2018-03-13: News Headlines

Amnesty International (2018-03-15). Syria's Eastern Ghouta: They Fight for Life. We Fight for Them. . Amnesty International What does it feel like to go hungry for days? To be unable to provide your ailing children with food and medicine? To wash your food with dirty contaminated water? What does it feel like to go sleepless for long nights under bombing and shelling, terrified for your family's lives and yours? To watch your house burn down and your beloved town disappear under never-ending piles of rubble? I can't help but think of these questions every day, as I speak to people trapped inside Syria's Eastern Ghouta. | This is the reality there today. An area in Damascus countryside, no bigger than 100 km2, has been home to 400,000 people trapped under siege by Syrian government forces since late 2012, suffering severe shortages of food, water, medicine and other crucial supplies. Furthermore, the situation in Eastern Ghouta worsened in November 2017,…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-13). In Texas, Teachers and Students Already Pack Heat in Classrooms. Is This Where the Nation Is Headed? Truthout Stories The deep problems with Texas' programs provide a cautionary tale. (Image: andrea crisante / Shutterstock) | President Trump's seemingly improbable proposal to arm and train teachers to intercept school shooters actually isn't such a fantasy: In Texas, such programs already exist. Their shortcomings provide a cautionary tale for the rest of the country.The deep problems with Texas' programs provide a cautionary tale. (Image: andrea crisante / Shutterstock) | President Trump's seemingly improbable proposal to arm and train teachers to intercept school shooters actually isn't a fantasy: In Texas, two such programs already exist — and their shortcomings provide a cautionary tale for the rest of the country. | Just after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the state passed the 2013 Protection of Texas Children Act, allowing police to deputize up to one teacher or staffer as a…

WSWS (2018-03-13). Teachers' struggle spreads to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona. World Socialist Web Site After the nine-day strike in West Virginia, educators in other states are coming into conflict with the unions, which are trying to block a unified struggle for increased wages and funding for public education.

TRNN (2018-03-13). Elites Impose Education Policies They Would Never Accept for their Children. The Real News Network In the final part of our interview with author Noliwe Rooks, we examine some of the reforms that the likes of Betsy DeVos have mandated for poor children but would never be accepted for the wealthy…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-13). Charterize, Privatize, Christianize: The DeVos-Backed Policies That "Gutted" Michigan Public Schools. Democracy Now! Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing new criticism after she struggled in a recent "60 Minutes" interview to explain why schools in her home state of Michigan are faring poorly under the policies she has championed. DeVos is a billionaire Republican activist and the sister of Blackwater founder Erik Prince. She once served as chair of the American Federation for Children in Michigan, where she promoted school choice and worked to expand the state's use of private charter schools. Many educators say the results of DeVos's policies in Michigan have been disastrous. For more, we speak with Allie Gross, a reporter with the Detroit Free Press. She covered education in Michigan as a freelance reporter and was a Teach for America teacher in a Detroit charter school.

Randi Nord (2018-03-13). Ansarullah Leader Explains How US and UN Sandbagged Yemen Peace Talks. MintPress News The last thing Saudi Arabia and its Western allies want is a self-sustaining, economically viable, militarily strong, and anti-imperialist Yemen at the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula, controlling the Red Sea and its strategic waterways. Yemen's geographic placement in regards to the flow of world capital cannot be stressed enough. | The post Ansarullah Leader Explains How US and UN Sandbagged Yemen Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

TRNN (2018-03-13). Wilkerson: Trump Won't Make Peace with North Korea. The Real News Network It is possible to make a peace deal that would denuclearize North Korea, but don't expect Donald Trump to deliver it, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson…

Amnesty International (2018-03-13). Burundi: Amnesty International calls on Burundi at the UN Human Rights Council to immediately and unconditionally release prisoners of conscience . Amnesty International As the Minister for Human Rights, His Excellency Martin Nivyabandi, acknowledged during Burundi's Universal Periodic Review in January, the country is approaching "a major and decisive turning point in its history", with a referendum on constitutional amendments due to take place in May. Amnesty International believes that such a major national decision should take place in a context where the rights to freedom of expression (including access to information), association and peaceful assembly are fully respected and protected, and where genuine debate can take place without fear of reprisals.

