2019-03-14: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2019-03-14). US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as 'Watershed Event' for 'Galvanizing Public Unrest'. globalresearch.ca The US-funded CANVAS organization that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting electricity outages and urged the opposition "to take advantage of the situation…towards their needs" | *** | A September 2010 memo by a US-funded soft …

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-14). An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later. zcomm.org While most Americans have no memory of this incident, in Iran the date of the deaths of 290 innocent people at the hands of the U.S. military is marked every year just as the 9/11 attack is remembered every year in the United States…

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-14). An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later. counterpunch.org The tragic Ethiopian Airline plane crash recalls another passenger plane crash some 30 years ago. The latter, however, was not due to a mechanical malfunction but to U.S. missiles. And while very few Americans remember this incident, it still weighs heavy on the hearts of many Iranians—as we discovered on our recent trip there. The More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-14). The Globalization of War, America's "Long War" against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky. globalresearch.ca Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies…

Prof. Vijay Prashad (2019-03-14). The Rightful Owners of a Key Island Military Base for the U.S. Would Like It Back, and the UN Agrees. globalresearch.ca Give Chagos back to the Chagossians! That's a slogan I first heard in 2000. It was a demonstration in London, outside a courthouse, a small group of people with handmade signs appealing to the British legal system to return their …

Ben Norton (2019-03-14). Venezuela Coup Leader's Oil Plans Revealed: Guaidó Hopes to Privatize State-Controlled Industry. thegrayzone.com US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó and his right-wing economic advisers drafted plans to privatize Venezuela's oil industry and open up…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-14). US and Iranian Hardliners Continue the Suffering. consortiumnews.com Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation's recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country's foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind… Read more →

commondreams (2019-03-14). Saudi Arabia: Women Activists Persecuted Under Bogus Charges. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Greta Thunberg Nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. telesurenglish.net The 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who became famous for requesting concrete action against climate change, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a group of Norwegian socialist lawmakers. | RELATED: | Climate Mitigation Centers During Regional Indigenous Meeting | "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because climate threats are perhaps one…

Fight Back (2019-03-14). U.S. anti-war delegation arrives in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – A U.S. Peace Council Delegation of 13 people representing anti-war organizations from the United States and Canada arrived in Venezuela this week on a solidarity mission with the Venezuelan people and the Maduro government at a time of unprecedented attacks by the U.S. The latest is a cyber-attack and sabotage of the entire electrical system, which resulted in a total blackout of the country with the aim of provoking the people to rise up against their government. Despite the hardships of no electricity and water, this attack failed as people rallied around their government and the gains of t…

Steve Sweeney (2019-03-14). Iran appoints notorious executioner as next chief justice. peoplesworld.org Iranian Communists warned yesterday that the appointment of a "notorious killer" as the head of the country's judiciary is a clear indication of the regime's plans to intensify oppression and repression. Islamist cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who is seen by many as a successor to President Hassan Rouhani, was appointed as Chief Justice of Iran last …

Eric A. Gordon (2019-03-14). Dissident voices in declining powers: Two exhibitions at the Wende Museum. peoplesworld.org CULVER CITY, Calif.—The unique Wende Museum of the Cold War, located a few blocks west of the downtown commercial area of this small municipality embedded within the City of Los Angeles, never ceases to amaze. Its own collection numbers many thousands of individual artifacts of Eastern European life under socialism, but it also reaches out …

Allegra Harpootlian (2019-03-14). School Shooters and Drones: Linking Gun Violence to America's Wars. counterpunch.org 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 More

