2019-04-13: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-13). 12 Members of Philippines IS Group Abu Sayyaf Killed by Military. telesurenglish.net In four separate encounters with the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS), 12 individuals suspected to be members of the Philippines branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Abu Sayyaf, were killed. | RELATED: | Kurdish-Led SDF Forces Declare Victory Against IS in Syria | One of the members killed was also a top aide, of Radullan Sahiron, a Moro Islamic militant who leads the Abu Sayyaf. The aide, Julie Ikit, is said to be the second in command. Sahiron is on the Unit…

AlexBainbridge (2019-04-13). Solidarity protest against death penalty for LGBTI people in Brunei. greenleft.org.au More than 100 LGBTIQ+ activists and supporters attended a rally in Brisbane on April 13 targeting the Royal on the Park hotel. The hotel is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who recently introduced the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy. | The Rally across the street from the hotel is the first of many large-scale actions in Australia to oppose the sultanate's draconian new laws. | Speakers at the rally called for a boycott of the hotel in an effort to put pressure on the Sultan's business interests and help force the repeal of the draconian laws. | The laws in Brunei have drawn condem…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-12). Protesters Call on UK to #FreeAssange Outside British Embassy in DC. mintpressnews.com "It's totally backwards and we're calling for him to be freed. And I would like the people who got us into the wars to be the ones behind bars." – Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin…

Julia Kassem (2019-04-12). Civil Rights Groups and Pro-war Republicans—An unholy Alliance in the Soft War Against China. counterpunch.org Last month, Mike Pompeo, amidst his soft war campaign to undermine the governments of Venezuela, Iran, and Lebanon, expressed concern for the 'abhorrent' allegations of Chinese Muslim internment. Pompeo, currently working to destabilize a number of Global South nations and groups, did not suddenly develop a moral consciousness for the plight of Muslims. Rather, his More

Tom Anderson (2019-04-12). Protesters disrupt HSBC meeting to demand that the bank stops fuelling war and climate crisis. thecanary.co An alliance of over a hundred Palestine solidarity, anti-militarist, and ecological activists joined forces in Birmingham to disrupt HSBC bank's annual general meeting (AGM) … | Read more Protesters disrupt HSBC meeting to demand that the bank stops fuelling war and climate crisis | By Tom Anderson

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-12). The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners. counterpunch.org The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared that the "party is over." "Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end," Erdan was quoted in the Jerusalem More

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. Ahmed Kaballo is a Sudanese-British activist and journalist. He spent six … | Read more A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border | By John McEvoy

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-12). Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press. liberationnews.org Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's arrest by UK authorities on behalf of the United States is a craven attempt by the Pentagon war machine and the rest of the imperial establishment to silence one of their most prominent critics.

True Publica (2019-04-12). Rogue State? Britain Railing Against International Norms and Laws. globalresearch.ca Leaving aside Britain's past, most particularly that of empire, the country is not just continually moving towards authoritarianism it is beginning to demonstrate all the early signs of a rogue state. These are strong words but the actual definition of …

Susan Abulhawa (2019-04-12). How the Left Also Dehumanises Palestinians in Gaza. commondreams.org Palestinian demonstrators take cover while Israeli soldiers are seen on their military vehicle during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip on December 21, 2018 (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Yousef Jabareen (2019-04-12). With the Israeli Election, the Plight of Palestinians Has Gotten Even Worse. thenation.com With the Israeli Election, the Plight of Palestinians Has Gotten Even Worse…

Phil Miller (2019-04-12). UK Government Defends Arming Saudi Arabia: Secret Court Hearing. Are British Forces in Yemen? globalresearch.ca The government refuses to confirm or deny the presence of British special forces in Yemen. | Its missions are exempt from freedom of information and even Parliament's defence committee. | This wall of secrecy cracked slightly after five SBS members were injured …

