2019-03-13: News Headlines

Nabel Alabdalla (2019-03-13). The Forgotten Syrian Christian Towns Under Attack on Border with Idleb and Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca Two days ago I was in the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh that has endured sustained attacks from the various terrorist groups backed by the U.S Coalition. These groups are embedded in the countryside bordering Al Skeilbiyyeh. In the …

commondreams (2019-03-13). Democratic Socialists of America Members Express Overwhelming Support for a Bernie Sanders Endorsement. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-13). As Joe Biden Hints at Presidential Run, Andrew Cockburn Looks at His "Disastrous Legislative Legacy" democracynow.org Speculation is mounting that former Vice President Joe Biden will soon enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. As a longtime senator from Delaware, Biden has previously run twice for the Democratic nomination. The last time was in 2008, when he ultimately became then-Senator Barack Obama's running mate. While a new campaign would seek to capitalize on Biden's two terms as vice president, it would also invite scrutiny of his Senate record in a Democratic political climate that is notably more progressive today than it was when Biden last sought the nomination. We speak with Andrew Cockburn, Wash…

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2019-03-13). US Must Respect Iran. counterpunch.org 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 continuous major civilizations with settlements dating back to 7,000 BC. It was an empire that controlled almost More

Global Research News (2019-03-13). Selected Articles: War Spending Is Bankrupting America. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a future …

John Wojcik (2019-03-13). AFL-CIO backs legislation that would power up American working families. peoplesworld.org NEW ORLEANS—The AFL-CIO Executive Council is wasting no time at its March 12-14 meeting here, getting behind a list of bills that would radically increase worker power in America. Passage of a package of progressive bills is now likely in the newly-Democratic-controlled House, and the thinking here is that a change in 2020 of which …

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2019-03-13). On the 'Name Recognition' Shibboleth in the Democratic Primary Data Discussion. counterpunch.org Now that the 2016 Democratic Primary cycle is (mostly) over — will it ever be entirely? — it has become fashionable once again to forward name recognition as a reasonably large factor in what distinguishes one or more candidates from the others in early polling of the field at large and amongst specific demographic sub-groupings. More

David Crary (2019-03-13). Republican stonewalling stalls LGBTQ advances. peoplesworld.org

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-13). Voting at the US Congress: No, Dual Loyalty Isn't Okay. globalresearch.ca The Solons on Capitol Hill are terrified of the expression "dual loyalty." They are afraid because dual loyalty means that one is not completely a loyal citizen of the country where one was born, raised and, presumably, prospered. It also …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-13). Trump Wants Half a Billion Dollars to Finance Regime Change in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca At his Monday press conference, Mike Pompeo said "we've asked (Congress to appropriate) up to $500 million…to restore the economy of the Venezuelan nation (sic) (and) help Juan Guaido." | He failed to explain the ongoing Trump regime coup plot, nor …

Ted Rall (2019-03-13). 8 Ways to Fix America's Messed-Up Presidential Elections. counterpunch.org In 2016 there were 17 major candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, so many they had to have two sets of debates—and the guy who won was the first of all. Seven pundit-viable candidates have declared for 2020 on the Democratic side, more probably on the way, yet many Democrats say they're not excited by More

Consortiumnews (2019-03-13). VIPS: Mueller's Forensics-Free Findings. consortiumnews.com The final Mueller report should be graded "incomplete," says VIPS, whose forensic work proves the speciousness of the story that DNC emails published by WikiLeaks came from Russian hacking. March 13, 2019 MEMORANDUM FOR: The Attorney General FROM: Veteran… Read more →

Telesur (2019-03-13). US Congressmen Introduce Bill to Prohibit US Courts from Recognizing Cuban Trademarks. globalresearch.ca Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) presented a bill on Tuesday before the US Congress in which they seek to prohibit the official recognition and rights of Cuban trademarks in the United States. | The bipartisan and bicameral legislation, …

Joyce Nelson (2019-03-13). Canada's SNC-Lavalin Affair: The Site C Dam Project and Bulk Water Export. globalresearch.ca In all the press coverage of the "the SNC-Lavalin affair," not enough attention has been paid to the company's involvement in Site C — the contentious $11 billion dam being constructed in B.C.'s Peace River valley. | The Liberals say that …