Grete Mautner (2019-03-14). From Coup D'etats to Soft Power: Dissecting Washington's Color Revolution Techniques. mintpressnews.com Over the last hundred years Washington has interfered in the internal affairs of at least 50 countries for a total of 130 individual cases. As for the last three decades, there have been more than 40 instances of such interference, including cases of elections meddling and fraud, coup d'etats and attempts to trigger armed conflicts.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-14). Venezuela: Electricity recovery continues as U.S. withdraws diplomatic staff. mronline.org U.S. officials have threatened new sanctions while Venezuelan authorities continue reactivating the electric grid. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Regime Change Via Sanctions? U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy. democracynow.org Venezuelan officials say power will be largely restored in the country today after a week-long blackout across much of the country. The cause of the blackout remains in dispute. The United States blamed it on years of neglect of the Venezuelan energy system, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the U.S. military of launching a "cyberattack against the electrical, telecommunication and internet systems." The blackout comes amid a growing political crisis in Venezuela as U.S.-backed opposition groups attempt to topple Maduro's government. On Monday, the United States announced it was withdrawing remainin…

David Correia (2019-03-14). Union Busting on Campus: Jackson Lewis and Higher Education Anti-Unionism. counterpunch.org From 2008 to 2018, few professors at the University of New Mexico—whether tenured, or tenure-track, or adjunct—received wage increases greater than the cost of living. In most of those years, wages remained stagnant, while out-of-pocket costs for health insurance and retirement contributions increased. As a result, some professors, particularly those faculty who teach on semester-to-semester More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-14). Chasing Mirages: What Are Palestinians Doing to Combat the 'Deal of the Century'? counterpunch.org More US measures have been taken in recent weeks to further cement the Israeli position and isolate the Palestinian Authority (PA), before the official unveiling of President Donald Trump's so-called 'deal of the century'. But while attention is focused on spiteful US actions, little time has been spent discussing the PA's own responses, options and More

Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone (2019-03-14). Ilhan Omar Exposes US Hegemonic Positioning and Takes on Both Political Parties. counterpunch.org Somali-American Ilhan Omar is a member of the US House of Representatives from Minnesota's 5th district. Elected to the United States Congress in November 2018, Omar is a critical and strong voice that advocates for progressive policies and lawmaking in regards to housing, a living wage, student debt forgiveness, and the protection of immigrants. Since More

Louis Proyect (2019-03-14). The Boeing 737 Max 8: a Case Study in Uncreative Destruction. counterpunch.org On October 29, 2018, a Boeing 737 Max 8 belonging to Lion Air in Indonesia crashed into the Java Sea 12 minutes after take-off. All 189 passengers and crew members were killed instantly. It is extremely unusual for planes to suffer such accidents in clear weather after having reached their cruising altitude. Flight experts concluded that the pilots were not adequately trained in the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), a robotics technology that lowers the nose of a plane to prevent a stall. Although there is no definitive judgement on exactly what happened, it appears to be a combination of in…

Louisa Willcox (2019-03-14). A Tale of Two Carnivores: African Lions and Grizzly Bears. counterpunch.org I hope one day to meet lion conservationist Shivani Bhalla, a sister in spirit who lives half a world away, in northern Kenya. We are featured in BBC's global radio program "The Conversation," where each episode features two women from different countries, who work in similar fields. The show airs as naturalist and filmmaker David More

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-14). Trade Wars: Trump Wants US Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Replace Russian Natural Gas Nord Stream Exports to the EU. globalresearch.ca Russia's Nord Stream pipeline project is the most impressive of its kind — when completed to be the world's longest underwater pipeline. | It'll be able to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from beneath the Baltic Sea, its …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-14). US Anti-Russia Legislation Directed against Vladimir Putin. globalresearch.ca Largely by voice vote on Tuesday, House members passed four anti-Russia measures, continuing US war on the country by other means. | One bill targeted Vladimir Putin over the February 2015 killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov — lethally shot multiple …

Anya Parampil (2019-03-14). Venezuela: The Neoliberal Brain Behind Juan Guaido's Economic Agenda. globalresearch.ca While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father has flown below the radar. His record holds the key to understanding what the U.S. wants in Venezuela. | *** | If …

Anya Parampil (2019-03-14). Ricardo Hausmann's "Morning After" for Venezuela: The Neoliberal Brain Behind Juan Guaido's Economic Agenda. thegrayzone.com While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father…

Mark Weisbrot — The New Republic (2019-03-14). The Reality Behind Trump's Coalition for Regime Change in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com As the cast of regime change actors from Abrams to Bolsonaro reveals, the US attempt to oust Maduro has nothing to do with democracy or human rights.

