2019-02-12: News Headlines

U.S. Labor against the War (2019-02-12). Anti-war labor group opposes Trump attacks on Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The U.S. has no legitimate claim to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, to take sides in internal political disputes, or to undermine governments elected by the people. We have seen the disastrous consequences of recent U.S. interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and, through its alliance with Saudi Arabia, in Yemen. U.S. intervention …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2019. democracynow.org Negotiators Reach Tentative Border Funding Deal as Shutdown Looms, Trump and Beto O'Rourke Hold Rival Rallies in El Paso, Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Critical AIPAC Tweet, Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future, Yemen: Grain Supplies at Risk of Rotting as Millions Face Famine Risk, Syria: Airstrikes in ISIS Stronghold Kill Scores of Civilians, Mexico: Veteran Radio Reporter Jesús Ramos Rodríguez Murdered, Mexico: LGBT Activist àìscar Cazorla Found Dead, Cameroon: Hospital Arson Kills At Least 4 Amid Mounting Violence, Honduran and Nepali TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration, WSJ: Nat'l Enq…

Robert Mackey (2019-02-12). Democrats Echo Israel's Far-Right. zcomm.org While right-wing Israelis prefer to say that the land where they rule a Palestinian population that is denied basic civil rights is contested, the occupation is a fact under international law…

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-02-12). President Starts a War? Congress Yawns. Threatens to End One? Condemnation! globalresearch.ca Last week's bipartisan Senate vote to rebuke President Trump for his decision to remove troops from Syria and Afghanistan unfortunately tells us a lot about what is wrong with Washington, DC. While the two parties loudly bicker about minor issues, …

teleSUR (2019-02-12). At Least 70 'Killed or Injured' in US-Led Airstrike in Syria. telesurenglish.net Syrian agency SANA has reported that at least 70 civilians were "killed or injured" Monday in an attack carried out by the US-led coalition on a camp of the civilians in al-Baghouz town in the Deir ez Zor countryside of Syria. | RELATED: | US-led Coalition Kills 13 Civilians in Airstrikes in Syria | Earlier, on the same day, airstrikes by the warplanes of the "Coalition" were confirmed to have claimed the lives o…

teleSUR (2019-02-12). El Chapo Found Guilty on All 10 Charges, Faces Life in Prison. telesurenglish.net The world's most infamous cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to run a global drug empire and amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday of operating a criminal enterprise. | Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn began delivering their verdict following an 11-week trial. Guzman, 61, now faces a possible sentence of life in prison. | Guzman, one of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, was extradited to the United States for trial in 2017 after he was arrested in Mexico the year before. | Though other…

Stephen Zunes (2019-02-12). Disappointment (and a Little Hope) in First Foreign Policy Test of the New Congress. progressive.org The new bill endorses state government efforts to punish socially conscious businesses that choose to boycott illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi (2019-02-12). The Iranian Revolution Turns Forty: Dare to Know, Have the Courage to Act! counterpunch.org More>

Gus Bova (2019-02-12). Indigenous Activists Set Up Protest Camp at South Texas Cemetery to Stop Trump's Wall. globalresearch.ca Environmentalists, veterans of the Standing Rock protests and Carrizo/Comecrudo tribal members are vowing to stare down the president's bulldozers. | *** | The 154-year-old Eli Jackson Cemetery sits about a mile from the Rio Grande, south of the Hidalgo County town of …

teleSUR (2019-02-12). Pro-Independence Catalan Leaders Go On Trial in Spain. telesurenglish.net A dozen Catalan pro-independence leaders went on trial in Madrid Tuesday over their roles in an independence referendum that was brutally suppressed by the Spanish police. | RELATED: | Spain: Right-wing Groups Protest Catalan Independence Talks | The defendants are facing charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. They are also faced with…

South Front (2019-02-12). Video: US-led Coalition Is About to Reach Another Deal with ISIS? globalresearch.ca Last week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large ISIS base in the outskirt of the city of al-Mayadin in the province of Deir Ezzor. The base contained several mass graves of civilians who had been executed by the …

