Daily Archives: April 1, 2019

2019-04-01: News Headlines

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-04-01). Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes. globalresearch.ca On the eve of the first anniversary of the "Great March of Return" at the Gaza border, lawyers and jurists around the world are calling on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israeli crimes …

Philip Giraldi (2019-04-01). Israeli Accountability Begins Now. globalresearch.ca Recently returning to the U.S. on a flight from Venice, too-bored-to-read syndrome drove me to watch a movie. I chose "Bohemian Rhapsody," which recently won an Academy Award for lead actor Rami Malek, who truly did turn in a memorable …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-01). Unnecessary Expansions: The Australian War Memorial. globalresearch.ca War is not merely a matter of sowing death, much of it needless; it entails preserving a rationale to perpetuate it. The mistake often made about reading, consulting and listening to the harrowing tales of those who have perished in …

Daniel McAdams (2019-04-01). Video: Hunger Games: Four Years of Saudi/US Aggression in Yemen. globalresearch.ca For four years the Saudis (with US backup) have been bombing neighboring Yemen to force them to accept a Saudi-backed president that was overthrown. | Due to Saudi bombs and a total blockade, millions face starvation and tens of thousands of …

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-01). Russia's Response to India's ASAT Missile Test Wasn't What New Delhi Expected. globalresearch.ca India probably thought that Russia would enthusiastically accept its entry into the "space super league" as Prime Minister Modi described it, but Moscow is actually pretty critical of New Delhi's anti-satellite missile tests and urged it to join a Russian-Chinese …

Tom McKay (2019-04-01). Judge Rules Trump Plans to Open Up Swathes of Arctic, Atlantic Oceans for Drilling Illegal. globalresearch.ca In a major blow to the Donald Trump administration's oil and gas policy, on Friday a federal judge ruled the president's order opening massive swathes of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to oil and gas drilling operations illegal, the Washington

Gerald Coles (2019-04-01). Education, Jobs and Capitalism. zcomm.org American capitalism has a hate-love relationship with the nation's schools…

WSWS (2019-04-01). Teachers at school in Sheffield, England, strike against job losses and threat to eliminate sixth form. wsws.org Parents, teachers and school staff oppose the Bradfield School Board of Governors and the headteacher, who justify the closure of the school's sixth form on the basis that demand is lower than expected.

RWMDLFF (2019-04-01). Koch Brothers Exposed. indybay.org Kresge College Student Lounge, UC Santa Cruz…

WSWS (2019-04-01). Ontario education minister touts class-size increases as means to teach "resiliency" wsws.org Thompson's remarks exemplify the ruling elite's contempt for the millions of working-class families that rely on Ontario's chronically underfunded public education system.

Margherita Furlan (2019-04-01). The New Arab OTAN — Serving Who? globalresearch.ca "Iran is the main threat in the Middle East, and confronting the Islamic Republic is the key to achieving peace in the entire region". As American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pronounced these words in Poland, on February 13, Iran …

WSWS (2019-04-01). Germany: Links found between right-wing network inside army and police officer murdered by far-right terrorists. wsws.org According to research by weekly Die Zeit, the AfD parliamentary group employs at least 27 activists and supporters of right-wing organizations. Die Zeit speaks of a "Nazi network inside the German Bundestag."

Sumaya AlEssmael (2019-03-31). Syria — The West Destroyed Our Homes but Not Our Dreams. globalresearch.ca Time before the war, Syria was a peaceful place where we used to live at peace. Peace meant to us life. But now we lost life since we lost peace. My daughter, that little girl at that time of peace …

STAFF (2019-03-31). NRA's Playbook Shows Why the US Does not Stop Mass Shootings. therealnews.com After the Chistchurch shooting, New Zealand moves to ban assault weapons, while the US is promoting plans to arm school teachers instead. Al-Jazeera exposes NRA's "playbook" on media responses after mass shootings…

Lidya Azad (2019-03-31). University of Kentucky hunger strike demands that students' basic needs are met. liberationnews.org The strike is part of the Basic Needs Campaign, which is demanding that the University of Kentucky 1) establish and fund a physical Basic Needs Center, 2) establish a Basic Needs Fund, and 3) create a full-time Basic Needs staff position.

