2019-01-31: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2019-01-31). Internal US Gov't Document Outlines Program of 'Economic Warfare' on Venezuela. grayzoneproject.com An internal government document reveals tactics of "economic warfare" and "financial weapons" the US is using against Venezuela in the…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Venezuela detains foreign journalists amid crackdown on protests. aljazeera.com Five journalists, three working for Spanish news agency EFE and two French reporters, detained in Venezuela this week.

Peter Certo (2019-01-31). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. counterpunch.org For some months now, Venezuela's socialist government has lurched through a series of escalating crises — hyperinflation, mass protests, political violence — while both the government and its opposition have flirted with authoritarianism. It isn't pretty — and to hear the right wing tell it, it's the future the U.S. left wants for our own country. As if to prevent that, the Trump administration is now fomenting a coup in Venezuela. More

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Opposition Protests Flop As Chavista Marches Surge. telesurenglish.net Protests called by self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido for Jan. 30 were much smaller and calmer than anticipated, and limited to the upper-class neighborhoods in the east of the capital of Caracas. Meanwhile, supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro came out to protest intervention by foreign actors. | RELATED | We Don't Want Another Vietnam War in Latin America: Maduro | Guaido made an appearance at Central University Hospital where he was surrounded by just hundr…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-31). "It Can't be Fixed:" Senior ICC Judge Slam John Bolton, Quits in Protest of US, Turkish Meddling. globalresearch.ca A senior judge at the United Nations' International Court in The Hague has resigned in protest of "shocking" interference from the Trump administration into a preliminary war-crimes investigation into U.S. troops. | The judge, Christoph Flàºgge, who hails from Germany, …

Hans Stehling (2019-01-31). Who Is the Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with Its 400 WMD or Non- Nuclear Iran? globalresearch.ca U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so. | This report from the US intelligence …

Kathy Kelly (2019-01-31). Defying War and Defining Peace in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org On January 27, 2019, the Taliban and the U.S. government each publicly stated acceptance, in principle, of a draft framework for ongoing negotiations that could culminate in a peace deal to end a two-decade war in Afghanistan. As we learn more about the negotiations, it's important to remember others working toward dialogue and negotiation in More

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Guatemala: Ombudsman Says Government Sabotaging Security, Peace. telesurenglish.net Wednesday Guatemala's Ombudsman Jordan Rojas denounced the Guatemalan Government executing actions that counter the advances in democratic security and peace. | RELATED: | Guatemalan Dictator's Daughter Banned From Presidential Race | In a presentation of a 2018 Report on Human Rights before Congress, Rojas mentioned that the weakening of the National Civ…

Allan Nairn (2019-01-31). As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? zcomm.org The United States is continuing to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan government in an attempt to topple President Nicolás Maduro…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-31). Now Chad, then Mali: Why African Countries Are Normalizing with Israel. counterpunch.org Forget the hype. Israel's 'security technology' has nothing to do with why some African countries are eager to normalize relations with Israel. What is it that Israel is able to offer in the technology sector to Chad, Mali and others that the United States, the European Union, China, Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa and others More

Stephen Zunes (2019-01-31). Kamala Harris and Israel: Taking the AIPAC Line. counterpunch.org California's junior senator Kamala Harris has announced her presidential candidacy, joining what will likely become an unusually large field of Democrats seeking the nomination. Harris is being embraced by many progressive Democrats, and she's branding herself as a progressive. Yet in the course of her little more than two years in the U.S. Senate, she's More

Vanessa Beeley (2019-01-31). Civilians in Police Crosshairs as France Adopts Totalitarian Tactics to Squash Yellow Vests. mintpressnews.com The insanity of Macron supporting the "uprising" in Venezuela while sanctioning vicious reprisals against his own people at home is glaringly obvious to all but Macron and his backers.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Boochani: Asylum seeker on Manus wins Australian literature prize. aljazeera.com Iranian Kurd awarded $73,000 for his book written via text messages sent from offshore prison.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). EU launches mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran. aljazeera.com EU opens new channel for humanitarian trade with Iran, showing its willingness to stand against US policies.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Iran to mark 40th anniversary of revolution. aljazeera.com The Islamic Republic of Iran was created after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile and his followers toppled the Shah.

