Daily Archives: March 7, 2020

2020-03-07: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-07). Two-man 'bloodbath': Bernie calls out 'billionaires buying elections' as Biden attacks his 'increasingly negative' bros. rt.com Joe Biden warned supporters about "Bernie brothers" running an "increasingly negative campaign" and that a "bloodbath" between the two candidates, as Tulsi gets lost in the shuffle, will only help re-elect Donald Trump. | The fight between Biden and Sanders for the Democrat Party's presidential nomination is intensifying as the two candidates campaign in the midwest this weekend ahead of primary votes in states like Michigan and Missouri in the coming days. | Speaking to donors in Bethesda, Maryland, Biden seemed to call for a positive battle between him and Sanders, but he also managed to get in some digs on…

RT (2020-03-07). Afghanistan refuses to free Taliban prisoners under US peace deal without 'executive guarantee'. rt.com The proposed release of 5,000 jailed Taliban fighters, required under their peace deal with the US, can happen only if the Afghan government gets a guarantee that they will not 'return to violence,' President Ashraf Ghani said. | "The people's request is that there should be an executive guarantee so that these people will not return to violence once they are released," the Afghan leader told parliament on Saturday, adding that a "transparent mechanism" has to be established to enact that part of the Taliban-US deal. | Under the agreement signed by the US and the Taliban in Qatar last Saturday, as many as 5,00…

RT (2020-03-07). Kabul needs 'executive guarantee' before freeing Taliban prisoners under peace deal with US — Afghan president. rt.com The proposed release of 5,000 jailed Taliban fighters, required under their peace deal with the US, can happen only if the Afghan government gets a guarantee that they will not 'return to violence,' President Ashraf Ghani said. | "The people's request is that there should be an executive guarantee so that these people will not return to violence once they are released," the Afghan leader told parliament on Saturday, adding that a "transparent mechanism" has to be established to enact that part of the Taliban-US deal. | Under the agreement signed by the US and the Taliban in Qatar last Saturday, as many as 5,00…

Eric Walberg (2020-03-07). Johnstone brings her Moral Compass to our Dantesque World. dissidentvoice.org First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, both a riveting eye-witness account of many of the horrors and perfidies, and a primer for students …

RT (2020-03-07). AIPAC confirms two coronavirus cases at Israeli lobby gathering attended by US elites & veteran politicians. rt.com Two people from New York who attended the AIPAC conference in the US capital have tested positive for Covid-19, raising the possibility that lawmakers in Washington DC were exposed to the potentially lethal contagion. | "At least" two conference-goers who came from Westchester County, New York have tested positive for the virus, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said on Friday evening, adding that they've sent notice of this to the attendees, participants, speakers, administration staff and congressional offices. | Important Update: Coronavirus | As emailed to Policy Conference attendees, participan…

RT (2020-03-07). 'Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!' Trump appoints Mark Meadows as new chief of staff, 'banishes' Mulvaney to Northern Ireland. rt.com President Trump has selected North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows to be the new White House chief of staff, making the former acting chief, Mick Mulvaney, the special envoy to Northern Ireland. | "I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff. I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one," Trump said in a tweet on Friday night announcing the move. ….I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!— Donald…

South Front (2020-03-07). Video: Turkish Drones Falling in Idlib. 'Moderate Rebels' Gas Themselves by Mistake. globalresearch.ca Early on March 5, the Israeli Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on targets in the Syrian provinces of Homs and Quneitra. According to the Syrian military, the attack was conducted from Lebanese airspace at 00: 30 local time. …

Julie Lévesque (2020-03-07). From Afghanistan to Syria: Women's Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA. globalresearch.ca Western heads of state, UN officials, military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help little girls go to school, liberate women subjected to the yoke of the Taliban.

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-03-07). Women's Rights and Social Justice: Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Anti-War Mother's Day Proclamation, A Day of Peace. globalresearch.ca Julia Ward Howe was a humanist who cared about suffering people, a feminist, a social justice activist & suffragette, and it was because of her anti-war commitment that she wrote the famous "Mother's Day Proclamation" 5 years after the Civil War, which resulted in 600,000 dead American soldiers…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-07). A "win-win" over Afghanistan and Syria. iranian.com Two peace agreements within a week are a bit too much. Hot on the heels of the US-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 9, Russia and Turkey have signed a peace agreement over the Syrian conflict in Moscow on March 6. On the face of it, the two are unconnected events but they …

sputniknews (2020-03-07). Senior Member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Killed in Syria – Reports. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) – A senior member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Farhad Dabirian, has been killed in Syria, the Iranian news agency Fars said on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-03-07). Taliban Have 'No Intention of Abiding By' Peace Deal With US — Report. sputniknews.com On Wednesday, the American military carried out an airstrike against Taliban militants who resumed operations against Afghan forces earlier this week, just days after the US-Taliban peace deal was signed in Doha.

