2019-02-22: News Headlines

unitedEditor (2019-02-22). How Turkey shows the idea of the "end of history" belongs in the dustbin of history. uwidata.com On the one hand, the end of the Cold War signaled the beginning of liberalism's unipolar world domination, and the end of any possibility for competing ideas. On the other, the balance of power maintained by the Cold War was upended, opening a geopolitical Pandora's box. To date, Francis Fukuyama's prematurely announced "end of history" …

Peter Koenig (2019-02-22). Venezuela — US Attack Imminent? globalresearch.ca Imagine, the President of the self-declared, exceptional and unique Superpower, Donald Trump of the United States of America, has the audacity to threaten the Venezuelan military with their lives, if they keep standing behind the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro…

Nate Singham (2019-02-22). Trump is making a mockery of humanitarian aid in Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org The so-called "humanitarian aid" to Venezuela takes place as the administration considers canceling many other foreign aid projects around the world. Trump's actions are part of a long tradition of US aid being used to serve its political and diplomatic interests…

WSWS (2019-02-22). MIT refuses to cut ties to Saudi regime. wsws.org The MIT president announced the university's commitment to maintaining relationships with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of the Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Venezuelans ready to resist US aggression, meeting told. greenleft.org.au La Trobe University Latin American studies lecturer Ralph Newmark told a meeting of 80 people on February 20 that the English-speaking media misrepresents the causes of the crisis in Venezuela. | The meeting was organised by the newly-formed Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. | Newmark said the crisis is being caused by external pressure from the United States and internally by the Venezuelan middle and upper class who oppose the government's pro-poor measures. | The US and Australian governments' recognition of the National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as the country's unelected interim president would be equivale…

WSWS (2019-02-22). Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs. wsws.org As one progresses around the exhibition it becomes clear that the main concern of British imperialism in…

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…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-02-22). Burning Man CEO Bans "Billionaire Camp" and Tells Instagram "Influencers" to Stay Home. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Nevada's Burning Man festival, founded on a philosophy of peace, love and generosity, was intended to act as a temporary example of how people could live and get along without the financial and cultural restraints of mainstream society. Over the years the festival has grown into one of the largest events of its kind …

Julia Conley (2019-02-22). Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules. theantimedia.com (CD) — A U.S. District judge ruled Thursday that U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta committed a crime in 2007 when, as a U.S. prosecutor at the time, secretly gave a lenient plea deal to a politically-connected billionaire accused of sex trafficking underage girls. In a case brought by victims of billionaire and Trump associate Jeffrey Epstein, Judge …

susan_p (2019-02-22). Philippines: Break the culture of silence, violence and impunity. greenleft.org.au The following statement on the February 13 arrest of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa was issued by the Filipino human rights movement, iDefend. | iDefend condemns the arrest of Maria Ressa by the National Bureau of Investigation on February 13 on charges of cyber-libel. | Ressa's arrest is the latest demonstration of how government critics are silenced in a manner which mirrors a familiar style of the late Marcos dictatorship. | For two years, Senator Leila de Lima remains incarcerated on unproven drug charges; former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was removed from her post in a Quo Waranto proc…

pip.hinman (2019-02-22). Could WestConnex be Berejiklian's downfall? greenleft.org.au An ever growing number of Sydneysiders are now aware that WestConnex will not solve Sydney's traffic problems — instead it will only worsen the chaos. | Many also see that its $16.8 billion budget has been seriously underestimated: it is more like the $45 billion that SGS Economics, the private contractor engaged by the City of Sydney indicated. This figure includes the additional work needed to connect the tollway with local road networks, costs that were deliberately excluded to downplay the project spend. | Then there's the huge bill that the NSW Gladys Berejiklian government and joint venture contractor…

susan_p (2019-02-22). Maduro accuses Trump of wanting 'white supremacy' in Venezuela. greenleft.org.au Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his US counterpart Donald Trump of wanting to impose "white supremacy" on the country following his "Nazi-like speech" in Miami on February 18. | Maduro warned that Washington is leading a coup attempt against the democratically elected Bolivarian government to take control of its vast oil reserves. He said Trump's rhetoric about humanitarian aid is just a show. | Trump insists that Maduro is blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela and the US has started to send supplies to Colombia. | However, the last time neoconservative veteran and now US Venezuelan envoy…

teleSUR (2019-02-22). May Expected to Delay Brexit Negotiations by 3 Months. telesurenglish.net Without the requisite parliamentary authorization, all indications are pointing to United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May being pressured into requesting a three-month extension to the two-year Brexit negotiation period. | RELATED: | UK Demands Brexit Deal Change, Ireland's Peace at Stake | If the British Parliament supports the Brexit deal but does not authorize it in time for the European Union (EU) summit on March 21, this "technical extension" will allow parliament to tie off any…

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…

susan_p (2019-02-22). Bernie Sanders aims to build a strong grassroots campaign. greenleft.org.au Nine hours after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed on February 20 he would challenge Donald Trump for the US Presidency the campaign had raised US$6 million from 225,000 contributors. | He is going to need that kind of financial support, because running against Trump and the "billionaire class", as Sanders puts it, is a tall order for any challenger, but particularly one which bases its support among the working class, the poor and dispossessed. | "That is why we've set a goal of 1 million people saying that they're ready to do what it takes to win this election," he said. | Talking to CBS on February 20,…

WSWS (2019-02-22). New revelations of right-wing terrorist network in German army. wsws.org A former member of the German army's elite Commando Special Forces confirmed that a terrorist network within the German state apparatus is planning the murder of political opponents and a fascist revolt for "Day X."

WSWS (2019-02-22). Powerful support for Oakland teachers' strike. wsws.org Like teachers across the US and internationally, striking teachers in Oakland, California are fighting against the corporate war on public education and the complicity of the trade unions.

