Daily Archives: 2019-04-09

2019-04-09: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-04-09). Does Obama Speak for Progressives? therealnews.com On Saturday in Berlin, President Obama said progressives shouldn't attack other progressives, saying it's a "circular firing squad." But are corporate Democrats within the progressive camp?

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian. democracynow.org President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children. democracynow.org Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-09). Sanders again proposes banning right-to-work laws. peoplesworld.org LAS VEGAS—Going where even organized labor has not openly marched for decades, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., has again formally proposed banning state "right-to-work" laws. Sanders, currently among leaders in opinion polls about Democratic presidential hopefuls, rolled out his proposal on April 8 before a Machinists' women's conference in Las Vegas. His reward was loud and …

STAFF (2019-04-09). Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition. truthout.org We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive polic…

Norman Solomon (2019-04-09). Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending. counterpunch.org What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with More

STAFF (2019-04-09). Obama Pushes Neoliberal Myths on Health Care at Fundraiser. truthout.org The media-political complex is all abuzz that multimillionaire heiress and Boeing director Caroline Kennedy has named multimillionaire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the latest winner of the Camelot Dynasty's 2019 Profiles in Courage award. | Pelosi is specifically being honored for ramming the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010 and tacitly being honored for boldly go…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report Within the Week. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday he expects to release a redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week." | Barr told members of Congress at his first public appearance since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier projection of releasing a version by mid-April still stood. The report, which is nearly 400 pages long, is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details that relate to pending investigations. | Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a…

Justin Elliot, ProPublica (2019-04-09). Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. commondreams.org A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families and Caged Children. truthout.org Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as…

Arlen Schumer (2019-04-09). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Green New Deal! thenation.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Green New Deal!

Alfred W. McCoy (2019-04-09). America's Self-Inflicted Wound: 100 Years of the War on Drugs. commondreams.org So successful were Reagan Republicans in framing this partisan drug policy as a moral imperative that two of his liberal Democratic successors, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, avoided any serious reform of it. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Bernie Sanders Hopes for Netanyahu's Loss in Israeli Election. telesurenglish.net The United States Senator Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he hopes for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's loss in the Israeli elections. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Leads Presidential Campaign Fundraising with $18M So Far | "When election time comes in Israel, he always tries going even further to the right by appealing to racism within Israel, I think it's unfortunate," Sanders said, adding, "I'm not a great fan of his, and, frankly, I hope he loses his election."

Rosemarie Jackowski (2019-04-09). Biden, Bernie, and the Bomb. dissidentvoice.org Will 2019 go down in history as the year of insanity? Has hyper hysteria taken over the entire country? Is it no longer possible to make our way through the hazy maze of Political Correctness? Have we gotten to the point where guns are legal but an innocent hug can get you indicted? Consider this: Thousands …

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Israeli Elections 'Too Close to Call' Exit Polls Show. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing right-wing Likud Party appeared almost neck and neck with his main centrist rival for seats in parliament on election day, varying exit polls indicated. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Hopes for Netanyahu's Loss in Israeli Election | After a tightly-fought race with former general Benny Gantz, the preliminary polls, all giving slightly different projections, mean Netanyahu, 69, is on course to continue leading the Israeli governm…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-09). AIPAC Targets Bernie Sanders in Facebook Ads Focused on Key Democratic Primary States. theintercept.com Bernie Sanders is the target of an ad campaign on Facebook paid for by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-04-09). Millionaire Pelosi Repeats Insurance Co Lies on Medicare for All. indybay.org The outrage of robot voting in San Francisco for the Democratic incumbent when it is not possible for a Republican to win is brought home with the re-election of 79 year old millionaire Democrat Rep Nancy Pelosi, who again repeats the insurance company lies about Medicare for All, HR 1384.

