2019-03-11: News Headlines

Norman Solomon (2019-03-11). Biden on the Relaunch Pad: He's Worse Than You Thought. counterpunch.org When the New York Times front-paged its latest anti-left polemic masquerading as a news article, the March 9 piece declared: "Should former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. enter the race, as his top advisers vow he soon will, he would have the best immediate shot at the moderate mantle." On the verge of relaunching, Joe Biden More

Chris Hedges (2019-03-11). Israel's Stranglehold on American Politics. commondreams.org "The massive interference in our internal affairs by Israel and the Israel lobby, far exceeding that of any other country, including Russia or China, is not an anti-Semitic trope," writes Hedges. "It is a fact." (Cartoon: Mr. Fish) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Chris Hedges (2019-03-11). Israel's Stranglehold on American Politics. truthdig.com The Israel lobby's buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby's campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian rights—including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein and university students, many of them Jewish, in organizations such as…

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-11). How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report. commondreams.org With the author kneeling in the lower right, an international peace delegation outside Iran's Tehran Peace Museum. (Photo: Courtesy of Medea Benjamin) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Joe Biden on the Relaunch Pad. consortiumnews.com Whether Biden can win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will largely depend on how little voters know about his actual record, writes Norman Solomon. Biden is No Friend of the Working Class; Solidly Backed Invasion of Iraq in 2003 By… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Glenn Greenwald: Chelsea Manning's Refusal to Testify Against WikiLeaks Will Help Save Press Freedom. democracynow.org Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Manning, a U.S. Army whistleblower, had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). "I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again. democracynow.org U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Manning had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning was imprisoned from 2010 to 2017 for the leak. President Obama commuted her sentence before he left office. We speak with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about the s…

unitedEditor (2019-03-11). Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria. uwidata.com Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …

M. G. Piety (2019-03-11). On Biblical Inerrancy: Some Reflections for United Methodists and Other "Christians" counterpunch.org The United Methodist Church, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States , voted on voted on Tuesday, February 26th, to affirm its official stance that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching." Not all Methodists agree with this view, of course, as is detailed in an article on the vote in The New York Times. Many do, though, hence the outcome of the vote. And Methodists are not the only "Christians" who consider homosexuality incompatible with Christian teaching. People who hold this view usually justify it by pointing to specific passages in the New Testament that appear to su…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Headlines for March 11, 2019. democracynow.org Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Crashes, Killing All 157 On Board, Judge Jails Chelsea Manning For Refusing to Testify About WikiLeaks, Trump to Request $8.6 Billion for Border Wall in 2020 Budget, 1000s More Could Join ACLU Lawsuit over Trump Family Separation Policy, House Passes Election Reform Act Despite GOP Resistance, NYT Report Contradicts U.S. Claim That Maduro Responsible for "Aid" Convoy Fire, Guaidó to Declare Emergency as NYT Reports U.S. Sanctions Exacerbate Blackout, Netanyahu: "Israel Is Not a State of All Its Citizens", Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Protesters, Killing 1, Fox Host Under Fi…

Prof. Ravi Malhotra (2019-03-11). The New Politics of Disablement: The Contribution of Mike Oliver. globalresearch.ca Michael Oliver (3 February 1945 to 2 March 2019) was a British academic, author, and disability rights activist. He was Emeritus Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Greenwich. His research focused on the social model of disability, and …

Associated Press (2019-03-11). Valve-turners: Big oil says Indigenous and climate activists are "terrorists" peoplesworld.org BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)—As Enbridge prepared to move climate-damaging tar sands crude through a 40-year-old pipeline in eastern Canada in 2015, environmentalists and indigenous peoples including Vanessa Gray thought about what happened in Michigan just five years earlier: Another of the company's lines had burst, sending oil into a river in one of the largest spills …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border. democracynow.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists—seven of whom are U.S. citizens—along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

William Craddick (2019-03-11). Intelligence Contractors Make New Attempt to Provoke Tensions with North Korea. globalresearch.ca It's the second, but no less ludicrous, attempt in one week to sway the opinion of the public and President Donald Trump against the concept of denuclearization and peaceful dialogue with North Korea. | A March 8, 2019 report from National

