2019-03-08: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-08). What ISIS Left Behind: Reporting from Idlib, Syria's Last Front. mintpressnews.com Investigative journalist Andre Vltchek tours the ruins of Idlib, Syria and the surrounding countryside to see the devastation wrought by ISIS and to speak to the residents about what lies ahead.

Jack Detsch (2019-03-08). US Shifts Weapons from Iraq to Syria. globalresearch.ca The Pentagon rerouted millions of dollars' worth of weapons and vehicles from Iraq to Syria in the second half of 2018, Al-Monitor has learned, as US-backed forces cornered the last remnants of the Islamic State (IS). | In a series of …

Nicolas J S Davies (2019-03-08). The Conflict of Our Time: U.S. Imperialism vs the Rule of Law. counterpunch.org The world faces many overlapping crises: regional political crises from Kashmir to Venezuela; brutal wars that rage on in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia; and the existential dangers of nuclear weapons, climate change, and mass extinction. But beneath the surface of all these crises, human society faces an underlying, unresolved conflict about who or what More

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-08). Idlib — Reportage from the Last Terrorist Stronghold in Syria. globalresearch.ca For a while, all the guns have fallen silent. | I am near Idlib, the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria. The area where the deadliest anti-government fighters, most of them injected into Syria from Turkey, with Saudi, Qatari and …

South Front (2019-03-08). Video: Syrian Army Delivers Massive Strike on Terrorist Infrastructure in Idlib Province. globalresearch.ca On March 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) delivered a massive rocket strike on positions of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern part of Idlib province. This was the first such strike in this area …

Julie Lévesque (2019-03-08). Women's Day 2019: From Afghanistan to Syria: Women's Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA. globalresearch.ca Western heads of state, UN officials, military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help little girls go to school, liberate women subjected to the yoke of the Taliban.

Jeff Mackler (2019-03-08). U.S. Gears Up for War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org The relentless U.S. imperial beast has embarked on a full-scale, openly declared, bipartisan regime-change war aimed at overthrowing Venezuela's democratically elected government headed by President Nicolás Maduro. Top U.S. officials—from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and special envoy Elliot Abrams of Iran/Contra infamy, to Democratic House Speaker Nancy More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…

Charles Pierson (2019-03-08). Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the Bomb. counterpunch.org On February 19, the Democratic majority of the House Oversight and Reform Committee released an eye-opening interim report. Based on testimony from "multiple" whistleblowers, the report reveals that the Trump Administration is engaged in a frenzied dash to push through a sale of nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia without consulting Congress. Several of the individuals More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby. democracynow.org Following a week of debate surrounding Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar's comments about U.S. foreign policy in Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. We host a discussion with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper's editorial board; Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace; and Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, writer and organizer based in New York City.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…

Joseph Natoli (2019-03-08). No Strategies to Erase Damage Already Done. counterpunch.org "And here, sitting upon London stone, I charge and command that, of the city's cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but claret wine this first year of our reign. And now henceforward it shall be treason for any that calls me other than Lord Mortimer." — Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part II Democrats face a More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-08). Roaming Charges: Flag Humpers. counterpunch.org + It's now a thought-crime in DC for the powerless to speak about the power of an organization which exists to leverage its power in a town which only responds to power. + Palestinians are the one ethnic group that everyone has a license to hate. In fact, in the US congress, it's almost an More

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Greg Coleridge (2019-03-08). The 'We the People Amendment' Aims to Fix the Crisis of Corporate Rule. commondreams.org The -We the People Amendment,' introduced last month by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wa.), write the authors "is authentically grassroots and populist. It is honest, transparent, visionary and anti-establishment. It's time we tear down our mental walls and act to expand the democratic space that makes possible this and so many other needed constitutional, political, economic and social structural changes." (Image: Move to Amend) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Washington Office on Latin America (2019-03-08). A Peaceful, Democratic Solution to Venezuela's Crisis Requires Fact-based Analysis and Advocacy. commondreams.org With the backing of the Trump administration, opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥ declared himself "interim president" earlier this year. (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dylan Matthews (2019-03-08). Democrats United to Cut Child Poverty? zcomm.org The American Family Act, one of Democrats' biggest policy initiatives of 2019, explained…

STAFF (2019-03-08). Progressives Condemn U.S.-Backed Regime Change in Venezuela. truthdig.com Over a dozen progressive House Democrats on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's "unacceptable" push for regime change in Venezuela. | The comments came in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and signed by Reps. Ro Khanna (Calif.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and 13 other House Democrats. | "President Donald Trump and other senior United States (U.S.) officials have generated alarm in Venezuela and throughout the region with actions and statements—such as the recent threat that 'all op…

Robert Reich (2019-03-08). Robert Reich: America Is Rotting From the Top. truthdig.com Donald Trump has perfected the art of telling a fake story about America. The only way to counter that is to tell the real story of America. | Trump's story is by now familiar: he alone will rescue average Americans from powerful alien forces — immigrants, foreign traders, foreign politicians and their international agreements — that have undermined the wellbeing of Americans. | These forces have been successful largely because Democrats, liberals, "socialists," cultural elites, the Washington establishment, the media and "deep state" bureaucrats have helped them, in order to enrich themselves and boo…

