Daily Archives: 2019-02-06

2019-02-06: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-02-06). Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster. counterpunch.org In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply, "Far and away More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). Headlines for February 6, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks Immigrants, Abortion Rights, Democratic Investigations in SOTU, Stacey Abrams Slams Gov't Shutdown, Voter Suppression in SOTU Response, School Apologizes for Racist Yearbook Photos as VA Gov. Northam Resists Resignation, Pope Francis Acknowledges Priests Sexually Abused Nuns, Ex-President of Costa Rica Accused of Sexual Assault, At Least 29 Haitian Migrants Killed in Shipwreck, Taliban Attacks Kill 50 in Afghanistan, CNN: Saudis Gave U.S. Weapons to al-Qaeda, Other Militants in Yemen, CENTCOM Head Was Not Notified of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria, Anti-BDS Lawsuit Against Salaita & American Studi…

Richard Falk (2019-02-06). The Future of Statehood: Israel & Palestine. globalresearch.ca Interview with a Brazilian journalist Rodrigo Craveiro on behalf of Correio Braziliense: (Jan. 30, 2019) on current prospects of Palestinian national movement. | *** | Fatah, Hamas, the Future of Statehood and Peace Prospects | Rodrigo Craveiro: With the dissolution of government …

John G. Russell (2019-02-06). Obscenities, Congress, and the White House. counterpunch.org So, the first #Palestinian ever to enter the #USCongress announces on her 2nd day in office her intention to impeach #Trump, publicly uses the most vulgar term in the history of Congress & stands by her obscenity. Me: Americans now get to enjoy a version of what #Israelis face. —Daniel Pipes January 6, 2019 Conservative commentator More

Ronit Lentin (2019-02-06). The Empathy of the Irish for Palestinians is in No Way Anti-Semitic. counterpunch.org Israel's response to the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill in the Dáil last week entailed, on the one hand, threatening to impose severe economic-political measures against Ireland, including taxing Irish imports and suspending bilateral economic and commercial agreements with Dublin. On the other hand, Israel accused Ireland of anti-Semitism, often weaponised against any criticism More

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-06). US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)—but few in Western media are listening to his message.

Miko Peled (2019-02-06). A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left. mintpressnews.com Netanyahu's political opponents, a crew of former generals who are the A-team of Israeli war criminals, are considered by Israeli standards to be Center-Left.

Whitney Webb (2019-02-06). US Troop Count in Syria Jumps by 50 Percent Since Trump's "Withdrawal" Announcement. mintpressnews.com The huge amount of equipment being brought into Syria by the U.S. starts to look much more like a surge than a withdrawal when one considers that a thousand more troops have already been deployed to Syria following Trump's troop withdrawal announcement.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-06). U.S. "Military Aid" to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh. globalresearch.ca The total shipment is of the order of 994 tons of "humanitarian" R2P light weapons for the "Moderates" in Syria. (in a single shipment out of Romania) among numerous comparable shipments by sea as well as by air…

Kurt Nimmo (2019-02-06). CIA and FBI Had Planned to Assassinate Hugo Chávez. globalresearch.ca Article originally published by Global Research in 2005, which points to previous attempts to assassinate President Hugo Chavez. | This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation. "How do we know …

Bruce Lesnick (2019-02-06). Corporate Titans Target Venezuela. counterpunch.org What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy. More

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Egypt: Constitution Change Allows el-Sisi to Run Until 2034. telesurenglish.net The General Committee of the Egyptian Parliament approved Tuesday the proposal to amend the Constitution so as to allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to run for two more terms beyond 2022. | RELATED: | Egypt's el-Sisi Tries to Hush Statement on Israel Cooperation | "Following extensive discussions, the two sessions concluded with a ruling that the proposal…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More. democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Chomsky, Others Slam Trump's Hardened Immigration Policies. telesurenglish.net An open letter from 107 artists, activists, scholars and writers condemn President Donald Trump's actions to denigrate and demonize asylum seekers coming from Central America to the United States in search of better life opportunities and escaping from violence. | RELATED: | US Sends Central American Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico | Some key actors behind this latest attempt to call attention to the mishandling of migratory policy by President Trump's admin…

STAFF (2019-02-06). What Labor Activists Can Learn From the Seattle General Strike. truthdig.com In 1919, 35,000 shipyard workers brought a city to a standstill. Their protest holds lessons for teachers, Google employees and more.

