2019-03-03: News Headlines

Nicola Morrow (2019-03-03). The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Is Abusing the Judicial System to Silence Dissent. globalresearch.ca In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its …

Olivia Rosane (2019-03-03). Glyphosate Found in 19 of 20 Beers and Wines Tested. globalresearch.ca Glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller that some studies have linked to cancer—is also a secret ingredient in nearly 20 popular beers and wines. | That's the finding of a new study from the educatio…

Steven Singer (2019-03-03). Betsy DeVos' Right-Wing School Indoctrination Program. commondreams.org What do you do when thinking people reject your political ideology? You get rid of thinking people. That's Betsy DeVos' plan to rejuvenate and renew the Republican Party.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-03). Democrats and Republicans Move to Silence Rep. Omar's Criticism of Israel. globalresearch.ca It looks like the embattled representative from Minnesota will end up like Cynthia McKinney, who was thrown out of Congress for the sin of criticizing the official narrative on 9/11. | She is also a fierce critic of Israel and its …

Global Research News (2019-03-03). Selected Articles: The Pentagon's "Ides of March": Best Month to Go to War. globalresearch.ca Online independent analysis of US-led wars, rampant corruption, corporate greed, civil rights and fraudulent monetary transactions is invariably relegated to the bottom rung of search engine results. | As a result we presently do not cover our monthly running costs which …

Mark Weisbrot (2019-03-03). Trump's Other 'National Emergency': Sanctions that Kill Venezuelans. globalresearch.ca While Americans have rightly groaned and rebelled against President Trump's declaration of a national emergency over his precious wall, which would rob Congress of its constitutional authority over spending, he has also used another false declaration of national emergency‚Äïmost recently …

F. William Engdahl (2019-03-03). We're Killing Off Our Vital Insects Too. globalresearch.ca Recent independent scientific studies indicate that we are threatening our vital global insect population, including of bees, with widespread extinction through massive deployment of agriculture pesticides. For most of us, insects such as flies or mosquitoes or wasps are nuisances …

James Jordan (2019-03-03). Is a Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela Imminent? globalresearch.ca According to conventional wisdom, there should be no serious talk of foreign military intervention in Venezuela. But these aren't conventional times. The conventional playbook would adopt a strategy of foreign coordination of the Venezuelan opposition, economic sabotage, infiltration of the …

OEA (2019-03-03). Day Four of Oakland Teachers' Strike: Rain or Shine, Boots Riley, and March for Better Schools. indybay.org West Oakland Middle School teacher Kamisha describes how the Oakland Unified School District thinks it's fine that 800-1000 students across three campuses have no school nurses. Only through the kindness of a local non-profit do these students receive any medical care.

Dan Bacher (2019-03-03). Governor Appoints San Joaquin Valley Grower to New 'Agriculture Liaison' Position. indybay.org "This gives special access for some of the largest water brokers and privately held agribusiness corporations in California," said Deirdre Des Jardins of the independent policy group California Water Research. "They are seeking to push junk science that has been previously rejected by the state water board, outside of the water board's adjudicatory and regulatory processes."

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-03). How Gates Foundation's Push for "High-Quality" Curriculum Will Stifle Teaching. truthout.org For much of U.S. history, local school districts had a large amount of discretion over what they taught and how. | In my book on the Common Core, I show how the national education standards in reading, writing and mathematics have reduced the power of communities and teachers to make lesson plans, coordinate field trips, invite guest speakers or…

OEA (2019-03-03). Day Six of Oakland Teachers' Strike: State Building Takeover and Mistah FAB on the Line. indybay.org Following a mid-day rally in Oscar Grant Plaza, teachers took over the State Building to press demands for better schools, for teachers and students.

Labor Video Project (2019-03-03). OEA Rep Delegates & Members Speak Out on Tentative Agreement — Nurses Furious. indybay.org Oakland Education Association rep council delegates and union members spoke about the tentative agreement at the upcoming rep council meeting on 3/3/19…

Labor Video Project (2019-03-03). It's Our Fight Too! Bay Area Teachers Join Striking OEA Teachers Strike On Day 6. indybay.org Teachers from other districts in Northern California joined the rally and picket lines of Oakland OEA teachers, parents and students on 2/28/19 Day 6 of the strike.

WSWS excerpt and link (2019-03-03). Union pushes contract in effort to shutdown Oakland teachers' strike. indybay.org Vote "no" on sell-out agreement!

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-03). Sex Trafficking: A Form of Modern-Day Slavery. globalresearch.ca All forms of modern-day slavery affect an estimated 40 million or more people worldwide — mostly women and young girls, ongoing in scores of countries, including America and other Western nations. | Human trafficking and forced labor in the US exists …

WSWS Repost (2019-03-03). Teacher anger exploding across the United States. indybay.org Oakland strike, mass "sickout" in Kentucky…

Werner Raza and Willy Sabautski (2019-03-03). Public Good or Private Wealth. indybay.org The deep and growing chasm between the rich and the poor is not an accident. This gulf is the result of political decisions. Many rich countries have lowered or abolished property taxes. Governments reduce spending on education and health care, Misguided policy led us into this crisis and true policy can lead us out.

