2019-03-04: News Headlines

Kristine Mattis (2019-03-04). There's Nothing Radical about the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org We are at the precipice of ecological collapse. There are no two ways about it. And despite what you hear, it is about far more than just catastrophic climate change. In a nutshell, our current biological predicament is the result of overuse of natural resources beyond their capacity to regenerate, the creation and mass production More

Norman Solomon (2019-03-04). The Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn't DNC "Rigging"—It's Media Trashing. commondreams.org "Let's be clear," writes Solomon of Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential run. "The huge obstacle ahead is not the DNC—it's the mass media." (Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-04). The Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn't DNC "Rigging" — It's Media Trashing. zcomm.org The effects of mobilized demands for change in the Democratic presidential nominating process have been major — not out of the goodness of any power broker's heart, but because progressives have organized effectively during the last two years…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-04). The Biggest Obstacle for Bernie Isn't the DNC. truthdig.com If the Vermont senator is going to win the Democratic primary, he'll have to do it in spite of a press beholden to corporate interests.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-04). MSNBC Yet Again Broadcasts Blatant Lies. zcomm.org This Time About Bernie Sanders' Opening Speech, and Refuses to Correct Them…

Richard Gale (2019-03-04). How We, the People, Can Save the Planet. The Green New Deal. globalresearch.ca The recent release of the proposed Green New Deal is a template, an outline identifying some of the most crucial issues facing the nation regarding climate change and a wish list of measures to address those issues. It contains a …

Robert Borosage (2019-03-04). Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former vice president Joe Biden. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-03-04). Cohen Hearing May Have Hurt North Korea Talks, Trump Says. truthdig.com In a new Twitter salvo, the president accuses Democrats of trying to sabotage his negotiations with Kim Jong-un during their Hanoi summit.

Ray McGovern (2019-03-04). Sorry, Russia-gaters; WikiLeaks Got the DNC Emails from Insider, Not Russia. globalresearch.ca VIPSers Binney & Johnson use the forensics that the FBI avoided doing. (See this) | Thinking back, President Barack Obama dropped a huge hint two days before he left office, using his last press conference to point out that the …

Matthew Zeitlin (2019-03-04). Bernie Has Feelings, Too! thenation.com Bernie Has Feelings, Too!

STAFF (2019-03-04). Did Bernie Sanders' Critique of U.S. Policy in Venezuela Go Far Enough? truthdig.com The Vermont senator hasn't called Maduro a dictator, but neither has he demanded an end to sanctions. Progressive journalists weigh in.

WSWS (2019-03-04). This week in history: March 4-10. wsws.org Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Whitewater, scientists, MIT, antiwar, Vietnam, UCS…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-04). Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears From GOP and Fellow Democrats Over Her Criticism of Israel. commondreams.org Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) endured renewed accusations of anti-Semitism after remarks critical of Israel's influence on American politics made last Wednesday at a Washington bookstore were published Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peter Green (2019-03-04). Santa Cruz, CA: Keepin' It Real? "Big Joe" Netro and Steve Schlicht Partner Up for Hate. indybay.org In Santa Cruz, the latest hate blog masquerading as a public safety blog is "Santa Cruz, CA: Keepin' It Real". Published on Facebook and Twitter, the blog has gradually been gaining followers since its founding in 2017 by an individual writing anonymously under the pen name "Big Joe 77". Big Joe 77's real name is Joe Netro, and he's a self-described "cop" retired from working 26 years as a correctional officer at Soledad state prison. The blog features reposted crime reports local to the Santa Cruz area, as well as regular "court watch" features in which Netro publishes information gathered from criminal court re…

Revolution Books (2019-03-04). Green New Deal: A Bold New Solution Or Sustainable Snake Oil for a Green American Empire. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-04). Still 'Long Way to Go' to End Systemic Racism, Sanders Tells Crowd of 12,500 in Chicago. commondreams.org "We are going to change a system in which tens of thousands every single year get criminal records for possessing marijuana, but not one major Wall Street executive went to jail for destroying our economy," said the Vermont senator and 2020 presidential contender | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-03-04). Sanders launches his campaign with a blast of demagogy. wsws.org Bernie Sanders' speech in Brooklyn was an exercise in demagogy, because there exists no relationship between the reforms he envisages and any realistic strategy for their implementation.