ZeroHedge (2019-01-31). EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran. mintpressnews.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously warned of "swift punishment" for countries doing business with Iran, thus INSTEX is seen as a first small step toward greater European economic independence.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Six Arab foreign ministers meet in Jordan 'to align policy'. aljazeera.com Egypt, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain send ministers to Jordan seeking agreement on regional crises.

Nauman Sadiq (2019-01-31). US Sanctions as a Tool to Perpetuate Neocolonialism. globalresearch.ca It's an evident fact that neocolonial powers are ruled by behemoth corporations whose wealth is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars, far more than the total GDP of many developing nations. The status of these multinational corporations as dominant …

Kevin Zeese (2019-01-31). We can't afford anything but single payer health care. zcomm.org We need to hold dishonest billionaires accountable and tell the truth — we can afford National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA). The people are right. The billionaires are wrong…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-01-31). Dreamers tell Congress: No dollars for deportation. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With lawmakers sitting down to hash out a "compromise" that would — somehow — prevent GOP President Donald Trump from again shutting down the government if he doesn't get $5.7 billion for his Mexican Wall, United We Dream and its allies launched a campaign to urge solons to reject all money not just for the …

Jill Richardson (2019-01-31). Starbucks 2020—Another billionaire presidential candidate who doesn't get it. peoplesworld.org

teleSUR (2019-01-31). 5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net After an attempted coup in Venezuela, countries led by right-wing governments like the United States, France, Brazil, etc. came forward in support of Juan Guaido who illegally declared himself as "interim president" of the Bolivarian Republic. | RELATED: | We Don't Want Another Vietnam War in Latin America: Maduro | teleSUR takes a look at the hypocrisy of five governments which have unfairly accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of various wrongdoings while turning a blind eye…

James Petras (2019-01-31). Peculiarities of U.S. imperialism in Latin America. mronline.org Venezuela, the current target of U.S., President Donald Trump, is a case illustrating the 'peculiarities' of imperialist politics. We will proceed to outline the background, techniques and impact of the imperial power grab. | Source

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Canada Labour Congress Rejects Intervention in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net As Canada joins efforts by the Venezuelan right-wing opposition, the United States, and right-wing governments in Latin America to oust democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro, Canada's Labour Congress, representing over three million Canadian workers, issued a statement Wednesday calling on the Justin Trudeau government to promote dialogue instead of intervention and a military coup. | IN DEPTH: | Venezuela Confronts US-backed Right-wing Coup | "Venezuelans need to resolve the…

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). An Invasion of Venezuela Isn't A "Far-Fetched Scenario" globalresearch.ca While Guaido and his self-declared "government"(-in-waiting) are downplaying the prospects of a military invasion to topple Maduro, the reality is that such a scenario really isn't all that far-fetched and could even succeed in the event that only a limited …

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, The Guardian (2019-01-31). What Has Happened in Venezuela Is a Coup. Trump's Denial Is Dangerous. venezuelanalysis.com Juan Guaidó has declared himself president. Now the US and rightwing regimes may seek an excuse to intervene in support.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). EU parliament recognises Venezuela's Guaido as interim president. aljazeera.com EU politicians voted 429 in favour to 104 against recognising the opposition leader as the interim leader.

Joe Emersberger (2019-01-31). Democracy in the Americas. zcomm.org The U.S. Pot and the Venezuelan Kettle…

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). Russia Might be Planning an Astana-Like Conference for Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Russia just dropped a huge hint suggesting that it might be trying to assemble an Astana-like conference for resolving the Venezuelan Crisis in the same spirit as what it's been trying to do with Syria over the past two years, …

J. B. Gerald (2019-01-31). A Note on the Crime Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca To clarify the importance of the January 23rd coup attempt in Venezuela we remember that ever since WWII the customary motivation for violations of the Convention on Genocide has been to gain a region's natural resources. For example Iraq, Libya, …

Peter Certo (2019-01-31). People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad. commondreams.org National security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence before the start of a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current, CRBZ (2019-01-31). Opposing Imperial Aggression: A Democratic Front in Defense of National Sovereignty. venezuelanalysis.com The Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current examines the US-led coup attempts and what is to be done.

