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2020-03-04: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-04). Russia hopes Putin, Erdogan can agree joint measures at Syria talks, Kremlin says. rt.com The Kremlin has said it hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be able to agree on a set of joint measures for the Syrian province of Idlib when they meet for talks in Moscow on Thursday. | "We plan to discuss the Idlib crisis," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "We expect to reach a common understanding on the crisis, the cause of the crisis, the harmful effects of the crisis and arrive at a set of necessary joint measures." | Erdogan reiterated on Wednesday that he expects his talks with Putin this week to result in the rapid achievement of a ceasefire in n…

RT (2020-03-04). 'Turks are our brotherly people,' no reason for them to die in Syria — President Assad. rt.com Turks and Syrians are culturally intertwined and have no reason to be hostile towards each other, Bashar Assad said as violence escalates in Idlib. He said there is no reason for Turkish people to die in Syria. | "We talk about Turks as our brotherly people," the Syrian president said in an interview with a Russian news channel. "I am asking the Turkish people: what is your problem with Syria? What is the problem over which Turkish citizens need to die?" | He added that the two nations were bound through culture; there are many ethnic Turks living in Syria and vice versa, as well as cross-ethnic marriages. | T…

RT (2020-03-04). WATCH: Fistfight breaks out in Turkish parliament after lawmaker lashes out at Erdogan over Idlib soldier deaths. rt.com Turkey's parliament descended into a chaotic fistfight after an opposition lawmaker accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of disrespecting Turkish soldiers killed recently in Idlib, Syria. | During a closed session about the country's operations in Idlib, opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) member Engin Ozkoc said Erdogan disrespected the dead troops and had also acted irresponsibly by sending them into conflict without air cover. | The accusations quickly escalated into a huge brawl inside the chamber between government and opposition politicians, with punches thrown and lawmakers slapping and kicking…

RT (2020-03-04). On the eve of Putin-Erdogan meeting in Moscow, where is the Idlib crisis at? rt.com This is what the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone looks like right before the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, scheduled for March 5. | There are currently five Turkish battalion task force teams operating in Idlib, consisting of 4,700 troops, 129 artillery guns and mortars, and 15 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The Turkish force's combat capabilities are bolstered by artillery reconnaissance, electronic warfare units, along with multiple reconnaissance and much-feared combat drones. | Significant losses : | These combat drones caused…

RT (2020-03-04). 'You met Al-Qaeda's medical staff': US envoy to UN takes heat after proudly greeting notorious White Helmets. rt.com Colorful images of Ambassador Kelly Craft enthusiastically shaking hands with 'White Helmets' members made rounds online, with users reminding the diplomat of their connections to a jihadi group the US once fought against. | Craft, who serves as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, showed up at the Turkey-Syrian border, posing with members of the self-described "civil defense group." She didn't come empty-handed, though, promising a hefty $108-million "humanitarian support package" intended for the people of northern Syria. | "Grateful to shake the hands of the brave men and women of the #whitehelmets," Ke…

RT (2020-03-04). American what?! Bloomberg beats Tulsi Gabbard in her birthplace Samoa & bags first delegates… at roughly $100mn per head. rt.com After dumping a cool $500 million into the race, billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg has scored his first primary win in American Samoa, beating native Tulsi Gabbard and driving many netizens to dig out a map to find it. | With all results in, Bloomberg finished with 49 percent in the territory on Tuesday night, while Gabbard took second at 29 percent. Having passed the 15-point threshold, both candidates qualified for delegates — the only ones to do so in American Samoa — with Bloomberg earning four and Gabbard one. A final delegate there has yet to be awarded. | American Samoa Results (100% R…

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-04). The prospect of peace in Afghanistan is real—and Pakistan is the key player. mronline.org The U.S.-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 29 must be put in proper perspective. Indeed, there can't be two opinions that the curtain is coming down on what U.S. President Donald Trump called the "endless war" in which America squandered away over a trillion dollars and lost thousands of lives with no victory […] |

RT (2020-03-04). US strikes Taliban as Trump's Afghanistan peace deal risks collapse. rt.com The US military has conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Helmand province, jeopardizing a fragile ceasefire and Donald Trump's much-touted peace roadmap for Afghanistan. | A spokesman for US forces said that an airstrike had targeted Taliban fighters in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, who were "actively attacking" an Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) checkpoint. The Pentagon insisted the strike was defensive and aimed at "disrupting" the Taliban assault, claiming that it was the first US attack on the Taliban in eleven days. | The spokesman also called on the Taliban to stop "needless a…

RT (2020-03-04). Look who's talking: Clinton called out for sudden-onset 2016 primary amnesia after telling Sanders to 'follow the rules'. rt.com Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows by cattily advising erstwhile rival Bernie Sanders to "follow the rules" in the 2020 primary, ignoring how her own failure to do so in 2016 netted her the nomination. | "Let's follow the rules, we had rules last time, we have rules this time," the two-time Democratic candidate told ABC with a cackle on Tuesday, referring derisively to Sanders' complaints about superdelegates, the DNC-appointed convention VIPs who aren't bound by the will of their constituents. | I think it's always a good idea to follow the rules. | Clinton somehow managed to memor…

RT (2020-03-04). Bernie surrogate locks horns with Maddow over alleged report that Democrats are plotting against Vermont senator. rt.com Activist and Bernie Sanders supporter Shaun King has sparred with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, after claiming she reported that the DNC is angling to prevent the socialist senator from winning the Democratic nomination. | King tweeted out to his more than 1 million followers that Maddow had disclosed that "senior officials" within the Democratic Party were pressuring billionaire-turned-presidential-candidate Michael Bloomberg to drop out so that "Biden would have an easier time against Bernie." He made the provocative accusations that the Democrats were in fact "interfering with the primaries to stop" Sanders.

