2019-05-01: News Headlines

Staff (2019-05-01). Gaza's Economic Crisis Sends Territory Into Poverty and Chaos. therealnews.com Dr. Omar Shaban discusses the World Bank report on the shrinking Gaza economy and how Israeli sanctions and restrictions have destroyed a once thriving economy…

teleSUR (2019-05-01). Israeli Official Slams Bernie Sanders For Calling PM 'Racist'. telesurenglish.net An Israeli cabinet minister condemned U.S. Democratic Party presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Tuesday for describing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government as racist over its treatment of Palestinians. | RELATED: | Biden Campaign Use Dirty Trick to Steal Donations from Sanders | Sanders, who previously stated that he is "100 percent pro-Israel" attacked Netanyahu after he was reelected to the premiership. | "The goal must be to try to bring people together and n…

Kenn Orphan (2019-05-01). Social Media and the Society of the Spectacle. counterpunch.org Every day we are bombarded with the imagery of empire and capital. It is relentless. Our minds have become both a marketplace and a commodity to be traded. And it is a lucrative industry with Facebook and Google as prime examples. Their data collection and surveillance typify a conjoining of the state and capitalist economy; and they have carved out insidious new spaces in the human brain to coerce self-imposed censorship and conformity to the prevailing consumerist global order. More

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-01). Iran Rejects All Negotiations but Signals Domestic Differences: Its Confidence Remains Intact in the Face of Severe Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Despite the positive approach by Iran Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif proposing a humanitarian exchange of prisoners between Washington and Tehran (in an attempt to break the stalemate and ease the current tension), Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani and 'Iranian Revolutionary Guard …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-01). April 30 From Vietnam to Venezuela: Workers Defeat U.S. Imperialism. indybay.org While we watch the defeat of U.S. imperialism in Venezuela unfold, we remember that on April 30, 1975, Victory in Vietnam Day and the Eve of May Day, International Workers' Day, the workers and peasants of Vietnam defeated the mightiest, deadliest war machine since that of Nazi Germany, namely that of American imperialism, at the cost of the lives of 3 million Vietnamese, 1 million Cambodians, 1 million Laotians, 58,000 Americans and thousands of other people.

David Swanson (2019-05-01). The Secretary of the Navy Lied to Congress. counterpunch.org Read this Military.com article from Friday: "Do U.S. High Schools Bar Military Recruiters? Activists Try to Call Pentagon's Bluff." It discusses the offer that Pat Elder and I made to award funding to any school that could be identified as one of the over 1,100 public high schools that the Secretary of the Navy told More

RT (2019-05-01). Guaido supporters confront anti-intervention activists at Venezuelan Embassy in DC (VIDEO). rt.com Police have shut down the entrance to the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC, as crowds backing the country's opposition confront the activists who have been defending the building for over two weeks.

Mark Taliano (2019-05-01). Western Military Industrial Complex Creates Unreasonable Fear: Tactic to Divert Tax-Payers Money into Weapons Production. globalresearch.ca The Canadian political analyst and Research Associate at Global Research, Mark Taliano, has affirmed that the West does not have a free press and all of the information to which most western people are exposed is delivered by about …

South Front (2019-05-01). US State Department Offers $4.5 Million Grant to "Investigate" Civilian Casualties in Syria and Iraq. globalresearch.ca The US Department of State (DOS) offered a grant opportunity for " Promoting Accountability in Iraq and Syria For Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes," on April 16th. | The grant has a funding floor of $500,000 …

Staff (2019-04-30). The Latest Sign of Israel's Creeping Fascism. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch, and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Angela Davis: I Would Like to Accept Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Award After BDS Controversy. democracynow.org In February, Angela Davis returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. She originally planned the visit to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, but the institute withdrew the award in January, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinstated the award. While Angela Davis…

Staff (2019-04-30). Human Rights Watch Director Expelled from Israel. therealnews.com Omar Shakir, director of HRW was given two weeks to leave Israel. "This is really the first time a court has put its seal on the government's relentless effort to target advocacy around Palestinian human rights." Once again he plans to appeal his deportation order…

RT (2019-04-30). Florida cites Poway shooting to pass controversial anti-Semitism bill. rt.com Just days after the fatal shooting at a California synagogue, the Florida Senate passed an anti-Semitism bill that critics say will criminalize any criticism of Israel.

