Daily Archives: March 6, 2020

2020-03-06: News Headlines

Staff (2020-03-07). Is the U.S. Really Getting Out of Afghanistan? truthdig.com President Trump may have surrendered to the Taliban, but as Truthdig columnist Danny Sjursen notes, that may not amount to the end of the conflict.

teleSUR (2020-03-07). Hip Hop Museum To Open in its Birthplace in the Bronx. telesurenglish.net Hip hop – the music, dance, art, and fashion phenomenon that went from rough streets into fancy suites in five decades – is getting its museum in its birthplace in the Bronx, New York. | RELATED: | A small pop-up exhibit gives a preview of the Universal Hip Hop Museum's permanent home, set to open in 2023 to celebrate the culture's global history. | To date, "there isn't a physical place that is dedicated to the…

RT (2020-03-07). Cancel culture wins again: Publisher drops Woody Allen memoir after employee walkout. rt.com New York publishing house Hachette canceled Woody Allen's biography and returned the rights to the famous film director, after its employees staged a walkout in protest. Allen was accused of child sex abuse by his ex-partner. | "The decision to cancel Mr. Allen's book was a difficult one," a spokeswoman for Hachette Book Group said in a statement on Friday. "We take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly." | After dozens of HBG employees walked out in protest on Thursday, however, the company "came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasi…

RT (2020-03-07). AIPAC confirms two coronavirus cases at Israeli lobby gathering attended by US elites & veteran politicians. rt.com Two people from New York who attended the AIPAC conference in the US capital have tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, raising the possibility that lawmakers in Washington, DC were exposed to the potentially lethal contagion. | "At least" two conference-goers who came from Westchester County, New York have tested positive for the virus, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said on Friday evening, adding that they've sent notice of this to the attendees, participants, speakers, administration staff and congressional offices. | Important Update: Coronavirus | As emailed to Policy Conference attendee…

RT (2020-03-07). 'Shut down Taj Mahal!' Agra mayor calls on Indian govt to shutter ALL historical monuments amid growing coronavirus outbreak. rt.com The mayor of Agra has urged the Indian government to temporarily shut down the country's national monuments — including Agra's iconic Taj Mahal — to limit the spread of the lethal coronavirus, as the number of cases swells to 31. | "Foreign tourists in large numbers visit Agra, this increases the chances of spread of coronavirus in the city," Mayor Naveen Jain

RT (2020-03-07). 'Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!' Trump appoints Mark Meadows new chief of staff, 'banishes' Mulvaney to Northern Ireland. rt.com President Trump has selected North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows to be the new White House chief of staff, making the former acting chief, Mick Mulvaney, the special envoy to Northern Ireland. | "I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff. I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one," Trump said in a tweet on Friday night announcing the move. ….I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!— Donald…

RT (2020-03-07). HACKED Israeli Defense Minister demands 'freedom for Palestine', tweets out Turkey's anthem. rt.com The Twitter handle of Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett appears to have been breached, sending out a highly off-message post urging for the liberation of Palestine, followed by the lyrics of Turkey's anthem in English.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-07). A "win-win" over Afghanistan and Syria. iranian.com Two peace agreements within a week are a bit too much. Hot on the heels of the US-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 9, Russia and Turkey have signed a peace agreement over the Syrian conflict in Moscow on March 6. On the face of it, the two are unconnected events but they …

IRNA (2020-03-07). Alibaba founder Jack Ma donates one million masks to Iran. iranian.com Chinese entrepreneur, industrialist and chief executive of Alibaba Group Jack Ma has announced the donation of one million masks to Iran. Jack Ma announced his decision in his Chinese-language Vibo account. Releasing images of several children hospitalized for coronavirus infection, he referred to the thousands of miles between China and Iran but said the huge distance …

WSWS (2020-03-06). Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria. wsws.org Despite both sides' efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.

James Bovard (2020-03-06). Syria Debacles Epitomize Perpetual Perfidy of U.S. Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Turkey is ratcheting up its invasion of Syria and trying to drag NATO into Erdogan's personal rehabilitation scheme. Threats and counter-threats are flying as thickly as the bombs and bullets. It remains to be seen whether U.S. policymakers will blunder deeper into this quagmire. Last October, the Washington establishment was aghast when President Trump appeared

Steven Sahiounie (2020-03-06). The New Idlib Ceasefire Forces Turkey-Backed Extremists to Fall Back. mintpressnews.com Putin and Erdogan met in Moscow in a last-ditch effort to strike a deal over the escalating violence in Idlib, Syria. Steven Sahiounie weighs in on who prevailed and what likely comes next.

The Canary (2020-03-06). Refugees attacked with water canons and tear gas on the Greek-Turkish border. thecanary.co Refugees faced more attacks on the Greek-Turkish border as people attempted to enter Greece, while the European Union's foreign ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation on the border and in Syria, where Turkish troops are fighting.Greek authorities used tear gas and a water cannon to repulse an attempt by refugees to push through the border from Turkey in the morning, while Turkish authorities fired volleys of tear gas onto the Greek side of the frontier.Thousands of refugees have been trying to get into Greece through the country's eastern land and sea borders over the past week, after Turkey…

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Syria: Sporadic Attacks Continue After the Ceasefire Agreement. telesurenglish.net Just a few hours after the announcement of the ceasefire between Russia and Turkey, the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib was the scene of new conflicts. | RELATED: | On Thursday, Turkey's Defense Ministry reported the death of two Turkish soldiers who were injured after the Syrian government opened fire in Idlib. | "After this attack, the Turkish army killed 21 Syrian soldiers and destroyed two pieces of artillery, along with two…

Global Research (2020-03-06). "Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria. globalresearch.ca Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: *SPECIAL OFFER: …

Joshua Cho (2020-03-06). Coronavirus Alarm Blends Yellow Peril and Red Scare. fair.org As an Asian-American, I'm not surprised that there are numerous reports surfacing of racist and xenophobic responses arising in the US (and elsewhere) as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, where "coughing while Asian" is being compared to "driving while black." In case there are any doubts that media coverage is being racialized, reports …

Staff (2020-03-06). Voter Suppression Threatens to Take the US Back to Reconstruction Era. truthout.org Janine Jackson interviewed Emory University's Carol Anderson about voter suppression for the Janine Jackson:

Kevin Gosztola (2020-03-06). Espionage Act Reform Bill Would Protect Journalists Like Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Ro Khanna introduced a bill to reform the Espionage Act, the archaic piece of legislation used to prosecute Julian Assange and other Whistleblowers.

WSWS (2020-03-06). As anger mounts over Assange's persecution, former foreign minister Carr calls for moral appeals to Australian government. wsws.org Veteran Labor leader Bob Carr is attempting to divert the growing movement for the release of Assange into dead-end appeals to the Australian parliament.

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Venezuela Condemns US for Crimes Against Humanity. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice President, RELATED: | During a press conference to announce the status of the lawsuit filed by the Bolivarian Government at the International Criminal Court, Rodriguez once again exposed elements for which Washington is being accused of i…

Rami Almeghari (2020-03-06). Israel detains six Palestinian travelers from Gaza. imemc.org Israeli authorities have been reportedly detained six Palestinians from Gaza since early 2020. Those arrested are said to be travelers, who were passing through the Israel-controlled Erez checkpoint, north of the Gaza Strip. According to a statement, released on Friday by the Ramallah-based Palestine Center for Detainee Studies, the sixth …

Jacob Bacharach (2020-03-06). In the Land of the Gerontocrats. truthdig.com As much as I like Bernie Sanders and hope he prevails in the Democratic primary, I confess that there's something gray and depressing about a crusty, seventy-something, New-Deal liberal representing the great electoral hope of the American left. There are, of course, a number of engaging young progressives in office now, but the fame and near-celebrity profiles of newcomers like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez belie the still fundamentally local power bases of these congresswomen, none of whom has yet been tested even in a statewide election. Victories at the state and local levels have bee…

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Bolivia: El Alto Citizens Seek Justice for the Sekata Victims. telesurenglish.net During a rally carried out in El Alto city on Thursday, Bolivians demanded the self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez to respond for the Senkata massacre, which left 36 dead in Nov. 2019.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | The former senator has not offered a convincing response to those affected by the violence that the Bolivian security forces deployed to guara…

Alan Macleod (2020-03-06). "People Are Being Hunted Down" — ICE Launches Rights-Busting Onslaught Against Sanctuary Cities. mintpressnews.com Rights are routinely being violated as hundreds of ICE agents storm New York City and other sanctuary cities in a fresh attempt to round up undocumented immigrants.

