2019-03-08: News Headlines

Nicolas J S Davies (2019-03-08). The Conflict of Our Time: U.S. Imperialism vs the Rule of Law. counterpunch.org The world faces many overlapping crises: regional political crises from Kashmir to Venezuela; brutal wars that rage on in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia; and the existential dangers of nuclear weapons, climate change, and mass extinction. But beneath the surface of all these crises, human society faces an underlying, unresolved conflict about who or what More

Julie Lévesque (2019-03-08). Women's Day 2019: From Afghanistan to Syria: Women's Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA. globalresearch.ca Western heads of state, UN officials, military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help little girls go to school, liberate women subjected to the yoke of the Taliban.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-08). Labour's Fight Over Israel Long Time in Coming. consortiumnews.com The party is being dragged into the modern world by Corbyn's anti-racist leadership towards Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net An announcement this week by the Jewish Labour Movement that it is considering splitting from the British Labour Party… Read more →

Jeff Mackler (2019-03-08). U.S. Gears Up for War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org The relentless U.S. imperial beast has embarked on a full-scale, openly declared, bipartisan regime-change war aimed at overthrowing Venezuela's democratically elected government headed by President Nicolás Maduro. Top U.S. officials—from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and special envoy Elliot Abrams of Iran/Contra infamy, to Democratic House Speaker Nancy More

Consortiumnews (2019-03-08). Royal Wedding Got Triple the Media Coverage of Yemen in 2018. consortiumnews.com That ratio is symptomatic of negative trends at the major networks, writes Jim Lobe. By Jim Lobe Inter Press Service The ongoing war in Yemen, called the world's "worst humanitarian disaster" by the United Nations and independent aid agencies since early last… Read more →

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-08). Yemen's Rabid Dogs Eat the Dead and Bite the Living, with Treatment Often Out of Reach. mintpressnews.com What's driving the feral dogs to attack is an acquired taste for human flesh. One of the most gruesome scenes you see after every massacre is hungry dogs roaming around a place to eat corpses or what remains of them.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-08). Oxfam: Starving Yemeni Families Selling Daughters as Young as Three into Marriage. mintpressnews.com The fact that girls as young as three have been sold is shocking and a testament to the severity of the humanitarian crisis, particularly the country's burgeoning famine, that many Yemenis face.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby. democracynow.org Following a week of debate surrounding Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar's comments about U.S. foreign policy in Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. We host a discussion with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper's editorial board; Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace; and Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, writer and organizer based in New York City.

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-08). What ISIS Left Behind: Reporting from Idlib, Syria's Last Front. mintpressnews.com Investigative journalist Andre Vltchek tours the ruins of Idlib, Syria and the surrounding countryside to see the devastation wrought by ISIS and to speak to the residents about what lies ahead.

Robert Inlakesh (2019-03-08). A Peek into the Horrific Findings of the UN Report on Israel's Massacre of Gaza Protesters. mintpressnews.com The commission found serious human rights violations that may constitute crimes against humanity and called on Israel to "Lift the blockade on Gaza with immediate effect.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…

Sarah Gertler (2019-03-08). Criticizing Israel isn't Anti-Semitic, Here's What Is. counterpunch.org Weeks ago, when the first accusations of anti-semitism were being leveled against Representative Ilhan Omar, I was deeply agitated. Not long ago I saw her address these accusations at a local town hall. She reminded the world that, as a Black Muslim woman in America, she knows what hate looks like — and spends her More

Jake Johnson (2019-03-08). Sparked by Ilhan Omar's 'Valid Criticism' of Israel, House Passes 'Anti-Hate' Resolution. mintpressnews.com "We're happy to see a resolution that condemns real bigotry, rather than going after Rep. Ilhan Omar and her vision of a world free of racism and oppression."

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-03-08). Refusing to "Snitch," Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Becomes Two-Time Political Prisoner. mintpressnews.com "I will not participate in a secret process that I morally object to, particularly one that has been historically used to entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech." — Chelsea Manning…

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (2019-03-08). International Women's Day—Made in the U.S.A. peoplesworld.org Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964), known as "The Rebel Girl," was one of the premier labor activists and leaders of the struggle for women's equality in the 20th century. She was an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World, a founding member of the ACLU, and later in life the Chairperson of the Communist Party …

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-08). Regime change is urgently needed…in Washington. mronline.org It is not Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Iran that are in dire and crucial need of 'regime change'. It is the United States of America, it is the entire European Union; in fact, the entire West. | Source

Ron Jacobs (2019-03-08). Hijack the Starship, Major Tom. counterpunch.org One of my favorite rock albums of the early 1970s is Paul Kantner and Grace Slick's science fiction story titled Blows Against the Empire. Although the album was released under the auspices of Kantner and Slick's ensemble Jefferson Starship, the truth is that the collection of musicians in this work are quite different than those More

Kenn Orphan (2019-03-08). The Blindness of Empire. counterpunch.org "The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in More

Kathy Kelly (2019-03-08). Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers? progressive.org Impoverished people living in numerous countries today would stand a far better chance of survival if weapon manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon, stopped manufacturing and selling death-dealing products.

