2018-03-05: News Headlines

Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet (2018-03-05). Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence. AlterNet.org Kids could force politicians to act by refusing to go to school. | Teachers in West Virginia demonstrated the power of a huge strike last week. What if students used the same strategy to force politicians to act on gun control? In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast, AlterNet education contributor Jennifer Berkshire and co-host Jack Schneider talk to historian Jon Zimmerman about the power of student strikes to force political change. Zimmerman argues that strikes and walkouts, often led by students of color, have proven to be a uniquely powerful tool. Also featured: student organizers from suburban and urban schools who are organizing walkouts to demand action on gun violence. The following is an edited transcript. Listen to the entire episode. Have You Heard: You argue that a nationwide strike by students could force politicians to act on gun. . .

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.

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The Drug Test-Free Workplace: 7 Occupations That Don't Require You to Pee in a Bottle to Get Hired. AlterNet.org If you're not interested in pre-employment drug testing, go here. | Widespread workplace drug testing— a uniquely American phenomenon—has generated controversy ever since Ronald Reagan pushed hard for it back in the 1980s. On the one hand, opponents see it as an invasion of workers' privacy protections; on the other, advocates believe it is the best means of preventing injuries that might occur when a worker is intoxicated. Although workplace drug testing was rare prior to Reagan, 56% of all employers now require pre-employment drug tests, according to Statistic Brain. Some of this is mandated by law: Truck drivers, airline pilots and some other public transport positions face federal drug-testing requirements. But much pre-employment drug testing and random, suspicionless drug testing is not required by law; it is instead the employers' choice. High levels of drug testing are to be found in. . .

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-05). Video: Washington Threatens North-South Korea Dialogue. Demilitarization is a Prerequisite to Peace Negotiations. Global Research Well the 2018 Olympics are over. Much of the media took note of the two Koreas competing as a united team; meanwhile U.S. belligerence continued unabated as witnessed by Vice President Mike Pence's less-than-diplomatic gestures during the games. | There …

Eric Zuesse (2018-03-05). How the U.S. Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia. Global Research The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to 'defend' 'democracy'. The U.S. has by now

Stone (2018-03-05). Dear Mr. President, I'm Writing You Because Nuclear Winter or Peace with Russia Is Your Only Choice.. Global Research The Russian Brass has patiently and ceaselessly argued since almost the inception of the modern Russian state that the United States and NATO missile shield elements, when used in conjunction with a surprise nuclear attack to mop up whatever surviving …

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election Interference. AlterNet.org We could be looking at more Russian meddling this November. | The 2018 midterm elections are just months away, and American election systems remain vulnerable to attack. But according to a New York Times report, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated since 2016 to protect against interference—including from Russia—in our elections. As of March 2018, none of the " 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow's disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin's efforts. "The State Department's refusal to act is not only a product of President Trump's unwillingness to admit foreign powers may have played a role in his election, but also a "deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex. . .

Shilpa Jindia (2018-03-05). Secret Surveillance and the Legacy of Torture Have Paralyzed the USS Cole Bombing Trial at Guantánamo. The Intercept The collapse of the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri offers a dive into the murky world of justice at Guantánamo, governed by public apathy and secrecy. | The post Secret Surveillance and the Legacy of Torture Have Paralyzed the USS Cole Bombing Trial at Guantánamo appeared first on The Intercept.

Felicity Arbuthnot (2018-03-05). War Criminal Tony Blair's Save the Children Award: An Inadequate Apology.. Global Research This article was originally published on GR in March 2015. | "If justice and truth take place, | If he is rewarded according to his just desert, | His name will stink to all generations." (William Wesley, 1703-1791.) | On the evening …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). The Lessons of Mass Incarceration for Child Welfare. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | The platinum anniversary of the most important shift in American child welfare policy in a generation just passed without notice or public discussion. But almost 20 years to the day after President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act into law, those in the waiting area of the Bronx Family courthouse heard a 12-year-old sobbing inconsolably outside the courtroom, where he had just told the judge he did not want to be adopted. The judge had gone ahead anyway to terminate his mother's parental rights — as judges around the country do tens of thousands of times a year to comply with ASFA. | Touted at the time as a victory for children, ASFA has instead put America first in…

Carl Boggs (2018-03-05). Gun Crazy: Life and Times in the Warfare State. counterpunch.org The recent death of British actress Peggy Cummins, at age 92, prompted my quick return to her 1950 film noir classic Gun Crazy — a movie that still resonates with historical and cultural force. Regarded as something of a transcendent work, Gun Crazy with its fugitive lovers on the run (Cummins being described as a "female Dillinger") would actually turn out to be far less transgressive than generally believed when the picture was first released. Cummins' passing occurred just before the most recent episode of mass killings in Broward County, Florida. More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-05). War Propaganda. U.S. Media Portrays Pyongyang as Assisting Damascus in Waging a Chemical Attack against Syrian Civilians. Global Research While US sponsored Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria acting on behalf of US NATO are provided with money, weapons and training, Washington is now pointing its finger at North Korea's role in supporting the government of Bashar Al Assad with …

Edward Curtin (2018-03-05). Satire: The Slick and Sick Propaganda Coming From Russia and Muslim Terrorists. Global Research Note to our readers: This article is a satire. | "It is difficult not to write satire." Juvenal, Roman poet author of the collection of satirical poems known as the Satires. | As anyone even slightly aware knows, Americans are being …

Washington's Blog (2018-03-05). 53 Admitted False Flag Attacks. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in February 2015. | Not Theory … Admitted Fact | There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for …

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed. Democracy Now! In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students. For more, we speak with Priya Gopal, a university lecturer at the Faculty of English at Cambridge who is participating in the academic strike. She is a member of the the University and College Union.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-05). Snow, Snowflakes and the UK: Britain's Response to the Cold Freeze: "Beast from the East" Global Research While the bibliophile and aphorist Samuel Johnson claimed that people of appropriate mental discipline could avoid talking about the weather, the British have found weather an irresistible topic of conversation. Storms are recalled with nostalgic exaggeration; accounts are rendered colourful …

Kumaran Ira (2018-03-05). European Union Demands Google, Facebook Step Up Internet Censorship. Global Research In a new attack on free speech, the European Union (EU) is calling on major social media and Internet firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google to automatically and immediately censor online material. | On March 1, the EU Commission called on …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Hollywood Honors Anti-Russia Propaganda Film. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On geopolitical issues, Hollywood operates as a virtual arm of US policymakers, supporting their imperial agenda. | It was evident Sunday evening during Oscar …

