2018-03-06: News Headlines

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-03-06). Teacher Unrest Spreads to Oklahoma, Where Educators Are "Desperate for a Solution" The Intercept Last summer, Teresa Dank, a third-grade teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, gained national attention after she began panhandling to raise money for her classroom. Like many other teachers in a state with some of the lowest education spending in the country, Dank was at her wit's end. Her frustration came to a head two weeks ago, following yet another failed legislative attempt to increase teacher pay. And so she started an online petition, asking for signatures from those who would support a walkout by teachers. Soon another Oklahoma teacher named Alberto Morejon launched a Facebook group to mobilize fellow educators for a walkout, quickly drawing tens of thousands of members. | The increasing momentum for a strike in Oklahoma comes as a strike by West Virginia teachers entered its ninth consecutive school day on Tuesday. State lawmakers, hoping to…

TRNN (2018-03-06). Three Generations of Apartheid Schooling. The Real News Network In part one, author Noliwe Rooks discusses how her family's experience with apartheid and segregated schooling inspired her to write Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education…

Andrew Korybko (2018-03-06). Latvia Plans to Culturally Cleanse Its Russian Minority. Global Research Latvia unveiled a controversial legislative proposal that calls for phasing our education in minority languages within a few years' time, and it's almost exactly what Ukraine announced that it would begin doing late last year. Both countries have a complex …

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2018-03-06). Don't Look Now but the West Virginia Teacher Strike Is Spreading. AlterNet.org Oklahoma could be the next site of a statewide walkout. | What is happening in West Virginia may not necessarily stay in West Virginia. As thousands of teachers in the state occupied the state house on the eighth day of a walkout that has closed every public school in West Virginia, momentum is gathering among teachers in Oklahoma for a potential strike to protest their low pay and high healthcare costs. A Change. org petition has gathered more than 25,000 signatures of teachers and supporters who object to the state's low teacher salaries—the lowest average pay for educators in the nation, at $42,460—with hundreds of signatures being added on Monday. Talk of a potential strike grew last month after a proposal called Step Up Oklahoma was defeated in the state House of Representatives. The plan would have raised taxes on the oil. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-06). Sen. Chris Murphy: The US Is Exporting Violence and Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen. Truthout Stories On Capitol Hill, three US senators have introduced a bill that would force Congress to vote for the first time on whether to continue US support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Republican Mike Lee, Democrat Chris Murphy and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who noted that the Constitution gives Congress — and not the president — the power to declare war. For more, we speak with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. | TRANSCRIPT | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: I then asked Senator Murphy about his support for a new bipartisan bill to end US involvement in Saudi Arabia's devastating war in Yemen. | SEN. CHRIS MURPHY: Well, we're obviously, rightly, focused on the violence that the federal government and the US Congress facilitates in our own country because of our inaction, but we also need to talk about…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). Sen. Chris Murphy: The U.S. Is Exporting Violence & Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen. Democracy Now! On Capitol Hill, three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would force Congress to vote for the first time on whether to continue U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Republican Mike Lee, Democrat Chris Murphy and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who noted that the Constitution gives Congress—and not the president—the power to declare war. For more, we speak with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-06). The Obamacare Tax Penalty Is(n't) Dead. Truthout Stories (Photo: Valeri Potapova / Shutterstock) | In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. | Rick, Patrick and Michael recently commented on Covered California's Facebook page, urging others to ditch health insurance because: | "No more fines or penalties!!! Trump took care of that!! Saved me 700 bucks this year!!!" | "Trump removed the penalty for not having insurance." | "I'm pretty sure Trump abolished the illegal penalty." | They're right — and wrong. | On Dec. 22, President Donald Trump did indeed sign a sweeping tax bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act's tax penalty by zeroing out the fines. | Opponents of the tax penalty rejoiced, and many, like Rick, Patrick and Michael, assumed it took effect immediately. | Not…

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-06). Trump's 'Trade War' May Be a Sign of Desperation. AlterNet.org Trump can't appoint himself president for life—at least not yet. Starting a pointless trade war will have to do. | Upon learning that President Xi Jinping of China had unilaterally ended term limits in China, I wrote a piece for Salon in which I contemplated how jealous President Trump surely was that Xi had such power. He does admire a strongman. Lo and behold, at Trump's Mar-a-Lago fundraiser on Friday night he "joked" about that very subject, saying: He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day. The recording shows that that the audience of wealthy donors (from whom Trump will reportedly demand hundreds of millions of dollars for his 2020 campaign) found the joke to be hilarious.

