2018-03-12: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-03-12). Kenyan universities petition court to declare lecturers strike illegal. World Socialist Web Site At the heart of the walkout are lecturers' low salaries and overall deteriorating conditions of the Kenyan public university system.

Chris Hedges (2018-03-12). The Empty Piety of the American Press. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists What we are offered by broadcast and print news outlets is great entertainment. It is great for ratings. It is great for profits. But it is not moral, and it is not journalism. | The post The Empty Piety of the American Press appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Trump, Democrats race to the right. World Socialist Web Site Trump made fascistic remarks at a campaign rally near Pittsburgh, while Democrats attacked him from the right, on both trade and policy towards North Korea.

WSWS (2018-03-12). West Virginia, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship. World Socialist Web Site The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.

RT (2018-03-12). CIA & Pentagon believe Russia's next-gen weapons 'years away' from reality. RT US News The Pentagon and the CIA see "no change" in Russia's strategic military capability following new strategic weapons systems presentation, saying they believe that President Putin "says lots of things that are without foundation."
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WSWS (2018-03-12). An Open letter from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality to the editors of German daily Tageszeitung. World Socialist Web Site The following letter was sent by the IYSSE to the editors of the German daily Tageszeitung, after it published a defence of right-wing extremist professor Jà∂rg Baberowski and defamed his critics.

WSWS (2018-03-12). This week in history: March 12-18. World Socialist Web Site This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Cluster of 125 people infected with HIV and syphilis discovered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. World Socialist Web Site While health advocates have called the outbreak an epidemic requiring immediate attention, city officials have been slow to respond to the situation.

WSWS (2018-03-12). France's fascist National Front congress sets out "to take power" World Socialist Web Site The weekend congress of the National Front set out to deepen the neo-fascist party's integration into official politics in France and internationally.

WSWS (2018-03-12). New Zealand's "Pacific reset" aims to reassert imperialist dominance. World Socialist Web Site Prime Minister Ardern's government has outlined a strategy to reassert neo-colonial hegemony over the South Pacific and push back Chinese influence.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Australia: Rail authorities, unions push sellout deal in NSW train dispute. World Socialist Web Site The agreement provides for continuous pro-business restructuring, job cuts and the elimination of working conditions.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Unifor shuts down ZF-TRW auto parts strike in Windsor, Canada. World Socialist Web Site The brief walkout halted production Saturday at the giant Fiat Chrysler Canada Windsor Assembly Plant, but the union pushed through the same wage terms already rejected by a 62 percent margin.

WSWS (2018-03-12). UK motorists sue Volkswagen over diesel emissions fraud. World Socialist Web Site An estimated 40,000 premature deaths occur in the UK every year due to air pollution, amounting to a staggering £20 billion in public health costs.

RT (2018-03-12). Musk promises 1st 'up-and-down flight' for SpaceX Mars rocket next year. RT US News While admitting that his timelines often turn out to be way too "optimistic," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has claimed his company will conduct the first test flight of its giant Mars rocket early next year.
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WSWS (2018-03-12). Rising anger over aid delays in Papua New Guinea's catastrophic quake disaster. World Socialist Web Site The humanitarian crisis resulting from the earthquake exposes the inadequate response of the PNG and Australian governments.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Trade disputes further erode Turkish-US-relations. World Socialist Web Site New US tariffs threaten the economy of Turkey, whose steel exports to the US were worth $1.2 billion last year, while aluminum exports reached $78.5 million.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Connecticut jury acquits Yale student in campus sexual assault case. World Socialist Web Site Twenty-five-year-old Saifullah Khan's attorney said the defense team used the case to challenge "the outer limits of the #MeToo movement," which is "a form of mass hysteria."

