April 2017


Women, Be Warned: Trump Just Nominated Radical Anti-Choice Activist for Key HHS Post
“Charmaine Yoest has spoken at length about her desire to ban abortion in this country, and has spent her career working to abolish women’s most basic constitutional right to bodily autonomy”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


How This Earth Activist Risked All and Won Everything
The epic story of this Goldman Environment Prize winner from India
by Nick Meynen


The Real News Network
Activism Won Net Neutrality – Can it Stop Trump’s FCC from Rolling it Back?
Craig Aaron of Free Press says the fight to stop FCC chair Ajit Pai’s attempt to undo net neutrality, which protects equal access to internet content, depends on a resurgence of the grassroots activism that helped push it through in 2015


Environmental InJustice: The Poisoning of East Chicago
Lead in the water. Arsenic in the soil. East Chicago residents sound off on representatives from EPA and HUD, about how their community resources were contaminated for decades by industry. (Extended version at https://tinyurl.com/lgcgblu)


Israel Acknowledges Use of Computer Algorithm For Palestinian Arrests
Mass arrests of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever


Color of Change
Justice for the Jax 5
Jacksonville protesters are beaten while Trump supporters taunt and chant


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ellsberg: Trump Threats to WikiLeaks “Nuclear Option” Against the First Amendment


‘1 Percent of Taxpayers Receive More Than the Bottom 80 Percent’
CounterSpin interview with Jeremie Greer on the tax code and inequality
by Janine Jackson


15 of the Best Natural Remedies for PCOS
by Yuri Elkaim



This Is What It Will Look Like When New Orleans, New York City, and Mar-A-Lago Disappear Under Rising Seas
New research finds that most previous estimates for sea level rise were too conservative, while visualizations show what U.S. cities may look like by 2100
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trump’s Reviled Hotline for “Criminal Aliens” Flooded with Reports of UFOs
‘Just tried to call to report the theft of my tractor by space cadets—on hold for 8 minutes had to abandon, will call again!’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Killing Net Neutrality Is a Critical Goal in Trump’s Campaign Against Free Speech
President Trump’s playbook to curb free speech and silence dissenting voices goes far beyond his Twitter rants and his verbal attacks on the press
by Joseph Torres


Terrorizing the Vulnerable
by Chris Hedges

*Huddling the masses


A Public Plan for Peace
Something is dangerously loose at the American core: a need for endless war combined with a nuclear recklessness uncontained by public scrutiny
by Robert C. Koehler


Palestine, Trump
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
District Courts Continue to Challenge Trump’s Travel Bans
Bill Black, former financial regulator, says banning Muslims is unconstitutional, we can not discriminate based on religion in this country


Renewable Energy Can Create Jobs, Reduce Greenhouse Gases, and Lower Energy Costs
Basav Sen, of the Institute for Policy Studies, presents an analysis of the many benefits of renewable energy


Judge Blocks Trump’s Targeting of “Sanctuary Cities,” Ahead of May 1st Immigrant Rights Protest
Scholar Aviva Chomsky says while Trump has ramped up anti-immigrant rhetoric, he’s continuing policies that originated under Democratic administrations


Dutch Arms Dealer Who Fueled Liberian Civil War Convicted
Andrew Feinstein, the author of “The Shadow World”, recounts the background of Guus Kouwenhoven’s involvement in arms dealing for Liberia’s civil war


U.S. Threatens Nuclear Deal it Admits Iran Respects – How Will Tehran Respond?
In Part One of our interview, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat, analyzes the Trump administration’s “review” of the Iran nuclear agreement despite acknowledging that Tehran is fulfilling its obligations


Democracy Now!
“A Land Grab by the Ruling Elites”: Trump’s Tax Plan Derided for Benefiting the Rich


ICE Detains Mexican Man Who Sought Sanctuary in Denver Church for Nine Months

*I have to wonder just how many words Time has expended on covering Vizguerra’s, Hernández’ and others’ work for justice for the undocumented.



Obama Under Fire for $400K Speech to Wall Street ‘Fat Cats’
Former President Barack Obama’s first speech since leaving office will be a richly-compensated appearance at Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Silver tongued” indeed

And a shit pot more than thirty pieces’ worth


Because It’s Time for ‘New, Radical Ideas,’ TED Talk on Universal Basic Income Gets Thunderous Applause
‘Just imagine how much talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all,’ said historian Rutger Bregman during talk
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

*If we’re going to have money, then we need to do this

But why do we need money?


Women Beware: Saudia Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards for Women’s Equality
Who let the Saudi fox in the hen house?
by Medea Benjamin


The Real News Network
Unemployment Rate Hides the Historically Low Employment Rate
Doug Henwood explains how employment relative to total population reveals a better image of employment than the unemployment rate. Using this measure, employment is nowhere near where it was before the Great Recession.


Trump Team Turns On Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says Trump is trying to “normalize” his presidency by doing what US intelligence services want


Maryland Disproportionately Arrests Blacks for Marijuana but Rejects Diversity in Medical Licenses
The Maryland Black Caucus has called for a special session to address the fact that not one predominantly African-American owned firm has received a license to grow medical marijuana in the state


French Elections: Macron Headed to the Presidential Polls on May 7th is Expected to Knock Out Le Pen
French media and the economic establishment made Macron the winner in the Sunday presidential ran-off, says Alex Main of the Center for Economic Policy and Research


The System is Based on Profit
In Part One of a two-part interview, artist and activist Paul Rucker discusses his work and how it relates to mass incarceration in the United States. Rucker also touches on the upcoming Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March and what it should address.


