Daily Archives: March 30, 2019

2019-03-30: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-03-30). Palestinians Mark 1st Anniversary of Great March of Return. telesurenglish.net One death has been reported so far as thousands of Palestinians rallied at the Gaza-Israel border Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a surge of protests, facing off against Israeli forces massed across the frontier. | Israeli Troops fired tear gas across the border and the Israeli military said some of the estimated 20,000 demonstrators threw rocks, grenades and burning tires towards them. | Palestinian activists clad in bright orange vests tried to keep people back, though some made it to the fence. Gaza medics said one Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire before dawn on Saturday near the border…

teleSUR (2019-03-30). Venezuelans Marches in Defense of Freedom and Peace. telesurenglish.net Venezuela was holding a large mobilization Saturday, called "The Popular Operation in Defense of Freedom" in rejection of the neoliberal attacks led by the United States against the country and its elected government which have deepened in recent weeks. | One of the meeting points of the march will be in the capital's San Bernardino sector, which also includes an act in solidarity with the workers of the National Electric Corporation (Corpoelec), the government body in charge of the restoration the electric service after repeated blackouts this month, which the government has said were sabotage acts by right-w…

Canadian Peace Congress (2019-03-30). Why Canada Should Get Out of NATO. globalresearch.ca Concerns are growing across this country about the disturbing tilt in Canadian foreign policy toward increasing militarization and aggression — about our participation in foreign wars and US-led 'regime change' operations abroad, and about burgeoning defence budgets and rearmament programs, …

Katie Halper (2019-03-30). Matt Taibbi and Aaron Mat√© on How Russiagate Helped Trump. commondreams.org MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow chases the "Russiagate" story in a Jan. 2019 broadcast.(Photo: YouTube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-30). Silencing the Whistle: The Intercept Shutters Snowden Archive, Citing Cost. mintpressnews.com The closing of The Intercept's Snowden archive will likely mean the end of any future publications, unless Glenn Greenwald's rather absurd promise of finding "the right partner … that has the funds to robustly publish" is fulfilled.

Shane Quinn (2019-03-30). NATO's Unrelenting Expansion Could Trigger a Major Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca Less than two years ago Montenegro became the 29th state to join NATO, an American-led military alliance that has become a far-reaching intervention force since the USSR's demise. The accession of mighty Montenegro to NATO must have set hearts fluttering …

South Front (2019-03-30). Video: Houthis Kill or Injure 250 Saudi-backed Fighters, Capture 100 Positions in Large-scale Attack in Dhale. globalresearch.ca The Houthis captured 100 positions in the central Yemeni province of Dhale from the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies during a recent large-scale operation, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman of the pro-Houthis wing of the Yemeni Armed Forces, …

teleSUR (2019-03-30). Germany Extends Saudi Arms Export Ban, France And Britain Upset. telesurenglish.net The Germany government announced the extension of an existing ban on arms export to Saudi Arabia Thursday to further fuel recent tumultuous relations with fellow European countries. | RELATED: | UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia 'Unlawful': Parliamentary Report | "The order to halt authorized weapons exports to Saudi Arabia is extended by six months from Mar 31 to Sep 30, 2019," government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said, in a statement, regarding the additional six-month embargo pl…

STAFF (2019-03-30). Matt Taibbi and Aaron Maté on How Russiagate Helped Trump. truthdig.com The claim that President Trump engaged in collusion with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election was so pervasive and unquestioned that only a handful of journalists demonstrated the healthy skepticism required by their profession. Last week, special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on the Trump-Russia investigation to the Justice Department, which then released a four-page summary written by Attorney General William Barr. While the full report is over 300 pages, and Mueller punted on the question of obstruction, he found no evidence of collusion. Despite this, the "Russiagate" truthers, if you wi…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-30). Neoliberals and Neocons Declare "All Options on the Table" in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Even though we now know there is zero evidence Donald Trump colluded with the Russians, neocon talking heads are still babbling about the discredited conspiracy theory and working it into facile monologues. | For instance, Samatha Vinograd, a "national security" analyst …

