Monthly Archives: April 2019

2019-04-30: News Headlines

RT (2019-04-30). Tulsi Gabbard takes on her own party over 'endless war' in mysteriously-deleted viral campaign clip. rt.com There's no point in knocking Trump out of the White House if a Democratic president has only more endless war to offer, Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard has declared in a deleted, then reposted campaign tweet.

Staff (2019-04-30). Fascism Is on the March. We Need Radical Education to Fight Back. truthout.org "We must believe in the Principle of Hope. A Marxist does not have the right to be a pessimist." —Ernst BlochSomething sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe. Democratic institutions, such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siege worldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing…

Staff (2019-04-30). Corporate Media's Open Hostility to Medicare-for-All. truthdig.com The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. | The United States spends around twice as much on healthcare as oth…

RT (2019-04-30). Pompeo's talk of 'Russian meddling' is not about democracy, but about power. rt.com The 'Russian meddling' conspiracy theory was hatched by Democrats in 2016 as a way to defeat Donald Trump. Now the Trump administration is invoking it to justify massive military spending, spying, coups and censorship.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-30). Corporate Joe: Biden Enters the Presidential Race. counterpunch.org Values, values and more values. Another dreary dish added to the smorgasbord of Democratic hopefuls for the White House. This one is a bit cured and worn, smoked by history. Biden, having performed the role of Vice President for Barack Obama and senator for Delaware, is making his third attempt to not so much gallop More

Staff (2019-04-30). MSNBC Loves Biden Because He Won't Break Up Telecom Companies. truthout.org Joe Biden finally announced on Thursday what everyone already knew. With the release of a three-and-a-half minute promotional video, the former vice president officially threw his name in the ever-expanding ring of Democratic primary contenders seeking to win the opportunity to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Biden has already seen his share of coverage, and was the second-most-mentioned Dem…

RT (2019-04-30). Sex-scandal hoaxer Jacob Wohl accused of trying to smear presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. rt.com Jacob Wohl, who became notorious after his attempt to set up special counsel Robert Mueller on fake rape charges imploded, has been accused of targeting Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg with a similar stunt.

WSWS (2019-04-30). Participants in SEP (Australia) rally demand freedom for Assange and Manning. wsws.org Attendees passionately defended the WikiLeaks publisher for exposing the war crimes, anti-democratic conspiracies and mass surveillance conducted by the US and its allies.

teleSUR (2019-04-30). US Publicly Admits Support for Coup Attempt in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net International law seems to matter little to the United States (U.S.) government as they once again have publicly expressed support for a coup attempt against the constitutional and democratically elected government of Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Gov't Denies Takeover of La Carlota Air Base as part of Coup Attempt | One of the first to ratify his support for the destabilizing attempt was U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who as news of an attempted coup reached t…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-04-30). Humpty Dumpty Has Had a Great Fall. Reckless US Foreign Policy. Preemptive Nuclear War against Russia and China. globalresearch.ca While the crazed and corrupt people who comprise the Democratic Party and US print and TV media continue to insist that Russiagate is real, a very real threat is emerging in Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. The threat arises …

teleSUR (2019-04-30). Trump Sues Two Banks to Block Federal Investigation. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump, along with three of his children and seven of his companies, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, April 29, against Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corp in an attemp to block the banks from complying with federal subpoenas investigating his financial dealings. | RELATED: | Democrat O'Rourke Accuses Trump Of Controlling Fox News Content | The subpoenas — which the Trumps described in their suit as "intrusive and overbroad" — were i…

teleSUR (2019-04-30). Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Seeks Refuge in Chile Embassy. telesurenglish.net Leopoldo Lopez requested protection this Tuesday afternoon as a guest at the Chilean embassy in Caracas, Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero confirmed through his Twitter account. | "Lilian Tintori and her daughter entered as guests to the residence of our diplomatic mission in Caracas. A few minutes ago his spouse, Leopoldo López, who stayed with his family in that place, joined him. Chile reaffirms commitment to Venezuelan Democrats," Ampuero said in a tweet.

Staff (2019-04-30). The Era of "Centrist" Establishment Democrats Is Over. truthout.org What do you call a "healthy economy" that almost no one is experiencing personally? I call it a made-for-TV sham. | "President Trump's strongest case for reelection remains the country's healthy economy, but the potency of that issue for him is complicated by a widespread belief that the economy mainly benefits people already in power," The Washington Post reported on Monday morning.

