2019-03-19: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-19). No Troop Withdrawal: The US is Planning the "Permanent Occupation" of Syria? globalresearch.ca Trump lied about winning against ISIS, the scourge the US created and supports, along with al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other jihadist groups. | Last December, he lied saying | "(o)ur boys, our young women, our men — they're all coming back …

Viktor Mikhin (2019-03-19). Stealing Syria's Gold: US Is Behaving as True Looters Do. globalresearch.ca According to the agency South Front, the United States has transported approximately 50 tons of gold from the regions occupied by ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The Kurdish news source reports that the gold was stolen from Syria, and …

Eds. (2019-03-19). Lawyer brings pieces of history back to Vietnam. mronline.org American lawyer Nancy Hollander recently handed 450 documents, photographs and other memorabilia concerning the first meeting between the Vietnamese Women's Union and the U.S. Women Strike for Peace Organisation in Jakarta in 1965, to the Vietnamese Women's Museum. | Source

William Astore (2019-03-19). The Death of Peace: How the US Empire Starts Wars, But Refuses to End Them. commondreams.org Armed forces carry a transfer case covered with an American flag during a dignified transfer for fallen service member Sergeant Leandro A.S. Jasso on November 27, 2018 in Dover, Delaware. Sgt. Jasso of Leavenworth, Washington was killed in Afghanistan while engaging enemy forces. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robin Philpot (2019-03-19). Truth, Freedom and Peace Will Prevail in Rwanda. counterpunch.org 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 a great patriot and fighter for freedom, peace and democracy, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. But I would also like to congratulate the Network for its extraordinary work. Like Victoire, you and your More

teleSUR (2019-03-19). Video: Elliott Abrams Fumbles on How Juan Guaido is 'President'. telesurenglish.net Elliot Abrams went on record to say the Venezuelan National Assembly passed a resolution that essentially goes against the country's constitution. He says they voted for the 30-day term of the self-declared interim president, opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, to start once President Nicolas Maduro steps down. | RELATED | Russia, Iran: Dedicated to 'Internal Peace' in Venezuela | In a press conference that had reporters scratching their heads, Abrams, who is now United States special envoy…

Jeffrey Sommers — Christopher Fons (2019-03-19). Scott Walker's Failure, Progressive Wisconsin's Win: Milwaukee's 2020 Democratic Party Convention. counterpunch.org Still smarting from their Wisconsin gubernatorial loss, Scott Walker's chief publicist/polemicist, Christian Schneider, advanced an Op-Ed last week in the Washington Post in response to the Democratic Party's Milwaukee placement of their 2020 convention. The Op-Ed reads like an attempt to position Walker for a political comeback. Milwaukee's convention threatens Walker's political future, because despite More

Consortiumnews (2019-03-19). PATRICK LAWRENCE: Why the Dust Won't Settle After Mueller's Report. consortiumnews.com It won't be "full and thorough" and Democrats will continue to look for political payoff from Russia-gate, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Last week gave us mounting indications that Robert Mueller has finished his two-year… Read more →

Steve Early (2019-03-19). Time for Change at NewsGuild? counterpunch.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, More

Jason Ditz (2019-03-19). Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are "factually incorrect." Dunford presented the current planned "residual force" as 200, saying that this hadn't changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February …

plenglish (2019-03-19). 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 (2019-03-19). Syrian President Highlights Cooperation with Iraq and Iran. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) "The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it," Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.

plenglish (2019-03-19). Syria and China Sign 17-Million-Dollar Economic Agreement. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Syria and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation by virtue of which the Chinese Government will donate 100 million yuans (nearly 17 million dollars). The deal was penned by Imad Sabouni, head of the Syrian Agency for Planning and International Cooperation, and Phyong Biao, the ambassador of the People"s Republic of China.

RT (2019-03-19). Republican Devin Nunes sues Twitter for censoring conservatives, alleges harassment campaign. rt.com Republican congressman Devin Nunes announced he will file a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter for its alleged "explicit censorship" of conservatives. Nunes' complaint is one of many against the social media giant. |

plenglish (2019-03-19). 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.

plenglish (2019-03-19). 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).

