Monthly Archives: April 2019

2019-04-30: News Headlines

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-30). Episode Three of "Animal Matters": What Are the Philosophical Premises For Why Animal Life Has No Value or is of Less Worth? theintercept.com As we learn about the widespread, industrial torture and slaughter of animals, how will we continue to ethically and intellectually justify these industrial practices?

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-30). Blame Palestinians for Gaza. globalresearch.ca If you have read a recent New York Times op-ed entitled "Care about Gaza? Blame Hamas" written by none other than the White House "special representative for international negotiations" Jason Greenblatt you would understand that the misery being experienced by …

barry_h (2019-04-30). French Police Say Grateful Dead are Terrorists. greenleft.org.au The Grateful Dead are a terrorist threat, according to French police authorities. | | In early April the San Francisco-based Internet Archive (IA) received a series of notices from the French national Internet Referral Unit, a police agency acting under a European Union law requiring internet platforms to remove alleged terrorist content within one hour upon official notification. | | The Internet Archive was established in 1996 and holds a historical web collection of over 150 billion web pages, about 240,000 movies, over 500,000 audio items (including over 70,000 live concerts), over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 e…

barry_h (2019-04-30). The Reds are Under the Beds Again! greenleft.org.au The Reds are under the beds again! | They've hidden there since god knows when, | Our world is torn asunder | It's kids' beds they're under | Along with Muslims and refugee men. | | Labor's dared to turn the focus | To the low-paid worker locus. | Don't they know it's millionaires | Who need more cash and more shares, | Labor's done it to provoke us. | | It's such an esoteric case, | Why care about the working base? | We know the best way to go | With wages now nicely low, | Don't these workers know their place? | | It's looking grim, m'lord and mam, | Though scare campaigns we've tried to cram | And g…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-04-30). Just Another Spring in Progress? globalresearch.ca My corner of New York's Catskill Mountains is shortly due to explode in green. Today however, it's brown, beige, russet and auburn: a wrapping of spindly trunks with naked branches cascading uphill draws my eyes to the horizon. I wait. …

John Nichols (2019-04-30). Bernie Sanders Is Hitting Donald Trump Where It Hurts. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Hitting Donald Trump Where It Hurts…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-30). Sanders Calls on 2020 Candidates to Pledge Opposition to 'Unfair' Trade Deals That Put Corporate Interests Ahead of US Workers. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders is challenging all of his competitors in the 2020 presidential race—especially Donald Trump—to scrap "unfair trade deals" and pursue policies designed to protect U.S. jobs and ensure living wages for American workers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-04-30). Corporate Media's Open Hostility to Medicare-for-All. truthdig.com The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. | The United States spends around twice as much on healthcare as oth…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-30). As Bernie Sanders Says 'No Apologies' for His Position, 70+ Rights Groups Back Call for Prisoner Voting Rights. commondreams.org The advocacy organizations called on all 2020 presidential candidates to "publicly commit to ending felony disenfranchisement" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

James Carden (2019-04-30). Time to Pursue an International Cyber Treaty? thenation.com Time to Pursue an International Cyber Treaty?

teleSUR (2019-04-30). Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Seeks Refuge in Chile Embassy. telesurenglish.net Leopoldo Lopez requested protection this Tuesday afternoon as a guest at the Chilean embassy in Caracas, Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero confirmed through his Twitter account. | "Lilian Tintori and her daughter entered as guests to the residence of our diplomatic mission in Caracas. A few minutes ago his spouse, Leopoldo López, who stayed with his family in that place, joined him. Chile reaffirms commitment to Venezuelan Democrats," Ampuero said in a tweet.

RT (2019-04-30). Pompeo's talk of 'Russian meddling' is not about democracy, but about power. rt.com The 'Russian meddling' conspiracy theory was hatched by Democrats in 2016 as a way to defeat Donald Trump. Now the Trump administration is invoking it to justify massive military spending, spying, coups and censorship.

Staff (2019-04-30). The Era of "Centrist" Establishment Democrats Is Over. truthout.org What do you call a "healthy economy" that almost no one is experiencing personally? I call it a made-for-TV sham. | "President Trump's strongest case for reelection remains the country's healthy economy, but the potency of that issue for him is complicated by a widespread belief that the economy mainly benefits people already in power," The Washington Post reported on Monday morning.

Tracy Keeling (2019-04-30). Watch Ed Miliband take John Humphrys to task over his imbecilic questions. thecanary.co Ed Miliband took Today programme host John Humphrys to task over his imbecilic questions on 30 April. The Doncaster North MP was on the show to talk about the climate catastrophe after announcing he'll serve on the Institute for Public Policy Research's (IPPR) Environmental Justice Commission. | Humphrys' interview style, however, left a lot to be desired. And Miliband debunked the host's moronic questioning without hesitation. | H…

RT (2019-04-29). 'I'm f***ed': Twitter facepalms as Clinton impersonates Trump's Mueller report quote (VIDEO). rt.com Hillary Clinton impersonating US President Donald Trump while reading excerpts from the Mueller report has sparked an outpouring of groans across the internet.