RT (2019-04-30). Polls show Biden leads race for Democratic presidential nominee. rt.com Two polls released a day after Joe Biden held his first campaign rally in Pittsburgh show the former US vice-president ahead of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, improving his numbers by six to 11 points.

Staff (2019-04-30). Spain's Center-Left Wins Without Majority, Rules out Coalition With Podemos for Now. therealnews.com Spain's centre-left Socialist Party won significantly in Sunday's election, but forming a government on its own is out of reach. Far-right Vox party enters parliament for first time. Prof. Sebastiaan Faber analyzes the result…

WSWS (2019-04-30). Workers should reject Australian unions' "Change the rules" campaign. wsws.org The unions are seeking to channel mounting anger in the working class behind the election of yet another big business Labor government.

Staff (2019-04-29). Impeach or Investigate? Democrats See No Reason to Choose. truthdig.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress is taking a step-by-step approach in exerting its role as a check on the executive branch.

Shawgi Tell (2019-04-29). "Progressive" 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Who Support Charter Schools. dissidentvoice.org More writers, commentators, and researchers are increasingly reminding the public that a large number of democrats at all levels of government have long supported and promoted privately-operated charter schools that annually siphon billions of public dollars from thousands of over-tested and vilified public schools. The oft-repeated myth that the privatization and destruction of public education …

Bill Boyarsky (2019-04-29). This Isn't the Election for Democrats to Play It Safe. truthdig.com As I watched the Democratic candidates for president on television during the recent CNN town hall forum, I thought that at least one of the women among them could make an excellent nominee. I also wondered whether this election cycle may be ripe for a strong campaign led by a woman. | Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar presented as forceful and knowledgeable as they fielded questions at the April 22 event. They were every bit as impressive as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who were also participating in the forum. Two other women, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Rep. T…

RT (2019-04-29). Conway tears into Ocasio-Cortez over 'silence' on Sri Lanka attacks in epic Twitter brawl. rt.com Kellyanne Conway and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have traded blows on Twitter after the White House adviser accused the Democratic representative of failing to condemn the attacks on Christian churches in Sri Lanka.

Justin Anderson (2019-04-29). Comcast-Owned MSNBC in the Tank for Joe Biden's Presidential Run. theantimedia.com (FAIR) — Joe Biden finally announced on Thursday what everyone already knew. With the release of a three-and-a-half minute promotional video, the former vice president officially threw his name in the ever-expanding ring of Democratic primary contenders seeking to win the opportunity to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Biden has already seen his share …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-29). Climate Groups Applaud Beto for New Proposal, But Warn Action Plan Would Be 'Too Little, Too Late'. commondreams.org Climate action groups on Monday applauded as Democratic presidential contender Beto O'Rourke released his plan for tackling the climate crisis—while acknowledging that his proposal would not go far enough to keep catastrophic climate change at bay and represented a rollback of his earlier statements about halting the warming of the planet. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-04-29). Fascistic Vox party enters parliament in Spain elections, as social democrats gain. wsws.org Heavy voter turnout reflected, at least in part, significant numbers of people trying to cast a vote to prevent the far right from coming to power.

Aída Chávez (2019-04-29). New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing. theintercept.com The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters a way to share political information on friends, family, and neighbors. | Sanders's strategy to emerge from the crowded primary field revolves around energizing and empowering his army of supporters, and giving them easy-to-use tools in the hopes of expanding the electoral map in both the primary and general elections. More than 60,000 people attended the events, which took place in every state and more than 30…

WSWS (2019-04-29). Trump orders officials to refuse congressional subpoenas. wsws.org The Democrats have responded by threatening to withhold funds from noncomplying agencies and to jail administration officials who are in contempt of Congress.

