Daily Archives: April 1, 2019

2019-04-01: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-04-01). Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness. consortiumnews.com Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more →

Robert Fisk (2019-04-01). Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel? counterpunch.org Is there any other country on Earth with which America would dare collude on such a scale? Forget the "special relationship" with the crackpots in Britain, or the New World coming to the rescue of the Old World in the Second World War. There's only one special relationship that matters right now — and we all know what that is. Having given its blessing to all Jerusalem as Israeli property and having now handed Golan to Israel as a possession — for "to annex" means "to take possession", does it not? — Donald Trump has undermined the entire foundation of "land for peace" enshrined in Security Coun…

Geoff Beckman (2019-04-01). Why Nobody in the Future Will Think Obama Was Wonderful. counterpunch.org Obama prevented a depression? Great. His inaction—and mania about deficits established a recession that has lasted a decade—with permanent reductions in salary and wealth for the middle class. George W. Bush passed tax cuts for the wealthy; Barack Obama made them permanent. He demagoged against the tax rates Bill Clinton had put into place as vehemently as Ronald Reagan savaged the 90% tax bracket. More

teleSUR (2019-04-01). Trump 'Not Bluffing' on Border Closure: White House. telesurenglish.net The United States administration under President Donald Trump reiterated the president's threats to close its southern border this week if Mexico didn't halt incoming undocumented people on their side of the fence. | RELATED: | Mexico's 'AMLO' Still Popular After 100 Days in Office | Speaking to ABC's "This Week", White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney blamed Democrat Party members for what the administration is calling a 'border crisis' with Mexico as thousands of Central Americ…

Margherita Furlan (2019-04-01). The New Arab OTAN — Serving Who? globalresearch.ca "Iran is the main threat in the Middle East, and confronting the Islamic Republic is the key to achieving peace in the entire region". As American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pronounced these words in Poland, on February 13, Iran …

RWMDLFF (2019-04-01). Disturbing the Peace. indybay.org Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz…

Noam Chomsky (2019-04-01). Rousing the Multitudes. zcomm.org Fear that the "rascal multitude" will threaten the property of the self-designated "men of best quality" traces back to the first modern democratic revolution in 17th century England…

Jessica Corbett (2019-04-01). 'Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest'. zcomm.org Senate Urged to Reject David Bernhardt to Run Interior…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-04-01). Bernie Holds Double-Digit Lead Over 2020 Rivals Among Young Democratic Voters: Poll. commondreams.org A new national poll of young Democratic voters released Monday shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the crowded 2020 field with a double-digit lead over the second most popular candidate, Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Martha Rosenberg (2019-04-01). Drug Company Executives Defend Their Prices on the Hill. zcomm.org Pharma has two lobbyists for every member of Congress. It spends more on lobbying than tobacco, oil and defense contractors combined…

Kevin Zeese (2019-03-31). US Blasted At UN For Recognising Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan. popularresistance.org The United States came under sharp criticism from 14 other United Nations Security Council nations for its decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in violation of international law. | The Security Council met on Wednesday at the request of Syria, which in a letter to the council called the US move a "flagrant violation" of UN resolutions. Speaker after speaker at the council session supported Syria's sovereignty over the Golan Heights and opposed Israel's annexation after Trump's proclamation. | "This unilateral action does nothing to assist in finding a long-term peaceful solution to th…

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). 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…

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.

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.

Terrace (2019-03-31). Defense Of European Empires Was Original NATO Goal. popularresistance.org From the outset Canadian officials had an incredibly expansive definition of NATO's supposed defensive character, which says an "attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies." As part of the Parliamentary debate over NATO external minister Lester Pearson said: "There is no better way of ensuring the security of the Pacific Ocean at this particular moment than by working out, between the great democratic powers, a security arrangement the effects of which will be felt all over the world, including the Pacific area."

Kevin Zeese (2019-03-31). Why There'll Be No US-Russia Reset Post-Mueller. popularresistance.org President Donald Trump and his White House team may have been cleared of collusion with the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election. That startling conclusion by Special Counsel Robert Mueller after nearly two years of investigation, might be viewed by some as giving Trump freedom to now get on with normalizing relations with Moscow. Don't bet on it. The fundamental issue for Washington is that Russia is not a vassal for American imperialism. That's why there will be no reset. There will only be reset when American imperialism is replaced by a law-abiding, genuinely democratic US government. Until then, expect…

teleSUR (2019-03-31). Brazilians March Against 'Commemoration' of Military Coup. telesurenglish.net Several social organizations of Brazil were organizing Sunday various marches in the main cities of the country in opposition to President Jair Bolsonaro's order to commemorate the military dictatorship (1964-1985) which came to power through a coup on March 31, 1964 against democratically elected President Joà£o Goulart. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | Under the slogan "Dictatorship Never Again," the demonstrations will take place in Rio de…

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."

