2019-03-15: News Headlines

Eric Draitser (2019-03-15). Did Dallas Police and Local Media Collude to Cover Up Terrorist Threats against Journalist Barrett Brown? counterpunch.org Barrett Brown is an award-winning journalist and author who spent time in federal prison for work he did exposing various elements of the military-industrial complex, including publicizing the hacked emails of private intelligence company Stratfor. Since being released from prison, Brown has worked to establish the Pursuance Project, an initiative aimed at developing a new More

Maicol David Lynch, Roberta Wood (2019-03-15). Labor-backed candidate Tony Pecinovsky scores 48 percent in St. Louis race. peoplesworld.org ST. LOUIS—How can a local politician in a working-class ward stand against the interests of working-class people? This was the question before voters in this city's southside 14th ward during last week's municipal election when 41-year-old labor activist Tony Pecinovsky racked up 48 percent of the vote, nearly turning out longtime incumbent Carol Howard in …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-15). Peace activists cheer anti-war win on Senate Yemen resolution. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Peace activists nationwide, who strenuously lobbied lawmakers on the issue, cheered the U.S. Senate's 54-46 vote to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led Yemen War. Lawmakers invoked the War Powers Act in their blunt rebuke to President Donald Trump's pro-war actions. The Democratic-run House previously approved the anti-war move. But just to make sure Trump …

Robin Mathews (2019-03-15). North America's Indigenous Peoples: "Ongoing Genocide…" and Its Shadow World… globalresearch.ca Electromagnetic Press has produced a new book by Bruce Clark, scholarly expert and 'hands-on' activist in the matter of North American indigenous peoples' history, philosophy, and — especially — the reality of their present legal being, their rights, and their …

teleSUR (2019-03-15). Thousands of Students Strike Worldwide in Climate Change Action. telesurenglish.net Tens of thousands of students around the world walked out of classes Friday in a global strike to protest against government inaction on climate change. | RELATED: | Greta Thunberg Nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize | Student protests in Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne drew tens of thousands of people. In Europe, students packed streets and squares in London, Copenhagen, Rome, Vienna, Zurich and Lisbon. Demonstrations were also planned in the United States. | "Climate change…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-15). US-Taliban Talks: Real or Illusory Progress? Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Mineral Wealth. globalresearch.ca US Afghan aggression and occupation of parts of the country remain largely unchanged after over 17 years. | Afghanistan reflects what CIA officials once called Vietnam — "the grand illusion of the American cause," a conflict impossible to win. Yet it …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-15). US College Admissions Scandal. "Affirmative Action for the Rich" globalresearch.ca In the 1961 Hollywood film Splendor in the Grass, the protagonist's oil-wealthy father got his academically unqualified son admitted to Yale. | Though unexplained in the film, he likely bought his admission, his influence not enough to prevent his son's expulsion …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-15). Roaming Charges: Straighten Up and Fly Right. counterpunch.org + Few things have made me more despairing about the future of the country than the fact that Liz Cheney is now ascendent as a political powerbroker in DC. The one thing Trump could have done to assure himself some lasting historical merit was to eradicate the Cheneys from public life. Wimp. + How many More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-03-15). Riding the Wild Bull of Nuclear Power. counterpunch.org From atomic theory to nukes I am proud the Greek philosophers Leucippus and Democritus invented the Atomic Theory, which says that everything in the cosmos is atoms and void. But who could have foreseen that, 2,500 years later, American "physicists" would turn such a glorious insight on the structure of matter into apocalyptic weapons? The More

Jeffrey Kaye (2019-03-15). On the Death of Guantanamo Detainee 10028. counterpunch.org Camp 6, Guantanamo, where Haji Naseem was held for part of his captivity. U.S. government photo in public domain. | Torture, secret confessions and recantations, an ominous email, a mysterious death, a detainee found hanging in a recreation yard outside his cell in the middle of the night‚Ää—‚Ääthis is the story of the sixth man said to have died from suicide at Guantanamo. | Up until now, his story has gone totally untold. Even the location of the camp inside Gitmo where he died was kept secret for years. What follows is an in-depth examination into what really happened.

