Daily Archives: March 7, 2019

2019-03-07: News Headlines

susan_p (2019-03-08). 'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…

WSWS (2019-03-08). The attacks on Green Book and the racialist infection of the affluent middle class. wsws.org The decision to bestow the Best Picture award on Green Book (directed by Peter Farrelly) at the Academy Awards on February 24 has triggered a furious and ongoing response in the American media.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-08). Royal Wedding Got Triple the Media Coverage of Yemen in 2018. consortiumnews.com That ratio is symptomatic of negative trends at the major networks, writes Jim Lobe. By Jim Lobe Inter Press Service The ongoing war in Yemen, called the world's "worst humanitarian disaster" by the United Nations and independent aid agencies since early last… Read more →

Consortiumnews (2019-03-08). Labour's Fight Over Israel Long Time in Coming. consortiumnews.com The party is being dragged into the modern world by Corbyn's anti-racist leadership towards Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net An announcement this week by the Jewish Labour Movement that it is considering splitting from the British Labour Party… Read more →

Lee Camp (2019-03-08). We Are Being Lied Into War Again. truthdig.com I was 23 when we invaded Iraq, and I wasn't sure it was based on lies, but something deep down in me—just behind the spleen—told me it was based on lies. Kinda like if your blind date shows up and you notice he has a 2004 flip phone. It seems vaguely worrisome, and no explanation he can haltingly supply will put you at ease. Plus, anyone else who acts like it's normal also becomes suspect. | The invasion of Iraq just felt like it was a lie to me. And it turned out that I was right, that it was a lie, and that the entirety of the mainstream media and our government were either wrong or lying and, most…

WSWS (2019-03-08). More ministers quit as factional war wracks Australia's ruling coalition. wsws.org The Liberal-National Coalition, a pillar of corporate rule, is being torn asunder.

WSWS (2019-03-08). Netflix's Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism. wsws.org Netflix is currently presenting to its worldwide audience the virulently anti-Semitic television series, Trotsky, which was originally produced by the Russian state in 2017.

susan_p (2019-03-08). Ecuador: 10,000 public servants sacked in three days. greenleft.org.au Nearly ten thousand Ecuadorean government employees were fired between February 27 and March 1, according to local media reports. | This came after President Lenin Moreno signed a deal worth US$4.2 billion on February 20 with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | According to an IMF statement, agreement was reached on policy measures the government of Ecuador must implement to apply for the loan. | The IMF would then process the loans in the context of what it calls an Extended Fund Facility, set up "to assist m…

WSWS (2019-03-08). European Central Bank announces major policy reversal. wsws.org The decision by the ECB came as a result of what President Marion Draghi characterised as "substantial" downward revision of growth estimates for the region.

Julia Conley (2019-03-08). Chelsea Manning Faces Contempt Charge After Refusal to Answer Grand Jury Questions. theantimedia.com (CD) — Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning expressed no regrets Thursday when she revealed that she faces a contempt hearing— and possible jail time—after declining to answer a grand jury's questions. Manning appeared before a grand jury Wednesday after being subpoenaed, apparently to discuss her 2010 disclosure of government and military documents about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq …

kathy_f (2019-03-08). Deregulation undermines building safety. greenleft.org.au In 2013, then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a "war on red tape and green tape", which he claimed was "suffocating" Australian businesses. The Coalition government even announced a special cutting of red tape day. | No doubt Abbott was able to point to some idiotic and bureaucratic regulations to win public support for cutting so-called red tape that was actually protecting the public or the environment, to allow the corporate rich to pillage and plunder. | But this drive to cut red tape did not begin with Abbott. It began in the 1980s when the Bob Hawke Labor government, followed by the John Howard Coalitio…

susan_p (2019-03-08). The Hanoi summit — Trump-style. greenleft.org.au Thousands of journalists from around the world gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam over February 27-28 to cover another historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump, which followed their first summit in Singapore in June last year. | Expectations for the meeting were high, and hope for a further step towards peace was great, but ultimately, no deal was made. The Vietnamese government hosted a historic summit, but there was no Hanoi Declaration to signal a permanent peace in the Korean peninsula. | Who broke the deal?: | Trump did. Why? No one knows what was in Tr…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-07). War Crimes: From Bloody Sunday in Derry, Northern Ireland to Croatia, Kosovo and Iraq. globalresearch.ca Almost forty years later: The 5000 page Saville Commission Report into the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, Northern Ireland, fails to identify who were the perpetrators, both within H.M government and the British Army.

Ben Norton (2019-03-07). Why a Wall Street Banker Joined Venezuela's Revolution. thegrayzone.com Venezuelan financial analyst Juan Carlos Peraza explains why he gave up a lucrative job as a Wall Street banker and…

teleSUR (2019-03-07). Italy's Far-right Celebrate Women's Day With Sexist Flyer. telesurenglish.net Italy's far-right League lead by Matteo Salvini has managed to produce an overtly sexist tribute to International Women's Day with a leaflet deemed comically backwards and which claims that the "natural role of women" is "the promotion and support of life and the family." | RELATED: | Brazil Ministry Requests Schools to Recite Nationalist Slogans | T…

Associated Press (2019-03-07). Leaked Docs Show US Gov't Gathered Intel on Activists, Journalists Covering Migrant Caravan. mintpressnews.com The intelligence-gathering efforts were done under the umbrella of "Operation Secure Line," which was designed to monitor the caravan of thousands of people who began making their way north from Central America late last year to seek asylum in the United States.

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2019-03-07). The US Empire Has Up to 1,000 Military Bases in 80 Countries. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on January 30, 2018. | On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Baltimore University hosted more than 200 activists in the peace, environment, and social justice movements to launch a new initiative known as …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). Headlines for March 7, 2019. democracynow.org DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Denies Migrants Are Held in Cages, ICE Kept "Anti-Trump Protest Spreadsheet" to Track NYC Activists, U.S. Kept Secret List of Journalists and Activists at Southern Border, Trump Ends Reporting Requirement of Civilian Deaths from U.S. Drones, Report Details U.S. Role in Civilian Deaths from Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Syria: Hundreds of ISIS Fighters Surrender to Kurdish Forces, Sen. Martha McSally Says She Was Raped by Superior in U.S. Air Force, Second Judge Blocks Trump Admin's Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, Michael Cohen to Congress: White House Lawyer Edited 2017 Testimony, NA…

ACLU (2019-03-07). The Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border. aclu.org DHS created a list of people who were reporting on or working with the migrant caravan to flag for lengthy questioning at the U.S. border. | In what looks like a coordinated attack on constitutional rights, the U.S. government has reportedly been targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers working to raise awareness of issues facing migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. | On Wednesday, the NBC affiliate in San Diego revealed leaked docu…

Jack Rasmus (2019-03-07). Some Big Economic Questions of the Day—and My Replies. counterpunch.org Recently I have had several journalists, academics and progressive activists ask me my opinion on some of the key economic questions of the day. Here are some of my replies: on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, wages, expanding income inequality in the US, on what is the real rate of inflation More

Stephen Cooper (2019-03-07). Why Twitter Brings Out My Worst Self (and perhaps yours). counterpunch.org As a full-time freelance writer — having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails — Twitter brings out my absolute worst self. With my insuppressible, hereditary, Type-A personality, coupled with my raging but not formally diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder, when I click on that deceptively peaceful, More

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-07). Selma, the Birthplace of Modern Democracy in America. counterpunch.org This past weekend, political leaders from across the country gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where peaceful demonstrators, attempting to cross the bridge, were violently driven back by Alabama State Troopers, Dallas County Sheriff's deputies and a horse-mounted posse wielding billy clubs and water hoses More

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2019-03-07). Kim-Trump Hanoi Summit: Failure? Sabotage? What Has Happened? What Will Happen? globalresearch.ca The world had been watching for eight months, since the Singapore Summit of June 2018, official or non-official Washington-Pyongyang peace dialogues. As the countdown of the Hanoi Summit began, the world thought that it had the right to hope for …