Debate: Green Economic Growth Vs. Slow Growth
TRNN Replay: Economists Robert Pollin and Peter Victor discuss whether ecological sustainability and economic growth can be achieved simultaneously


NYT’s ‘Impossible to Verify’ North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media
by Adam Johnson


“Mushroom clouds”, with a 100% chance of prevarication


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Korea Threat


Democracy Now!
Chomsky on North Korea & Iran: Historical Record Shows U.S. Favors Violence Over Diplomacy


Chomsky on Syria: We Must Help Fleeing Refugees & Pursue Diplomatic Settlement


Chomsky: CIA Targeting of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is “Disgraceful Act”


38 Different Types of Squats (Bodyweight Only)
by Yuri Elkaim


One and Done?
Is the one-minute workout the new exercise solution for people short on time?
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



Ivanka Trump Is Booed, Hissed in Germany for Defending Donald Trump
German audience also appeared confused by prominent role president’s daughter is playing in the administration
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Ontario to Launch North America’s First Test of Universal Basic Income
“We want to find out whether a basic income makes a positive difference in people’s lives”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why Was Heath Mello Thrown Under the Bus?
Was the candidate for mayor of Omaha held to a different standard than other Democrats?
by D.D. Guttenplan

*This article contains a more comprehensive relating of Mello’s record on abortion than an earlier item I reposted, and based my accompanying comment upon.


Everything Wrong with Charter Schools on Display in New Orleans
Major challenges of ctiy’s charter schools exposed at recent NAACP Hearing
by Bill Quigley


The Real News Network
France’s Presidential Election Is Wide Open
If leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon wins, he does not have enough of a social movement behind him to fulfill his campaign promises, says Jean Bricmont


London’s March for Science Targets Brexit
Scientists and activists in London also organized a March for Science on Earth Day. One of the issues was how Brexit would impact Britain’s commitment to counter climate change


Temporary Truce in a Democratic Party Civil War: The Sanders & Perez Unity Tour
Bernie Sanders says fight the billionaire class and DNC Chair Tom Perez refuses to say it; the TRNN panel asks if/when Bernie should leave the party

*They asked for feedback on what and how they’re doing

So how about giving some space to those who would speak to the contradictions of both wings of the party, who would posit that Sanders’ pimping for Clinton and other less than “revolutionary” actions aren’t solely due to his Berning desire to “stop Trump”?

Glen Ford’s about it, and he gets a weekly slot that deals with many other issues.

“Real news” doesn’t travel on a bandwagon, ignoring the droppings of its draft horses.


Real News Roundtable: Maddow Response & Liberal Hawkishness on Russia, Iran
In part one of our roundtable, The Real News Network’s Paul Jay, Kim Brown, and Aaron Mate discuss the response to Mate’s critique of Rachel Maddow’s Russia coverage

*Labels are meaningless.

Does what you do advance the transformation from an exploitative socioeconomic system to a cooperative and communal one, that leaves no one without what they need to live a dignified life?

We can discuss how to do that, but if that’s not your goal, I don’t care what you call yourself.

You’re not someone I could depend on to have my back when the shit hits the fan.


‘Many Banks Are Problematic, but Wells Fargo Is the Worst’
CounterSpin interview with Saqib Bhatti on Wells Fargo
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
How Clinton and Obama Laid Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies


After the “Science Marches,” Highest “Security Priority” Is Nuclear Weapons


Democracy Now!
Witnesses to Double Execution in Arkansas Say Inmates May Have Suffered Botched, Painful Death


BDS Leader Omar Barghouti Dedicates His Gandhi Peace Award to Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike


The Research-Backed Guide to the Top Benefits of Taking Turmeric
by Yuri Elkaim



Against Liberal Nostalgia
The Left shouldn’t counter the logic of “Make America Great Again” with nostalgia for an idealized liberal democracy
by Stephen Maher

*The poetry of it



Could a Leftist Bring Growth Back to France?
by Mark Weisbrot


The Real News Network
Noam Chomsky: The Prospects for Survival
Replay of address at the Mullin Centre, UMASS Amherst

*No transcript, but well worth the time invested, as always with Chomsky.

What I found lacking was a sense of a radical … transformative … whatever term you care to use … vision, amongst all the useful intel and insight. I’d have like to have seen him address the clear contradictions of this “insurgent” movement within the Democratic Party in that regard.

The “better” (in some respects) isn’t good enough at this point, and indeed has never been, when considering those inevitably left out (meaning immiserated or killed) by its “pragmatic” limits.

Can we place ourselves in their shoes? If we can’t, can we call ourselves truly committed to a life of dignity for every single person on this planet, which is the only purpose worth pursuing, to my mind?

Of course it won’t be easy, and there’s no guarantee of success.

Our souls ask, “So what?”


Giving NY’s Governor a $783,000 Bribe Is Business as Usual for Rupert Murdoch
by Jim Naureckas

*Literary influence



Le Pen Accused of Exploiting Paris Shooting Days Before Election
President Donald Trump also appeared to throw weight behind right-wing candidate in highly unpredictable election
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Marking Earth Day, Indigenous People Worldwide to Fight Corporate Forces
‘I know we are only of the size of a grain of sand but we make a huge difference’ says Antonio Dace, of the Munduruku community in the Brazilian Amazon
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Sanders’ Stumping for Anti-Choice Mayoral Candidate Draws Ire
Reproductive rights group says move is ‘not only disappointing’ but ‘politically stupid’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s a “unity” among all these Dems

And it’s the reason “the #Resistance” should be well shorn of them.