WSWS (2018-03-12). Confusion over US tariff exemptions. World Socialist Web Site US trade representative Robert Lighthizer could give his EU and Japanese counterparts no indication of the criteria for gaining an exemption.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Increase in social deprivation hits tens of thousands of children in UK. World Socialist Web Site That so many are in poverty is a result of the unions' refusal to oppose successive governments' austerity and pay freeze agendas.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Demands for teacher strike action expand across the US. World Socialist Web Site Educators in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are organizing protests and strikes on social media to oppose years of concessions and budget cuts.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Trump Administration approves punitive work requirements for Arkansas Medicaid program. World Socialist Web Site Arkansas' new eligibility requirements, scheduled to begin on June 1, are some of the strictest since CMS began granting waivers this year.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Trump calls for execution of drug dealers at Pennsylvania rally. World Socialist Web Site Despite recommendations from a bipartisan commission established last March, the Trump administration has failed to address the social devastation responsible for the crisis.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Nissan layoffs impact 550 workers at Cuernavaca, Mexico assembly plant. World Socialist Web Site The layoffs will have a ripple effect through the area, affecting the region's production of tires, auto parts, and transportation of finished cars.

WSWS (2018-03-12). Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya: Confessions of a media pariah. World Socialist Web Site The film depicts the life and times of Tonya Harding, the former Olympic figure skater who became the center of a media firestorm after the assault on rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.

RT (2018-03-12). 5 dead after helicopter crashes in east river off Manhattan, New York (VIDEO). RT US News Five people have been killed after a passenger helicopter crashed in New York City, officials have confirmed.
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Staff (2018-03-12). White House Softens Stand on Age Rule for Assault Gun Buyers. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Trump had said the age should be raised to 21, but a newly revealed plan calls for a commission on school safety—headed by Betsy DeVos—to examine the issue. | The post White House Softens Stand on Age Rule for Assault Gun Buyers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-12). California: 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses authorize strike. World Socialist Web Site The not-for-profit organization gained net income of $3.6 billion in 2017, but uses none of these fund to address the issues driving nurses to authorise a strike.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-11). How to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through State Government Taxes. Truthout Stories Illinois demonstrators rally in support of a tax on Chicago financial exchanges and other progressive taxes on November 2, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) | Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | New progressive taxes are needed at the state level to generate much-needed revenue for anti-poverty programs while also curbing the excessive power the wealthiest 1 percent currently hold over our political system. Case in point: the new federal tax law that will lower taxes on the wealthy, despite majority support among US taxpayers for substantial taxes on the rich. And while opponents will no doubt argue the contrary, a joint Stanford University-Treasury Department report shows that high taxes do not drive millionaires…

TRNN (2018-03-11). 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…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-11). Another For-Profit College Lobbyist to Join DeVos Education Department. Truthout Stories Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to the news during a press conference held at the Heron Bay Marriott on March 7, 2018, in Coral Springs, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images) | This article originally appeared on Republic Report. | Politico reports that Diane Auer Jones is joining Betsy DeVos's Department of Education Department as senior policy adviser to the secretary. Jones has been working at the U.S. Department of Labor since November, and worked in the George W. Bush administration as assistant secretary for postsecondary education. | But in between, Jones was, from 2010 until 2015, senior vice president and chief external affairs officer at Career Education Corporation, meaning she was a full-time lobbyist for a predatory for-profit college. | Illinois-based Career Education Corp., whose schools have included American InterContinental University, Colorado Technical University, and Sanford-Brown, was getting…

Staff (2018-03-11). Why Won't the U.S. Give Peace a Chance? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Give peace a chance, the song urges. | But the United States won't have it. | Olympic diplomacy seems to be working on the Korean peninsula. After a pair of South Korean envoys visited Pyongyang, they issued a promising communiqué. "The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize," the statement said. Considering that the Korean crisis and a derpy emergency management official had Hawaiians jumping down manholes a few months ago, this news comes as a relief. | Then comes the rub. The South Korean statement continued: "[North Korea] made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed [my emphasis]." | In other words, the DPRK is saying—reasonably—we'll get rid of our nukes but only if you promise not to invade us. That guarantee…

TRNN (2018-03-11). Why the Panic over Korea Peace Talks? (2/2). The Real News Network As President Trump and Kim Jong-Un agree to historic talks, centrist voices are expressing alarm based on a self-serving and false reading of history, says Timothy Shorrock…

