Daily Archives: March 23, 2019

2019-03-23: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-03-23). Trump Official Boasts Crippling US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Like Darth Vader's Death Grip. thegrayzone.com A Trump administration official bragged that US sanctions on Venezuela are "like in Star Wars when Darth Vader constricts somebody's…

Robert Scheer (2019-03-23). The U.S. Deserves Its Own Nuremberg Trials. truthdig.com Are Americans capable of committing atrocities on the same scale as Germans did under Nazi rule? That is the question that University of San Francisco ethics professor Rebecca Gordon and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer grapple with in the latest installment of "Scheer Intelligence." Gordon, author of "Mainstreaming Torture" and "American Nuremberg," posits that if America's actions in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, were to be scrutinized the way Nazi Germany's crimes were probed in the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. would likely also be found guilty of crimes against humanity. | Gordon begins he…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-23). Reining in the Yemen Conflict: The US Congress and War Making Powers. globalresearch.ca We keep hearing it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is firm on the view that the Yemen conflict should conclude. "We all want this conflict to end," he never tires of saying. "We all want to improve the dire …

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Kenya: LGBTQ Non-profit Gets Greenlight From High Court. telesurenglish.net Kenya's Court of Appeal has allowed for activist Eric Gitari to register a non-profit organization aimed at raising awareness and protecting members of the LGBTQ community. Gitari co-founded the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), which released a statement commending the court's decision. | RELATED: | Puerto Rico Bans Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors | The attempted registration of the organization was originally rejected by the Non-Profit Organization Coordination…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-23). Thirty Years after Venezuela's 'Caracazo': A Conversation with Livia Vargas. venezuelanalysis.com During three days in late February 1989, the Venezuelan people rose up to protest the newly-elected government's neoliberal policies. The repression that followed left thousands dead, but the rebellion spelled the end of an epoch and the beginning of another…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-03-23). American History for Truthdiggers: A Cruel, Costly and Anxious 'Cold' War. truthdig.com In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. found a new enemy—its recent Soviet ally—and a new kind of conflict was born.

unitedEditor (2019-03-23). The never-ending FATF dispute in Iran. uwidata.com One of the most complicated debates among politicians and economists in Iran is whether or not the country should join the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)… but what is the FATF and why has it become the center of such an important dispute? The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers …

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-23). What Can We Do? They Are Insane! globalresearch.ca A few days ago I was seriously asking myself whether Donald Trump was insane after he spent a weekend tweeting/lambasting a dead John McCain. Today I have confirmation that he is not the only insane one on the national …

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-23). Human Rights as Seen by the White House: Concessions to Israel Are Notable. globalresearch.ca The State Department's just issued annual Human Rights Report for 2018 is a disgrace, a document so heavily politicized by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his crew of hardliners that it might be regarded as a model in how …

Whitney Webb (2019-03-23). New Bill Would See US Taxpayers Subsidize Experimental Israeli Laser Weapons. mintpressnews.com The U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act would deepen Israel's access to grotesque weapons of war that have been developed by the U.S. military but have also been banned for use by American troops.

Norman Baker (2019-03-23). Video: The Mysterious Death of Dr. David Kelly. globalresearch.ca Introduction by Richard Galustian | As we contemplate the 16th anniversary this week of the start of the Iraq war, we are forced to ponder on the insanity of that decision by the US and UK in anticipation very soon of …

True Publica (2019-03-23). UK's National Debt Romps Passed £2 Trillion and No One Noticed. globalresearch.ca The UK national debt is the total amount of money the British government owes to the private sector and other purchasers of UK gilts. | In Nov 2018, UK public sector net debt was £1,7951.3 billion equivalent to around 84% of …

South Front (2019-03-23). Video: Russian Attack Helicopters Purge Militants in Syria's Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca The Russian Aerospace Forces have continued their strikes on terrorist infrastructure in the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to reports appearing from the ground. | On March 21, alleged Russian warplanes delivered strikes on militant targets near the city of Jisr al-Shughur …

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Millions of Nigerians Without Access to Water, Diseases Spike. telesurenglish.net In Nigeria, over 3.6 million people are without access to potable water, proper sanitation, and hygiene services, according to a statement made by a representative of the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF). | RELATED: | Kenyan Officials At Odds Over Drought Crisis, Hunger Deaths | The statement, made by UNICEF's Mohamed Fall, was delivered under the backdrop of yesterday's World Water Day and the theme of "Leaving no one behind." | About 1.1 million of those aff…

Peter Koenig (2019-03-23). Weaponizing the World Bank and the IMF. globalresearch.ca This is a transcript of the full interview with PressTV for their Program "Economic Divide", of which sections were aired in this broadcast — U.S. military use of IMF, World Bank. | *** | Background | Wikileaks revelation | Here is the link to

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Kurdish-Led SDF Forces Declare Victory Against IS in Syria. telesurenglish.net The Islamic State group's last bastion has been captured by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to teleSUR correspondent Hisham Wanus, this final battle will be followed by a discussion of Syrian Kurdish representation in Syrian society as a whole. | RELATED: | China, Russia, Syria To Trump: Respect UN Resolutions on Golan Heights | "Baghouz has been liberated. The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished," Mustafa Bali, a Syrian Democratic Fo…

South Front (2019-03-23). Video: Armoured Beasts: Battle Tank Modifications of Syrian Army. globalresearch.ca Since the start of the Syrian war and until September 2015, when the Russians officially joined the conflict, the Syrian Army and its allies were suffering from a wide range of issues related to maintenance of their military equipment. The …

Haley Zaremba (2019-03-23). Is Beijing Losing Its Footing in South China Sea? globalresearch.ca The United States military launched nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the heavily disputed South China Sea last week, where they "conducted routine training". In these contested waters, the Chinese government has claimed ownership over reserves containing trillions of dollars worth …

Wang Linggui (2019-03-23). China-Africa Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Africa Sees the Way Forward. globalresearch.ca As the first global initiative proposed by China, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) s a striking example of the country's new diplomatic concepts of promoting global development and governance, and maps out new routes and focus of future cooperation …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-03-23). Interest Rates and the US Economy. The Capitulation of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. globalresearch.ca This past week, on March 20, 2019, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell announced the US central bank would not raise interest rates in 2019. The Fed's benchmark rate, called the Fed Funds rate, is thus frozen at 2.375% for the …

Xu Xiujun (2019-03-23). Bridge Between Developed, Developing Worlds. China's Status in the Global Economy. globalresearch.ca Since reform and opening-up policy was launched 40 years ago, China has recorded average annual growth rate of 9.5 percent and created an unprecedented economic miracle in human history. In 2010, with a $6.07 trillion economy (at market exchange rate), …

Zero Hedge (2019-03-23). Marines Seize Pacific Island as Training for War with China. globalresearch.ca The 31st U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) seized a tiny island and airfield with special operations airmen and soldiers as part of a new island-hopping strategy. | Last week, 31st MEU, backed by the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Logistics …

F. William Engdahl (2019-03-23). "Frankenfoods": US FDA Lifts Ban on GMO "Frankensalmon" globalresearch.ca Frankenfoods is a term developed by consumer groups questioning the health and safety of genetically modified plants or GMO. The US Food and Drug Administration has just lifted an earlier ban on commercialization of the first genetically modified food, Salmon. …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-23). The ICC and NGOs: Modern Day Manifestations of "The White Man's Burden" globalresearch.ca The International Criminal Court (ICC) is not international nor a legitimate court, but is most certainly criminal. | It is an institutionalized tool — one of many — used by Western corporate-financier interests to coerce and control nations across the developing …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-23). John McCain: From War Criminal to National Hero. globalresearch.ca Anyone who has read this blog knows I'm not a Donald Trump supporter. Donald Trump is clueless on many issues and it is an understatement to say he's unqualified for the job. | But he's right on at least one thing….

Dr. David Halpin (2019-03-23). The Crimes against the People of Palestine: The British Government is "Shown to be Bankrupt in Law and Morality" globalresearch.ca Dear Mel, | I wish you to bring these facts in front of Mr Hunt on behalf of Susan and myself, the Palestinian people who have no voice, and to reverse the 'vortex of ever increasing violence in our world'. Canterbury, …

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Argentina: Military Dictatorship Victims Will Not Be Forgotten. telesurenglish.net The Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo launched a massive march on March 24 on the 43 anniversary of the 1976 U.S.-backed military coup, known as the Dirty War, during which time, about 30,000 persons were arrested and disappeared. | RELATED: | Mothers of Argentina's Disappeared March to Keep Memory Alive | "Forty-three years after the milita…

Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-23). No Revolution Without Feminism: Weaving Together Venezuela's Feminist Movements. venezuelanalysis.com Amidst a complex reality, feminist movements in Venezuela look to advance their struggle and build unity.

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Venezuelan Gov't Slams New Trump Tactics to Cripple Economy. telesurenglish.net The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly rejects the unilateral, coercive, arbitrary and illegal measures announced by the United States President Donald Trump's administration to immobilize the South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory' | These measures, the Nicolas Maduro-led government s…

STAFF (2019-03-23). Commemorating 40 Years of "Injustice for All" truthout.org I don't look forward to anniversaries, in large part, because I'm part of a 40-year story of extreme violence. That story in and of itself is part of a larger 500-year story that I want nothing to do with: the arrival in 1519 of Hernán Cortés to this continent; an arrival that ushered in violence that continues to this day. That 500-year anniversary is akin to the 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus; for Native peoples, both of those years represent the introduction of physical and cultural genocide, land theft and slavery. It also has nearly the same significance for peoples of African descent.

