Daily Archives: March 9, 2020

2020-03-09: News Headlines

The Grayzone (2020-03-09). The Grayzone and CODEPINK demand emergency OAS election observers in 2020 Democratic presidential primary. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone and CODEPINK call on the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide emergency international election observers in the…

Arabi Souri (2020-03-09). Cease Fire Rejected. Turkey Doesn't Consider Al Qaeda as a Terrorist Group. Erdogan Sends More Troops into Idlib. globalresearch.ca The latest agreement of ceasefire between the Russian President and the Turkish madman Erdogan explicitly excludes combating terrorists. Erdogan doesn't consider al-Qaeda as a terrorist group, he invested heavily in this organization especially in Syria and

Staff (2020-03-09). Turkey Ups the Stakes in Migrant Crisis. truthdig.com BRUSSELS — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the European Union on Monday for more help caring for Syrian refugees after EU officials accused him of "blackmail" for waving migrants through to Europe. | Thousands of migrants have massed at Turkey's land border with EU-member Greece since Erdogan's government made good on a longstanding threat and announced it would no longer prevent migrants from crossing. | EU countries have rallied behind Greece, which is also a member of NATO, and described it as a "shield" protecting Europe's borders with the outside world. | Related Articles:

Scott Ritter (2020-03-09). New Putin-Erdogan Deal Is Sugar-coating the Turks' Surrender. globalresearch.ca This week's meeting between Presidents Putin and Erdogan in Moscow was cast as preventing a war between Russia and Turkey in Syria. War, however, was never on the horizon. Putin called Erdogan's bluff, and the Turk folded. | Russian President Vladimir …

Michael Welton (2020-03-09). They Stripped Us of Our Clothes and Assigned Us a Number. counterpunch.org How can one begin to excavate the horrors of a radical resocialization project (from roughly 1876 to 1986) to transform "savages" into "civilized" citizens? In turning First Nations societies upside down, the government and the churches ended turning themselves upside down, evident in the spiritual and moral degradation of themselves and students under their care.

Staff (2020-03-09). Many New Voting Systems Aren't Ready for Prime Time. truthdig.com Put aside, for now, foreign meddling in U.S. elections, social media propaganda and partisan voter suppression. The newest emerging threat to elections in 2020 is new voting systems that have been insufficiently tested and phased in, but have been debuting in many of 2020's presidential primaries and caucuses. | Since the Iowa Democratic Party's presidential caucuses, there has been a string of new technology-based failures and frustrations—despite officials' and voting system designers' intentions. The failures share some common elements, from data connectivity issues to machinery breakdowns to poor planni…

Donald Monaco (2020-03-09). The Criminality of the Democratic Party. DNC Maneuvers to Derail Bernie Sanders. globalresearch.ca The utter and complete corruption of the Democratic Party is on full display as the DNC desperately maneuvers to derail the insurgent candidacy of Bernie Sanders by denying him a majority of delegates to the July convention in Minneapolis. Winning …

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Indigenous Organizations Endorse Espinosa's Bid as OAS Chief. telesurenglish.net The Ecuadorean Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie) and the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (Coica) announced Friday their endorsement for Maria Fernanda Espinosa's candidacy as Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS). | RELATED: | "We are certain that, with her election, the Indigenous peoples will be a priority issue in the OAS, in benefit to our peop…

WSWS (2020-03-09). Spain's PSOE-Podemos government sends police to Greece to attack migrants. wsws.org The pseudo-left is complicit in the dispatching of police to Greece, where far right thugs are attacking refugees with the complicity of the government.

Robert Fisk (2020-03-09). Don't Expect a Democratic President to Roll Back Trump's Policies. counterpunch.org America's health care, its poor, its black and Hispanic minorities and the contest between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders don't amount to a hill of beans in the Middle East. And many American voters — save for pro-Israeli lobbyists, liberal Jewish groups and disparate Muslim organisations — don't care a hill of beans about the fears

Ilana Novick (2020-03-09). Coronavirus Could Wreak Havoc on the Working Class. truthdig.com For service workers, there's no such thing as paid sick leave or working from home, two measures that could slow the spread of the disease.

Staff (2020-03-09). Coronavirus Outbreak Triggers Fears of Global Recession. truthdig.com As the virus death toll mounts and markets head for their worst day since the crash of 2008, analysts admit there is "genuine panic."

The Canary (2020-03-09). Coronavirus: PM holds Cobra meeting as minister warns against sports shutdown. thecanary.co Cancelling sports events and shutting museums and galleries due to coronavirus would be "premature", the culture secretary has said, as the prime minister gathered ministers for an emergency Cobra meeting to discuss the next steps to tackle the illness.While some other European countries are cancelling mass gatherings or limiting the number of people who can attend big events, Oliver Dowden said there are "no plans" for Britain to follow suit.Dowden insisted the government is following the advice of health officials and, while the situation is kept under review, there is currently "no need" to cancel big events o…

Staff (2020-03-09). Thousands Prepare to Depart Cruise Ship Hit by Virus. truthdig.com SAN FRANCISCO — Federal and state officials in California prepared to receive thousands of people Monday from a cruise ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco with at least 21 people aboard infected with the coronavirus. | Personnel covered head to toe in protective gear woke up passengers on the Grand Princess to check whether they were sick. | Michele Smith, of Paradise, California, said a doctor knocked on her and her husband's cabin before dawn and asked if they had a fever or a cough. The couple who went on the cruise to celebrate their wedding anniversary are healthy and, like the res…

Dean Baker (2020-03-09). Coronavirus Is a Reason to Worry About the Economy—the Stock Market Plunge Is Not. fair.org New York Times ( Many people have become very concerned about the economy because of the stock market's plunge in the last two weeks. While the spread of the coronavirus gives us very good reason to worry about the state of the economy, the plunge in the stock market does not. In fact, those folks who are very concerned about wealth inequality can celebrate, because the wealth of the top 1% has just dropped by around 10%, while the wealth of the bottom 50% has barely been touched. (I tend to focus on income inequali…

John Wojcik (2020-03-09). Coronavirus already impacting 2020 elections; labor's presidential forum cancelled. peoplesworld.org A Bernie Sanders-Joe Biden forum planned by the AFL-CIO in Orlando this Thursday has been cancelled due to concern about the coronavirus. The nation's largest labor federation also cancelled the entire meeting of its 2020 winter executive council meeting which was to start tomorrow and continue through the week. The presidents and leaders of almost …

Whitney Webb (2020-03-09). How the New US-Afghanistan Peace Deal Rekindled a "Business Friendly Taliban" mintpressnews.com America's relationship with the Taliban has always been determined by how useful they are at advancing US interests in the region and the Trump administration's recent efforts to make "peace" with the group are no exception.

Staff (2020-03-09). Joe Biden Weighing Multiple Billionaires for Cabinet Positions. truthdig.com Joe Biden is reportedly considering appointing businessman Michael Bloomberg and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, both billionaires, to powerful leadership positions should Biden win the Democratic presidential nomination and defeat President Donald Trump in November. | Axios

Staff (2020-03-09). There Have Been Nearly 80 Attacks in Afghanistan Since US Signed "Peace Deal" truthout.org Since last month's U.S.-Taliban peace plan, there have been nearly 80 attacks in Afghanistan. The violence could derail the deal that calls for U.S. troops to withdraw over the next 14 months. This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and top political leader Abdullah Abdullah both claimed that they won the presidential election at dual inauguration ceremonies today in Kabul, and members of the Taliban and the Afghan government were set to start direct negotiations on Tuesday. We speak with Was…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Chile: General Strike on Second Day of Feminist Protests. telesurenglish.net The 8M Coordination called for a general strike on Monday, as part of the second day of major feminist protests in Chile. | RELATED: | With the support of numerous social organizations, the main concentration will take place in the Plaza de la Dignidad, in Santiago de Chile, at 11: 00 A.M.. From there, the demonstrators will walk along the Alameda, the main avenue of the country's capital. | The strike, called to dem…

Alan Macleod (2020-03-09). Coronavirus: New York Won't Close Schools Because Homeless Kids Have Nowhere Else to Go. mintpressnews.com For many thousands of students across New York City and the United States, school is the only place they receive regular meals, shelter, medical care, and other vital services.

Paul Street (2020-03-09). Joe Biden is Demented Racist Shark Food. counterpunch.org Biden helped author and worked to pass the racist federal mass incarceration Three Strikes crime bill of 1994. He has boasted of his ability to work with segregationists as a U.S. senator in the 1970s, when he opposed federal desegregation busing orders and worried about sending his children to desegregated schools. He boasts about his ability to work with racist Republicans today. He offered creepy racialized praise for presidential candidate Barack Obama by calling him "articulate" and "clean."