South Front (2020-03-04). Video: Syrian Armed Forces Teach '2nd Strongest NATO Army' Painful Lesson in Idlib. globalresearch.ca Units of the Russian Military Police entered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the second liberation of the town from al-Qaeda terrorists and Turkish forces. According to the Russian military, the deployment took place at 5: 00pm local time …

WSWS (2020-03-04). Amid Syrian war, Turkey opens borders for Syrian refugees to travel to Europe. wsws.org The persecution of asylum seekers in Turkey and Greece—which fight with each other over the flow of immigrants—is the product of the EU's brutal policies.

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Russia Denies Responsibility for Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib. telesurenglish.net Russia and Syria are not responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, a province in the northwestern part of the country, nor for the displacement of millions of people from that territory to Turkey, Russian authorities said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | The head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Parties to the Conflict in Syria, Oleg Zhuravlyov, claimed that the Russian troops were not responsible for the crisis,…

Staff (2020-03-04). Headlines for March 4, 2020. democracynow.org Bernie Sanders Wins California as Joe Biden Sweeps the South on Super Tuesday, GOP's Jeff Sessions Faces Runoff in Bid to Reclaim Alabama Senate Seat, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar Narrowly Beats Progressive Challenger Jessica Cisneros, San Diego Progressive Georgette Gómez to Face Billionaire Heiress Sara Jacobs for CA House Seat, Health Officials Warn Coronavirus Is Far Deadlier Than the Flu, Syrian Forces Recapture Strategic City as Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Warplane, Iranian Security Forces Killed 23 Children During November Protests, At Least 24 Killed as Tornadoes Lash Central Tennessee, Wells Fargo Says It Won'

teleSUR (2020-03-04). US Military Launches Airstrike Against Taliban After Peace Deal. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Military Wednesday bombed Taliban fighters supposedly to protect the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). This unexpected military action occurred just four days after the U.S. government signed a peace agreement with the insurgents. | RELATED: ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | "The U.S. conducted an airstrike on Mar…

Staff (2020-03-04). Trump's Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace. truthout.org It's true that the Trump administration signed a "peace deal" with the Taliban — something that eluded both George W. Bush and Barack Obama — but a closer look at the agreement reveals it to be riddled with conditions that are fraught with obstacles. | The terms of the deal suggest that Trump is more interested in boasting that he's fulfilling his campaign promise to bring the troops home than he is committed to achieving real peace in Afghanistan. This fact has also been noted by Trump…

Jon Queally (2020-03-04). The US — Taliban Deal. zcomm.org The agreement, warned Rep. Barbara Lee, "leaves thousands of troops in Afghanistan and lacks the critical investments in peacebuilding, human-centered development, or governance reform needed to rebuild Afghan society"

Fight Back (2020-03-04). Eyewitness Venezuela: Sanctions kill but Venezuelans stand strong. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Over 40 people gathered March 1 to hear Brad Sigal and Sarah Martin talk about their experience at the third World Anti-Imperialist Congress in Venezuela. This Congress was attended by over 1500 delegates from 73 countries in January, included a delegation from Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). The delegates were able to bring their organizational and individual experience to Caracas to work with each other on resisting imperialism. | Since Nicolás Maduro was elected president, the U.S. has ratcheted up sanctions, currency manipulation, and backed coup attempts to destabilize Venezuela…

David Swanson (2020-03-04). Yet Another Mass Shooter Was a Military Veteran. counterpunch.org Thursday yet another mass shooting was committed by a military veteran, this one in Milwaukee. Virtually all military veterans are not mass shooters. Many peace activists are veterans. Many everything under the sun are veterans. But mass shooters are very disproportionately military veterans. Some mass shooters who are not veterans are acting out a pretense of

WSWS (2020-03-04). Federal appeals court rules Congress cannot enforce White House subpoena. wsws.org The DC Circuit ruling, if it stands, is expected to affect a number of other congressional inquiries, including ongoing House efforts to obtain Trump's tax returns.

teleSUR (2020-03-04). Colombia: Social Actors to Debate Country's Armed Conflict. telesurenglish.net Representatives of all social sectors in Colombia will reflect next week on the country's armed conflict, thanks to the initiative "Espacios de Escucha" (Listening Spaces), promoted by the Truth Commission and the result of the Peace Agreement signed by the Colombian State and the former guerrilla group FARC-EP. | RELATED: | The Truth Commission informed this Wednesday that listening spaces be h…

