2019-03-23: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-03-23). Kurdish-Led SDF Forces Declare Victory Against IS in Syria. telesurenglish.net The Islamic State group's last bastion has been captured by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to teleSUR correspondent Hisham Wanus, this final battle will be followed by a discussion of Syrian Kurdish representation in Syrian society as a whole. | RELATED: | China, Russia, Syria To Trump: Respect UN Resolutions on Golan Heights | "Baghouz has been liberated. The military victory against Daesh has been accomplished," Mustafa Bali, a Syrian Democratic Fo…

South Front (2019-03-23). Video: Armoured Beasts: Battle Tank Modifications of Syrian Army. globalresearch.ca Since the start of the Syrian war and until September 2015, when the Russians officially joined the conflict, the Syrian Army and its allies were suffering from a wide range of issues related to maintenance of their military equipment. The …

South Front (2019-03-23). Video: Russian Attack Helicopters Purge Militants in Syria's Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca The Russian Aerospace Forces have continued their strikes on terrorist infrastructure in the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to reports appearing from the ground. | On March 21, alleged Russian warplanes delivered strikes on militant targets near the city of Jisr al-Shughur …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-23). Reining in the Yemen Conflict: The US Congress and War Making Powers. globalresearch.ca We keep hearing it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is firm on the view that the Yemen conflict should conclude. "We all want this conflict to end," he never tires of saying. "We all want to improve the dire …

STAFF (2019-03-23). Wisconsin GOP's Lame-Duck Power Grab Ruled Unconstitutional. truthout.org A Wisconsin judge ruled on Thursday that laws passed by the Republican-controlled legislature in December to limit the powers of newly elected Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul were unconstitutional. | The lame-duck bills limited early voting, stopped the newly elected governor from expanding Medicaid coverage to more citizens, prevented him from withdrawing the state from a lawsuit attacking the Affordable Care Act, prevented the attorney general from representing the legislature in lawsuits, and further curtailed the administrative powers of the new government. | The lawsuit was b…

Elizabeth Bruenig (2019-03-23). The DCCC's Undemocratic Decision. commondreams.org Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, appears at the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner on March 13. (Photo: Tom Williams) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-03-23). We Already Spend More Than Medicare for All Would Cost Us. truthout.org Janine Jackson: The March 11 Washington Post headline told readers that the Medicare for All bill, recently introduced by Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, "reflects influence of hard-line progressive groups." Not quite a hit piece, but something very like it, the article said "a slew of groups further…

CODEPINK Women for Peace (2019-03-23). Rally to Boycott Everysight #StopElbit at the Sea Otter Classic. indybay.org Sea Otter Classic | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca | 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey, CA 93908…

Lissy Romanow (2019-03-23). Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats changing what is winnable. zcomm.org To win a Green New Deal and realign the Democratic Party, Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats are embracing disruption, conflict and polarization…

plenglish (2019-03-23). Venezuelan Gazette to Release Conclusions of Peace Dialogue. plenglish.com 23 de marzo de 2019, 11: 58Caracas, March 23 (Prensa Latina) The Official Gazette of Venezuela will publish the proposals and conclusions of the Congress of Social Dialogue for Peace and Life at the proposal of President Nicolas Maduro.

Norman Solomon (2019-03-23). Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for President. indybay.org There's an ominous underside to the flashy hype about Beto O'Rourke.

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2019-03-23). 2019 Art & Writing Challenge & Youth Activist Grant. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center at Our Savior's Lutheran | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-03-23). Mass Protest Vowed If Demand for Public Release of Mueller Report Not Met. commondreams.org Democratic lawmakers are demanding the full contents of the report submitted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to the Department of Justice on Friday be released to the public and progressive groups are vowing massive protests if the DOJ or the Trump administration do anything to hinder its disclosure. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS Repost (2019-03-23). Democratic Socialists of America endorses Bernie Sanders presidential bid. indybay.org The Democratic Party, as a result of its right-wing policies, has lost significant support among workers, and particularly among young people. Sanders sees his role as utilizing his reputation as an "independent" to convince workers and young people not to seek an alternative.

