2019-02-16: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-16). Organizations from across the world call for solidarity with people of Yemen. peoplesdispatch.org Over 50 organizations expressed grave concern over the acute humanitarian crisis affecting Yemen. 14 million people or more are at risk of famine, and 22 million are in constant need of humanitarian aid

William Boardman (2019-02-16). Senator Warren Calls for End of US Support of War Crimes in Yemen. globalresearch.ca Yemen is the world's largest humanitarian crisis. In 2018, an estimated 22.2 million people — 75 percent of the population were in need of humanitarian assistance. A total of 17.8 million people were food insecure and 8.4 million people did …

South Front (2019-02-16). Video: Army Ambushes ISIS Terrorists, Seizes Loads of Weapons. globalresearch.ca On February 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ambushed an ISIS unit in the Damascus desert killing several terrorists. SAA troops also capturing a large number of weapons and equipment, including a Konkurs anti-tank guided missile launcher, several RPG-7 launchers, …

WSWS (2019-02-16). Award-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses Free Assange demonstrations in Australia. wsws.org "It is imperative that we pressure the Australian government to make sure its citizen, Julian Assange, is protected from the lawlessness of the American empire."

Middle East Eye (2019-02-16). US Leaders Call on Allies to Send Troops to Syria as it Withdrawals. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Senior United States lawmakers and military officials have urged the country's allies to send hundreds of troops into Syria, as the US plans its withdrawal from the war-torn country, a top US official said. Speaking on a panel at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, US Senator Lindsey Graham said the US would consider keeping some troops in …

Dave Id (2019-02-16). 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.

WSWS (2019-02-16). Australian university sacks academic critical of Israeli and US wars. wsws.org The University of Sydney has carried out a serious attack on academic freedom, aimed at intimidating growing opposition to militarism and war.

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Israel Detained 500 Palestinians, Including 89 Children in 2019. telesurenglish.net This January alone, Israel detained 509 Palestinians, including 89 children and eight women, from occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian prisoners rights groups. | RELATED: | Palestinian Photojournalists Win Prestigious Photo Awards | Israeli authorities detained 102 Palestinians from East Jerusalem, 88 from Ramallah, 80 from Hebron, 55 from Jenin, 62 from Bethlehem, 30 from Nablus, 30 from Tulkarm, 25 from Qalqilya, 8 from Toubas, 6 from Salf…

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-15). In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers' Reign of Terror. counterpunch.org Nazareth. 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 would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the More

Whitney Webb (2019-02-15). Rep. Amash Calls Out Dangerous Loopholes in Yemen War Bill and Offers Remedy. mintpressnews.com Though it is similar to H.J. Res 37, Amash's new bill contains neither dubious loopholes nor implicit expansions of the executive branch's power to wage war unilaterally without express congressional approval.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-15). Yemen: US "Accidentally" Arming Al Qaeda (Again). globalresearch.ca US weapons are once again falling into the hands of militants fighting in one of Washington's many proxy wars — this time in Yemen — the militants being fighters of local Al Qaeda affiliates. | CNN in its article, " Sold

Mnar Muhawesh (2019-02-15). As Yemeni Fishermen Risk Their Lives to Feed Their Nation, Saudis Use Them for Target Practice. mintpressnews.com With neither its farmers nor fishermen safe from Saudi coalition attacks, famine has become a massive crisis in Yemen, further exacerbated by the coalition's blockade of the country which largely prevents food from being imported into the troubled nation.

