2019-02-14: News Headlines

patrick (2019-02-14). No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank. bdsmovement.net No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver

Telesur (2019-02-14). US Congress Rejects Trump's Warmongering, Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca 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. | "I do worry about the …

CP Editor (2019-02-14). Were Ilhan Omar's Comments on Israel Anti-Semitic? counterpunch.org

teleSUR (2019-02-14). Cuba: US Planes Fly to Strategic Areas to Pressure Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The Government of Cuba denounced Wednesday, through a statement, the escalation of pressures and actions of the U.S. Government in preparation for military action under the guise of humanitarian intervention in Venezuela, and called on the international community to mobilize in order to prevent consummation. | RELATED: | Actor Danny Glover: US Plays With The Money Of Venezuela | "Between Feb. 6 and 10, several military transport aircraft have been flying to the Rafael Miranda Airport…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-02-14). What Are Russia and Turkey Preparing for Syria? A Disagreement in Sochi. globalresearch.ca The 14thof February meeting in Sochi between the three Presidents (Russia, Turkey and Iran) is not expected to find solutions agreeable to all parties about the two main problem areas left in Syria: northeast Syria (Manbij to Qamishli/al-Hasaka), …

Prof. Muhammad Sahimi (2019-02-14). Pompeo, Bolton, and Iran's "Fake Opposition" globalresearch.ca As Iranian people struggle for democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law, as well as preserving the national security and territorial integrity of their country, two main groups have emerged among the opposition to Iran's hardliners, …

Dave Id (2019-02-14). Presidential Candidates and Both California Senators Vote No on "Combating BDS Act of 2019" indybay.org United States Senate Bill 1, which included the "Combating BDS Act of 2019," passed with 77 votes on February 5, 2019. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressional Republicans are looking for bills they think can split democrats. S1 is the first volley in that campaign, attempting to use Israel as the wedge.

pip.hinman (2019-02-14). As strip searches rise so does anger at police abuse. greenleft.org.au Last year, shortly after we participated in a protest against the Australian government's cruel refugee policy, we were snatched off the street by police and taken to Newtown Police Station. Once inside we were separated and strip searched. We were not charged with any offence. | We are both long-term activists and, it would be fair to say, we are both reasonably used to confronting situations at protests. But this was something else entirely: it was abuse. | What happened to us happens to marginalised people all the time and it needs to stop. | Arrested for protesting: | In November 2017, at the height o…

Activists Against Axon (2019-02-14). 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…

RT (2019-02-14). House says US is waging war in Yemen, votes for 30-day deadline to end assistance to Saudis. rt.com The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to stop military assistance to the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen. Lawmakers invoked a rarely used resolution curbing the president's powers to start a war.

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-14). Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran" theantimedia.com (CD) — A deleted tweet from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ignited fresh fears about his position on Iran, after his official Twitter account provided an English translation of his remarks to reporters on Wednesday while attending an American-led summit about the Middle East hosted in Warsaw, Poland. The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What …

amnesty (2019-02-14). UAE arms fair showcases Belgian weapon in use by Yemeni militias. amnesty.org A type of Belgian machine gun known to be wielded by a Yemeni militia in the Hodeidah offensive is among the weaponry set to be showcased this weekend at one of the Middle East's largest arms fairs in Abu Dhabi, Amnesty International said today. | According to promotional materials for the UAE's IDEX2019 arms fair, the Minimi will be among the thousands of types of weapons available for sale. Manufactured in Belgium's Wallonia region by FN Herstal, it is among an array of arms transferred by the Belgian Walloon authorities to the Saudi Arabia/UAE-led coalition in recent years for use in the armed conflict in Yeme…

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…

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…

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 →

Naomi LaChance (2019-02-13). Ilhan Omar Makes Convicted War Criminal Elliott Abrams Squirm. truthdig.com As forensic experts in El Salvador continue the 26-year effort to exhume the bodies of the victims of the December 1981 El Mozote massacre, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar grilled the Trump administration's Venezuela envoy, Elliott Abrams, on his role in human rights violations. | "I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful," Omar said during a House foreign affairs hearing on Venezuela on Wednesday. She was referencing the Iran-Contra scandal,…

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…

commondreams (2019-02-13). House Makes History With Vote to End U.S. Role in Yemen War. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-02-13). In House's Yemen Vote, Congress Reasserts War-Making Powers. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Asserting congressional authority over war-making powers, the House passed a resolution Wednesday that would force the administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen, in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's alliance with the Saudi-led coalition behind the military intervention. | Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with that coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family. | Passage would mark…

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…

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-13). How the 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 …

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…

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 …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-13). "We Will Not Stand Idly By": Yemenis Outraged by Latest Saudi Attack on Fishermen off Hodeida. mintpressnews.com In the fish market near the Hodeida harbor, white marble basins that were once filled to the brim with fish are now often empty of fish because very little comes from the sea. When anyone manages to come back with fish, a only few customers scurry behind them.

