2019-03-04: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). It Is Time to Indict Israel: Norman Finkelstein on Growing Push for ICC to File War Crimes Charges. democracynow.org Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians since weekly Great March of Return demonstrations began in Gaza nearly a year ago targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. That's according to a new United Nations inquiry that found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report was released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday. We speak with Norman Finkelstein, scholar and author of "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," and Sara Hossain, a member of the U.N. independent commission that l…

teleSUR (2019-03-04). US Closes Jerusalem Consulate Cutting Ties With Palestine. telesurenglish.net The United States consulate in Jerusalem will officially close its doors Monday after 175 years of fostering diplomacy between Palestinian officials and the U.S. | The consulate is merging with the controversial U.S. embassy to Israel located in the same city. | RELATED: | 17 Palestinians Injured by Israel In Gaza Border Protests | The decision was announced last October and tens months after President Donald Trump declared that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, a move that has e…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). U.N. Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists & the Disabled During Gaza Protests. democracynow.org A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel's bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians—almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were injured,…

teleSUR (2019-03-04). Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinians in Ramallah, Clashes Erupt. telesurenglish.net Israeli Occupying forces Monday killed two Palestinians and injured one after they allegedly rammed their car into an Israeli soldiers' vehicle in the occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | US Closes Jerusalem Consulate Cutting Ties With Palestine | The troops open fire on the vehicle in the Kafr Nimeh village, west of Ramallah. The l…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). Headlines for March 4, 2019. democracynow.org House Dems to Probe Trump's Allies, DOJ in Wake of Cohen Testimony, Sen. Rand Paul Likely to Oppose Nat'l Emergency in Decisive Vote, Deported Central American Parents Seek Reunification with Children, W. Virginia GOP Under Fire After Poster Linking Rep. Omar to 9/11 Causes Outrage, U.S. and South Korea Roll Back Joint Military Exercises, Shelling in Kashmir Kills 7 as Pakistan & India Appear to Ease Tensions, Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinians After Reported Car Ramming, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaidó Set to Return to Country, Algeria: Pres. Says He Will Not Serve Full Term, If Elected, as Protests Continue…

Ma'an news (2019-03-04). Corbyn Calls for UK to Freeze Arms Sales to Israel after UN Report. globalresearch.ca Jeremy Corbyn, head of the British Labor Party, over the weekend, called for the British government to freeze arms sales to Israel and to condemn it for the killing of Palestinians. | Corbyn's remarks came after a United Nations report, …

Carl Boggs (2019-03-04). The War That Never Ends. counterpunch.org After Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un left their Summit meeting in Vietnam resigned to diplomatic impasse, it's worth asking whether a time of peace and conciliation on the Korean peninsula might still be in sight. Given nearly insuperable roadblocks, could even the most congenial negotiations lead to full denuclearization of the North Korean regime? Is the United States, with all its imperial resources and leverage, willing to concede vital North Korean interests — above all, relief from economic sanctions and peace treaty to end the Korean War 65 years after military stalemate ended with a "temporary truce"?

Whitney Webb (2019-03-04). Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the Brewing India-Pakistan Conflict. mintpressnews.com Israel's export of Zionist nationalism and neocolonialism — and the accompanying oppression that in practice actually helps to create many of the very terrorist groups they fight against — is just as dangerous as its export of arms.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). The Infiltrators: How Undocumented Activists Snuck Into Immigration Jail to Fight Deportations. democracynow.org An immigrant rights activist has been detained in Florida just weeks after he appeared in an acclaimed film at the Sundance Film Festival about activists infiltrating and exposing for-profit immigrant detention jails. Claudio Rojas was apprehended on Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after an annual check-in and is now being held at Krome Detention Center, where he faces immediate deportation. His lawyer says his arrest is linked to the film featuring his activism. It's called "The Infiltrators." The gripping hybrid documentary/dramatic feature was a smash success at Sundance and will play at the M…

Aaron Bastani (2019-03-04). The Coup in Venezuela, Explained. zcomm.org Sanctions and oil prices are to blame for the country's economic plight, while it boasts a far greater tradition of democracy than critics often realize let alone dare to admit…

STAFF (2019-03-04). Did Bernie Sanders' Critique of U.S. Policy in Venezuela Go Far Enough? truthdig.com The Vermont senator hasn't called Maduro a dictator, but neither has he demanded an end to sanctions. Progressive journalists weigh in.

