2018-03-08: News Headlines

TRNN (2018-03-08). From Segregation to Black Independent Schools. The Real News Network In part three, Noliwe Rooks says after African Americans were faced with nationwide resistance to integration, groups like the Black Panthers created successful models for black education…

Mark Taliano (2018-03-08). Entering the Ring of War Propaganda. Global Research Western populations are inundated with war propaganda, and all of the MSM is guilty. It serves to promote criminal warfare rather than peace. | Once we enter the ring of propaganda fabricated by western agencies of deception, we start to lose, …

Staff (2018-03-08). The Generals Are Failing Their Soldiers—and America. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists September 2006. Iraq was falling apart. Nearly 100 American troops were being killed a month. The war seemed hopeless, unwinnable (because it ultimately was). So the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Peter Pace, convened a "council of colonels' — purportedly some of the brightest minds in the military — to recommend new policies. Only three, reportedly, had any combat experience in Iraq, but still, these guys were sharp. The group debated endlessly and eventually reached an impasse. They had three separate proposals and the group generally divided along service lines. Some Air Force and Navy guys wanted a phased withdrawal — the "Go Home" option — but their ideas were promptly dismissed. Other (mostly army and marine officers) wanted to "engage in prolonged conflict — the "Go Long" option. Finally, the most prominent army officers — including America's current National…

Ted Rall (2018-03-08). A Labor Agenda Could Make Democrats Win This Fall. counterpunch.org Democrats are optimistic about their prospects for this November's Congressional midterm elections. But, as I argued in The Wall Street Journal last week, the party's growing (and increasingly powerful) progressive base may well decide to sit on their hands, staying home on Election Day — just as a determinative number of Bernie Sanders' supporters did More

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-08). Philippines Terrorist Petition Virtual Hit List. Human Rights Watch News Members of the New Peoples Army (NPA), armed group of the Communist Party of the Philippines, are silhouetted during graduation after their military training in their jungle hideout in Lianga in southern Mindanao island March 13, 2004. | © 2004 Reuters | The Philippine government is putting at grave risk more than 600 people — among them a United Nations human rights expert and dozens of leftist activists — by labeling them as members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA). | In a petition filed in a Manila court dated February 21, 2018, seen by Human Rights Watch, the Department of Justice submitted a 55-page list that included long-time leaders of the communist movement such as Netherlands-based Jose Maria Sison, who founded the…

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Faiza Patel, Brennan Center for Justice (2018-03-08). Monitoring Kids' Social Media Accounts Won't Prevent the Next School Shooting. AlterNet.org Invading students' privacy isn't the solution. | The Parkland, Fla. , school shooting has reignited the national conversation on what can be done to prevent such tragedies, which seem to occur with frightening regularity. One option, which already is used by many schools and probably will be adopted by more, is to employ companies that monitor students' social media feeds to flag threats of violence, as well as behavior such as bullying and self-harm. Miami-Dade County's school system has asked for $30 million in upgrades that include "advanced monitoring of social media," while schools in California, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia have indicated that social media monitoring, including by third-party companies, is a key security feature. But schools should think long and hard before they go down this path. There is little evidence that such monitoring works, and. . .

Reynard Loki, AlterNet (2018-03-08). There's a Looming 'Existential Threat' to New Orleans That Should Frighten Every Sane American. AlterNet.org A proposed $210 million gas-fired power plant is on the frontlines of a national battle against fracking. | With the New Orleans city council set to vote Thursday on the future of Entergy's new fracked gas power plant—a $210 million gas-fired peaking power plant in New Orleans East—filmmaker/activist Josh Fox is calling on concerned citizens to stand up and join what he called in a recent email a "crucial fight for environmental justice. " He described the proposed plant, which would expose residents to many of the same health risks as living next to fracking wells, as "an existential threat" to New Orleans. "There is no city in the United States more vulnerable to the immediate effects of climate change," Fox writes. "The facts are simple: If climate change gets worse, there is no more New Orleans. Rising seas threaten to overtake the. . .

