2019-03-03: News Headlines

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-03). Democrats and Republicans Move to Silence Rep. Omar's Criticism of Israel. globalresearch.ca It looks like the embattled representative from Minnesota will end up like Cynthia McKinney, who was thrown out of Congress for the sin of criticizing the official narrative on 9/11. | She is also a fierce critic of Israel and its …

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Google Ruling in Favor of Saudi Oppressive 'Controlling' App. telesurenglish.net According to the publication Business Insider, Google has told a U.S. congresswoman that a Saudi government app designed to allow men to keep track of women and prevent them from leaving the country is in compliance with its guidelines. | RELATED: | Google, Apple Under Fire to Block Saudi 'Woman Tracker' App | According to the Business Insider, Google reportedly found nothing wrong with the controversial app, despite it clearly violating moral and ethical codes by allowing Saudi men…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-03). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions that Kill Venezuelans. globalresearch.ca While Americans have rightly groaned and rebelled against President Trump's declaration of a national emergency over his precious wall, which would rob Congress of its constitutional authority over spending, he has also used another false declaration of national emergency‚Äïmost recently …

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Outrage Over Anti-Muslim Poster That Ties Ilhan Omar With 9/11. telesurenglish.net An anti-Muslim poster seen outside of the chamber of the West Virginia house of delegates showed a picture of 9/11 and Ilhan Omar together with the words, "Never forget – you said. I am the proof – you have forgotten." | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | The Congresswoman from Minnesota slammed…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Argentina Opens Fire On Chinese Ship Illegally Fishing. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Coast Guard opened fire on a Chinese ship crew that was allegedly illegally fishing off its coastal waters early Saturday morning failing to heed warnings to stop. | RELATED: | Argentines Outraged by Macri's 'Hypocritical' Last Address at Congress | Video filmed from the coast guard ship shows the Chinese ship Hua Xiang 801 coming close to the coast guard vessel in the choppy South Atlantic waters off Chabut province in Argentina. | "Hua Xiang 801: preparing t…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Argentina: President Macri's Father Dies, Family Mourns Passing. telesurenglish.net The father of Argentine President Mauricio Macri and one of the country's most powerful tycoons, Franco Macri, died Saturday at the age of 88 in his home in Barrio Parque, local media report | RELATED: | Argentines Outraged by Macri's 'Hypocritical' Last Address at Congress | After suffering for years from various health complications, the Ital…

Steven Singer (2019-03-03). Betsy DeVos' Right-Wing School Indoctrination Program. commondreams.org What do you do when thinking people reject your political ideology? You get rid of thinking people. That's Betsy DeVos' plan to rejuvenate and renew the Republican Party.

Harold Meyerson (2019-03-03). Why the Republicans' New "Red Scare" Tactics Ring False. commondreams.org The annual Conservative Political Action Conference—a reliable index of far-right apprehensions—rolled into Washington last week, proclaiming long and loud the new Republican mantra: If we don't reelect Donald Trump, neo-Stalinism will befall us!

Symbiosis (2019-03-03). Symbiosis: a new North American grassroots political network. zcomm.org Symbiosis, an expanding network of revolutionary organizers and local initiatives, is assembling a confederation of democratic community institutions…

STAFF (2019-03-03). Netanyahu's Political Career Is Probably Not Over. truthdig.com Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has announced that he will indict Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu on bribery and fraud charges. ' | I think it should be underlined that two of the charges have to do with tampering with press coverage of the prime minister, which is to say, tampering with the Fourth Estate, one of the key elements of democracy. | Israeli politics are not truly democratic, in part because of the occupation of 5 million stateless Palestinians whose fates are decided by the Israeli military and political elite,…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Venezuelan VP Visits Russia in State Visit. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Vice President Delcy RodrIguez met with the president of the Russian Senate as part of an official state visit to the country. | RELATED | World Unions Show 'Anti-Imperialist' Solidarity With Venezuela | The president of the Russian Senate Valentina Matvienko, gave assurances that her country will take any possible measures to avoid a military intervention by the U.S. in Venezuela, after meeting with the vice president of that country, Delcy Rodriguez. | According to…

