2019-03-04: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-03-04). Protesting Colombian Nearly Loses Eye At Hands Of Police. telesurenglish.net At least 18 demonstrators were injured by the Colombian anti-riot police (Esmad) late last week in the town of Popayan as a general strike continues against the state's failure to complete a 2013 resolution to bring land reform and economic development to the region wracked by violence and high income inequality. | RELATED: | Another Colombian Social Leader Dead, Trade Union Mourns | According to the president of the Association of Educational Institutes and Workers of Cauca (Asoinca)…

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-03-04). Did Bolton Blow North Korea? globalresearch.ca President Trump's second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last week was criticized by both parties in Washington long before Air Force One even touched down in Hanoi. Washington's political class seemed terrified that the nearly 70 year state …

Sally Ho (2019-03-04). Oakland teachers share apartments, work second jobs in order to survive. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Cris Bautista teaches high school in Oakland, California, but to afford to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, he commutes an hour or more to an apartment he shares with another teacher and works weekends at a coffee shop. The English and history teacher is among the Oakland educators who went on …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-04). Positive Political Change in Chicago? globalresearch.ca Is the city of many nicknames ready for political change for the better, serving its residents more equitably? | Familiar nicknames include the Windy City, referring to political, not atmospheric, wind; Second City (to NY), Sinatra's My Kind of Town, That …

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-04). Watch | The US Humanitarian Aid Ploy to Venezuela Explained. mintpressnews.com As you watch this video, nearly 40 million Americans are experiencing poverty. Every single penny spent on meddling in Latin American affairs instead of American healthcare, education, jobs, and infrastructure is an attack on the poor and working class of this country.

STAFF (2019-03-04). Teachers in Oakland Approve Contract Ending Strike. truthdig.com OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland teachers will be back in their classrooms Monday after union members voted to approve a contract deal with district officials. | The Oakland Education Association voted in favor of the deal on Sunday after postponing the vote for a day. The agreement must also be ratified by the Oakland Unified School District. | "We look forward to being in our classrooms again after having to strike to bring our Oakland students some of the resources and supports they should have had in the first place," union president Keith Brown said in a statement. | The agreement was reached after 3,000 teac…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-04). Oakland teachers approve new contract, vote to end strike. peoplesdispatch.org The new contract includes 11% salary increase over 4 years and a one-time 3% bonus upon ratification. The teachers went on strike on February 21 after almost two years of unfruitful negotiations with authorities…

Peter Turner (2019-03-04). Oakland Teachers' Contract: Let's Do the Math and Learn the Lessons. counterpunch.org The original demand of the union, the Oakland Teachers' Association, was for a 12% raise over three years. Management, the Oakland Unified School District, countered with a raise of 8.5%. Rounding to two decimal places of a percent, management's offer amounted to 2.83% per year, while the union's demand was 4% per year. The settlement More

Timothy Braatz (2019-03-04). Atomic Bombs Are Not Lifesavers. zcomm.org So, teachers, please don't say that atomic bombs are lifesavers. Rather than perpetuate an imperialist worldview, you can encourage students to imagine a better way…

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2019-03-04). Mumia's Speech to Yale Rebel Law Students Conference. globalresearch.ca Mumia gave a speech to the Yale Rebel Law Students Conference through a recording from his prison cell. You may listen to it right below. Full transcript is also presented below. | . | . | . …

ACLU (2019-03-04). Student Surveillance Versus Gun Control: The School Safety Discussion We Aren't Having. aclu.org Identifying the best way to combat school shootings cannot occur unless Congress repeals amendments blocking gun research and data collation. | On April 20, 1999, two male students walked into Columbine High School and started shooting. By the time it was over, 15 students were dead and 24 more had been injured. America had changed forever. But in some ways, it hasn't changed at all. | Nineteen years later, 17 students were murdered on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That event marked the 2…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-04). OPCW Syria Report Cripples Western "Chemical Weapons" Narrative. globalresearch.ca The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) has presented its final report regarding an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma, Syria on April 7, 2018. Despite attempts by the Western media to hail it as "proof" that the …

