Daily Archives: March 16, 2019

2019-03-16: News Headlines

Gershon Baskin (2019-03-16). Encountering Peace: A nation like all other nations? zcomm.org I hope that after the elections, we will begin to count the Arab citizens of Israel as full citizens…

Marjorie Cohn (2019-03-16). Tribunal Declares Trump and Duterte Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity. zcomm.org Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, aided and abetted by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a recent ruling from the International Peoples' Tribunal on the Philippines. The tribunal, which was held in Brussels, Belgium, on September 18 and 19, 2018, rendered its 84-page Read more…

unitedEditor (2019-03-16). Imperialists in battle for Iranian oil: yesterday, today, tomorrow. uwidata.com Exactly 68 years ago on this day, March 15, 1951, the Iranians managed to wrest their main national treasure, oil, out of the imperialists' grab. By doing this, they kicked off struggle for independence and economic development of their land. Through the efforts of Mohammad Mossadegh, the leader of the National Front party during the …

Eds. (2019-03-16). Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock (Special Edition). mronline.org A manoeuvre that lowers the curtains for Guaidó, who is trapped in an ill-conceived plan and dependent on the chain of command of the war cabinet against Venezuela in Washington, must be sacrificed in order to give way to war. | Source

unitedEditor (2019-03-16). The New Zealand Mosque Attack: what we know so far. uwidata.com At least 49 people were killed and 48 injured on Friday at around 1: 30 pm (local time) in anti-Muslim terrorist attacks against two mosques in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested. The main shooter filmed the attack with GoPro and broadcasted it live to social networks. The video was promptly removed by …

Edgardo Lander (2019-03-16). Preventing civil war and US intervention in Venezuela. zcomm.org Interview on the crisis in Venezuela and calls on the international left to recognize the complexity of the situation…

Eds. (2019-03-16). Ricardo Hausmann's "morning after" for Venezuela: the neoliberal brain behind Juan Guaido's economic agenda. mronline.org While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father has flown below the radar. His record holds the key to understanding what the U.S. wants in Venezuela. | Source

Maryam Saleh (2019-03-16). Syrian Human Rights Lawyers Use Precedent Set in Rohingya Case to Try to Bring Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court. theintercept.com "The fact that individuals who are once thought to never have been able to be held accountable are being held accountable or evidence is being collected, I think that is important in and of itself."

WSWS (2019-03-16). Fascist terrorists murder 49 in Christchurch, New Zealand. wsws.org The attack is the outcome of the rise of far-right, fascistic networks that have developed around the world, with the collusion of the state apparatus.

Dan Bacher (2019-03-16). Newsom promotes voluntary agreements that imperil salmon, Delta. indybay.org Governor Gavin Newson, who received $637,398 from agribusiness interests in his campaign for Governor, including $116,800 from the Wonderful Company owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick, praised the voluntary agreements that would yield less flows for San Joaquin River and Delta salmon, steelhead and other fish species.

No Nukes Action (2019-03-16). Fukushima, Nuclear Threats and The Growing Danger of War. indybay.org Berkeley Main Library Community Room | 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704…

Tracy Rosenberg (2019-03-16). Urban Shield SWAT Drill and Weapons Expo Suspended for 2019. indybay.org "Alameda County deserves the Bay Area's thanks for pushing the pause button on overly militarized police training. Urban Shield knotted together needed disaster preparedness with the worst excesses of warlike exercises, trigger-happy law enforcement and xenophobic distrust of people of color. It is time to do better and the Bay Area will do so."

ANSWER (2019-03-16). National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela! No coup, no sanctions, no new U.S. war! indybay.org White House | 1600 Pennsylvania Ave | Washington DC 20500…

RT (2019-03-16). Pompeo shames Senate by invoking Iranian bogeyman after Yemen war powers vote. rt.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the Senate for passing a resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, suggesting US military aid to the Saudis is the only thing standing in the way of a new Persian Empire.

WSWS (2019-03-16). Millions of students and youth march against climate change. wsws.org The internationally coordinated protests, the largest in sixteen years, were organized in response to the failure of world governments and the ruling class to do anything to halt global warming.

