2019-04-12: Social Media Postees

Why the Highlander Attack Matters
Robin D.G. Kelley, Makani Themba | thenation.com | 2019-04-12
Why the Highlander Attack Matters…
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Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
On Thursday night, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/12/no…

USA v. Julian Assange: DOJ Indictment on Phony Charge Revealed
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Following Assange's Thursday arrest by UK police in Ecuador's London embassy after his asylum status was illegally rescinded by President Lenin Moreno, acting in cahoots with the US and Britain, the DOJ confirmed what's widely known. | Its spokeswoman Nicole …
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Assange's Arrest Criminalizes Truth-Telling Journalism
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
In August 2012, Assange sought and was granted asylum in Ecuador's London embassy (by then-President Correa) to avoid arrest, extradition to Sweden on phony rape and sexual assault charges. | They were all about wanting him handed over to the US …
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The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
John Pilger | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear…
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The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
John Pilger | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | RELATED: | Ecuador Failed to Notify Assange's Defense of Asylum Withdrawal: Lawyer | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to sh…
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Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.
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Benjamin Netanyahu's Reelection Underlines Israel's Apartheid Reality
Saree Makdisi | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, greets supporters at the Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10. (Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Madonna Plays Apartheid
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
It may be difficult for some to understand the impact that a pop icon has on social and political events, but these cultural figures possess enormous psychological sway in the minds of millions. Their actions make a difference. So it can be quite jarring when one of those icons goes against the justified demands of…
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THE ANGRY ARAB: How Arabs Watch Israeli Elections
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-12
The view is no different from how South African blacks regarded elections of whites in apartheid South Africa, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Israeli elections are treated by U.S. media as an American affair. It… Read more ?…
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Julian Assange Should be Lauded and Protected, Not Persecuted and Destroyed
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Julian Assange is a hero. He defied the globalizing apparatus of fascist repression to expose the war criminals in our midst. Now, the same war criminals and their agencies who commit supreme international war crimes as policy have apprehended him….
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To Be or Not to be a Zionist?
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
Jewish American progressives are falling for the oldest trick in the Zionist playbook: the conflation of Zionism with Judaism. The ultimate victims of this propaganda ploy are always Palestinians. Sheldon's Party Last Sunday, Sheldon Adelson's Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) welcomed President of the United States, serial sexual harasser and inspiration to murderous white supremacists worldwide –…
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Colombia: Human Rights Groups Condemn Campesino Leader Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
On Thursday, the Human Rights Network of the Colombian Southwest denounced the murder of social leader Policarpo Guzman in a rural area of the municipality of Argelia, in the department of Cauca, Colombia. | RELATED: | Colombia: Indigenous Minga Scores Initial Deal with Duque Gov't | The Coordinator of Guarantees and Human Rights of the Patriotic March…
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After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition
Jonathan Cook | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
From the moment he sought asylum, Assange was cast as an outlaw. (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-12
Julian Assange has been arrested by the Met Police. Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy after its government withdrew his asylum. Journalists filmed Assange being … | Read more Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest | By Bryan Wall…
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Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-12
The man seemed like a bearded emissary, a holy figure nabbed in his sleep. He looked similarly pale as to how he did in 2013, but he cut a more shocking figure. Most prisoners would have had room to move in a compound. The Ecuadorean embassy in London only offered modest space and access to …
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Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
The man seemed like a bearded emissary, a holy figure nabbed in his sleep. He looked similarly pale as to how he did in 2013, but he cut a more shocking figure. Most prisoners would have had room to move …
globalresearch.ca/arrest-julian-assange/…

Shredding Asylum: the Arrest of Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
The man seemed like a bearded emissary, a holy figure nabbed in his sleep. He looked similarly pale as to how he did in 2013, but he cut a more shocking figure. Most prisoners would have had room to move in a compound. The Ecuadorean embassy in London only offered modest space and access to…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/shredding-as…