Vijay Prashad (2020-03-06). We who were nothing and have become everything shall construct a new and better world. mronline.org On 8 March 1917 (23 February by the old Julian calendar), a hundred women in the textile factories in Petrograd decided to go on strike; they went amongst the other factories and called their fellow workers onto the streets. Before long, around 200,000 workers—led by the women—marched through the streets. |

K.J. Noh (2020-03-06). Yellow-caking an epidemic: New York Times spreads the virus of hatred, again. mronline.org In a repeat of the gutter journalism used to justify the 2003 Iraq War, the New York Times has had to "yellow-cake" up a foul brew of innuendo, half-truths, misrepresentations, outright lies—spiked fiercely with stereotypes, racial hatred, and red-baiting—to makes its case for a China "cover-up." |

The Canary (2020-03-06). Police raided innocent family's home because they got the time zone wrong. thecanary.co Police raided the home of an innocent family after recording the wrong time zone during a child abuse probe, according to a watchdog.The "serious error" occurred when officers confused Greenwich Mean Time with British Summer Time, as they tried to track who was uploading and sharing indecent images on public WiFi, a report from the Investigatory Powers Commissioner (IPC) said.The mix-up put the information in the investigation out by one hour and led to the warrant mistakenly being carried out at the address.The body, set up in 2017 to scrutinise spying powers used by police, intelligence agencies and other publi…

CounterSpin (2020-03-06). Josh Bivens on Coronavirus Economics, Mandy Smithberger on Military Economics. fair.org Media…

Staff (2020-03-06). Virus Hits 100,000 Cases as Its Economic Impact Snowballs. truthdig.com BANGKOK — Crossing more borders, the new coronavirus hit a milestone Friday, infecting more than 100,000 people worldwide as it wove itself deeper into the daily lives of millions, infecting the powerful, the unprotected poor and vast masses in between. | The virus, which has killed more than 3,400 people, edged into

Staff (2020-03-06). Trump Signs $8.3B Bill to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak in U.S. truthdig.com The rapid spread of the virus has rocked financial markets, interrupted travel and threatens to affect everyday life in the United States.

Eds. (2020-03-06). From fossil capitalism to energy democracy? mronline.org As the 21st Century's second decade opens, the increasingly severe symptoms of climate change comprise a pivot in the struggle for hegemony, globally and within national formations. With the highest per capital carbon emissions among the G20 states, Canada is a climate laggard and, in some respects, a first-world petro-state (Nikiforuk 2010), organized as a […] |

Staff (2020-03-06). The United States' Disappeared. truthdig.com In the fifth floor of the tall glass federal building in Portland, Oregon, the immigration court hums in hushed tones, an air of reverence coming from a dozen or so fidgety children and teenagers. They sit in two long pews that line the back of the room, facing the elevated bench of the immigration judge. | A massive Department of Justice seal towers over the bench, flanked by giant windows that allow a glimpse of the downtown skyline. At one table, an attorney representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement faces the judge. Every 10 minutes or so, a new young client makes their way around the table, ready to fa…

Ed Sykes (2020-03-06). As a literal Nazi supporter targets Sanders rally, the Jewish politician's message to the world is crystal clear. thecanary.co On 5 March, a Nazi waved a swastika flag in the middle of a Bernie Sanders Sanders under attack: | During the Holocaust, Nazis murdered

Tracy Keeling (2020-03-06). A dire revelation about Joe Biden materialised the morning after Super Tuesday. thecanary.co After a very rocky start to his campaign, Joe Biden did well in the states that voted on so-called Super Tuesday. The press could hardly contain themselves, gleefully But the media wasn't the only industry celebrating Biden's surge. In a revelation that surprised no-one who's been paying attention, the stock markets showed private healthcare stocks 'su…

Telesur (2020-03-06). Former Nobel Peace Prize Nominates Morales for 2020 Distinction. globalresearch.ca "It is an honor for me to inform you that I have nominated comrade Evo Morales Ayma for the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2020," the Argentinian Adolfo Perez Esquivel announced on his Twitter account. | *** | The Argentinian activist …

Thomas Knapp (2020-03-06). Yes, Trump Should Talk with the Taliban. counterpunch.org On March 3, US president Donald Trump spoke (via telephone) with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, chief of the Taliban's Doha diplomatic office and signer, on behalf of his organization, of the recently concluded Afghanistan "peace deal." "The direct contact between an American president and a top Taliban leader would once have been unthinkable," writes Michael

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Guyana: Granger's APNU-AFC Wants Him Sworn in Quickly. telesurenglish.net The APNU + AFC coalition is hoping that the President's oath will occur "very quickly" and that a court will dismiss tomorrow the request for a court order that has prevented the announcement of the results in favor of its leader, David Granger. "We would like this matter resolved very quickly. So that there is calm, stability, moderation, we must make the President take an oath very quickly, and that his government can take the necessary measures to guarantee the peace, stability, and security of the people of this country," said Joseph Harmon, Secretary-General of UNPA + AFC, in a video statement. | In the m…

Eric Walberg (2020-03-06). Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher (2020). globalresearch.ca First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, …

Marjorie Cohn (2020-03-06). Trump's Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace. zcomm.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…

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Chile: New Protests Are Scheduled Amid Plebiscite Campaign. telesurenglish.net Chile's political and social organizations called for a new wave of protests throughout March, a decisive month for the Chileans on their way to the plebiscite on the new Constitution to be held on April 26. | RELATED: | To begin with, the Workers' United Center of Chile (CUT) called for a demonstration to commemorate the upcoming International Women's Day. | "On March 8 and 9, starting at noon, we will take to the stre…

Celine Hagbard (2020-03-06). Israeli Troops Attack Protest in Kufur Qaddoum, Injuring Two Palestinians. imemc.org Two young men were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets, while dozens more suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, when Israeli forces invaded Kufur Qaddoum village and began assaulting non-violent demonstrators. Each week, the townspeople of Kufur Qaddoum hold a march and protest to challenge the Israeli closure of their …

Tracy Keeling (2020-03-06). A new graphic novel tackles climate crisis anxiety in a truly exceptional way. thecanary.co SelfMadeHero, a small Author Cédric Taling explores the issues in an exceptional way. He brings in the spirit of an influential 19th century writer to converse with the protagonist on how to tackle his anxiety and, indeed, the climate crisis itself. | Get back to natur…

Alan Macleod (2020-03-06). Big Banks Call for Wall Street Deregulation to "Fight Coronavirus" mintpressnews.com As Naomi Klein laid out in her bestseller "Shock Doctrine," the wealthy elite use the confusion caused by economic and other disasters to quickly force through pro-free-market legislation.

Carilee Osborne (2020-03-06). A Green New Deal for South African workers? zcomm.org COSATU, South Africa's largest trade union federation, has a plan to simultaneously tackle climate change and unemployment…

Laura Carlsen (2020-03-06). The Organization of American States Is Eroding Faith in Democracy. zcomm.org Under its pro-Trump secretary general, a politicized OAS has botched electoral missions across the hemisphere — and even precipitated a coup…

Larry Romanoff (2020-03-06). COVID-19 "Worldwide Epidemic of Biblical Proportions" globalresearch.ca This is becoming increasingly crazy. The Western media hype is intolerable with its fear-mongering. What is driving this? | In most countries, a few people or a few hundred people have been infected with this virus, and a dozen or so …

WSWS (2020-03-06). International court approves probe of US war crimes in Afghanistan. wsws.org The ICC's decision, following a protracted delay, came in defiance of Washington's threats and bullying.

