Daily Archives: 2019-03-06

2019-03-06: News Headlines

Lawrence Davidson (2019-03-06). Anti-Semitism Versus Anti-Zionism in Today's France. counterpunch.org We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was a time when very few in the West understood the racist nature of the Israeli state. For a long time the Zionists controlled the public relations message and More

unitedEditor (2019-03-06). The beginning of a social "Stalingrad" in Europe: the Yellow Vests against the totalitarian Empire of Finance. uwidata.com Back to the Future! Elated, with the single-mindedness of the "We" of the many, suddenly aware of its power, the crowd pours out of the narrow street in which it was crammed, to the spacious Place de la Republiquewhile singing the Marseillaise. It is by far the most popular song among Yellow Vests. The second …

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-06). Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics. counterpunch.org Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known for its hawkish More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-06). Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics. zcomm.org Otzma Yehudit's platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values…

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-06). Will the US end up putting sanctions on every country that doesn't bend to its will? peoplesdispatch.org The objectives of the "strongest sanctions" are broadly all the same—that the United States will suffocate a country's ability to trade and access finance as long as it does not do what the United States of America asks it to do…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-06). US extends sanctions against Zimbabwe citing "extraordinary threat" peoplesdispatch.org US president Donald Trump extended the sanctions for one more year despite a number of world leaders calling for their withdrawal to alleviate the misery of recession-hit Zimbabwe. The sanctions have been in place since the first term of George W. Bush…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-06). Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria. globalresearch.ca It was a mere two months ago the president of the United States declared he would leave Syria and bring home the troops. | "Our boys, our young women, our men, they're all coming back," Trump said. "And they're coming back …

WSWS (2019-03-06). Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges. wsws.org This intimidation and character assassination is part of a drive to criminalize all criticism of the Israeli state's oppression of Palestinians by equating it with anti-Semitism.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Ilan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis. therealnews.com Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-03-05). An Unholy Alliance: Did the US-Backed UAE Fly ISIS Leaders into Yemen's Killing Fields? mintpressnews.com The de facto alliance between the U.S. with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, AQAP, and now allegedly ISIS in Yemen has led to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern history,…

Norman Finkelstein (2019-03-05). It Is Time to Indict Israel. zcomm.org Interview on the growing push for ICC to file War Crimes charges…

Hannah Estrada, Michael Estrada (2019-03-05). Young environmental activists speak out for Green New Deal. peoplesworld.org

Democracy Now! (2019-03-05). "How to Hide an Empire": Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States. democracynow.org "How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States." That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at No…

Robert Fisk (2019-03-05). Israel is Playing a Big Role in India's Escalating Conflict with Pakistan. counterpunch.org When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a "terrorist camp" were the first words. A "command and control centre" destroyed, many "terrorists" killed. The military was retaliating for a "terrorist attack" on its troops, we were told. An Islamist "jihadi" base had been More

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-05). Evidence of crimes against humanity by Israel in Gaza: UN report. peoplesdispatch.org The UN's independent international commission of inquiry found that IDF snipers intentionally targeted and killed unarmed civilians. One of the largest massacres took place on May 14, when around 60 people were killed and more than 1,100 injured by Israeli forces.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-05). Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics. mintpressnews.com Otzma Yehudit's (Jewish Power Party) platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values argues Ramzy Baroud.

Eds. (2019-03-05). Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela. mronline.org As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress—Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2019. democracynow.org Judiciary Committee Launches Probe into 81 Trump Associates and Groups, New Yorker Report Details Trump's Deep Ties to Fox News, Groundwater in 39 States Contaminated by Coal Ash Waste, Dem Leaders Rebuke Alleged Anti-Semitic Remarks by Rep. Omar, U.S. Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Rights Groups Say Jailed Saudi Women Activists Tortured, Sexually Assaulted, Report: Khashoggi's Body Was Burned in Oven at Saudi Diplomat's Home, NYT: Detained U.S. Citizen Allegedly Tortured in Saudi Custody | , South Korea Calls for Resumption of Talks Between Trump and Kim, North Carolina Reschedules 9th District Election After Voter…

