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2019-04-25: News Headlines

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

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.

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 On Monday April 22, the USA declared that it has withdrawn "waivers" given to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece, under the …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi (2019-04-24). Israel-Palestine: The End of the Two-State Solution Dream. globalresearch.ca Katja Hermann, director of the West Asia Unit at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Berlin, in conversation with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, general secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative (Mubadara), about the impact of the Israeli elections on the lives of everyday Palestinians….

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

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

Staff (2019-04-24). Warren's Plan to Abolish Student Debt Came From Grassroots Pressure. truthout.org The new public higher education proposal that Sen. Elizabeth Warren released this week lifts up demands that grassroots activists have been making for years. Her plan makes public college tuition-free, cancels student loan debt for 95 percent of Americans, invests at least $50 billion in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and stops federal loan money from flowing to for-profit colleges — all paid for by a tax on the ultra-wealthy.

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-04-24). Israel Plans to Launch a Surprise War against Lebanon. globalresearch.ca Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah held a private meeting this week with his top military commanders in which he warned them to prepare for a hot Summer because Israel plans to launch a surprise war against Lebanon. Sayyed Nasrallah has …

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

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

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

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

Max Richtman (2019-04-24). Don't Believe Misleading Coverage of Social Security Trustees' Report. commondreams.org Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House July 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Social Security Works, the AFL-CIO and additional organizations held the event to deliver 'more than 2 million petition signatures' in support of expanding Social Security benefits. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-04-24). Video: Angela Davis Lauds Sudan's Activists for Their Struggle. telesurenglish.net While visiting Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, minority rights activist, author and professor, Angela Davis, gave support to the Sudanese people for their popular struggle for "freedom, peace and justice." Sudan has been embroiled in a popular uprising against the now-former President Bashir and the opposition is now trying to push the military to cede power to civilian control. | RELATED | Sudan's Opposition Suspends Peace Talks With Military Council | In a video upl…

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

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

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

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

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-24). 'This Is Their Land': Indigenous Activists Protest Bolsonaro's Environmental Policies in Brazil. commondreams.org "It was very difficult for us, our ancestors, to win these rights and little by little they are decreasing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

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

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

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

Medea Benjamin (2019-04-23). The Activists Quietly Struggling to Protect Venezuela's DC Embassy from a US-backed Coup. mintpressnews.com A dedicated group of activists has been living inside Venezuela's DC embassy for the past two weeks. hoping to halt a US-backed opposition takeover of the building.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Headlines for April 23, 2019. democracynow.org Sri Lankan Minister Says Easter Bombings Were Retaliation for NZ Mosque Attacks, Trump Admin to Ratchet Up Unilateral U.S. Sanctions on Iranian Oil, House Democrats Subpoena Former White House Counsel Don McGahn, Trump Sues to Quash Subpoena Requesting 10 Years of Financial Records, Sen. Kamala Harris Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Breaking from Democratic Leaders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Proposes Canceling Student Loan Debt, Making Public Colleges Free, Supreme Court to Weigh Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, Supreme Court to Decide If LGBTQ Workers Are Protected by Civil Rights Act, Charges Dropped Against 3 A…

Staff (2019-04-23). Earth Day: How Can Climate Activists Fight Misinformation? therealnews.com Award-winning filmmaker Josh Fox talks about his new book, The Truth Has Changed, and how climate movements can—and must—fight misinformation campaigns…

Staff (2019-04-23). Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy. therealnews.com Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…

Paul Haeder (2019-04-23). Earth Day is 24/7, and Every Hour and Every Minute of Every Day According to Local Activists. dissidentvoice.org For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities. — The Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen Part One — I am scrambling to get this first part of the Earth Day two-part article …

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-23). Israel's Elite Undercover Units Are Increasing Activities Against Palestinians. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — In recent weeks and months, Israel's elite undercover Special Forces units, known as the Musta'ribeen (Mista'arvim), have increased their activities against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The units are responsible for the arrest and assassination of Palestinian resistance members wanted by the Israeli occupation authorities. For example, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) revealed …

