2019-03-21: Social Media Postees

On Ilhan Omar, Assad Fetishism, and the Danger of Red-Brown "Anti-Imperialism"
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
Perhaps no elected official has ever been subjected to the level of vitriol, threats, and attacks that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the first Black Muslim woman ever elected to Congress and one of only two Muslim women there, has. And while we cannot be surprised that Omar was mercilessly attacked by the Israel Lobby and its various appendages and mouthpieces for speaking plainly about Israel's policies and its influence in US politics, the degree of viciousness was appalling.

Beto O'Rourke Owes His Career to the GOP
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2019-03-21
To understand Beto O'Rourke as a candidate, it's vital to go beneath the surface of his political backstory. News watchers are already well aware of the former Texas congressman's good looks, charisma, youthful energy and fundraising prowess. But most remain unaware of an inconvenient truth that could undermine the O'Rourke campaign among the people who matter most — the ones who'll be voting to choose the Democratic presidential nominee next year. | O'Rourke is hardly eager for those upcoming voters to realize that the growth of his political career is rooted in an alliance with powerful Republicans that b…

Selected Articles: US Broke its Teeth in Venezuela?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

And Now Algeria
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
It has now been nine years since protests broke out across the Middle East and North Africa. After citizens took to the streets, the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen all were deposed during the Arab Spring. What about Algeria — the tenth-largest country in the world, the largest in Africa and a country…

Media Blackout as Israel's Largest Banks Pay Over $1 Billion in Fines for US Tax Evasion Schemes
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-21
Similar revelations about other banks and offshore tax-evasion schemes — such as those contained in the Panama Papers — led to global protests and even the resignations of some world leaders,…

Chilean Rights Groups Call for Protests to Welcome Bolsonaro
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
Chilean social and political organizations called for demonstrations to reject the presence of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, who traveled Thursday to Santiago to participate in the Forum for the Latin American Progress and Development (Prosur), a meeting convened by the right-wing Latin American governments in an attempt t…

Sudan Dissolves State Oil Company, Blasts Egypt's Intrusion
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
Sudan's Prime Minister Mohamed Tahir Ayala dissolved the state-owned Sudanese Petroleum Corporation and dismissed its secretary general, Azhari Ibrahim Bassbar, state news agency SUNA said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Sudan: Opposition Leader Jailed for a Week for Protests | Ayala ordered all the corporation's assets, documents and employees be transferred to the oil ministry, SUNA said, without giving a reason for the move. The Sudanese Petroleum Corporation was responsible for importing p…

After Pressure on Twitter, Christine Assange's Account is Restored; Venezuela's Teleseur Now Hit
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-21
UPDATED: The Twitter account of Julian Assange's mother was restored on Wednesday night after her supporters sent a flood of messages to Twitter. Teleseur English Hit By Same Restrictions Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange,… Read more ?…

Greedy Boeing's Avoidable Design and Software Time Bombs
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2019-03-21
A woman lays on the coffin of her loved one during a memorial service for the Ethiopian passengers and crew who perished in the Ethiopian Airways ET302 crash at Selassie Church on March 17, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All 157 passengers and crew perished after the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight came down six minutes after taking off from Bole Airport. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Venezuela and Socialism — Mailbag with Paul Jay
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-21
Trump says socialism has proven a failure — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to discuss viewer comments and questions…

Goodbye to the Internet: Interference by Governments Is Already Here
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
There is a saying attributed to the French banker Nathan Rothschild that "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws." Conservative opinion in the United States has long suspected that Rothschild was right …

Uniting Fatah, Not Palestinians: The Dubious Role of Mohammed Shtayyeh
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
Political commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah Movement, in particular, fanned out as soon as the news was announced of Mohammad Shtayyeh's appointment as the new Palestinian Prime Minister. It is no surprise to witness this gush of support and enthusiasm, for Shtayyeh is a Fatah man, par excellence. Gone are…

Will Grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 Planes Affect US-China Trade Relations? Russia's Competing Aircraft Irkut MC-21
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
Following two 737 MAX 8 crashes, killing all passengers and crew members onboard, China was the first nation to ground the planes. | It's the largest buyer of Boeing's most popular passenger aircraft — with 97 of its 371 planes delivered …

