2019-03-21: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-03-21). Citizenship in the Age of Trump. truthout.org It turns out that walls can't always be seen. Donald Trump may never build his " great, great wall," but that doesn't mean he isn't working to wall Americans in. It's a story that needs to be told. | This past month, for instance, claims of ISIS's near total defeat in Syria have continued to mount. As a result, numerous foreigners who had traveled there to fight for, or support,…

South Front (2019-03-21). Video: The Expanding Global Footprint of US Special Operations. globalresearch.ca Introduction | With the possible U.S. military withdrawal from Syria in the news on a daily basis, the mainstream media has been quick to parrot the DOD's claim that 2,000 troops, mostly special operations forces, are to be withdrawn from the …

Global Research News (2019-03-21). Selected Articles: US Broke its Teeth in Venezuela? 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 …

Eric Draitser (2019-03-21). On Ilhan Omar, Assad Fetishism, and the Danger of Red-Brown "Anti-Imperialism" counterpunch.org Perhaps no elected official has ever been subjected to the level of vitriol, threats, and attacks that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the first Black Muslim woman ever elected to Congress and one of only two Muslim women there, has. And while we cannot be surprised that Omar was mercilessly attacked by the Israel Lobby and its various appendages and mouthpieces for speaking plainly about Israel's policies and its influence in US politics, the degree of viciousness was appalling. More

Renee Parsons (2019-03-21). The Supreme Court and Dual Citizenship. counterpunch.org As AIPAC preps for its annual policy conference entitled "Connected for Good" with an expected attendance of 20,000 committed Zionists, its most zealous Zionist Congressional supporters will also likely be in attendance; that is, those who have signed the loyalty oath as well as those who retain dual citizenship to Israel and are thereby entitled More

Reed Richardson (2019-03-21). Fox News' Self-Fulfilling Propaganda on Ocasio-Cortez – How right-wing cable spent months demonizing the freshman lawmaker—then falsely inflated her unpopularity. fair.org by Reed Richardson For Fox News ( 3/17/19), 41 percent equals "most." | Over the weekend, Fox News published a story ( 3/17/19) on a recent Gallup poll that asked the public about their opinions on Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The headline claimed that her unfavorable rating had "skyrocketed"—rising 15 points since last…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-21). Kushner, Inc.: Vicky Ward on How Jared and Ivanka's Greed & Ambition Compromise U.S. Foreign Policy. democracynow.org House Democrats are continuing to probe how President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner received a top-secret security clearance despite concerns from the CIA. The New York Times recently reported Trump ordered then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance despite the judgment of intelligence officials. Kushner failed to report over 100 foreign contacts on his initial application for clearance, which was denied by the FBI after a background check into his financial history and contacts with foreign investors. Kushner later revised his application three times, and was ultimately granted…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-21). Beto O'Rourke Owes His Career to the GOP. truthdig.com To understand Beto O'Rourke as a candidate, it's vital to go beneath the surface of his political backstory. News watchers are already well aware of the former Texas congressman's good looks, charisma, youthful energy and fundraising prowess. But most remain unaware of an inconvenient truth that could undermine the O'Rourke campaign among the people who matter most — the ones who'll be voting to choose the Democratic presidential nominee next year. | O'Rourke is hardly eager for those upcoming voters to realize that the growth of his political career is rooted in an alliance with powerful Republicans that b…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-21). Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for 2020. commondreams.org Beto O'Rourke, Democrat from Texas, speaking at a campaign rally at Auditorium Shores on September 29, 2018 in Austin, Texas when he was running against reviled Republican incumbent Ted Cruz for his senate seat. (Photo: Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nick Licata (2019-03-21). All Southern States are Not the Same: Mississippi's Challenge. counterpunch.org Virginia over the past several years has become more purple while Mississippi has remained deep red. Democrats won more legislative and congressional seats in Virginia. As I pointed out in my last piece, that trend was kicked off by a successful constitutional based lawsuit against the racially based gerrymandering that the Virginia legislature had created. Court cases More

teleSUR (2019-03-21). Haitian Ministry Announces New Interim Prime Minister. telesurenglish.net The Ministry of Communication of the Republic of Haiti tweeted today that Jean Michel Lapin was appointed an interim president until the formation of a new government. No date for when he assumes the role has been communicated. | RELATED: | Haiti: Lower House Votes to Remove Prime Minister | On Monday, 93 deputies out of 103 voted in favor of removing Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant. He has not yet left office, saying he was waiting for the final decision of the Senate. | Haiti has been go…

