2019-04-09: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Israelis go to Polls, Gantz Says Netanyahu 'Desperate' to Win. telesurenglish.net Polls have opened in Israel's 120-seat Knesset (parliamentary) elections, allowing the 6.3 million eligible voters to choose from 47 vying parties at the ballots that will eventually decide the prime minister. | RELATED: | Israeli Forces Raid Palestinian Farms, Attack Fishing Boats | On Monday night Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited an open market in Jerusalem where he told supporters to vote for his Likud party that is falling behind Netanyahu's main opponent, Benny Gantz…

Miko Peled (2019-04-09). Israel Holds Elections on Day Palestinians Commemorate Deir Yassin Massacre. mintpressnews.com The Deir Yassin massacre was used by the Zionist establishment and the terror squads to terrify Palestinians who may have hesitated to leave their land. "Remember what happened in Deir Yassin" was often used as a threat.

Fight Back (2019-04-09). Iran says U.S. military forces in Middle East are part of terrorist group, after U.S. puts terrorist tag on Iran's military. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Iran's authoritative FARS News Agency is reporting the Supreme National Security Council has designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist entity, following a decision by the U.S. to put the terrorist tag on an important part of Iran's military – the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. | The U.S. move to designate Iran's military as 'terrorist' violates international law and raised concerns about future treatment of prisoners of war. | The U.S. administration has been angered by Iran's support for progressive and anti-imperialist movements in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. Iran ha…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Headlines for April 9, 2019. democracynow.org Secret Service Director Removed in WH "Purge" of Immigration Officials, Reports: Trump Trying to Reinstate Family Separations at Border, CA Judge Blocks Trump Administration's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Iran Labels U.S. CENTCOM a Terror Group After IRCG Terror Designation, Israelis Head to Polls as Future of PM Netanyahu Remains Unclear, Libya: Tripoli Airport Closed as Fighting Near Capital Intensifies, Afghanistan: 4 Americans Killed Amid Spate of Violent Attacks, U.S. Revokes Visa of ICC Prosecutor Investigating War Crimes in Afghanistan, 3 FDNY Sept. 11 Rescue Workers Die as 9/11 Fund At Risk of Expiring, Def…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Who Are the Real Terrorists? Trump Intensifies Economic War Against Iran. therealnews.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization on Monday, upping the economic war against Iran, the rift with Europe and China, and preparing conditions for a "military option" — Col. Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Has Trump Locked U.S. and Iran into a "Permanent State of Enmity" by Listing IRGC as Terror Group? democracynow.org In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration has designated Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, resulting in sweeping economic and travel restrictions on its members. This marks the first time the United States has formally labeled an arm of another country's military a terrorist group. The Pentagon and CIA opposed the decision, warning it could put U.S. troops at risk. Key backers of the move included national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who formally announced the new policy on Monday. The step is the latest in the White H…

United Nations (2019-04-09). Yemen blast kills 14 children, leaves others fighting for their lives in Sana'a. un.org Further details have emerged of an attack on a school in the Yemeni capital Sana'a at the weekend which killed 14 youngsters and critically injured 16 others.

Eds. (2019-04-09). Marxists, so-called Marxists, and parliamentary socialists. mronline.org John Rees tries to distil some sense from recent tabloid exchanges, and looks at the real relationship between Marxism, parliament and Jeremy Corbyn. | Source

Whitney Webb (2019-04-09). Well-Known Zionist Settler-Activist Sees More Land Grabs and a "Greater Israel" as a Given. mintpressnews.com With the annexation of the West Bank now set to take place in the not-so-distant future, it seems likely that Israelis that share Daniella Weiss' vision will continue to push for the annexation of more and more territory until Greater Israel takes shape.