Eoin Higgins (2019-03-04). Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears Over Criticism of Israel From Democrats and Republicans. theantimedia.com (CD) — A firestorm over comments critical of Israel by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) continued to engulf the Democratic Party and American politics over the weekend. Omar continues to stand firm in her assertion that criticism of the Israeli occupation does not constitute anti-Semitism. And the blowback she's received from Republicans and Democrats alike sheds light on …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-03). Democrats and Republicans Move to Silence Rep. Omar's Criticism of Israel. globalresearch.ca It looks like the embattled representative from Minnesota will end up like Cynthia McKinney, who was thrown out of Congress for the sin of criticizing the official narrative on 9/11. | She is also a fierce critic of Israel and its …

Harold Meyerson (2019-03-03). Why the Republicans' New "Red Scare" Tactics Ring False. commondreams.org The annual Conservative Political Action Conference—a reliable index of far-right apprehensions—rolled into Washington last week, proclaiming long and loud the new Republican mantra: If we don't reelect Donald Trump, neo-Stalinism will befall us!

John Miller (2019-03-03). Up Against the Wall Street Journal: A Green Job Guarantee. commondreams.org A federal job guarantee—under which the government would offer a job to anyone who needs one—would alter the balance of power in the labor market in favor of workers. And it would enlarge the size of the government considerably more than the New Deal did in the midst of the Great Depression.

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Bolivia's Evo Shows Support for US Presidential Hopeful Sanders. telesurenglish.net Bolivian President Evo Morales is ready to back U.S. 2020 electoral hopeful, Bernie Sanders, a supportive tweet revealed Sunday. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Gets Personal as He Prepares For 2020 Election | Morales cheered Sanders from social media, writing, "We salute the brother @BernieSanders. The media claims he is taking great strides toward the presidentia…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-03). What Bernie Should Do — Voices From Sanders Brooklyn Rally. therealnews.com Bernie Sanders held his first official 2020 campaign rally in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Supporters spoke to TRNN about what they hope from him this time around…

RT (2019-03-03). 'Pompous twit will get us all killed': AOC tweet-tacked over Green New Deal by ex-Greenpeace founder. rt.com Greenpeace founder turned climate change skeptic Patrick Moore has reignited his feud with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a "pompous little twit" and "garden-variety hypocrite" in a barrage of tweets. |

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-03). New Senate Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Erase Possession Charges. theantimedia.com (TMU) — A group of Democrats are hoping that they can roll back the war on drugs with a new federal marijuana legalization bill. Dubbed the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, the bill would see marijuana finally removed from the federal list of controlled substances, legalizing the plant on a nationwide level and removing a range …

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-03). MSNBC Yet Again Broadcasts Blatant Lies, This Time About Bernie Sanders' Opening Speech, and Refuses to Correct Them. theintercept.com MSNBC's claim that Sanders "did not mention race or gender until 23 minutes into the speech" is demonstrably false.

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…

RT (2019-03-02). 'Raving' Democrats, 'sick' CNN and deep state 'bulls**t': Trump channels old campaign energy at CPAC. rt.com US President Donald Trump delivered a speech to conservatives that was short on 'presidential' ceremony and long on the jokes and one-liners that fired up his base in 2016. Here're some highlights. |

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…

pip.hinman (2019-03-02). Transdev WA bus drivers continue action for parity with other drivers. greenleft.org.au Transport Worker's Union members employed by bus company Transdev WA are continuing their strike actions for parity in wages and conditions with drivers in private companies. | Attempts by the TWU leadership to get the Western Australian state government, responsible for contracting the French Multinational company that employs 1100 bus drivers to force Transdev WA to negotiate have failed. | Drivers walked off the job on February 27 and staged a 4-hour strike as the concert by US rapper Eminem at Perth's Optus stadium was underway, leaving many concert goers stranded afterwards. | The action affected t…

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…

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.

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). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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