2018-03-08: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-03-09). Striking West Virginia Frontier telecom workers speak out. World Socialist Web Site Thursday marks the fifth day of a strike by over 1,400 Frontier telecommunication workers in Virginia and West Virginia.

TRNN (2018-03-08). A New Chapter in China-Africa Relations. The Real News Network The political and economic relationship between China and Africa, which has steadily intensified since the '90s, is very different than the relationships African countries have had with other capitalist powers. China's own colonial past is a big factor, says Dr. Zhiqun Zhu of Bucknell University…

WSWS (2018-03-08). For a unified socialist movement of lecturers and students! World Socialist Web Site A fight to build solidarity between lecturers and students involves a political struggle against the University and College Union, National Union of Students and other false leaderships.

Will Parrish (2018-03-08). The University of Nuclear Bombs. counterpunch.org When Nobu Hanaoka was 8 months old, the city where he lived and played was consumed by a fiery hell. On Aug. 9, 1945, a U.S. warplane released an atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan. The blast, heat, fire, and radiation from the bomb killed 40,000 people almost instantaneously. Roughly 70,000 died by year's end. Three days prior, the U.S. military had also exploded an atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Those killed immediately numbered some 90,000. Those dying by the end of 1945 numbered some 140,000. More

Nicole Rojas, Newsweek (2018-03-08). Cornell Student Accused of Hate Crime Could Soon Be Deported. AlterNet.org The Canada native has been charged with attempted assault in the third degree. | A Canadian studying at Cornell University on a student visa faces possible deportation if convicted of a hate crime against a black student at the school. In September, John Greenwood was arrested and charged with attempted assault in the third degree as a hate crime, aggravated harassment in the second degree and criminal mischief after he. . . | Related Stories: Watch Kamala Harris Blast Jeff Sessions for Invoking Slavery in California CommentsIn Alarming New Move, ICE Is Now Going After Immigration ActivistsThe Grave Terror Threat the United States Refuses to Acknowledge

WSWS (2018-03-08). An interview with a striking York University contract faculty member. World Socialist Web Site Around 3,000 contract faculty and support staff are on their fourth day of strike action at Toronto's York University over poverty wages and job security.

Staff (2018-03-08). Second Major Storm in Days Pummels Northeast. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists NEW YORK—The second major storm in less than a week moved up the East Coast early Thursday, dumping heavy snow and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from Pennsylvania to New England. | Some places saw more than 2 feet of snow by late Wednesday. Montville, New Jersey, got more than 26 inches from the nor'easter. North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 24 inches and Sloatsburg, New York, got 26 inches. | Major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor saw much less. Philadelphia International Airport recorded about 6 inches, while New York City's Central Park saw less than 3 inches. | The storm made traveling treacherous. Thousands of flights across the region were canceled. | It was not much better on the ground. Members of the Northeastern University women's basketball team pushed their bus back on course after it was…

Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Donald Trump's Racism Was on Full Display at the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant. AlterNet.org If a contestant's skin was too dark or she rejected his advances, she was out. | racism on full display. According to Michael Isikoff and David Corn, authors of the upcoming book Russian Roulette, Trump regularly vetoed pageant contestants whose skin was too dark for his standards, women who did not fit European standards of beauty, and anyone other woman who refused to tolerate his predatory sexual advances, as he is known to have made during past pageants. Per Mother Jones: Frequently, Trump would toss out finalists and replace them with others he preferred. "If there were too many women of color, he would make changes," a Miss Universe staffer later noted. Another Miss Universe staffer recalled, "He often thought a woman was too ethnic or too dark-skinned. He had a particular type of woman he thought was a winner. Others were too. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). On International Women's Day, Women Declare: Emancipation Comes Through the Rejection of Capitalism. Democracy Now! From Afghanistan to the Philippines to Mexico to Spain, women across the globe are taking to the streets today to mark International Women's Day. In South Korea, International Women's Day rallies were held in Seoul as the #MeToo movement sweeps the country. Filipino women rallied in Manila to protest the policies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Afghan women held a rare public rally in Kabul. In Kenya, African women are meeting today to discuss ending violence against women and girls with disabilities. In England, women organized a major march on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. And in the United States, rallies are scheduled to take place across the country today. For more, we speak with Tithi Bhattacharya, associate professor of South Asian history at Purdue University. She is one of the national organizers of the International Women's Strike.

Mark Taliano (2018-03-08). Entering the Ring of War Propaganda. Global Research Western populations are inundated with war propaganda, and all of the MSM is guilty. It serves to promote criminal warfare rather than peace. | Once we enter the ring of propaganda fabricated by western agencies of deception, we start to lose, …

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Will Trump Help Saudi Arabia Become a Nuclear Power? AlterNet.org A new lobbying effort threatens to upend the Middle East. | The House of Saud is angling for approval on a new nuclear power program, and Donald Trump just might grant it. According to The Young Turks' Ken Klippenstein, King & Spalding, a law firm that has previously represented the president in his real estate dealings, registered last month to lobby the White House on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Justice Department filings reveal the firm will receive $450,000 over a 30-day period to start, and talks are set to begin in a matter of weeks. King & Spalding's ties to the Trump administration are numerous. Beyond the link to the president, FBI director Christopher Wray served as a litigator at the firm from 2005-2017. As Klippenstein notes, the appointment drew the ire of the ACLU's political director Faiz Shakir,. . .

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-03-08). The Grave Terror Threat the United States Refuses to Acknowledge. AlterNet.org Far-right violence is on the rise. Why do pundits and politicians look the other way? | Over the course of the last 10 years, it is white Christian right-wing domestic terrorists, not Muslims or immigrants, who are responsible for the vast majority of deaths and injuries caused by political violence in the United States. With that information comes a puzzle. Islamic terrorism inspires panic and hysteria from conservatives and the mainstream news media. By comparison, terrorist acts committed by white Christians are usually met with shrugs of surprise, denials of reality and efforts to deflect any serious analysis of the threat. The Parkland, Florida, massacre provides the most recent example of this dynamic. Several weeks ago, Nikolas Cruz, an apparent white supremacist and Donald Trump supporter who reportedly had Nazi swastikas engraved on the magazines of his AR-15 assault rifle, went on a. . .

Staff (2018-03-08). Chris Hedges and Kali Akuno on the Gentrification of Jackson, Miss. (Video). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson explains the critical moment facing the primarily black city and offers a blueprint for a socialist alternative. | The post Chris Hedges and Kali Akuno on the Gentrification of Jackson, Miss. (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-08). "Wipe the Soviet Union Off the Map", 204 Atomic Bombs against 66 Major Cities, US Nuclear Attack against USSR Planned During World War II. Global Research According to a secret document dated September 15, 1945, "the Pentagon had envisaged blowing up the Soviet Union with a coordinated nuclear attack directed against 66 major urban areas.