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-05). The US Wants to Sanction Away Russia's "Great Society" globalresearch.ca Latest round of proposed US sanctions is intended to offset Putin's legacy-defining socio-economic development program known as the "Great Society" | *** | Congress is deliberating whether to promulgate the so-called " Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019" …

Jim Miles (2019-03-05). The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran. globalresearch.ca Western mainstream media (MSM) typically present Iran as a degenerate and impoverished society under the sway of Islamic terrorist fundamentalists. Alternate media and seriously investigated works present a much different picture. Dan Kovalik's The Plot to Attack Iran highlights …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-05). Removing "Arab" from the Syrian Arab Republic Would "Balkanize" the Country. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Kurds are committed to changing their country's name. | One of the group's representatives told Sputnik that they insist on changing the constitutional name of the Syrian Arab Republic to the "Syrian Republic" so as to supposedly make the …

South Front (2019-03-05). Video: Al Qaeda Strikes Back. Major Escalation in Syria's Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca In the morning of March 3, fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Tawhid carried out a major attack on several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Masasneh in northern Hama. A military source told SouthFront …

Vijay Prashad (2019-03-05). Will the U.S. End Up Putting Sanctions on Every Country That Doesn't Bend to Its Will? commondreams.org The point of using such harsh language and of reproducing a repertoire of clich√©s about a country (dictator, authoritarian, starvation, terrorism, drug cartels) is to delegitimize the government of that state and to begin to legitimize much more dramatic regime change protocols. (Photo: @compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-05). Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the India-Pakistan Conflict. theantimedia.com (MPN Op-ed) — Well-known British journalist Robert Fisk recently wrote a very telling and troubling article in The Independent regarding the outsized role of the state of Israel in the burgeoning tensions between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. The story — despite its importance, given the looming threat of nuclear war between the two countries …

RT (2019-03-05). 'Vile anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar row shows pitfalls of US identity politics. rt.com In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over "anti-Semitic" comments about the Israel lobby.

stuart_m (2019-03-05). Join calls for SBS, artists to boycott Eurovision 2019. greenleft.org.au The Israeli city of Tel Aviv is preparing to host the Eurovision Song Contest in May, following Israeli artist Netta Barzilai's win in Eurovision 2018. | In response, BDS Australia, which support the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, says: "As a serial human rights abuser, it is unacceptable for Israel to be the host country for a competition that, in SBS's own words, is supposed to 'bring people and cultures together'. | "We urge SBS not to participate or broadcast Eurovision 2019 if it is in Israel — and we call on Kate Miller-…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-03-05). The House Democrats' "Rebuke" of Rep. Ilhan Omar is a Fraud For Many Reasons, Including its Wild Distortion of Her Comments. theintercept.com No matter one's views on Israel, the House Democrats' efforts to punish debate should be treated with the scorn and opposition it deserves.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-05). From Guam to the Philippines, the US Ignores Victims of Its Empire. truthout.org How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at N…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-05). Public Rebuke of Ilhan Omar for Substantive Critique of Israeli Policy a 'Disgrace,' Say Progressives. commondreams.org A growing chorus of criticism from progressives across the country is targeting House Democrats who plan to publicly rebuke one of their own on Wednesday for talking about the problem of U.S.-Israeli relations and policies.Recent comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) questioning the ongoing influence and power of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) on U.S. politics were the impetus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-05). Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Having stuck to his guns, at least for a couple of months, on the need to withdraw US ground troops from Syria, President Trump is now loudly endorsing the new plan, which is to leave some US forces in Syria for an open-ended amount of time. Trump responded to a joint letter from several members of Congress by saying …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-05). 'People Power Beats Corporate Greed': After Years of Pressure, JPMorgan Agrees to Divest from Private Prisons. commondreams.org Civil and immigrant rights groups celebrated a victory Tuesday after JPMorgan Chase announced it was finally heeding their calls and ending its financing of private for-profit prisons. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-05). Enjoy Your High, But Not at the Expense of Palestinian Human Rights. truthout.org Medical cannabis is considered the next up-and-coming miracle drug, with very few side effects. But with Israeli companies bursting onto the international market, medical cannabis exported from Israel may soon have to come with a new warning. Beware: purchase of this product may contribute to violations of Palestinian human rights. | The Israeli medical cannabis industry, as it is currently set up, whitewashes Israeli war crimes, provides legitimacy and profits for people responsible for past massacres in Gaza, and supports Israel's illegal settlement, a direct cause of Palestinian suffering. | On December 28,…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-03-05). Israel Lobby Proves Ilhan Omar's Claims Right by Exerting Its Immense Influence. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — In response to criticisms made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that US political leaders have too much allegiance to Israel and its lobbying groups, House Democrats have put forward an entire House resolution in accordance with demands made by AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. "The backlash [over Omar's comments] continued on Monday, as the …

