Daily Archives: March 4, 2020

2020-03-04: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-04). Electoral Dirty Tricks in Play on Super Tuesday? globalresearch.ca How is it possible for a Dem presidential aspirant ahead in most Super Tuesday states (according to polls), including California and Texas, to lose overall to a challenger? | The latest pre-Super Tuesday polls showed Sanders leading Biden by wide margins …

Alan Macleod (2020-03-04). Feature or Bug? Super Tuesday Plagued by Long Lines, Closed Polling Stations and Systemic Failure. mintpressnews.com Things got so bad that some voters claimed that if a similar situation occurred in states such as Iran, the US government would intervene to "restore democracy."

Juan Cole (2020-03-04). The Real Losers on Super Tuesday. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on Primaries can be long drawn-out affairs. The Obama-Clinton struggle of spring-summer 2008 went down to the wire, still being contested in June. As I write Tuesday evening, the delegate count for Super Tuesday is still not known, and the actual count for California could take a long time to nail down. Joe Biden pulled off a surprise upset, virtually running the tables east of the Mississippi, and doing much better than expected in the big state of Texas. The final delegate tally of the two front-r…

Alan Macleod (2020-03-04). The Dem Establishment Successfully Cinched a Biden Super Tuesday Victory. mintpressnews.com Super Tuesday has raised the stakes and set the stage for a battle for the Democratic Party's soul; one that will decide if it stays the course with neoliberalism with Biden or moves towards a progressive social-democratic model with Sanders.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-03-04). Coronavirus: High Recovery Rates in China. Most Recent Figures. globalresearch.ca The following data on COVID-19 was confirmed on SITUATION IN NUMBERS total and new cases in last 24 hours | Globally | 90 870 confirmed (1922 new) | China | 80 304 confirmed (130 new) 2946 deaths (31 new) …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-03-04). Coronavirus: una falsa pandemia? Chi c'è dietro questo? Destabilizzazione economica, sociale e geopolitica globale. globalresearch.ca La campagna pubblicitaria e di disinformazione sulla diffusione del nuovo coronavirus COVID-19 ha creato un clima di paura e incertezza in tutto il mondo da quando l'OMS l'ha dichiarata un'emergenza medica della sanità pubblica internazionale il 30 gennaio. | La campagna …

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Brazil: Left-Wing Parties Unite Against Bolsonaro's Gov't. telesurenglish.net Opposition parties in Brazil reaffirmed in a document Tuesday their unity to resist the neoliberal and anti-democratic agenda of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro while urging the population to demonstrate. | RELATED: | "The political, economic and social situation in the country is becoming increasingly serious. The President of the Republic systematically violates the Constitution and democracy," the joint…

Staff (2020-03-04). Bloomberg Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Biden. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Billionaire Mike Bloomberg ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. It was a stunning collapse for the former New York City mayor, who had his 2020 hopes on the Super Tuesday states and pumped more than $500 million of his own fortune into the campaign. | Bloomberg announced his departure from the race after

Staff (2020-03-04). Super Tuesday Leaves Sanders and Biden Battling for America's Future. truthdig.com While Sen. Sanders lays claim to the big-delegate prize in California, the former Vice President is now corporate Democrats' only hope.

Staff (2020-03-04). After Super Tuesday, Sanders Faces Questions About African American Support. truthout.org On Super Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden swept the South and Midwest, winning Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas, propelled by a huge majority of African-American votes in several states. We host a roundtable discussion on the results with Barbara Ransby, historian, author and activist adviser to the Movement for Black Lives; Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and president of Repairers of the B…

WSWS (2020-03-04). Democratic Party leaders engineer Biden victory in most Super Tuesday states. wsws.org The outcome is a rebuff to the claims by Bernie Sanders that the Democratic Party can become the vehicle of a political revolution in America.

C.J. Atkins (2020-03-04). Democratic voters hand Biden Super Tuesday win; Sanders faces uphill fight. peoplesworld.org On Friday afternoon last week, Bernie Sanders was forecast to have a 60% chance of going to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer with a plurality of pledged delegates; Joe Biden had around a 30% chance. After Super Tuesday, those odds have flipped. The one constant: No one is on track to win …

Jack Rasmus (2020-03-04). Super Tuesday & the Irrevocable Split in the Democratic Party. zcomm.org Joe Biden's nomination will not only mean failure to defeat Trump, but may mean an irrevocable split in the party itself…

Staff (2020-03-04). Biden Wins 8 Super Tuesday States; Sanders Takes California. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A resurgent Joe Biden scored sweeping victories across the country with the backing of a diverse coalition and progressive rival Bernie Sanders seized Super Tuesday's biggest prize with a win in California as the Democratic Party's once-crowded presidential field suddenly transformed into a two-man contest. | The two Democrats, lifelong politicians with starkly different visions for America's future, were battling for delegates as 14 states and one U.S. territory held a series of high-stakes elections that marked the most significant day of voting in the party's 2020 presidential nomination fig…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Tornadoes Leave 25 Dead in Tennessee on Super Tuesday. telesurenglish.net The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) reported that tornadoes swept through this southern state on Tuesday and left 25 people dead, 150 injured citizens, and severely damaged homes and buildings. | RELATED: | Republican Governor Bill Lee declared a state of emergency to address the situation in his state, especially in Nashville where 40 buildings are destroyed and in Putnam County, where 16 dead were…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Super Tuesday: 'At Stake Is the Soul of the Democratic Party'. telesurenglish.net "The battle is not just between candidates for the presidency, it really is about the soul and essence of the democratic party," Professor of Venezuelan History at Pitzer University in California Miguel Tinker Salas told teleSUR as voters took to the polls on Super Tuesday's Democratic primaries. | RELATED: | What is at stake, said the academic in an interview with teleSUR, is whether the Democratic Party will be "capable of forging a new coalition that can represent th…

Jake Johnston (2020-03-04). Honesty Isn't Just a Campaign Attribute, It's a Prerequisite for Change. counterpunch.org Last week, after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' victory in the Nevada caucus, long time human rights activist Brian Concannon wrote: The Democratic candidates missed the opportunity last week in Nevada—a state with a 30 percent Latino population—to address the root causes of our immigration crisis. They predictably criticized the worst Trump administration immigration policies, such

South Front (2020-03-04). Video: Syrian Armed Forces Teach '2nd Strongest NATO Army' Painful Lesson in Idlib. globalresearch.ca Units of the Russian Military Police entered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the second liberation of the town from al-Qaeda terrorists and Turkish forces. According to the Russian military, the deployment took place at 5: 00pm local time …

WSWS (2020-03-04). Amid Syrian war, Turkey opens borders for Syrian refugees to travel to Europe. wsws.org The persecution of asylum seekers in Turkey and Greece—which fight with each other over the flow of immigrants—is the product of the EU's brutal policies.

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Russia Denies Responsibility for Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib. telesurenglish.net Russia and Syria are not responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, a province in the northwestern part of the country, nor for the displacement of millions of people from that territory to Turkey, Russian authorities said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | The head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Parties to the Conflict in Syria, Oleg Zhuravlyov, claimed that the Russian troops were not responsible for the crisis,…

Matthew Hoh (2020-03-04). They Have the Watches, We Have the Time; US and Iran Hardliners Still Want War. counterpunch.org When I was in Afghanistan, I often heard a Pashtun saying attributed to the Afghan Taliban strategy for war with the United States: "They have the watches, but we have the time". I do not know the provenance of this saying and I do not know if the saying exists in other Muslim or Asian

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-04). The prospect of peace in Afghanistan is real—and Pakistan is the key player. mronline.org The U.S.-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 29 must be put in proper perspective. Indeed, there can't be two opinions that the curtain is coming down on what U.S. President Donald Trump called the "endless war" in which America squandered away over a trillion dollars and lost thousands of lives with no victory […] |

B. Nimri Aziz (2020-03-04). Kaia Rolle, Handcuffed and Arrested at 6: How Many More, and for How Long Will This Happen in America? counterpunch.org While fretting over refugee children in freezing tents along Turkey's border, or Nargis Fazili's family fleeing Afghanistan across Asia to Europe, or lone migrant children caged in U.S. detention centers, we may barely register what happens to American children like Kaia Rolle; she's a 6-year-old student at a not unusual neighborhood school in Florida. I

Staff (2020-03-04). Trump's Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace. truthout.org It's true that the Trump administration signed a "peace deal" with the Taliban — something that eluded both George W. Bush and Barack Obama — but a closer look at the agreement reveals it to be riddled with conditions that are fraught with obstacles. | The terms of the deal suggest that Trump is more interested in boasting that he's fulfilling his campaign promise to bring the troops home than he is committed to achieving real peace in Afghanistan. This fact has also been noted by Trump…

Jon Queally (2020-03-04). The US — Taliban Deal. zcomm.org The agreement, warned Rep. Barbara Lee, "leaves thousands of troops in Afghanistan and lacks the critical investments in peacebuilding, human-centered development, or governance reform needed to rebuild Afghan society"

Staff (2020-03-04). Violations at US Hospitals Reveal They're Not Ready for Coronavirus. truthout.org In early February, Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, in need of a hospital. The cruise ship was carrying patients who had traveled from China, where an outbreak of COVID-19 had taken root. Four passengers needed to go somewhere for further medical observation. | The obvious next step was University Hospital in Newark, a major academic medical center equipped with isolation rooms. "The hospital is following proper infection control protocols while evaluating these indiv…

Jill Richardson (2020-03-04). The worst possible person to put in charge of coronavirus response: Mike Pence. peoplesworld.org A year after Trump took office, Saturday Night Live did a sketch called "What Even Matters Anymore?" Game show host Jessica Chastain read a list of outrageous things Trump has done and asked, "Does it even matter anymore?" Each time, the contestants thought it should, but they were wrong. For instance, the president had an …

F. William Engdahl (2020-03-04). What's Going on with the Arctic 'Doomsday' Seed Vault? globalresearch.ca Against the backdrop of the spreading fear about a global coronavirus pandemic, an event has slipped largely under the radar at a spot so removed from the rest of the world that most are unaware of its existence. The Svalbard …

teleSUR (2020-03-04). WHO: Covid-19 More Lethal Than Seasonal Flu. telesurenglish.net As cases of the novel coronavirus spread across the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated Tuesday that the disease fatality rate is much higher than that of influenza, but is containable. | RELATED: | "Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases have died," Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing in Geneva. | The figure is higher than previous estimates t…

WSWS (2020-03-04). High cost of health care, lack of paid time off, leave US workers vulnerable to coronavirus outbreak. wsws.org The Trump administration, primarily concerned with the impact on the stock market, has sought to downplay the seriousness of the threat to public health.