Sam Pizzigati (2019-04-29). Gentrification of the Sea. counterpunch.org We typically think of urban neighborhoods when we think of gentrification — places where modest-income families thrived for generations suddenly becoming no-go zones for all but the affluent. The waters around us have always seemed a place of escape from all this displacement, a more democratic space where the rich can stake no claim. The More

Massoud Nayeri (2019-04-29). The Malignant Nature of the Mueller Report and 2020 Election. globalresearch.ca The publication of the Mueller report more than anything else confirmed that the working people in America are facing deeply divided and antagonistic "leadership" in Washington. The consequence of the 1% family feud over the Mueller report will be disastrous. …

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

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-29). NAACP Participates in Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's Voting Rights Hearings. naacp.org The NAACP joined leading civil rights and voting rights advocates in Halifax, North Carolina and Cleveland, Ohio to bring attention to voter suppression barriers in those states. Headed by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the House Subcommittee on Elections hosted the hearings on voting rights and election administration and will continue to do so for the upcoming month. The NAACP …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-29). Headlines for April 29, 2019. democracynow.org White Nationalist Gunman Opens Fire on San Diego Synagogue, Killing 60-Year-Old Lori Kaye, Trump Admin Disbanded Domestic Terror Unit Amid Rising Far-Right Violence, One Dead, Seven Wounded as Gunman Fires Indiscriminately at Baltimore Crowd, At NRA Convention, Trump Ends Ratification Process for Arms Treaty, Oliver North, Who Illegally Funneled Weapons to Contras, Resigns as NRA President, Trump Praises Robert E. Lee as "One of the Great Generals", Spanish Socialist PM Pedro Sánchez Wins Election as Far-Right Vox Party Makes Gains, Mozambique Battered by Cyclone Kenneth, the Strongest Storm in Its History, U.K.

teleSUR (2019-04-29). Indian Elections: 4th Phase of Voting Marred With Violence. telesurenglish.net India's battleground eastern state of West Bengal took the center stage in the fourth phase of a staggered general election Monday after clashes broke out between supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party and a regional bloc. | ANALYSIS: | 'Soul of India at Stake': Why Progressives Want Modi Out | In West Bengal, a populous eastern state where Modi is trying to gain seats to offset likely losses in northern India, security forces chased away people wielding sticks after wor…

Murtaza Hussain (2019-04-29). Elections in the World's Largest Democracy Are Being Boycotted in One Embattled Province. theintercept.com "People on the ground have to feel like their lives and interests are protected and that there is dignity for us. Above all, we want to have the right to determine our own future."

Alan MacLeod (2019-04-29). Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a Very Bad Idea. fair.org The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. A 2018 Reuters poll ( 8/23/18) found that 70 percent of Americans support Medicare for All. | The United States…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-28). Colorado Democrats Took On the Oil and Gas Industry. Now the Recalls are Starting. theintercept.com After seizing unified control of the Colorado state government in November's wave election, Democrats there did something unusual: They governed. | For decades, the oil and gas industry has had a stranglehold on Colorado politics, but the newly empowered Democrats unveiled a sweeping bill to rein in fracking. The industry spent millions to stop it, but Democrats muscled it through, and it was signed by Gov. Jared Polis, an independently wealthy Democrat who ran in opposition to the industry. | Now the industry is fighting back by threatening to recall state Rep. Rochelle Galindo, who was elected last year and rep…

Staff (2019-04-28). Will Progressives Stop Biden, the 'Credit Card Candidate'? therealnews.com Joe Biden announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination with waves of patriotic "Stop Trump to save America" propaganda. However, representing the headquarters of most credit card companies, Biden defended their interests more than those of ordinary citizens. Norman Solomon and Jacqueline Luqman examine his campaign strategy…

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

Justin Anderson (2019-04-28). Comcast-Owned MSNBC in the Tank for Joe Biden's Presidential Run. fair.org Joe Biden finally announced on Thursday what everyone already knew. With the release of a three-and-a-half minute promotional video, the former vice president officially threw his name in the ever-expanding ring of Democratic primary contenders seeking to win the opportunity to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Biden has already seen his share of coverage, and was the second-most-mentioned De…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-27). Corporate Joe: Biden Enters the Presidential Race. dissidentvoice.org Values, values and more values. Another dreary dish added to the smorgasbord of Democratic hopefuls for the White House. This one is a bit cured and worn, smoked by history. Biden, having performed the role of Vice President for Barack Obama and senator for Delaware, is making his third attempt to not so much gallop …

Shadowproof (2019-04-27). The Shameful Moralizing On Prisoner Voting Rights. shadowproof.com Editor's Note: We're pleased to publish this preview of our member newsletter, "Keeping The Issues Alive," which provides a closer look at the stories we're following at Shadowproof. | Subscribe for $9/month and receive this weekly newsletter: SUBSCRIBE NOW | For this week's newsletter, Shadowproof publishing editor Brian Sonenstein responds to the backlash against the notion of allowing prisoners to vote, including those convicted of "violent offenses." | Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sander…

