2019-03-15: News Headlines

True Publica (2019-03-15). Colluding in War Crimes: Britain's Unreported Military Alliance with Israel. globalresearch.ca The rapidly declining living conditions in the Gaza Strip and occupied territories has endangered the most basic of internationally recognised of human rights, as children continue to be collateral damage in what can be boiled down to a political standoff. …

Juan Cole (2019-03-15). Senate invokes War Powers to Halt US aid to Saudi War on Yemen. zcomm.org The US Senate voted 54 to 46 to invoke the 1973 War Powers Act and to end US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-15). Peace activists cheer anti-war win on Senate Yemen resolution. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Peace activists nationwide, who strenuously lobbied lawmakers on the issue, cheered the U.S. Senate's 54-46 vote to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led Yemen War. Lawmakers invoked the War Powers Act in their blunt rebuke to President Donald Trump's pro-war actions. The Democratic-run House previously approved the anti-war move. But just to make sure Trump …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-15). Clashes Erupt in Eastern Yemen as Local Tribes Block Saudi Influx of Military Equipment. mintpressnews.com The latest incident came amidst a precipitous rise in tensions in eastern Yemen, where local residents have been grappling with an increasingly brazen military buildup by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-15). The Year of the People. zcomm.org The Untold Story of Gaza's 'March of Return'

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-15). Regime Change Via Sanctions? zcomm.org U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy…

Andrew Levine (2019-03-15). Is Ilhan Omar Wrong…About Anything? counterpunch.org It has been clear for some time that Ilhan Omar owes no one any apologies for her remarks on AIPAC and those who tow its line; quite to the contrary, apologies are owed her. Developments over the past several weeks underscore how important it is to drive that point home. Before the 2008 publication of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, the subject was, for all practical purposes, taboo. Everything had to be kept hush hush, just as it did with the NSA (no such agency), the massive signals intelligence operation at Fort Meade. Everybody who cared knew that it was there and…

Ron Jacobs (2019-03-15). All the Livelong Day. counterpunch.org 1894 was a wild year in the United States. Robber barons and the sycophantic politicians they controlled worked overtime to maintain and expand their empires of capital. Their practices and greed had helped create a recession that left millions of working people struggling to keep shelter and food for their families. The response of most of More

Zach Carlson (2019-03-15). Council approves ICE immigrant prison in central Illinois. peoplesworld.org DWIGHT, Ill.—Activists from the "No ICE Dwight" coalition rallied here on Monday, March 11, for the town council's vote on a $20 million private ICE detention facility. Proposed by the Immigrant Centers of America (ICA), construction of the facility was approved in February by the town's planning commission and then went to the full council …

Michelle Zacarias (2019-03-15). Youth skip school worldwide for global climate strike. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—Chicago youth skipped school Friday for the global Youth Climate Strike aimed at addressing the increasingly dire environmental crisis. Young activists in over 100 countries worldwide are participating to demand immediate and long-term solutions to the growing threat of climate change. Legislators in many nations have yet to take serious measures to prevent the escalating …

Sharmine Narwani (2019-03-15). The State Dept Allegedly Tried to Coax An Iranian Expat into Sabotaging Iran's Power Grid. mintpressnews.com An Iranian-American engineer was allegedly was approached by the State Department with an offer of cash for sabotage of Iran's power grid.

South Front (2019-03-15). Video: Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing An "Animated Destruction" of Russia's S-400 6L6 Surveillance Radar. globalresearch.ca The Syrian conflict influences not only the balance of power in the Middle East, but also strategies and military programs of the powers involved. | There is no secret that over the past years the Russian Armed Forces have used Syria …

Barry Kissin (2019-03-15). Venezuela — More Might Makes Right. globalresearch.ca How much more brazen could it be — our attempted coup in Venezuela? Are our leaders expecting that mainstream media will succeed once again in selling us the maniacal march of the American Empire? | But we have been through enough, …

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela's power grid disabled by cyber attack. greenleft.org.au An electricity blackout has affected most of Venezuela for several days after an alleged cyber attack crashed the country's main electricity generator, the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant in Bolivar State, commonly known as the Guri Dam. | Starting around 5pm on March 7, the outage affected 70% of the country, with only several eastern states unaffected. By the morning of March 9, power had been restored to most of Caracas and to central states such as Miranda, Aragua and Carabobo, when a second major outage took place — the result of a renewed cyber attack, according to Venezuelan authorities. | Power wa…

amnesty (2019-03-15). Russia: Anastasia Shevchenko's house arrest extended as persecution of opposition activists widens. amnesty.org Responding to news that a court in Rostov-on-Don, Southern Russia, has extended until 17 June the house arrest of Anastasia Shevchenko, prisoner of conscience and former coordinator with Otkrytaya Rossiya (Open Russia), a pro-democracy and human rights movement, Amnesty International's Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, Marie Struthers, said: | "The criminal case against Anastasia Shevchenko is profoundly flawed, and by forging ahead with it regardless, the Russian authorities are creating an abhorrent precedent. Anastasia has lost her freedom and yet she has not committed any recognizable criminal offence…