John Feffer (2019-01-31). Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro. zcomm.org The left has a proud tradition of both democracy and anti-imperialism. It's critical to keep both traditions in mind when addressing the current crisis in Venezuela…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2019-01-31). Mexico's AMLO Rejects Venezuela Coup and Becomes a Bulwark Against US Imperialism. mintpressnews.com "AMLO is trying to carve out an autonomous space for foreign policy that signals to the United States especially that Mexico will not be subserviently going along with the United States but also tries to make claims as to what democratic legitimacy looks like in Latin America." — Christy Thornton, Johns Hopkins University

Eds. (2019-01-31). Russia denounces U.S. cynicism sanctioning Venezuelan PDVSA. mronline.org Russia denounced Tuesday the U.S. cynicism by announcing sanctions against the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA and excluding from that sanction U.S. companies operating in the South American nation. | Source

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com Latest updates as Venezuela plunges into a major crisis amid a growing row over Nicolas Maduro's presidency.

Miko Peled (2019-01-31). As Malaysia and Ireland Find Out, You Stand Up for Palestinian Rights at Your Peril. mintpressnews.com It takes an enormous effort for any country to oppose Israel, but particularly a small country that has to rely on bigger powers. It is even harder to impose effective pragmatic measures against Israel, as in the case of Ireland and Malaysia.

Andrew Korybko (2019-01-31). Belarus and Russia: Nipping the "Annexation" Infowar Narrative in the Bud. globalresearch.ca The emerging narrative that Russia is planning to "annex" Belarus is nothing more than an external infowar attack on their recently troubled partnership that seeks to accelerate the pace of Minsk's pro-Western pivot by falsely fearmongering about Moscow's geopolitical intentions. …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-01-31). Imagining Reality: Two Minutes to Midnight on the Clock of the Atomic Scientists. globalresearch.ca On January 24, 2019, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has stated: | "Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats—nuclear weapons and climate change—were exacerbated this …

Dean Baker (2019-01-31). Confused Again: Trump Thinks His Trade War is Responsible for China's Economic Problems. counterpunch.org The New York Times had an article on the status of Trump's trade war with China. While the piece pointed out Trump's claim that his trade war is responsible for China's economic problems, it didn't point out that this is almost certainly not true. In spite of Trump's tariffs, China's exports to the United States More

Jà∂rg Wiegratz, Giuliano Martiniello and Elisa Greco (2019-01-31). What is This New Uganda? counterpunch.org For the last three decades, Uganda has been one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Globally praised as an "African success story" and heavily backed by international financial institutions, development agencies and bilateral donors, the country has become an exemplar of economic and political reform for those who espouse a neoliberal model of development. More

Susan Block (2019-01-31). Roger Stoned and Swinging. counterpunch.org Busted: Another oligarch-fellating cuck of Trump World. Roger Stone was actually the runner-up for the "Worst Cuckold" 2018 SUZY award, the winner being Stone's longtime partner-in-slime, Paul Manafort. But that was before the self-described "dirty trickster" with Tricky Dick tattooed between his shoulder blades ("the only guy with a dick in front and in back"), More

Robert J. Burrowes (2019-01-31). Learning from Gandhi. counterpunch.org Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869: 150 years ago this year. There will be many tributes to Gandhi published in 2019 so I would like to add one of my own. This reflects not just my belief that he gave the world inspiration, ideas and powerful strategies for tackling violence in a More

Daniel Warner (2019-01-31). Fondly Remembering Richard Nixon. counterpunch.org The image of Richard Nixon waving his arms as he boarded a helicopter leaving the White house for the last time as president on August 9, 1974, remains etched in generational memories. The solemnness of Gerald and Betty Ford waving goodbye to the disgraced 37th president next to David Eisenhower consoling Julie Nixon was in direct contrast to the jubilation of millions celebrating his departure. No more Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady, Helen Gahagan Douglas, no more links to the un-American House Un-American Activities Committee, no more Watergate. Good riddance Milhouse, Pat, Roy Cohn, Bebe Rebozo, H.R. Haldeman a…

Ed Sanders (2019-01-31). Black Hole Invasion. counterpunch.org

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-31). "Instagram Helped Kill My Daughter": Censorship Tendencies in Social Media. counterpunch.org It is all a rather sorry tale. Molly Russell, another teenager gorged on social media content, sharing and darkly revelling, took her own life in 2017 supposedly after viewing what the BBC described as "disturbing content about suicide on social media." Causation is presumed, and the platform hosting the content is saddled with blame. Molly's More