Fight Back (2020-03-04). Denver students celebrate Black History Month. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society hosted local Denver activist Shareef Aleem for an event about radical Black history in the U.S., Feb. 25, as a part of Black History Month. At the event, Aleem discussed the history of radical Black activism, as well as how Black art and culture has been seized and stolen for generations. Aleem, an activist for over 20 years, has been involved in numerous groups, particularly in the peace movement and in the movement for police accountability. | "Anything Black people have in this country, somebody spilled their blood over," Aleem noted in his speech. Aleem th…

sputniknews (2020-03-04). Spectre of 2015 Migrant Crisis? Syrian Refugees 'Weaponised' to Incite EU Border Tensions — Prof. sputniknews.com Tensions escalating on the Turkish-Greek border could have been orchestrated by Turkey to impose pressure on the EU and the UN to resolve the Idlib stalemate, suggests Canadian academic and migration expert Anna Triandafyllidou.

sputniknews (2020-03-04). Assad Calls Differences With Ankara 'Illogical': Syria Has Not Been Hostile Toward Turkey. sputniknews.com Ankara and Damascus have been embroiled in clashes for several months amid a deteriorating situation in Idlib – the last stronghold of jihadists in Syria. Turkey attacked Syrian forces in February after a Turkish military outpost in Idlib was hit by the Syrian Army, resulting in an escalation of the conflict.

Global Research News (2020-03-04). Selected Articles: From Monroe to Trump. US Sponsored Military Coups in Latin America. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

yenisafak (2020-03-04). UN dispatches humanitarian aid to war-stricken Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Wednesday dispatched 53 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, an embattled Syrian province.The trucks passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among residents in urban areas of northwestern Idlib, as well as the surrounding countryside, which have been subject to years of devastating attacks by the Assad regime and its allies, triggering a wave of some one million refugees.Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have…

yenisafak (2020-03-04). Libyan gov't decries handing embassy in Syria to Haftar. yenisafak.com The UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Wednesday denounced Syria's decision to hand over the Libyan Embassy in Damascus to the "government" of east Libya-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar. | In a statement, the GNA's Foreign Ministry said the handover "violates UN Security Council resolution prohibiting dealing with any parallel bodies to the GNA, which is the only legitimate government in the country". | The Tripoli-seated ministry stressed that the move was "a violation of the sovereignty of the Libyan state". | On Tuesday, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad reopened the Libyan Embassy…

yenisafak (2020-03-04). 'Turkey in Idlib in accordance with international law'. yenisafak.com The Turkish Armed Forces conduct its activities in northwestern Syrian province of Idlib in accordance with international law, rules and agreements signed, Turkish national defense minister said on Wednesday.Hulusi Akar said Operation Spring Shield targeted the Assad regime troops and its elements under legitimate self defense.Turkey launched the operation on Sunday after at least 34 Turkish soldiers were martyred in an Assad regime airstrike in Idlib.Idlib, just across Turkey's southern border, falls within a de-escalation zone laid out in a deal between Turkey and Russia in late 2018.But the Syrian regime and i…

yenisafak (2020-03-04). US embassy in Libya to put sanctions on those who threaten peace. yenisafak.com In a Facebook post, the embassy pledged to work with Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), saying they held a meeting Monday with Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha and National Security Advisor Taj al-Din al-Rezagi.At the meeting, Charge d'Affaires Joshua Harris stressed "the U.S. embassy will work with Minister Bashagha to ensure implementation of U.S. Executive Order 13726, which allows for sanctions against individuals that threaten the peace, security and stability of Libya".A day after the meeting, Bashagha said the GNA will shift from a defensive to an offensive stance against the militi…

RT (2020-03-03). US 'willing' to give Turkey ammo amid Ankara's military standoff with Syrian army in Idlib. rt.com Washington is ready to supply NATO ally Turkey with ammunition amid mounting tensions in Idlib, where Ankara is in an open conflict with Syrian government forces. | The promise was made by US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey, who visited Turkey's border province of Hatay on Tuesday. | "Turkey is a NATO ally" and mostly uses US-made military hardware, Jeffrey pointed out. | We're willing to provide — for example, the President [Donald Trump] mentioned this — ammunition. | The US "will make sure that that equipment is ready. As a NATO partner we share information intelligence… and we a…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-03-03). After a century or more of defeats, Congress finally declares lynching a hate crime. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—After a century or more of defeats, many of them at the hands of racist filibustering Southern senators, Congress is specifically declaring lynching a federal hate crime. The 410-4 House vote on Feb. 26 on the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, HR35, followed a unanimous Senate vote on an almost identical bill last year. The House …

Jennifer Matsui (2020-03-03). Masterfully Baiting the Reds for a Dick's Re-Election. counterpunch.org If we define "Russian" during this latest Red Scare as being opposed to war, and not supporting an oligarchy or its neoliberal agenda, then 'guilty as charged'. I'm a Russian. You probably are, too, if you hold certain beliefs that contradict the official corporate State/DNC narrative — particularly the one put forward by 'The Resistance'.