Global Research News (2019-03-31). Selected Articles: NATO Expansion Could Trigger Nuclear 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 …

Michael Welch (2019-03-31). Venezuela Under Siege. globalresearch.ca "This opposition campaign has been one of what was called the other day in the media, circus. It's PR stunts. It's about media publicity. As ever, the opposition has not learned the fundamental key root to change that they want …

James ONeill (2019-03-31). Golan Heights, Kosovo and Crimea: A Case Study in Hypocrisy and Double Standards. globalresearch.ca The recent announcement by United States President Donald Trump that the US will recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights draws attention yet again to the double standards applied by NATO and its satraps including Australia to the issues of …

Peter Koenig (2019-03-31). China — and Macron's U-Turn. globalresearch.ca Less than a week ago, President Macron was lambasting Italy for signing agreements with China in the context of their New Silk Road, alias President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same breath he was criticizing …

Zero Hedge (2019-03-31). DoD Orders $250 Million of Gas Masks — What Do They Know? globalresearch.ca The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, according to the DoD contract website. | The Army estimates M53A1 gas masks …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2019-03-31). Cyclone Idai Causes Devastation Compounding Economic Challenges in the Southern Africa Region. globalresearch.ca Governments throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are working feverishly to provide relief to millions of people affected by cyclone Idai, a category three-to-four storm which has severely impacted three states, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, with some damage extending …

Kevin Zeese (2019-03-31). 2019 Sees The Return Of Labor Activism As Workers Strike Back. popularresistance.org National Labor Relations Board data indicate that 2018 marked a huge upsurge in strikes by workers across the U.S. The year saw 21 major work stoppages involving 485,000 workers, compared with 25,000 in 2017. The most obvious takeaway is this: In the year of the Janus Supreme Court decision that prevented unions from charging fees to non-union workers who still benefit from union-negotiated contracts, workers were anything but cowed. Workers struck across the country, including hotel workers, university graduate students, United Steelworkers locals, and staff of the University of California Medical Centers up and…

South Front (2019-03-30). Video: "Dumb Bombs", Indiscriminate Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Syrian War. globalresearch.ca A recent series of Russian strikes on positions of militant groups in the Syrian province of Idlib has once again caused a wave of mainstream media reports regarding civilian casualties caused by Russian bombings. According to "local activists" quoted by …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-30). Trump Regime Approves Sale of Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudis. globalresearch.ca Saudi nuclear power ambitions are well known. For months, the Trump and Saudi regimes have been negotiating the sale of US nuclear technology to the kingdom. | Anti-nuclear expert Helen Caldicott explained that any country operating nuclear power plants "can theoretically …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-30). A Privileged Education: The US College Admissions Scandal. dissidentvoice.org The oldest idea of history; the perennial problem of station: education. Get the child as far as possible so that he or she can be propelled, as if from a trebuchet across the ramparts of life. Nasty obstacles — one being a lack of intellect — will be cleared, and the wretched genetic issue will …

Prof. Sam Gindin (2019-03-30). Workers' Rights and Canada's Auto Industry: GM Oshawa: Lowered Expectations, Unexplored Opportunities. globalresearch.ca Following an aggressive public relations campaign in which union officials questioned GM's loyalty to 'Canadian taxpayers', General Motors has apparently agreed to keep its Oshawa facility partially open. No official announcement has yet been made, but there are rumours of …

(2019-03-30). Senator Calls for Investigation of Bernhardt's Role in Suppressing Science Showing Pesticide Harmed Nearly 1,400 Protected Species. globalresearch.ca U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called on the inspector general for the Department of the Interior to investigate Acting Secretary David Bernhardt's role in blocking a scientific assessment showing the pesticide chlorpyrifos threatens the existence of nearly 1,400 …

