2019-03-28: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-28). CODEPINK Ranks the 2020 Presidential Candidates on War, Peace and Military Spending. mintpressnews.com Medea Benjamin and Nicole Davies of CODEPINK look at a new crop of presidential candidates and examine their views — and, when possible, voting records — on issues of war and peace.

Middle East Eye (2019-03-28). Rights Groups Urge UN to Protect Palestinians on 'Great March' Protest Anniversary. globalresearch.ca Almost 20 Palestinian rights groups — both regional and international — urged the United Nations to protect Gazans who participate in the anniversary of the "Great March of Return" protests this coming Saturday. | In a letter sent to UN Secretary-General …

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Israel's Netanyahu May Annex West Bank If Re-Elected: Report. telesurenglish.net Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will possibly declare illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as Israeli territory if re-elected on the April 9 elections, according to a report by The Times of Israel published Wednesday. | RELATED: | 'War Crime': Israeli Forces Kill 18-year-old Palestinian Medic in West Bank | After the Uni…

Fight Back (2019-03-28). Immigrant rights delegation to visit U.S.-Mexico border. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – In the shadow of President Trump's declaration of a 'state of emergency' to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Legalization for All Network is organizing a national delegation of immigrant rights activists to go on a fact-finding and solidarity delegation to the border. The delegation will include activists from the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), Milwaukee's Young People's Resistance Committee (YPRC) and from the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. | The delegation will learn about the history of the U.S.-Mexico border since its unjust creation with the U.S. milita…

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Spain: Court Issues Warrant For North Korean Embassy Intruders. telesurenglish.net An international arrest warrant has been issued, by Spanish authorities, for two alleged intruders from a group who broke into the North Korean embassy in Madrid last month. | RELATED: | North Korea Quits Liaison Office With South After US Sanctions | Following an investigation into the incident, a document from Spanish Judge Jose de la Mata revealed that the intruders attempted to coerce North Korean envoy So Yun-sok to deflect before stealing equipment including computers, ha…

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-03-28). San Francisco Art Institute hosts Hollywood Blacklist festival and panel. peoplesworld.org SAN FRANCISCO—As the FBI makes headline news again, a San Francisco filmfest and panel recalls when, starting in 1947, the FBI and U.S. government persecuted artists and activists, driving many into exile during the Hollywood Blacklist/McCarthyism Cold War era. Despotic Senator Joe McCarthy's right-hand man was Roy Cohn—the young Donald Trump's attorney and mentor—who helped …

STAFF (2019-03-28). America's Menacing Defiance of International Justice. truthdig.com Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it's easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone! The Senate agrees with the House that the United States should stop supporting S…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-28). Documents Reveal Saudi-Backed Gov't in Yemen Granted Citizenship to Charlie Hebdo Attacker Peter Cherif. mintpressnews.com Cherif is just one of the dozens of foreigners — mostly former al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters — who have been granted Yemeni citizenship by the Coalition-allied Yemeni Passport Authority, under pressure from high-ranking leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Whitney Webb (2019-03-28). Syria's Rukban Now Little More Than a US-Controlled Concentration Camp — and the Pentagon Won't Let Refugees Leave. mintpressnews.com According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a concentration camp is defined as "a place where large numbers of people are kept as prisoners in extremely bad conditions, especially for political reasons." It is undeniable that the Rukban camp fits this definition to the letter.

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-28). US Ambassador to Israel Reveals Details of Trump's "Middle East Peace Plan" known as "The Deal of the Century" globalresearch.ca The US Ambassador to Israel revealed on Wednesday three key elements of the long-awaited American Middle East peace plan known as the "deal of the century", Anadolu has reported. David Friedman, who is a member of the three-man team tasked …

United Nations (2019-03-28). Attempt to defy international law over Golan Heights sovereignty 'doomed to failure' Security Council hears. un.org A majority of Security Council members on Wednesday stressed the importance of upholding international law regarding the occupied Golan Heights, in the face of the unilateral move by the United States to recognize Israel's sovereignty over them.

teleSUR (2019-03-28). UN Security Council Isolates US Over Golan Decision. telesurenglish.net The United States was isolated at the United Nations Security Council Wednesday over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as the other countries on the council opposed the move which they decried as a violation of the international resolution. | RELATED: | US Claims Golan as Israeli while Boosting Military Presence | In a letter requesting Wednesday's meeting, Syria described the U.S. decision as a "flagrant violation" of coun…

