2019-03-02: News Headlines

Nicola Morrow (2019-03-02). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. commondreams.org In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court.

STAFF (2019-03-02). Sanders Launches 2020 Campaign From Brooklyn Hometown. truthdig.com NEW YORK—Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday returned to Brooklyn, the borough where he was born, to launch a presidential campaign that's expected to connect his working-class childhood to his populist political views that have reshaped the Democratic Party. | Sanders, a Vermont independent and the runner-up in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, spoke Saturday morning from Brooklyn College, which he attended for a time. | Sanders launched his 2016 campaign from Vermont, the bucolic state that he has represented in the Senate for nearly two decades. But this time around, seeking to showcase more of his p…

Naomi LaChance (2019-03-02). Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Bid With Threats to Ruling Elite. truthdig.com Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to Brooklyn, where he was born, to kick off his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday. At Brooklyn College, where he spent his freshman year, Sanders emphasized progressive ideas of anti-bigotry, accountability for corporate greed and rights for the working class that have defined his political career and already pushed other Democratic hopefuls to the left. | "Thank you all for being part of a political revolution which is going to transform America," he said. The crowd applauded and began chanting his name: "Bernie! Bernie!" | "No, no, no, it is not Bernie; it i…

Kali Akuno (2019-03-02). "It's Eco-Socialism or Death" zcomm.org Interview on the Green New Deal, the need for mass civil disobedience, and the necessity of building an internationalist movement for eco-socialism…

Muhammed Shabeer (2019-03-02). "Adoption of a Green New Deal would be revolutionary" peoplesdispatch.org In the second part of our interview with the chairman of the CPUSA, John Bachtell talks about climate change and US imperialism on Latin America…

STAFF (2019-03-02). Eyeing 2020, White House Steps Up 'Socialism' Attack on Dems. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — As the White House gears up for the 2020 campaign, it's pressing the case that Democrats are rallying behind what it's calling the policies of "socialism." | Trying to portray Democrats as out of step with ordinary Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the choice in the next election is "between freedom and socialism, between personal responsibility and government dependence." | It was the latest step in a coordinated effort by President Donald Trump and his allies to drive up enthusiasm among the GOP base by sowing fea…

Juan Cole (2019-03-02). Vile Racism in West Virginia GOP: Rep. Ilhan Omar Likened to al-Qaeda. commondreams.org Republicans in the West Virginia state legislature held a "GOP takes the Rotunda" event at the state capitol on Friday. As part of this event they hung a poster of the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers, labeled "'NEVER FORGET'—YOU SAID." Below it they placed a picture of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the caption "I AM PROOF—YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN."

WSWS (2019-03-02). Bernie Sanders at CNN Town Hall: My purpose is to promote the Democratic Party. wsws.org Sanders' aim, utilizing his reputation as an "independent," is to convince disillusioned workers and young people not to seek an alternative to the right-wing Democratic Party.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-02). The Big Wall Street Giveaway the 115th Congress Hopes the 116th Won't Notice. truthout.org Candidates in the Democratic presidential primary are tripping over each otherto declare themselves enemies of the billionaire class. Bank CEOs are fretting about both

Fred_F (2019-03-02). Rivers in crisis: Redesigning river systems for profits. greenleft.org.au As prolonged drought bites deeply in New South Wales and Queensland, and regional towns run out of water, state and federal governments are continuing their push to deliberately dry out the Menindee Lakes. | The Menindee Lakes, located in far west NSW near the town of Menindee, are a chain of big shallow lakes along the Darling River that form an important water storage system. | Although politicians claim there is too much evaporation from the lakes and associated wetlands, ecologists state that they are a key part of maintaining water flows and preventing mass fish kills in the river systems. They have also poi…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-03-01). Labor Unions Are Skeptical of the Green New Deal. zcomm.org They Want Activists to Hear Them Out…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-01). Teen Climate Activist to Sen. Dianne Feinstein: We Need the Green New Deal to Prevent the Apocalypse. democracynow.org "We're the ones affected." Those are the words of youth climate activists who confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. In a video of the interaction that has since been seen across the country, Feinstein dismissed the children—some as young as 7 years old—asking her to take bold action on climate change. We speak with the youth climate activists who confronted the senator: 16-year-old Isha Clarke, 12-year-old Rio and his 10-year-old sister Magdalena.