Gustavo Villapol (2019-03-30). Juan Guaidó Confesses Being Behind the Sabotage of Venezuela's Electric System. globalresearch.ca "A confession from [America's] puppet pointing to evidence," said journalist Gustavo Villapol Wednesday, noting that the deputy of the National Assembly in contempt Juan Guaidó confessed to be behind the attacks perpetrated against …

Eoin Higgins (2019-03-30). 'We Are Running Concentration Camps': Images from El Paso Stir Outrage over Migrant Treatment. globalresearch.ca Hundreds of migrants are being held by border agents in a fenced in encampment under a bridge in El Paso, leading to anger and accusations that the American government is holding people in "concentration camps." | Images posted online by reporters …

Liu Caiyu (2019-03-30). Xi's Visit Sets Tone for China-EU Relations. globalresearch.ca Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Wednesday after his visit to Europe, bringing a fruitful outcome and the visit assures the cooperative trend of China-EU relations, analysts noted. | The outcome of Xi's visit to Europe is "beyond …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-30). UK MPs Reject May's No-Brexit/Brexit Deal for the Third Time. globalresearch.ca Theresa May's no-deal/deal went down by a 344 — 286 margin. Did her latest defeat signal three strikes and she's out — her coup de grace of no return? | Britain has until April 12 to crash out of the EU …

Tyler Durden (2019-03-30). Marijuana Brought in Millions in Tax Revenue Last Year. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Despite the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track job creation in the U.S. marijuana industry, a recent report claimed that the sector has created around 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the states where the drug has been given the green light for recreational use. While job creation has been one of the more …

Paul Haeder (2019-03-29). Professor Pablo and Fourth Grade Enlightenment in Lincoln City. dissidentvoice.org The shape of learning comes in all sizes, all forms. We know what not learning is — texting, emailing, You Tube videos, a world of Teletubbies, from birth to death. I know what education planners are not — hedge fund billionaires, charter school profiteers, down home religious bigotry and stupidity ignoramuses, the lady from McDonald's …

Rob Urie (2019-03-29). Re: The Green New Deal: First, Shoot the Economists. counterpunch.org Soon to be released research from the United Nations is expected to place species loss, a/k/a mass extinction, as an environmental threat equal to or greater than climate change. Industrial agriculture— vast expanses of monoculture crops managed with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, will feature prominently as a cause. This plant agriculture supplies people with increasingly toxic and processed food and antibiotic and hormone dependent factory farms with animal feed. Together, these link the model of capitalist efficiency economists have been selling for the last two centuries to environmental c…

Chauncey K. Robinson (2019-03-29). Review: 'Captive State' puts sci-fi and resistance center stage in Chicago. peoplesworld.org "As long as we fight, we have a chance." — Captive State Throughout the history of the science fiction and horror genre of film and literature, there have been stories that hold a mirror to the realities of our world. Through fantastical plotlines, socio-political themes such as corruption, sexism, racism, and a general questioning of …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-29). AFT members to drive presidential endorsement. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—This time around, members of the American Federation of Teachers will drive its presidential endorsement process — and it's going to demand Oval Office hopefuls walk in teachers' shoes, too. The March 20 decision came after a 30,000-person mass conference call convened the night before by AFT President Randi Weingarten to hash out the details, …

Ryan Cooper (2019-03-29). Why Is the Government Allowing Its Own Drug Research to Be Monopolized for Profit? commondreams.org "In the United States, Truvada is monopolized by the pharmaceutical giant Gilead, which charges between $1,600 and $2,000 a month for the treatment," Cooper writes. (Photo: Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dan Beeton, CEPR (2019-03-29). Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.