Peter Van Buren (2018-03-05). Tell Us Why We're At War, President Trump. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in April 2017. | People speak of Afghanistan as "our generation's" Vietnam, a quagmire, a war that goes on simply because it has been going on. | The Afghan war is …

Michel Raimbaud (2018-03-05). Siria — Svegliamoci, sono impazziti! Global Research Da ormai sette anni, la Siria è in guerra. Questo paese amichevole, tollerante e altamente civilizzato, che nemmeno i suoi detrattori potrebbero negare essere bello e accattivante, sta già affrontando una sfida formidabile, quella del dopoguerra. Gli assalitori barbari di …

Shane Quinn (2018-03-05). Hurricane Katrina: US Let Its Citizens Die Rather Than Accept Cuban Aid. Global Research Of the many stories written about Hurricane Katrina in autumn 2005, and its devastating consequences, one crucial element is virtually overlooked. During the all-important hours after the tropical cyclone laid waste to sections of south-eastern United States, the Bush administration …

Juan Cole (2018-03-05). Netanyahu and Trump, Both Under Investigation, Meet on Phony 'Deal of the Century'. Global Research Far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet Monday with far right white nationalist president Donald J. Trump in an apparent effort to hurry up Trump's announcement of the "Deal of the Century" between Israel and the Palestinians. | The …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-05). Weaponising Rumour: Australia's New Political Sensitivity. Global Research

Margaret Flowers (2018-03-05). Mass Mobilization Against Trump Military Parade. Global Research President Trump ordered the Pentagon to start planning a military parade on Veteran's Day this November. Trump wants to outdo the military parade he attended in France on Bastille Day. Estimates are it could cost up to $50 million. …

Eric Margolis (2018-03-05). Putin Trumps Trump. Russia's New Nuclear-Armed Weapons. Global Research In December, 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed that the US would unilaterally pull out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that had curtailed the development of nuclear missiles and anti-missile systems to defeat them. | The arrogant, dim-witted Bush believed …

Gareth Porter (2018-03-05). How 'Operation Merlin' Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran. Global Research Jeffrey Sterling, the case officer for the CIA's covert "Operation Merlin," who was convicted in May 2015 for allegedly revealing details of that operation to James Risen of the New York Times, was released from prison in January after …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Liberating East Ghouta, Syria's Last US-Supported Terrorist Enclave. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On February 25, Syrian forces began their offensive to liberate the last major US-supported terrorist enclave in the country. | Impressive progress was made …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-05). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — Torna l'incubo dei missili a Comiso. Global Research Il piano fu preannunciato tre anni fa, durante l'amministrazone Obama, quando funzionari del Pentagono dichiararono che ´di fronte all'aggressione russa, gli Stati uniti stanno considerando lo spiegamento in Europa di missili da crociera con base a terra ª (il manifesto, 9 …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Media React to Russian Super-Weapons. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Western media reacted as expected to Putin's state of the nation address, explaining new Russian super-weapons. | The NYT headlined "Putin's 'Invincible' Missile Is …

Global Research News (2018-03-05). Selected Articles: How Many Wasted Lives Will End Washington's Belligerence? Global Research Thanks to the contributions of our readers, we have been able to maintain complete independence. You can help Global Research make information available to the widest possible readership. We ask that you consider making a donation to Global Research in …

Mongabay (2018-03-05). Judge OKs Waiving Environmental Laws to Build U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. Global Research Featured image: Border wall stretches for miles into the rolling landscape on the outskirts of Nogales, Arizona. This kind of fencing is impassable to most wingless wildlife. Photo by Rebecca Kessler for Mongabay. | On Tuesday, a federal judge in California …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-03-05). US Seeks to Intentionally Prolong Syrian Bloodshed. Global Research A 2012 US policy paper admittedly sought to "bleed" the Syrian government, and with it the Syrian people. Today in Syria, the consequences of America's depraved foreign policy is being blamed by Western special interests on the very victims it …

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-03-05). For Atheists, #MeToo Might Be Too Little, Too Late. AlterNet.org Atheists spoke out about sexual harassment years ago, to no avail. | In mid-February, #MeToo came to the community of activist atheists and science promoters, known as skeptics, a vibrant if somewhat insular subculture of the non-faithful. Buzzfeed published an expose of Lawrence Krauss, a physicist who became a minor celebrity due in part to his outspoken atheism, in which multiple women shared tales of his alleged sexual abusiveness. Krauss denies the multiple, separate accounts painstakingly detailed by Buzzfeed's reporters. However, Krauss is still facing a litany of professional repercussions: cancelled appearances, disavowals (most prominently by the American Humanist Association) and investigations into the accusations. But for many in the skeptic movement, Krauss's reckoning, while welcome, feels like too little, too late. For years, these activists told Salon, they've been agitating against sexual harassment in the community and trying. . .

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…

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…

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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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…

Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica (2018-03-04). The Many Roads That Lead to Bankruptcy in Chicago. AlterNet.org Here are some stories of Chicagoans driven into ticket debt. | We've been reporting on how unpaid parking and automated traffic camera tickets can quickly spiral out of control for Chicago's working poor, and particularly for African Americans. Thousands of drivers file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy each year to cope with ticket debt, getting a chance to lift license suspensions or to protect their vehicles from the city's boot list. But bankruptcy often leaves drivers in worse financial shape. Here are the stories of some drivers who have struggled with the consequences of their unpaid tickets. Some managed to pay off their debts; others are now in bankruptcy court. By sharing these stories, we hope to start a conversation about how Chicago's ticketing and debt collection affect people's lives. I'd love to hear about your experiences. Please email me at . Rosalva NavaRosalva Nava, 50,. . .

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-03-04). 'They're in God's Way': Rapper Common Opens Oscars Performance By Calling Out the NRA. AlterNet.org The audience jumped to its feet at the performance's conclusion. | Rapper Common joined Andra Day singing "Stand Up for Something" with a powerful message for feminists, Dreamers and the Parkland, Florida community fighting the NRA. "On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell," Common began. "A land where Dreamers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments to feminists. Tell the NRA they in god's way. And to the people of Parkland we say Ase. "Activist Khary Penebaker explained that the word "Ase" is a "West African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change. "Common continued with, "sentiments of love for the people, from Africa to Haiti and Puerto Rico. " It was possibly a reference to Donald Trump's comments about "sh*thole countries" including Africa and Haiti and the. . .

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 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…

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!

