2018-04-19: News Headlines

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Staff (2018-04-19). Keep Saying 'No' to Dirty Energy Projects. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists "No one is doing their job to protect the people of Pennsylvania. We're out here on our own." Elise Gerhart sounds stressed and tired — but resolute. She and her family have been battling the Mariner East 2 pipeline for more than two years through both legal and direct action. In 2016, the pipeline resistance camp known as Camp White Pine began — deploying tree-sits in trees marked for clearing. Going up against Sunoco and their subsidiary, Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline has been intensely taxing, in all senses of that word. Surveillance drones and helicopters, private security thugs, legal threats and action, character assassination, death threats and mysterious visitors to the Gerhart's home have become the norm. | When Elise says they're out there on their own, it's true both literally and figuratively. The Gerharts…

TRNN (2018-04-19). Justin Trudeau Vows to Bail Out Profitable Oil Company, Kinder Morgan. The Real News Network Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees the Kinder Morgan threat to abandon its pipeline project as a threat to the country's national interest and is now mobilizing local governments to maintain the project, says TRNN's Dimitri Lascaris…

Staff (2018-04-19). Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Many have turned to survivor groups or therapy. Actors Tyler Perry, Tom Arnold and Anthony Edwards are among those who have come forward. | The post Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

TRNN (2018-04-19). Global Warming's Impact on Ocean Currents to Amplify Sea Level Rise. The Real News Network A new study shows that the Atlantic's currents have weakened due to global warming and are closer to catastrophic collapse than any time in the last 1,600 years, which could cause rapid sea level rise on the East Coast of North America. One of the study's lead authors explains…

WSWS (2018-04-19). Trump's secret diplomacy with North Korea. World Socialist Web Site The Trump administration senses the possibility of advancing US imperialism's interests in Asia against its chief rivals, Russia and China, and potential competitors such as Japan.

WSWS (2018-04-19). The Pulitzer Prize rewards witch-hunting and state propaganda. World Socialist Web Site The Washington Post and New York Times won prizes for their role in the anti-Russia campaign, while the Times and the New Yorker won an award for promoting the #MeToo campaign.

WSWS (2018-04-19). After Syria strikes, drumbeat grows for wider US war. World Socialist Web Site A campaign is underway in the American political and military-intelligence establishment for a major escalation in Syria and confrontation with Iran and Russia.

WSWS (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute. World Socialist Web Site In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Germany's pro-war Left Party postures as a "party of peace" World Socialist Web Site The Left Party in Germany is trying to portray itself as an opponent of war in order to prevent a powerful anti-war movement from developing.

WSWS (2018-04-19). SEP (Sri Lanka) calls May Day meeting in Colombo. World Socialist Web Site In holding its public meeting on May 1, the SEP is opposing the government's efforts to sabotage May Day celebrations.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Unite the working class against police killings! World Socialist Web Site The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Seven months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico suffers total blackout. World Socialist Web Site A break in a single transmission line triggered an island-wide blackout Wednesday, expected to last 24 to 36 hours.

WSWS (2018-04-19). UK government's racist targeting of Caribbean migrants provokes backlash. World Socialist Web Site The tightening of immigration legislation was in line with a policy of creating, in Prime Minister May's words, a "really hostile environment" for "illegal" immigrants.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Arizona teachers voting on state-wide walkout. World Socialist Web Site Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor's pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Australian unions launch campaign to re-elect an anti-working class Labor government. World Socialist Web Site The trade unions are directly responsible for the social crisis that the "Change the Rules" campaign purports to oppose.

WSWS (2018-04-19). As state ends bottled water program in Flint, officials grant new permits to Nestlé Waters. World Socialist Web Site The Michigan officials have granted the world's largest bottled water company expanded rights to exploit the state's fresh water supplies.

WSWS (2018-04-19). IMF remains upbeat on global economy but trade conflicts sound a jarring note. World Socialist Web Site The IMF chief economist said it seemed "paradoxical" that major economies were "flirting with trade war" at a time of economic expansion.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Corporate Canada demands Trudeau quell opposition to Trans Mountain pipeline. World Socialist Web Site The corporate media is demanding Trudeau do whatever it takes to ensure the pipeline is built, including invoking the Emergencies Act and deploying the army.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Murdoch's Times witch-hunts academics for questioning UK government's Syria lies. World Socialist Web Site Under conditions where the imperialist powers are dragging humanity towards a third world war, the ruling elites can no longer countenance critical opinion.

WSWS (2018-04-19). Maryland lawmakers offer Amazon $8.5 billion to locate headquarters near CIA and Pentagon. World Socialist Web Site Maryland is a finalist for Amazon's "HQ2" because of the region's proximity to the headquarters of Amazon's partners at the CIA, NSA, FBI and US military.

WSWS (2018-04-19). One passenger dead after engine explodes during Southwest Airlines flight. World Socialist Web Site Ultimate responsibility for Tuesday's incident lies in the subordination of passenger safety to the drive of the airlines for ever greater profits.

RT (2018-04-19). 'Nobody's tougher on Russia!' Trump recalls 'severe fight' in Syria, vows more sanctions if needed. RT US News Nobody has ever been tougher on Moscow than Donald Trump, the US President has proclaimed, promising even more sanctions if necessary and highlighting an alleged recent "severe" clash between the US and "Russian troops" in Syria.
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RT (2018-04-19). 5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO). RT US News Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). European assistance to deadly US drone strikes. Amnesty International Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). Deadly Assistance: The role of European States in US drone strikes. Amnesty International The reach of the US lethal drone programme is extensive and the USA relies heavily on assistance from many States. Since taking office, President Donald Trump has reportedly made changes to US policy on the use of force outside areas of conflict. Combined with the current administration's reported dramatic expansion in lethal drone operations, there is a real risk of an increase in unlawful killings and civilian casualties. This report examines the role played by the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy and analyses whether assistance provided by them could be aiding potentially unlawful US drone strikes in violation of international law.

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). Trump threat puts European role in lethal US drone strikes under new scrutiny. Amnesty International As the Trump administration prepares to further expand the USA's lethal drone programme, increasing the risk of civilian casualties and unlawful killings, Amnesty International is calling on four European countries to urgently overhaul the crucial operational and intelligence assistance they provide to the programme. | Amnesty International and others have documented cases under successive US administrations where US drone strikes have killed people who were not directly participating in hostilities or posed no imminent threat to life, including children. | In a new report, Deadly Assistance: The role of European states in US Drone Strikes, Amnesty International uses open source information to map out the assistance the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy provide to the US drone programme, and shows how these states risk being held responsible for violations under international law. | "The UK, German, Dutch and Italian governments…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19. The Condemned. Amnesty International

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). Trump's Allies Are Threatening Rod Rosenstein With Impeachment If He Doesn't Cooperate: Report. AlterNet.org Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to distract from the continuing Russia investigation. | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continued to face pressure from President Donald Trump's allies this week, according to the Washington Post, as Republicans in Congress try to undermine the special counsel's Russia investigationRep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), two of the president's allies on Capitol Hill, are pushing for Rosenstein to turn over documents related to the investigation, the Post found. According to the report, the lawmakers are even threatening to impeach Rosenstein if he does not comply. "Impeachment" itself may be an empty threat. Two-thirds of Senate would have to vote in favor of removing Rosenstein from office, and any effort would likely face blowback from Democrats and Republicans in the chamber. It would also be unnecessary: If even a halfway-compelling article. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). CNN's Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Attempt to Rewrite the History of Comey's Firing. AlterNet.org Trump presented "a totally different version of events from what the president has previously said. " | President Donald Trump tried to completely rewrite history Wednesday morning, and CNN's Anderson Cooper is not happy about it. In the opening segment of "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night, the host explained how Trump has completely contradicted his own account of why he fired former FBI Director James Comey, the action that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: April 18, 2018As Cooper points out, this claim contradicts the president's May 11, 2017 interview with Lester Holt, when he said he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey. The White House had previously tried to claim that Trump had fired Comey, on the Justice Department's recommendation, because the FBI director had been unfair to Hillary Clinton during the email investigation. But. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). White House Told Russian Embassy There Would Be No New Sanctions: CNN. AlterNet.org Evidence keeps piling up that the president has an interest in treating Russia with extreme caution. | A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's announcement over the weekend. CNN's Jim Sciutto first reported these comments, noting that it raised more questions about why Haley and the White House have completely contradictory messages. Breaking: Trump administration notified Russian Embassy in Washington no additional US sanctions were coming -Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman to CNN— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 18, 2018The mixed messages began on Sunday, when Haley announced that Russia would face new sanctions for its involvement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical warfare. On Monday, the White House. . .

Gareth Porter (2018-04-18). UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination. MintPress News An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. | The post UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination appeared first on MintPress News.

Emily Wells (2018-04-18). Republican Official Credits Voter ID Law for Trump Wisconsin Victory. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Democrats and elected officials have long argued that a Wisconsin voter identification law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of voters from the polls. A top Republican official has now asserted the same. | Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who defended the voter identification law in court, told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna Thursday, "We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November '16 election. How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didn't have voter ID to keep Wisconsin's elections clean and honest and have integrity?" | Mother Jones reports: The law, which went into effect in 2016, required specific forms of government-issued photo identification to vote. In a cover story last…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Sanders's Bill Would Hold Big Pharma Executives Behind Opioid Crisis Accountable. Truthout Stories Sen. Bernie Sanders attends a Senate Budget Committee hearing on February 13, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. | While President Donald Trump attempts to place blame for the enduring opioid addiction crisis on immigrants, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced Tuesday that he would introduce legislation to take aim at those who drug policy experts agree are truly behind the epidemic that kills tens of thousands of Americans per year — pharmaceutical companies and executives. | "At a time when local, state and federal governments are spending many billions of dollars a year dealing with the impact of the opioid epidemic, we must hold the pharmaceutical companies and executives that created the crisis accountable," said Sanders in…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). Tampa Bay Times Says It Will Cut About 50 Jobs Because of Trump's New Tariffs. AlterNet.org The paper says the new taxes on imported goods will cost $3 million. | The Tampa Bay Times announced Wednesday that it will be cutting about 50 jobs because of the U. S. government's new tariffs"[The] U. S. government piled huge tariffs onto the imports of newsprint from Canada, including those from our biggest supplier," Paul Tash, the CEO of the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper, wrote last month. "As a result, the price will jump from $600 to $800 for every ton, and we use about 17,000 tons every year. "He continued: "That increase is more than 30 percent, and would add more than $3 million to the Tampa Bay Times' annual newsprint bill. "In January, the Commerce Department announced that it would be raising tariffs on Canadian paper. According to CNN, the United States imported 1$. 3 billion worth of paper from Canda in 2016. A spokeswoman. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). Former Playboy Model Will Be Allowed to Speak About Her Alleged Affair with Trump: NYT. AlterNet.org She is just one of several people who has said they were paid not to discuss damaging information about Trump. | Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump, will now be allowed to speak publicly about her story, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Reporter Jim Rutenberg said that American Media Inc. , which owns the National Enquirer, will let McDougal out of the contract she signed that required her to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with the president. McDougal had sued the company over the agreement. She initially sold her story to AMI for $150,000, but it never published her claims. As part of a settlement, the company is entitled to as much as $75,000 of any profit she makes off her story. Trump has denied McDougal's accusations. The former Playboy model is not the. . .

Alvaro Huerta (2018-04-18). I Am Not Your "Wetback" counterpunch.org When I say that I am not your "wetback," it doesn't just apply to myself. It also applies to the millions of resilient people of Mexican origin in this nation, where this racialized group's deep ties to this land precede the Yankee invaders with their bloody annexation of Mexico's territory—half of it taken by 1848. That's 170 years of state violence, psychological pain, humiliation and exploitation experienced by Mexican Americans (or Chicanas/os) and Mexicans—my people—in el norte. More

Steven Sahiounie (2018-04-18). US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria. MintPress News The evidence — or lack thereof — of chemical weapons use by Syria is eerily similar to the events that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. | The post US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Brian Barger, Consortium News (2018-04-18). It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History. AlterNet.org Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal — and provoking the ire of AP editors | I remember it was a pleasure to meet Bob in 1984. The CIA was ramping up its covert war in Nicaragua. News reports from the region documented atrocities committed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" and their CIA handlers. Congress was starting to take notice, and was threatening to cut off US aid. I got a call from Betsy Cohn, a Latin America scholar from Georgetown University, saying I should meet this guy from the AP. Over lunch we shared notes. I'd done much of my reporting from Central America and Miami, and Bob from Washington. We agreed there was a lot of. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member. AlterNet.org If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad. . . | A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in — and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee — despite the fact that he's a paid member. He approaches the woman at the front desk and asks her to scan his membership tag, which she. . .

Katie Fite (2018-04-18). Chaos in Urban Canyons — Air Force Efforts to Carve a Civilian Population War Game Range across Southern Idaho. counterpunch.org Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis touched down at Mountain Home Air Force base in January. He gaggled with the press, extolled large military Ranges, and lamented human encroachment on military training sites. In early February, the Air Force mailed select "stakeholders" a Scoping proposal for imposing an F-15 Urban Warfare Range on the densest More

Staff (2018-04-18). Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: 'Like the First Day of Maria'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Officials say it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to the island, which was hit hard by Hurricane Maria last September. | The post Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: 'Like the First Day of Maria' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Robby Sherwin (2018-04-18). Facebook: This Is Where I Leave You. counterpunch.org "It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see." — Debra Monk It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population More

Dominique Jackson, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Shocking Video Shows White Teacher Dragging Screaming Black 7-Year-Old Student by His Legs. AlterNet.org The teacher was removed from the school pending the results of an investigation. | A seven-year-old boy was dragged off a school bus in Memphis, Tennessee by a white male teacher. The incident took place at Robert R. Church Elementary School. The school failed to inform the mother about what went down. She found out days later, after another parent sent her the video. "Another parent of a child at the school contacted me Friday evening. She said she had video of the teacher dragging my son off the school bus," she told FOX13 News. "Her son recorded it. "As a result the young boy left with injuries. "He had a concussion and his back was bruised," the mother said. According to the school, the teacher was breaking up a fight. The boy's mother said he was not involved in it. The teacher. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Anticipating a Crush: In Prison, Tactical Teams Declare Uneven War. Truthout Stories Orange Crush — or the tact team, as they're called officially — is the Illinois Department of Correction's most oppressive armed wing. They are bullies dressed in riot gear who kick you when you're down, both figuratively and literally. These are usually big white guys with insecurities, poor communication skills and a power complex that makes for a horrible mix.(Photo: Rafael Belincanta / EyeEm / Getty Images) | Far more people read Truthout than will ever donate — but we rely on donations to keep our publication running strong. Support independent journalism by making a contribution now! | About 7: 45 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, I muster the energy to get out of bed and walk the step to the sink from the bottom bunk and I hear it. Clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk. "Shit!" I say to myself as my…

Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-18). Macron's Syria Game. counterpunch.org There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring to it. With Syria's Bashar al-Assad getting more comfortable with military More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Why Won't Trump Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Support the Landmark Desegregation Case "Brown v. Board of Education"? Truthout Stories Did you know? Truthout is a nonprofit publication and the vast majority of our budget comes from reader donations. It's easy to support our work — click here to get started. | Last week, during Wendy Vitter's confirmation hearing for a Louisiana district court judgeship, the Donald Trump appointee (and wife of former Republican senator David Vitter) refused to say whether she supported Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that barred racial discrimination in public schools. | "I don't mean to be coy," Vitter said when asked about it by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., "but I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with." | As is standard these days, the comment set off…

Jeff Berg (2018-04-18). WW III This Ain't. counterpunch.org "Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table." — George Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of State For anyone wondering what this most recent attack on Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France is all about the answer is refreshingly simple. It is about the shape More

Lauren Walker (2018-04-18). A Stampede of Scandals. Truthout Stories

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Justin Trudeau Vows to Bail Out Profitable Oil Company, Kinder Morgan
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees the Kinder Morgan threat to abandon its pipeline project as a threat to the country's national interest and is now mobilizing local governments to maintain the project, says TRNN's Dimitri Lascaris…
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Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21616

Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-19
Many have turned to survivor groups or therapy. Actors Tyler Perry, Tom Arnold and Anthony Edwards are among those who have come forward. | The post Their Plight Is Ignored, Some Male Victims of Sex Abuse Say appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/their-plight-is-ignored-some-male-victims-of-sex-abuse-feel/

Global Warming's Impact on Ocean Currents to Amplify Sea Level Rise
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
A new study shows that the Atlantic's currents have weakened due to global warming and are closer to catastrophic collapse than any time in the last 1,600 years, which could cause rapid sea level rise on the East Coast of North America. One of the study's lead authors explains…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21606

Keep Saying 'No' to Dirty Energy Projects
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-19
"No one is doing their job to protect the people of Pennsylvania. We're out here on our own." Elise Gerhart sounds stressed and tired — but resolute. She and her family have been battling the Mariner East 2 pipeline for more than two years through both legal and direct action. In 2016, the pipeline resistance camp known as Camp White Pine began — deploying tree-sits in trees marked for clearing. Going up against Sunoco and their subsidiary, Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline has been intensely taxing, in all senses of that word. Surveillance drones and helicopters, private security thugs, legal threats and action, character assassination, death threats and mysterious visitors to the Gerhart's home have become the norm. | When Elise says they're out there on their own, it's true both literally and figuratively. The Gerharts…
truthdig.com/articles/keep-saying-no/

The Pulitzer Prize rewards witch-hunting and state propaganda
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The Washington Post and New York Times won prizes for their role in the anti-Russia campaign, while the Times and the New Yorker won an award for promoting the #MeToo campaign.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/puli-a19.html

After Syria strikes, drumbeat grows for wider US war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
A campaign is underway in the American political and military-intelligence establishment for a major escalation in Syria and confrontation with Iran and Russia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/syri-a19.html

Trump's secret diplomacy with North Korea
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The Trump administration senses the possibility of advancing US imperialism's interests in Asia against its chief rivals, Russia and China, and potential competitors such as Japan.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/pers-a19.html

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls May Day meeting in Colombo
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In holding its public meeting on May 1, the SEP is opposing the government's efforts to sabotage May Day celebrations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/mday-a19.html

Unite the working class against police killings!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/poli-a19.html

UK government's racist targeting of Caribbean migrants provokes backlash
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The tightening of immigration legislation was in line with a policy of creating, in Prime Minister May's words, a "really hostile environment" for "illegal" immigrants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/brit-a19.html

Germany's pro-war Left Party postures as a "party of peace"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The Left Party in Germany is trying to portray itself as an opponent of war in order to prevent a powerful anti-war movement from developing.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/left-a19.html

Australian unions launch campaign to re-elect an anti-working class Labor government
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The trade unions are directly responsible for the social crisis that the "Change the Rules" campaign purports to oppose.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/actu-a19.html

One passenger dead after engine explodes during Southwest Airlines flight
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
Ultimate responsibility for Tuesday's incident lies in the subordination of passenger safety to the drive of the airlines for ever greater profits.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/sout-a19.html

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/supr-a19.html

Corporate Canada demands Trudeau quell opposition to Trans Mountain pipeline
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The corporate media is demanding Trudeau do whatever it takes to ensure the pipeline is built, including invoking the Emergencies Act and deploying the army.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/catm-a19.html

Murdoch's Times witch-hunts academics for questioning UK government's Syria lies
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
Under conditions where the imperialist powers are dragging humanity towards a third world war, the ruling elites can no longer countenance critical opinion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/acad-a19.html

Maryland lawmakers offer Amazon $8.5 billion to locate headquarters near CIA and Pentagon
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
Maryland is a finalist for Amazon's "HQ2" because of the region's proximity to the headquarters of Amazon's partners at the CIA, NSA, FBI and US military.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/mary-a19.html

As state ends bottled water program in Flint, officials grant new permits to Nestlé Waters
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The Michigan officials have granted the world's largest bottled water company expanded rights to exploit the state's fresh water supplies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/nest-a19.html

Arizona teachers voting on state-wide walkout
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor's pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/ariz-a19.html

Seven months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico suffers total blackout
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
A break in a single transmission line triggered an island-wide blackout Wednesday, expected to last 24 to 36 hours.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/rico-a19.html

IMF remains upbeat on global economy but trade conflicts sound a jarring note
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The IMF chief economist said it seemed "paradoxical" that major economies were "flirting with trade war" at a time of economic expansion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/imfr-a19.html

'Nobody's tougher on Russia!' Trump recalls 'severe fight' in Syria, vows more sanctions if needed
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-19
Nobody has ever been tougher on Moscow than Donald Trump, the US President has proclaimed, promising even more sanctions if necessary and highlighting an alleged recent "severe" clash between the US and "Russian troops" in Syria. …
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5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-19
Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police. …
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Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
(Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. | Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…
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European assistance to deadly US drone strikes
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/european-assistance-to-deadly-us-drone-strikes/

Trump threat puts European role in lethal US drone strikes under new scrutiny
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
As the Trump administration prepares to further expand the USA's lethal drone programme, increasing the risk of civilian casualties and unlawful killings, Amnesty International is calling on four European countries to urgently overhaul the crucial operational and intelligence assistance they provide to the programme. | Amnesty International and others have documented cases under successive US administrations where US drone strikes have killed people who were not directly participating in hostilities or posed no imminent threat to life, including children. | In a new report, Deadly Assistance: The role of European states in US Drone Strikes, Amnesty International uses open source information to map out the assistance the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy provide to the US drone programme, and shows how these states risk being held responsible for violations under international law. | "The UK, German, Dutch and Italian governments…
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The Condemned
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/04/the-condemned-women-and-children-isolated-trapped-and-exploited-in-iraq/

UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination
Gareth Porter | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. | The post UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination appeared first on MintPress News.

UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination

CNN's Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Attempt to Rewrite the History of Comey's Firing
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Trump presented "a totally different version of events from what the president has previously said. " | President Donald Trump tried to completely rewrite history Wednesday morning, and CNN's Anderson Cooper is not happy about it. In the opening segment of "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night, the host explained how Trump has completely contradicted his own account of why he fired former FBI Director James Comey, the action that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: April 18, 2018As Cooper points out, this claim contradicts the president's May 11, 2017 interview with Lester Holt, when he said he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey. The White House had previously tried to claim that Trump had fired Comey, on the Justice Department's recommendation, because the FBI director had been unfair to Hillary Clinton during the email investigation. But. . .
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White House Told Russian Embassy There Would Be No New Sanctions: CNN
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Evidence keeps piling up that the president has an interest in treating Russia with extreme caution. | A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's announcement over the weekend. CNN's Jim Sciutto first reported these comments, noting that it raised more questions about why Haley and the White House have completely contradictory messages. Breaking: Trump administration notified Russian Embassy in Washington no additional US sanctions were coming -Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman to CNN– Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 18, 2018The mixed messages began on Sunday, when Haley announced that Russia would face new sanctions for its involvement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical warfare. On Monday, the White House. . .
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Trump's Allies Are Threatening Rod Rosenstein With Impeachment If He Doesn't Cooperate: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to distract from the continuing Russia investigation. | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continued to face pressure from President Donald Trump's allies this week, according to the Washington Post, as Republicans in Congress try to undermine the special counsel's Russia investigationRep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), two of the president's allies on Capitol Hill, are pushing for Rosenstein to turn over documents related to the investigation, the Post found. According to the report, the lawmakers are even threatening to impeach Rosenstein if he does not comply. "Impeachment" itself may be an empty threat. Two-thirds of Senate would have to vote in favor of removing Rosenstein from office, and any effort would likely face blowback from Democrats and Republicans in the chamber. It would also be unnecessary: If even a halfway-compelling article. . .
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"Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria?
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
Between the imminent arrival of thousands of U.S. troops, Israel's continued military action against Syria, and the Syrian rebels poised to stage a false-flag attack, it seems that last weekend's strikes were only the kickoff for an expanding U.S.-led military operation targeting the Syrian government. | The post "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? appeared first on MintPress News.

“Locked and Loaded”: What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria?

'Cool and Calm' Southwest Pilot a Pioneer in Her Field
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, was at the controls when her Boeing 737 with 149 on board blew an engine. | The post 'Cool and Calm' Southwest Pilot a Pioneer in Her Field appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria
Steven Sahiounie | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
The evidence — or lack thereof — of chemical weapons use by Syria is eerily similar to the events that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. | The post US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria

The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair. | Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." | Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called,…
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Philippines' Drug War Kills Poor Addicts, Not Rich Dealers
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-18
Most of the thousands killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs have been poor addicts. Ex-lawmaker Walden Bello discusses how the middle class is the social base for far-right movements…
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Facebook: This Is Where I Leave You
Robby Sherwin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see." — Debra Monk It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/18/facebook-this-is-where-i-leave-you/

CNN's Jake Tapper Rattles Off the History of Trump's Associates Allegedly Threatening People
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
"The allegation against Mr. Trump is a strong one. " | CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday ran through the troubling history of allegations that President Donald Trump's allies have threatened people or attempted to scare them to keep quiet about potentially damaging information. The segment comes the day after Stephanie Clifford, also known as porn actress and director Stormy Daniels, released an artist's rendering of a man she says threatened her to stay silent about the affair she says she had with Trump back in 2006. To evaluated these claims, Tapper said, we must not only consider whether Clifford and her attorney are credible. We also have to consider whether this behavior — hiring somebody to make threats on his behalf — makes sense with what we know about Trump's history. And as Tapper shows, there is a long history of people allegedly making similar threats. . .
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A Stampede of Scandals
Lauren Walker | Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
www.truth-out.org/art/item/44207-a-stampede-of-scandals

Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: 'Like the First Day of Maria'
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Officials say it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to the island, which was hit hard by Hurricane Maria last September. | The post Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico: 'Like the First Day of Maria' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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I Am Not Your "Wetback"
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
When I say that I am not your "wetback," it doesn't just apply to myself. It also applies to the millions of resilient people of Mexican origin in this nation, where this racialized group's deep ties to this land precede the Yankee invaders with their bloody annexation of Mexico's territory–half of it taken by 1848. That's 170 years of state violence, psychological pain, humiliation and exploitation experienced by Mexican Americans (or Chicanas/os) and Mexicans–my people–in el norte.
counterpunch.org/2018/04/18/i-am-not-your-wetback/

Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts
Porter McConnell | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
The finance industry, the biggest beneficiary of corporate tax cuts, is expected to take in $250 billion from the corporate income tax cut alone over next decade, an amount that could fund 300,000 elementary school teachers or 6,000 teachers per state for 10 years. | The post Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts appeared first on MintPress News.

Financial Industry to Rake in $250 Billion From Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts

America's Dystopian Future
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Erickson's History of the Decline and Fall of…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/18/americas-dystopian-future/

Hannity Referenced 'Kidding Around' with Michael Cohen on Fox News Show Last Year
Media Matters Staff, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
The host's comment should have raised a red flag. | From the January 12, 2017, edition of Fox News' Hannity:…
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Here's How the Fox News Presidential Pardon Pipeline Works
Matt Gertz, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Right-wing criminal in need of a pardon? The president's favorite network is ready to help. | Hours after the U. S. Supreme Court rejected former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plea to overturn his 2010 criminal conviction and 14-year prison sentence on charges related to political corruption, his wife Patti Blagojevich appealed to a higher authority: Fox News. "If you could speak to the president, what would you say? " Fox host Tucker Carlson asked at the top of a sympathetic Monday night interview with her. "What would be your pitch to pardoning your husband? " As she explained why she thought the former governor deserved clemency for charges that he tried to sell off President Barack Obama's former U. S. Senate seat, the caption "Will Trump intervene in Blagojevich case? " flashed across the screen. President Donald Trump himself, who spends hours each day consuming his favorite news. . .
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Shocking Video Shows White Teacher Dragging Screaming Black 7-Year-Old Student by His Legs
Dominique Jackson, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
The teacher was removed from the school pending the results of an investigation. | A seven-year-old boy was dragged off a school bus in Memphis, Tennessee by a white male teacher. The incident took place at Robert R. Church Elementary School. The school failed to inform the mother about what went down. She found out days later, after another parent sent her the video. "Another parent of a child at the school contacted me Friday evening. She said she had video of the teacher dragging my son off the school bus," she told FOX13 News. "Her son recorded it. "As a result the young boy left with injuries. "He had a concussion and his back was bruised," the mother said. According to the school, the teacher was breaking up a fight. The boy's mother said he was not involved in it. The teacher. . .
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It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History
Brian Barger, Consortium News | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal — and provoking the ire of AP editors | I remember it was a pleasure to meet Bob in 1984. The CIA was ramping up its covert war in Nicaragua. News reports from the region documented atrocities committed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" and their CIA handlers. Congress was starting to take notice, and was threatening to cut off US aid. I got a call from Betsy Cohn, a Latin America scholar from Georgetown University, saying I should meet this guy from the AP. Over lunch we shared notes. I'd done much of my reporting from Central America and Miami, and Bob from Washington. We agreed there was a lot of. . .
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Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, to Be Cuba's Next President
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
HAVANA–Cuba on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it. | The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades. | The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as "the superior guiding force of society and the state." As a result, Castro is almost certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being. His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader…
truthdig.com/articles/miguel-diaz-canel-57-to-be-cubas-next-president/

Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad. . . | A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in — and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee — despite the fact that he's a paid member. He approaches the woman at the front desk and asks her to scan his membership tag, which she. . .
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Gareth Porter (2018-04-18). UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination. MintPress News An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. | The post UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-04-18). The Hannity Case Is So Serious It Requires a Consumer Boycott of His Advertisers. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists For the "Fox News" host to go on air and defend attorney Michael Cohen numerous times without so much as mentioning that Cohen is his legal adviser is the height of journalistic corruption. | The post The Hannity Case Is So Serious It Requires a Consumer Boycott of His Advertisers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Whitney Webb (2018-04-18). "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? MintPress News Between the imminent arrival of thousands of U.S. troops, Israel's continued military action against Syria, and the Syrian rebels poised to stage a false-flag attack, it seems that last weekend's strikes were only the kickoff for an expanding U.S.-led military operation targeting the Syrian government. | The post "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? appeared first on MintPress News.

Media Matters (2018-04-18). NPR's David Folkenflik's brutal takedown of Fox's handling of Sean Hannity. AlterNet.org Hannity 'does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox. ' | From the April 17 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily: CHUCK TODD (HOST): I feel like by basically saying Sean Hannity is not accountable to any standard whatsoever of journalistic ethics that we would hold others to, does it send the message that those that are professional journalists at Fox News are nothing but cover for Sean Hannity? [. . . ]DAVID FOLKENFLIK: You've got a thing that where he causes pain time and again and the thing is he does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox, they have doubled down on the Trump presidency and Trump's success at a time of crisis and controversy. [. . . ]For those journalists who are there it is painful to watch these antics from one of the most popular host. [. . . ]At this point the decision to identify the. . .

Staff (2018-04-18). Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in NYC in Ecology Protest. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists David Buckel, a well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate, burns himself to death in New York City in a grisly protest against ecological destruction. | The post Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in NYC in Ecology Protest appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Alvaro Huerta (2018-04-18). I Am Not Your "Wetback" counterpunch.org When I say that I am not your "wetback," it doesn't just apply to myself. It also applies to the millions of resilient people of Mexican origin in this nation, where this racialized group's deep ties to this land precede the Yankee invaders with their bloody annexation of Mexico's territory—half of it taken by 1848. That's 170 years of state violence, psychological pain, humiliation and exploitation experienced by Mexican Americans (or Chicanas/os) and Mexicans—my people—in el norte. More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Let's Go All-In on Home Care For All. Truthout Stories Maine's Home Care for All ballot initiative is an example of how voters are taking the future into their own hands in these turbulent times. By ensuring that people with disabilities and older adults receive the home care they need, while creating good paying jobs for caregivers, Mainers are taking steps to construct a society they want.(Photo: JGI / Tom Grill / Getty Images) | Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. | Today, there is as much to assist as there is to resist. | Creation counters destruction. In this turbulent political climate, the dismantling of our democracy must be countered with the construction of a society that reflects our values and imagines the future that we want, not the one we're being handed. And there…

Steven Sahiounie (2018-04-18). US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria. MintPress News The evidence — or lack thereof — of chemical weapons use by Syria is eerily similar to the events that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. | The post US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-04-18). Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Texan—known for her down-to-earth, plain-spoken ways—was one of only two Americans to be the wife of a president and the mother of a president. | The post Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92 appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Los Angeles Times (2018-04-18). How Trump's Obamacare Administrator is Quietly Taking a Hatchet to Obamacare. AlterNet.org Seema Verma is the point person for the Trump administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — preferably behind the scenes. | It's been well documented that the Trump White House has filled federal agencies with bureaucrats whose life work is destroying the very agencies they've been assigned to. But one is in a better position than her fellows to threaten the health of millions of Americans — and she's been working at that assiduously.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Sinclair Has Thrived for So Long Under the Radar. Truthout Stories Janine Jackson: The viral video of dozens of local newscasters from around the country, reciting identical scripts about "fake news," is the definition of painful irony. But what Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company that forced the broadcasters to parrot the words, is doing, and wants to do, is no laughing matter. Sinclair's been largely under the radar til now, though known to some as the owner that forced its stations to run a pseudo-documentary hit piece on John Kerry days before the 2004 election. The chain's Washington bureau chief resisted, told the Baltimore Sun, "I couldn't be part of this special and call it news, when what it is is political propaganda," and was promptly fired. | So what does it mean that Sinclair may acquire a station in your town next?

Staff (2018-04-18). Wyoming District Allows Armed Staff in Area Cited by DeVos. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The school district where the U.S. education secretary suggested that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears voted on doing just that. | The post Wyoming District Allows Armed Staff in Area Cited by DeVos appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Jonah Raskin (2018-04-18). Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy. counterpunch.org "I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Were does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the More

Robby Sherwin (2018-04-18). Facebook: This Is Where I Leave You. counterpunch.org "It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see." — Debra Monk It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population More

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member. AlterNet.org If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad. . . | A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in — and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee — despite the fact that he's a paid member. He approaches the woman at the front desk and asks her to scan his membership tag, which she. . .

Geoffrey McDonald (2018-04-18). "America First!" as Economic War. counterpunch.org President Trump would be funny if he were not so serious when he complains that the USA is the victim of the rest of the world. According to the president, the whole globalized world economy is a clever ploy by other countries to feed off America. "America first" announces his intention to throw the old More

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-18). A Trump Cult in Exchange for Tax Cuts: James Comey Explains Why He's Leaving the Republican Party. AlterNet.org Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. | Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. He made the decision after tangles with the White House and the Republican National Committee's launch of a site called "Lyin' Comey," after President Donald Trump's attacks, according to an interview on the ABC News podcast "Start Here. ""The Republican party has left me, and many others," Comey said, explaining his abandonment. "I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it. "Despite the resurgence of the tea party, Comey said that the evolution of the GOP has "probably been over the Trump presidency" and his followers. "These people don't represent anything I believe in," he said of the GOP. According to him, the Republican Party has turned into a Trump party. "I see the Republican Party,. . .

Susan Roberts (2018-04-18). Uses for the Poor. counterpunch.org Incarceration is, probably, the starkest form of commodification where simply warehousing flesh brings a return. The cost of penal servitude in the US varies from state to state, but an average of around $30,000 per year can be made by simply keeping a body shut in a cell. Bearing in mind that over 20 prisoners are often locked up together, it isn't a bad return on a tiny speck of, often sub-standard, real es More

Kasia Anderson (2018-04-18). How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sean Hannity? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Claiming or denying to be a journalist on an as-needed basis may allow Fox News' star host to sidestep more than just the standards of his industry. | The post How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sean Hannity? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-18). 1 Killed, 7 Hurt as Jetliner Engine Explodes at 32,000 Feet. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A bank executive was pulled back in by fellow passengers after she was partly drawn through a broken window. She was the first passenger killed in an accident involving a U.S. airline since 2009. | The post 1 Killed, 7 Hurt as Jetliner Engine Explodes at 32,000 Feet appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Linn Washington Jr. (2018-04-18). Philadelphia's Top Cop Defends Indefensible Prejudice in Starbucks Arrest Incident. counterpunch.org Philadelphia's top cop, Richard Ross, an African-American, has once again exhibited his blind spot on racial bigotry by police during his defense of a specious arrest of two black men inside a Starbucks coffee shop recently that triggered strong condemnation from the mayor of the so-called City of Brotherly Love. The arrest of those black More

Alan Nasser (2018-04-18). Could Student Loans Lead to Debt Prison? The Handwriting on the Wall. counterpunch.org Holders of student loans —most of whom are no longer students—carry a combined debt burden that stands at a record high of $1.5 trillion, more than 8 percent of GDP and more than the $1.3 trillion in direct costs of waging war against Iraq. The Desirability of Cancelling Student Debts The burden weighing like a nightmare, More

Staff (2018-04-18). Trump Says 'Good Relationship' Formed With North Korea. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists President Donald Trump confirms that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and says "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. | The post Trump Says 'Good Relationship' Formed With North Korea appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Al Jazeera (2018-04-18). Charlottesville White Supremacist 'Tyrone' Exposed As US Marine. AlterNet.org Tyrone's statements garnered media attention last August, but it was not publicly known who was behind the alias. | Washington, DC – Just weeks before a white supremacist rally turned deadly last August after a neo-Nazi allegedly drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, several of the rally's organisers discussed ways to use cars as weapons in an online chatroom.

Los Angeles Times (2018-04-18). East Bay Earthquake Fault is 'Tectonic Time Bomb' — And More Dangerous Than the San Andreas: Study. AlterNet.org San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago | HAYWARD, Calif. — The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago Wednesday.