Andrew Levine (2019-03-15). Is Ilhan Omar Wrong…About Anything? counterpunch.org It has been clear for some time that Ilhan Omar owes no one any apologies for her remarks on AIPAC and those who tow its line; quite to the contrary, apologies are owed her. Developments over the past several weeks underscore how important it is to drive that point home. Before the 2008 publication of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, the subject was, for all practical purposes, taboo. Everything had to be kept hush hush, just as it did with the NSA (no such agency), the massive signals intelligence operation at Fort Meade. Everybody who cared knew that it was there and…

Samantha M., Angelica Perkins (2019-03-15). Our Green New Deal. counterpunch.org On Friday, February 22, 2019, Sunrise Bay Area, Youth Vs. Apocalypse and Earth Guardians Bay Area Crew gathered together for a rally held outside of Senator Feinstein's office in San Francisco in an attempt to persuade her to vote yes on the Green New Deal. We attended the rally at Feinstein's to show support and More

Stan Cox — Paul Cox (2019-03-15). In Salinas, Puerto Rico, Vulnerable Americans Are Still Trapped in the Ruins Left by Hurricane Maria. counterpunch.org Abandoned by their country, residents refuse to accept the idea that they will never recover. Nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Maria, about three-fourths of the houses in the Sierra Brava neighborhood of Salinas, Puerto Rico stand battered and empty. Some families left because their homes were rendered uninhabitable and they had no More

David Rosen (2019-03-15). America's Puppet: Meet Juan Guaidó. counterpunch.org Juan Guaidó is a useful pawn for U.S. interests in Venezuela, but is he expendable? On January 15th, the White House reported that VP Mike Pence spoke by phone "today" with Guaidó, the president of Venezuela's National Assembly. It claimed the call was made "to recognize his courageous leadership following his arrest and intimidation this weekend, and More

Priti Gulati Cox (2019-03-15). "Maria! Maria! It Was Maria That Destroyed Us!" The Human Story. counterpunch.org This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water — Donald Trump, INDEPENDENT, September 29, 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. One and a half years later, many of the island's more than 3 million U.S. citizens continue to be forgotten and ignored by the federal government. Earlier this year, More

Ron Jacobs (2019-03-15). All the Livelong Day. counterpunch.org 1894 was a wild year in the United States. Robber barons and the sycophantic politicians they controlled worked overtime to maintain and expand their empires of capital. Their practices and greed had helped create a recession that left millions of working people struggling to keep shelter and food for their families. The response of most of More

Michael K. Smith (2019-03-15). Thirty Years Gone: Remembering "Cactus Ed" counterpunch.org "Freedom begins between the ears." -Edward Abbey "What do old men who don't believe in Heaven think about?" queried Edward Abbey rhetorically in his masterpiece Desert Solitaire. ". . . they think about their blood pressure, their bladders, their aortas, their lower intestines, ice on the doorstep, too much sun at noon." In other words, More

Jason Hirthler (2019-03-15). Annexing the Stars: Walcott, Rhodes, and Venezuela. counterpunch.org Poet Derek Walcott's "A Far Cry from Africa" provides a stirring glimpse into the perspectives and policies of British colonialists in the 20th century. Of course, the perspectives it reveals are temporally confined to British colonialism in Walcott's poem: he was a native of Saint Lucia, a British colony or "possession" in the Caribbean; and More

Ben Debney (2019-03-15). Christchurch, the White Victim Complex and Savage Capitalism. counterpunch.org Despite his own denials, anti-Muslim xenophobia underwrites the 74-page manifesto compiled by Australian mass murderer Brendan Tarrant. The title itself, The Great Replacement, references a far-right conspiracy theory holding that white genocide is being engineered by useful idiots amongst the liberal elite advocating mass migration, demographic growth and cultural diversity. To this conspiracy theory, the More

Jack Rasmus (2019-03-15). Trump's $34 Trillion Deficit and Debt Bomb. counterpunch.org 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 stamps, housing support, and Medicaid; a further $200 billion in student loan cuts; and hundreds More

Mel Gurtov (2019-03-15). Trump's Nightmare Budget. counterpunch.org Two things can be said with certainty about Trump's 2020 budget request: It is DOA, dead on arrival, in the House; and it is a political document, catering to his loyal supporters, rather than a serious fiscal statement. What the budget request reveals is that Trump, left to his own devices, would further skewer the More