Max Blumenthal (2019-02-21). VIDEO: Investigating Venezuela's 'Humanitarian Crisis': Max Blumenthal Tours a Supermarket in Caracas. grayzoneproject.com The corporate media claims Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone investigated — at a giant supermarket…

Ben Norton (2019-02-21). 'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'. commondreams.org CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime's "US ambassador" Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking "a path of civil war and US intervention." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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…

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

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

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Switzerland Denies Meeting Venezuela Opposition Over Assets. telesurenglish.net Swiss authorities have denied discussing Venezuelan accounts held in their country with lawmaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly in contempt and self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaido. | RELATED | Argentine Protesters, Workers Tell Trump, 'Hands Off Venezuela' | Spokesman for the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Pierre-Alain Eltschinger described as incorrect the statement made by Guaido of having communicated with the Swiss president on a possible blockade of Venez…

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

Science for Peace (2019-02-21). Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO. globalresearch.ca Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP | February 20, 2019 | Dear Lloyd, | I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canada's most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of …

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."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-21). Venezuela: US/Canadian Attempted Coup Not About Democracy — Paul Jay (Pt1/2). therealnews.com Corporate media hides that the crisis in Venezuela is a class struggle, and whatever its faults, the Bolivarian revolution is a struggle for equality and democracy — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…

Philip Giraldi (2019-02-21). What If They Started a War and No One Showed Up? globalresearch.ca The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops …

Jonah Raskin (2019-02-21). Mitchel Cohen Takes on Global and Local Goliaths: Profile of a Lifelong Multi-Movement Organizer. counterpunch.org "Growing up in Brooklyn, I was called a Commie-Jew-faggot-bastard. There were battles between the Jewish kids and the black kids on one side and the Italian kids on the other side." — Mitchel Cohen, February 9, 2019 If there are leaders who stand out in a disciplined crowd or an unruly mob, there also those More

Chris Orlet (2019-02-21). The Bill and Melinda Gates' Fair Taxation Scaremongering Tour. counterpunch.org When told that the very existence of billionaires was a signal that capitalism doesn't work for the many, and that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had mused that America could do without billionaires, the Gates laughed politely and talked vaguely and approvingly of raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy. To those who are given much, much is expected, Melinda Gates said. More

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

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). The Uninhabitable Earth: Unflinching New Book Lays Out Dire Consequences of Climate Chaos. democracynow.org "It is worse, much worse, than you think." That's the opening line of a damning new book by journalist David Wallace-Wells that offers an unflinching look at the growing climate catastrophe. "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" sounds the alarm about the climate crisis and the need for swift and radical action to save the planet from unimaginable destruction. We speak to Wallace-Wells about the rapid heating of the planet, which he says could reach more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Anya Parampil (2019-02-21). Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'. mintpressnews.com Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared herself ambassador. The embarrassing stunt highlighted everything wrong with Juan Guaidó's reality-show government.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-21). Tensions Mount at Venezuela Border as Top Brass Rejects Trump's Incitement, Opposition Takes Over Costa Rica Embassy. mintpressnews.com "When a president of another country comes and tries to give orders to [our] Armed Forces, he is underestimating them disrespectfully (…) It is incredulous," — Venezuela's Defense Minister…

Ben Chacko (2019-02-21). Russian Communists say Putin's pledge to raise living standards not enough. peoplesworld.org Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledges to raise living standards and fight poverty were dismissed Wednesday by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation as "half measures" which would not make up for his own government's attacks on social security. President Putin's state of the nation speech promised preferential mortgages and new child benefit payments for …

Jeb Sprague (2019-02-21). A visit to mysterious U.S. Air Firm accused of arming right-wing insurgency in Venezuela. mronline.org Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the U.S.-led coup | Source

Elliot Sperber (2019-02-21). For Your Children (or: Dead Ahead). counterpunch.org About five billion years from now The earth will be devoured by the sun, But you won't have to wait too long To see immense destruction: Cities quickly turning into gas chambers And ovens, pestilence and famine, People digging corpses up And eating them, If we don't shut the engines, end The rule of exploitation, More

Alex Campbell (2019-02-21). Tracing the Threads in Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid. counterpunch.org Last week, humanitarian aid was at the center of discussion of the Venezuela crisis in the US, and evidently at the center of Juan Guaidó's plans to challenge the Maduro government's hold on power in the country. The New York Times noted that: The battle over the legitimate leadership of Venezuela — which has included rallies More

Daniel Warner (2019-02-21). New York, New York: a Resounding Victory for New York Over Amazon. counterpunch.org As a New Yorker, I have always been fascinated by why New York Yankee baseball caps are so popular around the world. New York has a reputation, "We're number one, baby," that obviously has global resonance. As Frank Sinatra crooned: I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps And find I'm king More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-21). Size Matters: the Demise of the Airbus A380. counterpunch.org The aircraft business has always been a dear affair. More than other forms of transport, it remains susceptible to oscillating costs (materials, fuel), ever at the mercy of the uncontrollable. The Airbus A380 was meant to be a giant's contribution to aviation. In time, its makers came to the conclusion that the bird had already More

Jesse Jackson (2019-02-21). Trump's Fake National Emergency Moves America Closer to an Autocracy. counterpunch.org President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall triggers a crisis for our Constitution and our democracy. This is no longer about the shameless lies, exaggerations and slanders that the president has trotted out to justify his silly campaign promise to build a wall (that he promised Mexico More

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…

teleSUR (2019-02-21). President Maduro Shuts Venezuela's Border with Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday the closure of Venezuela's border with Brazil adding that his government was evaluating the total shutdown of the country's border with neighboring Colombia amid mounting threats of intervention against the country by the United States and its allies. | "Venezuela closes land border with Brazil on Thursday, February 21st from 8 pm until further notice," Maduro said during a meeting with the Superior General Staff of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB). | Venezuelan President Maduro also said that his Colombian counterpart Iván Duque would be respon…

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Bangladesh: 110 Died in Fire at Historical Area of Dhaka. telesurenglish.net As many as 110 people died in a major fire that engulfed several buildings in a centuries-old neighborhood of the Bangladesh capital city Dhaka, a fire official said Thursday, warning the toll could climb. | RELATED: | International Mother Language Day: A Language Disappears Every 2 Weeks | A cylinder exploded in a car powere…

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…

teleSUR (2019-02-21). 'Investigate US for War Crimes' in Venezuela: Saint Vincent PM. telesurenglish.net Dr. The Honorable Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, called a local radio station after a journalist from the country reported on-the-ground realities from Venezuela's capital Caracas. | RELATED: | Facts Refuting Claims of 'Humanitarian Crisis' in Venezuela | Journalists from six Caribbean countries including Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad visited Venezuela to give…

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 →

Erin Schwartz (2019-02-21). The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'. thenation.com The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'

George Zornick (2019-02-21). Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…

Richard Falk (2019-02-21). Worrying About Huawei: Is China Winning the G5 Race? zcomm.org US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned European countries on Monday that using technology from Huawei could hurt their relationship with the United States…

Andrew Korybko (2019-02-21). The Ins and Outs of the West's Anti-Russian Infowar. The Role of "Government Organized" NGOs. globalresearch.ca Western governments are indirectly promoting hostile narratives against Russia simultaneously with censoring those that are supposedly "Russian-linked". | *** | It is obvious that the US and Russia are at loggerheads in a New Cold War, one which is taking a completely …

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-02-21). The Top Five Real Reasons the US Wants Regime Change in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The news out of Venezuela today is deeply rooted in U.S. foreign policy towards Central and South America since the end of World War II.

