2019-03-11: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-11). How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report. commondreams.org With the author kneeling in the lower right, an international peace delegation outside Iran's Tehran Peace Museum. (Photo: Courtesy of Medea Benjamin) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kathryn Shihadah (2019-03-11). Israel Bans Arab Parties and Liberal Candidate from Coming Elections. mintpressnews.com In Israel, two Palestinian political parties and one liberal Jewish party member have been banned from running in the April 9th election; meanwhile, a radical Jewish candidate stays in, even after Israel's Attorney General recommended he be banned.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Headlines for March 11, 2019. democracynow.org Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Crashes, Killing All 157 On Board, Judge Jails Chelsea Manning For Refusing to Testify About WikiLeaks, Trump to Request $8.6 Billion for Border Wall in 2020 Budget, 1000s More Could Join ACLU Lawsuit over Trump Family Separation Policy, House Passes Election Reform Act Despite GOP Resistance, NYT Report Contradicts U.S. Claim That Maduro Responsible for "Aid" Convoy Fire, Guaidó to Declare Emergency as NYT Reports U.S. Sanctions Exacerbate Blackout, Netanyahu: "Israel Is Not a State of All Its Citizens", Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Protesters, Killing 1, Fox Host Under Fi…

Chris Hedges (2019-03-11). Israel's Stranglehold on American Politics. truthdig.com The Israel lobby's buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby's campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian rights—including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein and university students, many of them Jewish, in organizations such as…

Haim Schwarczenberg (2019-03-11). Faces of Gazan Children Killed by Israeli Soldiers Appear in Tel Aviv. globalresearch.ca Thursday March 7th 2018 Tel Aviv- Jews for Return, hung pictures of six of the children who were shot dead by Israeli soldiers while participating in the return demonstrations that began on the 30th of March 2018 on the streets …

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is the Trump Administration Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One? mintpressnews.com TomDispatch's Bob Dreyfuss asks: could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war?

Consortiumnews (2019-03-11). Is War With Iran on the Horizon? consortiumnews.com Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington's next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran… Read more →

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? zcomm.org The Trump Administration Is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One…

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). The Trump Administration Wants a War with Iran. thenation.com The Trump Administration Wants a War with Iran…

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? commondreams.org White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence talk before the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border. democracynow.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists—seven of whom are U.S. citizens—along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

Jay Janson (2019-03-11). How to Enjoy Dinner Knowing Fellow Americans Have Caused 85,000 Yemeni Kids to Starve to Death? globalresearch.ca I looked down at the food on my plate, and wished I hadn't just heard PBS's News anchor Judy Woodruff report that the war in Yemen had already caused 85,000 children to starve to death. She read the one liner …

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Islamic State Last days in Eastern Syria. telesurenglish.net The Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS) launched an attack on the last enclave of the Islamic State in Eastern Syria, with the help of the coalition forces. | On Sunday, regular bombardment from coalition warplanes targeted the enclave at Baghouz in Deir Ez Zor province, a Reuters journalist in Baghouz said. SDF and coalition planes were involved in the assault, and the militant camp is now on fire. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Bomb Kills 50 Syrian Women, Children | The SDF announced earlier…

unitedEditor (2019-03-11). Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria. uwidata.com Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-11). In Bid to Control Yemen Border Towns, Saudi Arabia Employs Deadly Airstrikes and Jihadi Militias. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia has taken to the pulpit in local mosques, airwaves, Facebook and Twitter, and local media to inflame sectarian tensions that previously did not exist in Yemen's border region.

Chris Hedges (2019-03-11). Israel's Stranglehold on American Politics. commondreams.org "The massive interference in our internal affairs by Israel and the Israel lobby, far exceeding that of any other country, including Russia or China, is not an anti-Semitic trope," writes Hedges. "It is a fact." (Cartoon: Mr. Fish) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Associated Press (2019-03-11). Valve-turners: Big oil says Indigenous and climate activists are "terrorists" peoplesworld.org BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)—As Enbridge prepared to move climate-damaging tar sands crude through a 40-year-old pipeline in eastern Canada in 2015, environmentalists and indigenous peoples including Vanessa Gray thought about what happened in Michigan just five years earlier: Another of the company's lines had burst, sending oil into a river in one of the largest spills …

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-11). Talking About Israel. The Relationship with Israel is Poison for the United States. globalresearch.ca A recent article by Andrew Sullivan in the New York magazine considers how one might discuss the issue of Israel and its powerful domestic lobby without being accused of anti-Semitism. Sullivan is a keen observer of the dynamics of American …

Gideon Levy (2019-03-11). It's Time to Tell the Truth. zcomm.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 Read more…

Eric Margolis (2019-03-11). Breaking Our Biggest Taboo. globalresearch.ca "Tell me who you cannot criticize and I will tell you who is your master". Attributed to Voltaire. | Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation's most sacred …

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-11). The UN Fails to Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel's Illegal Settlements. globalresearch.ca The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied territories. | The international body had come under enormous pressure to …

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-11). The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel's illegal settlements. zcomm.org The hypocrisy of these states — urging peace in the region while doing their best to subvert it — is clear. Now the danger is that UN leaders will join them…

teleSUR (2019-03-11). Iran's President Rohani Visits Baghdad Against US Pressure. telesurenglish.net Iranian President Hassan Rohani has arrived in Baghdad for his first official visit to Iraq, state television reported, defying pressure from U.S. officials to limit ties with its neighbor. | RELATED: | UN Agency Says Iran Is Compliant With Nuclear Deal Terms | Rohani celebrated the "special" relations between Iran and Iraq while speaking at Tehran's Mehrabad airport on March 11 before departing for his three-day visit. | "We are very much interested to expand our ties with Iraq, par…

Adam Edelman (2019-03-11). The US Must Grow Up and Respect Iran's Independence. globalresearch.ca One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as the United States and one of the world's oldest …

commondreams (2019-03-11). Breaking: Net Neutrality Activists Are Crowdfunding a Billboard to Call Out Senator Kyrsten Sinema. commondreams.org ______________________________…

South Front (2019-03-11). Video: Syrian Army Hunts Down ISIS Cells in Desert. globalresearch.ca Three US service members were killed in an ISIS suicide bomber attack on a joint convoy of the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Manbij in northern Syria on March 9, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed….