Robert Mackey (2019-04-23). Benjamin Netanyahu Plans to Name an Illegal Settlement in Donald Trump's Honor. theintercept.com Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Tuesday that he plans to name a new illegal settlement in the occupied Golan Heights in honor of Donald Trump, to thank the American president for agreeing to overlook the unlawful nature of Israel's annexation of the territory seized from Syria in 1967.PM Netanyahu will present to the government a resolution calling for naming a new c…

Jane Cutter (2019-04-23). Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers resolution. liberationnews.org End U.S. support for the Saudi war; no to all U.S. military intervention in Yemen; U.S. out of the Middle East.

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-23). After Netanyahu's dirty tricks win—annexation of the West Bank may be next. mronline.org After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. | Source

Bonpane Family (2019-04-22). Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing. liberationnews.org Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.

Whitney Webb (2019-04-22). Modi Delivers Ironic "Peace Day" Message Netanyahu Borrowed from Hitler. mintpressnews.com Modi's speech regarding how only the "strong" are to be respected, while issuing an implicit threat of using nuclear weapons against enemies of the state, is strikingly similar to a speech given by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an ally of Modi — last September.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-22). Dallas Goldtooth: Hold Banks Accountable for Financing Climate Chaos & Violating Indigenous Rights. democracynow.org As millions celebrate Earth Day around the globe, we speak with organizer Dallas Goldtooth about indigenous-led anti-pipeline activism in the United States. President Trump signed two executive orders earlier this month to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. This comes as climate activists have filed a federal lawsuit with t…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-22). North Korea Pleads for Food Aid as Trump Sanctions Noose Tightens. mintpressnews.com As much as Trump likes to rail against the failed policies of his predecessor, he seems to be mimicking them, using North Korea's food shortages as leverage to force the country to denuclearize, a move that DPRK believes would bring about only a swifter death.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-22). From Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, a Talk on Assange. consortiumnews.com Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria on Sunday delivered this talk about the Assange case to a group of activists who are living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington to stop the illegitimate government of Venezuela from taking it over. Video… Read more →

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-22). Yemen: Houthi Landmines Kill Civilians, Block Aid. hrw.org | | A deminer works with children following him in Zuheiri, a town on the western coast. | © 2018 Private | (Beirut) — Houthi forces' widespread use of landmines along Yemen's western coast since mid-2017 has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and prevented aid groups from reaching vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today. Yemeni law and the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty ban all use of antipersonnel mines; anti-vehicle mines have been used ind…

Staff (2019-04-21). Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History — Jay and Curry. therealnews.com The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump's regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling — former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-21). Solidarity With Venezuela Now! Protect The Embassy. dissidentvoice.org Activists gather in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC in March, 2019. We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here …

Natasha Lennard (2019-04-20). Why Philly's Reformist Prosecutor Finally Supports Letting Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal Go Forward. theintercept.com Activists were angry when Philly DA Larry Krasner initially objected to Mumia Abu-Jamal's path to a new appeal, but Krasner changed course last week.

2019-04-25: Social Media Postees

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

Los Angeles high school students lead rally for Yemen
Chakib Mouzaoui | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-25
High school students organize the community in solidarity with Yemen.
liberationnews.org/los-angeles-high-school-students-lead-rally-for-yemen/

Leaked Report: Western Arms Are Essential to Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-25
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…
therealnews.com/stories/leaked-report-western-arms-are-essential-to-saudi-arabias-war-in-yemen

Iran Is No One's Colony: US Aggression Escalating to a Level that Threatens World War
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-25
The American aggression against Iran is escalating to a level that threatens world war. On Monday April 22, the USA declared that it has withdrawn "waivers" given to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece, under the …
globalresearch.ca/iran-is-no-ones-colony-us-aggression-escalating-to-a-level-that-threatens-world-war/5675544

