Daily Archives: March 2, 2019

2019-03-02: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Islamic State group Faces Final Defeat by Kurdish-Led Force. telesurenglish.net Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced into the Islamic State group's final stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, where fighting is ongoing — a monumental development after four years of international efforts to quell the group that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. | RELATED: | Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians | The U.S.-backed SDF, which is made of factions and groups from different ethnic communities in Syria, began the assault Thursday to capture the en…

South Front (2019-03-02). Video: US Forces Steal Tons of Gold Captured by ISIS in Syria, Iraq. globalresearch.ca US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US. | According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The …

Alfred de Zayas (2019-03-02). The Venezuela crisis and realpolitik. mronline.org As heads of government, democratically entrusted with safeguarding the welfare of all Venezuelans, Chavez and Maduro bear overall responsibility for the economic crisis, but they are not alone. | Source

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-02). Hodeida Residents Brace for the Worst as UN Truce Falters Amid Saudi Military Buildup. mintpressnews.com Local residents and analysts alike fear the Saudi-led Coalition is using the relative calm derived from the new agreement as cover to fulfill its military objectives and not as a stepping stone towards peace.

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-02). 'The coup is over'. zcomm.org Venezuelan leader Jorge Arreaza says that his government prefers negotiations and peace and wants the permanent coup efforts directed by the United States and its allies to end…

Naomi LaChance (2019-03-02). Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Bid With Threats to Ruling Elite. truthdig.com Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to Brooklyn, where he was born, to kick off his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday. At Brooklyn College, where he spent his freshman year, Sanders emphasized progressive ideas of anti-bigotry, accountability for corporate greed and rights for the working class that have defined his political career and already pushed other Democratic hopefuls to the left. | "Thank you all for being part of a political revolution which is going to transform America," he said. The crowd applauded and began chanting his name: "Bernie! Bernie!" | "No, no, no, it is not Bernie; it i…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-03-02). Kamala Harris Is Not a Red-Baiter, She's Just Not a Socialist (Like Most Americans). commondreams.org In recent columns I have celebrated the energy and ideas brought into the Democratic party by newly-elected young leftists, defended them from criticism, condemned the red-baiting of the left, and explained how and why "socialism" has played an important role in the history of American democracy, and ought not to be feared.

Nina Cross (2019-03-02). British Aid to Venezuela: A Soft Power Tool Kit. globalresearch.ca With Jeremy Hunt and Alan Duncan keenly poised to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, in order to install a compliant neoliberal one, now is a good time to look at the aid which the Foreign …

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Who Is US Intelligence Official Advising Guaido. telesurenglish.net Since leaving Venezuela on Feb. 22, despite a travel-ban in place against him, opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido has deployed an intense agenda of attacking democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro as he travels to Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, and other South American countries, whose right-wing leaders were quick to throw their support behind his self-proclamation as interim president. | Besides traveling with his wife Fabiana Rosales, who has accompanied him on each visit as if they were…

STAFF (2019-03-02). Sanders Launches 2020 Campaign From Brooklyn Hometown. truthdig.com NEW YORK—Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday returned to Brooklyn, the borough where he was born, to launch a presidential campaign that's expected to connect his working-class childhood to his populist political views that have reshaped the Democratic Party. | Sanders, a Vermont independent and the runner-up in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, spoke Saturday morning from Brooklyn College, which he attended for a time. | Sanders launched his 2016 campaign from Vermont, the bucolic state that he has represented in the Senate for nearly two decades. But this time around, seeking to showcase more of his p…

STAFF (2019-03-02). Eyeing 2020, White House Steps Up 'Socialism' Attack on Dems. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — As the White House gears up for the 2020 campaign, it's pressing the case that Democrats are rallying behind what it's calling the policies of "socialism." | Trying to portray Democrats as out of step with ordinary Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the choice in the next election is "between freedom and socialism, between personal responsibility and government dependence." | It was the latest step in a coordinated effort by President Donald Trump and his allies to drive up enthusiasm among the GOP base by sowing fea…

Nicola Morrow (2019-03-02). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. commondreams.org In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court.

