Daily Archives: May 1, 2019

2019-05-01: News Headlines

Jon Allsop (2019-05-01). Why South Africans Are Talking About Land Expropriation. thenation.com Why South Africans Are Talking About Land Expropriation…

WSWS (2019-05-01). Chauvinist "We Tamil" party seeks to divide working class in Indian elections. wsws.org The "We Tamil" party relentlessly promotes Tamil nationalism to divide workers and peasants in India along ethnic lines, and subordinate them to imperialism and the Indian state.

teleSUR (2019-05-01). Ex-Peruvian President Accused Of Receiving Bribes For Contracts. telesurenglish.net More evidence emerged on Tuesday in regards to corruption allegations against the late Alan Garcia, the former President of Peru. An Odebrecht director admitted to organising, through an intermediary, a US$200,000 bribe to Garcia. | RELATED: | Peru: Alan Garcia's Once-Revolutionary Party Hopes To Make A Comeback | The bribe is said to have been sent in 2006 as a contribution to Garcia's 2006 election campaign, which was to be the start of his second term as president. Co…

Jordan Riefe (2019-05-01). Ocasio-Cortez Came to 'Knock Down the House'. truthdig.com The day after the 2016 presidential election, filmmaker Rachel Lears woke up in her Brooklyn apartment feeling hopeless. The only way out of her funk was to take action, which she did by embarking on the making of a documentary about four grassroots candidates, each with limited experience and resources, running for House seats in the 2018 midterms. Among the surprise winners, as we all know now, was a bartender from the Bronx named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who gave Lears an intimate look at he…

AVAAZ (2019-05-01). Rightwing extremists weaponising disinformation to destroy Europe from within. indybay.org Dear Avaazers across Europe, | This photo of a ship full of people, practically spilling out over the edges, went viral all over Europe. It was meant to scare Europeans into believing their shores were being 'flooded' with new migrants. But there's only one problem with it – it's totally fake. | Extremists are using our social media feeds to manipulate us and turn us against each other, and in the next few weeks they plan to disrupt the European elections!

ActionAid Australia (2019-05-01). Women's rights vs corporate rights. indybay.org The Australian Government is considering signing a dodgy new trade deal which will massively boost the power of multinational corporations at the expense of women's rights. | Whatever the outcome of the upcoming Federal Election – this deal will be one of the first issues on the table for the incoming government. And we need to be ready to stop it. | The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, known as 'RCEP,' is a huge free trade agreement with potentially dire consequences for millions of women around the world.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-01). 'We Cannot Stand for This Deception': Democrats Demand Probe Into Barr Amid News of Mueller Criticism. commondreams.org "Barr's spin on the Mueller report shows he's acting like the president's lawyer, not the American people's lawyer." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-05-01). Black Alliance for Peace Condemns Trump Administration's Attempt to Impose U.S. Puppet Government on People of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Not satisfied with the orgy of violence successive U.S. administrations have imposed on the world over the last two decades in the Middle East and North Africa, the Trump administration—with the full support of a majority of Democrats and the …

CP Editor (2019-05-01). Why Joe Biden shouldn't get the Black vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. counterpunch.org

teleSUR (2019-04-30). Biden and Democrats Support Trump's Coup Attempt in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The thin line between the Democratic establishment and the Republicans was once again crossed today, as many highly influential Demoracts showed their public support for the illegal Trump-backed coup attempt in Venezuela, following close to their political rivals remarks. | RELATED: | US Publicly Admits Support for Coup Attempt in Venezuela | Early in the morning as the situation unfolded in the capital city of Caracas, Trump, Rubio, Bolton, Abrams, Pompeo in blatant violation of law…

teleSUR (2019-04-30). Bolivia: Possible Trafficking Link Threatens Mesa's Candidature. telesurenglish.net A suspicious check addressed to former Bolivian president and Citizen Community (CC) candidate, Carlos Mesa, have aroused inquiries of alleged drug trafficking links, Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Deputy Susana Rivero reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Leads Latest Bolivia Elections Poll by 6 Points | A US$30,000 transaction for "livestock sale" was paid to Mesa from Gonzalo Medina, a former state official linked to drug trafficking, the deputy said, making a demand fo…

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.

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…

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 health care 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 health care 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 health care as…

United Nations (2019-04-30). Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo, amidst growing 'funding gap' UN health agency warns. un.org Strengthening both security and the Ebola response effort is essential to contain the growing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health agency's officials said on Tuesday, following a visit to the epicentre of what is already the worst outbreak in the country's history.

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

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.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-30). More Than 90% of Democratic Voters Want 2020 Candidate to Make Climate Action and Medicare for All Top Priorities: Poll. commondreams.org The global climate crisis and Medicare for All are top issues for a large majority of Democratic voters, according to new polling results published Tuesday by CNN. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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.

