2018-03-04: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-03-05). UK lecturers dispute: Lessons from the West Virginia teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site The West Virginia teachers are fighting over issues familiar to workers the world over: wage cuts, attacks on public education and health, and growing social inequality.

WSWS (2018-03-05). UK education workers send messages of solidarity to striking West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site Education workers in the UK send messages of support to the striking West Virginia teachers.

WSWS (2018-03-05). Oklahoma teachers demand strike action, funding for education. World Socialist Web Site The Oklahoma education Association has acquiesced to years of budget cuts, and educators are now organizing independently through social media to demand action.

Eleanor J. Bader, AlterNet (2018-03-04). Huge Organizing Effort, '40 Days of Action' Launching to Fight Poverty. AlterNet.org Fifty years later, a new Poor People's Campaign connects religious faith to social justice. | The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the recently launched Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of three kids in a family she describes as deeply committed to improving life for the excluded and marginalized. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other peace and anti-apartheid activists were frequent guests in her home, and even as a child, Theoharis understood that religious faith—in her case, Presbyterian—had to be linked to social justice. This coupling—faith and justice—led Theoharis to work with the National Union of the Homeless as a University of Pennsylvania undergraduate. "Their organizing was inspired by the Poor People's Campaign led by Dr. King in 1967 and '68, and I quickly learned the extent of the unfinished business. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-04). Paying Tribute to a Warrior Against Big Pharma: Zahara Heckscher. Truthout Stories All of us at Public Citizen lift up in loving memory our dear friend and peaceful warrior Zahara Heckscher, who passed away on February 24 at the age of 53, after her years-long battle with breast cancer. | Among her many talents as a writer, poet, teacher and facilitator, Zahara was a fierce, creative and committed activist. As she valiantly battled advanced breast cancer, she became determined to fight for all patients to have access to the cutting-edge cancer medicines that extended her life. | When she learned that prescription drug companies were using the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to lock in extended monopolies that threatened access to affordable medicines, Zahara became a passionate trade justice advocate on behalf of cancer patients around the world. | She galvanized testimony from people living with cancer and HIV/AIDS from the United…

RT (2018-03-04). 'We would like to talk but you have to de-nuke': Trump on N. Korea at Gridiron Dinner. RT US News US President Donald Trump appeared at the Gridiron Dinner on Saturday night to engage rivals, both political and journalistic, in some good-natured roasting.
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TRNN (2018-03-04). Israel's Deepening Involvement in the Syrian War. The Real News Network Israel has recently been intensifying air strikes and the arming of anti-government forces in Syria, some of which are close to Al Qaeda. Professor As'ad AbuKhalil explains how Israel's activity in Syria is part of a larger pattern of its overall foreign policy engagement around the world…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-04). Chronicling the Struggles of Migrant Agricultural Workers, in Words and Pictures. Truthout Stories The US and Mexico are connected by the flow of people who work in the fields of the US, and everything we eat is the product of their brutally underpaid work, says David Bacon, photojournalist and author of In the Fields of the North. A former union organizer, Bacon discusses how the farm workers participate in the larger social justice movements of the US and Mexico.Members of Unite Here 2850, the hotel union for the East and North San Francisco Bay Area, show their opinion of Trump in the march protesting his inauguration. (Photo: David Bacon) | Printed in English and Spanish, In the Fields of the North/En los campos del norte puts a close-up focus on people deemed disposable by many in the United States. Get the book now with a donation to Truthout. | Truthout interviewed David Bacon, author of…

RT (2018-03-04). When prey outweighs predator: Python devours deer heavier than itself (GRAPHIC PHOTOS). RT US News An 11-foot-long Burmese python consumed an entire deer that weighed even more than the snake itself. Researchers say it is the largest predator/prey ratio ever documented for the species. |
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Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-03-04). Robert Reich: Kushner's Unconscionable Conflicts. AlterNet.org Kushner is using his White House perch to make money. It's a bad look. | Before I turn to Jared Kushner, let me ask: Do you believe the U. S. government does the right thing all or most of the time? The Gallup organization started asking this question in 1963, when over 70 percent of Americans said they did. Since then, the percent has steadily declined. By 2016, before Trump became president, only 16 percent of Americans agreed. Why the decline? Surely various disappointments and scandals played a part — Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, "weapons of mass destruction," the Wall Street bailout. But the largest factor by far has been the rise of big money in politics. Most people no longer believe their voices count. That view is backed by solid research. Princeton professor Martin Gilens and Professor Benjamin Page of Northwestern University analyzed 1,799 policy issues. . .