Ishmael Reed (2019-04-12). CounterPunch on Stage: The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda. counterpunch.org My real purpose for traveling to the East in January was to attend the showing of a two hour and forty-five-minute film that Steve Cannon, Walter Cotton and I produced in 1980, "81," that was scheduled to be shown Washington's National Gallery. Since Kino Lorber restored the film, it has been shown at museums and More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe. democracynow.org On Thursday night, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Frida Berrigan (2019-04-12). Nuclear Weapons Ruined My Life…and I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way. counterpunch.org I want to offer you something different than the barrage of facts and figures around nuclear weapons. But let's establish the basics. There are nine countries that possess them: France, China, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and — of course — Russia and the United States. Together these nine countries possess a total More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Trump Radically Interfered with Israel's Election to Help Re-elect Netanyahu. democracynow.org Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to a record fifth term in office after narrowing defeating former military chief Benny Gantz. In a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.

Robert Fisk (2019-04-12). What Ivanka Told Us About Trump's Meeting With el-Sisi. counterpunch.org Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president and wife of Middle East "expert" Jared Kushner — he who has supposedly produced a Middle East "peace plan" to be revealed after Benjamin Netanyahu wins the Israeli elections — has just given her support to a regime which has locked up women political prisoners, "disappeared" others, and whose army forcibly carried out virginity tests More

STAFF (2019-04-12). Chomsky on Confronting "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Across Globe. truthout.org On Thursday night, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: We're broadcasting from Boston. Today we spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, who visited his hometown of Boston this week, where he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than 50 years. He now teaches at the University of Arizo…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Trump Radically Interfered With Israel's Election to Re-elect Netanyahu. truthout.org Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to a record fifth term in office after narrowing defeating former military chief Benny Gantz. In a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: Noam, what about what's happened in Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu winning a record fifth term? Right before the election, h…

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Israeli Air Force Strikes Syrian City Masyaf. telesurenglish.net According to multiple media reports, several explosions were heard throughout the Syrian city of Masyaf, which is located in the countryside of Hama, as Israel targeted Syrian military positions with airstrikes. | RELATED: | Syria: 5 Civilians Killed in Rockets Bombings against Masyaf | The Syrian military disclosed that the country was bombarded with several Israeli missiles, some of which had been successfully intercepted by air defenses; others were able to hit multiple buildi…

South Front (2019-04-12). Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca On April 11, the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate prevented a terrorist attack in the city of Homs. Local sources said that intelligence agents dismantled a remotely-controlled heavy improvised-explosive device, which was attached to a civilian vehicle near the Akramah al-Makhzomeh …

Brian Cloughley (2019-04-12). Washington's Selective Sanctions. counterpunch.org On April 3 US Vice President Pence told Germany and Turkey to stop cooperating with Russia. In a speech in Washington marking the 70thAnniversary of the US-NATO military alliance he declared "If Germany persists in building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, as President Trump said, it could turn Germany's economy into literally a captive of More

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-12). "Putinyahu's Rusrael": The Putin-Netanyahu Relationship, A Deep Personal Bond? globalresearch.ca President Putin and "Israeli" Prime Minister Netanyahu are brothers-in-arms after the former helped the latter win his historic reelection with a last-minute photo-op stunt that ultimately proved pivotal to his victory, and with Russia and "Israel" now proceeding along the …

Yves Engler (2019-04-12). CIJA: Zionist Lobbying and Hate Crimes. dissidentvoice.org The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs' response to the horrific attack on two mosques in New Zealand highlights tensions between promoting the most aggressive ongoing European settler colonialism and Jewish Canadian concern over hate crimes. Forty-eight hours after the killings in Christchurch the Toronto Star published letters by the heads of CIJA and Toronto's …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-12). THE ANGRY ARAB: How Arabs Watch Israeli Elections. consortiumnews.com The view is no different from how South African blacks regarded elections of whites in apartheid South Africa, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Israeli elections are treated by U.S. media as an American affair. It… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-04-12). US's Pompeo Visits Latam, Increases Pressure Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Friday in Santiago to meet Chile's President Sebastian Piñera and Foreign Affairs Minister Roberto Ampuero. | RELATED: | Mike Pompeo Plans Anti-Venezuela Tour in Latin America | Although th…