The War on Iraq : Five US Presidents, Five British Prime Ministers, More than Thirty Years of Duplicity, and Counting
Felicity Arbuthnot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. He had walked into possibly the biggest trap in modern history…

Video: The Illegal NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia
Milo Dubak | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
28. Jun Vice President Milo Dubak delivered a blistering speech at the United Nations in Geneva today strongly condemning the illegal NATO bombing of Yugoslavia one week before the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. At the 40th Session of the …

Beware Foreign Policy 'Experts' Who Are Shills for Imperialism
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
Aside from government officials the dominant media is fond of quoting "experts" from foreign policy think tanks when discussing Canada's role in the world. While presented as neutral specialists, these opinion shapers are generally entangled with powerful, wealthy, elites. | Take …

Stealing Venezuela's Assets: US-based Citigroup to Sell Venezuela's Gold "Placed as Collateral"
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
Citigroup Inc is planning to sell several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela's central bank on a $1.6 billion loan after the deadline for repurchasing them expired this month, Reuters reported, citing four sources with knowledge of …

Is It Really All that Surprising that Trump Wants Brazil in NATO?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
Feigning shock and publishing moralizing polemics isn't going to change the fact that it was entirely predictable that Trump's "Fortress America" grand strategy would ultimately see the US seek to expand its premier multilateral security structure across South America in …

Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of the Federal Reserve
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
Ever wonder why US banking is what it is–prone to periodic crashes and crises? How banking evolved in the US from 1781 up to the creation of the central bank, the Fed, in 1913? Why the Federal Reserve was created …

Huge Defeat for Imperialists: The U.S. Broke Its Teeth in Venezuela
Alison Bodine | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
The miserably failed "humanitarian aid" delivery into Venezuela on February 23 is another nail in the coffin of the U.S. government's coup attempt against President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian revolutionary process in Venezuela. | Before this day, the U.S. government …

For Whom the Bell Tolls? Capital and Labor and the Global Financial Crisis
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
With the onset of the so-called "global financial crisis" in 2008 the world capitalist system suffered a shock that shook its very foundations, threatening the functioning of key financial institutions and the economies at the centre of the system. However, | …

Video: Nowruz: How Millions Celebrate the Persian New Year
Quartz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
During Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration, each vibrant item on the haftseen table has its own symbolic meaning. | Nowruz is one of the oldest holidays in the world that is celebrated every spring. | . | . | * | Note to readers: …

Monsanto Asks Trump EPA to OK Drift-prone Pesticide on 90 Million Acres of Corn

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it will consider allowing the highly drift-prone pesticide dicamba to be sprayed on up to 90 million acres of corn. | Dicamba is produced by Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer. Drift …

On the Anniversary of the Shock and Awe Bombing of Iraq
David DeGraw | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
16 years ago today, I was watching the Iraq Shock & Awe bombing campaign after having interviewed Weapons Inspectors who told us that there were NO WMDs in Iraq while showing us their inspection reports. I was doing research for …

Video: The Expanding Global Footprint of US Special Operations
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
Introduction | With the possible U.S. military withdrawal from Syria in the news on a daily basis, the mainstream media has been quick to parrot the DOD's claim that 2,000 troops, mostly special operations forces, are to be withdrawn from the …

Palestinian-owned School Demolished by Israeli Forces
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
The owner of the demolished school building, Muhammad Alqam, insists that he issued all necessary permits at the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality before beginning construction. | *** | A Palestinian-owned school building that was under construction, in the Shuafat refugee camp, in occupied …

Monetary Policy Takes Center Stage: MMT, QE or Public Banks?
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the US and Europe, along with some interesting academic debates about how to fund them. Monetary policy, normally relegated …

New Zealand Mosque Massacre: White Supremacy and Western Wars
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
The mass murder and wounding of 97 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ) which took place on Friday, March 15, 2019, has profound political, ideological and psychological roots. | First and most important, Western countries led by the Anglo-American world …