David Swanson (2019-02-15). Will the U.S. Senate Let the People of Yemen Live? counterpunch.org In 1973 the War Powers Resolution weakened the U.S. Constitution's placement of the power to start and end wars with the first branch of the U.S. government, the Congress. The new law carved out exceptions to allow presidents to start wars. However, it also created procedures by which a single member or group of members More

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Maduro Confirms Venezuela's Arreaza Met with Elliott Abrams. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro revealed Thursday that his Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met with the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, whom the president invited to visit the South American nation. | RELATED: | US Congress Rejects Trump's Warmongering, Won't Support Military Intervention in Venezuela | During an interview with The Associated Press (AP) aired Thursday, President Maduro criticized the belligerent position of his U.S.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-15). Venezuela's Foreign Minister: "The US is in Front of the Coup Attempt, not Behind it" therealnews.com Interview — in Spanish with English subtitles — with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who speaks about the likelihood of war with the US, the impact of the sanctions, and the way out of the conflict between Venezuela and the US and its allies in the opposition and in the region

Trita Parsi (2019-02-15). Warsaw Summit Was a Failure for Trump—But a Win for Netanyahu. commondreams.org Israel's Prime minister of Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 14 February, 2019 (Photo: AFP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-02-15). Roaming Charges: Third Rail-Roaded. counterpunch.org + The Third Rail of American politics used to be social security. If you even suggested cutting it, your career was fried. But Clinton & Obama legitimized such talk. Now the Third Rail is Israel, where even mentioning its power over the Hill gets you the political death penalty. + What horrible thing is it More

Jim Kavanagh (2019-02-15). The Siege of Venezuela and the Travails of Empire. counterpunch.org Here's the bullet-point version: + It's imperialism. + It's American imperialism, a bipartisan national project. + American imperialism is the global management of capitalist class power. + It's a binary situation in which one side or the other will win via the use and threat of armed force. + It's trouble for Venezuela and for imperialism. More

ZeroHedge (2019-02-15). BBC Producer Says Syria Douma Chemical Attack Footage "Was Staged" mintpressnews.com Well-known BBC Syria producer Riam Dalati shocked his nearly 20,000 twitter followers by stating that after a "six-month investigation" he has concluded, "I can prove without a doubt that the Douma Hospital scene was staged."

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Immigrant Activists: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding. democracynow.org President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after he signs the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested. Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "That is the right thing to do. We've been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, t…

Press TV (2019-02-15). ICJ Rules Iran's Legal Bid to Recover $2bn Frozen in US Can Proceed. globalresearch.ca The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Iran can proceed with a legal action to recover billions of dollars in frozen assets that the United States says must be paid to purported American survivors and relatives of victims …

Zero Hedge (2019-02-15). BBC Producer's Syria Bombshell: Douma "Gas Attack" Footage "Was Staged" globalresearch.ca Now approaching nearly a year after the April 7, 2018 alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria — which the White House used as a pretext to bomb Syrian government facilities and bases throughout Damascus — a BBC reporter who investigated …

Laura Flanders (2019-02-15). On Valentine's Day, An End to Amazon's Two-Bit Romance With New York. commondreams.org Activists and community members who opposed Amazon's plan to move into Queens rally in Long Island City, N.Y., in celebration of the company's decision to pull out of the deal. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Google, Apple Under Fire to Block Saudi 'Woman Tracker' App. telesurenglish.net Apple and Google are facing major backlash, from human rights activists and lawmakers, after being accused of supporting patriarchy with a Saudi Arabian "woman tracker app" which is used to monitor and manage the whereabouts of women in the Arab nation. | RELATED: | Another MBS PR Stunt? Saudi Arabia To 'Review' Male Guardianship System | "I haven't heard about it," Apple CEO Tim Cook told NPR, adding that he would investigate the situation. "But obviously we'll take a lo…

Gary Leupp (2019-02-15). "It's All About the Benjamins, Baby" counterpunch.org Wait. Let me get this straight. First GOP leader Kevin McCarthy threatened two recently elected Muslim women members of Congress with punishment for holding views critical of Israel. On Feb. 11 he stated: "If they [the Democrats] do not take action I think you'll see action from myself. This [criticism of Israel] cannot sustain itself. More

Consortiumnews (2019-02-15). The End of the Observer Mission in Hebron. consortiumnews.com It acted as a restraint on the settlers' worst excesses, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Bernie Sanders Offers Support to Ilhan Omar. telesurenglish.net United States Senator Bernie Sanders reached out to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Tuesday offering support amid criticism from both major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, claiming the progressive freshman lawmaker trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter while criticizing U.S. policy on Israel. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Omar's office confirmed that the congresswoman spoke with Democratic self-proclaimed socialist Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, off…

