2019-03-09: News Headlines

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-03-09). 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…

RT (2019-03-09). 'Fraud & election theft': Conservatives melt down after House Democrats pass voting rights bill. rt.com House Democrats have unanimously passed a sprawling voting rights, campaign finance, and ethics bill — which Republicans have unanimously opposed as a to-do list for "voter fraud and election theft."

stuart_m (2019-03-09). FIFA can afford to close pay gap — but won't. greenleft.org.au When world football executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that US$753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. | That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that football's world governing body has invested in projects between 2016 and 2018. | Four years since police raided the hotel and offices of football officials and FIFA's Zurich headquarters in 2015 in a scandal that threatened the organisation's existence, FIFA is awash with cash. | People with knowledge of FIFA's finances…

stuart_m (2019-03-09). US women footballers go to court for pay equality. greenleft.org.au United States football (soccer) players filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit on International Women's Day on March 8 seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts. | The action comes just three months before the women's national team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup. | The class-action lawsuit was filed today in a Los Angeles federal court under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It alleges gender-based discrimination by the US Football Federation. | The players allege they have been subject to ongoing "institutionalised gender discrimination". This includes une…

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Argentina: Macri's Gov't To Fund Anti-Abortion Religious Groups. telesurenglish.net Two days before the Argentine Congress discusses again a law that could save thousands of women's lives, President Mauricio Macri administration signed an agreement to finance Christian and Catholic activists who oppose the right to legal, safe and free abortion. | RELATED: | Argentina Stages a 'Green Action Day' for the Right to Abortion | The…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Headlines for March 8, 2019. democracynow.org Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Sentenced to 47-Month Term, House Condemns Anti-Semitism and Bigotry Amid Debate over Ilhan Omar, Venezuelan President Maduro Blames U.S. Sabotage for Massive Blackout, Israel Bans Coalition of Arab Parties from April Election, France: Archbishop of Lyon Sentenced for Child Sexual Abuse Cover-Up, Greenland's Melt Is Accelerated by Rainfall, Even During Winter, Chelsea Manning Jailed for Contempt After Refusing to Testify on WikiLeaks, Sacramento, CA: Protests Continue over Killing of Stephon Clark, Florida: Ex-Cop Guilty in Shooting Death of Black Motorist, Boulder, CO: C…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…

Kenn Orphan (2019-03-08). The Blindness of Empire. counterpunch.org "The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-08). Workers lose pensions as lawmakers tackle multi-employer plan problems. peoplesworld.org

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…

Joseph Natoli (2019-03-08). No Strategies to Erase Damage Already Done. counterpunch.org "And here, sitting upon London stone, I charge and command that, of the city's cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but claret wine this first year of our reign. And now henceforward it shall be treason for any that calls me other than Lord Mortimer." — Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part II Democrats face a More

Cornel West (2019-03-08). On Bernie, Trump, and Racism. zcomm.org Interview on Sanders' presidential chances and how he has progressed on race issues…

teleSUR (2019-03-08). 5 Women-led Social Movements in Latin America in 2018. telesurenglish.net Argentina: Green, Young, and Feminists: | On Feb. 19, 2018, thousands of women put on a green scarf and hit the Argentine streets with a clear message: they wanted abortion legalized. The massive march was part of the National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion that brought the matter up to the public arena. The climax of their struggle reached the Argentine Senate with a close vote that rejected a bill proposed for the legalization. However, this didn't stop the organized women of Argentina. | "The green scarf has become an international icon of feminism and collective efforts to achieve more…

STAFF (2019-03-08). Senate Democrats Urge IRS to Focus on Big-Time Tax Cheats. truthdig.com In a new letter, Elizabeth Warren, Dick Durbin and others call on the agency to use its limited resources on major financial crimes.