United Nations (2019-03-23). Cyclone Idai: UNICEF warns of 'race against time' to protect children, prevent spread of disease in flood-ravaged Mozambique. un.org A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, "aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage", the head of UNICEF said on Saturday, as she called for more international support to help quickly get relief to more than a million people across the country and prevent the possible spread of waterborne diseases like cholera.

Emily Wilson (2019-03-23). The 1942 Internment of Japanese-Americans Holds Lessons for Today. truthdig.com With detention camps along the U.S. southern border and the president's revised Muslim ban upheld by the Supreme Court, Karen Korematsu thinks it's important for people to know the history of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, two thirds of them native-born citizens, who were incarcerated during World War II without due process. Korematsu, director of the Fred Korematsu Foundation, a civil rights educational organization, travels the country to talk to students about her father, Fred Korematsu, who refused to go to the camps. His case went to the Supreme C…

teleSUR (2019-03-23). North Korea Quits Liaison Office With South After US Sanctions. telesurenglish.net North Korea Friday pulled out of the Kaesong liaison office with the South, in a major setback for Seoul, just hours after the United States imposed the first new sanctions on the North since the second U.S.-North Korea summit broke down last month. | RELATED | The Two Koreas Open Joint Liaison Office | North Korea said it was quitting the joint liaison office set up in September in the border city of Kaesong after a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in…

STAFF (2019-03-23). Anti-Brexit Marchers Swarm London Streets, Demand New Vote. truthdig.com LONDON—Anti-Brexit protesters flooded into central London by the hundreds of thousands on Saturday, demanding that Britain's Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union. | The "People's Vote March" snaked from Park Lane and other locations to converge on the U.K. Parliament, where the fate of Brexit will be decided in the coming weeks. | Marchers carried European Union flags and signs praising the longstanding ties between Britain and continental Europe. The protest drew people from across Britain who are determined to force Prime Minister Theresa May…

Alice Speri (2019-03-23). The Strange Tale of the FBI's Fictional "Black Identity Extremism" Movement. theintercept.com The only connection between the men referenced in the FBI's "black identity extremism" report, besides their race, is a thread of anger at police violence.

RT (2019-03-23). Fox show guest mangles Venezuelan history, claims Chavez was president in 1980s (VIDEO). rt.com A guest who appeared on right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren's Fox News show appears to be very confused about Venezuela's history, chiefly the years of Hugo Chavez's term, despite it apparently directly affecting her own family.

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-23). Brexit Is Dead. globalresearch.ca Only its obituary remains to be written. In her heart of hearts, UK Prime Minister Theresa May opposed Brexit — overtly as home secretary, covertly as PM while pretending otherwise. | Majority UK parliamentarians rejected her no-Brexit/Brexit deal twice, agreeing only …

RT (2019-03-23). Russiagaters recover from initial shock after Mueller probe winds up & are hell-bent on hunting on. rt.com Media and politicians who've spent about two years anticipating Robert Mueller's probe and to kick Donald Trump out of the White House, seem to have survived the first shock of its mundane end, but believe their fight is not over.

CODEPINK Women for Peace (2019-03-23). Rally to Boycott Everysight #StopElbit at the Sea Otter Classic. indybay.org Sea Otter Classic | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca | 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey, CA 93908…

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Venezuela Presents Evidence of Anti-Bolivarian Terrorism. telesurenglish.net The government of Venezuela announced the dismantling of a series of violent operations that were intended to be carried out in the country by mercenaries and assassins who entered the Venezuelan territory within the last few weeks. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Government Slams New Trump Sanctions Imposed to Cripple Economy | The Minister of…

NIBDBY Santa Cruz (2019-03-23). Not in Ben Dover's Backyard? indybay.org Regular watchdog readers of "Ben Dover" and his "Weekly Dump" column published by the Santa Mierda Network are acutely aware of his hateful rants levied against homeless people struggling to survive in Santa Cruz. Following Tuesday night's Santa Cruz City Council meeting, however, "Ben" went ballistic. He was reacting to council's decision to locate a new city sanctioned homeless camp downtown at Lot 24 next to Depot Park. Here's the dig for Ben: the homeless camp, once established, will be directly in his neighborhood, and in his backyard, so to speak.

Robert Mackey (2019-03-23). Trump Gives Netanyahu Part of Syria. zcomm.org With a tweet posted on Thursday, Trump dismissed five decades of international consensus on the status of the Golan Heights, declaring that the United States would recognize Israel's annexation of the region…

WSWS (2019-03-23). Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivers Russia probe inquiry report. wsws.org The report to the US Justice Department late Friday brings to a conclusion the 22-month investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2019-03-23). Art & Poetry: Peace and War. indybay.org Eastside Arts Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606-5003, United States…

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-03-23). 2019 Art & Writing Challenge & Youth Activist Grant. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-23). The Crux of the Accusations Against David Sirota From the Atlantic's Edward-Isaac Dovere is False. theintercept.com A rack of magazines, including The Atlantic, on display in a bookstore in San Francisco. | a sensationalistic series of accusations by reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere aimed at long-time journalist David Sirota, whose hiring by the Sanders 2020 presidential campaign as a speechwriter and adviser had just been announced earlier that day. The Atlantic article predictably and quickly went viral, ci…

Trevor Aaronson (2019-03-23). The Domestic Terrorism Law the Justice Department Forgot. theintercept.com Glendon Scott Crawford was a mechanic at General Electric in Schenectady, New York. A tall, slender, middle-aged man with rectangular eyeglasses, he was married with three children. By appearances, he was an unremarkable middle-class American. | But beneath Crawford's vanilla exterior lurked a white supremacist angry about President Barack Obama's election and contemptuous of upstate New York's sizable Muslim community. And he had ambitious plans to transform his hatred into violence. | He wanted to build a "death ray," a portable, remote-controlled radiological weapon made from medical equipment and off-the-shel…

End Racism at UCSC (2019-03-23). Islamophobia and Hate at UCSC in Light of the NZ Terrorist Attack. indybay.org I am one of the students that was called a "terrorist" among other terrible things by a BSOE professor on countless occasions due to my appearance and Palestinian, Muslim heritage. Right at the top, I want to express my deepest gratitude to those who signed the petition demanding UCSC take action in this matter. Your support has given both the other complainant and I tremendous inner-strength. It has helped me claw back some of my humanity, and I genuinely cannot thank you enough.

Jeff Cohen (2019-03-23). Let's Not Restore or Mythologize Obama. zcomm.org To break this hopeless cycle, what's needed is the election of a progressive president who will fight to radically shift power and wealth away from the corporate 1 percent toward a multi-racial coalition of the 99 percent and toward environmental sanity…

Alleen Brown (2019-03-23). How a Movement That Never Killed Anyone Became the FBI's No. 1 Domestic Terrorism Threat. theintercept.com Joe Dibee's 12 years on the lam came to an end last August, when Cuban authorities detained the 50-year-old environmental activist during a layover in Havana and turned him over to the United States. | More than a decade earlier, police and FBI agents had arrested a dozen of Dibee's associates in the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front within the span of a few months. They were charged with conspiring to burn down factories that slaughtered animals for meat, timber mills that disrupted sensitive ecosystems, government facilities that penned wild horses, and a ski resort perched on a pristine mounta…

plenglish (2019-03-23). Venezuelan Gazette to Release Conclusions of Peace Dialogue. plenglish.com 23 de marzo de 2019, 11: 58Caracas, March 23 (Prensa Latina) The Official Gazette of Venezuela will publish the proposals and conclusions of the Congress of Social Dialogue for Peace and Life at the proposal of President Nicolas Maduro.

Margot Williams (2019-03-23). How Individual States Have Criminalized Terrorism. theintercept.com The U.S. Department of Justice most often brings terrorism-related charges, but 34 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws that make committing acts of terrorism — and, in some cases, providing support to terrorists — state-level felonies. | Most of these laws were created in response to the 9/11 attacks. In all, 27 states passed anti-terrorism legislation in 2002. | In some states, terrorism is vaguely defined. Arkansas outlaws "terroristic acts" but does not say that such acts must be ideologically motivated, a requirement under the federal terrorism law. Maine prohibits what lawmakers…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-23). UN Human Rights Council Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a 23-8 vote, the UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to endorse a report on Israel's treatment protests along the Gaza Strip, which determined that the government's actions amounted to war crimes against civilians in Gaza. The report itself was published in late February, and found that Israel intentionally shot both children and journalists in the Gaza …

WSWS (2019-03-23). Veteran photographer calls on young people to chronicle today's "social wars" wsws.org "There isn't a city in England you can't go to and find some poverty and unhappiness and tragedies."—Don McCullin…

