2019-04-21: News Headlines

Staff (2019-04-21). Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History — Jay and Curry. therealnews.com The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump's regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling — former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman…

teleSUR (2019-04-20). UK Among Worst In Europe For Press Freedom. telesurenglish.net On Saturday, a 'Reporters Without Borders' report published in The Independent ranked the U.K. 33rd for press freedom, behind South Africa and Latvia. It is one of the worst rankings for a European country with activists arguing that 'national security' is often used as a pretext to trample on the freedom of press. | RELATED: YouTube Censors Iranian Press, HispanTV, Press TV Targeted | There have been long running concerns about the concentration of media ownership in Britain. A 2015 <...

Rostam Pourzal (2019-04-20). What Venezuela's Tragic Predicament Teaches Iran. globalresearch.ca Analysts, including commentators sympathetic to Chavismo, are understandably offering a mix of explanations for Venezuela's tragic and worsening predicament this year. With a debate as urgent as this, it is tempting to contrast the US success in crushing the Latin …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-04-20). The "Deal of the Century": The Palestinian Cause Is behind Iran and Hezbollah's Success. globalresearch.ca Israel is not preparing a military adventure against Gaza, Syria, Hezbollah or Iran because it is in fact already attaining its objectives both internationally and domestically. | Its military apparatus regularly hits targets in Syria with a calculated risk of retaliation …

Ben Norton (2019-04-19). Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation. thegrayzone.com Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-04-19). Roaming Charges: Time is Blind, Man is Stupid. counterpunch.org Some names always seem to resurface in American political scandals, so it was no surprise to stumble across "Ledeen" on page 63 of Mueller's Report, highlighting a scheme by Barbara Ledeen (wife of Iran/contra figure and Mike Flynn pal Michael) to track down HRC's emails at Flynn's request on behalf of the Trump campaign, an operation that funded in part by a $30,000 contribution from the blood-drenched accounts of Erik Prince. More

John Bachtell (2019-04-19). Crossroads: Saving humanity and nature requires global unity against extreme right. peoplesworld.org People and planet are at a crossroads: Humanity faces existential threats from the climate and ecological crises and militarization and nuclear war. Environmental, economic, and societal disruption on an unprecedented scale will have to be decisively dealt with over the next few decades to avoid catastrophic consequences. The global capitalist system has created unsustainable contradictions …

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-19). The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel. thecanary.co The current US government is moving closer to war with Iran, according to Lawrence Wilkerson, a former US Army colonel. The former George W … | Read more The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Ed Rampell (2019-04-19). "Red Joan," Promising a Soviet Spy Thriller, Underdelivers. progressive.org A the height of the Cold War, five members of Britain's nuclear program passed secrets along to the USSR.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-19). Watchdog Sounds Alarm Over Regulatory Capture as New Reporting Shows Nuclear Plants Unprepared for Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "We do not have an independent regulator that is heeding its mandate to protect public health and safety first." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-04-18). Is Trump for Detente or Militarism? — RAI with Stephen Cohen (2/5). therealnews.com Trump's stated aim is to reduce tensions with Russia, but is it motivated by peaceful objectives or is it preparations for aggression towards Iran and China — Stephen Cohen joins host Paul Jay for a spirited discussion on Reality Asserts Itself…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Headlines for April 18, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report, John Bolton Praises Monroe Doctrine as U.S. Sanctions Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, New U.S. Sanctions to Target Remittances & Companies Doing Business in Cuba, North Korea Tests New Weapon, Rejects Role of U.S. Secretary of State, Trump Administration to End Reporting on Size of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, Former Peruvian President Alan García Dies by Suicide as Police Move In, Teen Who Threatened Colorado Schools Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot, Philadelphia DA Clears Path for Mumia Abu-Jamal to Appeal Murder Conviction, New York Grants Parole to Brink's Heist Ge…

Staff (2019-04-17). Pompeo is "Setting the Stage for a War with Iran" therealnews.com In recent congressional testimony, Sec. of State Pompeo linked Iran to al Qaeda and 9/11 and would not say whether he would apply the 2001 war authorization (AUMF) to Iran. Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the implications…

United Nations (2019-04-17). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Sudan, Libya, Yemen updates, solutions for e-waste, flood response in Iran, online security for children. un.org At the top of the news agenda on Wednesday: updates on violence in Sudan's Darfur and in Libya, how e-waste can become an employment opportunity, help for the 2 million affected by floods in Iran, and efforts to make the internet safer for children.

unitedEditor (2019-04-15). Assange's arrest, Sudan coup, USA VS Iran. uwidata.com Assange's arrest On Thursday, Assange was arrested in London at the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been taking refuse since 2012, before the country revoked his asylum and turned him over to UK authorities. Assange is accused of conspiring with WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning to steal and publish secret government documents. In the US, he …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet. democracynow.org As President Trump pulls out of key nuclear agreements with Russia and moves to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Noam Chomsky looks at how the threat of nuclear war remains one of the most pressing issues facing mankind. In a speech at the Old South Church in Boston, Chomsky also discusses the threat of climate change and the undermining of democracy across the globe.

Stephen Zunes (2019-04-10). Trump's Controversial Decision on Iran's Revolutionary Guards. progressive.org Iran has near-universal male conscription, in which the guards often get priority—now all of these young men, some of whom have no desire to even be in the armed forces, will be labeled as "terrorists."