Staff (2020-03-06). Rudy Giuliani's State Department Coup. truthdig.com Imagine, just for the sake of argument, that the president of the United States was an arrogant, information-challenged, would-be autocrat with a soft spot for authoritarian leaders from China, Russia, and North Korea to Egypt ("

teleSUR (2020-03-06). OPEC: Negotiations to Reduce Oil Supply Fail, Oil Prices Drop. telesurenglish.net Due to the decline in global oil consumption caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Friday proposed to cut oil supplies by 1.5 million barrels per day until the end of 2020. This proposal, however, was not accepted due to the resistance of Russia and Kazakhstan. | RELATED: | This adjustment, which represents about 1.5 percent of world production, was proposed during the OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. | On…

Staff (2020-03-06). Fox News Is Spreading Trump's Coronavirus Lies Faster Than the Disease Itself. truthout.org President Trump said that Russian interference in the 2016 election was a hoax perpetrated by the Democrats to destroy his presidency. He claimed his impeachment was a Democratic hoax too and last week he said the coronavirus — or at least media coverage of the coronavirus — was one as well. | None of those were hoaxes. But that doesn't mean hoaxes don't exist. In fact, when it comes to the coronavirus crisis, disinformation, propaganda and hoaxes abound. Ironically, one of the so…

Staff (2020-03-06). Warren Dropped Out, But Her Fight Against Wall Street Continues. truthout.org In 2010, after Ted Kennedy's death left a Massachusetts Senate seat open, Martha Coakley ran one of the worst, most utterly presumptuous campaigns in history to fill it. Believing completely in the idea that no Republican could ever win that office in that state, she barely left her own state attorney general's office to campaign. | When the dust settled from that special election, a contest that saw statewide turnout barely crack 30 percent, a relatively unknown conservative Republican named Scott Brown h…

Staff (2020-03-06). Trump Interior Official Pushed Climate Misinformation Into Federal Reports. truthout.org A major New York Times investigative report, published March 2, revealed efforts by DeSmog has obtained some of the emails cited by The Times in that investigati…

Staff (2020-03-06). The End of Buttigieg's Campaign Was a Warning Against Fake Progressivism. truthout.org Pete Buttigieg's conversion into one of the left's most despised neoliberal villains was something to behold this year. While the 38-year-old politician The traits…

Staff (2020-03-06). Last Pre-Coronavirus Jobs Report Shows Strong Job Growth, Weak Wage Growth. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 273,000 jobs in February. The January figure was revised up to the same number, which, along with an upward revision to December's number, brought the three-month average to a very strong 243,000 jobs. | The unemployment rate edged back down to 3.5 percent, reversing the January rise. However, the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) also edged down 0.1 percentage points from the recovery high reached in January. The EPOP for prime-…

Daniel Warner (2020-03-06). Will COVID-19 Finally Bring Down Trump's Virtual Presidency? counterpunch.org The "pussy grab video" didn't do it. The Stormy Daniels's revelations didn't do it. The Mueller investigation didn't do it. The impeachment trial didn't do it. The cruel handling of children and the desperate at the border didn't do it. The unrevealed tax returns didn't do it. Will Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus epidemic

WSWS (2020-03-06). Another downward swing on Wall Street. wsws.org The gyrations in global stock markets have focused attention on underlying trends that are creating the conditions for another financial crisis on the scale of 2008 or even larger.

Antonio Carty (2020-03-06). If Sanders forms a real Alliance with Warren, their Popular Policies Can Win. zcomm.org Conventional wisdom is that a presidential candidate should pick an opposite or contrasting vice presidential running mate, to create a perception of a balanced ticket. But this is not a conventional time or race, Bernie is offering a clear and practical progressive choice to fix the USA. So his running mate needs to be a

Robert Hunziker (2020-03-06). Global Warming on a Rampage. dissidentvoice.org Global warming is not waiting around for the signatories to the Paris climate accord '15 to go to net zero emissions 2030/50. Sorry, those bold plans are way too little way too late. Already, across the board, the planet is on a hot streak that defies all projections. It's starting to look downright scary! Listen… …

WSWS (2020-03-06). After Super Tuesday primaries, Warren drops out, Sanders tacks to the right. wsws.org Sanders began running a campaign ad Tuesday consisting entirely of former President Barack Obama speaking in glowing terms of the Vermont senator.

Howard Machtinger (2020-03-06). A New Pentagon Papers or the Same old Almost Endless War? zcomm.org one can blame the lack of an antiwar movement in part for the failure to stop the war sooner, the price Afghanis and Americans have paid for this failure, and the ceding of credit for US withdrawal to President Trump…

Khury Petersen-Smith (2020-03-06). Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars. zcomm.org Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he's bringing home from Afghanistan…

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Bolivia: UNHCR-Based De-Facto Govt Seeks New Attack on Morales. telesurenglish.net Based on a pronouncement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the de-facto government of Jeanine Añez called on governments that have granted or are in the process of giving asylum or refuge to Bolivian citizens, to avoid they incurring hostile acts such as "subversive discourse" towards their country of origin. | RELATED: | In a statement, the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that UNHCR had respo…

Keith Hoeller (2020-03-06). Apprentices to Nowhere: From Impoverished Graduate Students to Impoverished College Professors. counterpunch.org Why have 233 graduate teaching assistants gone on strike at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC)? Why did University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano issue a warning letter threatening to fire the striking graduate students? Why did the University of California call in police from outside the college who used batons against

Chris Busby (2020-03-06). Cancer in US Navy Nuclear Powered Ships. counterpunch.org In 2011, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100km off the coast of Japan at the time of the Tsunami and the subsequent Fukushima reactor explosions. It was directed by the US government to ride to the rescue in what was later called Operation Tomodachi (friendship)–to provide assistance to the victims of the floods. What no-one on board was told was that the reactors had exploded and a plume of highly radioactive material was blowing east from the site into the path of the vessel. Of course, when this arrived, all the radiation monitors on the boat started screaming, and the planes…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-03-06). A Simple Prescription for a Longer Life: Economic Equality. counterpunch.org The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released some welcome news recently: Americans are living a tiny bit longer. In 2018, U.S. life expectancy inched up about a month, from 78.6 to 78.7 years. The White House credited "President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and really the entire administration" for the increase, the first since 2014.

JP Sottile (2020-03-06). COVID-19 Reveals Trump's Planned Obsolescence. counterpunch.org As COVID-19 begins its inevitable "community transmission" phase around the United States, the purveyors of the conventional wisdom are largely focused on President Trump's (and by extension, prayerful Vice President Pence's) incompetence and his self-serving, empathy-free approach to the coronavirus. And it is true that, as with all things Trump, it seems that all he

Jill Richardson (2020-03-06). Why Mike Pence is the Worst Person to Lead the COVID-19 Response. counterpunch.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

Thomas Klikauer (2020-03-06). Inside Right Wing Extremism: an Undercover Cyber-Agent Report. counterpunch.org Some might be old enough to remember the start of the Internet with only .mil and .edu. It was the pre-WWW and pre-Dot-Com age time defined by a black screen and green or amber characters. In this era, right-wing extremists could not use the Internet to destabilize democracy. Today, they can. Recently, Julia Ebner, an

Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-06). Daring to Kiss: Coronavirus and the Butterfly Effect. counterpunch.org 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 paranoia, suspicion and good old distrust is beginning to thrive. The signs of this vary

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Brazil's Diplomats Left Venezuela Prior Bolsonaro-Trump Meeting. telesurenglish.net Brazil withdrew four diplomats and eleven officials from its embassy in Caracas on Friday, although it keeps its diplomatic headquarters and consulates open in Venezuela.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | These events occur on the eve of the announced visit of President Jair Bolsonaro to the U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S…

WSWS (2020-03-06). Clash between Bolsonaro and Congress deepens crisis of capitalist rule in Brazil. wsws.org The Bolsonaro government's break with bourgeois democratic forms of rule—like that of Trump in the US or Modi in India—is symptomatic of a profound crisis of the entire capitalist system.

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Brazil Mudslides Death Toll Rises to 31. telesurenglish.net The death toll from a series of mudslides in Brazil's Sao Paulo state has risen to 31, while 49 people are still missing, local authorities announced Friday. | RELATED: | The

Larry Romanoff (2020-03-06). Why Is the US Apparently Not Testing for the COVID-19 Coronavirus? globalresearch.ca All reports are that the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is not testing for the new coronavirus COVID-19, and that reliable tests in any case do not exist in the US. This is an area bereft of rational explanation. …

Stephen Buranyi (2020-03-06). How Profit Makes the Fight for a Coronavirus Vaccine Harder. zcomm.org The near-total lack of interest from markets means there's precious little foundation for scientists to build on…

news.un (2020-03-06). COVID-19: countries, businesses must safeguard human rights as virus spreads: Bachelet. news.un.org As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread globally, the UN's top human rights official appealed on Friday to put rights "front and centre" when implementing preventative measures.