stuart_m (2019-03-05). How award-winning Palestinian poet found her 'magic pen' in an Israeli jail. greenleft.org.au Four months after her release from an Israeli prison, Palestinian poet and photographer Dareen Tatour received the Oxfam Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression in The Hague in January. Oxfam Novib, the Dutch affiliate of the international charity Oxfam, said it awarded Tatour the prize to highlight "the growing repr…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). U.N. Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists & the Disabled During Gaza Protests. democracynow.org A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel's bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians—almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were injured,…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). It Is Time to Indict Israel: Norman Finkelstein on Growing Push for ICC to File War Crimes Charges. democracynow.org Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians since weekly Great March of Return demonstrations began in Gaza nearly a year ago targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. That's according to a new United Nations inquiry that found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report was released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday. We speak with Norman Finkelstein, scholar and author of "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," and Sara Hossain, a member of the U.N. independent commission that l…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). Headlines for March 4, 2019. democracynow.org House Dems to Probe Trump's Allies, DOJ in Wake of Cohen Testimony, Sen. Rand Paul Likely to Oppose Nat'l Emergency in Decisive Vote, Deported Central American Parents Seek Reunification with Children, W. Virginia GOP Under Fire After Poster Linking Rep. Omar to 9/11 Causes Outrage, U.S. and South Korea Roll Back Joint Military Exercises, Shelling in Kashmir Kills 7 as Pakistan & India Appear to Ease Tensions, Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinians After Reported Car Ramming, Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaidó Set to Return to Country, Algeria: Pres. Says He Will Not Serve Full Term, If Elected, as Protests Continue…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-04). The Infiltrators: How Undocumented Activists Snuck Into Immigration Jail to Fight Deportations. democracynow.org An immigrant rights activist has been detained in Florida just weeks after he appeared in an acclaimed film at the Sundance Film Festival about activists infiltrating and exposing for-profit immigrant detention jails. Claudio Rojas was apprehended on Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after an annual check-in and is now being held at Krome Detention Center, where he faces immediate deportation. His lawyer says his arrest is linked to the film featuring his activism. It's called "The Infiltrators." The gripping hybrid documentary/dramatic feature was a smash success at Sundance and will play at the M…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-04). Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the Brewing India-Pakistan Conflict. mintpressnews.com Israel's export of Zionist nationalism and neocolonialism — and the accompanying oppression that in practice actually helps to create many of the very terrorist groups they fight against — is just as dangerous as its export of arms.

The Jamaica Peace Council (2019-03-04). No to the Invasion of Venezuela! venezuelanalysis.com The Jamaica Peace Council (JPC) denounces the US President Donald Trump's Administration's recent sanctions — freezing of assets, acts of provocation and military aggression — against the people of Venezuela. These actions are in alarming violation of international law and the fundamental principles of human rights and national sovereignty.