WSWS (2020-03-04). Australia's health system could be overwhelmed by large-scale coronavirus outbreak. wsws.org Federal and state governments plan repressive measures to forcibly quarantine people and curtail public gatherings.

WSWS (2020-03-04). Capitalism's disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The coronavirus pandemic has revealed, once again, the disastrous consequences of a social order that subordinates all human needs to private profit.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-04). Daring to Kiss: Coronavirus and the Butterfly Effect. globalresearch.ca At some point, it seemed like a slow burner, gathering attention with each press release from the World Health Organisation. When talking about a threat, language is everything. With more cases of COVID-19 being identified, the panic that comes from …

Yves Smith (2020-03-04). Coronavirus: Bracing for the economic shockwave. mronline.org The information-aware and many in the medical industry are nervously watching the news about coronavirus spread and mortality rates. What we know so far isn't pretty. |

John W. Whitehead (2020-03-04). Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat? dissidentvoice.org If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that'll outwit the …

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Saudi Arabia Suspends Umrah Over Coronavirus Outbreak. telesurenglish.net The Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday temporary suspension of Umrah for citizens and residents, as part of preventative measures against novel coronavirus outbreak. | RELATED: | The ministry in a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said the decision will be cancelled if the virus risks pass. | Saudi Arabia registered this week the first coronavirus case of a Saudi national who came back fr…

Éric Toussaint (2020-03-04). No, the coronavirus is not responsible for the fall of stock prices. mronline.org We are witnessing a big crisis in the stock markets of the Wall Street, Europe, Japan and Shanghai, and many blame the coronavirus for it. In the last week of February 2020, the worst week since October 2008, the Dow Jones fell 12.4%, the S&P 500 fell 11.5% and the Nasdaq Composite fell 10.5%. |

Srecko Horvat (2020-03-04). The great fear of coronavirus: Panic in the supermarket. zcomm.org Most of the commentary on coronavirus tends to overlook the fact that a response to a crisis doesn't necessarily have to be negative…

Ben Hillier (2020-03-04). Coronavirus: a disaster of capitalism's making. mronline.org What to do if confronted with an extremely contagious virus that medical experts say they have not seen before and don't understand, and which is fast spreading and killing hundreds of people? a) Take precautionary measures to stop the virus spreading and prepare the health system for a potential shock? Or b) Ignore it, blithely […] |

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Covid-19 Threatens to Reduce the Reserves of Generics in India. telesurenglish.net To avoid depletion of its national inventories, India, the world's largest supplier of generic drugs, decided to restrict exports of some Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) used to manufacture medicines. | RELATED: | The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) informed that this measure, which entered into force on Wednesday and will remain until further notice, does not completely prohibit the export of In…

WSWS (2020-03-04). Struggles break out in Inverness, Bristol ahead of UK Royal Mail national strike ballot. wsws.org The targeting of disabled employees is bound up with the "Amazonification" of Royal Mail, a process by which the company hopes to compete with global corporate giants.

Elson Concepción Pérez (2020-03-04). From Monroe to Trump. US Sponsored Military Coups in Latin America. globalresearch.ca The current U.S. President again threatens military action against Venezuela and continues sanctioning governments and companies with ties to the Bolivarian Republic and Cuba | *** | More than 200 years have passed since James Monroe became the fifth president of the …

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Greece Turns a Ship Into a Refugee Camp to Face the Crisis. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday morning, over 400 migrants were at the Mytilene port on the Lesbos island waiting to embark on a ship of the Greek Navy that will serve as a temporary shelter. | RELATED: ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | This ship was transferred from the Piraeus port to prevent the Moria refugee camp from getting even more congested, for there are alre…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-04). Mixed Returns for the Huawei Bashing Tour. counterpunch.org The US imperium is rattled, so much so it's letting everyone else know about it. Move over the trade war with its bitchy insistence on redressing imbalances, surpluses and deficits; the next phase of conflict with China is being waged in matters of technology, with Huawei's 5G prowess featuring prominently. As the veteran Australian journalist

Christopher Ketcham (2020-03-04). The Call for an Extinction Rebellion. counterpunch.org In the age of coming climate apocalypse, the narcissistic self-regard of humans in their exploitive relationship with the natural world is so disgusting, so utterly reprehensible, so vain and vacuous and unworthy of intelligent beings that it makes me want to repudiate humanism altogether and call for humans to be wiped off the goddamn planet.

Nyla Ali Khan (2020-03-04). Relationships are Not the Monopoly of the State and Its Appendages. counterpunch.org Human for those who labor under the delusion that the curtailment of civil liberties in Kashmir and persecution of minorities in Delhi are "internal" matters: India chose democracy, secularism, and socialism as its goals in 1947. The first milestone on this road is democracy. Democracy entails a lot more than merely conducting elections every five years.

Ron Jacobs (2020-03-04). Checking in From Bernie World. counterpunch.org They call it Town Meeting day in Vermont. The concept is a leftover from a simpler time. In the bigger towns, it's really just election day. Unlike the rural hamlets and villages where residents actually hold a meeting, there are no debates, no show of hands and no shaking one's head when the neighbor starts

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-04). A World No Longer Shaped by Atlantic Powers. counterpunch.org The annual Munich Security Conference that took place February 14-16 this year turned out to be an iconic event, drawing comparison with the one held in the same Bavarian city on February 10, 2007, where in a prophetic speech Russian President Vladimir Putin had criticized the world order characterized by the United States' global hegemony

Sam Pizzigati (2020-03-04). Why Do Cars Kill More People in Unequal Nations? counterpunch.org Do you know someone who's died in a car crash? If you live in the United States, the odds say you probably do. We've been averaging over 40,000 deaths a year for the past half-century. The United States, of course, hardly rates as the only nation with ongoing highway carnage. Traffic deaths remain a problem all across the world. Car accidents globally are claiming 1.3 million lives a year, with 50 million additional people suffering serious injuries.

Staff (2020-03-04). Companies Trim Outlooks, Travel and Staff as Virus Spreads. truthdig.com GROUNDED AIRPLANES: United Airlines will cut international and U.S. flying, freeze hiring and ask employees to volunteer for unpaid leave as it struggles with weak demand for travel because of the new virus outbreak. United said Wednesday it will reduce passenger-carrying capacity 20% on international routes and 10% to 12% in the U.S. United executives expect the reductions will carry into May. Beyond that, it depends what happens to bookings over the next few weeks. United's CEO and president say they hope the moves are enough, but the nature of the outbreak requires the airline to be flexible in how it responds…

The Canary (2020-03-04). Australia bushfires caused thousands of koala deaths in New South Wales — report. thecanary.co At least 5,000 koalas died in the recent bushfires in New South Wales, Australia, in the latest blow to the marsupials, conservationists said.An assessment of the animals in New South Wales estimates almost 12% of the state's population perished in devastating fires from October to January — with a warning the real figure is likely to be higher.The study for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) also warned that up to two thirds of the koala population has been lost in the past three generations due to drought, bushfires and human activity. | "The koala searches are extremely difficult. Without Be…

Staff (2020-03-04). The Pentagon Loves Wasting Our Tax Money. truthdig.com The U.S. spends more than the next seven countries combined on a military that is seemingly incapable of either winning or ending any wars.

