2019-02-23: News Headlines

Timothy M. Gill (2019-02-23). Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies? zcomm.org If sanctions haven't felled governments in Iran or Syria, to name just two examples, it doesn't seem likely that they will fall the Maduro government any time soon. They'll only perpetuate suffering and ultimately generate acrimony towards the country…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-23). US Defeat in Syria: The Wrong End of "Might Makes Right" globalresearch.ca With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria and its future — the war having been decided on the ground rather than "politically" as envisioned by Western politicians, media, and policymakers — the US proxy war against Syria …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-23). US Sanctions on Venezuela Possibly Worse than Iraq Sanctions Before War. therealnews.com News about humanitarian aid shipments to Venezuela almost never compare how tiny a fraction this aid is relative to the devastating damage that US sanctions against Venezuela have caused, which is now as draconian as the pre-Iraq war sanctions were, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot…

STAFF (2019-02-23). Dianne Feinstein Lectures Youth Climate Activists: 'You Did Not Vote for Me'. truthdig.com As young people from around the world are marching in the streets and calling on adults and elected leaders to act urgently to address runaway global warming and the climate crisis, this video of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) explaining to youth activists in her office on Friday why she won't back the joint congressional resolution on the Green New Deal has to be seen in order to be believed. | Posted to Twitter by the Sunrise Movement, which had organized the office visit as part of its campaign to garner support for the resolution, the video shows Feinstein responding with "smugness and disrespect" when the…

CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade (2019-02-23). German Government's "Right to Resist" UK Pressure on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca Campaign Against Arms Trade has welcomed the Germany Government's decision to continue its arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The ban on arms sales was put in place in 2018, following the escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the …

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-23). US to keep 200 'peacekeeping' troops in Syria, despite planned withdrawal. peoplesdispatch.org The decision to maintain some military presence in Syria is seen as a move aimed at protecting Kurdish groups aligned with the United States and a possible establishment of "safe zones" along the country's northern border with Turkey.

South Front (2019-02-23). Video: ISIS Cells Eliminated by Syrian Forces, US Drones over Syria, Iraq. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have finished their combing operation in the central Syrian desert, the NDF media center said in a statement. | According to the released statement, the SAA and the NDF eliminated …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-23). Does "Special Ed" Serve Students? Disability Activists Say No. truthout.org As a child born with cerebral palsy in the 1950s, Gail Cartenuto-Cohn had one option when she was old enough to go to school: enroll in an isolated public program specifically for kids with disabilities. There was no interaction with nondisabled kids, and there were just three classrooms: one for kindergarten through second grade, another for grades three through five, and a third for sixth through eighth. | Occupational therapy, as well as physical therapy and speech therapy, were provided on-site, and although Cartenuto-Cohn describes the education she received as better than adequate, when it was time for h…

Fight Back (2019-02-23). Oshkosh rallies against Trump's National Emergency, demands legalization for all. fightbacknews.org Oshkosh, WI – On February 18, a group of Oshkosh activists and members of United Action Oshkosh (UAO) rallied in protest against Trump's declaration of a National Emergency last week. Chants of "Legalization for all!" and "No papers, no fear, refugees are welcome here!" rang out in the streets alongside Opera House Square. | With only a few days' notice, the rally was organized after a call to action came from the Legalization for All Network. | "I think it's important to communicate to people in this town who their allies are when it comes to standing against bigotry and unethical policies," said Courtney Earl,…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-23). Why Bay Area Tech Workers Should Support the Oakland Teachers. truthout.org As Bay Area tech workers and activists, we see clearly that the struggles faced by tech workers are fundamentally connected with those faced by the teachers who are on strike in Oakland. | When one section of the working class fights and wins, it raises the hopes and expectations for all working people. Now that the strike wave that swept through Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona is coming to Silicon Valley's own backyard, it's time for us to show up, support the…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-23). 'Stop Funding Climate Change!': Jamie Dimon Interrupted for Important Planetary Message. commondreams.org Climate activists interrupted JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Saturday to make a clear demand: "Stop funding climate change!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-22). Artists Call for Eurovision Boycott, if Event Held in Israel (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Danielle Alma Ravitzki explains how the Israeli government uses the Eurovision song contest to whitewash and pinkwash its crimes against Palestinians. This year the contest will take place in Tel-Aviv, and artists from around the world are calling for a boycott…

Kathryn Shihadah (2019-02-22). He Can't Breathe: Palestine's Eric Garner. mintpressnews.com In Hebron, Palestine on May 17th, 2017, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounded a young man as he walked through a market. He was about to join the roughly 40% of the male Palestinian population who, since 1967, have been detained or arrested.