Food & Water Watch
Detroit Needs Affordable Water, Not More Shutoffs


The Real News Network
Massive Pro and Anti Government Protests in Venezuela
While international media focused almost exclusively on the opposition protests and clashes with the police, the pro-government protests were equally as large, says Lucas Koerner from Venezuelanalysis


Erdogan’s Deviant Referendum Manipulations Likely to Undermine His Presidency
The irregularities in Turkey’s constitutional reform referendum were numerous and well documented, says Conn Hallinan of Foreign Policy in Focus


Trump’s “Hire American, Buy American” Is More Show than Action
CEPR co-director Dean Baker says Trump’s executive order “Hire American, Buy American,” to change the H-1B work visa, does nothing, but the program should be changed to attract higher skilled workers


Over 1,000 Palestinian Prisoners On Hunger Strike in Protest Against Inhumane Conditions
Sahar Francis, Director of the Adameer prisoner support NGO, explains how this is the largest such strike since 2012 and how it has its roots in the different legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis


Petition update
The Humane League
Customers Urge Walmart: Stop Abusing Animals In Mexico!


What’s Wrong With This Picture? Fawning Praise of Bush’s Veteran Art Ignores Iraqi Victims
by Adam Johnson

*Art, artifice and amoral absolution


Democracy Now!
As U.S. Preps Arrest Warrant for Assange, Glenn Greenwald Says Prosecuting WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom for All


Shocking Exposé Reveals Trump Associates & ISIS-Linked Vigilantes Are Attempting Coup in Indonesia


Shane Bauer on the Berkeley Clashes & How Trump Has Emboldened the Far Right & White Nationalists


Food Intolerances: How to Know If You Have One (And What to Do About It)
by Yuri Elkaim



Trump’s “Buy American” Order Looks Weak as DAPL Company Pushes Back
“As with Trump’s campaign promises, the executive order is full of loopholes that are designed to protect Wall Street interests and multinational corporations—at the expense of American workers and communities”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


What’s Worse? Trump Dropping ‘Mother of All Bombs’ or That 70% of Americans Approve
Widespread support comes despite the lack of information from the Pentagon about damage from the “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The toxic triplets that enable imperialism



TrumpCare 3.0: GOP’s Zombie Healthcare Plan Keeps Getting Worse
Under reported ‘compromise,’ states could gut protections for those with pre-existing conditions
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


DAPL Developer Spills Drilling Fluids Into Wetlands While Constructing Another Pipeline
The latest incident is just another ding on Energy Transfer Partners’ spotty record
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


ACLU Statement on Florida Supreme Court Approving Voting Rights Restoration Ballot Language


Center for Biological Diversity
Dow Pressures Trump Administration to Abandon Work to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides
Chemical Giant Wants Trump Officials to Scuttle Legally Mandated Studies Identifying Risks to Wildlife

*A literal “poison pen”


The Real News Network
Profits Can be Made from Catastrophes With Disaster Capitalism
Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe, says companies that make profits from disasters around the world also have a vested interest in maintaining these disasters

*”Left” governments, such as Ecuador’s, have a – let’s employ a euphemism here – “problematic” record when it comes to upholding human rights in general, and indigenous rights in particular, in the area of exploitation of natural resources.

We might ask why that fact is left out of this segment.


Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis (2/2)
In Part Two, our expert panel discusses how to solve Baltimore’s lead poisoning epidemic


UK Elections Called Before Full Impact of Austerity Kicks In
While May’s decision to call a snap election is an opportunistic move, she also has an eye on the electoral arenas in France and Germany, says Prof. Leo Panitch, co-editor of the 2016 Socialist Register titled “The Politics of the Right”


Brazil’s Corruption Investigation Expands to Almost Entire Political Class
The corruption investigation of Brazilian politicians expanded dramatically and is less biased against the center-left. However, the danger is that it will lead to de-politicization and opportunistic anti-politics, explains Brazil analyst Alex Hochuli


‘If We Don’t Change the Mission of Police, Reforms Will Not Work’
CounterSpin interview with Alex Vitale on de-policing
by Janine Jackson


At NYT, Climate Denial and Racism Don’t Make You Fringe–but Single-Payer Does
by Adam Johnson

*As much as I appreciate Johnson’s perspective in the main

“All perfectly fine positions … likely arrived at … in total good faith” … ?

Lying (aka “falsely claim[ing]”) and pimping for a person who never passed up a chance to prostitute herself for her political ambitions — at the expense of others’ misery and deaths —
doesn’t jibe with my notion of the description above.

And so you know, this is coming from someone who finds it quite amusing that Friedman shunned Sanders on the basis of his “socialism”.

Marx gyrates in his grave …


Democracy Now!
First Roger Ailes, Now Bill O’Reilly: Sexual Harassment Scandal Ousts Top Men at Fox News

*”[T]rue justice” would be Faux News imploding, don’t you think?

I appreciate Bloom’s dedication and ability, but quoting Her Travesty on women’s rights, given her hubbie’s past (and possibly present and future), as well as her own betrayal of them, displays a troubling cognitive dissonance, if not outright hypocrisy.

(You’ll also notice she didn’t give diddley in credit to groups that organized on this, either.)

And while no woman should have to endure what Walsh went through, let’s not forget that she was seeking a spot on the shit pile know as “The O’Reilly Factor”, and would have been perfectly happy to promote his putrid bile, as long as it wasn’t directed toward her.

Separating issues only enables bastards like Murdoch and company to continue spreading their slime across the globe.

It’s fine to be a “feminist attorney”, but unless that’s subsumed within an overarching commitment to be a “humanist lawyer”, patriarchy has nothing to really worry about, does it?


Kleptocracy?: How Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Personally Profit from Their Roles in the White House


“Biggest Humanitarian Catastrophe Since 2003 Invasion”: Journalist Anand Gopal on Battle for Mosul

*”They’ve targeted members of the legitimate opposition.”

I’d have liked to have had this expounded on, including who is considered “legitimate”.



The Real News Network
Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis (1/2)
On the latest episode of The Real Baltimore we host an expert panel on “the most preventable public health threat” facing the city

*Two aspects of this that you’ll never see in corpress coverage — what little there is of it:

How much it costs not to deal with lead, and the benefits from doing so

And the culpability of the manufacturers and colluding gummint entities for these harms, both financially and criminally.

