2019-02-13: News Headlines

Stephen Zunes (2019-02-13). Reflections on BDS. zcomm.org The ability to successfully utilize BDS as a tactic in support for peace and justice will therefore be greatly enhanced if put as one component of a multifaceted campaign for peace, security, and equality for Palestinians and Israelis…

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-13). In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers' Reign of Terror. globalresearch.ca You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. | But you …

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-13). In Hebron, Israel removes the last restraint on its settlers' reign of terror. zcomm.org You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians…

Fight Back (2019-02-13). La Crosse, WI says 'Hands off Venezuela!'. fightbacknews.org La Crosse, WI – The streets may have been cold, but hearts were warm with international solidarity on February 9 as activists in La Crosse voiced their opposition to U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | Chants heard at the rally included, "Hey hey, ho ho, who the heck is Juan Guaido? Hey hey, ho ho, you won't get rid of Maduro!" Signs read "Hands off Venezuela!" and "No blood for oil!" | "I think that being out here, especially in this weather, helps cement just how important of an issue this is," said attendee Elias Wall. "My hope is that at least a few people driving by will see our signs and perhaps rethink what…

Jake Johnson (2019-02-13). John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons. mintpressnews.com As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. | In a video posted to the White House's official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-13). "Israel's" "Secret War" on Syria Is a Lot Like the US' "Secret War" on Laos. globalresearch.ca Observers have been struggling to find an historical comparison for the War on Syria since it first broke out over 8 years ago, and while the conflict is veritably a unique one in its own right, the best comparison that …

Chris Cole (2019-02-13). Britain's Air and Drone War in Syria. globalresearch.ca The rise in UK air and drone strikes in Syria since September 2018 has been laid bare in the MoD's latest responses to a Drone Wars UK FoI request. | The number of British strikes in Syria per month rose to …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-13). How Syrian Conflict Sparked the New Cold War? globalresearch.ca In July 2003, Dr. David Kelly, a British weapons inspector who had disclosed to the media that Tony Blair's government's dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was "sexed up," was found dead in a public park a …

Nicolas Maduro (2019-02-13). Video: Venezuela Crisis: Maduro Condemns "Extremist" Trump. globalresearch.ca Its a political war of the American Empire in support of the interests of the extreme right that today governs, | They are warmongering in order to take over Venezuela. | I call on the people of the world to wake up, …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-13). Headlines for February 13, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Remains Evasive on Funding Deal as Shutdown Deadline Approaches, Venezuelans Take to the Streets as Guaidó Sets Deadline for Aid to Enter Country, Venezuela's Guaidó Says He's in Talks to Restore Ties with Israel, Venezuelan President Maduro Says Trump Admin Run by KKK, Philippines: Journalist and Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested, Spain: Catalan Leaders Stand Trial for 2017 Independence Bid, Turkey Issues 1,100 Arrest Warrants in Opposition Crackdown, Acting Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Trip to Iraq, Senate Passes Bill Protecting 1 Million Acres of Public Lands, NYC Jury Finds El Chapo Guilty on All…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Child Soldiers Rampant in Africa as NGO Denounces The Unrest. telesurenglish.net Tens of thousands of children are still forced to serve as soldiers in at least seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the NGO Child Soldiers International (CSI) denounced on Thursday, in coincidence with the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers (Feb. 12). | RELATED: | Saudi Arabia Recruited Darfur Children for War on Yemen: Report | "Continuing unrest in Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and other countries…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-13). Tulsi Gabbard Is Driving The MSM Crazy. consortiumnews.com The newly minted presidential candidate is serving as a lightning rod for the debate about U.S. warmongering, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com When Hawaii's Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced her plans to run in the 2020 presidential election, I predicted that it… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-02-13). US Congress Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Congress will not support U.S. military intervention in Venezuela despite hints by President Donald Trump that such action had not been ruled out, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | "I do worry about the president's saber rattling, his hints that U.S. military intervention remains an option. I want to make clear to our witnesses and to anyone else watching: U.S. military interven…

Pepe Escobar (2019-02-13). As US and EU Prove Unreliable Partners for Peace, Iran looks East. mintpressnews.com Iran is already looking East — considering its top Asian energy clients and the close ties with the Belt and Road Initiative and the EAEU. Team Rouhani now knows, in realpolitik terms, they cannot trust the US; and the EU is an immensely problematic partner.