Maria Morris (2020-03-06). Are Our Prisons and Jails Ready for COVID-19? aclu.org The | country and the world face a public health emergency in the new coronavirus | causing COVID-19. The media is filled with concerns about how we will respond. | Will we close schools? Cancel sporting events and other large gatherings? Work | from home? Avoid public transportation? | But | little has been said about one of the most vulnerable sectors of our | population: the people in our prisons and jails. Although people often think of | prisons and jails as closed environments, they are not. Medical staff, correctional | staff, and visitors come from the community into the facilities every day and | then…

RT News (2020-03-06). –°oronavirus May be a Product of US 'Biological Attack' Aimed at Iran and China, IRGC Chief Claims. globalresearch.ca The US —Åould be the prime culprit behind Covid-2019 outbreak that hit China and then Iran, head of its elite Revolutionary Guards claimed, threatening that the virus will eventually be turned against those who unleashed it. | "It is possible that …

WSWS (2020-03-06). Local transmission of coronavirus increasing in Australia. wsws.org Frustration and anger are rising over the lack of pre-emptive action by federal and state governments.

WSWS (2020-03-06). Macron to ram through French pension cuts without vote in parliament. wsws.org At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging Europe, Macron wants to impose, without parliamentary debate or vote, a reform that will impoverish the population.

Fight Back (2020-03-06). Recession worries drive down stocks again. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Thursday, March 5, the day after U.S. stocks soared on hopes that a Biden presidency would be better for Wall Street, economic worries about the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) drove down stocks again. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 1000 points, or 3.5%, with other averages falling a bit less. Interest rates on the ten-year U.S. Treasury Bonds fell to another record low of less than 0.92%, showing both fear among U.S. investors and expectations of weaker economic growth. | Hardest hit were travel-related companies on the news that United Airlines was cutting their flight schedule and of…

WSWS (2020-03-06). The working class and the rich: Class distinctions exposed by response to Covid-19 pandemic. wsws.org With the coronavirus accelerating in Europe and United States, the contrast in the response between workers and the rich exposes the class nature of society.

teleSUR (2020-03-06). First Case of Coronavirus Reported in Colombia and Peru. telesurenglish.net The RELATED: | The woman presented the characteristic symptoms and went to a private health center where tests were carried ou…

IMEMC News (2020-03-06). Palestinian Health Ministry Confirms 7 Cases of COVID19 Corona Virus. imemc.org The Palestinian Minister of Health Mai Kayleh announced on Thursday evening that 7 Palestinian citizens have been confirmed as infected with the Corona virus. Kayleh explained, in a press conference held Thursday evening in the headquarters of the Governorate of Bethlehem, in the presence of Governor Kamel Hamid and the …

WSWS (2020-03-06). Europe's largest regional airline, Flybe, collapses citing coronavirus impact as final straw. wsws.org The company's final flights were either grounded minutes before take-off or diverted to the nearest airport in mid-air so that planes could be impounded.

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Guyana: Ruling Party Claims Victory With Contested Data. telesurenglish.net On Thursday night, with no official election results, militants of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) began celebrating their victory in the presidential elections held on March 2, while the opposition People's Progressive Party (PPP) denounced electoral fraud and the breakdown of democracy in Guyana. | RELATED: | "The kidnapping of the elections is a coup d'etat," is the phrase that a militant PPP used to summar…

teleSUR (2020-03-06). WHO: Covid-19 Cases Likely to Reach 100,000 Over the Weekend. telesurenglish.net The RELATED: | So far, 98,023 cases have been registered, 2,736 of which were confirmed in the last 24 hours, as the WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus repor…

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Former Farc Combatant Astrid Conde Murdered in Bogota. telesurenglish.net Astrid Conde, a former guerrilla fighter in Colombia, was shot dead last Thursday in Bogotá. | Conde's murder occurred at the entrance to her home, located in the El Tintal sector in the southwest of the city. | RELATED: | The Colombian party, the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common (FARC), published on its official Twitter profile, that this is one of the first crimes against former members in Bogotá. Still, un…

teleSUR (2020-03-06). 150,000-Plus Students March Against Violence in Central Mexico. telesurenglish.net In an outpouring of discontent, more than 150,000 young people from all the universities in the central Mexican state of Puebla marched on Thursday to demand justice and security from the authorities after the murder ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äãof three students, two of them Colombians, that occurred ten days ago. | RELATED: | As most of them dressed in bla…

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Fridays For Future Occupies Brussels to Demand Climate Actions. telesurenglish.net Over 3,400 Europeans marched to support the "Friday for Future" (FFF) movement and demand concrete climate policies and actions in Brussels, Belgium. | RELATED: | The demonstration ran through the streets of the Belgian capital until it ended in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, near the European Parliament building. | "Welcome to climate change" and "Green Europe today" were some of the slogans used by the crowd which, a…

Eric Zuesse (2020-03-06). Joe Biden in 2020 Duplicates Hillary Clinton in 2016. globalresearch.ca Hillary Clinton, of course, received the Democratic Party nomination in 2016 and was widely expected to beat Trump but she lost to him (though she won California

S. Brian Willson (2020-03-06). The Despicable USA — Theater of Dystopia. A Nation Run by Gangsters. globalresearch.ca "Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men? Only the Shadow knows."— opening line in "The Shadow" radio show from 1930 to 1954. It became a pop culture icon. | The Trump impeachment process that began in late September …

Daniel Lazare (2020-03-06). Afghanistan: Imagine There's No Future. globalresearch.ca Here's a little thought experiment. Imagine it's Sept. 12, 2001, and America is in deep shock over the destruction of the World Trade Center the previous day. George W. Bush goes on national TV and declares: | "Now is not the …

WSWS (2020-03-06). Right-wing extremist accused of murdering German politician Walter Làºbcke suspected in another attempted murder. wsws.org It is impossible to say where the neo-Nazi milieu ends and where the German state begins.

Derek Royden (2020-03-06). Joementum? Super Tuesday winnows the Democratic field to two. nationofchange.org While Tuesday must have felt like a terrible loss for American progressives, Sanders is still in a better place than he was during the same period in 2016.

Various Contributors (2020-03-06). Make a Hard-Nosed Assessment, Adjust Strategy, and Fight. zcomm.org Six takes on Super Tuesday…

IMEMC News (2020-03-06). Israeli Troops Abduct Three Palestinians Near Annexation Wall in Jenin. imemc.org On Thursday evening, Israeli forces invaded the village of Al-Arqah, west of Jenin, and abducted three young men near the Annexation Wall. They also fired tear gas in the village, causing numerous cases of inhalation. According to local Palestinian news agency Wafa, the Israeli occupation forces abducted the youths:…

Ali Salam (2020-03-06). Israeli Forces Demolish the Homes of Two Palestinian Detainees. imemc.org Israeli forces, overnight Wednesday, demolished the family homes of two alleged Palestinian attackers in Ramallah and nearby Birzeit town, resulting in intense confrontations with local youths, WAFA correspondent said. She said that a large Israeli army force invaded the town of Birzeit after midnight, and surrounded the family home of …

IMEMC News (2020-03-06). What is the Big Deal? Why Palestinians reject "the Deal of the Century" imemc.org By Rev. Dr. Jack Sara | As a Palestinian Christian living and serving on both sides of the Separation Wall, I live with the people on the ground.

RT (2020-03-06). War averted as Russia & Turkey reach deal on Idlib… but is peace on horizon? rt.com After a new agreement with Russia dispelled the specter of a major conflict arising from the recent escalation of tensions in Syria's Idlib, RT finds out whether it will be a lasting solution for Ankara and Damascus. | Damascus had launched an offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib against armed groups, which Ankara had supported as well as launching a military operation of its own. However, a heated standoff between the Syrian Army and Turkey seems to have been avoided. This was all thanks to the diplomatic efforts of Moscow and Ankara, which led to a new agreement on the troubled province following…

RT (2020-03-06). US 'BLOCKS' UN from supporting Russian-Turkish ceasefire in Syria's Idlib. rt.com US opposition reportedly blocked the UN Security Council from backing the agreement between Russia and Turkey for a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province. US diplomats earlier sought to back Turkey's incursion in the area. | Friday's meeting was requested by Russia, after President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan hammered out a ceasefire after a six-hour meeting in Moscow the day before. | However, "one of the parties" blocked the Security Council statement that would have expressed support for the agreement, Russian envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said. | Also on rt.com | | <...

