2019-03-08: Social Media Postees

Liberals Are Digging Their Own Grave With Russiagate
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-03-08
"This new Cold War [is] more dangerous than the preceding Cold War," Professor Stephen Cohen tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer in the latest installment of "Scheer Intelligence." Cohen, a professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University, has a new book out that addresses the possibility of a U.S.-Russia armed conflict in the near future. Part of the current rejection of the Kremlin that has brought the two nations to this dangerous brink, according to Cohen, is rooted in the U.S. political elites' desire to maintain their ability to determine the world order. When V…
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ACT for America Tries To Distance Themselves From One of Their 'Most Influential Activists'
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-03-08
An ACT for America chapter leader made national headlines last week for a display at the West Virginia Capitol that appeared to equate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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Refusing to "Snitch," Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Becomes Two-Time Political Prisoner
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
"I will not participate in a secret process that I morally object to, particularly one that has been historically used to entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech." — Chelsea Manning…
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A Peek into the Horrific Findings of the UN Report on Israel's Massacre of Gaza Protesters
Robert Inlakesh | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
The commission found serious human rights violations that may constitute crimes against humanity and called on Israel to "Lift the blockade on Gaza with immediate effect.
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Michael Cohen Scooped by Julian Assange
Ann Garrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Press and citizenry continue to discuss former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress on February 27. | Russiagate skeptics and supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are taking particular note of what Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie said …
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Attacks on Venezuela Lead to 'Law of the Jungle,' China Warns
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-08
At his annual news conference Friday, China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, stressed that his country favors the rules of international law, respect for the sovereignty of Venezuela and negotiations without foreign interference to peacefully resolve the situation of the South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP: Marco Rubio Behind Nation-Wide Blackout Sabotage…
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A Peaceful, Democratic Solution to Venezuela's Crisis Requires Fact-based Analysis and Advocacy
Washington Office on Latin America | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
With the backing of the Trump administration, opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ declared himself "interim president" earlier this year. (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
Following a week of debate surrounding Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar's comments about U.S. foreign policy in Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. We host a discussion with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper's editorial board; Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace; and Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, writer and organizer based in New York City.
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Encountering Peace: The world according to Bibi
Gershon Baskin | zcomm.org | 2019-03-08
It is clear that getting back to the issues will depend first and foremost on replacing Netanyahu with someone else…
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Venezuela in the US Press – Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-03-08
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US Taxpayers On the Hook for Nearly $1 Billion in Saudi Arabia's Recent Missile Defense Purchase
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
The U.S. government continues to scramble to keep its allies from buying its THAAD missile defense system's top competitor, the Russian S-400. Unfortunately for them, it's the U.S. taxpayers who are footing the bill.
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Oxfam: Starving Yemeni Families Selling Daughters as Young as Three into Marriage
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
The fact that girls as young as three have been sold is shocking and a testament to the severity of the humanitarian crisis, particularly the country's burgeoning famine, that many Yemenis face.