Robert Reich (2019-03-14). The Huge GOP Lie About the Deficit. commondreams.org The big Trump Republican tax cut is already breaking the bank. It will cost us 1.9 trillion dollars over the next decade. Let me repeat that: 1.9 trillion dollars. (Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-03-14). Trump's $34 Trillion Deficit and Debt Bomb. globalresearch.ca This week Trump released his latest budget for 2019-20 fiscal year. It calls for $2.7 trillion in various social spending cuts over the decade, including $872 billion in reductions in Medicare, Social Security, Disability spending; another $327 billion in food …

Peter Phillips (2019-03-14). Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria's war, Venezuela's crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global imperialism imposed by a core of capitalist nations in support of trillions of dollars of concentrated …

Jack Rasmus (2019-03-14). Trump's $34 Trillion Deficit & Debt Bomb. zcomm.org The Trump budget proposes to pay for the US government's share of the total debt, by transferring the cost of financing military-defense spending and tax cutting to those households who aren't investors and business owners…

STAFF (2019-03-14). Senate Rejects Trump Border Emergency as Republicans Defect. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. | The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump's February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Congress had approved. Twelve Republicans joined Democrats in defying Trump in a showdown many GOP senators had hoped to avoid because he commands die-hard loyal…

Frida Berrigan (2019-03-14). A Mother Swept Away by Climate Change. commondreams.org "Some two billion young people, all of whom have grown up under global warming and are fated to spend the rest of their lives confronting its mounting impacts." (Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Sarah Lahm (2019-03-14). Billionaire-Backed Lawsuit Against Teacher Tenure Fails in Minnesota. progressive.org Trump has proposed to slash funding for public education in his 2020 budget. In courts across the country, however, public schools are holding up in lawsuits brought by pro-charter interests.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-14). Billions of Swedish Krona Supported Anti-Apartheid Struggle. consortiumnews.com Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa between 1982 and 1988, writes Ida Karlsson. By Ida Karlsson in Stockholm Inter Press Service Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa…. Read more →

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Iran Pipeline Blast Kills At Least 4. telesurenglish.net A gas pipeline blast in southwestern Iran has killed at least four people and injured about six others, according to an official report. Among the victims, are one woman and a child. | RELATED: | Mexico: Oil Pipeline Explosion Death Toll Rises to 114 | The pipelines linking the gas network from Mahsharhr city to Ahvaz exploded, according to the director general of the province's Crisis Management Directorate, Kiomars Hajizadeh. | Along with the pipeline, multiple cars, a bus and a wate…

STAFF (2019-03-14). Senate Passes Historic War Powers Resolution on Yemen. truthdig.com In a major step toward ending U.S. complicity in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a War Powers resolution to cut off American military support for the Saudi-led coalition's assault on Yemen. | The final vote count was 54-46. | "This is historic. For the first time in 45 years, Congress is one step closer to withdrawing U.S. forces from an unauthorized war," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the lead sponsor of the resolution, declared following the vote. "We must end the war in Yemen." | Sens. Chris Murphy (D-C…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Headlines for March 14, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Orders Boeing 737 MAX Planes Grounded After Fatal Crashes, Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen, Pompeo Defends Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Reports of Torture, Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration, Former Trump Campaign Chair Sentenced to 43 More Months in Prison, U.N. Warns Arctic on Pace to Warm by 5 Degrees Celsius by 2050, Spanish Investigators Link CIA to Attack on North Korean Embassy, Brazil: Two Gunmen Kill 8, Reportedly Inspired by Columbine Massacre, Nigeria: Lagos Building Collapse Kills 10 and Traps Schoolchildren, British MPs Reject "No-Deal" Br…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-14). Hezbollah: Israel's Excuse for Stealing the Golan Heights. globalresearch.ca Now that Israel is getting a lot of heat for its decision to put finishing touches on the wholesale theft of Syria's Golan Heights, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has launched a new PR campaign. | Netanyahu claims arch-enemy Hezbollah is preparing …

