2019-03-20: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-03-20). Palestinian-owned School Demolished by Israeli Forces. telesurenglish.net A Palestinian-owned school building that was under construction, in the Shuafat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem was demolished by Israeli forces' bulldozers Tuesday. | RELATED: | Israeli Court Orders Closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Again | Eyewitnesses recount dozens of Israeli occupation forces escorting the bulldozers into the refugee…

Monica Moorehead (2019-03-20). Solidarity with women worldwide. workers.org IWWD rally, March 17 The International Working Women's Day Coalition held its annual rally, march and forum here on March 17 to reinforce its decades-long theme that every issue is a woman's issue. The rally gathered in front of busy Penn Station, where various women and gender-oppressed activists spoke on . . . | Continue reading Solidarity with women worldwide at Workers.org

STAFF (2019-03-20). American Empire Killed the Prospect of Peace. truthdig.com "Veni, Vidi, Vici," boasted Julius Caesar, one of history's great military captains. "I came, I saw, I conquered." | Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya in 2011 — with a small alteration. "We came, we saw, he died," she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country's autocratic leader. Note what she left out, though: the "vici" or victory part. And how right she was to do so, since Washington's invasi…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-20). Another Brutal Crackdown by Hamas in Gaza. hrw.org | | Protesting the electricity crisis, in the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza, on January 12, 2017. One demonstrator holds a sign that reads, in Arabic, "We want electricity." On that day, Hamas security forces detained scores who participated in the demonstrations in Jabalia. | © 2017 Mahmoud Abu Salama | Palestinians across Gaza have taken to the streets over the past week to demonstrate under the slogan: "We want to live." Protesters have told us that they were spurred by taxes imposed by Hamas authorities on goods lik…

amnesty (2019-03-20). USA/Somalia: Shroud of secrecy around civilian deaths masks possible war crimes. amnesty.org Forensic investigation yields credible evidence 14 civilians were killed in just five strikes | More than 100 strikes by US drones and manned aircraft since early 2017 | Strikes in Somalia tripled under Trump, outpacing Yemen and Libya combined | The US government must carry out impartial, thorough investigations into credible evidence its rapidly escalating air strikes in Somalia have killed numerous civilians, Amnesty International said in a new report today. | The Hidden US War in Somalia details how 14 civilians were killed and eight m…

amnesty (2019-03-20). Somalia: The hidden US war in Somalia; civilian casualties from air strikes in Lower Shabelle. amnesty.org Since April 2017, the United States of America (USA) has dramatically increased the number of air strikes — from manned aircraft and unmanned drones — it has launched in Somalia, tripling the annual rate of attacks and, in 2018, outpacing US strikes in Libya and Yemen combined. Despite this escalation, the US government claims that it has not killed any civilians in Somalia during this period. In this report, Amnesty International provides credible evidence to the contrary. The report investigates five incidents in Lower Shabelle, Somalia, in which 14 civilians were killed and eight injured. It provid…

plenglish (2019-03-20). Syria and China Sign 17-Million-Dollar Economic Agreement. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Syria and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation by virtue of which the Chinese Government will donate 100 million yuans (nearly 17 million dollars). The deal was penned by Imad Sabouni, head of the Syrian Agency for Planning and International Cooperation, and Phyong Biao, the ambassador of the People"s Republic of China.

plenglish (2019-03-20). United States Imposes More Sanctions on Venezuela. plenglish.com 19 de marzo de 2019, 15: 13Washington, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The United States government announced Tuesday sanctions against the Venezuelan mining company Minerven and its president, Adrian Perdomo, for their relations with the Caracas executive.

Nick Pardee (2019-03-20). SF Bay Area activists demand end to imperialist aggression against Venezuela. indybay.org On Saturday, March 9, a spirited rally and march took place in San Francisco demanding an end to U.S. imperialist aggression against Venezuela.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Syrian President Highlights Cooperation with Iraq and Iran. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) "The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it," Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.

No Blood for Oil (2019-03-20). Protests of U.S. Puppet Theft of Venezuelan Diplomatic Bldgs. indybay.org The US appointed puppet tried to take over Venezuelan diplomatic buildings on 3/19/19, only to be met by Gloria LaRiva of ANSWER, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and others to protest this theft of a foreign country's property by US puppets who promote privatization and theft of Venezuelan oil. See 2 minute video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4WR0V4YJuo

plenglish (2019-03-20). Russia Decries US Obstacles to Humanitarian Aid in Syria. plenglish.com Moscow, Mar 17 ( Prensa Latina ) Russia has condemned on Sunday obstacles imposed by the United States to bring humanitarian aid to nearly 40,000 people in the refugee camp of El Rukban, in southeastern Syria, in an illegally occupied area.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-03-20). America's Venezuela Strategy: Coup by Sheer Narrative Control. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — The Trump administration is working to overthrow the government of Venezuela. They are not at this time doing this by military invasion, nor by funneling thousands of armed militants into the country, nor even solely with starvation sanctions and CIA ops. The first and foremost means of overthrowing Venezuela's government currently being utilized by …

