2019-03-29: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-03-29). War, Peace and Presidential Candidates. counterpunch.org Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn't stopped the war yet, More

United Nations (2019-03-29). On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm. un.org With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.

Canadian Boat to Gaza (2019-03-29). Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Great Return March. globalresearch.ca On the first anniversary of the beginning of the #GreatReturnMarch protests by Palestinians in Gaza to mark #LandDay on March 30, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition stands in solidarity with our Palestinian friends who are demanding full freedom of movement, including …

Susie Day (2019-03-29). Gaza, Stonewall: Izzy Mustafa on Why People Rise Up. counterpunch.org Every Friday since March 30, 2018, in what's known as the Great March of Return, Palestinians in Gaza come to the Israeli border fence to protest nearly twelve years of a blockade that has made Gaza into what's often called the world's largest open-air prison. They also come to invoke UN Resolution 194, their right More

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-29). Palestinians Commemorate Land Day 2019. Gazans Protest against Israeli Aggression and Suffocating Blockade. globalresearch.ca Since last weekend, Israeli warplanes preemptively terror-bombed Gaza and Aleppo's Sheikh Najar region overnight, causing material damage, according to Syria's Defense Ministry. | For Netanyahu, it's all about wanting his resume as a warrior burnished ahead of upcoming April 9 elections …

teleSUR (2019-03-29). US Councilman: Palestine Does Not Exist, There, I Said It, Again. telesurenglish.net United States councilmember Kalman Yeger sparked major outrage on and off social media as well as calls for his resignation after posting anti-Palestinian sentiments on Twitter. | RELATED: | US: Pro-Palestine Activists Protest Against AIPAC Conference | "It's disgraceful, irresponsible and dangerous for a sitting NYC [New York City] council member to engage in blatant bigotry and erasure," Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American community organizer told the Brooklyn Eagle. | The…

The Tricontinental (2019-03-29). Singing in a cage is possible and so is happiness. mronline.org Once more, punctually, Israel—with the vengeance of Zeus—has begun to bomb Gaza, from which the sounds and smells of war are never absent due to Israeli bombings. It helps Israel that the United States is fully behind its policy of annihilation. | Source

Miri Wood (2019-03-29). Ambassador Jaafari Crushes Trump's Tweet on Syria's Golan, Flagrant Violation, Contempt for International Law. globalresearch.ca His Excellency Bashar al Jaafari issued an urgent statement on Syria's Golan, via a UN stake out, 22 March 2019. While maintaining his immaculate standard of professional diplomat, the Syrian ambassador crushed US President Donald J. Trump's " irresponsible

Alan Macleod (2019-03-29). Trump Admin Complementing Israeli Effort to Give Nuclear Weapons to Saudi Arabia. mintpressnews.com Already seven of the 10 countries in the world with the highest military budgets are in the Middle East. The development of nuclear weapons in Saudi Arabia has many speculating that it could mark the beginning of an even more dangerous era for the war-torn region.

STAFF (2019-03-29). A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel's Annexation of the Syrian Golan. therealnews.com Phyllis Bennis explains that Trump's decision is a setback for peace all over the world. The US has isolated itself diplomatically in support of Netanyahu's campaign to win the elections, but recovery will be long…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-29). Syria's Rukban Now Little More than a US-Controlled Concentration Camp — and the Pentagon Won't Let Refugees Leave. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Adam Johnson (2019-03-29). 'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims. fair.org by Adam Johnson As Israel was killing scores and maiming thousands of protesters in Gaza, rather than calling on Israel to "renounce violence," the New York Times ( 5/18/18) published an op-ed arguing that "guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing." | A FAIR survey of the phrase "renounce violence" in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are z…

STAFF (2019-03-29). Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises—An Anomaly in Presidential Politics. therealnews.com Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment—education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…