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-04-09). Daraka Larimore-Hall holds fundraiser in San Rafael. indybay.org Candidate for Chair of California Democratic Party impresses progressive Democrats in Marin.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-09). Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in 'Crazy' Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted. commondreams.org "How can we keep giving more money to the Pentagon than it needs when 40 million live in poverty, 34 million have no health insurance, and 140 million can't afford basic needs without going into debt?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-09). Mitch McConnell's Lie-Filled Tirade Against Medicare for All Draws Cheers From For-Profit Hospital Industry. commondreams.org Indicating that Republicans are shifting their focus away from "repealing and replacing" the Affordable Care Act and toward the growing momentum for Medicare for All, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged a group of hospital officials to join the fight against the proposal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-04-09). Bernie Sanders joins Trump's attack on "open borders" wsws.org Sanders echoed the right-wing fraud that a nation with nearly 600 billionaires, whose net worth totals over $3 trillion, cannot afford to welcome people emigrating to the US to work.

John Nichols (2019-04-08). Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College. thenation.com Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College…

Michael Selby-Green (2019-04-08). UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions on Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation. thegrayzone.com US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,…

John Nichols (2019-04-08). Bernie Sanders Is Making Union Solidarity an Essential Theme of the 2020 Campaign. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is Making Union Solidarity an Essential Theme of the 2020 Campaign…

Kate Aronoff (2019-04-07). Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People? theintercept.com For as long as climate change has been a part of America's national consciousness, it's been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, "Mad Max"-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells's recent book is a variation on the same theme, stirring up hundreds of pages of images' worth of an "Uninhabitable Earth" to make the case that the conversation has not been dire enough. | In describing the nature of the problem, drastic terms are of course necessary. Annihilation looms, and the chaos it threatens to bring about — stronger storms, more fearsome floods, unbea…

RT (2019-04-07). Mueller's probe is over, but bogeyman Russia will come in handy for 2020 presidential hopefuls. rt.com There was no collusion but, for the crowded field of candidates hoping to be nominated by Democrats as their runner for 2020, Russia is still a good target to blame or to threaten with. Will using such rhetoric actually help them?

RT (2019-04-06). AOC accused of using 'verbal blackface' during speech to black audience. rt.com Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being accused of faking a southern accent during a speech to a black audience, a transgression that makes her very much like… Hillary Clinton, according to detractors.

Aída Chávez (2019-04-06). Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular 2020 Candidate Among Hispanic Voters, New Polling Finds. theintercept.com Thirty-three percent of Hispanic voters polled by Morning Consult support Sanders for president. He's followed by Joe Biden, with 24 percent of support.

susan_p (2019-04-06). Turkey: the wondrous tale of democratic resilience. greenleft.org.au An American historian, Hayden White, once made fame by claiming that historical accounts were essentially like novels, each with their own plot and structure. Whatever we think about White's post-modern move, histories of early 21st-century Turkey are sure to read like thrillers with many ups and downs. | Turkey's local elections on March 31 added a new page to this dramatic tale. Reuters correspondent Humerya Pamuk spoke for many when she called the polls "nothing short of historic". | Against expectations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost in five of the six bigges…

Ryan Grim (2019-04-05). The Reluctance of Bernie Sanders to Release His Damn Tax Returns Is Part of a Bigger Issue. theintercept.com By failing to release his tax returns despite repeated promises to do so any minute now, Bernie Sanders is being the stubborn curmudgeon he's always been.

susan_p (2019-04-05). Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts. greenleft.org.au Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). The Brexit rollercoaster. greenleft.org.au Two very different demonstrations within less than a week of each other neatly illustrated just how polarised British politics is. | On March 23, an estimated 1 million people took to the streets calling for a second referendum or "people's vote" on Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU). | They argue that the electorate has a better idea now of the deal it might be getting and what the consequences are for the economy and people's rights to live, work and travel freely in any of the 27 member states. | This crowd was socially liberal and mostly leftish-leaning. The People's Vote campaign leadership…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won. greenleft.org.au After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…

Alex Kane (2019-04-05). A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company. theintercept.com A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). After Mueller: Trump's presidency a product of US capitalism. greenleft.org.au The most important finding of the long Mueller investigation into United States President Donald Trump — that there was no collusion with the Russians to fix the 2016 US election so that Trump would win — came as a shock to most liberals, progressives and even many socialists. | I have seen only one figure in the mass media who faces even parts of the truth. Farhad Manjoo, an op-ed writer in the New York Times wrote on March 25: "Trump's win was not the illegitimate product of a treasonous conspiracy … The president was not a Manchurian candidat…

pip.hinman (2019-04-05). Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Abdullah àñcalan. greenleft.org.au British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Kurdish solidarity activists on March 30, according to the campaign website freedomforocalan.org. | The activists have been working with Imam Sis, a Kurdish activist living in Wales who has been on hunger strike since December 17, protesting the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah à&ntil…

