2019-03-04: News Headlines

Chris Hedges (2019-03-04). Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia's Dr. Strangelove. truthdig.com The most dangerous foreign policy decision of the Trump administration—and I know this is saying a lot—is its decision to share sensitive nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia and authorize U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in that country. I spent seven years in the Middle East. I covered the despotic, repressive kingdom as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. And I, along with most Arabists in the United States, have little doubt that giving a nuclear capability to Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the ruthless and amoral Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would see it embark…

Chris Hedges (2019-03-04). Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia's Dr. Strangelove. commondreams.org On March 14, 2017, Trump, along with Kushner, met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office. (Photo: The White House/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

V. Arun Kumar (2019-03-04). [VIDEO] Peoples' Assembly calls for global action on March 16 against imperialist intervention in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org The four-day International Peoples' Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, which concluded on February 27, has called for mobilizations across the world for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade. The assembly was attended by around 500 delegates from five continents, representing 181 people's movements and organizations.

Carl Boggs (2019-03-04). The War That Never Ends. counterpunch.org After Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un left their Summit meeting in Vietnam resigned to diplomatic impasse, it's worth asking whether a time of peace and conciliation on the Korean peninsula might still be in sight. Given nearly insuperable roadblocks, could even the most congenial negotiations lead to full denuclearization of the North Korean regime? Is the United States, with all its imperial resources and leverage, willing to concede vital North Korean interests — above all, relief from economic sanctions and peace treaty to end the Korean War 65 years after military stalemate ended with a "temporary truce"?

SouthFront (2019-03-04). John Bolton Defends Monroe Doctrine as Juan Guaido Lobs New Threats at Venezuela Gov't. mintpressnews.com Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido is to return to the country on March, 4 to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government. In returning he is risking arrest, as he was prohibited from leaving the country by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). U.N. Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists & the Disabled During Gaza Protests. democracynow.org A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel's bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians—almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were injured,…

teleSUR (2019-03-04). Egypt's Award Winning Photojournalist Released After 5 Years. telesurenglish.net Egyptian authorities released a photojournalist Monday who was imprisoned in 2013 for covering a protest that ended with security forces killing hundreds of protesters. | RELATED: | Uproar in Egypt After Arrest of Protestor at Tahrir Square | Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, after being released, posted a picture on Twitter with the hashtag "hello…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). Headlines for March 4, 2019. democracynow.org House Dems to Probe Trump's Allies, DOJ in Wake of Cohen Testimony, Sen. Rand Paul Likely to Oppose Nat'l Emergency in Decisive Vote, Deported Central American Parents Seek Reunification with Children, W. Virginia GOP Under Fire After Poster Linking Rep. Omar to 9/11 Causes Outrage, U.S. and South Korea Roll Back Joint Military Exercises, Shelling in Kashmir Kills 7 as Pakistan & India Appear to Ease Tensions, Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinians After Reported Car Ramming, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaidó Set to Return to Country, Algeria: Pres. Says He Will Not Serve Full Term, If Elected, as Protests Continue…

John Pilger (2019-03-04). John Pilger: From Room 101 the Prisoner Says No to Big Brother. mintpressnews.com Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and fetid. | This is Room 101. | Before I enter Room 101, I must surrender my passport and phone. My pockets and possessions are examined. The food I bring is inspected. | The man who guards Room 101 sits in what looks like an old-fashioned telephone box. He watches a screen, watching Julian. There are others unseen, agents of the state, watching and listen…

John Pilger (2019-03-04). The Prisoner Says No to Big Brother. counterpunch.org Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and fetid. This is Room 101. Before I enter Room 101, I must surrender my passport and phone. My pockets and possessions are examined. The food I bring is inspected. More

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-03-04). Did Bolton Blow North Korea? globalresearch.ca President Trump's second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last week was criticized by both parties in Washington long before Air Force One even touched down in Hanoi. Washington's political class seemed terrified that the nearly 70 year state …

Whitney Webb (2019-03-04). Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the Brewing India-Pakistan Conflict. mintpressnews.com Israel's export of Zionist nationalism and neocolonialism — and the accompanying oppression that in practice actually helps to create many of the very terrorist groups they fight against — is just as dangerous as its export of arms.

