Daily Archives: March 29, 2019

2019-03-29: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-03-29). War, Peace and Presidential Candidates. counterpunch.org Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn't stopped the war yet, More

Norman Solomon (2019-03-29). Pelosi and McConnell: Cranking Up Bipartisan Madness for NATO. counterpunch.org When Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint session of Congress, they had every reason to expect the April 3 speech to be a big hit with U.S. media and political elites. The establishment is eager to affirm the sanctity of support for the More

STAFF (2019-03-29). Russia Defies US Threats Over Venezuela. therealnews.com Trump insists Russia 'get out' of Venezuela; Vijay Prashad says Russia is protecting its own economic interests, billions in outstanding loans…

STAFF (2019-03-29). A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel's Annexation of the Syrian Golan. therealnews.com Phyllis Bennis explains that Trump's decision is a setback for peace all over the world. The US has isolated itself diplomatically in support of Netanyahu's campaign to win the elections, but recovery will be long…

Brian Cloughley (2019-03-29). Stand By for Space Wars. counterpunch.org There was much international news in mid-March, although little of it was encouraging for those who prefer peace to war, handshakes to saber-rattling, and cooperation to confrontation. On March 27 India's Prime Minister Modi tweeted with nauseating smugness that his forces had destroyed a satellite in earth orbit at a height of 300 kilometers (the International Space More

United Nations (2019-03-29). Guterres lauds UN peacekeeping, highlights need to bridge 'critical' gaps. un.org United Nations Peacekeeping missions are working flat out and need to be made "stronger and safer", Secretary-General António Guterres told a major ministerial pledging conference on Friday, stressing that "critical" gaps must be bridged, so they can deliver better, on behalf of the people they serve.

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-03-29). Redacted Tonight Highlights New Laws That Target Pipeline Protesters with $Millon Fines, 10 Years in Jail. mintpressnews.com Big Oil, working through ALEC in at least eight states, decided to up the ante in an attempt to ensure that no other massive petroleum or natural gas project ever gets canceled because of protesters risking life, limb, and lengthy prison time and fines.

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-29). Palestinians Commemorate Land Day 2019. Gazans Protest against Israeli Aggression and Suffocating Blockade. globalresearch.ca Since last weekend, Israeli warplanes preemptively terror-bombed Gaza and Aleppo's Sheikh Najar region overnight, causing material damage, according to Syria's Defense Ministry. | For Netanyahu, it's all about wanting his resume as a warrior burnished ahead of upcoming April 9 elections …

Susie Day (2019-03-29). Gaza, Stonewall: Izzy Mustafa on Why People Rise Up. counterpunch.org Every Friday since March 30, 2018, in what's known as the Great March of Return, Palestinians in Gaza come to the Israeli border fence to protest nearly twelve years of a blockade that has made Gaza into what's often called the world's largest open-air prison. They also come to invoke UN Resolution 194, their right More

Canadian Boat to Gaza (2019-03-29). Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Great Return March. globalresearch.ca On the first anniversary of the beginning of the #GreatReturnMarch protests by Palestinians in Gaza to mark #LandDay on March 30, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition stands in solidarity with our Palestinian friends who are demanding full freedom of movement, including …

Danny O'Brien (2019-03-29). EU's Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next? globalresearch.ca In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright …

teleSUR (2019-03-29). Sudan: Anti-Government Protesters Teargassed By Riot Police. telesurenglish.net Sudanese protesters demonstrating in the Burri and Bahri and Omdurman regions of the capital Khartoum were reportedly teargassed by riot police Thursday, according to AFP citing witnesses. | RELATED: | Human Rights Org Urges Tunisia to Turn Over al-Bashir to ICC | "Protesters chanted anti-government slogans as they gathered in Madani's main market, but…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2019. democracynow.org NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…

STAFF (2019-03-29). Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises—An Anomaly in Presidential Politics. therealnews.com Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment—education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-29). On My Visit to New Zealand: Can Christchurch Heal Our Collective Wounds? counterpunch.org I visited the city of Christchurch on May 23, 2018, as part of a larger speaking tour in New Zealand that also took me to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin. New Zealand is an exceptional country, different from other countries that are often lumped under the generalized designation of the 'western world.' Almost immediately after More

Eds. (2019-03-29). Reconstructing the history of the electricity sabotage in Venezuela. mronline.org Fictitious narratives spun by the opposition failed to go viral in social media—such as those showing images of people apparently collecting water from the Guaire River, which is not suitable for consumption. A report made by the Catia TV team, debunked this false story. | Source

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2019-03-29). Russiagate and the 1980s Crack Epidemic. counterpunch.org The release of the Mueller report and its conclusion that President Donald J. Trump and his top aides did not collude with Russia has prompted some important critical reflection on the American media and its penchant for sensationalism. Sean Davis, a cofounder of The Federalist, published an article in the Wall Street Journal on March 26thtitled More

Associated Press (2019-03-29). Republicans are obstructing attempts to get the full Mueller report. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller's full report Thursday after learning the special counsel's findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of total exoneration based on a four-page summary by his attorney general. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was told by Attorney General …

Peter Certo (2019-03-29). Russia Was Never the Real Scandal. counterpunch.org Robert Mueller won't be filing any more indictments related to the "Russiagate" investigation. Though the search unearthed ample evidence that Russia wanted Trump to become president — and hints that some members of Trump World were perhaps aware of this — the recent summary declared no concrete findings that the two camps knowingly "colluded." The More

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-03-29). 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.

Paul Street (2019-03-29). Russiagate: A Trump-Boosting Triumph of Diversion and Inauthentic Opposition? counterpunch.org Did the Russian government make some efforts to intervene on Donald Trump's behalf in the 2016 United States presidential election? Has Trump's behavior toward Russia been odd, to say the least, for a U.S. president? Has Trump had significant financial ties to Russian oligarchs linked to Vladimir Putin? Does Putin very possibly have something on Trump? More

Nick Pemberton (2019-03-29). Russiagate: Tragedy, Not Farce. counterpunch.org The left is an uplifting space of solidarity because it is a place that keeps track of the least of us in a way the mainstream media will not. It is very hard to find anything beyond opportunism in a mainstream media who is obsessed over a non-story like Russiagate. One has to wonder though More

Eds. (2019-03-29). Brazilian president to commemorate 1964 fascist military coup. mronline.org Brazilians took to social media following the news calling out Bolsonaro for "celebrating" the military dictatorship and its coup using the hashtag #DitaduraNuncaMais (No More Dictatorship). | Source

Charles McKelvey (2019-03-29). The Cuban Nationalization of US Property in 1960: the Historical and Global Context. counterpunch.org In moving toward at least partial implementation of Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, the Trump administration has resurrected the issue of Cuban nationalization of U.S. properties in Cuba in 1960. The conflict between the United States and Cuba over the nationalized U.S. properties is a particular case in a historic and still unfolding More

Andrew Levine (2019-03-29). Democratic (Party) Socialism. counterpunch.org No sooner had last November's midterm election concluded than the next round in the electoral circus, focused on choosing the Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2020, got underway. After having worked triple overtime for nearly two seemingly endless years (since even before Trump's Inauguration), by New Year's Day, the nation's junk mailboxes were full of it again, gathering in candidates' pleas for money full throttle, along with the usual never-ending spam. More

Louisa Willcox (2019-03-29). Of Estella Leopold and a "Fierce Green Fire" for the Earth. counterpunch.org This week, I am thrilled to launch the first of a four-part podcast featuring Estella Leopold, daughter of conservationist, writer, and philosopher Aldo Leopold. Last summer I traveled to Seattle for a conversation about her amazing life and adventures. At 92 years of age, and still frequenting her lab at the University of Washington's Quaternary More

Susan Babbitt (2019-03-29). The Revolution Must be Fun. counterpunch.org 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'sabout a "scrappy bunch of idealistic young people who … beat a professional army of [dictator More

Robert Hunziker (2019-03-29). The Coldest Spot on Earth, Melting. counterpunch.org Global warming is a fact of life that haunts society with consequences that hit hard, exponentially, but where nobody lives. It is happening hyper fast, and it's downright scary as major ecosystems of the planet turn upside down in nasty fashion. But none of the ecosystems has the punch of East Antarctica. Its clout is More

