2019-04-27: News Headlines

Pat Elder (2019-04-27). Disrupting Elliott Abrams. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-04-27). "Theater Iran Near Term" (TIRANNT). The Ongoing Planning of War against Iran. globalresearch.ca "Theater Iran Near Term" (TIRANNT) has identified several thousand targets inside Iran as part of a "Shock and Awe" Blitzkrieg, which is now in its final planning stages.

Eric Margolis (2019-04-27). Trump's Crusaders March to War on Iran. commondreams.org Iranians new pastime is to visit Nature Bridge(or Pol-e Tabiat) in the afternoons and evening to enjoy a stroll on this new creation of municipality, the view over the city's skyline, and evidently taking selfies on March 28, 2016 in Tehran, Iran. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-04-27). UN: Human Actions Threatens to Extinct One Million Species. telesurenglish.net According to a leaked draft of a United Nations (U.N.) report, declines in clean air, resources of drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves could cause the extinction of up to one million species. | RELATED: | Climate Change Activists Glue Themselves to London Financial Hub | "If we're going to have a sustainable planet that provides services to communities around the world, we need to change this trajectory i…

Fight Back (2019-04-27). Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Arreaza addresses NYC activists. fightbacknews.org New York, NY — More than 50 people gathered at The People's Forum, on the evening of April 25 for a talk by the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza. Arreaza was part of a Venezuelan delegation visiting the United Nations to demand an end to U.S. sanctions against their country. The sanctions have completely frozen Venezuelan assets and have stalled government activities meant to help the population. | In the last few months, the United States has heightened the attacks on the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro. While the U.S. has always attempted to meddle in Venezuelan aff…

Arabi Souri (2019-04-27). China Challenges US Sanctions, Invites Syria to Belt and Road Project. globalresearch.ca The Chinese government has invited its Syrian counterpart to the global summit for the Chinese flagship Belt and Road initiative taking place in Beijing April 25 through April 27 among 120 countries. | Syria's invitation, attendance, and contribution in the mega …

Adeyinka Makinde (2019-04-27). Pete Buttigieg — Manufactured U.S. Presidential Candidate. globalresearch.ca I think that I have something of a head-start over others, including many Americans, so far as the Democratic presidential aspirant Pete Buttigieg is concerned. As one who takes note of a wide range of figures on what is termed …

Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh (2019-04-27). The Rise of Israel's Political Right and Its Possible Demise. globalresearch.ca The following research article is an attempt to analyze the reasons behind the increasing drift of right-wing politics in Israeli parliamentary elections in the last two decades. It also evaluates the impact of national insecurity and scaremongering on the political …

plenglish (2019-04-27). Cubans in UK Demand End of US Sanctions against Cuba. plenglish.com London, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Cubans living in the United Kingdom rejected Saturday the intentions of the US government to escalate its economic war against Cuba, by activating Title III of the Helms-Burton law.

RT (2019-04-27). 'Despicable' — New York Times apologizes for 'flagrantly anti-Semitic' cartoon. rt.com The New York Times has apologized for printing a cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog leading an apparently blind Donald Trump. Israeli media and Twitter observers were outraged.

RT (2019-04-27). 'Complete victory for the First Amendment': Texas judge blocks anti-BDS law. rt.com A Texas judge has blocked enforcement of a law forbidding state employees and contractors from boycotting Israel, declaring that the measure threatens to "manipulate the debate through coercion rather than persuasion."

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-27). Trump's Yemen Veto Damages America's Image Around the World. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Last week, US President Donald Trump vetoed a Congressional resolution that would have ended American support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, thereby issuing his second veto since he took office in the White House. This was expected, and is a sign that, regardless of the criticism that America is getting for its involvement in …

WSWS (2019-04-27). War by other means: US/EU sanctions aimed at crippling Syria. wsws.org Washington is seeking to crash the Syrian economy to create the conditions for a rebellion so as to impose a pro-US regime in Damascus.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-04-26). Clouds Gather Above the Middle East: War or No War? globalresearch.ca In recent years, Israel has proved capable of reading between the lines to assess accurately the politico-military situation in the Middle East, exploiting timely opportunities to hit targets of its enemies in Syria and Iraq. Domestic, regional and unlimited US …

Pepe Escobar (2019-04-26). War on Iran and Calling America's Bluff. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration once again has graphically demonstrated that in the young, turbulent 21st century, "international law" and "national sovereignty" already belong to the Realm of the Walking Dead. | As if a deluge of sanctions against a great deal …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-26). Yemen Continues Military Progress as Native Mercenaries Abandon Saudi Coalition. mintpressnews.com Native Yemeni mercenaries, including officers and sheiks, have abandoned the Saudi Coalition and returned to their homes after being offered general amnesty by the Houthi-allied Yemeni army.