unitedEditor (2019-03-19). An Arab NATO with Israel's participation — a new weapon for globalists against the Iranian "threat" uwidata.com The reasons for Saudi Arabia's gravitation toward Israel Iran and Saudi Arabia have experienced a great deal of tension in their relations in recent years. These tensions started with the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (a Shia cleric who opposed the Saudi regime) and peaked when a number of Iranian Anti-Saudi protesters stormed the Saudi …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-19). ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes. democracynow.org The Trump administration has barred International Criminal Court investigators from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the ICC who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. In September, national security adviser John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against ICC judges if they continued to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report…

Fight Back (2019-03-19). Minnesotans protest Senator Klobuchar's pro-war record. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 15, 30 protesters gathered in front of Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis office to condemn her support for the Trump administration policy of regime change in Venezuela and support of U.S. aid to Israel. Since Klobuchar has kicked off her presidential campaign, the Twin Cities anti-war movement has responded by holding multiple protests, including a picket at her presidential announcement at Boom Island, to draw attention to the senator's long record of voting for military aid and U.S. intervention. | Responding to the savage and racist mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mis…

William Astore (2019-03-19). The Death of Peace: How the US Empire Starts Wars, But Refuses to End Them. commondreams.org Armed forces carry a transfer case covered with an American flag during a dignified transfer for fallen service member Sergeant Leandro A.S. Jasso on November 27, 2018 in Dover, Delaware. Sgt. Jasso of Leavenworth, Washington was killed in Afghanistan while engaging enemy forces. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-19). AIPAC Is Coming to Town — Again! Yet Another Concession to Netanyahu Prior to Israel Elections. globalresearch.ca The Trump Administration has delivered yet another concession to Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of parliamentary elections: the Israeli military occupation of much of the Palestinian West Bank and of the Golan Heights will no longer …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-19). No Troop Withdrawal: The US is Planning the "Permanent Occupation" of Syria? globalresearch.ca Trump lied about winning against ISIS, the scourge the US created and supports, along with al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other jihadist groups. | Last December, he lied saying | "(o)ur boys, our young women, our men — they're all coming back …

Farooque Chowdhury (2019-03-19). John Smith on imperialism (Part 1). mronline.org "The liberal/mainstream notion of imperialism that permeates…bourgeois political opinion proceeds from the elementary observation that the various empires that have existed during the past three millennia share one obvious characteristic, namely territorial conquest accomplished through military force." | Source

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-03-19). The US Is Pushing Lebanon into the Arms of Iran and Russia: US Sanctions Affect the Local Economy. globalresearch.ca Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. | Reasons for the …

Viktor Mikhin (2019-03-19). Stealing Syria's Gold: US Is Behaving as True Looters Do. globalresearch.ca According to the agency South Front, the United States has transported approximately 50 tons of gold from the regions occupied by ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The Kurdish news source reports that the gold was stolen from Syria, and …

teleSUR (2019-03-19). Gold Fever? US Treasury Sanctions Venezuela Gold Mining Company. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on Tuesday against Venezuela's state-run gold mining company Minerven, which is part of the Venezuelan Guayana Corporation (CVG) holding. | RELATED: | Venezuela Lost Billions as Result of US-led Sanctions: Maduro | As part of the ongoing sanctions and attempts to destabilize the Venezuelan government, the U.S. government announced the new measure that aims to block state mining assets and prohibit U.S citizens from dealing wit…

Askiah Adam (2019-03-19). Anti-Semitism and "The Israel Project" globalresearch.ca Israel is off-limits. The criminalisation of anti-Semitism means nothing short of this. In fact, France's President Macron says anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism and both are now legally defined as "hate crimes". Will this be a global precursor? Will …

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-19). UN War Crimes Investigators Urge Israel to Stop Killing Unarmed Protesters. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — UN war crimes investigators yesterday called on Israel to stop its snipers using lethal force against protesters in the Gaza Strip, as the anniversary approached of the start of demonstrations there, Reuters reported. The Commission of Inquiry said Israel should investigate the shooting of more than 6,000 people, far beyond the criminal inquiries it has announced into 11 …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-19). US Decision to Deny Visas to ICC Officials Is an Authoritarian Act. truthout.org The Trump administration has barred International Criminal Court (ICC) investigators from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the ICC who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. In September, National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened U.S. sanctions against ICC judges if they continued to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. T…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-19). Headlines for March 19, 2019. democracynow.org New Zealand Mourns Victims of Mosque Terror Attack, Calls for Support of Muslims, Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Rise of White Nationalism, HuffPost: 7 Active U.S. Military Are Members of Far-Right "Identity Evropa", Mozambique: Cyclone Idai Death Toll Could Top 1,000, Nebraska: Flooding Submerges Air Force Base, NYT: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Campaign to Silence Opponents, U.N. Condemns Israel for Use of Lethal Force on Gaza Protesters, New Brexit Vote Blocked Less Than 2 Weeks from Deadline, France to Crack Down on "Yellow Vest" Protests, Dutch Police Arrest Suspect Who Shot and Killed 3 People in Utrecht, Mexi…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-19). Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are "factually incorrect." Dunford presented the current planned "residual force" as 200, saying that this hadn't changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February …