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.

Tim Lau (2019-04-30). How Congress Can Help Fix the Federal Election Commission. commondreams.org "The United States needs a functional Federal Election Commission," writes Lau. "And while it's ultimately up to Congress to determine the country's campaign finance laws, there is currently no guarantee that those laws are going to be enforced." (Image: BCJ/maystra/APK/Peter Stark) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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."

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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?

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…

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…

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."

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…

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.

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 …

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). 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…

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.

ACLU (2019-04-24). An Indictment in All But Name. aclu.org The report dispassionately lays out the facts, which are an indictment in all but name. | Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report, released to the public in a redacted version on April 18, lays out in meticulous detail both a blatantly illegal effort by Russia to throw the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump and repeated efforts by President Trump to end, limit, or impede Mueller's investigation of Russian interference. Trump's efforts included firing or attempting to fire those overseeing the investigation, directing subordinates to lie on his behalf, cajoling witnesses not to cooperate, and…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-24). Joseph Stiglitz: Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders Want to Make the Economy Work for All Americans. democracynow.org 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."

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.

unitedEditor (2019-04-20). Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu declared Mayor of Istanbul 17 days after the election. uwidata.com Having finally completed all the necessary recount protocols and with all votes tallied, Turkish opposition figure Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) confirmed his victory in Istanbul's mayoral elections. Thus ended a 17-day appeal process complete with a full recount in a number of constituencies. Victory by a narrow margin Looking at …

unitedEditor (2019-04-19). What we know so far from the Mueller Report. uwidata.com On Thursday, Special Attorney Robert Mueller's report on alleged "Russian interference" in the 2016 US elections was finally published, albeit partially censored. The report contains information on an investigation into the Donald Trump campaign's alleged connection with Russian authorities, as well as the possible methods of Russian influence in the elections. The document was submitted …

Robert Lowes (2019-04-18). Walgreens' New Level of Hypocrisy. progressive.org As it continues to sell cigarettes, the pharmacy chain is rolling out a new cosmetics program for cancer patients.

unitedEditor (2019-04-18). Pete Buttigieg: Will a gay globalist take the 2020 US elections? uwidata.com In 2020, the next presidential elections will be held in the United States. Not long ago, the country elected its first black president, and in 2016, a woman, Hillary Clinton, came close to victory. The time has come to expand Overton's window even further: for the first time, a gay man may become the next …

2019-05-01: Social Media Postees

Chauvinist "We Tamil" party seeks to divide working class in Indian elections
wsws.org | 2019-05-01
The "We Tamil" party relentlessly promotes Tamil nationalism to divide workers and peasants in India along ethnic lines, and subordinate them to imperialism and the Indian state.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/01/weta…

Ocasio-Cortez Came to 'Knock Down the House'
Jordan Riefe | truthdig.com | 2019-05-01
The day after the 2016 presidential election, filmmaker Rachel Lears woke up in her Brooklyn apartment feeling hopeless. The only way out of her funk was to take action, which she did by embarking on the making of a documentary about four grassroots candidates, each with limited experience and resources, running for House seats in the 2018 midterms. Among the surprise winners, as we all know now, was a bartender from the Bronx named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who gave Lears an intimate look at he…
truthdig.com/articles/ocasio-cortez-came…

Why Joe Biden shouldn't get the Black vote in the 2020 Presidential Election
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-01
counterpunch.org/2019/05/01/why-joe-bide…

Ex-Peruvian President Accused Of Receiving Bribes For Contracts
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-01
More evidence emerged on Tuesday in regards to corruption allegations against the late Alan Garcia, the former President of Peru. An Odebrecht director admitted to organising, through an intermediary, a US$200,000 bribe to Garcia. | RELATED: | Peru: Alan Garcia's Once-Revolutionary Party Hopes To Make A Comeback | The bribe is said to have been sent in 2006 as a contribution to Garcia's 2006 election campaign, which was to be the start of his second term as president. Co…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ex-Peruvian-Pres…

Women's rights vs corporate rights
ActionAid Australia | indybay.org | 2019-05-01
The Australian Government is considering signing a dodgy new trade deal which will massively boost the power of multinational corporations at the expense of women's rights. | Whatever the outcome of the upcoming Federal Election – this deal will be one of the first issues on the table for the incoming government. And we need to be ready to stop it. | The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, known as 'RCEP,' is a huge free trade agreement with potentially dire consequences for millions of women around the world.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/30/1882305…

