Daily Archives: 2019-04-02

2019-04-02: News Headlines

Julia Kassem (2019-04-02). 'I Love Israel': Bolsonaro Nudged by Netanyahu to Recognize Embassy Move During Visit. globalresearch.ca Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro was received warmly by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday during his first visit to Israel, greeting Netanyahu with a Hebrew "I love Israel" at a welcoming ceremony in the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv….

Global Research News (2019-04-02). Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Jake Johnson (2019-04-02). Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen. mintpressnews.com "Just as they did earlier this year, Republican leaders may again shamefully exploit concerns over bigotry against Jews to stall a totally unrelated bill that would help put an end to U.S. support for the war in Yemen."

Yves Engler (2019-04-02). NATO Propaganda Promotes War, Military Spending. globalresearch.ca Third in a four-part series on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. | The first two installments of the series showed how NATO was set up to blunt the European left and to justify European/North American …

STAFF (2019-04-02). I'm Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me. truthout.org "Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." —Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929).I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. I'd tired of carrying water for empire and they'd grown weary of dealing with my dissenting articles and footing the bill for my seemingly never-ending PTSD treatments. Now, I'm societ…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-02). Saudi Siege of Yemen's al-Durayhimi as Devastating as WWII Siege of Leningrad. mintpressnews.com To compare Saudi Arabia's blockade on al-Durayhimi to the siege of Leningrad by German and Finnish forces in 1944, one of the most notorious and brutal military sieges in history, is no exaggeration.

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Another Palestinian Killed at West Bank For Throwing Rocks. telesurenglish.net Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man Tuesday during an Israeli raid of Palestinian refugee camps near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. | Palestinian protesters there had been throwing rocks and small explosives at the armed soldiers during clashes near Ramallah, Palestinian health officials there said. | RELATED: | Israel Reopens Gaza Crossings Closed for Almost a Week: Official | The Israeli military said troops opened fire on protesters after Palestinians thre…

Saul Kanowitz (2019-04-02). SF protest shows solidarity with Gaza March of Return. liberationnews.org "Free Free Palestine, Let Gaza Live."

Lawrence Davidson (2019-04-02). God and U.S. Foreign Policy: an Analysis. counterpunch.org Well, here we go again. God is back at work in support of the foreign policy of the United States. In fact, this time around, God has apparently gone so far as to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election (and you thought it was the Russians!) in order to assure Donald Trump's election. And why did the deity do so? To protect Israel from the bad guys in Teheran. More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-04-02). Sorry Wapo, the Great March of Return Protests Are About More Than Food and Medicine. mintpressnews.com What is largely missing from the discussion on Gaza is the collective psychology behind this kind of mobilization, and why it is essential for hundreds of thousands of besieged people to rediscover their power…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-02). Electoral Dirty Tricks in Israel. Fake Social Media Promoting Likud and PM Netanyahu. globalresearch.ca Why not! Elections in the US, other Western countries and Israel are rife with dirty tricks. | According to Haaretz, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli media, hundreds (maybe thousands) of fake social media accounts are promoting …

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Brazil's Bolsonaro: No Moving Embassy to Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Bolsonaro says his nation will not transfer its diplomatic embassy to Jerusalem, but instead will create a business center there to "promote (Brazilian) business (and) investment," said the head of state. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | On the first day of Jair Bolsonaro's four-day trip to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Brazilian leader announced the country has establisehd a trade center…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Hamas Tightens Grip on Gaza, Fails to Break Israel Blockade. truthdig.com GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Over the weekend, Gaza's Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli airstrikes and unprecedented protests broke out against the Islamic militants' increasingly unpopular rule. | And yet Hamas' control over Gaza is tighter than ever. | The militants' rule has been strengthened by an unlikely overlap of interests with Israel's right-wing government. Neither wants to see an independent state established in all the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, as the resolution of the Israeli-Pa…