Juan Cole (2019-03-04). Israel Lobbies Slam Ilhan Omar Even as They Try to Bankrupt Small Leftist Arkansas Paper Over Israel Boycott. commondreams.org The hypocrisy of her critics on this issue is breathtaking. (Photo: @SamFathallah/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-04). OPCW Syria Report Cripples Western "Chemical Weapons" Narrative. globalresearch.ca The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) has presented its final report regarding an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma, Syria on April 7, 2018. Despite attempts by the Western media to hail it as "proof" that the …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-04). UN Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists and Disabled People. truthout.org A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel's bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians — almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were inju…

Eoin Higgins (2019-03-04). Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears Over Criticism of Israel From Democrats and Republicans. theantimedia.com (CD) — A firestorm over comments critical of Israel by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) continued to engulf the Democratic Party and American politics over the weekend. Omar continues to stand firm in her assertion that criticism of the Israeli occupation does not constitute anti-Semitism. And the blowback she's received from Republicans and Democrats alike sheds light on …

Tyler Durden (2019-03-04). Watch: US-Led Forces Drop Banned White Phosphorous on East Syria. theantimedia.com (ZH) — According to Middle East news source Al Masdar News, the U.S. Coalition dropped internationally banned white phosphorous on the last tiny Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria during intense operations on Saturday evening. American warplanes specifically dropped the white phosphorous on ISIS positions inside the Baghouz camp, which coalition statements have described as the last holdout to the "most …

DLI (2019-03-04). 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…

amnesty (2019-03-04). Women of Syria: Unheard No More. amnesty.org

Revolution Books (2019-03-04). 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…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-04). Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears From GOP and Fellow Democrats Over Her Criticism of Israel. commondreams.org Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) endured renewed accusations of anti-Semitism after remarks critical of Israel's influence on American politics made last Wednesday at a Washington bookstore were published Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-04). The "Humboldt Three" Take Israel to Court. truthout.org In June 2017, three active members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement disrupted a talk titled "Life in Israel — Terror, Bias and the Chances for Peace," by an Israeli official who was hosted by the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft (German-Israeli Society) at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Aliza Lavie, a member of Knesset for the centrist Yesh Atid party and chairwoman of the Knesset Caucu…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-04). Transfer of ISIS Suspects, Including Foreigners, to Iraq Raises Torture Concerns. hrw.org | | An ISIS suspect held for questioning by Iraqi forces near Mosul. | © 2016 Safin Hamed/Getty Images | Last week, the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) transferred at least 280 suspected Islamic State (ISIS) members to Iraq, following their arrest in Syria. Though the detainees are overwhelmingly Iraqi, there were reportedly at least thirteen French ISIS su…

Al-Thawra (2019-03-04). 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.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-04). Judiciary Panel to Request Documents From Entities Tied to Trump in Probe. truthout.org Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — which has jurisdiction over impeachments — said Sunday that he believes President Donald Trump obstructed justice and his panel will issue document requests on Monday to dozens of people tied to Trump, including members of his family, business empire, and administration. | "Tomorrow, we will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice, Donald Trump, Jr., Allen Weisselberg, to begin the investigations to present the case to the American people about o…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-04). Sanders on Venezuela — Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far Enough? therealnews.com At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn't call for an end to sanctions — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-04). Undocumented Activists Snuck Into Immigration Jail to Fight Deportations. truthout.org An immigrant rights activist has been detained in Florida just weeks after he appeared in an acclaimed film at the Sundance Film Festival about activists infiltrating and exposing for-profit immigrant detention jails. Claudio Rojas was apprehended on Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after an annual check-in and is now being held at Krome Detention Center, where he faces immediate deportation. His lawyer says his arrest is linked to the film featuring his activism. It's called The Infiltrators. The gripping hybrid documentary/dramatic feature was a smash success at Sundance and will play at the…

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 …

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…

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…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-02). At Conservative Conference, Speakers Were Obsessed With the Socialist Boogeyman. 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 fearmongering about a socialist takeover of the United States and counting the losses they s…

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 …

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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