Shared by candice (2019-02-12). Resisting the Weaponization of Ignorance in the Age of Trump. truthout.org Ignorance now rules the U.S. Not the simple, if somewhat innocent ignorance that comes from an absence of knowledge, but a malicious ignorance forged in the arrogance of refusing to think hard about an issue. We most recently saw this exemplified in Donald Trump's disingenuousness 2019 State of the Union address in which he lied about the amount of drugs streaming across the southern border, demonized the immigrant community with racist attacks, misrepresented the facts regarding the degree of violence at the border, and employed an antiwar rhetoric while he has repeatedly threatened war with Iran and Venezuel…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-02-12). The Real Reason Ilhan Omar Is Being Smeared by the Entire Political Establishment. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — Well, now we all know what happens when a public official criticizes AIPAC. And of course, that was the whole idea. Listening and learning, but standing strong üí™üèΩ pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1 — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019 Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has published an apology for making self-evident observations about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), …

RT (2019-02-12). #StandwithIlhan: Social media users defend Ilhan Omar after her forced apology over anti-Semitism. rt.com Social media users are flocking to #StandwithIlhan after Rep. Ilhan Omar was pressured to issue an apology for her tweets about the Israel lobby's influence over US politicians, after she was accused of anti-Semitism.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-12). Not-So-Veiled Threat of War as John Bolton Says Iran May Not Have 'Many More Anniversaries to Enjoy'. commondreams.org "He clearly wants a war before Trump leaves office and shouldn't be underestimated." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-12). US Congresswomen Openly Endorse BDS Movement. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The first two Middle East Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, have openly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Michigan congresswoman Tlaib said on Saturday that she wanted to highlight "issues such as racism and Israel's violations of the Palestinians' human rights". Meanwhile Omar, the congresswoman for Minnesota, said she is working …

Mehdi Hasan (2019-02-12). There Is a Taboo Against Criticizing AIPAC — and Ilhan Omar Just Destroyed It. theintercept.com Rep. Ilhan Omar may not have used the right words, but even the leadership of AIPAC has boasted about the Israel lobby's outsized power in Washington, D.C.

WSWS (2019-02-12). Bogus charges of anti-Semitism fuel right-wing campaign against Ilhan Omar. wsws.org The Democratic Party backlash only demonstrates the truth of Representative Omar's comments about the influence of the Israeli lobby on Congress.

Jason Ditz (2019-02-12). Seven Children Among 16 Killed by US-Led Airstrikes in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, US airstrikes killed at least 16 civilians, including seven children, eight women, and an elderly man, in far eastern Syria. The civilians were fleeing an ISIS-held village that US-backed forces are attacking. This is the latest in a growing number of civilian deaths in US strikes, coming amid …

ANSWER Coalition (2019-02-12). March & Rally: Hands Off Venezuela! NO coup – NO war – NO sanctions! indybay.org UN Plaza, 7th and Market Sts.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-11). A Tragedy Mirroring a National Catastrophe: Conjoined Twins Die in Yemen Under Saudi Blockade. mintpressnews.com The death of a set of conjoined twins as a result of a Saudi blockade mirrors the humanitarian nightmare faced by most children in Yemen.

Whitney Webb (2019-02-11). With 3.8 Million Yemenis Displaced Last Year, New Report Shows Country's Crisis Growing Worse. mintpressnews.com The Saudi-led coalition's choice to continue raining bombs down on key civilian infrastructure shows its determination, in their pursuit of regional geopolitical dominance, to push the Yemeni people to the brink of annihilation by starvation, preventable disease and explosions.

Alison Weir (2019-02-11). Democratic Party Insiders Create Group To Promote Israel to Progressives. mintpressnews.com Some Democratic heavy hitters have formed a new pro-Israel organization focused on progressive Democrats. The new group, " Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI)," is the latest in a long line of groups working for Israel in the United States. | New York Jewish Week reports that the group was formed "to counter the drift — if not dive — away from support…

Fight Back (2019-02-11). Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A contingent of demonstrators braved the cold and dense snowfall, February 10, establishing an anti-war presence at Boom Island Park, where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential bid. | Klobuchar has a long history of voting with Republicans on the issues of foreign intervention and militarism, to include voting "Yea" on bills that imposed economic sanctions on Syria and Iran, added $61 billion to the defense budget, extended the expiration date of the PATRIOT Act, and authorized President Trump to transfer precision guided munitions to the Israeli apartheid regime. She…