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Roaming Charges: Flag Humpers
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
+ It's now a thought-crime in DC for the powerless to speak about the power of an organization which exists to leverage its power in a town which only responds to power. + Palestinians are the one ethnic group that everyone has a license to hate. In fact, in the US congress, it's almost an…
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As the World Burns: Hurtling Towards an Unlivable Planet
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
If the global warming cataclysm — already significantly underway in vast swaths of the planet — isn't averted and soon, then nothing else we care about is going to matter all that much. We'll just be arguing about how to fairly slice up a badly overheated pie — how to turn an overcooked world upside down (or right-side up) and how to properly manage a living Hell. You'd hardly know this from the reigning U.S. media and politics culture, where the climate crisis and other critical environmental issues are pushed to the margins of public discussion. It is chilling (no ironic pun intended) to behol…
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As the World Burns
Paul Street | zcomm.org | 2019-03-08
Hurtling Towards an Unlivable Planet…
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Idlib — Reportage from the Last Terrorist Stronghold in Syria
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
For a while, all the guns have fallen silent. | I am near Idlib, the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria. The area where the deadliest anti-government fighters, most of them injected into Syria from Turkey, with Saudi, Qatari and …
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Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the Bomb
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
On February 19, the Democratic majority of the House Oversight and Reform Committee released an eye-opening interim report. Based on testimony from "multiple" whistleblowers, the report reveals that the Trump Administration is engaged in a frenzied dash to push through a sale of nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia without consulting Congress. Several of the individuals…
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On International Women's Day, Mideast women wage fierce resistance
Aboulfotouh Kandil | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-08
Today, as the world celebrates International Women's Day, the hope is that brave women in countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia will not be forgotten. Many women in those countries wage a struggle for their very lives every single day. They have long roads to travel before they can even begin to achieve small degrees …
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The Trump/Kim Bromance: It's Gross, But Let's Hope It Leads to a Third Date
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
Of all the bizarre things that Donald Trump utters — the lies, the garbled words, the fanciful stories — his comments on his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are in a category by themselves. "I was really tough and so was he, and we went back and forth," Trump told a crowd…
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Trump Moves the World Closer to Wars
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
President Trump has recently flown out of Hanoi, having failed to reach any agreement in negotiations with President Kim of North Korea, who went back home by train, with his tail up and wagging — having laid a wreath at the mausoleum commemorating Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese leader who led his country's fight for…
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Brazil: Bolsonaro Says Democracy, Liberty Depend on Military
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-08
Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday the country's armed forces, which led the country under a military dictatorship for over two decades, are the ultimate arbiters of democracy. | RELATED: | 'Sambistas' Harshly Rebuke Bolsonaro's Attack on Carnival | Speaking at a naval event in Rio de Janeiro alongside some of the form…
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America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group
Garikai Chengu | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014. | Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran's growing influence in the …
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U.S. Gears Up for War on Venezuela
Jeff Mackler | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
The relentless U.S. imperial beast has embarked on a full-scale, openly declared, bipartisan regime-change war aimed at overthrowing Venezuela's democratically elected government headed by President Nicolás Maduro. Top U.S. officials–from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and special envoy Elliot Abrams of Iran/Contra infamy, to Democratic House Speaker Nancy…
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Regime change is urgently needed…in Washington
Andre Vltchek | mronline.org | 2019-03-08
It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the United States of America, it is the entire European Union; in fact, the entire West. | Source…
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What ISIS Left Behind: Reporting from Idlib, Syria's Last Front
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
Investigative journalist Andre Vltchek tours the ruins of Idlib, Syria and the surrounding countryside to see the devastation wrought by ISIS and to speak to the residents about what lies ahead.
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The Conflict of Our Time: U.S. Imperialism vs the Rule of Law
Nicolas J S Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
The world faces many overlapping crises: regional political crises from Kashmir to Venezuela; brutal wars that rage on in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia; and the existential dangers of nuclear weapons, climate change, and mass extinction. But beneath the surface of all these crises, human society faces an underlying, unresolved conflict about who or what…
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US Shifts Weapons from Iraq to Syria
Jack Detsch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
The Pentagon rerouted millions of dollars' worth of weapons and vehicles from Iraq to Syria in the second half of 2018, Al-Monitor has learned, as US-backed forces cornered the last remnants of the Islamic State (IS). | In a series of …
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Women's Day 2019: From Afghanistan to Syria: Women's Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA
Julie Lévesque | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Western heads of state, UN officials, military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help little girls go to school, liberate women subjected to the yoke of the Taliban.