Consortiumnews (2019-03-07). Russia-gate Grand Wizard Deceives Audience About Assange. consortiumnews.com Obsessed Russia-gaters just can't accept that the Assange indictment has nothing to do with the 2016 election, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone Caitlinjohnstone.com When it was first revealed in November that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is under secret charges by the Trump administration,… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-03-07). Chelsea Manning Faces Possible Jail Time in WikiLeaks Probe. telesurenglish.net Wikileaks whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, issued a statement Thursday warning that she could return to prison on contempt charges after refusing to testify to a secret grand jury on Wednesday in an on-going investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | RELATED: | Chelsea Manning Challenges Subpoena to Testify Against Assange | On Friday, March 8, Manning will return to a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia for a closed contempt hearing where a judge will consider…

Alison Weir (2019-03-07). The UN Screened this Video at a Meeting on Israel's Murder of Unarmed Protesters in Gaza. mintpressnews.com An independent investigation concluded that 'nations have a duty to 'arrest persons alleged to have committed, or who ordered to have committed, the international crimes described in the present report'

Eds. (2019-03-07). 'Useful to keep them nervous': LISTEN as top Trump aide blabs U.S. Venezuela plans. mronline.org Vovan and Lexus, Russian telephone pranksters known for their trolling of politicians from around the world, have struck again, targeting U.S. special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams to find out more about the U.S.-backed effort to unseat that country's legitimate government. Sputnik got ahold of the full audio from the talks. | Source

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-03-07). The worldwide struggle against fascism: a conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). mronline.org An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries. | Source

W. T. Whitney (2019-03-07). Setting the Stage for an Encounter at the Colombia-Venezuela Border. counterpunch.org On February 23, The U.S. and Colombian governments together tried to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. The humanitarian aid was a Trojan horse that, in theory, would confront Venezuelan security forces with a dilemma. These would supposedly step aside or desert. A take-down of Venezuela's socialist government would follow. More

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-03-07). Who benefits from American "aid" to the Middle East? peoplesworld.org There is a lot more to American "aid" to Middle East countries, paid for by the taxpayers of the U.S., than at first meets the eye. Of course, this can be said of U.S. aid to a lot of places. Most recently we see convoys of trucks carrying "aid" to Venezuela being used, in effect, …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). War Crimes in Yemen? U.S. & U.K. Arms Killed & Injured Nearly 1,000 Civilians in Saudi-Led Attack. democracynow.org As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has been released documenting the role that the U.S. and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. A group of organizations, including a Yemen-based human rights organization, released the damning report on Wednesday, claiming that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians and injured at least 749 people. The report found that 22 of the attacks likely involved weapons produced in the United States. The other five attacks were carried out eithe…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). U.S. Has Supplied UAE $27B in Arms Despite Nation's Links to Torture, Mercenaries & Child Soldiers. democracynow.org We look at how U.S. weapons are supporting the ongoing devastation in Yemen with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of a new report about the role the United Arab Emirates has played in Yemen. It is titled "'Little Sparta': The United States-United Arab Emirates Alliance and the War in Yemen." We also speak with Ruhan Nagra, the executive director of the University Network for Human Rights, and Radhya Al-Mutawakel, chairperson of the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. They recently published an investigation into the role of U.S.

Daniel Warner (2019-03-07). Trump: The Art of the No Deal. counterpunch.org Last week Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed Master of the Deal, walked away from his second summit with the North Korean leader empty handed. There was no agreement on denuclearization and ending sanctions. For all the pre-meeting hype, there was no deal. What's the big deal? Trump the Promoter has promoted business-speak and a business mentality More

Tony Wood (2019-03-07). Toward a Global History of the Communist Party. thenation.com A. James McAdams's new history examines the tensions between the communist party as an institution and as an ideal.

Chuck Churchill (2019-03-07). Big Capital, the Working Class, and US Imperialism: a Brief Look at Recent History. counterpunch.org Today, the two looming "existential threats" are the possibility of nuclear war, and unprecedented human-caused climate change, yet neither of these seems to unduly concern our plutocrats. Capitalism thrives on war, and we forget this historical fact at our peril. Nor do they seem worried about the drastic consequences of global warming, which has been More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). Bacevich: Questioning U.S.-Israel Ties Has Long Been Impermissible in Congress, But That's Changing. democracynow.org House Democrats will vote today on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The resolution is seen as a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel—even though the draft resolution does not explicitly name the freshman congressmember. The vote was indefinitely delayed Wednesday after a revolt from progressive Democrats, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly announced Thursday in a closed-door meeting that the vote would move forward. We speak with Andrew Bacevich, retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran, author and professo…

Jeff Cohen (2019-03-07). This Jew Tells Speaker Pelosi: "You May Well Prove Ilhan Omar Correct" counterpunch.org Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly still considering a symbolic "show vote" in Congress on an anti-Semitism and "hate" resolution — which would offer all the authenticity and honesty of a Soviet show trial. If Pelosi proceeds, it will prove Rep. Ilhan Omar's point about the inordinate influence wielded over Congress by the "Israel-right or-wrong"/AIPAC lobby and its power to stifle criticism of Israel. More

Dean Baker (2019-03-07). Health Care Costs and the Budget. counterpunch.org Introduction Budget projections show the federal budget deficit growing substantially in the next decade and beyond. A major part of this story is high US health care costs. The United States pays roughly twice as much per person for its health care with little to show in the way of better outcomes. If US health More

CP Editor (2019-03-07). "In Order to Dismantle Capitalism, We Must First Destroy the Fossil Fuel Industry," an Interview with Joshua Frank. counterpunch.org

Karl Grossman (2019-03-07). Flirting With Disaster: the Return of Offshore Drilling. counterpunch.org It's been decades since a fisherman out of Montauk on Long Island told me about seeing a ship in the Atlantic Ocean east of Long Island similar to those he had seen searching for oil in the Gulf of Mexico when he was a shrimper there. I telephoned oil company after company and each gave More

L. Michael Hager (2019-03-07). Stop Weaponizing "Anti-Semitism" and "Racism" counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | What's in a word? Plenty, if those words are "racism" or "anti-Semitism." Just ask Virginia Governor Ralph Northam or freshman Congresswoman Ilham Omar. Last week both found themselves engulfed in political firestorms. All because of those two barbed words. | Governor Northam faced charges of racism when someone discovered a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page That an 80's yearbook photo could push a governor's political career to the brink raises questions about how the word "racism" is being defined and how it is being weaponized in political debates. | Northam's ad…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). Andrew Bacevich: The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is a Principal Source of Instability in the Middle East. democracynow.org We look at a number of recent developments in U.S.-Saudi relations, a day after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for retired four-star general John Abizaid to become U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia. On Monday, the Trump administration gave a private briefing to senators on the investigation into the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. Senators slammed the briefing for providing no new information. Meanwhile, The New York Times has revealed new details about the jailing and torture of a doctor with…

unitedEditor (2019-03-07). Mohammed bin Salman's "Journey of Hope" uwidata.com Saudi Arabia is well known to be the United States' anchor in the Middle East. Why, then, did Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman engage in an official tour of Asia including Pakistan, India and China, without Washington's approval? Those familiar with the situation in the middle east already understand that there is no definite …

teleSUR (2019-03-07). US Trade Gap Widens to $621 Billion, 10 Year-High in 2018. telesurenglish.net The United States' trade gap has widened to hit record 10 year-high in 2018, registering a deficit of US$621 billion, according to U.S. Department of Commerce figures Wednesday. | RELATED: | US Economy Suffers Loss of US$3B Over Government Shutdown | Despite Trump's "America First" discourse, an increase in imports fulled by lower taxes and a slowing down of exports based on a strong dollar and trade tariffs, especially with China, have affected the country's commercial balance. | T…

teleSUR (2019-03-07). Trend of Self-Proclaimed 'Presidency' Catches On in Latin America. telesurenglish.net Something they all have in common is that none were democratically elected by the people, yet, this did not stop them from self-proclaiming as 'presidents' of their homelands. But with Juan Guiado's example, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador join Venezuela with brand new self-proclaimed heads of State. | RELATED: | People Around the World Reject US Intervention in Venezuela | It all started on Jan. 23 with the attempted coup made by Guaido. The opposition lawmaker, sworn himself…

teleSUR (2019-03-07). 'Sambistas' Harshly Rebuke Bolsonaro's Attack on Carnival. telesurenglish.net Although the Carnival officially ended on Wednesday and Rio de Janeiro returned to its daily work routine, Brazilians disapproved of the criticism that President Jair Bolsonaro made to their Carnival. | RELATED: | Brazilians Call for Bolsonaro's Impeachment After 'Pornographic' Video Tweet | "This is absurd because he is doing with Carniva…

Daneil Haiphong (2019-03-07). Fear the "Bern?" Bernie Sanders is Too Left for the Democratic Party. mintpressnews.com The corporate Democrats truly fear Sanders because he represents a dangerous political path that may lead large portions of the population to demand an improvement in their condition.