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2018-03-05: 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.

Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet (2018-03-05). Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence. AlterNet.org Kids could force politicians to act by refusing to go to school. | Teachers in West Virginia demonstrated the power of a huge strike last week. What if students used the same strategy to force politicians to act on gun control? In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast, AlterNet education contributor Jennifer Berkshire and co-host Jack Schneider talk to historian Jon Zimmerman about the power of student strikes to force political change. Zimmerman argues that strikes and walkouts, often led by students of color, have proven to be a uniquely powerful tool. Also featured: student organizers from suburban and urban schools who are organizing walkouts to demand action on gun violence. The following is an edited transcript. Listen to the entire episode. Have You Heard: You argue that a nationwide strike by students could force politicians to act on gun. . .

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.

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The Drug Test-Free Workplace: 7 Occupations That Don't Require You to Pee in a Bottle to Get Hired. AlterNet.org If you're not interested in pre-employment drug testing, go here. | Widespread workplace drug testing— a uniquely American phenomenon—has generated controversy ever since Ronald Reagan pushed hard for it back in the 1980s. On the one hand, opponents see it as an invasion of workers' privacy protections; on the other, advocates believe it is the best means of preventing injuries that might occur when a worker is intoxicated. Although workplace drug testing was rare prior to Reagan, 56% of all employers now require pre-employment drug tests, according to Statistic Brain. Some of this is mandated by law: Truck drivers, airline pilots and some other public transport positions face federal drug-testing requirements. But much pre-employment drug testing and random, suspicionless drug testing is not required by law; it is instead the employers' choice. High levels of drug testing are to be found in. . .

Stone (2018-03-05). Dear Mr. President, I'm Writing You Because Nuclear Winter or Peace with Russia Is Your Only Choice.. Global Research The Russian Brass has patiently and ceaselessly argued since almost the inception of the modern Russian state that the United States and NATO missile shield elements, when used in conjunction with a surprise nuclear attack to mop up whatever surviving …

Eric Zuesse (2018-03-05). How the U.S. Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia. Global Research The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to 'defend' 'democracy'. The U.S. has by now

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-05). Video: Washington Threatens North-South Korea Dialogue. Demilitarization is a Prerequisite to Peace Negotiations. Global Research Well the 2018 Olympics are over. Much of the media took note of the two Koreas competing as a united team; meanwhile U.S. belligerence continued unabated as witnessed by Vice President Mike Pence's less-than-diplomatic gestures during the games. | There …

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election Interference. AlterNet.org We could be looking at more Russian meddling this November. | The 2018 midterm elections are just months away, and American election systems remain vulnerable to attack. But according to a New York Times report, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated since 2016 to protect against interference—including from Russia—in our elections. As of March 2018, none of the " 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow's disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin's efforts. "The State Department's refusal to act is not only a product of President Trump's unwillingness to admit foreign powers may have played a role in his election, but also a "deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex. . .

Shilpa Jindia (2018-03-05). Secret Surveillance and the Legacy of Torture Have Paralyzed the USS Cole Bombing Trial at Guantánamo. The Intercept The collapse of the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri offers a dive into the murky world of justice at Guantánamo, governed by public apathy and secrecy. | The post Secret Surveillance and the Legacy of Torture Have Paralyzed the USS Cole Bombing Trial at Guantánamo appeared first on The Intercept.

Felicity Arbuthnot (2018-03-05). War Criminal Tony Blair's Save the Children Award: An Inadequate Apology.. Global Research This article was originally published on GR in March 2015. | "If justice and truth take place, | If he is rewarded according to his just desert, | His name will stink to all generations." (William Wesley, 1703-1791.) | On the evening …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). The Lessons of Mass Incarceration for Child Welfare. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | The platinum anniversary of the most important shift in American child welfare policy in a generation just passed without notice or public discussion. But almost 20 years to the day after President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act into law, those in the waiting area of the Bronx Family courthouse heard a 12-year-old sobbing inconsolably outside the courtroom, where he had just told the judge he did not want to be adopted. The judge had gone ahead anyway to terminate his mother's parental rights — as judges around the country do tens of thousands of times a year to comply with ASFA. | Touted at the time as a victory for children, ASFA has instead put America first in…

Carl Boggs (2018-03-05). Gun Crazy: Life and Times in the Warfare State. counterpunch.org The recent death of British actress Peggy Cummins, at age 92, prompted my quick return to her 1950 film noir classic Gun Crazy — a movie that still resonates with historical and cultural force. Regarded as something of a transcendent work, Gun Crazy with its fugitive lovers on the run (Cummins being described as a "female Dillinger") would actually turn out to be far less transgressive than generally believed when the picture was first released. Cummins' passing occurred just before the most recent episode of mass killings in Broward County, Florida. More

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-05). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — Torna l'incubo dei missili a Comiso. Global Research Il piano fu preannunciato tre anni fa, durante l'amministrazone Obama, quando funzionari del Pentagono dichiararono che ´di fronte all'aggressione russa, gli Stati uniti stanno considerando lo spiegamento in Europa di missili da crociera con base a terra ª (il manifesto, 9 …

Shane Quinn (2018-03-05). Hurricane Katrina: US Let Its Citizens Die Rather Than Accept Cuban Aid. Global Research Of the many stories written about Hurricane Katrina in autumn 2005, and its devastating consequences, one crucial element is virtually overlooked. During the all-important hours after the tropical cyclone laid waste to sections of south-eastern United States, the Bush administration …

Margaret Flowers (2018-03-05). Mass Mobilization Against Trump Military Parade. Global Research President Trump ordered the Pentagon to start planning a military parade on Veteran's Day this November. Trump wants to outdo the military parade he attended in France on Bastille Day. Estimates are it could cost up to $50 million. …

Global Research News (2018-03-05). Selected Articles: How Many Wasted Lives Will End Washington's Belligerence? Global Research Thanks to the contributions of our readers, we have been able to maintain complete independence. You can help Global Research make information available to the widest possible readership. We ask that you consider making a donation to Global Research in …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-05). Snow, Snowflakes and the UK: Britain's Response to the Cold Freeze: "Beast from the East" Global Research While the bibliophile and aphorist Samuel Johnson claimed that people of appropriate mental discipline could avoid talking about the weather, the British have found weather an irresistible topic of conversation. Storms are recalled with nostalgic exaggeration; accounts are rendered colourful …

