Daily Archives: March 28, 2019

2019-03-28: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-03-28). Venezuela Is in Economic Crisis, Not Humanitarian Crisis. therealnews.com Max Blumenthal describes his experience on the ground in Venezuela to host Paul Jay, and talks about how the depiction of the country in broad humanitarian crisis is being used as a rationale for intervention in its domestic politics…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Headlines for March 28, 2019. democracynow.org Boeing to Update Software Implicated in Crashes of 737 MAX Jets, Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements, Migrant Asylum Seekers in El Paso Detained in Open-Air Parking Lot, Trump Says Puerto Rico Received Too Much Aid After Hurricane Maria, Florida Police Identify Second Parkland Survivor Who Died by Suicide, Rep. Ilhan Omar Challenges Trump Admin Rule Easing Overseas Gun Sales, NRA Advised Far-Right Australian Party on Overturning Gun Controls, NRA Official Reached Out to Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes, Facebook to Ban White…

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-28). CODEPINK Ranks the 2020 Presidential Candidates on War, Peace and Military Spending. mintpressnews.com Medea Benjamin and Nicole Davies of CODEPINK look at a new crop of presidential candidates and examine their views — and, when possible, voting records — on issues of war and peace.

Norman Solomon (2019-03-28). Pelosi and McConnell Are Inching Us Closer to Nuclear War. truthdig.com Bipartisan reverence for NATO is matched by how dangerous the organization has become as it increases the chances of a conflict with Russia.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-28). "The Russians are Still Coming" without RussiaGate. "Fake News" and US Foreign Policy under Trump. globalresearch.ca From one day to the next, following the release of the Mueller report, the shaky RussiaGate consensus created by the corporate media has collapsed. | What the Mueller investigation contends is that there is no proof that the Kremlin interfered …

Eric Draitser (2019-03-28). It's Opening Day: Here Are Three Political Storylines to Watch in Baseball This Year. counterpunch.org For many Americans, Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season elicits memories of childhood: playing with friends in the waning daylight hours, the crack of leather on leather as ball meets glove, and the feel of the sun on skin as it finally melts away the ossified remnants of the cold, dark winter. Baseball More

Middle East Eye (2019-03-28). Rights Groups Urge UN to Protect Palestinians on 'Great March' Protest Anniversary. globalresearch.ca Almost 20 Palestinian rights groups — both regional and international — urged the United Nations to protect Gazans who participate in the anniversary of the "Great March of Return" protests this coming Saturday. | In a letter sent to UN Secretary-General …

ACLU (2019-03-28). When Taking a Walk At Night Was an Act of Civil Disobedience. aclu.org Oregon remembers Minoru Yasui, a civil rights icon who broke the law to protest the curfews put on Japanese Americans at the start of World War II. | Seventy-six years ago, Minoru "Min" Yasui sat in a cell at the Multnomah County Jail in Oregon when he read a newspaper article detailing how Walter Pierce, the state's former governor and U.S. congressman, called for Japanese immigrants in the United States to be sent to Japan. Ever the racist and xenophobe, Pierce wasn't done. He even suggested revoking birthright citizens…

Global Research News (2019-03-28). Selected Articles: NATO's Anti-Democratic Roots. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-03-28). San Francisco Art Institute hosts Hollywood Blacklist festival and panel. peoplesworld.org SAN FRANCISCO—As the FBI makes headline news again, a San Francisco filmfest and panel recalls when, starting in 1947, the FBI and U.S. government persecuted artists and activists, driving many into exile during the Hollywood Blacklist/McCarthyism Cold War era. Despotic Senator Joe McCarthy's right-hand man was Roy Cohn—the young Donald Trump's attorney and mentor—who helped …

Lucas Koerner (2019-03-28). After Debunking Lies About Humanitarian Aid" Trucks, NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela's Cuban Doctors. mintpressnews.com After debunking Washington's lies about the burning of "humanitarian aid" trucks on the Venezuelan/Colombian border (more than two weeks after being scooped by independent journalists), the New York Times quickly reverted to form in an article by Nicholas Casey headlined "'It is Unspe…

True Publica (2019-03-28). Gaddafi Spy Chief — Libya Gave Ex-French President Sarkozy $8million Bribe. globalresearch.ca The Independent's multi-award-winning Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, reports that the execution order for Gadaffi's spymaster was simply a perversion of justice that suited the Western security services just fine. | "Shutting them up. That's what it's about. The hangman's drop, …

Ted Rall (2019-03-28). The Actual Collusion. counterpunch.org In 2002 and 2003 corporate media idiots speculated that secular socialist Saddam Hussein might give nukes that he didn't and couldn't have to radical Islamists who wanted to kill him. That story wasn't true. Worse than that, it couldn't have been true. I said it over and over and over. So did others. But we More

Whitney Webb (2019-03-28). Syria's Rukban Now Little More Than a US-Controlled Concentration Camp — and the Pentagon Won't Let Refugees Leave. mintpressnews.com According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a concentration camp is defined as "a place where large numbers of people are kept as prisoners in extremely bad conditions, especially for political reasons." It is undeniable that the Rukban camp fits this definition to the letter.

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-28). Now It's Official: God, Not the Russians, Elected Trump. globalresearch.ca Governments that pride themselves on being either democratic or republican in nature claim that they are empowered by the will of the people, but the sad reality is that most regimes come to power based on promises that they have …

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-03-28). A socialist orientation: The collapse of the Trump-Russia hoax and the need for an independent movement. liberationnews.org The Trump-Russia conspiracy hoax promoted by the "liberal" wing of the capitalist establishment has collapsed with the core conclusion of the Mueller investigation that no such conspiracy existed.

Stuart A. Newman (2019-03-28). Why the Mueller Investigation was Good for the Country. counterpunch.org The Mueller investigation was fully worth it, despite its conclusions. In early 2017, with a clearly corrupt president in place, but both houses of Congress dominated by the Republicans, there would have been no way to launch a legislative-branch inquiry into his misdeeds. The Special Prosecutor's probe served as a fortuitous substitute. Even though it More

Michelle Zacarias (2019-03-28). Pentagon will hand over $1 billion for 57 miles of Trump's border wall. peoplesworld.org

Conn Hallinan (2019-03-28). Europe Confronts a Cliff. counterpunch.org As the campaigns for the European Parliament get underway, some of the traditional lines that formerly divided left, right, and center are shifting, making it harder to easily categorize political parties. In Italy, a right-wing coalition calls for a guaranteed income, larger pensions, and resistance to the heavy-handed austerity programs enforced by the European Union More

Rebecca Gordon (2019-03-28). How to Make Yourself an Exception to the Rule of Law. counterpunch.org John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Defy the International Criminal Court Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it's easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone! The Senate agrees with the House that the United States should More

Bruce Neuburger (2019-03-28). Braceros Then and Now: Brutality and Pathological Dishonesty Greet Immigrants in the Age of Trump. counterpunch.org Do a Google search of braceros and you'll find a picture of a line of shirtless young men being sprayed with DDT as they pass through a gate of a farm labor intake center. In another photo, naked men are lined up in a large room being inspected by men in white coats. The photos tell a story the name bracero (from the word brazos, or arms) itself implies. More

George Wuerthner (2019-03-28). Bleeding Trees for Forest Health? counterpunch.org The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is arguing that we need more logging/thinning as a panacea for wildfire and forest health. It reminds me of the same approach that Medieval doctors took to illness. If a patient was sick, the solution was to "bleed" the "bad" blood from the individual. If the patient More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-28). Documents Reveal Saudi-Backed Gov't in Yemen Granted Citizenship to Charlie Hebdo Attacker Peter Cherif. mintpressnews.com Cherif is just one of the dozens of foreigners — mostly former al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters — who have been granted Yemeni citizenship by the Coalition-allied Yemeni Passport Authority, under pressure from high-ranking leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

STAFF (2019-03-28). America's Menacing Defiance of International Justice. truthdig.com Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it's easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone! The Senate agrees with the House that the United States should stop supporting S…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-28). Russia Rejects Trump Regime Demand to Leave Venezuela. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, Trump demanded around 100 Russian military forces leave the Bolivarian Republic, repeating his warning about "all options…open." | Moscow is undeterred by his threat, acting in support of Venezuela and President Maduro. | John Bolton repeated Trump's warning, saying "(a)s …