Adam Lee (2019-03-28). NAACP-supported bill promoting equal pay for equal work passes the US House. naacp.org Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women in the United States are typically paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, and the statistics are even worse for women of color. As a result, women were 35% more likely to live in poverty than men. While the Equal Pay Act of 1963 has helped to narrow …

Dave Zirin (2019-03-28). The Trump Administration's Ableist Cuts to the Special Olympics. thenation.com The Trump Administration's Ableist Cuts to the Special Olympics…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-28). The System, Youth and Democracy. consortiumnews.com When masses of students from all over the world mobilize around a utopia, adults become uncomfortable, writes Roberto Savio. By Roberto Savio in Rome Inter Press Service If we ever needed proof of how the political system has become self-referential… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma to Pay $270 Million Legal Settlement That Will Fund Addiction Center. democracynow.org The state of Oklahoma has reached a $270 million agreement with Purdue Pharma—the makers of OxyContin—settling a lawsuit that claimed the company contributed to the deaths of thousands of Oklahoma residents by downplaying the risk of opioid addiction and overstating the drug's benefits. The state says more Oklahomans have died from opioids over the last decade than have been killed in vehicle accidents. More than $100 million from the settlement will fund a new addiction treatment and research center at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa. "It's really just the first move in what is a very complicated…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). "The Opioid Crisis Isn't White": How the Lethal Epidemic Affects Communities of Color. democracynow.org As Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma reach a $270 million agreement in a lawsuit claiming the company knowingly helped create the opioid crisis responsible for nearly 50,000 deaths per year in the United States, we look at how the opioid crisis affects communities of color with Abdullah Shihipar, a graduate student of public health at Brown University who wrote an op-ed about his research for The New York Times headlined "The Opioid Crisis Isn't White."

Democracy Now! (2019-03-27). Are Federal Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids Hurting Patients with Chronic Pain? democracynow.org As Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma reach a landmark settlement, we look at an underreported result of the opioid crisis: the underprescribing of opioids for patients who rely on them for pain management. This month, more than 300 doctors and medical researchers sent an open letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning patients have been harmed by a lack of clarity in guidelines for prescribing opioids. The CDC revised the guidelines for primary care physicians in 2016 in order to improve safety and reduce risks associated with long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. But many say the new guidelin…

Hersch Rothmel (2019-03-27). Boston Teachers Union "All In" to fight for a fair contract. liberationnews.org "Do you realize we are the only school district in Massachusetts that does not have a full time nurse in every school?"

Katie Logan & Shelby Shoup (2019-03-27). Islamic Center of Tallahassee and Students For Justice in Palestine hold solidarity vigil honoring Christchurch victims. liberationnews.org There was a touching show of unity as over 40 community members, both Muslim and non-Muslim, came to the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol to observe the candlelit vigil. The event started out with a few words from Imam Munir Alfarra, who said, "If I could tell him something I would say he did not waste his time to know about Muslims. To know how they pray, and when and where. To know that Muslims' doors are always open…"

Keegan Hankes, Senior Research Analyst (2019-03-27). SPLC reacts to Facebook policy on white nationalism. splcenter.org The internet, and social media in particular, continues to be a powerful tool used by the radical right to accelerate the spread of hate into the mainstream.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-27). Disinviting Jordan Peterson: The Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge and Approved Ideas. dissidentvoice.org He has sent so many cliques and groups into titters of anger, and the indignant have attempted to turn on him. The university environment should be the last place where dangerous ideas, and views, are stifled and stomped upon. In actual fact, we are seeing the reverse; from students unions to middle- and upper-managerial parasites …

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-03-27). Beto O'Rourke's Free Ride on Charter Schools Won't Last for Long. theintercept.com When Beto O'Rourke ran for Senate in 2018, he highlighted the importance of public education and consistently said that he stood squarely in support of teachers. Given that his opponent was Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, that was more than enough to secure endorsements from both the Texas State Teachers Association and its parent union, the National Education Association. Teachers across the country helped fuel his small-dollar donor machine. | There was little reason, then, to probe Beto O'Rourke on charter schools. In the Democratic pres…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-26). "Suicide Is Preventable": Public Health Advocates Push to End Stigma After Parkland & Newtown Suicides. democracynow.org The father of a 6-year-old girl who was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was found dead by apparent suicide Monday. Jeremy Richman was a neuroscientist who, after the death of his daughter Avielle, founded the Avielle Foundation to support brain science research, with the ultimate goal of preventing violence and building compassion. The news of his death came just days after two students who survived last year's shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, died by suicide. An unnamed student died Saturday, according to local authorities, and 19-ye…

