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2018-03-23: Social Media Postees

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Tunisia: Parliament Shouldn't Undercut Transitional Justice .
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-23
| (Tunis) — Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission should be allowed to carry out its mandate, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission was created to establish the truth about human rights violations by Tunisia's abusive past governments and to help victims get reparations and justice. | Tunisia's parliament is expected to vote on March 24, 2018, on whether to allow the commission another year to finish its work. Tunisia has made little progress outside the work of the commission since the ouster of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 toward justice for government abuses since independence. A "no" vote would sabotage the fragile transitional justice process and trample the rights of victims to truth, justice and reparations. | "Tunisian authorities have already hampered the work of the Truth and Dignity Commission by refusing to fully cooperate…
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Detroit autoworkers denounce effort to censor the Internet.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-23
Workers at Fiat Chrysler's Warren Stamping Plant asserted their right to read whatever news sources they wanted without interference by the government and tech giants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/23/cens…

German chancellor's government speech: Anti-refugee propaganda, rearmament and war.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-23
In her typical lethargic and tedious style, Merkel presented the most reactionary German government programme since the end of the Second World War.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/23/merk…

US threatens trade war against China.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-23
The Trump administration has drawn up a list of more than 1,000 products, and proposed investment bans, targeting 10 key Chinese industries.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/23/trad…

Yemen: Three years on, US and UK arms supplies to Saudi Arabia-led coalition are devastating civilian lives.
Amnesty International | 2018-03-23
A Saudi Arabia-led coalition attack with a US-manufactured bomb, which turned a civilian home into rubble and killed or injured six members of the same family, is the latest in a long string of potential war crimes Amnesty International has documented over the past three years of Yemen's devastating conflict. | Since the coalition's campaign of airstrikes against the Huthi armed group began on 25 March 2015, Amnesty International has documented how all parties to the conflict have repeatedly violated international law. | "Three years on, Yemen's conflict shows no real signs of abating, and all sides continue to inflict horrific suffering on the civilian population. Schools and hospitals lie in ruins, thousands have lost their lives and millions are displaced and in dire need of humanitarian aid," said Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research for the Middle East at Amnesty International. |
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/y…

'Trump lining up war cabinet'? Bolton's elevation to NSC adviser fuels alarm.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-23
Donald Trump's cabinet reshuffles have fueled concerns, not least after the latest appointment of hawkish John Bolton as national security adviser, just days after installing a former CIA chief as the new secretary of state. | RT.com…
www.rt.com/usa/422084-trump-bolton-war-c…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-23
Some 2,000 logistics workers at a warehouse in Madrid struck Tuesday against management's pay cut demands, with 98 percent of employees at the facility joining the action.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/23/euro…