South Front (2019-03-14). Video: CIA Is Turning Refugee Camps in Eastern Syria into ISIS Hotbeds. globalresearch.ca The CIA is conspiring with ISIS commanders in northeastern Syria supplying them with fake documents and then transferring them to Iraq, according to reports in Turkish pro-government media. | About 2,000 ISIS members were questioned in the areas of Kesra, Buseira, …

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Kurdish-led SDF: Fight Against IS Group Enters 'Final Moments'. telesurenglish.net For days the Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to recover the last enclave of the Islamic State Group in Syria. SDF says the battle against the Islamic State group in Baghouz, in Eastern Syria, is as good as over, and that the armed group was facing an imminent defeat. | RELATED: Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians | Kino Gabriel…

Edward Hunt (2019-03-14). U.S. Diplomats Boost ExxonMobil in Guyana. progressive.org U.S. interests promise oil will bring riches to the people of Guyana. But export commodities have rarely benefited the country's majority.

teleSUR (2019-03-14). India, Pakistan Agree on Border Route for Sikh Pilgrims. telesurenglish.net India and Pakistan agreed Thursday to go forward with a new border crossing and route for Sikh pilgrims to visit a holy temple in Pakistan — a rare vision of cooperation after tensions flared over a decades-long Kashmir dispute. | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | The meeting was the first between the nuclear-armed foes since a do…

Peter F. Crowley (2019-03-14). Deconstructing the Ilhan Omar controversy. zcomm.org Pelosi's decision not to follow some Democratic Party stalwarts in condemning Omar may indeed be a boon for the progressives…

Ashley Bennett (2019-03-14). We Will Not Rest Until Housing Justice Is Done. commondreams.org Ashley Bennett (center left) and other People's Action leaders at the office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in December, 2018. (Photo credit: People's Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dragan Vladic (2019-03-14). The Kosovo War: "Humanitarian Intervention" or Undeclared War Against Yugoslavia? globalresearch.ca The armed conflict between the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and Serbian forces started in 1992 with the KLA attacks on Serbian police officers, non-Albanians that lived in Kosovo and Albanians loyal to Serbia (Johnstone, 2002; Kozyris, 1999). This low level …

Matt Field (2019-03-14). Artificial Intelligence: Concerned About Facial Recognition AI? What About Behavior Recognition Software? globalresearch.ca A young woman picks up and compares juices in a store aisle. She's 29. She spends 40 minutes on average shopping and likes orange juice. That's not all: She usually spends 2,500 yen per visit to the store. | The Japanese …

Frida Berrigan (2019-03-14). Parenting in a World Hurtling Toward Catastrophe. thenation.com Parenting in a World Hurtling Toward Catastrophe…

Michael Welch (2019-03-14). Vietnam Anniversary: A Legacy of Resistance, Deception and Human Tragedy. globalresearch.ca "With the possible exception of the Civil War, no event in U.S. history has demanded more soul-searching than the war in Vietnam. The false pre-texts used to justify our intervention, the indiscriminate brutality of our warfare, the stubborn refusal of …

William Harrison (2019-03-14). French Politics: Are the Centre-Right Conservatives Still Economic Liberals? globalresearch.ca There is something strange going on in the French senate. Ideological disorientation has taken hold. The centre-right Les Républicains, and the Parti Socialiste, of the centre-left, have somehow found themselves on the same side, contending with a cabinet-backed business and …

Prof. Sam Ben-Meir (2019-03-14). Painting as Metaphysics: Hilma af Klint and the Birth of Abstract Art. globalresearch.ca Hilma af Klint's groundbreaking, yet largely unknown body of abstract art is an important event — one that challenges us to not only rethink the early history of twentieth century abstract art, …