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Video: Syrian Army Delivers Massive Strike on Terrorist Infrastructure in Idlib Province
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
On March 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) delivered a massive rocket strike on positions of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern part of Idlib province. This was the first such strike in this area …
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Venezuelan VP: Marco Rubio Behind Nation-Wide Blackout Sabotage
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-08
Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced late Thursday that President Nicolas Maduro ordered schools and offices be shut on Friday in order to speed up the repairs of the Venezuelan electric system, which was attacked by far-right groups Thursday afternoon. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Government Denounce New Attack On Electric System | "President Nicolas Maduro has suspended work and school activities on Friday so as to facilitate the necessary repair works on the country…
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Washington's Escalation for Venezuela's Oil
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
If we listen to Washington's threats to Venezuela there is always a military component to everything they do to undermine the legitimate Maduro government. "All options are on the table", is the repeated slogan that is now also heard from the self-appointed "president", Juan Guaidó, as if he were referring to another country and not…
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Nationwide Blackout In Venezuela -Venezuelanalysis On the Ground Coverage Affected
Katrina Kozarek, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-08
Venezuela suffered a nationwide blackout in the afternoon on Thursday, March 7. Government officials denounce sabotage and promise to restore the country to 100 percent electrical service over the coming hours. | On the ground reporters for Venezuelanalysis.com currently without means of presenting updates until electricity is restored.
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Senator Marco Rubio: US Must Initiate Widespread Unrest in Venezuela
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the U.S." As was to be expected, the hearing was filled with plenty of threats and talk of flipping "military elites" and enforcing tougher sanctions. | But perhaps unexpected was just how out in the open and brazen Rubio's own admissions of how far he's willing to go in promoting regime change in Caracas…
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We Are Being Lied Into War Again
Lee Camp | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" to give host Jake Tapper the Trump administration's take on Venezuela. (Photo: CNN screen shot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Venezuelans Go About Their Day as Power Gradually Restored
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-08
People in the Venezuelan capital Caracas reported Friday that electricity is being restored gradually in different zones of the city after a sabotage attack against the electric system of the country that took place Thursday evening. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP: Marco Rubio Behind Nation-Wide Blackout Sabotage | As the government implements actions to restore the service in the remaining areas of the country, people have chosen to go about their daily activities as usual, either…
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An Open Letter on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government
Various Contributors | zcomm.org | 2019-03-08
We believe that the Trump administration's regime change effort in Venezuela is wrong in every way: morally, legally, and politically…
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Rubio Demands US Initiate "Widespread Unrest" in Venezuela
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Predictably during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the US." To be expected the hearing was filled with …
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Venezuelan Government Denounce New Attack on Electric System
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
The Electric Energy Minister Dominguez denounced that this loss of power is due to sabotage in the area of electric generation and transmission in Guri, in the eastern Bolivar state. | *** | The Minister of Popular Power For Electric Energy, Luis | …
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Progressives Condemn U.S.-Backed Regime Change in Venezuela
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-08
Over a dozen progressive House Democrats on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's "unacceptable" push for regime change in Venezuela. | The comments came in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and signed by Reps. Ro Khanna (Calif.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and 13 other House Democrats. | "President Donald Trump and other senior United States (U.S.) officials have generated alarm in Venezuela and throughout the region with actions and statements–such as the recent threat that 'all op…
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Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?
George Ciccariello-Maher | zcomm.org | 2019-03-08
The Venezuelan opposition and its backers in Washington may have underestimated the Chavista grassroots…
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Venezuela Wins Round One Against the Empire
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
Havana. The clash between Venezuela and the Empire last weekend ended with a humiliating defeat for Elliott Abrams, the alleged designer of the operation. What the neocons initially planned may never be known, but what is known is that they could not culminate in an invasion or another false flag operation. The most notable facet…
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Russian Women Against Militarism: Act II
Nadia Azhgikkina | thenation.com | 2019-03-08
Russian Women Against Militarism: Act II…
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Ten Points I Just Can't Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
I still do not know what happened in the Skripal saga, which perhaps might more respectfully be termed the Sturgess saga. I cannot believe the Russian account of Boshirov and Petrov, because if those were their real identities, those identities …
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Women's Day 2019: Women's Rights in Afghanistan, "A Justification for War"
Felicity Arbuthnot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Remember the deluge of political concern over the subjugation of Afghan women at the time of the October 2001 invasion? The tsunami of documentaries, articles, books on their plight, contributing to the justification of another invasion…
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ICE Is Terrorizing Iraqi-American Communities
Chris Gelardi | thenation.com | 2019-03-08
ICE Is Terrorizing Iraqi-American Communities…
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We Are Being Lied Into War Again
Lee Camp | truthdig.com | 2019-03-08
I was 23 when we invaded Iraq, and I wasn't sure it was based on lies, but something deep down in me–just behind the spleen–told me it was based on lies. Kinda like if your blind date shows up and you notice he has a 2004 flip phone. It seems vaguely worrisome, and no explanation he can haltingly supply will put you at ease. Plus, anyone else who acts like it's normal also becomes suspect. | The invasion of Iraq just felt like it was a lie to me. And it turned out that I was right, that it was a lie, and that the entirety of the mainstream media and our government were either wrong or lying and, most…
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[Photo Essay] Kashmir: Everyday life under the military gaze
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-08
Glimpse of everyday life in highly militarized Kashmir after the February 15 suicide attack in Pulwama which almost brought India and Pakistan at the brink of war.