Jeff Hauser (2019-03-28). Mueller's End Increases Pressure on Rep. Richard Neal to Request Trump's Taxes. counterpunch.org In the coming days, advocates and lawmakers will fight to ensure that the findings of Mueller's team are made public so that the American people may assess for themselves the results of the Special Counsel's two-year investigation. Even as this important work unfolds, however, we must also acknowledge the limitations of the Special Counsel's investigation. More

The Nation (2019-03-28). What We Should Learn From the Mueller Report. thenation.com What We Should Learn From the Mueller Report…

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-03-28). Don't Trust Barr on the Mueller Report. thenation.com Don't Trust Barr on the Mueller Report…

STAFF (2019-03-28). The Americans Being Decimated by the Opioid Crisis. truthdig.com Drug overdoses killed 700,000 people in the United States between 1999 and 2017, and more than two-thirds of those deaths were the result of opioids. This week, the state of Oklahoma won a landmark $270 million settlement against one of the world's largest manufacturers of prescription opioids, Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family. While the Sackler name doesn't appear on Purdue's pill bottles, it does adorn many prestigious museums and academic buildings around the world. Aggressive marketing of Purdue's products, including its signature addictive drug, OxyContin, made billions of dollars for the Sacklers,…

Elliot Sperber (2019-03-28). My Favorite Conspiracy Theory. counterpunch.org My favorite conspiracy theory — Which was Blaise Pascal's as well — is that The planet's not round And the planet's not flat The planet's not even a planet Goddamnit. What just may be the way things are's That you and I and everyone — Connie and Maury, and Robert Horry — We are all More

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-28). Florida's Poll Tax is a New Low. counterpunch.org Until 2018, Florida — the state vital to the presidential victories of George Bush and Donald Trump — deprived one in 10 voters, and two in 10 African Americans, of the right to vote with a constitutional provision banning felons from voting, even after they had fulfilled their sentences. Many with nonviolent drug felonies, enforced by a More

John McEvoy (2019-03-28). Living through blackouts: Venezuelan government accuses opposition of 'sabotage'. thecanary.co The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. According to authorities, Venezuela suffered a "double attack" at … | Read more Living through blackouts: Venezuelan government accuses opposition of 'sabotage' | By John McEvoy

Paul Dobson (2019-03-28). Venezuela: Guaido Barred from Public Office as Maduro Announces Temporary Electricity Rationing. venezuelanalysis.com Workers from other industries have flocked to the Guri Dam to help repair the fire damage.

Fight Back (2019-03-28). FRSO mobilizes against U.S. wars and racism. fightbacknews.org Washington D.C. – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is building for a rally and march against U.S. wars and racism in Washington D.C. this Saturday, March 30. | "Oppose NATO, War, and Racism! Oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela!" is the theme for a rally starting at 1 p.m. across from the White House in LaFayette Park. | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is set to 'celebrate' 70 years on April 4. April 4 is also the anniversary of the day Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. So, a large coalition of anti-war, international solidarity, and anti-racist organizations are gathering to…

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Venezuelan Gov't Reveals Evidence Related to Electric Sabotage. telesurenglish.net Minister of Communication and Tourism Jorge Rodríguez gave a press conference Wednesday showing evidence related to the recent attacks on the national electricity system (SEN) which he said were intended to cause chaos by leaving the Venezuelan people without electricity for weeks. | "In the last two years, the Venezuelan fascist opposition has perpetrated more than 250 attacks on the National Electric System," said Rodríguez adding that such attacks have been foiled by the Venezuelan government on different occasions. | While the attack intended to leave the country with no electricity for weeks, the ministe…

South Front (2019-03-28). Video: Special Forces Hunt Down ISIS Terrorists that Killed 3 Russians. globalresearch.ca 3 Russian service members were killed in a terrorist attack in Syria in late February, the Russian Defense Ministry said on March 25. The defense ministry added that following the attack the Russian Aerospace Forces and Special Operations Forces tracked …

teleSUR (2019-03-28). UN Security Council Isolates US Over Golan Decision. telesurenglish.net The United States was isolated at the United Nations Security Council Wednesday over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as the other countries on the council opposed the move which they decried as a violation of the international resolution. | RELATED: | US Claims Golan as Israeli while Boosting Military Presence | In a letter requesting Wednesday's meeting, Syria described the U.S. decision as a "flagrant violation" of coun…

Richard Gale (2019-03-28). America's "Medical Deep State". The Role of the CDC. globalresearch.ca For over two decades, American families have faced an unscrupulous foe that threatens the public health and welfare. It is a rogue, unmanageable institution within our federal government, now seemingly beholden solely to private interests. Citizens have been horribly mistaken …

John W. Whitehead (2019-03-28). The Making of a Monster: We're All Lab Rats in the Government's Secret Experiments. globalresearch.ca "But these weren't the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around—they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don't …

Yves Engler (2019-03-28). On NATO's 70th Anniversary Important to Remember Its Anti-democratic Roots. globalresearch.ca " The power of the communists, wherever that power flourishes, depends upon their ability to suppress and destroy the free institutions that stand against them. They pi…

(2019-03-28). Conflict of Interest, Corporations and the Environment: More than 160 Groups Urge Senate to Reject David Bernhardt for Top Interior Post. globalresearch.ca More than 160 conservation groups sent a letter to U.S. senators today urging them to oppose the nomination of fossil fuel lobbyist David Bernhardt as Interior secretary, citing his efforts to enrich corporations at the expense of the environment. | Bernhardt's …

Prof Susan Babbitt (2019-03-28). Cuba: The Revolution "Must be Fun" globalresearch.ca Tony Perrottet's Cuba Libre! Che, Fidel and the improbable revolution that changed the world is a "colourful page turner".[i] Perrottet wanted a book that is "entertaining and readable, unsaturated by ideology". He succeeds in the first, not the second. | It…

Bill Wirtz (2019-03-28). France Activates 7,000 Troops to Quell Yellow Vest "Terrorists" globalresearch.ca Last week, France's Yellow Vest movement entered its 23rd week. While the movement's ranks have thinned, the government's reaction to hasten its demise have been Orwellian. On Saturday, things got worse. | Macron's Pain | The Yellow Vest (in French: "gilets jaunes") …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-03-28). Believing the RussiaGate Conspiracy Tale: Are The Democrats Self-Destructing? globalresearch.ca The Democrats cannot stop making fools of themselves. Thom Hartmann is an example. He writes for Common Dreams and has a progressive talk radio program. During the George W. Bush regime I was a frequent guest on his program. It …

Belgrade Forum (2019-03-28). Never to Forget: 1999 — NATO's War on Yugoslavia. The 2019 Belgrade Declaration. globalresearch.ca On the occasion of 20th anniversary of the aggression of NATO Alliance against Serbia (the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the FRY), on 22nd and 23rd March 2019 Belgrade was the venue of the International Conference under slogan …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-28). Russia Should Take the US' "European Energy Security Act" More Seriously. globalresearch.ca Underestimating the potential of one's adversaries and expressing excessive self-confidence in one's own abilities oftentimes leads to the said party being unpleasantly surprised if events don't go exactly according to how they expect them to. | Russia would well to reconsider …

Kit Klarenberg (2019-03-28). Kosovo War at 20: How Britain and America Backed Jihadists Throughout Conflict. globalresearch.ca On 24 March 1999, NATO launched a 78-day-long bombing campaign against the then-Republic of Yugoslavia. Still hailed by the Western mainstream as a successful 'humanitarian intervention', the true story of the conflict's roots and legacy is far darker, and points …

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Brazil's Vale Activates Alarm Near Dams in Risk of Rupture. telesurenglish.net Brazilian mining company Vale SA activated alarms in areas below three tailings dams Wednesday night due to an elevated risk of rupture, amid a tense atmosphere in Minas Gerais state where a dam burst in January killed about 300 people. | RELATED: | Brazil: Another Vale Group Dam at 'Highest Threat' of Collapse | The company activated alarms in areas downstream of the B3/B4 dam and the Forquilha I and Forquilha III dams as a "preventative measure," after the structures failed to r…

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Biggest Migrant Caravan Forming Amidst Broken US Border Patrol. telesurenglish.net A "mother of all caravans" is building up in Honduras, the federal interior secretary said Wednesday while the United States Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the immigration system at the U.S. southern border has reached a breaking point. | RELATED: | Negligence Leaves ICE Detention Facilities Overrun With Mumps | "We are aware that a new caravan is forming in Honduras that they're calling the mother of all caravans . . . and which could be [made up of] more th…