STAFF (2019-03-15). North Korea Warns That Bolton and Pompeo Are Derailing Nuclear Talks. truthdig.com At least one DPRK official has blamed the failed negotiations in Hanoi on the "gangster-like" behavior of Donald Trump's cabinet members.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-15). Journalist's Struggle to Find Bone Marrow Match Exposes Racial Disparity in National Registry. democracynow.org A nationwide campaign has been launched to find a blood stem cell donor for a 29-year-old journalist who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Liyna Anwar is an Indian-American producer who used to work at StoryCorps. She desperately needs a stem cell transplant, but she does not match any of her family members or the 19 million people in a national registry. Her search for a match is made more difficult because South Asians are underrepresented in the national registry. A campaign urging people of South Asian descent to donate stem cells has been launched in Anwar's name. It's called #SwabF…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-15). Clashes Erupt in Eastern Yemen as Local Tribes Block Saudi Influx of Military Equipment. mintpressnews.com The latest incident came amidst a precipitous rise in tensions in eastern Yemen, where local residents have been grappling with an increasingly brazen military buildup by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sharmine Narwani (2019-03-15). The State Dept Allegedly Tried to Coax An Iranian Expat into Sabotaging Iran's Power Grid. mintpressnews.com An Iranian-American engineer was allegedly was approached by the State Department with an offer of cash for sabotage of Iran's power grid.

Kristen Gelineau (2019-03-15). Self-declared fascist carries out racist terror attack in NZ mosques. peoplesworld.org SYDNEY (AP)—The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. Though he claimed not to covet fame, the gunman—whose name was …

Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-15). Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-15). The Reality Behind Trump's Coalition for Regime Change in Venezuela. zcomm.org In the early 1970s, a handful of Sandinistas were in the mountains of Nicaragua fighting to overthrow the 40-year U.S.-backed, brutal dictatorship of the Somoza family. When a powerful volcanic eruption struck Nicaragua in 1971, Sandinista Omar Cabezas later recounted, they told the peasants whom they encountered that God was punishing them for not getting Read more…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-15). Regime Change Via Sanctions? zcomm.org U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy…

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-15). The Trump Phenomenon as Seen in Europe. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump is frequently seen through the prism of an American media that despises him and wants to discredit him so that he can either be impeached soon or defeated in 2020. To a certain extent the foreign media …

South Front (2019-03-15). Video: Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing An "Animated Destruction" of Russia's S-400 6L6 Surveillance Radar. globalresearch.ca The Syrian conflict influences not only the balance of power in the Middle East, but also strategies and military programs of the powers involved. | There is no secret that over the past years the Russian Armed Forces have used Syria …

teleSUR (2019-03-15). US Imposes Visa Ban on ICC Staff Probing Afghanistan War Crimes. telesurenglish.net The United States will impose visa restrictions on people responsible for any International Criminal Court (ICC) probe, a move aimed at preventing the court from pursuing the United States and its allies regarding their actions during and after the invasion in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. | RELATED: | ICC Gets over 1 Million Testimonies from Afghans Suing US, CIA, Gov't over War Crimes | In September, the Trump administration said that if the court lau…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-15). Trump's Backward Move on Drone Civilian Casualties. consortiumnews.com This executive order disregards some valuable historical lessons, writes Daniel R. Brunstetter. An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth) By Daniel R. Brunstetter, University of California, Irvine The Conversation When it comes to drones and warfare, the… Read more →

Brian Cloughley (2019-03-15). Trump's Foreign Policy is Based on Confrontation and Malevolence. counterpunch.org There is a saying in the worlds of politics and business that most people who come to prominence are those who in defeat bear malice and in victory seek revenge. It is therefore unsurprising that President Donald Trump displays both characteristics in international as well as domestic affairs, although his targets vary erratically between friend More

Steven Colatrella (2019-03-15). The 18th Brumaire of Just About Everybody: the Rise of Authoritarian Strongmen and How to Prevent and Reverse It. counterpunch.org The Prototype for Trump, Putin and Co. [1] A great nation becomes disillusioned with the promises of free competition, free trade, economic liberalization, and greater integration into the world market, policies that seem to benefit only a few at the expense of the many. In an election that shocks the liberal and educated elements in More