STAFF (2019-03-30). Redacted Mueller Report Expected to Be Released by Mid-April. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation will be sent to Congress by mid-April and will not be shared with the White House beforehand, Attorney General William Barr said Friday. | Barr's timeline, included in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, sets up a possible showdown with House Democrats, who are insisting they see the full report next week. | In his letter, Barr said he shares a desire for Congress and the public to be able to read Mueller's findings, which are included in the nearly 400-page report the sp…

Jordan Shilton (2019-03-30). US Threatens Turkey over Russian S-400 Air Defence Purchase. globalresearch.ca Turkish-US relations have deteriorated in recent weeks, with Washington threatening reprisals if Ankara goes ahead with the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defence system. | Relations between the two countries have been in a downward spiral for some time—especially since …

Adolph Reed Jr. (2019-03-30). Vietnam to Venezuela: US Interventionism and the Failure of the Left. commondreams.org A boy runs past anti-American graffiti reading 'Si' signifying support for a referendum on changes to the Constitution introduced by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on December 1, 2007 in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Gustavo Villapol (2019-03-30). Juan Guaidó Confesses Being Behind the Sabotage of Venezuela's Electric System. globalresearch.ca "A confession from [America's] puppet pointing to evidence," said journalist Gustavo Villapol Wednesday, noting that the deputy of the National Assembly in contempt Juan Guaidó confessed to be behind the attacks perpetrated against …

John McEvoy (2019-03-30). Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos'. thecanary.co The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. Most journalists who come to Caracas stay in the affluent … | Read more Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos' | By John McEvoy

Miko Peled (2019-03-30). The Ongoing Battle for Palestinian Justice Spans the Globe and Plays Out on Many Fronts. mintpressnews.com AIPAC, despite continuing to spend lavishly, has lost much of its charm and, in an unprecedented move, none of the candidates running to become the Democratic Party nominee for president attended this year's AIPAC conference in Washington.

teleSUR (2019-03-30). Brazil's Judge Bars Bolsonaro's Coup Celebration. telesurenglish.net A Brazilian judge barred President Jair Bolsonaro's government Friday from commemorating the 55th anniversary of the coup that established the military dictatorship March 31. | RELATED: | Brazil's Haddad, Military Denounce Bolsonaro Coup Celebrations | Judge Ivani Silva da Luz said the planned celebration of the country's 1964 coup Sunday was not "compatible w…

John Nichols (2019-03-30). The Right to Vote Should be Guaranteed by the Constitution. thenation.com The Right to Vote Should be Guaranteed by the Constitution…

Francesco Maringià≤ (2019-03-30). China-Italy Cooperation and the "Devil's Alternative" globalresearch.ca The complex Sino-American trade negotiation is going through a period that is not turbulent but is nevertheless marked by objective difficulties: too much distance separates the American warnings from the concessions that China is willing to make without penalizing its …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-30). Syria: Is US Fighting ISIS or Liquidating Assets? globalresearch.ca That the "final stronghold" of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) resides in US occupied territory in Syria says it all. | From US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memos dating back to 2012 noting efforts to create a "Salafist" [Islamic] "principality" [State] …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-30). Angles of Tolerance: Yusuf Islam in Christchurch. globalresearch.ca Let's not be too churlish about this; but then again, let us not be ignorant. The singer once known as Cat Stevens (in pre-conversion state), and known as Yusuf Islam to others, made a considerable impression on the stage in …

Prof. Patrick Bond (2019-03-30). The BRICS New Development Bank: Corruption-riddled Development Finance. globalresearch.ca The BRICS New Development Bank is having its Annual General Meeting on 1-2 April, here in South Africa. There's information about the meeting here, including public sessions. Critics meet to discuss the Bank on 31 March — 3 …

Eoin Higgins (2019-03-30). 'We Are Running Concentration Camps': Images from El Paso Stir Outrage over Migrant Treatment. globalresearch.ca Hundreds of migrants are being held by border agents in a fenced in encampment under a bridge in El Paso, leading to anger and accusations that the American government is holding people in "concentration camps." | Images posted online by reporters …

Michael L Longenecker (2019-03-30). Concerning Humanity's Future: Interview with Nick Humphrey, Climatologist and Geoscientist. indybay.org I first discovered the writings of Meteorologist/geoscientist Nick Humphrey with his brutally honest essay The Conversation No One Knows How To Have and since then have followed his posts and comments. He has been featured or quoted in a number of publications such as Mother Jones, New York Times, Washington Post, and Science Alert. Few scientists will publicly tell you how dire things are, but Nick Humphrey is not one to shy away from the truth. What follows is a Q&A interview I held with him on a variety of questions concerning humanity's future.

