2019-04-03: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-03). US Orgs to Congress: End Trump's Crusade For War in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net More than 40 organizations from throughout the United States are demanding their Congress put an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela saying that, in particular, the illegal and "extensive economic sanctions, imposed unilaterally by the Trump government since August 2017, have caused great hardship and loss of life" in the South American country. | RELATED: | Washington Concerned Over Maduro's Stay in Power | The organizations, including CODEPINK, and dozens of other civil and religious soci…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-03). "The Essence of Being Palestinian": What the Great March of Return is Really About. dissidentvoice.org The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30, 2018 are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years earlier. But there is much more …

STAFF (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna: White House Must Start Playing by the Rules. truthout.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice — it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today with explosive revelations by a White House whistleblower who says senior Trump officials overtur…

Jennifer Gibson (2019-04-03). US Drone Strikes "Outside War Zones" in Somalia, Yemen: Why Trump's Actions Have Put Civilians at More Risk. globalresearch.ca Yesterday, President Trump scrapped an Obama-era regulation forcing the government to publicly report the number of civilians killed in US drone strikes outside war zones. The National Security Council dismissed the regulation as an annoying bit of paperwork, describing it …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). Rep. Ro Khanna on WH Security Clearances, Ending Support for the Saudi War in Yemen, and Venezuela. democracynow.org The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed the director of White House personnel security after a whistleblower revealed senior Trump officials overturned 25 security clearance denials, despite "serious disqualifying issues." We speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna, who says, "Congressional oversight is not a choice—it's the law." We also speak to him about the latest congressional actions around Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Christopher Black (2019-04-03). A Threatening Monster. globalresearch.ca President Trump used to attack President Obama as being weak with regard to Syria for not being more ruthless in the American led war of aggression against Syria, a prelude to war with Iran; that he had drawn red lines …

Rabbi Brant Rosen (2019-04-03). Root causes of forced migration from Honduras: Some background. peoplesworld.org It was my honor last week to travel with 75 delegates representing diverse religious traditions and advocacy organizations on a "Root Causes Pilgrimage" to Honduras. Sponsored by the the Bay Area-based SHARE — El Salvador and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, we spent seven days traveling throughout the country, meeting with local grassroots groups, Indigenous activists and faith …

Olivia Rosane (2019-04-03). New York becomes second state to ban plastic bags. peoplesworld.org New York State lawmakers agreed to a ban on single-use plastic bags Sunday, making the Empire State the second in the nation to do so. The decision was part of a $175.5 billion budget agreement that included other progressive measures including the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent crimes, three-hours-off on election …

STAFF (2019-04-03). Defence of European Empires was Original NATO Goal. therealnews.com Another major factor driving the creation of NATO was a desire to bolster colonial authority and bring the world under a US geopolitical umbrella. Part 2 in Yves Engler's series on NATO on the occasion of its 70th anniversary…

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-03). Pro-Israeli Power Rolls over Washington. globalresearch.ca The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has just completed its annual summit in Washington. It claims that 18,000 supporters attended the event, which concluded with a day of lobbying Congress by the attendees. Numerous American politicians addressed the gathering …

commondreams (2019-04-03). The 24th Annual 'Get on the Bus' Event Draws Hundreds of Human Rights Activists to NYC. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Alison Bodine (2019-04-03). The U.S.' Refusal of Entry to Arnold August Is a Dangerous Precedent for All Activists. counterpunch.org On March 16, 2019, more than 1000 activists from across the U.S. gathered in Washington, DC for the "U.S Hands Off Venezuela!" demonstration. However, Canadian journalist Arnold August was not one of them — earlier in the day he was unjustly denied entry into the United States at U.S. Customs and Immigration in the Montreal More

Ryan Cooper (2019-04-03). Democrats: Stop Being Babies and Get Trump's Tax Returns. commondreams.org No president has ever continued to operate a vast business empire while in office. (Photo: Illustrated | Gearstd/iStock, Ljupco/iStock, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Ridofranz/iStock, IRS.gov) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-03). Democrats Promised to Go After Trump's Taxes. Why Are They Dragging Their Feet? truthout.org There were plenty of scandals among the presidencies before Richard Nixon and Watergate, but probably the most serious was the Teapot Dome scandal in 1924. It was a bribery scheme involving government officials taking payoffs to lease oil on public land. One of the ancillary scandals that emerged from that investigation was the suspicion that Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, who did not divest himself of his vast private holdings, was benefiting from his position. Congress was rightly concerned that the tax legislation Mellon was proposing was designed to benefit his personal interests So it demanded to see M…