ZeroHedge (2019-03-08). Senator Marco Rubio: US Must Initiate Widespread Unrest in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the U.S." As was to be expected, the hearing was filled with plenty of threats and talk of flipping "military elites" and enforcing tougher sanctions. | But perhaps unexpected was just how out in the open and brazen Rubio's own admissions of how far he's willing to go in promoting regime change in Caracas…

commondreams (2019-03-08). House Delivers on Democracy Reform, Senate Must Follow. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Zero Hedge (2019-03-08). Rubio Demands US Initiate "Widespread Unrest" in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Predictably during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the US." To be expected the hearing was filled with …

Rachel Johnson (2019-03-08). NAACP'S RESPONDS TO GEORGIA STATE SENATE'S DECISION TO PROTECT CONFEDERATE STATUES. naacp.org BALTIMORE — President and CEO of the NAACP Derrick Johnson issued the following statement regarding the Georgia State Senate's passage a bill this week that will further protect Confederate monuments, increase penalties for vandalism and prevent local governments from removing them: "The NAACP stands with its Georgia State Conference and branches in condemning the Georgia Senate's …

Fight Back (2019-03-08). International Women's Day 2019: We have had enough of Trump and the war on women. fightbacknews.org Enough is enough. Trump, his administration, and his backers are waging war on women, and millions of women are making it clear that we are not going to be pushed backwards. From the massive Women's Marches, to the midterm elections, to the constant, everyday resistance, women are standing up against Trump's reactionary agenda. | Trump and his supporters in the Senate want to pack the Supreme Court and roll back reproductive rights, and they have gotten a start by appointing the drunken misogynist Brett Kavanaugh. Accompanying the administrations outrageous policy of placing immigrants in detention, Trump's Justi…

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Attacks on Venezuela Lead to 'Law of the Jungle,' China Warns. telesurenglish.net At his annual news conference Friday, China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, stressed that his country favors the rules of international law, respect for the sovereignty of Venezuela and negotiations without foreign interference to peacefully resolve the situation of the South American country. | RELATED: | Venezuelan VP: Marco Rubio Behind Nation-Wide Blackout Sabotage

Gershon Baskin (2019-03-08). Encountering Peace: The world according to Bibi. zcomm.org It is clear that getting back to the issues will depend first and foremost on replacing Netanyahu with someone else…

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Argentina: Macri's Gov't To Fund Anti-Abortion Religious Groups. telesurenglish.net Two days before the Argentine Congress discusses again a law that could save thousands of women's lives, President Mauricio Macri administration signed an agreement to finance Christian and Catholic activists who oppose the right to legal, safe and free abortion. | RELATED: | Argentina Stages a 'Green Action Day' for the Right to Abortion | The…

Sam Husseini (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar's Choice. counterpunch.org As a virtual lynch mob moves to chastise Rep. Ilhan Omar over her recent remarks around Israel, the new congresswoman basically has three options before her: (1) Fold; (2) Continue the back and forth of the last several weeks or (3) Get more specific and expand the public critique. Fold: Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Omar herself can go largely silent on More

Ann Garrison (2019-03-08). Michael Cohen Scooped by Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Press and citizenry continue to discuss former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress on February 27. | Russiagate skeptics and supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are taking particular note of what Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie said …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-03-08). Who's Afraid of Women of Color in Congress? truthdig.com They have taken Washington by storm, staying true to their principles and facing attack. No wonder Trump and his base view them as a threat.

commondreams (2019-03-08). Patriotic Millionaire on Republican Opposition to HR 1: "If the Only Way You Think You Can Win is to Rig the Game, then Maybe You Shouldn't be Playing in the First Place". commondreams.org ______________________________…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-08). Puerto Rico Forced to Slash Basic Food Aid While Waiting for Washington to Act. truthout.org Some 1.35 million low-income residents of Puerto Rico — more than a third of its population — reportedly have had, or will have, their food assistance benefits cut dramatically this month because its disaster food aid has run out and the President and Congress haven't granted the governor's request for $600 million more in funding. The House passed an aid package that includes the funds. A proposal introduced in the <...

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-03-08). H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Needs 218 CoSponsors. indybay.org The New Medicare for All bill, HR 1384, has 106 Co-Sponsors and needs 218 to pass. There are 236 Democrats out of 435 members in the House, yet only 106 Democrats support this litmus test bill. See www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/hou…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-08). End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats. therealnews.com 16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…

RT (2019-03-08). Dems pass watered-down anti-hate bill, upsetting those thirsty for 'anti-semitic' Omar's blood. rt.com The House of Representatives adopted a resolution condemning all forms of bigotry (including anti-Semitism) after a long day of linguistic gymnastics that saw it morph from censuring Rep. Ilhan Omar to frowning on… intolerance. |

WSWS (2019-03-08). Democrats push through resolution branding Rep. Omar's criticism of Israel as "anti-Semitic" wsws.org With this vote, the Democratic Party has joined with the Republicans and right-wing forces internationally in prosecuting a witch-hunt against a fabricated growth of "left-wing anti-Semitism."