Renee Parsons (2019-03-14). Is AIPAC in Violation of Federal Election Law? globalresearch.ca What newcomer to the US House of Representatives, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn) may not have fully realized is that her critique of Israel influence on American politics would open a door that has previously been hermetically sealed as the third …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-14). Boeing's 737 Max 8: Lobbies and Belated Groundings. globalresearch.ca Lobbies, powerful interests and financial matters are usually the first things that come to mind when the aircraft industry is considered. Safety, while deemed of foremost importance, is a superficial formality, sometimes observed in the breach. To see the camera …

Clemence Waller (2019-03-14). Contesting the Arctic Railway. globalresearch.ca The Arctic railway would have opened up the Arctic trade routes and allowed Finland to have a direct connection to central Europe for transport of raw materials. However, a recent report has brought the project's commercial and ethical viability into …

CJP (2019-03-14). Plight of Women in Indian Prisons. globalresearch.ca Various studies done within Indian prisons have concluded that a majority of prisoners are Adivasis, Dalits or from other marginalised communities that are being criminalised. Their social and economic situation makes them vulnerable, being unable to defend themselves legally and …

F. William Engdahl (2019-03-14). Another Reason for Washington in Venezuela? Monroe Doctrine: "This Country is in Our Hemisphere" globalresearch.ca Many myself among them have pointed to the vast hydrocarbon reserves of Venezuela as a possible driving motive behind the otherwise bizarre Washington intervention in Venezuela. The more I look into the situation, the more I suspect a quite other …

(2019-03-14). EPA Proposes Use of 650,000 Pounds of Antibiotics Per Year on Citrus Fields. globalresearch.ca Advocates from public-health and environmental groups delivered more than 45,000 petition signatures to the Environmental Protection Agency today asking the agency to deny a proposal that would expand spraying antibiotics on citrus fields. | If that proposal is approved, citrus growers …

Miko Peled (2019-03-14). Miko Peled: The Zionists' Fight Extends Beyond Palestine. mintpressnews.com Miko Peled highlights the campaign by pro-Israel groups to overwhelm the Labour Party into submission and bring about the fall of Corbyn by using a barrage of anti-Semitism accusations.

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-03-14). Even a Vacuous Mueller Report Won't End 'Russiagate'. thenation.com Even a Vacuous Mueller Report Won't End 'Russiagate'

Sue Branford, Maur√≠cio Torres (2019-03-14). Brazil to Open Indigenous Reserves to Mining Without Indigenous Consent. commondreams.org For many years, international and Brazilian mining companies have dreamed of getting access to the mineral wealth lying beneath indigenous lands. Finally, the government of Jair Bolsonaro seems determined to give them that opportunity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Brazil's Bolsonaro Auctions 12 Airports to Private Operators. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will auction Friday contracts to operate 12 airports, a measure which is expected to raise about US$921 million in private investments. | RELATED: | Former President Lula Accuses Bolsonaro of Destroying Brazil | The auction will be carried out at the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange and concession contracts will be valid for 30 ye…

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Nigeria: At Least 9 Killed in Lagos Building Collapse Tragedy. telesurenglish.net At least nine were killed in a building collapse in Nigeria's biggest city Lagos. Emergency services have called off the search for survivors as anger mounted over Nigeria's bad building regulations. | RELATED: | Widows Against Big Oil Impunity in Nigeria Take Shell to Court | The building also held a private school. Residents say the school had around…

TeleSUR English (2019-03-14). Caracas Metro, Other Services Up and Running After Alleged Attack. venezuelanalysis.com After an alleged cyber attack left most of Venezuela without power, electricity and other services are slowly being restored in Caracas and the rest of the country.

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Caracas Metro, Other Lines Up And Running After Sabotage. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's transportation lines, including the Caracas Metro, are scheduled to be up and running Thursday – Prensa Latina is reporting – following the sabotage of the national electric power grid, which sought to cripple the country. | RELATED: | Venezuela: 100% of Electricity is Back On | Minister of Communication and Information, Jorge Rodriguez, confirmed that that the majority of the line…

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-14). Give Diplomacy a Chance in Venezuela. counterpunch.org 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 More

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-14). To help Venezuela, the U.S. must use diplomacy, not a military coup. zcomm.org It is time for Congress to step up — to investigate exactly what the Trump administration is doing overtly and covertly, and to call for a return to diplomacy before it is too late.

