2019-04-25: News Headlines

Staff (2019-04-25). Leaked Report: Western Arms Are Essential to Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen. therealnews.com A French intelligence report reveals that Saudi Arabia and UAE depend on Western support for their war in Yemen. Just Foreign Policy co-director Hassan El-Tayyab speaks about the report and the need to override Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers resolution…

Jesse Jackson (2019-04-25). Trump Plunges the US Deeper Into Forgotten Wars. counterpunch.org While Washington is consumed with reactions to the Mueller Report and the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump, America is descending deeper into largely forgotten wars. In the last month, the president has decided to sustain our involvement in the most unconscionable humanitarian crisis in the world in Yemen, and fueled even more violence in the civil More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-25). A "Death Trap" in Raqqa: Amnesty Finds U.S.-Led Coalition Killed More Than 1,600 Syrian Civilians. democracynow.org A major new investigation by Amnesty International and Airwars has revealed the U.S.-led military coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians during the 2017 offensive to oust ISIS militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa. The coalition launched thousands of airstrikes and tens of thousands of artillery strikes on the city. U.S. troops fired more artillery into Raqqa than anywhere since the Vietnam War. At the time, the United States claimed it was the "most precise air campaign in history." We speak with Donatella Rovera, lead investigator with Amnesty International. She is calling on the U.S. and coalition nation…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-25). Headlines for April 25, 2019. democracynow.org President Trump Vows to Fight "All the Subpoenas" from Congress, U.S. Forces and Allies Killed More Afghan Civilians in Early 2019 Than the Taliban, U.S.-Led Coalition Killed 1,600 Syrian Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, China Jails Hong Kong Activists Who Led 2014 Pro-Democracy Rallies, Wealthy Sri Lankan Spice Trader Among Those Arrested over Easter Bombings, U.N. Condemns Saudi Arabia's Mass Execution of 37 Prisoners, Texas Executes White Supremacist Behind 1998 Lynching of James Byrd Jr., Joe Biden Enters 2020 Presidential Race, Kirstjen Nielsen Warned Against Discussing Russian Election Meddling with Trump, Thousa…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-04-25). Thank These Climate Activists for Resisting Our Extinction. truthdig.com At just 16 years old, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has made waves all over the world for her plain-spoken, no-holds-barred chastising of world leaders over their inaction on climate change. Thunberg's signature calm and the profound magnitude of her quietly delivered warnings were on full display this week as she addressed members of the U.K. Parliament after a weeklong series of militant actions by Extinction Rebellion. "Is my microphone on?

Christopher Black (2019-04-25). Iran Is No One's Colony: US Aggression Escalating to a Level that Threatens World War. globalresearch.ca The American aggression against Iran is escalating to a level that threatens world war. On Monday April 22, the USA declared that it has withdrawn "waivers" given to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece, under the …

Chakib Mouzaoui (2019-04-25). Los Angeles high school students lead rally for Yemen. liberationnews.org High school students organize the community in solidarity with Yemen.

Eric A. Gordon (2019-04-25). Labor wants California to be the nation's model for universal healthcare. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Is it time to step away from the term "Medicare for all" and start saying "single payer?" This was one of the issues Mark Dudzic posed to a grouping of labor activists and educators that met at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor headquarters one afternoon last week. Dudzic is the executive of …

Ronaldo Munck (2019-04-25). Workers of the World unite (at last). mronline.org Once seen as the vanguard of a new social order, the contemporary labor movement has been written off by many progressive activists and scholars as a relic of the past. They should not be so hasty. Rather than spelling the beginning of the end for organized labor, globalization has brought new opportunities for reinvention, and […] | Source

Staff (2019-04-25). Venezuela's Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy. therealnews.com The Organization of American States allowed the ambassador of Venezuela's self-declared president to participate in his first meeting. The move could signal an attempt to take over Venezuela's embassy in DC, which activists are defending…

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-25). Solidarity with Venezuela now! Protect the embassy. mronline.org We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a U.S. coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here with the permission of the Venezuelan government to show our solidarity with the Venezuelan […] | Source

teleSUR (2019-04-25). US Sanctions Killed Over 40,000 Venezuelans Since 2017. telesurenglish.net The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) released Thursday a study revealing that President Donald Trump's actions against Venezuela are mostly affecting not President Nicolas Maduro's administration but the civilian population, as more than 40,000 deaths have been brought about by U.S. economic sanctions. | RELATED: | Russian Intel: West 'Tearing Apart' Venezuela Like Syria, Libya | "The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving me…

Staff (2019-04-25). US-Led Bombing Campaign in Syria Killed 1,600 Civilians, Leaving Raqqa Destroyed. truthout.org An " unprecedented" new study released on Thursday revealed that the U.S.-led bombing campaign on Raqqa, Syria in 2017 — which one military commander at the time claimed was the "most precise air campaign in history" — killed an estimated 1,600 innocent civilians while leveling the city on a scale unparalleled in recent decades. | The research collated almost two years of investigations into the assault on Raqqa, the groups said in a state…

commondreams (2019-04-25). Report Finds US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Responsible for Tens of Thousands of Deaths. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-25). UK Israel Lobby Adds Muscle as US Counterpart Weakens. consortiumnews.com British politics are being plunged into a stifling silence on the longest example of mass human rights abuses sanctioned by the West in modern history, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net For decades it was all but taboo to suggest… Read more →