Nicola Morrow (2019-03-03). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. globalresearch.ca In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its …

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Milan Says 'People First' To Salvini's Racist Policies. telesurenglish.net Milan's streets were filled Saturday with tens of thousands of anti-nationalist protesters who say Italy's national government is enacting racist policies they don't want to be a part of. | RELATED: | Italy's New 'Bad Law' Tightens Asylum Criteria | The demonstrators played drums and trumpets as they marched peacefully among northern Italy's main streets and shouted "prima le persone" (people first) to counter the vocally anti-immigrant prime minister's "prima gli Italiani" (Italians first). | M…

DLI (2019-03-03). USA empire refused de-nuclearization in Korea. indybay.org Contrary to US mainstream corporate-bin-Laden media accounts, it was Washington that refused to accept a reasonable, step-by-step reciprocal confidence-building process put forth by the DPRK (North Korea) that scuttled the much-awaited peace talk in Hanoi this past week. The overbearing US side refused to A) bring up a formal Peace Treaty to end the 1950s Korean War; B) looked upon de-nuclearization only as a one-sided surrender of all of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile arsenal, without a corresponding removal of U.S. nuclear arms in NE Asia; and C)arrogantly insists on maintaining the strangling but illegal econ…

Murtaza Hussain (2019-03-03). Trump and Brexit Proved This Book Prophetic — What Calamity Will Befall Us Next? theintercept.com "My concern, as I wrote the book, was that the public's loathing of the established order was bound to implicate our democratic system itself."

Al-Thawra (2019-03-03). Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq. indybay.org Over 3.000 Yazidi's remain missing, in an act declared as "Genocide" by the International Community.

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-03). New Senate Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Erase Possession Charges. theantimedia.com (TMU) — A group of Democrats are hoping that they can roll back the war on drugs with a new federal marijuana legalization bill. Dubbed the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, the bill would see marijuana finally removed from the federal list of controlled substances, legalizing the plant on a nationwide level and removing a range …

RT (2019-03-03). US wants 'broad' regime-change coalition on Venezuela — Bolton. rt.com National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the United States will form "as broad a coalition" as possible to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Bolton went on to call for a "completely democratic hemisphere." |

RT (2019-03-03). 'Pompous twit will get us all killed': AOC tweet-tacked over Green New Deal by ex-Greenpeace founder. rt.com Greenpeace founder turned climate change skeptic Patrick Moore has reignited his feud with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a "pompous little twit" and "garden-variety hypocrite" in a barrage of tweets. |

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-03). Lobbyists Behind Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Deal Under House Investigation. truthout.org The House Committee on Oversight and Reform announced last week it would be probing Trump administration allies and their push to have the U.S. government share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia. The committee's report explained how an organization called IP3 International developed a plan for U.S. companies to build nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia dubbed the "Middle East Marshall Plan." | The report alleges Michael Flynn, while he was national security advisor…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-03). Trump May Want to Be President Forever. Take the Threat Seriously. truthout.org At the tag end of Michael Cohen's House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, when the windbags were all aired out and the reporters were framing the lede, the star witness leaned into his microphone and dropped a dollar's worth of doom. "Given my experience working for Mr. Trump," said Cohen, "I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power."

Joel Forster (2019-03-03). Iraq. Syria. Venezuela? The U.S. prepares a chemical attack… indybay.org At the present time the crisis in Venezuela stays in the limelight of the world scene.

South Front (2019-03-02). Video: US Forces Steal Tons of Gold Captured by ISIS in Syria, Iraq. globalresearch.ca US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US. | According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The …

Alfred de Zayas (2019-03-02). The Venezuela crisis and realpolitik. mronline.org As heads of government, democratically entrusted with safeguarding the welfare of all Venezuelans, Chavez and Maduro bear overall responsibility for the economic crisis, but they are not alone. | Source

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-02). Hodeida Residents Brace for the Worst as UN Truce Falters Amid Saudi Military Buildup. mintpressnews.com Local residents and analysts alike fear the Saudi-led Coalition is using the relative calm derived from the new agreement as cover to fulfill its military objectives and not as a stepping stone towards peace.