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

STAFF (2019-02-06). Torture Still Scars Iranians 40 Years After Revolution. truthdig.com As Iran marks the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, the inmates who suffered torture at the hands of the police still bear marks.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-06). The State of the Resistance. truthout.org The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), a jail run by the Trump administration in Brooklyn, New York, reportedly lost power about a week ago, leaving prisoners — many of whom have yet to be convicted of a crime — without heat and light in their cells as temperatures plummeted amid a polar vortex. | As soon as word got out about conditions inside the jail, family members and activists quickly organized and gathered to protest outside the facility on Friday, demanding that jail officials provide the people inside with heat, hot meals and means for contacting their families and attorneys. Since then,…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-06). Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel. truthout.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall — with no mention of the longest government shutdown in US history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. We're joined by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American elected to the House of Representatives and…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-06). Poland: Women's Rights Activists Targeted. hrw.org

stuart_m (2019-02-06). How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people. greenleft.org.au Much media fanfare has been made about US President Donald Trump pledge to deliver US$20 millions worth of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medicine, into Venezuela via its borders with Colombia and Brazil. | While Trump is using a request from self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido as a pretext for the move, it is clear that the purpose is to provoke some kind of reaction from the Venezuelan military, who continue to recognise elected president Nicolas Maduro: either they let in the aid, thereby implying allegiance to the coup president; or block its enter, and risk a further escalation in tens…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-06). Senate Accused of Endorsing 'McCarthy-Era Tactics' as 25 Democrats Join GOP to Pass Anti-Boycott Bill. commondreams.org "Should the House take up similar legislation, we urge members to remove the Combating BDS Act from the package of bills due to the threat it poses to all Americans' First Amendment right to boycott," the ACLU said | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Trump Accuses Iran of Being Main Sponsor of Terrorism. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump Tuesday defended sanctions against Iran, as well as the decision to withdraw the United States from the nuclear treaty, arguing that the Persian nation is "the main state sponsor of terrorism." | RELATED: | Iran, Russia to Abandon Dollar, Trade in National Currencies | "My administration has acted decisively to confro…

SouthFront (2019-02-05). CNN Admits: Saudi Arabia Supplies Weapons to al-Qaeda in Yemen. mintpressnews.com The Saudi-led coalition provided US-made weapons to al-Qaeda-linked fighters, Salafi militias and other factions taking part in the intervention in Yemen, in violation with their agreements with the US, according to a CNN investigation.The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels battling the coalition for control of the country, exposing some of America's sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other conflict zones," CNN reported. | Accordi…

Janine Jackson (2019-02-05). 'Face Surveillance Is a Uniquely Dangerous Technology' – CounterSpin interview with Shankar Narayan on facial recognition. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Shankar Narayan about face surveillance for the February 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

PACBI (2019-02-05). Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions. bdsmovement.net Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions: Open LetterThe Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) urges Pitzer College to stand by an overwhelming majority of its faculty refusing to be complicit in Israel's denial of Palestinian rights and its blatan…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-05). Gaza Rallies for Caracas: On the West's Dangerous Game in Venezuela. counterpunch.org Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and its legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela is struggling to defeat a coup attempt that is supported by the United States, Israel and many Western governments. The relationship between Venezuela and Palestine has been More

Conn Hallinan (2019-02-05). Dispatches from the Edge: the Drift Towards War with Iran. mintpressnews.com Is US National Security Advisor John Bolton just blowing smoke when he talks about regime change in Iran? Possibly, but it is a good idea to take the neo-conservatives at their word.