Trevor Aaronson (2019-03-23). Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists. theintercept.com On a narrow street in Charlottesville, Virginia, James Alex Fields Jr. pressed the accelerator of his gray Dodge Challenger. Dozens of people were walking in front of him. They had come to protest Fields and hundreds of other white supremacists who'd descended on this pleasant Southern college town for the "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017. | "Our streets!" the protesters chanted in response to the white supremacists. "Our streets!" | When some protesters realized the gray car wasn't stopping, they screamed. Then came the scrapes and thuds and finally a crash as Fields barreled into the crowd, sending people…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-22). Impatient for Peace on the Korean Peninsula. consortiumnews.com Ann Wright reports on the launch earlier this month, in D.C. and New York, of the worldwide "Korea Peace Now" campaign. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News While U.S.-North Korean contact is stalled, relations between North Korea and South… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-03-22). Nicaragua Gov't, Opposition to Negotiate With 'Mutual Respect'. telesurenglish.net Delegations from the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity and from the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy held the 11th and 12th sessions of the Negotiation Roundtables for Agreement and Peace on Thursday and Friday, in Nicaragua, according to a press release. | RELATED: | Nicaraguan Government and Opposition Resume Peace Talks | The statement d…

teleSUR (2019-03-22). Brazilian Social Leader and 'Defender of Life' Dies. telesurenglish.net Brazilian social leader, Dilma Ferreira Silva, and other activists were killed Friday in the rural Parana, Brazil, the Movement of the Affected by Dams (MAB), an organization which fights for water and electricity rights for the public, reports. | RELATED: | 'Bolsonaro is a Murderer' Signs Greet Brazilian President in US | Ferreira, together with two male activists, one of whom was her partner were killed in the Salvador Allende settlement rural area of Baiao municipality, altho…

STAFF (2019-03-22). Elizabeth Warren & Activists Target the Electoral College. therealnews.com Embedded in the Constitution, the Electoral College may be hard to eliminate. Our guest John R. Koza of National Popular Vote thinks it can be remade to serve the popular will…

Henry Giroux (2019-03-22). The Ghost of Fascism in the Post-Truth Era. counterpunch.org We do not live in a post-truth world and never have. On the contrary, we live in a pre-truth world where the truth has yet to arrive. As one of the primary currencies of politics, lies have a long history in the United States. For instance, state sponsored lies played a crucial ideological role in pushing the US into wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, legitimated the use of Torture under the Bush administration, and covered up the crimes of the financial elite in producing the economic crisis of 2008. Under Trump, lying has become a rhetorical gimmick in which everything that matters politically is denied, r…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-22). Roaming Charges: Darn That (American) Dream. counterpunch.org + If the Democratic race boils down to Biden and Sanders, you'll have two candidates in their late 70s who voted three times to overthrow Saddam, approved the murderous sanctions on Iraq, supported the illegal war on Serbia, backed the racist and punitive Clinton Crime Bill and fronted a scheme to dump radioactive waste from More

CounterSpin (2019-03-22). Robert Dreyfuss and Diana Duarte on the Media's Role in Iraq War. fair.org

Brian Wakamo (2019-03-22). March Madness: Unionize the NCAA. peoplesworld.org When Zion Williamson's foot broke through the sole of his Nike shoe on February 20th, the sporting world stood still. The consensus number one player in college basketball was playing in the biggest game of the season—North Carolina versus Duke—and suffered his startling injury in the opening minute. Williamson's sprained knee cost Nike $1.1 billion …

Joseph Grosso (2019-03-22). New York's Hudson Yards: The Revanchist City Lives On. counterpunch.org As is often the case, a spurt of media attention on one event leaves any deeper issues virtually untouched. It was just over a month ago that Amazon announced it was pulling out of its highly subsidized deal to build one of its second headquarters in New York. Three billion in city and state subsidies More

SouthFront (2019-03-22). U.S. Special Operations: The New Face of America's War Machine. mintpressnews.com The U.S. military industrial complex does not desire large winnable wars, but "low-intensity" conflicts that last as long as possible. That is how the system retains power, maintains profits, and remains relevant.

Miko Peled (2019-03-22). Gaza March of Return Architect Abu Artema Celebrates Its First-Year Anniversary. mintpressnews.com "Why would we die here in silence? We want our message to reach the world. We want to say to the world 'here there is a people. A people searching for a life of dignity, human rights and freedom.'" — Ahmed Abu Artema, architect of The March of Return…

Charles Pierson (2019-03-22). Rick Perry, the Saudis and a Dangerous Nuclear Deal. counterpunch.org Since January 2017, the Trump Administration has been in negotiations to allow a sale of two nuclear reactors designed by American companies to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is troubling for at least two reasons. First, nuclear reactors may provide the Saudis with a backdoor to a nuclear bomb. Second, a February 19 interim More

STAFF (2019-03-22). Might Makes Right: Trump Endorses Israeli Annexation of Golan Heights. therealnews.com Trump tweeted that the US should recognize Israel's annexation of Syria's Golan Heights, which Israel has been occupying for 52 years. TRNN's Shir Hever explores what this means for the region…

Marco Terrugi (2019-03-22). U.S. steps up diplomatic, economic pressure on Venezuela. workers.org With Jair Bolsonaro standing at his side in Washington [on March 19], Donald Trump repeated the now standard line — all options are on the table — referring to Venezuela. Bolsonaro, who had said it was necessary to "liberate Venezuela," also confirmed what was already known — his refusal to . . . | Continue reading U.S. steps up diplomatic, economic pressure on Venezuela at Workers.org

Moshe Adler (2019-03-22). American Workers Should Want to Transfer Technology to China. counterpunch.org The US government is fighting with all it has to keep China behind in technology. In his State of the Union Address, President Trump claimed this is to stop "the theft of American jobs." But in reality this war on technological advancement in China destroys American jobs and hurts American consumers and entrepreneurs. The first More

STAFF (2019-03-22). Community Rallies To Defend Community Garden. therealnews.com The largest community garden in Baltimore is aiming to make Baltimore more sustainable and push the city toward zero-waste, but it is under threat of demolition by the city…

Paul Street (2019-03-22). A Pox on the Houses of Trump and McCain, Huxleyan Media, and the Myth of "The Vietnam War" counterpunch.org Here's something arguably even more disgusting and pathetic than Trump's insane and ridiculous online conduct and his recent Twitter feuds with the House of McCain and George Conway: the constant and ritual outraged repetition of cable news commentators' and bipartisan politicos' claim that John McCain was a great "national war hero" who rose to "defend his country" during "The Vietnam War." More

H. Bruce Franklin (2019-03-22). Trump vs. McCain: an American Horror Story. counterpunch.org Why is Donald Trump deliberately picking a fight with the ghost of John McCain? It might seem he has nothing to gain and much to lose from this battle. Therefore many believe this is just more evidence of his narcissism, impulsiveness, and thoroughly nasty personality. Beware of underestimating Trump's skillful and devious political acumen. As often, the president is speaking in coded language to his base, which regards McCain as the Judas who betrayed all those thousands of American POWs left behind in Vietnam. More

Ron Jacobs (2019-03-22). Donald Cox: Tale of a Panther. counterpunch.org Donald Cox was the Black Panther Party's Field Marshal. He trained party members in the use and care of weapons. During the time he was involved with the Party in the United States, he served as a primary strategist for various operations. After he left the US, he went to Algeria where he was a More

Bruce E. Levine (2019-03-22). Right-Wing Psychiatry, Love-Me Liberals and the Anti-Authoritarian Left. counterpunch.org Many self-identified liberals are far more than "ten degrees to the right of center" with regard to psychiatry. With the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, and then even more so following 9/11 in 2001, the United States has swung so far to the right that many self-identified liberals embrace, often unwittingly, a right-wing view in many aspects of society, including psychiatry. More

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-22). Venezuelan Authorities Detain Guaido Henchman for "Terrorist Cell" Involvement. globalresearch.ca Overnight Thursday, Venezuelan police arrested and detained three Guaido henchmen, two now released, the third still held. | Interior Minister Nestor Reverol accused Roberto Marrero of planning armed terrorist attacks in the country, saying the following: | An "investigation carried out by …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-22). Trump to Recognize Israeli Control over Syria's Golan Heights? Bypassing the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump. Consistently showing one-sided support for Israel, it appears so. In May 2018, his regime moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a world body-designated international city, recognized by nearly all UN member states. | Israel illegally …

Ted Rall (2019-03-22). The Greatest Projects I Never Mad. counterpunch.org She was a terrible boss. But she was wise about work. "We are defined more by the business we refuse to take than the ones we do," she told me. That turned out to be true. My cartoons are notable for what they don't include: symbols like donkeys and elephants, labeled graphic metaphors, a reliance on caricature. More

United Nations (2019-03-22). Ferry capsizes near Mosul, UN chief offers solidarity, support 'as needed'. un.org As many Iraqis across the country celebrated Norwuz, the first day of spring, a passenger ferry in the Tigris River capsized on Thursday, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to offer the United Nations' support "as needed".

