2018-03-03: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-03-03). Nova Scotia Teachers Union abandons strike mandate, capitulates to Liberal attack on education. World Socialist Web Site In exchange for the NSTU's suppression of teacher opposition to its right-wing education "reform," Nova Scotia's Liberal government has agreed to changes that will bolster the union apparatus.

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-03-02). Paul Krugman Has a Brutal Message for American Taxpayers. AlterNet.org If you think you're benefitting from the Trump tax cuts, think again. | Last month, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) came under fire for celebrating the $1. 50 weekly raise a public school secretary stands to gain from the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It was outrageous on its face, but Ryan's statement is even more preposterous if you actually crunch the numbers. As Paul Krugman writes in his Thursday column, "How's that $75-a-year saving going to look when the [secretary] finds out that, partly because of that tax cut, her mother's Medicare plan has been converted into an inadequate voucher system and Medicaid won't pay for her father's nursing home care? "While a slim majority of Americans now holds a favorable opinion of the Republican legislation, Krugman is here to warn them that they are being taken for a ride.

Adam Johnson (2018-03-02). MSNBC's Big Names Completely Ignore West Virginia Teachers Strike. FAIR The West Virginia teachers strike was covered on CNN Headline News, but barely mentioned on MSNBC. | Eight days into the first wildcat strike by West Virginia teachers in 27 years—organized by rank-and-file union members in all 55 West Virginia counties—America's largest liberal cable network, MSNBC, is a virtual no-show in reporting on the momentous labor unrest. | Save for one two-minute throwaway report from daytime show Velshi and Ruhle ( 2/27/18), MSNBC hasn't dedicated a single segment to the strike—despite the strike's unprecedented size and scope, which garnered major coverage from major outlets like CNN ( 3/1/18), the New York Times ( 3/1/18), Washington Post ( 3/2/18), Vox ( 2/24/18) and dozens of others. | The most glaring omission is from the three highly paid primetime hosts: Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell and former In These Times…

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-03-02). Paul Krugman Has a Brutal Message for American Taxpayers. AlterNet.org If you think you're benefiting from the Trump tax cuts, think again. | Last month, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) came under fire for celebrating the $1. 50 weekly raise a public school secretary stands to gain from the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Ryan's outrageous statement is even more preposterous if you actually crunch the numbers. As Paul Krugman writes in his Thursday column, "How's that $75-a-year saving going to look when the [secretary] finds out that, partly because of that tax cut, her mother's Medicare plan has been converted into an inadequate voucher system and Medicaid won't pay for her father's nursing home care? "While a slim majority of Americans now holds a favorable opinion of the Republican legislation, Krugman is here to warn them that they are being taken for a ride. That's because the federal government has. . .

Robert Koehler (2018-03-02). Melting Ice of the Human Heart. counterpunch.org More>

Prof. James Petras (2018-03-02). Israel Buys the US Congress: Sabotaging the US-Iran Peace Negotiations. Global Research Israel has escalated its propaganda war against Iran . Its agents in the US Congress, the mass media and in the Executive branch moved to undermine the peace process.

Bill Boyarsky (2018-03-02). Spirituality in the Trump Era? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Trump administration's assault on immigrants is growing more fierce, both in Washington, D.C., and on the streets. Meanwhile, resistance to this aggressive policy, along with immigrants' fear of deportation, becomes more intense. Into this maelstrom stepped Victor Narro and his book, " Living Peace, Connecting Your Spirituality With Your Work for Justice." | Spirituality in the Trump era? With Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly (the former secretary of homeland security), calling the shots, federal agents—without a scintilla of humanity, much less spirituality—are intensifying their sweeps in search of undocumented immigrants. Separating families and ripping people from their schools, homes and jobs is the opposite of spirituality. And it's hard to fight these powerful forces with the thin resources available to community immigrant rights organizations. | Narro is project director at the UCLA Labor Center.