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-04). The Oscars Use a More Fair Voting System Than Most of America Does. The Intercept The 90th Academy Awards brings with it anticipation from movie fans about who will come out on top. | Will Best Picture go to "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" or "The Shape of Water?" Will comic genius Jordan Peele take home an Oscar on Sunday for his original screenplay for "Get Out," or does that distinction belong to Kumail Nanjiani, who could be the first Pakistani-American to win in the category for co-writing "The Big Sick" with his wife Emily Gordon? | But to political science nerds — and really, anyone who wants to see a more fair and representative voting system — the system that produces these Oscar wins is just as interesting. | Since 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has used ranked-choice voting, or RCV, to select Oscar winners in each category. | Nearly 8,500 voters

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.

TRNN (2018-03-03). The Black Disinvestment Crisis Pt 3: Gentrification without Representation. The Real News Network School Closings and Food Deserts in the African American community of West Dayton while tax incentives are given to build luxury housing downtown are the focus of a conversation with activists from Racial Justice NOW!

TRNN (2018-03-03). The Black Disinvestment Crisis Pt 2: School Closings, Food Deserts, and Urban Blight. 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…

Robin Scher, AlterNet (2018-03-03). Cape Town Is Set to Become the World's First Major City to Run Out of Water (Video). AlterNet.org The South African city is a test case for what happens when climate change and a dysfunctional government collide. | How will humanity respond to future crises caused by climate change? Some scenarios envision us rising to the occasion, tackling adaptation head-on and weathering the literal and metaphoric storms. Those with less faith in our fellow humans predict more pessimistic outcomes. The reality is that we won't need to wait too long for our first glimpse: In a few months, the South African coastal city of Cape Town is set to become the world's first major metropolis to run out of municipal water. At present, Cape Town's dams, which hold the city's entire water supply, are at around 24 percent capacity. Once that level drops below 13. 5 percent, the city will have to reroute its remaining water reserves to 200 emergency pickup. . .

Robert Mackey (2018-03-03). Polish Law on Holocaust Draws New Attention to Anti-Semitism in Poland's Past and Present. The Intercept Recent historical research makes it plain that Poles rarely opposed and were frequently complicit in the persecution of their Jewish neighbors by the Nazis. | The post Polish Law on Holocaust Draws New Attention to Anti-Semitism in Poland's Past and Present appeared first on The Intercept.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-03). "Excess" Emissions From Industrial Shutdowns and Startups Are Increasing Air Pollution. Truthout Stories When Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast in August 2017, many industrial facilities had to shut down their operations before the storm arrived and restart once rainfall and flooding had subsided. | These shutdowns and startups, as well as accidents caused by the hurricane, led to a significant release of air pollutants. Over a period of about two weeks, data we compiled from the Texas' Air Emission Event Report Database indicates these sites released 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants. | These types of emissions that result from startups, shutdowns or malfunctions are often referred to as "excess" or "upset" emissions and are particularly pronounced during times of natural disasters, as was the case with Hurricane Harvey. | However, as we document in a newly published study in the journal Environmental Science…

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2018-03-02). MSNBC's Big Names Completely Ignore West Virginia Teachers Strike. AlterNet.org Save for one two-minute throwaway report, MSNBC hasn't dedicated a single segment to the strike. | 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 and Nation writer Chris Hayes. None. . .

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…

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

TRNN (2018-03-02). Canadian Logger Intensifies Persecution of Greenpeace and Stand.Earth. The Real News Network "They have nothing to go on," says Todd Paglia, executive director of Stand.Earth, one of the defendants in the case filed by Resolute Forest Products, who had previously filed a case that was dismissed under anti-SLAPP legislation…

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.

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.