Alexander Campbell, CEPR (2019-02-05). What's the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why's It So Hard for Media to Understand? venezuelanalysis.com CEPR's Alexander Campbell looks at US sanctions against Venezuela and how the media ignore their effects.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-05). Trump To Move US Troops from Syria to Iraq to "Watch" Iran, "Protect Israel" mintpressnews.com WASHINGTON — In a pre-Super Bowl interview on Sunday, President Donald Trump discussed his plan for a troop withdrawal from Syria, which, as it turns out, doesn't involve many troops vacating the Middle East. Instead, Trump said the troops would mostly be "going to our base in Iraq." | CBS's Margaret Brennan held a wide-ranging interview with Trump, in the course of which she asked him about the intelligence community's "concern" that a "vacuum" left by the U.S. pullout could cause a "resurgence of ISIS…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

RT (2019-02-05). Weapons ending up with terrorists is OK, as long as Obama did it: The world according to CNN. rt.com A "bombshell" CNN report has revealed that US-made weapons found their way to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Yemen. But is anyone surprised? And where was CNN when the Obama administration armed hardcore jihadists in Syria? |

Jim Carey (2019-02-05). Juan Guaido Promises Oil Deals for US Gas Giants If He Takes Power. theantimedia.com (GPA) — Making the empires ambitions clear, US stooge Juan Guaidó has promised Venezuelan oil to US corporations. The US-backed Venezuelan "government" of Juan Guaidó has said there will be plenty of money to be made for Wall Street under a government without the current President, Nicolas Maduro. According to reports, this offer was made during a …

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-05). Iran: Environmentalists' Flawed Trial. hrw.org | | A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months. | © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign | (Beirut) — Iran's judicial authorities are violating fair trial standards in the case of eight environmentalists who have been detained for over a year, Human Rights Watch said today.

Jake Johnson (2019-02-05). CNN Catches Saudi Arabia Providing US Weapons to Al-Qaeda in Yemen. theantimedia.com (CD) — Bolstering the already overwhelming case for cutting off U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's years-long assault on Yemen, a "bombshell" CNN investigation published late Monday found that the Saudis have sold or freely "passed on" American weapons to al-Qaeda fighters and other militia groups that have helped create the world's worst humanitarian crisis. According to CNN, Saudi Arabia and the …

Janine Jackson (2019-02-04). 'Palestinian Rights Has Become an Incredibly Mainstream Issue' – CounterSpin interview with Josh Ruebner on BDS bans. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Josh Ruebner about BDS bans for the February 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-04). PEPE ESCOBAR: MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train. consortiumnews.com While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Milan Special to Consortium News We… Read more →

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-02-04). Everyday life in besieged Venezuela. mronline.org A young author presents intimate snapshots of ordinary life as it is lived by millions of Venezuelans during a grueling crisis fueled by deadly U.S. sanctions and coup efforts. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

Andrea Germanos (2019-02-04). Iraq Fires Back at Trump for Saying US Troops Will Stay to "Watch Iran" theantimedia.com (CD) — Baghdad is firing back on Monday with calls to potentially boot U.S. troops out of Iraq in response to President Donald Trump's comments that he wants to keep them there to "watch Iran." Speaking to CBS's "Face the Nation" in an interview that aired Sunday, Trump said he wants the continued military presence because I want to …

Jason Ditz (2019-02-04). US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US warplanes attacked a Syrian military position along the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal late Saturday. Syrian state media reported the attack as "US aggression," which reportedly wounded two soldiers and destroyed a stationary artillery piece. Exactly what happened that led to this rare US attack on Syrian military targets is uncertain. The US-led …

unitedEditor (2019-02-03). The US — Iran military stand-off: assessing Iran's defensive capability. uwidata.com In September 2018, National Security Advisor John R. Bolton reportedly called on the ministry of defense to formulate an attack on Iran in response to a mortar attack on the American embassy in Basra, Iraq. Would the US actually be able to launch a direct attack on Iran? The White House has put forward three […]

