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MARCH 1 THROUGH 12

MARCH 12, 2020

Blowing in the Whirlwind: As Ye Sow, Joe Shall Ye Reap.  CounterPunch  

Trump Mistakenly Announces Ban on All Travel and Imports From Europe, Then Backtracks.Intercept 

The Alex Salmond Trial: Your Man Excluded From the Gallery.  Craig Murray  

The Democratic Party Surrenders to Nostalgia.  TruthDig  

How Joe Biden’s privatization plans helped doom Latin America and fuel the migration crisis. ... Joe Biden has boasted of his role in transforming Colombia and Central America through ambitious economic and security programs. Colombians and Hondurans tell The Grayzone about the damage his plans did to their societies.  Gray Zone  

“Afghanistan Papers” Reveal How Presidents & Generals Misled the American Public on War’s Progress.  DemocracyNow  

Oil and gas industry rewards US lawmakers who oppose environmental protections – study. ... Companies spent $84m on congressional campaigns in 2018, analysis of votes and political contributions show.  Guardian  

'Corporate Socialists' Denounced as Trump Considers Fracking Industry Bailout Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. ...  "Using a worldwide public health crisis to bail out the fracking industry now would be a disgraceful waste of taxpayer dollars, and would spell further climate calamity."  CommonDreams  

Cheatgrass, Wildfire and Livestock Grazing.  CounterPunch  

Herbert Marcuse's Philosophy of Liberation.  
TruthDig  

Stop Calling Harmful Bigotry “Religious Freedom”.  CounterPunch  

Cookie Monster: the Nuts and Bolts of Online Tracking.  CounterPunch  

Immunity for Killings by Immigration Police.  CounterPunch  

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MARCH 11, 2020

Coronavirus has sparked a perfect storm of nationalism and financial speculation. ... Wall Street could recover before coronavirus subsides -- but the global economy won’t be the same.  Guardian  

Democrats and Their Media Allies Impugned Biden’s Cognitive Fitness. Now They Feign Outrage.  
Intercept  

In a Strange Limbo - Update on Alex Salmond Trial.  Craig Murray  

Media Stoop to ‘Russian Assistance’ to Explain Sanders’ Rise. ... Headlines tying Bernie Sanders to Russia ... "They like Bernie", says Biden. FAIR  

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Recruited Spies to Infiltrate Progressive Groups with Project Veritas.  DemocracyNow  

The Pentagon Loves Wasting Our Tax Money.  
TruthDig
 

Neo-Nazis from across Europe rally in Budapest. ... Some 600 far-right activists join 'Day of Honour' event, marking breakout by besieged Nazi forces in occupied Hungary.  Aljazeera  

“My SS Uniform Is Just My Heritage”.  Jacobin  

In Super Tuesday ‘news dump,’ EPA expands rule limiting science the agency can use to make public health policy decisions.  RawStory  

Democracy Is Under Assault Around the World, and Right Here in Texas.  TruthOut  

'Chilling': Erik Prince Recruited Ex-Spies to Help Project Veritas Infiltrate Groups 'Hostile' to Trump Agenda.  CommonDreams  

PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Found in Tap Water Linked to Cancer Risks.  TruthOut    Related: Virtually All Major US Drinking Water Sources Likely Contaminated With PFAS.  TruthOut  

Saudi crown prince signals new purge with ‘treason’ arrests. ... King’s brother and Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s predecessor are accused of coup plot.  Guardian  

Inside the World Uyghur Congress: The US-backed right-wing regime change network seeking the ‘fall of China’ ... While posing as a grassroots human rights organization, the World Uyghur Congress is a US-funded and directed separatist network that has forged alliances with far-right ethno-nationalist groups. The goal spelled out by its founders is clear: the destabilization of China and regime change in Beijing. Gray Zone 

At least 20,000 people denied information that could prove right to live in UK, in new ‘hostile environment’ clampdown. ... Controversial loophole – introduced despite ‘next Windrush’ warning – used to block almost 43 per cent of data requests. Independent   

Pro-Trump Climate Denial Group Lays Off Staff Amid Financial Woes, Ex-Employees Say. ... The Heartland Institute is the think tank paying the far-right German teen known as the “Anti-Greta.”  HuffPost  

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MARCH 10, 2020

The One-Choice Election. ... There is only one choice in this election. The consolidation of oligarchic power under Donald Trump or the consolidation of oligarchic power under Joe Biden. .... The oligarchs made it abundantly clear, should Bernie Sanders miraculously become the Democratic Party nominee, they would join forces with the Republicans to crush him    TruthDig/Hedges  

Democrats and Their Media Allies Impugned Biden’s Cognitive Fitness. Now They Feign Outrage.  
Intercept  

Trump tells Fox News he’s going after Social Security and Medicare: ‘We’ll be cutting’  RawStory  

Fact Check: Joe Biden Has Advocated Cutting Social Security for 40 Years.  Intercept  

JULIAN ASSANGE AND ALEX SALMOND HEARINGS. HOW THE STATE
CONTROLS THE MEDIA

Background:  
Alex Salmond (Wiki)
("Yes, Minister" was a 80's sitcom

Yes Minister Fan Fiction  Craig Murray  

Reporting the Alex Salmdond Trial.  
Craig Murray

The Alex Salmond Trial and Censorship.  
Craig Murray   

Julian Assange Hearing – Your Help Wanted .  
Craig Murray
 

Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Save the Democratic Party From Itself  TruthDig  

NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication
The New York Times casually acknowledged that it sends major scoops to the US government before publication, to make sure “national security officials” have “no concerns.”  NY Times  

‘This Was a Grift’: Bloomberg Staffers Explain Campaign’s Demise. ... When Elizabeth Warren embarrassed Bloomberg on the debate stage, his lackluster campaign was effectively over.  
The Nation
 

Media Malfunction as Sanders Notes Positive Aspects of Latin American Socialism.  FAIR  

Bernie’s Fight Against Trump, the GOP, the Democratic Establishment, and Corporate Media.  Intercept  

The Democratic Establishment May Fear Sanders More Than Trump.   TruthDig  

Don’t Expect a Democratic President to Roll Back Trump’s Policies.  CounterPunch  

The United States' Disappeared Children. TruthDig

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MARCH 9, 2020

Momento Mori – Unpopular Thoughts on Corona Virus.  Craig Murray  

Democrats, You Really Do Not Want To Nominate Joe Biden. ... We urgently need to remember who Biden is and think carefully about what would happen if he were chosen.  Current Affairs  

“Supreme Inequality”: Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court’s 50-Year Battle Against Justice. DemocracyNow  

Stephen Miller’s new wife is in charge of approving all coronavirus communications.  RawStory  

Joe Biden’s Chief Strategist Lobbied to Undermine Barack and Michelle Obama’s Signature Initiatives.  Intercept  

Joe Biden Would Be Donald Trump's Dream Opponent  TruthDig  

(AP) International Court Approves Investigation Into War Crimes In Afghanistan. ... The investigation will target the Taliban, Afghan forces and U.S. military and intelligence personnel.  HuffPost    Related: Senior ICC judges authorise Afghanistan war crimes inquiry. ... Decision overturns earlier rejection of request to examine actions of US soldiers.  Guardian  

Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Trump-Aligned Pressure Group Pushes to Stop Medicine Sales to Iran.  
Intercept  