Robin Philpot (2019-03-11). Rwanda: Truth, Freedom and Peace Will Prevail. globalresearch.ca Robin Philpot's acceptance speech of the Victoire Ungabire Umuhoza award in Brussels, translated from French | I would first like to thank the International Women's Network for Democracy and Peace honouring me with this Award that bears the name of …

Adam Edelman (2019-03-11). The US Must Grow Up and Respect Iran's Independence. globalresearch.ca One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as the United States and one of the world's oldest …

Mark Taliano (2019-03-11). Lies and Crimes, Peace and Democracy. globalresearch.ca We can not have Peace and Democracy if we accept the Lies and Crimes which deny us Peace and Democracy. Some of the Lies are foundational to the "War on Terror", which itself is a lie. Al Qaeda, for example, is not responsible for the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center buildings. To believe so would be to believe in miracles, fairy tales.

The Global Research Team (2019-03-11). NATO "Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize" and "Wars Make Us Safer"? globalresearch.ca In a world built of spin, our goal has always been to present you with the facts. | If we were to take mainstream news headlines at face value, we would have to believe the following: | . | . | . | . | A …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-11). Trump Seeks Cuts to Human Needs to Fund Pentagon Hikes No One Needs. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 11, 2019 — In response to President Trump's budget request for FY 2020, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Fulfilling President Trump's request for $750 billion in Pentagon spending would be an obscene misallocation of resources that would fail to …

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-11). The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel's illegal settlements. zcomm.org The hypocrisy of these states — urging peace in the region while doing their best to subvert it — is clear. Now the danger is that UN leaders will join them…

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Landmine in Colombia Kills 5, Peace Talks Remain Elusive. telesurenglish.net Three members of the military and two civilians have died after a group stepped on a landmine Saturday morning in the town of Tibu in the north of the department of Santander Colombia. | RELATED | Colombian President Seeks To Weaken Peace Accord Court | Sources in the military say that the group belonging to the Corps of Engineers was doing initial assessments of the area in preparation for upcoming road work when they stepped on a landmine. | Initial reports indicated that two milit…

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Colombian President Seeks To Weaken Peace Accord Court. telesurenglish.net Colombian President Ivan Duque wants to reform a key statutory law that regulates the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), an integral part of country's 2016 Peace Accord to bring justice to the country's 50 year internal conflict. | RELATED: | Colombia: Social, Human Rights Groups March Against State Crime | On Sunday the president announced that he and his right-wing Democratic Center party want to amend six articles of the Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-11). NY Times Acknowledges Venezuela Opposition as Cause of Aid Fire, Echoing Initial Reports by Alternative Press. mintpressnews.com While independent outlets have made headway in challenging government narratives, such outlets are often maligned by influential mainstream outlets for reports that question the official story — at least until the MSM decides to get on board and question that story themselves.

Kathryn Shihadah (2019-03-11). Israel Bans Arab Parties and Liberal Candidate from Coming Elections. mintpressnews.com In Israel, two Palestinian political parties and one liberal Jewish party member have been banned from running in the April 9th election; meanwhile, a radical Jewish candidate stays in, even after Israel's Attorney General recommended he be banned.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-11). The Dark Secret Behind a British Billionaire's "Parallel State" In Argentina's Patagonia. mintpressnews.com A sinister plan involving the world's most notorious oligarchs, as well as the IMF and key elements of the global Zionist lobby, lurks beneath the de facto independent state created by one of England's richest men in the heart of Argentina's Patagonia.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War. democracynow.org An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."