Geraldine Perry (2019-04-04). Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal! dissidentvoice.org Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty — and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious ties to UN Agenda 21. Those who claim that Agenda 21 amounts to little more …

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty. greenleft.org.au How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Federal elections: Why you should support the socialists. greenleft.org.au Following on from its successful state election campaign last year, Victorian Socialists is standing three candidates in the forthcoming federal election: Sue Bolton in the seat of Wills, Kath Larkin in the seat of Cooper, and Jerome Small for the seat of Calwell. | Green Left Weekly's Alex Bainbridge spoke to Sue Bolton about the block the major parties pose to progressive politics and why it is important to support socialist candidates. | What struck you the most about this budget? | This budget does bugger all for anyone on a low income and gives handouts to the wealthy and corporations. | All the income tax c…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). We need a budget for the 99%. greenleft.org.au The Coalition's budget has ensured that its neoliberal agenda remains in intact. It has deepened cuts to social spending while given tax breaks to high income earners and greedy corporations. | Meanwhile, the cost of living for ordinary people is rising, real wages are falling and those on social security benefits remain below the poverty line. | Despite a growing national campaign to raise the rate of Newstart, the Coalition has refused to budge. It is under no pressure to act, largely due to Labor's unwillingness to commit to raise Newstart. | The most we can expect from a potential Labor government is a "root…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). RTBU demand reinstatement of sacked union delegate. greenleft.org.au Train operator and Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) delegate Robert Car was sacked by the privately-owned Metro Train Sydney (MTS) company on March 27. | In response, the RTBU, together with members from the Maritime Union of Australia, the Electrical Trades Union, the United Services Union, and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, rallied outside MTS headquarters in Rouse Hill to demand Car's reinstatement on April 3. | Below is Car's address to the rally. | *** | I was the union delegate for RTBU until last Wednesday, when I was sacked for no reason. | I was fighting for a mass determin…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). A ship adrift: Cuba after the 'Pink Tide'. greenleft.org.au In the early years of…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Ecological agriculture needs to be made a priority. greenleft.org.au The number of farmers moving to ecological agriculture in its various forms — agroecology, organic, biological, biodynamic, regenerative — continues to grow as farmers and consumers become more aware of the harm pesticides and synthetic fertilisers cause to health and the environment. | Alan Broughton takes a look at this phenomenon and asks why the majority of farmers are still holding on to chemical methods and what can be done to increase the ecological uptake. | *** | At an organic soil management class that I taught in Shepparton, Victoria, I asked each of the dozen participants why they were int…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action. greenleft.org.au Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…

Fred_F (2019-04-04). Manly Fast Ferries workers strike again. greenleft.org.au Crew members on the Manly Fast Ferries service between Circular Quay and Manly Harbour went on strike on April 3 for the second time as part of their ongoing campaign for improved wages and conditions. | The workers are demanding a 38-hour work week, annual and sick leave, permanency of employment and proper pay loadings for casual work. | The Fast Ferries company, owned by the corporatised motorists' organisation NRMA, is the only privatised section of Sydney's ferry fleet. It also has the lowest wages and conditions on the harbour, and a fully casualised workforce. | The Maritime Union of Australia (M…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). When it comes to beauty, rich white men have no idea. greenleft.org.au We see and judge women based on the perspective of super rich white men who also tend to own the beauty competitions and the cosmetic companies. | If US President Donald Trump met me, he would probably say I was ugly. He would not see the degrees, published books and articles, or the gentle being that I am. Instead, he would see measurements. | That does not bother me at all, because Trump and people in similar positions of power are not qualified to even talk about beauty. | For two decades, Trump owned the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Contestants confirmed that he would enter Miss Teen USA changing rooms while…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Major parties fail #ClimateElection test. greenleft.org.au Treasurer Josh Frydenberg only mentioned the word "climate" twice in his election budget speech, and almost as an afterthought. | The lack of priority given to the urgent problem of climate change was revealed by the spare change that the Coalition government allocated for climate change measures in the budget: $3.5 billion, most of which will not even be spent in the next four years. | This compares to hundreds of billions allocated to polluting infrastructure, corporate tax cuts and governm…