yenisafak (2020-03-07). Turkey deports two German nationals over terror links. yenisafak.com Turkey on Saturday deported two foreign terrorists to their home country of Germany, the Interior Ministry said.Turkey continues to deport foreign terrorists, said a ministry statement.The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS terrorists and their families detained in Syria — including foreign members of the terror group — has been controversial, with Turkey arguing foreign-born terrorists should be returned to their countries of origin.Ankara has said several European countries resisted its efforts to send Daesh/ISIS members back to their countries, but that it will nevertheless press forward.Turkey de…

RT (2020-03-07). 'Come and take it!' GOP congressman triggers left with AR-15 gun-wielding message to Biden & Beto. rt.com Colorado Congressman Ken Buck proved just how easy it is to trigger the left by posting a video of him wielding an AR-15 in his office and daring Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke to try to "come and take it." | "I have a message for Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke," Buck says in the video, which was posted to Twitter on Friday. | If you want to take everyone's AR-15s in America, why don't you swing by my office in Washington DC and start with this one? | I have just one message for Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke, if you want to take everyone's AR-15s, why don't you swing by my office in Washington, D.C. and start with thi…

RT (2020-03-06). 'White, male & 70+ years old'? DNC scorched for shifting debate rules AGAIN, after Tulsi Gabbard meets previous threshold. rt.com The DNC has changed the qualifying threshold for the next Democratic primary debate, supposedly targeting no one specifically, but ensuring Tulsi Gabbard — the last remaining woman and person of color in the race — is excluded. | DNC announced the rule change on Friday, requiring candidates for the upcoming debate in Arizona later this month to rack up 20 percent of convention delegates to qualify. While Gabbard had met the previous threshold, having won two delegates in American Samoa on Super Tuesday, the new standard guarantees that she will not make the cut — a move that was blasted far an…

Paul Street (2020-03-06). They Rule: No Easter Bernie. counterpunch.org Former MSNBC (MSDNC) talk show host Chris Matthews' execution by the Bernie Sanders campaign today was quick and painless. A guillotine was set up near Central Park's Pond & Gapstow Bridge. A crowd of 15,000 applauded politely after Matthews' head was held up and placed inside a model Cold War era television. Ticket fees (ranging from $27 to $200) were dedicated to the Sanders campaign. Sanders addressed the crowd, calmly explaining why Matthews had been condemned. Sanders asked attendees to go to berniesanders.com to contribute further to his campaign and to nominate other broadcast journalists for executio…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-03-06). The New Idlib Ceasefire Forces Turkey-Backed Extremists to Fall Back. mintpressnews.com Putin and Erdogan met in Moscow in a last-ditch effort to strike a deal over the escalating violence in Idlib, Syria. Steven Sahiounie weighs in on who prevailed and what likely comes next.

The Canary (2020-03-06). Refugees attacked with water cannons and tear gas on the Greek-Turkish border. thecanary.co Refugees faced more attacks on the Greek-Turkish border as people attempted to enter Greece, while the European Union's foreign ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation on the border and in Syria, where Turkish troops are fighting.Greek authorities used tear gas and a water cannon to repulse an attempt by refugees to push through the border from Turkey in the morning, while Turkish authorities fired volleys of tear gas onto the Greek side of the frontier.Thousands of refugees have been trying to get into Greece through the country's eastern land and sea borders over the past week, after Turkey…

RT (2020-03-06). Democrat outrage forces Facebook to remove Team Trump's 'misleading' Census ads. rt.com Social media giant Facebook said it will remove certain ads by President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, after Democrats and media activists complained they would confuse Americans about the upcoming population census. | The ads were titled "Official 2020 Congressional District Census," but they directed respondents to a website used by the president's re-election campaign. The text of the ads, however, made it clear they were requesting data so the campaign could better formulate the election strategy in November: | "This survey is ESSENTIAL to our team's 2020 campaign strategy. We need Patriotic Americans like…

RT (2020-03-06). Congress slams 'fundamentally flawed' Boeing 737 MAX & 'grossly insufficient' FAA in scathing report. rt.com Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft was doomed by the manufacturer's "culture of concealment" that prioritized cost-cutting over safety, while the Federal Aviation Administration's poor judgment sealed its fate, the US House has concluded. | A software glitch that should have been discovered and repaired instead shipped by default with all new 737 MAX planes, resulting in a pair of horrific crashes that killed a total of 346 people and forced the grounding of 737 MAX planes worldwide. The error had been concealed by Boeing executives and ignored by FAA regulators, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee fo…

Staff (2020-03-06). "Supreme Inequality": Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle Against Justice. democracynow.org The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has come under intense criticism in recent years after two Trump-nominated justices joined the bench. Senate Republicans confirmed Neil Gorsuch in 2017 after having refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee in his final year in office, and they confirmed Brett Kavanaugh a year later despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge. During the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, several candidates floated the idea of "packing the court" — appointing more than nine justices — in order to counter the court's rightward drift. But while t…

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-06). Another Farcical Ceasefire in Syria. globalresearch.ca Time and again, ceasefires agreed to on Syria were breached straightaway by US/NATO/Turkish supported terrorists. | Is this time different? Will belligerent Trump and Erdogan regimes turn a page for restoration of peace and stability in Syria? | Will they renounce years …

WSWS (2020-03-06). Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria. wsws.org Despite both sides' efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.