Michael Welton (2019-02-13). The Deep Hurt: Lessons From American Coups. counterpunch.org As the world watches aghast at another US and allies' attempt to engineer a coup in Venezuela, I would like to offer a few insights from Stephen Kinzer' provocative chapter, "The deep hurt," (pp. 227-250) in his book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire (2017). This remarkable More

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Widows Against Big Oil Impunity in Nigeria Take Shell to Court. telesurenglish.net Three widows of activists assassinated in the 1990s by Nigeria's military regime in alleged complicity with the oil giant Shell have taken their case to a Dutch court in order to prevent the killings of their loved ones from going down in history with impunity. | RELATED: | 30,000 Flee Nigeria Amid Fear of Boko Haram Attack: UNHCR | The widows—Esther Kiobel, Victoria Bera, Blessing Eawo, and Charity Levula, allege Shell was involved in the Nigerian government's policy of brutal…

commondreams (2019-02-13). Activists Arrested During Elliot Abrams Testimony in Congressional Hearing on Venezuela. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Suicide Bomber Kills 20 Revolutionary Guard in Iran. telesurenglish.net Twenty members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards were killed in a suicide attack in the southeast of the country, Fars news reported Wednesday. | RELATED | Iranians Burn US Flag While Honoring 40 Years of Revolution | A suicide car bomb targeted a bus carrying members of the Guards also wounded 10 other soldiers, the Guards said in a statement. | The province, which lies on a major opium trafficking route, has seen occasional clashes between Iranian forces and Baluch separatis…

Israel Shamir (2019-02-13). Starving Venezuela into Submission. globalresearch.ca You are so kind-hearted! I shed a tear thinking of American generosity. | "So many delightful goodies: sacks of rice, canned tuna and protein-rich biscuits, corn flour, lentils and pasta, arrived at the border of troubled Venezuela — enough for one …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-13). Venezuela's Maduro Denounces Warmongering by 'White Supremacist' Trump and His 'Gang of Extremists' Promoting Fascism Worldwide. commondreams.org Calling President Donald Trump a person who is "publicly and openly" a white supremacist and accusing the current U.S. government of being run by a racist "gang of extremists," Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro called on the people and leaders of the world to speak out against foreign intervention and instead back efforts for the nation to solve its problems peacefully from within. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson (2019-02-13). John Bolton Issues Not-So-Veiled Threat of War in Creepy Video Message to Iran. theantimedia.com (CD) — As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. In video posted …

WSWS (2019-02-13). The Iranian Revolution—Forty Years On. wsws.org It is the Stalinist Tudeh Party and the politics of Stalinism that were principally responsible for the tragic derailing of the Iranian Revolution.

Middle East Eye (2019-02-13). Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Are in the Crosshairs of the Saudi-Israel Axis. theantimedia.com The fledgling Saudi-Israel nexus is working in tandem to smear and blunt the impact of two progressive Muslim women in Congress (MEE Op-ed) — Hardly anything has been more disruptive to geopolitics as usual in the Middle East than the newly flourishing relationship between the Saudi monarchy and the state of Israel. While the newfound coziness between the two states …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-13). llhan Omar: Anti-Semitism? Or Fear of Open Debate on Israel? therealnews.com Why Are They Really Mad At Ilhan Omar? What does being a woman of color have to do with it? She said no more than other critics of American policy in the Middle East. Marc Steiner, Charles Lenchner, and Phyllis Bennis discuss the issue

RT (2019-02-13). AIPAC launches fundraising campaign on back of Ilhan Omar's 'anti-Semitic' tweets — reports. rt.com Pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC is apparently trying to cash in on the controversy caused by Ilhan Omar's tweets in which she slammed the overbearing power the Israeli lobby has on US lawmakers. But some say it's an ill-timed effort.

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-13). Juan Guaido is Working on Opening a New Venezuelan Embassy in Israel. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Venezuela's self-declared leader Juan Guaido says he is working to restore ties with Israel that Caracas cut off a decade ago in solidarity with the Palestinians. Israel is among US-aligned powers that rallied to Guaido after he declared himself Venezuela's leader last month in a power struggle with socialist President Nicolas Maduro, under whom the country …

Activists Against Axon (2019-02-13). Axon Defends Taser Safety at San Mateo Co. Supervisors Meeting About 3 Deaths. indybay.org On February 11, taser manufacturer Axon headlined a Taser Study Session convened by the Board of Supervisors, San Mateo County. The prominence and time given their presentation was not appreciated by the activist community that showed up to rally in front of the Hall of Justice before lining up to enter the chambers. The audience for this hearing consisted almost wholly of people angered by 3 taser murders in San Mateo County in 2018. | Top photo is from Axon's slide presentation showing white members of law enforcement. Photos that follow are from the same presentation, a black man grimaces in pain while being t…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-13). US Charges Air Force Counterintelligence Agent With Spying for Iran, Committing Cybercrimes. theantimedia.com (ZH) — A former US Air Force counterintelligence agent with access to top secret national defense information was charged with spying for Iran after she defected to the Islamic Republic and helped it target her former colleagues, according to a seven-count indictment made public on Wednesday (see below). According to prosecutors, Monica Elfriede Witt a.k.a. Fatemah Zahra, a.k.a. Narges …

ANSWER Coalition (2019-02-13). March & Rally: Hands Off Venezuela! NO coup – NO war – NO sanctions! indybay.org UN Plaza, 7th and Market Sts.

Stephen Zunes (2019-02-12). Disappointment (and a Little Hope) in First Foreign Policy Test of the New Congress. commondreams.org The "Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019," endorses state government efforts to punish socially conscious businesses that choose to boycott illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. (Photo: Claudia Gabriela Marques Vieira) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 →

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…

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