Daily Archives: April 11, 2019

2019-04-11: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-04-11). Rock's role in fighting fascism. mronline.org 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

John Shafthauer (2019-04-11). Sacked Tory bigot generates as much media controversy as you'd expect. thecanary.co 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

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). "Bring It On": Julian Assange's 2015 Message to the U.S. Justice Department About Possible Charges. democracynow.org 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…

Jesse Jackson (2019-04-11). The Politics Behind Trump's Threats to Close the Border. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's flailing on immigration and the Mexican border continue to spiral into chaos. First, he threatened to close the border with Mexico. One week later, he walked that back. He declares a national emergency about the "invasion" of people seeking asylum from Central American countries, and then says he's stopped all aid to those More

Jacob Bacharach (2019-04-11). Bernie Has to Do Better Than This. truthdig.com 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, Ia., 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. | Th…

Rann Miller (2019-04-11). Betsy DeVos Uses a Racist Research Study to Defend Rescinding Obama-Era Discipline Guidance. progressive.org To defend her decision to rescind a piece of civil rights legislation, DeVos has cited an academic known for research with an anti-black bias.

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-11). Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum. thecanary.co 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

STAFF (2019-04-11). Julian Assange Arrested at Ecuador Embassy in London. truthdig.com LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly bundled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and into a waiting British police van on Thursday, setting up a potential court battle over attempts to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents. | British police arrested Assange after the South American nation decided to revoke the political asylum that had given Assange sanctuary for almost seven years. Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said he took the action due to "repeated violations to international conventions and daily…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-11). BREAKING—Moreno Withdraws Asylum as Assange is Arrested. consortiumnews.com 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 →

United Nations (2019-04-11). UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations. un.org 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.

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-11). Netanyahu Reigns Supreme, and all Opposition has been Crushed. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

WSWS (2019-04-11). British police arrest Julian Assange in Ecuadorian embassy. wsws.org "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."

Lynda Carson (2019-04-11). 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!

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-11). Progressives Call on House Democrats to Probe 'Sham Confirmation Process' for Brett Kavanaugh. commondreams.org A coalition of 26 progressive groups on Thursday urged House Democrats to investigate the GOP-controlled Senate's "sham confirmation process" for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-04-11). Video: Dichiarazione Di Firence Per Un Fronte Internazionale NATO Exit. globalresearch.ca Il rischio di una grande guerra che, con l'uso delle armi nucleari potrebbe segnare la fine dell'Umanità , è reale e sta aumentando, anche se non è percepito dall'opinione pubblica tenuta all'oscuro dell'incombente pericolo. | àà di vitale importanza il massimo impegno …

WSWS (2019-04-11). White House to intensify anti-immigrant rampage. wsws.org Multiple media reports say that the Trump administration is pushing for new anti-immigrant measures, including forcible separation of asylum seekers from their children.

Alfred W. McCoy (2019-04-11). Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition. counterpunch.org We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not More

WSWS (2019-04-11). Netanyahu prepares to form fourth consecutive government. wsws.org Netanyahu will head a coalition of ultra-orthodox religious and right-wing parties, as well as an openly fascistic organization.

Robert Mackey (2019-04-11). Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition. theintercept.com This breaking news report was last updated at 1: 57 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…

ACLU (2019-04-10). The American People Support LGBTQ Equality. Congress Should Too. aclu.org 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…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-10). Dead Heat in Farcical Israeli Elections. globalresearch.ca With over 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu and leading challenger Benny Gantz each won 35 of the Knesset's 120 seats, according to the unofficial tally. | Apartheid right wing parties won a super-majority on Tuesday, results similar to recent past elections….