Globalising the Christchurch Shootings: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gallipoli and Invasion
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
Never let a bloody and opportune crisis pass. In New Zealand, there is talk about gun reform after attacks on two Christchurch mosques left fifty dead. There have been remarks made in parliament about unchecked white supremacy growing with enthusiastic …

Millennials Are the Most Indebted Generation. They Can Thank Joe Biden
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-03-21
Joe Biden is trying to appeal to younger voters as he is expected to launch his bid for the presidency. However, for years, Biden made it his mission to block student debt forgiveness, leaving many young people facing a lifetime of debt. | Biden's potential candidacy comes at a time when the U.S. debt crisis is reaching unprecedented levels across all consumer sectors. | Student debt broke $1.5 trillion in the first quarter of 2018 a…

The Wall Street Bailouts, Bernie and the Washington Post
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post Fact Checker gave Bernie Sanders two Pinocchios yesterday for saying that the Wall Street banks got a trillion dollar bailout. Kessler raises several points of contention. First, whether the Wall Street banks actually got that much money. Second, whether it can really be called a bailout since the government made…

The Supreme Court and Dual Citizenship
Renee Parsons | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
As AIPAC preps for its annual policy conference entitled "Connected for Good" with an expected attendance of 20,000 committed Zionists, its most zealous Zionist Congressional supporters will also likely be in attendance; that is, those who have signed the loyalty oath as well as those who retain dual citizenship to Israel and are thereby entitled…

Optional Fatherhood Liberates Christians From Abortion Jihad
David Underhill | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
Moneyed men can usually win the silence or compliance of troublesome women by paying them off. It's news when this traditional strategy fails, as with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and CBS chief Leslie Moonves. And even these recentlyfallen exceptions succeeded for decades in wielding their wealth and clout to keep women they'd misused at bay.

Public Health Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
The dramatic health situation in Venezuela, where the national health system has all but collapsed, invites an assessment on how Latin America and the Caribbean are doing regarding the health status of the population. While in the last decades, Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced measurable gains in several health indicators such as life…

Trump's Sly Encouragement of Lawless Violence
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
Racism is not natural. Babies — black, brown, white — explore the world and each other with wonder, not hate. Racism has to be taught. It is learned behavior. To assume that a person is inherently superior or inferior to another based upon race is unnatural and ungodly. Racism is used for political manipulation and…

Is Kamala Harris the Centrist We Need?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
In 2016 Bruce Dixon recounted that the Democrats have employed a sheepdog in all the recent past elections: "1984 and 88 the sheepdog candidate was Jesse Jackson. In 92 it was California governor Jerry Brown. In 2000 and 2004 the designated sheepdog was Al Sharpton, and in 2008 it was Dennis Kucinich. This year it's Vermont senator Bernie Sanders." The purpose of the sheepdog is to shepherd radical and progressive voters back into the Democratic Party.

Broadway's "Hamilton" and the Willing Suspension of Reality-Based Moral Consciousness
Elizabeth Keyes | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
Ben Cronin: "Hamilton was against slavery the way a Prius-driving Californian with stocks in Exxon Mobil and Nestle is against global warming — notionally." Michelle Obama: "Best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life" Lyra D. Monteiro:…

The Boeing Blackout
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
On October 29, 2018, Lion Air's Flight 610, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, crashed into the Java Sea after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board. That crash has not been mentioned once on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd in the twenty episodes since. On March 10,…

All Southern States are Not the Same: Mississippi's Challenge
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
Virginia over the past several years has become more purple while Mississippi has remained deep red. Democrats won more legislative and congressional seats in Virginia. As I pointed out in my last piece, that trend was kicked off by a successful constitutional based lawsuit against the racially based gerrymandering that the Virginia legislature had created. Court cases…

Boeing Debacle Shows Need to Investigate Trump-era Corruption
Jeff Hauser — Eleanor Eagan | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-21
Once considered the "world's gold standard for aircraft safety," the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was conspicuously slower than the rest of the world to take appropriate action after a tragic airline crash in Ethiopia credibly called into question the safety of the Boeing 737 Max 8. That there were problems with Boeing's software was not unknown…

