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 No.137578

Libya warlord backed by west and its Arab allies declares war on UN-backed government

The warlord hailed by the west and Arab autocrats as a potential unifier of Libya has just declared war on the country’s UN-backed interim leader, issuing a warrant for his arrest on “terrorism” charges as well as hammering the country’s capital with airstrikes.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/libya-khalifa-haftar-fayez-serraj-arrest-warrant-terror-un-a8867371.html

North Korea's new nominal head of state guided Kim Jong Un from the beginning

Choe Ryong Hae was named President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, state media reported on Friday, replacing Kim Yong Nam who had held the position since it was created in 1998.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-appointments-president/north-koreas-new-nominal-head-of-state-guided-kim-jong-un-from-the-beginning-idUSKCN1RO0OV

‘Major international victory’: Trump cheers ICC decision not to probe US atrocities

After the International Criminal Court (ICC) declined to investigate claims of US atrocities in Afghanistan, US President Donald Trump cheered the decision but said the ICC was “illegitimate” and US and allies beyond its reach.

https://www.rt.com/news/456363-victory-trump-icc-atrocities/

Sudan coup leader Awad Ibn Auf steps down

The head of Sudan's military council has stood down a day after leading a coup that toppled long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amid a wave of protests.Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision on state TV. He named as his successor Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47913338

Worldwide outrage over arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

Outrage is mounting after the arrest Thursday morning of journalist and WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange was dragged from the embassy by a mob of British police officers and thrown into a jail cell after his political asylum was illegally cancelled by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/12/wiki-a12.html

Chileans Join Nationwide Protests Against Piñera’s Government

In 33 cities across the country, Chileans protested Piñera's neoliberal agenda and anti-popular policies.“No more abuses, no more layoffs, no more neoliberalism” was shouted by the thousands of Chileans who joined a nation-wide protest against President Sebastian Piñera’s right-wing government, organized by the Chilean communist Central Workers Union (CUT).

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Chileans-Join-Nationwide-Protests-Against-Pineras-Government-20190411-0038.html

Julian Assange: Sweden considers reviving rape inquiry

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange could face a renewed investigation into an allegation of rape in Sweden.Assange, 47, who had been granted asylum in Ecuador's London embassy for seven years, was arrested on Thursday.Swedish prosecutors said they were examining the case at the request of the alleged victim's lawyer.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47910820

Red Cross aid to Venezuela to triple as Maduro stance softens

The International Committee of the Red Cross is to triple aid to Venezuela, a day after the crisis-riven country’s leader approved the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/apr/12/red-cross-aid-to-venezuela-to-triple-as-nicolas-maduro-stance-softens

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country.

https://www.apnews.com/1700580b853b4dfb9a72185e2a011133

Analysis: Does Netanyahu's Win Maintain Status Quo Or Push Israel Further Right?

You have to go back 20 years for the last time the country elected a prime minister from the left.The 69-year-old Netanyahu won even though he has already been in office for 10 years straight, on top of serving an earlier term in the 1990s. And he won despite expectations that his own attorney general will indict him for alleged bribery and fraud.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/12/711987101/analysis-does-netanyahus-win-maintain-status-quo-or-push-israel-further-right

 No.137583

Trump ‘strongly looking’ at releasing migrants in Dem cities

President Donald Trump said Friday he is strongly considering releasing “Illegal Immigrants” into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed.

https://www.apnews.com/0596f544fe0646ada2a6383e23f74e83

A Bill Banning Most Abortions Becomes Law In Ohio

The six-week abortion ban known as the "heartbeat bill" is now law in Ohio. That makes Ohio the sixth state in the nation to attempt to outlaw abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/11/712455980/a-bill-banning-most-abortions-becomes-law-in-ohio

Arrest made in connection with church burnings in Louisiana

The string of arsons began on March 26 in the town of Port Barre, where the St. Mary Baptist Church burned down under suspicious circumstances. One week later, in nearby Opelousas, two more churches caught fire, the Greater Union Baptist Church on April 2 and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church two days later.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/12/loui-a12.html

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks. President Donald Trump showcased the announcement Friday, declaring that the race to stand up these faster, more powerful networks is a competition “America must win.”

