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MARCH 1 THROUGH 10

Weekend of March 8-10, 2019

Weekend Read: The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium ... Technology has categorically reversed the information balance of power between the public and the elites who manage the great hierarchical institutions of the industrial age government, political parties, the media. ... This book tells the story of how insurgencies, enabled by digital devices and a vast information sphere, have mobilized millions of ordinary people around the world.  Related: Trump and Brexit Proved This Book Prophetic — What Calamity Will Befall Us Next?  Intercept  
Book available at  Amazon

American Misdirection: Militarism and Capitalism Reign as Spotlight Stays on Russia Conspiracy.   Intercept  

Greg Grandin on “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America”.  DemocracyNow  

The CIA’s View of Venezuela: What We Learn From the Archives.  CounterPunch  

VIDEO: The US Humanitarian Aid Ploy to Venezuela Explained. ... Washington’s claim that Venezuela’s government has refused humanitarian aid is a gigantic lie. Kei Pritsker explains how the US deployed a mere $20 million in aid as a Trojan Horse for regime change.  Gray Zone  

ISRAEL

Questioning U.S.-Israel Ties Has Long Been Impermissible in Congress, But That’s Changing.  DemocracyNow  

Israel is Playing a Big Role in India’s Escalating Conflict with Pakistan.  CounterPunch   

U.N. Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists & the Disabled During Gaza Protests.  DemocracyNow  

It Is Time to Indict Israel: Norman Finkelstein on Growing Push for ICC to File War Crimes Charges.  DemocracyNow  

Breaking the Silence - Inside the Israeli Right’s Campaign to Silence an Anti-Occupation Group.  Intercept  

Kevin McCarthy Promises ‘Action’ Against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. ... Republican leader in House says statements by the congresswomen are equal to ones by Steve King, who said he doesn't understand why 'white supremacy' is stigmatized.  Haaretz  

Here’s The Pro-Israel Lobby’s New Plan To Preserve Its Political Influence. ... AIPAC allies are launching a group aimed at collecting small-dollar donations for pro-Israel politicians.  HuffPost  

In Latest Assault on Palestinian Rights, US Shutters Jerusalem Consulate. ... Critics say so-called merger "is nothing more than a smokescreen trying to camouflage what is essentially an opening of American embassy in Jerusalem"  CommonDreams  

The “Humboldt Three” Take Israel to Court.  
TruthOut
 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Medicare for All Will Lower Costs & Expand Healthcare Coverage to Everyone.  DemocracyNow  

Trump just made sure you won’t hear about how many civilians are killed in U.S. drone strikes
U.S. intelligence is no longer required to publicly report data on the number of people killed by U.S. drone strikes.  ThinkProgress  

War Crimes in Yemen? U.S. & U.K. Arms Killed & Injured Nearly 1,000 Civilians in Saudi-Led Attack.  DemocracyNow  

The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is a Principal Source of Instability in the Middle East.  DemocracyNow  

March 7, 2019

“How to Hide an Empire”: Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States.  
DemocracyNow  

Joe Biden’s Biggest 2020 Problem Is Joe Biden. ... Despite cultivating a populist image, the former vice president has spent his career championing policies favored by Republicans and the corporate elite.
 HuffPost  

The Viral Confrontation With Dianne Feinstein Had a Political Impact Most Pundits Missed. Intercept

The Biggest Obstacle for Bernie Isn't the DNC
TruthDig  

MEDIA

(Written 19 years ago)  How the C.I.A. Played Dirty Tricks With Culture. NY Times  

The Uncomfortable Truth About Journalism's Glory Days.  TruthDig  

Carey McWilliams: The Most Important American Author Many Don't Know.
TruthDig  

 

The House Democrats’ “Rebuke” of Rep. Ilhan Omar is a Fraud For Many Reasons, Including its Wild Distortion of Her Comments.  Intercept   Related: Republicans and Democrats Say Their Criticism of Ilhan Omar Is About Anti-Semitism. They’re Gaslighting You.  Intercept  

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid English.  CounterPunch  

CLICK BAIT

Trump Solemnly Lays Wreath At Site Where He Would Have Died During Vietnam War If He Weren’t Rich.  > Go  

Netanyahu Defends New Alliance With Israel’s Far-Right Aryan Supremacy Party. > Go  

Mike Pence Criticizes Venezuela’s Use Of Torture, Starvation On Non-Homosexual Citizens.  > Go  