STAFF (2019-04-02). "Massive Win for the Environment": New York State Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags. truthout.org In a move celebrated by activists as a " massive win for the environment," New York state lawmakers agreed to ban most single-use plastic bags statewide as part of a $175.5 billion budget deal announced Sunday. | New York is the third state to outlaw plastic bags. California voters ratified a state law in 2016, and all of Hawaii's counties have enacted simila…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Saudi Arabia Executes Nigerian Woman Over Drug-Related Charges. telesurenglish.net The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a Nigerian woman and two Pakistani men on Monday after a Meccan court found them guilty of trafficking drugs, the AFP News Agency said, citing state media reports. | RELATED: | Saudi Women Activists Stand Trial in Criminal Court | In response to the executions, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diasporan Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa doubted the validity of the claims made by the Saudi authorities. | Speaking at the Presidential Palac…

Chris Cole (2019-04-02). Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria? globalresearch.ca On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …

South Front (2019-04-02). Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line. globalresearch.ca Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …

commondreams (2019-04-02). NIAC Urges Treasury to Remove Impediments to Iran Flood Relief Aid. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

STAFF (2019-04-02). The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis. therealnews.com Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-02). Legal Experts Aghast as 'Bloodythirsty' Right-Wing Supreme Court Sanctions Torturous Executions. commondreams.org Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Florida Sex Workers Demand Decriminalization After Massive Raids. truthout.org Florida lawmakers want to do something about sex trafficking in the wake of high-profile raids on massage parlors across south Florida that led to 300 prostitution-related arrests in February. So, last week, a community organizer and two activists working in the sex trade showed up to a criminal justice committee hearing on a controversial anti-sex-trafficking bill and asked lawmakers to make sweeping changes to the legislation, which they say could further the criminali…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-02). Ukraine: Escalating Pressure on Crimean Tatars. hrw.org | | Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov's office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017. | © 2017 Anton Naumlyik (RFE/RL) | (Berlin) — Russia's arrest on March 27 and 28, 2019 of 23 Crimean Tatar activists was an unprecedented move to intensify pressure on a group largely critical of Russia's occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian authorities should drop the charges, release the activists…

Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell (2019-04-02). Day After Fed Judge Okays High Capacity Gun Magazines in CA, Teenagers Rally in San Jose. indybay.org South Bay teenage activists demonstrated for legislation to stop senseless gun use in America. Supporters from Black Lives Matter and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense stood with them in solidarity at a "Rally for Change" on March 30. | Photos by Chris Cassell, Pro-Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

Haidar Eid (2019-04-02). On the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return. zcomm.org Our activism in Gaza connects all forms of popular resistance…

Eoin Higgins (2019-04-02). Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border. theantimedia.com (CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public—and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

DXE (2019-04-02). 170 Animal Activists March for Animals in Santa Rosa. indybay.org Group Alleges Criminal Animal Cruelty, Law Enforcement Cover-up…

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-02). Israel to Send 250,000 Settlers to Syria's Golan Heights. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Israel is planning to settle some 250,000 settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights over the next 30 years, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) revealed yesterday. According to Anadolu, the report comes one week after US President Donald Trump signed a presidential decree recognising the Golan Heights as "Israeli territory". RELATED: With Golan Heights at Stake, Netanyahu and Bolton Set Trump …

Middle East Eye (2019-04-02). The Silent Killer: Superbugs on the March in the Middle East. theantimedia.com From Gaza to Mosul, multiple strains of superbugs resistant to antibiotics are on a rampage across the region. (MEE) — It's been described as being like a silent tsunami and at risk of putting medicine back in the Dark Ages. Strains of superbugs resistant to a wide range of antibiotics are on a rampage across the Middle …

Robert Fisk (2019-04-01). Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel? counterpunch.org Is there any other country on Earth with which America would dare collude on such a scale? Forget the "special relationship" with the crackpots in Britain, or the New World coming to the rescue of the Old World in the Second World War. There's only one special relationship that matters right now — and we all know what that is. Having given its blessing to all Jerusalem as Israeli property and having now handed Golan to Israel as a possession — for "to annex" means "to take possession", does it not? — Donald Trump has undermined the entire foundation of "land for peace" enshrined in Security Coun…

