Daily Archives: March 6, 2019

2019-03-06: News Headlines

Ashley Smith (2019-03-06). Why Has Haiti Risen up Once Again? counterpunch.org The Haitian masses have mobilized a new wave of protest against the corrupt government of President Jovenel MoàØse. It began with demonstrations last summer in July and August, re-emerged in November and December, and exploded again in the first two weeks of February when hundreds of thousands marched in all the major cities of the More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-06). Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics. counterpunch.org Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known for its hawkish More

Kenneth Surin (2019-03-06). The UK Labour Party's "Antisemitism Crisis" and the Likud Supporters in Its Leadership. counterpunch.org Labour's leadership has tried appeasing its critics, but this has not worked. Appeasement has only emboldened these critics. Jeremy Corbyn's detractors, both inside and outside the party, are adept at moving the goalposts, and will never be satisfied until he is gone as leader, and Labour once again becomes a "natural" home for opportunists like Tony Blair and his followers, and their friends in the Zionist lobby. More

unitedEditor (2019-03-06). The beginning of a social "Stalingrad" in Europe: the Yellow Vests against the totalitarian Empire of Finance. uwidata.com Back to the Future! Elated, with the single-mindedness of the "We" of the many, suddenly aware of its power, the crowd pours out of the narrow street in which it was crammed, to the spacious Place de la Republiquewhile singing the Marseillaise. It is by far the most popular song among Yellow Vests. The second …

Fight Back (2019-03-06). On the 88th Anniversary of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV). fightbacknews.org The following statement was published today, March 5, by the Communist Party of Venezuela and was written by Freddy Subdiaga, a Party leader in the state of Anzoátegui. The statement was written in Spanish and translated by Fight Back! staff. | This March 5, 2019, when our Venezuelan nation faces the most criminal U.S.-European imperialism stalking humanity, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) will be completing 88 years of combat for the emancipation of the working class from capitalism, the system of the exploiter; guided by the scientific methods of Marxism-Leninism and the integral thinking of the Liberato…

Prof. James Petras (2019-03-06). The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Not since the US pronounced the Monroe Doctrine proclaiming its imperial supremacy over Latin America, nearly 200 years ago, has a White House regime so openly affirmed its mission to recolonize Latin America. | The second decade of the 21st …

Fight Back (2019-03-06). UPS record profits mean more exploitation and automation. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – United Parcel Service released their fourth quarter earnings last month, beating Wall Street's expectations with almost $5 billion in profit for 2018. Through a combination of opening new automated sorting facilities, purchasing more air cargo planes, and exploiting employees with low pay and long hours, UPS had an extremely profitable holiday season. The company is optimistic for profits in 2019 and moving into the future. For workers, however, the future does not look so bright. | In October 2018, UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) successfully pushed an incredibly unpopular co…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-06). Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria. globalresearch.ca It was a mere two months ago the president of the United States declared he would leave Syria and bring home the troops. | "Our boys, our young women, our men, they're all coming back," Trump said. "And they're coming back …

George Ochenski (2019-03-06). Dereliction of Congressional Duty. counterpunch.org Last week's congressional testimony by Michael Cohen riveted the nation as President Trump's long-time lawyer, fixer and co-conspirator spilled the beans on his former boss. But Montana's Republican congressional members, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, told reporters they were too busy "meeting with Montanans all day" to watch or listen to the hearings. More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-06). The Politics of the Independent Group. counterpunch.org They could not hold on. A small — and in the scheme of things negligible group — split from the British Labour mothership last month in an effort to salvage some self-described form of credibility. In truth, they were the original sceptics of Jeremy Corbyn, the pro-New Labour grouping indifferent, even disbelieving, about the predations More

Dan Corjescu (2019-03-06). The Sacredness of Donald Trump. counterpunch.org Emile Durkheim in his The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, revealed the profound insight that society under the guise of religion worships itself. Thus, Egyptian pyramids, Greek temples, Roman basilicas, Medieval cathedrals, Renaissance churches, and many other religious artifacts of all times and places are testaments to humanity's thinly veiled delusions of self-love. But what of More

Yanis Varoufakis (2019-03-06). Let's Change Europe From the Ground Up. counterpunch.org The 2008 global financial crisis — the modern 1929 crash — set off a vicious chain reaction across Europe. By 2010 it had irreparably damaged the foundations of the eurozone, causing the establishment to bend its own rules and commit crimes against logic in order to bail out its banker friends. By 2013 the neoliberal ideology More

Lawrence Davidson (2019-03-06). Anti-Semitism Versus Anti-Zionism in Today's France. counterpunch.org We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was a time when very few in the West understood the racist nature of the Israeli state. For a long time the Zionists controlled the public relations message and More

Joyce Nelson (2019-03-06). Another War for Oil on the Agenda? Thank Ted Cruz. counterpunch.org Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them — even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III. On February 26, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AK) introduced More

Joyce Nelson (2019-03-06). Another War for Oil on the Agenda? Thank Ted Cruz. zcomm.org Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them — even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III…

STAFF (2019-03-06). Sacramento Police Who Killed Stephon Clark Won't Be Charged. truthdig.com SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's attorney general announced Tuesday that he won't charge two Sacramento police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, joining a local prosecutor in finding that the officers reasonably believed Stephon Clark had a gun as he moved toward them. | Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the results of a nearly yearlong investigation after telling Clark's mother privately. He acknowledged that it was not what Clark's family wanted but said the evidence showed the officers had reason to believe their lives were in danger, though investigators found only a cel…

STAFF (2019-03-06). Global Warming Is Here—Just Ask Fishers. truthdig.com Global warming has already begun to affect fishing worldwide as fish flee warmer seas, a new study says. | In the last 80 years, there has been an estimated drop of more than 4% in sustainable catches for many kinds of fish and shellfish. That is the average. In some regions — the East China Sea, for instance, and Europe's North Sea — the estimated decline was between 15% and 35%. | In the course of the last century, global average temperatures…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Study: Loss of Stratocumulus Clouds Could Precipitate Extreme Global Warmingd. therealnews.com Professor Tapio Schneider discusses a new study examining the relationship between stratocumulus cloud formation and high levels of atmospheric CO2…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-03-06). Yes, Let's Defeat or Impeach Donald Trump. But What If He Refuses to Leave the White House? theintercept.com Donald Trump doesn't care about laws and warned as a 2016 candidate that he might not accept the vote tally. His surrogates have warned of violence.

RT (2019-03-06). Clapper claims he 'didn't lie' about NSA spying on Americans, but 'didn't understand' the question. rt.com NSA director-turned-cable-news-pundit James Clapper is still insisting he wasn't lying when he told a congressional panel the NSA wasn't spying on American citizens — three months before Edward Snowden told everyone it was.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Venezuela Update: Guaidó Returns, US Continues Threats. therealnews.com Self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela without incident, despite having violated a travel ban. NSC chair John Bolton continued his threats against Maduro, warning him not to arrest Guaidó and reaffirming the US's right to intervene in Latin America…

Creativity Explored (2019-03-06). Five and Two Others Curated by Mildred Howard. indybay.org Creativity Explored | 3245 Sixteenth Street | San Francisco, CA 94103…

WSWS (2019-03-06). India and Pakistan stoke chauvinism, exchange threats. wsws.org Although cross-border shelling has reportedly declined since Sunday, continuing tensions between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states have left the region on the brink of a catastrophic war.