Maryam Saleh (2019-02-03). "I Want to Walk on the Moon While Wearing Hijab": Syrian Women in Turkey Seek to Define Their Independence. theintercept.com Syria's revolution may have made it possible for Syrian women to start talking about their rights, but the war has also given these issues new urgency.

unitedEditor (2019-02-02). Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for? uwidata.com The decision by US President Donald to pull American troops out of Syria has opened the path for a new process in Syrian conflict settlement. The active actors in the conflict are revising their policies and seeking to fortify their positions. Russian that has played an important role in the civil war in Syria and […]

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-02). Why did Hamas Refuse Aid Money from Qatar? therealnews.com Imad Al-Soos discusses the massive changes in the relationship between the Israeli government in Hamas in Gaza in the last months, and how Hamas's new policies affect the lives of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

CounterSpin (2019-02-01). Josh Ruebner on BDS Bans, Shankar Narayan on Face Surveillance. fair.org Media…

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-01). The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine. fair.org Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-01). Headlines for February 1, 2019. democracynow.org WSJ: After Venezuela, U.S. to Target Cuba in Effort to Reshape Latin America, Venezuela: Guaidó Seeks Support from Russia, China as Maduro Gov't Remains Defiant, U.S. Announces Withdrawal from INF, Sen. Sanders Proposes Expanding Estate Tax for Wealthiest Americans, Senate Bill Opposes U.S. Withdrawal from Syria & Afghanistan, Trump Dismisses Funding Talks 2 Weeks Ahead of Gov't Shutdown Deadline, Progressive Dems: "Not Another Dollar" for DHS, Court: Syrian Gov't Responsible for Killing War Reporter Marie Colvin, Somalia: U.S. Airstrike Kills 24 al-Shabab Militants, Reports: EPA Won't Set Limits on Harmful Chemi…

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2019-02-01). The Hidden Structure of U.S. Empire. zcomm.org This self-reinforcing vicious circle endangers us all, not least those of us who live at the heart of this corrupt and ultimately self-destructive empire…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-02-01). UPDATED Venezuela: US Rejects Calls for Dialogue Ahead of Dueling Marches. venezuelanalysis.com Draconian US sanctions and calls for dialogue set the stage for pro- and anti-government marches this weekend.

2019-02-06: Social Media Postees

Venezuela: The U.S.'s 68th Regime Change Disaster
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
In his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 U.S. regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky's blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/venezuela-the-u-s-s-68th-regime-change-disaster/

The Empathy of the Irish for Palestinians is in No Way Anti-Semitic
Ronit Lentin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
Israel's response to the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill in the Dáil last week entailed, on the one hand, threatening to impose severe economic-political measures against Ireland, including taxing Irish imports and suspending bilateral economic and commercial agreements with Dublin. On the other hand, Israel accused Ireland of anti-Semitism, often weaponised against any criticism…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/the-empathy-of-the-irish-for-palestinians-is-in-no-way-anti-semitic/

The Future of Statehood: Israel & Palestine
Richard Falk | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
Interview with a Brazilian journalist Rodrigo Craveiro on behalf of Correio Braziliense: (Jan. 30, 2019) on current prospects of Palestinian national movement. | *** | Fatah, Hamas, the Future of Statehood and Peace Prospects | Rodrigo Craveiro: With the dissolution of government … | The post The Future of Statehood: Israel & Palestine appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/the-future-of-statehood-israel-palestine/5667751

Obscenities, Congress, and the White House
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
So, the first #Palestinian ever to enter the #USCongress announces on her 2nd day in office her intention to impeach #Trump, publicly uses the most vulgar term in the history of Congress & stands by her obscenity. Me: Americans now get to enjoy a version of what #Israelis face. –Daniel Pipes January 6, 2019 Conservative commentator…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/obscenities-congress-and-the-white-house/

US Media Ignore–and Applaud–Economic War on Venezuela
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-06
by Gregory Shupak | The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country's economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy (FAIR.org, 3/22/18). A UN rapporteur declares that "sanctions kill" (Independent, 1/26/19)–but few in Western media are listening to his message.
fair.org/home/us-media-ignore-and-applaud-economic-war-on-venezuela/