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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Gustavo Arellano, Capital and Main (2018-03-02). The 2018 Oscars Recognize #MeToo, But Hollywood Has a Long Way to Go. AlterNet.org Progressive films ought to be the norm, not a niche. | At first glance, this year's Academy Awards ceremony and nominations seems as woke a lineup as the Oscars has ever offered. Films and actors honored touch on topics as varied and vital as LGBTQ love (Call Me By Your Name), veterans and overt racism (Mudbound), liberal covert racism (Get Out), police corruption (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), and the importance of the press (The Post). Jimmy Kimmel returns as host, after a year where he eased into the working-class champion role his bro schtick always aspired to but never quite nailed until now. Expect much self-congratulation for these Brave New Oscars during the show, along with shoutouts for #TimesUp and digs at Trump (even as the show's producers want it to be " 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. . .

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…

WSWS (2018-03-01). The UK lecturer's dispute and the marketisation of higher education. World Socialist Web Site The attack on university lecturers is one element in a far advanced programme aimed at the destruction of higher education as it has been known for decades.

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-01). School Shootings Have Declined Dramatically Since the 1990s. Does It Really Make Sense to Militarize Schools? The Intercept Schools are increasingly becoming fortresses: packed with metal detectors, police officers, and other measures designed to counter the threat of a school shooter. Six states now even require mandatory active shooter drills. | In the wake of the tragedy of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, many local, state, and federal officials are responding by promoting an expansion of these measures — some, including the president, are even calling for arming teachers. One Democratic member of Congress in Georgia even suggested posting the National Guard outside of schools. | But ideally, policy should be proportionate to the danger faced. And that leaves us with a question: Are schools actually increasingly dangerous? | New research released this week by Northeastern University researchers shows that they aren't. | Criminology professor James Alan Fox and doctoral student…

TRNN (2018-03-01). As Colombia's Presidential Campaign Heats Up, Peace Accord Frays. The Real News Network Colombia's former rebel group FARC suspended its presidential campaign because political violence in Colombia continues unabated. Meanwhile, leftist candidate Gustavo Petro is pulling ahead in the crowded presidential race, explains Prof. Mario Murillo…

RT (2018-03-01). Fake news nominee: Fraudster puts Trump forward for Nobel Peace Prize. RT US News US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a second time after a mysterious fraudster once again forged the identity of a nominator.
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Elliott Gabriel (2018-03-01). Amid Marine Base Hazards, Okinawa Struggles With New Wave of US & Japanese Militarization. MintPress News Even in the long post-war "peace," Okinawans bore the wounds and scars of a massive U.S. military presence. Now, facing rising U.S.-North Korea tensions and the effects of the U.S.' China-encirclement agenda, Okinawans are resisting a new wave of occupation and militarization. | The post Amid Marine Base Hazards, Okinawa Struggles With New Wave of US & Japanese Militarization appeared first on MintPress News.

Alleen Brown (2018-03-01). "The Scales Are Tipped": Emails Show Louisiana's Close Relationship With Oil Industry, Monitoring of Pipeline Opponents. The Intercept The state's relationship with Energy Transfer Partners stands in stark contrast to its lack of engagement with activists opposing the Bayou Bridge pipeline. | The post "The Scales Are Tipped": Emails Show Louisiana's Close Relationship With Oil Industry, Monitoring of Pipeline Opponents appeared first on The Intercept.

TRNN (2018-03-01). Sanders Introduces Bill to End Catastrophic US War in Yemen. The Real News Network Three years of U.S.-Saudi war has turned Yemen into the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth. Senators Bernie Sanders and Mike Lee introduced a bipartisan bill to end the U.S. role in the war – Ben Norton reports.

