Daily Archives: 2019-03-03

2019-03-03: News Headlines

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-03). Democrats and Republicans Move to Silence Rep. Omar's Criticism of Israel. globalresearch.ca It looks like the embattled representative from Minnesota will end up like Cynthia McKinney, who was thrown out of Congress for the sin of criticizing the official narrative on 9/11. | She is also a fierce critic of Israel and its …

Nicola Morrow (2019-03-03). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. globalresearch.ca 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 …

John Miller (2019-03-03). Up Against the Wall Street Journal: A Green Job Guarantee. commondreams.org A federal job guarantee—under which the government would offer a job to anyone who needs one—would alter the balance of power in the labor market in favor of workers. And it would enlarge the size of the government considerably more than the New Deal did in the midst of the Great Depression.

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Bolivia's Evo Shows Support for US Presidential Hopeful Sanders. telesurenglish.net Bolivian President Evo Morales is ready to back U.S. 2020 electoral hopeful, Bernie Sanders, a supportive tweet revealed Sunday. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Gets Personal as He Prepares For 2020 Election | Morales cheered Sanders from social media, writing, "We salute the brother @BernieSanders. The media claims he is taking great strides toward the presidentia…

Michael Nigro (2019-03-03). Bernie Sanders Kicks Off His 2020 Campaign in Brooklyn (Photo Essay). truthdig.com

Harold Meyerson (2019-03-03). Why the Republicans' New "Red Scare" Tactics Ring False. commondreams.org The annual Conservative Political Action Conference—a reliable index of far-right apprehensions—rolled into Washington last week, proclaiming long and loud the new Republican mantra: If we don't reelect Donald Trump, neo-Stalinism will befall us!

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-03). Lobbyists Behind Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Deal Under House Investigation. truthout.org The House Committee on Oversight and Reform announced last week it would be probing Trump administration allies and their push to have the U.S. government share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia. The committee's report explained how an organization called IP3 International developed a plan for U.S. companies to build nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia dubbed the "Middle East Marshall Plan." | The report alleges Michael Flynn, while he was national security advisor…

Revolution Books (2019-03-03). Green New Deal: A Bold New Solution Or Sustainable Snake Oil for a Green American Empire. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-03). New Senate Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Erase Possession Charges. theantimedia.com (TMU) — A group of Democrats are hoping that they can roll back the war on drugs with a new federal marijuana legalization bill. Dubbed the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, the bill would see marijuana finally removed from the federal list of controlled substances, legalizing the plant on a nationwide level and removing a range …

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-03). Sanders Says Paycheck-to-Paycheck Youth Prepped Him for Revolution. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) kicked off the first rally of his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday at Brooklyn College, where he spoke about not only the political revolution driving his second run for the White House, but also how his childhood in New York City shaped his politics. | "My experience as a child, living in a family that struggled economically, powerfully influenced my life and my values. I know where I came from, and that is something I will never forget…

Peter Green (2019-03-03). Santa Cruz, CA: Keepin' It Real? "Big Joe" Netro and Steve Schlicht Partner Up for Hate. indybay.org In Santa Cruz, the latest hate blog masquerading as a public safety blog is "Santa Cruz, CA: Keepin' It Real". Published on Facebook and Twitter, the blog has gradually been gaining followers since its founding in 2017 by an individual writing anonymously under the pen name "Big Joe 77". Big Joe 77's real name is Joe Netro, and he's a self-described "cop" retired from working 26 years as a correctional officer at Soledad state prison. The blog features reposted crime reports local to the Santa Cruz area, as well as regular "court watch" features in which Netro publishes information gathered from criminal court re…

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

RT (2019-03-03). 'Pompous twit will get us all killed': AOC tweet-tacked over Green New Deal by ex-Greenpeace founder. rt.com Greenpeace founder turned climate change skeptic Patrick Moore has reignited his feud with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a "pompous little twit" and "garden-variety hypocrite" in a barrage of tweets. |

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…

Nicola Morrow (2019-03-02). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. commondreams.org 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.