Sara Flounders (2019-04-09). Venezuela combats sanctions with solidarity. workers.org In its latest act of international piracy against the people of Venezuela, the U.S. government has targeted the shipment of oil between the Bolivarian Republic and socialist Cuba. These new sanctions have been imposed on the 34 ships operated by Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., as well . . . | Continue reading Venezuela combats sanctions with solidarity at Workers.org

STAFF (2019-04-09). Emboldened by Mueller Report, Trump Stages Border Drama. therealnews.com Trump hands even more aggressive border policy to Stephen Miller, and uses border controversy to bury more aggressive action against Iran…

commondreams (2019-04-09). This Week, Activists Will Take to the Bikes to Urge Members of Congress to Reject Bernhardt for Interior Head. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Is Your Bank Profiting From Gun Violence? truthout.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a figure in December that capped what felt like a particularly violent year: nearly 40,000 people died as a result of guns in the United States in 2017, more than any year since at least 1968. As activists look for new ways to end what's always seemed like a intractable problem, one coalition suggests targeting some of the companies profiting off gun violence in the first place. | The Is Your Bank Loaded? campaign stems from a coa…

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

STAFF (2019-04-09). Israeli Exit Polls Show Netanyahu, Main Rival in Tight Race. truthdig.com While final results are yet to be determined, early indications suggest the prime minister's Likud Party has suffered a significant setback.

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Netanyahu Requested Trump To Label Iran's Guard Terrorist Group. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is seeking re-election Tuesday thanked the United States President Donald Trump for listening to his requests and designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. | RELATED: | US Designates Iran's Revolutionary Guard Terrorist Organization | "Thank you, my dear friend, President Donald Trump, for having decided to announce Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization," Netanyahu said…

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

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Arreaza: Venezuela Will Send Oil to Cuba Despite U.S. Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Monday that his country will continue to send oil to Cuba despite the U.S. sanctions on vessels transporting oil to the Latin American island. | RELATED: | Punched-Out: US Cancels Deal Between MLB and Cuban Baseball Federation | "Venezuela will always fulfill its commitments with the brotherly people of…

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Spain: 16 Women Killed in 2019, Femicides Increase. telesurenglish.net So far this year, 16 women have been killed in Spain, with a higher number of women killed by gender violence between January 1 and April 8 than compared to seven in the same time frame last year. | RELATED: | Spain's Socialists Increase Lead for General Elections on April 28 | Of all those who died in 2019, only one had filed a complaint against their attacker, according…

Global Research News (2019-04-09). Selected Articles: The US' Plans to Designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as "Terrorists" globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

STAFF (2019-04-09). The Mueller Report Is Already Emboldening Trump in Dangerous Ways. truthdig.com Since the special counsel concluded his probe, the president has assumed more hard-line stances on both Iran and the U.S.-Mexico border.

WSWS (2019-04-09). Israel holds most right-wing elections in its history. wsws.org The rival campaigns are inextricably linked to the Greater Israel project of Zionist expansion upon which the wealth of Israel's elite depends.

Raouf Halaby (2019-04-09). 71 Years Later, Zionist Terrorism Is Alive and Well. counterpunch.org Seventy-one years to the day Jewish terrorists in Palestine committed a heinous crime for which they continue to go unpunished. The April 9, 1948 massacre of 107 Palestinians in the Christian Village of Deir Yassin (monastery of Yassin) has been whitewashed by Israel, the U.N., the media, and the so-called law-abiding civilized Western World — More

Venezuela Analysis (2019-04-09). US Imposes Even More Sanctions on Venezuela as Rival Protests Held. theantimedia.com (VA) — The US Treasury Department imposed a new round of sanctions targeting Venezuela's oil industry on Friday. The measures identified 34 vessels owned by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA as "blocked property" in a bid to further tighten the screws on Venezuela's oil sector. "Treasury is taking action against vessels and entities transporting oil, providing a lifeline to …