Trump Pushed to Release Detainees Into Sanctuary Cities, Report Finds
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-12
In what critics and rights groups condemned as further evidence that the Trump administration views asylum seekers as mere political pawns rather than vulnerable human beings, the White House reportedly considered dropping migrants off in Democratic districts as a supposed "punishment" for their opposition to the president's anti-immigrant agenda. | "The extent of this administration's cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated," said Ashley Etienne, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose district was reportedly floated as a "target" by the White House. "Using human beings–including l…
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Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
On April 11, the ongoing saga of journalist and transparency activist Julian Assange took a dangerous turn. Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, revoked his asylum in that country's London embassy. British police immediately arrested him — supposedly pursuant to his "crime" of jumping bail on an invalid arrest warrant in an investigation since dropped without charges…
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Why Julian Assange's Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs
Nozomi Hayase | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high-level Ecuadorian government sources…
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Russia Warns Bolton: 'Monroe Doctrine' Remarks Insulting to Latin America
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
The Trump administration is re-deploying old and fatal Cold War warriors, elevating them to high positions. The same people who were murdering, plotting and cheering assassins. The list reads like a "Wanted for Genocide" catalog: Elliott Abrams, Michael Pompeo and yes: John Bolton.
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From 'dead on the inside' to 'truly alive': Survivor of genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda recounts her story as UN marks 25th anniversary
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-12
"Miraculously I had no machete marks" a survivor of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda told a solemn United Nations event in New York on Friday, 25 years on, to remember the systematic killing of more than one million people, over less than three months.
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Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-12
Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.
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Indian elections: the challenges of unseating a racist
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Elections in India will take place from April 11 to May 23. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Kavita Krishnan, a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI-ML) about their campaign to challenge Narendra Modi's far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. | In which seats is the CPI-ML fielding candidates? Are there opportunities for the left to coordinate efforts to defeat the BJP? | The CPI-ML is contesting 22 seats [across 10 states]: 4 in Bihar; 3 each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab; 2 each in West Bengal, Jharkand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu…
greenleft.org.au/content/indian-elections-challenges-unseating-racist

The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-12
The indictment of Julian Assange unsealed today by the Trump Justice Department poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The charging document and accompanying extradition request from the U.S. government, used by the U.K. police to arrest Assange once Ecuador officially withdrew its asylum protection, seeks to crim…
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Julian Assange of Wikileaks was arrested by cops in London
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-04-12
Double crossed by the Ecuadorian Ambassador and the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum, in an urgent tweet from WikiLeaks it said, "Ecuador has illegally terminated Julian Assange's political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy on April 11, 2019!
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Brazil: PT Condemns Julian Assange's Arrest
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
Brasilia, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Workers' Party (PT) of Brazil on Friday condemned the arrest of the Australian programmer, journalist and Internet activist Julian Assange, who had taken asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the United Kingdom since 2012.
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Refugee rights activists take aim at Liberals in Corangamite
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
The Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) launched its campaign to highlight the cruel treatment of refugees in the country's most marginal electorate, Corangamite, on April 7. | #ChooseFairnessAndDecency, which was launched at the Barwon Heads Bridge, is asking voters to consider "fair" and "decent" policies for asylum seekers asking Australia for protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. | CRAG's decision to campaign in Corangamite is aimed at adding pressure on Liberal MP Sarah Henderson, who holds the seat by a margin of 0.03% after last year's redistribution. | CRAG will be distributing its policy compa…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-rights-activists-take-aim-liberals-corangamite

Ecuadorian Ombudsman's Office Questions Decision on Assange
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-12
Quito, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Ombudsman's Office questioned Friday the national executive"s decision to withdraw diplomatic asylum and suspend the nationality of Australian Julian Assange.
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Single mother takes action against ParentsNext 'mission impossible'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Single mother of three Juanita McLaren lodged a complaint in the United Nations in March against the Australian government over its discrimination against single mothers. | McLaren is being supported by the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children which wants the parenting payments' scheme and the newly-introduced ParentsNext program to be held up to greater scrutiny. | Since 2012, single parents have been moved from the single parenting payment (now $384.25 a week) to the News…
greenleft.org.au/content/single-mother-takes-action-against-parentsnext-mission-impossible

Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-12
The revelation demolishes claims by Australian and New Zealand authorities that the fascist Brenton Tarrant was not "on the radar" of any state agencies.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

$4.2 Billion IMF Bailout for Ecuador Paved the Way for Assange's Arrest
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-12
(ANTIWAR.COM) — WikiLeaks has long reported that the $4.2 billion IMF bailout [in addition to another $6 billion from other U.S.-dominated financial institutions like the World Bank] for Ecuador was closely related to complying with US demands, in particular on revoking the asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. On Thursday, that appeared to come to pass. Following recent days of …

$4.2 Billion IMF Bailout for Ecuador Paved the Way for Assange’s Arrest

Sacked Tory bigot generates as much media controversy as you'd expect
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
The Tory adviser Roger Scruton indulged in some choice racism the other day — a move which saw him lose his position: On Roger … | Read more Sacked Tory bigot generates as much media controversy as you'd expect | By John Shafthauer…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/04/11/sacked-tory-bigot-generates-as-much-media-controversy-as-youd-expect/