Staff (2019-04-29). Can House Special Committees Fight the Climate Crisis? therealnews.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has brought back the U.S. House climate change committee. The Real News spoke with staffers and stakeholders to see how effective it was the first time around…

Joshua Holland (2019-04-29). The Politics of Impeachment May Be Debatable, but Congress's Duty Is Clear. thenation.com The Politics of Impeachment May Be Debatable, but Congress's Duty Is Clear…

Staff (2019-04-29). Impeach or Investigate? Democrats See No Reason to Choose. truthdig.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress is taking a step-by-step approach in exerting its role as a check on the executive branch.

Bill Boyarsky (2019-04-29). This Isn't the Election for Democrats to Play It Safe. truthdig.com As I watched the Democratic candidates for president on television during the recent CNN town hall forum, I thought that at least one of the women among them could make an excellent nominee. I also wondered whether this election cycle may be ripe for a strong campaign led by a woman. | Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar presented as forceful and knowledgeable as they fielded questions at the April 22 event. They were every bit as impressive as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who were also participating in the forum. Two other women, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Rep. T…

Staff (2019-04-29). Bernie Sanders Supports Voting Rights for the Imprisoned. therealnews.com Corporate media's twisted narrative frames voting rights as "letting terrorists and rapists vote."; Anoa Changa and Norman Solomon join host Jacqueline Luqman to discuss the battle over voting rights for people in jail…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-29). New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing. theintercept.com The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters a way to share political information on friends, family, and neighbors. | Sanders's strategy to emerge from the crowded primary field revolves around energizing and empowering his army of supporters, and giving them easy-to-use tools in the hopes of expanding the electoral map in both the primary and general elections. More than 60,000 people attended the events, which took place in every state and more than 30…

WSWS (2019-04-29). Fascistic Vox party enters parliament in Spain elections, as social democrats gain. wsws.org Heavy voter turnout reflected, at least in part, significant numbers of people trying to cast a vote to prevent the far right from coming to power.

Shawgi Tell (2019-04-29). "Progressive" 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Who Support Charter Schools. dissidentvoice.org More writers, commentators, and researchers are increasingly reminding the public that a large number of democrats at all levels of government have long supported and promoted privately-operated charter schools that annually siphon billions of public dollars from thousands of over-tested and vilified public schools. The oft-repeated myth that the privatization and destruction of public education …

WSWS (2019-04-29). Trump orders officials to refuse congressional subpoenas. wsws.org The Democrats have responded by threatening to withhold funds from noncomplying agencies and to jail administration officials who are in contempt of Congress.

Alan MacLeod (2019-04-29). Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a Very Bad Idea. fair.org The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. A 2018 Reuters poll ( 8/23/18) found that 70 percent of Americans support Medicare for All. | The United States…

Alexandra Tempus (2019-04-28). Looking for Trump Country in Green Bay. progressive.org With Wisconsin central to the 2020 race, the President descended on my hometown.

United Nations (2019-04-28). Work to make the world a better place: 5 things you need to know about 'green jobs'. un.org Imagine a world in which practically everyone works in jobs that are helping to transform the global economy, and bring about a world where business can thrive and the needs of the most vulnerable people are met.

Aída Chávez (2019-04-28). Colorado Democrats Took On the Oil and Gas Industry. Now the Recalls are Starting. theintercept.com After seizing unified control of the Colorado state government in November's wave election, Democrats there did something unusual: They governed. | For decades, the oil and gas industry has had a stranglehold on Colorado politics, but the newly empowered Democrats unveiled a sweeping bill to rein in fracking. The industry spent millions to stop it, but Democrats muscled it through, and it was signed by Gov. Jared Polis, an independently wealthy Democrat who ran in opposition to the industry. | Now the industry is fighting back by threatening to recall state Rep. Rochelle Galindo, who was elected last year and rep…

Richard Seymour (2019-04-27). What's the deal with the Green New Deal? mronline.org Among the encouraging political straws in the wind are the growing momentum in the United States and the United Kingdom, two leading carbon states, for something called the 'Green New Deal'. I have some questions about it, but first of all it's worth acknowledging how far it has climbed up the political agenda. | Source

Kate Aronoff (2019-04-27). Spanish Socialists Running for Re-election Sunday on a "Green New Deal de España" theintercept.com The Spanish Socialist Party and Podemos are on the cusp of a governing coalition: "We cannot have sectoral environmental and social agendas."

United Nations (2019-04-27). 'The green economy is the future,' UN chief says in Beijing, urging climate solutions that strengthen economies, protect the environment. un.org Winning the race against climate change to keep our planet livable and on a healthy trajectory requires action rooted in sustainable solutions aligned with the Paris Agreement and the UN-driven 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday.