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-02). 'The coup is over'. zcomm.org Venezuelan leader Jorge Arreaza says that his government prefers negotiations and peace and wants the permanent coup efforts directed by the United States and its allies to end…

splcenter (2019-03-02). Congressional, civil rights leaders gather at Civil Rights Memorial to honor movement's martyrs. splcenter.org U.S. Rep. John Lewis led a gathering of congressional and civil rights leaders in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, today, honoring those who lost their lives in the struggle for civil rights.

Juan Cole (2019-03-02). Vile Racism in West Virginia GOP: Rep. Ilhan Omar Likened to al-Qaeda. commondreams.org Republicans in the West Virginia state legislature held a "GOP takes the Rotunda" event at the state capitol on Friday. As part of this event they hung a poster of the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers, labeled "'NEVER FORGET'—YOU SAID." Below it they placed a picture of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the caption "I AM PROOF—YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN."

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Who Is US Intelligence Official Advising Guaido. telesurenglish.net Since leaving Venezuela on Feb. 22, despite a travel-ban in place against him, opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido has deployed an intense agenda of attacking democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro as he travels to Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, and other South American countries, whose right-wing leaders were quick to throw their support behind his self-proclamation as interim president. | Besides traveling with his wife Fabiana Rosales, who has accompanied him on each visit as if they were…

Nina Cross (2019-03-02). British Aid to Venezuela: A Soft Power Tool Kit. globalresearch.ca With Jeremy Hunt and Alan Duncan keenly poised to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, in order to install a compliant neoliberal one, now is a good time to look at the aid which the Foreign …

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-03-02). Kamala Harris Is Not a Red-Baiter, She's Just Not a Socialist (Like Most Americans). commondreams.org In recent columns I have celebrated the energy and ideas brought into the Democratic party by newly-elected young leftists, defended them from criticism, condemned the red-baiting of the left, and explained how and why "socialism" has played an important role in the history of American democracy, and ought not to be feared.

teleSUR (2019-03-02). British Ex-Soldiers Could Face Murder Charges for Bloody Sunday. telesurenglish.net Prosecutors in Northern Ireland will formally announce their decision regarding the trial of former British Soldiers that would allegedly have participated in the deadly repression during "Bloody Sunday." According to The Telegraph, four army veterans might face murder charges.

Nicola Morrow (2019-03-02). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. commondreams.org In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court.

WSWS (2019-03-02). Near-record low turnout in first round of Chicago municipal election. wsws.org Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Democratic Party boss Toni Preckwinkle will face each other in the April 2 run-off.

WSWS (2019-03-02). Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference. wsws.org The event opened Thursday with a five-and-a-half-minute video collage presenting the Democratic Party as a looming socialist threat from which only Trump and his supporters can save America.

WSWS (2019-03-02). US Senate hearings on drug prices provide "friendly warning" to pharmaceuticals. wsws.org While some of the members of the committee occasionally posed as industry critics, the Senate hearing made it clear that no serious action will be taken to rein in high drug prices.

RT (2019-03-02). Kamala Harris' office paid out over $1.1mn to settle sex harassment claims as AG. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is in damage control mode over revelations that her office paid out over $1.1 million in response to sex harassment and misconduct claims while she was California's attorney general.

Aída Chávez (2019-03-02). At Conservative Conference, Speakers Were Obsessed With the Socialist Bogeyman. theintercept.com Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference on Wednesday by stating explicitly the goal of the four-day event: to dissect and understand the tactics used by progressive activists, in order to effectively push back against "creeping socialism." | CPAC, as the annual event is known, has long been a place for debate around conservative ideas. This year, however, the speakers — avowed supporters of President Donald Trump — spent much more time fear-mongering about a socialist takeover of the United States and counting the losses they…

WSWS (2019-03-02). Bernie Sanders at CNN Town Hall: My purpose is to promote the Democratic Party. wsws.org Sanders' aim, utilizing his reputation as an "independent," is to convince disillusioned workers and young people not to seek an alternative to the right-wing Democratic Party.

