Daily Archives: March 17, 2019

2019-03-17: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-03-17). Venezuela coup leader's oil plans revealed: Guaidó hopes to privatize state-controlled industry. mronline.org U.S.-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó and his right-wing economic advisers drafted plans to privatize Venezuela's oil industry and open up the oil-rich country to foreign corporations, Reuters reported. | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-03-17). VIDEO: Pro and Anti-Venezuela Coup Protestors Face Off in Front of White House. consortiumnews.com Demonstrators for and against regime change in Venezuela converged on the White House on Saturday and there were some angry scenes as D.C. mounted police took their positions in Lafayette Park. By Joe Lauria in Washington Special to Consortium News… Read more →

Eds. (2019-03-17). Map (and objectives) of the irregular war on energy in Venezuela. mronline.org The cyber-attack against Corpoelec's computerized centre in the Guri Complex hydroelectric plant and against the nervous centre in Caracas was followed by electromagnetic attacks and, simultaneously, sabotage of other backup infrastructure that reversed the recovery processes so as to ensure the general and irreversible collapse of the electricity supply. | Source

teleSUR (2019-03-17). NZ Prime Minister: 'Will Discuss Live Streaming With Facebook'. telesurenglish.net New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the "issue" of live streaming videos is something she "will look to be discussing directly with Facebook." | RELATED: | Nearly US$3M Donated to Victims of New Zealand Terror Attacks | Prime Minister Ardern made the comment to reporters Sunday when asked if the social media monopoly should stop live-streaming. | There are "further questions to be answered" by the company, Ardern said, adding: "This is an issue that I will look to be…

plenglish (2019-03-17). Civic-Military Union, Targets of Aggression against Venezuela. plenglish.com By Wiliam Urquijo Pascual | Caracas, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) All the letters included in the punch of the aggressions against Venezuela, instigated by the United States in complicity with the opposition, have among their goals to undermine military unity and loyalty.

RT (2019-03-17). Iran sentences US Navy vet to 10 years behind bars for insulting supreme leader. rt.com A US citizen has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after a trial in Iran, his lawyer said. The former Navy serviceman violated a lèse-majesté law and a private information law that do not apply in the US.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Foreign Minister to Visit Serbia. plenglish.com Belgrade, Mar 15 ( Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza will arrive in Belgrade Friday for a two-day visit to Serbia. According to official sources, the Foreign Minister will complete a broad agenda of talks, interviews and meetings starting Saturday with Serbia"s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Brazilian Judge Releases Executives Involved in Mining Tragedy. plenglish.com Brasilia, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) A Brazilian judge revoked a court ruling and released 11 executives from the company Vale and two employees from the German firm Tàºv Sàºd, who are under investigation due to the tragedy in a mine, where 203 people were killed and 105 are missing.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Chavez Remains Inspiration for Revolutionaries, Maduro Says. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recalled the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, as a latent inspiration for all revolutionaries.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Brazilians Court Authorizes Arrest of Third Involved in Massacre. plenglish.com Brasilia, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Sao Paulo Court of Justice authorized Friday the arrest of an adolescent identified as the third implicated in the massacre perpetrated Wednesday in a school in the Sao Paulo municipality of Suzano.

Various Religious & Peaceful Groups (2019-03-17). Bay Area Vigils for Victims of Christchurch Mosques Massacre. indybay.org Multiple vigils around the SF Bay Area (see list below)…

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuela's Working on Creating Its Own Tech Platform. plenglish.com Caracas, (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan economist Jose Rodriguez warned Wednesday that cyber sabotage to the National Electric System (SEN) could be applied to payment platforms, whose operations are supported in US headquarters' offices.

Bay Area Poor People's Campaign (2019-03-17). Poor People's Hearing Bay Area. Against Racism, Poverty, War Economy, Climate Change. indybay.org Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St. West Oakland…

plenglish (2019-03-17). Russia for Trial on Foreign Perpetrators of Venezuela's Sabotage. plenglish.com Moscow, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia on Friday demanded to try those responsible for the sabotage against Venezuela"s electric power system, offered cooperation to investigate these events and described the methods used against the South American country as savage.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Cuban FM Stresses Importance of Ties with Latin America. plenglish.com Havana, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez highlighted the importance for Havana of its relations with Latin American and Caribbean nations, with which it shares the common goal of defending peace and geographical coexistence.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuela's Recovery of Electrical Grid Advances after Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's recovery of electrical grid gradually advances Monday with redoubled efforts to prioritize services such as medical care and water distribution in vulnerable areas.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Armed Force Starts Ana Karina Rote Military Drills. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) on Saturday began in a civic-military union the Ana Karina Rote drills to protect the energy system and water supplies in Venezuela.

Matthew Lee (2019-03-17). US bars entry to International Criminal Court investigators. zcomm.org The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to investigate alleged war crimes and other abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere…

plenglish (2019-03-17). Russia Reiterates Need for Political Solution to Venezuela Situation. plenglish.com Moscow, March 14 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov reiterated on Thursday Moscow"s position on the importance of finding peaceful political solutions to disagreements in that country, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Over 500 Arrests due to Looting in Zulia, Venezuela, after Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in the Venezuelan state of Zulia have arrested more than 500 people, including Colombian paramilitaries, who were accused of looting after the sabotage on the power system.