Jonathan Cook (2018-04-18). Robert Fisk's Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria. counterpunch.org Nazareth. It seems that many who supported the weekend's air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisk's report yesterday from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at More

Robert Hunziker (2018-04-18). America's Dystopian Future. counterpunch.org Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Erickson's History of the Decline and Fall of More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-18). Macron's Syria Game. counterpunch.org There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring to it. With Syria's Bashar al-Assad getting more comfortable with military More

Staff (2018-04-18). Erosion May Be Carbon Source, Not Sink. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Researchers have challenged one of the few certainties of earth and climate history: the link between erosion and the drawdown of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. | For decades, it has been a given that heavy rainfall on steep mountain slopes is likely to chemically weather the exposed rock and precipitate a chemical reaction that ends with carbonate minerals on the ground and with less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. | So geochemistry and the weather between them help moderate the planet's climate. | But geologists and oceanographers who took another and closer look at the process in action — in the central mountains of Taiwan, hammered by three or more major typhoons each year — say they are not so sure. | They report in the journal Science that the same erosion process could be a…

Jeff Berg (2018-04-18). WW III This Ain't. counterpunch.org "Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table." — George Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of State For anyone wondering what this most recent attack on Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France is all about the answer is refreshingly simple. It is about the shape More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps. Truthout Stories Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair. | Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." | Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called,…

Katie Fite (2018-04-18). Chaos in Urban Canyons — Air Force Efforts to Carve a Civilian Population War Game Range across Southern Idaho. counterpunch.org Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis touched down at Mountain Home Air Force base in January. He gaggled with the press, extolled large military Ranges, and lamented human encroachment on military training sites. In early February, the Air Force mailed select "stakeholders" a Scoping proposal for imposing an F-15 Urban Warfare Range on the densest More

Brian Barger, Consortium News (2018-04-18). It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History. AlterNet.org Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal — and provoking the ire of AP editors | I remember it was a pleasure to meet Bob in 1984. The CIA was ramping up its covert war in Nicaragua. News reports from the region documented atrocities committed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" and their CIA handlers. Congress was starting to take notice, and was threatening to cut off US aid. I got a call from Betsy Cohn, a Latin America scholar from Georgetown University, saying I should meet this guy from the AP. Over lunch we shared notes. I'd done much of my reporting from Central America and Miami, and Bob from Washington. We agreed there was a lot of. . .

WSWS (2018-04-18). As lies on Syrian gas attack unravel, US and UK shift to claims of Russian "cyber war" World Socialist Web Site An on-the-spot report from Douma by veteran journalist Robert Fisk further exposes the chemical gas pretext for the illegal US-UK-French bombing of Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Contemporary life, and those who make films about it (in Iran, the US, Russia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan …). World Socialist Web Site The San Francisco International Film Festival, founded in 1957 and one of the longest-running such events in the Americas, this year screened some 180 films from 45 countries.

WSWS (2018-04-18). "Berlin is Burning": Berlin firefighters' campaign of resistance raises political issues. World Socialist Web Site The protests by Berlin firefighters are part of a growing international mobilisation involving teachers, railroad and other workers.

WSWS (2018-04-18). UK government rejects Corbyn's demand for parliament to vote on war. World Socialist Web Site Amid mass anti-war sentiment, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to prop up the tattered reputation of the Labour Party by claiming that it can serve as a check on the May government.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters in London and Bristol.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Indian Stalinists at loggerheads over what right-wing course to follow. World Socialist Web Site At issue in the factional struggle is how to align with the Congress Party, until recently the Indian bourgeoisie's preferred party of government.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border. World Socialist Web Site The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Government crisis in the Czech Republic. World Socialist Web Site Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Bombing of Syria exposes pro-war politics of France's New Anti-capitalist Party. World Socialist Web Site The fight against Macron requires a political break with the pro-war pseudo-left organisations that support the unprovoked military assault on Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Trudeau joins Macron in celebrating air strikes on Syria. World Socialist Web Site Trudeau's summit with Macron came just days after France joined the US and UK in launching illegal air strikes on Syria.

WSWS (2018-04-18). University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike. World Socialist Web Site It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether…

WSWS (2018-04-18). The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers' revolt. World Socialist Web Site The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.

WSWS (2018-04-18). US CEO pay, bank profits, corporate cash set new records. World Socialist Web Site A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Union seeks to derail New Zealand nurses' struggle. World Socialist Web Site The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis. World Socialist Web Site The two longstanding military allies—the US and Japan—are united in their determination to contain and confront China, but are increasingly at odds over the means for doing so.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest against jailing of Catalan independence leaders. World Socialist Web Site The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government's repressive actions.

RT (2018-04-18). Russia extends overflight privileges of US carriers ahead of deadline. RT US News Moscow has extended overflight privileges of US carriers flying over Russia, hours before they were due to expire, the US State Department said, noting that it continues working with Moscow to secure "benefits" for US companies.
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UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination
Gareth Porter | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about. | The post UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination appeared first on MintPress News.

UK Government Overlooks Russian Mob's Use of Novichok for Assassination

Could Student Loans Lead to Debt Prison? The Handwriting on the Wall
Alan Nasser | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Holders of student loans —most of whom are no longer students—carry a combined debt burden that stands at a record high of $1.5 trillion, more than 8 percent of GDP and more than the $1.3 trillion in direct costs of waging war against Iraq. The Desirability of Cancelling Student Debts The burden weighing like a nightmare,…
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Charlottesville White Supremacist 'Tyrone' Exposed As US Marine
Al Jazeera | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Tyrone's statements garnered media attention last August, but it was not publicly known who was behind the alias. | Washington, DC – Just weeks before a white supremacist rally turned deadly last August after a neo-Nazi allegedly drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, several of the rally's organisers discussed ways to use cars as weapons in an online chatroom.
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1 Killed, 7 Hurt as Jetliner Engine Explodes at 32,000 Feet
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
A bank executive was pulled back in by fellow passengers after she was partly drawn through a broken window. She was the first passenger killed in an accident involving a U.S. airline since 2009. | The post 1 Killed, 7 Hurt as Jetliner Engine Explodes at 32,000 Feet appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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It Started Over Lunch and Led to the Exposure of One of the Greatest Scandals in U.S. History
Brian Barger, Consortium News | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Remarks at the memorial for Bob Parry delivered on Saturday by Brian Barger, who shared many bylines with Bob (and a drink or two) at the Associated Press, uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal — and provoking the ire of AP editors | I remember it was a pleasure to meet Bob in 1984. The CIA was ramping up its covert war in Nicaragua. News reports from the region documented atrocities committed by President Reagan's "freedom fighters" and their CIA handlers. Congress was starting to take notice, and was threatening to cut off US aid. I got a call from Betsy Cohn, a Latin America scholar from Georgetown University, saying I should meet this guy from the AP. Over lunch we shared notes. I'd done much of my reporting from Central America and Miami, and Bob from Washington. We agreed there was a lot of. . .
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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sean Hannity?
Kasia Anderson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Claiming or denying to be a journalist on an as-needed basis may allow Fox News' star host to sidestep more than just the standards of his industry. | The post How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sean Hannity? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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NPR's David Folkenflik's brutal takedown of Fox's handling of Sean Hannity
Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Hannity 'does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox. ' | From the April 17 edition of MSNBC's MTP Daily: CHUCK TODD (HOST): I feel like by basically saying Sean Hannity is not accountable to any standard whatsoever of journalistic ethics that we would hold others to, does it send the message that those that are professional journalists at Fox News are nothing but cover for Sean Hannity? [. . . ]DAVID FOLKENFLIK: You've got a thing that where he causes pain time and again and the thing is he does seem to be beyond sanction in some ways for Fox, they have doubled down on the Trump presidency and Trump's success at a time of crisis and controversy. [. . . ]For those journalists who are there it is painful to watch these antics from one of the most popular host. [. . . ]At this point the decision to identify the. . .
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I Am Not Your "Wetback"
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
When I say that I am not your "wetback," it doesn't just apply to myself. It also applies to the millions of resilient people of Mexican origin in this nation, where this racialized group's deep ties to this land precede the Yankee invaders with their bloody annexation of Mexico's territory–half of it taken by 1848. That's 170 years of state violence, psychological pain, humiliation and exploitation experienced by Mexican Americans (or Chicanas/os) and Mexicans–my people–in el norte.
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Wyoming District Allows Armed Staff in Area Cited by DeVos
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
The school district where the U.S. education secretary suggested that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears voted on doing just that. | The post Wyoming District Allows Armed Staff in Area Cited by DeVos appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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"America First!" as Economic War
Geoffrey McDonald | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
President Trump would be funny if he were not so serious when he complains that the USA is the victim of the rest of the world. According to the president, the whole globalized world economy is a clever ploy by other countries to feed off America. "America first" announces his intention to throw the old…
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Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in NYC in Ecology Protest
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
David Buckel, a well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate, burns himself to death in New York City in a grisly protest against ecological destruction. | The post Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in NYC in Ecology Protest appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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A Trump Cult in Exchange for Tax Cuts: James Comey Explains Why He's Leaving the Republican Party
Sarah Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. | Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. He made the decision after tangles with the White House and the Republican National Committee's launch of a site called "Lyin' Comey," after President Donald Trump's attacks, according to an interview on the ABC News podcast "Start Here. ""The Republican party has left me, and many others," Comey said, explaining his abandonment. "I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it. "Despite the resurgence of the tea party, Comey said that the evolution of the GOP has "probably been over the Trump presidency" and his followers. "These people don't represent anything I believe in," he said of the GOP. According to him, the Republican Party has turned into a Trump party. "I see the Republican Party,. . .
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Robert Fisk's Douma Report Rips Away Excuses for Air Strike on Syria
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Nazareth. It seems that many who supported the weekend's air strikes on Syria are overlooking the significance of Robert Fisk's report yesterday from Douma, the site of a supposed chemical weapons attack last week. Fisk is the first western journalist to reach the area and speak to people there. One is a senior doctor at…
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The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair. | Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." | Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called,…
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Trump Says 'Good Relationship' Formed With North Korea
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
President Donald Trump confirms that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and says "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit. | The post Trump Says 'Good Relationship' Formed With North Korea appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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"Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria?
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
Between the imminent arrival of thousands of U.S. troops, Israel's continued military action against Syria, and the Syrian rebels poised to stage a false-flag attack, it seems that last weekend's strikes were only the kickoff for an expanding U.S.-led military operation targeting the Syrian government. | The post "Locked and Loaded": What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria? appeared first on MintPress News.

“Locked and Loaded”: What Fresh Pretext Will Trigger US in Syria?

America's Dystopian Future
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Imagine a privatized America where rugged individualism reigns supreme within a vast network of corporate America, Inc., similar to 19th century wild west lifestyle, no social security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no public law enforcement as individuals stand their own ground. Read all about it in Scott Erickson's History of the Decline and Fall of…
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Chaos in Urban Canyons — Air Force Efforts to Carve a Civilian Population War Game Range across Southern Idaho
Katie Fite | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis touched down at Mountain Home Air Force base in January. He gaggled with the press, extolled large military Ranges, and lamented human encroachment on military training sites. In early February, the Air Force mailed select "stakeholders" a Scoping proposal for imposing an F-15 Urban Warfare Range on the densest…
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US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria
Steven Sahiounie | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
The evidence — or lack thereof — of chemical weapons use by Syria is eerily similar to the events that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. | The post US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria

Facebook: This Is Where I Leave You
Robby Sherwin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see." — Debra Monk It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population…
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Let's Go All-In on Home Care For All
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Maine's Home Care for All ballot initiative is an example of how voters are taking the future into their own hands in these turbulent times. By ensuring that people with disabilities and older adults receive the home care they need, while creating good paying jobs for caregivers, Mainers are taking steps to construct a society they want.(Photo: JGI / Tom Grill / Getty Images) | Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. | Today, there is as much to assist as there is to resist. | Creation counters destruction. In this turbulent political climate, the dismantling of our democracy must be countered with the construction of a society that reflects our values and imagines the future that we want, not the one we're being handed. And there…
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How Trump's Obamacare Administrator is Quietly Taking a Hatchet to Obamacare
Los Angeles Times | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Seema Verma is the point person for the Trump administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — preferably behind the scenes. | It's been well documented that the Trump White House has filled federal agencies with bureaucrats whose life work is destroying the very agencies they've been assigned to. But one is in a better position than her fellows to threaten the health of millions of Americans — and she's been working at that assiduously.
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Uses for the Poor
Susan Roberts | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
Incarceration is, probably, the starkest form of commodification where simply warehousing flesh brings a return. The cost of penal servitude in the US varies from state to state, but an average of around $30,000 per year can be made by simply keeping a body shut in a cell. Bearing in mind that over 20 prisoners are often locked up together, it isn't a bad return on a tiny speck of, often sub-standard, real es…
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East Bay Earthquake Fault is 'Tectonic Time Bomb' — And More Dangerous Than the San Andreas: Study
Los Angeles Times | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago | HAYWARD, Calif. — The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared the most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco's destruction 112 years ago Wednesday.
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The Hannity Case Is So Serious It Requires a Consumer Boycott of His Advertisers
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
For the "Fox News" host to go on air and defend attorney Michael Cohen numerous times without so much as mentioning that Cohen is his legal adviser is the height of journalistic corruption. | The post The Hannity Case Is So Serious It Requires a Consumer Boycott of His Advertisers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Were does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the…
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
The Texan–known for her down-to-earth, plain-spoken ways–was one of only two Americans to be the wife of a president and the mother of a president. | The post Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92 appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Erosion May Be Carbon Source, Not Sink
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Researchers have challenged one of the few certainties of earth and climate history: the link between erosion and the drawdown of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. | For decades, it has been a given that heavy rainfall on steep mountain slopes is likely to chemically weather the exposed rock and precipitate a chemical reaction that ends with carbonate minerals on the ground and with less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. | So geochemistry and the weather between them help moderate the planet's climate. | But geologists and oceanographers who took another and closer look at the process in action — in the central mountains of Taiwan, hammered by three or more major typhoons each year — say they are not so sure. | They report in the journal Science that the same erosion process could be a…
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Black Man Blocked From Entering a New Jersey Gym Where He's a Paid Member
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
If you thought the Starbucks incident was bad. . . | A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in — and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee — despite the fact that he's a paid member. He approaches the woman at the front desk and asks her to scan his membership tag, which she. . .
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WW III This Ain't
Jeff Berg | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table." — George Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of State For anyone wondering what this most recent attack on Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France is all about the answer is refreshingly simple. It is about the shape…
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Contemporary life, and those who make films about it (in Iran, the US, Russia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan …)
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The San Francisco International Film Festival, founded in 1957 and one of the longest-running such events in the Americas, this year screened some 180 films from 45 countries.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/sff1-a18.html

As lies on Syrian gas attack unravel, US and UK shift to claims of Russian "cyber war"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
An on-the-spot report from Douma by veteran journalist Robert Fisk further exposes the chemical gas pretext for the illegal US-UK-French bombing of Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/newp-a18.html

Trudeau joins Macron in celebrating air strikes on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Trudeau's summit with Macron came just days after France joined the US and UK in launching illegal air strikes on Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/trud-a18.html

Bombing of Syria exposes pro-war politics of France's New Anti-capitalist Party
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The fight against Macron requires a political break with the pro-war pseudo-left organisations that support the unprovoked military assault on Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/npac-a18.html

US CEO pay, bank profits, corporate cash set new records
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
A series of reports released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/cash-a18.html

"Berlin is Burning": Berlin firefighters' campaign of resistance raises political issues
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The protests by Berlin firefighters are part of a growing international mobilisation involving teachers, railroad and other workers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/berl-a18.html

Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/mexi-a18.html

Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The two longstanding military allies–the US and Japan–are united in their determination to contain and confront China, but are increasingly at odds over the means for doing so.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/pers-a18.html

The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers' revolt
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/okla-a18.html

Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters in London and Bristol.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/demo-a18.html

University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/lect-a18.html

UK government rejects Corbyn's demand for parliament to vote on war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Amid mass anti-war sentiment, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to prop up the tattered reputation of the Labour Party by claiming that it can serve as a check on the May government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/parl-a18.html

Government crisis in the Czech Republic
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/czec-a18.html

Indian Stalinists at loggerheads over what right-wing course to follow
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
At issue in the factional struggle is how to align with the Congress Party, until recently the Indian bourgeoisie's preferred party of government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/cpim-a18.html

Union seeks to derail New Zealand nurses' struggle
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/nurs-a18.html

Barcelona: Hundreds of thousands protest against jailing of Catalan independence leaders
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government's repressive actions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/cata-a18.html

Russia extends overflight privileges of US carriers ahead of deadline
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Moscow has extended overflight privileges of US carriers flying over Russia, hours before they were due to expire, the US State Department said, noting that it continues working with Moscow to secure "benefits" for US companies. …
www.rt.com/usa/424435-russia-us-carrier-overflight-extension/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Oxygen mask backlash: Image from Southwest flight sparks social media frenzy
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
A photo showing passengers from Southwest Airlines flight 1380 apparently wearing their oxygen masks incorrectly has sparked a social media furore. One passenger died after an engine explosion blew out a window mid-flight. …
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Trump attacks California governor over bid to limit National Guard border policy
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Donald Trump is continuing his war of words with Jerry Brown over the California governor's unwillingness to use the National Guard for immigration enforcement, condemning the sanctuary state as "crime infested." …
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'Won't pass, won't work, likely to make things worse': Ron Paul on new presidential war powers bill
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
US Senate lawmakers are considering a bill that would somewhat restrict the president's powers to go to war. Ron Paul, a former congressman and interventionism critic, says he is highly skeptical of the initiative. …
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TRNN (2018-04-17). Can a Government Program End Racist Government Practices? The Real News Network Several proposals are now before the Baltimore city council that would fund affordable housing and restore racial equity in government agencies that have sown division in the past, but can it work?

David Coman-Hidy, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-17). What's Really in McDonald's Happy Meals? Here's the Awful Truth. AlterNet.org The fast-food chain is misleading the public by claiming to care about the millions of animals killed for its menu. | "We have a responsibility to care for the millions of animals in our supply chain. . . We understand and acknowledge the significant responsibility we have to help ensure these animals experience good welfare throughout their lives. "These are the statements that head the Animal Health and Welfare section of the McDonald's website. Let's imagine that you are a chicken born onto a farm that supplies McDonald's. During the course of your short, miserable life, your baby body will grow to mammoth proportions. If you're unlucky enough to survive the first weeks (about 4. 4% of birds will not), your weak legs, likely deformed skeleton, and underdeveloped internal organs will all strain from the pounds of meat you were born to grow. (Here's some startling context:. . .