Doug Noble (2019-04-03). Collusion Hiding in Plain Sight. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's suspected "collusion" with Russia in the 2016 elections has been extensively investigated. But almost nothing has been said about his, and Congress members', open collusion with another nation, Israel, whose pervasive impact on US elections and US policy takes place in plain sight. Despite courageous critiques by Rep Omar and others, few candidates for More

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement'. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday in front of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum that Nazism was a product of a left-wing movement. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | Bolsonaro, who is on an official visit to Israel since Sunday, made the comments after visiting the museum built in memory of six million Jews massacred by Nazis. | Upon leaving the museum he said that "there is no doubt" that Nazism was a leftist movem…

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not "just about oil". dissidentvoice.org Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all 'about oil'; actually, …

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil" mintpressnews.com What makes the Libyan, Syrian and Venezuelan scenarios so similar? Why was the West so eager to viciously attack, and then destroy these three, at first glance, very different countries? The answer is simple, although it is not often uttered in the West; at least not publicly.

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-03). Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not "Just About Oil" globalresearch.ca Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin …

DXE (2019-04-03). 170 Animal Activists March for Animals in Santa Rosa. indybay.org Group Alleges Criminal Animal Cruelty, Law Enforcement Cover-up…

plenglish (2019-04-03). Venezuelan FM Satisfied with Visits to Turkey and Lebanon. plenglish.com 03 de abril de 2019, 09: 38Beirut, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the results of his visits to Turkey and Lebanon, as part of a tour that will also take him to Syria.

Chidinma Irene Nwoye (2019-04-03). U.S. Warmly Welcomed Congo's Disputed Election Results — but Has Been Sanctioning Its Election Officials Ever Since. theintercept.com In February, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's newly elected president, Felix Tshisekedi, held a warm meeting with the U.S. envoy to the region, John Peter Pham. Only hours after the reception, the United States slapped top Congolese election, political, and judiciary officials with sanctions. Alleging corruption on the part of the five officials, the U.S. State Department imposed visa restrictions. In late March, three of those officials who worked for the election commis…

RT (2019-04-03). 'The band plays on': Sanctions bill shows Mueller Report didn't calm US appetite to punish Russia. rt.com The collapse of the 'Russiagate' narrative has done little to satisfy US lawmakers' desire to punish Moscow. However, a newly revived sanctions bill might struggle to find European support, and could fall flat, analysts told RT. |

The Real News Network (2019-04-03). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. dissidentvoice.org Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account.

RT (2019-04-03). HUNDREDS of US troops died in Iraq… because of Iran, US special envoy claims. rt.com After assigning Iran the blame for mass death in both Syria and Yemen, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook declared Tehran responsible for 608 US soldiers losing their lives while invading Iraq.

Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell (2019-04-03). Day After Fed Judge Okays High Capacity Gun Magazines in CA, Teenagers Rally in San Jose. indybay.org South Bay teenage activists demonstrated for legislation to stop senseless gun use in America. Supporters from Black Lives Matter and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense stood with them in solidarity at a "Rally for Change" on March 30. | Photos by Chris Cassell, Pro-Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

RT (2019-04-03). Russiagate hysteria lives on: Election meddling sanctions bill has its day in the Senate. rt.com Mueller may have had his day, but the specter of Russian meddling still hangs over Washington. A bill newly introduced in the Senate promises to slap harsh sanctions on Russia should future election interference be discovered. |

Saul Kanowitz (2019-04-02). SF protest shows solidarity with Gaza March of Return. liberationnews.org "Free Free Palestine, Let Gaza Live."

Jake Johnson (2019-04-02). Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen. mintpressnews.com "Just as they did earlier this year, Republican leaders may again shamefully exploit concerns over bigotry against Jews to stall a totally unrelated bill that would help put an end to U.S. support for the war in Yemen."

Alfred de Zayas (2019-04-02). Venezuela in the Crisis. mronline.org The solution of the Venezuelan "crisis" lies in good faith negotiations between the government and the opposition, an end to the economic war, and the lifting of sanctions. | Source

Global Research News (2019-04-02). Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-02). Saudi Siege of Yemen's al-Durayhimi as Devastating as WWII Siege of Leningrad. mintpressnews.com To compare Saudi Arabia's blockade on al-Durayhimi to the siege of Leningrad by German and Finnish forces in 1944, one of the most notorious and brutal military sieges in history, is no exaggeration.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-02). Sorry WaPo, the Great March of Return Protests Are About More Than Food and Medicine. mintpressnews.com What is largely missing from the discussion on Gaza is the collective psychology behind this kind of mobilization, and why it is essential for hundreds of thousands of besieged people to rediscover their power…

