2019-03-20: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-03-20). Russian Pabloites push for a "broad left" amid growing social discontent, advanced US preparations for regime change. wsws.org The ultimate aim of the Russian Socialist Movement's proposed "broad left" is to divert the growing social and political opposition within the Russian working class into right-wing channels.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Russia Decries US Obstacles to Humanitarian Aid in Syria. plenglish.com Moscow, Mar 17 ( Prensa Latina ) Russia has condemned on Sunday obstacles imposed by the United States to bring humanitarian aid to nearly 40,000 people in the refugee camp of El Rukban, in southeastern Syria, in an illegally occupied area.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Cuban Ambassador Speaks at OPCW Executive Council. plenglish.com The Hague, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to the Netherlands Soraya Alvarez spoke at the 90th session of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), where she highlighted her country"s traditional constructive stance at that body.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Syria and China Sign 17-Million-Dollar Economic Agreement. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Syria and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation by virtue of which the Chinese Government will donate 100 million yuans (nearly 17 million dollars). The deal was penned by Imad Sabouni, head of the Syrian Agency for Planning and International Cooperation, and Phyong Biao, the ambassador of the People"s Republic of China.

plenglish (2019-03-20). The Police Rescued Antiques Avoiding Smuggling in Damascus. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Damascus ¥Police rescued high archeological valuable antiques, which were about to be smuggled out of the country in the suburb of eastern Ghouta, official sources reported Wednesday.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Syrian President Highlights Cooperation with Iraq and Iran. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) "The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it," Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.

Zubeida Mustafa (2019-03-19). The Taliban Is Ascendant as Afghanistan Hangs in the Balance. truthdig.com The tables have turned. The Taliban, the militants who sheltered the 9/11 attackers and earned the wrath of America, are now meeting their arch-nemesis in Doha, Qatar. Conducting the talks is Zalmay Khalilzad, a senior diplomat of Afghan descent who is currently serving as the U.S. State Department's Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. | Since August 2018, the two parties have met five times. Last Tuesday, Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted: "Just finished a marathon round of talks with the Taliban in Doha. The conditions for peace have improved. It's clear all sides want to end the war. Despite ups…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-19). No Troop Withdrawal: The US is Planning the "Permanent Occupation" of Syria? globalresearch.ca Trump lied about winning against ISIS, the scourge the US created and supports, along with al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other jihadist groups. | Last December, he lied saying | "(o)ur boys, our young women, our men — they're all coming back …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-03-19). The US Is Pushing Lebanon into the Arms of Iran and Russia: US Sanctions Affect the Local Economy. globalresearch.ca Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. | Reasons for the …

STAFF (2019-03-19). Special Counsel Zeroed In on Cohen Early, Documents Show. truthdig.com NEW YORK—Hundreds of pages of court records made public Tuesday revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller quickly zeroed in on Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, in the early stages of his Russia probe. | The heavily blacked-out records, released by a judge at the request of news organizations, show that Mueller was investigating Cohen by July 2017 — much earlier than previously known. | That was two months after Mueller was appointed to investigate Moscow's election interference and practically a year before an FBI raid on Cohen's home and office. | The ful…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-19). PATRICK LAWRENCE: Why the Dust Won't Settle After Mueller's Report. consortiumnews.com It won't be "full and thorough" and Democrats will continue to look for political payoff from Russia-gate, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Last week gave us mounting indications that Robert Mueller has finished his two-year… Read more →

Viktor Mikhin (2019-03-19). Stealing Syria's Gold: US Is Behaving as True Looters Do. globalresearch.ca According to the agency South Front, the United States has transported approximately 50 tons of gold from the regions occupied by ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The Kurdish news source reports that the gold was stolen from Syria, and …

Jason Ditz (2019-03-19). Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are "factually incorrect." Dunford presented the current planned "residual force" as 200, saying that this hadn't changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-03-19). Il ´partito americano ª nelle istituzioni Ue. globalresearch.ca Una risoluzione approvata dal Parlamento europeo il 12 marzo sostiene che ´la Russia non puà≤ più essere considerata un partner strategico e l'Unione europea deve essere pronta a imporle ulteriori sanzioni se essa continua a violare il diritto internazionale ª. | ´La …

South Front (2019-03-18). Video: Russia Deploys SU-25 Attack Aircraft to Contain Idlib Al Qaeda Militants. globalresearch.ca Government forces and the Russian Military Police have kicked off a joint security operation in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus. In particular, the operation targeted Jisreen, Mohammedia, al-Aftaris, al-Nashabiyah and Marj al-Sultan where a notable number of weapons and …

South Front (2019-03-18). Organizational and Staff Structure of US and Russian Armies: Military Comparison. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Armed forces organization depends on several factors, from current and future threats and challenges (the nature of the projected theater of operations, or TO), to the country's economic and technological capabilities. The doctrines of the two world superpowers of …