WSWS (2019-03-02). On the Basis of Sex and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The manufacturing of a "living legend" wsws.org The two-hour biopic—a tedious cinematic effort—seeks to rally a core constituency of the Democratic Party: upper-middle-class women.

RT (2019-03-02). 2020 'hip-hop generation' candidate 'fights the power' with… RAP LYRICS. rt.com Cory Booker, a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has recently revealed his strategy to capture the votes of America's minorities: quote 30-year-old rap lyrics and hope for the best. |

RT (2019-03-02). 'Raving' Democrats, 'sick' CNN and deep state 'bulls**t': Trump channels old campaign energy at CPAC. rt.com US President Donald Trump delivered a speech to conservatives that was short on 'presidential' ceremony and long on the jokes and one-liners that fired up his base in 2016. Here're some highlights. |

Paul Street (2019-03-01). Cohen's Overlooked Warning — and Other Media Silences Worth Hearing. counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. ClairI fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power. | — Michael Cohen, speaking to the U.S. Congress, February 27, 2019 | It's the silences — the things left out and sent down the "memory hole" — that strike me most in the United States' Orwellian capitalist and white-supremacist media. | Urban Racism as a Nonstory | Here in Chicago, the Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly cases were recently all the local media rage. By contrast, recent reports that 63 Black people have so far been exonerated after having bags of heroin and coc…

Nick Pemberton (2019-03-01). Our Resolution: Bomber Bernie Sets Sights on 2020. counterpunch.org "Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton's most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously…They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator" —Alive Imperialist Collaborator Bernie Sanders, expressing his solidarity with the international working class. Colonel Bernard Sanders has long despised by the More

Jim Naureckas (2019-03-01). Facebook Wants You to Know if You're Getting Your News From the Wrong Government. fair.org If you're thinking that Facebook–90 percent of whose customers are not in the United States–should treat Russian-backed outlets differently than US-backed outlets because the US supports peace and democracy, or doesn't use social media to try to manipulate other nations…. Well, this is why it's important to get your information from a variety of sources.

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-03-01). Rapprochement, Dialogue, and a Peaceful Resolution of Jammu and Kashmir. counterpunch.org During the last two decades, each military crisis between India and Pakistan has been followed by attempts at diplomatic rapprochement, which have turned out to be fiascos. The two countries go through sporadic peacemaking efforts, characterized by negotiations. For instance, in January 2004, the then Indian prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the then Pakistani president, General More

Nicholas Levis (2019-03-01). Other People's Money, Other People's Blood: Which Trump Do We Fight? counterpunch.org Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's incendiary testimony to the House Congressional Oversight Committee on 27 February, calling the president "a racist, a con-man and a cheat," highlighted not for the first time the contradiction between condemnations of Trump as the unwanted, kitschy, proto-fascist, poisoned flower of American capitalism — a "legitimate businessman" and global More

Robert Fantina (2019-03-01). The Circus that Never Leaves Town. counterpunch.org The circus that is called U.S. governance continues to entertain with its bizarre acts. This week, an awestruck public witnessed yet another one, this time with the Cohen clown testifying before Congress. Yes, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and 'fixer' (is that really a thing?) Michael Cohen stood before a Congressional committee and swore to More

Fight Back (2019-03-01). UNF SDS wins campaign demands. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On February 19 the University of North Florida Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) held a rally speaking out against Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic border wall. About 30 students attended despite the chilly rain. Several speakers addressed the protesters about the importance of organizing on campus and opposing Trump's backwards policies. | After the speeches, students from UNF SDS marched across campus to the university president's office and occupied it until the administration met with SDS to discuss the students' demands. SDS dem…

Raina Lipsitz (2019-03-01). Richard Gottfried's Health-Care Crusade Is Paying Off. thenation.com Richard Gottfried's Health-Care Crusade Is Paying Off…

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