News 3/21

New Zealand bans military type semi-automatic weapons used in mosque massacre
New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in its worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

Macron to deploy French army against “yellow vest” protests
After Wednesday’s meeting of the council of ministers, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux announced that President Emmanuel Macron would activate army units during this weekend’s “yellow vest” protests. This is the first time since the 1954–1962 war in Algeria that the army is to be mobilized in police operations on French soil against the population.

Kachin women from Myanmar 'raped until they get pregnant' in China
Burmese and Chinese authorities are turning a blind eye to a growing trade in women from Myanmar’s Kachin minority, who are taken across the border, sold as wives to Chinese men and raped until they become pregnant, a report claims.

The EU to offer short Brexit delay if MPs back Theresa May's deal
The European Union is set to agree to give the United Kingdom a short delay to Brexit — but only if members of the UK Parliament vote for Theresa May's deal next week.The UK is currently due to leave the EU in on March 29.

Guaidó Says Venezuelan Agents Detained His Chief Of Staff In Pre-Dawn Raid
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said Thursday that government agents detained his chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, in an overnight raid. Describing what he called a kidnapping, Guaidó said weapons had been planted at Marrero's house and that he should be freed immediately.

Ex-Brazilian President Michel Temer Arrested Over Corruption
A task force for the Lavo Jato corruption case has arrested Michel Temer, the former president of Brazil Thursday morning. Agents also have a warrant out for former Minister of Energy and Mining Moreira Franco.

Nicaragua Says It Will Release Hundreds Of Detained Opposition Protesters
Nicaragua's government says it will release hundreds of opposition protesters who have been detained in the months since anti-government protests began nearly a year ago.

Dutch populist wins provincial elections after Utrecht attack
An upstart populist party shocked the Dutch political establishment by winning the most votes in provincial elections after a preliminary count in the early hours of Thursday, boosted by a possible terrorist attack this week in the city of Utrecht. reuters/topNews (News / US / Top News)

Top Ukrainian justice official says US ambassador gave him a do not prosecute list
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko told Hill.TV's John Solomon in an interview that aired Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch gave him a do not prosecute list during their first meeting.

Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israeli gunfire: Palestinian medics
A Palestinian was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday by what a Palestinian ambulance service said was Israeli army gunfire.The Israeli military said it was checking the report.

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w-wow haha why is Macron bringing the army into this haha is he going to shoot them or s-something?


Macron is about to do to the yellow vests what Assad was accused of in 2011

"Yellow vests" to be renamed "Kevlar vests".

Thesis: yellow vest
Antithesis: riot gear
Synthesis: neon yellow kevlar

Like pottery.

U.S. Airstrikes In Somalia May Amount To War Crimes, Says Rights Group
The United States may have committed war crimes as it bombed al-Shabab militants in Somalia, a new report Amnesty International alleges.Researchers for the human rights group investigated five U.S. airstrikes and found that they had resulted in 14 civilian deaths. The U.S. has "indiscriminately killed some of these civilians," Abdullahi Hassan, a Nairobi-based researcher for Amnesty, said in an interview.

Pete Buttigieg says 'disruption' of blue-collar industries has helped fuel white nationalism
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, a 2020 presidential candidate, argued that a rise in white nationalism and domestic terrorism in the US is tied to economic insecurity and the transformation in blue collar industries in the US.

‘This is MAGA country’: Jewish cemetery defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti in MA (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Police in Massachusetts are investigating a suspected hate crime in which some 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery were defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti including, “Expel the Jew,” and “Heil Hitler.”Dozens of graves were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Fall River some time between Saturday evening and Sunday morning in what has already been described as “an inexcusable act of anti-Semitic hatred.”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians strike in its second week
The strike by Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians is now in its second week with management cancelling performances through March 25. Little progress in negotiations has been reported and musicians conjecture online that the strike may go on for weeks or months. In 1982 the Chicago musicians conducted a 21-day strike and a 15-day strike in 1991.

Judge Restores Wisconsin Governor's Powers, Strikes Down GOP Laws
A judge has struck down the laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed in December's lame-duck session of the state's Legislature, restoring powers to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, if only temporarily.

The Latest: Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes
A Florida man has pleaded guilty to sending a wave of pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump.Cesar Sayoc entered the plea Thursday before a federal judge in New York.He had been scheduled to go on trial this summer on charges that he mailed explosives to 16 targets, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, the billionaire George Soros, several members of congress and the actor Robert De Niro.