Joe Tache (2019-04-10). BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston. liberationnews.org BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel's Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank. democracynow.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be on the verge of securing a record fifth term in office as votes continue to be counted in Tuesday's election. Last night, Netanyahu and his top challenger, ex-military chief Benny Gantz, both claimed victory in the tight race. With most of the votes counted, Netanyahu's Likud party and Gantz's newly formed Blue and White party have both secured 35 seats in the Knesset, but Netanyahu has a clearer path to forming a coalition government with the help of his right-wing allies. Tuesday's election came just days after Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex Israeli set…

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-10). Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar. splcenter.org About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-10). White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Takes Hiatus to Avoid 'Another Crying Nazi Moment'. splcenter.org Christopher Cantwell, a prolific white supremacist radio host, put his broadcasting work on hiatus, citing "serious personal problems" as the reason behind his decision in a post on his website.

splcenter (2019-04-10). Cuban men thrown into Louisiana prisons despite legal asylum requests. splcenter.org Suicide. Self-harm. Medical neglect. Isolated in segregation. Quarantined and left without legal counsel.

United Nations (2019-04-10). Venezuela's needs 'significant and growing' UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council, as 'unparalleled' exodus continues. un.org Over a month after two competing resolutions on Venezuela failed to pass, the UN Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the "very real humanitarian problem" facing the country, where close to seven million people are in dire need of aid, and some 5,000 people continue to flee across borders every day.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2019. democracynow.org Israel: Netanyahu on Track for 5th Term in Office, DHS "Purge" Continues with Deputy Sec. Claire Grady, Reports: WH Wants to Put Border Agents in Charge of Asylum Interviews, AG Barr to Congress: No Plans to Release Unredacted Mueller Report, Mnuchin Says Treasury Consulted with WH on Trump Tax Returns, Bipartisan Tax Bill Would Make Free IRS E-Filing System Illegal, Airbnb Reverses Ban on Listings for Illegal Israeli Settlements, NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak, BuzzFeed: GOP Told Drug Cos. Not to Comply with Congressional Request, Prosecutors Add Money Laundering Charges in School Adm…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-10). The Trump-Netanyahu Ticket Wins the Israeli Election. mintpressnews.com TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who secured his fifth premiership in Tuesday's elections, colluded with U.S. President Donald Trump, Netanyahu's own tweets reveal. | The U.S. and Israel, both founded as settler-colonial states, have a symbiotic relationship. And just as Israeli spies have meddled in American elections, the U.S. has long meddled in Israel's. | This time, under Trump, that meddling has been marked by unprecedented appeasements to the Israeli far right. It also serves a dual…

James Wright (2019-04-10). Little media outrage as May's knighted government adviser makes extraordinary 'antisemitic' claim. thecanary.co The corporate media has extensively covered accusations of antisemitism against the Labour Party. But now an adviser to Theresa May's government stands accused of … | Read more Little media outrage as May's knighted government adviser makes extraordinary 'antisemitic' claim | By James Wright

ACLU (2019-04-10). The BE HEARD Act Will Overhaul Workplace Harassment Laws. aclu.org The groundbreaking, comprehensive bill takes on workplace harassment and discrimination. | For more than a decade, Tarana Burke and survivors across the country have used #MeToo to share their experiences of sexual violence, raise women's voices, and respond to the needs of survivors. In its current incarnation, #MeToo has sparked an unprecedented examination of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, in our workplaces, and illuminated the multiple manifestations of workplace discrimination. | In the midst of this historic reckoning, the ACLU and coalition partners drafted and shared with members of Congress…

ACLU (2019-04-10). Congressional Action to End the Bans—Now and Into the Future. aclu.org Trump thought he won, but Members of Congress are pushing back. | For the first time since President Trump issued his Muslim ban, Congress proposed a legislative solution today to protect immigrant communities from discriminatory bans, immediately and permanently. | The long-awaited NO Ban Act, introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), would immediately rescind the Muslim ban as well as President Trump's asylum ban and refugee ban, definitively ending these discriminatory abus…

WSWS (2019-04-10). New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch. wsws.org The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.

WSWS (2019-04-10). In meeting with Egyptian dictator, Trump rails against immigrants. wsws.org Trump launched into a fascistic rant against asylum seekers and other immigrants on Tuesday while sitting side by side in the Oval Office with the butcher of Cairo.

