2019-03-08: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Lost Children Archive: Valeria Luiselli's New Novel Bears Witness to the U.S. Immigration Crisis. democracynow.org Days after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, we speak with Valeria Luiselli about her new book, "Lost Children Archive." It chronicles one family's journey from New York to the southwestern U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona as the mother researches the plight of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States.

Ann Garrison (2019-03-08). Michael Cohen Scooped by Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Press and citizenry continue to discuss former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress on February 27. | Russiagate skeptics and supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are taking particular note of what Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie said …

Ron Jacobs (2019-03-08). Hijack the Starship, Major Tom. counterpunch.org One of my favorite rock albums of the early 1970s is Paul Kantner and Grace Slick's science fiction story titled Blows Against the Empire. Although the album was released under the auspices of Kantner and Slick's ensemble Jefferson Starship, the truth is that the collection of musicians in this work are quite different than those More

David Rosen (2019-03-08). "Deaths of Despair": Trump and the White Working Class. counterpunch.org In November 2015 two Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton (a Nobel Prize winner), released a revealing study, "Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among whitenon-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century." It was published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The economists' findings were scary: "Over the 15-y[ear] period, midlife all-cause mortality fell by more More

Margaret Cerullo (2019-03-08). The Unmaking of a College: Notes From Inside the Hampshire Runaway Train. thenation.com The Unmaking of a College: Notes From Inside the Hampshire Runaway Train…

Bree Busk (2019-03-08). Chile's feminist movement is here to stay. zcomm.org Over the course of 2018, Chilean feminists established their movement through student resistance and the transnational fight for legal abortion…

Cynthia Liu (2019-03-08). Teachers Won in California. What's Next? progressive.org Will a new quintet of bills be sufficient to appropriately regulate California's charters?

Phil Miller (2019-03-08). Cover-up in India's 1984 Golden Temple Massacre? British Involvement Revealed. globalresearch.ca The identities of civil servants who investigated British involvement in India's Golden Temple massacre will remain secret, despite concerns that they could have potentially tampered with key evidence. | An anonymity order from the Information Commissioner means the government will not …

Telesur (2019-03-08). Venezuelan Government Denounce New Attack on Electric System. globalresearch.ca The Electric Energy Minister Dominguez denounced that this loss of power is due to sabotage in the area of electric generation and transmission in Guri, in the eastern Bolivar state. | *** | The Minister of Popular Power For Electric Energy, Luis …

Zero Hedge (2019-03-08). Rubio Demands US Initiate "Widespread Unrest" in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Predictably during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday, Republican chairman Marco Rubio condemned Venezuela's Maduro as a "clear danger" and a "threat to the national security of the US." To be expected the hearing was filled with …

James Whitehead (2019-03-08). Human Rights Abuses Can No Longer be Tolerated in Conserving the World's Forests. globalresearch.ca Recent Buzzfeed reports about WWF hiring 'paramilitary forces' to fight poaching and the associated human rights abuses of local peoples show the urgent need for a shift in current conservation models. | Forest Peoples Programme Director, James Whitehead today said: | "To …

Jack Detsch (2019-03-08). US Shifts Weapons from Iraq to Syria. globalresearch.ca The Pentagon rerouted millions of dollars' worth of weapons and vehicles from Iraq to Syria in the second half of 2018, Al-Monitor has learned, as US-backed forces cornered the last remnants of the Islamic State (IS). | In a series of …

South Front (2019-03-08). Video: Syrian Army Delivers Massive Strike on Terrorist Infrastructure in Idlib Province. globalresearch.ca On March 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) delivered a massive rocket strike on positions of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Jisr al-Shughur in the northwestern part of Idlib province. This was the first such strike in this area …

E Hanzai (2019-03-08). The Complete History of Monsanto, "The World's Most Evil Corporation" globalresearch.ca First published by Waking Times, posted by Global Research in May 2014, this article provides a historical viewpoint. It is of particular relevance in relation to the Monsanto-Bayer merger. Monsanto-Bayer is relentlessly pushing the Worldwide adoption of glyphosate, which is …