The Grayzone (2020-03-09). Grayzone y CODEPINK exigen a la OEA observadores electorales internacionales de emergencia en la primaria presidencial demócrata de 2020. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone y CODEPINK hacen un llamado a la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) a proporcionar observadores electorales internacionales…

Tracy Keeling (2020-03-09). The Trevor Phillips suspension is exposing the British media for the shyster it is. thecanary.co The Labour Party has Islamophobia: | The Times first reported on Phillips's suspension,

Priti Gulati Cox (2020-03-09). Patterns of Occupied Palestine and Kashmir: Part 4 of Uncountable. counterpunch.org Aaj Woh Kashmir Hai Mehkoom-O-Faqeer Kal Jise Ahl-E-Nazar Kehte Thay Iran-E-Sagheer (Today that land of Kashmir, under the heels of the enemy, has become weak, helpless and poor/Once known among the wise as Little Iran) — Allama Muhammad Iqbal, poet and philosopher of Kashmiri origin, "The Poet who Introduced Language of Resistance in Kashmir," New

Max Parry (2020-03-09). The History of Socialism and Social Democracy. SYRIZA's Betrayal of Greece Is a Spectre Haunting the Left. globalresearch.ca 'Super Tuesday' in the 2020 presidential election season is over and Senator Bernie Sanders's time as the unlikely frontrunner for the Democratic nomination may have stopped just as quick as it began. Despite an unprecedented smear campaign coordinated by …

Staff (2020-03-09). How the Last Presidential Election Changed Rural Organizing in the South. truthout.org There's been an organizing surge across the rural South since Donald Trump decisively won the region in the 2016 presidential election. Several coalitions, collectives, and grassroots networks have sprung up since then — some energized by Bernie Sanders' 2016 primary run, others by Donald Trump's victory, still others by local issues that pushed residents into political work, often for the first time. | These new organizers share at least one thing in common: a deep conviction that if they…

Staff (2020-03-09). Organizers Inspired by Sanders Are Changing the Landscape in the Rural South. truthout.org There's been an organizing surge across the rural South since Donald Trump decisively won the region in the 2016 presidential election. Several coalitions, collectives, and grassroots networks have sprung up since then — some energized by Bernie Sanders' 2016 primary run, others by Donald Trump's victory, still others by local issues that pushed residents into political work, often for the first time. | These new organizers share at least one thing in common: a deep conviction that if they…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Guyana: Voting Results Postponed Again Amid Political Crisis. telesurenglish.net While in Guyana the two political parties continue to claim victory in the March 2 presidential elections, voting results were again postponed indefinitely on Sunday, according to local sources. | RELATED: | Guyana's Supreme Court on Sunday approved an order preventing the country's Electoral Commission from declaring a winner in this month's presidential election. | This decision postpones the results of the vote…

WSWS (2020-03-09). Modi government leaves millions of Indians vulnerable to coronavirus. wsws.org Given India's high population density and dysfunctional public health system, its population is threatened by any rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Staff (2020-03-09). Coronavirus and Ebola Show We Can't Leave Vaccine Development to Big Pharma. truthout.org Five years after an Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,000 people across West Africa, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced at the end of December 2019 that Merck, the behemoth, for-profit pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey, But this is hardly a success story. In fact,…

Jack Rasmus (2020-03-09). The Virus & the Working Class. zcomm.org Average working class folks cannot afford to voluntary quarantine themselves. Or to stay home from work for any reason. Even if they have symptoms. They will continue going to work. They have to, in order to economically survive…

John Buell (2020-03-09). Will DC's Neoliberal Model of Drug Costing Finally Kill Us All? zcomm.org Why is there even a debate on whether any Coronavirus Vaccine Should be Free?>

Jack Rasmus (2020-03-09). COVID-19 and the Working Class. counterpunch.org US politicians and media are reporting approximately 500 cases of the virus in the US as of March 8. The actual number is almost certainly much higher, however. Perhaps as much as 10-fold that number, according to some sources. Why? There's the problem of reporting only tested cases so far, and there's still a lack

WSWS (2020-03-09). Italy quarantines multiple provinces as coronavirus death toll rises to 366. wsws.org At least 16 million people are affected by state orders limiting public gatherings and events, as infighting spreads in ruling circles over how to halt the spread of the virus.

Staff (2020-03-09). Coronavirus Pandemic Triggers Fears of Global Recession. truthdig.com As the virus' death toll mounts and markets head for their worst day since the crash of 2008, analysts admit there is "genuine panic."

John Stauber (2020-03-09). Coronavirus is Good for You. counterpunch.org My, my, how reality can turn on a dime, even if perception lags behind. March 1st Bernie had the Democratic nomination in the bag, and anyone truly concerned about the coronavirus pandemic was a bit deluded or selling surgical masks. Today America is waking up to a deadly epidemic that will claim tens of thousands

Eli Clifton (2020-03-09). Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Trump-aligned Pressure Group Pushes to Stop Medicine Sales to Iran. globalresearch.ca Despite a massive coronavirus-related public health crisis, an anti-Iran pressure group with close ties to the Trump administration is urging major pharmaceutical companies to "end their Iran business," focusing on companies with special licenses — most often under a broadly …

WSWS (2020-03-09). India restricts drug exports due to coronavirus impacts, threatening global drug supply. wsws.org As India is a major global supplier of generic drugs, there are widespread fears that the export restrictions will lead to pharmaceutical price-hikes and shortages in countries around the world.

Staff (2020-03-09). It's Not Just Pence. Evangelicals Are Leading US Coronavirus Response. truthout.org If you've been following the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak, you probably saw at least some snippets of President Trump's visit to the CDC last Friday. It will stand as one of the most astonishing appearances by this or any other president — and that's saying something. When asked if he regretted firing the entire staff of the Office of Pandemic Preparation, Trump said, "This is something that you can never really think is going to happen." He said that everyone who wants to be tes…

Staff (2020-03-09). Trump Bears Full Responsibility for Botched Response to Coronavirus in US. truthout.org Presidents always take credit for the positive things that happen on their watch, but Donald Trump has gone to a whole new level. He endlessly touted the "best economy ever," even though, under his watch, we just saw the continuation of trends from the Barack Obama years. | There was a modest pickup in GDP growth, with the average for the first three years of the Trump administration being 2.5 percent, compared to an average of 2.3 percent in the last three years of the Obama administration. By…

WSWS (2020-03-09). As US coronavirus cases top 500, Italy initiates mass quarantine. wsws.org The World Health Organization has emphatically stated that the international community needs to take immediate action to curb the impact of the pandemic.

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Libya General Haftar Ready to Sign Ceasefire: French Presidency. telesurenglish.net Libyan National Army eastern military leader General Khalifa Haftar told France's president Monday he will sign a ceasefire and stick to it if militias backed by the internationally recognized government respect it. | RELATED: | "Marshal Haftar assured (us) that he was committed to signing the ceasefire but this commitment would cease if the militias do not respect it," a French presidency official said after Haftar met President Emma…

Alfons Pérez (2020-03-09). Climate activism for the new decade. zcomm.org The fight against global warming has entered a new phase. What strategies will help us halt catastrophe?

Alex Emmons (2020-03-09). New Bill Would Protect Journalists. zcomm.org Two progressive members of Congress are trying to prevent a World War I-era secrecy law from being used to investigate and prosecute journalists for publishing classified information…

Ellen Taylor (2020-03-09). Defender of Europe 2020: a Dangerous Provocation on Russia's Border. counterpunch.org At this very moment thousands of US soldiers are disembarking from troop transports in six European countries and rushing toward prepositioned munitions around Europe, to deploy weapons as swiftly as possible. This excitement marks the beginning of "Defender Europe 2020", the largest military exercises to be staged in Europe in over 25 years. Strategists will

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Violence Against Women Leaders Increases in Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Ombudsman's Office in Colombia reported Sunday that violence against women leaders has increased, with a total of 98 cases of women leaders reporting to his office having being victims of violence or threats in 2019, which represents a 57 percent rise as compared with 2018. | RELATED: | The ombudsman's office also lamented the increase in gender-based violence against women, "although there are regulatory advances towards guara…

WSWS (2020-03-09). This week in history: March 9-15. wsws.org 25 years ago: US Republicans push forward tax cut bonanza for the wealthyOn March 14, 1995, the House Means and Ways Committee voted to approve a Republican plan to cut federal taxes by $189 billion over the following five years, and nearly $700 billion over the following 10 years, with the majority of the cut benefiting the wealthiest individuals and families.

WSWS (2020-03-09). Canada "at war" with Russia, high-level Ottawa conference told. wsws.org Canada's Deputy Defence Minister told the conference that the Liberals' 2017 National Defence Policy has been superseded by the surge in great-power strategic competition.

WSWS (2020-03-09). Greek police shoot at refugees using live ammunition. wsws.org More than 10,000 people are trapped in the Greek-Turkey border area, unable to move backward or forward.

WSWS (2020-03-09). Oil price war set to trigger new financial storms. wsws.org Trading this week began with a fall in the price of Brent crude from $45 a barrel to $31.52, one of the biggest single-day falls in its history.

Rob Larson (2020-03-09). Cookie Monster: the Nuts and Bolts of Online Tracking. counterpunch.org Big Tech has become notorious for its hoarding of its users' personal data, collected with great breadth and down to minute details. Billions have been paid by online platforms to settle legal charges over their invasive and reckless privacy follies. Facebook in particular is associated with this, especially after a series of major scandals involving

Richard Moser (2020-03-09). The Inside/Outside Strategy Revisited. counterpunch.org What is Strategy? Strategy is a plan — a proposed course of action. Strategy demands the analysis of current conditions and statements of desired goals. But, the primary focus of strategy is "how." How do we work the transition between what is and what ought to be? An effective strategy proposes how existing consciousness, resources,

George Wuerthner (2020-03-09). Cheatgrass, Wildfire and Livestock Grazing. counterpunch.org The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is rewriting its grazing regulations to allow more "flexibility" into range management. The agency even proposes increases in grazing seasons and numbers. All of this, of course, is the result of the pressure from the fox (Trump administration) guarding the hen house. I think most career BLM employees know

Basav Sen (2020-03-09). Why the Trump/Modi Relationship is So Dangerous. counterpunch.org In May 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi was reelected in India, a development many of us concerned about social, economic, and environmental justice denounced as very dangerous. We were wrong. It turned out to be exponentially more dangerous than we had imagined. In its second term in office, the BJP

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Venezuela Committee Tasked to Appoint New CNE In Session. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Committee of Electoral Applications for the renewal of the National Electoral Council (CNE) was officially assembled Monday ahead of the programmed 2020 parliamentary elections. | RELATED: | Through his Twitter account, a lawmaker from the government's bloc (Bloque de la Patria) Francisco Torrealba announced the official formation and the names of the legislators that will make…

WSWS (2020-03-09). German government incites racism with commemoration of right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, refugee policy. wsws.org The state has not "underestimated" the danger posed by the far-right, but rather systematically incited and encouraged it.