Fight Back (2020-03-04). Denver students celebrate Black History Month. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society hosted local Denver activist Shareef Aleem for an event about radical Black history in the U.S., Feb. 25, as a part of Black History Month. At the event, Aleem discussed the history of radical Black activism, as well as how Black art and culture has been seized and stolen for generations. Aleem, an activist for over 20 years, has been involved in numerous groups, particularly in the peace movement and in the movement for police accountability. | "Anything Black people have in this country, somebody spilled their blood over," Aleem noted in his speech. Aleem th…

David Swanson (2020-03-04). Yet Another Mass Shooter Was a Military Veteran. counterpunch.org Thursday yet another mass shooting was committed by a military veteran, this one in Milwaukee. Virtually all military veterans are not mass shooters. Many peace activists are veterans. Many everything under the sun are veterans. But mass shooters are very disproportionately military veterans. Some mass shooters who are not veterans are acting out a pretense of

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Colombia: Social Actors to Debate Country's Armed Conflict. telesurenglish.net Representatives of all social sectors in Colombia will reflect next week on the country's armed conflict, thanks to the initiative "Espacios de Escucha" (Listening Spaces), promoted by the Truth Commission and the result of the Peace Agreement signed by the Colombian State and the former guerrilla group FARC-EP. | RELATED: | The Truth Commission informed this Wednesday that listening spaces be h…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). US Military Launches Airstrike Against Taliban After Peace Deal. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Military Wednesday bombed Taliban fighters supposedly to protect the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). This unexpected military action occurred just four days after the U.S. government signed a peace agreement with the insurgents. | RELATED: ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | "The U.S. conducted an airstrike on Mar…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Brazil: Protest in Sao Paulo Against Pension Reform. telesurenglish.net Dozens of Brazilian civil servants clashed with the police in Sao Paulo in a protest against the approval of a pension reform in that specific state. | RELATED: | During the confrontation, the protesters tried to enter the Sao Paulo Legislative Assembly where a session on pension reform was being held. This measure would affect public sector workers by increasing their monthly contributions and extending the minimum retirement age. | Th…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Spanish Protest in Defense of Public Education. telesurenglish.net Schools in Andalusia, Spain, called for a demonstration on Wednesday to protest against new school regulations that are seriously damaging public education for the benefit of private interests. | RELATED: | The mobilization, that brings together more than 100,000 teachers from public schools in Andalusia and other cities, is a forceful response to the imposition of the Decree on Schooling by the Ministry of Educatio…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Chile: Total Arrests Rise to 283 After Day of Protests. telesurenglish.net The protests in Chile gained force on Monday, March 2, when the repressive forces of President Sebastian Piñera's government left 283 people in detention after 28 cases of "very serious" violence, according to local media. | RELATED: | During the protests, which took place in a town south of the capital, there were very violent episodes, clashes between demonstrators and security forces, barricades and attac…

Staff (2020-03-04). Supreme Court Revisits Abortion Law Similar to One Struck Down in 2016. truthout.org On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to hear an abortion case that may sound familiar. That's because the state restriction in question is almost identical to one the court overturned in 2016. | At the heart of the current case,

Fight Back (2020-03-04). Eyewitness Venezuela: Sanctions kill but Venezuelans stand strong. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Over 40 people gathered March 1 to hear Brad Sigal and Sarah Martin talk about their experience at the third World Anti-Imperialist Congress in Venezuela. This Congress was attended by over 1500 delegates from 73 countries in January, included a delegation from Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). The delegates were able to bring their organizational and individual experience to Caracas to work with each other on resisting imperialism. | Since Nicolás Maduro was elected president, the U.S. has ratcheted up sanctions, currency manipulation, and backed coup attempts to destabilize Venezuela…

Nino Pagliccia (2020-03-04). Venezuela Responds with Principled Conviction to the US' Desperate Attempts at Regime Change. globalresearch.ca The continued effort to overthrow President Maduro does not seem to produce the intended results for the perpetrators, but rather sends signals of desperation. The regime change plotters may be wishing to achieve what they did in Bolivia. But that …

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Palestine Slams Pompeo's Support of Illegal Israeli Settlements. telesurenglish.net Palestine on Wednesday slammed senior U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for remarks supporting settlement activity in the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | During the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday, Pompeo said that the U.S. will take action against the UN Human Rights Council "blacklist" of the businesses working in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

True Publica (2020-03-04). Child Rights — Britain Plunges from 11th to 170th in Just Two Years. globalresearch.ca Britain is circling the plughole. So many things are wrong on so many levels it's difficult to know where to start. After the banks crashed the economy, austerity followed. One £trillion was added to the national debt. Half was thrown …

Jeff Cohen (2020-03-04). Does the Democratic Establishment Really Fear That Bernie CAN Win in November? zcomm.org Phillips says the changing electorate (even from 2016 to 2020) and the particular way that Sanders won the popular vote in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada augur well for Sanders as the candidate who best matches up against Trump…

True Publica (2020-03-04). The Informational War that Got Us to Where We Are. globalresearch.ca Every day of your life there is an informational war going on. You are not really aware of it — that's the point. Its purpose is to distort the narrative and swing the political direction of a country to favour …

Scott Ritter (2020-03-04). The Threat of a Nuclear War Between the US and Russia Is Now at Its Greatest Since 1983. globalresearch.ca When the Commander of NATO says he is a fan of flexible first strike at the same time that NATO is flexing its military muscle on Russia's border, the risk of inadvertent nuclear war is real. | US Air Force Gen. …

Brian Cloughley (2020-03-04). The Myth of Moderate Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca There are many influential supporters of nuclear war, and some of these contend that the use of 'low-yield' and/or short-range weapons is practicable without the possibility of escalation to all-out Armageddon. In a way their argument is comparable to that …

EWG (2020-03-04). Trump Taps Former Chemical Industry Shill to Lead Consumer Product Safety Commission. globalresearch.ca President Trump intends to nominate a former top chemical industry executive, who at the Environmental Protection Agency has led the rollback of important chemical safety regulations, to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to

WSWS (2020-03-04). European Union intensifies war against refugees at Turkish-Greek border. wsws.org Under the eyes of a high-ranking EU delegation, Greek border guards brutally attacked unarmed refugees.

teleSUR (2020-03-04). UN Observer to Present Report on Colombia's Human Rights. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Special Rapporteur, Michel Forst, presented his report on Wednesday regarding the human rights issues in Colombia. | The international organization's representative, who visited the South American nation in the late months of 2018 after a governmental invitation, highlig…

James A Haught (2020-03-04). Problems with Bible Classes. counterpunch.org Here in Appalachia's Bible Belt, conservatives in the Legislature want to force all West Virginia public high schools to teach Bible classes, as occurs in several other Republican-controlled states. I wonder how such classes handle Bible topics like these: First, the Bible decrees that gay males must be killed. Leviticus 20: 13 says: "If a man

Kim C. Domenico (2020-03-04). Liberals Explain Things to Me … My Soul Rebels. counterpunch.org that awareness of a ubiquitous, arbitrary death—which descends like a medieval plague on the just and the unjust alike, without warning or reason—is, I think, central to our experience of the 20th century. — A. Alvarez, The Savage God: A Study of Suicide "The books we need are the kind that act upon us like

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Conviasa Receives International Certificate of Operation. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services (Coniviasa) received the standard certification that validates its functioning under The International Certification Network (IQNet) standards. | RELATED: | According to Ramon Celestino Velasquez Araguayan, CONVIASA's president, this document represents an international acknowledgment of the airline and allows it to run under the norm ISO90…

WSWS (2020-03-04). Defender 2020: Largest mobilisation of NATO troops against Russia in 25 years. wsws.org Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the scale of NATO's provocative military exercise underscores how far advanced the preparations for war are.

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Guyana's Elections: Still Waiting For Results 2 Days After Vote. telesurenglish.net After they RELATED: | Electoral Commission of Guyana's (GECOM) president Claudette Singh told media the…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Evo Morales Fears Fraud in Upcoming Bolivian Elections. telesurenglish.net Evo Morales, the Bolivian ex-president, expressed his concern about a new coup d'etat against his party, Movement to Socialism, in the case of a new electoral victory next May. | RELATED: | The former mandatary, who currently resides in Argentina, is afraid that the right-winged forces who support Jeanine àÅñez, de facto president, would manipulate the next election process in the South American nation. | In an inter…

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Democratic Primaries Heat Up, Mike Bloomberg Ends Candidacy. telesurenglish.net New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced the end of presidential campaign after spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to win the Democratic ticket for the U.S. presidency. | RELATED: | Bloomberg, who entered in late January, has attempted to win voters over with a heavily commercialized campaing to sway voters into supporting his candidacy for the presidency. | Following his announcement, Bloomberg'

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Costa Rica: Data Collection Scandal Forces Officials to Quit. telesurenglish.net Four top Costa Rican officials, including the president's top ally, stepped down Wednesday amid a federal probe over the illegal use of private personal data. | RELATED: | A data analysis section installed within executive offices has been compiling and analyzing private personal data requested from various government entities for the past decade, purportedly to help in the development of public policies. | The issue is that said unit…

Eds. (2020-03-04). A little help from their friends: How Vietnam withstood largest bombing campaign in human history. mronline.org Between 1965 the 1975, the United States Air Force dropped over three times more bombs on the Southeast Asian nations of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia than the total tonnage dropped by the Allies during World War II. |

Joyce Nelson (2020-03-04). Bloomberg & Occupy Wall Street. zcomm.org While his "stop-and-frisk" racist policies as New York City Mayor have rightly been the focus of critical attention, nothing seems to have been said about his hostility toward the Occupy movement…

Staff (2020-03-04). Even the Machines Are Racist. Facial Recognition Systems Threaten Black Lives. truthout.org Facial recognition technology promises to alert us if our children are skipping out on their college classes, to zip us past all the suckers waiting in line at the airport and to create nationwide databases to catch the "bad guys." This newest biometric data is sold as a shortcut to utopia: technology that delivers responsible kids, quick service and safe streets — all with a scan of the human face. Politicians and companies pushing facial recognition technology say that, like the near-…