Steve Ellner (2019-03-07). Trump and the Venezuelan Opposition Have Much in Common. mintpressnews.com Michael Cohen's statement last Wednesday that he fears Trump would not concede defeat in the 2020 elections has sparked concern about the breakdown of basic rules of democratic electoral politics. Indeed, as far back as the 2016 presidential elections, Trump refused to vow that he would recognize the official results if Hillary Clinton were to be declared the winner. Obama responded by saying " that is dangerous.

Federico Pieraccini (2019-03-07). 'America First': A Stronger Monroe Doctrine. globalresearch.ca The previous articles ( first, second) examined what appears to be a coordinated strategy between Moscow and B…

STAFF (2019-03-07). Donald Trump's Nuclear Doctrine Threatens Human Life on Earth. truthdig.com For the first time in half a century, the U.S. and Russia will not be bound to a key bilateral arms treaty. The dangers are manifold.

South Front (2019-03-07). Video: Militarization and Deterrence. Russia's Zircon Hypersonic Missile Challenges US Naval Dominance. globalresearch.ca While the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile has not attracted the same level of media attention as the strategic Avangard re-entry vehicle or even the air-launched Kinzhal aeroballistic missile, it nevertheless represents an important advance in military technology and represents the …

Socialist Project Steering Committee (2019-03-07). A More Dangerous World: The Nuclear Arms Race, the INF Treaty and Canada. globalresearch.ca On October 20, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the bilateral Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia. The INF was signed by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev …

teleSUR (2019-03-07). Cuba to Receive Anti-cancer Medicine from Russia for First Time. telesurenglish.net Russia will supply Cuba with medicine for the treatment of various types of cancer for the first time, the Russian Ministry of Health said Thursday. | RELATED: | Trump Renews Obama-era Emergency Over Venezuela, Maduro Calls It 'Historic Error' | The three drugs — bevacizumab, rituximab, trastuzumab — are the first monoclonal an…

True Publica (2019-03-07). Venezuela: Mainstream Media Fake News — What the UN Rapporteur Really Said. globalresearch.ca Make no mistake — On the eve of yet another US war for oil, what usually preempts intervention into a sovereign state is the pretext of a humanitarian crisis as espoused by a co-opted mainstream media that rarely challenges the …

teleSUR (2019-03-07). Trump Dethrones Obama, Becomes 'Droner-in-Chief'. telesurenglish.net The United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday revoking the Obama-era policy of reporting on civilian deaths in drone strikes outside of active war zones. | RELATED: | Trump Renews Obama-era Emergency Over Venezuela, Maduro Calls It 'Historic Error' | Former President Barack Obama enacted a policy in 201…

Steve Ellner, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-07). Trump and the Venezuelan Opposition Have Much in Common. venezuelanalysis.com Political analyst Steve Ellner draws the parallels between Trump and the Venezuelan opposition.

teleSUR (2019-03-07). Venezuelan Government Denounce New Attack On Electric System. telesurenglish.net The Minister of Popular Power For Electric Energy, Luis Motta Dominguez stated on Thursday that the electric system of Venezuela was attacked again on Thursday afternoon. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects New US Sanctions Against Military Officers | Several states of the South American country were left without electricity, Minister Motta stated that auth…

Shane Quinn (2019-03-07). Venezuela: Broad Support for Guaidó Reveals Stark Contempt for International Law. globalresearch.ca The German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month outlined her strong backing for Juan Guaidó, a young Western-supported proxy figure also favoured by Venezuela's wealthy class. Merkel proposes that Guaidó "is the legitimate interim president" of Venezuela, without providing evidence …

George Ciccariello-Maher, In These Times (2019-03-07). Another Failed Coup in Venezuela? venezuelanalysis.com George Ciccariello-Maher dissects the failing US-backed coup in Venezuela.

Mike Whitney (2019-03-07). Trump's Plan to Stay in Syria Leaves Erdogan No Good Options. globalresearch.ca In the last 24 hours, the Trump administration has intensified its attacks on Turkey which has significantly strained relations and increased the prospect of a military confrontation. The present situation is extremely tense and could explode without warning and without …

Katharine Trendacosta (2019-03-07). Tell Congress to Stand Up for Real Net Neutrality Protections. globalresearch.ca When the FCC announced its intention to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, Americans spoke up. When the FCC ignored the fact that most Americans support net neutrality, Americans spoke up again, asking Congress to reverse the FCC's decision. …

Michael Kern (2019-03-07). Trump Looks to Nationalize 5G. globalresearch.ca Trump apparently wants to control 5G in a 'state-run' socialist twist to American capitalism—and now there are indications that it could become part of the 2020 election campaign. | Over the weekend, President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign team renewed its …

United Nations (2019-03-07). Air Pollution, the Silent Killer' that Claims Seven Million Lives a Year: UNHRC. globalresearch.ca At the Human Rights Council in Geneva, David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, insisted that air pollution is a "silent, sometimes invisible, prolific killer" which affected women and girls more than men. | This is …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-07). The Cardinal Can Do No Wrong: George Pell's Defenders. globalresearch.ca The powerful have always had defenders. Power seeps into the system, corrupts, controls and, ultimately, assumes an authority that does wonders to destroy an appraisal of fairness. To be there is to assume that matters are natural, a habit. As …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-07). The Latest Kashmir Crisis: Momentous Shift in Pakistan-India Relations. globalresearch.ca The latest Kashmir Crisis resulted in a stunning reversal of international perceptions about India and Pakistan whereby the self-professed "world's largest democracy" has now been recast as a rogue state wanting to wage a war of aggression on unproven pretexts …

Chris Marsden (2019-03-07). The Assault on Jeremy Corbyn Is a Warning that Must be Heeded. globalresearch.ca The Socialist Equality Party denounces the March 3 physical assault on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The political differences between the SEP and Corbyn are well known and unbridgeable. But we unreservedly call on workers and young people to defend …

ACLU (2019-03-07). ACLU Comment on EO Revoking Requirement to Release Casualty Numbers from Lethal Strikes Abroad. globalresearch.ca President Trump today issued an executive order revoking a 2016 executive order provision requiring the government to release annual statistics on drone and other lethal strikes overseas. The 2016 order required the government to disclose the number of strikes as …

commondreams (2019-03-07). Iran Experts: To Secure Release of Dual-Nationals Imprisoned in Iran, U.S. Must Undertake More Engagement—Not Less. commondreams.org ______________________________…

John Feffer (2019-03-07). Trump's Bromance with Kim Is Gross, But Let the Love Letters Continue. zcomm.org Despite the failed summit, relations between the U.S. and North Korea are much better than they were 18 months ago.