Resource Center for Nonviolence (2019-03-06). Warrior Women Screening with Madonna Thunder Hawk. indybay.org Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

WSWS (2019-03-06). The assault on Jeremy Corbyn is a warning that must be heeded. wsws.org The March 3 attack on the Labour Party leader is the latest in a series of far-right provocations in Britain, pointing to the clear and present danger posed by the growth of far-right and fascist parties throughout Europe.

RT (2019-03-06). 'Time to declare victory!' US senators seek to end 'forever war' in Afghanistan. rt.com Senators Rand Paul and Tom Udall have introduced a bill to end the ruinously expensive conflict in Afghanistan, declaring 'victory' in the longest war in US history after 18 years, some $6 trillion and over 100,000 dead.

Greg Grandin (2019-03-06). Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape: How to Make Border Porn. counterpunch.org On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his "great, great" border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy. In speech after speech, including his declaration of that emergency, he has told the same story: the United States needs a border wall to prevent sex traffickers from driving women into the country, bound with duct tape. More

WSWS (2019-03-06). SEP meetings launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century. wsws.org The meetings at Hatton in Sri Lanka's central plantation district and Jaffna, in the war-ravaged north, attracted important layers of workers and youth.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-06). Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to "stay ahead of Russia." Even though Russia's military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the "growing" …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-05). North Korea: Achievements in Health and Education. globalresearch.ca North Korea's "health system is the envy of the developing world" according to the World Health Organization: WHO director-general Margaret Chan said the country had "no lack of doctors and nurses"

Eds. (2019-03-05). Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela. mronline.org As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress—Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2019. democracynow.org Judiciary Committee Launches Probe into 81 Trump Associates and Groups, New Yorker Report Details Trump's Deep Ties to Fox News, Groundwater in 39 States Contaminated by Coal Ash Waste, Dem Leaders Rebuke Alleged Anti-Semitic Remarks by Rep. Omar, U.S. Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Rights Groups Say Jailed Saudi Women Activists Tortured, Sexually Assaulted, Report: Khashoggi's Body Was Burned in Oven at Saudi Diplomat's Home, NYT: Detained U.S. Citizen Allegedly Tortured in Saudi Custody | , South Korea Calls for Resumption of Talks Between Trump and Kim, North Carolina Reschedules 9th District Election After Voter…

CFJPIME (2019-03-05). Human Rights Orgs: End Canadian Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) joined eleven other human rights organizations to send a letter calling the Canadian government to immediately suspend arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The letter pointed out that …

Mike Whitney (2019-03-05). The Trump-Kim Summit: What Really Happened in Hanoi? globalresearch.ca While the western media has written off last weekend's summit in Hanoi as a failure, the talks did help to burnish Kim Jong-un's reputation as a sincere statesman committed to peacefully resolving the nuclear issue. This is a significant …

Newsclick (2019-03-05). Hanoi Summit: So close, yet so far from peace. peoplesdispatch.org In today's episode of International Round-up, NewsClick editor, Prabir Purkayastha, talks about the reasons behind the failure of the Hanoi Summit, where the US and North Korea could not arrive at a lasting agreement. He also discusses the changing dynamics and the possibilities that the inter-Korean peace process has augured.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-05). PATRICK LAWRENCE: It Was Kim That Walked Away. consortiumnews.com There are two sides to the story about why the second North Korea peace summit fell apart last week, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News The abrupt and unexpected failure of the second Trump—Kim summit last… Read more →

Robert Fisk (2019-03-05). Israel is Playing a Big Role in India's Escalating Conflict with Pakistan. counterpunch.org When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a "terrorist camp" were the first words. A "command and control centre" destroyed, many "terrorists" killed. The military was retaliating for a "terrorist attack" on its troops, we were told. An Islamist "jihadi" base had been More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-05). Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics. mintpressnews.com Otzma Yehudit's (Jewish Power Party) platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values argues Ramzy Baroud.

commondreams (2019-03-05). An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government. commondreams.org Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky, Sujatha Fernandes, Daniel Hellinger, et al. | U.S. Vice President of United States Mike Pence and Venezuelan opposition leader and declared acting president by the National Assembly Juan Guaid√≥ meet during the Lima Group Summit on February 25, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. The meeting occurs after Nicol√°s Maduro blocked humanitarian aid in the border with Colombia in C√∫cuta. (Photo: Luis Ramirez/Vizzor Image/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Eds. (2019-03-05). Russia on Venezuela: U.S. mercenaries and direct military intervention. mronline.org We are certainly worried about the U.S. plans to arm militants in order to destabilise the situation in Venezuela and, frankly speaking, invade this sovereign country. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-03-05). Inside the Secretive U.S. Air War in Somalia: How Many Civilians Have Died as Strikes Escalate? democracynow.org The Trump administration is rapidly escalating a secretive air war in Somalia. According to the think tank New America, at least 252 people have been killed in around two dozen U.S. airstrikes in Somalia so far this year. The U.S. has already carried out more strikes in Somalia in 2019 than in any single year under President Obama. In addition to the air war, the Pentagon reportedly has about 500 U.S. troops on the ground in Somalia, including many special operations forces. For years, the U.S. has attempted to aid the Somali government by targeting members of al-Shabab, but the effort has increased dramatically…

Alan MacLeod (2019-03-05). Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check. fair.org by Alan MacLeod | Corporate media have always attacked leftists for their positions on Venezuela, a country consistently demonized and misrepresented in the US press (FAIR.org, 6/1/02, 11/1/05, 4/1/13, 2/22/19). But with President Donald Trump's lat…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-03-05). Stage set long ago for encounter at Colombia-Venezuela border. peoplesworld.org On February 23, the U.S. and Colombian governments joined in trying to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. They were using humanitarian aid as a Trojan Horse to confront Venezuelan security forces. These were supposed to have stepped aside, Venezuela's military forces would, in theory, have disintegrated, and a take-down …

Jack Rasmus (2019-03-05). Financial Imperialism: the Case of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Invasion of Venezuela by US and its proxies is just around the corner! This past week vice-president Pence flew to Colombia once again—for the fifth time in recent weeks—to provide final instructions to US local forces and proxy allies there for the next step in the US regime change plan. Evidence that the 'green light' More

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-03-05). An Unholy Alliance: Did the US-Backed UAE Fly ISIS Leaders into Yemen's Killing Fields? mintpressnews.com The de facto alliance between the U.S. with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, AQAP, and now allegedly ISIS in Yemen has led to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern history,…

unitedEditor (2019-03-05). Conflict in Kashmir: U.S. Imperialism's Playground. uwidata.com Last week saw a geopolitical explosion; something that seemed to many a sudden and terrifying threat of nuclear war on the Indian Subcontinent. For the first time since 1971, Pakistan and India engaged in active combat in the contested muslim-majority territory of Kashmir. The confrontation began with India's aerial bombing of an alleged terrorist camp …

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-03-05). Oakland teachers' strike victory: Billionaires won't determine our kids' futures. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—The headline on the Oakland Education Association's website, announcing that union members had ratified the tentative agreement they won with their seven-day strike, said it all: "Back to School: Monday, March 4—The Fight has Just Begun! "With gains in every key area," the union said, "this contract lays a solid foundation for the challenging …

CP Editor (2019-03-05). John Prine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. counterpunch.org

Jonah Raskin (2019-03-05). Three Days in LA: Tales of a Reluctant Tourist. counterpunch.org "Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, when in fact all of Los Angeles and the America surrounding it are no longer real, but of the order of the hyper-real and of simulation. It's no longer a question of a false representation of reality (ideology), but More