The Myth of Sanders’ “Socialism”.  CounterPunch

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WEEKEND OF MARCH 6-8, 2020

Weekend Read: Propaganda and the Public Mind. - Interviews of Noam Chomsky. Out of print for several years, this classic has just been reissued (2015) with a new introduction by Chomsky. In this collection of interviews, Noam Chomsky interrogates the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit. Purchase at Alternative Radio  

Can Biden Still Be Stopped?  Intercept Podcast  

Corporate Lobbyists Control the Rules at the DNC. ... Two-thirds of DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee members are corporate lobbyists or corporate consultants, including ten at-large DNC members appointed by DNC Chair Tom Perez.  Sludge  

'Absolutely Unconscionable': Hourslong Lines to Vote in Texas on Super Tuesday 'Point to a Bigger Systemic Problem'. ... "That problem, to put it bluntly, is that the people in power in state government have no interest in making it easier for Texans to vote."
CommonDreams   Related:  Texas Officials Want To Suppress Democratic Voters. Super Tuesday Shows It’s Working. ... Polling place closures in Black and Latino communities led to long lines on primary day and will hurt November’s contest.  HuffyPost  

You'll Never Guess How Big Banks Want the Fed to Handle the Coronavirus: More Wall Street Deregulation. ... "Surely, the big banks aren't craven enough to use COVID-19 as an excuse to lobby for long-sought regulatory rollbacks, right? Wrong!"
CommonDreams  

NEW MEXICO OIL

Back then:
(2016) Flynn to helm oil, gas lobbying arm. ... Former New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn is taking over as executive director of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the lobbying arm of one of the state’s most politically influential industries.  SF New Mexican   Related: (2018) Ryan Flynn - DWI NM Politics  

And Now:
Southeast New Mexico plagued by oil and gas spills as production booms in Permian Basin. ... Uncertainty continued for the people of Malaga and throughout ranching communities in southern Eddy County in the days after the State of New Mexico began investigating a spill on the Black River of chemical-laden drilling mud by Matador Resources. MSN   Related: NMED: Stay out of Black River while Matador drilling mud spill investigated.  Carlsbad Current Argus  

Clearing the air? New study says Colorado likely underestimates emissions from oil, gas wells. ... Industry disputes study; state senator responds by drafting bill to beef up air protections.  Denver Post  

The Real Modi: Do the Killings of Muslim’s Represent India’s Kristallnacht?  CounterPunchCockburn  

Bernie Sanders and the Establishment Red Scare Meltdown.  Intercept  

Inside the Assange courtroom: ... the US-UK assault on press freedom.  Gray Zone  

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition. ... Students staged protests on a dozen campuses while 36 schools saw online actions.  Guardian  

Yet Another Mass Shooter Was a Military Veteran.  CounterPunch  

Kaia Rolle, Handcuffed and Arrested at 6: How Many More, and for How Long Will This Happen in America?  CounterPunch  

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads.  ...  A disputed program that allowed the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans’ domestic calls and texts yielded only one significant investigation, according to a newly declassified study.  NYTimes  

Uranium cleanup report falls on few ears.  
Navajo Times
 

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MARCH 5, 2020


Trump's Real Base Is the Ruling Class.  TruthDig 

Last Night Showed Establishment Is Still Powerful and the Castle Walls Are High.  TruthOut  

The resurrection of Joe Biden is almost complete: the race is his to lose. ... Super Tuesday’s super wins for Biden change nothing about his flaws, but they do underscore the strength of his sales pitch to a Trump-weary world.  Guardian  

Human Rights Watch Took Money From Saudi Businessman After Documenting His Coercive Labor Practices.  Intercept  

The Economics of Democratic Socialism.
CounterPunch  

Oppose Attempts to Criminalize Protected Speech!.  
ACLU  

As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, the Party’s Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War Than Republicans.  Intercept  

We’re Now In the Middle of the Worst-Case Scenario. ... It’s Not Just the Coronavirus, Trump’s Mental Impairment Is the Real Public Health Problem.  
DC Report  

Contra-supporting CNN pundit Ana Navarro lobbied for corrupt right-wing Latin American governments. ... Bernie-bashing “Never Trump conservative” CNN pundit Ana Navarro lobbied for El Salvador’s right-wing government, whose president was imprisoned for corruption, and worked for a conservative Nicaraguan president imprisoned for stealing from the public. In her free time, she lionizes Contra death squads.  
GrayZone  

Vanderbilt oligarch heir Anderson Cooper worked at CIA in college. ... CNN and 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper, who red-baited Bernie Sanders over old comments praising Fidel Castro’s literacy program, worked in CIA headquarters for two summers. (And other journalists exposed)  GrayZone  

Ralph Nader: Trump Is Becoming a Dictator in Real Time. TruthDig/Nader  

How the Senate Paved the Way for Coronavirus Profiteering, and How Congress Could Undo It.
 Intercept  

How a data-backed Christian nationalist machine helped Trump to power.  Guardian

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MARCH 4, 2020

Julian Assange Lawyer: What’s at Stake in Extradition Case Is Freedom of the Press.  DemocracyNow  

Julian Assange's lawyers: US files were leaked for political ends. ... Legal team say treaty prevents extradition of WikiLeaks founder for political offences.  Guardian  

Michael Bloomberg Got Rich With the Help of Some Criminal Bankers.  Jacobin  

Economic Update: Socialism and Left Unity in the U.S.  Democracy at Work  

'America v socialism': conservatives rage against the left and plot new red scare .  Guardian  

ICE’s New York Office Uses a Rigged Algorithm to Keep Virtually All Arrestees in Detention. the ACLU Says It’s Unconstitutional.  Intercept  

Fascism Expert: Trump Has Laid the Groundwork for “Full-On Authoritarian Rule”  TruthOut  

5 Ways William Barr Is Turning America Into a Dictatorship. ... William Barr was installed as Attorney General specifically to turn the Department of Justice into an arm of the Trump Coverup. And we’ve seen him do exactly that. Barr has corrupted and politicized the Department of Justice, working hand in hand with Donald Trump to bend federal law enforcement to the president’s will   TruthDig  

Trump Goes Global With His Absurd Anti-Abortion Agenda.  TruthDig  

Trump Wants to Destroy Public Media. ... President Trump and his administration have been locked in a feud with NPR for weeks.  Free Press  

Six Key Questions We Should Be Asking About the US’s Never-Ending Wars.  TruthOut  

Like a Ball of Fire ... Andrew Cockburn on hypersonic weaponry.  LRB

Trump to Deploy Heavily Armed Border Patrol Tactical Units in Sanctuary Cities.  TruthOut  

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MARCH 3, 2020

The Armoured Glass Box is an Instrument of Torture.  
Craig Murray  

Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget. ... Aristotle, Niccolò Machiavelli, Alexis de Tocqueville, Adam Smith and Karl Marx grounded their philosophies in the understanding that there is a natural antagonism between the rich and the rest of us. 
TruthDig/Hedges
  

The Ruling Class Will Stop at Nothing.  
CounterPunch
 

Aaron Maté, Craig Murray, John Shipton, Angela Richter, Fidel Narvaez, & Sevim Dagdelen MP on Julian Assange.  Defend Wikileaks  

ENVIRONMENT

Trump official in Interior Department embeds climate change denial into the agency’s scientific research.
Chicago Tribute

