2019-03-02: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-02). The Pentagon's "Ides of March": Best Month to Go to War. globalresearch.ca An earlier version of this article was published on March 13, 2013. Updated March 2, 2019. | *** | There are ongoing military threats against Venezuela. Is a US sponsored war contemplated for March 2019? | Various scenarios are contemplated by Washington. Sofar …

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-02). 'The coup is over'. zcomm.org Venezuelan leader Jorge Arreaza says that his government prefers negotiations and peace and wants the permanent coup efforts directed by the United States and its allies to end…

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-02). We are the invisible. We are the invincible. We will overcome. mronline.org The mood in Caracas (Venezuela) is sombre. It appears that the attempted coup against the government that began on 23 January is now substantially over (as the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza tells me). | Source

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-02). Hodeida Residents Brace for the Worst as UN Truce Falters Amid Saudi Military Buildup. mintpressnews.com Local residents and analysts alike fear the Saudi-led Coalition is using the relative calm derived from the new agreement as cover to fulfill its military objectives and not as a stepping stone towards peace.

Nicola Morrow (2019-03-02). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. commondreams.org In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court.

Jimmysllama (2019-03-02). Whats Behind Australia's Decision to Suddenly Grant Julian Assange a Passport? mintpressnews.com The real question here is why the Australian government is playing nice by issuing Assange a passport since it has refused to acknowledge evidence of a sealed indictment or provide him with any sort of substantial assistance to get him home in the last eight-plus years.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-02). War on in Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu's Victory. zcomm.org While the blood of Palestinians is irrelevant in Netanyahu's quest for political dominance, the international community should take immediate measures to prevent what could become an Israeli-induced bloodbath…

Alfred de Zayas (2019-03-02). The Venezuela crisis and realpolitik. mronline.org As heads of government, democratically entrusted with safeguarding the welfare of all Venezuelans, Chavez and Maduro bear overall responsibility for the economic crisis, but they are not alone. | Source

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-02). Canada Extradition of Huawei CFO to US? Politicized Indictment, Economic Warfare against China? globalresearch.ca Washington's anti-China strategy includes targeting its dominant companies, ones able to match or outdo America's best for preeminence in key fields, notably high-tech ones. | It's why Sabrina Meng Wanzhou was targeted, chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies, …

Yves Engler (2019-03-02). When Journalists Rely on Diplomats, Ottawa 'Spins' the News. globalresearch.ca Canadian diplomats abroad seek to shape coverage of their work. And the more nefarious their actions the harder they toil to "spin" what they're doing as something positive. | During a recent interview Real News Network founder Paul Jay described how …

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Who Is US Intelligence Official Advising Guaido. telesurenglish.net Since leaving Venezuela on Feb. 22, despite a travel-ban in place against him, opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido has deployed an intense agenda of attacking democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro as he travels to Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, and other South American countries, whose right-wing leaders were quick to throw their support behind his self-proclamation as interim president. | Besides traveling with his wife Fabiana Rosales, who has accompanied him on each visit as if they were…

Peter Jenkins (2019-03-02). The INF Affair and Nuclear Arms Control Prospects. globalresearch.ca My most natural starting point may be an account of what the secretary general of Pugwash, a German colleague, and I learned in Moscow on January 28 in meetings with Russia's foreign minister and the appropriate deputy minister. Discussion at …

Arundhati Roy (2019-03-02). Kashmir Is Potentially The Flashpoint For A Future Nuclear War. zcomm.org Narendra Modi has demonstrated to the world that Kashmir is potentially the most dangerous place on earth…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-03-02). Is Neoliberalism Killing Russia? globalresearch.ca Putin's approval rating is high, but it has declined over the past year. The decline is mainly related to domestic policy. Apparently, the public perceives recent Kremlin economic policy as a continuation of the disastrous policies that Washington imposed on …

teleSUR (2019-03-02). US: 4 TPS Recipient Countries Assured Benefits By DHS. telesurenglish.net As President Donald Trump threatens protections for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has guaranteed these benefits for U.S. residents from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. | RELATED: | 279K US Born Immigrants in Danger Due to Trump's Policies | TPS recipients from the four countries will maintain pr…

