2019-03-17: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-03-17). Condemn the attack by German authorities on Rasmea Odeh. fightbacknews.org Freedom Road Socialist Organization sharply condemns the decision by German authorities to prevent the respected Palestinian leader Rasmea Odeh from speaking in Berlin, March 15. According to reports we have reviewed, German police accosted Rasmea outside the hall where she was scheduled to appear, surrounded the venue with hundreds of cops, and handed her documents that canceled her visa. Police then followed Rasmea, demanding she go to another part of the city, and harassed her as she did so. | These acts of political repression were preceded by a noisy campaign by the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors and the right…

plenglish (2019-03-17). Nearly 600 000 People Requested Asylum in EU In 2018. plenglish.com Brussels, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Around 580,000 people, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, applied for asylum for the first time in the European Union (EU) in 2018, the Statistics Office for the region (Eurostat) reported Thursday.

plenglish (2019-03-17). US Spied on Journalists Who Covered Migrants in Mexico. plenglish.com Mexico, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) The government of the United States carried out a secret operation to spy on the journalists and activists who covered or investigated the caravans of migrants in Mexico, local media reported on Thursday.

RT (2019-03-17). Iran sentences US Navy vet to 10 years behind bars for insulting supreme leader. rt.com A US citizen has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after a trial in Iran, his lawyer said. The former Navy serviceman violated a lèse-majesté law and a private information law that do not apply in the US.

Bay Area Poor People's Campaign (2019-03-17). Poor People's Hearing Bay Area. Against Racism, Poverty, War Economy, Climate Change. indybay.org Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St. West Oakland…

Julia Conley (2019-03-17). #HandsOffVenezuela March on Capitol Hill Demands Trump End Economic War & Regime Change Attempts. theantimedia.com (CD) — Denouncing the "strangling" of the Venezuelan economy via sanctions and demanding the Trump administration allow the South American country to determine its own fate, pro-democracy protesters marched through Washington, D.C. on Saturday to demand, "Hands Off Venezuela!" The demonstration came seven weeks after the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, rebuking President Nicolas …

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Australia: Indigenous Groups Compensated in Native Title Case. telesurenglish.net In one of the most significant victories for Indigenous land rights, the Aboriginal Ngaliwurru and Nungali peoples from the Northern Territory have been awarded US$2.5 million in compensation for colonial land loss, and loss of spiritual connection. This case sets a precedent for other governments in dealing with native title ca…

unitedEditor (2019-03-16). Imperialists in battle for Iranian oil: yesterday, today, tomorrow. uwidata.com Exactly 68 years ago on this day, March 15, 1951, the Iranians managed to wrest their main national treasure, oil, out of the imperialists' grab. By doing this, they kicked off struggle for independence and economic development of their land. Through the efforts of Mohammad Mossadegh, the leader of the National Front party during the …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-16). Eight Years Ago: The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 "Protest Movement"? globalresearch.ca It was not a protest movement, it was an armed insurgency integrated by US-Israeli & allied supported "jihadist" death squads. From Day One, the Islamist "freedom fighters" were supported, trained & equipped by NATO & Turkey's High Command.

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Questionable ANC Nominee List Brings Criticism for Ramaphosa. telesurenglish.net A partial list of 107 African National Congress (ANC) parliamentary candidates has garnered criticism for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his promises to eliminate corruption within the party and government. | RELATED: | South Africa: To Downgrade Embassy In Israel For Second Time | Several of the nominees are alleged to have been involved in several acts of corruption or incompetence. Nomvula Mokonyane, who served as Environmental Affairs Minister, has been accused of…

Hans Stehling (2019-03-16). Israel: The 10-Point Paradigm for Right-Wing Extremists. globalresearch.ca For the international community to turn a blind eye to the atrocities carried out by the Israeli government on the premise that its military technology is far too valuable to condemn the human rights abuse of the IDF, is a …

Bill McKibben (2019-03-16). A Future Without Fossil Fuels? commondreams.org "Change is here. While engineers are doing their part by making renewable energy cheaper, activists are mounting efforts to weaken [fossil fuel] companies directly, and there are some signs that the pressure is working." (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-03-16). Lawyer: U.S. Navy Veteran Held in Iran Sentenced to 10 Years. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office. | Though the case against Michael R. White remains unclear, it comes as Trump has taken a hard-line approach to Iran by pulling the U.S. out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. | Iran, which in the past has used its detention of Westerners and dual nationals as leverage in negotiations, has yet to report on White's sentence in state-controlled media. Its mission to…

RT (2019-03-16). Hands off Venezuela! Protesters rally against regime change outside White House. rt.com Hundreds of protesters are gathering in Washington DC to demand "No coup! No war! No sanctions!" on Venezuela, and show support for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro against regime change efforts.

Maryam Saleh (2019-03-16). Syrian Refugees Use Precedent Set in Rohingya Case to Try to Bring Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court. theintercept.com "The fact that individuals who are once thought to never have been able to be held accountable are being held accountable or evidence is being collected, I think that is important in and of itself."

RT (2019-03-16). Pompeo shames Senate by invoking Iranian bogeyman after Yemen war powers vote. rt.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the Senate for passing a resolution to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, suggesting US military aid to the Saudis is the only thing standing in the way of a new Persian Empire.

WSWS (2019-03-16). Israel mounts savage air bombardment on Gaza. wsws.org Hamas denied any responsibility for the two ineffectual rockets launched against Tel Aviv.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-16). Preventing Civil War and US Intervention in Venezuela. truthout.org For almost two months now, Venezuela has been caught in a tense stand-off between the incumbent government of Nicolás Maduro and the US-backed right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself president in January and who has since been trying to force Maduro from office with the active support of the Trump administration and various right-wing regional leaders. Over the next weeks, ROAR will be publishing a series of interviews with Venezuelan activists and intellectuals to help share local perspectives on the origins of the current crisis, the risks of an escalation in the confli…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-16). Unions Must Against Fight for Immigrant Amnesty. truthout.org In February 2000, the AFL-CIO Executive Council passed a unanimous resolution calling for an immediate amnesty for undocumented workers and an end to employer sanctions that had primarily been used to undermine labor organizing, "thus denying labor rights for all workers." | The resolution called for enforcement against employers who violated the labor rights of their undocumented workers and demanded protected status for undocumented worker who reported their employers for labor violations.

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. …

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).

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…

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 …

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

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, …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-03-15). Venezuela: US Threatens New Sanctions as Hyperinflation Slows Down. venezuelanalysis.com The US government has increased pressure against Caracas mainly by targeting the oil industry.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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