2019-03-14: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-14). An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later. counterpunch.org The tragic Ethiopian Airline plane crash recalls another passenger plane crash some 30 years ago. The latter, however, was not due to a mechanical malfunction but to U.S. missiles. And while very few Americans remember this incident, it still weighs heavy on the hearts of many Iranians—as we discovered on our recent trip there. The More

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-14). An Apology for a Different Plane Crash, 30 Years Later. zcomm.org While most Americans have no memory of this incident, in Iran the date of the deaths of 290 innocent people at the hands of the U.S. military is marked every year just as the 9/11 attack is remembered every year in the United States…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-14). US and Iranian Hardliners Continue the Suffering. consortiumnews.com Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation's recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country's foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind… Read more →

Miko Peled (2019-03-14). Miko Peled: The Zionists' Fight Extends Beyond Palestine. mintpressnews.com Miko Peled highlights the campaign by pro-Israel groups to overwhelm the Labour Party into submission and bring about the fall of Corbyn by using a barrage of anti-Semitism accusations.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-14). Chasing Mirages: What Are Palestinians Doing to Combat the 'Deal of the Century'? counterpunch.org More US measures have been taken in recent weeks to further cement the Israeli position and isolate the Palestinian Authority (PA), before the official unveiling of President Donald Trump's so-called 'deal of the century'. But while attention is focused on spiteful US actions, little time has been spent discussing the PA's own responses, options and More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-14). The Globalization of War, America's "Long War" against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky. globalresearch.ca Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies…

STAFF (2019-03-14). Senate Passes Historic War Powers Resolution on Yemen. truthdig.com In a major step toward ending U.S. complicity in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a War Powers resolution to cut off American military support for the Saudi-led coalition's assault on Yemen. | The final vote count was 54-46. | "This is historic. For the first time in 45 years, Congress is one step closer to withdrawing U.S. forces from an unauthorized war," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the lead sponsor of the resolution, declared following the vote. "We must end the war in Yemen." | Sens. Chris Murphy (D-C…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Headlines for March 14, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Orders Boeing 737 MAX Planes Grounded After Fatal Crashes, Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen, Pompeo Defends Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Reports of Torture, Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration, Former Trump Campaign Chair Sentenced to 43 More Months in Prison, U.N. Warns Arctic on Pace to Warm by 5 Degrees Celsius by 2050, Spanish Investigators Link CIA to Attack on North Korean Embassy, Brazil: Two Gunmen Kill 8, Reportedly Inspired by Columbine Massacre, Nigeria: Lagos Building Collapse Kills 10 and Traps Schoolchildren, British MPs Reject "No-Deal" Br…

Peter Phillips (2019-03-14). Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria's war, Venezuela's crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global imperialism imposed by a core of capitalist nations in support of trillions of dollars of concentrated …

Steve Sweeney (2019-03-14). Iran appoints notorious executioner as next chief justice. peoplesworld.org Iranian Communists warned yesterday that the appointment of a "notorious killer" as the head of the country's judiciary is a clear indication of the regime's plans to intensify oppression and repression. Islamist cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who is seen by many as a successor to President Hassan Rouhani, was appointed as Chief Justice of Iran last …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Regime Change Via Sanctions? U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy. democracynow.org Venezuelan officials say power will be largely restored in the country today after a week-long blackout across much of the country. The cause of the blackout remains in dispute. The United States blamed it on years of neglect of the Venezuelan energy system, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the U.S. military of launching a "cyberattack against the electrical, telecommunication and internet systems." The blackout comes amid a growing political crisis in Venezuela as U.S.-backed opposition groups attempt to topple Maduro's government. On Monday, the United States announced it was withdrawing remainin…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-14). Venezuela: Electricity recovery continues as U.S. withdraws diplomatic staff. mronline.org U.S. officials have threatened new sanctions while Venezuelan authorities continue reactivating the electric grid. | Source

Renee Parsons (2019-03-14). Is AIPAC in Violation of Federal Election Law? counterpunch.org What newcomer to the US House of Representatives, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn) may not have fully realized is that her critique of Israel influence on American politics would open a door that has previously been hermetically sealed as the third rail of American politics. With its influence carefully concealed behind decades of deceptions, lies and More