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Ecuador: Correismo resurges in regional elections. greenleft.org.au "They tried to bury us. They did not know we were seeds". The old Mexican proverb never sounded more true than in the early hours of the morning of March 25 across Ecuador. | The local and regional elections that took place the previous day were meant to put a definitive end to the political phenomenon of the Citizens Revolution and bury, once and for all, the legacy of former left-wing president Rafael Correa. | Correa's 10 years in power from 2007 to 2017 has been named "the victorious decade" for its achievements in reducing poverty, inequality and bringing back political and economic stability. | New poli…

Akela Lacy (2019-04-04). Former DCCC Chair Distances From Controversial New Policy: "Different Leaders Have Different Approaches" theintercept.com Former DCCC chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján suggested that the new policy to blacklist vendors that work with primary challengers could undermine party unity.

Anthony Giancatarino (2019-04-03). The Green New Deal Means Power to the People. progressive.org The transition to renewable energy envisioned in the Green New Deal holds the potential for a radical decentralization of power, not the top-down control Mitch McConnell claims.

2019-04-09: Social Media Postees

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Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive polic…
truthout.org/articles/calculating-the-da…

Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/09/barbara-lees…

Obama Pushes Neoliberal Myths on Health Care at Fundraiser
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
The media-political complex is all abuzz that multimillionaire heiress and Boeing director Caroline Kennedy has named multimillionaire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the latest winner of the Camelot Dynasty's 2019 Profiles in Courage award. | Pelosi is specifically being honored for ramming the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010 and tacitly being honored for boldly go…
truthout.org/articles/obama-pushes-neoli…

Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/9/kirstjen_n…

Does Obama Speak for Progressives?
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-09
On Saturday in Berlin, President Obama said progressives shouldn't attack other progressives, saying it's a "circular firing squad." But are corporate Democrats within the progressive camp?
therealnews.com/stories/does-obama-speak…

Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report Within the Week
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-09
WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday he expects to release a redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week." | Barr told members of Congress at his first public appearance since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier projection of releasing a version by mid-April still stood. The report, which is nearly 400 pages long, is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details that relate to pending investigations. | Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a…
truthdig.com/articles/barr-to-release-re…

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax
Justin Elliot, ProPublica | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/09/congres…

Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/9/trump_purg…

Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families and Caged Children
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-09
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as…
truthout.org/video/outgoing-dhs-secretar…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Green New Deal!
Arlen Schumer | thenation.com | 2019-04-09
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Green New Deal!
thenation.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-…

America's Self-Inflicted Wound: 100 Years of the War on Drugs
Alfred W. McCoy | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
So successful were Reagan Republicans in framing this partisan drug policy as a moral imperative that two of his liberal Democratic successors, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, avoided any serious reform of it. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/09/americ…

Bernie Sanders Hopes for Netanyahu's Loss in Israeli Election
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
The United States Senator Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he hopes for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's loss in the Israeli elections. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Leads Presidential Campaign Fundraising with $18M So Far | "When election time comes in Israel, he always tries going even further to the right by appealing to racism within Israel, I think it's unfortunate," Sanders said, adding, "I'm not a great fan of his, and, frankly, I hope he loses his election."
telesurenglish.net/news/Bernie-Sanders-H…

Biden, Bernie, and the Bomb
Rosemarie Jackowski | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-09
Will 2019 go down in history as the year of insanity? Has hyper hysteria taken over the entire country? Is it no longer possible to make our way through the hazy maze of Political Correctness? Have we gotten to the point where guns are legal but an innocent hug can get you indicted? Consider this: Thousands …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/biden-bernie-…

Sanders again proposes banning right-to-work laws
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-09
LAS VEGAS–Going where even organized labor has not openly marched for decades, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., has again formally proposed banning state "right-to-work" laws. Sanders, currently among leaders in opinion polls about Democratic presidential hopefuls, rolled out his proposal on April 8 before a Machinists' women's conference in Las Vegas. His reward was loud and …
peoplesworld.org/article/sanders-again-p…

