2019-03-09: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-03-09). Amazon Lobbies to Exempt Employees From Labor Protections. truthdig.com OLYMPIA, Wash. — Many of Amazon's Seattle-area employees would be exempt from new labor protections in a bill passed by the state Senate after lobbyists for the tech giant pushed to change a key threshold in the rules. | The protections would partially prohibit non-compete clauses — controversial agreements used by tech companies and others to block employees from going to work for competitors or launching rival startups. | Lawmakers say Amazon lobbied to have the income threshold set at a level that would likely exempt many workers in Seattle. | The effort came as the company has expanded its presenc…

RT (2019-03-09). 'Fraud & election theft': Conservatives melt down after House Democrats pass voting rights bill. rt.com House Democrats have unanimously passed a sprawling voting rights, campaign finance, and ethics bill — which Republicans have unanimously opposed as a to-do list for "voter fraud and election theft."

Tierra .Amarrilla Support (2019-03-09). Symbols of Resistance. Film Showing. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 S. 7th Street #101 | San Jose, Calif. 95112…

WSWS (2019-03-09). The marriage of militarism, big business and academia in Northern Virginia. wsws.org The integration of US imperialism, academia and corporate America raises the need to expropriate massive companies like Amazon and place them under democratic control.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-03-09). 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…

WSWS (2019-03-09). Chinese premier warns of grave risks and challenges ahead. wsws.org Addressing this week's National People's Congress, Li Keqiang referred to "public dissatisfaction in many areas," amid a slowing Chinese economy and rising geo-political tensions.

WSWS (2019-03-09). Pentagon escalating buildup on Russia's borders. wsws.org The top US commander in Europe told a Senate panel that the Pentagon needs more troops and more warships to counter alleged Russian "threats."

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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). 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…

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

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…

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

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

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 …

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…

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 …

STAFF (2019-03-08). Bill Shine Resigns as White House Communications Director. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who took over as President Donald Trump's communications director last summer, exited the White House on Friday, the latest person to step away from a job that has become a revolving door within the turbulent West Wing. | Shine will join the president's Republican re-election campaign, the White House said in a laudatory statement that quoted Trump and other top White House officials. | When Shine joined the administration, he was viewed as an experienced hand whose television experience could help shape Trump's message. But like others before him, Shine…

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 ______________________________…

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…

teleSUR (2019-03-08). 5 Women-led Social Movements in Latin America in 2018. telesurenglish.net Argentina: Green, Young, and Feminists: | On Feb. 19, 2018, thousands of women put on a green scarf and hit the Argentine streets with a clear message: they wanted abortion legalized. The massive march was part of the National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion that brought the matter up to the public arena. The climax of their struggle reached the Argentine Senate with a close vote that rejected a bill proposed for the legalization. However, this didn't stop the organized women of Argentina. | "The green scarf has become an international icon of feminism and collective efforts to achieve more…

STAFF (2019-03-08). Senate Democrats Urge IRS to Focus on Big-Time Tax Cheats. truthdig.com In a new letter, Elizabeth Warren, Dick Durbin and others call on the agency to use its limited resources on major financial crimes.

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…

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 …

Madeleine Z√∫√±iga, Ema Jackson (2019-03-08). International Women's Day—A Woman's Place Is Still in the Revolution. commondreams.org Women remain at the forefront of the civil society movement, ensuring their rightful place in bringing about peace and building equality in communities at national and international levels. (Photo: John Flores/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

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…

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…

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. |

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…

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…

susan_p (2019-03-08). HDP women candidates: 'We will govern our cities and ourselves'. greenleft.org.au Local government elections in Turkey will be on March 31. | The government of Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan removed more than 80 of 103 elected mayors representing the Kurdish-led People's Democratic Party (HDP) from office and replaced them with government-appointed administrators, or trustees, as part of its crack down on the HDP for its alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). | The HDP is campaigning to win back most municipalities, especially in the provinces of Diyarbakƒ±r…

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…

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."

RT (2019-03-08). Omar anti-Semitism debate widens split in Democratic party. rt.com Ilhan Omar's remarks on the Israeli lobby's grip on American politics have seen her fellow Democrats blast her for anti-Semitism, and in one extreme case, for daring to question the US-Israel alliance at all. |

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-08). Nearly 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans Facing 'Dangerous' Food Stamp Cuts as Trump and Congress Fail to Act. commondreams.org "The fact that we've had to reduce benefits to those that need it the most is alarming. Puerto Ricans are being treated unequally and that is unfair." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

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…

RT (2019-03-08). Maine mayor resigns after calling American blacks 'antiquated farm machinery'. rt.com Shane Bouchard, the Republican mayor of Lewiston, Maine, has resigned, after messages were leaked showing he exchanged racist jokes with a former lover. |

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. |

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 <...

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…

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