James Bovard (2020-03-06). Syria Debacles Epitomize Perpetual Perfidy of U.S. Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Turkey is ratcheting up its invasion of Syria and trying to drag NATO into Erdogan's personal rehabilitation scheme. Threats and counter-threats are flying as thickly as the bombs and bullets. It remains to be seen whether U.S. policymakers will blunder deeper into this quagmire. Last October, the Washington establishment was aghast when President Trump appeared

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Syria: Sporadic Attacks Continue After the Ceasefire Agreement. telesurenglish.net Just a few hours after the announcement of the ceasefire between Russia and Turkey, the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib was the scene of new conflicts. | RELATED: | On Thursday, Turkey's Defense Ministry reported the death of two Turkish soldiers who were injured after the Syrian government opened fire in Idlib. | "After this attack, the Turkish army killed 21 Syrian soldiers and destroyed two pieces of artillery, along with two…

Staff (2020-03-06). Headlines for March 6, 2020. democracynow.org 3,500 Cruise Ship Passengers Quarantined Off California Coast over Coronavirus Fears, Seattle Area Residents Urged to Work from Home as Coronavirus Spreads Across U.S., World Health Organization's Coronavirus Warning: "This Is Not a Drill", Stocks Tumble as Coronavirus Rattles Global Economy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Suspends 2020 Presidential Bid, Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally Disrupted by Protester with Nazi Flag, Russia and Turkey Agree to a Ceasefire in Syria's War-Torn Idlib, Israel Accused of Collective Punishment After Demolishing Palestinian Homes, Israeli Opposition Parties Bidding to Unseat Netanyahu After…

Global Research (2020-03-06). "Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria. globalresearch.ca Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: *SPECIAL OFFER: …

Eric Walberg (2020-03-06). Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher (2020). globalresearch.ca First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, …

Adam Wunische (2020-03-06). The US-Taliban Deal Changes Little on the Ground. thenation.com The US-Taliban Deal Changes Little on the Ground…

Telesur (2020-03-06). Former Nobel Peace Prize Nominates Morales for 2020 Distinction. globalresearch.ca "It is an honor for me to inform you that I have nominated comrade Evo Morales Ayma for the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2020," the Argentinian Adolfo Perez Esquivel announced on his Twitter account. | *** | The Argentinian activist …

teleSUR (2020-03-06). Guyana: Granger's APNU-AFC Wants Him Sworn in Quickly. telesurenglish.net The APNU + AFC coalition is hoping that the President's oath will occur "very quickly" and that a court will dismiss tomorrow the request for a court order that has prevented the announcement of the results in favor of its leader, David Granger. "We would like this matter resolved very quickly. So that there is calm, stability, moderation, we must make the President take an oath very quickly, and that his government can take the necessary measures to guarantee the peace, stability, and security of the people of this country," said Joseph Harmon, Secretary-General of UNPA + AFC, in a video statement. | In the m…

Phelonious Crunk (2020-03-06). History Tells Us Which Democratic Nominee Truly Hurts Down Ballot Democrats. dissidentvoice.org "Sanders can't win the presidency. He's too far left." Others opine, "He'll never get anything through congress. He hasn't ever accomplished anything." What is this movement then? How did a 'nobody' build the greatest political movement and fundraising machine in the history of the United States? Because his ideas are popular. They have broad appeal. …

Staff (2020-03-06). Warren Dropped Out, But Her Fight Against Wall Street Continues. truthout.org In 2010, after Ted Kennedy's death left a Massachusetts Senate seat open, Martha Coakley ran one of the worst, most utterly presumptuous campaigns in history to fill it. Believing completely in the idea that no Republican could ever win that office in that state, she barely left her own state attorney general's office to campaign. | When the dust settled from that special election, a contest that saw statewide turnout barely crack 30 percent, a relatively unknown conservative Republican named Scott Brown h…

pip.hinman (2020-03-06). Oil firm dumps plans to drill the Bight, but fight not over. greenleft.org.au

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-06). After Alabama Executes Nathaniel Woods, Ayanna Pressley Leads Fresh Calls for US to Abolish Death Penalty. commondreams.org After the state of Alabama on Thursday night executed 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods despite serious concerns about injustices in his case, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and other lawmakers and civil rights advocates implored Congress to abolish the death penalty nationwide. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Thomas Knapp (2020-03-06). Yes, Trump Should Talk with the Taliban. counterpunch.org On March 3, US president Donald Trump spoke (via telephone) with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, chief of the Taliban's Doha diplomatic office and signer, on behalf of his organization, of the recently concluded Afghanistan "peace deal." "The direct contact between an American president and a top Taliban leader would once have been unthinkable," writes Michael