Mongabay (2018-03-05). Judge OKs Waiving Environmental Laws to Build U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. Global Research Featured image: Border wall stretches for miles into the rolling landscape on the outskirts of Nogales, Arizona. This kind of fencing is impassable to most wingless wildlife. Photo by Rebecca Kessler for Mongabay. | On Tuesday, a federal judge in California …

Edward Curtin (2018-03-05). Satire: The Slick and Sick Propaganda Coming From Russia and Muslim Terrorists. Global Research Note to our readers: This article is a satire. | "It is difficult not to write satire." Juvenal, Roman poet author of the collection of satirical poems known as the Satires. | As anyone even slightly aware knows, Americans are being …

Washington's Blog (2018-03-05). 53 Admitted False Flag Attacks. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in February 2015. | Not Theory … Admitted Fact | There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-05). War Propaganda. U.S. Media Portrays Pyongyang as Assisting Damascus in Waging a Chemical Attack against Syrian Civilians. Global Research While US sponsored Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria acting on behalf of US NATO are provided with money, weapons and training, Washington is now pointing its finger at North Korea's role in supporting the government of Bashar Al Assad with …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Hollywood Honors Anti-Russia Propaganda Film. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On geopolitical issues, Hollywood operates as a virtual arm of US policymakers, supporting their imperial agenda. | It was evident Sunday evening during Oscar …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Media React to Russian Super-Weapons. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Western media reacted as expected to Putin's state of the nation address, explaining new Russian super-weapons. | The NYT headlined "Putin's 'Invincible' Missile Is …

Juan Cole (2018-03-05). Netanyahu and Trump, Both Under Investigation, Meet on Phony 'Deal of the Century'. Global Research Far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet Monday with far right white nationalist president Donald J. Trump in an apparent effort to hurry up Trump's announcement of the "Deal of the Century" between Israel and the Palestinians. | The …

Kumaran Ira (2018-03-05). European Union Demands Google, Facebook Step Up Internet Censorship. Global Research In a new attack on free speech, the European Union (EU) is calling on major social media and Internet firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google to automatically and immediately censor online material. | On March 1, the EU Commission called on …

Michel Raimbaud (2018-03-05). Siria — Svegliamoci, sono impazziti! Global Research Da ormai sette anni, la Siria è in guerra. Questo paese amichevole, tollerante e altamente civilizzato, che nemmeno i suoi detrattori potrebbero negare essere bello e accattivante, sta già affrontando una sfida formidabile, quella del dopoguerra. Gli assalitori barbari di …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-03-05). US Seeks to Intentionally Prolong Syrian Bloodshed. Global Research A 2012 US policy paper admittedly sought to "bleed" the Syrian government, and with it the Syrian people. Today in Syria, the consequences of America's depraved foreign policy is being blamed by Western special interests on the very victims it …

Eric Margolis (2018-03-05). Putin Trumps Trump. Russia's New Nuclear-Armed Weapons. Global Research In December, 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed that the US would unilaterally pull out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that had curtailed the development of nuclear missiles and anti-missile systems to defeat them. | The arrogant, dim-witted Bush believed …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-05). Weaponising Rumour: Australia's New Political Sensitivity. Global Research

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Liberating East Ghouta, Syria's Last US-Supported Terrorist Enclave. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On February 25, Syrian forces began their offensive to liberate the last major US-supported terrorist enclave in the country. | Impressive progress was made …

Gareth Porter (2018-03-05). How 'Operation Merlin' Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran. Global Research Jeffrey Sterling, the case officer for the CIA's covert "Operation Merlin," who was convicted in May 2015 for allegedly revealing details of that operation to James Risen of the New York Times, was released from prison in January after …

Peter Van Buren (2018-03-05). Tell Us Why We're At War, President Trump. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in April 2017. | People speak of Afghanistan as "our generation's" Vietnam, a quagmire, a war that goes on simply because it has been going on. | The Afghan war is …

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed. Democracy Now! In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students. For more, we speak with Priya Gopal, a university lecturer at the Faculty of English at Cambridge who is participating in the academic strike. She is a member of the the University and College Union.

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-03-05). For Atheists, #MeToo Might Be Too Little, Too Late. AlterNet.org Atheists spoke out about sexual harassment years ago, to no avail. | In mid-February, #MeToo came to the community of activist atheists and science promoters, known as skeptics, a vibrant if somewhat insular subculture of the non-faithful. Buzzfeed published an expose of Lawrence Krauss, a physicist who became a minor celebrity due in part to his outspoken atheism, in which multiple women shared tales of his alleged sexual abusiveness. Krauss denies the multiple, separate accounts painstakingly detailed by Buzzfeed's reporters. However, Krauss is still facing a litany of professional repercussions: cancelled appearances, disavowals (most prominently by the American Humanist Association) and investigations into the accusations. But for many in the skeptic movement, Krauss's reckoning, while welcome, feels like too little, too late. For years, these activists told Salon, they've been agitating against sexual harassment in the community and trying. . .

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…

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-03-04). 'They're in God's Way': Rapper Common Opens Oscars Performance By Calling Out the NRA. AlterNet.org The audience jumped to its feet at the performance's conclusion. | Rapper Common joined Andra Day singing "Stand Up for Something" with a powerful message for feminists, Dreamers and the Parkland, Florida community fighting the NRA. "On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell," Common began. "A land where Dreamers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments to feminists. Tell the NRA they in god's way. And to the people of Parkland we say Ase. "Activist Khary Penebaker explained that the word "Ase" is a "West African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change. "Common continued with, "sentiments of love for the people, from Africa to Haiti and Puerto Rico. " It was possibly a reference to Donald Trump's comments about "sh*thole countries" including Africa and Haiti and the. . .

Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica (2018-03-04). The Many Roads That Lead to Bankruptcy in Chicago. AlterNet.org Here are some stories of Chicagoans driven into ticket debt. | We've been reporting on how unpaid parking and automated traffic camera tickets can quickly spiral out of control for Chicago's working poor, and particularly for African Americans. Thousands of drivers file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy each year to cope with ticket debt, getting a chance to lift license suspensions or to protect their vehicles from the city's boot list. But bankruptcy often leaves drivers in worse financial shape. Here are the stories of some drivers who have struggled with the consequences of their unpaid tickets. Some managed to pay off their debts; others are now in bankruptcy court. By sharing these stories, we hope to start a conversation about how Chicago's ticketing and debt collection affect people's lives. I'd love to hear about your experiences. Please email me at . Rosalva NavaRosalva Nava, 50,. . .

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. . .

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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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 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…

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!

