Daily Archives: March 10, 2020

2020-03-10: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-10). Spain suspends parliament for at least 1 week after lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus. rt.com The lower house of the Spanish Parliament has announced it will suspend all activities for one week after a deputy with the right-wing Vox party tested positive for coronavirus infection. | Lawmaker Javier Ortega Smith, head of the Vox party, has been diagnosed with the virus and the parliament has been suspended for at least a week as a precaution, as the Vox party holds 52 parliamentary seats and represents the third-largest bloc in the congress. | The decision to suspend parliament was taken after the Vox party members confirmed they would self-isolate after suspected exposure to the virus at a recent rally…

RT (2020-03-10). US offered Ankara intelligence on Idlib, FM Cavusoglu claims, says S-400 won't stop Turkey from getting Patriot missiles. rt.com The US was willing to give Turkey intelligence regarding Syria's Idlib, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has claimed, adding that the purchase of Russian anti-air systems won't prevent Ankara from acquiring Patriot missiles. | The senior Turkish diplomat told state-owned Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that Washington had offered land, sea and air intelligence regarding the northwestern region, considered by Damascus and Moscow as the last terrorist stronghold in Syria. | According to Cavusoglu, Turkey and Russia will begin patrols around a critical highway in Idlib, as part of a recent ceasefire agreement brokered…

RT (2020-03-10). All-star warmonger Lindsey Graham urges NATO to 'get more involved' in Idlib, Syria to stop 'Syrian aggression'. rt.com Veteran chickenhawk Lindsey Graham once again beat his over-used war drum, this time because he wants NATO to get involved in Idlib, Syria to stop "Syrian aggression." Yes, when will Syria stop intervening in its own country? | The South Carolina senator said that he fully supports US President Donald Trump's efforts to "get NATO more involved in Syria," arguing that the defensive alliance should aid Turkey as it "defends Idlib against Russian/Syrian aggression." He further argued that the "fall" of Idlib would result in a humanitarian crisis felt around the world, which is why NATO should be more "supportive"

Phil Barbelé (2020-03-10). The Battle for Idlib: Did Erdogan Capitulate to Putin in Moscow? mintpressnews.com There was a celebration in Syria when Russia announced a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on March 3 following a six-hour meeting between Presidents Erdogan and Putin in Moscow. Under the agreement, Erdogan agreed to pull back Turkish forces and not to contest territory that Syria had recently reclaimed from terrorist groups in eastern Aleppo and southern Idlib provinces. In fact, Turkey agreed not to intervene against Syrian troops in any of the areas from which it pulled back, in effect allowing Syrian forces to reclaim even more of its territory from terrorists in southern Idlib. | The agreement appeared to be…

Conn Hallinan (2020-03-10). Turkey's Erdogan faces growing resistance over involvement in Syria's civil war. peoplesworld.org Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest gamble in Syria's civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government's siege of the last rebel held province, Idlib, Turkey has backed off, and Ankara's Syrian adventure is fueling growing domestic resistance to the powerful autocrat. The crisis began Feb. 25, when …

RT (2020-03-10). US exploring NATO aid for Turkey in Idlib, says sanctions could be applied if Russia or Syria violate ceasefire — reports. rt.com Washington's special envoy for Syria has signaled that the US is exploring NATO involvement in Idlib, and said that any violations of the truce in the Syrian province could be punished with sanctions, according to reports. | James Jeffrey arrived in Brussels on Tuesday to meet with NATO allies and discuss "ways to support Turkey's security concerns," the State Department said in a statement. | In a conference call with reporters, Jeffrey said that Washington is "looking" at what NATO can do for Turkey in Idlib, and that "everything is on the table." | He reportedly warned that the United States could respond w…

Emile Schepers (2020-03-10). Lots of legislative work to do yet for workers in Virginia. peoplesworld.org On Sunday, March 8, the first 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly (state legislature) wound up, leaving only some budgetary matters for action this week. The session was the first time in years that both houses of the General Assembly had a Democratic majority: 55 Democrats versus 45 Republicans in the Senate, and 21 …

