Daily Archives: 2019-04-01

2019-04-01: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-04-01). Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness. consortiumnews.com Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more →

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-04-01). Bernie Holds Double-Digit Lead Over 2020 Rivals Among Young Democratic Voters: Poll. commondreams.org A new national poll of young Democratic voters released Monday shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the crowded 2020 field with a double-digit lead over the second most popular candidate, Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jonathan Cohn (2019-03-31). These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All? millennialpolitics.co Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.

STAFF (2019-03-31). Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back. therealnews.com Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Juan Cole (2019-03-31). 75% of Scotland's Electricity Now Green; All Cars Electric by 2032. commondreams.org "Scotland also has plans for car parks that charge electric vehicles, having called for the end of gasoline-driven cars by 2032," Cole writes. (Photo: David Clarke/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-03-31). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells Donors: Give Directly to Candidates, Not the DCCC. truthdig.com "The DCCC's new rule to blacklist and boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is … divisive and harmful to the party."

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-31). Bernie Sanders Says 'Thousands of People Will Literally Die' If Trump Healthcare Agenda Succeeds. commondreams.org "Trump has an idea on healthcare. His idea is to throw 32 million Americans off of their health insurance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-31). 'Unearned Gift to Donald Trump': Democrats Under Fire for Slow Approach to Obtaining President's Tax Returns. commondreams.org "Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) can ask for copies of Donald Trump's federal tax returns whenever he wants, but Neal is in no hurry and seemingly doesn't care if Democrats don't get the documents before the next election." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-31). Dashcams capture meteor blazing through Florida night sky (VIDEOS). rt.com A large green meteor was spotted blazing through the night sky in northern Florida Saturday night, and several dashboard cameras managed to capture the fireball in action.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-30). Silencing the Whistle: The Intercept Shutters Snowden Archive, Citing Cost. mintpressnews.com The closing of The Intercept's Snowden archive will likely mean the end of any future publications, unless Glenn Greenwald's rather absurd promise of finding "the right partner … that has the funds to robustly publish" is fulfilled.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-30). 'We Will Have to Mobilize Our Entire Economy': Watch Ocasio-Cortez's Urgent Call for Green New Deal. commondreams.org "This is urgent, and to think that we have time is such a privileged and removed-from-reality attitude that we cannot tolerate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2019-03-30). Demolishing GOP Claim That Green New Deal Is "Elitist" zcomm.org Speech in defense of the Green New Deal…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-30). Ocasio-Cortez Tells Small Donors to Cut Off DCCC Donations, Give Directly to Candidates Instead. commondreams.org "The DCCC's new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is extremely divisive and harmful to the party. My recommendation, if you're a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC and give directly to swing candidates instead. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tyler Durden (2019-03-30). Marijuana Brought in Millions in Tax Revenue Last Year. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Despite the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track job creation in the U.S. marijuana industry, a recent report claimed that the sector has created around 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the states where the drug has been given the green light for recreational use. While job creation has been one of the more …

Julia Conley (2019-03-29). Ocasio-Cortez to talk Green New Deal with Kentucky coal miners. peoplesworld.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday accepted an invitation to tour a coal mine and meet with voters in Kentucky—taking advantage of an opportunity to engage with some of the Americans who could benefit most from a Green New Deal. The invitation came from Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus who …

Rob Urie (2019-03-29). Re: The Green New Deal: First, Shoot the Economists. counterpunch.org Soon to be released research from the United Nations is expected to place species loss, a/k/a mass extinction, as an environmental threat equal to or greater than climate change. Industrial agriculture— vast expanses of monoculture crops managed with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, will feature prominently as a cause. This plant agriculture supplies people with increasingly toxic and processed food and antibiotic and hormone dependent factory farms with animal feed. Together, these link the model of capitalist efficiency economists have been selling for the last two centuries to environmental c…

Eds. (2019-03-29). The Green New Deal's magical realism. mronline.org The half-measures and failed "market mechanisms" of the mainstream more "unrealistic" than the bold plans put forward by the Green New Deal. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but that won't mean very much if, within just a few decades, the planet can no longer sustain life as we know it. | Source

