2019-04-08: News Headlines

Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man (2019-04-08). Annexation Is Happening Whether Netanyahu Is Reelected or Not. commondreams.org Illustrative photo of Israeli troops rush through an opening in the separation wall surrounding the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, West Bank, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun/FLASH90) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eds. (2019-04-08). Imperialism after empire. mronline.org A new book reveals the extent of the "Greater United States," but territory is not as important as it used to be. Instead, imperialism endures today in the logic of capitalism. | Source

Randi Nord (2019-04-08). Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion. globalresearch.ca During his visit with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Lebanese President Michael Aoun reportedly received a US-Israeli document detailing plans for creating a civil war in Lebanon with covert false flag operations and possible Israeli invasion. | Although the …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-08). The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics. globalresearch.ca The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book …

Mike Whitney (2019-04-08). Trump's Neocons See Erdogan as Their Ticket to a Region-Wide Middle East War. globalresearch.ca Turkish troops and armored units are massed along Turkey's southern border awaiting orders to invade northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to clear a ten mile-deep swath of land east of the Euphrates River in order to remove …

Whitney Webb (2019-04-08). Is Trump's Designation of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorist Organization a Set-Up for War? mintpressnews.com With the IRGC now officially labeled a "foreign terrorist organization" by the U.S. government, the march to war with Iran — long a goal of top Trump administration officials — is closer than ever.

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-08). The US' Plans to Designate the Iran Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as "Terrorists" Aren't Just for Show. globalresearch.ca The US plans to use this possibly impending designation as the basis upon which to "justify" forthcoming Hybrid War measures against the Islamic Republic aimed at dismantling its "deep state" network in the Mideast, including through possible strikes against the …

Ivan Kesic (2019-04-08). Under Trump, US Pushes"Let 'Em All Die" Policy Towards Iran Flood Victims. mintpressnews.com Since 19 March 19, devastating floods swept across large areas of Iran, triggered by the heaviest downpours in many years. Heavy rainfall began two and a half weeks ago, overflowing rivers, washing away bridges, inundating houses and destroying infrastructural establishments in the northern, western and central parts of the country. According to the Iran Legal Medicine Organization, at least 62 people have been killed nationwide in the natural disaster so far, which has also forced tens of thousands of people, mostly in villages, to evacuate their homes and move to emergency shelters. Hundreds of people have also…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-08). As House Votes US Out of Yemen, Saudis Bombs Leave Scores of Schoolchildren Dead. mintpressnews.com This latest attack came just two days after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution invoking congressional authority under the War Powers Resolution to direct the president to end U.S. participation in the devastating Saudi-led war against Yemen.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2019. democracynow.org Kirstjen Nielsen Steps Down as DHS Secretary, Gov't: It May Take 2 Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families, NY Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump Attacks Migrants, Rep. Omar in Speech to Conservative Jewish Group, Arizona: Man Dies in ICE Custody After Exhibiting Flu Symptoms, Yemen: Air Raid Kills At Least 13 Civilians, Incl. 7 Children in Sana'a, Netanyahu Says He Will Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-elected, Libya: 21 People Killed as Renegade Force Advances on Tripoli, Sudan: Security Forces Crack Down on Growing Popular Uprising, U.S. Labels Iran Revolutionary Guard as Terror…

United Nations (2019-04-08). Yemen: 11 more 'terrible, senseless' civilian deaths reported, following attack in Sana'a – top UN official. un.org The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, has expressed her outrage at the 'terrible, senseless deaths' of 11 civilians in the capital, Sana'a on Sunday, in which scores were also injured.