TRNN (2018-04-17). France Joins US in a 'Poker Game,' Targeting Iran and Hezbollah. The Real News Network Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says France is joining the US and UK in Syria to assert its imperial power, even as the war winds down…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Col. Larry Wilkerson on Syria: War Powers is the "Surest Way to Tyranny" The Real News Network As James Madison once said "war powers is the surest way to tyranny" and tyranny will prevail if people remain apathetic says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Chris Hedges (2018-04-17). The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In an interview, Mark Rudd looks back with regret on his advocacy of violence as a young radical, and he offers up some advice for today's activists: "The thing about nonviolence is that it works." | The post The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

TRNN (2018-04-17). State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Tyrone West, Keith Davis and Her Critics. The Real News Network In the third and final part of our conversation with Marilyn Mosby, we talk about some of the criticism she has faced in her role as Baltimore City's top prosecutor…

Eugene Robinson (2018-04-17). Michael Cohen Alone Cannot Stop Donald Trump. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Keep calm and raise hell. The forces of truth and justice may be closing in on President Trump, but there is no reason to believe they can triumph without massive displays of outrage in the streets and at the polls. | Potentially the most serious threat Trump has ever faced came last week when FBI agents raided the office, home and hotel room of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. By all accounts, Cohen's role for the president and the Trump Organization has been that of a "fixer" who brings in deals and makes problems go away. | As everyone knows by now, Cohen "facilitated" payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about the sexual tryst she says she had with Trump. And according to a lawsuit filed by former Playboy model Karen McDougal, Cohen was involved behind…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Adam H. Johnson (2018-04-17). Democrats Love Trump's Wars, Too. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists American politicians on both sides of the aisle love war. On Monday, an In These Times survey found that 92 percent of U.S. Democratic and Independent senators did not mount meaningful opposition to Donald Trump's April 13 air strikes against the Syrian government. The primary point of contention that Democrats—and most of the partisan Democratic media—leveled were vague legal or constitutional meta-objections that Trump did not have the "authority" or should consult Congress. But the bulk of the "resistance" did not raise meaningful objections to the strikes themselves. | Only a handful of Democrats—Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.—opposed the air strikes on substance. The vast majority, instead, relied on process demands that Trump get congressional approval—without saying if the strikes themselves were good or bad. | Process critiques over legality are useful as…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Saudi Dictator Dines with French President as Yemenis Starve. The Real News Network Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited France to sign $18 billion in agreements, while Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says the catastrophic war on Yemen is barely even mentioned…

WSWS (2018-04-17). US lashes out at Russia, as OPCW inspectors prepare to enter Douma. World Socialist Web Site Western governments and media that propagated unsubstantiated claims of a chemical weapons attack to justify illegal missile strikes on Syria are seeking to cover their tracks.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Russian government blocks messaging app Telegram. World Socialist Web Site The attack on encrypted communication is part of the international drive by governments to censor the Internet and expand mass surveillance.

WSWS (2018-04-17). No to World War III! For the building of a socialist anti-war movement! World Socialist Web Site The assault by the imperialist powers on Syria is only the prelude to a far broader and bloodier conflict with Iran, Russia, and China.

WSWS (2018-04-17). German government backs illegal attack on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The attack on Syria marks a new stage of imperialist aggression aimed not only at Syria but also at Russia.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Unions shut down Oklahoma teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site The teachers' courageous fight for improved wages and increased school funding for their students was betrayed by the Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma City-American Federation of Teachers.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Workers Struggles: The Americas. World Socialist Web Site More than 3,000 conductors and engineers employed by Canadian Pacific Railway across the country could be on strike as early as April 21 if negotiations do not produce a deal.

WSWS (2018-04-17). EU foreign ministers push for regime change in Damascus following Syria attack. World Socialist Web Site Although the attack on Syria was in clear violation of international law, the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg explicitly endorsed it.

WSWS (2018-04-17). New Zealand government supports imperialist assault on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The Ardern government's response underscores that it is prepared to take the country into a catastrophic war instigated by its US and European allies.

WSWS (2018-04-17). UK: Labour right lines up with government over Syria bombing. World Socialist Web Site Yesterday May faced widespread criticism, but largely for having failed to recall Parliament rather than any substantive opposition to the illegal action taken by the US, France and the UK.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Trump, Comey exchange blows through the media. World Socialist Web Site The former FBI director declared the president of the United States "morally unfit" to serve.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Health risks found in over 80 percent of NYCHA apartments. World Socialist Web Site Residents are exposed to peeling paint, mold, damaged plaster, rodents, insects, inoperable appliances, severe electrical hazards, lack of heat, and malfunctioning smoke detectors.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Australia: Discontent as union pushes collaboration with management at Macquarie University. World Socialist Web Site Younger academics and casual teachers, in particular, have voiced disbelief at the National Tertiary Education Union's assurances.

WSWS (2018-04-17). US and Britain hit Chinese telecom company ZTE. World Socialist Web Site Both countries imposed the bans amid calls for more aggressive moves by US authorities against Chinese communications and telecom firms.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Colorado teachers join national wave of protests and walkouts. World Socialist Web Site Inspired by educators in other states, teachers protested Monday at the capitol building in Denver.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Anti-academy schools protests in UK curtailed by trade unions. World Socialist Web Site Any strikes called by the teaching unions, as a way of maintaining control over the anger of staff at the consequences of becoming academies, are being confined to a few single schools.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Seven killed, 17 injured in South Carolina prison riot. World Socialist Web Site The worst US prison riot in a quarter-century reveals the brutal conditions of inmates, who often live for years without mental health treatment and quality social interaction.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs. World Socialist Web Site The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Australian government endorses US-led strikes on Syria. World Socialist Web Site The support of the Turnbull government and Labor opposition for the illegal act of aggression, is in line with Australia's role as a key military and diplomatic ally of Washington.

RT (2018-04-17). As WaPo & NYT win Pulitzers for 'Russiagate' coverage, Mueller warns of fake news. RT US News Newspapers openly opposed to President Donald Trump were just honored with prestigious US media awards for their "Russiagate" coverage, even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned about fake news about his probe.
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RT (2018-04-17). Protests shut down Philadelphia Starbucks over arrests of black men. RT US News Protesters have taken over a Starbucks in Philadelphia to protest the arrest of two black men that were accused of trespassing at the coffee chain's outlet last week.
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RT (2018-04-17). Facebook's facial recognition tool faces class action suit over mishandling biometric data. RT US News Facebook's misuse of their users' biometric information could potentially amount to billions of dollars in damages after a federal judge greenlighted an Illinois class action suit against the firm's facial recognition feature.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). Lebanon: Positive Step for Refugee Children. Human Rights Watch News A General Security officer stands by as a Syrian bus driver carries the passports and departure cards of Syrians arriving in Lebanon. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — A new regulation allowing some Syrian teenagers to get temporary legal status in Lebanon more easily is a positive and long-awaited step, Human Rights Watch said today. Lebanese authorities should ensure that all children can maintain legal status, a key factor in fulfilling their right to an education. | Lebanon's General Security agency, in charge of foreigners' entry and residency in Lebanon, issued the regulation effective March 31, 2018. It allows Syrian children who turned ages 15 to 18 after entering Lebanon and who do not have a Syrian passport or national identity card to obtain temporary residency by presenting their Syrian individual…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains. Human Rights Watch News A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Iraq: The condemned: Woman and children isolated, trapped and exploited in Iraq. Amnesty International Territorial armed conflict involving the armed group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq has come to an end, but the suffering of Iraqis has not. Thousands of Iraqi women and children with perceived IS ties have been condemned for crimes they did not commit. They are being punished for factors outside of their control — such as being related, however distantly, to men who were somehow involved with IS. In IDP camps across Iraq, they are denied food, water and health care and prevented from returning home. Many have been subjected to sexual harassment, rape and sexual exploitation. This treatment has left these families with a deep sense of injustice.

Amnesty International (2018-04-17. Death sentences and executions 2017. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-17. The Condemned. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-17. Brave Walls. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Thailand: Family Still Waiting for Justice Four Years after Human Rights Defender Disappears. Amnesty International Four years since human rights defender Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as Billy, was last seen in the custody of a Thai state official in Kaeng Krachan National Park in western Thailand, Amnesty International deplores authorities' failure to provide his family with information about his fate and whereabouts and the ongoing official obstacles to his family's quest for justice.

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps. Amnesty International Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to IS.

John Laforge (2018-04-16). Nuclear Keeps on Polluting, Long After Shutdown. counterpunch.org The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on March 26, 2018 that in February 2017 LaCrosseSolutions had spilled 400 gallons of radioactively contaminated water directly into the Mississippi River. The NRC announcement also noted that there was a risk to public health from the spill, although the way the La Crosse Tribune reported it was: "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was little risk to public health." More

Robert Dodge (2018-04-16). Taxes, Death and Nuclear Weapons. counterpunch.org We live in a world where as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." That statement remains true and the paradox today is the amount our taxes pay toward the death and destruction of mankind through the continued funding of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have now More

Laura Gottesdiener (2018-04-16). 7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire. MintPress News Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. | 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity — with 400 missiles, which could be nuclear armed. Then we had a debate about whether that proves China is trying to conquer the world or the…

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-16). Did The Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria Happen? We Need A Different Question. counterpunch.org There has been a lot of debate other whether the chemical weapons attacks in Syria "really happened". On the one side, you have the corporate media for the West, on the other side you have the corporate media for the Russians, as well as the conspiracy-oriented fringe in the U.S. Obviously one side is correct, More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-16). Lou Dobbs Says Trump Should 'Just Pardon Everybody' Involved in Russia Probe. AlterNet.org The president is known to be a big fan of Dobbs. | As the Russia investigation continues to heat up and ensnares a growing number of Presiden Donald Trump's associates, Fox News host Lou Dobbs went on air Monday night and promoted an idea to end the probe altogether: pardon everybody. Tom Fitton, the host of the conservative group Judicial Watch, went on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and proposed the idea, arguing that Trump and many of his aides have been treated unfairly by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team. The remarks came on the same day that Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, appeared in court attempting to block federal investigators from examining materials obtained last week during an FBI raid on his home and office. "It all began with Mueller, as you point out, and the Justice Department refused to say no, and they. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-16). Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again. MintPress News The U.S.-led strike on Syria was denounced by Russia's leader Vladimir Putin as an "act of aggression," and a "war crime" by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. | The post Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). The Real Threat to Trump's Presidency Will Unfold in a Courtroom. Truthout Stories Michael Cohen, center, President Trump's personal attorney, leaves the Hart Building after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russian election interference was postponed on September 19, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | The weekend started off with a bang and ended with a whimper. In concert with US allies, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria on Friday night, in retaliation for the apparent chemical attack on civilians in Douma earlier in the week. The precision strike was limited to some weapons facilities and so far there are no reports of deaths on the ground, which is likely because the US warned Russia and the Syrians in advance. Trump had tweeted to the world that he was planning to launch missile strikes so it's not as if anyone was surprised. (This is a good thing, although…

Norman Solomon (2018-04-16). Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to "Russiagate" Enthusiasts, Whether They Like It or Not. counterpunch.org Politicians, pundits and activists who've routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting Trump as a puppet of Russia's president. Heavyweights of More

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-16). Watch Conservative Charlie Sykes Eviscerate 'Post-Ethical' Fox News Following Hannity and Cohen Revelations. AlterNet.org "Are there any standards any longer? " | Never-Trump conservative commentator Charlie Sykes on Monday blasted Fox News and their host Sean Hannity for failing to disclose to viewers that he was represented by the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes! " Sykes joked to MSNBC host Ali Velshi, echoing fired FBI Director James Comey's off-the-cuff remark during his 2017 Senate hearing about his conversations with President Donald Trump. "Look, Sean Hannity had no legal obligation to disclose his relationship with Michael Cohen," the conservative radio host acknowledged, "but if there is anything remaining of journalistic ethics at Fox News, he certainly needed to disclose that fact when he was going on and on and on talking about Michael Cohen, the [FBI] raid on Michael Cohen and this entire, you know, legal proceeding here. ""Are there any standards any longer? " Sykes mused. "We've talked a lot about being in a post-factual political world. You kind of wonder whether over there [at Fox News] you are in a post-ethical political world as well. "Watch below, via MSNBC:. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Here Are Seven Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on the American Empire. Truthout Stories Noam Chomsky. (Photo: Andrew Rusk) | The current political climate is hostile to real accountability. Help us keep lawmakers and corporations in check — support the independent journalism at Truthout today! | Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. | 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed…

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Saudi Dictator Dines with French President as Yemenis Starve
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited France to sign $18 billion in agreements, while Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says the catastrophic war on Yemen is barely even mentioned…
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France Joins US in a 'Poker Game,' Targeting Iran and Hezbollah
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Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says France is joining the US and UK in Syria to assert its imperial power, even as the war winds down…
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Michael Cohen Alone Cannot Stop Donald Trump
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-17
Keep calm and raise hell. The forces of truth and justice may be closing in on President Trump, but there is no reason to believe they can triumph without massive displays of outrage in the streets and at the polls. | Potentially the most serious threat Trump has ever faced came last week when FBI agents raided the office, home and hotel room of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. By all accounts, Cohen's role for the president and the Trump Organization has been that of a "fixer" who brings in deals and makes problems go away. | As everyone knows by now, Cohen "facilitated" payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about the sexual tryst she says she had with Trump. And according to a lawsuit filed by former Playboy model Karen McDougal, Cohen was involved behind…
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What's Really in McDonald's Happy Meals? Here's the Awful Truth
David Coman-Hidy, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
The fast-food chain is misleading the public by claiming to care about the millions of animals killed for its menu. | "We have a responsibility to care for the millions of animals in our supply chain. . . We understand and acknowledge the significant responsibility we have to help ensure these animals experience good welfare throughout their lives. "These are the statements that head the Animal Health and Welfare section of the McDonald's website. Let's imagine that you are a chicken born onto a farm that supplies McDonald's. During the course of your short, miserable life, your baby body will grow to mammoth proportions. If you're unlucky enough to survive the first weeks (about 4. 4% of birds will not), your weak legs, likely deformed skeleton, and underdeveloped internal organs will all strain from the pounds of meat you were born to grow. (Here's some startling context:. . .
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Democrats Love Trump's Wars, Too
Adam H. Johnson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-17
American politicians on both sides of the aisle love war. On Monday, an In These Times survey found that 92 percent of U.S. Democratic and Independent senators did not mount meaningful opposition to Donald Trump's April 13 air strikes against the Syrian government. The primary point of contention that Democrats–and most of the partisan Democratic media–leveled were vague legal or constitutional meta-objections that Trump did not have the "authority" or should consult Congress. But the bulk of the "resistance" did not raise meaningful objections to the strikes themselves. | Only a handful of Democrats–Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.–opposed the air strikes on substance. The vast majority, instead, relied on process demands that Trump get congressional approval–without saying if the strikes themselves were good or bad. | Process critiques over legality are useful as…
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A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |


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The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left
Chris Hedges | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-17
In an interview, Mark Rudd looks back with regret on his advocacy of violence as a young radical, and he offers up some advice for today's activists: "The thing about nonviolence is that it works." | The post The Cult of Violence Always Kills the Left appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/the-cult-of-violence-always-kills-the-left/

Can a Government Program End Racist Government Practices?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Several proposals are now before the Baltimore city council that would fund affordable housing and restore racial equity in government agencies that have sown division in the past, but can it work?
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State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Tyrone West, Keith Davis and Her Critics
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
In the third and final part of our conversation with Marilyn Mosby, we talk about some of the criticism she has faced in her role as Baltimore City's top prosecutor…
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Col. Larry Wilkerson on Syria: War Powers is the "Surest Way to Tyranny"
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
As James Madison once said "war powers is the surest way to tyranny" and tyranny will prevail if people remain apathetic says Col. Larry Wilkerson…
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Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Russian government blocks messaging app Telegram
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The attack on encrypted communication is part of the international drive by governments to censor the Internet and expand mass surveillance.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/russ-a17.html

No to World War III! For the building of a socialist anti-war movement!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The assault by the imperialist powers on Syria is only the prelude to a far broader and bloodier conflict with Iran, Russia, and China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/pers-a17.html

German government backs illegal attack on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The attack on Syria marks a new stage of imperialist aggression aimed not only at Syria but also at Russia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/germ-a17.html

US lashes out at Russia, as OPCW inspectors prepare to enter Douma
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Western governments and media that propagated unsubstantiated claims of a chemical weapons attack to justify illegal missile strikes on Syria are seeking to cover their tracks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/syri-a17.html

Unions shut down Oklahoma teachers strike
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The teachers' courageous fight for improved wages and increased school funding for their students was betrayed by the Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma City-American Federation of Teachers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/okla-a17.html

Australia: Discontent as union pushes collaboration with management at Macquarie University
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Younger academics and casual teachers, in particular, have voiced disbelief at the National Tertiary Education Union's assurances.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/nteu-a17.html

Anti-academy schools protests in UK curtailed by trade unions
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Any strikes called by the teaching unions, as a way of maintaining control over the anger of staff at the consequences of becoming academies, are being confined to a few single schools.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/acad-a17.html

Seven killed, 17 injured in South Carolina prison riot
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The worst US prison riot in a quarter-century reveals the brutal conditions of inmates, who often live for years without mental health treatment and quality social interaction.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/riot-a17.html

US and Britain hit Chinese telecom company ZTE
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Both countries imposed the bans amid calls for more aggressive moves by US authorities against Chinese communications and telecom firms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/zteb-a17.html

Australian government endorses US-led strikes on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The support of the Turnbull government and Labor opposition for the illegal act of aggression, is in line with Australia's role as a key military and diplomatic ally of Washington.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/ausy-a17.html

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/poli-a17.html

EU foreign ministers push for regime change in Damascus following Syria attack
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Although the attack on Syria was in clear violation of international law, the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg explicitly endorsed it.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/euro-a17.html

New Zealand government supports imperialist assault on Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The Ardern government's response underscores that it is prepared to take the country into a catastrophic war instigated by its US and European allies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/nzsy-a17.html

Workers Struggles: The Americas
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
More than 3,000 conductors and engineers employed by Canadian Pacific Railway across the country could be on strike as early as April 21 if negotiations do not produce a deal.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/wkrs-a17.html

Trump, Comey exchange blows through the media
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The former FBI director declared the president of the United States "morally unfit" to serve.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/come-a17.html

UK: Labour right lines up with government over Syria bombing
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Yesterday May faced widespread criticism, but largely for having failed to recall Parliament rather than any substantive opposition to the illegal action taken by the US, France and the UK.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/mays-a17.html

Health risks found in over 80 percent of NYCHA apartments
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Residents are exposed to peeling paint, mold, damaged plaster, rodents, insects, inoperable appliances, severe electrical hazards, lack of heat, and malfunctioning smoke detectors.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/nyha-a17.html

Colorado teachers join national wave of protests and walkouts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
Inspired by educators in other states, teachers protested Monday at the capitol building in Denver.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/colo-a17.html

As WaPo & NYT win Pulitzers for 'Russiagate' coverage, Mueller warns of fake news
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Newspapers openly opposed to President Donald Trump were just honored with prestigious US media awards for their "Russiagate" coverage, even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned about fake news about his probe. …
www.rt.com/usa/424335-wapo-nyt-pulitzer-mueller/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Facebook's facial recognition tool faces class action suit over mishandling biometric data
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Facebook's misuse of their users' biometric information could potentially amount to billions of dollars in damages after a federal judge greenlighted an Illinois class action suit against the firm's facial recognition feature. …
www.rt.com/usa/424342-facebook-facial-recognition-lawsuit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Protests shut down Philadelphia Starbucks over arrests of black men
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Protesters have taken over a Starbucks in Philadelphia to protest the arrest of two black men that were accused of trespassing at the coffee chain's outlet last week. …
www.rt.com/usa/424334-starbucks-protests-philadelphia-arrests/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Lebanon: Positive Step for Refugee Children
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A General Security officer stands by as a Syrian bus driver carries the passports and departure cards of Syrians arriving in Lebanon. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — A new regulation allowing some Syrian teenagers to get temporary legal status in Lebanon more easily is a positive and long-awaited step, Human Rights Watch said today. Lebanese authorities should ensure that all children can maintain legal status, a key factor in fulfilling their right to an education. | Lebanon's General Security agency, in charge of foreigners' entry and residency in Lebanon, issued the regulation effective March 31, 2018. It allows Syrian children who turned ages 15 to 18 after entering Lebanon and who do not have a Syrian passport or national identity card to obtain temporary residency by presenting their Syrian individual…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/17/lebanon-positive-step-refugee-children

A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |


www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/17/chance-curb-abuse-mineral-supply-chains

Thailand: Family Still Waiting for Justice Four Years after Human Rights Defender Disappears
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Four years since human rights defender Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as Billy, was last seen in the custody of a Thai state official in Kaeng Krachan National Park in western Thailand, Amnesty International deplores authorities' failure to provide his family with information about his fate and whereabouts and the ongoing official obstacles to his family's quest for justice.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa39/8231/2018/en/

Iraq: The condemned: Woman and children isolated, trapped and exploited in Iraq
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Territorial armed conflict involving the armed group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq has come to an end, but the suffering of Iraqis has not. Thousands of Iraqi women and children with perceived IS ties have been condemned for crimes they did not commit. They are being punished for factors outside of their control — such as being related, however distantly, to men who were somehow involved with IS. In IDP camps across Iraq, they are denied food, water and health care and prevented from returning home. Many have been subjected to sexual harassment, rape and sexual exploitation. This treatment has left these families with a deep sense of injustice.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde14/8196/2018/en/

The Condemned
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/04/the-condemned-women-and-children-isolated-trapped-and-exploited-in-iraq/

Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to IS.
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/iraq-women-children-with-perceived-ties-to-is-denied-aid-sexually-exploited-trapped-in-camps/

Brave Walls
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/04/brave-walls/

Lou Dobbs Says Trump Should 'Just Pardon Everybody' Involved in Russia Probe
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The president is known to be a big fan of Dobbs. | As the Russia investigation continues to heat up and ensnares a growing number of Presiden Donald Trump's associates, Fox News host Lou Dobbs went on air Monday night and promoted an idea to end the probe altogether: pardon everybody. Tom Fitton, the host of the conservative group Judicial Watch, went on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and proposed the idea, arguing that Trump and many of his aides have been treated unfairly by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team. The remarks came on the same day that Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, appeared in court attempting to block federal investigators from examining materials obtained last week during an FBI raid on his home and office. "It all began with Mueller, as you point out, and the Justice Department refused to say no, and they. . .
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Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/syrian_american_activist_limited_us_airstrikes

Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to "Russiagate" Enthusiasts, Whether They Like It or Not
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
Politicians, pundits and activists who've routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting Trump as a puppet of Russia's president. Heavyweights of…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/16/missile-attack-on-syria-is-a-salute-to-russiagate-enthusiasts-whether-they-like-it-or-not/

Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
The U.S.-led strike on Syria was denounced by Russia's leader Vladimir Putin as an "act of aggression," and a "war crime" by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. | The post Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again appeared first on MintPress News.

Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again

The Real Threat to Trump's Presidency Will Unfold in a Courtroom
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
Michael Cohen, center, President Trump's personal attorney, leaves the Hart Building after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russian election interference was postponed on September 19, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | The weekend started off with a bang and ended with a whimper. In concert with US allies, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria on Friday night, in retaliation for the apparent chemical attack on civilians in Douma earlier in the week. The precision strike was limited to some weapons facilities and so far there are no reports of deaths on the ground, which is likely because the US warned Russia and the Syrians in advance. Trump had tweeted to the world that he was planning to launch missile strikes so it's not as if anyone was surprised. (This is a good thing, although…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44177-the-real-threat-to-trump-s-presidency-will-unfold-in-a-courtroom

Did The Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria Happen? We Need A Different Question
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
There has been a lot of debate other whether the chemical weapons attacks in Syria "really happened". On the one side, you have the corporate media for the West, on the other side you have the corporate media for the Russians, as well as the conspiracy-oriented fringe in the U.S. Obviously one side is correct,…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/16/did-the-chemical-weapons-attacks-in-syria-happen-we-need-a-different-question/

Nuclear Keeps on Polluting, Long After Shutdown
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on March 26, 2018 that in February 2017 LaCrosseSolutions had spilled 400 gallons of radioactively contaminated water directly into the Mississippi River. The NRC announcement also noted that there was a risk to public health from the spill, although the way the La Crosse Tribune reported it was: "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was little risk to public health."
counterpunch.org/2018/04/16/nuclear-keeps-on-polluting-long-after-shutdown/

7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire
Laura Gottesdiener | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. | 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity — with 400 missiles, which could be nuclear armed. Then we had a debate about whether that proves China is trying to conquer the world or the…

7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire

Taxes, Death and Nuclear Weapons
Robert Dodge | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-16
We live in a world where as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789, "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." That statement remains true and the paradox today is the amount our taxes pay toward the death and destruction of mankind through the continued funding of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have now…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/16/taxes-death-and-nuclear-weapons/

Kevin Cooper Fights for His Innocence From San Quentin's Death Row
Eric Ortiz | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-16
Many legal experts and human rights advocates say the murder case is the worst example of wrongful conviction they have ever seen. | The post Kevin Cooper Fights for His Innocence From San Quentin's Death Row appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/kevin-cooper-fights-for-his-innocence-from-san-quentins-death-row/

Data Shows Trump Tax Cuts Did Not Raise Wages, Instead Went to Corporate Executives
Brian Wakamo | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
Companies are choosing not to share the wealth, even on the heels of the massive corporate welfare program that is the new tax law. | The post Data Shows Trump Tax Cuts Did Not Raise Wages, Instead Went to Corporate Executives appeared first on MintPress News.

Data Shows Trump Tax Cuts Did Not Raise Wages, Instead Went to Corporate Executives

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2018-04-16: News Headlines

Chris Hedges (2018-04-16). The Pandora's Box of War. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists This article was first posted in 2017 shortly after the U.S. fired missiles into Syria in reaction to reports that the government there had used chemical weapons. In it, Chris Hedges argues that the Middle East will not know peace until the U.S. leaves the region. | The post The Pandora's Box of War appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Kentucky teachers denounce governor for saying students were "sexually assaulted" due to walkout. World Socialist Web Site The Kentucky legislature overrode the governor's veto of a budget and tax bill, leaving in place bills taking millions from education.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Washington seeks permanent deployment of special forces brigade to Africa. World Socialist Web Site Highlighting the predatory aim of AFRICOM's presence in the region is the Niger defense minister's admission that the US forces "wage war when necessary."

WSWS (2018-04-16). Pseudo-left parties promote US-French-British bombing of Syria. World Socialist Web Site The DSA and ISO in the US, and the NPA in France are spreading the lies of the media and intelligence agencies to justify the bombings on "humanitarian" grounds.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Oppose union's banning of Fightback from Toronto university strike picketline. World Socialist Web Site The Canadian Union of Public Employee's resort to political censorship goes hand-in-hand with its determination to isolate and suppress working class struggles whenever they break out.

WSWS (2018-04-16). GM to slash 1,500 jobs at Lordstown, Ohio plant. World Socialist Web Site GM announced on Friday it will cut one of two operating shifts at its massive Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, cutting as many as 1,500 jobs effective June 15.

WSWS (2018-04-16). UK workers oppose drive to war. World Socialist Web Site Anti-war protester: "There should have been a referendum on whether to go to war! They are asking us to go to war with no evidence."

WSWS (2018-04-16). UK: Demands grow for May government to hold debate on Syria attack. World Socialist Web Site UK Prime Minister Theresa May is due to make a formal statement to parliament today on the Syria airstrikes, but no vote is to take place.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Indian Trotskyists hold public meeting in Chennai against Internet censorship. World Socialist Web Site Speakers explained the connection between the attack on free speech, the drive to war and the rising struggles of the working class.

WSWS (2018-04-16). US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war. World Socialist Web Site The bases for new provocations and fresh pretexts for military aggression are already being laid.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Trump threatens Comey on eve of court hearing. World Socialist Web Site Trump has declared that Comey, the former top US law official, deserves jail time for allegedly leaking classified information and lying to Congress.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site 4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

WSWS (2018-04-16). British government admits links to Manchester and London terror attack groups. World Socialist Web Site The British government and security forces worked closely with terrorist organisations in Libya and Syria, allowing them back to the UK to spawn a layer of British-born jihadis.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Students oppose Portland State University tuition hikes. World Socialist Web Site Despite a student backlash, the Portland State University board of trustees still plans to vote to raise tuition by up to 9 percent for the coming semester.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Oklahoma struggle continues as calls for teacher strikes spread across US. World Socialist Web Site Over the weekend, teachers networked with each other to organize sickouts and other forms of protest as schools reopen today.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Filmmaker Milos Forman (1932-2018), one of the leading figures of the Czech New Wave. World Socialist Web Site Forman was originally identified with the so-called Czech New Wave, a group of directors whose lively and honest films came to international prominence in the mid-1960s.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Australian government pushes ahead with "foreign donations" ban. World Socialist Web Site The bill is a part of a multi-pronged legislative package that targets alleged "Chinese interference" in Australian political and commercial life.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Demonstration against rent increases in Berlin draws 25,000. World Socialist Web Site The large numbers participating in the demonstration, which was originally only expected to attract 4,000, illustrates the depth of the anger over unaffordable rents.

WSWS (2018-04-16). French students protest war, support striking rail workers. World Socialist Web Site Students at Tolbiac University spoke to the WSWS Friday about their opposition to war in Syria, plans to reinstate the draft, and social austerity in France.

WSWS (2018-04-16). This week in history: April 16-22. World Socialist Web Site 25 years ago: FBI raid in Waco, Texas, kills 76 On April 19, 1993, US Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a military-style FBI raid on the compound of a small Christian sect near Waco, Texas, resulting in 76 deaths, including 25 children.

RT (2018-04-16). Trump wants to pull troops from Syria 'as quickly as possible,' but it won't be very quick. RT US News US President Donald Trump wants to bring troops back from Syria as soon as possible, the White House said, but not before their goals are fulfilled. Earlier, the French president said he had convinced Trump the troops had to stay.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-16). France: Bill Could Undermine Asylum Seekers' Rights. Human Rights Watch News (Paris) — A bill before the French Parliament on immigration and asylum could jeopardize access to protection and should be revised, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Assembly will examine the bill in the week of April 16, 2018, and the Senate in May. Tents are seen at a makeshift migrant camp on a street near the metro stations of Jaures and Stalingrad in Paris, France, October 28, 2016 | © 2016 Reuters | "Under the guise of providing a more effective asylum system, the bill includes a series of measures that would diminish access to protection," said Bénédicte Jeannerod, France director at Human Rights Watch. "The few — albeit significant — positive measures in the bill cannot hide the concerns it raises for people who were at risk in their…

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). Transformar el enfrentamiento en diálogo: una agenda de derechos humanos para Cuba. Amnesty International The finalization of Raúl Castro's mandate as President of the Cuban government on 19 April 2018 will mark the end of an era for Cuba. As an independent human rights organization, Amnesty International does not take a position on any country's political or economic system. But we do use historical opportunities to advocate human rights advances. Transform confrontation into dialogue, is Amnesty International's Human Rights Agenda for Cuba as part of this historic moment, with the objective to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the country.

Amnesty International (2018-04-16. Brave Walls. Amnesty International

Amnesty International (2018-04-16. Death sentences and executions 2017. Amnesty International

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). Global Leaders Condemn Trump's "Scorn for International Law" As Haley Threatens More Possible Air Strikes. Truthout Stories Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. (Photo: Hector Retamal / AFP / Getty Images) | As foreign policy experts denounced the missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump Friday night, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley further troubled critics on Saturday when she warned that the U.S. is prepared to attack the war-torn…

Staff (2018-04-15). Syria's Allies: Missile Strike Undercuts Hope for Peace. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon say the Western attack has damaged prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict. | The post Syria's Allies: Missile Strike Undercuts Hope for Peace appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-15). Trump Thinks Firing Rod Rosenstein Will Help Him Escape Mueller—Here's Why the Plan Could Backfire in a Huge Way. AlterNet.org The next in line for the job should worry the corrupt president. | President Donald Trump has publicly attacked his own deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, over his authorization of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has reportedly been mulling plans to fire Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will presumably do his bidding to shut down the probe. However, a Daily Beast profile of Noel Francisco — the man who is next in line at the Department of Justice to replace Rosenstein — shows that it might not be that simple. Although Francisco is an unabashed conservative who once clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he is also a constitutional law expert who, his friends say, is unlikely to serve as Trump's personal henchman. "One of Francisco's long-time friends, who spoke. . .

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-04-15). Michael Cohen Reportedly Rented Ivanka's Park Avenue Apartment to Disreputable Russian-American Taxi Magnate. AlterNet.org The red flags around the president's lawyer keep rising. | According to a report on Page Six, Trump family fixer Michael Cohen once sublet out one of White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's swanky Park Avenue apartments to a Russian-born taxi magnate. According to the report, Evgeny "Gene" Freidman was Cohen's partner in operating 32 taxi medallions that Cohen owned which have become a subject of interest to FBI investigators. The report notes that Friedman was in need of a place to stay in 2015 after he was ordered to stay away from his estranged wife after he allegedly assaulted her. One month later she sued for divorce. According to the report, his wife remained in their Upper East Side townhouse while Friedman moved with his dog into Trump Park Avenue — the same building where Cohen lived with his family.

Staff (2018-04-15). U.S. to Hit Russia With New Sanctions Over Syria. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicates that the sanctions will be aimed at sending a message to Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad. | The post U.S. to Hit Russia With New Sanctions Over Syria appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-15). Spring Storm Moves East After Blanketing Central U.S. in Snow. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A mid-April storm stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes dumps two feet of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest before plowing toward the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. | The post Spring Storm Moves East After Blanketing Central U.S. in Snow appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

The Conversation (2018-04-15). People With Depression Use Language Differently — Here's How to Spot It. AlterNet.org Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full picture. | From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this "language of depression" can have a powerful effect on others. Just consider the impact of the poetry and song lyrics of Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain, who both killed themselves after suffering from depression. Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full picture. Our new study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, has now unveiled a class of words that can help accurately predict whether. . .

Newsweek (2018-04-15). James Comey Tells ABC: Trump Treats Women Like Meat. AlterNet.org The former FBI Director also revealed that his daughters attended the Women's March | : In an interview that aired on ABC Sunday, former FBI Director James Comey said that Donald Trump treats women like "pieces of meat" and is "morally unfit" to be president of the United States. During the interview, which came ahead of the release of his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Comey slammed Trump's fitness for office, raising not only his treatment of women but his claim that there were "very fine people" on both sides. . .

TRNN (2018-04-15). To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda. The Real News Network Despite his very soft approach at his Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin at Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis at the Institute for Policy Studies…

Staff (2018-04-15). Trump Unloads on Comey Ahead of Ex-FBI Director's Interview. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In a series of tweets before James Comey's first interview about his forthcoming memoir airs, the president calls him "the WORST FBI Director history, by far!" | The post Trump Unloads on Comey Ahead of Ex-FBI Director's Interview appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). Trial Date Set for Groundbreaking Kids' Climate Lawsuit. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | A trial date of Oct. 29 has been set for a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans despite the Trump administration's efforts to halt the case. | Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 plaintiffs who ranged between 8 to 19 years old at the time. They allege their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government's creation of a national energy system that causes dangerous climate change. | The trial will be heard before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon, according to Our Children's Trust, the non-profit group supporting the plaintiffs. Aiken joined the court in 1998 after…

Ricky Riley, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-15). New Legislation Forces Sex Workers Back to Streets and Strips Away Internet Freedoms in One Swoop. AlterNet.org The SESTA-forced end of a Craigslist personal ads era means big problems for sex workers. | In our society, sex work isn't considered "real work. " With the risks of physical harm and constant denigration from family, friends and critics, sex workers are rarely treated with dignity and respect and are often arrested because of unfair laws. They have come under attack in recent months after the passage of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) in the Senate, and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) in the House. A combination of both laws passed in the Senate on March 20 by a vote of 97-2. Senator Rob Portman introduced SESTA in the Senate and the House's FOSTA bill passed in February. The bill was signed into law Wednesday, April 11 by President Donald Trump. Now, SESTA-FOSTA, or. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). Trump's Company Is Suing Towns Across the Country to Get Breaks on Taxes. Truthout Stories Donald Trump speaks during a Rose Garden event April 12, 2018, at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | | President Donald Trump is famous for bragging about his net worth. Publicly, he claims he's worth more than $10 billion. He even sued an author over the issue and lobbied the editors of Forbes about his ranking on their billionaires list. | Yet quietly in another setting, the Trump Organization says the president's holdings are worth far less than he has proclaimed. Across the country, the Trump Organization is suing local governments, claiming it owes much less in property taxes than government assessors say because its properties are worth much less than they've been valued at. In just one example, the company has asserted that its gleaming waterfront skyscraper in Chicago is worth less than its…

Staff (2018-04-15). Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists After a recent series of hospitalizations, Mrs. Bush, 92, has decided to forgo medical treatment and receive only comfort care. Her health problem has not been specified. | The post Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-15). Protesters in Barcelona Demand Jailed Separatists Go Free. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BARCELONA, Spain—Hundreds of thousands of Catalan separatists rallied in downtown Barcelona on Sunday to demand the release of high-profile secessionist leaders being held in pretrial detention. | Protesters waved Catalan separatist flags behind a huge banner that read "for rights and liberties, for democracy and unity, we want them back home!" | The demonstration was organized by two pro-independence grassroots groups, the National Catalan Assembly and Omnium, whose presidents are among the nine separatists in prison awaiting trial for their roles in last year's failed breakaway bid by the northeastern Spanish region. | The regional chapters of Spain's two leading labor unions, along with other civil society groups, supported the protest despite the complaints from some members who don't want secession for Catalonia. Barcelona police said 315,000 people participated in the protest. | "The majority of Catalans, regardless of their political position, agree…

Staff (2018-04-15). Iran Deal's Fate May Rest on European Interventions. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists President Trump has vowed to withdraw from the 2015 agreement unless U.S., British, French and German negotiators can agree to fix what he sees as its serious flaws. | The post Iran Deal's Fate May Rest on European Interventions appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-15). Is Trump's Presidency Turning White Evangelical Christianity into a 'Cult'? This Religion Scholar Thinks So. AlterNet.org It's a compelling case. | Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and former CNN host who has written extensively about Islamic fundamentalism, is featured in a new Big Think video in which he asks the question of whether the followers of President Donald Trump constitute a "religious cult. "Aslan begins by noting that Trump received unprecedented support from American evangelicals during the 2016 presidential election — even more than former President George W. Bush, who identified specifically as an evangelical. "This makes no sense," Aslan said. "Especially when you consider that Trump is not just the most irreligious president in modern history — that his entire worldview makes a mockery of core Christian values, such as humility and empathy and care for the poor. "To examine why this could be, Aslan pointed in part to the rise of the so-called "Prosperity Gospel" that was. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-15). When They Couldn't Afford Internet Service, They Built Their Own. Truthout Stories Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! | Dwight Roston is drilling on the roof of a home in Detroit's Islandview neighborhood on the city's east side. Roston is part of a team that is setting up a wireless internet connection. The home is just one of 150 designated households in the city to receive free internet service by the end of the year. | In 2016, a coalition of media, tech, and community organizations launched the Equitable Internet Initiative, a project that will result in the construction of wireless broadband internet networks across three underserved Detroit neighborhoods. Leading the initiative is the Detroit Community Technology Project, a digital justice project sponsored by Allied Media Projects. Each network will provide wireless internet service to 50 households per neighborhood, according to…

Staff (2018-04-15). Tributes to Victims Mark 5th Anniversary of Boston Marathon Attack. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker lay wreaths where bombs killed three spectators and maimed more than 260 others on April 15, 2013. | The post Tributes to Victims Mark 5th Anniversary of Boston Marathon Attack appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Newsweek (2018-04-15). Comey: Impeachment Would Let Americans Off the Hook. AlterNet.org President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night. | Updated | President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night in his first television interview since Trump fired him last May.