If there’s any justice, they should pay with their pocketbooks

And prison time.


Vaughn Rebellion Continues to Underscore Need for Prison Abolition, Activist Says
Kim Wilson and Eddie Conway discuss the ongoing nationwide repression of prisoners demanding human rights, ahead of the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19th


Democracy Now!
Was a Police Report Altered to Convict a Man for Murder? Inside a Woman’s Quest to Free Her Brother


Massachusetts to Throw Out 21,000 Drug Convictions After State Chemist Tampers Evidence for 9 Years


Meet Timothy Taylor, Convicted on Drug Evidence Handled by a State Chemist Who Falsified Tests


White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis & Right-Wing Militia Members Clash with Antifascist Protesters in Berkeley



Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America’s Door
Pair of new studies show how American climate refugees will ‘reshape’ population landscape of the nation
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Paving Way for Abuse and Scams, IRS Hires Private Debt Collectors
“The incentive there could be strong to be very aggressive. They’re not working for you, they’re working for the government and the government wants its money”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tribunal Finds Monsanto Endangers Right to Food, Health, Environment
If the crime of ‘ecocide’ were recognized in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could constitute such a crime, panel declares
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


War and Peace and War
The untold story of the Colombian Civil War and the potential for genuine peace
by Martin Winiecki


ACLU Statement on NCAA Awarding Championship Events to North Carolina

*Playing games with human rights


The Real News Network
El Salvador Passes Historic Ban on Metal Mining
The Central American country is the first country in the world to establish a blanket ban on metal mining, protecting the environment following a 12-year political struggle

*And the company takes what the company wants
And nothing’s as precious as a hole in the ground
— “Blue Sky Mine”, Midnight Oil


Opposition Protests in Venezuela Lead to Six Deaths
Clashes between protesters and police continued throughout the week in Venezuela, but polls indicate that the government is recuperating popularity and most Venezuelans disagree with opposition tactics, says Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com


Petition update
Five Ways You Can Support Survivors During Sexual Assault Awareness Month
by A.J. Walton and Joshunda Sanders


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Drone Killings * Korea * Turkey * French Election


Democracy Now!
Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees & Rethinking the Language Around Immigration

*This segment is emblematic of what this program can offer, and all too often doesn’t.



The Battle to Feed the World: David vs. Goliath
by Stanka Becheva


What Our Grandchildren Will Do When the Jobs Are Gone
by Paul Buchheit

*Call it a revolutionary preposition

We need to move from working “for” another

To working “with” each other


Center for Biological Diversity
Protest to Urge Feinstein to Resist GOP Attacks on Wildlife, Civil Rights
Groups Demand Democrats Oppose Funding for Trump’s Border Wall, Budget Riders to Defund Planned Parenthood, Gut Environmental Laws


The Real News Network
France’s Left Presidential Candidate Melenchon Rising Rapidly in Polls
Jean-Luc Melenchon’s rise in the polls could lead to a political upheaval in France, should he make it to the run-off vote on April 23, says Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique


Standard of Living Declined in Britain Due to Government Austerity
A new study shows that the standard of living in the UK has dropped for the first time since 2014. This is the result of government austerity, says economist John Weeks

*A decline in joblessness

An increase in job-less-ness


British Rendition Process “Worse than Guantanamo”
Britain has a rendition and detention process in place that is worse than the US system, says Clive Stafford Smith of the human rights group Reprieve


Iran’s Deep State is Unhappy with President Rouhani
Professor Muhammad Sahimi explains how Iran’s behind-the-scenes powers are trying to position a hardliner for Iran’s next presidential election. Trump’s hard line on Iran would encourage Iran’s “deep state” to respond accordingly.


Steve Bannon on the Crisis of Capitalism and the Divine Right of Billionaires
Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss Bannon’s alliance with the far-right Catholic Opus Dei, and his vision of the Judeo-Christian West

*Opes Dei and ilk’s view of Francis is similar to the right’s view of Obama.

Both mouth platitudes that we all nod our heads to, but in practice they seek to simply manage the systems they serve. That means pretty words and small deeds, never truly affecting the power structures of church, state and society.

But even that elicits bile from those who see any mention of social justice, no matter how empty, as an assault on their divine right to rule as they see fit.

They need the Francises and Obamas (and FDRs) to save the system from its rapacious and irrational self, but they’ll never acknowledge that.

Precisely the opposite.

And at this point, their efforts are inadequate to prevent things falling apart.

It’s up to us to decide if we’re ready to accept the risks imperative to transform the way the world works, or to put our faith in the false prophets of reform, which is the most foolish risk of all.


Institute for Public Accuracy
CIA Head Threatens WikiLeaks — and a Free Press


Democracy Now!
Advocates Urge Trump to De-escalate with North Korea, Not Ratchet Up Threats & Military Aggression


Legal Chaos in Arkansas as Judges Halt State Plan to Carry Out Unprecedented Spate of Executions

*No surprise that the Clintons are mute on this, is there?


Is Turkey Becoming a Dictatorship?: Erdogan Claims Victory in Vote to Give President Sweeping Powers


What you can do now to bounce back from a stroke in the future
Here’s what the experience of 18,000 people tells us
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



Will Turkey Hand Erdoğan Authoritarian Rule With Referendum Vote?
Polls show the public is split ahead of historic vote, but the government’s crackdown on dissent has silenced the opposition
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


With Message for Trump, Citizen Group Launches First Space Protest
‘From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty,’ the late NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell once declared
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Censorship at the Border Threatens Free Speech Everywhere
by Jameel Jaffer


The Real News Network
Trump’s Massive Bomb and Syrian Strike Both Deadly Propaganda Events
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay ask if the US “mother of all bombs” dropped on Afghanistan and the missile attack on a Syrian airbase are PR events to show Trump and the US military will “fight without restraint” and “take on Russia”


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Korea * Is Case Against Syria Falling Apart?