Why Mandatory Drug Tests at Work Are Fundamentally Racist.
Liz Posner, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-23
Black people are more likely than white people to be fired for failing a drug test. | Mandatory drug testing is not only an annoying, expensive waste of company and employee time; a new Detox. net survey shows that their impact and implementation can also be racist. Stark racial disparities are apparent in the 1,500-plus person survey. African Americans are much more likely to face repercussions for failing a drug test than white people; the study shows that 9. 2 percent of blacks reported being reprimanded or even fired for failing a drug test. That's more than double the number of whites who reported the same, just 4. 4 percent. According to the survey, 97. 6 percent of military service members were tested for drugs at some point in their careers. The other most frequently drug-tested workers were those in manufacturing and transportation jobs and warehousing,. . .
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Could the Fossil Fuel Industry Start Drilling for Oil in Your Local Park?
Chelsea Batten, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-23
A fight between Big Oil and local residents in Kalamazoo serves as a cautionary tale. | After eight years on the Kalamazoo County Parks Commission board, board member and local activist Matt Lechel had never encountered an issue like the one that confronted the board last January: a proposal to drill for oil in one of Kalamazoo's community parks. The proposal came from a representative of Wolverine Gas and Oil, a Michigan corporation that had distinguished itself in 2004 with the largest continental U. S. oil discovery in 30 years. The representative provided handouts for his presentation, which proposed to lease land within Kalamazoo's Scott's Mill County Park for the purpose of drilling for oil. Lechel was flabbergasted that the parks commission was hearing the proposal at all. In 2010, the area suffered the biggest inland oil spill in U. S. history when Enbridge Line. . .
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Love Live Marielle Franco.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-23
The assassination of Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco sent huge crowds of outraged mourners into the streets of Brazil, the western hemisphere's "blackest" nation, where more than half of the 210 million inhabitants describe themselves as preto (black) or pardo (partly African). The 38 year-old member of the Party of Socialism and Liberty (PSOL) and her driver were ambushed by hit men firing police-issued bullets, sending "a message to all black bodies that fight for rights in the favela," the besieged ghettos of Brazil's cities, said Black activist Marcelle Decothé. | Shaun King, writing in The Intercept, described Franco as, "for all intents and purposes, a leader of the country's parallel to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S." | In this week's issue of Black Agenda Report, Black Brazilian journalist and anthropologist Jaime A. Alves describes…
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Team Trump's Smear Campaign Against Mueller Gets Serious: Will He Survive?
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-23
Now the right launches a last-ditch crusade against Mueller's integrity, as Trump (again) contemplates firing him. | After Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation last spring and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Robert Mueller as special counsel, the most common reaction across the political establishment was relief. This tweet from former House speaker and staunch Trump ally Newt Gingrich perfectly represents the bipartisan consensus at the time: May 18, 2017It wasn't long, however, before Republicans changed their tune. When it was reported that Mueller and his team were looking into obstruction of justice, the right wing did a U-turn and Gingrich was on the radio agitating for the special counsel's office to be shut down because James Comey "makes so clear that it's the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the FBI director leaking to. . .
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A Scenario as Crazy as Trump: President Fires Mueller and Orchestrates Own Impeachment to Grab More Power.
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-23
Democrats could be baited while House Republicans would control the impeachment process. | Could this be the future? Imagine this: President Trump and House Republicans strategically push to impeach Trump and clear him of everything Russia-related and otherwise before November's elections, in order to increase their control over the national political narrative, bait and upstage Democrats, and drive their base to vote in record numbers. There are hints this gambit could be in the works. One hint is the Republican-run House Intelligence Committee probe of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia predictably found nothing–a conclusion special counsel Robert Mueller seems likely to reject. Another hint is Trump reshuffling his Russia-related legal team to replace lawyers, like John Dowd, who showed some respect for Mueller's inquest, with more combative partisans (and Fox News regulars) such as Jay Sekulow and former U. S. attorney Joe. . .
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15 Years After Invasion of Iraq, Amnesia & Distortion Obscure U.S. Record of War Crimes & Torture.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-22
Fifteen years ago this week, the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq on the false pretense that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. The attack came despite worldwide protest and a lack of authorization from the United Nations Security Council. The ongoing war has devastated Iraq and destabilized the region. We speak with Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan and Medea Benjamin of CodePink…
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/22/15_years_…

Are Israel & Saudi Arabia Pressuring U.S. Toward War with Iran?
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-22
Journalist Mehdi Hasan and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, discuss how the United States is siding with Saudi Arabia in its feud with Iran and what it means for the Middle East. Could it mean war against Iran? On Monday, Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a "flawed agreement." President Trump has long threatened to pull out of the deal.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/22/are_israe…

As Yemen Faces World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis, Senate Refuses to End US Support for Saudi War.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-22
On Tuesday, the US Senate rejected a bipartisan resolution to end US military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen within 30 days, unless Congress formally authorizes the military action. The vote was 44 to 55, with 10 Democrats joining the Republican majority to block the legislation and Arizona Senator John McCain not casting a vote. The US-backed, Saudi-led airstrikes and naval blockade have devastated Yemen's health, water and sanitation systems, sparking a massive cholera outbreak and pushing millions of Yemenis to the brink of starvation. More than 15,000 people have died since the Saudi invasion in 2015. We hear part of Sen. Bernie Sanders' speech against US involvement and speak with Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan and Medea Benjamin of CodePink. | TRANSCRIPT: | NERMEEN SHAIKH: Earlier this week, the Senate rejected a bipartisan resolution to end the US military involvement in Yemen…
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Reformer or War Criminal? Saudi Crown Prince Welcomed in U.S. as Trump Touts Weapons Deals.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-22
On Tuesday, President Trump met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House, where the two leaders finalized a $12.5 billion weapons deal. This comes less than a year after Trump announced a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis. During the meeting, Trump held up posters of recent Saudi weapon purchases from the United States and said, "We make the best equipment in the world." Human rights groups warn the massive arms deal may make the United States complicit in war crimes committed in the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen. We speak with Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan and Medea Benjamin of CodePink.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/22/reformer_…