South Front (2019-03-02). Video: US Forces Steal Tons of Gold Captured by ISIS in Syria, Iraq. globalresearch.ca US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US. | According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The …

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Islamic State group Faces Final Defeat by Kurdish-Led Force. telesurenglish.net Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced into the Islamic State group's final stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, where fighting is ongoing — a monumental development after four years of international efforts to quell the group that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. | RELATED: | Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians | The U.S.-backed SDF, which is made of factions and groups from different ethnic communities in Syria, began the assault Thursday to capture the en…

Hans Stehling (2019-03-02). UK Government Collusion with Israel. globalresearch.ca According to a 2009 Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, 50% of the then Conservative shadow cabinet were members of the CFI Friends of Israel lobby — (but now, that figure has risen to an estimated 80%). The film also claimed that …

Nina Cross (2019-03-02). British Aid to Venezuela: A Soft Power Tool Kit. globalresearch.ca With Jeremy Hunt and Alan Duncan keenly poised to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, in order to install a compliant neoliberal one, now is a good time to look at the aid which the Foreign …

William Blum (2019-03-02). American Exceptionalism: The Naked Truth. globalresearch.ca Article by the late William Blum. His important legacy | We can all agree I think that US foreign policy must be changed and that to achieve that the mind — not to mention the heart and soul — of the …

Joà´l Léon (2019-03-02). Haiti, The Government-run Narco-state. Country at the Mercy of Drug-Dealers. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on March 13, 2018. February 28- March 1st marks the 15th anniversary of the illegal US-France-Canada coup d'Etat against the duly elected government of president Bertrand Aristide. | *** | The notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, was …

Julia Kassem (2019-03-02). Largest Palestinian Displacement Project Since 1967 Underway in West Bank, Galilee. globalresearch.ca New plans to ramp up the largest wave of forced displacement in Palestine since 1967 are currently underway. | In response to pressure from far-right Nahala groups, a number of Israeli senior lawmakers agreed to the terms of an early February …

Hideki Yoshikawa (2019-03-02). Abe's Military Base Plan for Okinawa Sinking in Mayonnaise: Implications for the U.S. Court and IUCN. globalresearch.ca Abe Government's Reluctant Admission | After a long silence, the Abe government has finally admitted that the construction of a U.S. military base at Henoko-Oura Bay in Okinawa requires significant changes to the original land reclamation plan (see Asahi Shimbun). …

STAFF (2019-03-02). North Korea's Kim Leaves Vietnam After Summit Breakdown. truthdig.com Kim spends his last day in Hanoi laying wreaths at a war memorial and at the mausoleum of Vietnamese national hero Ho Chi Minh.

Prof. Pekka Korhonen (2019-03-02). North Korea as a Small Great Power. asia-pacificresearch.com

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Venezuela's Gov't to Bring 5 Proposals to Dialogue Table. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez said that his government will bring five concrete proposals to a possible dialogue table, which the "Contact Group on Venezuela", convened by the European Union and Uruguay, seeks to set up. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects New US Sanctions Against Military Officers | "We will propo…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-02). Sanctions Will Kill Venezuelans. zcomm.org The humanitarian crisis will get rapidly worse if the most recent sanctions continue…

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Venezuelan Politician Warns of New US way of War. telesurenglish.net The socialist leader and protector of the Venezuelan state of Táchira, Freddy Bernal, warned that the Agency of the United Nations for the Refugees (UNHCR) might be providing funds to "irregular groups" that intend to attack Venezuela. | In an exclusive interview for teleSUR, Bernal urged the U.N. agency to decide on whether to collaborate with armed groups that intend to take action against Venezuela. However, he said the government and Venezuelans in support of Maduro were grateful for the position of the United Nations as a whole in that the body made it clear it would not participate in the interventionist…

STAFF (2019-03-02). Neo-Nazi Group's Leader Is Black Man Who Vows to Dissolve It. truthdig.com Court documents suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position to thwart the National Socialist Movement's defense against a lawsuit.