kathy_f (2019-03-08). Deregulation undermines building safety. greenleft.org.au In 2013, then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a "war on red tape and green tape", which he claimed was "suffocating" Australian businesses. The Coalition government even announced a special cutting of red tape day. | No doubt Abbott was able to point to some idiotic and bureaucratic regulations to win public support for cutting so-called red tape that was actually protecting the public or the environment, to allow the corporate rich to pillage and plunder. | But this drive to cut red tape did not begin with Abbott. It began in the 1980s when the Bob Hawke Labor government, followed by the John Howard Coalitio…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-08). Trump Is Nervous. He Should Be. truthout.org "Robert Mueller put 13 of the angriest Democrats in the history of our country on the commission," Donald Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) crowd this past weekend, lying once again. "Now, how do you do that? These are angry, angry people. You take a look at them. One of them was involved with the Hillary Clinton Foundation, running it. Another one has perhaps the worst reputation of any human being I've ever seen. All killers." | Le…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). School Strike 4 Climate: history, challenges and what's next. greenleft.org.au After the milestone School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) rallies on November 30 last year, the movement faces a critical point. | Describing itself as a "decentralised, grassroots and ambitious" activist organisation, SS4C has certainly breathed fresh energy into the climate debate. However, with its second major action looming, where does it go from here? | One positive to emerge immediately following the November strike was the collective enthusiasm for maintaining participation in direct action. | Rather than resting on its laurels after so spectacularly mobilising more than 15,000 students in 30 cities and towns in…

RT (2019-03-08). Dems pass watered-down anti-hate bill, upsetting those thirsty for 'anti-semitic' Omar's blood. rt.com The House of Representatives adopted a resolution condemning all forms of bigotry (including anti-Semitism) after a long day of linguistic gymnastics that saw it morph from censuring Rep. Ilhan Omar to frowning on… intolerance. |

pip.hinman (2019-03-08). IWD in Geelong. greenleft.org.au The Geelong Women Unionists Network (GWUN) kicked off the week of International Women's day (IWD) celebrations at Geelong Trades Hall on March 1, with a breakfast and speak out. | About 50 women, children and men attended the breakfast. They included Geelong Trades Hall Council members, union members and officials, members of Socialist Alliance, the Labor Party and Animal Justice Party, local MPs and local law firms. | Speakers included Central Arrernte woman Belinda Foley; Julie Kun, CEO of Women's Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE); Kirrileigh Everette of Members Equity Bank; Linda Cusworth of Combined Re…

RT (2019-03-08). Omar anti-Semitism debate widens split in Democratic party. rt.com Ilhan Omar's remarks on the Israeli lobby's grip on American politics have seen her fellow Democrats blast her for anti-Semitism, and in one extreme case, for daring to question the US-Israel alliance at all. |

kathy_f (2019-03-08). Australia's top 10 polluters. greenleft.org.au Each year, Australian corporations must report their greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and production under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme. Australia's 10 highest emitting corporations for 2017—18, which collectively account for 49.7% of all reported emissions, include: | 1. AGL (coal/gas) 43.1 million tonnes.: | Owner of Bayswater and Liddell coal-fired power stations in the Hunter Valley and the Loy Yang A coal-fired power station in Latrobe Valley. | 2. Energy Australia (coal/gas) 21.7 million tonnes.: | Runs Yallourn coal-fired power station in Latrobe Val…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-08). End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats. therealnews.com 16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…

WSWS (2019-03-08). Democrats push through resolution branding Rep. Omar's criticism of Israel as "anti-Semitic" wsws.org With this vote, the Democratic Party has joined with the Republicans and right-wing forces internationally in prosecuting a witch-hunt against a fabricated growth of "left-wing anti-Semitism."

pip.hinman (2019-03-08). ALCOA workers reject enterprise agreement for third time. greenleft.org.au About 1600 members of the Australian Worker's Union (AWU) employed at various ALCOA Aluminium refineries and bauxite mines throughout Western Australia again sent a strong message to the American multinational to negotiate a fairer Enterprise Bargaining Agreement after the company's EBA was voted down on March 2. | ALCOA's latest EBA offer angered members — 61% of whom voted no — with its plan to weaken union structures on their worksites, change job descriptions to the detriment of workers and water down the company's accident/sickness policy. | This is the third time since last September that an inf…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). Socialist Alliance candidate: 'Help us build a new society'. greenleft.org.au Lead Socialist Alliance candidate for the Legislative Council in the NSW election Rachel Evans gave this speech to a Justice Action election forum on February 25. | *** | Australia was once the "Lucky Country". Now it has become the "Lucky-If-You-Are-Rich Country". | Banks and big corporations are ripping us off. Their profits are soaring while wages are falling. The richest 1% now own more wealth than the bottom 70% combined. | Poverty has risen and has been criminalised. More people are being imprisoned, often for minor crimes committed while on remand and awaiting trial. | Prisons are being privatised and ther…

susan_p (2019-03-08). United States: The rise of democratic socialism. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) activist Isaac Silver following the announcement by United States Senator, Bernie Sanders that he will contest the 2020 US Presidential race. | 1. How has Sanders' announcement been received among radicals and left activists you work with? | The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has generated huge excitement in the United States. In the first week following the announcement of his presidential campaign, over one million supporters signed up as volunteers in every part of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people contributed smal…

