2019-02-04: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-04). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. commondreams.org Pro-government supporters attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Richard Falk (2019-02-04). The future of statehood: Israel & Palestine. zcomm.org There are signs that a position of balanced support as between Israel and Palestine is gaining strength in the West, especially among the American public…

Miko Peled (2019-02-04). As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril. globalresearch.ca It takes an enormous effort for any country to oppose Israel, but particularly a small country that has to rely on bigger powers. It is even harder to impose effective pragmatic measures against Israel, as in the case of Ireland …

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Trump Will Increase Iran Intelligence Gathering From Iraq. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Saturday he considers it important to keep some military forces in Iraq to watch Iran closely. | RELATED: | Iranian President Criticizes US Hegemonic Tactics in Venezuela | Trump expressed his regret for the "endless wars" held in Afghanistan and Syria. He also commented on his intention to reduce costly U.S. military presence in those countries, during a CBS interview. | However, the bellicose attitude adopted by his administration toward…

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Edging toward war with Iran? Dispatches from the edge. peoplesworld.org Keeping track of the Trump administration's foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We're pulling out of Syria (not right away). We're leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn't). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North …

Mark Taliano (2019-02-04). I am a Syrian Living in Syria: "It Was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists Are Sent by Your Government" globalresearch.ca The majority here loves Assad. He has never committed a crime against his own people…the chemical attack was staged by the terrorists helped by USA and UK etc..Everyone knows that here.

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Will Trump Really Launch a War on Iran? counterpunch.org Keeping track of the Trump administration's foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We're pulling out of Syria (not right away). We're leaving Afghanistan (sometime in the future). Mexico is going to pay for a wall (no, it isn't). Saudi Arabia, Russia, the European Union, China, Turkey, North Korea — one day friends, another day foes. More

South Front (2019-02-04). Video: US-led Coalition Warplane Struck Syrian Army Near Al-Bukamal. globalresearch.ca Late on February 2nd, a US-led coalition warplane attacked an artillery position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of al-Sukkariya west of the town of al-Bukamal in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to the …

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Could Trump Really Launch a War With Iran? commondreams.org The U.S. will try to get Iran to withdraw from the nuclear pact by aggressively tightening the sanctions. If Tehran takes the bait, Washington will claim the legal right to attack Iran.(Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2019-02-04). Gaza Rallies for Caracas: On the West's Dangerous Game in Venezuela. commondreams.org The Gaza rallies, however, were more than a display of gratitude towards a country that had enough courage to break off ties with Israel following the latter's 2008-9 war on Gaza – a bloody campaign known as "Operation Cast Lead."(Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Chris Hedges (2019-02-04). Goodbye to the Dollar. truthdig.com The inept and corrupt presidency of Donald Trump has unwittingly triggered the fatal blow to the American empire—the abandonment of the dollar as the world's principal reserve currency. Nations around the globe, especially in Europe, have lost confidence in the United States to act rationally, much less lead, in issues of international finance, trade, diplomacy and war. These nations are quietly dismantling the seven-decade-old alliance with the United States and building alternative systems of bilateral trade. This reconfiguring of the world's…

Robert Fisk (2019-02-04). Deaths of Journalists Brushed Aside in Middle East. zcomm.org Why is the fate of the Saudi reporter of infinitely more pressing importance than that of Yaser Murtaja, shot by the Israelis in Gaza?>

Père Daniel Maes (2019-02-04). "The Media Coverage on Syria is the Biggest Media Lie of our Time": Interview with Flemish Priest in Syria. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on January 24, 2017 | Flemish Father Danià´l Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a …

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-04). Everyday life in besieged Venezuela. mronline.org A young author presents intimate snapshots of ordinary life as it is lived by millions of Venezuelans during a grueling crisis fueled by deadly U.S. sanctions and coup efforts. | Source

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2019-02-04). Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar? zcomm.org It's a good time for Americans to start thinking about how we can instead cooperate with all our neighbors in a smooth, peaceful transition to a sustainable, multipolar world…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). British MPs: Female Saudi Activist Prisoners Being Tortured. telesurenglish.net A group of women Saudi gender activists in jail since at least last April are being tortured and held in inhumane prison conditions, according to an ad hoc British parliamentary committee. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | A report released by the special multi-party parliamentary committee found that the group of about 10 Saudi female activists, arrested nine months ago when advocating for women's equality and the right to drive, have been subje…

Kevin Zeese (2019-02-04). US-led Coup in Venezuela: The Plot Thickens. globalresearch.ca A lot has happened and we have learned more since last week when we wrote, Venezuela: What Activists Need To Know About The US-Led Coup. This article updates activists so we remain well-informed and can educate others in the …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-04). PEPE ESCOBAR: MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train. consortiumnews.com While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Milan Special to Consortium News We… Read more →

