2019-03-23: News Headlines

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-23). Reining in the Yemen Conflict: The US Congress and War Making Powers. globalresearch.ca We keep hearing it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is firm on the view that the Yemen conflict should conclude. "We all want this conflict to end," he never tires of saying. "We all want to improve the dire …

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-23). What Can We Do? They Are Insane! globalresearch.ca A few days ago I was seriously asking myself whether Donald Trump was insane after he spent a weekend tweeting/lambasting a dead John McCain. Today I have confirmation that he is not the only insane one on the national …

Philip Giraldi (2019-03-23). Human Rights as Seen by the White House: Concessions to Israel Are Notable. globalresearch.ca The State Department's just issued annual Human Rights Report for 2018 is a disgrace, a document so heavily politicized by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his crew of hardliners that it might be regarded as a model in how …

Xu Xiujun (2019-03-23). Bridge Between Developed, Developing Worlds. China's Status in the Global Economy. globalresearch.ca Since reform and opening-up policy was launched 40 years ago, China has recorded average annual growth rate of 9.5 percent and created an unprecedented economic miracle in human history. In 2010, with a $6.07 trillion economy (at market exchange rate), …

Peter Koenig (2019-03-23). Weaponizing the World Bank and the IMF. globalresearch.ca This is a transcript of the full interview with PressTV for their Program "Economic Divide", of which sections were aired in this broadcast — U.S. military use of IMF, World Bank. | *** | Background | Wikileaks revelation | Here is the link to

Zero Hedge (2019-03-23). Marines Seize Pacific Island as Training for War with China. globalresearch.ca The 31st U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) seized a tiny island and airfield with special operations airmen and soldiers as part of a new island-hopping strategy. | Last week, 31st MEU, backed by the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Logistics …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-03-23). The ICC and NGOs: Modern Day Manifestations of "The White Man's Burden" globalresearch.ca The International Criminal Court (ICC) is not international nor a legitimate court, but is most certainly criminal. | It is an institutionalized tool — one of many — used by Western corporate-financier interests to coerce and control nations across the developing …

F. William Engdahl (2019-03-23). "Frankenfoods": US FDA Lifts Ban on GMO "Frankensalmon" globalresearch.ca Frankenfoods is a term developed by consumer groups questioning the health and safety of genetically modified plants or GMO. The US Food and Drug Administration has just lifted an earlier ban on commercialization of the first genetically modified food, Salmon. …

Norman Baker (2019-03-23). Video: The Mysterious Death of Dr. David Kelly. globalresearch.ca Introduction by Richard Galustian | As we contemplate the 16th anniversary this week of the start of the Iraq war, we are forced to ponder on the insanity of that decision by the US and UK in anticipation very soon of …

Dr. David Halpin (2019-03-23). The Crimes against the People of Palestine: The British Government is "Shown to be Bankrupt in Law and Morality" globalresearch.ca Dear Mel, | I wish you to bring these facts in front of Mr Hunt on behalf of Susan and myself, the Palestinian people who have no voice, and to reverse the 'vortex of ever increasing violence in our world'. Canterbury, …

Wang Linggui (2019-03-23). China-Africa Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Africa Sees the Way Forward. globalresearch.ca As the first global initiative proposed by China, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) s a striking example of the country's new diplomatic concepts of promoting global development and governance, and maps out new routes and focus of future cooperation …

True Publica (2019-03-23). UK's National Debt Romps Passed £2 Trillion and No One Noticed. globalresearch.ca The UK national debt is the total amount of money the British government owes to the private sector and other purchasers of UK gilts. | In Nov 2018, UK public sector net debt was £1,7951.3 billion equivalent to around 84% of …

Haley Zaremba (2019-03-23). Is Beijing Losing Its Footing in South China Sea? globalresearch.ca The United States military launched nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the heavily disputed South China Sea last week, where they "conducted routine training". In these contested waters, the Chinese government has claimed ownership over reserves containing trillions of dollars worth …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-23). John McCain: From War Criminal to National Hero. globalresearch.ca Anyone who has read this blog knows I'm not a Donald Trump supporter. Donald Trump is clueless on many issues and it is an understatement to say he's unqualified for the job. | But he's right on at least one thing….