Thomas Knapp (2019-01-31). The Fired Next Time: A "Shutdown" Proposal. counterpunch.org The longest partial "government shutdown" in US history ended on January 25. To get Leviathan's gears turning at full speed again, President Donald Trump said uncle on funding for his pet border wall project in return for a three-week "return to normalcy." More interesting than the (quite possibly temporary) end of the "shutdown" is the More

Peter Crowley (2019-01-31). Immigration 'Threat' and the Wall Debate. counterpunch.org What kind of world do we live in, when you have dumb-as-rocks and just plain dumb politicians at the forefront of the national immigration debate? Proposed solutions are little more than political posturing, where one party focuses on a border wall and the other on more money for increasing immigration officers and border security. They More

Doug Noble (2019-01-31). Trump Explained in Fiction. counterpunch.org The fictive phenomenon of the mercurial Donald Trump, a plausible candidate for removal from the presidency through the 25th Amendment, is best captured by works of fiction than by jounalism. Two novels increasingly mentioned in this regard are Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny and Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Herman Wouk's 1951 novel tells of a group of Navy officers More

CP Editor (2019-01-31). Establishment Wants Revenge On AOC. counterpunch.org

aljazeera (2019-01-31). WHO: Children, babies dying from hypothermia at camp in Syria. aljazeera.com UN agency appeals for unhindered access as 29 children and newborns have died mainly from hypothermia over eight weeks.

STAFF (2019-01-31). Climate Change Is Coming for Your Coffee. truthdig.com Coffee drinkers, be warned. A combination of factors — including climate change — is threatening supplies of the beans on which the coffee harvests depend. | Latest analysis by a team of scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London found that more than 60 percent of over 120 coffee species known across Africa, Asia and Australasia are threatened with extinction. | For many people, coffee is their favorite tipple. In the U.K. alone, more than 80 million cups of coffee are drunk every day. The experts at K…

Roy Eidelson (2019-01-31). In a World of Corporate-Backed Politicians, Beware the Sounds of Sirens. commondreams.org Odysseus is tempted by the swirling Sirens in Homer's The Odyssey. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). "RBG" Documentary Nominated for Academy Award as Supreme Court Justice Recovers from Lung Surgery. democracynow.org Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently missed oral arguments as she continues to recover after having two tumors removed from her lung last month. But the Supreme Court has said she is cancer-free and that the 85-year-old, now three-time cancer-surviving justice, has been reviewing arguments and weighing in on cases from home. Meanwhile, the documentary "RBG" about her life has been nominated for an Academy Award. At the Sundance Film Festival, we speak with Julie Cohen, one of the film's directors.

Nicole Vanderheiden (2019-01-31). Even Anti-War Progressives Should Care About the Trans Military Ban. progressive.org The ban sets a precedent for the blatant exclusion of transgender people from public life.

STAFF (2019-01-31). Facebook Quietly Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools. truthdig.com Now, Facebook has quietly made changes to its site that stop those efforts. | ProPublica, Mozilla and Who Targets Me have all noticed their tools stopped working this month after Facebook inserted code in its website that blocks them. | "This is very concerning," said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who has co-sponsored the Honest Ads Act, which would require transp…

aljazeera (2019-01-31). UN sets course towards easing CAR arms embargo. aljazeera.com Draft resolution seeks partial lifting of embargo to allow government | purchase of weapons without seeking UN approval.

Robert Newman (2019-01-31). Video: History of Oil — Hidden Cause of the First World War? globalresearch.ca This video was first published in 2012. | Robert Newman gets to grips with the wars and politics of the last hundred years — but rather than adhering to the history we were fed at school, he places oil centre stage …

Consortiumnews (2019-01-31). Liberal Elite Still Luring Us Towards the Abyss. consortiumnews.com We have so little time, but still the old guard wants to block any possible path to salvation, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published a manifesto bewailing the imminent… Read more →