RT (2020-03-03). Donna doth protest too much? Brazile tells GOP chair to 'go to hell' for saying DNC would 'rig' convention against Sanders. rt.com Democratic strategist Donna Brazile lashed out at GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel after the latter said a brokered convention in July would be "rigged against" frontrunner Bernie Sanders. Brazile told her to "go to hell" — twice. | McDaniel told Fox News that it looked like the Democratic process was "leaning towards potentially a brokered convention which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way." | A brokered convention scenario would occur if Sanders secures a plurality of delegates, but not an outright majority. This would allow 'superdelegates' more control over the chosen…

RT (2020-03-03). Super Tuesday: Democrat establishment unites against Bernie Sanders as 14 US states hold primaries. rt.com The biggest single day of primaries among the Democrats may still not decide their 2020 presidential nominee as the party is throwing its weight behind Joe Biden against the democratic socialist insurgency of Bernie Sanders. | A total of 14 states go into their primaries on Tuesday: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia. | Together, they account for over 1,300 pledged delegates, or about a third of the total. A candidate would need 1,991 pledged delegates for a first-round nomination at the DNC convention…

WSWS (2020-03-03). Tulsi Gabbard denounces election interference by US intelligence agencies. wsws.org The congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate attacked planted media articles claiming that Russia was backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-03). Turkey in Syria: Down a Blind Alley in an Unwinnable War? globalresearch.ca Fighting in northern Syria has escalated as Syrian forces retake the last remaining bastions of foreign-funded militants and encircle, cut-off, and in some cases catch in the crossfire their Turkish backers. | Turkey had been making some promising steps in the …

news.un (2020-03-03). UN 'determined to stand by the people of Syria' says Lowcock, as grave humanitarian crisis intensifies around Idlib. news.un.org The United Nations is "determined to stand by" civilians across Syria's war-torn northwest, as "a grave humanitarian crisis" continues, the UN emergency relief chief said on Tuesday.

Mark Taliano (2020-03-03). Washington-led NATO's War on Syria and Syrians. globalresearch.ca Washington-led NATO and their allies support all of the terrorists in Syria, hence, the terrorists are appropriately named NATO terrorists. NATO has command and control (1) of all of the terrorists. Turkey, currently in the limelight for its supreme criminality, …

South Front (2020-03-03). Video: Syrian Army Recaptures Saraqib from Erdogan Forces as Syrian-Turkish Conflict in Idlib Intensifies. globalresearch.ca Turkey and Syria are in a state of undeclared war. Ankara shied away to declare the war officially and the scale of its operations is much lower than in the event of a full-scale open conflict. However, Turkish forces, including …

Andrew Korybko (2020-03-03). Afghan Peace Deal: Observations, Loopholes, and Expectations. globalresearch.ca The US and the Taliban signed an historic peace deal on Saturday in the Qatari capital of Doha which sets the timeline and conditions for the full withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, with this landmark agreement giving credible reasons …

Junaid S. Ahmad (2020-03-03). The US-Taliban 'Peace Deal'? Imperial State Criminality and Terrorism, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and "Restorative Justice" globalresearch.ca March 2nd, was the birthday of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. People may be forgiven (should they be?) for forgetting about Aafia since these seventeen birthdays of hers have gone by with her incarcerated, humiliated, tortured, and God knows what in …

teleSUR (2020-03-03). Former Nobel Peace Prize Nominates Morales for 2020 Distinction. telesurenglish.net The Argentinian activist and human rights defender Adolfo Perez Esquivel announced Tuesday that he nominated the former Bolivian president, Evo Morales, for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. | RELATED: | Perez received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 thanks to his commitment to defending democracy and human rights against the region's military dictatorships. | "It is an honor for me to inform you that I have nominated comra…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-03). Ocasio-Cortez: 'I Understand Disaffected Voters Because I Once Was One'. commondreams.org Democratic congresswoman from New York issues powerful warning against nullifying voters clamoring for transformative change. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-03-02). Meet the 26-Year-Old Immigration Lawyer Challenging "Trump's Favorite Democrat" in Texas Primary. democracynow.org A wave of young progressives are campaigning in races across the U.S., following in the footsteps of Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who unseated a 10-term incumbent Democrat in New York City two years ago. A key candidate to watch is 26-year-old Jessica Cisneros, who is running in a South Texas Democratic primary to replace Rep. Henry Cuellar, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress. The 64-year-old centrist is backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Cisneros has branded him "Trump's favorite Democrat" because he voted with Donald Trump nearly…

Staff (2020-03-02). Breakthrough U.S.-Taliban Deal Signed, But Airstrikes Likely to Continue & Mercenaries to Remain. democracynow.org The U.S. has signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at drawing down its military presence and ending its 18-year war in Afghanistan. The long-anticipated deal comes after a year and a half of negotiations and following a week-long partial truce. Officials hope the accord will set the stage for a more detailed peace plan that creates a power-sharing arrangement and lasting ceasefire, but the deal did not include a key player: the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government. The Taliban has long refused to speak to the government, calling it a "puppet regime." Under the deal, nearly 5,000 of the 12,000 U.S. troops still in Af…

news.un (2020-03-02). As children freeze to death in Syria, aid officials call for major cross-border delivery boost. news.un.org Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border.