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

Kate Aronoff (2019-04-27). Spanish Socialists Running for Re-election Sunday on a "Green New Deal de España" theintercept.com The Spanish Socialist Party and Podemos are on the cusp of a governing coalition: "We cannot have sectoral environmental and social agendas."

pip.hinman (2019-04-26). Algeria's democratic revolution: 'They've all got to go'. greenleft.org.au The Bab El-Oued district, one of the popular areas of Algiers, took April 19 off to prepare for another special day — the ninth consecutive Friday of protests against the political system in Algeria. | People were making use of the Friday morning, the first day of the weekend, to go to the market, have a shave at the barber shop or buy their pastries. On the balconies of the old white blocks of flats from the French colonial era, women were rushing to bring in the clothes before it rained. | Ussama, a 26-year-old plasterer, waited with friends for prayers in the mosque to end before going to the demonstrati…

ACLU (2019-04-26). Social Media Blackouts Are an Authoritarian Power Move. aclu.org When Americans see governments shutting down Internet communications, they should see nothing but counterproductive, authoritarian exercises of power. | In the wake of the terrible Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, that government shut down access to Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and other social media services. The shutdown garnered praise from some within the United States and other democratic countries, but as tragic as the circumstances may be, Americans must never come to see social media or other Internet shutdowns as anything other than an authoritarian power move and/or a mistake. | Some commentators …

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-26). Operation Take Down Bernie. progressive.org Sanders's socialism is scary for a Democratic establishment that worries a lot about electability. Cue the media hit pieces.

Editor (2019-04-26). Smoke, mirrors and the old shell game. workers.org Capitalist politics have long been a shell game. While the masses of people are told to look to elections to address their myriad of grievances — the real issues of poverty, racism, lack of good-paying permanent jobs and affordable health care, the struggle for women's and LGBTQ rights — these . . . | Continue reading Smoke, mirrors and the old shell game at Workers.org

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

Democracy Now! (2019-04-25). From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden's Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race. democracynow.org Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the 20th Democrat to seek the nomination in the largest and most diverse field of Democratic candidates ever to run for president. Biden will face scrutiny for his long and checkered record in the coming weeks, including his 1994 crime bill, that helped fuel mass incarceration with financial incentives to keep people behind bars, and his handling of Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Biden is also known for close ties to the financial industry and voting to…

Mark Fiore (2019-04-25). Free Advice for Democrats. progressive.org Now that the redacted Mueller report lays out what appears to be evidence of a president obstructing justice, it's up to Congress.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-25). Headlines for April 25, 2019. democracynow.org President Trump Vows to Fight "All the Subpoenas" from Congress, U.S. Forces and Allies Killed More Afghan Civilians in Early 2019 Than the Taliban, U.S.-Led Coalition Killed 1,600 Syrian Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, China Jails Hong Kong Activists Who Led 2014 Pro-Democracy Rallies, Wealthy Sri Lankan Spice Trader Among Those Arrested over Easter Bombings, U.N. Condemns Saudi Arabia's Mass Execution of 37 Prisoners, Texas Executes White Supremacist Behind 1998 Lynching of James Byrd Jr., Joe Biden Enters 2020 Presidential Race, Kirstjen Nielsen Warned Against Discussing Russian Election Meddling with Trump, Thousa…

Shadowproof (2019-04-24). 'Pod Save The World' And Their Awful Discussion Of Case Against Julian Assange. shadowproof.com President Donald Trump's Justice Department will need the rhetorical support of liberal Democrats to succeed in prosecuting WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, and Tommy Vietor, former national security spokesperson and special assistant to the president, worked in President Barack Obama's administration.