Muhammed Shabeer (2019-03-02). "Adoption of a Green New Deal would be revolutionary" peoplesdispatch.org In the second part of our interview with the chairman of the CPUSA, John Bachtell talks about climate change and US imperialism on Latin America…

Juan Cole (2019-03-02). Vile Racism in West Virginia GOP: Rep. Ilhan Omar Likened to al-Qaeda. commondreams.org Republicans in the West Virginia state legislature held a "GOP takes the Rotunda" event at the state capitol on Friday. As part of this event they hung a poster of the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers, labeled "'NEVER FORGET'—YOU SAID." Below it they placed a picture of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the caption "I AM PROOF—YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN."

WSWS (2019-03-02). Bernie Sanders at CNN Town Hall: My purpose is to promote the Democratic Party. wsws.org Sanders' aim, utilizing his reputation as an "independent," is to convince disillusioned workers and young people not to seek an alternative to the right-wing Democratic Party.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-02). 'I Know Where I Came From': At First 2020 Rally, Sanders Shares How Childhood in Brooklyn Shaped His Drive for Political Revolution. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) kicked off the first rally of his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday at Brooklyn College, where he spoke about not only the political revolution driving his second run for the White House, but also how his childhood in New York City shaped his politics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-02). 'Raving' Democrats, 'sick' CNN and deep state 'bulls**t': Trump channels old campaign energy at CPAC. rt.com US President Donald Trump delivered a speech to conservatives that was short on 'presidential' ceremony and long on the jokes and one-liners that fired up his base in 2016. Here're some highlights. |

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.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-01). At engine plant, corporate greed, merger and pay cut forced strike. peoplesworld.org

Nick Pemberton (2019-03-01). Our Resolution: Bomber Bernie Sets Sights on 2020. counterpunch.org "Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton's most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously…They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator" —Alive Imperialist Collaborator Bernie Sanders, expressing his solidarity with the international working class. Colonel Bernard Sanders has long despised by the More

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). Indian and Pakistani leftists say no to new nuclear war threat. greenleft.org.au As tensions escalate between India and Pakistan, the threat of a nuclear conflict hangs over South Asia and the world. | On February 14, the Pakistani-based organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in the district of Pulwama in Kashmir. Sixty police officers were killed and injured. | Then, on February 26, India launched an air strike on an alleged terrorist training camp in Pakistan. The following day, the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian fighter jets over Kashmir. | Socialists in Pakistan and India have responded quickly…

susan_p (2019-03-01). Malaysian socialists: Why we need a new politics. greenleft.org.au The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) is contesting the Semenyih by-election in the state seat of Selangor on March 2. Green Left Weekly's Alex Salmon spoke to the campaign's media coordinator, Nalini Elumalai. | What can you tell me about the PSM's candidate, Nik Aziz Afiq? | Nik Aziz Afiq has been a full-time PSM activist since 2016. Nik is also a central committee member of PSM's youth wing since 2017. He is also a sought-after practitioner of traditional Malay wellness massage in the Semenyih area of Selangor. | Nik is contesting a four-cornered contest for the Semenyih state assembly seat, along with Muhammad…

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…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-01). The Viral Confrontation With Dianne Feinstein Had a Political Impact Most Pundits Missed. theintercept.com That activists' conversations with Democrats — and Republicans — have borne actual fruit should be instructive as they try to gin up more support for the Green New Deal.

RT (2019-03-01). CNN, Democratic Party accused of conspiring against Sanders with 'stacked' audience at Q&A event. rt.com CNN and the Democratic Party have been accused of trying to sabotage Bernie Sanders after the network masked the political affiliations of audience members who pelted the senator with questions during a town hall event.

