2019-03-12: Social Media Postees

Live From Venezuela
Joseph Lombardo | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Well, we made it to Venezuela, but it wasn't easy. The US has closed the Venezuelan embassy because they do not recognize the government. Therefore, it is not possible to get a visa. This might be one reason that the US closed the embassy. If you can't get a visa and go Venezuela, you can…
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Video: Venezuela Blackout: Cyber Attacks, Sabotage and Political Horror Movies
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
During the past few days, Venezuela was suffering a major blackout that left the country in darkness. The crisis started on March 7 with a failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which produces 80% of the country's power. Additionally, …
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Venezuela blackouts: 'straight from the cyberwar playbook'
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-03-12
A columnist at Forbes discusses the possibility of the blackout in Venezuela having been caused by cyberwarfare. | Source…
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Venezuela in the dark: a chronicle of sabotage
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-12
Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator, was one of the first to announce the blackout, for which he blamed the "Maduro regime," and stated something that only those involved in the sabotage operation could know. | Source…
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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Stands Up for Press Freedom, Gets Jailed by US Gov't
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
President Donald Trump's 2010 statement that the WikiLeaks' staff should be executed and Hillary Clinton's suggestion to drone Assange, are reflective of a deeply disturbing trend to terrorize the press.
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Brazil: 2 Former Police Arrested in Marielle Franco Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Two former policemen were captured Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro as suspects in the murder of Marielle Franco, a councilwoman and human rights activist who was shot on Mar. 14, 2018. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro's Son Linked to Suspect of Marielle Franco's Murder | "Two police officers were arrested with a direct and effective participation in the crime," Marcus Vinicius Braga, Rio de Janeiro state police secretary, said and added that "with the these arrests, we get close to solving the cr…
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Gun Control Activists Should Also Take on America's Drone Wars
Allegra Harpootlian | thenation.com | 2019-03-12
Gun Control Activists Should Also Take on America's Drone Wars…
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No to NATO — Yes to Peace Festival
World Beyond War | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is coming to Washington, D.C., on April 4. We're organizing a peace festival to unwelcome them. | Wednesday, April 3 at St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010: | 12: 00 p.m. — …
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How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government's policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming "Peace with Iran"
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Indigenous Peoples Want Yalitza Aparicio as Peace Ambassador
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Mexico's National Indigenous Governorship (GIN) Tuesday invited actress Yalitza Aparicio to be an Indigenous Peoples' Peace Ambassador because she represents "the victory of 68 native languages." | RELATED: | Oscars Joy For Cuaron And 'Roma' in Record Night | The…
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Chomsky & Nader
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
Talking about the media, the Green New Deal, nuclear war, Gaza, and Venezuela…
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How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
Trump's economic strangulation is having devastating people on the Iranian people…
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Greater Trump Regime Intervention in Venezuela Coming? Sabotage as a Prelude to All Out War?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
On Monday, Pompeo hinted at the Trump regime upping the stakes in Venezuela, saying "(t)he United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid (the Bolivarian Republic) and those" supporting US aims in the country. | He falsely blamed | …
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Trump's Dystopian Budget Proposal. Slashing Social Programs. More Money for War
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
Trump's dead on arrival budget proposal to Congress is all about funding greater militarism and belligerence, along with serving corporate interests and high-net worth households — while gutting vital social programs. | It's a proposal only Wall Street, the military, industrial, …
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Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers?
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Impoverished people living in numerous countries today would stand a far better chance of survival, and risk far less trauma, if weapon manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon stopped manufacturing and selling death-dealing products. About three decades ago, I taught writing at one of Chicago's alternative high schools. It's easy to…
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The Political Class's Disregard for Irish Life
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
The families of the 13 innocent people shot dead by the Parachute Regiment when they took part in a civil rights march against internment without trial in Londonderry in 1972 will learn in the coming week if soldiers, who are alleged to have carried out the killings, will be prosecuted. There is no doubt about…
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Trump is Trying to Pay His Way to an Annihilation of Palestinian Statehood, and an Erasure of Israel's Crimes
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
"Palestine" has been compared to many things. The world's longest colonial war, a "hell-disaster" — Churchill's memorable epithet — and the site of Israel's "war on terror", a conflict in which we are supposed to believe that the Palestinians are playing the role of al-Qaeda or Isis or any other outfit which the west and its allies have helped into existence, and which Israel is going to fight on our behalf.
