2019-03-19: Social Media Postees

Video: Caracas Streets and Store — Food Crisis? See for Yourself!
Eva Bartlett | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
I filmed these scenes on March 10, but until now have been too busy and also lacking good enough internet to upload. | My objective in filming is not to say there is no poverty in Venezuela, nor to imply there …

Twenty Years Ago: NATO's War of Aggression against Yugoslavia: Who are the War Criminals?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
The causes and consequences of this war have been the object of a vast media disinformation campaign, which has sought to camouflage NATO and US war crimes.

Video: Elliott Abrams Fumbles on How Juan Guaido is 'President'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-19
Elliot Abrams went on record to say the Venezuelan National Assembly passed a resolution that essentially goes against the country's constitution. He says they voted for the 30-day term of the self-declared interim president, opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, to start once President Nicolas Maduro steps down. | RELATED | Russia, Iran: Dedicated to 'Internal Peace' in Venezuela | In a press conference that had reporters scratching their heads, Abrams, who is now United States special envoy…

Truth, Freedom and Peace Will Prevail in Rwanda
Robin Philpot | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
I would first like to thank the International Women's Network for Democracy and Peace honouring me with this Award that bears the name of a great patriot and fighter for freedom, peace and democracy, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. But I would also like to congratulate the Network for its extraordinary work. Like Victoire, you and your…

The Death of Peace: How the US Empire Starts Wars, But Refuses to End Them
William Astore | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
Armed forces carry a transfer case covered with an American flag during a dignified transfer for fallen service member Sergeant Leandro A.S. Jasso on November 27, 2018 in Dover, Delaware. Sgt. Jasso of Leavenworth, Washington was killed in Afghanistan while engaging enemy forces. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Lawyer brings pieces of history back to Vietnam
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-19
American lawyer Nancy Hollander recently handed 450 documents, photographs and other memorabilia concerning the first meeting between the Vietnamese Women's Union and the U.S. Women Strike for Peace Organisation in Jakarta in 1965, to the Vietnamese Women's Museum. | Source…

Venezuela coup supporters break into NYC Consulate
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-19
New York, NY – An emergency action was held at the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City, March 18, after news broke that supporters of the Venezuelan coup were let into Consulate by the State Department. One of the participants was live-tweeting the takeover, claiming that they "assumed control" of the Consulate. | A crowd of 30 people gathered in front of the Consulate, waving a Venezuelan flag and leading chants against the coup. Attendees attempted to go into the Consulate six times, and some hecklers trolled the action, but were quickly shouted down by the protesters. | The call was spread by No War on Venez…

Minnesotans protest Senator Klobuchar's pro-war record
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-19
Minneapolis, MN – On March 15, 30 protesters gathered in front of Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis office to condemn her support for the Trump administration policy of regime change in Venezuela and support of U.S. aid to Israel. Since Klobuchar has kicked off her presidential campaign, the Twin Cities anti-war movement has responded by holding multiple protests, including a picket at her presidential announcement at Boom Island, to draw attention to the senator's long record of voting for military aid and U.S. intervention. | Responding to the savage and racist mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mis…

Turning Algeria Into a Necrocracy
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
Let us now praise famous men. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for example. What goes on in his comatose brain? What moves in the 82-year old heart of the zombie president who — as the Algerians protesting his fifth attempt at presidential power have just discovered — will now stay on as a coffin-leader into next year. Or, who knows, the…

No Troop Withdrawal: The US is Planning the "Permanent Occupation" of Syria?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Trump lied about winning against ISIS, the scourge the US created and supports, along with al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other jihadist groups. | Last December, he lied saying | "(o)ur boys, our young women, our men — they're all coming back | …

AIPAC Is Coming to Town — Again! Yet Another Concession to Netanyahu Prior to Israel Elections
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
The Trump Administration has delivered yet another concession to Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of parliamentary elections: the Israeli military occupation of much of the Palestinian West Bank and of the Golan Heights will no longer …

America's Generals Have Learned Nothing From Our Failed Wars
William Astore | thenation.com | 2019-03-19
America's Generals Have Learned Nothing From Our Failed Wars…

The US Is Pushing Lebanon into the Arms of Iran and Russia: US Sanctions Affect the Local Economy
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. | Reasons for the …

PATRICK LAWRENCE: Why the Dust Won't Settle After Mueller's Report
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-19
It won't be "full and thorough" and Democrats will continue to look for political payoff from Russia-gate, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Last week gave us mounting indications that Robert Mueller has finished his two-year… Read more ?…