RT (2020-03-10). Libya's eastern commander Haftar committed to signing ceasefire — France. rt.com Libya's eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar has told France's president he will sign a ceasefire and stick to it if militias backed by the internationally recognized government respect it, Reuters reported, citing a French presidency official. | "Marshal Haftar assured [us] that he was committed to signing the ceasefire but this commitment would cease if the militias do not respect it," the official said late on Monday after Haftar met President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. | Despite a peace conference held in Berlin in January, violence has increased in Libya. The Libyan National Army led by Haftar and for…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-03-10). Syrian Christian Village Awaits the End of Al Qaeda's Occupation of Idlib. globalresearch.ca The western media has focused on

Conn Hallinan (2020-03-10). Turkey's Failed Gamble in Syria. zcomm.org Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest gamble in Syria's civil war appears to have come up snake eyes…

South Front (2020-03-10). Video: New Idlib Ceasefire Is Already Crumbling and Nobody Is Surprised. globalresearch.ca On March 6, the Syrian region of Greater Idlib entered another ceasefire phase with al-Qaeda-linked groups breathing a sigh of relief thanks to Turkish sacrifices in the battle against the Syrian Army. However, the pause in the Turkish-Syrian military confrontation …

Brandon Turbeville (2020-03-10). 1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan to Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis. globalresearch.ca As the Syrian crisis enters its ninth year, the Donald Trump administration is looking more and more like the Obama administration every day. With the Trump regime refusing to open useful dialogue with Russia regarding Syria, it's obvious anti-Iran and …

Thomas Knapp (2020-03-10). Coronavirus: Politically Created Panic is the Real Pandemic. counterpunch.org As of early March, there were fewer than 200 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States. Nonetheless Congress passed, and US president Donald Trump signed, an $8.3 billion "emergency funding" bill theoretically related to containing the disease. Had the federal government done nothing at all, the "beer flu" might have conceivably have

WSWS (2020-03-10). Trump picks ultra-right congressman Mark Meadows as new chief of staff. wsws.org The incoming chief of staff, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, was the leader of the ultra-right House Freedom Caucus.

teleSUR (2020-03-10). Bolivia: Congress Summons 3 Ministers to Explain Their Actions. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Plurinational Legislative Assembly (ALP) invited three ministers of RELATED: | This meeting should be attended by Communication Minister Maria Fernandez, Environment Minister Maria Pinckert, and Ru…

teleSUR (2020-03-10). Chile Denounces Government Repression During Feminist Strike. telesurenglish.net The feminist general strike called in Chile on Monday as part of the celebrations of International Women's Day was repressed by the police of President Sebastian Piñera's government, according to the National Institute of Human Rights (INDH). | RELATED: | "Even though this was a peaceful day, which called to defend gender equality, the carabineros (Chilean police) attacked the demonstrators," the INDH president Sergio Micco to…

WSWS (2020-03-10). Afghanistan "peace" deal stalls as Kabul rivals are both sworn in as president. wsws.org The swearing in of two rival presidents of the US-backed puppet regime has upended so-called intra-Afghan talks set to begin today.

Jon Britton (2020-03-10). 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…

sputniknews (2020-03-10). Ankara Vows Retaliation if Syrian Gov't Violates Idlib Ceasefire. sputniknews.com The wayward province of Idlib, now the last major piece of territory outside Damascus's control in Syria's west, is subject to a ceasefire deal between Turkish and Syrian forces brokered by Russia following weeks of heavy fighting.

sputniknews (2020-03-10). Erdogan Says Proposed Joint Management of Oil Fields in Deir ez-Zor, Syria With Russia. sputniknews.com The United States moved to "secure" oil rich-regions of eastern Syria late last year after moving troops away from the border with Turkey, sparking international condemnation and charges that Washington's actions were a violation of international laws against pillaging.

sputniknews (2020-03-10). St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Postponed Until 2021 Due to Coronavirus. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The 24th edition of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will be held in 2021, the Roscongress Foundation, which organises the forum, said on Tuesday.

sputniknews (2020-03-10). Senior Functionary of Indian Opposition Congress Party Resigns Amid Rumoured Bid to Join Ruling BJP. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's opposition Congress Party barely managed to form a government in Madhya Pradesh after the provincial legislature elections in 2018, with Kamal Nath as Chief. But a faction of the legislators, led by Jyotiraditya Scindia was unhappy, with his claim to the leadership ignored by the party.