Fiore Longo (2020-03-09). The Violence of 'Conservation'. globalresearch.ca Fiore Longo of Survival International argues for an end to big conservation projects that abuse and destroy the very peoples who know how to protect the land. | *** | In a leaked report revealed to The Guardian in February,

(2020-03-09). Conservation Groups Argue in Federal Court That Trump's Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Was Illegal. globalresearch.ca Conservation, environmental and landowner groups argued in federal court in Montana today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrongly permitted the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to be constructed through hundreds of rivers, streams and wetlands and failed to …

Peter Bolton (2020-03-09). After surprise 'Super Tuesday' victories, a new video emerges showing Joe Biden for the liar and charlatan he is. thecanary.co It's no secret that former vice president Joe Biden's progressive credentials are paper-thin. Following the resurrection of his campaign in the Democratic Party's primary contest, his past political positions have been getting put under greater scrutiny. Now, a new video has exposed him as a repeated and unrepentant liar and plagiarist as well as a supporter of reactionary policies. | Surprise come-back, but don't be fooled: | On 3 March, Biden made a surprise

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Sudanese Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt. telesurenglish.net Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Monday survived a failed assassination attempt in the capital Khartoum, Sudan's official TV reported. | RELATED: | The report did not give any further details about the assassination attempt. | Meanwhile, official SUNA news agency reported that Hamdok "is well and at a safe place," after his motorcade came under the bombing attempt. | The incident took place at the entry of Kober bri…

Staff (2020-03-09). Trump Has Turned the 2020 Election Into a Political Version of "Survivor" truthout.org Donald Trump

Staff (2020-03-09). Trump's GOP Nominee to the Federal Election Commission Has Ties to Dark Money. truthout.org Senate Republicans Transparency groups are criticizing Trump's pick — Texas election lawyer James "Trey" Trainor — over his opposition to campaign finance regulation. Democr…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Brazil Requests Impeachment for Jair Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net On March 16, Brazilian deputies will call for the removal of ultra-right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro due to his attempts to provoke an institutional crisis and incite his supporters to close down Congress. | RELATED: | "Bolsonaro intends to lead Brazil into chaos," said congressman Alexandre Frota, referring to messages sent by the president to a large number of people, urging them to join a demonstration in support of…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Brazilian Black Intellectuals Against Marielle Franco TV Series. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian media conglomerate O Globo and the streaming platform Globoplay announced the production of a TV Series based on the personality and vital events of the councilwoman Marielle Franco, who was murdered in 2018. Brazilian communication professionals and intellectuals who belong to the black community manifested against the audiovisual. | RELATED: | In a communication published on the website Alma Preta, journalists, scriptwriters, di…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Barham Salih: Iraq Doesn't Need Foreign Presence on Its Soil. telesurenglish.net The Iraqi people do not need foreign countries on their territory to preserve their sovereignty, the president of this Middle Eastern nation Barham Salih said on Sunday. | RELATED: | "The best way for Iraq to overcome the current crisis is through national unity," the leader said Sunday during a meeting with the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamjani. | In the meeting between the two officials…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). 20 Provinces on Alert for Heavy Rains in the Dominican Republic. telesurenglish.net The Emergency Operations Center (COE) declared that 20 of the 31 provinces in the Dominican Republic are on high alert due to the threat of flooding and land displacement due to heavy rains in the territory. | RELATED: | In its most recent report, COE published that the provinces of Spaillat, Puerto Plata, Santiago, La Vega, Monseñor Noel, Duarte, and Samaná y Maria Trinidad Sanchez were declared on yellow alert. The pr…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Bolivia: Parliament Censors Jeanine àÅñez's Allies Minister. telesurenglish.net The Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia (ALP) on Monday censored the de facto Bolivian Defense Minister Luis Fernando López. This legal action is founded on the functionary's refusal to declare his implication and responsibility in manifesting repression last November that left many dead and wounded in the Andean nation. | RELATED: | With this act, the bicameral parliamentary body rejected a third minist…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Argentina: Small Producers Back President's Tax on Soy Exports. telesurenglish.net After Argentina's biggest agricultural producers launched Monday a four-day strike against President Alberto Fernandez's decision to increase tariffs on soybean exports, organizations from the Union of Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP) convened in Buenos Aires where they installed a fair to supply products in support of the president and his measure. | RELATED: | The organizations in defense of the new tariff…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Malaysia Forms New Gov't Amid Deep Political Crisis. telesurenglish.net Malaysia's new prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the members of his government Monday amid a deep political crisis and political power struggles. | RELATED: | Muhyiddin, 72, presented his new cabinet after receiving the formal approval from Malaysia's king Sultan Abdullah of Pahang. He was formally sworn into office by the monarch at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur in March 1. | His new cabinet includes m…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Colombia: Glyphosate Spraying Kills Native Species. telesurenglish.net Glyphosate spraying has led to the loss of Colombian aquatic endemic species, according to a publication by the National University of Colombia (UN). | RELATED: | The Research Group on Aquatic and Environmental Toxicology of the University of Colombia found that species, such as the yamu, typically of the eastern plains, and the bocachico, the most economically important fish in Colombia, are highly sensitive to glyphos…

Badri Raina (2020-03-09). Dynasaurs are Back in Play. zcomm.org Dynasaurs are back in play, No longer in some distant den; They speak in many a human tongue, And stand upright like gentlemen. But when they smile you can see The blood in the toothy maw; Beneath their cuff links lies in wait The old old murderous claw. They have many a follower

RT (2020-03-09). 2 US troops killed in Iraq during anti-IS operation. rt.com Two US military service members have been killed while accompanying Iraqi security forces during a mission targeting a stronghold of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), the US-led coalition confirmed in a statement. The deaths occurred last Sunday in a mountainous area of north-central Iraq, the statement said. | Coalition confirms US service members were killed during a mission with the Iraqi Security Forces to eliminate an ISIS terrorist stronghold near Makhmour yesterday

RT (2020-03-09). Tehran sends home 70,000 prisoners to mitigate coronavirus outbreak. rt.com Iran's top judge said around 70,000 people across the country have been granted temporary leave from prisons. The measure is meant to curb the spread of coronavirus infections in the struggling country. | Speaking to a judicial council on Monday, Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi said Iranian courts have identified 70,000 people eligible for furlough, Tasnim News Agency reported. The number of vetted inmates announced last week was 52,000. | The furlough is meant to decrease the health risk in prisons as the country is struggling to tackle an outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The Iranian authorities said they will…

RT (2020-03-09). In Brussels, Erdogan asks NATO for 'assistance' on Syria and migrants. rt.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Brussels, demanding help from NATO with both the conflict on his southern border and the migrants he tried to unleash on the West, now that neither situation is going according to plan. | After meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday, the Turkish leader said he requested "additional assistance" from the alliance, for the "defense" of the Turkish border with Syria and "in connection with the migration challenge." | "We expect concrete support from all our allies to this struggle," Erdogan added, urging the allies to support Turkey "without disc…

RT (2020-03-09). Watch bare-breasted protesters being CHASED by Paris police after denouncing 'PATRIARCHAL PANDEMIC'. rt.com Women's rights campaigners armed with rubber gloves, purple smoke and exposed breasts went out to symbolically cleanse Paris' streets of the 'patriarchy virus', but local cops shooed them away. | The performance, by the activist group Femen, was timed to coincide with International Women's Day on Sunday. Some 40 protesters wearing plastic coveralls, rubber gloves and protective glasses — but nothing on their chests bar slogans, as is their shtick — invaded Paris' Place de la Concorde. | Warning: Explicit images | Chanting feminist slogans, they fired purple smoke sticks and doused the ground using…

RT (2020-03-09). Irish government cancels St. Patrick's Day parade over coronavirus fears. rt.com There will be much less green in Ireland this March than in previous years, as its government has cancelled the St. Patrick's Day festival and parade amid growing concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country. | The decision was made at a cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon and a press conference is expected to follow later in the day, state broadcaster RTE reported. | Doctors had been calling for the cancellation of the massive international event, which draws hundreds of thousands to Dublin every year — more than 100,000 of them from abroad — but the government had seemingly been dr…

RT (2020-03-09). Italian prisoners RIOT over coronavirus safety measures (WATCH LIVE). rt.com Italy, which is battling the worst Covid-19 outbreak in Europe, has experienced a series of prison riots in virus-plagued areas. The unrest has been triggered by a move to suspend family visits over the coronavirus threat. | "There have been a series of rebellions across the country," Italy's prison administration head Francesco Basentini said on Monday. | The government's efforts to contain the virus, which has already killed over 360 people across the nation, triggered riots at several prisons in Italy. While staying inside might be not the worst way to avoid the coronavirus, some prisoners, apparently, want…

RT (2020-03-09). Weaponized coughing: The new way to argue when words fail in the coronavirus era (VIDEOS). rt.com As coronavirus tensions rise amid panic buying, event cancellations and self-isolation and quarantine, it is unsurprising that some have sought to weaponize the outbreak by deliberately coughing at others. | Authorities around the world have advised people to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing and to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day, but as video from multiple incidents around the world have shown, some are wielding people's fears against them in a disgusting and petty bid to win arguments. | Cabin fever | Video purports to show cabin crew wrestling a frustrated but unruly airline passe…

RT (2020-03-09). Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch-lighting ceremony to be held WITHOUT SPECTATORS due to ongoing coronavirus fears. rt.com The iconic start to Tokyo's 2020 Olympic Games will be held without spectators as it was announced the traditional torch-lighting ceremony will take place with no fans in attendance. | The Greek Olympic Committee announced Monday that the torch-lighting ceremony — the symbolic start of each Olympic Games — will be staged at a scaled-down, behind-closed-doors event due to the ongoing fears over the spread of coronavirus in the region. | The Committee announced the Olympic torch will be lit during a smaller-scale ceremony in ancient Olympia on Thursday, March 12 before heading off on a seven-day relay,…

RT (2020-03-09). Reasons behind market panic investigated: Has Saudi Arabia learned from its past oil gambling mistakes? rt.com The country that pulled the final trigger to send oil prices into a freefall, Saudi Arabia, may suffer most from the oil market turmoil, analyst Kamel Wazne says, noting that Riyadh has already made such an error before. | Global markets were already on edge due to slowing economic growth and the coronavirus epidemic, when OPEC and allied oil-producing states failed to come to an agreement last week. As Russia turned its back to deeper output cuts fearing that the US would just take its market share, Saudi Arabia decided to restrain itself from cutting production and offer a discount for its crude exporters.