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Woman Accused of Killing Kim Jong-un's Brother Denied Appeal. telesurenglish.net A court in Malaysia has denied an appeal to drop charges for one of the women accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. The other woman accused, a national from Indonesia, was released earlier this week. | RELATED: | Kim Proposes Semi 'De-Nuke,' Trump Says No; Sanctions Remain | Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia were jointly accused of wiping the deadly nerve agent VX on Kim's face, at Kuala Lumpur International Airp…

Renee Parsons (2019-03-14). Is AIPAC in Violation of Federal Election Law? counterpunch.org What newcomer to the US House of Representatives, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn) may not have fully realized is that her critique of Israel influence on American politics would open a door that has previously been hermetically sealed as the third rail of American politics. With its influence carefully concealed behind decades of deceptions, lies and More

Pete Tucker (2019-03-14). A Reckoning is Coming for Jack Evans, But What About the Washington Post? counterpunch.org DC's longest-serving councilman is in trouble. With the U.S. Attorney's Office and a federal grand jury investigating his suspect dealings, Jack Evans' days as a top DC powerbroker are over. That conclusion seems inescapable now that Evans' strongest ally, the Washington Post, is no longer shielding him. For years…

Nick Licata (2019-03-14). Virginia's Approach to Government Accountability. counterpunch.org Despite the top three elected Virginia State Democrats generating national headlines for being accused of past racist or even criminal behavior, a movement to reform their democratic process continues to grow. These efforts can use three tools for making structural changes in government: the initiative process, court rulings and electing new public officials. Virginia does More

Thomas Mountain (2019-03-14). USA Continues Economic Sabotage of Eritrea. counterpunch.org On February 28, 2019 the last financial wire transactions between the small socialist country of Eritrea and all the western countries were stopped with no further wire transfers in USD$ or Euros to or from Eritrea being allowed . Unjust and illegal UN sanctions against Eritrea were lifted recently but the damage being done continues. During More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-14). Publicized Cruelty: Scott Morrison Visits Christmas Island. counterpunch.org His visit struck a sour note. The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was making an effort to show he cared: about those intangible things called borders, secure firm and shut to the unwanted human matter coming by sea. The distant Australian territory of Christmas Island was selected to assist in coping with arrivals from Manus More

WSWS (2019-03-14). Trump proposes slashing public education by $7 billion. wsws.org Trump's proposed budget, released earlier this week, would cut education spending by over $7 billion while transferring billions to charter and private schools.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-14). Guaidó Claims He Can Authorize Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela. therealnews.com Temir Porras, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under Hugo Chavez, says Guaidó's assertion on Fox News is a violation of the Venezuelan constitution; Porras says the only way to avoid a blood bath is a negotiated political solution…

Akela Lacy (2019-03-14). Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Yemen War, But Republican Tricks Send Resolution Back to the House Yet Again. theintercept.com "We're going to help end a war which has caused unbelievable horror to one of the poorest countries on earth," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill's sponsor.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-14). 'Don't Sell Out to Big Cable': Internet Defenders Warn Democrats Against Watering Down Net Neutrality Bill. commondreams.org "We don't care which party you're from: if you're helping Big Cable slowly poison net neutrality and the free and open internet, we're going to make sure everyone knows." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-03-14). Johnson & Johnson must pay cancer-stricken woman $29mn in latest talcum trial. rt.com A California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $29 million to a woman with mesothelioma who claimed that asbestos in the conglomerate's talcum powder products caused her cancer.