Eneko Las Heras (2019-04-26). Israel's Expansion Strangles Palestinians. thenation.com Israel's Expansion Strangles Palestinians…

Morgan Artyukhina (2019-04-26). Collective protects Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. liberationnews.org Activists from across the country, including a group of tenants staying inside the embassy as the invited guests of the legitimate government, have working around the clock to prevent the illegal seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. by opposition forces loyal to coup leader Juan Guaido.

Stanley Cohen (2019-04-26). Death Can be a Slow Traveler: Peltier, Mumia and Rap Brown. mintpressnews.com While movements such as the Black Panther Party, the BLA, AIM and MOVE still resonate among some in a new generation of activists, many of their former members, now riddled with poor health and buried in prison, have been all but lost to the passage of time.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-26). Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning. counterpunch.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 More

CounterSpin (2019-04-26). Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions. fair.org Media…

Miko Peled (2019-04-26). Will New Netanyahu Coalition and Kushner's "Deal" Bring Destruction to Jerusalem's Golden Dome? mintpressnews.com Unless action is taken swiftly — and Israel with its anti-Arab, anti-Islamic policies is forced to stop — the world risks losing the most iconic symbol of Jerusalem, and one of the oldest and most beautiful religious structures ever created.

Editor (2019-04-26). Stop U.S. sanctions! workers.org The gang that announces Washington's policies has laid out a program of punishment, aimed at populations of countries on three continents. Any honest international court would charge them with crimes against humanity. Marchers in New York join millions who reject U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.WW photo: Brenda Ryan Secretary of State . . . | Continue reading Stop U.S. sanctions! at Workers.org

Philip A Farruggio (2019-04-26). The Karma of Empire. globalresearch.ca As one flows into the 'senior years' questions never really asked become prevalent. Why are we here, or what does this so called 'life' mean? | Setting aside those who feel that the earth and this 3rd dimensional life was created …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-26). Consortium News' Record on Russiagate—How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 7: 'Russiagate Is No Watergate or Iran-Contra'. consortiumnews.com Many comparisons have been made between Russiagate and the earlier scandals of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but the similarities are at best superficial, explained Robert Parry on June 28, 2017. On CNN last week Carl Bernstein astonishingly said that the Mueller… Read more →

Brian Cloughley (2019-04-26). Continual Confrontation in the South China Sea. counterpunch.org In a display of groveling sycophancy the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to name an illegal Jewish settlement in the occupied Golan Heights after Donald Trump. (Trumpen-lebensraum, perhaps?) This follows an equally bizarre proposal by Poland's President Duda to call a US military base Fort Trump, which The Economist observed "struck many Poles as toe-curlingly crass". It is intriguing to speculate More

Democracy Now! (2019-04-26). Headlines for April 26, 2019. democracynow.org Sri Lanka Lowers Death Toll from Easter Attacks; Top Officials Resign over Intelligence Failures, Anita Hill: I Am Not Satisfied by Biden's Apology over Handling of Clarence Thomas Allegations, As Comcast Lobbyist Hosts Biden's First Fundraiser, Campaign Boasts of Support from "Top 1%", Biden Hires Ex-Bernie Sanders Staffer as Senior Adviser, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Sudan Demanding Civilian Rule, North Korea's Kim Jong-un Accuses U.S. of Acting in Bad Faith in Nuke Talks, In Response to Yellow Vest Protests, Macron Vows to Cut Taxes, Tells Nation It Must Work Harder, Report: U.S. Sanctions Have Killed 40…

Jake Johnson (2019-04-26). 'Landmark' Victory for First Amendment as Court Strikes Down Texas Anti-BDS Law. theantimedia.com (CD) — In a decision hailed as a "landmark" victory for the First Amendment, a federal judge on Thursday struck down a Texas law requiring government contractors to sign a pledge vowing not to participate in the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. "This is a complete victory of the First Amendment against Texas's attempts to suppress speech …