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Canada Moves Forward With Huawei Exec Extradition Case. telesurenglish.net Canada has decided to put forward the extradition of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States before the courts. Meng has been out on bail since December pending a decision. | RELATED: | US Accusations Against Huawei Are Groundless, CEO says | The move is expected to escalate rifts between Canada and China, and also contribute to fears that it will exacerbate th…

WSWS (2019-03-02). India and Pakistan tobogganing toward a catastrophic war. wsws.org India and Pakistan are teetering on the brink of what would be the first-ever war between nuclear-armed states.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-02). Insecticide Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk — 40 Years After Exposure. truthout.org Melinda Lewis remembers splashing in the irrigation canals that outlined her grandpa's walnut and almond groves in the late 1960s. | Two decades earlier, her mother had played in those same Escalon, California, farm fields as crop dusters flew overhead, releasing a new "miracle" chemical—a war-time innovation—the insecticide known as DDT. Since a bout with atypical hyperplasia, a pre-cancerous breast condition, in 1997 at age 36, Lewis often has wondered whether exposures to farm chemicals in childhood—her own and her mother's—may have heightened her health risks. | In recent decades, i…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-02). The Big Wall Street Giveaway the 115th Congress Hopes the 116th Won't Notice. truthout.org Candidates in the Democratic presidential primary are tripping over each otherto declare themselves enemies of the billionaire class. Bank CEOs are fretting about both

RT (2019-03-02). SpaceX Crew Dragon takes off for ISS in test flight before finally carrying humans (VIDEO). rt.com The US may have moved one step closer to weaning itself off its reliance on Russia to get astronauts into space as SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule has embarked on its first test mission to the International Space Station.

WSWS (2019-03-02). US Senate hearings on drug prices provide "friendly warning" to pharmaceuticals. wsws.org While some of the members of the committee occasionally posed as industry critics, the Senate hearing made it clear that no serious action will be taken to rein in high drug prices.

David Dayen (2019-03-02). It Might Be Time for a "War Dogs" Sequel. theintercept.com A remarkable report from the Pentagon's inspector general released this week reveals that TransDigm Group, a parts supplier, "earned excess profit" on nearly every parts contract it made with the Defense Department. | Pentagon procurement officials responded to the report by vowing to seek $16.1 million in voluntary refunds from TransDigm, the approximate amount of excess profits on $26.3 million in contracts. TransDigm has yet to respond. | The report offers powerful evidence about TransDigm's much-maligned pricing practice…

DLI (2019-03-02). USA empire refused de-nuclearization in Korea. indybay.org Contrary to US mainstream corporate-bin-Laden media accounts, it was Washington that refused to accept a reasonable, step-by-step reciprocal confidence-building process put forth by the DPRK(North Korea) that scuttled the much-awaited peace talk in Hanoi this past week. The overbearing US side refused to A)bring up a formal Peace Treaty to end the 1950s Korean War; B)looked upon de-nuclearization only as a one-sided surrender of all of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile arsenal, without a corresponding removal of U.S. nuclear arms in NE Asia; and C)arrogantly insists on maintaining the strangling but illegal economi…

Al-Thawra (2019-03-02). Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq. indybay.org Over 3.000 Yazidi's remain missing, in an act declared as "Genocide" by the International Community.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-02). US Promises to Defend Philippines Against China in South China Sea. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In comments on Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the US still considers the 1951 Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty to be fully intact, and would adhere to it in the event Philippines forces come under fire in the South China Sea. US officials have repeatedly made clear that they intend to support the Philippines militarily …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-03-02). Shocker: "Humanitarian Aid" Stunt Used to Escalate US-Led Crusade Against Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — So, you might want to sit down for this, but believe it or not it appears that the US government is using the fallout from its "humanitarian aid" performance to justify further sanctions against the Venezuelan government. I know, I know. I'm just as shocked as you are. "This action, taken pursuant to Executive Order …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-02). Canada's Hypocritical Double-Standard on Haiti and Venezuela. therealnews.com Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is supporting Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, who has lost all legitimacy, if he ever had any, and at the same time it is in the forefront in opposing Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who had a more legitimate election and has more supporters, says Yves Engler…

WSWS Repost (2019-03-02). Oakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee. indybay.org To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers have announced the formation of a rank-and-file strike committee, independent of the pro-corporate unions and in opposition to all budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and school closures.