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Will Trump Help Saudi Arabia Become a Nuclear Power? AlterNet.org A new lobbying effort threatens to upend the Middle East. | The House of Saud is angling for approval on a new nuclear power program, and Donald Trump just might grant it. According to The Young Turks' Ken Klippenstein, King & Spalding, a law firm that has previously represented the president in his real estate dealings, registered last month to lobby the White House on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Justice Department filings reveal the firm will receive $450,000 over a 30-day period to start, and talks are set to begin in a matter of weeks. King & Spalding's ties to the Trump administration are numerous. Beyond the link to the president, FBI director Christopher Wray served as a litigator at the firm from 2005-2017. As Klippenstein notes, the appointment drew the ire of the ACLU's political director Faiz Shakir,. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). Justice department files suit against California "sanctuary" laws. World Socialist Web Site US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.

Justin Elliott, ProPublica (2018-03-08). The Trump Appointee Reshaping the Census Has a Long History of Voter Suppression. AlterNet.org John Gore has led Republican redistricting efforts across the country. | In December, the Department of Justice requested that the Census Bureau add a question to the 2020 survey that would ask respondents to reveal whether or not they are U. S. citizens. Since ProPublica first reported the DOJ's letter, civil rights groups and congressional Democrats have announced their opposition, arguing that in the midst of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, the question will lead many people to opt out of the census, resulting in an inaccurate population count. A lot is at stake. The once-a-decade population count determines how House seats are distributed and helps determine where hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent. But one question regarding the December letter remained unclear. The letter was signed by a career staffer in a division of the DOJ whose main function. . .

Emily C. Bell, AlterNet (2018-03-08). 3 Ways McDonald's Can Show Respect for Women Instead of Flipping Its Logo. AlterNet.org The company's empty gesture on International Women's Day ignores the many injustices it commits against women. | As the world marks International Women's Day with strikes, obituaries honoring previously overlooked influential women, and pushes for changes on issues including equal pay, McDonald's is celebrating in its own way—by flipping its classic arches upside down to resemble the letter 'W. ' They also shared a video on Twitter: Today, we flip our Golden Arches to celebrate the women who have chosen McDonald's to be a part of their story, like the Williams family. In the U. S. we're proud to share that 6 out of 10 restaurant managers are women. t. co/6z88OhjXpO pic. twitter. com/hXfOi3wWQf— McDonald's (@McDonalds) March 8, 2018The gesture is merely symbolic (only one location will actually invert its sign, and 100 locations will have merchandise). Plus, since McDonald's is. . .

Sonali Kolhatkar (2018-03-08). For the Love of Their Country or Money? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Much has been made of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian operatives or the Russian government to win the November 2016 election. While there is yet to emerge solid evidence that attempted Russian meddling actually impacted the election's outcome, in recent days Mueller's probe may have turned in a far more damning direction: how Trump's family members may have used the president's political power to obtain business advantages, and specifically how Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner may be deeply implicated. | Several recent reports offer strong suggestions of corruption. First, The Washington Post reported Feb. 27 that officials from four other countries—namely the United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico and Israel—apparently discussed ways to exploit Kushner's business needs in order for their countries to obtain favorable U.S. policies. A day later The…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-08). Art and Politics in Australia. Global Research

GGI News (2018-03-08). The Rs 1.4 Trillion Plan to Destroy India's Agriculture. Global Research

Brian Cloughley (2018-03-08). Washington Is Intent on Destroying Iran. Global Research On February 18 the leader of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, declared that Iran "is trying to establish this continuous empire surrounding the Middle East from the south in Yemen but also trying to create a land bridge from Iran to Iraq, …

Julien Paolantoni (2018-03-08). Russian History: The Rise of a Superpower, Foundation of the Russian Empire. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in December 2012 | Introduction | Part 1 of this series Russian History: From the Early East Slavs to the Grand Duchy of Moscow was aimed at explaining the foundation of …

Arkady Savitsky (2018-03-08). Washington Wrecks Cyber Security Talks. Global Research Cybersecurity (CS) is the latest frontier in warfare. Much has been said about the need to work out certain rules to prevent an "unfettered arms race" and "combat operations" in this domain. Last year, Russia and the US agreed to

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-03-08). Bullied Relations: Australia, East Timor and Natural Resources. Global Research

RAWA (2018-03-08). US War Crimes against Women: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA): Interview. Global Research Today is International Women's Day. The article below, first published on GR in May 2016, tells us the struggles of women's organization in Afghanistan. | * | Please tell us about RAWA, you and your struggle, and the difficulties facing your country….

