2019-03-20: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-03-20). American Empire Killed the Prospect of Peace. truthdig.com "Veni, Vidi, Vici," boasted Julius Caesar, one of history's great military captains. "I came, I saw, I conquered." | Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya in 2011 — with a small alteration. "We came, we saw, he died," she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country's autocratic leader. Note what she left out, though: the "vici" or victory part. And how right she was to do so, since Washington's invasi…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-03-20). "Say It Ain't So, Joe:" the Latest Neoliberal from the War and Wall Street Party. counterpunch.org Like an annoying rash that could become dangerous, the Wall Street and war wing of the Democratic Party is back for yet another reprise in its run in the 2020 presidential primary and election. Think these representatives of wealth and war and power went away with the mid-evening swing toward doom of the New York Times polls on election night More

Consortiumnews (2019-03-20). 60 Years Ago, Racists in Congress Nearly Cost Hawaii Statehood. consortiumnews.com Racism in the U.S. Congress nearly derailed Hawaii becoming the 50th state, as Sarah Miller Davenport reports. By Sarah Miller Davenport University of Sheffield The Conversation Sixty years ago, Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation making Hawaii America's 50th state…. Read more →

Elie Mystal (2019-03-20). The Time Has Come for Democrats to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh. thenation.com The Time Has Come for Democrats to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh…

Pepe Escobar (2019-03-20). EU Dilemma: How to Deal with China. globalresearch.ca Facing China's irresistible rise all across the chessboard, and under relentless US pressure, the not exactly democratic EU leadership is on a backbreaking exercise to position itself between a geopolitical/geoeconomic rock and a hard place. | The 28-member EU holds a …

WSWS (2019-03-20). One hundred years since the formation of the Communist International. wsws.org One hundred years ago this month, from March 2 to March 6, the founding congress of the Third, Communist International took place in Moscow.

plenglish (2019-03-20). 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.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-20). With Help of Democrats, Regulators Move to Gut 'Last Line of Defense' Against Wall Street Gambling. commondreams.org "We can expect Too Big to Fail banks to get riskier and have less of a cushion to guard taxpayers from bailouts," said Rep. Katie Porter | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-03-20). 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 (2019-03-20). 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 (2019-03-20). 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.

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 …

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 …

STAFF (2019-03-19). Bernie Sanders Makes the Case for His Electability. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders spent much of 2016 talking of revolution. In 2019, he's turned to a subject that's a bit more pragmatic: electability. | As he revs up his second presidential campaign, the Vermont senator and his supporters are putting his case for winning the general election at the center of the argument. The emphasis is meant to aggressively confront the perception that Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, is too liberal to win over the coalition needed to win the White House. That question dogged Sanders' campaign for the Democratic n…

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

teleSUR (2019-03-19). Trump Admin Economy Report Urges 'Protecting' US From Socialism. telesurenglish.net The United States administration chastised socialism and the Democrats' Medicare for All proposal, praising the benefits of capitalism rapturously, as well as its own tax cuts in the annual "Economic Report of the President." | RELATED: | US Officials Intervene in South Africa's Land Reform Debate | With the 2020 presidential race on the horizon, U.S. Pr…

STAFF (2019-03-19). Coal Tax Cut Endangers Funds for Black Lung Treatment. truthdig.com COEBURN, Va.—Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. | Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a tax on coal that helps pay for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund was cut sharply Jan. 1 and never restored, potentially saving coal operators hundreds of millions of dollars a year. | With cash trickling into the fund at less than half its usual rate, budget officials estimate that by the middle of 2020 ther…

teleSUR (2019-03-19). Biggest Migration Flow in US Had Huge Economic Benefits: Study. telesurenglish.net From 1860 to 1920, the United States experienced what is known as the Age of Mass Migration. Almost a century later, a new peer-review study published by Oxford University Press notes that U.S. counties who received more historical migration nowadays enjoy better economies. | RELATED: | Trump Will Ask Congress for Extra $8.6 Billion for Border Wall | "

Thom Hartmann (2019-03-19). What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About 'Freedom'. commondreams.org Right-wing Tea Party protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2011 urging for government spending cut. (Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

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 →

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

teleSUR (2019-03-19). Rohingya Women Request ICC Probe Into Genocide. telesurenglish.net Female Rohingya refugees have created a support group called Shanti Mohila (peace women) in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. | RELATED: | The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched And Blamed | None of these women knew each other before fleeing Myanmar more than a year ago but grief and trauma brought them together leading them to meet frequently in refugee camps. | "Our fathers and brothers shot, our sisters and mothers raped. Little children were cut into pieces and…

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…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-19). Iraq War Anniversary Reminds Us That Regime Change Has a Disastrous Track Record. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 19, 2019 — On the eve of the 16-year anniversary of the Iraq War, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 remains one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Thousands of …

Zubeida Mustafa (2019-03-19). The Taliban Is Ascendant as Afghanistan Hangs in the Balance. truthdig.com The tables have turned. The Taliban, the militants who sheltered the 9/11 attackers and earned the wrath of America, are now meeting their arch-nemesis in Doha, Qatar. Conducting the talks is Zalmay Khalilzad, a senior diplomat of Afghan descent who is currently serving as the U.S. State Department's Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. | Since August 2018, the two parties have met five times. Last Tuesday, Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted: "Just finished a marathon round of talks with the Taliban in Doha. The conditions for peace have improved. It's clear all sides want to end the war. Despite ups…

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

Jonah Raskin (2019-03-19). Guy Standing on Anxiety, Anger and Alienation: an Interview About "The Precariat" 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

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. |

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-19). The US's Senior Generals Find No Exits From Endless War. truthout.org "Veni, Vidi, Vici," boasted Julius Caesar, one of history's great military captains. "I came, I saw, I conquered." | Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya in 2011 — with a small alteration. "We came, we saw, he died," she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country's autocratic leader. Note what she left out, though: the "vici" or victory part. And how right she was to do so, since Washington's inv…

Robert Mackey (2019-03-19). Cory Booker Gets Real, Hits "Senators" for Bragging About Pot Use While Drug Charges Still Dog Regular People. theintercept.com Sen. Cory Booker criticized the lighthearted way that two of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination joked about their past use of marijuana.

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 …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-19). 'McConnell Is Afraid of Democracy': Progressives Push Senate Majority Leader to Stop Blocking Vote on HR1. commondreams.org "McConnell and the power elite are right to be frightened. H.R. 1 would upset the normal way of doing business in Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-19). 'A Poll Tax By Any Other Name': Florida GOP Undermines Newly-Restored Voting Rights For 1.4 Million People. commondreams.org Four months after celebrating Florida voters' approval of Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to residents with felony convictions, civil rights advocates on Tuesday slammed state Republicans for passing a bill that would severely undermine the new law. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

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 …

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.

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. |

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…

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…

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 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). 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.

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…

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. |

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."

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.