Dr. Leon Tressell (2019-04-12). British Government Arrests WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Behalf of the American Empire. globalresearch.ca Today the UK government broke international law by arresting Julian Assange in the embassy of Ecuador at the behest of the United States. The British government has been ignoring for years demands from UN human rights experts to release Assange

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. On 23 February, the US attempted to force 'humanitarian aid' trucks into … | Read more Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border | By John McEvoy

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). West Papua: Destruction and displacement in Nduga. greenleft.org.au Independent human rights monitors are reporting that thousands of people have been displaced and healthcare facilities burned as a result of Indonesian military operations in Nduga, West Papua, according to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). | The investigation is the latest documentation of the horror of Indonesia's military occupation of West Papua. | The Nduga Case investigation team from Front Line Defenders gathered extensive information on the humanitarian crisis in the region in March. | They estimate that more than 32,000 people have been internally d…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-12). Progressives Urge Democratic Leaders to Fight Back Against '200 MPH Right-Wing War Machine' Targeting Ilhan Omar. commondreams.org "Democratic leadership thinks it can avoid fights and controversy and get back to normal. It is wrong. There is no more normal." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

susan_p (2019-04-12). An invigorating visit to the Palestine Underground. greenleft.org.au Palestine Underground | Directed by Jessica Kelly
| 2018 | The documentary Palestine Underground follows a group of artists who are challenging divisions between Palestinians living in the West Bank and those in Israel through the dance floor. | Hip hop, techno, trap and traditional music nurture new and known cultural impulses among Palestinians on either side of Israel's West Bank wall, ushering in a new era of resistance. | "We are the third generation of The Catastrophe [as Palestinians call the ethnic cleansing that came with Israel's founding in 1948] and we don't want to victimise ourselves anymore,"

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-12). Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'. commondreams.org Victims' advocates called the court's decision "a grave disappointment for survivors of war-on-terror era torture who have waited nearly two decades for justice" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Refugee rights activists take aim at Liberals in Corangamite. greenleft.org.au The Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) launched its campaign to highlight the cruel treatment of refugees in the country's most marginal electorate, Corangamite, on April 7. | #ChooseFairnessAndDecency, which was launched at the Barwon Heads Bridge, is asking voters to consider "fair" and "decent" policies for asylum seekers asking Australia for protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. | CRAG's decision to campaign in Corangamite is aimed at adding pressure on Liberal MP Sarah Henderson, who holds the seat by a margin of 0.03% after last year's redistribution. | CRAG will be distributing its policy compa…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-12). In Display of 'Outrageous, McCarthyite Repression,' U.S. Bars BDS Leader Omar Bargouti Entering Country. commondreams.org Civil liberties advocates and press freedom groups were appalled at news that the Donald Trump administration announced that Omar Barghouti—a Palestinian activist at the forefront of efforts to use nonviolent tactics to end the Israeli occupation—was barred from entering the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nafeez Ahmed (2019-04-12). Former Commander Reveals Turkey's Close Ties with ISIS in Syria. mintpressnews.com In an explosive interview, a former ISIS commander has claimed that the terror group cooperated directly with Turkish state intelligence agencies for years on areas of "common interest". | The source said that senior Turkish government officials had numerous meetings with ISIS representatives to coordinate activities and that this also involved providing support and safe harbour to foreign fighters in the country. President Erdogan "was working hand in glove with ISIS" according to the US government counter-terrorism consultants who interviewed the ex-ISIS official. | The relationship raises questions about Turke…

Global Research (2019-04-11). "Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria. globalresearch.ca Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-11). The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners. dissidentvoice.org The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared that the "party is over." "Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end," Erdan was quoted in the Jerusalem …

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-11). Despite Human Rights Abuses in Yemen, Saudi Soldiers Receive UK Military Training. mintpressnews.com The British state has been under criticism for not halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia following multiple reports of human rights abuses and one of the worst human tragedies involving civilian deaths due to hunger in Yemen.