Democracy Now!
U.S. Drops Its Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb on Afghans, Already Traumatized by Decades of War

*If Osman truly believes that “aid” from the US is meant to empower Afghans, that is a rather striking display of naïveté on her part, to my mind.


Afghans Respond to Insult of U.S. Dropping Massive Bomb: “Would a Mother Do That to Any Children?”


700 Immigrants on Hunger Strike at For-Profit Prison to Protest Conditions & $1/Day Wages


Immigrants on Hunger Strike over Conditions as Trump Admin. Plans to Gut Protections for Detainees


Ralph Nader Explains Why United Airlines Has “Total Unbridled Discretion to Throw You Off a Plane”

*”Fly the friendly skies”

The ground’s a whole other matter



‘The Resistance’ That Doesn’t Resist War
by Dan Kovalik


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Saudi Arabia: Investigate Transgender Woman’s Death
Free 5 Pakistanis Still Held After February ‘Morality’ Raid


The Real News Network
South African Demonstrators Demand Zuma’s Resignation
ANC’s leadership called into question – as Zuma’s corruption ridden Presidency is headed to an end, who will lead the country next, ponders Trevor Ngwane of the Johannesburg United Front and Professor Patrick Bond


Wells Fargo’s Board Investigation of Itself Amounts to a Farce
Bill Black explains how the Wells Fargo scandal is emblematic of the bank’s corporate culture and that the fined executives are only scapegoats

*There are few terms more insidiously ironic than “bank and trust”


The Overlooked Past Behind U.S.-North Korea Tensions & How South Korea Could Forge Peace
Christine Hong of UC Santa Cruz and the Korea Policy Institute discusses the overlooked history behind U.S.-North Korea tensions and says the best hope for resolving them is a progressive government in South Korea willing to engage


Trump’s Syria Attack Sanctioned by the Media
Media critic Norman Solomon says US media’s uncritical coverage of Trump’s Syria attack is typical and has its roots in ratings spikes and in economic ties to the military-industrial complex


Thomas Friedman’s Perverse Love Affair With ISIS
by Adam Johnson


Democracy Now!
Stephen Cohen: This is Most Dangerous Moment in U.S.-Russian Relations Since Cuban Missile Crisis

*Of course, anyone who questions this Russia to judgment will be labeled a “Putin apologist”, but Cohen at some level seems to merit the epithet. He almost comes across as a defense lawyer for the Russian government.

There are many holes to punch in this “Kremlingate” narrative, but I don’t see Cohen as the unbiased point person to do so.


Russia Vetoes U.N. Resolution on Syria as Questions Linger over Deadly Chemical Attack



DeVos Just Put Interests of ‘Predatory Profiteers’ Over Student Loan Borrowers
Memo DeVos sent Tuesday rescinds student loan borrower protections put in place by Obama administration
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Detroit Families Know
A recent study predicts that in the next five years, more than one-third of Americans will not be able to afford their water
by Zenobia Jeffries


Amazon Watch
Tested, Cost-effective, and Practical: Secure Community Land Rights Can Help Protect the Earth and Prevent the Climate Crisis
Indigenous Peoples and community advocates in Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Taiwan, and 21 other countries to take action for community land rights, April 22-29 (Earth Day)

*The culpability of “leftist” governments in Latin America in the denial of indigenous rights, often violently, is often ignored by “progressive” commentators and media outlets.

Principled condemnation of their actions has nothing to do with support for US and allies’ attempts to subvert democracy in those countries, it should go without saying.


The Real News Network
Free College Tuition in New York State Draws Both Praise and Criticism
Approved by the state legislature and the governor, in-state tuition for households making under $125,000 a year will be free, but it excludes part-time and undocumented students – people that activist/organizer Denise Romero says ought to be included in the plan


Trump Lifts Moratorium on Coal Mining and Eliminates Regulations
Jace Killsback, President of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and Jenny Harbine of EarthJustice talk about the impact the lifting of the coal mining moratorium will have on communities and on climate change


‘Regardless of What the President Says, the Laws Are Still There’
CounterSpin interview with Jennifer Reisch on women in the workplace
by Janine Jackson

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued


When WaPo Calls for ‘Honest’ Debate, Check for Your Wallet
by Dean Baker


Democracy Now!
Allan Nairn: Civilian Deaths Are Spiking in Syria & Iraq as U.S. Launches Unrestrained Bombing Raids


Trump Is Moving “Full Speed Ahead” in War in Yemen, Despite Massive Civilian Casualties


Allan Nairn: Only Mass Disruption From Below Can Stop Right-Wing Revolution & Trump’s Absolute Power


4 Big Reasons Women Should Never Do Steady State Cardio
by Yuri Elkaim



Trump Administration Considering ‘Back-Door Way’ to Cut Social Security
‘If Trump proposes this Trojan horse, it would be the newest shot in the ongoing Republican war against Social Security’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Republicans Hide, Plan ‘Sham Town Halls’ to Duck Angry Constituents
Voters are resorting to billboards, protests, and petitions to highlight absentee officials
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


U.S. PIRG Press Release: New Report Shows Victims of Aggressive Tactics From Medical Debt Collectors


The Real News Network
India and Israel Sign Unprecedented $2 Billion Arms Deal
New Israeli missiles in the arms deal serve no real purpose for India, says TRNN’s Shir Hever


What’s Causing the Winter Haze in China?
Attempts to slow down the existing conditions with emission reduction legislation and a return of Eurasian sea ice will take a substantial amount of time, says Professor Yuhang Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology


Heritage Foundation Provided Blueprint for Trump’s Budget
The Heritage Foundation’s ties to the Trump administration are very extensive and his budget proposal shows it, according to In These Times writer Theo Anderson


Did Bipartisan Russia Hysteria Help Fuel Trump’s Rush to Bomb Assad?
In Part Two of our interview, journalist Rania Khalek argues that the U.S. strike on the Assad regime continues policy that tacitly helps Al Qaeda and ISIS, all the while raising the threat of conflict with Russia – a threat exacerbated by the recent bipartisan frenzy over President Trump’s ties to Moscow


As U.S. Politicians and Pundits Cheer Syria Bombing, Will ISIS and Al Qaeda Benefit?
Independent journalist Rania Khalek discusses the near-uniform media and political support for President Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian military airfield, the need for an independent investigation into the Idlid chemical attack, and why she thinks the U.S. strike may benefit ISIS and Al Qaeda


Jesse Hagopian: Fight Back Continues after Seattle Teachers Reject May- Day Strike
Author, activist and Seattle Public Schools teacher Jesse Hagopian says teachers, parents and students remain united to defend public schools, and proposes how parents and labor can unite to take on Trump’s privatization agenda


Victims of political policing demand accountability at Undercover Policing Inquiry in London
Two years have passed since the establishment of the Pitchford Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Participants say that as of yet, no oral evidence has been taken and that the police are seeking to delay the process in perpetuity. TRNN Researcher Mohamed Elmaazi attended the first Hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on April 4th, and interviewed participants and their supporters.


‘The Only Sensible Path at This Point is Dialogue’
CounterSpin interview with Hyun Lee on North Korea
by Janine Jackson


Out of 46 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed
by Adam Johnson

*”The game is lethal and dangerous, and there is no good reason for it to continue.”

Iron fisted irony


Institute for Public Accuracy
Spicer: “Goal is to Destabilize Syria”




Democracy Now!
El-Sisi Widens Crackdown on Egyptian Civil Society, Journalists After Palm Sunday Church Bombings

*Abdel Kouddous talks about these attacks underming el-Sisi’s credibility, but I have to wonder if that’s a price he feels worth paying – especially since he has the power to mitigate that damage – to increase his powers under the state of emergency.

What I’m positing is based on the reality that a security state doesn’t seek to exterminate “terrorism”, but to exploit it, and Egypt’s may have allowed this horror for that purpose.

I have no intel to back up that supposition, but I do think it’s worth keeping in mind as events unfold.


“We’re Coming for You”: Florida Sheriff Records Anti-Drug Message Surrounded by Masked SWAT Team

*Neither guest speaks to the actual purpose of policing – to control, rather that “protect” – but given their provenances, I really wouldn’t have expected them to do so.



Time Running Out to Halt Arkansas’s “Execution Assembly Line”
Governor’s plan could lead to “torturing prisoners to death”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Terminal’ Stage in Climate Change Fight
New aerial surveys show damage has spread to two-thirds of reef, up from one-third last year
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


War in the Gulf (No, Not That Gulf!)
The U.S. Navy’s Anti-Environmental Broadside in the Gulf of Alaska
by Dahr Jamail


The Public Should Pay Only For Public Schools, Not Religious Schools
But the issue might soon end up in front of the Supreme Court
by Diane Ravitch


Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria — and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation
by Norman Solomon


Global Witness
New Leaks Show Shell Oil Executives At Center Of Billion Dollar Bribery Scheme Involving Some Of The Most Powerful Officials In Nigeria


Campaign for Peace and Democracy

*Moral relativism is the luxury of the living


The Real News Network
Will Hamas Party Charter Accept a Two State Solution?
The leaked Hamas charter suggests a willingness to accept a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Imad Alsoos, a scholar of the Hamas party and Palestinian nationalism


Venezuelans Hold Demonstrations For and Against OAS Effort to Isolate Venezuela
Efforts to invoke the OAS Democratic Charter against Venezuela would only lead to more confrontation in Venezuela, says Steve Ellner


Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game and Reflection of Deep Systemic Crisis
Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss the cynical politics behind the attack and the decay and dysfunctionality of the American state

*Like Horne, I’d love to be heartened by “the #Resistance”, but this has to be all of a piece.

It’s one thing to rally against a reactionary Supreme Court nominee, and quite another to understand the necessity for unyielding opposition to the imperial aggression promulgated by both major parties.

We come out of our issue silos

Or watch the missiles launch from theirs.


Black Lives Matter Portland Case Awaits a New Judge

*Why would Conway or anyone else be surprised?

Maine’s in the US, innit?


US Syria Strike Was Illegal, No Matter Who Carried Out Gas Attack
Trump is receiving praise for his swift decision to bomb the Syrian airbase allegedly responsible for carrying out Tuesday’s gas attack, but Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the President’s grounds for action are shaky at best

*If truth is the first casualty of war

Context follows close behind


Congress’ Assault on Climate Science Intensifies
In an unprecedented action, scientists plan march on Washington to oppose the Trump administration’s position on climate change

*Mann focuses on Trump’s climate sins, which are manifest, but wouldn’t what preceded his regime – a pantomime of concern and action – simply have slowed our inevitable march over the cliff?


Defeated Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Refuses to Concede
Guillermo Lasso, the conservative who lost Ecuador’s presidential vote, is aiming to delegitimize the leftist winner, Lenin Moreno, before he takes office, says TRNN’s Greg Wilpert


Is Trump Right to Claim he was Spied on?
Glen Ford says it’s likely that Trump’s communications were spied on as part of the national security state’s bulk data collection


Institute for Public Accuracy
Russia and Iran Warn of “Red Lines” on Syria


Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes–Zero Are Critical
by Adam Johnson


We’re always ready


The Essential Pundit Take: ‘Trump Became President’ by Bombing Syria
by Jim Naureckas

*A war of warped words


Democracy Now!
A New McCarthyism: Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of Blaming Russia & WikiLeaks for Clinton Loss


Exclusive: Julian Assange on WikiLeaks’ Release of the Largest Leak of Secret CIA Documents


Julian Assange vs. Allan Nairn: Did WikiLeaks Inform Voters or Aid Trump’s Right-Wing Revolution?