Jonah Raskin (2019-03-19). Guy Standing on Anxiety, Anger and Alienation: an Interview About "The Pecariat" counterpunch.org "The primary antagonist of the traditional proletarian was the boss. The primary antagonistic of the precariat is the state. A precariat revolt (hopefully peaceful) will lead to a new distinctive distribution system," — Guy Standing, March 2019 In the U. S., Guy Standing, 71-years-old, and a professor at the University of London, has never received More

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 …

teleSUR (2019-03-18). Nicaragua's Govt Demands Commitment From Opposition. telesurenglish.net On Monday, the Nicaraguan government demanded that the opposition take the negotiating table seriously and responsibly, following the recent violent protest that had not been authorized. | In a statement, the delegation of the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity called on the opposition counterpart to show "a sincere commitment to talk and reach positive agreements for Nicaragua." | RELATED: | Nicaraguan Government and Opposition Resume Peace Talks | He also rejected the "i…

teleSUR (2019-03-18). Colombia: Indigenous and Campesino Protesters Call for Human Rights. telesurenglish.net The Indigenous and Campesino communities of Cauca in southwestern Colombia, have called on the country's authorities and human rights organizations to be alert for violence from the Mobile Anti-riot Squad (Esmad) of the National Police. | RELATED | Colombia: Indigenous Protest Enters 6th Day in Cauca | In a statement, the organizations participating in the minga (work group) for the Defense of Life, Territory, Democracy, Justice and Peace made a list of events that suggest a "possible int…

Philip A Farruggio (2019-03-18). Three Days of Infamy. globalresearch.ca On Monday December 8th 1941 FDR stood before Congress and said "December 7th, 1941, a date that will live in infamy…" and the people of our nation rallied to the cause for justice. | After 9/11 Junior Bush also rallied our …

Robert Weissman (2019-03-18). Will McConnell Buck the Voters on Pro-Democracy Efforts? commondreams.org Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continues to refuse to bring the For the People Act and its pro-democracy, anti-corruption provisions to the floor of the Senate for a vote. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-03-18). Neither Debs Nor Brandeis, Or Why It Is a Mistake Now to Exaggerate Differences on the Left. commondreams.org Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (C), Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (L), Vice Chair of the Conference Elizabeth Warren (2-L) and Chair of Outreach Bernie Sanders (R) talk following a press conference. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Rex) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-18). 'Political Reptilian Brains': Cuomo Blasts Democrats and the Left. commondreams.org In a far-ranging interview Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized fellow Democrats and what he called an anti-business mentality in his state that he believes was part of a political miscalculation which cost the state an Amazon facility in New York City. It's the reptilian response: Amazon's coming, 'ooooh, they're a big corporation, we're against corporations, let's go out' grab a sign.' | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-18). Irish Catholic organization lashes out at GOP over 'anti-Irish' tweet directed at Beto O'Rourke. rt.com The Ancient Order of Hibernians has slammed the Republican Party after its official Twitter account used the occasion of St. Patrick's Day to bring up 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's past drinking record.

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 Haim Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-18). 'One of the World's Most Respected Intelligence Agencies': Bolsonaro's Bring-Your-Son-to-the-CIA Day. commondreams.org Nearly 55 years after the CIA backed a coup d'√©tat that overthrew Brazil's democratically-elected government, the nation's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro raised eyebrows on Monday with an unusual and unannounced trip to the U.S. spy agency's headquarters in Virginia. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-18). What Laws Work Best to Cut Plastic Pollution? truthout.org Every minute an estimated 2 million single-use plastic bags are handed out at checkout counters across the world. They contribute to the 300 million tons of plastic waste generated each year, much of which ends up in the environment where it threatens wildlife, endangers public health and costs billions to clean up. | How do you solve a problem this big? | According to legal analysts who advised Congress at a briefing in January, the United States could reduce its contribution to the global plastic pollution crisis by implementing sweeping federal policies that restrict plastic use and hold manufacturers accou…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-18). 'Illuminating Exchange on Health Care' Reveals Beto Doesn't Think Insurance Industry Motivated by Greed. commondreams.org Beto O'Rourke is attracting criticism from Medicare for All proponents after the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said he doesn't believe the existence of the for-profit insurance industry is a "function of greed" during a campaign stop in Iowa over the weekend. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-18). 38 Years Prison and 148 Lashes for Iranian Human Rights Defender. 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…

RT (2019-03-18). Gabbard says calling Trump a Putin puppet is dangerous & stupid, Twitter calls her a Putin puppet. rt.com Democratic candidate for president and establishment-punching bag Tulsi Gabbard is taking heat on Twitter for daring to suggest that the Russiagate scandal could be pushing the US and Russia toward a dangerous new Cold War. |

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…

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.

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). 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.

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). 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." |

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…

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). #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. |

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.

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…

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…

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"

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…