STAFF (2019-04-11). Rising Rents Threaten Berlin's Diversity, Activists Demand Expropriation. therealnews.com Germany is abuzz about a new movement to expropriate 240,000 apartments from large landowners in order to halt rapidly rising rents in Berlin…

STAFF (2019-04-11). Netanyahu's Election Crusade Succeeds In Spite of Corruption Indictments (1/2). therealnews.com Shir Hever and Lia Tarachansky discuss the continuing rise of the far-right in Israel and the future of the Israeli state following Netanyahu's probable reelection…

STAFF (2019-04-11). Netanyahu's Election Crusade Succeeds In Spite of Corruption Indictments (2/2). therealnews.com Shir Hever and Lia Tarachansky discuss the continuing rise of the far-right in Israel and the future of the Israeli state following Netanyahu's probable reelection…

United Nations (2019-04-11). Thursday's Daily Brief: Women in peacekeeping, the arrest of Sudan's leader, updates on Libya, Nigeria and Syria. un.org On Thursday, the Security Council looked at the key role played by women in the UN's peacekeeping operations. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be exposed to "serious human rights violations", following his arrest in the United Kingdom, according a UN independent human rights expert. Fighting continues to escalate in Tripoli, Libya, and in Idlib, Syria, and 10,000 conflict-affected people were forcibly relocated in Nigeria and are in dire need of humanitarian aid.

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-11). Netanyahu Reigns Supreme, and all Opposition has been Crushed. dissidentvoice.org Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party emerged from Tuesday's Israeli election tied with the Blue and White party, led by Benny Gantz and other high-powered generals. Although each party has 35 seats in the 120-seat parliament, Netanyahu is now firmly in the driving seat. The small far-right and religious extremist parties that are needed to make up …

Eric Alterman (2019-04-11). It's Time to Stop Pretending the Murdochs Are in the News Business. thenation.com It's Time to Stop Pretending the Murdochs Are in the News Business…

pip.hinman (2019-04-11). Full house for Victorian Socialists election launch. greenleft.org.au More than 350 Victorian Socialists members and supporters packed out Preston Town Hall on April 6 to launch the party's federal election campaign. | In a display of the broad support the campaign is garnering, the night featured greetings from trade unionists involved in the recent Chemist Warehouse workers' victory, community activists campaigning against the impact of toxic fires and representatives from the Brunswick Residents Network and the Tamil Refugee Council. | Footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was recently freed by Thai authorities following a strong public campaign after he was detained on his honeymoon…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). Headlines for April 11, 2019. democracynow.org British Police Arrest WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, Sudan: Military Overthrows Pres. al-Bashir After Months of Protests, Dems Demand Evidence After AG Barr Tells Senators FBI Spied on Trump Campaign, ICE Acting Dir. Leaves Post in Ongoing Purge of Immigration Officials, Politico: Trump Considering Ex-Head of Hate Group for DHS Role, Dems Introduce Bill to Reverse Trump's Muslim & Anti-Refugee Bans, Israel: Netanyahu Declares Victory as Gov't Moves Further to Right, India: Elections Kick Off as Hindu Nationalist PM Modi Seeks 2nd Term, EU Leaders Extend Brexit Deadline to Oct. 31, Louisiana: Suspect Arrested o…

Joe Tache (2019-04-10). BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston. liberationnews.org BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.

Eds. (2019-04-10). U.S. is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and 'needed' intervention. mronline.org America has for years been waging an economic war against Venezuela, including debilitating sanctions which have dramatically affected the state's ability to purchase medicines, and even mundane replacement parts needed in buses, ambulances, etc. | Source

STAFF (2019-04-10). More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to intensify the sanctions that are strangling Venezuela's economy. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela…

STAFF (2019-04-10). US Provides Three out of Five Weapons Saudi Arabia Used in Yemen (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Shadow Wars author Andrew Feinstein discusses new research showing that the US sold 70 billion dollars worth of arms to the Saudi Coalition for its war in Yemen, currently the world's worst humanitarian crisis…