2019-01-30: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-01-30). More Than 60 LGBTQI Groups Boycott Eurovision, Tel Aviv Pride. telesurenglish.net More than 60 LGBTQ groups from nearly 20 countries called on other LGBTQ organizations to boycott the 2019 Eurovision contest in Israel. Eurovision has a strong following among the LGBTQ communities. | RELATED: | Violent Attacks Against Palestinians Is Deeply Concerning: UN | The signatories accused Israel of distracting "attention from its war c…

aljazeera (2019-01-30). Palestinian teen shot dead after alleged stabbing attack. aljazeera.com Israeli forces kill 16-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl at a checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. democracynow.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…

STAFF (2019-01-30). Benjamin Netanyahu Blasted for Wooing Holocaust-Distorting Allies. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust. | Lithuania is among a slew of former communist nations swept up in a wave of World War II-era revisionism that seeks to diminish their culpability in the Holocaust while making heroes out of anti-Soviet nationalists involved in the mass killing of Jews. In Israel, established in the wake of the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews, many say Netanyahu is cynically betra…

aljazeera (2019-01-30). Lawmakers look to block US support for Saudi-UAE war on Yemen. aljazeera.com Legislators say the war was never approved by US Congress, argue US should halt its support for Saudi-UAE offensive.

James Carden (2019-01-30). Q&A: Congress Takes a Historic Step to End the War on Yemen. thenation.com Q&A: Congress Takes a Historic Step to End the War on Yemen…

commondreams (2019-01-30). Bipartisan Coalition in Senate and House Announce New Push to End U.S. Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-01-30). Legislation Re-Introduced to End U.S. Role in Yemen War. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-30). Legislation Re-Introduced to End U.S. Role in Yemen War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) re-introducing bipartisan, privileged resolutions to force a vote on whether or not to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin the Senior […]

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). A War for Oil? Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela's Oil as U.S. Ratchets Up Pressure on Maduro. democracynow.org As the Trump administration continues its attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the U.S. has imposed a de facto embargo on oil from Venezuela's state-run oil company. The new sanctions include exemptions for several U.S. firms, including Chevron and Halliburton, to allow them to continue working in Venezuela. We speak with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn about the push to privatize Venezuela's oil.

Garikai Chengu (2019-01-30). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca From the first moment Hugo Chavez took office, the US has been trying to overthrow Venezuela's socialist movement by using sanctions, coup attempts, and funding the opposition parties. After all, there is nothing more undemocratic than a coup d'état.

Joe Emersberger (2019-01-30). Democracy in the Americas: the U.S. Pot and the Venezuelan Kettle. counterpunch.org Venezuela has as much right to call itself a democracy as does the United States. Until that is understood by enough people, the Trump administration will continue to devastate Venezuela's economy with illegal sanctions and push it towards civil war. People can oppose President Donald Trump's economic sanctions and incitement of a military coup without acknowledging More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-30). Why African Countries Are Normalizing with Israel. zcomm.org Diplomatic ties with Chad and Mali may garner Netanyahu a few more votes next April, but they will also contribute to the Israeli illusion that it can be an international darling and an Apartheid regime, simultaneously…

Eric Draitser (2019-01-30). Trump's Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story. counterpunch.org The US-sponsored coup in Venezuela, still ongoing as I write this, is the latest chapter in the long and bloody history of US imperialism in Latin America. This basic fact, understood by most across the left of the political spectrum — including even the chattering liberal class which acknowledges this truth only with the passage of time and never in the moment — must undergird any analysis of the situation in Venezuela today. That is to say, the country is being targeted by the Yanqui Empire. More

Ben Norton (2019-01-30). 86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Against US Sanctions, Local Polling Shows. globalresearch.ca The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose military intervention and US sanctions to try to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power, according to polling by the local firm Hinterlaces. | *** | More than eight out of ten Venezuelans oppose international intervention, both …

aljazeera (2019-01-30). Trump lashes out at US spy chiefs over Iran, North Korea and ISIL. aljazeera.com Trump calls US intelligence directors 'naive' after they contradicted his views on threats to the US.