RT (2019-03-08). Trump: Democrats are 'anti-Israel,' 'anti-Jewish'. rt.com President Donald Trump has slammed the Democratic Party's supposed anti-Israel stance amid a row over Rep. Ilhan Omar's alleged anti-Semitic comments and a condemnation bill passed in response. |

susan_p (2019-03-08). The Hanoi summit — Trump-style. greenleft.org.au Thousands of journalists from around the world gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam over February 27-28 to cover another historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump, which followed their first summit in Singapore in June last year. | Expectations for the meeting were high, and hope for a further step towards peace was great, but ultimately, no deal was made. The Vietnamese government hosted a historic summit, but there was no Hanoi Declaration to signal a permanent peace in the Korean peninsula. | Who broke the deal?: | Trump did. Why? No one knows what was in Tr…

RT (2019-03-08). 'Obscene and ridiculous': Democrats' Fox News boycott is hypocritical — TV Host. rt.com Democratic National Committee head Tom Perez caused uproar when he barred Fox News from hosting his party's primary debates next year. Perez's ban is not just hypocritical, it's "deranged," TV host Steve Malzberg told RT. |

pip.hinman (2019-03-08). Socialist candidate: 'Organised people are a force for change'. greenleft.org.au Susan Price is the Socialist Alliance candidate for the seat of Parramatta in the March 23 NSW state election. She has been an active unionist and socialist for more than 20 years. She was branch president of the UNSW branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) in 2006 and 2010, and a member of the NTEU national executive from 2010 to 2012. | She is an activist in the refugee rights movement; a campaigner for women's rights; and is national co-convenor of the Socialist Alliance. Price spoke to Green Left Weekly's Jim McIlroy about the Socialist Alliance election campaign, its aims and policies.

susan_p (2019-03-08). John Pilger: The prisoner says no to Big Brother. greenleft.org.au Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air is still and fetid. | This is Room 101. | Before I enter Room 101, I must surrender my passport and phone. My pockets and possessions are examined. The food I bring is inspected. | The man who guards Room 101 sits in what looks like an old-fashioned telephone box. He watches a screen, watching Julian. There are others unseen, agents of the state, watching and listening…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). Why you should join the Student Strike 4 Climate. greenleft.org.au Climate change is already impacting our lives.: | As it gets worse, we will be affected by more floods and storms, bushfires and droughts. Globally there will be less clean water and farmland available. This disproportionately affects those who have the least — women, Indigenous people and those living in exploited nations. | Capitalism cannot resolve the climate crisis.: | It cannot because of its structured social and ecological irrationality. This is why, regardless of what the science tells us we should do, fossil fuels are still being burnt and sustainable energy systems still have to b…

susan_p (2019-03-08). Bolivia: Free, universal health care system launched. greenleft.org.au Bolivian President Evo Morales launched the free Unified Health System (SUS) on March 1 to expand health coverage to people who previously lacked any form of health insurance. | The SUS inauguration ceremony was held in the Cochabamba district, where Morales visited a medical centre and delivered new equipment. In his speech, he said universal free health insurance was made possible by Bolivia's economic model, in which state-owned companies provide financial resources for health services. | "Tell us where we have problems," President Morales said, calling for social participation to improve the SUS so as to assu…

susan_p (2019-03-08). Ireland: Women's unpaid labour a key site of struggle for the trade union movement. greenleft.org.au The overwhelming vote for repeal of the Eighth Amendment represents a cathartic, watershed moment for Irish society. But the result should not be seen as Ireland's coming of age, as its entry into the modern world, or as a gift conferred on us by the establishment parties with the blessing of the liberal commentariat. | Instead it has to be understood as the product of sustained and determined struggle by thousands of predominantly working-class women over the past 35 years, with the support of allies in the progressive trade union movement, in communities and on the political left. | Their job seemingly done, th…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. truthout.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegi…

susan_p (2019-03-08). Ecuador: 10,000 public servants sacked in three days. greenleft.org.au Nearly ten thousand Ecuadorean government employees were fired between February 27 and March 1, according to local media reports. | This came after President Lenin Moreno signed a deal worth US$4.2 billion on February 20 with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | According to an IMF statement, agreement was reached on policy measures the government of Ecuador must implement to apply for the loan. | The IMF would then process the loans in the context of what it calls an Extended Fund Facility, set up "to assist m…