ACLU (2019-03-01). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. aclu.org A federal court threw out a baseless lawsuit against Greenpeace and other pipeline opponents and the company promptly refiled the case in state court. | In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court. | These meritless cases…

Nick Pemberton (2019-03-01). Our Resolution: Bomber Bernie Sets Sights on 2020. counterpunch.org "Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton's most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously…They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator" —Alive Imperialist Collaborator Bernie Sanders, expressing his solidarity with the international working class. Colonel Bernard Sanders has long despised by the More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-01). At engine plant, corporate greed, merger and pay cut forced strike. peoplesworld.org

susan_p (2019-03-01). Dutch Green Left Party endorses BDS. greenleft.org.au Netherland's Green Left Party has passed a motion in favour of boycotting Israel and in support of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign at its February 16 Congress. | They became the first parliamentary party to do so. | The Green Left Party holds 14 out of 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament. | "BDS is a legitimate means to help Palestinians in their fight for justice," the motion said, affirming that Green Left "will be alert and resist forcefully attempts in any country to criminalise BDS." | The Dutch Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a Jewish group committed to fi…

pip.hinman (2019-03-01). Coalition under fire in lead-up to NSW elections. greenleft.org.au "Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Coalition state government are getting desperate as the election campaign heats up," according to Socialist Alliance candidate Rachel Evans. "As more and more of its crimes and misdemeanours are exposed, the government is coming under increasing fire from so many directions." | Evans, who is heading up the party's NSW Legislative Council ticket for the March 23 election, said: "The government's neoliberal agenda has been an absolute disaster for the people of New South Wales. | "Its policies of selling off public property and other assets, destroying Sydney suburbs and state fo…

Fred_F (2019-03-01). Australians say 'Hands off Venezuela'. greenleft.org.au More than 30 activists, supporters and members of the Latin American community rallied outside the United States Embassy in Canberra on February 23 as part of a global day of action against US-led aggression towards the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | With chants of "Hands Off Venezuela!" and "No More Pinochets!", the crowd expressed its solidarity with Venezuela's pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution, led by President Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. | In recent months, the US has intensified its long-running campaign of diplomatic pressure, economic attacks and threats of military interv…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-01). Meet the Kids Who Confronted Senator Feinstein. truthout.org Youth climate activists as young as 7 years old confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. We speak with 12-year-old Rio and his sister, 10-year-old Magdalena, who were among the protesters who spoke to Senator Feinstein. They are members of Earth Guardians San Francisco Bay Area Crew. | Uncompromised, uncompromising newsGet reliable, independent news and commentary delivered to your inbox every day.

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Aída Chávez (2019-03-01). The Viral Confrontation With Dianne Feinstein Had a Political Impact Most Pundits Missed. theintercept.com That activists' conversations with Democrats — and Republicans — have borne actual fruit should be instructive as they try to gin up more support for the Green New Deal.

RT (2019-03-01). CNN, Democratic Party accused of conspiring against Sanders with 'stacked' audience at Q&A event. rt.com CNN and the Democratic Party have been accused of trying to sabotage Bernie Sanders after the network masked the political affiliations of audience members who pelted the senator with questions during a town hall event.

pip.hinman (2019-03-01). No arms sales to Saudi war regime. greenleft.org.au Protesters gathered outside the Sydney office of the Australian arms manufacturer EOS (Electro Optic Systems) on February 21 to oppose the sale of high-tech military equipment to Saudi Arabia, which is waging a genocidal war against the people of Yemen. | They carried placards reading "Stop the arms trade" and "EOS is providing weapons to human rights abuser, Saudi Arabia". | The ABC reported on February 20 that the Australian government is providing tens of millions of dollars to support EOS, which is exporting 500 remote weapons systems (RWS) to the Saudi Ministry of the Interior. Defence Minister Christopher P…