Robert Mackey (2019-03-23). Trump Gives Netanyahu Part of Syria. zcomm.org With a tweet posted on Thursday, Trump dismissed five decades of international consensus on the status of the Golan Heights, declaring that the United States would recognize Israel's annexation of the region…

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2019-03-23). Art & Poetry: Peace and War. indybay.org Eastside Arts Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606-5003, United States…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-22). Trump to Recognize Israeli Control over Syria's Golan Heights? Bypassing the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump. Consistently showing one-sided support for Israel, it appears so. In May 2018, his regime moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a world body-designated international city, recognized by nearly all UN member states. | Israel illegally …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-22). Roaming Charges: Darn That (American) Dream. counterpunch.org + If the Democratic race boils down to Biden and Sanders, you'll have two candidates in their late 70s who voted three times to overthrow Saddam, approved the murderous sanctions on Iraq, supported the illegal war on Serbia, backed the racist and punitive Clinton Crime Bill and fronted a scheme to dump radioactive waste from More

commondreams (2019-03-22). Democratic Socialists of America Endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Dominique Paul Noth (2019-03-22). Wisconsin court blocks Republican power grab. peoplesworld.org It was a mild surprise for legal observers but it was a major vindication for new Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. A state judge on March 21 declared illegal the lame duck laws passed in December by the GOP-dominated legislature. The judge simultaneously vacated more than 80 appointments to state boards and commissions authorized by …

David A. Lieb (2019-03-22). GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share. peoplesworld.org JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may have …

STAFF (2019-03-22). Maryland Advances Bill For a $15 Minimum Wage in Six Years. therealnews.com By: Jaisal Noor | Maryland's General Assembly advanced a bill to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour, but critics say it's been severely watered down. | The compromised bill passed the Maryland's legislature with a veto-proof majority. The House of Delegates approved the bill by a vote of 93-41 on Wednesday. The Senate passed the bill 32-13. It has now been sent to the desk of Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who has staunchly opposed the measure. | The proposal would raise the state's hourly minimum wage from $10.10, to $15 by 2025. Small businesses would reach $15 by 2026, but the increase would no…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-22). Human Rights Attorney to Trump: "Israel Is Not Interested in the Golan Heights for Security" democracynow.org Just weeks before major elections in Israel that could determine the future of embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump declares the U.S. will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, in defiance of international law and decades of U.S. policy. The announcement comes as he is set to host Netanyahu at the White House next week amid the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where Vice President Mike Pence will speak, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, among others. A growing number of Democrats—…

Emile Schepers (2019-03-22). Immigration Myths vs. Facts: CPUSA battles misinformation as new legislation is filed. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration and its supporters continue to put out utterly false information about immigrants and refugees in the United States. But the immigrants' rights movement is fighting back hard in the streets, in Congress, and in the court of public opinion. In the congressional fight over his proposed Mexican Wall, and in the lead-up …

teleSUR (2019-03-22). Nicaragua Gov't, Opposition to Negotiate With 'Mutual Respect'. telesurenglish.net Delegations from the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity and from the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy held the 11th and 12th sessions of the Negotiation Roundtables for Agreement and Peace on Thursday and Friday, in Nicaragua, according to a press release. | RELATED: | Nicaraguan Government and Opposition Resume Peace Talks | The statement d…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-22). Impatient for Peace on the Korean Peninsula. consortiumnews.com Ann Wright reports on the launch earlier this month, in D.C. and New York, of the worldwide "Korea Peace Now" campaign. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News While U.S.-North Korean contact is stalled, relations between North Korea and South… Read more →

Jeff Cohen (2019-03-22). Let's Not Restore or Mythologize Obama. commondreams.org In pure math, Obama's tenure was a boon to the GOP—Democrats lost their big majorities in the US House and Senate and nearly 1,000 state legislative seats, while the 50 governorships shifted from a strong Democratic margin to strong Republican majority. (Photo: @THR/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-22). Headlines for March 22, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Tweets Support for Israeli Claim Over Occupied Golan Heights, Democratic Presidential Candidates Plan to Skip AIPAC Conference, House Oversight Chair: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump Broke Federal Records Laws, Josh Kushner Wooed Saudi Investors Ahead of Jared's Trip to Riyadh, New Zealand Marks One Week Since Mosque Attacks with Call to Prayer, Pipe Bomber Cesar Sayoc, Who Targeted Trump Critics, Pleads Guilty, Boeing Jets That Crashed in Ethiopia, Indonesia Lacked Optional Safety Features, Iraq: 92 Dead in Mosul After Ferry Capsizes in Tigris River, China: Pesticide Plant Explosion Kills 47, Texas: Deer Park…