RT (2020-03-09). Dow closes with 7.8% drop, largest since 2008 on oil slump and coronavirus fears. rt.com Stocks are cratering as markets close on Monday, with the Dow down close to 7 percent in the largest single-day drop in NYSE history and the S&P and Nasdaq not far behind. Coronavirus and a drop in oil prices are to blame.

RT (2020-03-09). All of Italy will be 'red zone': Public gatherings banned, people to move only for emergency & work, says PM Conte. rt.com A day after northern Italy was put on lockdown over the COVID-19 coronavirus, PM Giuseppe Conte imposed quarantine on the entire country, restricting movement and banning public gatherings. | The unprecedented move was announced by Conte on Monday evening local time, and came as Italy's death toll from the coronavirus rose by almost 100. | The number of deaths jumped from 366 to 463 on Monday, while the total number of cases grew from 7,375 to 9,172. | "There won't be just a red zone," Conte told reporters, referring to the restrictions imposed on the country's north over the weekend. "There will be Italy."

RT (2020-03-09). Coronavirus death toll in Italy rises by 100 for second day in a row, jumps from 366 to 463. rt.com Italy has seen its death toll from the coronavirus spike yet again, with the number of casualties in the country rising from 366 to 463 on Monday, according to officials. | Italy has been the European country most affected by the coronavirus, with the total number of cases rising on from 7,375 to 9,172. It also has a higher To combat the spread of the disease, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree restricting the travel of people living in Lo…

RT (2020-03-09). Italian prisoners RIOT over coronavirus safety measures (VIDEOS). rt.com Italy, which is battling the worst Covid-19 outbreak in Europe, has experienced a series of prison riots in virus-plagued areas. The unrest has been triggered by a move to suspend family visits over the coronavirus threat. | "There have been a series of rebellions across the country," Italy's prison administration head Francesco Basentini said on Monday. | The government's efforts to contain the virus, which has already killed over 360 people across the nation, triggered riots at several prisons in Italy. While staying inside might be not the worst way to avoid the coronavirus, some prisoners, apparently, want…

RT (2020-03-09). Chernobyl to Katrina: Pundits scramble to compare Trump's handling of coronavirus to previous catastrophes. rt.com Media are comparing US President Donald Trump's (mis)handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic to high-profile historical disasters, from the Chernobyl nuclear accident to Hurricane Katrina…and even the fall of Rome. | Pundits eager to see the end of Trump have rushed to compare what they view as his failure to properly deal with the coronavirus outbreak to legendary disasters from recent and ancient history, regardless of how well those disasters reflect current events. | The president himself retweeted a meme that was quickly interpreted as comparing himself to Emperor Nero, who supposedly fiddled whil…

RT (2020-03-09). Israel announces 14-day 'isolation' for anyone entering the country in attempt to fight coronavirus spread. rt.com Anyone arriving in Israel will need to go through a 14-day quarantine, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced as part of an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. | The measure will apply immediately for all Israeli citizens returning to the country, and it will take effect for non-citizens on Thursday. Foreign nationals who cannot prove to officials they have the resources to self-quarantine for two weeks will not be allowed to enter the country. The measure will last for two weeks. | "This is a tough decision, but it is essential to maintain public health – and public health precedes everything…

RT (2020-03-09). Woody Allen, we will publish your book. rt.com We will publish your book – if you wish – because we believe no one's life story should be silenced, and that all sides deserve a fair hearing. | We will publish your book because we trust that adults should have a free choice whether to read it or not. | We will publish your book because we are against corporate cowardice that becomes corporate censorship. | We will publish your book because we do not endorse Twitter mob justice and blacklists. | We will publish your book because you were not found guilty of any crime before the law, but that has counted for nothing. | We will publish your book because we sti…

RT (2020-03-09). The winners & losers of the Saudi-Russia oil price war. rt.com While neither Moscow nor Riyadh want to see oil trading at record lows, their failure to agree on how to boost the market has led to an all-out price war. The only question is who will benefit most from the situation.

RT (2020-03-09). Waking up to a new reality: What's going on with stocks & oil? rt.com As the new week begins, you might be surprised to see all the major stock markets down and oil recording its worst losses in nearly two decades. Here is what happened overnight. | What happened to the markets?: | Oil prices crashed as much as 30 percent as trading began in Asia on Monday morning, with futures for benchmark Brent suffering the biggest drop since the Gulf War in 1991. As of 06: 34 GMT, Brent was as low as $33.31 per barrel, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was trading at $29.72, with both down nearly 50 percent year to date. | A nosedive in crude prices triggered a panic sell-off in ma…

RT (2020-03-09). Oil price war will expedite the end of petrodollar & rise of Chinese-Russian currency— RT's Max Keiser. rt.com The US shale market is to bear the brunt of the raging oil price war that has sent Dow Jones and crude prices down, and Saudi Arabia will fare no better. Meanwhile, Russia has got the best hand in the game, Max Keiser believes.

RT (2020-03-09). Banker-heavy Biden cabinet 'leak' triggers outrage, echoes of Obama's 'Citigroup cabinet'. rt.com Mike Bloomberg and the JP Morgan CEO who played a key role in 2008's financial crash are in line for posts in Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's cabinet, according to a high-profile "leak" that has angered many. | The centrist candidate's alleged cabinet picks were floated on Axios on Monday, citing "top sources" including Biden advisers. Aside from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who dropped out of the race last week but has yet to endorse another candidate, the roster included polarizing plutocrats like Bloomberg (tapped to lead the World Bank) and JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, whose role i…

RT (2020-03-09). Global market freefall CONTINUES as European bourses open to bearish trading. rt.com Stock markets in Europe are opening to a downward trend, following a plunge in Asia. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 6.1 right after stock exchanges opened in London, Paris, and Frankfurt. | Germany's DAX index fell 7.8 percent after the Frankfurt Stock Exchange opened trading on Monday, and is projected to have its biggest daily drop in 18 years. | London's commodity-heavy FTSE 100 was down more than eight percent, with stocks of oil companies among those hit hardest by the collapse. | France's CAC 40 dove 7.7 percent, with oil giant Total and metal maker ArcelorMittal plummeting over 15 percent. | Also on rt…

RT (2020-03-09). Daily Beast's Russian TV watcher says RT spreads 'conspiracy theories' about Biden, fails to mention any. rt.com The Atlantic Council's Julia Davis has accused RT of promoting conspiracy theories about Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden. If only she could mention at least one… | Davis, a "Russian media monitor" for the Atlantic Council, has been giving Daily Beast readers weekly updates about what Russians think about the American election. (In short, Russians like Trump, and like Bernie because Bernie can't beat Trump, and hate Biden because Trump can't possibly beat Biden.) | Her pieces are mostly about what Russian TV tells Russians, but the latest installment had a few words reserved for RT, which, "actively promotes c…

RT (2020-03-09). Trump says crashing markets good for consumers, blames Russia, Saudi Arabia and Fake News. rt.com US President Donald Trump can't seem to decide whether a sudden, massive drop in oil prices is good or bad for the country, so he's hedged his bets on Twitter, suggesting it's "Good for the consumer" but bad for markets. | Blaming the "market drop" on "Saudi Arabia and Russia…arguing over the price and flow of oil" in a Monday morning tweet, the president whipsawed around and – within the same minute! – bragged that the resulting chaos was "good for the consumer," because gas prices would go down. | Saudi Arabia and Russia are arguing over the price and flow of oil. That, and the Fake News, is the reason for…

RT (2020-03-09). Russia swiftly reacts to bloodbath in markets, says it's ready for $25 oil. rt.com Russia's sovereign wealth fund has enough reserves to cover budget deficit for years, even if oil prices stay between $25 and $30 per barrel, the Finance Ministry announced amid a dramatic oil market crash. | Despite Monday being a public holiday in Russia, both the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank were quick to react to the overnight drop in oil prices of nearly 30 percent. The former said that the Russian National Wealth Fund has $150 billion (more than 10 trillion rubles) worth of liquid assets from additional oil and gas revenues, which is enough to offset a possible shortfall from falling crude pr…

RT (2020-03-09). 'Additional push to the wheel of change': Sudan's PM tweets that he is fine after surviving assassination attempt. rt.com Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has confirmed that he is safe and well after a blast shook the capital city, Khartoum. Officials confirmed it was an attempt on the leader's life. | "I assure the Sudanese people that I am well and completely healthy," Hamdok wrote in a tweet shortly after the attack on Monday. | I would like to assure the people of Sudan that I am safe and in good shape. Rest assured that what happened today will not stand in the way of our transition, instead it is an additional push to the wheel of change in Sudan.

