2019-03-18: News Headlines

unitedEditor (2019-03-18). Venezuela: The Next Syria? uwidata.com Doomsday In Venezuela We're being led to believe it's all doom and gloom in Venezuela. The mainstream media is rapid-firing reports of a deepening humanitarian crisis. An evil dictator, Nicolas Maduro, is holding his country hostage from democracy, they say, while his people starve. Venezuelans are reportedly fleeing by the thousands while the government …

Ilhan Omar (2019-03-18). We Must Apply Our Universal Values to All Nations. Only Then Will We Achieve Peace. commondreams.org Palestinians carry a wounded protester east of Gaza City on 5 October 2018. (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-18). Being Better Than Republicans Is Not Good Enough. truthdig.com Most Democratic candidates can easily clear the low bar the GOP has set. But quests for social justice can only be achieved by grassroots power.

Victor Grossman (2019-03-18). Women marchers and absentees. mronline.org Berlin, alone among Germany's 16 states, has declared International Women's Day a paid holiday, compensating for the fact that the city-state has fewer religious holidays than all the others. A third of the city was once part of the (East) German Democratic Republic, which always marked the day; that may also have contributed to the […] | Source

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-18). Upping the Stakes in Yemen. Endless US-led War. globalresearch.ca US forever war in Yemen rages, the Saudis, UAE, NATO, and Israel part of its so-called coalition — against peace in the country and elsewhere. | Over 17 years of war began by the Bush/Cheney regime. There's virtually no prospect for …

James Bovard (2019-03-18). John McCain's Disastrous Militaristic Legacy. globalresearch.ca When Sen. John McCain passed away in August, he was lauded far and wide for his long career of public service. Rep. John Lewis, the famous civil-rights activist, hailed McCain as a "warrior for peace." In reality, McCain embodied …

S. Brian Willson (2019-03-18). Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson and Voices from the Peace Movement. globalresearch.ca Vietnam veteran S. Brian Willson paid the price for peace as he was run over and nearly killed by a military train during a non-violent protest at The Concord Naval Weapons Station in California on September 1st, 1987. The train …

Kevin Zeese (2019-03-18). Venezuela: US Imperialism Is Based on Lies and Threats. globalresearch.ca We are completing what became more than a week-long peace delegation to Venezuela organized by the US Peace Council and the Committee for International Solidarity in Venezuela (COSI). The trip was complicated by American Airlines cancelling all flights in and …

WSWS (2019-03-18). The Widow: Kate Beckinsale's journey into African danger. wsws.org Amazon Video and British ITV's new eight-episode series is a political thriller set primarily in the war-torn and impoverished Democratic Republic of Congo.

plenglish (2019-03-18). 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.

Middle East Eye (2019-03-18). US Military Now Planning to Keep 1,000 Troops on the Ground in Syria. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The US military is now making plans to keep almost 1,000 troops in Syria, officials said, a shift that comes three months after President Donald Trump ordered a complete withdrawal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unidentified US officials. Talks with Turkey, European allies and US-backed Kurdish fighters have so far failed to …

plenglish (2019-03-18). Russia Decries US Obstacles to Humanitarian Aid in Syria. plenglish.com Moscow, Mar 17 ( Prensa Latina ) Russia has condemned on Sunday obstacles imposed by the United States to bring humanitarian aid to nearly 40,000 people in the refugee camp of El Rukban, in southeastern Syria, in an illegally occupied area.

WSWS (2019-03-18). The guilty silence over the jailing of Chelsea Manning. wsws.org The jailing of Chelsea Manning has been met with silence in the establishment media, the "liberal" press, the "progressive" wing of the Democratic Party, and the middle-class pseudo-left.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-18). Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to 38 Years and 148 Lashes. therealnews.com Nasrin Sotoudeh defended political prisoners and worked to abolish Iran's death penalty. Human rights groups are worried her sentence could signal increased repression of peace activism in Iran under a judiciary with a history of human rights violations…

Steve Early (2019-03-18). Time for Change at NewsGuild? zcomm.org The 21,000-member NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), is a rarity in organized labor. It's one of the few national unions that lets all members vote for its top officers, instead of choosing them at a convention limited to local union delegates. Unfortunately, this democratic union, which has recently experienced major growth, Read more…

plenglish (2019-03-18). National Mobilization in Colombia in Defense of Peace. plenglish.com 18 de marzo de 2019, 09: 12Bogota, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Sectors defending the Colombian Peace Agreement are mobilized on Monday in the country"s main cities in disagreement with the presidential objection to the statute law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

plenglish (2019-03-18). 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.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-18). The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi's Unconditional Support for Israel. therealnews.com Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel "even if the Capitol crumbles", as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Hiam Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

plenglish (2019-03-18). 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.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-17). It Started in Daraa on March 17, 2011: 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.

