2019-03-11: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). "I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again. democracynow.org U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Manning had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning was imprisoned from 2010 to 2017 for the leak. President Obama commuted her sentence before he left office. We speak with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about the s…

Chris Hedges (2019-03-11). Israel's Stranglehold on American Politics. commondreams.org "The massive interference in our internal affairs by Israel and the Israel lobby, far exceeding that of any other country, including Russia or China, is not an anti-Semitic trope," writes Hedges. "It is a fact." (Cartoon: Mr. Fish) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Chris Hedges (2019-03-11). Israel's Stranglehold on American Politics. truthdig.com The Israel lobby's buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby's campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian rights—including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein and university students, many of them Jewish, in organizations such as…

Aba Blankson (2019-03-11). NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit. naacp.org NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit Thousands Expected to Join in Setting NAACP 2020 Agenda Fighting Racism and Defending the Vote, Among Key Issues to be Discussed BALTIMORE (March 8, 2019) — The nation's foremost civil rights organization will kick off its 110th national convention on July 20-24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. "In a country shaped by race relations, pollution and polarizing political struggles, Detroit stands out as the …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War. democracynow.org An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border. democracynow.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists—seven of whom are U.S. citizens—along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

Jipson John (2019-03-11). Constitution is supreme and above all the customs and beliefs: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. mronline.org In conversation with the Chief Minister who just completed 1,000 days in office | Source

Prensa Latina (2019-03-11). NYT Denies that Venezuela Burned Aid Convoy. globalresearch.ca An exclusive video quoted by The New York Times contradicts the US statement that the Venezuelan government set fire to an aid convoy last month on the border with Colombia. | An article signed by journalists of the newspaper in Colombia …

splcenter (2019-03-11). SPLC statement on President Trump's plan to slash Medicaid spending. splcenter.org President Trump today proposed a $4.7 trillion budget that calls for increased spending on defense and for barriers along the Mexico border, but for greatly reduced spending on Medicaid.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Headlines for March 11, 2019. democracynow.org Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Crashes, Killing All 157 On Board, Judge Jails Chelsea Manning For Refusing to Testify About WikiLeaks, Trump to Request $8.6 Billion for Border Wall in 2020 Budget, 1000s More Could Join ACLU Lawsuit over Trump Family Separation Policy, House Passes Election Reform Act Despite GOP Resistance, NYT Report Contradicts U.S. Claim That Maduro Responsible for "Aid" Convoy Fire, Guaidó to Declare Emergency as NYT Reports U.S. Sanctions Exacerbate Blackout, Netanyahu: "Israel Is Not a State of All Its Citizens", Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Protesters, Killing 1, Fox Host Under Fi…

unitedEditor (2019-03-11). Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria. uwidata.com Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …

Bob Dreyfuss (2019-03-11). Is the Trump Administration Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One? mintpressnews.com TomDispatch's Bob Dreyfuss asks: could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war?

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-03-11). In Bid to Control Yemen Border Towns, Saudi Arabia Employs Deadly Airstrikes and Jihadi Militias. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia has taken to the pulpit in local mosques, airwaves, Facebook and Twitter, and local media to inflame sectarian tensions that previously did not exist in Yemen's border region.

teleSUR, trp-ML (2019-03-11). Venezuela Opens Border Crossing with Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan government announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor on its border with Colombia to allow passage for students who live one side but go to school in the other one, and for citizens that need medical attention. Beyond this, the rest of the border remains closed. | RELATED | Venezuela Denounces 2nd False Flag Operation at Colombia Border | The instruction to open the corridor was given by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and came into effect Monday at 5:…

Timothy Smith (2019-03-11). VIDEO: Inside the Decades-Long Republican Campaign to Suppress the Vote. thenation.com VIDEO: Inside the Decades-Long Republican Campaign to Suppress the Vote…

commondreams (2019-03-11). Free Press Action and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Release Proposed 'Online Civil Rights and Privacy Act' to Combat Data Discrimination. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Gideon Levy (2019-03-11). It's Time to Tell the Truth. zcomm.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted Read more…

Fight Back (2019-03-11). Intl Women's Day in Philippines: Unite and fight Filipino women's #1 enemy, the U.S.-Duterte regime. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 8 statement from MAKIBAKA (the Patriotic Movement of New Women), a revolutionary women's group in the Philippines. | On this historic day of women's collective actions becoming a worldwide force to be reckoned with, Filipino revolutionary women under the banner of Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA) continue the fierce tradition of strong women resisting and fighting along the line and program of the national democratic revolution against the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. As we celebrate the International Women's Day, we recognize and…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-03-11). A GOP Bill in Georgia Would Jail Doctors Who Perform Abortions in a Post-Roe America. theintercept.com Five states have already passed a so-called trigger law, which would ban nearly all abortions if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.