Consortiumnews (2019-03-18). WILLIAM BLUM: Sucking Liberals into a New Cold War. consortiumnews.com Out of fury against President Trump, many liberals have enlisted in the ranks of the New Cold War against Russia, seeming to have forgotten the costs to rationality and lives from the first Cold War, warned the late William Blum…. Read more →

RT (2019-03-18). Gabbard says calling Trump a Putin puppet is dangerous & stupid, Twitter calls her a Putin puppet. rt.com Democratic candidate for president and establishment-punching bag Tulsi Gabbard is taking heat on Twitter for daring to suggest that the Russiagate scandal could be pushing the US and Russia toward a dangerous new Cold War. |

RT (2019-03-18). Endorsement? Trump retweets claim UK helped design Russiagate to make US take hard line on Moscow. rt.com US President Donald Trump has sparked confusion after retweeting a theory that the Russiagate scandal was partly designed to help the UK "counter Russian influence" by "baiting" the US into taking a tougher stance on Moscow.

Fight Back (2019-03-17). Condemn the attack by German authorities on Rasmea Odeh. fightbacknews.org Freedom Road Socialist Organization sharply condemns the decision by German authorities to prevent the respected Palestinian leader Rasmea Odeh from speaking in Berlin, March 15. According to reports we have reviewed, German police accosted Rasmea outside the hall where she was scheduled to appear, surrounded the venue with hundreds of cops, and handed her documents that canceled her visa. Police then followed Rasmea, demanding she go to another part of the city, and harassed her as she did so. | These acts of political repression were preceded by a noisy campaign by the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors and the right…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-17). Trump and GOP Steeped in Corruption, as Corp. Dems Push Cold War Fever. therealnews.com Our weekly roundup panel looks at the fracture lines in the Republican Party and the corporate Democrats continue their frenzy about Russia — with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…

Maryam Saleh (2019-03-16). Syrian Refugees Use Precedent Set in Rohingya Case to Try to Bring Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court. theintercept.com "The fact that individuals who are once thought to never have been able to be held accountable are being held accountable or evidence is being collected, I think that is important in and of itself."

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-07). Don't Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament‚ÄïUnless They're Pushed to Do So. zcomm.org At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it. Read more…

2019-03-20: Social Media Postees

Russian Pabloites push for a "broad left" amid growing social discontent, advanced US preparations for regime change
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-20
The ultimate aim of the Russian Socialist Movement's proposed "broad left" is to divert the growing social and political opposition within the Russian working class into right-wing channels.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/20/russ…

Syrian President Highlights Cooperation with Iraq and Iran
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) "The threat of terrorism has forced nations and governments of the region to coordinate efforts to fight this scourge and confront it," Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said on Tuesday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Cuban Ambassador Speaks at OPCW Executive Council
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
The Hague, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to the Netherlands Soraya Alvarez spoke at the 90th session of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), where she highlighted her country"s traditional constructive stance at that body.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

The Police Rescued Antiques Avoiding Smuggling in Damascus
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Damascus, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Damascus ¥Police rescued high archeological valuable antiques, which were about to be smuggled out of the country in the suburb of eastern Ghouta, official sources reported Wednesday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Russia Decries US Obstacles to Humanitarian Aid in Syria
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Moscow, Mar 17 ( Prensa Latina ) Russia has condemned on Sunday obstacles imposed by the United States to bring humanitarian aid to nearly 40,000 people in the refugee camp of El Rukban, in southeastern Syria, in an illegally occupied area.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Syria and China Sign 17-Million-Dollar Economic Agreement
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Damascus, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Syria and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation by virtue of which the Chinese Government will donate 100 million yuans (nearly 17 million dollars). The deal was penned by Imad Sabouni, head of the Syrian Agency for Planning and International Cooperation, and Phyong Biao, the ambassador of the People"s Republic of China.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

The Taliban Is Ascendant as Afghanistan Hangs in the Balance
Zubeida Mustafa | truthdig.com | 2019-03-19
The tables have turned. The Taliban, the militants who sheltered the 9/11 attackers and earned the wrath of America, are now meeting their arch-nemesis in Doha, Qatar. Conducting the talks is Zalmay Khalilzad, a senior diplomat of Afghan descent who is currently serving as the U.S. State Department's Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. | Since August 2018, the two parties have met five times. Last Tuesday, Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted: "Just finished a marathon round of talks with the Taliban in Doha. The conditions for peace have improved. It's clear all sides want to end the war. Despite ups…
truthdig.com/articles/the-taliban-is-asc…

No Troop Withdrawal: The US is Planning the "Permanent Occupation" of Syria?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Trump lied about winning against ISIS, the scourge the US created and supports, along with al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot, and other jihadist groups. | Last December, he lied saying | "(o)ur boys, our young women, our men — they're all coming back | …
globalresearch.ca/permanent-us-occupatio…

The US Is Pushing Lebanon into the Arms of Iran and Russia: US Sanctions Affect the Local Economy
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. | Reasons for the …
globalresearch.ca/us-lebanon-iran-russia…