A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-06
Netanyahu's political opponents, a crew of former generals who are the A-team of Israeli war criminals, are considered by Israeli standards to be Center-Left. | The post A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/benjamin-netanyahu-dominates-an-israel-election-lacking-a-left/254690/

US Troop Count in Syria Jumps by 50 Percent Since Trump's "Withdrawal" Announcement
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-06
The huge amount of equipment being brought into Syria by the U.S. starts to look much more like a surge than a withdrawal when one considers that a thousand more troops have already been deployed to Syria following Trump's troop withdrawal announcement. | The post US Troop Count in Syria Jumps by 50 Percent Since Trump's "Withdrawal" Announcement appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/us-troop-count-in-syria-jumps-by-50-percent-since-trumps-withdrawal-announcement/254681/

U.S. "Military Aid" to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
The total shipment is of the order of 994 tons of "humanitarian" R2P light weapons for the "Moderates" in Syria. (in a single shipment out of Romania) among numerous comparable shipments by sea as well as by air… | The post U.S. "Military Aid" to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/u-s-military-aid-to-al-qaeda-isis-daesh/5548960

CIA and FBI Had Planned to Assassinate Hugo Chávez
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-06
Article originally published by Global Research in 2005, which points to previous attempts to assassinate President Hugo Chavez. | This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation. "How do we know … | The post CIA and FBI Had Planned to Assassinate Hugo Chávez appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/cia-and-fbi-plan-to-assassinate-hugo-ch-vez/1296

Corporate Titans Target Venezuela
Bruce Lesnick | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
What coup supporters fail to mention, however, is the campaign of harsh economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its imperial allies against Venezuela, dating back to the Obama administration. Those sanctions, together with U.S. moves to block loans to Venezuela from the world's leading financial institutions, have wreaked havoc with the Venezuelan economy.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/corporate-titans-target-venezuela/

"Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall–with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/6/liar_in_ch…

Egypt: Constitution Change Allows el-Sisi to Run Until 2034
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
The General Committee of the Egyptian Parliament approved Tuesday the proposal to amend the Constitution so as to allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to run for two more terms beyond 2022. | RELATED: | Egypt's el-Sisi Tries to Hush Statement on Israel Cooperation | "Following extensive discussions, the two sessions concluded with a ruling that the proposal…
telesurenglish.net/news/Egypt-Constitution-Change-Allows-el-Sisi-to-Run-Until-2034-20190206-0009.html

Chomsky, Others Slam Trump's Hardened Immigration Policies
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
An open letter from 107 artists, activists, scholars and writers condemn President Donald Trump's actions to denigrate and demonize asylum seekers coming from Central America to the United States in search of better life opportunities and escaping from violence. | RELATED: | US Sends Central American Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico | Some key actors behind this latest attempt to call attention to the mishandling of migratory policy by President Trump's admin…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chomsky-Others-Slam-Trumps-Hardened-Immigration-Policies-20190206-0007.html

What Labor Activists Can Learn From the Seattle General Strike
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-06
In 1919, 35,000 shipyard workers brought a city to a standstill. Their protest holds lessons for teachers, Google employees and more. | The post What Labor Activists Can Learn From the Seattle General Strike appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/the-failed-strike-that-could-inspire-a-new-generation-of-labor-activists/

Torture Still Scars Iranians 40 Years After Revolution
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-06
As Iran marks the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, the inmates who suffered torture at the hands of the police still bear marks. | The post Torture Still Scars Iranians 40 Years After Revolution appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/torture-still-scars-iranians-40-years-after-revolution/

Poland: Women's Rights Activists Targeted
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-06

| February 6, 2019 Video | Poland: Women's Rights Activists are Under Attack: | The Polish government is attacking women's rights activists and organizations, putting women's rights and safety at risk. More than two years after the first Black Protests, when thousands took to the streets to protest efforts to further restrict access to abortion, the ruling Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwo&a…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/06/poland-womens-rights-activists-targeted