Prof. James Petras (2018-03-06). US Global Power in the 21st Century: Military or Economic Imperialism? Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in September 2014 | Despite vast amounts of imperial data to the contrary, the great majority of writers on imperialism continue to describe and analyze US imperialism strictly in economic …

Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-03-06). These Cities Saw the Most Immigration Raids During Trump's First Year in Office. AlterNet.org Despite the protection of sanctuary cities, the number of arrests is climbing. | after she reported her husband for domestic abuse, to the arrest of a handicapped girl just out of surgery. For the past year, AlterNet has reported on ICE's notable cruelty since Trump's inauguration. Now the numbers are in, and they confirm that the stories of ICE targeting non-criminal individuals aren't just one-off aberrations. ICE drastically increased arrests for undocumented individuals over the past year, many of whom posed no threat to their communities. Pew Research Center tracked the cities that witnessed the most arrests in 2017: Credit: Pew Research CenterDallas, Houston and Atlanta experienced the most raids between January and December 2017. Pew writes: "ICE arrests were highest in the agency's Dallas area (16,520), which also saw the largest increase in absolute numbers between 2016 and. . .

Tim Beal (2018-03-06). Korea's Complicated Response to Imperialism: Resistance, Collaboration and Moon Jae-in. Global Research It is always refreshing to read Stephen Gowans. He cuts through the official dissimulation, the cant, the hypocrisy, the bullshit to lay bare a cogent and lucid analysis of the subject. He is anécrivain engagé and there is never …

Kevin Gosztola (2018-03-06). No, Republicans Did Not Expose Efforts by Russia to Fuel Pipeline Protests. MintPress News A "staff report" from Republicans on the United States House Science, Space, and Technology Committee offers little evidence to prove allegations of Russian efforts to influence U.S. energy markets through "social media propaganda" to incite pipeline protests. | Nonetheless, the report, pushed by Republican chairman Representative Lamar Smith, went virtually unquestioned when it was covered by U.S. media. | What the report reveals are several Twitter and Instagram posts that Republicans claim were posted by "Russian agents" linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the troll farm which has become a focus of narratives that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. | The report recycles unsubstantiated news reporting that strongly suggested the Russian government was behind anti-fracking activism in the U.S. It contends these posts and tweets demonstrate the "broad nature of Russia's meddling and to reveal Russia's attempts to deceive…

Tim Beal (2018-03-06). Korea's Complicated Response to Imperialism: Resistance, Collaboration and Moon Jae-in. Global Research It is always refreshing to read Stephen Gowans. He cuts through the official dissimulation, the cant, the hypocrisy, the bullshit to lay bare a cogent and lucid analysis of the subject. He is anécrivain engagé and there is never …

Federico Pieraccini (2018-03-06). Nuclear Weapons and Great Power Politics Are Here to Stay. Global Research When talking about nuclear weapons, it is necessary to clarify some important points before delving into complicated reasoning. | Nuclear weapons are here to stay, and anyone who believes in a progressive denuclearization of the globe is sadly mistaken. Try asking …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2018-03-06). Trump-Netanyahu Meeting at White House to Discuss Multi-Front War in Middle East. Global Research Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet U.S. President Donald J. Trump to discuss what has long been in the works, war. A war against Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanon and eventually its main target, Iran. Another issue will be …

Prof. James Petras (2018-03-06). United States: The Political Economy of Massacres. Global Research Every year over 30,000 Americans are killed by gunfire. Every month, in public schoolyards, dance clubs, concert venues, work places and public gatherings, innocent people are slaughtered by assassins wielding legally purchased high powered semi-automatic weapons. The National Rifle Association …

William Blum (2018-03-06). United States Bombings of Other Countries. America's "Bombing List" Global Research It is a scandal in contemporary international law, don't forget, that while "wanton destruction of towns, cities and villages" is a war crime of long standing, the bombing of cities from airplanes goes not only unpunished but virtually unaccused. Air …

Jonathan Cook (2018-03-06). Israeli Army's Lies Can No Longer Salvage Its Image. Global Research It is has been a very bad week for those claiming Israel has the most moral army in the world. Here's a small sample of abuses of Palestinians in recent days in which the Israeli army was caught lying. | A …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-06). Donald Trump's Tariff War. Global Research "To protect our Country, we must protect American Steel!" Donald J. Trump, Twitter, Mar 5, 2018 | As an agent of chaos, US President Donald Trump is keeping busy. Last week's announcement that tariffs will be imposed on steel and …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-03-06). Tillerson Targets Africa While Administration Declares Trade War Amid Intensified Militarism. Global Research Oil magnate turned top United States envoy, Rex Tillerson, is scheduled to drop into a number of African states under the premise of strengthening relations between Washington and the continent. | This mission by the Secretary of State coincides with …

