2019-03-05: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-03-05). Islamic State Group Begin to Surrender Last Territory in Syria. telesurenglish.net In a report from Al Jazeera, thousands of people, including armed fighters, have left the last area held by ISIL in Syria, a spokesperson for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said. | RELATED: | Islamic State Group Faces Final Defeat by Kurdish-Led Force | Mostafa Bali of the SDF tweeted that about 3,000 people had come out of the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria on Monday through a humanitarian corridor established by the Kurdish-led group for those who choose to le…

South Front (2019-03-05). Video: Al Qaeda Strikes Back. Major Escalation in Syria's Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca In the morning of March 3, fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Tawhid carried out a major attack on several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Masasneh in northern Hama. A military source told SouthFront …

Robert Fisk (2019-03-05). Israel is Playing a Big Role in India's Escalating Conflict with Pakistan. counterpunch.org When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a "terrorist camp" were the first words. A "command and control centre" destroyed, many "terrorists" killed. The military was retaliating for a "terrorist attack" on its troops, we were told. An Islamist "jihadi" base had been More

Robert Fisk (2019-03-05). Israel is Playing a Big Role in India's Escalating Conflict with Pakistan. zcomm.org When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a "terrorist camp" were the first words. A "command and control centre" destroyed, many "terrorists" killed. The military was retaliating for a "terrorist attack" on its troops, we were told. An Islamist "jihadi" base had been Read more…

John G. Russell (2019-03-05). Make America Normal Again? counterpunch.org Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. —Walt Whitman "We're better than this," Congressman Elijah Cummings sternly told his colleagues at the conclusion of Michael Cohen's public congressional hearing, exhorting them and all Americans "to get back to normal," to, as it were, Make America Normal More

STAFF (2019-03-05). House Democrats Launch Aggressive New Trump Inquiry. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses. | House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said his panel was beginning the probe into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power and is sending document requests to 81 people linked to the president and his associates. | The broad investigation could be setting the stage for an impeachment effort, althoug…

CFJPIME (2019-03-05). Human Rights Orgs: End Canadian Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) joined eleven other human rights organizations to send a letter calling the Canadian government to immediately suspend arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The letter pointed out that …

Mike Whitney (2019-03-05). The Trump-Kim Summit: What Really Happened in Hanoi? globalresearch.ca While the western media has written off last weekend's summit in Hanoi as a failure, the talks did help to burnish Kim Jong-un's reputation as a sincere statesman committed to peacefully resolving the nuclear issue. This is a significant …

Consortiumnews (2019-03-05). PATRICK LAWRENCE: It Was Kim That Walked Away. consortiumnews.com There are two sides to the story about why the second North Korea peace summit fell apart last week, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News The abrupt and unexpected failure of the second Trump—Kim summit last… Read more →

Newsclick (2019-03-05). Hanoi Summit: So close, yet so far from peace. peoplesdispatch.org In today's episode of International Round-up, NewsClick editor, Prabir Purkayastha, talks about the reasons behind the failure of the Hanoi Summit, where the US and North Korea could not arrive at a lasting agreement. He also discusses the changing dynamics and the possibilities that the inter-Korean peace process has augured.

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-05). The US Wants to Sanction Away Russia's "Great Society" globalresearch.ca Latest round of proposed US sanctions is intended to offset Putin's legacy-defining socio-economic development program known as the "Great Society" | *** | Congress is deliberating whether to promulgate the so-called " Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019" …

Eds. (2019-03-05). Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela. mronline.org As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress—Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source

teleSUR (2019-03-05). UN: Women Losing Colombian Congressional Seats, Representation. telesurenglish.net United Nations Women in Colombia has come out with a report showing that women decreasingly have a seat at the table in Congress. | RELATED: | Another Colombian Social Leader Dead, Trade Union Mourns | "The right of women to participate politically should not be limited to voting (…) It also involves the right to participate, to be elected … free of discrimination and violence in all spaces where public affairs are deliberated and decided," reads a part of the report. | The Colomb…

RT (2019-03-05). 'She's now in the smallest club of Democrats': Clinton rules out running in 2020. rt.com The tightly packed field of Democratic contenders for a presidential nomination is now somewhat less crowded, after Hillary Clinton firmly stated that she would not be running in the 2020 election.

WSWS (2019-03-05). Hundreds defy slanders, lies and media censorship to demand freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org Julian Assange has never been charged with a crime; he has an Australian passport; he is an Australian citizen and, as such, the Morrison government is obligated to defend his democratic rights.

