2019-02-26: News Headlines

commondreams (2019-02-26). Statement by Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright of U.S. Peace Organization CODEPINK. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Robert Fisk (2019-02-26). The Christian Genocide During the Ottoman Empire Sounds a Dark Warning for the Future. counterpunch.org Israeli historian Benny Morris doesn't do things by half. The footnotes of his new book on the 30-year genocide of Christians by their Turkish rulers, cowritten with his colleague Dror Zeevi, take up more than a fifth of the 640-page work. "It was nine years, a long haul," he admitted to me this week, with an audible sigh over More

Adri Nieuwhof (2019-02-26). Workers reject Spanish firm's bid for Israeli settlement project. zcomm.org International human rights organizations and the United Nations have all warned against complicity in Israel's settlements through trade or business…

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-26). Attacking Iran. Fake News About a Terrorist Connection Could Serve as a Pretext for War. globalresearch.ca Observers of developments in the Middle East have long taken it as a given that the United States and Israel are seeking for an excuse to attack Iran. The recently terminated conference in Warsaw had that objective, which was clearly …

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-26). US Sanctions Four Venezuelan Governors as Lima Group Nixes Military Action. venezuelanalysis.com Despite Saturday's failure to force in "humanitarian aid," Pence warned that there is "no turning back."

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-02-26). Scores of Civilians Left Dead in Wake of Saudi Air Campaign on Yemen-Saudi Border. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia has launched a vicious campaign to secure Jizan, its vulnerable southern border region with Yemen, which has been its Achilles heel in its brutal assault on its southern neighbor.

Jonathan Cook (2019-02-26). Is Israel's tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the PA? zcomm.org Israel's decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments' relationship…

CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade (2019-02-26). UK Aid to Yemen: The Best Thing May Can Do for Yemen Is to Stop Arming the Saudi Regime. globalresearch.ca Yesterday the Prime Minister, Theresa May pledged £200 million worth of aid for the people of Yemen. However, she has refused to stop arming and supporting the Saudi Arabian regime, which has caused much of the damage. The ongoing bombardment …

Michelle Zacarias (2019-02-26). Chicago aldermen lock out the people and call the cops. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO — No Cop Academy organizers led a direct action Monday morning, descending upon three different aldermanic offices throughout the city. They would like to see the money the city plans to spend on a new police academy go instead to meet other urgent community needs. The Chicago-based activists have been challenging what they see …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-26). U.S. Accused of Trying to Unconstitutionally Strip Citizenship of U.S.-Born Woman Who Joined ISIS. democracynow.org With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting off…

Mairav Zonszein (2019-02-26). Israeli Extremists Are Making a Comeback—With the Help of US Tax Dollars. thenation.com Israeli Extremists Are Making a Comeback—With the Help of US Tax Dollars…

STAFF (2019-02-26). Israel Is Not-So-Subtly Targeting Jeremy Corbyn. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between The Electronic Intifada's Ava Winstanley and Greg Wilpert of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

South Front (2019-02-26). Video: Why There Will be No Full US Troops Withdrawal from Syria. globalresearch.ca A contingent of US troops will remain deployed in Syria even after the troops withdrawal declared by President Donald Trump. | On February 21, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that "a small peacekeeping group of about 200" troops …

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-26). "Arab NATO" Isn't NATO-like at All. globalresearch.ca It's become popular over the past few years to talk about the so-called "Arab NATO" that the US is reportedly trying to assemble in the Mideast to militarily contain Iran, but the actual entity being created doesn't resemble its European …

commondreams (2019-02-26). Iran Experts: Zarif Resignation May Bolster Iran's Hardliners and Trump's Hawkish Policies. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-26). To Prevent Victory for Hard-Liners, Calls for Iran's Leaders to Refuse Resignation of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. commondreams.org The pending resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—which the diplomat announced on Instagram Monday but has not yet been accepted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani—has sparked international alarm over the future of the Iran nuclear deal, which Zarif and European leaders have been trying to save since U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the agreement and reimposed economic sanctions last year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Medea Benjamin (2019-02-26). Iran's Foreign Minister Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation. theantimedia.com (CD) — We are deeply saddened by the resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday afternoon, which occurred just hours after he met with our 28-person American peace delegation led by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. Zarif talked at length about how dissatisfied the Iranian people had become with the Iran nuclear agreement, and the pressure …

Direct Action Everywhere (2019-02-26). 100+ Animal Activists Confront SF Bloomingdales for Illegal Fur Sales. indybay.org Bloomingdale's continues to sell fur despite it having been outlawed in San Francisco. DxE confronted Bloomingdale's today.