Robert J. Burrowes (2018-03-08). Homo Sapiens on Track to Extinction? Climate and Nuclear Threats. Can Humanity Survive? Global Research Anyone reading the scientific literature (or the progressive news outlets that truthfully report this literature) knows that homo sapiens sapiens is on the fast track to extinction, most likely some time between 2025 and 2040. | For a taste of the …

John Laforge (2018-03-08). False Alarms and Exaggerated Threats. counterpunch.org Three days after the January 13 false alarm of a North Korean nuclear attack on Hawaii, Japan's public TV broadcaster NHK issued its own false alarm around 7 p.m., warning in error that North Korea had launched a missile at Japan. As reported by CNN, Jan. 17, and by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and Reuters Jan. 16, the shocking message was received by Japanese smart phone users and by NHK TV website viewers. More

Whitney Webb (2018-03-08). Scream Loudly and Carry a Nuclear Arsenal: The Dangers of Trump's "Nuclear Diplomacy" MintPress News The Trump administration is being credited with the recent breakthrough in resolving hostilities on the Korean peninsula, as threats of nuclear annihilation are defined as a form of "unorthodox diplomacy." | The post Scream Loudly and Carry a Nuclear Arsenal: The Dangers of Trump's "Nuclear Diplomacy" appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-03-08). South Korea Leader Sees More Obstacles to Disarming North. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists President Moon Jae-in says that many "critical moments" still lie ahead to end the nuclear crisis despite North Korea's recent outreach to Seoul and Washington. | The post South Korea Leader Sees More Obstacles to Disarming North appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-03-08). Pentagon 'disappointed' by Putin's revelation of new Russian nuclear deterrent. RT US News Top Pentagon officials have told US lawmakers that they were "disappointed" by Putin's public announcement of Russia's unmatched missile capability, lamenting that he will use it to further "intimidate" the US and its allies.
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Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). In Spain, Women Launch Nationwide Feminist Strike Protesting "Alliance of Patriarchy & Capitalism" Democracy Now! In Spain, women have launched the first nationwide women's strike in Spain's history to mark International Women's Day. Their motto: "If we stop, the world stops." Organizers say its supporters include Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, and Manuela Carmena, the mayor of Madrid. Organizers published a manifesto reading, "Today we call for a society free of sexist oppression, exploitation and violence. We call for rebellion and a struggle against the alliance of the patriarchy and capitalism that wants us to be obedient, submissive and quiet. We do not accept worse working conditions, nor being paid less than men for the same work. That is why we are calling a work strike." We speak with María Carrión, an independent freelance journalist based in Madrid.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-08). Art and Politics in Australia. Global Research

Robert J. Burrowes (2018-03-08). On The Fast Track to Extinction: Can Humanity Survive? MintPress News The threat faced by humanity is not the multitude of complex social, political, economic and technological forces precipitating our rush to extinction, it is our dysfunctional individual and collective psychological state, perhaps a much more vexing problem to solve. | The post On The Fast Track to Extinction: Can Humanity Survive? appeared first on MintPress News.

Ann Robertson, Bill Leumer (2018-03-08). Janus, the Meaning of Freedom, and Striking West Virginia Teachers and Staff. counterpunch.org With the Janus vs. AFSCME case now before the Supreme Court, the deep-pocketed corporate right wing has been pressing its anti-union agenda. One such group raised the argument in a mailing to public sector union members that by abandoning their union "you will have more freedom." In particular, they added, people not in the union More

WSWS (2018-03-08). Trade conflict heats up. World Socialist Web Site The European Union hopes to avert the Trump tariff measures but at a press conference Trump singled out the EU for attack.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Ursula K. Le Guin: Prominent science fiction and fantasy writer (1929-2018). World Socialist Web Site Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the most significant and popular English-language writers of speculative fiction, associated with feminism and utopianism, died January 28 at the age of 88.

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya (2018-03-08). The Historic Role That Soviet Women Played in Defeating the Nazis in World War II. Global Research In light of the International Women's Day celebration, below is an article that exposes the role of women during the Second World War that has been hidden from the mainstream media. | * | Due to Western ethnocentric views, the woman soldiers, …

Staff (2018-03-08). The Latest on International Women's Day. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists MANILA, Philippines—The Latest on International Women's Day (all times local): | 9: 40 p.m. | Asia Argento, an Italian actress who helped launch the #MeToo movment, is launching a new movement, #WeToo, which aims to unite women against the power imbalance in favor of men. | Argento told Radio 24 on Thursday that her aim was "to finally change the patriarchal system so rooted in our culture, not just in Italy." She called on women to join her at a women's march in Rome later in the day, and participate in a strike to illustrate the contributions of women at home and in the workplace. | Argento helped give strength to other women to report sexual assault and harassment when she accused Harvey Weinstein of rape in an expose by The New Yorker. The accusations drew a backlash in Italy for having waited 20…

RT (2018-03-08). Collision that killed 10 US sailors caused by warship's mistaken maneuver — official probe. RT US News A sudden turn made by a US destroyer lead to a collision with a commercial vessel that killed 10 American sailors, an investigation by Singaporean authorities has concluded.
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WSWS (2018-03-08). Indian Stalinists routed in Tripura bastion. World Socialist Web Site Whenever the Stalinist Left Front has formed government in one of India's states over the past quarter century, it has pursued right-wing, "pro-investor" policies.

Tristan Baurick (2018-03-08). Coast Guard Responders Harmed by Chemicals Used to Clean Up BP Deepwater Oil Spill, Research Shows. Global Research Featured image: Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Leonard watches oil and gas flare during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Belson) | For thousands of Coast Guard members who …

WSWS (2018-03-08). Australia: "Silent invasion" book advocates war against China. World Socialist Web Site A new book seeks to whip up anti-Chinese chauvinism, brand any dissent as treasonous, and insist on unconditional commitment to US war plans.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-08). Lebanon: 5 Steps to Improve Women's Rights. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Candidates running in Lebanon's May 6, 2018 parliamentary elections should commit to five key steps to improve women's rights, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Women's Day. Political parties should also ensure greater participation of women in parliament by including women on their candidate lists. | Lebanon has made some positive incremental steps in recent years toward protecting women's rights, but is behind other countries in the region in some respects. In 2014, parliament adopted a landmark law on domestic violence, but it defined domestic violence too narrowly and failed to criminalize marital rape. In 2017, parliament repealed article 522 of the criminal code, which had allowed rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victim, but left a loophole for cases concerning sex with children ages 15-17 and seducing a virgin girl into having sex with…

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct. AlterNet.org The financial industry is getting a big handout. | On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .

