2019-03-07: News Headlines

Stephen Cooper (2019-03-07). Why Twitter Brings Out My Worst Self (and perhaps yours). counterpunch.org As a full-time freelance writer — having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails — Twitter brings out my absolute worst self. With my insuppressible, hereditary, Type-A personality, coupled with my raging but not formally diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder, when I click on that deceptively peaceful, More

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-03-07). The worldwide struggle against fascism: a conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). mronline.org An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries. | Source

Eds. (2019-03-07). 'Useful to keep them nervous': LISTEN as top Trump aide blabs U.S. Venezuela plans. mronline.org Vovan and Lexus, Russian telephone pranksters known for their trolling of politicians from around the world, have struck again, targeting U.S. special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams to find out more about the U.S.-backed effort to unseat that country's legitimate government. Sputnik got ahold of the full audio from the talks. | Source

W. T. Whitney (2019-03-07). Setting the Stage for an Encounter at the Colombia-Venezuela Border. counterpunch.org On February 23, The U.S. and Colombian governments together tried to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. The humanitarian aid was a Trojan horse that, in theory, would confront Venezuelan security forces with a dilemma. These would supposedly step aside or desert. A take-down of Venezuela's socialist government would follow. More

teleSUR-GB (2019-03-07). Colombia: Social, Human Rights Groups March Against State Crime. telesurenglish.net Wednesday marked the Day of Dignity for Victims of State Crime with over 100 social organizations and human rights groups marching in Colombia to pay homage for social leaders who have been murdered in the country. | RELATED: | Another Colombian Social Leader Dead, Trade Union Mourns | According to a spokesperson for the National Movement for Victims of State Crime (MOVICE), the event aims to bring awareness to the increase of politically-charged murders, after the signing of the 2016…

Jon Schwarz (2019-03-07). 'The Violence Elliott Abrams Supported Is Unspeakable'. zcomm.org Elliott Abrams supported Latin American democracy pretty much like Jeffrey Dahmer supported all the people that he brought to his apartment…

Julie Bindel (2019-03-07). A Surrogate Mother's Cautionary Tale. truthdig.com Surrogacy—the act of using a surrogate to conceive and bear a child—is on the rise around the world. Defenders of this practice say that everyone benefits from it. But a U.S. woman named Annie (a pseudonym) found out what happens when the relationship between a surrogate and the couple who hope to raise the child goes wrong. | Surrogacy made so much sense to Annie at first. Following a series of bereavements, she and her husband, Pat, felt the need to "bring life into the world again," she says. | "Pat's brother passed unexpectedly, and then my cousin, who was like a mom to me, followed by Pat's cousi…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2019-03-07). Dana Frank: The Long Honduran Night in the Aftermath of the Coup. indybay.org St. John's Presbyterian Church | 2727 College Avenue | Berkeley, CA 94705…

WSWS (2019-03-07). Report reveals that armed troops were mobilized to force through US aid provocation on Venezuelan border. wsws.org The threats of armed provocations and direct US military intervention continue to mount as Trump renews an Obama-era "national emergency" decree targeting Venezuela.

Ben Chacko (2019-03-06). Ukraine Communist leader warns: "The Nazis are coming" peoplesworld.org "The Nazis are coming," Ukraine's Communist Party (KPU) leader Petro Symonenko has warned after the demolition of the Soviet war memorial in Lviv and a petition for the destruction of its counterpart in Riga, the Latvian capital. Authorities in Ukraine's western city of Lviv claimed the monument needed to be demolished as it was in …

Carlos Aznárez (2019-03-06). Joao Pedro Stédile: "Venezuela is extremely important because it is the battle of this century" mronline.org It is a fundamental task for the class struggle that we succeed in liberating Lula so that he becomes the principal spokesman, he is the one who has the capacity to help mobilize the masses against the system and the project of the extreme right. | Source