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Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet (2018-03-05). Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence. AlterNet.org Kids could force politicians to act by refusing to go to school. | Teachers in West Virginia demonstrated the power of a huge strike last week. What if students used the same strategy to force politicians to act on gun control? In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast, AlterNet education contributor Jennifer Berkshire and co-host Jack Schneider talk to historian Jon Zimmerman about the power of student strikes to force political change. Zimmerman argues that strikes and walkouts, often led by students of color, have proven to be a uniquely powerful tool. Also featured: student organizers from suburban and urban schools who are organizing walkouts to demand action on gun violence. The following is an edited transcript. Listen to the entire episode. Have You Heard: You argue that a nationwide strike by students could force politicians to act on gun. . .

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). 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.

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.

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The Drug Test-Free Workplace: 7 Occupations That Don't Require You to Pee in a Bottle to Get Hired. AlterNet.org If you're not interested in pre-employment drug testing, go here. | Widespread workplace drug testing— a uniquely American phenomenon—has generated controversy ever since Ronald Reagan pushed hard for it back in the 1980s. On the one hand, opponents see it as an invasion of workers' privacy protections; on the other, advocates believe it is the best means of preventing injuries that might occur when a worker is intoxicated. Although workplace drug testing was rare prior to Reagan, 56% of all employers now require pre-employment drug tests, according to Statistic Brain. Some of this is mandated by law: Truck drivers, airline pilots and some other public transport positions face federal drug-testing requirements. But much pre-employment drug testing and random, suspicionless drug testing is not required by law; it is instead the employers' choice. High levels of drug testing are to be found in. . .

Stone (2018-03-05). Dear Mr. President, I'm Writing You Because Nuclear Winter or Peace with Russia Is Your Only Choice.. Global Research The Russian Brass has patiently and ceaselessly argued since almost the inception of the modern Russian state that the United States and NATO missile shield elements, when used in conjunction with a surprise nuclear attack to mop up whatever surviving …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-05). Video: Washington Threatens North-South Korea Dialogue. Demilitarization is a Prerequisite to Peace Negotiations. Global Research Well the 2018 Olympics are over. Much of the media took note of the two Koreas competing as a united team; meanwhile U.S. belligerence continued unabated as witnessed by Vice President Mike Pence's less-than-diplomatic gestures during the games. | There …

Eric Zuesse (2018-03-05). How the U.S. Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia. Global Research The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to 'defend' 'democracy'. The U.S. has by now

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election Interference. AlterNet.org We could be looking at more Russian meddling this November. | The 2018 midterm elections are just months away, and American election systems remain vulnerable to attack. But according to a New York Times report, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated since 2016 to protect against interference—including from Russia—in our elections. As of March 2018, none of the " 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow's disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin's efforts. "The State Department's refusal to act is not only a product of President Trump's unwillingness to admit foreign powers may have played a role in his election, but also a "deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex. . .

Felicity Arbuthnot (2018-03-05). War Criminal Tony Blair's Save the Children Award: An Inadequate Apology.. Global Research This article was originally published on GR in March 2015. | "If justice and truth take place, | If he is rewarded according to his just desert, | His name will stink to all generations." (William Wesley, 1703-1791.) | On the evening …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). The Lessons of Mass Incarceration for Child Welfare. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | The platinum anniversary of the most important shift in American child welfare policy in a generation just passed without notice or public discussion. But almost 20 years to the day after President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act into law, those in the waiting area of the Bronx Family courthouse heard a 12-year-old sobbing inconsolably outside the courtroom, where he had just told the judge he did not want to be adopted. The judge had gone ahead anyway to terminate his mother's parental rights — as judges around the country do tens of thousands of times a year to comply with ASFA. | Touted at the time as a victory for children, ASFA has instead put America first in…

Shilpa Jindia (2018-03-05). Secret Surveillance and the Legacy of Torture Have Paralyzed the USS Cole Bombing Trial at Guantánamo. The Intercept The collapse of the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri offers a dive into the murky world of justice at Guantánamo, governed by public apathy and secrecy. | The post Secret Surveillance and the Legacy of Torture Have Paralyzed the USS Cole Bombing Trial at Guantánamo appeared first on The Intercept.

Carl Boggs (2018-03-05). Gun Crazy: Life and Times in the Warfare State. counterpunch.org The recent death of British actress Peggy Cummins, at age 92, prompted my quick return to her 1950 film noir classic Gun Crazy — a movie that still resonates with historical and cultural force. Regarded as something of a transcendent work, Gun Crazy with its fugitive lovers on the run (Cummins being described as a "female Dillinger") would actually turn out to be far less transgressive than generally believed when the picture was first released. Cummins' passing occurred just before the most recent episode of mass killings in Broward County, Florida. More

Edward Curtin (2018-03-05). Satire: The Slick and Sick Propaganda Coming From Russia and Muslim Terrorists. Global Research Note to our readers: This article is a satire. | "It is difficult not to write satire." Juvenal, Roman poet author of the collection of satirical poems known as the Satires. | As anyone even slightly aware knows, Americans are being …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-03-05). US Seeks to Intentionally Prolong Syrian Bloodshed. Global Research A 2012 US policy paper admittedly sought to "bleed" the Syrian government, and with it the Syrian people. Today in Syria, the consequences of America's depraved foreign policy is being blamed by Western special interests on the very victims it …

Michel Raimbaud (2018-03-05). Siria — Svegliamoci, sono impazziti! Global Research Da ormai sette anni, la Siria è in guerra. Questo paese amichevole, tollerante e altamente civilizzato, che nemmeno i suoi detrattori potrebbero negare essere bello e accattivante, sta già affrontando una sfida formidabile, quella del dopoguerra. Gli assalitori barbari di …

Kumaran Ira (2018-03-05). European Union Demands Google, Facebook Step Up Internet Censorship. Global Research In a new attack on free speech, the European Union (EU) is calling on major social media and Internet firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google to automatically and immediately censor online material. | On March 1, the EU Commission called on …

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed. Democracy Now! In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students. For more, we speak with Priya Gopal, a university lecturer at the Faculty of English at Cambridge who is participating in the academic strike. She is a member of the the University and College Union.

