2019-03-06: News Headlines

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-06). Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria. globalresearch.ca It was a mere two months ago the president of the United States declared he would leave Syria and bring home the troops. | "Our boys, our young women, our men, they're all coming back," Trump said. "And they're coming back …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-06). Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics. zcomm.org Otzma Yehudit's platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values…

Phyllis Bennis (2019-03-06). The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty. zcomm.org Ilhan Omar are rising is under attack from the leaders of her own party for anti-Semitic statements she never made, for anti-Jewish prejudice she never expressed, for hatred of Jews she doesn't hold…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-06). Democrats' "Rebuke" of Rep. Omar is a Fraud For Many Reasons. zcomm.org Including its Wild Distortion of Her Comments…

George Ochenski (2019-03-06). Dereliction of Congressional Duty. counterpunch.org Last week's congressional testimony by Michael Cohen riveted the nation as President Trump's long-time lawyer, fixer and co-conspirator spilled the beans on his former boss. But Montana's Republican congressional members, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, told reporters they were too busy "meeting with Montanans all day" to watch or listen to the hearings. More

Joyce Nelson (2019-03-06). Another War for Oil on the Agenda? Thank Ted Cruz. counterpunch.org Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them — even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III. On February 26, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AK) introduced More

Joyce Nelson (2019-03-06). Another War for Oil on the Agenda? Thank Ted Cruz. zcomm.org Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them — even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III…

WSWS (2019-03-06). Address by Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees to the Sydney Free Assange rally. wsws.org When the controversy about Julian first started, a Republican senator from New York, King, said: "Why doesn't somebody take a gun and shoot the son-of-a-bitch? I know it's illegal, but it would be wonderful for Americans' freedom if that happens."

Jason Ditz (2019-03-06). Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to "stay ahead of Russia." Even though Russia's military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the "growing" …

RT (2019-03-06). Clapper claims he 'didn't lie' about NSA spying on Americans, but 'didn't understand' the question. rt.com NSA director-turned-cable-news-pundit James Clapper is still insisting he wasn't lying when he told a congressional panel the NSA wasn't spying on American citizens — three months before Edward Snowden told everyone it was.

Greg Grandin (2019-03-06). Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape: How to Make Border Porn. counterpunch.org On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his "great, great" border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy. In speech after speech, including his declaration of that emergency, he has told the same story: the United States needs a border wall to prevent sex traffickers from driving women into the country, bound with duct tape. More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). The Climate Denier Enablers. therealnews.com Are the leaders of the Democratic Party paying lip service about climate change and creating conditions for a climate denier President to ignore the crisis? — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Ilan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis. therealnews.com Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…

WSWS (2019-03-06). Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges. wsws.org This intimidation and character assassination is part of a drive to criminalize all criticism of the Israeli state's oppression of Palestinians by equating it with anti-Semitism.

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

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-05). Removing "Arab" from the Syrian Arab Republic Would "Balkanize" the Country. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Kurds are committed to changing their country's name. | One of the group's representatives told Sputnik that they insist on changing the constitutional name of the Syrian Arab Republic to the "Syrian Republic" so as to supposedly make the …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-05). Lawmakers move to end anti-worker, anti-consumer forced arbitration. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Five congressional Democrats, including the influential chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced legislation to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's 2-year-old ruling that forced workers into mandatory arbitration over disputes with bosses, including when forced arbitration overrides U.S. labor law. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) act would also end forced arbitration …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-05). Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics. mintpressnews.com Otzma Yehudit's (Jewish Power Party) platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values argues Ramzy Baroud.

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

Consortiumnews (2019-03-05). This Time the Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn't DNC Rigging. consortiumnews.com In the 2020 race it's the reflexive corporate media spin against the candidate, writes Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com Some people are attached to the idea that the Democratic National Committee will "rig" the presidential nomination against Bernie Sanders. The… Read more →

Phyllis Bennis (2019-03-05). The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty. thenation.com The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty…

Alan MacLeod (2019-03-05). Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check. commondreams.org The political right is uniting with establishment Democrats in denouncing presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for his supposedly pro-dictatorship stance on Venezuela. And the media are piling on.(Photo: ABC/Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2019-03-05). Congress, Let's Fix the Problems in H.R. 1 So We Can Enact The Bill's Much-Needed Reforms. aclu.org As currently drafted, the For the People Act of 2019 violates the First Amendment rights of American citizens and public-interest organizations. | Members of Congress are expected to vote this week on H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019. There is a lot to like about the bill. , , To begin, its aim is to strengthen and expand participation in our democracy. We are at a crucial moment where our democratic institutions are not adequately protecting the will of the people, and we strongly support the goals of H.R. 1 to correct these infirmities. , , But, as we de…