John Wojcik (2019-03-11). New York Times video shows U.S. peddles lies about Venezuela's Maduro. peoplesworld.org None other than the New York Times Sunday released a video disproving U.S. claims that Venezuelan President Maduro ordered the bombing of U.S Aid trucks attempting to cross into his country from Colombia. The Times, no supporter of that country's Bolivarian Revolution, nevertheless said its video totally contradicts U.S. claims about the recent incident. For …

teleSUR Desk (2019-03-11). 'Stay true to Chavismo,' Maduro says as blackout continues. mronline.org "We have overcome so many challenges, we'll overcome this one," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told the crowd Sunday. | Source

Dean Baker (2019-03-11). What's Behind the Weak February Jobs Report. counterpunch.org The index of aggregate hours fell 0.3 percent in February and is below the December level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the economy added just 20,000 jobs in February. While this is a very weak number, it most likely is a bounce back from the extraordinarily rapid growth reported in January, which was More

Kathy Kelly (2019-03-11). Judging U.S. War Crimes. counterpunch.org Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women's Day, March 8, 2019, she was incarcerated in the Alexandria, VA federal detention center for refusing to testify in front of a secretive Grand Jury. Her imprisonment can extend through the term of the Grand Jury, possibly 18 months, and the U.S. courts could allow formation of future Grand Juries, potentially jailing her again. More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-03-11). Robots in the Vast Memory Palace of Myth. counterpunch.org Greek myths are not fiction. They are extremely ancient stories that preserve memories and history. Ancient Greeks thought of myths and history as complementary narratives speaking to them about their gods, heroes, traditions and civilization. In fact, the Greeks understood mythology as early history. This early history (myths) explained their origins and the origins of More

CP Editor (2019-03-11). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. counterpunch.org

George Ochenski (2019-03-11). Dying to Make a Living: the Shame of Industrial Mortality. counterpunch.org Kudos to Montana's Democratic Senator Jon Tester who introduced a new bill to ban the use of asbestos in the United States last week. Tester joins eight other senators on the measure, which was simultaneously introduced in the House and co-sponsored by 21 representatives. Montana's tragic history with asbestos-caused death and injury in the Libby More | In a new Grizzly Times podcast, Bob Jackson shares stories of his fascinating 30-year career as a backcountry ranger in Yellowstone Park. He was dubbed "A…

Nick Pemberton (2019-03-11). Killing a Mockingbird. counterpunch.org Harper Lee's book To Kill A Mockingbird continues to get reproduced. It is read across the country in school. Now the book is going to Broadway. We should all breathe a sigh of relief that Hamilton no longer center stage. What was with that play anyways? Could anyone figure that out? Wasn't American history class nauseating and unbelievable for more people? If there was a national poll on Hamilton one would guess it would do no better than the 1% who actually saw it. More

Ralph Nader (2019-03-11). Who will Displace the Omniciders? counterpunch.org Citizens challenging the towering threat of climate crisis should never underestimate the consequences of our dependence on fossil fuel corporations. Real engagement with the worsening climate disruption means spending more of our leisure hours on civic action. The fate of future generations and our planet depends on the intensity of these actions. This was my More

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-11). Trump Regime Electricity War in Venezuela More Serious than First Believed. globalresearch.ca On Thursday, Venezuela's Guri dam hydroelectric power plant was cyberattacked at 5: 00 PM during the late afternoon rush hour to cause maximum disruption. | Up to 80% of the country was affected, damage done more severe than initially thought. Weeks or …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-11). Ilhan Omar: Challenging Establishment Politics in Washington. globalresearch.ca Though way too early to judge her after barely over two months in Congress, her forthright outspokenness is encouraging. She supported what demanded rejection — HR 676, the NATO Support Act, banning use of federal funds for withdrawal, requiring …

Whitney Webb (2019-03-11). "Lights Out!" Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela's Power Grid? mintpressnews.com Even as the Venezuelan government blamed the recent power outage on U.S.-led "sabotage," the U.S. has long had a plan on the books for targeting the civilian power grid of adversarial nations.

Kathy Kelly (2019-03-11). Judging the U.S. for its War Crimes—Chelsea Manning's Bravery. progressive.org "I want people to see the truth, regardless of who they are. Because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public."