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-15). Solidarity Isn't a Slogan, It's a Process: A Conversation with Vijay Prashad. venezuelanalysis.com In this exclusive interview, a prominent Indian intellectual examines how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela.

STAFF (2019-03-15). Students Globally Protest Warming, Pleading for Their Future. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. | From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by their governments. | Well more than 150,000 students and adults who were mobilized by word of mouth and social media protested in Europe, according to police estimates. But the initial turnout in the United States did not look quite as high. | "Borders, languages and religions do not separate us," eight-year…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janine Jackson (2019-03-15). Colleagues Defend Tucker Carlson's 'Ideas'—That Iraqis Are 'Monkeys,' Child Rape Is 'Commitment to Love'. fair.org David French's claim (National Review, 3/11/19) that no one was really offended by Tucker Carlson's defense of raping 12-year-olds, or his calling Iraqis "primitive monkeys," was <...

Jack Rasmus (2019-03-15). Trump's $34 Trillion Deficit and Debt Bomb. counterpunch.org This week Trump released his latest budget for 2019-20 fiscal year. It calls for $2.7 trillion in various social spending cuts over the decade, including $872 billion in reductions in Medicare, Social Security, Disability spending; another $327 billion in food stamps, housing support, and Medicaid; a further $200 billion in student loan cuts; and hundreds More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Research News (2019-03-15). Selected Articles: Trump's $34 Trillion Deficit and Debt Bomb. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

ACLU (2019-03-15). Keeping Civilian Drone Deaths Secret Keeps Them Going. aclu.org What's behind Trump's order reversing a transparency requirement to release information on civilian deaths? | This piece was originally published by The Washington Post. | In an executive order last week, President Trump ended a requirement for…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-03-15). New Zealand Terrorist Manifesto Influenced by Far-Right Online Ecosystem, Hatewatch Finds. splcenter.org Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of murdering 49 worshippers and injuring dozens of others in two New Zealand mosques Friday, posted a manifesto steeped in white supremacist propaganda and references to "white genocide," a belief that white people are being systematically replaced across the world by non-whites.

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

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

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-15). Venezuela: US Threatens New Sanctions as Hyperinflation Slows Down. venezuelanalysis.com The US government has increased pressure against Caracas mainly by targeting the oil industry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack. greenleft.org.au An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. | Starting around 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…

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

RT (2019-03-15). US presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar invokes Putin to justify alleged staff mistreatment. rt.com If you're a boss whose staff are complaining you're too tough on them, US Senator Amy Klobuchar may have just given you an excuse to keep cracking your whip: just say it's the only way you can be tough and face the Russians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RT (2019-03-15). Pentagon doesn't really know how $2.1 BILLION was spent on F-35 parts — watchdog. rt.com The Pentagon has failed to properly manage and account for $2.1 billion worth of parts for F-35 fighter jets, a new report by a government watchdog reveals. Now, the military simply has to take the word of Lockheed Martin on that.