2019-04-30: Social Media Postees

US Publicly Admits Support for Coup Attempt in Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
International law seems to matter little to the United States (U.S.) government as they once again have publicly expressed support for a coup attempt against the constitutional and democratically elected government of Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Gov't Denies Takeover of La Carlota Air Base as part of Coup Attempt | One of the first to ratify his support for the destabilizing attempt was U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who as news of an attempted coup reached t…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Publicly-Admi…

Sex-scandal hoaxer Jacob Wohl accused of trying to smear presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg
rt.com | 2019-04-30
Jacob Wohl, who became notorious after his attempt to set up special counsel Robert Mueller on fake rape charges imploded, has been accused of targeting Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg with a similar stunt. | …
rt.com/usa/457871-jacob-wohl-rape-hoax-b…

Tulsi Gabbard takes on her own party over 'endless war' in mysteriously-deleted viral campaign clip
rt.com | 2019-04-30
There's no point in knocking Trump out of the White House if a Democratic president has only more endless war to offer, Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard has declared in a deleted, then reposted campaign tweet. | …
rt.com/usa/457870-tulsi-confronts-democr…

Pompeo's talk of 'Russian meddling' is not about democracy, but about power
rt.com | 2019-04-30
The 'Russian meddling' conspiracy theory was hatched by Democrats in 2016 as a way to defeat Donald Trump. Now the Trump administration is invoking it to justify massive military spending, spying, coups and censorship. | …
rt.com/usa/457867-pompeo-russian-meddlin…

MSNBC Loves Biden Because He Won't Break Up Telecom Companies
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-30
Joe Biden finally announced on Thursday what everyone already knew. With the release of a three-and-a-half minute promotional video, the former vice president officially threw his name in the ever-expanding ring of Democratic primary contenders seeking to win the opportunity to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Biden has already seen his share of coverage, and was the second-most-mentioned Dem…
truthout.org/articles/msnbc-loves-biden-…

Polls show Biden leads race for Democratic presidential nominee
rt.com | 2019-04-30
Two polls released a day after Joe Biden held his first campaign rally in Pittsburgh show the former US vice-president ahead of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, improving his numbers by six to 11 points. | …
rt.com/usa/457937-biden-polls-democrat-n…

Corporate Joe: Biden Enters the Presidential Race
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-30
Values, values and more values. Another dreary dish added to the smorgasbord of Democratic hopefuls for the White House. This one is a bit cured and worn, smoked by history. Biden, having performed the role of Vice President for Barack Obama and senator for Delaware, is making his third attempt to not so much gallop…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/30/corporate-jo…

Trump Sues Two Banks to Block Federal Investigation
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
U.S. President Donald Trump, along with three of his children and seven of his companies, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, April 29, against Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corp in an attemp to block the banks from complying with federal subpoenas investigating his financial dealings. | RELATED: | Democrat O'Rourke Accuses Trump Of Controlling Fox News Content | The subpoenas — which the Trumps described in their suit as "intrusive and overbroad" — were i…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Sues-Two-B…

Participants in SEP (Australia) rally demand freedom for Assange and Manning
wsws.org | 2019-04-30
Attendees passionately defended the WikiLeaks publisher for exposing the war crimes, anti-democratic conspiracies and mass surveillance conducted by the US and its allies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/30/ints…

Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Seeks Refuge in Chile Embassy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
Leopoldo Lopez requested protection this Tuesday afternoon as a guest at the Chilean embassy in Caracas, Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero confirmed through his Twitter account. | "Lilian Tintori and her daughter entered as guests to the residence of our diplomatic mission in Caracas. A few minutes ago his spouse, Leopoldo López, who stayed with his family in that place, joined him. Chile reaffirms commitment to Venezuelan Democrats," Ampuero said in a tweet.
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Oppos…

The Era of "Centrist" Establishment Democrats Is Over
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-30
What do you call a "healthy economy" that almost no one is experiencing personally? I call it a made-for-TV sham. | "President Trump's strongest case for reelection remains the country's healthy economy, but the potency of that issue for him is complicated by a widespread belief that the economy mainly benefits people already in power," The Washington Post reported on Monday morning.
truthout.org/articles/the-era-of-centris…

Corporate Media's Open Hostility to Medicare-for-All
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-30
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. | The United States spends around twice as much on healthcare as oth…
truthdig.com/articles/corporate-medias-o…

Fascism Is on the March. We Need Radical Education to Fight Back
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-30
"We must believe in the Principle of Hope. A Marxist does not have the right to be a pessimist." –Ernst BlochSomething sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe. Democratic institutions, such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siege worldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing…
truthout.org/articles/fascism-is-on-the-…

Humpty Dumpty Has Had a Great Fall. Reckless US Foreign Policy. Preemptive Nuclear War against Russia and China
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-30
While the crazed and corrupt people who comprise the Democratic Party and US print and TV media continue to insist that Russiagate is real, a very real threat is emerging in Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. The threat arises …
globalresearch.ca/humpty-dumpty-great-fa…