2019-04-01: Social Media Postees

Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
On the eve of the first anniversary of the "Great March of Return" at the Gaza border, lawyers and jurists around the world are calling on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israeli crimes …
globalresearch.ca/lawyers-worldwide-urge…

Israeli Accountability Begins Now
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Recently returning to the U.S. on a flight from Venice, too-bored-to-read syndrome drove me to watch a movie. I chose "Bohemian Rhapsody," which recently won an Academy Award for lead actor Rami Malek, who truly did turn in a memorable …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-accountability…

Russia's Response to India's ASAT Missile Test Wasn't What New Delhi Expected
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
India probably thought that Russia would enthusiastically accept its entry into the "space super league" as Prime Minister Modi described it, but Moscow is actually pretty critical of New Delhi's anti-satellite missile tests and urged it to join a Russian-Chinese …
globalresearch.ca/russias-response-to-in…

Judge Rules Trump Plans to Open Up Swathes of Arctic, Atlantic Oceans for Drilling Illegal
Tom McKay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
In a major blow to the Donald Trump administration's oil and gas policy, on Friday a federal judge ruled the president's order opening massive swathes of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to oil and gas drilling operations illegal, the Washington …
globalresearch.ca/judge-rules-trump-plan…

Unnecessary Expansions: The Australian War Memorial
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
War is not merely a matter of sowing death, much of it needless; it entails preserving a rationale to perpetuate it. The mistake often made about reading, consulting and listening to the harrowing tales of those who have perished in …
globalresearch.ca/unnecessary-expansions…

Video: Hunger Games: Four Years of Saudi/US Aggression in Yemen
Daniel McAdams | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
For four years the Saudis (with US backup) have been bombing neighboring Yemen to force them to accept a Saudi-backed president that was overthrown. | Due to Saudi bombs and a total blockade, millions face starvation and tens of thousands of …
globalresearch.ca/video-hunger-games-fou…

The New Arab OTAN — Serving Who?
Margherita Furlan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
"Iran is the main threat in the Middle East, and confronting the Islamic Republic is the key to achieving peace in the entire region". As American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pronounced these words in Poland, on February 13, Iran …
globalresearch.ca/the-new-arab-otan-serv…

Germany: Links found between right-wing network inside army and police officer murdered by far-right terrorists
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-01
According to research by weekly Die Zeit, the AfD parliamentary group employs at least 27 activists and supporters of right-wing organizations. Die Zeit speaks of a "Nazi network inside the German Bundestag."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/01/kies…

Education, Jobs and Capitalism
Gerald Coles | zcomm.org | 2019-04-01
American capitalism has a hate-love relationship with the nation's schools…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/education-jobs-and-c…

Koch Brothers Exposed
RWMDLFF | indybay.org | 2019-04-01
Kresge College Student Lounge, UC Santa Cruz…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/31/1882239…

Ontario education minister touts class-size increases as means to teach "resiliency"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-01
Thompson's remarks exemplify the ruling elite's contempt for the millions of working-class families that rely on Ontario's chronically underfunded public education system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/01/oned…

Teachers at school in Sheffield, England, strike against job losses and threat to eliminate sixth form
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-01
Parents, teachers and school staff oppose the Bradfield School Board of Governors and the headteacher, who justify the closure of the school's sixth form on the basis that demand is lower than expected.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/01/brad…

Syria — The West Destroyed Our Homes but Not Our Dreams
Sumaya AlEssmael | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
Time before the war, Syria was a peaceful place where we used to live at peace. Peace meant to us life. But now we lost life since we lost peace. My daughter, that little girl at that time of peace …
globalresearch.ca/syria-west-destroyed-h…

DoD Orders $250 Million of Gas Masks — What Do They Know?
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, according to the DoD contract website. | The Army estimates M53A1 gas masks …
globalresearch.ca/dod-orders-250-million…

Selected Articles: NATO Expansion Could Trigger Nuclear War
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
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 …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-nato…