Julia Conley (2019-03-17). #HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill Demands Trump End Economic War & Regime Change Attempts. theantimedia.com (CD) — Denouncing the "strangling" of the Venezuelan economy via sanctions and demanding the Trump administration allow the South American country to determine its own fate, pro-democracy protesters marched through Washington, D.C. on Saturday to demand, "Hands Off Venezuela!" The demonstration came seven weeks after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, rebuking President Nicolas …

plenglish (2019-03-17). Haitian Organizations Condemn Venezuelan Electric Sabotage. plenglish.com Port-au-Prince, March 14 (Prensa Latina) A score of political, trade union and social organizations in Haiti condemned Thursday the sabotage against the Venezuelan power system, which caused failures in the provision of the service throughout the national territory.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Gov't Extends Suspension of Work and Classes. plenglish.com Caracas, March 12 (Prensa Latina) Labor and teaching activities were suspended from today for an additional 48 hours while the recovery and stabilization of the National Electric Service (SEN) are achieved, informed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

plenglish (2019-03-17). UN Expresses Concern on Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia. plenglish.com United Nations, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Objections by Colombian President Ivan Duque to the statute law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) are causing concern at UN on Thursday, due to the uncertainty surrounding that legislation.

plenglish (2019-03-17). CARICOM Condemns Attack on Two Mosques in New Zealand. plenglish.com Georgetown, March 15 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemned this Friday in the strongest terms terrorist attacks against two mosques in New Zealand, with a preliminary death toll of 49 and 48 wounded.

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-17). Solidarity Isn't a Slogan, It's a Process. zcomm.org Interview on how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela…

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuela's FM Rejects Pompeo's Statements as Interventionist. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has dismissed as interventionist Mike Pompeo's statements issued by the White House on its official Twitter account.

United National Antiwar Coalition (2019-03-17). U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! indybay.org Oakland Federal Building, 13th St. and Clay, Oakland…

plenglish (2019-03-17). Three Venezuelan Prosecutors Appointed to Probe Electrical Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Ministry has appointed three national prosecutors to investigate the sabotage perpetrated to the country"s electric power system in which 18 states were left without electricity on March 7, local media reported on Tuesday.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuela Appreciates Bolivian President's Support. plenglish.com Vienna, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza thanked Bolivia"s President Evo Morales Thursday for his support to the Venezuelan people sovereignty after repeated attacks by the United States against the country"s institutions.

plenglish (2019-03-17). DPRK Says There Are No Chances for New Negotiations with the US (+Photo). plenglish.com Pyongyang, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent Hanoi summit, and up to now there are no chances for other negotiations, Choe Son-hui, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Justice Opens New Investigation Against Guaido. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor's Office opened Tuesday an investigation against the opposition MP Juan Guaido for his alleged complicity and participation in the continued sabotage of the national electricity system, reported Attorney General Tarek William Saab.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Ideological Attacks on Chinese-Salvadorian Relations Are Criticized. plenglish.com San Salvador, March 16 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Proesa) warned this Friday about the consequences of ideological attacks on relations with China.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Nearly 600 000 People Requested Asylum in EU In 2018. plenglish.com Brussels, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Around 580,000 people, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, applied for asylum for the first time in the European Union (EU) in 2018, the Statistics Office for the region (Eurostat) reported Thursday.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Lula Receives HR Award from Largest Labor Union in USA and Canada. plenglish.com Brasilia, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received the human rights award from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest labor union confederation of the United States and Canada, it was reported in Brasilia on Friday.

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-16). 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.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-16). Eight Years Ago: The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 "Protest Movement"? globalresearch.ca It was not a protest movement, it was an armed insurgency integrated by US-Israeli & allied supported "jihadist" death squads. From Day One, the Islamist "freedom fighters" were supported, trained & equipped by NATO & Turkey's High Command.

CFJPIME (2019-03-16). New Zealand Mosque Senseless Massacre. Action Against Islamophobia, CJPME Calls Upon Canadian Government. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is devasted and deeply upset by today's horrific attack on two New Zealand mosques, where 49 people were senselessly killed and dozens more injured. In the wake of this terrible …

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Colombia's Duque Paves Way for Ex-Guerrillas Extradition to US. telesurenglish.net The United States Department of State (DOS) Friday backed Colombian far-right President Ivan Duque's desire to implement extradition to the U.S. as part of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the court which was created under the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Army Forces of Colombia (FARC) and is expected…

Masud Wadan (2019-03-16). The US-Taliban Talks Are "Renewing" the US Occupation of Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Reporting from Kabul: The US is spearheading a "peace negotiation" campaign with Taliban since weeks in Qatar's capital city, Doha. The US special representative on Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been spelling out the details of conclave through his …