Janine Jackson (2019-03-06). 'It's as if Korea as a Country Just Doesn't Exist to Them' – CounterSpin interview with Tim Shorrock on Korea Summit. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Tim Shorrock about the Korea Summit for the March 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Janine Jackson (2019-03-06). 'The Violence Elliott Abrams Supported Is Unspeakable' – CounterSpin interview with Jon Schwarz on Elliott Abrams. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Jonathan Schwarz about Elliott Abrams for the March 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Collective (2019-03-06). An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government. venezuelanalysis.com Noam Chomsky, Greg Grandin, Sujatha Fernandes and others express "serious concerns" over WOLA's stance regarding the ongoing US-led regime-change efforts in Venezuela.

teleSUR (2019-03-06). Venezuela Declares German Ambassador Persona non Grata. telesurenglish.net Venezuela declared German ambassador in Caracas Daniel Kriener persona non grata Wednesday after "recurrent acts of meddling in internal affairs", read an official statement from the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs adding that the diplomat has 48 hours to leave the country. | RELATED: | Juan Guaido Arrived in Venezuela Without Obstacles | Kriener is one of the few European representatives that were present on March 4 in Maiquetia Airport to receive Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker…

Paul Dobson (2019-03-06). Trump Renews Venezuela Emergency Decree as Maduro Dismisses Guaido Threat. venezuelanalysis.com Guaido has also called for a public sector strike to pressure Maduro, but details on the timing and who will take part remain unclear.

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-06). Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela, situation remains calm. peoplesdispatch.org Juan Guaidó, member of Venezuela's National Assembly who on January 23, 2019 self-proclaimed himself president of a "transition government" in Venezuela, returned to his home country on Monday March 4 after leaving illegally on February 23 to Colombia. Despite having violated a court order with his exit from Venezuela, authorities did not arrest Guaidó upon his arrival to the "Simón Bolívar" International Airport in Maiquetía. He was received in the airport by representatives of the governments of Germany, Spain, United States, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Romania. | Upon arrival on Monday, Guaidó spoke to a…

teleSUR (2019-03-06). China's Hainan Province to End Fossil Fuel Car Sales in 2030. telesurenglish.net China's southern Hainan island will end sales of fossil fuel-only cars in 2030, officials said, becoming the first province to announce a target end date for a transition away from gas guzzlers. | RELATED: | Since 2000, World Has Increased Plastic Production: WWF | Beijing announced plans in 2017 to phase out petrol vehicles across the nation, but it did no…

Answer Coalition (2019-03-06). Hands Off Venezuela! No Coup, No War, No Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Join us on March 9 for a march and rally against the Trump administration's effort to engineer a coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there. The aggressive policy against Venezuela repeats the ugly pattern of wars for regime …

Nino Pagliccia (2019-03-06). Washington's Escalation to Venezuela's Oil. globalresearch.ca If we listen to Washington's threats to Venezuela there is always a military component to everything they do to undermine the legitimate Maduro government. "All options are on the table", is the repeated slogan that is now also heard from …

Prof. James Petras (2019-03-06). The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The US struck first at the 'weakest link' of the decolonization process. The US backed coups in Honduras and Paraguay. Then Washington turned to converting the judiciary and congress as stepping stones for launching a political attack on the strategic regimes in Argentina and Brazil.

Fight Back (2019-03-06). On the 88th Anniversary of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV). fightbacknews.org The following statement was published today, March 5, by the Communist Party of Venezuela and was written by Freddy Subdiaga, a Party leader in the state of Anzoátegui. The statement was written in Spanish and translated by Fight Back! staff. | This March 5, 2019, when our Venezuelan nation faces the most criminal U.S.-European imperialism stalking humanity, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) will be completing 88 years of combat for the emancipation of the working class from capitalism, the system of the exploiter; guided by the scientific methods of Marxism-Leninism and the integral thinking of the Liberato…

Global Research News (2019-03-06). Selected Articles: The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela. 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 …