Juan Cole (2019-03-02). Vile Racism in West Virginia GOP: Rep. Ilhan Omar Likened to al-Qaeda. commondreams.org Republicans in the West Virginia state legislature held a "GOP takes the Rotunda" event at the state capitol on Friday. As part of this event they hung a poster of the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers, labeled "'NEVER FORGET'—YOU SAID." Below it they placed a picture of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the caption "I AM PROOF—YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN."

RT (2019-03-02). 2020 'hip-hop generation' candidate 'fights the power' with… RAP LYRICS. rt.com Cory Booker, a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has recently revealed his strategy to capture the votes of America's minorities: quote 30-year-old rap lyrics and hope for the best. |

WSWS (2019-03-02). Near-record low turnout in first round of Chicago municipal election. wsws.org Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Democratic Party boss Toni Preckwinkle will face each other in the April 2 run-off.

WSWS (2019-03-02). Bernie Sanders at CNN Town Hall: My purpose is to promote the Democratic Party. wsws.org Sanders' aim, utilizing his reputation as an "independent," is to convince disillusioned workers and young people not to seek an alternative to the right-wing Democratic Party.

WSWS (2019-03-02). On the Basis of Sex and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The manufacturing of a "living legend" wsws.org The two-hour biopic—a tedious cinematic effort—seeks to rally a core constituency of the Democratic Party: upper-middle-class women.

WSWS (2019-03-02). US Senate hearings on drug prices provide "friendly warning" to pharmaceuticals. wsws.org While some of the members of the committee occasionally posed as industry critics, the Senate hearing made it clear that no serious action will be taken to rein in high drug prices.

Aída Chávez (2019-03-02). At Conservative Conference, Speakers Were Obsessed With the Socialist Bogeyman. theintercept.com Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference on Wednesday by stating explicitly the goal of the four-day event: to dissect and understand the tactics used by progressive activists, in order to effectively push back against "creeping socialism." | CPAC, as the annual event is known, has long been a place for debate around conservative ideas. This year, however, the speakers — avowed supporters of President Donald Trump — spent much more time fear-mongering about a socialist takeover of the United States and counting the losses they…

RT (2019-03-02). Kamala Harris' office paid out over $1.1mn to settle sex harassment claims as AG. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is in damage control mode over revelations that her office paid out over $1.1 million in response to sex harassment and misconduct claims while she was California's attorney general.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-02). Congressional Field Hearings Gather Stories of Voter Suppression. truthout.org Congressional leaders have begun a series of listening sessions and field hearings that seek to document the need for the full restoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The U.S. Supreme Court gutted the VRA in its 2013 ruling in the Shelby County v. Holder case out of Alabama that ended federal preclearance of election changes in places with a history of voter discrimination, most of them in the South. | The gatherings are being organized by the House Administration Comm…

DLI (2019-03-02). USA empire refused de-nuclearization in Korea. indybay.org Contrary to US mainstream corporate-bin-Laden media accounts, it was Washington that refused to accept a reasonable, step-by-step reciprocal confidence-building process put forth by the DPRK(North Korea) that scuttled the much-awaited peace talk in Hanoi this past week. The overbearing US side refused to A)bring up a formal Peace Treaty to end the 1950s Korean War; B)looked upon de-nuclearization only as a one-sided surrender of all of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile arsenal, without a corresponding removal of U.S. nuclear arms in NE Asia; and C)arrogantly insists on maintaining the strangling but illegal economi…

WSWS (2019-03-02). Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference. wsws.org The event opened Thursday with a five-and-a-half-minute video collage presenting the Democratic Party as a looming socialist threat from which only Trump and his supporters can save America.

Al-Thawra (2019-03-02). Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq. indybay.org Over 3.000 Yazidi's remain missing, in an act declared as "Genocide" by the International Community.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-02). The Big Wall Street Giveaway the 115th Congress Hopes the 116th Won't Notice. truthout.org Candidates in the Democratic presidential primary are tripping over each otherto declare themselves enemies of the billionaire class. Bank CEOs are fretting about both

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-01). Returning Syrian Refugees Were Fleeing US Proxy War, Not "Assad" globalresearch.ca A recent BBC segment titled, " The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war," contradicted 8 years of the British state media's narratives regarding the war in Syria. | A synopsis of the short BBC video segment would read: …

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2019-03-01). Truthdigger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New Face of the Democratic Party. truthdig.com The youngest member of Congress in history has been in office under two months, but she's already done plenty to praise.