Mike Whitney (2018-03-02). If the US Wants Peace in Korea, It Should Keep Its Word. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in December 2010. | On January 29, 2002, former President George W. Bush designated North Korea as one of three nations in the "axis of evil". Bush made it clear that these …

RT News (2018-03-02). US Established Up to 20 Military Bases in Syria's Kurdistan — Russian Security Council. Global Research The US has established as many as 20 military bases in the part of Kurdistan that lies within Syria, the Russian National Security Council has stated according to Russian media. | The establishment of peace in war-torn Syria is impeded by …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2018-03-02). An Unholy Alliance? Trump, Israel and Saudi Arabia — Targeting Iran. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in May 2017. | In the wake of President Donald Trump's visit to West Asia, is there even a faint glimmer of hope for peace in the most conflict-ridden region of …

Bill Boyarsky (2018-03-02). Spirituality in the Trump Era? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Trump administration's assault on immigrants is growing more fierce, both in Washington, D.C., and on the streets. Meanwhile, resistance to this aggressive policy, along with immigrants' fear of deportation, becomes more intense. Into this maelstrom stepped Victor Narro and his book, " Living Peace, Connecting Your Spirituality With Your Work For Justice." | Spirituality in the Trump era? With Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly (the former secretary of homeland security), calling the shots, federal agents are intensifying their sweeps in search of undocumented immigrants without a scintilla of humanity, much less spirituality. Separating families and ripping people from their schools, homes and jobs is the opposite of spirituality. And it's hard to fight these powerful forces with the thin resources available to community immigrant rights organizations. | Narro is project director at the UCLA…

Robert C. Koehler (2018-03-02). Melting the Ice in the Human Heart. Global Research How close, how intimate, have you ever gotten with Greenland? | A new documentary called Stella Polaris, directed by Yatri Niehaus — part of Chicago's tenth annual Peace on Earth Film Festival — takes you on a meditative journey to this …

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi (2018-03-02). Israel "Violating Every International Law" with the Use of Lethal Weapons Against Palestinian Civilians. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in October 2015. | The Israeli army is using very dangerous weapons, which can be lethal, to disperse demonstrators who are just demonstrating. The rules of engagement that the Israeli army is …

WSWS (2018-03-02). New Zealand governments lied about "non-combat" role in Iraq. World Socialist Web Site Successive governments falsely claimed that New Zealand soldiers in Iraq are engaged in a training capacity.

Miko Peled (2018-03-02). Israel Destroys the Homes and History of Palestine's Indigenous Bedouin. MintPress News Because the Naqab is a largely fertile desert where agriculture and animal husbandry were practiced by the indigenous Bedouin community for centuries, from 1948 the State of Israel, in settler-colonial fashion, has been engaged in taking the land and the resources while getting rid of the indigenous communities on it. | The post Israel Destroys the Homes and History of Palestine's Indigenous Bedouin appeared first on MintPress News.

Candice Bernd, Truthout (2018-03-02). The FBI Thinks It Has the Right to Surveil People Who Exercise Their First Amendment Rights. AlterNet.org They have a grudge against Black Lives Matter groups, especially those led by women. | The government's surveillance and ongoing case against of Black activist Christopher Daniels, which may become the first prosecution of a person tracked under the new FBI classification of "Black Identity Extremist," could open the door to a wider dragnet for Black activists engaged in police reform and anti-racist organizing across the nation. Daniels, better known in the area as Rakem Balogun, has been in federal custody since December 12, 2017, when heavily armed FBI agents stormed his one-bedroom apartment in Dallas, rousing Daniels and his 15-year-old sfon from their beds and rushing them outside, where they were separated while Daniels was detained wearing only his underwear. The agents recovered two firearms, including an assault rifle, from his apartment during the raid. The government indicted Daniels for. . .

RT (2018-03-02). Sanders feels FEC burn over illegal Australian donations. RT US News The US Federal Election Commission has fined Senator Bernie Sanders for accepting illegal contributions from the Australian Labour Party during his 2016 campaign. Seven ALP volunteers worked on Sanders' presidential campaign.
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Rachel M. Cohen (2018-03-02). Bernie Sanders on Puerto Rico Neglect: "Do You Think This Would Be Happening in Westchester County?" The Intercept Washington's failure to adequately help Puerto Rico rebuild its economy and school system was the focus of a daylong conference at the U.S. Capitol. | The post Bernie Sanders on Puerto Rico Neglect: "Do You Think This Would Be Happening in Westchester County?" appeared first on The Intercept.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-02). Three Democratic Campaigns Now Have Staff Unions. Why Not More? Truthout Stories All signs point to a messy battle in the 2020 Democratic primaries, pitting establishment types against democratic socialists. The staffers for a few 2018 congressional candidates could be pioneering a new litmus test for determining candidates' progressive credentials: Do they recognize their employees' union?Congressional candidate Randy Bryce, who is challenging Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin seat. Bryce's campaign staff has formed a union. (Photo: Randy Bryce / Facebook) | Support from readers allows Truthout to produce the authority-challenging journalism that's going to be imperative in the years to come. Click here now to support this work! | All signs point to a messy battle in the 2020 Democratic primaries, pitting establishment types against democratic socialists. Thanks to an effort spearheaded largely by Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaigners, the staffers for a few 2018 Congressional candidates could be pioneering a new litmus test for determining…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-03-02). Consumers Are Revolting Against Animal Cruelty — So the Poultry Industry Is Lobbying for Laws to Force Stores to Sell Their Eggs. The Intercept Industrial agriculture is now using its lobbying power to override consumers' ethical choices and impose cruel and unhealthy food products in Iowa. | The post Consumers Are Revolting Against Animal Cruelty — So the Poultry Industry Is Lobbying for Laws to Force Stores to Sell Their Eggs appeared first on The Intercept.