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No Strategies to Erase Damage Already Done
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
"And here, sitting upon London stone, I charge and command that, of the city's cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but claret wine this first year of our reign. And now henceforward it shall be treason for any that calls me other than Lord Mortimer." — Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part II Democrats face a…
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Forced Blood Draws & Implied Consent Laws Make a Mockery of the Fourth Amendment
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
"The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official." –Herman Schwartz, The Nation You think you've got rights? Think…
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Worse Than a Wall
Karla Molinar-Arvizo | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
The current administration has bent over backwards to force-feed its anti-immigrant agenda to the American public. That agenda remains broadly unpopular, but they've tried every trick in the con artist book to impose it anyway. Despite years of hysterical anti-immigrant propaganda, most Americans continually report positive views of immigrants and immigration in opinion surveys. Yet…
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International Women's Day 2019: We have had enough of Trump and the war on women
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-08
Enough is enough. Trump, his administration, and his backers are waging war on women, and millions of women are making it clear that we are not going to be pushed backwards. From the massive Women's Marches, to the midterm elections, to the constant, everyday resistance, women are standing up against Trump's reactionary agenda. | Trump and his supporters in the Senate want to pack the Supreme Court and roll back reproductive rights, and they have gotten a start by appointing the drunken misogynist Brett Kavanaugh. Accompanying the administrations outrageous policy of placing immigrants in detention, Trump's Justi…
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If America can find $716bn for the military, it can fund the Green New Deal
Reverend William Barber | zcomm.org | 2019-03-08
If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic…
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Labour's Fight Over Israel Long Time in Coming
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-08
The party is being dragged into the modern world by Corbyn's anti-racist leadership towards Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net An announcement this week by the Jewish Labour Movement that it is considering splitting from the British Labour Party… Read more ?…
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Yemen's Rabid Dogs Eat the Dead and Bite the Living, with Treatment Often Out of Reach
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
What's driving the feral dogs to attack is an acquired taste for human flesh. One of the most gruesome scenes you see after every massacre is hungry dogs roaming around a place to eat corpses or what remains of them.
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Negotiating on the threshold of nuclear war:Turkey's role in the Kashmir crisis
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-08
For the past few weeks, the whole world has been concerned about the potential nuclear war between India and Pakistan after the countries downed each other's aircrafts. While the world community waits to see what happens next, Pakistan has given them the first positive sign: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his intention to ask …
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Royal Wedding Got Triple the Media Coverage of Yemen in 2018
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-08
That ratio is symptomatic of negative trends at the major networks, writes Jim Lobe. By Jim Lobe Inter Press Service The ongoing war in Yemen, called the world's "worst humanitarian disaster" by the United Nations and independent aid agencies since early last… Read more ?…
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Border Security: What and Who is it Good For?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
With few exceptions, America's borders were open, at least to Europeans, before passage of the Johnson-Reed Act in 1924. Before that, nativist animosities were often acute. But with transportation into and out of the country difficult, and labor in chronically short supply, efforts to keep people out never gained much traction. This was as much the case along the southern border as at Ellis Island.
