2019-02-18: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Israeli Police Evict Palestinians From Home Without Notice. telesurenglish.net Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family from their home Sunday in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. The Jewish settlers occupied their home after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled in favor of the settlers. | RELATED: | US Singer John Legend Defends Human Rights of Palestinians | The police clashed with the Palestinians and also guarded the Israeli settlers. | "We live there, it's my house, it's my whole life," said Rania Abu Assab who lived in the house with her family…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Israelis Injure Palestinians in Overnight Attack in Gaza Strip. telesurenglish.net At least 19 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip, local health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al Qidra told Sputnik. | RELATED: | US Singer John Legend Defends Human Rights of Palestinians | According to the Middle East Eye, "more than 250 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed and some 26,000 injured since demonstrations began March. 30 – mostly by Israeli fire during protests, but also by air and tank strikes. | That number increased late Su…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Angela Davis Returns to Birmingham, Reflecting on Palestinian Rights & Fight for Freedom Everywhere. democracynow.org Civil rights icon and scholar Angela Davis returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, over the weekend. She originally planned the visit to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, but the institute withdrew the award last month, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinst…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-18). Mass Rallies in Yemen Denounce Gulf Arab States' "Betrayal" of Palestine. mintpressnews.com Khaled al-Yamani's friendly interaction with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Warsaw Conference drew criticism on social media and condemnation from many prominent voices in Yemen.

Eric Margolis (2019-02-18). Hate-fest in Warsaw. globalresearch.ca Warsaw, Poland is not a fun place to visit in darkest February, but that is where the US just staged an anti-Iranian jamboree of 60 client states that brought derision and scorn from Europeans and much of the Mideast. | The …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Headlines for February 18, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Faces Legal & Political Challenges After Calling Nat'l Emergency, NYC: Protesters Take to Streets After Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Aurora, IL Gunman Kills 5, Injures 6 After Being Terminated, Venezuela Ejects European Lawmakers as Aid Standoff Ratchets Up, Sen. Rubio Steps Up Attacks on Cuba While in Colombia, Iran Says Israel and U.S. Escalating Chance of War in Middle East, Haitian Gov't Announces Spending Cuts in Attempt to Quell Unrest, Nigeria: Bomb Kills At Least 8, Hours Before Gov't Postpones Elections, Pope Francis Defrocks Cardinal McCarrick over Sexual Abuse Crimes, SCOTUS to Hear Trump Admin's…

Massoud Nayeri (2019-02-18). Venezuela, Iran and the Chaotic Imperialists! globalresearch.ca The drum beat of the warmongers in the U.S. undeniably is loud. The preparation for the "regime change" in Venezuela and Iran is in full speed. However, it looks like the warmongers are finding it difficult to take direct military …

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Albanian Protesters Attempt to Storm Prime Minister's Residence. telesurenglish.net Chaos ensued Saturday as thousands of protestors swarmed Albania's capital, Tirana, to confront Prime Minister Edi Rama at his residence, which led to clashes with police. | RELATED: | US Seizes Albanian Retiree's Life Savings Without Explanation | According to RT, Rama has been facing calls to resign from the opposition Democratic Party, having been accused of corruption pertaining to the construction of a highway around Tirana. | Issuing a speech during a press conference, Dem…

Patrick Walker (2019-02-18). Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal. counterpunch.org In humanity's current existential climate crisis, leftists who see any hope for humanity put our faith in movements. Without movements relentlessly pressuring them to do the right thing, politicians of both US major parties—especially at the crucial national and state levels—will remain their bought-off pro-corporate warmongering selves, and powerful corporate media will provide them propaganda More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Jewish Activists Hold Solidarity Shabbat Defending Angela Davis in Birmingham & Across U.S. democracynow.org Jewish supporters of Angela Davis across the nation held solidarity Shabbat on Friday evening, the night before the civil rights icon had been expected to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The institute rescinded the honor in January due to Davis' support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli government and Israeli institutions. The institute later reversed this decision after international outcry, but Davis has yet to accept the award. Democracy Now! was in Birmingham on Friday and attended a Shabbat in support of An…

Phil Miller (2019-02-18). British Bombing in Syria Reaches Record High. globalresearch.ca Britain carried out a record number of air strikes in Syria during the last month of 2018, despite mounting concerns over civilian casualties and costs. | New data obtained by research group Drone Wars has "laid bare" the scale of British …