Shadowproof (2019-04-27). The Shameful Moralizing On Prisoner Voting Rights. shadowproof.com Editor's Note: We're pleased to publish this preview of our member newsletter, "Keeping The Issues Alive," which provides a closer look at the stories we're following at Shadowproof. | Subscribe for $9/month and receive this weekly newsletter: SUBSCRIBE NOW | For this week's newsletter, Shadowproof publishing editor Brian Sonenstein responds to the backlash against the notion of allowing prisoners to vote, including those convicted of "violent offenses." | Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sander…

pip.hinman (2019-04-26). Malaysia: Australian corporate polluter Lynas told to remove radioactive waste. greenleft.org.au Since it began operating its controversial rare earth refinery in Malaysia in 2013, Australian company Lynas Corp has produced about 450,000 tonnes of radioactive waste. After the first-ever change of federal government in Malaysia last year, local residents hoped this corporate polluter would finally be brought to account. Green Left Weekly's Peter Boyle interviewed Malaysian environmental and residents' rights activist Jade Lee from the Stop Lynas campaign about the latest developments. | Lynas' rare earth refinery in Kuantan has been getting…

pip.hinman (2019-04-26). Haiti: US mercenaries caught moving $80M from Petrocaribe fund. greenleft.org.au Embattled President Jovenel MoàØse used United States' help in a poorly executed, but serious, effort to consolidate power writes Matthew Cole (The Intercept) and Kim Ives (Haiti Liberte). | Reprinted with permission of The Intercept. | *** | Most of the Americans arrived in Port-au-Prince from the United States by private jet early on the morning of February 16. They had packed the eight-passenger charter plane with a stockpile of semiautomatic rifles, handguns, Kevlar bulletproof vests and knives. Most had been p…

pip.hinman (2019-04-26). Letter from the US: Stop the persecution of Julian Assange. greenleft.org.au When the world saw the video of beefy police dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it was clear that the media had been alerted to film the spectacle. | Ecuador had granted Assange asylum in its embassy since 2012, to block his threatened extradition to the United States at the time. | Media outlets such as CNN declared he looked crazy in the video. One CNN reporter said that one of the reasons the embassy called the police was that Assange had allegedly smeared faeces on walls inside the Embassy. | The real smears, however, have been by the press against the WikiLeaks founder. | The ac…

pip.hinman (2019-04-26). Algeria's democratic revolution: 'They've all got to go'. greenleft.org.au The Bab El-Oued district, one of the popular areas of Algiers, took April 19 off to prepare for another special day — the ninth consecutive Friday of protests against the political system in Algeria. | People were making use of the Friday morning, the first day of the weekend, to go to the market, have a shave at the barber shop or buy their pastries. On the balconies of the old white blocks of flats from the French colonial era, women were rushing to bring in the clothes before it rained. | Ussama, a 26-year-old plasterer, waited with friends for prayers in the mosque to end before going to the demonstrati…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-26). In Case Brought by School Speech Pathologist, Texas Federal Court Becomes the Third to Strike Down Pro-Israel Oath as Unconstitutional. theintercept.com Outlawing activism against Israel is one of the the greatest threats to free speech in the west, but that censorship campaign is losing in U.S. courts.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-26). Headlines for April 26, 2019. democracynow.org Sri Lanka Lowers Death Toll from Easter Attacks; Top Officials Resign over Intelligence Failures, Anita Hill: I Am Not Satisfied by Biden's Apology over Handling of Clarence Thomas Allegations, As Comcast Lobbyist Hosts Biden's First Fundraiser, Campaign Boasts of Support from "Top 1%", Biden Hires Ex-Bernie Sanders Staffer as Senior Adviser, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Sudan Demanding Civilian Rule, North Korea's Kim Jong-un Accuses U.S. of Acting in Bad Faith in Nuke Talks, In Response to Yellow Vest Protests, Macron Vows to Cut Taxes, Tells Nation It Must Work Harder, Report: U.S. Sanctions Have Killed 40…

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-26). Operation Take Down Bernie. progressive.org Sanders's socialism is scary for a Democratic establishment that worries a lot about electability. Cue the media hit pieces.

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Will Labor really 'change the rules'? greenleft.org.au Most workers cannot wait to get rid of this dreadful federal Coalition government. But fewer believe that a Bill Shorten-led Labor government will actually change the rules. | Why? Because most remember what the previous federal Labor government did — or didn't do — for workers. | ACTU president Michele O'Neil is right to point out "Australian workers need a pay rise" and that "the policies of the [Scott] Morrison government have left 40% of people in insecure work, 1 million people underemployed and created 1 million second jobs." | We also agree that "we need to change the rules so that working peop…

stuart_m (2019-04-25). Woman at War: a refreshing, inspiring film. greenleft.org.au Women at War
| Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
| Written by Benedikt Erlingsson & àìlafur Egill Egilsson
| Starring Halldóra Geirharà∞sdóttir, Davíà∞ àûór Jónsson & Magnús Trygvason Eliasen | Director Benedikt Erlingsson's latest film, Woman at War is delightful, offbeat and uplifting. The main character is Halla, a choir director in her early 50s, who lives a secret double-life as a lone saboteur of heavy industry threatening her Icelandic environment. | In the film's exciting opening scene, she scampers across the rugged but beautiful Icelandic countryside from helicopters a…