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Chasing Mirages: What Are Palestinians Doing to Combat the 'Deal of the Century'?
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
The painful truth is that it is not just US bullying that has pushed the PA into this unenviable position, but, sadly, the self-serving nature and political bankruptcy of the Palestinian leadership itself argues Ramzy Baroud.
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"Lights Out!" Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela's Power Grid?
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
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. | *** | For nearly four days, much of Venezuela …
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Trump's New Budget Slashes Medicare and Bolsters Military in an "Attack on the Poor & Middle Class"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-12
President Trump is seeking $8.6 billion to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and an almost 5 percent increase in military spending. Meanwhile, Trump is calling for drastic cuts to domestic spending, including cutting $845 billion from Medicare spending over the next decade. Trump also wants to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and the Interior Department's budget by 14 percent. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, and founder and editor of DCReport.org.
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Budget cuts: Trump fiscal plan is a right-wing wish list
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-12
WASHINGTON–If proposed federal budgets are political documents–and they are then-President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal 2020, which starts Oct. 1 and ends just before next year's election, is a right-wing wish list, with a trillion dollars of red ink, tailored to appeal to his base. From $8.6 billion more for his racist Mexican Wall, to …
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Rubio's "Full Gangster" Comments Hinder U.S.-Saudi Relations
Tim Daiss | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
It didn't take long for Florida Senator Marco Rubio's comments that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had "gone full gangster" to make the news rounds all the way from the U.S. to the Middle East, across the globe …
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Venezuela's Prosecutor Probes Guaido over Electric Grid Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Venezuela's Attorney General Tareck William Saab said that his Venezuelan Public Ministry has started an investigation against Juan Guaido, the lawmaker of the country's National Assembly, which has been in contempt since 2016, over his alleged participation in the recent sabotage to the electric grid system in Venezuela. | The measure, which was reported to the Supreme Court of Justice, is meant to investigate whether the opposition lawmaker has acted as the mastermind behind the electric outage in the country that began last Thursday. | "We started a new investigation that joins the one that began on Jan. 2…
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Diplomacy, not a military coup, is the way to help Venezuela
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-12
The United States is pushing for an overthrow of the government of Venezuela. The Trump administration has denounced Nicolas Maduro as a "dictator," dismissing the 2018 election, which the opposition boycotted. Instead of a good neighbor policy or a policy of non-intervention, the Trump administration has set out intentionally to overthrow the regime. Long before …
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Military Moves into Environmental Management in South America
Eduardo Gudynas | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Environmental and land management in South America is being slowly but persistently militarized, with the aim of controlling extractive industries, especially gold mining. In Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela, as well as other countries, both conservative and progressive governments participate in this militarization. The basic dispute is not so much in avoiding negative environmental and social impacts, as in controlling economic surpluses.
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San Francisco Democrats Adopt Venezuela Stance Diametrically Opposed to Pelosi's
Tom Gallagher | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
Far from the first time that the Committee—the Democratic Party's official voice in San Francisco—has been at odds with Pelosi. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Pompeo: US To Withdraw All Personnel From Venezuela This Week
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. "will withdraw all remaining personnel from the (Venezuelan) embassy this week," effectively breaking diplomatic ties with the country on part of the U.S. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Claims Of Hospital Deaths During Outage: 'False' | In a tweet late Monday night Pompeo wrote: "The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week," adding that "the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a…
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Lavrov: US Sanction Against Russian Company Violates Int'l Law
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is criminalizing Russian companies for doing business with the Venezuelan state, saying they are violated U.S. imposed sanctions by making transactions with Venezuela's sanctioned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | In a Monday press conference Pompeo said that the assets of Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Russia-Venezuel…
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Brazil: Arrests are First Sign of Progress in Investigation Into Killing of Marielle Franco
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
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Members of Congress Take Bold Step Towards Ending Discriminatory Bans on Abortion Coverage
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-12
A new bill would end the Hyde Amendment and other related bans on insurance coverage of abortion. | Members of Congress on Tuesday took a bold step toward making the right to abortion a reality for everyone. The EACH Woman Act was reintroduced in the House — and introduced in the Senate for the first time ever. | This trailblazing legislation would end the Hyde Amendment and related bans on insurance coverage of abortion, which for over four decades have pushed…
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Syria Ready for War to Regain Oil-Rich Golan Heights?