2019-03-16: Social Media Postees

Encountering Peace: A nation like all other nations?
Gershon Baskin | zcomm.org | 2019-03-16
I hope that after the elections, we will begin to count the Arab citizens of Israel as full citizens…
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Tribunal Declares Trump and Duterte Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2019-03-16
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, aided and abetted by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a recent ruling from the International Peoples' Tribunal on the Philippines. The tribunal, which was held in Brussels, Belgium, on September 18 and 19, 2018, rendered its 84-page Read…
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Imperialists in battle for Iranian oil: yesterday, today, tomorrow
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-16
Exactly 68 years ago on this day, March 15, 1951, the Iranians managed to wrest their main national treasure, oil, out of the imperialists' grab. By doing this, they kicked off struggle for independence and economic development of their land. Through the efforts of Mohammad Mossadegh, the leader of the National Front party during the …
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Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock (Special Edition)
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-16
A manoeuvre that lowers the curtains for Guaidó, who is trapped in an ill-conceived plan and dependent on the chain of command of the war cabinet against Venezuela in Washington, must be sacrificed in order to give way to war. | Source…
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Preventing civil war and US intervention in Venezuela
Edgardo Lander | zcomm.org | 2019-03-16
Interview on the crisis in Venezuela and calls on the international left to recognize the complexity of the situation…
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The New Zealand Mosque Attack: what we know so far
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-16
At least 49 people were killed and 48 injured on Friday at around 1: 30 pm (local time) in anti-Muslim terrorist attacks against two mosques in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested. The main shooter filmed the attack with GoPro and broadcasted it live to social networks. The video was promptly removed by …
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Ricardo Hausmann's "morning after" for Venezuela: the neoliberal brain behind Juan Guaido's economic agenda
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-16
While online audiences know YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann from her videos making the case for regime change, her economist father has flown below the radar. His record holds the key to understanding what the U.S. wants in Venezuela. | Source…
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Syrian Human Rights Lawyers Use Precedent Set in Rohingya Case to Try to Bring Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2019-03-16
"The fact that individuals who are once thought to never have been able to be held accountable are being held accountable or evidence is being collected, I think that is important in and of itself."
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Millions of students and youth march against climate change
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-16
The internationally coordinated protests, the largest in sixteen years, were organized in response to the failure of world governments and the ruling class to do anything to halt global warming.
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Newsom promotes voluntary agreements that imperil salmon, Delta
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-03-16
Governor Gavin Newson, who received $637,398 from agribusiness interests in his campaign for Governor, including $116,800 from the Wonderful Company owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick, praised the voluntary agreements that would yield less flows for San Joaquin River and Delta salmon, steelhead and other fish species.
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Pompeo shames Senate by invoking Iranian bogeyman after Yemen war powers vote
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-16
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the Senate for passing a resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, suggesting US military aid to the Saudis is the only thing standing in the way of a new Persian Empire. | …
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Fukushima, Nuclear Threats and The Growing Danger of War
No Nukes Action | indybay.org | 2019-03-16
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Fascist terrorists murder 49 in Christchurch, New Zealand
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-16
The attack is the outcome of the rise of far-right, fascistic networks that have developed around the world, with the collusion of the state apparatus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela! No coup, no sanctions, no new U.S. war!
ANSWER | indybay.org | 2019-03-16
White House | 1600 Pennsylvania Ave | Washington DC 20500…
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Urban Shield SWAT Drill and Weapons Expo Suspended for 2019
Tracy Rosenberg | indybay.org | 2019-03-16
"Alameda County deserves the Bay Area's thanks for pushing the pause button on overly militarized police training. Urban Shield knotted together needed disaster preparedness with the worst excesses of warlike exercises, trigger-happy law enforcement and xenophobic distrust of people of color. It is time to do better and the Bay Area will do so."
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Did Dallas Police and Local Media Collude to Cover Up Terrorist Threats against Journalist Barrett Brown?
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
Barrett Brown is an award-winning journalist and author who spent time in federal prison for work he did exposing various elements of the military-industrial complex, including publicizing the hacked emails of private intelligence company Stratfor. Since being released from prison, Brown has worked to establish the Pursuance Project, an initiative aimed at developing a new…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/15/did-…

Solidarity Isn't a Slogan, It's a Process: A Conversation with Vijay Prashad
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
In this exclusive interview, a prominent Indian intellectual examines how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela.
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Students Globally Protest Warming, Pleading for Their Future
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-15
WASHINGTON — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. | From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by their governments. | Well more than 150,000 students and adults who were mobilized by word of mouth and social media protested in Europe, according to police estimates. But the initial turnout in the United States did not look quite as high. | "Borders, languages and religions do not separate us," eight-year…
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Peace activists cheer anti-war win on Senate Yemen resolution
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-15
WASHINGTON–Peace activists nationwide, who strenuously lobbied lawmakers on the issue, cheered the U.S. Senate's 54-46 vote to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led Yemen War. Lawmakers invoked the War Powers Act in their blunt rebuke to President Donald Trump's pro-war actions. The Democratic-run House previously approved the anti-war move. But just to make sure Trump …
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Labor-backed candidate Tony Pecinovsky scores 48 percent in St. Louis race
Maicol David Lynch, Roberta Wood | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-15
ST. LOUIS–How can a local politician in a working-class ward stand against the interests of working-class people? This was the question before voters in this city's southside 14th ward during last week's municipal election when 41-year-old labor activist Tony Pecinovsky racked up 48 percent of the vote, nearly turning out longtime incumbent Carol Howard in …
peoplesworld.org/article/labor-b…