Tom Clifford (2019-03-15). Bloody Sunday and the Charging of Soldier F. counterpunch.org Beijing. Justice delayed is justice denied but there may yet be a sense, however flawed, that it can be done.The decision of the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland to charge just one former British soldier with murder, arising from the events of Bloody Sunday in January 1972, which left 14 people dead has been More

Missy Comley Beattie (2019-03-15). On Our Knees. counterpunch.org I have been wrong at CounterPunch 26.5 times. One example: writing that Hillary Clinton would win in 2016. After the election of Donald Trump, plenty of you emailed, chastising me for the mistake. Occasionally, and for a split second only, I wish Clinton had won. More on this later. Recall another Donald now: Rumsfeld. Then More

John W. Whitehead (2019-03-15). Pity the Nation: War Spending is Bankrupting America. counterpunch.org "Pity the nation whose people are sheep And whose shepherds mislead them Pity the nation whose leaders are liars Whose sages are silenced And whose bigots haunt the airwaves Pity the nation that raises not its voice Except to praise conquerors And acclaim the bully as hero And aims to rule the world By force More

Mike Garrity — Carole King (2019-03-15). A Landscape Lewis and Clark Would Recognize is Under Threat. counterpunch.org The Northern Rockies are surely near the top of the list of the world's most spectacular landscapes. Its ranges contain one of the last great expanses of biodiversity left in the continental United States, including most of the species that were there when Lewis and Clark first passed through in 1805 on their journey of More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-03-15). Want Your Kids to Make it Big in the World of Elite Education in the U.S.? counterpunch.org Ever wonder how dangerous nincompoops like Donald Trump and George W. Bush were admitted to, and graduated from, so-called good schools? Forget the legacy shtick and pay close attention to the latest celebrity and wealthy individuals' scheme that involved about 50 people (of whom 33 were parents of students) who allegedly encouraged and facilitated the most More

Dean Baker (2019-03-15). In Praise of Budget Deficits. counterpunch.org With the presentation of his 2020 budget, Donald Trump has been getting a ton of grief over the large current and projected future budget deficits. While his budget shows the deficit coming down, this is due to large cuts to programs that middle income and lower income people depend upon, like Social Security, Medicare, and More

Robert Fantina (2019-03-15). The Media-Created Front Runners. counterpunch.org This writer makes it a habit to review CNN daily. Not because he expects responsible news reporting there, but because that particular outlet seems to provide a good overview of what the corporate-owned, government-supporting media wants the general public to know and care about. This past week, he saw the news that former Vice President More

South Front (2019-03-15). The EU Is Steadily Moving Towards Creation of 1984-style "Ministry of Truth" globalresearch.ca The European Parliament passed a recommendation calling Russia "the main source of disinformation in Europe" and appealing for increased funding for the EU's East StratCom Task Force, which already got 1.1 million euros in 2018. | HINT: The East StratCom Task …

Consortiumnews (2019-03-15). School Shooters and Drones. consortiumnews.com Allegra Harpootlian links gun violence at home to U.S. wars abroad. By Allegra Harpootlian TomDispatch.com In the wake of the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members,… Read more →

Global Research News (2019-03-15). Selected Articles: Trump's $34 Trillion Deficit and Debt Bomb. 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 …

True Publica (2019-03-15). Colluding in War Crimes: Britain's Unreported Military Alliance with Israel. globalresearch.ca The rapidly declining living conditions in the Gaza Strip and occupied territories has endangered the most basic of internationally recognised of human rights, as children continue to be collateral damage in what can be boiled down to a political standoff. …

South Front (2019-03-15). Video: Russian Warplanes "Rain Hell" on Terrorist Strongholds in Idlib. globalresearch.ca On March 13, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces delivered a series of airstrikes on infrastructure of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the city of Idlib and in its southeastern countryisde. According to reports, at least 16 strikes hit weapon depots, …