Lawrence Davidson (2019-04-02). God and U.S. Foreign Policy: an Analysis. counterpunch.org Well, here we go again. God is back at work in support of the foreign policy of the United States. In fact, this time around, God has apparently gone so far as to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election (and you thought it was the Russians!) in order to assure Donald Trump's election. And why did the deity do so? To protect Israel from the bad guys in Teheran. More

Glen Ford (2019-04-02). Russiagate implodes, pleasing Trump but leaving the left in the cold. mronline.org With Mueller's "no collusion" verdict, Donald Trump can claim to have been vindicated in the Russiagate saga, but there will be no respite for the real left—not to be confused with the phony "resistance" that has run on Kremlin-hate (and Syria hate and Venezuela hate) for the past two years. | Source

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-02). Electoral Dirty Tricks in Israel. Fake Social Media Promoting Likud and PM Netanyahu. globalresearch.ca Why not! Elections in the US, other Western countries and Israel are rife with dirty tricks. | According to Haaretz, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli media, hundreds (maybe thousands) of fake social media accounts are promoting …

Chris Cole (2019-04-02). Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria? globalresearch.ca On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …

South Front (2019-04-02). Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line. globalresearch.ca Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …

STAFF (2019-04-02). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. therealnews.com Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

Eoin Higgins (2019-04-02). Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border. theantimedia.com (CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public—and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-02). Israel to Send 250,000 Settlers to Syria's Golan Heights. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Israel is planning to settle some 250,000 settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights over the next 30 years, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) revealed yesterday. According to Anadolu, the report comes one week after US President Donald Trump signed a presidential decree recognising the Golan Heights as "Israeli territory". RELATED: With Golan Heights at Stake, Netanyahu and Bolton Set Trump …

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-02). Thailand: Repeated Attacks on Prominent Activist. hrw.org | | In this January 11, 2018, photo, activist Ekachai Hongkangwan shows his watches during a demonstration highlighting the corruption allegations against Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan in front of Government House. | © 2019 AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit | (New York) — Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate renewed threats and attacks against prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and other activists, Human Rights Watch said. | On Ap…

Middle East Eye (2019-04-02). The Silent Killer: Superbugs on the March in the Middle East. theantimedia.com From Gaza to Mosul, multiple strains of superbugs resistant to antibiotics are on a rampage across the region. (MEE) — It's been described as being like a silent tsunami and at risk of putting medicine back in the Dark Ages. Strains of superbugs resistant to a wide range of antibiotics are on a rampage across the Middle …

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-02). Ukraine: Escalating Pressure on Crimean Tatars. hrw.org | | Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov's office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017. | © 2017 Anton Naumlyik (RFE/RL) | (Berlin) — Russia's arrest on March 27 and 28, 2019 of 23 Crimean Tatar activists was an unprecedented move to intensify pressure on a group largely critical of Russia's occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian authorities should drop the charges, release the activists…

Jennifer Epps-Addison, Medea Benjamin, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Jesse Hagopian (2019-04-01). One Question Image.JPG. progressive.org Two years into the Trump administration, what does effective resistance look like?

Whitney Webb (2019-04-01). Israel Praises Nonviolence of Great Return March Anniversary Protest in Gaza, Shoots Demonstrators Anyway. mintpressnews.com While the IDF and Israeli government have suffered few — if any — consequences for their excessive use of force against Gazan demonstrators, the Great Return March and the Israeli response has caused a notable shift in favor of Palestinian rights at the international level.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). "Our Will of Life Is Stronger Than Despair": Palestinian Ahmed Abu Artema on Israeli Attacks on Gaza. democracynow.org Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including three teenagers, at a mass demonstration Saturday on the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza. Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters. As tens of thousands of Palestinians came out to demand an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza and the right to return to their ancestral land, we speak with Ahmed Abu Artema, the Palestinian poet, journalist and peace activist who inspired the Great March of Return and helped organize it as a cry for help. Artema was frustrated by Israel's more than decade-long land, se…

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-01). How Israel is Working to Remove Palestinians from Jerusalem. dissidentvoice.org The 350,000 Palestinian inhabitants of occupied East Jerusalem are caught between a rock and hard place, as Israel works ever harder to remove them from the holy city in which they were born, analysts and residents warn. That process, they say, has only accelerated in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision a year …

STAFF (2019-04-01). WitchHunt: Controversy Over Anti-Semitism and the British Labour Party. therealnews.com Filmmaker Jon Pullman discusses his film WitchHunt, about the suppression of critical voices in the Labour Party and the influence of the Israeli lobby…

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