2019-03-11: News Headlines

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is the Trump Administration Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One? mintpressnews.com TomDispatch's Bob Dreyfuss asks: could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war?

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Islamic State Last days in Eastern Syria. telesurenglish.net The Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS) launched an attack on the last enclave of the Islamic State in Eastern Syria, with the help of the coalition forces. | On Sunday, regular bombardment from coalition warplanes targeted the enclave at Baghouz in Deir Ez Zor province, a Reuters journalist in Baghouz said. SDF and coalition planes were involved in the assault, and the militant camp is now on fire. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Bomb Kills 50 Syrian Women, Children | The SDF announced earlier…

unitedEditor (2019-03-11). Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria. uwidata.com Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …

South Front (2019-03-11). Video: Syrian Army Hunts Down ISIS Cells in Desert. globalresearch.ca Three US service members were killed in an ISIS suicide bomber attack on a joint convoy of the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Manbij in northern Syria on March 9, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed….

George Ochenski (2019-03-11). Dying to Make a Living: the Shame of Industrial Mortality. counterpunch.org Kudos to Montana's Democratic Senator Jon Tester who introduced a new bill to ban the use of asbestos in the United States last week. Tester joins eight other senators on the measure, which was simultaneously introduced in the House and co-sponsored by 21 representatives. Montana's tragic history with asbestos-caused death and injury in the Libby More | In a new Grizzly Times podcast, Bob Jackson shares stories of his fascinating 30-year career as a backcountry ranger in Yellowstone Park. He was dubbed "A…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border. democracynow.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists—seven of whom are U.S. citizens—along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

The Global Research Team (2019-03-11). NATO "Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize" and "Wars Make Us Safer"? globalresearch.ca In a world built of spin, our goal has always been to present you with the facts. | If we were to take mainstream news headlines at face value, we would have to believe the following: | . | . | . | . | A …

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Joe Biden on the Relaunch Pad. consortiumnews.com Whether Biden can win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will largely depend on how little voters know about his actual record, writes Norman Solomon. Biden is No Friend of the Working Class; Solidly Backed Invasion of Iraq in 2003 By… Read more →

Norman Solomon (2019-03-11). Joe Biden on the Relaunch Pad: He's Worse Than You Thought. zcomm.org Whether Biden can win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will largely depend on how many voters don't know much about his actual record…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-11). Ilhan Omar: Challenging Establishment Politics in Washington. globalresearch.ca Though way too early to judge her after barely over two months in Congress, her forthright outspokenness is encouraging. She supported what demanded rejection — HR 676, the NATO Support Act, banning use of federal funds for withdrawal, requiring …

Chris Hedges (2019-03-11). Israel's Stranglehold on American Politics. truthdig.com The Israel lobby's buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby's campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian rights—including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein and university students, many of them Jewish, in organizations such as…

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-11). How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report. commondreams.org With the author kneeling in the lower right, an international peace delegation outside Iran's Tehran Peace Museum. (Photo: Courtesy of Medea Benjamin) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-03-11). USW members at Par Hawaii Refining rejects company's offer. fightbacknews.org Kapolei, HI – United Steelworkers (USW) members employed by Par Hawaii Refining, LLC, in Kapolei, a subsidiary of Houston-based Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PARR), overwhelmingly rejected the company's contract proposal. | The USW represents 150 production and maintenance employees at Par Hawaii Refining (PHR). With nearly 90% of USW members voting, over 95% of them rejected PHR's onerous demands. | Jarrett Wa'a, USW Local 12-591 Kapolei unit president, said, "Our members deserve predictable benefits from the company. PHR relies on our members' vast knowledge, experience and skill to make fuels efficiently an…

STAFF (2019-03-11). Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid by $1.1 Trillion. truthdig.com While giving the bloated Pentagon " even more than it hoped for" by boosting U.S. military spending to $750 billion—an increase of $34 billion from last year—President Donald Trump's 2020 budget would cut Medicaid by $1.1 trillion over the next decade. | Set to be unveiled on Monday, the president's budget will call for a total of $2.7 tril…

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Colombian President Seeks To Weaken Peace Accord Court. telesurenglish.net Colombian President Ivan Duque wants to reform a key statutory law that regulates the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), an integral part of country's 2016 Peace Accord to bring justice to the country's 50 year internal conflict. | RELATED: | Colombia: Social, Human Rights Groups March Against State Crime | On Sunday the president announced that he and his right-wing Democratic Center party want to amend six articles of the Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace…