Patrick Cockburn (2019-02-11). Trump Says ISIS is Defeated, But He Ignores the Much Bigger and More Troubling Picture. counterpunch.org President Trump says that in the coming week the US and its allies will announce that they have captured all of the land previously controlled by Isis. He claims that US-led forces "have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by Isis in Syria and Iraq … we will have 100 per cent of the caliphate." More

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-02-11). How did the Iranian Revolution go so far off the rails? peoplesworld.org Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight for a secular, democratic, and socialist Iran. The following is an exclusive interview with Mohammad Omidvar, a member of the political bureau of the Tudeh Party. …

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-02-11). As it happened: The promise—and betrayal—of Iran's 1979 revolution. peoplesworld.org In the fall of 1978, massive waves of unrest and strikes—led largely by Iran's oil workers—swept that country. By early 1979, the tyrannical government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was pushed from power. The Revolution of February 1979 was the work of a wide range of class and social forces, united on a program of …

Shane Quinn (2019-02-11). U.S. influence in Venezuela stretches back decades. peoplesworld.org Root causes of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela are becoming increasingly apparent, as the situation in the country reaches a perilous state. Venezuela contains one-fifth of the planet's known oil reserves, equal to the combined quantities of Iran and Iraq, leaving Saudi Arabia trailing in second place. The United States' fixation on Venezuela is directly …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic. democracynow.org Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-11). Ilhan Omar is Right: AIPAC Influences Congress To the Tune of $4 Million Annually. mintpressnews.com Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been the subject of bipartisan bullying that has reached a fever pitch since the lawmaker explicitly called out the number one Israeli lobby group in the U.S. — the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2019. democracynow.org Shutdown Talks Stall as Friday Deadline Looms, Virginia: Gov. Northam Refuses to Step Down Amid Racism Crisis, Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Rape, Venezuela: U.S. and Russia Dig In at U.N. with Rival Resolutions, Venezuela: Standoff over Aid Pits Military Against Guaidó Supporters, Rio: At Least 13 Dead in Shootout, Haiti: At Least 2 Killed in Anti-Government Protests, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 2 Teenage Protesters, Acting Pentagon Chief: No Orders to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, AMI, Saudi Official Respond After Bezos Accuses Nat'l Enquirer of Blackmail, Denver Public School Teacher…

Ali Abunimah (2019-02-11). Ilhan Omar Under Attack for Telling Truth About Israel Lobby. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Daniel McAdams (2019-02-11). The Cynicism of Empire: Sen. Rubio Tells Venezuelans to Overthrow Their Government…or Starve! globalresearch.ca There is a sad disregard for human life among the neocon regime-changers. The devastation of Iraq, with its million dead, was a mere stepping stone to a "re-making" of the Middle East. A Libya turned into a modern day slave …

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-11). Lebanon: No Justification for LGBT Crackdown. hrw.org | | Activists take part in a protest outside the Hbeish police station in Beirut on May 15, 2016, demanding the release of four transgender women and calling for the abolishment of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal code, which prohibits having sexual relations that 'contradict the laws of nature'. | © 2016 ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Lebanese security forces have repeatedly interfered with human rights events related to gender a…

RT (2019-02-11). 'All about the Benjamins': Ilhan Omar sparks Twitter backlash over 'anti-Semitic' post. rt.com Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that US politicians' support for Israel is 'all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-11). Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans. therealnews.com Republican Senator Marco Rubio pushes a pro-Israel agenda, while new and younger Democrats question US support for the right-wing government in Israel, says Israeli-American journalist Mairav Zonszein

Jeremy Scahill (2019-02-10). Pox Americana: Vijay Prashad on Venezuela, India, Mexico, Congo, and U.S. Hegemony. theintercept.com There is a brazen, bipartisan push by the U.S. government for regime change in Venezuela with the Trump administration officially declaring opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the "legitimate" president. The economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the U.S. are aimed at starving the population into submission with notorious neoconservatives John Bolton and Elliott Abrams coordinating the campaign to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro. What we are witnessing right now in Latin America is a modern iteration of the same dirty tactics that the U.S. has historically used against the nations south of the U.S. bo…

RT (2019-02-10). Joe Biden reminded of past 'humanitarian' actions after he blasts Maduro over aid block. rt.com A former US Vice President has urged Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to step aside for a "democratic transition." Twitter, however, doubted Joe Biden's 'humanitarian' motivation, pointing out his warmongering past.