teleSUR (2019-01-30). 3 Injured in Iran Police Station Attack. telesurenglish.net An attack consisting of two bomb explosions was perpetrated by the Jaish al-Adl group on a police station in the city of Zahedan, southeastern Iran, injuring three police officers. | RELATED: | US: Iranian TV Anchor Released from Detention Without Charge | The group reported they'd targeted the police station with "two strong bombs," which are allegedly handmade. | "Investigations showed that the explosion was caused by a handmade explosive device, which led to a bomb squad being…

South Front (2019-01-30). Video: Fake News Story: Hundreds Killed in Clashes Between Pro-Iranian and Pro-Russian Forces. globalresearch.ca A fake-news story about large-scale clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Iranian factions in Syria is making jitters in English- and Russian-language mainstream media outlets. According to these reports citing anonymous sources and each other, "the pro-Russian Tiger Forces and 5th…

aljazeera (2019-01-30). Marzieh Hashemi: Journalist returns to Iran after US detention. aljazeera.com Marzieh Hashemi arrives in Tehran, Iranian broadcaster Press TV says, after being held for 10 days in Washington, DC.

Jonathan Cook (2019-01-30). Israeli General Mounts Challenge to Netanyahu by Flaunting Gaza Carnage. counterpunch.org With April's elections looming, Benjamin Netanyahu has good reason to fear Benny Gantz, his former army chief. Gantz has launched a new party, named Israeli Resilience, just as the net of corruption indictments is closing around the prime minister. Already, at this early stage of campaigning, some 31 per cent of the Israeli public prefer Gantz to head the next government over Netanyahu, who is only months away from becoming the longest-serving leader in Israel's history. More

Cameron Orr (2019-01-30). Change is coming to New York, but not without struggle. peoplesworld.org The day before Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, tenant activists sat under the gallery of the New York State Senate as a slew of important voting and campaign finance reforms finally passed the legislature. These included early voting, pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds, consolidating state and federal primary elections into one date, facilitating voters' registration …

STAFF (2019-01-30). Attack on 'Empire' Actor Investigated as Possible Hate Crime. truthdig.com Jussie Smollett tells police the men who assaulted him in Chicago yelled he was in "MAGA country," a reference to Trump's campaign slogan.

Kenn Orphan (2019-01-30). The Propagandists for Empire. zcomm.org With most media attention in the US on the government shutdown and border wall stand-off spectacle, the Trump administration has been quietly ramping up US militarism around the world. And it has set its sights on Venezuela, once again, by supporting a coup. Whether or not one supports the policies of Maduro or any other Read more…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). John Bolton Admits US-backed Coup in Venezuela Is About Oil. telesurenglish.net Smashing the claims of "protecting democracy" in Venezuela, the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton said in an interview that they are backing the illegal coup in the South American country because of oil. | RELATED: | China Affirms Support for Venezuela, Condemns Sanctions | "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could ha…

teleSUR Desk (2019-01-30). Maduro denounces Citgo takeover as 'robbery'. mronline.org Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro says he plans to take legal action against the United States to defy the sanctions. | Source

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Venezuela Says Pay For Oil Before Leaving Port. telesurenglish.net President of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Manuel Quevedo, said Tuesday that the Venezuelan state-owned company will modify its operations to combat new U.S. sanctions, which will affect its previous international contracts. | RELATED: | US Threatens to Funnel Venezuelan Oil Revenues to Guaido | "Any ship leaving a Venezuelan port, carrying our people's oil, must pay fo…

Stephen F. Cohen (2019-01-30). Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'. thenation.com Trump's Withdrawals From Afghanistan and Syria Are Hardly 'A Gift to Putin'

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-01-30). UN Expert to Int'l Community: Don't Say You Want a Two-State Solution While Turning Blind Eye to "Engine" of Israeli Occupation. commondreams.org "This occupation will not die of old age, but only with the resolute imposition of consequences on Israel for ignoring international law and numerous United Nations resolutions," says special rapporteur. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-01-30). Lawmakers Reintroduce War Powers Resolution To End Carnage in Yemen and Reclaim Congress' Constitutional Authority. commondreams.org With an estimated 14 million people on the brink of famine and 85,000 children already dead as a result of the war, Rep. Ro Khanna said "the U.S.-Saudi military campaign in Yemen has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis." Now, he added, it is time "to end U.S. military participation in the Saudi regime's war in Yemen by reasserting Congress' constitutional role on matters of war and peace." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Headlines for January 30, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Hands Over Assets to Guaidó as Venezuela Restricts His Travel, Intelligence Community Contradicts Trump on Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, Trump Immigration Rule Forces 1st Asylum Seeker Out of U.S., Back into Mexico, Pentagon to Send "Several Thousand" More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas, Brazil: 5 Arrested in Dam Collapse That Killed 65, Devastating Environment, Mexico: Tens of Thousands Strike as 27 Factories Reach Deals for Pay Raises, U.K. Lawmakers Order PM Theresa May to Reopen Brexit Negotiations, Cameroon: Security Forces Arre…