Shane Quinn (2018-03-05). Hurricane Katrina: US Let Its Citizens Die Rather Than Accept Cuban Aid. Global Research Of the many stories written about Hurricane Katrina in autumn 2005, and its devastating consequences, one crucial element is virtually overlooked. During the all-important hours after the tropical cyclone laid waste to sections of south-eastern United States, the Bush administration …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-05). Snow, Snowflakes and the UK: Britain's Response to the Cold Freeze: "Beast from the East" Global Research While the bibliophile and aphorist Samuel Johnson claimed that people of appropriate mental discipline could avoid talking about the weather, the British have found weather an irresistible topic of conversation. Storms are recalled with nostalgic exaggeration; accounts are rendered colourful …

Gareth Porter (2018-03-05). How 'Operation Merlin' Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran. Global Research Jeffrey Sterling, the case officer for the CIA's covert "Operation Merlin," who was convicted in May 2015 for allegedly revealing details of that operation to James Risen of the New York Times, was released from prison in January after …

Eric Margolis (2018-03-05). Putin Trumps Trump. Russia's New Nuclear-Armed Weapons. Global Research In December, 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed that the US would unilaterally pull out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that had curtailed the development of nuclear missiles and anti-missile systems to defeat them. | The arrogant, dim-witted Bush believed …

Washington's Blog (2018-03-05). 53 Admitted False Flag Attacks. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in February 2015. | Not Theory … Admitted Fact | There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for …

Margaret Flowers (2018-03-05). Mass Mobilization Against Trump Military Parade. Global Research President Trump ordered the Pentagon to start planning a military parade on Veteran's Day this November. Trump wants to outdo the military parade he attended in France on Bastille Day. Estimates are it could cost up to $50 million. …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-05). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — Torna l'incubo dei missili a Comiso. Global Research Il piano fu preannunciato tre anni fa, durante l'amministrazone Obama, quando funzionari del Pentagono dichiararono che ´di fronte all'aggressione russa, gli Stati uniti stanno considerando lo spiegamento in Europa di missili da crociera con base a terra ª (il manifesto, 9 …

Peter Van Buren (2018-03-05). Tell Us Why We're At War, President Trump. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in April 2017. | People speak of Afghanistan as "our generation's" Vietnam, a quagmire, a war that goes on simply because it has been going on. | The Afghan war is …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Hollywood Honors Anti-Russia Propaganda Film. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On geopolitical issues, Hollywood operates as a virtual arm of US policymakers, supporting their imperial agenda. | It was evident Sunday evening during Oscar …

Juan Cole (2018-03-05). Netanyahu and Trump, Both Under Investigation, Meet on Phony 'Deal of the Century'. Global Research Far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet Monday with far right white nationalist president Donald J. Trump in an apparent effort to hurry up Trump's announcement of the "Deal of the Century" between Israel and the Palestinians. | The …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-05). War Propaganda. U.S. Media Portrays Pyongyang as Assisting Damascus in Waging a Chemical Attack against Syrian Civilians. Global Research While US sponsored Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria acting on behalf of US NATO are provided with money, weapons and training, Washington is now pointing its finger at North Korea's role in supporting the government of Bashar Al Assad with …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Liberating East Ghouta, Syria's Last US-Supported Terrorist Enclave. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On February 25, Syrian forces began their offensive to liberate the last major US-supported terrorist enclave in the country. | Impressive progress was made …

Mongabay (2018-03-05). Judge OKs Waiving Environmental Laws to Build U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. Global Research Featured image: Border wall stretches for miles into the rolling landscape on the outskirts of Nogales, Arizona. This kind of fencing is impassable to most wingless wildlife. Photo by Rebecca Kessler for Mongabay. | On Tuesday, a federal judge in California …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Media React to Russian Super-Weapons. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Western media reacted as expected to Putin's state of the nation address, explaining new Russian super-weapons. | The NYT headlined "Putin's 'Invincible' Missile Is …

Global Research News (2018-03-05). Selected Articles: How Many Wasted Lives Will End Washington's Belligerence? Global Research Thanks to the contributions of our readers, we have been able to maintain complete independence. You can help Global Research make information available to the widest possible readership. We ask that you consider making a donation to Global Research in …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-05). Weaponising Rumour: Australia's New Political Sensitivity. Global Research

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-03-05). For Atheists, #MeToo Might Be Too Little, Too Late. AlterNet.org Atheists spoke out about sexual harassment years ago, to no avail. | In mid-February, #MeToo came to the community of activist atheists and science promoters, known as skeptics, a vibrant if somewhat insular subculture of the non-faithful. Buzzfeed published an expose of Lawrence Krauss, a physicist who became a minor celebrity due in part to his outspoken atheism, in which multiple women shared tales of his alleged sexual abusiveness. Krauss denies the multiple, separate accounts painstakingly detailed by Buzzfeed's reporters. However, Krauss is still facing a litany of professional repercussions: cancelled appearances, disavowals (most prominently by the American Humanist Association) and investigations into the accusations. But for many in the skeptic movement, Krauss's reckoning, while welcome, feels like too little, too late. For years, these activists told Salon, they've been agitating against sexual harassment in the community and trying. . .

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…

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. . .

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…

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-03-04). 'They're in God's Way': Rapper Common Opens Oscars Performance By Calling Out the NRA. AlterNet.org The audience jumped to its feet at the performance's conclusion. | Rapper Common joined Andra Day singing "Stand Up for Something" with a powerful message for feminists, Dreamers and the Parkland, Florida community fighting the NRA. "On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell," Common began. "A land where Dreamers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments to feminists. Tell the NRA they in god's way. And to the people of Parkland we say Ase. "Activist Khary Penebaker explained that the word "Ase" is a "West African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change. "Common continued with, "sentiments of love for the people, from Africa to Haiti and Puerto Rico. " It was possibly a reference to Donald Trump's comments about "sh*thole countries" including Africa and Haiti and the. . .

Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica (2018-03-04). The Many Roads That Lead to Bankruptcy in Chicago. AlterNet.org Here are some stories of Chicagoans driven into ticket debt. | We've been reporting on how unpaid parking and automated traffic camera tickets can quickly spiral out of control for Chicago's working poor, and particularly for African Americans. Thousands of drivers file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy each year to cope with ticket debt, getting a chance to lift license suspensions or to protect their vehicles from the city's boot list. But bankruptcy often leaves drivers in worse financial shape. Here are the stories of some drivers who have struggled with the consequences of their unpaid tickets. Some managed to pay off their debts; others are now in bankruptcy court. By sharing these stories, we hope to start a conversation about how Chicago's ticketing and debt collection affect people's lives. I'd love to hear about your experiences. Please email me at . Rosalva NavaRosalva Nava, 50,. . .

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. . .

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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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 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…

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!

