Daily Archives: March 31, 2019

2019-03-31: News Headlines

Sumaya AlEssmael (2019-03-31). Syria — The West Destroyed Our Homes but Not Our Dreams. globalresearch.ca Time before the war, Syria was a peaceful place where we used to live at peace. Peace meant to us life. But now we lost life since we lost peace. My daughter, that little girl at that time of peace …

STAFF (2019-03-31). Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back. therealnews.com Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Liberation Staff (2019-03-31). Indianapolis rally to support Venezuela. liberationnews.org "No sanctions, no coup, Venezuela we stand with you!"

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-31). All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela. millennialpolitics.co With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaidó has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the…

STAFF (2019-03-31). Afghan Veterans of Syrian War Struggle Back Home. truthdig.com Most soldiers see no future in Afghanistan, says a fighter who was recruited, paid and trained by Iran to fight for Bashar Assad.

Michael Welch (2019-03-31). Venezuela Under Siege. globalresearch.ca "This opposition campaign has been one of what was called the other day in the media, circus. It's PR stunts. It's about media publicity. As ever, the opposition has not learned the fundamental key root to change that they want …

STAFF (2019-03-31). Ukraine Presidential Vote Begins Under Bribe Claim Cloud. truthdig.com KIEV, Ukraine — Voters in Ukraine are casting ballots in a presidential election Sunday after a campaign that produced a comedian with no political experience as the front-runner and allegations of voter bribery. | Opinion polls have shown Volodymyr Zelenskiy who stars in a TV sitcom about a teacher who becomes president after a video of him denouncing corruption goes viral, leading a field of 39 candidates. The polls also had Zelenskiy outpacing incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the other top candidates, by a broad margin. | "Zelenskiy has shown us on the scre…

Zero Hedge (2019-03-31). DoD Orders $250 Million of Gas Masks — What Do They Know? globalresearch.ca The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, according to the DoD contract website. | The Army estimates M53A1 gas masks …

Global Research News (2019-03-31). Selected Articles: NATO Expansion Could Trigger Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

ACLU (2019-03-31). Rights for All Will Put Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Front and Center in the 2020 Presidential Race. aclu.org The ACLU will press the candidates for president to adopt bold policies that advance civil liberties in the run-up to the 2020 election. | Jose Ivan Parga is a member of a multi-status, Mexican-immigrant family in Minnesota. Even though he is a citizen, every day he witnesses the fear and uncertainty that his extended family has because of their immigration status. For decades they have worked, worshiped, and raised families in the state. Yet at any moment, immigration agents could — and have — detained a member of his family without warning or cause, despite their deep roots in the community. With no…

Christopher Brauchli (2019-03-31). The Amateur Hour. commondreams.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and President Donald Trump at the White House. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Peter Koenig (2019-03-31). China — and Macron's U-Turn. globalresearch.ca Less than a week ago, President Macron was lambasting Italy for signing agreements with China in the context of their New Silk Road, alias President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same breath he was criticizing …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-03-31). Cyclone Idai Causes Devastation Compounding Economic Challenges in the Southern Africa Region. globalresearch.ca Governments throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are working feverishly to provide relief to millions of people affected by cyclone Idai, a category three-to-four storm which has severely impacted three states, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, with some damage extending …

James ONeill (2019-03-31). Golan Heights, Kosovo and Crimea: A Case Study in Hypocrisy and Double Standards. globalresearch.ca The recent announcement by United States President Donald Trump that the US will recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights draws attention yet again to the double standards applied by NATO and its satraps including Australia to the issues of …

Juan Cole (2019-03-31). Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully. zcomm.org Despite occasional UN condemnation of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian civilians (which is illegal in international law, especially given that Israel is still the Occupying Power in Gaza), the world has turned a blind eye to this ongoing Israeli atrocity…

plenglish (2019-03-31). Terrorist Acts against Venezuela Denounced at UN. plenglish.com United Nations, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The permanent representative of Venezuela to the UN, Samuel Moncada, denounced recent terrorist acts committed against his country to damage vital infrastructure such as the power grid.