Ron Jacobs (2019-03-29). Cold War in the Land of Oil. counterpunch.org Ever since oil became the defining energy source for wartime militaries during World War Two, the world's politically and economically dominant nations have done their best to control those nations where oil is located. This control was originally achieved through arrangements that were essentially colonial n nature. The host governments in the oil-rich nations agreed More

Rob Urie (2019-03-29). Re: The Green New Deal: First, Shoot the Economists. counterpunch.org Soon to be released research from the United Nations is expected to place species loss, a/k/a mass extinction, as an environmental threat equal to or greater than climate change. Industrial agriculture— vast expanses of monoculture crops managed with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, will feature prominently as a cause. This plant agriculture supplies people with increasingly toxic and processed food and antibiotic and hormone dependent factory farms with animal feed. Together, these link the model of capitalist efficiency economists have been selling for the last two centuries to environmental c…

The Tricontinental (2019-03-29). The sunrise will be the same for those who wake and those who never will. mronline.org Disregard by the dominant powers of human lives in places such as Iraq has a long history. It goes back a hundred years. | Source

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-03-29). SHAWN "JAY-Z" CARTER NAMED PRESIDENT'S AWARD RECIPIENT FOR 50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS. naacp.org NAACP PRESIDENT DERRICK JOHNSON TO PRESENT THE AWARD DURING LIVE TV SPECIAL, MARCH 30, 2019 ON TV ONE ADDITIONAL PRESENTERS TO INCLUDE VIOLA DAVIS, JOHN LEGEND, ISSA RAE, LUPITA NYONG'O, DANAI GURIRA, AND VAN JONES LOS ANGELES (March 28, 2019) — The NAACP today announced that globally dominant pop culture icon Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter will …

The Tricontinental (2019-03-29). Singing in a cage is possible and so is happiness. mronline.org Once more, punctually, Israel—with the vengeance of Zeus—has begun to bomb Gaza, from which the sounds and smells of war are never absent due to Israeli bombings. It helps Israel that the United States is fully behind its policy of annihilation. | Source

Whitney Webb (2019-03-29). Guaido Set to Enact Uprising Rooted in US Regime-Change Operations Manual. mintpressnews.com With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions — such as those described in the RED Team document — are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-29). Syria's Rukban Now Little More than a US-Controlled Concentration Camp — and the Pentagon Won't Let Refugees Leave. globalresearch.ca 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 …

teleSUR (2019-03-29). Why Was Guaido Barred from Holding Public Office for 15 Years?>. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso announced Thursday that the opposition politician Juan Guaido has been barred from holding public office for 15 years over irregularities in his financial activities. | RELATED: | Fake Photos of Venezuelan Health Situation on Social Media: AFP | This decision was taken "considering that the deputy Juan Guaido has r…

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-29). Russia Officially Rubbished Alt-Media's False Reports About a Venezuelan Base. Reality Check. globalresearch.ca Contrary to the high hopes that many in the Alt-Media Community had for a Russian base in Venezuela after false reports and "analytical" innuendo were spread about this possibility, Moscow officially denied that it's planning to permanently base its military …

Alan Macleod (2019-03-29). Financial Press: Boeing Should Charge Passengers Extra Not to Crash. mintpressnews.com A contributing cause of the crashes is widely reported to be the lack of sensors and other safety features that Boeing sells as pricey optional upgrades, effectively creating a two-tier safety standard in the aviation industry, where airlines serving less wealthy clientele employ aircraft more prone to crashing.

Alan Macleod (2019-03-29). Trump Admin Complementing Israeli Effort to Give Nuclear Weapons to Saudi Arabia. mintpressnews.com Already seven of the 10 countries in the world with the highest military budgets are in the Middle East. The development of nuclear weapons in Saudi Arabia has many speculating that it could mark the beginning of an even more dangerous era for the war-torn region.

STAFF (2019-03-29). At Michigan Rally, Trump Mocks Asylum Seekers Fleeing Violence. truthout.org During a rambling and lie-filled rally Thursday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, President Donald Trump mocked asylum-seekers fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, suggesting they are not actually afraid for their lives. | "You have people coming up. You know they're all met by the lawyers," Trump said. "And they come out, they're all met by the lawyers, and they say, 'Say the following phrase: I am very afraid for my life. I am afraid for my life.'" | "And then I look at the guy. He…

John Feffer (2019-03-29). Mueller, Russiagate and the 2020 Elections. counterpunch.org In horror movies, the monster can usually be dispatched in only one way. A werewolf requires a silver bullet. A vampire will only stay dead with a stake through the heart. The Blob shrivels in contact with the icy cold. For many opponents of Donald Trump, the report by special counsel Robert Mueller was supposed More

STAFF (2019-03-29). Trump Openly Mocks Asylum-Seekers Fleeing Violence. truthdig.com During a rambling and lie-filled rally Thursday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, President Donald Trump mocked asylum-seekers fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, suggesting they are not actually afraid for their lives. | "You have people coming up. You know they're all met by the lawyers," Trump said. "And they come out, they're all met by the lawyers, and they say, 'Say the following phrase: I am very afraid for my life. I am afraid for my life.'" | "And then I look at the guy. He loo…

South Front (2019-03-29). Video: Lider-class Destroyer — A New Face of Russian Surface Fleet. globalresearch.ca The Russian military leadership continues employing its maritime doctrine, an important part of which is the strengthening of the surface fleet. | As was recently revealed, Moscow is planning to build two units of project 23560 (i.e. Lider-class nuclear-powered destroyers) by …

STAFF (2019-03-29). Adam Schiff Delivers Massive Smackdown on Trump. truthout.org President Trump held his first rally since mid-February on Thursday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sounding alternately buoyant and furious, he took a big victory lap and declared himself to have "won" against the witch hunt. In an extended rant right out of the gate he proclaimed: | After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over. The Special Counsel has completed his report and found no collusion, no obstruction … Total exoneration, complete vindication. … | The Russia witch hunt was a plan by those who lost the election to take power by frami…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-29). Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate—How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 3—'The Tangled Threads of Russia-gate'. consortiumnews.com Once a Washington groupthink takes hold, as it has in the fervent belief about Russia-gate, respect for facts and logic fly out the window since all these important people can't be wrong, wrote Robert Parry on Dec. 5, 2017. The… Read more →

Eric Toussaint (2019-03-29). Brazil: 55 Years after the Overthrow of Democratically Elected President Joao Goulart, the New Far-right President, Jair Bolsonaro Has Announced a Celebration of the 1964 Military Coup. globalresearch.ca Brazil: 55 years after the army staged a coup on 31 March 1964 and overthrew President Joao Goulart, the new far-right President, Jair Bolsonaro has announced a celebration of this said event. There can be no doubt about the active …

teleSUR (2019-03-29). Brazil Judge Takes on Fresh Corruption Compliant Against Temer. telesurenglish.net A Brazilian judge has taken on a new case of corruption against the country's former President Michel Temer Thursday. | RELATED: | Brazilian Ex-President Temer Released by Appeals Court | The decision of Judge Rodrigo Bentemuller is bas…

Anna Buss (2019-03-29). Why Recycling is a 'Pseudo-Solution' to Reducing Plastic Waste. counterpunch.org Decades of consumerism, fueled by the concept of short-term convenience, has left our planet drowning in plastic waste. Much of it is used just once and then thrown away, polluting oceans and contaminating our bodies. At the center of this problem lies the effectiveness of eliminating plastic while its production remains high and there are More

Stephen Cooper (2019-03-29). Julius Jones's Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching. counterpunch.org Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass in football: one last desperate, prayerful attempt imploring our legal system to give him a chance — before he's executed — to More

John W. Whitehead (2019-03-29). We're All Lab Rats in the Government's Secret Experiments. counterpunch.org "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 recognize them for what they are until it's too late." — Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's More

Paul Cochrane (2019-03-29). Can You Spare $11.6 Billion? Lebanon's Loans and Luxury Car Sales Paradox. counterpunch.org Lebanon managed to borrow $11.6 billion at the Cedre donor conference last year, the majority from the World Bank and Europe. After a nine month wait to form a government, Beirut now has to implement the lenders' conditionalities: economic reforms. What do you do as, say, a European institutional lender if Lebanon renegades on its More