RT (2019-03-01). Bernie Sanders is Hitler? Republicans under fire for Facebook post. rt.com A Republican Party group has been forced to apologize after its comparison of Bernie Sanders and Adolf Hitler sparked cries of anti-Semitism and reminders that members of Sanders' family were killed in the Holocaust.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-01). "It's Time": Push Intensifies for Democrats to Use Cohen Testimony to Subpoena Trump Tax Returns. commondreams.org Tax justice groups on Friday called on Democrats to make use of the most illuminating parts of Michael Cohen's testimony at a House Oversight Committee hearing earlier this week—arguing that his detailing of President Donald Trump's long history of alleged tax fraud gives lawmakers ample reason to subpoena the president's tax returns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

susan_p (2019-03-01). Malaysian socialists: Why we need a new politics. greenleft.org.au The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) is contesting the Semenyih by-election in the state seat of Selangor on March 2. Green Left Weekly's Alex Salmon spoke to the campaign's media coordinator, Nalini Elumalai. | What can you tell me about the PSM's candidate, Nik Aziz Afiq? | Nik Aziz Afiq has been a full-time PSM activist since 2016. Nik is also a central committee member of PSM's youth wing since 2017. He is also a sought-after practitioner of traditional Malay wellness massage in the Semenyih area of Selangor. | Nik is contesting a four-cornered contest for the Semenyih state assembly seat, along with Muhammad…

susan_p (2019-03-01). Swaziland: Youth call for democracy. greenleft.org.au The biggest youth movement in Swaziland, the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), called for democracy at its 12th National Congress held over February 16-17. | The congress was held in South Africa because of political repression in Swaziland. | The main theme of the congress — the first held since 2013 — was democracy and "reawakening youth zeal for liberation". | The congress elected a new president, Sonkhe Dube, who said: "We are committed to a peaceful transition from the current dictatorship under the monarchy to a democratic Eswatini [Swaziland]. As young people, we want liberation now, because…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-01). Why A Housing Guarantee Should Be in the Green New Deal (2/2). therealnews.com In part 2, Daniel Aldana Cohen, a sociologist and writer for Jacobin Magazine, explains why the Green New Deal must tackle the housing crisis with a plan to build 10 million zero-carbon homes…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-01). Global Warming Decimating World Fisheries—And Studies Warn It's On Track to Get Worse Without Urgent Action. commondreams.org Rising ocean temperatures driven by human-generated greenhouse gases are already damaging the world's fisheries—and that toll is on track to get worse without urgent global action to cut planet-warming emissions. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-01). CNN Caught Colluding With Democratic Party Against Bernie Sanders' 2020 Campaign. theantimedia.com (TMU) — It should surprise absolutely no one that CNN is abjectly loyal to the Beltway establishment—especially to the entrenched forces currently dominating the Democratic Party. Thus it should be no shock to learn that on Monday, CNN stacked its Town Hall with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading 2020 presidential hopeful, with Democratic Party attendees tied to failed …

pip.hinman (2019-03-01). NSW deserves better. greenleft.org.au And so it begins. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been hitting the airwaves telling us all how successful she has been at raiding the public pantry and flogging off the spoils. | On the other side of the political divide Labor MP Jo Haylen is busy telling her Summer Hill electorate just how much WestConnex is on the nose — but conveniently neglecting to mention that her party is right behind WestConnex. | Her leaflet states: "Jo Haylen and Labor will invest in the public transport our city needs to get moving — not more polluting tollroads like WestConnex". How brazen is that. | In Birchgrove, Shadow M…

susan_p (2019-03-01). Indian and Pakistani leftists say no to new nuclear war threat. greenleft.org.au As tensions escalate between India and Pakistan, the threat of a nuclear conflict hangs over South Asia and the world. | On February 14, the Pakistani-based organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in the district of Pulwama in Kashmir. Sixty police officers were killed and injured. | Then, on February 26, India launched an air strike on an alleged terrorist training camp in Pakistan. The following day, the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian fighter jets over Kashmir. | Socialists in Pakistan and India have responded quickly…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-01). A Climate Sociologist Explains the Green New Deal (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Daniel Aldana Cohen, a sociologist and writer for Jacobin Magazine, explains why the Green New Deal must harness and expand the power of the public sector, and why its proponents cannot cut deals with the fossil fuel industry…