https://www.apnews.com/402d7c2651914d31a4f216f81eadda53

Watch: Rep. Katie Porter Uses Basic Budget Math to Expose Jamie Dimon on Starvation Wages at JPMorgan Chase

"Mr. Dimon, you know how to spend $31 million a year in salary, and you can't figure out how to make up a $567 a month shortfall."During a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Katie Porter used the financial struggles of one of her constituents to grill JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon over the vast worker-executive pay gap and low wages at his bank.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/11/watch-rep-katie-porter-uses-basic-budget-math-expose-jamie-dimon-starvation-wages

GE to pay $1.5 billion U.S. fine over crisis-era subprime mortgages

General Electric Co will pay a $1.5 billion civil fine to resolve a long-running U.S. probe into defective subprime mortgages from its former WMC Mortgage unit prior to the 2008 global financial crisis.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ge-settlement/ge-to-pay-1-5-billion-u-s-civil-fine-over-subprime-mortgages-idUSKCN1RO233


 No.137584

OP/ED

Calling Assange a ‘narcissist’ misses the point – without WikiLeaks we would live in darker, less informed times

Later the helicopter crew are told over the radio that they have killed 11 Iraqis and a small child has been injured. “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids into battle,” comments somebody about the carnage below.Except there was no “battle” and all those who died were civilians, though the Pentagon claimed they were gunmen. The trigger-happy pilots had apparently mistaken a camera for a rocket propelled grenade launcher. Journalists in Baghdad, including myself, were from the start sceptical about the official US story because insurgents with weapons in their hands were unlikely to be standing chatting to each other in the street with an American helicopter overhead. As on many similar occasions in Iraq, our doubts were strong but we could not prove that the civilians had not been carrying weapons in the face of categorical denials from the US Department of Defence.It was known that a video of the killings taken from the helicopter existed, but the Pentagon refused to release it under the Freedom of Information Act. Plenty of people were being killed all over Iraq at the time and the incident would soon have been forgotten, except by the families of the dead, if a US soldier called Chelsea Manning had not handed over a copy of the official video to WikiLeaks which published it in 2010.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/julian-assange-wikileaks-chelsea-manning-war-democracy-a8867816.html

Why the US AID to Venezuela was Not Real Aid and How False Western Humanitarianism is Used to Justify Imperialism

A common misconception people have about Venezuela ever since the installation of the US-backed, interim self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido on the first week of January of this year, is that the “humanitarian aid” that the US had sent to Venezuela via USAID was meant to assist the Venezuelan population and that the Maduro government is rejecting all aid to the country.The reality is that the Maduro administration has accepted aid from numerous countries as well as working with United Nations organizations, and the USAID was indeed a trojan horse to use as a means of US military intervention. Venezuela has received aid from its allies such as Russia, Iran, China and Cuba, as well as from other nations such as Mexico. On February 13th, 2019, Russia had sent 300 tonnes of medicines to Venezuela. In addition to this, Cuba and China were the main countries that had sent over 60 containers with 933 tonnes of medicine to Venezuela within the same week. In the week of February 25th, 2019, Mexico had sent four shipments with a cargo of food and first aid necessity items which had arrived at the La Guaira port in Vargas state, Venezuela, as reported by the Governor of Vargas state, Jorge Luis Garcia Carneiro. Governor Carneiro elaborated that the aid delivered from Mexico would be distributed to different communities among the 11 municipalities of the Vargas state.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/why-the-us-aid-to-venezuela-was-not-real-aid-and-how-false-western-humanitarianism-is-used-to-justify-imperialism/

College admissions scandal in the US: An inevitable product of malignant levels of social inequality

The United States Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced April 8 that fourteen individuals, thirteen parents and one college tennis coach, had agreed to plead guilty to charges related to the college admissions scandal that came to light a month ago.The parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, have admitted “to using bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children’s admission to selective colleges and universities. One coach also agreed to plead guilty,” according to the US Attorney’s Office. The defendants pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.The thirteen parents were arrested last month and charged with conspiring with William “Rick” Singer of Newport Beach, California to secure the admission of students to elite colleges and universities.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/12/coll-a12.html




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