Nick Pemberton (2019-03-01). Our Resolution: Bomber Bernie Sets Sights on 2020. counterpunch.org "Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton's most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously…They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator" —Alive Imperialist Collaborator Bernie Sanders, expressing his solidarity with the international working class. Colonel Bernard Sanders has long despised by the More

Jim Naureckas (2019-03-01). Facebook Wants You to Know if You're Getting Your News From the Wrong Government. fair.org If you're thinking that Facebook–90 percent of whose customers are not in the United States–should treat Russian-backed outlets differently than US-backed outlets because the US supports peace and democracy, or doesn't use social media to try to manipulate other nations…. Well, this is why it's important to get your information from a variety of sources.

Nyla Ali Khan (2019-03-01). Rapprochement, Dialogue, and a Peaceful Resolution of Jammu and Kashmir. counterpunch.org During the last two decades, each military crisis between India and Pakistan has been followed by attempts at diplomatic rapprochement, which have turned out to be fiascos. The two countries go through sporadic peacemaking efforts, characterized by negotiations. For instance, in January 2004, the then Indian prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the then Pakistani president, General More

Paul Street (2019-03-01). Cohen's Overlooked Warning — and Other Media Silences Worth Hearing. counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. ClairI fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power. | — Michael Cohen, speaking to the U.S. Congress, February 27, 2019 | It's the silences — the things left out and sent down the "memory hole" — that strike me most in the United States' Orwellian capitalist and white-supremacist media. | Urban Racism as a Nonstory | Here in Chicago, the Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly cases were recently all the local media rage. By contrast, recent reports that 63 Black people have so far been exonerated after having bags of heroin and coc…

Marjorie Cohn (2019-03-01). Cohen Knows What Trump Is Capable Of. His Testimony Should Terrify Us. zcomm.org On February 27, Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee for six hours. In two months, Cohen will begin serving a three-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations involving illegal hush money and falsely testifying to Congress that Trump Tower Moscow negotiations had Read more…

Fight Back (2019-03-01). UNF SDS wins campaign demands. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On February 19 the University of North Florida Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) held a rally speaking out against Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic border wall. About 30 students attended despite the chilly rain. Several speakers addressed the protesters about the importance of organizing on campus and opposing Trump's backwards policies. | After the speeches, students from UNF SDS marched across campus to the university president's office and occupied it until the administration met with SDS to discuss the students' demands. SDS dem…

Asad Ismi (2019-03-01). Can the Left Look to Portugal for an Alternative to Austerity? globalresearch.ca While social-democratic parties all over Europe have been losing power and popularity, the centre-left Portuguese government is being lauded even by the mainstream media for defying the European Union (EU) with its anti-austerity policy and thereby sparking an economic recovery …

Hans Stehling (2019-03-01). Is Israel Just a European-Style Democracy but in the Middle East? globalresearch.ca Israel, in fact, is unlike any European state. It does not have a democratic government that ratifies and/or abides by international and United Nations resolutions, agreements and conventions on human and civil rights, nuclear/chemical/biological weapons of mass destruction, or conforms …

Raina Lipsitz (2019-03-01). Richard Gottfried's Health-Care Crusade Is Paying Off. thenation.com Richard Gottfried's Health-Care Crusade Is Paying Off…

teleSUR (2019-03-01). UN Agrees to Train Mexican National Guard on Human Rights. telesurenglish.net The Mexican government will sign an agreement with the United Nations to train the newly instated National Guard in matters of human rights this April. | RELATED: | AMLO's National Guard Bill Moves Through Mexican Senate | Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, revi…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-01). Headlines for March 1, 2019. democracynow.org U.N. Human Rights Panel: Israel May Have Committed War Crimes in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Be Indicted on Corruption Charges, NYT: Trump Intervened to Give Security Clearance to Jared Kushner, In Peace Talks with Taliban, U.S. Floats Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal, Somalia: At Least 15 Dead in Twin Suicide Bombings, North Korea Disputes Trump's Account of Why Kim-Trump Summit Failed, Immigrant Groups Cite "Alarming Increase" in Babies Jailed by ICE, House Approves Bill to Extend Gun Purchase Waiting Period, Lawmakers Seek Interview of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, Virginia's First Lady A…