Israel Jails Ahed Tamimi's Mother for Facebook Live Video of Palestinian Teen Slapping Soldier.
Robert Mackey | The Intercept | 2018-03-22
Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in jail for slapping an Israeli soldier. Her mother will also be jailed for broadcasting the confrontation online. | The post Israel Jails Ahed Tamimi's Mother for Facebook Live Video of Palestinian Teen Slapping Soldier appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/03/22/israel-jails-palestinian-mother-facebook-live-video-daughter-slapping-soldier/

Teen Palestinian Protester Gets 8 Months in Prison.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-22
Ahed Tamimi is sentenced for slapping and kicking a pair of Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home, capping a case that sparked uproar in Israel and attracted international attention. | The post Teen Palestinian Protester Gets 8 Months in Prison appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Mauritania: "A sword hanging over our heads" : The repression of activists speaking out against discrimination and slavery in Mauritania.
Amnesty International | 2018-03-22
This report seeks to analyze patterns of repression used against human rights defenders in Mauritania, particularly those who expose and combat slavery and discrimination, since the last presidential elections in 2014. There has been an increasing number of bans on peaceful protests and associations, arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment and persecution of human rights defenders, as well as mushrooming of repressive legislations which further undermine human rights work.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr38/7812/…

Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council on Cambodia and Libya (Item 10 General Debate, 37th regular session) .
Amnesty International | 2018-03-22
In this oral statement, delivered at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on 22 March 2018, Amnesty international expresses disappointment that the HRC's draft resolution on Libya falls well short of the response needed, because it fails to establish a dedicated international investigative mechanism to combat the impunity prevailing in Libya. Amnesty also echoes concerns raised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about the on-going crackdown on civil society, peaceful political opponents and independent media in Cambodia, and calls on the HRC to consider further action in the absence of meaningful steps being taken urgently by the Government.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ior40/8119/…

On Brink of a Stable Peace, Colombia Faces Familiar US-Backed Right-Wing Elements Seeking to Subvert It.
MintPress News Desk | 2018-03-22
Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC has been threatened by continued violence against social leaders and now, with elections approaching, a potential far-right resurgence fueled by fear could trigger a return to militarism. | The post On Brink of a Stable Peace, Colombia Faces Familiar US-Backed Right-Wing Elements Seeking to Subvert It appeared first on MintPress News.

On Brink of a Stable Peace, Colombia Faces Familiar US-Backed Right-Wing Elements Seeking to Subvert It

Trump Touts Arms Deals As Saudi Prince Kicks Off US Tour.
Josh Lederman | MintPress News | 2018-03-22
Following a failed Senate vote to end US support for the devastating Saudi war in Yemen, Trump praised Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman and his support for US jobs through arms purchases. | The post Trump Touts Arms Deals As Saudi Prince Kicks Off US Tour appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump Touts Arms Deals As Saudi Prince Kicks Off US Tour

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Surveillance Capitalism.
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-22
Whether it creeps into politics, marketing, or simple profiling, the nature of surveillance as totality has been affirmed by certain events this decade. The Edward Snowden disclosures of 2013 demonstrated the complicity and collusion between Silicon Valley and the technological stewards of the national security state. It took the election of Donald J. Trump in…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/22/facebook-cambridge-analytica-and-surveillance-capitalism/

Phony Democracy Lives in Darkness.
Michael Fangman | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-22
More dire warnings about Social Security from Paul Ryan exemplify the basic dishonesty of political discourse in America. Michael Phalen of Social Security Works (see Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson's excellent book of the same name) promptly called for vigilance and donations to resist Ryan's renewed scheme for another " Simpson-Bowles" group–to jump-start Ryan's pet project. | Phalen writes: It's particularly appalling that Ryan's proposal came at an event promoting Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut, which overwhelmingly favors the wealthy. We always knew this was their plan: give money to the super-rich, then cry poor as an excuse to cut programs that provide a foundation of economic security to regular Americans. The reality is that Social Security has a $2.8 trillion surplus, can pay out 100% of earned benefits owed for the next 17 years and approximately 80% of benefits after…
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Styx and Eldorado: Once again on the plight of refugees.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-22
A handful of movies at the 2018 Berlinale dealt powerfully and insightfully with the European Union's criminal policy toward refugees.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/22/berl…