Mike Lofgren (2019-03-22). Seymour Hersh's Anonymous Sources. commondreams.org Oliver North testifies before the Senate's Iran-Contra committee in 1987. (Photo: National Archives) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-22). Time to celebrate? Trump say ISIS fully destroyed in Syria. US-backed militants disagree. rt.com US President Trump has again boasted of victory over Islamic State terrorists. This time they've supposedly fully lost territorial control in Syria, but US-backed militants actually fighting IS on the ground disputed this claim.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-22). As 2020 Democrats Steer Clear, Progressive Groups Urge Pelosi and Schumer to #SkipAIPAC. commondreams.org "AIPAC doesn't speak for a growing number of American Jews, progressives, and human rights advocates who want a just peace for Israel/Palestine." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-22). Progressives Refuse to Back Down as DCCC Moves to Kneecap Primary Challengers. commondreams.org "Don't think for one second that it'll stop us—or the grassroots army we stand with—from backing bold, inclusive populists who will better represent their districts in Congress over neoliberal corporate Dems." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-03-22). Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests. wsws.org The move is a major step toward the implementation of police-state forms of rule in France, as part of a global onslaught against democratic rights.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-22). 'We Have Roughly 12 Years': Progressives Demand Urgency as Centrist Dems Push Bipartisan Incrementalism. commondreams.org Centrist House Democrats continue to argue for incrementalism in approaching the climate crisis—even as progressives are doubling down on their demand for urgent and visionary action."The resolution of the Green New Deal is the vision of what we need to accomplish in the next ten years." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-03-22). Only Socialist in US History of 'With Serious Chance of Winning': DSA Endorses Bernie Sanders for 2020. commondreams.org Democratic Socialists of America say senator from Vermont is the only candidate in the race who can "transform American society by ending the worst forms of poverty and inequality while empowering workers to fight for even more." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Akela Lacy (2019-03-22). House Democratic Leadership Warns It Will Cut Off Any Firms That Challenge Incumbents. theintercept.com The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee warned political strategists and vendors Thursday night that if they support candidates mounting primary challenges against incumbent House Democrats, the party will cut them off from business. | The news was officially announced Friday morning, paired with a statement on the committee's commitment to diversity in consulting — "which, obviously, is just to give themselves cover," a Democratic political consultant who learned of it Thursday told The Intercept. The consultant asked for anonymity given their relationship with the DCCC, and the party organization'

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…

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 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 September—a…

United Nations (2019-03-21). Service and Sacrifice: Malaysian peacekeepers in Lebanon proud to serve their homeland and the United Nations. un.org Peacekeepers from Malaysia serving under the United Nations flag in Lebanon face a "a totally new experience" according to the commander of the Malaysian contingent in the country.

John Nichols (2019-03-21). A Wisconsin Judge Upends the GOP Power Grab and Restores the Authority of the Democratic Governor. thenation.com A Wisconsin Judge Upends the GOP Power Grab and Restores the Authority of the Democratic Governor…

United Nations (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.

Robert Mackey (2019-03-21). Trump Offers Netanyahu Part of Syria to Boost Israeli Leader's Flagging Re-Election Campaign. theintercept.com With a tweet posted on Thursday, President Donald Trump dismissed five decades of international consensus on the status of the Golan Heights, Syrian territory seized by Israel in 1967 during a pre-emptive war, declaring that the United States would recognize Israel's annexation of the region. | Offered without explanation, the move looked to many Israeli, Palestinian, and American observers like a transparent attempt to boost the re-election prospects of Trump's embattled ally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces corruption charges and could be defeated at the polls next month.Trump is determined to help…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-03-21). Joe Biden Is Hillary Clinton 2.0 — Democrats Would Be Mad to Nominate Him. theintercept.com Former Vice President Joe Biden waves after speaking at the International Association of Firefighters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 12, 2019. | Einstein didn't say, "is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." | Have the Democrats gone mad? Are they really planning on putting up the same type of candidate against Donald Trump in 2020 that they put up against him in 2…

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.

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 in the capital. | 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 g…

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."

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.

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…

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 →