old New Deal in Boston last week.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As Attorney General William Barr releases Robert Mueller's long-anticipated report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate."

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "A Message from the Future with AOC": New Film Imagines World Transformed by the Green New Deal. democracynow.org As the push for the Green New Deal builds momentum in the United States, The Intercept has released a short illustrated video imagining a future shaped by the progressive environmental movement. It's titled "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The New York congressmember narrates the film to envision an America that has been transformed by the Green New Deal policies, including a just transition of jobs, Medicare for all, and a total overhaul of the country's energy system. The result is a vision of radical hope and transformation. The film features stunning artwork by award-winning illustra…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). "We Can Be Whatever We Have the Courage to See": Molly Crabapple's Art Breathes Life Into Green New Deal. democracynow.org "We can be whatever we have the courage to see." That's the message of a stunning new video released by The Intercept, Naomi Klein and award-winning artist Molly Crabapple Wednesday that imagines a future shaped by the Green New Deal. It's called "A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." The film was co-written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself, along with Avi Lewis, the co-founder of The Leap. We speak with Avi Lewis and award-winning artist Molly Crabapple about the power of art to create social change.

Staff (2019-04-18). Does The Center for American Progress Want to Stop Progressives In 2020? therealnews.com Is the Center for American Progress really interested in pushing bold progressive ideas for the American people, when they make questionable claims about America's favorite progressive candidate, Bernie Sanders? We discuss the issue with Mike Lux…

Robert Lowes (2019-04-18). Walgreens' New Level of Hypocrisy. progressive.org As it continues to sell cigarettes, the pharmacy chain is rolling out a new cosmetics program for cancer patients.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-04-18). Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It. theintercept.com The White House on April 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. | mendacious Attorney General William Barr, and his repeated — and repeatedly dishonest — attempts to summarize and spin the special counsel's report prior to publication. | You now have access to the report itself, and even the " Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-18). Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them. theintercept.com Certain facts will never go away no matter how much media elites deny them. That Mueller charged no Americans with election conspiracy crimes is the most fatal.

Bryan Wall (2019-04-18). Nancy Pelosi angers Brexit supporters by saying trade with US at risk if Good Friday Agreement undermined. thecanary.co US speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has warned that Brexit could damage trade agreements between Britain and the US. She made the comments … | Read more Nancy Pelosi angers Brexit supporters by saying trade with US at risk if Good Friday Agreement undermined | By Bryan Wall

unitedEditor (2019-04-18). Pete Buttigieg: Will a gay globalist take the 2020 US elections? uwidata.com In 2020, the next presidential elections will be held in the United States. Not long ago, the country elected its first black president, and in 2016, a woman, Hillary Clinton, came close to victory. The time has come to expand Overton's window even further: for the first time, a gay man may become the next …

Federico Fuentes (2019-04-18). Who are Venezuela's colectivos? mronline.org 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. | Source

ACLU (2019-04-17). South Dakota Can't Silence Our Protest Against the Keystone XL Pipeline. aclu.org The "Riot-Boosting" Act Constitutes Self-Censorship and a Loss of our First Amendment Rights. | This piece originally appeared at NDN Collective. | For Indigenous Peoples in South Dakota, the land is more than just the ground beneath our feet. | We believe in and act upon the notion that people, nature, society and all living things are interconnected, in relation to one another, and operate as a system. Our Indigenous cultures have taught us through our languages, stories a…

Naomi Klein (2019-04-17). A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. theintercept.com Today, The Intercept launches "A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," a seven-minute film narrated by the congresswoman and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Set a couple of decades from now, it's a flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion. Instead, it offers a thought experiment: What if we decided not to drive off the climate cliff? What if we chose to radically change course and save both our habitat and ourselves? | What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like then? | This is a project unlike any we have done before, cr…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-17). Nancy Pelosi Takes Control of U.S. Foreign Policy on Brexit With Stark Warning to U.K. theintercept.com In Dublin, Nancy Pelosi said Congress would block any trade deal with the U.K. if the British exit from the EU threatens the peace in Northern Ireland.

Akela Lacy (2019-04-17). National Republicans Bankrolled Lawyer for GOP Congressional Candidate Accused of Election Fraud. theintercept.com National Republicans picked up the tab for the legal defense of a North Carolina congressional candidate whose campaign illegally solicited and forged absentee ballots in the state's 9th District, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. The attorney has been accused by the North Carolina State Board of Elections of improperly withholding documents that would help expose the fraud. | Financing the legal defense implicates national Republicans in the scandal, but it hasn't stopped them from exploiting it to push new voter suppression laws. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Hous…

Staff (2019-04-16). Did The House's New Climate Committee Snub the Sunrise Movement? therealnews.com The first House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing featured youth climate activists—but not the ones with the Sunrise Movement who demand a Green New Deal…

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…

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 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) profiled a net…

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…

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…

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…

Michael Arria (2019-04-15). Group of Centrist Democrats Undermine Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill. shadowproof.com A group of Democrats plan 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 bi…

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…

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."

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…

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…