Aaron Bastani (2019-03-04). The Coup in Venezuela, Explained. zcomm.org Sanctions and oil prices are to blame for the country's economic plight, while it boasts a far greater tradition of democracy than critics often realize let alone dare to admit…

unitedEditor (2019-03-04). India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran. uwidata.com Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …

Eoin Higgins (2019-03-04). Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears Over Criticism of Israel From Democrats and Republicans. theantimedia.com (CD) — A firestorm over comments critical of Israel by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) continued to engulf the Democratic Party and American politics over the weekend. Omar continues to stand firm in her assertion that criticism of the Israeli occupation does not constitute anti-Semitism. And the blowback she's received from Republicans and Democrats alike sheds light on …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-04). Sanders on Venezuela — Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far Enough? therealnews.com At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn't call for an end to sanctions — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-04). Transfer of ISIS Suspects, Including Foreigners, to Iraq Raises Torture Concerns. hrw.org | | An ISIS suspect held for questioning by Iraqi forces near Mosul. | © 2016 Safin Hamed/Getty Images | Last week, the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) transferred at least 280 suspected Islamic State (ISIS) members to Iraq, following their arrest in Syria. Though the detainees are overwhelmingly Iraqi, there were reportedly at least thirteen French ISIS su…

RT (2019-03-04). Congress silent as Trump extends national emergency — because it's to sanction Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he will extend the 2014 national emergency over Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, even as lawmakers look set to oppose his emergency declaration to protect the US border.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-03). 3rd Anniversary of Berta Cáceres Murder in Honduras: Downward Spiral and Hope. therealnews.com The murder trial of environmental and indigenous activist Berta Cáceres leaves many issues unresolved. Meanwhile, the human rights situation in Honduras has been getting worse, even as Berta continues to inspire activists with her example…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-03). Trump and Netanyahu Scandals a Very Dangerous Moment — Wilkerson & Jay. therealnews.com Desperate men do desperate things; two leaders facing corruption charges may more aggressively push their Iran regime change agenda — Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay…

Mairav Zonszein (2019-03-03). Inside the Israeli Right's Campaign to Silence an Anti-Occupation Group. theintercept.com On January 12, 2016, Yuli Novak called her staff of a dozen people together in their Tel Aviv offices to reveal the identity of a spy who had infiltrated the organization. At the time, Novak was the executive director of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli anti-occupation group that collects testimonies of Israeli soldiers operating in Palestinian territories. She informed the staff that a man calling himself "Chai" had been secretly videotaping them. Chai had been active with the group for a year and a half, visiting their office on a weekly basis, and had grown close to several staff members. | "The moment I said…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-02). At Conservative Conference, Speakers Were Obsessed With the Socialist Boogeyman. theintercept.com Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference on Wednesday by stating explicitly the goal of the four-day event: to dissect and understand the tactics used by progressive activists, in order to effectively push back against "creeping socialism." | CPAC, as the annual event is known, has long been a place for debate around conservative ideas. This year, however, the speakers — avowed supporters of President Donald Trump — spent much more time fearmongering about a socialist takeover of the United States and counting the losses they s…

2019-03-06: Social Media Postees

Anti-Semitism Versus Anti-Zionism in Today's France
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was a time when very few in the West understood the racist nature of the Israeli state. For a long time the Zionists controlled the public relations message and…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/06/anti-semitism-versus-anti-zionism-in-todays-france/

The beginning of a social "Stalingrad" in Europe: the Yellow Vests against the totalitarian Empire of Finance
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-06
Back to the Future! Elated, with the single-mindedness of the "We" of the many, suddenly aware of its power, the crowd pours out of the narrow street in which it was crammed, to the spacious Place de la Republiquewhile singing the Marseillaise. It is by far the most popular song among Yellow Vests. The second …
uwidata.com/2580-the-beginning-of-a-social-stalingrad-in-europe-the-yellow-vests-against-the-totalitarian-empire-of-finance/

Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-03-06
Otzma Yehudit's platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/why-the-outrage-jewish-power-party-is-the-new-norm-in-israeli-politics/

Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known for its hawkish…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/06/why-the-outrage-jewish-power-party-is-the-new-norm-in-israeli-politics/

Will the US end up putting sanctions on every country that doesn't bend to its will?
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-06
The objectives of the "strongest sanctions" are broadly all the same–that the United States will suffocate a country's ability to trade and access finance as long as it does not do what the United States of America asks it to do…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/06/will-the-us-end-up-putting-sanctions-on-every-country-that-doesnt-bend-to-its-will/