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-14). Hezbollah: Israel's Excuse for Stealing the Golan Heights. globalresearch.ca Now that Israel is getting a lot of heat for its decision to put finishing touches on the wholesale theft of Syria's Golan Heights, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has launched a new PR campaign. | Netanyahu claims arch-enemy Hezbollah is preparing …

Renee Parsons (2019-03-14). Is AIPAC in Violation of Federal Election Law? globalresearch.ca What newcomer to the US House of Representatives, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn) may not have fully realized is that her critique of Israel influence on American politics would open a door that has previously been hermetically sealed as the third …

South Front (2019-03-14). Video: CIA Is Turning Refugee Camps in Eastern Syria into ISIS Hotbeds. globalresearch.ca The CIA is conspiring with ISIS commanders in northeastern Syria supplying them with fake documents and then transferring them to Iraq, according to reports in Turkish pro-government media. | About 2,000 ISIS members were questioned in the areas of Kesra, Buseira, …

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Kurdish-led SDF: Fight Against IS Group Enters 'Final Moments'. telesurenglish.net For days the Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to recover the last enclave of the Islamic State Group in Syria. SDF says the battle against the Islamic State group in Baghouz, in Eastern Syria, is as good as over, and that the armed group was facing an imminent defeat. | RELATED: Bomb Blast in Western Syria Kills at Least 24 Civilians | Kino Gabriel…

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Woman Accused of Killing Kim Jong-un's Brother Denied Appeal. telesurenglish.net A court in Malaysia has denied an appeal to drop charges for one of the women accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. The other woman accused, a national from Indonesia, was released earlier this week. | RELATED: | Kim Proposes Semi 'De-Nuke,' Trump Says No; Sanctions Remain | Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia were jointly accused of wiping the deadly nerve agent VX on Kim's face, at Kuala Lumpur International Airp…

Thomas Mountain (2019-03-14). USA Continues Economic Sabotage of Eritrea. counterpunch.org On February 28, 2019 the last financial wire transactions between the small socialist country of Eritrea and all the western countries were stopped with no further wire transfers in USD$ or Euros to or from Eritrea being allowed . Unjust and illegal UN sanctions against Eritrea were lifted recently but the damage being done continues. During More

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Iran Pipeline Blast Kills At Least 4. telesurenglish.net A gas pipeline blast in southwestern Iran has killed at least four people and injured about six others, according to an official report. Among the victims, are one woman and a child. | RELATED: | Mexico: Oil Pipeline Explosion Death Toll Rises to 114 | The pipelines linking the gas network from Mahsharhr city to Ahvaz exploded, according to the director general of the province's Crisis Management Directorate, Kiomars Hajizadeh. | Along with the pipeline, multiple cars, a bus and a wate…

Angely Mercado (2019-03-14). Uganda's Young Climate Activists Are Going on Strike. thenation.com Uganda's Young Climate Activists Are Going on Strike…

commondreams (2019-03-14). Saudi Arabia: Women Activists Persecuted Under Bogus Charges. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Akela Lacy (2019-03-14). Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Yemen War, But Republican Tricks Send Resolution Back to the House Yet Again. theintercept.com "We're going to help end a war which has caused unbelievable horror to one of the poorest countries on earth," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill's sponsor.

amnesty (2019-03-14). Saudi Arabia: Women activists persecuted under bogus charges. amnesty.org Speaking to Amnesty is not a crime | The prosecution of 11 women activists before a Criminal Court in Riyadh for their human rights work and contact with international organizations is an appalling escalation of the Saudi authorities' crackdown on peaceful activism, Amnesty International said today. | | Some of the women were charge…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-14). Tweets Are on Trial in Israel's Test of Anti-Boycott Law. hrw.org This week, I attended a Jerusalem District Court hearing for Human Rights Watch's appeal of the Israeli government's decision to revoke the work permit of, and expel, our Israel and Palestine director, Omar Shakir. | | | A dossier compiled by Israel's Strategic Affa…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-14). Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to End Complicity in Yemen War. truthout.org In a major step toward ending U.S. complicity in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a War Powers resolution to cut off American military support for the Saudi-led coalition's assault on Yemen. | The final vote count was 54-46. | "This is historic. For the first time in 45 years, Congress is one step closer to withdrawing U.S. forces from an unauthorized war," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the lead sponsor of the resolution, declared following the vote. "We must end the war in Yemen." | Sens. Chris Murphy (…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-14). Senate Passes Resolution Calling for End to US Involvement in Yemen War. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a close vote of 54-46, the Senate passed the SJ Res 7 on Wednesday. The Joint Resolution calls for the end of US military involvement in the Yemen War, noting that no such involvement was ever authorized by Congress. Debate on the resolution, as in the past, centered on arguments that the US involvement isn't …