Lindsey German (2018-03-08). How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, crossposted on GR in February 2013. | * | Why did the anti-war movement become such a vehicle for women's political action, and what does that tell us about the position of women today? | This …

Margaret Flowers (2018-03-08). The "No Trump Military Parade" Global Research President Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington DC on Veteran's Day, November 11. Democrats have decried the cost and authoritarian implication, and antiwar groups are planning a countermarch. I spoke to Margaret Flowers, …

Tristan Baurick (2018-03-08). Coast Guard Responders Harmed by Chemicals Used to Clean Up BP Deepwater Oil Spill, Research Shows. Global Research Featured image: Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Leonard watches oil and gas flare during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Belson) | For thousands of Coast Guard members who …

Robert J. Burrowes (2018-03-08). Homo Sapiens on Track to Extinction? Climate and Nuclear Threats. Can Humanity Survive? Global Research Anyone reading the scientific literature (or the progressive news outlets that truthfully report this literature) knows that homo sapiens sapiens is on the fast track to extinction, most likely some time between 2025 and 2040. | For a taste of the …

Prof. Tim Anderson (2018-03-08). International Women's Day: Syria says YES to Women, and NO to Wahhabis. Global Research Image. Prof. Tim Anderson | First published by GR on March 8, 2018 | On International Women's Day — The Syrian Arab Republic — the only genuinely pluralist nation in the region — was the first country in the Middle East and …

Scott Ritter (2018-03-08). Are You Listening, America? "If the Button is Pushed, There's No Running Away" Global Research Don't you understand what I'm trying to say? | And can't you feel the fears I'm feeling today? | If the button is pushed, there's no running away, | There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave, | Take a …

Enzo Pellegrin (2018-03-08). Those Liberals Engulfed by a Certain Idea of Freedom. Global Research In April 1947, still at the side of ruins of the Second World War, the members of the so-called "Liberal International" met in Oxford. A solemn declaration emerged from the congress, then passed to the history of the liberals as …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-08). Trump to Formally Sign Off on New Tariffs. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | According to administration trade representative Peter Navarro, Trump will formally sign off on new steel and aluminum tariffs Thursday afternoon in the …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-08). "Wipe the Soviet Union Off the Map", 204 Atomic Bombs against 66 Major Cities, US Nuclear Attack against USSR Planned During World War II. Global Research According to a secret document dated September 15, 1945, "the Pentagon had envisaged blowing up the Soviet Union with a coordinated nuclear attack directed against 66 major urban areas.

Ray McGovern (2018-03-08). 'Progressive' Journalists Jump the Shark on Russiagate. Global Research Jane Mayer of The New Yorker and Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks are the latest progressives to jump on the anti-Trump, pro-Russiagate bandwagon. They have made it crystal clear that, in Mayer's words, they are not going to let …

Staff (2018-03-08). The U.S. Solar Industry Is Clouded by Uncertainty. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The US solar industry is losing its shine. Although solar power is seen as a key way to avoid the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, US solar companies are cutting investments and laying off workers. An industry employing more than 230,000 people and with an estimated worth of $28 billion is now warning of trouble ahead. | More than 10,000 jobs in solar were lost in 2017, says a report by the Solar Foundation, a non-profit research firm. | The clouds spreading across the US solar sector are in part due to a slowdown in sales in so-called mature markets in California and the US Northeast, both areas of double digit solar growth in recent years. | However, industry analysts say the main reason for the present travails in the solar sector is the announcement earlier this year by…

Brandon Turbeville (2018-03-08). Israel Now Arming Seven Terrorist Groups in Syria, Report. Global Research Israel has long been known to provide support to terrorists operating in Syria ever since the crisis began in 2011. From providing medical support to terrorist fighters as well as training and intelligence and even some amount of weaponry and …