Staff (2020-03-04). Librarians Could Be Jailed or Fined Under Proposed Censorship Law. truthout.org A bill pending in Missouri's legislature takes aim at libraries and librarians who are making " The measure, championed by

RT (2020-03-04). Super Tuesday round-up: Biden surges, Sanders takes the top prize & Bloomberg quits as complaints of 'voter suppression' mount. rt.com The stage looks set for a drawn-out Democratic contest between an establishment centrist and a socialist agitator, after Super Tuesday voting saw Joe Biden sweep the south while Bernie Sanders claimed the top prize in California. | The biggest voting day in the Democrats' primary calendar, Super Tuesday brings in vote tallies from 14 states, as well as from American Samoa, and has a major impact on shaping the race to nab the party nomination. | So, what happened and what does it all mean? | Biden's (finally) in the game: | After a poor showing in early states like Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, forme…

RT (2020-03-04). 'Unsanitary & dangerous!' Trump concern-trolls 'Mini Mike' over awkward finger-licking amid coronavirus epidemic. rt.com US President Donald Trump cautioned his billionaire Democratic rival Mike Bloomberg about the gross-out unhygienic behavior on display in a TikTok video apparently posted by his campaign. Score one for the mega-troll. | "Don't lick your dirty fingers," Trump tweeted at his adversary "Mini Mike" on Tuesday evening as voting results for Super Tuesday primaries began to surface. "Both unsanitary and dangerous to others and yourself!" | Mini Mike, don't lick your dirty fingers. Both unsanitary and dangerous to others and yourself!

RT (2020-03-04). Warren & Bloomberg lost big on Democrats' Super Tuesday — or did they? rt.com President Donald Trump mocked Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bloomberg as the biggest losers of the Super Tuesday Democrat primaries, as it increasingly seemed he would face either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders come November. | Trump first turned his Twitter guns on Bloomberg, whom he has dubbed "Mini Mike," declaring that political consultants took his fellow New York billionaire for a ride and wasted some $700 million with nothing to show for it — aside from the derogatory nickname and a "complete destruction of his reputation," anyway. | The biggest loser tonight, by far, is Mini Mike Bloomberg. His "polit…

RT (2020-03-04). 'Their blood is on your hands': Veteran confronts Biden for 'enabling' Iraq war & killing 'millions' (VIDEO). rt.com Joe Biden may have scored big wins on Super Tuesday, but the Democratic presidential candidate failed to woo a military veteran who grilled him over his support for the disastrous invasion of Iraq. | In a video posted by Veterans Against the War, a man who identified himself as a former member of the Air Force approached the former vice president and quizzed him about his dicey foreign policy record. | "We are just wondering why we should vote for someone who voted for a war, who enabled a war that killed thousands of our brothers and sisters, countless Iraqi citizens," the veteran said to a surprised-looking…

RT (2020-03-04). First Super Tuesday results: Biden takes Virginia & North Carolina; Vermont called for Sanders. rt.com Joe Biden has won the Virginia primary in a landslide, and mainstream media outlets are predicting he will win the most delegates in North Carolina as well. Bernie Sanders is leading in his home state of Vermont. | At stake in the first contests on Tuesday are Virginia's 99 delegates and Vermont's 16. Polls in the two states closed at 7pm Eastern time (midnight GMT). North Carolina has 110 delegates, and was widely expected to be a Biden pick-up. | Biden has officially won the state of Virginia, easily coming out on top with 53 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. Sanders scored just 23 percent, w…

RT (2020-03-04). Democrat centrist darling Joe Biden sweeps southern states as polls close in AL, AR, ME, MA & OK. rt.com The second round of Super Tuesday polls for the Democrat presidential nominations have closed, with mainstream outlets calling most states for establishment favorite Joe Biden. | At stake are 52 delegates in Alabama, 31 in Arkansas, 24 in Maine, 91 in Massachusetts and 37 in Oklahoma. Voting was extended in some Tennessee counties (64 delegates) due to disruptions from Monday night's tornadoes. | Alabama was called for Biden within minutes of the polls closing, and with 25 percent of precincts reporting he leads the field with 63.4 percent of the vote. The AP called Arkansas for Biden, leading with 32.9 percen…

RT (2020-03-04). Applause & groans after Biden adviser 'tackles' Super Tuesday protester (VIDEO). rt.com A senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has received accolades — as well as eye-rolls — after pouncing on a protester who charged the stage during a Super Tuesday rally. | Biden was reveling in his Super Tuesday performance when two protesters rushed onto the platform where he was speaking. The first demonstrator was swiftly removed by a man who appears to have been part of the former vice president's security detail. But a second protester managed to scramble onto the stage — prompting Symone Sanders to charge at the sign-wielding disrupter and grab her by the waist.

RT (2020-03-04). Sanders leads & sues to keep LA polls open later as California turns into Super Tuesday's biggest prize. rt.com Voters in California who found their path to the ballot box obstructed by long delays were given an additional two hours to cast their votes. The Sanders campaign had filed an emergency injunction to ensure this would happen. | People reported long lines throughout LA County on Super Tuesday, where the rollout of a new voting system has — unsurprisingly, perhaps — gone

RT (2020-03-04). Establishment Joe-mentum: Biden racks up Super Tuesday wins as party lines up behind him. rt.com Former vice president Joe Biden has carried the south in the Super Tuesday primaries for the Democrat presidential nomination, riding the wave of endorsements and support from the party establishment. | Exit polls and projections showed Biden poised to get the most delegates from Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee, as well as scoring surprise victories in Minnesota — where Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out and endorsed him on the eve of the primaries — and Massachusetts, the home state of another contender, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. | Biden is set to claim the ninth Super Tuesday vic…

RT (2020-03-04). Democrat Super Tuesday: Polls close in Texas, Colorado and Minnesota. rt.com Polls are now closed in Colorado, Minnesota and all of Texas in Super Tuesday primaries for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Joe Biden is hoping to get enough traction to overtake Bernie Sanders. | The Associated Press called Colorado for Sanders when polls closed. With 19 percent of precincts reporting, the Vermont senator has 36.3 percent of the vote, giving him a comfortable lead over second-placed Bloomberg. | Exit polls and media projections suggest Sanders will get the largest share of Colorado's 67 delegates, while Biden is expected to do the same in Minnesota (75 delegates), thanks to an…

RT (2020-03-04). Bernie surrogate locks horns with Maddow over alleged report that Democrats are plotting against Vermont senator. rt.com Activist and Bernie Sanders supporter Shaun King has sparred with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, after claiming she reported that the DNC is angling to prevent the socialist senator from winning the Democratic nomination. | King tweeted out to his more than 1 million followers that Maddow had disclosed that "senior officials" within the Democratic Party were pressuring billionaire-turned-presidential-candidate Michael Bloomberg to drop out so that "Biden would have an easier time against Bernie." He made the provocative accusations that the Democrats were in fact "interfering with the primaries to stop" Sanders.

RT (2020-03-04). 'You met Al-Qaeda's medical staff': US envoy to UN takes heat after proudly greeting notorious White Helmets. rt.com Colorful images of Ambassador Kelly Craft enthusiastically shaking hands with 'White Helmets' members made rounds online, with users reminding the diplomat of their connections to a jihadi group the US once fought against. | Craft, who serves as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, showed up at the Turkey-Syrian border, posing with members of the self-described "civil defense group." She didn't come empty-handed, though, promising a hefty $108-million "humanitarian support package" intended for the people of northern Syria. | "Grateful to shake the hands of the brave men and women of the #whitehelmets," Ke…

RT (2020-03-04). WATCH: Fistfight breaks out in Turkish parliament after lawmaker lashes out at Erdogan over Idlib soldier deaths. rt.com Turkey's parliament descended into a chaotic fistfight after an opposition lawmaker accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of disrespecting Turkish soldiers killed recently in Idlib, Syria. | During a closed session about the country's operations in Idlib, opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) member Engin Ozkoc said Erdogan disrespected the dead troops and had also acted irresponsibly by sending them into conflict without air cover. | The accusations quickly escalated into a huge brawl inside the chamber between government and opposition politicians, with punches thrown and lawmakers slapping and kicking…

RT (2020-03-04). 'Turks are our brotherly people,' no reason for them to die in Syria — President Assad. rt.com Turks and Syrians are culturally intertwined and have no reason to be hostile towards each other, Bashar Assad said as violence escalates in Idlib. He said there is no reason for Turkish people to die in Syria. | "We talk about Turks as our brotherly people," the Syrian president said in an interview with a Russian news channel. "I am asking the Turkish people: what is your problem with Syria? What is the problem over which Turkish citizens need to die?" | He added that the two nations were bound through culture; there are many ethnic Turks living in Syria and vice versa, as well as cross-ethnic marriages. | T…

RT (2020-03-04). Russia hopes Putin, Erdogan can agree joint measures at Syria talks, Kremlin says. rt.com The Kremlin has said it hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be able to agree on a set of joint measures for the Syrian province of Idlib when they meet for talks in Moscow on Thursday. | "We plan to discuss the Idlib crisis," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "We expect to reach a common understanding on the crisis, the cause of the crisis, the harmful effects of the crisis and arrive at a set of necessary joint measures." | Erdogan reiterated on Wednesday that he expects his talks with Putin this week to result in the rapid achievement of a ceasefire in n…