Federico Fuentes (2019-03-30). Venezuela: Why the US coup is failing. zcomm.org 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 Read more…

Santa Cruz News (2019-03-30). 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.

RT (2019-03-30). Miami-Dade mayor gives Guaido's wife 'key to the county' as US fawns over rebel 'first lady'. rt.com Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuela's US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, was given the royal treatment by officials in Miami-Dade, who gave the self-proclaimed 'first lady' the key to the county. |

Dan Bacher (2019-03-30). 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."

RT (2019-03-30). Lost in translation: CIA ad seeking Russian speakers mocked for broken grammar. rt.com An apparent CIA poster appealing to Russian speakers to join US intelligence has been derided for failing to reconcile Russian and English grammar and mismatching fonts.

WSWS (2019-03-30). Protests against Sudan's al-Bashir regime enter fourth month. wsws.org The protests take place amid the most sustained challenge to al-Bashir's rule since he seized power in a 1989 coup.

WSWS (2019-03-30). Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev resigns amid mounting political crisis. wsws.org The crisis in Kazakhstan is a result of the resurgence of working-class struggles and the escalating war drive by US imperialism against Russia and China.

WSWS (2019-03-30). "No deal" Brexit threatened after May's EU withdrawal agreement rejected for third time. wsws.org Labour's nominally "left" leader Jeremy Corbyn is working to ensure that the gravest peacetime crisis in the history of British imperialism is resolved through the worm-eaten parliamentary system, with the working class left as spectators.

George Monbiot (2019-03-30). How the media let malicious idiots take over. zcomm.org Be it Jacob Rees-Mogg or Nigel Farage, blusterers and braggarts are rewarded with platforms that distort our political debate…

WSWS (2019-03-30). As Washington hails victory over ISIS, media ignores massive human toll. wsws.org The Pentagon's admission of 1,250 civilians killed in four years of bombardment of Iraq and Syria is a vast underestimate of the real death toll.

plenglish (2019-03-30). Caracas Mayoress Reiterates Call for Popular Demonstration. plenglish.com 30 de marzo de 2019, 12: 12Caracas, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The mayoress of Caracas, Erika Farias, reiterated today her call for people to mobilize on Saturday against terrorism and the destabilizing actions of the Venezuelan opposition.

WSWS (2019-03-30). Remembrance service held for New Zealand terror attack victims. wsws.org The event was used by the NZ and Australian governments to appeal for unity, demand censorship of social media and cover up their role in creating the conditions for the fascist attack.

WSWS (2019-03-30). "Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again": The artist who wasn't there. wsws.org A recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art provided an occasion to re-examine Warhol's work and evaluate what it means for American and global art.

Unitarian Universalist Forum Committee (2019-03-30). 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.

Danny Postel (2019-03-30). Progressive Surge Propels Turning Point in US Policy on Yemen. zcomm.org The House resolution was the first time Congress flexed its War Powers muscle in the 45 years since that resolution's passage…

RT (2019-03-30). Dem 2020 favorite Biden rebuffs 'awkward kiss' allegations. rt.com A favorite for the 2020 race among Democratic Party voters, former Vice President Joe Biden, shrugged off accusations of "inappropriate" behavior leveled at him by fellow Democrat Lucy Flores.

Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party (2019-03-30). The Green New Deal: A Step Towards Ecological Socialism? indybay.org Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA…

plenglish (2019-03-30). Death Toll reaches 217 in Dam Tragedy in Brazil. plenglish.com 30 de marzo de 2019, 12: 15Brasilia, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) To 217 rose on Saturday the death toll from the collapse of a dam on January 25 in the Brazilian municipality of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais (northeast), according to a latest report by the Legal Medical Institute.