R. Robertson (2019-03-15). 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.

Middle East Eye (2019-03-15). Great March of Return Protests in Gaza Cancelled for First Time After Israeli Airstrikes. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Weekly protests along the Gaza-Israel border were called off on Friday after Israeli jets pounded the enclave overnight, hours after rockets were launched at Tel Aviv. "In keeping with the public interest, the commission has decided to exceptionally postpone its activities scheduled for this day," the body which organises the protests said in a statement. Protests …

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Yemen: US and UK arms killed, injured civilians in Saudi-led attack. greenleft.org.au As Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a major new report has documented the role that the United States and Europe have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi- and UAE-led war on Yemen. | A group of organisations, including Mwatana for Human Rights, a Yemen-based human rights organisation, released the damning report on March 6. It claimed that between April 2015 and April 2018, 27 coalition attacks killed at least 203 civilians an…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-15). Historic Yemen Vote: Despite Possible Veto, 'Great Leverage for Peace Talks'. therealnews.com The Senate's vote, invoking the War Powers Act and withdrawing U.S. support for the war in Yemen, could still be vetoed by Trump, but it can provide a way forward for ending this horrific war, say Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyab…

amnesty (2019-03-15). Russian Federation: a student is charged with "implicating minors" in a protest. amnesty.org In the afternoon of 7 February 2019, Ivan Luzin and two other students from Kaliningrad (Western Russia), came to the city's central Victory Square to peacefully protest against torture. They carried placards with the names and ages of two men, who had allegedly been ill-treated by law enforcement officers as suspects pressed with questionable charges. The activists took photos of each other with the placards in their hands and then went to a nearby café. When the three finished their coffee and left the café, they were immediately arrested by police and brought to a police station. Authorities alleged that the y…

ANSWER (2019-03-15). National March on Washington: Hands off Venezuela! No coup, no sanctions, no new U.S. war! indybay.org White House | 1600 Pennsylvania Ave | Washington DC 20500…

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-15). "I Don't Care About Your ID": US Students Assaulted by Israeli Soldiers. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Three American women were violently assaulted by Israeli occupation forces as they attempted to help a disabled woman at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, despite showing soldiers their passports. Virginia nursing student Nour Hawash, who is in Jerusalem on vacation, was taking photos with her mother and sister after midday prayers when Israeli occupation soldiers stormed …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-15). With Today's #ClimateStrike, Young Activists Seize the Narrative. truthout.org Thousands of students across the United States and world are expected to walk out of school today and demand that politicians take immediate action to thwart climate disruption and secure a livable future for younger generations. | "We strike to bring attention to the millions of our generation who will most suffer the consequences of increased global temperatures, rising seas, and extreme weather," organizers of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike wrote in a recent statement. | The protest f…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-15). Brazilians Remember Marielle Franco on Anniversary of her Assassination. therealnews.com In major cities of Brazil, activists honored the life and legacy of LGBT and police violence activist Marielle Franco, who was assassinated a year ago in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Mike Fox reports…

Sharon Lerner (2019-03-15). Young People Feel Betrayed by Adults Over the Climate Crisis. Today, They're Going on Strike. theintercept.com For many young activists, the climate strike is a sanity-saving expression of the grief and anxiety they shoulder about a quickly worsening crisis.

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.

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…

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…

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

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…

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 …

teleSUR (2019-03-14). Interpol Issues Red Notices for 20 People Over Khashoggi Murder. telesurenglish.net The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has issued red notices asking police worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest 20 people in connection to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish authorities said Thursday. | RELATED: | Trump Skips Deadline For Report on Khashoggi Murder, Will Not Impose Sanctions on Saudis | Interpol issued the notices on March 1 at the request of Turkey's Justice Ministry who demanded the in…

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…

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 …

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-14). Vietnam: 6 Activists Headed to Prison. hrw.org | | Photos of Nguyen Van Duc Do (right), wearing a human rights hat, and Luu Van Vinh (left), at a pro-environment protest carrying a sign that reads, "Return Clean Sea to the People". | © Private | (Bangkok) — Six Vietnamese activists and bloggers are facing long prison sentences for their peaceful opposition, Human Rights Watch said today. Vietnam's government should immediately release the six, who are being prosecuted for peaceful political activities such as fo…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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

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.

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

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 …

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.

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 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…

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. …