2019-03-05: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-03-05). Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela. mronline.org As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress—Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source

Jack Rasmus (2019-03-05). Financial Imperialism: the Case of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Invasion of Venezuela by US and its proxies is just around the corner! This past week vice-president Pence flew to Colombia once again—for the fifth time in recent weeks—to provide final instructions to US local forces and proxy allies there for the next step in the US regime change plan. Evidence that the 'green light' More

STAFF (2019-03-05). House Democrats Launch Aggressive New Trump Inquiry. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses. | House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said his panel was beginning the probe into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power and is sending document requests to 81 people linked to the president and his associates. | The broad investigation could be setting the stage for an impeachment effort, althoug…

Peter Green (2019-03-05). 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…

RT (2019-03-05). 'She's now in the smallest club of Democrats': Clinton rules out running in 2020. rt.com The tightly packed field of Democratic contenders for a presidential nomination is now somewhat less crowded, after Hillary Clinton firmly stated that she would not be running in the 2020 election.

stuart_m (2019-03-05). How award-winning Palestinian poet found her 'magic pen' in an Israeli jail. greenleft.org.au Four months after her release from an Israeli prison, Palestinian poet and photographer Dareen Tatour received the Oxfam Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression in The Hague in January. Oxfam Novib, the Dutch affiliate of the international charity Oxfam, said it awarded Tatour the prize to highlight "the growing repr…

WSWS (2019-03-05). The fallacies and evasions of the Green New Deal. wsws.org Democratic no less than Republican administrations have imposed austerity policies and prosecuted the decades-long social counterrevolution that continues today.

WSWS (2019-03-05). House Democrats issue wide-ranging subpoenas in Trump investigation. wsws.org The House Judiciary Committee sent document demands to 81 organizations and individuals associated with the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign and the White House.

WSWS (2019-03-05). Sanders rally attendees speak on socialism, Democratic Party. wsws.org Reporters for the WSWS spoke with attendees at Bernie Sanders' rally in Chicago Sunday.

STAFF (2019-03-05). Key Progressives Demand End to America's Forever Wars. truthdig.com Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were among the first members of Congress to sign a new pledge vowing to end America's " forever wars." | "The United States has been in a state of continuous, global, open-ended military conflict since 2001," reads the pledge, which the veterans group Common Defense launched on Monday. "Over 2.5 million troops have fought in this 'Forever War' in over a dozen co…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-05). 'Keep Making Noise': Grassroots Pressure Working as Democrats Announce Bill to Restore Net Neutrality. commondreams.org After sustained grassroots activism made net neutrality a key component of the Democratic Party's agenda in the new Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that Democrats plan to introduce legislation on Wednesday to restore the open internet protections repealed by the Republican-controlled FCC last year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-05). The Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn't DNC "Rigging" — It's Media Trashing. indybay.org Some people are attached to the idea that the Democratic National Committee will "rig" the presidential nomination against Bernie Sanders. The meme encourages the belief that the Bernie 2020 campaign is futile because of powerful corporate Democrats. But such fatalism should be discarded.

WSWS (2019-03-05). Bernie Sanders adapts to racial politics at Chicago campaign rally. wsws.org Sanders' speech in Chicago used his experiences in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, while a student at the University of Chicago, to make an appeal to identity politics.

stuart_m (2019-03-05). Join calls for SBS, artists to boycott Eurovision 2019. greenleft.org.au The Israeli city of Tel Aviv is preparing to host the Eurovision Song Contest in May, following Israeli artist Netta Barzilai's win in Eurovision 2018. | In response, BDS Australia, which support the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, says: "As a serial human rights abuser, it is unacceptable for Israel to be the host country for a competition that, in SBS's own words, is supposed to 'bring people and cultures together'. | "We urge SBS not to participate or broadcast Eurovision 2019 if it is in Israel — and we call on Kate Miller-…

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 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.

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.

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 …

teleSUR (2019-03-04). US Allows Claimants' Title III Legal Claims Against Cuba. telesurenglish.net The United States is giving the green light to claimants interested in suing Cuban companies in the Caribbean, the U.S. Department of State said Monday, confirming a partial suspension, as opposed to a full one, of the infamous Title III of the Helms-Burton Law. | RELATED: | Cuba Slams US 'Imperialism' Against Venezuela | As of March 19, U.S. nationals and entities wi…

Ryan Grim (2019-03-04). The Working Families Party Helped Democrats Regain Power in New York. Now Democrats Are Trying to Kill It. theintercept.com The New York State Democratic Committee voted to ban fusion voting, a system of which the Working Families Party has been the primary beneficiary.

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 …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-04). Democrats' Subpoena List for Trump World Reads 'Like an Article, Actually Many Articles, of Impeachment'. commondreams.org 81 subpoenas: House Judiciary Committee is aiming at Trump's "obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse of power," said chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). | 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, 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…

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…

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 …

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. |

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-03). MSNBC Yet Again Broadcasts Blatant Lies, This Time About Bernie Sanders's 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.

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…

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. |

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). Meet the Kids Who Confronted Sen. Feinstein: We're the Ones Who Will Have to Live with It. democracynow.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.

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…

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). 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). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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). 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'

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…