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

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

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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…

teleSUR (2019-03-29). Brazilian Police Detain Man Suspected of Activist's Murder. telesurenglish.net Brazilian police authorities have detained a man suspected of the murder of activist Dilma Ferreira Silva, 48, who was found dead in Para, Brazil's northern region last week. | RELATED: | Brazil's Vale Activates Alarm Near Dams in Risk of Rupture | The bodies of Ferreira; her husband, Claudionor Costa da Silva, 42; and a friend of the family, Hilton Lopes, 38, were…

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.

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

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.

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 …

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

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

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). What a U.S. military intervention against Venezuela would look like, according to Foreign Affairs. mronline.org Foreign Affairs concludes that this type of operation would necessitate the military occupation of Venezuela for some 20 years, taking as examples the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan, but also Panama in 1989, where military operations dragged on over for eight and a half years. | Source

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Eds. (2019-03-29). The Green New Deal's magical realism. mronline.org The half-measures and failed "market mechanisms" of the mainstream more "unrealistic" than the bold plans put forward by the Green New Deal. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but that won't mean very much if, within just a few decades, the planet can no longer sustain life as we know it. | Source

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.

STAFF (2019-03-29). Charter Schools Are Scamming the U.S. Government. truthdig.com A report finds that the Department of Education blew nearly $1 billion in grant money on schools that never opened or were quickly shut down.

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

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…

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 …

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.

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 …

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

teleSUR (2019-03-29). Chinese Aid Arrives in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net China delivered 65 tons of medicine and supplies to Venezuela Thursday as a result of a strategic cooperation between the two countries. The delivery of aid is one of many, according to government officials. | RELATED: | Arrogant': Russia Tells Trump Troops To Remain in Venezuela as Long as Needed | Tareck El Aissami, Ven…

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 →

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 …

Dan Beeton, CEPR (2019-03-29). Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.

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.

STAFF (2019-03-29). Trump Threatens to Shut Down Mexico Border. truthdig.com PALM BEACH, Fla. — Threatening drastic action against Mexico, President Donald Trump declared on Friday he is likely to shut down America's southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president emphasized, "I am not kidding around." | "It could mean all trade" with Mexico, Trump said when questioned by reporters in Florida. "We will close it for a long time." | Trump has been promising for more than two years to build a long, impenetrable wall along the border to stop illegal immigration,…

teleSUR (2019-03-29). ICE Detains Trump Chauffeur Despite Legal Migrant Status. telesurenglish.net In a twist of fate, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chauffeur, Zoltan Tamas, is being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the New York Times reported Friday. | RELATED: | Biggest Migrant Caravan Forming Amidst Broken US Border Patrol | Stationed six long hours away from his family home, Tamas was transferred to the Wakulla Cor…

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…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-03-29). Moving Beyond the Mueller Investigation. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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

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

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

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

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

Yara Hawari (2019-03-29). From Inspiration to Despair: A Year of Gaza's Great March of Return. commondreams.org Demonstrators tear barbed wire along the Gaza fence in demonstrations against Israel's occupation. (Photo: M. Hajjar/MEE) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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

2019-03-30: Social Media Postees

Palestinians Mark 1st Anniversary of Great March of Return
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-30
One death has been reported so far as thousands of Palestinians rallied at the Gaza-Israel border Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a surge of protests, facing off against Israeli forces massed across the frontier. | Israeli Troops fired tear gas across the border and the Israeli military said some of the estimated 20,000 demonstrators threw rocks, grenades and burning tires towards them. | Palestinian activists clad in bright orange vests tried to keep people back, though some made it to the fence. Gaza medics said one Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire before dawn on Saturday near the border…
telesurenglish.net/news/Thousands-of-Palestinians-Mark-1st-Anniversary-of-Great-March-of-Return-20190330-0009.html

Venezuelans Marches in Defense of Freedom and Peace
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-30
Venezuela was holding a large mobilization Saturday, called "The Popular Operation in Defense of Freedom" in rejection of the neoliberal attacks led by the United States against the country and its elected government which have deepened in recent weeks. | One of the meeting points of the march will be in the capital's San Bernardino sector, which also includes an act in solidarity with the workers of the National Electric Corporation (Corpoelec), the government body in charge of the restoration the electric service after repeated blackouts this month, which the government has said were sabotage acts by right-w…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelans-Marches-in-Defense-of-Freedom-and-Peace-20190330-0012.html