Trillion Dollar Wall Street Bailouts, Bernie Sanders, and the Washington Post
Dean Baker | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during a hearing on Capitol Hill, January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Damage Deepens as Swollen Rivers Inundate Midwestern Towns
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-19
KANSAS CITY, Mo.–Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. | About 200 miles of levees were compromised — either breached or overtopped — in four states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. Even in places where the water level peaked in those states — Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas — the current was fast and the water so high that damage continued to pile up. The flooding was blamed for at l…

ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-19
The Trump administration has barred International Criminal Court investigators from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the ICC who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. In September, national security adviser John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against ICC judges if they continued to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report…

Elizabeth Warren Calls for End to Electoral College
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-19
During a CNN town hall Monday night in Mississippi–where GOP laws and suppression tactics have disproportionately harmed black voters–Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said the best way to strengthen voting rights nationwide is to amend the U.S. Constitution and abolish the Electoral College. | "I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted," the Mas…

Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano Explodes, Sends Ash 1Km High
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-19
Mexico's famous Popocatepetl volcano exploded Monday night sending a plume of ash 1.2km into the sky that has covered some houses in the area with the carbon. | RELATED: | Indonesia Flash Floods Kill 50, Death Toll Expected To Rise | The Civil Protection of Mexico (CPM) reported by Twitter that at around 9: 40 pm Monday night the volcano, that lies between the states of Mexico, Puebla, and Morelos exploded, covering 2.5 km of its slopes with molten lava. The state agency warns resid…

Selected Articles: The Planet Is Collapsing Before Our Very Eyes
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
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 …

Shadow Wars — The Secret Struggle for the Middle East
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Christopher Davidson has gathered a huge amount of …

Day of Wrath
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
"In all times some must be rich, some poore, some highe and eminent in power and dignitie; others mean in subjeccion." — John Winthrop, Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (A Model of Christian Charity, 1630) "I think I can see the whole destiny of America contained in the first Puritan who landed on those shores."

Venezuela Beneath the Skin of Imperialism
Jimmy Centeno | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
Twenty-Five minutes into the Mission Impossible film starring Tom Cruise, there's a scene of a high-jacked train. Amongst the high-jackers their conversation reveals an exquisite U.S. imperialistic Machiavellian monologue, past and present: "you are defined by who you hate" and "once you know who you hate, everything works." It is probably one of the most…

Scott Walker's Failure, Progressive Wisconsin's Win: Milwaukee's 2020 Democratic Party Convention
Jeffrey Sommers — Christopher Fons | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
Still smarting from their Wisconsin gubernatorial loss, Scott Walker's chief publicist/polemicist, Christian Schneider, advanced an Op-Ed last week in the Washington Post in response to the Democratic Party's Milwaukee placement of their 2020 convention. The Op-Ed reads like an attempt to position Walker for a political comeback. Milwaukee's convention threatens Walker's political future, because despite…

Time for Change at NewsGuild?
Steve Early | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
The 21,000-member NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), is a rarity in organized labor. It's one of the few national unions that lets all members vote for its top officers, instead of choosing them at a convention limited to local union delegates. Unfortunately, this democratic union, which has recently experienced major growth,…

The Dangers of Values: Brenton Tarrant, Fraser Anning and the Christchurch Shootings
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
The argument that the Christchurch shooter, suspect Brenton Tarrant, or the views of Australia's Senator Fraser Anning, seemingly holding a lone torch, are somehow not representative of the broader whole, be it Australia or New Zealand, is a self-deflecting exercise. They are the uncomfortable mirrors of ruin, actual and perceived. They are the voices of people…

Let Big Pharma Build the Wall
Jeff Sher | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
Allow me to present a modest proposal that should serve to resolve all this anxiety and confusion about where to get the money to build THE WALL along our southern border with Mexico: Let Big Pharma build THE WALL. Seriously. This idea should make President Trump deliriously happy. It's capitalism friendly. Everyone knows you can…

Stealing Syria's Gold: US Is Behaving as True Looters Do
Viktor Mikhin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
According to the agency South Front, the United States has transported approximately 50 tons of gold from the regions occupied by ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The Kurdish news source reports that the gold was stolen from Syria, and …

Giving a Voice to the Venezuelan People: An Interview with Reinaldo Iturriza
Reinaldo Iturriza — ROAR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-19
Venezuelan sociologist and former government minister Reinaldo Iturriza calls on the international left to place itself firmly on the side of Venezuela's popular struggles.