Workers of the World unite (at last)
Ronaldo Munck | mronline.org | 2019-04-25
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…
mronline.org/2019/04/25/workers-of-the-world-unite-at-last/

Venezuela's Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-25
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…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuelas-parallel-ambassador-seated-at-oas-as-activists-defend-embassy

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

Activists in Venezuela's DC embassy brace for US-assisted Guaido takeover
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-25
Activists occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington in solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro's government are bracing for confrontation as authorities prepare to try to seize the building on behalf of the opposition. | …
rt.com/usa/457473-activists-occupy-venezuelan-embassy-guaido/

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

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-24
The very media that covered the news of the Notre Dame fire seemed oblivious to the obliteration of everything we hold sacred in Palestine as, day after day, Israeli war machinery continues to blow up, bulldoze and desecrate.
mintpressnews.com/notre-dame-gaza-mosques-churches-also-burning/257776/

When Will Washington End the Forever War?
David Klion | thenation.com | 2019-04-24
When Will Washington End the Forever War?
thenation.com/article/yemen-israel-palestine-washington-war-powers/

Israel-Palestine: The End of the Two-State Solution Dream
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Katja Hermann, director of the West Asia Unit at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Berlin, in conversation with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, general secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative (Mubadara), about the impact of the Israeli elections on the lives of everyday Palestinians….
globalresearch.ca/end-two-state-solution-dream/5675479

Yemeni Military Successes May Boost Secret Peace Negotiations with Saudis
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-24
Ansar Allah leader Al-Houthi revealed secret negotiations between Ansar Allah and the Saudi regime to end the Saudi war against Yemen, but hinted that ending the war would require serious will from the Saudi regime to change its vision towards Yemen's relationship with the kingdom after the war.
mintpressnews.com/yemen-military-successes-secret-peace-negotiations-saudi-arabaia/257763/

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

The Mandate for Israel: Keep the Arabs Down
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-24
Stephen Gowans has done remarkable work in previous writings on North Korea, and on the Imperialist U.S. in its long war on Syria (not coincidentally the title of his last book). He is often described as Brown in Red, or a Stalinist — both of which are fine with me since most so called Stalinist…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/24/the-mandate-for-israel-keep-the-arabs-down/

Warren's Plan to Abolish Student Debt Came From Grassroots Pressure
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-24
The new public higher education proposal that Sen. Elizabeth Warren released this week lifts up demands that grassroots activists have been making for years. Her plan makes public college tuition-free, cancels student loan debt for 95 percent of Americans, invests at least $50 billion in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and stops federal loan money from flowing to for-profit colleges — all paid for by a tax on the ultra-wealthy.
truthout.org/articles/warrens-plan-to-abolish-student-debt-came-from-grassroots-pressure/

Israel Plans to Launch a Surprise War against Lebanon
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-24
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah held a private meeting this week with his top military commanders in which he warned them to prepare for a hot Summer because Israel plans to launch a surprise war against Lebanon. Sayyed Nasrallah has …
globalresearch.ca/israel-plans-to-launch-a-surprise-war-against-lebanon/5675484

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-24
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/notre-dame-of-gaza-our-mosques-and-churches-are-also-burning/

'You can and should do more' to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-24
The UN Security Council was told on Wednesday that people with disabilities "can't wait any longer" for more of a say in how the world's top diplomatic forum for peace and security, factors their needs into its work.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1037291

Don't Believe Misleading Coverage of Social Security Trustees' Report
Max Richtman | commondreams.org | 2019-04-24
Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House July 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Social Security Works, the AFL-CIO and additional organizations held the event to deliver 'more than 2 million petition signatures' in support of expanding Social Security benefits. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/24/dont-believe-misleading-coverage-social-security-trustees-report?cd-origin=rss