RT (2020-03-05). Tulsi Gabbard calls out 'very real' Hinduphobia in US, gets branded 'fascist' as if to prove her point. rt.com Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the sole remaining woman in the Democratic presidential primaries, has been accused of "fascism" and pressured to drop out of the race after she shared a post about hatred of Hindus in the US. | "Unfortunately, Hinduphobia is very real," Gabbard tweeted on Thursday, saying she experienced it directly both in her congressional and presidential campaigns. "Sadly, our political leaders [and] media not only tolerate it, but foment it," she added. | By way of example, she retweeted someone quoting a Facebook post about a confrontation with an Uber driver accusing Indians of murde…

RT (2020-03-05). Bernie 'speaks to yearning that is deep and real': Biden heaps praise on his 'authentic' opponent… in 2016 (VIDEO). rt.com Bernie Sanders has been labeled a polarizing radical incapable of uniting Democrats against Donald Trump, but his opponent and DNC darling Joe Biden thinks the Vermont senator has vast appeal — at least he said so in 2016. | In an interview with CNN's Gloria Borger, a much more articulate, four-years-younger Biden explained why he thought Sanders — now his main opponent to clinch the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — was a political force to be reckoned with. | "I think that Bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real, and he has credibility," Biden cooed while commenting on…

RT (2020-03-05). California declares state of emergency after 1st coronavirus death… as US House passes $8.3bn emergency funding bill. rt.com California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency over the deadly coronavirus, soon after local officials confirmed the state's first death from the illness, which has infected more than 50 people in 12 counties. | With California's first death announced on Wednesday, and six new cases arising in the last 48 hours, the emergency declaration could see an influx of emergency funds set aside by Congress rush into the state — with the governor telling reporters on Tuesday there was "always… the opportunity to do a declaration of emergency" to secure "additional resources." | Congress has ag…

Anya Parampil (2020-03-05). Syria war update: Turkey's Erdogan invades Idlib, invokes re-establishment of Ottoman Empire. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran. He discusses his recent…

news.un (2020-03-05). Guterres calls for 'immediate and lasting' end to Syria fighting as Turkey and Russia agree ceasefire. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General said on Thursday that he hoped the latest ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey to end fighting across Syria's stricken Idlib region, would finally lead to "an immediate and lasting cessation", that would protect civilian lives.

Aaron Maté (2020-03-05). Exclusive: OPCW whistleblowers confront leadership's attacks, cover-up of Douma deception. thegrayzone.com OPCW leadership tried to discredit two veteran officials who challenged a cover-up of its chemical weapons investigation in Douma, Syria. They…

teleSUR (2020-03-05). Russia, Turkey Agree Ceasefire Deal for Syria's Idlib. telesurenglish.net Turkey and Russia agreed to a ceasefire deal on Thursday in Syria's Idlib region; after their two leaders said RELATED: | Russian President Vladimir Putin, standing next to his Turkish co…

Staff (2020-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Cases Near 100,000 Worldwide as U.S. Death Toll Reaches 11, President Trump Contradicts WHO's Warning over Coronavirus Death Rate, Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Ends Presidential Bid, Endorses Joe Biden, Bernie Bashes Biden's Billionaire Backers as Healthcare Stocks Surge Post-Super Tuesday, International Criminal Court to Investigate Taliban, Afghan and U.S. Troops for War Crimes, 15 Civilians Killed in Latest Syrian Airstrikes in Idlib, Turkey Accuses Greece of Killing Migrant as Greek Riot Police Fire Tear Gas at Border, EU Ministers Support Greek Crackdown on Asylum Seekers Despite Protests, Federal…

Ajit Singh (2020-03-05). Inside the World Uyghur Congress: The US-backed right-wing regime change network seeking the 'fall of China'. thegrayzone.com While posing as a grassroots human rights organization, the World Uyghur Congress is a US-funded and directed separatist network that…

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-05). Trump's Other "Phony Deal of the Century" Unravelling. "Peace with the Taliban" globalresearch.ca The Trump regime's so-called deal with the Taliban is intended to facilitate future talks with the US and its puppet regime in Kabul. | It has nothing to do with assuring peace and stability to the war-torn country, nothing to do …

Ali Salam (2020-03-05). PCHR: Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 February — 04 March 2020). imemc.org SUMMARY This week, PCHR documented 228 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. IOF continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protests organized against Trump's Peace Plan for the Middle East known as …

news.un (2020-03-05). Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an essential pillar for peace and security. news.un.org Countries meeting in New York next month to review progress on nuclear non-proliferation are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to use the opportunity to strengthen global peace and security.

teleSUR (2020-03-05). Bolivia: Senate Session Ends Amid Protests and Tear Gas. telesurenglish.net Amid intense protests, Bolivia's de-facto president Jeanine Añez participated in a session of the Senate in the Senkata region, El Alto, where 11 deaths and several injuries at the hands of police and military forces were recorded last Nov. following demonstrations against the coup d 'état. | RELATED: | The session was held in this region after the decision of the president of the Senate, Eva Copa, to commemorate…

Global Research News (2020-03-05). Selected Articles: Turkey at War with Syria. globalresearch.ca Lying is a money making activity and lies are commodities. There is a profitable global market for media and public figures committed to spreading disinformation. | Needless to say, "Telling the Truth", on the other hand, Is Not a Money-Making Proposition. …