RT (2019-03-02). Trump blames media for twisting his words on Warmbier, issues non-apology. rt.com President Donald Trump has scolded the media for "misrepresenting" his words on Otto Warmbier, a US student who died shortly after his release from a North Korean jail, saying that he still holds the reclusive nation responsible.

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-01). Russia Officially Returns to South Asia by Offering to Host Indo-Pak Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca Russia's 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia is one major step closer to fruition after Foreign Minister Lavrov offered to host peace talks between India and Pakistan, proving that Russia's refusal to take …

Jim Naureckas (2019-03-01). Facebook Wants You to Know if You're Getting Your News From the Wrong Government. fair.org If you're thinking that Facebook–90 percent of whose customers are not in the United States–should treat Russian-backed outlets differently than US-backed outlets because the US supports peace and democracy, or doesn't use social media to try to manipulate other nations…. Well, this is why it's important to get your information from a variety of sources.

Paul Street (2019-03-01). Cohen's Overlooked Warning — and Other Media Silences Worth Hearing. counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. ClairI fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power. | — Michael Cohen, speaking to the U.S. Congress, February 27, 2019 | It's the silences — the things left out and sent down the "memory hole" — that strike me most in the United States' Orwellian capitalist and white-supremacist media. | Urban Racism as a Nonstory | Here in Chicago, the Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly cases were recently all the local media rage. By contrast, recent reports that 63 Black people have so far been exonerated after having bags of heroin and coc…

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-03-01). Rapprochement, Dialogue, and a Peaceful Resolution of Jammu and Kashmir. counterpunch.org During the last two decades, each military crisis between India and Pakistan has been followed by attempts at diplomatic rapprochement, which have turned out to be fiascos. The two countries go through sporadic peacemaking efforts, characterized by negotiations. For instance, in January 2004, the then Indian prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the then Pakistani president, General More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-01). Headlines for March 1, 2019. democracynow.org U.N. Human Rights Panel: Israel May Have Committed War Crimes in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Be Indicted on Corruption Charges, NYT: Trump Intervened to Give Security Clearance to Jared Kushner, In Peace Talks with Taliban, U.S. Floats Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal, Somalia: At Least 15 Dead in Twin Suicide Bombings, North Korea Disputes Trump's Account of Why Kim-Trump Summit Failed, Immigrant Groups Cite "Alarming Increase" in Babies Jailed by ICE, House Approves Bill to Extend Gun Purchase Waiting Period, Lawmakers Seek Interview of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, Virginia's First Lady A…

Rafia Zakaria (2019-03-01). War-Weary Pakistan Is Ready for Peace. thenation.com War-Weary Pakistan Is Ready for Peace…

ACLU (2019-03-01). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. aclu.org A federal court threw out a baseless lawsuit against Greenpeace and other pipeline opponents and the company promptly refiled the case in state court. | In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court. | These meritless cases…

Seth Sandronsky (2019-03-01). Activists, Banks and For-Profit Immigrant Detention. counterpunch.org JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo lend to GEO Group and CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America), for-profit operators of immigrant detention facilities under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A campaign to end these banks' financial role is underway. Autumn Gonzalez is with the Sacramento-based NorCal Resist, a migrant activist group advocating on More

Fight Back (2019-03-01). UNF SDS wins campaign demands. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On February 19 the University of North Florida Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) held a rally speaking out against Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic border wall. About 30 students attended despite the chilly rain. Several speakers addressed the protesters about the importance of organizing on campus and opposing Trump's backwards policies. | After the speeches, students from UNF SDS marched across campus to the university president's office and occupied it until the administration met with SDS to discuss the students' demands. SDS dem…