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

Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colleagues Defend Tucker Carlson's 'Ideas'–That Iraqis Are 'Monkeys,' Child Rape Is 'Commitment to Love'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-03-15
David French's claim (National Review, 3/11/19) that no one was really offended by Tucker Carlson's defense of raping 12-year-olds, or his calling Iraqis "primitive monkeys," was
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Trump's $34 Trillion Deficit and Debt Bomb
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
This week Trump released his latest budget for 2019-20 fiscal year. It calls for $2.7 trillion in various social spending cuts over the decade, including $872 billion in reductions in Medicare, Social Security, Disability spending; another $327 billion in food stamps, housing support, and Medicaid; a further $200 billion in student loan cuts; and hundreds…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/15/trum…

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

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

Lee Camp Hits Hard on MSNBC's Rick Tyler's Cheap Shots at Sanders and Socialism
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-15
If you want to be anything other than a center-right news station that happens to tell marginally more facts than your coked-out alternative, then don't have Rick Tyler, the person tasked with making Ted Cruz appear human, tell us why Bernie Sanders isn't a tenable solution.
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School Shooters and Drones
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-15
Allegra Harpootlian links gun violence at home to U.S. wars abroad. By Allegra Harpootlian TomDispatch.com In the wake of the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members,… Read more ?…
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Tom Joyner to Receive Vanguard Award at 50th NAACP Image Awards
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-03-15
PRESENTERS TO INCLUDE AMANDLA STENBERG, KERRY WASHINGTON, KIKI LAYNE, LENA WAITHE, LETITIA WRIGHT, THANDIE NEWTON, TREVOR NOAH AND MORE! LIVE TV Special to Air on TV One Saturday, March 30, 2019 Hosted by Anthony Anderson LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2019) — The NAACP today announced that mass media icon Tom Joyner will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the …
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Trump Administration Attempts to Thwart International Criminal Court Investigators
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
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Video: Russian Warplanes "Rain Hell" on Terrorist Strongholds in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
On March 13, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces delivered a series of airstrikes on infrastructure of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the city of Idlib and in its southeastern countryisde. According to reports, at least 16 strikes hit weapon depots, …
globalresearch.ca/russian-warpla…

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

Trump's Backward Move on Drone Civilian Casualties
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-15
This executive order disregards some valuable historical lessons, writes Daniel R. Brunstetter. An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth) By Daniel R. Brunstetter, University of California, Irvine The Conversation When it comes to drones and warfare, the… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/14/tr…

Selected Articles: Trump's $34 Trillion Deficit and Debt Bomb
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/selected-artic…

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

Pity the Nation: War Spending is Bankrupting America
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
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Journalist's Struggle to Find Bone Marrow Match Exposes Racial Disparity in National Registry
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-15
A nationwide campaign has been launched to find a blood stem cell donor for a 29-year-old journalist who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Liyna Anwar is an Indian-American producer who used to work at StoryCorps. She desperately needs a stem cell transplant, but she does not match any of her family members or the 19 million people in a national registry. Her search for a match is made more difficult because South Asians are underrepresented in the national registry. A campaign urging people of South Asian descent to donate stem cells has been launched in Anwar's name. It's called #SwabF…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/15/j…

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

The EU Is Steadily Moving Towards Creation of 1984-style "Ministry of Truth"
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
The European Parliament passed a recommendation calling Russia "the main source of disinformation in Europe" and appealing for increased funding for the EU's East StratCom Task Force, which already got 1.1 million euros in 2018. | HINT: The East StratCom Task | …
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Video: Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing An "Animated Destruction" of Russia's S-400 6L6 Surveillance Radar
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
The Syrian conflict influences not only the balance of power in the Middle East, but also strategies and military programs of the powers involved. | There is no secret that over the past years the Russian Armed Forces have used Syria …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-defens…