Ann Garrison (2019-01-31). Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! globalresearch.ca Paul Kagame's troops most likely shot down a plane carrying two African presidents, igniting genocides that killed millions — but the Rwandan President has never been charged. | "Former Rwandan General Nyamwasa said that Kagame most definitely ordered his troops …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-01-31). A Lawless Government. Mueller's Tactics to Frame President Trump. globalresearch.ca I remember when a suspect was regarded as innocent until proven guilty in a fair trial. Today prosecutors convict their victims in the media in order to make an unbiased jury impossible and thereby coerce a plea bargain that saves …

South Front (2019-01-31). Video: Intense Clashes, Artillery Duels Erupt in Idlib De-militarized Zone. globalresearch.ca The situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone is slowly escalating with an increased number of artillery duels and clashes between pro-government fighters and militants taking place there on a daily basis. | On January 29, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-01-31). With Estate Tax on Nation's Richest, Bernie Sanders' "For the 99.8% Act" Applauded for Targeting "Tyranny of Plutocracy" commondreams.org To combat astronomical wealth inequality across the United States, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday introduced the For the 99.8% Act (pdf), which would impose a progressive estate tax on the ultra wealthy and significantly raise rates on the nation's billionaires. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Michael Steinberg (2019-01-31). How Will PG&E's Bankruptcy Affect Diablo Canyon Nuke/s Shutdown? indybay.org PG&E's bankrupcy filing will, among other things, affect the scheduled shutdown of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on Central California's coast. But how?>

WSWS (2019-01-31). Venezuela's oil and the geopolitics of the US-backed coup. wsws.org Venezuela's massive reserves are seen by the United States and its allies as a vital chess piece in the war drive against China.

WSWS (2019-01-31). Sudan's anti-government protests enter sixth week. wsws.org President Omar al-Bashir can count on the support of the region's dictators, all of whom hate each other but fear their own working class more.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-01-31). Continuing Long History of Supporting US-Backed Regime Change, NYT Hands Venezuela Opposition Leader Op-Ed Megaphone. commondreams.org "Absolutely disgusting that the New York Times is giving Juan Guaid√≥ space to appeal to governments around the world to support his efforts at a coup." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-01-31). 'Trump spars with US intel because he does not trust Deep State' — former CIA analyst to RT. rt.com President Donald Trump's bickering with US intelligence chiefs over Iran is at least in part due to his aversion to career government officials, the 'deep state' that outlived many presidents, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou said.

Fred_F (2019-01-31). Swift action wins union delegate back his job. greenleft.org.au Crane operator and Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union delegate Howard Byrnes is back working at Botany Cranes, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, after a swift campaign by unionists and supporters got him reinstated. | Byrnes was sacked on January 24 after he raised a number of serious concerns with his employer regarding workers' compensation insurance, superannuation, redundancy and other entitlements. | Byrnes had worked at the company for 17 years | In response to his sacking, a snap protest action was organised outside Botany Cranes the following morning. The action was effective,…

Fred_F (2019-01-31). Darwin pub staff take a stand against racism. greenleft.org.au Staff at the Rorkes pub in Darwin walked off the job on January 22 after refusing to follow the owner's orders to ban Aboriginal patrons from the premises. | Larrakia elder June Mills called for a boycott after allegations of racism against owner Mitchell McNamee came to light. | Staff told ABC News that McNamee had told them to ban Indigenous patrons using the excuse of "no singlets". Thom Brock, a former…

Kim McGrath (2019-01-31). Dr Jay L. Zagorsky: "In a cashless economy, the poor tend to suffer" indybay.org As the push towards the abolition of cash grows stronger, Doctor Jay Zagorsky, Professor and researcher at Ohio State University and Boston University, reminds policy-makers that the poorer segments of the population are also the ones who tend to rely the most on cash, and hints at the threat they are under, as banks push for cash to be eliminated.

Revolution Books (2019-01-31). U.S. hands off Venezuela! indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Ryan Grim (2019-01-31). Primaries Matter: How a Long-Shot Challenge Shifted the Debate on the War in Yemen. theintercept.com Sarah Smith's challenge to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., focused on what she cast as his hawkish foreign policy, pushing him to take a clearer stance on Yemen.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-31). There Is a Real National Emergency in the US, It's Just Not the Wall. truthout.org President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare a national emergency if Congress refuses to pony up $5.7 billion to build the " great, great wall" he promised his base during the 2016 election campaign. In an apocalyptic televised address early in January, he even warned — falsely, as fact checkers revealed during t…