Associated Press (2019-03-29). Republicans are obstructing attempts to get the full Mueller report. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller's full report Thursday after learning the special counsel's findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of total exoneration based on a four-page summary by his attorney general. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was told by Attorney General …

Norman Solomon (2019-03-29). Pelosi and McConnell: Cranking Up Bipartisan Madness for NATO. counterpunch.org When Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint session of Congress, they had every reason to expect the April 3 speech to be a big hit with U.S. media and political elites. The establishment is eager to affirm the sanctity of support for the More

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Land Day is crucial for Palestinians. greenleft.org.au Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-29). The Decriminalization of Sex Work Is Edging Into the 2020 Campaign. theintercept.com There isn't much to recommend the current iteration of American presidential elections, which now begin some two years before the day voters go to the polls. One upside, though, is that it opens up policy conversations that are usually closed off. The result is the beginning of a public conversation about decriminalizing sex work. | Three Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination — Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — have weighed in on the rights of sex workers. Harris and Gabbard have said they support the decriminalization of sex work, while Sanders was n…

RT (2019-03-29). Journalist says MSNBC politics editor bullied him on DNC's behalf. rt.com A freelance journalist has gone public about a bizarre intimidation attempt by a senior MSNBC editor who tried to "bully" him into keeping a story under wraps — on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, not the network.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Tamils criticise UN resolution on Sri Lanka. greenleft.org.au The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expressed its "disappointment" with a March 21 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on "promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka". | There have been seven similar resolutions passed since 2009, when the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the island, ended in the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils. | According to the ATC, "very little justice has reached victims and survivors" for what it describes as "mass…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). 'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland. greenleft.org.au A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…

susan_p (2019-03-29). Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power? greenleft.org.au For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Push is on to approve Adani coalmine before federal elections. greenleft.org.au Adani has launched another public relations' offensive in a bid to secure its last approvals before it can start work on its Carmichael coalmine in central Queensland. | It wants to start before the federal election in May, and the Coalition is keen to help it along. | On March 20 federal resources minister Matt Canavan visited the Adani site for a briefing, along with Liberal and National Party MPs Michelle Landry, George Christensen and Ken O'Dowd. | Canavan later posted on his Facebook that the mine was ready to go, criticising the delays imposed by the Queensland Labor government. He did not respond to questi…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Glencore's dirty tricks exposed. greenleft.org.au Days after Glencore, the largest mining company in the world, announced an annual cap on thermal coal, details of its well-funded pro-coal campaign emerged. | Anti-coal campaigners have demanded reforms to limit the abuse of money politics. | On March 8 The Guardian revealed that Glencore hired the C|T Group to spread pro-coal and anti-renewables messages across supposedly grassroots Facebook groups an…

RT (2019-03-29). Hillary Clinton slammed for unfairly using female journalist's work to promote equal pay. rt.com Hillary Clinton is being called out for promoting equal pay on Twitter while simultaneously using a female journalist's graphic design work without credit or payment.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Western Sahara: Decolonisation requires a just and lasting solution. greenleft.org.au The occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco is an outstanding case of African colonialism which needs a just solution. | The Moroccan military invaded the territory on October 31, 1975, despite a clear ruling issued by the International Court of Justice a few days earlier, on October 16. | On November 6, Morocco organised what it called a "Green March" to officially invade the North of Western Sahara, moving 350,000 Moroccan settlers to the territory in complicity with Spain, the colonial power in the territory since 1884. | The United Nations S…