WSWS (2019-04-26). Leaked documents implicate French government in war crimes in Yemen. wsws.org Leaked intelligence documents expose top French officials' denials that Saudi-led coalition forces use French-made weapons against Yemeni civilians as bald-faced lies.

amnesty (2019-04-26). From Idlib to the World: We Are Still Here. amnesty.org There is a piece of wisdom we often say here: "If you hear the shots you are safe, because you are still alive to hear them." | In Syria, everywhere is a frontline. The struggle is all over Syria. In my small village, I saw a plane bomb a house 200 metres away. | Whenever my children hear the planes, they try to climb up onto the roof to see where they will hit. The houses here are not big, usually only one storey high. My wife and I make them hide in the kitchen, under the sink. It is all we can do to protect them. | Since February, planes have been bombing Idlib city again, where many civilians are gathered. Th…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-26). Trump Has Taken Over 40,000 Venezuelan Lives With Sanctions: Report. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — A new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has found that tens of thousands of Venezuelans have died as a direct result of Trump administration sanctions put into effect in August 2017, and that tens of thousands more are expected to die as a result of additional sanctions put into place …

amnesty (2019-04-26). Benin: Crackdown on protests and wave of arrests fuel tense election period. amnesty.org The wave of arbitrary arrests of political activists and journalists, and the crackdown on peaceful protests, have reached an alarming level in Benin, Amnesty International said ahead of the country's parliamentary elections on Sunday. | Since February, security forces have dispersed peaceful protests using tear gas and batons, and arrested opposition officials. At least one person died during clashes between protesters and members of the security forces in February in the northern town of Kilibo. This follows the Electoral Commission's decision to authorize only two political parties – both from the presidential…

WSWS (2019-04-26). New study documents over 1,600 killed in US siege of Raqqa, Syria. wsws.org The killings in Raqqa, like those in Mosul, Iraq, constituted massive war crimes committed in the so-called war against ISIS.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-26). In Case Brought by School Speech Pathologist, Texas Federal Court Becomes the Third to Strike Down Pro-Israel Oath as Unconstitutional. theintercept.com Outlawing activism against Israel is one of the the greatest threats to free speech in the west, but that censorship campaign is losing in U.S. courts.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-26). A Historic Journey in a Wheelchair from Syria to the UN. hrw.org

WSWS (2019-04-26). Macron moves to prosecute journalists who revealed French arms sales in Yemen war. wsws.org French security services have summoned Disclose journalists for questioning over their April 15 report documenting French arms supplies to Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

Gregory Shupak (2019-04-26). For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing 'Apartheid,' but Never Quite Gets There. fair.org by Gregory Shupak The New York Times' warning ( 4/11/19) that Israel/Palestine is "on a trajectory to become what critics say will be an apartheid state" echoed predictions that the Times has been making since the first years of the 21st century. | Following Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election as Israeli prime minister earlier this month, the New York Times' editorial board ( 4/11/19) wrote: Under Mr. Netanyahu…

SAMIR (2019-04-26). Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw. bdsmovement.net Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw: PACBI StatementCancelling performance in apartheid Tel Aviv would be a meaningful expression of solidarity for the band, who are on record supporting Palestinian rights. | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019April 26, 2019…

unitedEditor (2019-04-26). Results of the Syria peace talks in Nur-Sultan. uwidata.com The twelfth round of the Syria negotiations (the so-called "Astana format") was held in Kazakhstan`s capital Nur-Sultan. On Thursday, the Ritz Carlton hosted a closed meetings of participants. Delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran (the guarantors of the "Astana" process) held intensive talks in a bilateral and trilateral format. Representatives of Damascus, the Syrian opposition …

Staff (2019-04-25). Venezuela's Embassy: Activists vs. US Government. therealnews.com Activists defending the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are ready for a long battle, laying the groundwork for legal challenges as the Trump administration's Elliot Abrams issues warnings against them…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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

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 to McTernan and asked her "not to go to the Eurovision Song Contest" because of Israel's human rights abuses. They posted the letter online after they didn't receive a response from the singer. | Among th…

United Nations (2019-04-25). Thursday's Daily Brief: Malaria Day, women in tech, updates on Mozambique, the Sahel, Myanmar, Israel and Syria. un.org This Thursday, we cover: where we stand on tackling malaria; bracing up for a new storm in Mozambique; the need to make more room for women in tech; boosting resilience in the Sahel; a resurgence of violence in Syria; and human rights in Myanmar and Israel.

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 …

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