Why Canada Should Get Out of NATO
Canadian Peace Congress | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Concerns are growing across this country about the disturbing tilt in Canadian foreign policy toward increasing militarization and aggression — about our participation in foreign wars and US-led 'regime change' operations abroad, and about burgeoning defence budgets and rearmament programs, …
globalresearch.ca/canada-should-get-out-nato/5673129

Matt Taibbi and Aaron Maté on How Russiagate Helped Trump
Katie Halper | commondreams.org | 2019-03-30
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow chases the "Russiagate" story in a Jan. 2019 broadcast.(Photo: YouTube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/30/matt-taibbi-and-aaron-mate-how-russiagate-helped-trump?cd-origin=rss

Silencing the Whistle: The Intercept Shutters Snowden Archive, Citing Cost
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-30
The closing of The Intercept's Snowden archive will likely mean the end of any future publications, unless Glenn Greenwald's rather absurd promise of finding "the right partner … that has the funds to robustly publish" is fulfilled.
mintpressnews.com/intercept-snowden-archive/256772/

NATO's Unrelenting Expansion Could Trigger a Major Nuclear War
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Less than two years ago Montenegro became the 29th state to join NATO, an American-led military alliance that has become a far-reaching intervention force since the USSR's demise. The accession of mighty Montenegro to NATO must have set hearts fluttering …
globalresearch.ca/natos-expansion-trigger-major-nuclear-war/5673114

Video: Houthis Kill or Injure 250 Saudi-backed Fighters, Capture 100 Positions in Large-scale Attack in Dhale
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
The Houthis captured 100 positions in the central Yemeni province of Dhale from the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies during a recent large-scale operation, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman of the pro-Houthis wing of the Yemeni Armed Forces, …
globalresearch.ca/houthis-kill-injure-250-saudi-backed-fighters-capture-100-positions-large-scale-attack-dhale/5673132

Germany Extends Saudi Arms Export Ban, France And Britain Upset
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-30
The Germany government announced the extension of an existing ban on arms export to Saudi Arabia Thursday to further fuel recent tumultuous relations with fellow European countries. | RELATED: | UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia 'Unlawful': Parliamentary Report | "The order to halt authorized weapons exports to Saudi Arabia is extended by six months from Mar 31 to Sep 30, 2019," government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said, in a statement, regarding the additional six-month embargo pl…
telesurenglish.net/news/Germany-Extends-Saudi-Arms-Export-Ban-France-And-Britain-Upset-20190330-0003.html

Matt Taibbi and Aaron Maté on How Russiagate Helped Trump
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-30
The claim that President Trump engaged in collusion with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election was so pervasive and unquestioned that only a handful of journalists demonstrated the healthy skepticism required by their profession. Last week, special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on the Trump-Russia investigation to the Justice Department, which then released a four-page summary written by Attorney General William Barr. While the full report is over 300 pages, and Mueller punted on the question of obstruction, he found no evidence of collusion. Despite this, the "Russiagate" truthers, if you wi…
truthdig.com/articles/matt-taibbi-and-aaron-mate-on-how-russiagate-helped-trump/

US Threatens Turkey over Russian S-400 Air Defence Purchase
Jordan Shilton | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Turkish-US relations have deteriorated in recent weeks, with Washington threatening reprisals if Ankara goes ahead with the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defence system. | Relations between the two countries have been in a downward spiral for some time–especially since …
globalresearch.ca/us-threatens-turkey-over-russian-s-400-air-defence-purchase/5673140

Neoliberals and Neocons Declare "All Options on the Table" in Venezuela
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Even though we now know there is zero evidence Donald Trump colluded with the Russians, neocon talking heads are still babbling about the discredited conspiracy theory and working it into facile monologues. | For instance, Samatha Vinograd, a "national security" analyst …
globalresearch.ca/neolibs-neocons-declare-all-options-table-venezuela/5673109