STAFF (2019-03-21). Jared and Ivanka's Greed and Ambition Compromise US Foreign Policy. truthout.org House Democrats are continuing to probe how President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner received a top-secret security clearance despite concerns from the CIA. The New York Times recently reported Trump ordered then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance despite the judgment of intelligence officials. Kushner failed to report over 100 foreign contacts on his initial application for clearance, which was denied by the FBI after a background check into his financial history and contacts with foreign investors. Kushner later revised his application three times, and was ultimately grant…

UN Global Communications, Digital Solutions Unit (2019-03-21). 'Massive and protracted' humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be 'beaten back' if donors step up. un.org "Urgent and sustained funding" for a Government-led response to what is now a "massive and protracted" humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN relief chief on Thursday.

Reed Richardson (2019-03-21). Fox News' Self-Fulfilling Propaganda on Ocasio-Cortez. commondreams.org Ever since her shocking primary upset of Democratic Party fixture Rep. Joe Crowley last fall in New York's 14th District, Ocasio-Cortez has drawn the white-hot spotlight of the press. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nick Pemberton (2019-03-21). Is Kamala Harris the Centrist We Need? counterpunch.org In 2016 Bruce Dixon recounted that the Democrats have employed a sheepdog in all the recent past elections: "1984 and 88 the sheepdog candidate was Jesse Jackson. In 92 it was California governor Jerry Brown. In 2000 and 2004 the designated sheepdog was Al Sharpton, and in 2008 it was Dennis Kucinich. This year it's Vermont senator Bernie Sanders." The purpose of the sheepdog is to shepherd radical and progressive voters back into the Democratic Party. More

Jake Johnson (2019-03-21). MoveOn Calls for Democratic Presidential Candidates to Boycott AIPAC Conference. theantimedia.com (CD) — MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group with millions of members, is calling on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott AIPAC's annual conference. "It's no secret that that AIPAC has worked to hinder diplomatic efforts like the Iran deal, is undermining Palestinian self-determination, and inviting figures actively involved in human rights violations to its stage," Iram Ali, campaign …

stuart_m (2019-03-21). British singer Joss Stone performs a concert in Rojava. greenleft.org.au Famous British singer Joss Stone has performed a concert in the Kurdish-controlled part of Syria after sneaking across the border, ANF News reported on March 4. | The British star, whose second album Mind Body and Soul reached number one in the British charts in 2004, posted on her Instagram feed that she was "glad nothing bad happened" as she crossed over. Reports suggest that she performed to people in the city of Derik. | The Mail on Sunday has reported that she was accompanied by Paul Conroy, the war photog…

RT (2019-03-21). 'No, you can't say 'Cortez": AOC lashes out at Fox show over surname snafu. rt.com Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted an irate stream in response to a Fox show guest who mocked how she pronounces her name and for the media outlet apparently repeatedly getting her surname wrong.

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2019-03-21). Art & Poetry: Peace and War. indybay.org Eastside Arts Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606-5003, United States…

RT (2019-03-21). Third rail no more? MoveOn asks 2020 Dems to boycott AIPAC. rt.com Influential progressive activist group MoveOn.org has a favor to ask 2020's army of Democratic presidential candidates: steer clear of the AIPAC conference. Do not pass Go; do not collect hefty campaign checks.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-21). Ocasio-Cortez: Maybe Wall Street Bankers 'Not the Best Authority' on Wellbeing of People and Planet. commondreams.org "So maybe they aren't the best authority on prioritizing economic wellbeing of everyday people and the planet," tweeted the New York congresswoman | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-03-21). Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians strike in its second week. wsws.org As the strike by CSO musicians in opposition to concessions entered week two, the Democratic Party and the trade unions feigned support for the strike.

plenglish (2019-03-21). Progress in National Dialogue in Nicaragua after Overcoming Impasse. plenglish.com Managua, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) The national dialogue for understanding and peace in Nicaragua has come to a new phase on Thursday, after overcoming the second impasse in the process by establishing a negotiation agenda agreed upon by all stockholders.

