2019-03-10: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-03-10). South Africa: To Downgrade Embassy In Israel For Second Time. telesurenglish.net South Africa is planning to further distance itself diplomatic ties with Israel by downgrading its embassy in the country to protest the government's increasingly violent crackdowns against Palestinian citizens and illegal takeover of their territories. | President Cyril Ramaphosa told the nation's parliament Friday that the country's Minister of International Relations Lindiwe Sisulu was working with his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to "downgrade" S…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-10). Charting a Progressive Foreign Policy for the Trump Era and Beyond. therealnews.com As President Trump destabilizes America's role in the world, progressives have a unique opportunity to define a new foreign policy for America. But while the ascendant progressive movement in Congress has advanced a bold agenda on domestic policy, it needs to develop a cohesive and principled vision for the U.S. role in international affairs. A…

RT (2019-03-10). 'I'm winning!' Trump attacks 'Wacky Nut Job' Ann Coulter for her border wall criticism. rt.com Claiming that he is "winning at the border," the US president has fired back at conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, who ended her cooling political romance with Donald Trump by calling him an "idiot" over concessions to Democrats.

Sled Dog Righs (2019-03-10). Time For Congress To Ban Brutal Iditarod. indybay.org Please ask the animal protection caucus of the US Congress to ban the Iditarod.

Tierra .Amarrilla Support (2019-03-10). Symbols of Resistance. Film Showing. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 S. 7th Street #101 | San Jose, Calif. 95112…

South Front (2019-03-09). Video: Israeli Navy Ready to Block Iranian Oil Transit, US-backed Forces Starve Refugees in Syria. globalresearch.ca Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham will continue its attacks on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian forces around Idlib province, a spokesman for the terrorist group said in an official video message released on March 6. Abu Khalid al-Shami threatened that …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-03-09). Syria Preparing Its Missiles for the Next Battle with Israel. globalresearch.ca Syria and its allies are preparing their missiles for a forthcoming battle with Israel if Tel Aviv decides to open fire against significant military positions under the control of the Syrian army. | Well informed sources say that "it all depends …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-09). Assad's Tehran Visit Signals Iran's Victory in Syria. globalresearch.ca For the first time since war broke out in Syria in 2011, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has travelled to Iran to meet Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. | President Assad had only travelled outside …

Canadian Peace Congress (2019-03-09). An Urgent Appeal for Unity Against the Growing Danger of War. globalresearch.ca To all those who share our sense of urgency about the worsening international situation, and the grave danger that war poses for the world today, we issue this Appeal for a united and powerful response. | At this critical moment, ending …

teleSUR (2019-03-09). Far-right Parties Could Double Seats in EU Vote: Poll. telesurenglish.net If a German newspaper's polling is right, far-right parties are poised to double their seats in the European Parliament election this May, while mainstream conservative and Social Democratic groups could face greater losses | RELATED: | Macri's Gov't To Fund Anti-Abortion Religious Groups | Reduced support for mainstream parties would mean that they could not f…

teleSUR (2019-03-09). Reasons For a War? US Dominates Global Arms Industry: Report. telesurenglish.net Many analysts question the motives behind the United State's alleged "humanitarian efforts" in Venezuela and its determination to keep all options- including a military invasion- "on the table." However, the U.S.'s leading position in the "top 100" global arms industry, as reported by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in a December study, may have something to do with it. | RELATED: | US Plans to Deliver Arms to Venezuelan Opposition, Russia Warns | A…

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.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-09). Big Pharma, Insurers and Hospitals Team Up to Kill Medicare for All. truthout.org Pharmaceutical manufacturers and health insurance companies don't agree on much these days. As Congress introduces bills to address rising drug prices, insurers and pharmacy benefit managers are engaged in a lobbying and public relations war with drugmakers over who is to blame. | But the giants of the healthcare industry agree on one thing: Medicare for All cannot become law. | Partnership for America's Health Care Future (PAHCF), a group comprised of major drugmakers, insurance companies and private hospitals, has spent the last several months lobbying mem…

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."

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.

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."

RT (2019-03-09). MSNBC panelist says Bernie should embrace capitalism because his father fled Nazis. Wait, what? rt.com Corporate media criticism of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is to be expected, but RT's Lee Camp was taken aback by MSNBC's suggestion that the senator should embrace capitalism because… his father fled the Nazis.

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.

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.

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). 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…

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…

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.

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

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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. |

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."

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…

RT (2019-03-08). Maine mayor resigns after calling African Americans '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. |

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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

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). 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. |

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). Obama was a smiling murderer, says Ilhan Omar… then tries to backtrack. rt.com After attacking the Israeli lobby, Rep. Ilhan Omar has let loose on another Democratic idol, accusing ex-President Obama of "murder" and of hiding behind a "pretty face and the smile." She later claimed her words were distorted.

Tyler Durden (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar Blasts Obama for "Caging of Kids" and "Getting Away With Murder" Overseas: Report. 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 …

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…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). Headlines for March 7, 2019. democracynow.org DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Denies Migrants Are Held in Cages, ICE Kept "Anti-Trump Protest Spreadsheet" to Track NYC Activists, U.S. Kept Secret List of Journalists and Activists at Southern Border, Trump Ends Reporting Requirement of Civilian Deaths from U.S. Drones, Report Details U.S. Role in Civilian Deaths from Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Syria: Hundreds of ISIS Fighters Surrender to Kurdish Forces, Sen. Martha McSally Says She Was Raped by Superior in U.S. Air Force, Second Judge Blocks Trump Admin's Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, Michael Cohen to Congress: White House Lawyer Edited 2017 Testimony, NA…

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