ACLU (2019-03-01). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. aclu.org A federal court threw out a baseless lawsuit against Greenpeace and other pipeline opponents and the company promptly refiled the case in state court. | In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court. | These meritless cases…

Rafia Zakaria (2019-03-01). War-Weary Pakistan Is Ready for Peace. thenation.com War-Weary Pakistan Is Ready for Peace…

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-01). Russia Officially Returns to South Asia by Offering to Host Indo-Pak Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca Russia's 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia is one major step closer to fruition after Foreign Minister Lavrov offered to host peace talks between India and Pakistan, proving that Russia's refusal to take …

Nicholas Levis (2019-03-01). Other People's Money, Other People's Blood: Which Trump Do We Fight? counterpunch.org Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's incendiary testimony to the House Congressional Oversight Committee on 27 February, calling the president "a racist, a con-man and a cheat," highlighted not for the first time the contradiction between condemnations of Trump as the unwanted, kitschy, proto-fascist, poisoned flower of American capitalism — a "legitimate businessman" and global More

Robert Fantina (2019-03-01). The Circus that Never Leaves Town. counterpunch.org The circus that is called U.S. governance continues to entertain with its bizarre acts. This week, an awestruck public witnessed yet another one, this time with the Cohen clown testifying before Congress. Yes, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and 'fixer' (is that really a thing?) Michael Cohen stood before a Congressional committee and swore to More

susan_p (2019-03-01). Swaziland: Youth call for democracy. greenleft.org.au The biggest youth movement in Swaziland, the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), called for democracy at its 12th National Congress held over February 16-17. | The congress was held in South Africa because of political repression in Swaziland. | The main theme of the congress — the first held since 2013 — was democracy and "reawakening youth zeal for liberation". | The congress elected a new president, Sonkhe Dube, who said: "We are committed to a peaceful transition from the current dictatorship under the monarchy to a democratic Eswatini [Swaziland]. As young people, we want liberation now, because…

RT (2019-03-01). 'We are all militant again': Trade unions ready to fight in today's more left-wing America. rt.com Work stoppages and strikes are on the rise across America, with teachers and social workers most commonly seen at the picket line. Have newly militant trade unions found a receptive audience in the Democratic party? |

susan_p (2019-03-01). Dutch Green Left Party endorses BDS. greenleft.org.au Netherland's Green Left Party has passed a motion in favour of boycotting Israel and in support of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign at its February 16 Congress. | They became the first parliamentary party to do so. | The Green Left Party holds 14 out of 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament. | "BDS is a legitimate means to help Palestinians in their fight for justice," the motion said, affirming that Green Left "will be alert and resist forcefully attempts in any country to criminalise BDS." | The Dutch Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a Jewish group committed to fi…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-01). CNN Caught Colluding With Democratic Party Against Bernie Sanders' 2020 Campaign. theantimedia.com (TMU) — It should surprise absolutely no one that CNN is abjectly loyal to the Beltway establishment—especially to the entrenched forces currently dominating the Democratic Party. Thus it should be no shock to learn that on Monday, CNN stacked its Town Hall with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading 2020 presidential hopeful, with Democratic Party attendees tied to failed …

RT (2019-03-01). 'Time to end the nuclear threat': Graham hints at war hours after Trump-Kim summit stalls. rt.com Sen. Lindsey Graham is already saber-rattling at North Korea less than a day after President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong-un ended their summit amicably without a signed agreement. Graham, it seems, doesn't handle peace well.

RT (2019-03-01). CNN, Democratic Party accused of conspiring against Sanders with 'stacked' audience at Q&A event. rt.com CNN and the Democratic Party have been accused of trying to sabotage Bernie Sanders after the network masked the political affiliations of audience members who pelted the senator with questions during a town hall event.

Aída Chávez (2019-03-01). The Viral Confrontation With Dianne Feinstein Had a Political Impact Most Pundits Missed. theintercept.com That activists' conversations with Democrats — and Republicans — have borne actual fruit should be instructive as they try to gin up more support for the Green New Deal.