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Is the U.S. Really Getting Out of Afghanistan?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-07
President Trump may have surrendered to the Taliban, but as Truthdig columnist Danny Sjursen notes, that may not amount to the end of the conflict.
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Hip Hop Museum To Open in its Birthplace in the Bronx
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-07
Hip hop – the music, dance, art, and fashion phenomenon that went from rough streets into fancy suites in five decades – is getting its museum in its birthplace in the Bronx, New York. | RELATED: | Saudi Authorities to Arrest Woman Rapper Over Mecca Music Video | A small pop-up exhibit gives a preview of the Universal Hip Hop Museum's permanent home, set to open in 2023 to celebrate the culture's global history. | To date, "there isn't a physical place that is dedicated to the…
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Cancel culture wins again: Publisher drops Woody Allen memoir after employee walkout
rt.com | 2020-03-07
New York publishing house Hachette canceled Woody Allen's biography and returned the rights to the famous film director, after its employees staged a walkout in protest. Allen was accused of child sex abuse by his ex-partner. | "The decision to cancel Mr. Allen's book was a difficult one," a spokeswoman for Hachette Book Group said in a statement on Friday. "We take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly." | After dozens of HBG employees walked out in protest on Thursday, however, the company "came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasi…
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HACKED Israeli Defense Minister demands 'freedom for Palestine', tweets out Turkey's anthem
rt.com | 2020-03-07
The Twitter handle of Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett appears to have been breached, sending out a highly off-message post urging for the liberation of Palestine, followed by the lyrics of Turkey's anthem in English.
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AIPAC confirms two coronavirus cases at Israeli lobby gathering attended by US elites & veteran politicians
rt.com | 2020-03-07
Two people from New York who attended the AIPAC conference in the US capital have tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, raising the possibility that lawmakers in Washington, DC were exposed to the potentially lethal contagion. | "At least" two conference-goers who came from Westchester County, New York have tested positive for the virus, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said on Friday evening, adding that they've sent notice of this to the attendees, participants, speakers, administration staff and congressional offices. | Important Update: Coronavirus | As emailed to Policy Conference attendee…
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'Shut down Taj Mahal!' Agra mayor calls on Indian govt to shutter ALL historical monuments amid growing coronavirus outbreak
rt.com | 2020-03-07
The mayor of Agra has urged the Indian government to temporarily shut down the country's national monuments

'Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!' Trump appoints Mark Meadows new chief of staff, 'banishes' Mulvaney to Northern Ireland
rt.com | 2020-03-07
President Trump has selected North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows to be the new White House chief of staff, making the former acting chief, Mick Mulvaney, the special envoy to Northern Ireland. | "I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff. I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one," Trump said in a tweet on Friday night announcing the move. | ….I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!– Donald…
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A "win-win" over Afghanistan and Syria
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-03-07
Two peace agreements within a week are a bit too much. Hot on the heels of the US-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 9, Russia and Turkey have signed a peace agreement over the Syrian conflict in Moscow on March 6. On the face of it, the two are unconnected events but they …
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Alibaba founder Jack Ma donates one million masks to Iran
IRNA | iranian.com | 2020-03-07
Chinese entrepreneur, industrialist and chief executive of Alibaba Group Jack Ma has announced the donation of one million masks to Iran. Jack Ma announced his decision in his Chinese-language Vibo account. Releasing images of several children hospitalized for coronavirus infection, he referred to the thousands of miles between China and Iran but said the huge distance …
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The New Idlib Ceasefire Forces Turkey-Backed Extremists to Fall Back
Steven Sahiounie | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-06
Putin and Erdogan met in Moscow in a last-ditch effort to strike a deal over the escalating violence in Idlib, Syria. Steven Sahiounie weighs in on who prevailed and what likely comes next.
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Syria Debacles Epitomize Perpetual Perfidy of U.S. Foreign Policy
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Turkey is ratcheting up its invasion of Syria and trying to drag NATO into Erdogan's personal rehabilitation scheme. Threats and counter-threats are flying as thickly as the bombs and bullets. It remains to be seen whether U.S. policymakers will blunder deeper into this quagmire. Last October, the Washington establishment was aghast when President Trump appeared…
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Syria: Sporadic Attacks Continue After the Ceasefire Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Just a few hours after the announcement of the ceasefire between Russia and Turkey, the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib was the scene of new conflicts. | RELATED: | Russia, Turkey Agree Ceasefire Deal for Syria's Idlib | On Thursday, Turkey's Defense Ministry reported the death of two Turkish soldiers who were injured after the Syrian government opened fire in Idlib. | "After this attack, the Turkish army killed 21 Syrian soldiers and destroyed two pieces of artillery, along with two…
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"Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: | …
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Refugees attacked with water canons and tear gas on the Greek-Turkish border
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-06
Refugees faced more attacks on the Greek-Turkish border as people attempted to enter Greece, while the European Union's foreign ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation on the border and in Syria, where Turkish troops are fighting.Greek authorities used tear gas and a water cannon to repulse an attempt by refugees to push through the border from Turkey in the morning, while Turkish authorities fired volleys of tear gas onto the Greek side of the frontier.Thousands of refugees have been trying to get into Greece through the country's eastern land and sea borders over the past week, after Turkey…
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Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
Despite both sides' efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.
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Coronavirus Alarm Blends Yellow Peril and Red Scare
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-03-06
As an Asian-American, I'm not surprised that there are numerous reports surfacing of racist and xenophobic responses arising in the US (and elsewhere) as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, where "coughing while Asian" is being compared to "driving while black." In case there are any doubts that media coverage is being racialized, reports …
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Voter Suppression Threatens to Take the US Back to Reconstruction Era
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-06
Janine Jackson interviewed Emory University's Carol Anderson about voter suppression for the February 28, 2020, episode of "CounterSpin." This is a lightly edited transcript. | Janine Jackson: Heritage Foundation co-founder Paul Weyrich's statement at that Ronald Reagan rally in 1980, "I don't want everybo…
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Espionage Act Reform Bill Would Protect Journalists Like Julian Assange
Kevin Gosztola | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-06
Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Ro Khanna introduced a bill to reform the Espionage Act, the archaic piece of legislation used to prosecute Julian Assange and other Whistleblowers.
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As anger mounts over Assange's persecution, former foreign minister Carr calls for moral appeals to Australian government
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
Veteran Labor leader Bob Carr is attempting to divert the growing movement for the release of Assange into dead-end appeals to the Australian parliament.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/carr…

Venezuela Condemns US for Crimes Against Humanity
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Venezuela's Vice President, Delcy Rodriguez, reiterated on Friday accusations against the United States for crimes against humanity. | RELATED: | Brazil's Diplomats Left Venezuela Prior Bolsonaro-Trump Meeting | During a press conference to announce the status of the lawsuit filed by the Bolivarian Government at the International Criminal Court, Rodriguez once again exposed elements for which Washington is being accused of i…
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Israel detains six Palestinian travelers from Gaza
Rami Almeghari | imemc.org | 2020-03-06
Israeli authorities have been reportedly detained six Palestinians from Gaza since early 2020. Those arrested are said to be travelers, who were passing through the Israel-controlled Erez checkpoint, north of the Gaza Strip. According to a statement, released on Friday by the Ramallah-based Palestine Center for Detainee Studies, the sixth …
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In the Land of the Gerontocrats
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2020-03-06
As much as I like Bernie Sanders and hope he prevails in the Democratic primary, I confess that there's something gray and depressing about a crusty, seventy-something, New-Deal liberal representing the great electoral hope of the American left. There are, of course, a number of engaging young progressives in office now, but the fame and near-celebrity profiles of newcomers like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez belie the still fundamentally local power bases of these congresswomen, none of whom has yet been tested even in a statewide election. Victories at the state and local levels have bee…
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In the Land of the Gerontocrats
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2020-03-06
As much as I like Bernie Sanders and hope he prevails in the Democratic primary, I confess that there's something gray and depressing about a crusty, seventy-something, New-Deal liberal representing the great electoral hope of the American left. There are, of course, a number of engaging young progressives in office now, but the fame and near-celebrity profiles of newcomers like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez belie the still fundamentally local power bases of these congresswomen, none of whom has yet been tested even in a statewide election. Victories at the state and local levels have be…
truthdig.com/articles/revenge-of-the-ger…