Golan Heights, Kosovo and Crimea: A Case Study in Hypocrisy and Double Standards
James ONeill | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
The recent announcement by United States President Donald Trump that the US will recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights draws attention yet again to the double standards applied by NATO and its satraps including Australia to the issues of …
globalresearch.ca/golan-heights-kosovo-a…

China — and Macron's U-Turn
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
Less than a week ago, President Macron was lambasting Italy for signing agreements with China in the context of their New Silk Road, alias President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in the same breath he was criticizing …
globalresearch.ca/china-and-macrons-u-tu…

Venezuela Under Siege
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
"This opposition campaign has been one of what was called the other day in the media, circus. It's PR stunts. It's about media publicity. As ever, the opposition has not learned the fundamental key root to change that they want …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-under-siege/…

Cyclone Idai Causes Devastation Compounding Economic Challenges in the Southern Africa Region
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-31
Governments throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are working feverishly to provide relief to millions of people affected by cyclone Idai, a category three-to-four storm which has severely impacted three states, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, with some damage extending …
globalresearch.ca/cyclone-idai-causes-de…

NRA's Playbook Shows Why the US Does not Stop Mass Shootings
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-31
After the Chistchurch shooting, New Zealand moves to ban assault weapons, while the US is promoting plans to arm school teachers instead. Al-Jazeera exposes NRA's "playbook" on media responses after mass shootings…
therealnews.com/stories/nras-playbook-sh…

University of Kentucky hunger strike demands that students' basic needs are met
Lidya Azad | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-31
The strike is part of the Basic Needs Campaign, which is demanding that the University of Kentucky 1) establish and fund a physical Basic Needs Center, 2) establish a Basic Needs Fund, and 3) create a full-time Basic Needs staff position.
liberationnews.org/university-of-kentuck…

2019 Sees The Return Of Labor Activism As Workers Strike Back
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2019-03-31
National Labor Relations Board data indicate that 2018 marked a huge upsurge in strikes by workers across the U.S. The year saw 21 major work stoppages involving 485,000 workers, compared with 25,000 in 2017. The most obvious takeaway is this: In the year of the Janus Supreme Court decision that prevented unions from charging fees to non-union workers who still benefit from union-negotiated contracts, workers were anything but cowed. Workers struck across the country, including hotel workers, university graduate students, United Steelworkers locals, and staff of the University of California Medical Centers up and…
popularresistance.org/2019-sees-the-retu…

Video: "Dumb Bombs", Indiscriminate Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Syrian War
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
A recent series of Russian strikes on positions of militant groups in the Syrian province of Idlib has once again caused a wave of mainstream media reports regarding civilian casualties caused by Russian bombings. According to "local activists" quoted by …
globalresearch.ca/dumb-bombs-indiscrimin…

Trump Regime Approves Sale of Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudis
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Saudi nuclear power ambitions are well known. For months, the Trump and Saudi regimes have been negotiating the sale of US nuclear technology to the kingdom. | Anti-nuclear expert Helen Caldicott explained that any country operating nuclear power plants "can theoretically …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-approves-…

A Privileged Education: The US College Admissions Scandal
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-03-30
The oldest idea of history; the perennial problem of station: education. Get the child as far as possible so that he or she can be propelled, as if from a trebuchet across the ramparts of life. Nasty obstacles — one being a lack of intellect — will be cleared, and the wretched genetic issue will …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/03/a-privileged-…

Juan Guaidó Confesses Being Behind the Sabotage of Venezuela's Electric System
Gustavo Villapol | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
"A confession from [America's] puppet pointing to evidence," said journalist Gustavo Villapol Wednesday, noting that the deputy of the National Assembly in contempt Juan Guaidó confessed to be behind the attacks perpetrated against …
globalresearch.ca/juan-guaido-confesses-…

Workers' Rights and Canada's Auto Industry: GM Oshawa: Lowered Expectations, Unexplored Opportunities
Prof. Sam Gindin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Following an aggressive public relations campaign in which union officials questioned GM's loyalty to 'Canadian taxpayers', General Motors has apparently agreed to keep its Oshawa facility partially open. No official announcement has yet been made, but there are rumours of …
globalresearch.ca/workers-rights-and-can…