2019-03-02: Social Media Postees

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Islamic State group Faces Final Defeat by Kurdish-Led Force
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-02
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced into the Islamic State group's final stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, where fighting is ongoing — a monumental development after four years of international efforts to quell the group that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. | RELATED: | Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians | The U.S.-backed SDF, which is made of factions and groups from different ethnic communities in Syria, began the assault Thursday to capture the en…
telesurenglish.net/news/Islamic-State-gr…

Video: US Forces Steal Tons of Gold Captured by ISIS in Syria, Iraq
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-02
US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US. | According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The …
globalresearch.ca/video-us-forces-steal-…

'The coup is over'
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2019-03-02
Venezuelan leader Jorge Arreaza says that his government prefers negotiations and peace and wants the permanent coup efforts directed by the United States and its allies to end…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-coup-is-over/

British Aid to Venezuela: A Soft Power Tool Kit
Nina Cross | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-02
With Jeremy Hunt and Alan Duncan keenly poised to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, in order to install a compliant neoliberal one, now is a good time to look at the aid which the Foreign …
globalresearch.ca/british-aid-venezuela-…

Who Is US Intelligence Official Advising Guaido
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-02
Since leaving Venezuela on Feb. 22, despite a travel-ban in place against him, opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido has deployed an intense agenda of attacking democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro as he travels to Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, and other South American countries, whose right-wing leaders were quick to throw their support behind his self-proclamation as interim president. | Besides traveling with his wife Fabiana Rosales, who has accompanied him on each visit as if they were…
telesurenglish.net/news/Who-Is-US-Intell…

Sanders Launches 2020 Campaign From Brooklyn Hometown
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-02
NEW YORK–Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday returned to Brooklyn, the borough where he was born, to launch a presidential campaign that's expected to connect his working-class childhood to his populist political views that have reshaped the Democratic Party. | Sanders, a Vermont independent and the runner-up in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, spoke Saturday morning from Brooklyn College, which he attended for a time. | Sanders launched his 2016 campaign from Vermont, the bucolic state that he has represented in the Senate for nearly two decades. But this time around, seeking to showcase more of his p…
truthdig.com/articles/sanders-launching-…

Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Bid With Threats to Ruling Elite
Naomi LaChance | truthdig.com | 2019-03-02
Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to Brooklyn, where he was born, to kick off his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday. At Brooklyn College, where he spent his freshman year, Sanders emphasized progressive ideas of anti-bigotry, accountability for corporate greed and rights for the working class that have defined his political career and already pushed other Democratic hopefuls to the left. | "Thank you all for being part of a political revolution which is going to transform America," he said. The crowd applauded and began chanting his name: "Bernie! Bernie!" | "No, no, no, it is not Bernie; it i…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-lau…

Kamala Harris Is Not a Red-Baiter, She's Just Not a Socialist (Like Most Americans)
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-03-02
In recent columns I have celebrated the energy and ideas brought into the Democratic party by newly-elected young leftists, defended them from criticism, condemned the red-baiting of the left, and explained how and why "socialism" has played an important role in the history of American democracy, and ought not to be feared.
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/02/kamala…

Eyeing 2020, White House Steps Up 'Socialism' Attack on Dems
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-02
WASHINGTON — As the White House gears up for the 2020 campaign, it's pressing the case that Democrats are rallying behind what it's calling the policies of "socialism." | Trying to portray Democrats as out of step with ordinary Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the choice in the next election is "between freedom and socialism, between personal responsibility and government dependence." | It was the latest step in a coordinated effort by President Donald Trump and his allies to drive up enthusiasm among the GOP base by sowing fea…
truthdig.com/articles/eyeing-2020-white-…

The Venezuela crisis and realpolitik
Alfred de Zayas | mronline.org | 2019-03-02
As heads of government, democratically entrusted with safeguarding the welfare of all Venezuelans, Chavez and Maduro bear overall responsibility for the economic crisis, but they are not alone. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/02/the-venezuela-cr…

Hodeida Residents Brace for the Worst as UN Truce Falters Amid Saudi Military Buildup
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-02
Local residents and analysts alike fear the Saudi-led Coalition is using the relative calm derived from the new agreement as cover to fulfill its military objectives and not as a stepping stone towards peace.
mintpressnews.com/hodeida-residents-brac…