TRNN (2018-03-13). US Cowardice Prevents Middle East Peace. The Real News Network A majority of United Nations members support a just resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, but U.S. political cowardice and the influential Israel Lobby thwart it, says veteran UN correspondent Ian Williams…

Greenpeace (2018-03-13). Fukushima Radiation Risks to Last Into Next Century: Greenpeace Investigation. Global Research

Sarah Lazare, In These Times (2018-03-13). This Is the Best Chance Yet to Stop the U.S. War on Yemen—Where Are the Major Human Rights Orgs? AlterNet.org Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are declining to take a formal position against the U. S. -backed Saudi war on Yemen. | Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, the most powerful human rights organizations in the world, are declining to endorse a political push to end U. S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi-led war on Yemen. The groups are taking no position on a new bill, S. J. Res. 54, even as it gains political momentum and a groundswell of grassroots backing from About Face: Veterans Against the War, Just Foreign Policy, United for Peace and Justice, Oxfam America, Indivisible and other organizations. Announced on February 28 by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the bill invokes the 1973 War Powers Resolution to force the Senate to hold a vote on withdrawing the U. S. military from the unauthorized war. While the legislation carves out an. . .

Staff (2018-03-13). The Met Fires Renowned Conductor James Levine in Sex Case. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists His 46-year career with the opera company ends after an investigation finds that Levine abused "vulnerable artists" and engaged in other sexual misbehavior. | The post The Met Fires Renowned Conductor James Levine in Sex Case appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-13). New York Times celebrates Metropolitan Opera dismissal of James Levine. World Socialist Web Site Without publishing details, the Met concluded an investigation and found "credible evidence" that Levine "engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct."

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-13). 'A Redneck Revolution': Takeaways From the West Virginia Teacher Strike. AlterNet.org Could the success of the strike turn the political tide in West Virginia, where Trump won by 69 percent? | West Virginia teachers returned to the classroom last Thursday after a 13-day strike over low pay and poor health benefits. Governor Jim Justice agreed to a 5 percent pay increase, a critical fix for the state that ranks 48 out of 50 states in teacher compensation. Teachers and organizers are split, however, over concern that the strike ended too soon, without a resolution over how to overhaul the Public Employees Insurance Agency, whose high premiums and limited coverage hurt not only teachers, but other school staff and retirees for whom PEIA is the only option for health coverage. Some wonder if they should still be on strike, while others believe that the resulting pay raise, the teacher's resolve and the public support for. . .

Amnesty International (2018-03-13). Eritrea: Amnesty International Welcomes the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea . Amnesty International Amnesty International welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur, and echoes her calls to the Eritrean government for increased cooperation, as well as her calls for accountability and justice for past and continuing crimes against humanity in the country.Amnesty International remains concerned about the National Service program that continues to be the primary reason many Eritreans flee the country. We are also concerned about the increasing number of African and European states that are not accepting those fleeing as refugees…

Amnesty International (2018-03-13). Iran: End persecution of families seeking truth and justice for detainees who have died in detention (Joint Public Statement). Amnesty International The Iranian authorities should end their cruel campaign of harassment and intimidation against the families of detainees who have died in detention under suspicious circumstances, Amnesty International, the Centre for Human Rights in Iran, Human Rights Watch and Justice for Iran said today. The human rights organizations expressed concerns that bereaved families are facing reprisals for seeking truth and justice and renewed their calls on the authorities to establish an independent commission of inquiry and invite the UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to visit.

Amnesty International (2018-03-13). Iran: End persecution of families seeking truth and justice for detainees who have died in detention. Amnesty International The Iranian authorities should end their cruel campaign of harassment and intimidation against the families of detainees who have died in detention under suspicious circumstances, Amnesty International, the Centre for Human Rights in Iran, Human Rights Watch and Justice for Iran said today. The human rights organizations expressed concerns that bereaved families are facing reprisals for seeking truth and justice and renewed their calls on the authorities to establish an independent commission of inquiry and invite the UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to visit.