Eric Zuesse (2019-03-04). Gallup Poll: US Global Approval Rating Plunges but Americans Believe the Opposite. mintpressnews.com The plunge in the global rating of America's leadership could reasonably cause a person to expect a decline in the American public's view of America's national image in foreign countries, but it's not showing up, at all, but the exact contrary is being displayed in the recent data.

Jacob F. Lee (2019-03-04). Venezuela and the Long History of U.S. Imperialism. counterpunch.org In April 1846, U.S. Army Colonel Seth Thornton led 80 dragoons toward the Rio Grande. Just above the river, they encountered 1,600 Mexican cavalrymen heading north from Matamoros. The Mexican cavalry quickly overpowered the much smaller U.S. force. Eleven Americans were killed, and forty-nine others were captured. When President James K. Polk received news of More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-03-04). On Home Ground in a Distant Land. counterpunch.org We are all Greeks These were the heartfelt words of the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1821: "Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, have their roots in Greece" (The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley,501). Shelley was one of the friends of Greece (philhellenes) who fought alongside the Greeks during their War of Independence More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). It Is Time to Indict Israel: Norman Finkelstein on Growing Push for ICC to File War Crimes Charges. democracynow.org Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians since weekly Great March of Return demonstrations began in Gaza nearly a year ago targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. That's according to a new United Nations inquiry that found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report was released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday. We speak with Norman Finkelstein, scholar and author of "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," and Sara Hossain, a member of the U.N. independent commission that l…

John Wojcik (2019-03-04). Trump-Kim de-nuclearization talks were doomed to fail from the start. peoplesworld.org The chance that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons approximate the chance of survival a snowball has in hell. Whatever one thinks about the leadership of North Korea, with 100 percent certainty we can say the North Koreans act based on what they see the United States actually do as opposed to any …

Kristine Mattis (2019-03-04). There's Nothing Radical about the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org We are at the precipice of ecological collapse. There are no two ways about it. And despite what you hear, it is about far more than just catastrophic climate change. In a nutshell, our current biological predicament is the result of overuse of natural resources beyond their capacity to regenerate, the creation and mass production More

Yves Engler (2019-03-04). Understanding How Canadian Diplomats Shape the News. counterpunch.org 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 Canadian officials in Caracas attempted to shape his views of the country's politics. Jay noted: More

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-04). Positive Political Change in Chicago? globalresearch.ca Is the city of many nicknames ready for political change for the better, serving its residents more equitably? | Familiar nicknames include the Windy City, referring to political, not atmospheric, wind; Second City (to NY), Sinatra's My Kind of Town, That …

Ray McGovern (2019-03-04). Sorry, Russia-gaters; WikiLeaks Got the DNC Emails from Insider, Not Russia. globalresearch.ca VIPSers Binney & Johnson use the forensics that the FBI avoided doing. (See this) | Thinking back, President Barack Obama dropped a huge hint two days before he left office, using his last press conference to point out that the …

Kirill Vyshinsky (2019-03-04). "They Just Want Me in Prison": Eva Bartlett Interviews Jailed Ukrainian Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky. globalresearch.ca The Ukraine courts are still dependent on political authorities, and the special service is used to carry out political schemes and to fight inconvenient points of view and dissent, rather than to protect national security. — Imprisoned Ukrainian-Russian journalist Kirill …

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-04). Watch | The US Humanitarian Aid Ploy to Venezuela Explained. mintpressnews.com As you watch this video, nearly 40 million Americans are experiencing poverty. Every single penny spent on meddling in Latin American affairs instead of American healthcare, education, jobs, and infrastructure is an attack on the poor and working class of this country.