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-08). There's Something Rotten in Virginia: Israel Is a Malignant Force in Local Politics. globalresearch.ca One of the more interesting aspects of the relentless march of the Israel Lobby in the United States is the extent to which it has expanded its reach down into the state and even local level. Previously, the American Israel …

Judith Deutsch (2019-04-08). Wealth and the Invisibility of Human Life. counterpunch.org Globalists: The End of empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Quinn Slobodian. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018. Quinn Slobodian's masterful exegesis, an old term befitting his subject, tells of the Ur group of thinkers who formulated the assumptions and prescriptions of global neoliberalism. He names this group the Geneva School as distinct from the Chicago More

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-08). This Israeli Election is Between the Right Wing and the Even More Right Wing. counterpunch.org Nazareth. Israel's election campaign, now in its last days, must be the first in which a sitting Israeli prime minister has sought to win over voters by boasting about how much he insulted a president of the United States. One of the last campaign videos by Benjamin Netanyahu spliced together media clips of US analysts More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Kings Bay Plowshares: Peace Activists Face 25 Years for Action at U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base. democracynow.org A group of peace activists have been jailed for over a year before trial for entering the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia last April to protest U.S. nuclear weapons. The action took place on April 4, 2018—the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Armed with hammers, crime scene tape and baby bottles containing their own blood, seven anti-nuclear activists secretly entered Kings Bay—one of the largest nuclear submarine bases in the world—under the cover of night. Their goal was to symbolically disarm the six nuclear ballistic missile submarines kept there. Each submari…

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

STAFF (2019-04-08). U.S. 'Terrorist' Designation Amps Up Pressure on Iran. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization" in a move to increase pressure on the country that could also have significant military, diplomatic and economic implications throughout the Middle East and beyond. | It is the first time that the U.S. has designated a part of another government as a terrorist organization. The designation could spark Iranian retaliation as well as open hundreds of foreign companies and business executives to U.S. travel bans and possible prosecution for sanctions violations. It may also affect the ability of Amer…

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-08). This Israeli Election Is Between the Right Wing and the Even More Right Wing. globalresearch.ca Israel's election campaign, now in its last days, must be the first in which a sitting Israeli prime minister has sought to win over voters by boasting about how much he insulted a president of the United States. | One of …

Bryan Wall (2019-04-08). An Irish senator has explained to the UN why we should ban trade with Israeli settlements. thecanary.co An Irish senator has told a UN Forum about her bill that would end trade with illegal Israeli settlements. Frances Black spoke in front … | Read more An Irish senator has explained to the UN why we should ban trade with Israeli settlements | By Bryan Wall

commondreams (2019-04-08). Activists Promise Disruption At All 44 Chase Branches in Seattle Region. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Juan Cole (2019-04-08). Why Designating the Iranian Rev. Guards Terrorists Would Paint a Big Red Target on US Troops in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is considering designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization. This is an old Joe Lieberman idea from 2007, and it is a very bad idea. It keeps being done rhetorically (2007, 2017), and then …

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-08). Israel to Close Its Embassy in South Africa. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Israel is planning to withdraw its ambassador to South Africa after Pretoria began steps to downgrade its relations with Tel Aviv, Israeli radio reported yesterday. According to the station, the Israeli embassy in South Africa will be downgraded to a representative office which would deal with consulate issues. According to Quds Press, Israeli radio reported …

Ariel Natan Pasko (2019-04-08). Israeli Policy Prescription: How to Annex Judea and Samaria. indybay.org Annex Judea and Samaria Now! This Is How, a Policy Analytic Approach.

Jason Ditz (2019-04-08). Netanyahu Rules Out Palestinian State, Says He'll Immediately Annex West Bank. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Looking to continue his bid to court right-wing voters on the eve of the election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took extra steps to announce that not only will the Palestinians never have their own state, but that he, assuming he is reelected, will immediately start annexing the occupied West Bank into Israel, starting with settlements. …

Alice Speri (2019-04-08). As Black Activists Protested Police Killings, Homeland Security Worried They Might Join ISIS. theintercept.com As nationwide protests against police killings of black men began rolling across the country in 2014, federal and local law enforcement who were closely monitoring protesters' online activities repeatedly expressed a bizarre concern: that the mostly black activists demanding an end to police violence in the U.S. might join with Islamic fundamentalist groups promoting violence abroad. | That concern was unequivocally baseless, and no evidence ever emerged to substantiate it. Still, documents obtained by the government transparency group Property of the People, which were shared exclusively with The Intercept, reve…