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Italy's Deputy PM Accuses Asylum-Seeking Migrants of Piracy. telesurenglish.net A group of 108 migrants, who were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, commandeered the small Maltese tanker after being made aware they would be returned to Libya instead of their intended destination. | RELATED: | EU Suspends Migrant Rescue Operations Despite Saving Thousands | The migrants directed the crew to proceed to Malta. As the ship approached…

teleSUR (2019-03-28). 750 Military Killed in Mexico Since 'War on Drugs' Began. telesurenglish.net Nearly 750 members of the Mexican military have reportedly died in service since Mexico's 'War on Drugs' began in 2006. | RELATED: | Central Americans, US Agree to Conduct Joint Police Operations | Last month Mexico's National Defense Secretariat (Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional — SEDENA) published a list of 543 names of army and air force personnel killed on duty since 2006, when then-president Felipe Calderon launched the 'War on Drugs' in Mexico. | Another 54 cases o…

United Nations (2019-03-28). New UN Global Climate report 'another strong wake-up call' over global warming: Guterres. un.org The increasing number of natural disasters and dangers linked to climate change, highlighted in a major UN report released on Thursday, represents "another strong wake-up call" to the world, which must be countered by finding sustainable solutions quickly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Israel's Netanyahu May Annex West Bank If Re-Elected: Report. telesurenglish.net Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will possibly declare illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as Israeli territory if re-elected on the April 9 elections, according to a report by The Times of Israel published Wednesday. | RELATED: | 'War Crime': Israeli Forces Kill 18-year-old Palestinian Medic in West Bank | After the Uni…

commondreams (2019-03-28). Jury Slams Monsanto for Corporate Malfeasance in Roundup Cancer Trial, Awards $80 Million in Damages. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Spain: Court Issues Warrant For North Korean Embassy Intruders. telesurenglish.net An international arrest warrant has been issued, by Spanish authorities, for two alleged intruders from a group who broke into the North Korean embassy in Madrid last month. | RELATED: | North Korea Quits Liaison Office With South After US Sanctions | Following an investigation into the incident, a document from Spanish Judge Jose de la Mata revealed that the intruders attempted to coerce North Korean envoy So Yun-sok to deflect before stealing equipment including computers, ha…

John Ranson (2019-03-28). Book industry 'drawing up plans' to pulp May's memoirs. thecanary.co The end of a prime minister's reign is always an exciting time in the world of publishing. There's a bidding war to secure the … | Read more Book industry 'drawing up plans' to pulp May's memoirs | By John Ranson

splcenter (2019-03-28). SPLC: Conversion therapy provider continues to secretly operate nearly four years after jury finds practices unconscionable. splcenter.org The SPLC this week filed a motion asking a judge to institute contempt proceedings against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), now known as JIFGA (Jewish Institute for Global Awareness), for violating an injunction entered over three years ago requiring that it permanently cease all operations and completely halt all elements of its fraudulent gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" program.

Tom Engelhardt (2019-03-28). Trump Warned Us He Would be a Terrible President. thenation.com Trump Warned Us He Would be a Terrible President…

The Grayzone (2019-03-28). A Very Incomplete List of Sinister Things Vladimir Putin/Russia/'the Russians' Have Been Accused of Doing. thegrayzone.com According to the finest minds of Western media and political life, "The Russians" have been responsible for everything from sowing…

United Nations (2019-03-28). Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council. un.org The UN is hailing a new Security Council resolution adopted on Thursday as a landmark step in suppressing the funding of terror groups worldwide.

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Facebook Charged for Racial Discrimination in Housing Ads. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charged Facebook Thursday with violating the Fair Housing Act, alleging that the company's targeted advertising discriminated on the basis of race and ethnicity. | RELATED: | Social Media Sites Struggle to Stem Spread of New Zealand's Terror Attack Footage | HUD said Facebook also re…

Salomeh Keyhani (2019-03-28). It's the For-Profit Health Care Industry Telling Us We Can't Afford Medicare for All. commondreams.org Medicare for All would mean that the proverbial "pigs at the trough" of the $3.5 trillion health care system each have something (in the form of stock prices and paychecks) to lose. (Photo: National Nurses United/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Middle East Eye (2019-03-28). Israeli Jets Strike Syria's Aleppo, Causing Electricity Blackout. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The Syrian military said Israel on Wednesday launched air raids on an industrial zone in the northern city of Aleppo, causing damage only to materials, while opposition sources said the strikes hit Iranian ammunition stores and a military airport used by Tehran's forces, Reuters reported. "The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najjar industrial …

plenglish (2019-03-28). Russia, Kyrgyzstan Reinforce Strategic Cooperation. plenglish.com Bishkek, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a joint statement with his Kyrgyz peer Sooronbai Zheenbekov, after both officials attended the signing of intergovernmental and trade agreements.

WSWS (2019-03-28). Trump backs court action to end health coverage for 25 million people. wsws.org While the Trump administration targets Obamacare for full repeal, the Democrats are dropping calls for "Medicare-for-all" in favor of billions more for the private insurance companies.

WSWS (2019-03-28). Pentagon announces transfer of $1 billion for border wall construction. wsws.org The Pentagon announcement came as Congress failed to override Trump's veto supporting his declaration of a national emergency on the US-Mexico border.

plenglish (2019-03-28). Venezuelan Gov't Restores over 80% of Power Service after Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Specialists from the National Electric Corporation of Venezuela (Corpoelec) continue working on Thursday to completly restore this service, after fixing more than 80 percent of it following the sabotage that severely damaged the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant, El Guri, in Bolivar state.

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation. greenleft.org.au Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…

plenglish (2019-03-28). Venezuelans Called to March in Defense of Peace. plenglish.com 28 de marzo de 2019, 15: 45Caracas, March 28 (Prensa Latina) A great march in defense of peace called this Thursday by President Nicolas Maduro will gather the revolutionary forces in all the states of Venezuela on Saturday.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-28). Not Piracy But 'A Matter of Survival': Refugees Take Control of Ship Headed Back to 'Hell' in Libya. commondreams.org Human rights advocates and other critics on Thursday called for empathy and aid for more than 100 refugees who took control of a tanker that had picked them up in the Mediterranean this week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dan Bacher (2019-03-28). A dark ethical cloud hangs over David Bernhardt, groups and Winnemem Wintu warn Feinstein. indybay.org "In advance of Mr. Bernhardt's Senate confirmation hearing on March 28, we draw your attention to the dark ethical cloud that hangs over his nomination," the letter stated.

Kenneth Surin (2019-03-28). Ziggy May's Brexit Deal From Mars. counterpunch.org "Narrow, rigid, unimaginative, sly, secretive and wholly lacking in the political skills necessary to win over voters or build alliances, rarely can a leader have looked less suited to the task before them. This is the consensus view of the British prime minister…." Robert Shrimsley Only readers of The Financial Times would probably have heard of More

Unitarian Universalist Forum Committee (2019-03-28). Sunday Forum: Mueller, Trump and the struggle against a fascist regime. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco, Ca.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-28). EU and UN Security Council Members Rebuke Trump's Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights. commondreams.org European countries and members of the United Nations Security Council are speaking out against U.S. President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights, which Israel has illegally occupied for more than five decades. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-03-28). Russia to Keep Cooperation with Venezuela Untouched, Despite U.S.A. plenglish.com Moscow, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Russia will keep its cooperation with Venezuela untoched, made according with that country's internal laws and international law, despite the meddling demands of the United States, the Foreign Ministry explained Thursday.

plenglish (2019-03-28). U.S. Considers High Number of Illegal Border Crossings Alarming. plenglish.com Washington, Mar 28 ( Prensa Latina ) U.S. federal authorities have warned the country"s immigration system is now at a limit due to the growing number of illegal crossings on the southern border and have threatened to take action to stop push ondocumented back.