Mel Gurtov (2019-03-01). Trump and Kim, Act II. counterpunch.org Trump was correct to describe denuclearization last June as a lengthy "process" that one summit meeting could not achieve. However, the second summit, in Hanoi at the end of February 2019, again showed that personal diplomacy divorced from an engagement process that incorporates flexibility and give-and-take raises the risk of failure. The Hanoi summit ended More

Eds. (2019-03-01). Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council meeting on Venezuela. mronline.org Let us call things by their proper names: this is not humanitarian aid. If the U.S. had really wanted to help the people of Venezuela, they would have acted via UN agencies accredited in the country, as other states successfully do. | Source

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-01). Britain's Witchfinders are Ready to Burn Jeremy Corbyn. counterpunch.org The Blairite MPs have been trying to oust Corbyn any way they can. First through a failed re-run of the leadership contest and then by assisting the corporate media — which is equally opposed to Corbyn — in smearing him variously as a shambles, a misogynist, a sympathiser with terrorists, a Russian asset, and finally as an "enabler" of anti-semitism. More

Philip M. Giraldi (2019-03-01). How Pro-Israel Foundations in Washington are Pushing a US War with Iran. mintpressnews.com "As an ex-CIA case officer who worked on the Iran target for a number of years, I was shocked when I read the Times' article, primarily because it sounded like a repeat of the fabricated intelligence that was used against both Iraq and Iran in 2001 through 2003," says Philip M. Giraldi.

Alfred W. McCoy (2019-03-01). How Climate Change Could End Washington's Global Dominion. counterpunch.org Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining. Now, most observers have little doubt that the end is just a matter of timing and circumstance. Ten years ago, I predicted that, by 2025, it would be all over for American power, a then-controversial comment More

CP Editor (2019-03-01). David Lynch chats with Harry Dean Stanton. counterpunch.org

Nick Pemberton (2019-03-01). Our Resolution: Bomber Bernie Sets Sights on 2020. counterpunch.org "Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton's most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously…They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator" —Alive Imperialist Collaborator Bernie Sanders, expressing his solidarity with the international working class. Colonel Bernard Sanders has long despised by the More

Ken Silverstein (2019-03-01). Caracas Chronicles, Part I of an Ongoing Series. counterpunch.org I just got back from Venezuela and I'll be writing a lot about the country next week. Virtually everything you read or see about the country in the U.S. media is a lie. And to be clear, I don't mean skewed or misleading or incomplete, I mean a lie. For example, people in Venezuela are not starving — at least very few are, if any — nor is the country a dictatorship. More

Mel Underbakke and Steve Downs (2019-03-01). The Kansas Bomb Plot: What Has the Media Missed? counterpunch.org Resolution has been reached in the Kansas Bomb Plot case with the sentencing of three men on January 25 for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights. Two of the men, Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, were sentenced to 25 years on the first charge, and 10 years on More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-01). Roaming Charges: The Good Rat or the Mouse That Bored? counterpunch.org + Jimmy Breslin's book The Good Rat tells the sordid story of drug dealer Burton Kaplan, an underling in the Luchese crime syndicate, who to save his own ass dropped a dime on two NYPD detectives, Luis Eppolito and Stephen Carapacca, as hired killers for the mob. Eppolito and Carapacca murdered 8 people before they More

David Rosen (2019-03-01). Remember the Maine? CIA Intervention in Venezuela. counterpunch.org In January 1897, Frederic Remington, a 19th-century painter famous for his depictions of the Old West, was on assignment in Havana for William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal to illustrate Spanish atrocities against Cubans. He sent a telegram to Hearst, noting: "Everything is quiet. There is no trouble. There will be no war. I wish to return." Hearst replied: "Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war." More

Miko Peled (2019-03-01). Two Weeks in Palestine: Miko Peled Travels a Land as Oppressed as it is Beautiful. mintpressnews.com Miko Peled recounts his travels through occupied Palestine. From Tarshiha to Hebron, Peled highlights the stark juxtaposition between the beauty of the land, and the ugliness of its occupation.