2020-03-07: Social Media Postees

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Two-man 'bloodbath': Bernie calls out 'billionaires buying elections' as Biden attacks his 'increasingly negative' bros
rt.com | 2020-03-07
Joe Biden warned supporters about "Bernie brothers" running an "increasingly negative campaign" and that a "bloodbath" between the two candidates, as Tulsi gets lost in the shuffle, will only help re-elect Donald Trump. | The fight between Biden and Sanders for the Democrat Party's presidential nomination is intensifying as the two candidates campaign in the midwest this weekend ahead of primary votes in states like Michigan and Missouri in the coming days. | Speaking to donors in Bethesda, Maryland, Biden seemed to call for a positive battle between him and Sanders, but he also managed to get in some digs on…
rt.com/usa/482586-sanders-biden-bloodbat…

From Afghanistan to Syria: Women's Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA
Julie Lévesque | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-07
Western heads of state, UN officials, military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help little girls go to school, liberate women subjected to the yoke of the Taliban.
globalresearch.ca/from-afghanistan-to-syria-womens-rights-war-propaganda-and-the-cia/5329665

Video: Turkish Drones Falling in Idlib. 'Moderate Rebels' Gas Themselves by Mistake
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-07
Early on March 5, the Israeli Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on targets in the Syrian provinces of Homs and Quneitra. According to the Syrian military, the attack was conducted from Lebanese airspace at 00: 30 local time. …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkish-drones-falling-idlib-moderate-rebels-gas-themselves-mistake/5705709

Johnstone brings her Moral Compass to our Dantesque World
Eric Walberg | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-07
First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, both a riveting eye-witness account of many of the horrors and perfidies, and a primer for students …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/johnstone-bri…

Afghanistan refuses to free Taliban prisoners under US peace deal without 'executive guarantee'
rt.com | 2020-03-07
The proposed release of 5,000 jailed Taliban fighters, required under their peace deal with the US, can happen only if the Afghan government gets a guarantee that they will not 'return to violence,' President Ashraf Ghani said. | "The people's request is that there should be an executive guarantee so that these people will not return to violence once they are released," the Afghan leader told parliament on Saturday, adding that a "transparent mechanism" has to be established to enact that part of the Taliban-US deal. | Under the agreement signed by the US and the Taliban in Qatar last Saturday, as many as 5,00…
rt.com/news/482559-afghanistan-president…

Afghanistan refuses to free Taliban prisoners under US peace deal without 'executive guarantee'
rt.com | 2020-03-07
The proposed release of 5,000 jailed Taliban fighters, required under their peace deal with the US, can happen only if the Afghan government gets a guarantee that they will not 'return to violence,' President Ashraf Ghani said. | "The people's request is that there should be an executive guarantee so that these people will not return to violence once they are released," the Afghan leader told parliament on Saturday, adding that a "transparent mechanism" has to be established to enact that part of the Taliban-US deal. | Under the agreement signed by the US and the Taliban in Qatar last Saturday, as many as 5,00…
rt.com/news/482559-afghanistan-president…

Women's Rights and Social Justice: Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Anti-War Mother's Day Proclamation, A Day of Peace
Dr. Gary G. Kohls | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-07
Julia Ward Howe was a humanist who cared about suffering people, a feminist, a social justice activist & suffragette, and it was because of her anti-war commitment that she wrote the famous "Mother's Day Proclamation" 5 years after the Civil War, which resulted in 600,000 dead American soldiers…
globalresearch.ca/womens-rights-and-social-justice-julia-ward-howes-1870-mothers-day-proclamation-a-day-of-peace/5589245

'Come and take it!' GOP congressman triggers left with AR-15 gun-wielding message to Biden & Beto
rt.com | 2020-03-07
Colorado Congressman Ken Buck proved just how easy it is to trigger the left by posting a video of him wielding an AR-15 in his office and daring Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke to try to "come and take it." | "I have a message for Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke," Buck says in the video, which was posted to Twitter on Friday. | If you want to take everyone's AR-15s in America, why don't you swing by my office in Washington DC and start with this one? | I have just one message for Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke, if you want to take everyone's AR-15s, why don't you swing by my office in Washington, D.C. and start with thi…
rt.com/usa/482538-ken-buck-ar15-biden-be…

AIPAC confirms two coronavirus cases at Israeli lobby gathering attended by US elites & veteran politicians
rt.com | 2020-03-07
Two people from New York who attended the AIPAC conference in the US capital have tested positive for Covid-19, raising the possibility that lawmakers in Washington DC were exposed to the potentially lethal contagion. | "At least" two conference-goers who came from Westchester County, New York have tested positive for the virus, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said on Friday evening, adding that they've sent notice of this to the attendees, participants, speakers, administration staff and congressional offices. | Important Update: Coronavirus | As emailed to Policy Conference attendees, participan…
rt.com/usa/482542-aipac-two-positive-cor…

'Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!' Trump appoints Mark Meadows as new chief of staff, 'banishes' Mulvaney to Northern Ireland
rt.com | 2020-03-07
President Trump has selected North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows to be the new White House chief of staff, making the former acting chief, Mick Mulvaney, the special envoy to Northern Ireland. | "I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff. I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one," Trump said in a tweet on Friday night announcing the move. | ….I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!– Donald…
rt.com/usa/482545-trump-chief-staff-mead…

Senior Member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Killed in Syria – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-07
TEHRAN (Sputnik) – A senior member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Farhad Dabirian, has been killed in Syria, the Iranian news agency Fars said on Saturday.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020030710785…

A "win-win" over Afghanistan and Syria
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-03-07
Two peace agreements within a week are a bit too much. Hot on the heels of the US-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 9, Russia and Turkey have signed a peace agreement over the Syrian conflict in Moscow on March 6. On the face of it, the two are unconnected events but they …
iranian.com/2020/03/06/a-win-win-over-af…

Turkey deports two German nationals over terror links
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-07
Turkey on Saturday deported two foreign terrorists to their home country of Germany, the Interior Ministry said.Turkey continues to deport foreign terrorists, said a ministry statement.The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS terrorists and their families detained in Syria

'White, male & 70+ years old'? DNC scorched for shifting debate rules AGAIN, after Tulsi Gabbard meets previous threshold
rt.com | 2020-03-06
The DNC has changed the qualifying threshold for the next Democratic primary debate, supposedly targeting no one specifically, but ensuring Tulsi Gabbard

Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
Despite both sides' efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/idli…

"Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: | …
globalresearch.ca/voices-from-syria-and-the-dirty-war-on-syria-mark-taliano-and-tim-anderson-analyze-the-war-on-syria/5620373

Syria: Sporadic Attacks Continue After the Ceasefire Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Just a few hours after the announcement of the ceasefire between Russia and Turkey, the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib was the scene of new conflicts. | RELATED: | Russia, Turkey Agree Ceasefire Deal for Syria's Idlib | On Thursday, Turkey's Defense Ministry reported the death of two Turkish soldiers who were injured after the Syrian government opened fire in Idlib. | "After this attack, the Turkish army killed 21 Syrian soldiers and destroyed two pieces of artillery, along with two…
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The New Idlib Ceasefire Forces Turkey-Backed Extremists to Fall Back
Steven Sahiounie | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-06
Putin and Erdogan met in Moscow in a last-ditch effort to strike a deal over the escalating violence in Idlib, Syria. Steven Sahiounie weighs in on who prevailed and what likely comes next.
mintpressnews.com/russia-turkey-ceasefir…

Syria Debacles Epitomize Perpetual Perfidy of U.S. Foreign Policy
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Turkey is ratcheting up its invasion of Syria and trying to drag NATO into Erdogan's personal rehabilitation scheme. Threats and counter-threats are flying as thickly as the bombs and bullets. It remains to be seen whether U.S. policymakers will blunder deeper into this quagmire. Last October, the Washington establishment was aghast when President Trump appeared…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/syria-debacl…

Refugees attacked with water cannons and tear gas on the Greek-Turkish border
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-06
Refugees faced more attacks on the Greek-Turkish border as people attempted to enter Greece, while the European Union's foreign ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation on the border and in Syria, where Turkish troops are fighting.Greek authorities used tear gas and a water cannon to repulse an attempt by refugees to push through the border from Turkey in the morning, while Turkish authorities fired volleys of tear gas onto the Greek side of the frontier.Thousands of refugees have been trying to get into Greece through the country's eastern land and sea borders over the past week, after Turkey…
thecanary.co/uk/2020/03/06/refugees-attacked-with-water-canons-and-tear-gas-on-the-greek-turkish-border/

Syria Debacles Epitomize Perpetual Perfidy of U.S. Foreign Policy
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Turkey is ratcheting up its invasion of Syria and trying to drag NATO into Erdogan's personal rehabilitation scheme. Threats and counter-threats are flying as thickly as the bombs and bullets. It remains to be seen whether U.S. policymakers will blunder deeper into this quagmire. Last October, the Washington establishment was aghast when President Trump appeared…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/syria-debacl…

Another Farcical Ceasefire in Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
Time and again, ceasefires agreed to on Syria were breached straightaway by US/NATO/Turkish supported terrorists. | Is this time different? Will belligerent Trump and Erdogan regimes turn a page for restoration of peace and stability in Syria? | Will they renounce years …
globalresearch.ca/another-farcical-ceasefire-in-syria/5705729

Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher (2020)
Eric Walberg | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, …
globalresearch.ca/circle-darkness-memoir-world-watcher-2020/5705714

Yes, Trump Should Talk with the Taliban
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
On March 3, US president Donald Trump spoke (via telephone) with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, chief of the Taliban's Doha diplomatic office and signer, on behalf of his organization, of the recently concluded Afghanistan "peace deal." "The direct contact between an American president and a top Taliban leader would once have been unthinkable," writes Michael…
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Yes, Trump Should Talk with the Taliban
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
On March 3, US president Donald Trump spoke (via telephone) with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, chief of the Taliban's Doha diplomatic office and signer, on behalf of his organization, of the recently concluded Afghanistan "peace deal." "The direct contact between an American president and a top Taliban leader would once have been unthinkable," writes Michael…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/yes-trump-sh…