STAFF (2019-03-07). The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Arrived. truthdig.com Last week, as the media focused on President Donald Trump's North Korea summit in Vietnam and the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a largely overlooked news conference took place, announcing legislation that could save millions of lives. Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, the latest attempt to pass single-payer health care. Jayapal's bill has 106 co-sponsors, close to half of the Democrats in the House. | Jayapal is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus in the House. Among the bill's c…

Tim Shorrock (2019-03-07). Democratic Hawks Helped Scuttle the Hanoi Summit on Korea. thenation.com Democratic Hawks Helped Scuttle the Hanoi Summit on Korea…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-07). Transnational oil companies may be complicit in war crimes in South Sudan, UN warns. peoplesdispatch.org Chinese, Indian and Malaysian firms have been partnering with the militarized state-run oil company. Transnational oil companies have been assisting the government troops by allowing them to use the companies' air strips and other road infrastructures for their operations, according to the UN…

teleSUR (2019-03-07). 'The World Don't Give a Shit' About FGM, Survivor Says. telesurenglish.net Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still occurring because the world is turning a blind eye to a crime against children, Waris Dirie, the famed Somali supermodel said Thursday. | RELATED: | India's Top Court Backs Advocates Pushing for Ban on FGM | Dirie has used her fame as a Pirelli calendar model and a "Bond girl" playing opposite Timothy Dalton in "

teleSUR (2019-03-07). India Rejects UN Criticism, Says Hindus, Muslims 'Best Friends'. telesurenglish.net The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned India Wednesday that its "divisive policies" could undermine economic growth, saying that narrow political agendas were marginalizing vulnerable people in an already unequal society. | RELATED: | India: Court Order Seeks to Evict Millions of Indigenous People | "We are receiving reports that indicate increasing harassment and targeting of minorities — in particular Muslims and people from histo…

Elliot Sperber (2019-03-07). End the Wars and Clean the Ground, Free Food and Housing All Around. counterpunch.org (or: A Great Grand Green New Deal) Unlike housing, food, or water, No one is entitled to a hamburger, or bacon. No one has the right to kill a cow, Or pig, or chicken. No one has the right to fly a plane, Or drive a car, or truck. And since this killing's killing us More

Anish R M (2019-03-07). Ilhan Omar, 'anti-semitism' and a stumbling pro-Israel lobby. peoplesdispatch.org The campaign to censure Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is losing ground within the Democratic Party, pointing to the increasing failure of AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups to dominate the narrative and thwart any criticism of Israel for its crimes in Palestine…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-03-07). From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh. commondreams.org "It does make me sad that, after all this time, #MeToo notwithstanding, women in this country seem to have made so little progress towards loving our astonishingly beautiful bodies, ourselves." (Photo: Screenshot/https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau… | www.ourbodiesourselves.org/)…

STAFF (2019-03-07). A Simple Way to Deter Nuclear War. truthdig.com In a matter of minutes, as easily as sending a tweet, a sitting U.S. president could decide to launch a nuclear attack, without anyone else's approval or authorization. In a matter of minutes, millions of lives would be lost, and millions of futures halted permanently. | At my organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility, we believe that we must prevent what we can't cure. And there's no cure for a nuclear war. | No nation on earth, including the United States, would have an adequate emergency response in the event of a nuclear exchange. Most Americans don't want us to ever engage in a nuclear war, and the…

David Goodner (2019-03-07). Will 2020 Be the Year Presidential Candidates Actually Take Labor Issues Seriously? commondreams.org 2020 candidates back sweeping labor reform, but will they talk about it on the stump? (Photo: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jon Schwarz (2019-03-07). 'The Violence Elliott Abrams Supported Is Unspeakable'. zcomm.org Elliott Abrams supported Latin American democracy pretty much like Jeffrey Dahmer supported all the people that he brought to his apartment…

Fight Back (2019-03-07). Milwaukee coffee workers fight to make history with union drive. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Workers at Milwaukee's Stone Creek Coffee unveiled a petition drive, March 4, to support a several months' long organizing drive at retail shops and production facilities. These young cafe baristas, cooks, bakers, warehouse workers and truck drivers have signed up in ever-growing numbers to be represented by Teamsters Local 344, the Sales and Service Industry union that represents UPS workers as well as Coke, Pepsi and bakery and linen companies in southeastern Wisconsin. | Maria Brondino, the recording secretary of the organizing committee and one of the longest-serving members, said, "We ar…

Jà∂rg Wiegratz (2019-03-07). The Morality Debate and the Spirit of Capitalism. counterpunch.org "It is not from the benevolence (kindness) of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." — Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causesof the Wealth of Nations There is a common position in public debates in many contemporary societies — be More

Elliot Murphy (2019-03-07). (Un)Willingness to be Puzzled. counterpunch.org It has been established for some time that individuals with strong political beliefs tend to display greater confidence in them than individuals who have less strong beliefs. Despite both types of individuals holding specific, concretised views, there is a clear positive correlation between belief strength and belief confidence. Yet, until recently it was unclear whether More

commondreams (2019-03-07). Eight Years after Triple Meltdowns and Explosions at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, Major Problems Remain and Many Impacts are Yet to Manifest. commondreams.org ______________________________…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-07). Yellow Vests Hit French Police With "Poo Bombs" in Newest Wave of Protests. theantimedia.com (TMU) — According to French police, Yellow Vest protesters are now using an ancient form of biological warfare in the newest wave of protests. This weekend, authorities reported that Yellow Vest protesters hurled bags of fecal matter at the police. The rudimentary poop-filled mini bombs were made using thin bags and balloons with the intent that …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-07). Watch: Mercenary Erik Prince Confronted Over Calling Iraqis 'Barbarians'. commondreams.org In an interview, journalist Mehdi Hasan confronts former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince over comments Prince made about Iraqis and the bloody history of his mercenary company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-03-07). Weekend at Stan Lee's: Comic fans HULK SMASH after dead Marvel legend exploited for tasteless ad. rt.com While Spiderman, Professor X and Captain America have been resurrected more than once in the Marvel universe, the decision to bring back the recently deceased Stan Lee to advertise a movie has proven far less popular with fans.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-03-07). H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Needs 218 CoSponsors. indybay.org The New Medicare for All bill, HR 1384, has 106 Co-Sponsors and needs 218 to pass. There are 236 Democrats out of 435 members in the House, yet only 106 Democrats support this litmus test bill. See www.congress.gov/bill/116th-cong…

Creativity Explored (2019-03-07). Five and Two Others Curated by Mildred Howard. indybay.org Creativity Explored | 3245 Sixteenth Street | San Francisco, CA 94103…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-07). Khanna, Ocasio-Cortez Among Progressive Democrats to Condemn US-Backed Regime Change in Venezuela. commondreams.org "Our government should change course in its policy toward Venezuela. Unilateral measures and violent threats only threaten to stoke chaos and instability." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-07). Trump Remains Hopeful for North Korea Despite Alleged Repairs at Rocket Site. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Asked about reports that North Korea may have repaired a roof and door at a rocket test site, President Trump has said his relationship with North Korea remains "good," but he'd be "very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim" if the reports prove true. Trump added that he doesn't think he will be disappointed, and remains …

teleSUR (2019-03-07). US Border Patrol New Guidelines Explicitly Target Migrants. telesurenglish.net New Border Patrol's guidelines in the United States explicitly ask its agents to target Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America in carrying out a Trump administration program requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico and not enter the U.S., according to memos obtained by The Associated Press Thursday. | RELATED: | Trump's ICE Policies Targeting Immigrants 'Terrorism': Advocate | An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, Judy Rabinovitz said that even though the…

RT (2019-03-07). Manafort gets 4 years in prison for financial crimes unrelated to Russia. rt.com Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for fraud and other financial crimes entirely unrelated to Russia, in the only trial so far to emerge from Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' probe.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-07). UN Commission Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza. therealnews.com International law professor Kevin Jon Heller discusses the report of the UN Human Rights Council, which says Israel must be held accountable for war crimes committed against unarmed civilians and that Israeli courts do not hold them accountable…

TIERRA .AMARRILLA Support (2019-03-07). SYMBOLS OF RESISTANCE. FILM SHOWING. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 S. 7th Street #101 | San Jose, Calif. 95112…

Carla Ortiz (2019-03-06). "Syria is Truly a Country of Love and Peace". War Reporter Carla Ortiz: A Hero of Our Times. globalresearch.ca Forward by Richard Galustian | Carla Ortiz is one of the most unique people of our times, a real hero; a woman who is braver than the most seasoned war reporter. She has spent considerable time in the Syrian war zones …

