Monthly Archives: March 2019

2019-03-31: News Headlines

Sumaya AlEssmael (2019-03-31). Syria — The West Destroyed Our Homes but Not Our Dreams. globalresearch.ca Time before the war, Syria was a peaceful place where we used to live at peace. Peace meant to us life. But now we lost life since we lost peace. My daughter, that little girl at that time of peace …

STAFF (2019-03-31). Afghan Veterans of Syrian War Struggle Back Home. truthdig.com Most soldiers see no future in Afghanistan, says a fighter who was recruited, paid and trained by Iran to fight for Bashar Assad.

STAFF (2019-03-31). Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back. therealnews.com Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

STAFF (2019-03-31). On NATO's 70th Anniversary Important to Remember its Anti-Democratic Roots. therealnews.com With NATO turning 70 next week it's a good occasion to revisit the creation of a military alliance operating under the stated principle that an "attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies." Now encompassing 29 member states, the north Atlantic alliance was instigated by US, British and Canadian officials.

Jonathan Cohn (2019-03-31). These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All? millennialpolitics.co Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.

Adam Lee (2019-03-31). Violence Against Women Act key re-authorization vote due next week. naacp.org Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) have introduced H.R. 1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2019. This legislation not only gives necessary funding increases to NAACP-supported Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs, but it also makes modest yet vital enhancements to existing law, based on input from VAWA service …

STAFF (2019-03-31). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells Donors: Give Directly to Candidates, Not the DCCC. truthdig.com "The DCCC's new rule to blacklist and boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is … divisive and harmful to the party."

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-31). 'Unearned Gift to Donald Trump': Democrats Under Fire for Slow Approach to Obtaining President's Tax Returns. commondreams.org "Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) can ask for copies of Donald Trump's federal tax returns whenever he wants, but Neal is in no hurry and seemingly doesn't care if Democrats don't get the documents before the next election." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eugene E Ruyle (2019-03-31). Democratic Socialism: An Impossible Dream? indybay.org NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…

Kate Zeller (2019-03-31). Senate Votes on Puerto Rico Disaster Aid and Emergency Food Assistance. indybay.org The Senate agreed to vote next week on disaster relief legislation that includes $600 million in emergency food assistance for Puerto Rico. In recent days, a turbulent exchange between President Trump and Congressional leadership exploded over whether or not Puerto Rico disaster aid monies should be included in Senate legislation.

Marjorie Cohn (2019-03-31). Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes. zcomm.org On the eve of the first anniversary of the "Great March of Return" at the Gaza border, lawyers and jurists around the world are calling on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israeli crimes against the Palestinians. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers presented a petition from the International Read more…

Juan Cole (2019-03-31). Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully. zcomm.org Despite occasional UN condemnation of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian civilians (which is illegal in international law, especially given that Israel is still the Occupying Power in Gaza), the world has turned a blind eye to this ongoing Israeli atrocity…

South Front (2019-03-30). Video: "Dumb Bombs", Indiscriminate Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Syrian War. globalresearch.ca A recent series of Russian strikes on positions of militant groups in the Syrian province of Idlib has once again caused a wave of mainstream media reports regarding civilian casualties caused by Russian bombings. According to "local activists" quoted by …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-30). Syria: Is US Fighting ISIS or Liquidating Assets? globalresearch.ca That the "final stronghold" of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) resides in US occupied territory in Syria says it all. | From US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memos dating back to 2012 noting efforts to create a "Salafist" [Islamic] "principality" [State] …

STAFF (2019-03-30). Protesters say "No to NATO" in Washington. therealnews.com Peace activists converged in the nation's capital to oppose what they say is aggressive NATO expansion…

