2019-03-07: News Headlines

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-03-07). Bill McKibben: From Coal and Gas to Wind and Sun. thenation.com Bill McKibben: From Coal and Gas to Wind and Sun…

STAFF (2019-03-07). Spain's Socialists Have Big Green Plans for the Country. truthdig.com Spain is already getting 40 percent of its electricity from renewables, but its government hopes to nearly double that proportion by 2030.

Elliot Sperber (2019-03-07). End the Wars and Clean the Ground, Free Food and Housing All Around. counterpunch.org (or: A Great Grand Green New Deal) Unlike housing, food, or water, No one is entitled to a hamburger, or bacon. No one has the right to kill a cow, Or pig, or chicken. No one has the right to fly a plane, Or drive a car, or truck. And since this killing's killing us More

STAFF (2019-03-07). The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Finally Arrived. truthdig.com Last week, as the media focused on President Donald Trump's North Korea summit in Vietnam and the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a largely overlooked news conference took place, announcing legislation that could save millions of lives. Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, the latest attempt to pass single-payer health care. Jayapal's bill has 106 co-sponsors, close to half of the Democrats in the House. | Jayapal is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus in the House. Among the bill's c…

RT (2019-03-07). Trump vows to boycott 'Fake News' networks after Democrats bar Fox from hosting 2020 debates. rt.com US President Donald Trump is threatening to boycott mainstream media by refusing to appear on their airwaves during the 2020 debates, after Democrats said they'd bar Fox News from hosting its own debates.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-03-07). H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Needs 218 CoSponsors. indybay.org The New Medicare for All bill, HR 1384, has 106 Co-Sponsors and needs 218 to pass. There are 236 Democrats out of 435 members in the House, yet only 106 Democrats support this litmus test bill. See www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/hou…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-07). Clinton-Era Official Says Left Should Lead Following Center-Right Failures. therealnews.com Bill Black analyzes Assistant Secretary of Treasury Brad DeLong statement that neo-liberals should get out of the way and let the left lead since coalition with Republicans did not work…

Deconstructed (2019-03-07). Cornel West on Bernie, Trump, and Racism. theintercept.com Taking a lesson from his 2016 loss to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders is dedicating more time in his speeches to discussing systemic racism and discrimination. Will it be enough to win over black voters?

RT (2019-03-07). Republicans don pearls for gun control debate, sparking backlash on Twitter. rt.com The sight of Republican representatives wearing pearl necklaces at a gun control debate in New Hampshire sparked a wave of outrage, followed by cries of 'fake news' as both sides contend their meaning.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-07). Progressive Jewish Groups Thank Diverse Coalition That Mobilized to Thwart Democrats' Misguided Rebuke of Omar. commondreams.org "We're witnessing a huge change in our society. Our political leaders are becoming less afraid to speak out against Israeli policy and it's because of our grassroots movements." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-03-06). Chile's Cities Are the Most Air-Polluted South American Cities. telesurenglish.net On Feb. 5 AirVisual and Greenpeace published the 2018 World Air Quality Report, research built with data from more than 3,000 cities, which points out that Chile has nine of the ten South American cities with the worst air quality. | RELATED: | Chilean's Biodegradable Plastic Bag Dissolves in Three Minutes | According to the global air quality ranking,…

STAFF (2019-03-06). Top Democrats Are Enabling Climate Catastrophe. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation among journalists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and The Real News Network's Paul Jay. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-06). Rep. Jayapal: We Must Protect Rep. Ilhan Omar's Right to Critique U.S. Foreign Policy on Israel. democracynow.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats are expected to bring a resolution condemning anti-Semitism to a House vote this week in a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel. After facing criticism, the Democratic leadership added language in the resolution condemning anti-Muslim bias, as well. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who says, "I just want to make sure that we are protecting the right for the first Muslim woman to be in Congress and to question, legitimately, foreign policy toward Israel."

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-06). Lawmakers ready to pass sweeping HR-1 reform bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With mass citizen backing and union and worker support, lawmakers this week will tackle the central agenda item of the new ruling House Democrats: Comprehensive election and ethics reform. The 662-page "For The People Act," given the highly symbolic number HR1, contains a huge raft of changes. They range from outlawing gerrymandering by mandating non-partisan …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-06). Jayapal: Democrats Are Ready to Issue Subpoenas If White House Blocks New Requests for Documents. democracynow.org The House Judiciary Committee launched a wide-ranging investigation Monday into President Trump, his businesses and his allies, as lawmakers probe possible obstruction of justice, corruption and other crimes and abuses of power. The committee requested documents from at least 81 people or groups, who now have a March 18 deadline to respond. The list includes his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, WikiLeaks, AMI chief David Pecker, the Department of Justice, the FBI, Trump's charities and the founder of private security firm Blackwater, Erik Prince—who is a…