RT (2020-03-09). Sudan's Prime Minister Hamdok survives assassination attempt in Khartoum — state media. rt.com Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt targeting his convoy, state media has said. | A blast has rocked the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, the media has reported, adding that the attack was aimed at the prime minister. Hamdok survived the ordeal and was moved to a "safe location." It was not immediately clear whether the official suffered any injuries, or if the explosion resulted in any casualties. | ÿπÿßÿ¨ŸÑ | ŸÖÿ≠ÿߟàŸÑ ÿßÿ∫ÿ™Ÿäÿ&szli…

RT (2020-03-09). US starts pulling out troops from Afghanistan – report. rt.com American troops have reportedly begun their initial troop withdrawal as part of the US-Taliban peace agreement, with hundreds of soldiers leaving the country on Monday with no plans for replacements. | Speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, a US official confirmed the beginning steps of the withdrawal process have begun, with plans to drop the number of US troops in the country from 13,000 to 8,600. | According to the signed peace agreement, the withdrawal process for US troops had to begin 10 days within the signing of the agreement, which took place on February 29. Defense Secretary…

RT (2020-03-09). Afghan president Ghani displays nerves of steel as EXPLOSIONS interrupt his swearing-in (VIDEO). rt.com Afghanistan's newly re-elected president, Ashraf Ghani, was nonchalant as the sound of explosions interrupted his inauguration speech in the Afghan capital, Kabul. | Hundreds of people gathered for the event at two venues inside the presidential palace. Ghani was inaugurated for his second term as Afghanistan's president. His ceremony was attended by foreign officials, including US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and NATO forces commander Scott Miller. | At one point, however, something clearly went wrong. A video published on social media by India's ANI news agency shows Ghani's inauguration speech interrupted…

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The Grayzone and CODEPINK demand emergency OAS election observers in 2020 Democratic presidential primary
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-09
Press release Contact: The Grayzone, grayzoneproject@gmail.com Ariel Gold, ariel@codepink.org, 907-390-0847 When: 2pm, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Where: Outside the Organization…
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The Grayzone and CODEPINK demand emergency OAS election observers in 2020 Democratic presidential primary
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-09
The Grayzone and CODEPINK call on the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide emergency international election observers in the…
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Turkey Ups the Stakes in Migrant Crisis
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
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Cease Fire Rejected. Turkey Doesn't Consider Al Qaeda as a Terrorist Group. Erdogan Sends More Troops into Idlib
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
The latest agreement of ceasefire between the Russian President and the Turkish madman Erdogan explicitly excludes combating terrorists. Erdogan doesn't consider al-Qaeda as a terrorist group, he invested heavily in this organization especially in Syria and lately in Libya….
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New Putin-Erdogan Deal Is Sugar-coating the Turks' Surrender
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
This week's meeting between Presidents Putin and Erdogan in Moscow was cast as preventing a war between Russia and Turkey in Syria. War, however, was never on the horizon. Putin called Erdogan's bluff, and the Turk folded. | Russian President Vladimir | …
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They Stripped Us of Our Clothes and Assigned Us a Number
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
How can one begin to excavate the horrors of a radical resocialization project (from roughly 1876 to 1986) to transform "savages" into "civilized" citizens? In turning First Nations societies upside down, the government and the churches ended turning themselves upside down, evident in the spiritual and moral degradation of themselves and students under their care.
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Many New Voting Systems Aren't Ready for Prime Time
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
Put aside, for now, foreign meddling in U.S. elections, social media propaganda and partisan voter suppression. The newest emerging threat to elections in 2020 is new voting systems that have been insufficiently tested and phased in, but have been debuting in many of 2020's presidential primaries and caucuses. | Since the Iowa Democratic Party's presidential caucuses, there has been a string of new technology-based failures and frustrations–despite officials' and voting system designers' intentions. The failures share some common elements, from data connectivity issues to machinery breakdowns to poor planni…
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Many New Voting Systems Aren't Ready for Prime Time
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
Put aside, for now, foreign meddling in U.S. elections, social media propaganda and partisan voter suppression. The newest emerging threat to elections in 2020 is new voting systems that have been insufficiently tested and phased in, but have been debuting in many of 2020's presidential primaries and caucuses. | Since the Iowa Democratic Party's presidential caucuses, there has been a string of new technology-based failures and frustrations–despite officials' and voting system designers' intentions. The failures share some common elements, from data connectivity issues to machinery breakdowns to poor planni…
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The Criminality of the Democratic Party. DNC Maneuvers to Derail Bernie Sanders
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
The utter and complete corruption of the Democratic Party is on full display as the DNC desperately maneuvers to derail the insurgent candidacy of Bernie Sanders by denying him a majority of delegates to the July convention in Minneapolis. Winning …
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Indigenous Organizations Endorse Espinosa's Bid as OAS Chief
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
The Ecuadorean Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie) and the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (Coica) announced Friday their endorsement for Maria Fernanda Espinosa's candidacy as Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS). | RELATED: | OAS: Permanent Council Received Secretary-General Candidacies | "We are certain that, with her election, the Indigenous peoples will be a priority issue in the OAS, in benefit to our peop…
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Spain's PSOE-Podemos government sends police to Greece to attack migrants
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
The pseudo-left is complicit in the dispatching of police to Greece, where far right thugs are attacking refugees with the complicity of the government.
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Don't Expect a Democratic President to Roll Back Trump's Policies
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
America's health care, its poor, its black and Hispanic minorities and the contest between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders don't amount to a hill of beans in the Middle East. And many American voters

How the New US-Afghanistan Peace Deal Rekindled a "Business Friendly Taliban"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-09
America's relationship with the Taliban has always been determined by how useful they are at advancing US interests in the region and the Trump administration's recent efforts to make "peace" with the group are no exception.
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There Have Been Nearly 80 Attacks in Afghanistan Since US Signed "Peace Deal"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Since last month's U.S.-Taliban peace plan, there have been nearly 80 attacks in Afghanistan. The violence could derail the deal that calls for U.S. troops to withdraw over the next 14 months. This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and top political leader Abdullah Abdullah both claimed that they won the presidential election at dual inauguration ceremonies today in Kabul, and members of the Taliban and the Afghan government were set to start direct negotiations on Tuesday. We speak with Was…
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20 Provinces on Alert for Heavy Rains in the Dominican Republic
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
The Emergency Operations Center (COE) declared that 20 of the 31 provinces in the Dominican Republic are on high alert due to the threat of flooding and land displacement due to heavy rains in the territory. | RELATED: | DR: Medina Offers Triumphalist Speech to Downplay Protests | In its most recent report, COE published that the provinces of Spaillat, Puerto Plata, Santiago, La Vega, Monseñor Noel, Duarte, and Samaná y Maria Trinidad Sanchez were declared on yellow alert. The pr…
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Chile: General Strike on Second Day of Feminist Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
The 8M Coordination called for a general strike on Monday, as part of the second day of major feminist protests in Chile. | RELATED: | Latin America's Women's Day: Huge Marches Across the Continent | With the support of numerous social organizations, the main concentration will take place in the Plaza de la Dignidad, in Santiago de Chile, at 11: 00 A.M.. From there, the demonstrators will walk along the Alameda, the main avenue of the country's capital. | The strike, called to dem…
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Barham Salih: Iraq Doesn't Need Foreign Presence on Its Soil
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
The Iraqi people do not need foreign countries on their territory to preserve their sovereignty, the president of this Middle Eastern nation Barham Salih said on Sunday. | RELATED: | UN Envoy Condemns Use of Pellets Against Iraqi Protesters | "The best way for Iraq to overcome the current crisis is through national unity," the leader said Sunday during a meeting with the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamjani. | In the meeting between the two officials…
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Joe Biden is Demented Racist Shark Food
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
Biden helped author and worked to pass the racist federal mass incarceration Three Strikes crime bill of 1994. He has boasted of his ability to work with segregationists as a U.S. senator in the 1970s, when he opposed federal desegregation busing orders and worried about sending his children to desegregated schools. He boasts about his ability to work with racist Republicans today. He offered creepy racialized praise for presidential candidate Barack Obama by calling him "articulate" and "clean."
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Coronavirus already impacting 2020 elections; labor's presidential forum cancelled
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-09
A Bernie Sanders-Joe Biden forum planned by the AFL-CIO in Orlando this Thursday has been cancelled due to concern about the coronavirus. The nation's largest labor federation also cancelled the entire meeting of its 2020 winter executive council meeting which was to start tomorrow and continue through the week. The presidents and leaders of almost …
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The History of Socialism and Social Democracy. SYRIZA's Betrayal of Greece Is a Spectre Haunting the Left
Max Parry | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
'Super Tuesday' in the 2020 presidential election season is over and Senator Bernie Sanders's time as the unlikely frontrunner for the Democratic nomination may have stopped just as quick as it began. Despite an unprecedented smear campaign coordinated by | …
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Organizers Inspired by Sanders Are Changing the Landscape in the Rural South
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
There's been an organizing surge across the rural South since Donald Trump decisively won the region in the 2016 presidential election. Several coalitions, collectives, and grassroots networks have sprung up since then

How the Last Presidential Election Changed Rural Organizing in the South
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
There's been an organizing surge across the rural South since Donald Trump decisively won the region in the 2016 presidential election. Several coalitions, collectives, and grassroots networks have sprung up since then

The Trevor Phillips suspension is exposing the British media for the shyster it is
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-03-09
The Labour Party has suspended Trevor Phillips over allegations of Islamophobia. The response from British media outlets and figures is a sight to behold. Because it's a far cry from their coverage of alleged antisemitism in the party. | Islamophobia: | The Times first reported on Phillips's suspension, describing him as a "pioneering anti-racism campaigner". The ex-head of t…
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Patterns of Occupied Palestine and Kashmir: Part 4 of Uncountable
Priti Gulati Cox | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
Aaj Woh Kashmir Hai Mehkoom-O-Faqeer Kal Jise Ahl-E-Nazar Kehte Thay Iran-E-Sagheer (Today that land of Kashmir, under the heels of the enemy, has become weak, helpless and poor/Once known among the wise as Little Iran)