RT (2020-03-04). On the eve of Putin-Erdogan meeting in Moscow, where is the Idlib crisis at? rt.com This is what the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone looks like right before the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, scheduled for March 5. | There are currently five Turkish battalion task force teams operating in Idlib, consisting of 4,700 troops, 129 artillery guns and mortars, and 15 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The Turkish force's combat capabilities are bolstered by artillery reconnaissance, electronic warfare units, along with multiple reconnaissance and much-feared combat drones. | Significant losses : | These combat drones caused…

RT (2020-03-04). US strikes Taliban as Trump's Afghanistan peace deal risks collapse. rt.com The US military has conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Helmand province, jeopardizing a fragile ceasefire and Donald Trump's much-touted peace roadmap for Afghanistan. | A spokesman for US forces said that an airstrike had targeted Taliban fighters in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, who were "actively attacking" an Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) checkpoint. The Pentagon insisted the strike was defensive and aimed at "disrupting" the Taliban assault, claiming that it was the first US attack on the Taliban in eleven days. | The spokesman also called on the Taliban to stop "needless a…

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The Real Losers on Super Tuesday
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2020-03-04
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | Primaries can be long drawn-out affairs. The Obama-Clinton struggle of spring-summer 2008 went down to the wire, still being contested in June. As I write Tuesday evening, the delegate count for Super Tuesday is still not known, and the actual count for California could take a long time to nail down. Joe Biden pulled off a surprise upset, virtually running the tables east of the Mississippi, and doing much better than expected in the big state of Texas. The final delegate tally of the two front-r…
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Feature or Bug? Super Tuesday Plagued by Long Lines, Closed Polling Stations and Systemic Failure
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-04
Things got so bad that some voters claimed that if a similar situation occurred in states such as Iran, the US government would intervene to "restore democracy."
mintpressnews.com/super-tuesday-plagued-…

Electoral Dirty Tricks in Play on Super Tuesday?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
How is it possible for a Dem presidential aspirant ahead in most Super Tuesday states (according to polls), including California and Texas, to lose overall to a challenger? | The latest pre-Super Tuesday polls showed Sanders leading Biden by wide margins …
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The Dem Establishment Successfully Cinched a Biden Super Tuesday Victory
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-04
Super Tuesday has raised the stakes and set the stage for a battle for the Democratic Party's soul; one that will decide if it stays the course with neoliberalism with Biden or moves towards a progressive social-democratic model with Sanders.
mintpressnews.com/democratic-party-estab…

Coronavirus: High Recovery Rates in China. Most Recent Figures
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
The following data on COVID-19 was confirmed on March 3 by the WHO | SITUATION IN NUMBERS total and new cases in last 24 hours | Globally | 90 870 confirmed (1922 new) | . | China | 80 304 confirmed (130 new) 2946 deaths (31 | …
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Coronavirus: High Recovery Rates in China. Most Recent Figures
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
The following data on COVID-19 was confirmed on March 3 by the WHO | SITUATION IN NUMBERS total and new cases in last 24 hours | Globally | 90 870 confirmed (1922 new) | China | 80 304 confirmed (130 new) 2946 deaths (31 new) | …
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Coronavirus: una falsa pandemia? Chi c'è dietro questo? Destabilizzazione economica, sociale e geopolitica globale
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
La campagna pubblicitaria e di disinformazione sulla diffusione del nuovo coronavirus COVID-19 ha creato un clima di paura e incertezza in tutto il mondo da quando l'OMS l'ha dichiarata un'emergenza medica della sanità pubblica internazionale il 30 gennaio. | La campagna …
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-una-falsa-…

Brazil: Left-Wing Parties Unite Against Bolsonaro's Gov't
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Opposition parties in Brazil reaffirmed in a document Tuesday their unity to resist the neoliberal and anti-democratic agenda of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro while urging the population to demonstrate. | RELATED: | Brazilians Reject Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Pension System Reform | "The political, economic and social situation in the country is becoming increasingly serious. The President of the Republic systematically violates the Constitution and democracy," the joint…
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Bloomberg Drops Out of Presidential Race, Endorses Biden
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-04
NEW YORK

Super Tuesday Leaves Sanders and Biden Battling for America's Future
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-04
While Sen. Sanders lays claim to the big-delegate prize in California, the former Vice President is now corporate Democrats' only hope.
truthdig.com/articles/super-tuesday-leav…

Democratic Party leaders engineer Biden victory in most Super Tuesday states
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
The outcome is a rebuff to the claims by Bernie Sanders that the Democratic Party can become the vehicle of a political revolution in America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/dems…

Tornadoes Leave 25 Dead in Tennessee on Super Tuesday
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) reported that tornadoes swept through this southern state on Tuesday and left 25 people dead, 150 injured citizens, and severely damaged homes and buildings. | RELATED: | At Least 23 Killed as Devastating Tornado Tears Through Alabama | Republican Governor Bill Lee declared a state of emergency to address the situation in his state, especially in Nashville where 40 buildings are destroyed and in Putnam County, where 16 dead were…
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Biden Wins 8 Super Tuesday States; Sanders Takes California
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-04
WASHINGTON

Democratic voters hand Biden Super Tuesday win; Sanders faces uphill fight
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-04
On Friday afternoon last week, Bernie Sanders was forecast to have a 60% chance of going to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer with a plurality of pledged delegates; Joe Biden had around a 30% chance. After Super Tuesday, those odds have flipped. The one constant: No one is on track to win …
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Super Tuesday & the Irrevocable Split in the Democratic Party
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2020-03-04
Joe Biden's nomination will not only mean failure to defeat Trump, but may mean an irrevocable split in the party itself…
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Super Tuesday & the Irrevocable Split in the Democratic Party
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
The first is that the last minute dropping out of the primary race by Pete Buttigieg and Amy …
globalresearch.ca/super-tuesday-irrevoca…

The Real Losers on Super Tuesday
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-03-04
Urgent Climate Action, Medicare for All, Anti-Plutocracy…
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After Super Tuesday, Sanders Faces Questions About African American Support
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-04
On Super Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden swept the South and Midwest, winning Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas, propelled by a huge majority of African-American votes in several states. We host a roundtable discussion on the results with Barbara Ransby, historian, author and activist adviser to the Movement for Black Lives; Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and president of Repairers of the B…
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Super Tuesday: 'At Stake Is the Soul of the Democratic Party'
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
"The battle is not just between candidates for the presidency, it really is about the soul and essence of the democratic party," Professor of Venezuelan History at Pitzer University in California Miguel Tinker Salas told teleSUR as voters took to the polls on Super Tuesday's Democratic primaries. | RELATED: | Latest Live Updates: Super Tuesday | What is at stake, said the academic in an interview with teleSUR, is whether the Democratic Party will be "capable of forging a new coalition that can represent th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Super-Tuesday-At…

Honesty Isn't Just a Campaign Attribute, It's a Prerequisite for Change
Jake Johnston | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
Last week, after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' victory in the Nevada caucus, long time human rights activist Brian Concannon wrote: The Democratic candidates missed the opportunity last week in Nevada–a state with a 30 percent Latino population–to address the root causes of our immigration crisis. They predictably criticized the worst Trump administration immigration policies, such…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/04/honesty-isnt…

Amid Syrian war, Turkey opens borders for Syrian refugees to travel to Europe
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
The persecution of asylum seekers in Turkey and Greece–which fight with each other over the flow of immigrants–is the product of the EU's brutal policies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/turk…

The Syria Deception
Swiss Propaganda Research | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
What is the Syria war about? | Contrary to the depiction in Western media, the Syria war is not a civil war. This is because the initiators, financiers and a large part of the anti-government fighters come from abroad. | Nor …
globalresearch.ca/the-syria-deception/57…

Russia Denies Responsibility for Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Russia and Syria are not responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, a province in the northwestern part of the country, nor for the displacement of millions of people from that territory to Turkey, Russian authorities said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Turkey Announces New Operation Against Syrian Military | The head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Parties to the Conflict in Syria, Oleg Zhuravlyov, claimed that the Russian troops were not responsible for the crisis,…
telesurenglish.net/news/russia-denies-re…

Video: Syrian Armed Forces Teach '2nd Strongest NATO Army' Painful Lesson in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
Units of the Russian Military Police entered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the second liberation of the town from al-Qaeda terrorists and Turkish forces. According to the Russian military, the deployment took place at 5: 00pm local time …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-armed-for…

They Have the Watches, We Have the Time; US and Iran Hardliners Still Want War
Matthew Hoh | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
When I was in Afghanistan, I often heard a Pashtun saying attributed to the Afghan Taliban strategy for war with the United States: "They have the watches, but we have the time". I do not know the provenance of this saying and I do not know if the saying exists in other Muslim or Asian…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/04/they-have-th…

The prospect of peace in Afghanistan is real–and Pakistan is the key player
M.K. Bhadrakumar | mronline.org | 2020-03-04
The U.S.-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 29 must be put in proper perspective. Indeed, there can't be two opinions that the curtain is coming down on what U.S. President Donald Trump called the "endless war" in which America squandered away over a trillion dollars and lost thousands of lives with no victory […] | Source…
mronline.org/2020/03/04/the-prospect-of-…