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:

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.

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…

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 …

teleSUR (2020-03-09). EU Asks Turkey To Keep Migrants Away from Greek Border. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sought more European support Monday for hosting 3.6 million refugees as a consequence of the war in Syria but was told instead he must first stop encouraging migrants to cross into Greece. | RELATED: | Erdogan flew to Brussels for talks with the European Union and NATO after tension arose over the fate of tens of thousands of migrants trying to enter EU-member Greece since Ankara s…

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). 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

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…

commondreams (2020-03-09). JVPA Announces First Round of Congressional Endorsements. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

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…

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…

teleSUR (2020-03-09). Caricom Urges Clear Elections in Guyana To Avoid More Victims. telesurenglish.net The Caribbean Community (Caricom) issued a statement Sunday encouraging officials and political parties in Guyana to count each vote and complete the interrupted electoral process avoiding any more victims. | RELATED: | The organization urged to seek peace in the streets and the communities after one death was reported. "The loss of one life is already too much," said the statement. | "We ask the parties to focus not o…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-03-09). Democrats Demand Trump Ensure Paid Sick Leave and Free Testing to Put Workers Over Corporate Profits in COVID-19 Response. commondreams.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday evening called on the Trump administrations to center working Americans as it responds to the coronavirus outbreak which has affected at least 545 people in the U.S. so far—promoting a public health agenda that many progressives have called for in recent days. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-03-09). Progressive Activist and Longtime Common Dreams Contributor Tom Turnipseed Dead at 83. commondreams.org A self-identified "reformed racist' who spent decades fighting for progressive causes has died. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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 …

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, …

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.

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). 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…

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…

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.

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 …

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Turkey's Failed Gamble in Syria
Conn Hallinan | zcomm.org | 2020-03-10
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest gamble in Syria's civil war appears to have come up snake eyes…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/turkeys-failed-gam…

Russia: Lower House Approves 169 Constitutional Amendments
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-10
Russia's Lower House of the Federal Assembly Tuesday unanimously approved 169 amendments to the Constitution, which were proposed by President Vladimir Putin and give Parliament more powers. | RELATED: | Russia, Turkey Agree Ceasefire Deal for Syria's Idlib | During the debate, Alexander Karenlin, a lawmaker of the ruling party United Russia (UR), proposed advancin…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Lower-Hou…

Syrian Christian Village Awaits the End of Al Qaeda's Occupation of Idlib
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-10
The western media has focused on Idlib as the last 'rebel' held area in Syria; however, it is held by Al Qaeda, not Syrian rebels. The Syrian rebels, aka " Free Syrian Army" , ceased to exist years …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-christian-village-awaits-end-al-qaeda-occupation-idlib/5705996

Merkel, Macron, Erdogan to Analyze Migration Crisis on March 17
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-10
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Emmanuel Macron will meet him in Istanbul on March 17 to discuss the migration crisis generated by the Syrian war an…
telesurenglish.net/news/Merkel-Macron-Er…

Video: New Idlib Ceasefire Is Already Crumbling and Nobody Is Surprised
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-10
On March 6, the Syrian region of Greater Idlib entered another ceasefire phase with al-Qaeda-linked groups breathing a sigh of relief thanks to Turkish sacrifices in the battle against the Syrian Army. However, the pause in the Turkish-Syrian military confrontation …
globalresearch.ca/video-new-idlib-ceasefire-already-crumbling-nobody-surprised/5705950

1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan to Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis
Brandon Turbeville | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-10
As the Syrian crisis enters its ninth year, the Donald Trump administration is looking more and more like the Obama administration every day. With the Trump regime refusing to open useful dialogue with Russia regarding Syria, it's obvious anti-Iran and …
globalresearch.ca/1983-cia-document-reveals-plan-destroy-syria-foreshadows-current-crisis-2/5705964

Turkey's Erdogan faces growing resistance over involvement in Syria's civil war
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-10
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest gamble in Syria's civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government's siege of the last rebel held province, Idlib, Turkey has backed off, and Ankara's Syrian adventure is fueling growing domestic resistance to the powerful autocrat. The crisis began Feb. 25, when …
peoplesworld.org/article/turkeys-erdogan…