Grayzone y CODEPINK exigen a la OEA observadores electorales internacionales de emergencia en la primaria presidencial demócrata de 2020
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-09
The Grayzone y CODEPINK hacen un llamado a la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) a proporcionar observadores electorales internacionales…
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Grayzone y CODEPINK exigen a la OEA observadores electorales internacionales de emergencia en la Primaria Presidencial Demócrata de 2020
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-09
Comunicado de Prensa Contacto: The Grayzone, grayzoneproject@gmail.com Ariel Gold, ariel@codepink.org, 907-390-0847 øCuándo: 2 P.M., martes 10 de marzo de 2020…
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Guyana: Voting Results Postponed Again Amid Political Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
While in Guyana the two political parties continue to claim victory in the March 2 presidential elections, voting results were again postponed indefinitely on Sunday, according to local sources. | RELATED: | Guyana: Electoral Dispute to Continue in Court Amid Discontent | Guyana's Supreme Court on Sunday approved an order preventing the country's Electoral Commission from declaring a winner in this month's presidential election. | This decision postpones the results of the vote…
telesurenglish.net/news/guyana-voting-re…

Coronavirus: New York Won't Close Schools Because Homeless Kids Have Nowhere Else to Go
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-09
For many thousands of students across New York City and the United States, school is the only place they receive regular meals, shelter, medical care, and other vital services.
mintpressnews.com/coronavirus-new-york-s…

Malaysia Forms New Gov't Amid Deep Political Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
Malaysia's new prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the members of his government Monday amid a deep political crisis and political power struggles. | RELATED: | ISIS May Shift Base of Operations to Southeast Asia: Malaysia | Muhyiddin, 72, presented his new cabinet after receiving the formal approval from Malaysia's king Sultan Abdullah of Pahang. He was formally sworn into office by the monarch at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur in March 1. | His new cabinet includes m…
telesurenglish.net/news/Malaysia-Forms-N…

Brazil Requests Impeachment for Jair Bolsonaro
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
On March 16, Brazilian deputies will call for the removal of ultra-right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro due to his attempts to provoke an institutional crisis and incite his supporters to close down Congress. | RELATED: | Brazil, US Sign Agreement to Increase Military Cooperation | "Bolsonaro intends to lead Brazil into chaos," said congressman Alexandre Frota, referring to messages sent by the president to a large number of people, urging them to join a demonstration in support of…
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Bolivia: Parliament Censors Jeanine àÅñez's Allies Minister
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
The Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia (ALP) on Monday censored the de facto Bolivian Defense Minister Luis Fernando López. This legal action is founded on the functionary's refusal to declare his implication and responsibility in manifesting repression last November that left many dead and wounded in the Andean nation. | RELATED: | Bolivia: UNHCR-Based De-Facto Govt Seeks New Attack on Morales | With this act, the bicameral parliamentary body rejected a third minist…
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Argentina: Small Producers Back President's Tax on Soy Exports
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
After Argentina's biggest agricultural producers launched Monday a four-day strike against President Alberto Fernandez's decision to increase tariffs on soybean exports, organizations from the Union of Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP) convened in Buenos Aires where they installed a fair to supply products in support of the president and his measure. | RELATED: | Argentinian President to Introduce Bill to Legalize Abortion | The organizations in defense of the new tariff…
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Sudanese Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Monday survived a failed assassination attempt in the capital Khartoum, Sudan's official TV reported. | RELATED: | Sudan To Hand Ex-President Al-Bashir to ICC over Genocide | The report did not give any further details about the assassination attempt. | Meanwhile, official SUNA news agency reported that Hamdok "is well and at a safe place," after his motorcade came under the bombing attempt. | The incident took place at the entry of Kober bri…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudanese-Prime-M…

Violence Against Women Leaders Increases in Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
The Ombudsman's Office in Colombia reported Sunday that violence against women leaders has increased, with a total of 98 cases of women leaders reporting to his office having being victims of violence or threats in 2019, which represents a 57 percent rise as compared with 2018. | RELATED: | Former Farc Combatant Astrid Conde Murdered in Bogota | The ombudsman's office also lamented the increase in gender-based violence against women, "although there are regulatory advances towards guara…
telesurenglish.net/news/Violence-Against…

Brazilian Black Intellectuals Against Marielle Franco TV Series
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
The Brazilian media conglomerate O Globo and the streaming platform Globoplay announced the production of a TV Series based on the personality and vital events of the councilwoman Marielle Franco, who was murdered in 2018. Brazilian communication professionals and intellectuals who belong to the black community manifested against the audiovisual. | RELATED: | Brazil Requests Impeachment for Jair Bolsonaro | In a communication published on the website Alma Preta, journalists, scriptwriters, di…
telesurenglish.net/news/–brazilian-blac…

Venezuela Committee Tasked to Appoint New CNE In Session
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
Venezuela's Committee of Electoral Applications for the renewal of the National Electoral Council (CNE) was officially assembled Monday ahead of the programmed 2020 parliamentary elections. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Officials Guarantee 2020 Elections After Fire Destroys Equipment | Through his Twitter account, a lawmaker from the government's bloc (Bloque de la Patria) Francisco Torrealba announced the official formation and the names of the legislators that will make…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Commit…

Colombia: Glyphosate Spraying Kills Native Species
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
Glyphosate spraying has led to the loss of Colombian aquatic endemic species, according to a publication by the National University of Colombia (UN). | RELATED: | Another Social Leader Killed in Colombia, 54 so Far in 2020 | The Research Group on Aquatic and Environmental Toxicology of the University of Colombia found that species, such as the yamu, typically of the eastern plains, and the bocachico, the most economically important fish in Colombia, are highly sensitive to glyphos…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-glyphos…

Libya General Haftar Ready to Sign Ceasefire: French Presidency
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
Libyan National Army eastern military leader General Khalifa Haftar told France's president Monday he will sign a ceasefire and stick to it if militias backed by the internationally recognized government respect it. | RELATED: | UN Envoy for Libya Steps Down, Cites 'Stress Levels' | "Marshal Haftar assured (us) that he was committed to signing the ceasefire but this commitment would cease if the militias do not respect it," a French presidency official said after Haftar met President Emma…
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Thousands Prepare to Depart Cruise Ship Hit by Virus
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
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This week in history: March 9-15
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
25 years ago: US Republicans push forward tax cut bonanza for the wealthyOn March 14, 1995, the House Means and Ways Committee voted to approve a Republican plan to cut federal taxes by $189 billion over the following five years, and nearly $700 billion over the following 10 years, with the majority of the cut benefiting the wealthiest individuals and families.
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Canada "at war" with Russia, high-level Ottawa conference told
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
Canada's Deputy Defence Minister told the conference that the Liberals' 2017 National Defence Policy has been superseded by the surge in great-power strategic competition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/09/omsc…

New Bill Would Protect Journalists
Alex Emmons | zcomm.org | 2020-03-09
Two progressive members of Congress are trying to prevent a World War I-era secrecy law from being used to investigate and prosecute journalists for publishing classified information…
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Climate activism for the new decade
Alfons Pérez | zcomm.org | 2020-03-09
The fight against global warming has entered a new phase. What strategies will help us halt catastrophe?
zcomm.org/znetarticle/climate-activism-f…

Coronavirus: PM holds Cobra meeting as minister warns against sports shutdown
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-09
Cancelling sports events and shutting museums and galleries due to coronavirus would be "premature", the culture secretary has said, as the prime minister gathered ministers for an emergency Cobra meeting to discuss the next steps to tackle the illness.While some other European countries are cancelling mass gatherings or limiting the number of people who can attend big events, Oliver Dowden said there are "no plans" for Britain to follow suit.Dowden insisted the government is following the advice of health officials and, while the situation is kept under review, there is currently "no need" to cancel big events o…
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Greek police shoot at refugees using live ammunition
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
More than 10,000 people are trapped in the Greek-Turkey border area, unable to move backward or forward.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/09/gree…

Defender of Europe 2020: a Dangerous Provocation on Russia's Border
Ellen Taylor | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
At this very moment thousands of US soldiers are disembarking from troop transports in six European countries and rushing toward prepositioned munitions around Europe, to deploy weapons as swiftly as possible. This excitement marks the beginning of "Defender Europe 2020", the largest military exercises to be staged in Europe in over 25 years. Strategists will…
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Oil price war set to trigger new financial storms
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
Trading this week began with a fall in the price of Brent crude from $45 a barrel to $31.52, one of the biggest single-day falls in its history.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/09/econ…

Coronavirus is Good for You
John Stauber | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
My, my, how reality can turn on a dime, even if perception lags behind. March 1st Bernie had the Democratic nomination in the bag, and anyone truly concerned about the coronavirus pandemic was a bit deluded or selling surgical masks. Today America is waking up to a deadly epidemic that will claim tens of thousands…
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Cookie Monster: the Nuts and Bolts of Online Tracking
Rob Larson | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
Big Tech has become notorious for its hoarding of its users' personal data, collected with great breadth and down to minute details. Billions have been paid by online platforms to settle legal charges over their invasive and reckless privacy follies. Facebook in particular is associated with this, especially after a series of major scandals involving…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/09/cookie-monst…

The Inside/Outside Strategy Revisited
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
What is Strategy? Strategy is a plan

COVID-19 and the Working Class
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
US politicians and media are reporting approximately 500 cases of the virus in the US as of March 8. The actual number is almost certainly much higher, however. Perhaps as much as 10-fold that number, according to some sources. Why? There's the problem of reporting only tested cases so far, and there's still a lack…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/09/covid-19-and…