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-08). Is Sanders' Democratic Socialism … Socialism? therealnews.com Sanders says that medicare for all, a living wage, and other reforms is the socialism that's possible, but is he too reserved on strengthening public ownership? — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…

Tierra .Amarrilla Support (2019-03-08). Symbols of Resistance. Film Showing. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 S. 7th Street #101 | San Jose, Calif. 95112…

WSWS (2019-03-08). Democratic Socialists of America and Jacobin cover for union sellout of Oakland teachers strike. wsws.org The function of the DSA and other pseudo-left organizations is to provide a political cover for the unions, which are doing everything they can to isolate and suppress the rebellion of teachers.

susan_p (2019-03-08). The Hanoi summit — Trump-style. greenleft.org.au Thousands of journalists from around the world gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam over February 27-28 to cover another historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump, which followed their first summit in Singapore in June last year. | Expectations for the meeting were high, and hope for a further step towards peace was great, but ultimately, no deal was made. The Vietnamese government hosted a historic summit, but there was no Hanoi Declaration to signal a permanent peace in the Korean peninsula. | Who broke the deal?: | Trump did. Why? No one knows what was in Tr…

Tyler Durden (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar Blasts Obama for "Caging of Kids" and "Getting Away With Murder" Overseas. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Buried near the end of a Friday Politico article on Rep. Ilhan Omar and her polarizing impact on the Democratic party is a stunning comment by the Minnesota Democrat; former president Obama's "hope and change" was nothing more than a mirage. As she saw it, the party ostensibly committed to progressive values had become complicit in perpetuating the status …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-08). Trump Is Nervous. He Should Be. truthout.org "Robert Mueller put 13 of the angriest Democrats in the history of our country on the commission," Donald Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) crowd this past weekend, lying once again. "Now, how do you do that? These are angry, angry people. You take a look at them. One of them was involved with the Hillary Clinton Foundation, running it. Another one has perhaps the worst reputation of any human being I've ever seen. All killers." | Le…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-08). Trump Knew It All, From the Beginning. truthout.org Every week seems to bring another Trump scandal. There are so many now we're going to have to start numbering them. Up until now the sheer volume of alleged misdeeds and malfeasance has actually worked in the president's favor. There is so much out there that it's hard to keep the whole picture straight in your mind and that has the weird effect of making things seem less serious than they actually are. | We know that the Trump base and the vast majority of Republican voters still support the president and think it's all nothing but a witch hunt. They are mesmerized by the president and propagandized by Fox Ne…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-08). Not Even One Republican Voted for Sweeping House Bill to Improve Democracy, Make Voting Easier. commondreams.org "Protecting our democracy shouldn't be a partisan issue, but the Republican Party has decided it is unwilling to even consider reform despite virtually all Americans agreeing that our system is broken." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sam Biddle (2019-03-08). Elizabeth Warren's Big Tech Beatdown Will Spark a Vital and Unprecedented Debate. theintercept.com Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 29, 2019. | — to break up some of the world's biggest tech firms provides the rarest sign that someone seeking power wants to use that power to weaken Silicon Valley. | Warren's plan to "break up Big Tech," as she described it, begins on a strong premise that is uncontroversial outside of Silicon Valley boardrooms: "Today's big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They've bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit,…

RT (2019-03-08). Trump: Democrats are 'anti-Israel,' 'anti-Jewish'. rt.com President Donald Trump has slammed the Democratic Party's supposed anti-Israel stance amid a row over Rep. Ilhan Omar's alleged anti-Semitic comments and a condemnation bill passed in response. |

RT (2019-03-08). 'Obscene and ridiculous': Democrats' Fox News boycott is hypocritical — TV Host. rt.com Democratic National Committee head Tom Perez caused uproar when he barred Fox News from hosting his party's primary debates next year. Perez's ban is not just hypocritical, it's "deranged," TV host Steve Malzberg told RT. |

susan_p (2019-03-08). 'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. truthout.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegi…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-08). Rebuking Trump State Dept, Democrats Unveil Proposals Asserting Reproductive Rights Equal Human Rights. commondreams.org "It's time to stop playing politics with women's lives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

susan_p (2019-03-08). United States: The rise of democratic socialism. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) activist Isaac Silver following the announcement by United States Senator, Bernie Sanders that he will contest the 2020 US Presidential race. | 1. How has Sanders' announcement been received among radicals and left activists you work with? | The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has generated huge excitement in the United States. In the first week following the announcement of his presidential campaign, over one million supporters signed up as volunteers in every part of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people contributed smal…

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