Fight Back (2019-03-16). U.S. Peace Council delegation to Venezuela meets with President Maduro. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – The U.S. Peace Council delegation to Venezuelan met with President Maduro for several hours at the Presidential Palace, March 15. President Maduro told the anti-war organizers that the U.S. attack on the electrical system was delivered three ways: a cyber-attack to the main brain of the system which was made in Houston, electromagnetically, and with explosions at two other stations. The system is now almost fully up again. | Maduro described the history of resistance to foreign domination beginning with Bolívar and the anti-colonial fight for independence against Spain and the U.S. Monroe Doc…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Australia: Indigenous Groups Compensated in Native Title Case. telesurenglish.net In one of the most significant victories for Indigenous land rights, the Aboriginal Ngaliwurru and Nungali peoples from the Northern Territory have been awarded US$2.5 million in compensation for colonial land loss, and loss of spiritual connection. This case sets a precedent for other governments in dealing with native title ca…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Supporters Around the World Rally, Crying 'Hands Off Venezuela'. telesurenglish.net From Argentina to South Africa, Malaysia to Peru, New Zealand to Canada and the U.S., supporters of the Bolivarian revolution marched together as part of the World in Solidarity with Venezuela Day this weekend. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Wants $500M to Fund Its Intervention in Venezuela | The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) was co…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). In Photos:World Mourns Victims of Christchurch Mosque Massacres. telesurenglish.net

| | | | | | 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 …

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 …

STAFF (2019-03-16). Lawyer: U.S. Navy Veteran Held in Iran Sentenced to 10 Years. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office. | Though the case against Michael R. White remains unclear, it comes as Trump has taken a hard-line approach to Iran by pulling the U.S. out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. | Iran, which in the past has used its detention of Westerners and dual nationals as leverage in negotiations, has yet to report on White's sentence in state-controlled media. Its mission to…

STAFF (2019-03-16). New Study Calls for 'Immediate Action' on Climate Crisis. truthdig.com LONDON—US scientists have peered ahead in more than five million ways, and they do not like the uncertain futures they see there. Unless the world collectively and in concert takes drastic steps to slow or halt global warming, generations to come face an intolerable prospect. | And even if humans do switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, economise on resources and restore the world's forests and grasslands, there is still no guarantee that disaster will not happen. | That is because the outcome depends not just on the step…

Dr. Birsen Filip (2019-03-16). The US Revisits the Cold War Era in Its Stance on Cuba. Enacting Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. globalresearch.ca A number of recent speeches by US President Donald Trump have featured Cold War Era rhetoric, including the claim that in 'the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country'. This statement was made …

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-16). Can China and Russia Survive in this Unharmonious World? globalresearch.ca Does it pay 'to be good'? Is it still possible to play by the rules in this mad world, governed by brigands? | What if the rules are defined and ratified by all countries of the world, but a small group …

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

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Nearly US$3M Donated to Victims of New Zealand Terror Attacks. telesurenglish.net Millions of dollars in donations have been pouring out in support of survivors and victims' families after a horrific mass-shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, as citizens around the world grieve in the wake of an atrocity motivated by hatred and white supremacist ideology. | RELATED: | New Zealand Prime Minister Reveals Plans to Tighten Gun Laws | Nearly US$3,000,000 has been raised between two online crowdfunding campaigns on behalf of the victims of the massacre in Christch…

STAFF (2019-03-16). Stunned by Terror Attack, New Zealand Reaches Out to Its Muslim Community. truthdig.com The nation shows a fierce determination to be kind to those in pain as a white supremacist accused of mass shootings appears in court.

Linda McQuaig (2019-03-16). Debunking Billionaire Claims of Heroic Capitalism. commondreams.org Melinda and Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009. (Photo: World Economic Forum/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Hans Stehling (2019-03-16). Israel: The 10-Point Paradigm for Right-Wing Extremists. globalresearch.ca For the international community to turn a blind eye to the atrocities carried out by the Israeli government on the premise that its military technology is far too valuable to condemn the human rights abuse of the IDF, is a …

(2019-03-16). Report: Only 10 Vaquita Remain, May Not Survive President Obrador's Tenure. globalresearch.ca Scientists announced today that only 10 vaquita porpoises likely remain in the world and that the animal's extinction is virtually assured without bold and immediate action. | The vaquita, the world's smallest and most endangered cetacean, is found only in …

Prof. James Petras (2019-03-16). President Trump and the Democratic Congress: The Score Sheet. globalresearch.ca Going into the third year of President Trump's presidency, it is necessary to draw a balance sheet on who is winning and/or losing. | We will proceed by first analyzing domestic outcomes and then turn to foreign policy. | Power Bases of …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-16). Death in New Zealand: The Christchurch Shootings. globalresearch.ca Five weapons were said to have been used, all inscribed with symbols, numbers and insignia. The individual charged with the shootings at two Christchurch mosques that left 49 dead was an Australian with, it is alleged, a simple purpose: inflict …

Zero Hedge (2019-03-16). Australians Are Furious About Google's Commercial Delivery Drone. globalresearch.ca Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. is on the verge of launching what the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) says will be the world's first commercial drone delivery service in Australia. | Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet has been testing its drone delivery …

Michael Brull (2019-03-16). 2,891 Murdoch Media Stories Trashing Islam in a Single Year, Study Reveals. globalresearch.ca Loyal readers of New Matilda should remember One Path Network, a Muslim video production studio and media company in Sydney. They produced the first devastating report exposing Channel Seven's favourite purported Muslim leader and sheikh, Mohammed Tawhidi. | Their calm and …