*Well, that didn’t resolve a goddamn thing, did it, other than to strengthen my resolve to never put personality before principle.

I’m not on Nairn’s or Assange’s or Klein’s or anyone’s “side”. I can respect what they do, and criticize what they do, according to how I determine their actions further or harm what I want to see in the world.

I want to know the dirt on the Dems. We all should.

Was there some ulterior motive in how that was accomplished? I really can’t say.

Is Nairn saying that the leaks should have been delayed until after the election? Wouldn’t his contention about “the lesser evil” hold even then? I really can’t say just what he’s positing, either.

Did this serve any useful purpose?

What do you think?


Functional Movement Screen: Why You Need to Get One
by Yuri Elkaim


15 Posterior Chain Exercises to Target Your Butt, Back, and Hams
by Yuri Elkaim



Trump Hits His Target: Domestic Critics Who Think He’s Too Close to Putin and Not Interventionist
Six thoughts on the US bombing of Syria
by Greg Grandin

*War is not the answer

But the question doesn’t get asked


Democrats, Neoconservatives Unite In Support Of Strikes In Syria As Trump Launches Attack
by Kevin Gosztola


Kissinger Is the Dark Side of Trump in Syria
by Nafeez Ahmed


Is Trump Going to Intervene to Save Al-Qaeda’s ‘Heartland’ in Syria?
Western intervention would save Syria’s beleaguered al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels
by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton


Nebraska Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay and Lesbian Foster Parents
Ban on Adoption or Fostering by LGBT People Last in U.S. to Fall


Free Press
Trump’s FCC Chairman Meets with Phone and Cable Lobbyists to Unveil Plan to Destroy the Open Internet


The Real News Network
Running Government Like a Business is Bad for Citizens
Trump and Kushner say that the government should be run like a business, but that would mean eliminating regulations and expenses that benefit the people, says Michael Hudson


Does Canada Have a Foreign Policy Independent of the US?
Canada likes to portray its foreign policy as being independent and different from the US, but according to Yves Engler it actually almost always follows US lead


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Bombing “Illegal”


The Return of the Dangerous ‘Obama Did Nothing’ Narrative on Syria
by Reed Richardson


6 Foods to Buy Organic (Never in Conventional Form)
by Yuri Elkaim


How to find a better granola
And why muesli is worth a try
by Leah Ettman
Nutrition Action



Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead
Further military engagement by the U.S. is not the way to end the horrific carnage
by Phyllis Bennis


Public Pressure On White House Could Help Prevent Mass Starvation In Yemen
If you have never called your representative in Congress, now would be a good time to do it
by Mark Weisbrot


Is Trump Going to Commit the Next Great American Catastrophe in Syria?
It’d be extremely foolhardy to take military action when the details of the recent horrific gas attack lack expert examination
by Vijay Prashad

*A cooler head, and thus unlikely to prevail


Food & Water Watch
Trans-Pecos Pipeline Represents a Threat to West Texas Safety and National Energy Security
Global Banks Seek to Maximize Profits of Oil and Gas Flow at Expense of Texas’ Wellbeing


The Real News Network
Sanders and Warren Behind Act to Control Prescription Drug Costs
Improving access to affordable prescription drugs would significantly lower costs of health care and allow the government to fund clinical drug trials and produce generics says Dean Baker of CEPR

*Generic greed


President of Richmond Fed Leaks Insider Information and Gets to Walk Free
According to Bill Black, the investigation into leaking of inside information shows how banks and the Federal Reserve are riddled with conflicts of interest


UK Police Intensifies Crackdown on Environmental Protests
Police observer group Netpol has documented an increasingly harsh crackdown on anti-fracking protesters in the UK, often in collusion with fracking companies


Mayor’s $15 Veto has Unions Rethinking their Support of Democrats
Union leaders say Catherine Pugh’s veto of a $15 minimum wage bill has them considering supporting independent or third party candidates in future elections

*Demoratcy in action


Trump’s Tough Talk on Trade Deals is Absent from New Executive Orders
Commerce department given 90 days to report reasons for trade deficits, but the rest of the order is vague, says Justin Akers Chacon, professor at San Diego City College


Torturing Language to Put Best Light on Police Misconduct
by Adam Johnson

*Wordplay into the hands of the powerful


NYT’s BDS Debate Excludes BDS Proponents
by Adam Johnson


Democracy Now!
Meet the Lawyer Who Is Going After Bill O’Reilly & Donald Trump for Sexual Harassment


Boycotting Bill O’Reilly: Over 50 Advertisers Pull Ads on Fox Show over Sexual Harassment Scandal



‘Beyond a Red Line’: Trump Might Just Launch Surprise Attack on Syria
Despite no hard evidence yet about who is behind horrific chemical-related massacre, president indicates he will just do whatever he wants
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Just as every cop is a criminal …


Center for Biological Diversity
House Republicans Push to Dismantle Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
Legislative Hearing Is Part of Broad GOP Anti-public-lands Agenda


National Iranian-American Council
Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians


The Real News Network
After Deadly Navy SEAL Raid, Yemeni Villagers Suffer More U.S. Attacks
In Part Two of our interview on the U.S. role in Yemen’s turmoil, independent journalist Iona Craig discusses her recent reporting that challenged Trump administration claims about the deadly U.S. operation in January that claimed the lives of at least 25 Yemeni civilians and one Navy SEAL. Weeks later, U.S. drone strikes killed more civilians.