Louis Proyect (2019-03-29). Me and the Maoists. counterpunch.org As I was reading through You Say You Want a Revolution: SDS, PL, and Adventures in Building a Worker-Student Alliance for a review in last week's CounterPunch, I kept emailing co-author John Levin about my connections to a number of the 23 mini-memoir contributors to this essential volume. It got to the point when John asked More

Howard Lisnoff (2019-03-29). Woodstock at 50. counterpunch.org In a few, short months, on August 15, 50 years will have passed since Woodstock (known formally as the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition), a defining cultural event of the 1960s and a defining event of the baby boom generation, took place. It took 43 years for me to get to the More

Tanjug (2019-03-29). Vatican Archives on Ustasha Ratlines to be Opened. globalresearch.ca The archives in question will be opened on March 2, 2020. | And while historians around the world are already preparing to record parts of the pope's documents explaining his role in the Holocaust, Croatia and the region will probably be …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-03-29). Trump vs. Powell: How Independent Really Is the Fed? globalresearch.ca The following article appeared in the February 2019 issue of the European Financial Review. | It's main theme is to show that the Fed, like all central banks, is not independent—of either government or private banking interests pressures—quite contrary to …

Miri Wood (2019-03-29). Ambassador Jaafari Crushes Trump's Tweet on Syria's Golan, Flagrant Violation, Contempt for International Law. globalresearch.ca His Excellency Bashar al Jaafari issued an urgent statement on Syria's Golan, via a UN stake out, 22 March 2019. While maintaining his immaculate standard of professional diplomat, the Syrian ambassador crushed US President Donald J. Trump's " irresponsible

David DeGraw (2019-03-29). Pentagon Audit: Evidence Proving $21 Trillion Unaccounted For — Opening Statement. globalresearch.ca According to United States government documents, since 1998, the Office of the Inspector General has reported $21 Trillion in unaccounted for money. | As unbelievable and absurd as that sounds, the actual total of unaccounted for money at the Pentagon is …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-03-29). Lebanon Decides to Confront Israel and the US in Shebaa, Kfarshouba and Syria. globalresearch.ca Lebanese Judge Ahmad Mezher has given orders that a survey be conducted of Lebanese occupied territories in the Shebaa Farms, Kfarshouba, Huneen, Ideise and Bleeda. These villages are bordering Hasbaiya, Rashaya al-Fukhar and Kiyam and have been under Israeli occupation …

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-29). Welcome to Hell: Peruvian Mining City of La Rinconada. globalresearch.ca No one can agree how high above the sea level that La Rinconada really lies at: 5,300 meters or 5,200 meters? On the access road, a metal plate says 5,015. But who really cares? It is indisputably the highest settlement …

Laila Ujayli (2019-03-29). Trump Trades Arab Lives for Netanyahu Votes. globalresearch.ca In blatant violation of international law, Donald Trump has recognized Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The order came in the midst of a renewed wave of violence in the Gaza Strip, with Israel responding to rocket attacks …

(2019-03-29). Annual Lobbying on "Pro-Israel", A Major Force in US Foreign Affairs: Summary for 2018. globalresearch.ca One of, if not the most, powerful international issue lobby is that of the pro-Israel crowd. Well-financed and politically powerful, the pro-Israel lobby is a major force on American foreign affairs that looks to continue America's military and fiscal support …

Aimable Mugara (2019-03-29). The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: Jean Leonard Teganya, a Rwandan in Boston's Federal Court. globalresearch.ca Genocide is among the worst possible crimes. Victims of genocide and crimes against humanity deserve to see the perpetrators prosecuted and punished. However, the innocent must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, despite the seriousness of the alleged crime. | No …

Dimitri Lascaris (2019-03-29). Video: Puerto Rico Faces a Flood of Fracked Gas in Wake of Hurricane Maria. globalresearch.ca Dimitri Lascaris: This is Dimitri Lascars reporting for The Real News Network. | Media have descended on Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island a year and a half ago, and many reported on its struggle to rebuild its energy …

Tiphaine Dickson (2019-03-29). NATO's Extensive War Crimes against Yugoslavia: "World of Equals" Calls NATO to Account. globalresearch.ca In March of 1999, NATO, at the behest of President Bill Clinton, unleashed an aerial assault on Serbia under the pretext of "humanitarian intervention." This led to massive destruction and heavy loss of life. | The attack violated international law …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-29). The Logic of Annexation: Israel and the Golan Heights. globalresearch.ca Any measure of annexation is based on the extension of a military's boots. Diplomats tend to be silenced before the noise of tanks, weaponry and garrisons. Countries may claim to possess territory but can only dream in the absence of …

commondreams (2019-03-29). Reentry to the Iran Nuclear Deal Emerging as Consensus Position. commondreams.org ______________________________…

James Wright (2019-03-29). BBC director general warns that the broadcaster is losing its reputation. thecanary.co BBC director general Tony Hall has warned that the publicly funded broadcaster is losing its reputation. Hall, who occupies the most powerful position at … | Read more BBC director general warns that the broadcaster is losing its reputation | By James Wright

STAFF (2019-03-29). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has the GOP Rattled. truthdig.com Hillary Clinton is no longer the most targeted Republican foe—that dubious honor, ahead of the 2020 election, belongs to freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | The New York Democrat's rise to prominence in the GOP mind was on full display Thursday evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where President Donald Trump held a "rambling and lie-filled rally," as Common Dreams reported early Friday. | Before the president took the stage, however, his son Donald Trump, Jr., warmed…

Natasha Lennard (2019-03-29). The NYPD Union's War Against Parole Reform. thenation.com The NYPD Union's War Against Parole Reform…

United Nations (2019-03-29). Ebola cases rising in DR Congo, but UN health agency cites progress in community trust-building. un.org A rise in new cases of deadly Ebola virus disease in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been announced, while authorities say that progress is being made in accessing communities that have been wary of outside help, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

teleSUR (2019-03-29). Guatemala: 15 Police Officers Arrested for Working as Hitmen. telesurenglish.net A series of arrests last week brought down 15 members of a criminal group made up of local police officers working as drug dealers and hitmen in Guatemala. | RELATED: | At Least 18 Killed in Guatemala as Truck Plows into Crowd | Leaders of the "Los Patrones" network Miguel Antonio Solan Solis and Sonia Haydee Lainez Aguilar de Salan, a marrie…

Dean Baker (2019-03-29). To Readers, $X Billion Just Means 'a Whole Lot of Money'. commondreams.org In reality, the shares are 1.5 percent for SNAP, 0.4 percent for TANF and 0.4 percent for foreign aid. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-03-29). Puerto Ricans Struggle to Buy Food as Federal Aid Dwindles. truthdig.com BAYAMON, Puerto Rico—Iraida Vargas can no longer afford the two kinds of insulin her aging mother needs and has stopped buying fresh fruit and vegetables as billions of dollars in federal funds that help Puerto Ricans buy food, get medical treatment and recover from Hurricane Maria dwindle despite pleas from the U.S. territory that Congress take action. | Vargas and her family are among the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans feeling the sting of what the territorial government says are insufficient federal funds to help the island recover from the Category 4 storm amid a 12-year recession. Her 83-year-o…

teleSUR (2019-03-29). UN Official: Secret Khashoggi Trial Violates International Law. telesurenglish.net The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, has called out Saudi Arabia on holding secretive judicial hearings for the 11 suspects accused of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. | RELATED: | MBS Approved 'Intervention' Against Dissidents Before Khashoggi Murder: Report | Callamard, who is leading the international inquiry regarding Khashoggi's death, said that unless the hearings are open to the public, t…

Robert Pollin (2019-03-29). Healthcare for Everyone and It Will Cost Less: The Economic Case for Medicare for All. commondreams.org "Other countries currently provide good health care to residents at a fraction of the U.S. cost," writes Pollin. "As of 2017, the U.S. spent $3.3 trillion on health care—17% of gross domestic product. Germany, France, Japan, Canada, the U.K., Australia, Spain and Italy spent between 9% and 11% of GDP on health care. Yet some measures—like those based on the amenable mortality rate, which tracks medically preventable deaths—rank the U.S. well below those countries." (Photo: National Nurses United/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