RT (2019-03-31). Dashcams capture meteor blazing through Florida night sky (VIDEOS). rt.com A large green meteor was spotted blazing through the night sky in northern Florida Saturday night, and several dashboard cameras managed to capture the fireball in action.

Dan Bacher (2019-03-31). 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."

plenglish (2019-03-31). Bolivia to Host 2019 World Travel Awards Regional Ceremony. plenglish.com La Paz, Mar 31 ( Prensa Latina ) La Paz, a wonder city of the world, will host Latin America"s 2019 World Travel Awards (WTA) ceremony on July 13.

Michael L Longenecker (2019-03-31). 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.

Johnny Dwyer (2019-03-31). Did Felix Sater's 20 Years as an Informant Help Land Him at the Center of the Trump-Russia Story? theintercept.com "I wasn't running," Sater told The Intercept. "I don't need to worry about the morality of, 'should a candidate be involved in business?'"

RT (2019-03-31). CNN didn't get 'anything' wrong in Russiagate reporting, host claims. Did it? rt.com The host of CNN's 'State of the Union,' Jake Tapper, has tried to defend the network's coverage of 'Russgate', claiming it actually got nothing wrong. The bold claim, however, was challenged by other journalists.

plenglish (2019-03-31). US Denies Entry to Canadian Journalist Arnold August. plenglish.com Havana, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) His overt support for Venezuela appears to be the reason why Canadian journalist, author and social media activist Arnold August was denied entry to the United States on March 16, 2019.

South Front (2019-03-30). Video: "Dumb Bombs", Indiscriminate Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Syrian War. globalresearch.ca A recent series of Russian strikes on positions of militant groups in the Syrian province of Idlib has once again caused a wave of mainstream media reports regarding civilian casualties caused by Russian bombings. According to "local activists" quoted by …

STAFF (2019-03-30). Protesters say "No to NATO" in Washington. therealnews.com Peace activists converged in the nation's capital to oppose what they say is aggressive NATO expansion…

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, …

CP Editor (2019-03-30). Seattle is Dying. counterpunch.org

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.

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…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-30). Trump Regime Approves Sale of Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudis. globalresearch.ca Saudi nuclear power ambitions are well known. For months, the Trump and Saudi regimes have been negotiating the sale of US nuclear technology to the kingdom. | Anti-nuclear expert Helen Caldicott explained that any country operating nuclear power plants "can theoretically …

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

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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] …

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, …

Liu Caiyu (2019-03-30). Xi's Visit Sets Tone for China-EU Relations. globalresearch.ca Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Wednesday after his visit to Europe, bringing a fruitful outcome and the visit assures the cooperative trend of China-EU relations, analysts noted. | The outcome of Xi's visit to Europe is "beyond …

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 …

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 …

(2019-03-30). Senator Calls for Investigation of Bernhardt's Role in Suppressing Science Showing Pesticide Harmed Nearly 1,400 Protected Species. globalresearch.ca U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called on the inspector general for the Department of the Interior to investigate Acting Secretary David Bernhardt's role in blocking a scientific assessment showing the pesticide chlorpyrifos threatens the existence of nearly 1,400 …

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. Sam Gindin (2019-03-30). Workers' Rights and Canada's Auto Industry: GM Oshawa: Lowered Expectations, Unexplored Opportunities. globalresearch.ca Following an aggressive public relations campaign in which union officials questioned GM's loyalty to 'Canadian taxpayers', General Motors has apparently agreed to keep its Oshawa facility partially open. No official announcement has yet been made, but there are rumours of …

United Nations (2019-03-30). UN chief hopeful for Libya, after Quartet meeting in Tunis. un.org Secretary-General António Guterres said he is hopeful for a solution to the eight-year long conflict in Libya, after a high-level meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, on Saturday with officials from the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union — the group known as the 'Libya Quartet.'..

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.