Nebraska Faces Over $1.3 Billion In Flood Losses
The "bomb cyclone" that swept through the Midwest this week has caused more than $1 billion of flood damage in Nebraska, the state's governor said Wednesday. At least three people have been killed in Nebraska and Iowa.

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years
Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Facebook says an ongoing investigation has so far found no indication that employees have abused access to this data.

Nike's North American sales disappoint, shares fall
Nike (NKE) reported North American sales that fell short of consensus expectations, overshadowing better-than-expected earnings results and sending shares lower in extended trading.Sales in North America, Nike’s largest market, grew 7% to $3.81 billion in the third quarter, reversing a 6% decline in the year-ago quarter. However, sales in the region were below the $3.85 billion expected by analysts ahead of results.

Don't know how to feel about this, I'm French living in Paris and will obviously go protest Saturday with the yellow vests; in one hand the State using the military against a social movement like in the Algerian War or in the XIXth century will obviously further radicalise the yellow vests and the French in general (in a recent poll 39% of the French population think a revolution is necessary), in the other hand, I don't want to get shot.
I guess the dialectics are in motion and I can't fight it.

get shot for your niggas it's all worth it

Just make sure your last words are to tell the boys on leftypol so we can mourn you

You still have Friday to shop for armor. Remember, you need steel plates to stop rifle rounds.

this, scream "FUCK IDPOL" right as your chest is being filled with bullets

Don't die user



I already got chemical burns on my face from last Saturday because the police used a new tear powder that is 200 times more potent than the normal tear gases.
This won't deter me from participating next Saturday because it's the chance of a lifetime, but it's getting kind of stressful, to say the least, to go on protests.
The only thing I ask from you, my comrades of Zig Forums, is the promise that if anything happens in your country similar to the yellow vest movement, you'll be out in the streets, agitating and organising.
I hope I'm not being too melodramatic, I shouldn't forget I'm posting in a Cambodian knitting enthusiasts mailing list.


U.S. ‘’Oil Weapon’’ Could Change Geopolitics Forever
In a dynamic that shows just how far U.S. oil production has come in recent years, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Monday that in the last two months of 2018, the U.S. Gulf Coast exported more crude oil than it imported.Monthly net trade of crude oil in the Gulf Coast region (the difference between gross exports and gross imports) fell from a high in early 2007 of 6.6 million b/d of net imports to 0.4 million b/d of net exports in December 2018. As gross exports of crude oil from the Gulf Coast hit a record 2.3 million b/d, gross imports of crude oil to the Gulf Coast in December—at slightly less than 2.0 million b/d—were the lowest level since March 1986.Monthly net trade of crude oil in the Gulf Coast region (the difference between gross exports and gross imports) fell from a high in early 2007 of 6.6 million b/d of net imports to 0.4 million b/d of net exports in December 2018. As gross exports of crude oil from the Gulf Coast hit a record 2.3 million b/d, gross imports of crude oil to the Gulf Coast in December—at slightly less than 2.0 million b/d—were the lowest level since March 1986.

The Boeing disasters: 346 more victims of capitalism
In the wake of two deadly airplane crashes that have killed 346 people, it has become clear that executives at aerospace giant Boeing repeatedly subordinated basic considerations of safety to profit, aided and abetted by the federal government.The first disaster occurred on October 29, when a Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air crashed thirteen minutes after leaving Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people. That same plane only narrowly averted disaster a day earlier, Bloomberg reported this week, when a third, off-duty pilot who happened to be on the flight, intervened under similar conditions that ultimately caused the crash.Less than five months later, on March 10, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed about six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing a further 157 men, women and children.Beginning on March 11, every country in the world grounded the 737 Max 8, citing overwhelming safety concerns. The United States was the final holdout, but it grounded the aircraft on March 13.

“Say It Ain’t So, Joe:” the Latest Neoliberal from the War and Wall Street Party
Like an annoying rash that could become dangerous, the Wall Street and war wing of the Democratic Party is back for yet another reprise in its run in the 2020 presidential primary and election. Think these representatives of wealth and war and power went away with the mid-evening swing toward doom of the New York Times polls on election night 2016? Think again… Hillary Clinton has been supplanted by Joe Biden. Power and wealth will not give up because those forces have an almost psychopathic hold on a wing of the Democratic Party, like an out-of-control vehicle careening to certain doom down a mountainside.In the 1970s, Biden was a fierce opponent of school busing toward the end of eliminating segregation in schools (”As Joe Biden Hints at presidential Run, Andrew Cockburn Looks at His ‘Disastrous Legislative Legacy,’” Democracy Now, March 13, 2019).