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Stop Adani Convoy hits the road. greenleft.org.au Kicking off on April 17, the Bob Brown Foundation's Stop Adani Convoy has been holding protest rallies along Australia's eastern coast as it makes its way to the site of Adani's proposed coalmine in the Galilee Basin, Queensland, before ending with a protest outside federal parliament in Canberra on May 5. | The aim of the convey is to send a clear message to Adani and state and federal governments that coalmining, and all fossil fuel mining, are sunset industries in this time of human-induced climate change. | Support for the convoy has come from as far away as Western Australia, with the Stop Adani Convoy WA (…

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Refugee sends plea from Manus Island. greenleft.org.au Thousands turned out for refugee rights rallies across the country on Palm Sunday, April 14. | Kurdish refugee Farhad Bandesh, who is detained on Manus Island, addressed the rally in Newcastle by phone. Below is an edited transcript of his speech. | *** | My name is Farhad Bandesh. | I speak to you from Manus Island, where I have been imprisoned and tortured with others, like our friends on Nauru, for nearly six years. | I wish to acknowledge the land of the Awabakal people of the Kulin Nation, stolen land, and I pay respect to Indigenous people, past, present and future. | I want to thank you all so very much fo…

stuart_m (2019-04-25). Five new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus looks at five new books of particular interest to ecosocialists. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or agreement with all (or any) of its contents. | ***
Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease
| By Drew Harvell
| University of California Press, 2019 | Fuelled by sewage dumping, unregulated aquaculture and drifting plastic in warming seas, marine epidemics are sentin…

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Anning's censure makes playing race card harder. greenleft.org.au Amid the smoke and mirrors of the Coalition's federal budget, the Senate voted to formally censure far-right Senator Fraser Anning on April 3. | The vote came after a "Remove Fraser Anning from Parliament" petition on Change.org garnered close to 1.5 million signatures following his comments on the far-right terror attack in New Zealand on March 15. | In a statement issued on the day of the terrorist attack on two mosques that left 50 dead, Anning said: "The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place…"

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Still in detention after 10 years, Tamil refugee must now fight cancer. greenleft.org.au Sivaguru Navanitharasa is a Tamil refugee who fled Sri Lanka in 2008. After staying for a year in Malaysia with no legal status, he set out for Australia, where he has been detained for nearly 10 years, first on Christmas Island and then in Villawood detention centre. | Navanitharasa is now in MITA immigration detention centre in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, where he faces a new challenge: overcoming cancer. | Navanitharasa has been recognised as a refugee, but remains in detention because ASIO classified him as a security risk. This was due to his previous membership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a…

Mark Fiore (2019-04-25). Free Advice for Democrats. progressive.org Now that the redacted Mueller report lays out what appears to be evidence of a president obstructing justice, it's up to Congress.

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Student migrant faces deportation. greenleft.org.au Students, unionists and community members protested outside the immigration department on April 11 against the threatened deportation of Kinley Wangchuck, an 18-year-old hearing-impaired student who lives in Queanbeyan, NSW. | Wangchuck's family, who have lived in Australia for 7 years and are seeking permanent residency, was told in early April that their son did not meet Australia's migration health requirements and had to be deported as otherwise he would be a "financial burden" on the country. | Will Edwards from the National Union of Students (NUS) Disabilities Department called the protest, which als…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-24). Interview With Max Ajl: What Internationalist Green New Deal Would Look Like. shadowproof.com For the "Unauthorized Disclosure" weekly podcast, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Max Ajl, who is a doctoral student in development studies at Cornell University. He speaks to them from Tunisia, where he is conducting research on the environment and agriculture as it relates to decolonization and…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-24). Bernie Sanders Spurs Debate on Prisoner Voting Rights, But the Idea Is "Not as Radical as It Seems" democracynow.org Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said at a town hall Monday that he believed in restoring voting rights for prisoners, sparking a national discussion about re-enfranchisement for the more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has spoken out against prisoner voting rights, while Senator Elizabeth Warren said "I'm not there yet" on the issue. Senator Kamala Harris said "there has to be serious consequence for the most extreme types of crimes," referencing her background as a prosecutor. We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, about the pu…

2019-04-30: Social Media Postees

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Just Another Spring in Progress?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-30
My corner of New York's Catskill Mountains is shortly due to explode in green. Today however, it's brown, beige, russet and auburn: a wrapping of spindly trunks with naked branches cascading uphill draws my eyes to the horizon. I wait. …
globalresearch.ca/just-another-spring-in…