RT (2019-03-30). Hundreds march in Washington, DC to protest against NATO, US interference in Venezuela. rt.com Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Washington, DC to oppose the upcoming NATO ministerial meeting in the US capital. The demonstrators also decried the continued US involvement in the Venezuelan political crisis.

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.

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.

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). 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). 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.

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-30). UK MPs Reject May's No-Brexit/Brexit Deal for the Third Time. globalresearch.ca Theresa May's no-deal/deal went down by a 344 — 286 margin. Did her latest defeat signal three strikes and she's out — her coup de grace of no return? | Britain has until April 12 to crash out of the EU …

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.

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. |

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.

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…

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…

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

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…

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.

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

Cale Holmes (2019-03-29). Widespread Arab protests hit Trump's support for Israeli theft of the Golan. liberationnews.org The U.S. recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory is part of a deliberate attempt to colonize Syria and weaken the right of Palestinians and all those displaced by Israeli aggression to return to their land.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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…

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

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.

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

2019-03-31: Social Media Postees

Syria — The West Destroyed Our Homes but Not Our Dreams
Sumaya AlEssmael | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
Time before the war, Syria was a peaceful place where we used to live at peace. Peace meant to us life. But now we lost life since we lost peace. My daughter, that little girl at that time of peace …
globalresearch.ca/syria-west-destroyed-homes-not-dreams/5673158

Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-31
Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/deep-faith-in-the-deep-state-gives-dems-a-set-back

All About the Oil: Daniel Kovalik on U.S. Intervention in Venezuela
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-31
With new domestic controversies breaking every day in the United States, it can be difficult to keep track of what's happening abroad, even when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. But it's essential for progressives to stand in solidarity with the Global South internationally to ensure that all people are guaranteed the right to self-determination in the face of imperialism and colonialism. Such a dynamic is present currently in Venezuela, where National Assembly President Juan Guaidó has been recognized by capitalist entities across the world, including the…
millennialpolitics.co/daniel-kovalik-venezuela/

Afghan Veterans of Syrian War Struggle Back Home
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-31
Most soldiers see no future in Afghanistan, says a fighter who was recruited, paid and trained by Iran to fight for Bashar Assad.
truthdig.com/articles/afghan-veterans-of-syrian-war-struggle-back-home/

Venezuela Under Siege
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
"This opposition campaign has been one of what was called the other day in the media, circus. It's PR stunts. It's about media publicity. As ever, the opposition has not learned the fundamental key root to change that they want …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-under-siege/5673179

Indianapolis rally to support Venezuela
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-31
"No sanctions, no coup, Venezuela we stand with you!"
liberationnews.org/indianapolis-rally-to-support-venezuela/

Ukraine Presidential Vote Begins Under Bribe Claim Cloud
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-31
KIEV, Ukraine — Voters in Ukraine are casting ballots in a presidential election Sunday after a campaign that produced a comedian with no political experience as the front-runner and allegations of voter bribery. | Opinion polls have shown Volodymyr Zelenskiy who stars in a TV sitcom about a teacher who becomes president after a video of him denouncing corruption goes viral, leading a field of 39 candidates. The polls also had Zelenskiy outpacing incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the other top candidates, by a broad margin. | "Zelenskiy has shown us on the scre…
truthdig.com/articles/ukraine-presidential-vote-begins-under-bribe-claim-cloud/

Rights for All Will Put Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Front and Center in the 2020 Presidential Race
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-31
The ACLU will press the candidates for president to adopt bold policies that advance civil liberties in the run-up to the 2020 election. | Jose Ivan Parga is a member of a multi-status, Mexican-immigrant family in Minnesota. Even though he is a citizen, every day he witnesses the fear and uncertainty that his extended family has because of their immigration status. For decades they have worked, worshiped, and raised families in the state. Yet at any moment, immigration agents could — and have — detained a member of his family without warning or cause, despite their deep roots in the community. With no…
aclu.org/blog/executive-branch/rights-all-will-put-civil-rights-and-civil-liberties-front-and-center-2020