Bolivia: El Alto Citizens Seek Justice for the Sekata Victims
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
During a rally carried out in El Alto city on Thursday, Bolivians demanded the self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez to respond for the Senkata massacre, which left 36 dead in Nov. 2019.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | Bolivia: Senate Session Ends Amid Protests and Tear Gas | The former senator has not offered a convincing response to those affected by the violence that the Bolivian security forces deployed to guara…
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We who were nothing and have become everything shall construct a new and better world
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-03-06
On 8 March 1917 (23 February by the old Julian calendar), a hundred women in the textile factories in Petrograd decided to go on strike; they went amongst the other factories and called their fellow workers onto the streets. Before long, around 200,000 workers–led by the women–marched through the streets. | Source…
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Former Nobel Peace Prize Nominates Morales for 2020 Distinction
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
"It is an honor for me to inform you that I have nominated comrade Evo Morales Ayma for the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2020," the Argentinian Adolfo Perez Esquivel announced on his Twitter account. | *** | The Argentinian activist …
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Yes, Trump Should Talk with the Taliban
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
On March 3, US president Donald Trump spoke (via telephone) with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, chief of the Taliban's Doha diplomatic office and signer, on behalf of his organization, of the recently concluded Afghanistan "peace deal." "The direct contact between an American president and a top Taliban leader would once have been unthinkable," writes Michael…
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Trump's Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
It's true that the Trump administration signed a "peace deal" with the Taliban

Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher (2020)
Eric Walberg | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, …
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Guyana: Granger's APNU-AFC Wants Him Sworn in Quickly
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
The APNU + AFC coalition is hoping that the President's oath will occur "very quickly" and that a court will dismiss tomorrow the request for a court order that has prevented the announcement of the results in favor of its leader, David Granger. "We would like this matter resolved very quickly. So that there is calm, stability, moderation, we must make the President take an oath very quickly, and that his government can take the necessary measures to guarantee the peace, stability, and security of the people of this country," said Joseph Harmon, Secretary-General of UNPA + AFC, in a video statement. | In the m…
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Chile: New Protests Are Scheduled Amid Plebiscite Campaign
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Chile's political and social organizations called for a new wave of protests throughout March, a decisive month for the Chileans on their way to the plebiscite on the new Constitution to be held on April 26. | RELATED: | Chile Senate Approves Gender Parity For Constitutional Process | To begin with, the Workers' United Center of Chile (CUT) called for a demonstration to commemorate the upcoming International Women's Day. | "On March 8 and 9, starting at noon, we will take to the stre…
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Israeli Troops Attack Protest in Kufur Qaddoum, Injuring Two Palestinians
Celine Hagbard | imemc.org | 2020-03-06
Two young men were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets, while dozens more suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, when Israeli forces invaded Kufur Qaddoum village and began assaulting non-violent demonstrators. Each week, the townspeople of Kufur Qaddoum hold a march and protest to challenge the Israeli closure of their …
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As a literal Nazi supporter targets Sanders rally, the Jewish politician's message to the world is crystal clear
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-03-06
On 5 March, a Nazi waved a swastika flag in the middle of a Bernie Sanders rally. And a message from Sanders on the same day is the best response possible. | Sanders under attack: | During the Holocaust, Nazis murdered six million Jewish people. In occupied Poland, that
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The Super Tuesday Sting
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
This is the sixth of a periodic series on the early primaries and caucuses. The other pieces can be found here. The fix on Super Tuesday in the presidential election was a clubhouse deal in which the elders of the Democratic Party, led by Barack Obama, shook down the primary system to teach Bernie Sanders…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/the-super-tu…

A dire revelation about Joe Biden materialised the morning after Super Tuesday
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-03-06
After a very rocky start to his campaign, Joe Biden did well in the states that voted on so-called Super Tuesday. The press could hardly contain themselves, gleefully announcing Biden as the 'Joementum' front-runner in the race against Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic nominee. | But the media wasn't the only industry celebrating Biden's surge. In a revelation that surprised no-one who's been paying attention, the stock markets showed private healthcare stocks 'su…
thecanary.co/us/2020/03/06/a-dire-revela…

A Green New Deal for South African workers?
Carilee Osborne | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
COSATU, South Africa's largest trade union federation, has a plan to simultaneously tackle climate change and unemployment…
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Big Banks Call for Wall Street Deregulation to "Fight Coronavirus"
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-06
As Naomi Klein laid out in her bestseller "Shock Doctrine," the wealthy elite use the confusion caused by economic and other disasters to quickly force through pro-free-market legislation.
mintpressnews.com/big-banks-call-wall-st…

COVID-19 "Worldwide Epidemic of Biblical Proportions"
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
This is becoming increasingly crazy. The Western media hype is intolerable with its fear-mongering. What is driving this? | In most countries, a few people or a few hundred people have been infected with this virus, and a dozen or so …
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A new graphic novel tackles climate crisis anxiety in a truly exceptional way
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-03-06
SelfMadeHero, a small independent publisher, released a new title on 5 March. The graphic novel, titled Thoreau and Me, explores our anxieties over the climate crisis and what we should do in the face of them. | Author Cédric Taling explores the issues in an exceptional way. He brings in the spirit of an influential 19th century writer to converse with the protagonist on how to tackle his anxiety and, indeed, the climate crisis itself. | Get back to natur…
thecanary.co/reviews/2020/03/06/a-new-gr…

The Organization of American States Is Eroding Faith in Democracy
Laura Carlsen | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
Under its pro-Trump secretary general, a politicized OAS has botched electoral missions across the hemisphere

International court approves probe of US war crimes in Afghanistan
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
The ICC's decision, following a protracted delay, came in defiance of Washington's threats and bullying.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/afgh…

Brazil's Diplomats Left Venezuela Prior Bolsonaro-Trump Meeting
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Brazil withdrew four diplomats and eleven officials from its embassy in Caracas on Friday, although it keeps its diplomatic headquarters and consulates open in Venezuela.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | Brazil: Death Toll Rises to 27 After Heavy Rains and Landslides | These events occur on the eve of the announced visit of President Jair Bolsonaro to the U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S…
telesurenglish.net/news/bolsonaro-withdr…

The United States' Disappeared
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-06
In the fifth floor of the tall glass federal building in Portland, Oregon, the immigration court hums in hushed tones, an air of reverence coming from a dozen or so fidgety children and teenagers. They sit in two long pews that line the back of the room, facing the elevated bench of the immigration judge. | A massive Department of Justice seal towers over the bench, flanked by giant windows that allow a glimpse of the downtown skyline. At one table, an attorney representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement faces the judge. Every 10 minutes or so, a new young client makes their way around the table, ready to fa…
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First Case of Coronavirus Reported in Colombia and Peru
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
The Colombian Ministry of Health reported on Friday the first case of coronavirus in the country. The patient is a 19-year-old girl who claims to have been in Italy, so it is an imported case and not native to the South American country. | RELATED: | 2,241 New Cases of COVID-19 Worldwide, Total Now 95,333 | The woman presented the characteristic symptoms and went to a private health center where tests were carried ou…
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Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars
Khury Petersen-Smith | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he's bringing home from Afghanistan…
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Afghanistan: Imagine There's No Future
Daniel Lazare | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
Here's a little thought experiment. Imagine it's Sept. 12, 2001, and America is in deep shock over the destruction of the World Trade Center the previous day. George W. Bush goes on national TV and declares: | "Now is not the | …
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Cancer in US Navy Nuclear Powered Ships
Chris Busby | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
In 2011, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100km off the coast of Japan at the time of the Tsunami and the subsequent Fukushima reactor explosions. It was directed by the US government to ride to the rescue in what was later called Operation Tomodachi (friendship)–to provide assistance to the victims of the floods. What no-one on board was told was that the reactors had exploded and a plume of highly radioactive material was blowing east from the site into the path of the vessel. Of course, when this arrived, all the radiation monitors on the boat started screaming, and the planes…
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Daring to Kiss: Coronavirus and the Butterfly Effect
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
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 paranoia, suspicion and good old distrust is beginning to thrive. The signs of this vary…
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The Neoliberal Plague
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
For those who aren't familiar with Albert Camus' The Plague, disparate lives are brought together during a plague that sweeps through an Algerian city. Today, by way of the emergence of a lethal and highly communicable virus (Coronavirus), we— the people of the West, have an opportunity to reconsider what we mean to one another. The existential lesson is that through dread and angst we can choose to live, with the responsibilities that the choice entails, or just fade away.
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Fox News Is Spreading Trump's Coronavirus Lies Faster Than the Disease Itself
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-06
President Trump said that Russian interference in the 2016 election was a hoax perpetrated by the Democrats to destroy his presidency. He claimed his impeachment was a Democratic hoax too and last week he said the coronavirus