The Border Patrol Invited the Press to Watch It Blow Up a National Monument.  Intercept  

'No Time for Being Patronized,' Say Youth Climate Leaders as UK Cops Warn Parents Over Fridays for Future Protest. ... "Young people should not be underestimated—we have a voice and we are strong."  CommonDreams  

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Was a Cover-Up, Not a Cleanup  TruthDig  

He Sued Chevron and Won. Now He’s Under House Arrest. ... Chevron is using the U.S. courts to avoid paying out $9.5 billion for environmental damage -- and to silence lead lawyer Steven Donziger.  In These Times  

Indigenous Youth & Elders at COP25 Protest Canada’s Support of Dirty Tar Sands Projects  DemocracyNow  

Damning New Report Says Every Nation Undermining Children's Hopes for a Livable Planet. ... Children's "collective concerns must now be heard, and effective actions taken to prevent the next generation inheriting an irreversibly damaged planet." CommonDreams

The Wet’suwet’en Fight Against New Pipeline Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations. DemocracyNow  

New Report Details How Fossil Fuel Industry's Climate Destruction Also Exacerbates Human Rights Abuses. ... "Even in the face of the clearest scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels is literally setting the planet on fire, this sector continues to invest in the same old model and often misinforms society about the climate crisis and its causes."   CommonDreams  

Sanders and AOC’s Fracking Ban Angers Centrists and Their Fossil Fuel Backers.  TruthOut  

The Fate of the Planet Rests on Dethroning the IMF and World Bank. ... A Global Green New Deal could herald a new era of international cooperation to curb the climate crisis.  In These Times  

Did Laurence Tribe Sell His Soul to Big Coal? ... Is the liberal Harvard professor serious about backing Peabody Energy's challenge to EPA emissions regulations? Does it matter?  The Atlantic  

The Trump Administration Is Cutting Back Protections for Migratory Birds.  TruthOut  

Over 570 Groups Endorse Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez's Fracking Ban Act as 'Essential and Urgent Climate Action'. ... "The path to a Green New Deal starts with bold action to restrict the supply of fossil fuels, and that is precisely why a ban on fracking is an absolute necessity."  CommonDreams  

The Fight Inside the Democratic Party is Playing Out in a Slew of House Primaries in Texas and California on Super Tuesday.  Intercept  

The U.S. Military’s #MeToo Reckoning That Wasn’t.
TruthDig  

Texas closes hundreds of polling sites, making it harder for minorities to vote. ... analysis finds that places where black and Latino population is growing by the largest numbers experienced the majority of closures and could benefit Republicans.  Guardian  

Police Torture in Chicago.  CounterPunch  

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MARCH 2, 2020
Big Bucks Bloomberg says that he’s the one that Trump fears most, not Sanders. Trump says otherwise ... in the Oval Office: “Frankly, I’d rather run against Bloomberg than Bernie Sanders, because Sanders has real followers…”

The US Is Not Prepared For Coronavirus; We Need To Take Action.  Popular Resistance  

Coronavirus Spending Bill Could be Used to Cement Spying Powers, Surveillance Critics in Congress Warned.  Intercept  

Cult-Like Ignorance is Death: Trump and the Coronavirus.  CounterPunch/Giroux  

Cronyism and Conflicts of Interest in Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.  Intercept  

ASSANGE  EXTRADITION "TRIAL"
Began Feb. 24 in London for the week.
Next hearings set for May 18.

Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria: The Julian Assange Extradition Trial. Interview with Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria.  YouTube RT Interview

First, They Came for Assange  TruthDig  

On trial: Julian Assange and journalism
Julian Assange's trial and its consequences for journalism. Plus, prison journalism in the US  AlJazeera  

Your Man in the Public Gallery -- Assange Hearing Day 1.  Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 2. Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery – The Assange Hearing Day 3.  Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 4  Craig Murray  

“Dead Bodies Everywhere”: Hindu Nationalist Violence Rocks Delhi as Trump Visits Modi in India.  DemocracyNow  

Starmer sides with Trump against Assange: expect more of the same if he’s leader  CounterFire  

In the years before the 2007 financial crisis, former Little Rock Mayor Lottie Shackelford lobbied for FM Policy Focus, a coalition of Big Banks.  Shackelford is co-chair of standing Resolutions Committee, which took the lead last year in rejecting a debate on the climate crisis.Sludge

US neo-Nazis charged with harassing journalists, churches and cabinet member. ...Individuals associated with Atomwaffen Division charged in Virginia and Seattle over alleged bomb threats and intimidation.  
Guardian  

In 'Infuriating' Bow to Right-Wing Hit Job, ABC News Suspends Veteran Journalist for Criticizing Network's Trump-Era Coverage. "Would 'I consider myself a capitalist' be a suspendable offense at any news outlet?"  CommonDreams  

Democratic Socialism in the Twenty-First Century.  CounterPunch  

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MARCH 2, 2020

The US Is Not Prepared For Coronavirus; We Need To Take Action.  Popular Resistance  

Coronavirus Spending Bill Could be Used to Cement Spying Powers, Surveillance Critics in Congress Warned.  Intercept  

Cult-Like Ignorance is Death: Trump and the Coronavirus.  CounterPunch/Giroux  

Cronyism and Conflicts of Interest in Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.  Intercept  

ASSANGE  EXTRADITION "TRIAL"
Began Feb. 24 in London for the week.
Next hearings set for May 18.

Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria: The Julian Assange Extradition Trial. Interview with Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria.  YouTube RT Interview

First, They Came for Assange  TruthDig  

On trial: Julian Assange and journalism
Julian Assange's trial and its consequences for journalism. Plus, prison journalism in the US  AlJazeera  

Your Man in the Public Gallery -- Assange Hearing Day 1.  Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 2. Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery – The Assange Hearing Day 3.  Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 4  Craig Murray  

“Dead Bodies Everywhere”: Hindu Nationalist Violence Rocks Delhi as Trump Visits Modi in India.  DemocracyNow  

Starmer sides with Trump against Assange: expect more of the same if he’s leader  CounterFire  

In the years before the 2007 financial crisis, former Little Rock Mayor Lottie Shackelford lobbied for FM Policy Focus, a coalition of Big Banks.  Shackelford is co-chair of standing Resolutions Committee, which took the lead last year in rejecting a debate on the climate crisis.
Sludge

US neo-Nazis charged with harassing journalists, churches and cabinet member. ...Individuals associated with Atomwaffen Division charged in Virginia and Seattle over alleged bomb threats and intimidation.
Guardian

In 'Infuriating' Bow to Right-Wing Hit Job, ABC News Suspends Veteran Journalist for Criticizing Network's Trump-Era Coverage. "Would 'I consider myself a capitalist' be a suspendable offense at any news outlet?"  CommonDreams  

Democratic Socialism in the Twenty-First Century.  CounterPunch  

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WEEKEND OF FEB 28 - MAR 1, 2020

Weekend Read: Understanding Power: The Indispensible Chomsky - Noam Chomsky. ... In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions, all published here for the first time, Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during Vietnam to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. And as he elucidates the connection between America’s imperialistic foreign policy and the decline of domestic social services, Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take toward social change.  Indie Bound

ASSANGE  EXTRADITION "TRIAL"
Began Feb. 24 in London

Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 4  Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery – The Assange Hearing Day 3.  Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 2. Craig Murray  

