2019-03-03: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-03-04). Top Huawei Executive Sues Canada Over Her Detention. truthdig.com TORONTO—An executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and the national police force, saying they detained, searched and interrogated her before telling her she was under arrest. | Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou said Sunday they filed a notice of civil claim in the British Columbia Supreme Court. Canada arrested Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, at the request of the U.S. on Dec. 1 at Vancouver's airport. She is wanted on fraud charges that she misled banks about the company's business dealings in Iran. | The suit alleges that instead of immediately arresting h…

STAFF (2019-03-03). Netanyahu's Political Career Is Probably Not Over. truthdig.com Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has announced that he will indict Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu on bribery and fraud charges. ' | I think it should be underlined that two of the charges have to do with tampering with press coverage of the prime minister, which is to say, tampering with the Fourth Estate, one of the key elements of democracy. | Israeli politics are not truly democratic, in part because of the occupation of 5 million stateless Palestinians whose fates are decided by the Israeli military and political elite,…

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 …

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-03). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions that Kill Venezuelans. globalresearch.ca While Americans have rightly groaned and rebelled against President Trump's declaration of a national emergency over his precious wall, which would rob Congress of its constitutional authority over spending, he has also used another false declaration of national emergency‚Äïmost recently …

Al-Thawra (2019-03-03). Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq. indybay.org Over 3.000 Yazidi's remain missing, in an act declared as "Genocide" by the International Community.

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…

Mairav Zonszein (2019-03-03). Inside the Israeli Right's Campaign to Silence an Anti-Occupation Group. theintercept.com On January 12, 2016, Yuli Novak called her staff of a dozen people together in their Tel Aviv offices to reveal the identity of a spy who had infiltrated the organization. At the time, Novak was the executive director of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli anti-occupation group that collects testimonies of Israeli soldiers operating in Palestinian territories. She informed the staff that a man calling himself "Chai" had been secretly videotaping them. Chai had been active with the group for a year and a half, visiting their office on a weekly basis, and had grown close to several staff members. | "The moment I said…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-03). 3rd Anniversary of Berta Cáceres Murder in Honduras: Downward Spiral and Hope. therealnews.com The murder trial of environmental and indigenous activist Berta Cáceres leaves many issues unresolved. Meanwhile, the human rights situation in Honduras has been getting worse, even as Berta continues to inspire activists with her example…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-03). Trump and Netanyahu Scandals a Very Dangerous Moment — Wilkerson & Jay. therealnews.com Desperate men do desperate things; two leaders facing corruption charges may more aggressively push their Iran regime change agenda — Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay…

Joel Forster (2019-03-03). Iraq. Syria. Venezuela? The U.S. prepares a chemical attack… indybay.org At the present time the crisis in Venezuela stays in the limelight of the world scene.

DLI (2019-03-03). USA empire refused de-nuclearization in Korea. indybay.org Contrary to US mainstream corporate-bin-Laden media accounts, it was Washington that refused to accept a reasonable, step-by-step reciprocal confidence-building process put forth by the DPRK (North Korea) that scuttled the much-awaited peace talk in Hanoi this past week. The overbearing US side refused to A) bring up a formal Peace Treaty to end the 1950s Korean War; B) looked upon de-nuclearization only as a one-sided surrender of all of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile arsenal, without a corresponding removal of U.S. nuclear arms in NE Asia; and C)arrogantly insists on maintaining the strangling but illegal econ…

Julia Kassem (2019-03-02). Largest Palestinian Displacement Project Since 1967 Underway in West Bank, Galilee. globalresearch.ca New plans to ramp up the largest wave of forced displacement in Palestine since 1967 are currently underway. | In response to pressure from far-right Nahala groups, a number of Israeli senior lawmakers agreed to the terms of an early February …

Hans Stehling (2019-03-02). UK Government Collusion with Israel. globalresearch.ca According to a 2009 Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, 50% of the then Conservative shadow cabinet were members of the CFI Friends of Israel lobby — (but now, that figure has risen to an estimated 80%). The film also claimed that …

South Front (2019-03-02). Video: US Forces Steal Tons of Gold Captured by ISIS in Syria, Iraq. globalresearch.ca US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US. | According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The …

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-03-02). Shocker: "Humanitarian Aid" Stunt Used to Escalate US-Led Crusade Against Venezuela. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — So, you might want to sit down for this, but believe it or not it appears that the US government is using the fallout from its "humanitarian aid" performance to justify further sanctions against the Venezuelan government. I know, I know. I'm just as shocked as you are. "This action, taken pursuant to Executive Order …