The Conversation (2019-03-29). Born in the USA, White Nationalism is Now a Global Terror Threat. theantimedia.com (CONVERSATION) — The recent massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand is the latest confirmation that white supremacy is a danger to democratic societies across the globe. Despite President Donald Trump's suggestion that white nationalist terrorism is not a major problem, recent data from the United Nations, University of Chicago and other sources show the opposite. As more people embrace a …

Gerald Epstein (2019-03-29). Trump's 2020 Budget Rewards the Wealthiest Individuals. zcomm.org For the first time in decades, we have a set of policies that provide a basis for discussion, and progressives running for election and moving legislation, that could, if implemented, make a big difference…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-29). Roaming Charges: Rachel Maddow and the Muellers of Invention. counterpunch.org Robert Mueller became like a Hollywood green screen that people could project their fantasies upon, none more baroquely than the doyenne of MSDNC Rachel Maddow, who her rode her CGI version of Mueller to the top of the cable ratings. Maddow's Mueller wasn't the man who spread fatal myths about Iraqi WMDs, targeted and infiltrated radical environmental groups, concocted elaborate plots to entrap Muslims in fake terrorism cases and ran roughshod over basic constitutional rights while he was a top federal prosecutor and FBI director. Maddow's Mueller was a man of her own invention. Her Mueller was stoic, fearless an…

Pie for the People-Santa Cruz (2019-03-29). Pie for the People – Santa Cruz: TransFamilies Benefit. indybay.org Homeless Garden Project Farm | Shaffer Rd at Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Glencore's dirty tricks exposed. greenleft.org.au Days after Glencore, the largest mining company in the world, announced an annual cap on thermal coal, details of its well-funded pro-coal campaign emerged. | Anti-coal campaigners have demanded reforms to limit the abuse of money politics. | On March 8 The Guardian revealed that Glencore hired the C|T Group to spread pro-coal and anti-renewables messages across supposedly grassroots Facebook groups an…

plenglish (2019-03-29). Venezuela to Armor for Electric System for People's Peace. plenglish.com Caracas, March 29 (Prensa Latina) President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, ratified this Friday the efforts of the Executive to protect the national energetic system, after the recent attacks that left without electric fluid to a good part of the country.

WSWS (2019-03-29). Emboldened by Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro orders military to celebrate 1964 coup. wsws.org Fresh from his White House reception, Bolsonaro's fascist rhetoric expresses a consensus within wide layers of the ruling class that the military is the only force that can rule Brazil.

plenglish (2019-03-29). Bolivia Reaffirms Non-Interference in Venezuela's Affairs. plenglish.com La Paz, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Deputy Foreign Minister Carmen Almendras reaffirmed her country"s position in defense of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, while the pressures of the United States and regional allied governments currently persist.

Dan Bacher (2019-03-29). Trump administration sues State Water Board over 'failure' to comply with CEQA. indybay.org "The Trump administration is suing California for trying to restore water flows for salmon in the Bay Delta and San Joaquin under California's law," said Regina Chichizola of Save California's Salmon in a Facebook post. "This is a direct threat to state's rights and threatens similar processes in the Sacramento, Shasta, Eel and Russian Rivers."

WSWS (2019-03-29). UK Conservatives' rampant Islamophobia and racism covered up by party tops, downplayed by media. wsws.org The Conservative Party has a long history of whipping up racism in a divide-and-conquer strategy to legitimise its policies of austerity, militarism and war.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-29). US Airstrikes Kill Over 50 People in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Officials very much want to brand the ISIS battle in Syria as "over," so long as it is understood that it won't involve withdrawing forces or ending anything in practice. The village of Baghouz, however, continues to be the center of conflict. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US forces attacked some …

RT (2019-03-29). Nigerian brothers paid to beat up Jussie Smollett 'might have worn WHITEFACE,' lawyer says. rt.com Jussie Smollett's lawyer has explained the holes in the actor's account of the "hate crime" he's accused of staging by claiming his attackers — two Nigerian men who Smollett insisted were white — could have worn white makeup.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'. greenleft.org.au On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…

Unitarian Universalist Forum Committee (2019-03-29). 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 (2019-03-29). If You Cannot Trust Saudis With Bone Saw, Says US Lawmaker, 'You Should Not Trust Them With Nuclear Weapons'. commondreams.org The revelation that the Trump administration secretly authorized several U.S. companies to sell nuclear technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia is generating alarm over ongoing negotiations about a broader deal that critics worry could eventually lead to a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-03-29). 'Ridiculous bulls**t': Trump unloads on Dems in post-Mueller MAGA victory lap. rt.com US President Donald Trump has come down heavily on Democrats for spinning the Russiagate narrative in his first Make America Great Again rally after the Mueller probe turned up no trace of collusion.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-29). As Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan Reaches for Golden Parachute, Warren Says 'If He Broke the Law, He Should Go to Jail Like Anyone Else'. commondreams.org Amid news that Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan was resigning following several scandals at the bank, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for the executive to be held accountable for his mismanagement, instead of walking away with the customary "golden parachute" given to departing Wall Street power brokers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-03-29). Mounting warnings of a global recession. wsws.org Bloomberg has reported that the amount of global bonds with negative yields has topped $10 trillion, an indication of the growing uncertainty in financial markets.

susan_p (2019-03-29). New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%. greenleft.org.au The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…

Jack Peat (2019-03-29). Brexit Has Ceased to be the "Will of the People": Study. globalresearch.ca Brexit has ceased to be the "will of the people", analysis of British Social Attitudes Survey respondents has suggested. | National Centre for Social Research data found 55 per cent of Brits would vote Remain in a second referendum, with just …

Santa Cruz News (2019-03-29). 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.

plenglish (2019-03-29). Colombian Government in Trouble over Objection to Peace Law. plenglish.com Bogota, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) The questioned objection of the Colombian government to the Statutory Law of the Special Peace Justice (JEP) seems Friday to be meant to be buried in the Congress of the Republic.

susan_p (2019-03-29). Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power? greenleft.org.au For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.

Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party (2019-03-29). The Green New Deal: A Step Towards Ecological Socialism? indybay.org Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA…

plenglish (2019-03-29). Venezuelans Resume Work Activities after Electric Power Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans are resuming work activities on Friday after two days of interruption due to the electric power sabotage perpetrated on March 25 against the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant (El Guri).

2019-03-29: Social Media Postees

War, Peace and Presidential Candidates
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn't stopped the war yet,…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/war-peace-and-presidential-candidates/

Pelosi and McConnell: Cranking Up Bipartisan Madness for NATO
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
When Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint session of Congress, they had every reason to expect the April 3 speech to be a big hit with U.S. media and political elites. The establishment is eager to affirm the sanctity of support for the…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/pelosi-and-mcconnell-cranking-up-bipartisan-madness-for-nato-2/

Russia Defies US Threats Over Venezuela
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Trump insists Russia 'get out' of Venezuela; Vijay Prashad says Russia is protecting its own economic interests, billions in outstanding loans…
therealnews.com/stories/russia-defies-us-threats-over-venezuela

Guterres lauds UN peacekeeping, highlights need to bridge 'critical' gaps
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
United Nations Peacekeeping missions are working flat out and need to be made "stronger and safer", Secretary-General António Guterres told a major ministerial pledging conference on Friday, stressing that "critical" gaps must be bridged, so they can deliver better, on behalf of the people they serve.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035741

A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel's Annexation of the Syrian Golan
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Phyllis Bennis explains that Trump's decision is a setback for peace all over the world. The US has isolated itself diplomatically in support of Netanyahu's campaign to win the elections, but recovery will be long…
therealnews.com/stories/a-dangerous-precedent-us-recognition-of-israels-annexation-of-the-syrian-golan

Stand By for Space Wars
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
There was much international news in mid-March, although little of it was encouraging for those who prefer peace to war, handshakes to saber-rattling, and cooperation to confrontation. On March 27 India's Prime Minister Modi tweeted with nauseating smugness that his forces had destroyed a satellite in earth orbit at a height of 300 kilometers (the International Space…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/stand-by-for-space-wars/