Carl Boggs (2019-03-04). The War That Never Ends. zcomm.org The current trajectory seems to be moving away from the likelihood of broader denuclearization. There is even rising clamor in both Washington and Seoul for redeployment of American nukes to South Korea…

teleSUR (2019-03-04). Report: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou Sues Canadian Government. telesurenglish.net Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese technology company Huawei, is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and the national police force over her high-profile detention. Meng claims they detained, searched and interrogated her before telling her she was under arrest. | RELATED: | Canada Moves Forward With Huawei Exec Extradition Case | Meng's lawyers said Sunday they had filed a notice of civil claim in the supreme court in British Columbia. | Meng, the daugh…

Ayyaz Mallick (2019-03-04). Pakistan-India Crisis: The Machinery of Images and the (Post-)Modern War. globalresearch.ca On 14 February, 20-year-old Adil Ahmed Dar rammed a vehicle fill of explosives into a bus full of reserve police force personnel in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The attack killed over 40 soldiers and was claimed by militant organization Jaish-e-Muhammad …

Prof. Vera Mackie (2019-03-04). Remembering the Grandmothers: The International Movement to Commemorate the Survivors of Militarized Sexual Abuse in the Asia-Pacific War. asia-pacificresearch.com

Edward Curtin (2019-03-04). Those Who Symbolize Power: The Fascinating Spell Cast by Weasels. globalresearch.ca "Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. Hence one must choose a master, God being out of style." — Albert Camus, The Fall | To be fascinated by …

Eds. (2019-03-04). Elliott Abrams, Washington's 'new' Cold Warrior, plots regime change in Caracas. mronline.org The Trump administration set a 23 February deadline for Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro to bow to U.S. demands and cede power to self-appointed "president" Juan Guaidó. | Source

STAFF (2019-03-04). Teachers in Oakland Approve Contract Ending Strike. truthdig.com OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland teachers will be back in their classrooms Monday after union members voted to approve a contract deal with district officials. | The Oakland Education Association voted in favor of the deal on Sunday after postponing the vote for a day. The agreement must also be ratified by the Oakland Unified School District. | "We look forward to being in our classrooms again after having to strike to bring our Oakland students some of the resources and supports they should have had in the first place," union president Keith Brown said in a statement. | The agreement was reached after 3,000 teac…

Robert Borosage (2019-03-04). Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former vice president Joe Biden. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

ArlingtonWestFilm (2019-03-04). Video: Arlington West: Military Families Whose Children Were Killed in Iraq. globalresearch.ca 105 heartfelt interviews with U.S. Soldiers traveling to and from war zones, Military Families whose children were killed in Iraq, Veterans, and Youth. Intimately documented on film by Artists Sally Marr and Peter Dudar. | Arlington West is a 74-minute Art

teleSUR (2019-03-04). Post-IMF Deal, Ecuador Fires 10000 Public Officials in 3 Days. telesurenglish.net From Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, nearly 10 thousand government employees were fired according to local media reports. | RELATED: | Ecuador: IMF Loan Yet to Be Granted, Austerity Measures a Condition for Agreement | This came after the Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno signed a deal of US$4.2 billion with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Feb. 20. | On Feb. 21, thr…

Conan Milner (2019-03-04). Wi-Fi in Schools: Experimenting with the Next Generation. globalresearch.ca The internet has unleashed human knowledge. Never before has it been so easy to learn so much. Of course, it has also drowned us in distraction and created a breeding ground for trolls and misinformation, but if the internet is …

Richard Gale (2019-03-04). How We, the People, Can Save the Planet. The Green New Deal. globalresearch.ca The recent release of the proposed Green New Deal is a template, an outline identifying some of the most crucial issues facing the nation regarding climate change and a wish list of measures to address those issues. It contains a …