susan_p (2019-03-29). New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%. greenleft.org.au The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-03-29). Roaming Charges: Rachel Maddow and the Muellers of Invention. counterpunch.org Robert Mueller became like a Hollywood green screen that people could project their fantasies upon, none more baroquely than the doyenne of MSDNC Rachel Maddow, who her rode her CGI version of Mueller to the top of the cable ratings. Maddow's Mueller wasn't the man who spread fatal myths about Iraqi WMDs, targeted and infiltrated radical environmental groups, concocted elaborate plots to entrap Muslims in fake terrorism cases and ran roughshod over basic constitutional rights while he was a top federal prosecutor and FBI director. Maddow's Mueller was a man of her own invention. Her Mueller was stoic, fearless an…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'. greenleft.org.au On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). "Tell That to the Families in Flint": AOC Demolishes GOP Claim That Green New Deal Is "Elitist" democracynow.org On Tuesday, Congressmember Sean Duffy of Wisconsin suggested the Green New Deal only served the wealthy. New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot back with a passionate defense of the Green New Deal. We feature her full speech.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Green New Deal Policy Writer: Senate Vote Against Climate Plan Was Attempt to Stifle Growing Momentum. democracynow.org In a move Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called a "bluff vote," the Senate rejected the Green New Deal on Tuesday, after 43 Democrats voted "present" on the measure introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Four other Democrats joined all 53 Republican senators in voting against the Green New Deal. As Democrats blast McConnell's move to push the procedural vote, we speak to one of the lead policy writers for the Green New Deal, a proposal to transform the U.S. economy by funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the policy di…

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-28). Jim Crow racism is back with Florida Republicans' poll tax. peoplesworld.org Until 2018, Florida—the state vital to the presidential victories of George W. Bush and Donald Trump—deprived one in 10 voters, and two in 10 African Americans, of the right to vote with a constitutional provision banning felons from voting, even after they had fulfilled their sentences. Many with nonviolent drug felonies, enforced by a systematically biased …

Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly (2019-03-28). Venezuela: Despite the Crisis, Chavez's Legacy Endures. venezuelanalysis.com Federico Fuentes reports on his recent visit to Venezuela where he encountered an entirely different reality to that depicted by the mainstream media.

Sean McElwee, Vijay Das, Julian NoiseCat (2019-03-28). Democrats Should Have Called McConnell's Bluff and Voted 'Yes' on the Green New Deal. thenation.com Sean McElwee, Vijay Das, Julian NoiseCat Democrats Should Have Called McConnell's Bluff and Voted 'Yes' on the Green New Deal…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation. greenleft.org.au Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Wiradyuri community fights desecration of sacred land. greenleft.org.au Wahluu/Mount Panorama in Bathurst is sacred Aboriginal land, with areas still used for initiation, healing and community organising. But Bathurst Council wants to build a huge go-kart race track and a second circuit to accompany the Bathurst 1000 motor racing track. | On top of Wahluu lies the quiet, regal McPhillamy Park — Wiradyuri women's land — with its box-gum grassy woodlands, a children's playground, roaming kangaroos, sacred artefacts and a run-down caretaker's cottage. Its summit boasts spectacular views of Bathurst, the Central West and the race track. | Before the drought, a river flowed do…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Court rejects appeal against Wallarah 2 coalmine. greenleft.org.au Hours before polling booths opened for the state elections, the NSW Land and Environment Court announced late on March 22 that it was dismissing an appeal by community group Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) against the re-elected Coalition government's approval of the controversial Wallarah 2 coalmine on the Central Coast. | In response to the ruling, Environmental Defenders Office NSW (EDO NSW), which acted on behalf of ACA in the case, said: "The dismissal in this judicial review underlines the urgent need for la…

stuart_m (2019-03-28). Mary Robinson is well-intentioned, but good intentions can't win climate justice. greenleft.org.au Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
| By Mary Robinson
| Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018 | Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, is undoubtedly sincere in her determination to fight climate change and "putting people at the heart of the solution". Unfortunately, her new book shows that sincerity is not enough. | As well as heading her own climate justice foundation, Mary Robinson is the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. She…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). MUA rally in solidarity with Pakistani dockworkers. greenleft.org.au Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members rallied outside the Pakistani Consulate on March 26 to demand the dropping of all charges against the Karachi Dockworkers Union president and another unionist who were arrested following a dispute at Hutchison Ports' Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). | The arrests occurred as Karachi dockworkers were protesting about safety conditions on the site after a worker was run over by a vehicle on March 17. The union leaders were released on bail after 10 days in detention. | The KICT Labour Union has joined with the International Transport Workers' Federation…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-28). The Media and Political Humiliation from the Mueller Report. zcomm.org I obviously intended to write about the fallout from Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report: specifically his definitive finding that "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" and that "the report does not recommend any further indictments, nor Read more…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-28). Introducing "Animal Matters," Our New Video Series About Animal Rights, Factory Farms, and the Agriculture Industry. theintercept.com Our first episode debuts today: It is time for humanity to grapple with its treatment of animals and the multilevel damage done by animal agriculture.