Marshall Auerback, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Why Trump Is So Clumsy About Fighting 'Free Trade&#039 AlterNet.org There are better ways than simply slapping tariffs on imported goods. | President Trump announced last week that he plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. It's important to note that any policy pronouncement from this president is done within the paradigm of a real estate wheeler-dealer who sees deals of any kind as a zero-sum game. I win, and you lose; there is no such thing as a good trade deal that works as a win-win for both sides. Expressing the opposite view is Paul Krugman, who writes, "Trade isn't a zero-sum game: it raises the productivity and wealth of the world economy. " And the corollary also applies as well: any action taken to disrupt the free flow of goods between countries is likely to provoke a counter-reaction, the result being a trade. . .

Norman Solomon (2018-03-08). Daniel Ellsberg's Advice for How to Stop Current and Future Wars. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The whistleblower says do what Katharine Gun did in 2003. Gun is a former U.K. intelligence analyst who leaked information about the illegality of the Iraq War. | The post Daniel Ellsberg's Advice for How to Stop Current and Future Wars appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Carla Ruas (2018-03-08). As Female Imprisonment in Brazil Skyrockets, a Heavy Burden Falls on the Women Left at Home. The Intercept The number of women incarcerated in Brazil rose by almost 700% between 2000 and 2016, and many of their children were left with invisible caretakers who absorb the costs of raising other women's kids. | The post As Female Imprisonment in Brazil Skyrockets, a Heavy Burden Falls on the Women Left at Home appeared first on The Intercept.

DPCR (2018-03-08). A Stalinist Purge in America? Global Research This year could turn out to be a defining year for the United States. It is clear that the US military/security complex and the Democratic Party aided by their media vassals intend to purge Donald Trump from the presidency. One …

TRNN (2018-03-08). From Segregation to Black Independent Schools. The Real News Network In part three, Noliwe Rooks says after African Americans were faced with nationwide resistance to integration, groups like the Black Panthers created successful models for black education…

Mark Fiore (2018-03-08). The Best and Most Serious People (Video). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists When Trump was campaigning, he said, "I'm going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people." Apparently, he meant to say the most "shady and corrupt." | The post The Best and Most Serious People (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Nafeez Ahmed (2018-03-08). US Army Docs: Plan to 'Dethrone' Putin for Oil Pipelines May Provoke WW3. MintPress News A US Army document concedes the real interests driving US military strategy toward Russia: dominating oil pipeline routes, accessing the vast natural resources of Central Asia, and enforcing the expansion of American capitalism worldwide. | The post US Army Docs: Plan to 'Dethrone' Putin for Oil Pipelines May Provoke WW3 appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Australia: Anger erupts over privatised bus services in Newcastle. World Socialist Web Site Amid an ongoing state government attack on public transport workers' jobs and conditions, a packed public meeting voices outrage over poor service and major delays.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2018-03-08). For the Love of Their Country or Money? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Much has been made of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian operatives or the Russian government to win the November 2016 election. While there is yet to emerge solid evidence that attempted Russian meddling actually impacted the election's outcome, in recent days Mueller's probe may have turned in a far more damning direction: how Trump's family members may have used the president's political power to obtain business advantages, and specifically how Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner may be deeply implicated. | Several recent reports offer strong suggestions of corruption. First, The Washington Post reported Feb. 27 that officials from four other countries—namely the United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico and Israel—apparently discussed ways to exploit Kushner's business needs in order for their countries to obtain favorable U.S. policies. A day later The…

Nyla Ali Khan (2018-03-08). The Pathway to Repair the Tapestry That Kashmir Once Was. counterpunch.org Given the highly volatile situation in Kashmir, millenials or the Net Generation in the state are unable to employ effective strategies to successfully resolve issues that they are invested in; they lack access to their representatives/ legislators/ decision-makers in order to implement their recommendations; and they lack the space to reflect on their strategies, challenges, More

Prof. Tim Anderson (2018-03-08). International Women's Day: Syria says YES to Women, and NO to Wahhabis. Global Research Image. Prof. Tim Anderson | First published by GR on March 8, 2018 | On International Women's Day — The Syrian Arab Republic — the only genuinely pluralist nation in the region — was the first country in the Middle East and …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-08). Trump to Formally Sign Off on New Tariffs. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | According to administration trade representative Peter Navarro, Trump will formally sign off on new steel and aluminum tariffs Thursday afternoon in the …

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-08). Philippines Terrorist Petition Virtual Hit List. Human Rights Watch News Members of the New Peoples Army (NPA), armed group of the Communist Party of the Philippines, are silhouetted during graduation after their military training in their jungle hideout in Lianga in southern Mindanao island March 13, 2004. | © 2004 Reuters | The Philippine government is putting at grave risk more than 600 people — among them a United Nations human rights expert and dozens of leftist activists — by labeling them as members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA). | In a petition filed in a Manila court dated February 21, 2018, seen by Human Rights Watch, the Department of Justice submitted a 55-page list that included long-time leaders of the communist movement such as Netherlands-based Jose Maria Sison, who founded the…

RAWA (2018-03-08). US War Crimes against Women: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA): Interview. Global Research Today is International Women's Day. The article below, first published on GR in May 2016, tells us the struggles of women's organization in Afghanistan. | * | Please tell us about RAWA, you and your struggle, and the difficulties facing your country….

GGI News (2018-03-08). The Rs 1.4 Trillion Plan to Destroy India's Agriculture. Global Research

Aidan O'Brien (2018-03-08). Wall Street Sells Subprime History . counterpunch.org Like a glossy real estate magazine the bimonthly Foreign Affairs attracts the eye. And so like a mortgage salesman the Council on Foreign Relations pitches the Dream without mentioning the Nightmare. Its high class narrative on the primacy of "private property" (the US kind) at home and abroad baits the reader before switching to the lowest ideological standards More

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2018-03-08: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-03-09). Striking West Virginia Frontier telecom workers speak out. World Socialist Web Site Thursday marks the fifth day of a strike by over 1,400 Frontier telecommunication workers in Virginia and West Virginia.

Staff (2018-03-08). Second Major Storm in Days Pummels Northeast. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists NEW YORK—The second major storm in less than a week moved up the East Coast early Thursday, dumping heavy snow and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from Pennsylvania to New England. | Some places saw more than 2 feet of snow by late Wednesday. Montville, New Jersey, got more than 26 inches from the nor'easter. North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 24 inches and Sloatsburg, New York, got 26 inches. | Major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor saw much less. Philadelphia International Airport recorded about 6 inches, while New York City's Central Park saw less than 3 inches. | The storm made traveling treacherous. Thousands of flights across the region were canceled. | It was not much better on the ground. Members of the Northeastern University women's basketball team pushed their bus back on course after it was…

WSWS (2018-03-08). For a unified socialist movement of lecturers and students! World Socialist Web Site A fight to build solidarity between lecturers and students involves a political struggle against the University and College Union, National Union of Students and other false leaderships.

