2019-02-07: News Headlines

PACBI (2019-02-07). Lawsuit Dismissed Against American Studies Association Over Israel Boycott. bdsmovement.net Lawsuit Dismissed Against American Studies Association Over Israel Boycott: In the NewsUS federal judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to deter academic associations from adopting boycotts for Palestinian rights. | Academic Boycott Right To BoycottFebruary 5, 2019 | By: | | Palestine Legal

Consortiumnews (2019-02-07). The Progressive Except Palestine Problem. consortiumnews.com The Jewish community has a special responsibility to fight Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, says Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn Truthout As a progressive Jew, I find that many of my family members and friends are still what we… Read more →

Fernando Arce (2019-02-07). Canada: The Empire's Shadowy Cousin. globalresearch.ca Juan Guaido's declaration on Jan. 23, the CBC reports. A mere two weeks after the inauguration of democratically-elected Nicolas …

unitedEditor (2019-02-07). Marzieh Hashemi: taken captive by Democracy. uwidata.com The unmotivated arrest and custody of Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, an American national working for Press TV, has shown the whole world once again how the paragon of the Free World tramples on reporters' rights. Marzieh Hashemi, the face of the Iranian channel, an African-American with dual citizenship, was detained at an airport in St […]

Juan Cole (2019-02-07). Calls to Expel US Troops from Iraq. zcomm.org Trump's assertion that he intends to keep US troops in Iraq to spy on Iran has produced a firestorm of protest and controversy in Baghdad…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-02-07). Iran to the Iraqis: Do Not Attack US Forces Unless They Refuse to Withdraw Following a Parliamentary Decision. globalresearch.ca US president Donald Trump's statement of his intention to remain in Iraq in order to "be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem" has created a political storm in Mesopotamia among local politicians and …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-07). The US Syria Withdrawal and the Myth of the Islamic State's "Return" globalresearch.ca At face value — the notion that the US occupation of Syria is key to preventing the return of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) to Syrian territory is unconvincing. | Regions west of the Euphrates River where ISIS had previously thrived …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-07). Trump Withdrawing from Old Wars While Threatening Iran with New One. therealnews.com While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran

Social Media Analysis (2019-02-07). Problems With Facebook. indybay.org Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Labor must oppose Trump coup in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au The Australian Labor Party leadership has failed its first foreign policy test in 2019 by falling in behind the Coalition government's support for the Donald Trump administration's recognition of Juan Guaidó as un-elected "interim President" of Venezuela, in violation of international law. | Labor's support for Trump's regime change push, and its silence on the US's illegal sanctions and threats of military actions against a sovereign nation, should be cause for serious soul searching by Labor party members. | Just a few months ago, pa…

RT (2019-02-07). Trump vows to defeat all of ISIS 'next week'… but generals say the fight isn't over. rt.com US Middle East policy is becoming increasingly confusing, as Donald Trump assured his coalition allies that "100 percent" of Islamic State will be defeated "next week." However, the military has warned it remains a real danger.

stuart_m (2019-02-07). Spanish state vs Catalonia: putting a political trial on trial. greenleft.org.au On February 12, the trial of 12 Catalan politicians and social movement leaders involved in the October 1, 2017 independence referendum is set to begin in the Spanish Supreme Court. | The leaders face sanctions as harsh as 25 year's jail for their alleged offences — rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds. | It is the first of three trials. Other defendants, including former police chief, José Lluís Trapero, will face the National High Court. Those members of the Catalan parliament who allowed discussion and voting on the referendum enabling law will face the High Court of Justice of Catalonia…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-06). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. counterpunch.org In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply, "Far and away More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). Headlines for February 6, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks Immigrants, Abortion Rights, Democratic Investigations in SOTU, Stacey Abrams Slams Gov't Shutdown, Voter Suppression in SOTU Response, School Apologizes for Racist Yearbook Photos as VA Gov. Northam Resists Resignation, Pope Francis Acknowledges Priests Sexually Abused Nuns, Ex-President of Costa Rica Accused of Sexual Assault, At Least 29 Haitian Migrants Killed in Shipwreck, Taliban Attacks Kill 50 in Afghanistan, CNN: Saudis Gave U.S. Weapons to al-Qaeda, Other Militants in Yemen, CENTCOM Head Was Not Notified of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria, Anti-BDS Lawsuit Against Salaita & American Studi…

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. fair.org The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)—but few in Western media are listening to his message. | Sister Eugenia…

Miko Peled (2019-02-06). A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left. mintpressnews.com Netanyahu's political opponents, a crew of former generals who are the A-team of Israeli war criminals, are considered by Israeli standards to be Center-Left.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-06). Israel's Surprise Elections Catch Palestinian 'Joint List' in Disarray. consortiumnews.com Divisions in the coalition could reduce turnout in April and strengthen the right-wing bloc under Netanyahu, reports Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net A political coalition representing Israel's Palestinian minority — currently the third biggest faction in the Israeli parliament, the… Read more →

John G. Russell (2019-02-06). Obscenities, Congress, and the White House. counterpunch.org So, the first #Palestinian ever to enter the #USCongress announces on her 2nd day in office her intention to impeach #Trump, publicly uses the most vulgar term in the history of Congress & stands by her obscenity. Me: Americans now get to enjoy a version of what #Israelis face. —Daniel Pipes January 6, 2019 Conservative commentator More

Ronit Lentin (2019-02-06). The Empathy of the Irish for Palestinians is in No Way Anti-Semitic. counterpunch.org Israel's response to the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill in the Dáil last week entailed, on the one hand, threatening to impose severe economic-political measures against Ireland, including taxing Irish imports and suspending bilateral economic and commercial agreements with Dublin. On the other hand, Israel accused Ireland of anti-Semitism, often weaponised against any criticism More