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-11). Talking About Israel. The Relationship with Israel is Poison for the United States. globalresearch.ca A recent article by Andrew Sullivan in the New York magazine considers how one might discuss the issue of Israel and its powerful domestic lobby without being accused of anti-Semitism. Sullivan is a keen observer of the dynamics of American …

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Iran's President Rohani Visits Baghdad Against US Pressure. telesurenglish.net Iranian President Hassan Rohani has arrived in Baghdad for his first official visit to Iraq, state television reported, defying pressure from U.S. officials to limit ties with its neighbor. | RELATED: | UN Agency Says Iran Is Compliant With Nuclear Deal Terms | Rohani celebrated the "special" relations between Iran and Iraq while speaking at Tehran's Mehrabad airport on March 11 before departing for his three-day visit. | "We are very much interested to expand our ties with Iraq, par…

commondreams (2019-03-11). Experts Warn Against Trump's 11.8% Spending Increase For Nuclear Warfighting. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Christopher Black (2019-03-11). The Death of Milosevic and NATO Responsibility. globalresearch.ca This article first appeared in Izvestia in March of 2015. | On March 11, 2006, President Slobodan Milosevic died in a NATO prison. No one has been held accountable for his death. In the 10 years since the end of his …

South Front (2019-03-11). Video: Syrian Army Hunts Down ISIS Cells in Desert. globalresearch.ca Three US service members were killed in an ISIS suicide bomber attack on a joint convoy of the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Manbij in northern Syria on March 9, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed….

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-11). Grand Jury Efforts: Jailing Chelsea Manning. globalresearch.ca "I will not comply with this, or any other grand jury." So explained Chelsea Manning in justifying her refusal to answer questions and comply with a grand jury subpoena compelling her to testify on her knowledge of WikiLeaks. | "Imprisoning me …

Tom Pride (2019-03-11). England and Wales Authority Issues Licences to Property Developers to Kill Protected Robins, Starlings, Blackbirds, Sparrows, Bullfinches. globalresearch.ca Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have mysteriously given the go-ahead for protected species such as robins, starlings, blackbirds and bullfinches to be shot: Licences granted to kill multiple Red-listed species | I say mysteriously, because the reasons given are very …

Prof. James Petras (2019-03-11). US Negotiations: Masters of Defeats. globalresearch.ca Introduction | The US is currently engaged in negotiations with at least a dozen countries; which involve fundamental political, military and economic issues. | The US has adopted diplomatic strategies in the face of its 'inability' to secure military victories. The purpose …

Pepe Escobar (2019-03-11). Marco Polo Is Back in China — Again. globalresearch.ca President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Italy for an official visit on March 22. The top theme of discussion will be the New Silk Road, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). | A day earlier, in Brussels, the …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-11). US Is Pushing Venezuela to the Brink by Attacking Its Power Grid. globalresearch.ca The Hybrid War on Venezuela just took a dark turn — literally — after the US used cyber weapons and insider sabotage to attack the country's power grid last week, cutting off most of its electricity and creating a chain …

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-11). The UN Fails to Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel's Illegal Settlements. globalresearch.ca The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied territories. | The international body had come under enormous pressure to …

Haim Schwarczenberg (2019-03-11). Faces of Gazan Children Killed by Israeli Soldiers Appear in Tel Aviv. globalresearch.ca Thursday March 7th 2018 Tel Aviv- Jews for Return, hung pictures of six of the children who were shot dead by Israeli soldiers while participating in the return demonstrations that began on the 30th of March 2018 on the streets …

Edward Curtin (2019-03-11). Snap-Shots along the Road of Life. globalresearch.ca "You road I travel and look around! I believe you are not all that is here! I believe that something unseen is also here."— Walt Whitman, Poem of the Road | Jimmy C., age 9, died on the evening of Dec …

Lee Camp (2019-03-11). We Are Being Lied into War Again. globalresearch.ca This is not the first time our government and our media have conspired to drag the American people into war with another country—or helped create a coup that will inevitably have disastrous results | *** | I was 23 when we invaded …

Prensa Latina (2019-03-11). NYT Denies that Venezuela Burned Aid Convoy. globalresearch.ca An exclusive video quoted by The New York Times contradicts the US statement that the Venezuelan government set fire to an aid convoy last month on the border with Colombia. | An article signed by journalists of the newspaper in Colombia …

Global Research News (2019-03-11). Selected Articles: Venezuela. Hands Off! 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 …