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…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-01). Why A Housing Guarantee Should Be in the Green New Deal (2/2). therealnews.com In part 2, Daniel Aldana Cohen, a sociologist and writer for Jacobin Magazine, explains why the Green New Deal must tackle the housing crisis with a plan to build 10 million zero-carbon homes…

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-01). "It's Time": Push Intensifies for Democrats to Use Cohen Testimony to Subpoena Trump Tax Returns. commondreams.org Tax justice groups on Friday called on Democrats to make use of the most illuminating parts of Michael Cohen's testimony at a House Oversight Committee hearing earlier this week—arguing that his detailing of President Donald Trump's long history of alleged tax fraud gives lawmakers ample reason to subpoena the president's tax returns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-01). A Climate Sociologist Explains the Green New Deal (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Daniel Aldana Cohen, a sociologist and writer for Jacobin Magazine, explains why the Green New Deal must harness and expand the power of the public sector, and why its proponents cannot cut deals with the fossil fuel industry…

susan_p (2019-03-01). Erasing Palestine: Israeli land grabs on the increase. greenleft.org.au There is a very famous map of what used to be Palestine and what Palestine is now. Several frames in between show the increasing progression of Israel's land grabs. | Israel claims to be the only party interested in the elusive "middle east peace process" and a genuine believer in the widely discredited two-state solution, but the map tells a very different story. | Israel continues evicting Palestinian families, demolishing or allowing illegal settlers to steal Palestinian homes and annexing the rapidly sh…

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…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-01). CNN Caught Colluding With Democratic Party Against Bernie Sanders' 2020 Campaign. theantimedia.com (TMU) — It should surprise absolutely no one that CNN is abjectly loyal to the Beltway establishment—especially to the entrenched forces currently dominating the Democratic Party. Thus it should be no shock to learn that on Monday, CNN stacked its Town Hall with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading 2020 presidential hopeful, with Democratic Party attendees tied to failed …

RT (2019-03-01). Bernie Sanders is Hitler? Republicans under fire for Facebook post. rt.com A Republican Party group has been forced to apologize after its comparison of Bernie Sanders and Adolf Hitler sparked cries of anti-Semitism and reminders that members of Sanders' family were killed in the Holocaust.

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). Australians say 'Hands off Venezuela'. greenleft.org.au More than 30 activists, supporters and members of the Latin American community rallied outside the United States Embassy in Canberra on February 23 as part of a global day of action against US-led aggression towards the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | With chants of "Hands Off Venezuela!" and "No More Pinochets!", the crowd expressed its solidarity with Venezuela's pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution, led by President Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. | In recent months, the US has intensified its long-running campaign of diplomatic pressure, economic attacks and threats of military interv…

Eds. (2019-02-28). One, two, … many Green New Deals: an ecosocialist roundtable. mronline.org This is an essay in six voices, from long-time activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change. | Source

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-02-28). Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal. thenation.com Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). Poor People's Campaign announces nationwide bus tour to highlight true emergencies in the USA. peoplesdispatch.org The campaign is in response to the back and forth between the House of Representatives, dominated by the Democrats, and president Trump, over the latter's declaration of emergency, making national debate all about the border wall…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Walks Away from Summit as North Korea Demands End to Sanctions, Michael Cohen Tells Congress Trump Committed Multiple Criminal Acts, Pakistan to Return Downed Fighter Pilot Amid Tensions with India, Russia Developing New Missiles as U.S. Withdraws from INF Treaty, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Meets Brazil's Bolsonaro, No Mention of Yemen or Khashoggi Murder as Jared Kushner Meets Saudi Prince, State Department Will Not Intervene in Saudi Hit-and-Run Murder Case, House Passes Bill to Toughen Background Checks for Gun Buyers, House Democrats Unveil Medicare-for-All Legislation, North Carolina: GOP…

pip.hinman (2019-02-28). Volunteer internships, wage theft and political hypocrisy. greenleft.org.au According to Muffin Break general manager Natalie Brennan, "entitled Millennials" are not prepared to work without pay to gain experience. | Her comments rightly sparked a backlash from trade unions and on social media, where the company was subject to ridicule. | Unfortunately, this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to employers trying to rip off young workers. | For example, within the space of less than a month, the Victorian Greens advertised for no less than four "volunteer" or unpaid "internship" positions: one for the Victorian Greens state office and three for the offices of various Victorian…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-02-28). Labor Unions Are Skeptical of the Green New Deal, and They Want Activists to Hear Them Out. theintercept.com Laborers' opposition to the Green New Deal is rooted in concerns about jobs and wages, the best way to reduce carbon emissions, and partisan interests.