Juan Cole (2019-03-15). Senate invokes War Powers to Halt US aid to Saudi War on Yemen. zcomm.org The US Senate voted 54 to 46 to invoke the 1973 War Powers Act and to end US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-03-15). Tom Joyner to Receive Vanguard Award at 50th NAACP Image Awards. naacp.org PRESENTERS TO INCLUDE AMANDLA STENBERG, KERRY WASHINGTON, KIKI LAYNE, LENA WAITHE, LETITIA WRIGHT, THANDIE NEWTON, TREVOR NOAH AND MORE! LIVE TV Special to Air on TV One Saturday, March 30, 2019 Hosted by Anthony Anderson LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2019) — The NAACP today announced that mass media icon Tom Joyner will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the …

commondreams (2019-03-15). Trump Administration Attempts to Thwart International Criminal Court Investigators. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-03-15). Multiple Deaths in Shootings at 2 New Zealand Mosques. truthdig.com CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved. | Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and said the events in the city of Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." | One person was taken into custody but it was unclear if there were other people involved, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. He said anybody who was thinking of going…

teleSUR (2019-03-15). Crew From Botched Launch Lands Safely at Space Center. telesurenglish.net A three-person space crew, with two astronauts from United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and one from Russia's Roscosmos, has finally arrived at the International Space Station Friday. | RELATED: | NASA: First All-Female Spacewalk Set For March 29 | NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and Rocosmos' Alexei Ovchinin launched six…

Yves Engler (2019-03-15). Trudeau's Position on Honduras Reveals Hypocrisy About Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The hypocrisy is head spinning. As Justin Trudeau lectures audiences on the need to uphold Venezuela's constitution the Liberals have recognized a completely illegitimate president in Honduras. What's more, they've formally allied with that government in demanding Venezuela's president follow …

Barry Cannon, NACLA (2019-03-15). Juan Guaidó's Policy Proposals: 'The Venezuela to Come' or the Venezuela That Has Already Been? venezuelanalysis.com Juan Guaidó has a plan to end the emergency in Venezuela—but his vision looks a lot like the elite-led, violently unequal Venezuela of the 1990's.

Barry Kissin (2019-03-15). Venezuela — More Might Makes Right. globalresearch.ca How much more brazen could it be — our attempted coup in Venezuela? Are our leaders expecting that mainstream media will succeed once again in selling us the maniacal march of the American Empire? | But we have been through enough, …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-15). Fox News Doubles Down on the Big Lie and Venezuela. globalresearch.ca It doesn't matter what corporate alphabet propaganda network you watch, you're going to get the same line on Venezuela. | Here we have Trish Regan, a fixture at Fox News, telling numerous lies about Venezuela, lies put out by neocons …

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-03-15). Lee Camp Hits Hard on MSNBC's Rick Tyler's Cheap Shots at Sanders and Socialism. mintpressnews.com If you want to be anything other than a center-right news station that happens to tell marginally more facts than your coked-out alternative, then don't have Rick Tyler, the person tasked with making Ted Cruz appear human, tell us why Bernie Sanders isn't a tenable solution.

Zero Hedge (2019-03-15). Cancellation Chaos: $600 Billion in Boeing 737 Max Orders at Risk. globalresearch.ca New evidence shows that the Boeing Co. 737 MAX which crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday may have experienced similar technical difficulties as the 737 MAX that crashed off Indonesia last year. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) cited similarities with in-flight …

Colin Todhunter (2019-03-15). India's Agrarian Crisis: Dismantling 'Development'. globalresearch.ca In his 1978 book 'India Mortgaged', T.N. Reddy predicted the country would one day open all sectors to foreign direct investment and surrender economic sovereignty to imperialist powers. | Today, the US and Europe cling to a moribund form of capitalism …

Julia Conley (2019-03-15). Native Leaders Tell Congress How Trump Trampled 'Spiritually Occupied Landscape' to Carve Up National Monuments. globalresearch.ca House Democrats, indigenous tribal leaders, and public land protection advocates all rebuked the Trump administration's downsizing of two national monuments Wednesday, arguing that President Donald Trump and former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acted illegally by conducting what at least one …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-15). Has the World Been Ignoring an Almost Decade-Long "African Spring"? globalresearch.ca The announcement that Algerian President Bouteflika won't run for re-election but will instead postpone the upcoming vote until the conclusion of his recently decreed comprehensive constitutional reform process represented the eighth non-electoral regime change in Africa in as many years, …