New Zealand Terrorist Manifesto Influenced by Far-Right Online Ecosystem, Hatewatch Finds
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-03-15
Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of murdering 49 worshippers and injuring dozens of others in two New Zealand mosques Friday, posted a manifesto steeped in white supremacist propaganda and references to "white genocide," a belief that white people are being systematically replaced across the world by non-whites.
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Self-declared fascist carries out racist terror attack in NZ mosques
Kristen Gelineau | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-15
SYDNEY (AP)–The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. Though he claimed not to covet fame, the gunman–whose name was …
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New Zealand attack shows white supremacy is global terrorist movement
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-15
The atrocity in New Zealand shows us, once again, that we're dealing with an international terrorist movement linked by a dangerous white supremacist ideology that's metastasizing in the echo chambers of internet chat rooms and on social media networks.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/15/ne…

At Least 49 Dead in Terror Attack on New Zealand Mosques
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-15
Updated: | Officials in New Zealand have put the number of confirmed victims in Friday's terrorist attack on a pair of mosques at 49 people dead with 48 wounded, many seriously. Police have detained multiple people as part of the investigation into the attack, but so far have charged just one man–described as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist"–with multiple counts of murder. | According to the New Zealand Herald: Australian police have identified the shooter as Brenton Tarrant — a white, 28-year-old Australian-born man. Twit…
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The Indivisible Project's Statement on the Terrorist Attack in New Zealand
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
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Annexing the Stars: Walcott, Rhodes, and Venezuela
Jason Hirthler | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
Poet Derek Walcott's "A Far Cry from Africa" provides a stirring glimpse into the perspectives and policies of British colonialists in the 20th century. Of course, the perspectives it reveals are temporally confined to British colonialism in Walcott's poem: he was a native of Saint Lucia, a British colony or "possession" in the Caribbean; and…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/15/anne…

America's Puppet: Meet Juan Guaidó
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
Juan Guaidó is a useful pawn for U.S. interests in Venezuela, but is he expendable? On January 15th, the White House reported that VP Mike Pence spoke by phone "today" with Guaidó, the president of Venezuela's National Assembly. It claimed the call was made…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/15/amer…

Venezuela: US Threatens New Sanctions as Hyperinflation Slows Down
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
The US government has increased pressure against Caracas mainly by targeting the oil industry.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14391

Trudeau's Position on Honduras Reveals Hypocrisy About Venezuela
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
The hypocrisy is head spinning. As Justin Trudeau lectures audiences on the need to uphold Venezuela's constitution the Liberals have recognized a completely illegitimate president in Honduras. What's more, they've formally allied with that government in demanding Venezuela's president follow …
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Juan Guaidó's Policy Proposals: 'The Venezuela to Come' or the Venezuela That Has Already Been?
Barry Cannon, NACLA | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-15
Juan Guaidó has a plan to end the emergency in Venezuela–but his vision looks a lot like the elite-led, violently unequal Venezuela of the 1990's.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14…

Venezuela — More Might Makes Right
Barry Kissin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
How much more brazen could it be — our attempted coup in Venezuela? Are our leaders expecting that mainstream media will succeed once again in selling us the maniacal march of the American Empire? | But we have been through enough, | …
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Fox News Doubles Down on the Big Lie and Venezuela
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
It doesn't matter what corporate alphabet propaganda network you watch, you're going to get the same line on Venezuela. | Here we have Trish Regan, a fixture at Fox News, telling numerous lies about Venezuela, lies put out by neocons …
globalresearch.ca/fox-news-big-l…