Your Man in the Public Gallery -- Assange Hearing Day 1.  Craig Murray  

Julian Assange was 'handcuffed 11 times and stripped naked' . ... WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers complain of interference after first day of extradition hearing.  Guardian

With Wikileaks, Julian Assange Did What All Journalists Should Do.
CounterPunch/Cockburn
 

Julian Assange asks to sit with lawyers for extradition case. ... Earlier, WikiLeaks founder likened to Alfred Dreyfus as QC argued that extradition for political reasons is prohibited.  Guardian  

Julian Assange and the Imperium’s Face: Day One of the Extradition Hearings.  CounterPunch  

As Assange’s trial begins, his lawyers highlight risk of extradition with CIA spying operation’s ‘extreme measures’ ... Assange’s lawyers pointed to CIA surveillance by a Sheldon Adelson-backed private contractor and the Trump administration’s public contempt for the defendant as evidence that the Wikileaks founder would face grave risks if extradited.  Gray Zone  

Trump administration targeting 'enemy of America' Julian Assange, court told. ... (His) life is at risk if he is extradited to US, judge in London hears. Guardian

Amid the din, Julian Assange struggles to hear case against him. ... From inside court 2, WikiLeaks’ co-founder thanks those ‘disgusted’ by extradition proceedings.  Guardian  

Assange’s Defense Details CIA-Backed Espionage Operation, Trump’s Politicization Of Justice Department.  ShadowProof  

Free Julian Assange! ... By depriving the WikiLeaks founder of his freedom, prosecutors in the US and Britain are intimidating journalists -- and abetting torturers, war criminals, and kleptocrats everywhere.  The Nation  

Trump’s SOTU Speech Bristled With Fascist Politics. ... Subverting Trump's Culture of Cruelty.TruthOut/Giroux

Pentagon’s Own Map of U.S. Bases in Africa Contradicts Its Claim of “Light” Footprint. Intercept

The Reason America's Forever Wars May Actually Never End  TruthDig  

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Submits Clemency Petition Alongside More Than 4,000 Letters of Support.  Intercept  

Pete Buttigieg's Vile Turn as the Anti-Sanders Candidate.  TruthDig  

“The Billionaire Election”: Anand Giridharadas on How 2020 Is a Referendum on Wealth Inequality.
DemocracyNow

Biden, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar Backed By Vulture Funds Set to Profit From Puerto Rico. ... The candidates say they support Puerto Rico, but they are holding onto campaign contributions from executives at hedge funds that recently negotiated an agreement that would force Puerto Rico to make cash payments, limiting funds available for the island's rebuilding efforts.  Sludge  

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MARCH 13 THROUGH 25

MARCH 25, 2020

                       Trump COVID-19 timeline…
Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control”
Feb. 28: “This is their new hoax”
Mar. 9: “Last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. Think about that!”
Mar. 13: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”
Mar. 16: “You were surprised. We were all surprised.”
March 17: “I’ve felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”
March 18: “It snuck up on us.”
March 20 - 70 cases.   March 24 53,000+

Cashing in on Degrading Public Lands: How Welfare Ranchers Reap a Beef Bonanza From Weeds They Caused.  CounterPunch  

Coronavirus: Hundreds of Asian Americans have been violently attacked over last month because of ‘China virus’ racism, activists say. ... Incidents increased by ‘leaps and bounds’  Independent

Why is the U.S. Bombing Iraq During a Pandemic? ... Even as coronavirus spreads rapidly across the globe, causing a health crisis of historic proportions, the U.S. military is engaging in new military attacks in the Middle East. The U.S. must cease all military interventions and redirect its military budget to combat the pandemic.  
Left Voice  

House members, Senate aides traded stocks in early days of coronavirus. ... Rep. Susan Davis, a California Democrat, sold shares in Alaska Air and Royal Caribbean cruise lines on Feb. 11.  Politico  

Trump Won’t Order Vital Coronavirus Supplies Because Corporate CEOs Asked Him Not To. ... They’re worried it could be bad for business.  Vanity Fair  

Why Did Joe Biden Disappear Right as the Coronavirus Pandemic Exploded?  Jacobin  

Expert: US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela during pandemic could be genocidal. Intensified US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela during the COVID-19 pandemic could amount to genocide, a former UN expert warns. Gray Zone 
Related:
US government threatens families of Int’l Criminal Court staff if they try Americans for war crimes
The International Criminal Court approved an investigation into US war crimes in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded by threatening to punish family members of ICC staff. Gray Zone

The Virus and Capitalism. ... The U.S. is in the midst of a full-blown public health crisis made worse by systemic political dysfunction. The benchmark Imperial College study suggesting that up to two million people in the U.S. could die from the coronavirus epidemic assumes that the U.S. has an adequate healthcare system— that no one dies from not getting treatment. It doesn’t. Without one, expected deaths are much higher.  CountPunch  

Coronavirus Pandemic Reveals Just How Devastating the Greed of For-Profit Insurance Industry Has Become. ... Remember: For-profit insurers are in the business to make a profit. Period.  Tarbell  

Trump: 'We can't let the cure be worse than the problem itself'.  The Hill  

The Virus of Capitalism Has Infected the COVID-19 Fight.  TruthOut  

Trump’s Coronavirus Response Will Be His Toxic Legacy. ... There is no moment Trump can ever rise to, he only sinks to his most base nature.
 Rolling Stone  

Richard Burr Wondering When Profiting Off Mass Suffering Suddenly Became A Crime In This Country. Onion 

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MARCH 24, 2020

It’s Not Socialism. It’s Another Mega Wealth Transfer. Craig Murray  

The Republican Corporate Bailout Is Obscene
Welfare for the rich will do nothing to assuage the coronavirus crash. ... Over the next year, the United States will almost certainly go through a depression.
HuffPost

'This Is a Trap': Progressives Sound Alarm as GOP Attempts Sneak Attack on Social Security in Coronavirus Stimulus Plan. ... "Senate Republicans are using the coronavirus crisis as a cynical cover to attack our Social Security system."  CommonDreams  

Scheer Intelligence: The Afghanistan War Turned Americans Into ‘Good Germans’ Popular Resistance

Why is the U.S. Bombing Iraq During a Pandemic? ... Even as coronavirus spreads rapidly across the globe, causing a health crisis of historic proportions, the U.S. military is engaging in new military attacks in the Middle East. The U.S. must cease all military interventions and redirect its military budget to combat the pandemic.  
Left Voice 

It's morally repulsive how corporations are exploiting this crisis. Workers will suffer. ... Using power and privilege to exploit the weak and vulnerable in the face of a common threat is morally repugnant. Call it ‘Burring’ after Richard Burr’s stock sell-off.  Guardian  

The Pathogenic Profits System: Beyond Begging, Praying, and Capital. CounterPunch  

'Do F-35s Fight Pandemics?' Amid Covid-19 Outbreak, Lawmakers Pushing For Even More Useless Pentagon Spending.  CommonDreams  

Survive and Revolt.  CounterPunch  

Republican Operative in Press Corps Helps Trump Use Briefing on Pandemic to Attack Critics.  Intercept  

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MARCH 23, 2020

We Can’t Let COVID-19 Drive Us Into Authoritarianism.  TruthOut/Chomsky  

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic. ... One of the requests to Congress would allow the department to petition a judge to indefinitely detain someone during an emergency.  Politico  

NB: Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, (is) trying to set up a $500bn slush fund for the benefit of business, allowing them to ignore restrictions on using federal funds for stock buybacks and on allowing executives to increase their wages.

