2019-03-20: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-03-20). Hurricane Idai Rated Worst in Southern Africa. plenglish.com Pretoria, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program office (WFP) for Southern Africa warned on Tuesday the Idai cyclone is probably "the worst meteorological disaster recorded so far in the southern hemisphere of this planet."

plenglish (2019-03-20). Bouteflika Dismisses a Fifth Term and Postpones Elections in Algeria. plenglish.com Algiers, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) The President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, dismissed on Monday his participation in elections and a fifth mandate while announcing…

WSWS (2019-03-20). Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi face a humanitarian catastrophe in the wake of Cyclone Idai. wsws.org Mozambique's president, Filipe Nyusi, reported that more than 1,000 people had been killed by high winds and widespread flooding.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Thailand Joins with Nations in Vetoing Boeing Aircraft. plenglish.com Bangkok, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand announced Wednesday the suspension of flights operated with the Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft and adds to the veto unleashed against the US company after the fatal accident in Ethiopia.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Cuba's Importance in Ethiopia's History Highlighted. plenglish.com Addis Ababa, (Prensa Latina) What we are today we owe it to the courage and solidarity of the Cuban Revolution and leader Fidel Castro at a crucial time in our history, said Abebe Ayalew, a representative of the Cuba-Ethiopia Friendship Association.

plenglish (2019-03-20). Germany Bans Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft After Accident. plenglish.com Berlin, March 12 (Prensa Latina) Germany joined Tuesday the list of countries that closed their airspace to Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, after the fall of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft with 157 people on board.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-19). The Military-Industrial Complex: Trump's Ties to Boeing in Spotlight Amid Probes of 737 MAX 8 Jets. democracynow.org The Trump administration's close ties to Boeing are facing new scrutiny in the wake of deadly plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia involving the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet. President Trump has publicly praised Boeing hundreds of times in his two years in office and participated in efforts to sell its planes, including the 737 MAX series, to countries and airlines around the world. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg praised Trump's support at a dinner last August at Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who was appointed by Trump, spent 31 years as a Boeing executive. And Tru…

Robert Fisk (2019-03-19). Turning Algeria Into a Necrocracy. counterpunch.org Let us now praise famous men. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for example. What goes on in his comatose brain? What moves in the 82-year old heart of the zombie president who — as the Algerians protesting his fifth attempt at presidential power have just discovered — will now stay on as a coffin-leader into next year. Or, who knows, the More

teleSUR (2019-03-19). Record Disaster Hinders Aid as Millions Wait Across Africa: UN. telesurenglish.net Rescue crews are still struggling to reach victims five days after Cyclone Idai raced in at speeds of up to 105 mph, hitting Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. UN officials said more than 2.6 million people have been affected in what could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters recorded in the southern hemisphere. | RELATED: | Cyclone Leaves Over 125 Dead In Mozambique, Zimbabwe | Aid groups said many survivors were trapped in remote areas, surrounded by wrecked roads, flattene…

teleSUR (2019-03-19). Trump Admin Economy Report Urges 'Protecting' US From Socialism. telesurenglish.net The United States administration chastised socialism and the Democrats' Medicare for All proposal, praising the benefits of capitalism rapturously, as well as its own tax cuts in the annual "Economic Report of the President." | RELATED: | US Officials Intervene in South Africa's Land Reform Debate | With the 2020 presidential race on the horizon, U.S. Pr…

Robin Philpot (2019-03-19). Truth, Freedom and Peace Will Prevail in Rwanda. counterpunch.org I would first like to thank the International Women's Network for Democracy and Peace honouring me with this Award that bears the name of a great patriot and fighter for freedom, peace and democracy, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. But I would also like to congratulate the Network for its extraordinary work. Like Victoire, you and your More

