2019-03-12: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Budget Boosts Border Wall & Military Funding, Slashes Domestic Programs, NY AG Probe Targets Deutsche Bank's Ties to Trump Org., Rep. Pelosi: Trump "Not Worth" Impeaching, Algerian Pres. Bouteflika Will Not Seek 5th Term, Delays Election, U.N.: 2018 Deadliest Year for Syrian Children, U.N.: Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 22 Women and Children, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Sentenced to 38 Years, Colombia: Indigenous Activist Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Food Stamps Cut for 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Calls Iraqis "Semiliterate Primitive Monkeys" in Surfaced Recording, Increasing Ba…

Jimmysllama (2019-03-12). Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Stands Up for Press Freedom, Gets Jailed by US Gov't. mintpressnews.com President Donald Trump's 2010 statement that the WikiLeaks' staff should be executed and Hillary Clinton's suggestion to drone Assange, are reflective of a deeply disturbing trend to terrorize the press.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-12). Saving Press Freedom. zcomm.org U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange…

Michael Berkowitz (2019-03-12). 'Fight On': Anti-socialist hysteria motivates conservative propaganda flick. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump has a movie he'd like you to see. It's called Fight On and is about the specter haunting America…socialism. Although too late for the Academy Awards, the right-wing Republicans unveiled this film hoping it will be a big winner for them in the coming national elections. Fight On was the centerpiece of the …

Noam Chomsky (2019-03-12). Chomsky & Nader. zcomm.org Talking about the media, the Green New Deal, nuclear war, Gaza, and Venezuela…

Norman Solomon (2019-03-12). Joe Biden Isn't Coming to the Rescue. truthdig.com When the New York Times front-paged its latest anti-left polemic masquerading as a news article, the March 9 piece declared: "Should former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. enter the race, as his top advisers vow he soon will, he would have the best immediate shot at the moderate mantle." | On the verge of relaunching, Joe Biden is poised to come to the rescue of the corporate political establishment—at a time when, in the words of the Times, "the sharp left turn in the Democratic Party and the rise of progressive presidential candidates are unnerving moderate Democrats." After 36 years in the Senate and…

Frances Moore Lapp√© (2019-03-12). The Green New Deal Is Not a Choice. commondreams.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as she and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveil the Green New Deal resolution. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tom Tomorrow (2019-03-12). The Green New Compromise. thenation.com The Green New Compromise…

Tom Gallagher (2019-03-12). San Francisco Democrats Adopt Venezuela Stance Diametrically Opposed to Pelosi's. commondreams.org Far from the first time that the Committee—the Democratic Party's official voice in San Francisco—has been at odds with Pelosi. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-03-12). Pelosi Waves Off Impeachment, Says It Would Divide Country. truthdig.com In an interview with The Washington Post, the House speaker indicates that efforts to remove Donald Trump from office must be bipartisan.

STAFF (2019-03-12). Democrats Choose Milwaukee for Convention, Citing Party Values. truthdig.com MILWAUKEE—Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders announced Monday, highlighting the battleground state of Wisconsin that helped elect President Donald Trump and now will launch an opponent who could oust him. | Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez chose Milwaukee over Houston and Miami after deliberations lingered longer than party leaders or officials from the three finalist cities had expected. | "Where you hold our convention is a very strong statement of your values and who and what we are f…

WSWS (2019-03-12). Aiming to quash strikes, US teacher union launches campaign to prop up Democrats. wsws.org Amid increasing strikes and struggles in defense of public education across the US and the world, the teachers' unions are launching a new initiative to stifle the class struggle and corral teachers behind the capitalist political parties.

RT (2019-03-12). Trump's simple trick to getting budget past Democrats? Label everything 'confronting Russia'. rt.com US President Donald Trump may have found a way to get Democrats in the House to approve all of the State Department funding in his proposed $4.7 trillion budget for 2020: by labeling all sorts of things as "countering Russia."

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-12). Greenpeace Calls BS After Trump Cites 'Paid Lobbyist' Masquerading as Co-Founder to Peddle Climate Denial. commondreams.org "Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace," the group wrote | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-12). Impeachment 'not worth it', says Pelosi, as she positions Dems for post-Mueller Trump slump. rt.com US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't interested in impeaching President Donald Trump, because he's not worth dividing the country over, she told the Washington Post — while also describing how her party revolves around him.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-12). House Republicans Use "Lesbian Radical Feminist" to Advance Anti-Trans Rhetoric. truthout.org A baffling sentence opened the Thursday testimony of Julia Beck, an anti-trans conservative speaking at the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. | "I am a lesbian radical feminist," said Beck, who was removed from the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission Committe…

Akela Lacy (2019-03-12). Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows Wants to Eliminate Super PACs. theintercept.com Mark Meadows, the chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus, wants to end Super PACs. | Meadows voted against House Democrats' sweeping ethics and reform bill, which passed the chamber Friday morning on a party-line vote. But there were parts of it he agreed with, the North Carolina Republican told The Intercept. | One thing he supported, Meadows said, was the effort to reform election finance. He said that he'd tried, and failed, to add an amendment that would have eliminated Super PACs, or political action committees. However, H.R.1, a…

pip.hinman (2019-03-12). NSW elections: why principled preferences matter. greenleft.org.au The l atest Newspoll for the NSW elections on March 23 has Labor and the Coalition neck and neck. A Liberal or Labor minority government dependent on cross-bench support is considered to be likely by the pundits. On top of that, with a plethora of right-wing micro parties contesting in the upper house, only the tightest preferences between more progressive candidates will stop the right gaining more ground in the upper house. | A minority Coalition or Labor government would be forced to negotiate with Greens, Shooters or independents to…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-12). Green New Deal Tour Aims to Make 2020 a National Referendum on Visionary Energy and Economic Transformation. commondreams.org The millennial activists leading the Sunrise Movement are expanding the scope of their planned nationwide tour promoting their fight for a sustainable future for young Americans, transforming the multi-state tour into an initiative to ensure that climate action and the Green New Deal is a major focus of the 2020 election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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). 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."

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

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? |

Jake Johnson (2019-03-11). Billboard Targets Kyrsten Sinema as Dem Senator Standing Against Net Neutrality. theantimedia.com (CD) — When Senate Democrats unveiled legislation to fully restore net neutrality last week, every member of the party's caucus signed on to the bill—except one. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the lone Democratic holdout, is now the target of a grassroots campaign by internet advocacy group Fight for the Future, which is crowdfunding a billboard that accuses her of "siding with …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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). '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). 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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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). 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). 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…

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…

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…

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). 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). 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…