CounterSpin (2019-03-01). Tim Shorrock on Korea Summit, Jon Schwarz on Elliott Abrams. fair.org Media…

Kenny Coyle (2019-03-01). U.S. uses humanitarian assistance to hide regime change efforts in Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The choreographed provocations on Venezuela's borders this past week highlight an often overlooked component of the U.S.-orchestrated regime change machine—USAid (United States Agency for International Development). Its motto, "From the American People," usually stamped on containers bound for conflict zones, might more accurately be read as "From the U.S. State Department" as USAID functions as …

unitedEditor (2019-03-01). Saudi princess to reconcile Washington with Riyadh. uwidata.com King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has made the kingdom's first-ever appointment of a woman — Princes Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud — to the position of an ambassador. She is now heading the embassy to the US. King Salman issues a Royal Decree appointing Princess Rima bint …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-01). Netanyahu to be Indicted for Bribery, Fraud, and Breach of Trust. globalresearch.ca Accountability for his highest of high crimes of war, against humanity, including genocide are omitted from coming charges against him, a reported 55-page indictment explaining criminal charges against him in detail. | Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit equivocated endlessly over whether …

Dave Lindorff (2019-03-01). Columnist Thiessen, in Calling AOC 'Economically Illiterate,' Displays Instead Own Economic Ignorance. counterpunch.org Listening to President Trump, you'd think the socialist barbarians were at the gates of America preparing to overrun the US with a Soviet-style state-run economy where every car would be the same make and color, everyone would be wearing Mao suits and freedom and social mobility, those great mythical assets that we supposedly have in More

Ralph Nader (2019-03-01). Unleashed Graphic Designers — Art Over Function. counterpunch.org Many readers object to illegible print in contemporary print newspapers and magazines. In today's print news, legible print is on a collision course with flights of fancy by graphic artists. Admittedly, this is the golden age for graphic artists to show their creativity. Editors have convinced themselves that with readers' shorter attention spans and the More

teleSUR (2019-03-01). Lula Gets Day-Release From Prison For Grandson's Funeral. telesurenglish.net Brazilian authorities, after pressure from social movements, have granted former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva permission to leave prison in Curitiba in the state of Paraná, for his grandson's wake and funeral in Sao Paulo. | RELATED: | UN Human Rights Council To Probe Lula's Case in March | The 7-year-old grandson of Lula, Artur Araujo da Silva, died Fri…

teleSUR (2019-03-01). Former President Lula Accuses Bolsonaro of Destroying Brazil. telesurenglish.net On the eve of the carnival holiday, Senators Gleisi Hoffmann and Paulo Pimenta visited the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba, where Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is serving a prison sentence since April 7, 2018. | During their visit, Lula accused President Jair Bolsonaro of being the "destroyer" of the social and institutional achievements which the popular struggles made possible in the last decades. "There are people who are e…

Hans Stehling (2019-03-01). Is Israel Just a European-Style Democracy but in the Middle East? globalresearch.ca Israel, in fact, is unlike any European state. It does not have a democratic government that ratifies and/or abides by international and United Nations resolutions, agreements and conventions on human and civil rights, nuclear/chemical/biological weapons of mass destruction, or conforms …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-01). Hanoi summit thwarted by an uncompromising US. peoplesdispatch.org The second meeting between the US president, Donald Trump, and the North Korean chairman, Kim Jong-un, at the two-day summit in Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi ended on the afternoon of February 28 without reaching any agreements. | North Korea offered to dismantle all the nuclear reactors in the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, which is the sole known source providing plutonium for its nuclear program, on the condition that the US-led international sanctions against the country are lifted in return. | The US, which has sought to paint the North Korean possession of nuclear weapons as an existential t…