John G. Russell (2019-03-05). Make America Normal Again? counterpunch.org Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. —Walt Whitman "We're better than this," Congressman Elijah Cummings sternly told his colleagues at the conclusion of Michael Cohen's public congressional hearing, exhorting them and all Americans "to get back to normal," to, as it were, Make America Normal More

Tom Engelhardt (2019-03-05). A Swiftian Modest Proposal for the President. counterpunch.org Call me crazy, if you want, but I think I see how to do it! We have two intractable issues, one intractable president, and an intractable world, but what if it weren't so? What if those two intractable problems could be swept off the table by a single gesture from that same intractable man? As More

Thomas Knapp (2019-03-05). Why Wait for 2021? End the Federal War on Marijuana Now! counterpunch.org The Boston Globe's Naomi Martin and James Pindell report that all of 2020's formally declared "major party" presidential candidates say they support legalizing marijuana at the federal level. Yes, that includes President Trump. Great idea! But why should the nearly 2/3 of Americans who want marijuana legalized spend the next 20 months listening to these More

Ramin Mazaheri (2019-03-05). France's Yellow Vests: Proving Police Are Indeed Part of the 1%. mintpressnews.com 8,000+ arrested, 500 major injuries, 2,000+ imprisoned (as of Feb. 14), 1,500+ awaiting trials (Feb. 14), 12 deaths, 20+ blindings, 6 hands lost, 10,000+ rubber bullets fired. Cops never switch sides — they have too much to lose.

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-05). The US Wants to Sanction Away Russia's "Great Society" globalresearch.ca Latest round of proposed US sanctions is intended to offset Putin's legacy-defining socio-economic development program known as the "Great Society" | *** | Congress is deliberating whether to promulgate the so-called " Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019" …

The Nation (2019-03-05). Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen on Russiagate. thenation.com Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen on Russiagate…

Alan MacLeod (2019-03-05). Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check. commondreams.org The political right is uniting with establishment Democrats in denouncing presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for his supposedly pro-dictatorship stance on Venezuela. And the media are piling on.(Photo: ABC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

unitedEditor (2019-03-05). Revolution in Venezuela: what is really happening? uwidata.com On February 23, Venezuela broke diplomatic and political relations with Colombia. In addition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave the staff of the Colombian Embassy in Caracas 24 hours to leave Venezuela. At the same time, Venezuela temporarily closed three bridges on the border with Colombia. The decision was taken after it came to light that …

Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal (2019-03-05). Venezuela — Interview with Union Leader Stalin Pérez Borges: It Will Be Very Difficult to Defeat Us. venezuelanalysis.com In this conversation with the union leader, he examines the current conjuncture and the working class struggle in the Caribbean nation.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-05). "Political racism is why West has not given a chance to Venezuelan process" peoplesdispatch.org Venezuelan ambassador to Ecuador, Carol Delgado Arria, talked to Peoples Dispatch about how political racism has affected the treatment of Venezuela and Bolivarian leaders such as Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-05). VIDEO: The US Humanitarian Aid Ploy to Venezuela Explained. grayzoneproject.com Washington's claim that Venezuela's government has refused humanitarian aid is a gigantic lie. Kei Pritsker explains how the US deployed…

Jim Miles (2019-03-05). The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran. globalresearch.ca Western mainstream media (MSM) typically present Iran as a degenerate and impoverished society under the sway of Islamic terrorist fundamentalists. Alternate media and seriously investigated works present a much different picture. Dan Kovalik's The Plot to Attack Iran highlights …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-05). Nigeria: More than 50 reported missing after the oil pipeline explosion in Niger Delta. peoplesdispatch.org Hundreds of Nigerians in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa on the Niger Delta were forced to flee their villages after one of the numerous oil pipelines in the region exploded around 4 am on Friday morning. | According to a local chief, a " huge inferno" rose along the course of this pipeline which runs across six local communities in the region. According to reports, at least 50 people have gone missing in the stampede that ensued as people scrambled to run away from the blaze. | The pipeline is currently owned by t…

STAFF (2019-03-05). Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Won't Run for President in 2020. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, announced Tuesday that he will not join the crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020. | Instead, Bloomberg said he planned to focus his energy and considerable resources on outside efforts aimed at defeating President Donald Trump, as well as on combating climate change and addressing gun violence. | Bloomberg spent months weighing a White House run, traveling to early voting states and building a team of experienced political advisers. But aides said internal polling suggested Bloomberg's path to the Democratic nomi…

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-05). Removing "Arab" from the Syrian Arab Republic Would "Balkanize" the Country. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Kurds are committed to changing their country's name. | One of the group's representatives told Sputnik that they insist on changing the constitutional name of the Syrian Arab Republic to the "Syrian Republic" so as to supposedly make the …

Yves Engler (2019-03-05). SNC Lavalin Scandal Blowback from Corrupt Canadian Foreign Policy. globalresearch.ca Canada's corrupt foreign policy practices have come home to roost on Parliament Hill. | Justin Trudeau's government is engulfed in a major political scandal that lays bare corporate power in Ottawa. But, SNC Lavalin's important role in Canadian foreign policy …

Global Research News (2019-03-05). Selected Articles: Trump-Kim: Will There be a Third Summit? 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 (2019-03-05). Tommy Robinson and the Ultra Right-wing Jihadists of America. globalresearch.ca

Nick Cunningham (2019-03-05). Will Trump Take Action Against OPEC? globalresearch.ca Brent is creeping back up towards the high-$60s per barrel, prompting a scolding of OPEC by President Trump via tweet earlier this week. | Trump's irritability with high oil prices is well-known, but the tweet suggests that he sees oil prices …

Shannon Jones (2019-03-05). The Shutdown of the GM Lordstown Plant: A Corporate Crime. globalresearch.ca Tuesday, March 5, will be the last day of production at the General Motors Lordstown, Ohio, plant as the last Chevy Cruze sedan rolls out of the 6.2 million-square-foot complex, halfway between Cleveland, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. | The closure of …

Felicity Arbuthnot (2019-03-05). The War on Iraq : Five US Presidents, Five British Prime Ministers, More than Thirty Years of Duplicity, and Counting…. globalresearch.ca Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. He had walked into possibly the biggest trap in modern history…

The Global Research Team (2019-03-05). Global Research Needs Your Support. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | With almost 1 million monthly visits to our website, and over 50,000 subscribers to our daily newsletter, during the last year we received contributions in the form of donations and paying memberships from only a small fraction of …

South Front (2019-03-05). Video: Al Qaeda Strikes Back. Major Escalation in Syria's Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca In the morning of March 3, fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Tawhid carried out a major attack on several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Masasneh in northern Hama. A military source told SouthFront …

David D'Amato (2019-03-05). Abolish the Prison System. counterpunch.org America is the authoritarian carceral state par excellence, ignominious the world over for the zeal with which she imprisons her citizens, for the absurdity of her criminal charges and sentences, for the stark racial disparities that characterize her cynical applications of "justice." It is ironic that the United States should bear the honorific title "land of the free" More