House Votes Against Trump’s National Emergency On Grounds That Only Congress Allowed To Misappropriate Funds.  > Go  

Donald and Ivanka Trump donated thousands to Kamala Harris as she rose in California politics, ,,, Senator says she donated Trump contributions to a Central American advocacy group.  Independent

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says.  NY Times  

Democrats Introduce 'Bold and Vital' Bill to Fully Restore Net Neutrality. ... "The Save the Internet Act is one of the few pieces of congressional legislation that actually does what it says in the title."  CommonDreams

March 6, 2019

“Moderate” Democrats Are Really Conservatives — and They Are Dangerous.  TruthOut  

Inside the Secretive U.S. Air War in Somalia: How Many Civilians Have Died as Strikes Escalate?.  DemocracyNow  

The Killing Times: the massacres of Aboriginal people Australia must confront.  Guardian  

House Dems will take floor action to confront Omar’s latest Israel comments. ... The freshman Democrat is clashing with senior lawmakers who view her remarks as anti-Semitic.  Politico  

Disclosing Subpoena for Testimony, Chelsea Manning Vows to Fight.  NY Times  

MONEY

The Growing Wealth Gap Marks the Return of Oligarchy.  TruthOut  

“Democratic Socialism Is the Only Way to Challenge the System We Have”.  Jacobin

How unchecked capitalism and massive inequality made America a bully nation. 
AlterNet  


Warning 'Every Option Is On the Table,' Pompeo Stokes Fears of Military Force in Venezuela. ... Comments from secretary of state come day before Vice President Mike Pence heads to the Colombian capital for an emergency summit.  
CommonDreams
 

Steve King Promotes White Nationalist On Twitter … For The Third Time. ... The congressman from Iowa quote-tweeted Faith Goldy, a Canadian white nationalist who once recommended a book calling for the “elimination of Jews.”  HuffPost   

The ‘Steely-Eyed Killer’ Who Became a Star on Fox News – Then Lost It All. ... For years, Bill Cowan ran top-secret programs for the Pentagon and appeared regularly on Fox as a military analyst. Today, he’s on the run.  Politico  

March 5, 2019

Democratic oversight is 'bullshit': Trump goes off-script at CPAC. ... President slams Russia investigation and Green New Deal ... Trump is a national security risk – still Republicans back him   Guardian  

The View From the End of the American Empire.  Intercept  

'No One Should Be Surprised': After Long Career Stiffing Workers, Trump Blocks Back Pay for Federal Contractors. ...Lack of back pay for low-wage contractors also called a "policy and political failure" for Democratic leaders, who were accused of failing to publicly fight the president's cruelty.  CommonDreams  

The Global Assault on Indigenous Peoples.  CounterPunch  

The Infiltrators: How Undocumented Activists Snuck Into Immigration Jail to Fight Deportations. DemocracyNow  

Here’s how the drug industry funds ‘experts’ to discredit efforts to lower prices. ... Big Pharma dresses wolves in sheep's clothing to keep drug prices high. Don't be deceived. Learn how to sniff them out. Tar Bell    Related:  How to spot the health insurance industry’s favorite Democrats.  
Tar Bell  

Giving the Bomb to Saudi Arabia’s Dr. Strangelove.
TruthDig/Hedges  

The Secrets of American Power: Unitary Executive Theory, Guantánamo Bay Prison, and Extraordinary Rendition.  Intercept  

Trump’s HUD wants to expand flawed program that is ‘privatizing public housing’
It leaves vulnerable residents at the mercy of developers.  ThinkProgress   

Republicans Have Been Smearing Democrats As Socialists Since Way Before You Were Born. ... From FDR to Barack Obama to Bernie Sanders, conservatives are reading from the same playbook.  HuffPost  

The English are blindly driving Northern Ireland to conflict – the fear is that they are too stupid to care. ... A return to violence is not a worst-case scenario but an inevitability if a hard border returns, as it will if there is a full Brexit.  Independent  

March 4, 2019

Naomi Klein and Shoshana Zuboff on the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism.  Intercept    Related:  Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us”.  DemocracyNow  

Cohen’s Overlooked Warning – and Other Media Silences Worth Hearing.  CounterPunch    Related:  If Trump loses, we know what to expect: anger, fear and disruption ... Michael Cohen says the president will not go quietly if he is beaten in 2020. We should believe him   Guardian    Related:  Trump May Want to Be President Forever. Take the Threat Seriously.  TruthOut  