Robert Fantina (2019-02-15). Congress, Israel and the Politics of "Righteous Indignation" counterpunch.org It is a rare day that some member of Congress doesn't expose him or herself as a hypocrite of the first order. This week, we have seen this done in spades. On February 10, Representative Ilhan Omar (D- MN) said that U.S. Congressional support for Israel is "…all about the Benjamins…", a reference to the More

stuart_m (2019-02-15). LGBTI groups call for Eurovision boycott. greenleft.org.au Campaigners for gay, lesbian and transgender rights have urged a boycott of this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May. | More than 60 LGBTI groups from around the world have joined a new call to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians. In a statement, the groups accuse Israel of "shamelessly using the Eurovision competition" to distract from war crimes. | The organisation a…

RT (2019-02-15). US Venezuela envoy confronted by RT America correspondent over past war crimes (VIDEO). rt.com Intercepted by RT America correspondent Dan Cohen while leaving a conference in DC, US envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams did not seem in the mood to discuss his criminal convictions or Iran-Contra weapons shipments.

RT (2019-02-15). 'Hate crime' attack on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was staged, reports suggest. rt.com The racist, homophobic assault on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett earlier this month was a hoax, according to multiple reports suggesting the actor staged the attack because his character was being written off the show.

amnesty (2019-02-15). Myanmar: Ko Ni murder verdict leaves questions unanswered. amnesty.org Responding to the conviction of four people in connection with the assassination of prominent lawyer Ko Ni in Myanmar, Amnesty International's Director of Crisis Response, Tirana Hassan, said: | | "Despite today's verdict, serious questions remain about whether all those responsible have been brought to justice. Myanmar's authorities have shown time and…

amnesty (2019-02-15). Suspension of Voice TV Highlights Why Thailand must Lift Over-broad Powers to Curtail Press Freedom. amnesty.org Amnesty International calls on Thailand's military authorities, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to guarantee media freedom in the country, including by taking the long overdue step of amending or repealing vaguely worded and overly restrictive decrees promulgated in the name of protecting security following the 2015 military coup. | Amnesty International remains concerned that the Thai authorities have, since taking power in a military coup in 2014, consistently targeted individuals and broadcasters expressing political opposition or views deemed critical of authorities with sanctions and crimina…

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-15). Tommy Robinson Declares Himself a 'Zionist' in Leaked Video. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Far-right, anti-Muslim, self-declared Zionist Tommy Robinson has boasted of his love for Israel in leaked video footage, in which the founder of the English Defence League (EDL) can be seen bragging about "scoring" drugs anywhere in the world. The video — which is thought to have been filmed in Bologna, Italy last month — shows …

stuart_m (2019-02-15). More than 60 human rights groups back Eurovision boycott. greenleft.org.au More than 60 international NGOs have added their voices in protest against the plan to hold the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this year. They are now part of what is quickly becoming an international campaign by civil society groups seeking to move the event, which is scheduled for May, from Israel. | It came after 50 British artists urged the BBC to boycott the Eurovision citing "Israel's systematic violation of Palestinian human rights". They said that the BBC was not exempt from…

Fred_F (2019-02-15). Refugee rights activists march on PM's office. greenleft.org.au Refugee rights activists protested outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Cronulla office on February 9. | They called on parliament to pass the medical evacuation bill and demanded that all refugees be immediately brought to Australia for resettlement. | Speakers celebrated the fact that the movement had forced the government to bring all the children off Nauru. | [More photos on GLW's Facebook page.] | refugee rights

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-15). 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Cheers 'Beginning of Great Changes' as Climate Strike Goes Global. commondreams.org Because "present and future on this planet are at stake," say teen climate activists, "we won't be silent any longer" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-15). Blow to 'Powerful Corporate Interests' as Federal Court Throws Out Pipeline Company Lawsuit Against DAPL Water Protectors. commondreams.org In a "landmark" ruling on Thursday, a federal court in North Dakota tossed out a "baseless" case against Greenpeace and other environmental and Indigenous activists who organized protests against the deeply controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which drew thousands of people to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-02-15). War summit in Warsaw. wsws.org While Netanyahu's statement that this week's conference in Warsaw was called to discuss "war with Iran" was treated by the media as a gaffe, it was nothing of the kind.