Matthew J. L. Ehret (2020-03-02). Did Turkey Just Sacrifice Their Own Troops to Protect Al-Qaeda? dissidentvoice.org After 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian army offensive on February 27 amidst the current Russia-backed campaign to liberate Idlib, Erdogan responded by laying the blame entirely on Russia and Syria — successfully avoiding all mention of the uncomfortable fact that Turkey has been protecting radical terror networks not only in Idlib but …

Medea Benjamin (2020-03-02). Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War? zcomm.org If there is a lesson for peace-loving Americans in the Obama and Trump presidencies, it is that we cannot just walk out of the voting booth and leave it to a champion in the White House to end our wars and bring us peace. In the final analysis, it really is up to us…

Ali Salam (2020-03-02). 12 Palestinians Shot by Israeli Forces, 50 Exposed to Tear Gas, near Nablus. imemc.org Several Palestinians, on Monday, were injured, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at them as they peacefully defended a mountain in Beita town, south of Nablus, against a settler takeover, local sources reported. Palestinians gathered on the Jabal al-Arma mountain to protect their land, located in the northern occupied West Bank, …

news.un (2020-03-02). Declaring commitment to 'peace and stability' for Libya, top UN envoy steps down as stress takes its toll. news.un.org After serving more than two years as the UN's Special Representative in charge of finding a way to a lasting peace in war-torn Libya, Ghassan Salamé – who also heads up the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) – handed in his resignation on Monday, citing failing health caused by the immense stress of the job.

2020-03-04: Social Media Postees

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American what?! Bloomberg beats Tulsi Gabbard in her birthplace Samoa & bags first delegates… at roughly $100mn per head
rt.com | 2020-03-04
After dumping a cool $500 million into the race, billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg has scored his first primary win in American Samoa, beating native Tulsi Gabbard and driving many netizens to dig out a map to find it. | With all results in, Bloomberg finished with 49 percent in the territory on Tuesday night, while Gabbard took second at 29 percent. Having passed the 15-point threshold, both candidates qualified for delegates

Russia Denies Responsibility for Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Russia and Syria are not responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, a province in the northwestern part of the country, nor for the displacement of millions of people from that territory to Turkey, Russian authorities said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Turkey Announces New Operation Against Syrian Military | The head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Parties to the Conflict in Syria, Oleg Zhuravlyov, claimed that the Russian troops were not responsible for the crisis,…
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'You met Al-Qaeda's medical staff': US envoy to UN takes heat after proudly greeting notorious White Helmets
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Colorful images of Ambassador Kelly Craft enthusiastically shaking hands with 'White Helmets' members made rounds online, with users reminding the diplomat of their connections to a jihadi group the US once fought against. | Craft, who serves as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, showed up at the Turkey-Syrian border, posing with members of the self-described "civil defense group." She didn't come empty-handed, though, promising a hefty $108-million "humanitarian support package" intended for the people of northern Syria. | "Grateful to shake the hands of the brave men and women of the #whitehelmets," Ke…
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WATCH: Fistfight breaks out in Turkish parliament after lawmaker lashes out at Erdogan over Idlib soldier deaths
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Turkey's parliament descended into a chaotic fistfight after an opposition lawmaker accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of disrespecting Turkish soldiers killed recently in Idlib, Syria. | During a closed session about the country's operations in Idlib, opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) member Engin Ozkoc said Erdogan disrespected the dead troops and had also acted irresponsibly by sending them into conflict without air cover. | The accusations quickly escalated into a huge brawl inside the chamber between government and opposition politicians, with punches thrown and lawmakers slapping and kicking…
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Russia hopes Putin, Erdogan can agree joint measures at Syria talks, Kremlin says
rt.com | 2020-03-04
The Kremlin has said it hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be able to agree on a set of joint measures for the Syrian province of Idlib when they meet for talks in Moscow on Thursday. | "We plan to discuss the Idlib crisis," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "We expect to reach a common understanding on the crisis, the cause of the crisis, the harmful effects of the crisis and arrive at a set of necessary joint measures." | Erdogan reiterated on Wednesday that he expects his talks with Putin this week to result in the rapid achievement of a ceasefire in n…
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Video: Syrian Armed Forces Teach '2nd Strongest NATO Army' Painful Lesson in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
Units of the Russian Military Police entered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the second liberation of the town from al-Qaeda terrorists and Turkish forces. According to the Russian military, the deployment took place at 5: 00pm local time …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-armed-forces-teach-2nd-strongest-nato-army-painful-lesson-idlib/5705469

Amid Syrian war, Turkey opens borders for Syrian refugees to travel to Europe
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
The persecution of asylum seekers in Turkey and Greece–which fight with each other over the flow of immigrants–is the product of the EU's brutal policies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/turk…

The Syria Deception
Swiss Propaganda Research | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
What is the Syria war about? | Contrary to the depiction in Western media, the Syria war is not a civil war. This is because the initiators, financiers and a large part of the anti-government fighters come from abroad. | Nor …
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On the eve of Putin-Erdogan meeting in Moscow, where is the Idlib crisis at?
rt.com | 2020-03-04
This is what the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone looks like right before the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, scheduled for March 5. | There are currently five Turkish battalion task force teams operating in Idlib, consisting of 4,700 troops, 129 artillery guns and mortars, and 15 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The Turkish force's combat capabilities are bolstered by artillery reconnaissance, electronic warfare units, along with multiple reconnaissance and much-feared combat drones. | Significant losses : | These combat drones caused…
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Bernie surrogate locks horns with Maddow over alleged report that Democrats are plotting against Vermont senator
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Activist and Bernie Sanders supporter Shaun King has sparred with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, after claiming she reported that the DNC is angling to prevent the socialist senator from winning the Democratic nomination. | King tweeted out to his more than 1 million followers that Maddow had disclosed that "senior officials" within the Democratic Party were pressuring billionaire-turned-presidential-candidate Michael Bloomberg to drop out so that "Biden would have an easier time against Bernie." He made the provocative accusations that the Democrats were in fact "interfering with the primaries to stop" Sanders.
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Look who's talking: Clinton called out for sudden-onset 2016 primary amnesia after telling Sanders to 'follow the rules'
rt.com | 2020-03-04
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows by cattily advising erstwhile rival Bernie Sanders to "follow the rules" in the 2020 primary, ignoring how her own failure to do so in 2016 netted her the nomination. | "Let's follow the rules, we had rules last time, we have rules this time," the two-time Democratic candidate told ABC with a cackle on Tuesday, referring derisively to Sanders' complaints about superdelegates, the DNC-appointed convention VIPs who aren't bound by the will of their constituents. | I think it's always a good idea to follow the rules. | Clinton somehow managed to memor…
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Trump's Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-04
It's true that the Trump administration signed a "peace deal" with the Taliban

