2019-04-23: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin (2019-04-23). Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup. counterpunch.org An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group of us, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living inside the building for More

Medea Benjamin (2019-04-23). The Activists Quietly Struggling to Protect Venezuela's DC Embassy from a US-backed Coup. mintpressnews.com A dedicated group of activists has been living inside Venezuela's DC embassy for the past two weeks. hoping to halt a US-backed opposition takeover of the building.

Staff (2019-04-23). Bernie Sanders Calls for Vote to Override Trump Veto on Yemen. truthdig.com In a powerful new letter, the 2020 presidential hopeful urges his colleagues in the Senate to reassert their congressional authority.

Staff (2019-04-23). In Gaza and Beyond, Freedom of Movement Should Be an Inalienable Right. truthout.org I never intended to run a marathon, but when I realized that I would be on hand for the 2019 Palestine Marathon, I registered. I did so in solidarity with the goals of the aptly named Right to Movement, the global running community founded in 2013 to organize the first annual marathon there. | The irony was not lost on me, however: in training for a marathon meant to highlight the right to freedom of movement, I would utilize my privilege as a foreigner to access land that Palestinians themselves could not enter. I trained in the West B…

Whitney Webb (2019-04-23). French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'. globalresearch.ca "[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn't understand that." …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Headlines for April 23, 2019. democracynow.org Sri Lankan Minister Says Easter Bombings Were Retaliation for NZ Mosque Attacks, Trump Admin to Ratchet Up Unilateral U.S. Sanctions on Iranian Oil, House Democrats Subpoena Former White House Counsel Don McGahn, Trump Sues to Quash Subpoena Requesting 10 Years of Financial Records, Sen. Kamala Harris Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Breaking from Democratic Leaders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Proposes Canceling Student Loan Debt, Making Public Colleges Free, Supreme Court to Weigh Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, Supreme Court to Decide If LGBTQ Workers Are Protected by Civil Rights Act, Charges Dropped Against 3 A…

Staff (2019-04-23). Earth Day: How Can Climate Activists Fight Misinformation? therealnews.com Award-winning filmmaker Josh Fox talks about his new book, The Truth Has Changed, and how climate movements can—and must—fight misinformation campaigns…

David Swanson (2019-04-23). Pentagon Claims 1,100 High Schools Bar Recruiters; Peace Activists Offer $1,000 Award If Any Such School Can Be Found. counterpunch.org UPDATE: Timothy Paul Jerzyk has added another $1,000 to the award, making a total of $2,000. According to statements in February by the Secretary of the Army, various U.S. high schools are barring military recruiters from access to students. The Secretary of the Navy this past December said that public school boards are keeping military recruiters out of More

Lyn Neeley (2019-04-23). Portland, Ore.: Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. workers.org The Hands Off Venezuela Coalition in Portland, Ore., displayed banners and placards calling for "No Sanctions, No Coup, No Media Lies" over the I-5 freeway for two hours during heavy early morning commuting traffic on April 19. The largest banner read, "Trump and Dems wage war, We say No More." . . . | Continue reading Portland, Ore.: Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution at Workers.org

Staff (2019-04-23). Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy. therealnews.com Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…

Paul Haeder (2019-04-23). Earth Day is 24/7, and Every Hour and Every Minute of Every Day According to Local Activists. dissidentvoice.org For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities. — The Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen Part One — I am scrambling to get this first part of the Earth Day two-part article …

Arabi Souri (2019-04-23). Oil Shortage Crisis Might Force the Syrian State to Liberate East Euphrates. globalresearch.ca A clear shortage of fuel has forced the reduction of the quantity of gasoline sold to 20 liters every two days for private cars. In total, the sales would not exceed 200 liters of petrol per car per month and …

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-04-23). Do You Prefer Your American Empire Coarse or Polite? truthdig.com With the president wielding near-dictatorial power on matters of foreign policy, it may be the only question left for voters to decide.

commondreams (2019-04-23). City of Denver, Colorado Divests From Oil and Gas Companies. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Telesur (2019-04-23). Iran Not Backing Down: IRGC Navy Vows to Block US Ships from Important Waterway. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration announced on Monday that they would be cancelling waivers to eight countries buying oil from Iran as they tighten the economic blockade against the Persian Gulf nation. | *** | The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi…

teleSUR (2019-04-23). France 'Determined to Continue' Trade With Iran, Officials Say. telesurenglish.net France declared on Tuesday that the country is "determined to continue to implement" the Iran nuclear deal and to allow Iran to draw the "economic benefits" after the announcement of new U.S sanctions against countries exporting Iranian products. | RELATED: | US Ends Sanction Waivers for Countries Importing Iranian oil | In an officia…

