2019-04-29: News Headlines

Ricardo Vaz (2019-04-29). New Report Reveals US Sanctions Have Cost 40,000 Venezuelan Lives. mintpressnews.com The Washington DC-based Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) published a report Thursday on the effects of US sanctions against Venezuela. | The 27-page paper was authored by economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs, who determined that sanctions have "inflicted very serious harm to human life" in Venezuela. | "The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports," Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR, said in a press release. For his part, Sachs added, "American s…

Atilio A. Borón (2019-04-29). U.S. imperialist domination in Latin America and Europe. mronline.org The history of empires amply demonstrates that in their phase of decline they become more violent and bloodthirsty, and that their leaders tend to be coarser and more brutal. Not only their leaders, as Donald Trump clearly demonstrates. Also its environment of advisors reflects similar devolution, becoming something similar to what Harold Laski, referring to […] | Source

John McEvoy (2019-04-29). Activists are resisting threats to seize Venezuela's embassy in Washington. thecanary.co Named the Embassy Protection Collective, scores of activists are currently occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC at the invitation of the Venezuelan government. The collective, which includes prominent US organisers and journalists, is resisting threats from the US-backed Venezuelan opposition to seize the embassy illegally. | Embassy Protection Collective: | Venezuelan diplomats were given "a two-week ultimatum to vacate the embass…

amnesty (2019-04-29). 5 reasons to raise your voice in the European elections. amnesty.org For change, spread love, not hate: | Many of us share a sneaking feeling right now that our leaders are taking Europe in completely the wrong direction. Along with powerful media, some politicians are busy spreading hate and fear, cracking down on peaceful activists, and pointing fingers at minority groups for everything that's going wrong in our societies. | The only way to protect ourselves and our communities from hate, discrimination, racism and sexism, is to stand up and speak out for what we believe in. And the European elections in May give us a unique opportunity to do just that. | Create a…

commondreams (2019-04-29). Legal Escalation Against Catholic Activists Facing 25 Years for Anti-Nuclear Weapons Action. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Fight Back (2019-04-29). Filipino labor leaders speak in Boston. fightbacknews.org Boston, MA — Workers and students packed into the office of Boston's Chinese Progressive Association on April 27 to hear labor activists from the Philippines speak about the state of working-class struggle in their country. The event, sponsored by the Boston chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), featured speakers Raymond "Mong" Palatino and Ed Cubello. | Palatino is the chairperson of BAYAN, an alliance of Filipino progressive organizations, in metro Manila. He guided the crowd through a brief overview of the history of the Philippines, leading up to the current regime of Rodrigo Dut…

Staff (2019-04-29). New Group Aims to Harness Political Power of Women. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Three of the nation's most influential activists are launching an organization that aims to harness the political power of women to influence elections and shape local and national policy priorities. | Dubbed "Supermajority," the organization is the creation of Cecile Richards, the former head of Planned Parenthood; Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The group, which describes itself as multiracial and intergenerational, has a goal of training and mobilizing 2 million women over the next year to become or…

United Nations (2019-04-29). 'Continuing absence' of political solution to Israel-Palestine conflict 'undermines and compounds' UN efforts to end wholesale crisis. un.org The UN is "continuing to address the humanitarian, economic and political crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory" but efforts are continually undermined by the lack of any political progress towards a two-State solution, said the head of UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) on Monday.

Miko Peled (2019-04-29). Will New Netanyahu Coalition and Kushner's "Deal" Bring Destruction to Jerusalem's Golden Dome? globalresearch.ca 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….

Whitney Webb (2019-04-29). 50,000 Palestinian Children Imprisoned by Israeli Kangaroo Courts Since 1967. mintpressnews.com While Israel's government often touts itself as the "only democracy" in the Middle East, it is also the only government in the entire world that detains children through military courts with a near 100 percent conviction rate, something that even Saudi Arabia does not do.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-29). PATRICK LAWRENCE: The US Moves on Iran's Oil Market as an Expression of an Irrational Foreign Policy. consortiumnews.com Patrick Lawrence gauges the backfiring potential of Pompeo's withdrawal on Thursday of U.S. sanction waivers from eight major importers. A Decisive Defeat in Long-Running Battle with Foreign Policy Minders By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Secretary of State Mike… Read more →

amnesty (2019-04-29). Iran: Two 17-year-old boys flogged and secretly executed in abhorrent violation of international law. amnesty.org The Iranian authorities have flogged and secretly executed two boys under the age of 18, Amnesty International has learned, displaying an utter disdain for international law and the rights of children. | Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat, two cousins, were executed on 25 April in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, Fars province, southern Iran. Both were arrested aged 15 and convicted on multiple rape charges following an unfair trial. |

unitedEditor (2019-04-29). Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia. uwidata.com Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …

The Red Poppy Art House (2019-04-29). Music of the Banned – Music from Iran, Kurdistan, Sudan and Venezuela. indybay.org Brava Theater | 2781 24th St | San Francisco, CA 94110…

RT (2019-04-29). US Navy admits Iranian drone footage of aircraft carrier is genuine by saying it's 'years old'. rt.com The US Navy has claimed that close-up footage released by Iran of an American aircraft carrier operating in the Persian gulf is "several years old," tacitly acknowledging that the audaciously captured images are genuine.

plenglish (2019-04-29). Iran Denies Rumors about Blocking Strait of Hormuz. plenglish.com Tehran, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri denied some rumors about Iran"s alleged intentions to bloc the Strait of Hormuz, local media reported on Monday.

plenglish (2019-04-29). Syrian Army Neutralizes Terrorist Attacks in Aleppo. plenglish.com Damascus, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian army has managed to neutralize terrorist attacks of the Front for the Liberation of the Levant, formerly Al-Nusra Front, in western Aleppo, 350 kilometers north of Damascus, local television reported on Monday.

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-29). In the Small Canadian City of Regina, Resistance is Brewing. dissidentvoice.org Ed Lehman is a Canadian Communist, and a comrade of mine. I don't say such things often or lightly, especially about Westerners. But he became my comrade, and we struggled shoulder to shoulder, for five days. Not in the South American wilderness, not in Afghanistan or Syria, but in Regina, a small Canadian city, the …

teleSUR (2019-04-29). Libyan Mufti Urges Muslims To Boycott Hajj Over Saudi Crimes. telesurenglish.net Libya's Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani called on Muslims around the world to boycott Hajj because the Saudi government is allegedly using the pilgramage revenues to commit crimes against "fellow Muslims". | RELATED: | US Wants To Carve Up Venezuela Like Syria and Libya: Russia | In Ghariani's opinion, making the pilgramage to Mecca is important for all Muslims, but going a second time would be committing "an act of sin rather than a good deed" because of the money that goes to the…

Julia Conley (2019-04-29). US-Led Bombing Campaign in Syria Killed 1,600 Civilians and Left Raqqa 'Most Destroyed City in Modern Times'. mintpressnews.com An "unprecedented" new study revealed that the U.S.-led bombing campaign on Raqqa, Syria in 2017 killed an estimated 1,600 innocent civilians while leveling the city on a scale unparalleled in recent decades.

Nada Elia (2019-04-29). Indivisible Justice: Why Supporters of Palestine Must Stand With Other Oppressed Communities. commondreams.org Protesters gather on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in Gaza on 2 November 2017. (Photo: Getty/AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-29). Jewish labour movement was revived to deal with Corbyn. mronline.org The Jewish Labour Movement likes to date its origins to the Poale Zion organisation, which was founded in 1903. A socialist society, Poale Zion affiliated itself not only with the British Labour party but also with a wide range of anti-Palestinian Zionist organisations such as the World Zionist Organisation and the Israeli Labour party. | Source

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-28). Trump's "Deal of the Century" is a Hoax: Experts. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — US President Donald Trump's "deal of the century", a backchannel plan to reach peace between the Palestinians and Israel, is nothing but a mere "hoax", experts believe. Since taking office in early 2017, Trump has been formulating the plan, along with senior adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner and special Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. According to …

Staff (2019-04-28). New Palestinian Government Powerless but Determined to Fight the Occupation? therealnews.com Daoud Kuttab explains the dilemmas facing the new Shtayyeh government, the third Palestinian government that was appointed without elections in Palestine. Can such a government maintain legitimacy to oppose the Israeli occupation?

Mark Taliano (2019-04-28). The War on Syria Continues. Iran Is Next? globalresearch.ca The war on Syria is not over. Western -supported terrorists still occupy Idlib, as well as al Tanif, and strategic resource-rich areas East of the Euphrates. The Al- Rukban concentration camp[1] still holds about 40,000 desperate and dying captives, and …

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…

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.

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

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

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…

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…

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.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-26). Activists Remain In Venezuelan Embassy With Gratitude From Foreign Ministry. dissidentvoice.org Embassy protectors pack the Hugo Chavez library for an event with John Kiriakou (Photo by Margaret Flowers) Washington, DC — Thursday, April 25, the day activists anticipated the Secret Service might evict them from the Venezuelan embassy, turned into a day of growing support for and attention to the embassy protection efforts. Activists are making …

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.

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.

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

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 →

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

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

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.

Gregory Shupak (2019-04-26). For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing 'Apartheid,' but Never Quite Gets There. fair.org 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, Israel is on a…

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 …

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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-25). UK Israel Lobby Adds Muscle as US Lobby 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 →

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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