2019-04-13: News Headlines

Robert Scheer (2019-04-13). Creating a Crucial Path Forward After Prison. truthdig.com Susan Burton, the co-author of " Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women," says she never stood a chance in today's America. Her childhood was marked with abuse and racism, and the inexplicable fatal shooting of her 5-year-old son by a cop in South Los Angeles drove her to alcoholism, which ultimately led to her incarceration. | Her tragic story reflects certain realities for those with similar backgrounds. As Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer recounts in a conversation…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-13). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. dissidentvoice.org 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, …

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Ontario Makes Legal Aid Less Accessible to Marginalized Groups. telesurenglish.net The government of Ontario, Canada has announced budget cuts to legal aid by nearly 30%, for individuals in the justice system, which many criticize for disproportionately impacting communities already facing marginalization. | RELATED: | Trudeau Admin Hides Asylum-Limiting Policy in Budget Bill | Legal Aid Ontario can no longer allocate provincial funds to assist the ever-growing amount of refugees and immigrants with legal cases, due to the $133 million (about US$100 million) budge…

The Real News Network (2019-04-13). Ecuadorian President's Motives for Surrendering Assange: Vengeance & IMF Loan? dissidentvoice.org $4.2 billion IMF loan, submission to the US, and vengeance appear to have been President Moreno's true motives for revoking Assange's asylum in Ecuador's London embassy, says Ecuador's former foreign minister Guillaume Long.

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities. telesurenglish.net Armed with a new measure to pressure Democrats into supporting stricter immigration policies, U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed sending undocumented immigrants to Democratic-held "sanctuary cities." | RELATED: | Trump's Court Ordered Deportation of 11-Year Old Without Family | Cities in the United States are classified as sanctuary cities when the…

WSWS (2019-04-13). In 3 A.M. ruling, Supreme Court allows Alabama execution to proceed. wsws.org For the second time in as many weeks, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the execution of a death row inmate can proceed despite claims that the method of execution, lethal injection, will cause intense pain and suffering.

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au 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 cle…

Lynda Carson (2019-04-13). Julian Assange of Wikileaks was arrested by cops in London. indybay.org 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!

WSWS (2019-04-13). Australian intelligence chief says no need for "reset" after New Zealand fascist attack. wsws.org The ASIO director-general's testimony raises further questions about how the violent plans of an Australian fascist supposedly went unnoticed by the state agencies.

STAFF (2019-04-12). Chomsky on Confronting "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Across Globe. truthout.org 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. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: We're broadcasting from Boston. Today we spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, who visited his hometown of Boston this week, where he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than 50 years. He now teaches at the University of Arizo…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe. democracynow.org 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.

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-12). Rapper Stormzy just made an epic stand against racism. thecanary.co Rapper and activist Stormzy just took an epic stand against racism. He cancelled a headline gig at an Austrian festival. And his reasons for … | Read more Rapper Stormzy just made an epic stand against racism | By Fréa Lockley

Robin D.G. Kelley, Makani Themba (2019-04-12). Why the Highlander Attack Matters. thenation.com Why the Highlander Attack Matters…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-12). USA v. Julian Assange: DOJ Indictment on Phony Charge Revealed. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-12). Assange's Arrest Criminalizes Truth-Telling Journalism. globalresearch.ca 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 …

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History. counterpunch.org 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…

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History. telesurenglish.net 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. democracynow.org 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.

Nozomi Hayase (2019-04-12). Why Julian Assange's Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs. counterpunch.org 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 More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-12). Shredding Asylum: the Arrest of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org 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 More

STAFF (2019-04-12). Ecuadorian President's Motives for Surrendering Assange: Vengeance & IMF Loan? therealnews.com $4.2 billion IMF loan, submission to the US, and vengeance appear to have been President Moreno's true motives for revoking Assange's asylum in Ecuador's London embassy, says Ecuador's former foreign minister Guillaume Long…

Yoav Litvin (2019-04-12). To Be or Not to be a Zionist? counterpunch.org 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 — More

Mark Taliano (2019-04-12). Julian Assange Should be Lauded and Protected, Not Persecuted and Destroyed. globalresearch.ca 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….