Tyler Durden (2019-01-30). In First Phone Call, Trump Congratulates Guaido on Becoming President of Venezuela. theantimedia.com (ZH) — President Trump started a Tuesday morning twitter storm with a tweet warning that Maduro will be "willing to negotiate" after the US starves his teetering regime of badly needed funding via the sanctions that were levied earlier this week. Maduro willing to negotiate with opposition in Venezuela following U.S. sanctions and the cutting off of …

amnesty (2019-01-30). 1. Background: The Israeli Occupation. amnesty.org

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Report: Airbnb Profiting From War Crimes, Israeli Settlements. telesurenglish.net Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are "fuelling human rights violations against Palestinians" by continuing listings in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, human rights organization, Amnesty International said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Airbnb Faces Israeli Class-action Lawsuit Over Boycott of Illegal Settlements | In a report, titled "Destination: Occupation," the organizati…

RT (2019-01-30). 'Why must we hate Iran?' Rick Sanchez questions MSM mantra as Trump & US intel disagree. rt.com Twisted headlines and nuclear accusations against Iran all serve the same purpose: beating the drums of war and fanning public hatred: Rick Sanchez takes on how the White House and the MSM are trying to ram their message home. |

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-30). Trump's Venezuela Envoy Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. truthout.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of Indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later…

amnesty (2019-01-30). Philippines: Peace advocate gunned down in yet another targeted killing. amnesty.org Responding to news that peace advocate Randy Felix Malayao was gunned down by an unidentified man on 30 January while on board a bus in northern Philippines, Amnesty International's Senior Director for Global Operations, Minar Pimple, said: | "The cold-blooded murder of Malayao is yet another addition to the growing list of political activists who have been attacked and killed in the country. |

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-30). US-Taliban Talks: Another Likely Tragedy for the Afghan People. therealnews.com Vijay Prashad of the Tricontinental Institute says we need a regional peace agreement for Afghanistan that includes Pakistan, India, and Iran at the negotiating table, lead by the United Nations

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-30). Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela's Oil as US Ratchets Up Pressure. truthout.org As the Trump administration continues its attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the US has imposed a de facto embargo on oil from Venezuela's state-run oil company. The new sanctions include exemptions for several US firms, including Chevron and Halliburton, to allow them to continue working in Venezuela. We speak with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn about the push to privatize Venezuela's oil. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: So, let's go to John Bolton, the national security adviser, on Fox Business. | JOHN BOLTON: We're in conversation with major American compani…

RT (2019-01-30). Trump rips into US intel's Iran report, calling spies 'wrong' & 'naive'. rt.com President Trump has called US intelligence agencies "naive" and "wrong" on Iran, after their annual 'threat assessment' contradicted his hawkish stance by downplaying Tehran's nuclear threat.

amnesty (2019-01-30). Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: Destination: Occupation digital tourism and Israel's illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. amnesty.org In this report, Amnesty International exposes how four leading online tourism companies and global brands — TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Expedia and Airbnb are listing places to stay or things to do in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. They are promoting these listings, and profiting from them, despite knowing that these Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and are at the root of a wide range of human rights violations suffered by Palestinian communities. Amnesty International is calling on these companies to stop providing these listings, and on government…