susan_p (2019-02-28). Brexit: Britain's populist surge. greenleft.org.au In a June 2016 referendum, British voters chose, by 17.5 million (51.9%) to just over 16 million (48.1%), to leave the European Union (EU). | Since then British politics has been dominated by the subject as politicians and voters come to terms with what is actually involved. It has even led to splits in the Conservative and Labour Parties with threats of more to come. What is it all about? | Until March 29 citizens of any of the EU's 28 member states are free to live, work or travel in any other member state. This means that the nearly quarter of a million British nationals, many of them retirees, living in Spain…

2019-03-03: Social Media Postees

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Democrats and Republicans Move to Silence Rep. Omar's Criticism of Israel
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-03
It looks like the embattled representative from Minnesota will end up like Cynthia McKinney, who was thrown out of Congress for the sin of criticizing the official narrative on 9/11. | She is also a fierce critic of Israel and its …
globalresearch.ca/democrats-republicans-…

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent
Nicola Morrow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-03
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 …
globalresearch.ca/dakota-access-pipeline…

Up Against the Wall Street Journal: A Green Job Guarantee
John Miller | commondreams.org | 2019-03-03
A federal job guarantee—under which the government would offer a job to anyone who needs one—would alter the balance of power in the labor market in favor of workers. And it would enlarge the size of the government considerably more than the New Deal did in the midst of the Great Depression.
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/03/agains…

Bernie Sanders Kicks Off His 2020 Campaign in Brooklyn (Photo Essay)
Michael Nigro | truthdig.com | 2019-03-03
truthdig.com/photo-essays/bernie-sanders…

Bolivia's Evo Shows Support for US Presidential Hopeful Sanders
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-03
Bolivian President Evo Morales is ready to back U.S. 2020 electoral hopeful, Bernie Sanders, a supportive tweet revealed Sunday. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Gets Personal as He Prepares For 2020 Election | Morales cheered Sanders from social media, writing, "We salute the brother @BernieSanders. The media claims he is taking great strides toward the presidentia…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivias-Evo-Sho…

Why the Republicans' New "Red Scare" Tactics Ring False
Harold Meyerson | commondreams.org | 2019-03-03
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference—a reliable index of far-right apprehensions—rolled into Washington last week, proclaiming long and loud the new Republican mantra: If we don't reelect Donald Trump, neo-Stalinism will befall us!
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/03/why-re…

MSNBC Yet Again Broadcasts Blatant Lies, This Time About Bernie Sanders' Opening Speech, and Refuses to Correct Them
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-03
MSNBC's claim that Sanders "did not mention race or gender until 23 minutes into the speech" is demonstrably false.
theintercept.com/2019/03/03/msnbc-yet-ag…

What Bernie Should Do — Voices From Sanders Brooklyn Rally
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-03
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…
therealnews.com/stories/what-bernie-shou…

Santa Cruz, CA: Keepin' It Real? "Big Joe" Netro and Steve Schlicht Partner Up for Hate
Peter Green | indybay.org | 2019-03-03
In Santa Cruz, the latest hate blog masquerading as a public safety blog is "Santa Cruz, CA: Keepin' It Real". Published on Facebook and Twitter, the blog has gradually been gaining followers since its founding in 2017 by an individual writing anonymously under the pen name "Big Joe 77". Big Joe 77's real name is Joe Netro, and he's a self-described "cop" retired from working 26 years as a correctional officer at Soledad state prison. The blog features reposted crime reports local to the Santa Cruz area, as well as regular "court watch" features in which Netro publishes information gathered from criminal court re…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/03/1882158…