Senator Calls for Investigation of Bernhardt's Role in Suppressing Science Showing Pesticide Harmed Nearly 1,400 Protected Species

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today called on the inspector general for the Department of the Interior to investigate Acting Secretary David Bernhardt's role in blocking a scientific assessment showing the pesticide chlorpyrifos threatens the existence of nearly 1,400 …
globalresearch.ca/senator-calls-investig…

Xi's Visit Sets Tone for China-EU Relations
Liu Caiyu | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Wednesday after his visit to Europe, bringing a fruitful outcome and the visit assures the cooperative trend of China-EU relations, analysts noted. | The outcome of Xi's visit to Europe is "beyond …
globalresearch.ca/xis-visit-sets-tone-ch…

'We Are Running Concentration Camps': Images from El Paso Stir Outrage over Migrant Treatment
Eoin Higgins | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Hundreds of migrants are being held by border agents in a fenced in encampment under a bridge in El Paso, leading to anger and accusations that the American government is holding people in "concentration camps." | Images posted online by reporters …
globalresearch.ca/concentration-camps-im…

Marijuana Brought in Millions in Tax Revenue Last Year
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-30
(ZH) — Despite the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track job creation in the U.S. marijuana industry, a recent report claimed that the sector has created around 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the states where the drug has been given the green light for recreational use. While job creation has been one of the more …

Marijuana Brought in Millions in Tax Revenue Last Year

UK MPs Reject May's No-Brexit/Brexit Deal for the Third Time
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Theresa May's no-deal/deal went down by a 344 — 286 margin. Did her latest defeat signal three strikes and she's out — her coup de grace of no return? | Britain has until April 12 to crash out of the EU …
globalresearch.ca/uk-mps-reject-mays-no-…

Kamala Harris Calls for Teacher Raises–An Anomaly in Presidential Politics
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-29
Democratic frontrunner calls for $315 billion investment–education activists, such as Lois Weiner, say it's still not enough…
therealnews.com/stories/kamala-harris-ca…

Professor Pablo and Fourth Grade Enlightenment in Lincoln City
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-03-29
The shape of learning comes in all sizes, all forms. We know what not learning is — texting, emailing, You Tube videos, a world of Teletubbies, from birth to death. I know what education planners are not — hedge fund billionaires, charter school profiteers, down home religious bigotry and stupidity ignoramuses, the lady from McDonald's …
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Why Is the Government Allowing Its Own Drug Research to Be Monopolized for Profit?
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
"In the United States, Truvada is monopolized by the pharmaceutical giant Gilead, which charges between $1,600 and $2,000 a month for the treatment," Cooper writes. (Photo: Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Venezuela's Oil Production Plummets in February Due to New US Sanctions
Dan Beeton, CEPR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-29
The Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington DC analyzes the "very harsh impact" of the latest sanctions imposed on Venezuela's oil sector.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14411

Re: The Green New Deal: First, Shoot the Economists
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Soon to be released research from the United Nations is expected to place species loss, a/k/a mass extinction, as an environmental threat equal to or greater than climate change. Industrial agriculture— vast expanses of monoculture crops managed with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, will feature prominently as a cause. This plant agriculture supplies people with increasingly toxic and processed food and antibiotic and hormone dependent factory farms with animal feed. Together, these link the model of capitalist efficiency economists have been selling for the last two centuries to environmental c…
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Review: 'Captive State' puts sci-fi and resistance center stage in Chicago
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-29
"As long as we fight, we have a chance." — Captive State Throughout the history of the science fiction and horror genre of film and literature, there have been stories that hold a mirror to the realities of our world. Through fantastical plotlines, socio-political themes such as corruption, sexism, racism, and a general questioning of …
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AFT members to drive presidential endorsement
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-29
WASHINGTON–This time around, members of the American Federation of Teachers will drive its presidential endorsement process — and it's going to demand Oval Office hopefuls walk in teachers' shoes, too. The March 20 decision came after a 30,000-person mass conference call convened the night before by AFT President Randi Weingarten to hash out the details, …
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NAACP-supported bill promoting equal pay for equal work passes the US House
Adam Lee | naacp.org | 2019-03-28
Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women in the United States are typically paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, and the statistics are even worse for women of color. As a result, women were 35% more likely to live in poverty than men. While the Equal Pay Act of 1963 has helped to narrow …
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The Trump Administration's Ableist Cuts to the Special Olympics
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2019-03-28
The Trump Administration's Ableist Cuts to the Special Olympics…
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The System, Youth and Democracy
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-28
When masses of students from all over the world mobilize around a utopia, adults become uncomfortable, writes Roberto Savio. By Roberto Savio in Rome Inter Press Service If we ever needed proof of how the political system has become self-referential… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/28/the-system…

