Daily Archives: March 11, 2020

2020-03-11: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-11). Elusive bipartisan cooperation spotted in House leaders' daring last-minute rescue of controversial warrantless wiretapping powers. rt.com Democrat and Republican House leaders have paused their partisan sniping to do the real work of governing: keeping unpopular surveillance programs, including roving NSA wiretaps and access to metadata, alive indefinitely. | With just four days to go before congressional authorization for the controversial provisions expires, a bipartisan contingent has swooped in to save the NSA from experiencing one second of separation anxiety from Americans' private communications. Committee heads from both sides of the aisle wrangled enough votes within their own parties to deliver a reauthorization bill on Tuesday night w…

RT (2020-03-11). Moscow calls on Afghan political forces not to obstruct reconciliation process. rt.com Moscow has called on the opposing political forces of Afghanistan to focus on reaching national reconciliation, instead of taking steps that exacerbate disagreements, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. | Commenting on the two parallel presidential inauguration ceremonies that took place in Afghanistan, it urged all responsible political actors in the country "to adhere solely to common national interests." | The national reconciliation process "should lead to end of the civil war and to the rebuilding of a peaceful, united and independent state, free of terrorism and drug-related crime," the ministry s…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-11). US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey's ongoing fighting in northern Syria's Idlib governorate was — from the beginning of recent escalations — clearly a continuation of Washington's wider now 9 year-long proxy war against Damascus. | Whatever gains Turkey had made in terms of

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-11). Greece's Migrant Crisis Has Further Exposed Turkish Fake News. globalresearch.ca Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to intimidate the Syrian Army and force them to withdraw to the Sochi Agreement lines in Idlib utterly failed, resulting in the Turkish leader having to embarrassingly accept large swathes of liberated territory …

Scott Ritter (2020-03-11). How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia. globalresearch.ca When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …

Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand (2020-03-11). Afghans Imagine a Future of Lasting Peace. thenation.com Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand Afghans Imagine a Future of Lasting Peace…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Colombia: Council of State Returns Angela Robledo to Congress. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Council of State Tuesday announced that the Colombia Humana (CH) party's lawmaker Angela Maria Robledo may return to the Lower House after she was charged and dismissed for "double militancy." | RELATED: | "The seat restored to me by the 'Council of State' also belongs to the more than 8 million people who voted for the Human Colombia political project," Robledo tweeted.‚Äã&sbq…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). S.African Court Acquits Pres. Ramaphosa of Corruption Charges. telesurenglish.net The High Court in Pretoria, South Africa ruled Tuesday in favor of President Cyril Ramaphosa stating he did not lie to parliament about the donations' source of his 2017 campaign to lead the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. | RELATED: | In July, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had alleged in a report that Ramaphosa deceived parliament about the 500,000 rand (US$32,500) donation for his campaign to succ…

Jon Britton (2020-03-11). 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…

Fight Back (2020-03-11). Threats against Prof. Sison are threats against the resumption of the peace talks. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel. | The reported threats against Prof. Jose Ma. 'Joma' Sison, who is the NDFP chief political consultant threaten any possible resumption of the peace talks. | That the Dutch police went to visit 'Joma' last week and warn him to take precautionary measures indicates that the Dutch authorities have become aware of and are taking seriously the threats against 'Joma'. They presumably know who are behind the threats. | Any threat against Professor Sison or any member of the NDFP…

yenisafak (2020-03-11). Turkey working to broker permanent cease-fire in Idlib. yenisafak.com Turkey is working to extend the temporary cease-fire in Syria's opposition-held province of Idlib to a permanent one, the country's foreign minister said Wednesday."Currently, efforts are being made to make this temporary cease-fire permanent," Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in the capital Ankara.He said that Turkey is discussing with the visiting Russian military delegation ways to ensure safe movement of traffic on the strategic M4 highway in Idlib, where the two countries are set to start joint patrols.To a question on how the cease-fire is holding up, Cavusoglu said there was harassing fire two days ago but…

sputniknews (2020-03-11). Russia Registers 2 Ceasefire Violations in Syria Over Past 24 Hours – Military. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian truce has registered two ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours, while the Turkish side has recorded three breaches, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

sputniknews (2020-03-11). Erdogan: 150K Refugees Have Entered Greece, Turkey Won't Shut Border Until EU 'Fulfils Promises'. sputniknews.com Ankara opened its borders with Europe to would-be migrants late last month amid an escalation of fighting between Turkish and Syrian troops in Syria's Idlib province. Since then, Turkish authorities have threatened to send "millions" of refugees to Europe, and suggested that the 2016 migrant agreement needs to be renegotiated.