STAFF (2019-03-05). Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Won't Run for President in 2020. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, announced Tuesday that he will not join the crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020. | Instead, Bloomberg said he planned to focus his energy and considerable resources on outside efforts aimed at defeating President Donald Trump, as well as on combating climate change and addressing gun violence. | Bloomberg spent months weighing a White House run, traveling to early voting states and building a team of experienced political advisers. But aides said internal polling suggested Bloomberg's path to the Democratic nomi…

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

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" …

ACLU (2019-03-05). Ending the NSA's Massive Phone Spying Program Would Be a Good Start — But There's a Lot More to Do. aclu.org The successor to the NSA's bulk surveillance program revealed by Snowden is reportedly being abandoned. Congress needs to make sure it stays dead. | We may be one step closer to putting the final nail in the coffin of the National Security Agency's massive phone records surveillance program, if a New York Times report bears out. Ending this program is a good first step, but as Congress debates expiring Patriot Act provisions this year, it needs to do much more to protect individual rights, including eliminating t…

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.

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 …

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 …

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 →

splcenter (2019-03-05). SPLC Action Fund statement on divisive Georgia bill that would protect Confederate monuments. splcenter.org The Georgia Senate passed a bill today that would require anyone who vandalizes a monument to pay for the damages.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-05). Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Having stuck to his guns, at least for a couple of months, on the need to withdraw US ground troops from Syria, President Trump is now loudly endorsing the new plan, which is to leave some US forces in Syria for an open-ended amount of time. Trump responded to a joint letter from several members of Congress by saying …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-05). Democrats Announce Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Amid Grassroots Pressure. truthout.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 Republic…

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…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-05). "Moderate" Democrats Are Really Conservatives — and They Are Dangerous. truthout.org If I hear the word "moderate" used one more time to describe Blue Dog House Democrats who keep voting with Republicans, or any other non-Republican who actively supports today's Republican Party, it is entirely possible I will eat my teeth. The term "Blue Dog" is a metaphor for a dog straining so hard on its leash that it has turned blue from lack of oxygen; the dog is a right-leaning Democrat, and the leash represents its tenuous party affiliation. These people are conservatives — period, end of file — who hide behind the "moderate" label even as they undermine policies Democrats have hewed to for…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-05). 'We Need to Push Lawmakers Extra Hard': Campaign Aims to Flood Congress With Calls to Support Net Neutrality Bill. commondreams.org "Call your lawmakers and demand they co-sponsor new legislation to restore net neutrality before Big Telecom's lobbyists swarm Capitol Hill." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-05). The House Democrats' "Rebuke" of Rep. Ilhan Omar is a Fraud For Many Reasons, Including its Wild Distortion of Her Comments. theintercept.com No matter one's views on Israel, the House Democrats' efforts to punish debate should be treated with the scorn and opposition it deserves.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-05). Report Exposes 'Devastating' Economic, Public Health, and Environmental Impacts of Trump's Industry Giveaways. commondreams.org A new study out Tuesday backs up a series of legal challenges launched by Democratic state attorneys general alarmed by President Donald Trump's deregulatory rollbacks designed to benefit polluting industries at the expense of public health, the environment, and the economy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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 tracking — similar to the shackles used to track those on parole — billed 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…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-03-05). Republicans and Democrats Say Their Criticism of Ilhan Omar Is About Anti-Semitism. They're Gaslighting You. theintercept.com Donald Trump and top Republicans have said and done far worse than what they accuse Rep. Ilhan Omar of doing. Yet they have not been reprimanded.

RT (2019-03-05). 'Vile anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar row shows pitfalls of US identity politics. rt.com In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over "anti-Semitic" comments about the Israel lobby.

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…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-05). Public Rebuke of Ilhan Omar for Substantive Critique of Israeli Policy a 'Disgrace,' Say Progressives. commondreams.org A growing chorus of criticism from progressives across the country is targeting House Democrats who plan to publicly rebuke one of their own on Wednesday for talking about the problem of U.S.-Israeli relations and policies.Recent comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) questioning the ongoing influence and power of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) on U.S. politics were the impetus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-05). Blood Money: Meet the Top 20 Companies Profiting From Endless War. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Military spending is growing around the world and in 2017 it increased by 1.1 percent, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. U.S. arms expenditures rose by $9.6 billion, driving the global rise and further consolidating the status of the United States as the world's top spender on the military—by far. The U.S. …

RT (2019-03-05). 'Big, fat, fishing expedition': Trump brands Dems' extended probe 'greatest overreach' in history. rt.com President Donald Trump has dismissed a Democrat-spearheaded probe for possible abuses by his administration as a "fishing expedition desperately in search of a crime," in a barrage of tweets.

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.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-03-05). Israel Lobby Proves Ilhan Omar's Claims Right by Exerting Its Immense Influence. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — In response to criticisms made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that US political leaders have too much allegiance to Israel and its lobbying groups, House Democrats have put forward an entire House resolution in accordance with demands made by AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. "The backlash [over Omar's comments] continued on Monday, as the …

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