20-years of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia

Countercurrents.org | March 25, 2019

20 years have passed since NATO bombed Yugoslavia for 78 days. The air campaign with at least 900 bombing sorties again announced imperialist power – destroy everything to loot. It was an act of aggression against Yugoslavia, deny the country’s sovereignty and integrity, and violently carve away Kosovo for creating an imperialist enclave.Read More »

A critical eye exposes media manipulation


Granma | March 22, 2019

José Manzaneda, chief coordinator of the Cubainformación TV website. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

“The media war is now more active than ever against revolutionary processes,” stated José Manzaneda, chief coordinator of the Basque-based website Cubainformación TV, during a recent visit to Havana. The site is a space to challenge media manipulation against Cuba, offering content on the reality of the Caribbean island, silenced by the mainstream international press.Read More »

Yellow Vests—Acte 19: Harder confrontations

Gilets jaunes acte 19 : le rebond policier à Paris / Yellow Vests: The police rebound


Paris, le samedi 23 mars 2019. 5 000 personnes ont manifesté à Paris, une semaine après les importants débordements observés dans la capitale. Les Champs-Elysées étaient totalement fermés et c’est la première fois en 19 semaine que les Gilets jaunes n’ont pas réussi à se rassembler sur l’avenue. Deux rassemblements étaient autorisés : – un rassemblement statique sur la place du Trocadéro (qui s’est déroulé dans le calme) – une marche de la place Denfert-Rochereau à la basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre. Une manifestation sauvage s’est élancée du Sacré Coeur. – les forces de l’ordre ont repoussé la foule aux abords de la gare de l’Est avec du lacrymogène, puis ont rapidement utilisé la technique du contact pour disperser les manifestants (à pied et à moto) – un policier a été victime d’un malaise cardiaque sur la place de la République : il a rapidement été pris en charge par les street-medics qui ont précédé l’arrivée des pompiers, tandis que les forces de l’ordre se sont efforcées de sécuriser la zone.

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[Paris, Saturday, March 23, 2019. 5,000 people demonstrated in Paris, one week after the major excesses observed in the capital. The Champs-Elysees were completely closed and this is the first time in 19 weeks that the Yellow Vests have failed to gather on the avenue. Two rallies were allowed: – a static gathering on the place of Trocadero (which took place without much incident) – a walk from the place Denfert-Rochereau to the basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre. A wild event rushed the Sacred Heart- but the police pushed the crowd around toward the Gare de L’Est (East Station) with tear gas, then quickly used the contact technique to disperse the protesters (on foot and on motorbike) – a police officer was the victim of Cardiac malaise in the Place de la Republique: he was quickly attended by the street-medics who preceded the arrival of the firemen, while the police force tried to secure the area.]

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The NY Times new ‘Sidenote’ feature: What you missed by reading the paper copy

by Ramin Mazaheri

There I was, back on the “Job Creators Red-Eye” from Silicon Valley to New York City, reading The New York Times. I was reading it the way God intended – in an actual newspaper.

But when I logged onto my computer, I noticed The Times has a new feature: they now are writing footnotes to articles, putting them on the right side of the screen in a red font.Read More »

Thailand’s first election since 2014 military coup descends into chaos

Morning Star | March 25, 2019

THAILAND’S first election since the 2014 military coup descended into chaos yesterday after the Electoral Commission (EC) delayed announcing preliminary results amid complaints over irregularities and inaccurate data.

Initial reports pointed to victory for the pro-military Palang Pracha Rath Party which would have allowed it to form a government under the current prime minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha.Read More »

Water is Life – They are Stealing our Livelihood and We aren’t Even Noticing

by Peter Koenig

The unrelenting, ruthless and ultimately sociopathic attempts by myriad individuals and entities in the capitalist orbit to turn everything into a commodity,  a “profit center”, no matter how vital and sacred, testify to the fact that capitalism must be seen and combated as a system with an irrepressible malignant dynamic.

Today, 22 March 2018, marks World Water Day. It is also the week, when the 8th World Water Forum (WWF-8) convenes, 18 to 23 March 2018, in Brasilia. It is no coincidence, for sure, that Brazil was chosen for this noble WWF – about the water equivalent to the political and corporate elites, represented at the WEF – World Economic Forum, in Davos. The two are intimately related, and interlinked, as we will see.

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