Daily Archives: March 9, 2020

2020-03-09: News Headlines

Staff (2020-03-09). "It's a Real Mess": Afghan Rivals Both Claim Presidency as Ongoing Attacks Could Derail Peace Deal. democracynow.org Since last month's U.S.-Taliban peace plan, there have been nearly 80 attacks in Afghanistan. The violence could derail the deal that calls for U.S. troops to withdraw over the next 14 months. This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and top political leader Abdullah Abdullah both claimed that they won the presidential election at dual inauguration ceremonies today in Kabul, and members of the Taliban and the Afghan government were set to start direct negotiations on Tuesday. We speak with Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock, who recently won the George Polk Award for Military Reporting for his in-depth in…

Whitney Webb (2020-03-09). How the New US-Afghanistan Peace Deal Rekindled a "Business Friendly Taliban" mintpressnews.com America's relationship with the Taliban has always been determined by how useful they are at advancing US interests in the region and the Trump administration's recent efforts to make "peace" with the group are no exception.

RT (2020-03-09). US starts pulling out troops from Afghanistan – report. rt.com American troops have reportedly begun their initial troop withdrawal as part of the US-Taliban peace agreement, with hundreds of soldiers leaving the country on Monday with no plans for replacements. | Speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, a US official confirmed the beginning steps of the withdrawal process have begun, with plans to drop the number of US troops in the country from 13,000 to 8,600. | According to the signed peace agreement, the withdrawal process for US troops had to begin 10 days within the signing of the agreement, which took place on February 29. Defense Secretary…

RT (2020-03-09). In Brussels, Erdogan asks NATO for 'assistance' on Syria and migrants. rt.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Brussels, demanding help from NATO with both the conflict on his southern border and the migrants he tried to unleash on the West, now that neither situation is going according to plan. | After meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday, the Turkish leader said he requested "additional assistance" from the alliance, for the "defense" of the Turkish border with Syria and "in connection with the migration challenge." | "We expect concrete support from all our allies to this struggle," Erdogan added, urging the allies to support Turkey "without disc…

Staff (2020-03-09). Turkey Ups the Stakes in Migrant Crisis. truthdig.com BRUSSELS — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the European Union on Monday for more help caring for Syrian refugees after EU officials accused him of "blackmail" for waving migrants through to Europe. | Thousands of migrants have massed at Turkey's land border with EU-member Greece since Erdogan's government made good on a longstanding threat and announced it would no longer prevent migrants from crossing. | EU countries have rallied behind Greece, which is also a member of NATO, and described it as a "shield" protecting Europe's borders with the outside world. | Related Articles:

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-09). Ceasefire in Syria: Dead on Arrival? globalresearch.ca Ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province is more illusion than reality. | At best, principles Putin and Erdogan agreed on last Thursday abated fighting short-term without halting it or preventing a flareup like all previous times when ceasefires were declared throughout years …

Arabi Souri (2020-03-09). Cease Fire Rejected. Turkey Doesn't Consider Al Qaeda as a Terrorist Group. Erdogan Sends More Troops into Idlib. globalresearch.ca The latest agreement of ceasefire between the Russian President and the Turkish madman Erdogan explicitly excludes combating terrorists. Erdogan doesn't consider al-Qaeda as a terrorist group, he invested heavily in this organization especially in Syria and

Scott Ritter (2020-03-09). New Putin-Erdogan Deal Is Sugar-coating the Turks' Surrender. globalresearch.ca This week's meeting between Presidents Putin and Erdogan in Moscow was cast as preventing a war between Russia and Turkey in Syria. War, however, was never on the horizon. Putin called Erdogan's bluff, and the Turk folded. | Russian President Vladimir …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-09). No End to Endless War in Syria. globalresearch.ca Obama's war in Syria, now Trump's, continues endlessly. | On or about the Ides of March, US aggression in Syria will enter its 10th year with no prospect for near-term resolution. | Tens of thousands of heavily armed jihadists remain in Idlib …