pip.hinman (2019-01-31). As the rich get richer we need to organise. greenleft.org.au Australia's super-rich keep getting richer. | A new report from Oxfam has found that the top 1% of the country's plutocrats now own more wealth than the bottom 70%. | There has also been a record rise in the number of billionaires — from 33 to 43 — with their combined wealth now at almost $160 billion last year. | Oxfam says this equates to an increase of $100 million a day, or a total increase of $36 billion. It is enough to cover half the federal government's total health budget…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-31). City-Sized 1,000-Foot Deep Cavity Found in Glacier, Warns NASA, Signaling 'Rapid Decay' of Antarctic Ice. commondreams.org NASA scientists were startled when a recent exploratory mission revealed a huge and rapidly-growing cavity on the underside of one of Antaractica's glaciers—signaling that the ice mass has been melting much faster than experts realized. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-31). Saudi Spokesperson Is a Sign of Revolving Door in Foreign Lobbying. truthout.org A former registered foreign agent and political consultant for the government of Saudi Arabia has been hired as the spokesperson for the Middle Eastern government's embassy in Washington, DC. | Fahad Nazer, who was announced as the embassy's new spokesperson on Jan. 23, consulted the Saudi government on public relations since November 2016 and kept a $7,000 a month retainer, according to foreign lobbying documents available through the Center for Responsive Politics. | To date, he received $1…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-31). Brazil Dam Collapse: Consequences Will Be More Devastating Under Bolsonaro. therealnews.com Existing mining and environmental regulations, if they had been implemented, could have prevented this disaster, which caused at least 84 dead and 256 missing. We discuss the Vale dam collapse in Brazil with Greenpeace organizer Fabiana Alves

Know History (2019-01-31). Trump's, Pompeo's, Bolton's, The CIA's and Pentagon's Heinous Violence Toward Venezuela. indybay.org Trump continues the illegal violence directed by the CIA and White House against Venezuela as the CIA has violated Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua etc since 1947, as our government has violated S and Central America since they achieved independence from Spain.

RT (2019-01-31). US Energy Dept. blindsides Nevada with secret delivery of half a ton of weapons-grade plutonium. rt.com The US Department of Energy secretly shipped half a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada despite the state's strong opposition to receiving the nuclear material. The state government fears more deliveries may follow.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-31). "It Can't Be Fixed": ICC Judge Quits Over "Shocking" Interference From Washington. theantimedia.com (MPN) — A senior judge at the United Nations' International Court in The Hague has resigned in protest of "shocking" interference from the Trump administration into a preliminary war-crimes investigation into U.S. troops. The judge, Christoph Flugge, who hails from Germany, slammed National Security Advisor John Bolton over his response last year to a preliminary investigation into …

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-31). Bolsonaro Government Plans Mega-Projects in the Brazilian Amazon. truthout.org With Brazil's Bolsonaro administration not even a month old, the new president's Chief of Strategic Affairs last week announced plans to build a bridge over the Amazon River in Pará state in order to begin developing what he called an "unproductive, desertlike" region ­— a reference to the Amazon rainforest. | Maynard Santa Rosa, a retired army general and one of seven military ministers in the new government, said the administration plans major construction projects centered on the Trombetas River, which flows into the Amazon from the north, so as to integrate the region into the "national pr…

RT (2019-01-31). Russia could 'flip the off switch' on US electricity at any time, warns Maddow in new conspiracy. rt.com Rachel Maddow is not known for her cautiousness on the topic of Russia, preferring to head straight for the wackiest conspiracy theories as a matter of priority, but on Wednesday she posed a theory that seems crazy, even for her.

RT (2019-01-31). Mueller claims evidence shared with Russian firm's defense leaked to 'discredit investigation'. rt.com In an apparent bid to shield his case against alleged Russian trolls from legal challenge, special counsel Robert Mueller claimed some evidence previously provided was hacked and published to discredit his probe.