Dave Zirin (2019-04-09). Kyle Korver Challenges Every White Athlete to Listen and Act. thenation.com Kyle Korver Challenges Every White Athlete to Listen and Act…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children. democracynow.org Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Emboldened by Mueller Report, Trump Stages Border Drama. therealnews.com Trump hands even more aggressive border policy to Stephen Miller, and uses border controversy to bury more aggressive action against Iran…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Stephen Miller's Uncle: Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers & Stir Racist Hatred. democracynow.org As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration's immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump's family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to "get in line" with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, "Our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full." We speak with Stephen…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian. democracynow.org President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…

splcenter (2019-04-09). SPLC launches digital initiative to promote honest discussion of Confederate history. splcenter.org The SPLC launched a digital initiative this month that seeks to correct the false narratives of the "Lost Cause" mythology, which idolizes people who fought against the United States in order to preserve slavery.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Headlines for April 9, 2019. democracynow.org Secret Service Director Removed in WH "Purge" of Immigration Officials, Reports: Trump Trying to Reinstate Family Separations at Border, CA Judge Blocks Trump Administration's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Iran Labels U.S. CENTCOM a Terror Group After IRCG Terror Designation, Israelis Head to Polls as Future of PM Netanyahu Remains Unclear, Libya: Tripoli Airport Closed as Fighting Near Capital Intensifies, Afghanistan: 4 Americans Killed Amid Spate of Violent Attacks, U.S. Revokes Visa of ICC Prosecutor Investigating War Crimes in Afghanistan, 3 FDNY Sept. 11 Rescue Workers Die as 9/11 Fund At Risk of Expiring, Def…

ACLU (2019-04-09). Trump Picks Family Separation Advocate Kevin McAleenan to Be Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. aclu.org By elevating McAleenan, the president has signaled that he seeks to maximize cruelty. | With his selection of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to serve as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump has once again shown that he has no regrets over his administration's disastrous policy of separating families. | McAleenan was one of the three DHS officials to recommend the cruel and inhumane policy to outgoing Secretary Kirstjen…

Fight Back (2019-04-09). Iran says U.S. military forces in Middle East are part of terrorist group, after U.S. puts terrorist tag on Iran's military. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Iran's authoritative FARS News Agency is reporting the Supreme National Security Council has designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist entity, following a decision by the U.S. to put the terrorist tag on an important part of Iran's military – the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. | The U.S. move to designate Iran's military as 'terrorist' violates international law and raised concerns about future treatment of prisoners of war. | The U.S. administration has been angered by Iran's support for progressive and anti-imperialist movements in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. Iran ha…

Rachel Domond, residente de Roxbury (2019-04-08). La violencia contra las mujeres negras: aprendiendo de feministas socialistas negras. liberationnews.org Solo mediante un movimiento socialista revolucionario anti-sexista, antirracista lograremos las mujeres negras nuestra liberación colectiva; °Un futuro libre de explotación y violencia!

splcenter (2019-04-08). Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. splcenter.org A federal judge today ordered the Trump administration to immediately stop forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there for their hearings in immigration court.

ACLU (2019-04-08). Kirstjen Nielsen's Brutal and Calamitous Leadership of the Department of Homeland Security Comes to an End. aclu.org She implemented some of the Trump administration's most vicious policies and repeatedly violated the law. | Late yesterday, President Trump announced that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Trump said that Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will serve as Acting Secretary. | Nielsen's tenure as head of one of the country's largest government agencies was a humanitarian catastrophe, consistently showing a clear disregard for civil rights and people's lives. Indeed, just over a week prior to her resignation, CBP age…

United Nations (2019-04-08). Praising Roma's contributions in Europe, UN expert urges end to rising intolerance and hate speech. un.org An independent United Nations expert called on Monday for immediate action to end discrimination and combat racist rhetoric against Roma, Europe's largest minority group.

United Nations (2019-04-07). 25 years on from genocide against the Tutsi, UN Chief warns of 'dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance'. un.org In a message to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, UN chief António Guterres has warned of dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world.