*The “success” or “failure” of these attacks has nothing to do with their morality, does it?

“Mission Accomplished”, even if true, is nothing to celebrate for anyone with a conscience.


Rattling the Bars: How the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Slavery
The National Million Prison Family March will take place on August 19 to demand the repeal of the 13th amendment, which legalizes prison slavery, explains Max Parthas, host of New Abolitionist Radio


Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Is Your Used Car a Timebomb? Loophole lets Auto Dealers Sell Millions of Recalled Cars


FAIR CounterSpin
‘It Shouldn’t Be a Privilege to Use the Internet Safely’
Evan Greer on internet privacy
by Janine Jackson


Talking About My Generation–So We Don’t Have to Talk About the Rich
by Dean Baker

*Boomer blame busted


7 of the Most Important Steps to Prevent Osteoporosis
by Yuri Elkaim



“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient?

And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic?

Vanity asks the question, is it popular?

Conscience asks the question

Is it right?”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., March 31, 1968

When will we ask that last question first?

Outcry as Trump Slashes Funding for World’s Most Vulnerable Mothers and Newborns
Trump’s State Department falsely claims that UN agency supports “a program of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Unions Help Narrow the Gender Wage Gap
by Elise Gould and Celine McNicholas


Fifty Years On: MLK’s Giant Triplets Still Plague Us, Including Militarism
by Kevin Martin and Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry


The Much-Maligned Views of Rania Khalek on Syria
Rania Khalek interviewed by Justin Podur


The Real News Network
Ilan Pappe: The Only Option is Prison
In Part Two of their discussion, journalist Max Blumenthal talks to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe about how the mere presence of Palestinians in Israel threatens the Israeli narrative


‘There Are No Signs That Iraq Can Be Bombed Into Stability’
Raed Jarrar on Mosul massacre
by Janine Jackson


The Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Breaking Up–and USA Today Tells Us to ‘Chill Out’
by Jim Naureckas

*Ever wonder how corpress climate coverage would differ if “TERRORISTS!” were responsible for global warming?


Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: Trump Administration Is Aiming to Decimate All Programs to Help Working People


Chomsky: Our Privatized U.S. Healthcare Program is an “International Scandal”

*The “public options”, today and eight years back, are not universal healthcare or a step toward it, but a deception to render its prospects null and void, and I don’t know why Chomsky seems to conflate the two.


Extraordinarily Dangerous: Chomsky on How Trump’s Threats Toward N. Korea Could Backfire


When Scapegoating Immigrants No Longer Works, Would Trump Stage an Attack to Maintain Power?


Full Interview: Noam Chomsky on Trump’s First 75 Days & Much More



As Clock Ticks for Internet Privacy, Calls for Trump to Show “Whose Side He’s On”
Some say the bill is ‘a test’ of whether President Donald Trump will side with consumers or big business
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And if he does make a political calculation and veto the bill, will he then be roundly praised for doing so?

And will he be any less a heartless bastard?


Arkansas’ Howard Zinn Witch-Hunt Fizzles
Why the great historian would have loved what transpired over the past few weeks
by Bill Bigelow


Most Americans Are Getting Poorer. How “Healthcare for the Rich” Is Killing Many of Them
by Paul Buchheit


Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrives
Whatever the truth about Trump and Russia, the speculation surrounding it has become a dangerous case of mass hysteria
by Matt Taibbi

*Russia to Judgment Day


Pocan, Amash Invoke War Powers as Trump Mulls Pushing Yemen Into Famine
by Robert Naiman


Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Option or Medicare for Some
by Margaret Flowers

*When you’re down by three with a second left

You don’t make a layup


The Real News Network
Trump Administration Formally Abandons Regime Change Policy in Syria
Tillerson and Haley say regime change in Syria is no longer the goal, which leaves US policy in the region riddled with contradictions, says Vijay Prashad


Britain’s Brexit Bill Gives Government Unprecedented Powers
The “Great Repeal Bill” repeals EU laws and gives the executive massive powers to rule by decree in the Brexit transition, says Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now


UPDATED: With Veto Override in Jeopardy, Advocates Say Action Needed to Save $15 Wage Effort
Advocates say now only mass grassroots efforts can save Baltimore’s $15 wage bill that would lift wages of 100,000 workers


As Mosul’s Civilian Toll Grows, U.S. & Iraq Continue War Tactics that Helped Give Rise to ISIS
Sabah Alnasseri of York University argues that the increasing civilian death toll in Mosul shows the U.S. and Iraqi governments are repeating the same approach that helped launch ISIS in the first place

*The security state thrives on the threat of “terrorism”, so why would it adopt a policy that would lead to that threat being greatly diminished?

It wants to be seen to be waging the GWOT ™, while ensuring that it’s never “won”.


Ilan Pappe: The Myth of Israel (1/2)
Journalist Max Blumenthal sits down with renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe to talk about the first of his forthcoming books, “Ten Myths About Israel”


Petition update
CALL TO ACTION — Gynecologists Are Continuing to Morcellate Tumors of the Uterus Manually
by Hooman Noorchashm


Tell Walmart to stop this cage-free hypocrisy!
by The Humane League


Institute for Public Accuracy
50 Years After Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam”

*There is always a cost for standing by one’s convictions

It is a premium paid toward a world that reflects them


Democracy Now!
North Carolina Claims It Repealed HB 2, But LGBTQ Activists Say New Law May Be Just As Dangerous

*A pol’s promise isn’t worth the toilet paper it’s written on


Trump Meets Egypt’s el-Sisi, Amid Wave of Repression, Jailings & Extrajudicial Killings in Egypt


5 Unique Characteristics of Cancer Cells
by Dr. David Jockers


The Best Anti-Rotation Exercises for a Strong Core
by Yuri Elkaim



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