'Pompous twit will get us all killed': AOC tweet-tacked over Green New Deal by ex-Greenpeace founder
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-03
Greenpeace founder turned climate change skeptic Patrick Moore has reignited his feud with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a "pompous little twit" and "garden-variety hypocrite" in a barrage of tweets. | …
rt.com/usa/452931-ocasio-cortez-greenpea…

New Senate Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Erase Possession Charges
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-03
(TMU) — A group of Democrats are hoping that they can roll back the war on drugs with a new federal marijuana legalization bill. Dubbed the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, the bill would see marijuana finally removed from the federal list of controlled substances, legalizing the plant on a nationwide level and removing a range …

New Senate Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Nationwide and Erase Possession Charges

Sanders Says Paycheck-to-Paycheck Youth Prepped Him for Revolution
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-03-03
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) kicked off the first rally of his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday at Brooklyn College, where he spoke about not only the political revolution driving his second run for the White House, but also how his childhood in New York City shaped his politics. | "My experience as a child, living in a family that struggled economically, powerfully influenced my life and my values. I know where I came from, and that is something I will never forget…
truthout.org/articles/sanders-says-paych…

Green New Deal: A Bold New Solution Or Sustainable Snake Oil for a Green American Empire
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2019-03-03
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/02/1882155…

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent
Nicola Morrow | commondreams.org | 2019-03-02
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.
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/02/dakota…

"Adoption of a Green New Deal would be revolutionary"
Muhammed Shabeer | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-02
In the second part of our interview with the chairman of the CPUSA, John Bachtell talks about climate change and US imperialism on Latin America…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/02/adoption-…

Vile Racism in West Virginia GOP: Rep. Ilhan Omar Likened to al-Qaeda
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-03-02
Republicans in the West Virginia state legislature held a "GOP takes the Rotunda" event at the state capitol on Friday. As part of this event they hung a poster of the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers, labeled "'NEVER FORGET'—YOU SAID." Below it they placed a picture of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the caption "I AM PROOF—YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN."
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/02/vile-r…

'Raving' Democrats, 'sick' CNN and deep state 'bulls**t': Trump channels old campaign energy at CPAC
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-02
US President Donald Trump delivered a speech to conservatives that was short on 'presidential' ceremony and long on the jokes and one-liners that fired up his base in 2016. Here're some highlights. | …
rt.com/usa/452863-trump-cpac-speech-bull…

Rivers in crisis: Redesigning river systems for profits
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-02
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/rivers-crisis-redesigning-river-systems-profits

Transdev WA bus drivers continue action for parity with other drivers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-02
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/transdev-wa-bus-drivers-continue-action-parity-other-drivers

Bernie Sanders at CNN Town Hall: My purpose is to promote the Democratic Party
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-02
Sanders' aim, utilizing his reputation as an "independent," is to convince disillusioned workers and young people not to seek an alternative to the right-wing Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/02/sand…

'I Know Where I Came From': At First 2020 Rally, Sanders Shares How Childhood in Brooklyn Shaped His Drive for Political Revolution
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-02
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) kicked off the first rally of his 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday at Brooklyn College, where he spoke about not only the political revolution driving his second run for the White House, but also how his childhood in New York City shaped his politics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Meet the Kids Who Confronted Sen. Feinstein: We're the Ones Who Will Have to Live with It
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-01
Youth climate activists as young as 7 years old confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. We speak with 12-year-old Rio and his sister, 10-year-old Magdalena, who were among the protesters who spoke to Senator Feinstein. They are members of Earth Guardians San Francisco Bay Area Crew.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/1/meet_the_k…

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-01
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…
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Teen Climate Activist to Sen. Dianne Feinstein: We Need the Green New Deal to Prevent the Apocalypse
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-01
"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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/1/teen_clima…