Redacted Tonight Highlights New Laws That Target Pipeline Protesters with $Millon Fines, 10 Years in Jail
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-29
Big Oil, working through ALEC in at least eight states, decided to up the ante in an attempt to ensure that no other massive petroleum or natural gas project ever gets canceled because of protesters risking life, limb, and lengthy prison time and fines.
mintpressnews.com/big-oil-targeting-pipeline-protesters/256733/

Palestinians Commemorate Land Day 2019. Gazans Protest against Israeli Aggression and Suffocating Blockade
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Since last weekend, Israeli warplanes preemptively terror-bombed Gaza and Aleppo's Sheikh Najar region overnight, causing material damage, according to Syria's Defense Ministry. | For Netanyahu, it's all about wanting his resume as a warrior burnished ahead of upcoming April 9 elections …
globalresearch.ca/palestinians-commemorate-land-day-2019-gazans-protest-against-israeli-aggression-and-suffocating-blockade/5673069

Gaza, Stonewall: Izzy Mustafa on Why People Rise Up
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Every Friday since March 30, 2018, in what's known as the Great March of Return, Palestinians in Gaza come to the Israeli border fence to protest nearly twelve years of a blockade that has made Gaza into what's often called the world's largest open-air prison. They also come to invoke UN Resolution 194, their right…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/gaza-stonewall-izzy-mustafa-on-why-people-rise-up/

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Great Return March
Canadian Boat to Gaza | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
On the first anniversary of the beginning of the #GreatReturnMarch protests by Palestinians in Gaza to mark #LandDay on March 30, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition stands in solidarity with our Palestinian friends who are demanding full freedom of movement, including …
globalresearch.ca/freedom-flotilla-coalition-shoulder-shoulder-great-return-march/5673079

EU's Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?
Danny O'Brien | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright …
globalresearch.ca/eus-parliament-disastrous-internet-law/5672857

Sudan: Anti-Government Protesters Teargassed By Riot Police
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-29
Sudanese protesters demonstrating in the Burri and Bahri and Omdurman regions of the capital Khartoum were reportedly teargassed by riot police Thursday, according to AFP citing witnesses. | RELATED: | Human Rights Org Urges Tunisia to Turn Over al-Bashir to ICC | "Protesters chanted anti-government slogans as they gathered in Madani's main market, but…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudan-Anti-Government-Protesters-Teargassed-By-Riot-Police-20190329-0002.html

Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises–An Anomaly in Presidential Politics
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment–education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…
therealnews.com/stories/kamala-harris-calls-for-teacher-raises-an-anomaly-in-presidential-politics

On My Visit to New Zealand: Can Christchurch Heal Our Collective Wounds?
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
I visited the city of Christchurch on May 23, 2018, as part of a larger speaking tour in New Zealand that also took me to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin. New Zealand is an exceptional country, different from other countries that are often lumped under the generalized designation of the 'western world.' Almost immediately after…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/on-my-visit-to-new-zealand-can-christchurch-heal-our-collective-wounds/

Russiagate: A Trump-Boosting Triumph of Diversion and Inauthentic Opposition?
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Did the Russian government make some efforts to intervene on Donald Trump's behalf in the 2016 United States presidential election? Has Trump's behavior toward Russia been odd, to say the least, for a U.S. president? Has Trump had significant financial ties to Russian oligarchs linked to Vladimir Putin? Does Putin very possibly have something on Trump?
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/russiagate-a-trump-boosting-triumph-of-diversion-and-inauthentic-opposition/

Guaido Set to Enact Uprising Rooted in US Regime-Change Operations Manual
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-29
With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions — such as those described in the RED Team document — are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela.
mintpressnews.com/guaido-us-regime-change-venezuela/256747/

Syria's Rukban Now Little More than a US-Controlled Concentration Camp — and the Pentagon Won't Let Refugees Leave
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
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 …
globalresearch.ca/syrias-rukban-us-controlled-concentration-camp-pentagon-wont-let-refugees-leave/5673032

Reconstructing the history of the electricity sabotage in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Fictitious narratives spun by the opposition failed to go viral in social media–such as those showing images of people apparently collecting water from the Guaire River, which is not suitable for consumption. A report made by the Catia TV team, debunked this false story. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/28/reconstructing-the-history-of-the-electricity-sabotage-in-venezuela/

Why Was Guaido Barred from Holding Public Office for 15 Years?>
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-29
Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso announced Thursday that the opposition politician Juan Guaido has been barred from holding public office for 15 years over irregularities in his financial activities. | RELATED: | Fake Photos of Venezuelan Health Situation on Social Media: AFP | This decision was taken "considering that the deputy Juan Guaido has r…
telesurenglish.net/news/Why-Was-Guaido-Barred-from-Holding-Public-Office-for-15-Years-20190329-0009.html

Russia Officially Rubbished Alt-Media's False Reports About a Venezuelan Base. Reality Check
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Contrary to the high hopes that many in the Alt-Media Community had for a Russian base in Venezuela after false reports and "analytical" innuendo were spread about this possibility, Moscow officially denied that it's planning to permanently base its military …
globalresearch.ca/russia-false-reports-venezuelan-base/5673001

Financial Press: Boeing Should Charge Passengers Extra Not to Crash
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-29
A contributing cause of the crashes is widely reported to be the lack of sensors and other safety features that Boeing sells as pricey optional upgrades, effectively creating a two-tier safety standard in the aviation industry, where airlines serving less wealthy clientele employ aircraft more prone to crashing.
mintpressnews.com/boeing-charge-passengers-safety/256741/

Trump Admin Complementing Israeli Effort to Give Nuclear Weapons to Saudi Arabia
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-29
Already seven of the 10 countries in the world with the highest military budgets are in the Middle East. The development of nuclear weapons in Saudi Arabia has many speculating that it could mark the beginning of an even more dangerous era for the war-torn region.
mintpressnews.com/israel-saudi-arabia-nuclear-weapons-2/256761/

Russia Was Never the Real Scandal
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Robert Mueller won't be filing any more indictments related to the "Russiagate" investigation. Though the search unearthed ample evidence that Russia wanted Trump to become president — and hints that some members of Trump World were perhaps aware of this — the recent summary declared no concrete findings that the two camps knowingly "colluded." The…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/russia-was-never-the-real-scandal/

A socialist orientation: The collapse of the Trump-Russia hoax and the need for an independent movement
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-29
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/

Russiagate and the 1980s Crack Epidemic
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
The release of the Mueller report and its conclusion that President Donald J. Trump and his top aides did not collude with Russia has prompted some important critical reflection on the American media and its penchant for sensationalism. Sean Davis, a cofounder of The Federalist, published an article in the Wall Street Journal on March 26thtitled…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/russiagate-and-the-1980s-crack-epidemic/

Mueller, Russiagate and the 2020 Elections
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
In horror movies, the monster can usually be dispatched in only one way. A werewolf requires a silver bullet. A vampire will only stay dead with a stake through the heart. The Blob shrivels in contact with the icy cold. For many opponents of Donald Trump, the report by special counsel Robert Mueller was supposed…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/mueller-russiagate-and-the-2020-elections/

Republicans are obstructing attempts to get the full Mueller report
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-29
WASHINGTON — Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller's full report Thursday after learning the special counsel's findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of total exoneration based on a four-page summary by his attorney general. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was told by Attorney General …
peoplesworld.org/article/republicans-are-obstructing-attempts-to-get-the-full-mueller-report/

Russiagate: Tragedy, Not Farce
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
The left is an uplifting space of solidarity because it is a place that keeps track of the least of us in a way the mainstream media will not. It is very hard to find anything beyond opportunism in a mainstream media who is obsessed over a non-story like Russiagate. One has to wonder though…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/russiagate-tragedy-not-farce/

Video: Lider-class Destroyer — A New Face of Russian Surface Fleet
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
The Russian military leadership continues employing its maritime doctrine, an important part of which is the strengthening of the surface fleet. | As was recently revealed, Moscow is planning to build two units of project 23560 (i.e. Lider-class nuclear-powered destroyers) by …
globalresearch.ca/lider-class-destroyer-russian-surface-fleet/5672937

