2019-03-17: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-03-17). Nearly 600 000 People Requested Asylum in EU In 2018. plenglish.com Brussels, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Around 580,000 people, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, applied for asylum for the first time in the European Union (EU) in 2018, the Statistics Office for the region (Eurostat) reported Thursday.

Jeff Hauser (2019-03-17). Richie Neal and Trump's Taxes. zcomm.org As most House Democrats enthusiastically jump on the long-dormant congressional oversight train, one senior lawmaker has conspicuously chosen to stay on the platform. Under the leadership of Representative Richard Neal, the House Committee on Ways and Means has shown none of the zeal for oversight exhibited by its counterparts. The announcement two weeks ago that Neal would finally Read more…

plenglish (2019-03-17). DPRK Says There Are No Chances for New Negotiations with the US (+Photo). plenglish.com Pyongyang, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent Hanoi summit, and up to now there are no chances for other negotiations, Choe Son-hui, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Lula Receives HR Award from Largest Labor Union in USA and Canada. plenglish.com Brasilia, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received the human rights award from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest labor union confederation of the United States and Canada, it was reported in Brasilia on Friday.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Seventeenth Congress of Oil Workers Opened in Bolivia. plenglish.com La Paz, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia"s Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, opened Thursday the 17th National Congress of Oil Workers in Cobija, Pando, a sector he thanked for its work in favor of the country"s economic development.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Cuban FM Stresses Importance of Ties with Latin America. plenglish.com Havana, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez highlighted the importance for Havana of its relations with Latin American and Caribbean nations, with which it shares the common goal of defending peace and geographical coexistence.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Russia Reiterates Need for Political Solution to Venezuela Situation. plenglish.com Moscow, March 14 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov reiterated on Thursday Moscow"s position on the importance of finding peaceful political solutions to disagreements in that country, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

plenglish (2019-03-17). UN Expresses Concern on Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia. plenglish.com United Nations, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Objections by Colombian President Ivan Duque to the statute law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) are causing concern at UN on Thursday, due to the uncertainty surrounding that legislation.

RT (2019-03-17). In a rush to remove the 'white man' stigma, Beto O'Rourke flaunts his 'white privilege' in Iowa. rt.com Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke has said that being a white man is not a disadvantage in the diversity-driven Democratic field — because it has been an advantage throughout his life.

Various Religious & Peaceful Groups (2019-03-17). Bay Area Vigils for Victims of Christchurch Mosques Massacre. indybay.org Multiple vigils around the SF Bay Area (see list below)…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-16). Eight Years Ago: The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 "Protest Movement"? globalresearch.ca It was not a protest movement, it was an armed insurgency integrated by US-Israeli & allied supported "jihadist" death squads. From Day One, the Islamist "freedom fighters" were supported, trained & equipped by NATO & Turkey's High Command.

Prof. James Petras (2019-03-16). President Trump and the Democratic Congress: The Score Sheet. globalresearch.ca Going into the third year of President Trump's presidency, it is necessary to draw a balance sheet on who is winning and/or losing. | We will proceed by first analyzing domestic outcomes and then turn to foreign policy. | Power Bases of …

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Cuba Rejects Changes to US Travel Visa as Rights Violation. telesurenglish.net The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrez) is rejecting the 'unfair' adjustments made to B2 Visas, which decrease the length of time allotted to Cuban visitors traveling in the U.S. from five years to three months. | RELATED: | US Congressmen Introduce Bill to Prohibit US Courts from Recognizing Cuban Trademarks | The changes to the B2 travel visa were put into effective as of Jan. 18 and, in a statement, the ministry said citizens are faced with nume…

Richard Falk (2019-03-16). Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, Congress, and the Future of American Democracy. zcomm.org It became clear to me that her remarks were treated as inflammatory not so much because of their content, but because of their source, a black-Muslim-American woman…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Questionable ANC Nominee List Brings Criticism for Ramaphosa. telesurenglish.net A partial list of 107 African National Congress (ANC) parliamentary candidates has garnered criticism for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his promises to eliminate corruption within the party and government. | RELATED: | South Africa: To Downgrade Embassy In Israel For Second Time | Several of the nominees are alleged to have been involved in several acts of corruption or incompetence. Nomvula Mokonyane, who served as Environmental Affairs Minister, has been accused of…

Leanna First-Arai (2019-03-16). Why Students of Color Are Stepping Up to Lead Climate Strikes. commondreams.org The Sunrise Movement has lobbied members of Congress to support and work to pass the Green New Deal. (Photo: @SunriseMvmt/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Colombia's Duque Paves Way for Ex-Guerrillas Extradition to US. telesurenglish.net The United States Department of State (DOS) Friday backed Colombian far-right President Ivan Duque's desire to implement extradition to the U.S. as part of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the court which was created under the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Army Forces of Colombia (FARC) and is expected…