Our Resolution: Bomber Bernie Sets Sights on 2020
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
"Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton's most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously…They suggested I'd be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator" –Alive Imperialist Collaborator Bernie Sanders, expressing his solidarity with the international working class. Colonel Bernard Sanders has long despised by the…
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Australians say 'Hands off Venezuela'
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
More than 30 activists, supporters and members of the Latin American community rallied outside the United States Embassy in Canberra on February 23 as part of a global day of action against US-led aggression towards the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | With chants of "Hands Off Venezuela!" and "No More Pinochets!", the crowd expressed its solidarity with Venezuela's pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution, led by President Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. | In recent months, the US has intensified its long-running campaign of diplomatic pressure, economic attacks and threats of military interv…
greenleft.org.au/content/australians-say-hands-off-venezuela

Standing up for women's rights: The radical history of International Women's Day
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/standing-womens-rights-radical-history-international-women%E2%80%99s-day

Indian and Pakistani leftists say no to new nuclear war threat
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/indian-and-pakistani-leftists-say-no-new-nuclear-war-threat

NSW deserves better
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/nsw-deserves-better

Bernie Sanders is Hitler? Republicans under fire for Facebook post
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-01
A Republican Party group has been forced to apologize after its comparison of Bernie Sanders and Adolf Hitler sparked cries of anti-Semitism and reminders that members of Sanders' family were killed in the Holocaust. | …
rt.com/usa/452756-sanders-hitler-compari…

CNN, Democratic Party accused of conspiring against Sanders with 'stacked' audience at Q&A event
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-01
CNN and the Democratic Party have been accused of trying to sabotage Bernie Sanders after the network masked the political affiliations of audience members who pelted the senator with questions during a town hall event. | …
rt.com/usa/452763-bernie-sanders-cnn-que…

Why A Housing Guarantee Should Be in the Green New Deal (2/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-01
In part 2, Daniel Aldana Cohen, a sociologist and writer for Jacobin Magazine, explains why the Green New Deal must tackle the housing crisis with a plan to build 10 million zero-carbon homes…
therealnews.com/stories/why-a-housing-gu…

The Viral Confrontation With Dianne Feinstein Had a Political Impact Most Pundits Missed
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-01
That activists' conversations with Democrats — and Republicans — have borne actual fruit should be instructive as they try to gin up more support for the Green New Deal.
theintercept.com/2019/03/01/dianne-feins…

Coalition under fire in lead-up to NSW elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
"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…
greenleft.org.au/content/coalition-under-fire-lead-nsw-elections

Erasing Palestine: Israeli land grabs on the increase
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
There is a very famous map of what used to be Palestine and what Palestine is now. Several frames in between show the increasing progression of Israel's land grabs. | Israel claims to be the only party interested in the elusive "middle east peace process" and a genuine believer in the widely discredited two-state solution, but the map tells a very different story. | Israel continues evicting Palestinian families, demolishing or allowing illegal settlers to steal Palestinian homes and annexing the rapidly sh…
greenleft.org.au/content/erasing-palestine-israeli-land-grabs-increase

CNN Caught Colluding With Democratic Party Against Bernie Sanders' 2020 Campaign
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-01
(TMU) — It should surprise absolutely no one that CNN is abjectly loyal to the Beltway establishment–especially to the entrenched forces currently dominating the Democratic Party. Thus it should be no shock to learn that on Monday, CNN stacked its Town Hall with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading 2020 presidential hopeful, with Democratic Party attendees tied to failed …

CNN Caught Colluding With Democratic Party Against Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Campaign

Swaziland: Youth call for democracy
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/swaziland-youth-call-democracy

No arms sales to Saudi war regime
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/no-arms-sales-saudi-war-regime

Malaysian socialists: Why we need a new politics
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) is contesting the Semenyih by-election in the state seat of Selangor on March 2. Green Left Weekly's Alex Salmon spoke to the campaign's media coordinator, Nalini Elumalai. | What can you tell me about the PSM's candidate, Nik Aziz Afiq? | Nik Aziz Afiq has been a full-time PSM activist since 2016. Nik is also a central committee member of PSM's youth wing since 2017. He is also a sought-after practitioner of traditional Malay wellness massage in the Semenyih area of Selangor. | Nik is contesting a four-cornered contest for the Semenyih state assembly seat, along with Muhammad…
greenleft.org.au/content/malaysian-socialists-why-we-need-new-politics

