2019-02-21: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-21). Trump Regime Pursuing Nuclear Technology Sales to the Saudis. globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia is a fascist dictatorship run in cahoots with religious extremists — the Middle East's most dangerous regime after Israel. | Other than nations already with nukes, it's likely the last regime on earth anti-war activists would want to be …

Reese Erlich (2019-02-21). Foreign Correspondent: How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days. progressive.org "It would affect their ability to fight immediately."

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2019. democracynow.org White Supremacist Coast Guard Lt. Had "Hit List" of Democratic Targets, Trump Considering Anti-Science Adviser to Head Climate Change Committee, SCOTUS Limits State and Local Civil Asset Forfeiture, Massive Fire Kills At Least 80 in Bangladesh, Mexico: 2 Radio Journalists Killed in Past Week, U.N. Warns of Oil Company Complicity in South Sudan Mass Atrocities, Egypt Executes 9 Men over 2015 Prosecutor Killing Amid Claims of Torture, Syria: Civilians Evacuated from ISIS Enclave, Trump Says Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Should Not Be Allowed Back in U.S., West Virginia Teachers End Strike After Killing Pro-Charter…

Greg Grandin (2019-02-21). How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism. thenation.com How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-21). 'Rule of the Rabbis' Fuels Holy War in Israel. consortiumnews.com Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become "warriors," emulating a group of… Read more →

Nick Pemberton (2019-02-21). Israel, Venezuela and Nationalism In The Neoliberal Era. counterpunch.org What is a nation in the era of neoliberalism? Is community, under any umbrella, possible? Margaret Thatcher was perhaps more influential l in shaping the modern times than anyone outside of Ronald Reagan. Thatcher famously asserted that there was no such thing as society—there were only individuals. This logic is still being carried out, as evidenced by the United States' response to situations in Israel and Venezuela. More

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2019-02-21). Big Economic Questions of the Day: Trump Tax Cuts, Economic Growth, Inflation. Monetary Policy. Undocumented Immigrants. globalresearch.ca Recently I have had several journalists, academics and progressive activists ask me my opinion on some of the key economic questions of the day. Here are some of my replies: on Trump tax cuts and US growth, current immigration debates, …

commondreams (2019-02-21). 90 Progressive Leaders and 20,000+ Activists Ask Candidates: "Do You Support Our Populist 'Economic Agenda for Good Jobs, Sustainable Prosperity and Economic Justice?" commondreams.org ______________________________…

Roger Hickey (2019-02-21). Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: 20,000 Activists Ask Democratic Candidates Where They Stand on Bold Agenda. commondreams.org Over 90 well-known veterans of the successful 2018 campaign have signed a bold new Pledge to Fight for Good Jobs, Sustainable Prosperity and Economic Justice. (Image: Campaign for America's Future) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nate Singham (2019-02-21). Trump Is Making a Mockery of 'Humanitarian Aid' in Venezuela. commondreams.org During 2018, the Trump administration continued to strengthen sanctions targeting Venezuela through the issuance of additional executive orders. (@compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Canadian Peace Congress (2019-02-21). Canadian Peace Congress: Act Now to Defend Venezuela's Sovereignty! No Sanctions! No Coup d'État! No Military Intervention! globalresearch.ca The orchestrated campaign to remove the elected government in Venezuela and replace it with a puppet authority willing to serve U.S. economic and political interests has now reached a critical moment, one which may well end in a bloody civil …

South Front (2019-02-21). Russia to Press for Putting "White Helmets" on Trial for Crimes in Syria. globalresearch.ca Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry's department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an

STAFF (2019-02-21). Smollett Suspected of Lying About Attack, Police Official Says. truthdig.com The "Empire" actor claimed he was beaten in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs, but the inquiry shifted in recent days.

Hans Stehling (2019-02-21). Fraught Times for Europe's Jews Now Advised to Reconsider Their Unqualified Support for Israel. globalresearch.ca Jewish communities in Britain and France, London and Paris, together with the rest of Europe are now reconsidering their unqualified support for the state of Israel in terms of money and arms which they concede are used for the subjugation …

amnesty (2019-02-21). Senegal: Election must be held in a climate free from violence and intimidation. amnesty.org Two killed during campaign rallies : | Journalists caught up in violence : | Pressures on pro-democracy activists: | Authorities in Senegal should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Presidential election is held in a climate that is free from violence and respects the freedom of all people to express their views, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday's presidential polls. | On 11 February during campaign rallies, two people were killed in the south eastern town of Tambacounda. Many others, including journalists, were injured following violent clashes between supporters o…

RT (2019-02-21). Jussie Smollett indicted in 'racist & homophobic attack' hoax. rt.com Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on charges of filing a false police report, according to the Chicago Police Department, which earlier had officially declared the 'Empire' star a suspect in the hate crime hoax.