ACLU (2019-02-21). The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account 'Just in Case'. aclu.org Police are issuing warrantless preservation demands to force email providers to seize users' private communications. | Paper letters have a final resting stop — whomever they are addressed to. From a practical standpoint, and a legal one, that feature of regular mail made understanding and applying privacy protections relatively straightforward. But as our communication technologies have changed, courts have struggled to grant a similar degree of privacy protection to communications in the modern era. | Digital communications present new problems. For example, your email does not live in your letterbox but…

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Trump Threatens European Union with a Trade War. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to impose tariffs on European automobiles if he does not reach an agreement with the European Union (EU) to reform the bilateral trade relationship. | RELATED: | China Negotiates With US to Avoid US$200 Billion in Tariffs | During a meeting with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Wh…

Arnold August (2019-02-21). Trump-Trudeau Venezuelan Achilles Heel: Civilian-Military Union. telesurenglish.net After spending two days in Caracas on February 3 and 4, including a semi-private meeting with President Maduro, this is my basic impression. The situation in Caracas is the opposite of what is portrayed in the international corporate media in the U.S., Canada and other countries in the West. It is calm. There are no people starving to death, nor "civil war" violence as the media repeat. That is not to say that there is not an economic crisis, but this is largely caused by the crippling economic sanctions and threats that the U.S. has imposed on Venezuela over the last few years. The sanctions and threats began…

teleSUR (2019-02-21). France's Macron Says Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism. telesurenglish.net France will adopt an international definition of anti-Semitism and regard anti-Zionism as one form of a hate crime, President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Speaking at a dinner attended by Jewish leaders, Macron said a surge in anti-Semitic attacks in France was unprecedented since World War II and pr…

Greg Guma (2019-02-21). Obstructed Justice: Law and Disorder in the Klan Age. globalresearch.ca Forty years after the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation it still wasn't safe to be free and black in Kentucky. For Celia Mudd, who was born into slavery but had inherited the Lancaster farm in Bardstown, it was time to …

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Bolivian Woman Scientist Wins Prestigious Prize in Ethnobotany. telesurenglish.net Five researchers from developing countries won the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists, a prize which is focused on life sciences and is granted to women who have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level. | RELATED: | Day of Women, Girls in Science Focuses on Growth, Inclusivity | Among the recipients is Narel Paniagua, who works at the Bolivian National Herbarium and received the ethnobota…

Ben Freeman (2019-02-21). Following the Foreign-Policy Money Trail in Washington. commondreams.org Foreign contributions generally come with critically important strings attached — usually a favorable stance toward that country in whatever influential work the think tanks are doing. (Photo: Middle East Institute) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jeb Sprague (2019-02-21). Watch | A Visit to Mysterious US Air Firm Accused of Arming Right-Wing Insurgency in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the US-led coup…

Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-21). San Agustín: Popular Power Striking Back Against the Coup and the Crisis. venezuelanalysis.com VA's Ricardo Vaz visited the San Agustin barrio of Caracas and reports on the community's efforts to organise to fight back against the economic crisis.

Tony Cartalucci (2019-02-21). Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield? globalresearch.ca The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. | Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with …

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

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-21). IHCHR: 11,800 Civilians Killed In US-Led Air Strikes in Syria, Iraq. commondreams.org Relatives mourn next to bodies of Iraqi residents of west Mosul killed by a U.S.-led bombing on March 17, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

splcenter (2019-02-21). Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson Wrote to Notorious Neo-Nazi Harold Covington. splcenter.org A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist wrote a letter to prominent white supremacist Harold Covington discussing the idea of a "white homeland" and using "focused violence" to achieve that goal.

Nauman Sadiq (2019-02-21). Education and the Capitalist Myth of Equality of Opportunity. globalresearch.ca We commit a big fallacy when we assume that our educational accomplishments are our individual achievements. We like to believe that we are born with a certain innate talent that makes us intellectually superior to all the rest. | But the …

David DeGraw (2019-02-21). Shocking Quotes from High-Ranking Government Officials on Unaccounted For Military Spending. globalresearch.ca Defense Secretaries Sound the Alarm | This first quote was an important admission from Robert Gates, as Defense Secretary during the second-term of the Bush Administration and first-term of the Obama Administration, it was his responsibility to sign off on …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-02-21). The Most Selfish of Virtues: Alan Bennett's "Lady in the Van" globalresearch.ca It does seem specific. A middle class concern centred on a man and an elderly woman, a sort of surrogate, irritating mother type of indulgent wisdom and uncertain past, seemingly irritating yet, on some level, fulfilling. Alan Bennett writes prose …

Global Research (2019-02-21). Global Research PDF Collection: 6 PDF Books for 1 Price. globalresearch.ca Purchase six e-books from Global Research Publisher's PDF collection at a discounted price. Download your order as a zipped folder straight to your computer and avoid shipping and handling costs. | Special Offer: Global Research PDF Collection — 6 PDF Books : …

Alan MacLeod (2019-02-21). The Fake News About Humanitarian Aid and Venezuela. globalresearch.ca In recent times the international media, including many who promised to "resist" the dangerous commander-in-chief Donald Trump, have been awash with stories about Nicolas Maduro blocking US "humanitarian aid" reaching Venezuela. Maduro is said to have even blocked …

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

Enzo Calandra (2019-02-21). Dollar Dominance and the Third World. globalresearch.ca The history of international political economy has consisted of several monetary regimes, each corresponding to a particular stage of capitalist development and possessing traits which reflect said stage. | In order to illuminate the dynamics of the dollar regime, I will …

Leo Panitch (2019-02-21). Trump and the World Economy. globalresearch.ca Martin Thomas (MT): I can see four main sorts of possible outcomes to be considered from Trump's economic jousting. | One: it may reshape some deals, like NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] to the USA's advantage or imagined advantage, …

Justin Podur (2019-02-21). Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy. zcomm.org When it comes to suppressing the people of Latin America in their hopes to control their own fortunes and their own resources, the scribblers have a key role to play, as much as their diplomatic and military counterparts…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-21). U.S. & International Law. zcomm.org The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-21). Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebe. zcomm.org Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington "Will not be able to install a "puppet" and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first."

Michael Fox (2019-02-21). The Terrifying Reason Trump is Pushing for a Coup in Venezuela. zcomm.org Florida will be a key swing state in next year's elections. Trump's overtures to both the Venezuelan and Cuban-American communities were clear…

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-21). US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains. zcomm.org Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists…

Anya Parampil (2019-02-21). Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'. grayzoneproject.com Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared…

Adam H. Johnson (2019-02-21). The U.S.-Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus, but No One Wants to Say It. truthdig.com Trump officials are openly plotting to overthrow the Maduro government. Why is the mainstream media so eager to give them cover?