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

Is Ilhan Omar Wrong…About Anything?
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
It has been clear for some time that Ilhan Omar owes no one any apologies for her remarks on AIPAC and those who tow its line; quite to the contrary, apologies are owed her. Developments over the past several weeks underscore how important it is to drive that point home. Before the 2008 publication of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, the subject was, for all practical purposes, taboo. Everything had to be kept hush hush, just as it did with the NSA (no such agency), the massive signals intelligence operation at Fort Meade. Everybody who cared knew that it was there and…
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The Media-Created Front Runners
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
This writer makes it a habit to review CNN daily. Not because he expects responsible news reporting there, but because that particular outlet seems to provide a good overview of what the corporate-owned, government-supporting media wants the general public to know and care about. This past week, he saw the news that former Vice President…
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All the Livelong Day
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
1894 was a wild year in the United States. Robber barons and the sycophantic politicians they controlled worked overtime to maintain and expand their empires of capital. Their practices and greed had helped create a recession that left millions of working people struggling to keep shelter and food for their families. The response of most of…
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Christchurch, the White Victim Complex and Savage Capitalism
Ben Debney | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
Despite his own denials, anti-Muslim xenophobia underwrites the 74-page manifesto compiled by Australian mass murderer Brendan Tarrant. The title itself, The Great Replacement, references a far-right conspiracy theory holding that white genocide is being engineered by useful idiots amongst the liberal elite advocating mass migration, demographic growth and cultural diversity. To this conspiracy theory, the…
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Trump's Foreign Policy is Based on Confrontation and Malevolence
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
There is a saying in the worlds of politics and business that most people who come to prominence are those who in defeat bear malice and in victory seek revenge. It is therefore unsurprising that President Donald Trump displays both characteristics in international as well as domestic affairs, although his targets vary erratically between friend…
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Bloody Sunday and the Charging of Soldier F
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
Beijing. Justice delayed is justice denied but there may yet be a sense, however flawed, that it can be done.The decision of the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland to charge just one former British soldier with murder, arising from the events of Bloody Sunday in January 1972, which left 14 people dead has been…
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The 18th Brumaire of Just About Everybody: the Rise of Authoritarian Strongmen and How to Prevent and Reverse It
Steven Colatrella | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
The Prototype for Trump, Putin and Co. [1] A great nation becomes disillusioned with the promises of free competition, free trade, economic liberalization, and greater integration into the world market, policies that seem to benefit only a few at the expense of the many. In an election that shocks the liberal and educated elements in…
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In Praise of Budget Deficits
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
With the presentation of his 2020 budget, Donald Trump has been getting a ton of grief over the large current and projected future budget deficits. While his budget shows the deficit coming down, this is due to large cuts to programs that middle income and lower income people depend upon, like Social Security, Medicare, and…
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Our Green New Deal
Samantha M., Angelica Perkins | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
On Friday, February 22, 2019, Sunrise Bay Area, Youth Vs. Apocalypse and Earth Guardians Bay Area Crew gathered together for a rally held outside of Senator Feinstein's office in San Francisco in an attempt to persuade her to vote yes on the Green New Deal. We attended the rally at Feinstein's to show support and…
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On the Death of Guantanamo Detainee 10028
Jeffrey Kaye | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
Camp 6, Guantanamo, where Haji Naseem was held for part of his captivity. U.S. government photo in public domain. | Torture, secret confessions and recantations, an ominous email, a mysterious death, a detainee found hanging in a recreation yard outside his cell in the middle of the night‚Ää–‚Ääthis is the story of the sixth man said to have died from suicide at Guantanamo. | Up until now, his story has gone totally untold. Even the location of the camp inside Gitmo where he died was kept secret for years. What follows is an in-depth examination into what really happened.
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Trump's Nightmare Budget
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
Two things can be said with certainty about Trump's 2020 budget request: It is DOA, dead on arrival, in the House; and it is a political document, catering to his loyal supporters, rather than a serious fiscal statement. What the budget request reveals is that Trump, left to his own devices, would further skewer the…
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On Our Knees
Missy Comley Beattie | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
I have been wrong at CounterPunch 26.5 times. One example: writing that Hillary Clinton would win in 2016. After the election of Donald Trump, plenty of you emailed, chastising me for the mistake. Occasionally, and for a split second only, I wish Clinton had won. More on this later. Recall another Donald now: Rumsfeld. Then…