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-01). How Israel is Working to Remove Palestinians from Jerusalem. dissidentvoice.org The 350,000 Palestinian inhabitants of occupied East Jerusalem are caught between a rock and hard place, as Israel works ever harder to remove them from the holy city in which they were born, analysts and residents warn. That process, they say, has only accelerated in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision a year …

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-04-01). Egypt's ruler fears the words "Don't worry, you're not alone" peoplesworld.org A national protest campaign is underway against the Egyptian dictatorship. Called "Don't Worry, You're Not Alone," it is a protest against General Abdelfattah Al-Sisi and his military coup government. It was launched by Moutazz Matar on the Egyptian Turkey-based Al-Sharq TV channel who selected February 27 as the day to activate the campaign. That campaign …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). "Our Will of Life Is Stronger Than Despair": Palestinian Ahmed Abu Artema on Israeli Attacks on Gaza. democracynow.org Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including three teenagers, at a mass demonstration Saturday on the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza. Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters. As tens of thousands of Palestinians came out to demand an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza and the right to return to their ancestral land, we speak with Ahmed Abu Artema, the Palestinian poet, journalist and peace activist who inspired the Great March of Return and helped organize it as a cry for help. Artema was frustrated by Israel's more than decade-long land, se…

Abdel Bari Atwan (2019-04-01). The Palestinian Political Scene is in a State of Paralysis: "The People Reject Normalization with Israel" globalresearch.ca Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and in Gaza? | Abdel Bari Atwan: The Palestinian political scene is in a state of paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the disastrous Oslo …

Whitney Webb (2019-04-01). Israel Praises Nonviolence of Great Return March Anniversary Protest in Gaza, Shoots Demonstrators Anyway. mintpressnews.com While the IDF and Israeli government have suffered few — if any — consequences for their excessive use of force against Gazan demonstrators, the Great Return March and the Israeli response has caused a notable shift in favor of Palestinian rights at the international level.

Vanessa Beeley (2019-04-01). Syria: Suspected Al-Qaeda Chemical Attack in Northern Hama and Al Skeilbiyyeh Bells Ring in Defiance. globalresearch.ca Al Skeilbiyyeh — on the 23rd March 2019 I entered the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. Between 4 and 5pm, at least four villages to the west of the town were attacked by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) forces …

Daniel Falcone (2019-04-01). Bombing Gaza as a Campaign Slogan. counterpunch.org On March 25, 2019 while the major media fixated on Trump and his potential indictments in regards to Russia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing his own political opponents, an upcoming election and five potential indictments back home, stood with President Trump in Washington, DC. Trump signed an executive order that recognized Israel's sovereignty over the More

STAFF (2019-04-01). WitchHunt: Controversy Over Anti-Semitism and the British Labour Party. therealnews.com Filmmaker Jon Pullman discusses his film WitchHunt, about the suppression of critical voices in the Labour Party and the influence of the Israeli lobby…

teleSUR (2019-04-01). Floods Demolish 25,000 Houses Across Iran and Damage 60,000. telesurenglish.net Heavy rains caused severe flooding on March 26. Floods have demolished over 25,000 houses across Iran in less than two weeks, Hadi Derafshi, an official at the Iranian Housing Foundation told journalists on Monday. | RELATED: | Flooding Kills at Least 19, Injures over 100 Across Iran | "Over 60,000 more houses have been damaged by the floods and need restoration," he added. | The disaster comes during Iranian New Year, Nowruz, holidays when many Iranians travel within the country.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-01). China's Labor Activists 'Hold Fast to Freedom'. hrw.org | | Cartoon drawn by Wei Zhili's wife, Zheng Churan, and the couples' friends. | © Zheng Churan | "The whole world is waiting for you to come back. 'Hold fast to freedom in the wind and rain,'" wrote Zheng Churan in a postcard to her husband, Wei Zhili, a labor activist detained in March by authorities in the city of Shenzhen, southeast China. | "Hold fast to freedom in the wind and rain" are lyrics from "Glorious Days," a rock song by the Hong K…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Announces Aid Cuts to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Trump Threatens to Close U.S.-Mexico Border, Outrage as Border Patrol Holds Asylum Seekers Underneath El Paso Bridge, Sepsis Was Cause of 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl's Death in U.S. Custody, Gov't Temporarily Extends Protected Immigration Status for Liberians, Judge Blocks Trump Order, Reinstates Arctic Drilling Ban, U.K.: Brexit Crisis Deepens as Lawmakers Fail to Back Deal, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 4 on Great March of Return Anniversary, Ukraine: Comedian Takes Hefty Lead in Presidential Vote Tally, Slovakia: Environmentalist Becomes First Female…