Robert Keith Joyce (2019-03-28). Where The People Are Without Strategy There Is Tyranny. indybay.org The ruling Western securitary / corporate pirate complex uses the ruse of false national democracy / sovereignty to conceal the tyranny of its masters and to justify its wars. The population is controlled by means of an illusion of self-government that is sustained by two-party / few-party locked-in systems. | The population is mesmerized by "liberalism", "conservatism", "Republican / Democrat party" circuses, and an endless number of petty factional disputes. Meanwhile the rulers impose austerity while expending vast resources in their continual quest for world domination. Real democracy would end all of that, s…

WSWS (2019-03-28). US threatens Turkey over Russian S-400 air defence purchase. wsws.org Despite Washington's threats of sanctions and a downgrade in US-Turkish military security ties, Erdogan has vowed to proceed with the purchase and deployment of the S-400.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-03-28). Russia Throws Down the Gauntlet to US on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova acknowledged in Moscow on Tuesday that Russian "specialists" are indeed in Venezuela within the ambit of a 2001 military-technical cooperation agreement with Caracas. Zakharova underscored that Russia's bilateral military cooperation with Venezuela is in …

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-28). The Media and Political Humiliation from the Mueller Report. zcomm.org I obviously intended to write about the fallout from Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report: specifically his definitive finding that "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" and that "the report does not recommend any further indictments, nor Read more…

RT (2019-03-28). Boeing announces software fixes for infamous 737 Max plane. rt.com In the aftermath of two fatal crashes in five months, Boeing has announced software changes for their now infamous 737 Max aircraft which it says will help prevent future accidents.

WSWS (2019-03-28). Tensions rise between US, Russia and China over Venezuelan coup. wsws.org The arrival of a relative handful of Russian military personnel this week triggered a flurry of denunciations from Trump administration officials.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-28). 'Commendable, If Not Overdue': HUD Files Charges Against Facebook for Virtual Redlining. commondreams.org Facebook had its own "redlining" program built into the company's software, according to charges filed against the social media giant by the federal government. "Using a computer to limit a person's housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone's face." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Juan Cole (2019-03-28). How Trump Just Gave Alabama to Iraq by Giving Syrian Golan to Israel. zcomm.org By this new far-right Israeli and Trumpian principle, Iraq would have a claim on US territory— say, Alabama, given that the Bush regime launched an illegal war of aggression on Iraq…

plenglish (2019-03-28). Three other Dams in Brazil on High Alert for Possible Collapse. plenglish.com Brasilia, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Another three dams of the mining company Vale in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (northeast) have reached the maximum alert level due to the risk of collapse, the news portal G1 reported Thursday.

Pie for the People-Santa Cruz (2019-03-28). Pie for the People – Santa Cruz: TransFamilies Benefit. indybay.org Homeless Garden Project Farm | Shaffer Rd at Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz…

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-28). War and Peace and the 2020 Presidential Candidates. zcomm.org While we can't guarantee that candidates will stick to their campaign promises, we still must ask this vital question: What prospects for peace might each of them bring to the White House?>

WSWS (2019-03-28). Saudi attack on hospital kills eight as war in Yemen enters fifth year. wsws.org At least eight people, including five children, were killed when a missile slammed into a gas station near a medical facility that had been placed on a no-strike list.

plenglish (2019-03-28). Iranian President Promises Aid for Flood Victims. plenglish.com Tehran, Mar 28 ( Prensa Latina ) Iran"s President Hassan Rouhani promised Thursday aid to those affected by the rains and floods that caused destruction throughout most of the country, but especially in the southern provinces of Fars and Lorestan.

WSWS (2019-03-28). Sri Lankans driven to suicide by exorbitant debt repayments. wsws.org Most of those who committed suicide were from the war-ravaged Vavuniya and Jaffna districts in the island's north and Batticalao in the east.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-28). Happy to Engage Workers and Community on Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez Accepts GOP Invite to Kentucky Coal Mine. commondreams.org The New York Democrat has been met with warm welcomes from working people in red states, where poor communities would benefit from progressive policies | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-03-28). Russia Denies Interference in Venezuela and Asks US to do Likewise. plenglish.com 28 de marzo de 2019, 15: 33Moscow, March 28 (Prensa Latina) Russia in no way interferes in the internal affairs of Venezuela and we hope that third countries will follow our example in that regard, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said today.

Santa Cruz News (2019-03-28). Downtown Church Blocks Front Door During Weekly Homeless Giving Event. indybay.org On Wednesday, the front door of the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church of Santa Cruz was blocked off during their weekly coffee giveaway for the homeless, according to one churchgoer. The measure was taken after Rev. Fr. Milutin Janjic told parishioners that a man came to the church with a larger pet rat on his shoulder, and was kissing it. "I know father went through the Bosnian War. He isn't easily rattled," Prophet Elias parishioner Anne Solso said in a statement on Facebook. Despite the father's bravery during the war, the church's entrance was blocked.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-28). Venezuelan Government Bars Guaid√≥ From Office for 15 Years Amid US-Backed Coup Attempt. commondreams.org Venezuela's elected government barred opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ from holding public office for 15 years as he continues to push for the overthrow of President Nicol√°s Maduro the enthusiastic support of the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

plenglish (2019-03-28). Brazil: Victims of Dictatorship against Celebration of Military Coup. plenglish.com 28 de marzo de 2019, 15: 41Brasilia, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Relatives of the victims and survivors of the military dictatorship (1964-1985) in Brazil asked the Supreme Federal Court (STF) to prohibit the commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the coup d"état on March 31, judicial sources confirmed on Thursday.

Peter Certo (2019-03-28). Russia Was Never the Real Scandal. zcomm.org Collusion with corporations has always been hiding in plain sight. It takes real people to fight that — not an elite prosecutor…

Ben Norton (2019-03-27). Four Years of Hell: To Crush Yemen's Independence, US-Saudi War Created World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis. thegrayzone.com On the fourth anniversary of the US-Saudi war on Yemen, the Middle East's poorest nation suffers from the worst humanitarian…

Elizabeth Vos (2019-03-27). Rendition Plane, Increased Police Presence Raise Fears for Assange. globalresearch.ca A mysterious flight of a U.S. rendition plane to London and increase of plainclothes British police outside the Ecuador embassy has heightened concern for the WikiLeaks founder, as Elizabeth Vos reports. | *** | In four days, it will be a full …

Alan Macleod (2019-03-27). Firing on Protesters: Will Macron's New Tactics Against the Yellow Vests Make Simmering Pot Boil Over? mintpressnews.com France stands at a crossroads, with the Macron government attempting to drag the country in a new direction and a disunited and leaderless movement attempting to reverse this change. The outcome of this battle will shape the course of Western Europe's largest country for decades to come.

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-03-27). Why Activists Fail. counterpunch.org Despite enormous ongoing effort over more than a thousand years, during and since the formation and shaping of the modern world, and as the number of issues being contested has steadily increased, activists of many types have made insufficient progress on key issues, particularly in relation to ending violence and war (and the threat of More

2019-03-28: Social Media Postees

CODEPINK Ranks the 2020 Presidential Candidates on War, Peace and Military Spending
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-28
Medea Benjamin and Nicole Davies of CODEPINK look at a new crop of presidential candidates and examine their views — and, when possible, voting records — on issues of war and peace.
mintpressnews.com/codepink-ranks-2020-presidential-candidates-war-peace-military-spending/256700/

Pelosi and McConnell Are Inching Us Closer to Nuclear War
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2019-03-28
Bipartisan reverence for NATO is matched by how dangerous the organization has become as it increases the chances of a conflict with Russia.
truthdig.com/articles/pelosi-and-mcconnell-are-inching-us-closer-nuclear-war/

Venezuela Is in Economic Crisis, Not Humanitarian Crisis
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-28
Max Blumenthal describes his experience on the ground in Venezuela to host Paul Jay, and talks about how the depiction of the country in broad humanitarian crisis is being used as a rationale for intervention in its domestic politics…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuela-is-in-economic-crisis-not-humanitarian-crisis

"The Russians are Still Coming" without RussiaGate. "Fake News" and US Foreign Policy under Trump
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
From one day to the next, following the release of the Mueller report, the shaky RussiaGate consensus created by the corporate media has collapsed. | What the Mueller investigation contends is that there is no proof that the Kremlin interfered …
globalresearch.ca/the-russians-are-still-coming-without-russiagate-fake-news-and-us-foreign-policy-under-trump/5672835

It's Opening Day: Here Are Three Political Storylines to Watch in Baseball This Year
Eric Draitser | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
For many Americans, Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season elicits memories of childhood: playing with friends in the waning daylight hours, the crack of leather on leather as ball meets glove, and the feel of the sun on skin as it finally melts away the ossified remnants of the cold, dark winter. Baseball…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/its-opening-day-here-are-three-political-storylines-to-watch-in-baseball-this-year/

Rights Groups Urge UN to Protect Palestinians on 'Great March' Protest Anniversary
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
Almost 20 Palestinian rights groups — both regional and international — urged the United Nations to protect Gazans who participate in the anniversary of the "Great March of Return" protests this coming Saturday. | In a letter sent to UN Secretary-General …
globalresearch.ca/rights-groups-urge-un-protect-palestinians-great-march-protest-anniversary/5672913