All-star warmonger Lindsey Graham urges NATO to 'get more involved' in Idlib, Syria to stop 'Syrian aggression'
rt.com | 2020-03-10
Veteran chickenhawk Lindsey Graham once again beat his over-used war drum, this time because he wants NATO to get involved in Idlib, Syria to stop "Syrian aggression." Yes, when will Syria stop intervening in its own country? | The South Carolina senator said that he fully supports US President Donald Trump's efforts to "get NATO more involved in Syria," arguing that the defensive alliance should aid Turkey as it "defends Idlib against Russian/Syrian aggression." He further argued that the "fall" of Idlib would result in a humanitarian crisis felt around the world, which is why NATO should be more "supportive"
rt.com/news/482731-graham-turkey-nato-id…

The Battle for Idlib: Did Erdogan Capitulate to Putin in Moscow?
Phil Barbelé | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-10
There was a celebration in Syria when Russia announced a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on March 3 following a six-hour meeting between Presidents Erdogan and Putin in Moscow. Under the agreement, Erdogan agreed to pull back Turkish forces and not to contest territory that Syria had recently reclaimed from terrorist groups in eastern Aleppo and southern Idlib provinces. In fact, Turkey agreed not to intervene against Syrian troops in any of the areas from which it pulled back, in effect allowing Syrian forces to reclaim even more of its territory from terrorists in southern Idlib. | The agreement appeared to be…
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US offered Ankara intelligence on Idlib, FM Cavusoglu claims, says S-400 won't stop Turkey from getting Patriot missiles
rt.com | 2020-03-10
The US was willing to give Turkey intelligence regarding Syria's Idlib, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has claimed, adding that the purchase of Russian anti-air systems won't prevent Ankara from acquiring Patriot missiles. | The senior Turkish diplomat told state-owned Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that Washington had offered land, sea and air intelligence regarding the northwestern region, considered by Damascus and Moscow as the last terrorist stronghold in Syria. | According to Cavusoglu, Turkey and Russia will begin patrols around a critical highway in Idlib, as part of a recent ceasefire agreement brokered…
rt.com/news/482727-turkey-idlib-s-400-us…

Lots of legislative work to do yet for workers in Virginia
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-10
On Sunday, March 8, the first 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly (state legislature) wound up, leaving only some budgetary matters for action this week. The session was the first time in years that both houses of the General Assembly had a Democratic majority: 55 Democrats versus 45 Republicans in the Senate, and 21 …
peoplesworld.org/article/lots-of-legisla…

Spain suspends parliament for at least 1 week after lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-10
The lower house of the Spanish Parliament has announced it will suspend all activities for one week after a deputy with the right-wing Vox party tested positive for coronavirus infection. | Lawmaker Javier Ortega Smith, head of the Vox party, has been diagnosed with the virus and the parliament has been suspended for at least a week as a precaution, as the Vox party holds 52 parliamentary seats and represents the third-largest bloc in the congress. | The decision to suspend parliament was taken after the Vox party members confirmed they would self-isolate after suspected exposure to the virus at a recent rally…
rt.com/news/482745-spain-suspends-parlia…

Trump picks ultra-right congressman Mark Meadows as new chief of staff
wsws.org | 2020-03-10
The incoming chief of staff, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, was the leader of the ultra-right House Freedom Caucus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/10/mead…

Coronavirus: Politically Created Panic is the Real Pandemic
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-10
As of early March, there were fewer than 200 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States. Nonetheless Congress passed, and US president Donald Trump signed, an $8.3 billion "emergency funding" bill theoretically related to containing the disease. Had the federal government done nothing at all, the "beer flu" might have conceivably have…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/10/coronavirus-…

Bolivia: Congress Summons 3 Ministers to Explain Their Actions
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-10
Bolivia's Plurinational Legislative Assembly (ALP) invited three ministers of the coup-born regime lead by Jeanine Añez to attend a hearing session on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Parliament Censors Jeanine àÅñez's Allies Minister | This meeting should be attended by Communication Minister Maria Fernandez, Environment Minister Maria Pinckert, and Ru…
telesurenglish.net/news/bolivia-alp-to-q…