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

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Khashoggi Fiance Slams EU Human Rights Stance on Saudi Arabia. telesurenglish.net Members of the European Parliament gathered in Brussels Tuesday to meet with victims of human rights abuses in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, including the fiancee of slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. | RELATED: | Trump Skips Deadline For Report on Khashoggi Murder, Will Not Impose Sanctions on Saudis | Hatice Cengiz challenged the European Union (EU) to bring those involved in the murder of Khashoggi to justice. "Up until now, not…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-21). How Will the Courts Handle the Trump Emoluments Cases? truthout.org When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump meet for a second summit in Vietnam from February 27 to 28, keep an eye on whether the two discuss developing hotels on North Korea's beaches. This topic came up the last time they met, raising the eyebrows of ethics watchdogs worried that Trump is using his position to enrich himself unconstitutionally under the foreign emoluments clause. | The courts certainly have their hands full with the Trump presidency. In both …

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-21). It's Hard to Sue a President. Can Trump Be Defeated in Court? truthout.org Early in 2018, Democrats offered Donald Trump $25 billion for "border security" measures which included "the construction of physical barriers" in the text of the legislation. Trump turned it down flat after the Freedom Caucus and vivid fascist Stephen Miller got in his ear, and the government was shut down. | After the 2018 midterm elections changed the math, Democrats offered $1.6 billion and no wall, a s…

teleSUR (2019-02-21). Ecuador: IMF Loan Yet to Be Granted, Gov't Austerity to Follow. telesurenglish.net On the night of Feb. 20, President Lenin Moreno announced that Ecuador will receive US$10.2 billion in international loans, which would interest rates of less than 5 percent and could be paid in terms of up to 30 years. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Movements Demand President Recall, Allege Corruption | "We have regained confidence and credibility," Moreno said and added…

RT (2019-02-21). 'ISIS is after me, so you're in danger too!' US drone operator posed as CIA agent to impress woman. rt.com A New York National Guardsman attempting to woo a woman by claiming his "dangerous" job as a CIA agent had placed them both in terrorists' crosshairs has been arrested for impersonating a public servant.

RT (2019-02-21). 'Liar' Trump and 'Crazy' Bernie Sanders already in fundraising battle for 2020. rt.com The 2020 race to be US president heated up this week with the entrance of Senator Bernie Sanders, who raked in $6 million in donations in 24 hours, prompting a war of words and a fundraising battle with Donald Trump.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). 'Time for Acosta to Resign': Judge Rules Labor Secretary's Plea Deal for Billionaire Sex Offender Broke Federal Law. commondreams.org By firmly aligning himself with a convicted sex trafficker instead of victims while serving as a U.S. attorney in 2007, President Donald Trump's labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, violated federal law, a U.S. District judge ruled on Thursday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-21). So How's Your Tax Refund? Thanks to GOP Tax Scam, Big Banks Made Extra $28 Billion Last Year. commondreams.org "I thought Donald Trump said he was going to stop Wall Street from getting away with murder, not give big banks another massive tax break." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-02-21). 'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists. rt.com Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures.

Jason Ditz (2019-02-21). Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — The unilateral US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty has reopened the possibility of the United States positioning intermediate nuclear arms in Europe targeting Russia. This is of particular concern to Russian officials because NATO territory comes right up to the Russian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to warn the US away …

WSWS (2019-02-21). US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race. wsws.org A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair's breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.

Julia Conley (2019-02-21). US Coast Guard Lieutenant Planned to Kill Innocent Civilians on a Scale Rarely Seen. theantimedia.com (CD) — Just as a new report was released showing the continued rise of hate groups in the United States, federal authorities say they have thwarted a plan by a white nationalist "domestic terrorist" to begin widespread, violent attacks on President Donald Trump's perceived political opponents with the aim of establishing "a white homeland." U.S. Coast Guard …

RT (2019-02-21). 5 stages of Russiagate grief: Dems and the media prepare for 'life without Mueller'. rt.com As Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to issue his long-awaited and likely flaccid 'Russiagate' report, Democrats and their supporters in the media have been riding a rollercoaster of emotions, not all of them pretty. |

Fred_F (2019-02-21). Profiteering from misery. greenleft.org.au The Australian Financial Review has revealed that the federal Coalition government awarded a $423 million security and cleaning contract for three Manus Island refugee detention centres to Paladin Group, a company that, at the time, was registered to a Kangaroo Island beach shack. | Incredibly, the minister for cruelty and home affairs Peter Dutton claims he knew nothing about it. However, we now know the home affairs department secretary authorised a "closed tender" fo…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). As Hate Crimes Soar Under Trump, White Nationalist Allegedly Had Plan to Kill 'Innocent Civilians on Scale Rarely Seen' in US. commondreams.org Amid reports of the continued rise of hate groups in the U.S., federal authorities thwarted an apparent plan by a self-identified white nationalist to begin widespread, violent attacks on President Donald Trump's opponents, with the aim of establishing "a white homeland." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). 'Kicking Ass for Her Generation': Applause for 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg as EU Chief Pledges $1 Trillion to Curb Climate Threat. commondreams.org Fifteen-year-old climate action leader Greta Thunberg stood alongside European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Thursday in Brussels as he indicated, after weeks of climate strikes around the world, that the European Union has heard the demands of young people who are calling for concrete action by their leaders to combat the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-21). To Counter GOP's Attack on Democracy, Indivisible Unveils 50-State Plan to Thwart Trump Agenda. commondreams.org As the 2020 presidential election grabs headlines with Democrats lining up to challenge President Donald Trump, the grassroots movement Indivisible on Thursday unveiled its new plan to keep attention focused on state legislatures as well as national politics, as progressives are confronted with some of the most damaging items on Trump's agenda in their communities across the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Stephanie Savell (2019-02-21). Mapping the American War on Terror: Now in 80 Countries. counterpunch.org In September 2001, the Bush administration launched the "Global War on Terror." Though "global" has long since been dropped from the name, as it turns out, they weren't kidding. When I first set out to map all the places in the world where the United States is still fighting terrorism so many years later, I More

2019-02-22: Social Media Postees

How Turkey shows the idea of the "end of history" belongs in the dustbin of history
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-22
On the one hand, the end of the Cold War signaled the beginning of liberalism's unipolar world domination, and the end of any possibility for competing ideas. On the other, the balance of power maintained by the Cold War was upended, opening a geopolitical Pandora's box. To date, Francis Fukuyama's prematurely announced "end of history" …
uwidata.com/2336-how-turkey-show…