Fight Back (2019-02-09). Chicago rally demands 'U.S. hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Over 50 activists gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on the night of February 5, to rally in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution. Organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the event brought together progressive political organizations and trade unions to demand an end to U.S. aggression and threats of war with Venezuela. | Freezing rain did not dampen the energy of the crowd, as speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Representatives of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network and the International League of People's Struggle spoke on the context…

stuart_m (2019-02-09). What does the media not get about sanctions on Venezuela? greenleft.org.au Last week, the US formally adopted sanctions on Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, as well as on CITGO, its US-based distribution arm, as part of its press for regime change in Caracas. National Security Advisor John Bolton estimated the actions would affect some $7 billion in assets and would block $11 billion in revenue to the Venezuelan government over the next year. The State Department was quick to add, "These new sanctions do not target t…

James Harkin (2019-02-09). What Happened in Douma? Searching for Facts in the Fog of Syria's Propaganda War. theintercept.com The next world war may begin with a grainy, contested, online image launched onto the pages of a newspaper that has recently sacked all its journalists.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-08). Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals. consortiumnews.com Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad… Read more →

Whitney Webb (2019-02-08). Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com "People don't recognize that Hezbollah has active cells — the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America and [what we'll talk about is] how we do that in South America and all across the globe." — Mike Pompeo

Joe Emersberger (2019-02-08). Amnesty International modifies its position on US sanctions and threats against Venezuela. zcomm.org Last year, I asked Amnesty International for its position on US economic sanctions against Venezuela. I also asked Amnesty's position on the threats US officials have made against Venezuela's government, including open encouragement of Venezuela's military to perpetrate a coup. Last year, Amnesty replied that it took "no position" on US economic sanctions. Regarding US Read more…

pip.hinman (2019-02-08). Adani ramps up propaganda war, intimidation of activists. greenleft.org.au Adani has once again missed its own deadline for starting construction at its Carmichael coalmine in the Galilee Basin, but the coalmining giant is ramping up its propaganda war and intimidation of activists. | Adani is continuing to run advertisements and opinion pieces in newspapers, along with paying for huge billboards in Brisbane, all talking up the supposed jobs that the proposed mine will create. | But while Adani has announced that heavy construction equipment will be moved to the area and that it is engaging contractors, it will not be able to start construction unless it gets approval for its environmen…

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Gaza rallies for Venezuela to oppose US coup. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza on January 29 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 Ve…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-08). Indonesia: Free Three Papuan Activists. hrw.org | | Yanto Awerkion (far left) detained in the Timika police station in September 2017 for his role in organizing a petition calling on the UN to organize a referendum in Papua. | (Jakarta) — Indonesian authorities should release and drop treason charges against three Papuan activists for peaceful advocacy in the Papua mining town of Timika, Human Rights Watch said today. The Indonesian government is currently imprisoning at least nine people…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-02-08). Sheldon Adelson Got a Surprise Gift in the Middle of the Government Shutdown. theintercept.com Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Republican casino mogul, is associated with a singular political project: his long-running mission to uproot the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and plant it in Jerusalem instead. | But there's a second project — lower profile, but no less of a passionate priority — that Adelson has long been gunning for, and that's his war against online gambling. Adelson's casino empire is comprised of brick-and-mortar establishments, to which online gambling is a major threat, but Adelson says he is at war with online gambling for the good of society: Gambling in casinos is one thing, but…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-02-08). Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities. theintercept.com The Intercept has uncovered a pattern of official harassment aimed at journalists covering migrant caravans in Mexico, as well as attorneys and activists.

pip.hinman (2019-02-08). Reject the shameful media campaign for regime change in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Corporate media outlets in Australia and internationally are overwhelmingly campaigning in support of the United States' regime change push in Venezuela. | The US has waged an unrelenting destabilisation campaign to undermine the democratically elected government of Venezuela — one that dates back to when Hugo Chavez was first sworn in as president in 1998. | This campaign has included failed military coups, assassination attempts, economic warfare via sanctions and other measures. Throughout all this, the US has received the full backing of the corporate media. | These same corporate media outlets have lar…

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