2019-02-19: News Headlines

Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone (2019-02-19). Troublesome Possibilities: The Left and Tulsi Gabbard. counterpunch.org Tulsi Gabbard's candidacy for president has raised more problematic questions than answers for people on the Left. Many anti-war leftists call her a breath of fresh air in resisting the military industrial complex and the dangerous war duopoly. After she supported a diplomatic solution to Syria and supported Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, she made a name for herself in the left wing of the Democratic Party. More

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-02-19). U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela Is Dangerous. commondreams.org A student remains on the ground in front of National Guards during an opposition protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on February 12, 2014. (Photo: Leo Ramirez) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-19). U.S. Brinksmanship in Venezuela is Dangerous. progressive.org U.S. interference in Venezuela threatens to turn a crisis into a catastrophe. We can't let the violence that plagues the Middle East be transferred to Latin America.

teleSUR (2019-02-19). US Arms Maker Wins Billions in UAE Contracts. telesurenglish.net The United Arab Emirates Monday awarded Raytheon Co., U.S. defense contractor and weapons manufacturer, a US$1.55 billion contract to supply the Middle Eastern country's air force with platform systems for launching missiles, a UAE military spokesman said. | RELATED: | UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia 'Unlawful': Parliamentary Report | The agreement was signed at the week-long International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. It came days after Raytheon was awarded…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-19). Hope of Hodeida Ceasefire Wanes as Saudis Talks Peace but Bolster Military Presence. mintpressnews.com For Yemenis desperate for a solution, it may be hard to believe the Saudi Coalition's promises of a withdrawal from Hodeida after previous promises were made and subsequently broken.

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-02-19). Walter Jones and the Vote to End US War on Yemen. globalresearch.ca In a fitting legacy for my friend Walter Jones, Jr. who passed away last week, the US House made history by voting in favor of H.J.Res. 37, a resolution "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Headlines for February 19, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks President Maduro at Miami Rally, Calls on Military to Defect, President Maduro Fires Back at Trump Attacks on Socialism, Daily Beast: U.S. Considering Extending TPS to Venezuelans, Senator Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Bid, Sen. Warren to Unveil Universal Child Care Plan, West Virginia Teachers Launch Strike, 16 States Sue over Trump's Nat'l Emergency Declaration, Mexican Migrant Dies While in Border Patrol Custody, Transgender Salvadoran Woman Killed After Deportation from U.S., Syria: Bomb Attacks Kill 15 in Idlib, UAE Buys $1.6 Billion in Arms from Raytheon, Yemen: Warring Parties Ag…

STAFF (2019-02-19). Future Rabbis Plant With Palestinians, Sow Rift With Israel. truthdig.com AT-TUWANI, West Bank — Young American rabbinical students are doing more than visiting holy sites, learning Hebrew and poring over religious texts during their year abroad in Israel. | In a stark departure from past programs focused on strengthening ties with Israel and Judaism, the new crop of rabbinical students is reaching out to the Palestinians. The change reflects a divide between Israeli and American Jews that appears to be widening. | On a recent winter morning, Tyler Dratch, a 26-year-old rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston, was among some two dozen Jewish students planting olive trees i…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-19). Warsaw summit turned into an anti-Iran conclave by US, Israel. peoplesdispatch.org US vice-president, Mike Pence, urged EU countries to withdraw from the Iran deal, while the Israeli prime minister Netanyahu tweeted his intentions to start a war with Iran.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-02-19). Venezuela Under Washington's Gun. globalresearch.ca A full court press is taking place in Florida today (Presidents Day) with Republicans, Democrats, expatriates from Cuba and Venezuela and the warmonger ministry of propaganda that constitutes the US media all denouncing Maduro and blaming him for the hardships …

unitedEditor (2019-02-19). Trump's Iran strategy: regime change or regime collapse? uwidata.com When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he made it clear that countering Iran was a top priority on his agenda. Trump ripped up the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as JCPOA; reimposed pre-JCPOA sanctions and even added new ones that were unprecedented in terms of their scope and scale; and put Iranian citizens, …

Eds. (2019-02-19). Financial blockade: Chronology of a strategy to destroy Venezuela. mronline.org Sanctions against Venezuela are real and palpable mechanisms of destruction of the State, identity and, with it, of Venezuelan society. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-19). Amazon's Defeat in NYC Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare. democracynow.org New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility in Queens. The decision came under mounting pressure from grassroots activists and local politicians who opposed the deal. Amazon had announced the project in November after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies to come to the city. But local politicians and community organizers rallied against the tech giant and won. The lawmakers who took down Amazon say their victory is just the beginning of a major fight a…

Masud Wadan (2019-02-19). Who's Behind the Attacks in Iran? Pakistan Has to Choose Between Saudi Arabia and Iran. globalresearch.ca Historically, Pakistan has no feud with Iran and the latter was the first to recognize Pakistan when it gained independence in 1947, but siding with Saudi Arabia will keep Iran at arm's length from Pakistan. A terrorist attack targeted a …

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Cuban Trade Minister Visits Algeria to Develop Joint Projects. telesurenglish.net The Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, arrived in Algiers, the capital of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria (PDRA), on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations. | RELATED: | Cuba Rips US Security Council Resolution on Venezuela in UN | According to a statement from the Algerian Ministry of Health…