Gideon Levy (2019-03-11). It's Time to Tell the Truth. zcomm.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 Read more…

Michael Winship (2019-03-11). Don't Let the Ilhan Omar Fight Hide Two Essential Truths. commondreams.org Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the U.S. Capitol March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-03-11). Intl Women's Day in Philippines: Unite and fight Filipino women's #1 enemy, the U.S.-Duterte regime. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 8 statement from MAKIBAKA (the Patriotic Movement of New Women), a revolutionary women's group in the Philippines. | On this historic day of women's collective actions becoming a worldwide force to be reckoned with, Filipino revolutionary women under the banner of Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA) continue the fierce tradition of strong women resisting and fighting along the line and program of the national democratic revolution against the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. As we celebrate the International Women's Day, we recognize and…

Timothy Smith (2019-03-11). VIDEO: Inside the Decades-Long Republican Campaign to Suppress the Vote. thenation.com VIDEO: Inside the Decades-Long Republican Campaign to Suppress the Vote…

Misión Verdad (2019-03-11). Venezuela under attack: 7 notes on electric shock (special report). peoplesdispatch.org Between the afternoon of March 8 and the early morning of March 10, Venezuela was the victim of a new sabotage attack, the biggest in its republican history, this time on the Guri hydroelectric plant, which left at least 80% of the population without electricity, with the aim of undermining any attempt by the Venezuelan government to stabilize the economy and curb the insurrectionary context the United States and its minions, like Juan Guaidó, are trying to bring to fruition in the country. | 1. Preparing for shock. Prior to the sabotage that shook the entire National Electric System, leaving much of the count…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-11). Trump Seeks Cuts to Human Needs to Fund Pentagon Hikes No One Needs. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 11, 2019 — In response to President Trump's budget request for FY 2020, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Fulfilling President Trump's request for $750 billion in Pentagon spending would be an obscene misallocation of resources that would fail to …

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Landmine in Colombia Kills 5, Peace Talks Remain Elusive. telesurenglish.net Three members of the military and two civilians have died after a group stepped on a landmine Saturday morning in the town of Tibu in the north of the department of Santander Colombia. | RELATED | Colombian President Seeks To Weaken Peace Accord Court | Sources in the military say that the group belonging to the Corps of Engineers was doing initial assessments of the area in preparation for upcoming road work when they stepped on a landmine. | Initial reports indicated that two milit…

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-11). The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel's illegal settlements. zcomm.org The hypocrisy of these states — urging peace in the region while doing their best to subvert it — is clear. Now the danger is that UN leaders will join them…

Robin Philpot (2019-03-11). Rwanda: Truth, Freedom and Peace Will Prevail. globalresearch.ca Robin Philpot's acceptance speech of the Victoire Ungabire Umuhoza award in Brussels, translated from French | I would first like to thank the International Women's Network for Democracy and Peace honouring me with this Award that bears the name of …

Adam Edelman (2019-03-11). The US Must Grow Up and Respect Iran's Independence. globalresearch.ca One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as the United States and one of the world's oldest …

Mark Taliano (2019-03-11). Lies and Crimes, Peace and Democracy. globalresearch.ca We can not have Peace and Democracy if we accept the Lies and Crimes which deny us Peace and Democracy. Some of the Lies are foundational to the "War on Terror", which itself is a lie. Al Qaeda, for example, is not responsible for the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center buildings. To believe so would be to believe in miracles, fairy tales.

William Craddick (2019-03-11). Intelligence Contractors Make New Attempt to Provoke Tensions with North Korea. globalresearch.ca It's the second, but no less ludicrous, attempt in one week to sway the opinion of the public and President Donald Trump against the concept of denuclearization and peaceful dialogue with North Korea. | A March 8, 2019 report from National

RT (2019-03-11). 'Zero chance' of slave reparations happening, despite current debate on the subject — analysts to RT. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro has said he won't rule out reparations to descendents of slaves, setting him apart from frontrunner Bernie Sanders — but is such a policy a real possibility or an empty promise? |

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers and Activists Targeted in Intelligence Gathering at Border. truthout.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists — seven of whom are U.S. citizens — along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the govern…