Why the Trump/Modi Relationship is So Dangerous
Basav Sen | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
In May 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi was reelected in India, a development many of us concerned about social, economic, and environmental justice denounced as very dangerous. We were wrong. It turned out to be exponentially more dangerous than we had imagined. In its second term in office, the BJP…
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Cheatgrass, Wildfire and Livestock Grazing
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-09
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is rewriting its grazing regulations to allow more "flexibility" into range management. The agency even proposes increases in grazing seasons and numbers. All of this, of course, is the result of the pressure from the fox (Trump administration) guarding the hen house. I think most career BLM employees know…
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Modi government leaves millions of Indians vulnerable to coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
Given India's high population density and dysfunctional public health system, its population is threatened by any rapid spread of the coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/09/modi…

As US coronavirus cases top 500, Italy initiates mass quarantine
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
The World Health Organization has emphatically stated that the international community needs to take immediate action to curb the impact of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/09/coro…

Coronavirus Could Wreak Havoc on the Working Class
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
For service workers, there's no such thing as paid sick leave or working from home, two measures that could slow the spread of the disease.
truthdig.com/articles/coronavirus-could-…

Coronavirus Pandemic Triggers Fears of Global Recession
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
As the virus' death toll mounts and markets head for their worst day since the crash of 2008, analysts admit there is "genuine panic."
truthdig.com/articles/coronavirus-pandem…

It's Not Just Pence. Evangelicals Are Leading US Coronavirus Response
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
If you've been following the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak, you probably saw at least some snippets of President Trump's visit to the CDC last Friday. It will stand as one of the most astonishing appearances by this or any other president

Coronavirus Is a Reason to Worry About the Economy–the Stock Market Plunge Is Not
Dean Baker | fair.org | 2020-03-09
New York Times ( 3/6/20) | Many people have become very concerned about the economy because of the stock market's plunge in the last two weeks. While the spread of the coronavirus gives us very good reason to worry about the state of the economy, the plunge in the stock market does not. In fact, those folks who are very concerned about wealth inequality can celebrate, because the wealth of the top 1% has just dropped by around 10%, while the wealth of the bottom 50% has barely been touched. (I tend to focus on income inequali…
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Will DC's Neoliberal Model of Drug Costing Finally Kill Us All?
John Buell | zcomm.org | 2020-03-09
Why is there even a debate on whether any Coronavirus Vaccine Should be Free?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/will-dcs-neolibera…

Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Trump-aligned Pressure Group Pushes to Stop Medicine Sales to Iran
Eli Clifton | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
Despite a massive coronavirus-related public health crisis, an anti-Iran pressure group with close ties to the Trump administration is urging major pharmaceutical companies to "end their Iran business," focusing on companies with special licenses

Coronavirus Outbreak Triggers Fears of Global Recession
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
As the virus death toll mounts and markets head for their worst day since the crash of 2008, analysts admit there is "genuine panic."
truthdig.com/articles/coronavirus-outbre…

The Virus & the Working Class
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2020-03-09
Average working class folks cannot afford to voluntary quarantine themselves. Or to stay home from work for any reason. Even if they have symptoms. They will continue going to work. They have to, in order to economically survive…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-virus-the-work…

Italy quarantines multiple provinces as coronavirus death toll rises to 366
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
At least 16 million people are affected by state orders limiting public gatherings and events, as infighting spreads in ruling circles over how to halt the spread of the virus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/09/ital…

Coronavirus and Ebola Show We Can't Leave Vaccine Development to Big Pharma
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Five years after an Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,000 people across West Africa, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced at the end of December 2019 that Merck, the behemoth, for-profit pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey, had received approval for an Ebola vaccine. | But this is hardly a success story. In fact,…
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Coronavirus Could Wreak Havoc on the Working Class
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
For service workers, there's no such thing as paid sick leave or working from home, two measures that could slow the spread of the disease.
truthdig.com/articles/coronavirus-could-…

Trump Bears Full Responsibility for Botched Response to Coronavirus in US
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Presidents always take credit for the positive things that happen on their watch, but Donald Trump has gone to a whole new level. He endlessly touted the "best economy ever," even though, under his watch, we just saw the continuation of trends from the Barack Obama years. | There was a modest pickup in GDP growth, with the average for the first three years of the Trump administration being 2.5 percent, compared to an average of 2.3 percent in the last three years of the Obama administration. By…
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India restricts drug exports due to coronavirus impacts, threatening global drug supply
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
As India is a major global supplier of generic drugs, there are widespread fears that the export restrictions will lead to pharmaceutical price-hikes and shortages in countries around the world.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/09/indd…

Conservation Groups Argue in Federal Court That Trump's Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Was Illegal

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
Conservation, environmental and landowner groups argued in federal court in Montana today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrongly permitted the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to be constructed through hundreds of rivers, streams and wetlands and failed to …
globalresearch.ca/conservation-groups-ar…

The Violence of 'Conservation'
Fiore Longo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
Fiore Longo of Survival International argues for an end to big conservation projects that abuse and destroy the very peoples who know how to protect the land. | *** | In a leaked report revealed to The Guardian in February, an investigation …
globalresearch.ca/violence-conservation/…

Joe Biden Weighing Multiple Billionaires for Cabinet Positions
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
Joe Biden is reportedly considering appointing businessman Michael Bloomberg and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, both billionaires, to powerful leadership positions should Biden win the Democratic presidential nomination and defeat President Donald Trump in November. | Axios reported Monday that the former vice president and his campaign advisers are weighing Dimon for treasury secretary, a cabinet position tasked with overseeing the U.S. financial system. Biden is also considering Sen. Elizabeth W…
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Joe Biden Weighing Multiple Billionaires for Cabinet Positions
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
A new report reveals the former vice president is eyeing Mike Bloomberg to head the world bank and Jamie Dimon for Treasury secretary.
truthdig.com/articles/joe-biden-weighing…

After surprise 'Super Tuesday' victories, a new video emerges showing Joe Biden for the liar and charlatan he is
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-03-09
It's no secret that former vice president Joe Biden's progressive credentials are paper-thin. Following the resurrection of his campaign in the Democratic Party's primary contest, his past political positions have been getting put under greater scrutiny. Now, a new video has exposed him as a repeated and unrepentant liar and plagiarist as well as a supporter of reactionary policies. | Surprise come-back, but don't be fooled: | On 3 March, Biden made a surprise comeback on 'Super Tuesday' following the Democratic P…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2020/03/09/a…

German government incites racism with commemoration of right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, refugee policy
wsws.org | 2020-03-09
The state has not "underestimated" the danger posed by the far-right, but rather systematically incited and encouraged it.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/09/hana…

Trump's GOP Nominee to the Federal Election Commission Has Ties to Dark Money
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Senate Republicans will consider advancing President Donald Trump's GOP nominee to the Federal Election Commission this week, potentially giving the watchdog the fourth member it needs to enforce election law. | Transparency groups are criticizing Trump's pick

Trump Has Turned the 2020 Election Into a Political Version of "Survivor"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Donald Trump filed his paperwork to run for reelection only hours after his inauguration in January 2017, setting a presidential record, the first of his many dubious achievements. For a man who relished the adulation and bombast of campaigning, it should have surprised no one that he charged out of the starting gate so quickly for 2020 as well. After all, he'd al…
truthout.org/articles/trump-has-turned-t…

Trump's GOP Nominee to the Federal Election Commission Has Ties to Dark Money
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Senate Republicans will consider advancing President Donald Trump's GOP nominee to the Federal Election Commission next week, potentially giving the watchdog the fourth member it needs to enforce election law. | Transparency groups are criticizing Trump's pick

Dynasaurs are Back in Play
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2020-03-09
Dynasaurs are back in play, No longer in some distant den; They speak in many a human tongue, And stand upright like gentlemen. But when they smile you can see The blood in the toothy maw; Beneath their cuff links lies in wait The old old murderous claw. They have many a follower Read…
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2 US troops killed in Iraq during anti-IS operation
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Two US military service members have been killed while accompanying Iraqi security forces during a mission targeting a stronghold of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), the US-led coalition confirmed in a statement. The deaths occurred last Sunday in a mountainous area of north-central Iraq, the statement said. | Coalition confirms US service members were killed during a mission with the Iraqi Security Forces to eliminate an ISIS terrorist stronghold near Makhmour yesterday pic.twitter.com/tAK7oPQyXa– Joanne Stocker ÿ¨Ÿàÿ¢ŸÜ (@…
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Tehran sends home 70,000 prisoners to mitigate coronavirus outbreak
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Iran's top judge said around 70,000 people across the country have been granted temporary leave from prisons. The measure is meant to curb the spread of coronavirus infections in the struggling country. | Speaking to a judicial council on Monday, Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi said Iranian courts have identified 70,000 people eligible for furlough, Tasnim News Agency reported. The number of vetted inmates announced last week was 52,000. | The furlough is meant to decrease the health risk in prisons as the country is struggling to tackle an outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The Iranian authorities said they will…
rt.com/news/482655-iran-prisoners-leave-…

In Brussels, Erdogan asks NATO for 'assistance' on Syria and migrants
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Brussels, demanding help from NATO with both the conflict on his southern border and the migrants he tried to unleash on the West, now that neither situation is going according to plan. | After meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday, the Turkish leader said he requested "additional assistance" from the alliance, for the "defense" of the Turkish border with Syria and "in connection with the migration challenge." | "We expect concrete support from all our allies to this struggle," Erdogan added, urging the allies to support Turkey "without disc…
rt.com/news/482682-erdogan-nato-turkey-s…