Kaia Rolle, Handcuffed and Arrested at 6: How Many More, and for How Long Will This Happen in America?
B. Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
While fretting over refugee children in freezing tents along Turkey's border, or Nargis Fazili's family fleeing Afghanistan across Asia to Europe, or lone migrant children caged in U.S. detention centers, we may barely register what happens to American children like Kaia Rolle; she's a 6-year-old student at a not unusual neighborhood school in Florida. I…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/04/kaia-rolle-h…

Trump's Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-04
It's true that the Trump administration signed a "peace deal" with the Taliban

Violations at US Hospitals Reveal They're Not Ready for Coronavirus
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-04
In early February, Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, in need of a hospital. The cruise ship was carrying patients who had traveled from China, where an outbreak of COVID-19 had taken root. Four passengers needed to go somewhere for further medical observation. | The obvious next step was University Hospital in Newark, a major academic medical center equipped with isolation rooms. "The hospital is following proper infection control protocols while evaluating these indiv…
truthout.org/articles/violations-at-us-h…

No, the coronavirus is not responsible for the fall of stock prices
Éric Toussaint | mronline.org | 2020-03-04
We are witnessing a big crisis in the stock markets of the Wall Street, Europe, Japan and Shanghai, and many blame the coronavirus for it. In the last week of February 2020, the worst week since October 2008, the Dow Jones fell 12.4%, the S&P 500 fell 11.5% and the Nasdaq Composite fell 10.5%. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/03/04/no-the-coronavir…

Coronavirus: a disaster of capitalism's making
Ben Hillier | mronline.org | 2020-03-04
What to do if confronted with an extremely contagious virus that medical experts say they have not seen before and don't understand, and which is fast spreading and killing hundreds of people? a) Take precautionary measures to stop the virus spreading and prepare the health system for a potential shock? Or b) Ignore it, blithely […] | Source…
mronline.org/2020/03/04/coronavirus-a-di…

What's Going on with the Arctic 'Doomsday' Seed Vault?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
Against the backdrop of the spreading fear about a global coronavirus pandemic, an event has slipped largely under the radar at a spot so removed from the rest of the world that most are unaware of its existence. The Svalbard …
globalresearch.ca/arctic-doomsday-seed-v…

Coronavirus: Bracing for the economic shockwave
Yves Smith | mronline.org | 2020-03-04
The information-aware and many in the medical industry are nervously watching the news about coronavirus spread and mortality rates. What we know so far isn't pretty. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/03/04/coronavirus-brac…

WHO: Covid-19 More Lethal Than Seasonal Flu
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
As cases of the novel coronavirus spread across the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated Tuesday that the disease fatality rate is much higher than that of influenza, but is containable. | RELATED: | Covid-19 Threatens to Reduce the Reserves of Generics in India | "Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases have died," Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing in Geneva. | The figure is higher than previous estimates t…
telesurenglish.net/news/WHO-Covid-19-Mor…

High cost of health care, lack of paid time off, leave US workers vulnerable to coronavirus outbreak
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
The Trump administration, primarily concerned with the impact on the stock market, has sought to downplay the seriousness of the threat to public health.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/work…

Covid-19 Threatens to Reduce the Reserves of Generics in India
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
To avoid depletion of its national inventories, India, the world's largest supplier of generic drugs, decided to restrict exports of some Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) used to manufacture medicines. | RELATED: | Argentina Confirms First Coronavirus Case Imported From Italy | The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) informed that this measure, which entered into force on Wednesday and will remain until further notice, does not completely prohibit the export of In…
telesurenglish.net/news/Covid-19-Threate…

The great fear of coronavirus: Panic in the supermarket
Srecko Horvat | zcomm.org | 2020-03-04
Most of the commentary on coronavirus tends to overlook the fact that a response to a crisis doesn't necessarily have to be negative…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-great-fear-of-…

The worst possible person to put in charge of coronavirus response: Mike Pence
Jill Richardson | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-04
A year after Trump took office, Saturday Night Live did a sketch called "What Even Matters Anymore?" Game show host Jessica Chastain read a list of outrageous things Trump has done and asked, "Does it even matter anymore?" Each time, the contestants thought it should, but they were wrong. For instance, the president had an …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-worst-possi…

Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat?
John W. Whitehead | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-04
If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that'll outwit the …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/coronavirus-v…

Saudi Arabia Suspends Umrah Over Coronavirus Outbreak
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
The Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday temporary suspension of Umrah for citizens and residents, as part of preventative measures against novel coronavirus outbreak. | RELATED: | Saudi Authorities to Arrest Woman Rapper Over Mecca Music Video | The ministry in a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said the decision will be cancelled if the virus risks pass. | Saudi Arabia registered this week the first coronavirus case of a Saudi national who came back fr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Arabia-Sus…

Capitalism's disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed, once again, the disastrous consequences of a social order that subordinates all human needs to private profit.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/pers…

Australia's health system could be overwhelmed by large-scale coronavirus outbreak
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
Federal and state governments plan repressive measures to forcibly quarantine people and curtail public gatherings.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/auvi…

Daring to Kiss: Coronavirus and the Butterfly Effect
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
At some point, it seemed like a slow burner, gathering attention with each press release from the World Health Organisation. When talking about a threat, language is everything. With more cases of COVID-19 being identified, the panic that comes from …
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-butterfly-…

Struggles break out in Inverness, Bristol ahead of UK Royal Mail national strike ballot
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
The targeting of disabled employees is bound up with the "Amazonification" of Royal Mail, a process by which the company hopes to compete with global corporate giants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/roya…

From Monroe to Trump. US Sponsored Military Coups in Latin America
Elson Concepción Pérez | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
The current U.S. President again threatens military action against Venezuela and continues sanctioning governments and companies with ties to the Bolivarian Republic and Cuba | *** | More than 200 years have passed since James Monroe became the fifth president of the …
globalresearch.ca/from-monroe-trump/5705…

Greece Turns a Ship Into a Refugee Camp to Face the Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
On Wednesday morning, over 400 migrants were at the Mytilene port on the Lesbos island waiting to embark on a ship of the Greek Navy that will serve as a temporary shelter. | RELATED: ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | Turkey Threatens to Undo EU Migration Agreement | This ship was transferred from the Piraeus port to prevent the Moria refugee camp from getting even more congested, for there are alre…
telesurenglish.net/news/Greece-Turns-a-S…

Costa Rica: Data Collection Scandal Forces Officials to Quit
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Four top Costa Rican officials, including the president's top ally, stepped down Wednesday amid a federal probe over the illegal use of private personal data. | RELATED: | Costa Rica and Panama Bust Migrant-Smuggling Network | A data analysis section installed within executive offices has been compiling and analyzing private personal data requested from various government entities for the past decade, purportedly to help in the development of public policies. | The issue is that said unit…
telesurenglish.net/news/Costa-Rica-Data-…