Spain's Center-Left Wins Without Majority, Rules out Coalition With Podemos for Now
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-30
Spain's centre-left Socialist Party won significantly in Sunday's election, but forming a government on its own is out of reach. Far-right Vox party enters parliament for first time. Prof. Sebastiaan Faber analyzes the result…
therealnews.com/stories/spains-center-le…

Workers should reject Australian unions' "Change the rules" campaign
wsws.org | 2019-04-30
The unions are seeking to channel mounting anger in the working class behind the election of yet another big business Labor government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/30/actu…

Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a Very Bad Idea
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-04-29
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up, and healthcare is a key issue up for debate. A number of high-profile candidates, including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren, have endorsed a Medicare for All solution to America's healthcare problem. However, the idea is most closely associated with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has made it a central platform of his election bid. A 2018 Reuters poll ( 8/23/18) found that 70 percent of Americans support Medicare for All. | The United States…
fair.org/home/corporate-media-are-here-t…

Conway tears into Ocasio-Cortez over 'silence' on Sri Lanka attacks in epic Twitter brawl
rt.com | 2019-04-29
Kellyanne Conway and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have traded blows on Twitter after the White House adviser accused the Democratic representative of failing to condemn the attacks on Christian churches in Sri Lanka. | …
rt.com/usa/457789-conway-aoc-twitter-bra…

New Bernie Sanders App Democratizes Organizing — and Panics People Unfamiliar With Organizing
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-29
The Bernie Sanders campaign kicked off its massive volunteer program this weekend by holding nearly 5,000 house parties across the country and unveiling a new organizing app that gives campaign supporters a way to share political information on friends, family, and neighbors. | Sanders's strategy to emerge from the crowded primary field revolves around energizing and empowering his army of supporters, and giving them easy-to-use tools in the hopes of expanding the electoral map in both the primary and general elections. More than 60,000 people attended the events, which took place in every state and more than 30…
theintercept.com/2019/04/29/bern-bernie-…

Impeach or Investigate? Democrats See No Reason to Choose
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-04-29
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress is taking a step-by-step approach in exerting its role as a check on the executive branch.
truthdig.com/articles/impeach-or-investi…

Comcast-Owned MSNBC in the Tank for Joe Biden's Presidential Run
Justin Anderson | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-29
(FAIR) — Joe Biden finally announced on Thursday what everyone already knew. With the release of a three-and-a-half minute promotional video, the former vice president officially threw his name in the ever-expanding ring of Democratic primary contenders seeking to win the opportunity to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Biden has already seen his share …

Comcast-Owned MSNBC in the Tank for Joe Biden’s Presidential Run

Gentrification of the Sea
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-29
We typically think of urban neighborhoods when we think of gentrification — places where modest-income families thrived for generations suddenly becoming no-go zones for all but the affluent. The waters around us have always seemed a place of escape from all this displacement, a more democratic space where the rich can stake no claim. The…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/29/gentrificati…

Climate Groups Applaud Beto for New Proposal, But Warn Action Plan Would Be 'Too Little, Too Late'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-29
Climate action groups on Monday applauded as Democratic presidential contender Beto O'Rourke released his plan for tackling the climate crisis—while acknowledging that his proposal would not go far enough to keep catastrophic climate change at bay and represented a rollback of his earlier statements about halting the warming of the planet. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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This Isn't the Election for Democrats to Play It Safe
Bill Boyarsky | truthdig.com | 2019-04-29
As I watched the Democratic candidates for president on television during the recent CNN town hall forum, I thought that at least one of the women among them could make an excellent nominee. I also wondered whether this election cycle may be ripe for a strong campaign led by a woman. | Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar presented as forceful and knowledgeable as they fielded questions at the April 22 event. They were every bit as impressive as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who were also participating in the forum. Two other women, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Rep. T…
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Trump orders officials to refuse congressional subpoenas
wsws.org | 2019-04-29
The Democrats have responded by threatening to withhold funds from noncomplying agencies and to jail administration officials who are in contempt of Congress.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/29/poli…

Fascistic Vox party enters parliament in Spain elections, as social democrats gain
wsws.org | 2019-04-29
Heavy voter turnout reflected, at least in part, significant numbers of people trying to cast a vote to prevent the far right from coming to power.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/29/spai…