STAFF (2019-02-18). Israeli Leaders' Nazi Remarks Scuttle Summit With Europeans. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week's summit of central European leaders in Israel. | Poland's abrupt decision to cancel its participation in the planned Visegrad conference in protest blew up the gathering, which Netanyahu has touted as a major milestone in his outreach to emerging democracies in eastern Europe and his broader goal of countering the criticism Israel typically faces in international forums. | The crisis was sparked last week when Netanyahu told reporters…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-18). Amnesty's report on digital tourism companies evokes threats from Israel. peoplesdispatch.org International human rights organization, Amnesty International, recently published a report called "Destination: Occupation", detailing how international digital tourism companies are churning out profits for themselves by participating in business with the apartheid state of Israel. They do this particularly by offering travel and house rental services in the illegal Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are considered 'war crimes' and are illegal under international law. The report details how these settlements are being used to encourage and normalize human rights vi…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Yemen Warring Sides Agree to Move Away From Hodeidah. telesurenglish.net Yemen's warring sides have agreed on the first phase of a pullback of forces from the key city of Hodeidah, in a deal the United Nations has described as "important progress." | RELATED: | Morocco Suspends Participation in Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen | African publication GhanaGuardian stated that the talks were led by Danish General Michael Lollesgaard as chair of a redeployment coordination committee (RCC) that includes the Saudi-backed forces and the Houthis. | Al Jazeera…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-18). Birmingham Civil Rights Group Reoffers Award to Angela Davis—But She Says Community Should Decide. democracynow.org The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute sparked international outrage in January when it rescinded the Fred L. Shuttlesworth award for civil rights icon Angela Davis, soon after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring her due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Facing swift and widespread outcry, the institute then reversed its decision and reinstated the award, but Davis has yet to accept it. Democracy Now! spoke with the president and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Andrea Taylor, on Saturday, before an alternate e…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-18). As Mainstream Journalists Acknowledge Douma Attacks Were "Staged," the "Humanitarian" Syria Regime-Change Network Tries to Save A Sinking Ship. mintpressnews.com There is increasing desperation on the part of the "humanitarian" regime-change network to protect its influence and the power of its narratives, not just in Syria but in future conflicts.

Chris Hedges (2019-02-18). Trump's Withdrawal From the Iran Nuclear Deal Invites Disaster (Video). truthdig.com In the latest episode of "On Contact," Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges examines the dangers of President Donald Trump's decision to dismantle the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Hedges is joined by fellow Truthdig contributor and former weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq Scott Ritter, who accuses former CIA director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of a "dereliction of duty." | "This is another example of the United State…

Robert Fisk (2019-02-18). What Happened to the Remains of Khashoggi's Predecessor? counterpunch.org Ghadanfar Rokon Abadi was Iran's senior intelligence officer in Beirut in the late 1990s. I met him many times and he was always frank about Iran's support for Hezbollah in Lebanon; he even spoke to students at a Christian university in east Beirut to explain why his country supported Syria. He was not very convincing: More

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-18). Idlib Province Syria: Infested with US-Supported Terrorists. globalresearch.ca On the ides of March a few weeks from now, US aggression in Syria to gain another imperial trophy will enter its 9th year — with no prospect for resolution. | Mass slaughter and destruction continue daily by Pentagon-led terror-bombing and …

Mitchel Cohen (2019-02-18). A Tale of Two Citations: Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" and Michael Harrington's "The Other America" counterpunch.org Contrasting Lessons for Activists More than half a century has passed since Rachel Carson meticulously exposed government and corporate poisoning of the planet with synthetic pesticides. Serialized in the New Yorker in weekly install ≠ments, Carson's Silent Spring was officially published as a hard-cover book in September 1962 by Houghton Mifflin Co. for the price of More

unitedEditor (2019-02-18). Summit in Sochi, US in a state of emergency, tragedy in Iran. uwidata.com Summit in Sochi The fourth summit of the Astana process on the settlement of the crisis in Syria was held on February 14 in Sochi. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan considers the summit to have been an important step. "The Summit in Sochi was very efficient and useful. The second round of talks began with Sochi, […]

STAFF (2019-02-18). Smollett Developments Leave Some Baffled, Others Outraged. truthdig.com LOS ANGELES — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. | But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the singers, actors and politicians who came out in support of the "Empire" star struggle to digest the strange twists the case has taken. Some conservative pundits, meanwhile, have gleefully seized on the moment. | The narrative that just a we…