Miko Peled (2019-03-30). The Ongoing Battle for Palestinian Justice Spans the Globe and Plays Out on Many Fronts. mintpressnews.com AIPAC, despite continuing to spend lavishly, has lost much of its charm and, in an unprecedented move, none of the candidates running to become the Democratic Party nominee for president attended this year's AIPAC conference in Washington.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-30). Housing as a Human Right: A Discussion with Henry Kraemer. millennialpolitics.co Data for Progress Housing Fellow Henry Kraemer explains the case for housing as a human right and analyzes the housing policy of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Canadian Peace Congress (2019-03-30). Why Canada Should Get Out of NATO. globalresearch.ca Concerns are growing across this country about the disturbing tilt in Canadian foreign policy toward increasing militarization and aggression — about our participation in foreign wars and US-led 'regime change' operations abroad, and about burgeoning defence budgets and rearmament programs, …

(2019-03-30). Senator Calls for Investigation of Bernhardt's Role in Suppressing Science Showing Pesticide Harmed Nearly 1,400 Protected Species. globalresearch.ca U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called on the inspector general for the Department of the Interior to investigate Acting Secretary David Bernhardt's role in blocking a scientific assessment showing the pesticide chlorpyrifos threatens the existence of nearly 1,400 …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-30). Ocasio-Cortez Tells Small Donors to Cut Off DCCC Donations, Give Directly to Candidates Instead. commondreams.org "The DCCC's new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is extremely divisive and harmful to the party. My recommendation, if you're a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC and give directly to swing candidates instead. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alex Emmons (2019-03-30). In Leaked Recording, Cory Booker Says He and AIPAC President "Text Message Back and Forth Like Teenagers" theintercept.com Even as the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has shown willingness to criticize Israel, Booker has tried to smooth over the widening rift.

WSWS (2019-03-30). Trump rants against socialism, but his administration's crisis deepens. wsws.org Behind Trump's fascistic tirades and his gloating at the expense of the Democrats lie desperation and fear at the growth of social opposition in the working class.

RT (2019-03-30). Presidential hopeful Cory Booker & AIPAC president 'text like teenagers' — leaked audio. rt.com Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and the president of the pro-Israel lobbying group text each other "like teenagers" and talk about unifying the Senate against boycotting Israel, his leaked speech at an AIPAC meeting reveals.

RT (2019-03-30). Dem 2020 favorite Biden rebuffs 'awkward kiss' allegations. rt.com A favorite for the 2020 race among Democratic Party voters, former Vice President Joe Biden, shrugged off accusations of "inappropriate" behavior leveled at him by fellow Democrat Lucy Flores.

WSWS (2019-03-30). "No deal" Brexit threatened after May's EU withdrawal agreement rejected for third time. wsws.org Labour's nominally "left" leader Jeremy Corbyn is working to ensure that the gravest peacetime crisis in the history of British imperialism is resolved through the worm-eaten parliamentary system, with the working class left as spectators.

WSWS (2019-03-30). As Washington hails victory over ISIS, media ignores massive human toll. wsws.org The Pentagon's admission of 1,250 civilians killed in four years of bombardment of Iraq and Syria is a vast underestimate of the real death toll.

Cale Holmes (2019-03-29). Widespread Arab protests hit Trump's support for Israeli theft of the Golan. liberationnews.org The U.S. recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory is part of a deliberate attempt to colonize Syria and weaken the right of Palestinians and all those displaced by Israeli aggression to return to their land.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-03-29). War, Peace and Presidential Candidates. counterpunch.org Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn't stopped the war yet, More

Associated Press (2019-03-29). Republicans are obstructing attempts to get the full Mueller report. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller's full report Thursday after learning the special counsel's findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of total exoneration based on a four-page summary by his attorney general. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was told by Attorney General …

STAFF (2019-03-29). Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises—An Anomaly in Presidential Politics. therealnews.com Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment—education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…

Andrew Levine (2019-03-29). Democratic (Party) Socialism. counterpunch.org No sooner had last November's midterm election concluded than the next round in the electoral circus, focused on choosing the Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2020, got underway. After having worked triple overtime for nearly two seemingly endless years (since even before Trump's Inauguration), by New Year's Day, the nation's junk mailboxes were full of it again, gathering in candidates' pleas for money full throttle, along with the usual never-ending spam. More