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-03-19). The American Emperor Has No Clothes. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on antiwar.com. | There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire. As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America's empire-denial, I've grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can't be an empire, we're told, because—unlike the Brits…

Mairav Zonszein (2019-03-18). In a First, Palestinians Challenge Israel's Settlement Enterprise—in a US Court. thenation.com In a First, Palestinians Challenge Israel's Settlement Enterprise—in a US Court…

unitedEditor (2019-03-18). Venezuela: The Next Syria? uwidata.com Doomsday In Venezuela We're being led to believe it's all doom and gloom in Venezuela. The mainstream media is rapid-firing reports of a deepening humanitarian crisis. An evil dictator, Nicolas Maduro, is holding his country hostage from democracy, they say, while his people starve. Venezuelans are reportedly fleeing by the thousands while the government …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-18). A Global Strike for Climate Change: 1.4 Million Students Walk Out of Class Demanding Action. democracynow.org Up to 1.4 million children around the world took part in a global climate strike on Friday to demand world leaders do more to address the dangers of climate. The mass protests were sparked by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has skipped school every Friday to sit outside the Swedish parliament to demand leaders act on climate change. Democracy Now! was in the streets of New York City on Friday with the young activists. We speak with 18-year-old Alysa Chen, one of the organizers of the walkout at New York City's Bronx High School of Science.

Paul R. Pillar (2019-03-18). Good Iraqi-Iranian Relations Are Not a Reason to Worry. globalresearch.ca Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been visiting Iraq this week—a friendly, extended visit that has yielded several bilateral agreements on trade and transportation. Such an event causes heartburn, of course, within the Trump administration and for others who believe that …

amnesty (2019-03-18). Gaza: Hamas must end brutal crackdown against protesters and rights defenders. amnesty.org Amnesty worker in Gaza interrogated and ill-treated by security forces | Hamas security forces' violent crackdown against peaceful Palestinian protesters, activists, human rights workers — including an Amnesty International worker – and local journalists must be immediately halted and investigated, said Amnesty International. | Hundreds of protesters have been subjected to beatings, arbitrary arrest and detentions, and torture and other forms of ill-treatment since 14 March, when Palestinians took to the streets across the Gaza Strip to protest against the rising cost of living and deteriorating economic c…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-18). 38 Years Prison and 148 Lashes for Iranian Human Rights Defender. therealnews.com Nasrin Sotoudeh defended political prisoners and worked to abolish Iran's death penalty. Human rights groups are worried her sentence could signal increased repression of peace activism in Iran under a judiciary with a history of human rights violations…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-18). Taiwanese Activist at Risk in Chinese Prison. hrw.org | | Pro-democracy protesters carry a photo of detained Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-Che (L) and other activists during a demonstration in Hong Kong, China September 11, 2017. | March 19 marks two years since police in China's Guangdong province forcibly disappeared Taiwanese democracy activist Li Ming-che. Authorities eventually charged Li with "subversion of state power"

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-18). The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi's Unconditional Support for Israel. therealnews.com Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel "even if the Capitol crumbles," as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Haim Saban looked on — our panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-18). Brexit's Imperial Nostalgia. consortiumnews.com Anis Chowdhuryand Jomo Kwame Sundaram confront the notion that British rule helped "develop" the empire. By Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur and Anis Chowdhury in Sydney Inter Press Service As the possible implications of Britain's self-imposed "no-deal" exit from the European Union… Read more →

amnesty (2019-03-18). Azerbaijan: release of activists welcome but more needed. amnesty.org The release of wrongfully imprisoned activists in Azerbaijan is a step in the right direction, but more is needed to transform the climate of fear and repression in Azerbaijan, Amnesty International said today.

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…

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.

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 …

barry_h (2019-03-16). Kurdish women fighters brought to life on the big screen. greenleft.org.au Les filles du soleil (Girls of the Sun)
| Written & directed by Eva Husson
| Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Erol Afsin, Evin Ahmad
| Showing as part of the French Film Festival across Australia in March and April | This is a war film unlike any other that you will see, written and directed by a woman, focusing on a squad of the Kurdish autonomous women's protection units (YPJ). The systematic female enslavement and mass rape by ISIS are its subject matter. | Co-starring Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani and France's Emmanuelle Berc…

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). 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.

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).

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.

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…

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.

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