sputniknews (2020-03-11). Damascus Expects NATO, EU Nations to Condemn Turkey's Actions in Syria – Assad Adviser. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Damascus expects NATO and the European Union to at least condemn Turkey's actions in Syria, which "go against all international legitimacy," but has not yet seen a proper reaction, said Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media adviser to the Syrian president.

sputniknews (2020-03-11). Suspension of 7 Congress Party Members For 'Unruly Behaviour' in Indian Parliament Revoked. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The second leg of the Budget Session of the Indian Parliament, which kicked off on 2 March and is scheduled to conclude by 3 April, has been marred by frequent adjournments amid protests staged by opposition parties demanding a debate on the communal riots that hit northeast Delhi last month.

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 …

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). Afghan president Ghani orders release of Taliban prisoners, important point of deal with US. rt.com President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree pardoning Taliban fighters held in Afghan prisons. The move was part of the peace deal Washington made with the group, but official Kabul hesitated to act on it, demanding guarantees. | The Afghan president "has signed the decree that would facilitate the release of the Taliban prisoners in accordance with an accepted framework for the start of negotiation between the Taliban and the Afghan government," Ghani's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted on Tuesday, announcing the measure. | President Ghani has signed the decree that would facilitate the release of the Taliban pr…

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

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 …

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 …

news.un (2020-03-10). Security Council resolution endorses moves towards long-sought Afghanistan peace. news.un.org The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday afternoon welcoming recent steps towards ending the conflict in Afghanistan. All 15 members supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses a joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and an agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.

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

Staff (2020-03-10). Congress Wary of Trump's Tax Break Plan to Address Virus Upheaval. truthdig.com The president, feeling pressure over outbreak and its financial fallout, meets with GOP allies who aren't inclined to spend more as of now.

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…

news.un (2020-03-10). Afghanistan peace prospects 'slim' without women's participation: Hillary Clinton. news.un.org There can be no sustainable peace in Afghanistan if women are not at the negotiating table, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ambassadors and activists at UN Headquarters on Tuesday.

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…

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.

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.

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

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 …

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…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aaron Maté (2020-03-01). Krystal Ball: panicked DNC elites try to stop Bernie's big Super Tuesday. thegrayzone.com With Bernie Sanders poised for a big Super Tuesday, Krystal Ball discusses the Democratic establishment's panic, Elizabeth Warren's attacks on…

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

splcenter (2020-02-20). 'Time For Ilhan' documentary details congresswoman's first rise to political office. splcenter.org

2020-03-11: Social Media Postees

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Greece's Migrant Crisis Has Further Exposed Turkish Fake News
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to intimidate the Syrian Army and force them to withdraw to the Sochi Agreement lines in Idlib utterly failed, resulting in the Turkish leader having to embarrassingly accept large swathes of liberated territory …
globalresearch.ca/greece-migrant-crisis-exposed-turkish-fake-news/5706050

US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Turkey's ongoing fighting in northern Syria's Idlib governorate was

US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Turkey's ongoing fighting in northern Syria's Idlib governorate was

How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …
globalresearch.ca/how-turkey-lost-battle-wills-force-russia/5706103

Trump vs. Sanders–Comparisons for Voters
Ralph Nader | zcomm.org | 2020-03-11
Bernie releases his tax returns while Trump hides them and gets a major tax cut for his family through Congress.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-vs-sanders-c…

Afghans Imagine a Future of Lasting Peace
Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand | thenation.com | 2020-03-11
Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand Afghans Imagine a Future of Lasting Peace…
thenation.com/article/world/taliban-peac…

Moscow calls on Afghan political forces not to obstruct reconciliation process
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Moscow has called on the opposing political forces of Afghanistan to focus on reaching national reconciliation, instead of taking steps that exacerbate disagreements, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. | Commenting on the two parallel presidential inauguration ceremonies that took place in Afghanistan, it urged all responsible political actors in the country "to adhere solely to common national interests." | The national reconciliation process "should lead to end of the civil war and to the rebuilding of a peaceful, united and independent state, free of terrorism and drug-related crime," the ministry s…
rt.com/newsline/482857-russia-afghan-rec…

PSL Public Forum: A Women's Place is in the Struggle: Honoring IWD
Jon Britton | indybay.org | 2020-03-11
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San Jose, CA 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/09/1883140…