Who's to blame for the crisis in Venezuela? A response to Gabriel Hetland
Jorge Martín | mronline.org | 2019-03-19
Jorge Martin takes recent Gabriel Hetland articles to task, questioning the liberal left's assessment of the current situation and the solutions proposed. | Source…

With Helms-Burton, U.S. out to freeze foreign investment in Cuba
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-19
Already embarked upon overthrowing Venezuela's socialist government, the Trump administration is now renewing its efforts to squash Cuba as well, and Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act is joining an arsenal of weapons employed by the U.S. in what Cubans regard as genocidal aggression. This is the latest addition to the U.S.' long record …

Bolsonaro Visits CIA Before Meeting Trump on First US Visit
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-19
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro showed the world who's really the boss by visiting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Headquarters in Virginia Monday prior to meeting President Donald Trump, on his first official visit to the U.S. | RELATED: | 'Bolsonaro is a Murderer' Signs Greet Brazilian President in US | "No Brazilian president had ever paid a visit to the CIA," Celso Amorim, who served as foreign minister under former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told AP, addi…

The Difficulty of Writing for Americans
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Writing for Americans, unless for their entertainment, is a challenging undertaking. One reason is that many, especially of the younger generations, no longer have a concept of objective truth. | For them "truth" is simply a bias reflecting one's race, gender, …

Planetary Collapse Threatens Our Survival: A New Study Says that More than 1,200 Species "Will Almost Certainly Face Extinction"
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
We are witnessing a worldwide environmental collapse, and nobody seems to know how to stop it. As you will see below, a study that was just released that looked at more than 5,000 species of birds, mammals and amphibians discovered …

Anti-Semitism and "The Israel Project"
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Israel is off-limits. The criminalisation of anti-Semitism means nothing short of this. In fact, France's President Macron says anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism and both are now legally defined as "hate crimes". Will this be a global precursor? Will …

Ukrainian Presidential Elections: Authoritarianism in Action
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
March 2019 is notable in…

Turkish Occupation Continues to Erase Cyprus' Heritage
Nick Kampouris | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Since the military invasion of Cyprus by the Turkish army during the summer of 1974, countless reports have been published about the atrocities the Turkish invaders committed on the beautiful Mediterranean island. | But less known is the continuous effort by …

Marty Gottesfeld: Another Whistleblower in Solitary Confinement
John Kiriakou | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-19
Last year I wrote about a whistleblower from New England who took direct action to save a child's life and who paid for it with his freedom. Marty Gottesfeld is now serving 10 years in prison for trying to save Justina Pelletier from abuse at the hands of her doctors at Children's Hospital in Boston. | At the age of 14, Justine developed searing stomach pain and inexplicable digestive problems. Her parents took her to a series of doctors until a metabolic geneticist at…

Russia Decries US Obstacles to Humanitarian Aid in Syria
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Moscow, Mar 17 ( Prensa Latina ) Russia has condemned on Sunday obstacles imposed by the United States to bring humanitarian aid to nearly 40,000 people in the refugee camp of El Rukban, in southeastern Syria, in an illegally occupied area.

Death Toll in Brazilian Mining-Dam Tragedy Climbs to 206
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
18 de marzo de 2019, 12: 17Brasilia, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The number of deaths identified after a dam collapse on Jan 25 in Brumadinho municipality, Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (northeast), rose to 206 on this Monday.

Mobilization in Brazil on April 7, One Year after Lula's Imprisonment
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Brasilia, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The Free Lula National Meeting, held in Sao Paulo, announced a big mobilization in Brazil on April 7, one year after the political imprisonment of the former president, the Workers Party (PT) announced.

Venezuela's Recovery of Electrical Grid Advances after Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's recovery of electrical grid gradually advances Monday with redoubled efforts to prioritize services such as medical care and water distribution in vulnerable areas.

Brazilian President Pays Alignment Visit to US
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
18 de marzo de 2019, 14: 08Washington, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is starting on Monday a visit to the United States, where he will meet on Tuesday with his US counterpart, Donald Trump.

Bolivia's Governing Party Pushes Electoral Campaign Ahead
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
La Paz, Mar 17 (Prensa Latinao) Bolivia"s governing party, Movement toward Socialism, MAS in Spanish, is pushing a strong election campaign on the basis of attained social and economic achievements during the administration of President Evo Morales.