Bryan Wall (2019-04-25). Irish LGBTQI+ activists call on Ireland to boycott Israel's Eurovision Song Contest. thecanary.co Irish LGBTQI+ activists have called on Ireland's Eurovision entry Sarah McTernan to boycott the competition on 18 May. The activists published an open letter … | Read more Irish LGBTQI+ activists call on Ireland to boycott Israel's Eurovision Song Contest | By Bryan Wall

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-25). As the Israel Lobby in the US Weakens, its UK Counterpart Grows More Fearsome. dissidentvoice.org For decades it was all but taboo to suggest that pro-Israel lobbies in the United States like AIPAC used their money and influence to keep lawmakers firmly in check on Israel-related issues — even if one had to be blind not to notice that that was exactly what they were up to. When back in …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-04-25). Thank These Climate Activists for Resisting Our Extinction. commondreams.org Police arrest an Extinction Rebellion protester at London's Oxford Circus last week. (Photo: AP/Vudi Xhymshiti) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tyler Durden (2019-04-25). Iran Warns False Flag "Accident" Could "Lure" Trump Into War. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Following US declarations that Washington and its allies intend to take Iranian crude exports down to "zero" by cancelling waivers previously granted to eight nations, tensions are now soaring over the Strait of Hormuz, with Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) attempting to lay down the law amid fears the US Navy could move to block Iran's access, …

Julia Conley (2019-04-25). US-Led Bombing Campaign in Syria Killed 1,600 Civilians and Left Raqqa Destroyed. theantimedia.com (CD) — An "unprecedented" new study released on Thursday revealed that the U.S.-led bombing campaign on Raqqa, Syria in 2017—which one military commander at the time claimed was the "most precise air campaign in history"—killed an estimated 1,600 innocent civilians while leveling the city on a scale unparalleled in recent decades. The research collated almost two years …

RT (2019-04-25). Activists in Venezuela's DC embassy brace for US-assisted Guaido takeover. rt.com Activists occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington in solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro's government are bracing for confrontation as authorities prepare to try to seize the building on behalf of the opposition.

WSWS (2019-04-25). Australian rugby player Israel Folau challenges sacking over social media posts. wsws.org The moves to sack Folau over his social media posts are an attack on the player's basic rights and on freedom of speech.

plenglish (2019-04-25). Cuban FM Calls for Int'l Efforts to Prevent New US Sanctions. plenglish.com Havana, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba"s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called on Thursday for efforts by the international community to avoid the effects of new US actions aimed at economically choke the island.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-25). After 'Wink' From Trump When a Journalist Butchered, Says Iran's Foreign Minister, 'Not a Whisper' When Saudis Behead 37. commondreams.org "Membership in the #B_team —Bolton, Bin Salman, Bin Zayed, and 'Bibi'— gives immunity for any crime." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-04-25). Ukraine's President-Elect Demands Sanctions Against Russia Over Passports. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has demanded that the international community impose new sanctions against Russia to punish them for a new decree offering Russian passports to ethnic Russians in war-torn eastern Ukraine. Since Ukraine's revolution installed a pro-West government, measures against ethnic Russians sparked a rebellion in the far east, which ended in a stalemate, …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-25). Economists Warn Trump's Sanctions Targeting Venezuela 'A Death Sentence for Tens of Thousands of People'. commondreams.org Two American economists warn that U.S. sanctions targeting Venezuela "are a death sentence for tens of thousands of people" and that the nation's humanitarian crisis will worsen as long as the sanctions continue. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-25). Civilians are the real victims (and targets) of Trump's Venezuela sanctions. rt.com The Trump administration claims that its increasingly punitive sanctions on Venezuela "do not target the innocent people" but the government of President Nicolas Maduro. A new report on the effects of sanctions debunks that myth.

Bryan Wall (2019-04-25). Bernie Sanders calls the Israeli government 'racist' on live TV — to rapturous applause. thecanary.co Bernie Sanders has criticised Israel's treatment of Palestinian people during a live town hall event. The 2020 presidential hopeful also described Israeli prime minister … | Read more Bernie Sanders calls the Israeli government 'racist' on live TV — to rapturous applause | By Bryan Wall

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-25). US-Led Bombing Campaign in Syria Killed 1,600 Civilians and Left Raqqa 'Most Destroyed City in Modern Times': Study. commondreams.org An "unprecedented" new study released Thursday revealed that the U.S.-led bombing campaign on Raqqa, Syria in 2017—which military officials at the time claimed was the "most precise air campaign in history"—killed an estimated 1,600 innocent civilians while leveling the city on a scale unparalleled in recent decades. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