Fight Back (2019-03-28). All charges dropped against Jussie Smollett, victim of Chicago police. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Immediately after all charges were dropped Tuesday morning, March 26 against actor Jussie Smollett and the record of his arrest and prosecution expunged, Frank Chapman, Co-Chairperson of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, addressed the media. Smollett is a star of the Fox Television series "Empire." | "This is another example of the CPD doing what they do," Chapman declared. "They have falsely accused people, tortured confessions and framed-up innocent people, killed people — there is no justice when it come to the CPD. The people of this city are tired of this. We n…

South Front (2019-03-28). Video: Special Forces Hunt Down ISIS Terrorists that Killed 3 Russians. globalresearch.ca 3 Russian service members were killed in a terrorist attack in Syria in late February, the Russian Defense Ministry said on March 25. The defense ministry added that following the attack the Russian Aerospace Forces and Special Operations Forces tracked …

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Indonesia Threatens to Drop Paris Agreement Over Palm Oil. telesurenglish.net As the European Union proceeds with a plan to ban crude palm oil (CPO) from use in raw bio-fuel materials, the government of Indonesia is threatening to back out of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. | RELATED: | Activists Decry UN Climate Meeting on 'Unsustainable' Biofuels‚Äã‚&Auml…

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Colombia: Indigenous Groups Announce Dialogue Round-table. telesurenglish.net The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) called on all the country's Indigenous peoples to join the "Social Minga" and participate in the National Dialogue on Friday in La Delfina territory located at the Cauca Valley. | RELATED: | Colombia: Campesino Protesters Shut Down Roads in Cordoba as 100s Displaced | The Colombian In…

Middle East Eye (2019-03-28). Israeli Jets Strike Syria's Aleppo, Causing Electricity Blackout. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The Syrian military said Israel on Wednesday launched air raids on an industrial zone in the northern city of Aleppo, causing damage only to materials, while opposition sources said the strikes hit Iranian ammunition stores and a military airport used by Tehran's forces, Reuters reported. "The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najjar industrial …

Juan Cole (2019-03-28). How Trump Just Gave Alabama to Iraq by Giving Syrian Golan to Israel. zcomm.org By this new far-right Israeli and Trumpian principle, Iraq would have a claim on US territory— say, Alabama, given that the Bush regime launched an illegal war of aggression on Iraq…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Syria: Unlawful attacks by government forces hit civilians and medical facilities in Idlib. amnesty.org Syrian government forces, supported by Russia, hit a hospital, blood bank and other medical facilities as well as a bakery and a school in towns and cities under the control of armed opposition groups in Idlib, in what appear to be direct attacks on civilian objects or indiscriminate attacks, Amnesty International said today after verifying six attacks. |

WSWS (2019-03-28). Saudi attack on hospital kills eight as war in Yemen enters fifth year. wsws.org At least eight people, including five children, were killed when a missile slammed into a gas station near a medical facility that had been placed on a no-strike list.

Jonathan Cook (2019-03-28). Allowing Israel to operate with impunity. zcomm.org Israel's right can now plausibly argue: "If Mr Trump has consented to our illegal seizure of the Golan, why not also our theft of the West Bank?"

amnesty (2019-03-28). Saudi Arabia: Provisional release of three women activists a positive step, but bogus charges must be dropped. amnesty.org Responding to the release of three Saudi women activists, Iman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef and Ruqayyaa al-Mhareb, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International's Middle East Director of Research, said: | "The release from jail of Iman al-Najfan, Aziza al-Yousef and Ruqayyah al-Mhareb, who will finally be able to return to their homes and loved ones after their 10-month ordeal of arbitrary detention and torture, is welcome news. |

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-28). US Isolated at United Nations Over Golan Heights. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The United States was isolated at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as the other countries on the council opposed the move, Reuters reports. In a letter requesting Wednesday's meeting, Syria described the US decision as a "flagrant violation" of council resolutions, while …

RT (2019-03-28). FBI 'reviewing' suspicious dismissal of Jussie Smollett hoax charges. rt.com The FBI is reportedly reviewing the surprise dismissal of 16 felony charges against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett stemming from the hate-crime hoax he staged in January, after his near-exoneration outraged local authorities.