Blame Palestinians for Gaza
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-30
If you have read a recent New York Times op-ed entitled "Care about Gaza? Blame Hamas" written by none other than the White House "special representative for international negotiations" Jason Greenblatt you would understand that the misery being experienced by …
globalresearch.ca/blame-palestinians-gaz…

French Police Say Grateful Dead are Terrorists
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-30
The Grateful Dead are a terrorist threat, according to French police authorities. | | In early April the San Francisco-based Internet Archive (IA) received a series of notices from the French national Internet Referral Unit, a police agency acting under a European Union law requiring internet platforms to remove alleged terrorist content within one hour upon official notification. | | The Internet Archive was established in 1996 and holds a historical web collection of over 150 billion web pages, about 240,000 movies, over 500,000 audio items (including over 70,000 live concerts), over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 e…
greenleft.org.au/content/french-police-say-grateful-dead-are-terrorists-0

The Reds are Under the Beds Again!
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-30
The Reds are under the beds again! | They've hidden there since god knows when, | Our world is torn asunder | It's kids' beds they're under | Along with Muslims and refugee men. | | Labor's dared to turn the focus | To the low-paid worker locus. | Don't they know it's millionaires | Who need more cash and more shares, | Labor's done it to provoke us. | | It's such an esoteric case, | Why care about the working base? | We know the best way to go | With wages now nicely low, | Don't these workers know their place? | | It's looking grim, m'lord and mam, | Though scare campaigns we've tried to cram | And g…
greenleft.org.au/content/reds-are-under-beds-again

Episode Three of "Animal Matters": What Are the Philosophical Premises For Why Animal Life Has No Value or is of Less Worth?
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-30
As we learn about the widespread, industrial torture and slaughter of animals, how will we continue to ethically and intellectually justify these industrial practices?
theintercept.com/2019/04/30/episode-thre…

Corporate Media's Open Hostility to Medicare-for-All
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-30
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. | The United States spends around twice as much on healthcare as oth…
truthdig.com/articles/corporate-medias-o…

Sanders Calls on 2020 Candidates to Pledge Opposition to 'Unfair' Trade Deals That Put Corporate Interests Ahead of US Workers
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-30
Sen. Bernie Sanders is challenging all of his competitors in the 2020 presidential race—especially Donald Trump—to scrap "unfair trade deals" and pursue policies designed to protect U.S. jobs and ensure living wages for American workers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/30/sanders…

Bernie Sanders Is Hitting Donald Trump Where It Hurts
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-30
Bernie Sanders Is Hitting Donald Trump Where It Hurts…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-tru…

As Bernie Sanders Says 'No Apologies' for His Position, 70+ Rights Groups Back Call for Prisoner Voting Rights
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-30
The advocacy organizations called on all 2020 presidential candidates to "publicly commit to ending felony disenfranchisement" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/30/bernie-…

Time to Pursue an International Cyber Treaty?
James Carden | thenation.com | 2019-04-30
Time to Pursue an International Cyber Treaty?
thenation.com/article/international-cybe…

Pompeo's talk of 'Russian meddling' is not about democracy, but about power
rt.com | 2019-04-30
The 'Russian meddling' conspiracy theory was hatched by Democrats in 2016 as a way to defeat Donald Trump. Now the Trump administration is invoking it to justify massive military spending, spying, coups and censorship. | …
rt.com/usa/457867-pompeo-russian-meddlin…

The Era of "Centrist" Establishment Democrats Is Over
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-30
What do you call a "healthy economy" that almost no one is experiencing personally? I call it a made-for-TV sham. | "President Trump's strongest case for reelection remains the country's healthy economy, but the potency of that issue for him is complicated by a widespread belief that the economy mainly benefits people already in power," The Washington Post reported on Monday morning.
truthout.org/articles/the-era-of-centris…

Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Seeks Refuge in Chile Embassy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
Leopoldo Lopez requested protection this Tuesday afternoon as a guest at the Chilean embassy in Caracas, Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero confirmed through his Twitter account. | "Lilian Tintori and her daughter entered as guests to the residence of our diplomatic mission in Caracas. A few minutes ago his spouse, Leopoldo López, who stayed with his family in that place, joined him. Chile reaffirms commitment to Venezuelan Democrats," Ampuero said in a tweet.
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Oppos…

'I'm f***ed': Twitter facepalms as Clinton impersonates Trump's Mueller report quote (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-04-29
Hillary Clinton impersonating US President Donald Trump while reading excerpts from the Mueller report has sparked an outpouring of groans across the internet. | …
rt.com/usa/457817-clinton-impersonates-t…

Impeach or Investigate? Democrats See No Reason to Choose
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-29
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress is taking a step-by-step approach in exerting its role as a check on the executive branch.
truthdig.com/articles/impeach-or-investi…