WSWS (2019-04-01). Dearborn, Michigan residents protest on four-year anniversary of US-backed Saudi war on Yemen. wsws.org Around a hundred people carried signs and flags, chanted slogans and heard speakers denounce the unrelenting assault on one of the poorest countries in the world.

WSWS (2019-04-01). Israeli military kills four Palestinians in Gaza protest. wsws.org Those killed included three 17-year-old boys, bringing the total of children killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since the Great March of Return began to 52.

Liberation Staff (2019-03-31). Indianapolis rally held to support Venezuela. liberationnews.org "No sanctions, no coup, Venezuela we stand with you!"

PACBI (2019-03-30). South African university joins Israel boycott. bdsmovement.net South African university joins Israel boycott: In the NewsTshwane University of Technology, the largest residential university in South Africa, voted to respect the call for the boycott of Israeli institutions complicit in the violation and denial of Palestinian rights. | Academic BoycottDecember 13, 2017 | By: | | Electronic Intifada

James Wright (2019-03-30). Labour MPs blast through the smears to condemn Israel's latest bloodshed. thecanary.co Labour MPs have ignored the smears to condemn Israel's latest bloodshed against Palestinians. "Senseless killings" Lisa Nandy MP condemned Israel's military for murdering Sajid … | Read more Labour MPs blast through the smears to condemn Israel's latest bloodshed | By James Wright

STAFF (2019-03-30). Protesters say "No to NATO" in Washington. therealnews.com Peace activists converged in the nation's capital to oppose what they say is aggressive NATO expansion…

Alex Emmons (2019-03-30). In Leaked Recording, Cory Booker Says He and AIPAC President "Text Message Back and Forth Like Teenagers" theintercept.com Even as the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has shown willingness to criticize Israel, Booker has tried to smooth over the widening rift.

The Tricontinental (2019-03-29). Singing in a cage is possible and so is happiness. mronline.org Once more, punctually, Israel—with the vengeance of Zeus—has begun to bomb Gaza, from which the sounds and smells of war are never absent due to Israeli bombings. It helps Israel that the United States is fully behind its policy of annihilation. | Source

United Nations (2019-03-29). On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm. un.org With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.

2019-04-02: Social Media Postees

Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
globalresearch.ca/lawyers-worldwide-urge-international-court-investigate-israeli-crimes-2/5673448

'I Love Israel': Bolsonaro Nudged by Netanyahu to Recognize Embassy Move During Visit
Julia Kassem | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro was received warmly by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday during his first visit to Israel, greeting Netanyahu with a Hebrew "I love Israel" at a welcoming ceremony in the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv….
globalresearch.ca/i-love-israel-bolsonaro/5673405

Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
"Just as they did earlier this year, Republican leaders may again shamefully exploit concerns over bigotry against Jews to stall a totally unrelated bill that would help put an end to U.S. support for the war in Yemen."
mintpressnews.com/outrageous-stunt-jewish-groups-accuse-gop-weaponizing-anti-semitism-prolong-slaughter-yemen/256815/

I'm Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
"Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." –Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929).I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. I'd tired of carrying water for empire and they'd grown weary of dealing with my dissenting articles and footing the bill for my seemingly never-ending PTSD treatments. Now, I'm societ…
truthout.org/articles/im-leaving-the-us-army-but-the-forever-wars-will-go-on-without-me/