Why Is the US Apparently Not Testing for the COVID-19 Coronavirus?
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
All reports are that the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is not testing for the new coronavirus COVID-19, and that reliable tests in any case do not exist in the US. This is an area bereft of rational explanation. …
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Last Pre-Coronavirus Jobs Report Shows Strong Job Growth, Weak Wage Growth
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-06
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 273,000 jobs in February. The January figure was revised up to the same number, which, along with an upward revision to December's number, brought the three-month average to a very strong 243,000 jobs. | The unemployment rate edged back down to 3.5 percent, reversing the January rise. However, the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) also edged down 0.1 percentage points from the recovery high reached in January. The EPOP for prime-…
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Recession worries drive down stocks again
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-06
San José, CA – On Thursday, March 5, the day after U.S. stocks soared on hopes that a Biden presidency would be better for Wall Street, economic worries about the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) drove down stocks again. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 1000 points, or 3.5%, with other averages falling a bit less. Interest rates on the ten-year U.S. Treasury Bonds fell to another record low of less than 0.92%, showing both fear among U.S. investors and expectations of weaker economic growth. | Hardest hit were travel-related companies on the news that United Airlines was cutting their flight schedule and of…
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Josh Bivens on Coronavirus Economics, Mandy Smithberger on Military Economics
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-03-06
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COVID-19 Reveals Trump's Planned Obsolescence
JP Sottile | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
As COVID-19 begins its inevitable "community transmission" phase around the United States, the purveyors of the conventional wisdom are largely focused on President Trump's (and by extension, prayerful Vice President Pence's) incompetence and his self-serving, empathy-free approach to the coronavirus. And it is true that, as with all things Trump, it seems that all he…
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Trump Signs $8.3B Bill to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak in U.S
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-06
The rapid spread of the virus has rocked financial markets, interrupted travel and threatens to affect everyday life in the United States.
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Are Our Prisons and Jails Ready for COVID-19?
Maria Morris | aclu.org | 2020-03-06
The | country and the world face a public health emergency in the new coronavirus | causing COVID-19. The media is filled with concerns about how we will respond. | Will we close schools? Cancel sporting events and other large gatherings? Work | from home? Avoid public transportation? | But | little has been said about one of the most vulnerable sectors of our | population: the people in our prisons and jails. Although people often think of | prisons and jails as closed environments, they are not. Medical staff, correctional | staff, and visitors come from the community into the facilities every day and | then…
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The working class and the rich: Class distinctions exposed by response to Covid-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
With the coronavirus accelerating in Europe and United States, the contrast in the response between workers and the rich exposes the class nature of society.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/rich…

Will COVID-19 Finally Bring Down Trump's Virtual Presidency?
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
The "pussy grab video" didn't do it. The Stormy Daniels's revelations didn't do it. The Mueller investigation didn't do it. The impeachment trial didn't do it. The cruel handling of children and the desperate at the border didn't do it. The unrevealed tax returns didn't do it. Will Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus epidemic…
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How Profit Makes the Fight for a Coronavirus Vaccine Harder
Stephen Buranyi | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
The near-total lack of interest from markets means there's precious little foundation for scientists to build on…
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COVID-19: countries, businesses must safeguard human rights as virus spreads: Bachelet
news.un.org | 2020-03-06
As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread globally, the UN's top human rights official appealed on Friday to put rights "front and centre" when implementing preventative measures.
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Local transmission of coronavirus increasing in Australia
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
Frustration and anger are rising over the lack of pre-emptive action by federal and state governments.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/auvi…

WHO: Covid-19 Cases Likely to Reach 100,000 Over the Weekend
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday announced that the number of people infected with the coronavirus could reach 100,000 if the current trend continues. | RELATED: | 2,241 New Cases of COVID-19 Worldwide, Total Now 95,333 | So far, 98,023 cases have been registered, 2,736 of which were confirmed in the last 24 hours, as the WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus repor…
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Virus Hits 100,000 Cases as Its Economic Impact Snowballs
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-06
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Europe's largest regional airline, Flybe, collapses citing coronavirus impact as final straw
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
The company's final flights were either grounded minutes before take-off or diverted to the nearest airport in mid-air so that planes could be impounded.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/flyb…

COVID-19 Reveals Trump's Planned Obsolescence
JP Sottile | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
As COVID-19 begins its inevitable "community transmission" phase around the United States, the purveyors of the conventional wisdom are largely focused on President Trump's (and by extension, prayerful Vice President Pence's) incompetence and his self-serving, empathy-free approach to the coronavirus. And it is true that, as with all things Trump, it seems that all he…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/covid-19-rev…

Macron to ram through French pension cuts without vote in parliament
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging Europe, Macron wants to impose, without parliamentary debate or vote, a reform that will impoverish the population.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/fran…

Josh Bivens on Coronavirus Economics, Mandy Smithberger on Military Economics
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2020-03-06
Media…
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Rudy Giuliani's State Department Coup
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-06
Imagine, just for the sake of argument, that the president of the United States was an arrogant, information-challenged, would-be autocrat with a soft spot for authoritarian leaders from China, Russia, and North Korea to Egypt (" my favorite dictator"), Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. And then, suppose that very president, while hollowing out the State Department and slamming its diplomats as "Deep State" troublemakers, were to name a voluble wheeler-dealer attorney as his unofficial, fr…
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Guyana: Ruling Party Claims Victory With Contested Data
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
On Thursday night, with no official election results, militants of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) began celebrating their victory in the presidential elections held on March 2, while the opposition People's Progressive Party (PPP) denounced electoral fraud and the breakdown of democracy in Guyana. | RELATED: | Bomb Threat, Lack of Election Results Raise Tension in Guyana | "The kidnapping of the elections is a coup d'etat," is the phrase that a militant PPP used to summar…
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Former Farc Combatant Astrid Conde Murdered in Bogota
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Astrid Conde, a former guerrilla fighter in Colombia, was shot dead last Thursday in Bogotá. | Conde's murder occurred at the entrance to her home, located in the El Tintal sector in the southwest of the city. | RELATED: | Colombia: Social Actors to Debate Country's Armed Conflict | The Colombian party, the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common (FARC), published on its official Twitter profile, that this is one of the first crimes against former members in Bogotá. Still, un…
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150,000-Plus Students March Against Violence in Central Mexico
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
In an outpouring of discontent, more than 150,000 young people from all the universities in the central Mexican state of Puebla marched on Thursday to demand justice and security from the authorities after the murder ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äãof three students, two of them Colombians, that occurred ten days ago. | RELATED: | Mexican Police Assaults Relatives of Ayotzinapa Killed Students | As most of them dressed in bla…
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Right-wing extremist accused of murdering German politician Walter Làºbcke suspected in another attempted murder
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
It is impossible to say where the neo-Nazi milieu ends and where the German state begins.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/lueb…