Mike Parker (2019-03-13). How to Use Grievances to Organize. zcomm.org The difference between a truly democratic union and one that follows a servicing model is stark when it comes to grievance handling. In a strong democratic union there may not even be many grievances; members organize to convince supervisors to stop violating the contract without having to use the formal procedure. A BATTLE FOR EVERYONE Read more…

commondreams (2019-03-13). Progressive Democrats of America Endorse Bernie Sanders for President. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jim Hightower (2019-03-13). It's Not Socialism; It's What the People Want. commondreams.org People are envisioning, electing and beginning to enact a true progressive agenda to advance our nation's democratic ideals of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. (Photo: Campaign for America's Future ) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

James J. Zogby (2019-03-13). Congresswoman Ilhan Omar: The Shameful Attack that Backfired. globalresearch.ca What happened to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was troubling. On the one hand, because she dared to challenge the way supporters of Israel have worked to silence debate on US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she became a victim of incitement, …

Fight for the Future (2019-03-13). Net Neutrality Activists Launch Updated Congressional Scoreboard and Set March 15th Deadline for Lawmakers to Cosponsor the Save the Internet Act. globalresearch.ca Groups behind BattleForTheNet.com pledge to call, text, and email constituents of lawmakers who fail to cosponsor net neutrality bill before leaving DC for recess. | Today, activists behind BattleForTheNet.com launched an updated Congressional " scoreboard" showing where every member of …

STAFF (2019-03-13). Russia Mocks U.S. Collusion Probe Ahead of Mueller Report. truthdig.com MOSCOW — U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to release his report about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the Kremlin has been rehearsing its response for months. | The narrative, shared by President Vladimir Putin, his top lieutenants and state television, is strikingly similar to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of the investigation as a "witch hunt: " They say the whole process is about the Democrats' stubborn refusal to admit that they lost the election. | "They don't want to acknowledge his victory and do everything to delegitimize the president," Putin said…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-13). German Jewish Peace Group Wins Peace Prize; Then Attacked as being Anti-Semitic. therealnews.com Shir Hever talks about the Gà∂ttingen Peace Prize and how it transformed the debate around Palestinian rights in Germany, despite efforts by right-wing politicians to prevent the prize from being given to Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East…

David Dayen (2019-03-13). Kamala Harris Celebrates Her Role in the Mortgage Crisis Settlement. The Reality Is Quite Different. theintercept.com Pretty much every major Democratic official involved in responding to the foreclosure crisis during the Obama years did an unforgivably terrible job. That's how we wound up with 10 million families losing their homes, an unprecedented disaster that touched every corner of America and triggered the populist backlash we're living through today. | There isn't a particular individual to single out and blame for the party's failure, and that's not what this story is doing. Kamala Harris's role in the affair was no more or less tragic than anyone else's. But now that she's running for president, Harris is not only elid…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Fox News Commentator Uses Racist and Homophobic Language. telesurenglish.net A day after releasing audio of Tucker Carlson making numerous misogynist remarks, Media Matters for America (MMFA) published a new video with clips of the Fox News commentator using racist and homophobic language to describe Iraqi people, African Americans, gay people and immigrants while speaking on the radio program "Bubba the Love Sponge Show." Media Matters for America said the clips originated from between 2006 and 2011. | RELATED: | US: 200 'Peacekeeping' Troops to Remain in Syria | In th…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Budget Boosts Border Wall & Military Funding, Slashes Domestic Programs, NY AG Probe Targets Deutsche Bank's Ties to Trump Org., Rep. Pelosi: Trump "Not Worth" Impeaching, Algerian Pres. Bouteflika Will Not Seek 5th Term, Delays Election, U.N.: 2018 Deadliest Year for Syrian Children, U.N.: Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 22 Women and Children, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Sentenced to 38 Years, Colombia: Indigenous Activist Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Food Stamps Cut for 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Calls Iraqis "Semiliterate Primitive Monkeys" in Surfaced Recording, Increasing Ba…

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-12). How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report. mintpressnews.com CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin recounts her personal experience traveling through Iran with a peace delegation and seeing firsthand the effects that US sanctions have on ordinary Iranians.