Arundhati Roy (2019-03-01). Kashmir Is Potentially The Flashpoint For A Future Nuclear War. commondreams.org The war that we are in the middle of, is not a war between India and Pakistan. It is a war that is being fought in Kashmir which expanded into the beginnings of yet another war between India and Pakistan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

unitedEditor (2019-03-01). A new round of conflict on the Pakistan-India border. uwidata.com Pakistan's announcement that they had downed two Indian aircrafts shocked the world. The increasingly serious mutual threats of the nuclear-armed enemy nations are naturally the entire world's concern, and public attention has been riveted to the decisions made by Indian and Pakistani leadership. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu stated extreme concern over the escalation of …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-03-01). How a Small Team of Journalists Overcame Neocon-Cheered Facebook Censorship. mintpressnews.com "CNN manufactured a story: They investigated us, then got Facebook to censor us due to our funding source and then boom, they had a story about a Russian-funded outlet getting banned by Facebook." — In The Now host Rania Khalek…

Michael Doliner (2019-03-01). Dollar Hegemony, Again. counterpunch.org The United States Entity lost the war in Iraq. That fact determines the Entity's position in the Middle East today. After having destroyed Saddam's army and dispossessing the Sunnis in favor of the Shi'ites, after Abu Ghraib and it's indelible pictures, after the total destruction of Fallujah, in short after a victory achieved with the More

Asad Ismi (2019-03-01). Can the Left Look to Portugal for an Alternative to Austerity? globalresearch.ca While social-democratic parties all over Europe have been losing power and popularity, the centre-left Portuguese government is being lauded even by the mainstream media for defying the European Union (EU) with its anti-austerity policy and thereby sparking an economic recovery …

South Front (2019-03-01). Video: Are India and Pakistan on Brink of All-out Military Conflict? globalresearch.ca This week, the Indian-Pakistani conflict over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir erupted with a bang when the Pakistani military declared on February 27 that it had shot down 2 Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. | A spokesperson for the …

Tom Clifford (2019-03-01). China Sees Some Light in the Failure of the Hanoi Summit. globalresearch.ca The failure of the Hanoi summit, from Beijing's point of view, could yet turn out to be a success. | North Korea's most important relationship is with China. The most important relationship for China is with the United States. In January …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-01). Returning Syrian Refugees Were Fleeing US Proxy War, Not "Assad" globalresearch.ca A recent BBC segment titled, " The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war," contradicted 8 years of the British state media's narratives regarding the war in Syria. | A synopsis of the short BBC video segment would read: …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-01). Pakistan Didn't Violate the Geneva Convention, It Confirmed Its Adherence to It. globalresearch.ca After suffering a humiliating military defeat on the morning of 27 February when Pakistan shot down two of its MiGs that violated the country's airspace and even captured one of its pilots, India went wild trying to distract its population …

Colin Todhunter (2019-03-01). From Late Victorian Holocausts to 21st Century Imperialism: "Crocodile Tears" for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca On 26 February, Stephen Hickey, UK political coordinator at the United Nations, delivered a statement at the Security Council briefing on Venezuela that put the blame for the situation in that country on its government. He said that years …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-03-01). 400 Years and the Struggle to End Enslavement, Colonialism and Neo-colonialism. globalresearch.ca Note: Following is the text of an address delivered by the author on Thursday February 28, 2019 at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The event was held in honor of African American History Month. Azikiwe …

Mark Weisbrot — The Nation (2019-03-01). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans. venezuelanalysis.com The humanitarian crisis will get rapidly worse if the most recent sanctions continue, Mark Weisbrot argues.

Alan MacLeod — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-01). The US Tried to Isolate Venezuela. It has Only Isolated Itself. venezuelanalysis.com Alan MacLeod examines how Trump team's increasingly hare-brained schemes at trying to overthrow the government are backfiring.