–°oronavirus May be a Product of US 'Biological Attack' Aimed at Iran and China, IRGC Chief Claims
RT News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
The US –Åould be the prime culprit behind Covid-2019 outbreak that hit China and then Iran, head of its elite Revolutionary Guards claimed, threatening that the virus will eventually be turned against those who unleashed it. | "It is possible that | …
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Brazil Mudslides Death Toll Rises to 31
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
The death toll from a series of mudslides in Brazil's Sao Paulo state has risen to 31, while 49 people are still missing, local authorities announced Friday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Death Toll Rises to 27 After Heavy Rains and Landslides | The Sao Paulo government said in a press release that the remains of 25 people have been discovered in Guaruja, one of the most populous seaside resort towns in the area, as well as in the towns of San…
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Clash between Bolsonaro and Congress deepens crisis of capitalist rule in Brazil
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
The Bolsonaro government's break with bourgeois democratic forms of rule–like that of Trump in the US or Modi in India–is symptomatic of a profound crisis of the entire capitalist system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/braz…

Make a Hard-Nosed Assessment, Adjust Strategy, and Fight
Various Contributors | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
Six takes on Super Tuesday…
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After Super Tuesday primaries, Warren drops out, Sanders tacks to the right
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
Sanders began running a campaign ad Tuesday consisting entirely of former President Barack Obama speaking in glowing terms of the Vermont senator.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/dems…

Joementum? Super Tuesday winnows the Democratic field to two
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-06
While Tuesday must have felt like a terrible loss for American progressives, Sanders is still in a better place than he was during the same period in 2016.
nationofchange.org/2020/03/06/joementum-…

Joe Biden in 2020 Duplicates Hillary Clinton in 2016
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
Hillary Clinton, of course, received the Democratic Party nomination in 2016 and was widely expected to beat Trump but she lost to him (though she won California by 4,269,978 in the popular vote, and so beat Trump by 2,864,974 …
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Russian Meddling Again
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Joe Biden is not the only bad idea, way past its "best if sold by" date, that the Clintonites who call the shots for the Democratic Party have resurrected; a Cold War with Russia and with China too, insofar as it can be done in a way that does not imperil the American economy, is…
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A Simple Prescription for a Longer Life: Economic Equality
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released some welcome news recently: Americans are living a tiny bit longer. In 2018, U.S. life expectancy inched up about a month, from 78.6 to 78.7 years. The White House credited "President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and really the entire administration" for the increase, the first since 2014.
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Inside Right Wing Extremism: an Undercover Cyber-Agent Report
Thomas Klikauer | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Some might be old enough to remember the start of the Internet with only .mil and .edu. It was the pre-WWW and pre-Dot-Com age time defined by a black screen and green or amber characters. In this era, right-wing extremists could not use the Internet to destabilize democracy. Today, they can. Recently, Julia Ebner, an…
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Apprentices to Nowhere: From Impoverished Graduate Students to Impoverished College Professors
Keith Hoeller | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Why have 233 graduate teaching assistants gone on strike at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC)? Why did University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano issue a warning letter threatening to fire the striking graduate students? Why did the University of California call in police from outside the college who used batons against…
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Coming Out in Middle Age
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Back in the mid '80s, when I was a teenager trying to figure out my sexuality, I remember hearing stories about gay men and lesbians who didn't come out of the closet until their 40s or 50s, often after being married and raising children. At that point, they usually made big life changes (like divorce)…
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Apprentices to Nowhere: From Impoverished Graduate Students to Impoverished College Professors
Keith Hoeller | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Why have 233 graduate teaching assistants gone on strike at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC)? Why did University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano issue a warning letter threatening to fire the striking graduate students? Why did the University of California call in police from outside the college who used batons against…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/apprentices-…

Why Mike Pence is the Worst Person to Lead the COVID-19 Response
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
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…
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Yellow-caking an epidemic: New York Times spreads the virus of hatred, again
K.J. Noh | mronline.org | 2020-03-06
In a repeat of the gutter journalism used to justify the 2003 Iraq War, the New York Times has had to "yellow-cake" up a foul brew of innuendo, half-truths, misrepresentations, outright lies–spiked fiercely with stereotypes, racial hatred, and red-baiting–to makes its case for a China "cover-up." | Source…
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If Sanders forms a real Alliance with Warren, their Popular Policies Can Win
Antonio Carty | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
Conventional wisdom is that a presidential candidate should pick an opposite or contrasting vice presidential running mate, to create a perception of a balanced ticket. But this is not a conventional time or race, Bernie is offering a clear and practical progressive choice to fix the USA. So his running mate needs to be a Read…
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Another downward swing on Wall Street
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
The gyrations in global stock markets have focused attention on underlying trends that are creating the conditions for another financial crisis on the scale of 2008 or even larger.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/mark…

Police raided innocent family's home because they got the time zone wrong
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-06
Police raided the home of an innocent family after recording the wrong time zone during a child abuse probe, according to a watchdog.The "serious error" occurred when officers confused Greenwich Mean Time with British Summer Time, as they tried to track who was uploading and sharing indecent images on public WiFi, a report from the Investigatory Powers Commissioner (IPC) said.The mix-up put the information in the investigation out by one hour and led to the warrant mistakenly being carried out at the address.The body, set up in 2017 to scrutinise spying powers used by police, intelligence agencies and other publi…
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Warren Dropped Out, But Her Fight Against Wall Street Continues
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-06
In 2010, after Ted Kennedy's death left a Massachusetts Senate seat open, Martha Coakley ran one of the worst, most utterly presumptuous campaigns in history to fill it. Believing completely in the idea that no Republican could ever win that office in that state, she barely left her own state attorney general's office to campaign. | When the dust settled from that special election, a contest that saw statewide turnout barely crack 30 percent, a relatively unknown conservative Republican named Scott Brown h…
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The End of Buttigieg's Campaign Was a Warning Against Fake Progressivism
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-06
Pete Buttigieg's conversion into one of the left's most despised neoliberal villains was something to behold this year. While the 38-year-old politician entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race as a little-known mayor of a mid-sized Indiana city, he managed to exit the race

Global Warming on a Rampage
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-06
Global warming is not waiting around for the signatories to the Paris climate accord '15 to go to net zero emissions 2030/50. Sorry, those bold plans are way too little way too late. Already, across the board, the planet is on a hot streak that defies all projections. It's starting to look downright scary! Listen… …
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A New Pentagon Papers or the Same old Almost Endless War?
Howard Machtinger | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
one can blame the lack of an antiwar movement in part for the failure to stop the war sooner, the price Afghanis and Americans have paid for this failure, and the ceding of credit for US withdrawal to President Trump…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-new-pentagon-pap…

Bolivia: UNHCR-Based De-Facto Govt Seeks New Attack on Morales
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Based on a pronouncement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the de-facto government of Jeanine Añez called on governments that have granted or are in the process of giving asylum or refuge to Bolivian citizens, to avoid they incurring hostile acts such as "subversive discourse" towards their country of origin. | RELATED: | ALBA Rejects Disqualification of Evo Morales' Candidacy | In a statement, the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that UNHCR had respo…
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Trump Interior Official Pushed Climate Misinformation Into Federal Reports
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-06
A major New York Times investigative report, published March 2, revealed efforts by Indur M. Goklany, a Department of Interior employee with ties to the Heartland Institute and other fossil-funded denial organizations, to modify federal reports to include misleading information about climate science. | DeSmog has obtained some of the emails cited by The Times in that investigati…
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OPEC: Negotiations to Reduce Oil Supply Fail, Oil Prices Drop
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Due to the decline in global oil consumption caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Friday proposed to cut oil supplies by 1.5 million barrels per day until the end of 2020. This proposal, however, was not accepted due to the resistance of Russia and Kazakhstan. | RELATED: | OPEC, Allies Evaluate Oil Production Cut | This adjustment, which represents about 1.5 percent of world production, was proposed during the OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. | On…
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Palestinian Health Ministry Confirms 7 Cases of COVID19 Corona Virus
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-03-06
The Palestinian Minister of Health Mai Kayleh announced on Thursday evening that 7 Palestinian citizens have been confirmed as infected with the Corona virus. Kayleh explained, in a press conference held Thursday evening in the headquarters of the Governorate of Bethlehem, in the presence of Governor Kamel Hamid and the …
imemc.org/article/palestinian-health-min…

From fossil capitalism to energy democracy?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-03-06
As the 21st Century's second decade opens, the increasingly severe symptoms of climate change comprise a pivot in the struggle for hegemony, globally and within national formations. With the highest per capital carbon emissions among the G20 states, Canada is a climate laggard and, in some respects, a first-world petro-state (Nikiforuk 2010), organized as a […] | Source…
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