Paul Rosenberg, Salon (2018-04-15). Is MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists. AlterNet.org Loading up on semi-repentant conservatives and ignoring the activist left, MSNBC is doing the nation a disservice. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election in 2016, MSNBC had at least two clear options: It could respond to a swelling progressive viewer base by moving left, or it could keep playing the Beltway game and move right, loading up with #NeverTrump Republicans, and dumping actual progressives. In choosing the latter — albeit with a head-fake — the news channel has significantly skewed its coverage, to the detriment of progressive politics and its own viewers. Oh, there's plenty of Trump-bashing to please MSNBC's booming viewer base. But it's often a cheap thrill, giving scant or no attention to what made Trump's presidency possible in the first place, let alone the challenge of building a coherent alternative. The channel is currently riding enjoying a ratings. . .

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch (2018-04-15). A Tale of American Hubris: 5 Lessons We Can Learn from Our Defeats. AlterNet.org This country keeps ignoring its own clear history. | The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington's present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it, let's take a few moments to think about what some of the lessons of the last years of the previous century and the first years of this one might be for the world's most exceptional and indispensable nation, the planet's sole superpower, the globe's only sheriff. Those were, of course, commonplace descriptions from the pre-Trump era and yet, in the age of MAGA, already as moldy and cold as the dust in some pharaonic tomb. Let's start this way: you could think of the post-Cold War era, the years after the implosion of the. . .

Newsweek (2018-04-15). Calls Grow to Boycott Starbucks After Bogus Arrest of Philadelphia Black Men. AlterNet.org People accused the chain's employees of racially profiling the men. | Calls are growing for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee shop chain after police were filmed arresting two black men waiting for a friend in a branch in Philadelphia. Under the #BoycottStarbucks hastag on Twitter, people accused the chain's employees of racially profiling the men, and criticised police for arresting them when they refused to leave.

Sophia A. McClennen, Salon (2018-04-15). How Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting is Taking Over Local News and Pushing the Country to the Right. AlterNet.org Sinclair is positioning themselves to have massive influence in politics — and the left is letting them do it | On March 31, Deadspin posted a video that showed a series of local TV news anchors working in stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group reading identical scripts bashing national news and freaking out about fake news. The video immediately went viral. Even though there had been plenty of folks warning about the ills of Sinclair Broadcast Group — in particular Brian Stelter of CNN, who gave Timothy Burke of Deadspin the idea for the video, and John Oliver, who featured a story on Sinclair on "Last Week Tonight" last year — it was the Deadspin video that finally hammered home just how disturbing the story is. The gist is that for decades now Sinclair has been amassing a series of. . .

TRNN (2018-04-15). Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War. The Real News Network Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen…

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The Pandora's Box of War
Chris Hedges | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-16
This article was first posted in 2017 shortly after the U.S. fired missiles into Syria in reaction to reports that the government there had used chemical weapons. In it, Chris Hedges argues that the Middle East will not know peace until the U.S. leaves the region. | The post The Pandora's Box of War appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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UK: Demands grow for May government to hold debate on Syria attack
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is due to make a formal statement to parliament today on the Syria airstrikes, but no vote is to take place.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/uksy-a16.html

Pseudo-left parties promote US-French-British bombing of Syria
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
The DSA and ISO in the US, and the NPA in France are spreading the lies of the media and intelligence agencies to justify the bombings on "humanitarian" grounds.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/pseu-a16.html

UK workers oppose drive to war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
Anti-war protester: "There should have been a referendum on whether to go to war! They are asking us to go to war with no evidence."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/ints-a16.html

Indian Trotskyists hold public meeting in Chennai against Internet censorship
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
Speakers explained the connection between the attack on free speech, the drive to war and the rising struggles of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/meet-a16.html

GM to slash 1,500 jobs at Lordstown, Ohio plant
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
GM announced on Friday it will cut one of two operating shifts at its massive Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, cutting as many as 1,500 jobs effective June 15.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/lord-a16.html

Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/immi-a16.html

US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
The bases for new provocations and fresh pretexts for military aggression are already being laid.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/pers-a16.html

Kentucky teachers denounce governor for saying students were "sexually assaulted" due to walkout
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
The Kentucky legislature overrode the governor's veto of a budget and tax bill, leaving in place bills taking millions from education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/kent-a16.html

French students protest war, support striking rail workers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
Students at Tolbiac University spoke to the WSWS Friday about their opposition to war in Syria, plans to reinstate the draft, and social austerity in France.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/fren-a16.html

Australian government pushes ahead with "foreign donations" ban
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
The bill is a part of a multi-pronged legislative package that targets alleged "Chinese interference" in Australian political and commercial life.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/secu-a16.html

British government admits links to Manchester and London terror attack groups
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
The British government and security forces worked closely with terrorist organisations in Libya and Syria, allowing them back to the UK to spawn a layer of British-born jihadis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/isla-a16.html

Washington seeks permanent deployment of special forces brigade to Africa
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
Highlighting the predatory aim of AFRICOM's presence in the region is the Niger defense minister's admission that the US forces "wage war when necessary."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/afric-a16.html

Students oppose Portland State University tuition hikes
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
Despite a student backlash, the Portland State University board of trustees still plans to vote to raise tuition by up to 9 percent for the coming semester.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/port-a16.html

Demonstration against rent increases in Berlin draws 25,000
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
The large numbers participating in the demonstration, which was originally only expected to attract 4,000, illustrates the depth of the anger over unaffordable rents.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/berl-a16.html

Oppose union's banning of Fightback from Toronto university strike picketline
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
The Canadian Union of Public Employee's resort to political censorship goes hand-in-hand with its determination to isolate and suppress working class struggles whenever they break out.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/iyse-a16.html

This week in history: April 16-22
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
25 years ago: FBI raid in Waco, Texas, kills 76 On April 19, 1993, US Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a military-style FBI raid on the compound of a small Christian sect near Waco, Texas, resulting in 76 deaths, including 25 children.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/twih-a16.html

Oklahoma struggle continues as calls for teacher strikes spread across US
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
Over the weekend, teachers networked with each other to organize sickouts and other forms of protest as schools reopen today.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/okla-a16.html

Trump threatens Comey on eve of court hearing
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
Trump has declared that Comey, the former top US law official, deserves jail time for allegedly leaking classified information and lying to Congress.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/trmp-a16.html

Filmmaker Milos Forman (1932-2018), one of the leading figures of the Czech New Wave
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
Forman was originally identified with the so-called Czech New Wave, a group of directors whose lively and honest films came to international prominence in the mid-1960s.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/form-a16.html

Trump wants to pull troops from Syria 'as quickly as possible,' but it won't be very quick
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-16
US President Donald Trump wants to bring troops back from Syria as soon as possible, the White House said, but not before their goals are fulfilled. Earlier, the French president said he had convinced Trump the troops had to stay. …
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France: Bill Could Undermine Asylum Seekers' Rights
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-16
(Paris) — A bill before the French Parliament on immigration and asylum could jeopardize access to protection and should be revised, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Assembly will examine the bill in the week of April 16, 2018, and the Senate in May. | Tents are seen at a makeshift migrant camp on a street near the metro stations of Jaures and Stalingrad in Paris, France, October 28, 2016 | © 2016 Reuters | "Under the guise of providing a more effective asylum system, the bill includes a series of measures that would diminish access to protection," said Bénédicte Jeannerod, France director at Human Rights Watch. "The few — albeit significant — positive measures in the bill cannot hide the concerns it raises for people who were at risk in their…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/16/france-bill-could-undermine-asylum-seekers-rights

Transformar el enfrentamiento en diálogo: una agenda de derechos humanos para Cuba
Amnesty International | 2018-04-16
The finalization of Raúl Castro's mandate as President of the Cuban government on 19 April 2018 will mark the end of an era for Cuba. As an independent human rights organization, Amnesty International does not take a position on any country's political or economic system. But we do use historical opportunities to advocate human rights advances. Transform confrontation into dialogue, is Amnesty International's Human Rights Agenda for Cuba as part of this historic moment, with the objective to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the country.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr25/8186/2018/en/

Death sentences and executions 2017
Amnesty International | 2018-04-16
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/death-penalty-sentences-and-executions-2017/

Brave Walls
Amnesty International | 2018-04-16
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/04/brave-walls/

U.S. to Hit Russia With New Sanctions Over Syria
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicates that the sanctions will be aimed at sending a message to Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad. | The post U.S. to Hit Russia With New Sanctions Over Syria appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-to-hit-russia-with-new-sanctions-over-syria/

Michael Cohen Reportedly Rented Ivanka's Park Avenue Apartment to Disreputable Russian-American Taxi Magnate
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
The red flags around the president's lawyer keep rising. | According to a report on Page Six, Trump family fixer Michael Cohen once sublet out one of White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's swanky Park Avenue apartments to a Russian-born taxi magnate. According to the report, Evgeny "Gene" Freidman was Cohen's partner in operating 32 taxi medallions that Cohen owned which have become a subject of interest to FBI investigators. The report notes that Friedman was in need of a place to stay in 2015 after he was ordered to stay away from his estranged wife after he allegedly assaulted her. One month later she sued for divorce. According to the report, his wife remained in their Upper East Side townhouse while Friedman moved with his dog into Trump Park Avenue — the same building where Cohen lived with his family.
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Global Leaders Condemn Trump's "Scorn for International Law" As Haley Threatens More Possible Air Strikes
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-15
Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. (Photo: Hector Retamal / AFP / Getty Images) | As foreign policy experts denounced the missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump Friday night, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley further troubled critics on Saturday when she warned that the U.S. is prepared to attack the war-torn…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44168-global-leaders-condemn-trump-s-scorn-for-international-law-as-haley-threatens-more-possible-air-strikes

Trump Thinks Firing Rod Rosenstein Will Help Him Escape Mueller–Here's Why the Plan Could Backfire in a Huge Way
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
The next in line for the job should worry the corrupt president. | President Donald Trump has publicly attacked his own deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, over his authorization of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has reportedly been mulling plans to fire Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will presumably do his bidding to shut down the probe. However, a Daily Beast profile of Noel Francisco — the man who is next in line at the Department of Justice to replace Rosenstein — shows that it might not be that simple. Although Francisco is an unabashed conservative who once clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he is also a constitutional law expert who, his friends say, is unlikely to serve as Trump's personal henchman. "One of Francisco's long-time friends, who spoke. . .
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Syria's Allies: Missile Strike Undercuts Hope for Peace
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon say the Western attack has damaged prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict. | The post Syria's Allies: Missile Strike Undercuts Hope for Peace appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Iran Deal's Fate May Rest on European Interventions
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
President Trump has vowed to withdraw from the 2015 agreement unless U.S., British, French and German negotiators can agree to fix what he sees as its serious flaws. | The post Iran Deal's Fate May Rest on European Interventions appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Where Will the Struggle Lead Kentucky Teachers?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-15
The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! Kentucky Public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a 'day of action' at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) | KENTUCKY TEACHERS, education workers and their supporters gathered once again on this weekend for rallies at the state Capitol in Frankfort. | The protests represent the continuing urgency of the upsurge that has made Kentucky another site of the teachers' rebellions that swept west from West Virginia through states formerly considered to be conservative "Trump country." | At the same…
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How the CIA's Secret Torture Program Sparked a Citizen-Led Public Reckoning in North Carolina
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
What can a small group of committed citizens who oppose these practices do to push back? This. | President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, is reported to have overseen a U. S. site in Thailand where torture of a suspected terrorist took place. Later she allegedly helped destroy evidence of torture. Her nomination, pending congressional approval, is viewed by many as further evidence of this administration's support of torture and an undoing of Obama-era efforts to end it. Her work was allegedly part of a program the CIA launched after 9/11 called Rendition, Detention and Interrogation. From 2002 to at least 2006, the CIA orchestrated disappearances, torture and indefinite detention without charge of suspected terrorists. What can a small group of committed citizens who oppose these practices do to push back? A commission against torture in North Carolina may. . .
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Calls Grow to Boycott Starbucks After Bogus Arrest of Philadelphia Black Men
Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
People accused the chain's employees of racially profiling the men. | Calls are growing for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee shop chain after police were filmed arresting two black men waiting for a friend in a branch in Philadelphia. Under the #BoycottStarbucks hastag on Twitter, people accused the chain's employees of racially profiling the men, and criticised police for arresting them when they refused to leave.
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Is MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists
Paul Rosenberg, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
Loading up on semi-repentant conservatives and ignoring the activist left, MSNBC is doing the nation a disservice. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election in 2016, MSNBC had at least two clear options: It could respond to a swelling progressive viewer base by moving left, or it could keep playing the Beltway game and move right, loading up with #NeverTrump Republicans, and dumping actual progressives. In choosing the latter — albeit with a head-fake — the news channel has significantly skewed its coverage, to the detriment of progressive politics and its own viewers. Oh, there's plenty of Trump-bashing to please MSNBC's booming viewer base. But it's often a cheap thrill, giving scant or no attention to what made Trump's presidency possible in the first place, let alone the challenge of building a coherent alternative. The channel is currently riding enjoying a ratings. . .
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
After a recent series of hospitalizations, Mrs. Bush, 92, has decided to forgo medical treatment and receive only comfort care. Her health problem has not been specified. | The post Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Is Trump's Presidency Turning White Evangelical Christianity into a 'Cult'? This Religion Scholar Thinks So
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
It's a compelling case. | Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and former CNN host who has written extensively about Islamic fundamentalism, is featured in a new Big Think video in which he asks the question of whether the followers of President Donald Trump constitute a "religious cult. "Aslan begins by noting that Trump received unprecedented support from American evangelicals during the 2016 presidential election — even more than former President George W. Bush, who identified specifically as an evangelical. "This makes no sense," Aslan said. "Especially when you consider that Trump is not just the most irreligious president in modern history — that his entire worldview makes a mockery of core Christian values, such as humility and empathy and care for the poor. "To examine why this could be, Aslan pointed in part to the rise of the so-called "Prosperity Gospel" that was. . .
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How Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting is Taking Over Local News and Pushing the Country to the Right
Sophia A. McClennen, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
Sinclair is positioning themselves to have massive influence in politics — and the left is letting them do it | On March 31, Deadspin posted a video that showed a series of local TV news anchors working in stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group reading identical scripts bashing national news and freaking out about fake news. The video immediately went viral. Even though there had been plenty of folks warning about the ills of Sinclair Broadcast Group — in particular Brian Stelter of CNN, who gave Timothy Burke of Deadspin the idea for the video, and John Oliver, who featured a story on Sinclair on "Last Week Tonight" last year — it was the Deadspin video that finally hammered home just how disturbing the story is. The gist is that for decades now Sinclair has been amassing a series of. . .
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Tributes to Victims Mark 5th Anniversary of Boston Marathon Attack
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker lay wreaths where bombs killed three spectators and maimed more than 260 others on April 15, 2013. | The post Tributes to Victims Mark 5th Anniversary of Boston Marathon Attack appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-15
Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen…
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Comey: Impeachment Would Let Americans Off the Hook
Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night. | Updated | President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night in his first television interview since Trump fired him last May.
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Spring Storm Moves East After Blanketing Central U.S. in Snow
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
A mid-April storm stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes dumps two feet of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest before plowing toward the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. | The post Spring Storm Moves East After Blanketing Central U.S. in Snow appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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People With Depression Use Language Differently — Here's How to Spot It
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full picture. | From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this "language of depression" can have a powerful effect on others. Just consider the impact of the poetry and song lyrics of Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain, who both killed themselves after suffering from depression. Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full picture. Our new study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, has now unveiled a class of words that can help accurately predict whether. . .
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Trial Date Set for Groundbreaking Kids' Climate Lawsuit
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-15
Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | A trial date of Oct. 29 has been set for a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans despite the Trump administration's efforts to halt the case. | Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 plaintiffs who ranged between 8 to 19 years old at the time. They allege their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government's creation of a national energy system that causes dangerous climate change. | The trial will be heard before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon, according to Our Children's Trust, the non-profit group supporting the plaintiffs. Aiken joined the court in 1998 after…
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James Comey Tells ABC: Trump Treats Women Like Meat
Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
The former FBI Director also revealed that his daughters attended the Women's March | : In an interview that aired on ABC Sunday, former FBI Director James Comey said that Donald Trump treats women like "pieces of meat" and is "morally unfit" to be president of the United States. During the interview, which came ahead of the release of his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Comey slammed Trump's fitness for office, raising not only his treatment of women but his claim that there were "very fine people" on both sides. . .
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Trump's Company Is Suing Towns Across the Country to Get Breaks on Taxes
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-15
Donald Trump speaks during a Rose Garden event April 12, 2018, at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | President Donald Trump is famous for bragging about his net worth. Publicly, he claims he's worth more than $10 billion. He even sued an author over the issue and lobbied the editors of Forbes about his ranking on their billionaires list. | Yet quietly in another setting, the Trump Organization says the president's holdings are worth far less than he has proclaimed. Across the country, the Trump Organization is suing local governments, claiming it owes much less in property taxes than government assessors say because its properties are worth much less than they've been valued at. In just one example, the company has asserted that its gleaming waterfront skyscraper in Chicago is worth less than its…
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When They Couldn't Afford Internet Service, They Built Their Own
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-15
Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! | Dwight Roston is drilling on the roof of a home in Detroit's Islandview neighborhood on the city's east side. Roston is part of a team that is setting up a wireless internet connection. The home is just one of 150 designated households in the city to receive free internet service by the end of the year. | In 2016, a coalition of media, tech, and community organizations launched the Equitable Internet Initiative, a project that will result in the construction of wireless broadband internet networks across three underserved Detroit neighborhoods. Leading the initiative is the Detroit Community Technology Project, a digital justice project sponsored by Allied Media Projects. Each network will provide wireless internet service to 50 households per neighborhood, according to…
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Trump Unloads on Comey Ahead of Ex-FBI Director's Interview
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
In a series of tweets before James Comey's first interview about his forthcoming memoir airs, the president calls him "the WORST FBI Director history, by far!" | The post Trump Unloads on Comey Ahead of Ex-FBI Director's Interview appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Protesters in Barcelona Demand Jailed Separatists Go Free
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
BARCELONA, Spain–Hundreds of thousands of Catalan separatists rallied in downtown Barcelona on Sunday to demand the release of high-profile secessionist leaders being held in pretrial detention. | Protesters waved Catalan separatist flags behind a huge banner that read "for rights and liberties, for democracy and unity, we want them back home!" | The demonstration was organized by two pro-independence grassroots groups, the National Catalan Assembly and Omnium, whose presidents are among the nine separatists in prison awaiting trial for their roles in last year's failed breakaway bid by the northeastern Spanish region. | The regional chapters of Spain's two leading labor unions, along with other civil society groups, supported the protest despite the complaints from some members who don't want secession for Catalonia. Barcelona police said 315,000 people participated in the protest. | "The majority of Catalans, regardless of their political position, agree…
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New Legislation Forces Sex Workers Back to Streets and Strips Away Internet Freedoms in One Swoop
Ricky Riley, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
The SESTA-forced end of a Craigslist personal ads era means big problems for sex workers. | In our society, sex work isn't considered "real work. " With the risks of physical harm and constant denigration from family, friends and critics, sex workers are rarely treated with dignity and respect and are often arrested because of unfair laws. They have come under attack in recent months after the passage of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) in the Senate, and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) in the House. A combination of both laws passed in the Senate on March 20 by a vote of 97-2. Senator Rob Portman introduced SESTA in the Senate and the House's FOSTA bill passed in February. The bill was signed into law Wednesday, April 11 by President Donald Trump. Now, SESTA-FOSTA, or. . .
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TRNN (2018-04-15). OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality. The Real News Network Economist Michael Roberts says the change of tone within the OECD is interesting, but there are no takers ready to implement an estate taxes to reduce inequality…