Dr. David Halpin (2019-03-15). The BBC: The Most Potent State Propagandist. globalresearch.ca Blatant disinformation spews from the western media. And law is never mentioned. Sen.Mark Rubio can threaten a most cruel assassination of Nicolas Maduro, whilst Trump, Bolton (1) and Pence promise that 'everything is on the table'. Psychopaths join together …

Joe Setyon (2019-03-15). Pentagon Spent $4.6 Million on Lobster Tail and Crab in One Month. globalresearch.ca The federal government spends a disproportionate amount of its budget for outside contractors in the final month of the fiscal year, as agencies rush to blow through cash before it's too late. Among the more noteworthy expenditures in 2018, according

Raúl Capote (2019-03-15). Helms-Burton Act Meant to Re-colonize Cuba. globalresearch.ca This law is more interventionist that the Platt Amendment of 1901 and the Reciprocity Treaty Cuba was forced to sign to be granted fictitious independence, at the beginning of the 20th century. | It is an attack on the independence and …

Philip Linder (2019-03-15). Brainwashing Future Generations. The American Nightmare. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on December 23, 2017. | A threat to national security? | Imagine this scenario: A nation and its people are deemed by our U.S. government to be an existential threat to the United States of America. Massive …

John Feffer (2019-03-15). The World's Most Dangerous Divide. zcomm.org Maybe India and Pakistan will show more sense than their respective backers. These are ancient civilizations that have weathered many previous storms. Now they just have to team up to avoid a nuclear winter…

teleSUR (2019-03-15). Global Solidarity, Shock After New Zealand Terrorist Attack. telesurenglish.net Political and Islamic leaders across Asia and other regions of the world have expressed shock and disgust at the deadly terrorist attack which took place at two mosques, during prayers, in New Zealand Friday. | RELATED: | N. Zealand: 49 Dead, 1 Charged With Murder In Terrorist Attack | Following the heinous attack, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said many of the people caught in the crosshairs of the shooter may have been migrants or even refugees. | "They are us. The p…

commondreams (2019-03-15). The Indivisible Project's Statement on the Terrorist Attack in New Zealand. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-03-15). At Least 49 Dead in Terror Attack on New Zealand Mosques. truthdig.com Updated: | Officials in New Zealand have put the number of confirmed victims in Friday's terrorist attack on a pair of mosques at 49 people dead with 48 wounded, many seriously. Police have detained multiple people as part of the investigation into the attack, but so far have charged just one man—described as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist"—with multiple counts of murder. | According to the New Zealand Herald: Australian police have identified the shooter as Brenton Tarrant — a white, 28-year-old Australian-born man. Twit…

STAFF (2019-03-15). New Zealand Gunman's Manifesto Echoes Norwegian Mass Murderer's. truthdig.com COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The manifesto that the presumed New Zealand shooter published is shorter and "more sloppy" than the one written by a Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in 2011, but expresses similar sentiments, a Swedish terror expert said Friday. | Magnus Ranstorp of the Swedish National Defense College says the shooter is against mass immigration and "has to some extent the same themes as (Anders Behring) Breivik," who posted his 1,500-page manifesto online before carrying out his deadly attacks. | Ranstorp told Swedish radio Friday that the New Zealand shooter, who killed at least…

teleSUR (2019-03-15). Social Media Sites Struggle to Remove Terror Attack Footage. telesurenglish.net Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have been working to stem the spread of gruesome and horrific footage of an unprecedented massacre at a mosque in New Zealand as it was taking place — 49 people have been killed and at least 40 others hospitalized with injuries. | RELATED: | New Zealand: 49 Dead, 1 Charged With Murder In Terrorist Attack | A live-streamed…

splcenter (2019-03-15). New Zealand attack shows white supremacy is global terrorist movement. splcenter.org The atrocity in New Zealand shows us, once again, that we're dealing with an international terrorist movement linked by a dangerous white supremacist ideology that's metastasizing in the echo chambers of internet chat rooms and on social media networks.