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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.

Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet (2018-03-05). Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence. AlterNet.org Kids could force politicians to act by refusing to go to school. | Teachers in West Virginia demonstrated the power of a huge strike last week. What if students used the same strategy to force politicians to act on gun control? In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast, AlterNet education contributor Jennifer Berkshire and co-host Jack Schneider talk to historian Jon Zimmerman about the power of student strikes to force political change. Zimmerman argues that strikes and walkouts, often led by students of color, have proven to be a uniquely powerful tool. Also featured: student organizers from suburban and urban schools who are organizing walkouts to demand action on gun violence. The following is an edited transcript. Listen to the entire episode. Have You Heard: You argue that a nationwide strike by students could force politicians to act on gun. . .

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). 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.

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The Drug Test-Free Workplace: 7 Occupations That Don't Require You to Pee in a Bottle to Get Hired. AlterNet.org If you're not interested in pre-employment drug testing, go here. | Widespread workplace drug testing— a uniquely American phenomenon—has generated controversy ever since Ronald Reagan pushed hard for it back in the 1980s. On the one hand, opponents see it as an invasion of workers' privacy protections; on the other, advocates believe it is the best means of preventing injuries that might occur when a worker is intoxicated. Although workplace drug testing was rare prior to Reagan, 56% of all employers now require pre-employment drug tests, according to Statistic Brain. Some of this is mandated by law: Truck drivers, airline pilots and some other public transport positions face federal drug-testing requirements. But much pre-employment drug testing and random, suspicionless drug testing is not required by law; it is instead the employers' choice. High levels of drug testing are to be found in. . .

Eric Zuesse (2018-03-05). How the U.S. Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia. Global Research The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to 'defend' 'democracy'. The U.S. has by now

Stone (2018-03-05). Dear Mr. President, I'm Writing You Because Nuclear Winter or Peace with Russia Is Your Only Choice.. Global Research The Russian Brass has patiently and ceaselessly argued since almost the inception of the modern Russian state that the United States and NATO missile shield elements, when used in conjunction with a surprise nuclear attack to mop up whatever surviving …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-05). Video: Washington Threatens North-South Korea Dialogue. Demilitarization is a Prerequisite to Peace Negotiations. Global Research Well the 2018 Olympics are over. Much of the media took note of the two Koreas competing as a united team; meanwhile U.S. belligerence continued unabated as witnessed by Vice President Mike Pence's less-than-diplomatic gestures during the games. | There …

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election Interference. AlterNet.org We could be looking at more Russian meddling this November. | The 2018 midterm elections are just months away, and American election systems remain vulnerable to attack. But according to a New York Times report, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated since 2016 to protect against interference—including from Russia—in our elections. As of March 2018, none of the " 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow's disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin's efforts. "The State Department's refusal to act is not only a product of President Trump's unwillingness to admit foreign powers may have played a role in his election, but also a "deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex. . .

Shilpa Jindia (2018-03-05). Secret Surveillance and the Legacy of Torture Have Paralyzed the USS Cole Bombing Trial at Guantánamo. The Intercept The collapse of the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri offers a dive into the murky world of justice at Guantánamo, governed by public apathy and secrecy. | The post Secret Surveillance and the Legacy of Torture Have Paralyzed the USS Cole Bombing Trial at Guantánamo appeared first on The Intercept.

Felicity Arbuthnot (2018-03-05). War Criminal Tony Blair's Save the Children Award: An Inadequate Apology.. Global Research This article was originally published on GR in March 2015. | "If justice and truth take place, | If he is rewarded according to his just desert, | His name will stink to all generations." (William Wesley, 1703-1791.) | On the evening …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). The Lessons of Mass Incarceration for Child Welfare. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | The platinum anniversary of the most important shift in American child welfare policy in a generation just passed without notice or public discussion. But almost 20 years to the day after President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act into law, those in the waiting area of the Bronx Family courthouse heard a 12-year-old sobbing inconsolably outside the courtroom, where he had just told the judge he did not want to be adopted. The judge had gone ahead anyway to terminate his mother's parental rights — as judges around the country do tens of thousands of times a year to comply with ASFA. | Touted at the time as a victory for children, ASFA has instead put America first in…

Carl Boggs (2018-03-05). Gun Crazy: Life and Times in the Warfare State. counterpunch.org The recent death of British actress Peggy Cummins, at age 92, prompted my quick return to her 1950 film noir classic Gun Crazy — a movie that still resonates with historical and cultural force. Regarded as something of a transcendent work, Gun Crazy with its fugitive lovers on the run (Cummins being described as a "female Dillinger") would actually turn out to be far less transgressive than generally believed when the picture was first released. Cummins' passing occurred just before the most recent episode of mass killings in Broward County, Florida. More

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed. Democracy Now! In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students. For more, we speak with Priya Gopal, a university lecturer at the Faculty of English at Cambridge who is participating in the academic strike. She is a member of the the University and College Union.

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Media React to Russian Super-Weapons. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Western media reacted as expected to Putin's state of the nation address, explaining new Russian super-weapons. | The NYT headlined "Putin's 'Invincible' Missile Is …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-05). Weaponising Rumour: Australia's New Political Sensitivity. Global Research

Kumaran Ira (2018-03-05). European Union Demands Google, Facebook Step Up Internet Censorship. Global Research In a new attack on free speech, the European Union (EU) is calling on major social media and Internet firms including Facebook, Twitter and Google to automatically and immediately censor online material. | On March 1, the EU Commission called on …

Gareth Porter (2018-03-05). How 'Operation Merlin' Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran. Global Research Jeffrey Sterling, the case officer for the CIA's covert "Operation Merlin," who was convicted in May 2015 for allegedly revealing details of that operation to James Risen of the New York Times, was released from prison in January after …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-05). War Propaganda. U.S. Media Portrays Pyongyang as Assisting Damascus in Waging a Chemical Attack against Syrian Civilians. Global Research While US sponsored Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria acting on behalf of US NATO are provided with money, weapons and training, Washington is now pointing its finger at North Korea's role in supporting the government of Bashar Al Assad with …

Edward Curtin (2018-03-05). Satire: The Slick and Sick Propaganda Coming From Russia and Muslim Terrorists. Global Research Note to our readers: This article is a satire. | "It is difficult not to write satire." Juvenal, Roman poet author of the collection of satirical poems known as the Satires. | As anyone even slightly aware knows, Americans are being …