Supreme Court Appears Set to OK Census Citizenship Question Despite Risk of Undercounting Millions
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/24/a_threat_…

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

Supreme Court Set to OK Census Citizenship Question
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-24
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Se…
truthout.org/video/supreme-court-set-to-ok-census-citizenship-question/

Video: Angela Davis Lauds Sudan's Activists for Their Struggle
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-24
While visiting Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, minority rights activist, author and professor, Angela Davis, gave support to the Sudanese people for their popular struggle for "freedom, peace and justice." Sudan has been embroiled in a popular uprising against the now-former President Bashir and the opposition is now trying to push the military to cede power to civilian control. | RELATED | Sudan's Opposition Suspends Peace Talks With Military Council | In a video upl…
telesurenglish.net/news/Video-Angela-Davis-Lauds-Sudans-Activists-for-Their-Struggle-20190424-0030.html

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

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

Human Rights Watch Report Reveals Major Free-Speech Impact of Anti-BDS Movement
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-24
Human Rights Watch has been subjected to intense backlash by Israel and its supporters, including a number of state governments, for its role in publicizing the home rental company Airbnb's operations in the illegally occupied West Bank.
mintpressnews.com/human-rights-watch-reveals-free-speech-impact-of-anti-bds-laws/257805/

'This Is Their Land': Indigenous Activists Protest Bolsonaro's Environmental Policies in Brazil
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-24
"It was very difficult for us, our ancestors, to win these rights and little by little they are decreasing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/24/their-land-indigenous-activists-protest-bolsonaros-environmental-policies-brazil?cd-origin=rss

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

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

Trump’s Gulf Backups for Iranian Oil Will Not be Good Enough for Turkey

US Twitter users are younger, richer, better educated — and talking to themselves
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-24
If you've ever felt like Twitter is just some strange echo chamber for journalists, activists and politicos to be tweeting in outrage at one thing or another, that's probably because it kind of is, a new study indicates. | …
rt.com/usa/457461-twitter-pew-survey-younger/

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

Sanctions on Iranian Oil Bring US Drivers Pain at the Gas Pump

The Activists Quietly Struggling to Protect Venezuela's DC Embassy from a US-backed Coup
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-23
A dedicated group of activists has been living inside Venezuela's DC embassy for the past two weeks. hoping to halt a US-backed opposition takeover of the building.
mintpressnews.com/the-activists-quietly-struggling-to-protect-venezuela-dc-embassy-from-us-backed-coup/257736/

Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers resolution
Jane Cutter | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-23
End U.S. support for the Saudi war; no to all U.S. military intervention in Yemen; U.S. out of the Middle East.
liberationnews.org/trump-vetoes-yemen-war-powers-resolution/

Earth Day: How Can Climate Activists Fight Misinformation?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Award-winning filmmaker Josh Fox talks about his new book, The Truth Has Changed, and how climate movements can–and must–fight misinformation campaigns…
therealnews.com/stories/earth-day-how-can-climate-activists-fight-misinformation

Trump's Latest Iran Sanctions Show an Unraveling of US Foreign Policy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegal, and show the ascendancy of John Bolton; they intensify tension with China and threaten our international position…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-latest-iran-sanctions-show-an-unraveling-of-us-foreign-policy

Earth Day is 24/7, and Every Hour and Every Minute of Every Day According to Local Activists
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-23
For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities. — The Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen Part One — I am scrambling to get this first part of the Earth Day two-part article …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/earth-day-is-24-7-and-every-hour-and-every-minute-of-every-day-according-to-local-activists/

After Netanyahu's dirty tricks win–annexation of the West Bank may be next
Jonathan Cook | mronline.org | 2019-04-23
After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/23/after-netanyahus-dirty-tricks-win-annexation-of-the-west-bank-may-be-next/