This May Be the Most Pathetic Proposal to Prevent School Shootings Yet.
Liz Posner, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-22
When will we address the real causes of gun violence? | Florida's Broward school district, which oversees the Parkland school where a former student murdered 17 people in February, has announced it has a new plan to keep its schools safe. When students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High return from spring break next week, they'll be required to ditch their regular Jansports and carry their books and supplies in school-issued, transparent backpacks, the Miami Herald reports. According to the Herald, "Students will also be required to wear identification badges at all times and could soon see metal detectors installed. " The new safety measures are presumably intended to prevent copycat shootings. "While we can't change the heartbreaking and senseless act of violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, by working together, we can change the future," superintendent Robert Runcie wrote in a letter to parents.
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The ICC Plays Scripted Role in Regime Change Plot Against Venezuela.
Dakotah Lilly | MintPress News | 2018-03-22
When it comes to Venezuela, we should be wary of hyperbole and exaggeration, bearing in mind that "humanitarian crisis" is a highly technical and loaded term that can be misused as a pretext for military intervention and regime change. | The post The ICC Plays Scripted Role in Regime Change Plot Against Venezuela appeared first on MintPress News.

The ICC Plays Scripted Role in Regime Change Plot Against Venezuela

Syria's Kids Are Still Being Killed at School .
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-22
Children walk through the rubble of the Tamayuz ("Excellence") kindergarten in the town of Hamouriyeh after it was hit by a Syrian-Russian airstrike on November 8, 2017. | © 2017 Private | In areas of Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Syria's capital Damascus held by anti-government armed groups, schools have closed for fear that Syrian and Russian warplanes will bomb them. Instead, local residents have opened informal schools in basements, thinking they offer greater protection from attack. But these basement schools are now being bombed too. | This week, according to Syrian rights groups and local media in Eastern Ghouta, an airstrike in the town of Arbin killed at least 15 children and two adults as they sheltered in a basement school. A doctor who saw the bodies sent us a list of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/22/syrias-kids-…

Stocks Dive on Trade War Fears After China Sanctions.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-22
The Dow Jones industrial average drops 724.42 points (2.9 percent) on investor worries that trade tensions between the U.S. and China will escalate. Planned sanctions include tariffs on $48 billion worth of Chinese imports. | The post Stocks Dive on Trade War Fears After China Sanctions appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Chad: Government Fails Ex-Dictator's Victims.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-22
(Ndjamena) — The Chadian government has yet to provide court-ordered reparations to 7,000 victims of grave crimes under the rule of former dictator Hissène Habré, four human rights groups said today. Chad's lack of action is a failure of its obligations to Habré's victims. | On March 25, 2015, a Chadian criminal court convicted 20 Habré-era security agents on charges of murder, torture, kidnapping, and arbitrary detention. The court also awarded 75 billion CFA francs (approximately US$140 million) in reparations to 7,000 victims, ordering the government to pay half and the convicted agents the other half. | "It has been three years, and the Chadian government hasn't even begun to execute the court's decision," said Jacqueline Moudeina, lead lawyer for the victims and president of the Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (ATPDH). "This is a…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/22/chad-governm…

Zuckerberg Breaks Silence on Cambridge Analytica, Apologizes for Data Breach.
Jordan Riefe | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-22
Breaking his silence for the first time since reports last weekend that the political data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained information on 50 million Facebook users, Mark Zuckerberg weighed in with a post on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. In a 937-word explanation he blamed himself, but he also blamed Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who mined the data then lied about destroying it.I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform. I'm serious about doing what it takes to protect our community. While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn't change what happened in the past. We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward. | With Facebook facing investigations by attorneys general…
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Poland: Reject Bill to Further Limit Abortion Rights .
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-22
Women gesture as people gather in an abortion rights campaigners' demonstration to protest against plans for a total ban on abortion in front of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, October 3, 2016. | © 2016 Reuters | (Warsaw) — Poland's Parliament should listen to the voices of women across Poland and reject a regressive legislative proposal that would erode reproductive rights, more than 200 human and women's rights groups from across the globe said in a statement issued today. | The Parliament is debating a draft bill entitled "Stop Abortion." If adopted, this legislation will severely limit the already restricted grounds on which women can lawfully access abortion in Poland. It will place women's health and lives at risk and violate Poland's international human rights obligations, the groups said. | The statement calls on Polish lawmakers to cease relentless attempts to roll back the reproductive rights of women in Poland and underlines the danger that will be posed to women and girls in Poland if the regressive law is adopted. | Read statement here.
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/22/poland-rejec…