How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-06
Much media fanfare has been made about US President Donald Trump pledge to deliver US$20 millions worth of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medicine, into Venezuela via its borders with Colombia and Brazil. | While Trump is using a request from self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido as a pretext for the move, it is clear that the purpose is to provoke some kind of reaction from the Venezuelan military, who continue to recognise elected president Nicolas Maduro: either they let in the aid, thereby implying allegiance to the coup president; or block its enter, and risk a further escalation in tens…
greenleft.org.au/content/how-us-sanctions-hurt-venezuelas-people

Senate Accused of Endorsing 'McCarthy-Era Tactics' as 25 Democrats Join GOP to Pass Anti-Boycott Bill
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
"Should the House take up similar legislation, we urge members to remove the Combating BDS Act from the package of bills due to the threat it poses to all Americans' First Amendment right to boycott," the ACLU said | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/06/senate-accused-endorsing-mccarthy-era-tactics-25-democrats-join-gop-pass-anti?cd-origin=rss

Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-06
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall — with no mention of the longest government shutdown in US history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. We're joined by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American elected to the House of Representatives and…
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The State of the Resistance
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-06
The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), a jail run by the Trump administration in Brooklyn, New York, reportedly lost power about a week ago, leaving prisoners — many of whom have yet to be convicted of a crime — without heat and light in their cells as temperatures plummeted amid a polar vortex. | As soon as word got out about conditions inside the jail, family members and activists quickly organized and gathered to protest outside the facility on Friday, demanding that jail officials provide the people inside with heat, hot meals and means for contacting their families and attorneys. Since then,…
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Trump Accuses Iran of Being Main Sponsor of Terrorism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
United States President Donald Trump Tuesday defended sanctions against Iran, as well as the decision to withdraw the United States from the nuclear treaty, arguing that the Persian nation is "the main state sponsor of terrorism." | RELATED: | Iran, Russia to Abandon Dollar, Trade in National Currencies | "My administration has acted decisively to confro…
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CNN Admits: Saudi Arabia Supplies Weapons to al-Qaeda in Yemen
SouthFront | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-05
The Saudi-led coalition provided US-made weapons to al-Qaeda-linked fighters, Salafi militias and other factions taking part in the intervention in Yemen, in violation with their agreements with the US, according to a CNN investigation.The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels battling the coalition for control of the country, exposing some of America's sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other conflict zones," CNN reported. | Accordi…
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Yemen: Hodeida Truce in New Hands as UN Replaces Biased and Ineffective Monitor
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-05
In the view of Yemeni analysts who spoke to MintPress, if Saudi Arabia persists in its behavior, no UN envoy or monitor will be able to help reach a peace agreement in Yemen; and, without pressure on the Kingdom, the UN will go on playing a feeble role. | The post Yemen: Hodeida Truce in New Hands as UN Replaces Biased and Ineffective Monitor appeared first on MintPress News.
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Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-05
Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions: Open LetterThe Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) urges Pitzer College to stand by an overwhelming majority of its faculty refusing to be complicit in Israel's denial of Palestinian rights and its blatan…
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Gaza Rallies for Caracas: On the West's Dangerous Game in Venezuela
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-05
Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and its legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela is struggling to defeat a coup attempt that is supported by the United States, Israel and many Western governments. The relationship between Venezuela and Palestine has been…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/05/gaza-rallies-for-caracas-on-the-wests-dangerous-game-in-venezuela/

Dispatches from the Edge: the Drift Towards War with Iran
Conn Hallinan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-05
Is US National Security Advisor John Bolton just blowing smoke when he talks about regime change in Iran? Possibly, but it is a good idea to take the neo-conservatives at their word. | The post Dispatches from the Edge: the Drift Towards War with Iran appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/dispatches-from-the-edge-the-drift-towards-war-with-iran/254637/

What's the Deal with Sanctions in Venezuela, and Why's It So Hard for Media to Understand?
Alexander Campbell, CEPR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-05
CEPR's Alexander Campbell looks at US sanctions against Venezuela and how the media ignore their effects.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14297