Benjamin Netanyahu Plans to Name an Illegal Settlement in Donald Trump's Honor
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-23
Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Tuesday that he plans to name a new illegal settlement in the occupied Golan Heights in honor of Donald Trump, to thank the American president for agreeing to overlook the unlawful nature of Israel's annexation of the territory seized from Syria in 1967.PM Netanyahu will present to the government a resolution calling for naming a new c…
theintercept.com/2019/04/23/netanyahu-trump-golan-heights-illegal-settlement/

Israel's Elite Undercover Units Are Increasing Activities Against Palestinians
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-23
(MEMO) — In recent weeks and months, Israel's elite undercover Special Forces units, known as the Musta'ribeen (Mista'arvim), have increased their activities against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The units are responsible for the arrest and assassination of Palestinian resistance members wanted by the Israeli occupation authorities. For example, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) revealed …

Israel’s Elite Undercover Units Are Increasing Activities Against Palestinians

Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing
Bonpane Family | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-22
Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.
liberationnews.org/statement-of-the-family-of-activist-and-radio-host-blase-bonpane-upon-his-passing/

Modi Delivers Ironic "Peace Day" Message Netanyahu Borrowed from Hitler
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-22
Modi's speech regarding how only the "strong" are to be respected, while issuing an implicit threat of using nuclear weapons against enemies of the state, is strikingly similar to a speech given by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an ally of Modi — last September.
mintpressnews.com/modi-delivers-ironic-peace-day-message-netanyahu-borrowed-from-hitler/257702/

North Korea Pleads for Food Aid as Trump Sanctions Noose Tightens
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-22
As much as Trump likes to rail against the failed policies of his predecessor, he seems to be mimicking them, using North Korea's food shortages as leverage to force the country to denuclearize, a move that DPRK believes would bring about only a swifter death.
mintpressnews.com/north-korea-pleads-for-food-aid-as-trump-sanctions-noose-tightens/257726/

Dallas Goldtooth: Hold Banks Accountable for Financing Climate Chaos & Violating Indigenous Rights
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-22
As millions celebrate Earth Day around the globe, we speak with organizer Dallas Goldtooth about indigenous-led anti-pipeline activism in the United States. President Trump signed two executive orders earlier this month to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. This comes as climate activists have filed a federal lawsuit with t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/22/dallas_go…

From Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, a Talk on Assange
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-22
Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria on Sunday delivered this talk about the Assange case to a group of activists who are living inside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington to stop the illegitimate government of Venezuela from taking it over. Video… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/22/from-venezuelan-embassy-in-washington-a-talk-on-assange/

Yemen: Houthi Landmines Kill Civilians, Block Aid
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-22
A deminer works with children following him in Zuheiri, a town on the western coast. | © 2018 Private | (Beirut) — Houthi forces' widespread use of landmines along Yemen's western coast since mid-2017 has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and prevented aid groups from reaching vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today. Yemeni law and the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty ban all use of antipersonnel mines; anti-vehicle mines have been used ind…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/22/yemen-houthi-landmines-kill-civilians-block-aid

Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History — Jay and Curry
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-21
The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump's regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling — former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman…
therealnews.com/stories/mueller-and-a-dangerous-moment-in-human-history-jay-and-curry

Solidarity With Venezuela Now! Protect The Embassy
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-21
Activists gather in front of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC in March, 2019. We are writing to you from inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC where we are taking action against a US coup of the independent and sovereign Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela. The Embassy Protection Collective (Colectivos Por La Paz) is here …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/solidarity-with-venezuela-now-protect-the-embassy/

Why Philly's Reformist Prosecutor Finally Supports Letting Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal Go Forward
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-04-20
Activists were angry when Philly DA Larry Krasner initially objected to Mumia Abu-Jamal's path to a new appeal, but Krasner changed course last week.
theintercept.com/2019/04/20/mumia-abu-jamal-larry-krasner/

As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-19
It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …
peaceaction.org/2019/04/19/as-trump-angles-for-war-with-iran-congress-needs-to-reassert-its-war-powers/