Tyler Durden (2019-03-11). Syria Vows to "Attack Israel If It Does Not Leave the Golan Heights" theantimedia.com (ZH) — In a surprising and provocative ultimatum, Syria has notified Israel through United Nations diplomatic channels that it is prepared to go to war if Israel does not leave the Golan Heights. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad reportedly sent the message through the head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Christine Lund, this past week, according …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid by $1.1 Trillion. truthout.org Editors note: Trump's 2020 budget proposal has been released.While giving the bloated Pentagon " even more than it hoped for" by boosting U.S. military spending to $750 billion — an increase of $34 billion from last year — President Donald Trump's 2020 budget would…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? truthout.org Here's the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran? Could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war? | Worryingly, the answers are: yes and yes. Even though Western E…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-11). Applause for Pete Buttigieg as 2020 Hopeful Strays From 'Trite Script Most Politicians Cling To' During Town Hall. commondreams.org Progressives around the country announced their intent to help make sure the South Bend, Indiana mayor is included in the 2020 Democratic debates by donating to his campaign | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-03-10). Syrian IS Group Fighters at Their Last Stand. telesurenglish.net Thousands of people — many of them the wives of IS Group fighters and their children — have been streaming out of the besieged enclave at Baghouz for weeks, forcing the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to delay an assault on the last vestige of the jihadists' territorial rule. | RELATED | Islamic State Group Begin to Surrender Last Territory in Syria | Reuters TV footage of the Islamic State-controlled frontline shows armed militants, most with on…

teleSUR (2019-03-10). India Announces General Elections For April 11. telesurenglish.net India will hold a general election in seven stages starting on April 11, the election commission said Sunday, in what will be the world's biggest democratic exercise with the far-right Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to benefit from tension with Pakistan. | RELATED: | India Rejects UN Criticism, Says Hindus, Muslims 'Best Friends' | Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora told reporters that about 900 million voters would be eligible for the polls, about 15 million between the…

Ted Glick (2019-03-10). Will Democratic Divisions Help Trumpublicans? zcomm.org This is what happens when you have a two-parties-only, winner-take-all electoral system with gerrymandered election districts and no proportional representation…

teleSUR (2019-03-10). Trump Will Ask Congress for Extra $8.6 Billion for Border Wall. telesurenglish.net Another budget fight approaches in the U.S. Congress Monday as President Donald Trump is set to ask for an additional US$8.6 billion to help pay for his proposed wall on the U.S-Mexico border, according to U.S. officials familiar with his proposal for the 2020 budget. | RELATED: | Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His 'Racist' Wall | Despite a smaller request – US$ 5.7 billion – causing a five-week partial federal government shutdown that ended in January, Trump seems set on…

teleSUR (2019-03-10). Caracas Mayor: Electricity Being Gradually Restored. telesurenglish.net The mayor of the Venezuelan capital, Erika Farias, said on Sunday that, in the face of continued electrical sabotage, the "people have responded with peace and will remain in peace." After 96 hours of a national power blackout, no acts of violence have been recorded as a result of the prolonged cut. | RELATED: | Venezuela Blackouts: 'Straight From the Cyberwar Playbook' | In dialogue with TeleSUR, Farías assured the population that the resumption of energy will be progressive. "The Go…

Malaika Jabali (2019-03-10). Hillary Clinton Is Still Deeply Confused About What Happened in Wisconsin. Here's Why That Matters. theintercept.com Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during the Bloody Sunday commemorative service at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala., on March 3, 2019. | Last Sunday in Selma, Alabama, Hillary Clinton opened a speech at the Brown Chapel AME church with a Bible verse. "This is the day the Lord has made," she began. "Let us rejoice and be glad in it. And then let's get to wo…

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…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-10). U.S. Peace Delegation to Iran Welcomed by Foreign Minister, Met by FBI Agents on Return. therealnews.com Code Pink delegation members Medea Benjamin, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, speak about the highlights of their trip, a 90 min meeting with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and more.

RT (2019-03-10). Did she call America 'garbage'? Provocative interview with AOC sparks Twitter fisticuffs. rt.com Inflammatory comments made by Democratic all-star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in which she ridiculed the 'garbage' state of affairs in America and trashed Ronald Reagan, have ignited a fearsome battle of words on social media.

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.

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."

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."

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.

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.

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

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