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Bernie Sanders Calls Out Netanyahu's 'Racist Government'. telesurenglish.net U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government in a recent discussion with CNN. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Hopes for Netanyahu's Loss in Israeli Election | The presidential hopeful said while he supports Israel's right to exist and considers himself to be pro-Israel, he does not support Netanyahu's policies. "I have family in Israel. I am not anti-Israel. But the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a…

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Venezuelan Authorities Identify 5 Electrical System Saboteurs. telesurenglish.net Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez, unveiled Tuesday the identification of five people involved in attacks on the National Electric System (SEN). | RELATED: | Venezuela Blackouts Part of Planned US Operation: Russia Defense Ministry | Rodriguez named Ramon Oswaldo Garcia, in Spain; Miguel Jose Freita in Colombia; Julio Cesar Acuña and…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-23). Benjamin Netanyahu Plans to Honor Donald Trump By Putting His Name on Something Awful. theintercept.com Israel's prime minister has never shied away from intervening in American politics and seems eager to play a role in Donald Trump's re-election campaign.

plenglish (2019-04-23). Several Governments Criticize New US Action against Iran. plenglish.com Washington, April 23 (Prensa Latina) Several governments on Tuesday criticized the U.S. decision to end exemptions that allow eight countries to buy Iranian crude without facing sanctions from Washington.

plenglish (2019-04-23). Chile Seeks to Step up Measures against Environmental Crimes. plenglish.com 23 de abril de 2019, 17: 21Santiago de Chile, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Strong sanctions against environmental crimes are envisaged in a bill presented by a group of experts in the Senate Environment Committee that will be legislated soon.

WSWS (2019-04-23). Washington tightens sanctions to cut Iran oil exports to "zero" wsws.org The lifting of waivers granted to five countries that imported substantial quantities of Iranian oil represents a dangerous escalation of US economic warfare against Tehran.

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-23). Israel's Elite Undercover Units Are Increasing Activities Against Palestinians. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — In recent weeks and months, Israel's elite undercover Special Forces units, known as the Musta'ribeen (Mista'arvim), have increased their activities against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The units are responsible for the arrest and assassination of Palestinian resistance members wanted by the Israeli occupation authorities. For example, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) revealed …

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Saudi Arabia: 37 Executed on "Terrorism" Charges. telesurenglish.net 37 citizens were executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for "terrorism" activities. | RELATED: | Rohingya Detainees on Hunger Strike Tortured by Saudi Arabia | The individuals were accused of cooperation with enemy organizations and against the interest of the state. Among the victims were 11 men who were convicted of spying for Iran and 14 others convict…

Joseph Cirincione, Mary Kaszynski (2019-04-23). The Path to War with Iran Is Paved With Sanctions. commondreams.org The administration's plan is clear: keep beating the twin drums of terrorism and nuclear threat. Bolton and Pompeo will use both to justify more sanctions and more provocations. (Photo: Wikicommons) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-04-23). Iran Foreign Minister Describes as Desperate Recent US measures. plenglish.com Tehran, Apr 23 ( Prensa Latina ) Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif described today as desperate the measures implemented by the United States to raise the tone and sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

plenglish (2019-04-23). Spain Predicts Disputes with U.S. Over Sanctions Against Cuba. plenglish.com Madrid, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell predicted today numerous disputes between Europe and the United States, following the latter's decision to intensify economic sanctions against Cuba.

Jane Cutter (2019-04-23). Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers resolution. liberationnews.org End U.S. support for the Saudi war; no to all U.S. military intervention in Yemen; U.S. out of the Middle East.

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-23). After Netanyahu's dirty tricks win—annexation of the West Bank may be next. mronline.org After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. | Source

Whitney Webb (2019-04-22). French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'. mintpressnews.com "[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn't understand that." — French Ambassador Gerard Araud…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-22). With US on the Warpath, Iran's Press TV the Latest Target for Google's Political Censorship. mintpressnews.com Iran finds itself in the crosshairs of social-media censorship, along with a number of other countries that are, incidentally or not, in the crosshairs of the U.S. State Department.