Consortiumnews (2019-04-12). THE ANGRY ARAB: How Arabs Watch Israeli Elections. consortiumnews.com 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 →

Kenn Orphan (2019-04-12). Madonna Plays Apartheid. counterpunch.org 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 More

STAFF (2019-04-12). Senators Take Step Forward on Voting Rights Restoration. truthout.org Maryland Senator Ben Cardin introduced on Tuesday the Democracy Restoration Act (or DRA), which would restore federal voting rights to Americans who are not in prison but are nevertheless denied the right to vote because of prior criminal convictions. The Senate bill follows the historic passage of the For the People Act in the House of Representatives last month, which included a similar provision to restore voting rights. | "We are in a moment where Americans are demanding free, fair, and accessible elections," the B…

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-12). Four Things to Know About Next Week's 'Patriotism Over Socialism' Rally in Arizona. splcenter.org A U.S. congressman and the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party are both listed as speakers at an event that will also be attended by multiple hate groups.

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-12). Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same. splcenter.org 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.

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-12). After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition. commondreams.org From the moment he sought asylum, Assange was cast as an outlaw. (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Thomas Knapp (2019-04-12). Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law. counterpunch.org 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 More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-12). Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Bryan Wall (2019-04-12). Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest. thecanary.co 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

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). Former president slams Ecuador's betrayal of Assange as 'a crime that humanity will never forget'. thecanary.co On 11 April, the Ecuadorian government withdrew WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's political asylum. According to WikiLeaks, the Ecuadorian ambassador then "invited British police into … | Read more Former president slams Ecuador's betrayal of Assange as 'a crime that humanity will never forget' | By John McEvoy

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-12). Shredding Asylum: The Arrest of Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Misleading Headlines Offer Latest Conspiracy on Assange Arrest. telesurenglish.net Some journalists only have eyes for the latest conspiracy theory related to Russia. How else to explain the falling trust in "western-democracies" and the decline in credibility for western media? It's easy, blame Russia! | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects Asylum Removal and Arrest of Julian Assange | RT's news agency Ruptly almost stole the show when British police forces dragged Wikileaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy for his arrest. The "world-exclusive" im…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Assange's Indictment Treats Journalism as a Crime. truthout.org After living under a grant of asylum in London's Ecuadorian embassy for nearly seven years, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was forcibly ejected and arrested by British police on April 11. Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, accused Assange of "repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols." After an anonymous source revealed the "INA Papers," a dossier that implicated Moreno in money laundering and contained personal photos of his family,…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Trump Reportedly Pushed to Drop Asylum Seekers in Democratic Sanctuary Cities. truthout.org 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 — includ…

United Nations (2019-04-12). From 'dead on the inside' to 'truly alive': Survivor of genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda recounts her story as UN marks 25th anniversary. un.org "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.

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-12). Russia Warns Bolton: 'Monroe Doctrine' Remarks Insulting to Latin America. mintpressnews.com 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.

United Nations (2019-04-12). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of 'chaos' in Libya. un.org Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan's protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan; continued fighting in Libya's capital; and an update on Colombia's peace process.

STAFF (2019-04-12). Democratic Candidates Say They Support Reparations. Do They Mean It? truthout.org The 2020 presidential primary season is just beginning, but it's clear already that the Democratic contenders are mapping a route to the White House that runs smack dab through Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) told reporters in February that she supports reparations for African Americans. | "We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences incl…

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. On 23 February, the US attempted to force 'humanitarian aid' trucks into … | Read more Fearless: the Venezuelans that went toe-to-toe with the US empire at their border | By John McEvoy

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border. thecanary.co This is the latest in The Canary's series of on-the-ground articles from Venezuela. Ahmed Kaballo is a Sudanese-British activist and journalist. He spent six … | Read more A first-hand account of the 'humanitarian' warmongering on the Venezuelan border | By John McEvoy

United Nations (2019-04-12). Ebola not an international 'health emergency' but risks spreading across DR Congo border, warns UN health agency. un.org The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern", according to a statement issued on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

plenglish (2019-04-12). Ecuadorian Ombudsman's Office Questions Decision on Assange. plenglish.com 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.

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Refugee rights activists take aim at Liberals in Corangamite. greenleft.org.au 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…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-12). The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom. theintercept.com 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…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Indian elections: the challenges of unseating a racist. greenleft.org.au 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…

Jason Ditz (2019-04-12). $4.2 Billion IMF Bailout for Ecuador Paved the Way for Assange's Arrest. theantimedia.com (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 …

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Single mother takes action against ParentsNext 'mission impossible'. greenleft.org.au 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…