Russell Mokhiber (2019-03-19). Meet the Press Chuck Todd and the Boeing Blackout. commondreams.org The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, has not been mentioned once on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd in the two episodes since the disaster occurred. (Photo: NBC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-19). The US's Senior Generals Find No Exits From Endless War. truthout.org "Veni, Vidi, Vici," boasted Julius Caesar, one of history's great military captains. "I came, I saw, I conquered." | Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya in 2011 — with a small alteration. "We came, we saw, he died," she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country's autocratic leader. Note what she left out, though: the "vici" or victory part. And how right she was to do so, since Washington's inv…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-03-19). Spotlight on Trump's Ties to Boeing Amid Probes of 737 MAX 8 Jets. truthout.org The Trump administration's close ties to Boeing are facing new scrutiny in the wake of deadly plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia involving the Boeing 737 MAX8 jet. President Trump has publicly praised Boeing hundreds of times in his two years in office and participated in efforts to sell its planes, including the 737 MAX series, to countries and airlines around the world. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg praised Trump's support at a dinner last August at Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who was appointed by Trump, spent 31 years as a Boeing executive. And T…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-19). Headlines for March 19, 2019. democracynow.org New Zealand Mourns Victims of Mosque Terror Attack, Calls for Support of Muslims, Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Rise of White Nationalism, HuffPost: 7 Active U.S. Military Are Members of Far-Right "Identity Evropa", Mozambique: Cyclone Idai Death Toll Could Top 1,000, Nebraska: Flooding Submerges Air Force Base, NYT: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Campaign to Silence Opponents, U.N. Condemns Israel for Use of Lethal Force on Gaza Protesters, New Brexit Vote Blocked Less Than 2 Weeks from Deadline, France to Crack Down on "Yellow Vest" Protests, Dutch Police Arrest Suspect Who Shot and Killed 3 People in Utrecht, Mexi…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-18). The Christchurch shooting and the normalization of anti-Muslim terrorism. mronline.org The real forces responsible for the destruction of many Muslim-majority countries and the current chaos present in many Western countries are not generated by civilian populations or religions but instead by the global oligarchy that engineers and profits from this chaos. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-03-18). Headlines for March 18, 2019. democracynow.org New Zealand PM to Reform Gun Laws as Death Toll from Mosque Terrorist Attack Hits 50, Trump Denies Threat of White Nationalist Terrorism, WH Chief of Staff Mulvaney: "The President Is Not a White Supremacist", Trump Issues First Veto over Nat'l Emergency Resolution, "Clear Similarities" Found Between Ethiopian Airlines & Lion Air Crashes, U.S. to Deny Visas for ICC Investigators over Afghanistan Probe, The Philippines Withdraws from ICC over Duterte Drug War Investigation, Students Take to Streets for International "Youth Climate Strike", Extreme Weather in Midwest Brings Massive Floods, Kills 2 in Nebraska, At L…

unitedEditor (2019-03-15). Algeria: How much damage could a North-African "Arab Spring" do to Europe? uwidata.com On March 11, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that elections would be postponed and he would remain in power. The situation remains restless — now people are protesting against his decision to extend his fourth term indefinitely — on March 15, the Algerian opposition is threatening to take to the streets in new mass protests …

unitedEditor (2019-03-15). What does Macron hope to accomplish in East Africa? uwidata.com On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron launched his four-day tour of East Africa, where he intends to conduct a charm offensive for French companies to counter the growing influence of China in the region of "la Corne de l'Afrique." After a short stop in Djibouti, Macron visited Ethiopia and Kenya, signing three contracts totaling ‚Ǩ3 …