Threats against Prof. Sison are threats against the resumption of the peace talks
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-11
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel. | The reported threats against Prof. Jose Ma. 'Joma' Sison, who is the NDFP chief political consultant threaten any possible resumption of the peace talks. | That the Dutch police went to visit 'Joma' last week and warn him to take precautionary measures indicates that the Dutch authorities have become aware of and are taking seriously the threats against 'Joma'. They presumably know who are behind the threats. | Any threat against Professor Sison or any member of the NDFP…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/3/10/threats-…

Elusive bipartisan cooperation spotted in House leaders' daring last-minute rescue of controversial warrantless wiretapping powers
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Democrat and Republican House leaders have paused their partisan sniping to do the real work of governing: keeping unpopular surveillance programs, including roving NSA wiretaps and access to metadata, alive indefinitely. | With just four days to go before congressional authorization for the controversial provisions expires, a bipartisan contingent has swooped in to save the NSA from experiencing one second of separation anxiety from Americans' private communications. Committee heads from both sides of the aisle wrangled enough votes within their own parties to deliver a reauthorization bill on Tuesday night w…
rt.com/usa/482791-bipartisan-renewal-ste…

S.African Court Acquits Pres. Ramaphosa of Corruption Charges
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
The High Court in Pretoria, South Africa ruled Tuesday in favor of President Cyril Ramaphosa stating he did not lie to parliament about the donations' source of his 2017 campaign to lead the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. | RELATED: | South African President Vows to Quell Attacks on Foreigners | In July, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had alleged in a report that Ramaphosa deceived parliament about the 500,000 rand (US$32,500) donation for his campaign to succ…
telesurenglish.net/news/S.African-Court-…

Colombia: Council of State Returns Angela Robledo to Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Colombia's Council of State Tuesday announced that the Colombia Humana (CH) party's lawmaker Angela Maria Robledo may return to the Lower House after she was charged and dismissed for "double militancy." | RELATED: | Colombia: Ivan Cepeda Accuses Right-Wing Parties of Buying Vote | "The seat restored to me by the 'Council of State' also belongs to the more than 8 million people who voted for the Human Colombia political project," Robledo tweeted.‚Äã&sbq…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-council…

Elusive bipartisan cooperation spotted in House leaders' daring last-minute rescue of controversial warrantless wiretapping powers
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Democrat and Republican House leaders have paused their partisan sniping to do the real work of governing: keeping unpopular surveillance programs, including roving NSA wiretaps and access to metadata, alive indefinitely. | With just four days to go before congressional authorization for the controversial provisions expires, a bipartisan contingent has swooped in to save the NSA from experiencing one second of separation anxiety from Americans' private communications. Committee heads from both sides of the aisle wrangled enough votes within their own parties to deliver a reauthorization bill on Tuesday night w…
rt.com/usa/482791-bipartisan-renewal-ste…

Russia Registers 2 Ceasefire Violations in Syria Over Past 24 Hours – Military
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-11
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian truce has registered two ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours, while the Turkish side has recorded three breaches, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020031110785…

Damascus Expects NATO, EU Nations to Condemn Turkey's Actions in Syria – Assad Adviser
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-11
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Damascus expects NATO and the European Union to at least condemn Turkey's actions in Syria, which "go against all international legitimacy," but has not yet seen a proper reaction, said Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media adviser to the Syrian president.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020031110785…

Erdogan: 150K Refugees Have Entered Greece, Turkey Won't Shut Border Until EU 'Fulfils Promises'
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-11
Ankara opened its borders with Europe to would-be migrants late last month amid an escalation of fighting between Turkish and Syrian troops in Syria's Idlib province. Since then, Turkish authorities have threatened to send "millions" of refugees to Europe, and suggested that the 2016 migrant agreement needs to be renegotiated.
sputniknews.com/world/202003111078537584…

Suspension of 7 Congress Party Members For 'Unruly Behaviour' in Indian Parliament Revoked
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-11
New Delhi (Sputnik): The second leg of the Budget Session of the Indian Parliament, which kicked off on 2 March and is scheduled to conclude by 3 April, has been marred by frequent adjournments amid protests staged by opposition parties demanding a debate on the communal riots that hit northeast Delhi last month.
sputniknews.com/india/202003111078536402…