Brendan Joel Kelley (2019-04-07). White Professors of African Studies Targeted With Death Threats. splcenter.org Ten professors, who are white or presumed to be white, have received death threats from a black nationalist organization that accuses them of "desecrating the tombs of Gods and Goddesses."

Fight Back (2019-04-07). ILPS condemns Duterte for slander and intimidation. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following April 5 statement from Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle. | The International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), which I represent as Chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), hereby condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of the notorious Duterte regime to slander the ILPS and misrepresent it as the international network and International Department of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) for the purpose of intimidating the legal and patriotic and progressive organizations of Filipi…

2019-04-11: Social Media Postees

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…
mronline.org/2019/04/11/rocks-role-in-fi…

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/

The Politics Behind Trump's Threats to Close the Border
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
Donald Trump's flailing on immigration and the Mexican border continue to spiral into chaos. First, he threatened to close the border with Mexico. One week later, he walked that back. He declares a national emergency about the "invasion" of people seeking asylum from Central American countries, and then says he's stopped all aid to those…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/11/the-politics…

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, Ia., 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. | Th…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-has-to-do-b…

Betsy DeVos Uses a Racist Research Study to Defend Rescinding Obama-Era Discipline Guidance
Rann Miller | progressive.org | 2019-04-11
To defend her decision to rescind a piece of civil rights legislation, DeVos has cited an academic known for research with an anti-black bias.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…

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…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2019/04/11/julian-assange-arrested-by-the-met-police-after-ecuador-withdraws-his-asylum/

Julian Assange Arrested at Ecuador Embassy in London
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-11
LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly bundled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and into a waiting British police van on Thursday, setting up a potential court battle over attempts to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents. | British police arrested Assange after the South American nation decided to revoke the political asylum that had given Assange sanctuary for almost seven years. Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said he took the action due to "repeated violations to international conventions and daily…
truthdig.com/articles/julian-assange-arr…

BREAKING–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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/11/breaking-m…

"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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/11/br…

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/netanyahu-rei…

Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition
Alfred W. McCoy | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-11
We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/11/calculating-…

Video: Dichiarazione Di Firence Per Un Fronte Internazionale NATO Exit
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-11
Il rischio di una grande guerra che, con l'uso delle armi nucleari potrebbe segnare la fine dell'Umanità , è reale e sta aumentando, anche se non è percepito dall'opinione pubblica tenuta all'oscuro dell'incombente pericolo. | àà di vitale importanza il massimo impegno …
globalresearch.ca/video-dichiarazione-di…

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 1: 57 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…
theintercept.com/2019/04/11/julian-assan…

Progressives Call on House Democrats to Probe 'Sham Confirmation Process' for Brett Kavanaugh
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-11
A coalition of 26 progressive groups on Thursday urged House Democrats to investigate the GOP-controlled Senate's "sham confirmation process" for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/11/progres…

Julian Assange of Wikileaks was arrested by cops in London
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-04-11
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!
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/11/1882268…

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/…

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/…

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…
aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/lgbt-nondiscri…

Dead Heat in Farcical Israeli Elections
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
With over 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu and leading challenger Benny Gantz each won 35 of the Knesset's 120 seats, according to the unofficial tally. | Apartheid right wing parties won a super-majority on Tuesday, results similar to recent past elections….
globalresearch.ca/israeli-elections/5674…