Whitney Webb (2019-03-06). With Ecuador's Cooperation Bought by IMF Loans, Washington Waxes Optimistic on Assange Extradition. mintpressnews.com Moreno's willingness to quickly enact the various other requirements of the IMF loan begs the question of how quickly he will seek to enact the alleged U.S. government demands that have also been linked to the loan, namely Assange's asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-03-06). Assange May Be Elephant in Room as Chelsea Manning a Fights Federal Grand Jury Subpoena. mintpressnews.com "If you end up going to trial rather than taking a plea, they actually use it against you in sentencing. They do something called 'sentencing enhancement' and they call it 'failure to take responsibility.'" — CIA-Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou…

Sophie Yeo (2019-03-06). BP's Iraq Operations Praised by British Ambassador Prior to Fatal Basra Civil Unrest. globalresearch.ca Shortly before violent protests broke out in the oil-producing city of Basra in Iraq, British government representatives visited an oilfield partially operated by BP, and praised the company's "impressive" social and environmental performance. Campaigners have criticised the visits for …

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

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Royal Wedding Got Triple the Media Coverage of Yemen in 2018
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-08
That ratio is symptomatic of negative trends at the major networks, writes Jim Lobe. By Jim Lobe Inter Press Service The ongoing war in Yemen, called the world's "worst humanitarian disaster" by the United Nations and independent aid agencies since early last… Read more ?…
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We Are Being Lied Into War Again
Lee Camp | truthdig.com | 2019-03-08
I was 23 when we invaded Iraq, and I wasn't sure it was based on lies, but something deep down in me–just behind the spleen–told me it was based on lies. Kinda like if your blind date shows up and you notice he has a 2004 flip phone. It seems vaguely worrisome, and no explanation he can haltingly supply will put you at ease. Plus, anyone else who acts like it's normal also becomes suspect. | The invasion of Iraq just felt like it was a lie to me. And it turned out that I was right, that it was a lie, and that the entirety of the mainstream media and our government were either wrong or lying and, most…
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Labour's Fight Over Israel Long Time in Coming
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-08
The party is being dragged into the modern world by Corbyn's anti-racist leadership towards Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net An announcement this week by the Jewish Labour Movement that it is considering splitting from the British Labour Party… Read more ?…
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The attacks on Green Book and the racialist infection of the affluent middle class
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
The decision to bestow the Best Picture award on Green Book (directed by Peter Farrelly) at the Academy Awards on February 24 has triggered a furious and ongoing response in the American media.
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Netflix's Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
Netflix is currently presenting to its worldwide audience the virulently anti-Semitic television series, Trotsky, which was originally produced by the Russian state in 2017.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Deregulation undermines building safety
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
In 2013, then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a "war on red tape and green tape", which he claimed was "suffocating" Australian businesses. The Coalition government even announced a special cutting of red tape day. | No doubt Abbott was able to point to some idiotic and bureaucratic regulations to win public support for cutting so-called red tape that was actually protecting the public or the environment, to allow the corporate rich to pillage and plunder. | But this drive to cut red tape did not begin with Abbott. It began in the 1980s when the Bob Hawke Labor government, followed by the John Howard Coalitio…
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European Central Bank announces major policy reversal
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
The decision by the ECB came as a result of what President Marion Draghi characterised as "substantial" downward revision of growth estimates for the region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

The Hanoi summit — Trump-style
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Thousands of journalists from around the world gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam over February 27-28 to cover another historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump, which followed their first summit in Singapore in June last year. | Expectations for the meeting were high, and hope for a further step towards peace was great, but ultimately, no deal was made. The Vietnamese government hosted a historic summit, but there was no Hanoi Declaration to signal a permanent peace in the Korean peninsula. | Who broke the deal?: | Trump did. Why? No one knows what was in Tr…
greenleft.org.au/content/hanoi-s…

More ministers quit as factional war wracks Australia's ruling coalition
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
The Liberal-National Coalition, a pillar of corporate rule, is being torn asunder.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%…

Ecuador: 10,000 public servants sacked in three days
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Nearly ten thousand Ecuadorean government employees were fired between February 27 and March 1, according to local media reports. | This came after President Lenin Moreno signed a deal worth US$4.2 billion on February 20 with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | According to an IMF statement, agreement was reached on policy measures the government of Ecuador must implement to apply for the loan. | The IMF would then process the loans in the context of what it calls an Extended Fund Facility, set up "to assist m…
greenleft.org.au/content/ecuador…

Chelsea Manning Faces Contempt Charge After Refusal to Answer Grand Jury Questions
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-08
(CD) — Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning expressed no regrets Thursday when she revealed that she faces a contempt hearing– and possible jail time–after declining to answer a grand jury's questions. Manning appeared before a grand jury Wednesday after being subpoenaed, apparently to discuss her 2010 disclosure of government and military documents about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq …

Chelsea Manning Faces Contempt Charge After Refusal to Answer Grand Jury Questions

War Crimes: From Bloody Sunday in Derry, Northern Ireland to Croatia, Kosovo and Iraq
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
Almost forty years later: The 5000 page Saville Commission Report into the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, Northern Ireland, fails to identify who were the perpetrators, both within H.M government and the British Army.
globalresearch.ca/war-crimes-fro…

Why a Wall Street Banker Joined Venezuela's Revolution
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-07
Venezuelan financial analyst Juan Carlos Peraza explains why he gave up a lucrative job as a Wall Street banker and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/07/wall-…

Leaked Docs Show US Gov't Gathered Intel on Activists, Journalists Covering Migrant Caravan
Associated Press | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-07
The intelligence-gathering efforts were done under the umbrella of "Operation Secure Line," which was designed to monitor the caravan of thousands of people who began making their way north from Central America late last year to seek asylum in the United States.
mintpressnews.com/leaked-docs-sh…

The US Empire Has Up to 1,000 Military Bases in 80 Countries
Darius Shahtahmasebi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
This article was originally published on January 30, 2018. | On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Baltimore University hosted more than 200 activists in the peace, environment, and social justice movements to launch a new initiative known as …
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The Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-07
DHS created a list of people who were reporting on or working with the migrant caravan to flag for lengthy questioning at the U.S. border. | In what looks like a coordinated attack on constitutional rights, the U.S. government has reportedly been targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers working to raise awareness of issues facing migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. | On Wednesday, the NBC affiliate in San Diego revealed leaked docu…
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Some Big Economic Questions of the Day–and My Replies
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Recently I have had several journalists, academics and progressive activists ask me my opinion on some of the key economic questions of the day. Here are some of my replies: on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, wages, expanding income inequality in the US, on what is the real rate of inflation…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/07/some…

Selma, the Birthplace of Modern Democracy in America
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
This past weekend, political leaders from across the country gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where peaceful demonstrators, attempting to cross the bridge, were violently driven back by Alabama State Troopers, Dallas County Sheriff's deputies and a horse-mounted posse wielding billy clubs and water hoses…
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Why Twitter Brings Out My Worst Self (and perhaps yours)
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
As a full-time freelance writer — having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails — Twitter brings out my absolute worst self. With my insuppressible, hereditary, Type-A personality, coupled with my raging but not formally diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder, when I click on that deceptively peaceful,…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/07/why-…

Kim-Trump Hanoi Summit: Failure? Sabotage? What Has Happened? What Will Happen?
Prof. Joseph H. Chung | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
The world had been watching for eight months, since the Singapore Summit of June 2018, official or non-official Washington-Pyongyang peace dialogues. As the countdown of the Hanoi Summit began, the world thought that it had the right to hope for …
globalresearch.ca/kim-trump-hano…

Russia-gate Grand Wizard Deceives Audience About Assange
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-07
Obsessed Russia-gaters just can't accept that the Assange indictment has nothing to do with the 2016 election, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone Caitlinjohnstone.com When it was first revealed in November that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is under secret charges by the Trump administration,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/06/ru…

Chelsea Manning Faces Possible Jail Time in WikiLeaks Probe
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
Wikileaks whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, issued a statement Thursday warning that she could return to prison on contempt charges after refusing to testify to a secret grand jury on Wednesday in an on-going investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | RELATED: | Chelsea Manning Challenges Subpoena to Testify Against Assange | On Friday, March 8, Manning will return to a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia for a closed contempt hearing where a judge will consider…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chelsea-…