Is Israel’s Tax Grab a Prelude to Further Hollowing Out the Palestinian Authority?  CounterPunch  

Israel Is an Extremist Enterprise.  Jacobin  

WAR

'Incessant Warmongering' Pays Off: Critics Respond to Nikki Haley Joining Boeing's Board. ... "The 'adult in the room' who could 'talk tough' at the UN just became a war profiteer. Love this country!"  CommonDreams  

What War Films Never Show You.  CounterPunch  

Womp! This Country Was Named The Greatest Threat To World Peace. HuffPost  

MSNBC Yet Again Broadcasts Blatant Lies, This Time About Bernie Sanders’ Opening Speech, and Refuses to Correct Them.  Intercept   

The neo-Nazi plot against America is much bigger than we realize. ... Lt Christopher Hasson is the product of traditions in white supremacist circles, and experts say there are ‘thousands like him’  Guardian  

How Police Violence Paves The Way To Authoritarianism. ... Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, believes the only good criminal is a dead one. Many Brazilians agree.  HuffPost  

Carlos Slim, the NY Times, & the trial of El Chapo Guzman. Madcow Productions  

Weekend of March 1-3, 2019

Weekend Read: The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror. ... In 2009, documentarians John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski arrived at the offices of Richard Clarke, the former counterterror adviser to Presidents Clinton and Bush. In the meeting, Clarke boldly accused one-time Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet of "malfeasance and misfeasance" in the pre-war on terror. Thus began an incredible--never-before-told--investigative journey of intrigue about America's intelligence community and two 9/11 hijackers. Better Books  

Analysis: Michael Cohen’s testimony reportedly implicates Donald Trump in 5 alleged felonies. ... Michael Cohen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday turned out to be a blockbuster performance.  Salon  

A Criminal in the Oval Office? Michael Cohen Accuses Trump of Lying, Racism & Illegal Activity.  DemocracyNow  

Michael Cohen didn’t just reveal Trump’s alleged past crimes — he gave dire warnings about the president’s future plans. AlterNet  

UN says Israel's killings at Gaza protests may amount to war crimes. ... Inquiry accuses army of killing demonstrators ‘who were not posing an imminent threat’  Guardian  

A Clash Is Coming Over America’s Place in the World. ... Is it time for the U.S. to confront other great powers -- or to retreat?  NY Times  

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump Are Exactly the Same Person.  TruthOut  

UK Rejects International Court of Justice Opinion on the Chagos Islands.  Craig Murray  

After Raising the Stakes for North Korea Summit, Trump Walks Away. ... It seemed history was about to be made. Then the second meeting between the U.S. and North Korean leaders concluded abruptly.  The Atlantic  

Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks? ... There is a growing split between liberal US politicians and South Korean progressives on the peace process.  The Nation   

The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran
TruthDig
 

How Health Insurers Use Cash and Gifts to Manipulate Employers.  TruthDig  

The Growing Wealth Gap Marks the Return of Oligarchy.  TruthOut  

Robert Reich schools ousted GOP lawmaker after she freaks out over ‘socialist Democrats’ 
AlterNet


 

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MARCH 11 THROUGH 21

March 19, 2019

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March 18, 2019

“A Fundamentally Illegitimate Choice”: Shoshana Zuboff on the Age of Surveillance Capitalism.  Intercept   Related:  Zuboff website    -  Related:  'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism.  Guardian  -   Related:  Amazon product list   -  Related  Google product list  

Venezuela Coup Leader’s Oil Plans Revealed: Guaidó Hopes to Privatize State-Controlled Industry.  ...  US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó and his right-wing economic advisers drafted plans to privatize Venezuela’s oil industry and open up the oil-rich country to foreign corporations, Reuters reported.  Gray Zone  

US official reveals Atlantic drilling plan while hailing Trump’s ability to distract public. ... Revealed: Interior department official says he is ‘thrilled’ by Trump’s ‘knack for keeping the attention of the media and public focused somewhere else’  Guardian  

‘Jesus didn’t come to make us rich’ — and Trump’s popularity among evangelicals exposes them for what they really are: Chris Hedges.  RawStory  

Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric.  Intercept  

GOP congressman releases statement that appears sympathetic to the New Zealand shooter’s motives. ... Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) suggests the New Zealand shooter had reasonable concerns about immigrants.  ThinkProgress  