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Lula Calls on Brazilians to Never Lose Hope. telesurenglish.net The former President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said in a letter released Saturday that he is in resistance because "I know that I still have an important mission to fulfill at this moment in which democracy, national sovereignty and the rights of the Brazilian people are threatened by powerful economic and political interests, even from foreign powers." | RELATED: | UN Human Rights Council To Probe Lula's Case in March | The worker leader said his opponents "want him to disappe…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Bolivia: 8 Police Officers Accused of Raping Jailed Brazilian. telesurenglish.net A Bolivian prosecutor has slapped nine police officers with charges following the report of a rape case by a Brazilian woman, who was in prison. Eight of the officers have been accused of rape, and one other for concealment, according to Bolivia's Attorney General. | RELATED: | Italy Court Clears 2 Men of Rape Because Woman 'Too Manly' | According to Orlando Aramayo, the prosecutor assigned to the case, the eight men who are accused of rape are in custody, while the woman has been re…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-16). Demands That Trump End Economic War and Attempts at Regime Change at #HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill. commondreams.org "There is nobody in that White House or in this administration that cares at all for the Venezuelan people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-03-16). How The New York Times Flubs Its Terrorism Coverage. truthdig.com "What is terrorism, and who is a terrorist?" The New York Times ( 3/7/19) asked in a recent report on the hindering of peace negotiations between the United States government and the Taliban in Afghanistan—without suggesting any possible answers to these questions. When the headline of a story literally includes the phrase "Big Question: What Is Terrorism?" you might think it would offer at least one plausible definition proposed by any party or individual involved in these discussions. But not a single definiti…

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.

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.

RT (2019-03-16). Hands off Venezuela! Protesters rally against regime change outside White House. rt.com Hundreds of protesters are gathering in Washington DC to demand "No coup! No war! No sanctions!" on Venezuela, and show support for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against regime change efforts.

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.

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…

Maryam Saleh (2019-03-16). Syrian Refugees 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."

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-16). Preventing Civil War and US Intervention in Venezuela. truthout.org For almost two months now, Venezuela has been caught in a tense stand-off between the incumbent government of Nicolás Maduro and the US-backed right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself president in January and who has since been trying to force Maduro from office with the active support of the Trump administration and various right-wing regional leaders. Over the next weeks, ROAR will be publishing a series of interviews with Venezuelan activists and intellectuals to help share local perspectives on the origins of the current crisis, the risks of an escalation in the confli…

Turkish Minute (2019-03-16). Turkish President Erdogan: Trump Says I am 'Justified' in Purchasing S-400s. theantimedia.com (TM) — During an interview with the pro-government HaberTàºrk news outlet on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan claimed that his US counterpart, Donald Trump, had found Ankara's planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems justified, the Ahval news website reported. Erdoƒüan had most recently discussed the purchase last week when he firmly stated that the …

Eric Draitser (2019-03-15). Did Dallas Police and Local Media Collude to Cover Up Terrorist Threats against Journalist Barrett Brown? counterpunch.org 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 More

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 …

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…

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 …

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

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.

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

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 <...

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

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

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

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).

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 …

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 …

2019-03-17: Social Media Postees

Venezuela coup leader's oil plans revealed: Guaidó hopes to privatize state-controlled industry
Ben Norton | mronline.org | 2019-03-17
U.S.-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó and his right-wing economic advisers drafted plans to privatize Venezuela's oil industry and open up the oil-rich country to foreign corporations, Reuters reported. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/16/venezuela-coup-leaders-oil-plans-revealed-guaido-hopes-to-privatize-state-controlled-industry/

VIDEO: Pro and Anti-Venezuela Coup Protestors Face Off in Front of White House
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-17
Demonstrators for and against regime change in Venezuela converged on the White House on Saturday and there were some angry scenes as D.C. mounted police took their positions in Lafayette Park. By Joe Lauria in Washington Special to Consortium News… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/16/video-pro-and-anti-venezuela-coup-protestors-face-off-in-front-of-white-house/

Map (and objectives) of the irregular war on energy in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-17
The cyber-attack against Corpoelec's computerized centre in the Guri Complex hydroelectric plant and against the nervous centre in Caracas was followed by electromagnetic attacks and, simultaneously, sabotage of other backup infrastructure that reversed the recovery processes so as to ensure the general and irreversible collapse of the electricity supply. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/16/map-and-objectives-of-the-irregular-war-on-energy-in-venezuela/

NZ Prime Minister: 'Will Discuss Live Streaming With Facebook'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-17
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the "issue" of live streaming videos is something she "will look to be discussing directly with Facebook." | RELATED: | Nearly US$3M Donated to Victims of New Zealand Terror Attacks | Prime Minister Ardern made the comment to reporters Sunday when asked if the social media monopoly should stop live-streaming. | There are "further questions to be answered" by the company, Ardern said, adding: "This is an issue that I will look to be…
telesurenglish.net/news/NZ-Prime-Minister-Will-Discuss-Live-Streaming-With-Facebook-20190317-0003.html