Whitney Webb (2019-02-13). AIPAC Uses Recent Controversy Around Ilhan Omar's Criticism of Israel Lobby to Raise Funds. mintpressnews.com AIPAC — apparently impervious to irony — has used Omar's comments and cautions about the problematic role of lobbyists in U.S. politics as a rallying cry to raise even more funds to further influence the political process on Capitol Hill.

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). 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…

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

STAFF (2019-02-13). Israeli Leader Hopes Summit Brings Arab Ties Out in the Open. truthdig.com At a conference in Poland, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aims to show off his country's improved relations with some Gulf Arab states.

Common Dreams staff (2019-02-13). WATCH: Jewish American Podcast Host Katie Halper Battles Laura Ingraham Over Right-Wing Anti-Sentimism. commondreams.org "It's very tiresome," Halper said, "to have [AIPAC] speak for all Jews and conflate Jewish identity with unquestioning support of Israel, which is an anti-Semitic trope in itself." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Mackey (2019-02-13). As Rudy Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran, Benjamin Netanyahu Raises the Specter of "War" theintercept.com It was supposed to be secret that the Middle East conference in Warsaw was really about confronting Iran, then Giuliani and Netanyahu showed up.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-13). 'Don't Listen to This War Criminal!': Peace Activists Arrested at Elliott Abrams Hearing on Venezuela. commondreams.org "Don't listen to this war criminal!" So declared CodePink peace activists on Wednesday, as Trump-appointed special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, before they were ushered out of the room and arrested. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-13). 'Historic': House Approves War Powers Resolution to End US Complicity in Yemen. commondreams.org "Not only does this vote bolster hopes for a quicker end to the war and the resulting humanitarian crisis, it also signals a timely resurgence in congressional oversight on war." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

teleSUR (2019-02-13). ICJ Orders US to Repay Iran US$2B in Frozen Assets. telesurenglish.net The United States owes Iran US$2 billion in frozen assets, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Wednesday, adding that Tehran can proceed with a bid to recover the impounded funds. | RELATED: | Trump Accuses Iran of Being Main Sponsor of Terrorism | On Wednesday, the 15-membered United Nations affiliate determined that the US claims and alleged terror…

RT (2019-02-13). US senators re-introduce Russian sanctions 'bill from hell'. rt.com A group of senators have introduced a bill suggesting a wide range of sanctions against Russia.

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 …

Tyler Durden (2019-02-13). Congress Just Voted to End US Military Support for Saudi War in Yemen. theantimedia.com (ZH) — In a direct rebuke of Trump's foreign policy amid broader pushback over his defense of Saudi Arabia, the House on Wednesday passed a bill in a 248-177 vote that largely fell along party lines, which requires President Trump to withdraw U.S. military support from the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. The House sent the war powers resolution …

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.

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 …

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…

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 …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-13). Ilhan 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

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-13). Mistranslated or Not, Israeli PM's 'War With Iran' Tweet Sparks Grave Concerns. commondreams.org "Whether the prime minister's words were intentionally muddled or not, his provocative message needs no interpretation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alex Emmons (2019-02-13). House of Representatives Orders Donald Trump to Stop Backing Saudi-led War in Yemen, Paving the Way for Decisive Senate Vote. theintercept.com Many in Congress came to see the resolution as a way of holding Saudi leadership accountable for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

teleSUR (2019-02-13). EU Adds Saudi Arabia to Dirty-money Blacklist, Upsets UK. telesurenglish.net The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations seen as posing a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Trump Skips Deadline For Report on Khashoggi Murder, Will Not Impose Sanctions on Saudis | The move is part of a crackdown on money laundering after several scandals at EU banks but has been criticized by…

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…

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.

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.

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