Kevin Gosztola (2018-03-13). Navy Sailor's Pardon Highlights Two-Tiered Justice System for Leaks. MintPress News While Trump pardoned a Navy sailor, the Trump administration zealously pursues a case against NSA contractor Reality Winner for allegedly disclosing a top secret NSA report on alleged Russian hacking of voter registration systems to the press. So how do the cases compare? | The post Navy Sailor's Pardon Highlights Two-Tiered Justice System for Leaks appeared first on MintPress News.

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-13). UN: Maintain Pressure for Justice on North Korean Abuses. Human Rights Watch News Tomas Ojea Quintana, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, attends a news conference after his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, March 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (Geneva) — North Korean escapees and criminal justice experts will offer a rare view of pervasive human rights violations in everyday life in North Korea during a side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council session this week, Human Rights Watch said today. These abuses against children, market vendors, and media freedoms are part of the pattern of widespread and systematic violations that demand UN response. Council member states should back justice for gross and systemic rights violations in North Korea by maintaining support for strengthening its field-based structure in…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-13). How the Spark Became a Flame in West Virginia. Truthout Stories Whether you read Truthout daily, weekly or even once a month, now's the perfect time to show that you value real journalism. Make a donation to Truthout by clicking here! | Teachers were celebrating at the West Virginia Capitol last week, after their nine-day, statewide strike won the passage of legislation that gives them and other state employees a 5 percent raise. Some 20,000 educators in a "right-to-work" state walked out February 22 over wages and the underfunding of the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), which provides health care coverage for state workers. | The day after the strike ended, 10th and 12th grade English teacher Katie Endicott from Central Mingo High School spoke with Dana Blanchard about how this struggle came together. | I would love to hear a little bit more about the Mingo story. I know you've probably…

Alison Weir (2018-03-13). How Israel and Its Partisans Work to Censor the Internet. Global Research Numerous well funded, organized projects by and for Israel work to flood social media with pro-Israel propaganda, while blocking facts Israel dislikes. | The projects utilize Israeli soldiers, students, American teens and others, and range from infiltrating Wikipedia to influencing YouTube. …

Israel Shamir (2018-03-13). Putin's Missiles: Deterring an American Attack? Global Research Putin's March 1st presentation of new Russian weapons has been greatly misunderstood as a declaration of strategic parity or triumphalism. There was a much more urgent need, namely, to prevent an imminent strike. This danger is not over yet, for …

Adeyinka Makinde (2018-03-13). "Fear Has Large Eyes": The Sergei Skripal Affair. Global Research Featured image: Vladimir Putin Painting by Siegfried Woldhek (2014) | "We did not reject our past. We said honestly: 'The history of the Lubyanka in the twentieth century is our history…' — Nikolai Patrushev, director of the FSB, Excerpt from …

Countercurrents.org (2018-03-13). Historic Victory for Farmers of Maharashtra. Global Research

Pepe Escobar (2018-03-13). China's "Xi Silk Road" Is Here to Stay. Global Research

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-03-13). Twitter Spreads Lies and Conspiracy Faster Than Facts, Decade-Long Study Demonstrates. AlterNet.org An MIT team analyzed 126,000 tweets and threads with millions of views. But Twitter isn't unique. | The dark side of human nature is dominating the way politics is portrayed on social media, according to an unprecedented new study in Science that confirmed suspicions innuendo and conspiracies are outracing more humdrum facts and truth-telling on Twitter. The Twitter study was conducted by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MIT Media Lab. It analyzed a decade of Twitter posts, focusing on 126,000 examples of false news spread by 2 million to 3 million people. The study noted how rumor spreads much faster than truth, and claims human nature, abetted by algorithms fanning those reflexes, is to blame. | "Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more. . .