Rock's role in fighting fascism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-11
The National Front (NF) was on the rise in the UK in the mid-1970s. It was the envy of other far right organisations, in particular its ideological cousin, France's Front National (FN). A decade later the NF was broken and the FN's star was rising. Why was the NF defeated while the FN went from […] | Source…
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As Brazil descends into fascism, UK MPs call for the 'world's most prominent political prisoner' to be freed
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
Former presidential frontrunner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — known as Lula — was jailed in April 2018. One year later, his prosecutors are … | Read more As Brazil descends into fascism, UK MPs call for the 'world's most prominent political prisoner' to be freed | By John McEvoy…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2019/04/11/as-brazil-descends-into-fascism-uk-mps-call-for-the-worlds-most-prominent-political-prisoner-to-be-freed/

Netanyahu Reigns Supreme, and all Opposition has been Crushed
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-11
Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party emerged from Tuesday's Israeli election tied with the Blue and White party, led by Benny Gantz and other high-powered generals. Although each party has 35 seats in the 120-seat parliament, Netanyahu is now firmly in the driving seat. The small far-right and religious extremist parties that are needed to make up …
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Betsy DeVos Uses a Racist Research Study to Defend Rescinding Obama-Era Discipline Guidance
Rann Miller | progressive.org | 2019-04-11
The researchers argued that disparities in disciplining of black and white students are due to "prior problem behavior."
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Bernie Has to Do Better Than This
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2019-04-11
On a Sunday in early April, your favorite grumpy Jewish uncle and mine, Bernie Sanders, opened himself up to a renewed line of attack from those within the Democratic Party (and on the political left more broadly) who feel he is out of touch with issues of race and identity. At a public appearance in Oskaloosa, Iowa, a member of the audience asked him about the logistics of so-called open borders, apparently under the mistaken belief that Sanders supported an open borders policy. | T…
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UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-11
Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to "the risk of serious human rights violations", if extradited to the United States.
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Julian Assange arrested in London… who is still safe?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-11
Ecuadorian authorities revoked Julian Assange's asylum and then allowed police to arrest him inside the country's London embassy. The founder of WikiLeaks was detained inside the embassy on Thursday, with seven men dragging him out of the building and into police custody. The former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa has already condemned current president Lenin …
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"Bring It On": Julian Assange's 2015 Message to the U.S. Justice Department About Possible Charges
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-11
Earlier today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London and is now facing charges in the U.S. for helping Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer. We reair part of our 2015 interview with Assange from inside the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had sought asylum. | "See full archive of Democracy Now's interviews with Julian Assange": https://www.democracynow.org/appearances…
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Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service. Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years as … | Read more Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum | By Fréa Lockley…
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Moreno Withdraws Asylum as Assange is Arrested
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-11
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested after the Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange's asylum, in a move that runs counter to international asylum law. Charged With Conspiracy to Hack Government Computer; Not Espionage WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador… Read more ?…
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White House to intensify anti-immigrant rampage
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-11
Multiple media reports say that the Trump administration is pushing for new anti-immigrant measures, including forcible separation of asylum seekers from their children.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-11
This breaking news report was last updated at 5: 27 p.m. EDT. | Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested on Thursday inside Ecuador's Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 under diplomatic protection. London's Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement its officers were "invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum." | Video of Assange being dragged from the embassy was captured on a livestream set up by Ruptly, a Russian government news agency. | Assange's l…
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Netanyahu prepares to form fourth consecutive government
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-11
Netanyahu will head a coalition of ultra-orthodox religious and right-wing parties, as well as an openly fascistic organization.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

British police arrest Julian Assange in Ecuadorian embassy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-11
"Assange's expulsion from the embassy and his arrest are unprecedented crimes," said James Cogan, the national secretary of the SEP (Australia). "A journalist and publisher, who has committed no crime, has had his asylum terminated and has been dragged off to prison in violation of repeated UN rulings upholding his status as a political refugee."
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

The American People Support LGBTQ Equality. Congress Should Too
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-10
Opponents of equality are spewing myths about transgender people and nondiscrimination protections on Capitol Hill. | In the past seven days, the House of Representatives has held two historic hearings on the Equality Act, HR 5, a bipartisan bill that would add explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to our civil rights laws, and update the laws to provide increased protection for all women and people of color. What was most notable from…
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Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-04-10
About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/10/vicio…