The US-Taliban Deal Changes Little on the Ground
Adam Wunische | thenation.com | 2020-03-06
The US-Taliban Deal Changes Little on the Ground…
thenation.com/article/world/us-taliban-p…

They Rule: No Easter Bernie
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Former MSNBC (MSDNC) talk show host Chris Matthews' execution by the Bernie Sanders campaign today was quick and painless. A guillotine was set up near Central Park's Pond & Gapstow Bridge. A crowd of 15,000 applauded politely after Matthews' head was held up and placed inside a model Cold War era television. Ticket fees (ranging from $27 to $200) were dedicated to the Sanders campaign. Sanders addressed the crowd, calmly explaining why Matthews had been condemned. Sanders asked attendees to go to berniesanders.com to contribute further to his campaign and to nominate other broadcast journalists for executio…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/they-rule-no…

Bolivia: El Alto Citizens Seek Justice for the Sekata Victims
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
During a rally carried out in El Alto city on Thursday, Bolivians demanded the self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez to respond for the Senkata massacre, which left 36 dead in Nov. 2019.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | Bolivia: Senate Session Ends Amid Protests and Tear Gas | The former senator has not offered a convincing response to those affected by the violence that the Bolivian security forces deployed to guara…
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"Supreme Inequality": Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle Against Justice
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-06
The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has come under intense criticism in recent years after two Trump-nominated justices joined the bench. Senate Republicans confirmed Neil Gorsuch in 2017 after having refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee in his final year in office, and they confirmed Brett Kavanaugh a year later despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge. During the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, several candidates floated the idea of "packing the court"

Guyana: Granger's APNU-AFC Wants Him Sworn in Quickly
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
The APNU + AFC coalition is hoping that the President's oath will occur "very quickly" and that a court will dismiss tomorrow the request for a court order that has prevented the announcement of the results in favor of its leader, David Granger. "We would like this matter resolved very quickly. So that there is calm, stability, moderation, we must make the President take an oath very quickly, and that his government can take the necessary measures to guarantee the peace, stability, and security of the people of this country," said Joseph Harmon, Secretary-General of UNPA + AFC, in a video statement. | In the m…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guyana-Grangers-…

Former Nobel Peace Prize Nominates Morales for 2020 Distinction
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
"It is an honor for me to inform you that I have nominated comrade Evo Morales Ayma for the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2020," the Argentinian Adolfo Perez Esquivel announced on his Twitter account. | *** | The Argentinian activist …
globalresearch.ca/former-nobel-peace-prize-nominates-morales-2020-distinction/5705700

History Tells Us Which Democratic Nominee Truly Hurts Down Ballot Democrats
Phelonious Crunk | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-06
"Sanders can't win the presidency. He's too far left." Others opine, "He'll never get anything through congress. He hasn't ever accomplished anything." What is this movement then? How did a 'nobody' build the greatest political movement and fundraising machine in the history of the United States? Because his ideas are popular. They have broad appeal. …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/history-tells…

Congress slams 'fundamentally flawed' Boeing 737 MAX & 'grossly insufficient' FAA in scathing report
rt.com | 2020-03-06
Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft was doomed by the manufacturer's "culture of concealment" that prioritized cost-cutting over safety, while the Federal Aviation Administration's poor judgment sealed its fate, the US House has concluded. | A software glitch that should have been discovered and repaired instead shipped by default with all new 737 MAX planes, resulting in a pair of horrific crashes that killed a total of 346 people and forced the grounding of 737 MAX planes worldwide. The error had been concealed by Boeing executives and ignored by FAA regulators, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee fo…
rt.com/usa/482532-congress-blasts-boeing…

Democrat outrage forces Facebook to remove Team Trump's 'misleading' Census ads
rt.com | 2020-03-06
Social media giant Facebook said it will remove certain ads by President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, after Democrats and media activists complained they would confuse Americans about the upcoming population census. | The ads were titled "Official 2020 Congressional District Census," but they directed respondents to a website used by the president's re-election campaign. The text of the ads, however, made it clear they were requesting data so the campaign could better formulate the election strategy in November: | "This survey is ESSENTIAL to our team's 2020 campaign strategy. We need Patriotic Americans like…
rt.com/usa/482452-facebook-removes-trump…

Chile: New Protests Are Scheduled Amid Plebiscite Campaign
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Chile's political and social organizations called for a new wave of protests throughout March, a decisive month for the Chileans on their way to the plebiscite on the new Constitution to be held on April 26. | RELATED: | Chile Senate Approves Gender Parity For Constitutional Process | To begin with, the Workers' United Center of Chile (CUT) called for a demonstration to commemorate the upcoming International Women's Day. | "On March 8 and 9, starting at noon, we will take to the stre…
telesurenglish.net/news/chile-calls-for-…