Israeli Elections 'Too Close to Call' Exit Polls Show
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing right-wing Likud Party appeared almost neck and neck with his main centrist rival for seats in parliament on election day, varying exit polls indicated. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Hopes for Netanyahu's Loss in Israeli Election | After a tightly-fought race with former general Benny Gantz, the preliminary polls, all giving slightly different projections, mean Netanyahu, 69, is on course to continue leading the Israeli governm…
telesurenglish.net/news/Israeli-Election…

Mitch McConnell's Lie-Filled Tirade Against Medicare for All Draws Cheers From For-Profit Hospital Industry
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
Indicating that Republicans are shifting their focus away from "repealing and replacing" the Affordable Care Act and toward the growing momentum for Medicare for All, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged a group of hospital officials to join the fight against the proposal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/09/mitch-m…

Daraka Larimore-Hall holds fundraiser in San Rafael
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-04-09
Candidate for Chair of California Democratic Party impresses progressive Democrats in Marin.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/07/1882260…

Bernie Sanders joins Trump's attack on "open borders"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-09
Sanders echoed the right-wing fraud that a nation with nearly 600 billionaires, whose net worth totals over $3 trillion, cannot afford to welcome people emigrating to the US to work.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/09/sand…

Millionaire Pelosi Repeats Insurance Co Lies on Medicare for All
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-04-09
The outrage of robot voting in San Francisco for the Democratic incumbent when it is not possible for a Republican to win is brought home with the re-election of 79 year old millionaire Democrat Rep Nancy Pelosi, who again repeats the insurance company lies about Medicare for All, HR 1384.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/06/1882259…

Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in 'Crazy' Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-09
"How can we keep giving more money to the Pentagon than it needs when 40 million live in poverty, 34 million have no health insurance, and 140 million can't afford basic needs without going into debt?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/09/progres…

AIPAC Targets Bernie Sanders in Facebook Ads Focused on Key Democratic Primary States
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-09
Bernie Sanders is the target of an ad campaign on Facebook paid for by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group.
theintercept.com/2019/04/09/aipac-target…

Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-08
Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College…
thenation.com/article/democrats-2020-ele…

UN Rapporteur: US Sanctions on Venezuela Are 'Blunt' Way to Engineer Regime Change, Causing Blanket Starvation
Michael Selby-Green | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-08
US sanctions against Venezuela are like "going into microsurgery with a kitchen knife" and are holding an entire population hostage,…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/07/un-rapporteur…

Bernie Sanders Is Making Union Solidarity an Essential Theme of the 2020 Campaign
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-08
Bernie Sanders Is Making Union Solidarity an Essential Theme of the 2020 Campaign…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-lab…

Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People?
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2019-04-07
For as long as climate change has been a part of America's national consciousness, it's been talked about in dire terms, evoking images of some hellish, "Mad Max"-style dystopia. The title and much of the content of David Wallace-Wells's recent book is a variation on the same theme, stirring up hundreds of pages of images' worth of an "Uninhabitable Earth" to make the case that the conversation has not been dire enough. | In describing the nature of the problem, drastic terms are of course necessary. Annihilation looms, and the chaos it threatens to bring about — stronger storms, more fearsome floods, unbea…
theintercept.com/2019/04/07/green-new-de…

Mueller's probe is over, but bogeyman Russia will come in handy for 2020 presidential hopefuls
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-07
There was no collusion but, for the crowded field of candidates hoping to be nominated by Democrats as their runner for 2020, Russia is still a good target to blame or to threaten with. Will using such rhetoric actually help them? | …
rt.com/usa/455814-mueller-probe-russia-t…

Turkey: the wondrous tale of democratic resilience
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-06
An American historian, Hayden White, once made fame by claiming that historical accounts were essentially like novels, each with their own plot and structure. Whatever we think about White's post-modern move, histories of early 21st-century Turkey are sure to read like thrillers with many ups and downs. | Turkey's local elections on March 31 added a new page to this dramatic tale. Reuters correspondent Humerya Pamuk spoke for many when she called the polls "nothing short of historic". | Against expectations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost in five of the six bigges…
greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-wondrous-tale-democratic-resilience

Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular 2020 Candidate Among Hispanic Voters, New Polling Finds
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-06
Thirty-three percent of Hispanic voters polled by Morning Consult support Sanders for president. He's followed by Joe Biden, with 24 percent of support.
theintercept.com/2019/04/06/bernie-sande…

AOC accused of using 'verbal blackface' during speech to black audience
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-06
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being accused of faking a southern accent during a speech to a black audience, a transgression that makes her very much like… Hillary Clinton, according to detractors. | …
rt.com/usa/455703-aoc-fake-southern-acce…

A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company
Alex Kane | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…
theintercept.com/2019/04/05/pegasus-spyw…

The Reluctance of Bernie Sanders to Release His Damn Tax Returns Is Part of a Bigger Issue
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
By failing to release his tax returns despite repeated promises to do so any minute now, Bernie Sanders is being the stubborn curmudgeon he's always been.
theintercept.com/2019/04/05/bernie-sande…

After Mueller: Trump's presidency a product of US capitalism
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
The most important finding of the long Mueller investigation into United States President Donald Trump — that there was no collusion with the Russians to fix the 2016 US election so that Trump would win — came as a shock to most liberals, progressives and even many socialists. | I have seen only one figure in the mass media who faces even parts of the truth. Farhad Manjoo, an op-ed writer in the New York Times wrote on March 25: "Trump's win was not the illegitimate product of a treasonous conspiracy … The president was not a Manchurian candidat…
greenleft.org.au/content/after-mueller-trump%E2%80%99s-presidency-product-us-capitalism

Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-guaido-stripped-immunity-protest-erupt-over-blackouts

Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…
greenleft.org.au/content/interview-how-chemist-warehouse-workers-won

Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Abdullah àñcalan
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Kurdish solidarity activists on March 30, according to the campaign website freedomforocalan.org. | The activists have been working with Imam Sis, a Kurdish activist living in Wales who has been on hunger strike since December 17, protesting the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah à&ntil…
greenleft.org.au/content/jeremy-corbyn-calls-lawyers-be-allowed-visit-abdullah-%C3%B6calan

The Brexit rollercoaster
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
Two very different demonstrations within less than a week of each other neatly illustrated just how polarised British politics is. | On March 23, an estimated 1 million people took to the streets calling for a second referendum or "people's vote" on Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU). | They argue that the electorate has a better idea now of the deal it might be getting and what the consequences are for the economy and people's rights to live, work and travel freely in any of the 27 member states. | This crowd was socially liberal and mostly leftish-leaning. The People's Vote campaign leadership…
greenleft.org.au/content/brexit-rollercoaster

Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance — Wendell Potter
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
Trump's "great healthcare plan" and opposition to Medicare for All's "socialism" and Pelosi's defense of the ACA and opposition to single-payer are both aimed at garnering support from the private insurance industry…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-and-pelosi…

Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal!
Geraldine Perry | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-04
Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty — and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious ties to UN Agenda 21. Those who claim that Agenda 21 amounts to little more …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/word-to-the-w…

When it comes to beauty, rich white men have no idea
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
We see and judge women based on the perspective of super rich white men who also tend to own the beauty competitions and the cosmetic companies. | If US President Donald Trump met me, he would probably say I was ugly. He would not see the degrees, published books and articles, or the gentle being that I am. Instead, he would see measurements. | That does not bother me at all, because Trump and people in similar positions of power are not qualified to even talk about beauty. | For two decades, Trump owned the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Contestants confirmed that he would enter Miss Teen USA changing rooms while…
greenleft.org.au/content/when-it-comes-beauty-rich-white-men-have-no-idea

RTBU demand reinstatement of sacked union delegate
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Train operator and Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) delegate Robert Car was sacked by the privately-owned Metro Train Sydney (MTS) company on March 27. | In response, the RTBU, together with members from the Maritime Union of Australia, the Electrical Trades Union, the United Services Union, and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, rallied outside MTS headquarters in Rouse Hill to demand Car's reinstatement on April 3. | Below is Car's address to the rally. | *** | I was the union delegate for RTBU until last Wednesday, when I was sacked for no reason. | I was fighting for a mass determin…
greenleft.org.au/content/rtbu-demand-reinstatement-sacked-union-delegate