TRNN (2018-04-15). To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda. The Real News Network Despite his very soft approach at his Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin at Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis at the Institute for Policy Studies…

TRNN (2018-04-15). Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War. The Real News Network Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen…

Staff (2018-04-15). Leaders at Summit of Americas Vow to Cleanse Corrupt Systems. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In another action, the officials call on Venezuela to hold free elections, but little progress has been made in building a regional response to that nation's mounting crisis. | The post Leaders at Summit of Americas Vow to Cleanse Corrupt Systems appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-04-15). 'Saddam's weapons': Ex-ambassador's Freudian slip on Syria attack. RT US News The US, British and French bombing of Syria has put many critics of US President Donald Trump in the awkward position of agreeing with him. One of them, former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, slipped on his own tweet.
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RT (2018-04-15). 'Trump boxed himself into a corner with incendiary tweets before Syria strike' — Senator Black to RT. RT US News Friday's attack on Syria was a face-lifting move by Donald Trump after he boasted about his missiles on Twitter, Virginia Senator Richard Black said. He told RT that Trump would not have won Congress' approval had he asked for it.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-15). Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Protesters Beaten, Journalists Detained. Human Rights Watch News Riot police use teargas to disperse hundreds of civil servants who gathered during a protest against reduced monthly salaries in Erbil, Iraq on March 25, 2018. | © 2018 Hemn Baban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images | (Erbil) — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces detained at least 84 protesters and four journalists in late March, Human Rights Watch said today. Many of the detentions appeared to be arbitrary, either because persons were detained because they were exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, or because their right under Iraqi law to be brought before a judge within 24 hours was ignored. Twelve witnesses said security forces beat many as they attempted to detain them during demonstrations in the cities of Akre, Dohuk, and Erbil. Human Rights Watch received reports of arrests in other towns, including…

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Kate Aronoff (2018-04-15). Andrew Cuomo Sees What's Coming. He Doesn't Know Whether To Run, Join It, Or Destroy It. The Intercept The Working Families Party finds itself in what might be the most friendly political environment in its relatively short history, yet is at war back home. | The post Andrew Cuomo Sees What's Coming. He Doesn't Know Whether To Run, Join It, Or Destroy It appeared first on The Intercept.

Staff (2018-04-14). Certain of Gas Attack, Allies Struck Syria Before U.N. Report. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The U.S., U.K. and France acted in the awareness that Russian and Syrian forces may already have tried to clean up important evidence in Douma, where dozens died in last weekend's attack. | The post Certain of Gas Attack, Allies Struck Syria Before U.N. Report appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-14). "People Are Dancing In The Streets": Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump's Airstrikes. MintPress News Over 100 cruise missiles were fired Saturday morning at three mostly empty military installations in Syria, including one research and two storage facilities in airstrikes that lasted no more than 70 minutes. | The post "People Are Dancing In The Streets": Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump's Airstrikes appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-04-14). 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump Declares on Twitter. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists But Syrian allies Russia and Iran call the use of force by Western allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression" with the potential to worsen a humanitarian crisis. | The post 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump Declares on Twitter appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-14). Trump Talks With Allies: They Agree Attack Was 'Successful'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The president holds individual conversations with French and British leaders. The White House says the three nations agreed the assault on Syria was "successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons. | The post Trump Talks With Allies: They Agree Attack Was 'Successful' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-14). How 'Russiagate' Produced the Missile Attack on Syria. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Politicians, pundits and activists who've routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting Trump as a puppet of Russia's president. | Heavyweights of U.S. media—whether outlets such as CNN and MSNBC or key newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post—spent most of the last week clamoring for Trump to order airstrikes on Syria. Powerful news organizations have led the way in goading Trump to prove that he's not a Putin lackey after all. | One of the clearest ways that Trump can offer such proof is to recklessly show he's willing to risk a catastrophic military confrontation with Russia. | In recent months, the profusion…

Staff (2018-04-14). Zuckerberg Flubs Details of Facebook Privacy Commitments. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Over two days of questioning in Congress, he revealed he didn't know key details of a 2011 consent decree with the FTC that requires the company to protect user privacy. | The post Zuckerberg Flubs Details of Facebook Privacy Commitments appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-14). GOP Spending $250 Million to Protect House Majority. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Facing a Democratic "blue wave" this fall, the Republican National Committee is building an army of staff and volunteers across more than two dozen states. | The post GOP Spending $250 Million to Protect House Majority appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Ray McGovern (2018-04-14). Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution. MintPress News It was a sad spectacle to see U.S. brass rubbishing the Constitution and trying to silence critics of the U.S. strike on Syria, says Ray McGovern in this commentary. | The post Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road. Truthout Stories U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). As Trump and May Claim Concern for Syrian Civilians, Critics Slam Leaders for Anti-Refugee Stance. Truthout Stories (Photo: Pixabay) | While President Donald Trump's address to the nation suggested that he and his counterparts in France and the United Kingdom launched airstrikes out of concern for Syrian civilians, a number of critics pointed out that the leaders have shown little compassion for those same innocent people as nations have debated taking in Syrian refugees in recent months. | t.co/FRnTdWMMfn | — Angel Padilla (@AngelRafPadilla) April 13, 2018 | Under Trump, the number of Syrian refugees who have been granted asylum and resettled by the U.S. has plummeted, dropping from more than 12,000 in 2016 to half that number last year. Less than 100 of the war-torn nation's 5.5 million refugees are expected to be allowed into the U.S. by the end of the current fiscal year in September. | "If the Trump administration truly cares about the fate of…

Staff (2018-04-14). Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director, Dies at 86. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists LOS ANGELES—Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. He was 86. | Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut, according to a statement released by the former director's agent, Dennis Aspland. Aspland said Forman's wife, Martina, notified him of the death. | When Forman arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960s, he was lacking in both money and English skills, but carried a portfolio of Czechoslovakian films much admired internationally for their quirky, lighthearted spirit. Among them were "Black Peter," "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Fireman's Ball." | The orphan of Nazi Holocaust victims, Forman had abandoned his homeland after communist troops invaded in 1968 and crushed a brief period of political and artistic…

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-14). How a Black Teen Missed the Bus and Almost Got Himself Killed After Asking for Directions From a Racist Homeowner. AlterNet.org Brennan Walker overslept Thursday morning and missed his bus. | A black teenager was nearly shot and killed by a racist homeowner after missing his bus and trying to ask a neighbor for directions. Brennan Walker overslept Thursday morning and missed his bus, so he started walking the bus route from his family's home to Rochester High School, reported WJBK-TV. The 14-year-old's mom had taken his phone away, so he wasn't able to check it for directions — so the boy knocked on a stranger's door to ask for help. "I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady's door," Brennan told the TV station. "Then she started yelling at me and she was like, 'Why are you trying to break into my house? ' I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High,. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-14). Fascism Scholar Explains Why Trump's 'Desert Stormy' Airstrike Is Totally Bogus. AlterNet.org Donald Trump has declared "mission accomplished" after a "perfectly executed" missile strike which cost $165 million and killed no one. | Donald Trump has declared "mission accomplished" after a "perfectly executed" missile strike which cost $165 million and killed no one. April 14, 2018And, indeed, the mission does seem to have been accomplished—cable news has been flooded with news about the air strike, which means trump's lawyer Michael Cohen is free to smoke cigars with his buddies in the wake of his office being raided and tapes of conversations with various people in the Trump orbit possibly being taken by investigators. Photo of Michael Cohen taken by my NY colleague Lawrence Crook- who reports that he's sitting outside the Loews Regency now with a group of friends smoking cigars pic. twitter. com/5DzcHpOvE5— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) April 13, 2018Why was Trump—who loudly opposed. . .

TRNN (2018-04-14). Trump Pardons Libby, Sending Message to Mueller's Targets. The Real News Network Marcy Wheeler says Trump is dangling the Scooter Libby Pardon before those caught up in the web that Robert Mueller is investigating…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). Mapped: Cambridge Analytica's Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry. Truthout Stories Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent journalism. (Photo: Pixabay) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | Revelations continue to emerge about Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has found itself embroiled in a scandal around data privacy and electoral manipulation. | Three whistleblowers have gone public in the Guardian and Observer to outline how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence the outcomes of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum. | DeSmog UK has previously mapped how the company ties to climate science denial through its Brexit and Trump connections. Now, Nafeez Ahmed over at

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-14). Bill Maher and Real Time Panelists Walk Through the Endgame on Trump's Fascism. AlterNet.org 'I don't see him leaving willingly for any reason' | Is America headed for fascism? As Donald Trump attack the impartial investigators who probe his possible illegal activities, the idea has gone from fringe to an essay titled "Will We Stop Trump | Before It's Too Late? " written by respected former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and published in theNew York Times. Bill Maher and a panel took up the topic Friday night. "Is it fair to say that the only way Trump survives as president is if we become not a nation of laws—in essence, a fascist dictatorship," Maher said. "Who's going to go to knock on that door at the White House and make him go? . . . I don't see him leaving, willingly, for any reason. "Trump's reaction to the lawful raid on his lawyer's office showed that he has no respect for the. . .

Denny Taylor, AlterNet (2018-04-14). Here's What Happened When Professional Atheist Sam Harris Tried — and Failed — to Embarrass Noam Chomsky. AlterNet.org Chomsky's self-appointed antagonist is more off-base and offensive than many realize. | In April 2015, Sam Harris—an author, neuroscientist and self-appointed provocateur—persuaded Noam Chomsky to participate in a private email exchange. Chomsky had refused any other form of interaction with Harris and, for reasons not made public, he agreed. Then when the email exchange was finally over Harris cajoled Chomsky into letting him publish. "If you're so sure you've acquitted yourself well in this conversation," Harris writes, "exposing both my intellectual misconduct with respect your own work and my moral blindness regarding the actions of our government, why not let me publish it in full so that our readers can draw their own conclusions? ""The idea of publishing personal correspondence is pretty weird," Chomsky responds, "a strange form of exhibitionism — whatever the content. Personally, I can't imagine doing it. However, if you want. . .

Staff (2018-04-14). France, U.K. Gamble in Joining Trump's Syria Strike. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Critics swiftly accuse the two U.S. allies of playing loyal deputies to an unpredictable American leader, viewed by many in Europe with suspicion or outright scorn. | The post France, U.K. Gamble in Joining Trump's Syria Strike appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-14). Why an Iranian Rights Violator Isn't in Prison. Human Rights Watch News Tehran Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi speaks to journalists during a news conference in Tehran April 19, 2009. | © 2009 Reuters | It seems that an infamous Iranian prosecutor — someone sentenced to two years in prison for complicity in the death of one person arrested during Iran's 2009 anti-government protests — has vanished before he could even be arrested. At least, that is what a spokesperson from Iran's judiciary said on Thursday. | "An arrest warrant has been issued but they have not found [Saeed Mortazavi] yet," spokesperson Hojatol Eslam Mohseni Ejeyi said to a skeptical press gathering. "Now I do not know how this can be!" | A mind-boggling comment, as Iran's judiciary is notorious for condoning arbitrary arrests. Moreover, intelligence authorities, once led by Ejeyi himself, regularly carry out abusive arrests…

Newsweek (2018-04-14). Peruvians Slam Ivanka Trump As 'Fake' Secretary of State. AlterNet.org Ivanka is attending a conference that her father President Donald Trump canceled his appearance for. It isn't going well. | First daughter Ivanka Trump is being accused of acting like the U. S. secretary of state in Peru, where she is attending a conference that her father President Donald Trump canceled his appearance for.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). Restoring the Promise of the Fair Housing Act. Truthout Stories Truthout takes zero advertising money — instead we rely on readers to sustain our site. Will you join the thousands of people who fund our work? Make a donation by clicking here! | The Fair Housing Act, passed fifty years ago this month, was a critical victory of the Civil Rights era and an effort to address generations of systemic racism in housing policy. | The law intended to prohibit discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, or sex. | President Johnson signed the Act in large part to stem the tide of anger that rose in cities after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but it was regular people who won the Act, through a years-long struggle to demand fair and equal access to housing. | Segregating Our Cities: | The…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). Zapatista Women Inspire the Fight Against Patriarchy. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. Zapatista women take the stage to deliver their speeches collectively from each Caracol, or administrative center. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess) | Dawn had only just broken over the mountains. While most of the women and children on the camping grounds were still asleep, others were already wide awake, huddling together in the first rays of sunlight and drinking coffee. | To a casual observer, this place might have seemed similar to any mainstream festival campsite. A distinguishing factor, however, was that there wasn't a single man in sight. The sign on the main entrance left no one in doubt that only women and children were welcome at this event: "Men not permitted to enter." | Women's participation in Mexico's 25-year-old Zapatista National Liberation…

Eden Collinsworth (2018-04-14). For an American Abroad, It's Been a Very Taxing Year. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists I come back to pay my taxes every year. Since last April 15, I've watched mass shootings, moral collapse—and at last a ray of hope. | The post For an American Abroad, It's Been a Very Taxing Year appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

TRNN (2018-04-14). Zuckerberg Hearing: An Opening for Regulating Social Media? The Real News Network The two day congressional hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens a door to regulating social media privacy, which is especially needed given that Facebook and similar media companies are virtual monopolies in their fields, says Justin Anderson…

SouthFront (2018-04-14). Jaysh Al-Islam Leader Criticizes Scale of US Strike on Syria. MintPress News On April 14, the political leader of Jaysh al-Islam, Mohamad Alloush, expressed his disappointment with the US-UK-France strike that targeted Syria earlier and told Reuters news agency that the strike "was not enough". Alloush also hinted that the U.S. should have overthrown the Damascus government in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Douma district. | "As long as this regime and its security agencies exist, the chemical (attacks) will continue because there is safety from the consequences that would end it … (Assad) is portraying what happened as a victory," Alloush told Reuters. | Earlier, Alloush described the strike as "a farce" on his official Twitter account. The statements by the Jaysh al-Islam leader indicate that he was hoping for a game-changing strike. Jaysh al-Islam's political leader appears to be growing more desperate following a rapid…

TRNN (2018-04-14). Striking Teachers Targeted by Kochs. The Real News Network Women's March Organizer Tithi Bhattacharya discusses the teachers leading revolts across the nation are taking on their union leadership, and being targeted by a powerful network funded by the Koch and the DeVos money…

TRNN (2018-04-14). Trump's Attack on Syria Violates International Law. The Real News Network U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on the Syrian government after Salafi-jihadist rebels alleged a chemical attack in Douma, but human rights expert Alfred de Zayas says this is illegal under international law…

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-04-14). Here's What Cable News Ratings Reveal About the 2018 Midterms. AlterNet.org MSNBC's numbers are on the rise, and strategists see a direct correlation between viewership and voter sentiment | Embattled conservative cable personality Laura Ingraham returned to Fox News Monday night with significantly less advertisers after mocking 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for being rejected by his preferred colleges last month. And her return to the spotlight was overshadowed by the decision of two more brands who decided to join the choir in yanking their ads from "The Ingraham Angle" as they fielded uncomfortable questions from consumers in the wake of the broadcast. This article originally appeared in Salon. On the other side of the political spectrum, while both Fox News and CNN lost viewers between 2017 and 2018, the audience for liberal haven MSNBC has skyrocketed by 30 percent. And with midterm elections quickly. . .

Laura Gottesdiener, AlterNet (2018-04-14). Here Are 7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire. AlterNet.org As Trump strikes Syria for the second time, here are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire from Dr. Chomsky. | Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up. " The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity –. . .

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-04-14). 'Trump Crapped All Over Us' By Attacking Syria: Watch InfoWars' Alex Jones Break Down in Tears. AlterNet.org Jones now says Trump is a 'fraud' | InfoWars founder Alex Jones had a weeping meltdown on Friday night after learning that President Donald Trump joined with France and the British to launch an attack on Syria in retaliation for a reported chemical attack on the residents of Douma. Reacting to the news of the military incursion, the anti-interventionist Jones lamented that, "Trump is crapping all over us. ""If he had been a piece of crap from the beginning, it wouldn't be so bad," Jones continued as he burst into tears and had to pause. . "We've made so many sacrifices and now he's crapping all over us. It makes me sick. "According to the conspiracy theorist, Trump had been "doing so good," before pronouncing the president a "fraud," and saying his administration is "done. "Watch the video below via Twitter: Alex Jones on Trump launching strikes in Syria. . . pic. twitter. com/FkPt3xnok4— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) April 14, 2018

CP Editor (2018-04-14). Glen Hansard — Astral Weeks. counterpunch.org

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-04-14). America Doesn't Have a Holocaust Problem — It Has a History Problem. AlterNet.org Yes, Americans may know less about the Holocaust. In a way, that's following an American tradition. | A survey released Thursday, commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, revealed a startling lack of Holocaust awareness by a large percentage of Americans — and experts are troubled by its implications. The study discovered that, although 93 percent of Americans believe that students should learn about the Holocaust at their schools, 31 percent (as well as 41 percent of millennials) wound up severely undercounting the death toll, believing that 2 million or fewer Jews were killed during the genocide, according to The New York Times. The actual number of Jews killed during the Holocaust is roughly 6 million, more than three times what the average American believes it to be. The survey also revealed that 41 percent of Americans (as well as. . .

WSWS (2018-04-14). Comey memoir ignites new round in anti-Russia campaign against Trump. World Socialist Web Site Portions of the book, leaked to the press in advance of publication, have dominated US media coverage since Thursday.

WSWS (2018-04-14). War fever grips German media. World Socialist Web Site Die Welt demanded the "eradication of the Assad regime" and the deployment of "hundreds of thousands of soldiers" to Syria to "in the worst case scenario, fight Russians and Iranians."

WSWS (2018-04-14). Organise Resistance to Internet Censorship! Free Julian Assange! World Socialist Web Site The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington's escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.

WSWS (2018-04-14). Spanish government promotes militarism in schools. World Socialist Web Site The reactionary syllabus includes the need to respect the army, the police, the flag, the anthem and the King and to uphold the unity of Spain.