commondreams (2019-03-06). 350 Action on 'Green New Deal' Senate Floor Debate. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-03-06). Sanders, Others Lobby for Increased Food Aid to US Territories. telesurenglish.net Together with New York House Representative Nydia Velazquez, 2020 Hopeful Bernie Sanders, is filing a bill to increase food aid for the 1.35 million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico. | RELATED: | Puerto Rico Indicts 75 Suspects From US$76-Million Drug Ring | "It is inconceivable that in the richest nation in the world we have allowed our fellow citizens to…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-06). Green New Deal Too Expensive? New GAO Report Details Hundreds of Billions in Climate-Related Damage. commondreams.org Critics on Wednesday demanding that the Trump administration take a new nonpartisan report revealing the costs of the climate crisis seriously "for the sake of communities on the frontlines of climate risks." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-06). There Are 106 Democratic Co-Sponsors for Medicare for All. What's Up With the Other 130? commondreams.org A week after the introduction of comprehensive single-payer healthcare legislation, Congressional Democrats are split over the bill.Rep. Pramila Jayapal's (D-Wash.) bill has the support of 106 other House Democrats, but there are still 130 members of the majority party who have yet to sign on. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ryan Grim (2019-03-06). Bernie Sanders Is Beating Kamala Harris 2-1 Among Black Democratic Primary Voters, New Poll Finds. theintercept.com Three weeks after launching his presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading all other announced candidates in support from black voters, a new poll finds. The only potential candidate who polled better with African-Americans than Sanders, according to the poll by Morning Consult, is former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced a campaign. | Despite a persistent notion that his supporters are disproportionately white male "bros," the new survey suggests that Sanders is actually slightly…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Ilhan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis. therealnews.com Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-Semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-Semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-06). Small-Dollar Donors Are Playing a Growing Role in Congressional Campaigns. theintercept.com Freshman House Democrats, many of whom made it to Congress on pledges of reforming campaign finance, are chipping away at Wall Street's influence in Congress. | First-term Democratic members relied less on corporate donors in the 2018 midterm elections and raised higher percentages of campaign cash through small-dollar donations than the Democratic incumbents who ran for re-election, according to a new report by Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Economic and Policy Re…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-06). DNC Bars 'Propaganda Outfit' Fox From Hosting Primary Debates. commondreams.org "The process of publicly considering Fox News as a host gave the network undeserved legitimacy," wrote one political journalist | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-05). Lawmakers move to end anti-worker, anti-consumer forced arbitration. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Five congressional Democrats, including the influential chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced legislation to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's 2-year-old ruling that forced workers into mandatory arbitration over disputes with bosses, including when forced arbitration overrides U.S. labor law. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) act would also end forced arbitration …

Hannah Estrada, Michael Estrada (2019-03-05). Young environmental activists speak out for Green New Deal. peoplesworld.org

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

Consortiumnews (2019-03-05). This Time the Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn't DNC Rigging. consortiumnews.com In the 2020 race it's the reflexive corporate media spin against the candidate, writes Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com Some people are attached to the idea that the Democratic National Committee will "rig" the presidential nomination against Bernie Sanders. The… Read more →

Frank Emspak (2019-03-05). What Will Make the Green New Deal Go? progressive.org Manufacturing is critical to producing wealth, not merely a bygone stage in the evolution of human society.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-03-05). Republicans and Democrats Say Their Criticism of Ilhan Omar Is About Anti-Semitism. They're Gaslighting You. theintercept.com Donald Trump and top Republicans have said and done far worse than what they accuse Rep. Ilhan Omar of doing. Yet they have not been reprimanded.

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.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-05). Democrats Announce Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Amid Grassroots Pressure. truthout.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 Republic…

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…

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-…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-05). "Moderate" Democrats Are Really Conservatives — and They Are Dangerous. truthout.org If I hear the word "moderate" used one more time to describe Blue Dog House Democrats who keep voting with Republicans, or any other non-Republican who actively supports today's Republican Party, it is entirely possible I will eat my teeth. The term "Blue Dog" is a metaphor for a dog straining so hard on its leash that it has turned blue from lack of oxygen; the dog is a right-leaning Democrat, and the leash represents its tenuous party affiliation. These people are conservatives — period, end of file — who hide behind the "moderate" label even as they undermine policies Democrats have hewed to for…

RT (2019-03-05). 'Vile anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar row shows pitfalls of US identity politics. rt.com In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over "anti-Semitic" comments about the Israel lobby.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-05). The House Democrats' "Rebuke" of Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Fraud for Many Reasons, Including Its Wild Distortion of Her Comments. theintercept.com No matter one's views on Israel, the House Democrats' efforts to punish debate should be treated with the scorn and opposition it deserves.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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). 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…

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…