"Progressive" 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Who Support Charter Schools
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-29
More writers, commentators, and researchers are increasingly reminding the public that a large number of democrats at all levels of government have long supported and promoted privately-operated charter schools that annually siphon billions of public dollars from thousands of over-tested and vilified public schools. The oft-repeated myth that the privatization and destruction of public education …
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The Malignant Nature of the Mueller Report and 2020 Election
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-29
The publication of the Mueller report more than anything else confirmed that the working people in America are facing deeply divided and antagonistic "leadership" in Washington. The consequence of the 1% family feud over the Mueller report will be disastrous. …
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Spain's general election sees shocking collapse of the country's centre-right
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-29
On 28 April, Spain's governing Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) won the country's snap general election with 123 of 350 seats and roughly 30% of the vote. This share of the vote, however, is short of a majority. Latest reports suggest that the PSOE might attempt to govern Spain with minority rule, forming voting co…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/04/29/spains-general-election-sees-shocking-collapse-of-the-countrys-centre-right/

Indian Elections: 4th Phase of Voting Marred With Violence
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-29
India's battleground eastern state of West Bengal took the center stage in the fourth phase of a staggered general election Monday after clashes broke out between supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party and a regional bloc. | ANALYSIS: | 'Soul of India at Stake': Why Progressives Want Modi Out | In West Bengal, a populous eastern state where Modi is trying to gain seats to offset likely losses in northern India, security forces chased away people wielding sticks after wor…
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Elections in the World's Largest Democracy Are Being Boycotted in One Embattled Province
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-04-29
"People on the ground have to feel like their lives and interests are protected and that there is dignity for us. Above all, we want to have the right to determine our own future."
theintercept.com/2019/04/29/india-electi…

Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-29
Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …
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NAACP Participates in Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's Voting Rights Hearings
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-29
The NAACP joined leading civil rights and voting rights advocates in Halifax, North Carolina and Cleveland, Ohio to bring attention to voter suppression barriers in those states. Headed by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the House Subcommittee on Elections hosted the hearings on voting rights and election administration and will continue to do so for the upcoming month. The NAACP …
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Will Progressives Stop Biden, the 'Credit Card Candidate'?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-28
Joe Biden announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination with waves of patriotic "Stop Trump to save America" propaganda. However, representing the headquarters of most credit card companies, Biden defended their interests more than those of ordinary citizens. Norman Solomon and Jacqueline Luqman examine his campaign strategy…
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Colorado Democrats Took On the Oil and Gas Industry. Now the Recalls are Starting
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-28
After seizing unified control of the Colorado state government in November's wave election, Democrats there did something unusual: They governed. | For decades, the oil and gas industry has had a stranglehold on Colorado politics, but the newly empowered Democrats unveiled a sweeping bill to rein in fracking. The industry spent millions to stop it, but Democrats muscled it through, and it was signed by Gov. Jared Polis, an independently wealthy Democrat who ran in opposition to the industry. | Now the industry is fighting back by threatening to recall state Rep. Rochelle Galindo, who was elected last year and rep…
theintercept.com/2019/04/28/colorado-rec…

Comcast-Owned MSNBC in the Tank for Joe Biden's Presidential Run
Justin Anderson | fair.org | 2019-04-28
Joe Biden finally announced on Thursday what everyone already knew. With the release of a three-and-a-half minute promotional video, the former vice president officially threw his name in the ever-expanding ring of Democratic primary contenders seeking to win the opportunity to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Biden has already seen his share of coverage, and was the second-most-mentioned De…
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New Palestinian Government Powerless but Determined to Fight the Occupation?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-28
Daoud Kuttab explains the dilemmas facing the new Shtayyeh government, the third Palestinian government that was appointed without elections in Palestine. Can such a government maintain legitimacy to oppose the Israeli occupation?
therealnews.com/stories/new-palestinian-…

Corporate Joe: Biden Enters the Presidential Race
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-27
Values, values and more values. Another dreary dish added to the smorgasbord of Democratic hopefuls for the White House. This one is a bit cured and worn, smoked by history. Biden, having performed the role of Vice President for Barack Obama and senator for Delaware, is making his third attempt to not so much gallop …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/corporate-joe…