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent
Nicola Morrow | commondreams.org | 2019-03-02
In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court.
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/02/dakota…

Vile Racism in West Virginia GOP: Rep. Ilhan Omar Likened to al-Qaeda
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-03-02
Republicans in the West Virginia state legislature held a "GOP takes the Rotunda" event at the state capitol on Friday. As part of this event they hung a poster of the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers, labeled "'NEVER FORGET'—YOU SAID." Below it they placed a picture of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the caption "I AM PROOF—YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN."
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/02/vile-r…

Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-02
The event opened Thursday with a five-and-a-half-minute video collage presenting the Democratic Party as a looming socialist threat from which only Trump and his supporters can save America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/02/cpac…

USA empire refused de-nuclearization in Korea
DLI | indybay.org | 2019-03-02
Contrary to US mainstream corporate-bin-Laden media accounts, it was Washington that refused to accept a reasonable, step-by-step reciprocal confidence-building process put forth by the DPRK(North Korea) that scuttled the much-awaited peace talk in Hanoi this past week. The overbearing US side refused to A)bring up a formal Peace Treaty to end the 1950s Korean War; B)looked upon de-nuclearization only as a one-sided surrender of all of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile arsenal, without a corresponding removal of U.S. nuclear arms in NE Asia; and C)arrogantly insists on maintaining the strangling but illegal economi…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/01/1882154…

At Conservative Conference, Speakers Were Obsessed With the Socialist Bogeyman
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-02
Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference on Wednesday by stating explicitly the goal of the four-day event: to dissect and understand the tactics used by progressive activists, in order to effectively push back against "creeping socialism." | CPAC, as the annual event is known, has long been a place for debate around conservative ideas. This year, however, the speakers — avowed supporters of President Donald Trump — spent much more time fear-mongering about a socialist takeover of the United States and counting the losses they…
theintercept.com/2019/03/02/cpac-democra…

US Senate hearings on drug prices provide "friendly warning" to pharmaceuticals
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-02
While some of the members of the committee occasionally posed as industry critics, the Senate hearing made it clear that no serious action will be taken to rein in high drug prices.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/02/usdr…

The Big Wall Street Giveaway the 115th Congress Hopes the 116th Won't Notice
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-03-02
Candidates in the Democratic presidential primary are tripping over each otherto declare themselves enemies of the billionaire class. Bank CEOs are fretting about both
truthout.org/articles/the-big-wall-stree…

Bernie Sanders at CNN Town Hall: My purpose is to promote the Democratic Party
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-02
Sanders' aim, utilizing his reputation as an "independent," is to convince disillusioned workers and young people not to seek an alternative to the right-wing Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/02/sand…

Near-record low turnout in first round of Chicago municipal election
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-02
Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Democratic Party boss Toni Preckwinkle will face each other in the April 2 run-off.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/02/chic…

On the Basis of Sex and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The manufacturing of a "living legend"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-02
The two-hour biopic–a tedious cinematic effort–seeks to rally a core constituency of the Democratic Party: upper-middle-class women.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/02/gins…

2020 'hip-hop generation' candidate 'fights the power' with… RAP LYRICS
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-02
Cory Booker, a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has recently revealed his strategy to capture the votes of America's minorities: quote 30-year-old rap lyrics and hope for the best. | …
rt.com/usa/452860-cory-booker-2020-rap-l…

Congressional Field Hearings Gather Stories of Voter Suppression
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-03-02
Congressional leaders have begun a series of listening sessions and field hearings that seek to document the need for the full restoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The U.S. Supreme Court gutted the VRA in its 2013 ruling in the Shelby County v. Holder case out of Alabama that ended federal preclearance of election changes in places with a history of voter discrimination, most of them in the South. | The gatherings are being organized by the House Administration Comm…
truthout.org/articles/congressional-fiel…

Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq
Al-Thawra | indybay.org | 2019-03-02
Over 3.000 Yazidi's remain missing, in an act declared as "Genocide" by the International Community.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/02/1882154…