Turkey working to broker permanent cease-fire in Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-11
Turkey is working to extend the temporary cease-fire in Syria's opposition-held province of Idlib to a permanent one, the country's foreign minister said Wednesday."Currently, efforts are being made to make this temporary cease-fire permanent," Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in the capital Ankara.He said that Turkey is discussing with the visiting Russian military delegation ways to ensure safe movement of traffic on the strategic M4 highway in Idlib, where the two countries are set to start joint patrols.To a question on how the cease-fire is holding up, Cavusoglu said there was harassing fire two days ago but…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-working-to-…

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

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

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…

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…

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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Would a Draft Matter?
Nan Levinson | commondreams.org | 2020-03-10
Could a draft lead to fewer conflicts? And the answer to that is: possibly, but not certainly. (Photo: Reuters/file) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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 …
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Security Council resolution endorses moves towards long-sought Afghanistan peace
news.un.org | 2020-03-10
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday afternoon welcoming recent steps towards ending the conflict in Afghanistan. All 15 members supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses a joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and an agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.
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Afghan president Ghani orders release of Taliban prisoners, important point of deal with US
rt.com | 2020-03-10
President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree pardoning Taliban fighters held in Afghan prisons. The move was part of the peace deal Washington made with the group, but official Kabul hesitated to act on it, demanding guarantees. | The Afghan president "has signed the decree that would facilitate the release of the Taliban prisoners in accordance with an accepted framework for the start of negotiation between the Taliban and the Afghan government," Ghani's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted on Tuesday, announcing the measure. | President Ghani has signed the decree that would facilitate the release of the Taliban pr…
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Afghanistan peace prospects 'slim' without women's participation: Hillary Clinton
news.un.org | 2020-03-10
There can be no sustainable peace in Afghanistan if women are not at the negotiating table, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ambassadors and activists at UN Headquarters on Tuesday.
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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…
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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 …
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MAS Presents New Legal Resort To Enable Evo Morales' Candidacy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-10
The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presented a new legal recourse to qualify ex-president Evo Morales as a candidate for the first senatorship in Cochabamba, informed political secretary Froilan Fulguera on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Congress Summons 3 Ministers to Explain Their Actions | In statements to Radio Fides, Fulguera said that the appeal was submitted to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), which he hopes will analyze and give viability "for brother Juan Evo Morales to continue…
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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…
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Congress Wary of Trump's Tax Break Plan to Address Virus Upheaval
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-10
The president, feeling pressure over outbreak and its financial fallout, meets with GOP allies who aren't inclined to spend more as of now.
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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…
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"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…
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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.
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"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…
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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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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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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 …
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The New Idlib Ceasefire Forces Turkey-Backed Extremists to Fall Back
Steven Sahiounie | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-06
Putin and Erdogan met in Moscow in a last-ditch effort to strike a deal over the escalating violence in Idlib, Syria. Steven Sahiounie weighs in on who prevailed and what likely comes next.
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"Supreme Inequality": Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle Against Justice
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-06
The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has come under intense criticism in recent years after two Trump-nominated justices joined the bench. Senate Republicans confirmed Neil Gorsuch in 2017 after having refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee in his final year in office, and they confirmed Brett Kavanaugh a year later despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge. During the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, several candidates floated the idea of "packing the court"

History Tells Us Which Democratic Nominee Truly Hurts Down Ballot Democrats
Phelonious Crunk | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-06
"Sanders can't win the presidency. He's too far left." Others opine, "He'll never get anything through congress. He hasn't ever accomplished anything." What is this movement then? How did a 'nobody' build the greatest political movement and fundraising machine in the history of the United States? Because his ideas are popular. They have broad appeal. …
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Exclusive: OPCW whistleblowers confront leadership's attacks, cover-up of Douma deception
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
OPCW leadership tried to discredit two veteran officials who challenged a cover-up of its chemical weapons investigation in Douma, Syria. They…
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Syria war update: Turkey's Erdogan invades Idlib, invokes re-establishment of Ottoman Empire
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran. He discusses his recent…
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Inside the World Uyghur Congress: The US-backed right-wing regime change network seeking the 'fall of China'
Ajit Singh | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
While posing as a grassroots human rights organization, the World Uyghur Congress is a US-funded and directed separatist network that…
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Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an essential pillar for peace and security
news.un.org | 2020-03-05
Countries meeting in New York next month to review progress on nuclear non-proliferation are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to use the opportunity to strengthen global peace and security.
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Escalating war in Idlib creates new refugee crisis
Peter Boyle | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-05
Middle East Refugees & migrants Chris SleeIssue 1256 Syria Northern SyriaMarch 5, 2020A February 27 Russian and Syrian airstrike on a Turkish military convoy in Idlib province

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