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Police Violence and a Safe Black Space
Seth Sandronsky | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
Dr. Kristee Haggins is an African-centered psychologist who facilitates Sacramento's Safe Black Space: Community Healing Circles by and for People of African Ancestry. Black community outrage in California's capital city is an apt word for the district attorney's decision to condone the police killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed African-American man. The email interview below is an effort to amplify underreported…
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Militarised Conservation: Paramilitary Rangers and the WWF
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
Think charity, think vulnerability and its endless well of opportunistic exploitation. Over the years, international charity organisations have been found with employees keen to take advantage of their station. That advantage has been sexual, financial and, in the case of allegations being made about the World Wild Life Fund for Nature, in the nature of…
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Medicare for All is Doable and Most Americans Want It
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
In Canada, everyone in the country is guaranteed access to health care by the government. The same is true for France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands and every other country that we think of as comparable in terms of levels of wealth, democracy and economic development. In spite of providing universal care, these countries also…
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"Deaths of Despair": Trump and the White Working Class
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
In November 2015 two Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton (a Nobel Prize winner), released a revealing study, "Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among whitenon-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century." It was published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The economists' findings were scary:…
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Hijack the Starship, Major Tom
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
One of my favorite rock albums of the early 1970s is Paul Kantner and Grace Slick's science fiction story titled Blows Against the Empire. Although the album was released under the auspices of Kantner and Slick's ensemble Jefferson Starship, the truth is that the collection of musicians in this work are quite different than those…
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Capitalism and the Reactionary Power of White Identity Politics
Sudip Bhattacharya | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
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The Blindness of Empire
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
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Criticizing Israel isn't Anti-Semitic, Here's What Is
Sarah Gertler | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
Weeks ago, when the first accusations of anti-semitism were being leveled against Representative Ilhan Omar, I was deeply agitated. Not long ago I saw her address these accusations at a local town hall. She reminded the world that, as a Black Muslim woman in America, she knows what hate looks like — and spends her…
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Ilhan Omar's Choice
Sam Husseini | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
As a virtual lynch mob moves to chastise Rep. Ilhan Omar over her recent remarks around Israel, the new congresswoman basically has three options before her: (1) Fold; (2) Continue the back and forth of the last several weeks or (3) Get more specific and expand the public critique. Fold: Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Omar herself can go largely silent on…
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Sparked by Ilhan Omar's 'Valid Criticism' of Israel, House Passes 'Anti-Hate' Resolution
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-08
"We're happy to see a resolution that condemns real bigotry, rather than going after Rep. Ilhan Omar and her vision of a world free of racism and oppression."
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The Complete History of Monsanto, "The World's Most Evil Corporation"
E Hanzai | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
First published by Waking Times, posted by Global Research in May 2014, this article provides a historical viewpoint. It is of particular relevance in relation to the Monsanto-Bayer merger. Monsanto-Bayer is relentlessly pushing the Worldwide adoption of glyphosate, which is …
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Women's Day 2019: Women's Suffrage and African Emancipation During the 19th Century
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Since the mid-19th century there has been a periodic interrelationship between the movements for African emancipation and women's liberation. | Of course these convergences have not been without serious contradictions particularly in light of the historic racial and class divisions …
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Women's Day 2019: Selected Articles
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
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Cover-up in India's 1984 Golden Temple Massacre? British Involvement Revealed
Phil Miller | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
The identities of civil servants who investigated British involvement in India's Golden Temple massacre will remain secret, despite concerns that they could have potentially tampered with key evidence. | An anonymity order from the Information Commissioner means the government will not …
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India's Taking a Page from Its American Ally by Accusing Pakistan's PM Imran Khan of "Meddling"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
A popular Indian online media outlet published a piece purporting that part of one of the Pakistani Prime Minister's latest speeches was intended to "exploit India's fault lines under Modi's rule", which implies that the self-professed "world's largest democracy" is …
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Is the Trump Administration "Owned by the State of Israel". Ted Cruz: Accessory to Israeli Grand Larceny
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
In the United States, as Rep Omar pointed out, politicians on both sides of the aisle in both Houses routinely fall over themselves to pledge fealty and taxpayer dollars to Israel. | The Trump administration is virtually owned by the state …
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The Bloody Sunday Massacre (1972) in Northern Ireland: Comments by "Toxic Clown Boris" Johnson
Eamonn McCann | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
The toxic clown Boris Johnson has told the Daily Telegraph that "it feels sickening" that charges might be brought against some of the paratroopers who killed or wounded 28 unarmed people in Derry on Bloody Sunday in 1972. He's become …
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Reflections on Vladimir Putin as a Leader and on the World Situation in Which He Works
John Chuckman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
There is an immense amount of criticism of Putin, especially coming from America, most of it empty criticism which ignores realities and genuine analysis. For the more thoughtful, it represents only the stink and noise of propaganda, and not honest …
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The 2017 Grenfell Tower Conflagration in West London that killed 72 People: A Travesty of Justice as Grenfell Charges Unlikely for Yet Another Two Years!