Kirill Vyshinsky (2019-03-04). "They Just Want Me in Prison": Eva Bartlett Interviews Jailed Ukrainian Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky. globalresearch.ca The Ukraine courts are still dependent on political authorities, and the special service is used to carry out political schemes and to fight inconvenient points of view and dissent, rather than to protect national security. — Imprisoned Ukrainian-Russian journalist Kirill …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-04). British Labour's Fractious Jaunt: The Politics of the Independent Group. globalresearch.ca They could not hold on. A small — and in the scheme of things negligible group — split from the British Labour mothership last month in an effort to salvage some self-described form of credibility. In truth, they were the …

Robin Mathews (2019-03-04). SNC-Lavalin: The Tip of an Enormous "Deep State" Iceberg. Attack on the Rule of Law in Canada. globalresearch.ca SNC-Lavalin, the large Canadian engineering firm at the centre of the present Liberal government crisis engendered by the treatment of former Attorney General/Minister of Justice and Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is merely the tip of an enormous …

Ayyaz Mallick (2019-03-04). Pakistan-India Crisis: The Machinery of Images and the (Post-)Modern War. globalresearch.ca On 14 February, 20-year-old Adil Ahmed Dar rammed a vehicle fill of explosives into a bus full of reserve police force personnel in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The attack killed over 40 soldiers and was claimed by militant organization Jaish-e-Muhammad …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-04). Sickness and Paranoia: The Morrison Government's Refugee Problem. asia-pacificresearch.com

Ray McGovern (2019-03-04). Sorry, Russia-gaters; WikiLeaks Got the DNC Emails from Insider, Not Russia. globalresearch.ca VIPSers Binney & Johnson use the forensics that the FBI avoided doing. (See this) | Thinking back, President Barack Obama dropped a huge hint two days before he left office, using his last press conference to point out that the …

Conan Milner (2019-03-04). Wi-Fi in Schools: Experimenting with the Next Generation. globalresearch.ca The internet has unleashed human knowledge. Never before has it been so easy to learn so much. Of course, it has also drowned us in distraction and created a breeding ground for trolls and misinformation, but if the internet is …

Rothamsted Research (2019-03-04). Earthworm Research Spurs Farmers to Act. globalresearch.ca A study of England's farmland has found key earthworm types are rare or absent in two out of five fields and has led to the majority of farmers affected vowing to change the way they farm. | The results indicate widespread, …

ArlingtonWestFilm (2019-03-04). Video: Arlington West: Military Families Whose Children Were Killed in Iraq. globalresearch.ca 105 heartfelt interviews with U.S. Soldiers traveling to and from war zones, Military Families whose children were killed in Iraq, Veterans, and Youth. Intimately documented on film by Artists Sally Marr and Peter Dudar. | Arlington West is a 74-minute Art

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-04). Video: Pablo Allende and the Truth About Venezuela. globalresearch.ca In just under six minutes, the grandson of the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende (murdered in a US-sponsored coup), tells the real story on Venezuela. | You'll never see Pablo Allende on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc. The American people—mostly …

Prof. Vera Mackie (2019-03-04). Remembering the Grandmothers: The International Movement to Commemorate the Survivors of Militarized Sexual Abuse in the Asia-Pacific War. asia-pacificresearch.com

Fynn Holm (2019-03-04). After Withdrawal from the IWC: The Future of Japanese Whaling. asia-pacificresearch.com

Richard Gale (2019-03-04). How We, the People, Can Save the Planet. The Green New Deal. globalresearch.ca The recent release of the proposed Green New Deal is a template, an outline identifying some of the most crucial issues facing the nation regarding climate change and a wish list of measures to address those issues. It contains a …

Edward Curtin (2019-03-04). Those Who Symbolize Power: The Fascinating Spell Cast by Weasels. globalresearch.ca "Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. Hence one must choose a master, God being out of style." — Albert Camus, The Fall | To be fascinated by …