stuart_m (2019-03-28). Poem: Now Is Not The Time. greenleft.org.au A long time ago Martin Luther King | Sought justice for his minority, | But his white friends demurred, "That's not a thing | | If you can't persuade the majority. | Now's not the time, wait your turn, you'll get there". | Well, even longer, the sorority | | Campaigned for equal treatment, equal care, | Yet heard again the dreaded, sad refrain: | "Now's not the time, but hold, do not despair." | | Perhaps longer still, gays faced fierce disdain | When seeking basic rights that others own, | Strong prejudice diminished their campaign, | | They struggled on, till law was set in stone | That — like oth…

Maureen Skehan (2019-03-27). Boston: 'Resistance, Remembrance and Revolution'. workers.org "Uphold the legacy of women's resistance! Women and gender-oppressed peoples are in the forefront of global fightback!" was the call of the International Working Women's Day program held by the Boston branch of Workers World Party and the Women's Fightback Network on March 22. Some speakers at the International Working . . . | Continue reading Boston: 'Resistance, Remembrance and Revolution' at Workers.org

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). Headlines for March 27, 2019. democracynow.org OxyContin Maker Reaches $270 Million Settlement with Oklahoma, House Fails to Override Trump Veto on National Emergency Declaration, Senate Votes Down Green New Deal as Democrats Decry "Stunt Vote", Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose to All-Time High in 2018, U.N. Secretary-General: Cyclone Idai Latest Warning Sign on Climate, Charity Condemns Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemen Hospital That Killed 7, Study: 17,729 Yemeni Civilians Killed or Injured by U.S.-Backed Strikes, Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Despite Reports of Ceasefire, Brazil's Bolsonaro to Commemorate 1964 Coup That Led to Dictatorship, Europe Approves Copyrig…

unitedEditor (2019-03-27). Unsatisfied with intimidating foreign countries, Trump turns on his own citizens. uwidata.com In a recent interview, US President Donald Trump, calling his supporters "tough guys," threatened the opposition Democrats saying: "Do not tempt fate, if they take the streets, the consequences can be very, very serious". Does Trump's hostile language surprise us? Of course not, he is by now well known for issuing threats. During his election …

Ryan Grim (2019-03-27). Progressive Caucus Slams DCCC Head Cheri Bustos for Her Assault on Primary Challengers. theintercept.com The leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has met with the top brass at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and pushed back hard against a new party policy to blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers. | Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., vice chair of the caucus, was also in the meeting with Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and said that the turn the DCCC has taken in the 2020 cycle under her reign is worse on a small-d democratic level than previous cycles, when the party was not exactly kind to challengers. | "Pramila Jayapal, Mark Pocan, and I met with Cheri Bustos to make it clear tha…

stuart_m (2019-03-27). When Australian soldiers went on strike. greenleft.org.au Mutiny on The Western Front: 1918
| Greg Raffin
| Big Sky Publishing, 2018
| 216 pages | For those who may have been living in a cave without electricity for a while, it may need pointing out that the Australian establishment likes to conduct extravagant khaki-and-slouch-hat festivals to annually celebrate the gore-filled Australian invasion of Gallipoli on April 25in 1915. | Anzac Day thus receives high-rotation airplay, but we hear nothing, however, of a day – September 21 in 1918 — that, of all the days of Australians at war, is actually worth acclaiming, It was the day when Australian soldie…

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Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-01
Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/31/pelosi-and…

Bernie Holds Double-Digit Lead Over 2020 Rivals Among Young Democratic Voters: Poll
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-01
A new national poll of young Democratic voters released Monday shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the crowded 2020 field with a double-digit lead over the second most popular candidate, Joe Biden. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/01/bernie-…

Deep Faith in the Deep State Gives Dems a Set Back
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-31
Our weekly panel discusses the Mueller Report, as the Democrats and their media allies put their eggs in the Russia-Gate basket and handed Trump a PR victory — Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/deep-faith-in-th…