Fred_F (2019-03-01). Standing up for women's rights: The radical history of International Women's Day. greenleft.org.au Nowhere in the world do women have the same rights and opportunities as men. Internationally, women are becoming poorer and ever more oppressed. | Women continue to be poor — most of the world's 1.3 billion absolute poor are women. | Women continue to be illiterate — three-quarters of the world's 960 million illiterates are women. | Women continue to earn less — on average, women receive 30-40% less pay than men for the same work. | And women continue to suffer violence — rape and domestic violence are significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide. | International W…

susan_p (2019-03-01). Erasing Palestine: Israeli land grabs on the increase. greenleft.org.au There is a very famous map of what used to be Palestine and what Palestine is now. Several frames in between show the increasing progression of Israel's land grabs. | Israel claims to be the only party interested in the elusive "middle east peace process" and a genuine believer in the widely discredited two-state solution, but the map tells a very different story. | Israel continues evicting Palestinian families, demolishing or allowing illegal settlers to steal Palestinian homes and annexing the rapidly sh…

Eds. (2019-02-28). One, two, … many Green New Deals: an ecosocialist roundtable. mronline.org This is an essay in six voices, from long-time activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change. | Source

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-02-28). Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal. thenation.com Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Walks Away from Summit as North Korea Demands End to Sanctions, Michael Cohen Tells Congress Trump Committed Multiple Criminal Acts, Pakistan to Return Downed Fighter Pilot Amid Tensions with India, Russia Developing New Missiles as U.S. Withdraws from INF Treaty, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Meets Brazil's Bolsonaro, No Mention of Yemen or Khashoggi Murder as Jared Kushner Meets Saudi Prince, State Department Will Not Intervene in Saudi Hit-and-Run Murder Case, House Passes Bill to Toughen Background Checks for Gun Buyers, House Democrats Unveil Medicare-for-All Legislation, North Carolina: GOP…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). Poor People's Campaign announces nationwide bus tour to highlight true emergencies in the USA. peoplesdispatch.org The campaign is in response to the back and forth between the House of Representatives, dominated by the Democrats, and president Trump, over the latter's declaration of emergency, making national debate all about the border wall…

pip.hinman (2019-02-28). Volunteer internships, wage theft and political hypocrisy. greenleft.org.au According to Muffin Break general manager Natalie Brennan, "entitled Millennials" are not prepared to work without pay to gain experience. | Her comments rightly sparked a backlash from trade unions and on social media, where the company was subject to ridicule. | Unfortunately, this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to employers trying to rip off young workers. | For example, within the space of less than a month, the Victorian Greens advertised for no less than four "volunteer" or unpaid "internship" positions: one for the Victorian Greens state office and three for the offices of various Victorian…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-02-28). Labor Unions Are Skeptical of the Green New Deal, and They Want Activists to Hear Them Out. theintercept.com Laborers' opposition to the Green New Deal is rooted in concerns about jobs and wages, the best way to reduce carbon emissions, and partisan interests.

