2019-03-11: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Glenn Greenwald: Chelsea Manning's Refusal to Testify Against WikiLeaks Will Help Save Press Freedom. democracynow.org Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Manning, a U.S. Army whistleblower, had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border. democracynow.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists—seven of whom are U.S. citizens—along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

Prof. Ravi Malhotra (2019-03-11). The New Politics of Disablement: The Contribution of Mike Oliver. globalresearch.ca Michael Oliver (3 February 1945 to 2 March 2019) was a British academic, author, and disability rights activist. He was Emeritus Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Greenwich. His research focused on the social model of disability, and …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War. democracynow.org An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."

Gideon Levy (2019-03-11). It's Time to Tell the Truth. zcomm.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 Read more…

STAFF (2019-03-11). Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid by $1.1 Trillion. truthdig.com While giving the bloated Pentagon " even more than it hoped for" by boosting U.S. military spending to $750 billion—an increase of $34 billion from last year—President Donald Trump's 2020 budget would cut Medicaid by $1.1 trillion over the next decade. | Set to be unveiled on Monday, the president's budget will call for a total of $2.7 tril…

Michael Winship (2019-03-11). Don't Let the Ilhan Omar Fight Hide Two Essential Truths. commondreams.org Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the U.S. Capitol March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Daniel Bessner, Udi Greenberg (2019-03-11). Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil. thenation.com Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-11). How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda. zcomm.org Every major U.S. war of the last several decades has begun the same way: the U.S. Government fabricates an inflammatory, emotionally provocative lie which large U.S. media outlets uncritically treat as truth…

The Green Arcade (2019-03-11). Benefit For Camp Fire Victims – Still Great Need in the Paradise. indybay.org McRoskey Mattress Factory Loft, 3rd Floor | 1687 Market Street | San Francisco, CA 94103…

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Workers on Sydney's privatised ferries strike. greenleft.org.au Workers on the Sydney Harbour ferries that have been privatised went on strike for two hours on March 6. The strike involved workers on the NRMA-owned My Fast Ferry and Fantasea Cruising. | While the company brought in non-union skippers, all Fast Ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay were stopped by the strike and picket. | Last year the NRMA posted more than $97.1 million in profits, yet almost all their ferry workers are casual and they are not being paid award wages. They are not guaranteed shifts and have to come to work on short notice. Union-active workers have been left off rosters, union organi…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers and Activists Targeted in Intelligence Gathering at Border. truthout.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists — seven of whom are U.S. citizens — along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the govern…

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Dungay family 'want the truth' on death in custody. greenleft.org.au "The family just want the truth to come out," Leetona Dungay told supporters and the media outside the New Coroners Court on March 4. Dungay is the mother of Aboriginal man David Dungay Jnr, who died in Long Bay Jail as a result of assault by prison guards in 2015. | Members of the Dungay family and supporters had gathered at the entrance to the court to express solidarity with Leetona in her quest for justice from the NSW legal system at the coroner's inquiry beginning that day. | "Me and my family have endured so much grief over my son's death," she said. "But we will not stop until we achieve justice…

RT (2019-03-11). 'Zero chance' of slave reparations happening, despite current debate on the subject — analysts to RT. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro has said he won't rule out reparations to descendents of slaves, setting him apart from frontrunner Bernie Sanders — but is such a policy a real possibility or an empty promise? |

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Rally opposes Christmas Island plan. greenleft.org.au About 80 people attended a rally called by the Refugee Action Collective on March 2 to protest against the Australian government's plan to reopen the detention centre on Christmas Island and send refugees from Manus Island and Nauru there. | The rally heard Shamindan Kanapadhi, a Tamil refugee on Manus, speak by phone about the conditions there, including inadequate medical care. He said "all of us on Manus are mentally sick," because of the inhumane and humiliating treatment to which they are subject. | Rally co-chair Tara Josem read a message from David Price, the CEO of Christmas Island shire, who said th…

stuart_m (2019-03-11). How big money took control of English football. greenleft.org.au The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport|
| Joshua Robinson & Jonathan Clegg
| John Murray Publishing, 2019
| 338 pages | If football is a simple game (get the ball, pass the ball), then the football business is even simpler (buy the best players, bank the profits). | As sports journalists Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg note in The Club, for Spain's La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga and the English Premier League (EPL), there is a near perfect correlation between a football club's total player wages bill on day one of a season and their club's ladder posit…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-11). With Trillions in Safety Net Cuts, Bernie Sanders Says Trump Budget 'Breathtaking in Its Degree of Cruelty'. commondreams.org "This is a budget for the military industrial complex, for corporate CEOs, for Wall Street, and for the billionaire class." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

kathy_f (2019-03-11). Is this the beginning of the end of coal? greenleft.org.au The synergy of China appearing to restrict the import of Australian coal with the world's largest coal exporter and commodity trader Glencore capping production to current levels has been heralded by many as a victory for the movement for action on climate change. While significant, these decisions could owe as much to the operation of market forces and geopolitics as to a desire to comply with the Paris climate accords. | Industry experts had noted for some time that major ports in China appeared to be delaying customs clearances for Australian coking coal used in steel-making. However, when an official at China…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid by $1.1 Trillion. truthout.org Editors note: Trump's 2020 budget proposal has been released.While giving the bloated Pentagon " even more than it hoped for" by boosting U.S. military spending to $750 billion — an increase of $34 billion from last year — President Donald Trump's 2020 budget would…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). With Trillions in Safety Net Cuts, Trump Budget Is a New Level of Cruelty. truthout.org If a budget is a statement of values and priorities, President Donald Trump's proposal for fiscal year 2020 clearly displays his commitment to enriching the wealthy at the expense of ordinary Americans. | That was how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) characterized Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request on Monday after the White House released details of the plan, which includes a massive increase in military s…

RT (2019-03-10). 'I'm winning!' Trump attacks 'Wacky Nut Job' Ann Coulter for her border wall criticism. rt.com Claiming that he is "winning at the border," the US president has fired back at conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, who ended her cooling political romance with Donald Trump by calling him an "idiot" over concessions to Democrats.

Malaika Jabali (2019-03-10). Hillary Clinton Is Still Deeply Confused About What Happened in Wisconsin. Here's Why That Matters. theintercept.com Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during the Bloody Sunday commemorative service at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala., on March 3, 2019. | Last Sunday in Selma, Alabama, Hillary Clinton opened a speech at the Brown Chapel AME church with a Bible verse. "This is the day the Lord has made," she began. "Let us rejoice and be glad in it. And then let's get to wo…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-10). NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda. theintercept.com Independent journalists skeptical of government claims proved these lies weeks ago, but the propagandistic U.S. media ignored them.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-09). Africa's Sovereignty Over Food. consortiumnews.com Local food and seed systems must be rebuilt for Africans, write Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis. By Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis African Centre for Biodiversity in Johnnesburg Inter Press Service Africa is facing dire times…. Read more →

RT (2019-03-09). MSNBC panelist says Bernie should embrace capitalism because his father fled Nazis. Wait, what? rt.com Corporate media criticism of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is to be expected, but RT's Lee Camp was taken aback by MSNBC's suggestion that the senator should embrace capitalism because… his father fled the Nazis.

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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. |

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. |

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…

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…

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). 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…

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