Margaret Flowers (2018-03-05). Mass Mobilization Against Trump Military Parade. Global Research President Trump ordered the Pentagon to start planning a military parade on Veteran's Day this November. Trump wants to outdo the military parade he attended in France on Bastille Day. Estimates are it could cost up to $50 million. …

Peter Van Buren (2018-03-05). Tell Us Why We're At War, President Trump. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in April 2017. | People speak of Afghanistan as "our generation's" Vietnam, a quagmire, a war that goes on simply because it has been going on. | The Afghan war is …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Hollywood Honors Anti-Russia Propaganda Film. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On geopolitical issues, Hollywood operates as a virtual arm of US policymakers, supporting their imperial agenda. | It was evident Sunday evening during Oscar …

Juan Cole (2018-03-05). Netanyahu and Trump, Both Under Investigation, Meet on Phony 'Deal of the Century'. Global Research Far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet Monday with far right white nationalist president Donald J. Trump in an apparent effort to hurry up Trump's announcement of the "Deal of the Century" between Israel and the Palestinians. | The …

Global Research News (2018-03-05). Selected Articles: How Many Wasted Lives Will End Washington's Belligerence? Global Research Thanks to the contributions of our readers, we have been able to maintain complete independence. You can help Global Research make information available to the widest possible readership. We ask that you consider making a donation to Global Research in …

Shane Quinn (2018-03-05). Hurricane Katrina: US Let Its Citizens Die Rather Than Accept Cuban Aid. Global Research Of the many stories written about Hurricane Katrina in autumn 2005, and its devastating consequences, one crucial element is virtually overlooked. During the all-important hours after the tropical cyclone laid waste to sections of south-eastern United States, the Bush administration …

Eric Margolis (2018-03-05). Putin Trumps Trump. Russia's New Nuclear-Armed Weapons. Global Research In December, 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed that the US would unilaterally pull out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that had curtailed the development of nuclear missiles and anti-missile systems to defeat them. | The arrogant, dim-witted Bush believed …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-05). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — Torna l'incubo dei missili a Comiso. Global Research Il piano fu preannunciato tre anni fa, durante l'amministrazone Obama, quando funzionari del Pentagono dichiararono che ´di fronte all'aggressione russa, gli Stati uniti stanno considerando lo spiegamento in Europa di missili da crociera con base a terra ª (il manifesto, 9 …

Michel Raimbaud (2018-03-05). Siria — Svegliamoci, sono impazziti! Global Research Da ormai sette anni, la Siria è in guerra. Questo paese amichevole, tollerante e altamente civilizzato, che nemmeno i suoi detrattori potrebbero negare essere bello e accattivante, sta già affrontando una sfida formidabile, quella del dopoguerra. Gli assalitori barbari di …

Mongabay (2018-03-05). Judge OKs Waiving Environmental Laws to Build U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. Global Research Featured image: Border wall stretches for miles into the rolling landscape on the outskirts of Nogales, Arizona. This kind of fencing is impassable to most wingless wildlife. Photo by Rebecca Kessler for Mongabay. | On Tuesday, a federal judge in California …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-03-05). US Seeks to Intentionally Prolong Syrian Bloodshed. Global Research A 2012 US policy paper admittedly sought to "bleed" the Syrian government, and with it the Syrian people. Today in Syria, the consequences of America's depraved foreign policy is being blamed by Western special interests on the very victims it …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-05). Snow, Snowflakes and the UK: Britain's Response to the Cold Freeze: "Beast from the East" Global Research While the bibliophile and aphorist Samuel Johnson claimed that people of appropriate mental discipline could avoid talking about the weather, the British have found weather an irresistible topic of conversation. Storms are recalled with nostalgic exaggeration; accounts are rendered colourful …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-05). Liberating East Ghouta, Syria's Last US-Supported Terrorist Enclave. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | On February 25, Syrian forces began their offensive to liberate the last major US-supported terrorist enclave in the country. | Impressive progress was made …

Washington's Blog (2018-03-05). 53 Admitted False Flag Attacks. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published in February 2015. | Not Theory … Admitted Fact | There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for …

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-03-05). For Atheists, #MeToo Might Be Too Little, Too Late. AlterNet.org Atheists spoke out about sexual harassment years ago, to no avail. | In mid-February, #MeToo came to the community of activist atheists and science promoters, known as skeptics, a vibrant if somewhat insular subculture of the non-faithful. Buzzfeed published an expose of Lawrence Krauss, a physicist who became a minor celebrity due in part to his outspoken atheism, in which multiple women shared tales of his alleged sexual abusiveness. Krauss denies the multiple, separate accounts painstakingly detailed by Buzzfeed's reporters. However, Krauss is still facing a litany of professional repercussions: cancelled appearances, disavowals (most prominently by the American Humanist Association) and investigations into the accusations. But for many in the skeptic movement, Krauss's reckoning, while welcome, feels like too little, too late. For years, these activists told Salon, they've been agitating against sexual harassment in the community and trying. . .

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…

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-03-04). 'They're in God's Way': Rapper Common Opens Oscars Performance By Calling Out the NRA. AlterNet.org The audience jumped to its feet at the performance's conclusion. | Rapper Common joined Andra Day singing "Stand Up for Something" with a powerful message for feminists, Dreamers and the Parkland, Florida community fighting the NRA. "On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell," Common began. "A land where Dreamers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments to feminists. Tell the NRA they in god's way. And to the people of Parkland we say Ase. "Activist Khary Penebaker explained that the word "Ase" is a "West African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change. "Common continued with, "sentiments of love for the people, from Africa to Haiti and Puerto Rico. " It was possibly a reference to Donald Trump's comments about "sh*thole countries" including Africa and Haiti and the. . .

Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica (2018-03-04). The Many Roads That Lead to Bankruptcy in Chicago. AlterNet.org Here are some stories of Chicagoans driven into ticket debt. | We've been reporting on how unpaid parking and automated traffic camera tickets can quickly spiral out of control for Chicago's working poor, and particularly for African Americans. Thousands of drivers file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy each year to cope with ticket debt, getting a chance to lift license suspensions or to protect their vehicles from the city's boot list. But bankruptcy often leaves drivers in worse financial shape. Here are the stories of some drivers who have struggled with the consequences of their unpaid tickets. Some managed to pay off their debts; others are now in bankruptcy court. By sharing these stories, we hope to start a conversation about how Chicago's ticketing and debt collection affect people's lives. I'd love to hear about your experiences. Please email me at . Rosalva NavaRosalva Nava, 50,. . .

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…

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