Citizenship in the Age of Trump
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-03-21
It turns out that walls can't always be seen. Donald Trump may never build his " great, great wall," but that doesn't mean he isn't working to wall Americans in. It's a story that needs to be told. | This past month, for instance, claims of ISIS's near total defeat in Syria have continued to mount. As a result, numerous foreigners who had traveled there to fight for, or support,…

Bolsonaro at Langley: New US Lapdog Pays Homage to the Empire
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-21
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA — Brazil's new fascist president, Jair Bolsonaro, touched down in Washington to pay homage at the CIA headquarters and to visit President Donald Trump, with whom he met on Tuesday. All reports are that the meeting between the two heads of state went very well — not surprisingly, given how similar their politics and personalities are. Bolsonaro shares Trump's penchant for racist, xenophobic remarks, calling immigrants from poor countries "the sc…

Over 72 Killed as Overloaded Ferry Sinks in Iraq's Tigris River
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
At least 72 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris river near Mosul in Iraq, medical sources told Reuters on Thursday. | Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, said the head of Mosul's Civil Defence Authority Husam Khalil. | A separate source in the Civil Defence Authority said the boat had been loaded with twice its capacity, causing it to capsize. | Mobile phone footage showed the ferry sinking into the muddy water and people shouting for help. | The rescue team was retrieving survivors and had rescued 12 people so far, Khalil said. | Police and m…

Electric sabotage: how an electromagnetic weapon works
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-21
E Bombs, or electromagnetic explosive devices, are weapons of rudimentary design and high destructive potential. The first public and verifiable references of their existence and use in warlike conflicts date from 2001 when the United States included them in its extensive arsenal in the service of preventive war in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. | Source…

Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again
Michael T. Klare | thenation.com | 2019-03-21
Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again…

Mexican Students Develop Pre-Diagnostic System For Cancer
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
Three students from Mexico's Superior School of Computer Sciences (Escom) have developed a system to detect lung cancer. In the Central American country, lung cancer is the second-highest cause of death among men and the fourth for women. | RELATED: | Mathematics Abel Prize Awarded to First Woman Recipient | The methodology, created by the trio, analyzes images of computerized tomographies of the thorax and then classifies them in order to prepare a pre-diagnosis. The system is design…

'Potentially Historic' Flooding Threatens Southern States
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-21
Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks. | Major flooding now occurring in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and other Midwestern states is a preview of what forecasters expect the rest of the spring, said Mary Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service. | "We expect the flooding will get worse and become more widespread," Erickson said, referring to conditions nationwide. | "The flooding this year could be worse than anything we've seen in recent years, even worse t…

'Surrounded by the Fire of War': Remembering NATO's 1999 Aggression in Yugoslavia
Greta Zarro | progressive.org | 2019-03-21
"NATO's war didn't leave Yugoslavia any better off. It tore apart families and left the region straddled with debt, picking up the pieces."

Trump's Secrecy Insulates U.S. Public from CIA Drone War
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-21
Trump just revoked an Obama-era reporting requirement about civilian drone strike casualties. While it lacked full transparency, it was better than the renewed secrecy that will surround the CIA's drone war program now…

Elizabeth Warren versus Joe Biden
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-03-21
Is Biden's not-very-progressive record a huge mismatch for the current political moment?

Kushner, Inc.: Vicky Ward on How Jared and Ivanka's Greed & Ambition Compromise U.S. Foreign Policy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-21
House Democrats are continuing to probe how President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner received a top-secret security clearance despite concerns from the CIA. The New York Times recently reported Trump ordered then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance despite the judgment of intelligence officials. Kushner failed to report over 100 foreign contacts on his initial application for clearance, which was denied by the FBI after a background check into his financial history and contacts with foreign investors. Kushner later revised his application three times, and was ultimately granted…

Five Questions For: Pardeep Kaleka on New Zealand, White Supremacy, and What it Takes to Move Forward
Alexandra Tempus | progressive.org | 2019-03-21
His father was killed by a white supremacist in a mass shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple. Today, Pardeep Kaleka works in communities all over the country teaching about how to heal from hate.