Saudi Siege of Yemen's al-Durayhimi as Devastating as WWII Siege of Leningrad
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
To compare Saudi Arabia's blockade on al-Durayhimi to the siege of Leningrad by German and Finnish forces in 1944, one of the most notorious and brutal military sieges in history, is no exaggeration.
mintpressnews.com/saudi-siege-of-yemen-al-durayhimi-as-devastating-as-wwii-siege-of-leningrad/256820/

Another Palestinian Killed at West Bank For Throwing Rocks
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man Tuesday during an Israeli raid of Palestinian refugee camps near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. | Palestinian protesters there had been throwing rocks and small explosives at the armed soldiers during clashes near Ramallah, Palestinian health officials there said. | RELATED: | Israel Reopens Gaza Crossings Closed for Almost a Week: Official | The Israeli military said troops opened fire on protesters after Palestinians thre…
telesurenglish.net/news/Another-Palestinian-Killed-at-West-Bank-For-Throwing-Rocks-20190402-0002.html

SF protest shows solidarity with Gaza March of Return
Saul Kanowitz | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-02
"Free Free Palestine, Let Gaza Live."
liberationnews.org/sf-protest-shows-solidarity-with-gaza-march-of-return/

Electoral Dirty Tricks in Israel. Fake Social Media Promoting Likud and PM Netanyahu
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Why not! Elections in the US, other Western countries and Israel are rife with dirty tricks. | According to Haaretz, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli media, hundreds (maybe thousands) of fake social media accounts are promoting …
globalresearch.ca/electoral-dirty-tricks-israel/5673428

Sorry Wapo, the Great March of Return Protests Are About More Than Food and Medicine
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
What is largely missing from the discussion on Gaza is the collective psychology behind this kind of mobilization, and why it is essential for hundreds of thousands of besieged people to rediscover their power…
mintpressnews.com/sorry-wapo-the-great-march-of-return-protests-are-about-more-than-food-and-medicine/256843/

Brazil's Bolsonaro: No Moving Embassy to Jerusalem
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Brazil's President Bolsonaro says his nation will not transfer its diplomatic embassy to Jerusalem, but instead will create a business center there to "promote (Brazilian) business (and) investment," said the head of state. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | On the first day of Jair Bolsonaro's four-day trip to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Brazilian leader announced the country has establisehd a trade center…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazils-Bolsonaro-No-Moving-Embassy-to-Jerusalem-20190402-0004.html

God and U.S. Foreign Policy: an Analysis
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
Well, here we go again. God is back at work in support of the foreign policy of the United States. In fact, this time around, God has apparently gone so far as to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election (and you thought it was the Russians!) in order to assure Donald Trump's election. And why did the deity do so? To protect Israel from the bad guys in Teheran.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/02/god-and-u-s-foreign-policy-an-analysis/

Hamas Tightens Grip on Gaza, Fails to Break Israel Blockade
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-02
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip–Over the weekend, Gaza's Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli airstrikes and unprecedented protests broke out against the Islamic militants' increasingly unpopular rule. | And yet Hamas' control over Gaza is tighter than ever. | The militants' rule has been strengthened by an unlikely overlap of interests with Israel's right-wing government. Neither wants to see an independent state established in all the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, as the resolution of the Israeli-Pa…
truthdig.com/articles/hamas-tightens-grip-on-gaza-fails-to-break-israel-blockade/

Saudi Arabia Executes Nigerian Woman Over Drug-Related Charges
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a Nigerian woman and two Pakistani men on Monday after a Meccan court found them guilty of trafficking drugs, the AFP News Agency said, citing state media reports. | RELATED: | Saudi Women Activists Stand Trial in Criminal Court | In response to the executions, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diasporan Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa doubted the validity of the claims made by the Saudi authorities. | Speaking at the Presidential Palac…
telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Arabia-Executes-Nigerian-Woman-Over-Drug-Related-Charges–20190402-0017.html

