2019-02-05: News Headlines

PACBI (2019-02-05). Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions. bdsmovement.net Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions: Open LetterThe Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) urges Pitzer College to stand by an overwhelming majority of its faculty refusing to be complicit in Israel's denial of Palestinian rights and its blatan…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-05). Gaza Rallies for Caracas: On the West's Dangerous Game in Venezuela. counterpunch.org Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it's legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela is struggling to defeat a coup attempt that is supported by the United States, Israel and many Western governments. The relationship between Venezuela and Palestine has been More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-05). Gaza Rallies for Caracas. zcomm.org Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it's legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro…

Jim Miles (2019-02-05). Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History. globalresearch.ca The Israeli narrative of a nation/state returning to its homeland after a fifteen hundred year exile requires ongoing deft work by the David Ben-Gurion initiated Governmental Names Committee (Va'adat Hashemot Hamimshaltit, 1949). The Hebraization of Palestine is described in Nur …

Pepe Escobar (2019-02-05). Venezuela: Let's Cut to the Chase. Will China's Petroyuan Displace America's Petrodollar? globalresearch.ca Cold War 2.0 has hit South America with a bang — pitting the US and expected minions against the four key pillars of in-progress Eurasia integration: Russia, China, Iran and Turkey. | It's the oil, stupid. But there's way more than …

STAFF (2019-02-05). Senate Breaks With Trump on Afghanistan, Syria Withdrawal. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. | Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The measure says the Islamic State group and al-Qaida militants still pose a serious threat to the United States, and it warns that "a precipitous withdrawal" of U.S. forces from those countries could "allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russia." | Tr…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-05). Washington Follows Ukraine, Syria Roadmap in Push for Venezuela Regime Change. globalresearch.ca What happens in Venezuela going forward will have major consequences for the entire region and the world; and, with the U.S. already pushing countries to pick sides, the world may soon become as divided as it was immediately preceding WW …

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-05). How to Start a World War. globalresearch.ca The White House decision to withdraw American troops from Syria as soon as possible may or may not be on track depending on whom one believes. But one thing that is for sure is that the recent suicide bomber attack …

Jacob Sugarman (2019-02-05). The Mainstream Media's Smearing of Tulsi Gabbard. truthdig.com More than a year removed from the 2020 primary, NBC News has already branded the fierce critic of American empire an unwitting Putin pawn.

teleSUR (2019-02-05). 'Don't Use Iraq to Spy on Iran,' Says Iraq President Salih. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump recently stated he would use his country's base in Iraq to closely watch Iran, a claim which has been rejected by the Middle Eastern nation. | RELATED: | Trump Will Increase Iran Intelligence Gathering From Iraq | "Don't overburden Iraq with your own issues," replied Iraq's President Barham Salih to the U.S. presidents' statement. | "The U.S. is a major power (…) but do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here," added Salih. | This is the s…

ZANU PF UK (2019-02-05). Video: Call for Sanctions to be Lifted Against Zimbabwe. globalresearch.ca

Debbie Southorn (2019-02-05). Officers Accused of Abuses Leading "Implicit Bias" Training Program. zcomm.org For activists working on policing issues in Chicago, the track records of police officers who have or are giving trainings underscore the problems with pushing for "improved training" as the solution for police violence…

Direct Action Everywhere (2019-02-05). 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…

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…

Janine Jackson (2019-02-04). 'Palestinian Rights Has Become an Incredibly Mainstream Issue' – CounterSpin interview with Josh Ruebner on BDS bans. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Josh Ruebner about BDS bans for the February 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

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 …

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…

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-04). Edging toward war with Iran? 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 …

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

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…

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 …

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…

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 →

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

teleSUR (2019-02-04). After Surviving IS Group, Yazidi Women Ask to Go Home. telesurenglish.net Among thousands fleeing the crumbling dream of an Islamic State group "caliphate" in eastern Syria are alleged jihadists but also survivors of some of their worst atrocities. | RELATED: | US Envoy Quits Post Syria Pullout, Trump Says 'I Don't Know' Him | "I'll never forget," 40-year-old Bissa says softly, as she recounts being "bought and sold" by six different jihadists. "We did everything they wanted to do with us. We couldn't say no," says the Iraqi woman from the Yazidi relig…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Activists Denounce Intervention in Venezuela by Lima Group. telesurenglish.net Activists interrupted the final declaration of the self-styled Grupo de Lima with the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to denounce the coup that the United States intends to perpetrate along with the national right. | The interruption was recorded while Canada's Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, held a press conference this afternoon with her counterpart Néstor Popolizio in Ottawa. | RELATED: | Roger Waters: 'LEAVE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ALONE' | Over the weekend, Canada denied accreditation to…

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 …

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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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.

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 …

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 […]

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

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

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

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."

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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