Bonpane Family (2019-04-22). Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing. liberationnews.org Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-22). The Making America Great Again (MAGA) Warmongers. America's Ongoing Wars in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca I have yet to see the MAGA cult turn on its hallowed leader, the leader of the "free world" (sic) who recently vetoed and left tire marks on a measure that would have put an end to US involvement in …

Whitney Webb (2019-04-22). Modi Delivers Ironic "Peace Day" Message Netanyahu Borrowed from Hitler. mintpressnews.com Modi's speech regarding how only the "strong" are to be respected, while issuing an implicit threat of using nuclear weapons against enemies of the state, is strikingly similar to a speech given by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an ally of Modi — last September.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-22). Dallas Goldtooth: Hold Banks Accountable for Financing Climate Chaos & Violating Indigenous Rights. democracynow.org As millions celebrate Earth Day around the globe, we speak with organizer Dallas Goldtooth about indigenous-led anti-pipeline activism in the United States. President Trump signed two executive orders earlier this month to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. This comes as climate activists have filed a federal lawsuit with t…

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-22). Trump and Pakistan's PM Khan Might Have Just Ruined Iran-India Relations. globalresearch.ca The American and Pakistani leaders independently took two very important and uncoordinated moves at almost the exact same time that might coincidentally have the same effect of ruining Iranian-Indian relations. | Iranian-Indian relations might be about to enter their worst-ever period …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-22). From Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, a Talk on Assange. consortiumnews.com Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria on Sunday delivered this talk about the Assange case to a group of activists who are living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington to stop the illegitimate government of Venezuela from taking it over. Video… Read more →

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-22). North Korea Pleads for Food Aid as Trump Sanctions Noose Tightens. mintpressnews.com As much as Trump likes to rail against the failed policies of his predecessor, he seems to be mimicking them, using North Korea's food shortages as leverage to force the country to denuclearize, a move that DPRK believes would bring about only a swifter death.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-22). Yemen: Houthi Landmines Kill Civilians, Block Aid. hrw.org | | A deminer works with children following him in Zuheiri, a town on the western coast. | © 2018 Private | (Beirut) — Houthi forces' widespread use of landmines along Yemen's western coast since mid-2017 has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and prevented aid groups from reaching vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today. Yemeni law and the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty ban all use of antipersonnel mines; anti-vehicle mines have been used ind…

Jan Oberg (2019-04-22). Stop the Ongoing U.S. Economic Terrorism against Iran and Help Its People! globalresearch.ca You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn't get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions of Euro pledges by the perversely rich) that the Notre Dame fire …

Turkish Minute (2019-04-22). US Cancels Iran Oil Waivers for Turkey, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Greece. theantimedia.com (TM) — The United States announced on Monday it would no longer grant sanctions exemptions to eight countries, including Turkey, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The White House said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — close US allies that back President Donald Trump's hawkish stance against regional rival Iran — would work to make up …

Medea Benjamin (2019-04-22). Activists Protect Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC From US-Supported Coup. theantimedia.com (CD) — An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group initiated by CODEPINK and Popular Resistance, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living …

Staff (2019-04-21). Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History — Jay and Curry. therealnews.com The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump's regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling — former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-21). Solidarity With Venezuela Now! Protect The Embassy. dissidentvoice.org Activists gather in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC in March, 2019. We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here …

Natasha Lennard (2019-04-20). Why Philly's Reformist Prosecutor Finally Supports Letting Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal Go Forward. theintercept.com Activists were angry when Philly DA Larry Krasner initially objected to Mumia Abu-Jamal's path to a new appeal, but Krasner changed course last week.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-19). The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel. thecanary.co The current US government is moving closer to war with Iran, according to Lawrence Wilkerson, a former US Army colonel. The former George W … | Read more The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …

Fight Back (2019-04-19). U of MN protesters outnumber attendees at Jeff Sessions talk. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Both Donald Trump and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Minnesota, April 15, and both were met with protest and disruption upon arrival. Trump spoke outside of a truck equipment company in the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville and was met by activists denouncing his anti-immigrant policies and defending progressive Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | Jeff Sessions was met with even larger crowds as protesters outnumbered attendees at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, where he was slated to speak to a "sold out" crowd, but which ultimately had fewer than one-thir…

Ben Norton (2019-04-19). Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation. thegrayzone.com Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…

Eliza Egret (2019-04-18). Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid'. thecanary.co Thursday 18 April is sports giant Puma's annual general meeting. But while the company's directors and investors celebrate annual growth, a Twitter-storm is taking … | Read more Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid' | By Eliza Egret

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