"Massive Win for the Environment": New York State Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
In a move celebrated by activists as a " massive win for the environment," New York state lawmakers agreed to ban most single-use plastic bags statewide as part of a $175.5 billion budget deal announced Sunday. | New York is the third state to outlaw plastic bags. California voters ratified a state law in 2016, and all of Hawaii's counties have enacted simila…
truthout.org/articles/massive-win-for-the-environment-new-york-state-bans-single-use-plastic-bags/

Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria?
Chris Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …
globalresearch.ca/will-uk-continue-launch-strikes-against-isis/5673433

Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …
globalresearch.ca/video-us-says-syrian-army-must-withdraw-from-golan-heights-contact-line/5673396

NIAC Urges Treasury to Remove Impediments to Iran Flood Relief Aid
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/04/02/niac-urges-treasury-remove-impediments-iran-flood-relief-aid?cd-origin=rss

Ukraine: Escalating Pressure on Crimean Tatars
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-02
Law enforcement officials during the search in Emil Kurbedinov's office, Bakhchysarai, Crimea, January 26, 2017. | © 2017 Anton Naumlyik (RFE/RL) | (Berlin) — Russia's arrest on March 27 and 28, 2019 of 23 Crimean Tatar activists was an unprecedented move to intensify pressure on a group largely critical of Russia's occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian authorities should drop the charges, release the activists…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/02/ukraine-escalating-pressure-crimean-tatars

Israel to Send 250,000 Settlers to Syria's Golan Heights
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(MEMO) — Israel is planning to settle some 250,000 settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights over the next 30 years, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) revealed yesterday. According to Anadolu, the report comes one week after US President Donald Trump signed a presidential decree recognising the Golan Heights as "Israeli territory". RELATED: With Golan Heights at Stake, Netanyahu and Bolton Set Trump …

Israel to Send 250,000 Settlers to Syria's Golan Heights

Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public–and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border

170 Animal Activists March for Animals in Santa Rosa
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
Group Alleges Criminal Animal Cruelty, Law Enforcement Cover-up…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/01/18822436.php

Florida Sex Workers Demand Decriminalization After Massive Raids
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
Florida lawmakers want to do something about sex trafficking in the wake of high-profile raids on massage parlors across south Florida that led to 300 prostitution-related arrests in February. So, last week, a community organizer and two activists working in the sex trade showed up to a criminal justice committee hearing on a controversial anti-sex-trafficking bill and asked lawmakers to make sweeping changes to the legislation, which they say could further the criminali…
truthout.org/articles/florida-sex-workers-demand-decriminalization-after-massive-raids/

Legal Experts Aghast as 'Bloodythirsty' Right-Wing Supreme Court Sanctions Torturous Executions
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/02/legal-experts-aghast-bloodythirsty-right-wing-supreme-court-sanctions-torturous?cd-origin=rss

The Silent Killer: Superbugs on the March in the Middle East
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
From Gaza to Mosul, multiple strains of superbugs resistant to antibiotics are on a rampage across the region. (MEE) — It's been described as being like a silent tsunami and at risk of putting medicine back in the Dark Ages. Strains of superbugs resistant to a wide range of antibiotics are on a rampage across the Middle …

The Silent Killer: Superbugs on the March in the Middle East

On the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return
Haidar Eid | zcomm.org | 2019-04-02
Our activism in Gaza connects all forms of popular resistance…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/on-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-great-march-of-return/

Day After Fed Judge Okays High Capacity Gun Magazines in CA, Teenagers Rally in San Jose
Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
South Bay teenage activists demonstrated for legislation to stop senseless gun use in America. Supporters from Black Lives Matter and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense stood with them in solidarity at a "Rally for Change" on March 30. | Photos by Chris Cassell, Pro-Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/02/18822453.php

The Origins of Venezuela's Economic Crisis
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-02
Venezuela has become a popular argument against socialism amongst conservatives because of the deep economic crisis it is currently traversing. Defenders of the Bolivarian project, though, say that US sanctions and economic war are to blame for the crisis. Greg Wilpert presents an analysis that tries to take all the factors into account…
therealnews.com/stories/the-origins-of-venezuelas-economic-crisis