When Taking a Walk At Night Was an Act of Civil Disobedience
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-28
Oregon remembers Minoru Yasui, a civil rights icon who broke the law to protest the curfews put on Japanese Americans at the start of World War II. | Seventy-six years ago, Minoru "Min" Yasui sat in a cell at the Multnomah County Jail in Oregon when he read a newspaper article detailing how Walter Pierce, the state's former governor and U.S. congressman, called for Japanese immigrants in the United States to be sent to Japan. Ever the racist and xenophobe, Pierce wasn't done. He even suggested revoking birthright citizens…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/when-taking-walk-night-was-act-civil-disobedience

Selected Articles: NATO's Anti-Democratic Roots
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
globalresearch.ca/natos-anti-democratic-roots/5672944

San Francisco Art Institute hosts Hollywood Blacklist festival and panel
Special to PeoplesWorld | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-28
SAN FRANCISCO–As the FBI makes headline news again, a San Francisco filmfest and panel recalls when, starting in 1947, the FBI and U.S. government persecuted artists and activists, driving many into exile during the Hollywood Blacklist/McCarthyism Cold War era. Despotic Senator Joe McCarthy's right-hand man was Roy Cohn–the young Donald Trump's attorney and mentor–who helped …
peoplesworld.org/article/san-francisco-art-institute-hosts-hollywood-blacklist-festival-and-panel/

After Debunking Lies About Humanitarian Aid" Trucks, NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela's Cuban Doctors
Lucas Koerner | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-28
After debunking Washington's lies about the burning of "humanitarian aid" trucks on the Venezuelan/Colombian border (more than two weeks after being scooped by independent journalists), the New York Times quickly reverted to form in an article by Nicholas Casey headlined "'It is Unspe…
mintpressnews.com/the-new-york-times-inverts-reality-on-venezuela-cuban-doctors/256708/

Gaddafi Spy Chief — Libya Gave Ex-French President Sarkozy $8million Bribe
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
The Independent's multi-award-winning Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, reports that the execution order for Gadaffi's spymaster was simply a perversion of justice that suited the Western security services just fine. | "Shutting them up. That's what it's about. The hangman's drop, | …
globalresearch.ca/gaddafi-spy-chief-libya-gave-sarkozy-8million-bribe/5672901

The Actual Collusion
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
In 2002 and 2003 corporate media idiots speculated that secular socialist Saddam Hussein might give nukes that he didn't and couldn't have to radical Islamists who wanted to kill him. That story wasn't true. Worse than that, it couldn't have been true. I said it over and over and over. So did others. But we…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/the-actual-collusion/

Syria's Rukban Now Little More Than a US-Controlled Concentration Camp — and the Pentagon Won't Let Refugees Leave
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-28
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a concentration camp is defined as "a place where large numbers of people are kept as prisoners in extremely bad conditions, especially for political reasons." It is undeniable that the Rukban camp fits this definition to the letter.
mintpressnews.com/syrias-rukban-little-more-than-a-u-s-controlled-concentration-camp-and-the-pentagon-wont-let-refugees-leave/256689/

Now It's Official: God, Not the Russians, Elected Trump
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
Governments that pride themselves on being either democratic or republican in nature claim that they are empowered by the will of the people, but the sad reality is that most regimes come to power based on promises that they have …
globalresearch.ca/god-not-russians-elected-trump/5672930

Russia Rejects Trump Regime Demand to Leave Venezuela
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
On Wednesday, Trump demanded around 100 Russian military forces leave the Bolivarian Republic, repeating his warning about "all options…open." | Moscow is undeterred by his threat, acting in support of Venezuela and President Maduro. | John Bolton repeated Trump's warning, saying "(a)s …
globalresearch.ca/russia-rejects-trump-regime-demand-to-leave-venezuela/5672957

What We Should Learn From the Mueller Report
The Nation | thenation.com | 2019-03-28
What We Should Learn From the Mueller Report…
thenation.com/article/mueller-report-russiagate-trump/

Don't Trust Barr on the Mueller Report
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-03-28
Don't Trust Barr on the Mueller Report…
thenation.com/article/mueller-report-trump-barr-podcast/

Why the Mueller Investigation was Good for the Country
Stuart A. Newman | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
The Mueller investigation was fully worth it, despite its conclusions. In early 2017, with a clearly corrupt president in place, but both houses of Congress dominated by the Republicans, there would have been no way to launch a legislative-branch inquiry into his misdeeds. The Special Prosecutor's probe served as a fortuitous substitute. Even though it…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/why-the-mueller-investigation-was-good-for-the-country/

Mueller's End Increases Pressure on Rep. Richard Neal to Request Trump's Taxes
Jeff Hauser | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
In the coming days, advocates and lawmakers will fight to ensure that the findings of Mueller's team are made public so that the American people may assess for themselves the results of the Special Counsel's two-year investigation. Even as this important work unfolds, however, we must also acknowledge the limitations of the Special Counsel's investigation.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/muellers-end-increases-pressure-on-rep-richard-neal-to-request-trumps-taxes/

A socialist orientation: The collapse of the Trump-Russia hoax and the need for an independent movement
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-28
The Trump-Russia conspiracy hoax promoted by the "liberal" wing of the capitalist establishment has collapsed with the core conclusion of the Mueller investigation that no such conspiracy existed.
liberationnews.org/a-socialist-orientation-the-collapse-of-the-trump-russia-hoax-and-the-need-for-an-independent-movement/

Pentagon will hand over $1 billion for 57 miles of Trump's border wall
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-28
peoplesworld.org/article/pentagon-will-hand-over-1-billion-for-57-miles-of-trumps-border-wall/

The Americans Being Decimated by the Opioid Crisis
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-28
Drug overdoses killed 700,000 people in the United States between 1999 and 2017, and more than two-thirds of those deaths were the result of opioids. This week, the state of Oklahoma won a landmark $270 million settlement against one of the world's largest manufacturers of prescription opioids, Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family. While the Sackler name doesn't appear on Purdue's pill bottles, it does adorn many prestigious museums and academic buildings around the world. Aggressive marketing of Purdue's products, including its signature addictive drug, OxyContin, made billions of dollars for the Sacklers,…
truthdig.com/articles/the-americans-being-decimated-by-the-opioid-crisis/

Europe Confronts a Cliff
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
As the campaigns for the European Parliament get underway, some of the traditional lines that formerly divided left, right, and center are shifting, making it harder to easily categorize political parties. In Italy, a right-wing coalition calls for a guaranteed income, larger pensions, and resistance to the heavy-handed austerity programs enforced by the European Union…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/europe-confronts-a-cliff/

My Favorite Conspiracy Theory
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
My favorite conspiracy theory — Which was Blaise Pascal's as well — is that The planet's not round And the planet's not flat The planet's not even a planet Goddamnit. What just may be the way things are's That you and I and everyone — Connie and Maury, and Robert Horry — We are all…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/my-favorite-conspiracy-theory/

Braceros Then and Now: Brutality and Pathological Dishonesty Greet Immigrants in the Age of Trump
Bruce Neuburger | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
Do a Google search of braceros and you'll find a picture of a line of shirtless young men being sprayed with DDT as they pass through a gate of a farm labor intake center. In another photo, naked men are lined up in a large room being inspected by men in white coats. The photos tell a story the name bracero (from the word brazos, or arms) itself implies.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/braceros-then-and-now-brutality-and-pathological-dishonesty-greet-immigrants-in-the-age-of-trump/

Florida's Poll Tax is a New Low
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
Until 2018, Florida — the state vital to the presidential victories of George Bush and Donald Trump — deprived one in 10 voters, and two in 10 African Americans, of the right to vote with a constitutional provision banning felons from voting, even after they had fulfilled their sentences. Many with nonviolent drug felonies, enforced by a…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/floridas-poll-tax-is-a-new-low/

Bleeding Trees for Forest Health?
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is arguing that we need more logging/thinning as a panacea for wildfire and forest health. It reminds me of the same approach that Medieval doctors took to illness. If a patient was sick, the solution was to "bleed" the "bad" blood from the individual. If the patient…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/bleeding-trees-for-forest-health/

How to Make Yourself an Exception to the Rule of Law
Rebecca Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Defy the International Criminal Court Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it's easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone! The Senate agrees with the House that the United States should…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/how-to-make-yourself-an-exception-to-the-rule-of-law/