Dean Baker (2019-03-05). A Collectible Corporate Income Tax. counterpunch.org Bill Niskanen was the rarest of all creatures, an honest libertarian. He actually believed in libertarian ideas, rather than just using them as an excuse for policies to redistribute income upward. He headed the Cato Institute for more than two decades, from 1985 until 2008. While CATO generally took conservative views, it also followed Niskanen's More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-03-05). Trump's Plot Against America: It Can Happen Here. counterpunch.org When Philip Roth wrote The Plot Against America (2004), I instinctively recoiled at Roth's fictional account of a neo-Nazi political party coming to power in the U.S. with figures such as Charles Lindbergh at its helm. When a Nazi document surfaced just recently ("Nazi blueprint for North American Holocaust acquired by Canada archive," Guardian, January 25, 2019), that outlined More

Jeff Cohen (2019-03-05). WaPo Warns Dems That Progressive Policies Could Bring Them Many Victories. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Norman Finkelstein (2019-03-05). It Is Time to Indict Israel. zcomm.org Interview on the growing push for ICC to file War Crimes charges…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-05). How Many Civilians Have Died as Strikes Escalate in Somalia? truthout.org The Trump administration is rapidly escalating a secretive air war in Somalia. According to the think tank New America, at least 252 people have been killed in around two dozen U.S. airstrikes in Somalia so far this year. The U.S. has already carried out more strikes in Somalia in 2019 than in any single year under President Obama. In addition to the air war, the Pentagon reportedly has about 500 U.S. troops on the ground in Somalia, including many special operations forces. For years, the U.S. has attempted to aid the Somali government by targeting members of al-Shabab, but the effort has increased dramatical…

WSWS (2019-03-05). The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally. wsws.org The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-05). France's Macron Moves to Equate Anti-Semitism with Anti-Zionism. therealnews.com Sonia Fayman of the Union of French Jews for Peace discusses President Macron's efforts to blur the difference between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism…

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-05). Will the U.S. End Up Putting Sanctions on Every Country That Doesn't Bend to Its Will? commondreams.org The point of using such harsh language and of reproducing a repertoire of clich√©s about a country (dictator, authoritarian, starvation, terrorism, drug cartels) is to delegitimize the government of that state and to begin to legitimize much more dramatic regime change protocols. (Photo: @compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-05). Free Lula Samba at Brazil's Carnival. therealnews.com It is generally assumed that Carnival in Brazil is mostly just a big party. However, as Mike Fox reports from Brazil, it actually has its origins in politically motivated concerns and this is true now more than ever…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-05). Enjoy Your High, But Not at the Expense of Palestinian Human Rights. truthout.org Medical cannabis is considered the next up-and-coming miracle drug, with very few side effects. But with Israeli companies bursting onto the international market, medical cannabis exported from Israel may soon have to come with a new warning. Beware: purchase of this product may contribute to violations of Palestinian human rights. | The Israeli medical cannabis industry, as it is currently set up, whitewashes Israeli war crimes, provides legitimacy and profits for people responsible for past massacres in Gaza, and supports Israel's illegal settlement, a direct cause of Palestinian suffering. | On December 28,…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-05). Progressive Tax Takes Aim at Wall Street Transactions, Financial Crashes. commondreams.org Democrats on Tuesday proposed a tax on Wall Street transactions which could stop another financial crash and bring in $777 billion over the next decade. It's a "progressive revenue raiser," said economist Jared Bernstein. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Michael Winship (2019-03-05). Michael Cohen and the Devil in the Details. counterpunch.org My writer friend Gail, who lives in London but is fluent in all things American, has been closely following our daily travails. We're in touch often, sharing our mutual, grim, and often bleakly funny stories about Trump here and Brexit there. Wednesday, just before Michael Cohen began his testimony before the House Committee on Oversight More

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-05). Big Brother Steps Closer as Parents Shackle Teens to Ankle Monitors. truthout.org A perfect example of George Orwell's terrifying view of a society under government surveillance has arrived in the form of ankle monitors for your teens. | For parents who "need to keep track of [their] teenager at all times," Tampa Bay Monitoring in Clearwater, Florida, is selling GPS tracking — similar to the shackles used to track those on parole — billed as a way for parents to have "peace of mind" and for so-called troubled teens to have "protection." Never mind that these monitors function as a form of private…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-05). Juan Guaido Returns to Venezuela Amid US Threats Against Maduro. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido touched down in Caracas' Simon Bolivar International Airport Monday afternoon following visits to several neighboring countries in previous days. Despite official warnings that he would be arrested for violating a Supreme Court-ordered travel ban, the self-proclaimed "interim president" successfully went through airport customs before proceeding to attend an anti-government rally in eastern Caracas. A number …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-03-05). Israel Lobby Proves Ilhan Omar's Claims Right by Exerting Its Immense Influence. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — In response to criticisms made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that US political leaders have too much allegiance to Israel and its lobbying groups, House Democrats have put forward an entire House resolution in accordance with demands made by AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. "The backlash [over Omar's comments] continued on Monday, as the …

Whitney Webb (2019-03-05). Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the India-Pakistan Conflict. theantimedia.com (MPN Op-ed) — Well-known British journalist Robert Fisk recently wrote a very telling and troubling article in The Independent regarding the outsized role of the state of Israel in the burgeoning tensions between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. The story — despite its importance, given the looming threat of nuclear war between the two countries …

Jason Ditz (2019-03-05). Russia Officially Suspends INF Treaty With the United States. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree which suspended Russian participation in the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The decision came after the US announced their intention to withdraw from the same treaty earlier this year. The INF was negotiated in 1987 between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and banned land-based nuclear missiles …

stuart_m (2019-03-05). How award-winning Palestinian poet found her 'magic pen' in an Israeli jail. greenleft.org.au Four months after her release from an Israeli prison, Palestinian poet and photographer Dareen Tatour received the Oxfam Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression in The Hague in January. Oxfam Novib, the Dutch affiliate of the international charity Oxfam, said it awarded Tatour the prize to highlight "the growing repr…

Megan Sherman (2019-03-05). Julian Assange: Hard Power, Soft Power or Something in Between? Washington in Quito. globalresearch.ca Most people acknowledge the usually vicious assault of imperial wars that politicians call counter-terrorism strategy has forced developing states to capitulate to America, but the subtle variation in different types of imperial power gives us an even more disturbing picture …

WSWS (2019-03-05). Algerian protests continue after Bouteflika launches presidential bid. wsws.org Speaking for the former colonial power, Le Monde published an editorial demanding that Bouteflika step down and warning that the situation risks spinning out of control.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-05). Universities on the Foreign Payroll. truthout.org After the Central Intelligence Agency found that the crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia likely ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced it would be reviewing its "Institute-level engagements" with the Kingdom. The fallout from the murder of Khashoggi has put a spotlight on Saudi Arabia's extensive financial connections to universities acro…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-03-05). Stupid, Stupid, Stupid English. counterpunch.org I was sitting in a cafe on the Falls Road in heavily nationalist West Belfast when a local radio reporter came in looking for residents to interview about the effect of Brexit on Northern Ireland. She said that the impact was already massive, adding: "Stupid, stupid English for getting us into this pickle. We were doing nicely and then they surpassed themselves [in stupidity]." More

Manlio Dinucci (2019-03-05). A Camp Darby le forze speciali italiane. globalresearch.ca La notizia non è ufficiale ma già se ne parla: da ottobre su Camp Darby sventolerà il tricolore. Gli Stati uniti stanno per chiudere il loro più grande arsenale nel mondo fuori dalla madrepatria, restituendo all'Italia i circa 1000 ettari …