Donald Monaco (2020-03-09). The Criminality of the Democratic Party. DNC Maneuvers to Derail Bernie Sanders. globalresearch.ca The utter and complete corruption of the Democratic Party is on full display as the DNC desperately maneuvers to derail the insurgent candidacy of Bernie Sanders by denying him a majority of delegates to the July convention in Minneapolis. Winning …

Staff (2020-03-09). There Have Been Nearly 80 Attacks in Afghanistan Since US Signed "Peace Deal" truthout.org Since last month's U.S.-Taliban peace plan, there have been nearly 80 attacks in Afghanistan. The violence could derail the deal that calls for U.S. troops to withdraw over the next 14 months. This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and top political leader Abdullah Abdullah both claimed that they won the presidential election at dual inauguration ceremonies today in Kabul, and members of the Taliban and the Afghan government were set to start direct negotiations on Tuesday. We speak with Was…

Jon Britton (2020-03-09). PSL Public Forum: A Women's Place is in the Struggle: Honoring IWD. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San Jose, CA 95112…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Brazil Requests Impeachment for Jair Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net On March 16, Brazilian deputies will call for the removal of ultra-right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro due to his attempts to provoke an institutional crisis and incite his supporters to close down Congress. | RELATED: | "Bolsonaro intends to lead Brazil into chaos," said congressman Alexandre Frota, referring to messages sent by the president to a large number of people, urging them to join a demonstration in support of…

Alex Emmons (2020-03-09). New Bill Would Protect Journalists. zcomm.org Two progressive members of Congress are trying to prevent a World War I-era secrecy law from being used to investigate and prosecute journalists for publishing classified information…

Staff (2020-03-09). A Campaign Finance Solution Has Been Sitting on McConnell's Desk for a Year. truthout.org The 2020 election is shaping up to be the most expensive in American history. Ten years after Citizens United, our elections are awash with the money of mega-donors and corporations that drown out the voices of everyday Americans — with serious consequences for racial and economic justice. | An antidote is sitting on Mitch McConnell's desk, having passed the House a year ago and still not been put up for a vote in the Senate. H.R. 1, the For the People Act, would blunt the distorting infl…

Staff (2020-03-09). Trump's GOP Nominee to the Federal Election Commission Has Ties to Dark Money. truthout.org Senate Republicans Transparency groups are criticizing Trump's pick — Texas election lawyer James "Trey" Trainor — over his opposition to campaign finance regulation. Democr…

yenisafak (2020-03-09). UAE reports 14 new coronavirus cases, tally reaches 59. yenisafak.com The United Arab Emirates announced 14 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number of people diagnosed to 59, state news agency WAM reported.Of the new cases, there were four Emiratis, three Italians, two each from Bangladesh and Nepal, and a Russian, Syrian and Indian diagnosed with the virus, WAM reported, citing the country's Health Ministry.

yenisafak (2020-03-09). Greek border guard pours boiling water on asylum seeker. yenisafak.com An asylum seeker claimed on Monday that a Greek border guard poured boiling water on him as he attempted to enter the country.Abdulmuttalib Ulimuhammed, 21, was crossing the land border through Turkey's Edirne province.The Afghan national is getting treatment for burn injuries on his face and legs at a Turkish hospital."May Allah bless Turkish people," he said.Blaming the EU for failing to keep its promises to help asylum seekers, Turkey recently loosened its policy on irregular migration, allowing them to seek entrance into Europe.Turkey currently hosts over 3.7 million Syrians, making it the world's top refugee…

yenisafak (2020-03-09). Coronavirus: 2 US congressmen announce self-quarantine. yenisafak.com Two U.S. congressmen announced that they were placing themselves under voluntary self-quarantine over the fears of deadly coronavirus.Both politicians said the decision was taken as they interacted with a person who tested positive for the new coronavirus at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland late February."I have been informed that, during the CPAC conference, members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19. I was with the individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times,"

sputniknews (2020-03-09). US Election; Israeli Vote; Syria; Coronavirus. sputniknews.com Join George Galloway on the new home for the Mother of All Talk Shows – this week we talk about US election, Israeli election, Syria, and the spread of coronavirus.