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-02). Jeremy Corbyn Calls for UK to Condemn Israel's Killing of Palestinians. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Head of the British Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has called for the UK government to condemn Israel's killing of Palestinians as well as to freeze arms sales to the occupation state. His remarks came in the wake of a UN report which found that Israel might have committed war crimes against Palestinians. RELATED: UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot …

Aída Chávez (2019-03-02). At Conservative Conference, Speakers Were Obsessed With the Socialist Bogeyman. theintercept.com Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference on Wednesday by stating explicitly the goal of the four-day event: to dissect and understand the tactics used by progressive activists, in order to effectively push back against "creeping socialism." | CPAC, as the annual event is known, has long been a place for debate around conservative ideas. This year, however, the speakers — avowed supporters of President Donald Trump — spent much more time fear-mongering about a socialist takeover of the United States and counting the losses they…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-01). Headlines for March 1, 2019. democracynow.org U.N. Human Rights Panel: Israel May Have Committed War Crimes in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Be Indicted on Corruption Charges, NYT: Trump Intervened to Give Security Clearance to Jared Kushner, In Peace Talks with Taliban, U.S. Floats Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal, Somalia: At Least 15 Dead in Twin Suicide Bombings, North Korea Disputes Trump's Account of Why Kim-Trump Summit Failed, Immigrant Groups Cite "Alarming Increase" in Babies Jailed by ICE, House Approves Bill to Extend Gun Purchase Waiting Period, Lawmakers Seek Interview of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, Virginia's First Lady A…

Philip M. Giraldi (2019-03-01). How Pro-Israel Foundations in Washington are Pushing a US War with Iran. mintpressnews.com "As an ex-CIA case officer who worked on the Iran target for a number of years, I was shocked when I read the Times' article, primarily because it sounded like a repeat of the fabricated intelligence that was used against both Iraq and Iran in 2001 through 2003," says Philip M. Giraldi.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-01). Hanoi summit thwarted by an uncompromising US. peoplesdispatch.org The second meeting between the US president, Donald Trump, and the North Korean chairman, Kim Jong-un, at the two-day summit in Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi ended on the afternoon of February 28 without reaching any agreements. | North Korea offered to dismantle all the nuclear reactors in the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, which is the sole known source providing plutonium for its nuclear program, on the condition that the US-led international sanctions against the country are lifted in return. | The US, which has sought to paint the North Korean possession of nuclear weapons as an existential t…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-01). Meet the Kids Who Confronted Sen. Feinstein: We're the Ones Who Will Have to Live with It. democracynow.org 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.

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.

Seth Sandronsky (2019-03-01). Activists, Banks and For-Profit Immigrant Detention. counterpunch.org JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo lend to GEO Group and CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America), for-profit operators of immigrant detention facilities under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A campaign to end these banks' financial role is underway. Autumn Gonzalez is with the Sacramento-based NorCal Resist, a migrant activist group advocating on More

Fight Back (2019-03-01). 'Reviving the Strike!' author Joe Burns to speak in Michigan. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – Excitement is building among trade unionists and community activists in Grand Rapids, about an upcoming event where labor negotiator and author Joe Burns will speak. Michigan is a so-called 'right to work' state, where labor unions are struggling to maintain their membership and power. | "I'm a bus driver and our ATU Local Union 836 struggled for two years to get a contract. The bosses at the Rapid took a lot away from us. Ever since, I've wanted to hear Joe Burns speak about his book Reviving the Strike! We need to learn how to win, like teachers and hotel workers," said Jay DeShane. | As more…

Mairav Zonszein (2019-03-01). Israel's Netanyahu May Be Indicted—but He Could Still Be Reelected. thenation.com Israel's Netanyahu May Be Indicted—but He Could Still Be Reelected…

Mark Weisbrot — The Nation (2019-03-01). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans. venezuelanalysis.com The humanitarian crisis will get rapidly worse if the most recent sanctions continue, Mark Weisbrot argues.