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-05). Blood Money: Meet the Top 20 Companies Profiting From Endless War. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Military spending is growing around the world and in 2017 it increased by 1.1 percent, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. U.S. arms expenditures rose by $9.6 billion, driving the global rise and further consolidating the status of the United States as the world's top spender on the military—by far. The U.S. …

Jason Ditz (2019-03-05). Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Having stuck to his guns, at least for a couple of months, on the need to withdraw US ground troops from Syria, President Trump is now loudly endorsing the new plan, which is to leave some US forces in Syria for an open-ended amount of time. Trump responded to a joint letter from several members of Congress by saying …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-05). Why Has Haiti Risen Up Once Again? truthout.org The Haitian masses have mobilized a new wave of protest against the corrupt government of President Jovenel Moïse. | It began with demonstrations last summer in July and August, re-emerged in November and December, and exploded again in the first two weeks of February when hundreds of thousands marched in all the major cities of the country, from the capital of Port-au-Prince to the northern city of Cap-Haïtien. | The demonstrators demanded an investigation into what happened to billions of dollars of funds from Venezuela, an end to austerity measures and price increases for basic goods, and the resi…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-03-05). Em Camp Darby, as Foràßas Especiais Italianas. globalresearch.ca A notícia nà£o é oficial, mas já é badalada: a partir de Outubro, em Camp Darby irá ondular a bandeira italiana. Será que os Estados Unidos està£o para fechar o seu maior arsenal no mundo, fora da mà£e Pátria, restituindo …

2019-03-06: Social Media Postees

Why Has Haiti Risen up Once Again?
Ashley Smith | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
The Haitian masses have mobilized a new wave of protest against the corrupt government of President Jovenel MoàØse. It began with demonstrations last summer in July and August, re-emerged in November and December, and exploded again in the first two weeks of February when hundreds of thousands marched in all the major cities of the…
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Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known for its hawkish…
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On the 88th Anniversary of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV)
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-06
The following statement was published today, March 5, by the Communist Party of Venezuela and was written by Freddy Subdiaga, a Party leader in the state of Anzoátegui. The statement was written in Spanish and translated by Fight Back! staff. | This March 5, 2019, when our Venezuelan nation faces the most criminal U.S.-European imperialism stalking humanity, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) will be completing 88 years of combat for the emancipation of the working class from capitalism, the system of the exploiter; guided by the scientific methods of Marxism-Leninism and the integral thinking of the Liberato…
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The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Introduction | Not since the US pronounced the Monroe Doctrine proclaiming its imperial supremacy over Latin America, nearly 200 years ago, has a White House regime so openly affirmed its mission to recolonize Latin America. | The second decade of the 21st …
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UPS record profits mean more exploitation and automation
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-06
Tampa, FL – United Parcel Service released their fourth quarter earnings last month, beating Wall Street's expectations with almost $5 billion in profit for 2018. Through a combination of opening new automated sorting facilities, purchasing more air cargo planes, and exploiting employees with low pay and long hours, UPS had an extremely profitable holiday season. The company is optimistic for profits in 2019 and moving into the future. For workers, however, the future does not look so bright. | In October 2018, UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) successfully pushed an incredibly unpopular co…
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Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
It was a mere two months ago the president of the United States declared he would leave Syria and bring home the troops. | "Our boys, our young women, our men, they're all coming back," Trump said. "And they're coming back | …
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Let's Change Europe From the Ground Up
Yanis Varoufakis | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
The 2008 global financial crisis — the modern 1929 crash — set off a vicious chain reaction across Europe. By 2010 it had irreparably damaged the foundations of the eurozone, causing the establishment to bend its own rules and commit crimes against logic in order to bail out its banker friends. By 2013 the neoliberal ideology…
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Dereliction of Congressional Duty
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Last week's congressional testimony by Michael Cohen riveted the nation as President Trump's long-time lawyer, fixer and co-conspirator spilled the beans on his former boss. But Montana's Republican congressional members, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, told reporters they were too busy "meeting with Montanans all day" to watch or listen to the hearings.
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The Sacredness of Donald Trump
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Emile Durkheim in his The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, revealed the profound insight that society under the guise of religion worships itself. Thus, Egyptian pyramids, Greek temples, Roman basilicas, Medieval cathedrals, Renaissance churches, and many other religious artifacts of all times and places are testaments to humanity's thinly veiled delusions of self-love. But what of…
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The Politics of the Independent Group
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
They could not hold on. A small — and in the scheme of things negligible group — split from the British Labour mothership last month in an effort to salvage some self-described form of credibility. In truth, they were the original sceptics of Jeremy Corbyn, the pro-New Labour grouping indifferent, even disbelieving, about the predations…
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The UK Labour Party's "Antisemitism Crisis" and the Likud Supporters in Its Leadership
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Labour's leadership has tried appeasing its critics, but this has not worked. Appeasement has only emboldened these critics. Jeremy Corbyn's detractors, both inside and outside the party, are adept at moving the goalposts, and will never be satisfied until he is gone as leader, and Labour once again becomes a "natural" home for opportunists like Tony Blair and his followers, and their friends in the Zionist lobby.
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Another War for Oil on the Agenda? Thank Ted Cruz
Joyce Nelson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them — even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III. On February 26, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AK) introduced…
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Anti-Semitism Versus Anti-Zionism in Today's France
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was a time when very few in the West understood the racist nature of the Israeli state. For a long time the Zionists controlled the public relations message and…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/06/anti…

Global Warming Is Here–Just Ask Fishers
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-06
Global warming has already begun to affect fishing worldwide as fish flee warmer seas, a new study says. | In the last 80 years, there has been an estimated drop of more than 4% in sustainable catches for many kinds of fish and shellfish. That is the average. In some regions — the East China Sea, for instance, and Europe's North Sea — the estimated decline was between 15% and 35%. | In the course of the last century, global average temperatures…
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Sacramento Police Who Killed Stephon Clark Won't Be Charged
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-06
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's attorney general announced Tuesday that he won't charge two Sacramento police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, joining a local prosecutor in finding that the officers reasonably believed Stephon Clark had a gun as he moved toward them. | Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the results of a nearly yearlong investigation after telling Clark's mother privately. He acknowledged that it was not what Clark's family wanted but said the evidence showed the officers had reason to believe their lives were in danger, though investigators found only a cel…
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Another War for Oil on the Agenda? Thank Ted Cruz
Joyce Nelson | zcomm.org | 2019-03-06
Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them — even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III…
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The beginning of a social "Stalingrad" in Europe: the Yellow Vests against the totalitarian Empire of Finance
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-06
Back to the Future! Elated, with the single-mindedness of the "We" of the many, suddenly aware of its power, the crowd pours out of the narrow street in which it was crammed, to the spacious Place de la Republiquewhile singing the Marseillaise. It is by far the most popular song among Yellow Vests. The second …
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SEP meetings launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
The meetings at Hatton in Sri Lanka's central plantation district and Jaffna, in the war-ravaged north, attracted important layers of workers and youth.
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The assault on Jeremy Corbyn is a warning that must be heeded
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
The March 3 attack on the Labour Party leader is the latest in a series of far-right provocations in Britain, pointing to the clear and present danger posed by the growth of far-right and fascist parties throughout Europe.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape: How to Make Border Porn
Greg Grandin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his "great, great" border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy. In speech after speech, including his declaration of that emergency, he has told the same story: the United States needs a border wall to prevent sex traffickers from driving women into the country, bound with duct tape.
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Venezuela Update: Guaidó Returns, US Continues Threats
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-06
Self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela without incident, despite having violated a travel ban. NSC chair John Bolton continued his threats against Maduro, warning him not to arrest Guaidó and reaffirming the US's right to intervene in Latin America…
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Study: Loss of Stratocumulus Clouds Could Precipitate Extreme Global Warmingd
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-06
Professor Tapio Schneider discusses a new study examining the relationship between stratocumulus cloud formation and high levels of atmospheric CO2…
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Five and Two Others Curated by Mildred Howard
Creativity Explored | indybay.org | 2019-03-06
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Warrior Women Screening with Madonna Thunder Hawk
Resource Center for Nonviolence | indybay.org | 2019-03-06
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Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-06
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to "stay ahead of Russia." Even though Russia's military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the "growing" …

Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia

India and Pakistan stoke chauvinism, exchange threats
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
Although cross-border shelling has reportedly declined since Sunday, continuing tensions between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states have left the region on the brink of a catastrophic war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Clapper claims he 'didn't lie' about NSA spying on Americans, but 'didn't understand' the question
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-06
NSA director-turned-cable-news-pundit James Clapper is still insisting he wasn't lying when he told a congressional panel the NSA wasn't spying on American citizens — three months before Edward Snowden told everyone it was. | …
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Yes, Let's Defeat or Impeach Donald Trump. But What If He Refuses to Leave the White House?
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-03-06
Donald Trump doesn't care about laws and warned as a 2016 candidate that he might not accept the vote tally. His surrogates have warned of violence.
theintercept.com/2019/03/06/dona…

'Time to declare victory!' US senators seek to end 'forever war' in Afghanistan
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-06
Senators Rand Paul and Tom Udall have introduced a bill to end the ruinously expensive conflict in Afghanistan, declaring 'victory' in the longest war in US history after 18 years, some $6 trillion and over 100,000 dead. | …
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North Korea: Achievements in Health and Education
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
North Korea's "health system is the envy of the developing world" according to the World Health Organization: WHO director-general Margaret Chan said the country had "no lack of doctors and nurses"
globalresearch.ca/north-korea-th…

Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-05
As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress–Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)–are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source…
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PATRICK LAWRENCE: It Was Kim That Walked Away
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-05
There are two sides to the story about why the second North Korea peace summit fell apart last week, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News The abrupt and unexpected failure of the second Trump–Kim summit last… Read more ?…
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Human Rights Orgs: End Canadian Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
CFJPIME | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) joined eleven other human rights organizations to send a letter calling the Canadian government to immediately suspend arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The letter pointed out that …
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Hanoi Summit: So close, yet so far from peace
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-05
In today's episode of International Round-up, NewsClick editor, Prabir Purkayastha, talks about the reasons behind the failure of the Hanoi Summit, where the US and North Korea could not arrive at a lasting agreement. He also discusses the changing dynamics and the possibilities that the inter-Korean peace process has augured.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/05/h…

The Trump-Kim Summit: What Really Happened in Hanoi?
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
While the western media has written off last weekend's summit in Hanoi as a failure, the talks did help to burnish Kim Jong-un's reputation as a sincere statesman committed to peacefully resolving the nuclear issue. This is a significant …
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Israel is Playing a Big Role in India's Escalating Conflict with Pakistan
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a "terrorist camp" were the first words. A "command and control centre" destroyed, many "terrorists" killed. The military was retaliating for a "terrorist attack" on its troops, we were told. An Islamist "jihadi" base had been…
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Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-05
Otzma Yehudit's (Jewish Power Party) platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values argues Ramzy Baroud.
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An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky, Sujatha Fernandes, Daniel Hellinger, et al. | U.S. Vice President of United States Mike Pence and Venezuelan opposition leader and declared acting president by the National Assembly Juan Guaid√≥ meet during the Lima Group Summit on February 25, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. The meeting occurs after Nicol√°s Maduro blocked humanitarian aid in the border with Colombia in C√∫cuta. (Photo: Luis Ramirez/Vizzor Image/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen on Russiagate
The Nation | thenation.com | 2019-03-05
Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen on Russiagate…
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The US Wants to Sanction Away Russia's "Great Society"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Latest round of proposed US sanctions is intended to offset Putin's legacy-defining socio-economic development program known as the "Great Society" | *** | Congress is deliberating whether to promulgate the so-called " Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019″ …
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Russia on Venezuela: U.S. mercenaries and direct military intervention
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-05
We are certainly worried about the U.S. plans to arm militants in order to destabilise the situation in Venezuela and, frankly speaking, invade this sovereign country. | Source…
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Inside the Secretive U.S. Air War in Somalia: How Many Civilians Have Died as Strikes Escalate?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-05
The Trump administration is rapidly escalating a secretive air war in Somalia. According to the think tank New America, at least 252 people have been killed in around two dozen U.S. airstrikes in Somalia so far this year. The U.S. has already carried out more strikes in Somalia in 2019 than in any single year under President Obama. In addition to the air war, the Pentagon reportedly has about 500 U.S. troops on the ground in Somalia, including many special operations forces. For years, the U.S. has attempted to aid the Somali government by targeting members of al-Shabab, but the effort has increased dramatically…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/5/in…

Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check
Alan MacLeod | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
The political right is uniting with establishment Democrats in denouncing presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for his supposedly pro-dictatorship stance on Venezuela. And the media are piling on.(Photo: ABC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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"Political racism is why West has not given a chance to Venezuelan process"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-05
Venezuelan ambassador to Ecuador, Carol Delgado Arria, talked to Peoples Dispatch about how political racism has affected the treatment of Venezuela and Bolivarian leaders such as Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.
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Financial Imperialism: the Case of Venezuela
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
Invasion of Venezuela by US and its proxies is just around the corner! This past week vice-president Pence flew to Colombia once again–for the fifth time in recent weeks–to provide final instructions to US local forces and proxy allies there for the next step in the US regime change plan. Evidence that the 'green light'…
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Stage set long ago for encounter at Colombia-Venezuela border
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-05
On February 23, the U.S. and Colombian governments joined in trying to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. They were using humanitarian aid as a Trojan Horse to confront Venezuelan security forces. These were supposed to have stepped aside, Venezuela's military forces would, in theory, have disintegrated, and a take-down …
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Venezuela — Interview with Union Leader Stalin Pérez Borges: It Will Be Very Difficult to Defeat Us
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-05
In this conversation with the union leader, he examines the current conjuncture and the working class struggle in the Caribbean nation.
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Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-03-05
by Alan MacLeod | Corporate media have always attacked leftists for their positions on Venezuela, a country consistently demonized and misrepresented in the US press (FAIR.org, 6/1/02, 11/1/05, 4/1/13, 2/22/19). But with President Donald Trump's lat…
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Revolution in Venezuela: what is really happening?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-05
On February 23, Venezuela broke diplomatic and political relations with Colombia. In addition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave the staff of the Colombian Embassy in Caracas 24 hours to leave Venezuela. At the same time, Venezuela temporarily closed three bridges on the border with Colombia. The decision was taken after it came to light that …
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VIDEO: The US Humanitarian Aid Ploy to Venezuela Explained
Kei Pritsker | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-03-05
Washington's claim that Venezuela's government has refused humanitarian aid is a gigantic lie. Kei Pritsker explains how the US deployed…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/03/05/w…