Diego Fusaro (2019-03-05). "Capitalism will make migrants out of all citizens" indybay.org No one speaks about the right to be deeply rooted in one's country and not to be uprooted by global capitalism. In reality, the elite is demophobic. That means, it hates people and democracy. We must be populist and not elitist today, democratic and not demophobic, and defend national sovereignty and not globalization.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-05). France's Macron Moves to Equate Anti-Semitism with Anti-Zionism. therealnews.com Sonia Fayman of the Union of French Jews for Peace discusses President Macron's efforts to blur the difference between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-05). The Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn't DNC "Rigging" — It's Media Trashing. indybay.org Some people are attached to the idea that the Democratic National Committee will "rig" the presidential nomination against Bernie Sanders. The meme encourages the belief that the Bernie 2020 campaign is futile because of powerful corporate Democrats. But such fatalism should be discarded.

WSWS (2019-03-05). The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally. wsws.org The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.

WSWS (2019-03-05). The fallacies and evasions of the Green New Deal. wsws.org Democratic no less than Republican administrations have imposed austerity policies and prosecuted the decades-long social counterrevolution that continues today.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-05). Trump's Wall Is a Symbol With a Long and Toxic History. truthout.org Although we appear to have been spared another Trump shutdown, we have now been handed an executive power grab in the guise of a "national emergency." This entire Trump-instigated crisis will remain directly connected in our memories to Trump's obsession with the ' Wall,' i.e., the toy that he has insisted he must have in order to allegedly guarantee the safety of the people of the United States. | Walls have a long history of symbolic importance, signifying not only lines of demarcation but frequently the…

WSWS (2019-03-05). Sanders rally attendees speak on socialism, Democratic Party. wsws.org Reporters for the WSWS spoke with attendees at Bernie Sanders' rally in Chicago Sunday.

WSWS (2019-03-05). German Left Party congress backs imperialist campaign against Venezuela. wsws.org The Left Party's European election congress last month sent a clear message: the bourgeoisie can rely on the Left Party's support for war and attacks on the working class.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-05). Big Brother Steps Closer as Parents Shackle Teens to Ankle Monitors. truthout.org A perfect example of George Orwell's terrifying view of a society under government surveillance has arrived in the form of ankle monitors for your teens. | For parents who "need to keep track of [their] teenager at all times," Tampa Bay Monitoring in Clearwater, Florida, is selling GPS tracking¾similar to the shackles used to track those on parole¾billed as a way for parents to have "peace of mind" and for so-called troubled teens to have "protection." Never mind that these monitors function as a form of private s…

STAFF (2019-03-05). Key Progressives Demand End to America's Forever Wars. truthdig.com Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were among the first members of Congress to sign a new pledge vowing to end America's " forever wars." | "The United States has been in a state of continuous, global, open-ended military conflict since 2001," reads the pledge, which the veterans group Common Defense launched on Monday. "Over 2.5 million troops have fought in this 'Forever War' in over a dozen co…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-05). 'Keep Making Noise': Grassroots Pressure Working as Democrats Announce Bill to Restore Net Neutrality. commondreams.org After sustained grassroots activism made net neutrality a key component of the Democratic Party's agenda in the new Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that Democrats plan to introduce legislation on Wednesday to restore the open internet protections repealed by the Republican-controlled FCC last year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-03-05). House Democrats issue wide-ranging subpoenas in Trump investigation. wsws.org The House Judiciary Committee sent document demands to 81 organizations and individuals associated with the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign and the White House.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-04). OPCW Syria Report Cripples Western "Chemical Weapons" Narrative. globalresearch.ca The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) has presented its final report regarding an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma, Syria on April 7, 2018. Despite attempts by the Western media to hail it as "proof" that the …

Carl Boggs (2019-03-04). The War That Never Ends. counterpunch.org After Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un left their Summit meeting in Vietnam resigned to diplomatic impasse, it's worth asking whether a time of peace and conciliation on the Korean peninsula might still be in sight. Given nearly insuperable roadblocks, could even the most congenial negotiations lead to full denuclearization of the North Korean regime? Is the United States, with all its imperial resources and leverage, willing to concede vital North Korean interests — above all, relief from economic sanctions and peace treaty to end the Korean War 65 years after military stalemate ended with a "temporary truce"?

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-04). Impeachment talk heats up; Nadler points to "abuse of power" peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Talk of impeaching GOP President Donald Trump for "high crimes and misdemeanors," to quote the U.S. Constitution's language, is heating up in Congress — if not in all of the country — yet. And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., gave it a big shove by saying the president's abuse of power "goes far …

Norman Solomon (2019-03-04). The Biggest Obstacle for Bernie Isn't the DNC. truthdig.com If the Vermont senator is going to win the Democratic primary, he'll have to do it in spite of a press beholden to corporate interests.

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-03-04). Will the New York State Democratic Party Oppose 'Fusion' Voting? thenation.com Will the New York State Democratic Party Oppose 'Fusion' Voting?