Warren Dropped Out, But Her Fight Against Wall Street Continues
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-06
In 2010, after Ted Kennedy's death left a Massachusetts Senate seat open, Martha Coakley ran one of the worst, most utterly presumptuous campaigns in history to fill it. Believing completely in the idea that no Republican could ever win that office in that state, she barely left her own state attorney general's office to campaign. | When the dust settled from that special election, a contest that saw statewide turnout barely crack 30 percent, a relatively unknown conservative Republican named Scott Brown h…
truthout.org/articles/warren-dropped-out…

After Alabama Executes Nathaniel Woods, Ayanna Pressley Leads Fresh Calls for US to Abolish Death Penalty
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-06
After the state of Alabama on Thursday night executed 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods despite serious concerns about injustices in his case, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and other lawmakers and civil rights advocates implored Congress to abolish the death penalty nationwide. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/03/06/after-a…

Tulsi Gabbard calls out 'very real' Hinduphobia in US, gets branded 'fascist' as if to prove her point
rt.com | 2020-03-05
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the sole remaining woman in the Democratic presidential primaries, has been accused of "fascism" and pressured to drop out of the race after she shared a post about hatred of Hindus in the US. | "Unfortunately, Hinduphobia is very real," Gabbard tweeted on Thursday, saying she experienced it directly both in her congressional and presidential campaigns. "Sadly, our political leaders [and] media not only tolerate it, but foment it," she added. | By way of example, she retweeted someone quoting a Facebook post about a confrontation with an Uber driver accusing Indians of murde…
rt.com/usa/482444-tulsi-gabbard-hindupho…

Syria war update: Turkey's Erdogan invades Idlib, invokes re-establishment of Ottoman Empire
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran. He discusses his recent…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/05/syria-war-upd…

Exclusive: OPCW whistleblowers confront leadership's attacks, cover-up of Douma deception
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
OPCW leadership tried to discredit two veteran officials who challenged a cover-up of its chemical weapons investigation in Douma, Syria. They…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/05/opcw-whistleb…

Guterres calls for 'immediate and lasting' end to Syria fighting as Turkey and Russia agree ceasefire
news.un.org | 2020-03-05
The UN Secretary-General said on Thursday that he hoped the latest ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey to end fighting across Syria's stricken Idlib region, would finally lead to "an immediate and lasting cessation", that would protect civilian lives.
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Russia, Turkey Agree Ceasefire Deal for Syria's Idlib
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-05
Turkey and Russia agreed to a ceasefire deal on Thursday in Syria's Idlib region; after their two leaders said after talks in Moscow to contain a conflict that has displaced nearly a million people in three months. | RELATED: | Russia Denies Responsibility for Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib | Russian President Vladimir Putin, standing next to his Turkish co…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Turkey-Ag…

Exclusive: OPCW whistleblowers confront leadership's attacks, cover-up of Douma deception
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
OPCW leadership tried to discredit two veteran officials who challenged a cover-up of its chemical weapons investigation in Douma, Syria. They…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/05/opcw-whistleb…

Syria war update: Turkey's Erdogan invades Idlib, invokes re-establishment of Ottoman Empire
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran. He discusses his recent…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/05/syria-war-upd…

Trump's Other "Phony Deal of the Century" Unravelling. "Peace with the Taliban"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-05
The Trump regime's so-called deal with the Taliban is intended to facilitate future talks with the US and its puppet regime in Kabul. | It has nothing to do with assuring peace and stability to the war-torn country, nothing to do …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-phony-deal-century-unravelling/5705639

Inside the World Uyghur Congress: The US-backed right-wing regime change network seeking the 'fall of China'
Ajit Singh | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
While posing as a grassroots human rights organization, the World Uyghur Congress is a US-funded and directed separatist network that…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/05/world-uyghur-…

Bernie 'speaks to yearning that is deep and real': Biden heaps praise on his 'authentic' opponent… in 2016 (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-05
Bernie Sanders has been labeled a polarizing radical incapable of uniting Democrats against Donald Trump, but his opponent and DNC darling Joe Biden thinks the Vermont senator has vast appeal

Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an essential pillar for peace and security
news.un.org | 2020-03-05
Countries meeting in New York next month to review progress on nuclear non-proliferation are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to use the opportunity to strengthen global peace and security.
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California declares state of emergency after 1st coronavirus death… as US House passes $8.3bn emergency funding bill
rt.com | 2020-03-05
California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency over the deadly coronavirus, soon after local officials confirmed the state's first death from the illness, which has infected more than 50 people in 12 counties. | With California's first death announced on Wednesday, and six new cases arising in the last 48 hours, the emergency declaration could see an influx of emergency funds set aside by Congress rush into the state

Bolivia: Senate Session Ends Amid Protests and Tear Gas
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-05
Amid intense protests, Bolivia's de-facto president Jeanine Añez participated in a session of the Senate in the Senkata region, El Alto, where 11 deaths and several injuries at the hands of police and military forces were recorded last Nov. following demonstrations against the coup d 'état. | RELATED: | 'Bolivian Coup Plotters to Be Tried for Massacres' Morales Says | The session was held in this region after the decision of the president of the Senate, Eva Copa, to commemorate…
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