Gaddafi's Son Hopes to "Restore the National State and Sovereignty" in Libya.
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-03-22
While Colonel Gaddafi's second son was a highly divisive figure in Libya, the strife-ridden country has since witnessed a seething civil war and suffered major bloodshed amid power struggles between armed factions and competing governments. | The post Gaddafi's Son Hopes to "Restore the National State and Sovereignty" in Libya appeared first on MintPress News.

Gaddafi’s Son Hopes to “Restore the National State and Sovereignty” in Libya

The Courage to Uncover the Politics and Lies Behind the Carnage in Colombia.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-22
For decades, the people of Colombia were assaulted and killed by paramilitaries, drug cartels and FARC — with a corrupt government deeply involved. There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia singles out three people whose heroic efforts made a difference.A member of FARC's Sixth Front on guard with his weapon in a demobilization camp in the final days before they hand in their arms back to the government on December 28, 2016, in Miranda, Colombia. (Photo: Kaveh Kazemi / Getty Images) | For decades, the people of Colombia were assaulted and killed by paramilitaries, drug cartels and FARC — with a corrupt government deeply involved. Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno writes about predation and hope for a war-torn nation in There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia. Get the book now with…
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Chinese president expounds on his nationalist "dream"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-22
Xi's consolidation as China's political strongman takes place amid growing US threats of trade war and war, as well as intense social tensions at home.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/22/chin…

US approves $1bn in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, including 6,500+ anti-tank missiles.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-22
The US intends to sell a billion dollars-worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, including some $670 million-worth of anti-tank missiles, despite criticism of the Gulf state's war in Yemen, in which 10,000 civilians have been killed. | RT.com…
www.rt.com/usa/422076-us-arms-sales-saud…

Neoliberal Globalization: Is There an Alternative to Plundering the Earth?
PCVW | Global Research | 2018-03-22
Is there an alternative to making war? Is there an alternative to destroying the planet? No one asks these questions because they seem absurd…
globalresearch.ca/neoliberal-globalization-is-there-an-alternative-to-plundering-the-earth/24403

Trump replaces national security adviser McMaster with John Bolton.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-22
Former United Nations ambassador and stalwart Republican hawk John Bolton will replace Gen. HR McMaster as the national security adviser on April 9, President Trump has announced. | RT.com…
www.rt.com/usa/422081-trump-security-adv…

China 'would fight to the end' in trade war with US — Embassy.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-22
China would "fight to the end" in a trade war with the US, using "all necessary measures," according to an embassy statement. The comments come after US President Donald Trump announced $60 billion in new tariffs against China. | RT.com…
www.rt.com/usa/422077-china-us-trade-war…