US extends sanctions against Zimbabwe citing "extraordinary threat"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-06
US president Donald Trump extended the sanctions for one more year despite a number of world leaders calling for their withdrawal to alleviate the misery of recession-hit Zimbabwe. The sanctions have been in place since the first term of George W. Bush…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/06/us-extends-sanctions-against-zimbabwe-citing-extraordinary-threat/

Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
It was a mere two months ago the president of the United States declared he would leave Syria and bring home the troops. | "Our boys, our young women, our men, they're all coming back," Trump said. "And they're coming back | …
globalresearch.ca/troops-remain-syria/5670508

Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
This intimidation and character assassination is part of a drive to criminalize all criticism of the Israeli state's oppression of Palestinians by equating it with anti-Semitism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/06/omar…

Ilan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-06
Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…
therealnews.com/stories/ilan-omars-denunciation-of-israel-lobby-is-not-anti-semitism-phyllis-bennis

An Unholy Alliance: Did the US-Backed UAE Fly ISIS Leaders into Yemen's Killing Fields?
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-05
The de facto alliance between the U.S. with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, AQAP, and now allegedly ISIS in Yemen has led to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern history,…
mintpressnews.com/us-backed-uae-accused-of-flying-isis-leaders-into-yemens-killing-fields/255884/

It Is Time to Indict Israel
Norman Finkelstein | zcomm.org | 2019-03-05
Interview on the growing push for ICC to file War Crimes charges…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/it-is-time-to-indict-israel/

Israel is Playing a Big Role in India's Escalating Conflict with Pakistan
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a "terrorist camp" were the first words. A "command and control centre" destroyed, many "terrorists" killed. The military was retaliating for a "terrorist attack" on its troops, we were told. An Islamist "jihadi" base had been…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/05/israel-is-playing-a-big-role-in-indias-escalating-conflict-with-pakistan/

Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-05
Otzma Yehudit's (Jewish Power Party) platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values argues Ramzy Baroud.
mintpressnews.com/outrage-jewish-power-party-new-norm-israeli-politics/255906/

Young environmental activists speak out for Green New Deal
Hannah Estrada, Michael Estrada | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-05
peoplesworld.org/article/young-environmental-activists-speak-out-for-green-new-deal/

Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-05
As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress–Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)–are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/05/roger-waters-socialists-say-no-to-bernie-and-aocs-positions-on-venezuela/

"How to Hide an Empire": Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-05
"How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States." That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at No…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/5/how_to_hid…

The US Wants to Sanction Away Russia's "Great Society"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Latest round of proposed US sanctions is intended to offset Putin's legacy-defining socio-economic development program known as the "Great Society" | *** | Congress is deliberating whether to promulgate the so-called " Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019″ …
globalresearch.ca/us-wants-sanction-away-russias-great-society/5670456

The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
Western mainstream media (MSM) typically present Iran as a degenerate and impoverished society under the sway of Islamic terrorist fundamentalists. Alternate media and seriously investigated works present a much different picture. Dan Kovalik's The Plot to Attack Iran highlights | …
globalresearch.ca/plot-attack-iran-cia-deep-state-conspired-vilify-iran/5670427

Video: Al Qaeda Strikes Back. Major Escalation in Syria's Northern Hama
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
In the morning of March 3, fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Tawhid carried out a major attack on several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Masasneh in northern Hama. A military source told SouthFront …
globalresearch.ca/major-escalation-northern-hama/5670422

Removing "Arab" from the Syrian Arab Republic Would "Balkanize" the Country
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-05
The Syrian Kurds are committed to changing their country's name. | One of the group's representatives told Sputnik that they insist on changing the constitutional name of the Syrian Arab Republic to the "Syrian Republic" so as to supposedly make the …
globalresearch.ca/removing-arab-syrian-arab-republic-balkanize-country/5670453