Jimmysllama (2019-03-12). Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Stands Up for Press Freedom, Gets Jailed by US Gov't. mintpressnews.com President Donald Trump's 2010 statement that the WikiLeaks' staff should be executed and Hillary Clinton's suggestion to drone Assange, are reflective of a deeply disturbing trend to terrorize the press.

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-12). How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report. counterpunch.org On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government's policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming "Peace with Iran" More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-12). Before roaring union crowd, Biden stops short of jumping into presidential race. peoplesworld.org

Michael Berkowitz (2019-03-12). 'Fight On': Anti-socialist hysteria motivates conservative propaganda flick. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump has a movie he'd like you to see. It's called Fight On and is about the specter haunting America…socialism. Although too late for the Academy Awards, the right-wing Republicans unveiled this film hoping it will be a big winner for them in the coming national elections. Fight On was the centerpiece of the …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). We Will See Trump's Tax Returns: David Cay Johnston Predicts Probes Will Uncover President's Secrets. democracynow.org The New York Times is reporting New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas late Monday to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records related to the Trump Organization. This comes just weeks after Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen testified before Congress that Trump had inflated his assets in financial statements. New York state regulators subpoenaed the Trump Organization's insurance broker, Aon, after Cohen's testimony. The House Judiciary Committee also recently requested documents from 81 people and groups in Trump's inner circle. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning inve…

NationAction (2019-03-12). Take Action Now: Push the Senate on Gun Control. thenation.com Take Action Now: Push the Senate on Gun Control…

ACLU (2019-03-12). Members of Congress Take Bold Step Towards Ending Discriminatory Bans on Abortion Coverage. aclu.org A new bill would end the Hyde Amendment and other related bans on insurance coverage of abortion. | Members of Congress on Tuesday took a bold step toward making the right to abortion a reality for everyone. The EACH Woman Act was reintroduced in the House — and introduced in the Senate for the first time ever. | This trailblazing legislation would end the Hyde Amendment and related bans on insurance coverage of abortion, which for over four decades have pushed…

Adam Lee (2019-03-12). NAACP-Opposed judicial nominee coming up this week. naacp.org President Trump has nominated Ms. Neomi Rao to serve as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Rao has an extraordinarily long record of hostility to the rights of people of color and other historically marginalized people. The NAACP is strongly opposed to this nomination, which may come before the full Senate for …

commondreams (2019-03-12). Availability for Interview: Senate to Vote on S.J.Res. 7, Legislation to End U.S. Support for the War in Yemen. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). US Congressmen Introduce Bill Against Cuban Trademarks. telesurenglish.net Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) presented a bill on Tuesday before the US Congress in which they seek to prohibit the official recognition and rights of Cuban trademarks in the United States. | RELATED: | Cuban Trade Minister Visits Algeria to Develop Joint Projects | The bipa…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Indigenous Peoples Want Yalitza Aparicio as Peace Ambassador. telesurenglish.net Mexico's National Indigenous Governorship (GIN) Tuesday invited actress Yalitza Aparicio to be an Indigenous Peoples' Peace Ambassador because she represents "the victory of 68 native languages." | RELATED: | Oscars Joy For Cuaron And 'Roma' in Record Night | The…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-12). Iván Duque objections to the JEP put Colombia's peace process in jeopardy. peoplesdispatch.org Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) is one of the essential entities created through peace agreements between the Colombian government and the FARC in 2016, putting an end to a five-decade long armed conflict…

Brasil de Fato (2019-03-12). Two former police officers arrested over murder of Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes. peoplesdispatch.org Two suspects in the killing of councilwoman and human rights activist Marielle Franco and driver Anderson Gomes were arrested this morning in Rio de Janeiro, almost one year after the crime. It is still unclear, however, who ordered the assassination and the motive. | At 4: 30 a.m. local time, 48-year-old retired military police officer Ronnie Lessa and 46-year-…

commondreams (2019-03-12). Congresswoman Barbara Lee Rejects President Trump's Wasteful and Immoral Budget Proposal. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Akela Lacy (2019-03-12). Exxon, Big Pharma, and Wall Street Lobbyists to Host Fundraiser for Mark Kelly in Washington. theintercept.com Kelly isn't taking corporate PAC donations. But he's still giving paid corporate speeches and fundraising with lobbyists for ExxonMobil and the NFL.