Ecological agriculture needs to be made a priority
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
The number of farmers moving to ecological agriculture in its various forms — agroecology, organic, biological, biodynamic, regenerative — continues to grow as farmers and consumers become more aware of the harm pesticides and synthetic fertilisers cause to health and the environment. | Alan Broughton takes a look at this phenomenon and asks why the majority of farmers are still holding on to chemical methods and what can be done to increase the ecological uptake. | *** | At an organic soil management class that I taught in Shepparton, Victoria, I asked each of the dozen participants why they were int…
greenleft.org.au/content/ecological-agriculture-needs-be-made-priority

Ecuador: Correismo resurges in regional elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
"They tried to bury us. They did not know we were seeds". The old Mexican proverb never sounded more true than in the early hours of the morning of March 25 across Ecuador. | The local and regional elections that took place the previous day were meant to put a definitive end to the political phenomenon of the Citizens Revolution and bury, once and for all, the legacy of former left-wing president Rafael Correa. | Correa's 10 years in power from 2007 to 2017 has been named "the victorious decade" for its achievements in reducing poverty, inequality and bringing back political and economic stability. | New poli…
greenleft.org.au/content/ecuador-correismo-resurges-regional-elections

A ship adrift: Cuba after the 'Pink Tide'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
In the early years of…
greenleft.org.au/content/ship-adrift-cuba-after-%E2%80%98pink-tide%E2%80%99

Manly Fast Ferries workers strike again
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Crew members on the Manly Fast Ferries service between Circular Quay and Manly Harbour went on strike on April 3 for the second time as part of their ongoing campaign for improved wages and conditions. | The workers are demanding a 38-hour work week, annual and sick leave, permanency of employment and proper pay loadings for casual work. | The Fast Ferries company, owned by the corporatised motorists' organisation NRMA, is the only privatised section of Sydney's ferry fleet. It also has the lowest wages and conditions on the harbour, and a fully casualised workforce. | The Maritime Union of Australia (M…
greenleft.org.au/content/manly-fast-ferries-workers-strike-again

Federal elections: Why you should support the socialists
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Following on from its successful state election campaign last year, Victorian Socialists is standing three candidates in the forthcoming federal election: Sue Bolton in the seat of Wills, Kath Larkin in the seat of Cooper, and Jerome Small for the seat of Calwell. | Green Left Weekly's Alex Bainbridge spoke to Sue Bolton about the block the major parties pose to progressive politics and why it is important to support socialist candidates. | What struck you the most about this budget? | This budget does bugger all for anyone on a low income and gives handouts to the wealthy and corporations. | All the income tax c…
greenleft.org.au/content/federal-elections-why-you-should-support-socialists

Major parties fail #ClimateElection test
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg only mentioned the word "climate" twice in his election budget speech, and almost as an afterthought. | The lack of priority given to the urgent problem of climate change was revealed by the spare change that the Coalition government allocated for climate change measures in the budget: $3.5 billion, most of which will not even be spent in the next four years. | This compares to hundreds of billions allocated to polluting infrastructure, corporate tax cuts and governm…
greenleft.org.au/content/major-parties-fail-climateelection-test

Former DCCC Chair Distances From Controversial New Policy: "Different Leaders Have Different Approaches"
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
Former DCCC chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján suggested that the new policy to blacklist vendors that work with primary challengers could undermine party unity.
theintercept.com/2019/04/04/dccc-blackli…

Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-delegation-urges-concrete-solidarity-action

Guns and politics: the manipulation of political will
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Steve Dixon, a Queensland Senate candidate for Pauline Hanson's One Nation, may have put it clumsily, but he was right — in politics, money wins the day in Australia. | Dixon's pitch to the powerful US National Rifle Association (NRA), recorded as part of Al Jazeera's three-year undercover sting operation, was: "We can change the voting system in our country, the way people operate, if we have got the money to do it." | Dixon, along with Hanson's chief of staff, James Ashby, went to the US to lobby the cashed-up N…
greenleft.org.au/content/guns-and-politics-manipulation-political-will

Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…
greenleft.org.au/content/mandatory-detention-history-bipartisan-cruelty