Venezuela — US Attack Imminent?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-22
Imagine, the President of the self-declared, exceptional and unique Superpower, Donald Trump of the United States of America, has the audacity to threaten the Venezuelan military with their lives, if they keep standing behind the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro…
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Trump is making a mockery of humanitarian aid in Venezuela
Nate Singham | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-22
The so-called "humanitarian aid" to Venezuela takes place as the administration considers canceling many other foreign aid projects around the world. Trump's actions are part of a long tradition of US aid being used to serve its political and diplomatic interests…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/22/t…

Maduro accuses Trump of wanting 'white supremacy' in Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his US counterpart Donald Trump of wanting to impose "white supremacy" on the country following his "Nazi-like speech" in Miami on February 18. | Maduro warned that Washington is leading a coup attempt against the democratically elected Bolivarian government to take control of its vast oil reserves. He said Trump's rhetoric about humanitarian aid is just a show. | Trump insists that Maduro is blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela and the US has started to send supplies to Colombia. | However, the last time neoconservative veteran and now US Venezuelan envoy…
greenleft.org.au/content/maduro-accuses-trump-wanting-%E2%80%98white-supremacy%E2%80%99-venezuela

Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-22
(CD) — A U.S. District judge ruled Thursday that U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta committed a crime in 2007 when, as a U.S. prosecutor at the time, secretly gave a lenient plea deal to a politically-connected billionaire accused of sex trafficking underage girls. In a case brought by victims of billionaire and Trump associate Jeffrey Epstein, Judge …

Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules

Philippines: Break the culture of silence, violence and impunity
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
The following statement on the February 13 arrest of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa was issued by the Filipino human rights movement, iDefend. | iDefend condemns the arrest of Maria Ressa by the National Bureau of Investigation on February 13 on charges of cyber-libel. | Ressa's arrest is the latest demonstration of how government critics are silenced in a manner which mirrors a familiar style of the late Marcos dictatorship. | For two years, Senator Leila de Lima remains incarcerated on unproven drug charges; former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was removed from her post in a Quo Waranto proc…
greenleft.org.au/content/philippines-break-culture-silence-violence-and-impunity

Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
As one progresses around the exhibition it becomes clear that the main concern of British imperialism in…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

US sanctions cost Venezuela US$38 billion
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-sanctions-cost-venezuela-us38-billion

MIT refuses to cut ties to Saudi regime
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
The MIT president announced the university's commitment to maintaining relationships with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of the Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

New revelations of right-wing terrorist network in German army
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
A former member of the German army's elite Commando Special Forces confirmed that a terrorist network within the German state apparatus is planning the murder of political opponents and a fascist revolt for "Day X."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Bernie Sanders aims to build a strong grassroots campaign
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
Nine hours after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders confirmed on February 20 he would challenge Donald Trump for the US Presidency the campaign had raised US$6 million from 225,000 contributors. | He is going to need that kind of financial support, because running against Trump and the "billionaire class", as Sanders puts it, is a tall order for any challenger, but particularly one which bases its support among the working class, the poor and dispossessed. | "That is why we've set a goal of 1 million people saying that they're ready to do what it takes to win this election," he said. | Talking to CBS on February 20,…
greenleft.org.au/content/bernie-sanders-aims-build-strong-grassroots-campaign

US actor Danny Glover slams US over Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-actor-danny-glover-slams-us-over-venezuela

Could WestConnex be Berejiklian's downfall?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
An ever growing number of Sydneysiders are now aware that WestConnex will not solve Sydney's traffic problems — instead it will only worsen the chaos. | Many also see that its $16.8 billion budget has been seriously underestimated: it is more like the $45 billion that SGS Economics, the private contractor engaged by the City of Sydney indicated. This figure includes the additional work needed to connect the tollway with local road networks, costs that were deliberately excluded to downplay the project spend. | Then there's the huge bill that the NSW Gladys Berejiklian government and joint venture contractor…
greenleft.org.au/content/could-westconnex-be-berejiklians-downfall

Powerful support for Oakland teachers' strike
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
Like teachers across the US and internationally, striking teachers in Oakland, California are fighting against the corporate war on public education and the complicity of the trade unions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02…

Venezuelans ready to resist US aggression, meeting told
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-22
La Trobe University Latin American studies lecturer Ralph Newmark told a meeting of 80 people on February 20 that the English-speaking media misrepresents the causes of the crisis in Venezuela. | The meeting was organised by the newly-formed Venezuela Solidarity Campaign. | Newmark said the crisis is being caused by external pressure from the United States and internally by the Venezuelan middle and upper class who oppose the government's pro-poor measures. | The US and Australian governments' recognition of the National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as the country's unelected interim president would be equivale…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuelans-ready-resist-us-aggression-meeting-told

Burning Man CEO Bans "Billionaire Camp" and Tells Instagram "Influencers" to Stay Home
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-22
(TMU) — Nevada's Burning Man festival, founded on a philosophy of peace, love and generosity, was intended to act as a temporary example of how people could live and get along without the financial and cultural restraints of mainstream society. Over the years the festival has grown into one of the largest events of its kind …

Burning Man CEO Bans "Billionaire Camp" and Tells Instagram "Influencers" to Stay Home

May Expected to Delay Brexit Negotiations by 3 Months
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
Without the requisite parliamentary authorization, all indications are pointing to United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May being pressured into requesting a three-month extension to the two-year Brexit negotiation period. | RELATED: | UK Demands Brexit Deal Change, Ireland's Peace at Stake | If the British Parliament supports the Brexit deal but does not authorize it in time for the European Union (EU) summit on March 21, this "technical extension" will allow parliament to tie off any…
telesurenglish.net/news/May-Expe…

With Monsanto and Glyphosate on the Run AAAS Revokes Award to Scientists Whose Studies Led to Ban on Weedkiller in Sri Lanka and Other Countries
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
The popular weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is on the run. Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) last week called for a ban. "We need to ban all products containing glyphosate, including Roundup," Gabbard tweeted on February 16. "It's poisoning our people, butterflies and other insects, the land and the water."
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/with…

VIDEO: Investigating Venezuela's 'Humanitarian Crisis': Max Blumenthal Tours a Supermarket in Caracas
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
The corporate media claims Venezuela has no basic food or supplies, so The Grayzone investigated — at a giant supermarket…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/21/v…

'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'
Ben Norton | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime's "US ambassador" Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking "a path of civil war and US intervention." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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'Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup': CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela's Illegitimate 'US Ambassador'
Ben Norton | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime's "US ambassador" Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking "a…
grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/21/p…

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

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

Switzerland Denies Meeting Venezuela Opposition Over Assets
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
Swiss authorities have denied discussing Venezuelan accounts held in their country with lawmaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly in contempt and self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaido. | RELATED | Argentine Protesters, Workers Tell Trump, 'Hands Off Venezuela' | Spokesman for the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Pierre-Alain Eltschinger described as incorrect the statement made by Guaido of having communicated with the Swiss president on a possible blockade of Venez…
telesurenglish.net/news/Switzerl…