DPRK Says There Are No Chances for New Negotiations with the US (+Photo)
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Pyongyang, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent Hanoi summit, and up to now there are no chances for other negotiations, Choe Son-hui, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Three Venezuelan Prosecutors Appointed to Probe Electrical Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Ministry has appointed three national prosecutors to investigate the sabotage perpetrated to the country"s electric power system in which 18 states were left without electricity on March 7, local media reported on Tuesday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Brazilian Judge Releases Executives Involved in Mining Tragedy
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Brasilia, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) A Brazilian judge revoked a court ruling and released 11 executives from the company Vale and two employees from the German firm Tàºv Sàºd, who are under investigation due to the tragedy in a mine, where 203 people were killed and 105 are missing.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Haitian Organizations Condemn Venezuelan Electric Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Port-au-Prince, March 14 (Prensa Latina) A score of political, trade union and social organizations in Haiti condemned Thursday the sabotage against the Venezuelan power system, which caused failures in the provision of the service throughout the national territory.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Iran sentences US Navy vet to 10 years behind bars for insulting supreme leader
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-17
A US citizen has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after a trial in Iran, his lawyer said. The former Navy serviceman violated a lèse-majesté law and a private information law that do not apply in the US. | …
rt.com/usa/454035-navy-veteran-sentenced-iran/

Bay Area Vigils for Victims of Christchurch Mosques Massacre
Various Religious & Peaceful Groups | indybay.org | 2019-03-17
Multiple vigils around the SF Bay Area (see list below)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/16/18821957.php

US bars entry to International Criminal Court investigators
Matthew Lee | zcomm.org | 2019-03-17
The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to investigate alleged war crimes and other abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/us-bars-entry-to-international-criminal-court-investigators/

Ideological Attacks on Chinese-Salvadorian Relations Are Criticized
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
San Salvador, March 16 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Proesa) warned this Friday about the consequences of ideological attacks on relations with China.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuelan Armed Force Starts Ana Karina Rote Military Drills
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) on Saturday began in a civic-military union the Ana Karina Rote drills to protect the energy system and water supplies in Venezuela.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Solidarity Isn't a Slogan, It's a Process
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2019-03-17
Interview on how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/solidarity-isnt-a-slogan-its-a-process/

U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!
United National Antiwar Coalition | indybay.org | 2019-03-17
Oakland Federal Building, 13th St. and Clay, Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/16/18821954.php

Poor People's Hearing Bay Area. Against Racism, Poverty, War Economy, Climate Change
Bay Area Poor People's Campaign | indybay.org | 2019-03-17
Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St. West Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/16/18821975.php

UN Expresses Concern on Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
United Nations, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Objections by Colombian President Ivan Duque to the statute law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) are causing concern at UN on Thursday, due to the uncertainty surrounding that legislation.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Cuban FM Stresses Importance of Ties with Latin America
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Havana, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez highlighted the importance for Havana of its relations with Latin American and Caribbean nations, with which it shares the common goal of defending peace and geographical coexistence.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuelan Gov't Extends Suspension of Work and Classes
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, March 12 (Prensa Latina) Labor and teaching activities were suspended from today for an additional 48 hours while the recovery and stabilization of the National Electric Service (SEN) are achieved, informed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

CARICOM Condemns Attack on Two Mosques in New Zealand
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Georgetown, March 15 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemned this Friday in the strongest terms terrorist attacks against two mosques in New Zealand, with a preliminary death toll of 49 and 48 wounded.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuelan Justice Opens New Investigation Against Guaido
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor's Office opened Tuesday an investigation against the opposition MP Juan Guaido for his alleged complicity and participation in the continued sabotage of the national electricity system, reported Attorney General Tarek William Saab.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Russia Reiterates Need for Political Solution to Venezuela Situation
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Moscow, March 14 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov reiterated on Thursday Moscow"s position on the importance of finding peaceful political solutions to disagreements in that country, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Civic-Military Union, Targets of Aggression against Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
By Wiliam Urquijo Pascual | Caracas, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) All the letters included in the punch of the aggressions against Venezuela, instigated by the United States in complicity with the opposition, have among their goals to undermine military unity and loyalty.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Russia for Trial on Foreign Perpetrators of Venezuela's Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Moscow, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia on Friday demanded to try those responsible for the sabotage against Venezuela"s electric power system, offered cooperation to investigate these events and described the methods used against the South American country as savage.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuelan Foreign Minister to Visit Serbia
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Belgrade, Mar 15 ( Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza will arrive in Belgrade Friday for a two-day visit to Serbia. According to official sources, the Foreign Minister will complete a broad agenda of talks, interviews and meetings starting Saturday with Serbia"s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Over 500 Arrests due to Looting in Zulia, Venezuela, after Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in the Venezuelan state of Zulia have arrested more than 500 people, including Colombian paramilitaries, who were accused of looting after the sabotage on the power system.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Lula Receives HR Award from Largest Labor Union in USA and Canada
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Brasilia, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received the human rights award from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest labor union confederation of the United States and Canada, it was reported in Brasilia on Friday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Brazilians Court Authorizes Arrest of Third Involved in Massacre
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Brasilia, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Sao Paulo Court of Justice authorized Friday the arrest of an adolescent identified as the third implicated in the massacre perpetrated Wednesday in a school in the Sao Paulo municipality of Suzano.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuela Appreciates Bolivian President's Support
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Vienna, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza thanked Bolivia"s President Evo Morales Thursday for his support to the Venezuelan people sovereignty after repeated attacks by the United States against the country"s institutions.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Chavez Remains Inspiration for Revolutionaries, Maduro Says
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recalled the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, as a latent inspiration for all revolutionaries.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuela's Recovery of Electrical Grid Advances after Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's recovery of electrical grid gradually advances Monday with redoubled efforts to prioritize services such as medical care and water distribution in vulnerable areas.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuela's FM Rejects Pompeo's Statements as Interventionist
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has dismissed as interventionist Mike Pompeo's statements issued by the White House on its official Twitter account.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

#HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill Demands Trump End Economic War & Regime Change Attempts
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-17
(CD) — Denouncing the "strangling" of the Venezuelan economy via sanctions and demanding the Trump administration allow the South American country to determine its own fate, pro-democracy protesters marched through Washington, D.C. on Saturday to demand, "Hands Off Venezuela!" The demonstration came seven weeks after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, rebuking President Nicolas …

#HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill Demands Trump End Economic War & Regime Change Attempts

Nearly 600 000 People Requested Asylum in EU In 2018
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Brussels, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Around 580,000 people, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, applied for asylum for the first time in the European Union (EU) in 2018, the Statistics Office for the region (Eurostat) reported Thursday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuela's Working on Creating Its Own Tech Platform
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-17
Caracas, (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan economist Jose Rodriguez warned Wednesday that cyber sabotage to the National Electric System (SEN) could be applied to payment platforms, whose operations are supported in US headquarters' offices.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Solidarity Isn't a Slogan, It's a Process: A Conversation with Vijay Prashad
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-16
In this exclusive interview, a prominent Indian intellectual examines how imperialism operates in our time and proposes specific forms of solidarity with Venezuela.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14385

Eight Years Ago: The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 "Protest Movement"?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
It was not a protest movement, it was an armed insurgency integrated by US-Israeli & allied supported "jihadist" death squads. From Day One, the Islamist "freedom fighters" were supported, trained & equipped by NATO & Turkey's High Command.
globalresearch.ca/syria-who-is-behind-the-protest-movement-fabricating-a-pretext-for-a-us-nato-humanitarian-intervention/24591

The US-Taliban Talks Are "Renewing" the US Occupation of Afghanistan
Masud Wadan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
Reporting from Kabul: The US is spearheading a "peace negotiation" campaign with Taliban since weeks in Qatar's capital city, Doha. The US special representative on Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been spelling out the details of conclave through his …
globalresearch.ca/us-taliban-talks-renewing-us-occupation-afghanistan/5671669

New Zealand Mosque Senseless Massacre. Action Against Islamophobia, CJPME Calls Upon Canadian Government
CFJPIME | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is devasted and deeply upset by today's horrific attack on two New Zealand mosques, where 49 people were senselessly killed and dozens more injured. In the wake of this terrible …
globalresearch.ca/new-zealand-mosque-massacre/5671639

Colombia's Duque Paves Way for Ex-Guerrillas Extradition to US
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-16
The United States Department of State (DOS) Friday backed Colombian far-right President Ivan Duque's desire to implement extradition to the U.S. as part of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the court which was created under the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Army Forces of Colombia (FARC) and is expected…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombias-Duque-Paves-Way-for-Ex-Guerrillas-Extradition-to-US-20190316-0006.html

U.S. Peace Council delegation to Venezuela meets with President Maduro
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-16
Caracas, Venezuela – The U.S. Peace Council delegation to Venezuelan met with President Maduro for several hours at the Presidential Palace, March 15. President Maduro told the anti-war organizers that the U.S. attack on the electrical system was delivered three ways: a cyber-attack to the main brain of the system which was made in Houston, electromagnetically, and with explosions at two other stations. The system is now almost fully up again. | Maduro described the history of resistance to foreign domination beginning with Bolívar and the anti-colonial fight for independence against Spain and the U.S. Monroe Doc…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/16/us-peace-council-delegation-venezuela-meets-president-maduro

Lawyer: U.S. Navy Veteran Held in Iran Sentenced to 10 Years
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-16
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office. | Though the case against Michael R. White remains unclear, it comes as Trump has taken a hard-line approach to Iran by pulling the U.S. out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. | Iran, which in the past has used its detention of Westerners and dual nationals as leverage in negotiations, has yet to report on White's sentence in state-controlled media. Its mission to…
truthdig.com/articles/lawyer-u-s-navy-veteran-held-in-iran-sentenced-to-10-years/

New Study Calls for 'Immediate Action' on Climate Crisis
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-16
LONDON–US scientists have peered ahead in more than five million ways, and they do not like the uncertain futures they see there. Unless the world collectively and in concert takes drastic steps to slow or halt global warming, generations to come face an intolerable prospect. | And even if humans do switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, economise on resources and restore the world's forests and grasslands, there is still no guarantee that disaster will not happen. | That is because the outcome depends not just on the step…
truthdig.com/articles/scientist-research-supports-immediate-action-on-climate-crisis/

Australia: Indigenous Groups Compensated in Native Title Case
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-16
In one of the most significant victories for Indigenous land rights, the Aboriginal Ngaliwurru and Nungali peoples from the Northern Territory have been awarded US$2.5 million in compensation for colonial land loss, and loss of spiritual connection. This case sets a precedent for other governments in dealing with native title ca…
telesurenglish.net/news/Australia-Indigenous-Groups-Compensated-in-Native-Title-Case-20190316-0002.html