Monika Zgustova (2019-03-22). The Masculinity of the Future. counterpunch.org "I hope you've got enough cojones!" George Bush snapped at Tony Blair. The American president then outlined his planned bombardment of Iraq to the British Prime Minister: "I'm gonna kick ass!" Over the last two decades, much of the world has witnessed a wave of masculinization. Ideas about how strong men are an attractive future More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-22). Headlines for March 22, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Tweets Support for Israeli Claim Over Occupied Golan Heights, Democratic Presidential Candidates Plan to Skip AIPAC Conference, House Oversight Chair: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump Broke Federal Records Laws, Josh Kushner Wooed Saudi Investors Ahead of Jared's Trip to Riyadh, New Zealand Marks One Week Since Mosque Attacks with Call to Prayer, Pipe Bomber Cesar Sayoc, Who Targeted Trump Critics, Pleads Guilty, Boeing Jets That Crashed in Ethiopia, Indonesia Lacked Optional Safety Features, Iraq: 92 Dead in Mosul After Ferry Capsizes in Tigris River, China: Pesticide Plant Explosion Kills 47, Texas: Deer Park…

Leo Gerard (2019-03-22). How Billionaires Are Using Hate to Divide Us. commondreams.org To erode that solidarity, some billionaire hedge fund owners and multinational CEOs work to divide workers. (Photo: United Steelworkers/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Brian Cloughley (2019-03-22). NATO's Expensive Anniversaries. counterpunch.org "I never asked once what the new NATO headquarters cost. I refuse to do that, but it is beautiful" — President Trump. According to NATO, the cost of its new building in Brussels was 1.1 billion Euros (1.23 billon dollars). 2019 is a year of interesting commemorations, among them the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of D-Day, the landing of allied More

Bob Lord (2019-03-22). There's Plenty of Wealth to Go Around, But It Doesn't. counterpunch.org Get ready to hear a lot about baking this campaign season. When it comes to how wealth is distributed in this country, "pie" is a favorite pundit metaphor. Some politicians want to "re-divide the pie," so everyone's slice is more equal in size. But that's "socialism," some pundits scold. Better to trust our billionaires and More

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-22). UPDATED: US Sanctions Venezuelan Bank After Guaido Aide Accused of Leading 'Terrorist Cell'. venezuelanalysis.com After vowing "consequences" over Marrero's arrest, the US Treasury sanctioned Venezuela's development bank BANDES.

United Nations (2019-03-22). 'Mosques should be safe havens, not sites of terror', says Guterres announcing UN plan to help safeguard religious sites. un.org In the wake of a horrific mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced his intention to launch a UN action plan for the safeguarding of religious sites, declaring that "mosques and all places of prayer and contemplation should be safe havens, not sites of terror."

Paul Dobson (2019-03-22). Venezuela President: US Withholding $5bn of Medical Supplies in 'Criminal' Measure. mintpressnews.com The move comes as the UN warned this week that US economic measures against Venezuela will have an "impact on human rights and wellbeing of the people."

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-22). U.S. to International Criminal Court: We Will Break Your Legs. mintpressnews.com If the ICC begins and is allowed to investigate crimes against humanity committed by the West, the entire twisted concept of the U.S. and Europe being pioneers of freedom and democracy could easily and quickly collapse.

Alan Macleod (2019-03-22). Bad News for The News: The Fox-Disney Merger Again Shortens the Media Menu. mintpressnews.com BURBANK, CALIFORNIA — The long-rumored Fox-Disney merger was made official Wednesday, as Disney closed on its purchase of much of Rupert Murdoch's media empire. The $73.1 dollar "merger" — more accurately described as an acquisition — continues a worrying trend of media consolidation and gives Disney control and ownership over a historic 35 to 40 percent of…

Alan Macleod (2019-03-22). Boeing 737 Max Case is Latest Example of Why Industry Can't Regulate Itself. mintpressnews.com Bound by laws and the competition of the market, corporations cannot be trusted to put human life before profit. Freeing companies from the "red tape" of regulation will inevitably lead to a Wild West in air travel, where accidents like the Ethiopian and Lion crashes occur more frequently.

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-22). So What if Trump "Recognizes" "Israel's" Annexation of the Golan? globalresearch.ca Who really cares what Trump says when nobody's words one way or the other are going to change the reality that "Israel" probably won't be dislodged from the occupied Golan Heights anytime soon, especially not when Russian troops are enforcing …

Common Dreams staff (2019-03-22). It's Mueller Time: ACLU Demands DOJ 'Swiftly' Release Special Counsel Report to the Public. commondreams.org "The American people have a right to know if President Trump and his associates coordinated with Russia to interfere in our elections, the full extent of Russian efforts to affect our elections, and any attempts to interfere with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

commondreams (2019-03-22). ACLU Calls for Public Release of Mueller Report on Russia Investigation. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mike "Mish" Shedlock (2019-03-22). Where US Defense Spending Dollars Go: Top Ten States. "Vote Buying: This Is Why People Support Perpetual War" globalresearch.ca A defense report, revised in March 2019 for fiscal year 2017, shows what states benefit the most from defense spending. …

Zhang Zhongyuan (2019-03-22). China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Global Value Chains Need to be Built. globalresearch.ca The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought new opportunities to countries along the route to participate in global value chains. | In recent years, many developed economies have implemented the strategies of re-industrialization and reshoring of manufacturing industries to gain …

Irina Slav (2019-03-22). U.S. on the Hunt for Iranian "Ghost Tankers". Targeting Vessels Transporting Iranian Crude Oil. globalresearch.ca When Washington announced the return of economic sanctions against Iran, the main idea was pretty clear: cut exports of vital oil to zero to paralyze the economy and prompt a change in government. Waivers followed, however, as well as reports …

teleSUR (2019-03-22). Almodovar Casts Old Favorites, Bares All in 'Pain and Glory'. telesurenglish.net Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar bares all in his latest film "Dolor y Gloria" (Pain and Glory), which is scheduled to hit theaters Friday in Spain. | RELATED: | Brazil: Film on Gay Conversion Therapy Pulled From Theaters | Despite previous promises of never creating an autobiography of any kind, the 69-year-old filmmaker paints the silver screens with his signature shades of bright blue and crimson red to tell an intimate…

United Nations (2019-03-22). The sun's impact on Earth and weather celebrated, as planet marks World Meteorological Day. un.org Against a background of serious warnings against the effects of climate change, World Meteorological Day this year celebrates the crucial role played by the sun in powering all life on Earth, and in driving the weather, ocean currents and the hydrological cycle.

Fight Back (2019-03-22). Venezuela builds health sovereignty, in defiance of the U.S. government. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On March 20, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro visited Jipana, a large automated warehouse in the state of Miranda. Built with the cooperation of Chinese experts, Jipana – made up of five warehouses across Venezuela – has the capacity to store and distribute 100% of the antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypertensive and analgesic needs for the tens of thousands of free community clinics that make up Mission Barrio Adentro, as well as all of the anti-malarial, anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic and contraceptive needs of the Mission's nationwide ambulance service. | While at…

ACLU (2019-03-22). In Boston, People Are Charged With Crimes That Waste Taxpayers' Money and Prosecutors' Time. aclu.org When people in Boston are charged with certain low-level crimes and misdemeanors, prosecutors dismiss the charges nearly 60 percent of the time. | America's growing awareness of mass incarceration and the over-incarceration of people of color has sparked something nationwide: From Birmingham to Boston, voters are electing progressive, reform-minded prosecutors., , Suffolk County District Attorney candidate Rachael Rollins last year announced that, if elected, her office would decline to prosecute 15 misdemeanors and…

2019-03-23: Social Media Postees

Trump Official Boasts Crippling US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Like Darth Vader's Death Grip
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-23
A Trump administration official bragged that US sanctions on Venezuela are "like in Star Wars when Darth Vader constricts somebody's…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/23/trump-official-us-sanctions-venezuela-darth-vader/

The U.S. Deserves Its Own Nuremberg Trials
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-03-23
Are Americans capable of committing atrocities on the same scale as Germans did under Nazi rule? That is the question that University of San Francisco ethics professor Rebecca Gordon and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer grapple with in the latest installment of "Scheer Intelligence." Gordon, author of "Mainstreaming Torture" and "American Nuremberg," posits that if America's actions in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, were to be scrutinized the way Nazi Germany's crimes were probed in the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. would likely also be found guilty of crimes against humanity. | Gordon begins he…
truthdig.com/articles/the-u-s-deserves-its-own-nuremberg-trials/

Kenya: LGBTQ Non-profit Gets Greenlight From High Court
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
Kenya's Court of Appeal has allowed for activist Eric Gitari to register a non-profit organization aimed at raising awareness and protecting members of the LGBTQ community. Gitari co-founded the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), which released a statement commending the court's decision. | RELATED: | Puerto Rico Bans Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors | The attempted registration of the organization was originally rejected by the Non-Profit Organization Coordination…
telesurenglish.net/news/Kenya-LGBTQ-Non-profit-Gets-Greenlight-From-High-Court-20190323-0002.html

Thirty Years after Venezuela's 'Caracazo': A Conversation with Livia Vargas
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-23
During three days in late February 1989, the Venezuelan people rose up to protest the newly-elected government's neoliberal policies. The repression that followed left thousands dead, but the rebellion spelled the end of an epoch and the beginning of another…
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14400

What Can We Do? They Are Insane!
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
A few days ago I was seriously asking myself whether Donald Trump was insane after he spent a weekend tweeting/lambasting a dead John McCain. Today I have confirmation that he is not the only insane one on the national | …
globalresearch.ca/what-can-we-do-they-are-insane/5672396

Human Rights as Seen by the White House: Concessions to Israel Are Notable
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
The State Department's just issued annual Human Rights Report for 2018 is a disgrace, a document so heavily politicized by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his crew of hardliners that it might be regarded as a model in how …
globalresearch.ca/human-rights-white-house-concessions-israel/5672400