Dutch Green Left Party endorses BDS
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-01
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/dutch-green-left-party-endorses-bds

"It's Time": Push Intensifies for Democrats to Use Cohen Testimony to Subpoena Trump Tax Returns
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-01
Tax justice groups on Friday called on Democrats to make use of the most illuminating parts of Michael Cohen's testimony at a House Oversight Committee hearing earlier this week—arguing that his detailing of President Donald Trump's long history of alleged tax fraud gives lawmakers ample reason to subpoena the president's tax returns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/01/its-tim…

A Climate Sociologist Explains the Green New Deal (Pt 1/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-01
Daniel Aldana Cohen, a sociologist and writer for Jacobin Magazine, explains why the Green New Deal must harness and expand the power of the public sector, and why its proponents cannot cut deals with the fossil fuel industry…
therealnews.com/stories/a-climate-sociol…

One, two, … many Green New Deals: an ecosocialist roundtable
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-28
This is an essay in six voices, from long-time activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/28/one-two-many-gre…

Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-02-28
Michelle Goldberg: The Time Is Right for a Green New Deal…
thenation.com/article/green-new-deal-pod…

Poor People's Campaign announces nationwide bus tour to highlight true emergencies in the USA
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
The campaign is in response to the back and forth between the House of Representatives, dominated by the Democrats, and president Trump, over the latter's declaration of emergency, making national debate all about the border wall…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/28/poor-peop…

Headlines for February 28, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-28
Trump Walks Away from Summit as North Korea Demands End to Sanctions, Michael Cohen Tells Congress Trump Committed Multiple Criminal Acts, Pakistan to Return Downed Fighter Pilot Amid Tensions with India, Russia Developing New Missiles as U.S. Withdraws from INF Treaty, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó Meets Brazil's Bolsonaro, No Mention of Yemen or Khashoggi Murder as Jared Kushner Meets Saudi Prince, State Department Will Not Intervene in Saudi Hit-and-Run Murder Case, House Passes Bill to Toughen Background Checks for Gun Buyers, House Democrats Unveil Medicare-for-All Legislation, North Carolina: GOP…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/28/headlines

Mexico: AMLO's government expands controversial preventive detention laws
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
Mexico's new left-wing government has tripled the list of crimes that carry automatic pre-trial detention, in what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) says is a crackdown on corruption. Human rights groups, however, have warned the move may end up funnelling more innocent people into Mexico's already strained penal system. | On February 19, the Chamber of Deputies, approved an expansion of the constitution's controversial Article 19, which allows for the automatic "preventive detention" of individuals accused of crimes such as homicide, human trafficking, rape and any violent offence committed with a fir…
greenleft.org.au/content/mexico-amlos-government-expands-controversial-preventive-detention-laws

Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'…
greenleft.org.au/content/italy-government-institutionalises-hatred-and-racism

Volunteer internships, wage theft and political hypocrisy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
According to Muffin Break general manager Natalie Brennan, "entitled Millennials" are not prepared to work without pay to gain experience. | Her comments rightly sparked a backlash from trade unions and on social media, where the company was subject to ridicule. | Unfortunately, this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to employers trying to rip off young workers. | For example, within the space of less than a month, the Victorian Greens advertised for no less than four "volunteer" or unpaid "internship" positions: one for the Victorian Greens state office and three for the offices of various Victorian…
greenleft.org.au/content/volunteer-internships-wage-theft-and-political-hypocrisy

Brexit: Britain's populist surge
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
In a June 2016 referendum, British voters chose, by 17.5 million (51.9%) to just over 16 million (48.1%), to leave the European Union (EU). | Since then British politics has been dominated by the subject as politicians and voters come to terms with what is actually involved. It has even led to splits in the Conservative and Labour Parties with threats of more to come. What is it all about? | Until March 29 citizens of any of the EU's 28 member states are free to live, work or travel in any other member state. This means that the nearly quarter of a million British nationals, many of them retirees, living in Spain…
greenleft.org.au/content/brexit-britains-populist-surge