Denver students celebrate Black History Month
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-04
Denver, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society hosted local Denver activist Shareef Aleem for an event about radical Black history in the U.S., Feb. 25, as a part of Black History Month. At the event, Aleem discussed the history of radical Black activism, as well as how Black art and culture has been seized and stolen for generations. Aleem, an activist for over 20 years, has been involved in numerous groups, particularly in the peace movement and in the movement for police accountability. | "Anything Black people have in this country, somebody spilled their blood over," Aleem noted in his speech. Aleem th…
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Yet Another Mass Shooter Was a Military Veteran
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
Thursday yet another mass shooting was committed by a military veteran, this one in Milwaukee. Virtually all military veterans are not mass shooters. Many peace activists are veterans. Many everything under the sun are veterans. But mass shooters are very disproportionately military veterans. Some mass shooters who are not veterans are acting out a pretense of…
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Colombia: Social Actors to Debate Country's Armed Conflict
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Representatives of all social sectors in Colombia will reflect next week on the country's armed conflict, thanks to the initiative "Espacios de Escucha" (Listening Spaces), promoted by the Truth Commission and the result of the Peace Agreement signed by the Colombian State and the former guerrilla group FARC-EP. | RELATED: | UN Observer to Present Report on Colombia's Human Rights | The Truth Commission informed this Wednesday that listening spaces be h…
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US Military Launches Airstrike Against Taliban After Peace Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
The U.S. Military Wednesday bombed Taliban fighters supposedly to protect the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). This unexpected military action occurred just four days after the U.S. government signed a peace agreement with the insurgents. | RELATED: ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | The U.S. and the Taliban Sign a Peace Agreement | "The U.S. conducted an airstrike on Mar…
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Brazil: Protest in Sao Paulo Against Pension Reform
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Dozens of Brazilian civil servants clashed with the police in Sao Paulo in a protest against the approval of a pension reform in that specific state. | RELATED: | Brazil's Lula Receives Honorary Citizenship of Paris | During the confrontation, the protesters tried to enter the Sao Paulo Legislative Assembly where a session on pension reform was being held. This measure would affect public sector workers by increasing their monthly contributions and extending the minimum retirement age. | Th…
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Chile: Total Arrests Rise to 283 After Day of Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
The protests in Chile gained force on Monday, March 2, when the repressive forces of President Sebastian Piñera's government left 283 people in detention after 28 cases of "very serious" violence, according to local media. | RELATED: | Police Violently Assault Protesters in Chile, Nearly 300 Arrested | During the protests, which took place in a town south of the capital, there were very violent episodes, clashes between demonstrators and security forces, barricades and attac…
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Spanish Protest in Defense of Public Education
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Schools in Andalusia, Spain, called for a demonstration on Wednesday to protest against new school regulations that are seriously damaging public education for the benefit of private interests. | RELATED: | Catalonia's Pro-Independence Leader Cheered at Vic University | The mobilization, that brings together more than 100,000 teachers from public schools in Andalusia and other cities, is a forceful response to the imposition of the Decree on Schooling by the Ministry of Educatio…
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Supreme Court Revisits Abortion Law Similar to One Struck Down in 2016
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-04
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to hear an abortion case that may sound familiar. That's because the state restriction in question is almost identical to one the court overturned in 2016. | At the heart of the current case, June Medical Services LLC et al. v. Russo, is a Louisiana law passed in 2014 that requires doctors who perform abortions in the state to have "admitting privil…
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Eyewitness Venezuela: Sanctions kill but Venezuelans stand strong
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-04
Minneapolis, MN – Over 40 people gathered March 1 to hear Brad Sigal and Sarah Martin talk about their experience at the third World Anti-Imperialist Congress in Venezuela. This Congress was attended by over 1500 delegates from 73 countries in January, included a delegation from Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). The delegates were able to bring their organizational and individual experience to Caracas to work with each other on resisting imperialism. | Since Nicolás Maduro was elected president, the U.S. has ratcheted up sanctions, currency manipulation, and backed coup attempts to destabilize Venezuela…
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Venezuela Responds with Principled Conviction to the US' Desperate Attempts at Regime Change
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
The continued effort to overthrow President Maduro does not seem to produce the intended results for the perpetrators, but rather sends signals of desperation. The regime change plotters may be wishing to achieve what they did in Bolivia. But that …
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A World No Longer Shaped by Atlantic Powers
M. K. Bhadrakumar | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
The annual Munich Security Conference that took place February 14-16 this year turned out to be an iconic event, drawing comparison with the one held in the same Bavarian city on February 10, 2007, where in a prophetic speech Russian President Vladimir Putin had criticized the world order characterized by the United States' global hegemony…
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Palestine Slams Pompeo's Support of Illegal Israeli Settlements
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Palestine on Wednesday slammed senior U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for remarks supporting settlement activity in the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | Election Results Prove Israeli Society is Turning 'More Right' | During the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday, Pompeo said that the U.S. will take action against the UN Human Rights Council "blacklist" of the businesses working in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
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Mixed Returns for the Huawei Bashing Tour
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
The US imperium is rattled, so much so it's letting everyone else know about it. Move over the trade war with its bitchy insistence on redressing imbalances, surpluses and deficits; the next phase of conflict with China is being waged in matters of technology, with Huawei's 5G prowess featuring prominently. As the veteran Australian journalist…
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Does the Democratic Establishment Really Fear That Bernie CAN Win in November?
Jeff Cohen | zcomm.org | 2020-03-04
Phillips says the changing electorate (even from 2016 to 2020) and the particular way that Sanders won the popular vote in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada augur well for Sanders as the candidate who best matches up against Trump…
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The Informational War that Got Us to Where We Are
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
Every day of your life there is an informational war going on. You are not really aware of it

Trump Taps Former Chemical Industry Shill to Lead Consumer Product Safety Commission
EWG | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
President Trump intends to nominate a former top chemical industry executive, who at the Environmental Protection Agency has led the rollback of important chemical safety regulations, to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to an announcement issued last night …
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The Threat of a Nuclear War Between the US and Russia Is Now at Its Greatest Since 1983
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
When the Commander of NATO says he is a fan of flexible first strike at the same time that NATO is flexing its military muscle on Russia's border, the risk of inadvertent nuclear war is real. | US Air Force Gen. …
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The Myth of Moderate Nuclear War
Brian Cloughley | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
There are many influential supporters of nuclear war, and some of these contend that the use of 'low-yield' and/or short-range weapons is practicable without the possibility of escalation to all-out Armageddon. In a way their argument is comparable to that …
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European Union intensifies war against refugees at Turkish-Greek border
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
Under the eyes of a high-ranking EU delegation, Greek border guards brutally attacked unarmed refugees.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/gree…

The Call for an Extinction Rebellion
Christopher Ketcham | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
In the age of coming climate apocalypse, the narcissistic self-regard of humans in their exploitive relationship with the natural world is so disgusting, so utterly reprehensible, so vain and vacuous and unworthy of intelligent beings that it makes me want to repudiate humanism altogether and call for humans to be wiped off the goddamn planet.
counterpunch.org/2020/03/04/the-call-for…

UN Observer to Present Report on Colombia's Human Rights
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
The United Nations Special Rapporteur, Michel Forst, presented his report on Wednesday regarding the human rights issues in Colombia. | RELATED: | Venezuela Denounces Presence of Colombian Paramilitaries | The international organization's representative, who visited the South American nation in the late months of 2018 after a governmental invitation, highlig…
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Checking in From Bernie World
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
They call it Town Meeting day in Vermont. The concept is a leftover from a simpler time. In the bigger towns, it's really just election day. Unlike the rural hamlets and villages where residents actually hold a meeting, there are no debates, no show of hands and no shaking one's head when the neighbor starts…
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Liberals Explain Things to Me … My Soul Rebels
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
that awareness of a ubiquitous, arbitrary death–which descends like a medieval plague on the just and the unjust alike, without warning or reason–is, I think, central to our experience of the 20th century.

Relationships are Not the Monopoly of the State and Its Appendages
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
Human for those who labor under the delusion that the curtailment of civil liberties in Kashmir and persecution of minorities in Delhi are "internal" matters: India chose democracy, secularism, and socialism as its goals in 1947. The first milestone on this road is democracy. Democracy entails a lot more than merely conducting elections every five years.
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Why Do Cars Kill More People in Unequal Nations?
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
Do you know someone who's died in a car crash? If you live in the United States, the odds say you probably do. We've been averaging over 40,000 deaths a year for the past half-century. The United States, of course, hardly rates as the only nation with ongoing highway carnage. Traffic deaths remain a problem…
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Why Do Cars Kill More People in Unequal Nations?
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
Do you know someone who's died in a car crash? If you live in the United States, the odds say you probably do. We've been averaging over 40,000 deaths a year for the past half-century. The United States, of course, hardly rates as the only nation with ongoing highway carnage. Traffic deaths remain a problem all across the world. Car accidents globally are claiming 1.3 million lives a year, with 50 million additional people suffering serious injuries.
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Problems with Bible Classes
James A Haught | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
Here in Appalachia's Bible Belt, conservatives in the Legislature want to force all West Virginia public high schools to teach Bible classes, as occurs in several other Republican-controlled states. I wonder how such classes handle Bible topics like these: First, the Bible decrees that gay males must be killed. Leviticus 20: 13 says:…
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Conviasa Receives International Certificate of Operation
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
The Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services (Coniviasa) received the standard certification that validates its functioning under The International Certification Network (IQNet) standards. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Vice President Highlights Progress in National Talks | According to Ramon Celestino Velasquez Araguayan, CONVIASA's president, this document represents an international acknowledgment of the airline and allows it to run under the norm ISO90…
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Defender 2020: Largest mobilisation of NATO troops against Russia in 25 years
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the scale of NATO's provocative military exercise underscores how far advanced the preparations for war are.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/defe…

Democratic Primaries Heat Up, Mike Bloomberg Ends Candidacy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced the end of presidential campaign after spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to win the Democratic ticket for the U.S. presidency. | RELATED: | Amy Klobuchar Ends Her Presidential Campaign, Will Back Biden | Bloomberg, who entered in late January, has attempted to win voters over with a heavily commercialized campaing to sway voters into supporting his candidacy for the presidency. | Following his announcement, Bloomberg'…
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Guyana's Elections: Still Waiting For Results 2 Days After Vote
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
After they cast their ballot Monday in a highly anticipated election that will decide the future of an oil-rich Guyana, voters are still awaiting the first results of the 2020 general elections. | RELATED: | Guyana: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Prior to 2020 Elections | Electoral Commission of Guyana's (GECOM) president Claudette Singh told media the…
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Evo Morales Fears Fraud in Upcoming Bolivian Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Evo Morales, the Bolivian ex-president, expressed his concern about a new coup d'etat against his party, Movement to Socialism, in the case of a new electoral victory next May. | RELATED: | Unemployment Increases in Bolivia Under De Facto Regime | The former mandatary, who currently resides in Argentina, is afraid that the right-winged forces who support Jeanine àÅñez, de facto president, would manipulate the next election process in the South American nation. | In an inter…
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Companies Trim Outlooks, Travel and Staff as Virus Spreads
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-04
GROUNDED AIRPLANES: United Airlines will cut international and U.S. flying, freeze hiring and ask employees to volunteer for unpaid leave as it struggles with weak demand for travel because of the new virus outbreak. United said Wednesday it will reduce passenger-carrying capacity 20% on international routes and 10% to 12% in the U.S. United executives expect the reductions will carry into May. Beyond that, it depends what happens to bookings over the next few weeks. United's CEO and president say they hope the moves are enough, but the nature of the outbreak requires the airline to be flexible in how it responds…
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The Pentagon Loves Wasting Our Tax Money
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-04
The U.S. spends more than the next seven countries combined on a military that is seemingly incapable of either winning or ending any wars.
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Bloomberg & Occupy Wall Street
Joyce Nelson | zcomm.org | 2020-03-04
While his "stop-and-frisk" racist policies as New York City Mayor have rightly been the focus of critical attention, nothing seems to have been said about his hostility toward the Occupy movement…
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A little help from their friends: How Vietnam withstood largest bombing campaign in human history
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-03-04
Between 1965 the 1975, the United States Air Force dropped over three times more bombs on the Southeast Asian nations of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia than the total tonnage dropped by the Allies during World War II. | Source…
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Even the Machines Are Racist. Facial Recognition Systems Threaten Black Lives
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-04
Facial recognition technology promises to alert us if our children are skipping out on their college classes, to zip us past all the suckers waiting in line at the airport and to create nationwide databases to catch the "bad guys." This newest biometric data is sold as a shortcut to utopia: technology that delivers responsible kids, quick service and safe streets