Denmark’s Idea Could Help the World Avoid a Great Depression ... “We are freezing the economy.”  
The Atlantic
 

'An Utter Disgrace': GOP Stimulus Plan Would Cut Taxes for Corporations While Denying Benefits to Poorest. ... "Senate Republicans are using the COVID-19 pandemic to cut corporate taxes again and stop you from getting paid sick leave."  CommonDreams  

Trump Disagrees With Top Immunologist Over Untested Drug Treatment for Covid-19.  Intercept  

Governor Cuomo Calls For Medicaid Cuts in Midst of Pandemic. ... New York governor Andrew Cuomo wants to cut the state’s Medicaid spending by $400 million in the next year. ... he proposed $400 million cut is part of a bigger program to slash the medicaid budget by $2.5 Billion over several years.  Left Voice  

Senators Cash In on COVID-19 as a Plundered Nation Reels.  TruthOut  

America’s Commandos Deployed to 141 Countries and “Criminal Misconduct” Followed.  CounterPunch  

After Buyback Spree, Airlines Look to Record Lobbying to Secure Bailout. ... Airlines spent more than ever on lobbying and campaign contributions in 2019. The spending could help grease the skids for a bailout.  
Sludge
 

Joseph Stiglitz: Trump’s “Trickle-Down” Economic Plans Are Not Enough to Meet Coronavirus Challenge.  DemocracyNow  

GOP Senators Erupt in Laughter After Suggestion to Call Corporate Bailouts "Freedom Payments" in Closed-Door Meeting With Mnuchin. ... I wonder how many 'freedom payments' this senator has gotten for his campaign from the corporations they are about to bail out?"  CommonDreams  

The charge of the media brigade. ... an all-pervasive corporate media culture in the U.S. prepares the way for a permanent state of war. And yet for all the column inches and broadcast hours filled, the brainwashing is not succeeding. And this, he suggests, is 'America's greatest virtue'.  John Pilger  

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Weekend Read: Giants: The Global Power Elite - by Peter Phillips. ... Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world’s wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Larry Fink, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett and offers prescriptions for how to create a more just and equitable world.  
Project Censored  

Asked at his news briefing on Thursday about the government's preparedness, Trump responded: "Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion. Nobody has ever seen anything like this before." (Oh? Do tell!!) There was considerable knowledge about the risks of a pandemic and accurately predicted the very types of problems Trump is now scrambling belatedly to address. "Crimson Contagion" simulated influenza pandemic, by the Department of Health and Human Services in a series of exercises that ran from last January to August. Read more here    
Read the DHHS report here 

COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin. .... "By comparing the available genome sequence data for known coronavirus strains, we can firmly determine that SARS-CoV-2 originated through natural processes, ..... the scientists concluded it was the result of natural selection and not the product of genetic engineering.
Science Daily

We Are Facing Economic Collapse on Top of a Pandemic. What We Do Now Matters.  TruthOut  

Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices on Critical Drugs, Medical Supplies for Coronavirus.
 Intercept  

'Literally Weaponizing Coronavirus': Despite One of World's Worst Outbreaks of Deadly Virus, US Hits Iran With 'Brutal' New Sanctions. ... "As Iranians are ravaged by the coronavirus, the U.S. is complicit in their death. This is a crime against humanity."  CommonDreams  

A Biden-Trump Election Is a Win-Win for Wall Street and a Loss for Our Democracy. ... So what can be done at this point?  CommonDreams  

Italy has close to 2,000 deaths **in the last 5 days alone**:  in a country with 1/5 the population of the U.S. (Today a total of 3400+ deaths) ... Last Sunday Biden said, Italy had a universal healthcare system and they're struggling with covid and that's why we don't need one. ... . The next day, US Air Force flew 500,000 virus testing kits from Italy to Memphis. The Hill  

Big corporations are lining up at the Washington trough for assorted kinds of bailouts. This is after they blew $7 trillion on unproductive stock buybacks to increase their executive compensation metrics. - Ralph Nader

A Pandemic is Declared, but not fo the Starving, the Preventable Sick, the Blockaded, the Bombed.  
John Pilger
 

The IDF Spokesman Announces: Continue to Shoot Palestinian Children  Haaretz  

“Coronavirus Capitalism”: Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.  DemocracyNow

Release Julian Assange from Belmarsh Prison before COVID-19 spreads. Change  

Your Man Finally in the Public Gallery. The Alex Salmond Trial Day 8.  Craig Murray

Refusal by Pelosi to Consider Universal Cash Payments in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic 'Maddening,' Say Progressives. ... "This is a total failure of Democratic Party leadership."  CommonDreams  

Illinois Used Nearly 50 Facilities for Low-Income Seniors in Chicago as Polling Locations on Tuesday. Intercept  

Bashing Probe of US War Crimes, Pompeo Threatens Family of ICC Staff With Consequences. ... "If there remained any doubt that the Trump administration's hostility towards the court is fundamentally punitive and callous in nature, these doubts have now been dispelled."  CommonDreams  

Economic Update with Prof Wolff: Changing Strained Alliances of World Capitalism [March 2020].  
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Cuba’s Contribution to Combatting COVID-19.  CounterPunch  

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them. ... Brazil’s far-right government requested the return of thousands of Cuban doctors to help fight the coronavirus in rural areas. Not long ago, President Jair Bolsonaro smeared the doctors as “terrorists” and expelled them. Gray Zone  

The Socialist Specter in Present-Day US Politics.  CounterPunch  

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MARCH 19, 2020

Pessimism is the stealth enemy of progressivism.  High Tower  

Striking Truthdig Staffers Respond to the Publisher.  CounterPunch

Italy and UK rely on help from Cuba, China, Venezuela to fight coronavirus – as US steps up brutal sanctions. ... Italy requested doctors from China, Cuba, and Venezuela to contain the coronavirus, while Cuba rescued a ship of British citizens. Meanwhile, US sanctions worsen the toll of the Covid-19 crisis in Iran and Venezuela.
Gray Zone

Why America Can't Respond to the Current Crisis ... “The system does not, is not really geared to what we need right now … It is a failing, let’s admit it.”  
TruthDig
 

Warrior cops endanger society. It’s time to get rid of them and start all over again. New Domain  

12 Ways the U.S. Invasion of Iraq Lives on in Infamy.  CounterPunch  

Rebecca Nagle: “Look, I fully support banning travel from Europe to prevent the spread of infectious disease. I just think it’s 528 years too late.”