Robert Fantina (2019-04-30). Palestine and News Bias. counterpunch.org Can someone explain why Palestinian deaths at the hands of illegal Israeli settlers and IDF terrorists is not news? If a Palestinian dares to attack an Israeli, despite the fact that Palestinians, like all occupied people, have an international right to resist the occupation in whatever way possible, it is screamed across the world as More

ZeroHedge (2019-04-30). Blackwater Founder Calls For 5,000 Mercenaries to Topple Maduro. mintpressnews.com As if the past months of US push for regime change in Venezuela with officials like Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra conviction infamy at the helm wasn't bizarre enough, things just got weirder, as Erik Prince has apparently been pitching a plan around Washington to privatize US coup efforts using his latest Blackwater inspired mercenary empire. | According to Reuters, Prince — the brother of billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who has over the past years since selling his mired-in-controversy Blackwater group (now Academi) revived his mercenary empire in China in the form of Frontier Services Group (F…

Michael Hughes (2019-04-30). US Government, Corporate Media Join Forces in Neoliberal War Against Venezuela. dissidentvoice.org President Donald Trump and the likes of the New York Times might seem like strange bedfellows but they have found common cause in seeking regime change in Venezuela, a country that poses no threat to the United States but sits on the world's largest proven oil reserves. Trump administration sanctions have already killed tens of …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-30). Death and Shame in Yemen: Saudi Coalition Airstrikes Kill as Mercenaries Rape. mintpressnews.com "To Yemenis, rape is worse than death! We swear by Allah we will take revenge on Sudanese soldiers. They will not return alive to their country." – Yemeni demonstrator in Hodeida…

Emma Fiala (2019-04-30). Activists and World Leaders Reject US-Backed Coup in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Leaders throughout Latin America and the world have rejected Tuesday's coup attempt against Nicolas Maduro. A military uprising began Tuesday morning after a speech by opposition leader Juan Guaido. With full support of the United States and its allies, Guaido illegally proclaimed himself "interim president" in January. | In a tweet, Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned the attempted coup on Tuesday stating, "We strongly condemn the attempted coup d'état on #Venezuela the part of the right which is submissive to foreign interests. Sure that the courageous Bolivarian revolution at the head of the brother @Nico…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-30). Activists Run Afoul of Kazakhstan's Zero Tolerance for Protest. hrw.org Every time authorities in Kazakhstan crack down on peaceful protests, I find myself coming back to the words of Maina Kiai, former United Nations special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. The "[g]overnment's approach to regulating assemblies deprives the right of its meaning," he said after visiting Kazakhstan in 2015. | | | Asya Tulesova and Beibarys Tolymbekov and their lawyer in the courthouse hallway in Almaty, Kazakhst…

teleSUR (2019-04-30). Activists at Venezuela Embassy in US Brace for Possible Raid. telesurenglish.net As the attempted coup in Venezuela's capital slowly fades away, tensions were still high at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. Tuesday as activists defending the premises with Venezuela's authorization have reported United States Secret Service surrounding and photographing the building, while a small group of opposition protesters gathers outside. | RELATED: | International Community, World Leaders Reject US-backed Coup in Venezuela | "Activists are risking ar…

United Nations (2019-04-30). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Guterres calls for restraint in Venezuela, Jazz Day, the importance of breastfeeding, and updates from Libya, Iran and Mozambique. un.org This Tuesday, we cover: the cost of almost one month of fighting in Libya's capital; humanitarian responses in Iran and Mozambique following devastating storms and rains; Guterres calls for calm in Venezuela; how breastfeeding can prevent obesity in children; and a very jazzy celebration…

United Nations (2019-04-30). 'Action and tangible progress' needed to finally 'win the peace' for Syrians: UN envoy. un.org It will take "action and tangible progress" between Syrian Government and opposition leaders, not just dialogue, to bring about lasting peace said the UN Special Envoy for the war-torn country on Tuesday, stressing that Syria "contains many threats for renewed escalation".

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-30). South Sudan: Investigate Apparent 2017 Killing of Activists. hrw.org | | Aggrey Ezbon Idri (L) and Dong Samuel Luak. | © Private/Human Rights Watch | (Nairobi) — South Sudanese authorities should promptly undertake an independent and effective investigation into the apparent extrajudicial execution of two outspoken critics of the government, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Previously unidentified assailants snatched Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist, and Aggrey…

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.

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.

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

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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. |

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 →

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.

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 …

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

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?

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…

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.

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

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…

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). 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…

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.

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 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…

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…

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