New Bill Would See US Taxpayers Subsidize Experimental Israeli Laser Weapons
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-23
The U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act would deepen Israel's access to grotesque weapons of war that have been developed by the U.S. military but have also been banned for use by American troops.
mintpressnews.com/new-bill-would-see-us-taxpayers-subsidize-experimental-israel-laser-weapons/256485/

Video: The Mysterious Death of Dr. David Kelly
Norman Baker | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
Introduction by Richard Galustian | As we contemplate the 16th anniversary this week of the start of the Iraq war, we are forced to ponder on the insanity of that decision by the US and UK in anticipation very soon of …
globalresearch.ca/mysterious-death-dr-david-kelly/5672425

UK's National Debt Romps Passed £2 Trillion and No One Noticed
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
The UK national debt is the total amount of money the British government owes to the private sector and other purchasers of UK gilts. | In Nov 2018, UK public sector net debt was £1,7951.3 billion equivalent to around 84% of …
globalresearch.ca/uks-national-debt-romps-passed-2-trillion-and-no-one-noticed/5672452

Video: Russian Attack Helicopters Purge Militants in Syria's Northern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
The Russian Aerospace Forces have continued their strikes on terrorist infrastructure in the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to reports appearing from the ground. | On March 21, alleged Russian warplanes delivered strikes on militant targets near the city of Jisr al-Shughur …
globalresearch.ca/russian-attack-helicopters-purge-militants-northern-hama/5672401

Millions of Nigerians Without Access to Water, Diseases Spike
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
In Nigeria, over 3.6 million people are without access to potable water, proper sanitation, and hygiene services, according to a statement made by a representative of the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF). | RELATED: | Kenyan Officials At Odds Over Drought Crisis, Hunger Deaths | The statement, made by UNICEF's Mohamed Fall, was delivered under the backdrop of yesterday's World Water Day and the theme of "Leaving no one behind." | About 1.1 million of those aff…
telesurenglish.net/news/Millions-of-Nigerians-Without-Access-to-Water-Diseases-Spike-20190323-0003.html

Video: Armoured Beasts: Battle Tank Modifications of Syrian Army
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
Since the start of the Syrian war and until September 2015, when the Russians officially joined the conflict, the Syrian Army and its allies were suffering from a wide range of issues related to maintenance of their military equipment. The …
globalresearch.ca/battle-tank-modifications-syrian-army/5672421

Kurdish-Led SDF Forces Declare Victory Against IS in Syria
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
The Islamic State group's last bastion has been captured by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to teleSUR correspondent Hisham Wanus, this final battle will be followed by a discussion of Syrian Kurdish representation in Syrian society as a whole. | RELATED: | China, Russia, Syria To Trump: Respect UN Resolutions on Golan Heights | "Baghouz has been liberated. The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished," Mustafa Bali, a Syrian Democratic Fo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Kurdish-Led-SDF-Forces-Declare-Victory-Against-IS-in-Syria-20190323-0004.html

Is Beijing Losing Its Footing in South China Sea?
Haley Zaremba | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
The United States military launched nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the heavily disputed South China Sea last week, where they "conducted routine training". In these contested waters, the Chinese government has claimed ownership over reserves containing trillions of dollars worth …
globalresearch.ca/is-beijing-losing-its-footing-in-south-china-sea/5672448

China-Africa Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Africa Sees the Way Forward
Wang Linggui | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
As the first global initiative proposed by China, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) s a striking example of the country's new diplomatic concepts of promoting global development and governance, and maps out new routes and focus of future cooperation …
globalresearch.ca/china-africa-cooperation-under-the-belt-and-road-initiative-bri-africa-sees-the-way-forward/5672354

Marines Seize Pacific Island as Training for War with China
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
The 31st U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) seized a tiny island and airfield with special operations airmen and soldiers as part of a new island-hopping strategy. | Last week, 31st MEU, backed by the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Logistics …
globalresearch.ca/marines-seize-pacific-island-training-war-china/5672442

"Frankenfoods": US FDA Lifts Ban on GMO "Frankensalmon"
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
Frankenfoods is a term developed by consumer groups questioning the health and safety of genetically modified plants or GMO. The US Food and Drug Administration has just lifted an earlier ban on commercialization of the first genetically modified food, Salmon. …
globalresearch.ca/us-fda-lifts-ban-gmo-frankensalmon/5672412

The Crimes against the People of Palestine: The British Government is "Shown to be Bankrupt in Law and Morality"
Dr. David Halpin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
Dear Mel, | I wish you to bring these facts in front of Mr Hunt on behalf of Susan and myself, the Palestinian people who have no voice, and to reverse the 'vortex of ever increasing violence in our world'. Canterbury, …
globalresearch.ca/the-crimes-against-the-people-of-palestine-the-british-government-is-shown-to-be-bankrupt-in-law-and-morality/5671835

Bridge Between Developed, Developing Worlds. China's Status in the Global Economy
Xu Xiujun | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
Since reform and opening-up policy was launched 40 years ago, China has recorded average annual growth rate of 9.5 percent and created an unprecedented economic miracle in human history. In 2010, with a $6.07 trillion economy (at market exchange rate), …
globalresearch.ca/bridge-developed-developing-worlds/5672358

Interest Rates and the US Economy. The Capitulation of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
This past week, on March 20, 2019, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell announced the US central bank would not raise interest rates in 2019. The Fed's benchmark rate, called the Fed Funds rate, is thus frozen at 2.375% for the …
globalresearch.ca/interest-rates-and-the-us-economy-the-capitulation-of-federal-reserve-chairman-jerome-powell/5672436

The ICC and NGOs: Modern Day Manifestations of "The White Man's Burden"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is not international nor a legitimate court, but is most certainly criminal. | It is an institutionalized tool — one of many — used by Western corporate-financier interests to coerce and control nations across the developing …
globalresearch.ca/icc-ngos-manifestations-white-mans-burden/5672409

Reining in the Yemen Conflict: The US Congress and War Making Powers
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
We keep hearing it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is firm on the view that the Yemen conflict should conclude. "We all want this conflict to end," he never tires of saying. "We all want to improve the dire …
globalresearch.ca/yemen-conflict-us-congress/5672415

Weaponizing the World Bank and the IMF
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
This is a transcript of the full interview with PressTV for their Program "Economic Divide", of which sections were aired in this broadcast — U.S. military use of IMF, World Bank. | *** | Background | Wikileaks revelation | Here is the link to …
globalresearch.ca/weaponizing-world-bank-imf/5672431

John McCain: From War Criminal to National Hero
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
Anyone who has read this blog knows I'm not a Donald Trump supporter. Donald Trump is clueless on many issues and it is an understatement to say he's unqualified for the job. | But he's right on at least one thing….
globalresearch.ca/john-mccain-war-criminal-national-hero/5672407

Venezuelan Gov't Slams New Trump Tactics to Cripple Economy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly rejects the unilateral, coercive, arbitrary and illegal measures announced by the United States President Donald Trump's administration to immobilize the South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory' | These measures, the Nicolas Maduro-led government s…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Government-Slams-New-Trump-Sanctions-Imposed-to-Cripple-Economy-20190323-0001.html

No Revolution Without Feminism: Weaving Together Venezuela's Feminist Movements
Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-23
Amidst a complex reality, feminist movements in Venezuela look to advance their struggle and build unity.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14399

Argentina: Military Dictatorship Victims Will Not Be Forgotten
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
The Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo launched a massive march on March 24 on the 43 anniversary of the 1976 U.S.-backed military coup, known as the Dirty War, during which time, about 30,000 persons were arrested and disappeared. | RELATED: | Mothers of Argentina's Disappeared March to Keep Memory Alive | "Forty-three years after the milita…
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Military-Dictatorship-Victims-Will-Not-Be-Forgotten-20190323-0013.html

The 1942 Internment of Japanese-Americans Holds Lessons for Today
Emily Wilson | truthdig.com | 2019-03-23
With detention camps along the U.S. southern border and the president's revised Muslim ban upheld by the Supreme Court, Karen Korematsu thinks it's important for people to know the history of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, two thirds of them native-born citizens, who were incarcerated during World War II without due process. Korematsu, director of the Fred Korematsu Foundation, a civil rights educational organization, travels the country to talk to students about her father, Fred Korematsu, who refused to go to the camps. His case went to the Supreme C…
truthdig.com/articles/the-1942-internment-of-japanese-americans-holds-lessons-for-today/

Cyclone Idai: UNICEF warns of 'race against time' to protect children, prevent spread of disease in flood-ravaged Mozambique
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-23
A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, "aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage", the head of UNICEF said on Saturday, as she called for more international support to help quickly get relief to more than a million people across the country and prevent the possible spread of waterborne diseases like cholera.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035321

Commemorating 40 Years of "Injustice for All"
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-03-23
I don't look forward to anniversaries, in large part, because I'm part of a 40-year story of extreme violence. That story in and of itself is part of a larger 500-year story that I want nothing to do with: the arrival in 1519 of Hernán Cortés to this continent; an arrival that ushered in violence that continues to this day. That 500-year anniversary is akin to the 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus; for Native peoples, both of those years represent the introduction of physical and cultural genocide, land theft and slavery. It also has nearly the same significance for peoples of African descent.
truthout.org/articles/commemorating-40-years-of-injustice-for-all/