Makia Freeman (2019-03-06). Eight Venezuela Lies the US Government and the Mainstream Media Want You to Believe. globalresearch.ca Venezuela lies abound. Both the USG (United States Government) and its lapdog MSM (Mainstream Media) have been going into overdrive, exaggerating or just plain lying about the state of affairs in Venezuela. Truth is always a casualty of war, and …

Jefferson Morley (2019-03-06). Elliott Abrams' Bloody Lies. commondreams.org U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-03-06). Colombia: Air Pollution Triggers Red Alert Warning in Aburra. telesurenglish.net Pollution levels have reached a new high in Colombia, as officials release warning statuses of red and orange around Aburra Valley, environmental authorities reported Wednesday. | RELATED: | Chile's Cities Are the Most Air-Polluted South American Cities | In an effort to curb rising levels of air contamination in the valley, city officials are imposin…

teleSUR (2019-03-06). Colombia Coca Production, Manufacture at 'All-Time High': UN. telesurenglish.net In Colombia, both illicit coca bush cultivation and cocaine manufacture increased in 2017 by 17 percent and 31 percent respectively, reaching an all-time high, according to the latest report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), released Tuesday in Vienna. | RELATED | Colombia Maintains World Record of Coca Production: UN Report | The INCB is an independent organism…

RT (2019-03-06). 'Weaksauce': State Department tries ordering media how to cover Venezuela. rt.com With regime change in Caracas going poorly, the State Department is trying to create reality by browbeating reporters into following the official line. Veteran AP reporter Matt Lee was not amused, calling the effort "weaksauce."

RT (2019-03-06). Lashing out at media over Venezuela, Rubio accuses CNN of 'Russian collusion'. rt.com Senator Marco Rubio, the most outspoken cheerleader of US regime change in Venezuela, lashed out at several major outlets for not using his preferred terminology, going so far as to accuse CNN of 'Russian collusion.'

Robert Mackey (2019-03-06). Anger in Turkey as Melania Trump Visits Oklahoma School Linked to Turkish Dissident. theintercept.com In what sounds like an example of life imitating "Veep," first lady Melania Trump's visit to a school in Oklahoma this week might have accidentally triggered an international incident after reporters in Turkey revealed that the school was founded by followers of a dissident Turkish cleric who Turkey's government blames for an attempted coup in 2016.. @FLOTUS is taking "Be Best" on the road! Her three-state tour began at Dove School of Discovery to…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Venezuela Update: Guaidó Returns, US Continues Threats. therealnews.com Self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela without incident, despite having violated a travel ban. NSC chair John Bolton continued his threats against Maduro, warning him not to arrest Guaidó and reaffirming the US's right to intervene in Latin America…

Eds. (2019-03-05). Roger Waters, socialists say no to Bernie and AOC's positions on Venezuela. mronline.org As socialists rally in the United States over their country's backing of a right wing coup in Venezuela, the supposedly socialist members of Congress—Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—are hitting talking points that worry critics like Roger Waters and activists in the streets alike. | Source

Eds. (2019-03-05). Russia on Venezuela: U.S. mercenaries and direct military intervention. mronline.org We are certainly worried about the U.S. plans to arm militants in order to destabilise the situation in Venezuela and, frankly speaking, invade this sovereign country. | Source

Alan MacLeod (2019-03-05). Venezuela-Baiting: How Media Keep Anti-Imperialist Dissent in Check. fair.org by Alan MacLeod | Corporate media have always attacked leftists for their positions on Venezuela, a country consistently demonized and misrepresented in the US press (FAIR.org, 6/1/02, 11/1/05, 4/1/13, 2/22/19). But with President Donald Trump's lat…

unitedEditor (2019-03-05). Revolution in Venezuela: what is really happening? uwidata.com On February 23, Venezuela broke diplomatic and political relations with Colombia. In addition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave the staff of the Colombian Embassy in Caracas 24 hours to leave Venezuela. At the same time, Venezuela temporarily closed three bridges on the border with Colombia. The decision was taken after it came to light that …

Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal (2019-03-05). Venezuela — Interview with Union Leader Stalin Pérez Borges: It Will Be Very Difficult to Defeat Us. venezuelanalysis.com In this conversation with the union leader, he examines the current conjuncture and the working class struggle in the Caribbean nation.