Amnesty International (2018-03-13). Russian Federation: Further information: Human rights defender's extension extended: Oyub Titiev. Amnesty International The pre-trial detention of Oyub Titiev, a prisoner of conscience and head of Russian human rights group Memorial, has been extended for a further two months, until 9 May. There has also been an increase in the number of attacks on Memorial offices and its employees, which are widely believed to be connected to the ongoing persecution of Oyub Titiev. Amnesty International believes this is part of a concerted, politically motivated attempt by the authorities to intimidate and silence human rights defenders in Russia.

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-03-12). White House Officials Watched Betsy DeVos' '60 Minutes' Interview in Horror: Report. AlterNet.org The secretary of education looked grossly unfit for office. | According to a Monday CNN report, the White House wasn't pleased with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her interview with "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl. "She gave a performance that has not received stellar reviews. I'll try to be polite here," host John Berman said to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). "We're just getting some information from our White House team that the White House — White House officials watched in dismay as Betsy DeVos struggled to answer basic questions about the nation's schools. "DeVos has been blasted by political pundits for everything from not knowing anything about her panel for school safety to her failure to visit at-risk schools (she has attended several religious and nontraditional private and charter schools since being confirmed). Watch the commentary between Berman and Lieu below: Related Stories: Elizabeth Warren Puts the Screws to Corporate Democrats with a Single QuestionCharles Blow: Melania Trump Knew From the StartWhy Hasn't Robert Mueller Charged Trump with Obstruction of Justice Yet?

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-03-12). Betsy DeVos Made a Complete Fool of Herself on '60 Minutes' . AlterNet.org Even basic questions seemed to frazzle the secretary of education. | Education Secretary and multi-billionaire Betsy DeVos firmly believes that her ascent to the top of the list of President Donald Trump's " most hated" cabinet secretaries is simply the result of one big misunderstanding, but in an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night, DeVos bolstered critiques of her right-wing agenda by failing to answer basic questions and admitting that she hasn't even bothered to visit struggling schools. "I can't say overall that they have all gotten better," DeVos admitted of Michigan's schools. Pressed by CBS's Lesley Stahl to explain why the so-called "school choice" model she has championed has produced such poor results in her home state of Michigan— where DeVos spent millions on the expansion of charter initiatives and other privatization schemes—the education secretary couldn't muster much. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Backpedals on Firearm Purchase Age, Supports Arming Teachers, Florida Governor Signs Limited Gun Control Measures, California: Army Vet Kills 3 and Commits Suicide at Veterans' Home, Trump Repeats Call to Impose Death Penalty on Drug Dealers, Trump Hurls Insults at Rivals During Pitch for Pennsylvania Candidate, Syria: Government Forces Advance on Besieged Damascus Suburb, British Government Approves Fighter Jet Sales to Saudi Arabia, China's Parliament Ends Presidential Term Limits, Steve Bannon to French Far-Right Party: "Let Them Call You Racist", Italy: Pope Warns of Anti-Immigrant Violence as Far Right Makes Gains, Colombia: Former FARC Rebels Compete in National Elections, Burmese Military Builds Bases in Burned-Out Rohingya Villages, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Struggles in "60 Minutes" Interview, "60 Minutes" to Air Interview with Stormy Daniels over Alleged Trump Affair, New York: Protesters Target Sackler Family over Opioids at Met Protest, Canada: Thousands March to Protest Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion…

RT (2018-03-12). 'I can't say': Education Sec. DeVos scores an 'F' when asked about her state's schools. RT US News Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faces public backlash after she confessed she did not know how public schools were performing in her home state of Michigan. DeVos has been pushing reductions in funding for public schools. |
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Staff (2018-03-12). White House Softens Stand on Age Rule for Assault Gun Buyers. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Trump had said the age should be raised to 21, but a newly revealed plan calls for a commission on school safety—headed by Betsy DeVos—to examine the issue. | The post White House Softens Stand on Age Rule for Assault Gun Buyers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Eric Ortiz (2018-03-12). What We Can Learn About Human Rights From 'Wise Fools'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Every year, World Storytelling Day is celebrated around March 20. The theme in 2018 is "Wise Fools." | To commemorate the day, Storytellers for Peace—an international network of narrators who create collective stories through videos—made a video with 10 artists from five continents. Each of them tells a story about wise fools in his or her native language (with English subtitles). |