If the Filibuster Remains, the Progressive Agenda Is Doomed. .. It takes 60 votes for Democrats to build something, but only 50 for the GOP to tear it down.  
The Nation
 

US to deny visas for ICC members investigating alleged war crimes.  Washington also threatened economic sanctions if war crimes court goes ahead with inquiry into US troops in Afghanistan.  
Guardian  

Did Dallas Police and Local Media Collude to Cover Up Terrorist Threats against Journalist Barrett Brown?  CounterPunch  

Weekend of March 15-17, 2019

Regime Change Via Sanctions? U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy.  DemocracyNow  

US backed coups/invasions in Latin America

Guatemala, 1954
Bolivia, 1963  
Brazil, 1964 
Dominican Republic, 1965
Chile, 1973  
Argentina, 1976
El Salvador, 1980s
Nicaragua, 1980s
Grenada, 1983
Panama, 1989  
Honduras, 2009
Uruguay, 1973, 
Paraguay (twice)
Venezuela, 2002, 2019 (in progress)
Haiti, 1991 and 2004 (Elected president kidnapped by US embassy staff and flown to Africa on a US Steel executive jet)

No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is far worse than you can imagine - William Blum, US State Department

Tribunal Declares Trump and Duterte Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity. ...Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, aided and abetted by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a recent ruling from the International Peoples’ Tribunal on the Philippines.  TruthOut  

Will New Mexico’s Historic Labor Win Spark Change in Other States?.  TruthOut  

The Boeing 737 Max 8: a Case Study in Uncreative Destruction.  CounterPunch   Related:  (2016) Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster. Guardian  

Animal Right is the Nex Frontier for the Left. ... As the left hardens its commitment to fighting climate change, social injustice, and rampant capitalism, the question of what to do about animals will become inescapable.  The New Republic  

Brazil to Open Indigenous Reserves to Mining Without Indigenous Consent. ... For many years, international and Brazilian mining companies have dreamed of getting access to the mineral wealth lying beneath indigenous lands. Finally, the government of Jair Bolsonaro seems determined to give them that opportunity.  CommonDreams  

Who ordered Marielle Franco's murder?
David Miranda. ... Finding who ordered her death is key to the most important political cause of our time: stopping authoritarianism in Brazil.  Guardian  

Republican congressman says Green New Deal is ‘tantamount to genocide’. ... Calling the Green New Deal resolution a “fantasy-land proposal” and “tantamount to genocide,” House Republicans said they want to have a public debate on the plan in order to “pull the curtain back.”  ThinkProgress  

March 14, 2019

Intercept Investigation Leads to Record Fines Over Foreign Campaign Contributions  Intercept  

Trump’s New Budget Slashes Medicare and Bolsters Military in an “Attack on the Poor & Middle Class”. DemocracyNow  

Right-Wing State Legislators Working to Destroy Climate and Science Education, Analysis Warns. ... "The only way to be sure they don't pass is to raise public awareness."  CommonDreams  

Military Moves into Environmental Management in South America.  CounterPunch  

The High-Powered Names In The College Admissions Bribery Scandal. ... The scheme involves a slew of wealthy parents, from Hollywood actresses to Wall Street and Silicon Valley executives.  HuffPost  

The American Machine: Police Torture to Drone Assassinations.  Intercept  

As Web Turns 30, Pioneer Tim Berners-Lee Says 'You Should Have Complete Control of Your Data'. ... "The fight for the web is one of the most important causes of our time."  CommonDreams  

Exxon, Big Pharma, and Wall Street Lobbyists to Host Fundraiser for Mark Kelly in Washington.  Intercept  

A Tribal Camp in South Texas Is Vowing to Resist Trump’s Wall.  TruthOut  

March 13, 2019

"Privacy is a threat to surveillance revenue"

“I Know No One More Patriotic”: Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again.  DemocracyNow  

While Hiking Bloated Military Spending, Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid By $1.1 Trillion.  CommonDreams  

China approves Donald Trump-branded spas, escort services, hotels and massage parlours without US Congress permission. ... Preliminary approval has been granted for 38 trademarks which raises further questions about conflicts of interest.  
Independent  

CLICK BAIT

5 Things To Know About The Orchids Of Asia Day Spa Controversy  > Go  

What’s In The Green New Deal.  > Go  

Tucker Carlson Spends Entire Show Screaming Over Child Bride He Invited On To Debate Him.  > GO  