Laila Ujayli (2019-03-29). Trump Trades Arab Lives for Netanyahu Votes. globalresearch.ca In blatant violation of international law, Donald Trump has recognized Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The order came in the midst of a renewed wave of violence in the Gaza Strip, with Israel responding to rocket attacks …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2019. democracynow.org NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-03-29). Lebanon Decides to Confront Israel and the US in Shebaa, Kfarshouba and Syria. globalresearch.ca Lebanese Judge Ahmad Mezher has given orders that a survey be conducted of Lebanese occupied territories in the Shebaa Farms, Kfarshouba, Huneen, Ideise and Bleeda. These villages are bordering Hasbaiya, Rashaya al-Fukhar and Kiyam and have been under Israeli occupation …

commondreams (2019-03-29). Reentry to the Iran Nuclear Deal Emerging as Consensus Position. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-29). The Logic of Annexation: Israel and the Golan Heights. globalresearch.ca Any measure of annexation is based on the extension of a military's boots. Diplomats tend to be silenced before the noise of tanks, weaponry and garrisons. Countries may claim to possess territory but can only dream in the absence of …

(2019-03-29). Annual Lobbying on "Pro-Israel", A Major Force in US Foreign Affairs: Summary for 2018. globalresearch.ca One of, if not the most, powerful international issue lobby is that of the pro-Israel crowd. Well-financed and politically powerful, the pro-Israel lobby is a major force on American foreign affairs that looks to continue America's military and fiscal support …

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-29). Why the Gaza Protests Won't Stop. hrw.org | | Israeli forces fire tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators near the fences separating Gaza and Israel, as seen from the Israeli side, on March 30, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | On Saturday, Palestinians in Gaza will head to the fences with Israel that effectively serve as their prison walls to mark one year since they began weekly demonstrations against Israel's more than decade-long closure of Gaza. I've spent much of the past year speaking to men, women, boys, and girls who participated in the demonstration, ofte…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-29). US Airstrikes Kill Over 50 People in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Officials very much want to brand the ISIS battle in Syria as "over," so long as it is understood that it won't involve withdrawing forces or ending anything in practice. The village of Baghouz, however, continues to be the center of conflict. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US forces attacked some …

plenglish (2019-03-29). Eleven Palestinians Injured During Anti-Israel Protests in Gaza. plenglish.com Ramallah, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Eleven Palestinians were injured by Israeli firing during the "Confusing Nights" protests in northern and central Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported Friday.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Yemen: 'We cannot survive another four years'. greenleft.org.au On March 6, the Yemeni human rights organisation Mwatana for Human Rights, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and PAX for Peace released a report documenting the role that United States and European arms sales have played in the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen. | It included an account of when Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces bombed the al-Honood residential neighborhood in Hawak District, Al-Hudaydah Governo…

WSWS (2019-03-29). Outrage grows over leaked government database targeting journalists, activists at US-Mexico border. wsws.org Congressional committees are now seeking information on repression of journalists and civil rights activists by the Trump administration.

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-29). The People of Palestine Are on the March. zcomm.org Israel has begun to bomb from the sky…

plenglish (2019-03-29). Electric Service Restored in Several Venezuelan States. plenglish.com Caracas, March 29 (Prensa Latina) Regional authorities reported electric service has been restored in the Venezuelan states of Yaracuy, Sucre, Merida and the Paez (Miranda) and Vargas municipalities, after the attack on the National Electric System (SEN) on March 25.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Land Day is crucial for Palestinians. greenleft.org.au Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…

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.

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…

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.

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…

teleSUR (2019-03-28). Three Saudi Women's Rights Activists Temporarily Released. telesurenglish.net The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) news agency announced that three of the women's rights activists held in custody for almost a year have temporarily been released. | RELATED: | Saudi Women Activists Stand Trial in Criminal Court | Saudi Arabia did not identify the three women but several reports named them as Blogger Eman al-Nafjan; Aziza al-Youssef, a retired lecturer at King Saud University; and Academic Rokaya al-Mohareb. | In its report, SPA said Riyadh's criminal court "indicat…

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.

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…

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…

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?>

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 …

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.

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 …

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. |

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

Liberation Staff (2019-03-27). Eyewitness Venezuela: National Speaking Tour featuring Gloria La Riva. liberationnews.org On the heels of a month-long trip through Venezuela in the midst of growing U.S. aggression, anti-war activist Gloria La Riva will speak in numerous cities on the current situation in Venezuela, with a progressive perspective on the crucial issues facing the Venezuelan people: the U.S. economic sanctions, the U.S. media blockade, and the people's …

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…

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

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