RT (2018-03-01). Bernie Sanders heads effort to end US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen. RT US News Three senators have proposed a resolution that will force the Senate to vote on US support for Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen. The conflict has sparked the world's largest humanitarian crisis, according to the UN. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-03-01). West Virginia Teachers Win Promise of Pay Raise, But Continue Strike over Soaring Healthcare Costs. Democracy Now! In West Virginia, public schools remain closed today, after the state's teachers' unions remained on strike over the high cost of health insurance. On Tuesday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice agreed to boost teacher salaries by 5 percent in the first year of a new contract, but the teachers say the deal isn't enough to offset skyrocketing premiums in the Public Employees Insurance Agency. Some 20,000 teachers and 13,000 school staffers say they'll remain on strike until they win a better agreement on healthcare.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-01). A Message to Trump: Fund Background Checks and Public Health Research on Guns—Don't Arm Teachers. Democracy Now! Two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead, President Trump appears to have broken with the NRA and his Republican colleagues. At a televised White House meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday, Trump urged Republican and Democratic lawmakers to pass comprehensive gun control measures. At one point he accused Republican Senator Pat Toomey of being "afraid of the NRA." After the meeting, NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker said, "While today's meeting made for great TV, the gun control proposals discussed would make for bad policy that would not keep our children safe. Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners for the acts of a deranged lunatic, our leaders should pass meaningful reforms that would actually prevent future tragedies." Joining us in Washington is Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. She wrote an open letter to Trump on Wednesday explaining her opposition to his push to arm teachers. Also in Washington is Kris Brown, co-president at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. And here in New York is Andy Pelosi, executive director of the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus.

RT (2018-03-01). Mystery illness struck 'widespread brain networks' of US embassy staff in Cuba — study. RT US News New research has cast doubt on the claim US diplomats in Havana were the victims of a sonic weapon attacks. Some 21 embassy staff in Cuba were affected by a mystery illness in August last year.
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Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-03-01). The Other Huge Gender Inequality in Hollywood That No One Is Talking About. AlterNet.org #TimesUp and #MeToo are the products of a much deeper sexism in film. | We've been hearing about sexism in Hollywood for years. But most of these conversations usually focus around the lack of female directors and producers, or other instances of gender inequality in the industry. Most recently, #MeToo and #TimesUp have showcased a trend of rampant sexual abuse by male executives against female actors. But a recent study that analyzed Best Picture winners throughout the history of the Academy Awards demonstrates that sexism in the film industry runs much deeper. The movies themselves tend to overlook female characters and stories. In its history of Best Picture winners, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disproportionately chosen movies that focus on male characters and the struggle of men. Just 36 out of 89 Best Picture winners throughout the Oscars' history

WSWS (2018-02-28). Reject the sellout of West Virginia teachers' strike! World Socialist Web Site There is widespread anger among teachers over the sellout deal agreed to by the West Virginia education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia.

RT (2018-02-28). Jared Kushner's security clearance downgraded – reports. RT US News US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has reportedly had his security clearance downgraded. This may complicate US peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, which he is in charge of. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Gov't Continues Violating 5-Hour Daily "Truce" in Eastern Ghouta, U.N. Report Warns of Sexual Exploitation by Aid Workers in Syria, Supreme Court: U.S. Can Continue to Indefinitely Detain Immigrants & Asylum Seekers, ICE Arrests Over 150 People in Raids in Northern California, 40 Faith Leaders Arrested During Capitol Hill Protest to Demand Clean DREAM Act, WaPo: Officials in 4 Countries Tried to Manipulate Kushner Through Business Ties, NSA Head: Trump Has Not Directed Him to Counter Russian Election Meddling, Florida Lawmakers Vote to Create Statewide Program to Arm Teachers in Classrooms, Afghan President Offers to Begin Peace Talks with the Taliban, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill 5 Civilians Outside Saada, Somalia: Nearly 40 People Killed in 2 Bombings in Mogadishu, Fellow Nobel Peace Prize Winners Criticize Aung San Suu Kyi over Violence Against Rohingya, Committee to Protect Journalists Calls for Probe into Killing of Slovak Journalist, Climate News: Temps Surge at North Pole; Sea Rise Floods U.S. Bases; Shrinking Lake Chad Causes Hunger Crisis, Treasury Department Slashes Puerto Rico's Disaster Relief Loan Fund, U.S. Intelligence Contractor Reality Winner Appears in Court in Georgia, West Virginia Teachers Win Pay Raise After 4-Day Statewide Strike…

TRNN (2018-02-28). Sanders, Lee and Murphy Introduce Yemen War Powers Resolution. The Real News Network The bipartisan bill from Sens. Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy will force the first-ever vote in the Senate to withdraw U.S. armed forces from an unauthorized war…

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