sputniknews (2020-03-09). European Commission President Tells Turkey to Take Migrants Back From Greek Border. sputniknews.com This comes ahead of Turkish President Erdogan's meeting with EC President Charles Michel in Brussels where they are expected to discuss measures to reduce tensions on Turkey's borders and European support for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-08). Trump Regime Blocks UN Security Council Support for Syria Ceasefire Already Breached. globalresearch.ca The US under both right wings of its war party wants endless conflict, instability, and chaos continuing in all its war theaters — peace considered detrimental to its imperial ambitions. | On Friday, the Trump regime blocked a Security Council statement, …

Prof. Tim Anderson (2020-03-08). International Women's Day: Syria says YES to Women, and NO to Wahhabis. globalresearch.ca Image. Prof. Tim Anderson | First published by GR on March 8, 2016 | On International Women's Day — The Syrian Arab Republic — the only genuinely pluralist nation in the region — was the first country in the Middle East and …

South Front (2020-03-08). Video: Syrian Army Win Battle Against Erdogan Forces in Idlib, but War Is Far from Over. globalresearch.ca The first days of March broke the dreams of the Turkish political and military leadership of a swift victory over the Syrian Armed Forces. Operation Spring Shield failed to achieve the goal officially declared by top Turkish officials — to …

news.un (2020-03-08). No sustainable development or peace without women: UN deputy chief. news.un.org The world will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if half the planet is left behind, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said in Papua New Guinea on Sunday: International Women's Day.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-08). Green New Deal Champion Romanoff Claims Victory Over Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper in Senate Caucuses. commondreams.org U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, who is backed by various progressive and climate groups, claimed a grassroots victory over former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and "the political establishment" late Saturday following the state's Democratic caucuses. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Emily Apple (2020-03-08). One tweet shows exactly why Dominic Raab shouldn't be foreign secretary. thecanary.co One country is showing its intent to create chaos in the Middle East. From sparking conflict in the one area in Syria where there was previously peace, to creating a humanitarian crisis in an attempt to bribe Europe to support its war in the region, Turkey is engaged in a dangerous power game that is killing people and putting lives at risk. | But Turkey is a NATO ally. And the UK is desperate for post-Brexit trade partners. So it's perhaps no surprise that foreign secretary Dominic Raab is sucking up to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And in one tweet, Raab showed dangerous contempt for the thousands of…

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…

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). Two-man 'bloodbath': Bernie calls out 'billionaires buying elections' as Biden attacks his 'increasingly negative' bros. rt.com Joe Biden warned supporters about "the 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 Democratic 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 di…

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 …

Reza Marashi (2020-03-07). Nuclear Programs, Negotiations, and Naivety — Podcast Episode 12. iranian.com Episode Description: This week, Reza breaks down why advocates of abandoning the Iran nuclear deal now own the consequences, how America can help shape a peace deal in Afghanistan while still withdrawing its troops, and why Trump's effort to push China out of regional integration in Asia won't work. Siamak Naficy, Senior Lecturer at the Naval …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-07). 'We Have to Get a Climate President in Office': Jane Fonda Says Bernie Sanders Is the Only Climate Candidate. commondreams.org Octogenarian actor and activist Jane Fonda declared ahead of a climate action protest in California Friday that the United States needs a "climate president" and she is now backing Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is leading a grassroots movement challenging the Democratic Party establishment coalescing around former Vice President Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-07). 'Chilling': Erik Prince Recruited Ex-Spies to Help Project Veritas Infiltrate Groups 'Hostile' to Trump Agenda. commondreams.org An explosive New York Times report revealed Saturday that notorious war profiteer Erik Prince recruited former American and British spies to work with the right-wing group Project Veritas to infiltrate at least one Democratic congressional campaign and organizations "considered hostile" to President Donald Trump's agenda. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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