Il ´partito americano ª nelle istituzioni Ue
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Una risoluzione approvata dal Parlamento europeo il 12 marzo sostiene che ´la Russia non puà≤ più essere considerata un partner strategico e l'Unione europea deve essere pronta a imporle ulteriori sanzioni se essa continua a violare il diritto internazionale ª. | ´La …

'Why Educate the Public When You Can Give Billionaires Tax Cuts': Trump Budget Would Slash All Federal Funding for Media, Arts, Libraries, Museums
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19

Venezuela Attends OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is participating today in the 27th meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Joint Monitoring and Voluntary Adjustment of Crude Oil Production of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), with headquarters in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

Bay Nature Local Hero Awards Gala
Bay Nature | indybay.org | 2019-03-19
Berkeley City Club | 2315 Durant Avenue | Berkeley, CA 94704…

The View from the Border's #FakeTrumpEmergency
Johnathan Salinas | progressive.org | 2019-03-19
How the rich, binational culture of the Rio Grande Delta in Texas is dealing with its designation as a site of terrorism and chaos.

National Mobilization in Colombia in Defense of Peace
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
18 de marzo de 2019, 09: 12Bogota, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Sectors defending the Colombian Peace Agreement are mobilized on Monday in the country"s main cities in disagreement with the presidential objection to the statute law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

Honduran Organizations Reject Meddling in Venezuela Internal Affairs
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Tegucipalga, March 18 (Prensa Latina) On Monday, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh) rejected any type of participation in Venezuela"s internal affairs, including a military intervention.

Venezuela's President Calls for Overhauling the Gov't
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
18 de marzo de 2019, 00: 15Caracas, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela"s President Nicolas Maduro called on all Cabinet members to place their posts at the disposal of the Executive for a profound overhaul of methods and functioning of the government.

Bolsonaro Gov't Granted the US Power to Use Brazilian Base
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Brasilia, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Brazil and the US signed an agreement by which the Jair Bolsonaro administration grants Washington power to use the aerospace launching base of Alcantara in the northern Brazilian state of Maranhao.

Ocean degradation accelerated by global warming
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-19
The decline in oceanic oxygen caused by climate change is at least as dangerous to marine life as ocean acidification.

'The Trend Is Unmistakable': New Analysis Shows Heat Records Broken Twice as Often as Cold Ones
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
A new analysis revealed Tuesday that over the past two decades heat records across the United States have been broken twice as often as cold ones—underscoring experts' warnings about the increasingly dangerous consequences of failing to dramatically curb planet-warming emissions. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

To Ensure Every Vote Counts, Elizabeth Warren Says Amend the Constitution and 'Get Rid of the Electoral College'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
The Massachusetts senator's call for bold voting rights reform is part of her broader policy agenda to transform the federal government to work for ordinary people, not just the wealthy | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Venezuela Welcomes 90 Nationals Repatriated from Chile
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
18 de marzo de 2019, 13: 51Caracas, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The third flight of CONVIASA (Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services) with repatriated people from Chile arrived in Venezuela during a special day of the Return to the Homeland Plan.

Venezuelan Gov't Extends Suspension of Work and Classes
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, March 12 (Prensa Latina) Labor and teaching activities were suspended from today for an additional 48 hours while the recovery and stabilization of the National Electric Service (SEN) are achieved, informed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Chavez Remains Inspiration for Revolutionaries, Maduro Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recalled the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, as a latent inspiration for all revolutionaries.

Venezuelan Justice Opens New Investigation Against Guaido
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor's Office opened Tuesday an investigation against the opposition MP Juan Guaido for his alleged complicity and participation in the continued sabotage of the national electricity system, reported Attorney General Tarek William Saab.

Mueller had search warrant for Michael Cohen's emails a year before FBI office raid
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-19
Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained search warrants to read former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's emails nearly a year before his office was raided by the FBI, newly unsealed court documents have revealed. | …

New Factors Favor Economic Stability in Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The participation of new factors in the Venezuelan economic sector favor the reduction of prices and the cessation of inflation in the nation, assured Monday businessman Orlando Camacho.

Guy Standing on Anxiety, Anger and Alienation: an Interview About "The Pecariat"
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
"The primary antagonist of the traditional proletarian was the boss. The primary antagonistic of the precariat is the state. A precariat revolt (hopefully peaceful) will lead to a new distinctive distribution system," — Guy Standing, March 2019 In the U. S., Guy Standing, 71-years-old, and a professor at the University of London, has never received…

Venezuela Is the Epicenter of a Regional Dispute, Lawmaker Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The US charge against Venezuela is part of its offensive to control the region, the lawmaker from the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Fernando Rivero, said on Tuesday.