DPCR (2018-03-08). A Stalinist Purge in America? Global Research This year could turn out to be a defining year for the United States. It is clear that the US military/security complex and the Democratic Party aided by their media vassals intend to purge Donald Trump from the presidency. One …

Prof. John McMurtry (2018-03-08). U.S. Holds the World Record of Killings of Innocent Civilians. Global Research

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2018-03-08: News Headlines

TRNN (2018-03-08). From Segregation to Black Independent Schools. The Real News Network In part three, Noliwe Rooks says after African Americans were faced with nationwide resistance to integration, groups like the Black Panthers created successful models for black education…

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Faiza Patel, Brennan Center for Justice (2018-03-08). Monitoring Kids' Social Media Accounts Won't Prevent the Next School Shooting. AlterNet.org Invading students' privacy isn't the solution. | The Parkland, Fla. , school shooting has reignited the national conversation on what can be done to prevent such tragedies, which seem to occur with frightening regularity. One option, which already is used by many schools and probably will be adopted by more, is to employ companies that monitor students' social media feeds to flag threats of violence, as well as behavior such as bullying and self-harm. Miami-Dade County's school system has asked for $30 million in upgrades that include "advanced monitoring of social media," while schools in California, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia have indicated that social media monitoring, including by third-party companies, is a key security feature. But schools should think long and hard before they go down this path. There is little evidence that such monitoring works, and. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). Justice department files suit against California "sanctuary" laws. World Socialist Web Site US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Ursula K. Le Guin: Prominent science fiction and fantasy writer (1929-2018). World Socialist Web Site Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the most significant and popular English-language writers of speculative fiction, associated with feminism and utopianism, died January 28 at the age of 88.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-07). After Victorious Strike, W. Virginia Teacher Sends Message to Oklahoma Educators Poised to Walk Out. Democracy Now! As West Virginia teachers celebrate victory in their historic strike, Oklahoma teachers are considering following in their footsteps. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Education Association announced that teachers would go strike on April 23 if the state Legislature doesn't approve pay increases and funding for educational needs. For more, we speak with Teresa Danks, a third-grade teacher at Grimes Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She made headlines last year when she panhandled on a roadside to raise money for supplies for her classroom. She has since started a foundation called Begging for Education, dedicated to funding classrooms, improving teachers' salaries and fiscal responsibility in Oklahoma. And we speak with Katie Endicott, a high school English teacher in Mingo County, West Virginia, who has a message for her counterpart in Oklahoma.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-03-07). Trump Ally Reportedly Lied to Congress About Secret Back Channel to Russia. AlterNet.org Robert Mueller may have evidence that Erik Prince committed perjury. | Special counsel Robert Mueller may have evidence that Erik Prince, an ally of President Donald Trump, lied to Congress about setting up a secret back channel to the Kremlin for the administration, according to a report from the Washington Post. Prince, the founder of the private military contracting firm Blackwater and also brother to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, met with emissaries from the United Arab Emirates and Russia in Seychelles before Trump's inauguration. He has admitted to the meeting on the Indan Ocean islands. But testimony to congressional investigators, Prince described it as a chance encounter. The Post reports, however, that George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, is cooperating with Mueller and said the meeting was "set up in advance so that a representative of the Trump transition could meet with. . .

WSWS (2018-03-07). Argentine teachers begin school year with a national strike. World Socialist Web Site The action was staged in protest against cuts in public education spending and attempts by the government to drastically reduce the real wages of teachers.

TRNN (2018-03-07). The Early History of 'Segronomics'. The Real News Network In part two, Noliwe Rooks says wealthy philanthropists first influenced public education for African Americans in the post-reconstruction South…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). After Victorious Strike, West Virginia Teacher Sends Message to Oklahoma Educators Poised to Walk Out. Truthout Stories As West Virginia teachers celebrate victory in their historic strike, Oklahoma teachers are considering following in their footsteps. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Education Association announced that teachers would go strike on April 23 if the state Legislature doesn't approve pay increases and funding for educational needs. For more, we speak with Teresa Danks, a third-grade teacher at Grimes Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She made headlines last year when she panhandled on a roadside to raise money for supplies for her classroom. She has since started a foundation called Begging for Education, dedicated to funding classrooms, improving teachers' salaries and fiscal responsibility in Oklahoma. And we speak with Katie Endicott, a high school English teacher in Mingo County, West Virginia, who has a message for her counterpart in Oklahoma. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: So, Teresa Danks, you're in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There has…