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…
mronline.org/2019/03/15/venezuela-under-attack-7-notes-on-electric-shock-special-edition/

The US Revisits the Cold War Era in Its Stance on Cuba. Enacting Title III of the Helms-Burton Act
Dr. Birsen Filip | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
A number of recent speeches by US President Donald Trump have featured Cold War Era rhetoric, including the claim that in 'the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country'. This statement was made …
globalresearch.ca/enacting-title-iii-helms-burton-act-us-revisits-cold-war-era/5671648

Can China and Russia Survive in this Unharmonious World?
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
Does it pay 'to be good'? Is it still possible to play by the rules in this mad world, governed by brigands? | What if the rules are defined and ratified by all countries of the world, but a small group …
globalresearch.ca/can-china-russia-survive-unharmonious-world/5671653

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…
mronline.org/2019/03/15/ricardo-hausmanns-morning-after-for-venezuela-the-neoliberal-brain-behind-juan-guaidos-economic-agenda/

Supporters Around the World Rally, Crying 'Hands Off Venezuela'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-16
From Argentina to South Africa, Malaysia to Peru, New Zealand to Canada and the U.S., supporters of the Bolivarian revolution marched together as part of the World in Solidarity with Venezuela Day this weekend. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Wants $500M to Fund Its Intervention in Venezuela | The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) was co…
telesurenglish.net/news/Supporters-Around-the-World-Rally-Crying-Hands-Off-Venezuela-20190316-0018.html

Nearly US$3M Donated to Victims of New Zealand Terror Attacks
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-16
Millions of dollars in donations have been pouring out in support of survivors and victims' families after a horrific mass-shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, as citizens around the world grieve in the wake of an atrocity motivated by hatred and white supremacist ideology. | RELATED: | New Zealand Prime Minister Reveals Plans to Tighten Gun Laws | Nearly US$3,000,000 has been raised between two online crowdfunding campaigns on behalf of the victims of the massacre in Christch…
telesurenglish.net/news/Nearly-US3M-Donated-to-Victims-of-New-Zealand-Terror-Attacks-20190316-0010.html

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 …
uwidata.com/2706-the-new-zealand-mosque-attack-what-we-know-so-far/

Stunned by Terror Attack, New Zealand Reaches Out to Its Muslim Community
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-16
The nation shows a fierce determination to be kind to those in pain as a white supremacist accused of mass shootings appears in court.
truthdig.com/articles/stricken-new-zealanders-reach-out-to-muslims-after-terror-attack/

Debunking Billionaire Claims of Heroic Capitalism
Linda McQuaig | commondreams.org | 2019-03-16
Melinda and Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009. (Photo: World Economic Forum/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/16/debunking-billionaire-claims-heroic-capitalism?cd-origin=rss

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 …
uwidata.com/2717-imperialists-in-battle-for-iranian-oil-yesterday-today-tomorrow/

Death in New Zealand: The Christchurch Shootings
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
Five weapons were said to have been used, all inscribed with symbols, numbers and insignia. The individual charged with the shootings at two Christchurch mosques that left 49 dead was an Australian with, it is alleged, a simple purpose: inflict …
globalresearch.ca/new-zealand-christchurch-shootings/5671634

Israel: The 10-Point Paradigm for Right-Wing Extremists
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
For the international community to turn a blind eye to the atrocities carried out by the Israeli government on the premise that its military technology is far too valuable to condemn the human rights abuse of the IDF, is a …
globalresearch.ca/israel-10-point-paradigm-right-wing-extremists/5671658

President Trump and the Democratic Congress: The Score Sheet
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
Going into the third year of President Trump's presidency, it is necessary to draw a balance sheet on who is winning and/or losing. | We will proceed by first analyzing domestic outcomes and then turn to foreign policy. | Power Bases of …
globalresearch.ca/president-trump-democratic-congress/5671644

2,891 Murdoch Media Stories Trashing Islam in a Single Year, Study Reveals
Michael Brull | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
Loyal readers of New Matilda should remember One Path Network, a Muslim video production studio and media company in Sydney. They produced the first devastating report exposing Channel Seven's favourite purported Muslim leader and sheikh, Mohammed Tawhidi. | Their calm and …
globalresearch.ca/2891-murdoch-media-stories-trashing-islam-single-year/5671637

Australians Are Furious About Google's Commercial Delivery Drone
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. is on the verge of launching what the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) says will be the world's first commercial drone delivery service in Australia. | Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet has been testing its drone delivery …
globalresearch.ca/australians-googles-delivery-drone/5671665

Report: Only 10 Vaquita Remain, May Not Survive President Obrador's Tenure

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-16
Scientists announced today that only 10 vaquita porpoises likely remain in the world and that the animal's extinction is virtually assured without bold and immediate action. | The vaquita, the world's smallest and most endangered cetacean, is found only in …
globalresearch.ca/only-10-vaquita-remain-president-obradors-tenure/5671671

Bolivia: 8 Police Officers Accused of Raping Jailed Brazilian
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-16
A Bolivian prosecutor has slapped nine police officers with charges following the report of a rape case by a Brazilian woman, who was in prison. Eight of the officers have been accused of rape, and one other for concealment, according to Bolivia's Attorney General. | RELATED: | Italy Court Clears 2 Men of Rape Because Woman 'Too Manly' | According to Orlando Aramayo, the prosecutor assigned to the case, the eight men who are accused of rape are in custody, while the woman has been re…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-8-Police-Officers-Accused-of-Raping-Jailed-Brazilian-20190316-0005.html