Adam Schiff Delivers Massive Smackdown on Trump
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-03-29
President Trump held his first rally since mid-February on Thursday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sounding alternately buoyant and furious, he took a big victory lap and declared himself to have "won" against the witch hunt. In an extended rant right out of the gate he proclaimed: | After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over. The Special Counsel has completed his report and found no collusion, no obstruction … Total exoneration, complete vindication. … | The Russia witch hunt was a plan by those who lost the election to take power by frami…
truthout.org/articles/adam-schiff-delivers-massive-smackdown-on-trump/

Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate–How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 3–'The Tangled Threads of Russia-gate'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-29
Once a Washington groupthink takes hold, as it has in the fervent belief about Russia-gate, respect for facts and logic fly out the window since all these important people can't be wrong, wrote Robert Parry on Dec. 5, 2017. The… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/28/consortium-news-record-on-russia-gate-how-cn-covered-the-scandal-no-3-the-tangled-threads-of-russia-gate/

Brazil Judge Takes on Fresh Corruption Compliant Against Temer
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-29
A Brazilian judge has taken on a new case of corruption against the country's former President Michel Temer Thursday. | RELATED: | Brazilian Ex-President Temer Released by Appeals Court | The decision of Judge Rodrigo Bentemuller is bas…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Judge-Takes-on-Fresh-Corruption-Compliant-Against-Temer-20190329-0010.html

Brazilian president to commemorate 1964 fascist military coup
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Brazilians took to social media following the news calling out Bolsonaro for "celebrating" the military dictatorship and its coup using the hashtag #DitaduraNuncaMais (No More Dictatorship). | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/28/brazilian-president-to-commemorate-1964-fascist-military-coup/

Brazil: 55 Years after the Overthrow of Democratically Elected President Joao Goulart, the New Far-right President, Jair Bolsonaro Has Announced a Celebration of the 1964 Military Coup
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Brazil: 55 years after the army staged a coup on 31 March 1964 and overthrew President Joao Goulart, the new far-right President, Jair Bolsonaro has announced a celebration of this said event. There can be no doubt about the active …
globalresearch.ca/brazil-overthrow-president-joao-goulart-far-right-president-jair-bolsonaro-celebration-1964-military-coup/5673022

Can You Spare $11.6 Billion? Lebanon's Loans and Luxury Car Sales Paradox
Paul Cochrane | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Lebanon managed to borrow $11.6 billion at the Cedre donor conference last year, the majority from the World Bank and Europe. After a nine month wait to form a government, Beirut now has to implement the lenders' conditionalities: economic reforms. What do you do as, say, a European institutional lender if Lebanon renegades on its…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/can-you-spare-11-6-billion-lebanons-loans-and-luxury-car-sales-paradox/

Democratic (Party) Socialism
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
No sooner had last November's midterm election concluded than the next round in the electoral circus, focused on choosing the Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2020, got underway. After having worked triple overtime for nearly two seemingly endless years (since even before Trump's Inauguration), by New Year's Day, the nation's junk mailboxes were full of it again, gathering in candidates' pleas for money full throttle, along with the usual never-ending spam.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/democratic-party-socialism/

Woodstock at 50
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
In a few, short months, on August 15, 50 years will have passed since Woodstock (known formally as the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition), a defining cultural event of the 1960s and a defining event of the baby boom generation, took place. It took 43 years for me to get to the…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/woodstock-at-50/

The Cuban Nationalization of US Property in 1960: the Historical and Global Context
Charles McKelvey | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
In moving toward at least partial implementation of Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, the Trump administration has resurrected the issue of Cuban nationalization of U.S. properties in Cuba in 1960. The conflict between the United States and Cuba over the nationalized U.S. properties is a particular case in a historic and still unfolding…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/the-cuban-nationalization-of-us-property-in-1960-the-historical-and-global-context/

Julius Jones's Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass in football: one last desperate, prayerful attempt imploring our legal system to give him a chance — before he's executed — to…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/julius-joness-hail-mary-to-avoid-a-21st-century-style-lynching/

Why Recycling is a 'Pseudo-Solution' to Reducing Plastic Waste
Anna Buss | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Decades of consumerism, fueled by the concept of short-term convenience, has left our planet drowning in plastic waste. Much of it is used just once and then thrown away, polluting oceans and contaminating our bodies. At the center of this problem lies the effectiveness of eliminating plastic while its production remains high and there are…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/why-recycling-is-a-pseudo-solution-to-reducing-plastic-waste/

Cold War in the Land of Oil
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Ever since oil became the defining energy source for wartime militaries during World War Two, the world's politically and economically dominant nations have done their best to control those nations where oil is located. This control was originally achieved through arrangements that were essentially colonial n nature. The host governments in the oil-rich nations agreed…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/cold-war-in-the-land-of-oil/

Me and the Maoists
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
As I was reading through You Say You Want a Revolution: SDS, PL, and Adventures in Building a Worker-Student Alliance for a review in last week's CounterPunch, I kept emailing co-author John Levin about my connections to a number of the 23 mini-memoir contributors to this essential volume. It got to the point when John asked…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/me-and-the-maoists/

Of Estella Leopold and a "Fierce Green Fire" for the Earth
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
This week, I am thrilled to launch the first of a four-part podcast featuring Estella Leopold, daughter of conservationist, writer, and philosopher Aldo Leopold. Last summer I traveled to Seattle for a conversation about her amazing life and adventures. At 92 years of age, and still frequenting her lab at the University of Washington's Quaternary…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/of-estella-leopold-and-a-fierce-green-fire-for-the-earth/

The Revolution Must be Fun
Susan Babbitt | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
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'sabout a…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/the-revolution-must-be-fun/

We're All Lab Rats in the Government's Secret Experiments
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
"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 recognize them for what they are until it's too late." — Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/were-all-lab-rats-in-the-governments-secret-experiments/

Re: The Green New Deal: First, Shoot the Economists
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Soon to be released research from the United Nations is expected to place species loss, a/k/a mass extinction, as an environmental threat equal to or greater than climate change. Industrial agriculture— vast expanses of monoculture crops managed with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, will feature prominently as a cause. This plant agriculture supplies people with increasingly toxic and processed food and antibiotic and hormone dependent factory farms with animal feed. Together, these link the model of capitalist efficiency economists have been selling for the last two centuries to environmental c…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/re-the-green-new-deal-first-shoot-the-economists/

The Coldest Spot on Earth, Melting
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Global warming is a fact of life that haunts society with consequences that hit hard, exponentially, but where nobody lives. It is happening hyper fast, and it's downright scary as major ecosystems of the planet turn upside down in nasty fashion. But none of the ecosystems has the punch of East Antarctica. Its clout is…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/the-coldest-spot-on-earth-melting/

Trump Trades Arab Lives for Netanyahu Votes
Laila Ujayli | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
In blatant violation of international law, Donald Trump has recognized Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The order came in the midst of a renewed wave of violence in the Gaza Strip, with Israel responding to rocket attacks …
globalresearch.ca/trump-trades-arab-lives-netanyahu-votes/5673052

Lebanon Decides to Confront Israel and the US in Shebaa, Kfarshouba and Syria
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Lebanese Judge Ahmad Mezher has given orders that a survey be conducted of Lebanese occupied territories in the Shebaa Farms, Kfarshouba, Huneen, Ideise and Bleeda. These villages are bordering Hasbaiya, Rashaya al-Fukhar and Kiyam and have been under Israeli occupation …
globalresearch.ca/lebanon-decides-confront-israel-us-shebaa-kfarshouba-syria/5673047

Welcome to Hell: Peruvian Mining City of La Rinconada
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
No one can agree how high above the sea level that La Rinconada really lies at: 5,300 meters or 5,200 meters? On the access road, a metal plate says 5,015. But who really cares? It is indisputably the highest settlement …
globalresearch.ca/weclome-hell-peruvian-mining-city-la-rinconada/5672881

Vatican Archives on Ustasha Ratlines to be Opened
Tanjug | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
The archives in question will be opened on March 2, 2020. | And while historians around the world are already preparing to record parts of the pope's documents explaining his role in the Holocaust, Croatia and the region will probably be …
globalresearch.ca/vatican-archives-ustasha-ratlines/5673002