Watch MSNBC Host Chris Matthews Denounce John Bolton As 'Godfather of Stupid Wars&#039
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-22
The president's new national security adviser is terrifying everyone. | Kicking off Thursday night's Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews practically came out of his chair while ripping into President Donald Trump's selection of John Bolton as his new national security adviser. As is his custom, Matthews didn't let his guests get a word in edgewise as he ranted about Trump's selection of Bolton, calling the appointment the "worst thing he's done. ""It's extraordinary. I'm a little emotional about this because I've never seen a president behave like this in one day," said Matthews of a day that saw Trump's personal attorney flee the president's legal team because Trump wouldn't listen to his advice, only to later have Trump dismiss the steady and highly-regarded McMaster with Bolton, who can charitably be called a bomb-thrower and a warmonger. "This may be the worst thing he's done," Matthews. . .
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First Major U.S. City Bans Fur.
Kitty Block, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-22
San Francisco's new ban is a milestone in a global war against fur that is gaining momentum. | San Francisco has voted to ban all sales of fur within its limits, in a historic victory for millions of animals cruelly confined and killed for their skins and hides. Tuesday's unanimous vote by its board of supervisors makes San Francisco the largest city in the United States to enact such a ban. Two other California cities, West Hollywood and Berkeley, already ban fur, and bans on fur sales and imports exist in India and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The city's ban, which will go into effect in January 2019, pending the mayor's approval, states that the "sale of fur products in San Francisco is inconsistent with the City's ethos of treating all living beings, humans and animals alike, with kindness. " The ban includes all retail sales. . .
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Trump Is Reportedly Adding a Prominent Anti-Mueller Fox News Pundit to His Legal Team.
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-22
The president has an affinity for TV lawyers. | President Donald Trump reportedly isn't done shaking up his legal team. According to Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman, the president plans to add Victoria Toensing, who is the wife of recently hired lawyer Joseph diGenova, to his legal team. Both diGenova and Toensing regularly offer legal analysis on Fox News, and Sherman says that Trump is bringing them on because he's decided to go to war with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. While diGenova has in the past said the entire probe was based on a "deep state" plot "to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and. . . then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime," Toensing has recommended appointing a new special counsel to investigate Mueller himself. "Toensing is currently representing William Campbell, a former lobbyist and F. B. I. informant, who claimed in an interview. . .
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Pilot's brush with death caught on camera (VIDEO).
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-22
The moment that a plane's engine cuts out, sending the aircraft plummeting towards the ground, has been captured in a dramatic video that's tense until the very final second. | RT.com…
www.rt.com/usa/422048-pilot-engine-failu…

Trump boasts of arms deals, backs Saudi slaughter in Yemen.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-22
The White House gave the Saudi regime unconditional support for its war in Yemen, while cementing the anti-Iranian alliance between Washington and Riyadh.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/22/saud…

Are Social Media Companies Anti-Social?
E.J. Dionne Jr. | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-22
In 1964, the novelist Eugene Burdick published "The 480." The best-selling book described, as Burdick wrote in his preface, "people who work with slide rules and calculating machines and computers which can retain an almost infinite number of bits of information as well as sort, categorize and reproduce this information at the press of a button." | The title refers to 480 categories of voters, defined by demographic characteristics, created by the Simulmatics Corp., a real company, as a way of targeting appeals to small subgroups. The novel's drama centers on data manipulation's role in lifting a dark-horse candidate toward the Republican presidential nomination. | We're told of five different campaign mailings directed "to five carefully selected groups that shared only one quality: they were likely to turn out to vote and they had a special grievance." I suppose that's two qualities, but…
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As Yemen Faces World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis, Senate Refuses to End U.S. Support for Saudi War.
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-22
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House Intel Republicans Seriously Cited Kushner Russian Backchannel Attempt as Evidence Against Collusion.
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-22
The committee's initial report was released Thursday, but it had already been widely discredited. | The House Intelligence Committee Republicans on Thursday released the conclusions of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. As had already been clear from the public statements, the report is a joke. Perhaps the most ridiculous part of the report concerns its findings about the backchannel President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, tried to set up with Russian officials during the transition period. "Possible Russian efforts to set up a 'back channel' with Trump associates after the election suggest the absence of collusion during the campaign, since the communication associated with collusion would have rendered such a 'back channel' unnecessary," the report reads. This wild and backward leap in logic is staggering in its effort to exonerate the Trump team. . .
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Italy, Germany and the EU's Future.
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-22
More than a quarter of a century ago, much of the European center-left made a course change, edging away from its working class base, accommodating itself to the globalization of capital, and handing over the post World War II social contract to private industry. Whether it was the "New Labour" of Tony Blair in Britain or Gerhard Schroder's "Agenda 2010" in Germany, social democracy came to terms with its traditional foe, capitalism.
counterpunch.org/2018/03/22/italy-germany-and-the-eus-future/

New NSC adviser John Bolton: The hawkiest hawk of the Bush administration?
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-22
John Bolton's new role as US national security adviser may spell trouble for security chiefs elsewhere. An apologist for the Iraq invasion on false pretexts, he is also well known for his hawkish effort to encourage war with Iran. | RT.com…
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Russian to Judgment.
Jeff Berg | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-22
One would have to have been very deeply sequestered from the electronic and print media not to have repeatedly run into the spy poisoning narrative emanating from Britain. It is as ever very important to parse what we know from what is merely being alleged. All the more so in this case for the straightforward reason…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/22/russian-to-judgment/

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