Eric Margolis (2019-03-11). Breaking Our Biggest Taboo. globalresearch.ca "Tell me who you cannot criticize and I will tell you who is your master". Attributed to Voltaire. | Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation's most sacred …

Jay Janson (2019-03-11). How to Enjoy Dinner Knowing Fellow Americans Have Caused 85,000 Yemeni Kids to Starve to Death? globalresearch.ca I looked down at the food on my plate, and wished I hadn't just heard PBS's News anchor Judy Woodruff report that the war in Yemen had already caused 85,000 children to starve to death. She read the one liner …

STAFF (2019-03-11). Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid by $1.1 Trillion. truthdig.com While giving the bloated Pentagon " even more than it hoped for" by boosting U.S. military spending to $750 billion—an increase of $34 billion from last year—President Donald Trump's 2020 budget would cut Medicaid by $1.1 trillion over the next decade. | Set to be unveiled on Monday, the president's budget will call for a total of $2.7 tril…

splcenter (2019-03-11). SPLC statement on President Trump's plan to slash Medicaid spending. splcenter.org President Trump today proposed a $4.7 trillion budget that calls for increased spending on defense and for barriers along the Mexico border, but for greatly reduced spending on Medicaid.

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is the Trump Administration Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One? mintpressnews.com TomDispatch's Bob Dreyfuss asks: could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war?

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-11). The Grooming of Juan Guaido, Pawn for US Economic Interests in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Kei Pritsker explains how Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido came to have the backing of US corporations, political interests and ultimately, the Trump administration.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-11). In Bid to Control Yemen Border Towns, Saudi Arabia Employs Deadly Airstrikes and Jihadi Militias. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia has taken to the pulpit in local mosques, airwaves, Facebook and Twitter, and local media to inflame sectarian tensions that previously did not exist in Yemen's border region.

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Islamic State Last days in Eastern Syria. telesurenglish.net The Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS) launched an attack on the last enclave of the Islamic State in Eastern Syria, with the help of the coalition forces. | On Sunday, regular bombardment from coalition warplanes targeted the enclave at Baghouz in Deir Ez Zor province, a Reuters journalist in Baghouz said. SDF and coalition planes were involved in the assault, and the militant camp is now on fire. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Bomb Kills 50 Syrian Women, Children | The SDF announced earlier…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Is War With Iran on the Horizon? consortiumnews.com Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington's next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran… Read more →

STAFF (2019-03-11). Trump's Venezuela Allies Have Credibility Issues of Their Own. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Research Mark Weisbrot and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

David Schwartzman — Quincy Saul (2019-03-11). The Path to Climate Justice Passes Through Caracas. counterpunch.org It is critical to understand how blocking the regime change agenda with respect to Venezuela is integrally connected to confronting the challenge of climate change. Fighting the Media War Today we are all witness to the subversion and slander of one of our best hopes. Venezuelans call it "the media war." Karl Marx called it More

teleSUR, trp-ML (2019-03-11). Venezuela Opens Border Crossing with Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan government announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor on its border with Colombia to allow passage for students who live one side but go to school in the other one, and for citizens that need medical attention. Beyond this, the rest of the border remains closed. | RELATED | Venezuela Denounces 2nd False Flag Operation at Colombia Border | The instruction to open the corridor was given by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and came into effect Monday at 5:…

Misión Verdad (2019-03-11). Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock (special report). peoplesdispatch.org Between the afternoon of March 8 and the early morning of March 10, Venezuela was the victim of a new sabotage attack, the biggest in its republican history, this time on the Guri hydroelectric plant, which left at least 80% of the population without electricity, with the aim of undermining any attempt by the Venezuelan government to stabilize the economy and curb the insurrectionary context the United States and its minions, like Juan Guaidó, are trying to bring to fruition in the country. | 1. Preparing for shock. Prior to the sabotage that shook the entire National Electric System, leaving much of the count…

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence talk before the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). The Trump Administration Wants a War with Iran. thenation.com The Trump Administration Wants a War with Iran…

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? zcomm.org The Trump Administration Is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One…

