2019-03-14: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-14). The Globalization of War, America's "Long War" against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky. globalresearch.ca Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies…

South Front (2019-03-14). Video: CIA Is Turning Refugee Camps in Eastern Syria into ISIS Hotbeds. globalresearch.ca The CIA is conspiring with ISIS commanders in northeastern Syria supplying them with fake documents and then transferring them to Iraq, according to reports in Turkish pro-government media. | About 2,000 ISIS members were questioned in the areas of Kesra, Buseira, …

Peter Phillips (2019-03-14). Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria's war, Venezuela's crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global imperialism imposed by a core of capitalist nations in support of trillions of dollars of concentrated …

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Kurdish-led SDF: Fight Against IS Group Enters 'Final Moments'. telesurenglish.net For days the Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to recover the last enclave of the Islamic State Group in Syria. SDF says the battle against the Islamic State group in Baghouz, in Eastern Syria, is as good as over, and that the armed group was facing an imminent defeat. | RELATED: Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians | Kino Gabriel…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-14). Hezbollah: Israel's Excuse for Stealing the Golan Heights. globalresearch.ca Now that Israel is getting a lot of heat for its decision to put finishing touches on the wholesale theft of Syria's Golan Heights, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has launched a new PR campaign. | Netanyahu claims arch-enemy Hezbollah is preparing …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-14). Bricklayers union: Democratic hopefuls all back key building trades issues. peoplesworld.org NEW ORLEANS—Every Democratic presidential hopeful has already told construction union leaders they support key building trades issues, Bricklayers President Jim Boland says. In a March 13 interview with People's World during the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in New Orleans, Boland explained the hopefuls made those pledges during closed-door meetings "several weeks ago" with all the …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Impeaching Trump: Pelosi Says It's "Not Worth It," But Progressive Democrats Push Ahead. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizatio…

John Wojcik (2019-03-14). After dragging its feet, Trump FAA finally grounds troubled Boeing planes. peoplesworld.org Unable to resist the demands of the public, the airline workers, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, former U.S. regulators and safety officials, and the nations of the rest of the world, Trump and the Federal Aviation Administration finally grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 jets. Sara Nelson, president of the Association …

Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone (2019-03-14). Ilhan Omar Exposes US Hegemonic Positioning and Takes on Both Political Parties. counterpunch.org Somali-American Ilhan Omar is a member of the US House of Representatives from Minnesota's 5th district. Elected to the United States Congress in November 2018, Omar is a critical and strong voice that advocates for progressive policies and lawmaking in regards to housing, a living wage, student debt forgiveness, and the protection of immigrants. Since More

Consortiumnews (2019-03-14). US and Iranian Hardliners Continue the Suffering. consortiumnews.com Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation's recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country's foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind… Read more →

Robert Reich (2019-03-14). Robert Reich: The GOP Is Lying Through Its Teeth About the Deficit. truthdig.com Mitch McConnell can blame Social Security and Medicare all he wants, but Republican tax cuts are what's causing our debt to soar.

STAFF (2019-03-14). Senate Rejects Trump Border Emergency as Republicans Defect. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. | The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump's February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Congress had approved. Twelve Republicans joined Democrats in defying Trump in a showdown many GOP senators had hoped to avoid because he commands die-hard loyal…

STAFF (2019-03-14). Beto O'Rourke Announces 2020 Democratic Presidential Bid. truthdig.com AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he'd try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. | Until he challenged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year, O'Rourke was little known outside his hometown of El Paso. But the Spanish-speaking 46-year-old former punk rocker became a sensation during a campaign that used grassroots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities. He got within 3 percentage points of upsetting Cruz…

Robert Reich (2019-03-14). The Huge GOP Lie About the Deficit. commondreams.org The big Trump Republican tax cut is already breaking the bank. It will cost us 1.9 trillion dollars over the next decade. Let me repeat that: 1.9 trillion dollars. (Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-03-14). DR Congo's Tshisekedi to Release 700 Political Prisoners. telesurenglish.net Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi signed an edict Wednesday effectively pardoning some 700 political prisoners in the process. | RELATED: | Child Soldiers Surrender Arms in DR Congo, Sent to UNICEF | The newly elected DRC leader made the promise to free the political opponents imprisoned, who were imprisoned by ex-President…

Sean McElwee (2019-03-14). Why Primary Challenges Might Sneak Up on Democrats in 2020. thenation.com Why Primary Challenges Might Sneak Up on Democrats in 2020…

Nick Licata (2019-03-14). Virginia's Approach to Government Accountability. counterpunch.org Despite the top three elected Virginia State Democrats generating national headlines for being accused of past racist or even criminal behavior, a movement to reform their democratic process continues to grow. These efforts can use three tools for making structural changes in government: the initiative process, court rulings and electing new public officials. Virginia does More

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-03-14). How to Beat Trump in 2020. thenation.com How to Beat Trump in 2020…