Peter Koenig (2019-03-04). The Trump — Kim Summit in Hanoi: Was Trump Forced to Walk? globalresearch.ca Yes, Mr. Trump had to walk. As he didn't get his way, he had the audacity to get up and walk out of a meeting with Kim Jong-un, the President of the DPRK, of North Korea. As arrogant as …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-04). British Labour's Fractious Jaunt: The Politics of the Independent Group. globalresearch.ca They could not hold on. A small — and in the scheme of things negligible group — split from the British Labour mothership last month in an effort to salvage some self-described form of credibility. In truth, they were the …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-04). Video: Pablo Allende and the Truth About Venezuela. globalresearch.ca In just under six minutes, the grandson of the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende (murdered in a US-sponsored coup), tells the real story on Venezuela. | You'll never see Pablo Allende on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc. The American people—mostly …

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2019-03-04). Mumia's Speech to Yale Rebel Law Students Conference. globalresearch.ca Mumia gave a speech to the Yale Rebel Law Students Conference through a recording from his prison cell. You may listen to it right below. Full transcript is also presented below. | . | . | . …

T. K. Hernández (2019-03-04). Che Guevara Exhibit at the UN Human Rights Council. globalresearch.ca The home of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva is showcasing a poster-sized photograph of the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara in its exhibition hallways. | In 2013, UNESCO, a branch of the U.N., included the "The Life and Works of …

Ma'an news (2019-03-04). Corbyn Calls for UK to Freeze Arms Sales to Israel after UN Report. globalresearch.ca Jeremy Corbyn, head of the British Labor Party, over the weekend, called for the British government to freeze arms sales to Israel and to condemn it for the killing of Palestinians. | Corbyn's remarks came after a United Nations report, …

Robin Mathews (2019-03-04). SNC-Lavalin: The Tip of an Enormous "Deep State" Iceberg. Attack on the Rule of Law in Canada. globalresearch.ca SNC-Lavalin, the large Canadian engineering firm at the centre of the present Liberal government crisis engendered by the treatment of former Attorney General/Minister of Justice and Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is merely the tip of an enormous …

Rothamsted Research (2019-03-04). Earthworm Research Spurs Farmers to Act. globalresearch.ca A study of England's farmland has found key earthworm types are rare or absent in two out of five fields and has led to the majority of farmers affected vowing to change the way they farm. | The results indicate widespread, …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-04). OPCW Syria Report Cripples Western "Chemical Weapons" Narrative. globalresearch.ca The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) has presented its final report regarding an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma, Syria on April 7, 2018. Despite attempts by the Western media to hail it as "proof" that the …

STAFF (2019-03-04). Cohen Hearing May Have Hurt North Korea Talks, Trump Says. truthdig.com In a new Twitter salvo, the president accuses Democrats of trying to sabotage his negotiations with Kim Jong-un during their Hanoi summit.

Colin Todhunter (2019-03-04). Crocodile Tears for Venezuela: From Late Victorian Holocausts to 21st Century Imperialism. counterpunch.org 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 of misrule and corruption have wrecked the Venezuelan economy and that the actions of the "Maduro More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-04). Glorious Bitchery: Yorgos Lanthimos and "The Favourite" counterpunch.org Yorgos Lanthimos likes his subjects deranged and troubled. He likes seeing queens in the slap, servants in the lurch, and women in mud. But that is just one side. The Favourite is a film of exotic, exorbitant bitchery, filmed with aesthetic relish. It has been dubbed by Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian "punk Restoration romp". It is More

Max Wilbert (2019-03-04). Anti-Racist Strategy for a World in Crisis. counterpunch.org In his book Capitalism and Slavery, Trinidadian historian Dr. Eric Williams writes that "Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery." Williams, like many others, argues that racism was created by the powerful to justify subjugation that was already in progress. In other words, the desire to exploit came first, More