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
In 1981 when Israel officially annexed Syria's Golan Heights after occupying it following the Six Day War, the United States under President Ronald Reagan voted unanimously with the UN Security Council to condemn the Israeli theft of around 1,800 square …
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Washington Is Waging a New Dimension War Against China — And Will Lose Out Bitterly
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
Once the all-encompassing chittering and chattering about tariffs on Chinese imports by the western corporate media subsided, Trump, egocentric businessman rather than the President of the Empire, "out of the blue", one could almost say, under the pretext of 'unfair' …
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The School Shooters of the Planet
Allegra Harpootlian | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
This one-sided view of America's never-ending air wars fails everyone, from the people being asked to carry out Washington's decisions in those lands to ordinary Americans who have little idea what's being done in their name to the many people living under those drones. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Lee Camp: We Are Being Lied Into War Again
Lee Camp | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
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.
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Robert Reich: Elizabeth Warren Is Right About Big Tech
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2019-03-12
The senator aims to break up Google, Amazon and Facebook. If we are to dismantle our new Gilded Age, it's as good a place as any to start.
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Elizabeth Warren's Big Tech Beatdown
Sam Biddle | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
Elizabeth Warren's new plan — well, for now it's just a Medium post — 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…
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'Fight On': Anti-socialist hysteria motivates conservative propaganda flick
Michael Berkowitz | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-12
Donald Trump has a movie he'd like you to see. It's called Fight On and is about the specter haunting America…socialism. Although too late for the Academy Awards, the right-wing Republicans unveiled this film hoping it will be a big winner for them in the coming national elections. Fight On was the centerpiece of the …
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Corbyn, Williamson And The Anti-Semitism Scandal
David Edwards | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
One thing is certain, if Corbyn and his style of socialism can be made to disappear, we'll hear no more about anti-semitism in the Labour Party…
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How long can we keep dodging nuclear war?
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-12
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US Whites Produce More, Suffer Less Pollution Than Minorities
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
A new study showed that minority populations in the United States experience the effects of pollution more than the amount they cause, as opposed to white people, who experience less pollution than what they cause, based on consumption numbers. | RELATED | Colombia: Air Pollution Triggers Red Alert Warning in Aburra | The study, coming out of the University of Washington (UW) and conducted by University of Minnesota (UM) professor Jason Hill and UW professor Christopher Tessum, ma…
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Vulnerable U.S. Citizens Are Still Trapped in the Ruins Left by Hurricane Maria—Would We Care More If They Lived Near Us?
Stan Cox, Paul Cox | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
Across Puerto Rico, according to the New York Times, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which was responsible for awarding home-repair grants, rejected 58 percent of applications. (Chris Grogan/Air Force Magazine/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Decades of US Support for International Terrorists in Their War Against Cuba
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
For 60 years the Cuban Revolution has been in opposition to the most powerful nation of all time. America is a landmass almost 100 times larger in size than Cuba, is infinitely wealthier, stronger and boasts the largest and most …
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The Media's 6 Biggest Lies About North Korea
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
Here are six of the media's biggest lies about North Korea: | 1–Did North Korea end the negotiations in Hanoi because Trump refused to lift sanctions? | No. That's not what happened at all. Kim Jong un made a serious offer to …
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UN report on Syria shows scale of humanitarian tragedy
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-12
Reading about the thousands of innocent people dying as a result of aerial bombardments, and the tens of thousands of women and children being forced to fight for life in inhuman conditions in refugee camps, one feels an urged to share the information across social media in order to shed light on the tragic situation. …
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Whose Interests Are Served by the US Occupation of East Syria: America's or Israel's?