Jake Johnson (2019-04-08). US-Backed Coalition Bombs Another Yemen School, Killing Mostly Children. theantimedia.com (CD) — With a War Powers resolution that would end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's assault on Yemen currently on President Donald Trump's desk, the Saudi-led coalition on Sunday reportedly bombed a residential area in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, killing at least 11 and injuring dozens more. According to local medical officials, most of those killed were young …

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-04-08). San Rafael Activists Demand Release of Entire Mueller Report. indybay.org Hundreds of Protesters excoriate Attorney General Barr for hiding Mueller's report on Trump's alleged crimes and violations of his oath of office. Steve Disenhof and Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo…

plenglish (2019-04-08). Putin and Erdogan Discuss Economic Cooperation and Syria. plenglish.com Moscow, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin is receiving his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is attending the 8th High-Level Council between the two countries on Monday, when they will also deal with economic cooperation and the conflict in Syria.

plenglish (2019-04-08). Israeli Troops Arrest 19 Palestinians in West Bank. plenglish.com Ramallah, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Israeli forces on Monday detained at least 19 Palestinians from several parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners" Society (PPS) reported.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-08). Critics Warn Designation of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as Terrorist Organization Is Trump Itching for War. commondreams.org "There is an urgent need for Congress to rein Trump in on Iran before he can start a war that will devastate the U.S., Iran, and the Middle East for generations to come." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-04-08). UN Worried about Blast in Yemen. plenglish.com United Nations, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations is concerned on Monday about the most recent lethal events reported in Yemen, where an explosion in Sanaa killed seven children and wounded many people.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-08). 'Another Horrific Attack': US-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen School, Killing Mostly Children. commondreams.org "President Trump, I urge you to sign the resolution Congress passed last week ending U.S. support for this conflict. Yemen needs humanitarian aid, not more bombs," tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tyler Durden (2019-04-08). Iran Designates US Military as Terrorist Organization. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Just hours after President Trump formally designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization, Iran's foreign ministry has put forward a bill placing US Central Command on a list of organizations designated as terrorists, akin to Daesh. Statement from the President on the Designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization …

Aram Mirzaei (2019-04-08). Jundallah: the US-backed Salafi Terrorists Operating in Iran. mintpressnews.com While terrorism is a phenomenon most of us have come in touch with during our lifetime, much of the coverage is shadowed by terrorism in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, where US-backed terrorist groups have wreaked havoc in devastating the wars that have plagued these countries. | Nonetheless, terrorism is widespread across the region, even in Iran. Due to Iran's relatively strong internal stability, terrorist groups have been unable to catch major headlines in the Islamic Republic as terrorist groups often conduct hit and run attacks or the occasional kidnappings of young drafted border guards and…

Fight Back (2019-04-07). Minnesotans show solidarity with Gaza during Final Four tournament. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The Anti-War Committee and Women Against Military Madness held a picket in front of Senator Amy Klobuchar's office, April 5, to draw attention to her record of voting for U.S. military aid to Israel and her recent meeting with AIPAC during its national convention. | The action was during the opening day for the Final Four basketball tournament, which was also in downtown Minneapolis. Basketball fans heard chants of "From Mexico to Palestine, all the walls have got to go!" and "Heh, Klobuchar don't you know? Aid to Israel has got to go!" as they drove towards US Bank Stadium. | April marks the 71…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-07). Is Julian Assange a Journalist? theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — As we discussed yesterday, whenever Assange is in the news and people are defending him you always see a bunch of hyper-emotional empire loyalists running around online trying to manage the narrative about him. One of the most common talking points which comes up is that Assange is "not a journalist". The reason this …

Robert Mackey (2019-04-07). Donald Trump, Not Ilhan Omar, Accused American Jews of Dual Loyalty. theintercept.com Addressing American Jews on Saturday in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump casually invoked the anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty by referring to Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as "your prime minister."Donald Trump referred to Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as "your prime minister" in an address to a group of Jewish-American supporters on Saturday in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/w2TXPkDBNn | — Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) April 7, 2019 | Given that Trump was speaking…