Brian Cloughley (2019-03-29). Stand By for Space Wars. counterpunch.org There was much international news in mid-March, although little of it was encouraging for those who prefer peace to war, handshakes to saber-rattling, and cooperation to confrontation. On March 27 India's Prime Minister Modi tweeted with nauseating smugness that his forces had destroyed a satellite in earth orbit at a height of 300 kilometers (the International Space More

Norman Solomon (2019-03-29). Pelosi and McConnell: Cranking Up Bipartisan Madness for NATO. counterpunch.org When Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint session of Congress, they had every reason to expect the April 3 speech to be a big hit with U.S. media and political elites. The establishment is eager to affirm the sanctity of support for the More

Julia Conley (2019-03-29). Ocasio-Cortez to talk Green New Deal with Kentucky coal miners. peoplesworld.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday accepted an invitation to tour a coal mine and meet with voters in Kentucky—taking advantage of an opportunity to engage with some of the Americans who could benefit most from a Green New Deal. The invitation came from Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus who …

STAFF (2019-03-29). Maryland Becomes Sixth State to Adopt $15 Minimum Wage. therealnews.com UPDATE: On Thursday March 28, Maryland's Legislature has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that would gradually raise Maryland's minimum wage to $15/hr in 2025, or 2026 for small businesses. | 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 rea…

United Nations (2019-03-29). Ebola cases rising in DR Congo, but UN health agency cites progress in community trust-building. un.org A rise in new cases of deadly Ebola virus disease in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been announced, while authorities say that progress is being made in accessing communities that have been wary of outside help, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-29). British Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A Secret History of Self Interest. consortiumnews.com The idea that Westminster is the "mother of all parliaments," representing a democratic model for the world, is a cultivated myth, writes Mark Curtis. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified On Tuesday in the British parliament, Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily… Read more →

United Nations (2019-03-29). Guterres lauds UN peacekeeping, highlights need to bridge 'critical' gaps. un.org United Nations Peacekeeping missions are working flat out and need to be made "stronger and safer", Secretary-General António Guterres told a major ministerial pledging conference on Friday, stressing that "critical" gaps must be bridged, so they can deliver better, on behalf of the people they serve.

The Conversation (2019-03-29). Born in the USA, White Nationalism is Now a Global Terror Threat. theantimedia.com (CONVERSATION) — The recent massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand is the latest confirmation that white supremacy is a danger to democratic societies across the globe. Despite President Donald Trump's suggestion that white nationalist terrorism is not a major problem, recent data from the United Nations, University of Chicago and other sources show the opposite. As more people embrace a …

RT (2019-03-29). Hillary Clinton slammed for unfairly using female journalist's work to promote equal pay. rt.com Hillary Clinton is being called out for promoting equal pay on Twitter while simultaneously using a female journalist's graphic design work without credit or payment.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-29). Nadler Demands 'Full and Complete' Mueller Report as Barr Says Redacted Version Coming Mid-April. commondreams.org In a letter to the Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Friday, Trump Attorney General William Barr said a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page page report will be released mid-April and insisted his earlier letter on Mueller's findings was not intended to be a "summary." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-29). Roaming Charges: Rachel Maddow and the Muellers of Invention. counterpunch.org Robert Mueller became like a Hollywood green screen that people could project their fantasies upon, none more baroquely than the doyenne of MSDNC Rachel Maddow, who her rode her CGI version of Mueller to the top of the cable ratings. Maddow's Mueller wasn't the man who spread fatal myths about Iraqi WMDs, targeted and infiltrated radical environmental groups, concocted elaborate plots to entrap Muslims in fake terrorism cases and ran roughshod over basic constitutional rights while he was a top federal prosecutor and FBI director. Maddow's Mueller was a man of her own invention. Her Mueller was stoic, fearless an…

RT (2019-03-29). Journalist says MSNBC politics editor bullied him on DNC's behalf. rt.com A freelance journalist has gone public about a bizarre intimidation attempt by a senior MSNBC editor who tried to "bully" him into keeping a story under wraps — on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, not the network.