Ma'an news (2019-03-04). Corbyn Calls for UK to Freeze Arms Sales to Israel after UN Report. globalresearch.ca Jeremy Corbyn, head of the British Labor Party, over the weekend, called for the British government to freeze arms sales to Israel and to condemn it for the killing of Palestinians. | Corbyn's remarks came after a United Nations report, …

Peter Koenig (2019-03-04). The Trump — Kim Summit in Hanoi: Was Trump Forced to Walk? globalresearch.ca Yes, Mr. Trump had to walk. As he didn't get his way, he had the audacity to get up and walk out of a meeting with Kim Jong-un, the President of the DPRK, of North Korea. As arrogant as …

T. K. Hernández (2019-03-04). Che Guevara Exhibit at the UN Human Rights Council. globalresearch.ca The home of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva is showcasing a poster-sized photograph of the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara in its exhibition hallways. | In 2013, UNESCO, a branch of the U.N., included the "The Life and Works of …

OEA (2019-03-04). 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.

Dan Bacher (2019-03-04). 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."

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-04). 'Only the Beginning': Oakland Teachers Return to Classroom After Week-Long Strike, But Vow to Build on Victory. commondreams.org "Educators will no longer let this school district starve our neighborhood schools of resources." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Labor Video Project (2019-03-04). 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…

WSWS (2019-03-04). Mass demonstration by public-sector workers in Berlin. wsws.org Thousands of teachers and social workers in Berlin held a two-day warning strike last week.

WSWS excerpt and link (2019-03-04). Union pushes contract in effort to shutdown Oakland teachers' strike. indybay.org Vote "no" on sell-out agreement!

OEA (2019-03-04). 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.

WSWS (2019-03-04). Oakland teachers denounce agreement to end strike. wsws.org Determined teachers, sick of deteriorating conditions across the city, expressed outrage at the tentative agreement and the role of the Oakland Education Association.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-04). Endangered Wildlife Are Getting Dosed With Rat Poisons. truthout.org People who consider rodents to be pests often turn to an array of products, known as anticoagulant rodenticides, which are marketed to lethally "solve" the issue with poisoned bait. But researchers have been collecting evidence for years showing that it's not just nuisance rats that can end up dead. | Some of the most recent studies, conducted in California, found that everything from Pacific fishers to bobcats to northern spotted owls often become victims of rodenticides. The list of potentially affected wildlife is long — basically anything that preys on a rodent could be at risk, because the poisons a…

WSWS Repost (2019-03-04). Teacher anger exploding across the United States. indybay.org Oakland strike, mass "sickout" in Kentucky…

RT (2019-03-04). Outrage after California high school students salute Hitler and make swastika out of beer cups. rt.com Two Newport Beach high schools are making headlines after images appeared of an off-campus party during which students arranged red plastic cups into the shape of a swastika and saluted Hitler.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-04). New Group Looks to Unite North America in a Cooperative Economy. truthout.org Across North America, movements of people have come together to build economic, social and political systems that are oriented toward healthy communities. Often, that means systems that function outside of the parameters of capitalism. | The James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership is one such organization, inspiring thoughtful change and supporting cooperative businesses and education in Detroit, Michigan. Its mission is "to nurture the transformational leadership capacities of individuals and organizations committed to creating productive, su…

Werner Raza and Willy Sabautski (2019-03-04). 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.

Labor Video Project (2019-03-04). Oakland OEA Teachers & Supporters At TA Contract Vote Speakout. indybay.org Oakland OEA teachers, students, parents and supporters spoke out at a contract TA vote on March 3, 2019. Many were concerned about limit of school closure moratorium, no cap on chartes and possible cutbacks of SEIU and AFSCME service workers to pay for teacher's contract…

WSWS (2019-03-04). Amid widespread opposition, union declares end to Oakland teachers strike. wsws.org Hours after angry teachers denounced the sellout agreement during a mass meeting, the Oakland Education Association claimed the deal had been ratified.

OEA (2019-03-04). 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.

OEA (2019-03-04). Oakland Education Association members voted to ratify our contract. indybay.org The votes are in: the contract has been ratified. Back to school Monday, March 4. The fight has just begun!

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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