US Military Launches Airstrike Against Taliban After Peace Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
The U.S. Military Wednesday bombed Taliban fighters supposedly to protect the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). This unexpected military action occurred just four days after the U.S. government signed a peace agreement with the insurgents. | RELATED: ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | The U.S. and the Taliban Sign a Peace Agreement | "The U.S. conducted an airstrike on Mar…
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The prospect of peace in Afghanistan is real–and Pakistan is the key player
M.K. Bhadrakumar | mronline.org | 2020-03-04
The U.S.-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 29 must be put in proper perspective. Indeed, there can't be two opinions that the curtain is coming down on what U.S. President Donald Trump called the "endless war" in which America squandered away over a trillion dollars and lost thousands of lives with no victory […] | Source…
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US strikes Taliban as Trump's Afghanistan peace deal risks collapse
rt.com | 2020-03-04
The US military has conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Helmand province, jeopardizing a fragile ceasefire and Donald Trump's much-touted peace roadmap for Afghanistan. | A spokesman for US forces said that an airstrike had targeted Taliban fighters in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, who were "actively attacking" an Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) checkpoint. The Pentagon insisted the strike was defensive and aimed at "disrupting" the Taliban assault, claiming that it was the first US attack on the Taliban in eleven days. | The spokesman also called on the Taliban to stop "needless a…
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Eyewitness Venezuela: Sanctions kill but Venezuelans stand strong
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-04
Minneapolis, MN – Over 40 people gathered March 1 to hear Brad Sigal and Sarah Martin talk about their experience at the third World Anti-Imperialist Congress in Venezuela. This Congress was attended by over 1500 delegates from 73 countries in January, included a delegation from Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). The delegates were able to bring their organizational and individual experience to Caracas to work with each other on resisting imperialism. | Since Nicolás Maduro was elected president, the U.S. has ratcheted up sanctions, currency manipulation, and backed coup attempts to destabilize Venezuela…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/3/3/eyewitnes…

Yet Another Mass Shooter Was a Military Veteran
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-04
Thursday yet another mass shooting was committed by a military veteran, this one in Milwaukee. Virtually all military veterans are not mass shooters. Many peace activists are veterans. Many everything under the sun are veterans. But mass shooters are very disproportionately military veterans. Some mass shooters who are not veterans are acting out a pretense of…
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Federal appeals court rules Congress cannot enforce White House subpoena
wsws.org | 2020-03-04
The DC Circuit ruling, if it stands, is expected to affect a number of other congressional inquiries, including ongoing House efforts to obtain Trump's tax returns.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/04/mcga…

Colombia: Social Actors to Debate Country's Armed Conflict
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-04
Representatives of all social sectors in Colombia will reflect next week on the country's armed conflict, thanks to the initiative "Espacios de Escucha" (Listening Spaces), promoted by the Truth Commission and the result of the Peace Agreement signed by the Colombian State and the former guerrilla group FARC-EP. | RELATED: | UN Observer to Present Report on Colombia's Human Rights | The Truth Commission informed this Wednesday that listening spaces be h…
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Denver students celebrate Black History Month
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-04
Denver, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society hosted local Denver activist Shareef Aleem for an event about radical Black history in the U.S., Feb. 25, as a part of Black History Month. At the event, Aleem discussed the history of radical Black activism, as well as how Black art and culture has been seized and stolen for generations. Aleem, an activist for over 20 years, has been involved in numerous groups, particularly in the peace movement and in the movement for police accountability. | "Anything Black people have in this country, somebody spilled their blood over," Aleem noted in his speech. Aleem th…
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Assad Calls Differences With Ankara 'Illogical': Syria Has Not Been Hostile Toward Turkey
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-04
Ankara and Damascus have been embroiled in clashes for several months amid a deteriorating situation in Idlib – the last stronghold of jihadists in Syria. Turkey attacked Syrian forces in February after a Turkish military outpost in Idlib was hit by the Syrian Army, resulting in an escalation of the conflict.
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Selected Articles: From Monroe to Trump. US Sponsored Military Coups in Latin America
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-04
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-monroe-trump-us-sponsored-military-coups-latin-america/5705494