Kamala Harris' office paid out over $1.1mn to settle sex harassment claims as AG
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-02
Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is in damage control mode over revelations that her office paid out over $1.1 million in response to sex harassment and misconduct claims while she was California's attorney general. | …
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Returning Syrian Refugees Were Fleeing US Proxy War, Not "Assad"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
A recent BBC segment titled, " The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war," contradicted 8 years of the British state media's narratives regarding the war in Syria. | A synopsis of the short BBC video segment would read: …
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Cohen's Overlooked Warning — and Other Media Silences Worth Hearing
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
Drawing by Nathaniel St. ClairI fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power. | — Michael Cohen, speaking to the U.S. Congress, February 27, 2019 | It's the silences — the things left out and sent down the "memory hole" — that strike me most in the United States' Orwellian capitalist and white-supremacist media. | Urban Racism as a Nonstory | Here in Chicago, the Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly cases were recently all the local media rage. By contrast, recent reports that 63 Black people have so far been exonerated after having bags of heroin and coc…
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Cohen Knows What Trump Is Capable Of. His Testimony Should Terrify Us
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2019-03-01
On February 27, Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee for six hours. In two months, Cohen will begin serving a three-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations involving illegal hush money and falsely testifying to Congress that Trump Tower Moscow negotiations had Read…
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Is Israel Just a European-Style Democracy but in the Middle East?
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
Israel, in fact, is unlike any European state. It does not have a democratic government that ratifies and/or abides by international and United Nations resolutions, agreements and conventions on human and civil rights, nuclear/chemical/biological weapons of mass destruction, or conforms …
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UNF SDS wins campaign demands
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-01
Jacksonville, FL – On February 19 the University of North Florida Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) held a rally speaking out against Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic border wall. About 30 students attended despite the chilly rain. Several speakers addressed the protesters about the importance of organizing on campus and opposing Trump's backwards policies. | After the speeches, students from UNF SDS marched across campus to the university president's office and occupied it until the administration met with SDS to discuss the students' demands. SDS dem…
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Truthdigger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New Face of the Democratic Party
Natasha Hakimi Zapata | truthdig.com | 2019-03-01
The youngest member of Congress in history has been in office under two months, but she's already done plenty to praise.
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Can the Left Look to Portugal for an Alternative to Austerity?
Asad Ismi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
While social-democratic parties all over Europe have been losing power and popularity, the centre-left Portuguese government is being lauded even by the mainstream media for defying the European Union (EU) with its anti-austerity policy and thereby sparking an economic recovery | …
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Our Resolution: Bomber Bernie Sets Sights on 2020
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
"Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton's most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously…They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator" –Alive Imperialist Collaborator Bernie Sanders, expressing his solidarity with the international working class. Colonel Bernard Sanders has long despised by the…
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Richard Gottfried's Health-Care Crusade Is Paying Off
Raina Lipsitz | thenation.com | 2019-03-01
Richard Gottfried's Health-Care Crusade Is Paying Off…
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UN Agrees to Train Mexican National Guard on Human Rights
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-01
The Mexican government will sign an agreement with the United Nations to train the newly instated National Guard in matters of human rights this April. | RELATED: | AMLO's National Guard Bill Moves Through Mexican Senate | Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, revi…
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Rapprochement, Dialogue, and a Peaceful Resolution of Jammu and Kashmir
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
During the last two decades, each military crisis between India and Pakistan has been followed by attempts at diplomatic rapprochement, which have turned out to be fiascos. The two countries go through sporadic peacemaking efforts, characterized by negotiations. For instance, in January 2004, the then Indian prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the then Pakistani president, General…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/01/rapprochemen…