Masud Wadan (2019-03-16). The US-Taliban Talks Are "Renewing" the US Occupation of Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Reporting from Kabul: The US is spearheading a "peace negotiation" campaign with Taliban since weeks in Qatar's capital city, Doha. The US special representative on Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been spelling out the details of conclave through his …

Fight Back (2019-03-16). U.S. Peace Council delegation to Venezuela meets with President Maduro. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – The U.S. Peace Council delegation to Venezuelan met with President Maduro for several hours at the Presidential Palace, March 15. President Maduro told the anti-war organizers that the U.S. attack on the electrical system was delivered three ways: a cyber-attack to the main brain of the system which was made in Houston, electromagnetically, and with explosions at two other stations. The system is now almost fully up again. | Maduro described the history of resistance to foreign domination beginning with Bolívar and the anti-colonial fight for independence against Spain and the U.S. Monroe Doc…

CFJPIME (2019-03-16). New Zealand Mosque Senseless Massacre. Action Against Islamophobia, CJPME Calls Upon Canadian Government. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is devasted and deeply upset by today's horrific attack on two New Zealand mosques, where 49 people were senselessly killed and dozens more injured. In the wake of this terrible …

STAFF (2019-03-16). How The New York Times Flubs Its Terrorism Coverage. truthdig.com "What is terrorism, and who is a terrorist?" The New York Times ( 3/7/19) asked in a recent report on the hindering of peace negotiations between the United States government and the Taliban in Afghanistan—without suggesting any possible answers to these questions. When the headline of a story literally includes the phrase "Big Question: What Is Terrorism?" you might think it would offer at least one plausible definition proposed by any party or individual involved in these discussions. But not a single definiti…

RT (2019-03-16). Congress discusses giving itself a pay raise. rt.com Living in Washington DC is expensive. For US lawmakers, that means it's time to give themselves a pay raise. But with confidence in politics at a miserable low, selling a raise to the public could be an uphill battle. |

Maryam Saleh (2019-03-16). Syrian Refugees Use Precedent Set in Rohingya Case to Try to Bring Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court. theintercept.com "The fact that individuals who are once thought to never have been able to be held accountable are being held accountable or evidence is being collected, I think that is important in and of itself."

RT (2019-03-16). #YangGang: Anti-robot 2020 candidate attracts meme-makers, supporters from left and right. rt.com Andrew Yang is a name absent from most cable networks' 2020 discussions. However, the Democratic candidate and universal-income advocate has been steadily building an army of online supporters, including some unlikely names. |

WSWS (2019-03-16). The Beto O'Rourke campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination: "Nothing will come of nothing" wsws.org On Thursday, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke became the 15th declared candidate for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. The 15th so far .

RT (2019-03-16). Beto's secret life as teenage hacker, bovine erotica poet in 'Cult of Dead Cow'. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke waxed nostalgic about his youth in a hacker collective called the Cult of the Dead Cow in a book teaser that is being released just in time to revive interest in his primary run.

RT (2019-03-16). Pompeo shames Senate by invoking Iranian bogeyman after Yemen war powers vote. rt.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the Senate for passing a resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, suggesting US military aid to the Saudis is the only thing standing in the way of a new Persian Empire.

South Front (2019-03-15). Video: Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing An "Animated Destruction" of Russia's S-400 6L6 Surveillance Radar. globalresearch.ca The Syrian conflict influences not only the balance of power in the Middle East, but also strategies and military programs of the powers involved. | There is no secret that over the past years the Russian Armed Forces have used Syria …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-15). White Supremacist Kills 49 Muslim Worshipers in New Zealand as Islamophobic Hate Crimes Rise Globally. democracynow.org In New Zealand, a white right-wing extremist killed 49 people in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant with the attack. The gunman live-streamed the attack and published a manifesto in which he praised President Donald Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." We speak with human rights activist and lawyer Qasim Rashid, who recently launched a campaign to run for a seat in the Virginia state Senate. And we speak wit…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-15). Peace activists cheer anti-war win on Senate Yemen resolution. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Peace activists nationwide, who strenuously lobbied lawmakers on the issue, cheered the U.S. Senate's 54-46 vote to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led Yemen War. Lawmakers invoked the War Powers Act in their blunt rebuke to President Donald Trump's pro-war actions. The Democratic-run House previously approved the anti-war move. But just to make sure Trump …

Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-15). Democrats and Death Squads in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Top Democrats march lockstep behind Trump's coup in Venezuela, rehabilitating war criminal Elliott Abrams.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-15). Headlines for March 15, 2019. democracynow.org 49 Dead as Far-Right Shooter Opens Fire on New Zealand Mosques, President Trump Threatens Political Opponents with Violence, Connecticut Court Allows Sandy Hook Parents to Sue Gun Maker, Students Walk Out of Schools to Protest Gun Violence, Senate Rebukes Trump's Border Emergency Declaration, House Votes 420 to 0 to Make Mueller Report Public, Schoolchildren in Over 100 Countries Strike to Demand Climate Action, Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Prize, NYC to Spend $500 Million Protecting Manhattan from Climate Change, Interior Official Hails Trump for Distracting Media from Drilling Pla…

Missy Comley Beattie (2019-03-15). On Our Knees. counterpunch.org I have been wrong at CounterPunch 26.5 times. One example: writing that Hillary Clinton would win in 2016. After the election of Donald Trump, plenty of you emailed, chastising me for the mistake. Occasionally, and for a split second only, I wish Clinton had won. More on this later. Recall another Donald now: Rumsfeld. Then More

Julia Conley (2019-03-15). Native Leaders Tell Congress How Trump Trampled 'Spiritually Occupied Landscape' to Carve Up National Monuments. globalresearch.ca House Democrats, indigenous tribal leaders, and public land protection advocates all rebuked the Trump administration's downsizing of two national monuments Wednesday, arguing that President Donald Trump and former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acted illegally by conducting what at least one …

Robert L. Borosage (2019-03-15). Democrats Must Expose Trump's Betrayal of Working People. thenation.com Democrats Must Expose Trump's Betrayal of Working People…

Miles Mogulescu (2019-03-15). Expanding Supreme Court May Be Only Way to Protect Democracy. commondreams.org Given the relative youth of the conservative Justices, the Supreme Court could undermine democracy, overturn the will of Congress and regulatory agencies to combat climate change, and infringe a woman's right to choose for generations after Trump, McConnell, and many Republican Senators are dead and gone. (Photo: Ron Cogswell/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-15). Top US General Supports Pre-Emptive Nuclear First Strike. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — With the world's largest, most destructive arsenal of nuclear weapons, the United States poses an enormous risk not just to peace, but to the survival of much of the human race. That's only a problem, of course, if the US starts using that arsenal. Which is where formal US nuclear doctrine would come in. There …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-15). A Foreign Policy Platform for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. therealnews.com What would a progressive foreign policy platform look like? Democrats, unlike Republicans, have no coherent perspective on foreign policy. Summary of an event convoked by Rep. Ro Khanna to "Chart a Progressive Foreign Policy for the Trump Era and Beyond"

WSWS (2019-03-15). US Senate votes to overturn Trump emergency decree. wsws.org The resolution has no immediate practical effect, because Trump will veto it and there is little prospect of an override by Congress, which requires a two-thirds vote.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-15). Lots of F's for These D's: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Democrats Aiding Trump's Right-Wing Court Takeover. commondreams.org "A disappointing number of Democrats have buried their heads in the sand and helped Trump and Mitch McConnell to pack the courts with judges representing the far-right fringe of the country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-15). New Zealand Attack Comes as Islamophobic Violence Rises Globally. truthout.org In New Zealand, a white right-wing extremist killed 49 people in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant with the attack. The gunman live-streamed the attack and published a manifesto in which he praised President Donald Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." We speak with human rights activist and lawyer Qasim Rashid, who recently launched a campaign to run for a seat in the Virginia state Senate. And we speak…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-15). Historic Yemen Vote: Despite Possible Veto, 'Great Leverage for Peace Talks'. therealnews.com The Senate's vote, invoking the War Powers Act and withdrawing U.S. support for the war in Yemen, could still be vetoed by Trump, but it can provide a way forward for ending this horrific war, say Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyab…

RT (2019-03-15). Strzok testimony shows Obama's DOJ agreed to restrict probe into Clinton emails to secure access. rt.com The DOJ agreed not to look into certain emails on the private servers of Hillary Clinton during its investigation in order to facilitate FBI access to them, released closed-door testimony of former FBI agent Peter Strzok shows.

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 →

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Jake Johnson (2019-03-14). Senate Votes to Terminate Trump's Border National Emergency. theantimedia.com (CD) — Rights groups celebrated a "historic rebuke" of an unconstitutional power grab Thursday after the Senate voted to terminate President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration by an overwhelming bipartisan margin. "Today's vote is a major blow to President Donald Trump's autocratic ambitions," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "The American people don't want a racist …

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