WSWS (2018-04-14). US Department of Homeland Security compiling database of world's journalists. World Socialist Web Site The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the "sentiments" and personal information of journalists and "media influencers" around the world.

WSWS (2018-04-14). US and North Korean officials discuss Trump-Kim summit. World Socialist Web Site The cynical character of Trump's decision to meet with Kim Jong-un is underscored by the fact that two militarists—Pompeo and Bolton—are in charge of preparing the summit.

WSWS (2018-04-14). More US states imposing Medicaid work requirements. World Socialist Web Site Some states are considering expanding Medicaid while at the same time imposing work requirements, premium payments and drug testing of recipients.

WSWS (2018-04-14). Two police killings in Billings, Montana in two days. World Socialist Web Site More than 360 people have been killed by police in the US so far this year.

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OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-15
Economist Michael Roberts says the change of tone within the OECD is interesting, but there are no takers ready to implement an estate taxes to reduce inequality…
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Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-15
Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen…
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Leaders at Summit of Americas Vow to Cleanse Corrupt Systems
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
In another action, the officials call on Venezuela to hold free elections, but little progress has been made in building a regional response to that nation's mounting crisis. | The post Leaders at Summit of Americas Vow to Cleanse Corrupt Systems appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-15
Despite his very soft approach at his Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin at Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis at the Institute for Policy Studies…
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'Saddam's weapons': Ex-ambassador's Freudian slip on Syria attack
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-15
The US, British and French bombing of Syria has put many critics of US President Donald Trump in the awkward position of agreeing with him. One of them, former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, slipped on his own tweet. …
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'Trump boxed himself into a corner with incendiary tweets before Syria strike' — Senator Black to RT
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-15
Friday's attack on Syria was a face-lifting move by Donald Trump after he boasted about his missiles on Twitter, Virginia Senator Richard Black said. He told RT that Trump would not have won Congress' approval had he asked for it. …
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Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Protesters Beaten, Journalists Detained
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-15
Riot police use teargas to disperse hundreds of civil servants who gathered during a protest against reduced monthly salaries in Erbil, Iraq on March 25, 2018. | © 2018 Hemn Baban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images | (Erbil) — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces detained at least 84 protesters and four journalists in late March, Human Rights Watch said today. Many of the detentions appeared to be arbitrary, either because persons were detained because they were exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, or because their right under Iraqi law to be brought before a judge within 24 hours was ignored. Twelve witnesses said security forces beat many as they attempted to detain them during demonstrations in the cities of Akre, Dohuk, and Erbil. Human Rights Watch received reports of arrests in other towns, including…
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Death sentences and executions 2017
Amnesty International | 2018-04-15
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Brave Walls
Amnesty International | 2018-04-15
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Andrew Cuomo Sees What's Coming. He Doesn't Know Whether To Run, Join It, Or Destroy It
Kate Aronoff | The Intercept | 2018-04-15
The Working Families Party finds itself in what might be the most friendly political environment in its relatively short history, yet is at war back home. | The post Andrew Cuomo Sees What's Coming. He Doesn't Know Whether To Run, Join It, Or Destroy It appeared first on The Intercept.
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"People Are Dancing In The Streets": Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump's Airstrikes
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-14
Over 100 cruise missiles were fired Saturday morning at three mostly empty military installations in Syria, including one research and two storage facilities in airstrikes that lasted no more than 70 minutes. | The post "People Are Dancing In The Streets": Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump's Airstrikes appeared first on MintPress News.

"People Are Dancing In The Streets": Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump's Airstrikes

How 'Russiagate' Produced the Missile Attack on Syria
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
Politicians, pundits and activists who've routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting Trump as a puppet of Russia's president. | Heavyweights of U.S. media–whether outlets such as CNN and MSNBC or key newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post–spent most of the last week clamoring for Trump to order airstrikes on Syria. Powerful news organizations have led the way in goading Trump to prove that he's not a Putin lackey after all. | One of the clearest ways that Trump can offer such proof is to recklessly show he's willing to risk a catastrophic military confrontation with Russia. | In recent months, the profusion…
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Trump Talks With Allies: They Agree Attack Was 'Successful'
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
The president holds individual conversations with French and British leaders. The White House says the three nations agreed the assault on Syria was "successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons. | The post Trump Talks With Allies: They Agree Attack Was 'Successful' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Certain of Gas Attack, Allies Struck Syria Before U.N. Report
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
The U.S., U.K. and France acted in the awareness that Russian and Syrian forces may already have tried to clean up important evidence in Douma, where dozens died in last weekend's attack. | The post Certain of Gas Attack, Allies Struck Syria Before U.N. Report appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump Declares on Twitter
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
But Syrian allies Russia and Iran call the use of force by Western allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression" with the potential to worsen a humanitarian crisis. | The post 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump Declares on Twitter appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Mapped: Cambridge Analytica's Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent journalism. (Photo: Pixabay) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | Revelations continue to emerge about Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has found itself embroiled in a scandal around data privacy and electoral manipulation. | Three whistleblowers have gone public in the Guardian and Observer to outline how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence the outcomes of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum. | DeSmog UK has previously mapped how the company ties to climate science denial through its Brexit and Trump connections. Now, Nafeez Ahmed over at
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France, U.K. Gamble in Joining Trump's Syria Strike
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
Critics swiftly accuse the two U.S. allies of playing loyal deputies to an unpredictable American leader, viewed by many in Europe with suspicion or outright scorn. | The post France, U.K. Gamble in Joining Trump's Syria Strike appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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'Trump Crapped All Over Us' By Attacking Syria: Watch InfoWars' Alex Jones Break Down in Tears
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
Jones now says Trump is a 'fraud' | InfoWars founder Alex Jones had a weeping meltdown on Friday night after learning that President Donald Trump joined with France and the British to launch an attack on Syria in retaliation for a reported chemical attack on the residents of Douma. Reacting to the news of the military incursion, the anti-interventionist Jones lamented that, "Trump is crapping all over us. ""If he had been a piece of crap from the beginning, it wouldn't be so bad," Jones continued as he burst into tears and had to pause. . "We've made so many sacrifices and now he's crapping all over us. It makes me sick. "According to the conspiracy theorist, Trump had been "doing so good," before pronouncing the president a "fraud," and saying his administration is "done. "Watch the video below via Twitter: Alex Jones on Trump launching strikes in Syria. . . pic. twitter. com/FkPt3xnok4– Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) April 14, 2018…
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Zapatista Women Inspire the Fight Against Patriarchy
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. Zapatista women take the stage to deliver their speeches collectively from each Caracol, or administrative center. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess) | Dawn had only just broken over the mountains. While most of the women and children on the camping grounds were still asleep, others were already wide awake, huddling together in the first rays of sunlight and drinking coffee. | To a casual observer, this place might have seemed similar to any mainstream festival campsite. A distinguishing factor, however, was that there wasn't a single man in sight. The sign on the main entrance left no one in doubt that only women and children were welcome at this event: "Men not permitted to enter." | Women's participation in Mexico's 25-year-old Zapatista National Liberation…
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Peruvians Slam Ivanka Trump As 'Fake' Secretary of State
Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
Ivanka is attending a conference that her father President Donald Trump canceled his appearance for. It isn't going well. | First daughter Ivanka Trump is being accused of acting like the U. S. secretary of state in Peru, where she is attending a conference that her father President Donald Trump canceled his appearance for.
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Here's What Happened When Professional Atheist Sam Harris Tried — and Failed — to Embarrass Noam Chomsky
Denny Taylor, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
Chomsky's self-appointed antagonist is more off-base and offensive than many realize. | In April 2015, Sam Harris–an author, neuroscientist and self-appointed provocateur–persuaded Noam Chomsky to participate in a private email exchange. Chomsky had refused any other form of interaction with Harris and, for reasons not made public, he agreed. Then when the email exchange was finally over Harris cajoled Chomsky into letting him publish. "If you're so sure you've acquitted yourself well in this conversation," Harris writes, "exposing both my intellectual misconduct with respect your own work and my moral blindness regarding the actions of our government, why not let me publish it in full so that our readers can draw their own conclusions? ""The idea of publishing personal correspondence is pretty weird," Chomsky responds, "a strange form of exhibitionism — whatever the content. Personally, I can't imagine doing it. However, if you want. . .
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Fascism Scholar Explains Why Trump's 'Desert Stormy' Airstrike Is Totally Bogus
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
Donald Trump has declared "mission accomplished" after a "perfectly executed" missile strike which cost $165 million and killed no one. | Donald Trump has declared "mission accomplished" after a "perfectly executed" missile strike which cost $165 million and killed no one. April 14, 2018And, indeed, the mission does seem to have been accomplished–cable news has been flooded with news about the air strike, which means trump's lawyer Michael Cohen is free to smoke cigars with his buddies in the wake of his office being raided and tapes of conversations with various people in the Trump orbit possibly being taken by investigators. Photo of Michael Cohen taken by my NY colleague Lawrence Crook- who reports that he's sitting outside the Loews Regency now with a group of friends smoking cigars pic. twitter. com/5DzcHpOvE5– Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) April 13, 2018Why was Trump–who loudly opposed. . .
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For an American Abroad, It's Been a Very Taxing Year
Eden Collinsworth | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
I come back to pay my taxes every year. Since last April 15, I've watched mass shootings, moral collapse–and at last a ray of hope. | The post For an American Abroad, It's Been a Very Taxing Year appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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America Doesn't Have a Holocaust Problem — It Has a History Problem
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
Yes, Americans may know less about the Holocaust. In a way, that's following an American tradition. | A survey released Thursday, commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, revealed a startling lack of Holocaust awareness by a large percentage of Americans — and experts are troubled by its implications. The study discovered that, although 93 percent of Americans believe that students should learn about the Holocaust at their schools, 31 percent (as well as 41 percent of millennials) wound up severely undercounting the death toll, believing that 2 million or fewer Jews were killed during the genocide, according to The New York Times. The actual number of Jews killed during the Holocaust is roughly 6 million, more than three times what the average American believes it to be. The survey also revealed that 41 percent of Americans (as well as. . .
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As Trump and May Claim Concern for Syrian Civilians, Critics Slam Leaders for Anti-Refugee Stance
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
(Photo: Pixabay) | While President Donald Trump's address to the nation suggested that he and his counterparts in France and the United Kingdom launched airstrikes out of concern for Syrian civilians, a number of critics pointed out that the leaders have shown little compassion for those same innocent people as nations have debated taking in Syrian refugees in recent months. | t.co/FRnTdWMMfn | — Angel Padilla (@AngelRafPadilla) April 13, 2018 | Under Trump, the number of Syrian refugees who have been granted asylum and resettled by the U.S. has plummeted, dropping from more than 12,000 in 2016 to half that number last year. Less than 100 of the war-torn nation's 5.5 million refugees are expected to be allowed into the U.S. by the end of the current fiscal year in September. | "If the Trump administration truly cares about the fate of…
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Bill Maher and Real Time Panelists Walk Through the Endgame on Trump's Fascism
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
'I don't see him leaving willingly for any reason' | Is America headed for fascism? As Donald Trump attack the impartial investigators who probe his possible illegal activities, the idea has gone from fringe to an essay titled "Will We Stop Trump | Before It's Too Late? " written by respected former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and published in theNew York Times. Bill Maher and a panel took up the topic Friday night. "Is it fair to say that the only way Trump survives as president is if we become not a nation of laws–in essence, a fascist dictatorship," Maher said. "Who's going to go to knock on that door at the White House and make him go? . . . I don't see him leaving, willingly, for any reason. "Trump's reaction to the lawful raid on his lawyer's office showed that he has no respect for the. . .
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Here's What Cable News Ratings Reveal About the 2018 Midterms
Rachel Leah, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
MSNBC's numbers are on the rise, and strategists see a direct correlation between viewership and voter sentiment | Embattled conservative cable personality Laura Ingraham returned to Fox News Monday night with significantly less advertisers after mocking 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for being rejected by his preferred colleges last month. And her return to the spotlight was overshadowed by the decision of two more brands who decided to join the choir in yanking their ads from "The Ingraham Angle" as they fielded uncomfortable questions from consumers in the wake of the broadcast. This article originally appeared in Salon. On the other side of the political spectrum, while both Fox News and CNN lost viewers between 2017 and 2018, the audience for liberal haven MSNBC has skyrocketed by 30 percent. And with midterm elections quickly. . .
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GOP Spending $250 Million to Protect House Majority
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
Facing a Democratic "blue wave" this fall, the Republican National Committee is building an army of staff and volunteers across more than two dozen states. | The post GOP Spending $250 Million to Protect House Majority appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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How a Black Teen Missed the Bus and Almost Got Himself Killed After Asking for Directions From a Racist Homeowner
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
Brennan Walker overslept Thursday morning and missed his bus. | A black teenager was nearly shot and killed by a racist homeowner after missing his bus and trying to ask a neighbor for directions. Brennan Walker overslept Thursday morning and missed his bus, so he started walking the bus route from his family's home to Rochester High School, reported WJBK-TV. The 14-year-old's mom had taken his phone away, so he wasn't able to check it for directions — so the boy knocked on a stranger's door to ask for help. "I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady's door," Brennan told the TV station. "Then she started yelling at me and she was like, 'Why are you trying to break into my house? ' I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High,. . .
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Zuckerberg Hearing: An Opening for Regulating Social Media?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-14
The two day congressional hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens a door to regulating social media privacy, which is especially needed given that Facebook and similar media companies are virtual monopolies in their fields, says Justin Anderson…
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Trump Pardons Libby, Sending Message to Mueller's Targets
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-14
Marcy Wheeler says Trump is dangling the Scooter Libby Pardon before those caught up in the web that Robert Mueller is investigating…
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Zuckerberg Flubs Details of Facebook Privacy Commitments
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
Over two days of questioning in Congress, he revealed he didn't know key details of a 2011 consent decree with the FTC that requires the company to protect user privacy. | The post Zuckerberg Flubs Details of Facebook Privacy Commitments appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump's Attack on Syria Violates International Law
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-14
U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on the Syrian government after Salafi-jihadist rebels alleged a chemical attack in Douma, but human rights expert Alfred de Zayas says this is illegal under international law…
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Why an Iranian Rights Violator Isn't in Prison
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-14
Tehran Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi speaks to journalists during a news conference in Tehran April 19, 2009. | © 2009 Reuters | It seems that an infamous Iranian prosecutor — someone sentenced to two years in prison for complicity in the death of one person arrested during Iran's 2009 anti-government protests — has vanished before he could even be arrested. At least, that is what a spokesperson from Iran's judiciary said on Thursday. | "An arrest warrant has been issued but they have not found [Saeed Mortazavi] yet," spokesperson Hojatol Eslam Mohseni Ejeyi said to a skeptical press gathering. "Now I do not know how this can be!" | A mind-boggling comment, as Iran's judiciary is notorious for condoning arbitrary arrests. Moreover, intelligence authorities, once led by Ejeyi himself, regularly carry out abusive arrests…
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Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution
Ray McGovern | MintPress News | 2018-04-14
It was a sad spectacle to see U.S. brass rubbishing the Constitution and trying to silence critics of the U.S. strike on Syria, says Ray McGovern in this commentary. | The post Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution appeared first on MintPress News.

Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution

Glen Hansard — Astral Weeks
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-14
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Restoring the Promise of the Fair Housing Act
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
Truthout takes zero advertising money — instead we rely on readers to sustain our site. Will you join the thousands of people who fund our work? Make a donation by clicking here! | The Fair Housing Act, passed fifty years ago this month, was a critical victory of the Civil Rights era and an effort to address generations of systemic racism in housing policy. | The law intended to prohibit discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, or sex. | President Johnson signed the Act in large part to stem the tide of anger that rose in cities after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but it was regular people who won the Act, through a years-long struggle to demand fair and equal access to housing. | Segregating Our Cities: | The…
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Here Are 7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire
Laura Gottesdiener, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
As Trump strikes Syria for the second time, here are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire from Dr. Chomsky. | Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters — linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up. " The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity –. . .
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Striking Teachers Targeted by Kochs
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-14
Women's March Organizer Tithi Bhattacharya discusses the teachers leading revolts across the nation are taking on their union leadership, and being targeted by a powerful network funded by the Koch and the DeVos money…
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Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director, Dies at 86
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
LOS ANGELES–Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. He was 86. | Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut, according to a statement released by the former director's agent, Dennis Aspland. Aspland said Forman's wife, Martina, notified him of the death. | When Forman arrived in Hollywood in the late 1960s, he was lacking in both money and English skills, but carried a portfolio of Czechoslovakian films much admired internationally for their quirky, lighthearted spirit. Among them were "Black Peter," "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Fireman's Ball." | The orphan of Nazi Holocaust victims, Forman had abandoned his homeland after communist troops invaded in 1968 and crushed a brief period of political and artistic…
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Jaysh Al-Islam Leader Criticizes Scale of US Strike on Syria
SouthFront | MintPress News | 2018-04-14
On April 14, the political leader of Jaysh al-Islam, Mohamad Alloush, expressed his disappointment with the US-UK-France strike that targeted Syria earlier and told Reuters news agency that the strike "was not enough". Alloush also hinted that the U.S. should have overthrown the Damascus government in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Douma district. | "As long as this regime and its security agencies exist, the chemical (attacks) will continue because there is safety from the consequences that would end it … (Assad) is portraying what happened as a victory," Alloush told Reuters. | Earlier, Alloush described the strike as "a farce" on his official Twitter account. The statements by the Jaysh al-Islam leader indicate that he was hoping for a game-changing strike. Jaysh al-Islam's political leader appears to be growing more desperate following a rapid…

Jaysh Al-Islam Leader Criticizes Scale of US Strike on Syria

As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44163-as-the-republican-roof-caves-in-paul-ryan-hits-the-road

Organise Resistance to Internet Censorship! Free Julian Assange!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-14
The silencing of Assange coincides with Washington's escalation of war in Syria and preparations for confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/14/meet-a14.html

War fever grips German media
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-14
Die Welt demanded the "eradication of the Assad regime" and the deployment of "hundreds of thousands of soldiers" to Syria to "in the worst case scenario, fight Russians and Iranians."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/14/hetz-a14.html

Comey memoir ignites new round in anti-Russia campaign against Trump
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-14
Portions of the book, leaked to the press in advance of publication, have dominated US media coverage since Thursday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/14/come-a14.html

Trump to consider rejoining TPP to step up pressure on China
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-14
The apparent turnaround is motivated by two immediate considerations: the need to be seen as taking action to alleviate pressure on US farmers threatened by the China tariffs, and the search for international allies against China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/14/trad-a14.html

US Department of Homeland Security compiling database of world's journalists
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-14
The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the "sentiments" and personal information of journalists and "media influencers" around the world.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/14/dhsm-a14.html

Spanish government promotes militarism in schools
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-14
The reactionary syllabus includes the need to respect the army, the police, the flag, the anthem and the King and to uphold the unity of Spain.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/14/spai-a14.html

Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-14
Thousands of teachers showed up at the state capitol Friday in a show of defiance against the unions and school officials trying to break their two-week strike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/14/okla-a14.html

Another Australian prime minister faces serious crisis
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-14
At the heart of the worsening political instability are mounting economic and geo-strategic pressures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/14/turn-a14.html

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