Can House Special Committees Fight the Climate Crisis?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-29
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has brought back the U.S. House climate change committee. The Real News spoke with staffers and stakeholders to see how effective it was the first time around…
therealnews.com/columns/can-house-specia…

The Politics of Impeachment May Be Debatable, but Congress's Duty Is Clear
Joshua Holland | thenation.com | 2019-04-29
The Politics of Impeachment May Be Debatable, but Congress's Duty Is Clear…
thenation.com/article/donald-trump-impea…

This Isn't the Election for Democrats to Play It Safe
Bill Boyarsky | truthdig.com | 2019-04-29
As I watched the Democratic candidates for president on television during the recent CNN town hall forum, I thought that at least one of the women among them could make an excellent nominee. I also wondered whether this election cycle may be ripe for a strong campaign led by a woman. | Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar presented as forceful and knowledgeable as they fielded questions at the April 22 event. They were every bit as impressive as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who were also participating in the forum. Two other women, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Rep. T…
truthdig.com/articles/this-isnt-the-elec…

Bernie Sanders Supports Voting Rights for the Imprisoned
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-29
Corporate media's twisted narrative frames voting rights as "letting terrorists and rapists vote."; Anoa Changa and Norman Solomon join host Jacqueline Luqman to discuss the battle over voting rights for people in jail…
therealnews.com/stories/bernie-sanders-s…

New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-29
The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters a way to share political information on friends, family, and neighbors. | Sanders's strategy to emerge from the crowded primary field revolves around energizing and empowering his army of supporters, and giving them easy-to-use tools in the hopes of expanding the electoral map in both the primary and general elections. More than 60,000 people attended the events, which took place in every state and more than 30…
theintercept.com/2019/04/29/bern-bernie-…

Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a Very Bad Idea
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-04-29
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. A 2018 Reuters poll ( 8/23/18) found that 70 percent of Americans support Medicare for All. | The United States…
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Trump orders officials to refuse congressional subpoenas
wsws.org | 2019-04-29
The Democrats have responded by threatening to withhold funds from noncomplying agencies and to jail administration officials who are in contempt of Congress.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/29/poli…

"Progressive" 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Who Support Charter Schools
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-29
More writers, commentators, and researchers are increasingly reminding the public that a large number of democrats at all levels of government have long supported and promoted privately-operated charter schools that annually siphon billions of public dollars from thousands of over-tested and vilified public schools. The oft-repeated myth that the privatization and destruction of public education …
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Fascistic Vox party enters parliament in Spain elections, as social democrats gain
wsws.org | 2019-04-29
Heavy voter turnout reflected, at least in part, significant numbers of people trying to cast a vote to prevent the far right from coming to power.
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Looking for Trump Country in Green Bay
Alexandra Tempus | progressive.org | 2019-04-28
With Wisconsin central to the 2020 race, the President descended on my hometown.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-country…

Work to make the world a better place: 5 things you need to know about 'green jobs'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-28
Imagine a world in which practically everyone works in jobs that are helping to transform the global economy, and bring about a world where business can thrive and the needs of the most vulnerable people are met.
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Colorado Democrats Took On the Oil and Gas Industry. Now the Recalls are Starting
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-28
After seizing unified control of the Colorado state government in November's wave election, Democrats there did something unusual: They governed. | For decades, the oil and gas industry has had a stranglehold on Colorado politics, but the newly empowered Democrats unveiled a sweeping bill to rein in fracking. The industry spent millions to stop it, but Democrats muscled it through, and it was signed by Gov. Jared Polis, an independently wealthy Democrat who ran in opposition to the industry. | Now the industry is fighting back by threatening to recall state Rep. Rochelle Galindo, who was elected last year and rep…
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What's the deal with the Green New Deal?
Richard Seymour | mronline.org | 2019-04-27
Among the encouraging political straws in the wind are the growing momentum in the United States and the United Kingdom, two leading carbon states, for something called the 'Green New Deal'. I have some questions about it, but first of all it's worth acknowledging how far it has climbed up the political agenda. | Source…
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'The green economy is the future,' UN chief says in Beijing, urging climate solutions that strengthen economies, protect the environment
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-27
Winning the race against climate change to keep our planet livable and on a healthy trajectory requires action rooted in sustainable solutions aligned with the Paris Agreement and the UN-driven 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday.
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Spanish Socialists Running for Re-election Sunday on a "Green New Deal de España"
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2019-04-27
The Spanish Socialist Party and Podemos are on the cusp of a governing coalition: "We cannot have sectoral environmental and social agendas."
theintercept.com/2019/04/27/spain-electi…