Rebecca Burns, In These Times (2018-03-07). YMCA Childcare Workers Just Went on Strike—Here's Why. AlterNet.org A supposedly benevolent organization pays workers poverty wages. | When Vivian Clark got a job with a Chicago-area Head Start program 15 years ago, it seemed like the "stepping stone" her family had been waiting for. Her son, then aged 9, had already gone through the federally funded preschool program when Clark was offered a job as a part-time administrative assistant for a Head Start program administered by the YMCA. In addition to providing early education and social services for low-income children, many Head Start agencies have expanded their focus into providing education and job opportunities for parents, often as employees of the program. Though grateful for the opportunity, Clark had to live with a glaring contradiction: The anti-poverty program provided her with a job, but it barely paid her minimum wage. When she started the job, she says she made $7. 50. . .

TRNN (2018-03-07). West Virginia Teachers Offer a Lesson in Organizing. The Real News Network With a deal reached in the West Virginia teachers strike, there is talk of revived labor activism nationwide. But is the deal fair to all, and will anti-union forces push back? We speak to West Virginia teacher Brendan Muckian-Bates and education scholar Dr. Curry Malott.

WSWS (2018-03-07). Oklahoma teachers to discuss strike strategy. World Socialist Web Site Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.

WSWS (2018-03-07). Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia. World Socialist Web Site At meetings of teachers and education support staff in two Melbourne schools, members of the Committee for Public Education moved resolutions of solidarity with the West Virginian teachers, which were passed unanimously.

Farhad Shahabi (2018-03-07). US Destabilization Plan for Iran and the Middle East, and the Need to Strengthen the Resistance. Global Research The use of force, in total disregard for the UN Charter, international law, and international agreements, is today, more than ever before, the main characteristic of Washington's policy decisions. Consequently, the world is experiencing a decisive shift to militarization rather …

Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future (2018-03-07). Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party. AlterNet.org It's time for the progressive wing to take the reins. | Will the Democratic Party open itself up to the new grassroots energy and activism that is rising in American politics, or will its insiders assume they can continue business as usual yet still reap the benefits of the resistance to Donald Trump? A key test will come this week, as the nearly 450 members of the Democratic National Committee gather in Washington to consider the unanimous recommendations of their Unity Commission on party reform. This commission was chartered at the 2016 Democratic presidential convention to make recommendations to ensure the party's presidential nominating process would be "accessible, transparent and inclusive. "The Commission emerged from an effort to unify the party following the bruising primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The 21-member Commission has eight members chosen by Sanders, with the remainder. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Poor People's Campaign Launches Nationwide Organizing Effort to Fight Poverty. Truthout Stories The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber II have recently launched the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which has its roots in the activism of the civil rights era. Reviving this campaign is an enormous effort as 43.1 million Americans live in poverty. In this interview, Theoharis discusses the upcoming 40 Days of Action that will begin on Mother's Day.Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. (Photo: NESRI) | 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…

Tony Cartalucci (2018-03-07). Warning: Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough" Global Research Originally posted in November of 2013, the article, " Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough,"" warned of a premeditated, documented conspiracy to use a monumental "deal" with Iran as a pretext not for peace, but in …

Gregory Shupak (2018-03-07). Media Erase US Role in Syria's Misery, Call for US to Inflict More Misery. FAIR Simon Tisdall argues in the Guardian (2/10/18) that "the West let down Syria"—not by fueling a murderous civil war, but by failing to ensure that its chosen side prevailed in that war. | In the Guardian (2/10/18), Simon Tisdall described the US and its Western partners as "hovering passively on the sidelines in Syria," and "restricting themselves to counterterrorism operations and vain calls for peace." ABC's Conor Finnegan ( 2/26/18) expressed concern that "the US will remain on the sidelines" in the country. | However, America currently controls 28 percent of Syria (Foreign Policy, 1/25/18), precisely the opposite of being "on the sidelines," and has recently declared its intent to continue occupying the country indefinitely (New York Times, 2/22/18). As Joshua Landis (Syria Comment, 1/15/18), director of the Center for Middle East Studies, notes,…