Annual Lobbying on "Pro-Israel", A Major Force in US Foreign Affairs: Summary for 2018

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
One of, if not the most, powerful international issue lobby is that of the pro-Israel crowd. Well-financed and politically powerful, the pro-Israel lobby is a major force on American foreign affairs that looks to continue America's military and fiscal support …
globalresearch.ca/annual-lobbying-pro-israel-summary-2018/5672854

Pentagon Audit: Evidence Proving $21 Trillion Unaccounted For — Opening Statement
David DeGraw | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
According to United States government documents, since 1998, the Office of the Inspector General has reported $21 Trillion in unaccounted for money. | As unbelievable and absurd as that sounds, the actual total of unaccounted for money at the Pentagon is …
globalresearch.ca/pentagon-audit-evidence-proving-21-trillion-unaccounted-for-opening-statement/5669206

NATO's Extensive War Crimes against Yugoslavia: "World of Equals" Calls NATO to Account
Tiphaine Dickson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
In March of 1999, NATO, at the behest of President Bill Clinton, unleashed an aerial assault on Serbia under the pretext of "humanitarian intervention." This led to massive destruction and heavy loss of life. | The attack violated international law …
globalresearch.ca/natos-extensive-war-crimes-against-yugoslavia-world-of-equals-calls-nato-to-account/5673005

Ambassador Jaafari Crushes Trump's Tweet on Syria's Golan, Flagrant Violation, Contempt for International Law
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
His Excellency Bashar al Jaafari issued an urgent statement on Syria's Golan, via a UN stake out, 22 March 2019. While maintaining his immaculate standard of professional diplomat, the Syrian ambassador crushed US President Donald J. Trump's " irresponsible …
globalresearch.ca/jaafari-golan-trump-tweet-international-law/5673010

Trump vs. Powell: How Independent Really Is the Fed?
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
The following article appeared in the February 2019 issue of the European Financial Review. | It's main theme is to show that the Fed, like all central banks, is not independent–of either government or private banking interests pressures–quite contrary to …
globalresearch.ca/trump-vs-powell-how-independent-really-is-the-fed/5673037

Video: Puerto Rico Faces a Flood of Fracked Gas in Wake of Hurricane Maria
Dimitri Lascaris | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Dimitri Lascaris: This is Dimitri Lascars reporting for The Real News Network. | Media have descended on Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island a year and a half ago, and many reported on its struggle to rebuild its energy …
globalresearch.ca/puerto-rico-fracked-gas-wake-hurricane-maria/5673015

The 1994 Rwandan Genocide: Jean Leonard Teganya, a Rwandan in Boston's Federal Court
Aimable Mugara | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Genocide is among the worst possible crimes. Victims of genocide and crimes against humanity deserve to see the perpetrators prosecuted and punished. However, the innocent must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, despite the seriousness of the alleged crime. | No …
globalresearch.ca/jean-leonard-teganya-rwandan-bostons-federal-court/5673039

The Logic of Annexation: Israel and the Golan Heights
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Any measure of annexation is based on the extension of a military's boots. Diplomats tend to be silenced before the noise of tanks, weaponry and garrisons. Countries may claim to possess territory but can only dream in the absence of …
globalresearch.ca/annexation-israel-golan-heights/5673018

The sunrise will be the same for those who wake and those who never will
The Tricontinental | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Disregard by the dominant powers of human lives in places such as Iraq has a long history. It goes back a hundred years. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/28/the-sunrise-will-be-the-same-for-those-who-wake-and-those-who-never-will/

Reentry to the Iran Nuclear Deal Emerging as Consensus Position
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/03/29/reentry-iran-nuclear-deal-emerging-consensus-position?cd-origin=rss

Singing in a cage is possible and so is happiness
The Tricontinental | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Once more, punctually, Israel–with the vengeance of Zeus–has begun to bomb Gaza, from which the sounds and smells of war are never absent due to Israeli bombings. It helps Israel that the United States is fully behind its policy of annihilation. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/28/singing-in-a-cage-is-possible-and-so-is-happiness/

Ebola cases rising in DR Congo, but UN health agency cites progress in community trust-building
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
A rise in new cases of deadly Ebola virus disease in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been announced, while authorities say that progress is being made in accessing communities that have been wary of outside help, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035721

BBC director general warns that the broadcaster is losing its reputation
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-03-29
BBC director general Tony Hall has warned that the publicly funded broadcaster is losing its reputation. Hall, who occupies the most powerful position at … | Read more BBC director general warns that the broadcaster is losing its reputation | By James Wright…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/03/29/bbc-director-general-warns-that-the-broadcaster-is-losing-its-reputation/

SHAWN "JAY-Z" CARTER NAMED PRESIDENT'S AWARD RECIPIENT FOR 50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-03-29
NAACP PRESIDENT DERRICK JOHNSON TO PRESENT THE AWARD DURING LIVE TV SPECIAL, MARCH 30, 2019 ON TV ONE ADDITIONAL PRESENTERS TO INCLUDE VIOLA DAVIS, JOHN LEGEND, ISSA RAE, LUPITA NYONG'O, DANAI GURIRA, AND VAN JONES LOS ANGELES (March 28, 2019) — The NAACP today announced that globally dominant pop culture icon Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter will …
naacp.org/latest/shawn-jay-z-carter-named-presidents-award-recipient-50th-naacp-image-awards/

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has the GOP Rattled
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-29
Hillary Clinton is no longer the most targeted Republican foe–that dubious honor, ahead of the 2020 election, belongs to freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | The New York Democrat's rise to prominence in the GOP mind was on full display Thursday evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where President Donald Trump held a "rambling and lie-filled rally," as Common Dreams reported early Friday. | Before the president took the stage, however, his son Donald Trump, Jr., warmed…
truthdig.com/articles/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-has-the-gop-rattled/

The NYPD Union's War Against Parole Reform
Natasha Lennard | thenation.com | 2019-03-29
The NYPD Union's War Against Parole Reform…
thenation.com/article/nypd-parole-lynch-herman-bell/

Puerto Ricans Struggle to Buy Food as Federal Aid Dwindles
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-29
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico–Iraida Vargas can no longer afford the two kinds of insulin her aging mother needs and has stopped buying fresh fruit and vegetables as billions of dollars in federal funds that help Puerto Ricans buy food, get medical treatment and recover from Hurricane Maria dwindle despite pleas from the U.S. territory that Congress take action. | Vargas and her family are among the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans feeling the sting of what the territorial government says are insufficient federal funds to help the island recover from the Category 4 storm amid a 12-year recession. Her 83-year-o…
truthdig.com/articles/puerto-ricans-struggle-to-buy-food-as-federal-aid-dwindles/

To Readers, $X Billion Just Means 'a Whole Lot of Money'
Dean Baker | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
In reality, the shares are 1.5 percent for SNAP, 0.4 percent for TANF and 0.4 percent for foreign aid. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/29/readers-x-billion-just-means-whole-lot-money?cd-origin=rss

UN Official: Secret Khashoggi Trial Violates International Law
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-29
The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, has called out Saudi Arabia on holding secretive judicial hearings for the 11 suspects accused of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. | RELATED: | MBS Approved 'Intervention' Against Dissidents Before Khashoggi Murder: Report | Callamard, who is leading the international inquiry regarding Khashoggi's death, said that unless the hearings are open to the public, t…
telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Official-Secret-Khashoggi-Trial-Violates-International-Law-20190329-0007.html

Healthcare for Everyone and It Will Cost Less: The Economic Case for Medicare for All
Robert Pollin | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
"Other countries currently provide good health care to residents at a fraction of the U.S. cost," writes Pollin. "As of 2017, the U.S. spent $3.3 trillion on health care—17% of gross domestic product. Germany, France, Japan, Canada, the U.K., Australia, Spain and Italy spent between 9% and 11% of GDP on health care. Yet some measures—like those based on the amenable mortality rate, which tracks medically preventable deaths—rank the U.S. well below those countries." (Photo: National Nurses United/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/29/healthcare-everyone-and-it-will-cost-less-economic-case-medicare-all?cd-origin=rss