Russia Throws Down the Gauntlet to US on Venezuela
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova acknowledged in Moscow on Tuesday that Russian "specialists" are indeed in Venezuela within the ambit of a 2001 military-technical cooperation agreement with Caracas. Zakharova underscored that Russia's bilateral military cooperation with Venezuela is in …
globalresearch.ca/russia-throws-down-the-gauntlet-to-us-venezuela/5672909

Venezuela: Guaido Barred from Public Office as Maduro Announces Temporary Electricity Rationing
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-28
Workers from other industries have flocked to the Guri Dam to help repair the fire damage.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14409

Venezuelan Gov't Reveals Evidence Related to Electric Sabotage
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
Minister of Communication and Tourism Jorge Rodríguez gave a press conference Wednesday showing evidence related to the recent attacks on the national electricity system (SEN) which he said were intended to cause chaos by leaving the Venezuelan people without electricity for weeks. | "In the last two years, the Venezuelan fascist opposition has perpetrated more than 250 attacks on the National Electric System," said Rodríguez adding that such attacks have been foiled by the Venezuelan government on different occasions. | While the attack intended to leave the country with no electricity for weeks, the ministe…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Govt-Reveals-Evidence-Related-to-Electric-Sabotage-20190328-0018.html

Living through blackouts: Venezuelan government accuses opposition of 'sabotage'
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-03-28
The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. According to authorities, Venezuela suffered a "double attack" at … | Read more Living through blackouts: Venezuelan government accuses opposition of 'sabotage' | By John McEvoy…
thecanary.co/feature/2019/03/28/living-through-blackouts-venezuelan-government-accuses-opposition-of-sabotage/

FRSO mobilizes against U.S. wars and racism
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-28
Washington D.C. – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is building for a rally and march against U.S. wars and racism in Washington D.C. this Saturday, March 30. | "Oppose NATO, War, and Racism! Oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela!" is the theme for a rally starting at 1 p.m. across from the White House in LaFayette Park. | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is set to 'celebrate' 70 years on April 4. April 4 is also the anniversary of the day Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. So, a large coalition of anti-war, international solidarity, and anti-racist organizations are gathering to…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/28/frso-mobilizes-against-us-wars-and-racism

UN Security Council Isolates US Over Golan Decision
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
The United States was isolated at the United Nations Security Council Wednesday over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as the other countries on the council opposed the move which they decried as a violation of the international resolution. | RELATED: | US Claims Golan as Israeli while Boosting Military Presence | In a letter requesting Wednesday's meeting, Syria described the U.S. decision as a "flagrant violation" of coun…
telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Security-Council-Isolates-US-Over-Golan-Decision-20190328-0017.html

Video: Special Forces Hunt Down ISIS Terrorists that Killed 3 Russians
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
3 Russian service members were killed in a terrorist attack in Syria in late February, the Russian Defense Ministry said on March 25. The defense ministry added that following the attack the Russian Aerospace Forces and Special Operations Forces tracked …
globalresearch.ca/special-forces-hunt-down-terrorists-killed-3-russians/5672848

Believing the RussiaGate Conspiracy Tale: Are The Democrats Self-Destructing?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
The Democrats cannot stop making fools of themselves. Thom Hartmann is an example. He writes for Common Dreams and has a progressive talk radio program. During the George W. Bush regime I was a frequent guest on his program. It …
globalresearch.ca/believing-the-russiagate-conspiracy-tale-are-the-democrats-self-destructing/5672898

The Making of a Monster: We're All Lab Rats in the Government's Secret Experiments
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
"But these weren't the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around–they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don't …
globalresearch.ca/the-making-of-a-monster-were-all-lab-rats-in-the-governments-secret-experiments/5672927

On NATO's 70th Anniversary Important to Remember Its Anti-democratic Roots
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
" The power of the communists, wherever that power flourishes, depends upon their ability to suppress and destroy the free institutions that stand against them. They pi…
globalresearch.ca/natos-70th-anniversary-important-remember-its-anti-democratic-roots/5672923

Cuba: The Revolution "Must be Fun"
Prof Susan Babbitt | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
Tony Perrottet's Cuba Libre! Che, Fidel and the improbable revolution that changed the world is a "colourful page turner".[i] Perrottet wanted a book that is "entertaining and readable, unsaturated by ideology". He succeeds in the first, not the second. | It…
globalresearch.ca/cuba-the-revolution-must-be-fun/5672954

America's "Medical Deep State". The Role of the CDC
Richard Gale | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
For over two decades, American families have faced an unscrupulous foe that threatens the public health and welfare. It is a rogue, unmanageable institution within our federal government, now seemingly beholden solely to private interests. Citizens have been horribly mistaken …
globalresearch.ca/cdc-medical-deep-state/5672873

Russia Should Take the US' "European Energy Security Act" More Seriously
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
Underestimating the potential of one's adversaries and expressing excessive self-confidence in one's own abilities oftentimes leads to the said party being unpleasantly surprised if events don't go exactly according to how they expect them to. | Russia would well to reconsider …
globalresearch.ca/russia-us-european-energy-security-act/5672917

Conflict of Interest, Corporations and the Environment: More than 160 Groups Urge Senate to Reject David Bernhardt for Top Interior Post

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
More than 160 conservation groups sent a letter to U.S. senators today urging them to oppose the nomination of fossil fuel lobbyist David Bernhardt as Interior secretary, citing his efforts to enrich corporations at the expense of the environment. | Bernhardt's …
globalresearch.ca/160-groups-urge-senate-reject-bernhardt-top-interior-post/5672892

Kosovo War at 20: How Britain and America Backed Jihadists Throughout Conflict
Kit Klarenberg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
On 24 March 1999, NATO launched a 78-day-long bombing campaign against the then-Republic of Yugoslavia. Still hailed by the Western mainstream as a successful 'humanitarian intervention', the true story of the conflict's roots and legacy is far darker, and points | …
globalresearch.ca/kosovo-war-how-britain-america-backed-jihadists-throughout-conflict/5672887

Never to Forget: 1999 — NATO's War on Yugoslavia. The 2019 Belgrade Declaration
Belgrade Forum | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
On the occasion of 20th anniversary of the aggression of NATO Alliance against Serbia (the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the FRY), on 22nd and 23rd March 2019 Belgrade was the venue of the International Conference under slogan …
globalresearch.ca/never-to-forget-1999-natos-war-on-yugoslavia-the-2019-belgrade-declaration/5672932

France Activates 7,000 Troops to Quell Yellow Vest "Terrorists"
Bill Wirtz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-28
Last week, France's Yellow Vest movement entered its 23rd week. While the movement's ranks have thinned, the government's reaction to hasten its demise have been Orwellian. On Saturday, things got worse. | Macron's Pain | The Yellow Vest (in French: "gilets jaunes") …
globalresearch.ca/france-activates-7000-troops-quell-yellow-vest-terrorists/5672905

Documents Reveal Saudi-Backed Gov't in Yemen Granted Citizenship to Charlie Hebdo Attacker Peter Cherif
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-28
Cherif is just one of the dozens of foreigners — mostly former al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters — who have been granted Yemeni citizenship by the Coalition-allied Yemeni Passport Authority, under pressure from high-ranking leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
mintpressnews.com/documents-reveal-saudi-arabia-granted-yemeni-citizenship-to-charlie-hebdo-attacker-peter-cherif/256721/

Brazil's Vale Activates Alarm Near Dams in Risk of Rupture
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
Brazilian mining company Vale SA activated alarms in areas below three tailings dams Wednesday night due to an elevated risk of rupture, amid a tense atmosphere in Minas Gerais state where a dam burst in January killed about 300 people. | RELATED: | Brazil: Another Vale Group Dam at 'Highest Threat' of Collapse | The company activated alarms in areas downstream of the B3/B4 dam and the Forquilha I and Forquilha III dams as a "preventative measure," after the structures failed to r…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazils-Vale-Activates-Alarm-Near-Dams-in-Risk-of-Rupture-20190328-0021.html

Biggest Migrant Caravan Forming Amidst Broken US Border Patrol
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
A "mother of all caravans" is building up in Honduras, the federal interior secretary said Wednesday while the United States Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the immigration system at the U.S. southern border has reached a breaking point. | RELATED: | Negligence Leaves ICE Detention Facilities Overrun With Mumps |…
telesurenglish.net/news/Biggest-Migrant-Caravan-Forming-Amidst-Broken-US-Border-Patrol-20190328-0012.html