How Israel is Working to Remove Palestinians from Jerusalem
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-01
The 350,000 Palestinian inhabitants of occupied East Jerusalem are caught between a rock and hard place, as Israel works ever harder to remove them from the holy city in which they were born, analysts and residents warn. That process, they say, has only accelerated in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision a year …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/how-israel-is-working-to-remove-palestinians-from-jerusalem/

Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel?
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-01
Is there any other country on Earth with which America would dare collude on such a scale? Forget the "special relationship" with the crackpots in Britain, or the New World coming to the rescue of the Old World in the Second World War. There's only one special relationship that matters right now — and we all know what that is. Having given its blessing to all Jerusalem as Israeli property and having now handed Golan to Israel as a possession — for "to annex" means "to take possession", does it not? — Donald Trump has undermined the entire foundation of "land for peace" enshrined in Security Coun…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/01/why-does-the-us-continue-to-grovel-to-israel/

The Palestinian Political Scene is in a State of Paralysis: "The People Reject Normalization with Israel"
Abdel Bari Atwan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and in Gaza? | Abdel Bari Atwan: The Palestinian political scene is in a state of paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the disastrous Oslo …
globalresearch.ca/abdel-bari-atwan-peoples-reject-normalization-israel/5673334

"Our Will of Life Is Stronger Than Despair": Palestinian Ahmed Abu Artema on Israeli Attacks on Gaza
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-01
Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including three teenagers, at a mass demonstration Saturday on the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza. Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters. As tens of thousands of Palestinians came out to demand an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza and the right to return to their ancestral land, we speak with Ahmed Abu Artema, the Palestinian poet, journalist and peace activist who inspired the Great March of Return and helped organize it as a cry for help. Artema was frustrated by Israel's more than decade-long land, se…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/1/our_will_o…

Israel Praises Nonviolence of Great Return March Anniversary Protest in Gaza, Shoots Demonstrators Anyway
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-01
While the IDF and Israeli government have suffered few — if any — consequences for their excessive use of force against Gazan demonstrators, the Great Return March and the Israeli response has caused a notable shift in favor of Palestinian rights at the international level.
mintpressnews.com/israel-great-return-march-shoots-demonstrators/256792/

Syria: Suspected Al-Qaeda Chemical Attack in Northern Hama and Al Skeilbiyyeh Bells Ring in Defiance
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Al Skeilbiyyeh — on the 23rd March 2019 I entered the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. Between 4 and 5pm, at least four villages to the west of the town were attacked by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) forces …
globalresearch.ca/syria-suspected-al-qaeda-chemical-attack-in-northern-hama-and-al-skeilbiyyeh-bells-ring-in-defiance/5673343

Bombing Gaza as a Campaign Slogan
Daniel Falcone | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-01
On March 25, 2019 while the major media fixated on Trump and his potential indictments in regards to Russia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing his own political opponents, an upcoming election and five potential indictments back home, stood with President Trump in Washington, DC. Trump signed an executive order that recognized Israel's sovereignty over the…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/01/bombing-gaza-as-a-campaign-slogan/

WitchHunt: Controversy Over Anti-Semitism and the British Labour Party
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-01
Filmmaker Jon Pullman discusses his film WitchHunt, about the suppression of critical voices in the Labour Party and the influence of the Israeli lobby…
therealnews.com/stories/witchhunt-controversy-over-anti-semitism-and-the-british-labour-party

Floods Demolish 25,000 Houses Across Iran and Damage 60,000
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-01
Heavy rains caused severe flooding on March 26. Floods have demolished over 25,000 houses across Iran in less than two weeks, Hadi Derafshi, an official at the Iranian Housing Foundation told journalists on Monday. | RELATED: | Flooding Kills at Least 19, Injures over 100 Across Iran | "Over 60,000 more houses have been damaged by the floods and need restoration," he added. | The disaster comes during Iranian New Year, Nowruz, holidays when many Iranians travel within the country.
telesurenglish.net/news/Floods-Demolish-25000-Houses-Across-Iran-and-Damage-60000-20190401-0022.html