Venezuela's Working on Creating Its Own Tech Platform
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan economist Jose Rodriguez warned Wednesday that cyber sabotage to the National Electric System (SEN) could be applied to payment platforms, whose operations are supported in US headquarters' offices.

Borders should be 'respected,' says George W. Bush, ex-president who invaded & bombed 4+ nations
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-19
Borders are not imaginary lines and must be respected by all, former president George W. Bush has declared, apparently unaware of the numerous border-defying US bombings and invasions during his administration. Twitter remembers! | …

UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees Undergoes Budget Crisis
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Amman, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East (Urnwa) continues undergoing serious budget crisis, at times when it needs $1.2 billion for the current year.

Brazil's Economic Activity Drops to 0.41 percent in January
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
18 de marzo de 2019, 15: 39Brasilia, March 18 (Prensa Latina) Brazil"s economy fell to 0.41 percent in January compared to December, according to the Central Bank"s Index of Economic Activity (IBC-Br) released Monday.

Hurricane Idai Rated Worst in Southern Africa
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Pretoria, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program office (WFP) for Southern Africa warned on Tuesday the Idai cyclone is probably "the worst meteorological disaster recorded so far in the southern hemisphere of this planet."

DPRK Says There Are No Chances for New Negotiations with the US (+Photo)
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Pyongyang, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent Hanoi summit, and up to now there are no chances for other negotiations, Choe Son-hui, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said.

WATCH: Video Details Brazilian President Bolsonaro's Ties to 'Murderous' Right-Wing Militias Ahead of Trump Meeting
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
"The facts around this trip are vital for the American media—and especially the American press covering the White House—to understand, so that they can report properly and question Bolsonaro." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

CARICOM Condemns Attack on Two Mosques in New Zealand
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Georgetown, March 15 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemned this Friday in the strongest terms terrorist attacks against two mosques in New Zealand, with a preliminary death toll of 49 and 48 wounded.

Venezuelan Opposition Must Desist from Violence, Atilio Boron Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan opposition must desist from the violent strategy that currently causes so much damage to the people, Argentine sociologist and political scientist Atilio Boron said.

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are "factually incorrect." Dunford presented the current planned "residual force" as 200, saying that this hadn't changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February …

Poor People's Hearing Bay Area. Against Racism, Poverty, War Economy, Climate Change
Bay Area Poor People's Campaign | indybay.org | 2019-03-19
Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St. West Oakland…

Venezuela Tops CIA's Agenda for Brazil's President
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-19
On his first visit to the U.S., President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro eagerly receives his instructions from the CIA and Trump's foreign policy team. Alex Main of CEPR analyzes the visit…

Trump presses UAW to impose immediate concessions in bid to reopen Lordstown GM plant
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-19
In an exchange of tweets between Trump, General Motors and UAW officials over the weekend, the billionaire president called for reopening the UAW contract to "save" the Lordstown plant.

The Brutal Legacy of Bloody Sunday is a Powerful Warning to Those Hoping to Save Brexit
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
The prosecution of a single paratrooper for allegedly murdering two out of the 13 innocent civil rights marchers in Derry in 1972 has provoked inevitable criticism from knee-jerk defenders of the British army. They stubbornly refuse to admit that the greatest recruiting sergeant for the Provisional IRA during the Troubles were the killings carried out…

Syrian President Highlights Cooperation with Iraq and Iran
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) "The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it," Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.

Brazilian Left's Free Lula Campaign Highlights Miscarriage of Justice
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-19
Left forces met in Sao Paulo to relaunch the Free Lula campaign. Members of grassroots movements and political parties were there, saying that Workers Party leader Lula da Silva was unjustly imprisoned…

Venezuela to Work for Technological Autonomy, Constituent Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
18 de marzo de 2019, 09: 10By Odette Diaz Fumero…

Three killed, five injured in Netherlands shooting
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-19
Before any substantive information came to light, Dutch and European authorities were alleging the shooter was linked to terrorism and religious extremism.

Support for the Family of Agustin Gonsalez asking for support tonight at the Hayward City
Jane Welford | indybay.org | 2019-03-19
777 B Street | HAYWARD, Calif…

Diaz-Canel Rejects Option to Assassinate Maduro Considered in US
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Havana, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday rejected some statements made by a retired US general who expressed the option of assassinating Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to impose a regime change on that country.