amnesty (2019-01-30). Israel y los Territorios Palestinos Ocupados: Destino: Ocupación: El turismo digital y los asentamientos ilegales de Israel en los Territorios Palestinos Ocupados- Extracto. amnesty.org Las empresas digitales están revolucionando la forma en que el mundo hace turismo. En lugar de comprar sus vacaciones en los establecimientos de agencias de viajes, como antes, ahora los consumidores y consumidoras pueden reservarlo todo en Internet. A su vez, empresas como Airbnb, Inc. (Airbnb), Booking.com B. V. (Booking.com), Expedia Group, Inc. (Expedia) y TripAdvisor, Inc. (TripAdvisor) les ofrecen una variedad sin precedentes de alojamientos y actividades en casi todos los rincones del mundo. Como consecuencia, estas empresas —que dominan la multimillonaria industria del turismo en Internet— est…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-30). New Oil Sanctions on Venezuela: "Would Destroy What's Left of its Economy" therealnews.com National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the US will freeze Venezuelan assets and block oil payments for Venezuelan oil imports to the US. This would not only be illegal, but would also be yet another crippling blow to the country, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Activist Nuns Say Church Trying to Silence Them. telesurenglish.net A group of nuns in south India, who broke with protocol to push back against alleged sexual abuse, are accusing the church of attempting to move them to other locations, in a bid to silence them. | RELATED: | Indian Nuns, Activists Demand Justice for Nun Sexually Assaulted by Bishop | "They want to split all of us and put into different locations in India," the nuns said in a letter to Kerala authorities. "We will not be able to appear and give evidence before the c…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-30). Chomsky: Ocasio-Cortez and Other Newcomers Are Rousing the Multitudes. truthout.org A quick glance around the world today reveals that politics almost everywhere — from the federal government shutdown in the US to the power struggle in Venezuela and from Macron's crisis in France and UK's Brexit nightmare to the Israeli-Iranian rivalry — are engulfed in a state of uncertainty and turmoil. Meanwhile, oligarchy is replacing democracy as the widening social and economic gap between rich and poor continues unabated. So, who rules the world now? The US is in a state of relative decline, but neither Russia nor China has the capacity to control global developments. How do the super-rich a…

Turkish Minute (2019-01-30). Survey Shows 80% of Turks Perceive US as the 'Most Dangerous' Country. theantimedia.com (TM) — According to a recent survey conducted by Kadir Has University a whopping 81.9 percent of Turks consider the United States the most dangerous country for Turkey. Israel follows the US with 63.3 percent, according to the survey, titled "Turkey Social and Political Trends Research," published by Turkish media outlets on Wednesday. The opinion poll …

amnesty (2019-01-30). Israel/OPT: Tourism companies driving settlement expansion, profiting from war crimes. amnesty.org Online booking giants Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are fuelling human rights violations against Palestinians by listing hundreds of rooms and activities in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, including East Jerusalem, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, 'Destination: Occupation', the organization documents how online booking companies are driving tourism to illegal Is…

amnesty (2019-01-30). Chapter 3: Israeli Settlements and International Law. amnesty.org

Democracy Now! (2019-01-29). Headlines for January 29, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela in Latest Challenge to Maduro, White House Raises Specter of Military Intervention in Venezuela, CBO: Gov't Shutdown Caused $3 Billion Permanent Loss to Economy, Joshua Tree Damage from Shutdown Could Take 300 Years to Recover, DOJ Charges Huawei with Bank Fraud, Seeks CFO's Extradition, Yemen: Attack on Camp Kills 8 Civilians as Ceasefire Is Delayed, Polar Vortex Hits Midwest, Bringing Dangerous Conditions, Senate Advances Anti-BDS Bill, Acting AG: Mueller Probe "Close to Being Completed", Virginia Teachers Protest for Fair Wages and Education Funding, Immigrant Rights Activis…

Whitney Webb (2019-01-29). The US Senate Just Quietly Advanced A Free Speech Busting Anti-BDS Bill. mintpressnews.com Under the guise of preventing "anti-Semitism," this anti-BDS bill represents a fraught, Orwellian overreach by Congress into the private lives of all Americans and their right to make politically-motivated decisions.

teleSUR (2019-01-29). Violent Attacks Against Palestinians Is Deeply Concerning: UN. telesurenglish.net The "protracted and extremely violent attack" against Palestinian al-Mugheir villagers along the occupied West Bank is a cause for serious concern, the United Nations said Tuesday. | RELATED: | 'Racist' Israeli Hospitals' Unethical Search of Palestinians | On Saturday a group of 30 Israeli settlers opened fire against Palestinian farmers working the…

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