PSL Public Forum: A Women's Place is in the Struggle: Honoring IWD
Jon Britton | indybay.org | 2020-03-10
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San Jose, CA 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/09/1883140…

Chile Denounces Government Repression During Feminist Strike
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-10
The feminist general strike called in Chile on Monday as part of the celebrations of International Women's Day was repressed by the police of President Sebastian Piñera's government, according to the National Institute of Human Rights (INDH). | RELATED: | Chile: General Strike on Second Day of Feminist Protests | "Even though this was a peaceful day, which called to defend gender equality, the carabineros (Chilean police) attacked the demonstrators," the INDH president Sergio Micco to…
telesurenglish.net/news/chile-denounce-g…

Afghanistan "peace" deal stalls as Kabul rivals are both sworn in as president
wsws.org | 2020-03-10
The swearing in of two rival presidents of the US-backed puppet regime has upended so-called intra-Afghan talks set to begin today.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/10/afgh…

Ankara Vows Retaliation if Syrian Gov't Violates Idlib Ceasefire
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-10
The wayward province of Idlib, now the last major piece of territory outside Damascus's control in Syria's west, is subject to a ceasefire deal between Turkish and Syrian forces brokered by Russia following weeks of heavy fighting.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020031010785…

Erdogan Says Proposed Joint Management of Oil Fields in Deir ez-Zor, Syria With Russia
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-10
The United States moved to "secure" oil rich-regions of eastern Syria late last year after moving troops away from the border with Turkey, sparking international condemnation and charges that Washington's actions were a violation of international laws against pillaging.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020031010785…

Senior Functionary of Indian Opposition Congress Party Resigns Amid Rumoured Bid to Join Ruling BJP
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-10
New Delhi (Sputnik): India's opposition Congress Party barely managed to form a government in Madhya Pradesh after the provincial legislature elections in 2018, with Kamal Nath as Chief. But a faction of the legislators, led by Jyotiraditya Scindia was unhappy, with his claim to the leadership ignored by the party.
sputniknews.com/india/202003101078525949…

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Postponed Until 2021 Due to Coronavirus
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-10
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The 24th edition of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will be held in 2021, the Roscongress Foundation, which organises the forum, said on Tuesday.
sputniknews.com/russia/20200310107852585…

Turkey Ups the Stakes in Migrant Crisis
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-09
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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

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

EU Asks Turkey To Keep Migrants Away from Greek Border
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sought more European support Monday for hosting 3.6 million refugees as a consequence of the war in Syria but was told instead he must first stop encouraging migrants to cross into Greece. | RELATED: | Erdogan Urges Greece to Take in Migrants at the Turkish Border | Erdogan flew to Brussels for talks with the European Union and NATO after tension arose over the fate of tens of thousands of migrants trying to enter EU-member Greece since Ankara s…
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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

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

"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…

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…

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

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

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

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-…

JVPA Announces First Round of Congressional Endorsements
commondreams.org | 2020-03-09
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Caricom Urges Clear Elections in Guyana To Avoid More Victims
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-09
The Caribbean Community (Caricom) issued a statement Sunday encouraging officials and political parties in Guyana to count each vote and complete the interrupted electoral process avoiding any more victims. | RELATED: | Guyana: Voting Results Postponed Again Amid Political Crisis | The organization urged to seek peace in the streets and the communities after one death was reported. "The loss of one life is already too much," said the statement. | "We ask the parties to focus not o…
telesurenglish.net/news/Caricom-Urges-Tr…

Democrats Demand Trump Ensure Paid Sick Leave and Free Testing to Put Workers Over Corporate Profits in COVID-19 Response
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-09
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday evening called on the Trump administrations to center working Americans as it responds to the coronavirus outbreak which has affected at least 545 people in the U.S. so far—promoting a public health agenda that many progressives have called for in recent days. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/03/09/democra…

Progressive Activist and Longtime Common Dreams Contributor Tom Turnipseed Dead at 83
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-09
A self-identified "reformed racist' who spent decades fighting for progressive causes has died. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/03/09/progres…

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

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

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

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/

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…
rt.com/usa/482586-sanders-biden-bloodbat…

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…
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

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…

'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…