South Front (2019-03-23). Video: Russian Attack Helicopters Purge Militants in Syria's Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca The Russian Aerospace Forces have continued their strikes on terrorist infrastructure in the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to reports appearing from the ground. | On March 21, alleged Russian warplanes delivered strikes on militant targets near the city of Jisr al-Shughur …

South Front (2019-03-23). Video: Armoured Beasts: Battle Tank Modifications of Syrian Army. globalresearch.ca Since the start of the Syrian war and until September 2015, when the Russians officially joined the conflict, the Syrian Army and its allies were suffering from a wide range of issues related to maintenance of their military equipment. The …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-03-23). Interest Rates and the US Economy. The Capitulation of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. globalresearch.ca This past week, on March 20, 2019, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell announced the US central bank would not raise interest rates in 2019. The Fed's benchmark rate, called the Fed Funds rate, is thus frozen at 2.375% for the …

STAFF (2019-03-23). Chicago Grad Workers on Strike for Living Wages and Respect. truthout.org In front of the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on March 19, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) graduate workers began an indefinite strike. The union is joining a national movement of higher education employees demanding livable wages and better working conditions in the often-unstable field of academia. | The strike is the result of more than a year of negotiations between UIC Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) Local 6297 and the university administration. Since September 2018, over 1,500 teaching and graduate assistants have worked without a contrac…

Emily Wilson (2019-03-23). The 1942 Internment of Japanese-Americans Holds Lessons for Today. truthdig.com With detention camps along the U.S. southern border and the president's revised Muslim ban upheld by the Supreme Court, Karen Korematsu thinks it's important for people to know the history of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, two thirds of them native-born citizens, who were incarcerated during World War II without due process. Korematsu, director of the Fred Korematsu Foundation, a civil rights educational organization, travels the country to talk to students about her father, Fred Korematsu, who refused to go to the camps. His case went to the Supreme C…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-23). Brexit Is Dead. globalresearch.ca Only its obituary remains to be written. In her heart of hearts, UK Prime Minister Theresa May opposed Brexit — overtly as home secretary, covertly as PM while pretending otherwise. | Majority UK parliamentarians rejected her no-Brexit/Brexit deal twice, agreeing only …

End Racism at UCSC (2019-03-23). Islamophobia and Hate at UCSC in Light of the NZ Terrorist Attack. indybay.org I am one of the students that was called a "terrorist" among other terrible things by a BSOE professor on countless occasions due to my appearance and Palestinian, Muslim heritage. Right at the top, I want to express my deepest gratitude to those who signed the petition demanding UCSC take action in this matter. Your support has given both the other complainant and I tremendous inner-strength. It has helped me claw back some of my humanity, and I genuinely cannot thank you enough.

WSWS (2019-03-23). Indiana teachers shot 'execution style' with plastic pellets during school shooting drill. wsws.org Teachers in Indiana were subject to a violent school shooting drill by law enforcement officials in January which left them bleeding and bruised for weeks.

Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (2019-03-23). Trailblazer: A Conversation with Pioneering Journalist Dorothy Gilliam. indybay.org Kapor Center | 2148 Broadway | Oakland, CA 94612…

Lynda Carson (2019-03-23). Trump signs an executive order to protect hate speech. indybay.org Under the guise of promoting free speech, earlier today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to protect hate speech at our Universities and Colleges being promoted by right-wing pigs who want to make it unlawful for students to fight back against neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists, and the hate speech movement being promoted on campuses across the nation!

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-22). Venezuelan Authorities Detain Guaido Henchman for "Terrorist Cell" Involvement. globalresearch.ca Overnight Thursday, Venezuelan police arrested and detained three Guaido henchmen, two now released, the third still held. | Interior Minister Nestor Reverol accused Roberto Marrero of planning armed terrorist attacks in the country, saying the following: | An "investigation carried out by …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-22). Trump to Recognize Israeli Control over Syria's Golan Heights? Bypassing the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump. Consistently showing one-sided support for Israel, it appears so. In May 2018, his regime moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a world body-designated international city, recognized by nearly all UN member states. | Israel illegally …

Michelle Zacarias (2019-03-22). Grad student workers in Chicago strike UIC, administration refuses to budge. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—Hundreds of graduate student staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) went on strike this week with employees demanding a fair contract agreement from the administration. The UIC Graduate Employees Organization, Local 6297 of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, is a member-run union that represents more than 1,500 graduate assistants at UIC. The …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-22). So What if Trump "Recognizes" "Israel's" Annexation of the Golan? globalresearch.ca Who really cares what Trump says when nobody's words one way or the other are going to change the reality that "Israel" probably won't be dislodged from the occupied Golan Heights anytime soon, especially not when Russian troops are enforcing …

