2019-03-12: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-12). How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report. counterpunch.org On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government's policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming "Peace with Iran" More

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-12). How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report. zcomm.org Trump's economic strangulation is having devastating people on the Iranian people…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-12). Israeli jets strike Gaza 3rd day in a row. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli fighter jets attacked multiple Hamas targets at dawn on Sunday, in what was the third successive day of Israeli airstrikes on sites in the Gaza strip. No Palestinian casualties were reported from the strikes, which were conducted at around 1.30 am local time. Israel claimed that the strikes were in response to a rocket fired by Hamas. The alleged Hamas rocket, however, fell into an open field in Israel's Eshkol region, without causing any casualties or damage, according to a local government spokesperson. | A security source in Gaza said that a Hamas site in the northern Gaza Strip, along with two fishing…

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-12). The UN Fails to Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel's Illegal Settlements. commondreams.org A 2013 report on the ties between big business and the settlements noted the impact on the rights of Palestinians was "pervasive and devastating." (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Fisk (2019-03-12). Trump is Trying to Pay His Way to an Annihilation of Palestinian Statehood, and an Erasure of Israel's Crimes. counterpunch.org "Palestine" has been compared to many things. The world's longest colonial war, a "hell-disaster" — Churchill's memorable epithet — and the site of Israel's "war on terror", a conflict in which we are supposed to believe that the Palestinians are playing the role of al-Qaeda or Isis or any other outfit which the west and its allies have helped into existence, and which Israel is going to fight on our behalf. More

Peter Koenig (2019-03-12). Washington Is Waging a New Dimension War Against China — And Will Lose Out Bitterly. globalresearch.ca Once the all-encompassing chittering and chattering about tariffs on Chinese imports by the western corporate media subsided, Trump, egocentric businessman rather than the President of the Empire, "out of the blue", one could almost say, under the pretext of 'unfair' …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-12). Syria Ready for War to Regain Oil-Rich Golan Heights? globalresearch.ca In 1981 when Israel officially annexed Syria's Golan Heights after occupying it following the Six Day War, the United States under President Ronald Reagan voted unanimously with the UN Security Council to condemn the Israeli theft of around 1,800 square …

Noam Chomsky (2019-03-12). Chomsky & Nader. zcomm.org Talking about the media, the Green New Deal, nuclear war, Gaza, and Venezuela…

Allegra Harpootlian (2019-03-12). Gun Control Activists Should Also Take on America's Drone Wars. thenation.com Gun Control Activists Should Also Take on America's Drone Wars…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Budget Boosts Border Wall & Military Funding, Slashes Domestic Programs, NY AG Probe Targets Deutsche Bank's Ties to Trump Org., Rep. Pelosi: Trump "Not Worth" Impeaching, Algerian Pres. Bouteflika Will Not Seek 5th Term, Delays Election, U.N.: 2018 Deadliest Year for Syrian Children, U.N.: Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 22 Women and Children, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Sentenced to 38 Years, Colombia: Indigenous Activist Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Food Stamps Cut for 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Calls Iraqis "Semiliterate Primitive Monkeys" in Surfaced Recording, Increasing Ba…

Kathy Kelly (2019-03-12). Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers? counterpunch.org Impoverished people living in numerous countries today would stand a far better chance of survival, and risk far less trauma, if weapon manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon stopped manufacturing and selling death-dealing products. About three decades ago, I taught writing at one of Chicago's alternative high schools. It's easy to More

unitedEditor (2019-03-12). UN report on Syria shows scale of humanitarian tragedy. uwidata.com Reading about the thousands of innocent people dying as a result of aerial bombardments, and the tens of thousands of women and children being forced to fight for life in inhuman conditions in refugee camps, one feels an urged to share the information across social media in order to shed light on the tragic situation. …

Mike Whitney (2019-03-12). Whose Interests Are Served by the US Occupation of East Syria: America's or Israel's? globalresearch.ca What is Israel's stake in east Syria? Has Israel influenced Washington's decision to maintain a long-term military presence in Syria? How does Israel benefit from the splintering of Syria into smaller statelets and from undermining the power of the central …