Redacted Mueller Report Expected to Be Released by Mid-April
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-30
WASHINGTON — A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation will be sent to Congress by mid-April and will not be shared with the White House beforehand, Attorney General William Barr said Friday. | Barr's timeline, included in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, sets up a possible showdown with House Democrats, who are insisting they see the full report next week. | In his letter, Barr said he shares a desire for Congress and the public to be able to read Mueller's findings, which are included in the nearly 400-page report the sp…
truthdig.com/articles/redacted-mueller-report-expected-to-be-released-by-mid-april/

Juan Guaidó Confesses Being Behind the Sabotage of Venezuela's Electric System
Gustavo Villapol | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
"A confession from [America's] puppet pointing to evidence," said journalist Gustavo Villapol Wednesday, noting that the deputy of the National Assembly in contempt Juan Guaidó confessed to be behind the attacks perpetrated against …
globalresearch.ca/juan-guaido-confesses-being-behind-the-sabotage-of-venezuelas-electric-system/5673104

Vietnam to Venezuela: US Interventionism and the Failure of the Left
Adolph Reed Jr. | commondreams.org | 2019-03-30
A boy runs past anti-American graffiti reading 'Si' signifying support for a referendum on changes to the Constitution introduced by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on December 1, 2007 in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/30/vietnam-venezuela-us-interventionism-and-failure-left?cd-origin=rss

Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos'
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-03-30
The Canary is currently in Venezuela. This is the latest in our series of on-the-ground articles. Most journalists who come to Caracas stay in the affluent … | Read more Two weeks inside one of Venezuela's notorious 'colectivos' | By John McEvoy…
thecanary.co/feature/2019/03/30/two-weeks-inside-one-of-venezuelas-notorious-colectivos/

The Ongoing Battle for Palestinian Justice Spans the Globe and Plays Out on Many Fronts
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-30
AIPAC, despite continuing to spend lavishly, has lost much of its charm and, in an unprecedented move, none of the candidates running to become the Democratic Party nominee for president attended this year's AIPAC conference in Washington.
mintpressnews.com/battle-palestine-justice/256768/

Brazil's Judge Bars Bolsonaro's Coup Celebration
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-30
A Brazilian judge barred President Jair Bolsonaro's government Friday from commemorating the 55th anniversary of the coup that established the military dictatorship March 31. | RELATED: | Brazil's Haddad, Military Denounce Bolsonaro Coup Celebrations | Judge Ivani Silva da Luz said the planned celebration of the country's 1964 coup Sunday was not "compatible w…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazils-Judge-Bars-Bolsonaros-Coup-Celebration-20190330-0008.html

China-Italy Cooperation and the "Devil's Alternative"
Francesco Maringià≤ | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
The complex Sino-American trade negotiation is going through a period that is not turbulent but is nevertheless marked by objective difficulties: too much distance separates the American warnings from the concessions that China is willing to make without penalizing its …
globalresearch.ca/china-italy-cooperation-and-the-devils-alternative/5673135

The Right to Vote Should be Guaranteed by the Constitution
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-03-30
The Right to Vote Should be Guaranteed by the Constitution…
thenation.com/article/elizabeth-warren-voting-rights/

Angles of Tolerance: Yusuf Islam in Christchurch
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Let's not be too churlish about this; but then again, let us not be ignorant. The singer once known as Cat Stevens (in pre-conversion state), and known as Yusuf Islam to others, made a considerable impression on the stage in …
globalresearch.ca/angles-of-tolerance-yusuf-islam-in-christchurch/5673124

The BRICS New Development Bank: Corruption-riddled Development Finance
Prof. Patrick Bond | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
The BRICS New Development Bank is having its Annual General Meeting on 1-2 April, here in South Africa. There's information about the meeting here, including public sessions. Critics meet to discuss the Bank on 31 March — 3 …
globalresearch.ca/corruption-riddled-development-finance-brics-ndb-annual-meeting-cape-town/5673103

'We Are Running Concentration Camps': Images from El Paso Stir Outrage over Migrant Treatment
Eoin Higgins | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Hundreds of migrants are being held by border agents in a fenced in encampment under a bridge in El Paso, leading to anger and accusations that the American government is holding people in "concentration camps." | Images posted online by reporters …
globalresearch.ca/concentration-camps-images-el-paso-stir-outrage-migrant-treatment/5673116