Evidence of crimes against humanity by Israel in Gaza: UN report
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-05
The UN's independent international commission of inquiry found that IDF snipers intentionally targeted and killed unarmed civilians. One of the largest massacres took place on May 14, when around 60 people were killed and more than 1,100 injured by Israeli forces.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/05/evidence-of-crimes-against-humanity-by-israel-in-gaza-un-report/

'Vile anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar row shows pitfalls of US identity politics
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-05
In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over "anti-Semitic" comments about the Israel lobby. | …
rt.com/usa/453109-ilhan-omar-israel-lobby-democrats/

Public Rebuke of Ilhan Omar for Substantive Critique of Israeli Policy a 'Disgrace,' Say Progressives
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
A growing chorus of criticism from progressives across the country is targeting House Democrats who plan to publicly rebuke one of their own on Wednesday for talking about the problem of U.S.-Israeli relations and policies.Recent comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) questioning the ongoing influence and power of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) on U.S. politics were the impetus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/05/public-rebuke-ilhan-omar-substantive-critique-israeli-policy-disgrace-say?cd-origin=rss

Israel Lobby Proves Ilhan Omar's Claims Right by Exerting Its Immense Influence
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(CJ Opinion) — In response to criticisms made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that US political leaders have too much allegiance to Israel and its lobbying groups, House Democrats have put forward an entire House resolution in accordance with demands made by AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. "The backlash [over Omar's comments] continued on Monday, as the …

Israel Lobby Proves Ilhan Omar’s Claims Right by Exerting Its Immense Influence

The House Democrats' "Rebuke" of Rep. Ilhan Omar is a Fraud For Many Reasons, Including its Wild Distortion of Her Comments
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-03-05
No matter one's views on Israel, the House Democrats' efforts to punish debate should be treated with the scorn and opposition it deserves.
theintercept.com/2019/03/05/the-house-democrats-rebuke-of-rep-ilhan-omar-is-a-fraud-for-many-reasons-including-its-wild-distortion-of-her-comments/

Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Having stuck to his guns, at least for a couple of months, on the need to withdraw US ground troops from Syria, President Trump is now loudly endorsing the new plan, which is to leave some US forces in Syria for an open-ended amount of time. Trump responded to a joint letter from several members of Congress by saying …

Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria

Enjoy Your High, But Not at the Expense of Palestinian Human Rights
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
Medical cannabis is considered the next up-and-coming miracle drug, with very few side effects. But with Israeli companies bursting onto the international market, medical cannabis exported from Israel may soon have to come with a new warning. Beware: purchase of this product may contribute to violations of Palestinian human rights. | The Israeli medical cannabis industry, as it is currently set up, whitewashes Israeli war crimes, provides legitimacy and profits for people responsible for past massacres in Gaza, and supports Israel's illegal settlement, a direct cause of Palestinian suffering. | On December 28,…
truthout.org/articles/enjoy-your-high-but-not-at-the-expense-of-palestinian-human-rights/

'People Power Beats Corporate Greed': After Years of Pressure, JPMorgan Agrees to Divest from Private Prisons
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
Civil and immigrant rights groups celebrated a victory Tuesday after JPMorgan Chase announced it was finally heeding their calls and ending its financing of private for-profit prisons. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/05/people-power-beats-corporate-greed-after-years-pressure-jpmorgan-agrees-divest?cd-origin=rss

Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the India-Pakistan Conflict
Whitney Webb | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(MPN Op-ed) — Well-known British journalist Robert Fisk recently wrote a very telling and troubling article in The Independent regarding the outsized role of the state of Israel in the burgeoning tensions between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. The story — despite its importance, given the looming threat of nuclear war between the two countries …

Robert Fisk Exposes Israel’s Hidden Role in the India-Pakistan Conflict

How award-winning Palestinian poet found her 'magic pen' in an Israeli jail
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-05
Four months after her release from an Israeli prison, Palestinian poet and photographer Dareen Tatour received the Oxfam Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression in The Hague in January. Oxfam Novib, the Dutch affiliate of the international charity Oxfam, said it awarded Tatour the prize to highlight "the growing repr…
greenleft.org.au/content/how-award-winning-palestinian-poet-found-her-magic-pen-israeli-jail