75% of Scotland's Electricity Now Green; All Cars Electric by 2032
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-03-31
"Scotland also has plans for car parks that charge electric vehicles, having called for the end of gasoline-driven cars by 2032," Cole writes. (Photo: David Clarke/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells Donors: Give Directly to Candidates, Not the DCCC
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-31
"The DCCC's new rule to blacklist and boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is … divisive and harmful to the party."
truthdig.com/articles/alexandria-ocasio-…

These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All?
Jonathan Cohn | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-03-31
Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.
millennialpolitics.co/democrats-bluest-districts-medicare-for-all/

Bernie Sanders Says 'Thousands of People Will Literally Die' If Trump Healthcare Agenda Succeeds
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-31
"Trump has an idea on healthcare. His idea is to throw 32 million Americans off of their health insurance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/31/bernie-…

Dashcams capture meteor blazing through Florida night sky (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-31
A large green meteor was spotted blazing through the night sky in northern Florida Saturday night, and several dashboard cameras managed to capture the fireball in action. | …
rt.com/usa/455187-meteor-florida-video-d…

'Unearned Gift to Donald Trump': Democrats Under Fire for Slow Approach to Obtaining President's Tax Returns
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-31
"Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) can ask for copies of Donald Trump's federal tax returns whenever he wants, but Neal is in no hurry and seemingly doesn't care if Democrats don't get the documents before the next election." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/31/unearne…

Silencing the Whistle: The Intercept Shutters Snowden Archive, Citing Cost
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-30
The closing of The Intercept's Snowden archive will likely mean the end of any future publications, unless Glenn Greenwald's rather absurd promise of finding "the right partner … that has the funds to robustly publish" is fulfilled.
mintpressnews.com/intercept-snowden-arch…

Marijuana Brought in Millions in Tax Revenue Last Year
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-30
(ZH) — Despite the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track job creation in the U.S. marijuana industry, a recent report claimed that the sector has created around 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the states where the drug has been given the green light for recreational use. While job creation has been one of the more …

Marijuana Brought in Millions in Tax Revenue Last Year

'We Will Have to Mobilize Our Entire Economy': Watch Ocasio-Cortez's Urgent Call for Green New Deal
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-30
"This is urgent, and to think that we have time is such a privileged and removed-from-reality attitude that we cannot tolerate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/30/we-will…

Demolishing GOP Claim That Green New Deal Is "Elitist"
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | zcomm.org | 2019-03-30
Speech in defense of the Green New Deal…
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Ocasio-Cortez Tells Small Donors to Cut Off DCCC Donations, Give Directly to Candidates Instead
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-30
"The DCCC's new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is extremely divisive and harmful to the party. My recommendation, if you're a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC and give directly to swing candidates instead. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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Pelosi and McConnell: Cranking Up Bipartisan Madness for NATO
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
When Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint session of Congress, they had every reason to expect the April 3 speech to be a big hit with U.S. media and political elites. The establishment is eager to affirm the sanctity of support for the…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/pelosi-and-m…

Ocasio-Cortez to talk Green New Deal with Kentucky coal miners
Julia Conley | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-29
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday accepted an invitation to tour a coal mine and meet with voters in Kentucky–taking advantage of an opportunity to engage with some of the Americans who could benefit most from a Green New Deal. The invitation came from Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus who …
peoplesworld.org/article/ocasio-cortez-t…

The Green New Deal's magical realism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
The half-measures and failed "market mechanisms" of the mainstream more "unrealistic" than the bold plans put forward by the Green New Deal. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but that won't mean very much if, within just a few decades, the planet can no longer sustain life as we know it. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/29/the-green-new-de…

Re: The Green New Deal: First, Shoot the Economists
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Soon to be released research from the United Nations is expected to place species loss, a/k/a mass extinction, as an environmental threat equal to or greater than climate change. Industrial agriculture— vast expanses of monoculture crops managed with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, will feature prominently as a cause. This plant agriculture supplies people with increasingly toxic and processed food and antibiotic and hormone dependent factory farms with animal feed. Together, these link the model of capitalist efficiency economists have been selling for the last two centuries to environmental c…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/re-the-green…

Republicans are obstructing attempts to get the full Mueller report
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-29
WASHINGTON — Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller's full report Thursday after learning the special counsel's findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of total exoneration based on a four-page summary by his attorney general. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was told by Attorney General …
peoplesworld.org/article/republicans-are…