Palestine Action Network (2019-03-11). Gaza's Great March of Return 1 Year Anniversary. indybay.org 24th St Mission Bart Station | 2800 Mission St, San Francisco…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-11). With Trillions in Safety Net Cuts, Bernie Sanders Says Trump Budget 'Breathtaking in Its Degree of Cruelty'. commondreams.org "This is a budget for the military industrial complex, for corporate CEOs, for Wall Street, and for the billionaire class." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-11). Rubio's 'Explosion at Germ√°n Dam' Error Exposes Deeper Dishonesty of US Venezuela Policy. commondreams.org A U.S. Senator's claim about Venezuela Sunday made him the subject of ridicule, but the underlying message of destabilizing the Latin American country remains official American policy—even as the role of sanctions is ignored. "U.S. sanctions on Venezuela are killing people, and have been killing people for some time." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? truthout.org Here's the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran? Could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war? | Worryingly, the answers are: yes and yes. Even though Western E…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers and Activists Targeted in Intelligence Gathering at Border. truthout.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists — seven of whom are U.S. citizens — along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the govern…

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-11). Israeli Journalist Facing Jail Time for Calling IDF Who Beat Palestinians 'Animals'. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — An Israeli journalist who called Israeli army soldiers "animals" for beating a Palestinian father and son in custody is to face trial. Oshrat Kotler, a journalist with Israel's Channel 13, is to face trial on charges of incitement, incrimination of suspects, failure to grant a right of reply and more after she called several soldiers accused …

UCSC Students for Justice in Palestine (2019-03-11). Banner Drop: UC Must Divest/End Study Abroad in "Israel" Now. indybay.org On Wednesday, March 7th, a group of people dropped a banner in Quarry Plaza that read "UC must divest/End Study Abroad in "Israel" Now." SJP supports the message these students were sending.

Tyler Durden (2019-03-11). Syria Vows to "Attack Israel If It Does Not Leave the Golan Heights" theantimedia.com (ZH) — In a surprising and provocative ultimatum, Syria has notified Israel through United Nations diplomatic channels that it is prepared to go to war if Israel does not leave the Golan Heights. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad reportedly sent the message through the head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Christine Lund, this past week, according …

teleSUR (2019-03-10). 'Israel Is the Nation-state of Jews Alone': Netanyahu. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu emphatically affirmed Israel is not a state for all citizens, but solely for the Jewish people Sunday on his Instagram account. | RELATED: | 'Jewish Nation-State Law': Why Israel Was Never A Democracy | The prime minister responded to a comment made by Rotem Sela, an Israeli TV host, and celebri…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-10). Huawei sues US govt. over federal ban on use on its products. peoplesdispatch.org Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on December 1 on the request of the US. Her arrest was linked to violations of US sanctions against Iran, bank fraud and theft of technology, allegations she has denied…

teleSUR (2019-03-10). US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United States government "persuades and urges" India to stop buying oil from Venezuela, Washington's special envoy for the Latin American country, Elliot Abrams stated Sunday. | RELATED: | India Vows to Keep Buying Venezuelan Oil Despite US Bullying | "We say you should not be helping this regime," Abrams added as President Donald Trump's administration continues to increase sanctions and interventionist tactics to financially pressure the Venezuelan government. | Actions…

teleSUR (2019-03-10). Sudan: Opposition Leader Jailed for a Week for Protests. telesurenglish.net The deputy head of Sudan's opposition Umma Party was sentenced to a week in prison Sunday for demonstrating against the president, party officials said, as activists protested against emergency laws imposed last month. | RELATED | Sudan's Al-Bashir Hands Over Gov't to Newly Appointed Deputy | Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, the daughter of Umma leader Sadiq al-Mahdi, was among a group of 19 arrested while demonstrating in front of Umma's headquarters in Omdurman, across the Nile from the ce…

teleSUR (2019-03-10). Syrian IS Group Fighters at Their Last Stand. telesurenglish.net Thousands of people — many of them the wives of IS Group fighters and their children — have been streaming out of the besieged enclave at Baghouz for weeks, forcing the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to delay an assault on the last vestige of the jihadists' territorial rule. | RELATED | Islamic State Group Begin to Surrender Last Territory in Syria | Reuters TV footage of the Islamic State-controlled frontline shows armed militants, most with on…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-10). U.S. Peace Delegation to Iran Welcomed by Foreign Minister, Met by FBI Agents on Return. therealnews.com Code Pink delegation members Medea Benjamin, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, speak about the highlights of their trip, a 90 min meeting with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and more.

Eds. (2019-03-09). A Lakota historian on what climate organizers can learn from two centuries of indigenous resistance. mronline.org NICK ESTES DID not intend to write a book about Standing Rock. He was working on his dissertation about Indigenous rights at the United Nations when the movement against the Dakota Access pipeline exploded on the edge of one of the 16 northern Plains Indian reservations of the Oceti Sakowin people, known by the U.S. […] | Source

WSWS (2019-03-09). Trump administration kept secret database targeting journalists and immigration activists at US-Mexico border. wsws.org More than 50 people were spied on, including journalists documenting last year's Central American migrant caravan.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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