WSWS (2019-03-29). Outrage grows over leaked government database targeting journalists, activists at US-Mexico border. wsws.org Congressional committees are now seeking information on repression of journalists and civil rights activists by the Trump administration.

RT (2019-03-29). 'Ridiculous bulls**t': Trump unloads on Dems in post-Mueller MAGA victory lap. rt.com US President Donald Trump has come down heavily on Democrats for spinning the Russiagate narrative in his first Make America Great Again rally after the Mueller probe turned up no trace of collusion.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). 'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland. greenleft.org.au A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…

Jordan Smith (2019-03-29). Oklahoma Bill Would Force Doctors to Lie to Patients by Telling Them That Abortions Can Be Reversed. theintercept.com Tuesday was a busy day for the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee. Legislators considered a measure to amend state firearms law, one pertaining to the collection and testing of sexual assault evidence, and another to modify state drug laws. Nestled within the committee's agenda was Senate Bill 614, which would require abortion providers to counsel patients seeking medication abortion that the process can be reversed. Under the proposed law, a doctor who fails to provide this counsel would be committing a felony an…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Tamils criticise UN resolution on Sri Lanka. greenleft.org.au The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expressed its "disappointment" with a March 21 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on "promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka". | There have been seven similar resolutions passed since 2009, when the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the island, ended in the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils. | According to the ATC, "very little justice has reached victims and survivors" for what it describes as "mass…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-29). The Decriminalization of Sex Work Is Edging Into the 2020 Campaign. theintercept.com There isn't much to recommend the current iteration of American presidential elections, which now begin some two years before the day voters go to the polls. One upside, though, is that it opens up policy conversations that are usually closed off. The result is the beginning of a public conversation about decriminalizing sex work. | Three Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination — Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — have weighed in on the rights of sex workers. Harris and Gabbard have said they support the decriminalization of sex work, while Sanders was n…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'. greenleft.org.au On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…

2019-03-31: Social Media Postees

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Syria — The West Destroyed Our Homes but Not Our Dreams
Sumaya AlEssmael | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
Time before the war, Syria was a peaceful place where we used to live at peace. Peace meant to us life. But now we lost life since we lost peace. My daughter, that little girl at that time of peace …
globalresearch.ca/syria-west-destroyed-h…

Afghan Veterans of Syrian War Struggle Back Home
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-31
Most soldiers see no future in Afghanistan, says a fighter who was recruited, paid and trained by Iran to fight for Bashar Assad.
truthdig.com/articles/afghan-veterans-of…

Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-31
Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/deep-faith-in-th…

On NATO's 70th Anniversary Important to Remember its Anti-Democratic Roots
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-31
With NATO turning 70 next week it's a good occasion to revisit the creation of a military alliance operating under the stated principle that an "attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies." Now encompassing 29 member states, the north Atlantic alliance was instigated by US, British and Canadian officials.
therealnews.com/columns/on-natos-70th-an…

These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All?
Jonathan Cohn | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-31
Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.
millennialpolitics.co/democrats-bluest-districts-medicare-for-all/

Violence Against Women Act key re-authorization vote due next week
Adam Lee | naacp.org | 2019-03-31
Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) have introduced H.R. 1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2019. This legislation not only gives necessary funding increases to NAACP-supported Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs, but it also makes modest yet vital enhancements to existing law, based on input from VAWA service …
naacp.org/latest/violence-women-act-key-…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells Donors: Give Directly to Candidates, Not the DCCC
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-31
"The DCCC's new rule to blacklist and boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is … divisive and harmful to the party."
truthdig.com/articles/alexandria-ocasio-…

Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2019-03-31
On the eve of the first anniversary of the "Great March of Return" at the Gaza border, lawyers and jurists around the world are calling on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israeli crimes against the Palestinians. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers presented a petition from the International Read…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/lawyers-worldwide-…

Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-03-31
Despite occasional UN condemnation of the Israeli blockade on Palestinian civilians (which is illegal in international law, especially given that Israel is still the Occupying Power in Gaza), the world has turned a blind eye to this ongoing Israeli atrocity…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/israeli-snipers-ki…

Senate Votes on Puerto Rico Disaster Aid and Emergency Food Assistance
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-03-31
The Senate agreed to vote next week on disaster relief legislation that includes $600 million in emergency food assistance for Puerto Rico. In recent days, a turbulent exchange between President Trump and Congressional leadership exploded over whether or not Puerto Rico disaster aid monies should be included in Senate legislation.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/30/1882235…

Democratic Socialism: An Impossible Dream?
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2019-03-31
NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/30/1882235…

'Unearned Gift to Donald Trump': Democrats Under Fire for Slow Approach to Obtaining President's Tax Returns
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-31
"Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) can ask for copies of Donald Trump's federal tax returns whenever he wants, but Neal is in no hurry and seemingly doesn't care if Democrats don't get the documents before the next election." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/31/unearne…

Syria: Is US Fighting ISIS or Liquidating Assets?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
That the "final stronghold" of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) resides in US occupied territory in Syria says it all. | From US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memos dating back to 2012 noting efforts to create a "Salafist" [Islamic] "principality" [State] …
globalresearch.ca/syria-us-fighting-isis…

Video: "Dumb Bombs", Indiscriminate Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Syrian War
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
A recent series of Russian strikes on positions of militant groups in the Syrian province of Idlib has once again caused a wave of mainstream media reports regarding civilian casualties caused by Russian bombings. According to "local activists" quoted by …
globalresearch.ca/dumb-bombs-indiscrimin…

Housing as a Human Right: A Discussion with Henry Kraemer
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-30
Data for Progress Housing Fellow Henry Kraemer explains the case for housing as a human right and analyzes the housing policy of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
millennialpolitics.co/housing/

The Ongoing Battle for Palestinian Justice Spans the Globe and Plays Out on Many Fronts
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-30
AIPAC, despite continuing to spend lavishly, has lost much of its charm and, in an unprecedented move, none of the candidates running to become the Democratic Party nominee for president attended this year's AIPAC conference in Washington.
mintpressnews.com/battle-palestine-justi…

Why Canada Should Get Out of NATO
Canadian Peace Congress | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Concerns are growing across this country about the disturbing tilt in Canadian foreign policy toward increasing militarization and aggression — about our participation in foreign wars and US-led 'regime change' operations abroad, and about burgeoning defence budgets and rearmament programs, …
globalresearch.ca/canada-should-get-out-…

Protesters say "No to NATO" in Washington
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-30
Peace activists converged in the nation's capital to oppose what they say is aggressive NATO expansion…
therealnews.com/stories/hundreds-say-no-…

Trump rants against socialism, but his administration's crisis deepens
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
Behind Trump's fascistic tirades and his gloating at the expense of the Democrats lie desperation and fear at the growth of social opposition in the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/30/pers…

Dem 2020 favorite Biden rebuffs 'awkward kiss' allegations
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-30
A favorite for the 2020 race among Democratic Party voters, former Vice President Joe Biden, shrugged off accusations of "inappropriate" behavior leveled at him by fellow Democrat Lucy Flores. | …
rt.com/usa/455130-joe-biden-allegation-k…

Presidential hopeful Cory Booker & AIPAC president 'text like teenagers' — leaked audio
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-30
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and the president of the pro-Israel lobbying group text each other "like teenagers" and talk about unifying the Senate against boycotting Israel, his leaked speech at an AIPAC meeting reveals. | …
rt.com/usa/455165-booker-aipac-leaked-sp…

In Leaked Recording, Cory Booker Says He and AIPAC President "Text Message Back and Forth Like Teenagers"
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-03-30
Even as the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has shown willingness to criticize Israel, Booker has tried to smooth over the widening rift.
theintercept.com/2019/03/30/cory-booker-…