Facebook Wants You to Know if You're Getting Your News From the Wrong Government
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2019-03-01
If you're thinking that Facebook–90 percent of whose customers are not in the United States–should treat Russian-backed outlets differently than US-backed outlets because the US supports peace and democracy, or doesn't use social media to try to manipulate other nations…. Well, this is why it's important to get your information from a variety of sources.
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The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-01
A federal court threw out a baseless lawsuit against Greenpeace and other pipeline opponents and the company promptly refiled the case in state court. | In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court. | These meritless cases…
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Russia Officially Returns to South Asia by Offering to Host Indo-Pak Peace Talks
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
Russia's 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia is one major step closer to fruition after Foreign Minister Lavrov offered to host peace talks between India and Pakistan, proving that Russia's refusal to take …
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War-Weary Pakistan Is Ready for Peace
Rafia Zakaria | thenation.com | 2019-03-01
War-Weary Pakistan Is Ready for Peace…
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The Circus that Never Leaves Town
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
The circus that is called U.S. governance continues to entertain with its bizarre acts. This week, an awestruck public witnessed yet another one, this time with the Cohen clown testifying before Congress. Yes, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and 'fixer' (is that really a thing?) Michael Cohen stood before a Congressional committee and swore to…
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Other People's Money, Other People's Blood: Which Trump Do We Fight?
Nicholas Levis | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's incendiary testimony to the House Congressional Oversight Committee on 27 February, calling the president "a racist, a con-man and a cheat," highlighted not for the first time the contradiction between condemnations of Trump as the unwanted, kitschy, proto-fascist, poisoned flower of American capitalism — a "legitimate businessman" and global…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/01/other-people…

'We are all militant again': Trade unions ready to fight in today's more left-wing America
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-01
Work stoppages and strikes are on the rise across America, with teachers and social workers most commonly seen at the picket line. Have newly militant trade unions found a receptive audience in the Democratic party? | …
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CNN, Democratic Party accused of conspiring against Sanders with 'stacked' audience at Q&A event
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-01
CNN and the Democratic Party have been accused of trying to sabotage Bernie Sanders after the network masked the political affiliations of audience members who pelted the senator with questions during a town hall event. | …
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Dutch Green Left Party endorses BDS
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
Netherland's Green Left Party has passed a motion in favour of boycotting Israel and in support of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign at its February 16 Congress. | They became the first parliamentary party to do so. | The Green Left Party holds 14 out of 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament. | "BDS is a legitimate means to help Palestinians in their fight for justice," the motion said, affirming that Green Left "will be alert and resist forcefully attempts in any country to criminalise BDS." | The Dutch Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a Jewish group committed to fi…
greenleft.org.au/content/dutch-green-left-party-endorses-bds

'Time to end the nuclear threat': Graham hints at war hours after Trump-Kim summit stalls
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-01
Sen. Lindsey Graham is already saber-rattling at North Korea less than a day after President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong-un ended their summit amicably without a signed agreement. Graham, it seems, doesn't handle peace well. | …
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Erasing Palestine: Israeli land grabs on the increase
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
There is a very famous map of what used to be Palestine and what Palestine is now. Several frames in between show the increasing progression of Israel's land grabs. | Israel claims to be the only party interested in the elusive "middle east peace process" and a genuine believer in the widely discredited two-state solution, but the map tells a very different story. | Israel continues evicting Palestinian families, demolishing or allowing illegal settlers to steal Palestinian homes and annexing the rapidly sh…
greenleft.org.au/content/erasing-palestine-israeli-land-grabs-increase

U.S. Rep. Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela and Recognition of Guaidó
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-01
U.S. Congressmember Andriano Espaillat (D-NY 13th) calls for free and fair elections in Venezuela and critiques the double standard of U.S. policy, which calls for democracy in Venezuela yet is in bed with anti-democratic right wing governments in Central America — with Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/espaillat-oppose…

"It's Time": Push Intensifies for Democrats to Use Cohen Testimony to Subpoena Trump Tax Returns
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-01
Tax justice groups on Friday called on Democrats to make use of the most illuminating parts of Michael Cohen's testimony at a House Oversight Committee hearing earlier this week—arguing that his detailing of President Donald Trump's long history of alleged tax fraud gives lawmakers ample reason to subpoena the president's tax returns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US Army Takes 50 Tons of Stolen Gold From Syria in Alleged Deal With ISIS
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-01
(TMU) — As the remaining pockets of ISIS fighters faced imminent defeat in northeast Syria, the United States allegedly gave them an offer they couldn't refuse: give us your massive caches of gold — or die. According to reports by Syrian state news agency SANA, U.S. forces struck a deal with ISIS whereby the terrorist …

US Army Takes 50 Tons of Stolen Gold From Syria in Alleged Deal With ISIS