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

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Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History — Jay and Curry
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-21
The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump's regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling — former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman…
therealnews.com/stories/mueller-and-a-da…

UK Among Worst In Europe For Press Freedom
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-20
On Saturday, a 'Reporters Without Borders' report published in The Independent ranked the U.K. 33rd for press freedom, behind South Africa and Latvia. It is one of the worst rankings for a European country with activists arguing that 'national security' is often used as a pretext to trample on the freedom of press. | RELATED: YouTube Censors Iranian Press, HispanTV, Press TV Targeted | There have been long running concerns about the concentration of media ownership in Britain. A 2015
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Among-Worst-I…

What Venezuela's Tragic Predicament Teaches Iran
Rostam Pourzal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-20
Analysts, including commentators sympathetic to Chavismo, are understandably offering a mix of explanations for Venezuela's tragic and worsening predicament this year. With a debate as urgent as this, it is tempting to contrast the US success in crushing the Latin …
globalresearch.ca/what-venezuelas-tragic…

The "Deal of the Century": The Palestinian Cause Is behind Iran and Hezbollah's Success
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-20
Israel is not preparing a military adventure against Gaza, Syria, Hezbollah or Iran because it is in fact already attaining its objectives both internationally and domestically. | Its military apparatus regularly hits targets in Syria with a calculated risk of retaliation …
globalresearch.ca/the-deal-of-the-centur…

Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-19
Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/18/instagram-us-…

Roaming Charges: Time is Blind, Man is Stupid
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-19
Some names always seem to resurface in American political scandals, so it was no surprise to stumble across "Ledeen" on page 63 of Mueller's Report, highlighting a scheme by Barbara Ledeen (wife of Iran/contra figure and Mike Flynn pal Michael) to track down HRC's emails at Flynn's request on behalf of the Trump campaign, an operation that funded in part by a $30,000 contribution from the blood-drenched accounts of Erik Prince.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/19/time-is-blin…

The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-19
The current US government is moving closer to war with Iran, according to Lawrence Wilkerson, a former US Army colonel. The former George W … | Read more The US is laying groundwork for war with Iran, says former US army colonel | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/04/19/the-us-is-laying-groundwork-for-war-with-iran-says-former-us-army-colonel/

Crossroads: Saving humanity and nature requires global unity against extreme right
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-19
People and planet are at a crossroads: Humanity faces existential threats from the climate and ecological crises and militarization and nuclear war. Environmental, economic, and societal disruption on an unprecedented scale will have to be decisively dealt with over the next few decades to avoid catastrophic consequences. The global capitalist system has created unsustainable contradictions …
peoplesworld.org/article/crossroads-savi…

"Red Joan," Promising a Soviet Spy Thriller, Underdelivers
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2019-04-19
A the height of the Cold War, five members of Britain's nuclear program passed secrets along to the USSR.
progressive.org/dispatches/red-joan-ramp…

Watchdog Sounds Alarm Over Regulatory Capture as New Reporting Shows Nuclear Plants Unprepared for Climate Crisis
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-19
"We do not have an independent regulator that is heeding its mandate to protect public health and safety first." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/19/watchdo…

Is Trump for Detente or Militarism? — RAI with Stephen Cohen (2/5)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-18
Trump's stated aim is to reduce tensions with Russia, but is it motivated by peaceful objectives or is it preparations for aggression towards Iran and China — Stephen Cohen joins host Paul Jay for a spirited discussion on Reality Asserts Itself…
therealnews.com/stories/is-trump-for-det…

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Sudan, Libya, Yemen updates, solutions for e-waste, flood response in Iran, online security for children
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-17
At the top of the news agenda on Wednesday: updates on violence in Sudan's Darfur and in Libya, how e-waste can become an employment opportunity, help for the 2 million affected by floods in Iran, and efforts to make the internet safer for children.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Pompeo is "Setting the Stage for a War with Iran"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-17
In recent congressional testimony, Sec. of State Pompeo linked Iran to al Qaeda and 9/11 and would not say whether he would apply the 2001 war authorization (AUMF) to Iran. Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the implications…
therealnews.com/stories/pompeo-is-settin…

Assange's arrest, Sudan coup, USA VS Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-15
Assange's arrest On Thursday, Assange was arrested in London at the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been taking refuse since 2012, before the country revoked his asylum and turned him over to UK authorities. Assange is accused of conspiring with WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning to steal and publish secret government documents. In the US, he …
uwidata.com/3093-assanges-arrest-sudan-c…

Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change & the Undermining of Democracy Threaten Future of Planet
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
As President Trump pulls out of key nuclear agreements with Russia and moves to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Noam Chomsky looks at how the threat of nuclear war remains one of the most pressing issues facing mankind. In a speech at the Old South Church in Boston, Chomsky also discusses the threat of climate change and the undermining of democracy across the globe.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/12/chomsky_n…

Trump's Controversial Decision on Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Stephen Zunes | progressive.org | 2019-04-10
Iran has near-universal male conscription, in which the guards often get priority–now all of these young men, some of whom have no desire to even be in the armed forces, will be labeled as "terrorists."
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-irans-r…