WSWS (2019-04-09). US labels Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group. wsws.org Trump and Pompeo made a point of threatening other foreign countries, officials and businesses with retaliatory sanctions and possible criminal prosecution.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-09). UK: Court Hears Challenge to Saudi Arms Sales. hrw.org | | Remnant of a UK-produced missile found at the location of an air strike at Radfan Ceramics Factory, west of Sanaa, Yemen, on September 23, 2015. | © 2015 Ali Muhammad al-Sawari | (London) — Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and RW UK intervened in a court case beginning today that is challenging the United Kingdom's continue…

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

RT (2019-04-09). 'Best $3bn investment we make': Biden quip about US-Israel ties sets Twitter on edge. rt.com An unearthed clip of Joe Biden explaining that if there was no Israel, the "US would have to invent an Israel to protect our interests" has been met with angry reactions on social media.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-09). Burundi: 10 Years On, Justice Denied for Murdered Activist. hrw.org (Nairobi) — The government of Burundi has failed to deliver justice for the killing of Ernest Manirumva, a Burundian anti-corruption activist, a decade ago. The emblematic case is an example of political interference with criminal investigations, especially in politically sensitive cases involving activists. | | | Funeral of Ernest Manirumva, vice-president of the Burundian civi…

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-09). Arab League Calls for 'International Response' to Netanyahu's West Bank Remarks. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The Arab League (AL) yesterday called for "a decisive international response" to the recent statements made by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on annexing the occupied Palestinian West Bank. The league's Assistant Secretary-General for the Occupied Palestinian and Arab Lands, Saeed Abu Ali, said that that Netanyahu's remarks would lead "dangerous repercussions," adding that that the …

STAFF (2019-04-09). Trump Puts Iran in His Crosshairs as Yemen Bleeds. truthout.org President Trump is flexing his military muscles just days after lawmakers issued a historic rebuke of his relationship with the Saudi Arabian government and threatened to contain the president's ability to wage war overseas. | In a move that critics have denounced as a dangerous provocation, Trump announced on Monday that the U.S. would soon designate a major wing of Iran's military as a foreign terrorist organization. The U.S. is "increasing maximum pressure" on Iran, part of a "broader effort to counter Iran's broader campaign of terrorism," according to the White House. | The move against Iran's Islamic Rev…

plenglish (2019-04-09). USA Fines British Bank for Violating Blockade on Cuba. plenglish.com Washington, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) British bank Standard Chartered will pay 1.1 billion dollars for allegedly violating U.S. blockade on Cuba and sanctions against Iran, Syria, Sudan and Myanmar, the US Treasury Department reported today.

Jason Ditz (2019-04-09). Netanyahu Says Trump Named Iran's Revolutionary Guard a Terror Group at His Request. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a Monday Tweet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Trump for declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, saying that he had personally requested the move of Trump. Netanyahu said that the move would keep the world safe from Iran, and would also serve the interests of Israel, saying he was glad Trump …

patrick (2019-04-08). UNICEF: Don't plug into Israel's war crimes. bdsmovement.net UNICEF: Don't plug into Israel's war crimes: UpdateIsrael wants to build the longest submarine electricity cable to Europe via Cyprus and Greece. UNICEF is a "proud supporter" of this shameful project. | Economic BoycottApril 8, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

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 …

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

STAFF (2019-04-08). What is NATO Good For? therealnews.com As foreign ministers gathered in Washington to celebrate NATO's 70th anniversary and deliberated about its further extension, prominent peace activists also gathered to present a critique of NATO. Carmen Russell reports from DC…

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…

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

teleSUR (2019-04-08). Gaza and West Banks Crossings Closed Prior to Israeli Elections. telesurenglish.net Israeli authorities declared that all crossings into the occupied West Bank and Gaza will be closed from midnight Monday until midnight Tuesday, as Israelis prepare to head to the polls on April 9. | RELATED: | Main Things To Watch Out During Israeli Election | The closure was made in accordance with an alleged "assessment" of the security situation and it will end on Wednesday after another security "evaluation" of the situation is made, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Exceptions…

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

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-08). Venezuela: US Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Rival Marches Held. venezuelanalysis.com Washington further tightened the screws on Venezuela's oil industry Friday.