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…

Adam Johnson (2018-03-07). For NYT, a Trillion Dollars' Worth of A-Bombs Is 'Little' Response to Russia. FAIR "Russia has ramped up its arsenals," and "US has done little in response"—except ramp up its own arsenal by more than the size of the entire Russian arsenal (New York Times, ( 3/5/18). | For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington—as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-03-07). Given $120M to Fight Russian Meddling, US State Dept Spends $0. MintPress News None of the 23 analysts at the anti-propaganda office who have been tasked with countering Russian "disinformation" even speaks Russian, while a partial hiring freeze ordered by Tillerson has prevented the department from hiring IT professionals capable of tracking Russian experts. | The post Given $120M to Fight Russian Meddling, US State Dept Spends $0 appeared first on MintPress News.

Linda Pentz Gunter (2018-03-07). Fukushima Fallout: the Irradiated Sailors of the USS Ronald Reagan. MintPress News Coverage of the USS Ronald Reagan has been astoundingly limited, wrote Der Spiegel in a February 2015 story. Since then, nothing much has changed. | The German magazine was referring to the saga of the American Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier whose crew pitched in to help victims of the March 11, 2011 Tsunami and earthquake in Japan, then found themselves under the radioactive plume from the stricken coastal nuclear reactors at Fukushima. Since then, crew members in eye-popping numbers have come down with unexplained illnesses — more than 70 and still counting. Some have died. And many are suing. | The USS Reagan was part of Operation Tomodachi, a U.S. armed forces mission involving 24,000 U.S. service members, and numerous ships and aircraft bringing aid to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake. | On January 5, 2018, a federal…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-07). Headlines for March 7, 2018. Democracy Now! Striking West Virginia Teachers Win 5% Raise for All State Workers, Justice Department Sues California over So-Called Sanctuary Laws, Trump's Top Economic Adviser Gary Cohn to Resign, Carl Icahn Sold Steel-Related Stocks Days Before Trump Announced Tariffs, Report: Kellyanne Conway Broke Hatch Law by Endorsing Roy Moore, Trump Lawyer's 2016 Payoff to Stormy Daniels Could Violate Federal Election Law, Mueller Probing UAE Adviser George Nader & Meeting in Seychelles, Trump Says Russian Meddling Had No Impact on 2016 Election, White House Corrects Record After Trump Confuses North & South Korea, Pentagon Concludes Investigation into Attack in Niger That Killed 4 Special Forces Soldiers, U.N. Accuses U.S.-Led Coalition & Russia of Committing Possible War Crimes in Syria, Honduras: Dam Company Executive Arrested for Masterminding Berta Cáceres's Killing, Imprisoned Honduran Activist Edwin Espinal Launches Hunger Strike, Sri Lanka Declares State of Emergency Amid Violence Against Muslim Community, Britain: Former Russian Spy Appears to Have Been Poisoned, Women Worldwide Mobilize for March 8 International Women's Day…

Linda Pentz Gunter (2018-03-07). Injustice At Sea: the Irradiated Sailors of the USS Reagan. counterpunch.org "Coverage of the USS Ronald Reagan has been astoundingly limited," wrote Der Spiegel in a February 2015 story. Since then, nothing much has changed. The German magazine was referring to the saga of the American Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier whose crew pitched in to help victims of the March 11, 2011 Tsunami and earthquake in Japan, then found themselves under the radioactive plume from the stricken coastal nuclear reactors at Fukushima. Since then, crew members in eye-popping numbers have come down with unexplained illnesses — more than 70 and still counting. Some have died. And many are suing. More

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). State of Emergency Declared in Sri Lanka. Human Rights Watch News Sri Lanka's Special Task Force and Police officers stand guard near a burnt house after a clash between two communities in Digana, central district of Kandy, March 6, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Nine years after the end of its three-decade civil war, Sri Lanka is stalled on delivering its pledges of justice and reconciliation. While the absence of justice and political reforms may rankle Sri Lanka's minority Tamil and Muslim communities, the government's inaction has also sent a message to the majority Sinhalese that they need not worry about being reined in by the authorities. | On March 6, after local altercations burst into anti-Muslim riots, the government announced a 10-day nationwide state of emergency, later shutting down social media access across the country. The last state of emergency was lifted…