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

Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO
Science for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP | February 20, 2019 | Dear Lloyd, | I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canada's most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of …
globalresearch.ca/why-canada-sho…

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

Venezuela: US/Canadian Attempted Coup Not About Democracy — Paul Jay (Pt1/2)
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-21
Corporate media hides that the crisis in Venezuela is a class struggle, and whatever its faults, the Bolivarian revolution is a struggle for equality and democracy — Paul Jay joins host Jacqueline Luqman…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuel…

What If They Started a War and No One Showed Up?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops …
globalresearch.ca/what-if-they-s…

New York, New York: a Resounding Victory for New York Over Amazon
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
As a New Yorker, I have always been fascinated by why New York Yankee baseball caps are so popular around the world. New York has a reputation, "We're number one, baby," that obviously has global resonance. As Frank Sinatra crooned: I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps And find I'm king…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/new-…

Size Matters: the Demise of the Airbus A380
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
The aircraft business has always been a dear affair. More than other forms of transport, it remains susceptible to oscillating costs (materials, fuel), ever at the mercy of the uncontrollable. The Airbus A380 was meant to be a giant's contribution to aviation. In time, its makers came to the conclusion that the bird had already…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/size…

The Bill and Melinda Gates' Fair Taxation Scaremongering Tour
Chris Orlet | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
When told that the very existence of billionaires was a signal that capitalism doesn't work for the many, and that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had mused that America could do without billionaires, the Gates laughed politely and talked vaguely and approvingly of raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy. To those who are given much, much is expected, Melinda Gates said.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/the-…

Trump's Fake National Emergency Moves America Closer to an Autocracy
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall triggers a crisis for our Constitution and our democracy. This is no longer about the shameless lies, exaggerations and slanders that the president has trotted out to justify his silly campaign promise to build a wall (that he promised Mexico…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/trum…

For Your Children (or: Dead Ahead)
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
About five billion years from now The earth will be devoured by the sun, But you won't have to wait too long To see immense destruction: Cities quickly turning into gas chambers And ovens, pestilence and famine, People digging corpses up And eating them, If we don't shut the engines, end The rule of exploitation,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/for-…

Mitchel Cohen Takes on Global and Local Goliaths: Profile of a Lifelong Multi-Movement Organizer
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
"Growing up in Brooklyn, I was called a Commie-Jew-faggot-bastard. There were battles between the Jewish kids and the black kids on one side and the Italian kids on the other side." — Mitchel Cohen, February 9, 2019 If there are leaders who stand out in a disciplined crowd or an unruly mob, there also those…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/mitc…

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

Tracing the Threads in Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid
Alex Campbell | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
Last week, humanitarian aid was at the center of discussion of the Venezuela crisis in the US, and evidently at the center of Juan Guaidó's plans to challenge the Maduro government's hold on power in the country. The New York Times noted that: The battle over the legitimate leadership of Venezuela — which has included rallies…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/trac…

President Maduro Shuts Venezuela's Border with Brazil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday the closure of Venezuela's border with Brazil adding that his government was evaluating the total shutdown of the country's border with neighboring Colombia amid mounting threats of intervention against the country by the United States and its allies. | "Venezuela closes land border with Brazil on Thursday, February 21st from 8 pm until further notice," Maduro said during a meeting with the Superior General Staff of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB). | Venezuelan President Maduro also said that his Colombian counterpart Iván Duque would be respon…
telesurenglish.net/news/Presiden…

Obstructed Justice: Law and Disorder in the Klan Age
Greg Guma | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Forty years after the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation it still wasn't safe to be free and black in Kentucky. For Celia Mudd, who was born into slavery but had inherited the Lancaster farm in Bardstown, it was time to …
globalresearch.ca/obstructed-jus…

Trump-Trudeau Venezuelan Achilles Heel: Civilian-Military Union
Arnold August | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
After spending two days in Caracas on February 3 and 4, including a semi-private meeting with President Maduro, this is my basic impression. The situation in Caracas is the opposite of what is portrayed in the international corporate media in the U.S., Canada and other countries in the West. It is calm. There are no people starving to death, nor "civil war" violence as the media repeat. That is not to say that there is not an economic crisis, but this is largely caused by the crippling economic sanctions and threats that the U.S. has imposed on Venezuela over the last few years. The sanctions and threats began…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Tr…

Following the Foreign-Policy Money Trail in Washington
Ben Freeman | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
Foreign contributions generally come with critically important strings attached — usually a favorable stance toward that country in whatever influential work the think tanks are doing. (Photo: Middle East Institute) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account 'Just in Case'
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-21
Police are issuing warrantless preservation demands to force email providers to seize users' private communications. | Paper letters have a final resting stop — whomever they are addressed to. From a practical standpoint, and a legal one, that feature of regular mail made understanding and applying privacy protections relatively straightforward. But as our communication technologies have changed, courts have struggled to grant a similar degree of privacy protection to communications in the modern era. | Digital communications present new problems. For example, your email does not live in your letterbox but…
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How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism
Greg Grandin | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
How the Failure of Our Foreign Wars Fueled Nativist Fanaticism…
thenation.com/article/nativism-e…

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats
George Zornick | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…
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The Uninhabitable Earth: Unflinching New Book Lays Out Dire Consequences of Climate Chaos
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-21
"It is worse, much worse, than you think." That's the opening line of a damning new book by journalist David Wallace-Wells that offers an unflinching look at the growing climate catastrophe. "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" sounds the alarm about the climate crisis and the need for swift and radical action to save the planet from unimaginable destruction. We speak to Wallace-Wells about the rapid heating of the planet, which he says could reach more than 4 degrees Celsius by 2100.
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/21/t…

The Ins and Outs of the West's Anti-Russian Infowar. The Role of "Government Organized" NGOs
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Western governments are indirectly promoting hostile narratives against Russia simultaneously with censoring those that are supposedly "Russian-linked". | *** | It is obvious that the US and Russia are at loggerheads in a New Cold War, one which is taking a completely …
globalresearch.ca/the-ins-and-ou…

The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'
Erin Schwartz | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
The Claustrophobic World of Anna Burns's 'Milkman'…
thenation.com/article/anna-burns…

France's Macron Says Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
France will adopt an international definition of anti-Semitism and regard anti-Zionism as one form of a hate crime, President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Speaking at a dinner attended by Jewish leaders, Macron said a surge in anti-Semitic attacks in France was unprecedented since World War II and pr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Frances-…

'Rule of the Rabbis' Fuels Holy War in Israel
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-21
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/20/ru…