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-04). Video: Pablo Allende and the Truth About Venezuela. globalresearch.ca In just under six minutes, the grandson of the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende (murdered in a US-sponsored coup), tells the real story on Venezuela. | You'll never see Pablo Allende on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc. The American people—mostly …

The Jamaica Peace Council (2019-03-04). No to the Invasion of Venezuela! venezuelanalysis.com The Jamaica Peace Council (JPC) denounces the US President Donald Trump's Administration's recent sanctions — freezing of assets, acts of provocation and military aggression — against the people of Venezuela. These actions are in alarming violation of international law and the fundamental principles of human rights and national sovereignty.

V. Arun Kumar (2019-03-04). [VIDEO] Peoples' Assembly calls for global action on March 16 against imperialist intervention in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org The four-day International Peoples' Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, which concluded on February 27, has called for mobilizations across the world for an International Day of Struggle for Peace in Venezuela and the cessation of the economic blockade. The assembly was attended by around 500 delegates from five continents, representing 181 people's movements and organizations.

Andrew Bacevich (2019-03-04). The US Quietly Negotiates 'Peace with Honor' in Afghanistan. commondreams.org It now becomes increasingly clear that the official rationale for initiating the Afghanistan War was bogus from the very outset. (Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2019-03-04). Student Surveillance Versus Gun Control: The School Safety Discussion We Aren't Having. aclu.org Identifying the best way to combat school shootings cannot occur unless Congress repeals amendments blocking gun research and data collation. | On April 20, 1999, two male students walked into Columbine High School and started shooting. By the time it was over, 15 students were dead and 24 more had been injured. America had changed forever. But in some ways, it hasn't changed at all. | Nineteen years later, 17 students were murdered on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That event marked the 2…

Alex Emmons (2019-03-04). Sanders, Warren, Ocasio-Cortez, and Other Lawmakers Sign Pledge to End America's "Forever Wars" theintercept.com Eight members of Congress have taken a pledge to work to bring ongoing U.S. global military conflicts to a "responsible and expedient" end, the result of a first-of-its kind lobbying effort by military veterans on Capitol Hill. | The pledge was written and organized by a group called Common Defense, made up of veterans and military families, which advocates for scaling back U.S. military commitments overseas. Common Defense boasts of more than 20,000 veteran members in all 50 states, and it threw its endorsement behind almost 30 candidates in the last midterm election cycle. | The group's involvement in electoral…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-04). Democrats' Subpoena List for Trump World Reads 'Like an Article, Actually Many Articles, of Impeachment'. commondreams.org 81 subpoenas: House Judiciary Committee is aiming at Trump's "obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse of power," said chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-04). Congress silent as Trump extends national emergency — because it's to sanction Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he will extend the 2014 national emergency over Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, even as lawmakers look set to oppose his emergency declaration to protect the US border.

Eoin Higgins (2019-03-04). Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears Over Criticism of Israel From Democrats and Republicans. theantimedia.com (CD) — A firestorm over comments critical of Israel by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) continued to engulf the Democratic Party and American politics over the weekend. Omar continues to stand firm in her assertion that criticism of the Israeli occupation does not constitute anti-Semitism. And the blowback she's received from Republicans and Democrats alike sheds light on …

Ryan Grim (2019-03-04). The Working Families Party Helped Democrats Regain Power in New York. Now Democrats Are Trying to Kill It. theintercept.com The New York State Democratic Committee voted to ban fusion voting, a system of which the Working Families Party has been the primary beneficiary.

Tyler Durden (2019-03-04). Watch: US-Led Forces Drop Banned White Phosphorous on East Syria. theantimedia.com (ZH) — According to Middle East news source Al Masdar News, the U.S. Coalition dropped internationally banned white phosphorous on the last tiny Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria during intense operations on Saturday evening. American warplanes specifically dropped the white phosphorous on ISIS positions inside the Baghouz camp, which coalition statements have described as the last holdout to the "most …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-04). The "Humboldt Three" Take Israel to Court. truthout.org In June 2017, three active members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement disrupted a talk titled "Life in Israel — Terror, Bias and the Chances for Peace," by an Israeli official who was hosted by the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft (German-Israeli Society) at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Aliza Lavie, a member of Knesset for the centrist Yesh Atid party and chairwoman of the Knesset Caucu…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-04). Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears From GOP and Fellow Democrats Over Her Criticism of Israel. commondreams.org Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) endured renewed accusations of anti-Semitism after remarks critical of Israel's influence on American politics made last Wednesday at a Washington bookstore were published Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-04). 'The American People Do Not Want Endless War': Sanders, Warren, and Ocasio-Cortez Back Pledge to Bring Post-9/11 Conflicts to a Close. commondreams.org "Congress must reassert its constitutional authority over the use of force and responsibly end these interventions," said the Vermont senator. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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. |

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 …

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."

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