Italy's Deputy PM Accuses Asylum-Seeking Migrants of Piracy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
A group of 108 migrants, who were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, commandeered the small Maltese tanker after being made aware they would be returned to Libya instead of their intended destination. | RELATED: | EU Suspends Migrant Rescue Operations Despite Saving Thousands | The migrants directed the crew to proceed to Malta. As the ship approached…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italys-Deputy-PM-Accuses-Asylum-Seeking-Migrants-of-Piracy-20190328-0004.html

SPLC: Conversion therapy provider continues to secretly operate nearly four years after jury finds practices unconscionable
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-28
The SPLC this week filed a motion asking a judge to institute contempt proceedings against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), now known as JIFGA (Jewish Institute for Global Awareness), for violating an injunction entered over three years ago requiring that it permanently cease all operations and completely halt all elements of its fraudulent gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" program.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/28/splc-conversion-therapy-provider-continues-secretly-operate-nearly-four-years-after-jury

750 Military Killed in Mexico Since 'War on Drugs' Began
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
Nearly 750 members of the Mexican military have reportedly died in service since Mexico's 'War on Drugs' began in 2006. | RELATED: | Central Americans, US Agree to Conduct Joint Police Operations | Last month Mexico's National Defense Secretariat (Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional — SEDENA) published a list of 543 names of army and air force personnel killed on duty since 2006, when then-president Felipe Calderon launched the 'War on Drugs' in Mexico. | Another 54 cases o…
telesurenglish.net/news/750-Military-Killed-in-Mexico-Since-War-on-Drugs-Began-20190328-0010.html

Jury Slams Monsanto for Corporate Malfeasance in Roundup Cancer Trial, Awards $80 Million in Damages
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-28
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/03/28/jury-slams-monsanto-corporate-malfeasance-roundup-cancer-trial-awards-80-million?cd-origin=rss

Israel's Netanyahu May Annex West Bank If Re-Elected: Report
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will possibly declare illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as Israeli territory if re-elected on the April 9 elections, according to a report by The Times of Israel published Wednesday. | RELATED: | 'War Crime': Israeli Forces Kill 18-year-old Palestinian Medic in West Bank | After the Uni…
telesurenglish.net/news/Emboldened-by-Trumps-Move-on-Golan-Netanyahu-To-Annex-West-Bank-If-Re-elected-Report-20190328-0020.html

New UN Global Climate report 'another strong wake-up call' over global warming: Guterres
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-28
The increasing number of natural disasters and dangers linked to climate change, highlighted in a major UN report released on Thursday, represents "another strong wake-up call" to the world, which must be countered by finding sustainable solutions quickly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035681

Book industry 'drawing up plans' to pulp May's memoirs
John Ranson | thecanary.co | 2019-03-28
The end of a prime minister's reign is always an exciting time in the world of publishing. There's a bidding war to secure the … | Read more Book industry 'drawing up plans' to pulp May's memoirs | By John Ranson…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/03/28/book-industry-drawing-up-plans-to-pulp-mays-memoirs/

Trump Warned Us He Would be a Terrible President
Tom Engelhardt | thenation.com | 2019-03-28
Trump Warned Us He Would be a Terrible President…
thenation.com/article/tom-engelhardt-trump-presidential-run-announcement-speech-2015/

Spain: Court Issues Warrant For North Korean Embassy Intruders
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
An international arrest warrant has been issued, by Spanish authorities, for two alleged intruders from a group who broke into the North Korean embassy in Madrid last month. | RELATED: | North Korea Quits Liaison Office With South After US Sanctions | Following an investigation into the incident, a document from Spanish Judge Jose de la Mata revealed that the intruders attempted to coerce North Korean envoy So Yun-sok to deflect before stealing equipment including computers, ha…
telesurenglish.net/news/Spanish-Court-Issues-International-Warrant-For-US-Based-North-Korean-Embassy-Intruders-20190328-0005.html

A Very Incomplete List of Sinister Things Vladimir Putin/Russia/'the Russians' Have Been Accused of Doing
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-28
According to the finest minds of Western media and political life, "The Russians" have been responsible for everything from sowing…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/27/a-very-incomplete-list-of-sinister-things-vladimir-putin-russia-the-russians-have-been-accused-of-doing/

Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-28
The UN is hailing a new Security Council resolution adopted on Thursday as a landmark step in suppressing the funding of terror groups worldwide.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035671

Facebook Charged for Racial Discrimination in Housing Ads
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-28
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charged Facebook Thursday with violating the Fair Housing Act, alleging that the company's targeted advertising discriminated on the basis of race and ethnicity. | RELATED: | Social Media Sites Struggle to Stem Spread of New Zealand's Terror Attack Footage | HUD said Facebook also re…
telesurenglish.net/news/Facebook-Charged-for-Racial-Discrimination-in-Housing-Ads—20190328-0014.html

It's the For-Profit Health Care Industry Telling Us We Can't Afford Medicare for All
Salomeh Keyhani | commondreams.org | 2019-03-28
Medicare for All would mean that the proverbial "pigs at the trough" of the $3.5 trillion health care system each have something (in the form of stock prices and paychecks) to lose. (Photo: National Nurses United/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/28/its-profit-health-care-industry-telling-us-we-cant-afford-medicare-all?cd-origin=rss

'Commendable, If Not Overdue': HUD Files Charges Against Facebook for Virtual Redlining
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-28
Facebook had its own "redlining" program built into the company's software, according to charges filed against the social media giant by the federal government. "Using a computer to limit a person's housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone's face." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/28/commendable-if-not-overdue-hud-files-charges-against-facebook-virtual-redlining?cd-origin=rss

Russia, Kyrgyzstan Reinforce Strategic Cooperation
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
Bishkek, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a joint statement with his Kyrgyz peer Sooronbai Zheenbekov, after both officials attended the signing of intergovernmental and trade agreements.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Iranian President Promises Aid for Flood Victims
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
Tehran, Mar 28 ( Prensa Latina ) Iran"s President Hassan Rouhani promised Thursday aid to those affected by the rains and floods that caused destruction throughout most of the country, but especially in the southern provinces of Fars and Lorestan.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-fact-finding-mission-reports-complex-situation

How Trump Just Gave Alabama to Iraq by Giving Syrian Golan to Israel
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-03-28
By this new far-right Israeli and Trumpian principle, Iraq would have a claim on US territory– say, Alabama, given that the Bush regime launched an illegal war of aggression on Iraq…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-trump-just-gave-alabama-to-iraq-by-giving-syrian-golan-to-israel/

Russia Was Never the Real Scandal
Peter Certo | zcomm.org | 2019-03-28
Collusion with corporations has always been hiding in plain sight. It takes real people to fight that — not an elite prosecutor…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/russia-was-never-the-real-scandal/

Three other Dams in Brazil on High Alert for Possible Collapse
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
Brasilia, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Another three dams of the mining company Vale in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (northeast) have reached the maximum alert level due to the risk of collapse, the news portal G1 reported Thursday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Downtown Church Blocks Front Door During Weekly Homeless Giving Event
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2019-03-28
On Wednesday, the front door of the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church of Santa Cruz was blocked off during their weekly coffee giveaway for the homeless, according to one churchgoer. The measure was taken after Rev. Fr. Milutin Janjic told parishioners that a man came to the church with a larger pet rat on his shoulder, and was kissing it. "I know father went through the Bosnian War. He isn't easily rattled," Prophet Elias parishioner Anne Solso said in a statement on Facebook. Despite the father's bravery during the war, the church's entrance was blocked.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/28/18822305.php

US threatens Turkey over Russian S-400 air defence purchase
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-28
Despite Washington's threats of sanctions and a downgrade in US-Turkish military security ties, Erdogan has vowed to proceed with the purchase and deployment of the S-400.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Ziggy May's Brexit Deal From Mars
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-28
"Narrow, rigid, unimaginative, sly, secretive and wholly lacking in the political skills necessary to win over voters or build alliances, rarely can a leader have looked less suited to the task before them. This is the consensus view of the British prime minister…." Robert Shrimsley Only readers of The Financial Times would probably have heard of…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/28/ziggy-mays-brexit-deal-from-mars/

Sri Lankans driven to suicide by exorbitant debt repayments
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-28
Most of those who committed suicide were from the war-ravaged Vavuniya and Jaffna districts in the island's north and Batticalao in the east.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Boeing announces software fixes for infamous 737 Max plane
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-28
In the aftermath of two fatal crashes in five months, Boeing has announced software changes for their now infamous 737 Max aircraft which it says will help prevent future accidents. | …
rt.com/usa/454996-boeing-software-update-fix/