Great Game India (2019-02-19). Suicide Bombings in India and Iran. globalresearch.ca On the afternoon of 14th February, 2019 a convoy of vehicles along the Indian Jammu Srinagar National Highway carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was targeted by terrorists with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. …

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Iran Oil Exports Up, Unveils Major National Refinery. telesurenglish.net Iran's crude oil exports were higher than expected in January and have remained between 1.1-1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) this month, according to national and Refinitiv Eikon information. Some Eastern countries have received waivers from President Trump's sanctions to do business with the Islamic Republic. | RELATED: | OPEC: No Agreement to Cut Global Oil Production Yet | Crude shipments from Iran averaged 1.25 million bpd for the first month of 2019, and are staying at about 1.1-1.3…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-19). Iran Is Being Tricked into Making Balochistan the New Kurdistan. globalresearch.ca The transnational region of Balochistan risks becoming another Kurdistan-like fault line as long as Iran continues to be tricked into worsening relations with Pakistan, with the worst-case scenario being that the Golden Ring's weakest link undermines the entire geopolitical project …

Paul Dobson (2019-02-19). Trump Hits Venezuela with More Sanctions. zcomm.org US Military Planes Bring 'Aid'

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Elephant Tusk Trafficker 'Ivory Queen' Prosecuted in Tanzania. telesurenglish.net A Tanzanian court Tuesday convicted a Chinese woman Yang Feng Glan, known as the "Ivory Queen" for trafficking tusks from more than 400 elephants. | RELATED: | Tanzania: Dinosaur Fossils With Heart-Shaped Vertebrae Found | Feng Glan, 69, was convicted in Dar es Salaam for trafficking 860 tusks worth US$5.6 million between 2000 and 2014. This meant sl…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-19). Amazon's Defeat Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfare. truthout.org New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility in Queens. The decision came under mounting pressure from grassroots activists and local politicians who opposed the deal. Amazon had announced the project in November after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies to come to the city. But local politicians and community organizers rallied against the tech giant and won. The lawmakers who took down Amazon say their victory is just the beginning of a major figh…

South Front (2019-02-19). Video: French Officer Is Punished for Revealing Truth About US Role in "Defeating ISIS" in Syria. globalresearch.ca Over the past few days, the military situation has notably escalated in central and western Syria. | On February 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed up by pro-government militias launched a scale combing operation in the deserts of Damascus, Deir …

ISM (2019-02-19). Israeli Settlers Continue to Terrorize Al-Khalil Residents in the Occupied West Bank (video). indybay.org At the end of January the occupation barred international 'observer' groups from Al-Khalil (Hebron), who were stationed throughout the city for more than 20 years, following the massacre of 29 Palestinians inside Ibrahim mosque in 1994 by a fanatical Israeli terrorist. Illegal settlers, many of whom proudly celebrate this massacre, are becoming increasingly empowered; effectively given free reign to attack and intimidate Palestinians, facilitated by the occupation soldiers who protect them as they run riot throughout the city.

Stephanie Savell (2019-02-19). The American Empire's Long Reach. thenation.com The American Empire's Long Reach…

Jason Ditz (2019-02-19). Syrian Kurdish Commander Calls for US to Keep 1,500 Troops in Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — In comments to reporters on Monday, Kurdish commander Mazloum Kobani, the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), called on the United States to completely halt plans to withdraw from Syria, saying he needs an "enduring" presence from the US-led coalition. Kobani not only says he wants air support from the US, but a "force on the …

amnesty (2019-02-19). EQUATORIAL GUINEA: HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND ACTIVISTS PAY A HIGH PRICE FOR SPEAKING OUT. amnesty.org This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Equatorial Guinea in May 2019. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Equatorial Guinea in its previous UPR, in particular on those recommendations in relation to situation of human rights defenders. | It also assesses legislation regulating NGO activities and its impact on freedom of association and sets out a number of cases of human rights defenders and activists who have been subjected to harassment, intimidation and arbitrary detention.

teleSUR (2019-02-19). Argentine Protesters, Workers Tell Trump, 'Hands Off Venezuela'. telesurenglish.net Hundreds filed through the streets of Buenos Aires Monday, protesting outside the U.S. embassy to demand President Trump end attempts of interventionism in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Military Head 'Amazed' by Trump 'Celebrating Terrorism' | "Venezuela is not alone," protesters cried, answering the call of the Argentine Committee of Solidarity with Venezuela as part of an international campaign to push the U.S. and its incredible economic sanctions away from the struggl…

Astrid Essed (2019-02-19). 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!!

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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.

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

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, …

Paul Dobson (2019-02-18). Trump Hits Venezuela with More Sanctions as US Military Planes Bring 'Aid'. venezuelanalysis.com Three USAF planes landed 8km from the Venezuelan border, allegedly carrying "humanitarian aid."

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…

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 …

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 Eye (2019-02-18). Assad Warns Syria's Kurds That US Will Not Protect Them. theantimedia.com (MEE) — President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw its troops. The US is set to pull out its soldiers from Syria after allied Kurdish-led forces capture the Islamic State (IS) group's last holdout …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-17). Warsaw Conference's War with Iran Agenda, Met with Low Level Delegations from European Allies. therealnews.com Pompeo, Netanyahu urged Arab leaders to consolidate and prepare for war with Iran at Warsaw Conference. Europe sent low level delegations. A leaked video from the conference reveals that Arab leaders are ready to abandon solidarity with Palestinians. We speak with Vijay Prashad for analysis.

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…

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, …

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.

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