teleSUR (2019-03-15). New Zealand Mass Shooter Praised Trump, White Terrorist Breivik. telesurenglish.net Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old who carried out at an attack on two mosques in New Zealand, killing at least 49 people, Friday, appeared to praise U.S. President Donald Trump in a 74-page manifesto that he published around the time of the shooting. | RELATED: | Global Solidarity, Shock After New Zealand Terrorist Attack | Tarrant praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" while also complementing Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who mur…

Tyler Durden (2019-03-15). US Warplanes Accidentally Obliterate Allied Afghan Military Base. theantimedia.com (ZH) — In the latest bizarre story to come out of the US "endless war" in Afghanistan, American warplanes obliterated an allied Afghan military post in an act of "self defense" on Wednesday. The incident took place in the tribal Uruzgan province of south-central Afghanistan and reportedly began when a joint convoy of US troops and Afghan Special Forces came under fire by …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-15). Historic Yemen Vote: Despite Possible Veto, 'Great Leverage for Peace Talks'. therealnews.com The Senate's vote, invoking the War Powers Act and withdrawing U.S. support for the war in Yemen, could still be vetoed by Trump, but it can provide a way forward for ending this horrific war, say Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyab…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Yemen: US and UK arms killed, injured civilians in Saudi-led attack. greenleft.org.au As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has documented the role that the United States and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. | A group of organisations, including Mwatana for Human Rights, a Yemen-based human rights organisation, released the damning report on March 6. It claimed that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians an…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-15). With Today's #ClimateStrike, Young Activists Seize the Narrative. truthout.org Thousands of students across the United States and world are expected to walk out of school today and demand that politicians take immediate action to thwart climate disruption and secure a livable future for younger generations. | "We strike to bring attention to the millions of our generation who will most suffer the consequences of increased global temperatures, rising seas, and extreme weather," organizers of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike wrote in a recent statement. | The protest f…

Dan Bacher (2019-03-15). 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.

ANSWER (2019-03-15). National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela! No coup, no sanctions, no new U.S. war! indybay.org White House | 1600 Pennsylvania Ave | Washington DC 20500…

No Nukes Action (2019-03-15). Fukushima, Nuclear Threats and The Growing Danger of War. indybay.org Berkeley Main Library Community Room | 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-15). In Era of Aging Reactors, Nuclear Industry's Push for Deregulation Sparks Warning of 'Collision Course' With Disaster. commondreams.org Independent watchdogs are raising alarm about the nuclear power industry's ongoing efforts to convince federal regulators to scale back safety inspections and limit what "lower-level" issues are reported to the public. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-15). Top US General Supports Pre-Emptive Nuclear First Strike. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — With the world's largest, most destructive arsenal of nuclear weapons, the United States poses an enormous risk not just to peace, but to the survival of much of the human race. That's only a problem, of course, if the US starts using that arsenal. Which is where formal US nuclear doctrine would come in. There …

RT (2019-03-15). 'Interim president' of Venezuela not violating rules because they were changed for him — Abrams. rt.com The US-backed 'interim president' of Venezuela Juan Guaido isn't violating the 30-day constitutional limit because the legislature backing him voted to make it not apply, 'explained' the US special envoy Elliott Abrams.

WSWS (2019-03-15). Auto workers in China face job losses and closures. wsws.org A slowing Chinese economy and lower car sales, compounded by US trade war measures, has resulted in domestic and foreign auto manufacturers closing factories and laying off workers.

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack. greenleft.org.au 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 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…

WSWS (2019-03-15). Pompeo enlists US energy conglomerates for global oil war. wsws.org The US secretary of state's speech laid out in stark terms Washington's turn to global "great power" conflict in which control of the world's oil remains a key component.