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…

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, …

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…

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

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…

2020-03-09: Social Media Postees

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Cease Fire Rejected. Turkey Doesn't Consider Al Qaeda as a Terrorist Group. Erdogan Sends More Troops into Idlib
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
The latest agreement of ceasefire between the Russian President and the Turkish madman Erdogan explicitly excludes combating terrorists. Erdogan doesn't consider al-Qaeda as a terrorist group, he invested heavily in this organization especially in Syria and lately in Libya….
globalresearch.ca/turkish-hts-rejected-ceasefire-erdogan-sends-more-troops-idlib/5705864

In Brussels, Erdogan asks NATO for 'assistance' on Syria and migrants
rt.com | 2020-03-09
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Brussels, demanding help from NATO with both the conflict on his southern border and the migrants he tried to unleash on the West, now that neither situation is going according to plan. | After meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday, the Turkish leader said he requested "additional assistance" from the alliance, for the "defense" of the Turkish border with Syria and "in connection with the migration challenge." | "We expect concrete support from all our allies to this struggle," Erdogan added, urging the allies to support Turkey "without disc…
rt.com/news/482682-erdogan-nato-turkey-s…

Ceasefire in Syria: Dead on Arrival?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
Ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province is more illusion than reality. | At best, principles Putin and Erdogan agreed on last Thursday abated fighting short-term without halting it or preventing a flareup like all previous times when ceasefires were declared throughout years …
globalresearch.ca/ceasefire-syria-dead-arrival/5705845

Turkey Ups the Stakes in Migrant Crisis
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
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New Putin-Erdogan Deal Is Sugar-coating the Turks' Surrender
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
This week's meeting between Presidents Putin and Erdogan in Moscow was cast as preventing a war between Russia and Turkey in Syria. War, however, was never on the horizon. Putin called Erdogan's bluff, and the Turk folded. | Russian President Vladimir | …
globalresearch.ca/new-putin-erdogan-deal-sugar-coating-turk-surrender/5705852

No End to Endless War in Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
Obama's war in Syria, now Trump's, continues endlessly. | On or about the Ides of March, US aggression in Syria will enter its 10th year with no prospect for near-term resolution. | Tens of thousands of heavily armed jihadists remain in Idlib …
globalresearch.ca/no-end-endless-war-syria/5705895

How the New US-Afghanistan Peace Deal Rekindled a "Business Friendly Taliban"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-09
America's relationship with the Taliban has always been determined by how useful they are at advancing US interests in the region and the Trump administration's recent efforts to make "peace" with the group are no exception.
mintpressnews.com/us-afghanistan-peace-d…

"It's a Real Mess": Afghan Rivals Both Claim Presidency as Ongoing Attacks Could Derail Peace Deal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-09
Since last month's U.S.-Taliban peace plan, there have been nearly 80 attacks in Afghanistan. The violence could derail the deal that calls for U.S. troops to withdraw over the next 14 months. This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and top political leader Abdullah Abdullah both claimed that they won the presidential election at dual inauguration ceremonies today in Kabul, and members of the Taliban and the Afghan government were set to start direct negotiations on Tuesday. We speak with Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock, who recently won the George Polk Award for Military Reporting for his in-depth in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/3/9/afghanista…

US starts pulling out troops from Afghanistan – report
rt.com | 2020-03-09
American troops have reportedly begun their initial troop withdrawal as part of the US-Taliban peace agreement, with hundreds of soldiers leaving the country on Monday with no plans for replacements. | Speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, a US official confirmed the beginning steps of the withdrawal process have begun, with plans to drop the number of US troops in the country from 13,000 to 8,600. | According to the signed peace agreement, the withdrawal process for US troops had to begin 10 days within the signing of the agreement, which took place on February 29. Defense Secretary…
rt.com/news/482686-us-afghanistan-troops…

There Have Been Nearly 80 Attacks in Afghanistan Since US Signed "Peace Deal"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Since last month's U.S.-Taliban peace plan, there have been nearly 80 attacks in Afghanistan. The violence could derail the deal that calls for U.S. troops to withdraw over the next 14 months. This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and top political leader Abdullah Abdullah both claimed that they won the presidential election at dual inauguration ceremonies today in Kabul, and members of the Taliban and the Afghan government were set to start direct negotiations on Tuesday. We speak with Was…
truthout.org/video/there-have-been-nearl…