RT (2019-03-11). Trump cuts foreign aid spending, boosts border security, funds countering Russia in 2020 budget plan. rt.com President Donald Trump has announced his 2020 budget request. The $4.7 trillion funding plan cuts foreign aid and DC spending, and gives a boost to the military and border security, as well as to countering Russia's "influence."

Al Neal (2019-03-11). Deal or no deal? Theresa May makes one final effort to save Brexit. peoplesworld.org LONDON—British Prime Minister Theresa May has less than 24 hours to get her Brexit deal finalized with the European Union before it's sent to a "meaningful vote" before Parliament tomorrow. Kicking off weekend negotiations, the EU unveiled a new concession aimed at resolving the Irish border issue which UK negotiators rejected, deadlocking talks as UK …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Is a War With Iran on the Horizon? truthout.org Here's the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran? Could military actions designed to be limited — say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible U.S. cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf — trigger a wider war? | Worryingly, the answers are: yes and yes. Even though Western E…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers and Activists Targeted in Intelligence Gathering at Border. truthout.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists — seven of whom are U.S. citizens — along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the govern…

WSWS (2019-03-11). Milan, Italy: 200,000 march against racism. wsws.org Some 200,000 people demonstrated last Saturday in Milan against the right-wing coalition government, which closes ports to immigrant vessels and lets people drown in the Mediterranean.

Ryan Devereaux (2019-03-11). The U.S. Targeted Journalists on the Border. Two Senators Want to Know Why. theintercept.com Sen. Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide a briefing on the border operations targeting journalists.

teleSUR (2019-03-10). Trump Will Ask Congress for Extra $8.6 Billion for Border Wall. telesurenglish.net Another budget fight approaches in the U.S. Congress Monday as President Donald Trump is set to ask for an additional US$8.6 billion to help pay for his proposed wall on the U.S-Mexico border, according to U.S. officials familiar with his proposal for the 2020 budget. | RELATED: | Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His 'Racist' Wall | Despite a smaller request – US$ 5.7 billion – causing a five-week partial federal government shutdown that ended in January, Trump seems set on…

RT (2019-03-10). 'I'm winning!' Trump attacks 'Wacky Nut Job' Ann Coulter for her border wall criticism. rt.com Claiming that he is "winning at the border," the US president has fired back at conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, who ended her cooling political romance with Donald Trump by calling him an "idiot" over concessions to Democrats.

WSWS (2019-03-09). Pentagon escalating buildup on Russia's borders. wsws.org The top US commander in Europe told a Senate panel that the Pentagon needs more troops and more warships to counter alleged Russian "threats."

RT (2019-03-09). 'Fraud & election theft': Conservatives melt down after House Democrats pass voting rights bill. rt.com House Democrats have unanimously passed a sprawling voting rights, campaign finance, and ethics bill — which Republicans have unanimously opposed as a to-do list for "voter fraud and election theft."

WSWS (2019-03-09). Trump administration kept secret database targeting journalists and immigration activists at US-Mexico border. wsws.org More than 50 people were spied on, including journalists documenting last year's Central American migrant caravan.

stuart_m (2019-03-09). US women footballers go to court for pay equality. greenleft.org.au United States football (soccer) players filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit on International Women's Day on March 8 seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts. | The action comes just three months before the women's national team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup. | The class-action lawsuit was filed today in a Los Angeles federal court under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It alleges gender-based discrimination by the US Football Federation. | The players allege they have been subject to ongoing "institutionalised gender discrimination". This includes une…

RT (2019-03-09). MSNBC panelist says Bernie should embrace capitalism because his father fled Nazis. Wait, what? rt.com Corporate media criticism of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is to be expected, but RT's Lee Camp was taken aback by MSNBC's suggestion that the senator should embrace capitalism because… his father fled the Nazis.