OEA (2019-03-03). Day Five of Oakland Teachers' Strike: OUSD School Board Budgeting Meeting Shut Down. indybay.org Oakland teacher Evelyn protests the OUSD board scheduling a meeting to enact budget cuts while teachers are out on strike.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-02). The Pentagon's "Ides of March": Best Month to Go to War. globalresearch.ca An earlier version of this article was published on March 13, 2013. Updated March 2, 2019. | *** | There are ongoing military threats against Venezuela. Is a US sponsored war contemplated for March 2019? | Various scenarios are envisaged by Washington. Sofar …

Yves Engler (2019-03-02). When Journalists Rely on Diplomats, Ottawa 'Spins' the News. globalresearch.ca Canadian diplomats abroad seek to shape coverage of their work. And the more nefarious their actions the harder they toil to "spin" what they're doing as something positive. | During a recent interview Real News Network founder Paul Jay described how …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-02). Canada Extradition of Huawei CFO to US? Politicized Indictment, Economic Warfare against China? globalresearch.ca Washington's anti-China strategy includes targeting its dominant companies, ones able to match or outdo America's best for preeminence in key fields, notably high-tech ones. | It's why Sabrina Meng Wanzhou was targeted, chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies, …

Joà´l Léon (2019-03-02). Haiti, The Government-run Narco-state. Country at the Mercy of Drug-Dealers. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on March 13, 2018. February 28- March 1st marks the 15th anniversary of the illegal US-France-Canada coup d'Etat against the duly elected government of president Bertrand Aristide. | *** | The notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, was …

Hideki Yoshikawa (2019-03-02). Abe's Military Base Plan for Okinawa Sinking in Mayonnaise: Implications for the U.S. Court and IUCN. globalresearch.ca Abe Government's Reluctant Admission | After a long silence, the Abe government has finally admitted that the construction of a U.S. military base at Henoko-Oura Bay in Okinawa requires significant changes to the original land reclamation plan (see Asahi Shimbun). …

Prof. Pekka Korhonen (2019-03-02). North Korea as a Small Great Power. asia-pacificresearch.com

Julia Kassem (2019-03-02). Largest Palestinian Displacement Project Since 1967 Underway in West Bank, Galilee. globalresearch.ca New plans to ramp up the largest wave of forced displacement in Palestine since 1967 are currently underway. | In response to pressure from far-right Nahala groups, a number of Israeli senior lawmakers agreed to the terms of an early February …

William Blum (2019-03-02). American Exceptionalism: The Naked Truth. globalresearch.ca Article by the late William Blum. His important legacy | We can all agree I think that US foreign policy must be changed and that to achieve that the mind — not to mention the heart and soul — of the …

Michael Welch (2019-03-02). The Coup Against President Aristide 15 Years Later: The Clintons, the Canadians, and Western NGOs all Complicit in a Never-Ending Tragedy. globalresearch.ca "It's almost as though the greater the devastation caused by neoliberalism, the greater the outbreak of NGOs. | Nothing illustrates this more poignantly than the phenomenon of the US preparing to invade a country and simultaneously readying NGOs to go …

South Front (2019-03-02). Video: US Forces Steal Tons of Gold Captured by ISIS in Syria, Iraq. globalresearch.ca US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US. | According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The …

Hans Stehling (2019-03-02). UK Government Collusion with Israel. globalresearch.ca According to a 2009 Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, 50% of the then Conservative shadow cabinet were members of the CFI Friends of Israel lobby — (but now, that figure has risen to an estimated 80%). The film also claimed that …

Peter Jenkins (2019-03-02). The INF Affair and Nuclear Arms Control Prospects. globalresearch.ca My most natural starting point may be an account of what the secretary general of Pugwash, a German colleague, and I learned in Moscow on January 28 in meetings with Russia's foreign minister and the appropriate deputy minister. Discussion at …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-03-02). Is Neoliberalism Killing Russia? globalresearch.ca Putin's approval rating is high, but it has declined over the past year. The decline is mainly related to domestic policy. Apparently, the public perceives recent Kremlin economic policy as a continuation of the disastrous policies that Washington imposed on …

Nina Cross (2019-03-02). British Aid to Venezuela: A Soft Power Tool Kit. globalresearch.ca With Jeremy Hunt and Alan Duncan keenly poised to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, in order to install a compliant neoliberal one, now is a good time to look at the aid which the Foreign …

WSWS (2019-03-02). Union pushes contract in effort to shutdown Oakland teachers' strike. wsws.org The deal leaves $30 million of district budget cuts and school closures intact, while allowing school closures, giving teachers raises below inflation, and addressing none of their other pressing demands.