The Criminality of the Democratic Party. DNC Maneuvers to Derail Bernie Sanders
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-09
The utter and complete corruption of the Democratic Party is on full display as the DNC desperately maneuvers to derail the insurgent candidacy of Bernie Sanders by denying him a majority of delegates to the July convention in Minneapolis. Winning …
globalresearch.ca/criminality-democratic-party/5705869

New Bill Would Protect Journalists
Alex Emmons | zcomm.org | 2020-03-09
Two progressive members of Congress are trying to prevent a World War I-era secrecy law from being used to investigate and prosecute journalists for publishing classified information…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/new-bill-would-pro…

Brazil Requests Impeachment for Jair Bolsonaro
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
On March 16, Brazilian deputies will call for the removal of ultra-right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro due to his attempts to provoke an institutional crisis and incite his supporters to close down Congress. | RELATED: | Brazil, US Sign Agreement to Increase Military Cooperation | "Bolsonaro intends to lead Brazil into chaos," said congressman Alexandre Frota, referring to messages sent by the president to a large number of people, urging them to join a demonstration in support of…
telesurenglish.net/news/brazil-requests-…

A Campaign Finance Solution Has Been Sitting on McConnell's Desk for a Year
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
The 2020 election is shaping up to be the most expensive in American history. Ten years after Citizens United, our elections are awash with the money of mega-donors and corporations that drown out the voices of everyday Americans

Trump's GOP Nominee to the Federal Election Commission Has Ties to Dark Money
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Senate Republicans will consider advancing President Donald Trump's GOP nominee to the Federal Election Commission this week, potentially giving the watchdog the fourth member it needs to enforce election law. | Transparency groups are criticizing Trump's pick

Trump's GOP Nominee to the Federal Election Commission Has Ties to Dark Money
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-09
Senate Republicans will consider advancing President Donald Trump's GOP nominee to the Federal Election Commission next week, potentially giving the watchdog the fourth member it needs to enforce election law. | Transparency groups are criticizing Trump's pick

PSL Public Forum: A Women's Place is in the Struggle: Honoring IWD
Jon Britton | indybay.org | 2020-03-09
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San Jose, CA 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/09/1883140…

Greek border guard pours boiling water on asylum seeker
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-09
An asylum seeker claimed on Monday that a Greek border guard poured boiling water on him as he attempted to enter the country.Abdulmuttalib Ulimuhammed, 21, was crossing the land border through Turkey's Edirne province.The Afghan national is getting treatment for burn injuries on his face and legs at a Turkish hospital."May Allah bless Turkish people," he said.Blaming the EU for failing to keep its promises to help asylum seekers, Turkey recently loosened its policy on irregular migration, allowing them to seek entrance into Europe.Turkey currently hosts over 3.7 million Syrians, making it the world's top refugee…
yenisafak.com/en/world/greek-border-guar…

UAE reports 14 new coronavirus cases, tally reaches 59
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-09
The United Arab Emirates announced 14 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number of people diagnosed to 59, state news agency WAM reported.Of the new cases, there were four Emiratis, three Italians, two each from Bangladesh and Nepal, and a Russian, Syrian and Indian diagnosed with the virus, WAM reported, citing the country's Health Ministry.
yenisafak.com/en/news/uae-reports-14-new…

Coronavirus: 2 US congressmen announce self-quarantine
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-09
Two U.S. congressmen announced that they were placing themselves under voluntary self-quarantine over the fears of deadly coronavirus.Both politicians said the decision was taken as they interacted with a person who tested positive for the new coronavirus at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland late February."I have been informed that, during the CPAC conference, members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19. I was with the individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times,"
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European Commission President Tells Turkey to Take Migrants Back From Greek Border
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-09
This comes ahead of Turkish President Erdogan's meeting with EC President Charles Michel in Brussels where they are expected to discuss measures to reduce tensions on Turkey's borders and European support for Syrian refugees in Turkey.
sputniknews.com/world/202003091078517680…