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-07). Netanyahu: Killing 300 Gaza Protesters Was a "Wise" Decision. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel used force "wisely" in the Gaza Strip, as Israeli soldiers have killed "more than 300" Palestinians near the eastern fence of the besieged enclave. In an interview with Israel Hayom, Netanyahu said: "More than 300 Palestinians have been killed near the border when they tried to breach the …

RT (2019-04-07). Rep. Ilhan Omar cites Islam holy text in response to Trump mocking her for not liking Israel. rt.com US Representative Ilhan Omar called on God to forgive her detractors after President Donald Trump mocked her criticism of Israel on the day a supporter of his was charged with death threats against her.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-06). Healthcare Workers Fall Victim to Yemen's Latest Cholera Epidemic. mintpressnews.com The deliberate attacks on water wells and water treatment facilities in Yemen are causing some in the country to wonder if the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition is attempting to intentionally trigger another cholera epidemic.

STAFF (2019-04-06). Oil Politics Drive Turmoil in Libya. therealnews.com With two of the largest oil producers, Iran and Russia, under U.S. sanctions, all profiteering eyes of the west turn to oil rich Libya, says Vijay Prashad, the author of the book, Arab Spring Libyan Winter…

Jessica Corbett (2019-04-06). Amid Blackouts and Food Shortages, Pence Unveils New Sanctions Targeting Venzuelan Oil Exports to Cuba. theantimedia.com (CD) — Despite Venezuela's worsening humanitarian crisis fueled by political unrest and economic sanctions, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced new sanctions targeting the government and companies that transport oil to Cuba as part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Recognizing that "oil is the lifeblood" of the Venezuelan government, Pence said in …

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-04-05). With All Israelis IDF Veterans, Public Apathy Over Israeli War Machine is Near Universal. mintpressnews.com Most Israelis don't have much sympathy for Palestinians. A recent poll showed that 53 percent of Israelis thought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent bombardment of Gaza following the rocket attack was "too weak" while only 3 percent believed it to be excessive.

Naomi Zeveloff (2019-04-05). Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes? thenation.com Is Israel's Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Chicago elections and what's coming next. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The corporate media has missed what is most important about Chicago's April 2 elections. Its focus on the uninspiring mayoral contest between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot helped contribute to the lowest voter turnout ever. Only 29% of registered voters went to the polls. | What this election did see was a record number of young candidates challenging incumbents, and the greatest amount was in the Black wards of the city. According to Aislinn Pulley, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-Chicago, "What was significant were the young activists – mostly Black and Latino – that fought neighborhood…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-05). The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics. mintpressnews.com The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery. | And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would "postpone" the event, citing "concerns" over the event's "format, substance, … [and] security" in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign ag…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2019. democracynow.org Congress Approves Resolution to End U.S. Support for War on Yemen, Report Blames Ethiopian Crash on Boeing 737 MAX Software Failure, Boeing CEO Apologizes for Crashes That Killed 346 People, Trump Threatens Mexico with Auto Tariffs over Migration, Migrants Say Mexico Is Denying Humanitarian Visas Under U.S. Pressure, 280 Arrested in Texas ICE Raid as Trump Heads to Border, Rogue Libyan General Advances on Tripoli, Mozambique Faces Food Emergency as Cholera Cases Mount, House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act Over NRA Objections, Trump to Nominate Herman Cain to Federal Reserve Board, Trump Pushed for Speedy…

Alan Macleod (2019-04-05). As Increasingly Unpopular NATO Turns 70, Has the Organization Reached its Retirement Age? mintpressnews.com Like a snake shedding its skin, NATO is attempting to rebrand itself in an effort to remain of service to empire, greatly expanding its remit as it did after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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

RT (2019-04-05). Horn or bump? Pro-Palestinian poster at Columbia University sparks accusations of anti-Semitism. rt.com Some questions have no right answer. Blue dress or white? Yanny or Laurel? Is an oddity on an Israeli soldier's helmet a horn from medieval anti-Semitic propaganda, or a cartoonish bump left by a spray can? Take your pick.

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