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). More Indonesian troops sent to West Papua. greenleft.org.au According to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), an additional 650 Indonesian commandos were deployed along with an extra 2000 troops on March 12 to the Central Highlands of West Papua to fight the West Papua National Liberation Army. | The Indonesian government has been blocking all emergency food, water and medicines supplied by local churches and NGOs to the central highland districts of Nduga, Kenyam, Yigi, Mbua, and Mapunduma for the past three months. | The ULMWP said the 650 additional commandos have been deployed to "hunt and kill West Papuan freedom fighters" and "eliminate the indepen…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-15). The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalization of Anti-Muslim Terrorism. mintpressnews.com The real forces responsible for the destruction of many Muslim-majority countries and the current chaos present in many Western countries are not generated by civilian populations or religions but instead by the global oligarchy that engineers and profits from this chaos.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Headlines for March 14, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Orders Boeing 737 MAX Planes Grounded After Fatal Crashes, Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen, Pompeo Defends Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Reports of Torture, Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration, Former Trump Campaign Chair Sentenced to 43 More Months in Prison, U.N. Warns Arctic on Pace to Warm by 5 Degrees Celsius by 2050, Spanish Investigators Link CIA to Attack on North Korean Embassy, Brazil: Two Gunmen Kill 8, Reportedly Inspired by Columbine Massacre, Nigeria: Lagos Building Collapse Kills 10 and Traps Schoolchildren, British MPs Reject "No-Deal" Br…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-13). Ralph Nader's Grandniece Died in Ethiopian Plane Crash; Now He Is Urging Boycott of Boeing Jet. democracynow.org Calls are growing for the United States to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes in the wake of a devastating plane crash in Ethiopia Sunday that left 157 people dead. It is the aircraft model's second fatal crash in the past five months. An Indonesian flight of the same plane type crashed last October, killing 189 people. In response, two-thirds of the 737 MAX 8s have been pulled from service. At least 41 countries across the globe, from China to Turkey to India, have grounded their fleets of the aircraft until a thorough safety review is conducted. Despite international outcry, the United States and Canada are con…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Justice for Stephon Clark: Protests Erupt as DA Fails to Charge Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Father. democracynow.org Protests in Sacramento continue more than a week after the county's district attorney announced the two police officers who shot and killed 22-year-old, unarmed African American Stephon Clark in his grandmother's backyard last year will not face criminal charges. Since the news broke, organizers have joined walkouts at local colleges and high schools, demonstrations at the City Council, an ongoing occupation of a Sacramento police station, a die-in at UC Davis and a protest in one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods that led to 84 arrests. This marks the 34th consecutive police shooting review in which Sacrame…

Antonio Carty (2019-02-28). Waking up to War Against Venezuela. zcomm.org We the people should stop trusting the same 'journalists' that cajoled us into the invasion of Iraq, Libya, ect. Large numbers of us protested then, perhaps we now sulk that if our protests didn't stop it then, why should we try again? But we have got to wake up, instead of waiting for another huge Read more…

Patrick Bond (2019-02-01). South Africa Searches for a ‚Ä®Financial Parachute. zcomm.org An open, frank public discussion about the IMF's regrettable history and current agenda is sorely needed…

2019-03-20: Social Media Postees

Germany Bans Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft After Accident
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Berlin, March 12 (Prensa Latina) Germany joined Tuesday the list of countries that closed their airspace to Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, after the fall of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft with 157 people on board.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Bouteflika Dismisses a Fifth Term and Postpones Elections in Algeria
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Algiers, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) The President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, dismissed on Monday his participation in elections and a fifth mandate while announcing…
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Hurricane Idai Rated Worst in Southern Africa
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Pretoria, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program office (WFP) for Southern Africa warned on Tuesday the Idai cyclone is probably "the worst meteorological disaster recorded so far in the southern hemisphere of this planet."
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi face a humanitarian catastrophe in the wake of Cyclone Idai
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-20
Mozambique's president, Filipe Nyusi, reported that more than 1,000 people had been killed by high winds and widespread flooding.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/20/moza…

Thailand Joins with Nations in Vetoing Boeing Aircraft
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Bangkok, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand announced Wednesday the suspension of flights operated with the Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft and adds to the veto unleashed against the US company after the fatal accident in Ethiopia.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Cuba's Importance in Ethiopia's History Highlighted
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-03-20
Addis Ababa, (Prensa Latina) What we are today we owe it to the courage and solidarity of the Cuban Revolution and leader Fidel Castro at a crucial time in our history, said Abebe Ayalew, a representative of the Cuba-Ethiopia Friendship Association.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