Rightwing extremists weaponising disinformation to destroy Europe from within
AVAAZ | indybay.org | 2019-05-01
Dear Avaazers across Europe, | This photo of a ship full of people, practically spilling out over the edges, went viral all over Europe. It was meant to scare Europeans into believing their shores were being 'flooded' with new migrants. But there's only one problem with it – it's totally fake. | Extremists are using our social media feeds to manipulate us and turn us against each other, and in the next few weeks they plan to disrupt the European elections!
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/30/1882305…

Why South Africans Are Talking About Land Expropriation
Jon Allsop | thenation.com | 2019-05-01
Why South Africans Are Talking About Land Expropriation…
thenation.com/article/south-africa-elect…

'We Cannot Stand for This Deception': Democrats Demand Probe Into Barr Amid News of Mueller Criticism
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-01
"Barr's spin on the Mueller report shows he's acting like the president's lawyer, not the American people's lawyer." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/01/we-cann…

Black Alliance for Peace Condemns Trump Administration's Attempt to Impose U.S. Puppet Government on People of Venezuela
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-01
Not satisfied with the orgy of violence successive U.S. administrations have imposed on the world over the last two decades in the Middle East and North Africa, the Trump administration–with the full support of a majority of Democrats and the …
globalresearch.ca/black-alliance-peace-c…

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

Biden and Democrats Support Trump's Coup Attempt in Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
The thin line between the Democratic establishment and the Republicans was once again crossed today, as many highly influential Demoracts showed their public support for the illegal Trump-backed coup attempt in Venezuela, following close to their political rivals remarks. | RELATED: | US Publicly Admits Support for Coup Attempt in Venezuela | Early in the morning as the situation unfolded in the capital city of Caracas, Trump, Rubio, Bolton, Abrams, Pompeo in blatant violation of law…
telesurenglish.net/news/Joe-Biden-and-De…

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…

Bolivia: Possible Trafficking Link Threatens Mesa's Candidature
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
A suspicious check addressed to former Bolivian president and Citizen Community (CC) candidate, Carlos Mesa, have aroused inquiries of alleged drug trafficking links, Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Deputy Susana Rivero reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Leads Latest Bolivia Elections Poll by 6 Points | A US$30,000 transaction for "livestock sale" was paid to Mesa from Gonzalo Medina, a former state official linked to drug trafficking, the deputy said, making a demand fo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Possible…

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…

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 health care 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 health care 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 health care as…
truthdig.com/articles/corporate-medias-o…

How Congress Can Help Fix the Federal Election Commission
Tim Lau | commondreams.org | 2019-04-30
"The United States needs a functional Federal Election Commission," writes Lau. "And while it's ultimately up to Congress to determine the country's campaign finance laws, there is currently no guarantee that those laws are going to be enforced." (Image: BCJ/maystra/APK/Peter Stark) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/30/how-co…

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…

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…

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…

More Than 90% of Democratic Voters Want 2020 Candidate to Make Climate Action and Medicare for All Top Priorities: Poll
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-30
The global climate crisis and Medicare for All are top issues for a large majority of Democratic voters, according to new polling results published Tuesday by CNN. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/30/more-90…

Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo, amidst growing 'funding gap' UN health agency warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-30
Strengthening both security and the Ebola response effort is essential to contain the growing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health agency's officials said on Tuesday, following a visit to the epicentre of what is already the worst outbreak in the country's history.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

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…

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…
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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."
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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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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…
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Headlines for April 29, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-29
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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/29/headlines

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…
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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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"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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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-…

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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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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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…

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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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…
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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.
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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

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
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Headlines for April 25, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-25
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/25/headlines

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…

An Indictment in All But Name
aclu.org | 2019-04-24
The report dispassionately lays out the facts, which are an indictment in all but name. | Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report, released to the public in a redacted version on April 18, lays out in meticulous detail both a blatantly illegal effort by Russia to throw the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump and repeated efforts by President Trump to end, limit, or impede Mueller's investigation of Russian interference. Trump's efforts included firing or attempting to fire those overseeing the investigation, directing subordinates to lie on his behalf, cajoling witnesses not to cooperate, and…
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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…

'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-…

Ekrem İmamoğlu declared Mayor of Istanbul 17 days after the election
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-20
Having finally completed all the necessary recount protocols and with all votes tallied, Turkish opposition figure Ekrem ƒ∞mamoƒülu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) confirmed his victory in Istanbul's mayoral elections. Thus ended a 17-day appeal process complete with a full recount in a number of constituencies. Victory by a narrow margin Looking at …
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What we know so far from the Mueller Report
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-19
On Thursday, Special Attorney Robert Mueller's report on alleged "Russian interference" in the 2016 US elections was finally published, albeit partially censored. The report contains information on an investigation into the Donald Trump campaign's alleged connection with Russian authorities, as well as the possible methods of Russian influence in the elections. The document was submitted …
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