The UN Screened this Video at a Meeting on Israel's Murder of Unarmed Protesters in Gaza
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-07
An independent investigation concluded that 'nations have a duty to 'arrest persons alleged to have committed, or who ordered to have committed, the international crimes described in the present report'…
mintpressnews.com/un-screened-vi…

US Trade Gap Widens to $621 Billion, 10 Year-High in 2018
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
The United States' trade gap has widened to hit record 10 year-high in 2018, registering a deficit of US$621 billion, according to U.S. Department of Commerce figures Wednesday. | RELATED: | US Economy Suffers Loss of US$3B Over Government Shutdown | Despite Trump's "America First" discourse, an increase in imports fulled by lower taxes and a slowing down of exports based on a strong dollar and trade tariffs, especially with China, have affected the country's commercial balance. | T…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Trade…

'Sambistas' Harshly Rebuke Bolsonaro's Attack on Carnival
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
Although the Carnival officially ended on Wednesday and Rio de Janeiro returned to its daily work routine, Brazilians disapproved of the criticism that President Jair Bolsonaro made to their Carnival. | RELATED: | Brazilians Call for Bolsonaro's Impeachment After 'Pornographic' Video Tweet | "This is absurd because he is doing with Carniva…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sambista…

Trend of Self-Proclaimed 'Presidency' Catches On in Latin America
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
Something they all have in common is that none were democratically elected by the people, yet, this did not stop them from self-proclaiming as 'presidents' of their homelands. But with Juan Guiado's example, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador join Venezuela with brand new self-proclaimed heads of State. | RELATED: | People Around the World Reject US Intervention in Venezuela | It all started on Jan. 23 with the attempted coup made by Guaido. The opposition lawmaker, sworn himself…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trend-of…

Italy's Far-right Celebrate Women's Day With Sexist Flyer
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
Italy's far-right League lead by Matteo Salvini has managed to produce an overtly sexist tribute to International Women's Day with a leaflet deemed comically backwards and which claims that the "natural role of women" is "the promotion and support of life and the family." | RELATED: | Brazil Ministry Requests Schools to Recite Nationalist Slogans | T…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italys-F…

Trump and the Venezuelan Opposition Have Much in Common
Steve Ellner | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-07
Michael Cohen's statement last Wednesday that he fears Trump would not concede defeat in the 2020 elections has sparked concern about the breakdown of basic rules of democratic electoral politics. Indeed, as far back as the 2016 presidential elections, Trump refused to vow that he would recognize the official results if Hillary Clinton were to be declared the winner. Obama responded by saying " that is dangerous.
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Fear the "Bern?" Bernie Sanders is Too Left for the Democratic Party
Daneil Haiphong | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-07
The corporate Democrats truly fear Sanders because he represents a dangerous political path that may lead large portions of the population to demand an improvement in their condition.
mintpressnews.com/fear-bern-bern…

Cuba to Receive Anti-cancer Medicine from Russia for First Time
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
Russia will supply Cuba with medicine for the treatment of various types of cancer for the first time, the Russian Ministry of Health said Thursday. | RELATED: | Trump Renews Obama-era Emergency Over Venezuela, Maduro Calls It 'Historic Error' | The three drugs — bevacizumab, rituximab, trastuzumab — are the first monoclonal an…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-to-…

Video: Militarization and Deterrence. Russia's Zircon Hypersonic Missile Challenges US Naval Dominance
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
While the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile has not attracted the same level of media attention as the strategic Avangard re-entry vehicle or even the air-launched Kinzhal aeroballistic missile, it nevertheless represents an important advance in military technology and represents the …
globalresearch.ca/video-militari…

A More Dangerous World: The Nuclear Arms Race, the INF Treaty and Canada
Socialist Project Steering Committee | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
On October 20, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the bilateral Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia. The INF was signed by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev …
globalresearch.ca/a-more-dangero…

'Useful to keep them nervous': LISTEN as top Trump aide blabs U.S. Venezuela plans
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-07
Vovan and Lexus, Russian telephone pranksters known for their trolling of politicians from around the world, have struck again, targeting U.S. special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams to find out more about the U.S.-backed effort to unseat that country's legitimate government. Sputnik got ahold of the full audio from the talks. | Source…
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Donald Trump's Nuclear Doctrine Threatens Human Life on Earth
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-07
For the first time in half a century, the U.S. and Russia will not be bound to a key bilateral arms treaty. The dangers are manifold.
truthdig.com/articles/donald-tru…

Trump and the Venezuelan Opposition Have Much in Common
Steve Ellner, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-07
Political analyst Steve Ellner draws the parallels between Trump and the Venezuelan opposition.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

Venezuelan Government Denounce New Attack On Electric System
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
The Minister of Popular Power For Electric Energy, Luis Motta Dominguez stated on Thursday that the electric system of Venezuela was attacked again on Thursday afternoon. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects New US Sanctions Against Military Officers | Several states of the South American country were left without electricity, Minister Motta stated that auth…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuel…

Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?
George Ciccariello-Maher, In These Times | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-07
George Ciccariello-Maher dissects the failing US-backed coup in Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

Setting the Stage for an Encounter at the Colombia-Venezuela Border
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
On February 23, The U.S. and Colombian governments together tried to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. The humanitarian aid was a Trojan horse that, in theory, would confront Venezuelan security forces with a dilemma. These would supposedly step aside or desert. A take-down of Venezuela's socialist government would follow.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/07/sett…

Who benefits from American "aid" to the Middle East?
Aboulfotouh Kandil | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-07
There is a lot more to American "aid" to Middle East countries, paid for by the taxpayers of the U.S., than at first meets the eye. Of course, this can be said of U.S. aid to a lot of places. Most recently we see convoys of trucks carrying "aid" to Venezuela being used, in effect, …
peoplesworld.org/article/who-ben…

Venezuela: Broad Support for Guaidó Reveals Stark Contempt for International Law
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month outlined her strong backing for Juan Guaidó, a young Western-supported proxy figure also favoured by Venezuela's wealthy class. Merkel proposes that Guaidó "is the legitimate interim president" of Venezuela, without providing evidence …
globalresearch.ca/broad-support-…

Trump Dethrones Obama, Becomes 'Droner-in-Chief'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
The United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday revoking the Obama-era policy of reporting on civilian deaths in drone strikes outside of active war zones. | RELATED: | Trump Renews Obama-era Emergency Over Venezuela, Maduro Calls It 'Historic Error' | Former President Barack Obama enacted a policy in 201…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-De…

Venezuela: Mainstream Media Fake News — What the UN Rapporteur Really Said
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
Make no mistake — On the eve of yet another US war for oil, what usually preempts intervention into a sovereign state is the pretext of a humanitarian crisis as espoused by a co-opted mainstream media that rarely challenges the …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-main…

Trump's Plan to Stay in Syria Leaves Erdogan No Good Options
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
In the last 24 hours, the Trump administration has intensified its attacks on Turkey which has significantly strained relations and increased the prospect of a military confrontation. The present situation is extremely tense and could explode without warning and without …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-plan-st…

The Cardinal Can Do No Wrong: George Pell's Defenders
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
The powerful have always had defenders. Power seeps into the system, corrupts, controls and, ultimately, assumes an authority that does wonders to destroy an appraisal of fairness. To be there is to assume that matters are natural, a habit. As …
globalresearch.ca/cardinal-do-no…

The Assault on Jeremy Corbyn Is a Warning that Must be Heeded
Chris Marsden | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
The Socialist Equality Party denounces the March 3 physical assault on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The political differences between the SEP and Corbyn are well known and unbridgeable. But we unreservedly call on workers and young people to defend …
globalresearch.ca/assault-jeremy…

Trump Looks to Nationalize 5G
Michael Kern | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
Trump apparently wants to control 5G in a 'state-run' socialist twist to American capitalism–and now there are indications that it could become part of the 2020 election campaign. | Over the weekend, President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign team renewed its …
globalresearch.ca/trump-national…