Jack Detsch (2019-03-08). US Shifts Weapons from Iraq to Syria. globalresearch.ca The Pentagon rerouted millions of dollars' worth of weapons and vehicles from Iraq to Syria in the second half of 2018, Al-Monitor has learned, as US-backed forces cornered the last remnants of the Islamic State (IS). | In a series of …

South Front (2019-03-08). Video: Syrian Army Delivers Massive Strike on Terrorist Infrastructure in Idlib Province. globalresearch.ca On March 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) delivered a massive rocket strike on positions of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern part of Idlib province. This was the first such strike in this area …

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-08). Idlib — Reportage from the Last Terrorist Stronghold in Syria. globalresearch.ca For a while, all the guns have fallen silent. | I am near Idlib, the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria. The area where the deadliest anti-government fighters, most of them injected into Syria from Turkey, with Saudi, Qatari and …

commondreams (2019-03-08). Norwegian Government Recommends $7.5 Billion Divestment From Oil and Gas. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-03-08). Norwegian Government Proposes $40 Billion Divestment from Oil and Gas. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-08). Is the Trump Administration "Owned by the State of Israel". Ted Cruz: Accessory to Israeli Grand Larceny. globalresearch.ca In the United States, as Rep Omar pointed out, politicians on both sides of the aisle in both Houses routinely fall over themselves to pledge fealty and taxpayer dollars to Israel. | The Trump administration is virtually owned by the state …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Headlines for March 8, 2019. democracynow.org Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Sentenced to 47-Month Term, House Condemns Anti-Semitism and Bigotry Amid Debate over Ilhan Omar, Venezuelan President Maduro Blames U.S. Sabotage for Massive Blackout, Israel Bans Coalition of Arab Parties from April Election, France: Archbishop of Lyon Sentenced for Child Sexual Abuse Cover-Up, Greenland's Melt Is Accelerated by Rainfall, Even During Winter, Chelsea Manning Jailed for Contempt After Refusing to Testify on WikiLeaks, Sacramento, CA: Protests Continue over Killing of Stephon Clark, Florida: Ex-Cop Guilty in Shooting Death of Black Motorist, Boulder, CO: C…

Sam Husseini (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar's Choice. counterpunch.org As a virtual lynch mob moves to chastise Rep. Ilhan Omar over her recent remarks around Israel, the new congresswoman basically has three options before her: (1) Fold; (2) Continue the back and forth of the last several weeks or (3) Get more specific and expand the public critique. Fold: Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Omar herself can go largely silent on More

Hatewatch Staff (2019-03-08). ACT for America Tries To Distance Themselves From One of Their 'Most Influential Activists'. splcenter.org An ACT for America chapter leader made national headlines last week for a display at the West Virginia Capitol that appeared to equate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Argentina: Macri's Gov't To Fund Anti-Abortion Religious Groups. telesurenglish.net Two days before the Argentine Congress discusses again a law that could save thousands of women's lives, President Mauricio Macri administration signed an agreement to finance Christian and Catholic activists who oppose the right to legal, safe and free abortion. | RELATED: | Argentina Stages a 'Green Action Day' for the Right to Abortion | The…

ZeroHedge (2019-03-08). Senator Marco Rubio: US Must Initiate Widespread Unrest in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the U.S." As was to be expected, the hearing was filled with plenty of threats and talk of flipping "military elites" and enforcing tougher sanctions. | But perhaps unexpected was just how out in the open and brazen Rubio's own admissions of how far he's willing to go in promoting regime change in Caracas…

Garikai Chengu (2019-03-08). America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group. globalresearch.ca Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014. | Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran's growing influence in the …

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-03-08). Venezuela Wins Round One Against the Empire. counterpunch.org Havana. The clash between Venezuela and the Empire last weekend ended with a humiliating defeat for Elliott Abrams, the alleged designer of the operation. What the neocons initially planned may never be known, but what is known is that they could not culminate in an invasion or another false flag operation. The most notable facet More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-08). End Venezuela Sanctions Says Rep. Ro Khanna and 15 Progressive Democrats. therealnews.com 16 progressive members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding an end to economic sanctions and to military threats against Venezuela. We speak to Rep. Ro Khanna, who led the initiative…

susan_p (2019-03-08). United States: The rise of democratic socialism. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) activist Isaac Silver following the announcement by United States Senator, Bernie Sanders that he will contest the 2020 US Presidential race. | 1. How has Sanders' announcement been received among radicals and left activists you work with? | The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has generated huge excitement in the United States. In the first week following the announcement of his presidential campaign, over one million supporters signed up as volunteers in every part of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people contributed smal…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. truthout.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegi…

RT (2019-03-08). Trump: Democrats are 'anti-Israel,' 'anti-Jewish'. rt.com President Donald Trump has slammed the Democratic Party's supposed anti-Israel stance amid a row over Rep. Ilhan Omar's alleged anti-Semitic comments and a condemnation bill passed in response. |