Labor Video Project (2019-03-15). Kamala Harris Faces Obstruction of Justice & Corruption Charges By SF TI Residents. indybay.org Senator Kamala Harris who is running for president of the United States was charged with obstruction of justice and involved in a corruption cover-up at the San Francisco Treasure Island shipyard by two former residents Andre Patterson and Felita Sample. They both accused Kamala Harris of knowing about the dangerous radiation and toxins on the island that were poisoning the residents but kept quiet about it after promising them she would deal with it after her election to the Senate. | Other nuclear OSHA whistleblowers who worked for Tetra Tech and Michael Madry who worked for Test America formerly owned by H.I.G…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-15). Australian Senator Blames Muslims for Terror Attack at New Zealand Mosque. truthout.org 49 people are confirmed dead after at least one gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. More than 20 other people were seriously injured. | Calling Friday one of the country's "darkest days," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as a "well-planned terrorist attack." Friday's shootings are the worst act of violence in New Zealand in three decades, Ardern said. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack was carried out "by an extremist right-…

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2019-03-15). 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."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-15). 'Blatant Effort to Intimidate and Retaliate': Pompeo Imposes Visa Ban on ICC Staff Probing US War Crimes. commondreams.org Human rights defenders expressed outrage on Friday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that the Trump administration is revoking or denying visas for any International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel who try to investigate or prosecute U.S. officials or key allies for potential war crimes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Malaysian socialists warn of rise of racism. greenleft.org.au The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) contested the Semenyih by-election in the state seat of Selangor on March 2. Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Zakaria Hanafi defeated Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali. Green Left Weekly's Alex Salmon spoke to PSM's campaign media coordinator Nalini Elumalai about the campaign and result. | What is PSM's assessment of this result and its wider implication for Malaysian politics? | PSM accepts the fact that we have lost. Though painful, the outcome reflects the state of the country's political situation, where voters are still not ready to accept third force r…

RT (2019-03-15). New Zealand mosque shooter cites Candace Owens as inspiration for attacks. rt.com The alleged perpetrator of the terrorist attack on two New Zealand mosques in which 49 people were killed and over 40 more injured, has cited conservative activist Candace Owens as the inspiration for the shooting.

WorkWeek Radio (2019-03-15). 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.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-15). Brazilians Remember Marielle Franco on Anniversary of her Assassination. therealnews.com In major cities of Brazil, activists honored the life and legacy of LGBT and police violence activist Marielle Franco, who was assassinated a year ago in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Mike Fox reports…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-15). The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalization of Anti-Muslim Terrorism. mintpressnews.com The real forces responsible for the destruction of many Muslim-majority countries and the current chaos present in many Western countries are not generated by civilian populations or religions but instead by the global oligarchy that engineers and profits from this chaos.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-15). 'Politics of Demonization': Mainstreamed Islamophobia Decried in Wake of Christchurch Terror Attack. commondreams.org Progressives, many of them Muslim, decried the mainstreaming of Islamophobia in the wake of the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand that killed 49 in two mosques."All it takes is one individual to be radicalized by these messages and to act out violently." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Tracy Rosenberg (2019-03-15). Urban Shield SWAT Drill and Weapons Expo Suspended for 2019. indybay.org "Alameda County deserves the Bay Area's thanks for pushing the pause button on overly militarized police training. Urban Shield knotted together needed disaster preparedness with the worst excesses of warlike exercises, trigger-happy law enforcement and xenophobic distrust of people of color. It is time to do better and the Bay Area will do so."

WSWS (2019-03-15). Rifts in Australia's ruling coalition engulf rural-based National Party. wsws.org Factional warfare erupted publicly within the Nationals this week, laying bare conflicts that go far beyond the current government's electoral prospects.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-15). North Korea Warns 'Gangster-Like' Tactics of Bolton and Pompeo Undermining Nuclear Talks. commondreams.org Two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cut short their second summit with no agreement or clear path forward, a top North Korean official said on Friday the "gangster-like" behavior of Trump's hawkish top officials helped derail the denuclearization negotiations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela: Behind the US aid convoy. greenleft.org.au One month after declaring himself the "legitimate president of Venezuela", Juan Guaidó attempted to provoke a crisis on February 23 by forcing United States' humanitarian aid across the Venezuela-Colombia border. | One of the aid trucks was burned and the Venezuelan government was condemned around the world. | On March 9, the New York Times published a story that questioned this claim. The headline read "Footage contradicts US claim that Maduro burned aid convoy". The footage confirmed that the truck was lit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by an anti-government supporter. | What really did happen on the Venezue…

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