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
What is Israel's stake in east Syria? Has Israel influenced Washington's decision to maintain a long-term military presence in Syria? How does Israel benefit from the splintering of Syria into smaller statelets and from undermining the power of the central …
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A Skeptic's Guide to the Russiagate Fixation
Aaron Maté | thenation.com | 2019-03-12
A Skeptic's Guide to the Russiagate Fixation…
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Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before it's Too Late
Conn Hallinan | zcomm.org | 2019-03-12
Kashmir is no longer a regional matter. Nuclear weapons threaten not only Pakistanis and Indians, but, indeed, the whole world…
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Poetry from Fukushima on the 8th Anniversary of the Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Meltdown
Lit by IMAGINATION | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
March 11, 2019 is the 8th anniversary of the Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Meltdown, the first of a type of techo-natural disaster predicted in the 1990s by seismologist Ishibashi Katsuhiko. He coined the Japanese term genpatsu shinsai (ÂéüÁô∫ÈúáÁÅΩ, literally a …
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China, Australia and Coal Mania
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Fear them for their technology; fear them for their ideology and their authoritarianism. But embrace interference and involvement in the economy if it involves coal. This is the fancy hypocrisy of Australian politics, one driven to lunacy and inconsistency by that dark and dirty love. The contrast between a fear of Huawei, on the one…
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Night Life of the Odd: Jean Ray's Whisky Tales
Martin Billheimer | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Jean Ray, Jean Flanders, Raymundus Joannes de Kremer and sometime Harry Dickson — all subsumed under the name Jean Ray, embezzler and premiere avant pulp novelist of Belgium; author of Malpertuis which was made into a film starring Orson Welles; admired by Queneau and Resnais; friend of Ghelderode; pulp machine and comic book scenarist on the…
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Improving Health in Africa
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
One of the lessons of the Ebola epidemic is the need to improve the African countries' public health services, which have suffered the consequences of decades of neglect. Africa needs to rapidly upgrade those services as well as to improve the capacity of its medical and paramedical workforce. Although Africa bears one-quarter of the global…
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Can Journalism Be Saved? A Tax Credit System for Creative Work
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
The latest round of layoffs at Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post, and other major news outlets has raised new questions about the future of the traditional model of advertising supported journalism. While a small number of news outlets, like the New York Times, continue to thrive, few others seem to be profitable in the current environment.
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Undisturbed Sagebrush-Juniper Habitat is Vital for the Wildlife

 of the West
Mike Garrity | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-12
Brett French's excellent article in The Gazette, "Study: Big sagebrush may weather climate change," details the resilience of native sagebrush and its vital importance for a vast array of Montana's wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Counsel oppose Bureau of Land Management plans to burn sagebrush. In fact, we are currently suing…
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How the ICC Intends to Violate UN Security Council Decision and Try Bashar al-Assad
Thierry Meyssan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
There exists no control of the ICC, even when its general prosecutor is a corrupt criminal. The Court is reserved exclusively for the service of those who pay for it — the European Union.
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Giants: The Global Power Elite
Peter Phillips | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
My new book, Giants: The Global Power Elite, follows in the tradition of C. Wright Mills' work the Power Elite, which was published in 1956. Like Mills, I am seeking to bring a consciousness of power networks affecting our lives | …
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French, German Farmers Destroy GMO-contaminated Crops
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
The transnational company Bayer said Wednesday that farmers in France and Germany were digging up thousands of hectares of rapeseed fields after traces of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are banned for cultivation, were found in seeds sold by the …
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Western Press Still Guilty of Bias When Reporting on African Tragedy
Socrates Mbamalu | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
The racism inherent in Western media's reportage of African tragedy, such as the Ethiopian Airline disaster, once again shows how important it is for Africans to support their own media. | *** | Tragedy is a human experience that no one can …
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The Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Agribusiness Going Global
GRAIN | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
"Distance matters because time matters. And time matters because the faster commodities can be produced and exchanged, the greater the profits for individual firms. The answer? Mega infrastructure corridors." — Nicholas Hildyard[1] | One of the world's biggest e-commerce companies, Beijing-based …
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"Gimme Some Truth". John Lennon's Message Resonates
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
Gimme Some Truth | John Lennon, The Plastic Ono Band | I'm sick and tired of hearing things from
Uptight short sided narrow minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth
I've had enough of reading …
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Trudeau's Cabinet Tempest
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
On a global scale, the current events within Canada's Justin Trudeau cabinet are not much more than the proverbial tempest in a teapot. While receiving saturation coverage on Canada's CBC and some national newspapers, it is not totally noteworthy with …
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Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) "Concerned" about China's "Belt and Road" (BRI)
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
The Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) told the House Armed Services Committee just how "concerned" he is about China projecting its Silk Road influence from Gwadar to Africa through S-CPEC+ and consequently establishing a permanent naval presence in the …