Jordan Peele Exposes 'Us' for Who We Really Are
Carrie Rickey | truthdig.com | 2019-03-21
Surely more than once while dreaming, you've been aware that you're in a dream, inside it and outside at the same time. Sleep scientists call such self-aware reveries "lucid dreams." | So when I describe "Us," Jordan Peele's intelligent and unnerving new film, as a "lucid nightmare," you'll get my drift. It's a nightmare you are immersed in while watching yourself watch it. | Like Peele's directorial debut "Get Out," the new film–a variation on the theme of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"–is simultaneously a horror movie, a satire of horror movies and an American parable. It takes place in Santa Cruz…

The NCAA's Shameless Exploitation of 'Student-Athletes'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-21
When Zion Williamson's foot broke through the sole of his Nike shoe on February 20th, the sporting world stood still. | The consensus number one player in college basketball was playing in the biggest game of the season — North Carolina versus Duke — and suffered his startling injury in the opening minute. Williamson's sprained knee cost Nike $1.1 billion in stock market valuation the next day. | The injury came on the doorstep of March Madness, the NCAA's most profitable event of the year — to the tune of $900 million in…

Nebraska flood damage losses hit $1.4 billion, more states flooded
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-21
LINCOLN, Neb. — State officials say the flooding that swept Nebraska has caused nearly $1.4 billion in estimated losses and damage. Gov. Pete Ricketts said Wednesday that roads, levies and other infrastructure have sustained an estimated $449 million in damage. Damage to private homes and businesses has reached $85 million so far. The flooding has …

Dutch Far-right Party Wins Local Election After Utrecht Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
An upstart far-right party shocked the Dutch political establishment by winning the most votes in provincial elections after a preliminary count in the early hours of Thursday, boosted by a possible terrorist attack this week in the city of Utrecht. | RELATED: | New Zealand Bans Military-Style Semi-Automatics | The result shows the enduring strength of…

Islamophobia and Hate at UCSC in Light of the NZ Terrorist Attack
End Racism at UCSC | indybay.org | 2019-03-21
I am one of the students that was called a "terrorist" among other terrible things by a BSOE professor on countless occasions due to my appearance and Palestinian, Muslim heritage. Right at the top, I want to express my deepest gratitude to those who signed the petition demanding UCSC take action in this matter. Your support has given both the other complainant and I tremendous inner-strength. It has helped me claw back some of my humanity, and I genuinely cannot thank you enough.

Iraq Prepares to Evict US Troops From the Country
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-21
(ANTIWAR.COM) — In the wake of the ISIS War in Iraq, Pentagon officials will tell you what they've been saying all along, that America's intention is to stay in Iraq, and that there is no consideration being given to leaving. It's not clear the US has spoken to the Iraqi government about this, however. While many Iraqis …

Iraq Prepares to Evict US Troops From the Country

Sydney's drinking water under threat from coalmining
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
You may not know that coking coal, used in steel making, is mined in the Greater Sydney drinking water catchment. | Long-wall extraction of coal has been used in the mines under the Sydney Water Special Areas since the 1960s. | There is no doubt about coking coal's financial value to the mining companies and royalties for the NSW government. | However, not enough people know that the mines jeopardise water security for approximately 5 million people living in Greater Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. | According to the NSW Chief Scientist, this is the only publicly-owned drinking water catchment in th…

Protests of U.S. Puppet Theft of Venezuelan Diplomatic Bldgs
No Blood for Oil | indybay.org | 2019-03-21
The US appointed puppet tried to take over Venezuelan diplomatic buildings on 3/19/19, only to be met by Gloria LaRiva of ANSWER, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and others to protest this theft of a foreign country's property by US puppets who promote privatization and theft of Venezuelan oil. See 2 minute video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4WR0V4Y…

MoveOn Calls for Democratic Presidential Candidates to Boycott AIPAC Conference
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-21
(CD) — MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group with millions of members, is calling on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott AIPAC's annual conference. "It's no secret that that AIPAC has worked to hinder diplomatic efforts like the Iran deal, is undermining Palestinian self-determination, and inviting figures actively involved in human rights violations to its stage," Iram Ali, campaign …