Trump To Move US Troops from Syria to Iraq to "Watch" Iran, "Protect Israel"
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-05
WASHINGTON — In a pre-Super Bowl interview on Sunday, President Donald Trump discussed his plan for a troop withdrawal from Syria, which, as it turns out, doesn't involve many troops vacating the Middle East. Instead, Trump said the troops would mostly be "going to our base in Iraq." | CBS's Margaret Brennan held a wide-ranging interview with Trump, in the course of which she asked him about the intelligence community's "concern" that a "vacuum" left by the U.S. pullout could cause a "resurgence of ISIS…
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Iran: Environmentalists' Flawed Trial
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-05
A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months. | © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign | (Beirut) — Iran's judicial authorities are violating fair trial standards in the case of eight environmentalists who have been detained for over a year, Human Rights Watch said today.
hrw.org/news/2019/02/05/iran-environmentalists-flawed-trial

CNN Catches Saudi Arabia Providing US Weapons to Al-Qaeda in Yemen
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-05
(CD) — Bolstering the already overwhelming case for cutting off U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's years-long assault on Yemen, a "bombshell" CNN investigation published late Monday found that the Saudis have sold or freely "passed on" American weapons to al-Qaeda fighters and other militia groups that have helped create the world's worst humanitarian crisis. According to CNN, Saudi Arabia and the …

CNN Catches Saudi Arabia Providing US Weapons to Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Juan Guaido Promises Oil Deals for US Gas Giants If He Takes Power
Jim Carey | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-05
(GPA) — Making the empires ambitions clear, US stooge Juan Guaidó has promised Venezuelan oil to US corporations. The US-backed Venezuelan "government" of Juan Guaidó has said there will be plenty of money to be made for Wall Street under a government without the current President, Nicolas Maduro. According to reports, this offer was made during a …

Juan Guaido Promises Oil Deals for US Gas Giants If He Takes Power

Weapons ending up with terrorists is OK, as long as Obama did it: The world according to CNN
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-05
A "bombshell" CNN report has revealed that US-made weapons found their way to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Yemen. But is anyone surprised? And where was CNN when the Obama administration armed hardcore jihadists in Syria? | …
rt.com/usa/450727-cnn-trump-weapons-obama-syria/

'Palestinian Rights Has Become an Incredibly Mainstream Issue' – CounterSpin interview with Josh Ruebner on BDS bans
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-02-04
Janine Jackson interviewed Josh Ruebner about BDS bans for the February 1, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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PEPE ESCOBAR: MAGA Misses the Eurasia Train
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-04
While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Milan Special to Consortium News We… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/04/pepe-escobar-maga-misses-the-eurasia-train/

Everyday life in besieged Venezuela
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-02-04
A young author presents intimate snapshots of ordinary life as it is lived by millions of Venezuelans during a grueling crisis fueled by deadly U.S. sanctions and coup efforts. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/04/everyday-life-in-besieged-venezuela/

US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-04
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US warplanes attacked a Syrian military position along the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal late Saturday. Syrian state media reported the attack as "US aggression," which reportedly wounded two soldiers and destroyed a stationary artillery piece. Exactly what happened that led to this rare US attack on Syrian military targets is uncertain. The US-led …

US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border

Iraq Fires Back at Trump for Saying US Troops Will Stay to "Watch Iran"
Andrea Germanos | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-04
(CD) — Baghdad is firing back on Monday with calls to potentially boot U.S. troops out of Iraq in response to President Donald Trump's comments that he wants to keep them there to "watch Iran." Speaking to CBS's "Face the Nation" in an interview that aired Sunday, Trump said he wants the continued military presence because I want to …

Iraq Fires Back at Trump for Saying US Troops Will Stay to "Watch Iran"