TRNN (2018-03-02). The Black Disinvestment Crisis: School Closings, Food Deserts, and Urban Blight (2/2). The Real News Network In the second installment in the series TRNN speaks to Racial Justice NOW an Ohio based organization that wants to stop the intentional economic dislocation of its community by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis…

RT (2018-03-02). Damning report to expose FBI's Andrew McCabe leaking and misleading watchdog. RT US News Andrew McCabe, the former number two at the FBI, leaked information about Clinton's emails probe to the press and later misled watchdog investigators, according to a Justice Department review due to be released next month. |
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Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-02). Robert Mueller Is Just Getting Started. AlterNet.org Special Counsel Robert Mueller may finally be getting to the biggest issues—and getting closer to the president. | Despite all the guilty pleas among people associated with the Trump campaign and the growing pile of evidence about Russian interference in the 2016 election, members of the press have pushed a narrative that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could only go after President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. After all, that was the heart of the case against former President Richard Nixon back in the day. (He was never shown to have known about the "third-rate burglary" at the Watergate. ) And for some, it seems inconceivable that Trump could possibly have colluded with a foreign government — possibly because he's too unorganized and inept to have pulled it off. As it turns out, Mueller can walk and chew gum at the same. . .

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-03-02). Roy Moore Is Begging for Donations and 'Struggling to Make Ends Meet&#039 AlterNet.org A new lawsuit could bankrupt the Alabama Republican. | According to AL. com, former Judge Roy Moore is lamenting that he is financially strapped and struggling to pay his legal bills as he faces a lawsuit filed against him by one of the women who accused him of sexually assaulting her. The former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, who suffered a stunning defeat by losing a U. S. Senate special election to Democrat Doug Jones last December, is now filling his days dealing with the fallout from revelations that he allegedly sexually assaulted teens when he was a 30-year-old district attorney years ago. Currently facing a defamation lawsuit filed by Leigh Corfman, one of the women who said Moore had sexual contact with her when she was a teen, Moore has been attempting to raise money for his defense. Moore is. . .

Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-03-02). One of Trump's Most Devious Tactics to Try to Silence His Critics. AlterNet.org The latest suit against BuzzFeed is classic Trump intimidation. | Most recently, Trump has vowed to seek revenge on BuzzFeed for publishing the Steele Dossier almost a year ago. Now, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is suing BuzzFeed for defamation. BuzzFeed stands by its decision to publish the dossier. Katie Rayford, a BuzzFeed spokesperson, told AlterNet: "The dossier is, and continues to be, the subject of active investigations by Congress and intelligence agencies. It was presented to two successive presidents, and has been described in detail by news outlets around the world. Its interest to the public is obvious. This is not the first time Trump's personal lawyer has attacked the free press, and we look forward to defending our First Amendment rights in court. "Trump loves both suing and threatening lawsuits over any perceived slight, whether it's an artist who depicted the president. . .

Lara Rebello, Medical Daily (2018-03-02). Americans Are So Busy That They Need to Schedule Sex. AlterNet.org A new poll finds 60 percent are unhappy with the amount of time they spend making love. | Busy lifestyles are taking a big toll on the average American. . . especially in the bedroom. According to a new report, a large number of adults are forced to schedule sex because of their hectic routines. The survey, conducted by the sex toy website EdenFantasys, attempted to look at the changing sex culture in the U. S. , with. . . | Related Stories: Americans Are So Busy That They Need to Schedule Time to Have SexWhat Are the Real Chances of Suffering a Heart Attack During Sex? Sexism Is a Problem in the Polyamorous Community, Too

Bill Van Auken (2018-03-02). A New "Left" Appeal for Imperialist Intervention in Syria. Global Research On February 27, the New York Review of Books published an open letter signed by some 200 people, many of them identifying themselves as activists, academics, journalists, writers and journalists. Originally titled "Stop pretending that you can't do anything to …