MoveOn Calls for Democratic Presidential Candidates to Boycott AIPAC Conference

Israel 2019 and the absence of peace
Gershon Baskin | zcomm.org | 2019-03-21
Developing cooperation, working together, confronting extremists from within — taking controversial positions — these are all elements that have to be met with directly by responsible governments and statesmen and women…

Algeria at a turning point: the people rise up
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Since February 22, Algeria has been rocked by huge and overwhelmingly peaceful protests against the regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. | The epicentre of this movement has been the city of Algiers. There have been large protests every Friday, to which the police have had to take a conciliatory attitude because of their sheer size, despite street protests being illegal. | The Arab Spring of 2011–12 spread to Algeria, producing the largest protest movement for many years. However, through a combination of repression and concessions, such as reducing prices on foodstuffs, the Bouteflika government has b…

New Zealand PM Announces Ban on Assault Rifles After Christchurch Massacre
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-03-21
Just six days after a white supremacist gunman killed 50 people and injured dozens more at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday that the country will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines. | "Cabinet agreed to overhaul the law when it met on Monday, 72 hours after the horrific terrorism act in Christchurch. Now… we are announcing a ban on all military-sty…

Progress in National Dialogue in Nicaragua after Overcoming Impasse
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-21
Managua, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) The national dialogue for understanding and peace in Nicaragua has come to a new phase on Thursday, after overcoming the second impasse in the process by establishing a negotiation agenda agreed upon by all stockholders.

Ilhan Omar responds to attacks: Rashida and I are here to stay
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Two young Muslim women were elected to the United States House of Representatives in the 2018 election. Ilhan Omar is Black, and a refugee from war-devastated Somalia. Rahida Tlaib is of Palestinian descent, and has family living under Israeli oppression. | Both are outspoken supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which was initiated by the Palestinian grassroots to protest Israel's oppression. | As supporters of BDS, they have been under attack from the Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which falsely claims BDS is anti-Semitic. Following I…

SF Bay Area activists demand end to imperialist aggression against Venezuela
Nick Pardee | indybay.org | 2019-03-21
On Saturday, March 9, a spirited rally and march took place in San Francisco demanding an end to U.S. imperialist aggression against Venezuela.

'Politicians have blood on their hands'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Following the terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques on March 15, vigils and rallies against Islamophobia were organised across the world. | The following speech was given by community advocate Ahmed Aboushabana to a solidarity rally outside the New Zealand Consulate in Sydney on March 17. | *** | There is an overwhelming feeling of helplessness and despair among Muslims right now. | While Muslims are being killed on a regul…

Decrying 'War Being Waged Against Working People,' Sanders Joins Striking Union Members at UCLA
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-21
"What we are seeing all across this country is a war being waged against working people," Sen. Bernie Sanders said while standing in solidarity with striking union workers in Los Angeles on Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

3-5 ∞C rise now 'locked in' for the Arctic
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
The United Nations Environment Assembly released the following statement on March 13. Following its release, the blog Carbon Brief (carbonbrief.org) argued that the UN report's projection is incorrect. Carbon Brief asserts that the report conflates the Paris Agreement emissions reduction target — which limits warming to below 2 ∞C — with a scenario that has much more modest emission reductions that result in about 3 ∞C of global warming. | *** | Even if the world was to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, winter temperatures in the Arctic would rise 3–5 ∞C by 2050 a…

Support for the Family of Agustin Gonsalez asking for support tonight at the Hayward City
Jane Welford | indybay.org | 2019-03-21
777 B Street | HAYWARD, Calif…

Macron to deploy French army against "yellow vest" protests
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-21
This is the first time since the 1954–1962 Algerian war that the army is to be mobilized in policing operations on French soil against the population.

Capitalism can't halt climate change
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Three days before 150,000 students organised the biggest national school walkout in Australian history to demand politicians act on climate change, Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) deputy governor Guy Debelle sounded a warning about the drastic effects of climate change on the economy. | When students and an RBA governor agree on the urgent need to stop the devastating impact of climate change on society and the planet, you know the movement is starting to bite. | But while the RBA views the climate threat from the perspective of the interests of big capital, students see it as a threat to their very future. | It…

Officials, media call for school militarization, censorship after mass shooting in Brazilian school
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-21
The tragic school shooting has exposed the Brazilian establishment's indifference to the social distress engulfing wide layers of the population.