DoD Orders $250 Million of Gas Masks — What Do They Know?
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, according to the DoD contract website. | The Army estimates M53A1 gas masks …
globalresearch.ca/dod-orders-250-million-of-gas-masks-what-do-they-know/5673186

Selected Articles: NATO Expansion Could Trigger Nuclear War
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-nato-expansion-could-trigger-nuclear-war/5673209

The Amateur Hour
Christopher Brauchli | commondreams.org | 2019-03-31
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and President Donald Trump at the White House. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/31/amateur-hour?cd-origin=rss

Golan Heights, Kosovo and Crimea: A Case Study in Hypocrisy and Double Standards
James ONeill | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
The recent announcement by United States President Donald Trump that the US will recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights draws attention yet again to the double standards applied by NATO and its satraps including Australia to the issues of …
globalresearch.ca/golan-heights-kosovo-and-crimea-a-case-study-in-hypocrisy-and-double-standards/5673192

Cyclone Idai Causes Devastation Compounding Economic Challenges in the Southern Africa Region
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
Governments throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are working feverishly to provide relief to millions of people affected by cyclone Idai, a category three-to-four storm which has severely impacted three states, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, with some damage extending …
globalresearch.ca/cyclone-idai-causes-devastation/5673176

China — and Macron's U-Turn
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
Less than a week ago, President Macron was lambasting Italy for signing agreements with China in the context of their New Silk Road, alias President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same breath he was criticizing …
globalresearch.ca/china-and-macrons-u-turn/5673204

Trump administration sues State Water Board over 'failure' to comply with CEQA
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-03-31
"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

Bolivia to Host 2019 World Travel Awards Regional Ceremony
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-31
La Paz, Mar 31 ( Prensa Latina ) La Paz, a wonder city of the world, will host Latin America"s 2019 World Travel Awards (WTA) ceremony on July 13.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-03-31
Despite occasional UN condemnation of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian civilians (which is illegal in international law, especially given that Israel is still the Occupying Power in Gaza), the world has turned a blind eye to this ongoing Israeli atrocity…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/israeli-snipers-kill-4-wound-207-as-40000-palestinians-march-peacefully/

Dashcams capture meteor blazing through Florida night sky (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-31
A large green meteor was spotted blazing through the night sky in northern Florida Saturday night, and several dashboard cameras managed to capture the fireball in action. | …
rt.com/usa/455187-meteor-florida-video-dashcam/

Did Felix Sater's 20 Years as an Informant Help Land Him at the Center of the Trump-Russia Story?
Johnny Dwyer | theintercept.com | 2019-03-31
"I wasn't running," Sater told The Intercept. "I don't need to worry about the morality of, 'should a candidate be involved in business?'"
theintercept.com/2019/03/31/felix-sater-trump-russia-mueller-report/

US Denies Entry to Canadian Journalist Arnold August
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-31
Havana, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) His overt support for Venezuela appears to be the reason why Canadian journalist, author and social media activist Arnold August was denied entry to the United States on March 16, 2019.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

CNN didn't get 'anything' wrong in Russiagate reporting, host claims. Did it?
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-31
The host of CNN's 'State of the Union,' Jake Tapper, has tried to defend the network's coverage of 'Russgate', claiming it actually got nothing wrong. The bold claim, however, was challenged by other journalists. | …
rt.com/usa/455221-cnn-defends-mueller-coverage/

Terrorist Acts against Venezuela Denounced at UN
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-31
United Nations, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The permanent representative of Venezuela to the UN, Samuel Moncada, denounced recent terrorist acts committed against his country to damage vital infrastructure such as the power grid.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Concerning Humanity's Future: Interview with Nick Humphrey, Climatologist and Geoscientist
Michael L Longenecker | indybay.org | 2019-03-31
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

Video: "Dumb Bombs", Indiscriminate Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Syrian War
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
A recent series of Russian strikes on positions of militant groups in the Syrian province of Idlib has once again caused a wave of mainstream media reports regarding civilian casualties caused by Russian bombings. According to "local activists" quoted by …
globalresearch.ca/dumb-bombs-indiscriminate-strikes-civilian-casualties-syrian-war/5673098