Martha Rosenberg (2019-03-11). The Downside of the World's Love Affair with Shrimp. counterpunch.org Shrimp was once considered a treat for special occasions, but now it is a frequent mealtime staple. And that is not necessarily so good. More than half of imported shrimp is "farmed"—grown in huge industrial tanks or shallow, manmade ponds that can stretch for acres. At least 150 shrimp can be crowded into a single More

Thomas Knapp (2019-03-11). Don't Panic: The Retail Apocalypse Isn't Disaster, It's Progress. counterpunch.org In the first week of March, big retail chains announced more than 1,100 planned store closings. That, writes Hayley Peterson at Insider, brings the number of planned US store closings for 2019 to more than 5,300. The Retail Apocalypse is here, and it has consequences. Including, reports Krystal Hu for Yahoo! Finance, 41,000 retail jobs More

Elliot Sperber (2019-03-11). Dragonfly or Drone. counterpunch.org Once upon a time You saw a dragonfly And knew it was a dragonfly Because it was a simpler time When dragonflies were dragonflies But, now, when dragonflies are drones, You know, you just don't know at all If that thing there's recording you And even if it isn't, it's still crazy. It's true. It's More

STAFF (2019-03-11). Trump Budget Sets Up Another Battle Over Wall Funding. truthdig.com The president is reviving the recent fight by seeking $8.6 billion for a U.S-Mexico wall while proposing steep cuts to other domestic programs.

Paul Buchheit (2019-03-11). The Big Cheat of 2018: Corporations Make Billions in Profits, Demand Tax Refunds from the American Public. commondreams.org Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Newsclick (2019-03-11). "The US is at war with itself over North Korea" peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick Editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about the developments in the aftermath of the Hanoi Summit — between US's Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-11). How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda. zcomm.org Every major U.S. war of the last several decades has begun the same way: the U.S. Government fabricates an inflammatory, emotionally provocative lie which large U.S. media outlets uncritically treat as truth…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again. truthout.org U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Manning had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning was imprisoned from 2010 to 2017 for the leak. President Obama commuted her sentence before he left office. We speak with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about th…

WSWS (2019-03-11). Claims that Venezuelan military burned aid truck exposed as imperialist propaganda. wsws.org Accusations by Marco Rubio, John Bolton and other US officials that Maduro ordered the burning of the aid shipment have been revealed as lies, aimed at promoting US government efforts to foment a right-wing coup.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-11). Here Come the Frankenfish: Critics Warn GE Salmon Import Approval Puts Consumers and Fisheries at 'Serious Risk'. commondreams.org The Trump administration has lifted a ban on importing genetically engineered or GE salmon, which critics have long called "Frankenfish," in a move that consumer advocates charge "runs counter to sound science and market demand." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers and Activists Targeted in Intelligence Gathering at Border. truthout.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists — seven of whom are U.S. citizens — along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the govern…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-11). Rubio's 'Explosion at Germ√°n Dam' Error Exposes Deeper Dishonesty of US Venezuela Policy. commondreams.org A U.S. Senator's claim about Venezuela Sunday made him the subject of ridicule, but the underlying message of destabilizing the Latin American country remains official American policy—even as the role of sanctions is ignored. "U.S. sanctions on Venezuela are killing people, and have been killing people for some time." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Tyler Durden (2019-03-11). Syria Vows to "Attack Israel If It Does Not Leave the Golan Heights" theantimedia.com (ZH) — In a surprising and provocative ultimatum, Syria has notified Israel through United Nations diplomatic channels that it is prepared to go to war if Israel does not leave the Golan Heights. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad reportedly sent the message through the head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Christine Lund, this past week, according …

Jason Ditz (2019-03-11). Saudi Arabia Has Become the World's Top Arms Buyer. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Most reports on international arms sales focus on the biggest sellers. That inevitably means the United States, the largest exporter by far in the growing market. You can't have sales without buyers, however, and that side of the equation centers heavily on the Middle East. Middle Eastern countries now buy more than a third …