Striking Chemist Warehouse workers hold strong
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Chemist Warehouse workers have succeeded in blocking trucks from entering or leaving the company's Somerton and Preston distribution centres since beginning an indefinite strike on March 12. Workers at a Chemist Warehouse distribution centre in Eagle Farm, Brisbane, are also on indefinite strike. | The workers are members of the National Union of Workers (NUW). | The distribution centres supply Chemist Warehouse and My Chemist stores across Australia. As a result, some stores are running very low on stock. | NUW national secretary Tim Kennedy told a rally in Melbourne on the first day of the strike that workers a…

Art & Poetry: Peace and War
Yemeni Alliance Committee | indybay.org | 2019-03-21
Eastside Arts Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606-5003, United States…

Residents demand WestConnex contracts be ripped up
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
More than 100 people joined an emergency protest in Sydney's Inner West on March 18 to demand an immediate halt to the $17 billion WestConnex tollway project while its social and environmental impacts are fully investigated. | The snap rally outside the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre was called after media revelations of dramatic ground movement under homes, caused by the shallow tunnelling. | The Coalition Against WestConnex (CAW), a network of community groups, said on March 13 that Stage 3 (the M4-M5 Tunnel) needed to be stopped. | CAW said: "New satellite imaging analysis revealed that the tunnelling is respons…

British singer Joss Stone performs a concert in Rojava
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Famous British singer Joss Stone has performed a concert in the Kurdish-controlled part of Syria after sneaking across the border, ANF News reported on March 4. | The British star, whose second album Mind Body and Soul reached number one in the British charts in 2004, posted on her Instagram feed that she was "glad nothing bad happened" as she crossed over. Reports suggest that she performed to people in the city of Derik. | The Mail on Sunday has reported that she was accompanied by Paul Conroy, the war photog…

Amid deepening economic and political crisis, Turkey holds local elections
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-21
The ruling AKP faces bitter tensions with Washington and Turkey's other NATO allies and an economic crisis triggered by the Trump administration's trade war measures.

Brazil's Mining Tragedy Death Toll Climbs to 209
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-21
21 de marzo de 2019, 13: 29Brasilia, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) The death toll from the January 25 collapse of a dam in Brumadinho municipality, Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (southeast), has now reached 209.

UK Islamophobic Attack: 4 Mosques Vandalized in Birmingham
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
In a latest Islamophobic attack, four mosques in Britain's Birmingham were vandalized overnight, police reported Thursday. Windows were smashed in all the four mosques. | RELATED: | Europe Investigates Far-Right Links of NZ Mosque Shooter | West Midlands police said that detectives and counterterrorism officers have already started investigating. The fou…

Venezuela Is at Stake, Legislative Leader Warns
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-21
Caracas, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), urged those who feel tired to abandon the struggle with dignity, because today "the life of the Venezuelan homeland is at stake."

After far-right terror attack, New York Times glorifies New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-21
Internationally, the media is covering up the Labour Party-led government's encouragement of xenophobia and its alliance with the right-wing nationalist, anti-immigrant NZ First Party.

Video: The "American Party" within the Institutions of the European Union
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-21
"Russia can no longer be considered as a strategic partner, and the European Union must be ready to impose further sanctions if it continues to violate international law" — this is the resolution approved by the European Parliament on 12 …

South American Presidents Arrive in Chile to Create Prosur
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-21
Santiago, Chile, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Presidents Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil), Lenin Moreno (Ecuador) and Martin Viscarra (Peru) will arrive in Santiago on Thursday to attend a controversial summit of South American heads of State and Government on Friday.

Venezuela Exceeds Delivery of Housing
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-21
Caracas, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's Great Housing Mission delivers on Thursday about 1,132 homes to the indigenous town of Apoiipoi, overcoming the historic milestone of 2,600,000 houses the Bolivarian government has granted.

Far right attacks on UK Muslims following New Zealand massacre
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-21
The attacks were preceded by the claim of Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of the UK's Counter Terrorism Policing, that "there is no intelligence linking these appalling events in Christchurch to the UK."