RT (2019-02-15). Meddling, anyone? Pro-Israel groups spent $22 million on lobbying & campaign contributions in 2018. rt.com Pro-Israel lobbyists funneled more than $22 million into the 2018 US election cycle, making the lobby far more active and influential than those aligned with other foreign nations, public records show.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2019. democracynow.org Congress to Vote on Spending Bill with $1.4 Billion for Border Wall, Mexico: Migrant Asylum Seekers Imprisoned in Abandoned Factory, House Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, EU Adds Saudi Arabia, U.S. Territories to "Dirty Money" Blacklist, Afghan Taliban to Meet U.S. Envoys in Pakistan for Peace Talks, U.S. Bombings in Afghanistan Approached Record Levels in 2018, Iran: Suicide Bomber Kills 27 Revolutionary Guard Members, Trump Administration Convenes Anti-Iran Summit in Warsaw, Giuliani Calls for Regime Change in Iran at Rally Hosted by Terrorist-Linked Group, NYT: Trump Admin Expanded Progra…

James Carden (2019-02-14). The House Vote to End Support for the War on Yemen Shows How Much Has Changed. thenation.com The House Vote to End Support for the War on Yemen Shows How Much Has Changed…

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

Kei Pritsker (2019-02-14). Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran. mintpressnews.com At its root, a currency has power because people believe it does. As belief in and fealty to the dollar continue to erode, we can expect the U.S. to fight, brutally when deemed necessary, to maintain the status quo that made it an empire.

unitedEditor (2019-02-14). Globalists organize anti-Iranian circus in Warsaw. uwidata.com A sixty-nation conference initiated by the US opened in Warsaw on Wednesday. Although its official motto is security in the Middle East, its sessions focus on how to entice different countries to form an alliance for wielding pressure on Iran, an object of the Trump Administration's hate. When the US authorities announced the Warsaw summit […]

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). Ilhan Omar Grills Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on His Role in US-Backed Genocide in 1980s. democracynow.org The new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday on U.S. efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Abrams spoke three weeks after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's new president. Since then, the U.S. has placed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela's state-run oil company and rejected calls for an international dialogue to resolve the crisis. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatem…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-14). One Year After Parkland, 1,200 More Kids Are Dead by Gunfire—But Students Still Fight for Gun Safety. democracynow.org It's been one year since the devastating massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that galvanized the nation to take action against gun violence and turned a generation of young people into activists. On February 14, 2018, a former student armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire, gunning down 17 students, staff and teachers in just three minutes. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Students who survived the massacre quickly came to national prominence as leading activists…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-14). Need an Election Meddled With or an Activist Doxxed? Call on These Israeli Spies. mintpressnews.com Israel's special relationship with the United States has given it a free pass for atrocities in Gaza. But, beyond this, in an era of legal gray zones in the area of online disinformation operations, the country's private spy community has been given carte blanche to covertly meddle in a host of nations.

Alison Weir (2019-02-14). It's Even Worse Than Ilhan Omar Said: AIPAC Is the Tip of the Israel Lobby Iceberg. mintpressnews.com As an AIPAC insider once said: "A lobby thrives in the dark." It's time to turn on the light, it goes way beyond AIPAC.

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2019-02-14). Attack on Iranian Soldiers Coincides with Saudi Crown Prince Visit to Neighboring Pakistan. mintpressnews.com Saudi funds have been flowing for some time into the coffers of ultra-conservative anti-Shiite, anti-Iranian Sunni Muslim madrassahs or religious seminars in Balochistan.

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