Gilbert Mercier (2019-02-18). Can Maduro Emulate Cuba and Syria to Keep NATO's Imperialist Hands Off Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Imperial logic I: External crises distract from internal ones | Empires with internal problems tend to create external crises to distract the public opinion and unite their political and economical ruling class in a fictitious nationalistic fervor. The current United States …

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Indigenous Activists In Mexico Freed After Wrongful Conviction. telesurenglish.net Three Indigenous activists from Mexico were set free over the weekend after being wrongly imprisoned for 13 years. | RELATED: | Thousands Strike At Mexican Factories, 'It's Become a Social Movement' | Lorenzo Sanchez, Dominga Gonzalez and Marco Antonio Perez from Tenango del Valle were freed Sunday night after spending 11 years in jail for the murder of…

teleSUR (2019-02-18). Marches Take Place Across US Against Trump's 'Fake Emergency'. telesurenglish.net Activists are protesting in Washington and various U.S. cities Monday to demonstrate against President Donald Trump's declared state emergency that he's using in order to obtain some US$8 billion to fund 376 km of his proposed fortified wall the White House wants to see built between Mexico and the United States. | RELATED: | Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His 'Racist' Wall | The organizers of the D.C. demonstrations, non-profit organization MoveOn.org, are also helping t…

Richard Galustian (2019-02-18). Douma Chemical Weapons Hoax Exposed by BBC Producer. globalresearch.ca It is beyond doubt that the White Helmets 'staged' the false flag operation at the Douma hospital that caused President Trump to attack Syria last April. | Days after the attack the much to be admired, yet still maligned by many, …

Telesur (2019-02-18). 5 Reasons Why US Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC. globalresearch.ca Ilhan Omar, one of the few progressive lawmakers in the United States Congress came under attack Sunday for criticizing Israel's overt influence on the U.S. politics. | Omar suggested that members of U.S. Congress support Israel because of money they …

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-18). The First Rule of AIPAC Is: You Do Not Talk about AIPAC. counterpunch.org Washington's political establishment went berserk when US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) publicly noted that US-Israel relations are "all about the Benjamins" — slang for $100 bills, referring to money shoveled at American politicians by the American Israel Public Affairs Group (AIPAC). Omar was accused of antisemitism — immediately by Republicans, shortly after by members of More

Fight Back (2019-02-18). Minnesotans stand up to racists to defend Representative Omar. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A group calling itself Patriots United put out a racist, anti-Muslim call for Minnesotans to come out on February 17 to protest U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar at her office near Target Field in Minneapolis. Jewish Voice for Peace-Twin Cities called for a counter-protest and over 80 people came out strong with signs like "Jews for Ilhan" and "Minnesotans against Islamophobia" against Patriots United's contingent of six people, holding three signs and two American flags. | Newly elected Representative Omar, of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, started a national c…

Astrid Essed (2019-02-18). Israeli occupation and Palestinian rights/Letter to Dutch parliament. indybay.org It's an utter scandal, shame and disgrace, that after 52 years, Israel is still | occupying the Palestinian territories, suppressing and terrorizing the Palestinians, | committing warcrimes and crimes against humanity with impunity without any | serious sanctions of the international community. Therefore I have written | the members of Dutch parliament to take action!!

amnesty (2019-02-18). Spyware firm buyout reaffirms urgent need for justice for targeted activists. amnesty.org Novalpina Capital, the private equity firm that has supported NSO Group management to acquire the company from Francisco Partners, must immediately disclose how it plans to prevent further human rights abuses by NSO Group, which has been linked to several chilling attacks on human rights defenders, Amnesty International said today. | In an open letter released today, the organization and six other NGOs urged Novalpina to publicly commit to accountability for NSO Group's past spyware…