ACLU Comment on EO Revoking Requirement to Release Casualty Numbers from Lethal Strikes Abroad
ACLU | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
President Trump today issued an executive order revoking a 2016 executive order provision requiring the government to release annual statistics on drone and other lethal strikes overseas. The 2016 order required the government to disclose the number of strikes as …
globalresearch.ca/aclu-revoking-…

Tell Congress to Stand Up for Real Net Neutrality Protections
Katharine Trendacosta | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
When the FCC announced its intention to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, Americans spoke up. When the FCC ignored the fact that most Americans support net neutrality, Americans spoke up again, asking Congress to reverse the FCC's decision. …
globalresearch.ca/real-net-neutr…

Air Pollution, the Silent Killer' that Claims Seven Million Lives a Year: UNHRC
United Nations | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
At the Human Rights Council in Geneva, David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, insisted that air pollution is a "silent, sometimes invisible, prolific killer" which affected women and girls more than men. | This is …
globalresearch.ca/air-pollution-…

The Latest Kashmir Crisis: Momentous Shift in Pakistan-India Relations
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
The latest Kashmir Crisis resulted in a stunning reversal of international perceptions about India and Pakistan whereby the self-professed "world's largest democracy" has now been recast as a rogue state wanting to wage a war of aggression on unproven pretexts …
globalresearch.ca/kashmir-crisis…

'America First': A Stronger Monroe Doctrine
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-07
The previous articles ( first, second) examined what appears to be a coordinated strategy between Moscow and B…
globalresearch.ca/america-first-…

Iran Experts: To Secure Release of Dual-Nationals Imprisoned in Iran, U.S. Must Undertake More Engagement—Not Less
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-07
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U.S. Has Supplied UAE $27B in Arms Despite Nation's Links to Torture, Mercenaries & Child Soldiers
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
We look at how U.S. weapons are supporting the ongoing devastation in Yemen with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of a new report about the role the United Arab Emirates has played in Yemen. It is titled "'Little Sparta': The United States-United Arab Emirates Alliance and the War in Yemen." We also speak with Ruhan Nagra, the executive director of the University Network for Human Rights, and Radhya Al-Mutawakel, chairperson of the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. They recently published an investigation into the role of U.S.
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War Crimes in Yemen? U.S. & U.K. Arms Killed & Injured Nearly 1,000 Civilians in Saudi-Led Attack
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has been released documenting the role that the U.S. and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. A group of organizations, including a Yemen-based human rights organization, released the damning report on Wednesday, claiming that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians and injured at least 749 people. The report found that 22 of the attacks likely involved weapons produced in the United States. The other five attacks were carried out eithe…
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Trump: The Art of the No Deal
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Last week Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed Master of the Deal, walked away from his second summit with the North Korean leader empty handed. There was no agreement on denuclearization and ending sanctions. For all the pre-meeting hype, there was no deal. What's the big deal? Trump the Promoter has promoted business-speak and a business mentality…
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Trump's Bromance with Kim Is Gross, But Let the Love Letters Continue
John Feffer | zcomm.org | 2019-03-07
Despite the failed summit, relations between the U.S. and North Korea are much better than they were 18 months ago.
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Democratic Hawks Helped Scuttle the Hanoi Summit on Korea
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2019-03-07
Democratic Hawks Helped Scuttle the Hanoi Summit on Korea…
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The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Arrived
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-07
Last week, as the media focused on President Donald Trump's North Korea summit in Vietnam and the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a largely overlooked news conference took place, announcing legislation that could save millions of lives. Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, the latest attempt to pass single-payer health care. Jayapal's bill has 106 co-sponsors, close to half of the Democrats in the House. | Jayapal is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus in the House. Among the bill's c…
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Transnational oil companies may be complicit in war crimes in South Sudan, UN warns
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-07
Chinese, Indian and Malaysian firms have been partnering with the militarized state-run oil company. Transnational oil companies have been assisting the government troops by allowing them to use the companies' air strips and other road infrastructures for their operations, according to the UN…
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India Rejects UN Criticism, Says Hindus, Muslims 'Best Friends'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned India Wednesday that its "divisive policies" could undermine economic growth, saying that narrow political agendas were marginalizing vulnerable people in an already unequal society. | RELATED: | India: Court Order Seeks to Evict Millions of Indigenous People | "We are receiving reports that indicate increasing harassment and targeting of minorities — in particular Muslims and people from histo…
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'The Violence Elliott Abrams Supported Is Unspeakable'
Jon Schwarz | zcomm.org | 2019-03-07
Elliott Abrams supported Latin American democracy pretty much like Jeffrey Dahmer supported all the people that he brought to his apartment…
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Will 2020 Be the Year Presidential Candidates Actually Take Labor Issues Seriously?
David Goodner | commondreams.org | 2019-03-07
2020 candidates back sweeping labor reform, but will they talk about it on the stump? (Photo: Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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'The World Don't Give a Shit' About FGM, Survivor Says
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still occurring because the world is turning a blind eye to a crime against children, Waris Dirie, the famed Somali supermodel said Thursday. | RELATED: | India's Top Court Backs Advocates Pushing for Ban on FGM | Dirie has used her fame as a Pirelli calendar model and a "Bond girl" playing opposite Timothy Dalton in "
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End the Wars and Clean the Ground, Free Food and Housing All Around
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
(or: A Great Grand Green New Deal) Unlike housing, food, or water, No one is entitled to a hamburger, or bacon. No one has the right to kill a cow, Or pig, or chicken. No one has the right to fly a plane, Or drive a car, or truck. And since this killing's killing us…
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Milwaukee coffee workers fight to make history with union drive
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-07
Milwaukee, WI – Workers at Milwaukee's Stone Creek Coffee unveiled a petition drive, March 4, to support a several months' long organizing drive at retail shops and production facilities. These young cafe baristas, cooks, bakers, warehouse workers and truck drivers have signed up in ever-growing numbers to be represented by Teamsters Local 344, the Sales and Service Industry union that represents UPS workers as well as Coke, Pepsi and bakery and linen companies in southeastern Wisconsin. | Maria Brondino, the recording secretary of the organizing committee and one of the longest-serving members, said, "We ar…
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Toward a Global History of the Communist Party
Tony Wood | thenation.com | 2019-03-07
A. James McAdams's new history examines the tensions between the communist party as an institution and as an ideal.
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From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh
Rebecca Gordon | commondreams.org | 2019-03-07
"It does make me sad that, after all this time, #MeToo notwithstanding, women in this country seem to have made so little progress towards loving our astonishingly beautiful bodies, ourselves." (Photo: Screenshot/https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau… | www.ourbodiesourselves.org/)…
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Big Capital, the Working Class, and US Imperialism: a Brief Look at Recent History
Chuck Churchill | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Today, the two looming "existential threats" are the possibility of nuclear war, and unprecedented human-caused climate change, yet neither of these seems to unduly concern our plutocrats. Capitalism thrives on war, and we forget this historical fact at our peril. Nor do they seem worried about the drastic consequences of global warming, which has been…
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A Simple Way to Deter Nuclear War
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-07
In a matter of minutes, as easily as sending a tweet, a sitting U.S. president could decide to launch a nuclear attack, without anyone else's approval or authorization. In a matter of minutes, millions of lives would be lost, and millions of futures halted permanently. | At my organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility, we believe that we must prevent what we can't cure. And there's no cure for a nuclear war. | No nation on earth, including the United States, would have an adequate emergency response in the event of a nuclear exchange. Most Americans don't want us to ever engage in a nuclear war, and the…
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Bacevich: Questioning U.S.-Israel Ties Has Long Been Impermissible in Congress, But That's Changing
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
House Democrats will vote today on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The resolution is seen as a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel–even though the draft resolution does not explicitly name the freshman congressmember. The vote was indefinitely delayed Wednesday after a revolt from progressive Democrats, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly announced Thursday in a closed-door meeting that the vote would move forward. We speak with Andrew Bacevich, retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran, author and professo…
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Ilhan Omar, 'anti-semitism' and a stumbling pro-Israel lobby
Anish R M | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-07
The campaign to censure Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is losing ground within the Democratic Party, pointing to the increasing failure of AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups to dominate the narrative and thwart any criticism of Israel for its crimes in Palestine…
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This Jew Tells Speaker Pelosi: "You May Well Prove Ilhan Omar Correct"
Jeff Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly still considering a symbolic "show vote" in Congress on an anti-Semitism and "hate" resolution — which would offer all the authenticity and honesty of a Soviet show trial. If Pelosi proceeds, it will prove Rep. Ilhan Omar's point about the inordinate influence wielded over Congress by the "Israel-right or-wrong"/AIPAC lobby and its power to stifle criticism of Israel.
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Flirting With Disaster: the Return of Offshore Drilling
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
It's been decades since a fisherman out of Montauk on Long Island told me about seeing a ship in the Atlantic Ocean east of Long Island similar to those he had seen searching for oil in the Gulf of Mexico when he was a shrimper there. I telephoned oil company after company and each gave…
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(Un)Willingness to be Puzzled
Elliot Murphy | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
It has been established for some time that individuals with strong political beliefs tend to display greater confidence in them than individuals who have less strong beliefs. Despite both types of individuals holding specific, concretised views, there is a clear positive correlation between belief strength and belief confidence. Yet, until recently it was unclear whether…
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Health Care Costs and the Budget
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Introduction Budget projections show the federal budget deficit growing substantially in the next decade and beyond. A major part of this story is high US health care costs. The United States pays roughly twice as much per person for its health care with little to show in the way of better outcomes. If US health…
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The Morality Debate and the Spirit of Capitalism
Jà∂rg Wiegratz | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
"It is not from the benevolence (kindness) of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." — Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causesof the Wealth of Nations There is a common position in public debates in many contemporary societies — be…
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"In Order to Dismantle Capitalism, We Must First Destroy the Fossil Fuel Industry," an Interview with Joshua Frank
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
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Stop Weaponizing "Anti-Semitism" and "Racism"
L. Michael Hager | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | What's in a word? Plenty, if those words are "racism" or "anti-Semitism." Just ask Virginia Governor Ralph Northam or freshman Congresswoman Ilham Omar. Last week both found themselves engulfed in political firestorms. All because of those two barbed words. | Governor Northam faced charges of racism when someone discovered a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page That an 80's yearbook photo could push a governor's political career to the brink raises questions about how the word "racism" is being defined and how it is being weaponized in political debates. | Northam's ad…
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Andrew Bacevich: The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is a Principal Source of Instability in the Middle East
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
We look at a number of recent developments in U.S.-Saudi relations, a day after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for retired four-star general John Abizaid to become U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia. On Monday, the Trump administration gave a private briefing to senators on the investigation into the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. Senators slammed the briefing for providing no new information. Meanwhile, The New York Times has revealed new details about the jailing and torture of a doctor with…
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Mohammed bin Salman's "Journey of Hope"
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-07
Saudi Arabia is well known to be the United States' anchor in the Middle East. Why, then, did Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman engage in an official tour of Asia including Pakistan, India and China, without Washington's approval? Those familiar with the situation in the middle east already understand that there is no definite …
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Eight Years after Triple Meltdowns and Explosions at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, Major Problems Remain and Many Impacts are Yet to Manifest
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-07
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Watch: Mercenary Erik Prince Confronted Over Calling Iraqis 'Barbarians'
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-07
In an interview, journalist Mehdi Hasan confronts former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince over comments Prince made about Iraqis and the bloody history of his mercenary company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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SYMBOLS OF RESISTANCE. FILM SHOWING
TIERRA .AMARRILLA Support | indybay.org | 2019-03-07
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UN Commission Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-07
International law professor Kevin Jon Heller discusses the report of the UN Human Rights Council, which says Israel must be held accountable for war crimes committed against unarmed civilians and that Israeli courts do not hold them accountable…
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Yellow Vests Hit French Police With "Poo Bombs" in Newest Wave of Protests
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-07
(TMU) — According to French police, Yellow Vest protesters are now using an ancient form of biological warfare in the newest wave of protests. This weekend, authorities reported that Yellow Vest protesters hurled bags of fecal matter at the police. The rudimentary poop-filled mini bombs were made using thin bags and balloons with the intent that …