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Saudi Arabia: Scant Justice for Pakistanis. Human Rights Watch News The Saudi criminal justice system tramples the rights of Pakistani defendants to due process and fair trials. | (Beirut) — The Saudi criminal justice system tramples the rights of Pakistani defendants to due process and fair trials, Human Rights Watch and Justice Project Pakistan said in a report released today. The glaring defects in the criminal justice system are especially acute for Pakistanis, who face substantial difficulties finding legal assistance, navigating Saudi court procedures, and getting consular services from Pakistani embassy officials. | The 29-page report, " 'Caught in a Web': Treatment of Pakistanis in the Saudi Criminal Justice System," documents the Saudi criminal justice system and Saudi courts' rampant due process violations in criminal cases involving Pakistanis. The violations include long periods of detention without charge or trial, lack of access to legal assistance, pressure on detainees…

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-03-07). Watch Kamala Harris Blast Jeff Sessions for Invoking Slavery in California Comments. AlterNet.org "His credibility is pretty much shot on those issues. " | Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for attempting to use slavery to rationalize the attacks from President Donald Trump's administration attacks on Californians. Sessions' Department of Justice sued California over so-called "sanctuary city" laws. Sessions escalated his attacks by accusing California of 'secession' and citing slavery. "There is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy," Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) charged. "It's not wise, it's not right and it will not stand. ""Attorney General Sessions compared California's actions — quite intentionally I think — to the actions of the slave states in nullification and secession during the Civil War," Hayes noted as Sen. Harris chucked. "What do you say to that? ""Indeed, indeed he did," Harris replied. "Listen, as far as I'm. . .

TRNN (2018-03-07). Netanyahu or Not, Israel is Corrupted (2/2). The Real News Network In part two of our interview, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy says that blind US support has corrupted Israel and that a movement for a democratic state where all Israelis and Palestinians are equal offers the best path to justice…

Staff (2018-03-07). Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-07). Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates . AlterNet.org It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting—or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .

Connor Beaton (2018-03-07). The Case for Free Public Transport. Global Research The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is a proud advocate of a world-class, fare-free public transport system for Scotland. | Transport has undergone enormous changes in recent decades, both in Scotland and across the world. Some have been cyclical: in Scotland's capital, …

Andrew Korybko (2018-03-07). It's Okay to Constructively Criticize Russia, Even President Putin Does It! Global Research The Alt-Media's "politically correct" "glorification" of all things Russia-related is a "well-intended" but knee-jerk response to the rampant Russophobia of the Mainstream Media, but it nevertheless results in the generation of an overly "perfect" and therefore inaccurate version of the …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-07). From Global Poverty to Exclusion and Despair: Reversing the Tide of War and Globalization. Global Research Global warfare sustains the neoliberal agenda. America's military agenda serves the interests of Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, Big Oil, the Biotech conglomerates, Big Pharma, The Global Narcotics Economy and the Media and Information Giants.

Makia Freeman (2018-03-07). ISIS Is a US-Israeli Creation. Top Ten "Indications" Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, crossposted on GR in April 2016. | ISIS is a US-Israeli creation, a fact as clear as the sky is blue. It's a truth as black and white as the colors on their flag. …

Marianne Arens (2018-03-07). Historic Defeat for Social Democrats in Italian Election. Global Research In the European Union's fourth-largest country, amid mass poverty and unemployment and growing popular disaffection with the centre-left parties and their pseudo-left apologists, Sunday's parliamentary election in Italy resulted in a historic defeat for the governing Democratic Party (PD) and …

Bill Van Auken (2018-03-07). Foreign "Meddling" in Elections—Yankee Imperialist Style. Global Research Amid the unrelenting campaign by the Democrats and the media—backed by powerful sections of the US military and intelligence apparatus—to whip up hysteria over alleged Russian "meddling" in the 2016 US election, scant attention has been paid to the blatant …