RT (2019-02-28). 'They want to take away your hamburgers like Stalin!' Green New Deal Dems make juicy target at CPAC. rt.com Hamburgers, the iconic American fast-food staple, have become the latest battlefield in US culture and political wars, with conservatives accusing 'Green New Deal' Democrats of being secret Reds for going after red meat.

susan_p (2019-02-28). Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism. greenleft.org.au It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'

susan_p (2019-02-28). Mexico: AMLO's government expands controversial preventive detention laws. greenleft.org.au Mexico's new left-wing government has tripled the list of crimes that carry automatic pre-trial detention, in what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) says is a crackdown on corruption. Human rights groups, however, have warned the move may end up funnelling more innocent people into Mexico's already strained penal system. | On February 19, the Chamber of Deputies, approved an expansion of the constitution's controversial Article 19, which allows for the automatic "preventive detention" of individuals accused of crimes such as homicide, human trafficking, rape and any violent offence committed with a fir…

susan_p (2019-02-28). Brexit: Britain's populist surge. greenleft.org.au In a June 2016 referendum, British voters chose, by 17.5 million (51.9%) to just over 16 million (48.1%), to leave the European Union (EU). | Since then British politics has been dominated by the subject as politicians and voters come to terms with what is actually involved. It has even led to splits in the Conservative and Labour Parties with threats of more to come. What is it all about? | Until March 29 citizens of any of the EU's 28 member states are free to live, work or travel in any other member state. This means that the nearly quarter of a million British nationals, many of them retirees, living in Spain…

susan_p (2019-02-28). John Pilger: The war on Venezuela is built on lies. greenleft.org.au Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela. At a farming cooperative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was played; a woman, Katarina, stood and sang with a husky contralto. | "What did her words say?" I asked. | "That we are proud," was the reply. | The applause for her merged with the arrival of Chavez. Under one arm he carried a satchel bursting with books. He wore his big red shirt and greeted people by name, stopping to listen. What struck me was his capacity to listen. | But now he re…

pip.hinman (2019-02-28). Hospitality workers organise against wage theft. greenleft.org.au Hospo Voice members and supporters who have been organising to combat wage theft were happy to hear on February 28 that the Fair Work Ombudsman had decided to investigate Le Bon Ton to ensure it is complying with Fair Work regulations. | On February, the union marched against the New Orleans-inspired Collingwood bar Le Bon Ton to protest its theft of some $20,000 in wages. | The protest was the latest in a string of headline-grabbing actions organised by the young hospitality union — a project of United Voice — which is working to combat the epidemic of wage theft and employer abuse in the hospitality…

pip.hinman (2019-02-28). Liberate housing from the unfree market. greenleft.org.au As the housing affordability crisis in Australia grinds on, it is worth remembering that this debacle is no accident: it is the inevitable and intended outcome of decades of Coalition and Labor government policy, at both the state and federal level. | A quick review of the facts reveals how governments in this country have abandoned any notion that access to affordable and dignified housing is a basic human right that should be guaranteed. | Public housing makes up 44% of France's total stock; in Denmark it is 20%. In Australia it is a pitiful 4%. | To compound the problem we have some of the weakest protections…

Kate Aronoff (2019-02-28). Who's Afraid of the Green New Deal? theintercept.com For years, the terms of the debate about climate change in the United States have been clear. One side — flush with fossil fuel cash — cast doubt on whether the problem existed at all, spreading disinformation and calling global warming an elaborate hoax to bring about socialism. For the most part, they were Republicans. On the other side were those who believed the science and usually rallied around some call for climate action, however vague. The conversation around the Green New Deal has brought those sides together, as politicians on both sides of the aisle scramble to cobble together a third way.

Joshua Holland (2019-02-27). Why Democrats Should Ignore the Chatter About Moving 'Too Far Left' and Go Big. thenation.com Why Democrats Should Ignore the Chatter About Moving 'Too Far Left' and Go Big…

AlexBainbridge (2019-02-27). Ferry workers win dispute. greenleft.org.au After 18 months of enterprise negotiations and strike action in December and February, Brisbane ferry workers have won significant improvements in pay and conditions. A new agreement was accepted in principle at a union mass meeting on February 27. | The management of the public ferry service has been in the hands of private company TransDev. For years, the company has used aggressive tactics against the workers to drive down wages and conditions. | This agreement resulted in significant pay increases over three years in a context where the company had used "grey areas" in previous contracts to cut workers'..