Medea Benjamin (2019-03-28). War and Peace and the 2020 Presidential Candidates. zcomm.org While we can't guarantee that candidates will stick to their campaign promises, we still must ask this vital question: What prospects for peace might each of them bring to the White House?>

Phyllis Bennis (2019-03-28). On AIPAC, Golan Heights and Israel. zcomm.org Interview on the dispute over Golan Heights, Netanyahu and Trump's relationship, AIPAC, and more…

amnesty (2019-03-28). One year on from protests, Gaza civilians' devastating injuries highlight urgent need for arms embargo on Israel. amnesty.org One year on from the start of the Great March of Return protests in Gaza, thousands of civilians continue to suffer the devastating consequences of Israel's ruthless tactics without accountability, Amnesty International said today. At least 195 Palestinians were killed, including 41 children and 28,939 injured by Israeli forces in the context of the protests between 30 March 2018 until 22 March 2019, according to…

plenglish (2019-03-28). Iranian President Promises Aid for Flood Victims. plenglish.com Tehran, Mar 28 ( Prensa Latina ) Iran"s President Hassan Rouhani promised Thursday aid to those affected by the rains and floods that caused destruction throughout most of the country, but especially in the southern provinces of Fars and Lorestan.

WSWS (2019-03-28). US threatens Turkey over Russian S-400 air defence purchase. wsws.org Despite Washington's threats of sanctions and a downgrade in US-Turkish military security ties, Erdogan has vowed to proceed with the purchase and deployment of the S-400.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-28). EU and UN Security Council Members Rebuke Trump's Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights. commondreams.org European countries and members of the United Nations Security Council are speaking out against U.S. President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights, which Israel has illegally occupied for more than five decades. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). Venezuela fact-finding mission reports on complex situation. greenleft.org.au Three solidarity activists who recently returned from Venezuela presented reports to a meeting organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne) and the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) on March 27. | While in Venezuela, the fact-finding mission met with grassroots activists in the poor suburbs of Caracas and elsewhere in the country and representatives from the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, Alexis Vive Collective and the LGBTI community, among others. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero showed a video of a huge rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating that the gov…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). Headlines for March 27, 2019. democracynow.org OxyContin Maker Reaches $270 Million Settlement with Oklahoma, House Fails to Override Trump Veto on National Emergency Declaration, Senate Votes Down Green New Deal as Democrats Decry "Stunt Vote", Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose to All-Time High in 2018, U.N. Secretary-General: Cyclone Idai Latest Warning Sign on Climate, Charity Condemns Saudi-Led Airstrike on Yemen Hospital That Killed 7, Study: 17,729 Yemeni Civilians Killed or Injured by U.S.-Backed Strikes, Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Despite Reports of Ceasefire, Brazil's Bolsonaro to Commemorate 1964 Coup That Led to Dictatorship, Europe Approves Copyrig…

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-03-27). Why Activists Fail. counterpunch.org Despite enormous ongoing effort over more than a thousand years, during and since the formation and shaping of the modern world, and as the number of issues being contested has steadily increased, activists of many types have made insufficient progress on key issues, particularly in relation to ending violence and war (and the threat of More

United Nations (2019-03-27). Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera. un.org UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday, amid fears that cholera is spreading "like wildfire", one of the organization's senior humanitarian officials has warned.

Ben Norton (2019-03-27). Four Years of Hell: To Crush Yemen's Independence, US-Saudi War Created World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis. thegrayzone.com On the fourth anniversary of the US-Saudi war on Yemen, the Middle East's poorest nation suffers from the worst humanitarian…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-03-27). "Trump Time": How to Make Yourself an Exception to the Rule of Law. globalresearch.ca Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it's easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone! | The Senate agrees with the …

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-27). US Foists 'Humanitarian Aid' on Venezuela, Helps Create a Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. thegrayzone.com If the US really wants to save people from a dire humanitarian crisis, why aren't we talking about sending aid…

Michael Kramer (2019-03-27). The illegal occupation of Syrian Golan. workers.org March 25 — With a tweet and an executive order, the Trump administration has further isolated itself globally by reversing decades of U.S. policy in calling for "the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights." The area, which is correctly known as Syrian Golan, is located . . . | Continue reading The illegal occupation of Syrian Golan at Workers.org

Max Parry (2019-03-27). New Zealand Terrorist Attack: The Israel Connection. mintpressnews.com The corporate press is correct that Tarrant and Breivik follow the practices of the anti-Islam xenophobic movement on the rise in Europe, North America and now Oceania, but the key element they deliberately avoid mentioning is their strong collective affinity for the state of Israel.