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-18). Roseanne Barr's Racism is Welcome in Israel. theantimedia.com (MEMO Op-ed) — The disgraced American actor-comedian Roseanne Barr was welcomed warmly in Israel last month. No surprise in that, you may think, but it now appears that this was precisely because of her racism. Once the toast of the liberal Hollywood establishment, Barr has over the past few years re-modelled herself as a rabid supporter of US …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-18). Despite 'War Crimes' Concerns in Yemen, Raytheon Nabs $1.6 Billion Arms Deal With UAE. commondreams.org Announcement comes as resolution to end U.S. complicity in Yemen war edges toward Senate vote | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-17). Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (1/2). therealnews.com Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-17). Are Palestinians Living under a Double Occupation? (2/2). therealnews.com Legislator Mustafa Barghouti discusses President Abbas's dissolution of the Legislative Council, the attempt to alter the Paris Accords, and explores Palestinians' life under double occupation. With Israeli elections approaching, the Palestinian leadership does not challenge Israeli political parties to take a position on the occupation

teleSUR (2019-02-17). Iran: US 'Pathological Obsessed', Israel Looking For War. telesurenglish.net Iran's foreign minister told attendees of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) that Israel is "looking for war" and that the United States is "putting international law on the shelf." | RELATED: | Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet to Discuss Syria's Future | While addressing the over 450 high-ranking world leaders at the annual event in Munich Sunday, Mohammad Javad Zarif went on to criticize U.S. Vice Pre…

unitedEditor (2019-02-17). Can Turkey and Syria actually come to an agreement? uwidata.com Ankara, who is now shifting away from the USA and towards the regional powers, is expected to begin negotiations with Damascus. Of course right now a low level exterior politics is underway with Syria. At this situation, intelligence agencies cannot just say "We execute whatever our leader orders.". Many times leaders are off the grid, […]

teleSUR (2019-02-17). Polish Prime Minister Cancels Trip to Israel Over Holocaust Row. telesurenglish.net Poland's prime minister is canceling a trip to Israel after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested the Poles were complicit in the World War 2 Holocaust. | RELATED: | Poland: Party of Openly Gay Politician Makes Gains in Polls | A spokesperson for Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told Reuters that the state leader would not attend the summit but would send Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz instead. | Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of hi…

Tyler Durden (2019-02-17). Trump Tells Europe to "Take Back" 800 ISIS Fighters or He "Will Be Forced to Release Them" theantimedia.com (ZH) — Late Saturday evening President Trump lashed out at allies Britain, France, and Germany via twitter related to the United States' Syria withdrawal. He urged European nations to take responsibility for their own captured foreign fighters in Syria by repatriating and prosecuting them; otherwise, Trump warned, the terrorists could "permeate Europe" upon their release. "The Caliphate is ready to fall," Trump tweeted. "The …

Middle East Eye (2019-02-17). Rouhani Says Iran is Ready for Improved Relations with Gulf States. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Tehran wants to co-operate with its Gulf neighbors, after decades of hostility and proxy wars, even as the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard hit out at the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. "Iran is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle …

RT (2019-02-17). Believe all victims? Cops now think Jussie Smollett faked 'MAGA attack' despite desperate denials. rt.com Police sources say Jussie Smollett likely hired two acquaintances to fake a Chicago "hate crime" assault, while conservatives are accusing liberal media outlets of accepting the actor's story with little initial evidence.

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

unitedEditor (2019-02-16). Why Did The Iran Hostage Crisis Happen? uwidata.com The Islamic Republic of Iran recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a revolution which turned an American ally to an American enemy. Some still try to analyze the reasons why Iranian students attacked the US embassy at the beginning during the revolution and created a dispute which not only led to a […]

Fight Back (2019-02-16). Portland ditches the Joint Terrorism Task Force. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR – City council members voted to leave the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) on February 13. After months of town halls and rallies organized by councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty and activist groups in Portland, the amendment passed in a three to two vote. Mayor Ted Wheeler was one of the two voting to remain in the task force. | Before the vote, 150 community members gathered outside city hall to rally. Demonstrators help signs that read, "Immigrants are not terrorists" and "No JTTF." Council members heard testimonies from 40 community leaders and activists before announcing their votes. Only four were in…

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-16). Saudi Arabia Supported Israel Against Hezbollah During 2006 War. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Saudi Arabia supported Israel in its war against Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006, an Israeli TV channel has claimed. In the third part of a series of reports entitled "Secrets of the Gulf," Israeli news channel Channel 13 reported on the secret relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia and quoted senior Israeli officials as saying that Tel …

Jason Ditz (2019-02-16). Trump Sends US Military Aircraft to Deliver 'Aid' to Venezuela's Border. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has announced Friday, along with a new round of sanctions against members of the Venezuelan government, that they are dispatching US military aircraft carrying aid to the Venezuelan border. The aid can't get into Venezuela directly, as it is being sent to opposition leader Juan Guaido and with an eye specifically toward endorsing …

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.

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

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

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…

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