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
In a devastating admission of system failure, the Metropolitan Police have said that criminal charges in the matter of the Grenfell Tower block conflagration in West London that killed 72 people on June 14th 2017, are now unlikely to brought …
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India's State of Sikkim Banishes All Pesticides and GMO, Watches Both Wildlife and Tourism Flourish
Nick Meyer | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
The organic movement has been seen as a fad and a trend by many, but others call it a necessity in a changing world where toxic chemicals are increasingly killing life from the bottom of the food chain up, including …
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Human Rights Abuses Can No Longer be Tolerated in Conserving the World's Forests
James Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
Recent Buzzfeed reports about WWF hiring 'paramilitary forces' to fight poaching and the associated human rights abuses of local peoples show the urgent need for a shift in current conservation models. | Forest Peoples Programme Director, James Whitehead today said: | "To | …
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Trump Administration Announces Stripping Gray Wolf Protections Across Country

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced plans to strip gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protection across the lower 48 states. | If finalized the proposal will allow trophy hunting and trapping of wolves in the Great Lakes …
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Norwegian Government Recommends $7.5 Billion Divestment From Oil and Gas
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
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Norwegian Government Proposes $40 Billion Divestment from Oil and Gas
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
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How ALMO Is Taking on Mexico's Billion-Dollar Gasoline Thieves
Kurt Hackbarth, Colin Mooers | thenation.com | 2019-03-08
How ALMO Is Taking on Mexico's Billion-Dollar Gasoline Thieves…
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Elizabeth Warren Praised for Plan to Break Up Tech Giants
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled on Friday her plan for how to break up the nation's technology behemoths including Amazon, Facebook, and Google in order to boost competition and fuel innovation, and stop them from subverting democracy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Needs 218 CoSponsors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-03-08
The New Medicare for All bill, HR 1384, has 106 Co-Sponsors and needs 218 to pass. There are 236 Democrats out of 435 members in the House, yet only 106 Democrats support this litmus test bill. See www.congress.gov/bill/116th-cong…
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Five and Two Others Curated by Mildred Howard
Creativity Explored | indybay.org | 2019-03-08
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The attacks on Green Book and the racialist infection of the affluent middle class
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
The decision to bestow the Best Picture award on Green Book (directed by Peter Farrelly) at the Academy Awards on February 24 has triggered a furious and ongoing response in the American media.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Chelsea Manning Is Jailed After Refusal to Answer Questions
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-03-08
Editor's Note: Manning has since been taken into police custody.Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning expressed no regrets Thursday when she revealed that she faces a contempt hearing — and possible jail time — after declining to answer a grand jury's questions. | Manning appeared before a grand jury Wednesday after being subpoenaed, apparently to discuss her 2010 disclosure of government and military documents about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to Wikileaks.