Lula Calls on Brazilians to Never Lose Hope
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-16
The former President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said in a letter released Saturday that he is in resistance because "I know that I still have an important mission to fulfill at this moment in which democracy, national sovereignty and the rights of the Brazilian people are threatened by powerful economic and political interests, even from foreign powers." | RELATED: | UN Human Rights Council To Probe Lula's Case in March | The worker leader said his opponents "want him to disappe…
telesurenglish.net/news/Lula-Calls-on-Brazilians-to-Never-Lose-Hope-20190316-0012.html

Demands That Trump End Economic War and Attempts at Regime Change at #HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-16
"There is nobody in that White House or in this administration that cares at all for the Venezuelan people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/16/demands-trump-end-economic-war-and-attempts-regime-change-handsoffvenezuela-march?cd-origin=rss

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Preventing Civil War and US Intervention in Venezuela
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-03-16
For almost two months now, Venezuela has been caught in a tense stand-off between the incumbent government of Nicolás Maduro and the US-backed right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself president in January and who has since been trying to force Maduro from office with the active support of the Trump administration and various right-wing regional leaders. Over the next weeks, ROAR will be publishing a series of interviews with Venezuelan activists and intellectuals to help share local perspectives on the origins of the current crisis, the risks of an escalation in the confli…
truthout.org/articles/preventing-civil-war-and-us-intervention-in-venezuela/

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…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/tribunal-declares-trump-and-duterte-guilty-of-crimes-against-humanity/

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…

Hands off Venezuela! Protesters rally against regime change outside White House
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-16
Hundreds of protesters are gathering in Washington DC to demand "No coup! No war! No sanctions!" on Venezuela, and show support for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against regime change efforts. | …
rt.com/usa/454021-hands-off-venezuela-protest-washington/

Syrian Refugees 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."
theintercept.com/2019/03/16/syria-conflict-internation-criminal-court/

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. | …
rt.com/usa/453974-pompeo-yemen-war-resolution-senate/

How The New York Times Flubs Its Terrorism Coverage
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-16
"What is terrorism, and who is a terrorist?" The New York Times ( 3/7/19) asked in a recent report on the hindering of peace negotiations between the United States government and the Taliban in Afghanistan–without suggesting any possible answers to these questions. When the headline of a story literally includes the phrase "Big Question: What Is Terrorism?" you might think it would offer at least one plausible definition proposed by any party or individual involved in these discussions. But not a single definiti…
truthdig.com/articles/how-the-new-york-times-flubs-its-terrorism-coverage/

Turkish President Erdogan: Trump Says I am 'Justified' in Purchasing S-400s
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-16
(TM) — During an interview with the pro-government HaberTàºrk news outlet on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan claimed that his US counterpart, Donald Trump, had found Ankara's planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems justified, the Ahval news website reported. Erdoƒüan had most recently discussed the purchase last week when he firmly stated that the …

Turkish President Erdogan: Trump Says I am ‘Justified’ in Purchasing S-400s

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-dallas-police-and-local-media-collude-to-cover-up-terrorist-threats-against-journalist-barrett-brown/

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/peace-activists-cheer-anti-war-win-on-senate-yemen-resolution/

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…
truthdig.com/articles/students-globally-protest-warming-pleading-for-their-future/

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-backed-candidate-tony-pecinovsky-scores-48-percent-in-st-louis-race/

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-indigenous-peoples-ongoing-genocide-and-its-shadow-world/5671535

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/roaming-charges-straighten-up-and-fly-right/

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/14390

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-talks-real-illusory-progress/5671454

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-admissions-scandal-affirmative-action-for-the-rich/5671565

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/riding-the-wild-bull-of-nuclear-power/

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
fair.org/home/colleagues-defend-tucker-carlsons-ideas-that-iraqis-are-monkeys-child-rape-is-commitment-to-love/

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…

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-your-kids-to-make-it-big-in-the-world-of-elite-education-in-the-u-s/

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/trumps-backward-move-on-drone-civilian-casualty-data/

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/thirty-years-gone-remembering-cactus-ed/

Pity the Nation: War Spending is Bankrupting America
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-15
counterpunch.org/2019/03/15/pity-the-nation-war-spending-is-bankrupting-america/

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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/15/school-shooters-and-drones/

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 …
naacp.org/latest/tom-joyner-receive-vanguard-award-50th-naacp-image-awards/

Trump Administration Attempts to Thwart International Criminal Court Investigators
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-15
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/03/15/trump-administration-attempts-thwart-international-criminal-court-investigators?cd-origin=rss

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-britains-unreported-military-alliance-israel/5671588

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-warplanes-idlib/5671556

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-defense-firm-released-video-showing-destruction-s-400-radar/5671522

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-lie-venezuela/5671516

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 …
globalresearch.ca/trudeaus-position-honduras-reveals-hypocrisy-about-venezuela/5671584

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/annexing-the-stars-walcott-rhodes-and-venezuela/

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/14386

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/americas-puppet-meet-juan-guaido/

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, | …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-more-might-makes-right/5671529