Librarians Could Be Jailed or Fined Under Proposed Censorship Law
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-04
A bill pending in Missouri's legislature takes aim at libraries and librarians who are making " age-inappropriate sexual material" available to children. | The measure, championed by Ben Baker, a Republican lawmaker, calls for establishing review boards who would determine whether materials in…
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Super Tuesday round-up: Biden surges, Sanders takes the top prize & Bloomberg quits as complaints of 'voter suppression' mount
rt.com | 2020-03-04
The stage looks set for a drawn-out Democratic contest between an establishment centrist and a socialist agitator, after Super Tuesday voting saw Joe Biden sweep the south while Bernie Sanders claimed the top prize in California. | The biggest voting day in the Democrats' primary calendar, Super Tuesday brings in vote tallies from 14 states, as well as from American Samoa, and has a major impact on shaping the race to nab the party nomination. | So, what happened and what does it all mean? | Biden's (finally) in the game: | After a poor showing in early states like Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, forme…
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'Unsanitary & dangerous!' Trump concern-trolls 'Mini Mike' over awkward finger-licking amid coronavirus epidemic
rt.com | 2020-03-04
US President Donald Trump cautioned his billionaire Democratic rival Mike Bloomberg about the gross-out unhygienic behavior on display in a TikTok video apparently posted by his campaign. Score one for the mega-troll. | "Don't lick your dirty fingers," Trump tweeted at his adversary "Mini Mike" on Tuesday evening as voting results for Super Tuesday primaries began to surface. "Both unsanitary and dangerous to others and yourself!" | Mini Mike, don't lick your dirty fingers. Both unsanitary and dangerous to others and yourself! pic.twitter.com/LsKLZNeZL9– Donald J. Tr…
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First Super Tuesday results: Biden takes Virginia & North Carolina; Vermont called for Sanders
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Joe Biden has won the Virginia primary in a landslide, and mainstream media outlets are predicting he will win the most delegates in North Carolina as well. Bernie Sanders is leading in his home state of Vermont. | At stake in the first contests on Tuesday are Virginia's 99 delegates and Vermont's 16. Polls in the two states closed at 7pm Eastern time (midnight GMT). North Carolina has 110 delegates, and was widely expected to be a Biden pick-up. | Biden has officially won the state of Virginia, easily coming out on top with 53 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. Sanders scored just 23 percent, w…
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Applause & groans after Biden adviser 'tackles' Super Tuesday protester (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-04
A senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has received accolades

Democrat centrist darling Joe Biden sweeps southern states as polls close in AL, AR, ME, MA & OK
rt.com | 2020-03-04
The second round of Super Tuesday polls for the Democrat presidential nominations have closed, with mainstream outlets calling most states for establishment favorite Joe Biden. | At stake are 52 delegates in Alabama, 31 in Arkansas, 24 in Maine, 91 in Massachusetts and 37 in Oklahoma. Voting was extended in some Tennessee counties (64 delegates) due to disruptions from Monday night's tornadoes. | Alabama was called for Biden within minutes of the polls closing, and with 25 percent of precincts reporting he leads the field with 63.4 percent of the vote. The AP called Arkansas for Biden, leading with 32.9 percen…
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'Their blood is on your hands': Veteran confronts Biden for 'enabling' Iraq war & killing 'millions' (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Joe Biden may have scored big wins on Super Tuesday, but the Democratic presidential candidate failed to woo a military veteran who grilled him over his support for the disastrous invasion of Iraq. | In a video posted by Veterans Against the War, a man who identified himself as a former member of the Air Force approached the former vice president and quizzed him about his dicey foreign policy record. | "We are just wondering why we should vote for someone who voted for a war, who enabled a war that killed thousands of our brothers and sisters, countless Iraqi citizens," the veteran said to a surprised-looking…
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Democrat Super Tuesday: Polls close in Texas, Colorado and Minnesota
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Polls are now closed in Colorado, Minnesota and all of Texas in Super Tuesday primaries for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Joe Biden is hoping to get enough traction to overtake Bernie Sanders. | The Associated Press called Colorado for Sanders when polls closed. With 19 percent of precincts reporting, the Vermont senator has 36.3 percent of the vote, giving him a comfortable lead over second-placed Bloomberg. | Exit polls and media projections suggest Sanders will get the largest share of Colorado's 67 delegates, while Biden is expected to do the same in Minnesota (75 delegates), thanks to an…
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Establishment Joe-mentum: Biden racks up Super Tuesday wins as party lines up behind him
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Former vice president Joe Biden has carried the south in the Super Tuesday primaries for the Democrat presidential nomination, riding the wave of endorsements and support from the party establishment. | Exit polls and projections showed Biden poised to get the most delegates from Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee, as well as scoring surprise victories in Minnesota

Sanders leads & sues to keep LA polls open later as California turns into Super Tuesday's biggest prize
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Voters in California who found their path to the ballot box obstructed by long delays were given an additional two hours to cast their votes. The Sanders campaign had filed an emergency injunction to ensure this would happen. | People reported long lines throughout LA County on Super Tuesday, where the rollout of a new voting system has

Bernie surrogate locks horns with Maddow over alleged report that Democrats are plotting against Vermont senator
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Activist and Bernie Sanders supporter Shaun King has sparred with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, after claiming she reported that the DNC is angling to prevent the socialist senator from winning the Democratic nomination. | King tweeted out to his more than 1 million followers that Maddow had disclosed that "senior officials" within the Democratic Party were pressuring billionaire-turned-presidential-candidate Michael Bloomberg to drop out so that "Biden would have an easier time against Bernie." He made the provocative accusations that the Democrats were in fact "interfering with the primaries to stop" Sanders.
rt.com/usa/482290-maddow-sanders-king-de…

On the eve of Putin-Erdogan meeting in Moscow, where is the Idlib crisis at?
rt.com | 2020-03-04
This is what the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone looks like right before the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, scheduled for March 5. | There are currently five Turkish battalion task force teams operating in Idlib, consisting of 4,700 troops, 129 artillery guns and mortars, and 15 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The Turkish force's combat capabilities are bolstered by artillery reconnaissance, electronic warfare units, along with multiple reconnaissance and much-feared combat drones. | Significant losses : | These combat drones caused…
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'You met Al-Qaeda's medical staff': US envoy to UN takes heat after proudly greeting notorious White Helmets
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Colorful images of Ambassador Kelly Craft enthusiastically shaking hands with 'White Helmets' members made rounds online, with users reminding the diplomat of their connections to a jihadi group the US once fought against. | Craft, who serves as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, showed up at the Turkey-Syrian border, posing with members of the self-described "civil defense group." She didn't come empty-handed, though, promising a hefty $108-million "humanitarian support package" intended for the people of northern Syria. | "Grateful to shake the hands of the brave men and women of the #whitehelmets," Ke…
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Russia hopes Putin, Erdogan can agree joint measures at Syria talks, Kremlin says
rt.com | 2020-03-04
The Kremlin has said it hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be able to agree on a set of joint measures for the Syrian province of Idlib when they meet for talks in Moscow on Thursday. | "We plan to discuss the Idlib crisis," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "We expect to reach a common understanding on the crisis, the cause of the crisis, the harmful effects of the crisis and arrive at a set of necessary joint measures." | Erdogan reiterated on Wednesday that he expects his talks with Putin this week to result in the rapid achievement of a ceasefire in n…
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WATCH: Fistfight breaks out in Turkish parliament after lawmaker lashes out at Erdogan over Idlib soldier deaths
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Turkey's parliament descended into a chaotic fistfight after an opposition lawmaker accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of disrespecting Turkish soldiers killed recently in Idlib, Syria. | During a closed session about the country's operations in Idlib, opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) member Engin Ozkoc said Erdogan disrespected the dead troops and had also acted irresponsibly by sending them into conflict without air cover. | The accusations quickly escalated into a huge brawl inside the chamber between government and opposition politicians, with punches thrown and lawmakers slapping and kicking…
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US strikes Taliban as Trump's Afghanistan peace deal risks collapse
rt.com | 2020-03-04
The US military has conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Helmand province, jeopardizing a fragile ceasefire and Donald Trump's much-touted peace roadmap for Afghanistan. | A spokesman for US forces said that an airstrike had targeted Taliban fighters in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, who were "actively attacking" an Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) checkpoint. The Pentagon insisted the strike was defensive and aimed at "disrupting" the Taliban assault, claiming that it was the first US attack on the Taliban in eleven days. | The spokesman also called on the Taliban to stop "needless a…
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