UN dispatches humanitarian aid to war-stricken Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-04
The UN on Wednesday dispatched 53 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, an embattled Syrian province.The trucks passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among residents in urban areas of northwestern Idlib, as well as the surrounding countryside, which have been subject to years of devastating attacks by the Assad regime and its allies, triggering a wave of some one million refugees.Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have…
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Libyan gov't decries handing embassy in Syria to Haftar
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-04
The UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Wednesday denounced Syria's decision to hand over the Libyan Embassy in Damascus to the "government" of east Libya-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar. | In a statement, the GNA's Foreign Ministry said the handover "violates UN Security Council resolution prohibiting dealing with any parallel bodies to the GNA, which is the only legitimate government in the country". | The Tripoli-seated ministry stressed that the move was "a violation of the sovereignty of the Libyan state". | On Tuesday, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad reopened the Libyan Embassy…
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'Turkey in Idlib in accordance with international law'
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-04
The Turkish Armed Forces conduct its activities in northwestern Syrian province of Idlib in accordance with international law, rules and agreements signed, Turkish national defense minister said on Wednesday.Hulusi Akar said Operation Spring Shield targeted the Assad regime troops and its elements under legitimate self defense.Turkey launched the operation on Sunday after at least 34 Turkish soldiers were martyred in an Assad regime airstrike in Idlib.Idlib, just across Turkey's southern border, falls within a de-escalation zone laid out in a deal between Turkey and Russia in late 2018.But the Syrian regime and i…
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US embassy in Libya to put sanctions on those who threaten peace
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-04
In a Facebook post, the embassy pledged to work with Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), saying they held a meeting Monday with Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha and National Security Advisor Taj al-Din al-Rezagi.At the meeting, Charge d'Affaires Joshua Harris stressed "the U.S. embassy will work with Minister Bashagha to ensure implementation of U.S. Executive Order 13726, which allows for sanctions against individuals that threaten the peace, security and stability of Libya".A day after the meeting, Bashagha said the GNA will shift from a defensive to an offensive stance against the militi…
yenisafak.com/en/world/us-embassy-in-lib…

Tulsi Gabbard denounces election interference by US intelligence agencies
wsws.org | 2020-03-03
The congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate attacked planted media articles claiming that Russia was backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/03/gabb…

Washington-led NATO's War on Syria and Syrians
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-03
Washington-led NATO and their allies support all of the terrorists in Syria, hence, the terrorists are appropriately named NATO terrorists. NATO has command and control (1) of all of the terrorists. Turkey, currently in the limelight for its supreme criminality, …
globalresearch.ca/washington-led-nato-war-syria-syrians/5705258

Turkey in Syria: Down a Blind Alley in an Unwinnable War?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-03
Fighting in northern Syria has escalated as Syrian forces retake the last remaining bastions of foreign-funded militants and encircle, cut-off, and in some cases catch in the crossfire their Turkish backers. | Turkey had been making some promising steps in the …
globalresearch.ca/turkey-syria-unwinnable-war/5705364

US 'willing' to give Turkey ammo amid Ankara's military standoff with Syrian army in Idlib
rt.com | 2020-03-03
Washington is ready to supply NATO ally Turkey with ammunition amid mounting tensions in Idlib, where Ankara is in an open conflict with Syrian government forces. | The promise was made by US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey, who visited Turkey's border province of Hatay on Tuesday. | "Turkey is a NATO ally" and mostly uses US-made military hardware, Jeffrey pointed out. | We're willing to provide

UN 'determined to stand by the people of Syria' says Lowcock, as grave humanitarian crisis intensifies around Idlib
news.un.org | 2020-03-03
The United Nations is "determined to stand by" civilians across Syria's war-torn northwest, as "a grave humanitarian crisis" continues, the UN emergency relief chief said on Tuesday.
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Video: Syrian Army Recaptures Saraqib from Erdogan Forces as Syrian-Turkish Conflict in Idlib Intensifies
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-03
Turkey and Syria are in a state of undeclared war. Ankara shied away to declare the war officially and the scale of its operations is much lower than in the event of a full-scale open conflict. However, Turkish forces, including …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-recaptures-saraqib-erdogan-forces-syrian-turkish-conflict-idlib-intensifies/5705367

Sanders Rebuts Warren's Claims, Provides List of Achievements
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-03
Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders did not need more than two minutes Monday night on CNN to prove Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claims false after she attacked his record in Congress last week saying "he consistently calls for things he fails to get done." | RELATED: | Sanders Raised $46.5m in February, Warren $29m, Biden $18m | After CNN's Anders…
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Donna doth protest too much? Brazile tells GOP chair to 'go to hell' for saying DNC would 'rig' convention against Sanders
rt.com | 2020-03-03
Democratic strategist Donna Brazile lashed out at GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel after the latter said a brokered convention in July would be "rigged against" frontrunner Bernie Sanders. Brazile told her to "go to hell"

Super Tuesday: Democrat establishment unites against Bernie Sanders as 14 US states hold primaries
rt.com | 2020-03-03
The biggest single day of primaries among the Democrats may still not decide their 2020 presidential nominee as the party is throwing its weight behind Joe Biden against the democratic socialist insurgency of Bernie Sanders. | A total of 14 states go into their primaries on Tuesday: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia. | Together, they account for over 1,300 pledged delegates, or about a third of the total. A candidate would need 1,991 pledged delegates for a first-round nomination at the DNC convention…
rt.com/usa/482239-super-tuesday-democrat…