As Washington hails victory over ISIS, media ignores massive human toll
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
The Pentagon's admission of 1,250 civilians killed in four years of bombardment of Iraq and Syria is a vast underestimate of the real death toll.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/30/isis…

Ocasio-Cortez Tells Small Donors to Cut Off DCCC Donations, Give Directly to Candidates Instead
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-30
"The DCCC's new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is extremely divisive and harmful to the party. My recommendation, if you're a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC and give directly to swing candidates instead. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/30/oca…

"No deal" Brexit threatened after May's EU withdrawal agreement rejected for third time
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
Labour's nominally "left" leader Jeremy Corbyn is working to ensure that the gravest peacetime crisis in the history of British imperialism is resolved through the worm-eaten parliamentary system, with the working class left as spectators.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/30/brex…

A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel's Annexation of the Syrian Golan
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Phyllis Bennis explains that Trump's decision is a setback for peace all over the world. The US has isolated itself diplomatically in support of Netanyahu's campaign to win the elections, but recovery will be long…
therealnews.com/stories/a-dangerous-prec…

Widespread Arab protests hit Trump's support for Israeli theft of the Golan
Cale Holmes | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-29
The U.S. recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory is part of a deliberate attempt to colonize Syria and weaken the right of Palestinians and all those displaced by Israeli aggression to return to their land.
liberationnews.org/widespread-arab-prote…

War, Peace and Presidential Candidates
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn't stopped the war yet,…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/war-peace-an…

Pelosi and McConnell: Cranking Up Bipartisan Madness for NATO
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
When Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint session of Congress, they had every reason to expect the April 3 speech to be a big hit with U.S. media and political elites. The establishment is eager to affirm the sanctity of support for the…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/pelosi-and-m…

Ebola cases rising in DR Congo, but UN health agency cites progress in community trust-building
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
A rise in new cases of deadly Ebola virus disease in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been announced, while authorities say that progress is being made in accessing communities that have been wary of outside help, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1…

British Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A Secret History of Self Interest
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-29
The idea that Westminster is the "mother of all parliaments," representing a democratic model for the world, is a cultivated myth, writes Mark Curtis. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified On Tuesday in the British parliament, Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/29/british-fo…

Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises–An Anomaly in Presidential Politics
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment–education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…
therealnews.com/stories/kamala-harris-ca…

Democratic (Party) Socialism
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
No sooner had last November's midterm election concluded than the next round in the electoral circus, focused on choosing the Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2020, got underway. After having worked triple overtime for nearly two seemingly endless years (since even before Trump's Inauguration), by New Year's Day, the nation's junk mailboxes were full of it again, gathering in candidates' pleas for money full throttle, along with the usual never-ending spam.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/democratic-p…