RT (2019-03-14). Boeing 737 planes to remain grounded for 'weeks' – Congress members after FAA briefing. rt.com Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for "weeks" until the updates to faulty software are tested, US lawmakers said after a briefing with Federal Aviation Administration officials.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-14). Trump's Militarized Budget Slashes Medicare, Medicaid, and Clean Energy. therealnews.com Preparing for war with largest peacetime military budget paid for with devastating cuts to the poor, ending environmental regulation, destroying retirement and healthcare. Do divided Democrats have an answer? Lindsay Koshgarian of IPS analyzes the proposal…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-14). UN Report Warns 'Locked In' Arctic Temperature Spikes Will Unleash Global Sea Level Rise. commondreams.org A new United Nations report warns that winter temperatures in the Arctic are still "locked in" to rise 3-5 ∞C by 2050 and 5-9 ∞C by 2080—with devastating consequences for the region and global sea levels—even if the international community cuts planet-warming emissions in line with the goals of the Paris climate agreement. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-03-14). EU President Would Accept a 'Well-Reasoned' Brexit Delay. telesurenglish.net The President of the European Council Donald Tusk offered Thursday to ask the 27 member countries of the European Union (EU) to accept a "long" extension of Brexit if the United Kingdom requests a new negotiation strategy. | RELATED: | 'Hard Brexit' Proposals Means Further Trade Liberalization | "During my consultations ahead of the European summit [next Mar. 21 and 22…

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2019-03-14). Warning of 'Existential Threat' to Humanity, UN Chief Says Climate Change Moving Faster. indybay.org Warning that "we face a direct existential threat" because "climate change is moving faster than we are," United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in a speech at the U.N.'s New York headquarters last September, demanded urgent action from world leaders to combat "the defining issue of our time."

Dan Bacher (2019-03-14). Newsom promotes voluntary agreements that imperil salmon, Delta. indybay.org Governor Gavin Newson, who received $637,398 from agribusiness interests in his campaign for Governor, including $116,800 from the Wonderful Company owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick, praised the voluntary agreements that would yield less flows for San Joaquin River and Delta salmon, steelhead and other fish species.

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-14). A Wall Street Mini-Tax Could Benefit the Poor and Reduce Public Debt. truthout.org With great fanfare, politicians on the left are thinking big on tax reform: a 70 percent rate on incomes over $10 million, a wealth tax on the super-rich, estate taxes as high as 77 percent. With no fanfare at all, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office…

RT (2019-03-14). Pentagon eager to test banned missiles after discarding Cold War-era nuke treaty. rt.com The Pentagon plans to test two types of missiles banned for over 30 years under the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty — reinforcing suspicions it has been preparing for this for years.

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-14). Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to End Complicity in Yemen War. truthout.org In a major step toward ending U.S. complicity in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a War Powers resolution to cut off American military support for the Saudi-led coalition's assault on Yemen. | The final vote count was 54-46. | "This is historic. For the first time in 45 years, Congress is one step closer to withdrawing U.S. forces from an unauthorized war," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the lead sponsor of the resolution, declared following the vote. "We must end the war in Yemen." | Sens. Chris Murphy (…

WorkWeek Radio (2019-03-14). SFLC Supports Julian Assange, Rovics Music & Mike Elk On CWA NG Election & SEIU. indybay.org KPFA WorkWeek radio on the action by the San Francisco Labor Council to support Julian Assange, music on Venezuela and the US by singer David Rovics and labor journalist Mike Elk on the CWA Newspaper Guild election dispute on voting rights. Elk also talks about the effort of the SEIU to subpoena Google to find out who the whistleblowers are that have exposed sexual harrassment and misconduct by SEIU officials.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-14). Senate Passes Resolution Calling for End to US Involvement in Yemen War. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a close vote of 54-46, the Senate passed the SJ Res 7 on Wednesday. The Joint Resolution calls for the end of US military involvement in the Yemen War, noting that no such involvement was ever authorized by Congress. Debate on the resolution, as in the past, centered on arguments that the US involvement isn't …

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-14). Trump's Coup in Venezuela: What You're Not Being Told. theantimedia.com (VA Op-ed) — The failure of the February 23 "humanitarian aid" provocation on the Venezuelan border was a serious blow for Trump's ongoing coup attempt. There were mutual recriminations between self-appointed Guaidó, Colombian President Duque and US Vice-President Pence. The US could not get a consensus from its own Lima Cartel allies in favour of military intervention. The coup was …

WSWS (2019-03-14). The Youth Climate Strike and the fight against global warming. wsws.org That the demonstration planned for Friday has evoked a broad response is an indication of both the serious nature of the ecological crisis and the radicalization of youth all over the world.