Direct Action Everywhere (2019-02-04). Biohazard Suit Protest Inside SF Costco After $331,000 Restitution Ruling Against Animal Activists. indybay.org Activists demand Costco "tell the truth" as factory farm whistleblowers face potential bankruptcy…

Andrea Germanos (2019-02-04). Iraq Fires Back at Trump for Saying US Troops Will Stay to "Watch Iran" theantimedia.com (CD) — Baghdad is firing back on Monday with calls to potentially boot U.S. troops out of Iraq in response to President Donald Trump's comments that he wants to keep them there to "watch Iran." Speaking to CBS's "Face the Nation" in an interview that aired Sunday, Trump said he wants the continued military presence because I want to …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-04). Trump Says He Wants US Troops in Iraq to "Watch Iran." Iraqis' Response: Get Out. commondreams.org "Trump did not ask us to keep U.S. troops to watch Iran," says Iraqi president. "He didn't ask permission from Congress either," says one observer. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-02-04). US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US warplanes attacked a Syrian military position along the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal late Saturday. Syrian state media reported the attack as "US aggression," which reportedly wounded two soldiers and destroyed a stationary artillery piece. Exactly what happened that led to this rare US attack on Syrian military targets is uncertain. The US-led …

RT (2019-02-04). 'Neocon warmongers': NBC slammed for drawing on dodgy Russiagate org in Gabbard smear. rt.com NBC's claim Tulsi Gabbard is supported by a Kremlin propaganda effort is based on data from a cybersecurity firm already exposed for creating fake Russian bot accounts, prompting a sharp rebuke from Gabbard and mockery online.

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-04). Netanyahu Launches His Own TV Channel to Bypass 'Fake News'. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Benjamin Netanyahu has launched his own TV channel to bypass mainstream media and ensure positive coverage ahead of the upcoming General Election. "Likud TV" was launched yesterday on the Israeli Prime Minister's official Facebook page and will air every evening at 19: 00 local time (17: 00 GMT) until the election on 9 April. Sporting the slogan "we're throwing …

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Pope Urges Global Powers to Support Yemen Ceasefire, Peace. telesurenglish.net Pope Francis is urging the international community to support the Yemen ceasefire accord for the welfare of the children and those in need of resources, the pontiff said Sunday from Abu Dhabi. | RELATED: | Yemeni Mothers Protest Detentions of Sons in Infamous UAE-run Prisons | "The people are exhausted by the long conflict and many children are hungry, but humanitarian aid isn't accessible. The cry of these children and their parents rises before God," the pope said dur…

unitedEditor (2019-02-03). The US — Iran military stand-off: assessing Iran's defensive capability. uwidata.com In September 2018, National Security Advisor John R. Bolton reportedly called on the ministry of defense to formulate an attack on Iran in response to a mortar attack on the American embassy in Basra, Iraq. Would the US actually be able to launch a direct attack on Iran? The White House has put forward three […]

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-03). Edging Toward War With Iran? zcomm.org It's unpopular at home and abroad, and regional politics don't favor it. But we should take neocons like Bolton at their word…

Maryam Saleh (2019-02-03). "I Want to Walk on the Moon While Wearing Hijab": Syrian Women in Turkey Seek to Define Their Independence. theintercept.com Syria's revolution may have made it possible for Syrian women to start talking about their rights, but the war has also given these issues new urgency.

unitedEditor (2019-02-02). Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for? uwidata.com The decision by US President Donald to pull American troops out of Syria has opened the path for a new process in Syrian conflict settlement. The active actors in the conflict are revising their policies and seeking to fortify their positions. Russian that has played an important role in the civil war in Syria and […]

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-02). Why did Hamas Refuse Aid Money from Qatar? therealnews.com Imad Al-Soos discusses the massive changes in the relationship between the Israeli government in Hamas in Gaza in the last months, and how Hamas's new policies affect the lives of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-01). The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine. fair.org Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-01). "Largest Land Grab Since 1948" — Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians From Negev. mintpressnews.com Given the Israeli state's rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers "violators" and "squatters" — accusing them of illegally occupying "state lands."