Protesters say "No to NATO" in Washington
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-30
Peace activists converged in the nation's capital to oppose what they say is aggressive NATO expansion…
therealnews.com/stories/hundreds-say-no-to-nato-in-washington

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

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/

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

Trump Regime Approves Sale of Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudis
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Saudi nuclear power ambitions are well known. For months, the Trump and Saudi regimes have been negotiating the sale of US nuclear technology to the kingdom. | Anti-nuclear expert Helen Caldicott explained that any country operating nuclear power plants "can theoretically …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-approves-sale-sensitive-nuclear-technology-saudis/5673159

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

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/

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/

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

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

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

Seattle is Dying
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-30
counterpunch.org/2019/03/30/seattle-is-dying/

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

Senator Calls for Investigation of Bernhardt's Role in Suppressing Science Showing Pesticide Harmed Nearly 1,400 Protected Species

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called on the inspector general for the Department of the Interior to investigate Acting Secretary David Bernhardt's role in blocking a scientific assessment showing the pesticide chlorpyrifos threatens the existence of nearly 1,400 …
globalresearch.ca/senator-calls-investigation-bernhardts-role-suppressing-science-pesticide-harmed-1400-protected-species/5673168

Workers' Rights and Canada's Auto Industry: GM Oshawa: Lowered Expectations, Unexplored Opportunities
Prof. Sam Gindin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Following an aggressive public relations campaign in which union officials questioned GM's loyalty to 'Canadian taxpayers', General Motors has apparently agreed to keep its Oshawa facility partially open. No official announcement has yet been made, but there are rumours of …
globalresearch.ca/workers-rights-and-canadas-auto-industry-gm-oshawa-lowered-expectations-unexplored-opportunities/5673126

'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

Xi's Visit Sets Tone for China-EU Relations
Liu Caiyu | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Wednesday after his visit to Europe, bringing a fruitful outcome and the visit assures the cooperative trend of China-EU relations, analysts noted. | The outcome of Xi's visit to Europe is "beyond …
globalresearch.ca/xis-visit-sets-tone-china-eu-relations/5673165

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

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

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

UN chief hopeful for Libya, after Quartet meeting in Tunis
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-30
Secretary-General António Guterres said he is hopeful for a solution to the eight-year long conflict in Libya, after a high-level meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, on Saturday with officials from the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union — the group known as the 'Libya Quartet.'..
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1035811

"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…

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…

UK MPs Reject May's No-Brexit/Brexit Deal for the Third Time
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Theresa May's no-deal/deal went down by a 344 — 286 margin. Did her latest defeat signal three strikes and she's out — her coup de grace of no return? | Britain has until April 12 to crash out of the EU …
globalresearch.ca/uk-mps-reject-mays-no-brexitbrexit-deal-third-time/5673163

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/

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/

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/

Hundreds march in Washington, DC to protest against NATO, US interference in Venezuela
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-30
Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Washington, DC to oppose the upcoming NATO ministerial meeting in the US capital. The demonstrators also decried the continued US involvement in the Venezuelan political crisis. | …
rt.com/usa/455167-venezuela-nato-protest-washington/

"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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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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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/

Widespread Arab protests hit Trump's support for Israeli theft of the Golan
Cale Holmes | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-29
The U.S. recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory is part of a deliberate attempt to colonize Syria and weaken the right of Palestinians and all those displaced by Israeli aggression to return to their land.
liberationnews.org/widespread-arab-protests-hit-trumps-support-for-israeli-theft-of-the-golan/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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/

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/

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.
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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/

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 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/

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/

From Inspiration to Despair: A Year of Gaza's Great March of Return
Yara Hawari | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
Demonstrators tear barbed wire along the Gaza fence in demonstrations against Israel's occupation. (Photo: M. Hajjar/MEE) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/30/inspiration-despair-year-gazas-great-march-return?cd-origin=rss

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/