Elliot Sperber (2019-03-04). America Doesn't Exist. counterpunch.org America doesn't exist If you think that you live there Guess what, you've been tricked You're not even thinking, You're only believing In borders, and orders That blossom from myth That is, from delusion, or nonsense Or illness, contagious, indeed And violent, yes But not at all real, or true For falsehoods can't ever be More

Peter Turner (2019-03-04). Oakland Teachers' Contract: Let's Do the Math and Learn the Lessons. counterpunch.org The original demand of the union, the Oakland Teachers' Association, was for a 12% raise over three years. Management, the Oakland Unified School District, countered with a raise of 8.5%. Rounding to two decimal places of a percent, management's offer amounted to 2.83% per year, while the union's demand was 4% per year. The settlement More

teleSUR (2019-03-04). Lula Immediately Sent Back to Prison After Grandson's Funeral. telesurenglish.net The former Brazilian President and one of the most revered left leaders in Latin America, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was returned to prison nine hours after he was allowed to attend his grandson's funeral. | RELATED: | UN Human Rights Council To Probe Lula's Case in March | He was at the crematorium for 2 hours before being taken away by the military police for his…

teleSUR (2019-03-04). Juan Guaido Arrived in Venezuela Without Obstacles. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan lawmaker and self-proclaimed "interim president", Juan Guaido arrived at the Maiquetia airport Monday without any obstacles. | RELATED: | Who Is US Intelligence Official Advising Guaido on His 'Regional Tour' | The opposition lawmaker was banned from leaving the country as an investigation is going on over his attempt to usurp governmental po…

STAFF (2019-03-04). Did Bernie Sanders' Critique of U.S. Policy in Venezuela Go Far Enough? truthdig.com The Vermont senator hasn't called Maduro a dictator, but neither has he demanded an end to sanctions. Progressive journalists weigh in.

unitedEditor (2019-03-04). February 2019 — crisis in Venezuela, Kim and Trump, India and Pakistan. uwidata.com Europe Munich Security Conference On February 15-16, an international security conference was held in Munich. Many world leaders did not attend: the most senior and influential figure was German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The conference organizers noted the collapse of the unipolar system and the transition of the world to an era of competition between great …

Aaron Bastani (2019-03-04). The Coup in Venezuela, Explained. zcomm.org Sanctions and oil prices are to blame for the country's economic plight, while it boasts a far greater tradition of democracy than critics often realize let alone dare to admit…

Middle East Eye (2019-03-04). Google Refuses to Remove Saudi App That Allows Men to Restrict Women's Movement. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Google has refused to remove from its services a mobile app that allows Saudi men to track the movement of women and migrant workers and restrict their ability to travel overseas. The tech giant said it conducted checks on Absher and concluded that the app did not violate any of its terms and conditions, so it …

Alan Macleod (2019-03-04). The US Tried to Isolate Venezuela. It Has Only Isolated Itself. theantimedia.com (VA Op-ed) — It is no secret that the United States has long been plotting regime change in Venezuela. For over 18 months President Trump has been publicly floating a military invasion of the country. At a speech in Florida President Trump recently announced "the days of socialism and communism are numbered in Venezuela" ominously stating "one day soon we are …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-04). The "Humboldt Three" Take Israel to Court. truthout.org In June 2017, three active members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement disrupted a talk titled "Life in Israel — Terror, Bias and the Chances for Peace," by an Israeli official who was hosted by the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft (German-Israeli Society) at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Aliza Lavie, a member of Knesset for the centrist Yesh Atid party and chairwoman of the Knesset Caucu…

WSWS (2019-03-04). India-Pakistan war tensions escalate. wsws.org At least six civilians and two Pakistani soldiers have been killed as a result of cross-border shelling from both sides along the Line of Control.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-04). New York Sex Workers Are Working to Decriminalize Their Trade. truthout.org This story was first published on The Appeal, a nonprofit criminal justice news site.Bianey García arrived in New York City from Mexico in January 2005, 14 years old, alone and without a warm coat. "It was difficult getting here with no family," she said. "When I got here, I didn't have anything." A year later, she was homeless in an expensive city, and still living as a boy. | Then there was a man, she said. He brought her to a restaurant in New Jersey, she remembered, giving her chocolates and flowers, "telling me that he loved m…