Peter F. Crowley (2019-03-14). Deconstructing the Ilhan Omar controversy. zcomm.org Pelosi's decision not to follow some Democratic Party stalwarts in condemning Omar may indeed be a boon for the progressives…

STAFF (2019-03-14). Senate Passes Historic War Powers Resolution on Yemen. truthdig.com In a major step toward ending U.S. complicity in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a War Powers resolution to cut off American military support for the Saudi-led coalition's assault on Yemen. | The final vote count was 54-46. | "This is historic. For the first time in 45 years, Congress is one step closer to withdrawing U.S. forces from an unauthorized war," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the lead sponsor of the resolution, declared following the vote. "We must end the war in Yemen." | Sens. Chris Murphy (D-C…

commondreams (2019-03-14). MoveOn Applauds Congress for Revoking Trump's Fake National Emergency Declaration, Urges Congress to Defund Anti-Immigrant Agenda. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-14). To help Venezuela, the U.S. must use diplomacy, not a military coup. zcomm.org It is time for Congress to step up — to investigate exactly what the Trump administration is doing overtly and covertly, and to call for a return to diplomacy before it is too late.

William Harrison (2019-03-14). French Politics: Are the Centre-Right Conservatives Still Economic Liberals? globalresearch.ca There is something strange going on in the French senate. Ideological disorientation has taken hold. The centre-right Les Républicains, and the Parti Socialiste, of the centre-left, have somehow found themselves on the same side, contending with a cabinet-backed business and …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Headlines for March 14, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Orders Boeing 737 MAX Planes Grounded After Fatal Crashes, Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen, Pompeo Defends Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Reports of Torture, Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration, Former Trump Campaign Chair Sentenced to 43 More Months in Prison, U.N. Warns Arctic on Pace to Warm by 5 Degrees Celsius by 2050, Spanish Investigators Link CIA to Attack on North Korean Embassy, Brazil: Two Gunmen Kill 8, Reportedly Inspired by Columbine Massacre, Nigeria: Lagos Building Collapse Kills 10 and Traps Schoolchildren, British MPs Reject "No-Deal" Br…

commondreams (2019-03-14). Senate Vote Is Powerful Rejection of Trump's Illegal Use of Emergency Powers, Authoritarianism. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Greta Thunberg Nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. telesurenglish.net The 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who became famous for requesting concrete action against climate change, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a group of Norwegian socialist lawmakers. | RELATED: | Climate Mitigation Centers During Regional Indigenous Meeting | "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because climate threats are perhaps one…

Fight Back (2019-03-14). U.S. anti-war delegation arrives in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – A U.S. Peace Council Delegation of 13 people representing anti-war organizations from the United States and Canada arrived in Venezuela this week on a solidarity mission with the Venezuelan people and the Maduro government at a time of unprecedented attacks by the U.S. The latest is a cyber-attack and sabotage of the entire electrical system, which resulted in a total blackout of the country with the aim of provoking the people to rise up against their government. Despite the hardships of no electricity and water, this attack failed as people rallied around their government and the gains of t…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-14). 'Major Rebuke of Trump's Authoritarianism': Senate Votes to Terminate National Emergency. commondreams.org "From the beginning, his national emergency declaration was a racist attack on the very foundation of our democracy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-14). Tribunal Declares Trump and Duterte Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity. truthout.org Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, aided and abetted by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a recent ruling from the International Peoples' Tribunal on the Philippines. | The tribunal, which was held in Brussels, Belgium, on September 18 and 19, 2018, rendered its 84-page decision on these crimes on March 8. Conveners of the tribunal included the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, European Association of La…

RT (2019-03-14). Senate joins House in voting against border emergency declaration, Trump says 'Veto!'. rt.com The US Senate has joined the House of Representatives in opposing President Donald Trump's declaration of emergency on the southern border. Trump said he will veto the unprecedented joint resolution. |

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-14). Beto O'Rourke Is Running for President. truthout.org After a campaign in which he came tantalizingly close to winning a U.S. Senate seat in Texas, former Congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas has announced that he's running for president, joining an ever-growing field of Democratic candidates looking to deny President Donald Trump a second term. | On the evening that a Vanity Fair cover story on the former Senate candidate dropped, O'Rourke…