RT (2019-02-26). Nikki Haley resurfaces with a think tank that attacks 'international dangers'. rt.com Nikki Haley has begun her political second act with the launch of Stand for America, an anodyne-sounding policy group she formed to oppose socialism and term limits at home, and Russia, China and Iran abroad.

amnesty (2019-02-26). Human rights in Iran: Review of 2018. amnesty.org This public statement documents the state of human rights in Iran during 2018, subdivided by key human rights themes. It is part of a regional review of the state of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, which includes 18 other country entries.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-26). Is the Trump Administration Trying to Rewrite Citizenship Laws? truthout.org With the self-proclaimed Islamic State on the verge of losing its last area of control in Syria, nations around the world are debating what do with the men and women who joined ISIS but now want to return home. Here in the United States, the debate centers on a 24-year-old U.S.-born woman who left her family in Alabama in 2014 and moved to Syria, where she lived in the ISIS-controlled caliphate. While in Syria, Hoda Muthana married a series of ISIS fighters, all of whom died in battle. Now she is living in a refugee camp in Syria with her 18-month-old son but is seeking to return to the United States, setting…

CodePink SC (2019-02-26). Sherry Conable Celebration of Life. indybay.org Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz…

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-26). Assad Meets Khamenei in His First Iran Visit Since Syrian War Began. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Syrian President Bashar al Assad made his first public visit to his closest regional ally Iran since the start of Syria's war in 2011, meeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Monday and championing their alliance, state media reported. Syrian and Iranian state television showed footage of Assad and Khamenei smiling and embracing, …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-26). Trump's Democratic Opposition Endorses His Coup Attempt in Venezuela. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Nothing unites the D.C. blob like a good old coup d'état. The only other times, it seems, that Donald Trump is given a break by "the resistance" is when he acts "presidential" — i.e., orders military aggression, as we saw with Syria. As veteran journalist Dan Rather put it at the time: "The number of …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-26). Youth Climate Activists Arrested for Sit-In at Mitch McConnell's Office. truthout.org Hundreds of Kentucky high school students and climate campaigners with the youth-led Sunrise Movement descended on the Capitol Hill office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday to deliver 100,000 petition signatures and stage a sit-in to make clear to lawmakers that young people want a Green New Deal for their communities and futures. | For calling on McConnell to heed public demands for federal lawmakers to pass policies that will phase out fossil fuels and combat the global climate crisis while also creating green jobs and a…

amnesty (2019-02-26). Human rights in Israel/OPT: Review of 2018. amnesty.org This public statement documents the state of human rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories during 2018, subdivided by key human rights themes. It is part of a regional review of the state of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, which includes 18 other country entries.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-26). Headlines for February 26, 2019. democracynow.org India Launches Airstrikes in Pakistan Amid Mounting Tension, U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela as Lima Group Opposes Military Intervention, Univision Reporter Jorge Ramos Briefly Detained in Venezuela, Trump and Kim to Meet in Vietnam for 2nd North Korean Summit, Reports: Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct in Congressional Hearing, Climate Change May Cause Cloud Die-Off, Increase Rate of Warming, U.K.: Corbyn Could Back 2nd Referendum as Brexit Deadline Looms, U.N. Court: U.K. Should Give Up Control of Chagos, U.N.: Sec.-General Warns Against Collapse of Arms Control Treaties, Iran Foreign…

Labor Video Project (2019-02-26). "Trumping With The US Empire" Leo Panitch On Trump, Capitalism, Multi-Nationals & Socialism. indybay.org Leo Panitch a professor emeritus at York University and co-editor of the Socialist Register spoke on "Trumping With The US Empire" in San Francisco on 2/20/19.

Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright (2019-02-25). Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Resigns Hours After Meeting With US Peace Delegation. commondreams.org A delegation of U.S. peace activists in favor of diplomacy with Iran stand with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday just hours before he announced his resignation. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rory Fanning (2019-02-25). The Cost of Being a War Resister in Israel. thenation.com The Cost of Being a War Resister in Israel…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-25). THE ANGRY ARAB: Camp David and the Ongoing Crisis of Palestine. consortiumnews.com Recently published book by Carter official says the president was initially hostile to Sadat's initiative toward Israel because Carter saw it as "the end of any hope of a comprehensive peace," says As'ad AbuKhalil in this review. Carter Worried Bilateral… Read more →

David Cronin (2019-02-25). Leading Israel Lobby Group Sees Massive Rise in Budget. globalresearch.ca A leading pro-Israel group in Brussels has seen its budget increase fivefold over the past few years. | The European Jewish Association has become increasingly prominent in efforts to counter the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions. One of its …

Paul Street (2019-02-25). Slandering the Not-So Radical Green New Deal: A Bipartisan Operation. counterpunch.org Calling the Left "antis" — people who are just against stuff but not for anything— is only one of the rhetorical mechanisms employed to slander and demean radicals and progressives. Another set of false accusations come into play when progressive solutions see the light of day and threaten to garner significant popular support. When that happens, it no longer suffices to say that the Left offers no alternatives. The slander shifts and portside activists and intellectuals are accused of calling for too much, not for too little. They are charged with authoritarian, even totalitarian overreach. At the sa…

Kenn Orphan (2019-02-25). The Banality of Empire. counterpunch.org This month freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar questioned Trump's nominee for envoy to Venezuela, Elliot Abrams. While her interrogation was somewhat tepid in regard to American imperialism (she said "no one disputes" that the US goal has always been to support democracy and defend human rights), she did bring up the role of the US in the massacres in El Salvador in the 1980s. Massacres in which Abrams is implicated. It was also instructive in that it provided a visual to how deeply debased the American political landscape actually is. Abrams is a Presidential pardoned liar who provided cover for some of the most heinous wa…

Miko Peled (2019-02-25). Netanyahu Finds Israeli Ultra-Right Parties Suited to His Political Purposes. mintpressnews.com The members of Otsma Yehudit are thugs and some have been designated as terrorists, and Netanyahu has more stately manners. But their objectives and their actions are in perfect sync.

Gibson Maina (2019-02-25). Kenyan activists slam US-Guaido coup in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org On February 18, progressive organizations in Kenya held a forum at the Kenya National Theater in downtown Nairobi to mark "Dedan Kimathi Day". Kimathi was the leader of the Kenya Land and Freedom Army, popularly known as "the Mau Mau", who led the fight for the country's liberation against British colonialism in the 1950s. He was killed in 1957 after leading the heroic armed struggle, which was widely supported by the people, for years. | The forum was attended by around 200 people. The main speaker was Professor Maina wa Kinyatti, a freedom fighter who was imprisoned by the Daniel arap Moi dictatorship, a histor…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-25). Internationalist Youth Brigade witnesses Venezuelans' will to resist imperialism. peoplesdispatch.org Members of the Che Guevara Internationalist Youth Brigade worked on different community projects in Venezuela. They witnessed the current situation in the country, which they reported as being contradictory to what is being shown in mainstream media. They also saw how Venezuelans are coming up with ingenious solutions to the problems imposed by economic sanctions for indigenous production of goods.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-25). Qatar: Yemeni Asylum Seeker Turned Away. hrw.org | | Skyline with the skyscrapers in the financial area of Doha, the capital of Qatar. | © 2017 Sergi Reboredo/AP Images | (Beirut) — Qatar authorities are threatening to forcibly expel a Yemeni national without considering his claim for asylum, Human Rights Watch said today. The man is in Qatar with his wife and two young children. | The government has so far failed to implement a law passed…