Melissa Dykes (2018-03-06). CIA Admits to Congress the Agency Uses Mainstream Media to Distribute Disinformation: 1975 Video. Global Research This article, first published on GR in August 2015, tells us the trail of media disinformation by US government apparatuses. | It has been verified by a source who claims she was there that then-CIA Director William Casey did in fact …

Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-03-06). These Cities Saw the Most Immigration Raids During Trump's First Year in Office. AlterNet.org Despite the protection of sanctuary cities, the number of arrests is climbing. | Raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have increased drastically since Donald Trump moved into the White House. Across the country, 2017 saw 30 percent more ICE arrests than the previous year. A number of these high-profile arrests are particularly despicable, from news that ICE seized a woman after she reported her husband for domestic abuse, to the arrest of a handicapped girl just out of surgery. For the past year, AlterNet has reported on ICE's notable cruelty since Trump's inauguration. Now the numbers are in, and they confirm that the stories of ICE targeting non-criminal individuals aren't just one-off aberrations. ICE drastically increased arrests for undocumented individuals over the past year, many of whom posed no threat to their communities. Pew Research Center tracked the cities. . .

South Front (2018-03-06). Proof of US-ISIS Cooperation? Global Research Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, senior commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, has allegedly provided the country's politicians with evidence confirming a cooperation between the US and ISIS."When I was at the Foreign Ministry, I had a …

Josh Sager (2018-03-06). Monsanto Controls Both the White House and the US Congress. Global Research This incisive article by Josh Sager published one month before the November 2012 US presidential elections carefully documents how Monsanto has cornered the US political system. | Whoever gets in, Monsanto's interests will be served. | Moreover, Monsanto also controls key …

Strategic Culture Foundation (2018-03-06). In Syria, the Real Siege Is by Terrorists Supported by Western Powers. Global Research In more than seven years of war in Syria, we have seen many times how Western governments and news media shamelessly invert reality. | The same was seen this week over the grim fighting around Eastern Ghouta, the suburb near the …

Washington's Blog (2018-03-06). Middle Eastern Wars Have Always Been About Oil. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in February 2016. | Robert Kennedy Jr. notes: | For Americans to really understand what's going on, it's important to review some details about this sordid but little-remembered history. …

Global Research (2018-03-06). Neocon 101: What do Neoconservatives Believe? Global Research This incisive Christian Science Monitor 2003 article, crossposted on Global Research in 2007 is of relevance to our deeper understanding of Washington's foreign policy: | "Neocons" believe that the United States should not be ashamed to use its unrivaled power — …

Will Podmore (2018-03-06). Lessons From Cuba. Global Research The withdrawal of Soviet aid in 1990 left Cuba's economy on a knife-edge. Cubans lost all their markets in sugar. They ceased to receive foodstuffs, fuel, wood, soap, raw materials. Calories and protein intake were reduced by half. Plans for …

Jim Naureckas (2018-03-06). Social Media and the Rise of the 'Consistent Liberal'. FAIR New York's depiction ( 3/1/18) of "young people…staying liberal." | The Pew Research Center ( 3/1/18) recently released a survey on political attitudes by generation. "America is politically sorted by generations in a way it never has before," was the takeaway of New York's Jonathan Chait ( 3/1/18). | Well, sort of. The generational divide is a striking feature of US politics, but it's not exactly breaking news. While as recently as the 2000 election, young people were the least likely age group to vote for the Democrat, and old folks the most, since 2008 the generations have voted the stereotype of left-leaning youth and conservative elders. That's still happening, Pew finds. | What's more striking to me in Pew's findings is how voters of all generations have shifted to the left—mostly by becoming more consistently progressive, mostly…

Dr. Andrew Glickson (2018-03-06). The Arctic Climate Tipping Points: Methane and the Future of the Biosphere. Global Research Arctic ice breakdown | As extreme temperatures, the rate of sea ice melt, the collapse of Greenland glaciers, the thawing of Siberian and Canadian permafrost and increased evaporation in the Arctic drive cold snow storms into Europe and North America, and …

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.

TRNN (2018-03-05). Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education. The Real News Network In Part One, Principal Matt Hornbeck introduces author Noliwe Rooks and explains how charter schools in Maryland, unlike other states, have defied privatization…

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.

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). 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. . .

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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