TRNN (2018-03-08). A New Chapter in China-Africa Relations. The Real News Network The political and economic relationship between China and Africa, which has steadily intensified since the '90s, is very different than the relationships African countries have had with other capitalist powers. China's own colonial past is a big factor, says Dr. Zhiqun Zhu of Bucknell University…

WSWS (2018-03-08). An interview with a striking York University contract faculty member. World Socialist Web Site Around 3,000 contract faculty and support staff are on their fourth day of strike action at Toronto's York University over poverty wages and job security.

RT (2018-03-08). Pentagon 'disappointed' by Putin's revelation of new Russian nuclear deterrent. RT US News Top Pentagon officials have told US lawmakers that they were "disappointed" by Putin's public announcement of Russia's unmatched missile capability, lamenting that he will use it to further "intimidate" the US and its allies.
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TRNN (2018-03-08). Will Russiagate Help the Israel Lobby Censor Al Jazeera? The Real News Network As Qatar faces pressure to suppress an Al Jazeera expose of the Israel lobby, Max Blumenthal and Ali Abunimah discuss how the climate of censorship and fear around Russiagate has empowered those long attacking Palestinian rights…

WSWS (2018-03-08). Australia: Anger erupts over privatised bus services in Newcastle. World Socialist Web Site Amid an ongoing state government attack on public transport workers' jobs and conditions, a packed public meeting voices outrage over poor service and major delays.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Australia: "Silent invasion" book advocates war against China. World Socialist Web Site A new book seeks to whip up anti-Chinese chauvinism, brand any dissent as treasonous, and insist on unconditional commitment to US war plans.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Trade conflict heats up. World Socialist Web Site The European Union hopes to avert the Trump tariff measures but at a press conference Trump singled out the EU for attack.

WSWS (2018-03-08). US emergency departments report significant increase in opioid overdoses among all age groups, including infants. World Socialist Web Site Recent studies demonstrate that emergency department visits for opioid overdose increased by 30 percent across the United States in 2017.

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct. AlterNet.org The financial industry is getting a big handout. | On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). Indian Stalinists routed in Tripura bastion. World Socialist Web Site Whenever the Stalinist Left Front has formed government in one of India's states over the past quarter century, it has pursued right-wing, "pro-investor" policies.

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Faiza Patel, Brennan Center for Justice (2018-03-08). Monitoring Kids' Social Media Accounts Won't Prevent the Next School Shooting. AlterNet.org Invading students' privacy isn't the solution. | The Parkland, Fla. , school shooting has reignited the national conversation on what can be done to prevent such tragedies, which seem to occur with frightening regularity. One option, which already is used by many schools and probably will be adopted by more, is to employ companies that monitor students' social media feeds to flag threats of violence, as well as behavior such as bullying and self-harm. Miami-Dade County's school system has asked for $30 million in upgrades that include "advanced monitoring of social media," while schools in California, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia have indicated that social media monitoring, including by third-party companies, is a key security feature. But schools should think long and hard before they go down this path. There is little evidence that such monitoring works, and. . .

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Is Donald Trump Fueling a Mass Extinction of Democracy Across the Planet? AlterNet.org The warning signs are there, cautions "How Democracies Die" co-author Steven Levitsky. | Earlier this week, during a freewheeling speech to Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump cracked the following joke about Chinese leader Xi Jinping: "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday. "If he was doing his best Don Rickles impression, only the most febrile members of his base seemed amused. Since Trump abruptly removed James Comey as FBI director last May, the United States has been slowly lurching toward a constitutional crisis. In January, we learned the president had ordered the firing of special prosecutor Robert Mueller last June, only to back off after White House attorney Don McGahn threatened to resign. (. . .

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Student Activists Are Fighting Back Against the Spread of Cops on Campus. AlterNet.org The students are drawing attention to another important school safety issue: cops on campus. | As student activists lead an anti-gun violence movement throughout the United States, a small but discernible voice among the youths is calling for removing police officers from campuses. This tense moment in America's political climate has inspired some student activists to make a radically progressive demand, calling for strengthening mental health programs in schools, among other views, instead of flooding school premises with potentially aggressive police officers. One of those young people, Kaila Scaffey of Philadelphia's Central High School, told Splinter News that the gun legislation movement is also about "a call for divestment in police officers and an investment in counselors and mental health services. "Scaffey said of the officers—who are also known as school resource officers, or SROs—"The ultimate goal is to have. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). Ursula K. Le Guin: Prominent science fiction and fantasy writer (1929-2018). World Socialist Web Site Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the most significant and popular English-language writers of speculative fiction, associated with feminism and utopianism, died January 28 at the age of 88.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site The suppression of the strike is the result of the deliberate effort of the trade unions to prevent the struggle of teachers from developing into a movement of the entire working class against the capitalist system.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program. World Socialist Web Site The company's involvement in the "targeted killing" program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Social media giants work with Indian government to censor Internet. World Socialist Web Site The Modi government's measures are part of escalating efforts by governments around the world to silence political dissent.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Anti-Russia campaign follows alleged poisoning of former UK/Russian double agent and daughter. World Socialist Web Site Sergei Skripal is a former colonel in Russia's GRU, the military intelligence service. He spent four years in jail in Russia after being found guilty in 2006 of passing secrets to the British MI6.

RT (2018-03-08). Florida lawmakers pass gun bill that allows arming 'some' school staff. RT US News By a narrow margin, Florida legislators have passed controversial gun safety legislation limiting sales of certain firearms and providing for the arming of some school staff, in the wake of the recent massacre in Parkland.
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WSWS (2018-03-08). Justice department files suit against California "sanctuary" laws. World Socialist Web Site US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.

RT (2018-03-08). 'Something broken in US State Dept?' Russian Embassy bewildered by Nauert's Twitter eruption. RT US News The Russian Embassy in Washington DC believes that something might be "broken" in the US State Department, given the recent barrage of tweets targeting Moscow by spokesperson Heather Nauert.
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Thomas Knapp (2018-03-08). Capitol Punishment: Or, Keeping House is too Expensive. counterpunch.org Politico reports on a letter to US Representative and House Ethics Committee chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), from more than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting an investigation into "the legality and propriety" of lawmakers sleeping in their offices. Among their complaints are that the free lodging and associated perqs constitute a "direct More

TRNN (2018-03-08). From Segregation to Black Independent Schools. The Real News Network In part three, Noliwe Rooks says after African Americans were faced with nationwide resistance to integration, groups like the Black Panthers created successful models for black education…

Greg Palast, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Trump's Top Vote Suppressor and Illegal Alien Voter Claim Goes to Court. AlterNet.org ACLU sues Kris Kobach for blocking 1 in 7 new voters. | The mainstream media has simply missed the voting rights trial whose outcome could unleash the newest mass vote suppression weapon, the invention of Donald Trump's chief vote suppression tactician, Kris Kobach of Kansas. On Tuesday, the trial of the lawsuit by the League of Women Voters against Kobach, Kansas' Republican Secretary of State, began in a Wichita courtroom. The League has sued to block the state's law, drafted by Kobach, requiring all new voters to show proof of citizenship. Kobach's law has blocked an astonishing 1 in 7 new registrants from voting in the state because they did not satisfy his citizenship paperwork requirement. The ACLU, which represents the League, has sent in its top litigators, led by its voting rights director Dale Ho, because of the nationwide implications of the case.