Staff (2018-03-11). Colombia's Former Guerrillas Face First Electoral Test. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Analysts see the congressional balloting as a test of the democratic viability of the political party that emerged from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which fought the state for 52 years until a historic peace deal was reached in 2016. | The post Colombia's Former Guerrillas Face First Electoral Test appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

April M. Short, AlterNet (2018-03-11). Noam Chomsky and Danny Glover Condemn U.S. and Canada Over Venezuela Sanctions . AlterNet.org Chomsky and Glover are among 154 signatories asking the U. S. and Canada to reconsider the sanctions. | After the U. S. and Canada imposed sanctions on Venezuela's socialist government Friday, Noam Chomsky and Danny Glover joined 154 signatories in an open letter to Washington and Ottawa condemning the sanctions. The letter explains that the sanctions will worsen political tensions and make life harder for Venezuela's poor and urges the governments to reconsider. "Sanctions merely complicate efforts by the Vatican, Dominican Republic, and other international actors to mediate a resolution to the deep polarization in Venezuela," the letter states. While the letter points to an attempt by the U. S. and Canada to topple Venezuela's leadership, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has said he believes the sanctions are part of an international right-wing conspiracy intended to remove him and take control of the OPEC nation's oil. . .

Staff (2018-03-11). War Traumatized Veteran in California Attack, Friends Say. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Albert Wong's skill as a marksman led to dangerous missions in Afghanistan that left him anxious and wary when he came home, according to people who knew him. | The post War Traumatized Veteran in California Attack, Friends Say appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-11). This Is History Now: Is the "American Dream" Over for Black Boys? Truthout Stories The educational system is failing Black boys, and no Marvel superhero is coming to fix the problem. The answer lies in offering appropriately trained teachers and equitable educational options instead of limiting opportunities and possibilities for students of color.(Photo: pathdoc / Shutterstock; Edited: JR / TO) | As a parent of three children, including one son, I have witnessed Black boys start to lose interest in their studies in elementary school. | Years ago, I walked down the hall of my neighborhood Chicago public school, and outside one classroom sat a little boy on the floor. He had been kicked out of the classroom by his teacher and relegated to a space on the floor in the hallway. I don't know how long he sat there, but I do know time spent in the hallway was time away from learning. | Author Jawanza…

Staff (2018-03-11). Aping Trump, Local Lawmakers Use 'Fake News' as a Weapon. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The term has become ubiquitous as a signal to a politician's supporters to ignore legitimate reporting, as a smear of the local press corps, and as a way for conservatives to push back against what they call biased stories. | The post Aping Trump, Local Lawmakers Use 'Fake News' as a Weapon appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-11). Massive Protest in British Columbia as Thousands March to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Truthout Stories Harriet Prince, 76, of the Anishinaabe tribe, marches with Coast Salish Water Protectors and others against the expansion of Texas-based Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada on March 10, 2018. (Photo: Jason Redmond / AFP / Getty Images) | You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. | Disregarding an injunction won by the pipeline company a day before the planned protest, thousands of people marched in Burnaby, British Columbia on Saturday to protest the expansion of a Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and export terminal that First Nations and climate justice campaigners say would threaten local waterways, erode Indigenous rights, and increase planet-warming carbon emissions. | #protecttheinlet and #stopKM. Go home to Texas, #KinderMorgan. We don't want you here. #cdnpoli #waterislife #blackfish

RT (2018-03-11). 'It's not a theater': Opinions split on whether Trump has skills to pull off a deal with Kim. RT US News After the historic news of imminent Trump-Kim talks, some in the US are casting doubts that the president, with his reality TV skills, is able to pull off diplomacy talks, while Trump's team say they won't turn into "theater."
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Truthout Stories (2018-03-11). Progressives Fight Democratic Establishment to Join Bernie Sanders in Senate. Truthout Stories Progressive candidates are challenging establishment Democrats and incumbent Republicans in Senate races across the country, but they face an uphill battle with little or no help from the Democratic Party, even in states easily won by Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential primaries.Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks about health care on Capitol Hill, June 26, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images) | Want to see more coverage of the issues that matter? Make a donation to Truthout to ensure that we can publish more original stories like this one. | The Democratic Party is currently facing a surge of progressive opposition in primaries, even in regions of the country where Democrats have not been competitive in recent years. | Dozens of progressive candidates are running for local, statewide and congressional races, with several candidates out-raising establishment opponents.