Consortiumnews (2019-03-12). THE ANGRY ARAB: Why Ilhan Omar is a Dangerous Woman for the US. consortiumnews.com Washington doesn't like its Muslim Arabs to take pride in their heritage or oppose the Israeli occupation, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Washington was not expecting the arrival of Reps. Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib. … Read more →

commondreams (2019-03-12). Net Neutrality Activists Launch Updated Congressional Scoreboard and Set March 15th Deadline for Lawmakers to Cosponsor the Save the Internet Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Lavrov: US Sanction Against Russian Company Violates Int'l Law. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is criminalizing Russian companies for doing business with the Venezuelan state, saying they are violated U.S. imposed sanctions by making transactions with Venezuela's sanctioned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | In a Monday press conference Pompeo said that the assets of Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Russia-Venezuel…

Mike Whitney (2019-03-12). The Media's 6 Biggest Lies About North Korea. globalresearch.ca Here are six of the media's biggest lies about North Korea: | 1—Did North Korea end the negotiations in Hanoi because Trump refused to lift sanctions? | No. That's not what happened at all. Kim Jong un made a serious offer to …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-12). Green New Deal Tour Aims to Make 2020 a National Referendum on Visionary Energy and Economic Transformation. commondreams.org The millennial activists leading the Sunrise Movement are expanding the scope of their planned nationwide tour promoting their fight for a sustainable future for young Americans, transforming the multi-state tour into an initiative to ensure that climate action and the Green New Deal is a major focus of the 2020 election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Palestine Action Network (2019-03-12). Gaza's Great March of Return 1 Year Anniversary. indybay.org 24th St Mission Bart Station | 2800 Mission St, San Francisco…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-12). Labor MP: Future of Humanity Depends on Compliance with International Treaties. therealnews.com Britain's Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament Fabian Hamilton discusses Brexit, Yemen and Trump's shedding of international arms treaties…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-12). Trump Budget Would Cut Spending for Nearly Every Agency Except Pentagon. truthout.org The budget request President Trump released on Monday represents a conservative vision taken to the extreme. It would shoot military spending skyward while dismantling domestic programs piece by piece, with few exceptions. | The budget peels back many of the promises the president made either on the campaign trail or in tweets. For instance, the president has stated an intention to pull back from military interventions in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but his budget insists on an even bigger military budget. And the cash flow to the Pentagon, combined with ongoing tax cuts for the rich, puts the lie…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-12). Is ICE Trying to Intimidate Anti-Trump and Anti-ICE Protest? therealnews.com An investigation published in The Nation discovered that ICE has been tracking anti-Trump and anti-ICE protests in New York City. Activists find this especially disturbing in light of ICE's effort to deport immigration rights activist Ravi Ragbir…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-12). Iran: Decades-Long Sentence for Women's Rights Defender. hrw.org | | Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and Farhad Meysami, a human rights defender, protest the suspension of Sotoudeh's law license in front of the Tehran bar association in Tehran, February 2015. | © Private 2015 | (Beirut) — The Iranian judiciary's draconian sentence for a prominent human rights lawyer is an appalling travesty of justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Branch 28 of Tehran's revolutionary court has reportedly sentenced Nasrin So…

WSWS (2019-03-12). What lies behind the campaign against famed conductor Daniel Barenboim? wsws.org A central concern of the drive in Berlin against Barenboim must be his longstanding criticism of Israeli occupation and the oppression of the Palestinian people.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-12). Trump Budget Showers Pentagon with Cash—Preparing for War? — Wilkerson & Jay. therealnews.com Trump's budget more than doubles OCO war-fighting slush fund and proposes cutting social safety net by 9% at a time when White House rhetoric against Iran is heating up and Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman, and Trump all face corruption charges and challenges at home — Col. Wilkerson with Paul Jay…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-12). US Airstrikes Kill at Least 50, Mostly Civilians, in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Amid talk of a never-ending exodus of civilians from underground in the Syrian village of Baghouz, the Kurdish SDF is waiting on a final push into the last ISIS-held village. The US, however, is not so patient. On Monday, US warplanes attacked Baghouz, killing at least 50 people. Details on what the intended target was is unclear, but …

UCSC Students for Justice in Palestine (2019-03-12). 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.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-12). Can We Divest From Weapons Dealers? truthout.org About three decades ago, I taught writing at one of Chicago's alternative high schools. It's easy to recall some of their stories — fast-paced, dramatic, sometimes tender. I would beg my students to three-hole-punch each essay or poem and leave it in a binder on our classroom shelf, anxious not to lose the documentation of their talents and ideas. | Some of the youngsters I taught told me they were members of gangs. Looking down from the window of my second-floor classroom, I sometimes wondered if I was watching them selling drugs in broad daylight as they embraced one another on the street below. | Trag…

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…

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.

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?

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 …

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

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 →

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…

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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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

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 →

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 →

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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