amnesty (2019-03-14). Iran: Further Information: 38 years and 148 lashes for women's rights defender: Nasrin Sotoudeh. amnesty.org Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes after two grossly unfair trials. The charges against her stem solely from her peaceful human rights work, including defending women's rights and her outspoken opposition to the death penalty.

amnesty (2019-03-14). Israel/OPT: Further Information: NGO Worker's Detention Renewed: Ayman Nasser. amnesty.org On 10 March 2019, the Israeli Ofer Military Court in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) approved the renewal of Ayman Nasser's administrative detention for further six months. Since 17 September 2018, Ayman Nasser has been detained without charge or trial in Ofer prison, near Ramallah, in the West Bank. Ayman is the legal unit coordinator of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Right Association, a Palestinian NGO. His detention is now expected to end on 7 September 2019.

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-14). Pentagon Allocates $300 Million to Support Kurdish Fighters in Syria. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The Pentagon announced yesterday that it has allocated $300 million to support US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting Daesh as well as $250 million to secure the borders of Syria's neighbors. The funding is part of the 2020 budget. The administration of US President Donald Trump asked Congress to allocate a total budget of $718.3 …

R. Robertson (2019-03-14). Wells Fargo has Dirty Energy Secret Activists Will Expose in Multi-Day Protest. indybay.org 350 Silicon Valley says Wells Fargo Bank has a dirty-energy secret unknown to most–by its own admission the commercial bank is the biggest lender to the fossil-fuel industry. Target: Wells Fargo…and just in time to crash the financial institution's annual founding day celebration, on March 18.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-13). Israel's DNA Screening for 'Jewishness' Epitomizes the Discriminatory Spirit of the EthnoState. mintpressnews.com Perhaps these latest revelations on DNA testing will serve as a wake-up call to Israeli Jews of Soviet origin that the discrimination they are facing has its roots in the state-sanctioned discrimination against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians.

Eds. (2019-03-13). Debate over labeling Omar obscures vital debate on Israel/Palestine. mronline.org Though it was not their intention, Ilhan Omar's critics did her a favor: They proved the very point she made at the Progressive Issues Town Hall at Busboys and Poets bookstore in Washington, DC, last week. | Source

Phyllis Bennis (2019-03-13). The Ilhan Omar Affair Was a Victory for Social Movements and Palestinian Rights. thenation.com The Ilhan Omar Affair Was a Victory for Social Movements and Palestinian Rights…

Thomas Hon Wing Polin (2019-03-13). Empire Unravelling: Will Huawei Become Washington's Suez? counterpunch.org Photograph Source Bràºcke-Osteuropa | America's full-spectrum campaign against Chinese tech leader Huawei is coming spectacularly undone. Curtains are imminent for Washington's tawdriest global offensive in recent memory — featuring open extortion, kidnapping, demonization and intimidation of both friends and foes. | The signs were apparent as early as two months ago, when many governments worldwide lukewarmly greeted US calls for a boycott of Huawei's products and services. But explicit refusals in the past week by staunch American allies Germany, Britain and New Zealand, as well as NATO member Turkey…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-13). The People's Climate Movement. No Mention of War. globalresearch.ca While millions of people across the World will be protesting on March 15 under the banner of "Global Warming", today's wars including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela are not mentioned. Nor are the dangers of a Third World War which threatens the future of humanity.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-13). Senate Votes Again for Ending U.S. Role in Yemen War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 13, 2019 — In response to the Senate passing S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This Senate vote moves us one step closer to …