"They Are Us": New Zealand Mourns After Mosque Attacks Killed 50 Including Refugees & Immigrants
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-19
Burials are beginning in New Zealand as the country mourns the loss of 50 Muslim worshipers gunned down in two mosques in Christchurch by a white supremacist Friday. It was the deadliest attack in New Zealand's history. The worshipers killed in the Christchurch massacre came from around the world. Most of them were immigrants, or refugees who had come to New Zealand seeking safety. Six Pakistanis, four Jordanians, four Egyptians and at least three Bangladeshis are among the dead. The Palestinian Authority's foreign ministry said that six of the victims were of Palestinian origin. We speak with Eva Nisa, a lecture…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/19/they_are_…

Turning Algeria Into a Necrocracy
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
Let us now praise famous men. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for example. What goes on in his comatose brain? What moves in the 82-year old heart of the zombie president who — as the Algerians protesting his fifth attempt at presidential power have just discovered — will now stay on as a coffin-leader into next year. Or, who knows, the…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/19/turning-alge…

Record Disaster Hinders Aid as Millions Wait Across Africa: UN
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-19
Rescue crews are still struggling to reach victims five days after Cyclone Idai raced in at speeds of up to 105 mph, hitting Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. UN officials said more than 2.6 million people have been affected in what could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters recorded in the southern hemisphere. | RELATED: | Cyclone Leaves Over 125 Dead In Mozambique, Zimbabwe | Aid groups said many survivors were trapped in remote areas, surrounded by wrecked roads, flattene…
telesurenglish.net/news/Death-Tolls-Expe…

Trump Admin Economy Report Urges 'Protecting' US From Socialism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-19
The United States administration chastised socialism and the Democrats' Medicare for All proposal, praising the benefits of capitalism rapturously, as well as its own tax cuts in the annual "Economic Report of the President." | RELATED: | US Officials Intervene in South Africa's Land Reform Debate | With the 2020 presidential race on the horizon, U.S. Pr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Admin-Econ…

Truth, Freedom and Peace Will Prevail in Rwanda
Robin Philpot | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-19
I would first like to thank the International Women's Network for Democracy and Peace honouring me with this Award that bears the name of a great patriot and fighter for freedom, peace and democracy, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. But I would also like to congratulate the Network for its extraordinary work. Like Victoire, you and your…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/19/truth-freedo…

The Military-Industrial Complex: Trump's Ties to Boeing in Spotlight Amid Probes of 737 MAX 8 Jets
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-19
The Trump administration's close ties to Boeing are facing new scrutiny in the wake of deadly plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia involving the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet. President Trump has publicly praised Boeing hundreds of times in his two years in office and participated in efforts to sell its planes, including the 737 MAX series, to countries and airlines around the world. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg praised Trump's support at a dinner last August at Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who was appointed by Trump, spent 31 years as a Boeing executive. And Tru…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/19/the_milit…

Meet the Press Chuck Todd and the Boeing Blackout
Russell Mokhiber | commondreams.org | 2019-03-19
The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, has not been mentioned once on NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd in the two episodes since the disaster occurred. (Photo: NBC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/19/meet-p…

The US's Senior Generals Find No Exits From Endless War
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-19
"Veni, Vidi, Vici," boasted Julius Caesar, one of history's great military captains. "I came, I saw, I conquered." | Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that famed saying when summing up the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya in 2011 — with a small alteration. "We came, we saw, he died," she said with a laugh about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, that country's autocratic leader. Note what she left out, though: the "vici" or victory part. And how right she was to do so, since Washington's inv…
truthout.org/articles/the-uss-senior-gen…