Staff (2018-03-11). Schools Brace for National Walkout Over Gun Violence. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The first large-scale, coordinated demonstration is planned for Wednesday when, at the urging of organizers of the Women's March, there will be a 17-minute student walkout, one minute for each of the victims killed in Florida. | The post Schools Brace for National Walkout Over Gun Violence appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

TRNN (2018-03-11). "War, Journalism and Whistleblowers": Thomas Drake, Katharine Gun, Matthew Hoh, Jesselyn Radack. The Real News Network This press conference took place in London on the day before the 15th anniversary of the Observer's publication of the March 2, 2003 story "US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war" — based on a leak by GCHQ linguist and analyst Katharine Gun — revealing the US National Security Agency's UN surveillance memo that aimed to grease the way for the Iraq invasion.

TRNN (2018-03-11). From BDS to the Tamimis, Palestinians Defend Their Rights. The Real News Network The Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says US-backed Israeli efforts to criminalize the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement and to silence protesters like the Tamimi family are backfiring as Palestinians and their allies fight back…

Aviva Stahl (2018-03-11). "An Ordinary Muslim" and the Clichés of Culture Clash on Stage. The Intercept Representation matters, on the stage as in the rest of the arts and popular culture, and both the United States and the United Kingdom desperately need more Muslim playwrights telling stories about Muslim families and Muslim experiences on stage. But representation alone isn't enough, as shown by a new play that reifies, rather than troubles, the Islamophobic myths that undergird the war on terror. | Hammad Chaudry's "An Ordinary Muslim," which runs through March 25 at the New York Theatre Workshop, is about a British-Pakistani couple living in London. Directed by Jo Bonney and set in 2011, the play attempts to explore the tensions and conflicts that shape the lives of British (and presumably American) Muslims growing who've grown up in the shadow of 9/11. But in fixating on the idea that second-generation Muslims are "trapped" between two worlds, and writing a Muslim…

Jeff Danziger (2018-03-11). North Korea Operation. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post North Korea Operation appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-03-11). Women Are Poised to Change California's Justice System. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Three progressive black candidates are running for district attorney offices, and if they win, they could play a major role in reducing or amplifying race-based incarceration. | The post Women Are Poised to Change California's Justice System appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-03-11). Miami nightclub shut down for shocking horse stunt (VIDEO). RT US News A Miami nightclub has had its business license revoked after footage surfaced showing a woman riding a horse onto a crowded dance floor. The lingerie-clad woman is seen being bucked from the clearly distressed horse.
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TRNN (2018-03-11). Save the Birds, Kill the Planet: Interior Attacks Wind Turbines in Push for Fossil Fuels. The Real News Network While pledging the administration's dedication to the fossil fuel industry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made the inaccurate but oft-cited claim that turbines kill 750,000 birds a year. Scott Edwards of Food & Water Watch discusses the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and states' efforts to pass climate regulations in the absence of federal laws…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-11). At New Health Office, Civil Rights Mean Doctors Can Say No to Patients. Truthout Stories At Truthout, we refuse to subject you to ads or "sponsored content" — we believe in producing journalism with integrity. If you agree, please support us with a donation today! | The Trump administration is embarking on a sweeping effort to redefine civil rights in health care, with critics accusing the Department of Health and Human Services of sidestepping the rights of patients to soothe a far smaller constituency: conservative nurses, hospitals and other caregivers. | The department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been greatly strengthening and expanding protections for health care providers who have religious- or conscience-based objections to procedures such as abortion. By way of explanation, officials cite 36 complaints OCR received from, or on behalf of, those working in the health care system from President Donald Trump's election through early January of alleged affronts to religious beliefs…

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