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The Hanoi summit — Trump-style
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Thousands of journalists from around the world gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam over February 27-28 to cover another historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump, which followed their first summit in Singapore in June last year. | Expectations for the meeting were high, and hope for a further step towards peace was great, but ultimately, no deal was made. The Vietnamese government hosted a historic summit, but there was no Hanoi Declaration to signal a permanent peace in the Korean peninsula. | Who broke the deal?: | Trump did. Why? No one knows what was in Tr…
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Deregulation undermines building safety
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
In 2013, then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a "war on red tape and green tape", which he claimed was "suffocating" Australian businesses. The Coalition government even announced a special cutting of red tape day. | No doubt Abbott was able to point to some idiotic and bureaucratic regulations to win public support for cutting so-called red tape that was actually protecting the public or the environment, to allow the corporate rich to pillage and plunder. | But this drive to cut red tape did not begin with Abbott. It began in the 1980s when the Bob Hawke Labor government, followed by the John Howard Coalitio…
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Chelsea Manning Faces Contempt Charge After Refusal to Answer Grand Jury Questions
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-08
(CD) — Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning expressed no regrets Thursday when she revealed that she faces a contempt hearing– and possible jail time–after declining to answer a grand jury's questions. Manning appeared before a grand jury Wednesday after being subpoenaed, apparently to discuss her 2010 disclosure of government and military documents about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq …

Chelsea Manning Faces Contempt Charge After Refusal to Answer Grand Jury Questions

'Turning Its Back on Millions of Workers,' Trump Admin Moves Backward With New Overtime Pay Rule
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
After the U.S. Labor Department on Thursday unveiled a new proposed rule on overtime pay, critics accused President Donald Trump and his cabinet of "again siding with corporate interests over those of working people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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'I Will Not Comply': Chelsea Manning Sent Back to Prison Over Grand Jury Refusal
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
Chelsea Manning was remanded to federal prison on Friday morning, sparking outrage from supporters. "For making the American people aware of crimes committed by their government in their name the US government has repeatedly persecuted her. " | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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More ministers quit as factional war wracks Australia's ruling coalition
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
The Liberal-National Coalition, a pillar of corporate rule, is being torn asunder.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Ecuador: 10,000 public servants sacked in three days
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Nearly ten thousand Ecuadorean government employees were fired between February 27 and March 1, according to local media reports. | This came after President Lenin Moreno signed a deal worth US$4.2 billion on February 20 with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | According to an IMF statement, agreement was reached on policy measures the government of Ecuador must implement to apply for the loan. | The IMF would then process the loans in the context of what it calls an Extended Fund Facility, set up "to assist m…
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Russiagate won't die: Moscow will 'shank' Paul Manafort in prison, MSNBC analyst predicts
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-08
Paul Manafort's 4-year prison sentence will allow Moscow to more easily murder him, MSNBC's favorite Russia expert has declared — never mind that the presiding judge said the case had nothing to do with "Russian collusion." | …
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Citing 'Permanent Oil Price Decline,' Norwegian Fund's Fossil Fuel Divestment Could Spark Global 'Shockwave'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-08
In a move that climate campaigners say should send a "shockwave" through the global oil and gas industry, the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund—the largest of its kind in the world—has recommended the Norway government divest the entirety of the fund's $40 billion holdings from the fossil fuel industry. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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European Central Bank announces major policy reversal
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
The decision by the ECB came as a result of what President Marion Draghi characterised as "substantial" downward revision of growth estimates for the region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Netflix's Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
Netflix is currently presenting to its worldwide audience the virulently anti-Semitic television series, Trotsky, which was originally produced by the Russian state in 2017.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Elizabeth Warren's Big Tech Beatdown Will Spark a Vital and Unprecedented Debate
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2019-03-08
Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 29, 2019. | — to break up some of the world's biggest tech firms provides the rarest sign that someone seeking power wants to use that power to weaken Silicon Valley. | Warren's plan to "break up Big Tech," as she described it, begins on a strong premise that is uncontroversial outside of Silicon Valley boardrooms: "Today's big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They've bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit,…
theintercept.com/2019/03/08/eliz…

End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-08
16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…
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