Below are the artists and stories in order of appearance. | A Spanish proverb says that "Of poets and madmen, we all have a little." And perhaps these two qualities, madness and poetry, are not two qualities different from each other. There is a brotherhood, a fusion, communicating vessels that connect creativity, storytelling, poetry, madness, the breaking of conventions and happiness. Baudelaire said the genius is the childhood recovered. Without a little madness added to wisdom, we would be…

Thembisa Fakude (2018-03-12). Al-Jazeera's Film on the Israel Lobby Throws Unwelcome Spotlight on the Network. MintPress News Journalists are often told never to be the story themselves; "Tell the story, but never be part of the story" is the general advice. Al-Jazeera's journalists and the network itself, however, have for years been at the centre of the story. | On International Women's Day, for example, the UN Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) awarded Al-Jazeera Media Network its inaugural "Awareness Award" for its pivotal role in shedding light on women's issues around the globe. However, on most occasions when Al-Jazeera has been part of the news, it has been for not-so-celebratory reasons. | The network has continued to attract admiration and anger from people and governments alike ever since its launch in 1996. Dozens of Al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested and killed in different parts of the world, while some have been thrown into jail, especially in Egypt. Mahmoud Hussein has…

TRNN (2018-03-12). Why the Panic over Korea Peace Talks? (2/2). The Real News Network As President Trump and Kim Jong-Un agree to historic talks, centrist voices are expressing alarm based on a self-serving and false reading of history, says Timothy Shorrock…

RT (2018-03-12). Ex-spook Clapper celebrates 5yrs since lying to Congress, as statute of limitations expires. RT US News It's been five years since former US spy chief James Clapper lied to Congress about the NSA's giant surveillance program, and the statute of limitations for his crime is coming to end, guaranteeing him a peaceful retirement.
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Joseph Essertier (2018-03-12). Blocking Peace in Korea by Lying about the Past. counterpunch.org As the Korean Peninsula takes tentative steps toward a huge rapprochement and hundreds of millions of people in Northeast Asia hold their breath, liberal Americans tell us we cannot trust North Korea's government because they are not a good-faith negotiator, as if Washington is. In the words of the top Democrat on the House Intelligence More

Federico Pieraccini (2018-03-12). Are Nuclear Weapons in a Multipolar World Order a Guarantee for Peace? Global Research In the previous article I explained how the invention of the nuclear device altered the balance of power after WWII and during the cold war era. In this second article I intend to explain why nuclear-armed powers decrease the likelihood …

Wilfred Burchett (2018-03-12). Vietnam Will Win: The People's Revolutionary Party. counterpunch.org By the end of the 1954-59 period of peaceful struggle against the Diem repression, former communists who survived were either in hiding in the jungle or were living quite literally underground in holes and tunnels, fed by some devoted peasants, emerging at night to visit a few trusted friends and trying to keep alive some More

Defend Democracy Press (2018-03-12). Begin New Strategic Talks with Russia! Global Research Amid heightened tension with Russia, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) today urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to begin a new round of strategic talks with Russia without delay….

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-12). The Democratic Establishment Is Moving Closer and Closer to Single Payer, but Activists Want the Real Thing. The Intercept The last two times Democrats seized both the White House and Congress, in 1993 and 2009, they immediately embarked on efforts to reform the national health care system. Both times, those efforts contributed to wave election wipeouts in the following cycle. | This near-trend has veteran Democrats skittish about a third go at it in 2021, but the choice likely won't be theirs to make. The strong and growing enthusiasm for "Medicare for All" would force health care reform onto the agenda of whichever Democrat, if any, manages to get elected in 2020. | With that popularity in mind, the party's centrist wing, along with everybody else to the right of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has begun thinking which reforms short of single payer might be feasible if the window of opportunity opens. Last fall, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's running…