DPCR (2018-03-02). Putin's State of the Union Reveals Russian Superiority in Nuclear Weapons Technology. Global Research Putin has given a remarkable address to the Federal Assembly, the Russian People, and the peoples of the world. | In his speech Putin revealed the existence of new Russian nuclear weapons that make it indisputably clear that Russia has vast …

F. William Engdahl (2018-03-02). The Secret Stupid Saudi-US Deal on Syria. Oil Gas Pipeline War. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published by GR in October 2014 sheds light on the unfolding war in Syria, the crisis in the Gulf states and the confrontation between Russia and the US. | The details are emerging …

Alexander Zaitchik, Social Security Works (2018-03-02). Taxpayers—Not Big Pharma—Have Funded the Research Behind Every New Drug Since 2010. AlterNet.org A sweeping new study challenges our understanding of medical breakthroughs. | Something odd happened when the Trump administration submitted the original version of its latest pro-corporate budget: Big Pharma didn't like it. The problem wasn't a tax hike or new regulations: the problem was that the budget included deep cuts to the budget of the National Institutes of Health. If those cuts had gone through, they would have exposed one of the biggest lies told about Big Pharma: that the current system of patents and price-gouging is just an unfortunate necessity to cover the cost of all their brave and noble R&D work. ***Trump's original spending proposal for fiscal year 2019, released last month, included major cuts to not just to the NIH, but the National Science Foundation as well. It is those two publicly funded entities—not Big Pharma—that support the bulk of the country's. . .

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-02). A Majority of Uber and Lyft Drivers Earn Far Less Than Minimum Wage: Report. AlterNet.org MIT finds motorists make an average of $3. 37 per hour—before taxes. | The Massachusetts Institute of Technology paints an especially grim portrait of life as an Uber or Lyft driver. According to a new study titled "The Economics of Ride-Hailing: Driver Revenue, Expenses, and Taxes," a motorist for the ride-sharing apps makes an average of $3. 37 per hour—and that's before taxes. At least 74 percent of employees earn below minimum wage in their respective states. Researchers found that drivers of both companies have limited means to boost their wages, as workers tend to conduct their business in isolation and are less likely to compare labor conditions. Even if a driver wants to learn how much another is spending on his or her vehicle, they have no way of obtaining that information. "Little comprehensive work has been done to establish population-level statistics. . .

CPFLEF (2018-03-02). Water Fluoridation: Victory in Legal Case to Force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to End the Addition of Fluoride to the Public Water Supply. Global Research Lawsuit Update | More exciting news for the concerned citizens around the world working tirelessly to educate Municipal Councillors and Government officials on the dangers of ingested fluoride aka Hydrofluorosilicic Acid added to the drinking water supply. | FAN (Fluoride Action Network) …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-02). Mocking Ceasefire and Humanitarian Pause in Syria. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Excluded from Security Council Resolution 2401 are military operations against ISIS, al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and elements connected to them. | US-led terror-bombing continues, massacring defenseless …

Global Research (2018-03-02). "Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria. Global Research Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: Purchase these two essential books on Syria for one low price, c lick here to purchase. | Voices from Syria, by Mark Taliano | Mark Taliano …

E Hanzai (2018-03-02). The Complete History of Monsanto, "The World's Most Evil Corporation" Global Research First published by Waking Times, posted by Global Research in May 2014, this article provides a historical viewpoint. It is of particular relevance in relation to the Monsanto-Bayer merger. | Of all the mega-corps running amok, Monsanto has consistently outperformed its …

Peter Koenig (2018-03-02). The Children of Syria. The West in Highly Complicit in War Crimes. Global Research Author's Update as of March 2, 2018 | Now that the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, are over, warmongering, threats and bombings are retaking world stage. Syria is again in the crosshairs of the blood-drenched empire's handlers, NATO and its …

Fars News Agency (2018-03-02). Arab Daily: British Diplomatic Cable Unveils US Plots to Disintegrate Syria. Global Research A Lebanese newspaper wrote that it has gained access to an email from the British embassy in the US which reveals Washington's 5-paragraph plan to disintegrate Syria. | The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper wrote on Saturday that the US officials along with …

Telesur (2018-03-02). Iran Bans US Dollar in Trade Activities to Beat Sanctions. Global Research Iran has banned the use of the U.S. dollar in all trade transactions, prohibiting businesses from registering import orders using the currency. | The Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trademade the announcement Wednesday, following an official request by the Central …

Ralph Nader (2018-03-02). Experts for the People—Shut Out by the Mass Media. Global Research Ever wonder how the television, radio and newspaper people select whom they are going to interview or get quotes from when they are reporting the news or producing a feature? I do. What I've learned is that they go to …