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). Chelsea Manning jailed again and not a squeak from the Democrats. greenleft.org.au Chelsea Manning, a transgender soldier who blew the whistle on US war crimes, and spent four years in an army stockade from 2013 as a result, is back in prison again. | This time it is because she refuses to join a bipartisan campaign against Wikileaks that seeks to bring its founder Julian Assange from his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to the US to put him on trial and send him to prison. | In 2010, Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of documents about the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She first tried to get mainstream media to publish them, to no avail, before turning to Wikileaks, which did p…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-14). Trump's Militarized Budget Slashes Medicare, Medicaid, and Clean Energy. therealnews.com Preparing for war with largest peacetime military budget paid for with devastating cuts to the poor, ending environmental regulation, destroying retirement and healthcare. Do divided Democrats have an answer? Lindsay Koshgarian of IPS analyzes the proposal…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-14). Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to End Complicity in Yemen War. truthout.org In a major step toward ending U.S. complicity in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a War Powers resolution to cut off American military support for the Saudi-led coalition's assault on Yemen. | The final vote count was 54-46. | "This is historic. For the first time in 45 years, Congress is one step closer to withdrawing U.S. forces from an unauthorized war," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the lead sponsor of the resolution, declared following the vote. "We must end the war in Yemen." | Sens. Chris Murphy (…

Posted by Lynda Carson (2019-03-14). HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Declare Trump's 2020 Budget "Dead on Arrival" indybay.org Earlier today the Elected leaders of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants demanded an immediate and total rejection by Congress of President Donald Trump's 2020 budget request, released on March 11!

Akela Lacy (2019-03-14). Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Yemen War, But Republican Tricks Send Resolution Back to the House Yet Again. theintercept.com "We're going to help end a war which has caused unbelievable horror to one of the poorest countries on earth," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill's sponsor.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-14). Ahead of Global #ClimateStrike She Inspired, 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. commondreams.org Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old whose protests outside the Swedish parliament spurred a massive global movement of young people striking from school to demand bold action on the climate crisis, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). 'Our feminism is anti-racist and internationalist'. greenleft.org.au Elections in Berlin in September 2016 returned a coalition government made up of the Social Democratic Party, the socialist Left Party and the Green Party. Early this year, the city declared International Women's Day (IWD) a public holiday. | Internationally, the call for a women's strike on IWD has been gathering momentum. In Berlin on March 8, an alliance of feminist organisations organised a Women's Fighting Day rally and march with the theme "celebrating, striking, keep on fighting". About 20,000 people attended. | Sibylle Kaczorek, a member of Socialist Alliance and the Left Party who is currently living in…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-14). Senate Passes Resolution Calling for End to US Involvement in Yemen War. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a close vote of 54-46, the Senate passed the SJ Res 7 on Wednesday. The Joint Resolution calls for the end of US military involvement in the Yemen War, noting that no such involvement was ever authorized by Congress. Debate on the resolution, as in the past, centered on arguments that the US involvement isn't …

ACLU (2019-03-14). Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations. indybay.org Local governments like Merced and Union City, California, are feeding their residents' personal information to ICE, even when it violates local privacy laws or sanctuary policies. California Senate Bill 34 and the California Values Act (SB 54) are supposed to prohibit local law enforcement agencies from sharing license plate information and personal information for immigration enforcement or with out-of-state or federal agencies.

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-14). Pelosi Says Impeaching Trump Is "Not Worth It," But Progressives Push Ahead. truthout.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organiza…

RT (2019-03-14). Beto strolls into 2020 Democratic primary, gets upstaged by his own dog. rt.com Beto O'Rourke, America's favorite oversharing Senate candidate, is striding into the 2020 race with a glamorous photo shoot and a low-key text message — except his fan base seems to have moved on to the next hot young thing.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-14). 'Don't Sell Out to Big Cable': Internet Defenders Warn Democrats Against Watering Down Net Neutrality Bill. commondreams.org "We don't care which party you're from: if you're helping Big Cable slowly poison net neutrality and the free and open internet, we're going to make sure everyone knows." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-14). A Wall Street Mini-Tax Could Benefit the Poor and Reduce Public Debt. truthout.org With great fanfare, politicians on the left are thinking big on tax reform: a 70 percent rate on incomes over $10 million, a wealth tax on the super-rich, estate taxes as high as 77 percent. With no fanfare at all, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office…

RT (2019-03-14). Boeing 737 planes to remain grounded for 'weeks' – Congress members after FAA briefing. rt.com Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for "weeks" until the updates to faulty software are tested, US lawmakers said after a briefing with Federal Aviation Administration officials.

WSWS (2019-03-14). A tirade against China at US Senate committee hearing. wsws.org The questioning of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer centred almost exclusively on the content and progress of trade talks with Beijing.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-03-13). CNN Foreign Policy Gatekeepers Vilify Tulsi Gabbard for Her Anti-Intervention Dissent. mintpressnews.com The establishment news media is largely uninterested in listening to Gabbard attempt to persuade voters that the U.S. should quit waging wars to overthrow governments.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-13). The People's Climate Movement. No Mention of War. globalresearch.ca While millions of people across the World will be protesting on March 15 under the banner of "Global Warming", today's wars including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela are not mentioned. Nor are the dangers of a Third World War which threatens the future of humanity.

Phyllis Bennis (2019-03-13). The Ilhan Omar Affair Was a Victory for Social Movements and Palestinian Rights. thenation.com The Ilhan Omar Affair Was a Victory for Social Movements and Palestinian Rights…

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

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