Mike "Mish" Shedlock (2019-03-22). Where US Defense Spending Dollars Go: Top Ten States. "Vote Buying: This Is Why People Support Perpetual War" globalresearch.ca A defense report, revised in March 2019 for fiscal year 2017, shows what states benefit the most from defense spending. …

Zhang Zhongyuan (2019-03-22). China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Global Value Chains Need to be Built. globalresearch.ca The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought new opportunities to countries along the route to participate in global value chains. | In recent years, many developed economies have implemented the strategies of re-industrialization and reshoring of manufacturing industries to gain …

Irina Slav (2019-03-22). U.S. on the Hunt for Iranian "Ghost Tankers". Targeting Vessels Transporting Iranian Crude Oil. globalresearch.ca When Washington announced the return of economic sanctions against Iran, the main idea was pretty clear: cut exports of vital oil to zero to paralyze the economy and prompt a change in government. Waivers followed, however, as well as reports …

ACLU (2019-03-22). Why School Psychologists Are Worried About the Mental Health of America's Students. aclu.org A new ACLU report shows that millions of kids are in schools that have no mental health staff. One of the report's authors discusses the implications. | Earlier this month, thousands of school psychologists met in Atlanta at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists. One of the hottest topics among attendees was exhaustion — a consequence of having to serve more students who are experiencing more trauma and other mental health problems without more help in carrying the load. | It's not just school psychologists who are concerned about being short-staffed. I know of far too ma…

Peter Mayo (2019-03-22). US Higher Education Influence Takes a Different Turn. counterpunch.org The official opening of the American University of Malta (AUM) on Friday 8thMarch foregrounds a new trend in USA Higher Education influence in the Mediterranean and elsewhere. The term 'American' is being applied to universities which are not US-driven at all but which simply adopt the US university style of operation and system. The AUM More

Jessicah Pierre (2019-03-22). The Real College Admissions Scandal. counterpunch.org In what's being called the largest college admissions scam ever, a number of wealthy parents, celebrities, and college prep coaches have been accused of offering large bribes to get rich students into Ivy League schools, regardless of their credentials. The parents facing charges allegedly paid up to $6.5 million to get their kids into college. More

Jake Johnson (2019-03-22). Teachers Shot 'Execution-Style' With Pellet Guns During Active Shooter Drill. theantimedia.com (CD) — As state and federal lawmakers fail to take meaningful action to confront America's gun violence epidemic, Indiana elementary school teachers were reportedly shot "execution-style" with plastic pellets in an active shooter drill led by law enforcement. According to the Indianapolis Star, several teachers at a time "were asked by local law enforcement to kneel down against …

Hans Stehling (2019-03-22). Priti Patel and Boris Johnson: The "Odd Couple" Unfit for Purpose in Any Post Brexit UK Government. globalresearch.ca The link between Priti Patel, her running mate Boris Johnson, and the Right-wing Likud party of nuclear Israel's embattled Prime Minister Netanyahu (currently facing corruption charges) is no secret. However, stranger things have come to pass. In the …

RT (2019-03-22). Teachers shot 'execution-style' with pellet guns in extreme school shooting drill. rt.com Indiana elementary school teachers were ordered to kneel against a wall before being shot "execution-style" from behind with airsoft pellet guns during a safety drill.

Fred_F (2019-03-22). School Strike 4 Climate organiser: 'We need mass support to achieve change'. greenleft.org.au On March 15, students organised the biggest global strike for real action on climate change ever seen. More than 80 countries took part. | In Perth, 3000 students and supporters marched through the CBD, joining an estimated 150,000 people around the country. | Green Left Weekly's Chris Jenkins caught up with Mandurah high school student and protest organiser Chaela King about the strike and what is being planned next. | How did you find the protest? Did it meet your expectations? | I definitely wasn't expecting such a great turn out. The numbers on Facebook was nowhere near the 3000 or so people who came. I also…

United Nations (2019-03-21). Education critical to ensure future of forests, and reverse their destruction. un.org The UN drew attention to the vital role that forests play in addressing some of the world's greatest environmental challenges on Thursday, and the importance of tackling the issues that threaten them, such as deforestation, and land degradation.