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…

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…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-01). US Army Takes 50 Tons of Stolen Gold From Syria in Alleged Deal With ISIS. theantimedia.com (TMU) — As the remaining pockets of ISIS fighters faced imminent defeat in northeast Syria, the United States allegedly gave them an offer they couldn't refuse: give us your massive caches of gold — or die. According to reports by Syrian state news agency SANA, U.S. forces struck a deal with ISIS whereby the terrorist …

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.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-01). Trump Missed his Opportunity for a Deal on North Korean Sanctions. therealnews.com The two sides may have been close to making an important agreement on denuclearization and lifting sanctions. It's not clear what went wrong, but it seems that hardliners prevented an agreement, says Tom Collina of Ploughshares…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-01). Saudi Arabia: Women's Rights Activists Charged. hrw.org | | ŸÜÿßÿ¥ÿ∑ÿßÿ™ ÿ≥ÿπŸàÿØŸäÿßÿ™ | (Beirut) — Saudi Arabia's public prosecution agency announced on March 1, 2019 that the country's leading women's rights activists who have been detained following arrests that began in May 2018 would face charges and be put on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The prosecutors did no…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-01). UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Israel is furious at the UN Human Rights Council most of the time, but they are particularly furious whenever the body offers a report, as Israel tends to violate a lot of human rights. In this case, the council has announced an "independent inquiry" into the protests at the Gaza border. Every Friday, for months …

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…

Eoin Higgins (2019-03-01). Ilhan Omar Questions Madeline Albright on Failures of US Military Intervention and Sanctions. theantimedia.com (CD) — While much of the country was watching the testimony of Michael Cohen on Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was questioning former Secretary of State Madeline Albright in a separate, largely vacant hearing room about sanctions and the pitfalls of past U.S. military interventions. "Some scholars and practitioners of foreign policy have questioned whether sanctions are …

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…

WSWS (2019-03-01). Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. wsws.org The indictment announcement comes amidst mounting tensions within the Israeli political establishment exacerbated by Netanyahu's increasingly pronounced far-right orientation, including the cultivation of neo-fascist forces.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-28). "The Korean People Want Peace": Christine Ahn on Trump Walking Away from N. Korea Nuclear Talks. democracynow.org A historic summit to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula ended without an agreement Thursday, after talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fell apart. Their second summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, failed after Kim Jong-un demanded that the U.S. lift all sanctions on North Korea in exchange for dismantling the Yongbyon enrichment facility—an important North Korean nuclear site. We speak with Christine Ahn, founder and executive director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2019-02-28). Saudi Plans to Bolster Gas Exports Shine New Light on Efforts to Undermine Iran. mintpressnews.com Saudi plans to become a major gas exporter within a decade raise questions about what the real goal of the kingdom's policy is towards Iran.

Joe Emersberger — The Canary (2019-02-28). How Amnesty International is Reinforcing Trump's Regime-Change Propaganda Against Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com In refusing to condemn US sanctions and opposition coup efforts, Amnesty is providing cover for a possible dirty war in Venezuela, argues Joe Emersberger.

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…

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

Alfred McCoy (2019-02-28). The End of Our World Order Is Imminent. thenation.com The End of Our World Order Is Imminent…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-02-28). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans. thenation.com Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions That Kill Venezuelans…

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.

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Grand Rapids Police caught lying. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI — The Grand Rapids Police Department was caught lying and covering up for Captain Curt VanderKooi this week. VanderKooi racially profiled an ex-Marine and contacted ICE to detain him in November 2018. The recent Grand Rapids police investigation claims VanderKooi contacted ICE out of concern for possible 'terrorism.' | However, Michigan ACLU lawyers and immigrant rights activists are pointing out that this is a blatant lie. The FBI is the agency that VanderKooi would contact, not Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Captain VanderKooi works with both and knows the difference. | The outrageo…

amnesty (2019-02-28). Israel/ OPT: Findings of UN inquiry into Gaza killings must pave way for justice over war crimes. amnesty.org Responding to the findings of a report published by the UN Commission of Inquiry today which states that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes during protests in Gaza last year, including by deliberately firing on Palestinian civilians, Saleh Higazi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International said: | "The findings of this report echo Amnesty International's own conclusions that many killings of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces during the Great March of Return protests last year appeared to be wilful killings, constituting war crimes. | "The report paints a damning picture…

Middle East Eye (2019-02-28). UN Says Israeli Forces 'May Have' Committed War Crimes at Gaza Border. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The killing of hundreds of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border in the last year might be categorized as war crimes, UN investigators have suggested. More than 250 Palestinians were killed and 26,000 injured since weekly "Great March of Return" protests began in March 2018. The new report said that the killing of largely unarmed …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway. therealnews.com Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…

Antonio Carty (2019-02-27). Conscience Over Profit. zcomm.org Palestine needs Europe and the world's solidarity in effective ways, so its good to hear a union in my own abuela Beazcochea's Basque country has voted against its company's attempted collaboration with the internationally condemned Israeli occupation. The workers council of Spanish train manufacturer CAF voted last month against participation in the Jerusalem light rail tramway Read more…

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