Israeli military kills four Palestinians in Gaza protest
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-01
Those killed included three 17-year-old boys, bringing the total of children killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since the Great March of Return began to 52.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/01/gaza…

China's Labor Activists 'Hold Fast to Freedom'
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-01
Cartoon drawn by Wei Zhili's wife, Zheng Churan, and the couples' friends. | © Zheng Churan | "The whole world is waiting for you to come back. 'Hold fast to freedom in the wind and rain,'" wrote Zheng Churan in a postcard to her husband, Wei Zhili, a labor activist detained in March by authorities in the city of Shenzhen, southeast China. | "Hold fast to freedom in the wind and rain" are lyrics from "Glorious Days," a rock song by the Hong K…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/01/chinas-labor-activists-hold-fast-freedom

Dearborn, Michigan residents protest on four-year anniversary of US-backed Saudi war on Yemen
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-01
Around a hundred people carried signs and flags, chanted slogans and heard speakers denounce the unrelenting assault on one of the poorest countries in the world.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/01/demo…

Indianapolis rally held to support Venezuela
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-31
"No sanctions, no coup, Venezuela we stand with you!"
liberationnews.org/indianapolis-rally-to-support-venezuela/

South African university joins Israel boycott
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-03-30
South African university joins Israel boycott: In the NewsTshwane University of Technology, the largest residential university in South Africa, voted to respect the call for the boycott of Israeli institutions complicit in the violation and denial of Palestinian rights. | Academic BoycottDecember 13, 2017 | By: | | Electronic Intifada …
bdsmovement.net/news/south-african-university-joins-israel-boycott

Labour MPs blast through the smears to condemn Israel's latest bloodshed
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-03-30
Labour MPs have ignored the smears to condemn Israel's latest bloodshed against Palestinians. "Senseless killings" Lisa Nandy MP condemned Israel's military for murdering Sajid … | Read more Labour MPs blast through the smears to condemn Israel's latest bloodshed | By James Wright…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/03/30/labour-mps-blast-through-the-smears-to-condemn-israels-latest-bloodshed/

Protesters say "No to NATO" in Washington
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-30
Peace activists converged in the nation's capital to oppose what they say is aggressive NATO expansion…
therealnews.com/stories/hundreds-say-no-to-nato-in-washington

In Leaked Recording, Cory Booker Says He and AIPAC President "Text Message Back and Forth Like Teenagers"
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-03-30
Even as the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has shown willingness to criticize Israel, Booker has tried to smooth over the widening rift.
theintercept.com/2019/03/30/cory-booker-aipac-leaked-recording/

Singing in a cage is possible and so is happiness
The Tricontinental | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Once more, punctually, Israel–with the vengeance of Zeus–has begun to bomb Gaza, from which the sounds and smells of war are never absent due to Israeli bombings. It helps Israel that the United States is fully behind its policy of annihilation. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/28/singing-in-a-cage-is-possible-and-so-is-happiness/

On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035731

Widespread Arab protests hit Trump's support for Israeli theft of the Golan
Cale Holmes | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-29
The U.S. recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory is part of a deliberate attempt to colonize Syria and weaken the right of Palestinians and all those displaced by Israeli aggression to return to their land.
liberationnews.org/widespread-arab-protests-hit-trumps-support-for-israeli-theft-of-the-golan/

'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-03-29
As Israel was killing scores and maiming thousands of protesters in Gaza, rather than calling on Israel to "renounce violence," the New York Times ( 5/18/18) published an op-ed arguing that "guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing." | A FAIR survey of the phrase "renounce violence" in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are zero instances o…
fair.org/home/renouncing-violence-is-a-demand-made-almost-exclusively-of-muslims/

Headlines for March 29, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/29/headlines

Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises–An Anomaly in Presidential Politics
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment–education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…
therealnews.com/stories/kamala-harris-calls-for-teacher-raises-an-anomaly-in-presidential-politics