The US-Taliban 'Peace Deal'? Imperial State Criminality and Terrorism, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and "Restorative Justice"
Junaid S. Ahmad | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-03
March 2nd, was the birthday of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. People may be forgiven (should they be?) for forgetting about Aafia since these seventeen birthdays of hers have gone by with her incarcerated, humiliated, tortured, and God knows what in …
globalresearch.ca/question-aafia-siddiqui-restorative-justice/5705373

After the War in Afghanistan
Zubeida Mustafa | truthdig.com | 2020-03-03
Truthdig is proud to present this article as part of Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a series from a network of female correspondents around the world who are dedicated to pursuing truth within their countries and elsewhere. | In normal times, Saturday would have been a red-letter day. The deal signed by the Taliban and the U.S. in Doha, Qatar, promised peace to a land torn by war for over four decades. | But these are not normal times

Afghan Peace Deal: Observations, Loopholes, and Expectations
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-03
The US and the Taliban signed an historic peace deal on Saturday in the Qatari capital of Doha which sets the timeline and conditions for the full withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, with this landmark agreement giving credible reasons …
globalresearch.ca/afghan-peace-deal-observations-loopholes-expectations/5705400

American Fuhrer–Corrupt Rampage Against Americans
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-03
Delusionary, dictatorial Donald Trump is drunk on power. Trump's monarchical and lawless actions are a clear and present subversion of our Republic and its Constitution. As soon as the impeachment trial ended and Trump was acquitted by the Senate's supine Republican courtiers (except for Senator Mitt Romney), vengeance flooded Trump's fevered mind. Ignoring warnings from…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/03/american-fuh…

After a century or more of defeats, Congress finally declares lynching a hate crime
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-03
WASHINGTON–After a century or more of defeats, many of them at the hands of racist filibustering Southern senators, Congress is specifically declaring lynching a federal hate crime. The 410-4 House vote on Feb. 26 on the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, HR35, followed a unanimous Senate vote on an almost identical bill last year. The House …
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Bernie and the Biotariat
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-03
It is useful to remember that revolution is clearly sanctioned in the United States in one of the nation's foundational documents, the Declaration of Independence, published by the Second Continental Congress, and now celebrated every July 4th. Its second paragraph begins with the familiar stanza:…
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Candidates Backed by Bloomberg Helped Pollute the Planet
Alex Kotch | commondreams.org | 2020-03-03
Greenpeace gave Bloomberg's campaign climate plan a C+ rating. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Former Nobel Peace Prize Nominates Morales for 2020 Distinction
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-03
The Argentinian activist and human rights defender Adolfo Perez Esquivel announced Tuesday that he nominated the former Bolivian president, Evo Morales, for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. | RELATED: | A Washington Post Survey Rules out Electoral Fraud in Bolivia | Perez received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 thanks to his commitment to defending democracy and human rights against the region's military dictatorships. | "It is an honor for me to inform you that I have nominated comra…
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Masterfully Baiting the Reds for a Dick's Re-Election
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-03
If we define "Russian" during this latest Red Scare as being opposed to war, and not supporting an oligarchy or its neoliberal agenda, then 'guilty as charged'. I'm a Russian. You probably are, too, if you hold certain beliefs that contradict the official corporate State/DNC narrative

Masterfully Baiting the Reds for a Dick's Re-Election
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-03
If we define "Russian" during this latest Red Scare as being opposed to war, and not supporting an oligarchy or its neoliberal agenda, then 'guilty as charged'. I'm a Russian. You probably are, too, if you hold certain beliefs that contradict the official corporate State/DNC narrative

Ocasio-Cortez: 'I Understand Disaffected Voters Because I Once Was One'
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-03
Democratic congresswoman from New York issues powerful warning against nullifying voters clamoring for transformative change. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Did Turkey Just Sacrifice Their Own Troops to Protect Al-Qaeda?
Matthew J. L. Ehret | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-02
After 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian army offensive on February 27 amidst the current Russia-backed campaign to liberate Idlib, Erdogan responded by laying the blame entirely on Russia and Syria

As children freeze to death in Syria, aid officials call for major cross-border delivery boost
news.un.org | 2020-03-02
Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border.
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Breakthrough U.S.-Taliban Deal Signed, But Airstrikes Likely to Continue & Mercenaries to Remain
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-02
The U.S. has signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at drawing down its military presence and ending its 18-year war in Afghanistan. The long-anticipated deal comes after a year and a half of negotiations and following a week-long partial truce. Officials hope the accord will set the stage for a more detailed peace plan that creates a power-sharing arrangement and lasting ceasefire, but the deal did not include a key player: the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government. The Taliban has long refused to speak to the government, calling it a "puppet regime." Under the deal, nearly 5,000 of the 12,000 U.S. troops still in Af…
www.democracynow.org/2020/3/2/us_taliban…

Breakthrough U.S.-Taliban Deal Signed, But Airstrikes Likely to Continue & Mercenaries to Remain
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-02
The U.S. has signed a deal with the Taliban aimed at drawing down its military presence and ending its 18-year war in Afghanistan. The long-anticipated deal comes after a year and a half of negotiations and following a week-long partial truce. Officials hope the accord will set the stage for a more detailed peace plan that creates a power-sharing arrangement and lasting ceasefire, but the deal did not include a key player: the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government. The Taliban has long refused to speak to the government, calling it a "puppet regime." Under the deal, nearly 5,000 of the 12,000 U.S. troops still in Af…
www.democracynow.org/2020/3/2/us_taliban…