Nanette Senters (2019-03-01). GM is Closing My Plant, What are Politicians Going to Do About It? counterpunch.org For the past 20 years, I've walked at least nine miles a day on the body shop floor of the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where I help assemble the Chevy Cruze. In a few weeks, when GM shutters our plant, I'll walk my last mile. I don't know what's next for me and nearly More

Tom Clifford (2019-03-01). The "Failed" Hanoi Summit? Not From Beijing's Point of View. counterpunch.org Beijing. The failure of the Hanoi summit, from Beijing's point of view, could yet turn out to be a success. North Korea's most important relationship is with China. The most important relationship for China is with the United States. In January a train carrying North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un stopped in Beijing on a chilly morning. More

Robert Fantina (2019-03-01). The Circus that Never Leaves Town. counterpunch.org The circus that is called U.S. governance continues to entertain with its bizarre acts. This week, an awestruck public witnessed yet another one, this time with the Cohen clown testifying before Congress. Yes, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and 'fixer' (is that really a thing?) Michael Cohen stood before a Congressional committee and swore to More

Robert Koehler (2019-03-01). The Squirming Buddha. counterpunch.org The world hemorrhages. Refugees flow from its wounds. Is there a way to be innocent of this? People are washed ashore. They die of suffocation in humanity-stuffed trucks. They flee war and politics; they flee starvation. And finally, we don't even have sufficient air for them to breathe. For words to matter about all this, More

Louis Proyect (2019-03-01). China, Saudia Arabia and the Fate of the Uyghurs. counterpunch.org Beginning with the 9/11 attacks, much of the left decided that Saudi Arabia was the chief engineer of a Wahhabi plot to impose its reactionary, feudal, and patriarchal values on the rest of the world. Supposedly, the USA was being punished for its licentious and ungodly ways even if it was one of Saudi Arabia's More

John W. Whitehead (2019-03-01). The Age of Tyrannical Surveillance. counterpunch.org "We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about… Your digital identity will live forever… because there's no delete button." —Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Uncle Sam wants you. Correction: Big Brother wants you. To be technically accurate, Big Brother—aided and abetted by his More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-01). Walkout in Hanoi: the Second Trump-Kim Summit. counterpunch.org "Sometimes you have to walk and this was one of those times." That was US President Donald Trump's remark about something he has been doing a lot of lately: walking away from agreements or understandings in the hope of reaching the ultimate deal. North Korea's Kim Jong-un had been pressing his advantage in Hanoi with More

Nicholas Levis (2019-03-01). Other People's Money, Other People's Blood: Which Trump Do We Fight? counterpunch.org Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's incendiary testimony to the House Congressional Oversight Committee on 27 February, calling the president "a racist, a con-man and a cheat," highlighted not for the first time the contradiction between condemnations of Trump as the unwanted, kitschy, proto-fascist, poisoned flower of American capitalism — a "legitimate businessman" and global More

John Kiriakou (2019-03-01). Former CIA Whistleblower: Yes, Even the US Post Office Is Spying on You. mintpressnews.com The Mail Cover Program allows your mailman to photograph and send to federal law enforcement organizations the front and back of every piece of mail…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-01). US Attempts to Force New Elections in Venezuela Fails as Guaido Vows to Re-enter Country. mintpressnews.com The US resolution called for the start of a process leading to "free, fair and credible elections," as well as for "unhindered access and delivery of assistance" in Venezuela…

unitedEditor (2019-03-01). European asylum agency confirms West's interest in FETàñ. uwidata.com The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) issued a statement formally confirming information cited in an article published by uwidata.com entitled "Europe's interest in FETàñ." According to the Office's statement, 51,225 members of the FETàñ terrorist organization have applied for asylum in EU countries. The article mentioned Europe's deep interest in the group, pointing out how …

teleSUR (2019-03-01). China Condemns Interventionist US Resolution on Venezuela at UN. telesurenglish.net Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Lu Kang defended Friday China's veto on the interventionist U.S.-drafted resolution before the United Nations Security Council, which called for new elections in Venezuela and recognition of Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | China Affirms Support for Venezuela, Condemns Sanctions | "Our basic starting point… is to uphold the U.N. Charter sp…

Celina della Croce (2019-03-01). Who is the real culprit behind Venezuela's political turmoil? peoplesdispatch.org The US-led intervention in Venezuela—hiding behind a pretext of humanitarianism—follows a long pattern of economic policies and covert operations in the country and in the region that seek to protect the economic interests of the United States and Europe…

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