teleSUR (2019-03-17). Brussels III: UN and EU Conference Gather Aid For Syrian People. telesurenglish.net 57 countries and more than 20 international organizations and UN agencies came together to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria in an international conference. | RELATED: | Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet to Discuss Syria's Future | From March 12-13, the 'days of dialogue' brought together more than 1,000 participants: civil society representatives from Syria and the region, ministers and decision-makers from countries neighboring Syria, donor countries, regional organizations…

teleSUR (2019-03-17). Trump Jr. Backs Clinton Amidst Accusation of AntiMuslim Rhetoric. telesurenglish.net As the Trump family never cease to amaze, this time Donald Trump Jr. took on Twitter Saturday to defend Chelsea Clinton, who was accused of pilling on anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of the New Zealand mosque attack. | RELATED: | Democrats Put Off Anti-Semitism Resolution After Outpouring of Support for Ilhan Omar | "It's sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism," Trump Jr. tweeted, addi…

Global Research News (2019-03-17). Selected Articles: President Trump and the Democratic Congress. 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 …

Naomi LaChance (2019-03-17). Lawmaker Who Compared Green New Deal to Genocide Rakes in Oil Money. truthdig.com The lawmaker who compared the Green New Deal to genocide last week has taken major campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies. Rob Bishop, a Republican congressman from Utah, expressed his opposition rather cryptically after a news conference in which Republican lawmakers called for hearings on New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's plan to address climate change. | "For many people who live in the West, but also in rural and urban areas, the ideas behind the Green New Deal are tantamount to genocide," Bishop said. When a reporter asked hi…

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2019-03-17). VIPS: Mueller's Forensics-Free Findings. globalresearch.ca 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. | *** | . | MEMORANDUM FOR: The Attorney General | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals …

teleSUR (2019-03-17). 240 'Yellow Vest' Protesters Arrested in 18th March. telesurenglish.net Reinvigorated yellow vest protests took place in Paris, France during which authorities arrested some 240 of the estimated 10,000 demonstrators at Saturday's gathering. | RELATED | French Senate Approves Anti-Riot Bill as Protests Continue | Though the number of protesters at Saturday's 18th so-called yellow vest demonstrations was well below the movement's December numbers of around 300,000 people, this weekend's marches were marked by frustrated Parisians breaking storefront wind…

teleSUR (2019-03-17). Yemen: Houthis Warn They Could Target Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. telesurenglish.net Yemen's Houthi forces warned Saturday they could launch attacks against the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are leading a military coalition against them. | RELATED: | Senate Rebukes Trump on Saudi Arabia Coalition in Yemen | "We have aerial photographs and coordinates of dozens of headquarters, facilities and military bases of the enemy," Houthi militia spokesman Yahya Saree said in comments carried by the militia's Al-Masirah channel. | "We have ma…

Matt Fuller (2019-03-17). The New Zealand Shooter's Rhetoric Sounds Like Something You Might Hear In Congress. commondreams.org Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Murtaza Hussain (2019-03-17). Guantánamo Bay "Forever" Prisoner Speaks Out — to Praise Congress, Lindsey Graham, and Thomas Friedman. theintercept.com Considered for years an unrepentant militant, Ghassan al-Sharbi is locked up at Guantánamo Bay. He has never spoken to the media — until now.

RT (2019-03-17). Twitter erupts after Fox News host Jeanine Pirro kicked off the air after attacking Ilhan Omar. rt.com Social media users have responded with joy, anger, and mandatory memes after Fox News host Jeanine Pirro was booted from the airwaves on Saturday, one week after she hinted Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's Muslim faith was un-American.

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.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-17). Establishment Democrats Are Undermining Medicare for All. truthout.org The Democratic establishment — deep in the pockets of the health industry — wanted to make sure any blue wave election in 2018 would help sink, rather than support, the growing movement for a single-payer health care system. The recent decline in co-sponsors of the House Medicare for All legislation is, in part, a byproduct of this strategy and a reminder of the great obstacles corporate Democrats have put in front of the single-payer move…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-17). Trump and GOP Steeped in Corruption, as Corp. Dems Push Cold War Fever. therealnews.com Our weekly roundup panel looks at the fracture lines in the Republican Party and the corporate Democrats continue their frenzy about Russia — with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

RT (2019-03-17). Illinois votes to teach 'LGBT history' to schoolchildren, Republicans furious. rt.com The Illinois House of representatives has voted to require the teaching of 'LGBT history' to elementary school students in the state. Republican opponents have called the measure "indoctrination." |

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-17). Facing Wrongful Detention and Threats, Afro-Colombian Women Call for Justice. truthout.org "Sara y Tulia Libres!" ("Free Sara and Tulia!") declared a colorful butcher-paper sign. It was taped to the floor next to a ceremonial centerpiece composed of flowers, leaves, seeds and other natural elements surrounded by candles that burned throughout the day. | It was late February, and around 30 Afro-Colombian human rights defenders from around the country had gathered in the western Colombian city of Cali for a conference. They were taking stock of their efforts toward meaningful peace and security, and toward racial and gender justice in a country still experiencing violence despite being in a post-peace…

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…

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…

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.

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. |

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). 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. |

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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…

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"

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 …

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.