Fight Back (2019-02-22). Dallas Palestine Coalition protests Israeli tech event. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On February 19, about ten people with the Dallas Palestine Coalition gathered at the SMU Cox School of Business to protest an event titled "Texas' Looming Water Crisis: How Israeli Tech Could Save the Day." The tech event was meant to encourage sales of Israeli technology – products built on stolen and occupied Palestinian lands. | Some went in to ask questions at the event while others protested outside. Protesters displayed a "Palestinian lives matter" banner and chanted. Chants included "Israel steals Palestinian homes, land and water," and "Israel continues to build illegal settlements on Palesti…

Maha Hilal (2019-02-22). Democrats Might Oppose Trump's National Emergency, But They're Hardly the Resistance. commondreams.org For anyone paying attention, its no coincidence that two of the three countries have the highest numbers of refugees are Afghanistan and Syria—countries that have born a large brunt of the US' War on Terror. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Abby Martin (2019-02-22). Video: An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela. | She uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas. | Watch the …

Abby Martin (2019-02-22). Watch | Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Venezuela Coup. mintpressnews.com On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.

Fight Back (2019-02-22). Minneapolis protest Saturday to be part of global day of action against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Twin Cities area peace and anti-war groups are organizing a Minneapolis protest on Saturday, February 23 as part of a day of local actions around the U.S. and around the world opposing U.S. intervention in Venezuela. | The Minneapolis protesters will gather on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. There will be signs and banners with the anti-intervention message. | The event is called under the themes: "U.S. Hands Off Venezuela – No Coup; No Sanctions – No U.S. War on Venezuela!" | A statement issued by organizers says in…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-22). Venezuela's Former Minister of Communes and Culture Talks to TRNN About the Crisis. therealnews.com Well-known Venezuelan writer and theorist, Reinaldo Iturriza, says US sanctions and the low price of oil have devastated Venezuela'seconomy…

Timothy M. Gill (2019-02-22). Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies? counterpunch.org There's no denying that a serious economic and humanitarian crisis faces Venezuela. Millions of citizens have left the country, and those who have remained have lost considerable weight and have inadequate access to food and medicine. Hyperinflation continues unabated, and, with the Trump administration recently leveling sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company (PDVSA), the crisis is only intensifying. More

Austyn Ross (2019-02-22). Student Activists Participate in NAACP Board Meeting. naacp.org Led by Tiffany Dena Loftin, former SGA president at University of California, Santa Cruz, over 20 students attended the NAACP Annual Board Meeting in New York City, February 14-16, 2019. Our NAACP Youth were heavily involved and took part in conversations including youth engagement in local issues and training for college and youth units. On Friday, …

Andrew Levine (2019-02-22). Ilhan Omar Owes No Apologies, Apologies Are Owed Her. counterpunch.org Muslims and other persons of color who do not kowtow to Zionist positions are routinely deemed "anti-Semitic," notwithstanding the fact that, unlike in Europe, historically Muslim parts of the world have had little or no connection either to theologically or racially grounded hatred of Jews qua Jews until quite recently. On the other hand, persons of European descent whose views reek of historical connections with the genuine article get a pass insofar as they are outspoken friends of the Israeli state. Just a few years ago, it seemed that true anti-Semitism, as distinct from the anti-Zionism Zionists confound wi…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-22). Iran's Turning into India's Proxy by Taunting and Threatening Pakistan? globalresearch.ca Major General Qassem Soleimani, the famed commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), proved that his country is increasingly turning into India's proxy after he taunted and threatened Pakistan, resulting in the Islamic Republic incredibly taking some …

South Front (2019-02-22). Video: Why is the S-300 Air Defense System in Syria Not Being Used Against Israeli Aircraft. globalresearch.ca There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its …

RT (2019-02-22). Jussie Smollett exiled from 'Empire' following faked hate crime. rt.com The producers of the TV drama Empire have decided to "remove" Jussie Smollett from the show after the actor was charged with felony disorderly conduct for faking a hate crime against himself.