The US — Iran military stand-off: assessing Iran's defensive capability
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-03
In September 2018, National Security Advisor John R. Bolton reportedly called on the ministry of defense to formulate an attack on Iran in response to a mortar attack on the American embassy in Basra, Iraq. Would the US actually be able to launch a direct attack on Iran? The White House has put forward three […] | The post The US — Iran military stand-off: assessing Iran's defensive capability appeared first on United World International.
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"I Want to Walk on the Moon While Wearing Hijab": Syrian Women in Turkey Seek to Define Their Independence
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2019-02-03
Syria's revolution may have made it possible for Syrian women to start talking about their rights, but the war has also given these issues new urgency. | The post "I Want to Walk on the Moon While Wearing Hijab": Syrian Women in Turkey Seek to Define Their Independence appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/03/syrian-women-turkey-empowerment/

Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-02
The decision by US President Donald to pull American troops out of Syria has opened the path for a new process in Syrian conflict settlement. The active actors in the conflict are revising their policies and seeking to fortify their positions. Russian that has played an important role in the civil war in Syria and […] | The post Turkey and Russia in Syria: what are they pressing for? appeared first on United World International.
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Why did Hamas Refuse Aid Money from Qatar?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-02
Imad Al-Soos discusses the massive changes in the relationship between the Israeli government in Hamas in Gaza in the last months, and how Hamas's new policies affect the lives of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip | The post Why did Hamas Refuse Aid Money from Qatar? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Josh Ruebner on BDS Bans, Shankar Narayan on Face Surveillance
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-02-01
Media…
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The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-02-01
Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…
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The Hidden Structure of U.S. Empire
Nicolas J.S. Davies | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
This self-reinforcing vicious circle endangers us all, not least those of us who live at the heart of this corrupt and ultimately self-destructive empire…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/the-hidden-structure-of-u-s-empire/

UPDATED Venezuela: US Rejects Calls for Dialogue Ahead of Dueling Marches
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-01
Draconian US sanctions and calls for dialogue set the stage for pro- and anti-government marches this weekend.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14282

How Do We Counteract Othering in America Today?
Maurice Mitchell | progressive.org | 2019-02-01
We turned to some leading thinkers and social justice activists to ask how we must reckon with prejudice.
progressive.org/magazine/how-counteract-othering/

Five new books for ecosocialists
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new books for an ecosocialists' bookshelf. Inclusion does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement with a book's contents. | *** | Dust Bowls Of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, & the Injustice of 'Green' Capitalism | By Hannah Holleman | Yale University Press, 2018 | A clear and insightful analysis of the role of capitalism and colonialism in causing the US Dust Bowl of the 1930s and destroying farmland ar…
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Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-01
Russia and China are responding to "perceived US unilateralism and interventionism" — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham to analyze the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community | The post Russia, China on Defense and No Iranian Nuclear Bomb — US Intelligence Report appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/russia-china-on-defense-and-no-iranian-nuclear-bomb-us-intelligence-report

Australian activists say: to help Venezuela, lift sanctions and end intervention
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
Australian solidarity activists are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government to demand the United States lift its sanctions on Venezuela and rule out any military intervention in the South American country. | Federico Fuentes, co-author of Latin America's Turbulent Transitions and co-convenor of the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network, said: "It is well known that Venezuela is passing through the worst economic crisis in its history. | "While focus has been placed on falling international oil prices and economic mismanagement by the Nicolas Maduro government, little attention has been paid to…
greenleft.org.au/content/australian-activists-say-help-venezuela-lift-sanctions-and-end-intervention

Iranian workers' protests confront a regime in crisis
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-01
Protests are continuing throughout Iran by teachers, nurses, labourers, retirees, oil industry workers, bazaar traders and shopkeepers, truck drivers, farmers, the unemployed, students, and other sectors, writes Minna Langeberg. | The current wave of protests continue those from December, which were brutally suppressed by the regime. They signal the deep crisis of legitimacy of the regime, as expressed by one of the most enduring slogans that emerged, "Fundamentalists, reformists, the game is over". | The main slogan of the current protests is "Bread. Work. Freedom". They are sporadic, self-organised, fragmented…
greenleft.org.au/content/iranian-workers-protests-confront-regime-crisis