Kei Pritsker (2019-03-05). VIDEO: The US Humanitarian Aid Ploy to Venezuela Explained. thegrayzone.com Washington's claim that Venezuela's government has refused humanitarian aid is a gigantic lie. Kei Pritsker explains how the US deployed…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-05). Durban shack dwellers' movement wins two key legal battles against municipality, ANC. peoplesdispatch.org The Abahlali baseKhenana won an order, halting the activities of the anti-land invasion unit of the municipality. Following the order, an attempt by ANC members to occupy the land was foiled by another court direction…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-05). Why Has Haiti Risen Up Once Again? truthout.org The Haitian masses have mobilized a new wave of protest against the corrupt government of President Jovenel Moïse. | It began with demonstrations last summer in July and August, re-emerged in November and December, and exploded again in the first two weeks of February when hundreds of thousands marched in all the major cities of the country, from the capital of Port-au-Prince to the northern city of Cap-Haïtien. | The demonstrators demanded an investigation into what happened to billions of dollars of funds from Venezuela, an end to austerity measures and price increases for basic goods, and the resi…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-05). Trump Now Says He Agrees 100% With Keeping US Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Having stuck to his guns, at least for a couple of months, on the need to withdraw US ground troops from Syria, President Trump is now loudly endorsing the new plan, which is to leave some US forces in Syria for an open-ended amount of time. Trump responded to a joint letter from several members of Congress by saying …

Max Blumenthal (2019-03-04). VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Searches for Communist Dictatorship at Venezuelan Luxury Mall. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone investigated Venezuela's "humanitarian crisis" in a luxury mall in a rich pro-opposition neighborhood in Caracas, where he looked…

The Jamaica Peace Council (2019-03-04). No to the Invasion of Venezuela! venezuelanalysis.com The Jamaica Peace Council (JPC) denounces the US President Donald Trump's Administration's recent sanctions — freezing of assets, acts of provocation and military aggression — against the people of Venezuela. These actions are in alarming violation of international law and the fundamental principles of human rights and national sovereignty.

SouthFront (2019-03-04). John Bolton Defends Monroe Doctrine as Juan Guaido Lobs New Threats at Venezuela Gov't. mintpressnews.com Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido is to return to the country on March, 4 to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government. In returning he is risking arrest, as he was prohibited from leaving the country by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.

International Peoples Assembly (2019-03-04). International Peoples Assembly: A Manifesto in Solidarity with Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com This is this final manifesto from the gathering held in Caracas late February this year.

Lucas Koerner & Paul Dobson (2019-03-04). Guaido Returns to Venezuela amid US Threats Against Maduro. venezuelanalysis.com Despite entering Venezuela without obstruction, Guaido made no announcements of concrete next steps in his effort to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

unitedEditor (2019-03-04). February 2019 — crisis in Venezuela, Kim and Trump, India and Pakistan. uwidata.com Europe Munich Security Conference On February 15-16, an international security conference was held in Munich. Many world leaders did not attend: the most senior and influential figure was German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The conference organizers noted the collapse of the unipolar system and the transition of the world to an era of competition between great …

Aaron Bastani (2019-03-04). The Coup in Venezuela, Explained. zcomm.org Sanctions and oil prices are to blame for the country's economic plight, while it boasts a far greater tradition of democracy than critics often realize let alone dare to admit…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-04). Sanders on Venezuela — Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far Enough? therealnews.com At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn't call for an end to sanctions — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-03). The Worldwide Struggle Against Fascism: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). venezuelanalysis.com An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-02). Canada's Hypocritical Double-Standard on Haiti and Venezuela. therealnews.com Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is supporting Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, who has lost all legitimacy, if he ever had any, and at the same time it is in the forefront in opposing Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who had a more legitimate election and has more supporters, says Yves Engler…

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