Staff (2018-03-08). Russian Ex-Spy in Britain Attacked With Nerve Agent, Police Say. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The man and his daughter are reported to be fighting for their lives in a hospital. The apparent assassination attempt is straining relations between Britain and Russia. | The post Russian Ex-Spy in Britain Attacked With Nerve Agent, Police Say appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Germany: Grand coalition expands foreign operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. World Socialist Web Site No sooner had the membership of the SPD voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the CDU/CSU, plans for new military operations were announced.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-08). Devin Nunes Can't Be Trusted With National Secrets. AlterNet.org Nunes will never stop being Trump's lapdog. Even if Democrats win back the House, his committee must be disbanded. | There are so many political stories breaking right now that it's honestly impossible to keep up. Kellyanne Conway has been charged with violating the Hatch Act for blatantly using her White House position to boost the campaign of accused child molester Roy Moore. A bunch of Democratic senators decided to party like it's 2005, voting with the GOP to deregulate some banks for no good reason. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took questions at a joint appearance with the Swedish prime minister and pretty much started a trade war with the EU, fatuously declaring that trade wars are good for countries with a trade deficit, so there's no way the U. S. can lose. By the end of the day Monday, we had The New. . .

Reynard Loki, AlterNet (2018-03-08). There's a Looming 'Existential Threat' to New Orleans That Should Frighten Every Sane American. AlterNet.org A proposed $210 million gas-fired power plant is on the frontlines of a national battle against fracking. | health risks as living next to fracking wells, as "an existential threat" to New Orleans. "There is no city in the United States more vulnerable to the immediate effects of climate change," Fox writes. "The facts are simple: If climate change gets worse, there is no more New Orleans. Rising seas threaten to overtake the levees, and the extreme storms we saw in 2017 make Katrina look like a walk in the park. You would think that doing anything that makes climate change worse would be impossible for city government to do, but that is exactly what the New Orleans City Council are in the process of doing. ""Mayor-elect Latoya Cantrell must vote as well," he notes. "We need these council members to understand that they. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-03-08). Ex-Deputy Rams Truck Into Louisiana Store and Robs It After Mistaking Sikh Owners for Muslims. AlterNet.org He's been charged with a hate crime and impersonating a police officer. | A former sheriff's deputy who drove his pickup truck through the front of a Louisiana convenience store in a deliberate attack last Saturday night has admitted that he did it because he mistakenly believed the Sikh owners were Muslims. According to police reports, Chad Horsley, 27, is accused of driving his truck into a Best Stop store and taking the ATM machine before pulling a gun on a witness and then driving off, reports the Advocate. After being taken into custody, Horsley admitted to investigators that he slammed his truck into the store just minutes before it closed. He then told them he did it because, as a former Marine, he was upset about other Marines fighting and dying in the Middle East and he thought the owners were Muslims. According. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-08). Colombia Should Celebrate its Women Activists. Human Rights Watch News It has been a year since Ruth Alicia Lopez Guisao, a rights activist in Colombia, was assassinated by unidentified gunmen. She was an outspoken community leader that worked with Afro-Colombian and indigenous groups on land reform in the western department of Chocó. Ruth Alicia López Guisao. | © Congreso de los Pueblos | Her family had lived for years in fear of paramilitaries, mafia-like armed groups that portrayed themselves as "self-defense" forces fighting left-wing guerrillas, but who were among the country's biggest drug traffickers. This terror continued after her death as, according to press reports, her mother and sister received death threats warning not to attend her funeral. | Many people have not heard of Guisao, as her death was not widely reported in international news. Guisao was just one of 16…

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-08). Lebanon: 5 Steps to Improve Women's Rights. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Candidates running in Lebanon's May 6, 2018 parliamentary elections should commit to five key steps to improve women's rights, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Women's Day. Political parties should also ensure greater participation of women in parliament by including women on their candidate lists. | Lebanon has made some positive incremental steps in recent years toward protecting women's rights, but is behind other countries in the region in some respects. In 2014, parliament adopted a landmark law on domestic violence, but it defined domestic violence too narrowly and failed to criminalize marital rape. In 2017, parliament repealed article 522 of the criminal code, which had allowed rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victim, but left a loophole for cases concerning sex with children ages 15-17 and seducing a virgin girl into having sex with…

WSWS (2018-03-08). After Burkina Faso bombing, France pledges to step up war in Sahel. World Socialist Web Site The capital of Ouagadougou was shaken on March 2 by an attack by two commando squads on the French embassy and Burkinabe army headquarters.

Marshall Auerback, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Why Trump Is So Clumsy About Fighting 'Free Trade&#039 AlterNet.org There are better ways than simply slapping tariffs on imported goods. | President Trump announced last week that he plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. It's important to note that any policy pronouncement from this president is done within the paradigm of a real estate wheeler-dealer who sees deals of any kind as a zero-sum game. I win, and you lose; there is no such thing as a good trade deal that works as a win-win for both sides. Expressing the opposite view is Paul Krugman, who writes, "Trade isn't a zero-sum game: it raises the productivity and wealth of the world economy. " And the corollary also applies as well: any action taken to disrupt the free flow of goods between countries is likely to provoke a counter-reaction, the result being a trade. . .

Staff (2018-03-08). Gun Legislation Passes Florida House, Goes to Governor. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The bill, forged after the Parkland school massacre, includes new restrictions on rifle sales and a program to arm some teachers. Rick Scott hasn't said if he will sign it. | The post Gun Legislation Passes Florida House, Goes to Governor appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…

Tony Cartalucci (2018-03-07). Warning: Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough" Global Research Originally posted in November of 2013, the article, " Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough,"" warned of a premeditated, documented conspiracy to use a monumental "deal" with Iran as a pretext not for peace, but in …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Poor People's Campaign Launches Nationwide Organizing Effort to Fight Poverty. Truthout Stories The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber II have recently launched the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which has its roots in the activism of the civil rights era. Reviving this campaign is an enormous effort as 43.1 million Americans live in poverty. In this interview, Theoharis discusses the upcoming 40 Days of Action that will begin on Mother's Day.Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. (Photo: NESRI) | The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the recently launched Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of three kids in a family she describes as deeply committed to improving life for the excluded and marginalized. | South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other peace and anti-apartheid activists were frequent guests in her home, and even as a child, Theoharis…