unitedEditor (2019-02-25). Trump-Erdogan talks, Venezuelan crisis and elections in Moldova. uwidata.com Trump-Erdogan talks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks over the phone with US President Donald Trump this week. According to sources from the Turkish presidential administration, the recent events in Syria, the importance of supporting the political settlement process and the need for joint action against terrorism were all on the agenda. Erdogan reaffirmed …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-25). Israeli Interference in British Politics: Targeted against Corbyn. therealnews.com Asa Winstanley discusses the coordinated incitement campaign against critical voices in the UK. On the same day that the Israeli lobby attacked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in the U.S, British right-wing activists launched an attack on Human Rights Watch, and later on Jeremy Corbyn…

Eoin Higgins (2019-02-25). Democrats Across the Country Are Getting Hounded by Voters for Shying Away From the Green New Deal. theintercept.com California Sen. Dianne Feinstein may feel like she was treated unfairly by young activists who have hammered her for not backing the Green New Deal resolution, but she has plenty of company. In upstate New York, Utah, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, voters who feel a much greater sense of urgency than their elected officials have been reacting furiously to politicians who say that the attempt to turn the fossil fuel-based economy around in the next 12 years simply isn't realistic. | Rep. Antonio Delgado, the freshman from New York's 19th District, was pressed repeatedly by constituents over his half-hearted support f…

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Hands off Venezuela rally in Tucson. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – At the Annual Tucson Peace Fair, February 23, the Tucson Anti War Committee organized a short march through the event to draw attention to maneuvers of Trump and U.S. imperialism against Venezuela. On the international day of action calling for "No War on Venezuela," to celebrate one month of successful resistance to the coup attempt against President Maduro, the solidarity activists shouted, "Hands off Venezuela" and drew supporters to the march from the crowd and the groups tabling. | A brief rally was held, with speakers from the Alliance for Global Justice, Pima County Green Party, DSA Tucson, IS…

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Labor, anti-war movements unite to protest U.S. aggression against Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — The streets were full of working-class solidarity on Saturday, February 23, when well over 100 people, including trade unionists, Latin America solidarity groups and anti-war activists gathered under the banner "U.S. hands off Venezuela!" | The event was part of a global day of action to protest the ongoing U.S.-backed coup attempt against the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro. Protesters occupied multiple intersections in the high-density Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, distributing fliers and speaking with pedestrians about the situation in Venezuela. | The demonstratio…

Fight Back (2019-02-24). Miami march against war with Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Miami, FL – Over 50 protesters gathered in front of the Trump National Doral Golf Course to boldly demonstrate against U.S. war plans targeting Venezuela. Protesters displayed banners and signs demanding the U.S. government end its sanctions against the Venezuelan people, calling for peace, and denouncing the attempted coup against Venezuela's democratically-elected government. | After an hour of spirited chanting, the crowd took to the streets of Doral and marched over a mile down to United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) — where the U.S. government plots its interventions, coups and invasions agains…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-24). "When we say Hands off Venezuela', we are saying Viva Socialism" peoplesdispatch.org People from across the world have come to Caracas to join together as left, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal and anti-racist forces to affirm their solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and denounce the fierce attacks it currently faces by the US empire and its allies. The meeting is taking place at a key moment in Venezuela as it is currently a most brutal attacks on all fronts from the US empire and its allies. | The event was launched with a vibrant mística ceremony celebrating traditional Venezuelan dance and music, as well as a show of the diversity of the encounter itself.

RT (2019-02-24). 'Embrace democracy, Venezuela!' Bolton threatens new sanctions, Pompeo vows 'action'. rt.com Failure of the attempted forcing of US "humanitarian aid" into Venezuela has not deterred the Trump administration hawks from seeking regime change in Caracas. They now threaten new sanctions unless Venezuela "embraces democracy."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-24). Palestine and Rule of Power. therealnews.com Alaa Tartir discusses his new edited anthology: Palestine and Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance. A new look into how international aid and also the Palestinian security reform are mechanisms which are used to crush Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation…

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…

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, …

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