Ex-UN Human Rights Expert Blasts 'Manipulation' on Venezuela: 'We Are Swimming in an Ocean of Lies'
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-20
Former UN Special Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas criticized the human rights commissioner's past reports on Venezuela, calling them "unprofessional" and…

Ukraine: An Election for the Oligarchs
Volodymyr Ishchenko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-20
Five years after the "EuroMaidan" protests in Kiev and elsewhere toppled the government of now-exiled former president Viktor Yanukovych, the people of Ukraine are set to elect a new leader. Over 34 million Ukrainian citizens will be eligible to …

Russia's Recognition of "North Macedonia" Is Part of the "New Balkans" Plan
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-20
Russia's recognition of "North Macedonia" disappointed many activists in what Moscow would have otherwise continued to regard as the Republic of Macedonia per its constitutionally legitimate name, but this purely political move shouldn't have been all that unexpected in hindsight …

Puerto Rico's Government Was Warned Climate Catastrophe Was Coming, But Didn't Listen
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-20
Environmental activist Juan Rosario says that, after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico must do more to transition to renewable energy…

16 Years After Iraq, the US Has Become a Nation of Passive Neocons
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-20
WASHINGTON (Opinion) — Sixteen years have passed and the memory of the Iraq War is distant for many, save for the millions of people — Iraqi and American alike — who saw their lives destroyed by one of the greatest lies ever sold to the American public. | Yet, while plenty of Americans sleep easy thinking that such an atrocity as the invasion and occupation of Iraq could never happen again, the U.S. government has continuously been involved in many smaller, equally disastrous wars — both seen and unseen — largely thanks to the fact that those who brought us the Iraq War remain both r…

US Sanctions Will Deepen Venezuelan Economic Crisis: UN
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-20
Further sanctions from the United States will only serve to aggravate Venezuela's economic state, said U.N. human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Gold Fever? US Treasury Sanctions Venezuela Gold Mining Company | "I am concerned that the recent sanctions on financial transfers related to the sale of Venezuelan oil within the United States may contribute to aggravating the economic crisis, with possible repercussions on people's basic rights and well…

Uniting Fatah, Not Palestine: The Dubious Role of Palestine's New Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-20
Shtayyeh's mission will ultimately fail, for his mandate is to reunite Fatah behind Abbas, not the Palestinian people behind a truly democratic and representative leadership aimed at ridding Palestine from its Israeli occupiers.

Why Russiagate Needs a "Constructivist Analysis"
Megan Sherman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-20
Right now, President Trump and colleagues are under fire for speculated "collusion" with the Russian state to undermine the democratic procedures of the 2016 presidential election, one of America's most shocking elections, the one most insiders thought Hillary Clinton would …

Greenwashing? The Green Marches Are Mute on the "War Factor"
Nazanín Armanian | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-20
On March 15, the Day of the Popular March for Climate, tens of thousands of young people from several countries, followers of the Swedish student Greta Thunberg, showed their indignation at the indifference of world leaders towards climate change. …

Libya stands at a 'critical juncture', UN mission head tells Security Council
UN Global Communications, Digital Solutions Unit | un.org | 2019-03-20
Predicting that the "days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region", the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached "a crucial juncture".

Factchecking WaPo's Factchecker on Sanders and the Trillion-Dollar Bailout
Dean Baker | fair.org | 2019-03-20
Glenn Kessler (Washington Post, 3/18/19) calls Bernie Sanders' claim of a trillion-dollar Wall Street bailout "slippery and exaggerated." | Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post Fact Checker, gave Bernie Sanders "Two Pinocchios" on Monday ( 3/18/19) for saying that the Wall Street banks got a trillion-dol…

US Imposes New Sanctions as Venezuelan Government Denounces Takeover of Diplomatic Offices
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-20
Trump warned that the "toughest sanctions" have yet to be imposed.

Jailed Birds of a Feather May Sing Together
Walter Clemens | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-20
From childhood we learn that you can know somebody by his or her company. Our present president, Donald Trump, values loyalty. He favors people who like what he likes and who think like him. For his closest helpers, he has chosen people who have appeared devoted (or related) to him and who have endorsed goals…