PATRICK LAWRENCE: Why the Dust Won't Settle After Mueller's Report
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-19
It won't be "full and thorough" and Democrats will continue to look for political payoff from Russia-gate, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Last week gave us mounting indications that Robert Mueller has finished his two-year… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/19/patrick-la…

Special Counsel Zeroed In on Cohen Early, Documents Show
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-19
NEW YORK–Hundreds of pages of court records made public Tuesday revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller quickly zeroed in on Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, in the early stages of his Russia probe. | The heavily blacked-out records, released by a judge at the request of news organizations, show that Mueller was investigating Cohen by July 2017 — much earlier than previously known. | That was two months after Mueller was appointed to investigate Moscow's election interference and practically a year before an FBI raid on Cohen's home and office. | The ful…
truthdig.com/articles/special-counsel-ze…

Stealing Syria's Gold: US Is Behaving as True Looters Do
Viktor Mikhin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
According to the agency South Front, the United States has transported approximately 50 tons of gold from the regions occupied by ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate. The Kurdish news source reports that the gold was stolen from Syria, and …
globalresearch.ca/us-behaving-true-loote…

Il ´partito americano ª nelle istituzioni Ue
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-19
Una risoluzione approvata dal Parlamento europeo il 12 marzo sostiene che ´la Russia non puà≤ più essere considerata un partner strategico e l'Unione europea deve essere pronta a imporle ulteriori sanzioni se essa continua a violare il diritto internazionale ª. | ´La …
globalresearch.ca/il-partito-americano-n…

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are "factually incorrect." Dunford presented the current planned "residual force" as 200, saying that this hadn't changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February …

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

Video: Russia Deploys SU-25 Attack Aircraft to Contain Idlib Al Qaeda Militants
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
Government forces and the Russian Military Police have kicked off a joint security operation in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus. In particular, the operation targeted Jisreen, Mohammedia, al-Aftaris, al-Nashabiyah and Marj al-Sultan where a notable number of weapons and …
globalresearch.ca/russia-deploys-su-25-a…

WILLIAM BLUM: Sucking Liberals into a New Cold War
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-18
Out of fury against President Trump, many liberals have enlisted in the ranks of the New Cold War against Russia, seeming to have forgotten the costs to rationality and lives from the first Cold War, warned the late William Blum…. Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/18/sucking-li…

Organizational and Staff Structure of US and Russian Armies: Military Comparison
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-18
Introduction | Armed forces organization depends on several factors, from current and future threats and challenges (the nature of the projected theater of operations, or TO), to the country's economic and technological capabilities. The doctrines of the two world superpowers of …
globalresearch.ca/organizational-staff-s…

Venezuela: The Next Syria?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-18
Doomsday In Venezuela We're being led to believe it's all doom and gloom in Venezuela. The mainstream media is rapid-firing reports of a deepening humanitarian crisis. An evil dictator, Nicolas Maduro, is holding his country hostage from democracy, they say, while his people starve. Venezuelans are reportedly fleeing by the thousands while the government …
uwidata.com/2733-venezuela-the-next-syri…

Gabbard says calling Trump a Putin puppet is dangerous & stupid, Twitter calls her a Putin puppet
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-18
Democratic candidate for president and establishment-punching bag Tulsi Gabbard is taking heat on Twitter for daring to suggest that the Russiagate scandal could be pushing the US and Russia toward a dangerous new Cold War. | …
rt.com/usa/454134-tulsi-gabbard-trump-pu…

Endorsement? Trump retweets claim UK helped design Russiagate to make US take hard line on Moscow
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-18
US President Donald Trump has sparked confusion after retweeting a theory that the Russiagate scandal was partly designed to help the UK "counter Russian influence" by "baiting" the US into taking a tougher stance on Moscow. | …
rt.com/usa/454159-trump-retweets-russiag…

Condemn the attack by German authorities on Rasmea Odeh
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-17
Freedom Road Socialist Organization sharply condemns the decision by German authorities to prevent the respected Palestinian leader Rasmea Odeh from speaking in Berlin, March 15. According to reports we have reviewed, German police accosted Rasmea outside the hall where she was scheduled to appear, surrounded the venue with hundreds of cops, and handed her documents that canceled her visa. Police then followed Rasmea, demanding she go to another part of the city, and harassed her as she did so. | These acts of political repression were preceded by a noisy campaign by the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors and the right…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/16/condemn-…

Trump and GOP Steeped in Corruption, as Corp. Dems Push Cold War Fever
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-17
Our weekly roundup panel looks at the fracture lines in the Republican Party and the corporate Democrats continue their frenzy about Russia — with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-and-gop-st…

Syrian Refugees Use Precedent Set in Rohingya Case to Try to Bring Government Officials Before the International Criminal Court
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2019-03-16
"The fact that individuals who are once thought to never have been able to be held accountable are being held accountable or evidence is being collected, I think that is important in and of itself."
theintercept.com/2019/03/16/syria-confli…