Syria: Is US Fighting ISIS or Liquidating Assets?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
That the "final stronghold" of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) resides in US occupied territory in Syria says it all. | From US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memos dating back to 2012 noting efforts to create a "Salafist" [Islamic] "principality" [State] …
globalresearch.ca/syria-us-fighting-isis-liquidating-assets/5673120

Protests against Sudan's al-Bashir regime enter fourth month
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
The protests take place amid the most sustained challenge to al-Bashir's rule since he seized power in a 1989 coup.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Sunday Forum: Mueller, Trump and the struggle against a fascist regime
Unitarian Universalist Forum Committee | indybay.org | 2019-03-30
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco, Ca.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/28/18822312.php

"No deal" Brexit threatened after May's EU withdrawal agreement rejected for third time
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
Labour's nominally "left" leader Jeremy Corbyn is working to ensure that the gravest peacetime crisis in the history of British imperialism is resolved through the worm-eaten parliamentary system, with the working class left as spectators.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

The Green New Deal: A Step Towards Ecological Socialism?
Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party | indybay.org | 2019-03-30
Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/28/18822322.php

Lost in translation: CIA ad seeking Russian speakers mocked for broken grammar
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-30
An apparent CIA poster appealing to Russian speakers to join US intelligence has been derided for failing to reconcile Russian and English grammar and mismatching fonts.
rt.com/usa/455117-cia-recruitment-poster-error/

"Andy Warhol–From A to B and Back Again": The artist who wasn't there
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
A recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art provided an occasion to re-examine Warhol's work and evaluate what it means for American and global art.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Trump administration sues State Water Board over 'failure' to comply with CEQA
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-03-30
"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

Venezuela: Why the US coup is failing
Federico Fuentes | zcomm.org | 2019-03-30
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 Read…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/venezuela-why-the-us-coup-is-failing/

How the media let malicious idiots take over
George Monbiot | zcomm.org | 2019-03-30
Be it Jacob Rees-Mogg or Nigel Farage, blusterers and braggarts are rewarded with platforms that distort our political debate…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-the-media-let-malicious-idiots-take-over/

Death Toll reaches 217 in Dam Tragedy in Brazil
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-30
30 de marzo de 2019, 12: 15Brasilia, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) To 217 rose on Saturday the death toll from the collapse of a dam on January 25 in the Brazilian municipality of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais (northeast), according to a latest report by the Legal Medical Institute.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Caracas Mayoress Reiterates Call for Popular Demonstration
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-30
30 de marzo de 2019, 12: 12Caracas, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The mayoress of Caracas, Erika Farias, reiterated today her call for people to mobilize on Saturday against terrorism and the destabilizing actions of the Venezuelan opposition.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Concerning Humanity's Future: Interview with Nick Humphrey, Climatologist and Geoscientist
Michael L Longenecker | indybay.org | 2019-03-30
I first discovered the writings of Meteorologist/geoscientist Nick Humphrey with his brutally honest essay The Conversation No One Knows How To Have and since then have followed his posts and comments. He has been featured or quoted in a number of publications such as Mother Jones, New York Times, Washington Post, and Science Alert. Few scientists will publicly tell you how dire things are, but Nick Humphrey is not one to shy away from the truth. What follows is a Q&A interview I held with him on a variety of questions concerning humanity's future.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/29/18822347.php

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev resigns amid mounting political crisis
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
The crisis in Kazakhstan is a result of the resurgence of working-class struggles and the escalating war drive by US imperialism against Russia and China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Miami-Dade mayor gives Guaido's wife 'key to the county' as US fawns over rebel 'first lady'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-30
Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuela's US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, was given the royal treatment by officials in Miami-Dade, who gave the self-proclaimed 'first lady' the key to the county. | …
rt.com/usa/455118-wife-guaido-miami-keys/

Remembrance service held for New Zealand terror attack victims
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
The event was used by the NZ and Australian governments to appeal for unity, demand censorship of social media and cover up their role in creating the conditions for the fascist attack.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Progressive Surge Propels Turning Point in US Policy on Yemen
Danny Postel | zcomm.org | 2019-03-30
The House resolution was the first time Congress flexed its War Powers muscle in the 45 years since that resolution's passage…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/progressive-surge-propels-turning-point-in-us-policy-on-yemen/