Fight Back (2019-03-21). LA: Boyle Heights honors International Women's Day. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – The neighborhood of Boyle Heights celebrated International Women's Day, March 8, by honoring women on the Eastside who shake things up. Organized by Centro CSO, the event took place in the historic Casa del Mexicano building. The celebration doubled as a fundraiser for legal fees in a major lawsuit against big-time corporation KIPP Promesa Charter school. A large group from all over East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights attended. | Headlining was Fe Montes, of Mujeres de Maíz, who performed multiple readings, poems, and chants. Met with applause, Montes spoke about the need to honor the "Chingonas…

Alexandra Tempus (2019-03-21). Five Questions For: Pardeep Kaleka on New Zealand, White Supremacy, and What it Takes to Move Forward. progressive.org His father was killed by a white supremacist in a mass shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple. Today, Pardeep Kaleka works in communities all over the country teaching about how to heal from hate.

pip.hinman (2019-03-21). Capitalism can't halt climate change. greenleft.org.au Three days before 150,000 students organised the biggest national school walkout in Australian history to demand politicians act on climate change, Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) deputy governor Guy Debelle sounded a warning about the drastic effects of climate change on the economy. | When students and an RBA governor agree on the urgent need to stop the devastating impact of climate change on society and the planet, you know the movement is starting to bite. | But while the RBA views the climate threat from the perspective of the interests of big capital, students see it as a threat to their very future. | It…

PACBI (2019-03-20). Paid Facebook Ad by Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center Advocates Increased "Hopelessness" for Palestinians. bdsmovement.net Paid Facebook Ad by Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center Advocates Increased "Hopelessness" for Palestinians: UpdateThe Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) calls on all academics, academic societies and student organizations to intensify the academic boycott as a response to this fresh, brutal call for m…

PACBI (2019-03-20). Palestinians Salute Pitzer College for Overwhelming Vote in Support of Palestinian Rights, Condemn Anti-democratic Veto by University President. bdsmovement.net Palestinians Salute Pitzer College for Overwhelming Vote in Support of Palestinian Rights, Condemn Anti-democratic Veto by University President: UpdatePitzer College faculty, students and staff voted overwhelmingly to suspend a study abroad program with Haifa University over Israel's discriminatory policies against Palestinians. In an anti-democratic move, Pitzer's president ve…

Julian Vasquez Heilig (2019-03-19). The Real Scandal Over Buying an Education. progressive.org Wealthy parents have been arrested for lavishing millions on a college admissions scam. But inequality in school funding is baked into our system.

Mitchell Robinson (2019-03-18). It's Time to Talk about Charter School Privilege. progressive.org Everyone needs to understand the implications of their choice to support charter schools.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-18). Headlines for March 18, 2019. democracynow.org New Zealand PM to Reform Gun Laws as Death Toll from Mosque Terrorist Attack Hits 50, Trump Denies Threat of White Nationalist Terrorism, WH Chief of Staff Mulvaney: "The President Is Not a White Supremacist", Trump Issues First Veto over Nat'l Emergency Resolution, "Clear Similarities" Found Between Ethiopian Airlines & Lion Air Crashes, U.S. to Deny Visas for ICC Investigators over Afghanistan Probe, The Philippines Withdraws from ICC over Duterte Drug War Investigation, Students Take to Streets for International "Youth Climate Strike", Extreme Weather in Midwest Brings Massive Floods, Kills 2 in Nebraska, At L…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-15). Headlines for March 15, 2019. democracynow.org 49 Dead as Far-Right Shooter Opens Fire on New Zealand Mosques, President Trump Threatens Political Opponents with Violence, Connecticut Court Allows Sandy Hook Parents to Sue Gun Maker, Students Walk Out of Schools to Protest Gun Violence, Senate Rebukes Trump's Border Emergency Declaration, House Votes 420 to 0 to Make Mueller Report Public, Schoolchildren in Over 100 Countries Strike to Demand Climate Action, Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Prize, NYC to Spend $500 Million Protecting Manhattan from Climate Change, Interior Official Hails Trump for Distracting Media from Drilling Pla…

Sarah Lahm (2019-03-14). Billionaire-Backed Lawsuit Against Teacher Tenure Fails in Minnesota. progressive.org Trump has proposed to slash funding for public education in his 2020 budget. In courts across the country, however, public schools are holding up in lawsuits brought by pro-charter interests.

splcenter (2019-03-12). Florida legislators announce bill to ensure structurally sound schools for all students in the state. splcenter.org Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani and Florida state Sen. Janet Cruz today announced legislation that would create uniform requirements to ensure that all Florida students can receive an education in school buildings that are structurally sound.

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