Your Man Finally in the Public Gallery. The Alex Salmond Trial Day 7.  Craig Murray  

Is the DNC Once Again Orchestrating the Defeat of a Socialist Candidate?  TruthOut  

The Supreme Court is Set to Strike a Major Blow Against Social and Environmental Protections.  CounterPunch  

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MARCH 18, 2020

'Terrifying' New Research Warns 2.2 Million Could Die From Coronavirus in US Without Drastic Action. ... "Only now is the White House coming out of denial and heading straight into saying it could not have been foreseen."  CommonDreams  

Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID-19 mortality and healthcare demand. Download Report  

US ramps up sanctions devastating Venezuela’s health sector as coronavirus spreads. ... Promising to “smash” Venezuela’s government during a “maximum pressure March,” Trump has imposed crushing sanctions that force Venezuela to spend three times as much as non-sanctioned countries on coronavirus testing kits.  Gray Zone  GrayZone

Four Reasons Civilization Won’t Decline: It Will Collapse.  CounterPunch  

Like It or Not, Donald Trump Won the Biden-Sanders Debate  TruthDig  

The UK Only Realised "In The Last Few Days" That Its Coronavirus Strategy Would "Likely Result In Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths". ... Scientists advising the government say an aggressive new approach adopted to attempt to "suppress" the virus may have to be in place for 18 months. BuzzFeed  

The Unaccountable Nation. ... Exceptionalism, triumphalism, chauvinism. These characteristics define most empires, including, like it or not, these United States. TruthDig  

Coronavirus Capitalism — and How to Beat It
 Intercept  

With Nation Focused on Coronavirus, Rights Groups Warn Senate Against Handing Trump 'Terrifying' Spy Powers. ... "It's unthinkable to extend these spying powers to the same agencies that have so often sidestepped safeguards and ignored Americans' fundamental privacy rights."   CommonDreams  

The Saudi Royal Family Appear Unaware of the Dangers of Settling Scores Among Themselves.  CounterPunch  

'Corporate Socialists' Denounced as Trump Considers Fracking Industry Bailout Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. ... "Using a worldwide public health crisis to bail out the fracking industry now would be a disgraceful waste of taxpayer dollars, and would spell further climate calamity."  CommonDreams  

Polar ice caps melting six times faster than in 1990s  Guardian  

India Lobbies to Stifle Criticism, Control Messaging in U.S. Congress Amid Rising Anti-Muslim Violence
Intercept  

Democratic Socialism Is About Freedom. Jacobin 

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MARCH 17, 2020

“Something Is Wrong in America”: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Michael Eric Dyson Debate Sanders v Biden.  DemocracyNow  

High Temperature and High Humidity Reduce the Transmission of COVID-19.  SSRN  

Why outgreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to "flatten the curve"  WaPo  

Who Could Have Gotten Deserters from Trump’s Three Armies . . . and from Mine?  CounterPunch  

Noam Chomsky: “Bernie Sanders Has Inspired a Mass Popular Movement”  Jacobin  


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A Case Study Of Corporate Media Disinformation.  
Popular Resistance  

Team Trump Tried to Bully the ICC Into Dropping War Crimes Probe But Failed. TruthOut  

Government to introduce 5-year limit on prosecuting armed forces for human rights abuses. ... Bill halves timeframe for litigation as critics claim confusion over definition of ‘vexatious litigation’ is being used to block legitimate attempts at investigations.  
Independent  

Elite Media Dismiss Voter Suppression on Grounds That It’s “Complicated”  TruthOut  

The End Of The Corporation? Popular Resistance 

Super-rich jet off to disaster bunkers amid coronavirus outbreak. ... ‘Self isolate’ for some of world’s richest means Covid-19 tests abroad, personal medics and subterranean hideouts.  Guardian  

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MARCH 16, 2020

Description of the Six Pandemic Intervals. CDC    

Call out for Israeli Apartheid Week- March 16-21
Under the theme, “United against Racism,” advocating for Palestinian rights in the context of global struggles against racial oppression.  Popular Resistance  

Status of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions: Interactive Map.  KFF  

Sick Leave Loopholes: 'There’s a Giant Hole in Pelosi’s Coronavirus Bill' ... "In fact, the bill guarantees sick leave only to about 20 percent of workers."
CommonDreams 

South Korea’s coronavirus response is the opposite of China and Italy – and it’s working ... Seoul’s handling of the outbreak emphasises transparency and relies heavily on public cooperation in place of hardline measures such as lockdowns. ... While uncertainties remain, it is increasingly viewed by public health experts as a model to emulate for authorities desperate to keep Covid-19 in check. SCMP

CORONAVIRUS IN AMERICA
Just Say'n

'No, I Don't Take Responsibility At All,' Says Trump, About Coronavirus Testing Lag.

Trump Moves to Take Food Stamps From Over a Million People

Trump Blocks States From Expanding Medicaid in Response to Coronavirus.

Federal Government Delivers a Fraction of New Jersey’s Requests for Medical Equipment — and No Ventilators,

Remember Susan Collins' Insistence Pandemic Flu Funding Be Cut From 2009 Stimulus Package ... "Collins went out of her way to stop funds from going to pandemic preparedness in Maine.

Whole Foods Wants Workers to Pay for Colleagues' Sick Leave During Coronavirus Pandemic. ..."Absolute bullshit. With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe."

'Corporate Socialists' Denounced as Trump Considers Fracking Industry Bailout Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

"Using a worldwide public health crisis to bail out the fracking industry now would be a disgraceful waste of taxpayer dollars, and would spell further climate calamity."

At 'Shock Doctrine Press Conference,' Trump Bails Out Oil Industry, Not US Families, as Coronavirus Crisis Intensifies. ... "Trump has once again put the interests of oil and gas executives ahead of the interests of people and communities."

NBA Managed To Get 58 Tests Despite Massive Shortage.

As of March 11, at total of 11,000 people have been tested in the US. North Korea tests 10,000 per day.

New Trump Rule Would Deny Disability Benefits To People Who Can’t Work Full Time. ... If someone can work 30 hours per week, the proposed regulation says, then they aren’t disabled enough for benefits.

Corporate Media Condone Destruction of Venezuela’s Voting Machines. ... Venezuela is the only country in the world that does an on-the-spot citizens’ audit after voting centers close, in which the electronic tallies of 53% of randomly selected voting machines are compared to the physical receipts printed by those machines and deposited by voters in a sealed box.   FAIR  

The Boy I Love is [Not] in the Gallery – The Alex Salmond Trial Day 4.  Craig Murray  

Naomi Klein and Alicia Garza Discuss Calls to Shut Down Primaries and Debates.  TruthOut  

US House rams through Nicaragua regime-change bill with zero opposition. ... Not one member of the House of Representatives spoke up against a bipartisan bill sponsored by hardliners that ramps up US economic warfare and regime-change measures against Nicaragua’s elected government.  Gray Zone  

Dear Berners: Dementia Joe is How Much “Your” Party HATES You.  CounterPunch  

The Grayzone and CODEPINK demand emergency OAS election observers in 2020 Democratic presidential primary. ...(OAS) to provide emergency international election observers in the US Democratic presidential primary, after many more irregularities than alleged in Bolivia.  Gray Zone  

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WEEKEND OF MARCH 13-15, 2020

Weekend Read: United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It) - by Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff.  Written in the spirit of resistance and hope, United States of Distraction offers a clear, concise appraisal of our current situation, and presents readers with action items for how to improve it. “Mickey Huff and Nolan Higdon emphasize what we can do today,” says Ralph Nader in the foreword, “to restore the power of facts, truth, and fair, inclusive journalism as tools for people to keep political and corporate power subordinate to the engaged citizenry and the common good.”  Project Censored  

Chelsea Manning Ordered Free From Prison — but Will Still Have to Pay Massive Fines.  Intercept  
Related:  Chelsea Manning Needs Legal Funds to Resist a Grand Jury Subpoena. Action Network

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS
ANNUAL REPORT

RSF unveils 20/2020 list of press freedom’s digital predators.  RSF unveils 20/2020 list of press freedom’s digital predators.  Reporters Without Borders  