The Top Five Real Reasons the US Wants Regime Change in Venezuela
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
The news out of Venezuela today is deeply rooted in U.S. foreign policy towards Central and South America since the end of World War II.
mintpressnews.com/top-five-real-…

Trump Threatens European Union with a Trade War
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
United States President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to impose tariffs on European automobiles if he does not reach an agreement with the European Union (EU) to reform the bilateral trade relationship. | RELATED: | China Negotiates With US to Avoid US$200 Billion in Tariffs | During a meeting with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Wh…
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'Investigate US for War Crimes' in Venezuela: Saint Vincent PM
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
Dr. The Honorable Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, called a local radio station after a journalist from the country reported on-the-ground realities from Venezuela's capital Caracas. | RELATED: | Facts Refuting Claims of 'Humanitarian Crisis' in Venezuela | Journalists from six Caribbean countries including Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad visited Venezuela to give…
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Bangladesh: 110 Died in Fire at Historical Area of Dhaka
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
As many as 110 people died in a major fire that engulfed several buildings in a centuries-old neighborhood of the Bangladesh capital city Dhaka, a fire official said Thursday, warning the toll could climb. | RELATED: | International Mother Language Day: A Language Disappears Every 2 Weeks | A cylinder exploded in a car powere…
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Bolivian Woman Scientist Wins Prestigious Prize in Ethnobotany
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
Five researchers from developing countries won the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists, a prize which is focused on life sciences and is granted to women who have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level. | RELATED: | Day of Women, Girls in Science Focuses on Growth, Inclusivity | Among the recipients is Narel Paniagua, who works at the Bolivian National Herbarium and received the ethnobota…
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Worrying About Huawei: Is China Winning the G5 Race?
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned European countries on Monday that using technology from Huawei could hurt their relationship with the United States…
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Tensions Mount at Venezuela Border as Top Brass Rejects Trump's Incitement, Opposition Takes Over Costa Rica Embassy
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
"When a president of another country comes and tries to give orders to [our] Armed Forces, he is underestimating them disrespectfully (…) It is incredulous," — Venezuela's Defense Minister…
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Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'
Anya Parampil | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared herself ambassador. The embarrassing stunt highlighted everything wrong with Juan Guaidó's reality-show government.
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Watch | A Visit to Mysterious US Air Firm Accused of Arming Right-Wing Insurgency in Venezuela
Jeb Sprague | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-21
Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the US-led coup…
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San Agustín: Popular Power Striking Back Against the Coup and the Crisis
Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-21
VA's Ricardo Vaz visited the San Agustin barrio of Caracas and reports on the community's efforts to organise to fight back against the economic crisis.
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Who Gains from Turning Europe into a Potential Nuclear Battlefield?
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. | Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with …
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Russia to Press for Putting "White Helmets" on Trial for Crimes in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry's department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an …
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Russian Communists say Putin's pledge to raise living standards not enough
Ben Chacko | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-21
Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledges to raise living standards and fight poverty were dismissed Wednesday by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation as "half measures" which would not make up for his own government's attacks on social security. President Putin's state of the nation speech promised preferential mortgages and new child benefit payments for …
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IHCHR: 11,800 Civilians Killed In US-Led Air Strikes in Syria, Iraq
Brett Wilkins | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
Relatives mourn next to bodies of Iraqi residents of west Mosul killed by a U.S.-led bombing on March 17, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson Wrote to Notorious Neo-Nazi Harold Covington
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-21
A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist wrote a letter to prominent white supremacist Harold Covington discussing the idea of a "white homeland" and using "focused violence" to achieve that goal.
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The Most Selfish of Virtues: Alan Bennett's "Lady in the Van"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
It does seem specific. A middle class concern centred on a man and an elderly woman, a sort of surrogate, irritating mother type of indulgent wisdom and uncertain past, seemingly irritating yet, on some level, fulfilling. Alan Bennett writes prose …
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The Fake News About Humanitarian Aid and Venezuela
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
In recent times the international media, including many who promised to "resist" the dangerous commander-in-chief Donald Trump, have been awash with stories about Nicolas Maduro blocking US "humanitarian aid" reaching Venezuela. Maduro is said to have even blocked …
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Fraught Times for Europe's Jews Now Advised to Reconsider Their Unqualified Support for Israel
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Jewish communities in Britain and France, London and Paris, together with the rest of Europe are now reconsidering their unqualified support for the state of Israel in terms of money and arms which they concede are used for the subjugation …
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Shocking Quotes from High-Ranking Government Officials on Unaccounted For Military Spending
David DeGraw | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Defense Secretaries Sound the Alarm | This first quote was an important admission from Robert Gates, as Defense Secretary during the second-term of the Bush Administration and first-term of the Obama Administration, it was his responsibility to sign off on …
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Trump and the World Economy
Leo Panitch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Martin Thomas (MT): I can see four main sorts of possible outcomes to be considered from Trump's economic jousting. | One: it may reshape some deals, like NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] to the USA's advantage or imagined advantage, …
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Education and the Capitalist Myth of Equality of Opportunity
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
We commit a big fallacy when we assume that our educational accomplishments are our individual achievements. We like to believe that we are born with a certain innate talent that makes us intellectually superior to all the rest. | But the …
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Dollar Dominance and the Third World
Enzo Calandra | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
The history of international political economy has consisted of several monetary regimes, each corresponding to a particular stage of capitalist development and possessing traits which reflect said stage. | In order to illuminate the dynamics of the dollar regime, I will …
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Global Research PDF Collection: 6 PDF Books for 1 Price
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Purchase six e-books from Global Research Publisher's PDF collection at a discounted price. Download your order as a zipped folder straight to your computer and avoid shipping and handling costs. | Special Offer: Global Research PDF Collection — 6 PDF Books : | …
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The U.S.-Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus, but No One Wants to Say It
Adam H. Johnson | truthdig.com | 2019-02-21
Trump officials are openly plotting to overthrow the Maduro government. Why is the mainstream media so eager to give them cover?
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The Terrifying Reason Trump is Pushing for a Coup in Venezuela
Michael Fox | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Florida will be a key swing state in next year's elections. Trump's overtures to both the Venezuelan and Cuban-American communities were clear…
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A visit to mysterious U.S. Air Firm accused of arming right-wing insurgency in Venezuela
Jeb Sprague | mronline.org | 2019-02-21
Jeb Sprague entered the offices of 21Air, a shadowy air cargo company accused of ferrying arms to Venezuela, and demanded answers about its role in the U.S.-led coup | Source…
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Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebe
Paul Dobson | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington "Will not be able to install a "puppet" and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first."
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Trump Is Making a Mockery of 'Humanitarian Aid' in Venezuela
Nate Singham | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
During 2018, the Trump administration continued to strengthen sanctions targeting Venezuela through the issuance of additional executive orders. (@compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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U.S. & International Law
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
The Trump administration's campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow…
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US Media Erase Years of Chavismo's Gains
Gregory Shupak | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists…
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Meet Juan Guaido's First Ambassador, Fake Twitter Diplomat Slammed by Costa Rica for 'Unacceptable Entry'
Anya Parampil | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-02-21
Maria Faría, the daughter of a would-be Hugo Chávez assassin, illegally barged into Venezuela's embassy in Costa Rica and declared…
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Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela's economy
Justin Podur | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
When it comes to suppressing the people of Latin America in their hopes to control their own fortunes and their own resources, the scribblers have a key role to play, as much as their diplomatic and military counterparts…
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Khashoggi Fiance Slams EU Human Rights Stance on Saudi Arabia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
Members of the European Parliament gathered in Brussels Tuesday to meet with victims of human rights abuses in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, including the fiancee of slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. | RELATED: | Trump Skips Deadline For Report on Khashoggi Murder, Will Not Impose Sanctions on Saudis | Hatice Cengiz challenged the European Union (EU) to bring those involved in the murder of Khashoggi to justice. "Up until now, not…
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How Will the Courts Handle the Trump Emoluments Cases?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-21
When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump meet for a second summit in Vietnam from February 27 to 28, keep an eye on whether the two discuss developing hotels on North Korea's beaches. This topic came up the last time they met, raising the eyebrows of ethics watchdogs worried that Trump is using his position to enrich himself unconstitutionally under the foreign emoluments clause. | The courts certainly have their hands full with the Trump presidency. In both
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It's Hard to Sue a President. Can Trump Be Defeated in Court?
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-21
Early in 2018, Democrats offered Donald Trump $25 billion for "border security" measures which included "the construction of physical barriers" in the text of the legislation. Trump turned it down flat after the Freedom Caucus and vivid fascist Stephen Miller got in his ear, and the government was shut down. | After the 2018 midterm elections changed the math, Democrats offered $1.6 billion and no wall, a s…
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Ecuador: IMF Loan Yet to Be Granted, Gov't Austerity to Follow
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
On the night of Feb. 20, President Lenin Moreno announced that Ecuador will receive US$10.2 billion in international loans, which would interest rates of less than 5 percent and could be paid in terms of up to 30 years. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Movements Demand President Recall, Allege Corruption | "We have regained confidence and credibility," Moreno said and added…
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To Counter GOP's Attack on Democracy, Indivisible Unveils 50-State Plan to Thwart Trump Agenda
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
As the 2020 presidential election grabs headlines with Democrats lining up to challenge President Donald Trump, the grassroots movement Indivisible on Thursday unveiled its new plan to keep attention focused on state legislatures as well as national politics, as progressives are confronted with some of the most damaging items on Trump's agenda in their communities across the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-21
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The unilateral US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty has reopened the possibility of the United States positioning intermediate nuclear arms in Europe targeting Russia. This is of particular concern to Russian officials because NATO territory comes right up to the Russian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to warn the US away …