Deus Ex…Artificial Intelligence? WAMU audio

Trump impeachment: Pelosi rules out attempt to oust president from office because ‘he’s not worth it’.  ... House speaker prefers getting political,
 Independent  

Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border.  DemocracyNow  

GOING BACKWARDS: Trump To Slash Renewables Funding in New Budget. ... Trump Escalates War On Renewable Energy, Slashes DOE Budget By 70%.  CommonDreams  

Pure: Ten Points I Just Can’t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative.  Craig Murray  

Why record job growth in America hides a troubling reality. ... High employment rates gloss over a ‘much more complicated story’ of stagnant wages and vanishing mid-level jobs.  Guardian  

March 12, 2019

Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics. ... The Israel lobby’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Netanyahu: Israel Is The National State ‘Only Of The Jewish People’ ... The prime minister addressed “slightly confused people” after an Israeli celebrity defended the rights of Israel’s Arab population.  HuffPost  

Facebook’s new move isn't about privacy. It’s about domination.  Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that Facebook would be ‘pivoting to privacy’. That’s an empty pledge.  Guardian  

Yes, Let’s Defeat or Impeach Donald Trump. But What If He Refuses to Leave the White House?  Intercept  

Defense Tech Startup Founded by Trump’s Most Prominent Silicon Valley Supporters Wins Secretive Military AI Contract.  Intercept  

Russell Brand, Henry Giroux and Brad Evans on Fighting Fascism.  TruthOut  

We Are Being Lied Into War Again . TruthDig  

Rebellious southern women face stigmatization for rejecting Trump: ‘White men aren’t going to want you'.  RawStory  

Judging U.S. War Crimes.  CounterPunch  

NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda.  Intercept

Hillary Clinton Is Still Deeply Confused About What Happened in Wisconsin. Here’s Why That Matters.  Intercept  

March 11, 2019

‘She was decapitated a block from a police station’: Indigenous women are going missing and no one listens. ... Thousands of Native American females disappeared last year – so where is the international outcry for justice. Independent  

Robert Reich: America Is Rotting From the Top.  TruthDig  

Chelsea Manning jailed for 'refusing to testify before grand jury' in Wikileaks case. ... Former intelligence officer tells judge she 'will accept whatever you bring upon me'  Independent    Related: A Tale of Two Incarcerated Women  Craig Murray  

ISRAEL

This Jew Tells Speaker Pelosi: “You May Well Prove Ilhan Omar Correct”.  CounterPunch  

Israel is Playing a Big Role in India’s Escalating Conflict with Pakistan.  CounterPunch   

U.N. Finds Israel Intentionally Shot Children, Journalists & the Disabled During Gaza Protests.  DemocracyNow  

It Is Time to Indict Israel: Norman Finkelstein on Growing Push for ICC to File War Crimes Charges.  DemocracyNow  

Breaking the Silence
Inside the Israeli Right’s Campaign to Silence an Anti-Occupation Group.  Intercept  

Kevin McCarthy Promises ‘Action’ Against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. ... Republican leader in House says statements by the congresswomen are equal to ones by Steve King, who said he doesn't understand why 'white supremacy' is stigmatized.  Haaretz  

Here’s The Pro-Israel Lobby’s New Plan To Preserve Its Political Influence. ...
AIPAC allies are launching a group aimed at collecting small-dollar donations for pro-Israel politicians.  HuffPost  

In Latest Assault on Palestinian Rights, US Shutters Jerusalem Consulate. ... Critics say so-called merger "is nothing more than a smokescreen trying to camouflage what is essentially an opening of American embassy in Jerusalem"  CommonDreams  

The “Humboldt Three” Take Israel to Court.  TruthOut  

A Plan to Win Socialism In America.  Jacobin  

In Condemning Ilhan Omar, Democrats Have Proved Her Right.  TruthOut   Related:  Ilhan Omar’s Critics Are Not Your Friends.  TruthDig  

Trump supporters portrayed as the stupidest, most gullible people on earth in merciless column.  RawStory  

Two NYPD Cops Coerced Sex With a Teen in Their Custody — and Prosecutors Just Dropped Rape Charges.  Intercept  

Andrew Bacevich: The US-Saudi Relationship Is a Principal Source of Instability in the Middle East.  DemocracyNow  


 

 

 

 

 

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