Gregory Shupak (2018-03-07). Media Erase US Role in Syria's Misery, Call for US to Inflict More Misery. FAIR Simon Tisdall argues in the Guardian (2/10/18) that "the West let down Syria"—not by fueling a murderous civil war, but by failing to ensure that its chosen side prevailed in that war. | In the Guardian (2/10/18), Simon Tisdall described the US and its Western partners as "hovering passively on the sidelines in Syria," and "restricting themselves to counterterrorism operations and vain calls for peace." ABC's Conor Finnegan ( 2/26/18) expressed concern that "the US will remain on the sidelines" in the country. | However, America currently controls 28 percent of Syria (Foreign Policy, 1/25/18), precisely the opposite of being "on the sidelines," and has recently declared its intent to continue occupying the country indefinitely (New York Times, 2/22/18). As Joshua Landis (Syria Comment, 1/15/18), director of the Center for Middle East Studies, notes,…

WSWS (2018-03-07). UK lecturers speak in support of West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week's four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-07). With John Conyers's Resignation, Keith Ellison Will Take Ownership of House Single-Payer Bill. The Intercept After Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the dean of the House of Representatives, resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct last year, the future of his marquee cause — establishing a single-payer universal health care system — became uncertain. | Conyers was the prime author and sponsor of H.R.676, which would improve and expand Medicare to every single American, displacing private health insurance companies. With 121 co-sponsors, it has the backing of the majority of the House Democratic caucus. | On Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, stepped up and asked his colleagues for unanimous consent to replace Conyers as the lead sponsor of the legislation. They granted him permission. | Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, told The Intercept he had spoken ahead of time to Conyers, who gave him his blessing. The Conyers bill, though, is…

TRNN (2018-03-07). Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge. The Real News Network Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…

WSWS (2018-03-07). Canada: 3,000 contract teachers and graduate assistants strike York University. World Socialist Web Site CUPE is doing all it can to ensure the strike remains isolated and does not become the starting point for a broader mobilization.

TRNN (2018-03-07). As Eastern Ghouta Besieged, What is the Answer for Syria? The Real News Network The Syrian government has a license to kill in Eastern Ghouta, and the world is failing to act, says Yasser Munif of Emerson University. But is intervention the answer, and what is to be done about the right-wing militants trying to topple Assad?

Global Research News (2018-03-07). North Korea: DPRK Official Statement: The Objective is to Safeguard our Sovereignty against "U.S. Reckless Campaign for a Nuclear War against the DPRK" Global Research This 2013 statement from the DPRK provides a wider context of the longstanding ruse of the US for a preemptive strike to the Korean peninsula. | Text of official DPRK statement | The moves of the U.S. imperialists to violate the sovereignty …

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WSWS (2018-03-09). Striking West Virginia Frontier telecom workers speak out. World Socialist Web Site Thursday marks the fifth day of a strike by over 1,400 Frontier telecommunication workers in Virginia and West Virginia.

WSWS (2018-03-08). An interview with a striking York University contract faculty member. World Socialist Web Site Around 3,000 contract faculty and support staff are on their fourth day of strike action at Toronto's York University over poverty wages and job security.

TRNN (2018-03-08). A New Chapter in China-Africa Relations. The Real News Network The political and economic relationship between China and Africa, which has steadily intensified since the '90s, is very different than the relationships African countries have had with other capitalist powers. China's own colonial past is a big factor, says Dr. Zhiqun Zhu of Bucknell University…

WSWS (2018-03-08). For a unified socialist movement of lecturers and students! World Socialist Web Site A fight to build solidarity between lecturers and students involves a political struggle against the University and College Union, National Union of Students and other false leaderships.

Staff (2018-03-08). Second Major Storm in Days Pummels Northeast. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists NEW YORK—The second major storm in less than a week moved up the East Coast early Thursday, dumping heavy snow and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from Pennsylvania to New England. | Some places saw more than 2 feet of snow by late Wednesday. Montville, New Jersey, got more than 26 inches from the nor'easter. North Adams, Massachusetts, registered 24 inches and Sloatsburg, New York, got 26 inches. | Major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor saw much less. Philadelphia International Airport recorded about 6 inches, while New York City's Central Park saw less than 3 inches. | The storm made traveling treacherous. Thousands of flights across the region were canceled. | It was not much better on the ground. Members of the Northeastern University women's basketball team pushed their bus back on course after it was…

RT (2018-03-08). Pentagon 'disappointed' by Putin's revelation of new Russian nuclear deterrent. RT US News Top Pentagon officials have told US lawmakers that they were "disappointed" by Putin's public announcement of Russia's unmatched missile capability, lamenting that he will use it to further "intimidate" the US and its allies.
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RT (2018-03-08). 'Something broken in US State Dept?' Russian Embassy bewildered by Nauert's Twitter eruption. RT US News The Russian Embassy in Washington DC believes that something might be "broken" in the US State Department, given the recent barrage of tweets targeting Moscow by spokesperson Heather Nauert.
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Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Is Donald Trump Fueling a Mass Extinction of Democracy Across the Planet? AlterNet.org The warning signs are there, cautions "How Democracies Die" co-author Steven Levitsky. | Earlier this week, during a freewheeling speech to Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump cracked the following joke about Chinese leader Xi Jinping: "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday. "If he was doing his best Don Rickles impression, only the most febrile members of his base seemed amused. Since Trump abruptly removed James Comey as FBI director last May, the United States has been slowly lurching toward a constitutional crisis. In January, we learned the president had ordered the firing of special prosecutor Robert Mueller last June, only to back off after White House attorney Don McGahn threatened to resign. (. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). After Burkina Faso bombing, France pledges to step up war in Sahel. World Socialist Web Site The capital of Ouagadougou was shaken on March 2 by an attack by two commando squads on the French embassy and Burkinabe army headquarters.

WSWS (2018-03-08). US emergency departments report significant increase in opioid overdoses among all age groups, including infants. World Socialist Web Site Recent studies demonstrate that emergency department visits for opioid overdose increased by 30 percent across the United States in 2017.

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-03-08). Ex-Deputy Rams Truck Into Louisiana Store and Robs It After Mistaking Sikh Owners for Muslims. AlterNet.org He's been charged with a hate crime and impersonating a police officer. | A former sheriff's deputy who drove his pickup truck through the front of a Louisiana convenience store in a deliberate attack last Saturday night has admitted that he did it because he mistakenly believed the Sikh owners were Muslims. According to police reports, Chad Horsley, 27, is accused of driving his truck into a Best Stop store and taking the ATM machine before pulling a gun on a witness and then driving off, reports the Advocate. After being taken into custody, Horsley admitted to investigators that he slammed his truck into the store just minutes before it closed. He then told them he did it because, as a former Marine, he was upset about other Marines fighting and dying in the Middle East and he thought the owners were Muslims. According. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site The suppression of the strike is the result of the deliberate effort of the trade unions to prevent the struggle of teachers from developing into a movement of the entire working class against the capitalist system.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Ursula K. Le Guin: Prominent science fiction and fantasy writer (1929-2018). World Socialist Web Site Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the most significant and popular English-language writers of speculative fiction, associated with feminism and utopianism, died January 28 at the age of 88.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Australia: Anger erupts over privatised bus services in Newcastle. World Socialist Web Site Amid an ongoing state government attack on public transport workers' jobs and conditions, a packed public meeting voices outrage over poor service and major delays.