Gershon Baskin (2019-03-21). Israel 2019 and the absence of peace. zcomm.org Developing cooperation, working together, confronting extremists from within — taking controversial positions — these are all elements that have to be met with directly by responsible governments and statesmen and women…

pip.hinman (2019-03-21). Algeria at a turning point: the people rise up. greenleft.org.au Since February 22, Algeria has been rocked by huge and overwhelmingly peaceful protests against the regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. | The epicentre of this movement has been the city of Algiers. There have been large protests every Friday, to which the police have had to take a conciliatory attitude because of their sheer size, despite street protests being illegal. | The Arab Spring of 2011—12 spread to Algeria, producing the largest protest movement for many years. However, through a combination of repression and concessions, such as reducing prices on foodstuffs, the Bouteflika government has b…

RT (2019-03-21). 'Bizarre new low': Republicans outraged after Trump claims he approved McCain's funeral. rt.com Donald Trump is facing fresh criticism, including from people within his own party, for complaining that he didn't get a thank you for giving late Senator John McCain "the funeral he wanted."

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

PACBI (2019-03-20). Palestinians Salute Pitzer College for Overwhelming Vote in Support of Palestinian Rights, Condemn Anti-democratic Veto by University President. bdsmovement.net Palestinians Salute Pitzer College for Overwhelming Vote in Support of Palestinian Rights, Condemn Anti-democratic Veto by University President: UpdatePitzer College faculty, students and staff voted overwhelmingly to suspend a study abroad program with Haifa University over Israel's discriminatory policies against Palestinians. In an anti-democratic move, Pitzer's president ve…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-20). Uniting Fatah, Not Palestine: The Dubious Role of Palestine's New Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh. mintpressnews.com Shtayyeh's mission will ultimately fail, for his mandate is to reunite Fatah behind Abbas, not the Palestinian people behind a truly democratic and representative leadership aimed at ridding Palestine from its Israeli occupiers.

Megan Sherman (2019-03-20). Why Russiagate Needs a "Constructivist Analysis" globalresearch.ca Right now, President Trump and colleagues are under fire for speculated "collusion" with the Russian state to undermine the democratic procedures of the 2016 presidential election, one of America's most shocking elections, the one most insiders thought Hillary Clinton would …

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-20). Social Democratic Nations Rank Happiest on Global Index (Again). US Ranking Falls (Again). commondreams.org Out-sized corporate power and wealth inequality were named as reasons for Americans' chronic unhappiness in the UN's annual report | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-20). Sen. Schumer seeks to rename Senate office building after 'American hero' McCain. rt.com In a tribute to the late US senator — and ardent warhawk — John McCain, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has suggested renaming one of the Senate buildings after him, in a move which may be surprisingly fitting.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Colombia's Attorney General Questions Objections to Peace Justice. plenglish.com Bogota, March 20 (Prensa Latina) Colombia's Attorney General's Office asked the Constitutional Court on Wednesday to declare the country's presidency's objections to the statutory law of the Special Justice of Peace (JEP) inadmissible.

RT (2019-03-20). FBI joins criminal probe as US Senate panel set to grill FAA & Boeing over 737 MAX certification. rt.com The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined a multi-agency criminal probe into the certification of the Boeing 737 Max 8, following reports that regulators had delegated much of the troubled plane's testing to Boeing itself.

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

STAFF (2019-03-19). Kamala Harris' Record as Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor Far From Progressive — Documentary Report. therealnews.com Democrat and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris says she supports a Sanders-style progressive agenda, but given her record as AG of California, can she be trusted to enact it if elected?

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 …

UN Global Communications, Digital Solutions Unit (2019-03-19). Safe drinking water, sanitation, are 'basic human rights': new UN Water Development report. un.org Safe water and access to proper sanitation are essential to eradicate poverty, build peaceful societies and ensure that no one is left behind on the path towards sustainable development, according to the 2019 UN World Water Development Report, launched on Tuesday in Geneva.

UN Global Communications, Digital Solutions Unit (2019-03-19). First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo 'an extraordinary opportunity' for advancing rights. un.org The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks "an extraordinary opportunity" for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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 →

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.

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. |

STAFF (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…

STAFF (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…

UN Global Communications, Digital Solutions Unit (2019-03-18). UN will do 'utmost to prevent and mitigate any risk of violence' in DR Congo, pledges Mission chief. un.org Despite the relatively peaceful passage of December's presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Special Representative to the country told the Security Council she "remained concerned" over developments in the east, where dozens of armed groups continue to operate.

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. |

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.

STAFF (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…

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