Spotlight on Trump's Ties to Boeing Amid Probes of 737 MAX 8 Jets
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-19
The Trump administration's close ties to Boeing are facing new scrutiny in the wake of deadly plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia involving the Boeing 737 MAX8 jet. President Trump has publicly praised Boeing hundreds of times in his two years in office and participated in efforts to sell its planes, including the 737 MAX series, to countries and airlines around the world. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg praised Trump's support at a dinner last August at Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who was appointed by Trump, spent 31 years as a Boeing executive. And T…
truthout.org/video/spotlight-on-trumps-t…

The Christchurch shooting and the normalization of anti-Muslim terrorism
Whitney Webb | mronline.org | 2019-03-18
The real forces responsible for the destruction of many Muslim-majority countries and the current chaos present in many Western countries are not generated by civilian populations or religions but instead by the global oligarchy that engineers and profits from this chaos. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/18/the-christchurch…

What does Macron hope to accomplish in East Africa?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-15
On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron launched his four-day tour of East Africa, where he intends to conduct a charm offensive for French companies to counter the growing influence of China in the region of "la Corne de l'Afrique." After a short stop in Djibouti, Macron visited Ethiopia and Kenya, signing three contracts totaling ‚Ǩ3 …
uwidata.com/2697-what-does-macron-hope-t…

Algeria: How much damage could a North-African "Arab Spring" do to Europe?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-15
On March 11, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that elections would be postponed and he would remain in power. The situation remains restless — now people are protesting against his decision to extend his fourth term indefinitely — on March 15, the Algerian opposition is threatening to take to the streets in new mass protests …
uwidata.com/2684-algeria-how-much-damage…

More Indonesian troops sent to West Papua
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-15
According to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), an additional 650 Indonesian commandos were deployed along with an extra 2000 troops on March 12 to the Central Highlands of West Papua to fight the West Papua National Liberation Army. | The Indonesian government has been blocking all emergency food, water and medicines supplied by local churches and NGOs to the central highland districts of Nduga, Kenyam, Yigi, Mbua, and Mapunduma for the past three months. | The ULMWP said the 650 additional commandos have been deployed to "hunt and kill West Papuan freedom fighters" and "eliminate the indepen…
greenleft.org.au/content/more-indonesian-troops-sent-west-papua

The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalization of Anti-Muslim Terrorism
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-15
The real forces responsible for the destruction of many Muslim-majority countries and the current chaos present in many Western countries are not generated by civilian populations or religions but instead by the global oligarchy that engineers and profits from this chaos.
mintpressnews.com/the-christchurch-shoot…

Ralph Nader's Grandniece Died in Ethiopian Plane Crash; Now He Is Urging Boycott of Boeing Jet
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-13
Calls are growing for the United States to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes in the wake of a devastating plane crash in Ethiopia Sunday that left 157 people dead. It is the aircraft model's second fatal crash in the past five months. An Indonesian flight of the same plane type crashed last October, killing 189 people. In response, two-thirds of the 737 MAX 8s have been pulled from service. At least 41 countries across the globe, from China to Turkey to India, have grounded their fleets of the aircraft until a thorough safety review is conducted. Despite international outcry, the United States and Canada are con…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/13/ralph_nad…

Justice for Stephon Clark: Protests Erupt as DA Fails to Charge Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Father
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-12
Protests in Sacramento continue more than a week after the county's district attorney announced the two police officers who shot and killed 22-year-old, unarmed African American Stephon Clark in his grandmother's backyard last year will not face criminal charges. Since the news broke, organizers have joined walkouts at local colleges and high schools, demonstrations at the City Council, an ongoing occupation of a Sacramento police station, a die-in at UC Davis and a protest in one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods that led to 84 arrests. This marks the 34th consecutive police shooting review in which Sacrame…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/12/justice_f…

Waking up to War Against Venezuela
Antonio Carty | zcomm.org | 2019-02-28
We the people should stop trusting the same 'journalists' that cajoled us into the invasion of Iraq, Libya, ect. Large numbers of us protested then, perhaps we now sulk that if our protests didn't stop it then, why should we try again? But we have got to wake up, instead of waiting for another huge Read…
zcomm.org/zblogs/waking-to-the-war-again…