Stephen Lendman (2018-03-07). Washington Supports Terrorists It Claims to Oppose. US Created ISIS, Al Qaeda. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | It's an open secret even RT fails to report — despite Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries explaining it. | Washington created and supports ISIS, …

Rick Sterling (2018-03-07). The Caesar Photo Fraud That Undermined Syrian Negotiations. "A Pattern of Sensational But Untrue Reports That Lead to Public Acceptance of Western Military Intervention" Global Research This article, crossposted on GR in March 2016, explains how the mainstream media works as a machinery of the US that galvanizes the public to support the war of aggression. | Featured image: taken from the PDF version of Rick Sterling's …

Alwaght (2018-03-07). US Planning to Disintegrate Syria, Not Fighting ISIS: Russian FM Lavrov. Global Research United States troops are continuing their presence in Syria even after its promise to end the mission after their alleged anti-ISIS mission, and this is a pointer to the ultimate intention of the US, which is to disintegrate, Russian Foreign …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-07). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — L'avvertimento di Putin: le nuove armi nucleari russe. Global Research Il discorso del presidente russo Putin sullo stato della nazione, dedicato alle questioni interne e internazionali, ha suscitato in Italia scarso interesse politico-mediatico e qualche commento ironico. Eppure dovrebbe essere ascoltato con estrema attenzione. | …

WSWS (2018-03-07). Income losses of British millennials second only to those in Greece. World Socialist Web Site Research reveals that in 2014 British millennials earned 13 percent less than those born in and around 1970 at the same stage in life.

Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man (2018-03-07). Israel's Deliberate and Carefully Planned Annexation of Palestine. Global Research Featured image: Jewish residents of the illegal outpost Amona, November 17, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90) | There will be no definitive moment, event or a point in history, when we can say that annexation happened. Israel's annexation is a process — a …

Hans Stehling (2018-03-07). Netanyahu the Political Zionist: A Disaster for Both Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. Global Research 12 years as Prime Minister and Netanyahu's only achievement has been to mire his high office in charges of corruption, bribery, fraud and conspiracy. | Furthermore, he has tragically managed to turn his electorate into the most extreme Right-wing constituency in …

Staff (2018-03-07). Opioids No Better Than Over-the-Counter Pain Meds, Study Finds. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists CHICAGO—A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. | In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. And they provided slightly less pain relief. | Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other painkillers. That's the gold standard design for research. | If they don't work better than less risky drugs, there's no reason to use opioids given "their really nasty side effects — death and addiction," said lead author Dr. Erin Krebs, a physician and researcher with the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

F. William Engdahl (2018-03-07). Russian Military Cutting Edge Technologies: Putin Is Not "Rattling Nuclear Sabers" — It's Real. Global Research The annual speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1 to the Russian Federal Assembly, televised to the nation, contained a section on Russian military cutting edge technologies that NATO-friendly media chose to either downplay as a propaganda ploy …

Global Research News (2018-03-07). Selected Articles: America's Multi-Front War. Global Research We thank our readers who over the years have contributed to our endeavors. If you have the means to make a donation to contribute to our fight for truth, this would be much appreciated. | Consider Making a Donation to Global : …

Global Research News (2018-03-07). North Korea: DPRK Official Statement: The Objective is to Safeguard our Sovereignty against "U.S. Reckless Campaign for a Nuclear War against the DPRK" Global Research This 2013 statement from the DPRK provides a wider context of the longstanding ruse of the US for a preemptive strike to the Korean peninsula. | Text of official DPRK statement | The moves of the U.S. imperialists to violate the sovereignty …

Richard Becker (2018-03-07). Not Sorry: Washington Will Not Apologize for Destroying Afghanistan. Global Research Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in November 2013. | A top White House official says Washington does not need to apologize to Afghanistan for over a decade of killing and injuring civilians in the war-torn …

Daniel Larison (2018-03-07). The Starvation of Yemen and the Saudis' 'Cynical P.R. Exercise'. Global Research Aid groups once again denounce the Saudi "aid" efforts in Yemen as nothing more than a "cynical P.R. exercise": | At the centre of accusations levelled against the British and US-backed strategy is the claim that, despite Saudi Arabia's promise to …

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