Downtown Church Blocks Front Door During Weekly Homeless Giving Event
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2019-03-30
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

As Washington hails victory over ISIS, media ignores massive human toll
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
The Pentagon's admission of 1,250 civilians killed in four years of bombardment of Iraq and Syria is a vast underestimate of the real death toll.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03…

Dem 2020 favorite Biden rebuffs 'awkward kiss' allegations
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-30
A favorite for the 2020 race among Democratic Party voters, former Vice President Joe Biden, shrugged off accusations of "inappropriate" behavior leveled at him by fellow Democrat Lucy Flores. | …
rt.com/usa/455130-joe-biden-allegation-kiss/

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

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/

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/

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

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/

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

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

Brazilian Police Detain Man Suspected of Activist's Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-29
Brazilian police authorities have detained a man suspected of the murder of activist Dilma Ferreira Silva, 48, who was found dead in Para, Brazil's northern region last week. | RELATED: | Brazil's Vale Activates Alarm Near Dams in Risk of Rupture | The bodies of Ferreira; her husband, Claudionor Costa da Silva, 42; and a friend of the family, Hilton Lopes, 38, were…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-Police-Detain-Man-Suspected-of-Activists-Murder-20190329-0021.html

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/

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

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.
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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/

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/

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/

Charter Schools Are Scamming the U.S. Government
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-29
A report finds that the Department of Education blew nearly $1 billion in grant money on schools that never opened or were quickly shut down.
truthdig.com/articles/charter-schools-have-scammed-the-u-s-government-for-nearly-1-billion/

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/

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

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/

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

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/

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

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/

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/

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/

Chinese Aid Arrives in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-29
China delivered 65 tons of medicine and supplies to Venezuela Thursday as a result of a strategic cooperation between the two countries. The delivery of aid is one of many, according to government officials. | RELATED: | Arrogant': Russia Tells Trump Troops To Remain in Venezuela as Long as Needed | Tareck El Aissami, Ven…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinese-Aid-Arrives-in-Venezuela-20190329-0020.html

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/

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/

Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions
Dan Beeton, CEPR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-29
The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14411

What a U.S. military intervention against Venezuela would look like, according to Foreign Affairs
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Foreign Affairs concludes that this type of operation would necessitate the military occupation of Venezuela for some 20 years, taking as examples the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan, but also Panama in 1989, where military operations dragged on over for eight and a half years. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/29/what-a-u-s-military-intervention-against-venezuela-would-look-like-according-to-foreign-affairs/

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/

ICE Detains Trump Chauffeur Despite Legal Migrant Status
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-29
In a twist of fate, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chauffeur, Zoltan Tamas, is being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the New York Times reported Friday. | RELATED: | Biggest Migrant Caravan Forming Amidst Broken US Border Patrol | Stationed six long hours away from his family home, Tamas was transferred to the Wakulla Cor…
telesurenglish.net/news/ICE-Detains-Trump-Chauffeur-Despite-Legal-Migrant-Status-20190329-0023.html

Trump Threatens to Shut Down Mexico Border
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-29
PALM BEACH, Fla. — Threatening drastic action against Mexico, President Donald Trump declared on Friday he is likely to shut down America's southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president emphasized, "I am not kidding around." | "It could mean all trade" with Mexico, Trump said when questioned by reporters in Florida. "We will close it for a long time." | Trump has been promising for more than two years to build a long, impenetrable wall along the border to stop illegal immigration,…
truthdig.com/articles/donald-trump-threatens-to-shut-down-mexico-border/

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 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

Moving Beyond the Mueller Investigation
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
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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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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 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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

The Green New Deal's magical realism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
The half-measures and failed "market mechanisms" of the mainstream more "unrealistic" than the bold plans put forward by the Green New Deal. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but that won't mean very much if, within just a few decades, the planet can no longer sustain life as we know it. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/29/the-green-new-deals-magical-realism/

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/

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

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/

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/

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…
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