The Green New Deal: A Step Towards Ecological Socialism?
Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party | indybay.org | 2019-03-29
Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/28/18822322.php

Electric Service Restored in Several Venezuelan States
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-29
Caracas, March 29 (Prensa Latina) Regional authorities reported electric service has been restored in the Venezuelan states of Yaracuy, Sucre, Merida and the Paez (Miranda) and Vargas municipalities, after the attack on the National Electric System (SEN) on March 25.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

March 29 — Brexit Day
Julian Rose | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
I'm in the UK on my farm. Tomorrow, 29th March, is 'Brexit Day'. But the reality is far from it — in fact the UK is faced by a constitutional crisis — as the 29th March quitting the EU was …
globalresearch.ca/march-29-brexit-day/5672997

Lula Says It Is Time to Confront Extreme Right on Streets
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-29
Brasilia, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been in prison for nearly one year for alleged corruption, is convinced that it is time to confront the extreme right on the streets.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

US Airstrikes Kill Over 50 People in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-29
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Officials very much want to brand the ISIS battle in Syria as "over," so long as it is understood that it won't involve withdrawing forces or ending anything in practice. The village of Baghouz, however, continues to be the center of conflict. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US forces attacked some …

US Airstrikes Kill Over 50 People in Syria

Requirements for Venezuelan to Enter Ecuador No Longer in Force
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-29
Quito, March 29 (Prensa Latina) The requirements imposed by the authorities for a few months to Venezuelans who intend to enter Ecuador, will cease to be in force because of a Constitutional Court ruling.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Colombian Government in Trouble over Objection to Peace Law
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-29
Bogota, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) The questioned objection of the Colombian government to the Statutory Law of the Special Peace Justice (JEP) seems Friday to be meant to be buried in the Congress of the Republic.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuelans Resume Work Activities after Electric Power Sabotage
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-29
Caracas, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans are resuming work activities on Friday after two days of interruption due to the electric power sabotage perpetrated on March 25 against the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Power Plant (El Guri).
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Mounting warnings of a global recession
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
Bloomberg has reported that the amount of global bonds with negative yields has topped $10 trillion, an indication of the growing uncertainty in financial markets.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

If You Cannot Trust Saudis With Bone Saw, Says US Lawmaker, 'You Should Not Trust Them With Nuclear Weapons'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
The revelation that the Trump administration secretly authorized several U.S. companies to sell nuclear technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia is generating alarm over ongoing negotiations about a broader deal that critics worry could eventually lead to a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/29/if-you-cannot-trust-saudis-bone-saw-says-us-lawmaker-you-should-not-trust-them?cd-origin=rss

Bolivia Reaffirms Non-Interference in Venezuela's Affairs
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-29
La Paz, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Deputy Foreign Minister Carmen Almendras reaffirmed her country"s position in defense of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, while the pressures of the United States and regional allied governments currently persist.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Trump's 2020 Budget Rewards the Wealthiest Individuals
Gerald Epstein | zcomm.org | 2019-03-29
For the first time in decades, we have a set of policies that provide a basis for discussion, and progressives running for election and moving legislation, that could, if implemented, make a big difference…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trumps-2020-budget-rewards-the-wealthiest-individuals/

Roaming Charges: Rachel Maddow and the Muellers of Invention
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Robert Mueller became like a Hollywood green screen that people could project their fantasies upon, none more baroquely than the doyenne of MSDNC Rachel Maddow, who her rode her CGI version of Mueller to the top of the cable ratings. Maddow's Mueller wasn't the man who spread fatal myths about Iraqi WMDs, targeted and infiltrated radical environmental groups, concocted elaborate plots to entrap Muslims in fake terrorism cases and ran roughshod over basic constitutional rights while he was a top federal prosecutor and FBI director. Maddow's Mueller was a man of her own invention. Her Mueller was stoic, fearless an…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/roaming-charges-rachel-maddow-and-the-muellers-of-invention/

'Truth was the real take-away from Mueller': RT America's Sanchez tackles Russiagate (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-29
RT America host Rick Sanchez has broken down the true lessons of the Robert Mueller probe and Russiagate, revealing why he believes Russia was pegged as the US's "exclusive boogieman." | …
rt.com/usa/455101-rick-sanchez-response-mueller-probe/

As Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan Reaches for Golden Parachute, Warren Says 'If He Broke the Law, He Should Go to Jail Like Anyone Else'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
Amid news that Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan was resigning following several scandals at the bank, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for the executive to be held accountable for his mismanagement, instead of walking away with the customary "golden parachute" given to departing Wall Street power brokers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/29/wells-fargo-ceo-tim-sloan-reaches-golden-parachute-warren-says-if-he-broke-law-he?cd-origin=rss

Sunday Forum: Mueller, Trump and the struggle against a fascist regime
Unitarian Universalist Forum Committee | indybay.org | 2019-03-29
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco, Ca.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/28/18822312.php

Nigerian brothers paid to beat up Jussie Smollett 'might have worn WHITEFACE,' lawyer says
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-29
Jussie Smollett's lawyer has explained the holes in the actor's account of the "hate crime" he's accused of staging by claiming his attackers — two Nigerian men who Smollett insisted were white — could have worn white makeup. | …
rt.com/usa/455021-smollett-lawyer-says-attack-whiteface/

Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…
greenleft.org.au/content/yemen-%E2%80%98we-cannot-survive-another-four-years%E2%80%99

New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-zealand-islamophobia-weapon-1

Venezuela to Armor for Electric System for People's Peace
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-29
Caracas, March 29 (Prensa Latina) President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, ratified this Friday the efforts of the Executive to protect the national energetic system, after the recent attacks that left without electric fluid to a good part of the country.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-why-us-coup-failing

Pie for the People – Santa Cruz: TransFamilies Benefit
Pie for the People-Santa Cruz | indybay.org | 2019-03-29
Homeless Garden Project Farm | Shaffer Rd at Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/27/18822294.php

UK Conservatives' rampant Islamophobia and racism covered up by party tops, downplayed by media
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
The Conservative Party has a long history of whipping up racism in a divide-and-conquer strategy to legitimise its policies of austerity, militarism and war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98love-aotearoa-hate-racism%E2%80%99-rally-draws-thousands-auckland

Trump administration sues State Water Board over 'failure' to comply with CEQA
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-03-29
"The Trump administration is suing California for trying to restore water flows for salmon in the Bay Delta and San Joaquin under California's law," said Regina Chichizola of Save California's Salmon in a Facebook post. "This is a direct threat to state's rights and threatens similar processes in the Sacramento, Shasta, Eel and Russian Rivers."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/28/18822331.php

Emboldened by Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro orders military to celebrate 1964 coup
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
Fresh from his White House reception, Bolsonaro's fascist rhetoric expresses a consensus within wide layers of the ruling class that the military is the only force that can rule Brazil.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Tamils criticise UN resolution on Sri Lanka
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expressed its "disappointment" with a March 21 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on "promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka". | There have been seven similar resolutions passed since 2009, when the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the island, ended in the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils. | According to the ATC, "very little justice has reached victims and survivors" for what it describes as "mass…
greenleft.org.au/content/tamils-criticise-un-resolution-sri-lanka

Como a Itália conquistou o ´estatuto de grande país ª
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
Em 24 de Maràßo de 1999, a sessà£o do Senado foi retomada à s 20h35 com uma comunicaàßà£o de Sergio Mattarella, entà£o Vice-Presidente do Governo de D'Alema (Ulivo — Pdci — Udeur): "Distintos Senadores, como as agências informaram, à s 18h45 comeàßaram …
globalresearch.ca/como-a-italia-conquistou-o-estatuto-de-grande-pais/5672992

UK Members of Parliament "Demote" Prime Minister Theresa May
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-29
On Wednesday, the London Guardian headlined: "MPs to vote on alternative (Brexit) plans as speculation mounts May could announce decision to quit," adding: She's "under intense pressure to set out a timetable for her departure from Downing Street…" | Theresa May…
globalresearch.ca/uk-member-of-parliament-demote-prime-minister-theresa-may/5672844