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In Salinas, Puerto Rico, Vulnerable Americans Are Still Trapped in the Ruins Left by Hurricane Maria
Stan Cox — Paul Cox | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
Abandoned by their country, residents refuse to accept the idea that they will never recover. Nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Maria, about three-fourths of the houses in the Sierra Brava neighborhood of Salinas, Puerto Rico stand battered and empty. Some families left because their homes were rendered uninhabitable and they had no…
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"Maria! Maria! It Was Maria That Destroyed Us!" The Human Story
Priti Gulati Cox | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water — Donald Trump, INDEPENDENT, September 29, 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. One and a half years later, many of the island's more than 3 million U.S. citizens continue to be forgotten and ignored by the federal government. Earlier this year,…
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The BBC: The Most Potent State Propagandist
Dr. David Halpin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
Blatant disinformation spews from the western media. And law is never mentioned. Sen.Mark Rubio can threaten a most cruel assassination of Nicolas Maduro, whilst Trump, Bolton (1) and Pence promise that 'everything is on the table'. Psychopaths join together …
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India's Agrarian Crisis: Dismantling 'Development'
Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
In his 1978 book 'India Mortgaged', T.N. Reddy predicted the country would one day open all sectors to foreign direct investment and surrender economic sovereignty to imperialist powers. | Today, the US and Europe cling to a moribund form of capitalism …
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Pentagon Spent $4.6 Million on Lobster Tail and Crab in One Month
Joe Setyon | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
The federal government spends a disproportionate amount of its budget for outside contractors in the final month of the fiscal year, as agencies rush to blow through cash before it's too late. Among the more noteworthy expenditures in 2018, according…
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Brainwashing Future Generations. The American Nightmare
Philip Linder | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
This article was originally published on December 23, 2017. | A threat to national security? | Imagine this scenario: A nation and its people are deemed by our U.S. government to be an existential threat to the United States of America. Massive …
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Native Leaders Tell Congress How Trump Trampled 'Spiritually Occupied Landscape' to Carve Up National Monuments
Julia Conley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
House Democrats, indigenous tribal leaders, and public land protection advocates all rebuked the Trump administration's downsizing of two national monuments Wednesday, arguing that President Donald Trump and former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acted illegally by conducting what at least one …
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Has the World Been Ignoring an Almost Decade-Long "African Spring"?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
The announcement that Algerian President Bouteflika won't run for re-election but will instead postpone the upcoming vote until the conclusion of his recently decreed comprehensive constitutional reform process represented the eighth non-electoral regime change in Africa in as many years, …
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Helms-Burton Act Meant to Re-colonize Cuba
Raúl Capote | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-15
This law is more interventionist that the Platt Amendment of 1901 and the Reciprocity Treaty Cuba was forced to sign to be granted fictitious independence, at the beginning of the 20th century. | It is an attack on the independence and …
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'Politics of Demonization': Mainstreamed Islamophobia Decried in Wake of Christchurch Terror Attack
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
Progressives, many of them Muslim, decried the mainstreaming of Islamophobia in the wake of the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand that killed 49 in two mosques."All it takes is one individual to be radicalized by these messages and to act out violently." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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US Warplanes Accidentally Obliterate Allied Afghan Military Base
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-15
(ZH) — In the latest bizarre story to come out of the US "endless war" in Afghanistan, American warplanes obliterated an allied Afghan military post in an act of "self defense" on Wednesday. The incident took place in the tribal Uruzgan province of south-central Afghanistan and reportedly began when a joint convoy of US troops and Afghan Special Forces came under fire by …
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'Blatant Effort to Intimidate and Retaliate': Pompeo Imposes Visa Ban on ICC Staff Probing US War Crimes
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
Human rights defenders expressed outrage on Friday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that the Trump administration is revoking or denying visas for any International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel who try to investigate or prosecute U.S. officials or key allies for potential war crimes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Yemen: US and UK arms killed, injured civilians in Saudi-led attack
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has documented the role that the United States and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. | A group of organisations, including Mwatana for Human Rights, a Yemen-based human rights organisation, released the damning report on March 6. It claimed that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians an…
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Auto workers in China face job losses and closures
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-15
A slowing Chinese economy and lower car sales, compounded by US trade war measures, has resulted in domestic and foreign auto manufacturers closing factories and laying off workers.