Kevin Zeese (2019-03-31). Why Was Guaido Barred from Holding Public Office for 15 Years? popularresistance.org The imposter fraud Guaido is having a difficult time organizing people to support his coup against President Maduro. Our colleague, Eva K. Bartlett, who joined us on a recent peace delegation in Venezuela and has remained behind to continue to report on activities there. She has been trying to go to a Guaido opposition protest and yesterday went to several locations where they were supposed to take place. She was unable to find any opposition of significance and no Guaido. Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso announced Thursday that the opposition politician Juan Guaido has been barred from holding publi…

teleSUR (2019-03-31). Chileans Take to the Streets to Reject Current Pension Model. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Chileans rallied Sunday nation-wide to object the country's current pension system, emphatically demanding that "Chile deserves to age with dignity". | RELATED: | Voices Rise in Chile for the 'Right to Live in Peace' Concert | The march was organized by "No + AFP", which as its name indicates calls for the end of the privatized model, based on the individual capitalization of pensions run by the Administrators of pension funds (AFP). | Chileans in Valdivia, Antofagas…

teleSUR (2019-03-31). Hemingway Legacy Writes Unifying Chapter for US, Cuba: Lawmaker. telesurenglish.net Ernest Hemingway's legacy helps to bring Americans and Cubans together, a U.S. congressman said as he opened an archive at the legendary writer's onetime home in Havana, despite tensions between the two nations. | RELATED: | Record Number of Cubans in ICE Detention Centers | "Hemingway is once again serving to unite Americans and Cubans," Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern said at the ceremony on Saturday at the facility, already a museum chronicling the some 20 years the author spent in…

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 …

teleSUR (2019-03-31). Activists Protest Anti-abortion Conference In Italy. telesurenglish.net Pro-abortion activists were out en force in the streets of Verona, Italy to protest an anti-abortion conference taking place there and attended by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. | RELATED: | Argentina: Premature Baby of 11-Year-Old Raped Girl Who Was Denied Abortion, Dies | Salvini's coalition partner Luigi Di Maio described anti-abortion rhetoric as "medieval." | The World Congress of Families (WCF), a three day anti-abortion summit hosted by the U.S.-bas…

teleSUR (2019-03-31). 'Yellow Vest' Hold 20th Protest Despite Dramatic Repression. telesurenglish.net The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets worn by demonstrators, began in November as an expression of public anger against fuel tax increases. | Since the beginning of the movement, the government took various repressive measures to contain the protests. The French Senate has recently voted in favor of a controversial "anti-riot" bill which gives the possibility to the Prefect to prohibit a person from participating in a demonstration and…

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…

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 …

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.

(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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

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Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-01
Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/31/pelosi-and…

Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel?
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-01
Is there any other country on Earth with which America would dare collude on such a scale? Forget the "special relationship" with the crackpots in Britain, or the New World coming to the rescue of the Old World in the Second World War. There's only one special relationship that matters right now — and we all know what that is. Having given its blessing to all Jerusalem as Israeli property and having now handed Golan to Israel as a possession — for "to annex" means "to take possession", does it not? — Donald Trump has undermined the entire foundation of "land for peace" enshrined in Security Coun…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/01/why-does-the…

Trump 'Not Bluffing' on Border Closure: White House
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-01
The United States administration under President Donald Trump reiterated the president's threats to close its southern border this week if Mexico didn't halt incoming undocumented people on their side of the fence. | RELATED: | Mexico's 'AMLO' Still Popular After 100 Days in Office | Speaking to ABC's "This Week", White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney blamed Democrat Party members for what the administration is calling a 'border crisis' with Mexico as thousands of Central Americ…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Not-Bluffi…

Disturbing the Peace
RWMDLFF | indybay.org | 2019-04-01
Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/31/1882239…

The New Arab OTAN — Serving Who?
Margherita Furlan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
"Iran is the main threat in the Middle East, and confronting the Islamic Republic is the key to achieving peace in the entire region". As American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pronounced these words in Poland, on February 13, Iran …
globalresearch.ca/the-new-arab-otan-serv…

'Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest'
Jessica Corbett | zcomm.org | 2019-04-01
Senate Urged to Reject David Bernhardt to Run Interior…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/walking-talking-co…

Bernie Holds Double-Digit Lead Over 2020 Rivals Among Young Democratic Voters: Poll
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-01
A new national poll of young Democratic voters released Monday shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the crowded 2020 field with a double-digit lead over the second most popular candidate, Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/01/bernie-…

Rousing the Multitudes
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2019-04-01
Fear that the "rascal multitude" will threaten the property of the self-designated "men of best quality" traces back to the first modern democratic revolution in 17th century England…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/rousing-the-multitud…

Drug Company Executives Defend Their Prices on the Hill
Martha Rosenberg | zcomm.org | 2019-04-01
Pharma has two lobbyists for every member of Congress. It spends more on lobbying than tobacco, oil and defense contractors combined…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/drug-company-executi…