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). Who ordered the murder of Marielle Franco? greenleft.org.au On March 14, 2018 in the centre of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, two gunmen in a car murdered Municipal Chamber Councilor Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. Unlike most of the city's political leaders, Marielle came from Rio's favelas. And many of the favelas' millions of marginalised and mostly black residents saw her as their champion. | The arrest of two individuals on March 12 alleged to be the gunmen who assassinated Franco and her driver nearly one year ago is being heralded as progress by human rights campaigners, even as they warn this should be seen as the beginning of accountability and ju…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-14). Tribunal Declares Trump and Duterte Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity. truthout.org Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, aided and abetted by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a recent ruling from the International Peoples' Tribunal on the Philippines. | The tribunal, which was held in Brussels, Belgium, on September 18 and 19, 2018, rendered its 84-page decision on these crimes on March 8. Conveners of the tribunal included the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, European Association of La…

WSWS (2019-03-14). Closure of Brazil Ford plant to destroy up to 27,000 jobs. wsws.org The devastating plant closure has laid bare the abysmal economic situation in Brazil and offered yet another opportunity for the unions to spread nationalist poison.

Jake Johnson (2019-03-14). CIA Was Involved in Violent Attack on North Korean Embassy in Madrid: Report. theantimedia.com (CD) — Two individuals involved in a violent attack on the North Korean embassy in Madrid have reportedly been linked by Spanish authorities to the CIA. According to the Spanish newspaper El País, which first reported the findings of Madrid investigators, "two of the 10 assailants who broke into the embassy and interrogated diplomatic staff have been identified and …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-14). Ahead of Global #ClimateStrike She Inspired, 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. commondreams.org Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old whose protests outside the Swedish parliament spurred a massive global movement of young people striking from school to demand bold action on the climate crisis, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). Chelsea Manning jailed again and not a squeak from the Democrats. greenleft.org.au Chelsea Manning, a transgender soldier who blew the whistle on US war crimes, and spent four years in an army stockade from 2013 as a result, is back in prison again. | This time it is because she refuses to join a bipartisan campaign against Wikileaks that seeks to bring its founder Julian Assange from his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to the US to put him on trial and send him to prison. | In 2010, Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of documents about the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She first tried to get mainstream media to publish them, to no avail, before turning to Wikileaks, which did p…

WSWS (2019-03-14). Canada ever more deeply implicated in US-engineered coup attempt in Venezuela. wsws.org Like its US partner, Canadian imperialism covets Venezuela's vast oil resources and is determined to prevent Russia, China, and other "strategic rivals" from expanding their influence in the Americas.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-13). US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as 'Watershed Event'. consortiumnews.com The group that trained Juan Guaidó and his allies laid out plans for galvanizing public unrest in a 2010 memo, Max Blumenthal reports for Grayzone. By Max Blumenthal Grayzone A September 2010 memo by a U.S.-funded soft power organization that helped train… Read more →

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-13). The People's Climate Movement. No Mention of War. globalresearch.ca While millions of people across the World will be protesting on March 15 under the banner of "Global Warming", today's wars including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela are not mentioned. Nor are the dangers of a Third World War which threatens the future of humanity.

Ben Norton (2019-03-13). Hollywood's 'Captain Marvel' Blockbuster Is Blatant US Military Propaganda. mintpressnews.com Grayzone's Ben Norton looks at the sizable role the Pentagon played in the production of the hit Hollywood film Captain Marvel, and how the blockbuster film is being used spread recruitment propaganda.

Global Research News (2019-03-13). Imperialism on Trial. Conference Event. globalresearch.ca While Donald Trump may have popularised the term 'Fake News', journalists, academics and activists, have been calling out the establishment media in their promotion of imperialism, for many years before he ever threw his hat in the ring, politically. | Nine …

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