Andre Vltchek (2019-03-08). Idlib — Reportage from the Last Terrorist Stronghold in Syria. globalresearch.ca For a while, all the guns have fallen silent. | I am near Idlib, the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria. The area where the deadliest anti-government fighters, most of them injected into Syria from Turkey, with Saudi, Qatari and …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-08). India's Taking a Page from Its American Ally by Accusing Pakistan's PM Imran Khan of "Meddling" globalresearch.ca A popular Indian online media outlet published a piece purporting that part of one of the Pakistani Prime Minister's latest speeches was intended to "exploit India's fault lines under Modi's rule", which implies that the self-professed "world's largest democracy" is …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-08). Is the Trump Administration "Owned by the State of Israel". Ted Cruz: Accessory to Israeli Grand Larceny. globalresearch.ca In the United States, as Rep Omar pointed out, politicians on both sides of the aisle in both Houses routinely fall over themselves to pledge fealty and taxpayer dollars to Israel. | The Trump administration is virtually owned by the state …

Nick Meyer (2019-03-08). India's State of Sikkim Banishes All Pesticides and GMO, Watches Both Wildlife and Tourism Flourish. globalresearch.ca The organic movement has been seen as a fad and a trend by many, but others call it a necessity in a changing world where toxic chemicals are increasingly killing life from the bottom of the food chain up, including …

Eamonn McCann (2019-03-08). The Bloody Sunday Massacre (1972) in Northern Ireland: Comments by "Toxic Clown Boris" Johnson. globalresearch.ca The toxic clown Boris Johnson has told the Daily Telegraph that "it feels sickening" that charges might be brought against some of the paratroopers who killed or wounded 28 unarmed people in Derry on Bloody Sunday in 1972. He's become …

Global Research News (2019-03-08). Women's Day 2019: Selected Articles. globalresearch.ca

Julie Lévesque (2019-03-08). Women's Day 2019: From Afghanistan to Syria: Women's Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA. globalresearch.ca Western heads of state, UN officials, military spokespersons will invariably praise the humanitarian dimension of the October 2001 US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan, which allegedly was to fight religious fundamentalists, help little girls go to school, liberate women subjected to the yoke of the Taliban.

(2019-03-08). Trump Administration Announces Stripping Gray Wolf Protections Across Country. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced plans to strip gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protection across the lower 48 states. | If finalized the proposal will allow trophy hunting and trapping of wolves in the Great Lakes …

Craig Murray (2019-03-08). Ten Points I Just Can't Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative. globalresearch.ca I still do not know what happened in the Skripal saga, which perhaps might more respectfully be termed the Sturgess saga. I cannot believe the Russian account of Boshirov and Petrov, because if those were their real identities, those identities …

Garikai Chengu (2019-03-08). America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group. globalresearch.ca Incisive article originally published by GR in September 2014. | Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran's growing influence in the …

Felicity Arbuthnot (2019-03-08). Women's Day 2019: Women's Rights in Afghanistan, "A Justification for War" globalresearch.ca Remember the deluge of political concern over the subjugation of Afghan women at the time of the October 2001 invasion? The tsunami of documentaries, articles, books on their plight, contributing to the justification of another invasion…

John Chuckman (2019-03-08). Reflections on Vladimir Putin as a Leader and on the World Situation in Which He Works. globalresearch.ca There is an immense amount of criticism of Putin, especially coming from America, most of it empty criticism which ignores realities and genuine analysis. For the more thoughtful, it represents only the stink and noise of propaganda, and not honest …

Hans Stehling (2019-03-08). The 2017 Grenfell Tower Conflagration in West London that killed 72 People: A Travesty of Justice as Grenfell Charges Unlikely for Yet Another Two Years! globalresearch.ca In a devastating admission of system failure, the Metropolitan Police have said that criminal charges in the matter of the Grenfell Tower block conflagration in West London that killed 72 people on June 14th 2017, are now unlikely to brought …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-03-08). Women's Day 2019: Women's Suffrage and African Emancipation During the 19th Century. globalresearch.ca Since the mid-19th century there has been a periodic interrelationship between the movements for African emancipation and women's liberation. | Of course these convergences have not been without serious contradictions particularly in light of the historic racial and class divisions …