'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98love-aotearoa-hate-racism%E2%80%99-rally-draws-thousands-auckland

Roaming Charges: Rachel Maddow and the Muellers of Invention
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Robert Mueller became like a Hollywood green screen that people could project their fantasies upon, none more baroquely than the doyenne of MSDNC Rachel Maddow, who her rode her CGI version of Mueller to the top of the cable ratings. Maddow's Mueller wasn't the man who spread fatal myths about Iraqi WMDs, targeted and infiltrated radical environmental groups, concocted elaborate plots to entrap Muslims in fake terrorism cases and ran roughshod over basic constitutional rights while he was a top federal prosecutor and FBI director. Maddow's Mueller was a man of her own invention. Her Mueller was stoic, fearless an…
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Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…
greenleft.org.au/content/yemen-%E2%80%98we-cannot-survive-another-four-years%E2%80%99

Glencore's dirty tricks exposed
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Days after Glencore, the largest mining company in the world, announced an annual cap on thermal coal, details of its well-funded pro-coal campaign emerged. | Anti-coal campaigners have demanded reforms to limit the abuse of money politics. | On March 8 The Guardian revealed that Glencore hired the C|T Group to spread pro-coal and anti-renewables messages across supposedly grassroots Facebook groups an…
greenleft.org.au/content/glencores-dirty-tricks-exposed

Journalist says MSNBC politics editor bullied him on DNC's behalf
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-29
A freelance journalist has gone public about a bizarre intimidation attempt by a senior MSNBC editor who tried to "bully" him into keeping a story under wraps — on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, not the network. | …
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The Decriminalization of Sex Work Is Edging Into the 2020 Campaign
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-29
There isn't much to recommend the current iteration of American presidential elections, which now begin some two years before the day voters go to the polls. One upside, though, is that it opens up policy conversations that are usually closed off. The result is the beginning of a public conversation about decriminalizing sex work. | Three Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination — Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — have weighed in on the rights of sex workers. Harris and Gabbard have said they support the decriminalization of sex work, while Sanders was n…
theintercept.com/2019/03/29/2020-electio…

Western Sahara: Decolonisation requires a just and lasting solution
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco is an outstanding case of African colonialism which needs a just solution. | The Moroccan military invaded the territory on October 31, 1975, despite a clear ruling issued by the International Court of Justice a few days earlier, on October 16. | On November 6, Morocco organised what it called a "Green March" to officially invade the North of Western Sahara, moving 350,000 Moroccan settlers to the territory in complicity with Spain, the colonial power in the territory since 1884. | The United Nations S…
greenleft.org.au/content/western-sahara-decolonisation-requires-just-and-lasting-solution

Tamils criticise UN resolution on Sri Lanka
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) expressed its "disappointment" with a March 21 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on "promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka". | There have been seven similar resolutions passed since 2009, when the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the island, ended in the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils. | According to the ATC, "very little justice has reached victims and survivors" for what it describes as "mass…
greenleft.org.au/content/tamils-criticise-un-resolution-sri-lanka

New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-zealand-islamophobia-weapon-1

Land Day is crucial for Palestinians
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…
greenleft.org.au/content/land-day-crucial-palestinians

Push is on to approve Adani coalmine before federal elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Adani has launched another public relations' offensive in a bid to secure its last approvals before it can start work on its Carmichael coalmine in central Queensland. | It wants to start before the federal election in May, and the Coalition is keen to help it along. | On March 20 federal resources minister Matt Canavan visited the Adani site for a briefing, along with Liberal and National Party MPs Michelle Landry, George Christensen and Ken O'Dowd. | Canavan later posted on his Facebook that the mine was ready to go, criticising the delays imposed by the Queensland Labor government. He did not respond to questi…
greenleft.org.au/content/push-approve-adani-coalmine-federal-elections

Venezuela: Why is Maduro still in power?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country's worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace. | The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that, despite predating former president Hugo Chávez, continues to take his name and political project as its own. | The refusal by Maduro's opponents, inside and outside Venezuela, to acknowledge its existence also goes a long way to explaining why they have remained in opposition for more than two decades.
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-why-us-coup-failing