Toward Racial Justice and a Third Reconstruction
Ellen Schwartz | indybay.org | 2019-03-19
Sierra 2 Center, Room 10, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818…

Venezuelan Armed Force Starts Ana Karina Rote Military Drills
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Caracas, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) on Saturday began in a civic-military union the Ana Karina Rote drills to protect the energy system and water supplies in Venezuela.

Syria and China Sign 17-Million-Dollar Economic Agreement
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-19
Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Syria and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation by virtue of which the Chinese Government will donate 100 million yuans (nearly 17 million dollars). The deal was penned by Imad Sabouni, head of the Syrian Agency for Planning and International Cooperation, and Phyong Biao, the ambassador of the People"s Republic of China.

Australian government targets China in new "foreign influence" register
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-19
More than 700 political parties, universities, lobbying firms, media companies and politicians have been warned of serious legal consequences if they fail to register.

US Defence Secretary takes aim at China
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-19
Shanahan's focus on China as the chief "threat" parallels the Trump administration's trade war measures, aimed at shoring up US global dominance.

Solidarity isn't a slogan, it's a process: a conversation with Vijay Prashad
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-03-18
In this exclusive interview, a prominent Indian intellectual examines how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela. | Source…

Upping the Stakes in Yemen. Endless US-led War
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
US forever war in Yemen rages, the Saudis, UAE, NATO, and Israel part of its so-called coalition — against peace in the country and elsewhere. | Over 17 years of war began by the Bush/Cheney regime. There's virtually no prospect for …

John McCain's Disastrous Militaristic Legacy
James Bovard | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
When Sen. John McCain passed away in August, he was lauded far and wide for his long career of public service. Rep. John Lewis, the famous civil-rights activist, hailed McCain as a "warrior for peace." In reality, McCain embodied …

Nicaragua's Govt Demands Commitment From Opposition
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-18
On Monday, the Nicaraguan government demanded that the opposition take the negotiating table seriously and responsibly, following the recent violent protest that had not been authorized. | In a statement, the delegation of the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity called on the opposition counterpart to show "a sincere commitment to talk and reach positive agreements for Nicaragua." | RELATED: | Nicaraguan Government and Opposition Resume Peace Talks | He also rejected the "i…

Colombia: Indigenous and Campesino Protesters Call for Human Rights
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-18
The Indigenous and Campesino communities of Cauca in southwestern Colombia, have called on the country's authorities and human rights organizations to be alert for violence from the Mobile Anti-riot Squad (Esmad) of the National Police. | RELATED | Colombia: Indigenous Protest Enters 6th Day in Cauca | In a statement, the organizations participating in the minga (work group) for the Defense of Life, Territory, Democracy, Justice and Peace made a list of events that suggest a "possible int…

UN Warns Massacres in Colombia Increased 164% in 2018: Report
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-18
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ohchr) presented its annual 2018 report regarding the situation of human rights in Colombia on March 14, especially marked by a considerable increase in the homicide rate and in the number of massacres perpetrated throughout the country. | RELATED: | Colombia: Indigenous and Campesino Protesters Call for Human Rights | The report is based on direct observation by the entity concerning human rights violatio…

Social Media Companies "Struggle" to Help Censors Keep us in the Dark
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-18
According to CNN Business, "Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle to deal with New Zealand shooting video." "Deal with" is code for "censor on demand by governments and activist organizations who oppose public access to information that hasn't first been thoroughly vetted for conformity to their preferred narrative." Do you really need to see first-person video…

FRSO event on Marxist perspective of the U.S.-orchestrated coup attempt in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-18
Minneapolis, MN – On March 17, 50 people filled Mayday Books to hear Sean Orr, a Latin America solidarity activist, trade unionist, and member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), speak about the current crisis facing Venezuela. In a presentation entitled, "The U.S. Orchestrated Coup in Venezuela: A Marxist Perspective," Orr highlighted the leading role of the United States in the destabilization of Venezuela as well as its efforts to foment regime change. | The United States has attempted to interfere in the political and economic development of Venezuela in a major way since oil was discovered in the…

The Thoughts and Prayers from War-Mongers and Islamophobes Ring Hollow
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-18
Any calls for accountability for the Christchurch massacre should start with the powerful politicians who have created so much chaos in the Muslim world and beyond.

The Deplorable State of Human Rights in America
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
In response to annual US reports on human rights in China, Beijing issues its own on the deplorable state of human rights in America. | It's latest report made the following introductory remarks, saying: | As in previous years, the latest US …

The Reality Behind Trump's Venezuela Regime Change Coalition
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-18
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 rid…