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Labor MP: Future of Humanity Depends on Compliance with International Treaties
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-12
Britain's Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament Fabian Hamilton discusses Brexit, Yemen and Trump's shedding of international arms treaties…
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Trump Budget Would Cut Spending for Nearly Every Agency Except Pentagon
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
The budget request President Trump released on Monday represents a conservative vision taken to the extreme. It would shoot military spending skyward while dismantling domestic programs piece by piece, with few exceptions. | The budget peels back many of the promises the president made either on the campaign trail or in tweets. For instance, the president has stated an intention to pull back from military interventions in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but his budget insists on an even bigger military budget. And the cash flow to the Pentagon, combined with ongoing tax cuts for the rich, puts the lie…
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US Airstrikes Kill at Least 50, Mostly Civilians, in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-12
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Amid talk of a never-ending exodus of civilians from underground in the Syrian village of Baghouz, the Kurdish SDF is waiting on a final push into the last ISIS-held village. The US, however, is not so patient. On Monday, US warplanes attacked Baghouz, killing at least 50 people. Details on what the intended target was is unclear, but …

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 50, Mostly Civilians, in Syria

A US budget for worldwide war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-12
The Trump administration is seeking a record $750 billion in military spending, more than the next 14 countries combined.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

As US officials repeatedly caught out over Venezuela lies, Pompeo accuses RT of 'disinformation'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-12
The US has been calling for regime change in Venezuela for months. In that time, US officials have been caught skewing the facts on the ground and pushing disinformation to the media — but the real bad guy? RT, of course. | …
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Government Ordered to End Secrecy Over Jacob-Rees Mogg's 'Hard' Brexit ERG Lobby Group
Peter Geoghegan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
Information Commissioner rules that Brexit department must release names of European Research Group MPs, following openDemocracy Freedom of Information appeal | *** | There are few more powerful forces in British politics at present than the pro-Brexit European Research Group. The influential …
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Greenpeace Calls BS After Trump Cites 'Paid Lobbyist' Masquerading as Co-Founder to Peddle Climate Denial
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
"Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace," the group wrote | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians strike to defend pensions
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-12
CSO players and supporters demand funding for the arts, not wars.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

But where are all the wars? Dick Cheney tears into 'isolationist' Pence at neocon conclave
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-12
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has attacked the Trump administration's "isolationist" foreign policy, lecturing Mike Pence on not living up to his example as one of the primary architects of Middle Eastern destabilization. | …
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Facebook briefly takes down Elizabeth Warren's ads on breaking up Facebook
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-12
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren might have felt vindicated in her crusade against the monopoly of tech giants like Facebook and Google, after the former took down her ads calling for their dismemberment. | …
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Canada: Why is the corporate media in a frenzy over the SNC-Lavalin affair?
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-12
The working class must intervene in opposition to all factions of the capitalist elite and political establishment, advancing a socialist program against austerity and war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Trump's simple trick to getting budget past Democrats? Label everything 'confronting Russia'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-12
US President Donald Trump may have found a way to get Democrats in the House to approve all of the State Department funding in his proposed $4.7 trillion budget for 2020: by labeling all sorts of things as "countering Russia." | …
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Brexit: One Industry, One City = One £Trillion — Gone
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
A report by a London based think tank that focuses on capital markets has published the most comprehensive analysis yet of the impact of Brexit on the banking and finance industry in London. It has determined that more than 250 …
globalresearch.ca/brexit-one-ind…

Escalation Fears Grow in Venezeula as Guaidó Signals Support for Foreign Intervention and US Withdraws Diplomats
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. embassy in Caracas will be vacated came as Juan Guaid√≥ said he may support foreign intervention in Venezuela | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Sale alle stelle il prezzo della ´protezione ª Usa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-12
A pretendere il pizzo in cambio di ´protezione ª non è solo la mafia. ´I paesi ricchi che stiamo proteggendo — ha avvertito minacciosamente Trump in un discorso al Pentagono — sono tutti avvisati: dovranno pagare la nostra protezione ª. | Il presidente …
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Guaidó Signals Foreign Intervention in Venezuela as US Withdraws Diplomats
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-12
(CD) — Concerns over the Trump administration's increasingly hostile policy in Venezuela grew Tuesday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S. was withdrawing all diplomatic personnel from the country. Pompeo cited the "deteriorating situation" in Venezuela that escalated in January after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as "interim president," rebuking President Nicolas Maduro and coordinating …

Guaidó Signals Foreign Intervention in Venezuela as US Withdraws Diplomats

The "Museum of Communist Terror": Institute of historical falsification planned for London
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-12
The proponents of the museum hope to bury the popular appeal of socialism under a mountain of lies, to legitimate the far right and provide a spur to a devastating programme of social counterrevolution.