TRNN (2018-03-02). Electric Power Companies Top the List of Greenhouse Gas Emitters. The Real News Network The top three companies on the newest edition of PERI's Greenhouse 100 Index are all electric power generators, and they're responsible for a full five percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, says researcher Michael Ash…

Christopher Black (2018-03-02). Reality and Hypocrisy: North Korea's Nuclear Test Condemned by Nuclear Powers. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in January 2016. | The news of another nuclear weapon test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, often referred to in the west as North Korea, has been met with condemnation …

Washington's Blog (2018-03-02). How to Stop Terrorism: Seven Ways to "Drain the Swamp" Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in January 2015. | In the wake of the barbaric Paris terror attack, everyone is debating how to stop further terrorism. | Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or …

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-02). A Majority of Uber and Lyft Drivers Earn Far Less Than Minimum Wage: Report. AlterNet.org MIT finds motorists make an average of $3. 37 per hour—before taxes. | The Massachusetts Institute of Technology paints a grim portrait of life as an Uber or Lyft driver. According to a new study titled "The Economics of Ride-Hailing: Driver Revenue, Expenses, and Taxes," a motorist for the ride-sharing apps makes an average of $3. 37 per hour—and that's before taxes. At least 74 percent of employees earn below minimum wage in their respective states. Researchers found that drivers for both companies have limited means to boost their wages, as workers tend to conduct their business in isolation and are less likely to compare labor conditions. Even if a driver wants to learn how much another is spending on his or her vehicle, they have no way of obtaining that information. "Little comprehensive work has been done to establish population-level statistics on. . .

Andrew Korybko (2018-03-02). Trump and Assad Are on the Same Side in Afrin, Against Turkey. Global Research The independent convergence of American and Syrian interests against Turkey's anti-terrorist campaign is coincidental and doesn't imply a "conspiracy", but it's also instructive in the sense that it proves that it's possible for the most unlikely pair of countries to …

Paul Yesse (2018-03-02). The U.S. Is a Failed State. Global Research Author's note: This article contains over 100 hyperlinks. It is suggested that you read the text of the article first then go back and explore the linked sources at your leisure. | Social Collapse | The U.S. cannot and will not protect

Valerie Vande Panne, AlterNet (2018-03-02). Want Sustainable Clothing? It's Time to Meet Regenerative Fiber. AlterNet.org Let's bring the textile industry—and fashion—home. | Do you know where your clothes came from? No, not the store, the label, or the brand. Or China, India, or Vietnam. I mean, do you know who made your clothing? Do you know what your clothes are made from? Or where the fiber in your clothing came from? The cotton, the polyester, or the acrylic? Chances are, you don't. And that's a problem. It's difficult for people to have respect for an item or the people who created it when they don't know where the item came from or how it was created in the first place. For instance, did you know your athletic gear is probably made from plastic? And that 94 percent of U. S. drinking water has plastic lint from our clothing in it? You're literally washing the plastic from your yoga pants into our. . .

Valerie Vande Panne, AlterNet (2018-03-02). Want Sustainable Clothing? It's Time to Meet Regenerative Fiber. AlterNet.org Let's bring the textile industry—and fashion—home. | Do you know where your clothing came from? Not the store, the label or the brand, or from China, India or Vietnam—I mean, do you know who made your clothing? Do you know what your clothes are made from? Or where the fiber in your clothing came from—the cotton, polyester or acrylic? Chances are, you don't. And that's a problem. It's difficult for people to have respect for an item—or the person who created it—when they don't know where the item came from or how it was made in the first place. For instance, did you know your athletic gear is probably made from plastic? And that 94 percent of U. S. drinking water has plastic lint from our clothing in it? You're literally washing the plastic from your yoga pants into our water systems. Polyester, acrylic,. . .

Charles Hankla, The Conversation (2018-03-02). Donald Trump's New Tariff Policy Is an Economic Catastrophe Waiting to Happen. AlterNet.org The president appears to have learned nothing from the Great Depression. | Economic history shows why Trump's 'America First' tariff policy is so dangerous: By Charles Hankla, Associate Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University. President Trump announced the U. S. will slap steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque President Donald Trump finally appears poised to make good on his promised threats to slam the door on free trade and erect walls around the country's economy. Citing the. . . | Related Stories: These Pennsylvania Churchgoers Wear Crowns of Bullets and Worship Their AR-15sEven Trump's Closest Allies Are Starting to Worry About His Erratic BehaviorPaul Krugman Has a Brutal Message for American Taxpayers

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