David L. Wilson (2019-03-13). Students, the Sixties, and How to 'Fail Better'. mronline.org With their wide range of styles and perspectives, these little memoirs give a good sense of the period and the issues, but their value is more than historic. As a new generation is being drawn to radical politics, today's activists may be able to gain useful insights from the experiences of their predecessors. | Source

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-13). The UN Refuses to Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel's Illegal Settlements. counterpunch.org Nazareth. 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 keep the database under wraps after lobbying behind the scenes from Israel, the United More

Global Research News (2019-03-13). Imperialism on Trial. Conference Event. globalresearch.ca While Donald Trump may have popularised the term 'Fake News', journalists, academics and activists, have been calling out the establishment media in their promotion of imperialism, for many years before he ever threw his hat in the ring, politically. | Nine …

Aba Blankson (2019-03-13). NAACP Issues Letters to Congress Calling for Hearings on Domestic Terrorism and Government Surveillance of Black Activists. naacp.org Letters sent to chairs of House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees BALTIMORE (March 13, 2019)—Today, the nation's foremost civil rights organization issued letters addressed to the chairs of the House Committees on Homeland Security and the House Judiciary Committee to request hearings on the issues of domestic terrorism; and regarding the ways in which Black …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-13). Headlines for March 13, 2019. democracynow.org Prosecutors Charge Actors, CEOs, Coaches in College Bribery Scandal, More Boeing Planes Grounded as Details of Technical Problems Emerge, California Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces Death Penalty Moratorium, Dems Seek to Expand Immigration Protections with Dream and Promise Act, Brazil: 2 Ex-Police Officers Arrested over Murder of Marielle Franco, U.S. Withdraws Diplomatic Staff from Venezuela as Blackout Continues, U.K.: Lawmakers Reject New Brexit Deal as Deadline Looms, Cardinal Pell Sentenced to 6 Years for Sexually Abusing Boys, Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill 2 Palestinian Men in West Bank, U.N.: At Least 535 Kill…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-13). 'This Is Historic': US Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to End Complicity in World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis. therealnews.com "Millions of grassroots activists, who helped make this vote a reality, want their lawmakers to end this unconscionable war.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-13). Electricity Recovery Continues in Venezuela as US Withdraws Diplomatic Staff. theantimedia.com US officials have threatened new sanctions while Venezuelan authorities continue reactivating the electric grid. (VA) — Venezuelan authorities continue working to bring back online the electric grid following a massive outage that started on Thursday, March 7. According to on-the-ground testimonies and official sources, power finally began to reach Venezuela's western states, including Merida and Zulia, on Monday night, …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-13). Israeli Policies Force Family Separations. therealnews.com Al Haq's director Shawan Jabarin discusses a new report exposing the complex system of restrictions Israeli authorities impose to control access to Palestinian territory and to stop family reunification. The consequences is to slowly force Palestinians out to preserve a Jewish majority in areas controlled by Israel…

Turkish Minute (2019-03-13). Erdogan Calls Netanyahu a Tyrant Who Massacred Palestinian Babies. theantimedia.com (TM) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan on Wednesday accused Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being a "tyrant" who "massacred" Palestinian babies, in the latest exchange between the two leaders, AFP reported. "Hey Netanyahu, behave yourself. You are a tyrant, you are a tyrant who massacred 7-year-old Palestinian children," Erdoƒüan told a rally in response to …

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-13). Angolan Court Frees 13 Pro-Independence Activists. hrw.org | | Members of the Independence Movement of Cabinda protesting against the arrest of activist in Cabinda in February 2019. | © 2019 Private | A court in Angola's oil-rich province of Cabinda has ordered the release of 13 of the 63 activists arrested during a massive police crackdown earlier…

amnesty (2019-03-13). Lebanon: Ziad Itani's litmus test in authorities' intent to address torture. amnesty.org One year after Lebanese actor Ziad Itani was released from detention, he is no closer to getting justice for the appalling torture he was subjected to in prison, Amnesty International said today. | On 13 March 2018 a military court acquitted Ziad Itani of charges of spying for Israel and released him. He had spent three and a half months in detention, on the basis of trumped-up charges. During the trial, Itani reported being held in solitary confinement, subjected to torture and other ill-treatment while in detention, and denied access to legal counsel. The Military court failed to act on these reports. |

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…

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. …

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