Unprecedented violence targets journalists - Press freedom has continued to decline in the second year of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Rhetorical attacks from the government and private individuals alike grew increasingly hostile... USA rating  

List of world's worst 'digital predators' stretches from India and Brazil to US. ... Freedom of expression group names and shames alleged offenders on online censorship and orchestrated repression.
Guardian  

Your Man Kept Oot the Gallery: The Alex Salmond Trial Day 3.  Craig Murray  

The End Of The Corporation? Popular Resistance 

Jeremy Scahill Makes the Definitive Case Against Joe Biden  TruthDig  

Biden Wins, Sanders Lags: Naomi Klein & Alicia Garza on Calls to Shut Down Primaries & Debates.  DemocracyNow  

Yanis Varoufakis: “Syriza Was a Bigger Blow to the Left Than Thatcher” ... Former Greek finance minister (is) publishing his secret recordings of the critical Eurogroup meetings of 2015 -- and why the Left around Europe is struggling to overcome Syriza’s disastrous legacy.  Jacobin  

The Absurdity Of Trump’s Bid To Bail Out The Oil And Gas Industry. ... As the Trump administration considers aid for companies hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, it’ll be difficult to defend including oil drillers and gas frackers.  HuffPost  

“Let Dairy Die” Activists May Face Jail Time, Sex Offender List for Protesting Bernie Sanders.  
Intercept  

The One-Choice Election  TruthDig  

The Organization of American States Is Eroding Faith in Democracy.  CounterPunch  

Lockerbie bomber conviction 'may have been miscarriage of justice'. ... Criminal cases review commission approves fresh appeal over 1988 atrocity.  Guardian  

Alabama bill may lift yoga ban in public schools but prohibit 'namaste' greeting. ... Lawmakers move to lift decades-old ban, but the bill would continue to prohibit chanting, mantras and the greeting.  Guardian  

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MARCH 31, 2020

"Cruel:" Trump Admin. Moves to Take Land of Mashpee Tribe—Whose Casino Plans Irked President's "Special Interest Friends" -- Out of Trust. ... The tribal chairman said the announcment came "on the very day that the United States has reached a record 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus."  CommonDreams Related: Tribe That Drew’s Fire Over Casino Plan Loses Its Reservation Status. ... The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe got a frightening notice from the Trump administration just as residents are grappling with the devastating impact of COVID-19.  HuffPost

Washington Uses the Pandemic to Create a $2 Trillion Slush Fund for Its Cronies.  CounterPunch

The Guardian view on Hungary's coronavirus law: Orbán's power grab. ... The pandemic has allowed one of Europe’s most authoritarian leaders to marginalise critics and political opposition.  Guardian Update: Hungarian Parliament passes bill that gives PM Orbán unlimited power & proclaims:- State of emergency w/o time limit - Rule by decree - Parliament suspended - No elections - Spreading fake news + rumors: up to 5 yrs in prison - Leaving quarantine: up to 8 yrs in prison

'The Strike Wave Is in Full Swing': Amazon, Whole Foods Workers Walk Off Job to Protest Unjust and Unsafe Labor Practices. ... "One of the best ways to thank essential workers is to support the fight to improve their lives."  CommonDreams  

Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: ‘Is curing patients a sustainable business model?’
CNBC  

How ICE Operations in New York Set the Stage for a Coronavirus Nightmare in Local Jails.  Intercept  

UK: Assange bail application highlights COVID-19 risk to many vulnerable detainees and prisoners.
Amnesty

'Unacceptable': Dems Fume After Trump Announces Plan to Refuse Congressional Oversight of Corporate Bailout Funds.  ComonDreams   Related: Trump Announces Plan to Refuse Congressional Oversight of Corporate Bailout.  TruthOut  

Covid-19: UK Withdrawal from the EU Single Market Must Be Postponed to 2023.  Craig Murray  

America’s Crisis Daddy Andrew Cuomo Exploits Coronavirus Panic to Push Bail Reform Rollback in New York.  Intercept  

“He Can’t Make Any Big Decisions”: As the Crisis Escalates, Trump Experiments With a Pivot. ... With his “wartime president” posture failing to stop the slide and his presidency in the balance, Trump toys with reopening the economy early.  Vanity Fair  

Tom Perez Put Corporate Lobbyists in Charge of the DNC’s Budget. ... Six of the ten members of the DNC Budget and Finance Committee are at-large, put forward by Chair Tom Perez, and several are lobbyists or investment heads for the fossil fuel industry.
Sludge

Why do rightwing populist leaders oppose experts? ... The likes of Trump, Bolsonaro and Johnson have denigrated professionalism but Reagan, Thatcher and other neoliberals led the way.   Guardian  

U.S. To Indict Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, Aides: Report. ... The U.S. is expected to announce $25 million in rewards for information leading to the arrest or prosecution of Maduro and Diosado Cabello, head of the ruling socialist party.  HuffPost Related: Trump admin’s $15 million bounty on Maduro triggers explosive confession of violent Guaidó plot. ... The Trump administration’s deception-laden indictment of President Nicolas Maduro and members of his inner circle has badly backfired, resulting in the exposure of a violent assassination plan that could lead to the arrest of coup leader Juan Guaidó.  Gray Zone  

TUESDAY MARCH 31, 2020 COVID-19 NEWS

Global Coronavirus News Roundup.
DemocracyNow

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city needs to triple its number of hospital beds by May in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Today Show: "If we do things together well ... we could get in the range of 100,000-200,000 fatalities. We don't even want to see that." -Dr. Birx ... "You kind of take my breath away with that because what I hear you saying is that's sort of the best case scenario."

Coronavirus: New York hospital forced to use one ventilator on two patients. ... ‘There’s no physician, including myself, who believes this is ideal. This is a doomsday idea,’ says professor of emergency medicine.  Indpendent  

At one of the most well-regarded hospitals in São Paulo, 104 employees -- doctors, nurses, and technicians -- tested positive for coronavirus, and all are now in isolation.

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MARCH 30, 2020

Holy Crap This Is Insane': Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA Indefinitely Suspends Environmental Rules. ... "The EPA uses this global pandemic to create loopholes for destroying the environment. This is a schoolbook example for what we need to start looking out for."  CommonDreams  

Why has the media ignored sexual assault allegations against Biden? ...Conservatives who didn’t care about the multiple sexual assault allegations against Trump have seized on the accusations while liberals turn a blind eye.  Guardian   Related: Biden Said He Believes All Women. Does He Believe Tara Reade? ... A former staffer says he sexually assaulted her in 1993.Reason

Dan Kovacevich, former CEO of Wells Fargo: “We’ll gradually bring these people back [workers younger than 55] to work late next month, if the virus is under control, and see what happens. Some of them will get sick, some may even die, I don’t know. Do you want to suffer more economically or take some risk of getting flu-like symptoms and a flu-like experience? Do you want to take an economic risk or a health risk? You get to choose.”  Bloomberg  

Charles Koch Network Pushed $1 Billion Cut to CDC, Now Attacks Shelter-in-Place Policies for Harming Business.  Intercept  

CNN and MSNBC Staff Push Back on Airing Trump’s Coronavirus ‘Lies’. ... Trump’s daily pandemic briefings have devolved into an “open-mic night” full of “misinformation,” cable staffers said, as networks weigh how much of the events they must air.DailyBeast