American History for Truthdiggers: A Cruel, Costly and Anxious 'Cold' War
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-03-23
In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. found a new enemy–its recent Soviet ally–and a new kind of conflict was born.
truthdig.com/articles/american-history-for-truthdiggers-a-cruel-costly-and-anxious-cold-war/

The never-ending FATF dispute in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-23
One of the most complicated debates among politicians and economists in Iran is whether or not the country should join the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)… but what is the FATF and why has it become the center of such an important dispute? The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers …
uwidata.com/2813-the-never-ending-fatf-dispute-in-iran/

North Korea Quits Liaison Office With South After US Sanctions
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
North Korea Friday pulled out of the Kaesong liaison office with the South, in a major setback for Seoul, just hours after the United States imposed the first new sanctions on the North since the second U.S.-North Korea summit broke down last month. | RELATED | The Two Koreas Open Joint Liaison Office | North Korea said it was quitting the joint liaison office set up in September in the border city of Kaesong after a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in…
telesurenglish.net/news/North-Korea-Quits-Liaison-Office-With-South-After-US-Sanctions-20190323-0011.html

Venezuela Presents Evidence of Anti-Bolivarian Terrorism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-23
The government of Venezuela announced the dismantling of a series of violent operations that were intended to be carried out in the country by mercenaries and assassins who entered the Venezuelan territory within the last few weeks. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Government Slams New Trump Sanctions Imposed to Cripple Economy | The Minister of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Presents-Evidence-of-Anti-Bolivarian-Terrorism-20190323-0014.html

The Domestic Terrorism Law the Justice Department Forgot
Trevor Aaronson | theintercept.com | 2019-03-23
Glendon Scott Crawford was a mechanic at General Electric in Schenectady, New York. A tall, slender, middle-aged man with rectangular eyeglasses, he was married with three children. By appearances, he was an unremarkable middle-class American. | But beneath Crawford's vanilla exterior lurked a white supremacist angry about President Barack Obama's election and contemptuous of upstate New York's sizable Muslim community. And he had ambitious plans to transform his hatred into violence. | He wanted to build a "death ray," a portable, remote-controlled radiological weapon made from medical equipment and off-the-shel…
theintercept.com/2019/03/23/domestic-terrorism-material-support-law/

Let's Not Restore or Mythologize Obama
Jeff Cohen | zcomm.org | 2019-03-23
To break this hopeless cycle, what's needed is the election of a progressive president who will fight to radically shift power and wealth away from the corporate 1 percent toward a multi-racial coalition of the 99 percent and toward environmental sanity…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/lets-not-restore-or-mythologize-obama/

UN Human Rights Council Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-23
(ANTIWAR.COM) — In a 23-8 vote, the UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to endorse a report on Israel's treatment protests along the Gaza Strip, which determined that the government's actions amounted to war crimes against civilians in Gaza. The report itself was published in late February, and found that Israel intentionally shot both children and journalists in the Gaza …

UN Human Rights Council Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

Not in Ben Dover's Backyard?
NIBDBY Santa Cruz | indybay.org | 2019-03-23
Regular watchdog readers of "Ben Dover" and his "Weekly Dump" column published by the Santa Mierda Network are acutely aware of his hateful rants levied against homeless people struggling to survive in Santa Cruz. Following Tuesday night's Santa Cruz City Council meeting, however, "Ben" went ballistic. He was reacting to council's decision to locate a new city sanctioned homeless camp downtown at Lot 24 next to Depot Park. Here's the dig for Ben: the homeless camp, once established, will be directly in his neighborhood, and in his backyard, so to speak.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/22/18822141.php

Art & Poetry: Peace and War
Yemeni Alliance Committee | indybay.org | 2019-03-23
Eastside Arts Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606-5003, United States…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/20/18822110.php

Islamophobia and Hate at UCSC in Light of the NZ Terrorist Attack
End Racism at UCSC | indybay.org | 2019-03-23
I am one of the students that was called a "terrorist" among other terrible things by a BSOE professor on countless occasions due to my appearance and Palestinian, Muslim heritage. Right at the top, I want to express my deepest gratitude to those who signed the petition demanding UCSC take action in this matter. Your support has given both the other complainant and I tremendous inner-strength. It has helped me claw back some of my humanity, and I genuinely cannot thank you enough.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/20/18822106.php

2019 Art & Writing Challenge & Youth Activist Grant
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-03-23
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/21/18822119.php

Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists
Trevor Aaronson | theintercept.com | 2019-03-23
On a narrow street in Charlottesville, Virginia, James Alex Fields Jr. pressed the accelerator of his gray Dodge Challenger. Dozens of people were walking in front of him. They had come to protest Fields and hundreds of other white supremacists who'd descended on this pleasant Southern college town for the "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017. | "Our streets!" the protesters chanted in response to the white supremacists. "Our streets!" | When some protesters realized the gray car wasn't stopping, they screamed. Then came the scrapes and thuds and finally a crash as Fields barreled into the crowd, sending people…
theintercept.com/2019/03/23/domestic-terrorism-fbi-prosecutions/

Anti-Brexit Marchers Swarm London Streets, Demand New Vote
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-23
LONDON–Anti-Brexit protesters flooded into central London by the hundreds of thousands on Saturday, demanding that Britain's Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union. | The "People's Vote March" snaked from Park Lane and other locations to converge on the U.K. Parliament, where the fate of Brexit will be decided in the coming weeks. | Marchers carried European Union flags and signs praising the longstanding ties between Britain and continental Europe. The protest drew people from across Britain who are determined to force Prime Minister Theresa May…
truthdig.com/articles/anti-brexit-marchers-swarm-london-streets-demand-new-vote/

Venezuelan Gazette to Release Conclusions of Peace Dialogue
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-23
23 de marzo de 2019, 11: 58Caracas, March 23 (Prensa Latina) The Official Gazette of Venezuela will publish the proposals and conclusions of the Congress of Social Dialogue for Peace and Life at the proposal of President Nicolas Maduro.
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Fox show guest mangles Venezuelan history, claims Chavez was president in 1980s (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-23
A guest who appeared on right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren's Fox News show appears to be very confused about Venezuela's history, chiefly the years of Hugo Chavez's term, despite it apparently directly affecting her own family. | …
rt.com/usa/454575-tomi-lahren-hugo-chavez/

How Individual States Have Criminalized Terrorism
Margot Williams | theintercept.com | 2019-03-23
The U.S. Department of Justice most often brings terrorism-related charges, but 34 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws that make committing acts of terrorism — and, in some cases, providing support to terrorists — state-level felonies. | Most of these laws were created in response to the 9/11 attacks. In all, 27 states passed anti-terrorism legislation in 2002. | In some states, terrorism is vaguely defined. Arkansas outlaws "terroristic acts" but does not say that such acts must be ideologically motivated, a requirement under the federal terrorism law. Maine prohibits what lawmakers…
theintercept.com/2019/03/23/state-domestic-terrorism-laws/

The Crux of the Accusations Against David Sirota From the Atlantic's Edward-Isaac Dovere is False
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-23
A rack of magazines, including The Atlantic, on display in a bookstore in San Francisco. | a sensationalistic series of accusations by reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere aimed at long-time journalist David Sirota, whose hiring by the Sanders 2020 presidential campaign as a speechwriter and adviser had just been announced earlier that day. The Atlantic article predictably and quickly went viral, ci…
theintercept.com/2019/03/23/the-crux-of-the-accusations-against-david-sirota-from-the-atlantics-edward-isaac-dovere-is-false/

Brexit Is Dead
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-23
Only its obituary remains to be written. In her heart of hearts, UK Prime Minister Theresa May opposed Brexit — overtly as home secretary, covertly as PM while pretending otherwise. | Majority UK parliamentarians rejected her no-Brexit/Brexit deal twice, agreeing only …
globalresearch.ca/brexit-dead/5672418

Trump Gives Netanyahu Part of Syria
Robert Mackey | zcomm.org | 2019-03-23
With a tweet posted on Thursday, Trump dismissed five decades of international consensus on the status of the Golan Heights, declaring that the United States would recognize Israel's annexation of the region…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-gives-netanyahu-part-of-syria/

How a Movement That Never Killed Anyone Became the FBI's No. 1 Domestic Terrorism Threat
Alleen Brown | theintercept.com | 2019-03-23
Joe Dibee's 12 years on the lam came to an end last August, when Cuban authorities detained the 50-year-old environmental activist during a layover in Havana and turned him over to the United States. | More than a decade earlier, police and FBI agents had arrested a dozen of Dibee's associates in the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front within the span of a few months. They were charged with conspiring to burn down factories that slaughtered animals for meat, timber mills that disrupted sensitive ecosystems, government facilities that penned wild horses, and a ski resort perched on a pristine mounta…
theintercept.com/2019/03/23/ecoterrorism-fbi-animal-rights/

Veteran photographer calls on young people to chronicle today's "social wars"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-23
"There isn't a city in England you can't go to and find some poverty and unhappiness and tragedies."–Don McCullin…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Rally to Boycott Everysight #StopElbit at the Sea Otter Classic
CODEPINK Women for Peace | indybay.org | 2019-03-23
Sea Otter Classic | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca | 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey, CA 93908…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/22/18822153.php