CounterSpin (2019-02-01). Josh Ruebner on BDS Bans, Shankar Narayan on Face Surveillance. fair.org Media…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-01). Losing a Generation: UNICEF Sees Saudi War Robbing Yemeni Children of Their Future. mintpressnews.com "Without education [young Yemenis] will not be able to find jobs… A generation that is not educated has a very bleak future. We are losing a generation — many children are losing their education, and displacement makes it worse." — Meritxell Relano, Yemen's Director of UNICEF

Michael Hudson (2019-02-01). Trump's Brilliant Strategy to Dismember U.S. Dollar Hegemony. counterpunch.org The end of America's unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its violent regime change warfare against Venezuela and Syria — and threatening other countries with sanctions if they do not join this crusade — is driving European and other nations to create their alternative financial institutions. | This break has been building for quite some time, and was bound to occur. But who would have thought that…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-01). Headlines for February 1, 2019. democracynow.org WSJ: After Venezuela, U.S. to Target Cuba in Effort to Reshape Latin America, Venezuela: Guaidó Seeks Support from Russia, China as Maduro Gov't Remains Defiant, U.S. Announces Withdrawal from INF, Sen. Sanders Proposes Expanding Estate Tax for Wealthiest Americans, Senate Bill Opposes U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan, Trump Dismisses Funding Talks 2 Weeks Ahead of Gov't Shutdown Deadline, Progressive Dems: "Not Another Dollar" for DHS, Court: Syrian Gov't Responsible for Killing War Reporter Marie Colvin, Somalia: U.S. Airstrike Kills 24 al-Shabab Militants, Reports: EPA Won't Set Limits on Harmful Chemi…

Kei Pritsker (2019-02-01). The Real Target of the Huawei Sanctions and the Trade War. mintpressnews.com The U.S.-China trade war isn't actually about soybeans and steel. Washington fears its iron grip over the post-Soviet world is waning thanks to China's new global initiatives.

Garikai Chengu (2019-02-01). Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela. counterpunch.org American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind. The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those More

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-01). UPDATED Venezuela: US Rejects Calls for Dialogue Ahead of Dueling Marches. venezuelanalysis.com Draconian US sanctions and calls for dialogue set the stage for pro- and anti-government marches this weekend.

ZeroHedge (2019-02-01). Former US Spies Are Helping the UAE Hack Human Rights Activists. mintpressnews.com Mainstream networks will likely shrug and yawn at this bombshell Reuters story, given that it doesn't involve Putin or Russia, but merely one of Washington's chief Arab Gulf oil and gas allies.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz (2019-02-01). How Do We Counteract Othering in America Today? progressive.org We turned to some leading thinkers and social justice activists to ask how we must reckon with prejudice.

Rob Urie (2019-02-01). Democrats Killed the Green New Deal. counterpunch.org Environmental activists received a reality check when newly empowered Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed aside demands for an environmental economic transition program— a Green New Deal, in favor of reviving a toothless committee to 'study' the problem. A transition program is needed to mitigate the economic dislocations that will result from resolving the multiple environmental crises currently underway. More

Juan Cole (2019-02-01). Trump Explodes at CIA over Iran: "Naive and Passive," "Go Back to School!" mintpressnews.com Ann Arbor ( Informed Comment) — Our great leader has delivered himself of some weighty pronouncements about Iran, about which he knows not a single little thing, likely even where exactly it is. He called the US intelligence agencies "passive and naive" on Iran, said that Tehran had become less active since Trump violated the 2015 nuclear deal, said Iran's economy is crashing, and urged Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Gina Haspel to "go back to school." | The Intelligence people seem to be extremely pass…

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-01). Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts. counterpunch.org Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during More

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2019-02-01). The Hidden Structure of U.S. Empire. zcomm.org This self-reinforcing vicious circle endangers us all, not least those of us who live at the heart of this corrupt and ultimately self-destructive empire…

stuart_m (2019-02-01). 45 Fridays on, Gaza is still resisting. greenleft.org.au The 45th Friday of the Great March of Return took place on February 1. Each Friday since March 30 last year, Gazans have defied Israeli snipers — who have shot unarmed protesters, journalists and medics — to demand their right to return to their now Israeli-occupied lands. | The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories ( OCHA-OPT) said there have been more than 26,000 Palestinian injuries since the Great March began. Israeli injuries stand at 23. | Whereas Israeli injuries can be tr…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-01). Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report. therealnews.com Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

Jason Ditz (2019-02-01). Senate Vote Opposes Ending US Wars in Syria and Afghanistan. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a surprising vote Thursday, the Senate voted 68-23 to pass a resolution from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing opposition to President Trump's plan to withdraw US troops from Syria, and expressing opposition to any theoretical pullout from Afghanistan that might result from a negotiated deal to end that war. The non-binding resolution was passed …

Sarah Aziza (2019-02-01). Mohammed bin Salman Is Running Saudi Arabia Like a Man Who Got Away With Murder. theintercept.com The Saudi monarch is pursuing Hollywood stars for the country's "Year of Entertainment," while women activists are being tortured behind bars.

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