Hillary Clinton slammed for unfairly using female journalist's work to promote equal pay
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-29
Hillary Clinton is being called out for promoting equal pay on Twitter while simultaneously using a female journalist's graphic design work without credit or payment. | …
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Democrats Should Have Called McConnell's Bluff and Voted 'Yes' on the Green New Deal
Sean McElwee, Vijay Das, Julian NoiseCat | thenation.com | 2019-03-28
Sean McElwee, Vijay Das, Julian NoiseCat Democrats Should Have Called McConnell's Bluff and Voted 'Yes' on the Green New Deal…
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"Tell That to the Families in Flint": AOC Demolishes GOP Claim That Green New Deal Is "Elitist"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
On Tuesday, Congressmember Sean Duffy of Wisconsin suggested the Green New Deal only served the wealthy. New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot back with a passionate defense of the Green New Deal. We feature her full speech.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/tell_that…

Venezuela: Despite the Crisis, Chavez's Legacy Endures
Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-28
Federico Fuentes reports on his recent visit to Venezuela where he encountered an entirely different reality to that depicted by the mainstream media.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14408

Green New Deal Policy Writer: Senate Vote Against Climate Plan Was Attempt to Stifle Growing Momentum
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
In a move Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called a "bluff vote," the Senate rejected the Green New Deal on Tuesday, after 43 Democrats voted "present" on the measure introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Four other Democrats joined all 53 Republican senators in voting against the Green New Deal. As Democrats blast McConnell's move to push the procedural vote, we speak to one of the lead policy writers for the Green New Deal, a proposal to transform the U.S. economy by funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the policy di…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/green_new…

Jim Crow racism is back with Florida Republicans' poll tax
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-28
Until 2018, Florida–the state vital to the presidential victories of George W. Bush and Donald Trump–deprived one in 10 voters, and two in 10 African Americans, of the right to vote with a constitutional provision banning felons from voting, even after they had fulfilled their sentences. Many with nonviolent drug felonies, enforced by a systematically biased …
peoplesworld.org/article/jim-crow-racism…

Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-fact-finding-mission-reports-complex-situation

Court rejects appeal against Wallarah 2 coalmine
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Hours before polling booths opened for the state elections, the NSW Land and Environment Court announced late on March 22 that it was dismissing an appeal by community group Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) against the re-elected Coalition government's approval of the controversial Wallarah 2 coalmine on the Central Coast. | In response to the ruling, Environmental Defenders Office NSW (EDO NSW), which acted on behalf of ACA in the case, said: "The dismissal in this judicial review underlines the urgent need for la…
greenleft.org.au/content/court-rejects-appeal-against-wallarah-2-coalmine

The Media and Political Humiliation from the Mueller Report
Glenn Greenwald | zcomm.org | 2019-03-28
I obviously intended to write about the fallout from Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report: specifically his definitive finding that "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" and that…
zcomm.org/zvideo/the-media-and-political…

Poem: Now Is Not The Time
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
A long time ago Martin Luther King | Sought justice for his minority, | But his white friends demurred, "That's not a thing | | If you can't persuade the majority. | Now's not the time, wait your turn, you'll get there". | Well, even longer, the sorority | | Campaigned for equal treatment, equal care, | Yet heard again the dreaded, sad refrain: | "Now's not the time, but hold, do not despair." | | Perhaps longer still, gays faced fierce disdain | When seeking basic rights that others own, | Strong prejudice diminished their campaign, | | They struggled on, till law was set in stone | That — like oth…
greenleft.org.au/content/poem-now-not-time

Wiradyuri community fights desecration of sacred land
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Wahluu/Mount Panorama in Bathurst is sacred Aboriginal land, with areas still used for initiation, healing and community organising. But Bathurst Council wants to build a huge go-kart race track and a second circuit to accompany the Bathurst 1000 motor racing track. | On top of Wahluu lies the quiet, regal McPhillamy Park — Wiradyuri women's land — with its box-gum grassy woodlands, a children's playground, roaming kangaroos, sacred artefacts and a run-down caretaker's cottage. Its summit boasts spectacular views of Bathurst, the Central West and the race track. | Before the drought, a river flowed do…
greenleft.org.au/content/wiradyuri-community-fights-desecration-sacred-land