WSWS Repost (2019-03-08). Oakland students oppose sellout of teachers strike, plan to continue fight. indybay.org To defend public education, Oakland students are organizing to fight back against the union sellout of the recent teacher strike.

kathy_f (2019-03-08). The mining union should join students fighting for a transition from coal. greenleft.org.au The mining and energy division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) does not seem to have a strategy for life after coal, if the leaked minutes from its Queensland division's December meeting can be believed. | It intends to cling tightly to the coalmining multinationals and hope for the best as global climate and renewable energy policies kick in. | Meanwhile in New South Wales, anti-coal campaigners reported seeing the CFMMEU's Hunter Valley branch acting as a cheer squad f…

WSWS (2019-03-08). Democratic Socialists of America and Jacobin cover for union sellout of Oakland teachers strike. wsws.org The function of the DSA and other pseudo-left organizations is to provide a political cover for the unions, which are doing everything they can to isolate and suppress the rebellion of teachers.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-03-08). Forum – From West Virginia to Oakland: Teachers Strike for Public Education. indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St.

WSWS (2019-03-08). Germany: Opposition growing among teachers, public sector workers to Verdi's sell-out agreement. wsws.org The continuation of low-wage jobs in many parts of the public sector, including the care professions, education and childcare, will further exacerbate staff shortages and intensify workloads.

WSWS (2019-03-08). Support builds for Melbourne March 10 rally to demand freedom for Assange. wsws.org The SEP and IYSSE have won the backing of workers, young people and students for the March 10 Melbourne rally to demand the freedom of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange.

WSWS (2019-03-08). Students and workers discuss India-Pakistan military tensions and the necessity for socialist internationalism. wsws.org The campaign for the Kolkata meeting is being conducted as military tensions between India and Pakistan intensify.

kathy_f (2019-03-08). 'NSW not for sale!'. greenleft.org.au "NSW not for sale!" was one of the chants at a Fix NSW rally on March 3, 20 days out from the state election. It expressed a common element in NSW government projects that have sparked resistance from numerous communities and trade unions. | Giant banners featuring the face of Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the words "$elling NSW" were the backdrop to speeches from Raymond Weatherall from Fighting In Resistance Equally, the coalition that organised the huge Invasion Day march on January 26; Jean Hinchliffe and Daisy Jeffrey from the Student Strike 4 Climate; Julie Lyford from Groundswell Gloucester; Deput…

WSWS (2019-03-08). Atlanta School Board prepares a fresh assault on public education. wsws.org With charter schools already proliferating within Atlanta, pro-privatization policy leaders are set to implement a new plan for closing and charterizing public schools.

pip.hinman (2019-03-08). Socialist candidate: 'Organised people are a force for change'. greenleft.org.au Susan Price is the Socialist Alliance candidate for the seat of Parramatta in the March 23 NSW state election. She has been an active unionist and socialist for more than 20 years. She was branch president of the UNSW branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) in 2006 and 2010, and a member of the NTEU national executive from 2010 to 2012. | She is an activist in the refugee rights movement; a campaigner for women's rights; and is national co-convenor of the Socialist Alliance. Price spoke to Green Left Weekly's Jim McIlroy about the Socialist Alliance election campaign, its aims and policies.

WSWS Repost (2019-03-08). DSA and Jacobin cover for union sellout of Oakland teachers strike. indybay.org Pseudo-leftists crow a victory for Oakland teachers.

teleSUR (2019-03-08). Art Institutes Among US Schools Scrambling to Sell or Close. telesurenglish.net About one year has passed since the controversial switch of ownership of dozens of college campuses from the struggling Education Management Corporation (EDMC) to the Christian nonprofit, Dream Center. The move has proven to be a shaky anniversary, as about 26,000 individuals are affected by the schools threatening to close, or hastily being sold, some as soon as Friday due to severe financial losses. | RELATED: | US: Devos to Cut to Protection for Sex Assault Victims

RT (2019-03-08). Teacher wins $10K for reading contract in proof that no one reads contracts. rt.com A Georgia teacher is $10,000 richer after winning a contest buried in the fine print of an insurance policy contract. There's a lesson in here somewhere, if you read between the lines (ouch!).