Alex Emmons (2019-03-04). Sanders, Warren, Ocasio-Cortez, and Other Lawmakers Sign Pledge to End America's "Forever Wars" theintercept.com Eight members of Congress have taken a pledge to work to bring ongoing U.S. global military conflicts to a "responsible and expedient" end, the result of a first-of-its kind lobbying effort by military veterans on Capitol Hill. | The pledge was written and organized by a group called Common Defense, made up of veterans and military families, which advocates for scaling back U.S. military commitments overseas. Common Defense boasts of more than 20,000 veteran members in all 50 states, and it threw its endorsement behind almost 30 candidates in the last midterm election cycle. | The group's involvement in electoral…

WSWS (2019-03-04). Warnings of further housing plunge and job losses in Australia. wsws.org With a federal election due in May, the corporate elite is insisting that austerity measures must be imposed.

WSWS (2019-03-04). This week in history: March 4-10. wsws.org Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Whitewater, scientists, MIT, antiwar, Vietnam, UCS…

WSWS (2019-03-04). Mass demonstration by public-sector workers in Berlin. wsws.org Thousands of teachers and social workers in Berlin held a two-day warning strike last week.

Al-Thawra (2019-03-04). 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.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-04). To Reduce Inequality, Let's Downsize the Financial Sector. truthout.org Matt Bruenig — the president of the progressive, grassroots-funded People's Policy Project think tank — put forward a creative set of policy proposals last month on child care and family policy under the title of the Family Fun Pack. It prompted a major discussion in progressive circles on child care policy, helped in part by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's important proposal in this area that was released the next week. | In the hope of pro…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-04). New Group Looks to Unite North America in a Cooperative Economy. truthout.org Across North America, movements of people have come together to build economic, social and political systems that are oriented toward healthy communities. Often, that means systems that function outside of the parameters of capitalism. | The James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership is one such organization, inspiring thoughtful change and supporting cooperative businesses and education in Detroit, Michigan. Its mission is "to nurture the transformational leadership capacities of individuals and organizations committed to creating productive, su…

Tyler Durden (2019-03-04). Watch: US-Led Forces Drop Banned White Phosphorous on East Syria. theantimedia.com (ZH) — According to Middle East news source Al Masdar News, the U.S. Coalition dropped internationally banned white phosphorous on the last tiny Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria during intense operations on Saturday evening. American warplanes specifically dropped the white phosphorous on ISIS positions inside the Baghouz camp, which coalition statements have described as the last holdout to the "most …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-04). As Guaid√≥ Returns to Venezuela, Pence Threatens 'Swift Response' If Opposition Leader Arrested. commondreams.org Leader of right-wing opposition—attempting to overthrow the elected government with the help of the Trump administration—claims it "would be a coup d'√©tat" if he was detained | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

DLI (2019-03-04). 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 econ…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-04). UN Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists and Disabled People. truthout.org A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel's bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians — almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were inju…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-04). Sanders on Venezuela — Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far Enough? therealnews.com At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn't call for an end to sanctions — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Milan Says 'People First' To Salvini's Racist Policies. telesurenglish.net Milan's streets were filled Saturday with tens of thousands of anti-nationalist protesters who say Italy's national government is enacting racist policies they don't want to be a part of. | RELATED: | Italy's New 'Bad Law' Tightens Asylum Criteria | The demonstrators played drums and trumpets as they marched peacefully among northern Italy's main streets and shouted "prima le persone" (people first) to counter the vocally anti-immigrant prime minister's "prima gli Italiani" (Italians first). | M…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-03). Sudan's Omar al-Bashir forced to step down as party chief as protests intensifies. peoplesdispatch.org Bashir will continue as president until the end of his term until 2020 presidential elections, when the ruling NCP will be nominating a different candidate, indicating an foreseeable end to his three decade-long rule…