The Strange Tale of the FBI's Fictional "Black Identity Extremism" Movement
Alice Speri | theintercept.com | 2019-03-23
The only connection between the men referenced in the FBI's "black identity extremism" report, besides their race, is a thread of anger at police violence.
theintercept.com/2019/03/23/black-identity-extremist-fbi-domestic-terrorism/

Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivers Russia probe inquiry report
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-23
The report to the US Justice Department late Friday brings to a conclusion the 22-month investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Russiagaters recover from initial shock after Mueller probe winds up & are hell-bent on hunting on
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-23
Media and politicians who've spent about two years anticipating Robert Mueller's probe and to kick Donald Trump out of the White House, seem to have survived the first shock of its mundane end, but believe their fight is not over. | …
rt.com/usa/454595-mueller-probe-trump-bashers-russiagate/

Nicaragua Gov't, Opposition to Negotiate With 'Mutual Respect'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-22
Delegations from the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity and from the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy held the 11th and 12th sessions of the Negotiation Roundtables for Agreement and Peace on Thursday and Friday, in Nicaragua, according to a press release. | RELATED: | Nicaraguan Government and Opposition Resume Peace Talks | The statement d…
telesurenglish.net/news/Nicaragua-Govt-Opposition-to-Negotiate-With-Mutual-Respect-20190322-0021.html

Impatient for Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-22
Ann Wright reports on the launch earlier this month, in D.C. and New York, of the worldwide "Korea Peace Now" campaign. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News While U.S.-North Korean contact is stalled, relations between North Korea and South… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/22/impatient-for-peace-on-the-korean-peninsula/

Brazilian Social Leader and 'Defender of Life' Dies
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-22
Brazilian social leader, Dilma Ferreira Silva, and other activists were killed Friday in the rural Parana, Brazil, the Movement of the Affected by Dams (MAB), an organization which fights for water and electricity rights for the public, reports. | RELATED: | 'Bolsonaro is a Murderer' Signs Greet Brazilian President in US | Ferreira, together with two male activists, one of whom was her partner were killed in the Salvador Allende settlement rural area of Baiao municipality, altho…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-Social-Leader-and-Defender-of-Life-Dies-20190322-0017.html

Elizabeth Warren & Activists Target the Electoral College
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-22
Embedded in the Constitution, the Electoral College may be hard to eliminate. Our guest John R. Koza of National Popular Vote thinks it can be remade to serve the popular will…
therealnews.com/stories/elizabeth-warren-activists-target-the-electoral-college

Roaming Charges: Darn That (American) Dream
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
+ If the Democratic race boils down to Biden and Sanders, you'll have two candidates in their late 70s who voted three times to overthrow Saddam, approved the murderous sanctions on Iraq, supported the illegal war on Serbia, backed the racist and punitive Clinton Crime Bill and fronted a scheme to dump radioactive waste from…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/roaming-charges-darn-that-american-dream/

A Pox on the Houses of Trump and McCain, Huxleyan Media, and the Myth of "The Vietnam War"
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
Here's something arguably even more disgusting and pathetic than Trump's insane and ridiculous online conduct and his recent Twitter feuds with the House of McCain and George Conway: the constant and ritual outraged repetition of cable news commentators' and bipartisan politicos' claim that John McCain was a great "national war hero" who rose to "defend his country" during "The Vietnam War."
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/a-pox-on-the-houses-of-trump-and-mccain-huxleyan-media-and-the-myth-of-the-vietnam-war/

Venezuelan Authorities Detain Guaido Henchman for "Terrorist Cell" Involvement
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
Overnight Thursday, Venezuelan police arrested and detained three Guaido henchmen, two now released, the third still held. | Interior Minister Nestor Reverol accused Roberto Marrero of planning armed terrorist attacks in the country, saying the following: | An "investigation carried out by | …
globalresearch.ca/venezuelan-authorities-detain-guaido-henchman/5672315

Trump to Recognize Israeli Control over Syria's Golan Heights? Bypassing the UN Security Council
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
Donald Trump. Consistently showing one-sided support for Israel, it appears so. In May 2018, his regime moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a world body-designated international city, recognized by nearly all UN member states. | Israel illegally …
globalresearch.ca/trump-recognize-israeli-control-syrias-golan-heights/5672312

The Greatest Projects I Never Mad
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
She was a terrible boss. But she was wise about work. "We are defined more by the business we refuse to take than the ones we do," she told me. That turned out to be true. My cartoons are notable for what they don't include: symbols like donkeys and elephants, labeled graphic metaphors, a reliance on caricature.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/the-greatest-projects-i-never-mad/

The Ghost of Fascism in the Post-Truth Era
Henry Giroux | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
We do not live in a post-truth world and never have. On the contrary, we live in a pre-truth world where the truth has yet to arrive. As one of the primary currencies of politics, lies have a long history in the United States. For instance, state sponsored lies played a crucial ideological role in pushing the US into wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, legitimated the use of Torture under the Bush administration, and covered up the crimes of the financial elite in producing the economic crisis of 2008. Under Trump, lying has become a rhetorical gimmick in which everything that matters politically is denied, r…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/the-ghost-of-fascism-in-the-post-truth-era/

Ferry capsizes near Mosul, UN chief offers solidarity, support 'as needed'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-22
As many Iraqis across the country celebrated Norwuz, the first day of spring, a passenger ferry in the Tigris River capsized on Thursday, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to offer the United Nations' support "as needed".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035191

Robert Dreyfuss and Diana Duarte on the Media's Role in Iraq War
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-03-22
fair.org/home/robert-dreyfuss-and-diana-duarte-on-the-medias-role-in-iraq-war/

The Masculinity of the Future
Monika Zgustova | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
"I hope you've got enough cojones!" George Bush snapped at Tony Blair. The American president then outlined his planned bombardment of Iraq to the British Prime Minister: "I'm gonna kick ass!" Over the last two decades, much of the world has witnessed a wave of masculinization. Ideas about how strong men are an attractive future…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/the-masculinity-of-the-future/

How Billionaires Are Using Hate to Divide Us
Leo Gerard | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
To erode that solidarity, some billionaire hedge fund owners and multinational CEOs work to divide workers. (Photo: United Steelworkers/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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NATO's Expensive Anniversaries
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
"I never asked once what the new NATO headquarters cost. I refuse to do that, but it is beautiful" — President Trump. According to NATO, the cost of its new building in Brussels was 1.1 billion Euros (1.23 billon dollars). 2019 is a year of interesting commemorations, among them the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of D-Day, the landing of allied…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/natos-expensive-anniversaries/

March Madness: Unionize the NCAA
Brian Wakamo | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-22
When Zion Williamson's foot broke through the sole of his Nike shoe on February 20th, the sporting world stood still. The consensus number one player in college basketball was playing in the biggest game of the season–North Carolina versus Duke–and suffered his startling injury in the opening minute. Williamson's sprained knee cost Nike $1.1 billion …
peoplesworld.org/article/march-madness-unionize-the-ncaa/

There's Plenty of Wealth to Go Around, But It Doesn't
Bob Lord | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
Get ready to hear a lot about baking this campaign season. When it comes to how wealth is distributed in this country, "pie" is a favorite pundit metaphor. Some politicians want to "re-divide the pie," so everyone's slice is more equal in size. But that's "socialism," some pundits scold. Better to trust our billionaires and…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/theres-plenty-of-wealth-to-go-around-but-it-doesnt/

New York's Hudson Yards: The Revanchist City Lives On
Joseph Grosso | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
As is often the case, a spurt of media attention on one event leaves any deeper issues virtually untouched. It was just over a month ago that Amazon announced it was pulling out of its highly subsidized deal to build one of its second headquarters in New York. Three billion in city and state subsidies…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/new-yorks-hudson-yards-the-revanchist-city-lives-on/

UPDATED: US Sanctions Venezuelan Bank After Guaido Aide Accused of Leading 'Terrorist Cell'
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-22
After vowing "consequences" over Marrero's arrest, the US Treasury sanctioned Venezuela's development bank BANDES.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14398

'Mosques should be safe havens, not sites of terror', says Guterres announcing UN plan to help safeguard religious sites
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-22
In the wake of a horrific mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced his intention to launch a UN action plan for the safeguarding of religious sites, declaring that "mosques and all places of prayer and contemplation should be safe havens, not sites of terror."
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Venezuela President: US Withholding $5bn of Medical Supplies in 'Criminal' Measure
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-22
The move comes as the UN warned this week that US economic measures against Venezuela will have an "impact on human rights and wellbeing of the people."
mintpressnews.com/venezuela-claims-us-withholding-5bn-of-medical-supplies/256441/

Bad News for The News: The Fox-Disney Merger Again Shortens the Media Menu
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-22
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA — The long-rumored Fox-Disney merger was made official Wednesday, as Disney closed on its purchase of much of Rupert Murdoch's media empire. The $73.1 dollar "merger" — more accurately described as an acquisition — continues a worrying trend of media consolidation and gives Disney control and ownership over a historic 35 to 40 percent of…
mintpressnews.com/bad-news-news-fox-disney-merger-shortens-media-menu/256461/