The Shameful Moralizing On Prisoner Voting Rights
shadowproof.com | 2019-04-27
Editor's Note: We're pleased to publish this preview of our member newsletter, "Keeping The Issues Alive," which provides a closer look at the stories we're following at Shadowproof. | Subscribe for $9/month and receive this weekly newsletter: SUBSCRIBE NOW | For this week's newsletter, Shadowproof publishing editor Brian Sonenstein responds to the backlash against the notion of allowing prisoners to vote, including those convicted of "violent offenses." | Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sander…
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Algeria's democratic revolution: 'They've all got to go'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-26
The Bab El-Oued district, one of the popular areas of Algiers, took April 19 off to prepare for another special day — the ninth consecutive Friday of protests against the political system in Algeria. | People were making use of the Friday morning, the first day of the weekend, to go to the market, have a shave at the barber shop or buy their pastries. On the balconies of the old white blocks of flats from the French colonial era, women were rushing to bring in the clothes before it rained. | Ussama, a 26-year-old plasterer, waited with friends for prayers in the mosque to end before going to the demonstrati…
greenleft.org.au/content/algeria%E2%80%99s-democratic-revolution-%E2%80%98they%E2%80%99ve-all-got-go%E2%80%99

Malaysia: Australian corporate polluter Lynas told to remove radioactive waste
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-26
Since it began operating its controversial rare earth refinery in Malaysia in 2013, Australian company Lynas Corp has produced about 450,000 tonnes of radioactive waste. After the first-ever change of federal government in Malaysia last year, local residents hoped this corporate polluter would finally be brought to account. Green Left Weekly's Peter Boyle interviewed Malaysian environmental and residents' rights activist Jade Lee from the Stop Lynas campaign about the latest developments. | Lynas' rare earth refinery in Kuantan has been getting…
greenleft.org.au/content/malaysia-australian-corporate-polluter-lynas-told-remove-radioactive-waste

Haiti: US mercenaries caught moving $80M from Petrocaribe fund
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-26
Embattled President Jovenel MoàØse used United States' help in a poorly executed, but serious, effort to consolidate power writes Matthew Cole (The Intercept) and Kim Ives (Haiti Liberte). | Reprinted with permission of The Intercept. | *** | Most of the Americans arrived in Port-au-Prince from the United States by private jet early on the morning of February 16. They had packed the eight-passenger charter plane with a stockpile of semiautomatic rifles, handguns, Kevlar bulletproof vests and knives. Most had been p…
greenleft.org.au/content/haiti-us-mercenaries-caught-moving-80m-petrocaribe-fund

Letter from the US: Stop the persecution of Julian Assange
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-26
When the world saw the video of beefy police dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it was clear that the media had been alerted to film the spectacle. | Ecuador had granted Assange asylum in its embassy since 2012, to block his threatened extradition to the United States at the time. | Media outlets such as CNN declared he looked crazy in the video. One CNN reporter said that one of the reasons the embassy called the police was that Assange had allegedly smeared faeces on walls inside the Embassy. | The real smears, however, have been by the press against the WikiLeaks founder. | The ac…
greenleft.org.au/content/letter-us-stop-persecution-julian-assange

In Case Brought by School Speech Pathologist, Texas Federal Court Becomes the Third to Strike Down Pro-Israel Oath as Unconstitutional
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-26
Outlawing activism against Israel is one of the the greatest threats to free speech in the west, but that censorship campaign is losing in U.S. courts.
theintercept.com/2019/04/26/in-case-brou…

Operation Take Down Bernie
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-04-26
Sanders's socialism is scary for a Democratic establishment that worries a lot about electability. Cue the media hit pieces.
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Woman at War: a refreshing, inspiring film
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Women at War | Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson | Written by Benedikt Erlingsson & àìlafur Egill Egilsson | Starring Halldóra Geirharà∞sdóttir, Davíà∞ àûór Jónsson & Magnús Trygvason Eliasen | Director Benedikt Erlingsson's latest film, Woman at War is delightful, offbeat and uplifting. The main character is Halla, a choir director in her early 50s, who lives a secret double-life as a lone saboteur of heavy industry threatening her Icelandic environment. | In the film's exciting opening scene, she scampers across the rugged but beautiful Icelandic countryside from helicopters a…
greenleft.org.au/content/woman-war-refreshing-inspiring-film

Will Labor really 'change the rules'?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Most workers cannot wait to get rid of this dreadful federal Coalition government. But fewer believe that a Bill Shorten-led Labor government will actually change the rules. | Why? Because most remember what the previous federal Labor government did — or didn't do — for workers. | ACTU president Michele O'Neil is right to point out "Australian workers need a pay rise" and that "the policies of the [Scott] Morrison government have left 40% of people in insecure work, 1 million people underemployed and created 1 million second jobs." | We also agree that "we need to change the rules so that working peop…
greenleft.org.au/content/will-labor-really-change-rules

Student migrant faces deportation
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Students, unionists and community members protested outside the immigration department on April 11 against the threatened deportation of Kinley Wangchuck, an 18-year-old hearing-impaired student who lives in Queanbeyan, NSW. | Wangchuck's family, who have lived in Australia for 7 years and are seeking permanent residency, was told in early April that their son did not meet Australia's migration health requirements and had to be deported as otherwise he would be a "financial burden" on the country. | Will Edwards from the National Union of Students (NUS) Disabilities Department called the protest, which als…
greenleft.org.au/content/student-migrant-faces-deportation