The Shameful Moralizing On Prisoner Voting Rights
shadowproof.com | 2019-04-27
Editor's Note: We're pleased to publish this preview of our member newsletter, "Keeping The Issues Alive," which provides a closer look at the stories we're following at Shadowproof. | Subscribe for $9/month and receive this weekly newsletter: SUBSCRIBE NOW | For this week's newsletter, Shadowproof publishing editor Brian Sonenstein responds to the backlash against the notion of allowing prisoners to vote, including those convicted of "violent offenses." | Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sander…
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Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Arreaza addresses NYC activists
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-27
New York, NY — More than 50 people gathered at The People's Forum, on the evening of April 25 for a talk by the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza. Arreaza was part of a Venezuelan delegation visiting the United Nations to demand an end to U.S. sanctions against their country. The sanctions have completely frozen Venezuelan assets and have stalled government activities meant to help the population. | In the last few months, the United States has heightened the attacks on the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro. While the U.S. has always attempted to meddle in Venezuelan aff…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/27/venezuelan-m…

Spanish Socialists Running for Re-election Sunday on a "Green New Deal de España"
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2019-04-27
The Spanish Socialist Party and Podemos are on the cusp of a governing coalition: "We cannot have sectoral environmental and social agendas."
theintercept.com/2019/04/27/spain-electi…

Algeria's democratic revolution: 'They've all got to go'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-26
The Bab El-Oued district, one of the popular areas of Algiers, took April 19 off to prepare for another special day — the ninth consecutive Friday of protests against the political system in Algeria. | People were making use of the Friday morning, the first day of the weekend, to go to the market, have a shave at the barber shop or buy their pastries. On the balconies of the old white blocks of flats from the French colonial era, women were rushing to bring in the clothes before it rained. | Ussama, a 26-year-old plasterer, waited with friends for prayers in the mosque to end before going to the demonstrati…
greenleft.org.au/content/algeria%E2%80%99s-democratic-revolution-%E2%80%98they%E2%80%99ve-all-got-go%E2%80%99

Operation Take Down Bernie
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-04-26
Sanders's socialism is scary for a Democratic establishment that worries a lot about electability. Cue the media hit pieces.
progressive.org/dispatches/operation-tak…

Social Media Blackouts Are an Authoritarian Power Move
aclu.org | 2019-04-26
When Americans see governments shutting down Internet communications, they should see nothing but counterproductive, authoritarian exercises of power. | In the wake of the terrible Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, that government shut down access to Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and other social media services. The shutdown garnered praise from some within the United States and other democratic countries, but as tragic as the circumstances may be, Americans must never come to see social media or other Internet shutdowns as anything other than an authoritarian power move and/or a mistake. | Some commentators
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/internet-speec…

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

Smoke, mirrors and the old shell game
Editor | workers.org | 2019-04-26
Capitalist politics have long been a shell game. While the masses of people are told to look to elections to address their myriad of grievances — the real issues of poverty, racism, lack of good-paying permanent jobs and affordable health care, the struggle for women's and LGBTQ rights — these . . . | Continue reading Smoke, mirrors and the old shell game at Workers.org
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Free Advice for Democrats
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2019-04-25
Now that the redacted Mueller report lays out what appears to be evidence of a president obstructing justice, it's up to Congress.
progressive.org/dispatches/free-advice-f…

From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden's Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-25
Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the 20th Democrat to seek the nomination in the largest and most diverse field of Democratic candidates ever to run for president. Biden will face scrutiny for his long and checkered record in the coming weeks, including his 1994 crime bill, that helped fuel mass incarceration with financial incentives to keep people behind bars, and his handling of Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Biden is also known for close ties to the financial industry and voting to…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/25/from_crim…

'Pod Save The World' And Their Awful Discussion Of Case Against Julian Assange
shadowproof.com | 2019-04-24
President Donald Trump's Justice Department will need the rhetorical support of liberal Democrats to succeed in prosecuting WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, and Tommy Vietor, former national security spokesperson and special assistant to the president, worked in President Barack Obama's administration.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/24/former-obama-…

Joseph Stiglitz: Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders Want to Make the Economy Work for All Americans
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
As the 2020 election race barrels forward with nearly 20 Democratic candidates, we speak with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about the policy platforms of progressive hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, including Warren's plan to break up big tech companies and cancel student debt and Sanders's commitment to democratic socialism, which Stiglitz compares to "what in Europe is called social democracy, sometimes called the welfare state." Stiglitz has a new book out titled "People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent."
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/24/joseph_st…