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Venezuela: Behind the US aid convoy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
One month after declaring himself the "legitimate president of Venezuela", Juan Guaidó attempted to provoke a crisis on February 23 by forcing United States' humanitarian aid across the Venezuela-Colombia border. | One of the aid trucks was burned and the Venezuelan government was condemned around the world. | On March 9, the New York Times published a story that questioned this claim. The headline read "Footage contradicts US claim that Maduro burned aid convoy". The footage confirmed that the truck was lit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by an anti-government supporter. | What really did happen on the Venezue…
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The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalization of Anti-Muslim Terrorism
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-15
The real forces responsible for the destruction of many Muslim-majority countries and the current chaos present in many Western countries are not generated by civilian populations or religions but instead by the global oligarchy that engineers and profits from this chaos.
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US presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar invokes Putin to justify alleged staff mistreatment
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-15
If you're a boss whose staff are complaining you're too tough on them, US Senator Amy Klobuchar may have just given you an excuse to keep cracking your whip: just say it's the only way you can be tough and face the Russians. | …
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Historic Yemen Vote: Despite Possible Veto, 'Great Leverage for Peace Talks'
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-03-15
The Senate's vote, invoking the War Powers Act and withdrawing U.S. support for the war in Yemen, could still be vetoed by Trump, but it can provide a way forward for ending this horrific war, say Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyab…
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North Korea Warns 'Gangster-Like' Tactics of Bolton and Pompeo Undermining Nuclear Talks
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
Two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cut short their second summit with no agreement or clear path forward, a top North Korean official said on Friday the "gangster-like" behavior of Trump's hawkish top officials helped derail the denuclearization negotiations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Pentagon doesn't really know how $2.1 BILLION was spent on F-35 parts — watchdog
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-15
The Pentagon has failed to properly manage and account for $2.1 billion worth of parts for F-35 fighter jets, a new report by a government watchdog reveals. Now, the military simply has to take the word of Lockheed Martin on that. | …
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Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. | Starting around 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…
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'Interim president' of Venezuela not violating rules because they were changed for him — Abrams
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-15
The US-backed 'interim president' of Venezuela Juan Guaido isn't violating the 30-day constitutional limit because the legislature backing him voted to make it not apply, 'explained' the US special envoy Elliott Abrams. | …
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Australian Senator Blames Muslims for Terror Attack at New Zealand Mosque
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-03-15
49 people are confirmed dead after at least one gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. More than 20 other people were seriously injured. | Calling Friday one of the country's "darkest days," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as a "well-planned terrorist attack." Friday's shootings are the worst act of violence in New Zealand in three decades, Ardern said. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack was carried out "by an extremist right-…
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In Era of Aging Reactors, Nuclear Industry's Push for Deregulation Sparks Warning of 'Collision Course' With Disaster
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
Independent watchdogs are raising alarm about the nuclear power industry's ongoing efforts to convince federal regulators to scale back safety inspections and limit what "lower-level" issues are reported to the public. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Brazilians Remember Marielle Franco on Anniversary of her Assassination
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-15
In major cities of Brazil, activists honored the life and legacy of LGBT and police violence activist Marielle Franco, who was assassinated a year ago in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Mike Fox reports…
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Pompeo enlists US energy conglomerates for global oil war
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-15
The US secretary of state's speech laid out in stark terms Washington's turn to global "great power" conflict in which control of the world's oil remains a key component.
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New Zealand mosque shooter cites Candace Owens as inspiration for attacks
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-15
The alleged perpetrator of the terrorist attack on two New Zealand mosques in which 49 people were killed and over 40 more injured, has cited conservative activist Candace Owens as the inspiration for the shooting. | …
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Top US General Supports Pre-Emptive Nuclear First Strike
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-15
(ANTIWAR.COM) — With the world's largest, most destructive arsenal of nuclear weapons, the United States poses an enormous risk not just to peace, but to the survival of much of the human race. That's only a problem, of course, if the US starts using that arsenal. Which is where formal US nuclear doctrine would come in. There …
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