John McEvoy (2019-04-24). Co-founder of peace group CODEPINK asks us all to 'stand up to US bullies' over Venezuela coup attempt. thecanary.co Medea Benjamin is a central figure in the US peace movement. In 2002, she co-founded women-led peace group CODEPINK in an effort to prevent … | Read more Co-founder of peace group CODEPINK asks us all to 'stand up to US bullies' over Venezuela coup attempt | By John McEvoy

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-24). Yemeni Military Successes May Boost Secret Peace Negotiations with Saudis. mintpressnews.com Ansar Allah leader Al-Houthi revealed secret negotiations between Ansar Allah and the Saudi regime to end the Saudi war against Yemen, but hinted that ending the war would require serious will from the Saudi regime to change its vision towards Yemen's relationship with the kingdom after the war.

David Klion (2019-04-24). When Will Washington End the Forever War? thenation.com When Will Washington End the Forever War?

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-24). Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning. mintpressnews.com The very media that covered the news of the Notre Dame fire seemed oblivious to the obliteration of everything we hold sacred in Palestine as, day after day, Israeli war machinery continues to blow up, bulldoze and desecrate.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-24). PEPE ESCOBAR: War on Iran & Calling America's Bluff. consortiumnews.com Vast swathes of the West seem not to realize that if the Strait of Hormuz is shut down a global depression will follow, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar Special to Consortium News The Trump administration once again has graphically… Read more →

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-24). Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning. dissidentvoice.org As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighborhood mosque. I grew up around …

Norman Markowitz (2019-04-24). The Communist Party in the 1920s: The first decade of struggle. peoplesworld.org In the first decade of the Communist Party's existence in the United States, 1919-1929, activists fought to build inclusive industrial unions, working within the existing AFL unions. They formed an organization, the Trade Union Educational League (TUEL), to coordinate these activities. William Z. Foster, who had led the great Steel Strike of 1919, the largest …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-24). Supreme Court Appears Set to OK Census Citizenship Question Despite Risk of Undercounting Millions. democracynow.org The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secre…

United Nations (2019-04-24). 'You can and should do more' to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech. un.org The UN Security Council was told on Wednesday that people with disabilities "can't wait any longer" for more of a say in how the world's top diplomatic forum for peace and security, factors their needs into its work.

amnesty (2019-04-24). Silence Hate: tackling hate speech in Poland. amnesty.org "Changing words can change the world", how the Silence Hate project is battling hate speech against immigrants and refugees in Poland. | Migration is a hot topic in media around the world. Whether it is Syrian refugees fleeing war towards Europe or Latin American immigrants being separated from their families in the Mexico-US border, newspapers, TV channels and websites in every country dedicate a lot of time and space to those seeking a new home in another country. | With so much talk about migration issues, many people fall into stereotypes, misinformation and even hate speech, promoting discrimination or even…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-24). UN: Landmark Security Council Disability Rights Briefing. hrw.org | | Nujeen Mustafa speaks at the United Nations Security Council briefing on April 24, 2019. | © 2019 Human Rights Watch | (New York) — The Syrian disability rights activist Nujeen Mustafa will brief the United Nations Security Council on April 24, 2019, on the situation for people with disabilities in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. It will be the Security Council's first formal considerat…

amnesty (2019-04-24). Hong Kong: Free jailed pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protest leaders. amnesty.org Four leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests jailed today for their role in the 2014 peaceful protests must be immediately and unconditionally set free and have their convictions overturned, Amnesty International said. | The pro-democracy activists were given jail terms ranging from eight to 16 months in prison at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts. | | Among the e…

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-24). Sanctions on Iranian Oil Bring US Drivers Pain at the Gas Pump. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — American middle-class consumers are enjoying the most robust wage growth in a decade, but higher gasoline prices are eating a good chunk of that increase for many, and it looks like pump prices are headed higher. Gasoline pump prices have already jumped about 25% this year, the fastest rate in three years. Trump administration sanctions …

RT (2019-04-24). US Twitter users are younger, richer, better educated — and talking to themselves. rt.com If you've ever felt like Twitter is just some strange echo chamber for journalists, activists and politicos to be tweeting in outrage at one thing or another, that's probably because it kind of is, a new study indicates.

Turkish Minute (2019-04-24). Trump's Gulf Backups for Iranian Oil Will Not be Good Enough for Turkey. theantimedia.com (TM) — Turkey is loath to buy more oil from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the United States looks to squeeze exports from Iran, currently the third-largest supplier of crude to the Middle East's biggest economy, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. "Iranian oil isn't cheap, but there is a big difference" between it and …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-24). Human Rights Watch Report Reveals Major Free-Speech Impact of Anti-BDS Movement. mintpressnews.com Human Rights Watch has been subjected to intense backlash by Israel and its supporters, including a number of state governments, for its role in publicizing the home rental company Airbnb's operations in the illegally occupied West Bank.

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.

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…

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 …

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