Akela Lacy (2019-03-12). Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows Wants to Eliminate Super PACs. theintercept.com Mark Meadows, the chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus, wants to end Super PACs. | Meadows voted against House Democrats' sweeping ethics and reform bill, which passed the chamber Friday morning on a party-line vote. But there were parts of it he agreed with, the North Carolina Republican told The Intercept. | One thing he supported, Meadows said, was the effort to reform election finance. He said that he'd tried, and failed, to add an amendment that would have eliminated Super PACs, or political action committees. However, H.R.1, a…

RT (2019-03-12). 737 MAX disaster: US senators call for grounding troubled Boeing aircraft, Trump talks with CEO. rt.com Senators from both parties have called for grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8 airliner following the fatal crash in Ethiopia that killed 157, but the Federal Aviation Administration insists there is "no basis to order" it grounded.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-12). US Airstrikes Kill at Least 50, Mostly Civilians, in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Amid talk of a never-ending exodus of civilians from underground in the Syrian village of Baghouz, the Kurdish SDF is waiting on a final push into the last ISIS-held village. The US, however, is not so patient. On Monday, US warplanes attacked Baghouz, killing at least 50 people. Details on what the intended target was is unclear, but …

RT (2019-03-12). Facebook briefly takes down Elizabeth Warren's ads on breaking up Facebook. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren might have felt vindicated in her crusade against the monopoly of tech giants like Facebook and Google, after the former took down her ads calling for their dismemberment.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-12). Trump Budget Would Cut Spending for Nearly Every Agency Except Pentagon. truthout.org The budget request President Trump released on Monday represents a conservative vision taken to the extreme. It would shoot military spending skyward while dismantling domestic programs piece by piece, with few exceptions. | The budget peels back many of the promises the president made either on the campaign trail or in tweets. For instance, the president has stated an intention to pull back from military interventions in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but his budget insists on an even bigger military budget. And the cash flow to the Pentagon, combined with ongoing tax cuts for the rich, puts the lie…

RT (2019-03-12). Trump's simple trick to getting budget past Democrats? Label everything 'confronting Russia'. rt.com US President Donald Trump may have found a way to get Democrats in the House to approve all of the State Department funding in his proposed $4.7 trillion budget for 2020: by labeling all sorts of things as "countering Russia."

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-12). House Republicans Use "Lesbian Radical Feminist" to Advance Anti-Trans Rhetoric. truthout.org A baffling sentence opened the Thursday testimony of Julia Beck, an anti-trans conservative speaking at the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. | "I am a lesbian radical feminist," said Beck, who was removed from the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission Committe…

WSWS (2019-03-12). Aiming to quash strikes, US teacher union launches campaign to prop up Democrats. wsws.org Amid increasing strikes and struggles in defense of public education across the US and the world, the teachers' unions are launching a new initiative to stifle the class struggle and corral teachers behind the capitalist political parties.

Susan Antilla (2019-03-12). States Begin to Crack Down on Broker Abuse as the SEC Dithers. theintercept.com Less than two weeks after a new Democratic majority took office in the New York state Senate, legislators introduced the Investment Transparency Act, a bill seeking to protect ordinary investors from aggressive salespeople in the financial industry. The legislation, if it passes, would require brokers to tell their clients point blank, "I am not a fiduciary. Therefore, I am not required to act in your best interests, and am allowed to recommend investments that may earn higher fees for me or my firm, even if those investments may not have the bes…

Middle East Eye (2019-03-12). Fox News Condemns Host's Comments About Ilhan Omar. theantimedia.com Host Jeannine Pirro said Omar may not support the US Constitution because she wears a hijab. (MEE) — Fox News has condemned recent comments by host Jeannine Pirro about US Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, which prompted accusations of racism and Islamophobia, as well as calls for Pirro to resign, over the weekend. Pirro, host of the Fox News show …

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