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…

US Blasted At UN For Recognising Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2019-03-31
The United States came under sharp criticism from 14 other United Nations Security Council nations for its decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in violation of international law. | The Security Council met on Wednesday at the request of Syria, which in a letter to the council called the US move a "flagrant violation" of UN resolutions. Speaker after speaker at the council session supported Syria's sovereignty over the Golan Heights and opposed Israel's annexation after Trump's proclamation. | "This unilateral action does nothing to assist in finding a long-term peaceful solution to th…
popularresistance.org/us-blasted-at-un-f…

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…

Why There'll Be No US-Russia Reset Post-Mueller
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2019-03-31
President Donald Trump and his White House team may have been cleared of collusion with the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election. That startling conclusion by Special Counsel Robert Mueller after nearly two years of investigation, might be viewed by some as giving Trump freedom to now get on with normalizing relations with Moscow. Don't bet on it. The fundamental issue for Washington is that Russia is not a vassal for American imperialism. That's why there will be no reset. There will only be reset when American imperialism is replaced by a law-abiding, genuinely democratic US government. Until then, expect…
popularresistance.org/why-therell-be-no-…

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/

Defense Of European Empires Was Original NATO Goal
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2019-03-31
From the outset Canadian officials had an incredibly expansive definition of NATO's supposed defensive character, which says an "attack against one ally is considered as an attack against all allies." As part of the Parliamentary debate over NATO external minister Lester Pearson said: "There is no better way of ensuring the security of the Pacific Ocean at this particular moment than by working out, between the great democratic powers, a security arrangement the effects of which will be felt all over the world, including the Pacific area."
popularresistance.org/defense-of-europea…

Brazilians March Against 'Commemoration' of Military Coup
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-31
Several social organizations of Brazil were organizing Sunday various marches in the main cities of the country in opposition to President Jair Bolsonaro's order to commemorate the military dictatorship (1964-1985) which came to power through a coup on March 31, 1964 against democratically elected President Joà£o Goulart. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | Under the slogan "Dictatorship Never Again," the demonstrations will take place in Rio de…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilians-March…

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-…

Why Was Guaido Barred from Holding Public Office for 15 Years?
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2019-03-31
The imposter fraud Guaido is having a difficult time organizing people to support his coup against President Maduro. Our colleague, Eva K. Bartlett, who joined us on a recent peace delegation in Venezuela and has remained behind to continue to report on activities there. She has been trying to go to a Guaido opposition protest and yesterday went to several locations where they were supposed to take place. She was unable to find any opposition of significance and no Guaido. Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso announced Thursday that the opposition politician Juan Guaido has been barred from holding publi…
popularresistance.org/why-was-guaido-bar…

Chileans Take to the Streets to Reject Current Pension Model
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-31
Thousands of Chileans rallied Sunday nation-wide to object the country's current pension system, emphatically demanding that "Chile deserves to age with dignity". | RELATED: | Voices Rise in Chile for the 'Right to Live in Peace' Concert | The march was organized by "No + AFP", which as its name indicates calls for the end of the privatized model, based on the individual capitalization of pensions run by the Administrators of pension funds (AFP). | Chileans in Valdivia, Antofagas…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chileans-Take-to…

Hemingway Legacy Writes Unifying Chapter for US, Cuba: Lawmaker
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-31
Ernest Hemingway's legacy helps to bring Americans and Cubans together, a U.S. congressman said as he opened an archive at the legendary writer's onetime home in Havana, despite tensions between the two nations. | RELATED: | Record Number of Cubans in ICE Detention Centers | "Hemingway is once again serving to unite Americans and Cubans," Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern said at the ceremony on Saturday at the facility, already a museum chronicling the some 20 years the author spent in…
telesurenglish.net/news/Hemingway-Legacy…

Activists Protest Anti-abortion Conference In Italy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-31
Pro-abortion activists were out en force in the streets of Verona, Italy to protest an anti-abortion conference taking place there and attended by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. | RELATED: | Argentina: Premature Baby of 11-Year-Old Raped Girl Who Was Denied Abortion, Dies | Salvini's coalition partner Luigi Di Maio described anti-abortion rhetoric as "medieval." | The World Congress of Families (WCF), a three day anti-abortion summit hosted by the U.S.-bas…
telesurenglish.net/news/Activists-Protes…

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-…

'Yellow Vest' Hold 20th Protest Despite Dramatic Repression
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-31
The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets worn by demonstrators, began in November as an expression of public anger against fuel tax increases. | Since the beginning of the movement, the government took various repressive measures to contain the protests. The French Senate has recently voted in favor of a controversial "anti-riot" bill which gives the possibility to the Prefect to prohibit a person from participating in a demonstration and…
telesurenglish.net/news/Yellow-Vest-Hold…

'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…

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 …
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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…

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.
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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-…

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…

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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. | …
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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…

"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…

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-…

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. | …
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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…

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…

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,…
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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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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.
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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 ?…
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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…

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…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/stand-by-for…

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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/ocasio-cortez-t…

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…
therealnews.com/columns/maryland-becomes…

Journalist says MSNBC politics editor bullied him on DNC's behalf
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-29
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. | …
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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