Elie Mystal (2019-03-08). The Manafort Sentence Is a Lesson in White Privilege. thenation.com The Manafort Sentence Is a Lesson in White Privilege…

splcenter (2019-03-08). Weekend Read: Why is racism still America's biggest problem? splcenter.org It rained on marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, and it rained on them again last weekend as they commemorated the day when police beat civil rights marchers so badly that the date became known the nation over as Bloody Sunday.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby. democracynow.org Following a week of debate surrounding Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar's comments about U.S. foreign policy in Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. We host a discussion with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper's editorial board; Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace; and Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, writer and organizer based in New York City.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Lost Children Archive: Valeria Luiselli's New Novel Bears Witness to the U.S. Immigration Crisis. democracynow.org Days after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, we speak with Valeria Luiselli about her new book, "Lost Children Archive." It chronicles one family's journey from New York to the southwestern U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona as the mother researches the plight of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States.

Andrew Levine (2019-03-08). Border Security: What and Who is it Good For? counterpunch.org With few exceptions, America's borders were open, at least to Europeans, before passage of the Johnson-Reed Act in 1924. Before that, nativist animosities were often acute. But with transportation into and out of the country difficult, and labor in chronically short supply, efforts to keep people out never gained much traction. This was as much the case along the southern border as at Ellis Island. More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…

Rachel Johnson (2019-03-08). NAACP'S RESPONDS TO GEORGIA STATE SENATE'S DECISION TO PROTECT CONFEDERATE STATUES. naacp.org BALTIMORE — President and CEO of the NAACP Derrick Johnson issued the following statement regarding the Georgia State Senate's passage a bill this week that will further protect Confederate monuments, increase penalties for vandalism and prevent local governments from removing them: "The NAACP stands with its Georgia State Conference and branches in condemning the Georgia Senate's …

ACLU (2019-03-08). A Federal Appeals Court Confirms That the Constitution Guarantees Immigrants Access to Courts. aclu.org In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court struck down a law limiting judicial review of expedited removal orders as unconstitutional. | In a major decision on Thursday, a federal appeals court held that immigrants are entitled to seek judicial review of their "expedited removal" orders in federal court. This decision is a significant step towards ensuring that vulnerable asylum seekers and others will get a fair shot to prove their claims that our immigration laws and the U.S. Constitution guarantee. | Vijayakumar Th…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-03-08). ACT for America Tries To Distance Themselves From One of Their 'Most Influential Activists'. splcenter.org An ACT for America chapter leader made national headlines last week for a display at the West Virginia Capitol that appeared to equate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Consortiumnews (2019-03-08). Labour's Fight Over Israel Long Time in Coming. consortiumnews.com The party is being dragged into the modern world by Corbyn's anti-racist leadership towards Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net An announcement this week by the Jewish Labour Movement that it is considering splitting from the British Labour Party… Read more →

James Jeffrey (2019-03-08). The People Progress Left Behind: Images from the 1960s American South. progressive.org Born in deeply segregated Mississippi in the 1940s, photographer Doy Gorton grew up surrounded by what he describes as "legalized white supremacy."

Fight Back (2019-03-08). International Women's Day 2019: We have had enough of Trump and the war on women. fightbacknews.org Enough is enough. Trump, his administration, and his backers are waging war on women, and millions of women are making it clear that we are not going to be pushed backwards. From the massive Women's Marches, to the midterm elections, to the constant, everyday resistance, women are standing up against Trump's reactionary agenda. | Trump and his supporters in the Senate want to pack the Supreme Court and roll back reproductive rights, and they have gotten a start by appointing the drunken misogynist Brett Kavanaugh. Accompanying the administrations outrageous policy of placing immigrants in detention, Trump's Justi…

susan_p (2019-03-08). 'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…

RT (2019-03-08). Grand jury indicts Jussie Smollett on 16 counts for faking 'racist & homophobic' attack on himself. rt.com Disgraced former 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted by grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police and filing a fake police report about the 'hate crime' he staged against himself.

RT (2019-03-08). Maine mayor resigns after calling African Americans 'antiquated farm machinery'. rt.com Shane Bouchard, the Republican mayor of Lewiston, Maine, has resigned, after messages were leaked showing he exchanged racist jokes with a former lover. |

Consortiumnews (2019-03-07). Anti-Semitism vs. Anti-Zionism in France. consortiumnews.com Lawrence Davidson dismantles Macron's equation of apples and oranges. By Lawrence Davidson TothePointAnalysis.com 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… Read more →

Reese Erlich (2019-03-07). Foreign Correspondent: What's Really Going on in Kashmir? progressive.org Kashmir—a long-contested region between India and Pakistan—is a spectacularly beautiful former tourist destination. But to live near the border these days means hunkering down in bomb shelters.

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