Whitney Webb (2019-02-06). US Troop Count in Syria Jumps by 50 Percent Since Trump's "Withdrawal" Announcement. mintpressnews.com The huge amount of equipment being brought into Syria by the U.S. starts to look much more like a surge than a withdrawal when one considers that a thousand more troops have already been deployed to Syria following Trump's troop withdrawal announcement.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-06). CIA and FBI Had Planned to Assassinate Hugo Chávez. globalresearch.ca Article originally published by Global Research in 2005, which points to previous attempts to assassinate President Hugo Chavez. | This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation. "How do we know …

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

STAFF (2019-02-06). Torture Still Scars Iranians 40 Years After Revolution. truthdig.com As Iran marks the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, the inmates who suffered torture at the hands of the police still bear marks.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More. democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

Bruce Lesnick (2019-02-06). Corporate Titans Target Venezuela. counterpunch.org What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy. More

STAFF (2019-02-06). What Labor Activists Can Learn From the Seattle General Strike. truthdig.com In 1919, 35,000 shipyard workers brought a city to a standstill. Their protest holds lessons for teachers, Google employees and more.

stuart_m (2019-02-06). How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people. greenleft.org.au Much media fanfare has been made about US President Donald Trump pledge to deliver US$20 millions worth of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medicine, into Venezuela via its borders with Colombia and Brazil. | While Trump is using a request from self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido as a pretext for the move, it is clear that the purpose is to provoke some kind of reaction from the Venezuelan military, who continue to recognise elected president Nicolas Maduro: either they let in the aid, thereby implying allegiance to the coup president; or block its enter, and risk a further escalation in tens…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-06). Senate Accused of Endorsing 'McCarthy-Era Tactics' as 25 Democrats Join GOP to Pass Anti-Boycott Bill. commondreams.org "Should the House take up similar legislation, we urge members to remove the Combating BDS Act from the package of bills due to the threat it poses to all Americans' First Amendment right to boycott," the ACLU said | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-06). As Resolution to End US Complicity in Yemen Carnage Advances, Anti-War Voices Say, 'Now Is the Time to Call Your Lawmakers!'. commondreams.org The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted along party lines to advance joint resolution to full chamber | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-06). Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel. truthout.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall — with no mention of the longest government shutdown in US history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. We're joined by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American elected to the House of Representatives and…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-06). The State of the Resistance. truthout.org The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), a jail run by the Trump administration in Brooklyn, New York, reportedly lost power about a week ago, leaving the people locked inside — many of whom have yet to be convicted of a crime — without heat and light in their cells as temperatures plummeted amid a polar vortex. | As soon as word got out about conditions inside the jail, family members and activists quickly organized and gathered to protest outside the facility on Friday, demanding that jail officials provide the incarcerated with heat, hot meals and means for contacting their families and attorney…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-06). Poland: Women's Rights Activists Targeted. hrw.org

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-05). Yemen: Hodeida Truce in New Hands as UN Replaces Biased and Ineffective Monitor. mintpressnews.com In the view of Yemeni analysts who spoke to MintPress, if Saudi Arabia persists in its behavior, no UN envoy or monitor will be able to help reach a peace agreement in Yemen; and, without pressure on the Kingdom, the UN will go on playing a feeble role.

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-05). Dispatches from the Edge: the Drift Towards War with Iran. mintpressnews.com Is US National Security Advisor John Bolton just blowing smoke when he talks about regime change in Iran? Possibly, but it is a good idea to take the neo-conservatives at their word.

Janine Jackson (2019-02-05). 'Face Surveillance Is a Uniquely Dangerous Technology' – CounterSpin interview with Shankar Narayan on facial recognition. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Shankar Narayan about face surveillance for the February 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

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…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-05). Trump To Move US Troops from Syria to Iraq to "Watch" Iran, "Protect Israel" mintpressnews.com WASHINGTON — In a pre-Super Bowl interview on Sunday, President Donald Trump discussed his plan for a troop withdrawal from Syria, which, as it turns out, doesn't involve many troops vacating the Middle East. Instead, Trump said the troops would mostly be "going to our base in Iraq." | CBS's Margaret Brennan held a wide-ranging interview with Trump, in the course of which she asked him about the intelligence community's "concern" that a "vacuum" left by the U.S. pullout could cause a "resurgence of ISIS…

Alexander Campbell, CEPR (2019-02-05). What's the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why's It So Hard for Media to Understand? venezuelanalysis.com CEPR's Alexander Campbell looks at US sanctions against Venezuela and how the media ignore their effects.

Jake Johnson (2019-02-05). CNN Catches Saudi Arabia Providing US Weapons to Al-Qaeda in Yemen. theantimedia.com (CD) — Bolstering the already overwhelming case for cutting off U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's years-long assault on Yemen, a "bombshell" CNN investigation published late Monday found that the Saudis have sold or freely "passed on" American weapons to al-Qaeda fighters and other militia groups that have helped create the world's worst humanitarian crisis. According to CNN, Saudi Arabia and the …

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-05). Iran: Environmentalists' Flawed Trial. hrw.org | | A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months. | © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign | (Beirut) — Iran's judicial authorities are violating fair trial standards in the case of eight environmentalists who have been detained for over a year, Human Rights Watch said today.

Jim Carey (2019-02-05). Juan Guaido Promises Oil Deals for US Gas Giants If He Takes Power. theantimedia.com (GPA) — Making the empires ambitions clear, US stooge Juan Guaidó has promised Venezuelan oil to US corporations. The US-backed Venezuelan "government" of Juan Guaidó has said there will be plenty of money to be made for Wall Street under a government without the current President, Nicolas Maduro. According to reports, this offer was made during a …

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…

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 →

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…

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

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.

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

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