Debt Collection Industry Deems Itself Essential to “Financial Health” of Consumers, Fights Covid-19 Shutdown.  Intercept  

What Trump is Doing in the Middle East While You are Distracted by COVID-19. CounterPunch  

“Forced labor” stories on China brought to you by US government, NATO and arms industry to drive Cold War PR blitz. ... A new wave of media reports on Chinese forced labor relies almost entirely on a series of dubious studies by purportedly “independent” think tanks backed by the West’s military-intelligence apparatus.Gray Zone  

     Senators invested in Boeing stock ($BA) include:

-Dianne Fesintein (up to $650k)
-Jerry Moran (up to $50k)
-David Perdue (up to 50$)
-Susan Collins (up to 50$)
-Tom Carper (up to 50$)
-Sheldon Whitehouse ($48,998)

Revealed:How U.S. Senators Invest in the Firms They’re Supposed to Regulate. ... As they legislate on important matters, over 50 senators enjoy investments in major communications, defense, finance, energy, and health companies that Congress oversees.  Sludge  

Members of Congress Own Up to $93 Million in Fossil Fuel Stocks. ... As dire climate change projections mount, one in four members of Congress is invested in oil, gas, or coal interests.  Sludge  

Stimulus Bill Allows Federal Reserve to Conduct Meetings in Secret; Gives Fed $454 Billion Slush Fund for Wall Street Bailouts CounterPunch  

MARCH 30, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America.  AP  

Saturday night - Expoential: US Deaths double in 2 days. HuffPost

800,000 Doctors to Trump: Heed Expert Warnings and End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing. ... "We need your leadership in supporting science-based recommendations on social distancing that can slow the virus."  CommonDreams

Cuomo: Trump New York quarantine would be 'federal declaration of war'  Guardian  

Coronavirus: Cost of ventilators soars from $25,000 to $45,000 due to surge in demand, says New York governor. ... ‘We’re literally bringing up the price ourselves’  Independent  

‘She drank the Kool-Aid’: Viewers baffled as Dr. Birx ‘incinerates her credibility’ by praising Trump for being ‘attentive to scientific literature’  RawStory

Michigan governor says vendors ‘being told not to send stuff’ to her state — after Trump bashed her.  
RawStory  

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WEEKEND OF MARCH 27-29, 2020

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Judge Denies Assange Bail As UN Human Rights Official Urges Governments To Protect Detainees During COVID-19 Pandemic ShadowProof  Remember: Assange exposed a small part of the ongoing crimes of Bush/Cheney era, now ot being whitewash, revised and erased even by the liberal establishment. Those crimes were continued by Obama, now Trump and whoever comes next.

Germany Signals a Historic Shift From Austerity That Could Upend the Economy of Europe.
CounterPunch
 

Bernie Sanders Fights for Laid-off Worker Protections in $2 Trillion Stimulus With Corporate Bailout.  DemocracyNow  

Business as Usual: Coronavirus, Iran and US Sanctions.  CounterPunch  

Coronavirus Is a Historic Trigger Event. We Need a Massive Movement in Response.  TruthOut  

Capitalist Death Panels: If Corporate Vultures Get Their Way, We’ll Be Dead.  Intercept  

Technology of Death: The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports.  CounterPunch  

'Huge Victory' for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as Federal Court Rules DAPL Permits Violated Law. ... "This is what the tribe has been fighting for many months. Their fearless organizing continues to change the game."  CommonDreams  

Cuba saves Italians from coronavirus despite US blockade. ... Red Lines host Anya Parampil provides a coronavirus update, highlighting the heroic work of Cuban doctors who have traveled to Italy to fight the virus.  Gray Zone  

Kaiser Permanente Threatened to Fire Nurses Treating Covid-19 Patients for Wearing Their Own Masks, Unions Say.  Intercept  

COVID-19 NEWS

One month ago today Trump said the US infection rate would go from 15 patients to close to zero in just a few days. Today the US passed 1,000 deaths and became the world’s leading hot spot in COVID-19 cases, surpassing Italy and China on the same day. In Trump’s own words, Congratulations America!

The Trump administration declined to use an Obama-era pandemic preparedness playbook, Politico reports. Business Insider

Mitch McConnell blocked Democrats’ coronavirus bill for 10 days — and the press covered for him ... Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wasted ten precious days advancing a relief package laden with “poison pill” measures that according to the polls, were broadly opposed by Democrats, Republican and independents alike, and blocking provisions sponsored by Democrats that were popular across party lines.  
RawStory

WATCH: In Fiery Floor Speech, Sanders Rips GOP for Relentless Efforts to 'Punish' Poor People. ... "Meanwhile, these very same folks had no problem a couple years ago voting for a trillion dollars in tax breaks for billionaires and large profitable corporations. Not a problem."  CommonDreams

Here’s How Congress Can Stop Trump and His Gang from Plundering the Coronavirus Bailout. ... Trump will argue that he can spend the bailout money however he wants, no matter what conditions Congress writes into the law.  DailyBeast

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Do as the Vietnamese Do.  CounterPunch  

Venezuela Suspends Rent Payments, Protects Wages as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 77. ... The economic measures come as the country enters its seventh day of national lockdown.  Venezuela Analysis  

Coronavirus Is The Shock, Dictatorship Is The Doctrine. ... Nowhere has the coronavirus pandemic been used more cynically to shut down political debate and the right to protest than in Israel. The Israeli government's state of emergency goes even further than Naomi Klein’s darkest predictions.TRN  

Coronavirus: Trump cabinet’s pastor blames gay people for ‘wrath of God’. ... Ralph Drollinger has a history of doom-laden remarks about LGBT+ people.  Independent    Related:  Trump Prayer Warrior and Congressional Bible Study Teacher Pray Against ‘Evil Pork’ in Coronavirus Bill   
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MARCH 26, 2020

Senate Shock: Trillions in Corrupt Corporate Handouts. ... Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country . The Senate coronavirus bill is shocking. HuffPost

After 9/11, Richard Burr Selfishly Ignored a Tip About Domestic Spying. Now He’s Betrayed Americans Again.  Intercept  

Assange Bail Application Today.  Craig Murray  

Austerity Has Weakened Our Ability to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Postal Service 'Will Not Survive the Summer' Without Immediate Support, Warn House Dems. ... The lawmakers' warning follows the release of a House measure that would infuse the agency with $25 billion in emergency funding.  CommonDreams  

What Pandemic? Trump Administration Presses Forward With Long-Term Benefit Cuts. ... The “whole-of-government” approach to the coronavirus doesn’t pause President Donald Trump’s anti-welfare agenda.  HuffyPost  

Beyond the Economic Chaos of Coronavirus Is a Global War Economy.  TruthOut  

How a Police State Will Deal With the COVID-19 Pandemic.  CounterPunch   Related: The Pandemic Surveillance State.  CounterPunch  

“Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More. DemocracyNow  

Coronavirus Treatment Developed by Gilead Sciences Granted “Rare Disease” Status, Potentially Limiting Affordability.  Intercept  

Alex Salmond acquitted - Tomorrow is Another Day. ... This is not a case where the major accusations failed because of the difficulty of proving what happened with two people alone in a room. In such cases it is often right to feel real and profound sorrow for the accuser with no means of proof. This was a case where there was very real evidence, from third party after third party, of certain accusers telling definite and deliberate lies. 
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