Thomas Knapp (2018-03-08). Capitol Punishment: Or, Keeping House is too Expensive. counterpunch.org Politico reports on a letter to US Representative and House Ethics Committee chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), from more than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting an investigation into "the legality and propriety" of lawmakers sleeping in their offices. Among their complaints are that the free lodging and associated perqs constitute a "direct More

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Student Activists Are Fighting Back Against the Spread of Cops on Campus. AlterNet.org The students are drawing attention to another important school safety issue: cops on campus. | As student activists lead an anti-gun violence movement throughout the United States, a small but discernible voice among the youths is calling for removing police officers from campuses. This tense moment in America's political climate has inspired some student activists to make a radically progressive demand, calling for strengthening mental health programs in schools, among other views, instead of flooding school premises with potentially aggressive police officers. One of those young people, Kaila Scaffey of Philadelphia's Central High School, told Splinter News that the gun legislation movement is also about "a call for divestment in police officers and an investment in counselors and mental health services. "Scaffey said of the officers—who are also known as school resource officers, or SROs—"The ultimate goal is to have. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). Indian Stalinists routed in Tripura bastion. World Socialist Web Site Whenever the Stalinist Left Front has formed government in one of India's states over the past quarter century, it has pursued right-wing, "pro-investor" policies.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Germany: Grand coalition expands foreign operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. World Socialist Web Site No sooner had the membership of the SPD voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the CDU/CSU, plans for new military operations were announced.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-08). Devin Nunes Can't Be Trusted With National Secrets. AlterNet.org Nunes will never stop being Trump's lapdog. Even if Democrats win back the House, his committee must be disbanded. | There are so many political stories breaking right now that it's honestly impossible to keep up. Kellyanne Conway has been charged with violating the Hatch Act for blatantly using her White House position to boost the campaign of accused child molester Roy Moore. A bunch of Democratic senators decided to party like it's 2005, voting with the GOP to deregulate some banks for no good reason. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took questions at a joint appearance with the Swedish prime minister and pretty much started a trade war with the EU, fatuously declaring that trade wars are good for countries with a trade deficit, so there's no way the U. S. can lose. By the end of the day Monday, we had The New. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program. World Socialist Web Site The company's involvement in the "targeted killing" program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.

Staff (2018-03-08). Russian Ex-Spy in Britain Attacked With Nerve Agent, Police Say. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The man and his daughter are reported to be fighting for their lives in a hospital. The apparent assassination attempt is straining relations between Britain and Russia. | The post Russian Ex-Spy in Britain Attacked With Nerve Agent, Police Say appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Australia: "Silent invasion" book advocates war against China. World Socialist Web Site A new book seeks to whip up anti-Chinese chauvinism, brand any dissent as treasonous, and insist on unconditional commitment to US war plans.

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct. AlterNet.org The financial industry is getting a big handout. | On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .

Staff (2018-03-08). Gun Legislation Passes Florida House, Goes to Governor. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The bill, forged after the Parkland school massacre, includes new restrictions on rifle sales and a program to arm some teachers. Rick Scott hasn't said if he will sign it. | The post Gun Legislation Passes Florida House, Goes to Governor appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Anti-Russia campaign follows alleged poisoning of former UK/Russian double agent and daughter. World Socialist Web Site Sergei Skripal is a former colonel in Russia's GRU, the military intelligence service. He spent four years in jail in Russia after being found guilty in 2006 of passing secrets to the British MI6.

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Faiza Patel, Brennan Center for Justice (2018-03-08). Monitoring Kids' Social Media Accounts Won't Prevent the Next School Shooting. AlterNet.org Invading students' privacy isn't the solution. | The Parkland, Fla. , school shooting has reignited the national conversation on what can be done to prevent such tragedies, which seem to occur with frightening regularity. One option, which already is used by many schools and probably will be adopted by more, is to employ companies that monitor students' social media feeds to flag threats of violence, as well as behavior such as bullying and self-harm. Miami-Dade County's school system has asked for $30 million in upgrades that include "advanced monitoring of social media," while schools in California, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia have indicated that social media monitoring, including by third-party companies, is a key security feature. But schools should think long and hard before they go down this path. There is little evidence that such monitoring works, and. . .

RT (2018-03-08). Florida lawmakers pass gun bill that allows arming 'some' school staff. RT US News By a narrow margin, Florida legislators have passed controversial gun safety legislation limiting sales of certain firearms and providing for the arming of some school staff, in the wake of the recent massacre in Parkland.
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WSWS (2018-03-08). The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

Marshall Auerback, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Why Trump Is So Clumsy About Fighting 'Free Trade&#039 AlterNet.org There are better ways than simply slapping tariffs on imported goods. | President Trump announced last week that he plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. It's important to note that any policy pronouncement from this president is done within the paradigm of a real estate wheeler-dealer who sees deals of any kind as a zero-sum game. I win, and you lose; there is no such thing as a good trade deal that works as a win-win for both sides. Expressing the opposite view is Paul Krugman, who writes, "Trade isn't a zero-sum game: it raises the productivity and wealth of the world economy. " And the corollary also applies as well: any action taken to disrupt the free flow of goods between countries is likely to provoke a counter-reaction, the result being a trade. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). Social media giants work with Indian government to censor Internet. World Socialist Web Site The Modi government's measures are part of escalating efforts by governments around the world to silence political dissent.