An Unholy Alliance: Did the US-Backed UAE Fly ISIS Leaders into Yemen's Killing Fields?
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-05
The de facto alliance between the U.S. with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, AQAP, and now allegedly ISIS in Yemen has led to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern history,…
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Conflict in Kashmir: U.S. Imperialism's Playground
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-05
Last week saw a geopolitical explosion; something that seemed to many a sudden and terrifying threat of nuclear war on the Indian Subcontinent. For the first time since 1971, Pakistan and India engaged in active combat in the contested muslim-majority territory of Kashmir. The confrontation began with India's aerial bombing of an alleged terrorist camp …
uwidata.com/2564-conflict-in-kas…

The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Western mainstream media (MSM) typically present Iran as a degenerate and impoverished society under the sway of Islamic terrorist fundamentalists. Alternate media and seriously investigated works present a much different picture. Dan Kovalik's The Plot to Attack Iran highlights | …
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Nigeria: More than 50 reported missing after the oil pipeline explosion in Niger Delta
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-05
Hundreds of Nigerians in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa on the Niger Delta were forced to flee their villages after one of the numerous oil pipelines in the region exploded around 4 am on Friday morning. | According to a local chief, a " huge inferno" rose along the course of this pipeline which runs across six local communities in the region. According to reports, at least 50 people have gone missing in the stampede that ensued as people scrambled to run away from the blaze. | The pipeline is currently owned by t…
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Oakland teachers' strike victory: Billionaires won't determine our kids' futures
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-05
OAKLAND, Calif.–The headline on the Oakland Education Association's website, announcing that union members had ratified the tentative agreement they won with their seven-day strike, said it all: "Back to School: Monday, March 4–The Fight has Just Begun! "With gains in every key area," the union said, "this contract lays a solid foundation for the challenging …
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Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Won't Run for President in 2020
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-05
WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, announced Tuesday that he will not join the crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020. | Instead, Bloomberg said he planned to focus his energy and considerable resources on outside efforts aimed at defeating President Donald Trump, as well as on combating climate change and addressing gun violence. | Bloomberg spent months weighing a White House run, traveling to early voting states and building a team of experienced political advisers. But aides said internal polling suggested Bloomberg's path to the Democratic nomi…
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Removing "Arab" from the Syrian Arab Republic Would "Balkanize" the Country
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
The Syrian Kurds are committed to changing their country's name. | One of the group's representatives told Sputnik that they insist on changing the constitutional name of the Syrian Arab Republic to the "Syrian Republic" so as to supposedly make the …
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Tommy Robinson and the Ultra Right-wing Jihadists of America
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
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The Shutdown of the GM Lordstown Plant: A Corporate Crime
Shannon Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Tuesday, March 5, will be the last day of production at the General Motors Lordstown, Ohio, plant as the last Chevy Cruze sedan rolls out of the 6.2 million-square-foot complex, halfway between Cleveland, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. | The closure of …
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Video: Al Qaeda Strikes Back. Major Escalation in Syria's Northern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
In the morning of March 3, fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Tawhid carried out a major attack on several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Masasneh in northern Hama. A military source told SouthFront …
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Will Trump Take Action Against OPEC?
Nick Cunningham | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Brent is creeping back up towards the high-$60s per barrel, prompting a scolding of OPEC by President Trump via tweet earlier this week. | Trump's irritability with high oil prices is well-known, but the tweet suggests that he sees oil prices …
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Global Research Needs Your Support
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
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The War on Iraq : Five US Presidents, Five British Prime Ministers, More than Thirty Years of Duplicity, and Counting
Felicity Arbuthnot | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. He had walked into possibly the biggest trap in modern history…
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Selected Articles: Trump-Kim: Will There be a Third Summit?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
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 …
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SNC Lavalin Scandal Blowback from Corrupt Canadian Foreign Policy
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Canada's corrupt foreign policy practices have come home to roost on Parliament Hill. | Justin Trudeau's government is engulfed in a major political scandal that lays bare corporate power in Ottawa. But, SNC Lavalin's important role in Canadian foreign policy …
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Three Days in LA: Tales of a Reluctant Tourist
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
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Why Wait for 2021? End the Federal War on Marijuana Now!
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
The Boston Globe's Naomi Martin and James Pindell report that all of 2020's formally declared "major party" presidential candidates say they support legalizing marijuana at the federal level. Yes, that includes President Trump. Great idea! But why should the nearly 2/3 of Americans who want marijuana legalized spend the next 20 months listening to these…
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Abolish the Prison System
David D'Amato | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
America is the authoritarian carceral state par excellence, ignominious the world over for the zeal with which she imprisons her citizens, for the absurdity of her criminal charges and sentences, for the stark racial disparities that characterize her cynical applications of "justice." It is ironic that the United States should bear the honorific title "land of the free"
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Trump's Plot Against America: It Can Happen Here
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
When Philip Roth wrote The Plot Against America (2004), I instinctively recoiled at Roth's fictional account of a neo-Nazi political party coming to power in the U.S. with figures such as Charles Lindbergh at its helm. When a Nazi document surfaced just recently ("Nazi blueprint for North American Holocaust acquired by Canada archive," Guardian, January 25, 2019), that outlined…
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A Swiftian Modest Proposal for the President
Tom Engelhardt | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
Call me crazy, if you want, but I think I see how to do it! We have two intractable issues, one intractable president, and an intractable world, but what if it weren't so? What if those two intractable problems could be swept off the table by a single gesture from that same intractable man? As…
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John Prine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
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Make America Normal Again?
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. –Walt Whitman "We're better than this," Congressman Elijah Cummings sternly told his colleagues at the conclusion of Michael Cohen's public congressional hearing, exhorting them and all Americans "to get back to normal," to, as it were, Make America Normal…
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A Collectible Corporate Income Tax
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
Bill Niskanen was the rarest of all creatures, an honest libertarian. He actually believed in libertarian ideas, rather than just using them as an excuse for policies to redistribute income upward. He headed the Cato Institute for more than two decades, from 1985 until 2008. While CATO generally took conservative views, it also followed Niskanen's…
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France's Yellow Vests: Proving Police Are Indeed Part of the 1%
Ramin Mazaheri | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-05
8,000+ arrested, 500 major injuries, 2,000+ imprisoned (as of Feb. 14), 1,500+ awaiting trials (Feb. 14), 12 deaths, 20+ blindings, 6 hands lost, 10,000+ rubber bullets fired. Cops never switch sides — they have too much to lose.
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WaPo Warns Dems That Progressive Policies Could Bring Them Many Victories
Jeff Cohen | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
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It Is Time to Indict Israel
Norman Finkelstein | zcomm.org | 2019-03-05
Interview on the growing push for ICC to file War Crimes charges…
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Enjoy Your High, But Not at the Expense of Palestinian Human Rights
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
Medical cannabis is considered the next up-and-coming miracle drug, with very few side effects. But with Israeli companies bursting onto the international market, medical cannabis exported from Israel may soon have to come with a new warning. Beware: purchase of this product may contribute to violations of Palestinian human rights. | The Israeli medical cannabis industry, as it is currently set up, whitewashes Israeli war crimes, provides legitimacy and profits for people responsible for past massacres in Gaza, and supports Israel's illegal settlement, a direct cause of Palestinian suffering. | On December 28,…
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Will the U.S. End Up Putting Sanctions on Every Country That Doesn't Bend to Its Will?
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
The point of using such harsh language and of reproducing a repertoire of clich√©s about a country (dictator, authoritarian, starvation, terrorism, drug cartels) is to delegitimize the government of that state and to begin to legitimize much more dramatic regime change protocols. (Photo: @compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Blood Money: Meet the Top 20 Companies Profiting From Endless War
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(TMU) — Military spending is growing around the world and in 2017 it increased by 1.1 percent, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. U.S. arms expenditures rose by $9.6 billion, driving the global rise and further consolidating the status of the United States as the world's top spender on the military–by far. The U.S. …