Yes, a Planned Economy Can Actually Work
Mega-companies like Amazon and Walmart are already using large-scale central planning. We can wield that tool for good. Socialists need to renew our embrace of democratic planning and fight for a real alternative to capitalism.

good luck user

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Stay safe my man. Our time will come.

I admire your bravery to go out there even with the stress. Hope you are safe now and during the protest. we will be rooting for you lad.

I'll drink to your good health tonight lad

I don't think I am really courageous, that's not false humility but an objective fact.
However, the Mexicans auto workers who went on strike in Matamoros, the anarcho-syndicalist in Bangladesh, the militant socialist and communist in India or Dengist China (inb4 I get banned) or even the French communist who resisted the Nazi in WWII, are the truly courageous ones and inspire me to risk a fraction of what they risked everyday of their life not only on Saturday.
I will stop here, I don't want to derail the thread.
But thank you for your kind words, comrades from all over the world.

Oh, and I forgot the most important thing :
Thank you based news user!

they shot protesters and arrested kids already

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Nothing but respect user. I for one promise.

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Is there anything foreigners can do to help the protests?

I guess fighting against bourgeois propaganda in your country (e.g. all yellow vests are fascists, racist etc…) and informing people around you about what's really happening, about the repression and police brutality yellow vests are facing.

That's what I've been doing, and periodically I see other people share yellow vest stuff too. Though they are mostly liberals and share articles about how "they don't want you to know" about the rad brass orchestra that was playing to the cops on some streetcorner in Marseille, or shit like that. IRL people are receptive though and some people, even completely non-political, get pumped as fuck as I just talk to them about what the GJ have faced and how they're still going and radicalising. I'm in a nordic SocDem country, and people here have been so sedated, that a real example of a working people rising up is like a shot of adrenaline.

You're carrying a torch user, stay safe!

If the yellow vests have enough numbers, then they should just stop being cucks and go for the kill. Guillotine Macron, kill Le Pen and butcher the french army.
If they don't, idk. Focus on gathering more people to the cause.

Comrade, I swear to you upon the graves of every revolutionary martyr, that if ever such an event happens in the States that I will go at the first sign and leave only in cuffs or bodybag.

With what? Broken wine bottles?

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nice try, fbi

good luck, famalam

I was participating in the Athenian riots of December 2008. I was 18 back then, shit was pretty dangerous but I was fine in the end.

Keep calm and stay with your comrades, never stay alone or you will be easy target for arrest. It doesn't matter whether you did anything or not, cops are simply looking to make a certain number of arrests so they can show their superiors.

well this is vacuously true, so I believe you, user :D

I think you just described a French Molotov

Hear hear comrade

Be brave comrade, brave like your forefathers storming the Bastille. Statistically speaking you’re probably be fine, even if the worst happens like the troops firing on the crowd.

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This. The souls of the sans-culottes and the others are with you, whether you live or die, succeed or fail! Onwards!

netanyahu's most likely successor openly embraces fascism in her election campaign. she wants to reform the courts in israel, that is getting rid of independent judges etc.

i wouldnt be surprised when our liberals and conservatives come out of the closet as well soon. liberals, conservatives and reactionaries will fall in line with fascism as they did under hitler, mussolini, franco etc. already. no i'm not an antisemite (rosa and marx were jewish ffs) but yes, i believe zionists do have that much political influence in europe and they are utter, utter cancer. all those neo-fascist "alt-right" parties who magically popped up around the same time might be a zionist 5th column in europe.


It was always going to happen. Settler colonialisn combined with ethnonationalism will always end up producing fascism given enough time.

Yeah, if Bibi wins the election Israel is gonna go full captured state like Russia and Hungary.

They are definitely Zionist puppets. America's alt right are Zionist puppets too. Israel has no problem platforming radical white nationalism to achieve their ends. They have already been caught funding right wing neo-fascist in Europe.

Is this the power of socialism?

Or Marxist-Leninism?

Socialism with Chinese supremacism?

liberals get the bullet too

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If you live in a country with weak gun laws buy as many guns as you can and send them to France.

Just like when Gaddafi got black mercaneries to rape young virgin arabs amiright fellow "leftists"?


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It was sarcasm you fucking mong.

Sarcasm doesn't really work online.

Did my original post look serious?

insufficient data

I’m praying for you and rest of yellow vests, user

i'd love to be able to site this

it does, but it requires context and effort.

have you been to Zig Forums all their posts are non-serious yet not sarcastic