Sunday Forum: Mueller, Trump and the struggle against a fascist regime
Unitarian Universalist Forum Committee | indybay.org | 2019-03-28
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco, Ca.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/28/18822312.php

Russia Denies Interference in Venezuela and Asks US to do Likewise
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
28 de marzo de 2019, 15: 33Moscow, March 28 (Prensa Latina) Russia in no way interferes in the internal affairs of Venezuela and we hope that third countries will follow our example in that regard, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said today.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

A dark ethical cloud hangs over David Bernhardt, groups and Winnemem Wintu warn Feinstein
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-03-28
"In advance of Mr. Bernhardt's Senate confirmation hearing on March 28, we draw your attention to the dark ethical cloud that hangs over his nomination," the letter stated.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/26/18822275.php

The Media and Political Humiliation from the Mueller Report
Glenn Greenwald | zcomm.org | 2019-03-28
I obviously intended to write about the fallout from Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report: specifically his definitive finding that "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" and that…
zcomm.org/zvideo/the-media-and-political-humiliation-from-the-mueller-report/

EU and UN Security Council Members Rebuke Trump's Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-28
European countries and members of the United Nations Security Council are speaking out against U.S. President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights, which Israel has illegally occupied for more than five decades. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/28/eu-and-un-security-council-members-rebuke-trumps-recognition-israeli-sovereignty?cd-origin=rss

Happy to Engage Workers and Community on Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez Accepts GOP Invite to Kentucky Coal Mine
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-28
The New York Democrat has been met with warm welcomes from working people in red states, where poor communities would benefit from progressive policies | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/28/happy-engage-workers-and-community-green-new-deal-ocasio-cortez-accepts-gop-invite?cd-origin=rss

Trump backs court action to end health coverage for 25 million people
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-28
While the Trump administration targets Obamacare for full repeal, the Democrats are dropping calls for "Medicare-for-all" in favor of billions more for the private insurance companies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Pie for the People – Santa Cruz: TransFamilies Benefit
Pie for the People-Santa Cruz | indybay.org | 2019-03-28
Homeless Garden Project Farm | Shaffer Rd at Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/27/18822294.php

War and Peace and the 2020 Presidential Candidates
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2019-03-28
While we can't guarantee that candidates will stick to their campaign promises, we still must ask this vital question: What prospects for peace might each of them bring to the White House?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/war-and-peace-and-the-2020-presidential-candidates/

Saudi attack on hospital kills eight as war in Yemen enters fifth year
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-28
At least eight people, including five children, were killed when a missile slammed into a gas station near a medical facility that had been placed on a no-strike list.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Venezuelan Gov't Restores over 80% of Power Service after Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
Caracas, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Specialists from the National Electric Corporation of Venezuela (Corpoelec) continue working on Thursday to completly restore this service, after fixing more than 80 percent of it following the sabotage that severely damaged the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant, El Guri, in Bolivar state.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Russia to Keep Cooperation with Venezuela Untouched, Despite U.S.A
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
Moscow, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Russia will keep its cooperation with Venezuela untoched, made according with that country's internal laws and international law, despite the meddling demands of the United States, the Foreign Ministry explained Thursday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn….

Venezuelan Government Bars Guaidó From Office for 15 Years Amid US-Backed Coup Attempt
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-28
Venezuela's elected government barred opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ from holding public office for 15 years as he continues to push for the overthrow of President Nicol√°s Maduro the enthusiastic support of the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/28/venezuelan-government-bars-guaido-office-15-years-amid-us-backed-coup-attempt?cd-origin=rss

Brazil: Victims of Dictatorship against Celebration of Military Coup
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
28 de marzo de 2019, 15: 41Brasilia, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Relatives of the victims and survivors of the military dictatorship (1964-1985) in Brazil asked the Supreme Federal Court (STF) to prohibit the commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the coup d"état on March 31, judicial sources confirmed on Thursday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Not Piracy But 'A Matter of Survival': Refugees Take Control of Ship Headed Back to 'Hell' in Libya
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-28
Human rights advocates and other critics on Thursday called for empathy and aid for more than 100 refugees who took control of a tanker that had picked them up in the Mediterranean this week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/28/not-piracy-matter-survival-refugees-take-control-ship-headed-back-hell-libya?cd-origin=rss

Pentagon announces transfer of $1 billion for border wall construction
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-28
The Pentagon announcement came as Congress failed to override Trump's veto supporting his declaration of a national emergency on the US-Mexico border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

U.S. Considers High Number of Illegal Border Crossings Alarming
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
Washington, Mar 28 ( Prensa Latina ) U.S. federal authorities have warned the country"s immigration system is now at a limit due to the growing number of illegal crossings on the southern border and have threatened to take action to stop push ondocumented back.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuelans Called to March in Defense of Peace
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-28
28 de marzo de 2019, 15: 45Caracas, March 28 (Prensa Latina) A great march in defense of peace called this Thursday by President Nicolas Maduro will gather the revolutionary forces in all the states of Venezuela on Saturday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Israeli Jets Strike Syria's Aleppo, Causing Electricity Blackout
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-28
(MEE) — The Syrian military said Israel on Wednesday launched air raids on an industrial zone in the northern city of Aleppo, causing damage only to materials, while opposition sources said the strikes hit Iranian ammunition stores and a military airport used by Tehran's forces, Reuters reported. "The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najjar industrial …

Israeli Jets Strike Syria's Aleppo, Causing Electricity Blackout

Tensions rise between US, Russia and China over Venezuelan coup
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-28
The arrival of a relative handful of Russian military personnel this week triggered a flurry of denunciations from Trump administration officials.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Where The People Are Without Strategy There Is Tyranny
Robert Keith Joyce | indybay.org | 2019-03-28
The ruling Western securitary / corporate pirate complex uses the ruse of false national democracy / sovereignty to conceal the tyranny of its masters and to justify its wars. The population is controlled by means of an illusion of self-government that is sustained by two-party / few-party locked-in systems. | The population is mesmerized by "liberalism", "conservatism", "Republican / Democrat party" circuses, and an endless number of petty factional disputes. Meanwhile the rulers impose austerity while expending vast resources in their continual quest for world domination. Real democracy would end all of that, s…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/26/18822278.php

Four Years of Hell: To Crush Yemen's Independence, US-Saudi War Created World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-27
On the fourth anniversary of the US-Saudi war on Yemen, the Middle East's poorest nation suffers from the worst humanitarian…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/26/4-years-yemen-independence-us-saudi-war-worst-humanitarian-crisis/

Rendition Plane, Increased Police Presence Raise Fears for Assange
Elizabeth Vos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-27
A mysterious flight of a U.S. rendition plane to London and increase of plainclothes British police outside the Ecuador embassy has heightened concern for the WikiLeaks founder, as Elizabeth Vos reports. | *** | In four days, it will be a full …
globalresearch.ca/rendition-plane-increased-police-presence-raise-fears-assange/5672808

Firing on Protesters: Will Macron's New Tactics Against the Yellow Vests Make Simmering Pot Boil Over?
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-27
France stands at a crossroads, with the Macron government attempting to drag the country in a new direction and a disunited and leaderless movement attempting to reverse this change. The outcome of this battle will shape the course of Western Europe's largest country for decades to come.
mintpressnews.com/firing-protesters-will-new-french-tactics-yellow-vests-make-simmering-pot-boil/256662/

Why Activists Fail
Robert J. Burrowes | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-27
Despite enormous ongoing effort over more than a thousand years, during and since the formation and shaping of the modern world, and as the number of issues being contested has steadily increased, activists of many types have made insufficient progress on key issues, particularly in relation to ending violence and war (and the threat of…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/27/why-activists-fail/

How the U.S. Navy Made Tom Dooley a Tool to Sell the Vietnam War
Gareth Porter | truthdig.com | 2019-03-27
The U.S. Navy doctor's popular book, "Deliver Us From Evil," was only one way Dooley pushed American propaganda to the public.
truthdig.com/articles/how-the-u-s-navy-made-tom-dooley-a-tool-to-sell-the-vietnam-war/

US Foists 'Humanitarian Aid' on Venezuela, Helps Create a Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Kei Pritsker | thegrayzone.com | 2019-03-27
If the US really wants to save people from a dire humanitarian crisis, why aren't we talking about sending aid…
thegrayzone.com/2019/03/26/us-foists-humanitarian-aid-on-venezuela-helps-create-a-humanitarian-crisis-in-yemen/