STAFF (2019-03-27). Green New Deal Voted Down by Senate, but Activists Aren't Deterred. therealnews.com The Senate rejected the proposal in what Democrats called a "sham vote," but 18-year-old Jeremy Ornstein of the Sunrise Movement says that won't stop the movement for climate action…

Peter Bolton (2019-03-27). Forget Mueller. Israel, not Russia, is Trump's real partner in crime. thecanary.co The major conclusions of the 'Mueller investigation' have just come out in the US. Mueller didn't find significant evidence of alleged Russian collusion in … | Read more Forget Mueller. Israel, not Russia, is Trump's real partner in crime. | By Peter Bolton

United Nations (2019-03-27). As Syria conflict enters ninth year, humanitarian crisis 'far from over', Security Council hears. un.org Eight years ago this month, the Syria conflict began, leading to a humanitarian crisis that remains "far from over", the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday. 11.7 million need humanitarian assistance and protection, and more than 5.6 million Syrians are living as refugees across the region.

Lukas Hermsmeier (2019-03-27). Berlin's Radical Housing Activists Aren't Afraid of Expropriations. thenation.com Berlin's Radical Housing Activists Aren't Afraid of Expropriations…

amnesty (2019-03-27). Bahrain: What lies behind the scenes of the Formula One Grand Prix. amnesty.org This weekend, the world will tune in- once again- to Bahrain's International Circuit to watch one of the glitziest events on the sporting calendar: Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. As you buckle up for this round of the top-level sport, we would like to steer your attention toward those 5 things happening away from the prestigious circuit: | Tweeting can be a crime | Social media posts critical of the government can land you in jail. Nabeel Rajab, the country's prominent human rights defender, is serving a 5-year sentence for tweeting about the conflict in Yemen and torture allegations in Jaw prison. Similarly, Na…

Ahmed AbdulKareem (2019-03-27). US Media Remains Silent as Historically Huge Protests Take Place Across Yemen. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Massive demonstrations took place across Yemen's major cities on Tuesday to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Saudi-led war on the country. The war ostensibly began on March 26, 2015, when Saudi Arabia, backed by the U.S. and other regional allies, launched a large-scale attack on Yemen under the pretext of reinstating ousted former …

Middle East Monitor (2019-03-27). US Imposes New Sanctions on 17 Companies and 14 Individuals in Iran, Turkey, UAE. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The United States (US) yesterday imposed new sanctions on some companies and individuals in Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The US government said that they had helped in raising funds for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The US Department of the Treasury said in a statement that it had blacklisted 17 …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-26). "Hold Israel Accountable": Palestinians Call on Int'l Community to Oppose Golan Heights Annexation. democracynow.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington on Monday to meet with President Trump, who signed an order officially recognizing Israel's control of the Golan Heights in defiance of international law. We speak with Budour Hassan, a Palestinian writer and project coordinator for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, and Jehad Abusalim, scholar and policy analyst from Gaza. He runs the Gaza Unlocked campaign for the United States for the American Friends Service Committee.

Fight Back (2019-03-26). The Golan Heights is Arab Syrian land. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). | The U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) categorically rejects Donald Trump's executive order today recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. As always, the U.S. continues to act with impunity against the will of the Arab people and with clear disregard of international law. This comes two years and three months after the U.S. administration's public recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist entity. | Trump was sitting with Israeli Prime Minist…

United Nations (2019-03-26). 'Provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric' destabilizing Middle East, warns top UN official. un.org Against a backdrop of rising tensions in Israel and Palestine, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, painted a bleak picture once again in the Security Council on Tuesday, cataloguing further terrorist acts, attacks against civilians, reprisals against demonstrators, unlawful demolitions and settlement expansions, and a funding crisis which could have dramatic consequences for the stability of an already volatile region.

Fréa Lockley (2019-03-26). Four years on, UK arms sales are still propping up the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. thecanary.co 26 March marks "four years since Saudi-led forces began bombing Yemen". Despite tens of thousands of deaths from bombs and thousands more from what … | Read more Four years on, UK arms sales are still propping up the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen | By Fréa Lockley

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