Watch bare-breasted protesters being CHASED by Paris police after denouncing 'PATRIARCHAL PANDEMIC'
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Women's rights campaigners armed with rubber gloves, purple smoke and exposed breasts went out to symbolically cleanse Paris' streets of the 'patriarchy virus', but local cops shooed them away. | The performance, by the activist group Femen, was timed to coincide with International Women's Day on Sunday. Some 40 protesters wearing plastic coveralls, rubber gloves and protective glasses

US starts pulling out troops from Afghanistan – report
rt.com | 2020-03-09
American troops have reportedly begun their initial troop withdrawal as part of the US-Taliban peace agreement, with hundreds of soldiers leaving the country on Monday with no plans for replacements. | Speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, a US official confirmed the beginning steps of the withdrawal process have begun, with plans to drop the number of US troops in the country from 13,000 to 8,600. | According to the signed peace agreement, the withdrawal process for US troops had to begin 10 days within the signing of the agreement, which took place on February 29. Defense Secretary…
rt.com/news/482686-us-afghanistan-troops…

Russia swiftly reacts to bloodbath in markets, says it's ready for $25 oil
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Russia's sovereign wealth fund has enough reserves to cover budget deficit for years, even if oil prices stay between $25 and $30 per barrel, the Finance Ministry announced amid a dramatic oil market crash. | Despite Monday being a public holiday in Russia, both the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank were quick to react to the overnight drop in oil prices of nearly 30 percent. The former said that the Russian National Wealth Fund has $150 billion (more than 10 trillion rubles) worth of liquid assets from additional oil and gas revenues, which is enough to offset a possible shortfall from falling crude pr…
rt.com/business/482638-russia-oil-prices…

Oil price war will expedite the end of petrodollar & rise of Chinese-Russian currency– RT's Max Keiser
rt.com | 2020-03-09
The US shale market is to bear the brunt of the raging oil price war that has sent Dow Jones and crude prices down, and Saudi Arabia will fare no better. Meanwhile, Russia has got the best hand in the game, Max Keiser believes. | …
rt.com/business/482691-kaiser-oil-price-…

Banker-heavy Biden cabinet 'leak' triggers outrage, echoes of Obama's 'Citigroup cabinet'
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Mike Bloomberg and the JP Morgan CEO who played a key role in 2008's financial crash are in line for posts in Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's cabinet, according to a high-profile "leak" that has angered many. | The centrist candidate's alleged cabinet picks were floated on Axios on Monday, citing "top sources" including Biden advisers. Aside from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who dropped out of the race last week but has yet to endorse another candidate, the roster included polarizing plutocrats like Bloomberg (tapped to lead the World Bank) and JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, whose role i…
rt.com/usa/482669-biden-administration-c…

The winners & losers of the Saudi-Russia oil price war
rt.com | 2020-03-09
While neither Moscow nor Riyadh want to see oil trading at record lows, their failure to agree on how to boost the market has led to an all-out price war. The only question is who will benefit most from the situation. | …
rt.com/business/482666-oil-war-winners-l…

Waking up to a new reality: What's going on with stocks & oil?
rt.com | 2020-03-09
As the new week begins, you might be surprised to see all the major stock markets down and oil recording its worst losses in nearly two decades. Here is what happened overnight. | What happened to the markets?: | Oil prices crashed as much as 30 percent as trading began in Asia on Monday morning, with futures for benchmark Brent suffering the biggest drop since the Gulf War in 1991. As of 06: 34 GMT, Brent was as low as $33.31 per barrel, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was trading at $29.72, with both down nearly 50 percent year to date. | A nosedive in crude prices triggered a panic sell-off in ma…
rt.com/business/482636-oil-stocks-crash-…

Global market freefall CONTINUES as European bourses open to bearish trading
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Stock markets in Europe are opening to a downward trend, following a plunge in Asia. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 6.1 right after stock exchanges opened in London, Paris, and Frankfurt. | Germany's DAX index fell 7.8 percent after the Frankfurt Stock Exchange opened trading on Monday, and is projected to have its biggest daily drop in 18 years. | London's commodity-heavy FTSE 100 was down more than eight percent, with stocks of oil companies among those hit hardest by the collapse. | France's CAC 40 dove 7.7 percent, with oil giant Total and metal maker ArcelorMittal plummeting over 15 percent. | Also on rt…
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Woody Allen, we will publish your book
rt.com | 2020-03-09
We will publish your book – if you wish – because we believe no one's life story should be silenced, and that all sides deserve a fair hearing. | We will publish your book because we trust that adults should have a free choice whether to read it or not. | We will publish your book because we are against corporate cowardice that becomes corporate censorship. | We will publish your book because we do not endorse Twitter mob justice and blacklists. | We will publish your book because you were not found guilty of any crime before the law, but that has counted for nothing. | We will publish your book because we sti…
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Israel announces 14-day 'isolation' for anyone entering the country in attempt to fight coronavirus spread
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Anyone arriving in Israel will need to go through a 14-day quarantine, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced as part of an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. | The measure will apply immediately for all Israeli citizens returning to the country, and it will take effect for non-citizens on Thursday. Foreign nationals who cannot prove to officials they have the resources to self-quarantine for two weeks will not be allowed to enter the country. The measure will last for two weeks. | "This is a tough decision, but it is essential to maintain public health – and public health precedes everything…
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Dow closes with 7.8% drop, largest since 2008 on oil slump and coronavirus fears
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Stocks are cratering as markets close on Monday, with the Dow down close to 7 percent in the largest single-day drop in NYSE history and the S&P and Nasdaq not far behind. Coronavirus and a drop in oil prices are to blame. | …
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch-lighting ceremony to be held WITHOUT SPECTATORS due to ongoing coronavirus fears
rt.com | 2020-03-09
The iconic start to Tokyo's 2020 Olympic Games will be held without spectators as it was announced the traditional torch-lighting ceremony will take place with no fans in attendance. | The Greek Olympic Committee announced Monday that the torch-lighting ceremony

Weaponized coughing: The new way to argue when words fail in the coronavirus era (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-03-09
As coronavirus tensions rise amid panic buying, event cancellations and self-isolation and quarantine, it is unsurprising that some have sought to weaponize the outbreak by deliberately coughing at others. | Authorities around the world have advised people to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing and to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day, but as video from multiple incidents around the world have shown, some are wielding people's fears against them in a disgusting and petty bid to win arguments. | Cabin fever | Video purports to show cabin crew wrestling a frustrated but unruly airline passe…
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Reasons behind market panic investigated: Has Saudi Arabia learned from its past oil gambling mistakes?
rt.com | 2020-03-09
The country that pulled the final trigger to send oil prices into a freefall, Saudi Arabia, may suffer most from the oil market turmoil, analyst Kamel Wazne says, noting that Riyadh has already made such an error before. | Global markets were already on edge due to slowing economic growth and the coronavirus epidemic, when OPEC and allied oil-producing states failed to come to an agreement last week. As Russia turned its back to deeper output cuts fearing that the US would just take its market share, Saudi Arabia decided to restrain itself from cutting production and offer a discount for its crude exporters.
rt.com/business/482650-saudi-arabia-oil-…

All of Italy will be 'red zone': Public gatherings banned, people to move only for emergency & work, says PM Conte
rt.com | 2020-03-09
A day after northern Italy was put on lockdown over the COVID-19 coronavirus, PM Giuseppe Conte imposed quarantine on the entire country, restricting movement and banning public gatherings. | The unprecedented move was announced by Conte on Monday evening local time, and came as Italy's death toll from the coronavirus rose by almost 100. | The number of deaths jumped from 366 to 463 on Monday, while the total number of cases grew from 7,375 to 9,172. | "There won't be just a red zone," Conte told reporters, referring to the restrictions imposed on the country's north over the weekend. "There will be Italy."
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Chernobyl to Katrina: Pundits scramble to compare Trump's handling of coronavirus to previous catastrophes
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Media are comparing US President Donald Trump's (mis)handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic to high-profile historical disasters, from the Chernobyl nuclear accident to Hurricane Katrina…and even the fall of Rome. | Pundits eager to see the end of Trump have rushed to compare what they view as his failure to properly deal with the coronavirus outbreak to legendary disasters from recent and ancient history, regardless of how well those disasters reflect current events. | The president himself retweeted a meme that was quickly interpreted as comparing himself to Emperor Nero, who supposedly fiddled whil…
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Irish government cancels St. Patrick's Day parade over coronavirus fears
rt.com | 2020-03-09
There will be much less green in Ireland this March than in previous years, as its government has cancelled the St. Patrick's Day festival and parade amid growing concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country. | The decision was made at a cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon and a press conference is expected to follow later in the day, state broadcaster RTE reported. | Doctors had been calling for the cancellation of the massive international event, which draws hundreds of thousands to Dublin every year

Italian prisoners RIOT over coronavirus safety measures (WATCH LIVE)
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Italy, which is battling the worst Covid-19 outbreak in Europe, has experienced a series of prison riots in virus-plagued areas. The unrest has been triggered by a move to suspend family visits over the coronavirus threat. | "There have been a series of rebellions across the country," Italy's prison administration head Francesco Basentini said on Monday. | The government's efforts to contain the virus, which has already killed over 360 people across the nation, triggered riots at several prisons in Italy. While staying inside might be not the worst way to avoid the coronavirus, some prisoners, apparently, want…
rt.com/news/482656-italy-coronavirus-pri…

Coronavirus death toll in Italy rises by 100 for second day in a row, jumps from 366 to 463
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Italy has seen its death toll from the coronavirus spike yet again, with the number of casualties in the country rising from 366 to 463 on Monday, according to officials. | Italy has been the European country most affected by the coronavirus, with the total number of cases rising on from 7,375 to 9,172. It also has a higher mortality rate from the virus than any other country in the world. | To combat the spread of the disease, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree restricting the travel of people living in Lo…
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