Republicans are obstructing attempts to get the full Mueller report
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-29
WASHINGTON — Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller's full report Thursday after learning the special counsel's findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of total exoneration based on a four-page summary by his attorney general. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was told by Attorney General …
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Stand By for Space Wars
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
There was much international news in mid-March, although little of it was encouraging for those who prefer peace to war, handshakes to saber-rattling, and cooperation to confrontation. On March 27 India's Prime Minister Modi tweeted with nauseating smugness that his forces had destroyed a satellite in earth orbit at a height of 300 kilometers (the International Space…
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Guterres lauds UN peacekeeping, highlights need to bridge 'critical' gaps
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
United Nations Peacekeeping missions are working flat out and need to be made "stronger and safer", Secretary-General António Guterres told a major ministerial pledging conference on Friday, stressing that "critical" gaps must be bridged, so they can deliver better, on behalf of the people they serve.
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Ocasio-Cortez to talk Green New Deal with Kentucky coal miners
Julia Conley | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-29
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday accepted an invitation to tour a coal mine and meet with voters in Kentucky–taking advantage of an opportunity to engage with some of the Americans who could benefit most from a Green New Deal. The invitation came from Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus who …
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Maryland Becomes Sixth State to Adopt $15 Minimum Wage
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
UPDATE: On Thursday March 28, Maryland's Legislature has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that would gradually raise Maryland's minimum wage to $15/hr in 2025, or 2026 for small businesses. | 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 rea…
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Outrage grows over leaked government database targeting journalists, activists at US-Mexico border
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
Congressional committees are now seeking information on repression of journalists and civil rights activists by the Trump administration.
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Merkley Senate Bill Would Abolish 'Undemocratic' Electoral College
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
Denouncing what he called the nation's "profoundly unfair" system of electing presidents, Sen. Jeff Merkley on Friday said he would introduce legislation to abolish the electoral college along with a number of other pro-democracy reforms. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Roaming Charges: Rachel Maddow and the Muellers of Invention
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Robert Mueller became like a Hollywood green screen that people could project their fantasies upon, none more baroquely than the doyenne of MSDNC Rachel Maddow, who her rode her CGI version of Mueller to the top of the cable ratings. Maddow's Mueller wasn't the man who spread fatal myths about Iraqi WMDs, targeted and infiltrated radical environmental groups, concocted elaborate plots to entrap Muslims in fake terrorism cases and ran roughshod over basic constitutional rights while he was a top federal prosecutor and FBI director. Maddow's Mueller was a man of her own invention. Her Mueller was stoic, fearless an…
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Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…
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Born in the USA, White Nationalism is Now a Global Terror Threat
The Conversation | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-29
(CONVERSATION) — The recent massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand is the latest confirmation that white supremacy is a danger to democratic societies across the globe. Despite President Donald Trump's suggestion that white nationalist terrorism is not a major problem, recent data from the United Nations, University of Chicago and other sources show the opposite. As more people embrace a …

Born in the USA, White Nationalism is Now a Global Terror Threat

The Decriminalization of Sex Work Is Edging Into the 2020 Campaign
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-29
There isn't much to recommend the current iteration of American presidential elections, which now begin some two years before the day voters go to the polls. One upside, though, is that it opens up policy conversations that are usually closed off. The result is the beginning of a public conversation about decriminalizing sex work. | Three Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination — Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — have weighed in on the rights of sex workers. Harris and Gabbard have said they support the decriminalization of sex work, while Sanders was n…
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'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…
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Hillary Clinton slammed for unfairly using female journalist's work to promote equal pay
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-29
Hillary Clinton is being called out for promoting equal pay on Twitter while simultaneously using a female journalist's graphic design work without credit or payment. | …
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'Ridiculous bulls**t': Trump unloads on Dems in post-Mueller MAGA victory lap
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-29
US President Donald Trump has come down heavily on Democrats for spinning the Russiagate narrative in his first Make America Great Again rally after the Mueller probe turned up no trace of collusion. | …
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Oklahoma Bill Would Force Doctors to Lie to Patients by Telling Them That Abortions Can Be Reversed
Jordan Smith | theintercept.com | 2019-03-29
Tuesday was a busy day for the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee. Legislators considered a measure to amend state firearms law, one pertaining to the collection and testing of sexual assault evidence, and another to modify state drug laws. Nestled within the committee's agenda was Senate Bill 614, which would require abortion providers to counsel patients seeking medication abortion that the process can be reversed. Under the proposed law, a doctor who fails to provide this counsel would be committing a felony an…
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US Airstrikes Kill Over 50 People in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-29
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Officials very much want to brand the ISIS battle in Syria as "over," so long as it is understood that it won't involve withdrawing forces or ending anything in practice. The village of Baghouz, however, continues to be the center of conflict. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US forces attacked some …

US Airstrikes Kill Over 50 People in Syria

Nadler Demands 'Full and Complete' Mueller Report as Barr Says Redacted Version Coming Mid-April
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
In a letter to the Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Friday, Trump Attorney General William Barr said a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page page report will be released mid-April and insisted his earlier letter on Mueller's findings was not intended to be a "summary." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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