Blood Money: Meet the Top 20 Companies Profiting From Endless War

Israel Lobby Proves Ilhan Omar's Claims Right by Exerting Its Immense Influence
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(CJ Opinion) — In response to criticisms made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that US political leaders have too much allegiance to Israel and its lobbying groups, House Democrats have put forward an entire House resolution in accordance with demands made by AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. "The backlash [over Omar's comments] continued on Monday, as the …

Israel Lobby Proves Ilhan Omar’s Claims Right by Exerting Its Immense Influence

Russia Officially Suspends INF Treaty With the United States
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(ANTIWAR.COM) — On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree which suspended Russian participation in the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The decision came after the US announced their intention to withdraw from the same treaty earlier this year. The INF was negotiated in 1987 between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and banned land-based nuclear missiles …

Russia Officially Suspends INF Treaty With the United States

Progressive Tax Takes Aim at Wall Street Transactions, Financial Crashes
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
Democrats on Tuesday proposed a tax on Wall Street transactions which could stop another financial crash and bring in $777 billion over the next decade. It's a "progressive revenue raiser," said economist Jared Bernstein. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Stupid, Stupid, Stupid English
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
I was sitting in a cafe on the Falls Road in heavily nationalist West Belfast when a local radio reporter came in looking for residents to interview about the effect of Brexit on Northern Ireland. She said that the impact was already massive, adding: "Stupid, stupid English for getting us into this pickle. We were doing nicely and then they surpassed themselves [in stupidity]."
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France's Macron Moves to Equate Anti-Semitism with Anti-Zionism
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-05
Sonia Fayman of the Union of French Jews for Peace discusses President Macron's efforts to blur the difference between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism…
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How award-winning Palestinian poet found her 'magic pen' in an Israeli jail
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-05
Four months after her release from an Israeli prison, Palestinian poet and photographer Dareen Tatour received the Oxfam Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression in The Hague in January. Oxfam Novib, the Dutch affiliate of the international charity Oxfam, said it awarded Tatour the prize to highlight "the growing repr…
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Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the India-Pakistan Conflict
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(MPN Op-ed) — Well-known British journalist Robert Fisk recently wrote a very telling and troubling article in The Independent regarding the outsized role of the state of Israel in the burgeoning tensions between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. The story — despite its importance, given the looming threat of nuclear war between the two countries …

Robert Fisk Exposes Israel’s Hidden Role in the India-Pakistan Conflict

Why Has Haiti Risen Up Once Again?
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
The Haitian masses have mobilized a new wave of protest against the corrupt government of President Jovenel Moïse. | It began with demonstrations last summer in July and August, re-emerged in November and December, and exploded again in the first two weeks of February when hundreds of thousands marched in all the major cities of the country, from the capital of Port-au-Prince to the northern city of Cap-Haïtien. | The demonstrators demanded an investigation into what happened to billions of dollars of funds from Venezuela, an end to austerity measures and price increases for basic goods, and the resi…
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Universities on the Foreign Payroll
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
After the Central Intelligence Agency found that the crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia likely ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced it would be reviewing its "Institute-level engagements" with the Kingdom. The fallout from the murder of Khashoggi has put a spotlight on Saudi Arabia's extensive financial connections to universities acro…
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Juan Guaido Returns to Venezuela Amid US Threats Against Maduro
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(VA) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido touched down in Caracas' Simon Bolivar International Airport Monday afternoon following visits to several neighboring countries in previous days. Despite official warnings that he would be arrested for violating a Supreme Court-ordered travel ban, the self-proclaimed "interim president" successfully went through airport customs before proceeding to attend an anti-government rally in eastern Caracas. A number …

Juan Guaido Returns to Venezuela Amid US Threats Against Maduro

Big Brother Steps Closer as Parents Shackle Teens to Ankle Monitors
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
A perfect example of George Orwell's terrifying view of a society under government surveillance has arrived in the form of ankle monitors for your teens. | For parents who "need to keep track of [their] teenager at all times," Tampa Bay Monitoring in Clearwater, Florida, is selling GPS tracking — similar to the shackles used to track those on parole — billed as a way for parents to have "peace of mind" and for so-called troubled teens to have "protection." Never mind that these monitors function as a form of private…
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The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-05
The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.
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Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Having stuck to his guns, at least for a couple of months, on the need to withdraw US ground troops from Syria, President Trump is now loudly endorsing the new plan, which is to leave some US forces in Syria for an open-ended amount of time. Trump responded to a joint letter from several members of Congress by saying …

Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria

Em Camp Darby, as Foràßas Especiais Italianas
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
A notícia nà£o é oficial, mas já é badalada: a partir de Outubro, em Camp Darby irá ondular a bandeira italiana. Será que os Estados Unidos està£o para fechar o seu maior arsenal no mundo, fora da mà£e Pátria, restituindo …
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'We Need to Push Lawmakers Extra Hard': Campaign Aims to Flood Congress With Calls to Support Net Neutrality Bill
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
"Call your lawmakers and demand they co-sponsor new legislation to restore net neutrality before Big Telecom's lobbyists swarm Capitol Hill." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Michael Cohen and the Devil in the Details
Michael Winship | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
My writer friend Gail, who lives in London but is fluent in all things American, has been closely following our daily travails. We're in touch often, sharing our mutual, grim, and often bleakly funny stories about Trump here and Brexit there. Wednesday, just before Michael Cohen began his testimony before the House Committee on Oversight…
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Algerian protests continue after Bouteflika launches presidential bid
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-05
Speaking for the former colonial power, Le Monde published an editorial demanding that Bouteflika step down and warning that the situation risks spinning out of control.
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A Camp Darby le forze speciali italiane
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
La notizia non è ufficiale ma già se ne parla: da ottobre su Camp Darby sventolerà il tricolore. Gli Stati uniti stanno per chiudere il loro più grande arsenale nel mondo fuori dalla madrepatria, restituendo all'Italia i circa 1000 ettari …
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How Many Civilians Have Died as Strikes Escalate in Somalia?
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
The Trump administration is rapidly escalating a secretive air war in Somalia. According to the think tank New America, at least 252 people have been killed in around two dozen U.S. airstrikes in Somalia so far this year. The U.S. has already carried out more strikes in Somalia in 2019 than in any single year under President Obama. In addition to the air war, the Pentagon reportedly has about 500 U.S. troops on the ground in Somalia, including many special operations forces. For years, the U.S. has attempted to aid the Somali government by targeting members of al-Shabab, but the effort has increased dramatical…
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Julian Assange: Hard Power, Soft Power or Something in Between? Washington in Quito
Megan Sherman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Most people acknowledge the usually vicious assault of imperial wars that politicians call counter-terrorism strategy has forced developing states to capitulate to America, but the subtle variation in different types of imperial power gives us an even more disturbing picture | …
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Free Lula Samba at Brazil's Carnival
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-05
It is generally assumed that Carnival in Brazil is mostly just a big party. However, as Mike Fox reports from Brazil, it actually has its origins in politically motivated concerns and this is true now more than ever…
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