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-08). Russell Brand, Henry Giroux and Brad Evans on Fighting Fascism. truthout.org In this interview between actor, activist and comedian Russell Brand and Henry Giroux and Brad Evans, there is a wide-ranging and robust discussion about the meaning and the rise of fascism in the United States, the necessity of the left to address it, what it takes to move from a demonstration to a movement, whether there is any room for spirituality in the discourse of resistance and what might be termed the failure of the left around the importance of education as a central feature of politics. Also discussed are the changing registers of violence, populism, the importance of popular culture as a site of re…

WSWS (2019-03-08). Jefferson County, Kentucky teachers continue sickouts in defiance of unions. wsws.org As sickouts by teachers in Kentucky's largest school district continued into the second day, the unions were desperately working with state and local officials to shut down the protest.

kathy_f (2019-03-08). School Strike 4 Climate: history, challenges and what's next. greenleft.org.au After the milestone School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) rallies on November 30 last year, the movement faces a critical point. | Describing itself as a "decentralised, grassroots and ambitious" activist organisation, SS4C has certainly breathed fresh energy into the climate debate. However, with its second major action looming, where does it go from here? | One positive to emerge immediately following the November strike was the collective enthusiasm for maintaining participation in direct action. | Rather than resting on its laurels after so spectacularly mobilising more than 15,000 students in 30 cities and towns in…

kathy_f (2019-03-08). Why you should join the Student Strike 4 Climate. greenleft.org.au Climate change is already impacting our lives.: | As it gets worse, we will be affected by more floods and storms, bushfires and droughts. Globally there will be less clean water and farmland available. This disproportionately affects those who have the least — women, Indigenous people and those living in exploited nations. | Capitalism cannot resolve the climate crisis.: | It cannot because of its structured social and ecological irrationality. This is why, regardless of what the science tells us we should do, fossil fuels are still being burnt and sustainable energy systems still have to b…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-03-07). War Crimes: From Bloody Sunday in Derry, Northern Ireland to Croatia, Kosovo and Iraq. globalresearch.ca Almost forty years later: The 5000 page Saville Commission Report into the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, Northern Ireland, fails to identify who were the perpetrators, both within H.M government and the British Army.

Fight Back (2019-03-07). Pasco teachers and staff say #RespectUsNow. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Over 30 teachers, staff, parents and community members rallied outside the Pasco County School District Office, March 5, to build support for United School Employees of Pasco (USEP) and challenge dismal salaries for school district employees, along with the lack of funding for public education. The rally occurred only minutes before a Pasco County school board meeting inside. | Teachers and school employees in Pasco are underpaid. In contract negotiations with the school district last year they won across-the-board 2% salary increases. However, this will do little to alleviate the financial pressure o…

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-07). The Latest Kashmir Crisis: Momentous Shift in Pakistan-India Relations. globalresearch.ca The latest Kashmir Crisis resulted in a stunning reversal of international perceptions about India and Pakistan whereby the self-professed "world's largest democracy" has now been recast as a rogue state wanting to wage a war of aggression on unproven pretexts …

United Nations (2019-03-07). Air Pollution, the Silent Killer' that Claims Seven Million Lives a Year: UNHRC. globalresearch.ca At the Human Rights Council in Geneva, David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, insisted that air pollution is a "silent, sometimes invisible, prolific killer" which affected women and girls more than men. | This is …

WSWS (2019-03-07). Kentucky teachers' sickout closes state's largest district. wsws.org The mass action, organized by a new group calling itself "JCPS Leads," forced Jefferson County Public Schools to cancel school for the second time in the space of a week.

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