Zoe PC (2019-03-03). The radical legacy of Berta Cáceres. peoplesdispatch.org "Berta didn't die, she multiplied!" Three years after the brutal and cowardly assassination of Berta Cáceres at her home in Honduras, these words are much more than a slogan. They capture the essence of the struggle of Berta, a struggle that cannot be extinguished or silenced with bullets, because what it seeks is to empower those who have historically been silenced. Berta's struggle lives on, not only in her own organization, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) which today is led by young, indigenous Lenca women, but across the world. | Berta co-founded COPINH in 1993 a…

CP Editor (2019-03-03). Meet the Kids Who Confronted Sen. Feinstein. counterpunch.org

Fight Back (2019-03-03). Chicago's elections: Rejecting Rahm and police terror. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – This week, Chicago saw elections for mayor and city council in which almost all the candidates ran on platforms opposing outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Progressive victories were won in a number of wards across the city, including by Maria Hadden, a young, Black, queer woman who unseated Joe Moore in the far Northside Rogers Park neighborhood. Moore had been a progressive 25 years ago but is now a staunch ally of the mayor and a defender of big money developers. Hadden was recently a board member of Black Youth Project 100, and hers was a major win for progressives in the first round of elections. | T…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Argentina Opens Fire On Chinese Ship Illegally Fishing. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Coast Guard opened fire on a Chinese ship crew that was allegedly illegally fishing off its coastal waters early Saturday morning failing to heed warnings to stop. | RELATED: | Argentines Outraged by Macri's 'Hypocritical' Last Address at Congress | Video filmed from the coast guard ship shows the Chinese ship Hua Xiang 801 coming close to the coast guard vessel in the choppy South Atlantic waters off Chabut province in Argentina. | "Hua Xiang 801: preparing t…

Global Research News (2019-03-03). Selected Articles: The Pentagon's "Ides of March": Best Month to Go to War. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Warning About False Flag Operations Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Together with Venezuela's opposition, the United States government is planning a new false flag operation along the Colombian border, socialist leader and protector of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, Freddy Bernal, said Sunday. | RELATED: | Who Is US Intelligence Official Advising Guaido on His 'Regional Tour' | "I have direct information from officers of the Colombian National Police that other attacks are coming along the Colombian-Venezuelan border and they are tryin…

Andy Rowell (2019-03-03). As Evidence of Man-Made Global Warming Hits 'Gold Standard,' Robert Mercer Continues Funding Denialists. commondreams.org One of the world's most secretive billionaires is still pouring millions into climate denial, despite scientists concluding we have reached the "gold standard" linking human activity to climate change.

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Bolivia's Evo Shows Support for US Presidential Hopeful Sanders. telesurenglish.net Bolivian President Evo Morales is ready to back U.S. 2020 electoral hopeful, Bernie Sanders, a supportive tweet revealed Sunday. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Gets Personal as He Prepares For 2020 Election | Morales cheered Sanders from social media, writing, "We salute the brother @BernieSanders. The media claims he is taking great strides toward the presidentia…

James Jordan (2019-03-03). Is a Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela Imminent? globalresearch.ca According to conventional wisdom, there should be no serious talk of foreign military intervention in Venezuela. But these aren't conventional times. The conventional playbook would adopt a strategy of foreign coordination of the Venezuelan opposition, economic sabotage, infiltration of the …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-03). Democrats and Republicans Move to Silence Rep. Omar's Criticism of Israel. globalresearch.ca It looks like the embattled representative from Minnesota will end up like Cynthia McKinney, who was thrown out of Congress for the sin of criticizing the official narrative on 9/11. | She is also a fierce critic of Israel and its …

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-03). The Worldwide Struggle Against Fascism: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). venezuelanalysis.com An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries.