RT (2019-03-08). Omar anti-Semitism debate widens split in Democratic party. rt.com Ilhan Omar's remarks on the Israeli lobby's grip on American politics have seen her fellow Democrats blast her for anti-Semitism, and in one extreme case, for daring to question the US-Israel alliance at all. |

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-08). Americans' Support for Israel Falls to Lowest Point in a Decade: New Poll. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The American public's support for Israel has dropped to the lowest point across party lines since 2009, a new Gallup poll published yesterday has shown. The overall amount of Americans who take the side of Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians is now 59 per cent, a five point drop from the 64 per …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-03-08). Citing 'Permanent Oil Price Decline,' Norwegian Fund's Fossil Fuel Divestment Could Spark Global 'Shockwave'. commondreams.org In a move that climate campaigners say should send a "shockwave" through the global oil and gas industry, the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund—the largest of its kind in the world—has recommended the Norway government divest the entirety of the fund's $40 billion holdings from the fossil fuel industry. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-08). US government spies on journalists! (Who track migrant caravans, so this time it's news). rt.com Journalists, activists, lawyers and "organizers" involved with last year's Central American migrant caravans were tracked by US government agencies, leaked documents reveal — but Homeland Security has been doing this for a while.

WSWS (2019-03-08). Democrats push through resolution branding Rep. Omar's criticism of Israel as "anti-Semitic" wsws.org With this vote, the Democratic Party has joined with the Republicans and right-wing forces internationally in prosecuting a witch-hunt against a fabricated growth of "left-wing anti-Semitism."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-08). Can the Jewish National Fund Dedicated to Ethnic Cleansing be Considered a Charity in Canada? therealnews.com Rabbi David Mivasair, Corey Balsam, and Ismail Zayid discuss their joint efforts to revoke the JNF's charity status in Canada, but the Canadian authorities have a long history of supporting Israeli colonization in Palestine. www.stopthejnf.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). Headlines for March 7, 2019. democracynow.org DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Denies Migrants Are Held in Cages, ICE Kept "Anti-Trump Protest Spreadsheet" to Track NYC Activists, U.S. Kept Secret List of Journalists and Activists at Southern Border, Trump Ends Reporting Requirement of Civilian Deaths from U.S. Drones, Report Details U.S. Role in Civilian Deaths from Saudi-Led War in Yemen, Syria: Hundreds of ISIS Fighters Surrender to Kurdish Forces, Sen. Martha McSally Says She Was Raped by Superior in U.S. Air Force, Second Judge Blocks Trump Admin's Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, Michael Cohen to Congress: White House Lawyer Edited 2017 Testimony, NA…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). Bacevich: Questioning U.S.-Israel Ties Has Long Been Impermissible in Congress, But That's Changing. democracynow.org House Democrats will vote today on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The resolution is seen as a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel—even though the draft resolution does not explicitly name the freshman congressmember. The vote was indefinitely delayed Wednesday after a revolt from progressive Democrats, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly announced Thursday in a closed-door meeting that the vote would move forward. We speak with Andrew Bacevich, retired colonel and Vietnam War veteran, author and professo…

Anish R M (2019-03-07). Ilhan Omar, 'anti-semitism' and a stumbling pro-Israel lobby. peoplesdispatch.org The campaign to censure Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is losing ground within the Democratic Party, pointing to the increasing failure of AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups to dominate the narrative and thwart any criticism of Israel for its crimes in Palestine…

ACLU (2019-03-07). The Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border. aclu.org DHS created a list of people who were reporting on or working with the migrant caravan to flag for lengthy questioning at the U.S. border. | In what looks like a coordinated attack on constitutional rights, the U.S. government has reportedly been targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers working to raise awareness of issues facing migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. | On Wednesday, the NBC affiliate in San Diego revealed leaked docu…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). War Crimes in Yemen? U.S. & U.K. Arms Killed & Injured Nearly 1,000 Civilians in Saudi-Led Attack. democracynow.org As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has been released documenting the role that the U.S. and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. A group of organizations, including a Yemen-based human rights organization, released the damning report on Wednesday, claiming that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians and injured at least 749 people. The report found that 22 of the attacks likely involved weapons produced in the United States. The other five attacks were carried out eithe…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). U.S. Has Supplied UAE $27B in Arms Despite Nation's Links to Torture, Mercenaries & Child Soldiers. democracynow.org We look at how U.S. weapons are supporting the ongoing devastation in Yemen with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of a new report about the role the United Arab Emirates has played in Yemen. It is titled "'Little Sparta': The United States-United Arab Emirates Alliance and the War in Yemen." We also speak with Ruhan Nagra, the executive director of the University Network for Human Rights, and Radhya Al-Mutawakel, chairperson of the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. They recently published an investigation into the role of U.S.

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-07). The witchfinders are now ready to burn Corbyn. mronline.org Nazareth, Israel: "McCarthyism" is a word thrown around a lot nowadays, and in the process, its true meaning — and horror — has been increasingly obscured. | Source