Are Federal Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids Hurting Patients with Chronic Pain?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-27
As Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma reach a landmark settlement, we look at an underreported result of the opioid crisis: the underprescribing of opioids for patients who rely on them for pain management. This month, more than 300 doctors and medical researchers sent an open letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning patients have been harmed by a lack of clarity in guidelines for prescribing opioids. The CDC revised the guidelines for primary care physicians in 2016 in order to improve safety and reduce risks associated with long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. But many say the new guidelin…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/27/are_feder…

"The Opioid Crisis Isn't White": How the Lethal Epidemic Affects Communities of Color
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-27
As Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma reach a $270 million agreement in a lawsuit claiming the company knowingly helped create the opioid crisis responsible for nearly 50,000 deaths per year in the United States, we look at how the opioid crisis affects communities of color with Abdullah Shihipar, a graduate student of public health at Brown University who wrote an op-ed about his research for The New York Times headlined "The Opioid Crisis Isn't White."
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/27/the_opioi…

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma to Pay $270 Million Legal Settlement That Will Fund Addiction Center
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-27
The state of Oklahoma has reached a $270 million agreement with Purdue Pharma–the makers of OxyContin–settling a lawsuit that claimed the company contributed to the deaths of thousands of Oklahoma residents by downplaying the risk of opioid addiction and overstating the drug's benefits. The state says more Oklahomans have died from opioids over the last decade than have been killed in vehicle accidents. More than $100 million from the settlement will fund a new addiction treatment and research center at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa. "It's really just the first move in what is a very complicated…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/27/oxycontin…

SPLC reacts to Facebook policy on white nationalism
Keegan Hankes, Senior Research Analyst | splcenter.org | 2019-03-27
The internet, and social media in particular, continues to be a powerful tool used by the radical right to accelerate the spread of hate into the mainstream.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/27/splc-react…

Boston Teachers Union "All In" to fight for a fair contract
Hersch Rothmel | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-27
"Do you realize we are the only school district in Massachusetts that does not have a full time nurse in every school?"
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Islamic Center of Tallahassee and Students For Justice in Palestine hold solidarity vigil honoring Christchurch victims
Katie Logan & Shelby Shoup | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-27
There was a touching show of unity as over 40 community members, both Muslim and non-Muslim, came to the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol to observe the candlelit vigil. The event started out with a few words from Imam Munir Alfarra, who said, "If I could tell him something I would say he did not waste his time to know about Muslims. To know how they pray, and when and where. To know that Muslims' doors are always open…"
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Disinviting Jordan Peterson: The Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge and Approved Ideas
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-03-27
He has sent so many cliques and groups into titters of anger, and the indignant have attempted to turn on him. The university environment should be the last place where dangerous ideas, and views, are stifled and stomped upon. In actual fact, we are seeing the reverse; from students unions to middle- and upper-managerial parasites …
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Beto O'Rourke's Free Ride on Charter Schools Won't Last for Long
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-03-27
When Beto O'Rourke ran for Senate in 2018, he highlighted the importance of public education and consistently said that he stood squarely in support of teachers. Given that his opponent was Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, that was more than enough to secure endorsements from both the Texas State Teachers Association and its parent union, the National Education Association. Teachers across the country helped fuel his small-dollar donor machine. | There was little reason, then, to probe Beto O'Rourke on charter schools. In the Democratic pres…
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