WSWS (2019-03-11). US jobs numbers highlight global growth concerns. wsws.org Last week the OECD cut its growth forecast for advanced economies in 2019 from 1.8 percent to 1 percent, with Europe taking the brunt of the downward revision.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). With Trillions in Safety Net Cuts, Trump Budget Is a New Level of Cruelty. truthout.org If a budget is a statement of values and priorities, President Donald Trump's proposal for fiscal year 2020 clearly displays his commitment to enriching the wealthy at the expense of ordinary Americans. | That was how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) characterized Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request on Monday after the White House released details of the plan, which includes a massive increase in military s…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-11). Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack. theantimedia.com Venezuelan authorities denounced repeated attacks against the central control system of Venezuela's electricity grid. (VA Op-ed) — An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. Starting around 5 PM …

Santa Cruz News (2019-03-11). City to Move Forward on Transitional Homeless Encampments. indybay.org On Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm, the Santa Cruz City Council will decide how to proceed on the establishment of transitional homeless encampments and safe parking locations within the city. Members of the community are encouraged to attend the meeting or email the city council to share their input on what type of shelters they prefer and what locations (citycouncil@cityofsantacruz.com). Despite the giant presence of anti-homeless community members at the previous meeting on February 26, council members voted to remove the closure date of the Heroes Camp, a large homeless encampment between Highway 1 and Gateway Plaza…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid by $1.1 Trillion. truthout.org Editors note: Trump's 2020 budget proposal has been released.While giving the bloated Pentagon " even more than it hoped for" by boosting U.S. military spending to $750 billion — an increase of $34 billion from last year — President Donald Trump's 2020 budget would…

WSWS (2019-03-11). Free Chelsea Manning! wsws.org Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange are class-war prisoners, whose freedom depends on the mobilization of the working class.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-11). With Trillions in Safety Net Cuts, Bernie Sanders Says Trump Budget 'Breathtaking in Its Degree of Cruelty'. commondreams.org "This is a budget for the military industrial complex, for corporate CEOs, for Wall Street, and for the billionaire class." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-03-11). 'Grave Threat to Press Freedom': Warnings Mount as Chelsea Manning Remains Behind Bars. commondreams.org "Whistleblowers must not be treated as criminals, and instead must be recognized for their critical role in maintaining a thriving democracy" | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-11). 'They Treat Us Like Robots': Frequent 911 Calls From Amazon Warehouses Reveal Employees Driven to Despair. commondreams.org "It's this isolating colony of hell where people having breakdowns is a regular occurrence." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-03-11). Joint US-South Korean war games amid rising tensions with North Korea. wsws.org While there is no return as yet to Trump's previous bellicose threats of war, negotiations are clearly stalled, if not unravelling.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? truthout.org Here's the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran? Could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war? | Worryingly, the answers are: yes and yes. Even though Western E…

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Workers on Sydney's privatised ferries strike. greenleft.org.au Workers on the Sydney Harbour ferries that have been privatised went on strike for two hours on March 6. The strike involved workers on the NRMA-owned My Fast Ferry and Fantasea Cruising. | While the company brought in non-union skippers, all Fast Ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay were stopped by the strike and picket. | Last year the NRMA posted more than $97.1 million in profits, yet almost all their ferry workers are casual and they are not being paid award wages. They are not guaranteed shifts and have to come to work on short notice. Union-active workers have been left off rosters, union organi…

WSWS (2019-03-11). Lawyer charged for exposing Australian war crimes in Afghanistan. wsws.org A former Australian military legal officer faces lengthy imprisonment for leaking damning documents.

RT (2019-03-11). Trump cuts foreign aid spending, boosts border security, funds countering Russia in 2020 budget plan. rt.com President Donald Trump has announced his 2020 budget request. The $4.7 trillion funding plan cuts foreign aid and DC spending, and gives a boost to the military and border security, as well as to countering Russia's "influence."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-11). Billionaire Owners of Purdue Pharma Pushed Opioid Drug OxyContin Knowing it Could Kill. therealnews.com Released depositions revealed that Richard Sackler, owner of Purdue Pharma, lied to physicians about the danger of OxyContin. Now Purdue Pharma is considering declaring bankruptcy to avoid lawsuits. Tarbell.org founder Wendell Potter discusses the case…

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