US Election; Israeli Vote; Syria; Coronavirus
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-09
Join George Galloway on the new home for the Mother of All Talk Shows – this week we talk about US election, Israeli election, Syria, and the spread of coronavirus.
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Video: Syrian Army Win Battle Against Erdogan Forces in Idlib, but War Is Far from Over
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-08
The first days of March broke the dreams of the Turkish political and military leadership of a swift victory over the Syrian Armed Forces. Operation Spring Shield failed to achieve the goal officially declared by top Turkish officials

International Women's Day: Syria says YES to Women, and NO to Wahhabis
Prof. Tim Anderson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-08
Image. Prof. Tim Anderson | First published by GR on March 8, 2016 | On International Women's Day

Trump Regime Blocks UN Security Council Support for Syria Ceasefire Already Breached
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-08
The US under both right wings of its war party wants endless conflict, instability, and chaos continuing in all its war theaters

8M: Latin American women prepare for record feminist marches
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-08
Millions of women are expected to hit the streets across Latin America on Sunday to mark International Women's Strike, against a backdrop of wider social unrest in the region. | RELATED: | Chile Senate Approves Gender Parity For Constitutional Process | The streets will be painted green and purple, and the shouts of "Latin America will be all feminist!" will be echoed in the main capitals of the region. | The demonstrations are marked this time by growing discontent and the demand to…
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No sustainable development or peace without women: UN deputy chief
news.un.org | 2020-03-08
The world will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if half the planet is left behind, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said in Papua New Guinea on Sunday: International Women's Day.
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One tweet shows exactly why Dominic Raab shouldn't be foreign secretary
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-08
One country is showing its intent to create chaos in the Middle East. From sparking conflict in the one area in Syria where there was previously peace, to creating a humanitarian crisis in an attempt to bribe Europe to support its war in the region, Turkey is engaged in a dangerous power game that is killing people and putting lives at risk. | But Turkey is a NATO ally. And the UK is desperate for post-Brexit trade partners. So it's perhaps no surprise that foreign secretary Dominic Raab is sucking up to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And in one tweet, Raab showed dangerous contempt for the thousands of…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/03/08/one-tweet-shows-exactly-why-dominic-raab-shouldnt-be-foreign-secretary/

One tweet shows exactly why Dominic Raab shouldn't be foreign secretary
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-08
One country is showing its intent to create chaos in the Middle East. From sparking conflict in the one area in Syria where there was previously peace, to creating a humanitarian crisis in an attempt to bribe Europe to support its war in the region, Turkey is engaged in a dangerous power game that is killing people and putting lives at risk. | But Turkey is a NATO ally. And the UK is desperate for post-Brexit trade partners. So it's perhaps no surprise that foreign secretary Dominic Raab is sucking up to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And in one tweet, Raab showed dangerous contempt for the thousands of…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/03/08/one-tweet-shows-exactly-why-dominic-raab-shouldnt-be-foreign-secretary/

Green New Deal Champion Romanoff Claims Victory Over Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper in Senate Caucuses
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-08
U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, who is backed by various progressive and climate groups, claimed a grassroots victory over former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and "the political establishment" late Saturday following the state's Democratic caucuses. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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 "the 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 Democratic 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 di…
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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 …
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'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…

'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…

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…

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

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…

'We Have to Get a Climate President in Office': Jane Fonda Says Bernie Sanders Is the Only Climate Candidate
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-07
Octogenarian actor and activist Jane Fonda declared ahead of a climate action protest in California Friday that the United States needs a "climate president" and she is now backing Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is leading a grassroots movement challenging the Democratic Party establishment coalescing around former Vice President Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Chilling': Erik Prince Recruited Ex-Spies to Help Project Veritas Infiltrate Groups 'Hostile' to Trump Agenda
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-07
An explosive New York Times report revealed Saturday that notorious war profiteer Erik Prince recruited former American and British spies to work with the right-wing group Project Veritas to infiltrate at least one Democratic congressional campaign and organizations "considered hostile" to President Donald Trump's agenda. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/03/07/chillin…

'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

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…

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…

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

"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"

"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"

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…
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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…

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…