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-12). The Democratic Establishment Is Moving Closer and Closer to Single Payer, but Activists Want the Real Thing. The Intercept The last two times that Democrats seized both the White House and Congress, in 1993 and 2009, they immediately embarked on efforts to reform the national health care system. Both times, those efforts contributed to wave election wipeouts in the following cycle. | This near-trend has veteran Democrats skittish about a third go at it in 2021, but the choice likely won't be theirs to make. The strong and growing enthusiasm for "Medicare for all" would force health care reform on to the agenda of whichever Democrat, if any, manages to get elected in 2020. | With that popularity in mind, the party's centrist wing, along with everybody else to the right of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has begun thinking which reforms short of single-payer might be feasible if the window of opportunity opens. Last fall, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's…

Bill Blum (2018-03-12). A Footnote Looms Large in the Second Amendment's Future. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists No one in American history is more responsible for elevating the Second Amendment to the status of holy writ than the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. His impact is still being felt today in nearly every important gun-rights lawsuit pending from sea to shining sea. | The conservative firebrand's 2008 majority opinion in the court's 5-4 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller stood the prior judicial consensus on the Second Amendment on its head, holding for the first time that the amendment protects an individual right to bear arms. Prior to Heller, the great weight of scholarship and court opinions, including the Supreme Court's 1939 decision in United States v. Miller, had construed the amendment, in keeping with the actual debates of the founding era, as protecting gun ownership only in connection with service…

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-03-12). Why Hasn't Robert Mueller Charged Trump with Obstruction of Justice Yet? AlterNet.org The special prosecutor may be building a much larger case against the president. | Special counsel Robert Mueller is close to wrapping up his investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice — but don't expect charges right away. Current and former U. S. officials say Mueller may set aside the obstruction case while he finishes investigating possible Russian collusion and hacking of Democrats, reported Bloomberg Politics. The obstruction probe could be completed after Mueller and his team interview Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr. , the officials said. But the special counsel may wait to bring charges, if any, because witnesses in other cases in the sprawling probe might become less cooperative — or the president could trigger a constitutional crisis by moving to shut down the investigation. "Any clear outcome of the obstruction inquiry could be used against Mueller: Filing charges against Trump. . .

Jefferson Morley, AlterNet (2018-03-12). Mueller Has Trump & Co. Pinned Down. AlterNet.org PR won't stop subpoenas. | The rich specificity of the emerging Trump-Russia narrative, found in the indictments of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, is now smothering the president's defenses, overwhelming his counterattacks and depriving him of options and friends. No wonder Trump is in a terrible mood. The details of the furtive machinations of the Trump entourage and the coterie of Vladimir Putin, from Trump Tower to the Seychelles Islands, brings to life the story of how these two power cliques came together to do business during and after the 2016 presidential election. Some say that reporting and dwelling on such facts constitute the " demonization" of Russia and the Russians. It is true that the actions we know of—thanks to skillful leaking of Mueller's team and solid reporting by the New York Times and the Washington Post—do. . .

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-03-12). The Willy Loman Presidency. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists One of President Trump's favorite words is "strong." His obsession with strength leads him to a love for unilateral announcements, denunciations of staff members by way of showing who is in charge, and Twitter wars designed to prove that he will not back down from any fight. | Yet Trump is also a pleaser who likes to make those in his immediate company happy by persuading them that he is absolutely on their wavelength. You could see this in his flip-flopping on policy toward both guns and immigration. Recall that the positions he took on any given day depended upon who was in the room with him. | Eventually, he will default to preserving his electoral standing. He was never likely to break with either the National Rifle Association or the hardline nativists who are at the heart of his administration and his…

Andy Wilcoxson (2018-03-12). Hague Tribunal Exonerates Slobodan Milosevic Again. Global Research GR Editor's Note | There is evidence that Milosevic was assassinated. He was poisoned in The Hague prison (managed under the auspices of the UN Tribunal). There was no investigation into the underlying causes of his death. | ** | Eleven years after …

Patrick Martin (2018-03-12). The CIA Democrats. Former Intelligence Operatives Seek Nomination as Democrats in U.S. Midterm Elections. Global Research Featured image: Elissa Slotkin | An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of …

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