Putin Warns US Against Putting Nuclear Missiles in Europe Targeting Russia

'Kicking Ass for Her Generation': Applause for 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg as EU Chief Pledges $1 Trillion to Curb Climate Threat
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
Fifteen-year-old climate action leader Greta Thunberg stood alongside European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Thursday in Brussels as he indicated, after weeks of climate strikes around the world, that the European Union has heard the demands of young people who are calling for concrete action by their leaders to combat the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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US Coast Guard Lieutenant Planned to Kill Innocent Civilians on a Scale Rarely Seen
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-21
(CD) — Just as a new report was released showing the continued rise of hate groups in the United States, federal authorities say they have thwarted a plan by a white nationalist "domestic terrorist" to begin widespread, violent attacks on President Donald Trump's perceived political opponents with the aim of establishing "a white homeland." U.S. Coast Guard …

US Coast Guard Lieutenant Planned to Kill Innocent Civilians on a Scale Rarely Seen

So How's Your Tax Refund? Thanks to GOP Tax Scam, Big Banks Made Extra $28 Billion Last Year
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
"I thought Donald Trump said he was going to stop Wall Street from getting away with murder, not give big banks another massive tax break." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Mapping the American War on Terror: Now in 80 Countries
Stephanie Savell | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
In September 2001, the Bush administration launched the "Global War on Terror." Though "global" has long since been dropped from the name, as it turns out, they weren't kidding. When I first set out to map all the places in the world where the United States is still fighting terrorism so many years later, I…
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'ISIS is after me, so you're in danger too!' US drone operator posed as CIA agent to impress woman
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
A New York National Guardsman attempting to woo a woman by claiming his "dangerous" job as a CIA agent had placed them both in terrorists' crosshairs has been arrested for impersonating a public servant. | …
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'Liar' Trump and 'Crazy' Bernie Sanders already in fundraising battle for 2020
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
The 2020 race to be US president heated up this week with the entrance of Senator Bernie Sanders, who raked in $6 million in donations in 24 hours, prompting a war of words and a fundraising battle with Donald Trump. | …
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US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair's breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.
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'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures. | …
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Profiteering from misery
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
The Australian Financial Review has revealed that the federal Coalition government awarded a $423 million security and cleaning contract for three Manus Island refugee detention centres to Paladin Group, a company that, at the time, was registered to a Kangaroo Island beach shack. | Incredibly, the minister for cruelty and home affairs Peter Dutton claims he knew nothing about it. However, we now know the home affairs department secretary authorised a "closed tender" fo…
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Caving under MSM pressure? Tulsi Gabbard interview on The View has some supporters fuming
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
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. | …
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'Time for Acosta to Resign': Judge Rules Labor Secretary's Plea Deal for Billionaire Sex Offender Broke Federal Law
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
By firmly aligning himself with a convicted sex trafficker instead of victims while serving as a U.S. attorney in 2007, President Donald Trump's labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, violated federal law, a U.S. District judge ruled on Thursday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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5 stages of Russiagate grief: Dems and the media prepare for 'life without Mueller'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to issue his long-awaited and likely flaccid 'Russiagate' report, Democrats and their supporters in the media have been riding a rollercoaster of emotions, not all of them pretty. | …
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As Hate Crimes Soar Under Trump, White Nationalist Allegedly Had Plan to Kill 'Innocent Civilians on Scale Rarely Seen' in US
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
Amid reports of the continued rise of hate groups in the U.S., federal authorities thwarted an apparent plan by a self-identified white nationalist to begin widespread, violent attacks on President Donald Trump's opponents, with the aim of establishing "a white homeland." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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