March 19, 2017

U.N. secretary general reportedly tells Western Asia U.N. office to remove report calling Israel an “apartheid regime” from its web site. “Authored by Richard Falk, a former U.N. special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories known for harsh criticism of both Israel and the United States, and Virginia Tilley, a professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, the report concluded that Israel has created an apartheid regime aimed at maintaining domination over the Palestinians.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-agency-head-quits-over-report-calling-israel-an-apartheid-regime/2017/03/17/bb591e98-0b3b-11e7-8884-96e6a6713f4b_story.html

DNC official and CNN commentator Donna Brazile admits forwarding town hall questions to Clinton campaign.”In the (Time magazine) essay, Brazile said she will “forever regret” the decision to leak the questions to the Clinton campaign.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/17/brazile-admits-forwarded-debate-questions-to-clinton-camp.html

Glenn Greenwald alleges Russians, FBI and CIA all intervened in U.S. presidential election. The election “was almost a proxy war… for unseen forces.”   http://www.mediaite.com/online/it-was-probably-both-greenwald-on-whether-cia-was-playing-games-with-election-instead-of-russia/

Clinton Foundation reportedly received $2.35 million in donations from Uranium One chairman’s family foundation. “Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton-foundation-as-russians-pressed-for-control-of-uranium-company.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20150423&_r=0    Bill Clinton also reportedly received $500,000 for a speech to a Russian bank in Moscow.

Experts debunk Trump’s claim that Germany owes “vast sums of money” to NATO and the U.S. “…NATO decided to make the 2 percent requirement mandatory just a couple of years ago. The alliance gave all member states until 2024 to reach that goal, and Germany is on track.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/18/no-germany-doesnt-owe-america-vast-sums-of-money-for-nato/

Director of ultra-nationalist elementary school who received huge discount on state land claims he received $8,800 donation from prime minister Abe’s wife, untrue says prime minister. “…opposition lawmakers said the school principal, Yasunori Kagoike, told them Akie (Abe) had donated 1 million yen ($8,800) in 2015.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-politics-abe-idUSKBN16O0HB

Paul Ryan reportedly tells interviewer he has been dreaming about scaling back health care for the poor since he was a frat boy. “Sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We have been dreaming of this since I have been around, since you and I were drinking at a keg.”   http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/paul-ryan-medicaid

Author of H-1B visa bill says the program has been hijacked. “Morrison says he is outraged by the way companies are abusing loopholes to outsource jobs to low-cost foreigners — and sometimes even pressuring the displaced American workers to train their replacements.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-h-1b-visas-being-hijacked-to-lower-labor-costs/

Appeals court denied tribes’ request to block activation of Dakota Access pipeline until lawsuit is resolved. “The company is wrapping up construction work under the lake and has said oil could start flowing between Monday and Wednesday.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/18/dakota-access-pipeline-appeals-court-oil

Poll: 71% of Americans oppose mass deportation of illegal immigrants, 60% say top priority should be “developing a plan to allow those in the U.S. illegally who have jobs to become legal residents”.   http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2017/images/03/17/rel4g.-.immigration.pdf

Organizers cancel Philadelphia’s largest Cinco de Mayo festival due to deportation fears. “The annual parade through South Philadelphia has taken place in late April or early May for the last decade and is the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration.”   http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Philadelphias-Largest-Cinco-de-Mayo-Celebration-Cancelled-in-Fear-of-Immigration-Crackdown-416456053.html

No charges for Miami-Dade corrections officers who left prisoner in hot shower for almost two hours. “The medical examiner, Emma Lew, attributed Rainey’s death to a combination of his schizophrenia, heart disease and confinement in the small shower space.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article139191843.html

Group estimates thousands of civilians in Iraq and Syria have died in 1,000 U.S. coalition airstrikes. “Airwars best estimates suggest the US-led air campaign against so-called Islamic State has so far killed at least 2,590 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014.”   https://airwars.org/news/1000th-allegation/

Canadian citizens tortured by foreign governments win settlements after Canada admits sharing “information” about them which led to their detention. “All three men have denied any involvement in terrorism and none has ever been charged.”   http://www.startribune.com/canada-pays-compensation-to-3-canadians-tortured-in-syria/416473853/

Right-wingers who say Trumpcare/AHCA falls short of a total repeal of Obamacare are getting far more press coverage than single-payer advocates says media watchdog.   “…even though (single-payer/national health insurance) has popular support, corporate media mostly ignore it. When it is covered, it is usually dismissed.”   http://fair.org/home/media-find-room-for-trumpcare-too-progressive-but-not-for-single-payer/

Illinois Congressman reportedly arrested at Chicago ICE office. “Gutiérrez says the group refused to leave the Chicago office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement… after the agency’s regional director refused to answer his questions about the Trump administration’s plans for immigration sweeps and mass deportation.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/3/16/rep_gutierrez_speaks_out_after_being

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March 19, 2017

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