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Women Must Be Central to Negotiating the US-Korea Peace Process
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
When the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un ended abruptly in Hanoi two weeks ago, my heart sank. As a Korean-American, I have been working for nearly two decades to end the Korean War, which has kept Koreans living under the constant threat of war and devastated three generations of Korean families. I had traveled to Hanoi with a delegation of women peacebuilders to celebrate what many Korea experts anticipated — that the two leaders would declare an end to the Korean War. | Instead, talks collapsed and now the Trump administration has returned to its rheto…
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We're Living in the Warmest Decade Since Record-Keeping Began
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
Some people are in an outright panic. Some are in full-blown denial. Indeed, human responses to runaway climate disruption are spanning the spectrum. From profiteers plugging books containing "solutions" to geoengineering attempts like this one " blocking out the sun," many are understandably anxious to move forward with a plan. | However, this is also an important time to pause, take some deep breaths, and reconnect with the Earth to listen for each of our personal callings a…
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School Shooters and Drones — Linking Gun Violence at Home to US Wars Abroad
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
In the wake of the February 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members, a teacher said the school looked "like a war zone." And to many young Americans, that's exactly what it felt like. But this shooting was different. Refusing to be victims, Parkland survivors disrupted the " thoughts and prayers" cycle…
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With Blocked Ads Proving Her Point, Warren Says Facebook Shouldn't Have Power to Decide What Is and Isn't Allowed for 'Robust Debate'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-12
"Curious why I think FB has too much power? Let's start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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House Republicans Use "Lesbian Radical Feminist" to Advance Anti-Trans Rhetoric
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
A baffling sentence opened the Thursday testimony of Julia Beck, an anti-trans conservative speaking at the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. | "I am a lesbian radical feminist," said Beck, who was removed from the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission Committe…
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Trump Budget Showers Pentagon with Cash–Preparing for War? — Wilkerson & Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-12
Trump's budget more than doubles OCO war-fighting slush fund and proposes cutting social safety net by 9% at a time when White House rhetoric against Iran is heating up and Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman, and Trump all face corruption charges and challenges at home — Col. Wilkerson with Paul Jay…
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US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as 'Watershed Event' for 'Galvanizing Public Unrest'
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-11
The US-funded CANVAS organization that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting electricity outages and…
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Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-11
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 …
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'Stay true to Chavismo,' Maduro says as blackout continues
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2019-03-11
"We have overcome so many challenges, we'll overcome this one," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told the crowd Sunday. | Source…
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"I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
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…
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Glenn Greenwald: Chelsea Manning's Refusal to Testify Against WikiLeaks Will Help Save Press Freedom
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
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.
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IMF Approves $4.2B Fund for Ecuador
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-11
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a US$ 4.2 billion arrangement under the IMF's Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Ecuador which allows the immediate disbursement of 652 million dollars. | The decision was announced by the agency in a statement released in Washington after the agreement signed on February 21 between the IMF and the Ecuadorian authorities. | RELATED: | Ecuadoreans Protest Against Massive Layoffs in Public Sector | The agreem…
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On Biblical Inerrancy: Some Reflections for United Methodists and Other "Christians"
M. G. Piety | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-11
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…
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Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
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…
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Trump Seeks Cuts to Human Needs to Fund Pentagon Hikes No One Needs
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-03-11
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 …
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NATO "Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize" and "Wars Make Us Safer"?
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-11
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 …
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Landmine in Colombia Kills 5, Peace Talks Remain Elusive
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-11
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…
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Biden on the Relaunch Pad: He's Worse Than You Thought
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-11
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…
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Joe Biden on the Relaunch Pad
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-11
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 ?…
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Judging the U.S. for its War Crimes–Chelsea Manning's Bravery
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-03-11
"I want people to see the truth, regardless of who they are. Because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public."
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Judging U.S. War Crimes
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-11
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.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/11/judg…

Who will Displace the Omniciders?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-11
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…
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