amnesty (2019-02-22). Iran: Stop imminent execution of three prisoners arrested as teenagers. amnesty.org The Iranian authorities must immediately halt plans to execute three young men who are on death row for crimes that took place while they were under the age of 18, said Amnesty International. | The organization has learned that Mohammad Kalhori, Barzan Nasrollahzadeh and Shayan Saeedpour, who were all convicted for separate crimes that took place while they were minors, are at risk of imminent execution. | "The Iranian authorities must act quickly to save these young men's lives. Failing to stop their execution would be another abhorrent assault on children's rights by Iran. International human rights law stri…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-22). Syria: Concerns for Civilians Escaping ISIS Holdout. hrw.org | | Satellite-analysis of US-led coalition air strike locations in Baghuz (19 January – 20 February 2019) | © Damage analysis by Human Rights Watch; Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. | (New York) — Protecting civilians should be a key priority for the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) makes its last territorial stand in Syria, Human Rights Watch s…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). Headlines for February 22, 2019. democracynow.org North Carolina Orders New Congressional Election Due to GOP Voting Fraud, Oakland Teachers' Strike Enters Second Day, Judge: Alex Acosta Broke Law in 2008 over Sex Abuser Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal, Elliott Abrams Heads to Colombia as Tension Mounts on Venezuelan Border, CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Venezuelan Opposition Event in D.C., U.S. to Keep 200 Troops in Syria Despite Trump Withdrawal Pledge, Vatican Hosts Historic Summit on Clerical Sex Abuse, White Nationalist Coast Guard Lieutenant Used Work Computer to Research Mass Killings, Record Number of Hate Groups Reported in U.S., Prosecutors Drop Crimina…

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-22). US to Keep 200 Troops in Syria After Pullout, White House Says. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal, Reuters reports. Trump in December ordered a withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops in Syria, saying they …

susan_p (2019-02-22). US sanctions cost Venezuela US$38 billion. greenleft.org.au Venezuelan Vice President of Planning, Ricardo Menendez said on February 18 that direct losses to the nation's economy from US financial sanctions are estimated to be US$38 billion. | The figure corresponds only to the effects on the production of goods and services, as well as on the oil trade, he said in an interview with the Venezuelan News Agency. | Of this total, $23 billion corresponds to the impact on GDP. $15 billion is related to the siege against Citgo, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company, in the US, which was seized at the end of January. | The greatest amount of production losses coi…

Middle East Eye (2019-02-22). UAE Set to Buy $5.4bn of Arms Amid World Outrage Over Yemen War. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The United Arab Emirates signed contracts to buy more than $5.4bn worth of arms and military equipment during an exhibition for weapons manufacturers in Abu Dhabi this week, despite ongoing calls to end the war in Yemen, where the UAE is playing a major role. The UAE's official news agency WAM reported on Thursday that the …

susan_p (2019-02-22). US actor Danny Glover slams US over Venezuela. greenleft.org.au During an interview with the Real News Network, US actor and activist Danny Glover criticised the US over its actions against Venezuela. | Glover accused the US of having "taken the billions of dollars that rightfully belonged to the Venezuelan people, [and] placed sanctions on…

Ben Norton (2019-02-21). 'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'. grayzoneproject.com CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime's "US ambassador" Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking "a…

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 →

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."

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…

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…

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…

Aída Chávez (2019-02-21). Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Budget Proposal Would Force Grassroots Activists to Register as Lobbyists. theintercept.com The New York governor's budget proposal includes a measure that would lower the annual spending threshold for what counts as lobbying from $5,000 to $500.

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.

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…

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-21). US Court Reopens Lawsuit Against Billionaire Israel Donor Sheldon Adelson. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A US appeals court has reopened a billion-dollar lawsuit against Jewish-American tycoon Sheldon Adelson, which seeks to hold him and more than 30 others liable for war crimes and support of Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit yesterday voted unanimously …

Robert Mackey (2019-02-21). French President's Promise to Crack Down on Anti-Semitism Could Threaten Critics of Israel. theintercept.com French police officers will investigate critics of Israel who question the nature of the Jewish state for possible violations of law against hate speech.

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 …

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.

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…

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, …