MUA rally in solidarity with Pakistani dockworkers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members rallied outside the Pakistani Consulate on March 26 to demand the dropping of all charges against the Karachi Dockworkers Union president and another unionist who were arrested following a dispute at Hutchison Ports' Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). | The arrests occurred as Karachi dockworkers were protesting about safety conditions on the site after a worker was run over by a vehicle on March 17. The union leaders were released on bail after 10 days in detention. | The KICT Labour Union has joined with the International Transport Workers' Federation…
greenleft.org.au/content/mua-rally-solidarity-pakistani-dockworkers

Mary Robinson is well-intentioned, but good intentions can't win climate justice
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future | By Mary Robinson | Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018 | Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, is undoubtedly sincere in her determination to fight climate change and "putting people at the heart of the solution". Unfortunately, her new book shows that sincerity is not enough. | As well as heading her own climate justice foundation, Mary Robinson is the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. She…
greenleft.org.au/content/mary-robinson-well-intentioned-good-intentions-cant-win-climate-justice

Introducing "Animal Matters," Our New Video Series About Animal Rights, Factory Farms, and the Agriculture Industry
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-28
Our first episode debuts today: It is time for humanity to grapple with its treatment of animals and the multilevel damage done by animal agriculture.
theintercept.com/2019/03/28/animal-right…

Headlines for March 27, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-27
OxyContin Maker Reaches $270 Million Settlement with Oklahoma, House Fails to Override Trump Veto on National Emergency Declaration, Senate Votes Down Green New Deal as Democrats Decry "Stunt Vote", Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose to All-Time High in 2018, U.N. Secretary-General: Cyclone Idai Latest Warning Sign on Climate, Charity Condemns Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemen Hospital That Killed 7, Study: 17,729 Yemeni Civilians Killed or Injured by U.S.-Backed Strikes, Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Despite Reports of Ceasefire, Brazil's Bolsonaro to Commemorate 1964 Coup That Led to Dictatorship, Europe Approves Copyrig…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/27/headlines

Unsatisfied with intimidating foreign countries, Trump turns on his own citizens
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-27
In a recent interview, US President Donald Trump, calling his supporters "tough guys," threatened the opposition Democrats saying: "Do not tempt fate, if they take the streets, the consequences can be very, very serious". Does Trump's hostile language surprise us? Of course not, he is by now well known for issuing threats. During his election …
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Progressive Caucus Slams DCCC Head Cheri Bustos for Her Assault on Primary Challengers
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-03-27
The leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has met with the top brass at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and pushed back hard against a new party policy to blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers. | Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., vice chair of the caucus, was also in the meeting with Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and said that the turn the DCCC has taken in the 2020 cycle under her reign is worse on a small-d democratic level than previous cycles, when the party was not exactly kind to challengers. | "Pramila Jayapal, Mark Pocan, and I met with Cheri Bustos to make it clear tha…
theintercept.com/2019/03/27/progressive-…

When Australian soldiers went on strike
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-27
Mutiny on The Western Front: 1918 | Greg Raffin | Big Sky Publishing, 2018 | 216 pages | For those who may have been living in a cave without electricity for a while, it may need pointing out that the Australian establishment likes to conduct extravagant khaki-and-slouch-hat festivals to annually celebrate the gore-filled Australian invasion of Gallipoli on April 25in 1915. | Anzac Day thus receives high-rotation airplay, but we hear nothing, however, of a day – September 21 in 1918 — that, of all the days of Australians at war, is actually worth acclaiming, It was the day when Australian soldie…
greenleft.org.au/content/when-australian-soldiers-went-strike

Argentine all-women tango festival tackles sexism
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-27
The first ever feminist tango festival took place in Argentina's Villa Crespo district of Buenos Aires on March 9 and 10 as part of the International Working Women's Day celebrations to challenge the male-dominated art form. | "Tango is a genre of music which belongs to men who danced with anonymous women," said musicologist and author, Mercedes Liska, during the festival. "In dances, men change their female partners and keep building their name. Sometimes, the women…
greenleft.org.au/content/argentine-all-women-tango-festival-tackles-sexism