U.S. Special Operations: The New Face of America's War Machine
SouthFront | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-22
The U.S. military industrial complex does not desire large winnable wars, but "low-intensity" conflicts that last as long as possible. That is how the system retains power, maintains profits, and remains relevant.
mintpressnews.com/u-s-special-operations-the-new-face-of-americas-war-machine/256431/

Gaza March of Return Architect Abu Artema Celebrates Its First-Year Anniversary
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-22
"Why would we die here in silence? We want our message to reach the world. We want to say to the world 'here there is a people. A people searching for a life of dignity, human rights and freedom.'" — Ahmed Abu Artema, architect of The March of Return…
mintpressnews.com/palestinian-march-of-return-architect-abu-artema-celebrates-its-first-year-anniversary/256447/

Boeing 737 Max Case is Latest Example of Why Industry Can't Regulate Itself
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-22
Bound by laws and the competition of the market, corporations cannot be trusted to put human life before profit. Freeing companies from the "red tape" of regulation will inevitably lead to a Wild West in air travel, where accidents like the Ethiopian and Lion crashes occur more frequently.
mintpressnews.com/boeing-737-max-case-is-latest-example-of-why-industry-cant-regulate-itself/256472/

U.S. to International Criminal Court: We Will Break Your Legs
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-22
If the ICC begins and is allowed to investigate crimes against humanity committed by the West, the entire twisted concept of the U.S. and Europe being pioneers of freedom and democracy could easily and quickly collapse.
mintpressnews.com/u-s-international-criminal-court-will-break-legs/256422/

It's Mueller Time: ACLU Demands DOJ 'Swiftly' Release Special Counsel Report to the Public
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
"The American people have a right to know if President Trump and his associates coordinated with Russia to interfere in our elections, the full extent of Russian efforts to affect our elections, and any attempts to interfere with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/22/its-mueller-time-aclu-demands-doj-swiftly-release-special-counsel-report-public?cd-origin=rss

So What if Trump "Recognizes" "Israel's" Annexation of the Golan?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
Who really cares what Trump says when nobody's words one way or the other are going to change the reality that "Israel" probably won't be dislodged from the occupied Golan Heights anytime soon, especially not when Russian troops are enforcing …
globalresearch.ca/so-what-if-trump-recognizes-israels-annexation-of-the-golan/5672319

ACLU Calls for Public Release of Mueller Report on Russia Investigation
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/03/22/aclu-calls-public-release-mueller-report-russia-investigation?cd-origin=rss

Rick Perry, the Saudis and a Dangerous Nuclear Deal
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
Since January 2017, the Trump Administration has been in negotiations to allow a sale of two nuclear reactors designed by American companies to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is troubling for at least two reasons. First, nuclear reactors may provide the Saudis with a backdoor to a nuclear bomb. Second, a February 19 interim…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/rick-perry-the-saudis-and-a-dangerous-nuclear-deal/

Where US Defense Spending Dollars Go: Top Ten States. "Vote Buying: This Is Why People Support Perpetual War"
Mike "Mish" Shedlock | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
A defense report, revised in March 2019 for fiscal year 2017, shows what states benefit the most from defense spending. |

Please the US department of Defense report on Defense Spending by State for fiscal year 2017 as revised in March …


globalresearch.ca/where-us-defense-spending-dollars-go-top-ten-states-vote-buying-this-is-why-people-support-perpetual-war/5672321

U.S. on the Hunt for Iranian "Ghost Tankers". Targeting Vessels Transporting Iranian Crude Oil
Irina Slav | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
When Washington announced the return of economic sanctions against Iran, the main idea was pretty clear: cut exports of vital oil to zero to paralyze the economy and prompt a change in government. Waivers followed, however, as well as reports …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-on-the-hunt-for-iranian-ghost-tankers-targeting-vessels-transporting-iranian-crude-oil/5672323

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Global Value Chains Need to be Built
Zhang Zhongyuan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-22
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought new opportunities to countries along the route to participate in global value chains. | In recent years, many developed economies have implemented the strategies of re-industrialization and reshoring of manufacturing industries to gain …
globalresearch.ca/chinas-belt-and-road-initiative-bri-global-value-chains-need-to-be-built/5672361

Almodovar Casts Old Favorites, Bares All in 'Pain and Glory'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-22
Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar bares all in his latest film "Dolor y Gloria" (Pain and Glory), which is scheduled to hit theaters Friday in Spain. | RELATED: | Brazil: Film on Gay Conversion Therapy Pulled From Theaters | Despite previous promises of never creating an autobiography of any kind, the 69-year-old filmmaker paints the silver screens with his signature shades of bright blue and crimson red to tell an intimate…
telesurenglish.net/news/Almodovar-Casts-Old-Favorites-Bares-All-in-Pain-and-Glory-20190322-0022.html

The sun's impact on Earth and weather celebrated, as planet marks World Meteorological Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-22
Against a background of serious warnings against the effects of climate change, World Meteorological Day this year celebrates the crucial role played by the sun in powering all life on Earth, and in driving the weather, ocean currents and the hydrological cycle.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035251

Might Makes Right: Trump Endorses Israeli Annexation of Golan Heights
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-22
Trump tweeted that the US should recognize Israel's annexation of Syria's Golan Heights, which Israel has been occupying for 52 years. TRNN's Shir Hever explores what this means for the region…
therealnews.com/stories/might-makes-right-trump-endorses-israeli-annexation-of-golan-heights

Venezuela builds health sovereignty, in defiance of the U.S. government
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-22
Chicago, IL – On March 20, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro visited Jipana, a large automated warehouse in the state of Miranda. Built with the cooperation of Chinese experts, Jipana – made up of five warehouses across Venezuela – has the capacity to store and distribute 100% of the antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypertensive and analgesic needs for the tens of thousands of free community clinics that make up Mission Barrio Adentro, as well as all of the anti-malarial, anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic and contraceptive needs of the Mission's nationwide ambulance service. | While at…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/22/venezuela-builds-health-sovereignty-defiance-us-government

U.S. steps up diplomatic, economic pressure on Venezuela
Marco Terrugi | workers.org | 2019-03-22
With Jair Bolsonaro standing at his side in Washington [on March 19], Donald Trump repeated the now standard line — all options are on the table — referring to Venezuela. Bolsonaro, who had said it was necessary to "liberate Venezuela," also confirmed what was already known — his refusal to . . . | Continue reading U.S. steps up diplomatic, economic pressure on Venezuela at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/03/21/u-s-steps-up-diplomatic-economic-pressure-on-venezuela/

Trump vs. McCain: an American Horror Story
H. Bruce Franklin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
Why is Donald Trump deliberately picking a fight with the ghost of John McCain? It might seem he has nothing to gain and much to lose from this battle. Therefore many believe this is just more evidence of his narcissism, impulsiveness, and thoroughly nasty personality. Beware of underestimating Trump's skillful and devious political acumen. As often, the president is speaking in coded language to his base, which regards McCain as the Judas who betrayed all those thousands of American POWs left behind in Vietnam.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/trump-vs-mccain-an-american-horror-story/

Community Rallies To Defend Community Garden
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-22
The largest community garden in Baltimore is aiming to make Baltimore more sustainable and push the city toward zero-waste, but it is under threat of demolition by the city…
therealnews.com/stories/community-rallies-to-defend-community-garden

American Workers Should Want to Transfer Technology to China
Moshe Adler | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
The US government is fighting with all it has to keep China behind in technology. In his State of the Union Address, President Trump claimed this is to stop "the theft of American jobs." But in reality this war on technological advancement in China destroys American jobs and hurts American consumers and entrepreneurs. The first…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/american-workers-should-want-to-transfer-technology-to-china/

In Boston, People Are Charged With Crimes That Waste Taxpayers' Money and Prosecutors' Time
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-22
When people in Boston are charged with certain low-level crimes and misdemeanors, prosecutors dismiss the charges nearly 60 percent of the time. | America's growing awareness of mass incarceration and the over-incarceration of people of color has sparked something nationwide: From Birmingham to Boston, voters are electing progressive, reform-minded prosecutors., , Suffolk County District Attorney candidate Rachael Rollins last year announced that, if elected, her office would decline to prosecute 15 misdemeanors and…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/prosecutorial-reform/boston-people-are-charged-crimes-waste-taxpayers-money-and

Seymour Hersh's Anonymous Sources
Mike Lofgren | commondreams.org | 2019-03-22
Oliver North testifies before the Senate's Iran-Contra committee in 1987. (Photo: National Archives) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/22/seymour-hershs-anonymous-sources?cd-origin=rss

Achieving Escape Velocity
Christy Rodgers | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
I grew up with the idea that leaving Earth was inevitable. The Space Age had arrived and the sky was no limit. Per ardua ad astra was no longer a metaphor; it would happen, it was happening. Invisible radiation traveled through the air every afternoon to bring me indelible images of humans in space, benignly,…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/achieving-escape-velocity/

Right-Wing Psychiatry, Love-Me Liberals and the Anti-Authoritarian Left
Bruce E. Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-22
Many self-identified liberals are far more than "ten degrees to the right of center" with regard to psychiatry. With the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, and then even more so following 9/11 in 2001, the United States has swung so far to the right that many self-identified liberals embrace, often unwittingly, a right-wing view in many aspects of society, including psychiatry.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/22/right-wing-psychiatry-love-me-liberals-and-the-anti-authoritarian-left/