RT (2019-03-08). Big-tech breakup? Elizabeth Warren takes on Amazon and Google. rt.com Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has unveiled plans to break up and regulate Amazon, Google, and Facebook. The Massachusetts Senator's anti-monopoly stance aligns her with both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. |

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-08). Rebuking Trump State Dept, Democrats Unveil Proposals Asserting Reproductive Rights Equal Human Rights. commondreams.org "It's time to stop playing politics with women's lives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-03-08). Another battle for the Upfield Line. greenleft.org.au Many battles have been fought over the Upfield Line. | In the late 1980s, the state Labor government attempted to close the Upfield train line, replace it with light rail and rip up the tram tracks in Sydney Road. That was defeated by a massive public campaign. | Then a few years later, the state Liberal government attempted to close the Upfield Line. Another massive public campaign defeated that attempt. | People power was vital to saving the Upfield Line from closure. | Since the line was saved from closure, very little has been done to upgrade the line. It has very infrequent trains (only every 18 minutes in p…

susan_p (2019-03-08). End of the road for Moreno? greenleft.org.au The Presidential Palace in Quito was surrounded by protesters chanting " °Fuera, corruptos, fuera!" (Out, the corrupt, out!) and "No a la venta del país" (No to the sale of the country!) in response to recent revelations of an alleged offshore tax haven belonging to President Lenin Moreno, along with a trail of bribes for government favours. The protests on February 20 were supported by ex-president Rafael Correa, who called his former vice-president "corrupt" and urged him to resign. | These comments were echoed by other political leaders of the Movement of the Citizens' Revolution [MRC], such as former fore…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). 'NSW not for sale!'. greenleft.org.au "NSW not for sale!" was one of the chants at a Fix NSW rally on March 3, 20 days out from the state election. It expressed a common element in NSW government projects that have sparked resistance from numerous communities and trade unions. | Giant banners featuring the face of Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the words "$elling NSW" were the backdrop to speeches from Raymond Weatherall from Fighting In Resistance Equally, the coalition that organised the huge Invasion Day march on January 26; Jean Hinchliffe and Daisy Jeffrey from the Student Strike 4 Climate; Julie Lyford from Groundswell Gloucester; Deput…

susan_p (2019-03-08). 'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…

susan_p (2019-03-08). HDP women candidates: 'We will govern our cities and ourselves'. greenleft.org.au Local government elections in Turkey will be on March 31. | The government of Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan removed more than 80 of 103 elected mayors representing the Kurdish-led People's Democratic Party (HDP) from office and replaced them with government-appointed administrators, or trustees, as part of its crack down on the HDP for its alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). | The HDP is campaigning to win back most municipalities, especially in the provinces of Diyarbakƒ±r…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). The mining union should join students fighting for a transition from coal. greenleft.org.au The mining and energy division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) does not seem to have a strategy for life after coal, if the leaked minutes from its Queensland division's December meeting can be believed. | It intends to cling tightly to the coalmining multinationals and hope for the best as global climate and renewable energy policies kick in. | Meanwhile in New South Wales, anti-coal campaigners reported seeing the CFMMEU's Hunter Valley branch acting as a cheer squad f…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). Bacevich: Questioning U.S.-Israel Ties Has Long Been Impermissible in Congress, But That's Changing. democracynow.org House Democrats will vote today on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The resolution is seen as a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel—even though the draft resolution does not explicitly name the freshman congressmember. The vote was indefinitely delayed Wednesday after a revolt from progressive Democrats, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly announced Thursday in a closed-door meeting that the vote would move forward. We speak with Andrew Bacevich, retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran, author and professo…

Daneil Haiphong (2019-03-07). Fear the "Bern?" Bernie Sanders is Too Left for the Democratic Party. mintpressnews.com The corporate Democrats truly fear Sanders because he represents a dangerous political path that may lead large portions of the population to demand an improvement in their condition.

Steve Ellner (2019-03-07). Trump and the Venezuelan Opposition Have Much in Common. mintpressnews.com Michael Cohen's statement last Wednesday that he fears Trump would not concede defeat in the 2020 elections has sparked concern about the breakdown of basic rules of democratic electoral politics. Indeed, as far back as the 2016 presidential elections, Trump refused to vow that he would recognize the official results if Hillary Clinton were to be declared the winner. Obama responded by saying " that is dangerous.

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?

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…

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."