RT (2019-01-31). Max Boot goes full 'White Man's Burden' in WaPo op-ed, sparking mass jaw-dropping. rt.com Neocon pundit Max Boot defended the unwinnable US "forever wars" in the Middle East in an op-ed comparing them to the slow-motion slaughter of Native Americans at the hands of settlers suffused with Manifest Destiny.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-30). The Making of Juan Guaidó: US Regime-Change Laboratory Created Venezuela's Coup Leader. consortiumnews.com The Washington favorite has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization, write Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal of Grayzone. By Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal Grayzone Before the fateful date of Jan. 22, fewer than 1-in-5 Venezuelans had… Read more →

Eric Draitser (2019-01-30). Trump's Coup in Venezuela: The Full Story. counterpunch.org The US-sponsored coup in Venezuela, still ongoing as I write this, is the latest chapter in the long and bloody history of US imperialism in Latin America. This basic fact, understood by most across the left of the political spectrum — including even the chattering liberal class which acknowledges this truth only with the passage of time and never in the moment — must undergird any analysis of the situation in Venezuela today. That is to say, the country is being targeted by the Yanqui Empire. More

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-01-30). Latin American anti-imperialists weigh in on Venezuela coup. peoplesworld.org

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-30). US Rep. Calls Police on Supporters of Congresswoman Trying to Organize Delegation to West Bank. mintpressnews.com "Instead of her [Rep. Tlaib] talking about things, she's new here, she ought to listen and learn and open her mind and then come to some conclusions." — Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Antony Loewenstein (2019-01-30). Peace in Afghanistan? Maybe—but a Minerals Rush Is Already Underway. thenation.com Peace in Afghanistan? Maybe—but a Minerals Rush Is Already Underway…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-30). Legislation Re-Introduced to End U.S. Role in Yemen War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) re-introducing bipartisan, privileged resolutions to force a vote on whether or not to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin the Senior […]

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. democracynow.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). A War for Oil? Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela's Oil as U.S. Ratchets Up Pressure on Maduro. democracynow.org As the Trump administration continues its attempt to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the U.S. has imposed a de facto embargo on oil from Venezuela's state-run oil company. The new sanctions include exemptions for several U.S. firms, including Chevron and Halliburton, to allow them to continue working in Venezuela. We speak with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn about the push to privatize Venezuela's oil.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? Allan Nairn on Trump's Attempted Coup. democracynow.org The United States is continuing to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan government in an attempt to topple President Nicolás Maduro. On Tuesday, the State Department announced it is giving control of Venezuela's U.S. bank accounts to opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself to be president last week. Meanwhile, the U.S. has also refused to rule out a military invasion of Venezuela. We spend the hour with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn.

Paul Jay (2019-01-30). Video: Trudeau Pushes Trump's Regime Change in Venezuela. Canada Violates the UN Charter. globalresearch.ca Why is Canada violating the UN Charter and leading the way for regime change in Venezuela? Paul Jay and Yves Engler join Sharmini Peries. | *** | SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore….

Patrick Cockburn (2019-01-30). Trump Doesn't Always Get It Wrong on the Middle East. counterpunch.org Must one talk of Donald Trump? One must and not just because of the power of his position as US president, but because the nature of his foreign policy is misunderstood. I was answering questions about the future of the Middle East at a meeting of Independent subscribers last Tuesday evening when there was a predictable question about More

Ted Rall (2019-01-30). Why We Lost the Afghan War (Again). counterpunch.org December 11, 2001: Three months after 9/11, two months after George W. Bush ordered bombs to begin raining on Kabul, the day The Village Voice published one of my war reports from the front in Afghanistan. "We've lost this war," I wrote. To drive my point home, the headline was: "How We Lost Afghanistan." I continued: "So More

Whitney Webb (2019-01-30). Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as "Secretly Supported" by Russia. mintpressnews.com Newsguard co-CEO Steven Brill in Brussels on Tuesday claimed that news sites that have recently criticized Newsguard's motives — MintPress among them — are "secretly supported" by the Russian government, a claim for which he provided no evidence.

Robbie Martin (2019-01-30). Listen | NewsGuard & the Fake News Watchdog Racket. mintpressnews.com In this special episode of Media Roots Radio Robbie Martin interviews journalist and writer Whitney Webb about her recent 'NewsGuard' expose for MintPress News. NewsGuard is the most recent iteration of the neocon/neoliberal/corporate agenda to soft-censor alternative news and status-quo-challenging viewpoints on the internet. First, there was 'Prop or Not' then there was 'Alliance for Securing Democracy' now there is 'NewsGuard'. | Top Photo | Primedia chairman and CEO Tom Rogers, lef…