Yellow Vests Hit French Police With “Poo Bombs” in Newest Wave of Protests

Five and Two Others Curated by Mildred Howard
Creativity Explored | indybay.org | 2019-03-07
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Trump Remains Hopeful for North Korea Despite Alleged Repairs at Rocket Site
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-07
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Asked about reports that North Korea may have repaired a roof and door at a rocket test site, President Trump has said his relationship with North Korea remains "good," but he'd be "very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim" if the reports prove true. Trump added that he doesn't think he will be disappointed, and remains …

Trump Remains Hopeful for North Korea Despite Alleged Repairs at Rocket Site

H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Needs 218 CoSponsors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-03-07
The New Medicare for All bill, HR 1384, has 106 Co-Sponsors and needs 218 to pass. There are 236 Democrats out of 435 members in the House, yet only 106 Democrats support this litmus test bill. See www.congress.gov/bill/116th-cong…
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Khanna, Ocasio-Cortez Among Progressive Democrats to Condemn US-Backed Regime Change in Venezuela
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-07
"Our government should change course in its policy toward Venezuela. Unilateral measures and violent threats only threaten to stoke chaos and instability." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Manafort gets 4 years in prison for financial crimes unrelated to Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-07
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for fraud and other financial crimes entirely unrelated to Russia, in the only trial so far to emerge from Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' probe. | …
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Weekend at Stan Lee's: Comic fans HULK SMASH after dead Marvel legend exploited for tasteless ad
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-07
While Spiderman, Professor X and Captain America have been resurrected more than once in the Marvel universe, the decision to bring back the recently deceased Stan Lee to advertise a movie has proven far less popular with fans. | …
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US Border Patrol New Guidelines Explicitly Target Migrants
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
New Border Patrol's guidelines in the United States explicitly ask its agents to target Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America in carrying out a Trump administration program requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico and not enter the U.S., according to memos obtained by The Associated Press Thursday. | RELATED: | Trump's ICE Policies Targeting Immigrants 'Terrorism': Advocate | An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, Judy Rabinovitz said that even though the…
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"Syria is Truly a Country of Love and Peace". War Reporter Carla Ortiz: A Hero of Our Times
Carla Ortiz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Forward by Richard Galustian | Carla Ortiz is one of the most unique people of our times, a real hero; a woman who is braver than the most seasoned war reporter. She has spent considerable time in the Syrian war zones …
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With Ecuador's Cooperation Bought by IMF Loans, Washington Waxes Optimistic on Assange Extradition
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-06
Moreno's willingness to quickly enact the various other requirements of the IMF loan begs the question of how quickly he will seek to enact the alleged U.S. government demands that have also been linked to the loan, namely Assange's asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship.
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Assange May Be Elephant in Room as Chelsea Manning a Fights Federal Grand Jury Subpoena
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-06
"If you end up going to trial rather than taking a plea, they actually use it against you in sentencing. They do something called 'sentencing enhancement' and they call it 'failure to take responsibility.'" — CIA-Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou…
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BP's Iraq Operations Praised by British Ambassador Prior to Fatal Basra Civil Unrest
Sophie Yeo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Shortly before violent protests broke out in the oil-producing city of Basra in Iraq, British government representatives visited an oilfield partially operated by BP, and praised the company's "impressive" social and environmental performance. Campaigners have criticised the visits for …
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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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An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government
Collective | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-06
Noam Chomsky, Greg Grandin, Sujatha Fernandes and others express "serious concerns" over WOLA's stance regarding the ongoing US-led regime-change efforts in Venezuela.
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Rebranding Made in China 2025? Ongoing US-China Trade War
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
The Trump regime and Beijing seem headed toward striking some form of accommodation on major economic, financial, and trade differences — at best a short-term fix. | Structural issues are at the heart of them, not the large trade imbalance between …
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