Join calls for SBS, artists to boycott Eurovision 2019
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-05
The Israeli city of Tel Aviv is preparing to host the Eurovision Song Contest in May, following Israeli artist Netta Barzilai's win in Eurovision 2018. | In response, BDS Australia, which support the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, says: "As a serial human rights abuser, it is unacceptable for Israel to be the host country for a competition that, in SBS's own words, is supposed to 'bring people and cultures together'. | "We urge SBS not to participate or broadcast Eurovision 2019 if it is in Israel — and we call on Kate Miller-…
greenleft.org.au/content/join-calls-sbs-artists-boycott-eurovision-2019

From Guam to the Philippines, the US Ignores Victims of Its Empire
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at N…
truthout.org/video/from-guam-to-the-philippines-the-us-ignores-victims-of-its-empire/

Will the U.S. End Up Putting Sanctions on Every Country That Doesn't Bend to Its Will?
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
The point of using such harsh language and of reproducing a repertoire of clich√©s about a country (dictator, authoritarian, starvation, terrorism, drug cartels) is to delegitimize the government of that state and to begin to legitimize much more dramatic regime change protocols. (Photo: @compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/05/will-us-end-putting-sanctions-every-country-doesnt-bend-its-will?cd-origin=rss

U.N. Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists & the Disabled During Gaza Protests
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-04
A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel's bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians–almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were injured,…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/4/un_finds_i…

It Is Time to Indict Israel: Norman Finkelstein on Growing Push for ICC to File War Crimes Charges
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-04
Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians since weekly Great March of Return demonstrations began in Gaza nearly a year ago targeting Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier. That's according to a new United Nations inquiry that found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report was released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday. We speak with Norman Finkelstein, scholar and author of "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," and Sara Hossain, a member of the U.N. independent commission that l…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/4/it_is_time…

Robert Fisk Exposes Israel's Hidden Role in the Brewing India-Pakistan Conflict
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-04
Israel's export of Zionist nationalism and neocolonialism — and the accompanying oppression that in practice actually helps to create many of the very terrorist groups they fight against — is just as dangerous as its export of arms.
mintpressnews.com/robert-fisk-exposes-israels-hidden-role-in-the-brewing-india-pakistan-conflict/255860/

The Infiltrators: How Undocumented Activists Snuck Into Immigration Jail to Fight Deportations
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-04
An immigrant rights activist has been detained in Florida just weeks after he appeared in an acclaimed film at the Sundance Film Festival about activists infiltrating and exposing for-profit immigrant detention jails. Claudio Rojas was apprehended on Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after an annual check-in and is now being held at Krome Detention Center, where he faces immediate deportation. His lawyer says his arrest is linked to the film featuring his activism. It's called "The Infiltrators." The gripping hybrid documentary/dramatic feature was a smash success at Sundance and will play at the M…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/4/the_infilt…

The Coup in Venezuela, Explained
Aaron Bastani | zcomm.org | 2019-03-04
Sanctions and oil prices are to blame for the country's economic plight, while it boasts a far greater tradition of democracy than critics often realize let alone dare to admit…
zcomm.org/zvideo/the-coup-in-venezuela-explained/

No to the Invasion of Venezuela!
The Jamaica Peace Council | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-04
The Jamaica Peace Council (JPC) denounces the US President Donald Trump's Administration's recent sanctions — freezing of assets, acts of provocation and military aggression — against the people of Venezuela. These actions are in alarming violation of international law and the fundamental principles of human rights and national sovereignty.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14365

India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-04
Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …
uwidata.com/2547-india-pakistan-trump-kim-assad-in-iran/

Congress silent as Trump extends national emergency — because it's to sanction Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-04
US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he will extend the 2014 national emergency over Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, even as lawmakers look set to oppose his emergency declaration to protect the US border. | …
rt.com/usa/453016-trump-emergency-ukraine-russia-sanctions/

Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears Over Criticism of Israel From Democrats and Republicans
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-04
(CD) — A firestorm over comments critical of Israel by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) continued to engulf the Democratic Party and American politics over the weekend. Omar continues to stand firm in her assertion that criticism of the Israeli occupation does not constitute anti-Semitism. And the blowback she's received from Republicans and Democrats alike sheds light on …

Ilhan Omar Faces Renewed Smears Over Criticism of Israel From Democrats and Republicans

Transfer of ISIS Suspects, Including Foreigners, to Iraq Raises Torture Concerns
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-04
An ISIS suspect held for questioning by Iraqi forces near Mosul. | © 2016 Safin Hamed/Getty Images | Last week, the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) transferred at least 280 suspected Islamic State (ISIS) members to Iraq, following their arrest in Syria. Though the detainees are overwhelmingly Iraqi, there were reportedly at least thirteen French ISIS su…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/04/transfer-isis-suspects-including-foreigners-iraq-raises-torture-concerns

Sanders on Venezuela — Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far Enough?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-04
At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn't call for an end to sanctions — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/sanders-on-venezuela-does-his-critique-of-us-policy-go-far-enough

Trump and Netanyahu Scandals a Very Dangerous Moment — Wilkerson & Jay
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-03
Desperate men do desperate things; two leaders facing corruption charges may more aggressively push their Iran regime change agenda — Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-and-netanyahu-scandals-a-very-dangerous-moment-wilkerson-jay

Inside the Israeli Right's Campaign to Silence an Anti-Occupation Group
Mairav Zonszein | theintercept.com | 2019-03-03
On January 12, 2016, Yuli Novak called her staff of a dozen people together in their Tel Aviv offices to reveal the identity of a spy who had infiltrated the organization. At the time, Novak was the executive director of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli anti-occupation group that collects testimonies of Israeli soldiers operating in Palestinian territories. She informed the staff that a man calling himself "Chai" had been secretly videotaping them. Chai had been active with the group for a year and a half, visiting their office on a weekly basis, and had grown close to several staff members. | "The moment I said…
theintercept.com/2019/03/03/breaking-the-silence-israel-idf/

3rd Anniversary of Berta Cáceres Murder in Honduras: Downward Spiral and Hope
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-03
The murder trial of environmental and indigenous activist Berta Cáceres leaves many issues unresolved. Meanwhile, the human rights situation in Honduras has been getting worse, even as Berta continues to inspire activists with her example…
therealnews.com/stories/3rd-anniversary-of-berta-caceres-murder-in-honduras-downward-spiral-and-hope

At Conservative Conference, Speakers Were Obsessed With the Socialist Boogeyman
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-02
Matt Schlapp, the chair of the American Conservative Union, kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference on Wednesday by stating explicitly the goal of the four-day event: to dissect and understand the tactics used by progressive activists, in order to effectively push back against "creeping socialism." | CPAC, as the annual event is known, has long been a place for debate around conservative ideas. This year, however, the speakers — avowed supporters of President Donald Trump — spent much more time fearmongering about a socialist takeover of the United States and counting the losses they s…
theintercept.com/2019/03/02/cpac-democratic-socialism/

Teen Climate Activist to Sen. Dianne Feinstein: We Need the Green New Deal to Prevent the Apocalypse
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-01
"We're the ones affected." Those are the words of youth climate activists who confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. In a video of the interaction that has since been seen across the country, Feinstein dismissed the children–some as young as 7 years old–asking her to take bold action on climate change. We speak with the youth climate activists who confronted the senator: 16-year-old Isha Clarke, 12-year-old Rio and his 10-year-old sister Magdalena.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/1/teen_clima…

Meet the Kids Who Confronted Sen. Feinstein: We're the Ones Who Will Have to Live with It
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-01
Youth climate activists as young as 7 years old confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. We speak with 12-year-old Rio and his sister, 10-year-old Magdalena, who were among the protesters who spoke to Senator Feinstein. They are members of Earth Guardians San Francisco Bay Area Crew.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/1/meet_the_k…