Still in detention after 10 years, Tamil refugee must now fight cancer
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Sivaguru Navanitharasa is a Tamil refugee who fled Sri Lanka in 2008. After staying for a year in Malaysia with no legal status, he set out for Australia, where he has been detained for nearly 10 years, first on Christmas Island and then in Villawood detention centre. | Navanitharasa is now in MITA immigration detention centre in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, where he faces a new challenge: overcoming cancer. | Navanitharasa has been recognised as a refugee, but remains in detention because ASIO classified him as a security risk. This was due to his previous membership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a…
greenleft.org.au/content/still-detention-after-10-years-tamil-refugee-must-now-fight-cancer

Anning's censure makes playing race card harder
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Amid the smoke and mirrors of the Coalition's federal budget, the Senate voted to formally censure far-right Senator Fraser Anning on April 3. | The vote came after a "Remove Fraser Anning from Parliament" petition on Change.org garnered close to 1.5 million signatures following his comments on the far-right terror attack in New Zealand on March 15. | In a statement issued on the day of the terrorist attack on two mosques that left 50 dead, Anning said: "The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place…"
greenleft.org.au/content/annings-censure-makes-playing-race-card-harder

Five new books for ecosocialists
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus looks at five new books of particular interest to ecosocialists. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or agreement with all (or any) of its contents. | *** | Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease | By Drew Harvell | University of California Press, 2019 | Fuelled by sewage dumping, unregulated aquaculture and drifting plastic in warming seas, marine epidemics are sentin…
greenleft.org.au/content/five-new-books-ecosocialists-3

Refugee sends plea from Manus Island
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Thousands turned out for refugee rights rallies across the country on Palm Sunday, April 14. | Kurdish refugee Farhad Bandesh, who is detained on Manus Island, addressed the rally in Newcastle by phone. Below is an edited transcript of his speech. | *** | My name is Farhad Bandesh. | I speak to you from Manus Island, where I have been imprisoned and tortured with others, like our friends on Nauru, for nearly six years. | I wish to acknowledge the land of the Awabakal people of the Kulin Nation, stolen land, and I pay respect to Indigenous people, past, present and future. | I want to thank you all so very much fo…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-sends-plea-manus-island

Stop Adani Convoy hits the road
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Kicking off on April 17, the Bob Brown Foundation's Stop Adani Convoy has been holding protest rallies along Australia's eastern coast as it makes its way to the site of Adani's proposed coalmine in the Galilee Basin, Queensland, before ending with a protest outside federal parliament in Canberra on May 5. | The aim of the convey is to send a clear message to Adani and state and federal governments that coalmining, and all fossil fuel mining, are sunset industries in this time of human-induced climate change. | Support for the convoy has come from as far away as Western Australia, with the Stop Adani Convoy WA (…
greenleft.org.au/content/stop-adani-convoy-hits-road

Free Advice for Democrats
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2019-04-25
Now that the redacted Mueller report lays out what appears to be evidence of a president obstructing justice, it's up to Congress.
progressive.org/dispatches/free-advice-f…

Interview With Max Ajl: What Internationalist Green New Deal Would Look Like
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-24
For the "Unauthorized Disclosure" weekly podcast, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Max Ajl, who is a doctoral student in development studies at Cornell University. He speaks to them from Tunisia, where he is conducting research on the environment and agriculture as it relates to decolonization and…
shadowproof.com/2019/04/24/interview-wit…

Joseph Stiglitz: Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders Want to Make the Economy Work for All Americans
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
As the 2020 election race barrels forward with nearly 20 Democratic candidates, we speak with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about the policy platforms of progressive hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, including Warren's plan to break up big tech companies and cancel student debt and Sanders's commitment to democratic socialism, which Stiglitz compares to "what in Europe is called social democracy, sometimes called the welfare state." Stiglitz has a new book out titled "People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent."
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/24/joseph_st…

Bernie Sanders Spurs Debate on Prisoner Voting Rights, But the Idea Is "Not as Radical as It Seems"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said at a town hall Monday that he believed in restoring voting rights for prisoners, sparking a national discussion about re-enfranchisement for the more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has spoken out against prisoner voting rights, while Senator Elizabeth Warren said "I'm not there yet" on the issue. Senator Kamala Harris said "there has to be serious consequence for the most extreme types of crimes," referencing her background as a prosecutor. We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, about the pu…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/24/bernie_sa…

'Pod Save The World' And Their Awful Discussion Of Case Against Julian Assange
shadowproof.com | 2019-04-24
President Donald Trump's Justice Department will need the rhetorical support of liberal Democrats to succeed in prosecuting WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, and Tommy Vietor, former national security spokesperson and special assistant to the president, worked in President Barack Obama's administration.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/24/former-obama-…