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Egypt's Grand Imam Says Polygamy An 'Injustice' To Women. telesurenglish.net Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar said that polygamy is a form of injustice to women. | ANALYSIS: | India Criminalizes Triple Talaq But Muslim Women Find No Relief | "Those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong. We have to read the (Quranic) verse in full," Egypt's top cleric said Friday during a weekly television pr…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). U.S. Citizen Detained by Saudi Arabia, Abused in Prison: Report. telesurenglish.net A joint citizen of the United States and Saudi Arabia, who has been imprisoned in the oil-rich kingdom with no charges since 2017, was reportedly abused while in custody, the New York Times reported. | RELATED: | Saudi Sisters Afraid of Deportation From Hong Kong, Seeks Help | Walid Fitaihi is a Harvard-trained doctor who was dragged from his room in Riyadh's Ritz Carlton…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Bolsonaro's Hate Speech Inspires Tribal Land Invasions: Report. telesurenglish.net Ten days after Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office, witnesses say dozens of men invaded protected Indigenous land in a remote corner of the Amazon, to claim their stake on Indigneous people's land. | RELATED: | Brazil Minister: Indigenous People Don't Need Access to Land, Pushes Neoliberal Reform | Inspired…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-03). After Hours at the Border, 29 Parents Separated From Their Kids and Deported Take Step Toward Asylum. commondreams.org After spending several hours at the U.S.-Mexico border with attorneys and immigrant rights advocates on Saturday, 29 parents separated from their children then deported under President Donald Trump's so-called "zero tolerance" policy were allowed to take a crucial step toward applying for asylum and reuniting with their kids. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-03). Trump and Netanyahu Scandals a Very Dangerous Moment — Wilkerson & Jay. therealnews.com Desperate men do desperate things; two leaders facing corruption charges may more aggressively push their Iran regime change agenda — Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-03). Sex Trafficking: A Form of Modern-Day Slavery. globalresearch.ca All forms of modern-day slavery affect an estimated 40 million or more people worldwide — mostly women and young girls, ongoing in scores of countries, including America and other Western nations. | Human trafficking and forced labor in the US exists …

Elise Swain (2019-03-03). It's Still Open: Will the Guantánamo Bay Prison Become a 2020 Issue? theintercept.com The reporter Carol Rosenberg has been covering Guantánamo Bay since before it became a "war on terror" prison camp — and she's still at it.

RT (2019-03-03). US wants 'broad' regime-change coalition on Venezuela — Bolton. rt.com National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the United States will form "as broad a coalition" as possible to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Bolton went on to call for a "completely democratic hemisphere." |

RT (2019-03-03). 'Pompous twit will get us all killed': AOC tweet-tacked over Green New Deal by ex-Greenpeace founder. rt.com Greenpeace founder turned climate change skeptic Patrick Moore has reignited his feud with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a "pompous little twit" and "garden-variety hypocrite" in a barrage of tweets. |

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-03). 3rd Anniversary of Berta Cáceres Murder in Honduras: Downward Spiral and Hope. therealnews.com The murder trial of environmental and indigenous activist Berta Cáceres leaves many issues unresolved. Meanwhile, the human rights situation in Honduras has been getting worse, even as Berta continues to inspire activists with her example…

RT (2019-03-03). 'Not smth to celebrate': Reunion story of dad & daughter BOTH deployed to Iraq recalls 'forever war'. rt.com A seemingly patriotic story on the National Guard's news site — of a father and daughter being deployed to the same country simultaneously — has instead illustrated for many the futility of America's endless Middle East wars. |

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-03). New Senate Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Erase Possession Charges. theantimedia.com (TMU) — A group of Democrats are hoping that they can roll back the war on drugs with a new federal marijuana legalization bill. Dubbed the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, the bill would see marijuana finally removed from the federal list of controlled substances, legalizing the plant on a nationwide level and removing a range …

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.

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.

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