RT (2019-02-21). Caving under MSM pressure? Tulsi Gabbard interview on The View has some supporters fuming. rt.com US Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is being accused of "flip-flopping" on her Syria stance and "caving" to mainstream media pressure after a combative interview on The View.

pip.hinman (2019-02-21). Victorian Socialists hold inaugural conference. greenleft.org.au Following its successful November state election campaign, the Victorian Socialists held its inaugural conference on February 16, attended by more than 230 members. | Victorian Socialists — an alliance involving the Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative and other activists and organisations — was formed earlier last year. Its first major campaign was aimed at gaining a spot in the Northern Metropolitan legislative council region with Yarra socialist councillor Steve Jolly. And while it came fourth, preference deals meant that Jolly was ultimately not elected. | The party also ran candidates in a n…

RT (2019-02-21). Actor Jussie Smollett arrested after allegedly 'faking racist attack'. rt.com Empire actor and social justice activist Jussie Smollett has been arrested by Chicago police after he allegedly faked a homophobic, racist attack in the city and then lied to police about what happened.

Middle East Children's Alliance (2019-02-21). Ahmed Abu Artema, of the Gaza Great March of Return. indybay.org St. John's Presbyterian Church | 2727 College Avenue | Berkeley, CA 94705…

ziyaad (2019-02-20). EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes. bdsmovement.net EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes : UpdateThe EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world's longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe's electricity grid with Israel's grid that incorporates the illegal settl…

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-02-20). Withdrawal Pains and Syrian Civil War: An Analysis of U.S. Media Discourse. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. combat troops from Syria is being met with strong criticism from the U.S. military establishment. [1] The attacks on withdrawal are reiterated in U.S. mass media outlets as well. Nowhere is this clearer than in the editorials of the paper of national record — the New York Times. The More

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-20). UN says withdrawal agreement in Yemen is important progress. peoplesdispatch.org The Houthis have promised to withdraw from key port installations and the Saudi-led coalition from the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah. The ceasefire deal was reached in December…

South Front (2019-02-20). Video: Staged Chemical Attack Videos and Other Trends in Modern Propaganda. globalresearch.ca The scandal regarding the fake hospital video published by the White Helmets as a proof of the Douma chemical attack has reached its peak in the media and has caused reaction on the diplomatic level. | On February 13, BBC Syria's …

Paul Buhle (2019-02-20). Charles Beard: Bob La Follette's Friend. progressive.org A new book corrects the record on the anti-imperialist historian—a close ally of "The Progressive's" founder—whose work was much maligned by pro-empire liberals.

RT (2019-02-20). Ex CBS reporter Lara Logan draws ire for calling liberal media 'propagandists'. rt.com No stranger to controversies, former CBS reporter Lara Logan has drawn the ire of mainstream journalists for saying that the "mostly liberal" media have become more like "political activists" and "propagandists."

amnesty (2019-02-20). Saudi Arabia: Saudi Activist Held in Solitary Confinement: Nassima al-Sada. amnesty.org Woman human rights defender, Nassima al-Sada, was placed in solitary confinement since early February 2019, in al-Mabahith Prison in Dammam. Nassima has been detained since July 2018 without charge or trial. Nassima's detention was part of a recent wave of arrests that targeted Saudi human rights activists. Since May 2018, at least 15 human rights activists, including several women human rights defenders have been detained without charge in Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International calls on the Saudi authorities to release Nassima al-Sada and all other human rights activists immediately and unconditionally.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-20). With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran. commondreams.org Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

amnesty (2019-02-20). The hidden victims of repression — how activists and reporters can protect themselves from secondary trauma. amnesty.org Peaceful protest has long been a way for ordinary people to take a stand against hate, injustice, and corruption. The contentious issues — and types of repression meted out — may change with the times, but the violence itself remains a constant. | Sweeping crackdowns on protest in Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela in recent weeks serve as a reminder of the violence people face when they dare to speak out. Governments continue to unleash an arsenal of tools to suppress dissidents, from batons and pipes, to tear gas and even live bullets. As the death tolls in these countries mount, so does a growing sense…

RT (2019-02-20). Trump refuses to let 'remorseful ISIS wife from Alabama' back into US, setting Twitter on fire. rt.com US President Donald Trump has refused to take in the New Jersey-born ISIS bride pleading to be allowed back into the US now that the terror group is all but destroyed in Syria, sparking an avalanche of mixed reactions on Twitter.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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). Oil, Neocons, Monroe Doctrine: author explains origins of Trump's Venezuela plan. mronline.org The U.S. has revitalised its old Monroe Doctrine, seeking to take Latin America countries and most notably Venezuela, famous for its rich oil reserves, under control, French journalist Gilbert Mercier has told Sputnik, explaining why the "overt coup attempt" in Caracas is doomed to failure. | Source

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-19). Hungary to Open New 'Diplomatic Office' in Jerusalem. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that Hungary has decided to open a "diplomatic office" in Jerusalem, one of only a handful of countries moving towards the US position on seeing the city as the nation's capital, Anadolu Agency reports. After months of efforts, we have made a very important achievement as Hungary has decided to …

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…

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). 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…

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."

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…

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.

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, …

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…

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…

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…

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