RT (2019-03-02). Trump blames media for twisting his words on Warmbier, issues non-apology. rt.com President Donald Trump has scolded the media for "misrepresenting" his words on Otto Warmbier, a US student who died shortly after his release from a North Korean jail, saying that he still holds the reclusive nation responsible.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-02). The Oakland Teachers Strike Is a Direct Challenge to Neoliberalism. truthout.org Though at first glance, the Oakland teachers' strike, now in its seventh day, may seem simply yet another in the wave of teacher walkouts this year, it in fact represents a watershed in resistance to neoliberal economic policy. The strike in Oakland simultaneously mirrors and advances popular resistance across the country to austerity and " accumulation by dispossession"—the capitalist elite's conscious transfer of wealth and power from us to them. | In one regard Oakland teachers' demands—increased pay, investments in stud…

RT (2019-03-02). 'He took a punch for all of us': Trump invites Berkeley attack victim on stage as suspect arrested. rt.com President Donald Trump shared the stage with a conservative activist assaulted on the Berkeley University campus, hours after police found and arrested the attacker. Trump urged the victim to punish his attacker with lawsuits. |

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-01). Protesters meet with brutal police repression in Cauca, Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters are demanding that the national government guarantee basic rights such as health, education and housing as well as the protection of social and peasant leaders…

Fight Back (2019-03-01). UNF SDS wins campaign demands. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On February 19 the University of North Florida Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) held a rally speaking out against Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic border wall. About 30 students attended despite the chilly rain. Several speakers addressed the protesters about the importance of organizing on campus and opposing Trump's backwards policies. | After the speeches, students from UNF SDS marched across campus to the university president's office and occupied it until the administration met with SDS to discuss the students' demands. SDS dem…

Fight Back (2019-03-01). 'Reviving the Strike!' author Joe Burns to speak in Michigan. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – Excitement is building among trade unionists and community activists in Grand Rapids, about an upcoming event where labor negotiator and author Joe Burns will speak. Michigan is a so-called 'right to work' state, where labor unions are struggling to maintain their membership and power. | "I'm a bus driver and our ATU Local Union 836 struggled for two years to get a contract. The bosses at the Rapid took a lot away from us. Ever since, I've wanted to hear Joe Burns speak about his book Reviving the Strike! We need to learn how to win, like teachers and hotel workers," said Jay DeShane. | As more…

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-01). Russia Officially Returns to South Asia by Offering to Host Indo-Pak Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca Russia's 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia is one major step closer to fruition after Foreign Minister Lavrov offered to host peace talks between India and Pakistan, proving that Russia's refusal to take …

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-03-01). Community, labor support strong and growing for striking Oakland teachers. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif. — As it entered its seventh day March 1, the Oakland teachers' strike was continuing to bring large, spirited actions by teachers, students, parents and community supporters to areas throughout the city, including those threatened by the Oakland Unified School District's plan to close 24 of its 86 public schools, mostly in economically …

Adriana Colón-Adorno, Alejandro Comas-Short (2019-03-01). Yale Benefits From the Puerto Rican Debt—These Students Are Fighting to End That. thenation.com Yale Benefits From the Puerto Rican Debt—These Students Are Fighting to End That…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-01). Hanoi summit thwarted by an uncompromising US. peoplesdispatch.org The second meeting between the US president, Donald Trump, and the North Korean chairman, Kim Jong-un, at the two-day summit in Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi ended on the afternoon of February 28 without reaching any agreements. | North Korea offered to dismantle all the nuclear reactors in the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, which is the sole known source providing plutonium for its nuclear program, on the condition that the US-led international sanctions against the country are lifted in return. | The US, which has sought to paint the North Korean possession of nuclear weapons as an existential t…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-01). America's "War on Terrorism" — Understanding the Web of Deceit Threatening Humanity. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | To understand the complex web of deceit aimed at luring the American people and the rest of the world into accepting a military solution which threatens the future of humanity, get your copy of Michel Chossudovsky's international …

RT (2019-03-01). 'We are all militant again': Trade unions ready to fight in today's more left-wing America. rt.com Work stoppages and strikes are on the rise across America, with teachers and social workers most commonly seen at the picket line. Have newly militant trade unions found a receptive audience in the Democratic party? |

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). Oakland teachers' strike enters sixth day, with demand of a 12% wage hike. peoplesdispatch.org The teachers' union outrightly rejected the district school board's proposal for 8% wage hike, and forced the board to postpone a decision on further fund cuts and layoffs…

Michelle Chen (2019-02-28). 'Disconnected Youth' Is a Growing Crisis. thenation.com 'Disconnected Youth' Is a Growing Crisis…

Kate Aronoff (2019-02-28). Who's Afraid of the Green New Deal? theintercept.com For years, the terms of the debate about climate change in the United States have been clear. One side — flush with fossil fuel cash — cast doubt on whether the problem existed at all, spreading disinformation and calling global warming an elaborate hoax to bring about socialism. For the most part, they were Republicans. On the other side were those who believed the science and usually rallied around some call for climate action, however vague. The conversation around the Green New Deal has brought those sides together, as politicians on both sides of the aisle scramble to cobble together a third way.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). Disarmament Expert on N. Korea Summit: An International Process Is Needed to Reduce Nuclear Threat. democracynow.org President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today in Vietnam in their second summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We speak with physicist, nuclear expert and disarmament activist Zia Mian. He is co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the co-author of "Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation."

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