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…

White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Takes Hiatus to Avoid 'Another Crying Nazi Moment'
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-10
Christopher Cantwell, a prolific white supremacist radio host, put his broadcasting work on hiatus, citing "serious personal problems" as the reason behind his decision in a post on his website.
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Cuban men thrown into Louisiana prisons despite legal asylum requests
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-10
Suicide. Self-harm. Medical neglect. Isolated in segregation. Quarantined and left without legal counsel.
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Venezuela's needs 'significant and growing' UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council, as 'unparalleled' exodus continues
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-10
Over a month after two competing resolutions on Venezuela failed to pass, the UN Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the "very real humanitarian problem" facing the country, where close to seven million people are in dire need of aid, and some 5,000 people continue to flee across borders every day.
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The Trump-Netanyahu Ticket Wins the Israeli Election
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-10
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who secured his fifth premiership in Tuesday's elections, colluded with U.S. President Donald Trump, Netanyahu's own tweets reveal. | The U.S. and Israel, both founded as settler-colonial states, have a symbiotic relationship. And just as Israeli spies have meddled in American elections, the U.S. has long meddled in Israel's. | This time, under Trump, that meddling has been marked by unprecedented appeasements to the Israeli far right. It also serves a dual…
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Little media outrage as May's knighted government adviser makes extraordinary 'antisemitic' claim
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-04-10
The corporate media has extensively covered accusations of antisemitism against the Labour Party. But now an adviser to Theresa May's government stands accused of … | Read more Little media outrage as May's knighted government adviser makes extraordinary 'antisemitic' claim | By James Wright…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/04/10/little-media-outrage-as-mays-knighted-government-adviser-makes-extraordinary-antisemitic-claim/

The BE HEARD Act Will Overhaul Workplace Harassment Laws
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-10
The groundbreaking, comprehensive bill takes on workplace harassment and discrimination. | For more than a decade, Tarana Burke and survivors across the country have used #MeToo to share their experiences of sexual violence, raise women's voices, and respond to the needs of survivors. In its current incarnation, #MeToo has sparked an unprecedented examination of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, in our workplaces, and illuminated the multiple manifestations of workplace discrimination. | In the midst of this historic reckoning, the ACLU and coalition partners drafted and shared with members of Congress…
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A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel's Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-10
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be on the verge of securing a record fifth term in office as votes continue to be counted in Tuesday's election. Last night, Netanyahu and his top challenger, ex-military chief Benny Gantz, both claimed victory in the tight race. With most of the votes counted, Netanyahu's Likud party and Gantz's newly formed Blue and White party have both secured 35 seats in the Knesset, but Netanyahu has a clearer path to forming a coalition government with the help of his right-wing allies. Tuesday's election came just days after Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex Israeli set…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/10/a_…

BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston
Joe Tache | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-10
BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.
liberationnews.org/bds-organizers-say-do…

Congressional Action to End the Bans–Now and Into the Future
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-10
Trump thought he won, but Members of Congress are pushing back. | For the first time since President Trump issued his Muslim ban, Congress proposed a legislative solution today to protect immigrant communities from discriminatory bans, immediately and permanently. | The long-awaited NO Ban Act, introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), would immediately rescind the Muslim ban as well as President Trump's asylum ban and refugee ban, definitively ending these discriminatory abus…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/congress…

In meeting with Egyptian dictator, Trump rails against immigrants
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-10
Trump launched into a fascistic rant against asylum seekers and other immigrants on Tuesday while sitting side by side in the Oval Office with the butcher of Cairo.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-10
The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

Kyle Korver Challenges Every White Athlete to Listen and Act
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2019-04-09
Kyle Korver Challenges Every White Athlete to Listen and Act…
thenation.com/article/kyle-korver-white-…

SPLC launches digital initiative to promote honest discussion of Confederate history
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-09
The SPLC launched a digital initiative this month that seeks to correct the false narratives of the "Lost Cause" mythology, which idolizes people who fought against the United States in order to preserve slavery.
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Trump Picks Family Separation Advocate Kevin McAleenan to Be Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-09
By elevating McAleenan, the president has signaled that he seeks to maximize cruelty. | With his selection of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to serve as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump has once again shown that he has no regrets over his administration's disastrous policy of separating families. | McAleenan was one of the three DHS officials to recommend the cruel and inhumane policy to outgoing Secretary Kirstjen…
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Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/9/kir…

Emboldened by Mueller Report, Trump Stages Border Drama
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-09
Trump hands even more aggressive border policy to Stephen Miller, and uses border controversy to bury more aggressive action against Iran…
therealnews.com/stories/emboldened-by-mu…

Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/9/tru…

Stephen Miller's Uncle: Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers & Stir Racist Hatred
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration's immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump's family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to "get in line" with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, "Our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full." We speak with Stephen…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/9/ste…

Iran says U.S. military forces in Middle East are part of terrorist group, after U.S. puts terrorist tag on Iran's military
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-09
Minneapolis, MN – Iran's authoritative FARS News Agency is reporting the Supreme National Security Council has designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist entity, following a decision by the U.S. to put the terrorist tag on an important part of Iran's military – the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. | The U.S. move to designate Iran's military as 'terrorist' violates international law and raised concerns about future treatment of prisoners of war. | The U.S. administration has been angered by Iran's support for progressive and anti-imperialist movements in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. Iran ha…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/9/iran-says-us-…

Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-08
A federal judge today ordered the Trump administration to immediately stop forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there for their hearings in immigration court.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/08/judge-temp…

Kirstjen Nielsen's Brutal and Calamitous Leadership of the Department of Homeland Security Comes to an End
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-08
She implemented some of the Trump administration's most vicious policies and repeatedly violated the law. | Late yesterday, President Trump announced that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Trump said that Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will serve as Acting Secretary. | Nielsen's tenure as head of one of the country's largest government agencies was a humanitarian catastrophe, consistently showing a clear disregard for civil rights and people's lives. Indeed, just over a week prior to her resignation, CBP age…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/kirstjen…

La violencia contra las mujeres negras: aprendiendo de feministas socialistas negras
Rachel Domond, residente de Roxbury | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-08
Solo mediante un movimiento socialista revolucionario anti-sexista, antirracista lograremos las mujeres negras nuestra liberación colectiva; °Un futuro libre de explotación y violencia!
liberationnews.org/la-violencia-contra-l…

Praising Roma's contributions in Europe, UN expert urges end to rising intolerance and hate speech
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-08
An independent United Nations expert called on Monday for immediate action to end discrimination and combat racist rhetoric against Roma, Europe's largest minority group.
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25 years on from genocide against the Tutsi, UN Chief warns of 'dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-07
In a message to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, UN chief António Guterres has warned of dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world.
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White Professors of African Studies Targeted With Death Threats
Brendan Joel Kelley | splcenter.org | 2019-04-07
Ten professors, who are white or presumed to be white, have received death threats from a black nationalist organization that accuses them of "desecrating the tombs of Gods and Goddesses."
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/10/white…

ILPS condemns Duterte for slander and intimidation
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-07
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following April 5 statement from Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle. | The International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), which I represent as Chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), hereby condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of the notorious Duterte regime to slander the ILPS and misrepresent it as the international network and International Department of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) for the purpose of intimidating the legal and patriotic and progressive organizations of Filipi…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/7/ilps-condemns…

Donald Trump, Not Ilhan Omar, Accused American Jews of Dual Loyalty
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-07
Addressing American Jews on Saturday in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump casually invoked the anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty by referring to Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as "your prime minister."Donald Trump referred to Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as "your prime minister" in an address to a group of Jewish-American supporters on Saturday in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/w2TXPkDBNn | — Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) April 7, 2019 | Given that Trump was speaking…
theintercept.com/2019/04/07/unlike-ilhan…

When It Comes to the Death Penalty, the Supreme Court Legalized Torture Long Ago
Liliana Segura | theintercept.com | 2019-04-06
Months before the U.S. Supreme Court sparked fresh outrage over the death penalty by upholding the planned execution of a man who risks drowning in his own blood, Justice Stephen Breyer invited Missouri Solicitor General D. John Sauer to consider the matter "as a person rather than a lawyer." | It was November 2018. Oral arguments in Bucklew v. Precythe were about halfway done. The issue at hand: Russell Bucklew, condemned to die for a murder and rape committed in 1996, suffered from a rare medical condition calle…
theintercept.com/2019/04/06/supreme-cour…