Greg Palast, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Trump's Top Vote Suppressor and Illegal Alien Voter Claim Goes to Court. AlterNet.org ACLU sues Kris Kobach for blocking 1 in 7 new voters. | The mainstream media has simply missed the voting rights trial whose outcome could unleash the newest mass vote suppression weapon, the invention of Donald Trump's chief vote suppression tactician, Kris Kobach of Kansas. On Tuesday, the trial of the lawsuit by the League of Women Voters against Kobach, Kansas' Republican Secretary of State, began in a Wichita courtroom. The League has sued to block the state's law, drafted by Kobach, requiring all new voters to show proof of citizenship. Kobach's law has blocked an astonishing 1 in 7 new registrants from voting in the state because they did not satisfy his citizenship paperwork requirement. The ACLU, which represents the League, has sent in its top litigators, led by its voting rights director Dale Ho, because of the nationwide implications of the case.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-08). Lebanon: 5 Steps to Improve Women's Rights. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Candidates running in Lebanon's May 6, 2018 parliamentary elections should commit to five key steps to improve women's rights, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Women's Day. Political parties should also ensure greater participation of women in parliament by including women on their candidate lists. | Lebanon has made some positive incremental steps in recent years toward protecting women's rights, but is behind other countries in the region in some respects. In 2014, parliament adopted a landmark law on domestic violence, but it defined domestic violence too narrowly and failed to criminalize marital rape. In 2017, parliament repealed article 522 of the criminal code, which had allowed rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victim, but left a loophole for cases concerning sex with children ages 15-17 and seducing a virgin girl into having sex with…

WSWS (2018-03-08). Trade conflict heats up. World Socialist Web Site The European Union hopes to avert the Trump tariff measures but at a press conference Trump singled out the EU for attack.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Justice department files suit against California "sanctuary" laws. World Socialist Web Site US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-08). Colombia Should Celebrate its Women Activists. Human Rights Watch News It has been a year since Ruth Alicia Lopez Guisao, a rights activist in Colombia, was assassinated by unidentified gunmen. She was an outspoken community leader that worked with Afro-Colombian and indigenous groups on land reform in the western department of Chocó. Ruth Alicia López Guisao. | © Congreso de los Pueblos | Her family had lived for years in fear of paramilitaries, mafia-like armed groups that portrayed themselves as "self-defense" forces fighting left-wing guerrillas, but who were among the country's biggest drug traffickers. This terror continued after her death as, according to press reports, her mother and sister received death threats warning not to attend her funeral. | Many people have not heard of Guisao, as her death was not widely reported in international news. Guisao was just one of 16…

Reynard Loki, AlterNet (2018-03-08). There's a Looming 'Existential Threat' to New Orleans That Should Frighten Every Sane American. AlterNet.org A proposed $210 million gas-fired power plant is on the frontlines of a national battle against fracking. | health risks as living next to fracking wells, as "an existential threat" to New Orleans. "There is no city in the United States more vulnerable to the immediate effects of climate change," Fox writes. "The facts are simple: If climate change gets worse, there is no more New Orleans. Rising seas threaten to overtake the levees, and the extreme storms we saw in 2017 make Katrina look like a walk in the park. You would think that doing anything that makes climate change worse would be impossible for city government to do, but that is exactly what the New Orleans City Council are in the process of doing. ""Mayor-elect Latoya Cantrell must vote as well," he notes. "We need these council members to understand that they. . .

TRNN (2018-03-08). From Segregation to Black Independent Schools. The Real News Network In part three, Noliwe Rooks says after African Americans were faced with nationwide resistance to integration, groups like the Black Panthers created successful models for black education…

TRNN (2018-03-08). Will Russiagate Help the Israel Lobby Censor Al Jazeera? The Real News Network As Qatar faces pressure to suppress an Al Jazeera expose of the Israel lobby, Max Blumenthal and Ali Abunimah discuss how the climate of censorship and fear around Russiagate has empowered those long attacking Palestinian rights…

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-07). With John Conyers's Resignation, Keith Ellison Will Take Ownership of House Single-Payer Bill. The Intercept After Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the dean of the House of Representatives, resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct last year, the future of his marquee cause — establishing a single-payer universal health care system — became uncertain. | Conyers was the prime author and sponsor of H.R.676, which would improve and expand Medicare to every single American, displacing private health insurance companies. With 121 co-sponsors, it has the backing of the majority of the House Democratic caucus. | On Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, stepped up and asked his colleagues for unanimous consent to replace Conyers as the lead sponsor of the legislation. They granted him permission. | Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, told The Intercept he had spoken ahead of time to Conyers, who gave him his blessing. The Conyers bill, though, is…

TRNN (2018-03-07). As Eastern Ghouta Besieged, What is the Answer for Syria? The Real News Network The Syrian government has a license to kill in Eastern Ghouta, and the world is failing to act, says Yasser Munif of Emerson University. But is intervention the answer, and what is to be done about the right-wing militants trying to topple Assad?

WSWS (2018-03-07). Canada: 3,000 contract teachers and graduate assistants strike York University. World Socialist Web Site CUPE is doing all it can to ensure the strike remains isolated and does not become the starting point for a broader mobilization.

TRNN (2018-03-07). Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge. The Real News Network Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…

WSWS (2018-03-07). UK lecturers speak in support of West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week's four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…

Tony Cartalucci (2018-03-07). Warning: Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough" Global Research Originally posted in November of 2013, the article, " Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough,"" warned of a premeditated, documented conspiracy to use a monumental "deal" with Iran as a pretext not for peace, but in …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Poor People's Campaign Launches Nationwide Organizing Effort to Fight Poverty. Truthout Stories The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber II have recently launched the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which has its roots in the activism of the civil rights era. Reviving this campaign is an enormous effort as 43.1 million Americans live in poverty. In this interview, Theoharis discusses the upcoming 40 Days of Action that will begin on Mother's Day.Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. (Photo: NESRI) | The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the recently launched Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of three kids in a family she describes as deeply committed to improving life for the excluded and marginalized. | South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other peace and anti-apartheid activists were frequent guests in her home, and even as a child, Theoharis…

Gregory Shupak (2018-03-07). Media Erase US Role in Syria's Misery, Call for US to Inflict More Misery. FAIR Simon Tisdall argues in the Guardian (2/10/18) that "the West let down Syria"—not by fueling a murderous civil war, but by failing to ensure that its chosen side prevailed in that war. | In the Guardian (2/10/18), Simon Tisdall described the US and its Western partners as "hovering passively on the sidelines in Syria," and "restricting themselves to counterterrorism operations and vain calls for peace." ABC's Conor Finnegan ( 2/26/18) expressed concern that "the US will remain on the sidelines" in the country. | However, America currently controls 28 percent of Syria (Foreign Policy, 1/25/18), precisely the opposite of being "on the sidelines," and has recently declared its intent to continue occupying the country indefinitely (New York Times, 2/22/18). As Joshua Landis (Syria Comment, 1/15/18), director of the Center for Middle East Studies, notes,…

David Krieger (2018-03-07). U.S. Should Accept Putin's Offer to Negotiate on Nukes. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his state of the nation address. Much of his speech focused on economic issues and proposals to improve the Russian economy and well-being of the Russian people. Putin did, however, devote a portion of his speech to what he called "the most important defense issue." He was referring to Russia's next generation of strategic nuclear weapons designed to overcome U.S. missile defense systems and, thereby from his perspective, assure the effectiveness of Russia's nuclear deterrent force and restore the global strategic balance. | Putin began his remarks on nuclear arms by harking back to the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002, a treaty he described as "the cornerstone of the international security system," due to the limits it placed on missile defense deployments. He recalled Russian efforts, before the U.S.

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